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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: Good news on jobs. Bosses say our big fall in unemployment is
unprecedented. New figures show we are leading the
way. Is the economic recovery in the bad? Everyone seems more confident
than last year. More smiles. Also, an inquest is told of the final
moments of a woman who died on a crossed channel swim.
Plus, a major coup for Donington Park. It is to become the
headquarters for the world's first electric car racing Championships.
And I will be getting used to life in the slow lane on England's
shortest motorway. Welcome to Thursday's programme.
First tonight, solid signs of strong economic recovery in the East
Midlands. We've seen the biggest drop in unemployment of any region
in the UK, according to official figures. One business leader says
the fall in unemployment is unprecedented. Certainly, local
firms are taking on more staff. But are they offering high`quality jobs?
Here's our political editor John Hess.
If you want to find out why the economy seems so bright in this
region, you need to come to a place like this. This place likes
mouldings `` makes mouldings for industry. It has taken on extra
staff over the last six months and aims to take on an additional ten
people over the next year. We service a number of different
industries and we are seeing investments over the years of
recession, they are starting to buy across all industries, from
electrical to building. In the 0
electrical to building. In the East Midlands, 149,000
registered out of work. That is down 16% on the last quarter and 21.6%
over the last year. We have never seen it on this scale before. We are
seeing a combination of factors. There is real job growth and many
companies are taking on additional people. We are also seeing the
effects of Bennett reform so people are looking more vigorously for
work. And the degree of people still remaining in training and education.
Are these new jobs secure or just temporary? Most people are saying we
will take someone on for one year, two years or on a temporary vacancy
in order to work out how it goes. At Westminster today, one of our senior
MPs questioned whether the economic upturn was at the real deal. We need
to have a debate on real action given that under this employment no
longer seems to be a root out of poverty `` under this government
employment no longer seems to be a root out of poverty. Is the economic
upturn reflected on the street? I feel better than I did a year or so
ago. I feel my job specs have improved. Feeling quite confident. A
little bit more secure. Financially, my wages have gone up. Overall, I
think, yes, things are looking up. The changes to benefit payments may
also have been a factor. But looking at the figures, there is no doubt
our region economically is leading the way.
Lucy Haynes is the regional head of the bosses' organisation the CBI and
she's in our Leicester studio. Obviously, this is encouraging. Why
are the latest 0 Obviously, this is encouraging. Why
are the latest job numbers so good here in the East Midlands? I think
one of the reasons for that is because of the diverse range of
sectors that we have in the East Midlands. There has been talk about
the rebalancing of the economy and I think perhaps we are starting to see
that in the East Midlands. It really is good news. It is good news that
we are seeing labour market recovery, we are seeing businesses
take people on. There has been a huge dent in the levels of youth
unemployment which is obviously really important. We have seen
increasing levels of part`time employment and full`time employment.
Really good signs. Is this a jobs recovery based on short`term
contracts and low pay or are these good, sustainable jobs? There is
nothing to suggest that. We are seeing increases in levels of
part`time employment, but we are also seeing part time employed
people going into full`time as well. I think one of the issues in the
East Midlands is very much around productivity. That is the measure of
output and time needed 0 productivity. That is the measure of
output and time needed to do that. What we really need to see in the
East Midlands is increased productivity. We need businesses
selling more. We need to see them becoming more efficient. Then we
will be able to see them pay their staff more and hopefully take on
more people as well. Thank you very much.
A court's been hearing about the final moments of a swimmer from
Leicestershire who died while attempting to cross the English
Channel. Susan Taylor died from swimming in the sea for long enough
to make her heart stop. Helen Astle reports.
Today her brother and parents came to the coroner 's court to hear
answers. Why did she die? The 34`year`old had given up her job to
start training to swim the channel in the hope of raising money for a
charity. The challenge got under way in the early hours of the 14th of
July last year. Then with just a mile to go update stopped. In
distressing evidence, the court heard that she suddenly collapsed.
Her brother a paramedic who was on the support boat following her
described what happened. Susan was showing signs of fatigue, she kept
going, but soon she was sick and she had to stop again. I told her to get
out. Susan then lay on her back and seemingly became unconscious. She
then rolled over onto her front and lay facedown in the seat motionless.
`` in the C. David then helped to pull the one to the support boat.
She wasn't breathing. She was airlifted to hospital but she died
before she could be treated. Following her death, thousands of
people donated money to the hospice, over ?100,000 has been raised. A
representative from the charity spoke on behalf of the family. Susan
was a wonderful person dedicated to helping those less fortunate than
herself. It was a great comfort that Susan died trying to accomplish her
childhood ambition in aid of such worthy causes. We have received
support from many people. The coroner recorded a verdict of
misadventure. He said that she was not undertaking the swim for glory,
she was doing it because of her love for other people. She has probably
achieved far more in her life than many of us can hope to.
Still to come: Plugging a hole ` built during the industrial
revolution, this canal's sprung a leak. Lots of them. Now it's been
emptied so repair work can get under way.
It has been an interesting day weather`wise. Heavy showers at
times. The main concern over night is ice.
Next tonight, some big news from Donington Park today. It's to become
the multi`million pound headquarters for the world's first
electric motor racing Championships. It's being hailed as a critical leap
forward for the company which took over the running of the race track
some three years ago. It secures the future of the track and promotes
Britain as a leading innovator in energy`efficient cars. Sarah Teale
has the full story. It has had a somewhat chequered past
over the last few years but this is the exciting future for Donington
Park. The circuit is to become the global headquarters for formula
capital E. It is a game changer for the new company that took over in
2010 and have been slowly rebuilding. A great programme of
racing. It needed something like this to really kick ass into the
bigger league and put Donington Park on the international map. With big
money and big names like Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio
involved, Donington Park was up against ferocious worldwide
competition. The fact is that Britain is the home of the worldwide
motorsports industry. This is a great location. Next door to an
international airport. The logistics partner is DHL. They are here. The
motorway and railway is here. There is a good and well trained workforce
in the area. This is an exciting new development in the world of
motorsport. The cars will look very similar to the traditional ones we
are used to seeing. They will be powered exclusively by electricity
and capable of reaching speeds of up to 150 miles an hour. The races will
start in September and take place around the streets of ten cities
worldwide including London. The racing teams will also use the
Donington Park circuit testing and development work on the racing cars
which means the famous faces involved will be flying in to watch.
It will be the case that Leonardo DiCaprio is bound to come and see
how it is doing. I am sure that may well be quite a popular day in the
district. There is no doubt this is a major coup for the Donington
Park, placing it at the heart of a new vision for the future of the
motor industry. The police in Derbyshire have asked
a man to stop fundraising in the name of six children who died in a
house fire started by their father Mick Philpott. The Catch Me When I
Fall appeal was set up in the wake of the fire in 2012 to help other
local children. But relatives of the Philpott children wanted it stopped
from raising money in their name. In a statement, the police said they
had investigated the way the appeal was being run and had found no
wrongdoing. Even so, they've advised that no further money be collected.
Mick Philpott, the children's mother, Mairead, and a family friend
Paul Mosley are all serving prison sentences for manslaughter.
New figures suggest crime in Nottinghamshire isn't falling as
much as in other parts of the country. There's been a 1% drop in
the number of reported offences last year, compared to a 10% fall across
England and Wales. There was a large rise in shoplifting and sexual
offences and 1,300 extra violent crimes in the county. Officers have
blamed changes in the way crimes are collated and say people are also
more confident about reporting them. An alcohol`free bar is opening up in
the East Midlands. It's run by a charity that helps people
with drink problems and has been given a grant of ?340,000 from the
National Lottery. A Government survey suggests around one in eight
people in our region never drink alcohol. The venue is also aimed at
people who do, but fancy a change from a boozy night out.
A stones throw from the Old Market Square, it looks like a club. If you
arrive so that here, you will leave that way. There is not a drop of
alcohol here. People are looking to be more healthy and everyone is more
aware of addiction issues as well. Should more of us switch to alcohol
free alternatives more often? In the East Midlands, one in five people
were drinking at a level that increases the risk of damaging their
health. 83,000 alcohol related hospital admissions were reported in
2011 and 149 people died from alcohol`related causes. Jason told
me drink was killing him until he quit nine years ago. He is one of
the first to sample the alcohol free bar. It is ideal for Nottingham.
People in recovery, it is ideal. People are getting more
health`conscious and not going on mad benders like in the 80s and
90s. Cheers. Plenty of media attention today, but will be public
give it a second glance when it opens next week to estimate the
people who hand out National Lottery money are convinced it is a good
cause. They have granted over ?300,000 to the venture set up by a
Nottingham drugs and alcohol charity. We have funded a project
similar to this recently in Liverpool. That has shown success.
With around 100 drink choices and alcohol free cocktails, they are
hoping to shake up Nottingham's nightlife great idea.
We will see if it catches on. Striking lecturers have accused
their university of bullying them, by docking them a full day's salary
for a two`hour strike. Staff at Nottingham Trent University took
part in a national stoppage this morning over pay. But their managers
have taken legal advice and say, along with 40 other universities,
they are entitled to dock strikers a whole day's money, even though the
walk`out only lasted two hours. We have members here today who I have
not seen take industrial action before. I think it has angered our
members sufficiently to force them to come out. They are being bullied,
essentially. It is a democratically voted for strike and to say they
will dock as the day's paper two hours is frankly disingenuous. ``
the day's pay. Plans to revamp the main entrance to
Nottingham's Victoria Centre have been approved. The design includes
an extended glass entrance with lighting panels which change colour.
The centre's owners say it's a key part of its ?40 million
refurbishment which starts next month. The city council's already
approved proposals for similar entrances at the Clock Tower and
Glasshouse Street. A leaky pipe's a pain at the best of
times. But a canal that's leaking is an entirely different kettle of
fish. On the Erewash Canal in Nottinghamshire, a loch's been
drained so repair work can get under way. While they're at it,
they'll fix a set of lock gates and repair the brickwork. All part of a
nationwide, ?45 million programme of canal repairs. Amy Harris reports.
Stepping into the past, these workmen are storing and repairing
this loch in Derbyshire. It dates back to the Industrial Revolution.
Not surprisingly, it is in need of a face`lift and there is a fair bit to
do. We have got a 250`year`old canal and we have got to keep it working.
Each loch takes a bit of tender loving care. 0
Each loch takes a bit of tender loving care. Pointing, brickwork
repairs. It is required to keep the canal in tiptop condition. This is
one of 100 lochs across the country undergoing repair work for the
benefit of the 33,000 bows that pass through them every year. `` boats.
It will cost ?50,000 and take up to four weeks. But while the loch is
closed, to boats, it is open to the public on Sunday. You would not
believe it, but their role people living here who did not know the
canal and the loch was here. It will be eye opening. I hope they come and
have a look. It is part of their heritage. The loch will be open from
10am until 4pm. Read chance to see the of engineering from the past and
the work to protect its the future `` a red chance.
Still to come: Is this the world's worst motorway?
It's just one mile long, doesn't go anywhere and the roadworks are
never`ending. Full story later. Talking about never`ending...
Colin, take no notice! It gets harsher and harsher.
I will get on with it. First, it's not until March, but the
build up to the Derby`Forest match has started already. Today Derby
confirmed they're changing where away fans will sit at the iPro
Stadium from next season. Rams supporters will be behind both goals
and the away fans moved to a corner. Interestingly, the club will trial
the plans at that Forest game. Natalie Jackson explains.
From next season, the 0 Natalie Jackson explains.
From next season, the South stand here at the iPro Stadium becomes a
home fans only area. It means Rams supporters can sit behind both
goals. 0 supporters can sit behind both
goals. The away fans will be tucked away over there in the south`east
corner. Chief Executive says it gives the head coach Steve McClaren
home advantage. Certainly, Steve is behind it. For him and the players
to come out to an arena where all of the fans behind the team is
fantastic. It will help spur them on. Chief operating officer John
Vickers has widely consulted fans. We sometimes have 4500 away fans
hide the South stand goal making noise. `` behind. We feel we are
giving away the home advantage. Since we left the baseball ground,
we have not had a central area of the home supporters. I think it will
be much better. We have always wanted to be behind the goal and
push them into the corner. We have spoken about it further number
years. The club will trial the plans at the coming East Midlands derby
giving Forest and allocation of 2700 tickets. I see no point in entering
into a tit`for`tat exercise and giving them 0
into a tit`for`tat exercise and giving them 2000 and leaving 700
unsold seats. The game with Forest is on the 22nd of March.
Other news form the Rams, Derby have signed Nuneaton goalkeeper Kelle
Roos on a two`and`a`half`year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Leicester City Manager Nigel Pearson has confirmed they've turned down a
second bid from Fulham for young defender Liam Moore. Moore has
impressed with his performances at the heart of the Leicester defence
this season. Pearson says as far as he's aware he's the only player the
club have received official bids for this January. And he's hoping
attention from the Premier League isn't a distraction. I think there
is always the danger when their respective Laois and surrounding
players' future is that it can have an adverse effect. `` when there is
speculation. Hopefully it will not have a negative effect.
Nottingham Forest have sent striker Ishmael Miller back to Yeovil on
loan until the end of the season. He's already spent a month there
scoring three goals. Finally from me, the Nottingham
woman who took up Brazilian jujitsu as a student and now she says she's
aiming for the moon. Vanessa English has already become a world champion
as a purple belt. This week she's going for an even bigger title in
Lisbon. Tom Brown has been to meet her.
One. Two. In a small hall in Nottingham, this Brazilian teachers
Brazilian jujitsu. In Vanessa English, he has got a real star. I
love my life 0 English, he has got a real star. I
love my life and I love jujitsu being a big part of my life. Vanessa
is a special girl. She is one of the most dedicated students I have over
here. Vanessa only picked up the sport four years ago. Already, she
is a world champion at purple belt, beating opponents who have more
experience and who are often much bigger. Nice. I have had people say
to me, you feel like a 100 kilo guy but you are 50 kilos. What is going
on? That is a nice feeling. But being the best requires a relentless
training schedule and Vanessa has to fit it all around her job as a home
carer. She has to do her overnight shifts and she goes all the way
through the night and the next morning she is here training. It is
a contrast. One day I 0 morning she is here training. It is
a contrast. One day I would like to do jujitsu completely full`time. If
that is what I have to do to reach my goal is, then that is what I will
do. Her goal this week is a brown belt title at the European
Championships in Lisbon. That would leave her just one below the top
division of lap belt and her ambition does not end there ``
blackbelt. I am going to the moon. The sky is not the limit for me. I
am going beyond that. I want to be the best.
All that in just four years. Remarkable performance from her and
she is really going along way. Just shows what is positive thought
does. You have to believe you will get to the top.
Don't mess with Vanessa! The shortest motorway in England has
opened in Leicestershire. It's just one`mile long and I suspect the
chances of getting stuck in a traffic jam are pretty low.
I think you are right there! So, what exactly is it used for and
where is it? Our reporter Eleanor Garnier's been finding out.
Motorways are of course the driving, not for walking. You might
think I am taking a bit of a risk. If this was a real motorway, you
would be right. Luckily for me, it isn't. Which works here. I am going
to find out what he does. `` Richard. This is a one mile stretch
of road, three lanes, white lines under high shoulder. I am team
manager for the Highways Agency. Here we do a lot of operational
training in a safe environment where we can replicate the motorway
without having to affect the public by closing motorways. Highways
officers from across the country come to the motorway to do their
training, whether it is towing vehicles, putting up screens around
accident or even organising the traffic, it can all be done here. It
allows us to develop our skills in a safe environment and also learn from
our mistakes. We are constantly changing and learning new skills.
Coming to a facility like this gives us the opportunity to learn more
skills. This stretch of motorway as part of the 1.9 mile 0
skills. This stretch of motorway as part of the 1.9 mile runway.
Officers still need to do some training on a real motorway, but 90%
of the courses the new staff can be done here. While they get on with
their training, I am going to relax in the slow lane. Or should I save
lane one. One thing is for certain, I am certainly not going to get
stuck in a traffic jam `` or should I 0
stuck in a traffic jam `` or should I say lane one? Let us hear it for
the highways workers, they do a vital job.
You don't think about them having to practice doing stuff like that but
it is quite obvious. Dangerous on the motorways,
especially when it is wet like today.
Despite the fact we had such a wet start to the day and we certainly
saw some pretty lively showers as well with the sky is really
darkening across the East Midlands, we are left with the remnants of the
water that has fallen. There is a weather warning in force tonight. It
is with regards eyes on untreated pavement Zandra Rhodes `` ice.
Wintry showers across the peak district. Gradually they will sink
towards the south. Clear skies across the eastern side. A little
bit more cloud. That will have an impact on how much frost we are
likely to see. It's coldest temperatures in the East, that is
the main area where we will see ice problems. Very wet on Friday. Rain
coming in in the early part of tomorrow morning. Why the time this
weather front reaches us, it will weaken slightly. It will still be a
very cold day. It will be damp and dismal. The temperatures by the
afternoon, a southerly breeze. Around five or six degrees. It will
increase further through the early part of the evening. Milder air is
starting to come in. Saturday morning starts fine and dry. It soon
changes as the day goes on. Further bands of rain coming in on Saturday.
Temperatures recover a bit. Sunday after a dry and cold start to the
day, it will certainly start to change once again. The deep area of
low pressure moves in. Gale force winds likely. A band of heavy rain
working East. The low pressure does not know where to go on Monday so
it. Off wet and cold `` it will start off wet and cold. How is your
thumb? Serious accident.
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