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This is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: The disabled twin girls who've missed months of schooling.
One option is a school a mile away but they would have to get there by
wheelchair. We would have to do this every day in the cold and the
brain, it is not a solution. Also tonight, the murder of Rosie May
Storrie, her killer loses his final appeal.
Plus, no new cash for a railway built in the 1940s, the 1840s.
And, why Paul Smith thinks dyslexia is a plus point on a CV.
We are very curious, we don't follow the crowd. Anyone who is looking for
a creative member of staff, here we are!
Good evening. First, tonight, the ten`year`old
twins who, their parents say, have missed out on months of schooling.
The girls both have disabilities, and need to be assessed by the
council. The family have been waiting since last June for some
kind of decision, but they're still waiting. There may be places at a
mainstream school over a mile from home, but the girls would have to
travel there in their wheelchairs, because the council won't fund
special transport. Jo Healey reports.
Their first day yesterday, ten years marked by surgery. Two years ago,
the underwent a pioneering operation on their spines. Last June, they
moved from Birmingham to Derby. Since then, that concern has not
been just their health but their education. My favourite subject is
maths and English at school. And my friends. I miss going back to
school. They are highly dependent. We have been struggling throughout
and haven't been able to get any schooling, home education, it has
been uphill. Derby City Council has a school in mind. The family say it
is a mile from their home. The council will not give them special
transport. Their wheelchairs won't fit 0
transport. Their wheelchairs won't fit in a 0
transport. Their wheelchairs won't fit in a car. They are prone to
infection, they are very weak anyway. We are worried they will end
up in hospital again and if we have to do this every day in the cold and
rain... He said the council doesn't want them to have their electric
chairs at school. How much do you need your wheelchairs with you? We
need our school `` our chairs. I can't stand, my legs hurt. If you
walk, your legs hurt. We can walk a little bit but we have to get back
into our chairs. I am really worried in terms of safety for my daughters.
I am frustrated as to why they have been out of school for so long.
Today, they set off to school for their first assessment. Before
long, they had to turn back, one of the chairs have broken down.
Jo Healey is with us now. Jo, what are Derby City Council saying about
this tonight? In the past hour, we have finally
had a statement from the council, from the Director of learning and
inclusion. She says since the family moved to Derby, they have worked to
secure a school place and have found a good local school to provide for
the needs of the children. She said the family have been encouraged to
apply for help with travel, transport, but that will begin with
being reimbursed for fuel. Those heavy wheelchairs can't fit into
their car. The council says it puts the needs of children first and
works with parents to ensure their needs are met consistently and
fairly. What they are not giving is a date for when the girls can
finally start school. The father of a Lincolnshire man who
murdered 10`year`old Rosie May Storrie has vowed to fight on to
clear his son's name. Paul Smith was found guilty of suffocating Rosie
May at a Christmas party in Leicestershire in 2003. High He's
now lost his latest appeal against his conviction and sentence. Amy
Harris reports. Rosie May Storrie, age nine, filmed
at home in 2002, with her pet rabbit. A year later, she would be
dead. Rosie Mabe was killed at a Christmas party at this house in
Normanton near Grantham by another guest. 17`year`old Paul Smith. He
was convicted of suffocating her, and sentenced to 14 years in jail.
He has always denied murder, and he has previously attempted to change
the verdict. Today, it was announced the Court of Appeal refused an
appeal against his conviction. It is welcome news for Rosie May's family.
Finally, it means we can get on with our lives and go forward in a
positive way. This man is quite clearly dangerous. We hope that he
will be dealt with in the right way going forward. A decision that can't
be reversed. But Paul Smith's father says the fight to clear his son's
name will go on. One of the thoughts was to go back to the criminal cases
review commission to look at the case again. My son is innocent. This
is a huge miscarriage of justice. I will continue 0
is a huge miscarriage of justice. I will continue to fight it. Rosie May
was a born performer. This year, she would have been 21. Her family are
coping with their loss by putting their 0
coping with their loss by putting their energy and efforts into a
dance Academy and a children's home in Sri Lanka, set up in her name.
Their way of giving other young people the future that Rosie May was
denied. A 71`year old`woman was airlifted to
hospital, after a bus and tractor crash in a Leicestershire village.
Witnesses say a single`decker bus collided with a tractor, before
smashing into a wall on North Street in Rothley this morning. Three other
people were taken to hospital as a precaution. The road had to be
closed, while emergency services rescued the woman, who had serious
leg injuries. The bus was quite well lodged in the
wall. 0 0 The bus was quite well lodged in the
wall. The driver's side was large, the tractor, the door, as you
stepped onto the bus, the bus was in a good mess.
There's been a sharp rise in the number of homeless women in
Nottinghamshire. A two`week long survey, carried out last year, found
617 homeless people in the county, which included 250 women. That's a
rise of 10% in three years. The survey also found one in five people
had been asked to leave home by their parents, with the same number
suffering from mental health problems.
A school that was forced to close today, after pupils came down with
what's thought to be norovirus, will open again tomorrow. Diseworth
Primary in Leicestershire was shut so staff could give the school a
deep clean. 14 of its 40 children now have the illness. Parents have
been told to keep children away from school for 0
been told to keep children away from school for the 48 0
been told to keep children away from school for the 48 hours after
they've stopped being ill. Still to come tonight: The weather
forecast. And there are warnings of a wintry
blast. We are in for the coldest day of the
winter this week. The big question is, will we finally be seeing some
of this? All the details later. We get a sneak preview of what will be
inside Kim Richard III's visitor Centre in Leicester.
The government has rejected calls for more cash to improve one of the
region's main east`west rail links. A transport minister says there
isn't a business case to justify it. That's despite lobbying by regional
MPs and local councils. They claim the Castle Railway Line from
Nottingham to Lincoln, via Newark, should be a top priority. Here's our
political editor John Hess. Good evening. I have some railway
figures. Ten years ago, the Newark Castle
line carried 650,000 passengers. That's a lot.
Last year, that figure had fallen to 350,000, almost half.
So, is the Castle Line really a suitable case for investment when
it's got a faster rival? The East Coast Main Line from Newark
gets passengers into London in just over one hour and 22 minutes. It
would take you just as long on the Castle Line from Newark to
Nottingham, a third of the distance. The government is talking
about North`South high speed rail, but it is cross country we need
help. There are always too many people on it. If 0
help. There are always too many people on it. If the trend was more
frequent it would be better. The Castle Line opened in 1846 and is
regarded as an important railway. Local politicians want new
investment to cut journey times. We all want this to succeed, as far
west as Nottingham. Last month, councillors lobbied MPs
to upgrade the Castle Line. It has emerged that message has yet to
reach a transport minister. The Trans `` the department has received
no comment from the councils. We haven't seen a business case for
proposed improvements. The councils say they are disappointed. The
business case has been made. Maybe on the Castle Line, these things
take much longer to arrive. John, how much money are we talking
about? East Midlands councils, an umbrella
organisation which punches its weight in Whitehall on behalf of the
region, it reckons an investment of ?700,000 a year over three years,
would help. To start cutting journey times. A big chunk of initially come
from regional transport budgets, with the Department For Transport
picking up the tab. There is a big problem. As we know, we have
high`speed rail coming through, the electrification of the Midland Main
line. As far as the department is concerned, the Castle Line is 0
line. As far as the department is concerned, the Castle Line is not a
priority. Which is where this political lobbying will have to go
from here. Governors at a Leicester school will
vote next week on whether to become the city's first secondary to
convert to an academy. An application by Rushey Mead School
has already been approved in principle by the government. If the
plans go ahead, it would mean the school would move out of local
authority control. The authorities in Nottinghamshire
are trying to decide how to deal with waste in the future. A new deal
could see 60,000 tonnes of rubbish sent to Yorkshire. More
Nottinghamshire waste could also be sent to the Eastcroft incinerator in
Nottingham. It will have spare capacity until 2017. Proposals
suggest other rubbish may be taken to a processing plant in Sheffield.
After eight years of planning, developers have submitted proposals
to build 4,500 homes on farm land to the north east of Leicester. The
?445 million project would see houses, schools, health care
services and shops built here, near Hamilton and Thurmaston. The
developers, Commercial Estates Group, say thousands of construction
jobs will be created. But a local action group is campaigning to halve
the number of homes planned for the area.
This whole area, a beautiful corner of rural England, could be
completely concreted over. It will be a 0
completely concreted over. It will be a huge 0
completely concreted over. It will be a huge shame, a loss of
agricultural land, and for the people who live here, we think
transport problems will be huge because the infrastructure cannot
really cope with it. Next: Don't let dyslexia hold you
back. That was 0 Next: Don't let dyslexia hold you
back. That was the message today from the world famous fashion
designer Sir Paul Smith. At a special awareness`raising event at
the University of Derby, Sir Paul told us his dyslexia had made him
more creative. Signing one of his own designs in
aid of a cause close to his heart. Sir Paul Smith is known for his
fashion brand. Closer to home, he is patron of the Nottingham `based
dyslexia Association. I wish it was called something else... Instead of
concentrating on the difficulties dyslexia can bring comic he believes
it helped him become a designer and sufferers are often more creative.
We are 0 0 sufferers are often more creative.
We are very 0 sufferers are often more creative.
We are very curious, inventive, we don't follow the crowd.
Anyone looking for a creative member of staff, here we are. That was the
message to employees at the event at the University of Derby, organised
pike undergraduates. Sarah has gone on to higher
education despite being expelled from school. I was aggressive and
unhappy but, finding out it was because I had dyslexia, it gave
meaning and I knew why I was behaving like that.
Since then, I have gone from strength to strength.
It was a stigma for many children, because of the teachers, possible
employers 0 0 because of the teachers, possible
employers didn't understand what was wrong.
At two`day's event, dyslexic students were offered help. Sir Paul
Smith said his biggest regret is his lack of education. He left school
without qualifications. But it hasn't prevented him enjoying the
sweet smell of success. He is great.
Still to come: The five`year`old taking TV stardom in her stride.
After battling ill health from birth, Gretel can now be seen in a
new ad for the British Heart Foundation.
In sport, a sendoff to the Winter Olympics, our speed skaters are
setting off. It's almost a year to the day that a
skeleton in a car park in Leicester was confirmed as the remains of King
Richard III. So, how appropriate to be given a glimpse today of what
will be 0 0 be given a glimpse today of what
will be inside the multi`million pound visitor centre dedicated to
him. It's being developed just a stone's throw from where it is hoped
the King will be buried, in the heart of Leicester's Cathedral
Quarter. Victoria Hicks has more. In 1485, Richard assembled his
troops here. He led them to Bosworth. He was slain there.
Brought back and buried. From death, the birth of a visitor
centre fit for a king. Today, the first glimpse of what will be
inside. We take visitors on an exciting journey of his life and
times. We tell stories of the amazing science behind establishing
the fact these bones are those of Richard III. We reproduce the
skeleton. We use an MRI scanner. Without a shadow of doubt, people
will come worldwide. Was about the judicial review in March, what will
happen if the remains of reinterred in York?
The visitor 0 0 in York?
The visitor centre will still go ahead.
It will have a fantastic story to tell. They will still be able to
visit the grave. It can't be anywhere else. Yes, there will be a
bit missing. An important bit. But a fantastic story. Even if the remains
aren't interred here, it won't affect plans for this ?4 million
centre, and building work should be finished by summer.
Summer seems a long way away. Time now for the sport.
Leicester City are hoping to rewrite their history book tonight. If they
win at Birmingham it'll be the first time in 129 years that they've had
eight successive 0 time in 129 years that they've had
eight successive league victories. It's been quite a month for the
Championship leaders, as Mark Shardlow reports.
For a man whose job was in doubt more than once last year, there is
some satisfaction. HM ship table with Leicester at the top. By eight
clear points. The papers are making good reading. It is nice. But there
is a long way to go. We are fully aware of the situation we have put
ourselves into. But we are equally aware of the fact there is still a
long way to go. A lot of good teams in the division. Their history
equalling run began over Christmas at QPR. Over the holidays, their
three successes followed. And victories over Derby, 0
three successes followed. And victories over Derby, Leeds and
Middlesbrough, taking the tally to seven, one of the club record. It is
not the case of breaking records but making sure we are right for the
next game. It is nice 0 making sure we are right for the
next game. It is nice to be in that position where we have been on a
really good run. And we would like it to continue. But we will have to
earn it. As pragmatic as ever but they have their best chance for
automatic promotion to the Premiership 0
automatic promotion to the Premiership in a decade.
While Leicester are looking very good at 0
While Leicester are looking very good at the 0 0
While Leicester are looking very good at the top, Derby have their
own Premier League ambitions. An automatic promotion place is
certainly not out of their reach. Tonight, they're at home to
Championship strugglers Yeovil. And Kirsty Edwards is at the Ipro
Stadium. Derby fans have been treated to
exciting and attacking football under Steve McClaren, although after
such a good December and `` December, January has seen only one
win. 0 0 December, January has seen only one
win. They will be looking to double back tally tonight and on paper they
will be favourites. Derby are comfortably in the play`off
positions, four points of an automatic promotion place. Yeovil
are 0 0 automatic promotion place. Yeovil
are second 0 0 automatic promotion place. Yeovil
are second from bottom of the table. The Rams certainly do not think
today will be easy against a side they say are strong, physical and
hard`working. I have worked under Gary Johnson. I know what 0
hard`working. I have worked under Gary Johnson. I know what teams he
likes, how he likes to play football. I know their strengths. It
is down to what we do at home. As we say in most games, we respect the
opponent. If you are not going to be at the iPro Stadium to see how Derby
get on tonight, your local radio commentary team are in place to
bring you all the action. Mansfield had been due to play
tonight, but their home match with Bury has been called off because of
a waterlogged pitch at Field Mill. A mention of Leicester Tigers who
have added two more key players to their long injury list. Niall Morris
and Miles Benjamin have both had operations, and will be out for
weeks. A nightmare for Tigers. Finally, our short track speed
skaters have set off for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with very real
hopes of medals. A little earlier, the team, including European
Champion Elise 0 the team, including European
Champion Elise Christie and the experienced Jon Eley, were waved off
by friends, family, school children, staff at the National Ice Centre.
And me. There is more enthusiasm and
expectation 0 There is more enthusiasm and
expectation around 0 There is more enthusiasm and
expectation around this Winter Olympics from British fans than most
of us can remember. We have not staged a sendoff like this before.
This is our training environment. They have made a great effort to
send the team off, quite exciting. These are the special moments the
athletes remember. The affection is real. The speed skating team is
based in the Midlands. This is where they have nurtured the team with
prospects. We have the strongest team we have ever had. 0
team we have ever had. 0 A 0
team we have ever had. 0 A couple of medal opportunities. The
level of condition we will face is the toughest ever. There are
brothers and sisters, husbands and wives all part of it. Some must stay
and watch things from here. Do you get the feeling he is hungry for it?
Definitely, it hasn't been a great season but his focus is like a one
track mind. He is raring to go. This is the departure. Imagine the
reception if one or two medals on this bus when comes back.
Our best wishes go with them. In cricket, too, good luck to
Nottinghamshire openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb, as they go into
T20 action against Australia tomorrow. All captained by our own
Stuart Broad. From potential sporting stars to
brand new television stars. Meet this little five year old from
Nottinghamshire. Gretel Lambert was born with a congenital heart
problem. She had to have open heart surgery when she was just seven
weeks old. But it seems nothing can stop her. Now, she's appearing in
the British Heart Foundation's new TV advert, and Angelina Socci has
been to meet her. My name is Mark Lambert, this is
quite old. The face of the latest charity campaign.
The five`year`old recently filmed to TV adverts. While in the room, she
was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She had to undergo
life`saving surgery. She has several heart defects. It affects the main
aorta and pulmonary artery. Life`threatening. We did not know if
she would survive. The charity has supported the family since she was
born. They say this is their way of giving something back. A 0
born. They say this is their way of giving something back. A fantastic
experience, it has turned what was a dark and traumatic journey with
Gretel when she was born, into one that is very positive and unique
that we didn't think we would be involved in.
I have two cry like that. Having Gretel on the advert, and realising
heart disease has no boundaries, it is important for 0
heart disease has no boundaries, it is important for us to keep our work
going and people to get involved. As part of the campaign, the family are
planning a number of fundraising events next week. For now, Gretel is
enjoying her new`found stardom. We will be looking out for her.
Earlier, there was a tantalising view of snow. Time now for the
weather. There could be a little bit of snow.
It has been pretty grim so far. Bands of showers spiralling around
an area of low pressure. Showers after showers. In some areas, you
may have not seen anything at all. Low pressure is starting to fill
in, sinking south tomorrow. As it does so, we will finally open the
floodgates to that cold air in the east. It is certainly getting colder
for the next couple of days. The showers will diminish tomorrow. As
they do, I would not rule out the odd flurry later in the day. For the
time being, tonight, showers across the East, becoming more widespread
tonight. There could be a little bit of wintry weather over the Peak
District. 0 of wintry weather over the Peak
District. Cloudy, damp, breezy once again, but relatively mild. Down to
four Celsius. Tomorrow morning, a grim start. A lot of cloud, showers
to start, merging to give a longer spell of rain. Later in the day, as
we start to get that cold air, it could turn wintry. Some wet snow. It
is feeling cold. Four Celsius. Colder still on Thursday, we may
wake up to icy conditions. Mostly dry again, the odd flurry of sleet
or wet snow on Thursday. Wet, windy and mild again 0
or wet snow on Thursday. Wet, windy and mild again on Friday. 0
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