31/01/2014 East Midlands Today


31/01/2014

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Good evening. Controversial free schools are back

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in the education spotlight tonight. It's after the Government turned

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down an application for a new free school at Newark in Nottinghamshire.

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It was going to be led by the man who used to be in charge of Derby's

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Al`Madinah School which has also seen another major change today.

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Simon Hare reports. Well, the trust which helped to

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set`up the Al`Madinah School in derby has gone. They had come in for

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a lot of criticism from the Government and its inspectors about

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how the school was being run. It was branded as dysfunctional. They were

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given as a deadline of today to step down and now they have. A new is in

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charge and tonight in a letter confirmation in a letter to parents

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that the primary school site will be closed and all pupils moved to the

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site near Derby train station and the school will continue to have a

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Muslim ethos. The man who had been the principal here, he wanted to be

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the principal of the Newark School of Enterprise, but the Government

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has said that that proposal didn't reach the high bar we have set so

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the project will go no further. News welcomed by the man who runs

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Nottingham's local authority schools. I think it is the right

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decision for Newark. I don't think it was viable because the take`up

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wasn't there. The numbers of pupils that they claim that they had to

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start in September was not sufficient. Those behind the Newark

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plans say they are disappointed and the future of Al`Madinah School is

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far from secure. It is due another Government inspection very soon.

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One of the region's former leading Conservatives has announced he is

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joining UKIP. David Parsons was the leader of Leicestershire County

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Council for nine years until a police investigation into his

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expense claims. Earlier today, the former Conservative leader and his

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wife Elizabeth were shaking hands with their new party leader, UKIP's

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Nigel Farage. For the moment, David Parsons has ruled out standing as a

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UKIP candidate in the next year's general election. They are a new

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political force. They have got something to say to people. I'm very

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interested in talking about the European Union. I have no plans to

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stand. David Parsons brings a wealth of experience, having been involved

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with the regional assembly, he has seen at first hand the European

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Union is having not just on national Government, but on Local Government

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in this country. An inspection has revealed that

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two`thirds of tanning salons in Derbyshire were breaking the legal

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ultraviolet ray limits. Council inspectors carried out the checks

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months ago, but have their results have only just been made public. The

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council has yet to see if anything has changed. Here's our health

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correspondent, Rob Sissons. It is one way of getting a suntan, but

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just how safe are sunbeds? New rules came in in 2009 limiting

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the level of ultra individual lot rays to 0.3 watts per square meet r,

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but how many salons are compliant? 45 sunbeds breached the legal UV

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output limit and five of those had emission ratings double the

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recommended level. We are working with the local businesses to make

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sure they are aware of what they need to do to make sure that people

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are not exposed to risks. It is knowing what the risks are when they

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go to a tanning salon. Even sunbeds operating at the legal

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level give the equivalent to an hour's sun in Australia. Shouldn't

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the checks have been done years ago? We prioritise where we think is most

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appropriate. We haven't got the capacity to visit every business in

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Derbyshire. Trading Standards told me they want

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to give businesses time to put things right, but they confiscate

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sunbeds if shops don't comply. A number of people were arrested

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today in Leicestershire during a police led operation targeting

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criminals on the road. Nine agencies including immigration and Customs

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officials joined police in stopping motorists at Beaumont Leys. They say

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from 40 vehicles checked, they uncovered 23 offences. They included

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immigration issues as well as driving offences. Police say they'll

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continue to use mobile patrols going forward as part of what they've

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called Operation Tiger. It has been confirmed today that

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work to demolish Leicester's Belgrave flyover should take just

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over two months. The city council announced the nine week timescale

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after consulting local people. It says more than two`thirds were in

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favour of a short, more intense period of work to dismantle the

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structure. The flyover shuts forever at midnight. The East Midlands is

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seeing a bigger boom in house building than any other part of the

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country. Figures from the national house building council shows the

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number of new homes built here was up by almost 60% compared to the

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same period the year before. Nationally, the rise was just over

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half of that. Leicester Tigers were in Cup action

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against Bath, but were defeated 17`35. In the championship,

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Nottingham won at home. They beat London Scottish 15`3.

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As well as being the transfer deadline, it is the last day of

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January and it has been a month that saw record rainfall for some parts

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of the UK. Was the East Midlands setting new records? Not here,

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Maurice. Leicestershire had the highest rainfall totals. No surprise

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that many fields like these in Derbyshire and Leicestershire are

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underwater. Motorists continue to struggle on roads that a liable to

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flooding, but at least the swans look to be enjoying themselves. If

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you are hoping for better prospects for the weekend weather, well

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tomorrow is looking really quite unsettled. It is going to be very

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windy and there will be plenty of scattered showers around, but

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Sunday, by far the better day, drier and brighter. So this is the main

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area of rain. It started to clear away to the east. There will be a

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few showers around through the night tonight before they clear away by

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morning. The skies start to clear and the temperatures will drop and I

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expect it should get low enough for frost in places. Tomorrow morning

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will be a cold start. It remains very windy with a gusty

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south`westerly wind throughout the day on Saturday. A dry start. The

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showers will move in. As I said, a better prospect on Sunday. Drier,

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brighter with lighter winds. Newsnight is starting now on BBC

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Two. For now, good night. Good evening. Today's heavy and

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persistent rain is disappearing over the horizon. Sadly, the other

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problems are not. Problems to come tonight include snow over Scotland

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and Northern Ireland, and tomorrow, strong winds and high tides bringing

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the potential for flooding.

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