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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good
evening. First, tonight, the announcement
that's safeguarded hundreds of jobs in the region and will keep
train`making alive in Derby. That ?1 billion pound contract awarded to
Bombardier. Our reporter Simon Hare has been at the firm's factory in
the City since the details were confirmed.
1500 people work at Bombardier. The current order book lasts until next
year, but news of today's order guarantees work for the next five
years. This is a walk`through vehicle, very
similar to what the Crossrail vehicles are going to be like.
Kevin Owen has been here 27 years. He says there is real relief among
the workers that they know their future is secure.
There definitely was apprehension about not knowing, because the
uncertainty is the biggest fear. As soon as we got the news, everybody
was jumping for joy. The ?1 billion order is to provide
trains for a new Crossrail route through and under London. Bombardier
will make 65 trains which carry passengers on the line. Today, the
Secretary of State for Transport and Derbyshire Dales MP dropped in to
see where his department's investment was going. He denied it
was purely a political decision, after criticism three years ago,
after an even bigger order went to a German company.
They've won it because the management and the workforce put
together an excellent deal. They won it very overwhelmingly so. I think
it's great news for Derby, it's great news for manufacturing in the
East Midlands. This year marks the 175th
anniversary of train building in Derby. It's provided work for
generation after generation. Today's announcement means that, although
the designs may have changed, it remains 0
the designs may have changed, it remains a career and in industry for
the future. Well, Angela Dean is the Head of the
School of Technology at the University of Derby. She told me the
announcement's a real confidence booster for the city, 0
announcement's a real confidence booster for the city, and for its
next generation of engineers. When the last contract went abroad,
it was a kick in the teeth for the East Midlands.
So, this new 0 East Midlands.
So, this new contract will take forward the industry in Derby for
probably the next ten years, and then we'll be able to take it
forward for the next 30 years. The East Midlands has a great stock
of manufacturers ` Rolls`Royce, Toyota and Caterpillar. How
significant is this region on the global stage?
Well, I've travelled quite a lot for my work, and everybody knows Derby.
Everybody knows Rolls`Royce. Everybody knows Bombardier, and
everybody knows Toyota. It's one of the places that, around the world,
is known for its manufacturing industry, and the quality of
products that it produces. Of course, this is very good news
for the smaller companies in and around Derby.
Derby has a large number of high`tech businesses which are small
or medium`sized enterprises, but they feed into the wider economy,
and also into the large manufacturers in the supply chain.
This will be a huge boost to many of those companies. They'll find it a
real lifeline to take them forward. Thank you Angela.
Police investigating allegations of child sexual offences, connected to
a theatre in Leicestershire, have arrested two men. Two others have
also been banned from the Concordia in Hinckley as an investigation
takes place. The County Council has launched its own safeguarding
investigation, and says it won't issue licences for children to take
part in any forthcoming productions there.
The two people we've arrested so far are connected to the theatre, but
the offences we suspect them of committing were not committed at the
theatre itself. They were committed away from the theatre. The two
people who have been banned by the theatre at our request have
obviously not been arrested. However, information in our
possession leads us to believe that they are not fit to be part of that
theatre. There's been a huge rise in
complaints about websites offering online form`checking services. They
do very little, yet charge huge sums of money. Trading Standards in
Nottinghamshire says it's seeing unprecedented levels already this
year. Sarah Teale has more. These are independent companies
which offer some kind of checking service for applications, like
passports or tax returns. But, the problem is, they are designed to
look like the official website, so people don't realise they're paying
for something they may not even need. Nottinghamshire Trading
Standards say the problem is escalating. Throughout the whole of
last year, they received 41 complaints about this sort of
practice. So far, this year, they've already received 24 complaints. I've
been speaking to Rebecca Hardiman from West Bridgford in Nottingham `
she lost hundreds of pounds after filling in her annual tax return
form. I googled tax return HMRC, and at
the very top there was this tax return gateway. I went through and
filled it in, and then at the end they asked me for ?400.
Did you think you were just paying the tax that you owed?
I did think so, and I couldn't understand why it came out at ?400.
It would have been nothing like that. I was horrified. I was really
annoyed with myself because I'm usually really careful.
What do you think about the company itself?
It's just borderline legal, but it's so deceptive.
Rebecca hasn't had her money back, and the website involved has
suspended operations. But there are many similar companies out there
offering services for driving licences, European health forms,
visas and passports. To avoid these checking companies, make sure you
get to the official government website. You will know you were
there because they always end in .gov.uk. Make sure you see that on
the web address and you should be OK.
That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me ` but with your weather,
now, here's Anna Church. B and several theme is set to
continue into the weekend. A brief respite tomorrow afternoon. `` be
unsettled theme. The rain is with us quite heavily and persistently at
the moment. Where we already have the saturated ground, The Met office
have issued a yellow warning. Some mild `` a mild night with lows of
four degrees. Lights, patchy rain first thing tomorrow morning, but
that starts to clear away. Long spells of sunshine during the
afternoon, and it will be breezy with a top temperature of seven.
Looking at your outlook, it is going to be quite wet on Friday night into
Saturday, with some blustery showers and strong winds on Saturday. An
improvement on is one day. Hello. I think the impact of this
wet weather could be felt more widely as time goes on, even in
areas which have been unscathed up until now. For now, the focus is on
southern England. We have amber weather warnings right through until
Saturday. We have another storm heading in. They are queueing up in
the Atlantic. The storms will take place of this one which is giving a
current spell of what weather this evening and overnight. Wet and
windy, particularly through the English Channel. The rain falling
snow across higher ground of northern England and Wales. Further
north, rather quite a picture across Scotland and Northern Ireland. A
touch of frost so icy patches are more of a hazard through the early
part of tomorrow morning. Chilly across