06/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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taken ill at a dance event tonight. There is also a first look

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. First, tonight, the announcement

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that's safeguarded hundreds of jobs in the region and will keep

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train`making alive in Derby. That ?1 billion pound contract awarded to

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Bombardier. Our reporter Simon Hare has been at the firm's factory in

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the City since the details were confirmed.

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1500 people work at Bombardier. The current order book lasts until next

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year, but news of today's order guarantees work for the next five

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years. This is a walk`through vehicle, very

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similar to what the Crossrail vehicles are going to be like.

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Kevin Owen has been here 27 years. He says there is real relief among

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the workers that they know their future is secure.

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There definitely was apprehension about not knowing, because the

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uncertainty is the biggest fear. As soon as we got the news, everybody

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was jumping for joy. The ?1 billion order is to provide

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trains for a new Crossrail route through and under London. Bombardier

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will make 65 trains which carry passengers on the line. Today, the

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Secretary of State for Transport and Derbyshire Dales MP dropped in to

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see where his department's investment was going. He denied it

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was purely a political decision, after criticism three years ago,

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after an even bigger order went to a German company.

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They've won it because the management and the workforce put

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together an excellent deal. They won it very overwhelmingly so. I think

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it's great news for Derby, it's great news for manufacturing in the

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East Midlands. This year marks the 175th

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anniversary of train building in Derby. It's provided work for

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generation after generation. Today's announcement means that, although

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the designs may have changed, it remains 0

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the designs may have changed, it remains a career and in industry for

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the future. Well, Angela Dean is the Head of the

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School of Technology at the University of Derby. She told me the

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announcement's a real confidence booster for the city, 0

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announcement's a real confidence booster for the city, and for its

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next generation of engineers. When the last contract went abroad,

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it was a kick in the teeth for the East Midlands.

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So, this new 0 East Midlands.

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So, this new contract will take forward the industry in Derby for

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probably the next ten years, and then we'll be able to take it

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forward for the next 30 years. The East Midlands has a great stock

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of manufacturers ` Rolls`Royce, Toyota and Caterpillar. How

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significant is this region on the global stage?

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Well, I've travelled quite a lot for my work, and everybody knows Derby.

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Everybody knows Rolls`Royce. Everybody knows Bombardier, and

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everybody knows Toyota. It's one of the places that, around the world,

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is known for its manufacturing industry, and the quality of

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products that it produces. Of course, this is very good news

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for the smaller companies in and around Derby.

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Derby has a large number of high`tech businesses which are small

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or medium`sized enterprises, but they feed into the wider economy,

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and also into the large manufacturers in the supply chain.

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This will be a huge boost to many of those companies. They'll find it a

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real lifeline to take them forward. Thank you Angela.

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Police investigating allegations of child sexual offences, connected to

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a theatre in Leicestershire, have arrested two men. Two others have

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also been banned from the Concordia in Hinckley as an investigation

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takes place. The County Council has launched its own safeguarding

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investigation, and says it won't issue licences for children to take

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part in any forthcoming productions there.

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The two people we've arrested so far are connected to the theatre, but

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the offences we suspect them of committing were not committed at the

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theatre itself. They were committed away from the theatre. The two

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people who have been banned by the theatre at our request have

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obviously not been arrested. However, information in our

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possession leads us to believe that they are not fit to be part of that

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theatre. There's been a huge rise in

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complaints about websites offering online form`checking services. They

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do very little, yet charge huge sums of money. Trading Standards in

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Nottinghamshire says it's seeing unprecedented levels already this

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year. Sarah Teale has more. These are independent companies

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which offer some kind of checking service for applications, like

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passports or tax returns. But, the problem is, they are designed to

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look like the official website, so people don't realise they're paying

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for something they may not even need. Nottinghamshire Trading

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Standards say the problem is escalating. Throughout the whole of

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last year, they received 41 complaints about this sort of

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practice. So far, this year, they've already received 24 complaints. I've

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been speaking to Rebecca Hardiman from West Bridgford in Nottingham `

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she lost hundreds of pounds after filling in her annual tax return

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form. I googled tax return HMRC, and at

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the very top there was this tax return gateway. I went through and

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filled it in, and then at the end they asked me for ?400.

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Did you think you were just paying the tax that you owed?

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I did think so, and I couldn't understand why it came out at ?400.

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It would have been nothing like that. I was horrified. I was really

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annoyed with myself because I'm usually really careful.

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What do you think about the company itself?

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It's just borderline legal, but it's so deceptive.

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Rebecca hasn't had her money back, and the website involved has

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suspended operations. But there are many similar companies out there

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offering services for driving licences, European health forms,

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visas and passports. To avoid these checking companies, make sure you

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get to the official government website. You will know you were

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there because they always end in .gov.uk. Make sure you see that on

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the web address and you should be OK.

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That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me ` but with your weather,

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now, here's Anna Church. B and several theme is set to

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continue into the weekend. A brief respite tomorrow afternoon. `` be

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unsettled theme. The rain is with us quite heavily and persistently at

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the moment. Where we already have the saturated ground, The Met office

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have issued a yellow warning. Some mild `` a mild night with lows of

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four degrees. Lights, patchy rain first thing tomorrow morning, but

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that starts to clear away. Long spells of sunshine during the

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afternoon, and it will be breezy with a top temperature of seven.

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Looking at your outlook, it is going to be quite wet on Friday night into

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Saturday, with some blustery showers and strong winds on Saturday. An

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improvement on is one day. Hello. I think the impact of this

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wet weather could be felt more widely as time goes on, even in

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areas which have been unscathed up until now. For now, the focus is on

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southern England. We have amber weather warnings right through until

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Saturday. We have another storm heading in. They are queueing up in

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the Atlantic. The storms will take place of this one which is giving a

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current spell of what weather this evening and overnight. Wet and

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windy, particularly through the English Channel. The rain falling

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snow across higher ground of northern England and Wales. Further

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north, rather quite a picture across Scotland and Northern Ireland. A

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touch of frost so icy patches are more of a hazard through the early

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part of tomorrow morning. Chilly across

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