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Berkshire. Now it's time for the news where you are.
This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight ` train bosses apologise for a broken promise of faster journeys
to London. They organised this photo opportunity knowing they could not
deliver quicker journeys. 15 arrests in Derby as police seized drugs and
suspected dangerous dogs. Plus, the streamlining of local government in
Leicestershire but will it really deliver on big savings? And could
these DIY defences make sandbags obsolete? It is so much quicker. One
person could do it instead of the army doing it currently.
Hello and welcome to the programme. First tonight, the passengers
furious at what they call 'broken promises'. In December, East
Midlands Trains announced faster links with London. But it's emerged
it made those promises knowing it may not be able to deliver. It
discovered, just before the launch, that Network Rail hadn't finished
work on the line. But the announcement to passengers still
went ahead and rather than faster links, some passengers are suffering
delays. Jo Healey's at Derby Station. What's the background to
this? Yes, hello. Two months ago in December on Derby station there was
quite a fanfare, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
announced a new faster link to London, trains could travel at 125
miles an hour knocking four minutes of the journey from Derby. But, two
weeks 0 of the journey from Derby. But, two
weeks before the announcement East Midlands Trains knew that network
rail had not completed crucial work on the line. Effectively, at times
slamming some of 0 on the line. Effectively, at times
slamming some of the trains. Last week East Midlands Trains talked of
network rail's failure to deliver the promised line speed improvement
on time. They say they underestimated the scale of the
work. It was, they said, completely unacceptable. This is what some
passengers told us. My last several journeys have been late which is an
issue if you have connections and meetings. Everyday I come to this
train, it is always ten minutes late. It is normally on time and
also coming back from London. It is annoying because I had to catch a
connecting bus in Leicester. There was a new `` a united front
from both companies apologising but insisting they are small. Look at
this. It is a record, one passenger kept in January systematically
logging had delays between East Midlands and London. At its worst,
trains were cancelled, many many trains were a number of minutes late
and in one case there was a half an hour delay. She is furious.
Passengers were told to December there would be faster links even
though East Midlands Trains and Network Rail knew they may not be
able to deliver. We have had what East Midlands Trains said but have
they given an explanation as to why they went ahead with the
announcement in December? Yes, they have said they went ahead
thinking they could mitigate some of the delays so presumably hoping no
one would notice but they were caught out by some factors including
the bad weather we have been having. The managing directors have
apologised again to passengers, they say most of the work should be done
by April after that the timetable they promised in December would
finally be up and running just four month late.
We will leave it there. Coming up. More wild weather on the way. Kaye
has the latest details. Yes, everything being thrown at us, the
snow and rain and wind. Join me for the 0
snow and rain and wind. Join me for the details later in the programme.
Sixteen people have been arrested during 0 0
Sixteen people have been arrested during a 0
Sixteen people have been arrested during a series of drugs raids in
Derby. Residents say their lives had been made a misery in recent months
with drug dealing openly taking place near their homes. And as well
as suspected drugs, officers today also seized four dogs, which it's
thought could be banned under Dangerous Dogs legislation. From
Derby, Simon Hare reports. It has been six months of evidence
gathering. An 0 It has been six months of evidence
gathering. An early morning briefing for a police operation to tackling
organised crime gang in Derby. For those who do not work the area, if
they see you walking around, they will intimidate you.
Let's support the teams. A dozen homes in the Peartree area city was
searched, officers using a sniffer dog recovered suspected class a and
class B drugs and stolen property. 16 people were arrested, among them
three women. One of them was taken in for questioning by officers from
the National Crime Agency. Residents were too nervous to appear on
camera. One man said living in the area was a living hell. And a woman
said the 0 0 area was a living hell. And a woman
said the area had become dangerous Jude to the amount of drug dealing
taking place. People have been complaining ``
Chivu to the amount of drug dealing. The impact on the local community
has been unbearable for them and frustrating.
I understand the frustration because they see the drug dealing going on
and they think what are we doing, what are the police doing but today
is to show we have been doing something in the background. Four
dogs are suspected of being banned and the Dangerous Dogs Act were also
recovered. Tonight, 15 of the 16 people
arrested were still being questioned.
A Sikh spiritual leader has told a court that allegations that he
sexually abused a man who attacked him with an axe "are totally
absurd." Harjit Singh Toor from Oadby alleges the abuse took place
on a number of occasions at his uncle's house in India when he was a
boy. Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner.
The allegations against his Holiness date back 20 years before he became
spiritual leader. Harjit Singh Toor claims the abuse took place when he
was seven years old at celebrations at his uncles house in the Punjab
attended by hundreds. In court, his Holiness gave evidence by video link
and he repeatedly denied ever visiting the house or the village.
He told the court I have never met him and there is no question of
touching him. The defence then suggested at the time of the alleged
abuse he told the seven`year`old Harjit Singh Toor not to say
anything to anybody and the Guru replied it isn't true. When asked by
the prosecution if there was a word of truth to the serious sexual
allegations, the Guru told the court absolutely none. It is absurd.
Earlier, the Guru described how he had not suspected anything in the
temple, he made a swing targeting my head with an axe, I lifted my arm
and felt pain. There was a lot of blood. Harjit Singh Toor denies
attempted murder but admits GBH. An American clothing company is
creating more than 150 jobs in Nottingham at a new customer service
centre. VF Corporation owns brands including
The North Face and Lee and Wrangler jeans. It's now recruiting staff for
a new office on the NG2 Business Park. The firm already employs more
than 200 people at the Wrangler UK base in Calverton.
There's anger at a decision to spend sixty five thousand pounds of public
money sending Nottingham City Council delegates to the French
Riviera. Council representatives are attending the Annual International
Property Fair in Cannes. They say it's an opportunity to attract
investment. Critics argue it's a waste of taxpayers' money, at a time
of budget cuts. For the past three years, the cost of the trip's been
met by private backers. Scrapping district councils in one of our
counties and merging them into one single, big authority, could save
around 30 million pounds a year, and cut council tax according to an
independent report. It would mean the biggest shake`up
in the structure of local government for decades. But could it also help
councils struggling to balance their budgets. Our political editor John
Hess has more details. Sensing the bins is one of the most
valued of local services but is it time to tidy up the council to an
merge them? In Leicestershire, seven district councils and the County
Council. Accountants suggest replacing them all with one powerful
unitary authority. The report was commissioned by a politician, the
leader of Conservative run Leicestershire.
If you believe the Chancellor going forward in the next ten years, the
savings are only going to get greater. Maybe the time has come for
a sensible debate about local government.
The report targets duplication, eight chief executives and 19
directors, merging those posts could save ?15 million. Merging the
district and county into one would save 31 point formerly an pounds
annually. Setting up the new council would cost ?13 million, says the
report but the move would cut council tax. And with the merger,
the number of councillors would be cut from 316 to 100.
Even if Leicestershire vote for unitary status, the council chamber
here would have to be expanded to take more councillors to ensure
there was fair representation. For the district councils, the district
`` is it a cut too 0 the district councils, the district
`` is it a cut too far? The leader of one of the smaller councils
speaks out. You end up way Wah with less
representation and less ability to connect 0
representation and less ability to connect with people.
County Hall Tories say it isn't a grab for cash or power but it may
take more than a chocolate cupcake for this council leader.
A Nottingham mother whose four`year`old child has had major
open`heart surgery three times is calling for more to be done to raise
awareness of the problem. Her son, who was born with a congenital heart
defect, faces an uncertain future. When this four`year old grows up, he
wants to race cars. But for now running around is a dangerous
activity. You probably can't tell but Harvey was born with a
congenital heart defect which means the right side of his heart doesn't
work 0 the right side of his heart doesn't
work so the left works twice as hard. He already has had three major
surgeries. Eventually, he may need a transplant if he has delivered past
his 20s. For him, it is normal, makes no difference but as he gets
older he will face problems and arguments when he wants to play
football and do the things other kids are doing which will be risky.
The prognosis is guarded, they don't like to say what the future holds,
the only certainty is uncertainty with heart conditions.
Somebody in every 20 families is affected. It is time`consuming,
heart`rending, it is expensive. It's expensive for the families and the
NHS. It is hoped by raising awareness kids like Harvey are able
to stay their feet. Good luck to him. How early can
doctors find out if a child has a heart defect?
Increasingly they find out in the womb, at the 20 week scan or
sometimes earlier. That allows doctors to identify the most serious
problems. They found out about Harvey's condition when she was
pregnant and he was operated on at a day old. Had it not been picked up
then, he would not have survived. And what options are available for
treating the problem? Surgery, keyhole intervention, medical
treatment but in some cases treatments are not needed for many
years. There is no magic here. Patients often come back, they need
treatment and work later on and also the consultant said they are
continually surprised that some people often live veritably
healthily into adult hood. Let's keep our fingers crossed for Harvey.
A Nottingham head teacher says keeping young people safe online is
an impossible issue but one that needs to be tackled.
His comments came on Safer Internet Day ` a world`wide event to
encourage more responsible use of the web. To coincide with the event,
Bramcote 0 the web. To coincide with the event,
Bramcote College hosted BBC Radio five Live and Radio 1 for a special
Safety Summit. Our reporter Eleanor Garnier has been finding out how it
went. Tuesday the 11th of February, all
around the world today is Safer Internet Day. The BBC broadcasting
live from a college but talking about staying safe online is a lot
easier 0 about staying safe online is a lot
easier than putting it into practice.
Students here think the way it is taught needs to be better.
We should adapt more lessons, bring in people more specific to teach it
and raise awareness. We need to adapt to the internet rather than
running from it and being scared. You can find out... If we had more
education and teachers gave a small support it would definitely help the
younger children especially. There is so much danger, people can
get hurt. Girls especially can get predators on there. It is important
we tackle it. Hannah from Leicestershire took her
own life last year. Her father has claimed she 0
own life last year. Her father has claimed she was being bullied
online. The headteacher at Bramcote College
says staff and parents need to get up to speed.
It is an impossible issue because as adults we are always learning from
the students about what is out there, you only have to see the news
about deaths because of cyber bullying or drinking games and most
adults are not aware 0 bullying or drinking games and most
adults are not aware of these things.
Lots of experiences from parents who have been shocked about what their
kids were looking at online and how easily they find it. The primary
emotion is panicked and they want to learn more and get better at talking
to their kids about going online. It might 0 0
to their kids about going online. It might be 0 0
to their kids about going online. It might be a typical discussion but
it is one that cannot be avoided. Young people must stay safe online.
And if you'd like more information about how to use the internet in a
secure way, then there are lots of tips if you visit the
Coming up, homes benefiting from a flood defence system based in
Canada. The water does the rest. Details later. Sports details now
with Colin. Forest play tonight ` they're coming up ` but we start
with Derby's thrilling win over Queens Park Rangers last night which
has blown apart the top of the Championship table. With two teams
automatically going up, the win leaves Derby a point from second
place. The result strengthens Leicester's position at the top. And
it also opens the door for Forest who are hovering waiting for others
to fail. It meant so much for the Rams ` and it really was quite a
night at the Ipro Stadium. Mark Shardlow was there.
Get ready for the 0 Shardlow was there.
Get ready for the ride. 0 Shardlow was there.
Get ready for the ride. The derby win means all sorts of things with
them, for Leicester and forest. QPR have the meanest defence in the
championship but it could have been broken in the 0
championship but it could have been broken in the first minute. As the
Rams put on the pressure, they almost fluked a goal. The
clearance... When it finally came, the goal was a rarity. I had the
second in a Rams shirt for him. QPR protested but this was going to be
Derby's night. Their first win against the top 16 this season.
Derby had plenty of defending to do and the keeper was at his best. The
work was tireless. For 90 minutes they did everything needed to keep a
clean sheet and claim the points. Even if at times it was unbearably
tense. The fourth official decided they had to do it for another five
minutes, bring on more agony, more worried and finally relief. The
final whistle brought what Steve McClaren says was his finest victory
at Derby whilst others are talking about automatic promotion, he is
looking at the finish in the top six and the play`offs. We are looking at
seventh position and how many points they have got and so that if the
target at the present moment. Burnley, QPR, Leicester, they have
the experience. Derby are a point behind QPR, but Sharon began the
season as a coach, he could defy the odds by ending the season above them
in the league. Nottingham Forest can go within a 0
in the league. Nottingham Forest can go within a point of Derby if they
win at Huddersfield tonight. They're looking to extend their unbeaten run
to a remarkable 16 games. Kirsty Edwards has been to see a man whose
goals could be key. He scored eight goals so far this
season and he has helped the red go on impressive run. 50 games without
defeat `` 15. Simon Cox is loving life at Forest,
he has eclipsed last seasons goal tally having only started in 20
games. I had a couple of injuries which I am over now which is good.
I feel like I am getting back to what I thought was my best. While
the striking injury problems are behind him, the same can't be said
for a number of his team mates, the captain Chris keirin, the defender
and more recently Henry Lansbury and David Vaughan have picked up
long`term injuries. Big players for us, influential
players. But like I say, it is about the squad game and when one goes
down, someone steps in and it gives someone else an opportunity to show
what they can do. We are still buoyant and happy and smiles on the
faces. We feel we can go anywhere at any point and get a 0
faces. We feel we can go anywhere at any point and get a result.
Tonight, they are looking for a result at Huddersfield to extend
their impressive run of 15 unbeaten. I am proud of that. I don't see why
we can't do another 15 and go to the end of the season. Winning games
will keep us in the play`offs. Looking forward to that. Mansfield
Town's match with Bury 0 Looking forward to that. Mansfield
Town's match with Bury tonight was called off at lunchtime today.
Relentless rain this morning left the pitch in not state for football.
And finally, news from the Winter Olympics that Leicestershire
bobsleigher Craig Pickering may be forced to retire because of injury.
Pickering ` who lives in Coalville ` was a sprinter who missed London
2012 because of a back problem and turned to bobsleigh. Last week he
was ruled out of the Winter Games after suffering another back injury.
He's told BBC Radio Leicester it could end his athletic career
altogether. When I had surgery I was told having surgery would put
pressure and it is the disk above surgery which has gone so if any
disc was going it would be this one. It is just how it goes.
Very rough for him. 0 It is just how it goes.
Very rough for him. More Olympic action tomorrow. We have not been
ignoring you, looking at the papers. It's not often all our newspaper
front pages feature the same story. But today it was no surprise given
the scale of the flooding in the Home Counties and the Westcountry.
Some really dramatic pictures here. Of course, the East Midlands isn't
immune from flooding. In some Nottinghamshire villages ` they've
been flooded three times in the last seven years. 0
been flooded three times in the last seven years. But in one of them, a
young entrepreneur ` determined not to let water pour through his home
again ` has started importing instant flood defences. James
Roberson has more. In the pouring rain this morning,
Simon and I bring out some flood barriers. It is quite simple, it
uses the force of the water to hold it back. Simon found these Canadian
water gates after flash floods in 2007 devastated dozens of homes and
businesses. It went into the shop and 0
businesses. It went into the shop and it 0 0
businesses. It went into the shop and it covered 0 0
businesses. It went into the shop and it covered the bottom of the
shop. The home was just as bad if not worse. We filmed the family
mopping up after the water went down but that was just the beginning. We
were out 0 but that was just the beginning. We
were out of the house for nearly a year, it was such an upheaval and
stressful. You don't want to go through that again. We scoured the
market with things, we came across this product in Canada 0
market with things, we came across this product in Canada and 0
market with things, we came across this product in Canada and it sat in
the Garrard for five years. We then used it in 2012 and it worked so
well, everyone said its brilliance, can you get is one question one
Simon became the sole importer of the Watergate system, they can be
easily carried and unrolled stretching hundreds of yards. The
water raises the barrier, the barriers can be apt to six feet
high. They have proved a hit. Since the properties have had these
barriers, none of them have flooded. They have been protected. The six
properties with the water gates have been fine and protected. I feel much
more reassured because when the barrier is in place we know we are
safe. It is easy to sleep at night. The devices are now protecting
substations by the Thames but the MP wants the more widely used. I would
be interested to hear from him if his 0
be interested to hear from him if his solution is portable and easy to
move around. We can get them fairly quickly into the UK and it is so
much easier to deploy them than sandbags. It is taking the Army all
day to do the same job I can do in five or ten minutes.
It seems amazing. It seems to work. These headlines, will they be
repeated tomorrow? Yes, more rain on the way. A lot of weather, the snow
has been the talk of the 0 the way. A lot of weather, the snow
has been the talk of the town making a change from the rain and it looked
pretty today. It did not last long. This is the picture in ravens had
earlier at lunchtime. It started off with the rain 0 0
earlier at lunchtime. It started off with the rain and it rained this
morning. We saw cold air digging in turning the rain to snow and we are
still in the colder air mass. There is the chance of snow showers
tonight, some of us could be waking up to a dusting of snow first thing.
If you wintry showers at the moment, they are moving through quite
quickly, try with clear spells but then a cluster of showers pushing
in. These are more likely to turn to snow and across the Peak District
and higher ground we're talking around two to five centimetres of
snow accumulating. Even at lower levels, there may be a dusting or a
centimetre or 0 levels, there may be a dusting or a
centimetre or two. It is a short lived cold snap because we have
another area of low pressure zooming in off the Atlantic. Tomorrow
morning, any snow is washed away as the rain starts to push in. The rain
starts liked and patchy but for the middle part of the day it gets
heavier and more persistent. Later on in the day, turning more showery,
the rain eases but as the rain eases the winds pick up. Tomorrow
afternoon, a yellow weather warning for the winter, gusts of 50 miles an
hour. So, a lot of whether going on, tonight, the chance of snow across
higher ground, and tomorrow the focus is back with the brain and the
winds, gusts of up to 60 miles an hour. Later in the week, getting
quieter but more wet and windy weather to come for the weekend. It
isn't good. Not at all. It looked quite pretty for all of three
minutes today. See you on the late news. Goodbye.