11/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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That is all from us. There is a first look

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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First tonight ` 0 Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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First tonight ` a faster rail service between the region and

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London that should have saved commuters' time has left passengers

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furious at what they call 'broken promises'. East Midlands Trains

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announced the quicker times last year but it made those 0

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announced the quicker times last year but it made those promises

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knowing it may not be able to deliver. Jo Healey's been

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investigating. Two months ago in December at Derby

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station there was quite a fanfare. The Transport Secretary announced

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the new faster link to London, trains travelling at 125 miles an

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hour knocking minutes off the journeys from the East Midlands. Two

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weeks before the announcement, East Midlands Trains knew that network

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rail had not completed critical work on the lines which could have slowed

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the trains at times. Last week East Midlands Trains talked of network

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rail failing to deliver the promised line speed improvements on time.

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They say they underestimated the scale of the work and it was, they

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said, completely unacceptable and has meant some delays. This is what

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some passengers said. My last few journeys have been late which is an

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issue if you have connections. Every day I come to get the train,

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it is always ten minutes late. It is normally on time and also

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coming back. It is annoying because I had to

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catch a connecting bus in Leicester to get to work on time. There was a

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more united front from the companies apologising for the delays insisting

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they are small. But look at this, a record, one

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passenger kept it in January logging the delays she 0 0

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passenger kept it in January logging the delays she has 0 0

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passenger kept it in January logging the delays she has experienced

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between East Midlands and London. Trains were cancelled, many trains

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were late and in one case there was a half hour delay. She is furious,

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passengers were told in December there will be faster links even

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though East Midlands Trains and Network Rail knew they may not be

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able to deliver them. Today, East Midlands Trains told me they went

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ahead with the announcement in December thinking they could

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mitigate some of the delays but were caught out by problems like bad

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weather. They say work should now be completed by April after that the

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timetable they promised in December will finally be up and running.

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16 people have been arrested during a series of drugs raids in Derby.

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Officers from the National Crime Agency helped Derbyshire police with

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the operation. A total of 12 homes were raided in the Peartree area and

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suspected Class A and B drugs were seized. Four dogs, thought to be

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banned under 0 seized. Four dogs, thought to be

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banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, were also recovered. It's part of an

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investigation into an organised crime gang and follows complaints

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about drug dealing. The 0

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about drug dealing. The impact has been unbearable for

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them and frustrating from their point of view. I understand the

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frustration because they see the drug dealing going 0

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frustration because they see the drug dealing going on daily and

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wonder what the police are doing. Today is to show we have been doing

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stuff in the background. There's anger at a decision to spend

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sixty five thousand pounds of public money sending Nottingham City

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Council delegates to the French Riviera. Council representatives are

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attending the Annual International Property Fair in Cannes. They say

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it's an opportunity to attract investment. But the Tax Payers'

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Alliance argue it's a waste of money, at a time of budget cuts. For

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the past three years, the cost of the trip's been met by private

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backers. Elsewhere cutting the number of

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councillors and merging councils could save ?30 million a year on

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running costs according to an independent report. The shake`up

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proposed for Leicestershire would create one single big authority but

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it could reduce council tax and help balance the budget. Our Political

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Editor John Hess reports. Emptying the bins is one of 0

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Editor John Hess reports. Emptying the bins is one of the most

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valued of services but is it time to tidy up the councils? In

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Leicestershire there are seven councils and County Council.

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Accountants suggest 0 councils and County Council.

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Accountants suggest replacing them all one powerful authority, the

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report was commissioned by a politician, the leader of

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Conservative run Leicestershire. If you 0 0

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Conservative run Leicestershire. If you believe the Chancellor going

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forward, in the next ten years the savings will get greater.

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Maybe the time has come for a sensible debate about local

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government. The report target duplication, eight chief executives

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and 19 council directors, merging those could save ?15 million.

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Merging the districts and County would save ?31.4 million annually.

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Setting up a new council would cost ?13 million, says the report but the

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move would cut council tax. The number of councillors would be cut

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from 316 to 100. Even if Leicestershire opted for the new

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council, the chamber here would have to be expanded to take more

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councillors to ensure there was fair representation. For the district

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councils, are the recommendations are cut too far? This leader of one

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of the smallest councils says this. You end up with less representation

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and less ability to connect. Tories say it isn't a grab for cash or

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power but it may take more than a chocolate cake as a sweetener for

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this District Council leader. Onto football and tonight's results

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In 0 0 0 Onto football and tonight's results

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In the 0 0 Onto football and tonight's results

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In the Championship it was Huddersfield zero Nottingham Forest

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three which means Forest extend their unbeaten run to 16 games. And

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in League Two Mansfield's game with Bury was called off because of a

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water`logged pitch. That is the picture across the

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country. Goodbye. A lot of whether going on, we saw

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some snow today but now the attention is focused back on the

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wind and rain. Another area of low pressure pushing in. There is the

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chance of snow tonight, a few showers around and we can see some

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pushing in in the Airlie hours of the morning. Temperatures below

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freezing. The snow replaced tomorrow with the rain, the rain started off

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quite liked and patchy but you will see more persistent and heavy rain

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from the middle part of the day. It eases off but as the rain eases off,

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the wind will pick up. Gusty winds tomorrow evening, gusts of 50 or 60

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miles an hour. Another wet and windy when, I leave you with the Outlook.

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That is when the wind is going to pick up. Thursday looks like a

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quieter day. Good evening, a roller-coaster ride

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of weather continues across the British Isles. We want to get off,

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but unfortunately we have got more white knuckle rides to come. This

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area of low pressure is bringing wet and extremely windy weather. It

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happens again on Friday with another deep low moving in from the

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south-west. That means that potentially over the next five days

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we could see as much a 60 - 80 millimetres of rainfall, among's

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worth in just five days. Before that there are lots of tricky conditions

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out there at the moment. We have got snow across Scotland and Northern

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Ireland. As these showers pushed further inland and temperatures fall

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away, we could see snow at lower levels as well. It is a similar

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story for South Yorkshire and into Derbyshire and perhaps the Midlands.

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Even if we do not get the snow, and we keep the showers, it will be a

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cold night, so that could lead to icy stretches on the roads. That

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will pale into insignificance because the wind is already picking

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up and an intense band of rain continues to push in across the

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country. This time it will be a bit more prolonged for tomorrow. The

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wins either significant feature There is an amber warning for the

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gusts of wind. Let's look at the afternoon. In the Northern Isles and

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the far north of Scotland it is quite quiet. Snow continues across

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the mountains and sharp showers in northern Ireland and northern

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England. The winds pick up into the North West and the South of Wales.

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The band of rain is still clinging on to East Anglia and the Essex and

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Kent coasts. Blizzard conditions are possible overnight in Scotland and

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on the higher ground. By Thursday things potentially get a little

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quieter. There will be some showers around, but wet and windy weather

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set to return as we move towards Friday.

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