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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and, me, Anne Davies.
Tonight, the drunken football fans who brought terror to a railway
station. First, tonight: why we should let rippers itself
drench and not do it ourselves. Why one of Nottingham's oldest churches
is taking inspiration from a modern`day artists.
This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and, me, Anne Davies.
Tonight, the drunken football fans who brought terror to a railway
station. First, tonight: a judge has condemned a group of Nottingham
Forest football fans for starting a mass brawl with rival Doncaster
supporters. Today, four men were sent to prison. One of the
supporters, described as a respected grandfather and former town
councillor, was jailed for a year. He admitted throwing a bottle at a
20`year`old man's face scarring him for life. The fight broke out on a
train as fans travelled back from London, last year. The court heard
the violence was fuelled by alcohol. Sarah Teale reports from Nottingham
Crown Court. 0 Sarah Teale reports from Nottingham
Crown Court. It started as a scuffle and ended as a violent mass brawl.
At Newark Northgate train station last April, three Nottingham Forest
fans returning from the Millwall game clashed with seven Doncaster
Rovers supporters. Rowdy behaviour began on the journey, then one of
the Forest group rang friends for back`up. Five other men turned up at
the station intent, the court heard, on violence and disorder. Mayhem
ensued. Fans were spitting at each other, shouting threats and abuse,
exchanging punches and kicks, and throwing cans and bottles. As the
violence erupted, a female passenger was seen cowering in fear. A
customer service employee tried to intervene and was threatened with
being thrown under the train. The witnesses described a scene of
violence between two rival groups who couldn't care who else got
involved. One 20`year`old Doncaster fan
received serious facial injuries and will be scarred for life, after a
shattered bottle hit him in the face. It was thrown by 54`year`old
Steve Marsden from Newark. This was him arriving at Nottingham Crown
Court, today, where the judge was told he was of good character, a
father, grandfather and former town councillor. He was jailed for one
year after admitting causing grievous bodily harm. Also jailed
for a year, was 48`year`old Christopher Cox from Coddington `
the principal ringleader, along with 25`year`old Danny Smalley and
31`year`old Jamie Johnston, both from Newark. The judge said was
clear that Nottingham Forest fans bore the brunt of the responsibility
for what he called disgraceful violence. When sentencing, he told
them, I've read reference after reference telling me about your good
characters, yet ` get drink inside you and 0 0
characters, yet ` get drink inside you and mention football and you're
like hooligans. The 11 other bands received either suspended prison
sentences or community orders. ``other fans. They were all banned
from football matches for three years. Next, tonight, a care worker
who assaulted an 85`year`old woman, leaving her with horrific bruises,
has been jailed. Sarah Frith admitted losing her
temper after the pensioner rang her buzzer to summon help. The case has
been described as 0 buzzer to summon help. The case has
been described as a grotesque breach of trust. When it came to light, the
care home, at Codnor in Derbyshire, immediately suspended Frith and
called in the police. Battered and bruised ` these are
just some of the injuries suffered by 85`year`old Edna 0
just some of the injuries suffered by 85`year`old Edna Wright. She was
grabbed and punched by so`called care worker Sarah Frith.
My mum thought she'd been forgotten, and 0
My mum thought she'd been forgotten, and it was breakfast time, so she
rang her buzzer. The care worker came storming back into the room,
screaming into my mother's face that she comes when she's ready. She
grabbed her arm, and round the back of the neck, and said, stay there,
and you'll wait until I'm ready. She punched her in the chest and pushed
her back into her wheelchair. Managers here say that Frith had
worked here for five years, and had never had any problems in the past.
When questioned about what had happened, she said that she had
simply lost it. Frith, who's 29, was immediately suspended last October.
Today, Edna's daughters visited the home to tell her that Frith was
jailed for 15 weeks. They say their mum is happy at the care home, and
she doesn't want to move elsewhere. It was one person 0
she doesn't want to move elsewhere. It was one person that did this
attack. All she wanted to do was make sure that this girl never, ever
worked with vulnerable people again. The bruising has now healed, but
Edna's family 0 The bruising has now healed, but
Edna's family say 0 The bruising has now healed, but
Edna's family say the psychological effect will remain for some time.
Coming up later: A look at the weekend weather with Anna.
If you have outdoor plans this weekend, there will be plenty of dry
weather. But if you're after a sunshine, 0
weather. But if you're after a sunshine, you are in luck. Saturday
is looking promising. More details shortly.
The daughter and son`in`law of an elderly couple found buried in their
back garden in Mansfield, have pleaded not guilty to murder. The
remains of William and Patricia Wycherley were discovered in
October. They hadn't been seen for fifteen years. Tests revealed they'd
been shot. At Nottingham Crown Court, Susan and Christopher Edwards
denied two charges of murder. Their trial is due to start in June.
A Nottingham man who went missing more than three years ago has been
found safe and well. 27`year`old Stuart Higham was last seen in
Mapperley Park in January 2011, after spending time with friends. It
was thought that he may have travelled to Europe. Officers have
now confirmed he's been discovered in Germany. His family's been told.
The East Midlands is becoming nationally known for its efforts to
use stem cells to treat people with blood cancers. The region now has
four Anthony Nolan centres which gather blood from the umbilical
cords of new`born babies. That's more than the rest of the country
put together. The first units opened in Leicester in 2010. Today, two
more were unveiled ` this time in Nottingham. James 0
more were unveiled ` this time in Nottingham. James Roberson has more.
Taking her daily tablets is a task that 67`year`old Gladys Smith
doesn't mind. 18 months ago, she needed a bone marrow transplant for
her leukaemia, but no relative was a match. Instead, she had two
cordblood transplants to combat the illness.
After the transplant, it took a little while ` I'm still quite
tired, but quite quickly you start to pick up. I'm fine.
Gladys wouldn't be here without staff like Penny Cole from the
Anthony Nolan charity. At the QMC's maternity unit in Nottingham, Penny
brings another donated the centre to a brand`new centre for technicians
called cordblood collectors. ``donated placenta. The blood from
the umbilical chord contains stem cells, as valuable as bone marrow in
battling leukaemia. The stem cells are highly adaptable,
so they can be used to treat a number of conditions. They can be of
vital use for people who don't have a related stem cell donor.
There are already Anthony Nolan collection centres at the Leicester
Royal Infirmary and the last general. Now, another new one is
also opening as the Nottingham city. This nurse specialises in blood
disorders. Also pregnant, she is planning to donate her baby's
umbilical cord blood when she gives birth.
I look after patients who will be having transplants, so I'm aware of
how important it is to get stem cells from umbilical cord is or from
the bone marrow register. When I heard that the hospital would be
starting this programme, I was excited by the opportunity to donate
my baby's umbilical cord. There is another child constantly
Gladys's minds. Somewhere, there is a little man
running around he was trying to talk, who I am totally ` I can't
tell anybody how much that Littlechild has done for me.
That's so nice! Professor Nigel Russell from the
City Hospital in Nottingham. How significant is the opening of the
two collection centres in Nottingham today?
I think it's of great significance. Nottingham is the home of the core
cord blood bank itself. We will be able to feed into that with the
donations. You do have to get permission from
the mothers, don't you? Yes, of course. They gave full
consent for the process. There is no harm for the mother or baby.
Why is there such a concentration of these centres in the East Midlands?
I think because of the core Lloyds Bank location, that's one thing. ``
core blood bank location. They can be sent to any 0
core blood bank location. They can be sent to any transplant centre in
the United Kingdom, or abroad. We saw what a difference it has made
from that lovely lady. Do we know everything about the benefits of
stem cells, or is there more to learn?
We are on an early learning curve with the use of cord blood
transplants. Our patients have done fantastically well, so we're really
pleased. If it's mainly leukaemia?
Some rare congenital diseases can also be treated with cord blood
transplants. Could it ever be an automatic thing
when a baby is born that cord blood is donated?
Some of the cord blood is used had been stored for several years
already. It can be frozen, and they can pull it off the shelf and take
it straight to the transplant centre. The process becomes much
more rapid. Thank you very much. Police in
Lincolnshire say they'll maintain a business as normal approach in
Grantham tomorrow during a planned march by a right`wing group and a
counter`demonstration. Members of the English Defence
League will be escorted by a large number of police. This report from
our Political Editor John Hess. The English Defence League has
protested at what it sees as a growing Islamic influence in the UK.
This was Nottingham in 2009. There were 11 arrest, and the police
operation cost ?1 million. In Grantham, diversions are already in
place for the image defence league March. The marchers will be escorted
by up to 200 police. `` English Defence League.
We have been asked why we haven't banned these marchers from going
ahead. We live in a free society, and we have to allow people to
peaceably protest. Having allowed them to do that, it is still `` it
is still safe for people to go about their business.
Will that persuade local residents? Not far from here, plans for Islamic
centre are being made. I don't see why they are marching.
Everyone is entitled to their own religious views. If they open a new
Catholic Church, will they march for that?
I won't be in town ` no way. Grantham's MP says the EDL marches
aren't welcome. The 0 Grantham's MP says the EDL marches
aren't welcome. The tests for the police operation tomorrow is whether
the traffic can flow. As parts of the country recover from
the recent devastating floods, a group of leading environmentalists
has told the government that better water management could have
prevented some of the recent damage. Their advice comes as a river
conservation project gets underway in Leicestershire. Experts say
dredging is not always the answer and 0 0
dredging is not always the answer and that 0 0
dredging is not always the answer and that a natural solution is far
more effective. Quentin Rayner reports.
Over the past few weeks, Britain has taken a battering. The devastating
floods confirm this winter has the wettest record for almost 250 years.
Those affected question why the swollen rivers haven't been
regularly dredged. But not everyone thinks man`made dredging is the
answer ` the 0 thinks man`made dredging is the
answer ` the Welland 0 thinks man`made dredging is the
answer ` the Welland Rivers Trust believes that will naturally and
more effectively self`dredge if they are allowed to follow their natural
course. Essentially, what the trust is
saying, is that we have to un`straighten the rivers and restore
them to 0 0 0 un`straighten the rivers and restore
them to their natural route. That means removing man`made obstacles,
like this weir, building up natural banks, restoring meanders. As a
result, the river's natural storage capacity will 0
result, the river's natural storage capacity will be increased.
They will themselves dredge, they will self clean. They will remove
the silt themselves, we won't need to interfere. By re`naturalising the
river here, we have reintroduced a self`cleaning channel which won't
need to be dredged. So, a government funded 0
need to be dredged. So, a government funded ?500,000
conservation project is underway to restore the river to its natural
shape, as it flows through Market Harborough, and to encourage more
wildlife to return. The trust says the surrounding land also draining
into rivers have to be managed differently.
We need to work on ways to encourage farmers, be it paying them, through
any kind of stewardship schemes ` things that we can do to get them to
hold that water back. They can dig drainage ditches that stop the water
running straight off the land, and running straight into the rivers.
Restoration will take 0 running straight into the rivers.
Restoration will take one 0 running straight into the rivers.
Restoration will take one year. One thing that everyone will notice is
that, in future, the Welland will slow all year instead of stagnating
in the summer. People in a Derbyshire town could be the ones to
decide how it looks in the future. The local council in Ripley wants to
hold a public referendum ` so people can have a say about where
developers can and can't build. It's thought that could alter the plans
which the borough council has for the area. The referendum idea will
be considered next month by Amber Valley Council.
The story of Richard the Third's rise and fall is to be told at a
Conference at the University of Leicester this weekend. The event
will include talks from the team of experts who located, unearthed and
identified the King's remains. They were found under a council car park
in the city over a year ago. Meanwhile, the hunt is on now to
find a new manager to run Leicester's Richard the Third
Visitor Centre. Still to come ` taking art off the
wall and walking all over it. We've been to one of the oldest Churches
in the East Midlands which now has a rather special floor.
First, could this be the year that our sleeping football giants return
to the Premier League? Leicester, Derby and Forest all in the top five
in the Championship. But what are the odds? One bookmaker tonight says
7`1. A good price! Could it really happen? Angela Rafferty reports.
All three teams are pushing for promotion. All three teams sitting
pretty in the top five. If it's the Premier League you're aiming for,
the East Midlands is the place to be.
You need one of these Midland teams in the Premier League. Leicester are
the favourites at the moment, Nottingham Forest are fighting
behind. It's going to be a very interesting end to the season, I
think. 0 think.
It's been years since one of our teams have been in the top flight,
but could this be the season that all that will finally change?
You're talking about three huge clubs. You're talking about clubs
that are great rivals. It's always nice for the area, and for the clubs
and the supporters to have that rivalry.
We understand what it means to our fans, and I'm sure all three clubs
would like to finish higher than each other.
It's good for the local area, but I'd like to see off on top. Whether
we can catch Leicester, I don't know.
All three East 0 know.
All three East Midlands clubs going up ` it will be amazing, won't it?
As long as Leicester go up, I'd like to see Forest and Derby go up with
us. Still, 15 games to go and everything
to play for. Could Premier League football finally be back in these
Midland? And might Leicester, Forest and Derby all be playing there?
Well, in League One, Notts County have their own big challenge, to
stay in the division. Tomorrow, they've dropped ticket 0
stay in the division. Tomorrow, they've dropped ticket prices to get
fans behind the team as they take on fellow relegation rivals Shrewsbury.
Manager Shaun Derry says it's a six`pointer. A win could lift them
out of the bottom four and put them five points above the Shrews.
Tonight, the club are hosting a special 80th 0
Tonight, the club are hosting a special 80th birthday party for the
legendary BBC Radio Nottingham commentator Colin Slater.
He's been reporting on Notts for more than 50 years and Derry says
hopefully many more years to come. You talk about Notts County and
Colin Slater in the same breath. He is very much part of this family,
and congratulations to Colin. I'm sure he will have many more years to
be working for Notts County as a reporter. A big thank you to him,
because he is a fantastic guy, and a fantastic supporter, as well.
In League Two, Paul Cox's Mansfield are at home tomorrow too. The Stags
play Graham Alexander's Fleetwood Town.
Heartbreak once more at the Winter Olympics for Nottingham's speed
skater Elise Christie ` her medal hopes are over after she failed to
make it through to the finals of the 1,000metres after being
disqualifiued again by the judges. Kirsty has more.
The cruellest of sports with the finest of margins. Team`mates and
friends have gathered for all of Belize Christie's events. This was
the incident that saw her missing out on this evening's final.
I blocked her early, and she still kept going. Fair enough ` everyone
is trying to qualify! Honest to God, I was pretty sure she hit me from
behind. She was subjected to awful abuse on
social media. She was hoping to put that behind her today, which dreams
of Olympic glory have ended a nightmare.
I really wanted to bounce back. This was my last chance. To have it taken
away, it's just devastating. I will come back in four years, and I will
try again. I'll be working hard! In rugby, the Leicester Tigers will
hope that their form can improve when they 0
hope that their form can improve when they take on London Irish on
Sunday in the Premiership. And ice hockey: The dates for the
Challenge Cup final have been confirmed. Nottingham Panthers
travel to Belfast for the first leg on Friday 21st March. The return leg
at the National Ice Centre will take place four days later.
And one of Britain's best known sportsmen will be on the starting
line at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham
tomorrow. Former World Triathlon Champion and Olympic bronze medal
winner Jonny Brownlee will be part of the field at Wollaton Park.
Jonny's using it as preparation for the triathlon season which begins
next month. At the start line of the race, it's
going to be absolutely incredible. I haven't done a lot of cross country
over the last two years, because of my injury. We'll wait and see how it
goes. I'm looking forward to it. There will be 8000 runners alongside
him from across the country. Finally, tonight, one of the oldest
churches in the East Midlands has just had a bit of a spruce`up. St
Mary's in Nottingham's Lace Market has a new floor, courtesy of a
leading contemporary artist. The unveiling of the design coincides
with an exhibition of her work, also on display in the city as Geeta
Pendse reports. Welcome to Saint Mary 's. It's thought to be the
oldest religious establishment in Nottingham, with versions of this
building dating back to the 10th century. 0
building dating back to the 10th century. Now, the ground beneath our
feet as adding modern revamp. This artist was tasked to redesign the
church floor. She has redesigned public spaces, ranging from
Wakefield Cathedral to Birmingham Square.
This is a tradition that started in the Middle 0 0
This is a tradition that started in the Middle Ages. Usually, you would
have an architect or a mason, with a pattern. But this is something
different. Is a subtle design that took 18
months to 0 Is a subtle design that took 18
months to complete. The stones were cut on site. It's part of a ?250,000
revamp of the church. You try to get some kind of
understanding of the space, how it's used. The 0
understanding of the space, how it's used. The kind of colours. How
strong you want something to be when you walk in. We are very affected by
the scale of what we are walking on. Her work is also on exhibition at
the Lakeside arts Centre for eight weeks. It's hoped that the new floor
will be here for centuries. It looks fabulous, doesn't it? We
are very lucky to have such great galleries in our area. If you
haven't been to Saint Mary 's, it really is worth a visit!
Let's talk about the weather. It's probably been the quietest weeks
since the start of the year. We've had some dry weather, some sunshine,
and also a good scattering of showers. This has allowed for some
beautiful rainbows to form across the 0
beautiful rainbows to form across the East Midlands. Many of you have
been rather taken by them. Here is just a small selection of your
pictures. Thank you to all of you for sending
them in. It has been spectacular. We will have more on our Facebook page
tomorrow. Let's talk about the weekend weather. A lot of dry
weather around. Saturday looks the best, with lots of sunshine. It's
breezy throughout, with strong, strengthening winds on Sunday. A few
showers through the afternoon, and that's how we continued through the
evening. They slowly started to fizzle out, so I dry end to the
Knights. Temperatures will drop down to a low of four degrees tonight.
There are maybe a little bit of grass frost in rural areas. There
will be some lovely sunshine throughout the morning tomorrow. We
do start to see more in the way of cloud in the afternoon. It may
produce one or two showers. But I suspect we will remain generally
dry. A high`temperature of nine, but it is a breezy day with
south`westerly winds. On Sunday, the cloud is producing some patchy,
light rain and drizzle. Keep an eye on this area of rain, which starts
moving during the evening. The winds will strengthen, so strong, gusty
winds. That's how we start the new week ` a very wet and windy start on
Monday. And improvements later in the day. Your best bet is to get out
is tomorrow! I've never seen a whole rainbow!
Keep those pictures coming in! Enjoy your weekend! 0