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This is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: Protests, campaigns and petitions. But the axe still falls.
Councillors approve a budget cut. If there was an easy way to avoid these
reductions, we would do, but there are not.
Death in Cyprus, Daniel's grieving family demand answers. Losing your
child is unbearable. The fact that we don't know what has
happened to him, we have to live with that.
Plus, screening for breast cancer, why are 100,000 women still missing
out? And, and astonishing eyewitness
account of the great War was Erik Lesser famous Christmas Day truce. A
voice came over from the German lines, happy Christmas, English.
To which we replied, happy Christmas, Fritz.
Good evening, and welcome to Thursday's programme.
First tonight: Campaigners have been protesting outside Nottinghamshire
County Council against planned budget cuts of ?83 million. The
final budget was being thrashed out today, but it's expected to lead to
hundreds of job cuts, and a reduction in many services.
Protesters say the cuts are unnecessary and will have a huge
impact on the people of Nottinghamshire. The council,
though, say they have no choice and have to make tough decisions. Sarah
Teale joins us in the studio with more.
This graph shows quite clearly why cuts are having to be made. You can
see the funding gap between the budget which is needed to continue
running all the current services, and the actual budget which is
expected. And the difference is ?154 million which will need to be saved
over the next three years. Just over an hour ago, ?83 million of cuts
were finalised. The council say they are essential. Protesters disagree.
Protesters were in fine voice this morning outside Nottinghamshire
County Council. They were here to demonstrate against a cut in funding
to Nottingham Playhouse. More protests came later from Unison
opposing the principle of all council cuts. During public
consultation, 38,000 people gave their views, many showing strong
support for the Playhouse. Even famous names joined the campaign to
save its funding. Why do you think they have not listened?
I think they had made up their mind already. In all honesty, I don't
think it is a genuine consultation. This is not about getting them to
change their mind, this is about getting them to think about the
future and how they can support us in other ways.
Why can't they give more money to the most vulnerable people who need
our care and support. Amanda agrees with that sentiment, her son has
respite care at a short break centre in Chilwell. It has had one year's
reprieve from closure but it will still have to shut. To lose it all
together will be devastating. To pull him out of that environment
and put Tim Sommer Alves is not going to be an easy thing. Not just
him or the other adults, it will affect all of them. The council
leader call the decision is painful and sickening.
120 different savings proposals had been decided, including council tax
going up nearly 2%. School dinners increasing by 10p. A reduction in
youth centres, closures of day services, and recycling centres.
Council reserves of ?42 million are being drawn on to fund capital
projects like the widening of roads. These cuts today did not
single `` signal the end of thing. There are still millions of pounds
of savings to come to close that funding gap.
The leader of the council is with us, he has come straight from the
meeting. The government has been saying these cuts are relatively
modest. Is what you have done today necessary? If there were an easier
way of dealing with it, we would have taken that route. There is no
alternative for us. This council is dramatically underfunded by the
government. We inherited an hundred and ?32 million budget deficit, we
lost ?20 million in grants. We have to make savings. Can we talk about
efficiency. This document drawn up by the Department of local
government, 50 examples of sensible savings, sharing back office
functions, cutting free sandwiches in meeting. Have you explored every
avenue to become more efficient? I have a copy of that in my briefcase,
I have read it. A great many of those things we are doing. We are
cutting back. The last thing we want to do is affect front line services,
particularly for our most vulnerable residents. We saw in that report,
there is a day centre you are cutting. You did say you would make
sure vulnerable adults are protected, that does not seem to
have happened. Where we can, we are doing. It is not possible because of
the huge level of savings we are forced to make, it is not possible
to save every single facility people tell us they need. We have looked
very carefully where we are cutting, the level of use, alternative
facilities available locally. It is a very difficult time for us. Thank
you for coming in. A grieving mother from
Leicestershire says she'll keep fighting for answers about how her
son died, 2,000 miles away. Daniel Brewster from Coalville was found
with fatal head injuries while on holiday in Cyprus. His family say
the police have dismissed his death as a "drunken Brit abroad". They've
been speaking to our reporter Helen Astle.
Sometimes, I wake up and I cannot believe this has happened. For
current Brewster, it has been a harrowing year. Last June, her
23`year`old son Daniel flew to Cyprus to be a best man at a
wedding. On a night out before the ceremony, he became separated from
his friends. He was later found with serious head injuries under this
large concrete plant pot. Police say Daniel must have lifted it up and
the plant pot fell onto his head. The container did not break. Daniel
died days later in hospital. I wish I could piece together and say this
could have happened. It is absolutely feasible. But I find it
difficult. Impossible. They cannot understand how he came to be
injured, and said the police had been dismissive. I got the
impression it was being put down to a Brit abroad, if you drinks, an
accident. I asked the police officer if he could accompany us to the
scene and explain how this had come about. Although it was only a
five`minute ride away, he said he didn't have time to do that. Losing
your child, unbearable. But, the fact that we don't know what has
happened to him, and we have to live with that. It is so painful. The
inquest is due to be held in Cyprus at the end of March. Karen and David
are fundraising to pay for a solicitor so they can try to get
answers to what happened to Daniel, and why.
Still to come: It's colder, but no snow.
Here's Anna, with a look ahead to the forecast.
Our beautiful spring flowers are set to feel the chill, as temperatures
plummet. Thankfully, this note is staying away. More details later.
Next tonight: 100,000 women missed out on breast screening in the East
Midlands last year. The latest figures are out today. When it comes
to 53 to 70`year`olds, our part of the world does better than anywhere
else in England. But, as our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports,
it still leaves one in five women not taking up the invite. Surely's
cancer was picked up early following in routine screening appointment.
One year on, she is doing well. She remembers she cannot forget hearing
the word which knocked her sideways. I never heard another word after
they said the word, cancer. I was shaking. I couldn't tell my family.
How do you bring it up? By the way, I have got breast cancer. It is
about spotting subtle changes, even before women experience symptoms.
Breast screening saves lives but, between one in four and one in five
women women eligible for the test do not go for them. The Nottingham
Breast Institute says it is simple and quick.
The mammogram only takes a couple of minutes. All of the nurses are
female. They are used all shapes and sizes. It is not a panful test. Some
women find it uncomfortable. Take`up for 53 to 73`year`olds was 80%. 76%
was the England average. It means 100,000 missed out on the breast
screening. Women aged between 50 and up to 74 will get an invite to
screening. If a woman hasn't attended before, please think about
going this year if that invitation arrives.
For every death prevented, about three cases are identified and
treated. Take`up has improved because of mobile clinics. Last
year, we had at least 160 ladies picked up with breast cancer, using
their mobiles. So it is something we want to carry on with.
Women need to be registered with their GP to get an invite.
A Nottingham Forest football has been cleared after not king Iman to
the ground in a restaurant. He hit the man, insect organs, leaving him
needing surgery. It happened in 2012 on New Year.
Today, a jury found him not guilty of grievous bodily harm.
The factory that was once home to a major Derby employer is to be
demolished. Permission's been given to clear the now largely empty
celanese plant at Spondon. The chemical manufacturing site's the
size of 110 football pitches. At its height, it employed 20,000 people.
Most production ended in 2011. It's not yet known what'll replace it.
Rolls`Royce says it hasn't yet decided exactly where it will build
its next generation of aeroengines. As we reported yesterday the new
models will be 25% more fuel efficient than the first versions of
its existing Trent engines. Staff will be hoping that Derby is chosen
as the main plant to make them. But the firm has emphasised that the
aeroengine industry is a global one. Simon Hare has been to take a look
at the new technology. Rolls`Royce says the future is
bright, the future is turquoise. Turquoise is just the final paint
colour we've put on it. Fundamentally, it's a carbon fibre
blade under there. This is the latest fan blade
technology for its two new generations of engines.
It saves significant weight, around 750 pounds for an engine of this
size. An airliner that can save that amount of weight can then afford to
fly another seven or eight passengers.
That will make them more efficient than the existing Trent engines. The
latest of which hasn't even entered service yet. For the moment, they
have been called "advance" and "ultra" fan. A final decision on
their actual names will be taken later. But, for many, there's a
bigger question to answer. Will it be built in Derby? We don't know at
the moment, is the honest answer. We've developed a lot of the
technology here, but also in the rest of Europe. At the moment, it's
a technology and research programme, and where we finally do the
production will be subject to a much later decision. Although there are a
lot of people employed in Derby, we are a global company, so we do use
skills around the world. It's tested here, a lot of the design work was
done here. But, equally, some of the technology has come from our plants
in Germany and elsewhere in the United States.
We recognise it is a global company, but they have been here for
over 100 years. The two are definitely linked. What is good for
Rolls`Royce is always good for Derby.
It is hoped the new engines will be ready within ten years.
Volunteers at food banks say they're handing out a growing number of
parcels to people who are in work, but still can't afford food. Indeed,
many charity food projects here in the East Midlands are reporting
their busiest year ever. Jo Healey reports.
Jess works full`time, but earns little. Something had to give.
I was missing meals so my daughter could eat, basically, because things
were getting quite tough. Although it was tough, she didn't think she
could have food parcels because she works. But so do many people who
come here to Ilkeston. It was more the people on benefits and
pensioners. But now we've found a massive increase, it has probably
tripled now, in the working sector. So, people who have jobs but still
need food? Yeah. This is a typical food parcel for a
single adult, to last them around three days. They, plus couples, who
get a bit more, account for around 70% of the people who come here. And
this is a typical children's pack, and they account for 27% of all food
parcels handed out here each year. Homeless people account for just 3%.
This week, a Shadow Minister visited, and heard they provided
2,500 meals here last year alone. Speaking to people, it's a lot of
people you would not expect to be here at a food bank, the majority of
which are in work or desperately seeking work.
Jess says, if she needed to now, she would go to her local food bank in
Eastwood. And it seems many more people are having to do just that.
Still to come, our latest Great War feature.
Time now for the sports news. Coming up: The Leicester lads, in
rugby and in cricket. But we'll start with some football
news, because Nottingham Forest have lost a third key player to injury.
Midfielder Andy Reid is out for up to six weeks with a hernia problem.
He's been a big part of Forest's season, but will have an operation
this week. All three of our clubs could be
represented on the pitch at the iPro for the England Under`21s match with
Wales on Wednesday night. Leicester's Liam Moore, Forest's
Jamal Lascelles, and Derby's Patrick Bamford and Will Hughes, are all in
Gareth Southgate's squad. Rugby's Leicester Tigers now. At
Newcastle this weekend, they could well be led again by Ed Slater. His
story is incredible. He came very late to the game, he was 21 when he
came to Tigers as injury cover. Less than four years on, he's just
captained them, and is breaking into the England side. Kirsty Edwards
reports. He is a big man who is experienced.
Last Sunday was one of his proudest moments yet. It was huge for me.
Obviously, I was a big supporter of the club as a kid so I am aware of
the people who have done the job before. The people I have played
with have got a lot of experience. To lead 0
with have got a lot of experience. To lead the side at was massive for
me. Ed Slater has established himself at
the heart of the side and recently got called up for England. Amazing,
considering he only took up rugby at the age of 15 and didn't turn
professional until he was 21. I had never heard of him when he turned up
wanting to play. OK, you can train with us. He has a great attitude.
Physically very good. A little bit of aggression. It shows you don't
have to come through academies, you can turn up. Turn up and if you are
better than the people we have got, you can play. Which is what he did.
He was picked to lead the side last weekend ahead of more experienced
team`mates. He jokingly points out he has a 100% record as captain. We
were having a laugh about that. I was really happy with the wind. A
lot of criticism has come our way particularly after the Gloucester
game. It was a big step in the right direction for us as a team, to get
that win, to have three on the bounce, it is a huge boost for us.
He may have 0 bounce, it is a huge boost for us.
He may have trodden a very different path than most in this sport, but Ed
Slater is still very much on the road to glory.
They play at the weekend, but there was some action last night in ice
hockey, with Nottingham Panthers demolishing Coventry 7`2. Amazing
what a fully fit squad can do. He's been talked about in the same
breath as Sachin Tendulkar. He features on almost every list of
future England cricket stars but, even in the middle of preparing for
an operation on a hand injury, Leicestershire's Shiv Thakor hasn't
forgotten where he's come from. I was with him as he went back to his
old school 0 was with him as he went back to his
old school to try and inspire a new generation.
Around a decade ago, some Leicestershire Police it is stood in
this assembly hall, and inspired a young shift back. Now he is doing
the same. If we can inspire them, not just to play cricket but to stay
active for a long time, we will have a positive incident `` influence.
They have certainly not forgotten him here. I have been told, here we
are. The first name on there. It made me wonder what people he had
actually been. Best to ask my teachers. If I had 30 of him in my
class, it would have been lovely. He was quite a caring child. It is not
like that now! In the end, it is all about the cricket. This road show
links directly into games divertimento. There is no point of
doing six Weezer cricket and leaving them. We chain the teachers, the
kids as coaches `` train. The man himself has come a long way from
being this 11`year`old. A nasty finger injury is on his way right
now, but top level England recognition is the target. I am
fully aware there was a shake up going on in England. I'm probably
six games away from being up there. It is at the back of my mind. I need
to get my runs, get my wickets, get myself in a position where they have
no choice. As for the children, one word from them. Awesome. That is
something his career could be to `` too.
For many, the centenary of the start of World War One is a time to
reflect on the role played by relatives in the conflict. Through
the BBC's World War One At Home project, we've discovered diaries
and photographs that have lain unseen for years. As well as paper
records, Leicester University's history archive contains a number of
audio interviews conducted with former soldiers. One tape was
labelled with the name Arthur Tugwell, but no more information.
Well, after an appeal on BBC Radio Leicester, his family came forward.
I went to meet them, to find out more about Arthur, and the famous
Christmas Day truce of 1914 which he actually witnessed.
"Casualties have not been heavy. I estimate five killed, and ten
wounded." The writing is small and difficult
to read, but the words have special significance 0 0
to read, but the words have special significance for Daisy. It is the
diary of her great`great`grandfather, Arthur
Tugwell, a 16`year`old who was one of the first 100,000 to sign up to
fight in the 0 of the first 100,000 to sign up to
fight in the Great War. It wasn't something that he ever talked about
very much, because I think it must've been very gruelling. Because
he was one of the first people to actually enlist.
His diaries are among a treasure trove of items contained in a metal
trunk which lay untouched in attics. Now, the family is starting
to 0 0 attics. Now, the family is starting
to piece everything 0 attics. Now, the family is starting
to piece everything together. He looks very young. He doesn't look
scared. From trench maps, to the letters home, it's a priceless
archive. The family also has an audio recording of Arthur recalling
the famous Christmas Day truce in 1914.
MAN: During Christmas Eve, there was very little firing from either our
trench, or from the Germans' side. During the night, it ceased
entirely. Absolutely quiet. To my amazement, lights appeared on the
parapet. Candles. He served in the London Regiment,
stationed just south of Ypres. After a while, a voice came over from the
German lines. Happy Christmas, English. To which we replied, happy
Christmas, 0 English. To which we replied, happy
Christmas, Fritz. Back came the message, see you in the morning, and
no firing. He might think that amazingly famous episode 0
no firing. He might think that amazingly famous episode has been
embellished over the years, but from his words, that is what happened.
During that Jews, they were just mates again. They could trust one
another in a situation like that where, if you hours previously, they
were shooting, trying to kill one another. All of a sudden, it is
Christmas, let us lay down our weapons and just be human beings
again. We 0 weapons and just be human beings
again. We exchanged cigarettes. On Christmas Eve night, they were
singing carols. The cheering rings in my head now. That tune will last
me until I am in my old age. Merry Christmas. I recognise the tune of
that went for him, Holy Night. It doesn't matter whether you knew him
because the power of his words will live on forever.
You can hear more of Arthur's recording, and his story, on the
BBC's World One At Home website, in the BBC Radio Leicester section.
Time now for the weather. We are definitely going to be
feeling much colder over the next few days. We should still see plenty
of sunshine. Thank you for sending in this picture. Overnight, quiet
and cold. 0 in this picture. Overnight, quiet
and cold. Yesterday, 0 in this picture. Overnight, quiet
and cold. Yesterday, I was talking about snow. The low pressure is
actually sitting further south than we anticipated, taking that risk of
snow away from the East Midlands. We have some showers around. Some hail
earlier today. A dry evening, clear spells, temperatures are taking a
real 0 spells, temperatures are taking a
real tumble 0 spells, temperatures are taking a
real tumble tonight, down to two Celsius. Lower in sheltered spots,
with a touch of frost. That low pressure will move in bringing a
little rain and sleet to the south of Leicestershire. For most of us,
it will be a dry day on Friday, a lot of cloud around through the
morning but, in the afternoon, we will start to see Sunny spells in
from the west. Staying cold, with that wind, temperatures up to six
Celsius. The weekend is not looking too bad. By day, Saturday and Sunday
looking drive. Saturday, 0 too bad. By day, Saturday and Sunday
looking drive. Saturday, a 0 too bad. By day, Saturday and Sunday
looking drive. Saturday, a good deal of sunshine, more cloud in the
afternoon. An area of rain will push its way in, moving through Saturday
night into Sunday morning. Once that clears 0
night into Sunday morning. Once that clears the way first thing, it is an
improving story on Sunday. Temperatures will stay around
average or just below. By March, it will be a low average.
The start of the meteorological spring. That's all from us. Join us
again during the Ten O'Clock News this evening. Goodbye.