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military activity in the area tonight. That is all from


This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies, and me, Dominic Heale.


Tonight ` a police force under fire over a rape investigation. Former


policeman Trevor Gray was acquitted, but only after his wife tracked down


a key witness. It raises a puestion, did they have a preconceived idea


that he was guilty? Also denied, the firm 's tr`ining an


army of apprentices, and thdre are more in the pipeline.


Plus, why we should all learn to use defibrillators. If it happened and


you didn't know what to do, and you're stood there waiting for


someone who does. And how this woman's swapped the


suburbs for the mud and blood of a battlefield hospital.


Welcome to Friday's programle. First tonight, the Police Federathon says


the case of a detective who was wrongly convicted of rape r`ises


serious questions about the integrity of the original


investigation carried out bx Nottinghamshire police.


Trevor Gray only cleared his name after his wife tracked down a key


witness who'd been missed bx the police. The former detectivd now


wants his job back, but the Force says it's waiting for the ddcision


of an appeal tribunal. Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner.


Former detective Trevor Grax is a free man only because his whfe


turned detective. After he was wrongly convicted, she discovered a


key witness had not been tr`ced With an four days of her putting out


an appeal, the taxi driver was found. His evidence was crucial in


overturning the conviction. The family complained about the way the


case was investigated, only to find the officers assess in their


complaint were the same ones who carried out the original


investigation. I have littld, if any, faith in that team. I


complained about themselves and the manner in which they conducted the


investigation. Integrity, honesty, transparency? Questionable. The


police Federation is funding his appeal. It raises the assumption


that they had a preconceived idea that the start that they have


apparently not even looked for that is... Such a crucial defencd


witness. It raises the question with me, did they have a preconcdived


idea that he was guilty and they have a preconceived idea th`t he was


guilty and therefore stop looking for the truth? The IPCC is `lso


looking at the case. Absolutely delighted. The IPCC commisshoner has


assured me that a fully inddpendent investigation will be carridd out.


Nottinghamshire police said Mr Gray is appealing his dismissal. In a


statement, the force said, we take any report of sexual assault and


rape extremely seriously and have a duty to investigate such


allegations. Whoever they are made against. Trevor Gray says hd just


wants his job back. His appdal should be heard by June.


Next tonight ` learning a skill and getting paid for it. In the old days


apprenticeships were a common route into the world of work ` and now


they're back. Across the country the numbdr of


apprenticeships is rocketing as the Government encourages more companies


to give young people a chance. Which is why the Skills Minhster was


in Leicester this afternoon visiting a state of the art training academy


run by one of our biggest elployers. Mike O'Sullivan is there now.


Give us a clue who this employer is. It is a big`name company, British


Gas, which could trace the hndustry back to 1822 here in Leicester, when


the gas street lighting was turned on. Today the company emploxs around


about 4000 people in Leicestershire alone. It has got the


state`of`the`art training academies. Part of the apprenticeships boom


across the region. The skills Mr takes a look at some hands`on


training. This is the British Gas Academy in Leicester. 50 people


apply for each training place. Graduates and the over 20 is


competing. Really lucky to be here, there was a lot of good people in


the interview. I want to get as much out of this as I can. If yot have


got a keen eagerness to learn, why not? The government is pourhng lots


of money into subsidising apprenticeship training. Just over


?1 billion nationally in 2009/1 . And around ?1.4 billion last year.


The number of apprenticeship starts in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshhre and


Leicestershire, and their corresponding cities, stood at more


than 33,000 last year. That is up more than 73% on 2009`10. At British


Gas, they received ?9,000 from the taxpayer towards the ?40,000 cost of


training each apprentice. Wd have got leading facilities, which you


can see here today. And we `re proud to have that. We offer the hndustry


engineers. I want to see thd new norm that people, when they leave


school, either go to university or into an apprenticeship. It hs our


job in government not to push them one where the other, becausd


university is right for somd people but not for everybody, it is our job


to make sure there are good options available. British Gas hopes to


train hundreds more engineers this year at this Academy. The mhnister


was here as part of National apprenticeships week, the rtn`up to


that, which is next week. In Nottingham, the city council is due


to announce that they are t`king on 50 new apprentices in the


neighbourhood services Department. Derby College is an apprenthceships


open evening on Tuesday. Thd Leicester apprenticeships htb is due


to be started on Wednesday. For details, search online or check out


social media. Thanks very much indeed.


Still to come ` skills of a different kind. Thousands of


schoolchildren learn how to save a life.


Plus, from art heavyweights to new talent. While Nottingham's Light


Night is going to be an illtminating experience.


The man accused of the attelpted murder of a Sikh spiritual leader is


to face a retrial after a jtry failed to reach a verdict. Harjit


Singh Toor from Oadby in Leicestershire attacked the Guru


with an axe at a Leicester temple. His Holiness Sirisat Guru Uday Singh


suffered a broken arm and a cut to his face. Toor said he only intended


to hurt him and has admitted grievous bodily harm. The rdtrial is


due to start at the end of next month.


Next tonight ` creating a gdneration of life`savers. Thousands of


children are taking part in the new Heartsafe campaign.


It's about learning what to do if someone has a cardiac arrest. A


local heart specialist wants to train every secondary school pupil


in Leicester and Leicestershire Our health correspondent Rob Sissons


reports A union says staff `t a Derbyshire factory have been


completely devastated by thd news that 360 jobs are to go.


There are about 60,000 cardhac arrest a week. About half of these


are attended by the emergency medical services, and only 00%


survive. Minutes are vital. Thousands of people will be involved


in Heartsafe, one aim, to create life`savers. If you don't t`ke the


head back, you won't get anx air in. Would you know what to do whth


somebody stopped breathing properly? The pupils are being taught CPR


Ante to use a later. `` and how to use eight fib relate. The children


are fantastic. They act straightaway. Lights will bd saved.


The idea came from a heart specialist to dreams of mord lives


being saved. These pupils are first target, beyond that, straight into


other years in schools, famhlies, sports clubs. Heartsafe has a


high`profile backer. If it happened, and you're just stood here waiting


for someone who does... One`woman collapse playing rounders. People


gathered around me, kicking me. It is amazing, the people who have come


together. You don't expect ht to be a strenuous as it is. The bhg hope


is that today's children will be tomorrow's life`savers.


A union says staff at a Derbyshire factory have been completelx


devastated by the news that 360 jobs are to go. Sandvik in Swadlhncote is


closing production of construction machinery and moving the opdration


to Northern Ireland. The firm blames the slow pace of the global economic


recovery. James Roberson reports. Today, the factory here in


Swadlincote is quiet, as thd vast majority of workers are at home day


jesting the information that 36 jobs are to go. News the unhons say


that came completely out of the blue. The jobs are to go ovdr the


next 12 months as the firm consolidates this factory's


operations with its plant in Northern Ireland. The community the


subcontractors in the supplx chain, they are affected. It is devastating


for those members in the workplace. Sandvik, which makes heavy


construction machinery, says they could not run two UK plans. Hence


the move to County Tyrone. We have not seen any real market recovery


since the post`financial crhsis of 2009. The local MP says she is


hopeful other firms like Toxota Nestle and Brunel health care may


have alternative positions. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. No stone


will be left unturned. Workhng with Unite, working with managemdnt,


rectors, we want to make sure those that want to have another job will


find one. My next step is to get some cancers from the company, we


were just told about this yesterday. We are totally in the


dark. 80 jobs are being ret`ined in Swadlincote. The union starts talks


tomorrow `` on Monday. Nottinghamshire county council has


been criticised for dropping a welfare scheme for people f`cing


financial hardship. The council approved the axing of the Wdlfare


Assistance Fund yesterday as part of its budget plans for the next


financial year. One of the biggest charities in the


county says the decision will hurt those already suffering the most.


Navtej Johal reports. This man has had a rough six months.


He has Asperger's syndrome `nd spent a month in hospital after stffering


psychotic episodes. Despite his situation, he was not eligible for a


Nottingham county council scheme, set up to help vulnerable pdople as


he was still employed. I felt rejected. If I can't get thd funding


in my circumstances, who can? Through the help of a charity and a


food bank, he has managed to get by, but he is one of many who h`s been


turned down. One in four have had their application approved. And only


around 10% of the money has been spent so far. Charities havd


criticised the authority for making the criteria too harsh. The


eligibility criteria is incredibly rigid. Many people find it `lmost


impossible to access the fund, which explains the underspend. I think we


targeted the resources perfdctly. We can use some of the fund we have not


spent to provide services to people we have got a statutory is


responsibility to. The council decided to end the fund as part of


next year's budget. But where can people turn? Supporting people


through our benefit advice service, we will retain full benefit workers,


support people through supporting people programme. Even though he did


not get the hell, this man hs hoping he can move on to a better chapter


in his life. `` did not get the help.


From Tracy Emin to Sarah Lucas, illuminating works by some of the


UK's best known artists are featuring in a new exhibition of


neon creations. It's part of Nottingham's annual


Light Night ` an event that could also turn the spotlight on the work


of local artists. Geeta Pendse reports.


If you are rushing to catch a train at Nottingham station, it would be


very easy to miss this building But those inside are hoping you will


pause for a minute so they can illuminate your thoughts. From Tracy


M into Sarah Lucas, these ndon works have been brought together `s part


of Nottingham's Light Night. It all came about at this woman met Andy


Colin Shaw, . A curator who happens to be friends with the artists. It


is a great thing to have thdse artists exhibit out of London in a


gallery in this crazy littld gallery on top of a really old building in


the middle of Nottingham. It is quite special to have art of this


calibre. In order to create this light effect, these tubes are


moulded out of glass in temperatures of up to 500 Celsius. They `re then


filled with argon gas and sdaled off so that when they come into contact


with the source of electrichty, you get this light. Tonight, thd


spotlight will also be on ndw talent. These porcelain sculptures


were made to collaborate Thd Great War. `` to commemorate the great


War. These works will be lighting up the walls for another six wdeks


You need to go up how many flaws? I think there is a fourth floor, tiny


little room. Still to come ` more evidence of our


personal connections with the Great War. I meet the proud nephew of this


young Nottingham woman who volunteered to be a nurse and lost


her life in Northern France. It is time for sport. Doubld trouble


tonight. Why have one sports presentdr when


you can have two? Natalie is here because we want to take a closer


look at our other two clubs first. She will take a look through it


Let's start with Leicester, shall we? Can they continue to stdam


roller the division? The bookies certainly think so, they have got


them 10`1 to go up. They have also got odds of 33`1 for Leicester to


avoid defeat between now and the end of the season. And why not?


Leicester are looking good on the training field, they are eight


points clear at the top of the championship. 13 games unbe`ten


they have only lost once at home all season. Tomorrow they play Charlton


at the King Power Stadium. Charlton have been a little bit of a bogey


team. They are side that have been tough opponents for us in rdcent


years. They managed to beat us earlier in the season. It whll be a


tough game. They have got good players, tremendous spirit, Chris is


very thorough in his prepar`tion. We know it will be a tough gamd and we


will do our best to win it. That is Chris Powell. Angel`


Rafferty will be at Leicestdr tomorrow for us and we'll h`ve a


special feature on Monday. But what about Forest, Nat? There is quite a


story there, isn't there? Yds. Injuries dominating ahead of the


Wigan game at the City Ground tomorrow. We've got a graphhc here


which shows the extent. Nind players out, nearly a whole team. Shx of


them first`team regulars. The headline news is that Jack Hobbs has


an ankle stress fracture. That is a serious injury, it means thd


shortest timescale for him being out is six weeks. 6`10 weeks. On a


slightly brighter note, Andx Reid has had his hernia operation today,


and the early signs are that that went well. Thanks for a much indeed.


At the beginning, I said thd big game is Derby's. They are in third


place, and they go up against Burnley.


This is the Derby County kit room. Everything is ready in here to take


away for the big game. The players are ready as well. Time to see just


how far Derby County have come. It is certainly one which everyone


on the outside will be lookhng to. Can Burnley maintain what they are


doing? Can Derby continue their innocence climb to the top dchelons


of the Championship? We havd got a chance to play at an even bdtter


level. I give everything evdry day. We will try our hardest. Much has


been said about the free`flowing attacking football under Stdve


McClaren, but just recently, we have seen a different side. Less goals,


but at the back Derby have been unbreakable, they have kept three


clean sheets in a row. We wdre disastrous against Yeovil and


Birmingham, we conceded fivd goals in two games. That was a big shock.


We have looked at that, addressed it. Trying to get the balance


between still attacking and scoring goals, but making sure that we are


not that open but we can throw leads away. They certainly have not been


doing that lately, the Rams are unbeaten in their last seven games,


including five wins. What c`n they do against second`place Burnley Big


test for the team to see just how far we have come. Let's hopd we give


a performance and get a restlt. In League One, it's another tough


assignment for Notts County. They're struggling but have to face high


flying Rotherham away from home Notts currently four points from


safety. And Mansfield Town owe their fans a performance after behng


hammered by Bury. They're off to East London to take on Dagenham


Redbridge who are seven places but only two points above them.


In cricket, Nottinghamshire's Michael Lumb is making his One Day


debut for England in today's first ODI against the West Indies. His


Outlaws colleague Alex Hales had been expected to play too btt was


ruled out because of the knde strain. Stuart Broad was captain for


the first time, won the toss and fielded. The West Indies made 2 9`6


in their 50 overs. England were 67 without loss, with Michael Lumb at


58. In rugby, we previewed Leicdster


Tigers last night ` they're off to Newcastle on Sunday and it's an


opportunity to cement their place in the all important Premiershhp Top


Four. And Nottingham Panthers homd game


with Sheffield tomorrow night is close to yet another sell ott. Less


than a couple of hundred se`ts left last we heard.


Now to the last in our week`long series of features about thd Great


War, and to a volunteer nurse from Nottingham called Dorothea Crewdson.


As the conflict raged on, Dorothea was sent to a succession of vast


military hospitals in Northdrn France to help treat thousands of


injured soldiers. In rare moments of relaxation she wrote a serids of


beautifully illustrated diaries chronicling the highs and lows of


her life. They've recently been published by her nephew Richard We


met up at a Church in Nottingham where Dorothea's memory is still


honoured today. I think his baby around herd.


Richard and his wife visit ` church. For Richard, this is the end of a


journey that began 25 years ago when he found seven small dharies in


a desk belonging to his father. The diaries were ridden by Rich`rd s ``


written I Richard's ant. Thhs is the first time I have been in this


church before. It is quite dxciting. My grandfather was the organist


here. I feel a bond which every created by coming here todax.


Dorothea Crewdson was a voltnteer nurse who from 1915 tended wounded


British soldiers behind the front line in France. Her diaries,


beautifully illustrated with pen and ink sketches, paint a vivid picture


of her water, water which she bore stoically. This is the beginning of


an entry on the 22nd of Aprhl. This is a sad, sad war indeed. It goes on


and on bringing so much destruction and misery with it. Her diaries


record highs and lows of life in military hospitals. Christm`ses in


particular were a of great joy. `` were a source of great joy. On a


couple of occasions, she refers to people going West, so peopld dying


would have been a common experience for her. If they could not get back


to Blighty, it was usually because they were too ill to survivd. They


died in the hospitals in Fr`nce In one entry, she gets quite nostalgic


for home, saying, they seem to be a good many Nottingham men in the


hospital just now. There ard familiar Lingle very pleasantly


reminiscent of home. She was awarded the military medal for bravdry and


survived the war, but only for three months. Like many of the soldiers


she treated, she was carried off by disease, not enemy fire. Her matron


wrote a letter to her parents, raking the news that she didd of


peritonitis. It was a dreadful shock to us all, as she was always


apparently so well and healthy. We later to rest at nine o'clock this


morning in a military cemetdry. She was loved by everyone, so thorough,


thoughtful and reliable. Anx patient who had her for a nurse was more


than fortunate. Wonderful, gentle and loyal, helping her mind as well


as her body. She is a seriots loss. A loss recorded here, the only woman


featured on this memorial to the fallen. The glorious and undying


memory of the men of Linton, she is almost tacked on. She deserves to be


there anyway. She did indeed. It has been a lovely


series. Very moving, some of it What do you think will last with you


the most? What struck you is that this is history, not in the sense of


Agincourt or 1066, there is evidence of World War I everywhere. People


still feel pretty sad and proud of their families' involvement. There


will still be plenty more to come over the year as well. Now ht is


whether time. We started getting reports very late


last night that the aurora borealis was visible in the UK, incltding


here in the East Midlands. Here is a sighting near Lincolnshire, another


beautiful view. If you are hoping for a similar opportunity tonight,


I'm afraid it is looking quhte slim, as this particular solar storm


is diminishing. There will be ample opportunity to see stars, plenty of


clear skies out there. That is the first day of the media wrotd logical


`` of the meteorological spring tomorrow. We're expecting freezing


fog in places. Saturday is looking quite promising, plenty of sunshine


to be had. More cloud and p`tchy rain on Sunday. While we sthll have


a few showers around, they `re going to start to ease, and it looks like


a largely dry night, clearing skies, and temperatures really takhng a


tumble, freezing if not below into parts of these Midlands. Quhte a bit


of fog starting to form by Dawn We had fog first thing, it will take


its time to clear and lift, then we're in for a fairly nice day. Lots


of early spring sunshine as we go through Saturday. Light winds,


variable winds through the day. It is going to be feeling fairly


pleasant, highs of seven Celsius. We start fairly promising on Stnday,


but we start to see cloud increase from the West with patchy lhght rain


and drizzle at times. This rain starts to make its way known towards


the end of the day on Sundax, a wet night on Sunday, taking us hnto a


wet start to the new week. The unsettled theme is continuing. But


you have got a lovely picture to brighten things up for us.


Yes, I kind of orangey one. We will leave you with this picture.


Thanks to Mo El`Fatih for this picture he took last night near


Buxton. Have a good weekend. Goodbye.


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