28/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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it's time for the news where you are.

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Now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn.

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First tonight: "Give this man his job back", that's the call from the

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Police Federation which says Detective Trevor Gray, wrongly

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convicted of rape should be allowed to rejoin the force. 0

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convicted of rape should be allowed to rejoin the force. Mr Gray only

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managed to clear his name after his wife tracked down a key witness who

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had been missed by the police. Quentin Rayner reports.

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Former detective Trevor Gray is a free man only because his wife

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turned detective. After he was wrongly convicted she discovered a

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key witness hadn't been traced. Within four days of her putting out

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an appeal, the taxi driver was found. 0 0 0

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an appeal, the taxi driver was found. His 0

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

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overturning the conviction. The Grays' complained about how the case

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was investigated only to find out the officers investigating their

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complaint was the same ones that carried out the investigation. I

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have little if any faith in that team investigating themselves. A

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complaint about themselves and the manner in which they conducted the

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investigation. Integrity, honesty, transparency, questionable?

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The Police Federation is funding his appeal to get his job back. Well it

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araises the assumption that they had a preconceived 0

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araises the assumption that they had a preconceived idea. They have not

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looked for this crucial defence witness which managed to overturn

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the case against Trevor. It raises a question with me, did they have a

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preconceived idea that he was guilty and therefore, stopped looking for

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the truth? The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking at

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the case. The IPCC commissioner has assured me that a fully independent

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investigation will be carried out. Nottingham Police said Mr Gray is

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appealing his dismissal and it would not be appropriate to comment

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further. The force said, " We take any report of sexual assault and

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rape 0 any report of sexual assault and

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rape extremely seriously have a duty to investigate such allegations.

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Whoever they are made against." Trevor Gray says he wants his job

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back. His appeal should be heard by June.

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The number of apprentices in the region is booming. They've shot up

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by more than 14,000 in just three years. Earlier today, the Skills

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Minister was in Leicester to see how so many 0

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Minister was in Leicester to see how so many places were being delivered.

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Mike O'Sullivan reports. The skills scp minister looks at `` the skills

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Ministers looks at hands on training. This is the British Gas

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academy. Graduates and the over 20s compete for places. There was a lot

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of good people in the interview. So I want to try and get as much out of

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this as I can. There is not really any age limit of it. If you have got

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a keen eagerness to learn, why not? The Government is pouring lots of

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money into subsidising apprenticeship training. Over ?1

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billion nationally in 2009/10 and around 1.4 billion last year. The

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number of apprenticeships starts in Derbyshire, damn shire and

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Leicestershire and their corresponding cities stood at over

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33,000. That's up over # 73% on 2009/10. At British Gas they

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received ?9,000 from 0 2009/10. At British Gas they

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

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each apprentice. We have state`of`the`art facilities. And we

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are proud to have th label and we have fed the industry over a period

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with engineers. I want to see the new norm that people when they leave

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school go to university or into an apprenticeship 0 0

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school go to university or into an apprenticeship and it is our job not

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to push them one way or the other because university is right for some

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people, but not right for everybody. It is our job to make sure that

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there are good options available for both. This year, British Gas hopes

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to train hundreds more engineers at this academy.

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The news that 360 jobs at a Derbyshire factory are to go has

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left staff devastated according to a union official. Sandvik in

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Swadlincote is ending production, closing the factory which makes

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construction machinery and moving the operation to Northern Ireland.

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The firm blames the slow pace of the global economic recovery. James

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Roberson reports. Today, the factory here is quiet as the majority of

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workers are at home digesting the information that 360 jobs are to go.

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News the unions say that came out of the blue. The jobs are to go over

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the next 12 months as the firm consolidates this factory's

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operations with its plant in Northern Ireland. It is the

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community and the subcrat contractors. It is not just in

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isolation of the plant even though these devastating for the members at

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the workplace. Sandvik which makes heavy construction machinery here

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said they couldn't run two UK plants at half capacity, hence the move to

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County Tyrone. In the segment we are in which is construction, we haven't

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seen any market recovery since the post financial crisis of 2009. The

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local MP says she is hopeful other south Derbyshire firms like Toyota,

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and Nestle may have alternative positions. I'm keeping my fingers

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and everything crossed. No stone will be left unturned, working with

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Unite, and working with the directors, we want to make sure

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those who 0 directors, we want to make sure

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those who want 0 directors, we want to make sure

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those who want another job will find one. My next step is to get answers

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from the company. We were just told this yesterday. We are in the dark

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as to how this happened. 80 jobs are being retained. The union starts

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talks with the firm about those being lost on Monday.

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Newsnight is getting underway now on BBC Two, live from Kiev as Russian

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troops 0 BBC Two, live from Kiev as Russian

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troops spread into the Ukraine, Anna's here now with your weather.

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Thanks, Maurice. If well, if you are hoping to see the Northern Lights,

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it is unlikely. This was the sky last night. Thank you James for

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taking the time to send the photo in. It is a very cold night tonight.

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Where we have showers to the east, they will start to ease. It is a dry

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night. And with clear skies and light winds, temperatures are going

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to really drop. We 0 light winds, temperatures are going

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to really drop. We are looking at minimums around about freezing if

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not lower than that into rural and sheltered spots. Widespread fog is

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expected. That will start to lift first thing tomorrow morning, it is

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a 0 first thing tomorrow morning, it is

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a cold and frosty start, but we are in for a fairly pleasant day on

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Saturday. Some lovely sunshine is expected, light winds making it feel

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pleasant, just the chance of one or two showers pushing into the far

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north. 0 two showers pushing into the far

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north. Largely dry with a high of seven Celsius tomorrow. I will leave

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you with a look at the outlook for the next few days. It is staying

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unsettled into the new week, but now with your national forecast,

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weekend summary for London. Now time for the National forecast.

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Good evening, if you are a meteorologist, tomorrow is the first

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day of spring. But mother nature has little regard for such labels. That

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is one explanation for why spring starts with a touch of frost and

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fog. Sunny spells on Saturday before outbreaks of rain from the West on

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Sunday. Already a lot of cloud out West but before that, we have to get

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rid of this cloud across the East which is

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