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it's time for the news where you are.
Now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn.
First tonight: "Give this man his job back", that's the call from the
Police Federation which says Detective Trevor Gray, wrongly
convicted of rape should be allowed to rejoin the force. 0
convicted of rape should be allowed to rejoin the force. Mr Gray only
managed to clear his name after his wife tracked down a key witness who
had been missed by the police. Quentin Rayner reports.
Former detective Trevor Gray is a free man only because his wife
turned detective. After he was wrongly convicted she discovered a
key witness hadn't been traced. Within four days of her putting out
an appeal, the taxi driver was found. 0 0 0
an appeal, the taxi driver was found. His 0
an appeal, the taxi driver was found. His evidence was crucial in
overturning the conviction. The Grays' complained about how the case
was investigated only to find out the officers investigating their
complaint was the same ones that carried out the investigation. I
have little if any faith in that team investigating themselves. A
complaint about themselves and the manner in which they conducted the
investigation. Integrity, honesty, transparency, questionable?
The Police Federation is funding his appeal to get his job back. Well it
araises the assumption that they had a preconceived 0
araises the assumption that they had a preconceived idea. They have not
looked for this crucial defence witness which managed to overturn
the case against Trevor. It raises a question with me, did they have a
preconceived idea that he was guilty and therefore, stopped looking for
the truth? The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking at
the case. The IPCC commissioner has assured me that a fully independent
investigation will be carried out. Nottingham Police said Mr Gray is
appealing his dismissal and it would not be appropriate to comment
further. The force said, " We take any report of sexual assault and
rape 0 any report of sexual assault and
rape extremely seriously have a duty to investigate such allegations.
Whoever they are made against." Trevor Gray says he wants his job
back. His appeal should be heard by June.
The number of apprentices in the region is booming. They've shot up
by more than 14,000 in just three years. Earlier today, the Skills
Minister was in Leicester to see how so many 0
Minister was in Leicester to see how so many places were being delivered.
Mike O'Sullivan reports. The skills scp minister looks at `` the skills
Ministers looks at hands on training. This is the British Gas
academy. Graduates and the over 20s compete for places. There was a lot
of good people in the interview. So I want to try and get as much out of
this as I can. There is not really any age limit of it. If you have got
a keen eagerness to learn, why not? The Government is pouring lots of
money into subsidising apprenticeship training. Over ?1
billion nationally in 2009/10 and around 1.4 billion last year. The
number of apprenticeships starts in Derbyshire, damn shire and
Leicestershire and their corresponding cities stood at over
33,000. That's up over # 73% on 2009/10. At British Gas they
received ?9,000 from 0 2009/10. At British Gas they
received ?9,000 from the taxpayer towards the ?40,000 cost of training
each apprentice. We have state`of`the`art facilities. And we
are proud to have th label and we have fed the industry over a period
with engineers. I want to see the new norm that people when they leave
school go to university or into an apprenticeship 0 0
school go to university or into an apprenticeship and it is our job not
to push them one way or the other because university is right for some
people, but not right for everybody. It is our job to make sure that
there are good options available for both. This year, British Gas hopes
to train hundreds more engineers at this academy.
The news that 360 jobs at a Derbyshire factory are to go has
left staff devastated according to a union official. Sandvik in
Swadlincote is ending production, closing the factory which makes
construction machinery and moving the operation to Northern Ireland.
The firm blames the slow pace of the global economic recovery. James
Roberson reports. Today, the factory here is quiet as the majority of
workers are at home digesting the information that 360 jobs are to go.
News the unions say that came out of the blue. The jobs are to go over
the next 12 months as the firm consolidates this factory's
operations with its plant in Northern Ireland. It is the
community and the subcrat contractors. It is not just in
isolation of the plant even though these devastating for the members at
the workplace. Sandvik which makes heavy construction machinery here
said they couldn't run two UK plants at half capacity, hence the move to
County Tyrone. In the segment we are in which is construction, we haven't
seen any market recovery since the post financial crisis of 2009. The
local MP says she is hopeful other south Derbyshire firms like Toyota,
and Nestle may have alternative positions. I'm keeping my fingers
and everything crossed. No stone will be left unturned, working with
Unite, and working with the directors, we want to make sure
those who 0 directors, we want to make sure
those who want 0 directors, we want to make sure
those who want another job will find one. My next step is to get answers
from the company. We were just told this yesterday. We are in the dark
as to how this happened. 80 jobs are being retained. The union starts
talks with the firm about those being lost on Monday.
Newsnight is getting underway now on BBC Two, live from Kiev as Russian
troops 0 BBC Two, live from Kiev as Russian
troops spread into the Ukraine, Anna's here now with your weather.
Thanks, Maurice. If well, if you are hoping to see the Northern Lights,
it is unlikely. This was the sky last night. Thank you James for
taking the time to send the photo in. It is a very cold night tonight.
Where we have showers to the east, they will start to ease. It is a dry
night. And with clear skies and light winds, temperatures are going
to really drop. We 0 light winds, temperatures are going
to really drop. We are looking at minimums around about freezing if
not lower than that into rural and sheltered spots. Widespread fog is
expected. That will start to lift first thing tomorrow morning, it is
a 0 first thing tomorrow morning, it is
a cold and frosty start, but we are in for a fairly pleasant day on
Saturday. Some lovely sunshine is expected, light winds making it feel
pleasant, just the chance of one or two showers pushing into the far
north. 0 two showers pushing into the far
north. Largely dry with a high of seven Celsius tomorrow. I will leave
you with a look at the outlook for the next few days. It is staying
unsettled into the new week, but now with your national forecast,
weekend summary for London. Now time for the National forecast.
Good evening, if you are a meteorologist, tomorrow is the first
day of spring. But mother nature has little regard for such labels. That
is one explanation for why spring starts with a touch of frost and
fog. Sunny spells on Saturday before outbreaks of rain from the West on
Sunday. Already a lot of cloud out West but before that, we have to get
rid of this cloud across the East which is