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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight, the tragic death of a baby at the hands of her mentallx
disturbed mother. Amy Black killed the child just
hours after police requested an emergency visit by social workers.
Also tonight, the council is owed millions in rent. It is clahmed the
bedroom tax is to blame. Accrual policy means taxpayers
across`the`board lose out. Plus a council slams plans for a slower
speed limit on the M1. And ht was the gift 100 years ago. Why this
organ is now one of the hall's most treasured possessions.
Good evening. First tonight, an investigation's under way after a
mother admitted killing her baby daughter when the balance of her
mind was disturbed. She had not fully recovered from giving birth.
Police had asked an emergency social services team to visit Amy Black but
no`one was available. The ndxt morning, seven`month old Zod was
dead. In what's been described as a tragic case, it's believed that Amy
drowned her little girl, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.
The female is Amy Black, shd is coming in. The scene in an dmergency
department in a hospital after a baby is brought in for
resuscitation. Zoe was taken in in September last year. Our caleras
were there and captured these dramatic moments. Hospital staff
could not save Zoe. Her mentally unstable mother had drowned her
Today, Amy Black pleaded guhlty to infanticide. Her mind unbal`nced,
she had never recovered frol the effect of giving birth. This is
where the tragedy happened. The Black family home in best wood in
Nottingham. The father was `way at the time. CCTV images of thd back
garden was shown at Nottingham Crown Court. The images show Mrs Black
coming out into the garden with Zoe several times, holding her, cradling
her. Then it shows the moment she drops Zoe's body over a fence into
undergrowth on own industri`l estate next door. Neighbours found Mrs
Black wandering around with self`inflicted knife wounds. One of
them recovered Zoe's body. The day before, Mrs Black had taken Zoe to
London. She asked the policd for help and they took her back home. A
Nottinghamshire police sergdant tried to get an emergency social
services team to visit Mrs Black but they said no one was available that
afternoon or evening. The only option for the police was a safe and
well check investigation thd next morning but that was overtaken by
events. A serious case of you looking at how things were handled
is now under way. `` a Serious Case Review.
Amy Black, an American who hs around 30 years younger than her htsband,
is due to be sentenced next month. The Government's squeeze on welfare
benefits is causing an incrdase in rent arrears and a drop in council
tax revenue in the East Midlands. That's according to new resdarch
commissioned by the organis`tion that represents the region's local
councils. It also estimates that those same welfare reforms have
taken ?1.3 billion out of the region's economy. Our polithcal
editor John Hess is at Westlinster. John, what's the evidence?
This research is the first snap`shot of the impact of the coalithon's
welfare benefit changes on our local councils in the East Midlands. It
calculated that almost 18,000 households were affected by what
government critics call the bedroom tax. 89,000 tenants in the private
rented sector also faced cuts to housing benefits. The knock`on
affect of that, says the report is a rise in rent arrears and ` decline
in council tax collection r`tes It's not just Labour councils
complaining. For Conservative`run Melton Borough Council in
Leicestershire, there's been a 0% decline over the last few ydars In
the three East Midland citids Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, a total of
28,000 households are in rent arrears. That compares with 23, 00
two years earlier. The owed bill in rent tops ?5.7 million.
Well, that's the picture. What's the Government's reaction? Local
government ministers so far have given the concerns of local councils
pretty short shrift. Have a listen to this exchange in the House of
Commons. Does my honourable friend agree it is important and essential
that local councils play thdir part in reducing the huge efforts `` the
huge deficit we inherited? He makes a fair point and they should be
looking to curtail the 2.4 billion knots collected in council tax to
provide those services residents so rightly deserve.
So is it a case of local government getting its own house in order?
Well, that's the implication of what the Local Government Ministdr told
the Commons, but that's angdred one of our Labour MPs. The bedroom tax,
a cruel policy, which means over 50% of council tenants in Leicester City
Council cannot afford to pax. Over 50%. So it is losing ?300,000. So a
cruel policy means taxpayers across`the`board lose out. But when
councils complain of the sqteeze on their budgets, the Government
obviously believes this is heading off a ?4 billion sloshing around if
local councils had got their own house in order. What I do know is
that councils in the ease Mhdlands have seen huge cuts, massivd cuts,
to their budgets, and that hs hitting people across the E`st
Midlands. So the Government have cheek when they say that. So, is
this issue going to go away? Highly unlikely. East Midlands Council says
it's asked a senior local atthority chief executive, Allen Grah`m of
Rushcliffe Council, to work with other councils in tracking the
impact of the government welfare changes. Thank you very much.
Still to come, powering ahe`d. Plans are announced to turn the N`tional
Water Sports Centre near Nottingham into a leisure destination for the
entire region. And if it is a leisurely walk you
are after tonight, the forecast is sure to put a spring in your step.
Find out more later. Plans to cut the speed limit on a
long stretch of the region's busiest road have been criticised as bad for
business. The Highways Agency wants to have a 60`mile`an`hour lhmit on
parts of the M1 through Derbyshire. It's thought it would be thd first
motorway in the country to have a new permanently lower limit, as
Simon Hare reports. The M1 north of Junction 28 in
Derbyshire. Today, there is a 5 mile an hour limit in force for
roadworks but Highways Agency wants to make this whole stretch 60 miles
an hour from 7am to 7pm at night. I think these speeds would be a better
way of monitoring it if there is likely to be higher pollution on
certain days, because we cotld introduce a variable speed, but
having a blanket 60 mile an hour limit does not send the right
message to people and busindss about Derbyshire. We already concdrned
about the costs to business. If you're making one trip you light not
know it massive difference but over a week, a month, if you are a
business making several journeys, that is lots of lost time. The
Highways Agency says its pl`n would include using the hard shoulder to
improve traffic flows but the speeds would have to be cut to prevent
extra pollution. Drivers at these services were not convinced. The
speed limit should be 70. That variable keeps it flowing all the
time and that would be bettdr than 60. That is what I find, anxway It
doesn't change anything. People just speed more. Time is more important
in my life. I've not had ond person come to me to say this is a good
idea. We have had 20 of people contacting us to say it is ` crazy
idea. The council now says ht wants a highways `` meeting with the
Highways Agency to discuss other options. And we have an upd`te on
this story. The Highways Agdncy says tonight it has had more than 80
responses to this idea and ht will review them all before submhtting a
final plan to the Government, so watch this space.
Forensic experts say that htman remains discovered by workers on
Nottingham's tram extension are more than 70 years old. The bones,
including two skulls, were found during yesterday evening's rush hour
near Poplars Court on Lenton Lane in Dunkirk. Police believe thex may be
from a nearby church burial ground and are not treating it as
suspicious. A junior school in Leicester that
was at the centre of a legal dispute has been placed in special leasures.
A report by the education w`tchdog Ofsted has found that managdrs and
the former governing body at Uplands Junior school hadn't properly dealt
with a decline in standards since a previous inspection. A judicial
review of Leicester City Cotncil's decision to replace the school
governors last year found in the authority's favour.
Next tonight, it's been talked about for months and now one city is
hoping to make it happen. The NHS in Nottingham is preparing to lead the
way encouraging more GPs to open on Saturdays and even Sundays. It's an
experiment that will be closely monitored, as Our health
correspondent Rob Sissons rdports. They won't be open all hours but
here, they want to open mord hours. One of seven GP practices in
Nottingham interested in Saturday and even Sunday opening. Thd problem
for patient is getting to sde their family doctor when they want to or
when they need to. That is the bit we have to get right. There are
times when they want to see a GP and they are not able to and thdy have
particularly identified that Saturdays would be a day whdn they
would like to have access to general practice. He is up for Sund`y
working but GPs aren't exactly falling over themselves to do it.
There are 60 practices in Nottingham and a handful open on Saturday at
the moment. Patients I spokd to in Nottingham like the idea of seven
day a week access. I think ht is brilliant. Absolutely brillhant
Because at the weekends, whdn you need a doctor, you cannot gdt one.
They should open seven days a week like everybody else! We need this to
get a chance to get in to sde them. I work Saturdays and Sundays so they
should. Irene at peak time `nd I'd need an appointment. It is not an
emergency but I need an appointment. `` iPhone them. What we cannot
provide, because we do not have the resources, is 24/7 convenience
medicine, because we don't have enough doctors and you don't pay
enough income tax to providd it But at England's busiest Accident
Emergency unit, they hope more GP appointments might relieve some of
the pressure. Today's news hs very welcome. Saturdays and Sund`ys are
frequently the busiest days we have. We are having a much more frailer,
older population taking mord time to treat and they stay in hosphtal
longer, which puts pressure on the wider NHS.
One of the biggest housing developments in Leicestershhre for a
generation is under threat tonight after the local Police and Crime
Commissioner weighed in and challenged the plans. Final approval
for more than 4,000 homes ndar Lubbesthorpe was given in J`nuary.
But now Sir Clive Loader's requested a Judicial Review at the High Court,
claiming the current funding arrangements would leave thd police
service under acute pressurd, as Eleanor Garnier reports.
More than 4000 homes, schools, health and leisure centres, a
supermarket and shops. That is the future of this farmland near
Leicester. After final planning permission was given in Jantary But
now Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is putting the
whole development in jeopardy. Sir Clive Loder has requested a judicial
review, claiming the funding set aside for policing will put the
force under acute pressure, with an unacceptable impact on its service
across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The move has left senior
politicians here at County Hall extremely worried. I'm extrdmely
concerned as it is not the way to do business. Google `` local
politicians should not be challenging planning permission in
the courts. As the local authority that granted planning permission, it
says it is disappointed with the behaviour of the minister. Ht says
it will create a sustainabld community but protesters sax they
have seen this row coming for months. I'm not at all surprised and
I'm extremely disappointed hn the council but our argument all the
while was that developers would not want to pay for sufficient
development and infrastructtre, so it is not place a prize. With many
other developments planned `cross the East Midlands, this has left
many worried about the preshdent the Police and Crime Commissiondr could
be setting. `` president. Still to come, pulling out `ll the
stops for a special birthdax. Yes, a happy 100 years to the organ gifted
to Leicester and much admirdd by the world's leading organists.
It's been there for decades but frankly it had been looking a bit
tired. Now, though, with ?7 million of work nearing completion, the
National Watersports Centre can look forward to a new lease of lhfe. In
fact, the private company rtnning the Nottinghamshire site saxs it
wants to make it a leisure destination for the whole of the
East Midlands. And that's an ambition that's been endorsdd by an
Olympic gold medallist, as James Roberson reports.
It is famous for its water`based events but now the national
watersports centre in Nottinghamshire is undergoing a
major face`lift. The facilities are now 40 years old, and with hts
return in recent years to the control of Nottingham Countx
Council, it was in desperatd need of investment. ?6.7 million is being
spent but the County Council running of the site to an independent
contractor and a Charitable Trust. Whilst they are making a big
contribution, they needed a partner to engage with, so alongsidd the
groups, we think we have a really great deal and it is a win`win
situation for all. For old medallists like a newest Ethenne
Stott, it is a boost to havd his sport's new admin HQ next door to a
top slalom canoe course. It is really important for us to have
top`class facilities becausd we are pushing to be the top canoehng
nation in the world. We havd all our staff and logistics people `nd
equipment all in one place `nd it will make efficiency and performance
gains. Circa, who are carryhng out the refurbishment, including new
facilities and a sky Trail, say they want the public to enjoy thd site as
much as the competitors. Thd site has been transformed so there has
been a lot of emphasis on the world`class facilities but `lso
those for the local community and people behind that. Things love on
and things need to be updatdd so it is great that put the investment in
for the long`term. They hopd to have this phase of developer and
completed by next month. `` development.
That is great news but I'm slightly confused as to what a camping pod
is! It is a Pardew campaign Now for the sport. Thank you.
First, Roy Hodgson may have just about sorted his squad for this
year's World Cup but some of the England stars of the future are in
action in Derby right now. Dngland's Under`21s are playing Wales in a
European Championship qualifier at the Ipro Stadium. It's almost half
time and Kirsty Edwards has been soaking up the action and is there
live for us. Certainly have a noisy atmosphere.
No goals to cheer about just yet but I think the interesting thing about
this match has been the whole build`up. The FA really makhng a big
thing of all our local youngsters involved in the England unddr 2
setup, and this is the official match programme for tonight's game.
Hometown heroes is the headline You can see the picture of young
players. I think you can sed pictures now of the teams coming out
earlier this evening. In thd starting line`up, one Derby player,
Kieron Freeman, lining up for Wales tonight. For England, a number of
local players on the bench. Another Derby player will fuse and `lso the
Leicester defender Lee and lore `` Liam More. Signs that things are
looking very healthy for all three of our championship sides in terms
of the players coming through the academy, so it is half`time here. No
goals just yet. The last tile the England under 21 is played, they won
9`0! I don't think it will be that tonight but a couple of goals in the
second half would be good. Thank you.
Off the pitch, another of otr Championship clubs has reve`led big
financial losses for last sdason. Yesterday Leicester City announced
it made losses of ?34 million. Today, Nottingham Forest have
revealed losses of over ?17 million. The football League's financial fair
play rules mean clubs have to get their overspend down to ?8 lillion
this season or could face s`nctions. Now onto something different,
because the East Midlands is leading the way to make Britain amongst the
best in Europe at one of our most loved sports. Boris Johnson called
it wiff waff, some call it ping pong. But for the serious, ht's
table tennis. And one player from Derbyshire has just smashed his way
into the worlds elite, as M`rk Shardlow reports.
He is only 20 but Liam is a rising star. This wiki became Engl`nd
champion for the second year running to continue a blistering of form. He
is now Britain's best player in a decade, with a dramatic risd to
number 52 in the world. Had a good year so far and hopefully it will
carry on getting even better. My aim is we have the Commonwealth Games
coming up and I'm aiming for a gold medal there. His England co`ch was
once a top 20 player and he has seen how Liam has made his progrdss. He
is practising every day, on table at least five hours every day, and also
the other side that people don't see, but a professional levdl you
have to be extremely fit as well. Table tennis was Britain's lowest
funded sport at 2012. The ndw chairman has been part of a shake`up
to keep its funding. She is planning new talent centres, elite clubs and
leagues. France, Germany, they have top`class professional clubs. Our
aim is to have between ten `nd 2 top`class clubs. Liam rarelx
competes on English soil. Hd makes his living competing in Gerlany His
progress in the rankings is key for the sport. We are looking for role
models for our young players and Liam has stepped up and is competing
against the world's best on a regular basis, and it is no
coincidence that he has gond up like this after these fantastic results.
This most popular of sports may be on for a British revival.
Ice hockey, and the Nottingham Panthers have gone back up to third
in the Elite League with a win at the National Ice Centre. Thdre
wasn't too much in the way of entertainment on offer for the fans,
though, this goal from Jonathan Weaver the only one in the dntire
match. It sealed a 1`0 win for Panthers over the Cardiff Ddvils. A
win is a win, I'd say! Cricket, and Derbyshire havd
announced Geoff Miller is to become the club President. Miller played
over 250 games for the county between 1973 and 1990, and was most
recently a selector for the England national team. And that is `ll the
sport. An exciting evening for Derby with all those internationals.
Fantastic! A great atmosphere. 100 years ago this magnificdnt organ
was gifted to the people of Leicester. Installed at De Lontfort
Hall, it's been both played and praised by the world's leadhng
classical musicians. And wh`t's more, it's now believed to be the
last of its kind in working condition. Geeta Pendse has been to
meet the staff who are celebrating its centenary year.
Every week, this man tests out the concert organ at on football, but it
is less a chore and more a labour of love. This 100`year`old instrument
was a gift from an industri`list to pay ?230. It is now worth 5 million.
It is completely in original condition and it is the last
surviving concert organ surviving anywhere in the UK, possiblx the
world. At the unveiling of the organ in 1914, year after the war was was
a huge event with the city's finest turning out for the first concert.
And whilst it might look magnificent from the outside, most of the pipes
are at Chile on the other shde. There are almost 6000 pipes built
into the organ, and we are standing above the main keyboard console ``
pipes are actually on the other side. The longest pipes are up to 32
feet. At the time the organ was built, it was described as `
masterpiece. The organ was designed by the rest firm Taylor and sounds
and has a `` has 58 stops. Xou can start with one sound, which is very,
very quiet, and then you can increase it, and the more you bring
out, it changes the tone, until you get to this. Mick is a proud
caretaker. He hopes this be`utiful instrument will entertain atdiences
for decades to come. Well, I never knew all of that!
Magnificent! Now the weather. The weather is actually rather
magnificent for the next few days with high pressure in chargd and
things looking really rather pleasant. 20 of opportunitids to get
out with your camera. This hs the viewpoint summit on Beacon Hill Do
send your pick is in. `` pictures. The cloud will continue to thicken
tonight but that holds tempdratures up, so a mild night. The icd will
have a rest tomorrow morning. The cloud will increase from thd West
and become quite thick throtgh the night, producing a few spots of
light rain and drizzle, espdcially across the peak are strict, but for
the rest of us, a largely dry night. Mild temperatures. `` across the
Peak District. A cloudy start to Thursday and as we go into the
afternoon, possibly more in the way of rain but a good deal of dry
weather as well. Very littld brightness and just a few stnny
spells in the East as we go into the afternoon. On Friday, and ilproving
story. We wake up with the cloud and we have some rain pushing its way
east, but once that clears, we start to see the sunshine coming out. An
improving story on Friday whth highs of 11, which is really quitd good
for this time of year. But `s we go to the weekend, things conthnue to
improve. High pressure is shtting to the west and it will keep any
weather fronts at bay, so qtite sparkling conditions for thd
weekend. Temperatures in thd low teens. Things are improving and the
high pressure stays with us for next week!
Excellent! Camping pods. Luxury lodges for people to push too sleep
in an actual tent! That is ht. Goodbye!