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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight ` an apology from Ndtwork Rail for the deaths at its level
crossings. The families of those who h`ve died
say it is too little, too l`te. It is like somebody sending yot a
Christmas card for years later. They have started to apologise bdcause
they have too. We investigate a harmful chdmical
used in some East Midlands nail salons, which can cause lasting
damage. As we head towards lambing season,
the appeal for dog owners to keep their pets on a lead to keep sheep
say. And why this local council candidate
has got politicians all Shook up. Welcome to Friday's programle. First
tonight, a damning report into a series of deaths at level crossings.
MPs have condemned Network Rail for showing a callous disregard for the
feelings of families whose loved ones were killed or seriously
injured. It's prompted an unreserved apology
from the company, but two f`milies whose relatives died at the same
crossing in Nottinghamshire say it's come too late. Our chief news
reporter Quentin Rayner is `t the crossing near Hucknall now.
This crossing near Hucknall has been transformed since the buildhng of
this one 5p footbridge opendd at the end of last year. But it has come at
a price. `` one 5p. Three deaths in this `` in the
course of four years. Laurence was one of those who gave
evidence to the transport sdlect committee accusing Network Rail of
negligence. In the `` in November 2008 his wife was walking across the
crossing with his grandson when they were hit by a train.
Mr Hoggart received a settldment from Network Rail but no apology. I
never received any letter of apology from them. I was not even invited to
the bridge opening in 2013. He says safety warnings werd not
heeded from 14 years ago. They knew all about the crossing in 2004, but
still did nothing about it. Tragically, people have been killed.
My wife would still be here, migrant children.
For years after their deaths, 30`year`old Lindsay was killed by a
tram as she used the crossing. `` four years after. She paintdd all
this herself. Her family also feel badly treated.
We are glad the bridge was there, but I would sooner have had my
daughter. I have had no apologies, no letters, to say we are so sorry.
And that is it, never had anything else.
As for the unreserved apology, apology to all the affected
families. But he has also promised to change the culture of thd
company. He has admitted in the past they were too willing to bl`me the
people who used these crosshngs rather than looking at themselves
and thinking how they could reduce the risk of accidents. He h`s
pointed out that in recent xears Network Rail has removed ovdr 7 0
crossings across the UK. He has pledged a further ?100 millhon over
the next five years to improve safety, and MPs have said they want
zero facilities `` fertilitx is by 2020. They have also said `` zero
from `` zero foot `` zero fatalities.
Next tonight, a grieving datghter says she will fight on for better
regulation of care homes after a catalogue of problems leading up to
her mother's death. Kathleen Reid was in a mouldy, damp
bedroom ` and her weight wasn't properly monitored at a card home
where staff struggled to medt residents' needs. Our health
correspondent Rob Sissons w`s at today's inquest into the
92`year`old's death. In her younger days, she was in the
land Army. Then, a loving grandmother. In her final ydar she
was in a damp, smelly, moulded room in a Leicestershire care hole
without Simon 's disease. It was evident there were not enough hands
on deck. `` Alzheimer's. Tr`ining and staffing levels need to be
looked at. To the family, it seemed endemic.
But here they did not keep ` close enough I and Kathleen's weight. It
was not properly monitored hn 2 11 and I was poor record`keeping.
Social Services concluded K`thleen Reid suffered neglect. The owner
told the inquest she would have done more had she been told. She left the
inquest without comment. What have you got to say about Mrs
Reed's with? Why wasn't the moulded room sorted out? Have you got a
thing to say? `` the mouldy room. The most disturbing aspect hs I
think what little we know that goes on behind closed doors. We need more
robust monitoring. Families and friends going into the home have a
responsibility as well. If they think `` if they see things they are
not comfortable with, they should not be slow at telling others. Or
going along to the Care Quality Commission or another agencx and
expressing their concerns. The whole now has a new man`ger and
the Care Quality Commission's latest report has shown improvements, with
going beyond all legislativd requirements.
Kathleen Reid died 14 days `fter leaving this home to go into
laughter hospital. Her family had from the coroner that he accepted
many of the criticisms of the home. `` Loughborough hospital.
Still to come: It won't be wall to wall sunshine. We won't be hotter
than Malaga. But Anna IS promising a fine weekend. If you have enjoyed
this afternoon's sunshine, the weekend forecast is sure to put a
smile on your face. Find out more later.
There are calls tonight for nail bars to be regulated, and for a ban
on a potentially harmful chdmical glue used in some outlets across the
East Midlands. Methyl methacrylate ` or [email protected] ` is
often used because it's che`p and strong, but it can cause long`term
nail damage. Amy Harris reports The mail industry is booming, but
how safe is your manicure? Tntil recently, for Tracy, the answer was
not safe at all. She had acrylic nails are applied regularly in
budget salons. And she paid the price. While I was having them done,
they looked fine, but underneath they were in a pretty poor state. It
looked like they were bitten down, they were hurting, it was
sensitive. This is what her nails lookdd like.
This damage was caused by a cheap and strong chemical called lethyl
methacrylate, used in some outlets to apply fake nails. It is so
potentially harmful it is b`nned in America. The problem is the electric
filing they have to do. But in turn makes the natural nail vulndrable
and it is likely to pop the natural nail plate of of the nail bdd.
It is believed poor regulathon of the industry is high then the
problem. While the majority of salons like this one are offering
their clients safe treatments, there is no legal requirement to be
licensed. I think manicurists need to be much more regulated. There are
some bodies that regulate them, but I am certainly not convinced that
all the small manicure salons will belong to them.
Across the region there havd been no public complaints about MMA, but
Trading Standards are urging people to come forward if they havd been
affected. They are not ruling out prosecution.
We look at each problem on ` risk`based, so if people ard
suffering we need to know about it as soon as they can let us know
about it. Thanks to months of careful
attention, Tracy's nails ard much healthier, but with many nahl salons
popping up across the region, without thorough regulation of the
industry, many women could suffer the same plight.
Next tonight ` the awards that have upset a teaching union. Among the
nominees for the title of Derbyshire's "most inspirathonal
woman" is the founder of a controversial free school.
Shazia Parveen recently quit as chair of governors and a trtstee at
the Al`Madinah Muslim faith school in Derby. Organisers of the award
say the list of nominees represent the views of the wider commtnity.
Simon Hare reports. Final preparations for events in
Derby to mark International women's's day tomorrow. There had ``
there is to be a fair, and then in the evening the first ever
inspirational women of the xear awards for Derby and Derbyshire
There are separate categorids, plus an award for overall woman of the
year. Among those nominated for that is Shazia Parveen, former chair of
governors and a trustee at the controversial Al`Madinah frde school
in Derby. It beggars belief as to how she can be put forward `s
somebody who is inspiring young people. In my opinion she h`s done
untold damage to the educathon of a set of young people whose p`rents in
all good faith sent them to that school expecting them to get a
decent education. I have sacrificed my own time... Last October she
issued a statement saying she was stepping down in the best interests
of the school's pupils. Somd of what people had to say was about personal
things she had done, from hdlping women who had to grasp of English,
to starting the school. She was one of the founders. Last year of Stead
described the school is dysfunctional, and in chaos. ``
Ofsted. The governing body was criticised `` named ineffective
It's secondary school is now in the process of being closed. Saturday's
awards ceremony will take both at this Derby H. These are the people
that have been put forward `s inspiring people in the comlunity.
And that is asked doing our job Shazia Parveen declined to be
interviewed, but in responsd to the NU to's comments, said... `` NU T.
There was a bit of surprise result in a Nottingham by`election last
night. Whilst Labour secured the Clifton North council seat, all eyes
today were on the candidate who pushed the Liberal Democrats into
last place. David Bishop, who represents the Bus
Pass Elvis Party, clinched 01 more votes than the Lib Dems, le`ving
some politicians all shook tp. Geeta Pendse reports.
When it comes to entrances, David Bishop makes an impression. It seems
that is also translate into voters. Last night he beat the Lib Dems into
last place in the Clifton North by`election. They read my n`me out
and said you had 67 votes. @ thousand or so for labourers and the
Tories and 504 UKIP, and I, same again, and then he said Lib Dems 56.
And he is no stranger to politics. So far he has stood in eight
elections, with opponents including Neil Hamilton. So why Elvis? Here's
always been a hero of mine, because you can have a bit of fun whth the
image. It is not a snobby ilage The working class relate to him.
David's manifesto includes pleasures such as saving public lavatories,
banning airguns to protect pets and wildlife, and legalising brothels
with a 30% reduction for pensioners. The vote has led to politic`l
jibes, with Labour's Ed Balls: The Lib Dems credibility into qtestion.
Do you think this is down to the wonder of you? I think it w`s
probably the leaflet. And whilst he may have left the
building, David says he has his eyes on the next General Election.
Our Elvis expert is John Hess. You could write it, could you? H guess
it is embarrassing for the Lib Dems. I certainly think so. The Ddputy
Prime Minister was arriving for his party's spring Conference in York
this afternoon and what was the first question? Was it about the
economy? No, it was about this man here. Nick Clegg tried to l`ugh if
of `` laugh it off, saying we do not normally stand in this part of
Nottingham. The Liberal Democrats only old 2%, and with Europdan
elections coming up, little wonder that Ed Balls said, Nick Cldgg, are
you worried? Does this by`election worry `` well
this one with the other parties I suspect not. But on the othdr hand,
UKIP were also standing for the first time and they polled just
under 20%. That could be an indication of where people `re
voting. What is going to happen to this guy, he has become a rdgular on
the Parliamentary by`election seen. Last night he did not lose his
deposit. Or his glasses? Still to come ` a great step forward
at Swanwick Junction. The station, run by the Midland
Railways Trust, invited me to see a rather special structure th`t
they've rescued and restored. Find out what it is later.
As lambing time approaches, five organisations working in thd Peak
District have joined forces to urge dog walkers to keep their pdts on
leads if they're anywhere ndar sheep.
It follows a spate of inciddnts where pet dogs have chased sheep
onto busy main roads ` and dven attacked and killed them. A warning:
Some viewers may find some of the images in James Roberson's report
distressing. At Derwent, Kath sets off from her
farm to check flocks of shedp in nearby fields. It is vital work
because lambing is imminent and improving weather brings out
visitors to this beautiful place and walkers can bring dogs without
leads, but free running dogs and sheep do not mix often. As soon as
the sheep sees the dog it starts to run away. The first instinct of the
dog is to chase the thing that is running away. I have seen sheep with
horrific injuries. Kath shows me and Andrew from the
National Farmers Union picttres of sheep that have been attackdd the
dogs. Two dogs did this and the killed over 40 sheep.
No five local organisations are using this poster to urge dog owners
to keep their pets on leads. Even though you think your dog whll stay
with you, they get carried `way and they are gone before you know it.
They can chase the sheep into the water or disturb grant nesthng
birds. `` birds. Last autumn some sheep were grazing
here on this rank of the reservoir, they got chased by some dogs, so
terrified were they that thdy jumped this cattle grid and about 80 of
them ended up down there on the busy motorway.
Dog walkers we spoke to agrde dogs should not run free. If thex chase
sheep about, they will abort the lambs. I do not take my dog on land
where there is sheep. Forecast, only a sheep dog should be
near sheep. `` for Kath. Time for sport now.
First tonight, Nottingham Forest Manager Billy Davies HAS imposed a
media ban until the end of the month. Earlier this week he was hit
with a five`match touchline ban by the Football Association for this
behaviour towards the referde at the Leicester City match last month He
gave his last interview for the next five games to Natalie Jackson.
The headline news from the Nottingham Forest training ground
today is that Billy Davies has decided not to give any medha
interviews for the next fivd games, not even to the club websitd. Under
the advice given to me by mx legal team, I will be making no comment at
all in relation to any medi` matters until 26 March. Why? I am not
prepared to discuss what it is about, or I am saying to yot here
clearly is that due to legal advice I will be making no comment at all
until that day. And I will be doing no interviews with any medi` until
that day. And that is the position of where we are at the moment.
The news comes after he was hit by a smack with a five match touchline
ban after his behaviour at half`time in the match with Leicester City. He
admitted a Football Association charge of using abusive language
towards the referee but denhes deliberate in making contact with
the official. I am now having to sit in the stand and communicatd with
the bench either by a runner or by telephone or whatever. We whll now
let the very experienced st`ff get on with the job on the touchline.
Isn't this will just playing up to your public image as this
antagonistic troublemaking lanager? I will keep `` we will keep working
as hard as we can and keep trying to win football matches, but whth
regard to anybody's portray`l of what anybody thinks, Natalid, I
could not care less. On the pitch, if Nottingham Forest
win at Barnsley tomorrow thdy could go up to fourth in the Championship
table. And there's lots more from Billy
Davies on Monday night's Late Kick Off. Not to be missed.
Now on to Derby County, who will be hoping to get back to winning ways
at home to strugglers Millw`ll. Kirsty Edwards braved the r`in ` and
as you'll see it was a LOT of rain ` to watch them prepare.
A miserable day here at the training ground. I can at least get `way with
an umbrella, but not so Steve McClaren and his players. At the
mood here is anything but gloomy. `` but the mood.
There is no dampening spirits at the moment, even after that defdat at
Burnley last weekend. You look at the game and it is unbeliev`ble the
amount of possession we domhnated in with ten men. A long, long way to
go. As I say, a lot can happen over 13 games. Two months. Nothing is
certain. The shirts are being worn whth
pride, the Burnley defeat w`s actually their first in eight games.
Perform at home is even better. `` their form. They have won ehght
games out of mind. Tomorrow's opponents have only won one game
away all season. I think the `` it is much to do with
the atmosphere, with the fans. Everybody's stayed behind the team.
It is important that your home form is strong, that people come to you
and know this is a tough pl`ce to come.
It is that form that is putting the buzz back in the city. Expectations
has been made `` have been raised. " you'd better win Saturday!" . It is
hoped that the smiles are b`ck on the fans' faces tomorrow as well.
No Leicester game this weekdnd, but Notts County have a home match as
they try and recover from rdcent results ` they face Leyton Orient.
And in League Two Mansfield welcome Newport County.
BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radho Nottingham the place to be tomorrow
afternoon for commentaries, reports and the best analysis. Getthng to
the sharp end of the season now and they'll keep you in touch.
Away from football, Nottingham Panthers can consolidate thdir place
near the top of Ice Hockey's Elite League if they can get results away
at Braehead tomorrow and hole to Fife on Sunday.
Many of you will have heard of in badminton, Chris and Gabby have
been knocked out of the all England Championship at quarterfinal stage.
The Chinese pair took the fhrst game comfortably and never looked back.
Many of you will have heard of the Midland Railway, a trust whhch runs
steam trains on a privates stretch of line near Ripley in Derbxshire.
Today I was invited along to Swanwick Junction to witness a great
step forward for the station ` or, should I say, OVER it.
It's hard not to be impressdd by steam trains on a beautiful day like
today. This is me, checking that Tony, the driver, knows which end is
which. But the reason we were all there was to see this. An old
pedestrian footbridge, rescted from a railway station in Manchester
beautifully restored and now, officially, open in Swanwick. If you
want to see it for yourself you can. The Trust is currently runnhng a
special steam weekend featuring several wonderful old locomotives.
How big a weekend is this? Ht is a big start for us to open thd bridge
and make that missing link. Now it means anybody arriving here can jump
across the bridge onto the next train and away again.
Did you go on the train as well Yes, I was in a horse box at the
back of all the carriages. H will say nothing about that at all? `` I
will say nothing about that You are tantalising as with thoughts
of sunny climes. Yes, we started today on a cloudy,
damp note, so hard to believe we would end so beautiful. `` so
beautifully. It will be gendrally drier, with lots of sunshind, and
returned which is well abovd average. Today we got as high as 15
Celsius, the average is usu`lly ten. We have clear skies at the loment,
so now it is dark temperatures are taking a quick tumble. But we have
tried pushing its way in during the early hours of Saturday morning and
with all this cloud temperatures will start to recover, and we are
looking at those of three ddgrees. A cloudy and damp start then to
Saturday, with spots of light rain and drizzle. But as we had through
the day, the client will cldar away and the sun will come out. `` the
cloud will clear away. I will be a strengthening southerly wind, but we
are looking at highs of 14, but 15 or 16 not out of the question for
Saturday afternoon. Sunday, also starts off nice. Clear, bright sunny
start on Sunday, there will be more in the way of cloud as we hdad
towards the end of the day `nd maybe a little more rain through the night
on Sunday to take us into Monday, however, high pressure is whth us.
It is with us Monday, Tuesd`y and said to stay with us well into next
week. It is going to give us a spell of dry weather, not particularly
sunny, but try and unsettled. For only much, we cannot grumbld. `` dry
and unsettled. `` for early March, we cannot grumble.
Enjoy the weekend. Goodbye.