17/03/2014 East Midlands Today


17/03/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies. Barnado's

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have been sexually exploited via have been sexually exploited via

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social media. They've begun a new campaign which coincides with a

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hard`hitting play being performed in schools across Leicestershire. It

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shows just how easy it is to become a victim of sexual grooming. In

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moment we'll hear from Clive Chambers from Barnado's about the

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scale of the problem, but first here's Sarah Teale. Not unless you

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want me to tell everyone. Please don't tell my mum and dad. These

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schoolchildren are gripped by a powerful drama about a teenage girl

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unwittingly sucked into an abusive relationship will stop called

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Chelsea's Choice, the gritty play is a campaign to highlight the problem

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of sexual exploitation. Their headlines were hit by this after a

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gang in Derby were jailed for cruising the streets and preying on

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vulnerable girls as young as 12. This play, performed to pupils at

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this community college in Leicester, shows that anyone can be

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a victim. It's amazing how they get people to do what they want and how

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they manipulate them. I've learned all the different types of how

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people sexually groomed girls and boys. There's all different kinds of

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ways people can get exploited online. Wii I've learned to be safe

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on these internet websites. To keep my profile secure. One of the most

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interesting things about the players any of the children who watch it can

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see how easy it is, it could happen to anyone of them. Could happen to

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any body at any time. It is shocking and very moving, the number of

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students we do get in many different schools who come up to us and say

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that some issue in the play has affected them in some way. Whether

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it's the smallest thing, like something online, or something about

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sending photos. White mesh The message to all parents and pupils is

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to be aware of the dangers. How serious are the consequences of

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child abuse on the child? They can be devastating. Without the right

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kind of support and help for young people and children, they can have

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lifelong psychological consequences. How serious is the impact of social

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media? If we think about that in relation to child sexual

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exploitation, in 2013 Barnardo's did a snapshot survey of its specialist

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child sexual exploitation services. We were working with almost 900

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children at that point. Of those, about 40% identified social media as

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being one of the factors that they'd encountered in their abuse. That's a

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huge number. What are the warning signs in children? How would you

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tell that maybe they are suffering? There are three areas that we

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suggest that parents and carers are particularly sensitive to. Any real

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changes in behaviour, particularly if those changes include children

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who are staying out late and would be expected or more seriously going

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missing. The second would be children and young people who have

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things that they really have no explanation for. That might be cash,

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mobile phones, it might be any of a whole range of things. But if they

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can't explain how they got it, then we suggest parents should be

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sensitive to that. The other things are about having an awareness of

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what young people are engaged in online. Being willing to talk to

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young people about their online activities. Talk to children and it

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you think there's something you should get help. Thank you. Business

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leaders say they're determined the East Midlands won't lose out on the

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HS2 rail link. A report out today suggests the line between Birmingham

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and Crewe could be completed several years before the rest of the route.

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The Chamber of Commerce here says it would be unfair for one region to

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benefit before another and wants work to start on both ends of the

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line simultaneously. A massive fire which destroyed the top floor of a

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multistorey car park in Derby means the city's Assembly Rooms will be

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shut for at least eight weeks. Now the task of contacting thousands of

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people who'd bought tickets for shows which have been cancelled has

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begun, as James Roberson reports. From the tower of Derby Cathedral

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today, the extent of the damage to the assembly rooms car park is only

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too clear. Smoke from the huge fire on Friday night has got into the

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assembly rooms themselves, but the damage to the top of the car park is

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even more extensive. Pictures taken by the council today show the

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charred and buckled roof and the wrecked interior of the park room,

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including the point where the fire started. Today, in a temporary

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office in the Guildhall across the marketplace from the assembly rooms,

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Derby Live staff were beginning the huge task of bringing thousands of

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assembly rooms customers to tell them that their shows and events

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have been cancelled until mid`May. We've had to reschedule. The

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performance on Thursday, it's due to the fire that happened on Friday.

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One small piece of good fortune was that Friday night's wind blew smoke

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and flames away from nearby businesses in the city centre,

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including from Bennetts, right next door. The feeling is the businesses

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have opened for business as usual. Saturday was our first day of

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trading after the fire, and that was a good day of trading. Yes, there

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might be some impact with footfall around the city but we are

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optimistic going forward. Assessors have been inside the assembly rooms

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and the car park today. The car park will remain closed for the

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foreseeable future while its structural integrity is established.

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It will take a number of weeks. We know that the road in front will be

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closed for the foreseeable future. The assembly rooms will be closed

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for eight weeks. Unfortunately, it will take time to do it properly,

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but that's what we have to do. That's almost it from us. I will say

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goodbye now but I leave you with Kerry and a look at the weather.

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Dry and bright weather again today, but some changes on the way. The

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first thing you will notice tomorrow is the wind. It will pick up through

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the morning and into the afternoon, blowing in quite a few showers as

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well. For the time being, we are staying dry for tonight. The cloud

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is increasing and the winds. To pick up. The cloud and wind will hold

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those temperatures up tonight, so it's particularly cold. Tomorrow, we

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will start off dry but we will see the cloud thickening up and we will

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see a couple of the showers pushing through. Not many of them for some

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of us. Some of us will stay dry and there will even be some brightness

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towards the end of the day. Those winds will be quite noticeable,

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shaping the edge off the temperatures. The outlook, some

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sunshine on Wednesday, looking as though it will turn a bit wet and

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windier by Thursday. That is it from us.

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going to be Wednesday. Unsettled from there on in. More on that now

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with the UK forecast. A frost free night across the whole

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of the UK across the whole of the UK. Winds will strengthen tomorrow.

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Showers around. They will pep up as we go through the end of the night.

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More significantly across parts of Northern Ireland and into western

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Scotland. A little bit patchy rain further. Most places staying dry.

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Plenty of cloud. Temperatures Tuesday, seven or eight degrees to

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start. Fairly cloudy with the main focus of the wet weather across the

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north-west. Showers feeding in across parts of Scotland. Could be

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on the heavy side with the small chance of the odd rumble of thunder.

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Showers across Northern Ireland and into northern England. Further

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south, although it is quite overcast, most places should be

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dry. Thicker cloud through South Wales and south-west England which

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might produce the odd patch of light rain. That will move through

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Southern Canty is the rout the day. Behind it, some breaks in

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