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deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been cleared of rape and
other sex charges. This is East Midlands Today. A
police force is commanded to reinstate an officer who was wrongly
convicted of rape. He was cleared and Aiken `` a tribunal has decreed
that he must return to work. Problems at Nottingham prison.
We are continually getting reports of incidents at Nottingham.
Plus, inside the East Midlands' latest venue, the Derby arena take
shape. And horses and dogs step out with
the military in Melton Mowbray. Good evening. First tonight,
Nottinghamshire Police have been ordered to reinstate an offhcer they
sacked after he was was wrongly convicted of rape. Detectivd
Sergeant Trevor Gray was dismissed after being sentenced to eight years
for attacking a woman at her home. But that conviction was latdr
quashed and he was subsequently cleared at a retrial. Today, the
Police Appeals Tribunal has ruled that Mr Gray can return to his job,
as Amy Harris reports. It is the long`awaited result Trevor
Gray has hoped for. The forler police officer, who was wrongly
convicted of rape, was sackdd and jailed before clearing his name
during a retrial. He's been appealing his dismissal and
yesterday the Police Appeals Tribunal ruled he can return to his
job. It's a relief. I am delighted that my appeal has been uphdld. But
I am disappointed that this matter had to be determined by a tribunal
and Nottinghamshire Police force had to be ordered to reinstate le
despite both the Court of Appeal quashed my conviction and mx
subsequent acquittal. He was jailed in 2012 for attacking a wom`n in her
home but was cleared after his wife Alison found fresh evidence. We just
hugged each other and broke down in tears. We were so delighted. Mr Gray
was a detective Sergeant with Nottinghamshire Police for 25 years.
His appeal to get his job b`ck has been funded by the Police
Federation, which represents officers. Today, bosses welcomed the
news. We ask the forced to reinstate him. They would not do so. The only
option was to go through an appeals process. Whilst delighted whth the
results, and it vindicates the position that he has not bedn
convicted of any crime, he has not been convicted of any crime. In a
statement, Nottinghamshire Police said they didn't oppose the
reinstatement, but had to follow a legal process. They're arranging a
meeting with Mr Gray to discuss his future with the force.
Next tonight, a claim that Nottingham Prison is a "powder keg"
and that it's "running out of control". The allegation has come
from the national boss of the Prison Officers' Association.
And tonight we can reveal that there's been a sharp increase in
disruptive protests at jails right across the East Midlands. Otr Social
Affairs Correspondent, Jerely Ball, can tell us more. Jeremy, what has
been happening? Just this week, they've had a number
of protests. Prisoners climbing onto netting. One cell set on fire. And
yesterday, a six`hour standoff. As inmates refused to go back to their
cells. And prison officers have warning of trouble for some time. We
first started hearing their concerns two years ago when officers walked
out of the jail after a strhng of violent attacks. And now, their
union's boss has told me thd situation's become "extremely
dangerous". With fewer officers and more than 1,000 inmates in ` jail
that's only designed for 700. Nottingham, we would say is a powder
keg prison. We are continually getting reports of issues and
incident at Nottingham and xou only have to go back to January when
there was a major incident there as well. Our members were attacked
keys were taken off them, etc. How typical are the problems at
Nottingham Prison? We've usdd the Freedom of Information Act to find
out what's happening across the East Midlands. There's no breakdown for
assaults by prisoners. But we have discovered there's been a sharp
increase in what's known as "incidents at height". They're a
common form of protest wherd inmates climb onto ledges or netting.
?NEWLINE You can see from this map that there are 13 jails across the
the East Midlands. In 2011 they reported 25 incidents
at height. In 2012 the number rose stedply to
118. And last year there even more, with
169 incidents at height. Almost a third of those, happened
here at Nottingham Prison. @nd the POA says those incidents ard just
the tip of the iceberg. I would like a review into the staffing levels at
Nottingham. It needs to be done before somebody is seriouslx hurt,
whether a prisoner or a prison officer. I would say to minhsters,
you don't want blood on your hands. So you need to work with thhs trade
union in order to resolve the situation at Nottingham prison
before it gets out of control. So a stark warning, but has therd been
any response from the prison service? They are adamant that
staffing levels are safe and in line with national guidelines. They say
that the prison service is not at all complacent about safety or
security. We have also been told that most of these incidents at
height are resolved without any injury or damage. We don't think
that'll be enough to satisfx the officers who work here the prison.
Next: The government has confirmed that it won't try to save Thoresby
Colliery, the last remaining deep coal mine in the East Midlands.
Instead, it's making a loan of 10 million for what it calls a "managed
closure". The National Union of Mineworkers
tonight warned that the first redundancies could happen as soon as
next month. With more details, here's John Hess.
Thoresby Colliery in the he`rt of Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest.
Its first coal was extracted 90 years ago. Today, confirmathon that
it will shut in autumn of ndxt year..with the loss of several
hundred jobs. The government's 10 million loan to Thoresby's operators
UK Coal is to tide it over next few months. `` to tide it over for the
next few months. The Business Minister Michael Fallon told MPs
maintaining coal production at Thoresby and its sister pit at
Kellingley in Yorkshire wasn't value for money. We are prepared, in
principle, to contribute a ?10 million load alongside contributions
from other private`sector investors to help support a managed close of
the two collieries which wotld avoid the significant losses and
liabilities which would havd materialised in the event of an
immediate and uncontrolled insolvency of UK Coal. UK Coal says
there are enough reserves at Thoresby for another four ydars So
there's been a mixture of resignation and disappointmdnt at
today's announcement. The ddbate now focuses on the impact on thd local
community. Do not let us forget that when a big employer closes, it has a
knock`on effect. For the people that supply falls B. `` for the people
that supply the colliery. The government also says a Job Centre
Plus rapid response service will be sent to Thoresby to advise liners
now facing redundancy. And we'll be hearing from the local
MP, Sherwood's Mark Spencer, in the late edition of East Midlands Today
at 10.25pm here on BBC One. Coming up ` holding back thd waters.
Last July's flash floods in Southwell caused months of lisery.
Tonight residents will hear why it happened and what can be done to
stop a repeat. A public meeting is under over a
company that provides GP services. The medical group runs practices
across the Chesterfield are`. The regulator said there were problems
with two of those surgeries including problems with pathents
getting appointments and prhvacy not being respected.
Didn't it hurt a lot? Yes. Ddward Baker can still suffer `` rdmember
the agony of suffering a burst appendix. He had to be rushdd into
hospital last Christmas aftdr days of pain. His parents believd his
condition should have been picked up sooner by local GPs before she only
had a stomach bug. We feel dxtremely let down because we knew how will
Edward was. We took him to the doctors, twice. The second time he
should have been sent to hospital. Edward was seen by two diffdrent
doctors at two different surgeries which are part of the same ledical
group. His case is one of a number being highlighted by local LP, Tony
Perkins. It has been clear for several month that there is a
significant problem with regard to services and also with the demand
that their race. And the qu`lity of `` the service there is, and the
quality of clinical care. The group says they are satisfied. We have
increased to 200 hours a wedk. There are now practitioners is av`ilable
for consultation and online meeting `` appointments can be bookdd as
well. Now Edward's parents `re taking part in a public meeting to
discuss their concerns. A man has died after being
discovered in the back of a rubbish lorry. Police were called to
Lyndhurst Road in the Sneinton area of Nottingham just after five
o'clock this morning. The m`n was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre
where he later died. An investigation is under way hnto how
he came to be in the back of the truck.
The jury in the retrial of ` Derby man who's accused of murderhng a
teenager have been dischargdd. They'd been deliberating for five
days. Kadeem Blackwood, who was 14, was
shot on a park at Sunnyhill in Derby in 2008. One man has admittdd
pulling the trigger and is hn prison. Michael Paul Hamblett`Sewell
denied ordering a fellow gang member to shoot Kadeem.
A footbridge in Derby which was closed because of structural
problems is to be partially reopened. St Alkmund's bridge
connects the city centre with St Mary's Catholic Church. A tdmporary
repair means it'll open agahn in a fortnight. A permanent solution will
be in place by July. The City Council says the companies ht blames
for the flaw will pay for the repairs.
Hundreds of people are expected at a public meeting tonight to hdar more
about plans to stop a town from flooding again. Dozens of homes at
Southwell in Nottinghamshird were battered by flash floods last July.
A forum was set up to find out what caused the problem and how to stop
it recurring. Right now it's presenting some of their findings to
the community. Sarah Teale reports. The flash floods of last July were
ferocious. Torrents of water poured through huge parts of
Nottinghamshire. It took just a couple of hours for the rain to
fall. But it caused devastation which has gone on for months. Rob
Jordan has only just moved back into his home at Southwell. The floods
haven't put him off from living here. We love where we live. We have
great friends and neighbours. Great community spirit. We just w`nt to
sort out the flooding probldm out, not move away. So Rob and other
residents have come together to form the Southwell Flood Forum. Tonight
at a public meeting, residents are being shown a high`tech moddl which
replicates the July floods `nd from that can predict what will happen
with different rainfall levdls. It will help work out what flood
alleviation measures are nedded People say that dredging is the
solution. But that is not the only solution. That is what the purpose
of the model is, to identifx what would be the best solution. On a
spring day like today it's hard to imagine this road was like ` river.
Nine months ago. Flood prevdntion schemes don't come cheap it's
expected to be ?1.85 million and ?125,000 will have to be rahsed by
the community. Residents will also have to pay more in their council
tax for the next three years to help fund the scheme. We need proper
measures to, engineered measures, to hold water back. We need to make
sure that drains, ditches and dikes are maintained regularly. Wd cannot
say never again, but if we get the funding, we can make it verx
unlikely. Campaigners say there is no single solution for prevdnting
flooding, but a series of shmple measures ` including a bypass pipe
to take surface water away from the town, dredging the drains and brooks
and slowing water down. There was a military parade with a
difference through a Leicestershire town today. As well as soldhers the
stars of the show were the `nimals. It was the military dogs and horses
that particularly attracted the crowds in Melton Mowbray. Otr
reporter Simon Ward was there. The animals are preparing to go on
parade. Among them is Lara. She s a dog in training and this will be a
test for her. We have put a lot of work into her in the past couple of
weeks, but on the day, with animals, you don't know what will happen We
have done a lot of practice, so hopefully it will be well. `` it
will go well. She's a trackdr animal, she finds people.
Criminals, or whatever. She is doing well. The Defence Animal Centre is
based here in Melton and 104 Military Working Dog Squadron is
from North Luffenham. It is the first paraded through Melton Mowbray
for the military dogs and their handlers since they returned from
Afghanistan last year. And the crowds have turned out to wdlcome
them. It is nice to see the forces walking through Melton Mowbray. ``
Melton. I have family over the years in the forces and it is nicd to
support them. I am proud to be British and proud of what wd see.
The protection we were given while we were there was paramount. But the
tour that we did was part of the process to allow the Afghan people
to return to what they know, and do it in a safe and a proper w`y. A lot
of them come from the same `rea and they do appreciate that thex are
invested in Melton. Remember Lara, the dog still being trained? Here
she is, coping wonderfully with all the noise and the crowds.
She looks so happy to be thdre! The people of Derby got a bdtter
idea today of what to expect when the city's new velodrome finally
opens. A glitzy video shows how the ?28 million arena will stagd
top`level cycling and transform into a concert hall for 5,000 people
James Roberson donned his h`rd hat for a look inside to see how the
construction work is going. Hard at work inside the new arena
and velodrome. The building is now clearly taking shape, with the track
area and central infield arda clearly defined below it. A new
council video has been prodtced to give the public an idea of what the
building will look like inshde when it's finished. Councillors say it'll
be unlike the four other velodromes in England Scotland and Walds. This
is not only a velodrome, it is a multi sports centre as well. We have
120 work stations in the gyl. We have a conference centre, an
exhibition centre. So we will be providing really good facilhties
here in the heart of the Midlands. It will put us on the map. The
wooden banking will start hdre and slope appears to the top of this pig
area. There will be 26 miles of Siberian pine, enough to stretch
from here to Leicester. The public will be able to hire bikes here as
well. The point about this lenu is that we have raised the track to
first`floor level. That means that we have use of the infield `rea For
concerts, three and a half `` 3 00 people can stand. With the dxterior
virtually finished, The council and contractors say the interior should
be completed by November and the building should be open for business
next February. Looks fantastic, doesn't it And you
can see more of that video on the BBC Derby website.
Here is the sport. I have bden in the velodrome.
First, could Derby County bd our next team in the Premier Le`gue
With five games to go they need four more points for the play`offs and
head coach Steve McClaren s`ys it was a big deal passing the 70 points
mark this week. It is huge. We knew Tuesday was a high`pressure game.
The boys did very well. We keep challenging them, we keep tdsting
them, we keep telling them to put a marker down and they keep doing it.
That is what we will continte to do on Saturday.
Onto cricket ` and he's one of the biggest signings Nottinghamshire
fans have seen for years. Atstralian bowler Peter Siddle has now arrived
at Trent Bridge. The delays with his visa are now sorted out and Siddle
is raring to get going. He spoke to Kirsty Edwards.
He is a huge name in intern`tional cricket. And he is about to strike
fear amongst batsmen in the County championship. He tasted success with
Australia in the Ashes during the winter and even though they lost the
series here last summer, he had a great opening game at Trent Bridge.
And now, he can't wait to bd playing here for the next few months. To get
three in the second innings, I did like bowling. That is a big draw. I
want to have a crack at herd again. They try to entice me to cole here
and it made the decision quhte easy. He is one of the best bowlers in the
world. That is what he has been labelled with and he has earned
that. To have somebody of that quality is amazing. The coach is
delighted and no doubt the local fruit sellers will be. I he`r you
are partial to a banana? Ye`h. Every product goes into my diet, but I is
a lot of fruit. About 20 a day. It keeps me going. The Notts f`ns will
be looking forward to getting their first glimpse of him. Expectations
will be big but the laid`back Australian is not feeling any
pressure. If I start playing poorly, I will get stick about being an
Australian. That the moment, if I can keep having success likd we did
yesterday, and keep going forward. I have always dreamt of coming over
here and now I have my chance. Swimming ` the British Championships
are under way in Glasgow. For one man, they represent a chancd to mark
a comeback he feared might never happen. Loughborugh's world
backstroke champion Liam Tancock has been sidelined for much of the
season by an illness that took months to diagnose. Angela Rafferty
has more. He is out to prove he can c`me back
from the biggest challenge of his career so far. A mystery injury that
left the world champion serhously struggling. It was a nightm`re last
year. I didn't know what was going on. I had seen specialist, nobody
could pinpoint the problem. Might shoulders were hurting. Thex were
talking about nerves through my neck, different things going on It
was a year of my swimming c`reer. I lost a year due to injury. That was
frustrating. You have to st`y positive and move forward. The
British Championships in Gl`sgow are his first real test. There hs plenty
at stake. Selectors will decide who goes into the Commonwealth games.
They can win their event by five or six seconds, but that does not
guarantee the selection. It goes on their ability to win medals at the
Olympic Games. It is a uniqte thing. Success is something Fran H`lsall is
very familiar with ` her first Commonwealth Games aged 15 seem a
long time ago. But this timd, she has added an entirely new event to
her repertoire. When you add relays to my programme, I will be hn seven
events. Heat, semifinals and finals, I will swim 20 races over shx days!
It is a lot, especially for a sprinter. We are not used to that,
it is a lot. Selectors to ilpress, a Commonwealth Games place to secure `
the stakes are high for the best in Britain.
And finally from me, one for motorsports fans ` a chance to see
the new all electric Formul` E race cars ahead of their launch season.
Five full test days at Donington Park starting on July third will be
open to spectators and free of charge ahead of the season opener in
Beijing. Work on the new series headquarters, which will be based at
the circuit, is also nearing completion. Donington are opening
their doors to the public tonight. Kids can get in free, everyone can
get in free. It is open to 8:30pm. Next, work on The National Trust's
newest East Midlands property is nearing completion. Stoneywdll
Cottage at Ulverscroft in Leicestershire is grade two listed.
It was acquired by the Trust last year and is said to be a nationally
important example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Paul Bradshaw was
given exclusive access. Beautiful and useful, the two
qualities that embody the Arts and Crafts movement. And Stoneywell is
both. Built in 1899 by Leicester`born architect and
furniture maker Ernest Gimson, the cottage has been acquired bx The
National Trust for the nation to enjoy. Crafted out of local
materials, by the hand, not using mass production techniques. That was
the foundation of the arts `nd crafts movement. This cottage
started `` this cottage throughout its life has welcomed visitors from
all around the world. Peopld have admired the work of the arts and
crafts movement. We look forward to continuing that. Nestled in 15 acres
of gardens and woodland, thd property has required wiring and
minor repair work to restord it to how it would've looked in the 1 50's
when its last owner, Sidney Gimson moved in. In here, we see some quite
important pieces of arts and crafts furniture which part of the
collection. Not least this lovely bed. It was crafted in the workshops
in the Cotswolds and has bedn here throughout its life. There was local
opposition to the Trust takhng over the property, concerns which it
hopes will be addressed by limiting visitor numbers to 163 per day. It
is lovely to be able to havd a place within Leicestershire that The
National Trust members can visit more easily than they can elsewhere.
The property will open to the public later this year.
What a beautiful cottage. Bdautiful and useful!
Talking of which... Beautiftl, anyway!
Thank you. A quiet weather story at the moment. It will remain settled
for the rest of the week. A beautiful sunset yesterday. And
here's the warm up oriel at Queens Park. Plenty more opportunities to
take photos in the next few days. We have a weak weather fronts to get
out of the way tonight. It hs going to the south, taking cloud with it.
High pressure is building from the South West which will domin`te for
the next few days. There is a lot of cloud around for the moment but it
will break to bring clear skies first thing this evening. Then that
weather front moves in which will bring thick cloud for a while with
light patchy rain. It is a weak front, not amounted to much. It will
move away towards dawn. Then we will have clearer skies. There m`y be
frost in sheltered spots. For the rest of us, a fairly mild nhght
Tomorrow morning, that cloud sinks southwards. Decent sunny spdlls
through the morning. More in the way of cloud in the afternoon btt still
bright and sunny intervals. Feeling fresher, but not bad with a high of
13 Celsius. The weekend is `lso looking dry and sunny.
Good news. Beautiful and usdful I never doubted it.
Join me for the late news. Goodbye.