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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.


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