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Welcome to East Midlands Today, with Maurice Flynn, and me, Geeta Pendse.
Tonight: The world's fourth biggest manufacturer of cigarettes announces
it's pulling out of Nottingham. More than 500 jobs could go. The
company blames falling sales, rising tax, and more illegal tobacco.
People are in tears, total shock that the company has decided to do
this. Also tonight, how the fire at the
Assembly Rooms in Derby could keep it closed far longer than expected
or even have it pulled down. Why this cancer patient has to be
admitted to a children's ward to get the treatment he needs.
And what have smartphones and tablets ever done for us? They have
helped these children learn more about Roman architecture. You get to
learn about the buildings rather than just looking at the ruins.
Good evening, and welcome to Tuesday's programme.
First tonight: One of the region's best`known manufacturing names has
announced it's to close its Nottingham operation, with the loss
of 540 jobs. Imperial Tobacco says all production
at its factory will end by 2016. The company is blaming increased
taxation and the growth of the illegal tobacco trade. It brings to
an end a cigarette`making tradition that started with John Player in
Victorian Nottingham of the 19th century. Our political editor John
Hess is outside the Horizon factory in Nottingham for us.
Good evening. This factory behind me last year produced this 17 billion
cigarettes, half its normal capacity. One of the reasons why
this factory is to close down. As the morning shift left for home,
the repercussion of today's announcement was just sinking in.
The workforce has always been flexible, giving everything, and
they do this. It is disappointing for people with
young families, mortgages. Imperial's Nottingham factory
produces cigarettes mainly for the UK, with brands such as JPS, John
Player Special, and Lambert and Butler. In a statement, Imperial
said of the closure: The regulatory environment has
become more complex in recent years. Excessive tobacco duties are not
helpful. They drive people towards the illicit trade.
The union official Andy Littlewood said today's announcement ends a
family tradition. He is a third`generation tobacco worker at
Imperial's Nottingham works. There's people in tears, it is a
total shock that they have decided to do this. We heard rumours, we
always do in this industry. The shock at the announcement today,
people are devastated. The Horizon factory was
purpose`built in the 1970s as part of an industrial regeneration
project then. Near its site now, plans for a purpose`built enterprise
zone. Nottingham is a resilient city.
Around here, we are looking to create jobs. We have an enterprise
zone close to where this organisation is going to walk away
from. We are looking to create a lot of jobs, and we need to give people
the skills. Whatever the future, today, 540 jobs
are going, discarded just like an empty cigarette packet.
With me, the MP whose Nottingham South constituency includes the
factory, Lilian Greenwood. A sad day for traditional
manufacturing in the city. Certainly for many hundreds of my
constituents who will face losing their job here at the factory, and
for their families who will be very worried about paying mortgages and
rent. I will be putting some questions to
you shortly. Pension historic cities and refractory names here, and the
names of Raleigh, Boots, John Player, spring to mind. We have been
looking at the impact on the city. John Player started business in
Nottingham in 1877 with a factory in the broad March, and added a further
five in a city mostly around the Radford area. Along with 12 other
British manufacturers, it was amalgamated into Imperial Tobacco at
a time when John Player was struggling to compete with American
rivals. John Player was in world`famous brand. In 1972, the
current Nottingham site opened. I was one of the first ones in their
in 1972. I had to stop it up. I was one of the first in. As Imperial
Tobacco today, the company produces 320 billion cigarettes each year.
Making it the fourth largest producer in the world. It is also
the world 's largest producer of tobacco and tobacco papers. It has
ploughed money into the city. In the 1960s, the university actually wrote
to the chairman of John Player saying would they like to contribute
financially to the building of the Queen's Medical Centre. An
indication in those days there was no worry about the ethics of
cigarette smoking. It was part of the way universities raise money.
Nearly a decade later, Imperial Tobacco entered into a joint
ventured to form the British American tobacco company. Both sides
agreed not to trade in each other's domestic territory. Imperial Tobacco
finally sold its shares are held an interest until the 80s. The company
opened a new headquarters in Bristol which so far seems to be unaffected
by the announcement today. As part of the history of John
Player and this city, part of that history is that governments have
taxed cigarette companies so much that this announcement was
inevitable. Successive governments have taxed cigarettes heavily, not
least because they are spending such a lot on dealing with the health
consequences of people smoking. I do not think that is the real impact of
the decision. It's not as if they won't be selling cigarettes in the
UK market, they will, but they will be imported. Tax has driven Imperial
Tobacco at? People are still smoking cigarettes. It is for Imperial
Tobacco to answer why they are shifting those jobs to other parts
of Europe and the world. Governments, can they have it both
ways? We want to keep jobs but there is a strong health message that
cigarette smoking kills. That is right, I have supported action to
cut smoking and to stop young people from smoking.
That doesn't detract from the questions about white Imperial
Tobacco has taken the decision to move jobs manufacturing cigarettes
to other parts of Europe. The priority now is do care about and
support those constituents who are affected. I have already spoken to
the city council, they have spoken to the DWP about helping people
facing losing their jobs, how to upscale them `` upskill.
Tonight, Imperial Tobacco says the closure of its Nottingham factory
and a sister factory at Nantes in western France will save ?300
million a year. In its words, to "sustain the future of the
business." Derby's Assembly Rooms could be
closed for eighteen months, or even demolished, after a huge fire a
month ago. The city council, which owns the venue, says they're looking
at all the options, as a host of top name shows have been called off.
Mike O'Sullivan reports. The fire which destroyed the plant room to
the assembly mode `` Assembly Rooms a month ago. Today, a senior council
officials told me the entertainment venue could be closed for at least
18 months or even demolished. We know it will be closed for at least
18 months. We will do and options appraisal and look at the options on
this site, that we could do in terms of entertainment going forward.
These pictures show the roof of the plant room today. A mangled mess.
Underneath, there is extensive ducting, coated in polystyrene foam,
which would have to be replaced, costing millions. These are some of
the acts and events that cannot go ahead. Dawn French at a comedy
Festival, the folk Festival in October. The Festival of
remembrance, so poignant this year. And next January, thousands of
graduates at Derby University. There is mixed reaction to the prospect of
knocking down the Assembly Rooms. It has been part of Derby for such a
long time. It is part of its heritage. We saw Rod Stewart at the
football ground, but that doesn't happen very often. We need a bigger
place. There is concern from businesses around the Assembly Rooms
about the impact of the closure on the night`time economy. It does
bring pre`theatre people into the city for bars and restaurants. In
the daytime, we have got the shoppers visiting. Another car park
will be out of action. It could be months before a decision is made.
A teenager has been found guilty of the murder of a football coach in
Leicester last year. Hussain Hussain, a refugee from Somalia, was
convicted unanimously by the jury. He stabbed Antoin Akpom with a
ten`inch knife, following a confrontation. The jury will return
tomorrow to continue considering its verdict on another 19`year`old,
Abdul Hakim, who denies murder. Hours after the stabbing, four
members of the Taufiq family were killed in a house fire, two doors
down from Abdul Hakim's mother's house. It was believed to be a
revenge attack on the wrong house. A hospital in Leicester has agreed
to create designated smoking areas for staff. The trust running the
Leicester Royal Infirmary says it's taken the decision while "continuing
support for staff who want to kick the habit". It added that staff will
be required to change or cover their uniform if they're smoking during
their breaks. The areas are expected to be ready in three months.
A Derby magistrate, who posted a picture of himself holding an AK`47
rifle on Twitter, has been suspended while an investigation takes place.
Derby city councillor Ajit Atwal, who represents Abbey Ward, has
apologised for the picture, which he says was taken eight months ago on a
personal trip to India. Liberal Democrat Mr Atwal will not face any
action from his own party. It's Geeta and Maurice. With your
news tonight, and plenty more ahead. Including, why NHS rules mean Alex
has to be treated on a children's ward to get the cancer treatment he
needs. It has been another lovely, warm day
today. But the downside is that temperatures will go down 2`1dC
tonight, if frost is forecast, but we will see the sunshine again
tomorrow. There were major traffic problems
earlier today, after the M1 through the East Midlands was completely
closed southbound. It meant long delays for many commuters. A lorry
driver is being treated in hospital, after a crash with another lorry. It
happened near Markfield in Leicestershire. Simon Ward reports.
It is the height of the rush hour but you wouldn't know it to look at
the southbound motorway between junctions 22 and 22. This is the
reason. The driver of one of the HGVs had to be cut out of his cab,
after a crash earlier this morning. He is now being treated at the
Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. The resulting closure of
the M1 South led to massive tailbacks on other routes leading to
and from the motorway, in areas that included Loughborough, Shepshed and
Markfield. Police say one lorry involved was carrying 44 tonnes of
timber. The white lorry in front is eventually able to drive off. But
the one behind is being towed, and it is easy to see the damage that
resulted from the smash. Originally, the emergency services thought he M1
southbound could be closed for around five hours, until lunchtime.
Thankfully, they've managed to get the carriageways cleared, with the
traffic running again at ten o'clock. The police say the lorry
driver who was hurt is not thought to have life`threatening injuries.
Hundreds of people turned out in Old Market Square in Nottingham this
afternoon, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough
disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters were killed during an FA Cup
semifinal match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, in 1989. A
minute's silence was held at 3:07pm, exactly 25 years after the match was
stopped in Sheffield. The Transport Minister has said the
part of the HS2 route that will be going through the East Midlands will
not be sacrificed to cut costs. The plans are quite fluid, not this
Y`shaped, but the route itself is something that is under detailed
consideration. We had a major consultation. A lot of responses. We
are going through is those in a great detail and that will take us
beyond this year. Nottinghamshire Police say they're
treating a fire in an historic chapel as arson. The building in
Eastwood Cemetery may have to be demolished after the fire last week.
Police say they think someone forced their way into the chapel on Chewton
Street. The area is a heritage site, with members of DH Lawrence's family
buried there. The Parliamentary Standards
Committee says it expects to make a decision about the future of the
Newark MP, Patrick Mercer, after Easter. He resigned from the
Conservatives last year. It came after an investigation revealed he
was paid to table questions in the House of Commons. Mr Mercer also
failed to declare the payment within the deadline set for the MPs'
Register Of Financial Interests. He's since declared ?2,000 given to
him by reporters posing as lobbyists.
Next tonight: Alex has cancer, a form that's extremely rare in adults
but common in children. So, although he's nearly 40, he's one of the
first people in the country being treated on a children's ward. What
his case highlights is the reluctance of doctors to try new
ways of treating rare and terminal cancers IF they haven't been
trialled. `` if they. Alex's consultant at Nottingham Children's
Hospital is backing a new Cancer Bill which could change that, as Jo
Healey reports. When Alex's brain tumours returned
two years ago, he never thought he would still be here and still be
able to do some of the work he loves. They said, sorry, nothing we
can do. No treatment available for it.
You have to make a decision of whether you sit back and watch it
happen, or we fight. So I fought. And that brought them here, to the
Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham. They were able
to treat him as they did children with his type of tumour, injecting a
drug into his spinal fluid, a smaller dose, bigger impact, few
side`effects. It was a bit of, do you want to be a guinea pig? Yes,
please, I'll try anything. Why couldn't he get this on an adult
ward? The condition Alex has is so rare,
that the chances of a trial for adults are almost zero. That means
the treatment, according to conventional terms would never
become available to adults, because no one would ever launch a trial. So
he has to be treated in a children's ward. That is the current
arrangement. He is in what I would call the innovation trap. It is a
trap Lord Saatchi has tried to end with his new bill, giving doctors
more freedom to try new ways of treating rare or terminal cancers.
There will be no cure for cancer until real doctors with real
patients in real hospitals attempt innovation. People have said to me,
people at the top of the medical and legal profession, that this bill
could save thousands of lives. This has been tested, but not on
adults. But when you have no choice, that becomes a choice. You have to
take it. What they and the supporters of the
bill hope is that more people will get that choice.
Sport in a moment. And, coming up after that: How ancient Leicester
might have looked, through Roman eyes.
New technology cuts through the mists of time.
Time now for the sport. We start with Leicester City who
have reached the 90`points mark, and need just two more wins to guarantee
a return to the Premier League as champions. A draw at Reading last
night means they're seven points clear of second`placed Burnley, with
four games to go. Kirsty Edwards reports.
Promotion may be in the bag, but Leicester went out at Reading still
focused on winning the title. After the disappointing defeat against
Brighton, Nigel Pearson was looking for much improved performances from
his side. They thought they had an early breakthrough, fit again Jamie
Vardy's goal ruled offside. Then, the Foxes were undone by a free
kick, a header into the far corner, Kasper Schmeichel with no chance.
The keeper was looking impressive, keeping the deficit to just one
goal. As so often this season, Danny Drinkwater was looking good in
midfield, his stunning long`range swipe put Leicester back on level
terms. Foxes had their chances to grab a winner, but a draw was a fair
result on the night, as they edge closer to the Championship title.
At Nottingham Forest, captain Andy Reid says they haven't given up on
the play`offs, but admits it will be an uphill struggle to reach them.
The club held an open training session at the City Ground this
morning for fans, and Reid was also helping to sell season tickets in
the club shop. He should be back available this weekend, after his
injury problems. But today was reflecting on what might have been.
We believe that if we had everybody fit and we had a full strength team
out there, we would be challenging to win the league. We know the
quality we have got, some people might see that as excuses, but they
have been the facts. This has not been good enough. We have a chance
to put it right and that starts on Saturday.
Boxing, and it sold out in an hour, but now an extra 20,000 tickets will
be available for Carl Froch's world title fight against George Groves.
The rematch between the rivals was initially limited to 60,000 fans at
Wembley Stadium. But now, the local council and Transport for London
have agreed a plan that'll take the capacity to 80,000. There's no word
yet on when the tickets will go on sale.
Now, he's a musician, a comedian and a fans' favourite. But, from today,
he's an ex`rugby player. The Leicester Tigers' George Chuter says
the rigours of daily training at one of Europe's top clubs has proved too
much. So, at the age of 37, and after a first`class career, he's
called it a day. Mark Shardlow has been to see him.
For 18 years, his job has been in the middle of this. For England,
Saracens and, nearly 300 games at Leicester. It is a stupid position
to play. In the front row, you are in a really bad position. There is a
lot of pressure. This is why the fans love him. He's
from the old school. Embracing the club nature of rugby, joining in at
social nights. The social side has always been
something that attracted me to the game. I love the competition, the
physical side. Away from the game as well, time to socialise with the
fans and players. Slightly odd at times, I could never
understand his jokes, it's probably more me than him. He's been great,
even in tough times, he has seen the funny side of it. I don't want that
to take away from what a great player he was, and what he has done
for the game and this club. It has not been easy at Tigers. He
has had to battle for a place. Sometimes, he has been third in
line. For 14 years, he has stayed in Leicester.
You get less for murder. I found everything I needed here.
The challenge of getting in the team and stay in the team. Getting better
as a player. I like living in Leicestershire, the people up here.
My family are here. What are you going to do? Run a
pub, salesman, coach? You're the second person who has
asked if I'll run a pub. Do I have a publican face? I'd love to run a
pub, actually. But he will surely stay in the
sport. A World Cup finalist with a sense of fun and authority, as a
coach, pundit or ambassador, this Tiger's life in rugby is far from
over. And you can hear more from George on
BBC Radio Leicester's Rugby Show, at six o'clock tomorrow evening.
Now, new technology is enabling us to see what one of our cities looked
like, through Roman eyes. A new computer app developed by De
Montfort University is revealing how Leicester might have looked 1,800
years ago. Paul Bradshaw has more. These are doors. It looks like where
they go in. The old and the new. These children
from a primary school are getting a glimpse of Leicester's Jewry wall as
it was in the third century AD.. Viewed on a tablet, the new app
recreates ancient buildings in 3D models, allowing you to explore a
virtual Roman world. You get to see what it was like,
what the building was like, instead of just looking at ruins. If you are
reading a book, you'll have to think about it. But on this, you can
actually see it, as if you're there.
The app was designed by a team at De Montfort University, using augmented
reality technology, the type used in electronic gaming. They saw
potential in the technology, not just for tourism, but for education
too. What this technology can do is bring
history to life. Kids expect that today, subjects to be presented in a
way that engages them. Hopefully, this app will do that, and encourage
them to learn about the history that is around them.
This shows much more than going into a museum and maybe handling a few
objects. It feels separate from the real places and buildings. But this
gives them a context, that it happened here, and the stones they
see are part of a building once here. There is a door over there.
There are more archaeological sites to explore with the app, including
the Roman temple under the Holiday Inn, and the forum along the High
Street. The app is available as free download.
It beats a textbook! I wouldn't be happy if my kids were on a tablet
even more than usual. Time now for the weather.
Nice again tomorrow, we lose it a little by Thursday.
Another very cold night across the East Midlands, similar to last
night, likely to drop down to minus one Celsius. It has been a lovely
day today. After the grass Frost, clear skies mean the sunshine will
return once again. A small amount of cloud developing in the afternoon,
clearing away now. A nice, moonlit night. In towns and cities, the
temperatures will stay just above freezing. Chile first thing in the
morning, with Frost. A lovely, bright start to the day. The winds
will remain light. The main change is high cloud. It will start to come
in, in the afternoon, temperatures in the region of 15 Celsius with a
gentle, southerly breeze. By Thursday, a cold front is working
its way down, currently in Scotland. It will work its way south, through
the daytime. It will weaken but there is the opportunity for it to
cloud is over and produce the odd spot of rain. Once it clears, on
Friday, the skies will brighten again. Temperatures will start to
come down. That applies to the early part of the Easter weekend. By
Saturday, quite a bit of sunshine around. Temperatures feeling
fresher. Quite a bit of sunshine in the early part of the Easter
weekend. In the second half, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, we are
more likely to see it turning unsettled.
That's all from us. Join us again at 10.25pm. Goodbye.