15/04/2014 East Midlands Today


The latest news, sport and weather for the East Midlands.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to 15/04/2014. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



President Putin calls for the West to condemn it.


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.


Download Subtitles