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You This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: Jail for three men who aimed a laser beam at a passenger
plane. Are the three admittdd endangering passenger safetx. All I
can say is I am very sorry for what happened. It would never happen
again. Also tonight, a frightening end to a night out. A new w`rning
for drivers towing caravans. Plus a huge rise in the number of people
using food banks. Della mac you just get some food to keep you going And
British touring car is at Donington Park, we have the best view of the
action. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. First tonight: J`iled ` three men who put the lives of
hundreds of passengers in d`nger by aiming a laser beam at plands
landing at East Midlands Airport. Twenty`one`year`old Luke Walters,
seen here on crutches, and Craig Appleby, who's twenty, were
sentenced to five months in prison. Nineteen`year`old Alex Parkdr was
jailed for seven months. The judge condemned their actions,
adding that people living in the region remembered the Kegworth
Aircrash and therefore thesd were deterrent sentences. Simon Ward
reports from Leicester Crown Court. The court heard that the aircraft
and the control tower is at Midlands airport were struck by the laser.
The crew of one error plane said the light was so bright, they h`d to
cover the windows. These pictures from a police exercise shall have
powerful laser pointers can be. Officials on the ground in the laser
into the sky. This can affect the vision of crew at night. 20`year`old
Craig Appleby pleaded guiltx with the others. They were caught near
East Midlands airport in February last year. He told me he regrets the
whole thing. There is no pohnt in lying about it. I said I shone a
laser pen at the aeroplanes. I know what dangers it can cause now. It
was horrible. On reflection, you can understand the dangers therd could
be? After I read my statement, I was very shocked at the damage ht did.
Having pleaded guilty, what would you say to other people? All I can
say is I am very sorry for what happened. It will never happen
again. I was not aware of what I was doing. In a darkened room, the laser
pointer shows up more brightly. In recent years, the more powerful
laser pointers have been reloved for general sale. They are supposed to
be used in education and presentations. But others are easily
available for just the few pounds. The main surprise was shock, it was
the surprise that the pilot recorded. The real danger is flash
blindness. The laser pointer comes unexpectedly, and is extremdly
bright, and that flash blindness stays with the pilot for a while. It
is an offence that has been increasing. East Midlands ahrport
ranks about any medal for UK airports, with 70 incidents with
laser pointers reported in the last year alone. The airport said that
the safety of passengers and staff are their first priority. Shmon
Ward, BBC East Midlands tod`y, Leicester.
Next tonight, holiday`makers are being warned to take extra care
after dramatic footage of a van towing an out of control caravan,
was taken in Leicestershire. Footage of the crash has been released as a
warning to holiday`makers to take care, as thousands head off for the
bank holiday weekend. Shocking CCTV footage taken on the
M1 in Leicester. The caravan is out of control, before being off into
the side of the road. Thankfully, the motorway wasn't busy. Drivers
here are looking forward to the Easter break, but they know all too
well how dangerous towing a caravan can be. Della mac I have sedn
caravans in the ditch, upside down, cars upside down, caravans smashed
all over with their furniture already hard shoulder. When you put
the foot on the break, you can't stop that easily. They are difficult
to tour if the wind gets hold of them, they can turn over a very
easily. You have two tonne of car, two tonnes of caravan, and then if
somebody comes in and cut straight in front of me, how do I stop?
Between January and March l`st year, there were 60 incidents on our roads
involving caravans and trailers Over the spring, that figurd rose to
125. Over the summer, the ntmber of incidents on our roads rose to 27.
So what can drivers do? The best thing to do is make sure th`t the
tyres are legal, the pressure is correct. Ensure that trailers are
correctly attached, and keep to the speed limits. The message is clear `
slow down and stay safe, so that you arrive at your destination hn one
place. Leicester Prison was found to be 80
per cent over capacity during a spot`check by inspectors. Today s
report follows a surprise vhsit by Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons
in November. It concludes that the jail faces some significant
challenges if it's to becomd more effective. Staff were praisdd for
the way they dealt with those at risk of self harm, but inspdctors
were concerned many prisoners felt unsafe when it came to levels of
violence. Derby's new velodrome could be used
to host some events affected by the closure of the city's Assembly
Rooms. Yesterday, it was announced that the venue will be shut for at
least 18 months while it's rebuilt or repaired. A number of
high`profile events have had to be cancelled. The velodrome, which
opens next January, is being considered as an alternativd.
Building a temporary venue hs also an option.
Still to come ` feeding the hungry. Church leaders clash with the
Government over the reasons behind a huge rise in the number of people
relying on food banks. A teenager who murdered a football
coach has been sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a
minimum of fifteen years. Htssain Hussain stabbed Antoin Akpol after a
street confrontation in Leicester last year.
The judge told the nineteen`year`old the killing was the result of
gang`related street violencd. He said whatever the failures of Antoin
Akpom, there was a good sidd to him and nothing could justify t`king his
life. The jury was unable to reach a
verdict on another nineteen`year`old, Abdul Hakim who
denied murder. A decision on whether he'll face a retrial will bd made
within the next two weeks. Here s our Chief News reporter Quentin
Rayner. 20`year`old Antoin Akpomb w`s a
father, fiance, and football coach, and the youngest of five.
Sometimes I'm OK, sometimes it feels like someone has ripped somdthing
out from inside me, because he was the youngest one and he... Xou just
miss his voice, his laughter... I could talk to him about anything. He
was just an amazing person. Her son was stabbed once in the back
with a ten inch kitchen knife by Hussein Hussein, a refugee from
Somalia. It happened shortlx after 5:30pm on the evening of 12
September last year, just as this BBC employee was returning to his
parked car. I noticed there was a young man
lying face`down, right next to my card here, and he was attended by
some paramedics. It was onlx later on that I noticed that therd was a
trail of blood from the corner of Sussex Street all the way up to here
where Antoin fell. Gang riv`lry was blamed. But Antoin Akpom's family
categorically denied he ever had anything to do with gangs.
He didn't even look back. Hd stabbed my son and ran. What type of person
or monster would do something like that? Someone that he didn't even
know. He just killed my son. After he was stabbed, Antoin
collapsed into the arms of his close friend and business partner.
To see a man like this leadhng and dying, basically, is somethhng that
will never leave my memory because it's something that should never be
seen from such a great man. This is Antoin's corner. I come here
every evening, I like the c`ndles, and I talk to my baby. I love you
baby. I really really miss xou. Antoin was engaged to Amber, his
childhood sweetheart. They `lready had a son, one`year`old Akedl.
He was such a proud dad, he really was, amazing... And that is the
saddest part, Akeel, he'll know of his dad, but he will never know his
dad. That's really sad. The latest unemployment figtres show
the East Midlands is one of the few English regions bucking the national
trend, with an increase in hts jobless figures. There are now
163,000 people out of work. That's a rise of 14,000 on the last
quarterly figures, although the region's unemployment rate of 7 is
the same as the national avdrage. But these latest figures won't
reflect a recent round of bhg job loss announcements in the rdgion's
more traditional industries. Here's our Political Editor John Hdss. Old
industries may go, but making things still matters in the East Mhdlands.
There are 300,000 jobs in the region's manufacturing sector. No
surprise they there, maybe. But that figure has fallen by 40% in the last
25 years. 1.5 million peopld now work in the service sector. Banks,
retail, leisure, hospitalitx. That has increased by 186% in thd East
Midlands. Our world of work is changing.
When coal dominated the reghon's economy two generations ago, the
collieries of the East Midl`nds provided work for more than 60, 00
people. It was a way of lifd. The closure of our last pit, Thoresby,
was announced a week ago. Lhkewise, shoemaking in Leicester, bicycle
making in Nottingham, textiles in Darbyshire and, till yesterday,
cigarette production at Impdrial Tobacco: They are now all p`rt of
the sunset industries gone or going. If the industrial landscape of the
East Midlands is changing, xou see it on estates like this. New
companies, smaller companies, specialising in IT, pharmacduticals
and precision engineering. That s reflected in new research bx one of
the country's biggest busindss organisations the D2N2 Chamber of
Commerce for the East Midlands. We have got this growth in
manufacturing jobs going on locally. But, yes, the world of work is
changing. More people are bding self`employed, taking their own
economic destiny into their own hands. More people are doing more
than one job, so maybe doing several jobs, which is in some respdcts very
helpful ` if there is ever ` downturn they don't actuallx lose
the whole of their employment. Cue Nigel Stevenson. Having worked
for an established, big`namd company, he decided to branch out on
his own. Madcap? He set up his own cafe business in Kimberley,
Nottingham called the Mad H`tter. He now employs seven people.
I think if everybody that w`nted to open their own business within a
community did that, and employed people locally, slowly the dconomy
would get better, and the communities would be built. It's not
just about the money, it is about the communities, and working within
the communities. All my staff are local, and I love the fact that we
are buying into the community and working together.
The way we work, and who we work for is changing. Now here is another
sign of changing economy. Think science, and you may think of
Cambridge or the silicon valley But the East Midlands, now employs
around 155,000 people. That is an increase of just under 80% since the
late 1990s. If that rate of growth continues, forget coal, forget
tobacco, we will be talking about science.
A man accused of murdering ` teenager in a gang`related shooting
in Derby nearly five`and`a`half years ago is facing another
re`trial. Michael Hamblett`Sewell's ndxt court
date could be in September `fter a jury failed to reach a verdhct
earlier this month. The prosecution claim he ordered the shooting of
15`year`old Kadeem Blackwood in Caxton Park in Derby in 2008,
something Mr Hamblett`Sewell denies. A cricketer is to carry the
Commonwealth Games relay baton on the Leicester leg of its worldwide
tour. The Leicestershire all`rounder Shiv Thakor has been given the
honour. He'll carry the Quedn's Baton through the city on Ttesday
the 10th of June. It will h`ve visited 70 nations and terrhtories
ahead of the Commonwealth G`mes in Glasgow in July.
There's been a huge rise in the number of people relying on free
food parcels here in the East Midlands. Today, one food b`nk
charity revealed that it's feeding well over 700 people in this region
every week. It's prompted a row between churches and the Government
over whether it's linked to welfare reforms. Let's cross to Narborough
in Leicestershire, and our social affairs correspondent Jeremx Ball.
Welcome to a food warehouse which is packed with supplies for Easter
lots of fruit and vegetables, big bags of pasta, and pallets stuffed
full of spaghetti and breakfast cereal. They have all been donated
to the charity by supermarkdts and food producers, and some of this
will begin in a way to independent food banks.
Today, the largest of those charities revealed that shocking new
figures The Trussell Trust runs 25 food banks, here in the East
Midlands. Last year, those centres handed out well over 37,000 food
parcels. That's up from fewdr than 11,000 the year before ` more than a
threefold increase. I've bedn out to their Coalville food bank to ask why
there's so much demand. Welcome to a store where thdy hand
out free bags of shopping. But this isn't open to anyone. It's `n
emergency stopgap that's only for people who've been given official
vouchers. Lee's been out of work for ` year.
He was receiving Jobseeker's Allowance. But now his monex's been
stopped for three months, under what's known as a "Benefit
Sanction". I have already spent two weeks with no electric, it has made
a huge difference. It is nice to know there is help out therd for
people who do need it, and `re in dire straits.
Lee got into such dire strahts because he missed a job`seeker's
training appointment scheduled on a day when he had to go to cotrt as a
witness. Others have never received any benefits, weeks after losing
their jobs. Often you are told it could be three to six weeks before
you get your benefits. All xou can have happen is you have an `ccident
at work and you miss your bdnefits. And in Loughborough, they wdre
queuing for food parcels thhs week outside another Christian charity
that's seen a surge in demand. They think that's partly because there's
less stigma about using food banks. But many here are desperate. And
Gemma still needs their help, despite getting work s a part`time
cleaner. I have two children, and it is very hard at the moment. I have a
growing boy here, and he can't stop eating. You get out there, xou get a
job and it is fine, but it hs a struggle at the moment. We get
people who are hard`working people who unfortunately that month all the
bills have come in, and there is just no much money `` no money left
at the end of the month to pay for food for the kids.
Today church leaders have ddscribed the increase in food parcels as
"terrible". But the Governmdnt says they're not part of the bendfits
system, and there isn't any robust evidence of a link with its welfare
reforms. It's a row that's becoming increasingly political.
Coming later ` we've had a perfect spring day.
Here they supply three quarters of a million meals last year. How much
difference is this making? We have seen tremendous growth in ddmand for
our services, last year it came up from 40 organisations we supply to
over 60. We supply to organhsations, that Cook, serve and supply food to
people in need. Is there a danger that food banks create a dependence
on hand`outs? That can be an issue, so our national policy is to
encourage organisations to cook and serve meals, community cafes,
breakfast clubs etc, so there is a social interaction of eating. Is
this increased engineered or partly down to the fact that all `` more
food banks are opening? I c`n understand that to a degree there is
an increase in availability, but you and I know how much food prhces
increase, and equally our rdnt, council tax, utility bills, so for
people on the lowest income, the money they have to spend on food is
getting squeezed. This is just helping people in need,
it is also that might have been thrown away if it wasn't here. So it
is actually preventing wastd as well.
We have had a perfect spring day today.
But will the blue skies strdtch into the weekend? Yes, there will be more
sparkling sunshine to start the Easter break, but first, th`t is
cloud to talk about. More ddtails shortly.
`` there is cloud to talk about Time for the sport.
First, Derby County defender Jake Buxton has won the supporters' club
player of the season, and today Head Coach Steve McClaren hailed what he
called Buxton's enormous contribution this campaign.
The bearded Beckenbauer, as fans call him, is a real cult hero. When
he signed in 2009 from Burton Albion he says no`one had heard of him and
he was the sixth choice centre half. But he's defied the critics who said
he couldn't cut, and this afternoon at Derby's weekly press conference
the boss called him the ide`l professional. `` who said hd
couldn't cut it. His perforlances have been excellent, not just that
but his leadership on and off the field, in the dressing room, I run
the players. He has that old school honesty that should never go out of
the game. He tells it how it is great leadership.
Well, the men's football se`son is nearly over, but the ladies are just
getting started. Tonight a little bit of history is being madd tonight
as Notts County play their first`ever game in the Women's Super
League. They're taking on one of the top clubs ` Arsenal ` at Me`dow
Lane. Jeremy Nicholas reports. Last season the club were known as
Lincoln Ladies, but they have moved across the border into
Nottinghamshire, and tonight they will run out as Notts Countx. It is
a new season and franchise, all the players want to play for Notts
County, they are playing for the barge, not the name on the back
Therefore they have got to dnsure they are nice and relaxed, game day,
but also, the reception we have had from the city and the club htself
has been infectious. There has been an increase over the years hn
participation in women's football, I hope it involves more to get
involved. It is looking poshtive. Jess is one of the Cricketers
wingers in the game. `` quickest wingers. It is great to havd a
little bit of unity. We will see some of the guys around the training
pitch, and they will have a word of encouragement. We have a fotr year
franchise, and the chairman has brought us together because we want
success. It might not come instantly, but once we gel H am sure
we will be there in the mix for forthcoming seasons. They f`ce `` it
is a 7:30pm kick`off, and Notts County season ticket holders get in
for free. Nice sunny night to go and watch,
but there's also commentary available on BBC Radio Five Live
Sports Extra. Cricket, and Nottinghamshird's
Director of Cricket Mick Newell was interviewed to be the new coach of
England this morning. Newell is thought to be one of five n`mes in
the frame to succeed Andy Flower. Finally from me tonight motor sport
because it's a big weekend for Donington Park as the second round
of British Touring Cars arrhves Colin Hazelden has been to the track
to see the new cars, teams `nd drivers and to have a go hilself.
Events like British touring cars are a key part of Donington's appeal.
Motorsport fans can get closer to the action, and with motorsport
worth a fortune to the region's economy, this new focus is bringing
in new spectators. The sport is in great health, and the spect`tors
love it when they come here. But you're right, we need more people to
come. We need more people to come and see what motor racing is about.
But that will be offering something different. I got lucky, but
something very different indeed I am getting today a flying lap ``
getting to do a flying lap. This should be something! Wish md luck,
everyone. Where I enjoy the madness, H will
introduce you to the driver, three times champion Matt Neal. It is
great to see the reaction on people's faces. What is it like when
you are doing the real thing? Do you still feel the intensity after all
these years? I still get butterflies sat on the grid. The butterflies are
well worth it. From the inside of a car Donington
is looking in very fine neck. From what I saw of it when I was just
hanging on for dear life. And there is tremendous spedds could
take Neal back to the top. H do not like to get complacent, but I am
hopeful. He is just one of the drivers to watch out for. W`tch out
for Donington as well, it w`s back in its racing stride.
Colin had that helmet on, btt you could see he had a big grin on his
face. Not surprising!
We saw some lovely blossom darlier, here she is now with the forecast.
here she is It has been a beautiful day, and it
has been perfect to be out `nd about with your camera.
Thank you very much, Nicola. But there is a little bit of ch`nge on
the way, we are expecting a cloudy day tomorrow, but it should be
mostly dry. The UV levels whll be lowered during the day. At the
moment we have some early evening sunshine around, but through the
next few hours we start to see some high`level clouds filling `` feeding
in from the north, probably enough to keep us frost free but there may
be sunlight patchy rain into the North. Then to butchers of six
Celsius. Tomorrow morning `` minimum temperatures. Tomorrow a little bit
of light, patchy rain as we go into the early afternoon, but a good deal
of dry weather still to be had. However the cloud will make it feel
a little bit cooler tomorrow. Looking further ahead to Good
Friday, then, high pressure is back in charge, so if you have enjoyed
the sunshine, there is more to come on Good Friday. All spells of
sunshine, dry and settled, with temperatures in the mid`teens. High
holds on for Saturday, giving us another dry, sunny, subtle day. But
on area of low pressure is starting to push in from east, and that will
give us quite unsettled day on Sunday, and I went day. But rain
looks like it is still with us as we go into Monday, into Bank Holiday
Monday, it looks like it is going to be quite unsettled to end. The best
part of the Easter weekend, Good Friday and Saturday, dry and sunny,
but unsettled for Easter Sunday and Monday.
A bank holiday of two halves then. Rain on bank holiday? That never
happens! If you're going to do anythhng, do
it on Friday and Saturday. Good night.
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