16/04/2014 East Midlands Today


16/04/2014

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


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 16/04/2014. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

acquitted last week of murdering PC Blakelock. Here on One we can now

:00:00.3:59:59

join the And now the news for the East

:00:00.:00:16.

Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good evening.

:00:17.:00:19.

Three men who put hundreds of passengers in danger have been

:00:20.:00:22.

jailed for aiming a laser beam at planes landing at East Midlands

:00:23.:00:24.

Airport. 21`year`old Luke Walters, seen here

:00:25.:00:26.

on crutches, and Craig Appleby, who's 20, were sentenced to five

:00:27.:00:35.

months in prison. 19`year`old Alex Parker was jailed for seven months.

:00:36.:00:38.

The judge in the case strongly condemned their actions, as Simon

:00:39.:00:44.

Ward reports. These pictures from a police

:00:45.:00:47.

exercise show how powerful laser pointers can be. Officials on the

:00:48.:00:52.

ground aim the laser into the sky. This could affect the vision of a

:00:53.:00:55.

crew at night, and they'd even closer to the laser during landing

:00:56.:00:59.

or take off. The crew heard that three aircraft

:01:00.:01:02.

and the control tower at East Midlands Airport were struck by the

:01:03.:01:09.

laser. `` the court heard. The crew of one aircraft said it was

:01:10.:01:13.

so bright, they covered the glass of the cockpit and landed on

:01:14.:01:15.

instruments only. 20`year`old Craig Appleby from

:01:16.:01:17.

Loughborough pleaded guilty with the others. They were caught near East

:01:18.:01:20.

Midlands Airport in February last year. He told me he regrets the

:01:21.:01:23.

whole thing. I know what dangers it can cause.

:01:24.:01:29.

It's horrible. So on reflection you can understand the danger that there

:01:30.:01:33.

could be to pilots, do you? After I read my statement, I was very, very

:01:34.:01:39.

shocked at what damage it did. Having pleaded guilty, what would

:01:40.:01:42.

you say to people who are concerned by this? All I can say is I'm very

:01:43.:01:46.

sorry for what happened. You know. It'll never happen again. We was

:01:47.:01:50.

unaware at what we was doing. It was one of our Airbus aircraft,

:01:51.:01:54.

an A320, and the main surprise was shock, it was the surprise that the

:01:55.:01:59.

pilots have reported. The real danger is flash blindness. A laser

:02:00.:02:04.

encounter comes unexpectedly, and it's extremely bright, and that

:02:05.:02:07.

flash blindness stays with the pilot for a while.

:02:08.:02:13.

Laser pointing is an offence that's been increasing. The Civil Aviation

:02:14.:02:17.

Authority say East Midlands Airport ranks about in the middle for UK

:02:18.:02:21.

airports.. With 70 laser incidents reported for the last year alone in

:02:22.:02:27.

the East Midlands. The latest unemployment figures show

:02:28.:02:31.

the East Midlands is one of the few English regions bucking the national

:02:32.:02:34.

trend, with an increase in its jobless figures. There are now

:02:35.:02:46.

163,000 people out of work. That's a rise of 14,000 on the last quarterly

:02:47.:02:49.

figures, although the region's unemployment rate of 7% is the same

:02:50.:02:51.

as the national average. figures,

:02:52.:02:53.

However, these latest figures won't reflect a recent round of big job

:02:54.:02:56.

loss announcements in the region's more traditional industries.

:02:57.:02:58.

However, these latest figures won't reflect a recent round of big With

:02:59.:02:59.

more on that, here's our political editor John Hess.

:03:00.:03:04.

Well, old industries may go but making things still matters in the

:03:05.:03:08.

East Midlands. There are 300, 000 jobs in the region's manufacturing

:03:09.:03:11.

sector, no surprise there maybe, but look at this ` that figure's fallen

:03:12.:03:16.

by 40% over the last 25 years, and in turn, 1.5 million people now work

:03:17.:03:19.

in the service sector; banks, retail, leisure, hospitality. That's

:03:20.:03:29.

increased by an eye`watering 866% in the East Midlands. Now, our world of

:03:30.:03:38.

work is changing. When coal dominated the region's

:03:39.:03:41.

economy two generations ago, the collieries of the East Midlands

:03:42.:03:44.

provided work for more than 60,000 people. It was a way of life. The

:03:45.:03:50.

closure of our last pit, Thoresby, was announced a week ago. Likewise

:03:51.:03:53.

shoemaking in Leicester, bicycle making in Nottingham, textiles in

:03:54.:03:55.

Derbyshire, until yesterday cigarette manufacture at Imperial

:03:56.:03:58.

Tobacco ` they're all part of the sunset industries, gone or going.

:03:59.:04:06.

If the industrial landscape of the East Midlands is changing, you see

:04:07.:04:10.

it on estates like this. New companies, smaller companies,

:04:11.:04:12.

specialising in IT, pharmaceuticals and precision engineering.

:04:13.:04:18.

That's reflected in new research by one of the country's biggest

:04:19.:04:20.

business organisations, the D2N2 Chamber of Commerce for the East

:04:21.:04:25.

Midlands. We have got this growth in

:04:26.:04:28.

manufacturing jobs going on locally, but yes, the world of work is

:04:29.:04:33.

changing. More people are being self`employed, taking their own

:04:34.:04:35.

economic destiny into their own hands, more people are doing more

:04:36.:04:39.

than one job, so maybe doing several jobs which is in some respects very

:04:40.:04:42.

helpful, if there is ever a downturn, that they don't actually

:04:43.:04:48.

lose the whole of their employment. Cue Nygel Stevenson. Having worked

:04:49.:04:55.

for an established big`name company, he decided to branch out on his own.

:04:56.:05:00.

Madcap? He's set up his own cafe business in Kimberley near

:05:01.:05:02.

Nottingham, called the Madhatter. He now employs seven people.

:05:03.:05:07.

I think if everybody that wanted to own their own business within a

:05:08.:05:09.

community did that, and employed people locally, slowly the economy

:05:10.:05:12.

would get better and the communities would be built ` it's not just about

:05:13.:05:16.

the money, it's about the communities and working within the

:05:17.:05:23.

communities. All my staff are local. And I love the fact that we're

:05:24.:05:26.

buying into the community and working together.

:05:27.:05:30.

The way we work, and who we work for, is changing.

:05:31.:05:33.

Now, here's another sign of our changing economy ` think science and

:05:34.:05:36.

you may think of Cambridge or the Silicon Valley, but the East

:05:37.:05:41.

Midlands? Our region's science and technical sector now employs 155,000

:05:42.:05:48.

people. That's an increase of just under 80% since the late 1990s. Now,

:05:49.:05:53.

if that rate of growth continues, forget coal, textiles and tobacco `

:05:54.:05:57.

we'll be talking of science as one of our traditional industries.

:05:58.:06:05.

Now, as the Easter break approaches, there's a timely reminder to drivers

:06:06.:06:09.

to take special care when towing a caravan.

:06:10.:06:11.

These dramatic pictures capture the moment a caravan veers wildly across

:06:12.:06:16.

the M1 in Leicestershire. It narrowly misses other traffic,

:06:17.:06:19.

before overturning on the hard shoulder. Last year in the East

:06:20.:06:24.

Midlands there were almost 500 accidents involving caravans and

:06:25.:06:26.

other towed vehicles. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

:06:27.:06:30.

from me ` but with your weather now, here's Anna Church.

:06:31.:06:35.

here's Anna If you've been enjoying the spring

:06:36.:06:40.

sunshine today, there will be more to come for the Easter break. It

:06:41.:06:44.

looks like we are in for a cloudy day tomorrow. We have had fairly

:06:45.:06:49.

clear skies this evening, but we're starting to see cloud feeding in

:06:50.:06:54.

from the North West. It is fairly thin but it should keep us frost

:06:55.:07:00.

free tonight. Where the cloud is then first thing in might give us a

:07:01.:07:05.

little bit of brightness. Then we will start to see the cloud really

:07:06.:07:11.

thicken. It is largely dry, but be prepared for the odd spot of light

:07:12.:07:15.

rain or drizzle. With the cloud it feels a little bit cooler tomorrow,

:07:16.:07:21.

with a westerly breeze. Friday higher pressure is back in charge.

:07:22.:07:27.

It will be a dry, settled day with long, sunny spells. I will leave you

:07:28.:07:32.

with the outlook, as we go into Good Friday and Easter weekend.

:07:33.:07:41.

Good evening. The good news is that it will be a reasonably sunny start

:07:42.:07:47.

to the Easter weekend. The bad news is that it will not stay that way

:07:48.:07:50.

for many of us. Overnight tonight, many of us will be dry with patchy

:07:51.:07:56.

rain across Scotland. Some of us will -- some of this will track into

:07:57.:08:00.

northern England and were. Quite patchy in nature. Not a lot of rain.

:08:01.:08:06.

Dry further south. Maybe a touch of frost across the far south-east. The

:08:07.:08:10.

other end of the UK, blustery showers across the North West of

:08:11.:08:13.

Scotland but further south, patchy rain across northern and will. --

:08:14.:08:24.

North England and were. A sunny start across the far south-east of

:08:25.:08:26.

thing and after

:08:27.:08:27.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS