17/04/2014 East Midlands Today


17/04/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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The East Midlands has experienced a significant earthquake ` the

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strongest quake to hit the UK this year. There have been several

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tremors in the region in recent years. But this one ` with its

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epicentre in Rutland ` was among the biggest ` with a magnitude of 3.2.

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Sarah Teale reports. The peace and tranquillity of the

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Rutland and Leicestershire countryside was rocked just after

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7am. This was the cause, an earthquake measuring magnitude three

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point two. Rhian Ivory and her family said it sided like a lorry

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had crashed into the bungalow. `` sounded. It sounded like the war

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was shaking behind me. It was a sound and vibration as well. My

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eldest one thought it might have been a bomb. I heard sort of

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rumbling sound, and it shook my bed. The epicentre was at Oakham and

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originated 2.5 miles below ground. Many took to social media

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afterwards, including Austin Healey retweeted, we have just had an

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earthquake, the House was shaking for about ten seconds. Tremors were

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felt up to 20 miles away. It felt almost like an explosion, but

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without the sound, or something hitting the sound rather as Mac

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hating the House rather than like `` rather than rumbling or shaking. It

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was a strange sound, I knew it wasn't quite right because in a

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quiet location like this you do not hear that sort of thing.

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The last significant earthquake hit market raisin in 2008, with the

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magnitude of 5.2. That was felt across the East Midlands and caused

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damage to many houses. Earthquakes are not that uncommon in

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the UK. The British Geological Survey says it has reports of about

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three per year in this country, and it says it will be investigating the

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cause of this latest one. They occur as a result of the

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adjustment `` adjustments `` the adjustments that `` the adjustments

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to the wider stresses the UK feels. We experience unlike `` a slight

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squeezing as a result of the mid`Atlantic Ridge. There is no way

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of predicting when the earth will move for East Midlands as again. ``

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East Midlanders. Police searching for a soldier who

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went missing as he tried to swim across a river in York have found a

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body. 18`year`old Tyler Pearson from

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Nottingham was last seen in the River Ouse a fortnight ago.

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Signaller Pearson's family has been told of the discovery.

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A 47`year`old workman's being treated in hospital after falling

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from scaffolding in Derby. Members of the Health and Safety

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Executive have been at the scene near The Spot in the city centre.

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During the incident this morning, the man ` who's not yet been named `

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fell about 15 feet onto a wooden platform. He suffered multiple

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injuries. New research has identified a slump

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in the economic recovery of one East Midlands city. There's been a big

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increase in the number of businesses in Nottingham said to be in

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"critical financial distress". As our political editor John Hess

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explained earlier, it's the construction industry that's really

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struggling. I think many viewers will think this

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is a bit of a turn up, because all the recent political rhetoric from

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the Prime Minister and the Chancellor has been about the

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economic revival, and yet only yesterday we were reporting an

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increase in unemployment in the East Midlands, and this survey which

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covers the first quarter of this year seems to indicate that

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Nottingham's economic recovery is spluttering as well, that is also

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against the trend. The problem seems to be in the city's construction

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sector, there has been a 16% increase in business is facing

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financial problems, four times higher than the rest of the

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Midlands. These figures come from a company whose business is to rescue

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firms which go bust. In the past, the East Midlands has been a better

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performer compared to the rest of the country. Any weakening in the

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position can be over exaggerated. As we sit at the moment, I am not

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seeing any particular worsening compare to everybody else, although

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all figures seem to show that construction has been a problem.

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Looking at it from the point of view of maybe being caused by bad

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weather, the bad weather's been bad around the country and may be worth

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down south. `` worse down south. Last summer there was that ringing

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endorsement from the new Governor of the Bank of England about the East

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Midlands economy, and its importance to the rest of the country. This is

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a real bellwether for the UK economy, and it is in regions such

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as this and industries such as those that will determine the course of

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this recovery. Tonight the business organisation that's responsible for

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economic regeneration, the local enterprise partnership, it accepts

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that growth isn't even, and says that inevitably there will be

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challenges to overcome. It has actually published a special plan to

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help the construction sector. Let us just hope it is waterproof.

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The funeral of the Leicester author Sue Townsend will take place at De

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Montfort Hall on May second. The creator of the teenage character

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Adrian Mole died aged 68 after a short illness. Relatives are asking

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for donations to be made to the Rainbows Children's Hospice in

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Loughborough, and the stroke wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

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The Peak District is to become the first national park in the UK ` and

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only the third in the world ` to have its trails viewable on the

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internet. Walkers will soon be able to see

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such sites as the Derwent Dams and the Monsal Head viaduct, along with

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some of the famous rock edges popular with climbers. The same

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technology was used recently to record an online tour of towpaths

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running along the region's canals. running along the region's

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That is your news, here's your weather forecast.

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It was such a cloudy day today, but we are now trying `` starting to see

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this skies clearing, and we are in for another cold night. The

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temperatures dropping to a minimum of around three or four Celsius in

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the towns and cities. At least a bright start to the day once again,

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and it is going to be a fine day for Good Friday. A little bit of cloud

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coming in from the North Sea, and it is a north`easterly breeze. A

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maximum daytime temperature of 12 Celsius. A decent day in store for

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Saturday as well. If you have any plans out doors, Good Friday and

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Saturday over two days to go for. Although Saturday, a little bit more

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cloud around. itself across southern England, so

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we will see wet weather over England. Have a good Easter.

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One thing we can be sure about is it won't be as cold as Easter last

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year, when we had seems like this, a covering of snow with icicles and

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temperatures down to an Easter record of minus 12.5 Celsius. One

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year and a couple of weeks on, things look very different. The

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first half of the Easter weekend, a lot of dry weather and a lot of warm

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and strong sunshine as well. It is the second half of the Easter

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weekend when things turn more unsettled, with some rain around. A

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few showers today

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