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at night. There is frost on the way. Thank you very much. Goodbye from
me. And This is East Midlands Today with
Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies. Tonight: A collapsed undercarriage
brings East Midlands Airport to a halt.
It left a cargo plane blocking the runway and some angry passengers
stranded. We have been stood on a queue first three overs. They have
not told us anything, we don't know if we're going to fly today, if we
will get one tomorrow. And how frantic neighbours tried to
alert a family trapped inside a blazing home.
And breast`feeding mums take direct action against Sports Direct. All we
want to do is to be able to feed our babies without lyrics, it is our
legal rights. And a mother 's devotion to her son.
Marion is named the UK's top carer. Good evening and welcome to
Tuesday's East Midlands Today. 40 flights have been cancelled and
6,000 passengers affected after a cargo plane became stranded on the
runway at East Midlands Airport. Its landing gear snapped early this
morning leaving the aircraft unable to move. No other planes have been
able to land or take`off as engineers have worked to move it.
Our reporter Mike O'Sullivan is at the airport for us now. Mike, what's
been happening today? Good evening. It has been a day of disruption here
at East Midlands Airport. Passengers made last`minute changes to their
plans, there has also been released, but nobody was injured when that
cargo plane incident happened. Two crew members on board, they did not
have any injuries at all. Here the night, there is hope that the
airport may actually reopen around 8:30pm.
This dramatic image posted on Twitter shows the landing gear that
parted from the stricken cargo plane. The Boeing 737 400 freighter
lay stranded on the runway at East Midlands Airport after landing from
Paris at around 2:30am. The orders of the plane says it is understood
part of the landing gear appears to have failed on the left`hand side
after it slowed down. It has meant huge disruption for passengers.
Buses laid on to other airports by operators. Initially we thought we
were going off earlier than this, we thought we would be away by about
7am. But there has been a delay. We just have to wait and see what
happens. The staff have been very informative. We have now got a bus
to Manchester, we're flying out of Manchester at 150 AM. No buses
through these passengers. They have got to reboot or apply for a refund
online. We got a text to say it was cancelled. We have got here, we have
been stood on a queue for nearly three years. They have not told us
anything, we don't know if we're getting a flight today or tomorrow.
Late this afternoon lifting gear was brought in to move the plane, which
was carrying parcels and operated by an Irish company. Air accident
investigators have started an enquiry.
Let's get the very latest on the airport situation from the managing
director. When will the airport reopened? Hopefully within the next
couple of hours. We have made good progress over the course of the
afternoon. We hope we will be able to talk the plane off the runway in
the next couple of hours. You have got passengers queueing up behind
you. Is that a good sign? That is a good sign, and hopefully later on
this evening those patient passengers will be able to carry on
with their trouble. Why has this taken so long? The incident happened
this morning at 2:30am. It takes time to complete the investigation.
We have to make plans in order to remove the plane from the runway.
What is your advice to passengers? Keep in touch with their airlines
and that would be my best piece of information. Apparently the plane
was well maintained. Today they said they were sorry for the
inconvenience caused to the passengers here.
Let's hope things improve sharply. Thank you.
A murder trial jury has heard how neighbours desperately tried to
raise the alarm as fire engulfed a family's home in Leicester.
The blaze, which it's alleged was a mistaken arson attack, claimed the
lives of a mother and her three children. Sarah Teale has been at
Nottingham Crown Court. The murder trial jury was painted a
picture of the distressing scene in Leicester as fire engulfed the
family home. Dozens of residents had rushed into the street, screaming
and shouting, throwing stones at the windows of the terraced house to
raise the alarm. A statement was read out from one of the neighbours
who described the flames as being fierce. He said so much so that the
front door had melted, the flames were so strong now one could get
inside. He described the scene as upsetting, all of the neighbours
hoping that the family would come out. But it all remained quiet. Fire
dog handler Dave told the jury accelerant was discovered by the
front door. It calls a flash fire of intense heat, reaching a temperature
of 660 Celsius. Fire crews battled through the blaze inside, but
nothing could be done to save the mother and her three children. A
statement was read from her husband and father. He said his family were
happy, his wife very active in the community, his daughter wanted to be
a primary school teacher. 17`year`old son, he was very clever
and gifted and computers. His 15`year`old son was in his final
year of GCSEs and loved playing football with his friends. He said
words cannot begin to express the pain I am suffering since I lost my
beautiful family. I feel all alone in the world. Eight defendants,
seven men and one youth, all deny murder charges. The trial continues.
In other news, hundreds of students at the University of Derby are being
told they could be put at risk of the HIV virus. A health care worker
was suspended for reusing syringe. An investigation is now under way.
NHS England has told more than 600 students that they could be infected
with blood`borne viruses like hepatitis B or HIV, but that the
risk is extremely low. Next tonight: A demonstration in
support of breast feeding. More than 50 women marched into a city centre
shop today to breast feed their babies en masse.
Campaigners targeted Sports Direct in Nottingham after a customer there
was told by an assistant to stop feeding her baby. Our Health
Correspondent Rob Sissons reports. At Sports Direct, some direct
action. Dozens of women, one reason for marching in, to stick up for
their right to breast`feed when they want. We are sometimes called
exhibitionists purely on the fact that we get our breasts out. You
really can't see anything if you actually look. People have likened
it to you and eating in public. Really? Many of the women say
attitudes need to change. On page three, a woman feeding her baby. If
Jordan came down, all of the latter would be there and say it was OK.
The women is in their breast`feeding, it is wrong. Where
is the right in that? It is essential that we feed our babies
constantly and confidently wherever we are. We do not want confrontation
when you have got your baby with you. I woman was told to leave the
store from breast`feeding. She told BBC Radio Nottingham that she walked
out into the rain embarrassed, upset and shocked. As people were going
past me I thought, oh my God, what do they think? They think I am a
criminal walking out of the shop. Sports Direct said it did not want
to talk publicly about the case today. Shoppers had plenty to say.
If it is in a corner, when it is not so public, I think. But not to be in
the middle and start breast`feeding. You can cover yourself up and still
breast`feed. The campaigners have had their day in the sun and the
line late, how long before someone is told to stop feeding somewhere
else? Sports Direct have not said anything
yet, but they have written to the lady in question and sent her
flowers? That's right, they have not talk to the media but they have
written to the lady from their HQ. They say they regret the treatment
she received, they carried out an investigation and go on to say they
are reviewing their policies to make sure such incidents do not happen in
the future. They have apologised. What this shows is the power of
social media. It is a message to other retailers that if they do the
same thing they could end up with a similar protest on their doorstep.
Thank you. You are watching East Midlands Today.
A care provider has been fined ?100,000 following the death of a
patient after an unauthorised technique was used to restrain him.
38`year`old Derek Lovegrove had severe mental health problems and
suffered a heart attack in 2006. He was being cared for at Cedar Vale in
East Bridgford. He died after a support worker lay on top of him.
Castlebeck Care Ltd which ran the hospital has since gone into
administration. I feel really happy about the guilty verdict. I have
been waiting that `` waiting for that for ages. People in care need
to be looked after properly, and they need the right training, and if
you do not want to do that job, do not do it. There are serious
failings within the management of the company. Those feelings have
been going on for some time. The company ignored or did not act on
advice that might have helped prevent the death.
A father and his two sons have been sent to prison for their part in
running a highly sophisticated counterfeiting business in
Leicester. Kuldip Singh, wearing the burgundy coat, was sentenced to 23
months. His brother Sarbjit Singh beside him and their father
Shinderpal Singh behind were sentenced to 11 months each after
pleading guilty to trade marks offences. The business had been
operating from premises on Galby Street in Spinney Hills,
counterfeiting more than 27 high street brands on a large`scale. From
the evidence we have seized, we estimate around ?170,000 that we can
improve. But we do not know the full extent of what was going on. Quite
often in this case there were no accounts submitted, that is based on
the documents we seized. It's been the Conservatives' turn
today to kick`start their campaign in the East Midlands for the
European elections. The Conservatives had two out of the
region's five MEPs at the last election, but now face a strong
challenge from UKIP. Here's our Political Editor John Hess.
If only chasing balloons was as much fun as chasing after voters.
Especially in Nottingham's Market Square. Undaunted, the Conservatives
attempted to bring a touch of election razzle`dazzle. The
region's only Conservative MP unveiled a new election poster. But
the number to remember is five, how many MEPs the East Midlands will be
sending back to Brussels and Strasbourg to represent us in the
European Parliament. The East Midlands returned to Mac
Conservative MEPs in the last election, and Roger Helmer hopes to
do the same this time around but as a UKIP candidate. UKIP is very much
overshadowing the Tory campaign. Also on the Conservatives' list of
candidates, Rupert Matthews. He could have been NME P two years ago,
as Roger Helmer's successor. Conservative Central office block ``
blocked it, and Roger Helmer defected to UKIP. That has cast a
long political shadow. UKIP have a lot of promises but they are empty
promises. They have no plans of the future, your vote will be wasted
with them. If you bought with the Conservative Party, change will
happen. The Conservatives are feeling the squeeze. They may need
more balloons to lift their vote. And there are nine parties
altogether standing in the East Midlands for the European
Parliamentary elections. Polling day is Thursday, May 22nd.
John joins us from the newsroom now, not to talk about Europe but to talk
about one of our MPs, Patrick Mercer, who's just been suspended
from the House of Commons. John, what is the background to this? This
is about cash for questions. Patrick Mercer agreed to ask Parliamentary
questions on behalf of the government of Fiji. It was filmed by
undercover reporters. It broke Parliamentary rules. The
Parliamentary committee for standards met this morning and used
its full powers to suspend Patrick Mercer from the House of Commons.
Tonight, his parliamentary reputation is in tatters. The
question is whether he will quit the Commons and force our Parliamentary
by`election in Europe, the very last thing David Cameron will want. I can
also tell you that Patrick Mercer is expected to make a statement at
Westminster in the next half hour. Stand by for that.
Thanks very much indeed. Still to come: A mother's unstinting
devotion is recognised. At 85, Marion's been named the UK's
top unpaid carer for looking after her son who doctors said would never
survive. On the way, new England cricket selector Mick Newell. But
some quick bits of sports news first, starting with Leicester
striker Kevin Phillips. The veteran announced his retirement yesterday
and has now confirmed he'll be joining Leicester City's coaching
staff next season ` in the Premier League, of course. Notts County are
hoping to complete the great escape and stay in League One. They will
take a big following to Oldham for the final game in the season. Today,
they sold out the initial 3,000 tickets. Another 1,000 go on sale
tomorrow. And Leicester snooker star Mark Selby is back in World
Championship quarterfinal action in a few minutes. He leads Alan McManus
four`three. Cycling now, and we're used to seeing the likes of Victoria
Pendleton winning medals on the track. But when it comes to road
racing, the women have so far had to play second fiddle to the men. Next
week in Leicestershire we'll see proof that's changing. The first
ever women's tour of Britain is being held with Hinckley taking
centre stage. Kirsty Edwards reports. The Tour de France and its
equivalents have long been at the prevail of men. Maybe not for much
longer. Next week's Tour of Britain will be the first ever professional
women's stage race in this country. And the second stage will be
starting on the roads, right here in Hinckley. Olympic champion Dani King
is competing in the race. She was drumming up support for it at the
Cycling road show in Hinckley today. It is going to be really exciting. I
would urge people to come out and watch because it is going to be a
really good event. A lot of elite women cyclists, Marianne Voss, who
won the Olympic Road Race and Lizzie Armistead who won a silver medal
will be there. You'll get no better field than this. Today's road show
was not just about racing though, Leicestershire's own BMX star Kieran
Phillips was there to show what else he can do. Cycling now is huge. I
would like to show kids that there are different types of cycling and
what I like best is tricks, so I could so show them some tricks! What
about the girls? Would you like to see girls involved in BMX?
Definitely. I mean, I think some girls might be put off by BMX, but
then, if you've watched the Olympics, the BMX racing there
included a big girls' group, world`class titleholders, so the
girls are up there with the boys. It is great to see it and it has pushed
cycling forward as a whole. It can only be a good thing. Back to the
road racing quickly, and you can see Dani and a host of other leading
names racing through Hinckley and other parts of Leicestershire a week
on Thursday. Now, this evening's special guest. Welcome to Mick
Newell, Director of Cricket at Nottinghamshire ` leading them to
two county championships and a one`day trophy`candidate for the
England coach's job and now an England selector. Welcome to the
programme Mick. Let's get today's cricket out of the way first. Defeat
in two and a half days. A "below average" pitch. A top order
collapse. Not a great couple of days? I'm very disappointed. We lost
our first game of the season last week. Things have to get better soon
for others. You've brought in a star turn in Peter Siddle. You have some
great players. What are your ambitions for Notts this season? We
always say the County Championship is our number one trophy. We have
had a woman of success in division one. I would like to see us go back
into the top half this year. Let's move onto England. You went for the
coach's job on the back of your county record. They chose Peter
Moores. How do you feel now about that? Obviously, I was disappointed.
If you apply for a job you want to get it. You make plans and imagine
us of doing it. I think he is more than welcome to a second chance
though. How much influence have you got? I will find out this week. I
will attend my first meeting on Thursday. It will be an interesting
experience for me and we will get an idea of the sort of team we will
pick in the future. I wonder if you can influence in favour of some of
the players we think have missed out. James Taylor here for example `
will you promote our boys? What I have to do is be objective. It is
important I go there with an open mind. Around the county scene my job
is to recommend players to Peter and the other selectors and hope we come
up with And what about your future ` another shot at the top job one day?
The best scene. It has a limited amount of time. Thank you Mick ` but
look away now as I round up today's cricket. Why macro And there is
confirmation of Notts' defeat at home to Warwickshire on a lively
wicket. Lots of runs at Grace Road, with Leicestershire building a
healthy lead there. And Derbyshire have struggled to contain
Worcestershire today. Moeen Ali doing a lot of the damage. Thank you
Mick. Good luck. It's estimated that one in ten of us here in the UK help
to look after a sick or dependent relative. It's often a job that goes
unrecognised ` but no longer. No, because one woman from Derbyshire
has just been crowned as the best unpaid carer in the country. Simon
Hare has been to meet her and the son doctors said would never
survive. As a mother of ten, Marion Hill has spent much of her life
looking after others. But her son Andrew, who is severely disabled,
has taken a lot of care. She was told he was unlikely to live past
eight years old. But he has just turned 50. I have that closeness
with Andrew. I always say if anything happens to me, I think that
is when Andrew will go down. And now lives at Morton Grange nursing home.
His mother visits almost every day. She helps look after him and others
in the home. This is devotion that saw her this weekend win a national
carers award. When they shouted my name I was overcome. She is an
inspirational woman. It is because of this woman and her true devotion
to her son that he is here today. Very humble about it. She does not
want the recognition. But I think she's enjoying it now. There are a
lot of carers in this country. God bless them all. Because they are
good. But officially, Marion is the best. Very modest. Now it is time
for the weather. This is a beautiful shot of some bluebells taken from
Shipley Hall yesterday. Keep the pictures coming in.
The bluebells have been coming out earlier this year thanks to the warm
weather we have been enjoying. April is actually turning out to be a lot
dry and warmer than average. Although May is looking as though it
may start on a chilly note. Some warm sunshine around today that
cloud has been increasing over the past couple of hours or so. We are
staying mostly dry throughout tonight but the cloud will thicken
up and lower once again and we shall see some mist and fog forming toward
the end of the night. The look at the temperatures again, very mild.
Nine or 10 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, another murky start, some
mist and fog around first thing. Like today, that shouldn't lift and
slowly and surely we will see the cloud breaking up in the afternoon.
Pleasant spells of sunshine, again, there is the chance of showers in
the afternoon though. But he will be looking to catch them. In the
sunshine, feeling pleasantly warm, light wings will get tempered is up
to 16 or 17 Celsius. Into Thursday, weather fronts, been on us. So
Thursday may be a wet today. Outbreaks of rain pushing in as we
head into the afternoon. Not much sunshine on Thursday either. Feeling
a little cooler, 13 or 14 degrees. For the bank holiday weekend and
into the weekend, pressure is starting to build and that means a
lot of dry and bright weather heading our way for the bank holiday
weekend. But things are getting a little colder, and gardeners take
note, so night`time frosts. We are expecting some developments in the
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