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Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. First tonight, police are hunting
for a hit`and`run driver who left a man seriously injured in Derbyshire.
It happened on Station Road at Stanley, near Ilkeston, at around
11PM last night. Police say the vehicle was silver and drove off
leaving the pedestrian badly injured in the road. They are appealing for
witnesses. Fire crews have only this afternoon
finished tackling a major blaze at a recycling centre in Grantham ` the
second one there this year. It started overnight at the Environcom
plant on Great North Road. The smoke could be seen for miles. Around
fifty firefighters brought it under control, although the plant has been
severely damaged. The cause is not yet known.
A veteran from Nottingham says his life has been transformed now he is
able to paint again. Eric Radford had given up on his hobby after
losing the majority of his sight. But a charity has helped him
re`explore his passion for art. Geeta Pendse reports.
I can see there. I can see right deep down. I could never see it
ordinarily. Equipment that is enabling Eric to paint for the first
time in years. The former RAF serviceman from Nottingham gave up
after being diagnosed with age`related macular degeneration.
But the 93`year`old is now full of enthusiasm after a visit to a blind
veterans' centre in Wales last Christmas. Before I knew it, I was
doing arts and crafts. I would like to thank them for providing me with
this and that. I am astounded. I am a different person, everyone will
tell you. Eric was an armourer with the RAF from 1941 to 1946 and his
sense of adventure has followed him through life. But he says that in
recent years he had lost his sense of purpose. I was thinking two years
and that is my life done. I never thought I would get... I probably
still only have two years, but I will enjoy it now. I have got
something to do. Blind Veterans UK provided Eric with the equipment for
his makeshift studio. The charity estimates there are around 70,000
veterans who could also benefit. Geeta Pendse, East Midlands Today.
Now this weekend marks the anniversary of the Dambuster raid `
seventy`one years since more than 130 airmen set off from RAF Scampton
in Lincolnshire on one of the most daring bombing raids of World War
Two to destroy the dam on the Ruhr. Some of the airmen are local people.
Bolitho was a son of Nottingham. There are local connections. The
raid was mounted here. It took off just over the county border in
Lincolnshire. It is something that resonates with the people around
here. Now if you have lived in the region
a little while you may remember Nottinghamshire's rocket man, Frank
Sharman. He repeatedly attempted to set world records launching homemade
rockets. Well, after a ten year break, he is back having re`ignited
his love of explosive engineering. Navtej Johal reports.
The return of the rocket man. I realised that this year it will be
ten years since the last launch and I thought, that is a long while. A
decade ago, Frank Sharman attempted to launch Britain's biggest rocket.
He may have failed, but he was all set to try again when his wife
passed away a year later. At the end of the year, she had an accident and
fell and died when she came out of hospital. So I just did not feel
like doing it any more. As Elton John once said, it has been a long,
long time since Frank last launched a rocket. Today he hopes he still
has what it takes to make this rocket fly.
MUSIC PLAYS I was fascinated when he was doing
them ten years ago so 10/10. I am very proud. I think he is very happy
and he has enjoyed it. I think I am pretty happy actually to see them
fly again after all this time. Is there going to be another world
record attempt for you? Yes. I do want to launch Britain's biggest
rocket. And who would bet against the 60`year`old? The rocket man may
yet fly again. Navtej Johal, BBC East Midlands Today.
It has been an incredible day for the Downie sisters from Nottingham
at the European Championships in Bulgaria. After helping Great
Britain to a team silver yesterday, Becky Downie's performance today on
the uneven bars made her the European Champion ` winning gold
ahead of the Russian favourite. Meanwhile, younger sister Ellie also
took gold this morning, and the European junior title, on the vault!
A good weekend for the Downie's in Bulgaria and not a bad weekend for
most of us here weather wise. Kaye has the latest on what is coming
next. There is a fine evening to come. It
will stay clear overnight will stop we will see some cloud in the early
hours of the morning. Temperatures, 13`14 Celsius. Tomorrow, there will
be some sunshine. There will be long spells of sunshine. Temperatures, 23
Celsius. More unsettled from Tuesday on words.
More for you at 10:15PM. Goodbye. St James Park and Sheffield both hit
25 Celsius this afternoon. That gives us our warmest day in nearly
nine months, since 5th September 2013. It goes without saying that it
is going to be a warm night. Look out for some showers clipping into
eastern Scotland. Some of those could be heavy. Still some patchy
rain for western Scotland. More persistent rain returning to
Northern Ireland by the end of the