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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and
me, Anne Davies.
11th`hour election push in Derbyshire.
Ed Miliband makes an impromptu walkabout in Nottingham.
Also, a man accused of starting a fatal house fire in Leicester denies
even being there. Plus, how University accidentally
released the details of thousands of job applicants.
And battling brain cancer, Colin Bloomfield says he is determined to
stay positive. There are now just 48 hours to go
until the European Today, Labour leader Ed Miliband had
planned to visit one of the key battleground councils
of the East Midlands. But the trip to Heanor in Derbyshire
had to be abandoned after his train Instead Mr Miliband performed an
unscheduled walkabout in Nottingham city centre, much to the surprise
of shoppers and office workers. Here's our political editor
John Hess. On the hoof and off the cuff, Ed
Miliband extends his hand to a young man in Nottingham on a hastily
arranged walkabout. For any political leader, there is a sense
of jeopardy and it does not always go to script, especially when a
voter like Jason wants to speak his mind. I was made redundant. I have
been on benefits due to mental health. This country used to be
great and now it is not. We have had loads of interesting in Nottingham
and it has all gone. In recent opinion polls, the mood music for Ed
Miliband has not been easy on the ear. These elections must count for
the Labour Party, especially with a year to go until the next general
election. Ed Miliband has been offered the Euro agenda and has been
talking about domestic issues which he thinks are the priority. We have
got to deliver fair funding for councils... A more formal setting. A
televised question and answer session with party supporters at the
University of Nottingham. But his impromptu walkabout among shoppers
had made an impression. Talking to someone in the man centre `` town
centre, he is doing all of the right things, cannot make ends meet
because he is on the minimum way. We have got to do something about that,
make the link between hard work and building a future for your family.
The Labour leader had also ventured to wear Nigel Farage less than three
weeks ago was hit by an egg. No need to dock today. `` duck.
The man accused of starting a fire which killed a family of four
A mother and her three children died in the blaze, said to have been
Tristan Richards told a murder trial jury he was
at his girlfriend?s house and didn't become aware of the arson
Sarah Teale was at Nottingham Crown Court.
Eight defendants are on trial accused of being part of the arson
attack on the house at Wood Hill in Leicester last September.
Last week, one of the defendants, Kemo Porter, told the jury
22`year`old Tristan Richards was the one who poured petrol over the
It is alleged it was a botched revenge attack
on the family home of a man they believed to be involved in
Today father of one Tristan Richards took the stand in his defence and
Richards said he was at his girlfriend's house
Richards? barrister then asked him a series of questions.
He was then asked about two convictions for drug dealing,
one in 2009 and the second in 2012 when he was sentenced to 30 months
in prison for possessing with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
Under robust and at times heated cross`examination,
Porter's barrister said that case showed Richards was a proven liar.
He asked him, did you tell the jury you were not guilty?
The barrister said, you lied then to escape
responsibility, all the more reason now you are facing a murder charge.
Richards and the seven other defendants all deny
four charges of murdering Shehnila Taufiq and her three children.
The trial at Nottingham Crown Court continues.
Celebrating 25 years of cochlear implants.
Little Jack is one of the latest recipients of the implant which
Conservationists have begun vaccinating badgers in Derbyshire
The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has raised ?50,000 to fund the project,
The first vaccinations, which included badger cubs,
have been carried out at one of the trust's nature reserves.
Shoppers and traders in Leicester say the supply of Alphonso mangoes
is starting to dry up. It follows an EU ban on the fruit.
The restriction came into force after fruit flies were
Business owners are meeting with the Government tomorrow to discuss
a way forward after several claimed the ban will cost them thousands
A new dementia research centre in Nottingham is aiming to transform
It's based in the University of Nottingham's Institute of
It aims to bring together groups who research dementia or
They hope to work directly with patients and
their families to find out how they can improve their quality of life.
The University of Nottingham has issued an unreserved apology
after the details of thousands of job applicants were emailed
The emails included information on whether people had been
The university is carrying out an urgent inquiry and has notified
Over the weekend, an attachment dropped
into the inboxes of thousands of people who have applied for jobs at
the University of Nottingham or are interested in future opportunities.
It included the details of over 4,700 people who received
job updates or were registered on the database of applicants.
Apart from their names and gender, the attachment details what job
people had applied for or could qualify for.
And on the far right of the spreadsheet,
two columns detailing whether applicants had been successful or
been shortlisted or offered a position at the university.
In a statement, the university said...
The university has contacted all recipients asking them to delete
the original e`mail and requesting them not to forward it.
But because they included the recipients in the CC line, this has
generated even more e`mail traffic for those on the database from those
One applicant who did not want to be named told the BBC the data
breach was worrying and they were shocked that a large organisation
Two couples say their wedding plans are
in ruins after a leading hotel was suddenly closed down and sold off.
The administrators have described the Lace Market Hotel as one
The former owners have offered another of their venues instead.
But one couple we've spoken to say they've lost trust in them.
Anne and Denise planned to have their wedding and reception
at the Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham in November, with many of
But they told me they found out the hotel closed down yesterday
She said, the Lace Market has closed its doors this morning.
The Lace Market Hotel, a grade II listed building, has closed down
with the loss of 42 jobs and has now been sold to a private investor.
In a statement, the administrator said...
Another couple due to hold their wedding reception
at the hotel this weekend were told of the closure by voicemail.
Yesterday when we found out, we have been fighting mode,
But it is obviously just causing a lot of stress
and it is quite stressful organising a wedding anyway.
The former owners of the Lace Market have offered their hotel in Derby
We feel unsure because we do not want to go for that and then in a
Anne and Denise say they have written off their ?200 deposit.
Let us hope both couples can sort something out in time.
Coming later: Kaye's looking to the future.
I will be looking at a new forecasting system. And of course, I
will have the short range forecast as well.
When he was three, Michael Batt became the first person in Britain
Fitted by surgeons at Nottingham's Queen?s Medical Centre,
funded by The Ear Foundation, it meant he was no longer deaf.
That was 25 years ago and since then thousands more children
have been fitted with the implants across the country.
As the foundation in Nottingham celebrates its quarter century,
Jo Healey caught up with one of its latest success stories.
Stand back! Jack was born profoundly deaf. At ten months, he was fitted
with cochlear implants. When you take them off, I cannot hear them.
What happens when you put it on again? I can hear again. There is a
microphone on the sand. `` on the side. There is a magnet on his head.
It sends the sensation of sound and our brain is clever enough to turn
it into sound so Jack can adapt to normal speech and language. They
have been supported all the way by the Ear Foundation we speak to other
parents and get advice. There are few speech therapists and we get
advice from them. The first`ever implants were 25 years ago. The man
who had the first implants is now a high`flying businessmen and married
a woman he met at the foundation. In 25 years, it has helped 10,000
children and families. It helps 1500 adults with hearing loss each year
and it has delivered 1000 training courses across the globe. The
technology is constantly updating. The potential is up here and the
reality is down here. The foundation is about bridging the gap and making
sure we can reach the potential in learning to listen and to speak at
home, school and work. To celebrate the anniversary, they are expanding.
Golding began today on a new extension to double its size. ``
building began today. They are going to build a tall building in the
clouds. Talking of clouds, the foundation gave him and others like
him a life that they would never have been done.
I think he must be one of the best interviewees we have had!
Next night, a special story. Next, Derby County fans are planning
to stage a minute's applause at this weekend's Championship
play`off final at Wembley. It's to show support for this man,
a BBC colleague of ours here Radio Derby Breakfast presenter
Colin Bloomfield says he's been overwhelmed with the messages
of encouragement he's received after revealing that his cancer has
now spread to his brain. At his home in Derby, Colin told me
he feels as fit as a fiddle. But last June and for the second time in
his life, he discovered he had skin cancer. It was advanced melanoma. He
shared details of his condition with the radio Derby listeners. Today he
told them to Ms have been found on his brain. `` he told them that
tumours have been found. The doctors Tommy was likely to be months not
years which is completely shocking. I did not expect it. Also, I have
this real sense of hope and belief that there is a drug out there,
there is a miracle that will save my life and preserve my life. I have so
much to live for. Days after getting the news, Colin also lost his
father. He knew he was going to die and he was leaving me in a position
where I was being faced with this horrible disease, but also my mum
faces the prospect of losing her husband and her son within the space
of a few months which does not bear thinking about. But my dad died
knowing that me and my mum would be strong together and we will be and
I'm determined to fight this, not just for myself, but more so for her
because she been an absolute rock. Somehow, we are coping. Somehow.
Colin used to commentate on Derby County and on Saturday he will be at
Wembley as a guest of the club. The fans are planning a minute's
applause to show their support. What I would say is that if people are
going to do it, brilliant, but remember other people going through
this as well. Cancer does not disconnect against anybody. It is
something that affects so many people and unfortunately devastates
people's lives, not just the person directly affected, but other people
as well. It means a lot to know people are on my side and if there
is such a thing as positive energy reaping rewards, hopefully it might
do me a few favours in the not too distant future. We send all the
positive energy possible and all of the... `` and miracles do happen.
There will be a huge wave of support on Saturday.
That is an amazing gesture from the Derby fans.
And tonight we'll continue our build up to the big day with
You saw Colin there with the stuffed toys and things.
An extra batch of tickets sold out quickly today,
with fans queuing overnight to make sure they got hold of one.
Kirsty Edwards now has our latest piece in the countdown to Wembley.
If you needed any proof of just what Saturday means to the Derby fans,
just take a look at this. They queued for hours, desperate to
get their hands on the hottest ticket in town, some arrived
yesterday afternoon. I think 3pm was one the first people pulled up just
outside the ticket office. Got the coffee trolley out early this
morning. Keeping spirits up. We really value their support. I want
to be at Wembley. We have been supporting Derby since we were born.
30 years. 40 years! The kids will be ecstatic. I will be the best dad in
the world. At training today, the mood was relaxed to say the least.
But these players do not need telling what it means to the fans.
Make no mistake, they are desperate to deliver. Their coach is always
stressing just how important the supporters. We have had two
Australians at there who have come to support us. They said we are
going to win 8`0 on Saturday. I thought, that has been a long
flight! They are a bit dazed. That is huge, when people are queueing.
It has ignited the city, the support. Everyone has got a spring
in their step. It is creating a feel`good factor and commentating in
what will be a memorable event on Saturday. Excitement is growing.
Four days and counting. I very much hope you got your ticket
if you wanted one! A little bit more news
from the Rams. Jeff Hendrick, Conor Sammon
and Richard Keogh are all in the latest Republic of Ireland squad
along with Forest's Simon Cox. Speaking of Forest, new manager
Stuart Pearce is bringing in Steve Wigley and Brian Eastick as
coaches. Both worked with and Wigley is a former Forest player
and coach. A rarely familiar face at the city
ground. `` really familiar. Former England international
midfielder Alan Smith has joined Notts County on a one`year deal
as player`coach. He's still just 33,
but has already got a career scoring goals for Leeds, Manchester United
and Newcastle behind him. He arrives from MK Dons
and says he was inspired by We are trying to create an
environment that breeds winning mentality. Towards the end of the
season, I think they really installed that into the group of
players they had. I want to be one of them people that breeds that
mentality as well. Cricket and Nottinghamshire's Harry
Gurney has tonight doubled The national side are playing
Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 He is one
of only two Notts players included One County Championship match today
in division two and it looks like Leicestershire
will have a challenging but possibly gettable target to chase at home to
Hampshire in the final day tomorrow. All our good wishes going to Colin
Bloomfield. More on the Derby build up tomorrow.
Kaye will be here in a moment with the weather forecast.
But on the subject of weather, wouldn't it be nice to know
if summer this year will look like this?
Might need more than positive thought!
And wouldn't it be useful to have a really advanced warning that
Well, experts might just be a step closer with a new long`range
forecast system that's being tried out by the Met Office.
Good news if you like burnt sausages.
In fact, the summer of 2009 turned out to be a monumental washout
and that brought an end to long`range weather forecasts.
Five years on, the Met Office are preparing to
start again but just how accurate will the forecast be this time?
What is new about this system is that, through
increased computing power, we are able to model the atmosphere and
It does not allow us to predict the daily weather many weeks in advance.
What we have done is tested it over 20 past winters
and we find the very exciting result that the ups and downs, cold
and mild winters, are reproduced with a 62% correlation score.
It is not quite 100% yet, but it could help our local
authorities plan for the extreme weather conditions in advance.
We would be certainly interested in more long`range forecasting
We always stock our barns to the full capacity.
But we would like to work with our suppliers to really give them
advance warning of the severe winters so that they can produce
Conflicting headlines like these popping up in the newspapers, would
And get prepared, probably, if it is a flood warning.
Maybe in ten years? time when they have proven themselves.
How can they tell that far ahead? I don't think they can.
It may take some time to rebuild trust.
I saw a headline yesterday, six`week heatwave to come. In the inside, it
said hopes! It sells newspapers. It is something
we always want to see. Absolutely.
We know the next couple of days looking tricky. The last few days
have always been tricky forecasting. It is always the way when
thunderstorms are in the mix. Low pressure taking charge once again. A
lot of unstable air in the atmosphere. Tomorrow, in between
weather fronts. Mostly dry with spells of sunshine and staying
relatively warm. We have had a force field across the East Midlands today
but we are starting to see showers pushing in, some on the heavy side.
Lively downpours in the next couple of hours. It will dry up again
tonight turning misty and murky in places. It is a cooler and fresher
night. Tomorrow morning, we start off dry. Murky to start with with
cloud. Spells of sunshine coming through. Small risk of showers. But
most places staying dry. Temperatures up to 18, 19. Feeling
pleasant with light winds. It is all change. Wednesday night and Thursday
morning, we will see an area of low pressure pushing in and there is
potential for heavy thundery downpours on Thursday morning. It
does not last too long. Drier and brighter in the afternoon. Turning
more unsettled and cooler for the end of the week.
I will go home and throw my seaweed out of the window!
The old ways are the best. I am back with the late news with the super
forecaster. Goodbye. Some people don't think real change
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