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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight ` a city calls time on
spiralling levels of truancy. Forget church moves and railway
lines. Thieves have taken his crime is a stretch further.
Rescued from a garden shed. Remarkable footage from a World War
I munitions factory. And relaxing now, in a few moments
time, Carl Froch talks to me about his super fight.
Good evening and welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, we can
reveal that thousands of fines have been issued to parents whose
children have played truant so far this school year. In one city
there's been a steep rise. Pupils at schools in Nottingham are among the
worst in the country for truancy. From today the city council wants
schools to take a 'zero tolerance' approach with a tough message to
parents ` if your child is not in school, you are breaking the law,
and could face prison. Jo Healey reports from Bulwell Academy.
Although it is one of the worst schools for truancy in Nottingham,
many want to be here. If I have 100%
attendance, I know employers have a high chance of employing me. I am
always at school to get my work done so I can get a good grade on my
GCSE. And this school year, they have been taking a tough line on
truancy. Our attendance has risen by over 1%. And persistent absentees
have gone down by 6%. I can only think that what the council is doing
will support what we are doing as a school. Nottingham has slumped to
150th out of 152 local authorities in the country's school attendance
table. The people of Nottingham would
expect us not to be near the bottom of the league table. We do have
issues, but not more than the rest of the country. We would like to see
more improvements. There have been some but we
we would like to step that up. They are doing
it by talking to youngsters in schools, out in the street. All
staff, council or the police can challenge youngsters. Parents are
being fined and ultimately face prison. It
is a legal duty for every young person to attend school every day
unless they are too unwell to do so. That
is our expectation in Nottingham. I will not apologise for
using fines. At the end of last year, seven of
Nottingham's secondary schools, that is half of them, were put into
special measures. One of Ofsted's key
issues was poor attendance. Now, the council is hoping that the zero
tolerance approach will bring more pupils back into schools and keep
them there. So, is this to do with people taking
their children out of school because it was go on holiday, because it is
cheaper? But some of these absences are children going out of school
behind their parents' back. Some parents let their children stay out
of school because they are tired, even because they want to go on a
shopping trip. For a lot of these children, their education is really
suffering. How big is a problem is it? You can see from these figures
from the Department for Education. There were more than 3,500
"unauthorised absences" in the Autumn term alone. Now a lot of
those children's parents were fined as a result. In Leicester, they've
issued more than 2,000 fixed penalties since last Summer. With
over 600 more across Leicestershire and Rutland. The councils in Derby
City and Derbyshire both handed out more than 800 fines. And there were
over 400 more, across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. All for children
missing school without permission. And how much are people being fined?
Well it can all add up. Those fixed penalty notices are for ?120. If
that doesn't work, they prosecute you. And then fine you up to ?2,500.
So they're taking this very seriously. And if your children do
miss school, there's a good chance miss school, there's a good chance
it'll cost you. Pupils across the East Midlands
returned to the classroom today after the half term break, but not
at a school in Leicester. Parks Primary has been forced to shut
because thieves have stolen pipes cutting off the water supply. Around
130 feet of copper piping has been taken. Emily Anderson reports.
When staff arrived at school this morning, this is not what they
expected to find. During half term, thieves climbed onto the roof using
this ladder. They damage the doors into the roof space. Here, above the
school reception, they stole 131 feet of copper piping, ripping out
all the copper they could find. The pipe supply the water to the school,
so there was no option but to close. It is extremely frustrating. You are
ready to learn, and you have to close because we have no water going
into the toilet. It is not clear at this stage how much the piping is
worth, but ?2 of copper normally spells `` normally sells for about
?2 50. Police are saying they are investigating the theft and work is
going on to get the water supply back on. All the staff can do is
wait. There is nothing sadder than an empty classroom for a
headteacher. Your job is about teaching children and we have not
been able to do that. Just because of a bit of mindless damage and only
a small amount gained for the criminals. But a massive problem for
the school. The damage is still being assessed, but because there is
no water here at the school, it will have to remain closed. Staff hope
they can reopen by the end of the week.
We will be we will be talking to Carl later on, life.
Join me for the details of the weather later on in the programme.
In Leicester family is calling for improvements after a man died on his
way home. A man died after swerving. His
family said the road is blighted by speeding drivers.
At the moment, he has 3463 people who have paid their respects.
Tributes have flooded in for the popular doorman who died on his way
home from work eight days ago. Those people that are put there to beat on
Facebook, it has helped me. It has really helped me through one of the
worst times of my entire life. He was a wonderful dad, devoted. He was
one of the most well loved, well`respected person, Dorman that
you could ever wish to meet. He hit the curb, we think you then lost
control. He has come up this drop curbs and then he has had the post.
He has then continued on and fell in the hedge further on. Cheryl is
trying to work out why her partner swerved off the road. The
44`year`olds died from head injuries. It is is heartbreaking for
us as a family. We want to know why it happened. We may not ever know.
This is the second death on this stretch of road in two months.
Dale's family says it needs to be made safer. We don't think you just
came off. We think he was overtaken. It has got to be made slower. It is
too much of a fast road. A County Council spokesman said it would be
inappropriate to comment at this stage. Meanwhile, this family
1000 people are expected to attend. 1000 people are expected to attend.
A car park, badly damaged in Derby has been reopened. The 70 rooms have
also been reopened. There has been rebuilding work and it should open
again in the middle of this month. The council want to look at all
options for the main venue including its demolition. It could be months
before any decision is made on the venue's future.
Another major part of Nottingham railway station has been reopened.
`` has been opened. The main concourse is the part which will
link to the car park. It will also link to the extended tram system. It
is part of ?1 million that of a multi`million pound station
overhaul. A sixth defendant accused of
murdering a family of four in a botched arson attack says he lied to
police because of fear. Jackson Powell said he was scared to put his
family in danger if he named the man who he believed was in danger. The
family killed was in Leicester. On trial for murder, Jackson Powell
joined his co`accused in blaming Tristan Richards. To be fatal fire
at Woodhill in Leicester last September. The 20`year`old said he
was outside the terraced house when he saw 23 older Richards pour petrol
over the front door. The prosecution claim it was a revenge attack, but
on the wrong house. It killed a woman and T3 teenage children.
Powell, who had spent a few years in the Army was due to start a business
degree at University. The jury heard he cried in police interviews
because he said he had no idea there would be a fire. His barrister asked
him, why do you lie about two movements that night? Powell
replied, I was trying to distance myself from the situation and from
what I have seen, knowing what at least one of my co`defendants was
capable of, I did not want to put myself or my family at risk. Jackson
Powell said he was so frightened, he initially did not give police
Tristan Richards' name. He said he feared it would put him or his
family in serious danger because Richards had a big repetition. He
said he had heard he had stabbed people and owned guns. That is
something that Tristan Richards has consistently denied. Powell denies
four charges of murder as to all the other defendants.
Now, turn around in Europe these days, `` in Newark, these days and
you are likely to bump into someone who run the country. The Prime
Minister is in town but he was not the only big beast. You might have
found the Shadow Chancellor Today's electioneering destination,
you're a's biggest employer, this distribution centre. Prime Minister,
your fourth visit in Newark in a few weeks, you must be particularly
concerned? Farage said that he thought they
were 80% of the way to getting the swing they need to win. That would
open the door to getting the balance of power in the general election
next year. No Nigel Farage in town today, perhaps a good thing with one
stallholder willing to sell eggs for 50p a throw. It was of a laugh
today, a bit of a farce. But it certainly put Newark on the map. And
the high`profile nature of the Prime Minister's visit did not deter one
man from showing his entrepreneurial visit. Have you heard of the
cashback for any television over ?1700?
And many candidates are standing in the by`election. He is a list of all
11 standing on Thursday. taken. Emily Anderson reports.
Well, here he is. The man of the moment. Carl Froch. On Saturday
night he took on George Groves in front of 80,000 at Wembley and
millions around the world on television. A grudge match. A score
Have you absorb what you were part of, Carl Froch? I do. Reality hits
me in the morning. I had one decent night's sleep. Wembley Stadium,
80,000, phenomenal. It will take a bit longer than a couple of days to
sink in. Let's reflect on it ourselves. There is a fight, on DVD.
We will have more from Carl in a few moments. Let's relive it.
Groves. One punch from the champion which settled this feud once and for
all. Wembley was simply electric as Carl Froch and Groves came
face`to`face. The time for talking was done. Time to finish business.
With so much at stake, Little wonder the opening rounds were cagey. No
clue as to what was to come. Round eight started slowly but finished in
breathtaking style. A stunning finale from the world champion with
his devastating right hook. Groves has been knocked out! He has
successfully followed those world titles and settled a score with
George Groves. He's promised to deliver and did so in some style
here at Wembley. That is the biggest occasion I have been
involved in, boxing wise. And the biggest I will be involved in for
the next 20 years. This means everything to me in terms of my
Boxing career. I can't wait to tell my kids what I did last night. He
demolished groves and proved his doubters wrong. His latest title
defence, his most satisfying. I would have had to listen to the
whole saga for the rest of my life if I did not give in the rematch. I
gave him the pasting he is in good health. But he had that coming. It
was amazing, one punch and he was gone. The best results! You not out,
we knew you would do it. It job well done, time for the people who does
it all for. They are my family. They mean the world mean the world to me.
I would give up all this fame and fortune for them. I do know how you
give `` I do know how you cope with all this, Carol. Beforehand, it was
like the world was on my shoulders. But he has won the world title. I'm
so pleased. Was that a proposal for Rachel? Sort of. I went down on my
knees. I said, will you marry me, Rachel. So ring shopping for you
next time. He got down on one knee and said Rachel, I did have a ring,
but will you marry me! You can't say no in front of 20,000 `` 80,000, can
you? Exactly. No wonder he called the greatest night of his life as
the boxing world was witness to a great champion on the best night of
his life. everything to me in terms of my
Some other sports news quickly. Mansfield's sidecar racing Birchall
Brothers have suffered a spectacular crash at the Isle of Man TT Races.
They were trying to build on last year's win but hit a wall at
extraordinary speeds. Somehow they both walked away ` but driver Ben
Birchall suffered a broken hand and That will be the end of it for this
year. So, Carl will that be the end of
boxing for this year? It will be have `` it will have to be something
really big to get the motivation. I'm not a young athlete, but I'm
still young enough to do what I need to do. I have proven that. I have
box nearly ten years. I am not 46, I'm 36 but I am towards the end of
my career. I have been a professional for 12 years. I need to
be drawn in by something big. What is going to be bigger than the
Wembley Stadium, the National Stadium? The only thing that takes
the box will be something I've never done before in my career. And that
is, boxing in Las Vegas. The public will follow you, one day? I know,
I'm looking forward to trip and I will enjoy it. Actual former club,
they are so behind you. The supporters phenomenal. They spend
their hard and money to travel and support me. I like to think I
entertain them and give them value. I put it all on the line. I don't
give half a performance. I make sure that when I'm in there, I leave
everything in the ring, heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears if
necessary. You don't sound like a man who is ready to walk away from
this. I love the game so much, I love every aspect of it. The
training can be hard, brutal at times. I put my body through it. But
when I have a couple of weeks off, I know what my mind is like. I have a
bag in the garage and I punch of the bag every morning. I enjoyed
training. I enjoy the physicality of it. Some people would have been
scared of the other night, but I enjoy it. The bigger the better. I
will miss the game if I walk away from it. While I can do it, I will.
The public would love to see it. Carl, a true champion and a true
warrior. Remarkable new footage from World
War One has been discovered in a garden shed in Long Eaton. The film
contains images of the men and women who filled artillery shells with
high explosives at Chilwell near Nottingham. It was uncovered by the
BBC during the making of a film with Kate Adie which is broadcast this
evening. Faces of women doing dangerous work.
According to the factories to produce dangerous shells which would
win the war. Many would die within the year of the shot when a huge
blast tore apart the building where the explosive was `` the explosives
were being mixed. 139 died and hundreds more were injured and few
could be identified. The newly discovered film shows women working
with the explosives. This is one of the most important films I've seen
in many years at the museum. It is a major find. This film was discovered
when the BBC tracked down one of the families of the 1918 explosion.
Pleased to meet you, come in. Joe Trude Coseley died, leaving behind
four children. `` Gertrude died. The family were left behind. This was in
a jumble sale. My aunt put it in the loft of the building she lived in.
Then when we knew it was nitrate film, we realise it could be
inflammable. So his nephew took possession of it and put it in his
shed. And here it is. Rescued from a leaking garden shed in Long Eaton.
Clearly showing the chill bar factory. Nitrate film is highly
dangerous because it can combust and if I cannot be extinguished. A
specialist courier to give from the BBC in Nottingham to the payroll War
Museum at Duxford. Six months later, Peter was able to see what the
experts had found. Basically a film which has had water damage. As it
came out of the shed, it seemed so gummed together, I thought they
would never be able to undo it. The negative was also found. It is
planned to restore the film by combining the two. The film has been
damaged by rainwater and technology has been used to copy it so it can
be seen. This is a really exciting discovery for us. Very rarely have
we had discoveries like this. This factory had very important part to
play in the war effort. The family hope that eventually they may be
able to find Gertrude in the restored footage. We may find her.
She's very distinctive. She could be in there somewhere. The story of the
munitions factories and how the women who worked in them helped win
World War I can be seen in BBC One in the East Midlands tonight at 7:30
p.m.. That is well worth a watch. As
indeed is the weather! Difficult to pin down any details.
Low pressure to the north and east in the UK. A weak one but not
influencing us too much. Some more persistent rain heading our way on
Wednesday but it is a picture of not all doom and gloom. We saw some
lovely sunshine this morning. Cloud increasing into the afternoon. Some
evening sunshine around but also a line of showers off to the west.
They will push their way in this evening. A cloudy night with bits
and pieces of rain around. Turning misty. Some hill fog around. A murky
night and a muggy one. 13 degrees or 40 degrees. It will feel quite
humid. Tomorrow morning, we start of the white grey and misty. Some rain
around first thing in the morning. Cloud. To break out in the
afternoon. `` cloud will start to break up in the afternoon. Light
winds tomorrow and feeling pleasant enough. We will get attacked from
the South with an area of low pressure on Thursday `` on Wednesday
and Thursday afternoon. It will be quite wet on Wednesday.
Stop saying summer is here because it has not quite arrived! Excellent.
..then... ..he landed...
..and in a flurry of feathers, they were gone.
But that isn't quite the end of the story.
Perhaps you'll dream of a great adventure.
'I'm going on an adventure.' Wow.
That is a long way. Quite a bit of it is on bikes.
What are you going to do about your hair?
They told me I had good technique, I'm quite happy with that.
Is this the most adventurous thing you've ever done? Without a doubt.