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in advance of the general election. That is
in our region. More optimism, more investment, more jobs, as firms here
look to the future. Also, police searching this scrubland for
Madeleine McCann ask the Portuguese authorities for more time. And the
community which has rallied round to help the school after its
remembrance garden was destroyed. And inseparable. Twin sisters Alice
and Mary celebrate their 100th birthday together. I have no idea
which is which! Good evening
and welcome to the programme. First tonight, it's now widely
accepted that recovery in the UK is taking hold, with
the economy growing faster than in And the Government is looking
to manufacturers to continue to So no doubt ministers will be
delighted with the findings of a new survey which has found that
record numbers of manufacturers in the East Midlands are looking to
further invest in their businesses Here's our chief news
reporter Quentin Rayner. A1 flues make chimneys and flues
from stainless steel. It was established 41 years ago in old
chicken sheds. Now it employs 130 people and has an annual turnover of
more than ?11 million. Businesses on the up. It is slowly coming back, we
are seeing very much of an improvement, particularly since
Christmas. We feel that the jobs that have been put on hold over the
last couple of years are now coming to light. It's a little bit like the
domestic market, people starting to spend money. According to this
barometer, 59% of small manufacturers in the East Midlands
are planning to spend more on plant and machinery. 62% report a rise in
sales. While 57% looking to create new jobs over the next six months.
That's an increase of 11% on the same period last year. It could be
written for us, we are reinvesting into our own company. We've got
?250,000 worth of machinery on order. We are introducing new
products, recruiting, employing more people. The survey does reflect
continued concern about rising energy bills and the company has
just switched suppliers. At this year the company will stop exporting
for the first time. `` start exporting for the first time. It
also has a dramatic announcement about ten ?80,000 contract. We've
just landed the order for the Elstree Studios at the EastEnders
set. It's fantastic! The Manufacturing advisory service
believes its survey is the clearest signal yet that the recovery is
sustainable. Police investigating Madeleine
McCann's disappearance in Portugal are hoping they'll be able to extend
their search of land close to where The official permission to
survey three sites in Praia De Luz expires on Friday, unless
something significant is found. Today saw a more scientific search
of an area of scrubland, on what's Our reporter Tom Burridge joins
us now from Praia De Luz. Most of the activity by both the
Portuguese police and police from the Metropolitan Police has been
taking place in this area behind me. The site is around 15 acres. An
extensive area of Scotland just outside the main central part of
Praia da Luz. We can show you some pictures we filmed in the last
couple of hours of quite intense activity. Police officers in
forensic suits going inside the tent. We've also seen the officers
taking out buckets of soil. We've also seen a sniffer dog on the area
and a lot of clearing of the grassland, a lot of strimmers being
used. The police were searching with their hands, shovels and through a
lot of areas of bushland. What are they focusing on? What we've seen
are the police identifying certain parts of this large area of ground
which they are interested in. We don't know why, but they seem to be
marking out certain areas. On this site behind me, the white tents have
gone up, we've seen yellow evidence signs going in. The police have also
been using a machine called ground radar. They pass it over the earth,
essentially that enables them to be able to map out what is in the soil,
if there are any anomalies. For example, if something had been
buried in a part of the land behind me, it might show up. Cavities
should show up. If they were to find anything of interest, then the
police would then start to dig in that particular spot.
Some of the earliest film ever broadcast
It shows how the firm rapidly expanded after the outbreak of
World War One, making everything from vermin powder to gas masks.
The trial of a couple accused of murdering her parents,
who were found buried in the back garden, got underway today.
Susan Edwards admitted the manslaughter of her mother,
A middle`aged couple in the dock at Nottingham Crown Court. Susan and
Christopher Edwards, formerly of Dagenham in London, both accused of
murdering Susan's father and mother in May, 1998. The bodies of the
couple were found buried in the back garden of their home in Blenheim
close in Forest town in Mansfield in October last year. Mr which Lee was
85 at the time of his death and Mrs Wycherley was 63. In front of the
jury, Mr and Mrs Edwards both pleaded not guilty to charges of
murdering her parents. But earlier, before the jury was sworn in, Mrs
Edwards admitted the manslaughter of her mother. The prosecution said
they wanted to proceed with the murder trial. The Edwards have
previously admitted two charges of obstructing the coroner by burying
the bodies in the garden 15 years before they were found. They've also
pleaded guilty to the theft of a credit balance from the Halifax bank
between May 1998 and October last year. The trial is expected to last
up to two weeks. An MP says she'll be seeking answers
from the Highways Agency over roadwork delays on one
of Derbyshire's busiest routes. There was gridlock at the Little
Eaton Island in Derby yesterday. Rare white`clawed crayfish have been
found nearby and they have to be The Highways Agency says
the project may not be completed The Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham
says contractors should be working An oil exploration company claims
there will not be any fracking in Leicestershire, despite
a survey confirming it boasts huge The process involves drilling
and fracturing to remove reserves An independent study found there
could be more than five billion barrels of oil and almost three
trillion cubic feet of gas But Union Jack Oil,
which commissioned the report, says it was simply
about gathering intelligence and no Derbyshire County Councillors will
now have to reveal Freemason. It's been agreed that
councillors will need to declare their membership of certain groups,
including the freemasons. Labour say it's about transparency. The
Conservatives say it's about prejudice. They've compared the
situation faced by Freemasons to that experienced by ANC members in
South Africa during apartheid. Next tonight,
East Midlands Ambulance service, which has come under attack
for failing to hit response times, has received an offer of help from
health care and medical students. The students,
from Nottingham and Derby, are the first in the country to operate
an inner`city First Responders' scheme, volunteers trained
in basic first aid who provide vital University students on the front
line in Derby. First year medical students, doubts and Haran, are also
first responders for the ambulance service. All packed and ready. They
are among volunteers at the University of Nottingham medical
School who attend 999 calls, providing vital help until trained
paramedics arrived. We learn a lot of theory because we are still first
years, but it's nice to get out there and see patients in the real
world, see how things can progress quite quickly and being able to make
a difference and do something. The initiative is one of the very first
city responded teams in the country. It was started by 25`year`old
Darren, who came up with the idea of medical and health care students
responding. He went to East Midlands ambulance service after starting in
Derby as a medical student himself. The initial response was great. The
support we've had from the ambulance service, University and the students
union has been fantastic. We've been to 70 or 80 calls in the five weeks
we've been operational. We've seen quite a few patients. Today, more
than 20 students came for an official launch of their service.
They've already gone through extensive training. This is
absolutely not a replacement for the full`time professional ambulance
service. This is about community engagement. In those first few
minutes when a patient is in need, that had a cardiac arrest or chest
pain or choking, that the community first responders can get there
whilst the ambulance service are deployed. It says a lot about the
medical students that they are prepared to give up some of their
spare time on an already busy course to try and help the community. Last
week we responded to a cardiac arrest and performed resuscitation
on the patient, that patient ended up surviving. It's a great feeling.
If the scheme can continue to do that, that's great.
A school in Leicestershire has been given thousands of poppies after
its Remembrance Garden for World War One was accidentally destroyed.
Locals have knitted poppies and people from across the country have
sent paper versions, so the school can build a commemorative wall.
The headteacher says it shows the World War I community spirit
Helen Astle reports from Stoney Stanton.
This school field is meant to be full of poppies, planted to create a
But, by mistake, a council worker mowed the field,
We've got a bit of an issue because the idea was to build
The poppies had been sown earlier in the year.
I was very disappointed and thought, "What are we going to do now?"
I came up with the idea of "yarn bomb" of the fence with lots
We were going around the playground recruiting parents to help out.
People who could knit were given knitting patterns.
Other parents said they couldn't knit or crochet,
so they decided they would make something out of anything red we can
In the classroom, pupils are still busy making poppies.
We're making these poppies to show what has happened in the war.
And the people that have died in the war.
Originally, staff were hoping to collect around 700 poppies
But as news spread about what had happened,
Relatives have got involved, we've had grandmas from Swansea
We've had poppies sent to us from Cheshire.
People who have been on holiday and came back with poppies as well.
Yes, it has definitely been a nationwide thing.
We've got such a wonderful community here that in our time of adversity
they've all pulled together in a real community spirit.
And learning about the war has had a big impact on the children.
We should always remember because people gave up their lives for us
Ever since the dramatic resignation of Patrick Mercer, the people
of Newark have been at the centre of a political whirlwind.
But tomorrow, finally, they'll get the chance to vote for a new MP.
The by`election has drawn dozens of high profile politicians to
But tomorrow, to the relief of some no doubt, all canvassing must stop.
Our political editor John Hess joins us.
John, what's been happening on the very last day of campaigning?
Today saw the final head`to`head debate between the candidates from
the main parties. This was Radio Nottingham's Studios this morning,
where the would`be MPs squared up for a debate. Unlike the Carl Froch
fight, there was no eighth round knockout punch, more of a score
draw. Fascinating all the same, with each candidate anxious to win over
any of those final undecided voters. If you want to listen back to the
debate, just catch up on the iPlayer. Click on the Mark Dennison
show that is on the Radio Nottingham site. Signs of last`minute
campaigning? I bumped into bus pass Elvis in the marketplace this
morning, looking very chipper and confident. The main parties this
evening will be delivering leaflets and getting their messages out. Over
the next few hours, party workers will be gravitating to new work.
This was the scene at Newark Northgate session, campaigners
arrived from London this evening. The Prime Minister has urged
conservative voters to get to Newark tonight and tomorrow, to help in the
final push for votes. The Conservatives are defending a 16,000
Conservative majority. Remind us when the voting starts. The polling
stations open from 7am tomorrow. They will remain open until 10pm
tomorrow night. Here is a reminder of all 11 candidates standing.
The final result should be somewhat where between 3am and 3:30am on
Friday morning. You will be up all night!
No one can predict the outcome of the vote with absolute certainty. At
least we know someone who can predict what the weather will be
like. I can, if you are planning to vote
tomorrow, the weather shouldn't stand in your way. It is said to be
drier, brighter and warmer, but it's looking stormy just around the
corner. This week we've been marking
the centenary of the start of It was a time
of great social change. And the Nottingham`based Boots
company rose to the challenge of providing much needed supplies
for the war effort. Jesse Boot, who founded
and ran the company, was determined to play his part by turning the firm
into a manufacturing powerhouse. In the archives of the Imperial War
Museums we've found some film footage, believed to be the earliest
moving images of the factory. I went to meet the company
archivist to find out more. As with Rolls`Royce in Derby, the
outbreak of war changed everything Germany had been a major exporter
of pharmaceuticals. Now our medicines would be made
at home. The Daily Mail saw their mass
copying of German medicinal products Jesse brought a team
of scientists to Nottingham. He increased his manufacturing
capacity in the factory side, reconstructing the company
and moving it much more towards We rose from about 9000 to
around 12,000 employees over the war period,
most of them here in Nottingham. Medicines, too,
had to be manufactured for soldiers in the trenches, in
containers small enough to be sent This tells us an awful lot
about conditions in the trenches, This was one of the early responses
to the war, to produce a range of products designed to give comfort
to the men serving overseas. Power like this could get rid
of those bugs keeping them awake And scientists at Boots created
the chemicals that went into respirators, designed to protect
from the horror of gas attacks. 8 million of these respirators were
made at the Nottingham factory and over 900 women were trained
on the production line. A slight amount of dust would give
enough space for gas to come We had to run night shifts to
be able to accommodate the huge It's always said the First World War
really showed what women could do and that's absolutely the case,
a lot of this work was really physical and women could do it
as well as the men. As well as seeing the Boots logo
on their vermin powder and gas masks, soldiers who'd been
Boots workers in Nottingham had The paternalistic Jesse Boot set up
a magazine called Comrades In Khaki. Issues were crammed with photos,
letters and news reports, providing a vital link between the troops and
their loved ones back in Nottingham. This photograph in an edition
of Comrades In Khaki would have been an absolute joy
for Boots workers serving overseas. It shows a festive party,
which happened in January of 1916. And pictured are all the wives
and children they left behind. It feels like a family magazine,
almost like an old school letter, the familiarity with
the people writing back in and responding to pictures they've
seen people they know. Jesse and Florence wrote in each
of the magazines to the soldiers, to tell them they were thinking
of them and praying they would Those soldiers who did return to the
island's quarter would have found Bigger, more mechanised and
employing women on a large scale. Now based in Beeston,
8000 people are still employed in A firm now known the world over,
and one which was given a huge boost Leicester City have confirmed
goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has Also today, winger Marc Albrighton
has been speaking about joining the club from Aston Villa, as Leicester
strengthen for the Premier League. It's bound to be
a wrench leaving somewhere after 16 years, but imagine if you'd
been there since you were a kid? Well, Marc Albrighton joined
Aston Villa when he was just eight years old, now he's 24 and he faces
a new career with Leicester City. Villa said I was getting released,
they didn't offer me anything. When I found out Leicester were
interested it was That's a mistake,
here is Albrighton. And 24 now, I've got
my peak ahead of me hopefully. With a bit of luck it will come off
and it'll be a great move for me. Albrighton has signed
a four`year deal. He is a tricky winger with
England Under 20 and Under 21 caps. He troubles defenders and he's
a great crosser of the ball. I like to get out of full`back
and whip across. With the strikers we've got here,
it's definitely going to be... They are going to get on the end
of them. After winning promotion
as runaway champions, Leicester have been quick to invest with Matthew
Upson and Jack Barmby also signing. But Marc Albrighton can't wait to
get going I'm looking forward to coming in
at the start of pre`season, fit and raring to go
and meet the lads and get started. Is there anyone in the club
that you played with before? No, I did have a look at that
and there's not a single player. I could be the loner
in the corner but I'm sure I will Staying with football,
and Derby County have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell
on a free transfer. The 19`year`old will join the Rams
when his current deal at Newcastle Onto the Commonwealth Games,
because there are just under 50 days to go and Team England have named
nine squash players who will Among them, current world champions
Laura Massaro and Nick Matthews, who Stuart Broad took another couple of
wickets at Hove, we're not strewn with Sussex. Derbyshire were also on
the south coast. They held on for a draw.
All this week we've been featuring how the First World War affected
Tomorrow night on the programme, we'll find out how it impacted
Trent Bridge was used as a military hospital and also how
Derby County's legendary striker Steve Bloomer, who was coaching
in Berlin at the time, spent the war in a German prison camp.
Fascinating pictures tomorrow night for Derby fans.
Turning 100 is a pretty good reason to have
a party, but for Alice and Mary it's a day they get to share together.
Born in Lincolnshire, the twin sisters have never lived more than
Today family and friends gathered to celebrate their big day,
It was always going to be a day to remember, but for Alice and Mary it
wouldn't have been the same without each other. Born in 1914 in the
village of Rawls Brie in Lincolnshire, it was a quiet but
happy childhood. We used to be together. It's nice to be together
at our age. I haven't seen you for a long time. It was lovely to know I
was coming over to see her today. She knows me. I don't know. Was that
me? Identical twins, even Alice and Mary sometimes struggle to tell each
other apart in photos. So you can imagine what it was like for their
husbands. He didn't know one from the other at one time! The only
thing he knew was different was because I hadn't birthmark on the
back of my neck, and that's how he knew which was which. You could
never tell the difference, for maybe 50 years they looked identical. Then
one day my auntie decided to have hair straight and that was so much
easier. It's almost unreal. You don't necessarily expect to be
celebrating 100th birthdays as identical twins, they are both still
happy. The centre of attention, but Alice and Mary seem to be taking it
in their stride. Happy to be surrounded by family and friends,
and a little something from the Queen.
Today has been rather disappointing. The clouds have stayed with us and
the rain has been relentless. After a damp start to tomorrow, things
will be improving, drier, brighter and warmer. Good news if you are
heading a bit further away to see the Antiques road show tomorrow.
Tonight, low pressure is still with us. It remains cloudy, further
outbreaks of rain, may be heavy at times as we head into the early
hours of Thursday morning. As we head towards dawn, they become
patchy and lighter. Not a cold night. Cloudy, damp start to your
Thursday. But then the rain starts to fizzle out, the cloud starts to
thin and break. It's an improving story through the morning. We will
start to see some decent spells of sunshine during the afternoon. The
temperatures respond, highs of 18 Celsius. Friday is set to be a humid
muggy day. What we do expect is Friday night into Saturday, the
weather front starts to move through. This has the potential to
give some thundery downpours. Thunderstorms expected to start the
weekend. The reason for this is humid air has moved up from the
Compton and. Cool air starts to move in from the Atlantic on Friday
night. Where they collide, that's where we have the potential for
thunderstorms. It's hard to pinpoint where the heaviest of the rain will
be, I will keep you informed. We do have warning in force as it could
lead to some localised flooding. Is that warmth whooshing up? We will
be back for the latest news. Goodbye.
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