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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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