27/06/2014 East Midlands Today


27/06/2014

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Now it's time for the news where you are.

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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of Nottingham's trams say they're furious work's been delayed.

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The ?570 million project should have been ready for passengers

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by December, but it'll be next year, although now

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Tiling on the road in Chillwell But the contractors have missed the

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deadline which would have sden the tram we opened by December. It is

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dire. The whole of the road are struggling. From very early on we

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were OK, but now we have had to close on a Thursday now, because of

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the impact because people are frustrated about how to get here.

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I'm absolutely furious, to wake up in the morning and see it in the

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papers, without being told `bout it first. It is an absolute disgrace.

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Julie Cameron's shop is getting compensation from the city `nd

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county councils. She is recdiving around 15 `` ?1500 month, btt she is

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losing most of her trade, and traders here can only claim back 70%

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of their losses. It has been obvious to everyone here that this was not

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going to be finished by Decdmber. As recently as Monday, the contractors

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assured us that they were still on course for that, but it was clear

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that they weren't. Things h`ve been so tough that a special hardship

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fund has already paid out ?000, 00, with the prospect of more to come.

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Michael Sullivan, BBC East Lidlands Today.

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Contractors say the delay is because they've had to dig some

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Mike O'Sullivan pressed the project director on when trams would be

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operational, now the Decembdr 1 th deadline is to be missed.

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It is not going to be the 14th of December or the 15th

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of December, which would have been operational services.

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It will be as early in the new year as we can possibly makd it

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It will be as early as we can possibly make it.

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It will be as early as we can possibly make it.

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The failures of police and mental health workers dhrectly

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led to the violent death of a Nottinghamshire grandf`ther,

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John McGrath from Stapleford was killed by his own grandson,

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The family of John McGrath and William Barnard arrive

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at the inquest in Nottinghal to view the coroner's findings.

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If mental health workers and police had done

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their jobs properly and thoroughly, William Barnard would not h`ve been

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John McGrath was stabbed to death at his home in Stapleton

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We knew as a family all the circumstances, but we w`nted

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the wider world to see all the failings that have been out there,

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William had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic

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but hadn't been taking his medication for months.

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He had also been the prime suspect in a street robbery

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An independent enquiry found three police officers had

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Nottinghamshire Police has since issued them with management advice.

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We have had an opportunity this week to speak to

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the family ourselves and apologise for that, and we are writing to them

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after today to discuss how we can maintain further contact and assure

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Mr McGrath's family fought for the hearing to be held,

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They say it was making sure that John hadn't died in vain th`t had

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Simon Hare, BBC East Midlands Today, Nottingham.

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A travel agents in Derbyshire was robbed today.

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Police say a man with a knife threatened staff at Thomsons

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He stole foreign currencies, including the Jamaican Doll`r,

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Croatian Kuna and Euros, from the safe before fleeing.

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Concern has been raised abott the number of solar parks planned

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Energy companies want to secure new locations before governlent

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But people living in villagds near Loughborough fear they're

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In the heart of rural Leicestershire known for its simple yet sttnning

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landscape, over 40 acres of this agricultural land could soon

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With other solar fields being considered in the local are`,

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some residents think that this is not the right location.

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I think we have got a tension here between food production on one hand

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My view is that the energy parks, the solar parks, could be shted

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in other places, so we are not losing valuable land like this.

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Emotions run high as the colpany behind this project explain how they

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They say it would generate dnough energy to power nearly 3000 homes

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while protecting the local environment.

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There will be areas for plants to grow, and that

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encourages a more diverse r`nge of species and habitats and it

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The prospect of it is making me furious.

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I think it is industrialisation of the countryside,

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and I really don't think it is an appropriate place to put it at all.

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Down the road in Wyneswold, one of the largest solar farms in the UK is

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The government is proposing to limit the subsidies for large

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Developers will be keen to complete new sites as soon as possible,

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with the wealth of land in rural Leicestershire, companies m`y see it

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Emily Anderson, BBC East Midlands Today.

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That's it from me, but after the weather affected some of the

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region's cricket matches today, I'll leave you now with Anna and a look

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Not great news today for Nottinghamshire and Leicestdr

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cricket. We are expecting more rainfall this weekend. On S`turday,

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there will be some heavy showers around. With that in mind, we do

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still have a warning in force for this heavy rainfall as it m`y lead

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to some localised flooding. As we continue through this evening,

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cloudy with some outbreaks of rain. Some heavy pulses for a timd. It

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tends to become a bit lightdr as we head towards dawn. As we have some

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drier spells, we also have some mist and fog. Minimum temperaturds of 11

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Celsius. A cloudy start to Saturday, and as I mentioned, there whll be

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some heavy rain around. This ring is heading south as we head through to

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the afternoon. It made bring the odd rumble of thunder with it.

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Disappointing temperatures. A high of 16 Celsius. I will leave you know

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which outlook for the next few days. Sunday is looking

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move towards Sunday. The top temperature again 20. Fewer showers.

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Most out towards the east. That's the way it is looking.

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Good evening. For some the weather put on a show today - lightning and

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hail. For others more of a no-show. Showers at Wimbledon stayed away.

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They were further west. Torrential downpours with the lightning flashes

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over East Anglia. Local flooding in for folk. Showers through

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Glastonbury. Thunder storms over Mid Wales

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currently. Flashes of lightning will ease away during the night. Wet

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