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A prison campaign group is warning about increasing suicides, `ssaults
and riots in East Midlands prisons, due to a cut in officer numbers
The Howard League for Penal Reform claims government figures show
between 2010 and 2013 the ntmber of officer grade staff dropped
from 2,800 to just over 1,800 in our region.
The organisation says action needs to be taken to reduce violence
The government responded th`t the figures don't compare lhke for
Hundreds of people gathered at a music festival
The event, called Disabilitx Rocks, is the first of its kind
in the East Midlands and more have now been promhsed
Carolyn Moses reports from Kibworth in Leicestershire.
In this barn disability really does rock. In the form of ten ye`r`old
Alfie who has autism. This hs a place where fans can enjoy live
music. The idea was set up by Richard Sutton whose son Max has a
red disability himself. A lot of people who have a wide rangd of
additional needs struggle to experience live entertainment. So we
came up with our own. They are banging the drum in the
East Midlands. And thanks to an army of volunteers, everyone's dhffering
needs can be catered for so they can concentrate on having fun. Ht is
fantastic because there is nothing like this in the East Midlands
area. When you have a disabled child you are always struggling to get
into places, people staring, and here you can do what you want.
The prediction for the future? More events like this. People ard
starting to understand that there is this need, and hopefully th`t means
there will be more across the country and in lots of diffdrent
communities. We are hopefully just starting the ball rolling.
With Nottinghamshire's last deep coal mine closing next year, mining
But a group of former miners from Bilsthorpe have joined forces
and put together an exhibithon to preserve mining's past.
Once a proud industry, mining is all but consigned to the historx books
in Nottinghamshire. Eric Purdy was a miner in Bilsthorpe for over 40
years. When the pit closed, he and his friends started a collection
about life in a coal mine. We started this off in 1997, collecting
different items when it was closing down, and it has built up into a
proper committee. This is where we are today.
The Bilsthorpe Heritage Musdum has just opened at the back of the
village hall. It houses memorabilia from Nottinghamshire's mining
industry and gives people a real taste of the conditions mindrs
worked been. The children of today do not realise the suffering that
men went through, deaths, injuries, it was phenomenal.
With the imminent closure of Nottinghamshire's last you coal mine
it is exhibitions like this that are crucial in maintaining our lining
heritage for future generathons A council`owned listed building
could be made into a hotel Rushcliffe Borough Council has
owned Bridgford Hall since 0923 It's bidding for ?2.5 million
from the Heritage Lottery Ftnd. If it's converted, the hall would be
leased to a private hotel operator. Good evening. It has been a very hot
and humid day. We are starthng to see the first signs of a band of
heavy rain coming in, so a weather warning is in force because this
rain could be very heavy and thundery. Overnight and into the
early hours there is the potential for localised flooding. It becomes a
little bit lighter through the early part of tomorrow morning, btt
averages overnight no lower than 16 sources. That rain still quhte heavy
and possibly thundery during the early part of the morning, writer
spells following afterwards. `` brighter spells. But it shotld be a
fresher day. Good evening.
We are seeing thunderstorms developing. Some of these will stay
with us well on into the evening to be replaced with outbreaks of rain
later in the night. The rain we had heading into western Scotland and
Northern Ireland and spreading east across the UK. There are some
heavier bursts. Coast and hill fog around and a warm muggy night to
come. Tomorrow we start with cloud. Damp in places. Many of us will see
brighter skies arrive. There will be showers around. Light ones for Wales
West earn England. Through the morning sunny spells will develop.