12/09/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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First tonight, the Oscar nolinated actress Samantha Morton has claimed

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she was sexually abused as a child in Nottingham care homes.

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She's told the Guardian newspaper that when she

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Emily Anderson has been looking into the allegations and joins md now.

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They claim dates back to thd early 1990s. She has told the Guardian she

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was sexually abused by membdrs of staff at the Red Tiles home in

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Bulwell. She says she knows about those that were abuse and at the

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time the abuse was widespre`d. What have the police said IS thex are

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carrying out an historic chhld abuse investigation going back several

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decades. The authority have told us it has no records of Ms Morton ever

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making a complaint to the police force. It was a few years b`ck that

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she spoke out at a rally ag`inst council cuts in Nottingham. She was

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calling to keep children's homes open. Nottinghamshire Countx Council

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says the abuse of vulnerabld children in any decade is abhorrent

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and it welcomes people like Samantha speaking out. It hopes to speak with

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her and takes all allegations of abuse extremely seriously. The

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authority adds that in the decades since she was in care, therd have

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been significant changes, both locally and nationally, in the way

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children's homes are regulated. And the allegations about ongoing

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claims? We have been reporthng on these for several months and it was

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only yesterday that we excltsively revealed these allegations hnto

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historic child abuse had bedn extended to nine care homes and

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units in the East Midlands. Fire fighters are dealing whth a

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major fire in Nottingham tonight. It broke out on the Univershty of

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Nottingham Jubilee Campus. Construction on the new

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GlaxoSmithKline building Nottinghamshire Fire Servicd is

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using 10 engines to fight the fire. The Independent Police Complaints

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Commission is to investigatd Leicestershire Police over

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its contact with Christopher Penman prior to his murder earlier

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this year. His body was found at a house

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in Beaumont Leys in Februarx. In the days before his death,

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Mr Penman, who was deaf, made reports of harassment against Awat

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Akram to Leicestershire Polhce. Today, Akram was found guilty

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of murdering Mr Penman. Tributes have been paid to

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a young student, killed when a Malaysian airliner came down over

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Eastern Ukraine earlier this year. Friends were speaking

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at the funeral of Richard M`yne Our Chief News Reporter,

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Quentin Rayner, was there. The private funeral was held at

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St Anne's Parish Church, just a stone's throw from the

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Maynes' family home in Leicdster. Richard was studying maths

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and finance at Leeds University and was on his way to begin

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a year`long placement in Australia. He was among almost 300 people who

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were killed when it is thought MH17 was shot down over Eastern Tkraine

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in July. Richard had been a diabetic

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since he was a boy and becale a volunteer for Camp Charnwood, which

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helps people manage the condition. friends from the charity pahd

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tribute. He would have done anything

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for anybody. It's such

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a sad thing that has happendd. And then,

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there are so many stories you remember that just make you

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smile. I think it is

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a wonderful gesture and I think it does reflect Richard's real

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involvement with our local group, his gratitude to the group, it

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helped him a lot when he was young. but his zest for life will never be

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forgotten. With Scotland about to vote

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on independence, there are calls tonight

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for more powers to be devolved from Councils in

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the East Midlands want more control Marching into Derbyshire in 174 ,

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even Bonnie Prince Charlie wanted a unified United Kingdom,

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albeit under a Stuart monarch. 260 years later, Scotland is

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deciding The English Democrats, meethng

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in Leicester this weekend, support Scottish independence, and

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ideally, Welsh, Northern Irish and English

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devolution as well. We have to have much more sdnsible,

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universal system of federalhsm, if we are going to go down

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this route. Do you propose an

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English Parliament, or should there be a region`l

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assembly? they are without any mandatd,

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democratically. Well, they are not looking

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for regional powers. Ten councils in Derbyshire `

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counties, cities, districts and boroughs ` are hoping to become

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the first non`city council group in Britain to persuade the Govdrnment

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to let them spend directly on things like major road projects,

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job creation, rather than People are looking at Scotl`nd and

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thinking if that is good enough for If the Government devolved what is

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currently spent by the Civil Service in Westminster,

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we could spend it better locally. Nottingham could become a rdgional

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centre under decentralisation plans But one academic says that could

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have consequences The core cities idea is to build

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super cities, that effectively dominate

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the landscape around them. Nottingham seems to be one

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of those cities Places like Derby and Derbyshire

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would be significantly affected While the agendas are being laid

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out now, how councils will benefit in future

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depends hugely on the result of the Scottish referendum and the

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outcome of And there'll be more on the question

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of devolution on the Sunday Politics for the

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East Midlands. The fastest jobs growth in the

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country, but wages falling too. My children need something extra so I

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had to do extra hours at work. And is it time for us to go it `lone? An

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independent kingdom of the Dast Midlands. Sounds good, doesn't it?

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Join me on Sunday. That's your news,

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so it's goodbye from me ` but with your weather now,

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here's Anna. We have had a pretty decent week for

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September. Settled conditions are set to continue. High`presstre

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remaining in charge. It shotld be mostly dry. There will be more in

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the way of cloud but it will `` there will still be some sunshine. A

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dry evening, the cloud may become thick enough to produce somd rain,

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but it should stay dry throtgh the night. A few clearer spells and

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where we have clear skies, the potential for some mist and fog

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Temperatures 12 minimum unddr the cloud, but in some rural ardas,

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temperatures could be down to six Celsius. Quite a cool start for

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Saturday for some. Mist cle`ring, the cloud should at least through

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the morning to get some bright spells. We should eventuallx see

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some sunny spells in the afternoon but always a good deal of cloud

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Temperatures 19 Celsius. I will leave you with the outlook for the

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next few days, mid-next week. I will leave you with

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an outlook now for the next few days.

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We are in good shape. Most will stay dry. Hopefully you will see good

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spells of sunshine. It will be breezy as we go through southern

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areas. But not much, if any rain. Spare a thought for friends across

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south-Eastern Europe. We have had torrential downpours over Italy into

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the Balkans, parts

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