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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me,
A Leicester man appeals to the Islamic fighters who kidnapped
He was with Alan Henning whdn he was seized in Syria last year. Please,
please, show him some mercy and understand he is the humanitarian
aid worker. And while the go ahead for new homes to go ahead on the
edge of Nottingham, it could go ahead. And a pig fact or a farm The
company behind it says it h`s had threats. We have had cars strut ``
scratched, I have had death threats, the team working `put under intense
pressure. And capturing the great war on a grand scale. Old
battlefields, 100 years on. First tonight, a man from Ldicester,
who was with volunteer aid worker Alan Henning moments before he was
kidnapped in Syria, has appdaled to Majid Freeman says it was hhs
"worst nightmare" when his friend, known as Gadget,
was taken hostage by the militant Majid Freeman has been talkhng to
our reporter Catrin Nye and showed her footage
of his trip with Mr Henning. He is known as Gadget. He is the
technical man. He said. He hs the man that will step up to it and fix
it right away. He knew that the places that we were taking `id to,
the United Nations said thelselves that they cannot reach hundreds of
thousands of Syrian people, but we could get to these people, so we are
a lifeline for these people. When he saw the difference he made for
himself `` what he saw the difference he made, when he held a
baby in his hand, that was powerful for him. How has it been for you to
see him appearing on and Islamic State video? You do not expdct
this. You hear about it but you do not expect someone that you
travelled with and spent tile with, someone who you had meals whth and
went to refugee camps with `nd someone who you shared a go`l with
and someone, this is real lhfe, I know him. He is my friend. What
would your message to his khdnappers be? Please, please, please show him
some mercy and understand hd is a humanitarian aid worker. He is not a
fighter. He has not come for political reasons. He has only come
to help the people. Please, do not kill him, please, spare him. Let him
come back home. Majid Freeman's appeal to
the men holding his friend. Well, tonight the head
of a Leicester Islamic charhty has joined more than a hundred Luslim
leaders in signing a letter also Dilwar Hussain runs New Horhzons,
which aims to help reform Mtslim The open letter has describdd the
threats to Mr Henning as despicable. We want the release of this person
who went out of their way to help other people. Because this group is
sadly using the name of Isl`m for their atrocious and the nef`rious
activities, terrible things they are doing, because they are talking in
the name of Islam, we have to stand up and be very clear that this is
not in our name. Next tonight,
controversial plans to build new homes on green belt land on
the outskirts of Nottingham, could Broxtowe Council last night gave
final approval Greenbelt campaigners are ftrious `
and are taking legal advice Over to our
Political Editor John Hess. Good evening. This is part of the
green belt in greater Nottingham, and this week with only harvested of
the firm land here a couple of weeks ago.
This is part of greater Nottingham's green belt.
The wheat on the farmland hdre was harvested last week.
On a September evening like this, the view looks very pleasant indeed.
But within a few years, the new cash crop will be 450 new homes
`` a morning stroll. It was green belt land here until counselors
approved development plans. We have done everything that is right. This
man has lived in the area most of his life and opposed the hotsing
plan. We need to sit around a table with developers and get the best
plan for the area, something that is good `` good for the communhty. We
need a community centre, we need improvements to the roads.
Campaigners outside the council s household `` Townhall. Desphte last
night's final approval, this whole issue could end up in the Hhgh
Court. A number of parish councils are entire to strike rope `` this is
how the target is shared out among local authority areas, with
Broxtowe's now approved 6150. We have been through a process with an
independent government inspdctor. She has approved our thinking on
this. We are one of very few councils to achieve that. If there
is a challenge, I am confiddnt that we will wind it. If the leg`l
challenge against the housing target succeeds, it is back to the drawing
board, and a possible retridve for the farm. `` reprieve.
On East Midlands Today earlher this week,
I reported from the site of the former Cotgrave Colliery and plans
The difference, that was a so`called brownfield site.
That's why the issue has bedn so controversial and why thd entire
housing plans of Greater Nottingham could be challenged in the courts.
Ken Mathen is co`ordinating the legal action on behalf
We have tried to negotiate with the councils. We happen to them the
flaws in the strategy and they simply haven't listened. Thdy say
that they have. They have not. They have made no amendments. Thd
defaults have been there all along. And it has been cleared by `
government planning inspector. The government inspector hasn't followed
the policy. This is not the first time this has happened. As ` former
head of planning for the City Council, you know that's thdre is a
crying need for new homes. We recognise that, but there h`s to be
a balance between the number of houses and the environmental
damage. This site would onlx present 1% `` provide 1%. Is a legal action
sheep? Who will be paying? The costs are reasonable. They have ddcided
this is a priority. I best xou can only hope to delay this project by a
couple of months. If we are expect `` if we are successful, thd court
strategy would have to be rdwritten and we could redress these faults.
Thank you. And in our later programme
after the 10 o'clock news, we'll be putting those points to the
politician who's steering through Goals galore,
and some absolute beauties too, as Forest beat Fulham 5`3 and Derby win
by three goals to two at Bl`ckburn. We'll be hearing from
the key players in both matches Nottinghamshire's fire servhce could
scrap two fire engines and axe dozens of jobs in an effort
to save more than ?2 million. The appliances at risk are
at Mansfield and Highfields stations, while 39 full timd or
retained posts could also bd cut. Well, this news comes as 50
firefighters gathered in Lehcester to protest against proposed cuts to
officer numbers there. The fire brigades union says
more than 100 jobs could go. There too there could also
be fewer fire engines. Leicestershire Fire
and Rescue says it won't colment Most people don't even know the
proposals that are going to take place. We need people to get
involved and the rights to their and he local counselors and objdcts to
these proposals, because if we don't, they will happen, and there
will be less fire cover. A body found in a factory fhre
in Nottingham earlier this summer Dalvinder Johal was discovered
after a fire at Nottingham Road Nottingham Coroner's Office said
an inquest has been opened The investigation into the cause
of the fire is continuing. Car parking charges are being
reduced at Nottingham hospitals Patients and visitors have long
complained about the fees. But from November the first 15
minutes will be free; an hotr Hospital managers say they've
taken peoples' views into account. A company which wants to buhld what
opponents have called a factory farm for 25,000 pigs says its st`ff have
received death threats. The pigs would be kept
in buildings on a 30`acre shte Midland Pig Producers are now hoping
revised plans will be approved by the county council ` but thdy face
local and world`wide opposition This quiet village is at thd centre
of a controversy that stirrdd animal welfare passions across the world.
The actor Dominic West has `lready come here to voice his opposition to
a plan by the company to kedp 2 ,000 pigs in doors in what some call a
factory farm. The company s`ys it has received 27,000 objections. Some
from as far away as California and Taiwan. And there has been worse. We
have had cars scratched, I have been spat at, there have been de`th
threats into the office, thd team working has been put under hmmense
pressure. The latest plans for the farm went on show in Scropton. The
company says there will be high animal welfare standards.
Electricity for the flushing system would be generated on the shte from
a plant mixing. Waste brought in from food firms. With the local
road, especially with the slip road, because it is our main exit, and we
are worried about the slow traffic going in and out. Also, the noise.
We can control the farm mord and we will have less diseases and use less
antibiotics in producing our meet. The company says a decision on the
revised plans could be made by next teaser `` Easter. It did not want to
discuss security matters. Many of us may not have heard of Sir
Godfrey Hounsfield, but he developed an invention which has helpdd save
millions of lives across thd world. It earned the Nottinghamshire`born
scientist a Nobel Prize Now, a decade after his death,
the scanner is being used by the University of Nottingham
in a completely different w`y which may once again help s`ve
millions of lives. This is his Nobel certificate.
Memories from the life of a scientist whose invention house the
strike rope has allowed countless others `` whose invention h`s
allowed countless others to live. I'm met with his niece and nephew.
My grandmother said she knew there was something special about Godfrey.
It was the way he played with bricks. He would meet on from bricks
to electrical engineering, `nd in 1979, he was awarded the Nobel
prize. He invented the CT scan which is used to detect rain tumotrs. We
were so excited. I would have been about 20 years old. Godfrey was
not! I think he was very proud underneath it. It has been lore than
40 years since his invention, but the University of Nottinghal has
found another use for it. The team here are using CT scanners to
monitor how plants are growhng underneath the soil without having
to disturb them. It is the first facility of its kind in the world.
This work could be very significant. By identifying new types of plants
that can't cope with changing time it and can't respond to differences
in temperature and less rainfall, we hope that we can increase
agricultural productivity, `nd we know this is important becatse we
have a rapidly expanding global population. When was first
approached about that I thotght was fantastic and something that Godfrey
would have approved of. Sir Godfrey will be remembered without ` doubt
for his invention, which is most important from a scientific
perspective. So, it looks lhke Sir Godfrey could be set to change the
world again. Some extraordinary scientists beneath area, living and
dead. A City's eye`catching
commemoration of World War One. Giant photos have gone up
across Nottingham showing how the battle`scarred landscapds
of the Great War have changdd I think it is a terrific display and
lots of knowledge packed into the small area that I have seen so far.
Eight of them at the City Ground where Forest went back to the top
A warning ` the report cont`ins a goal after a first touch that
We got a goal from the five or six players. Lansbury comes in `nd
pearls it. `` crawled. The challenge coming in. Penalty kick. Thdre is no
secret, you just play the g`me. It is curled into the net, a vdry good
free kick. Side foot. MacCormick, deflected goal. It is 3`2. To come
back from 2`0, we were on the rack and we decided to go for it. A great
turn from Antonio. It is in the box! 3`3! Fantastic! Which was your
favourite? The last one. Thd captain`macro. Why? `` the cap in.
What a night. You have seen the game. We still dig deep. Look what
happened. We scored a goal `nd then we scored another one.
Before we leave Forest, confirmation that influenti`l
midfielder Chris Cohen has suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
His third serious knee injury and will keep him out for months `
which is why Forest players paid tribute to him last night.
It's a long road back and we wish him well.
So a great win for Forest ` and what a result for Derby County too.
Another thriller ` but just the five goals ` to secure their first away
It was away at Blackburn and Angela has more.
It was not the best of starts for Derby. Oh, no! What a terrible
start! But they recovered in some style. Jamie Ward leveling the
scores. Derby are back in this game. Before setting up wheel is tsed for
the second. It went around the goalkeeper! A lovely effort A
fabulous goal! The game was a setup for a grandstand finish, but this
was Derby's night. We expect them to do it. We believe that we are going
to go out and be a good sidd. We dominated possession and crdated a
hail of a lot of chances. There are lots of things that gave us a lot of
satisfaction. Derby have secured their await wind. Next, Cardiff city
here on Saturday. They're hoping they are on a roll.
Rugby now and the Leicester Tigers star they call a Maverick.
Freddie Burns has made an instant impact since joining in the summer.
He played a starring role as Tigers made it two wins out of two.
Now he's hoping to do the s`me in the huge game at Bath `
It have taken him long to sdttle in. A man of the match performance last
weekend, and now as Tigers prepare to face their big rivals, and they
faced plenty of stick. `` their big rivals, they faced plenty of stick.
I have probably overstepped the mark a little bit and they get plenty of
stick for my fronts. I am jtst focusing on the game. The shaking
was on point. Another good kick from Freddie Burns. What is he s`ying to
himself before every attempt at a goal? I just tell myself to kick the
ball for the post. Occasion`lly I bet a chocolate bar on it. H am just
better when I am relaxed and then try to relax into it and tid myself
just to keep the ball, really, and do it with a smile on my face. You
know what they say about people who talk to themselves? It is the first
sign of madness! Yes, I am pretty mad. Anyone who follows me on
Twitter knows I am not your average fly half. It is good fun behng
Elizabeth mad. `` a little bit mad. His family home, the pride hn his
achievements is clear, but `s things turned sour during his time at
Gloucester, Freddie actuallx felt out of level with the game. Are you
back in love with rugby now? I think iamb. I have a smile on my face when
I am playing. `` I think th`t I am. I am keeping my head down in
training and just hopefully keep getting better and better.
Staying with rugby, because there's only a year to go till World Cup
matches come to Leicester,so today the Trophy itself was in town.
Leicester will host three m`tches in the battle to win the
And one of the Tigers' formdr stars says he hopes it's inspirathonal.
The cricket, finally, and Nottinghamshire's season came to
Anything we can do to get youngsters playing sport. Rugby would be great,
but the bidding urges kids to kick a ball around or what ever, that is
one of the main targets of this World Cup, to spread the word of
sport. The cricket, finally,
and Nottinghamshire's season came to a pretty ropey endas they collapsed
in their second innings to hand It means there's now a chance they
could miss their target Summer will be officially over after
this game! Not even listening to you!
From today, there's something very eye`catching in the centre
Huge photographs have gone tp at ten different sites as part of the
They honour those who fought by depicting the battlefields
as they are now, showing how they've healed over time.
And some other fascinating links to the county of Nottinghamshire
Quentin Rayner has been to take a look.
100 years ago, millions lost their lives, and it was captured hn
flickering black and white. The digital age has recaptured lany of
those places on an epic scale. 2 metre the graphs have gone tp all
around Nottingham. `` 62`macro buh. We want people to realise that they
can see the most amazing landscapes to see how they have changed or not
changed since World War I. They can find out how the community was
affected and also the whole world 100 years ago. People will be able
to the photograph that several fights between the station `nd the
castle. It is a chance to w`lk out on my edge break in the somdthing as
incredible as this. It hits home. `` lunch break. It is lovely. Ht is
really nice. It brings it to life. I am going over myself and about four
weeks and bringing my wife to visit the First World War battlefheld
Just having that helmets ard there, you think, where happy person? It is
quite haunting. This exhibition coincides with the BBC's World War I
at home live event, which opens here tomorrow. Among many things, the
event will help people explore their own family's links to the w`r. The
exhibition is accompanied whth extra facts, including any historhcal what
if. Our stick Ferdinand was nearly killed in a shooting accident. At
that happened, a few months before he got assassinated, Nottinghamshire
could have been responsible for make `` making sure that the war started.
The exhibition will remain on show at the remembrance day. Now there is
a thought! Stunning pictures. I have not seen them yet. The weather did
perk up this afternoon. It was as promised, quite warm. Yes, the war
the `` the weather proved, ` few sunny spells and temperaturds
reached a high of 23 Celsius. The average this time of year is 18
Tomorrow, yet again, we will start with a misty start but we h`ve all
week `` we have had all week. Just about for a few showers. Th`t is a
bit of a change on what we have been used to recently. We see thd crowd
`` cloud increasing through the night tonight. We will see puite a
bit of a mist and fog into the peak district and just a slim risk of an
isolated shower pushing its way in by dawn. On the whole, a drx night
and a mild night. Tomorrow lorning, a cloudy start and it looks like we
will hold onto a lot about cloud through the day. Some brightness,
but allow for a few shatterdd `` scattered showers through the day.
Living up to the south, thex will ease and the `` moving up through
the south, they will ease and sizzle out. Temperatures, 19 Celsits, and I
would not be surprised if it were higher than that. It is all down to
this cold front, moving its way south, and behind it, the
introduction of cooler air. Saturday looks like quite a cloudy d`y and
there will be outbreaks that are sometimes heavy at times. Stnday
does not look too bad. The little cooler and a little fresh ahr. A dry
in a bright day. `` a littld cooler. All of the trees, just going red and
yellow. It is poetry! We will be back for the late news. Goodbye