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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.
Good evening. A man from Leicester,
who was with volunteer aid worker Alan Henning moments before he was
kidnapped in Syria, has madd a direct appeal to his captors.
Majid Freeman says it was hhs "worst nightmare" to see his friend,
known as Gadget, taken hostage last December.
He spoke to our reporter Catrin Nye and showed her footage
of his trip with Alan 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. A body found in a factory fhre
in Nottingham earlier this summer has now been officially identified.
Dalvinder Johal was discovered after a fire at Nottingham Road
in New Basford at the end of July. Nottingham Coroner's Office said
an inquest has been opened and adjourned into his death.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.
Controversial plans to build new homes on green belt land on
the outskirts of Nottingham, could face a challenge in the High Court.
Broxtowe Council last night gave final approval for work to start
on more than 6,000 propertids. Green belt campaigners are furious.
Here's our Political Editor John Hess.
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 lifd
and opposed the housing plan. We need to sit around a table with
developers and get the best plan for the area, something that is good
for the community. We need a community centre,
we need improvements to the roads. Campaigners outside the
council's townhall. Despite last night's final `pproval,
this whole issue could end tp in the High Court.
A number of parish councils are entire to strike rope `` thhs is how
the target is shared out among local authority areas,
with Broxtowe's now approved 6, 50. They have made no amendments, they
have not met as. The governlent inspector has not followed
government policy and this hs not the first time this has happened up
and down the country over the last three or four years.
If the legal challenge against the housing target succeeds,
it is back to the drawing board and a possible retrieve for the farm.
I was joined by someone frol the council and started by asking if he
was sure the case for the council was watertight. We make surd we do
everything the government rdquire from ours. We go to an independent
inspector, they make sure wd have got it right. Did you consider the
environmental impact? I havd considered every day for thd last
few years the impact. This hs going to be built on green belt l`nd, does
that mean the whole concept of green belt is dead in the water? Not at
all. We have taken every Brownfield site we can. Every single one we can
we have allocated but we have to take 2% of green belt. What is your
message to residents who ard going to lose a slice of countryshde under
a concrete? If we did not h`ve to be rude not what we have to make sure
people have horns. Thank yot. `` humans. `` homes.
Car parking charges are being reduced at Nottingham's
hospitals after public pressure Patients and visitors have long
complained about the fees. The minimum is currently ?4.
But from November the first 15 minutes will be free, an hotr
will cost ?2 and two hours ?4. Hospital managers say they've
taken peoples' views into account. That's your news. Goodbye from me,
but here's the weather now. We are expecting another warm day
tomorrow but you can expect there to be a few isolated showers. We have
started to see the cloud increasing from the east. There is a potential
for some mist and fog. It should be dry foremost. A mild night with lows
of 15 Celsius. A mild start to tomorrow. There is a risk of
isolated showers by afternoon but some places will stay dry for the
Hall B. Highs of 19 where there 21 degrees. Possibly a better day by
Sunday. Hello, you know when you get
temperatures in the mid-20s at this time of year that we are on borrowed
time. By the weekend, we will not be getting 26 Celsius like today. But
by the weekend, we're not going to have the low cloud we have had in
Edinburgh throughout the week holding the temperature down, so
there are some changes on the way. Right now, the warm muggy air has
been triggering thunderstorms across the south of the UK. Bristol and
Cardiff, and other areas heading towards the south coast. Southern
England, the Midlands and Wales as the night goes on, some torrential
thundery downpours. May keep some of us awake. For Northern Ireland,
northern England and Scotland, mainly dry, but missed and low
cloud, hill fog becoming extensive again. It is muggy. This is the
morning, difficult to pinpoint exactly where the downpours are
going to be, but we have to cater for the possibility in London,