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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,
This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight, firefighters sound the alarm over budget cuts.
Jobs could go and some fire engines would be scrapped to save ?7
million. Also tonight, sadndss as campaigners lose the fight to save
this hospital chapel from demolition. It has been there for 60
years before the National Hdalth Service. I was hoping it wotld be
there in the future. And no end in sight to these roadworks. You have
to get there have an hour e`rlier or expect to turn up half an hour late.
And these ear craft celebrate cold war warriors. `` aircraft.
Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's progr`mme
First tonight: Radical plans for changing the
fire service in Leicestershhre and Rutland have been outlined today.
Under the proposals, more than 100 full time firdfighter
posts could go in the next five years, that's about a quartdr
of the current full time st`ff. Our reporter Helen Astle is outside
fire headquarters in Birstall for us tonight.
Helen, these appear to be significant cuts.
Good evening. They do appeared to be significant cuts but the chhef fire
officer here is keen to strdss they are just proposals at the moment. It
is all part of the plan to save ?7 million over the next five xears.
The union say if these cuts are in that proved they could be d`ngerous
and cost lives. `` if these cuts are approved. Those proposals include
all crews being reduced frol five firefighters to four. The fhre
engines could be scrapped completely across Rutland. 104 full`tile posts
could go in the next five ydars and some support staff could also go. We
are worried what it will me`n to Leicestershire. We cannot fhnd the
cuts being imposed on us without affecting public safety and losing
one quarter of our workforcd. Our firefighters are very concerned
When calls do a car we still need the same resources to achieve the
outcomes we have previously. We need the staff to go and rescue people,
we cannot do it with just four firefighters, it does not work. This
afternoon's meeting was bro`dcast to staff within the fire service. There
could be a request for council tax to be raised to help ease the
funding problems but if the shortfall cannot be met the public
will notice the changes. It will be challenging to firefighters because
there are number of people would be less on the fire engines and we
would have to change our waxs of working potentially. Members of the
public would notice the difference when the fire engines arrivd, not
necessarily the first, but the second would be slower to arrive
than currently. There will be plans to cut ?1 million from the budget in
Nottinghamshire and the meeting is there for that. The authority says
there are no plans to get rhd of any full`time firefighters although
there will be a reduction in the number of retained firefighters
Still to come: Books of condolence open for
the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess, credited with laking
Chatsworth House one of the most successful country homes in Britain,
died yesterday at the age of 94 Two men who were arrested
on suspicion of the murder of a Nottingham taxi driver 20 years
ago have been released on b`il. 26`year`old Ethsham Ghafoor was shot
dead in his taxi outside a Gedling nursery in November 1994.
At the time, police describdd it as a cold`blooded execution`style
killing. Officers spent yesterday qudstioning
the pair who are in their 40s. A police helicopter was dr`fted
in to help stop a digger which had been stolen.
The construction vehicle was brought to a halt on the A511 at Co`lville
in Leicestershire. Officers stopped it three hours
after it had been stolen. Next tonight,
campaigners have lost their battle to save a historic hospital chapel.
NHS bosses are pressing ahe`d with the demolition of the Victorian
building to make way for a new accident and emergencx unit
at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Here's our
Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. Welcome to the Chapel of Lehcester
Royal infirmary, a beautiful space. Not for much longer. When this
opened back in the 1880s thd average life expectancy was around 40 years,
no NHS bosses say the Chapel has had its day and needs to make w`y for a
new accident and emergency tnit because the there's not enotgh
space. Often we get five or 600 people per day through the
department and we just do not have enough space to process thel, feed
them, make a diagnosis and get them home or to a ward fast enough. We
need more space to do that. Critics say we should be preserving the
past. People have been therd to pray, Paul, dream. There ard
monuments there to the first and 2nd World War and medical
professionals. It really is a place of great heritage importancd. It has
stained`glass windows which would be taken out of context and put into
storage until a plan for a new multi`faith Chapel. It could be
moved brick by brick but th`t would cost. In an ideal world we would
like to keep it but for the accident and emergency department whhch is
bulging at its seams, that hs an understatement. If there was that
philanthropist idea willing to give us ?3 million to move the Chapel we
would consider that. Campaigners predicted a's decision may hn future
proved to be yesterday's mistake. `` did he's decision.
A party with a difference is going on tonight because of the end of
road works. However just down the road another group are now
suffering. Every party needs a drink and this one has been brewed
especially for the occasion. This park is celebrating the end of road
works at this nearby island. Of the local residents have been affected
and many of the local busindsses. We thought we would have a drink to
celebrate it being finally finished. We have been late with our
deliveries so our customers are not happy and we need to be our staff
longer to come in early. Sthll no word on when these roadworks are due
to end. You either leave half an hour earlier or just go there half
an hour late. It has affectdd my business big time. I have to go
early in the morning and go a day to around other roads but I suppose it
is progress and has to be done. You have to act accordingly. I can do
about two miles in an hour. The highways agency refused to be
interviewed and did not attdnd tonight's party. They were hnvited
but did not turn up, we don't know why!
A man from Leicestershire h`s been reunited with the medics who saved
his life. It is unusual to survive a heart attack outside of hospital and
the man had to be shocked shx times. It is thanks to these medics he is
alive today after suffering a cardiac arrest in April. I do not
remember anything. My wife was talking to me and I never answered,
she looked across and I had stopped breathing. His wife dialled 999 and
while she waited for them to arrive she carried out chest comprdssions.
I did not realise they shopped in six times actually. The two
corporate the compressions when they arrived. The first thing I did was
turn around when I saw he w`s breathing for himself and tdll my
colleague. Defibrillator has now been inserted into his act to
monitor the rhythm and emit a shock if required. I am still herd. I can
see my seven children, especially the youngest grandchild, to watch it
grow up. It is wonderful I `m here. Help is on hand
for an estimated 500 people, who are considered the most challenging and
excluded citizens in Nottingham That's
because they struggle with lore than one issue, issues like homelessness,
drugs, mental illness and crime Many of them don't know how to go
about getting help, but that's about to change thanks to
a multi`million pound grant. When Sandra was homeless shd also
suffered from mental illness and had the problem with alcohol. You do not
know what to do, sometimes H felt like giving in. I felt like going
into a corner we are now ond could see me. On times you just w`nt to
scream. Feelings sheared by many who have so many problems they do not
know where to turn or how to get help. Across Nottingham nearly 00
people will be helped over the next eight years at a cost of ne`rly ?10
million paid for by the big lottery fund. Each person will have there
own personal worker to support them. At the moment someone could have an
alcohol problem and the mental health problem, the two services do
not quite meet and they could get bounced around. Our worker will help
steer people, help them makd decisions and get to the right
services which will make a real improvement in the quality of life.
You will not be told you have to go here or there, it will be sorting
your issues out first. Sandra is now working for the new scheme which
hopes to take the pressure off hospitals, the courts and local
authorities. It also hopes to transform lives. How good do you
feel now having conquered all of this? I do not think I am special, I
think I am awesome! Still to come:
With the weekend on the horhzon it's all eyes on the weather.
Books of condolence have opdned on the Chatsworth Estate today
following the death of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
Today more tributes have bedn paid to the Duchess, who was the driving
force behind the transformation of Chatsworth into one of the country's
most popular tourist attractions. Cathy Killick reports.
A quiet moment to remember one of England's most exceptional women.
Books of condolence have attracted a steady stream of contributors from
every walk of life. Prince Charles issued a statement saying mx wife
and I were deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Duchess and both
of other broadband admired greatly. She was a unique personalitx with a
wonderful and original approach to life. I think her kindness to
people, picking people up who had fallen down. Getting in touch with
the estate to make sure I got my dog back when one of them had rtn away.
Whatever people's background, wealth and privilege. She was very loved,
that he laughed. I am sorry. After her really busy life that she gave
to charity than mankind really, she was the best. Did you ever leet her?
Oh, yes, met or walking arotnd. She would always stop when she was
walking around. This man was born on the estate and became its controller
working with the Duchess for ten years. It is like losing a lother,
generally across the estate it will be felt like that. She was the hard
worker. Up at half past six every day. She knew exactly what was going
on and she knew all the staff, even though there were 600, she knew all
those who had been there ovdr a year by first name. In truth she was a
moderniser, ushering in a ndw either of the stately home as big business.
This is her legacy. Thriving, admired and preserved for all the
other new leaders to come. And the Duke
of Devonshire has announced today that the funeral service will take
place next Thursday at St Pdter s Church, Edensor at midday.
He says everyone is welcome to attend.
Thousands of Hindus across the East Midlands are celebrating
the Navratri Festival. For the next nine nights,
people will take part in traditional Gujarati folk d`ncing at
dozens of venues across the region. The festival marks the victory
of the Hindu Goddess Ambika who s believed to have slain a delon
after a fierce battle which lasted nine days and nine nights.
World Champion boxer Carl Froch is to become an Honorary Freem`n
of the city. Froch says he's proud to john
the likes of Brian Clough, Torvil and Dean and Sir Paul Smith
in receiving the honour. A special ceremony will be held next
month at the Royal Concert Hall Now the sport.
Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce says he is proud of his plaxers who,
despite being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Spurs last night,
put up a spirited display against their Premier League opponents.
And for one player in particular, it was a night to remember.
Angela has more. His team selection said a lot, 9
Jews in the line`up. The 3000 travelling fans wearing gredn switch
arts in a tribute to Brian Clough saw a game that was close to causing
a cup upset. The celebrations for this goal see it all, a chalpionship
team had taken the lead at White Hart Lane. On his debut he has
played the Reds in front. Ddspite the resilience, they could not hold
on. Nothing would stop the spider equaliser. This deflection saw then
double the lead and when it became the`1 to spiders it was all wrapped
up for the home side but not without a skier. Some real good performances
from some of the younger pl`yers. I am very proud. I think the largin
probably flattered us. They will be pleased to get through this round of
the competition. So Forest out of the Cup.
Derby County are through to the last 16.
They face Fulham away in the next round and the R`ms head
coach is relishing the prospect I think it is good that all the
squad can look forward to playing games. Cup games or league games. It
is good for the club we continue in the cup. We want to put a tdam out
there that can win. One bit of other action to lention.
It's in cricket where Leicestershire s
miserable season has come to a miserable end ` comprehensively
beaten by Derbyshire, who m`y well now finish fourth in Division Two.
Leicestershire have, though, announced the signing of Australian
international bowler Clint LcKay. In rugby, a familiar face h`s
joined the Leicester Tigers board. Ben Kay made 281 appearances
as a player before retiring four years ago, he returns to
Welford Road as a director. In golf,
no place for Nottinghamshird's Lee Westwood in the opening Ryddr Cup
fourballs tomorrow morning. It's not a surprise with
the hugely experienced Westwood expected to play a key role
at points over the weekend. He's been coming back into form
and loves the contest betwedn Europe and the USA.
You do not need any extra motivation when it is the Ryder Cup. It is a
special week and I would im`gine everybody is right up for it. You
would not want any more mothvation or you would bubble up in a frenzy.
If you can tear yourself aw`y from the Ryder Cup one option might
be the start of the domestic Basketball season.
Leicester Riders expect a 1,500 strong sellout at
their temporary home in Loughborough for the visit of Manchester Giants.
Much as changed about this team out have gone some key figures hncluding
the captain. In front of big crowds the priority is to get people loving
the game. For us it is putthng a good product out on the floor that
is entertaining and that thd fans can get behind and feel protd of.
Sure, we are trying to win but we want to be entertaining. Many will
be local born and bred, the path to the top is bringing in local talent.
I am just trying to take as much of a chance as I can, it is a huge
order coming from Loughborotgh and jumping into the profession`l team.
Can people please keep coming? They are saying book tickets in `dvance
because they are expecting ` sell`out. It is at half past seven
on Saturday. Finally from us, huge
congratulations to one of otr own. Nottingham Canoeist Helen B`rnes
has been breaking records again She's was attempting to set a new
record for the most Eskimo rolls by a woman in the space of a mhnute.
She must have decided this was less stressful that doing special TV
reports. She managed a total of 30 `dsque
more roles. I felt really dhzzy It is 20 years since I did my first one
but never again! She says it but I do not believe her. Gebhardt two
years and she will be doing it again!
Britain's last flying Vulcan has flown over air bases in the
East Midlands as part of a tour saluting men and women who
served in the Cold War. The flight took off from Robin Hood
airport near Doncaster at 2pm and then flew over RAF Wittdring
at 3:20. 10 minutes later it went ovdr
the former RAF Cottesmore b`se. The flight was arranged
by the Vulcan to the Sky Trtst. The route covered the bases that
were part of the V Force, the RAF's Cold War deterrent.
Ian White reports. A piece of living history m`rking
Heston the this afternoon. The only surviving flying Vulcan bomber in
the Waddle embarked on a spdcial trip to commemorate the end of the
cold war 25 years ago. Once a vital part of the UK nuclear deterrent the
wearer ready to fly to the dast with just 90 seconds notice knowhng there
may not be a United Kingdom to fly home to. They did think there could
be an attack from the USSR particularly around the Cub`n
missile crisis. The cruise really had to take the jobs seriously, they
were sitting by the easier craft armed up with nuclear weapons and in
readiness to go. Technicians and volunteers where up early this
morning getting this aircraft ready for its last flight of the season.
She is well maintained and we look after her more now than when she was
in service. The journey to Ken ten current and former REF bases before
returning to Doncaster just before four o'clock. `` R a F bases. People
are saying there have never been crowds like this before. Thd Vulcan
to circle the aircraft over the runway several times giving patient
onlookers a spectacular display The first time I have seen it today
amazing. It is beautiful, GPs of engineering. It is epic, out of this
world, I am in love with th`t clean. The charity that owns this hopes it
will not be its last flight. The noise and the sheep is just unique.
An extraordinary thing. `` shape. Now the weather. The weather front
has moved across but there has been cloud increasing through thhs
afternoon. Just a bit of brhghtness across Leicestershire and Rttland
for a time. There could be ` small amount of patchy rain and drizzle
for the Peak District. Health of also likely as well. A contrast to
last night, referring to a grass frost. A mild finish to tod`y with
15 selfie is the minimum temperature. A damp start to the day
for some tomorrow. Skies will brighten and by late afternoon we
will lose any patchy light rain It will feel warmer again. It will BBC
tonight and that will ease of tomorrow but heading into the
afternoon the wind will fall like. 19 Celsius the maximum daythme
temperature. There will be lissed off of returning on Friday night
into Saturday and it could be dense on Saturday morning before lifting.
Temperatures could get into the low 20s. The high pressure on S`ndeep
will pull away to the east. Looking quite pleasant into the weekend I
will be back with the late news Join me then. Goodbye. Goodbye.