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Tonight: the public inquiry into child sex abuse
opens its investigation into Nottinghamshire's care system.
Welcome to Thursday's programme with Dominic Heale
France Bisto is the Legion d'Honneur 99-year-old veteran Don Sutton. They
gave me there highest award, which I think is fantastic. And eight ?1000
reward is offered to find Bella and Blake. The search continues for a
missing lime and her border collie companion.
Welcome to Thursday's programme with Dominic Heale
The public inquiry into child sex abuse has unveiled
the scale of its investigation into Nottinghamshire's care system.
Today, local survivors' groups joined more than 30 lawyers
Among them, was a woman who's told this
programme that she reported abuse in children's homes to people
Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, was at today's hearing.
What really happened in Nottinghamshire's children's homes
The police had been investigating for a number
of years, but today, a new chapter in the quest for truth,
Today, a preliminary hearing is being
We have heard it's going to look at the extent of
institutional failings in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and whether
councils failed to protect children in care from sexual abuse and
The enquiry is chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote a
damning report on the extent of child abuse in Rotherham.
Today, campaigners from Nottingham were in
We hoped to get a public enquiry, but we actually forced the enquiry
to come to Nottingham, and you know
Survivors are finally being heard and are going to be hard.
And that's what they've always wanted, just
And hopefully, past failings won't haunt us in the future.
There too, a former Nottingham children's home resident,
It just continued, despite the reporting it,
Even as I reported it to be highest level.
These days, Nottinghamshire's children's homes are a world away
from the institutions of the past, but the public enquiry wants to make
sure that all the lessons have been learned.
Well, Jeremy Ball's just come from the hearing
Eventually we're going to hear some heart-wrenching personal stories.
Today it emerged that almost seventy complainants,
as they're being described, have now been given what's known
But first, the inquiry team's got to plough
Tens of thousands of pages of things like police reports,
We also heard that they're looking at 57 different children's homes,
Clearly a moment many people have waited for.
What kind of legal outcomes does the inquiry allow for?
It's about learning lessons from the past,
They want to know the scale of any abuse and
If they made complaints, were they simply moved somewhere else?
And was there a "culture" that stopped investigations?
Today we heard this inquiry's going to be broadcast publically.
Complainants can choose whether to be identified.
And Alexis Jay said she'll consider a request to move the whole
The very word is enough to start a row.
And today, an energy company has served notice that it's
about to begin seismic surveys in our region that could,
potentially, lead to hydraulic fracturing, as it's properly known.
And the survey will be across a big area.
It covers very nearly 100 square miles,
taking in large parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
But some places have been excluded - notably part of Sherwood Forest
and some other sensitive areas, where critics of the process
Well, our reporter James Roberson is in one of the communities that's
Yes, I'm actually in Edwin Stowe, the former mining village in
Nottinghamshire. It's the area around the village, not here in the
centre, that will be subject to the survey. As well also the role areas
west of here. And the whole area north, through north Derbyshire,
north Nottinghamshire and injures out your torture. Today in deed into
South Yorkshire, the fracking company is holding a public meeting
and it shows the area and its jollity, which has already yielded
oil for decades. The company will use these machines to send sound
waves to map the rock underground and the suspect or a low gas is
present, they will seek planning permission to drill test boring.
Become Penny says it's simply not known yet whether they'll actually
find any oil or gas. We couldn't possibly say. At this point we are
just testing. It is possible you might not do any fracking you're at
all? Yes, we are very hopeful of the shale gas industry in this country.
We will hope it would be a really strong price for the UK and there
are clear benefits. In Edwin Stowe, the mere mention of a possible
survey into possible fracking in the future is enough to alarm, the ball.
It's a lot to be a bad thing, hasn't it? To be honest. It's not very good
for the environment as much as I know. I'm not really up on it, but
it can't be any good to be honest. Why are you worried? Because of all
the damage it can do. I've heard such a lot from people around here
that have been telling us all about it and it doesn't sound very good.
I'm not too concerned about fracking, because I think the
country needs the energy and providing it doesn't impact on the
environment too much, I think it will be a good thing. We need all
the energy we can get. You are an ex-miner? I am an ex-miner, but you
need something to replace the call. The survey will begin in June, but
it will be October or November before it is here and the areas
around here. Any actual fracking if it happens could be years away.
Thank you, James. Today's the day all the candidates
who are standing in the general election had to put their money
where their mouths are and pay Registration closed a couple
of hours ago, so we now know which politicians are standing
where in those key Our political editor Tony Roe has
been looking at the key seats. Let's start with how
the East Midlands political map This is 20 years ago, that landslide
1997 general election, and as you can see the dominant
colour is red. There's a blue blob in Derbyshire,
that's West Derbyshire now mostly In '97, it was surrounded by a red
sea extending over the border And in Nottinghamshire too,
it's almost solidly red. Fast forward to the general election
in 2015, and you can They have won and consolidated
in marginal seats. Now there are Labour
islands in a sea of blue. Normally after seven years
of Conservative Prime Ministers, you would expect the Government
of the day to be on the defensive. That would mean having
a Labour hit list. Seats like Derby North
where there is only a 41 majority. A seat which tends to
go to the Government. And places like Amber Valley,
Erewash, Broxtowe and over here in Sherwood would
normally be targets. But the opinion polls consistently
show these are not normal times. Instead, those red islands
are having to hold back the tide. North East Derbyshire,
with only an 1,800 majority, Labour keep holding on to Gedling
against the odds, but will it this time be swept away in a wave
of Conservative support? Then there's Mansfield
where what happens to the Ukip vote from 2015 will help
decide this seat. And look over here
in Leicester West. That Red Leicester
heartland for Labour. If it's a really bad
night for Labour, Now 2015 Ukip played a big part
in the general election, At the Green party would be standing
against Labour, because labour is against fracking. That's another 300
votes in Mansfield, where the Labour majority is only 5000.
Now 2015 Ukip played a big part in the general election,
I gather they're not standing in so many seats this time?
Know, the reason I keep going on about Ukip and I'm probably boring
you really about how it what happens Ukip boat is important, they pulled
300,000 or more votes. 15% of people in the East Midlands voted Ukip, so
what happens to those worlds is very important. They have decided to not
stand in seats where there is a pro-EU you leave candidate standing.
If you look around the East Midlands, I would like to claim
credit for this, but is from our local radio station, they are not
sent in places like Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, North West
Leicestershire and Bassetlaw, because they are the candidates
wanting to leave the EU. What happens to that vote for the
candidates who are standing is still going to be fascinating, especially
in the thread isn't much of a majority for the sitting candidate.
More tactical stuff, thank you very much indeed.
A school in Leicester re-opened today after the death
of an 11-year-old pupil at a theme park.
Evha Jannath fell from the Splash Canyon
She was on a school trip with the Jameah Girls Academy.
Pupils are being given extra support to help them come
The theme park, in Staffordshire, will be closed again tomorrow
An inquest has opened into the death of a Derby born woman
who died from crush injuries in France.
Stephanie Turtle was found underneath a car.
She had moved to live in a village, north of Toulouse.
Derbyshire Police say her husband has been charged with her murder.
The hearing at Derby Coroner's Court has been adjourned
Next tonight a GP surgery in Leicestershire is the first
in the East Midlands to offer in-house kidney dialysis.
Carl Bicknelll used to face a round trip of two hours or more
Now it's being provided much closer to home.
The hope now is that more surgeries will follow suit -
as our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
The beauty of this surgery is it's just a ten minute Drive from Carl's
home. He used to have to make a two hour round trip three times a week
for his four a la dialysis sessions in Loughborough. Is a huge
difference in travel, time. Having to go to Loughborough was such a big
Carl is a single parent and six-year-old Kerry may did the
honours today opening the new dialysis centre. In means you will
see her dad more. When I first met Carl, history was very heart-warming
and the way that we normally deliver dialysis for patients in hospital
didn't fit of life at all. Most patients still have dialysis in
hospital. This is Michael at Kingsmill. Around two dozen patients
in the East Midlands have dialysis this way. The big machine does the
work of a small kidney, removing toxins from the East Midlands, more
may follow is it. I don't think every practice could offer this, but
there are plenty of practices now that work at a larger scale that
could offer something along these lines. Carl is the first patient to
use the facility which is at the Heath Lane surgery. They reckon up
to 20 more people with kidney failure could also use it. The next
one is to get one fitted at home. That would be even better, to be
honest. But what they have done the Avenue has been brilliant, it really
A Derby man who raised tens of thousands of pounds to pay
for cancer treatment in Germany has lost his fight against
Dominic Bergin was just 34 and had been diagnosed
He was determined to try revolutionary treatment abroad,
Friends and family raised over ?100,000
through his Do It For Dom fundraising appeal.
He passed away just two weeks after marrying his partner Robyn.
Organisers of Leicester Pride say they're thrilled they've now got
funding for this years event to go ahead.
There were fears the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival
would be cancelled due to a lack of money.
But De Montfort University has put forward ?10,000 to make
A 99-year-old war veteran has been presented with
Don Sutton received the Legion d'Honneur to mark his part
in the liberation of France in the Summer of 1944.
Don was presented with the medal by the French Consul
in the East Midlands at a presentation ceremony earlier today.
I was there too and Don told me it was an incredibly
He already has an impressive collection of medals to mark his
Today, 99-year-old Don Sutton was awarded
We would not be in this room if it was not for your courage,
He received the highest distinction France can
In a special ceremony at Gedling Civic Centre, the French
consul to the East Midlands made the
Don, what does this honour mean to you today?
It means that France has appreciated what we did for them at the time.
I was so proud to serve male country and helped
to liberate France, which
I think that's an understatement, Don, yes.
Don, who celebrated his 99th birthday last
Friday, volunteered to have entered the Army in 1937.
He served in the North Somerset Yeomanry and is
probably one of the last few who fought on horseback in World War II.
Don fought back tears as the speakers described
how he served across Europe and Africa.
And how he and his unit were part of the D-Day landings.
We would not be here if it was not for the sacrifice of him and
The Legion d'Honneur, in a summary, is a thank you.
It's an expression of gratitude of the French people and
all our generation for what Don has done.
It's been a very emotional day for you today.
It was a moving ceremony with a simple sentiment. You are a living
witness to the history you wrote on our soil that we will not forget.
Thank you. It has been a very emotional day for you today.
Not the sort of story we usually cover.
And as a 99-year-old, not a young chicken any more!
Not the sort of story we usually cover.
But this is different, because this sheepdog has disappeared
with her constant companion - an orphaned lamb called Bella.
Do you have anything that can trump that? I might do, the crickets.
On the way, one of the most successful sports teams we have
But let's round up the news first starting with Leicester City And
the Foxes are facing a bit of an injury crisis -
midfielder Danny Drinkwater will be out for the last three games
of the season, and defender Wes Morgan is also struggling
and will miss their game against Manchester City at the weekend.
And a new contract for Nottingham Forest Captain Chris Cohen.
He's fought his way back from injury, scored one of the goals
that kept Forest in the Championship and is now staying for another year.
Now one of the East Midlands most successful sports teams head
to London's famous o2 Arena this weekend but here's the thing -
you might not have even heard of them!
They're the Nottingham Wildcats and are the best women's
Charlie Slater caught up with them before Sunday's big game.
# And you can hit 'em low, hit 'em low.#
With the league title already sewn up and a second
straight final at the O2 arena ahead of them,
Nottingham Wildcats are having a ball.
When you go there for the first time, you're so in awe of
everything that's going on around you that you almost forget to enjoy
So this time, I'm really excited just to go there, to take
everything in, just to enjoy the moment.
So this is where the Wildcats call home, but there's
going to be a big difference between playing in front of a couple of
hundred here and a few thousand at the O2 Arena on Sunday.
We have been to this situation for the past few
This is our third time being there and we haven't been
So, you know, we are really motivated to make sure that
How are the nerves going into the game on Sunday?
I mean, they're a fine right now, but
I think I will take up my rightful place on the bleachers.
You should have rolled your sleeves up.
So back to the stands for me, but back to
the O2 Arena for Britain's best women's basketball team.
And more Basketball tomorrow, because Leicester's Riders
are the best men's team in the country and they'll be
at the 02 in their play-off final on Sunday too.
We'll be at home with the coach, who's given them
In Cricket, Notts Outlaws are playing Durham in
But, trust me, forget about the score - what you really
But look where it went. as you like six from Alex Hales.
Also clean as you like, straight through the window
of the BBC Radio Nottingham commentary box, where it's scooped
And now, admit it, you want to hear the commentary too.
It's coming into our commentators edition and
Don't throw it back yet, let me get a picture.
I guess you probably do want to know the score too.
Alex Hales 104 and Chris Read's lightning 61 helping
They have got Durham 28-2 just a few months ago off nine overs, but
nothing while top that. Did he have to draw that back? Yes. We are
disappointed he didn't catch it. Good job the window was open.
The search for a missing collie dog and a lamb,
apparently the best of friends, has gone viral on the internet.
The orphaned lamb called Bella, and Blake her sheepdog friend
disappeared from a garden at Perlethorpe in
Their owner's plea for help to find her missing pets has attracted more
than half a million hits to the BBC's news page and an online
appeal's been shared more than 12,000 times.
Theirs is a special friendship. Their like a lamb and Blake, a young
border Collie have been inseparable since the young you arrived at the
family home. We have had Blake since he was a puppy. He is merely one. We
have had their lower than she was two days old, but she is five weeks
now. They had it straightaway and became the best of friends. They
were bid to pull together, it was very nice city. They disappeared
from the garden in Nottinghamshire Monday. 24 hours after they went
missing, the pair were spotted here. Woodlands about one mile from their
dropping about one mile from where dropping about one mile from where
we live now. It was a couple of minutes away from the siting of them
both together, is that is quite positive. The family had turned to
social media for help finding their pets. An online appeal has been
showed more than 12,000 times and the BBC News Paes has had more than
half a million hits. I can't believe how maybe blood pooled together and
liked and share it and got the word out. -- how many people. People
joining up and getting together and forming search parties. They are
also offering a reward of ?1000. They are confident it would be too
long before Bella and Blake returned to them. Oh, hopefully. If ever a
story needed a happy ending. Fingers crossed.
The details of the search for Bella and Blake are on our Facebook page -
If you think you can help find the inseparable
And let's hope they are home again soon.
We have a bit of a change on the way. Today, dry and bright, but on
the way tomorrow and the next few days, more humid. This morning
police actuated in the dry and bright start, but we have seen more
in the way of cloud creeping up from the south as we move through the
day. Bright intervals and sunny spells in there, but a cloudier end
to the day. Tomorrow is where we see this shift to something a bit
worried humid. Sunny spells and one or two potentially thundery showers.
This is why it will be humid. Dragging up there is a from the
south and that will settle in through tomorrow and Saturday.
Putting the detail on the map through this evening and overnight
fairly cloudy. A few clear spells, most of us staying dry. The risk of
one or two isolated showers, temperatures not falling. Tomorrow,
a fairly cloudy start of the day. A band of rain pushing up quite
quickly to the north-east. Quite patchy and heavy. Clothes and
breaking, 102 isolated showers to look out for it through the
afternoon. Don't take the map to literally. It could be thundery.
Temperatures 19 Celsius. Humid with that southerly wind. Saturday will
quilt fight humid, plenty of cloud around. Showers to look out for.
This weather front overnight into Sunday will bring rain and also
introduced a bit of a fresher feel by Sunday. Sony 's bells and one or
two isolated and potentially thundery showers on Sunday. A bit of
a shift on the way as we move through the next few days. Miles and
humid cabbages, but potentially heavy showers to look out for. Thank
you so much.