23/11/2017 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for

the East Midlands.

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I'm Elise Chamberlain.

Good afternoon.

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Nottinghamshire man

who was conned out of £200,000

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in an online scam

is sharing his story to try to stop

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other people falling

victim to fraudsters.

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The man, who wants

to remain anonymous,

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has lost his home and pension.

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He's working with

Nottinghamshire Police to raise

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awareness of online fraud.

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Sarah Teale reports.

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It started out as a

friendship forged online.

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The Nottinghamshire man,

who we are calling Simon to

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protect his identity, began chatting

to a woman called Dora.

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He fell for her sob story

that her father had

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died being awarded gold

from a mine in Ghana

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where he had worked

and the

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only way to release the gold

was to pay security costs.

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Simon paid up.

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Over the space of three years,

he ended up giving the

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fraudsters £200,000.

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I was pretty upset with myself

for getting caught out, really.

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I'd go five or six

days without eating.

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And then I plunged into depression.

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Now I fully understand

how people could take

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their own lives because of shame,

embarrassment or just the fact that

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all the money has

been taken from them.

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When Simon eventually realised he'd

been scammed, he went to the

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bank and the police.

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He is now working with

Nottinghamshire Police

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to stop other people becoming

the victims of online fraudsters.

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I think we've seen

an increase in this

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type of crime over the last

few years in connection

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with the use of the internet.

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Never send any money

over the Internet.

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We simply do not know

who these people are.

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I think that would

be our best advice.

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Simon has lost his pension,

half a house that he

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owned with a relative,

and other savings.

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But I have the strength to say

to myself, "I need to get out of

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this and dust myself

down and move on."

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There was a big increase

in the number of people dying over

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last winter in the East Midlands

partly because the flu jab failed

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to protect the elderly enough.

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Over 3,000 more people died

between December and March,

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compared to the summer months.

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Our health correspondent

Rob Sissons is here.

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How big was the rise

in deaths last year?

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In our region in the last year it

was far worse than the year before

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with the number of excess deaths up

50%. That is called the excess death

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figure for winter. Across England

and Wales, the total last winter was

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more than 34,000 excess deaths.

We're up on the year before. In the

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East Midlands, in our region there

were 3200 excess deaths. The bulk of

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those were down to respiratory

problems.

Can anything be done?

This

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has prompted some campaigners to

press for more help with pensioners

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in fuel poverty. Particularly making

sure they have the flu jab. There

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was a strain last year that the

vaccine didn't offer people enough

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protection against. This year we are

told that the movie much better

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match. The East Midlands has the

third highest number of deaths. The

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reasons aren't clear, but poverty,

the population and the legacy of

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industrialism are all likely to be

factors.

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factors.

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Nottingham's bid to become

the 2023 European Capital

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of Culture appears to be over

after the European Commission stated

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the UK will not be

able to take part.

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The city submitted its

proposals earlier this

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year, with the winner expected to be

announced next week.

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But the commission says,

with Brexit due in 2019,

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the selection process should

be immediately discontinued.

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The city council's meeting this

lunchtime to discuss the decision.

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They hope the situation can be

resolved after liaising with the

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Government.

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Government.

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A main road in Derby

was closed for four hours this

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morning following a serious crash.

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It happened on Warwick Avenue

in Littleover, at the Manor Road

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junction, at around six fifteen.

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Three cars were involved.

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Amazingly, two people escaped

with non life-threatening injuries.

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Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Plans to build a series

of massive warehouses on a business

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park in South Leicestershire

are being discussed tonight.

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Two developers have submitted

proposals which would see Magna Park

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near Lutterworth double in size.

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But campaigners say the site's

already big enough.

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Giles Taylor reports.

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Along the busy A five in

Leicestershire it

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sets Magna Park. New plans have been

submitted for expansion. Residents

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are unhappy.

It means we will lose

about 800 acres of farmland and

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those will be covered in the large

warehouses that will be much higher

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than the existing warehouses on

Magna Park. It means they will bring

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additional traffic, not just HG

views, but lots of commuter Tracker.

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The proposals are into sections of

the northern side. Builders say if

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approved, it will bring thousands

more jobs to the area, but for those

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living in the nearby villages, it is

a step too far.

We are going to be

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covered and overrun with warehousing

and I reckon we are going to have a

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surplus.

There is so much interest

in tonight 's meeting that the

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council has hired out an aircraft

hangar to host it. Meanwhile, they

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and the developers have told us they

will not be commenting until its

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conclusion. In the last few minutes,

one of the two developers have

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issued a statement saying it will

continue to work with the local

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community to mitigate any effects.

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It's known for its bustling market

and history, but Newark and the

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surrounding area is now winning

praise for growth and innovation.

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The local authority has been

nominated for Council of the Year

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for investing in a number of

projects including the brand-new

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£7 million council

house in the town.

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A place of growth

and a place of development -

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two of the reasons a Nottinghamshire

local authority has been nominated

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for the title Council of the Year.

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Newark and Sherwood District

Council's invested heavily

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in the town centre and,

it appears to be paying dividends.

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Geeta Pendse is in Newark Market

place and can tell us more.

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Good afternoon, Geeta.

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The local Government Chronicle

awards are a bit like the Oscars for

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local authorities and network and

District Council have been nominated

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in arguably the most prestigious

category which is council of the

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year. What have they done to deserve

this nomination? -- Newark.

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It's known for its bustling market

and history, but Newark and the

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surrounding area is now winning

praise for growth and innovation.

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The local authority has been

nominated for Council of the Year

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for investing in a number of

projects including the brand-new

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£7 million council

house in the town.

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Very significant change.

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Previously, we were three

miles out of work in a

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very old, grade one listed building,

a completely different environment

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for the staff to work in.

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But it's part of our

overall investment in

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the district.

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Over the last three years,

we have invested in a new

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leisure centre, in the National

Civil War Centre, and all of those

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activities - our investment

in the community, investment

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in the economy of the community,

are designed

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to save money for our

council taxpayers.

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And it seems the business committee

has noticed a change, too.

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I just see that the town is getting

more and more vibrant all the time.

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There are more and more events

happening, more initiatives coming

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from the council about how can

we encourage visitors

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to come into the town?

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And how can we make the town

that the best it possibly can?

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And all those opportunities then

transfer into good business.

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The council will find

out next year if

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they've convinced judges at the

local Government Chronicle awards

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that they are the best

in the country.

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Now, it's time to take

a look at today's weather forecast.

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Now, it's time to take

a look at today's weather forecast.

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Alex, how's it looking?

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It's looking quite cloudy this

afternoon, but very time this

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morning we had bright blue skies,

but that cloud is already starting

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to increase. Breezy and the Isa

buyers packed tightly together, but

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drifting further apart is go through

this afternoon. -- isobars. Just the

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odd patches of showers this

afternoon, but mostly dry and highs

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around ten is obvious. Overnight

tonight, conditions continuing. --

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10 Celsius. 0 Celsius in rural

spots. Frost particularly in the

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countryside. Lows of three or 4-mac

Celsius in towns and cities.

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Tomorrow, starting bright but a few

are out and about in the sunshine,

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make sure you wrap up warm. I will

leave you with the outlook. Not

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looking to that of the because of

the weekend, some showers, sunshine

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and quite chilly, so do make sure

you wrap up warm.

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That's all from your lunchtime team.

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Anne and Dominic will be back

with East Midlands Today at 6:30pm.

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Goodbye.

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