Capital Reports: East Midlands News

22 September 2017, 11:56


Find out what's going on in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester

Derby Taxi Drivers Won't Have To Take Tests 

English, maths and IT tests for taxi drivers in Derby said to be the equivalent of GCSEs have been scrapped by the City council.

The exams were withdrawn last night after ten months after concerns some might not be able to pass them.

They were part of license renewals - but the authority says it's rescinded them after feedback from stakeholders.

New Films Shown To Leicester Pupils To Stop Radicalisation

New videos have been made to help school children in Leicester talk about extremism and radicalisation.

Those behind Re-think Radical say it's important that young people debate the issues around what can lead to terrorism, if it's going to be stopped.

It's been partly supported by the government's Prevent programme. 

East Mids Authorities Deal With Abuse

Police in the East Midlands, along with social services, have dealt with almost 350 child domestic abuse cases in the last year.

The figures from the NSPCC show it's a slight rise on last year -so are encouraging members of the public to pick up the phone if they have any concerns

Children Centres in Notts At Risk of Closure

Councillors on Nottinghamshire County Council have voted against protecting children's centres. 

Members of the labour group say the Conservative and Mansfield Independent representatives voted to look at closing some of the 58 across the county as part of budget reviews.

Eight Arrested On Suspicion Of Bomb Making In Leicester

Eight people are being questioned on suspicion of manufacturing explosives after two homes in Leicester were raided by police.

One of the men was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, when a 55-year-old was seriously assaulted in Daneshill Road early on Wednesday morning.

It was while officers searched the house that they found the items.

Leicestershire Police say there is no risk to the public and that it is not terror related.

Leicester Man Could Be Jailed In Dubai After Road Rage

A man from Leicester's could get 6 months in prison for sticking his finger up to a driver while on holiday in Dubai

It happened back in February but Jamil Ahmed Mukadam was arrested earlier this month when he returned to the country

Radha Stirling, the founder of Detained in Dubai, has told Capital the 23 year old didn't know about the allegations at the time. 

She's told us it's important to remember laws are incredibly different in the UAE to the UK and many other western countries:

People In Leicester Asked How To Deal With Aggressive Begging

Capital's been told aggressive begging's become such an issue in Leicester, the city council is asking for people's ideas on how to tackle it.

50 people are said to be doing it in the city, with around 15 at any one time in the city centre. 

Paul West is homeless, and begs, although he's told Capital many don't ask people:


Ex-Nottingham Trent Uni Student Talks To Capital After Mexico City Quake

At least 20 children are among more than 200 people who have been killed by an earthquake in Mexico.

Dozens of buildings, including a school were flattened in the country's capital city when the quake struck.

It measured 7.1 in magnitude.

Vanessa Buendia who went to uni in Nottingham and trained as a journalist lives in the capital Mexico City. She's told Capital it was SO scary:

1 in 4 EMAS Staff Take Time Off For Stress

Capital's been told almost a quarter of East Midlands Ambulance Service staff took time off last year for stress.

Figures show 23% of staff took days off in the year to April, which is the highest number for an ambulance trust in the UK.

Chaplain Kevin Charles supports paramedics at the service and says it's mostly down to pressures they face:

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