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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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A saleswoman who pressured an elderly couple into parting

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with their life savings was today told by a judge she'd made

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The judge was speaking as he gave Barbara Stone a 22-month

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suspended prison sentence after she admitted fraud.

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The case was part of the biggest investigation ever led by

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the East Midlands Trading Standards team into cold calling,

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which has seen another ten people prosecuted for fraudulent trading.

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Franny Moyle has spent years fighting for

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John and Olga Moyle were in their 80s when they became

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Working for Leicester-based Aspire magazine, she cold-called Mr Moyle

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in 2010, persuading him to place a rental ad for their

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It was the start of a 10-month campaign of harassment

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which ultimately saw the couple lose the home they shared for 50 years.

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It's quite clear to me that Barbara Stone targeted him.

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She put him under a huge duress, calling him daily, harassing him.

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Between January and October, she was managing to secure ?8,000

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At this stage, John Moyle was nursing his dying wife

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Despite repeatedly pleading for the ads to stop,

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Stone took ?73,000 from his account, promising that nonexistent sponsors

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What did they ever get out of all this money

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We didn't get a single booking for the house.

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Franny then discovered her father had also been conned out of another

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?30,000 by a separate publishing group, Derby-based Wyvern Media,

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When they realised they'd lost everything, and the house

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they lived in all their life, it was a moment of great trauma.

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My father, of course, was a broken man.

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My mother was ever so brave, and she put the house on the market.

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But within about a month of the house going on the market,

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In 2011, the East Midlands scambusters team

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It was to become the biggest case they'd ever handled.

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In 2012, they raided nine Wyvern Media offices.

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They discovered thousands of customers were pressured into buying

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And in October last year, ten people were sentenced to a total

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62-year-old Barbara Stone has previously pleaded guilty

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Her other victim was a dogs' charity in Shropshire, which lost ?14,000.

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Nottingham Crown Court was told Mr Moyle was at his wit's end,

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pleading for the ads to stop, drowning in a sea of paper,

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The judge, Stuart Rafferty QC, said John and his wife, Olga,

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He sentenced Stone to a 22-month suspended prison

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sentence and he told her, "You directly made

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The court was told Stone had apologised, but today

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Do you want to say anything to your victims, Barbara Stone?

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Do you think you should apologise to your victims?

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Earlier I spoke to James Delaney from the team that

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I asked him if the elderly were typical targets

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In this case, as in so many others, elderly people are being targeted.

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In terms of the entire investigation, we have successfully

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had 15 and a half years of custodial sentences handed down which we are

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happy with. The result today may be a slight disappointment that we did

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not see custodial sentences. This was a horrendous case, as we have

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heard. What good could come of this trial? Hopefully, it will encourage

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people to come forward if they feel that they've been victimised in this

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type of scam. It sends a strong committees to any businesses who

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pursue a line of fraudulent behaviour and activity, targeting

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consumers and businesses. Will be victims of get rated? There is

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ongoing investigation. Since the sentencing back in October, we have

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successfully recovered over ?100,000 which will be given back to the

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victims of the case. There continues to be an ongoing investigation, so

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we hope that further money will come forward to pay back some of those

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victims. Thank you. The NHS has announced it's to start

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a 16-week-long public consultation into controversial plans to end

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children's heart surgery The news came on the day a petition

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AGAINST the closure, was handed into Downing Street

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by local MPs and campaigners. Our Political Editor

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Tony Roe reports. The strength of feeling

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of a community, delivered In the days of e-petitions,

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where it's easy to add your name from your front room,

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these red boxes contained over The couriers were East Midlands MPs,

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Labour and Tory, and campaigners fighting against closure -

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including mothers who have seen for themselves

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what the heart unit can do. He had heart-saving surgery

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at five months old. While we were in there,

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they didn't just operate on him, The care while you're

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there is amazing. I just think it would be

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a travesty if they shut it. There is absolutely no reason

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on God's earth to close this unit, It has the best outcomes

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for children, probably Two hours before the petition

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was handed in, NHS England, which wants to close the congenital

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heart unit, open the public Campaigners now know

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the real fight starts here. I would say to anybody watching

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this programme who wants to save children's heart surgery

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at Glenfield - get involved, come along to Leicester Tigers

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on March the eighth between 6-8pm Make sure your views

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and voices are heard. Campaigners will be on the march

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again this weekend in Leicester, The key now is to get

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the decision-makers to take There will be a public

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consultation exercise, which runs until June,

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and key politically is the fact that this has the backing of both

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conservative and Labour MPs It's believed that a large fire

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at a derelict building near Leicester city centre

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was started deliberately. The blaze at the former Corah

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textiles factory broke out It spread to a car dealership

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across the road damaging A number of roads were closed

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as dozens of firefighters Fire officers say the buildings

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will have to be demolished. Tributes have been paid

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to the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Sir Peter Mansfield,

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who has died aged 83. He invented the MRI scanner

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at the University of Nottingham and continued to develop

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the technology Quentin Rayner looks

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back on his life. For someone who failed his 11-plus

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and was told as a teenager that science wasn't for him,

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Sir Peter Mansfield's Nobel Prize He received it for his work 40

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years ago, developing MRI scanner technology

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at the University of Nottingham. Back then he couldn't be

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completely sure it was safe The worst thing that could have

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happened would be a cardiac arrest. Working alongside Sir Peter

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then was his Ph.D. Student, Peter Morris, who is carrying

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on the pioneering research He expected things

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to happen quickly. We've lost the rock on which MRI

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was founded, and the whole world MRI scanners are now commonplace

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in major hospitals across the world. They've helped save thousands

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of lives by diagnosing cancers far One is looking at poor quality

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images and trying to understand If there is a problem, then it

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stands up very, very clearly. It's nice to hear that there

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is still some interest. Not just locally, but that there

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are some interests in MRI Few people's lives leave

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such a legacy on others. Football now and Nottingham Forest

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announced earlier tonight that interim manager Gary Brazil

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will take charge of the club Brazil and his assistant Jack Lester

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have been given the job on a permanent basis

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until the summer. Brazil replaces Phillippe Montanier,

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who was sacked last month. That's your news, so

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it's goodbye from me. But with your weather

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now, here's Sara. We have the cold easterly winds with

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us at the moment and an ice warning as well. The gritters have been

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working hard this evening and we have issued an eye watering --

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warning and the showers will continue and into tomorrow. The grey

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day-to-day. -- a grey day today. It will be a cold and frosty start to

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the day and the night-time temperature in rural areas will be

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-2 macro. Other just around freezing within towns and cities. Snow

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flurries continue through the morning gun into the afternoon

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tomorrow, so it will be a very cold day. The winds, from a North East

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direction. The daytime temperature is no higher than three Celsius. It

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could be interesting on Friday night into the early part Saturday. We

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will see a fewer showers coming in from the North Sea and as they come

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in, they will meet with cold air and have the potential to produce a

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little more snow at times for the other part of Saturday morning. By

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the afternoon, reverting back to rain. I will now leave you with the

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outlook and in a moment, the national weather.

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sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday will turn a bit less cold again. All

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the way up seven Celsius.

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