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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.


Our top story tonight: The care worker accused of


mistreating elderly residents. Dawn Denise Heaney is accused of ill-


treating people in their 80s and 90s at this Leicestershire care


home. Also tonight, a despicable crime.


The street where a woman was burgled as she lay dying upstairs.


Plus, made in the East Midlands. The surprising truth about our


And after the sun, the rain. But are the prospects any brighter for


our farmers? Noah Kayto. The rain is no use. It will just be a


Good evening and welcome to Wednesday's programme.


Dawn Denise Heaney should have been caring for the people in her care


but a court's been told she slapped one 93-year-old woman in a


wheelchair and forced chocolate into the mouth of an another


elderly patient. She's accused of ill-treating pensioners at a


residential care home in Loughborough, charges she denies.


Jo Healey reports from Leicester Crown Court.


It is claimed Dawn Denise Heaney, a senior care worker insulted of


residents call up --, calling one moment a witch, and a larger lady,


Moby Dick. The care home manager at the time told the jury called one


male resident who had a disabled back the Hunchback of Notre Dharm


and insulted another elderly lady crews incontinence pads needed


changing. Dawn Denise Heaney is accused of ill-treating three


people at this care home in the Leicestershire village of Wymeswold


between August 2009 and March last year when she was suspended. She


denied all the charges. She said I would never do that. She denied


slapping a male Alzheimer's patient who has done -- described as


challenging and said that he had stabbed his knife near her finger


and torn her glove. She was shocked and frightened, but she said she


wasn't angry. She also denied forcing chocolate into the mouth of


and 81-year-old woman with dementia. She said, if I had tried putting


chocolate in her mouth, she would have picked my fingers and I would


probably have had a kick. She denied slapping a 93-year-old woman


on the head and said the headrest of the wheelchair came up to here.


A my accusations are that she put vinegar and excessive sugar into


tea. The defence claimed the allegations were part of a witch


hunt by other staff and the trial continues.


Next this evening, police are hunting a callous burglar who broke


into the home of a dying woman to steal whatever he could. Officers


have described it as a sickening crime which has left the family


extremely shocked. Our reporter James Roberson has been following


the story and joins us now from Braunstone in Leicester.


Good evening. Good evening. The burglary took


place in one of the houses here in Braunstone. That was in the early


hours of last Saturday morning. The police say the Berkeley victim, an


elderly woman, had been ill for some time and on the night of the


incident, her relatives were with her as she was not expected to live


through the night. At about 12:20PM, a burglar or burglars broke into


the house and while the relatives were upstairs, the burglars took


various items from downstairs, including car keys, and Apple iPad


computer, some cash, a flat-screen TV, and another Powell book laptop


computer. Just after the elderly lady passed away, the relatives


came downstairs in their grief, to find they had also been burgled.


They were absolutely distraught and their grief was compounded by this


burglary. And, of course, the lady died shortly after this. That's


correct. Therefore, we appealed for anybody that knows anything, that


was in the area of the night of the incident, and if anyone has been


offered any property, the property I have mentioned, if they could


come forward, we help - what we hope people can help us because it


has been a devastating crime. police cannot say whether the


elderly victim was deliberately targeted returns have made it was


opportunistic, but if people have information, people should ring


Thank you. James Robison, batting at the rain.


Still to come in the programme: An exclusive chat with departing


Nottingham Forest talisman Robert Earnshaw.


And the wheels of industry keep turning. We uncover some positive


Two men who sold tickets for the Beijing Olympic Games, tickets that


didn't actually exist, have been told they face jail after being


found guilty of a �5 million scam. 10,000 people paid up to 48 times


the ticket price on a fake website, but not a single ticket was sent


out. Among the victims were the parents of the swimmer Rebecca


Adlington. Quentin Rayner reports. Standing up to salute a Great


Britain balls new heroin... It was a double Olympic moment that her


parents were robbed of seeing, almost. They saw her winning the


800 metres freestyle through the help of a journalist after they'd


been scanned in their original ticket application. I was a


inconsolable, I think. Then it turns to anger. Because you want to


know why they have had your money. Six months have gone by. Had they


rocked us -- will rob us of not being able to see it, my feelings


would have been stronger. They paid in advance through a website. They


had sold �2 million worth of tickets which it failed to supply


or provide refunds for, citing the collapse of a ticket supplier. The


money was used to fund the extravagant lifestyle of those


behind the scare. This is the warning for other people that might


want to buy tickets off websites. The authorities will go after these


people. They should be sufficient protection for people like that.


They shouldn't be allowed to do... The huge numbers, it is despicable.


Because they paid with a credit card, they got their money back and


they also have the comfort of knowing they have definitely got


the tickets for the 800 metres final in 2012.


The spokesman for the parents of Madeleine McCann says he's spoken


to detectives investigating the phone hacking scandal because he


believes his mobile phone may well have been targeted by national


newspaper journalists. Clarence Mitchell says he believes his


mobile may have been accessed in 2008, when there was huge media


interest in the McCanns, who are from Rothley in Leicestershire.


Their daughter went missing in Portugal in 2007. Mr Mitchell says


he may have been a victim. Kate and Gerry McCann haven't been targeted.


It was happening at the height of the story. I have to assume, I


would be naive if I didn't, but who it was or what paper, I have no


idea and I am not pointing the finger at anybody.


A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Loughborough man.


Andrew Smith, who's 39 and from the town, assaulted Nitu Babu Das, also


from Loughborough, following a row on the street where Smith lived.


Smith will have to serve a minimum of 22 years.


300 knives have been stolen from an outdoor equipment company in


Nottinghamshire. The blades, which included survival, military,


hunting and fishing knives, were taken from Kids Camo Kit in


Mansfield Woodhouse at some point between Monday evening and


yesterday morning. They're worth around �12,000.


Next tonight, a new twist in the saga over the future of Britain's


last train-builder. A trade union is claiming that the German company,


which beat Bombardier in Derby to a lucrative government contract, is


now trying to recruit some of its staff. Meanwhile, the Prime


Minister has said there is no chance of a U-turn over the


Thameslink deal. Simon Hare reports. Work goes on at Bombardier in Derby.


Even though the long-term future looks bleak. Yesterday came news of


1,400 job losses after Siemens beat it to the Thameslink contract for


1,200 new carriages. And, today, one of the main unions at the plant


claimed that Siemens has made approaches to try and recruit


Bombardier staff. My concern about it has to be it is the 21st century


equivalent of the brain drain. These people ought pre-tax in this


country, and provide to the growth estimates -- gross domestic product


to this country. Siemens declined to comment on the claims, but did


confirm it does currently have vacancies for skilled engineers.


During Prime Minister's Questions today, the Derby South MP Margaret


Beckett called on David Cameron to support Bombardier's bid to set up


a new academy in the UK to train the workers needed for the next


generation of high-speed trains. But he ruled out a U-turn on the


Thameslink contract. procurement process was designed


and initiated by the government of which she was a part. I have to say,


we are bound by the criteria they set out amount we have to continue


with the decision made according to that criteria. Separately, we are


setting up to ask the question, what more can we do with in the


current rules to make sure we boost manufacturing in our country?


with hopes of a re-think fading, fears of even more job losses at


Yesterday's announcement from Bombardier may give the impression


that there's no hope for manufacturing here in the East


Midlands. But that's far from the truth. According to the Office of


National Statistics, the value of the region's economic output was


�77 billion in 2009. And about 16%, or �12 billion, a year of that came


from manufacturing. But just like every other part of the country,


the largest contribution to the economy comes from property,


renting and business industries. World class products flight out of


this region. In the case of Raul Royce air engines, quite literally.


One it may be true that manufacturing industries have


declined, the all-important research and development aspects


often remain right hip in the East Midlands. With the recent opening


of the high-tech centre by Speedo with hundreds of people in


Nottingham. Our companies keep a low profile often as they take, the


competition. Take this company, since 1831, they have been making


high quality materials. It now designs technical textiles for a


range of high-performance markets, including the aerospace, military


and automotive industries. And the sweet sound of success continues to


ring for film-makers John Taylor which has been operating the


largest bell foundry and the world in Loughborough for more than 200


years. Here is another manufacturing success story. A firm


from Nottinghamshire that is a giant in the world of what is


called tear tape. It is a company that is celebrating its one


They call this tear tape. They make and sell a lot of it here. Enough


in a year to go around the world's circumfrence 700 times. It's used


to help you open things like packets of buscuits. I asked Simon


Wildash from the company to explain. This is one of our more standard


tapes of which we produce many millions of kilometres a year. You


will see it on a lot of packaging. Here we have a new product which we


are just sold to Brazil. They like their crackers in Brazil say this


is a wide we take which is used for promotions. It means the brand


owner does not have to replace their packaging and can put it on a


variety of different products. made here by Payne at Gilbrook in


Nottinghamshire, by a firm that was started 100 years ago. Other uses


of the tear tape include anti- counterfeit security. It's a


business with a turnover of �50 million a year. Although this is a


success story, on the shop floor there's a feeling that some parts


of the manufacturing sector need a boost. We are probably the


exception to the rule. We have been treated very well here. We


fortunately have a product which seems to work really well. I think


this last couple of weeks, especially with the situation, the


government is not helping whatsoever. These companies are


striving to battle on to get through. The company designs its


own products on site and has won a Queen's Award for enterprise for


inovation and international trade. It exports 95 per cent of what it


makes. We may have had a few showers over


the last 24 hours, but they've done little to help farmers who are


struggling to cope with a water shortage. In parts of Lincolnshire,


a drought declared by the Environment Agency remains in place.


We've been back to a farm near Grantham where, a month on, the


situation is looking even worse. Carol Hinds reports.


We first met Richard Coney last month. He farms a variety of crops


and livestock near Grantham. Lincolnshire remains in drought and


so the Environment Agency has told him that he can't draw water from


the nearby Honington Beck to help irrigate his crops. The water is


running low so where we normally take it out of the river, six weeks


early we have been stopped from extracting. What little rain there


has been has simply disrupted the growth of this year's barley.


Through June, we got about 45 mm of rain. The damage has been done in


March, April and May. The crops could not grow properly. After the


drought of 1976, they built a small reservoir which holds 9 million


gallons of water. They've already had to use it to water their carrot


crops and there's a real fear that without more rain, it'll be dry by


August. We are already down to the last 3 million, which was about


twice round the carrots. By the beginning of August, we will be dry.


So August, September, we will struggle to have any water to


irrigate. The forecast for a return to dry weather in July will add


further pressure on water resources for farmers like Richard Coney.


Little wonder that he's praying for rain and lots of it.


Well, let us go to and at her with a desk to explain why Richard's


Farm is suffering. The reason why farmers like Richard


Coney are concerned is that after the driest spring in more than 20


years, we have also started the summer on a dry note. Across the


East Midlands, Derbyshire has faired the best with a rainfall


total of 73% of what is the average for June, Leicestershire had 67%


If we look at Met Office readings for Cranwell weather station, which


is closest to Richard Coney's farm in Grantham, they had 39.2mm of


rainfall during June. The average is 57mm, so 68% of what is expected.


Although we have taken a turn to more unsettled conditions this week


and we have some rain on the way, we are yet to see anything of


significance forecast for the time All the details coming up with your


weather later in the programme. Still to come on the programme -


does an army really march on its stomach? We'll be finding out, as


one of our radio presenters cooks Time for sport and we have an


exclusive chat with a special guest with us tonight.


Yes, Welsh international Robert Earnshaw joins us tonight to say


thank you and goodbye to Nottingham Forest. Earnie's spent three great


years in Nottingham and has scored some truly memorable goals but


tomorrow he'll return to Cardiff City, his home town club. We'll


chat to Earnie in just a minute, but first let's take a look back at


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Some great memories there. Why are you leaving eyes? To be honest,


looking back, I don't know why! Listen, I have enjoyed my time. At


the end of the day, for me, it is just time to go home. Go play for a


good club at home. But thank you, Nottingham Forest, because the past


few years I have had great feelings. When I look back on my career, I


had such a good time. So I can be thankful for that. Even some of the


well wishing from Forest fans in the last few hours since the


signing, it has been lovely. have had a lot of tweets recently.


A lot of fans had been asking if Forest did enough to keep you.


tried. The new manager has been very good. We sat down a couple of


weeks ago and taught about football and everything. I felt quite good


coming out of the meeting. But at the end of the day it was a case of,


do I want to go home and play football? The answer was yes. At


the end of the day, I would probably say Cardiff wanted me a


helluva lot more. What is your best memory at Forest and a message to


the fans? Message to the fans is easy - thank you very much, I have


had such a great time here enjoying my time. I hope I made a good


impression and they will smile looking back at some of the goals,


the same as me. It is as see you later more than a good buy. Thank


you so much, lovely to see you. So, goodbye to any but hello at


Leicester City to a new striker. David Nugent has been training with


his new team mates today and we'll be talking to him on the programme


tomorrow. Staying with football, and


Nottingham's Sophie Bradley made her first start for England in the


women's World Cup last night. Sophie, who works at a care home in


the city, was part of the team which beat Japan and qualified for


the quarter finals. Cricket now and Nottinghamshire's


Stuart Broad has responded to the critics who wanted him to be


dropped for today's one-day game against Sri Lanka. On his home


ground at Trent Bridge, the England all-rounder's taken his first


wickets of the series to put the tourists in trouble. Here's Ross


Fletcher. A moment of relief for a man under


real pressure. This was Stuart Broad's first one-day wicket since


the World Cup back in March. England have dominated in the field


against Sri Lanka - Broad's fellow Notts teammate Graeme Swann was


almost in the wickets - the closest of reviews going against him. Broad


then took his second wicket of the afternoon to remove Mendis - Sri


Lanka 174 all out with England well set to claim a victory. England and


45 the no wicket after six overs. In county cricket, Adam Voges will


stay with Nottinghamshire as their overseas player. Last night, Notts


booked themselves a home quarter final tie in the T20 with a ten-run


win at Worcestershire. This was the key wicket of Moeen Ali, despite


Chris Read making a bit of a hash of the run out. Notts are the first


team to qualify for the last eight. Leicestershire are also heading for


a home quarter final. A win tonight would virtually seal it.


Derbyshire's position in the quarter finals is in the balance.


That is all the sport on the night we say goodbye to Robert insure.


Goodbye from us as well! And now it's curry with a mission.


Yes, a mission to raise money for Marines. BBC Radio Nottingham's


Richard Spurr has been concocting in the kitchen and the curry he's


come up with will be raising money for our soldiers.


Food is a big passion of mine so I had been trying to come up with


something a bit more special to coincide with the Nottingham the


festival. -- the Nottingham food festival. I have been working with


the nd of the curry house here in Nottingham on a very special menu.


The proceeds will go to the war in -- the Royal Marine Commando find


for Marines who have just returned from active duty in Afghanistan. I


have gone for large chunks of chicken marinated in fresh and


dried spices along with a seafood curry with lobster tails and king


prawns. And my attempt at a fusion dish. Lobster is a very expensive


ingredient so you only use it on a holiday, but this is a special


occasion. We are raising money for some pretty special people. Now,


Lieutenant Chris, you are here representing the Royal Marines.


This is the fruit of our labours. This is the first time I have had


lobster in a curry. I give it 9.5 out of 10. Good enough for me! In


the many will be introduced to customers here tomorrow. -- the new


menu. Well, we can expect some quite


blustery spells overnight. Firstly, thank you to Sarah for this photo.


There is a bit of rain on the way, it is associated with a low


pressure that has been coming towards us for state -- for the day.


Showers turned persistent for a time before the brain it breaks up


and turns Sharif. It is quite breezy with a fresh, southerly wind.


Temperatures are quite bearable, 11 degrees is your minimum. Thursday


morning with sunshine and showers. Some of those showers could turn


heavy and boundary. -- thundery. A top temperature of 21 degrees. Low


pressure is firmly with us again on Friday. Some rain to start the day,


turning showery into the afternoon. But what about the weekend?


Saturday will be fairly dry, just the chance of one or two showers.


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