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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.