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This is East Midlands Today with Kylie Pentelow and Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight: The convicted killer released from
prison who went on to stab two neighbours to death.
This is self-styled angel of mercy, Andrew Dawson and these other flats
where he will two innocent men. is an evil man. He planned both of
these murders and planned to escape from the police.
Also, the crashers caused by a blind spot on foreign lorries and
the families left to grieve. We know we cannot bring my father
back. But what we would like to highlight is the prevention of
other families having to go through what we have suffered.
These massive turbines will be fully operational and the first
commercial wind farm in Leicestershire.
Fine out why this question, "do you want salt and vinegar on that".
Might be a thing of the past. Good Evening, welcome to Monday's
programme. First tonight, the convicted murderer who was released
to kill again. Andrew Dawson dubbed himself "the Angel of Mercy" after
stabbing two neighbours to death. He'd moved into their block of
flats in Derby just weeks before. Probation officials insist Dawson
was handled correctly and there was no indication he would commit
further murders. Simon Hare was at Nottingham Crown Court earlier
today when Dawson was sentenced. Good evening.
Andrew Dawson was today told by a judge that he'll serve the rest of
his life behind bars. He'd previously been released after
serving almost 30 for killing a man. Today he admitted two similar cold-
blooded murders. Committed while he was out on licence from prison.
This was the moment Andrew Dawson was arrested. He'd been traced to
Whitehaven in Cumbria. He jumped into the harbour but was eventually
pulled from the sea and a taser had to be used for him to be fully
restrained. He'd been named by Derbyshire police as the prime
suspect in the murder of his neighbour, 66 year old Dave
Matthews. Just hours after Dawson's arrest, police discovered the body
of a second man 58 year old, Paul Hancock, who'd been filmed by a
shop's security camera on the day he died. Both were found in the
bath at their separate flats at Waterford Drive in Chaddesden in
Derby last July. They'd been repeatedly stabbed. Andrew Dawson
had only moved into the same building just weeks beforehand.
Today he went on trial after denying murder, but changed his
pleas to guilty after hearing details of the case against him.
is a very evil man. He planned both of these murders. And he had
planned to escape from the police. He certainly made a lot of attempts
to destroy forensic evidence. Dawson's flat police discovered a
notebook which bore the impression of a letter he'd written confessing
to one of the killings and signed "Yours, the Angel of Mercy". As a
teenager, Dawson was given a life sentence in 1982 after admitting
the murder of an elderly man in his flat at Ormskirk in Lancashire,
where Dawson's originally from. He'd been released on licence from
Sudbury Prison in 1999, but was subsequently recalled to Nottingham
Prison three times. We always knew he was difficult. But there was
nothing in all of the years to indicate the things we heard in
court that he was planning to kill again. If When Dawson was arrested
he was armed with seven kitchen knives. He told psychiatrists he
felt driven to kill both men as he feared he was about to be recalled
to jail again for assaulting a previous landlord.
A final report into how Dawson was handled is due to be submitted on
Wednesday. It's expected to conclude all correct procedures
were followed. We heard that he later confessed to wanting to kill
someone at Markeaton Park in 2007 after being arrested But for the
families of Dave Matthews and Paul Hancock, several questions remain
and Dawson's full life sentence has come too late.
The Department for Transport today dismissed claims that it could
after all reopen a multi-million pound rail contract in favour of
the Derby-based train maker Bombardier. Documents leaked to a
national newspaper appeared to contradict the Prime Minister's
claims that his hands were tied on the issue.
The Prime Minister in South Africa today on a trade mission. Absent is
Colin Walton, the boss of Derby- based Bombardier. Although invited
to accompany the Prime Minister, he dropped out after a call from
Downing Street at the weekend. Could Bombardier's anger over
losing a government rail contract be the reason? Maybe this is
another reason? Department for Transport documents leaked to the
Daily Mirror appear to question David Cameron's assertion that he
was powerless to intervene. A clause in the original tender
document that awarded the contract to build new carriages for
Thameslink to Seimens rather than Bombardier, gives the government an
option to reconsider the deal. think they should be looking very
hard, particularly in light of the Mirror's article today. They should
be look very hard at awarding it to Bombardier because it means so much
to the local people. The Department for Transport, in a brief statement,
said the clause allowed only minor changes to the original contract
awarded to Seimens. But it's further ammunition for Derbyshire
MPs when they see the Prime Minister on his return from South
Africa. We need some confidence in Derby and if the Prime Minister
does a U-turn, it'll be the best U- turn he's ever made. 1400 jobs are
to go at Bombardier in Derby. The Thameslink contract and the very
future of Britain's last-remaining train makers is now to be
investigated by the influential Commons Transport Committee.
You're watching East Midlands Today, later: When cyclists and
pedestrians clash. We find out why the police are having to step in,
in what's supposed to be a bike- free zone.
The twin sister of a woman who was murdered in Australia says she had
expressed concern about her safety before her death. Sally Brooks died
on the day she was due to return permanently to Nottinghamshire with
her three children to begin a new life.
This is one of the last photos of Sally Brooks, taken in May visiting
her father in Stapleford who's very ill. Sally had decided to return
home so that her twin sister Alison could help bring up her three
children. For two and a half years she'd struggled as a single parent
and full time IT consultant having been married for ten years in
Australia. On July 1st, the alarm was raised when she failed to pick
up her children from school. She was found at her Melbourne home
with serious head injuries and died ten days later. I thought the last
of my twin sister was more than I could bear. But it was nothing
compared to seeing the faces of her children when they were told by the
police she had been deliberately hurt. Worse was to come when we saw
the three children crying hysterically by her bedside, trying
to wake her up. We know the meaning of heartbreak.
The family home was already sold and 48 year old Sally was selling
other household items via the internet. We're hoping to find
information from anyone who might have been in sales with the victim,
that might help with information as to who has done this.
During a news conference Alison said her sister had expressed
concerns about her safety and was asked how the childrens' father had
taken the news that she was returning to England. It was
eventually consented to after some difficulties.
Sally was described as an exceptional mother who lived for
her children. Her twin said she would forever be half instead of
whole. The family of a man who was killed
by a lorry driver say a special lens could have saved his life.
Michael Matthews from Burbage in Leicestershire died last year in a
crash on the M1. His wife was severely injured. His family say
the lorry driver couldn't see their car because of a blind spot as the
HGV was left-hand drive. Michael's widow spoke to our reporter, Helen
Astle. We had been together since I was 18
and I married when I was 19. He was just my best friend. Pat Matthews
talking about her husband, Michael. Last year they were making their
way home on the motorway when a left-hand drive lorry pulled into
the path of their car. Michael lost his life and Pat says she has been
given a life sentence for what has happened. A lorry driver, the
Czechs as Backley and national spend the next six months of his
life in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by driving
without due care and attention. dad was sideswipe, hit on the rear
bumper which spun the car around. The car spun several times and hit
the Embankment and it flipped the car over and landed on the roof.
The this was a left-hand drive a lorry, my steering wheel would be
here and my blind-spot would be over there and that is the problem.
Looking in that mirror, anyone driving along the right hands side
of the lorry, cannot be seen. In 2009, 18 people were killed by
foreign left hand lorries. That is one death every few weeks. The
family is launching a campaign to make it legal for all left hand
drive lorries to be fitted with a special lens which reduces the
blind-spot. If it saved somebody else's life, then we would be very
grateful. Something has got to be done. We cannot bring my father
back, but what we would like to highlight is the prevention of
other families having to go through what we have suffered. The family
is writing to the Prime Minister to highlight their campaign. Pat is
waiting for possible further surgery but says she will never
recover from what has happened. More former residents of a
children's home are to take legal action against two councils. 21
people now claim they were victims of physical and sexual abuse by
staff while they were at Beechwood Children's Home. The property on
Woodborough Road in Nottingham was owned and operated by the county
council up until 1998, when ownership transferred to the city
council. It was closed in 2006. The Government's announced that RAF
Cottesmore at Oakham is to be turned into an Army base. It was
the home of the Harrier aircraft until last year. Since March it's
been a satellite base to RAF Wittering near Stamford and it was
due to close next year. Now the Defence Secretary says after 2015
Cottesmore will house a major new army unit.
Police in Derby are hoping to speak to the victim of a stabbing later.
The 35 year old was attacked on Stanton Street in Normanton early
on Saturday morning. Officers say it looks like he was trying to
break up an argument. Police in Leicester were today
targeting cyclists who ride in pedestrian areas of the city.
Officers were in the New Walk area advising and encouraging cyclists
to use different routes, as Paul Bradshaw reports.
Can I stop you a moment? There's been a ban on cycling along
New Walk for many years. And today Police were enforcing the bye-law.
We are trying to let people know why we're here and to think from a
different perspective. To some cyclists, the restrictions seemed
unfair. I understand they have to police this so people can use it as
a pedestrian area but in other places they have cycle paths. But
lots of people agreed something has to be done. It is long overdue.
Some come down at a reasonable speed but sometimes you have to
jump out of the way. Quite a few pedestrians walk a bit so you can
understand where they come from. Become down here 20 miles an hour
it seems and it's obvious it is will accident waiting to happen.
At the end of the day the message to cyclists was clear - on your
bike! They divide communities - to some
beautiful, others a blot on the landscape. But one thing looks
certain - there will be more wind turbines in our region in years to
come. The government wants to produce 15% of UK energy from
renewable methods by 2020. At the moment it says only 3% of our
energy is generated this way. Well, in the first of a new series, Simon
Ward was given access to Leicestershire's first commercial
wind farm. Harnessing the power of nature is
not new, but a modern wind farm and turbine industry is in comparison
to this old windmill. But opinions are divided on the issue - should
refund them to benefit the environment? Or, are they a waste
of money and a blot on the landscape. Their numbers are
increasing across the East Midlands. This is the low spinning wind farm
near Gilmorton, Ashby magnet and Donson batters. It is the first in
the county and is due to be operational this summer. Graham
Jordan lives about 2.5 miles away and is convinced about the benefits
of the wind farm. I didn't find it difficult to become a supporter
because the people against it made such strong claims that were
clearly, they were myths and lies. Scientifically they are in
experienced. I know the science, that is why I took exception to it.
They put a poster outside my house and told me five miles from the
site, the whole area would be devastated. That is a very strong
term. The Blades are 125 metres high. The company behind the
project claims it will provide electricity for 5,000 homes.
Platforms block the view inside but this ladder reaches 80 metres up.
An escape plan shows a technician could throw themselves out when an
abseil type system in an emergency. Local environmentalists have been
keeping an eye on the development of this Leicestershire wind farm.
It is the way forward. Obviously they cost money to construct, but
in contrast to conventional power stations and installations, the
wind is free. It is inexhaustible, so it is an no-brainer.
everyone agrees. Local opponents failed to stop planning permission
being granted and they are still worried. You will read 12 things
and six of them will say there won't be any problems. You read
another six, No It's one not be fine it will be horrendous. Until
it is operational, you are living with a constant uncertainty.
Opponents say they are concerned about the health effects of noise
and so called flicker, when light comes through the turbines at
sunrise and sunset. We continue to campaign against them. At the
moment we are carrying out a health survey within the community to find
out how well the community is now and we were repeated in the year to
find out the detrimental effect the turbines have had on the health of
the community. In terms of bigger wind turbines, figures show there
are 13 Bills and operating in the region. But the scene is changing,
with 22 more large turbines given approval and many planning
applications in the pipeline. With the benefit of real experience, how
do people opposed to wind farms feel after some time? This is
Nottinghamshire, it went into operation towards the end of last
summer. This man and his wife can see it from their front garden and
say the turbines can occasionally be heard at night. I believe at a
125 metres from bottom to the top. I think myself overlooking the
village, further back they would have been better. But this lady
lives even closer to the turbines. I always think they can't build
underneath it and it preserves the countryside in that respect. I
cannot hear anything and the trees around me obscure a lot of them
anyway, although I can see them from to spring's aspects. --
different aspects. There is no perfect solution for energy at the
moment. Fossil fuel have their problems at the moment and wind
farms cannot give us everything. The battles will rage on but with
more wing turbines being given approval they are increasing
presence on our landscape. And tomorrow, we'll be talking to a
company which has designed a new type of off-shore wind turbine
system. It says it could double the amount of power generated by
existing off-shore wind farms. We have a wind of a new signing at
Nottingham Forest? Frustrated Forest fans can rest a
little easier this evening. The club have made their second signing
of the summer. It's former Manchester United, Middlesbro, West
Brom and Fulham midfielde,r Jonathan Greening. And Mark
Shardlow has been to meet him. is 32 and has been a substitute in
both Champions League and Europa League finals on the winner of the
Championship. Jonathan Greening is a Forest player. I am happy. I'm
glad it is all sorted now. It is nice it is sorted and I am here now
and ready to of rock and roll. is moving from a Premier League,
but once regular football and was impressed with the pitch. I have
known Steve McLaren a long time he was my assistant manager at
Manchester United and at Middlesbrough as my manager. When I
first spoke to him, he told me his aims and wanted to get this club
back into the Premier League. They have been close the last couple of
seasons and hopefully they can go that step further. It is definitely
the best league in the world. has played at the city Ground a
number of times. I scored four goals in the 8-1 victory with
Manchester United 4 star and he is hoping the look continues. He will
be training with his colleagues for the first time tomorrow.
Leicester City are looking for four more signings. The Championship's
big spenders are currently on a two -eek European tour. Natalie Jackson
has caught up with them in Stockholm.
We are in Sweden for Leicester City's ten-day tour. We have been
behind the scenes with the team and been up close and personal with the
owners and they say what goes on tour, stays on tour but we will
have all of the secrets in Sweden and East Midlands today some --
tomorrow. Meanwhile, Derby County are denying
reports they've approached Leicester about signing their
former skippe,r Matt Oakley. Derby start their more modest tour of the
north west of England tomorrow. Now, the revival of Donington Park
racing circuit continues with the first ever visit from the World
Touring Car Championships over the weekend. It's fast and tight racing
in cars that look almost like something you and I might drive.
But we don't drive them the way these guys do. As I found out in
some style from the Championship Leader.
Rob Huff is that man. The only Brit in the Championship and the
definite star of the weekend at Donington. With the World Touring
Cars now a key part of the parkland circuits programme. But what's it
really like to drive? Time to find out. It is a fantastic circuit. It
is Grace -- great for the racing. It will be close this weekend.
can see what you're thinking, not the Championship driver, but he
said he needed help. I will take you round the circuit and we will
get you fully kitted out. You can pretend you are a racing driver for
the evening. Just been whipped around the course, I have a
sneaking suspicion this might be scary.
4th here late braking. We have a 1.6 turbo engine, slick tyres,
massive brakes and a stiff suspension. You won't want to drive
this down your local high street. Matt was some braking, goodness me!
Hard on the brakes, third gear, second gear. That was all some. He
is the only Brits in it, and I can see why.
Amazing! As for the racing? Well, as dramatic as ever, with Rob Huff
taking two second places to maintain his Championship lead. And
highlighting the one bit of the experience I missed. It is a non-
contact sport. We are touring car drivers and won't shy of using the
bumpers. That is when it has entertaining. Yeah. Happy to stick
to what I did. Whatever the consequences personally. Hat hair.
In boxing, it was a brave effort, but Derby's Ovill McKenzie who we
featured last week, missed out on the British and Commonwealth light
heavyweight title. Mckenzie, from Derby, was beaten on points by Tony
Bellew in Liverpool. In cricket, the dates have been
announced for the Twenty20 quarter finals. Leicestershire will play
Kent on Saturday 6th August. Whilst Notts take on Somerset the
following day with an afternoon start. 1:45pm.
And a quick mention of an event at Braunston Leisure Centre in
Leicester tomorrow night. They've got both the England under 16
basketball team in action and a special game involving the medal
winners for the GB Special Olympic team. Well worth your support.
It's the usual question they ask when they're about to wrap your
fish and chips: "do you want salt and vinegar on that"? Well a
Leicester chip shop owner believes he's come up with a way of adding
vinegar without making your dinner soggy. Our condiments correspondent
Angelina Socci's been finding out more.
We all know what's it like, you buy your fish and chips, you get them
home and all the vinegar has soaked through to the paper. Well fear not
because this shop believes it's found a solution. Lefteris
Eleftheriou has been running his fish and chip shop on Welford Road
for the past 30 years. But recently decided to come up with a dry
alternative to vinegar. I have a friends who works in ingredients
and flavourings. I asked him about three years ago if it was possible
to do salt that tastes like Vennegoor. It took him three years
and we have had some samples. Eventually about a week ago he came
with a sample that tastes nice. This is the ingredient and here's
the science. It includes salt, sugar and dextrose and when
combined is supposed to taste like salt and vinegar. I think this is
the right combinations. The flavour is nice and you can taste the
vinegar. The salt and vinegar is the right combination. The dry
sprinkle contains one third less sodium than normal salt. But do
customers approve? It is quite nice All Star had to me it tastes lovely.
Better than soggy chips. You can taste the Vennegoor. Deathly taste
the salt, but it is not soft. don't like a lot of vinegar.
his customers seem happy, Lefteris is hoping that other places will
pick up on the idea. The shop is now busy developing the packaging
for the product and looking at ways to market it. Only then will they
know if it's really worth its salt And vinegar!
There was me thinking the height of sophistication was spray on vinegar.
Makes me want some fish and chips for my tea.
We thought we wouldn't see many showers in Nottingham but it has
rained very heavily within the last hour. One new arrival was captured
the of the day at the marina. We have a few showers with us at the
moment and as you might get more prolonged period of rain during the
early part of this evening. Gradually we will see the showers
diminishing. There won't go away totally overnight. If you will come
back in in the early hours of the morning. It has been a blustery day
and the wind will ease off overnight. Minimum temperatures
around 11 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, starting with a lot of cloud,
brightness at times but the showers developing. The wind will be much
lighter, so the showers, as they become heavier into the afternoon
and if you find yourself into the afternoon, it will be there for
quite a bit of time and some thunder also possible. Temperatures
will be warmer. Highs tomorrow of 20 Celsius, so improving slowly.
The wind direction much changed again coming from the north by the
middle part of the week and then a north-easterly. We still have
showers by the time we get to Wednesday. We will get to see a
small amount of sunshine in between those showers. On Thursday there is
a weather front, so it will be quite a showery day. The wind
continues to come from the North East. It will have an impact on the
temperatures. We will see them in the region of around 16 or 17
Celsius through the middle part of the week. Night-time temperatures
not doing too badly. The wind will also ease down a bit. Towards the
weekend, although high pressure is not building in, it should ease off