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This is East Midlands Today with Kylie Pentelow and Dominic Heale.
Our top story tonight, we reveal just how determined the power
station plotters were. The armoury of an Eco protest, how climate
activists equip themselves to pull the plug on our biggest power
station. Also tonight, the man who fought
off an attack by double killer Andrew Dawson. Then his other arm
came round me in a Nelson. I stood up after that and I pulled him off
me, and I said get out of my flat. Plus, bunking off - more parents
are taken to court for letting their children play truant.
And advice for would-be authors from a man who's sold 50 million
Read, read now! Try and read 10,000 Good evening, welcome to
Wednesday's programme. First tonight, an exclusive interview
with Nottinghamshire police about the undercover cop affair.
Yesterday, 20 climate change protesters planning to shut down
Ratcliffe Power Station had their convictions overturned, because
secret tapes weren't produced at their trial. Tonight, police
explain why they pounced on protesters before the demo even
took place and deny holding back crucial evidence in the case. Our
home affairs correspondent Jeremy You only appreciate the scale of
what was being planned at Ratcliffe when you see all this equipment
that was seized by the police. This metal barricade's one of a
staggering 25,000 items of evidence. And there were 80 climbing
harnesses along with locks and power tools. The protesters were
split into colour-coded teams and issued with untraceable mobile
phones. It was planned with military precision. These tubes are
designed for protesters to lock them souls together. And a portable
ledge and look at this, a big supply of nappies, as well as these
menu cards with enough meals to last them for a whole week. With
the extent of what we have seen in terms of disruption, injuries
caused and other demonstrations, to allow it to go ahead with the
consequences for health and safety, I am not sure it would have done.
One of the most experienced climbers was really a Metropolitan
Police spy. But today the Appeal Court heard that Mark Kennedy
supported the plan enthusiastically and was arguably an "agent
provocateur". And the Lord Chief Justice said 20
activists were victims of a miscarriage of justice. Because
they weren't told about secret recordings made by PC Kennedy, that
could have helped their defence. Obviously Mark Kennedy was a
authorised by somebody and people should ask to his bosses were and
what decisions they made for. And questions too about who decided
to withhold Mark Kennedy's recordings. Nottinghamshire Police
have been in the firing line, but tonight they've come out fighting.
I know the prosecution were aware of the undercover officer and very
clearly disclose the information about the undercover officer and
the sensitive material that was a product of that to the prosecution.
Now that's being investigated as part of seven inquiries stemming
from the handling of the power station plot. Inquiries that are
asking fundamental questions about the policing and prosecution of
protests and the whole the system Jeremy Ball is at Ratcliffe Power
Station. This has been an extraordinary saga. Today's
judgement, what's being said about that? A lot of heat on the Crown
Prosecution Service tonight, they are not commenting because of other
issues but the criticism was scathing in this, they said the
prosecution ignored elementary problems and that failure to
disclose Mark Kennedy's tapes was significant because the activists
could have used the claim for entrapment or support their defence
that the action was necessary and justified. And they say something
seriously went wrong. What happens now? The National Review of
undercover policing is due out in a few weeks' time, several inquiries
going on still into both Nottinghamshire Police and the
Crown Prosecution Service. One of those, a disciplinary inquiry by
the Crown Prosecution Service and the activists and deciding what
they will do next. One told me that they might be entitled to
compensation and they are desperate to find out how much taxpayers'
money is being spent on this. But at the end of the day, while they
didn't get the power station shut down, they definitely got their
message across. Next tonight, the man who believes
he narrowly avoided becoming a killer's third victim. Alan Cliff
fought off his neighbour Andrew Dawson just hours after Dawson had
murdered someone. Now he wants a face-to-face meeting with the
killer who was told earlier this week that he'll spend the rest of
his life in prison. From Derby, Ever since hearing that two of his
neighbours had been stabbed to death last July, Alan Cliff has
lived with the chilling memory of a close encounter with their killer.
48-year-old Andrew Dawson had already served a life sentence for
murder. He grabbed me around the shoulders, and then as he came up,
his arm came up over my neck and then I felt his arm there on my
throat. It was pressing on May and then his other arm came round and
got be in a Nelson. I felt that, I got up and pulled him off me, pull
them round and said get out of my flat, mate.
Andrew Dawson, who lived in this flat, had already murdered two of
his neighbours. 66-year-old Dave Matthews who lived here and 58-
year-old Paul Hancock who lived above him. Alan Cliff who lives in
the fourth of the flats wants to know if he was supposed to become
Andrew Dawson's third victim. Knowing what I know now, was he
going to go at me with the knives? Did I stop in in his tracks? That
is what I want to ask him. So today he wrote to Dawson to say
he wants to visit him in prison. want to ask him his intentions face
to face. The same night he killed Paul, and then find out for myself,
did you try to kill make or didn't you?
He says he won't rest until he gets an answer.
Conservative MPs have tackled David Cameron about the failed bid by
Derby train-maker Bombardier to win a big Government contract. The
decision to award the contract to a German firm instead will cost 1,400
jobs in the city, many of them highly skilled. Let's get the
latest from Westminster and our political editor, John Hess.
After five hours of debate on phone hacking, the Prime Minister managed
to find time to see a group of Derbyshire MPs, worried about the
future of Bombardier, Britain's last train-maker. The Mid-
Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham was Could David Cameron actually focus
on Bombardier given all the attention of that marathon phone
hacking debate? Yes, he did and I was surprised how well briefed he
was considering he had been in the House of Commons for so long. He
was very clear that he was a sting to everything we had to say. We had
a very vigorous debate and discussion about exactly what we
needed. We need orders for Bombardier. He was listening that
only one week ago, he told MPs here that there was no other option, he
could not visit that contract that went to Siemens. We put to him
various things given to us by other people so he could look at those
and not saying that he could turn it round but he is certainly going
to look at it, as is Theresa Villiers so we are hoping there
will be a small amount of comfort even if it is only bringing
forward... You mentioned Theresa Villiers, the Transport Secretary.
That was earlier and that was a cross-party delegation included the
Derby Labour MPs. Was she able to give you a further bit of comfort?
Yes, she was looking at all the contracts in the pipeline over the
next few years. To see what can be brought forward, but Bombardier can
actually have without it going to tender. And it is thought that it
might be able to go back to an existing order. Something positive?
Yes, and we have got to look to the future. We are disappointed and we
would like it to chase but we have got to look to the Ford. -- look
forward. Parliament begins recess tonight but Bombardier will not go
away. You're watching East Midlands Today,
still to come. All the sport including a report from Natalie
who's in Stockholm with Sven. more commercial wind farms are
being given approval, but is it with generating your own energy at
home? I will be finding out later. And on a week that is a mixture of
sunny spells and showers, hopefully some good news for the weekend, it
is getting better! More towards the end of the programme.
The number of Nottinghamshire police stations with enquiry
counters open to the public could be cut by more than half. Senior
officers say at the moment some smaller stations only get one
visitor a day. Angelina Socci The public enquiry desk at this
police station in Kirkby in Ashfield hasn't been used since
last July. Now proposals have been put forward to close more than 20
others. 12 police stations could also shut. The force needs to make
big savings over the next four years and selling off some of its
buildings would save more than �1.5 million. A police estate does not
just happen over two years, it grows over decades. And our
requirements are different and they were in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Some forces have started to rationalise their estate. We have
been doing things like improving our service, crime reduction but it
is time now for us to rationalise our estate to meet the demands
working now. Stapleford is one area that could lose its police station
and see its officers relocated. don't know who uses it but it is a
good thing to have in the town. don't use it now. It is not used
enough. The police will start consulting with members of the
public. A final decision is expected to be made later this year.
Six horses and their troughs have been stolen from a paddock in
Nottinghamshire. The animals are thought to have been taken sometime
overnight on Friday 8th July from a field in Whinbush Lane in Calverton.
Police are trying to find the owner of a red 4x4 that was seen towing a
white horsebox around the time of the theft.
The former leader of Derby City Council has appeared in court
charged with assaulting his ex-wife. Conservative councillor Harvey
Jennings, seen here in the dark suit, today had his case
transferred from Derby to Nottingham Magistrates Court. He's
alleged to have assaulted his ex- wife just days before this year's
local elections when he retained his seat.
Workers have been lobbying outside the offices of a company which
finds work for people with disabilities. A recent report has
recommended that Remploy factories be closed, with the loss of almost
3,000 jobs across the country. Workers staged a protest outside
the Remploy offices in Leicester this morning.
Next tonight, the number of parents being prosecuted in part of the
East Midlands because their children aren't going to school has
nearly doubled in the last year. Some parents were fined �30, others
were fined �1,000. Leicestershire County Council says it's a last
Children enjoying the start of the summer holidays in Loughborough
today. But for some pupils, even in term time, there are not in school.
And in over 200 cases, poor attendant has led to parents being
taken to court. We had a small number of families who do not take
their children to school every day. They are missing school every day.
How do we break the cycle? Unfortunately, we have to take them
to court. Last year, Leicestershire County Council fined 226 parents
whose children had persistently missed school. Year on year, that
is a rise of 60%. The finals range from �30 up to �1,000. There are
certain circumstances where it is unavoidable where they have to take
the children out of school. I have taken my children out of school but
I have always got permission. a bit strong, being fined. That is
a lot of money. The a bit steep, that. Especially when schools can
take days off when they want to. The council has particularly
focused on reducing lack of attendance among 15 and 16-year-
olds in the run-up to exams. have to take attendance seriously
and this is a very serious message that we want to send to parents
that we are there to work with them but when necessary, we will take a
firm line in terms of taking cases to court. The message is clear - do
the maths, go to school and get to lessons or your parents could be
In childhood falling and hurting yourself can usually be fixed with
a hug and a sticking plaster. But for the elderly it can be a lot
more serious, and in the case of a broken hip, very painful. So here's
some good news. The Leicester Royal Infirmary used to have some of the
longest delays in the country for repairing fractured hips. Now it's
been praised after more than two thirds of patients were operated on
within 36 hours of a fall. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons
On the mend - Joyce is putting her fall behind her but she'll never
forget it. Her fractured hip was repaired within 24 hours of her
going into Leicester's A&E unit. It's a dramatic turnaround for the
hospital which used to have some of the longest waits. I heard a noise
and I knew something nasty had happened.
In Leicester only a quarter of hip fractures were operated on within
48 hours in 2009/2010. Now it's 71% When you have a frail, all the
person lying immobile in bed, the longer they are immobile, the
higher the risk of other complications. Things like chest
infections, blood clots, pressure sores, all these increase.
This surgeon admits incentive payments from the Government had
accelerated change. We have implemented hip fracture lists over
weekends on Saturdays and Sundays to make sure that these patients
get to theatre within 36 hours. These screws and wires should do
the trick for Joyce. Right now, she just wants to get home. They are
all lovely in here. But you want to go home? You always want to go home.
The hospital says its progress is a start. They hope to get more
patients seen quicker in the coming years for what is a costly serious
This week we've been looking at wind turbines in the East Midlands.
Today it's the turn of smaller windmills. Simon Ward has been to
South Derbyshire to investigate if domestic turbines are worth the
People have mixed feelings about large-scale wind turbines that can
be up to 125 metres to the top of the blade but this wind turbine
here in South Derbyshire is only 18 metres high. How much power can
these generate? Kevin Field lives here with his
family. Their wind turbine has been operating for more than five years.
It cost them �13,000, plus they were given a �5,000 Government
grant at the time it was installed. It is greatly important. Because if
people can generate their own electricity, it is less of a burden
on the environment from a production point of view,
greenhouse gases and so forth. It is certainly a wise investment. If
you are going to be in your house for so many years.
Kevin estimates the turbine can generate about 60% of their
electricity use. It varies during the year, but through the Feed-In
Tariff, they get back around �200 per quarter by sending power back
to the grid. Planning permission was granted with no problems here.
Even smaller turbines may still need to be approved. Here in our
under stairs covered, are the controllers for the wind turbine,
we have got the power output which tells us what we are generating as
it is coming in. It goes to a couple of inverter is whereby it
gets fed back into the grid or used by ass. -- by us.
Overall, Kevin Field says it's been worthwhile and they considering
going a stage further and installing solar panels as well. We
have got some breaking news before we continue. Police are trying to
trace a man falling and assault in wood in Nottinghamshire. It took
place in woodland near Third Avenue in Rainworth at about 4:20pm. The
man who may have been acting suspiciously is described as white,
aged 40 and between five foot seven inches and 5 ft 10. He was wearing
sportswear and have a light ginger or blonde hair. People should phone
Nottinghamshire see - which C I D. Will give you the number at the end
of the show and more in the late bulletin.
Still to come on tonight's programme, you may not know his
face but his name is familiar to millions. Find out who this is
getting an honorary degree in And now the sport.
First, back to Sweden with Leicester City. The Foxes manager
Sven-Goran Eriksson could have a whole new team's worth of players
available by the end of the summer. That's according to the club's
football director, Andew Neville. Leicester have already signed seven
and they want more. Well, Neville, Eriksson and the club's new Thai
owners have all been speaking to Natalie on the club's Scandinavian
Tonight, Leicester City are in Austria as there pre-season tour
continues but Sven-Goran Eriksson says Stockholm has been the perfect
place to prepare for a memorable I have been in Sweden with teams
before. The weather is usually good. If you do not enjoy a Stockholm in
summertime, something is wrong because it is a bit of a city.
-- a beautiful city. And if anybody thinks pre-seasons
are like a holiday, think again. They have been working very hard,
it is more-or-less every day, two sessions per day. This morning it
is raining and then in the afternoon so it is not a holiday
for the players. What was interesting is all key
figures from the club are here, even for a low-key game. The
management, players and owners, and they hope they're prepared to spend
millions and want two players for every position. We need the squad
really strong. Even if somebody is injured, we have somebody to
replace them immediately. We tried to make the team ready for the
season coming. Andrew Neville has been at the club
for 13 years. Never has he known transfer activity like this. Names
like Hargreaves, Heskey, Yakubu and Maynard linked with Leicester every
day. I don't want individuals, I would rather finalise the deal and
then announce it. But names mentioned include a lot of names we
are looking at. The owners have now come in and they want to get to the
Premier League as we do as players do as well. So Sven says goodbye to
his home country and says it is likely that another player will be
signing for the club by the end of In other news, Nottingham Forest
have used their official website to insist that some reports of new
signings are premature. Today, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was
reported to be the new first team coach and George Boateng to have
signed a deal to play for Forest. The club says neither arrival is
confirmed. Cricket now, and only two games to
tell you about because Nottinghamshire's trip to Hampshire
was rained out today. Derbyshire had a terrible start at
Northampton but Ross Whiteley and Jonathan Clare have injected
respectability into the total. Meanwhile James Taylor has been
signalling to the England selectors again with a handsome century in
the tour match with Sri Lanka. Solanki at a, not long before his
call up. His face may not be familiar to
many of us, but his words certainly are, to millions of readers
worldwide. Lee Child writes thrillers about his hero, Jack
Reacher. He's sold 50 million books so far. Today, Lee was at De
Montfort University in Leicester to receive an honorary degree. He told
James Roberson what it's like to know your books are selling at the
Getting kitted out - it's all in a day's work for a rough, tough
thriller writer. In fact, the robes were for the honorary Doctor of
Letters that Lee Child was about to receive from De Montfort University.
He's published 15 novels since 1997. The 16th is on its way, 50 million
sold in all - apparently one every second. I sell one book a year, and
that goes to the publisher and any publisher sells them around the
world so I have to maintain that distance otherwise it would get too
freaky. And today De Montfort University celebrated that. A real
thrill, they are not going down the traditional academic route because
I am far from that traditional, academic person but my books are
widely read and I am engaged in the real world and that is what they
are trying to connect with. Authors of the standing have to sign their
works in industrial numbers. He once wore out a jacket elbow
signing 14,000 books over 12 hours in a Chicago warehouse. I was
sitting there and five people were sliding books under my arms, you
think it is all created but there is a lot of stuff behind the scenes
which nobody sees. Now the first Jack Reacher film's
coming out. Reacher, who like Lee is six-foot-five, will be played by
Tom Cruise... Famously not that tall. I am fine with it, Tom Cruise
is a global movie star and my attitude is that if you're going to
have a movie, have a big star and Tom Cruise is certainly that.
As he received his degree, he reminded the students not to worry
if they're uncertain what they want to do. I would say, don't right now,
read, read now. Read 10,000 books You are looking at a man who was 40
years old before he decided what he wanted to do. Thank you very much.
The Nottingham actress, Samantha Morton, also honoured today by
Nottingham Trent University so congratulations to her too. Must be
I am sure you are in the running! We have had some widespread showers
that there will be a few more heading down from the north during
this evening. Their key to Michael Murray who sent in this picture of
a lovely sunflower, hopefully trying to remind us of what some
are used to be like! We have got quite a bit of cloud around at the
moment and some nasty showers in the northern part of the county. We
will see some of them working their weight south and then gradually
become diminished. A minimum temperature tonight of 13 Celsius.
Tomorrow morning, starting early on with dry at weather but showers
forming throughout tomorrow and they will be quite slow moving. A
bit more sunshine it in between the showers and daytime temperatures
should reach a maximum of 19 Celsius. We have got a ridge of
high pressure building as we get closer to the weekend, so at the
moment it looks like Friday will be many dry, a few showers towards the
south-east of the country so giving us a bit of a shower but mainly dry.
Also Saturday as well, the ridge of high pressure holding on over this
weekend said giving us a much better outlook for Saturday and by
the time we get to Sunday, this temperatures also starting to
increase as well. A decent day for A quick reminder of the breaking
story, police are trying to trace a man in Nottinghamshire, it took
place in Third Avenue, the man they are looking for his white, aged
around 40 and wearing sportswear. Anyone with information should
telephone the number at the bottom of the screen. Extension 805, 3133.
We will have more details on our late bulletin. Also a special