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


top story tonight, the paedophile who deceived charities so he could


abuse boys. He used to betas and offer us chocolate. And then he


would say nothing had happened afterwards.


Also tonight, Bomardier's lost contract, how the Government spent


millions on consultant. Plus these East Midlands soldiers


risking their lives to train the Afghan army.


I and a brooch that nearly went for a song causes and internet


Good evening. Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight, a special


investigation by the BBC's Inside Out has revealed how a paedophile


deceived charities to gain access to vulnerable children. Former


headteacher Derek Slade from Mickleover in Derby is now serving


a 21-year sentence for abusing boys at a boarding school between 1978


and 1983. Back then, alarm bells about his behaviour had been rung


in a BBC programme for Radio 4 with investigative reporter Roger Cook.


But, as Roger now reports, Slade went on to abuse boys in India at a


school paid for by a Leicester When Derek Slade was finally


convicted of child abuse, his victims had become grown men. They


are still living with the legacy of that abuse. I tried to commit


suicide within six months of leaving school. I am a loner.


Several failed relationships. I have tried time and time again.


Back in 1982, the BBC Radio 4 check point programme had exposed Derek


Slade's reign of terror with the help of some pupils and staff.


pupils made to swap clothes. whole of his backside was covered


in bruises. They were every colour. Even though the sexual abuse


remains covered up, it made national headlines and he resigned


later on. Further accusations made access to children difficult for


him so Slade took on a false identity. Years later, he launched


an organisation called International British education


projects and then exploited his connections to abuse more children


at more schools abroad including this school in India, funded by a


Leicester charity. We tracked down some of their's victims. How many


of you were beaten by a Slade? All of you? He used to beat us every


Sunday. He used to beat us and then take notice and then offered


chocolate. He would review afterwards and say nothing had


happened. -- he would rob you afterwards. Much of the school was


paid for by the Leicester Gujarat earthquake Relief Fund. Another


charity also gave Slade funds. He was given a glowing account of


children across the world and they admit they did not check his


credentials. In all our lives, we make mistakes and this was a very


grave mistake that made me think that if I was to pass by this ever


again, I would never do this again. So how was he caught and convicted?


The full story in a special 30 minute programme they did tonight.


And that programmes, An Abuse Of Trust, goes out on BBC One at


10:35pm. Next tonight, the soldiers from


Leicestershire and Derbyshire who are now playing a crucial role in


Britain's exit strategy from Afghanistan. The 9th/12th Royal


Lancers are fighting and patrolling alongside Afghan troops in Helmand


province. They'll be in charge of security when British forces


finally come home. Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball,


Afghan tours are less about fighting a war and trying to win


BP's. This is a tank regiment patrolling on foot. The Royal


Lancers are working with soldiers from Afghan's National Army,


helping them to do skills on their own. We are using interpreters but


it is a bit of a struggle but they seem to be picking up on everything


we are teaching them so it seems to be be getting better for them.


are letting them lead the patrols to the Afghan locals concede that


the Afghan national army are doing it for themselves and hopefully


take over. Some East Midlands soldiers are running high where


patrols protecting Afghanistan's busiest roads, that makes them a


prime target. This was one of several improvised bomb was


discovered and last week, Paul Watkins was shot dead on patrol. It


is being investigated whether his killer was wearing an Afghan


National Army uniform. This is how they were training just before


their deployment and now almost all of them have been in real firefight.


We have had come to that with insurgents which lasted about


around five hours. That was my first small arms contact, quite a


surreal feeling. These love hearts on local taxes are pretty surreal


as well. In a place where peace is still a long way off. Where the


Royal Lancers are keeping this part of Helmand province open for


business. It's emerged today that millions of


pounds of public money was spent on private consultants as part of the


Thameslink train deal that's left Derby's train-making industry


fighting for its life. It's feared that Britain's last train-builder,


Bombardier, could close after the loss of the Thameslink deal to a


rival firm, Siemens. The trains will now be made in Germany. To


tell us more, our reporter Simon Hare joins us from Bombardier's


Good evening. Bombardier front page news again today, this is the Daily


Mirror talking about 15 million Train robbers in relation to the


amount of money the Government is said to have paid to private


consultants to advise it on the awarding of that lucrative


Thameslink contract. Somebody else says that �20 million of public


money could also be spent. I am joined by the Derby North MP, Chris


Williamson. It sounds like a lot of money but it is only 1% of this


very lucrative contract, isn't it? Surely the Government should get


the best advice it can? In to a huge sum of money and one thing


that is a kick in the teeth to the Bombardier workforce is that these


are consultants and have been working on how to give away the


last train manufacturing factory in the UK. His inability to build


trains, if this decision is not reversed, will be gone for it.


of the money was spent apparently by the previous government, the


Labour government will stop I am afraid that is a. I am afraid that


is a rather pathetic smokescreen. The outcome is disastrous. If the


Government does not do the right thing. Rolls-Royce went bust 40


years ago and the Government did the right thing and saved it. It is


now an icon. It can be the same for Bombardier. This is a centre of


rail technology excellence and it is vital to the sector in this


country for the Government to reverse its decision. Thank you for


your time. From Bombardier, back to A man who allegedly conned Peter


A man who allegedly conned Derbyshire pub landlords out of


thousands of pounds is on a list of the ten most wanted suspected


fraudsters in the UK. Peter Stead is accused of posing as an


entertainer and the brother of Peter Kay. He offered to put on a


comedy night to raise money for Lewis Mighty, a youngster suffering


from cancer. His family want to take him to America for specialist


treatment. Stead was allegedly given cash to secure bookings but


failed to turn up to perform. The car-marker Toyota has announced


a dramatic fall in profits and has plunged into the red. The Japanese


company, which has a factory at Burnaston in Derbyshire, says net


profit fell by 99% in the three months to June. It made a loss of


just under $1.5 billion. It's blamed the earthquake and tsunami


in March for a fall in sales. But it predicts sales will rise over


the coming year. Next, the museum shut by council


cuts that could be re-opened by local people. Grantham Museum


closed its doors when Lincolnshire County Council decided it was no


longer viable. Now volunteers have committed themselves to re-opening


the museum in June next year. Geoff Getting to grips with the scale of


the task, these volunteers are among 200 people who have come


forward to save Grantham Museum. Anybody across the East Midlands


will know what it is like to be involved in voluntary organisations


but let's not forget the great work being done for generations by


people coming together with a common aim which is not necessary


for personal profit. For the Diamond Jubilee weekend this week


next year, it will be open again. �30,000 had been pledged to upgrade


the building but the district council is offering volunteers a


deal on the rent. Were it was founded 100 years ago,


Grantham Museum was that set up by volunteers like Henry Preston here


he used to run the water works. The charge for contemporary as it had


to make this museum modern, interesting and relevant but still


pay the bills. I still perceive it as taking on something that I am


passionate about, having something in the community. I do not want it


to go. We have got plans for a shop to make it successful, we want to


get corporate sponsors and have a scheme for friends of the museum so


a whole set of plans to raise the profile of the museum. Every member


of the group here and all the other volunteers have a different room,


we have got to try somehow to get them close together so they can


work together a. Are the home of Isaac Newton and Margaret Thatcher,


cramp and certainly has a story to tell, and the Iron Lady has a story


to tell. If we can manage the funding carefully and well, we will


reap the rewards without some of the costs back go into local


authorities and big organisations getting involved. The museum is due


to open its doors next June to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee


Wildlife experts at the Attenborough Nature Reserve near


Nottingham are warning blackberry pickers to be extra careful when


rummaging for fruit. This year, the berries have ripened much earlier


than usual, coinciding with the bird breeding season. Geeta Pendse


For many, blackberry picking is a highlight at the end of the summer.


But this year in some places, the fruits have ripened much earlier.


And as visitors flocked to Attenborough Nature Reserve in


Nottingham, some staff say that because are disturbing the nests of


young chicks without realising. As well as a source of food, these


brambles are prime locations for birds to nest. Partly because these


groups are forming and uninviting to predators like crows and weasels


but people walking through, it is also exposing their nests. Last


week, staff were exposed to this nest which was left empty.


chicks have been eaten by a predator which may not have seen


the nest otherwise or been able to access it because of the thick


vegetation. The main problem is that the berries have ripened at


the same time as the bird's breeding season. People are being


warned to stick to the paths and not wade through vegetation. It


seems in many cases, visitors were unaware of the problem. I was very


surprised because I thought they had flown the nest by now. It is


not something that one would normally think about. I should be


aware of this. People have obviously gone right into the


bushes at the back so we are trying to stay across the border here and


not tried to go into them too much. Staff hope that people continue to


enjoy the berries were the -- while the sun is out but hope people take


care of the wildlife as well. Nottinghamshire's fire authority is


consulting on plans to radically change the way the service is run.


More than �6 million needs to be cut from its budget over the next


four years. Up to 80 part-time firefighters may go, and some


traditional fire engines could be replaced with smaller fast response


vehicles. The consultation will last 12 weeks.


The sister of a soldier who was killed serving in Afghanistan has


completed a sponsored skydive in his memory. Lance Corporal Liam


Tasker was a dog handler and had been based at Melton Mowbray before


being deployed. He was shot dead while on patrol in Helmand province


in March. His sister Laura and her friend Emma Rushton are hoping to


have raised thousands of pounds for the armed forces charity Help For


Heroes. It's the first in our new series


Historic Holmes, looking at the industrial legacy of the East


Midlands with John Holmes. This week he explores the uprising of


the Luddites who targeted knitting frames. A protest against


mechanisation which began in The year is 1817 and here in the


Galleries of Justice, 21-year-old Daniel Biggar will is about to be


sentenced to death for attempted murder. His hanging sounded the


death-knell of the Luddite uprising It is hard to believe that our


story begins with a simple domestic seen here in Calverton. A local


Rector was in love with a man who was in love with knitting and so he


tried to impress her with a knitting machine that spared the


whole process up. It caused a revolution when it caught on. After


a series of bad harvests and the war with France, the four of loss


of jobs and starvation was the last straw. 200 years ago here in


Nottingham, the No 10s' frustration erupted a revolution of frame


smashing which started in Arnold West 60 frames were destroyed in


one night. Support was strong. The authorities could not find out who


did it. The writers published a declaration. An address in Sherwood


Forest, Ned at large. He did not exist but 30 years earlier somebody


had smashed up two machines. He became known as the patron of the


Luddite. The response was to make frame breaking a capital offence.


They were never against technology, they claimed the frames were


turning out an inferior garment. The legacy? The Luddite sadly means


someone who opposes technology, not somebody who embrace his


It is scary seeing John Holmes with a sledge hammer in his hands!


Still to come on the programme, that brooch. Its owner almost sold


it for a tenner. Its guide price at auction was �10,000. So what did it


We know the answer but we will not tell you. Somebody told me anyway.


Time for the sport. Nottingham Forest's manager Steve


McClaren says there's still a lot of work to do. It was team photo


day at the City Ground, but there aren't enough new players for


McClaren's liking. He made his thoughts clear to BBC Radio


Nottingham. We are still not at this stage where I would say the


squad is complete. We are ready with our squad for the rest of the


season. There's are still what I feel is a lot of work to be done


off the field for. Derby County have signed the


Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane from Hull City. The


34-year-old joins on a six-month loan. He can play both midfield and


fullback and will play in tomorrow's friendly with Aston


Villa. It's the same time every year, so I


don't know why the start of the football season comes as a surprise.


But it does, and it's this Saturday. So, it must be the week to look


ahead for all our football clubs, Derby, Forest and Leicester, over


the next couple of days. But tonight it's Notts County, where


manager Martin Allen is outlining a clear philosophy. I want people to


be happy. Award our players to be # Happy days. # Ready to race to #.


We will compete to get the ball back if we do not have it. When we


score, we will love it. And the club for everybody who pays for a


ticket. Everybody who has the privilege of playing for Notts


County will be happy. Making it Notts County happy has a lot of


players to do with places like this, a lot of time and energy spent in


making it look that much more professional. If you're a fan, the


improvement that would really cheer you up would be one that happened


here, on the pitch. Money, all his money. Football clubs are like pack


men who eat away at it. Cash required to pay the new and old


players' wages so what about them? Have they bought into the whole


Happy Days philosophy? When you are on your knees, it is hard to put a


smile on your face but we have got some great characters and the


gaffer has got his own take on things. He is fantastic. It has


been good and the Boys Are Back, he has gutted the way he wants it.


should win every game, full houses every week, I will be the happiest


man in the well. # These happy days In rugby, two Leicester Tigers


players have had their World Cup hopes ended. Hooker George Chuter


and number eight Thomas Waldrom have been released from the England


training squad. Away from the heady heights of Test


cricket, two county games started today. Durham opener Michael Di


Venuto has been the stand-out player on Day One of Notts' visit


to the Riverside. Meanwhile, honours even so far in the wooden


spoon clash at Grace Road. But at least Leicestershire's James Taylor


is pressing for a full England Test place. An excellent 76 for England


Lions. Fifties for the Notts pair Alex Hales and Samit Patel too.


Next to a new cult hero. Nottinghamshire's Scott Elstone has


never played a first class cricket match. But he found himself


fielding for England at Trent Bridge yesterday. The game ended


with him being cheered every time he touched the ball. And he


received a modern day accolade too. He was trending on Twitter. Mark


When millions are watching on television, nobody wants a catch


like this but he had never played championship cricket, how much to


be feeling? At first, or between nerves. A run at it as quick as I


could and relief when I got it in my hands. After that, he developed


a fan club. Absolutely, I would not call myself a hero but certainly


the cheers were a very good experience. A substitute in cricket


is not the 12 best player, they are not allowed to bat or ball and


unlikely to be able to field in a specialist catching position. What


they tend to be for England is open coming cricketers who are dynamite


in the field. It is never easy coming on as it wolf man and being


expected to take every chance -- coming on as a 12th man. But he is


supported by the team. Scott Elstone is the flying poster boy of


the Nottinghamshire marketing campaign but nobody expected him to


have such an impact on the game. is a relatively early. And a great


experience. He looks like a good fielder, so it is nice to have him


there. It was not all a fairy-tale, he dropped this very difficult


chance. A couple of the senior England players said don't worry


about it, concentrate on the next one. His date finished in triumph


but only just with the second catch. Absolute relief when it went in. It


was just relief, I have just been very, very lucky and I thank the


people who have supported me up until now with what I have been


doing, so thank you. Trust me, the Nottinghamshire dressing room will


bring him back down to earth but it will take a while.


Fantastic. Finally an update from last night's


programme. The forgotten brooch which turned out to be a treasured


collectable sold at auction today for an astonishing �31,000. Jill


Cousins was two days away from selling the brooch for a tenner at


a local antiques market when experts told her just how valuable


it really was. She decided to sell it and today is much the richer.


Something close to �10,000. Oh, my God! Oh crikey! TV gold, the moment


Jill Cousins found that just how valuable her forgotten broached


really was. The brooch by the Victorian designer and architect


William Burgess was featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. When


jewellery experts called it his most wanted item. Gill, from Market


Harborough, realised she had it went she went back onto the show


and said that instead of selling it for �10 at an antiques fair as she


had planned to, she could get around �10,000 for it. And more


surprises came today when it actually ended up selling for


�31,000 at auction in Exciting wasn't quite the word! If


I had been at home in private, I would have been jumping up and down


screaming but it is not bad at all, it was very exciting. Wonderful.


Two rival bidders helped to push the price up, much to her surprise.


I actually did not think it would sell. I was convinced it would not


and I was making sure I was not too disappointed but certainly never


expected this. It is... Out Of This World, just wonderful. So the moral


of the story is make sure you have a rummage through your trinkets


because you never know what hidden I shall check my hand by! --


Another hot and sticky day to day across the East Midlands and it has


not stopped the farmers becoming very busy digging in the fields and


his picture was captured by Graham from Rutland, so thank you for that.


It must have been hot working out there. We will stay hot and humid


overnight as well and the only change across the south-east corner


of our region is a few showers developing and they seemed to


become a bit more active throughout the evening. Some could be quite


heavy and thundery and slow-moving as well. We do not lose them


totally, remaining with us along the Lancashire coastline until the


early hours of the morning -- the Lincolnshire coast line. It will be


difficult to get some sleep where it is quite muggy. We will see the


showers becoming widespread throughout tomorrow and again, they


will become quite heavy. Quite thundery as well as the day goes on.


Temperatures even warmer than to date, highs of 27 Celsius but it is


actually 81 Fahrenheit so we finally reach the 80s. The change


comes in in the early hours of Thursday morning and it is a plume


of rain coming up from the Continent and what it will do is


become quite heavy and persistent, possibly thundery and the


opportunity for it to cause some localised flooding as well because


the ground is so dry, Senate will be a wet day on Thursday. A big


change to what we have been getting used to -- so it will be a wet day.


On Friday, if this hot and humid weather has not made you feel


uncomfortable, temperatures will come down to what they should be


for this time of year, possibly a bit lower. Highs of around 19


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