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


Our top story tonight: An official report blames police


officers, and lawyers for the collapse of a major climate change


trial. Activists planned to storm a power


station but the presence of this undercover policeman scuppered the


case against their and. Also, the family is driven to


despair caring for disabled relative so.


One question that goes over in your mind, what happens when I die? What


happens when I die? Who will look after you?


Plus, how Rolls-Royce defied the downturn are, engineering 800 jobs


in Derby. And nearly a third of four children


in the East Midlands want a puppy for Christmas. Meanwhile, Dogs


Trust that carried out the survey is building one of the country's


biggest we homing centre as the. -- biggest re-homing centres.


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


prosecution of climate activists who tried to shut down Ratcliffe


power station has been heavily criticised in an official report.


The cases collapsed because their lawyers weren't told about evidence


from Mark Kennedy, an undercover policeman embedded with the


protestors. Today it's emerged that he was actually authorised to break


the law by a senior Nottinghamshire Police officer. It's also been


revealed that a Nottingham based prosecution lawyer's being


disciplined over what happened. Let's cross to Ratcliffe power


station, and our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball.


Good evening. This is the power plant at the


heart of this case and you will remember that more than 100 climate


activists were arrested hours before they were planning to try to


break in here and shot him down. Today, this official report found


they should never have been prosecuted because secret


undercover police recordings could have helped their defence case.


It was a trial that made headlines around the world. It is a year


since 20 activists were convicted by a jury in Nottingham but they


didn't get a fair trial because the lawyers were not told about crucial


evidence from the policeman that had him for trotted them. PC Mark


Kennedy was arrested with the others in a school in Nottingham.


These officers didn't know he was a fellow policeman but today's


inquiry revealed that Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable


had given him authorisation to make recordings and break the law,


including criminal damage and aggravated trespass. The protesters


could have argued it was a entrapment. The report from Sir


Christopher Rose says there was a number of individuals and the


police were too focused on protecting an undercover source,


there was no effective communication between the CPS and


the police and the prosecution's reviewing Moya didn't read Mark


Kennedy's evidence. The Ratcliffe prosecution collapsed because of


mistakes not because of conspiracy and there was no deliberate attempt


to suppress Mark Kennedy's evidence. It is recommending new guidance.


There were serious concerns identified by today's inquiry but


is anybody carrying the can? At least one of the main players is


facing disciplinary action. He is Ian Cunningham, the senior


prosecution lawyer. Today's report says he had the prime


responsibility for that evidence not been disclosed and the Attorney


General has been discussing the implications of this case.


Any response from Nottinghamshire Police?


They are not allowed to talk in detail at the moment because there


is another official report into their role coming out the next few


weeks but we have had a statement from Julia Hodson and she says that


lessons have been learned by the force and she is pleased no one has


been found to have acted dishonestly, but these errors have


been very costly. A multi-million- pound police operation and at the


end of it almost criminal conviction.


I spoke to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC. I


asked if he was shocked by the report's conclusions.


allegations the CPS had suppressed evidence. Sir Christopher Rose has


found that was not the case and I broken that because the integrity


of the Prosecution Service is important. He did find individual


failings, that is of a different order. And I am determined to put


in place measures to make sure that they are not repeated. The main


allegation, which was serious wrongdoing by the CPS, has been


found to be not the case by Sir Christopher Rose has. You are


starting disciplinary action against a reviewing lawyer, Ian


Cunnigham, what should he have done differently? Sir Christopher Rose's


findings were clear, he didn't ask enough questions of the police and


he didn't double-check disclosure when he should have done. They are


individual failings and I have agreed the disciplinary process


should be started and I should not comment on him until that process


is thorough. How significant of these findings, particularly in the


way that undercover officers are dealt with? The most important


thing is to treat today as a watershed. What needs to be


absolutely clear from here on in it is that in all cases, concerning


undercover officers, the authorisation and the activity of


the officer must be shared with the Prosser QC and as soon as a


prosecution is contemplated. -- must be shared with the prosecution.


I have written to the ACPO to put in an understanding to make that


absolutely clear. We will go a long way to dealing with the problems in


this case if we do that. Thank you. It's been confirmed that the Notts


County striker Lee Hughes was arrested over the weekend on


suspicion of sexual assault. It follows an incident at a hotel in


Croydon on Saturday night. Hughes was taken to a South London police


station but has since been released on bail pending further


investigations by police. A drug dealer who distributed


heroin and crack cocaine across Nottinghamshire has been jailed.


24-year-old Courtney Voce was the manager of a lucrative drug dealing


business in Radford. He operated it from an unregistered pay-as-you-go


mobile phone arranging deals across Nottinghamshire. He was jailed for


seven years. Still to come on the programme:


The charity spending �7 million on a halfway house for dogs. It's a


re-homing centre and with a third of all children asking for puppies


this Christmas, it's unlikely to be Next tonight, a jobs boost in Derby


from a big name that's always stood for engineering excellence. Despite


the gloomy outlook in some parts of the economy, Rolls-Royce has


increased its workforce in the city by around 800 people. Mike


O'Sullivan explains how they've done it.


It is an economic powerhouse for Derby and for the region. Now


Rolls-Royce has added another 800 people to its workforce in the city.


In a year. Rolls-Royce didn't want to be interviewed its increased


offer work for saying it tries to recruit talented people


consistently but those that have observed this company closely save


the job figures are hugely important. It means another boost


of high-value, high-quality jobs. And the supply chain that supplied


this job so it is important news. Rolls-Royce says top 1,000 people


now work for the company in Derby. And around one in 11 workers in the


city are directly employed by them. It has claimed more staff at Rolls-


Royce means a significant spin-off for the local supply chain. Their


estimate suggesting that for every job there are 4-5 in the supply


chain, so it is a multiplier effect. So 800 jobs for Dobbie will mean


another times for, times five number of jobs for the local


economy and UK manufacturing. Rolls-Royce has a worldwide


reputation for making aero engines and it has won huge contracts over


the last year. It is also a centre for marine and nuclear power plants.


It provides top-quality skills, a level of employment, a good quality


employment that, to a certain degree, with in the manner pack


drink areas that we have got his world-class. Most of the growth is


coming from the jet engine business and Rolls-Royce sees many more


orders coming from the Asian markets.


Next tonight, the Nottingham mother driven to the edge, tempted to end


her own life as she tried to cope with her son's severe disability.


But a charity says Michelle Harrison is not alone. A survey by


Contact A Family reveals that three quarters of families with disabled


children are depressed. One in five suffer a family breakdown. Sarah


Sturdey reports on how Michelle found a way out.


Peter was born autistic with life- threatening diabetes and needs


blood tests every four hours. you come to the table? In the


summer, Peter refused to eat. After 20 years of trying to cope, this


single mum reached breaking point. I kept ringing people up and saying,


please help me, he is going to die. You wouldn't leave a child with me


if you didn't -- if I didn't wash or feed them. I need help. A survey


by the charity says that almost three-quarters of families with


disabled children suffer from mental health problems and almost


half a vast for anti-depressants or cancelling with one in five


experiencing family breakdown. Two- thirds of parents surveyed suffer


as a nation must have the time, worrying about the future. Any drug


that has got such massive needs and such disabilities, there is one


question that goes over in your mind - what happens when I die? Who


will look after you? Who will do this? No one will do this job. And


you think, if I am going to go, I am going to take you with me.


family is part of a national pilot scheme providing extra support but


Michelle fears for others in a similar situation still desperate


for help. Without this help, without this package, I don't know.


Maybe the would have gone to the Humber Bridge and maybe Pete would


be in residential. It would not have been good for.


A short time ago I spoke to Srabani Sen, Chief Executive of Contact a


Family, and I began by asking her how unusual cases like Michelle and


her son were. Michelle is not an isolated case.


The research has shown that two- thirds of families with disabled


children fill their isolated either all the time or some of the time


and it is leading to devastating consequences like poor mental


health, anxiety and depression and one in five families break up


because of these pressure is. extreme feelings of suicide? It is


unsurprising that people feel extreme feedings of emotion because


they are under pressure, financial pressures, not enough services to


support them, and 50% of the family's say they face


discrimination. What should local authorities do to help us back


local authorities really need to do two things. Firstly protect


services for disabled children and they need to assess the needs of


the carers, the families looking after these disabled children so


these families can continue to do the fantastic job they do to get


for their children. Briefly, if somebody is watching and is in a


desperate state, what should they do? If families are feeling


desperate, it is crucial they reach out either to their local services


or national services like Contact A Family because you cannot struggle


on your own and there is help, it is crucial that you get it. Thank


you for speaking to us. The children putting puppy at the top


of their Christmas list and the charity waiting to go before lot of


it. Dogs Trust is currently building one of the country's


biggest re-homing centres in Leicestershire. But, before it


opens, they're visiting schools to try to teach children what it's


really like to have a new four legged member of the family. Jo


Healey reports. Please may I stroke your doctor?


The first thing he is going to do is many of.


Teaching the art of dog care thanks to the charity Dogs Trust. Is the


message getting through? He will smile your hand, your


feet... It is important to look after the dog because if you don't,


the dog could get injured, get hungry. You have got all the


responsibilities to walk the dogs twice a day. It is really important


to look after your dog even when it has done one of these. He you have


to pick it up and put it in a back. The workshop here is paving the way


for a massive new re- homing centre. Covering 14 acres, costing �7


million, it will be one of the biggest in the country. It will


make a huge difference, allowing us to look after 150 dogs at any one


time and potentially we home 1,000 dogs. We have been proud of what we


have achieved and it will be a supreme dog welfare. Dogs Trust


never puts healthy dogs like these down but local authorities have two


and the number being destroyed is higher than at the. Here are the


figures showing just how the number of dogs being put down has risen in


the last year alone. Nearly a third of children in our region want a


puppy for Christmas. Dogs Trust did that survey, that is why it is


working here as well as at the sharp end with dogs that needs new


homes. Some very lovely dogs.


With the rush on to get ready for Christmas, it can be a very busy


time. But for some it can be a very lonely month. In the second part of


our look at carers, we meet those volunteers who visit older people


in their own homes. The befriending scheme in


Leicestershire and Rutland is run by just 21 people and is in


desperate need or more helpers. Our reporter Jonathan Cecil has been to


meet one volunteer, and one of the pensioners she regularly visits.


This is DEC, 90 years old and lost his wife six years ago. He spent


most of his week alone. I asked him how he spends his time. Sitting


here. Doing what? Nothing. To date is a Lesley day. Hi, Dick. Hello.


Nice to see you. She is a part-time volunteer who comes to visit Dick


once a week. She chats, offers company and offer support. She is


part of the scheme. It helps me, and it makes me come. Lesley is one


of 21 volunteers in Rutland and they also help each other. They


regularly meet to share their experience is. If somebody says


something like you, I wanted to keep this a secret, then, obviously


that is a no-go area. I love it because they have so many lovely


stories to tell. It is also a very satisfying experience to be able to


help people even in the rather ordinary things of life. It is very


rewarding and there are so many lonely people that never get out of


their houses. They sit there all day, maybe 12 hours a day, never


see anybody. Must be some distressing for them. The scheme is


looking for more volunteers. It is an hour of company and friendship


that can make all the difference. When people are alone like myself,


it is wonderful for. Just an hour of your time. Amazing


scheme. Still to come on the programme:


Fight night. We look ahead to one of the biggest events in the


martial arts calendar. And the taste of Christmas in an ice-cream.


I like ice-cream. Oh... Really? Time for the sport.


First tonight, as we speak, rugby's disciplinary committee is debating


whether Leicester Tigers Alesana Tuilagi should be banned followed


his red card on Saturday. He was sent off for throwing punches after


being dragged off the field by his hair. But TV replays seem to show


he never swung a fist. The hair- puller, Northampton's Chris Ashton,


was cited after the game, and also being disciplined today. But Tigers


coaches don't want sanitised rugby. Hair-pulling, it is unusual, but


everybody has a bit of his bar, is at the end of the world? Probably


not. What do you think that happened after that, it is the


flash point and it has happened. Former Loughborough runner Paula


Radcliffe has become one of the first athletes to be named in the


British team for the London Olympics. She's been selected today


for the marathon. The 37-year-old's inclusion makes Radcliffe only the


third British athletics competitor ever to be selected for five


Olympic Games. She'll be hoping to avoid the injuries and illness


which ruined her chances in Beijing and Athens.


Well, earlier this year, Gemma Steel from Whitwick near


Loughborough beat Paula in a road race. Now Steel's all set to


compete for Britain in the European Cross Country Championships this


weekend, where she has an outside chance of a medal. The 26-year-old


also tells us she's aiming for a place in the team at the Olympics.


One of the biggest events in mixed martial arts comes to the East


Midlands this weekend. Nottingham Arena hosts BAMMA 8. That means


some of the country's top fighters are in action and Jeremy Nicholas


has been to see some of them prepare. This is the British


Association of mixed martial arts, BAMMA 8. Nottingham has been a


hotbed for the sport and a big event has come to the arena. They


should have had an event here long ago. It is perfect especially with


all the guys we have got out of love to and Nottingham, Dan Hardy,


guys like that. Deane has a degree in nutritional biochemistry in


Nottingham and plays the saxophone and piano, not something you would


expect in such a brutal sport. thing is, you used brutal, but at


the end of the day, the sport is the combination of Olympic combat


sport. For me, it was a boxer and a wrestler, and we saw crew would one.


Jimmy has �14 to lose by way in. So, three days, you are going to lose a


stone? Years. Eating salad as well. And more salad. And salad and


plenty of trips to that toilet. Because it is in a cage, BAMMA 8


has a reputation but there are rules and the pages therefore


protection. No gouging, no biting, no head-butting. No striking to the


back of the head. You cannot elbow from the ceiling downwards on


someone's head. The cage is there, it actually keeps the fighters in


an enclosed space and nobody gets damaged. If you are in a ring, you


could fall out. Dean, Jimmy and on freight are on the bill when BAMMA


8 comes to Nottingham on Saturday night. I went to take a look when


it was in Manchester and it was quite an event for.


I remember your excitement. Over the next three weeks, students


from Loughborough Hospitality College will be making Christmas


cakes. A standard thing for the festive period but these cakes, 150


to be exact, are being made for the troops in the 2nd Battalion the


Rifles, who are currently deployed in Helmand. Each fruit cake will be


iced and individually personalised with the soldiers' names. The task


went from a three hour session, to three four hours sessions. They


have got to be ready by 23rd December. We had to wait out the


ingredients, put them in the oven. Two hours. Next week, we are icing


and the week after, packaging. is lovely.


What a lovely idea. And here's another one. Christmassy ice creams


and mulled wine sorbets. They're selling like hot cakes at the


Bluebell Dairy at Spondon in Derbyshire. My destination for the


second in our mini series on This is Bluebell Dairy. They have


been since the 1950s. Three years ago, they got into ice cream in a


big way. It started with this stuff. And her. So we have come inside


from the colt into this lovely shop and rosemary, one of the owners is


with me. It is one -- it is freezing, this is not the best time


to be selling ice-cream for. have got a lot of ice -- Christmas


flavours. They are absolutely Fabulous for Christmas tie him.


This is what they call the ice- cream Lab, appropriately, because


it is scientific. And here, the chief scientist himself, Oliver.


You are creating beautiful ice- creams and sorbets. You are going


to made a mulled wine soar by a. put it in here, which will freeze


it. A lovely smell. Yes, a lovely smile for this time of the morning!


-- a lovely smell. Five minutes later, it is a bit of a minor


miracle. Red wine has been turned into sorbate. How did you get that


lovely consistency? We add a special am also fire and stabalise


are to hold the red wine in and we get the right balance of sugars


which keeps the doubly consistency. You wouldn't think that a Derry


would, if you like, do so well in the Christmas period, but you have


diversified. We have. Only four or five years ago, there was a


question whether or not the farm would survive and now it has given


a future for the whole family, which is lovely. It is the sweet


taste of success. I am looking So, now the proof of the pudding


really is in the eating. Oh... Ode... Bow... 0...


Oh, stop! I was Frankie Howard for a moment. It was lovely. I couldn't


bring you any because it would have melted.


I would have paid good money to see you in one of those hairnets.


Weather-wise, we have got quite a few things in store. It has been


cold. Staying breezy overnight and we will see some showers blowing


through mainly rain although the Peak District could see some


flurries of snow. Barry Jones was golfing at hoarsely Llodra today.


This photo was taken at 9:00am this morning. Look at those clouds. I


imagine a fair amount of snow came out of those clouds this morning.


We have a couple of France coming in from West to East. The second of


which brought in some showery outbreaks. We will see a further to


the North West to go, the more you will see snow later on into the


evening and overnight. Temperature- wise, not quite as cold as last


night, so three or four. Those snow showers continuing through the


early morning in the Peak District and then we will see rain showers


trickling in through the day but they should be dry and sunny were


the tomorrow. Still a windy day tomorrow. Gusting at 60 miles per


hour, feeling bitterly cold. Even though the temperatures not faring


too badly, with a maximum of seven. The temperatures get milder still


into Thursday but also Thursday brings the potential for snow,


mainly over Derbyshire, coming in later on through Thursday after


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