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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