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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight, shock and disbelief in Melton Mowbray after a
father turns on his family. Former police inspector Toby Day
was sacked just over a week ago. Yesterday, he attacked his wife and
children, leaving the quiet community here horrified.
In other news: how CCTV cameras trapped a rapist as he followed his
victim through a city's streets. Also tonight: deadline day for
solar panels. Why there is such a rush to get them on your roof.
And why these children are full of Good evening and welcome to
Friday's programme. First tonight, it seems a former senior police
officer killed his wife and young daughter just days after being
sacked from the Leicestershire force.
Toby Day left his two other children with serious injuries
before killing himself at the family home. The deaths have left a
community in shock. From Melton Mowbray, here's Helen Astle.
Good evening. This is a quiet rural community. Last night people here
were worried by what they were seeing. Today, they're devastated.
As you say, two adults and a child are dead. And two older children
are lying in hospital beds in a stable condition. What happened
behind this front door was horrific. It was tragic. And tonight there is
just one question, why? The police continued their
investigations today. This is where they were first alerted. It was
around 4:20pm yesterday when a 15 year-old girl with serious injuries
ran to the school for help. She has been named as Kimberley day. Her
mother worked at the school. Kimberley is now in a stable
condition in at Nottingham. After being alerted, the police forced
their way into the family home. They found two adults and two other
children. One of the children, a 13 year-old boy, believed to be called
Adam, was still alive. He is also in this stable condition in
hospital. What -- what about those who died? This man was dismissed
from the force last Thursday following a misconduct hearing. The
woman and child have yet to be formally identified. They are
thought to be his wife, Samantha, and their daughter, Genevieve, who
was six years old. It is believed he attacked his family before
killing himself. The local community is horrified. I can
honestly say that I am really devastated. It has been an awful
shock to the community. I am praying for those children that are
run the hospital. She worked in that the nursery where my little
one went to the nursery. It is awful, everybody is really shocked.
I knew them by name because I know a lot of farmers and the committee.
They were well thought of by their neighbours. More than that a, I
really cannot say. But they were children but I know. Melton Mowbray
will be very heavily hit by what we have experienced yesterday and this
morning. He seemed like a model police officer and family man. We
will look over his police career now.
He has campaigned for... The law could and should do a huge amount
more. A one of his most high- profile cases had been helping to
relight a mother from Leicester with her young son who had been
taken to Dickie by his father. Today, London Chapman, the woman
who was helped by Toby day, was too upset to be interviewed on camera
but she said it was because of his work that she got her son back. She
described him as an amazing man. He developed community links in a
posting in Leicester. A lot of the people were very happy with Toby's
record so I am sure that they are just as shocked as me. We were full
of admiration for him. He seemed to get things done. In a lot of cases,
you never hear anything else but with Toby, he would follow it up
and get back to you. Three years ago, we filmed him training for a
marathon, raising cash for Crimestoppers. It was in memory of
a colleague who had been killed by her boyfriend. It is an independent
charity and wouldn't exist without charitable donations. I've seen
through my work how valuable it is and it makes a huge difference to
people who are very vulnerable. the end, his professional life was
in disarray also puts family life turned to tragedy soon afterwards.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who spoke to Toby Day yesterday. We
have learned in the last half-an- hour but three independent Police
Complaints Commission will not be examining the incident. Post mortem
examinations were due to have taken place this afternoon. But tonight,
this community is coming to terms with its loss. You're watching East
Midlands Today. Still to come, a couple behind a sham Indian
marriage are jailed. And a full weekend weather forecast
from Sally. I need my coat on, definitely my staff -- Scarff,
heart as well. Now I am ready for the cold weather. The question is,
A rapist who was described by a judge as a very high risk to the
public is tonight beginning an indefinite sentence after attacking
a woman on her way to work. Police say the conviction of
Matthew Mee was largely down to the effectiveness of CCTV. Our Chief
News reporter Quentin Rayner has been finding out how cameras and a
bank of screens helped catch him within 48 hours.
Around 4:00am on... A 26 year-old randomly chose a woman to stalk and
rape. The 40 miles on the outset of Nottingham and through the city
centre, he followed a Polish woman. She had only been in the UK for
three weeks and was walking to her factory job. These images track him
of pursuing her through the centre. By the time she reached Queen's
Drive, she was so terrified, she sat in the middle of a road. He
kicked her to get up and convinced the driver she was his girlfriend
and they had been arguing. Even granted by the throat and tried to
her into bushes where he repeatedly raped her for an hour. In a
statement, the victim said what happened to her here has ruined her
life. She still has anxiety and panic attacks and when she can slip,
she has nightmares when all she can see is his face. She says she does
not know if she can ever trust another man again in the future.
Nottingham is covered by more than 200 cameras. After the rape, an
image of the man was distributed to all officers. 48 hours later, he
was arrested. The following day, he was arrested for shoplifting and an
officer who had seen the image on our briefing tool found himself sat
there for -- was sat before him. Because of his fitness, he
recognised him from the four. As a result, he was arrested. He was
given an indeterminate wreck -- sentence. He cannot be considered
for parole for at least four years. A private company has won the
contract to run ambulance services for non-emergency patients across
the region. East Midlands Ambulance Service has been operating the
region's non-emergency medical transport for years but now a
private company will take over. The contract is worth �130 million over
five years. Primary care trusts say patients will benefit from new
vehicles, shorter waiting times and better communication.
A Nottingham doctor has been disciplined for abusing a system
designed to ensure that people with learning disabilities have regular,
good quality health checks. Doctor Hans Herbert Leo Mayer, who was a
GP at the Bull farm primary care centre in Mansfield, failed to
carry out the health checks on patients living at a residential
home. He also made false records of examinations. The General Medical
Council has suspended him from practise for nine months.
Next, the Leicester bride who flew to India for a sham marriage. Meena
Tailor's only guest was her real partner, who was paid almost �4,000.
Today they've both been jailed, along with the Indian groom who
took part in the immigration scam. This couple lived as a husband and
wife, they had a child under a joint mortgage but they both
travelled to India so she could marry another man. He was an Indian
national he wanted permission to settle here. Immigration officials
are convinced he paid her for a marriage of convenience. He was
given details of what the house was like... He kept detailed notes to
answer questions about the wife he hardly knew and to make it look as
though the marriage was genuine. What cars they have, what bank
accounts they have, favourite colours, drinks. Also, what they
have been on holiday, it was almost his script so he could show they
were in their relationship. Clearly, this was deception. He falsely
claimed he was living at this house in Glenfield which was being bought
by Taylor and her genuine partner. All three of them got credit for
pleading guilty but the judge said people involved in sham marriages
have to go to prison and this was a carefully planned scam to enable
the Indian man to stay in the UK. He will be deported after his
sentence is served. A man from Derbyshire is taking legal action
against a holiday firm after experiencing what he's called a
nightmare cruise. Don Mackintosh from Long Eaton says
his trip was ruined by illness. 76 year-old Dom McIntosh enjoys
boat cruises but in 10th January -- 2010 said his cruise around the
Canary Islands was an awful experience. He and others taking
legal action said he suffered gastric illness. We saw all the
cabin crew taking trays to the cabins where people were ill. The
boat looked grubby to me, may be that is my opinion, but I was not
happy with the cleanliness. The cabin stewards on our DEC were
students. In a statement, Thompson said we closely monitor all the
ships in our fleet to ensure that the strictest health, safety,
hygiene and comfort levels are maintained. He wants to be given
reasons for why he fell ill on board the cruise. He was looking
forward to his holiday. He didn't expect to fall ill. For a lot of
these clients, the reason why they end up pursuing legal actions
because they want to find out exactly what went wrong. He says
the experience has not put him off holiday cruises but once fair
compensation. -- he wants.
Now, Monday is a crucial date in the diary if you plan to harness
the power of the sun. It's the Government deadline for installing
solar panels with a high lead-in tariff.
That means if you put your solar panels up before next week you can
sell the units of electricity you produce at the highest rate. So,
for solar panel companies, it's a case of getting them up now.
On a day like this, you can see why so many people are pushing to get
panels put up. The government is cutting VAT subsidy paid for solar
produce electricity. It means that if you have panels installed before
Monday, you would generate electricity at 43 pence per unit.
After Monday, that goes down to 21p and that is why have they are --
there is such a rush. These are Nottingham city homes and they are
hoping to have panels fitted on 1300 of their properties by Monday.
The reason to rush to this deadline on the scheme is because all the
income generated from these panels behind us will go to the council
and that will be reinvested in housing stock. It has been
incredibly busy. We've managed to install nearly 120 systems a-week
for the last five weeks to maximise the installations before that offer
of December. There is scaffolding everywhere, refers all over the
city. We are going to hit our target. Pauline has already had his
put up and along with her husband, who is not very well, they used a
lot of electricity. All Electric, yes. Cooker, fire, oxygen. Tell me
about the oxygen. He can be honoured for 15 hours a day but
only when he just comes out of hospital. Is it a weight off not
having to pay so much? It will be when it is up and running. I think
our benefit from it. Solar panel companies say it is still worth
having the panels fitted after Monday. The sun will just not
generate quite so much weight. -- money.
It's 50 years today since the drug Ibuprofen was discovered by a team
of researchers in Nottingham. Team leader Dr Stewart Adams then
developed the drug, launching it in the UK in 1969 as a treatment for
rheumatoid arthritis. Nurofen followed in 1983, available over
the counter for the first time. Products based on Ibruprofen are
now on regular sale in more than 80 countries around the world.
very pleased about it and it is important to say it is a Nottingham
drug. It has produced almost entirely on this city site when it
was Boots' research department. I started off with a blank piece of
paper and one technician. From that came either approach from which is
a drug used worldwide. So many things were started, invented a
discovered in the East Midlands. Still to come on the programme: the
children thinking ahead to spring. The ground may be cold and muddy
but in a few months' time there'll An MP wants the government to think
again about handing substantial new funding to Nottingham because his
own City has been excluded. Jon Ashworth says it's nonsense
that Leicester's lost out because it's the biggest city in the region.
InterCity rivalry between Nottingham and Leicester is hardly
new but this latest spat started when the Deputy Prime Minister Nick
Clegg announced a new cash, up to �1 billion, for England's eight
biggest cities. In the East Midlands, that B is Nottingham,
Leicester is not included. But why? It is disappointing that Leicester
are still not considered a core City. The other pre-eminent city in
the East Midlands. This rivalry between cities is a healthy thing.
Cities have a competitiveness and verve that should be encouraged.
The government shows the eight so- called core cities for their
economic importance include Nottingham, Birmingham and
Manchester. Leicester shares it should be in the core City club
also put operation is bigger and the rate of economic activity is
also higher than Nottingham. raced in the House of Commons
yesterday, pushed the minister, and Our Mare has raised it with
ministers. How will push ministers further and try to get them to
change their minds and at Leicester to this list of cities. At a time
when government funding is tied, Nottingham's claim to be the
region's number-one course it you may be questioned again. -- core
city. And John's at the movies this week
for The Politics Show. The story of Grantham's most famous daughter
Margaret Thatcher is heading to the big screen. Here's more.
I will be getting the contrasting verdicts of striking miners and
older women of this film. I will be asking them whether Meryl Streep
cuts the mustard. So join Marie Ashby and the team for the Politics
Show this Sunday, from 12 noon here on BBC One. It looks like a good
safe -- a good film, that. First tonight, we start with
football. There's a full programme this weekend and none of our
Championship clubs are quite hitting their straps right now. Our
weekend preview starts with Nottingham Forest who are down at
the wrong end of the table. Manager Steve Cotterill believes they are
due a change in fortunes. Angela Rafferty looks ahead.
Three defeats, the bounce has left them in the drop CERN, beaten last
time out by a last-gasp goal at Brighton. If you're expecting of
the boss to be in the doldrums, think again. That's the best
they've been since I've been here so I don't have any qualms or
worries about them. I will keep talking to them, keep training from
and we will be OK. Derby were desperate for a change in fortunes
after their recent run and they got it. Now they want to put on a
better performance against brittle -- Bristol City. We've lost our
last three don't hear so it might not be a good thing. How
performance against Brighton was a very positive in lots of Wales. --
lots of ways. The focus for the team is on climbing for league
table. We know how tough every so fixture can be, whether it is at
home or away. What we've got to find all develop ourselves as a bit
more consistency over a run of games which allows us to make some
impact on of the league. You have to really work harder to earn that.
All the games on your BBC Local Radio station, including a long
trip for Colin Slater to Notts County's opponents Yeovil. Hope
he's fully recovered from the Radio Nottingham Sport Christmas Do last
night! For the second week running you can
make a very good argument that the biggest game of the weekend is in
rugby. Leicester Tigers travel to France for the biggest test of
their Heineken Cup campaign so far, away at big spending, big hitting
They are very well financed by Michelin. They were champions two
years ago. They are a quality team. But nothing but respect for them.
They are second in the table behind to lose. We've got a good enough
We are closer than we have ever been. It was end-to-end stuff there.
It was a dog fight. I think we are really a happy place. To come
through with a win gives us the boost that we want. We need to keep
Their crowd is pretty big so we will have to quieten them down in
the first quarter of the game. Of its massive, this is what Europe
And if you fancy some rugby action tonight Nottingham are in action
against London Welsh at Meadow Lane. Wrap up well. Or if you fancy
staying indoors Nottingham Panthers are in action against Edinburgh
Capitals at the NIC. Some other news. First cricket,
Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has missed out on England's upcoming
tests against Pakistan in the UAE. Broad and Swann are, of course,
included. And Derbyshire have appointed Wayne Madsen as their
captain after the departure of Luke Sutton. And we hope young
motorcyclist Kyle Ryde is enjoying himself tonight. His supporters are
staging a fundraising event in Jacksdale right now. They're trying
to get the money together to send Britain's youngest ever road
championship winner off to race in Spain next year. Good luck.
100 school children have been down to their local park in Derby to
lend a helping hand to the council's gardeners.
Their efforts will certainly make a difference, but there'll be nothing
to see until the spring. Who knows what it Daffodil looks
like? The children braved the wind and rain to get their chance to get
their hands dirty. This is a bulb. This is the way to plant the bulbs.
All you have to do is place the bulk in the hole and to cover for
Balbo over, simple. We invited them to come along today so they can
plant the daffodil bulbs in the park, so they can feel they are --
they have ownership. They can come back in years to come and bring
their children. With nearly 5000 daffodil bulbs to plant, facing
discovered which bit they liked best. You have to jump on them to
Many of the children live close to the park. If they come back in the
spring, they will be over see what a difference they and 5000
daffodils have made. It is a good job of those bulbs are
tucked up nicely in the ground, It's going to be very cold. It will
turn bitterly cold and very frosty as well. We have yet another
warning. This is for eyes, mainly across Derbyshire. -- ice. Tonight,
the main headline is that it is going to be very cold and frosty.
This photograph shows a double rainbow that was captured over
Nottingham. We saw it as one of the BBC. Plenty of people sent in their
photos. Thank you very much. We can see on the radar picture those
showers trickling fervour widespread during the course of
today than we expected. Any showers we can see now will gradually
fizzled out of the next couple of buyers -- hours. Good, clear skies
and a widespread frost across the East Midlands with temperatures
plummeting. A very cold, a very frosty start to Saturday morning.
Beautiful and sunny. If you want to go out and enjoy that sunshine,
wrap up warm. Temperatures will struggle, for degrees is a maximum
temperature. Sunday is different, a cloudier picture overall. Overnight
rain spreading in on Saturday night and that will stay with us through
much of the morning. It looks like much of that temperatures will
struggle during the start of next week and if you thought we had
escaped the now, it looks like you're going to see a return of