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


Our top story tonight: Police wait to question the two


young survivors of the Melton killings. Adam and Kimberly Day are


recovering from stab wounds believed to have been inflicted by


their father. Clearly we have got a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old


girl who are in hospital having been very seriously injured. I


can't even start to imagine how they will deal with that trauma and


grief. Also, the worrying increase in


online grooming of children. My mum recognised the relationship for


water wars and took me to the police station. I found out he was


a convicted paedophile. -- for what it was.


Plus, how ill are you? 300 people a week are taken off incapacity


benefits. And the stately home paying half a


Good evening, welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, two


children are slowly giving evidence to the police about an attack which


resulted in the deaths of their mother, father and sister. It is


believed former inspector Toby Day, from Melton Mowbray, killed his


wife Samantha and his daughter before stabbing his two older


children and then killing himself. The officer in charge of the


investigation has today released more details about what happened,


as Helen Astle reports. Four days on and many flowers have


been left here outside the family's home. Inquests were open today at


Loughborough and the court was told that Janet identified the bodies of


her daughter, her son-in-law and her granddaughter, the six-year-old.


The two younger children who survived the -- older children who


survived the attack are in hospital. Kimberly has injuries to her neck.


I can't even start to imagine how they will deal with that form and


grief. They are able to talk to us occasionally but we are not at a


stage where Quick an interview either of them. We will do that


when it is appropriate and when they are ready, if they ever are,


to talk to us. Toby Day was an inspector with Leicestershire


Police. The police wanted one win is in particular to come forward.


My appeal today is particularly around a van that we knew drew


around the crescent at 4:20pm. The only description I have is that it


was white. It is not involved in any way. It just happened to drive


along the road at the relevant time. The Detective Superintendent also


wants to quash stories running in the national press about what


happened. Talking about the reason why Toby was dismissed and that


Samantha was having an affair. It is complete fabrication. I just


want to wait for the outcome of my investigation. I say that because


we have a grieving family who are waiting for the truth. That will


come with the coroner's inquest. It cannot come from tales of fantasy.


The police inquiry is continuing. In the meantime, the little girl's


school has paid tribute to her, describing her as a delight.


Support has been offered to other children and teachers. It has also


emerged that Adam and Kimberly know that their mother, father and


little sister had died. Joining us live now from


Leicestershire Police HQ is the chairman of the Leicestershire


Police Federation, Ivan Stafford. Good evening. Thank you for joining


us. You knew Inspector Toby Day personally. What kind of person was


Very diligent in his work and popular with his colleagues. What's


been the impact of this tragedy within Leicestershire Police?


wide-ranging. People are very distressed by it and they have to


remain professional about that and they will come to terms with what


has happened in the fullness of time. We don't know why this


happened but Inspector Day had been dismissed shortly before. Is there


support in place when officers are dismissed? The Police Federation is


a staff association and when an officer gets involved in an


internal disciplinary matter, a representative is provided for them


to act as their friend and guide and assist them through the process.


It can be quite traumatic at times. That is the support from the Police


Federation and it can remain, if necessary, after the dismissal if


that is necessary. Thank you. About 300 people a week are now


being removed from the region's sick list. The Benefits Agency is


reassessing around 1,000 people on incapacity benefits and moving


about a third of them onto jobseeker's payments instead. It's


all part of a government drive to slash the incapacity benefits bill.


But some think it's not fair, as our health correspondent, Rob


Sissons, reports. Jagdish says even getting around


his rented flat in Derby can be a struggle. He is on painkillers but


osteoarthritis and told benefit assesses about eight heart attacks


and angina. After five years of claiming incapacity benefit, he has


been reassessed as fit for work. I could work in any way, I would go


and get a job. I have never, ever liked sitting down. The problem is,


my back, my neck and my heart. I can't walk. He told me the


Government's talk on going back to work is a harsh reality. He looks


at losing around �30 a week in benefits. Just like they can put a


dog down, they can put you down. a statement, the Department for


In the East Midlands, 99,000 people were claiming jobseeker's allowance


in October. The numbers declared sick and unable to work, however,


was vastly sire. -- vastly higher. The numbers of Jagdish worries


about a his heating bills. I pitied on for three hours in the morning


and then three hours in the evening. -- I put it on. About a third of


appeals are upheld. A new review into the way assessments are done


will take place sooner. Welfare reform was never going to be easy.


Next, the continuing fight against the sexual exploitation of children.


In Derbyshire, the police are currently investigating 80 cases.


And they've been commended for their role in tackling what is a


growing problem. As part of a new national strategy, the Government


says other forces should follow Derbyshire's lead, as Sarah Teale


reports. Child exploitation is a frightening


and growing problem. Some vulnerable young children are


targeted on the streets. But others are preyed on even in the apparent


safety of their own homes. Jake was just 13 when he was a victim of


online grooming. I asked if he could be me in Derby and he could


go for a coffee and he said, yeah, that is fine. I can pick you up and


take you do Birmingham, we can go shopping. We can spend a night at


my hotel. My mum recognised the relationship for what it was an


took me to the police station. I found out he had actually been a


convicted paedophile. The issue hit the headlines in January after a


gang of men in Derby were jailed for cruising the streets and


crooning girls as young as 12. They were convicted following a specific


operation called Operation Retriever, run by Derbyshire Police.


Officers say they deal with hundreds of cases of child


exploitation every year. We are dealing with sexual exploitation


every single day in different crimes, so whether that is a rape,


sexual activity with a child, assault, incitement. We deal with


that every day. A new UK government action plan commenced Derbyshire


Police for the wicket has done. The strategy aims to draw on work


around the country to prevent child exploitation, identify those at


risk and support victims. Tonight, we look at why the problem is


growing, whether it is racially motivated and what is being done to


help the children who are at risk. That is at 7:30pm tonight on BBC


One. A woman has been sexually assaulted


while she was walking her dog in Derby. The 43-year-old was on a


footpath near woods off Wilmore Road at around 10.45am on Saturday


morning. Her attacker is described as Eastern European in appearance


and in his early 20s. He was around 5ft 8 inches tall, skinny build and


had noticeably bad teeth, with one of the top front ones missing.


Engineers have been installing solar panels on more than 1,000


homes in Nottingham before the government deadline. From today,


solar panel owners will be paid 50% less for the electricity they


produce. Nottingham City Homes has spent about �7 million installing


panels on 1,300 of their properties. Still to come on the programme, big


bills for that tiny bundle of joy. The spiralling cost of the first


year of life. Plus, it is the busiest day of


their year. Will be with the men and women sorting out that all-


important Christmas mail. -- we will be.


And it is another wet and windy light across the -- across the East


Midlands, with gusts of 50 miles an hour going through, and then


tomorrow, the chance of a few snow showers. More later.


Nottinghamshire's next chief constable has been announced today.


It's Chris Eyre, who is currently the force's deputy chief. And he's


also spent time in charge of the Leicestershire force. But what else


do we know about him? Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball,


can tell us more. Chris Eyre was brought to a


Nottinghamshire when its police force was facing a crisis. A series


of damning inspection reports that prompted the current chief to


replace her top command team. He has been in charge of turning


around a force at the same time as dealing with the huge squeeze in


his Budget. In addition to the �42.3 million we haven't cut, there


is another �12 million we should receive in government grant that we


are not. So we have a shortfall of 12 million. He has already spent


nine months in charge of another force. He was Leicestershire's


temporary Chief Constable and his been a national police chief


spokesman on forensic services. But it was this local tragedy that put


him at the eye of the storm - the case of Fiona Pilkington, who


killed herself and her severely disabled daughter after constant


hounding by yobs in Barwell. The police were accused of shameful


neglect. I started by offering my apologies to both the public and


the family for where policing have not met the requirements of the


local community or Fiona and her daughter through the process. I


offer my unreserved apologies and I meant it from the heart. I still do.


He will take over from the current police chief at a time when


policing will face a radical changes and more policing cuts.


Derbyshire Dales District Council is to close two tourist information


centres. It says not enough people are using them and the move will


save around �100,000 a year. Around 20, mainly part-time, jobs will go.


The Matlock Visitor Centre will close by the end of March next year,


and the one in Ashbourne a year later. The centres will be replaced


by information points elsewhere in the towns.


With just under two weeks till Christmas, today is the busiest day


of the year for Royal Mail staff working across the East Midlands.


With double the volume of letters and packages to deliver, they're


working around the clock, as Geeta Pendse reports.


If you are feeling the pressure of Christmas, spare a thought for


staff here at the Royal Mail sorting office in Nottingham. Today


is the busiest day of fear for them as they sought the thousands of


cards and packages. -- day of the deer as they sort. The machines


behind me would normally run for six hours on a Monday evening,


whereas today there will be running non-stop for about 18 hours. So the


volumes coming through a double what we normally see. To get a


sense of the scale of the operation, Royal Mail currently have 21,000


members of staff salt -- sorting out the post. They will have dealt


with 63 million items. Last year's dreadful weather was a real


challenge for the team. But with the mayhem, many are looking


forward to Christmas Day. I am looking forward to Christmas Eve


and finally being able to relax or stop it is very intense. But we are


enjoying people coming in and decorating their machines. There is


a real buzz bob around the place. The best advice for now is, post


your mail as early as possible. Second class on Saturday.


Next tonight, what price life? Or death? It seems that with the cost


of everything else rising, it's also getting expensive to mark some


of life's significant moments. This week, we're looking at just how


much it costs to get married and even to die. But first, birth.


Sumeer Kalyani looks at how those little bundles of joy can end up


costing their parents a big fat Harry Adkin has only been in the


world a few days. He is among more than 28,000 babies born in the East


Midlands each year. While it is an exciting time, it can also be one


of the most expensive. I think if you sat down and thought about it


and added Aberthin up, it would be a shock. But because you are


spending on a monthly, weekly, daily basis, is spaces things out.


With nappies, nursery and toys and even day-care to think about,


there's little bundles of joy can cost a big bundle of money - around


�10,000 in their first year. And it doesn't stop there. If by the time


they reach five, parents could be forking out more than �60,000.


can end up spending more than you need to without the guidance and


having a sense of being able to share items and not being afraid to


go second hand or look at selling things on after you have used them


and getting back some money. But it doesn't have to be so expensive.


Experienced mothers here have some money-saving tips for new parents.


If people of the second-hand things, take them. As long as they are


clean and working it doesn't matter. Children don't mind. When you have


your first, you are pressured into buying a lot of things you don't


actually need. Use the Sure Start Centre is an Ben you can learn that


babies can be interested in stuff that is not toys. Back here,


luxuries and baby toys are already on their shopping list. But why


would she have it any other way? At least making the baby is free!


Enough of that! We will immediately go to the sport! They are found


under a gooseberry bush! Sport tonight starts with Derby,


who put a stop to their slide with a come-from-behind win at Bristol


City. And, yet again, it was one of Derby's young guns who produced the


eye-catching moment. They keep making a mark, don't they?


All players young and Derby, making their mark in different ways, and


now we can add Callum ball to the list. He has got his first senior


goal. It is his second first in two appearances and it is important for


a young player. This game was partly atoned by some busy and play


from an older stall wart. Jamie Ward gave an early present for


Brighton to tap in. And then, at 19-year-old and your first senior


goal. Happy days. So while Derby are using their


youth set-up to maximum effect, Leicester look likely to splash the


cash and strengthen in next month's January transfer window. The club's


Thai owners continue to invest in all kinds of ways. And on Saturday,


Christmas came early at the King Power, at least off the pitch, as


It is Leicester City's last home game before Christmas so the owners


have laid on a fantastic winter Wonderland here in the car-park for


all the fans. I want to make the fans happy and


give them a good experience, not just come and watch the football


game and wait for the result. But at least they have something there


for the kids. I will get you, Santa Clause! Father Christmas has turned


out to support it and it is really good. A good way of paying back


some of the loyalty. They couldn't do more for us. It is a big club


and we are going places. And of course, everybody will have a great


Christmas if Leicester are winning. What is your assessment of Nigel's


performance so far? He is doing a great job. For me, not only on the


pitch but at the training as well. He can motivate the players and the


staff as well because he is tough. In his first five games, Nigel


Pearson has won two, drawn two and lost one. But this game against


Peterborough was not a Christmas cracker. Leicester were on top in


the first half with a sackful of chances but striker Jermaine


Beckford is not having any luck. It took until the start off the second


half for Paul Gallagher to make a breakthrough and then it looked


like Leicester would go on to win. But Peterborough held firm at the


back and asserted themselves, as Leicester-born at lead Tomlins


scored the equaliser. Today was a golden opportunity and we have let


it pass, basically. We have dropped points in the last two games which


we were very disappointed about, because we should be doing better.


But we will get there. Which leaves the Nottingham clubs,


both of whom can count themselves very unlucky to have been beaten


this weekend. But sometimes that's just how football is. The problem


for Forest in particular is that playing well and losing is now a


bit of a habit. The Reds battered Crystal Palace at


the City Ground. The chances reined in, especially in the first half


and Forest was denied by some unbelievable box, great goalkeeping


and bad luck. The post-match routine is becoming repetitive. But


you cannot blame them for that. just have a problem of putting the


ball in the back of the net. That is our problem! You don't take


those chances... We could have been 4-2 run up by half-time. If you


don't take those chances... This is how it bit them. Regulation of the


palace but they should not have been even close to Forest by this


stage. You feel if one thing drops right for the reds, it will all


come good. This rocket from a striker was their best opportunity.


But they will cost up with two minutes left. Had it is becoming a


real fight for those play-off places.


In rugby, Leicester Tigers' big match did not go their way. They


were heavily beaten by Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup. The


turning point in the game came when Tigers were 16-5 down. Both Manu


Tuilagi and George Chuter were sent to the sin bin. So with just 13 men


left on the pitch, the French side took control and went on to win the


game 30-12. It leaves Tigers' home game with Clermont this coming


Saturday as a must-win affair. But this try from Ben Youngs gives them


hope. No bonus point for the French is very good news.


And just a reminder in case you missed it over the weekend - good


wins for both Nottingham Panthers and Nottingham Rugby on Friday


night, the Rugby Club beginning to look like contenders.


And finally our delighted congratulations to Derbyshire's


Leon Haslam. The Superbike star is now a dad. His wife Oli gave birth


to Ava May in the early hours of this morning and all are doing just


fine. That is lovely. Hopefully he has


been saving up his pennies after that last feature!


Are you cleaning the house from top to bottom? Ready for Christmas


guests? Well, some houses are certainly getting a good going over


for different reasons. Belton House, near Grantham, is having its annual


winter clean-up. And, not only that, but the 17th-century house is also


getting a 21st-century heating system. It's cost a cool half a


million, as Tom Brown reports. Sit-in at the heart of the


Lincolnshire countryside for more than 300 years, Belton House has an


aura of tranquillity about it. And with the National Trust property in


a closed until the spring, its contents have been wrapped up for


their winter hibernation. We cover all the furniture and the objects


and ceramics. They are covered with paper covers. Once we have done


that, work begins to clean the entire contents of the house. But


this year, that is all a bit different. And this difference is a


new computerised trading system designed to keep punitive levels in


the house constant and protect the priceless artifact inside. -- to


keep heating levels. But there is some disruption. This is the saloon.


You would have got as far as here if you had known the family.


Radiators and computer systems are being put in, with the carpets been


called up. The house was once owned by the Speaker of the House of


Commons. This is an object that will benefit from this new central


heating system. The Cabinet is 17th century. It is Venetian and if the


wood and khakis gets damp it will swell and that is when you get


problems with Veneer coming off. Will next year's visitors notice a


difference? They might come in in July it when it is hot and warm and


Sol tree outside and if we have a sudden downpour, the humidity will


go up and our central heating will come on. Apart from that, it will


be business as usual come March. And a feeling of tranquillity will


return as though nothing had happened.


She did look chilly, didn't she? I am guessing Sara has got her


tightly-packed isobars! Mary windy tonight but not quite as much as by


the time we get to Friday. -- very But we had a tranquil picture to


show you first. A very different story tonight, though. We have a


south-westerly wind starting to increase as that band of mate


crosses the East Midlands and the wind will become stronger. -- band


of rain. Some very heavy rain as it crosses the region and we could see


around 30 mm falling. There are quite a few wintry showers coming


in behind and the opportunity for some ice as well. Quite a cold


night denied. Feeling or outside. And that is not with the wind at


its full strength. -- feelings raw outside. A few showers will become


wintry a have a higher ground but we will see colder air coming in. A


windy day tomorrow. Through the early part of the morning, at lower


levels, we will have a wintry mix of hail, sleet and snow. Very windy


again through Wednesday, with the majority of snow showers more


confined to the coast. Quite a bright day but it will be cold and


windy with the odd snow shower affecting the Peak District. But it


is this deep area of low pressure, a nasty looking storm, which looks


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