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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