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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and Anne Davies. Our
top story tonight, the schoolboy on trial for beating a woman to death
with a hammer. The jury hears that he made plans for the killing and
searched for websites on how to get away with murder.
Also tonight, a grieving mother backs a campaign to rid Mansfield
of its binge-drinking culture. went to Mansfield for a Friday
night out and never came home again. Plus, built for the bigger patient
- health chiefs order more specially strengthened ambulances.
It has a particular kind of structure that will take the
pressure up to 50 stones, and a wider ramp on the rear for access.
And it may be 59 years old but I'll be finding out that this Raleigh
Good evening and welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight,
a schoolboy's gone on trial accused of murdering a woman with a hammer.
Today a jury heard that the boy had written detailed plans for the
killing and that he tried to destroy the evidence by burning his
victim's body. For more details, let's cross to Nottingham Crown
Court and our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball. Good
evening, Jeremy. Good evening. The prosecution said the jury will hear
disturbing evidence. This happened at the woman's home in Nottingham
last year. She was beaten so badly that her skull was fractured and
though her and her body was covered in petrol and set on fire. And --
and then her body was covered in petrol. We are not allowed to
identify it the person accused or the woman. If he has admitted the
attack, why is the trial taking place? The jury has to decide
whether he is guilty of murder. That is because the defence say he
had been provoked and that he finally lost control after the
woman called him a freak. The prosecution see it differently and
they say this was well planned and so it there is damning evidence
found by detectives on his computer hard drive. He had been looking up
website on how to get away with murder and there are also clips
from a similar soap-opera plot and he had tried to delete a story that
mapped out details of this killing and we heard that this boy had
immersed himself in a fantasy world and the boundaries between real
life and fiction had become very tragically blurred. Looking back,
had there been any warning signs? We heard there had been some
worries about his behaviour. One incident in class where he started
screaming that his school tie was trying to hurt him. We also heard
that he had been talking to a councillor, heard that he had been
hearing voices -- a counsellor. will leave it there, thank you.
A Nottinghamshire town is fighting to get rid of its reputation as a
centre for weekend binge drinking. Mansfield wants to earn a purple
flag - an award given to town centres which promote responsible
drinking. Our cameras followed police on a busy night dealing with
alcohol-related violence. From A recent report highlighted this
town has a drinking problem. The highest numbers of alcohol-related
hospital admissions and the highest levels of alcohol and crime in
Nottinghamshire. So we are out with Mansfield police on one of the
busiest nights of the year will stop and we are in for a rough ride.
What has happened? SCREAMING. 's before I spend an evening with
the police I want to discover this town's darkest hour. The mid-
noughties. Most weekends saw serious accident. This woman's
relative died but no charges were brought. He went out on a Friday
night and never came back. You have got to be careful. You hope your
children can go out and be safe. And not have the heartbreak we had.
The term and to reduce major incidents, the police and
authorities are trying to tackle problem pubs and people. A do not
kick the van! Besides arrests, the police use powers like direction to
leave, which bars people from the town centre through the night. A
more serious thing is a drink banning order. Look price received
the first one, be named and shamed. -- Luke price. It was big news. I
live in a pub and I am banned from them. Do you think these drink
banning orders work? Yes, it is in the back of your mind. You don't
want to go out causing trouble because if you get caught...
Despite the crackdowns, initiatives and goodwill, tackling weekend
binge-drinking remains a challenge in Mansfield. But this town is
serious about fighting for its purple flag. Somewhere that
discourages binge-drinking. You can see Stuart Woodman's full
report on tonight's Inside Out at 7:30 on BBC One.
Still to come on the programme, keeping the traffic flowing - we
join the Highways Agency as they clear crashes, set up diversions
Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a
takeaway shop owner from Leicester. The body of the businessman was
found earlier this month, as Helen Astle reports.
The body of Dogan Dogan was found in his flat above a takeaway on 8th
January. This morning, 31-year-old Wali Khan and 27-year-old Naveed
Naveed, both from St Stephen's Road appeared at Leicester magistrates'
court. Each confirmed their name and address. They were arrested on
Thursday and spent two days in police custody before being charged.
During the 15 minute hearing, Wali Khan and Naveed Naveed did not
enter a plea. They have been remanded into custody. It will
later be decided if they will be granted bail. In the meantime,
police investigations into the murder of Dogan Dogan are
continuing. A man has been jailed for nearly
five years after he ran over a special constable in Nottingham and
broke her leg in three places. Lee Ashton hit Carly Henfrey with a
stolen car on Shakespeare Street as he tried to escape from police last
November. A judge at Nottingham Crown Court said the public could
only be protected if he was in custody because he constantly
flouted any bans or punishments given to him regarding driving.
The family of an off-duty police officer who was critically injured
in a hit-and-run have thanked people in Mansfield for their
unwavering support. PC Diederik Coetzee was cycling along Blidworth
Lane at the end of November when he was hit by a car. He's still in
hospital in a stable condition. Four people have been arrested and
bailed in connection with the incident.
A BAFTA-winning actress has appeared in court charged with
racially aggravated assault. 21- year-old Lauren Socha, who won a
BAFTA for her role in the TV series Misfits, is alleged to have
assaulted a taxi driver in Derby one night last October. Today she
appeared at Derby Crown Court where she pleaded not guilty to the
charge. Her trial is expected to take place in April.
People living in a Leicestershire village are warning that someone
could be killed unless urgent action is taken to force traffic to
slow down. They say motorists are ignoring a 20mph speed limit
through Kilby. One house on a corner has so far had four cars
Rosemary and Michael Arrowsmith have lived on Main Street in Kilby
for more than 30 years. Their 400- year-old House is at one end of the
village. They say the speed limit being ignored and the Grade Two
listed property usually bears the brunt if motorists drive carelessly.
We have had people run into the side of the house, into the front
we had a car through the front with a concrete bollard coming in front
of it. And then this final one where the car went up and hit the
window. That is in the middle of the house, not even on the corner.
�40,000 damage was caused in the last accident. Some residents say
school buses are breaking the speed limit and there may be disastrous
consequences. We are worried about the children playing out. There is
a school here. Somebody will get knocked over eventually. There will
be a serious accident before long. My one car is coming into the
village, another is going out and they will hit head-on. Something
might get done then but it wants doing before then to prevent it.
Even the bollards outside the home had to be replaced when there had
been damaged. Leicestershire County Council says officers will be
holding a site meeting later this week to see whether anything else
can be done. Most of us have probably driven on
the M1 at some time or another, but have you ever thought about who's
responsible for the smooth running of the motorway? When accidents
happen or when people break down, it's the job of the Highways Agency
to divert traffic, arrange recovery and make the scene safe. Our
reporter Jonathan Cecil has been out with two teams covering our
section of one of the country's They are responsible for looking
after motorways and made a -- major trunk roads. The staff close lanes,
use overhead signs and control the flow of vehicles. It is the
Two cars have collided and one of the drivers has called the police,
making allegations about the other driver. People are angry when there
has been an accident so you tend to get the after-effects of the anger.
We will see what happens with this one, I suspect it will be dealt
with by the insurance companies. But the most dangerous places on
the motorway can be the hard shoulder. We have vehicles coming
up to the hard shoulder every now and then when people are not paying
attention or falling asleep so you have to keep your eyes open all the
time. The major road and trunk road networks carry two thirds of all
heavy freight traffic. It didn't happen many minutes ago. Some of
the strap's light. Working. The officers are making sure that the
driver is OK. -- of this Trott's lights are not working.
One year, has started a rolling roadblock. We will slow the traffic
down to slow it down to make it safe to collect the debris. It will
not inconvenience the public too much, we hope will have made it
safer. As soon as the officer can see the robot vehicle, they have a
chance to retrieve the object. job is to keep the traffic moving,
to keep the public informed of something that is happening and to
reduce journey times as much as we possibly can. They manage a huge
range of incident, but when there his loss of life or criminal
activity, the police are also involved. -- where there is loss of
life. We get called to an accident
booking three lanes and a luxury sports car needs to be taken off
the motorway but will it get up the A theatre has broken its own box
office record for its Christmas and New Year production. Curve in
Leicester sold 38,000 tickets for its revival of 42nd Street. It was
so popular that an extra seventh week was added to the run. The
musical, which finished at the weekend, sold 2,000 tickets more
than the previous year's production, The King And I.
Today marks the start of an auspicious year in the Chinese
calendar. Celebrations have been taking place across the East
Midlands, including in Leicester. And this year is particularly
special because it's the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese believe
that children born now are destined to be successful and wealthy so
watch out for a bit of a baby boom. You never know! Still to come, a
very big birthday for a well-known cycle manufacturer. And it will be
a cold day tomorrow with a chance of some rain, sleet and snow. More
weather for you towards the end of the programme.
Millions of pounds is being spent on new ambulances for the East
Midlands designed to transport the heaviest patients. 80 emergency
vehicles have been ordered that can carry patients weighing up to 50
stone. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
We are getting bigger, eating more, Paramedics are going to accidents
whether patients and bigger as well. This person had to be rescued from
a crashed car. It was a while ago The they had to cut me out and I
don't know how many firemen it took to cut me out. The blood-pressure
cuff would not go around my arm because it was a small one. And the
trolley I was on, I was bulging over the sides. It was very
uncomfortable as a journey, degrading for me. And I felt sorry
for the stuff that had to deal with me. Now the ambulance service is
moving with the times to meet the challenge of heavier patients.
is our prototype vehicle. It has a standard A&E structure. Capable of
taking a patient up to 30 stone. And the new ones? The new ones will
take a patient up to 50 stones. It is a lot smoother for the patient
because it is electrical. At the moment, there are only five
ambulances serving an entire fleet of 270 that required to take
patients of more than 30 stone. Now, 80 more are on order. I felt sorry
for the staff that had to deal with me because they were trained to do
as much as they could and they obviously had to ask me how much I
worried which I know they have to do. -- how much I weigh. It was a
horrible experience. 37 of the new ambulances will go to Lincolnshire.
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire each will get 14 and by the summer,
Leicestershire and Rutland will The tomorrow night, Robb will have
a special report on the increasing popularity of obesity surgery. We
have a "weight T" matters to deal All the weekend's action is on the
way but there's a game tonight and its a big one. Leicester City off
to Championship pace-setters Southampton. But it's transfer
window time, and that means it's all overshadowed by news of faces
arriving and leaving at the Foxes. Ian Stringer is at the St Mary's
Welcome to St Mary's, massive game for Leicester City, off the back of
a 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. But formidable opponents
here for the Foxes this evening. Former Leicester striker Alan Young
joins me. First, what do city need to do to overcome Southampton
tonight? I think if they play anything like they performed
against Nottingham Forest then we will not be far away tonight.
Brilliant news coming out of the King power stadium, first and
foremost, Newquay Abbey leaves and returns to Japan. Your thoughts.
really tried his had hardest but he has gone back to play his football
and we wish him well. Myth and Alfonso comes in on a one month
emergency loan from Aston Villa. -- Nathan. He can play both sides. I
have not seen him play but he can play both flanks and that is what
in a manager is looking for. Let's hope it is difficult for him.
may feature this evening as make Danny Drinkwater, the signing from
Manchester United. The stage is set with full commentary on BBC local
radio and for myself in the commentary box.
Don't miss Ian and Alan on BBC Radio Leicester getting going in a
few minutes. You can get your first look at the goals on our late
bulletin this evening at 10:25 and a full report on Late Kick Off
which is live at 11:05 here on BBC One. Plenty of interest for fans of
other clubs too. A great feature on Rams keeper Frank Fielding plus
former Derby and Forest manager Billy Davies is a guest in the
studio. And Billy Davies has been an
interested spectator as Forest have slid backwards this season. A slide
that continued, controversially, on Nottingham Forest at Upton Park.
The first from a ball fired into the arm, at least that is how it
looked. And the second in the second half hitting Chris Brunt.
Same offence, same decision, same result. Forest manager Steve
Cotterill left looking for the The first one was never a penalty.
I can see why he has given the second one by thought we were
excellent, the better team. I thought we have got our team that.
You can argue who deserved it more but a McGugan special was earned.
Cotterell is convinced it will all The rest of the action now. Notts
County in a moment, but first, in- form Derby.
The rest of the action now. Notts County in a moment, but first, in-
test for the keeper. But they stood firm to come away with a goalless
I think we deserved at least a point. We did very well today and
we did not sit back. Not a negative 0-0. Notts County are still looking
for their first win in League One since November but a draw was a
decent result against promotion candidates, MK Dons. The visitors
took the lead in acrobatic style in the first half Notts County had
plenty of chances to equalise. Fans thinking it wasn't to be with the
MK Dons keeper in good form. 10 minutes to go, they got their brick
through thanks to the penalty decision. Up stepped Jeff Hughes
and he very rarely misses from the Other sport and some major changes
being announced at Leicester Tigers. Lock George Skivington is off to
London Irish in the summer, winger Alesana Tuilagi is Japan-bound and
young Billy Twelvetrees hasn't signed a new contract and will also
be leaving. It all probably gave Tigers fans something to discuss
during a stinker of a first half at Welford Road against the Italians,
Aironi. It got much better in the second half but this was a hollow
victory. As predicted, no Heineken Cup quarter-final place for Tigers.
Nottingham, meanwhile, were knocked out of the British and Irish Cup,
crashing 33-3 to Cornish Pirates. A great weekend for Nottingham
Panthers in the ice hockey. On Saturday night they beat the league
leaders Belfast away from home and they followed it up with a
comfortable 4-1 victory over Fife in Nottingham last night. Panthers
are now five points off the lead, with some very big games on the way
in February. In field hockey, no final win for
GB's women at the Four Nations in Cordoba. They lost 3-2 to Korea.
But a clean sweep in the group stages made this a great tournament
to start an Olympic year with. In badminton, if you watched our
Olympic Dreams programme yesterday you'll know that Nottingham's
badminton star Nathan Robertson and Leicester's Chris Adcock are in a
struggle for one spot in the mixed doubles at London 2012. Well,
yesterday Robertson struck a blow in that contest, winning the
Swedish Open with his partner, Jenny Wallwork. By the way,if you
didn't watch Olympic Dreams, it's now on BBC iPlayer.
A Nottingham lad has won Britiain's first ever gold medal at the Winter
Youth Olympics. Speed skater Jack Burrows was part of a victorious
mixed nationality team in the 3,000 metres relay speed skating. Amazing,
it is the first ever win to Youth Olympics and I have got a gold
medal. You can't get higher than that right now, I am over the moon.
So young and such a grip must already of the sporting cliche! --
One of the East Midlands' most iconic brands is 125 years old.
Raleigh may not have such a strong presence as it once had in
Nottingham, but its headquarters are still at Eastwood in
Nottinghamshire. And as Kylie Pentelow - a cycling enthusiast -
has been finding out, some of Raleigh's historic models are still
ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: Britain's cycles, motorcycles and accessories and
here these fashion minded gill enthusiasts are being shown. They
say they don't make them like that anymore. The Raleigh's built back
in the 1950s are still going strong. But this one at least. Tom Gibson
bide his old 1953 delivery back almost every day to his cow was in
East League. For them, the Raleigh's arrival means feeding
time. Fantastic. I really love it because it keeps you fit. It is a
butcher's bike for delivering meat or it used to be. He found the back
in a skip about 30 years ago. was on a pile of rubbish in the
village behind a shop. It was going for scrap and I spoke to the trap
and he said I could have it but it was minus the front wheel. We found
it in a little shop in the village, a garage shop and they gave me it.
And it eventually got the new rear wheel and the saddle off the
internet recently. Raleigh began back in 1887, a small cycle company
on a Raleigh street. By the 1,900, the company was designing and
building 30,000 bikes every year. The whole bike is not built here
but the headquarters are firmly based in the East Midlands.
Nottingham is key to us. We are here in Eastwood in our 13 acre
site. We are like Formula One cars. We design everything here and they
are built abroad. It may not be a high-spec, super hi-tech model. In
fact, it does not even have years and it is not that easy to ride but
Tom says he loves it and despite numerous offers, he will never sell
the bike he saved from the scrap heap.
ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: May we look forward to a mutual era of
And that was my commentary, obviously!
Well, you've been tweeting us about your bikes. Only time to mention a
few, Adam Longley said he always wanted a Raleigh Lizard when he was
young but could never afford one. have never heard of that one.
Jonathan Ashworth MP said all his bikes were Raleigh. His grandad
said they were the best and he loved his Raleigh Mustang. And Sean
Hanrahan had a Raleigh Grifter. They came out in 1981 and he was
the first kid on his street to own one. Did you ever have one?
always wanted a chopper. And now Up was an early warning for the
band of rain coming in from the West -- there's an early warning. A
strong chance of turning to snow. These guys are clearing a present
and although it will be a cold early part of the evening, down to
about minus one Celsius, and thank you for David for capturing the sun
setting this evening along the River Trent. Keep your pictures
coming in, we always like to see them. A frost starting to form
later on so we will see the cloud increasing from the West as we get
into the early hours of the morning. As it starts to work its way in, it
will turn to rain as well. There will be some snow affecting the
Peak District ever higher ground. If you're travelling overnight,
watch out. And as the band of rain moves east, it turns to a wintry
mix of rain, sleet and snow. The main difference for ourselves is
the temperatures. The further west, back into double figures with our
maximum daytime temperature at no higher than four Celsius. It will
be one of those dull days. And some hill fog as well. A pretty
miserable day on the roads if you are going anywhere tomorrow
afternoon. And throughout the evening as well, we see the milder
air coming in again and for Wednesday, a slightly different day
starting to get a bit breezy and there will be a bit of cloud
remaining with us as well. A grey, drizzly sort of day with milder