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


Our top story tonight - the death of a Royal Marine, described as a


true hero. His family here of the desperate


attempts to save him after he was shot on patrol in Afghanistan.


Also, as the temperatures plummet, we get ready to start spreading


this little lot. Why are so many children developing


type 1 diabetes? I am staying very still, holding


this beautiful are off. Find out more about him later in the


Good evening and welcome to the programme. First tonight, an


inquest has been hearing how a young Royal Marine, described as a


true hero, was shot dead in Afghanistan.


Lance Corporal Martin Gill was killed while on a routine patrol in


Helmand Province. His colleagues described how they tried to save


him but couldn't because his injuries were so devastating.


Lance corporal Martin Gill returned home to be buried, just two months


after being deployed to Afghanistan. The 22 year-old from Nottingham had


been on a routine patrol in the village -- a village in Helmand


province last June. The mission was to destroy insurgent activity in


the area. A corporal told the inquest that when they arrived,


they were greeted with friendly faces. He said they were happy with


the atmospherics, describing how he and Martin had even been engaging


with the local children. But it was towards the end of their short


exercise when a sudden burst of gunfire was heard. The corporal


described how he saw Martin being hit by the first round of shots.


The inquest was told that he had been wearing full body armour and a


helmet, but they couldn't have protected him from the bullet which


went into his neck and head. His colleagues described pulling their


friend to safety and trying in vain to resuscitate him. Afterwards,


Martin's family thanked them for trying. For men that were with


Martin when he felt could not have been more dedicated in getting him


to safety. -- the men. We come to realise in at the past months how


strong the bond is with him Bacall and the loss of -- for loss of


Martin has hit them as much as it has hit us. Martin's brother,


sister and girlfriend sat in the front row of the court has the


coroner explained how keen he had been to deployed to Afghanistan,


despite the death of his mother just weeks earlier. This was the


mark of the man, the inquest heard, passionate and dedicated, and


utterly loyal. After listening to all the evidence, the coroner


recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. She then read out a


tribute which had been paid by Martin's commanding officer. He


said, Martin was a marine of rare quality, a true hero, selfless,


resolute and courageous to the end. Now temperatures are set to plummet


tonight and there are warnings of potentially dangerous driving


conditions on the region's roads. Last year of course, some major


highways went ungritted as councils began to run out of salt.


This year, local authorities are taking no chances. Our reporter is


at a highways depot now. Simon, this is the start of a busy night


for the gritting lorries. Yes, indeed. We are at a new work,


at one of the Nottinghamshire county council depots. There are


3000 tonnes of salt in this one should alone. There are others


around the county. Tonight, around 24 critters like this one will be


out and about on of the roads of a Nottinghamshire, because


temperatures could go as low as- nine tonight. Lots more salt will


be put on the roads. Let's have a word with Richard Jackson who is in


charge. After the problems last year, are you prepared? Have you


got enough? We have 18,000 tonnes of salt across the county to make


sure we keep our roads moving, whatever the weather throws at us.


You've been looking at the latest information from the met Office.


How is it looking tonight? Tonight could be a trying night for us. It


will be freezing for the next few hours. We will be out... We might


even see a spot of rain which UN dues by some of the good work we do.


It will freeze again. -- and does some of the good work. The message


to drivers as well in the morning is just because it has been treated,


don't alter your driving. absolutely, take care. We will have


been out and gritted the roots as much as possible. Richard, my


thanks. I'm going to go out with one of those crews. You can see


more on the matter tomorrow -- more on that tomorrow and on our late


bulletin is severe. But to the warm studio.


So, they're all prepared for icy roads and a snowy weekend. But how


likely is snow? You're not going to believe it but


in the last few minutes, it has started to snow! All right, it's


not real. But the real deal is likely to come on Saturday. More


later. And lifting the lid on the Austrian


A major report on undercover policing is recommending much


tighter controls, following the collapse of a trial of climate


activists in Nottingham. Mark Kennedy was one of more than 100


activists arrested by Nottinghamshire Police for plotting


to shut down Ratcliffe power station. But police didn't know


Kennedy was really an undercover detective. Today's report by her


Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says he broke the


rules by having intimate relationships and getting too


involved in the plot. Mark Kennedy says everything he did had been


approved. The sale of the Castle Donington


based airline BMI Baby could be completed within a few weeks but


that won't affect anyone who's booked flights for this summer. A


deal has been agreed in principle to sell the airline to a mystery UK


company. But its current owners say the 2012 summer schedule will go


ahead as planned. The company's head office will remain in the East


Midlands after the sale. An East Midlands energy company


wants to build the UK's biggest solar farm on a site in


Leicestershire. Photovoltaic panels, like these near Newark, convert


sunlight directly into electricity. Lark Energy wants to put 120,000


panels on an old airfield near Wymeswold. If it gets the go ahead,


the site will take six months to build, cost �40 million and cover a


hundred acres. Doctors say cases of childhood


diabetes have doubled over the past ten years with Nottingham


Children's Hospital, seeing more and more youngsters with type 1.


These children rely on daily doses of insulin. Our health


correspondent has met one youngster from Derbyshire who's been


diagnosed with the condition. Dominic has to measure his blood


sugars every day. The seven-year- old is one of more and more


children with type 1 diabetes. the countdown. Without being given


insulin, his body cannot break down the sugar. A 13.9. White blood


sugar is quite high now. readings are sent to the pump which


controls the insulin given to his body. Dominic is not alone. They


are seeing more and more children at the Queen's Medical Centre with


type 1 diabetes. 10 years ago, it was about 25 new children with


diabetes every year. Now it is about 50 children every year. They


don't quite know why. One theory is we are all too clean and our new


systems don't know what to do it ourselves. If your child starts


drinking or reading a lot, for example start sweating the bed


again, having been tried previously, a simple blood test or urine test


can see what you've got high sugar levels. Which is better? Pump or


injections? Pump, because it did half to have needles in my arms or


legs. It is a way of life but for mothers and fathers, the diagnosis


is hard. Heart-wrenching. It felt like having a baby all over again


and having to learn all over again new things. He is a brave little


boy. Mummy and daddy are so proud of him as well. Dominic was


diagnosed quickly which is good. What his family and many others are


now hoping for is that in future, a cure might be found for conditions


which are affecting more and more lives.


The Church of England's brought in tougher checks, after a string of


sham weddings in Nottingham. Nine fake grooms and brides have been


jailed after local vicars were duped into marrying them. A tenth


man, Phillips Onikoyi, admitted organising the weddings for an


immigration scam. The marriage register at one church in Basford


showed there were 38 weddings in a year, many involving Nigerians who


wanted to stay here illegally. Well, earlier I was joined by


Reverend Jonathan MacGillivray, who's the Church of England's dean


for Nottingham. He told me the number of marriages involving


different nationalities didn't appear out of the ordinary. On one


level, it seems extraordinary except if you live in one town


where there is a huge Nigerian committee. All marrying Dutch


people? Well... Except there are a lot of that from the West Indies


who might have reasonable links. Hindsight is a great thing. I


believe you have personal experience because you were taking


him on one occasion. I had one chap who came with his proofs of


identity such as his passport and bank statements, his council tax


bill, and his bank statement had something about transactions at


Harrods. I asked him what he bought in Harrods and he couldn't explain


it. And then I explained to him that I didn't think it was an


authentic bank statement. I wouldn't take it any further.


seems these gangs are out to defraud. Is it going to bring about


any change to how you approach these things? It has already


brought huge changes. No longer will I normally be seeing double


from non-EU countries, to swear an affidavit, they all go to the


bishop's main officer. He is a solicitor. Rather than to a


clergyman like me. When you look back on this and the number of sham


marriages, do you regret that they went ahead? Are you glad these


changes have been made? Of course, yes. The Church wants to be open


and welcoming to those who want to commit to another person. But we


don't want the system to be abused any more than anyone else does.


One of the region's most influential politicians is at the


centre of an investigation into his travel expenses.


David Parsons, the leader of Leicestershire County Council, has


been accused of not repaying money that he owed.


He denies any allegations of wrong- doing and says all the debts have


now been paid. It was political business as usual


for David Parsons today, at a conference on reviving the region's


economy. He was chairing a session of East Midlands councils, the new


body that speaks up for local government. It is in his role that


has led to an investigation into his travel expenses. Specifically,


it should support and to lobby on his behalf of local councils.


auditor's report highlights �5,400 but at one stage was owed by a


counsellor Parsons to East Midlands councils. It advanced his travel


expenses to Brussels and he was reimbursed by the European Union.


The investigation centred on delays in councillor Parsons refunding the


cash back to the opposition. I have written cheques and the problem is


the Czechs have been lost by East Midlands councils or Leicestershire


County Council, which has not helped the situation. David Parsons


once close scrutiny of regional funding to make sure the East


Midlands gets its fair share but this investigation into his


expenses for travelling to Brussels, to lobby EU officials, now puts him


under close scrutiny. I think that an apology is needed. We need to


change the process so this cannot happen in the future. He must learn


his lesson and move on. Councillor Parsons has now repaid all the


money owed to East Midlands councils. What we are trying to do


is put things on a more transparent footing. I am behind that. Next


Monday, a powerful county hall committee will decide whether to


take any further action against Still to come on the programme. The


fun of falconry. Kylie tempts the birds from the trees in


Leicestershire. And the perils of the piece to camera as our Colin


They're made by the world's oldest and most prestigious manufacturer


and today half a dozen of them arrived in the East Midlands. The


Bursendorfer pianos have been brought all the way from Austria to


Nottingham to be used for a series of concerts in the city. Angelina


Socci's been to take a look. Delivering a piano is not an easy


task, especially when there is six of them and their total value is


nearly half a million pounds. Starting at �57,000, these


Bursendorfer grand pianos have been transported from Vienna. They are


made out of the best materials available, and they have been made


for 200 years. From start to finish, it takes about a year to make one


of these instruments, so there is a lot involved. They are one of the


oldest piano manufacturers in the world, and they have been played in


concert halls including Leonard Burnside and. -- Leonard Bernstein.


The tone and resonance of the bass strings is fantastic. It is quite


inspiring. World-renowned pianists will be tinkling these ivories. It


has been 20 years since I played the piano, so is there any hope for


She did pretty good. Not bad. Have you recovered? Just about. A real


"ouch" moment - for me - to come in the sport. But I'm still smiling -


unlike Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson last night. He really


wasn't a happy bunny after the 2-2 wasn't a happy bunny after the 2-2


draw with Middlesbrough. It was all over something he claims the


referee did at half time. Pearson was so angered by it he says he's


going to make a complaint. Kirsty who stole the headlines. The


referee went into the Leicester changing room for a word at half-


time, and Nigel Pearson's reaction saw him sent to the stands. I am


talking to my players, giving them instructions in a calm way, and I


have someone interrupting meet mid- sentence when I am talking to my


players. I told him where he could go. On the pitch, Leicester City


took an early lead through David Nugent. By the break, it was all


square, as Middlesbrough were able to head in their own close-range


effort. Pearce and watch on from the stands in the second half as he


saw Jermaine Beckford denied by the woodwork. The foxes may have


thought it had not been then night, but then they went behind to a well


taken free-kick. The story was not over there as Jermaine Beckford


squeezed the ball in from the squeezed the ball in from the


narrowest of angles. The Foxes are seven points of the play-offs.


is not what we wanted. It is not what we should be achieving. We


should be in league play-offs. for the referee, I doubt he will be


on Nigel Pearson's Christmas card We had a word with our former


referee Frazer Stretton earlier today and he told us that in ten


years of refereeing he never once went into the changing rooms at


half time. Worth pointing out he is a Foxes fan, but nevertheless, he


said referee Gavin Ward looked a "little boy lost". More from


Leicester tomorrow with new signing Wes Morgan. Plus, of course, all


the build up to the Derby versus Forest game. Bit of rugby now, and


four Leicester Tigers make the England team for their Six Nations


opener against Scotland at the weekend. Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and


Tom Croft all start. Geoff Parling in on the Bench. And, while we're


talking rugby, it's a big weekend for Nottingham. Final home game of


the season before the play-offs and they are determined to draw a big


crowd. Much lower prices, family events and a big promotion push.


Plus taking their opportunity to cause yours truly some pain. Real


pain. It's coming up in my day in the life of Nottingham Rugby. They


are calling it the push for the Premiership, and they are taking it


seriously at Nottingham, but not so soon as the that they would not let


an unfit sports presenter take drool with them. It is about so


much more than what is happening on the field of play. The city


deserves a Premiership rugby club, and we want to get there, and we


want to make sure the people of Nottingham are all aware of what we


are doing. More importantly, we need to have more people in here to


achieve that. Over lunch, it is a time to work out how they achieve


that. This man knows a thing or two about the next step. It would be a


very big job, and it needs investment in certain areas. It is


a very long season with a very attritional game. But we start with


this weekend's game. I am confident that this group of lads are a good


group. We have at international expertise in key slots, so it is a


case of making sure they will take at the same time. Building up the


crowd for the long term is one of the key goals, and they are


stopping them young. I do not know what to say. They are being trained


by players who play week-in, week- out. It is fantastic. It is good


taking tactics of them. We want to build a family club and a community


club, and we want to get in the Premiership, so to get out and


about and living in schools and colleges and universities, that is


what we want to do. It will be my first time playing on the field


there. Those kids are part of the weekend entertainment. I hope they


go easier on them than they did And you can see the professionals


taking - and making - the big hits for just a fiver against Leeds on


Sunday at Meadow Lane. Good luck to Great Britain's women hockey


players who play their Champions Trophy quarter final against Korea


later this evening. You can see the game live on the BBC Red Button


from half past eight. I have got that clip on my phone. I will be


replaying yet all afternoon! Let's see it again! Moving on... Now


they're seen as elusive, mysterious creatures - some only come out at


night. But this month in Leicestershire there's a chance to


get up close and personal with birds of prey. For our latest


What's On guide, we sent Kylie Pentelow to Leicestershire to meet


some fantastic owls and hawks. It was in the 15th century, around


about here, but the battle of Bosworth happen, but today, I am


not giving you a history lesson. I am going to try and Masters and


falconry. -- master some talcum If your hand is there... That is


how lazy they are. He is very light! He is a very laid-back old


bird. If you want to get closer to birds, there are plenty of


birds, there are plenty of opportunities this month. This


opportunities this month. This event gives you a chance to hold


them. If you prefer owls, you can try applying one. The important


thing is to make your hand look big. He is there, so if you are in that


position, he will Lan straight away. I would like to think he likes me...


It is all about the food! It is amazing. They began! If you want to


encourage birds to your garden, the National Trust can show you how to


make a nest box. This month, there is a rare opportunity to wander


through the historic grounds of Staunton Hall in Leicestershire,


and admire the snowdrops. Don't forget that it is pancake Day on


Tuesday the 21st. This is March, and she is a fantastic Harris hawk.


A very different bird, but flies in the same way as the owls. Pop her


on where, and we will cough. She sticks with me, because as libel, I


make things appear ahead. It is how falconry has worked. Getting food


for the table. If you make for -- make a pose for her, same position,


she will come in. She looks like one of the most intimidating Bertie


have worked with, but don't forget, she is social and one of the nicest


That was lovely. I have an owl at the bottom of my garden. He is


often there at night. What sort? often there at night. What sort?


barn owl. Based Marielle?! I see what you do there! So potentially


on the forecast, and the temperatures are promising over the


next few hours. A frosty scene yet again, and if you get any nice to -


- NICE frosty pictures, you can e- mail us. We have a warning of ice


across the East Midlands because there is a likelihood of wintry


shower was blowing our way over the course of this evening. Tonight,


temperatures are really cold already. We got to the freezing


mark at 4:30pm this afternoon. The temperatures are beginning to slide.


They can be a Wescott bet -- of a wintry showers. Temperatures could


dip down to-seven and possibly We could have a nice, crisp


winter's day. As long as you wrap up warm, you can enjoy the


sunshine! But the temperatures -- temperatures are struggling to get


above freezing. Then the fun and games begin. We have a warning of


snow across the East Midlands. There is uncertainty still about


this system that is heading our weight from the West as it hits


that very cold air. That is where you are likely to see the snow


falling through Saturday into the evening. It will have cleared by


the time you wake up on Sunday morning to a nice, sunny start.


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