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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie


Pentelow. Our top story tonight - a town remembers three members of the


same family - found dead at home. Hundreds attend a church service


for Toby day and the daughter he has believed to have killed. Greece,


lots of sadness, but also being thankful for the people who were


deeply loved. Plus, paralysed for five years, and now a robotic suit


is helping Clare walk again. Also, the row over reopening disused


footpaths. What about the homes that have been built on them since.


I am with the dog who after being tied up and attacked earlier this


week, is on the road to recovery First this evening, around 300


people filled a church in Oakham this afternoon to remember former


police inspector Toby Day, his wife and six year old daughter. Their


bodies were found at their home in Leicestershire in December. Since


then almost �13,000 has been raised for the couples two surviving


children. Helen Astle reports. The Wise and the wherefores were for


another time. Today it was a time for celebration. Family, friends


and police officers from the Leicestershire force came together


as the lives of Toby day, his wife Sam and daughter Jenny were


remembered. The BBC respected the family's wishes and did not fill


any of the family arriving the service -- arriving at the service.


It was a poignant mixture of sadness and grief, but also


celebration for the three people who would dearly loved. The service


was shown on live screens at the start -- at the front of the Church.


A friend of Saddam's paid tribute. We will miss you, she said. You


will always be with us. One of the most moving tributes was by the


school in Melton. Children sang some of Gen's favourite songs.


is believed Mr day attacked his wife and three Chill month --


children in Melton Mowbray. The couple's two teenage children


survive. The fund will hope and -- help a little bit, and it will say


that people are thinking of them. They are important. Often, complete


strangers have donated. It must give them some solace in difficult


times. The family had been regular parishioners here. Today, it was


their family and friends who came here to say goodbye and to


Still to come on this evening's programme. Putting right the damage


caused by LAST Winter's weather. Somebody must have been counting


because today Leicester City Council says it filled its 4,000th


pothole. A woman who has been paralysed for five years is


learning to walk again with the help of revolutionary robotic


equipment. Claire Lomas from Rutland has been working with


engineers to develop and test the 'Rewalk' suit. Today she managed


her longest walk yet. Linsey Smith It may look like a laboured way to


stand, but Clare Lomas says she dreamed about her weekly sessions


training this. It is great to be back, feet and be weight bearing,


and I can walk as well. Clare severed her spinal cord during a


riding accident. She was told that she would never walk again. She is


working with a company to test the suit for a UK market. The


lightweight races help rotate the lightweight races help rotate the


lightweight races help rotate the joint. Sensors under the feet


detect when the weight is lifted. The back pack contained a eight


The back pack contained a eight hour battery. The legs are an


externally fastened on system, with motors that assist with the hip and


knee joints, so you can walk in a normal manner. So far, Clare can


walk 30 steps, but she has set herself a target of walking the


London Marathon in April. There's a bigger challenge awaiting her first.


I have a little girl who turns one year old on Friday. We are having a


competition to see who walks burst! I am not sure if she is going to


overtake me soon! It is an incredible piece of kit, with a


�43,000 price tag. But there is already a substantial waiting list,


which will keep these engine is A dog is recovering at a rescue


centre in Nottingham after being tied up and attacked by a group of


dogs in a park. The two year old bull mastiff cross is thought to


have been used as bait by people who were training the other dogs to


fight. Her injuries were described as horrific, but she's now on the


road to recovery and looking for a new home. Tom Brown reports. Her


tail was wagging again today, but three days ago, Eleanor looked very


different. She came in with multiple puncture it wins on the


side of her face, with her face really swollen out. She looked a


solid -- sorry state, and very unhappy and nervous. I have been on


reception at Nottingham police for 12 years, and not much shocks me,


but when I saw her, I was sick in my stomach, looking at her injuries.


Alan that had been tied to pay stick. The number of men had set


their dogs on her, using her as bait. Attacks like this are not


uncommon. People train their dogs to fight, often for their own


enjoyment. Why? Why can people do this to a dog and take pleasure


from it? It is an inhuman act, basically. That is the way I see it.


If you could do it to a dog, you would do it to a human as well.


you surprised at the recovery she has made? Young dogs can recover


quickly, and I am sure within a couple of weeks, you will not see


anything, and hopefully she will be pitting it right behind her. All of


the people who saw an under earlier in the week have said that her


injuries were horrific, but her recovery has been magnificent. Now


they need to find her a new home. In a secured environment, I think


she will be very happy, and give Police are appealing for help


spotted walking alone next year Maine Road this morning. Three


members of the public say they saw a girl of between five and eight


years old word -- walking on the A 60. Anyone with information is


encouraged to call the non- A man who told benefits staff that


he could hardly walk was later caught playing golf. Robert Cave -


seen here in the pink sweater - was filmed at a Nottinghamshire course


by benefit fraud investigators. The 50-year-old from Mansfield has


admitted failing to report that his condition had improved. He'd


received more than �12,000 in disability benefits. He'll be


sentenced next month. A man suspected of running an illegal


music website has been arrested at a house in Leicestershire.


RnBXclusive.com was being used by 70,000 people every day. Now the


site's been closed down by the Serious Organised Crime Agency. It


says music was being "stolen", and artists and record companies were


being conned out of millions of pounds. An inquest has heard that


the girlfriend of a teenager who died after swallowing packets of


cocaine hadn't swallowed any herself - because she thought they


weren't safe. Reece Staples died in police custody shortly after


returning from Costa Rica, from where he'd smuggled the drugs.


Sarah Teale was in court. Reece staples had been a promising


Nottingham Forest Academy player, but he died at the age of 19 after


a packet of cocaine burst in his stomach. Today, his girlfriend told


an inquest how they had gone to Costa Rica, where police had


swallowed at least 19 packages of cocaine. Kylie Hodson was a


reluctant witness, asking -- answering yes, no, or I don't


remember. She was asked why she had not swallowed the cocaine herself.


She said that she was scared, but her police statement was read out,


saying that the packets had looked too large to swallow, and she


thought they had not been properly bract. The couple, who have a


daughter to get back, returned home on June 6th, 2009. Later, Reiss was


arrested for criminal damage, and he told four different officers on


three different occasions that he had swallowed cocaine, but no one


took any action. He collapsed four hours later and died on arrival at


the Medical Centre. The inquest was told that Kylie Hodson had received


a phone call on the night the police died, telling her that the


packages were wrecked, and raised should hurry up and get them out.


What did you do to help Reiss, she was asked. She did not know that


she was going to burst. Five police officers have been disciplined for


gross misconduct following their handling of the case. The inquest


People living in a Nottinghamshire village are up in arms over


attempts to re-open a disused footpath which runs right through


their gardens and homes. The controversy in the village of


Besthorpe near Newark is the result of an increasing number of claims


by ramblers to restore old rights of way. It's led to calls for the


Government change the law. Here's our Political Editor John Hess.


When the weather has the spring- like quality, there is nothing


better than heading into the countryside and having a good walk.


But in villages like this, you had better check the maps first! The


presidents of Besthorpe are having to check old village maps in


details. That is why -- that is because ramblers are demanding a


path last used by Victorians is reopened. Walk through the village


and the residents tell you the consequences. It will cut through


gardens, even homes. People are unable to sell houses, and up --


come to suit -- considering moving because it goes through their


property. This put -- footpath goes right through the middle of this


Conservative -- conservatory that was built with planning permission.


Arthur Goddard shows the councillor in charge of planning the risk.


might have to come down, or whatever they might do to it.


former councillor except that some ramblers may be too zealous in


trying to re open disused pathways, which is because of a legal


deadline. The Act was passed in 2000. We are halfway there. It is


not surprising that people are making claim, -- claimeds, because


it is the biggest active pastime in the past die -- in the country.


They don't take any interest in the issues of amenity, or the factors


of selling a house. The factors were not taken to -- into account.


The government is under pressure to review the situation. In Besthorpe,


they hope the path ahead leads to a A mother has made a formal


complaint about the standard of care given to her severely


epileptic son after he was admitted to hospital.


As Simon Hare reports, managers from the QMC in Nottingham have


apologised and have promised to investigate.


Michael is nine and needs constant care. Yoghurt is one of his


favourite foods. But when he was admitted to the queue and see


recently, he was offered ravioli, which was nine months out of date.


It was the final straw for his mum, from Long Eaton. She says there had


been several other problems. The most frightening was when he had


become tangled in his wheelchair harness. The trainee nurse had left


or one side and done, making it extremely easy for Michael to slide


down, and he was strangling himself. I could no longer stay there with


my son, I did not deem it safe to stay there with him any more. I


just asked them to transfer me to another hospital. He knows it is


soft. He is now back at home, and she has made a formal complaint.


The hospital has apologised, and promised a detailed investigation.


As a matron will go through each of the complaints, looking through the


records, interviewing staff, working out what went wrong and


where Mac. We have made one change, around the food, which had been


left on the ward by another parent, and we have removed all non


hospital food from the ward. hospital insists its standard of


care is improving, but Michael's mother says he was let down.


Taxi drivers in Derby are opposing plans to put up their license fees.


The cabbies are angry at city council proposals to increase the


cost of licenses and drivers' ID badges from April. They say they're


already suffering from higher fuel costs. A 480-name petition's been


handed in. The council says it faces a �19,000 shortfall if it


doesn't increase the charges. While the winter - so far - has not


been as bad as last year, councils across the region are still having


to do battle with something drivers always try to avoid - potholes.


In Leicester, they use an in-house team which, today, filled in its


4,000th pothole. Derby, on the other hand uses contractors - but


could they save hundreds of thousands of pounds by following


Leicester's lead? James Roberson Pothole surgery by the expert. Cut


round the infected area, loosen the decayed matter and clear. This is


how one team from the council were tackling a oil this morning. In May


last year, the then incoming mayor, promised 1000 pot holes would be


filled in his first 100 days. Have the councils that to their pledge?


We hit the target had a power schedule, and I'm pleased that


today, we are hitting pothole 4000. Leicester City Council says the bad


weather means potholes increase It cost �60 Per pothole. But do


Leicester people think enough is being done? Congratulations, but I


don't think there is that much change on the road to put off I


don't know what because they are working on, but when you are


driving around there are still plentiful stock in Derby, the


council uses private contract is to mend what false bus-stop --


potholes. We are going to make savings by bringing the work back


in a house. There are some excellent staff who will contact


them back over that the council. Some of the management staff will


change, but we also have some excellent Highways staff who will


accommodate the change. Back in Leicester, as the territory on


pothole are 4000 concludes, the council says it intends to put more


money into it next year. All fixed up!


This winter has been mostly mild so far - but it seems not for long.


Anna's here with news of another cold snap coming our way. Yes, as


the cold air comes back into play, we can expect a cold and frosty and


put the weekend. But how cold will First up, Nottingham Forest are


asking fans to be patient as discussions about the club's


financial future continue. There's been uncertainty following the


tragic death of owner Nigel Doughty earlier this month. But the club


say initial meetings have already taken place with representatives of


his family and they are hoping to release more information in the


next few weeks. Elsewhere, Leicester City opened up


their training session to fans today at the King Power Stadium.


And keeping a close eye on his players is manager Nigel Pearson.


Frustrated by their defeat against Watford in the week, he's looking


forward to a chance to put things right in the FA Cup against Norwich


this Saturday. It is a chance for us to get Tuesday night at the now


system, because we were disappointed with our performance


in lot of weight. It was again, really, that would have been upset


to get one point out of, but to lose it was very disappointing.


Nottingham rugby club finally managed to get a game at Meadow


Lane last night after four postponements because of the bad


weather. Amazingly, it was their first home game in 2012. The break


has obviously done them good as Nottingham ran in four tries,


beating Doncaster Knights by 40 points to 12.


Few sports can match the sudden burst of attention athletics gets


every four years. Cinderella sport for months on end, then suddenly


runners, vaulters and javelin throwers get their shot at becoming


household names. So, for the second in our series looking at every


Olympic sport, Colin finds out what It is another half turned gathering,


but not -- the edge of his club have got the kids in for some


babysitting. Covering all the running, and jumping events. Some


of these kids have never done the hammer before. Maybe later on they


will come back and give it a go. the very same hall, there is stuff


going on you might think of as cooler, but the good news for


athletics is there is no shortage of numbers or enthusiasm. All the


kids here are really keen, and really do want to be here. You get


to know what you're good at. High As well as the fund this lot are


having, there is some proper drive here as well. I nearly fell over, I


pulled a muscle. Some of them here are regular club members can simply


topping up their talent. It is really exciting, and I love


competing, because I'm quite competitive, and I have loads of


friends here now, because I have done it so many times. I could


never imagine not doing athletics. I don't know what I would do with


my life, really. As for the Olympics, a lot of these youngsters


have tickets and they cannot wait to go and watch, and one day,


compete. I'm going to see the 10,000 metres at final double with


Mo Farah. -- final. You worry fan? Usain Bolt!


And if that young lad wants home grown inspiration this year, he


should get it - there will be British medals in the Olympic


Stadium. And from the East Midlands, keep a close eye on Andy Turner and


Lisa Dobriskey. Next week's sport - badminton.


And finally, congratulations to Nottinghamshire Golfer Lee Westwood.


He received his OBE from the Queen in a special ceremony at Buckingham


Palace today. The 38-year-old from Worksop was the world number one


for a five-week spell last year and was awarded the honour for his


services to golf. Didn't he looked smart!


Him and recorded. -- Ronnie Corbett. Now, your chance to get sporty and


raise a bit of money too. In around four weeks, the Sport Relief Mile


comes to town. You can run one, three or six miles.


Many celebrities take part and so too do athletes from the East


Midlands Wheelchair Rugby club. Jim Harris went to see them in training.


This is a wheelchair rugby. It is not a spark -- sport for the faint


of heart. The game goes like this. There are four in a team, the


objective is to get the ball over the opening's line, one way or


another. Originally from Canada, the sport has grown and is now an


official Paralympic event. They just love it instantly. It is hard


hitting, it is fast. It is the nature of feeling good doing that


kind of thing. Like many sports, they have had help from charities,


and next month they will be taking part in the Sport Relief Mile. You


could join them. It is open to all. They will be a big event in


Nottingham. You don't have to be the best, it is all about taking


part. We are self-funded, we try and raise money to keep our sport


and our club going. It is nice every so often to just give a


little bit back, so too do the Sport Relief Mile, all three or six


miles, it is just our way of saying thank you. And compared to the pace


of this game, the Sport Relief Mile should be a huge problem. We always


set a challenge as individuals, so doing one mile is going to be easy,


we will probably aim for the six miles. And mile events are taking


place all over the East Midlands and not just in Nottingham. For


We have had another mile day-to-day, and tomorrow we will have thought


milder conditions staying with us. Things will turn quite frosty by


Sunday. Tonight, cloudy conditions and mild weather, on Tuesday,


Russell took this picture on a trip to Hardwick Hall. High pressure is


now sitting a little bit further south west, behind me now. We will


continue to get the milder air coming in under the influence of


that high pressure. To the south of this weather front of more we keep


hold of mild conditions, but a lot of cloud around. Thick enough to


produce an spot of light rain and drizzle at times. The average


February night temperature is at one Celsius, so we're doing quite


nicely overnight. Tomorrow morning, we keep hold of that cloud. The


best of the sunshine out towards Lincolnshire. For most of us,


holding onto that cloud, with the outbreaks of rain. Little bit


breezy at times through Friday. Turning complicated on Saturday.


The weather front will sink south and east, bringing a short burst of


rain fall, but behind that, that colder air been introduced.


Saturday night is expected to be frosty, so on Sunday, we are


expecting clear skies and beautiful, sunny spells. Feeling quite crisp


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