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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