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This is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale, and me, Anne Davies.
Our top story tonight: Jail for a conman who swindled his
victims out of more than �1 million. Malcolm Green offered financial
advice, then cheated people out of their life savings. He stole from
old-age pensioners and took from children. Can't get much lower than
that. Also tonight - sunk. The men who
hid cocaine among tropical fish. will be getting a demonstration in
exactly how the drug smugglers managed to do it and we will be
looking at other unusual ways dealers have managed to hide drugs
to get them into the country. Plus, mind the doors. Prince
Charles takes charge of a Tube train in Derby.
And they've never been seen before. We'll be showing you pictures of
the young Queen stored in a box for Good evening and welcome to
Friday's programme. First tonight, the conman who stole thousands of
pounds from the widow of a man killed in a terrorist attack. In
total, Malcolm Green swindled more than �1 million from dozens of
people who trusted him with their life savings. Among them was one of
his friends, the wife of a man killed in the 7/7 London bombings.
Today, Green was jailed for five and-a-half years. From Derby, Simon
Hare reports. Is there anything you want to say
to those who have lost money? so, so sorry. Seriously... Malcolm
Green arrives at Derby Crown Court to learn his fate. He had admitted
defrauding some of his clients out of more than �1.1 million. I hope
the judge gives him what he deserves. On behalf of my family
and the other victims. He had run his independent financial advice
service from this shop in Derbyshire. Much of the money he
had been given to invest was cash that people had inherited. Among
his victims, the widow of a stand Brewster from Derbyshire. He was
killed in the 7/7 bombings or stop Sandra, seen here at the unveiling
of a memorial to her husband, lost �30,000 to Green. She was trying to
rebuild her life with the money left to her. He deceived her trust.
She was a family friend and he took her money. I really do feel for her.
Sentencing Green to 5 and a half years, the Recorder told him, these
people trusted you and you blatantly deceived them into
thinking they were saving for their future. In fact, you were stealing
their money. He stole from old age pensioners and took money from
children's funds. Can't get much lower than that. If he spent the
money on propping up his business, as well as holidays, drinking and
gambling. He had this deluded belief he would win the lottery and
pay people back. They are now waiting to see if they will receive
any money as compensation from the financial authorities. The court
heard that Green doesn't have any assets and he was ordered to pay a
total of �1 towards the �1.1 million he stole.
Still to come on the programme, Gurkhas on guard. A Derby security
firm takes on 70 ex-soldiers from Two Polish men have been each been
jailed for 11 years for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK from
Columbia hidden among tropical fish. The drugs were followed from
Heathrow to Nottingham. The 17 kilos had a street value of �4.5
million but more than 16,000 fish died in the operation, as Sarah
Teale reports. These are some of the few fish
which survived the drug smuggling operation. 16,500 did not. The
trouble fish were brought into the UK from Colombia along with 17
kilos of cocaine. -- tropical fish. They came into Heathrow and were
driven up to Nottingham. The drugs were stored with the fish in
plastic bags. They had a street value of �4.4 million. Customs
officials were watching this house in Nottingham, where the drugs
ended up. They raided it last summer and arrested the two Polish
men. Off today at Nottingham Crown Court, the men were sentenced for
conspiracy to import cocaine. The case is highly unusual but Dr
Gareth Cave, from Nottingham Trent University, demonstrated how the
process of disguising drugs in water is fairly simple. Beware of
purifying it, add some water and then we just need to add some heed
to get it to dissolve. As you can see, after a few minutes, it is
dissolved. There is very little difference from what water looks
like in the first place. So the new pop that it into this and the
process reverses. Their new filter it and you can see the drug
molecule at the top and the water at the bottom. Customs officials
say the most common ways of drugs being smuggled into the country are
by hiding them in luggage or using human drug meals. But they say
criminals are having to come up with increasingly inventive ways of
hiding the drugs. Heroin was found inside these wooden pallets.
Customs officers X-rayed the his golf clubs and found �2 million
worth of cocaine inside. Drugs were considered -- found inside these
rolls of ribbon and even inside yams. The men were sentenced to 11
years each in prison for their part in the multi-million-pound drug
smuggling operation. Our chief news reporter, Quentin
Rayner, was in court today. Thousands of fish died as a result
of this smuggling operation. Was it because of the cocaine? No. The
fish were not swimming in water full of cocaine. What happened is
that the cocaine was in separate pouches stitched to the bags
containing the fish. What killed the fish was the fact that they
were picked up so late from Heathrow and they died from a lack
of oxygen. So the fish and cocaine were in separate carriages. The
majority died in a dummy run in April. 16,000 died where no drugs
were involved. They were abandoned in a lock-up in North London. A
further 500 died when the actual operation came into effect in July.
26 survived and are at London Zoo. Thank you.
A coroner has said that a series of complications combined to cause the
death of a Derby woman following a gastric band operation. Claire
White lost her life after a procedure at the Royal Derby
Hospital in 2010. Today the coroner said a rare but recognised
complication began a fatal chain of events, as James Roberson reports.
Claire White, a 37-year-old mother of three, wanted a gastric and
operation to help her Louis weight and counter her diabetes. She was
considered a suitable candidate. But the operation in October 2010
lead, some days later, to severe infection. Today, in a narrative
verdict, the coroner said her condition was made worse by the
fact she had diabetes, which had caused heart disease and a large
clot on her lung. He has severe infection is most likely to be due
to the rare but recognised complication of gastric and erosion,
where there is weakening of the adjacent cells, thus allowing
movement of the bacteria from the stomach. In this situation, the
gastric and irritates the outside of the stomach, opening up
microscopic poles, which then allow dangerous bacteria to escape into
the chest cavity. The gastric band was removed and the doctors managed
to creep feed complication but the coroner said the complications
together set in motion an inevitable chain of life-
threatening illness which even further surgery and time in
intensive care could not stop. In the past, Claire White's husband
and children expressed shock at her death but today, her husband said
he had no a further comment. An inquest has heard how an 84-
year-old woman from Lincolnshire died after spending the night in
the grounds of her care home in sub-zero temperatures. Dorothy
Spicer, who was from Market Deeping, was found in the grounds of
Whitefriars residential care home in Stamford in November 2009. It's
understood Mrs Spicer, who suffered from Alzheimer's, had been there
eight hours. The Prison Officers' Association
says it's furious that no action is to be taken against a prisoner
who's alleged to have attacked staff at Nottingham Jail. The
incident at the start of January is said to have involved an inmate
serving an indeterminate sentence. Nottinghamshire Police say an
initial decision not to bring charges is now being reviewed.
The Derby train-maker Bombardier says it has been given a big morale
boost from a visit today by Prince Charles. Last year, the company
announced 1,400 job losses after losing out on the �1.4 billion
Thameslink contract. But it's already won another smaller order,
and there are hopes of more to come. Today the Prince toured the site
and even had a go at driving a Tube train, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.
The Prince on the production line. Bombardier in Derby. Carriages for
the Underground. And meeting those who make it happen. A father and
son, the third and 4th generation of their family to work here.
lost a contract last year so obviously we were down but now we
are positive and the short-term future looks good, and hopefully,
get a few more contracts and go on a bit longer. Obviously, my son has
just started life here. We have a future that is looking quite
positive at the moment. Hopefully he can work here as long as I have
if he decides to. The Prince was given a chance to drive one of the
trains. This, part of their London Underground contract that runs
until 2014. With the Thameslink contract going to Germany, this was
the only one left for Bombardier. It had been feared the plant could
close but a lifeline came over Christmas and New Year. Another
order worth �180 million from Southern Rail. The staff who turned
out to see Prince Charles today have been told their stability is
secured for three ideas. After Bombardier's recent troubles, how
secure is the long-term future beyond the three years they have
been talking about? Three years does not mean this site went be
here in three years. On the contrary, everybody is used to the
fact that sometimes a new order comes in and sometimes they fade
out. But it is vital that new orders come through. They need to
keep skilled and trained workers in these jobs. They were delighted to
see Prince Charles today generating support for the UK's Last train
maker. Staying with trains and the railway,
there's renewed optimism tonight among campaigners pushing for the
electrification of the Midland Main Line. It follows comments by the
Railways Minister. Theresa Villiers said the scheme had been
prioritised and will be considered for funding in July. So could this
long-running campaign to speed up journey times to London finally get
the go-ahead? Let's find out more from our political editor, John
Hess, who's near Nottingham station. Good evening. Nottingham Railway
Station is about to undergo a multi-million pound revamp. But
don't expect any quick improvements in journey times. For passengers
heading to St Pancras, it'll still take up to two hours. And here's
why. The Midland Main Line links the East Midlands with London and
Eurostar. But the line is only electrified as far as Bedford and
that's for the Thameslink service. Electrifying all 170 miles of the
line, say campaigners, would slice up to half an hour off the time
from Nottingham and Derby to London. From Leicester, it'll be less than
an hour. But isn't the Government priority
to build HS2, the new high-speed railway? How realistic is
electrification of the Midland Main Line? Two reasons. The case itself
is said to be very robust and persuasive. Secondly, the
Government is looking around to fund infrastructure projects that
might kick-start economic revival. The go-ahead for the A453 springs
to mind. And here's another clue. A question put in Parliament by
Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth to the Railways Minister. There are
widespread concerns that because of HS2 and other pressures,
electrification will not go ahead for quite some time. Elettra
vocation of the men lack -- Midland Main Line has been prioritised in
our industry plan. -- electrification. In this way, we
will look at what will be funded in the next period and we will give
further details on that statement in July.
The Railways Minister was wearing a sling after breaking a collar bone
in a cycling accident. Expect an early invitation for the minister
to let the train take the strain and try the Midland Main line for
herself. I am sure we wish her a speedy recovery! Thank you.
A Derby-based security firm is hiring Gurkhas who've left the
British Army. Around 70 former soldiers from Nepal are being used
to guard buildings and construction sites across the country, as our
social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.
They have come from a remote mountain kingdom in the Himalayas,
but now these two are guarding one of Nottingham's most iconic
landmarks. It means security here at Wootton Hall is in experienced
hands, because the soldiers have a fearsome reputation. They served in
the Falklands for the British Army. They are very polite and they are
not afraid of her thing. We can put them on a contract -- construction
site to deter a cable theft. People will think twice if they see
Gurkhas there. People have asked us if we have any we can offer. It is
all the result of this - a high- profile battle by Joanna Lumley
whose campaign gave Gurkhas the right to campaign -- to settle here
if they had been in the army. future is very good here in England.
I have bought my whole family in England. There is a lot of
corruption in Nepal. England is very quiet. It is a good, nice
place. A good life here. Former soldiers from Nepal are becoming a
familiar sight on patrol. With more cuts in the pipeline, this company
will be looking for more Gurkha recruits.
Coming up later, some blue-sky thinking, from Anna.
But time now for the sport. Over to Colin.
On the way, Forest and Notts. But before we get to them, last night's
action, because here should be plenty of smiling faces in
Leicestershire and a few despondent ones over the border in Derby.
That's because it was the Foxes who came out on top in the big East
Midlands clash at Pride Park, and Angela was there, too.
Come on, Leicester! Come on, Derby! It should be a good game because
there is such rivalry. Beating Derby is the ultimate goal of the
season! We need to win today. If we don't, I don't think the play-offs
will be hours. The opening at Pride Park of a game about so much more
than rivalry. Derby are in dire need of a goal and a change in
fortunes. The first half was all about Leicester. Tremendous
pressure on the Derby goal finally paid dividends. It could have been
three or four. The second half, though, was a different story.
Derby did their best to stop Leicester's domination. But a goal
proved a bit elusive. It was down to the Frank Fielding to keep
things going. It is all we asked the players, to do everything they
did it the second half. Lots of endeavour. For the foxes, a double
over their East Midlands rivals. Eight points off the play-offs,
this was Leicester's night. Although we made it a bit difficult
for ourselves at times, we still showed a resilience and a mental
strength that I am very pleased So, with those two sides meeting
last night, that just leaves us with Nottingham Forest playing in
the Championship tomorrow. They've got a tough game away at Birmingham.
But things suddenly look much more positive for the Reds, as Kirsty
Edwards reports. There's been plenty of doom and
gloom at Nottingham Forest lately. But now, just lately, maybe that is
starting to lift. It has been pretty amazing for this lot. Last
week, six points from safety. This week, three points above the
relegation zone. Yes, the Reds have been helped by a bit of luck. The
10-point deduction from Portsmouth. But also a bit of magic. That win
against Coventry. A long time coming -- coming, we know that. But
huge pressure on our lads last week. I thought at half-time we made the
changes and settle them down a bit. I thought in the second half we
were by far the better team. flag! It is 2-0! It is very big
psychologically to go into the bottom three. We are looking to
build on the performance we had on Saturday. Tomorrow, the Reds face
Birmingham. This time they are facing a team at the other end of
the table. They are doing really well in the Cup so we know it will
be a tough game. We will go there and tried to get something from the
game because we have everything to do for every game. We know we have
lots of games to go with plenty of twists and turns. We have trained
just as hard this week as every other week and we just have to make
sure we stay focused and be determined. It has been such a
relief for everybody involved with Nottingham Forest to get out of the
bottom three. How they would love to stay there.
Amid all the change at turmoil at Notts County, easy to overlook that
tomorrow's game is actually with near-neighbours Chesterfield. The
Spirits have struggled, while Notts are still realistic play-off
contenders. And new manager Keith Curle has been hugely impressed
with his players. Fair play to them. Good application,
but desire, but willingness. And under very difficult circumstances.
It has been a very emotional time. I am aware of that and am very
respectful of it. But at the end of the day, they use football to
express themselves. BBC Radio Nottingham is the place
to be for full coverage of both Forest and Notts County tomorrow.
Your first chance to see the goals is, of course, right here on BBC
One. Other sport, and Leicester Tigers'
pursuit of a top-two Premiership spot continues tomorrow afternoon
at Welford Road. Newcastle are the visitors. Captain Geordan Murphy
plays his 300th game for the Tigers. Also tomorrow, Nottingham have
their final game before the play- offs away at Bedford Blues.
Nottingham Panthers are home to Cardiff tomorrow night and away in
Fife on Sunday. Derbyshire's Superbike star Leon Haslam will
find out in just a few hours if he can compete in Sunday's season
opening race in Australia. Haslam broke his leg in a crash on Monday.
Astonishingly, he thinks surgery yesterday may mean he can be on the
grid. And wishing all the best to the
Derby Trailblazers basketball team. They're in the EBL Trophy Final
against Bristol on Sunday. If you fancy going, it's in Leicester at
the Braunstone Leisure Centre. Now, we're going to see millions of
pictures of the Queen this year, what with the Jubilee. But the ones
we're about to show, you've probably never seen before. It's
because they've been stored away in a box for decades. They were taken
by Brian Mitchell, who worked at Heathrow Airport some 60 years ago.
They ended up in Long Eaton and Kylie Pentelow's been to see them.
It was a farewell to... It was also, as events turned out, goodbye.
last time Princess Elizabeth would see her father King George VI alive.
He waved her off to Kenya. And standing watching this momentous
occasion, Brian Mitchell, who worked in the Met Office just next
to the airstrip. These are the pictures he took. Not professional.
Just snapped he and his family would be proud of for the rest of
his life and beyond. I think they are incredible. He wasn't a
photographer or anything. These were amateur shots that he had
developed and he has captured quite a significant point in this
country's history. Amazingly, Brian was also there with his camera when
Elizabeth returned from Kenya. Her father had died. She was now Queen.
Acceding to her father's throne immediately. There is no a break in
the continuity of the British monarchy. Until now, these pictures
have been hidden away. In the album in a box. We have occasionally got
them out and looked at them but probably only a couple of times in
the last few years. They were just many of the boxes we packed up
after we lost bro. I was unsure what they were. Years ago, I saw
them. I am glad they have properly serviced and people can take an
interest in them. In the album, Brian has written captions beneath
the pictures. The last reeds, and what of the future? Could he
imagine that with a click of the few -- the shutter, he captured the
I love that footage. Such elegant dresses. What you mean "to those
We have had a lovely end to Friday, with the sunshine coming out just
before it got dark, and we will continue to have plenty of sunshine
over the weekend. Tonight, dry with clear skies. And this picture shows
them at their best. Thank you for that. If you have any weather
pictures, do send them in to this address. Today, we reached a high
of 15 degrees Celsius in these middens. A couple of degrees cooler
than yesterday but still great temperatures of this time of year.
We have kept hold of the milder air coming in from the North. But as
that sinks south through the night, we have much cooler a behind it and
we will return to what is normal for this time of year over the
weekend. -- cooler at Ayr. We have had the skies clearing and that has
allowed for the early sunshine this afternoon and then we have clear
skies overnight. A bit of cloud filtering in overnight. A low of
two degrees, which is more likely over the Derbyshire Peak District.
If you live in a rural spot, you could get a bit of frost. But for
most, we wake up tomorrow morning with a glorious start and looking
like a pleasant day. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of
nine degrees, maybe 10. Cooler than what we have been used to but
fairing quite nicely for February. The good news is, we are in for
another nice day on Sunday. A high of nine to 10 degrees. We get a bit
cooler over the weekend but as we go into Monday and Tuesday, but