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


Pentelow. Our headlines tonight: Guilty. A union leader who stole


thousands from a charity for sick and elderly miners. Neil Greatrex


spent the money on home improvements.


No comment. Why not? No comment! But he's been found guilty of 14


charges. Metal theft madness. Hinkley's makeover finally make it


on the drawing board. And the sport that is great for


winding down. You have to get out of the why and stab them before


eight they stab you. Good evening. First tonight, a


union leader who was said to have given his life to coalmining has


been found guilty of stealing from a miners' charity. And he's been


told he will be going to jail. Neil Greatrex, the former president of


the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, stole almost �150,000 from the


charity to pay for improvements at his own home. Another UDM leader,


Mick Stevens, was cleared of all 14 charges. Quentin Rayner is outside


Neil Greatrex's home in Nottinghamshire. Good evening,


Quentin. Good evening. This is Neil


Greatrex's home near Teversal, where thousands of pounds stolen


from a miners' charity were spent on home improvements, here and at a


previous home. Despite being paid a salary of �113,000 by the UDM, as


well as the union paying a third of his mortgage while he was an


official, the former president stole from a care home for sick


miners. In court he was accused of fiddling the books and feathering


his own nest, and today a jury agreed.


Neil Greatrex was told by a judge he had committed fraud against


members who had placed their trust in him. The man described as a good


union man remained tight-lipped. Do you have anything to say?


comment. Are you ashamed? And no comment. Why not? No comment.


six Sears -- six years, he used money to pay for improvements at


his homes. He spent the money on landscaping, building repairs. He


claimed it was in loo of a salary he was entitled to. They are in a


position of trust. He has stolen from them. Mick Stevens was cleared


of all charges. As a trustee, he countersigned the cheque, but the


jury accepted yet little to do with the daily running of the care home.


Do you think what he did were shameful?


Neil Greatrex will be sentenced at the end of May. The prosecution


said, charity begins at home. It does not mean taking from charity.


Granting him bail, the judge told Neil Greatrex he will be going to


jail when he's sentenced at the end of next month. The care home was


sold in 2007 for �1.3 million and the charity has been wound up. With


the completion of this trial, the Charity Commission will appoint new


trustees to distribute those assets. Tonight, the Crown Prosecution


Service said Greatrex was "guilty of deceitful and shameful actions."


Quentin, thank you. John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, joins us


now. I know you are familiar with this case. What is your reaction?


Some justice has been done. There is tremendous anger. There is a lot


of elderly miners who have not had access to the care home.


We had a no comment from Mr Greatrex after the trial. What


should he be saying to the miners whose money was taken? The best


apology he could make is to pay back the money. He should be


volunteering information to the police. In the wider context of


this, these miners have been ripped off by various people. They have


lost their care home, there was a compensation scandal. That Kehoe


was to help people with their health needs. It should be there as


a care home, a convalescent home. Will all this end when Neil


Greatrex is sentenced next month? I would like to see the finances of


the UDM being fully investigated. Thank you. You're watching East


Midlands Today. Coming up later. Time to think about China. The


Derby company that's running like clockwork in the Far East.


And the Labour leader is in Derby. Next tonight, a big a crackdown on


stolen scrap. All five of our police forces are working together


in Operation Tornado. Together, they're telling thieves that


there's now no market for the metal they steal. Carol Hinds reports.


Over the last seven days, scrap metal thieves have left dangerous


holes in Derby's roads by stealing 80 cast iron drain covers. They're


being replaced with ones made from plastic which can be locked.


Each time we go to repair them, it costs in the region of �200. In the


last week, that is �16,000. There are 40,000 of these across the city.


If this happened widescale across the city, it could cost �8. This


week has seen the start of new measures to tackle the crime in our


region. Operation Tornado brings together all five police forces in


the East Midlands to try to restrict the movement of stolen


metal. -- �8 million. Anyone that brings in an item of metal and


wants to exchange it for cash would have to bring in a photograph and


some ID. But the scheme is voluntary, Sims Metal Management in


Nottingham has signed up to Operation Tornado, but is concerned


that other dealers in the city have not. It is vital that every scrap


merchant in the area signs up to it. Those that do not need to be weeded


out and brought to book. wouldn't you sign Aalborg it? -- up


for eight per. Police officers stress that the measures are not


designed to damage legitimate businesses, but to clamp down on


unscrupulous dealers who choose to overlook where the metals they're


buying may have come from. Well, we're staying with this


subject briefly, because suspected metal thieves have damaged a


memorial statue built to commemorate Nottinghamshire's


wartime oil industry. The oil patch warrior in Dukes Wood near Eakring


was attacked on Saturday. It marks the work of the American oilmen who


helped build the UK's first onshore oil well in 1939. It'll now be


removed from the site because of fears the thieves will strike again.


The Nottingham bicycle maker Raleigh could be taken over by one


of its rivals. The company is in talks with the Dutch firm Accell,


which is one of Europe's leading bike manufacturers. Raleigh still


designs its cycles in Nottingham, and this year it's celebrating its


125th anniversary. The family of the Nottinghamshire


woman murdered by her son say he's robbed them of a wonderful, loving


and caring woman. Daniel Bartlam from Redhill near Arnold was only


14 when he attacked his mother Jacqui with a hammer. He tried to


destroy the evidence by setting fire to the family home. Yesterday,


a judge told him he would serve at least 16 years for the senseless


and grotesque murder of his mother. Jeremy Ball is with us now. Jeremy,


what's been the reaction from people who knew Jacqui Bartlam?


We've been hearing warm tributes. She was clearly very popular,


despite Daniel's attempt to convince the jury he was provoked


by a "bad mother". Her family say that couldn't be further from the


truth. That she was caring, and loved her boys. I've had this


statement from her workmates at the Land Registry in Nottingham. They


say Jacqui was a pleasure to work with. She had a wicked sense of


humour. And almost a year on, they're still in shock.


There has been a quite extraordinary reaction to the story,


hasn't there? Huge. Look at the national papers today. It's on a


lot of the front pages. Headlines like "Devil Child,""Corrie


Copycat."And this story's been making headlines across Europe, and


as far afield as Australia. That's because Daniel Bartlam's crime was


so extraordinary. You reported on Bartlam's trial two


months ago, but he hasn't been identified until now. Why's that?


It's because he was so young that his identity was protected by a


court order. This week that's been lifted, after a legal challenge by


the BBC. And there were two reasons the judge agreed to that. First,


because this crime was so horrific. And secondly, because Jacqui


Bartlam's family wanted to pay tribute to her publically.


One paper described him as a devil child and described him as evil.


How did he appear during his trial? He came across as an extraordinary


character. Intelligent. Articulate. But very cocky. He spent two whole


days in the witness box, holding his own against the prosecution. I


think it's pretty clear he thought he could outwit some very


experienced lawyers and some very experienced and detectives, even


though he was still only 14 years old at the time.


Thanks, Jeremy. It's been talked about for years, but finally one of


our town centres will get a massive facelift. �80 million is being


spent in Hinckley in Leicestershire on a new bus station, cinema and


shops. But not everyone's in favour, as Angelina Socci found out.


It is a sight for sore eyes. The bus station and surrounding area


has been decline for years. �80 million will be spent on the site.


This will give the town a major boost. It will bring new facilities,


new jobs, and transform what is predominantly a fairly run-down


area. People have mixed views. has been a long time coming. The


bus station is a bit of a mess. It is not very nice for people that


visit. Probably a good thing. Hinkley has become a dormitory town.


The really does need the shops, and with all the industry gone, it does


need redevelopment. Some people have real concerns about the


development. It will effect what has been here, businesses like


myself. We are in very tough economic times at the moment. We


want to support businesses as much as possible. The council says it


will knock -- it will look to help independent retailers. Loyalty


schemes will be introduced in some shops. Work will begin early next


year and be completed by the end of 2014. A stately home in


Lincolnshire will be turning off its fountains in an effort to


conserve water. Belton House near Grantham is run by the National


Trust. Although the property is excluded from Thursday's domestic


hosepipe ban, managers say it's important to play a part in saving


water where they can. A teaching union in Nottingham is


advising its members not to pay the new Workplace Parking Levy. The


charge, which came into force on Sunday, has been brought in by the


council to fund improvements to the city's tram system. But the NASUWT


says anyone who has the charge forced on them could have a legal


case against their employer. The city council says teachers won't be


allowed to park at work if they don't pay the levy.


The Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has been in the East Midlands today,


with a message aimed at boosting our manufacturing sector. On a


visit to Toyota's car plant near Derby, he called for new government


measures to kick-start the economy and get people buying cars again.


John Hess was with him. On the production line at Toyota's


Burnaston factory, Ed Miliband is shown some of the new cars heading


for the showrooms. If this political event looked familiar, it


was. It's almost six months since the Prime Minister was making the


same journey. Today, it was the Labour leader's turn to highlight


the importance of manufacturing to the British economy.


We have a future for British manufacturing. It needs government


support, like the last Labour government and its car scrappage


scheme. We need initiatives like that, from this government.


The Labour leader also had a pressing political reason for the


Derby stop-over. The city council is run by the Conservatives,in


coalition by the Lib Dems. Sounds familiar? There aren't that many


local elections in the East Midlands this May, but for Ed


Miliband, Labour winning back control of Derby would be a big


prize indeed. Looking to block any Labour advance on Derby, the


Liberal Democrats today unvieled their manifesto for the city


elections. They're promoting support for local business, and


that involves rejecting one big Labour idea from Nottingham, the


work place parking levy. We've had approaches already from


companies considering relocating from Nottingham, so I think we are


not going to have work place parking or congestion charging.


The Labour leader wants a new economic approach.May's elections


will show how many of us agree with him.


Of course, another issue that's hugely important for British


business is the global export market. One boss in Derby says up


to 40% of his business could soon come from China. Mike O'Sullivan


now has the second of his special reports from Shanghai, the


epicentre of the world's second largest economy.


The three men at the top of a leading Shanghai construction


company. They turned to the clockmaker Smith of Derby when they


wanted a signature piece at their headquarters. Smith of Derby were


praised by Xu Chang, chairman of the East Asia Holding group, and he


went on to say that these days in China many customers feel the


product and the service are more important than the price. The


shopping streets of Shanghai are bustling with the rise of the


Chinese consumer. And at Shanghai University, I met a business expert


who has close links with Nottingham Trent University. He'd love to see


Nottingham's Paul Smith in Shanghai. Paul Smith is very good. They have


not established a branch in China. I think it would be very popular.


An elegant emporium of motoring style in Shanghai. Bentley says


China is its biggest market. The cars may be made in Crewe, but the


B on the Bentley is made at Lestercast in Leicester. And some


cars are literally flying out to China. The demand is there. BHL at


currying Bentley Motor cars to China. There are lots of people


there who can afford to do and want to buy Western products.


Probably about 30 % of business is from China. Hopefully, we will keep


investing. The famous Customs House clock on Shanghai's waterfront


inspired the businessmen to go to Smith of Derby for theirs. It was


made in the 20s by a company in the Smith group.


Their own Smith's clock in Shanghai shows it is the Year of the Dragon,


considered to be a good year for business. Perhaps time for more of


our region's exporters to cash in. I hear that cricket is becoming big


in China. The County season starts on Thursday. England are in Sri


Lanka, struggling with the very different cricketing conditions


there. And Stuart Broad - England's Twenty 20 Captain - is frustrated


to be at home injured. But preserving him now will mean he can


play a big part in the summer. And that'll please members at the club


where Stuart got his start. Egerton Park Cricket Club in Melton


has got a decent track record of turning out top level cricketers.


But the brightest star in their firmament is definitely Stuart


Broad. And, when he visits, he knows what he owes the place.


means a huge amount to come back. The club was fantastic to me when I


was growing up. There support means a lot to me now. One thing that


setting out was his absolute enthusiasm. It was typified by the


way he used to come haring in. Broad was in town promoting


NatWest's support of club level cricket. And no wonder. Without it,


the country's side is nowhere. Hopefully, we will find


international stars for the future. But at the moment, however they


start, England's cricketers are toiling in the sub-continent. At


least in tests. Persistance, the key. It is a learning experience.


Very good athlete have gone to these conditions and failed.


They'll be glad to be back in English conditions. Lots to look


forward to. A game which stand out in my mind is the 2020 game at


Trent Bridge. It inspires you to get out and play.


Still inspiring - and not forgetting his roots.


Only one bit of joy for Broad's Notts teammates with England today


- Graeme Swann getting the big wicket of Mahela Jayawardene. Lots


more cricket from us tomorrow as we preview the county season.


Now we've reached the letter F in our A to Z of Olympic sports and


that means 'fencing'. Jeremy Nicholas has been along to Chilwell


Olympia Sports Club in Nottingham to thrust and parry with the


I thought fencing was something to lean on one you chatter to the


There's three sorts of fencing. switched to epee. It is the most


exciting. With the sabre, you use the cutting edge. It tends to be a


little bit quicker. It is just a fantastic sport. You get a good


workout. We are having a good time at the club. If you are worried


about work, and somebody's coming up to you with a sword, you have to


just get out of the way and stab them first! It would be rude not to


have a go, wouldn't it? I am more of a thruster than a cutter. I


remember a James Bond film were there was a fencing scene. After


that, it became very popular. I'm sure the Olympics will do the same


kind of thing, especially if we do well.


It is unlikely car but you never know!


Inventing, they stab you in the front.


Now the weather. Sunshine last week, tonight,


possibly snow. For most of us, it will stay as rain and sleet. We do


have a yellow weather warning, that is for the next 24 hours. It really


just relate to high ground. We have this unsettled weather because of


this area of low pressure. Tonight has been quite damp and the rain


will start to increase through the night. To the north of the region,


particularly the Peak District, we will see some snow. Generally, it


will not snow. Only on higher ground. Temperatures overnight,


down to freezing, so quite a cold night. As we head into Wednesday,


have very words and the potential to see some sleet. Maximum


temperature, five degrees. Things will feel very bitter. As we head


into Wednesday night, it will be cold, so don't be surprised if you


wake up to some frost. By Good I head in some parts of Scotland,


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