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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,