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Dominic Heale and Anne Davies. First tonight - a crime wave in the
countryside. Farmers say they face a huge
problem. This tractor with �70,000 was stolen and used to ram raid a
cashpoint. And the woman stripped and
handcuffed by police when she was seven months pregnant. It was
degrading, humiliating, I felt violated.
Plus, from Richard to poorer. The brides to be battling to get their
wedding money back. I'm going to have to postpone my wedding for
somebody that is selfish and has done this to many different brides.
And deep under Derbyshire, a long Good evening and welcome to Monday's
programme. First tonight, new figures suggest that rural crime is
falling - but try telling that to farmers. According to an annual
rural crime survey, there's been a 20% drop from last year. But the
farming community say thefts are as bad as ever - it's just that people
don't bother reporting them to the police. Our chief news reporter
Quentin Rayner is at a farm in Nottinghamshire which has been
targeted by countryside criminals. Yes, good evening. I can report it
is a very wet Nottinghamshire countryside that I'm reporting from.
But let me tell you, this is the sort of thing that these are after -
diesel and fuel from farmyards. But at this farm, they are no strangers
to rural crime. This �70,000 raptor of theirs made the headlines last
year when it was used in an audacious raid. -- tractor. In the
top left-hand corner, you'll see a tractor smashing into a building.
That is a banking Bing and the tractor was used to rip out a cash
machine. This is the tractor in question now returned to the arable
farm it was stolen from. It was stolen by a gang specialising in
taking agricultural vehicles to target cashpoints. If we had lost
this machine, we would have lost �70,000. We've also lost toppers,
the engines of machines and a lot of ancillary equipment like chainsaws.
The survey has found that most rural crime is planned. Across the East
Midlands last year, the cost was more than �2 million. Top of the
thieves' wish list was machinery and fuel like heating oil and read
diesel. However, the survey has recorded a slight increase in
livestock thefts. This tallies with James's experienced - a beef farmer
with 200 acres. We've been targeted on three separate occasions and in
one hit, they took over 12 cattle straight out of the yard. So that's
ten to �12,000 worth of couple. -- cattle. It is a significant problem.
Overall, rural crime is said to be down but it's not an impression
shared by farmers because they often don't report it. The police don't
come. We've had to machine stolen. They never came out to see us or
asked is serial numbers. Do you think it's pointless? It's totally
pointless in my opinion. We never see the same police officer twice.
It is a city -based police and we often get someone out of the city
who knows nothing about rural crime at all. Chris's family has farmed
for four generations. He says his is the first to experience rural crime
on such a scale. So, have the police had anything to say about farmers
claiming they just don't do enough to tackle rural Quine?
In a statement, they told us that they have set up what they call a
rural crime working group to help improve prevention and also the
detection of rural crime. They link up more with farmers and local
businesses and say they are going to be holding another rural crime
summit in November, building on last year's successful event. But NFU
Mutual, who came up with this survey, say that things like CCTV,
tracker devices and decent locks are better deterrent than a greater
police presence in the countryside. Go and get dry, Quentin! Thank you.
A mother who was handcuffed for 11 hours while she was heavily pregnant
has told us that the police officers concerned should have been sacked.
Lynnette Wallace's baby was born prematurely. And today the police
watchdog's confirmed that it's investigating whether that was
linked to the way she was treated. Three Nottinghamshire officers have
already been found guilty of gross misconduct. Our social affairs
correspondent Jeremy Ball reports. Shana's full of energy but still
struggles with her speech and two years ago she was on life-support
after being born prematurely. The in dependent police complaint
commission is investigating whether that would be to do with what
happened two years earlier when her mother was arrested. They stripped
my clothes off and I was handcuffed behind by back with some big
handcuffs. When you're seven and a half months pregnant, it is really
difficult, uncomfortable, painful. How do you feel about the way you
were treated? It was degrading, humiliating. The most distressing
was being taken away from my children. I felt violated. Lynette
was taken to Nottingham's Bridewell custody suite on suspicion of arson
and witness intimidation, allegations which did not lead to a
criminal conviction. Three police supervisors have received formal
written warnings. The force said it deals with thousands of people in
good enough. I believe they should be sacked. They can't go around
stripping women naked and throwing people in prison and saying, sorry
we made a mistake. I think they should be sacked. And it has
received a formal apology from the Nottinghamshire force for what
happened but the police complaints commission is now investigating
whether to refer her treatment to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Still to come: You might have stayed dry earlier, but there's not much
chance you'll escape the rain overnight.
And I'm meeting the couple who love the legend of Robin Hood so much
they travelled 3000 miles for some medieval merrymaking.
A man from Nottinghamshire has been arrested following a stabbing at a
caravan park. 28-year-old Adam Stirrup was found dead at the Stud
Farm Holiday Park in Heysham in Lancashire yesterday morning. His
partner, who'd also been stabbed, is critically ill in hospital. A
26-year-old man, who's originally from Sutton-in-Ashfield, is being
questioned on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Three prisoners, including a violent burglar, have absconded from an open
prison in Derbyshire. Daniel Taylor and Sean Kavanagh, both from
Birmingham, failed to return to Sudbury Prison on Saturday. The
third man, Stephen McElvaney from the Meadows in Nottingham, was
branded a dangerous man when handed an indeterminate prison sentence in
2008. He attacked a shop worker with a crowbar.
A pub landlady's stepped in to try to save the day for dozens of brides
whose wedding celebrations are now at risk because of the collapse of
an events company. Jay Lewis says up to 60 brides have contacted her
already. James Roberson reports. Last Friday evening at the Charnwood
Arms hotel in Coalville near Leicestershire, this function room
should be transformed into somewhere fit for a bride. It at that moment,
and she was wondering whether her reception would happen at all. A
company called ASD Special Occasions was supposed to be dressing room but
last week they stopped taking calls. Mortified. Mortified. It ruined what
I thought was go to the best day of my life. Luckily, another wedding
planning firm stepped in to help out. We're a new business but I
really want to try and help as much as I can. I felt absolutely gutted
when I found out about this yesterday. Today a man who was among
a group of planners and brides brought together by J Lewis stepped
in to help. Some of them have spent all their money with this company
and there's nothing left. The weddings are within a couple of
days, some within a couple of weeks. But the companies have been
brilliant and a lot of them have done it for free and it has meant
the world for these bright to get out of the situation they've been
put in. Now planners have been able to help the brides, some of whom
fear they've lost thousands of pounds. I've had a lovely kind offer
from Amanda and she's doing the whole room for me, to be honest.
It's amazing. What we're doing is openly restoring faith in humanity.
We're there to help. We've got the stock and it's not being used on a
particular day, so it might as well be put to good use. Help has worked
so far. This is what Amanda did for Angie's reception room at Coalville
on Saturday. Now the other women hope their venues will now be
stressed the way they dreamt. -- dressed.
We have tried to contact ASD Special Occasions for their comment but so
far, without success. Plans to revamp Lincolnshire's
entire library system may lead to 170 job losses. If approved, two
thirds of the county's libraries could close and many villages would
lose their mobile library services. Victoria Norris reports.
A mobile library service has been coming to this village in South
Lincolnshire for more than 40 years but now the county council needs to
cut �2 million from its library budget. 32 out of the 47 permanent
libraries could close and 11 villages, including Gretford, will
lose their mobile service completely. I do think that the
rural communities do lose out on county council funds and I think
it's another way of us being marginalised. For the elderly, the
mobile service is something they look forward to. It's so helpful and
they're so friendly and we all have a chat together while we're on
there, which breaks the monotony of the morning. At the council says
usage is declining. In villages like Gretford, only seven people on
average use the mobile service every four weeks and 82% of the population
of Lincolnshire doesn't use any library service at all, making the
present system unsustainable. Lifestyles are changing and our
current service is designed for the 1960s. What we're saying to any
community is that if they want to set up a library service in the
village hall, we will help them do that and help them stop it. We won't
be able to man it. The consultation runs until the end of September,
with a final decision made before the end of the year.
Now, it's going to be a busy time in Leicester over the next few months
as the city bids to become the next UK City of Culture. Those behind the
bid say the title would showcase the city, help stimulate the economy and
leave a legacy. Well, our arts reporter Geeta Pendse is going to be
following the campaign closely and exploring the city's cultural
make-up. Geeta is with us here in the studio. You're going to be
rather busy. Yes, very busy. We all remember that jubilant moment
when those behind the bid found out they'd been short listed. They're
now working a detailed vision of what would happen if Leicester were
to win. The final decision is in November. So we are going to be
following the process itself and asking whether the title City of
Culture is worth fighting for. But we're also trying to build a picture
of what makes up Leicester's cultural DNA. We want to build a
footprint of what is going on in Leicester now. From the story behind
the makings of those intricate costumes at the Caribbean Carnival
to iconic buildings in and around Leicester, the idea is to explore
what's going on in the city culturally. And we want to build a
picture using your experiences and stories at home. Is there an arts
group or maybe a person you know who's had a major impact on
Leicester's arts scene? You can get in contact with us via e-mail - the
address is [email protected] You can also get in contact through Facebook
and Twitter. And we'll be showcasing some of those stories over the next
few months - so watch this space. You're watching East Midlands Today,
and can you believe it? The new football season has just started.
We'll have all the action from the weekend's matches, including the
goal that secured a win for A 68-year search for deposits of a
rare stone in the Peak District has finally come to an end. The lost
vein of Blue John stone was reported by a miner working underground near
Castleton in 1945 - but he died before passing on the exact
location. Now the semi-precious metal - which is used to make
ornaments and jewellery - has been rediscovered. Danny Carpenter
reports. They are minors, these three. Mine
is not of coal or some industrial mineral but of Blue John. Of what,
you ask? 50 years ago, this is how they got Blue John from this cavern.
50 years ago, they were searching for a missing seem. The scene was
described to Peter Harrison by the previous owner, John Royce. He found
it but died before he could tell anyone where it was. For the next 70
years, the precious scene stated. And if you're wondering how
something so sought after could remain so hidden for so long, there
are two reasons. The first is, it's not exactly access a ball. And the
second is, the man who made the original discovery made absolutely
sure that nobody else is stealing his find. John Royce had a ritual of
hiding his vain and hiding his work at the end of the day. So I couldn't
sneak up on the idyll of the night and hack his vain out and sell it in
the village for ale. It was used as currency in the pubs! We did find a
new iron bars, some would and a carpet concealing the vein itself.
We found a bigger rocks on top of that. John is now mining this seam.
With a bit of luck, he'll find it before it's his turn to retire.
looked for it for hundreds of years and when John stumbled across it
under the old carpet, I was amazed. Absolutely amazed. And it produces
some very nice moonshine. It's such good quality that Peter is hopeful
it can be worked into the coveted larger items, like cupboards and
vases, which have not been produced for many long years.
Coming up: A spectacular crash - again - for biker Leon Haslam. But
first, the football season is back. Coming up: Behind the scenes with
Forest's owner and the Derby player being watched by Premier League
clubs. But the result of the weekend was Leicester's 2-1 win away to
Middlesbrough. In the first half, Leicester were
not very good. They were battling just not to go behind. But Apple was
lost when a player put through his own net. Stiff half-time team talk
worked. Another beautifully taken goal followed with Jamie Nugent
supplying the perfect pass to his colleague. A flying start for
Leicester and it could have been more with Middlesbrough struggling
to hang on. Certainly in the second half we played with a better tempo,
made a lot more positive decisions in possession and we looked a
dangerous side. Good to get off to a winning start. Early days but a very
promising start. At Nottingham Forest, Kuwati owner
and chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has spent �500,000 on part one of a plan
to redevelop the stadium. He's been backing manager Billy Davies on the
field too - with eight new contracts for players during the summer. Well,
on Saturday, Natalie was behind the scenes as Forest got off to a
With the QA to flag flying over the ground, the owner flew in on opening
day to be greeted by fans. I want to feel what they feel. I am one of
them and I feel what they feel. I wanted to make them happy this
season. It is his full -- first full campaign as manager. Ever since he
has come in, the amount of work he has done and what he is shown to us
as supporters is fantastic. He seems to have a good heart. I think is the
person we've been waiting for a long time. We can't waste all our money.
He spent it on good players and that's what we need in order to win
the league. They've renamed the boardroom after his son here and
spent �500,000 on new players. The Al-Hasawi family hope this will be
their season. And on the pitch, three debutants were used. It wasn't
the best first half but in the second, man of the match and new
captain Chris Cohen set up Henry Lansbury to give Forest a good
start. Its great credit to the chairman and the family for what
they're trying to do to this football club and that's what many
of the fans should appreciate - what is being done not only on the pitch
but off the pitch which is very important. He is not only my manager
but my friend and my brother. is how much I love you. He even got
his name on the shirt! You can't beat that, can you?
Derby County's manager Nigel Clough says it would take an extremely big
offer to tempt them to sell teenage midfielder Will Hughes. Hughes once
again caught the eye of the Premier League scouts in Derby's one-all
draw with Blackburn. Yesterday's game was part of the Football
League's anniversary celebrations. And Mark Shardlow was at Pride Park.
125 years ago, Barbie and Blackburn were two of the 12 founder members
of a new competition. The football league. -- derby. Derby were then
owned by the football and cricket club but it is now a worldwide
consortium. In Victorian times, players like Will Hughes needed a
second job to make ends meet. Premier League clubs are pondering
bits of around �15 million for the Derby teenager and a salary of
�20,000 a week. Hughes shone as Derby benefited from a clumsy
handball after Blackburn had had the better of the early stages of the
match. Debut boy Johnny Russell got a first goal. Derby, rallied by
Hughes, were looking for a second as for a time they were on top. But
with a minute of normal time remaining, Leon Best, returning from
a career threatening injury, scored his first goal in 19 months. The
wind snatched away. The scouts were here. Is it going to be hardball for
Hughes? If somebody does come it will have to be a huge offer to
tempt the club. 125 years ago, Derby County won the first-ever football
league game 6-3. Today was a bit more frustrating.
In League One, Notts County kicked off their season at Sheffield United
on Friday night. They were soon down to ten men when centre back Gary
Liddle was sent off for this rash challenge. Notts went behind but
equalised with this lovely finish from Enoch Showunmi. I think he
enjoyed that. But Sheffield went on to win by two goals to one.
Meanwhile in League Two, Mansfield, on their return to league football,
went down two-nil at Scunthorpe. Loughborough's Fran Halsall won
Britain's only medal at the World Swimming Championships, which have
come to an end in Barcelona. Halsall, who'd earlier finished
fourth in the 50 metres Butterfly, came third in the Freestyle Sprint.
The bronze medal was a great relief to her - and her team-mates.
Cricket - and congratulations to Derbyshire, who got their first
County Championship Division One win reach, you know. Elsewhere, today's
rain didn't just hit the Ashes match. A torrential downpour at
Taunton meant Notts' game against Somerset was abandoned as a draw.
But the weather couldn't save Leicestershire, who lost by an
innings against Lancashire in innings against Lancashire in
Division Two. Derbyshire's Leon Haslam has had
another injury scare in the World Superbikes at Silverstone. Just look
at this. Remember, Haslam is still recovering from a broken leg.
Incredibly, all he picked up were more bruises. He's got a planned
operation to remove screws from his left leg this week and then a month
off before his next event Two Robin Hood fans have travelled 3,000 miles
from New Jersey to Nottinghamshire to renew their wedding vows in
Sherwood Forest. Today, Joe and Debbie Tencza were
the guests of honour at the opening of this year's Robin Hood Festival.
the 29th Robin Hood Festival word Jo Ann Tebby Tencza from New Jersey in
America. -- Joseph and Debbie. so looking forward to the rest of
the day. They have travelled more than 3000 miles to be here and
yesterday celebrated Debbie overcoming breast cancer and 15
years of marriage by renewing their vows in Sherwood Foresters. It was
magical. The whole night was just amazing. We couldn't have thought of
anything better. It was just great. Yes, it was very welcome warder
mated with the staff and everything was just perfect and beautiful. --
very well coordinated. Today's events have given the Tenczas a few
ideas they would like to share with the organisers back home. I think
they should bring some of the actors. Yeah, and I love the comedy
that they brought out in the opening ceremony. I thought that was
wonderful. They don't quite get the accent down in New York. No, they
don't. They will return to America at the weekend with many happy
memories of a special milestone in their lives. Weather how lovely, and
congratulations. Time for the percentage of us with quite a lot of
heavy rain. There were two weather fronts around today and it's mainly
due to this area of low pressure being quite static for a time and
it's now starting to pull away towards the north-east. In doing so,
we are starting to see the heavy rain working its way across the East
Midlands. But it moves through quite quickly tonight so we will see the
back of it into the early hours of tomorrow morning. With clearer skies
around, temperatures dot ground to a minimum of around 12 but it could
turn quite misty. There was the chance of some fog forming tomorrow.
A fine start once the sun comes up. It is going to cloud over throughout
the afternoon tomorrow and there is a very slim chance of a light shower
with a daytime temperature of 21 Celsius. A decent day in store for
Wednesday. A lot of than three showers coming up from France but
we'll just see the cloud increasing again into the afternoon on
Wednesday. A gentle north-easterly breeze. A set of day again for
Thursday. A pleasant outlook and some good periods of dry weather
throughout the majority of the week. Just the slim chance of a few
showers again by Friday. Very wet out there tonight so careful if