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This is East Midlands Today live from the scene of a fire that in the
early hours of this morning took the lives of four people — a mother and
her three children. I could see people screaming and people
shouting. Cooed the murder of the family be
linked to the death of a man just hours earlier?
Also the way of saving money on waste disposal.
And a fond farewell to hundreds of soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.
Good evening. Just behind me is the house that was set on fire last
night claiming the lives of our mother and her three children. ——
the lives of a mother. Add a man was fatally attacked in the street.
Police say the incidents may be linked.
A quiet, studious and devote family. They were killed when their home was
engulfed in flames last night. The door was open. The staircase was on
fire. They have been named locally. The husband and father of the house
is understood to have been working in Ireland as a neurosurgeon.
If life is lost as a result of an accident one can come to terms with
it over time, but when it is deliberate, that pain is
unbearable. People who knew the family well approached the media to
say there was no reason why anyone would wish them harm. They were very
nice lads and they do not know why anybody would do that to them. She
was very calm. She was very understanding. If you had a problem
and went to her she was a stress buster.
This lunchtime prayers were said. The father and husband is understood
to have taken part. Nearby police carry on searching for
any clues. Many believe this could be a horrific case of mistaken
identity. So, let's look at what happened.
Leicestershire police were called to Kent Street, around a mile from
here, at round 5.30 yesterday evening, where a man in his 20s was
found who had been fatally wounded. Seven hours later at just after half
past midnight this morning fire fighters were called here to Wood
Hill where a family home was ablaze. The bodies of a mother and her three
teenage children were found in the upstairs rooms. At midday today, the
police held a news conference where they confirmed they were
investigating the link between the murders.
All day long flowers have been left at Kent Street, just half a mile
from where I'm standing, and the scene where a young man was
attacked. Mike O'Sullivan has spoken to a witnesses who saw the incident.
The aftermath of the street attack in Leicester last night. It happened
at 5:30pm. We understand that the 20—year—old man who died in hospital
full stop —— who died in hospital was a football coach. One person
said, he has been taken away too soon.
At first I thought it was a road traffic accident. It was only when I
spoke to some people around me that they said it was a stabbing and it
was quite serious. At that stage the man was alive. He was drifting in
and out of consciousness. The police officer was very concerned. From the
expression on his boys I realised that this was a serious stabbing.
The police have been at their seen all day. —— expression on his face I
realised that this was a serious stabbing.
Workers at a nearby funeral home gave their reaction. It is shocking
to find out is an near here. —— to find out there is an murder. It is
generally quiet. It is a surprise. If there is anyone who may have
witnessed the assault, saw anything suspicious, or may have heard
something of interest, please get in touch with the police.
The police say the timing of the assault and the fire .2 links
between the two occurrences. # —— suggested there are links between
the two occurrences. This community is in shock. The
father has lost his daughter, his two sons, and his wife. To have gone
away and to do his work as a Dr and come back to find his family burned
to death, is a terrible shock. It is a very close—knit community. They
have one question. Why? Nobody knows the facts. The police are dealing
with this superbly. People want to let them get on and do their job.
People are saying could this be a revenge attack? Do you have any
idea? I do not. This family went to bed. There was a terrible fire. They
are now dead. Let us stick together as a community and support what the
police are doing. A terribly sad day for everybody in
Leicester. You will be joining us again at the end of the programme.
Thanks, Anne. You're watching East Midlands Today. Still to come — a
farewell parade for the families of hundreds of departing soldiers.
These soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment's second Battalion
will deploy to Afghanistan within weeks. A full report, later.
An inquest's heard that a Derbyshire woman was fearful of her former
partner in the week before she died. Rachel Slack, her ex—partner and
their young son were all found with fatal stab—wounds at a cottage in
Holbrook three years ago. At today's inquest Rachel's mother described
how Andrew Cairns had spiralled downwards into mental collapse.
James Roberson reports. It was at this cottage in June 2010
that Rachel Slack and her former partner were both found dead with
multiple stab wounds. Also found dead was her son.
In 2008. Rachel Slack told —— the inquest also heard from the sister
of Andrew Cairns. She said he has lived all over the
world. When he moved to Derbyshire he became increasingly mentally ill.
By 2010 he was living in squalid conditions refusing anybody entry.
The witness spoke to Andrew. The hearing continues next week.
An 85—year—old priest who's accused of 27 sexual offences against boys
will go on trial in Derby next year. Francis Paul Cullen was extradited
from the Spanish island of Tenerife last month. Today he appeared at
Derby Crown Court via video link from Nottingham prison. He spoke
only to confirm his name. He was remanded in custody and is to go on
trial next March. Mr Cullen served at parishes throughout the region,
including Christ the King at Mackworth in Derby.
The first of 22 new trams built in Barcelona is now in Nottingham.
There was a red carpet arrival for the new tram today. The Alstom
Citadis vehicles will make their first appearance on Line One of the
network in June next year. That's ahead of the major expansion of two
new routes on the Nottingham tram network.
Next tonight: People who illegally dump rubbish are costing the East
Midlands hundreds of thousands of pounds every year. Councils say fly
tipping is a huge problem. Nottingham City Council told us it
cost them more than £600,000 in the last year. Leicester City Council
say they dealt with more than 7,000 incidents at a cost of over
£250,000. Moving around other parts of the region, Mansfield spent
£43,000 dealing with fly tipping whereas Rutland had one of the
lowest clean—up bills at around £7,000. In Newark the council says
they've cleaned up over 1,100 incidents of dumping last year —
forking out £56,000 to do so. I spent the morning out with their
teams to see what they have to deal with.
This is a routine call out. They are collecting furniture from our house
in the town. It has cost the household £20 to have it collected.
Their next callout is much more common. The job next is fly tipping.
This is what they find. A fridge and other rubbish dumped on the side of
the road. We will take this away now. Then onto the next one.
This team is called to clear rubbish that has been dumped. We hope to
catch these people. We need residents who see any people to let
us know. Charges that is not used to exist.
We were still fetching tonnes of fly tipping. It is ironic that people
will spend more on petrol finding a quiet country lane than it would for
Alice to collect debts. —— for the council to collect it.
It is not good for the environment. It looks awful. We are available to
take these items. There is no need for anybody to fly tip anything.
Councils say fly tipping is devastating for the environment and
they will prosecute anyone who is not doing it. Pars. Bat—macro cot.
Supporters of a Zimbabwean grandmother who's lived in Leicester
for more than a decade say they fear she's about to be deported. They say
Evenia Mawongera was detained today when she reported to the UK Border
Agency's Centre in Loughborough. Since July she's reported there,
asking to stay with her two daughters. She fears for her safety
if she returns to her home country, but she's had asylum applications
turned down. The Home Office won't comment on her individual case.
A charity attempt by a Derbyshire water rescue team to circumnavigate
Britain has ended in failure. The Watersafe UK team wanted to raise
£20,000 for themselves and the RNLI in the 999 Challenge, going round
Britain in nine hours and nine minutes. But they've had to abandon
this attempt after their boat was damaged beyond repair. They already
have plans to do it all again next summer.
In just a few weeks time hundreds of soldiers from across the East
Midlands will be deploying to Afghanistan. It's likely to be our
region's last major deployment before all our troops are withdrawn
from the country. The Royal Anglian Regiment's second Battalion recruits
from across Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire. And today at their
base, Kendrew Barracks, near Oakham they were given a special send off.
Eleanor Garnier was there. They have been training for their
two to Afghanistan for months. They leave in just a few weeks. Before
they go, a special sendoff for the Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd
Battalion. Whites, partners, parents came into the regimental celebration
and parade. It is a happy feeling to watch them, that you are sad that
they are going. The Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd Battalion has been
training to shut down the front—line British bases. This is a two and
like any that has gone before. —— this is a two. Our job is to pack up
any British presence that is left. The mission in Afghanistan is
drawing to a close that pulling out is complex and dangerous. If you
were not scared you would be a liar. What happens happens. We have had
enough time now to prepare ourselves. These troops will be away
from their families for up to eight months. They have not even left yet
that everybody is looking foreword to the safe return.
So back to work for our Championship teams this weekend and all will be
looking for a return to winning ways. Forest suffered their first
defeat of the season before the break and tomorrow Chris Cohen will
lead them out against Barnsley. He is loving his new role as skipper
and Kirsty Edwards has been finding out just how much the captain's
armband means. It is a massive honour to be a
captain. Having the armband and walking out for the first game is
something I will remember for ever. He says it has not changed him. I
never shout and scream. I am not going to do that now. I will do the
things I have always done. I have to do more jobs off the pitch. More
interviews, things like that. Apart from having to talk to the
likes of me he had to get out and about representing the club and
visiting places like this. He came to this year home to meet a
lifelong fan and other keen supporters.
The foundations of great clubs are based on supporters. The people in
there have been supporting the club for 60 or 70 years. Tomorrow his
focus switches to matters on the pitch as they look to get back to
winning ways. Three Taff home games this month. —— three difficult home
games. We hope to keep the run going at
home. Well, let's get our head round the
other games. Our Championship clubs have all been going well. But Derby
have a tricky trip and Leicester have visitors fresh from the Premier
League. Leicester are preparing to welcome
would gain. There is a mood at Leicester that they can compete with
anyone. We have a lot of experience. Hopefully we can be right up there
this evening. —— this season. Derby are off to Millwall. It is a
guaranteed Winford Derby, surely? Football is not like that. Notts
County have hit the loan markets. Mansfield town welcome your. ——
yacht. Don't forget — all those games are
on your BBC Local Radio station. You won't miss a thing.
Cricket now, and no play for Nottinghamshire at a very wet Lords
in the County Championship. Derbyshire did get some cricket in
at the County Ground — struggling to take Durham wickets though.
And in Division Two, Leicestershire are just struggling.
Ice Hockey's Nottingham Panthers are in action tonight — the first of
three games in three days in Scotland. They go on the road trip
buoyed by a very good first weekend, looking every inch the team that
claimed three trophies last season. Dundee tonight, Fife tomorrow and
Edinburgh on Sunday. And Southwell jockey Hayley Turner
is out of hospital after a her shocker of a fall yesterday at
Doncaster. "Battered and bruised" is the description. Turner was thrown
hard when her mount, Seal of Approval, clipped the heels of
another horse. In rugby, Nottingham get their
season underway this weekend with a tough trip to Leeds.
But for the Leicester Tigers team getting your hands on a piece of
silverware each season has almost become the norm. But often there are
clear signs a player might be something a bit special long before
they pull on a Tigers' shirt. Angela joined one player going back to his
roots. He is a mountain of a man. The
youngest of rugby dynasty that legends of the game.
Back when it all started she was just a schoolboy.
What was he like? Brilliant.He came to the right place. No fewer than
three British Lions have come through the ranks. After a year of
being here he showed he had the power and strength.
He has established themselves as one of the country 's finest. The only
one of six brothers to play internationally for England. I
remember thinking my mum and dad will be very proud. Alliance, this
is latest achievements but he has not forgotten his roots. Late
tackles in those early days. Now I do not get yellow cards as often.
He made tower over his team—mates but it is as talent that truly
inspires. Here is the weather. There is
something for everybody this weekend. There will be lots of
twists and turns over the next few days. If you are looking for dry or
bright weather Saturday is your best bet. Windy weather on Sunday. We
have had some heavy and persistent rain this afternoon. It will be with
as this evening. It will try to clear away in the early hours of the
morning. It will stay on the mild side. Two morrow morning as damp and
justly. A decent looking afternoon on Saturday. Spells of sunshine. It
will feel quite called. Here is Sunday's pressure chart. This ridge
of pressure works South. Add drives start but the clouds will be
increasing. Rain will push end by mid—morning. It will try to clear
away as we head towards the evening. It will stay quite cool as well. We
stay with the blasted heath Dean next week. —— blustery.
Let's return now to our top story: The fire in Leicester which claimed
the lives of a mum and her three children. Let's go back to Anne
who's live at the scene. Anne. This is a very tight—knit community
and all the people have been out on the street is and it is not just
because of the television cameras. The main focus of this community
will be tomorrow when they say prayers for those who died. They
will then say prayers on Sunday also.
Police desperately searching for clues.
Investigations continue into the killing on the street. That was less
than one mile from here. Any updates we will bring you on our bulletin
tonight. Any updates we will have in our
latest news. Goodbye.