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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight — a man's charged with murdering four people in Leicester's
Spinney Hill house fire. The blaze claimed the lives of our
mother and three teenage children. An 18—year—old is due in court
tomorrow. Also tonight, support squads are
sent into two hospital trusts to improve standards of care.
Plus, grass from the London Olympics. The school but now has an
Olympic playing field. And one of the biggest collections
of theatrical costumes to ever go under the hammer. Is this a greedy
gold? —— is this a really gold? Good evening. First tonight, a man's
been charged with murder following a fatal house fire in Leicester. A
mother and her three teenage children died in the blaze last
Friday morning. An 18—year—old will appear in court
tomorrow when inquests into their deaths are expected to be opened.
Our reporter Helen Astle is at the scene of the fire now. Helen, what
else can you tell us? The 18—year—old man was arrested on
Sunday night. He had been questioned for the maximum amount of time, and
a few hours ago he was charged with murder.
The fire broke out here last Friday. The emergency services received the
call just after half past midnight. It was too late, a mother and her
three teenage children died. Shehnila Taufiq, her 19—year—old
daughter Zainab, and her two sons, 17—year—old Bilal, and Jamal who was
15, all perished. The funerals of the families are yet to take place.
The fire happened after a fatal assault on Kent Street in the city,
where 20—year—old football coach Antoin Akpom died. Yesterday
19—year—old Abdul Hakim of Wood Hill appeared before Leicester
Magistrates charged with his murder. Wood Hill has been under the glare
of the media spotlight for the last week, and for the community the
morning continues. A special prayer vigil will be held tomorrow night.
Joining me is the Bishop of Leicester. A very distressing week
for the community. A sad time for all the people of Leicester. But
Leicester has a proud tradition of people coming together in times of
difficulty, and that is what you have seen here. Tell me about this
tomorrow night. This will be a ritual of prayer at the church at St
Peter's, it will be attended by representatives of the family, also
by representatives of all the major faiths in this part of the city. And
also the city mayor and the Chief Constable. We shall pray for those
who died, for all who mourn, and we will pray for this community, for
courage, and for peace and for strength at a very testing time. It
is very important that all the communities come together. I think
we have seen that. People came together in the mosque a few days
ago, people have been contacting each other up, laying flowers. If
you walk the streets talk —— and talk to people, you find that
sense, strong sense of community and determination that these tragic
events will not divide people from one another. The 18—year—old who has
been charged is due to appear before Leicester magistrates tomorrow
morning. Also tomorrow, inquests are expected to be opened into the
family. Ciaran More action was announced today to
improve care at two hospital trusts in the East Midlands.
It's after both trusts were found to have higher than expected death
rates. Now other trusts seen as more
successful by the Government are to offer support and advice to help
sort out problems. Rob Sissons reports. The chairman of the
criticised Sherwood Forest hospitals trust is now looking to the future.
Higher death rates he says have come down, and the failings uncovered by
the team sent in to investigate the hospitals he says are now being
addressed. They found a number of things we needed to do. There were
13 focus areas that needed to be dealt with quickly. We are largely
through those urgent points. The other troubled trust runs Grantham,
Boston and Lincoln hospitals. Both trusts will be partnered with what
is seen —— what I seen as more successful hospitals in South
Yorkshire. It is an opportunity for the more successful trusts to learn
as well as the other trusts. The two trusts are among 11 across England
still under special measures. With change directors being sent in to
make sure that our improvements. Does this amount to a culture change
within the NHS? The Government hopes this. They say problems should not
be sat on, there should be more openness in the health service, and
problems tackled. Labour says what is needed is more nurses. What are
these problems? The investigation team in Sherwood Forest found
problems with a backlog of complaints, found that there needed
to be better communication. Patients were moved between wards too much.
All of this triggered by higher death rates.
A man diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic has admitted stabbing
a Nottingham chef to death. 23—year—old Marcin Cwiakalo from
Radford pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished
responsibility at Nottingham Crown Court. He was sentenced to 20 years
for the murder of Mark Blades in June last year, outside a restaurant
in the city centre. Police described the attack as a "shocking, random
act of violence". The number of burglaries in
Nottinghamshire over the summer rose by almost a quarter compared to last
year. A report by Nottinghamshire Police revealed that break—ins were
up 24% in the five months between April and August compared with the
same period last year. The force said this was down to a combination
of people leaving doors and windows unlocked due to the hot weather, and
unusually low burglary figures for last year.
This is East Midlands Today here on the BBC, and still to come: A final
curtain call for one of the biggest collections of theatrical costumes
and props. Yes, the end of an era as 25 years
of stitching and sticking is put up for sale. This is the largest
theatrical costume sale we have ever had. It is quite unbelievable.
A mother whose son has been missing for five days has made a desperate
plea for him to come home. 14—year—old Ciaran Sweeney left his
home on Saturday. His mother told Sarah Teale that the family is
heartbroken and needs him back. The posters say it all. A plea for
missing Ciaran Sweeney to come home. His mother has bought up 200 posters
around the estate in Mansfield since the 14—year—old went missing on
Saturday morning. He was in trouble for having a mobile phone that did
not belong to him, and he was going to be arrested. He is not going to
be arrested. And he is not in trouble. We just want him home. Safe
and well. Everybody at home is worried. Everybody in the community
and the school is worried. Has he ever done anything like this before?
He has never run off like this before. I pray somebody out there is
helping him, but now is the time to encourage him to come home. Police
say they are growing increasingly concerned for Ciaran's welfare. The
last time he was seen he was wearing a black coat, hooded top and
tracksuit bottoms. We have officers they could take —— dedicated to
trying to find Ciaran. We have sightings of him on the estate, but
we have just got to find him. What would your message to Ciaran be? We
just love you so much. And we just miss you dearly. Please come home,
get in touch. And if anybody has seen him, it is breaking all of our
hearts. The head teacher of a troubled
school in Leicester has been suspended by the City Council.
The governors at Uplands Junior School have also lost their power.
The council says it stepped in to suspend Tim Luckcock to ensure that
standards didn't slip any further and to ensure that pupils at the
school get the best education. We would always want to be working with
our Government bodies and headteacher. —— governing bodies. So
to issue a warning notice was very unusual, but a result of the
seriousness of the situation. We have to think of the best interests
of the children. The Derby—based aero engine maker
Rolls Royce has announced a new deal worth almost a billion pounds.
It's to provide new Trent XWB engines for a fleet of 25 Airbus
aircraft for the German airline Lufthansa. The airline also has an
option to buy a further 30 aircraft. The Trent XWB had its maiden test
flight in June this year. Rolls—Royce says it's become its
fastest selling Trent engine. And the announcement of that deal
with Lufthansa rather proves the point of our next story. Because,
today, the new head of British trade and investment in Germany told us he
wants to see more East Midlands companies breaking into this
thriving market. British companies actually export
twice as much to Germany as to Brazil, Russia, India and China put
together. Dan Rutstein's based in Berlin, but today he was visiting
firms in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. James Roberson
reports. It may be modest looking, but this
Leicestershire company is doing big things in Germany. Today it was
visited by the new head of the UK trade and industry mission based in
Berlin. He came to see the firm that has developed these devices using a
screw action to move mechanisms from aircraft landing gear to meet
slices. The firm has received an exclusive deal. The customers to not
only demand in terms of quality and delivery, but also they want us to
be continuous in development. A German colleague has enabled the
winning of sales from Germany. As soon as we make something, we speak
with the customer and show what we have. 45 miles away, Dan Rutstein
has come to visit. This firm, which also employs German colleagues,
makes birthing devices to stop the sparks which can cause catastrophic
fires in fuel depots. We launched our German division in April 2011,
and since that time sales have increased by approximately 30%, and
they are on an upward trend. Whether you have never tested international
waters or you are already exporting, our job is to help these
customers —— companies. We could help build networks and even use
ambassadors and embassies and residences to launch products. Both
companies see Germany as the market to grow into.
We heard there from Dan Rutstein who represents UK Trade and Industry in
Germany. Well, the UKTI's regional head for the East Midlands is the
soon to be retiring Peter Hogarth. I spoke to him earlier, and I asked
him why the Germans seem to like doing business with us. There is a
very long history of dealing with Germany. We have done business with
them for many years, and quite simply Germans like doing business
with the British. I remember one captain of industry saying his
advice was to learn Mandarin, because China was the next big
export market. China is a growing market, but we should not forget the
very big markets that already exist, and that we are very strong in. We
have spoken to your man in Germany. He is crucial to linking East
Midlands firms with German firms. That is working well. Yes, we have
40 people in Germany and three offices across the country, and it
reflects how important Germany is to the UK economy. 10% of the exports
from the East Midlands go to Germany. That is a couple of billion
pounds per year. It is not just for the big boys like Rolls—Royce, is
it? In a macro know, if anybody here has a product they want to launch in
Germany, they can use our premises. Anybody can get access to them.
Finally, and briefly, which is going to be the next big country in terms
of an emerging market for us? Probably Indonesia.
A toy shop in Leicester which has been trading for 30 years will
finally close next week after attempts to find a new owner failed.
Dominoes toy shop in the city centre was placed into administration
earlier this month. Two years ago it was named best independent toy store
in Britain, but has recently struggled to compete against online
retailers and supermarkets. A closing down sale starts tomorrow
morning. A new design for Richard III's tomb
has been revealed by Leicester Cathedral.
Plans for the raised tomb, with a deeply carved cross on a floor
inlaid with a large Yorkist white rose, will now be submitted to
planning officials. Set within the cathedral's chancel, the £1.3
million project will also see changes to the cathedral's internal
layout, windows and lighting. It's not often you bump into Queen
Elizabeth I, a '20s flapper, AND Henry VIII all in one room, but I
did today. The auction rooms in Nottingham are
holding what you could say is the sale of the century — as a
lifetime's collection of theatrical costumes and props go under the
hammer. I joined an interesting cast of
potential purchasers at today's viewing.
There's no business quite like a theatrical costume year. This is one
in a million, 20,000 outfits from every musical, Opera production you
could think of. This is made for my fair Lady. Did you realise you had
this many costumes? No. It is the end of an era. We have been going 25
years, and we are all sad that it is finished, but it is nice to see the
collection here and for people to appreciate it. I find it quite sad
that the business we have been dealing with for 20 odd years is
going. This is by far the largest of these theatrical sales we have ever
had, and it is quite mild blowing. —— mind blowing. These are from the
Wizard of oars, and this, there are incredible headdresses. Over there,
some lush staff. All of this is from Carmen. I think I am going to be
here for hours. One item I would like to keep is that. How much it
will make is anybody's guess. You were obviously impressed, you
came back with a new outfit! If you want to go, the auction
starts on Saturday. Still to come: Rolling out the
Olympic legacy. Plastic grass used at the 2012 Games is re—laid on a
school playing field in Grantham. Sport now.
First tonight, we can exclusively reveal that Nottingham Forest are
close to signing Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah on loan. The
England under 21 international, who can play in midfield or defence
spent much of last season on loan at Watford where he scored five goals.
Several Championship clubs have been after his services. But tonight he
was finalising a loan deal at Forest subject to a medical.
On to Leicester City, and what a start to the season they are
enjoying — five wins in seven Games means they are sitting pretty near
the top of the table. After the heartbreaking end to last season —
just missing out in the play—off semifinals — this campaign is
getting across that line. And for one man in particular it's about
putting the past firmly behind him. Angela has more.
It was one moment that cost less to the dreams of promotion last season,
and the man who missed that penalty is desperate to make amends. His
devastation was painful to see, and today he spoke about that
faithfulness. It was a very bad moment. I forgot in this moment. In
the new season we need to be focused. He found himself on the
bench, but the manager knew it was just a matter of time. He is a huge
talent, and he is a matchwinner, so I am pleased he has been able to
deal with the disappointments of the end of last season. And move on, and
I think that is good for us. It is important to be back in the team
now, and I am happy to be back. And to do my best for the team.
Galvanised by last season's disappointment, Leicester look
certain to do one better this time round.
When it comes to international cricket it was a fantastic summer
for England. And not just the men. The women's side had their own Ashes
success, and this week Nottinghamshire's Jenny Gunn
returned home to show off the trophy. She says the women's game
has never been stronger. Kirsty Edwards reports.
When she is not performing heroics on the pitch, you will find Jenny
teaching cricket in schools like this one. Some girls lacked the
confidence to do it, and you just saw the how good these girls are.
Jenny works for a scheme that aims to get more youngsters into the
game, and how better to inspire these girls than to show them the
Ashes trophy? To be coached by an England international, you are not
going to get many opportunities like that. Also getting their hands on
the trophy this week, Jenny's club team—mates along with her biggest
fan, her father, who played in the Nottingham Forest European cup
winning side. Very proud of her and all the girls. It is getting better
every year. It is a good game to watch. Jenny was part of the side
that won the Ashes in 2005. She says the game has come on leaps and
bounds. Australia has become professional, and we have proven a
point that we have had the most successful summer in a long time and
hopefully we will get stronger. In cricket, Nottinghamshire bowed to
the inevitable as Durham won the County Championship with a
comfortable victory at the Riverside. Notts not out of
relegation trouble — and need a result at home to Somerset to be
sure of safety. The weather wrecked another day of
cricket at Grace Road, where you imagine Leicestershire are just
desperate for the season to end. Commiserations to Jake Ball, a back
injury rules him out of the final at the weekend.
A small corner of a Grantham school no longer has a wet boggy pitch they
can't use. Instead, artificial turf has been laid — donated from last
year's Olympics. Today the new tougher turf was officially
inaugurated — by an Olympic gold medallist. Jonathan Cecil reports.
It is green, but it is not real. This plastic turf was used in the
Olympics for trap shooting, and Great Britain won a gold on it.
Today it has been installed at this Grantham school. They have their own
gold medal winner, Tim Bailey, to open their pitch. This whole area
was grass before, we could not go on it during the winter. But now it is
easier to clean and maintain, and easier for us instead of being
cramped on one playground. It really brings as out a bit more, because we
have an Olympic gold medallist to our school, and it is good to shake
his hand and hold a gold medal for myself. It is another way to keep
the Olympics legacy alive. I think in this day and age of recycling, it
is nice to see something being up cycled and creating a facility for
all the kids to enjoy. Two schools based in the town cater for pupils
aged between three and 19, many with autism, and some having learning
profound difficulties. This new page will allow the pupils to exercise
all year round. And already, it has been put to good use.
An all—weather playing field is probably a good idea!
We have had our fair share of rain, but things are settling down. We
deserve a bit of quiet weather, and some warmth. That is what is heading
our way. Today's weather front is clearing out. High pressure is
building in, and this has staying power so it will stay with us until
the start of next week. It will steer away these weather fronts. It
is a quiet picture, staying dry into the weekend. I cannot promise clear
blue skies, there will be quite a lot of cloud, but some brightness to
cheer things up. Things are warming up. If we get that brightness and
sunshine, temperatures could rocket back up. Today's latest satellite
and radar picture, you can see the rain has cleared away. We have seen
some gorgeous sunshine this afternoon. The cloud will roll back
in vogue through tonight. That will keep those temperatures up tonight.
Tomorrow morning quite acquired —— cloudy start of the day. In the
afternoon there will be some bright spells, the best across eastern
parts as we head on into the afternoon. But temperatures fairly
respectable, 17, perhaps 18 Celsius. Not a lot in the way of change as we
head on into the weekend. High pressure stays with us into the
weekend. We will start to draw in south winds though. ——
south—westerly winds. But as I say, but Clyde will be chopped up so some
brightness and sunshine around. —— that cloud.
A slow improvement. That is it from us. See you for the
late news. Goodbye.