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This is East Midlands Today with Quentin Rayner and me, Anne Davies.


Tonight, eight years for a paedophile who posed online as a


teenage boy. This is the moment he was confronted by paedophile


hunters. I found out she was 15, but I cannot remember if that was after


or before we consented to sex. Also, this simple device designed to


prevent mistakes. Why hospitals not using these? Plus, charged with the


murder of the family of four. An 18—year—old man appeared in court.


Leicestershire play their first YB40 final for 24 years.


Good evening. First tonight, a man confronted on camera in a sting by


amateur paedophile hunters has been jailed for eight years, for sexual


offences and grooming a teenager online. The group of parents from


Leicestershire, who call themselves Letzgo Hunting, had been approached


by the 15—year—old's mother, who asked them to investigate her


concerns. They've been criticised as being vigilantes who don't


understand the risks involved. This report from Marie Ashby.


Caught on camera. This is the moment 24—year—old James Stone was


confronted by paedophile hunters, Letzgo Hunting. We've got a copy of


all your conversations with us and copies of pictures you sent. Letzgo


Hunting had been approached by a mother worried her daughter was


being groomed. Without our involvement, he would never have


been arrested. Nottingham Crown Court was told


Stone had posed as a 16—year—old schoolboy in an online chat room.


What were contained in those pictures, because you said some were


dirty? Yes, there was one of my penis there. Have you still got


copies of these pictures? I believe so. Sorry, I don't want to see them.


I know you're looking for them. If I look at them, I am looking at


indecent images of children. All right, OK. He lured her back to his


flat, shut the door, bolted it, and that was it. She couldn't get out,


and she was there for hours, going through this hell she has been going


through. Stone worked at this pub at Lenton in Nottingham. Letzgo Hunting


set up online decoys. Thinking he was chatting to a 15—year—old, he


admitted he'd had sex with the girl in question. After a confrontation,


they told the mother to go to Nottinghamshire Police, who did


their own investigation and arrested Stone. We've just persisted to try


and get him behind bars for as long as possible, and it wouldn't have


happened without Letzgo Hunting. James Stone pleaded guilty to seven


charges, including grooming, sexual offences, and possession of extreme


pornography. In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said Stone


not only preyed upon his young victim in the guise of a schoolboy,


he did it in the family home and during school time, under the noses


of the adults in her life, because James Stone was hiding in her mobile


phone. The national organisation which protects children online says


paedophile investigations should be left to the experts. Confronting


people is really bad practice. It risks loss of evidence, people


panicking, and possibly harming children as a result.


Nottinghamshire Police say Letzgo Hunting's involvement did not lead


to James Stone's conviction. The Crown Prosecution Service told us


that because Stone pleaded guilty, there was no trial, so no evidence


was tested in court. Inside Out's Marie Ashby is with us


now. You've been talking to Letzgo Hunting since May — who exactly are


these people? It is a group based in Leicestershire, and the people I


have met, there are three men, who have families and children of


varying ages. They say they are concerned patients, parents who want


to protect children from paedophiles, and fearful of their


safety because of what they do. How do they operate, and was this a


typical case? This was an unusual case, because a mother contacted


them, feeling her daughter was being groomed. This is not usually how the


work. They set up profiles using pictures of teenage girls as decoys,


and see who approaches them. The police have real concerns, don't


they? They do, and Leicestershire police have had the most dealing


with them, cause Letzgo Hunting of Beeston Leicestershire, but the deal


with them and have a relationship with them. The force will not


endorse them, because they both say that it would absolutely employ the


public to come forward to them if they have any suspicions of criminal


activity of any kind. —— implore the public.


And you can see a lot more of those interviews and the confrontation


with James Stone on Monday's Inside Out East Midlands. That's at 7:30pm


on BBC One. The mother of a teenager who died


because of a hospital blunder is frustrated technology to prevent a


repeat of the tragedy still hasn't been taken up across the whole NHS.


Wayne Jowett from Nottinghamshire died when a powerful cancer drug was


wrongly injected into his spine instead of a vein. Our health


correspondent Rob Sissons reports. In 2001, 18—year—old Wayne Jowett


was in remission from Kenya. Then, in an act described as gross


negligence, doctors wrongly put this into his spine instead of a fine. He


suffered and agonising death. He only had one more treatments, and he


would have out of the air, walking out of the hospital with his family.


It needs to be used everywhere, not just any few places. Wayne's mother


and grandmother cannot believe the devices designed to prevent Bess are


not being used by every hospital. I want to see it in every hospital


around the world. If it is going to be introduced, bring it in. Don't


hold back. Get it going. Only 55 Acute Hospital trusts are known to


have taken up the fail—safe devices. The man who led the enquiry says it


is vital the rest follow. There is a small chance that the events that


occurred to Wayne Jowett all may happen again, and I want to see all


trusts using these connectors as soon as possible, because that


reduces the risk of that event ever happening again. This is designed to


save lives. What you have here is the red one dessert —— designed for


the Spain, and the other for the vein. The connectors will not screw


onto the wrong one. Wemyss family spends years campaigning, and now


the Health Secretary is being lobbied, and they have a meeting


with the chairman of the health select committee to get more trusts


to use these devices. In a moment, the Labour leader talks


exclusively about one of politics' hottest topics. The weather is also


hotting up. Probably not hot enough for one of these, but certainly a


whole lot better than what we have seen of late.


Hundreds of people are gathered at a church in Leicester this evening for


a multi—faith vigil to remember the victims of a fatal fire a week ago.


A mother and her three teenage children died in the blaze in the


Wood hill area of the city. Today an 18—year—old man appeared in court


charged with murder in connection with the fire. Also at the vigil are


the family and friends of a 20—year—old football coach who was


killed a week ago in the city. Our reporter Eleanor Garnier can tell us


more. Coming together in shock, after the


loss of loved ones. People from across the community arrived at


Saint Peter's Church in Leicester for a prayer vigil for those who


died. Exactly one week ago, I e—mailed and her three teenage


children died in a house fire on Wood Hill in Leicester. Chennai


Latour freak, her 19—year—old daughter, Xena, at and Jamil, who


was 15, also perished. 18—year—old Kemo Porter appear today at


Leicester Magistrates' Court charged with their murder. In a brief


hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name, address, and that he


understood the charges. He was remanded into custody and will


appear via video link at Leicester Crown Court on Monday. Meanwhile, at


Leicester town Hall, the inquest into the four deaths was opened and


adjourned. The coroner heard that the four bodies had to be a gent is


—— identified by dental records. They had all died due to smoke


inhalation. The bodies will be buried in Ireland, where their


father works as a neurosurgeon. Until the bodies of a mother and her


three children are released, the funeral must wait.


A derelict rectory in Loughborough has become a target for drug use and


anti—social behaviour. The house on Steeple Row, which is close to a


school, has been empty for almost four years since it was sold to a


developer. Now, residents have handed a petition to the local


council, calling for it to be pulled down. Charnwood Borough Council says


it has investigated the site and has a demolition notice from the site


owner which should start in the next six weeks.


More staff are being taken on by East Midlands Ambulance Service in


Leicestershire and Rutland. A recruitment event is being held in


Narborough. At least 25 jobs are on offer, including qualified


paramedics and also emergency care assistants, who would receive


training for the job. Labour's conference is about to


start this weekend, and ahead of it, this evening Ed Miliband has


announced the party will scrap what it dubs the bedroom tax. The


Coalition, of course, refers to it as the spare room subsidy. The


Labour leader has been talking exclusively to the BBC English


regions. Earlier, I spoke to him in his Westminster office and I asked


him what impact scrapping it would have in the East Midlands.


It will help lots of families. Tens of thousands of families across the


East Midlands, and it will make a real difference to them. And how are


we going to do it? We're going to end the boardroom tax loopholes that


have been introduced by this Government, and use this money to


end the bedroom tax. I think that's the right thing to do, because we


have so many families who are struggling with the unfairness of


the bedroom tax, the hardship. There aren't other properties for them to


move to, and two thirds of the families are disabled, so it is the


right thing to do. A Labour government would end the bedroom


tax. According to your figures, it would affect 40,000 claimants in the


East Midlands. What do you say to people in arrears? Don't pay,


Labour's going to save you? What I say to the 40,000 families across


the East Midlands who've been hit by the bedroom tax is that we will end


the bedroom tax. We will do it by closing the boardroom loopholes. It


is the right thing to do. Obviously, people have to wait 18 months or so


for the election, and a Labour government being elected, and will


have to be dealing with their councils on the issues that they


face. We're going to get rid of it as soon as we can, and we are


serving notice that that is what a Labour government will do. It is the


right thing to do, because so many families, two thirds of whom are


disabled, are really been hit by the bedroom tax. And it's the wider


issue for our conference — how you tackle the cost of living crisis,


not just on the bedroom tax, but on every issue facing families in


Britain. One other thing I need to ask you about is High Speed two. It


will eventually connect with the East Midlands. KPMG, the


accountants, say it will bring upwards of £2 billion a year to


boost Nottingham and Derby's economies. You think that is


plausible? Well, I'm a supporter of High Speed two, but we've got to


make sure it's value for money. As we've said, there can be no blank


cheque for any project, particularly at this difficult economic time, but


the reason I'm a supporter of High Speed two is precisely because of


the economic benefits that come with it. But I think the British people


and people of the East Midlands would expect a Labour government or,


indeed, any government, to make sure that we keep the costs under


control, and that's what the Labour government would do. Ed Miliband,


thank you. Thank you. And I'll be discussing the implications of


Labour's policy decision on the Sunday Politics Show at 11am here on


BBC One. People who use skin lightening


creams are being warned they could be damaging their health. It comes


after a check by Trading Standards officers in Derby. Tests found that


half of the treatments bought over the counter had traces of mercury.


From Derby, Simon Hare reports. It is a skin lightening cream, but


it actually contains mercury. An undercover Trading Standards officer


explains what was found in a spot check on one Derby shop. All ten


hair and skin products were incorrectly labelled, but five of


them were potentially harmful to health. This hair dye contained


lead, while four of the skin lightening creams had traces of


mercury. If people persist and use it on a regular basis, it could lead


to brain damage, kidney failure, your nervous system can go, and it


is important that consumers and traders are aware of exactly what is


in these products. Although these products are perfectly legal in


their country of origin, usually the Indian subcontinent, the contents


mean they are banned here. But they still end up on sale in the UK. Many


also question why people would want to use such creams. A lot of people


just feel that if their skin was lighter, it might give them more of


an opportunity to get on in life. It's the wrong kind of attitude to


have. At this Derby hair salon, which has many black customers, the


owner worries about the growth in this market. I find it really,


really strange, how people want to lighten their skin. I find it weird


when people of ethnic origin want to go on a sun bed, also. I don't think


these kind of creams work. If anything, it's going to do a lot


more damage than good. These products will now be destroyed, and


a survey of other shops across the city is being carried out.


They say you reap what you sow, and our colleagues at BBC Radio


Leicester have proved it and impressed the boss as well. This


Spring, their Grow Your Own project got people planting loads of fruit


and veg and the harvest has been bountiful. Here's Ady Dayman.


The studios here at BBC Radio Leicester have been transformed to


celebrate the culmination of the Grow Your Own project, which started


in spring. The idea is to show people how easy and how productive


it can be to grow your vegetables. It is also fine as well. —— fine as


well. There has been a lot going on today.


We have had special harvest songs, people bringing in their own


produce, cooking demonstrations, even the director—general of the BBC


showing a keen interest in the whole project. Although supermarkets and


other places make wonderful vegetables, there are something


about something you grow for yourself. Well done, this is


absolutely fantastic! This produce was grown from seeds given away at


the start of the project, and a primary school was one of the


growers. That is nice! Is everybody ready to get planting? Yes! Hands up


if you enjoyed the Grow Your Own project. And what did you enjoy most


about it? Which they did you enjoy growing the most? Sweetcorn! It has


been wonderful. The children have taken so much from it. They are


thinking about what is healthy to eat. The children are here today to


help celebrate the festival. Heads, are you having a good time? Yes!


Well, you've done a brilliant job. It's been a wonderful celebration


today, and the project has been nothing but success. Let's hope we


can do it all again next year. How lovely! Staying on crime


matters, Colin is not here this evening. He is at a very famous


green area for us to and eight. I have come to Lord's, this special


place, and this is why. This is the widely 40 trophy, and this is what


Nottinghamshire will be playing Glamorgan for tomorrow. There is


only one trophy and one award available. This moment is full of


tradition and history, and the squad has promised so much and wants it so


much. I have been talking to them. It's going to be right up there. Not


to have been to Lord's for 24 years is something we are very proud of.


This is my first time at Lord's, the first time in a Nottinghamshire


shirt. With this team, the sky is the limit. We have an unbelievable


squad. The line—up has been without compare. We have a good bowling


unit, and we are on a roll. It makes it so exciting. Once the first ball


is bowled, you're into it. You have to just concentrate on getting a


result. Having a packed house at Lord's, playing for Nottinghamshire,


it's just unbelievable. I won't enjoy the cricket, no. This is what


it comes down to. One day. You can see why they wanted when it so badly


when you are here. It feels special and like the home of cricket. There


is so much more going on than the YB40 final. There is championship


football and news of a signing at Leicester City. Gary Taylor Fletcher


is joining today on a one—year deal. He was released by Blackpool,


witches who Leicester play tomorrow. Derby will be hoping to take their


away form into their game with reading, and Forest have made one of


those signings that makes you take notice. Natalie Jackson was there to


meet him. All the clubs wanted him, but today, this highly rated young


Chelsea star experienced his first training session with Nottingham


Forest. The session was quite hard. It was very intense. Like I said, we


were just having a chat, and I told him the intensity of that session


was pretty high, and it's what I was used to at Chelsea. The 18—year—old


caught the eye while on loan at Watford, having made it to the


championship final. He is a young player who can certainly tackle and


to create and score goals, and he is the very, very good up—and—coming


midfield player. Last year, and Nathan signed a five—year contract


with Chelsea, but his manager regards hemp highly, and wanted him


to go out on loan to get more games. Would you stay here longer if


possible? Yes, if I'm having a good time, and the loan is going well,


you know, if I'm not home sick, you then yes, of course. He is in the


squad tomorrow, Andy Phil interview with him is on the BBC Sport


website. Notts County and Mansfield are at home, and our reporter is


there. Leicester Tigers are in action, with everyone available for


this season. For the Nottingham Panthers, it is the first visit of


the rifles, the Sheffield Steelers. Sold out already. Here, Lord's,


we're inside a privileged area, which is only open to members


usually. The reason we get to be here is we know the Chief Executive.


Derek Brewer, how are you settling into the role here at Lord's? Is


such an exciting role here to be leading at such a time of great


change. It's a great time to be involved, and I'm so pleased that


Nottinghamshire are here, walking onto the field tomorrow to take part


in the final. Will you be allowed to what —— be watching and cheer them


on? It never leaves you, so I have been following the results very


closely and they have had a to the 60s in. Why is Lord's special, do


you think? It is the place everyone wants to play cricket. The club


cricketers always aspire to play here, and I want to make sure with


my team that that aspiration remains for generations to come, and this


place is regarded as the finest place in world cricket. It still


takes your breath away. Thank you very much for joining us. That is it


from Lord's, but we'll be back tomorrow to see if Nottinghamshire


can lift the trophy. Fingers crossed!


A recycling champion from Leicester who voluntarily picks up thousands


of discarded cans from the streets has been rewarded with a


pedal—powered carrier, so he can pick up even more.


This is Can Man. For the past three years, he has collected around 1000


cans a week from the streets of Leicester. He used to push a


converted bin around, but today, he has the latest pedal—powered cargo


trike. It was donated to Adrian by Leicester City Council, in


recognition of his crusade to collect dumped aluminium cans from


around the city's West End. We have a huge team of people that are out


cleaning our streets every day. They do a fantastic job, but really,


people are still dropping litter in hedgerows and side streets, and


volunteers like Adrian are able to go that little bit further and


really make the city look much better. It's very strange to drive,


because I've been used to a push—bike. In short distances, I


haven't managed to run anyone over yet, but it's going to take a little


bit of getting used to. I've got to use it to get used to it, but it


should make a really big difference to me going out and about. Adrian


has already collected over 90,000 cans, and with help of this larger


carrier, he hopes to reach 100,000 cans from the streets and parks


within six months. If he does that, he will need a


bigger carrier! He can do it! Charlie, is the weather going to be


nice? Yes! I have good news! I'm pleased to be able to say I have


good news for a change. Warm air is spelling in, with high pressure


which will ensure a nice weekend. It will be cloudy at times, but a lot


warmer than of late. As far as the season goes, there will be clouds


event in places, but plenty of white spells as well. Saturday morning


will be largely cloudy, with temperatures at ten or 11 Celsius is


the overnight low. Tonight is actually a much more tarmac warmer


night, tomorrow, not too bad. Cloudy to start, but it will improve as we


make our way through the day. As you can see here, it's bank of cloud


sitting over as in the morning, just in time for the football. By


evening, we should see widespread sunshine, and the temperatures will


help, 19 Celsius. Sunday will not be bad as well. The further east you


are, the better it will be. By later on in the day, the sunshine to be


making its way through, some not too bad. I'm pleased to see the high


pressure is going to hang around, blocking areas of low pressure from


making a return, so it looks like we should see this brighter and more


settled spell of weather lasts for a few days. So we can promise good


weather. An Indian summer! A brief one! Would be back for the late


bulletin. Goodbye.


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