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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: A teenager on trial, accused of plotting bomb attacks on
his home town. His targets included a mosque and a
cinema. Also, the community in shock as
police hunting a missing teenager find a body. Dumbstruck. We are
waiting to see what happens and what the police say. , plus, the
controversial Muslim free school is closed by Ofsted.
These schoolchildren are getting up close and personal with a
masterpiece. Good evening. Welcome to the
programme. First tonight, a Leicestershire teenager has gone on
trial accused of preparing a terrorist attack. The court heard
that his targets included a mosque and two colleges in Loughborough.
He'd made a plan based on the mass shooting at Columbine High School in
America. The jury was shown videos of him testing home—made bombs and
threatening to kill Muslims. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy
Ball is live at the Old Bailey. Jeremy, what more can you tell us?
We heard the teenager suffers from Asperger's syndrome. We cannot
identify him because he is 17. He is facing two very serious terrorism
charges. When the police went to his home, they found weapons including
pipe bombs, a poisons Handbook and a list of targets. The targets
included a mosque. We heard he had made notes about fighting what he
called the Islamic invasion of Europe. Also on his list, the
Council, the university, a local cinema and two local colleges. What
is he accused of planning to do? We heard he had written plans for an
operation referencing the shooting spree at Columbine high school in
the US where a teacher and 12 pupils were shot dead in 1999. Here at the
Old Bailey, the prosecution said this boy had made notes talking
about attacking a secondary school, eliminating pupils and teachers by
chaining up the exits and attacking classrooms with bombs and a machete
and guns. In the notebook, he had drawn swastikas and written English
Defence League slogans. What about his motivation? We had quite a lot
about his far right views but the prosecution also talked about
personal grudges. A very telling recording that he had recorded on
his dictaphone. This is the voice of an actor. How could anyone treat a
fellow person like anyone has treated me? That is what drives
people to do this. Look at all of the things in the past, Columbine,
others. All because of William. —— bullying. We saw home—made videos of
the boy with friends where des Alpes wearing balaclavas and they identify
themselves as the urban revolutionary army —— they are
wearing balaclavas. The jury has been told to decide if the teenager
on trial was simply a misfit or whether he really was a would—be
terrorist. A second man has appeared in court
charged with the murder of a football coach from Leicester.
Antoin Akpom who was 20 died from a single stab wound following an
attack on Kent Street in the city last month. Earlier today,
19—year—old Hussain Hussain was remanded in custody to appear at
Leicester Crown Court on Friday. Another 19—year—old, Abdul Hakim,
has already been charged with murder.
Managers at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have admitted failures in
care. It's after an elderly dementia patient was allowed to walk out of
its accident and emergency unit in his pyjamas. The 86—year old had
walked more than four miles before he was found early in the morning
last November, after falling near a police station. The hospital trust
has apologised and says new training procedures are being introduced.
Still to come: Trying new treatment for a cancer that has no cure.
Mesothelioma is often the legacy of a lifetime's exposure to asbestos.
Now patients who have it are helping test a new drug.
People living on the housing estate where a teenage boy went missing
have told us they're devastated to hear a body has been found.
Ciaran Sweeney who's 14 left his home on the Oaktree Lane Estate in
Mansfield two—and—a—half weeks ago. His family had appealed for him to
come home. But yesterday police told them they've found a body. Jo Healey
reports. It is a close community so when the
police started searching for Ciaran Sweeney people helped too, putting
up posters, combing the heath land near his home. Hole I came to check
the hiding I know. With my volunteers, we go out twice a week
—— I came to check the hiding places I know. Now I feel sick and very
sad. Feelings mirrored by others on the estate. People have come
together over this. But you can see and feel the sadness and heartache.
My daughter went to school with him. She has found it upsetting. She was
close to him and close to his sister as well. People are dumbstruck. They
are waiting to see what happens and what the police are going to say. We
are waiting for answers. My thoughts and love go to the family and
friends. A police underwater search team recovered the body of a teenage
boy yesterday at a quarry. The body will not be formally identified
until the end of this week. Here is what the chief inspector said. We
appreciate it is an emotional and trying time for the local
community. Until we can make a formal identification, we ask for
patients and sensitivity to all those involved.
A Muslim faith school remains closed tonight, 24 hours after Ofsted
inspectors moved in and shut it down. At the end of one day of
inspection, the Al—Madinah School in Derby was ordered to close
immediately on health and safety grounds.
In the past, the school has been accused of imposing strict Islamic
practice on staff and pupils and there have been allegations of
financial irregularities. More now from our reporter James Roberson.
Today at the primary part of the school in Derby, there was a sign
saying there was an ongoing Ofsted inspection but nothing about school
closure will stop North could the staff enlighten us. Do you know what
is happening? I cannot comment. On the school's website, the interim
principal has put this statement for the parents. Owing to a health and
safety issue, I have taken the decision to close the school until I
am confident all children are safe. Ofsted themselves issued this
statement. We agreed to bring forward our planned inspection of
the school. As a result, we understand the principle has written
to the parents informing them the school will be closed to children
today. Half a mile away at the secondary school site of the
Al—Madinah School, parents were coming to the school to try to find
out for themselves why it had closed. They are happy with the
school. We do not know what is going on. Obviously, with the teaching
side, we are really happy. Really happy. We do not want it to
shutdown. Not without any specific reason. We are really happy and I
would definitely send my child to the school. Principal says he hopes
the school will reopen in the very near future.
Joining us in the studio now is Nick Raine, the regional officer for the
National Union of Teachers. Thank you for coming in. We have heard
claims that teachers have been told what to wear, that girls have been
told to sit at the back of the class and claims of financial
irregularities. Are you hearing this? We have had members contacting
us with concerns about contracts and practices in the school, to the
governments of the school. They have raised serious concerns. Hence the
ongoing inspection. What do you think is the possible health and
safety aspect? I do not know. It could be one of a number of things.
It is virtually unprecedented for a school to be closed the day after an
Ofsted inspection. The nature of free schools is that no one is
accountable. Have you tried to contact the people behind the
school? I have had many journalists asking me who is in charge. This is
inherent with free schools. You have a situation where schools are not
accountable. The some of the parents seem very happy. They want the
school to reopen. We all want the school to reopen but we also need to
think about the future of schools up and down the country. This could
well be replicated in other places. We will leave it there. Thank you.
Cuts have been voted through at Nottinghamshire County Council. It
has to save £157 million. In Matlock, the big picture is
emerging. Five years of cuts voted through today at Derbyshire county
council. Labour blame lack of funding from the government. The
Conservatives Shepp 1200 jobs when they were in power. Now they say
labour has slowed down the pace of the cuts. The greatest concern today
in the report is the failure to maintain the momentum of making
savings in this authority. It is something that has been going on now
for the four years of our administration. This is the scale.
£157 million over five years. Up to 1600 jobs at risk. These are some of
the budgets being targeted this year alone. Nonsense to suggest they are
not being tough enough says the Labour Party. We do not have sofas,
we are cutting money on the civic budget, —— chauffeurs. We are
finding money in all kinds of ways. The union is worried. From what we
know, it is going to be the most abominable people within Derbyshire,
particularly adult care. Those services are going to be affected
directly by this. Much of the detail of the cuts has yet to emerge.
We hear there has been another development this evening. That is
right. Councillors have voted not to accept a 1% increase in their
allowances. They say it will say something like £7,500 a year. In
2012—2013, the allowances totalled around £1 million. Not a huge saving
but the councillors say they are showing solidarity. They also voted
through a new package of increased allowances for a slimmed down
cabinet. Other councillors will get a reduction. There will be less paid
out over all and it is claimed it will save the authority around £3600
overall. Looking for savings everywhere. Thank you.
Two new treatments for an aggressive form of cancer are being tested in
the East Midlands. At the moment, mesothelioma, mainly caused by
exposure to asbestos, can't be cured.
More and more cases are being diagnosed each year and doctors at
Leicester's Glenfield Hospital are predicting numbers could peak in the
next six or seven years. Here's our health correspondent Rob Sissons.
It is the past that is destroying this man's future. He is convinced
he developed me Cecilio in the working as an engineer 40 years ago
—— developed cancer. He was exposed to asbestos. We were going down into
a stone storm —— snowstorm. A very dusty room. There were no masks or
anything. The jagged edge around his long, cancer. Note you but there is
hope. At this hospital he is the first to test a new drug —— there is
no cure. We have had not had any treatments. What we plan to do is
get the scan. You have the combination on the first day... The
drug he is trying out is designed to prevent the growth of tumours. The
university is leading an international trial into another
drug to reduce reliance on chemotherapy. Even if it does not do
me good, it is going to help other people in the long run. It can take
15 to 16 years —— 15 to 60 years to develop cancer after exposure to
asbestos. 2500 cases a year are diagnosed in the UK. We have seen in
other cancers where survival is improved is that the more treatments
you have got, the longer people live.
Still to come, schools get a masterclass in art. Works by leading
painters are being taken into classrooms across Nottingham, giving
children a chance to see their work up close.
It is sport time now. What a night at Derby County. They will take
their time to make the right appointment when it comes to wait
technical director to work alongside new head coach Steve McClaren. And
what an introduction to his team for him last night. McClaren was in the
stands as he saw the Rams go 4—1 down by half time against Ipswich.
Derby were so bad he was forced to intervene and inspired a dramatic
comeback. Kirsty Edwards was there. And so the new era began as Steve
McClaren and his coaching team met the players for the first time last
night. Darren was in temporary charge for the game with Steve
McClaren watching in the director's box. With the new boss watching,
these players will be desperate to make a good first impression
tonight. And desperate for their first home win. As first impressions
go, the first half was a masterclass in how not to do it. He has scored
in his own net! Terrible defending. It is four. Oh, dear. Derby were
four — one down. Steve McClaren had enough. He did an unexpected team
talk. Everyone knew that we would be told what they thought of us. He
came down and he changed the shape of it and told us to believe in
ourselves. Whatever he said, it obviously worked. Derby have got
another one back! Into the net! Derby have a third goal. He puts it
in the net! Derby have an equaliser. Down from the director's
box, Steve McClaren watched on. They tried to snatch a late winner but
time just eluded them. That is what you call a game of two halves. What
an amazing comeback. Unbelievable. Great atmosphere. We liked doing it
the hard way. What do you think Steve McClaren will have learnt from
tonight? He will have learnt we need to defend better, from set pieces
particularly. We need to play as we did in the second half.
At Leicester City their excellent form continues. Last night they beat
Yeovil by 2—1. So tonight, this is how the Championship table looks.
The Foxes are third but only goal difference separates them from
Burnley and QPR. Leicester are our best place team in the Midlands.
They have won seven out of their first ten league games. It was a
night for Leicester when their quality shone through. They had the
better chances and could have won by more. They deserved the lead on 54
minutes . Their power and pace was too much for Yeovil Town. David
Nugent has scored six times from the penalty spot this season and again,
he made no mistakes. Yeovil Town got a penalty of their own but Leicester
were dominant and are unbeaten in five games and joint top of the
championship. Onto Nottingham Forest who are still
in talks with Wolves about bringing in winger Bakary Sako to the City
Ground on loan. Discussions have been ongoing for a long time so the
club could be forced to go elsewhere. On the pitch, Forest have
only lost one of their first ten games. Last night, they drew 1—1 at
Charlton. Mark Shardlow reports. Forest in the grey started the night
in style. Andy Reid's free kick gave them the lead after three minutes.
Soon after, he had a half chance for a second. But Charlton gave notice
this would not be an easy night as they gave them a fright. This was
probably the moment when Forest should have racked up the points but
they could not quite finish it. In the second half, Charlton
equalised. As the game neared the end, the home side look for the
winner. First, the woodwork saved Forest. Then it was some scrambled
defending to desperately clear. The ball was staying out of the net to
Forest's relief. Finally, gymnastics. One of our top Olympic
stars is hoping to reach the finals of the World Championships this
evening. Nottingham's Becky Downie competes on the bars and beam. She's
hoping for better fortune than Sam Oldham who's also from Nottingham.
The medal winner from the London Olympics failed to make the finals
in the competition which is being held in Belgium. Hard luck, Sam.
From the gallery to the classroom. Today, hundreds of school children
in Nottingham were given the chance to see a masterpiece up close.
As part of the BBC's Your Painting project, works by leading artists
are being taken into schools in an attempt to introduce children to
art. Geeta Pendse reports. It is not every day you have a
security man at the doors. These children today got the chance to
have a close encounter with an original piece of artwork. Ella
Macri you have the nail varnish. Can you see, is it just on the floor? ——
you have the nail varnish. Owned by Nottingham Castle Gallery, curators
were on hand to chat to the children. The purpose behind it is
making artwork more accessible and it could not be more accessible than
being in your own home for the day. A great opportunity for the children
to look up close at the artwork. Then we find out more about it,
particularly because it is a local artist. It is one of 27 paintings
being taken to schools across the UK. It is not just about
appreciating the artistic merit, but also exploring a moment of history.
We do not get many trips to the gallery to see famous paintings. I
thought it was amazing. Really cool to have a real painting in the
school. It is not like cartoons, it is realistic, like a real person. I
like the painting. The painting will be returned to Nottingham Castle
where it is also hoped these children will venture in the future
to take another look. And you can get more information
about this project by logging onto our website.
I thought that was really lovely. Pretty as a picture, here is the
weather. Such a long time since we have seen
significant rainfall, but we had lots overnight and first thing this
morning. Nottingham sought 17 millimetres of rain over the past 12
hours —— Nottingham saw. The cloud will be with us overnight. The risk
of one or two outbreaks of rain, particularly through western parts,
the Peak District and western parts of Leicestershire. Further east, it
is a dryer picture. Overnight lows of around 14 degrees. Tomorrow, it
will start dry for most places. Quite cloudy. Do not be fooled for
thinking the rain is not with us, it will just take a while. Not too bad
they start to the day. Some brightness. In the sunshine,
temperatures will reach 19 degrees. Breezy. The rain will edge its way
and in the afternoon. It will become more heavy and persistent as we go
into the evening. Gradually, it. To work its weight used. It will be
heavy and persistent for a time —— gradually, it will start to work its
way eastwards. Further showers on Friday. By Saturday, a ridge of high
pressure will build and that will help to settle things down. We will
not see Wall to wall sunshine. It will be quite a cloudy affair. We
will see some sunshine at times. And temperatures will not do too badly
either. After Thursday night, it looks like it will be an improving
picture. I do not think we can remember wall
to wall sunshine. Thinking really hard!
That is it for us. Good night.