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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Maurice Flynn.


Tonight, could historic phone records help find Madeleine McCann?


Six years after she disappeared, investigators examine thousands of


mobile phone records from the location at the time. Detectives


clearly believe that this could hold the key to solving the case. Those


charged with murdering a football coach and four members of the same


family in Leicester appear in court.


Plus months after floods forced them from their homes, the pensioners who


feel they are the forgotten victims. Some people have gone into homes and


some with relatives but we have had bungalows that have been trying out


for about five weeks and nothing has been done to them. And the everyday


arguido that could give our Olympic swimmers an extra edge. —— the


everyday moss. They will not have the fatigue as quickly that they get


even though they are elite swimmers. Good evening and welcome to Friday's


programme. First tonight, detectives from Scotland Yard believe that


analysing phone records may hold the key to finding out what happened to


Madeleine McCann. Investigators looking for the youngster from


Rothley in Leicestershire say their enquiries are "gathering momentum"


and that they're now looking at 41 so—called persons of interest. There


will also be an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme later this


month that promises "fresh and substantive" new information.


Her face has rarely been out of the headlines but what happens to


Madeleine McCann remains unsold. It is appearance in the Portuguese


resort of Praia da Luz in 2007 sparked worldwide interest that


despite a tireless campaign led by her parents, Kate and Gerry, six


years on there is still no answer. Tonight, fresh hope from Scotland


Yard. A briefing to select a journalist revealed that they will


be analysing thousands of mobile phone records belonging to people


thought to be in the same resort the night she disappeared. Detectives


clearly believe that this could hold the key to solving the case. They


believe that there is a vast amount of material wished must be analysed


and will give them a complete picture as to who was in the area at


the time —— which must be analysed. Kate and Gerry describe this as a


huge step forward, the case had been dropped by the Portuguese


authorities back in 2008. Then there were claims in a book by a former


police chief that mother Lynne was dead and her parents had lied. The


McCanns denied it and are seeking libel damages. Later this month, the


family will feature alongside detectives in the BBC's Crimewatch


programme which promises fresh and substantive new information.


Together with the results of the phone records, it should offer new


hope for the Leicestershire parents still determined to find their


missing daughter. So, detectives believe that careful


examination of mobile phone records could unlock the mystery of


Madeleine's disappearance. But how exactly will this help them? We're


joined now by a former police chief superintendent and now senior


lecturer in criminology at the University of Derby, Nick Howe. Good


evening. Thanks for joining us. First, how significant is this news


today? I think it is very significant but we should not


underestimate the job at the police will still have to do. What I would


say is that it is disappointing that we are six years on and this


particular aspect of the investigation has not been conducted


deviously, I am surprised. You mentioned the six years —— conducted


previously. Will this have been affected by the time—lapse? People


get rid of phones on a fairly frequent basis so it adds a level of


complexity that will be detrimental to the investigation but I am still


confident that it will now be thorough. It is fairly unhelpful


that this was not done six years ago. Yes, I am surprised by that.


Only the Portuguese police can answer for why they did or did not


do what they did. They captured some data but from what we are hearing


from the media and announcements from the Metropolitan Police, this


will now be a full—scale thorough investigation involving over 30


countries where the data and phone details will be examined thoroughly


which has to be excellent news for the investigation. It is a vast


amount of information, do you have any information about how long this


will take to get through? I suspect it will take a long time and will


also cost a lot of money. Phone providers do not provide data free


of charge generally and the bureaucracy in dealing with 30


countries against the backdrop of how long data has been kept for it


would compete matters for the investigators. Do you think this


could hold the key to finding out what happened to Madeleine? Had this


been a British enquiry occurring in the UK, I have to say that this


would have been a major line of enquiry and it is a tried and tested


method of certainly adding more information for investigators to


either substantiate or negate who was present at the scene and follow


lines of enquiry like these suspected people. We will keep our


fingers crossed. Thanks for speaking to us.


Next tonight, eight of the nine people accused of five murders in


two separate incidents in Leicester have all appeared in court. Two are


accused of killing the football coach Antoin Akpom. The other seven


are accused of the deaths of four members of the same family who died


in a house fire. Our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner has been in


court. The brief hearing is at Leicester


Crown Court set out a timetable for a trial date. The parents of Antoin


Akpom attended. First to appear was 19—year—old Hussein Hussein, a video


link with another 19—year—old Abdul Hakim failed so he did not appear


during this hearing. Both are accused of the murder of the


20—year—old football coach Antoin Akpom on the 12th of September who


died from a single stab wound. They were both remanded into custody. The


doc was then filled with six men and one youth charged with four counts


of murder. They are all aged between 16—24. Shawn Carter, Jackson


Powell, Nathaniel Mullings, a youth who cannot be named because of his


age, Eireann web, Hakim Jeffers and chemo Porter were all remanded into


custody. There was no application for bail. They are all accuse of the


V murder of four members of the same family. Three teenage children and


the mother died in a house fire at their home in the Wood Hill area of


Leicester. Police working on the presumption of both cases which are


linked. We were told that the trial will be heard in front of a High


Court judge and is expected to last at least eight weeks. It should be


dealt with by March next year. Plenty still to come on the


programme tonight, including: can you guess what's driving these


regulars at one pub so crazy? Pensioners who were forced out of


their homes by severe floods this summer, say they feel like the


forgotten victims of the deluge. Back in July, three inches of rain


fell in just a few hours at Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Three


months on, and the repair work is yet to start.


With an overnight forecast of heavy rain again, on this road in


Southwell, the sandbags were out in case and not surprisingly. In July


after heavy rain, the dyke running through the town rose from a trickle


to a torrent. We walked into the kitchen and we noticed there was


water coming through the door. Walk further into the hall and it was


coming through the front door like a river. This family are one of only


four households out of 17 still in situ. They are living on concrete


floors with the constant noise of the humidifiers. Across the road,


Des is now living temporarily in this flat. He managed to salvage his


medals from the Navy from the flood but he's not sure when he will get


back to his bungalow. I cannot see people going back as yet. Not for a


long time. We have been working in the properties since the day after


the floods. So we started work drying out the floods immediately


afterwards. We will start work on the site on the 14th of October and


we are doing everything we can to make sure people can return. But


people still believe that they are not going fast enough. We were given


a date a fortnight away roughly and nothing has been done. And now we


are getting to the winter. We feel like we were left to it and this is


the son who have come to this opinion, elderly people down here


that we are not being looked after. We have got in touch with tenants on


a day to day basis and spent most of the first week on site. We have


absolutely maintained really high levels of contact with tenants, kept


them informed of what we are doing and we will continue to do so until


they get back in. It is hoped the work will finish for the residents


to be back in time for Christmas. A controversial free school, shut by


Ofsted on the first day of its inspection, says it will reopen on


Monday. The Muslim Al—Madinah School in Derby was shut for health and


safety reasons on Tuesday. The school says these issues have now


been addressed. A football fan who ran onto the


pitch and pushed former Derby County boss Nigel Clough has been banned


from football matches for three years. 28—year—old Kaleb Morley from


Surrey can be seen here running past stunned players shortly after the


attack during last month's game between Derby and Millwall. Today he


admitted "encroaching on the field of play". He told Bromley


magistrates he'd been frustrated Millwall were losing.


It's a name that has legendary status in the African—Caribbean


community. Marcus Garvey, an influential human rights activist,


who died back in 1940. Today his son visited the Nottingham centre named


after his father. Dr Julius Garvey arrived from his home in New York to


meet members of the community and attend a civic reception. He's


touring the UK to talk about the continuing impact of his father's


legacy. Statesman—like and with a touch of


celebrity status, Dr Julius Garvey arrived in the Nottingham centre


named after his father. Marcus Garvey was an activist who


influenced the civil rights movement. It is wonderful, I did not


know the centre was here and I had never seen it and I can see what it


is doing in terms of supporting seniors. It provides daycare for


senior members of the African Caribbean community. To shake his


son's hand, it is marvellous. I am proud to know I have met his son and


to know he is such a humble person. # Marcus Garvey come to town.


He was born in Jamaica and travelled in Central and South America, he


formed an association to advance the cause of black people urging them to


take pride in their African roots. Marcus Garvey moved to New York in


1916 where his organisation grew. He died in London in 1940 and, 24 years


later, his body was returned to Jamaica where he was declared the


country's first national hero. APPLAUSE.


Today his son, himself a heart surgeon in New York, was given a


civic reception by the lord mayor of Nottingham ahead of other community


events. He is an historical figure that we all read about, the work he


has done for black people over the years and to see his son carrying on


the same work, it is really important. He is seen as a vital


living link to his father's legacy. The promotion of human rights. You


jumped up there, hello Daphne. What a great occasion.


Ex—soldiers are setting up a recycling service to fund a


cash—strapped veterans' charity. Forces For Their Future works with


former squaddies who are struggling to live on Civvy Street in


Nottingham. Turning rubbish into hard cash, this


is how a veteran's charity is dealing with a funding crisis. They


are raising money by collecting packaging from shops and then


selling it off to a recycling centre. But this is also a wave of


the men they are supported to make a new start. Unfortunately when they


come out of the army, their door is slammed and then the connection with


the forces disappears. It gets them communicating and also raises money


for the charity which enables us to carry on will stop Simon is one of


over 100 veterans turning to the charity. He needed help more than 30


years after leaving the army. I was unemployed and I could not pay the


mortgage. I did lose my health, it has made a difference to me. I have


been able to make new friends, otherwise I would have been lonely


and isolated and not knowing where to turn. They are not just recycling


rubbish here, they are recycling military careers and helping former


squaddies realise they are not on the scrapheap.


Absolutely not. Take a look at this. No, it's not


debris from a bit of Maurice's DIY, crispbread or cereal. It is in fact


dried moss. One of the 300 varieties of sphagnum moss to be precise. I'm


not greenfingered for nothing, and it's grown in New Zealand. I think


it grows in America. Many places. Closer to home, it's being used to


reduce chorine levels in swimming pools. Swimmers are hoping trials of


it in two of our pools will bring all manner of benefits.


Some of Britain's elite swimmers training at Loughborough University.


Also making a splash today, dried moss from New Zealand. Offering


fresh hope that chlorine levels can be reduced here. It absorbs


impurities from the water into the leaf and then they get trapped there


so when you change the moss after a month, they are gone. And it puts


material into the water, natural chemicals like a tea bag. See how


they expand? They are then 20 times their size that we put in there. He


is a retired vascular surgeon from America but his idea of improving


water for swimmers comes from yesterday's men. Nearly 100 years


ago, moss was used to treat war wounds. They found out that in World


War I before antibiotics, that if they made a poultice out of this and


put it over those horrible trench wounds, that the soldiers survived


in higher numbers. Swimming group say they are interested to see how


the trial goes. You can smell that there is a pool in the building at


the moment and we hope that the chlorine is reduced for that reason.


They are also trying it in the hometown of Rebecca Adlington. The


swimmers' hopes RA is that chlorine levels can be reduced. It ruins your


ear —— the swimmers' hopes are that chlorine levels can be reduced. Are


used to get sore eyes from the chlorine. The air quality is very


irritating with the chlorine. It is grown thousands of miles away. The


results of the first European commercial trials are being eagerly


awaited over there. I only knew of it being used in


hanging baskets. We seem to have had quite a lot of pure water ourselves


today. We may have missed the heaviest of


the rain overnight but the showers today have kept umbrellas busy. Find


out if they are here to stay in your full forecast later on in the


programme. It will be great for our swimmers.


Coming up on the spot, or the football on the way. But rugby


first. Leicester Tigers' director of rugby,


Richard Cockerill, has committed himself to the club for the next


five years. He's been at Welford Road as a player and coach since


1992 and has led Tigers to three Premiership titles and a European


runners—up spot. The last Premiership title was won


against tomorrow's opponents Northampton. It was notable for a


clash with the fourth official which has seen Cockerill get a lengthy


ban. Tomorrow at a sold—out Welford Road, he still won't have any


matchday involvement. But a long new contract.


Derby County, who have been making all the football headlines. With


Clough sacked and Steve McClaren back, it's time now to focus on the


football. Angela caught up with new boss ahead of his first match in


charge at Pride Park. What a week it has been for Steve


McClaren, back on familiar territory, fiercely ambitious but


admitting that it will take time. Let's not rush, otherwise you fall


down. We have seen that in the past, that can happen. We don't want that


to happen here so we are all impatient but we must be patient at


this, respect and make sure that what we have, we assess and look at


and come with us. Take them on board and then it will help. Tomorrow


against Leeds is his first official game in charge but he has been down


in the dugout already. The game on Tuesday, a real roller—coaster. I


endured and then enjoyed Tuesday! And that is what a team does in


football, I will probably do the same again against Leeds, a part of


it will be endurance and parts of it will be enjoyment. It is about


getting the results. Helping them is the Derby favourite in the boot


room. We are all looking to go and step up and really make a success of


it with the unbelievable support that this football club can get. We


all hope to be smiling for many years to come. So now it is down to


business, Steve McClaren is back and these players need to deliver.


And we will be there. Nottingham Forest are off to


Brighton for a 5:30pm kick off tomorrow with the deal for winger


Bakary Sako apparently dead in the water, Wolves announcing talks were


over. When I went to see Forest boss Billy Davies earlier today, he said


changes were still likely at the club. But — even though performances


haven't been perfect — he was pleased with the achievement so far.


This is probably the most points I have taken in the six seasons I have


been involved. Your teams are not renowned for being fast starters. I


am absolutely delighted, the most points I have taken probably in 16


games, I have taken less points than what I have at the moment. So I am


delighted from that point of view. The cop is very much half full, not


half empty. —— the cup. And we are very happy with what we have so far.


The only thing holding Leicester City away from top spot in the


Championship is goal difference. It's been an outstanding start, and


a stable one. Not many changes to the Foxes team selection. That's


meant only the most limited playing time for summer signing Dean


Hammond. But, as I found out, he's willing to wait.


Hammond is used to success. At Southampton, he had back—to—back


emotions and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy to his name. At Leicester, he


is biding his time. We have not changed for a while which is good.


It becomes more difficult to keep the group happy at times because


players want to play. All I can do is train hard, support the players.


They are doing really well at the moment and they deserve to be in the


team because we are winning games. All I can do is work hard and when


my chances come, the ready. It is about winning games as a group. He


has played a big part so far. As far as I am concerned and he will want


to play a bigger part himself on the field. His leadership qualities have


been recognised with captaincy. And his experience is enough to know a


good squad when he sees it. There is real good quality here and good


competition for places which is important because it is a long


season. Team spirit is brilliant but there is real quality in the group


as well. It is about being consistent and that is what we are


at the moment. How do you keep winning now? Keep doing what we do


and don't change. He says that even though no change means that he stays


on the bench. For now. Also in action, Notts County are


looking in a better place and are home to Crewe. Meanwhile Mansfield


manager Paul Cox somehow missed out on the League Two Manager of the


Month award. Still, he may not mind — it's notoriously cursed. The Stags


will try to keep their great run going at home to Hartlepool.


Elsewhere, Nottingham Rugby host Jersey and Notthingham Panthers are


home to Braehead tomorrow night. Plus, all our good wishes go with


Beckie Downie. Nottingham's star gymnast is in the final of the high


bar at the World Championship tomorrow. It is funny you mention


bars! What would drive you to the pub? A


quiz, good food or perhaps a big football match? Well, at the back of


one Nottingham pub is a small room where people scream, shout and enjoy


the thrill of the race. The local — a place to catch up with


friends. Can I have a pint of beer please, a packet of peanuts and the


star ski and Hutch car? Or have a meal. Can I change my Aston Martin


for a Ferrari? What about to raise? In a small room at the rear of the


Dragon in the centre of Nottingham, they hold Scalextric race nights.


With 138 feet of track and Nottingham horizons to race past, up


to six drivers can compete and it is all timed on digital scoreboards.


There is that competitive spirit in most people and also a sense of


absurdity of racing toy cars around a plastic track but it is a fun


thing to do. It is competition that anybody can have a go at. You are


transported back to being your ten—year—old self. This pub is


bucking the trend in terms of dwindling customer numbers as race


nights draw in the crowds. Anything from six people of a 30th birthday


party to 30 or 40 people here for a stag do. They in, behave but the


amount of people that you don't think you can fit in that one small


room... It has been brilliant. It is about having a laugh and you could


win a medal with your pint. It is nice to have real cars rather


than being on a PlayStation. And you can have more sociability as well.


But going on this weekend. How's the weather looking?


Not too bad but we certainly missed most of the heavy rain overnight.


But we have had 20 showers today. You can see the rain tracking its


way north on the radar picture but it left behind a legacy of showers.


Also quite easy as well as the lively showers but despite all of


that, temperatures have done very well feeling quite humid and we have


seen highs of 20 Celsius in Nottinghamshire, widely 19 Celsius


across the region. That is not bad when you consider that 16 Celsius is


average for this time of year. Still a few showers dotted around and they


will gradually start to fizzle out through the evening. Most races


remaining drive perhaps with some spots of rain throughout the Peak


District. Temperatures should not drop to file with lows of 13 Celsius


in towns and cities, possibly into single figures in the countryside.


We may see some patches of mist and fog there in the morning but on the


whole, the weekend is not looking bad, it is looking drier and we will


see some good spells of sunshine. The reason is this ridge of high


pressure which works its way in and helps to settle things down. Any


mist and fog first thing tomorrow will clear away quickly. Some spits


and spots of rain and then skies will brighten. The winds will be


much lighter and temperature still doing well with temperatures up to


17 Celsius. It does turn cooler into tomorrow night and once again,


patches of mist and fog forming as we head into Sunday morning but by


the afternoon, we should start to see some good spells of sunshine and


temperature still doing really well, highs on Saturday and Sunday of 18


Celsius so not bad for October. The summer seems to be going on and


on. It is looking nice and orange at the moment. We will have more per


you tonight. Goodbye.


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