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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale, and me, Anne Davies.


Tonight: Police discover body parts in a garden — and they could be a


decade old. The remains were found in the back garden of this


semidetached house near Mansfield. First tonight — the bodies of two


people have been found buried in the back garden of a house in Forest


Town in Mansfield. I am worried about my daughter's future. I want


her to have an education, that is her right. The new flood bank


villagers hope will protect them from scenes like these. And in


sport, it might be a last visit to Leicester Tigers to Belfast.


Good evening. First night, the bodies of two people have been found


buried in the back garden of a house in Forest Town in Mansfield. Police


say the remains could have been there for more than a decade. No


arrests have been made but officers are appealing for information not


just locally but nationally and internationally as well. Our


reporter is there for us now. Good evening. What led police to this


discovery? It was a tip—off given to Nottinghamshire police that led them


to this semidetached property in Mansfield. Then, after digging up


the garden, that chilling discovery of two bodies. It is not yet known


what happened here, but officers have told me there are investigating


an incident which they think happened here in the late 1990s. A


quiet, cul—de—sac in the centre of a shocking discovery. It was a tip—off


that led Nottinghamshire police to this semidetached home in the Forest


Town area of Mansfield. Buried in the back garden, two bodies, thought


to have been here since the late 1990s. We walk our dogs passed the


house every night. It is just a shock to realise you have been


walking past such a scene. What kind of community is this normally? It is


lovely. Everybody helps each other. Can't believe it. Forensic teams


have been gathering and removing evidence all day, but police say it


could take weeks or even months to formally identify the bodies.


Officers say the community is not at risk. It is a historical enquiry


because of the length of time the people have been there. Clearly,


people move on. But any information at all would be really great to


receive. One neighbour told me an elderly couple living here in the


1990s suddenly disappeared. Local people assumed they had emigrated.


No arrests have been made in connection with the discovery of


these human remains. Officers have told me that the tenant and the


owner of this property are not linked to their investigation.


Postmortems have been carried out this afternoon, and until those


bodies are identified, mystery will continue to surround this quiet


cul—de—sac. Thank you very much. Parents worried about the future of


their children's troubled school have met with staff to air their


concerns. The school, in Derby, admits it faces an enormous task


meeting a string of demands made by the government earlier this week.


One parent has told us she believes the Al—Madinah free school is


failing to give her daughter a broad enough education. Simon Hare has


more. What are you coming to find out


tonight? I don't know, wait and see. Parents arrived for a meeting last


night at the troubled Al—Madinah. Among the parents, this woman. Her


five—year—old daughter attends the school. She feels there's too much


emphasis Islamic studies. They need to learn things like English, Maths,


science. You don't think they do enough of that? They should have


more of that. But you're not taking your daughter out of school? Right


now I can't do that. In a letter to the school this week, Education


Minister Lord Nash threatened to withdraw its funding unless


governors meet a number of demands to a series of deadlines. In a


letter of response to the parents, the school's governing body said:


We understand the school will be found to be inadequate in all areas


and then placed in special measures. That is only if the school continues


to receive funding in order to operate. This headteacher, behind


plans for a new free school in Nottingham, says the Al—Madinah


experience has made the government much more robust. I think Lord Nash


has set a new agenda on this particular area, the scrutiny of


board applications through his civil servants is much greater. The


criteria that you have to meet is much more rigorous.


Still to come: The council houses that come with cold 'built in'.


These properties have cast iron frames, making them freezing in


winter. But hopes are rising of warmer times ahead. Certainly not


warming up weather—wise. It will be windy, and wet as well, and you


remember that weekend last weekend that was so warm and sunny? It is


not going to be like that this weekend. Full details in the next


few minutes. Next tonight: BBC research for the


East Midlands Sunday Politics programme shows that fewer than 1.5%


of the region's elected councillors are black. One of the few black


councillors in the East Midlands is warning her community could be left


feeling alienated and ignored. From Leicester, here's our Political


Editor John Hess. The vibrant sound of the Caribbean.


Members of this steel band on their weekly practice session at the


city's African Caribbean Centre. They certainly make a big sound. It


celebrates their cultural heritage will stop but when it comes to


Parliament, they feel the black community is not being heard nearly


loudly enough. I am not quite sure why we are not getting to more black


people being there. Maybe a lot of people feel just like they are not


benefiting from it. Even if it was targets or quarters, that is the way


I would see it improving. The black community makes up 3% of the


population. The number of black MPs is half that. The black vote could


be decisive in 25% of Britain's Parliamentary constituencies. Those


168 seats are in some of the most marginal seats in the country. This


woman is one of two black city councillors. She is one of only six


in the whole of the East Midlands. Black young people will be


increasingly disenfranchised from the moderate politic. The middle way


that is represented by our two or three party system will be alien to


those young people, and I suspect that young people, black and white,


will seek to find their own solutions. Our black unity say


without better representations in politics, expect them to turn up the


volume. MPs Chris Williamson and Andrew


Bridgen will debate the issue on the Sunday Politics for the East


Midlands. That's with Marie Ashby from 11:15 on BBC One. Next tonight,


A 22—year—old man has become the eighth person to appear in court


charged with murdering four members of the same family in Leicester.


Shehnila Taufiq and her three teenage children all died in a fire


at their home on Wood Hill last month. Tristan Richards and seven


other men have been remanded in custody accused of killing them.


Police say a man who carried out a violent sex attack in Mansfield may


have been left with bite marks on his hand. The assault happened on


Racecourse Park last month. A woman was punched in the face as she


walked her dog and was then attacked. Officers say she bit the


man — and his clothing could have been left dirty and bloodstained.


Firefighters across the East Midlands will strike for a second


time a week tomorrow. The five hour protest is against planned changes


to their pensions. The Fire Brigades Union held a four hour strike last


month as part of the same dispute. The Government has called the action


"totally unconstructive and unnecessary".


A fresh bid is being made for lottery money to redevelop


Nottingham Castle as a major tourist attraction. You may remember, the


first attempt was turned down earlier this year.


The City Council now wants to spend a total of £26 million on new


buildings and galleries — with the main theme being a riot which


virtually destroyed the castle. Quentin Rayner reports.


This bed for £15 million of Heritage Lottery funding to help redevelop


Nottingham Castle into a world—class tourists attraction has less to do


with Robin and more to do with a bunch of rioters who set fire to


this place over 180 years ago and gutted it. In October 1831, a group


of Parliamentary reformers marched on the castle. They were furious the


reform bill had been defeated, scuppering electoral reform. The


Duke of Newcastle had voted against it in the Lords. The march turned


into a riot, and the palace was set alight with only the holes left


standing. The castle was never restored on the jukebox Mac


lifetime, he saw it as a symbol, a lasting rebuke to the people of


Nottingham for having dared to provoke his ire. It is a fantastic


story, dramatic, spectacular. They have got a much better castle to


look forward to. They came up here and rioted and changed the face of


this country. We need to make sure we get something for Nottingham. If


the lottery bid is successful, it will be used to build a brand—new


visitor centre and new galleries at the castle. Soon the public will get


a flavour of what they could be like. From next year, new,


interactive technology will allow visitors to use their smart phone to


scan their device over objects and displays connected with the riot and


see them come to life. Such as these leather wall panels which survived


the fire. Visitors will be able to hold their tablet to these panels


and will be able to look around with their tablet and see the gallery.


The council hopes by next April two bid has not been shot down in flames


again. Police investigating the death of a


man found in a derelict building in Derby have released — on bail — one


of the men they arrested. Firefighters found the body of a


thirty year old in a disused building on Great Northern Road on


Tuesday. A 53—year—old was released without charge. A 39—year—old has


been released on bail. Officers have yet to release the identity of the


man who died. The police have released an image of


a man they want to speak to in connection with a drugs incident in


Leicester. Officers went to a house in the Henley Crescent area of


Braunstone on 18th August and found the premises were being used as a


cannabis factory. A man was seen running from the house. The police


believe the man pictured may have key information. Motorists in


Nottingham are being warned to prepare for more rush—hour misery as


another set of works gets underway this weekend on the ring road. It is


a week ahead of major works on the A52, just days after parts of the


city were brought to a virtual standstill because of lane closures,


and work to the district heating system.


You might as well just stay at home. Still to come, we have that lovely


weekend weather forecast. Plus, the villagers who are hoping they will


not need their wellies after the installation of a new flood bank.


Some people living in Derby say they have been dreading the dropping


temperatures. The reason, they live in council houses with cast iron


frames which they claim make them absolutely freezing in winter. But


help could be on the way. Since moving to this house in Derby


from Wales three years ago, this woman says she has seen her energy


bills go through the roof. Absolutely horrendous, we are


spending £50 a week, 25 on gas and 25 on electric. You can see the


house —— the heat going out of the house. This is one of the houses


that was built from cast iron panels. In the past, they have had


internal installation fitted, but she says not nearly enough. You have


got to have the heating on in winter 24 hours. As soon as the heating was


off, it is really cold in here. We're refurbishing the external face


of the homes here by adding installation and rendering the


properties. Her landlord has grants to put in installation on these


types of houses. The work we're doing will improve the fuel bills


and reduce them considerably, and will enhance the installation has


already been applied to these houses. Having extra wall cladding


should make a difference. Such insolation can improve. It can even


be designed to blend with increasing —— existing housing. This looks like


solid brick but it is actually cladding. It is about one centimetre


thick. Back in Derby, these houses will have similar cladding. They


also hope now to get grants to insulated the rest of the houses. If


we can get this scheme approved and secure grant funding from energy


companies to support this work, we're hoping we will be able to


complete all of these house times across the course of the next year


or so the city. A new flood defence scheme opened


today after decades of flooding in South Derbyshire. It's cost almost


nine million pounds and taken just over a year to finish.


Environment officials and local people say the investment will help


avoid major clear up operations when the waters rise. Simon Ward reports.


This river is beautiful today, but also notorious for flooding and


causing misery for homeowners. The villages around this area have been


badly affected by flooding over the years. Today, the new defences were


opened, protecting the communities. 1600 homes and businesses should


benefit from the barriers. They cover more than three miles of the


river. The flood banks themselves may not look particularly


impressive, but the Environment Agency say they are designed to hold


back a one in 100 year flood, perhaps the worst possible flood.


And they can prevent 500 cubic metres of water flowing a second.


lot of the expense takes place underground. Floodwater conceit


beneath embankments as well. We have to put foundations in that


waterproof and bury them again. A lot of work has gone on. This woman


has lived in Hatton all her life. It was horrific. It came through our


garden like a tsunami. It literally pulled down the wall of five


bungalows, and water came everywhere. We were just like a


lake, surrounded by water for about three days. Couldn't get in or out.


So here it is. The local MP officially opened the flood defence


scheme. Residents say it is a relief to know they can now live without as


much fear of flooding. Drier times ahead. It is sport time


now, and a massive night in rugby because the Tigers Heineken Cup


campaign gets underway. Which is why we have sent Colin to soak up some


of the atmosphere. This is Ravenhill, the home of


Ulster rugby. They are spending a lot of time developing it for big


European nights like this. A visit from Leicester Tigers. It is the


opening of the Heineken Cup. Hopes for Leicester are very high indeed.


It has to be said, the team going to face Ulster tonight is weaker, and


the fans are not expecting a huge deal. More importantly, big European


nights at places like Ravenhill are under threat. The Heineken Cup is on


its last legs. The English and French leagues think that the Celtic


nations and the Italians are taking too much money out of the system and


a qualification for them is simply too easy. As a result, plans for a


breakaway competition are well underway. Only the best survive. The


French and the English have to have an equal share. Never mind the


history, never mind Leicester's great Heineken moments. The


competition is on its last legs as the French and English clubs sees


the power to match their muscle. Whether it be Leicester or the


English clubs or to lose for the French clubs, there is a value to


that. That is the nature of business. It is all important


European prestige and the Leicester Tigers. But 2002 seems a long time


ago. If you look at what Leicester have achieved in the past, winning


the European cup twice. You are part of Europe's elite when that happens.


We have got a responsibility to the past to perform to the best of our


ability. I was involved in the team that won the Heineken Cup. It's


huge. It is so difficult to win it. The benefit of a new competition may


be a better chance for that Tigers to win it. The atmosphere is


fantastic. The supporters get behind their team really well. All the


players lift their intensity levels. If you want to win in Europe, you


have got to play against the best teams in the league. An Irishman may


relish Leicester's tribes but he may want his countrymen to share in the


enjoyment. —— Leicester's triumphs. The European cup is dead, long live


the European cup. The last thing we heard there was


that fans will get what they want, when they want European rugby. Let's


ask people in this pub in Belfast. We can dig a few of them out here.


They are coming through with the bears. Begin is is flowing. Let me


dive in this way. How much the European nights mean to you? It


means everything. The fans are here ready to go, we are excited about


the outcome. Can't wait. Can I ask, is it looks like there may be a


possibility that Ulster may be off the agenda. How much would you miss


that? It would be great to see them off the agenda. We have got to win


this game to get through to the final. But evenings like this in


Belfast? Fantastic. The atmosphere is great. Thank you very much. Enjoy


the game. Nottingham Rugby in action this evening as well, they are away


at Plymouth. The Nottingham Panthers are in cup action as well, two games


for them. They are at home tomorrow night to Coventry, and away in Hull.


Good luck to all of our footballers on international duty as well.


Mansfield town, at home to Bristol Rovers. They are trying to come back


from two successive defeats, one of them in the trophy. But they have


had a cracking start the season and there is a great atmosphere around


the stadium and that where that game is tomorrow. Back to the rugby and


that question about Europe. Is it going to be sorted out for the fans


of Irish provinces and the Welsh and Scots and the Italians, and what


about tonight as well? BBC Radio Leicestercommentary team is here. Is


it going to be sorted out, it is isn't it? All we can do is hope. It


has got a long way to run yet. The unions are getting involved know


which has good, Kate matters —— which is going to complicate


matters? Nights like this, everybody has been talking to me about the


atmosphere. Explain the atmosphere. It is electric. We have been


thrashed on two occasions, but we have always had a welcome here at


Ravenhill. I expect tonight will be superb. Leicester are under


pressure, a lot of changes to the team. It will not be easy. Anywhere


in Ireland is a difficult place to come to. For clubs like Leicester


that is the challenge. That is the challenge we love in Europe. We


don't win that often when we come over here. Maybe tonight is the one


step too far for us. We have had a lot of injury problems. But of the


Leicester spirit is there, we will not disgrace ourselves. We will see


what happens and catch up with at all. You can keep up with it here on


BBC East Midlands Today. Can I say hello to a couple of people. The


Quinn family, thank you very much for helping us out earlier on. And


also a 60—year—old man who still plays who is being honoured


tomorrow. I am intrigued, I want to know what


the Quinn family did. There is nothing much nice about our weather


forecast tonight apart from the weather forecaster. Thank you very


much, you're far too kind. You will regret saying that in a moment. The


weather forecast is not going to be very pretty unfortunately. It will


be wet and cold this weekend. It will certainly be very windy as


well. I hope you get used to them because they are not going anywhere


over the next 48 hours or so. As far as this evening, we have got a few


drizzly Scherer making their way north words. As we move into the


early hours, more persistent rain. It is spreading into parts of


Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire largely getting away with


it. It will be relatively mild, much milder than the last couple of


nights. Ten or 11 degrees is not too bad. The problem is it is not going


to budge too much as we make our way into the weekend, this band of rain


slowly making its way up. If you are doing anything in the afternoon, and


with the international breaking news that leads to take centre stage, a


couple of games across the East Midlands, you will probably need to


take the umbrella with you. The rain will be heavy and northern parts on


Saturday afternoon. It will not be particularly pleasant at all. Those


temperatures, around 12, 13 Celsius. But let's talk about wind—chill. It


becomes more like nine, 10 Celsius. Sunday is slightly better, slightly,


as it starts off wet, but thankfully this system will start to spin away


from us. We will get a little pocket of drier and brighter weather in the


afternoon as well. But unfortunately, with all of these


low—pressure systems knocking about at the moment, it will not be too


long before we see the next lot of wet weather. However, we might get a


couple of drier days to start off the new working week. But notice the


little blue spot their hanging over the UK and that air mass will eat a


more cold weather. The wind will pick back up again and it will turn


things really quite cold. A wet weekend in front of us. I wish I


could bring you better news but I cannot. It is like a little conveyor


belt of nastiness at the moment. I just thought I saw it move a


little bit. Have a great weekend despite that. Goodbye.


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