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


Tonight, the single punch that destroyed a man's life. Brian Hogan


is now blind and paralysed. One reckless act, one moment of


craziness. It is just not worth it. No way.


Also, the expats whose dream of a life in the sun is in ruins. I


worked for my pension, and it is all gone. Plus, with hundreds more


children skipping school, I am at a primary taking a tough stance on


truancy. And as the Princess Royal pops by,


and eager puppy steals the show. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's


programme. First tonight, the victim of a


drunken attack who was left blind and paralysed is supporting a police


campaign to tackle a rise in violent crime.


Brian Hogan was hit in the face with a single punch during a night out in


the city. He was in a coma for three months and, four years on, is still


living in a rehabilitation centre. The 36`year`old says that one moment


snatched his life away from him. And he is now backing


Nottinghamshire Police's Alliance Against Violence campaign. Sarah


Teale has the details. This campaign comes in the light of


new figures which show violence in the county is rising. In the 12


months up to this June it has gone up by 6%. And the numbers are large.


We are talking around 13,000 cases of violent crime committed in the


last year. Of those, almost half resulted in injury. Ironically, this


campaign comes after a weekend which saw three men stabbed during a fight


between a group of around 20 people. It happened outside the gate`crasher


nightclub in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Police say it is exactly that sort of alcohol`fuelled violence they


want to stop. And one man who knows more than anyone the impact violent


crime can have is Brian Hogan. Brian Hogan was once fit and active,


with a promising future. He was on a normal night out with friends in


Nottingham in 2009 when a single unprovoked punch changed his life


forever. Today, I am a blind man. I cannot see at all today. I had to


learn how to walk, and how to talk again, a bit like a baby does. When


you have to learn those things all over again when you are an adult, it


is much, much more difficult, it is very hard. Just say when you have


had enough. You are doing well. Brian 0


had enough. You are doing well. Brian was in a coma for three


months. Now 36, he had to move back to Ireland to be near family, and


lives in a rehabilitation centre. When you go from being a very busy


professional person, very independent, fiercely independent,


very active, very sporty and fit, to being in a wheelchair in the dark,


you would do anything to get your life back on track, really.


Brian is not the only victim. Since 2001, eight people have died from


the force of one punch, including 19`year`old Liam, who was hit just


once outside the Halo club in 2009. His death was described in court as


another act of senseless city centre violence. Brian's attacker had drunk


around ten pints before he hit him. The damage you can cause to another


person, the way you can blow their lives apart, it is massive, really.


Through one reckless act, one moment of craziness. It's just not worth


it. No way. The consequences there of just one


single act of violence. What else will this campaign focus on? It


focuses on many things, and it runs for three weeks.


It will look at hate crime, domestic violence and robbery, but the main


push is to tackle this kind of violence at night, and that is all


tied in to do with alcohol, and police say a lot of the problem is


this culture of pre`loading, people who go out and get drunk before they


have even gone out. They are the people that are most likely to get


caught up in violence, even as `` either as a victim or an offender.


Police reckon half of 18 to 35`year`olds do that, get drunk


before they go out, and the police say a major part of the campaign is


to stop them from the in the city at all. In the towns and cities you may


see more officers on the streets, directing people to leave because


they are too drunk. You will see officers on transport stopping


people coming into towns and cities because they are already drunk, they


have brought and guile and drunk to access prior to their night out. We


have seen some occasional horrendous incidents where one punch has


destroyed the life of an individual and meant somebody else has got a


significant prison 0 and meant somebody else has got a


significant prison sentence. When people have drunk too much alcohol


they do not make rational decisions, and that can be the end result.


The police say they want the public's support for their Alliance


Against Violence. And they will be naming and shaming anyone charged


with alcohol`related or violent crime in the next few weeks.


A couple from Rutland whose dream retirement villa is about to be


demolished say their lives have been ruined.


Peter and Margaret Hegarty used their life savings of ?150,000 to


buy the villa. But, to their horror, they discovered it had been built


illegally. They are now waiting for it to be


bulldozed and want to warn others about what has happened. Helen Astle


reports. For Peter and Margaret Hegarty, it


was their dream home. A villa in Andalusia, where they could spend


their retirement. Only a year after they moved in, they were told their


villa had been built illegally, and it would have to be demolished. For


Margaret, the stress was too much. It took me through to the hospital,


and they said I had a heart attack. I was in intensive care for a little


while, and then it happened again. About a year, ten months, later, it


happened again. After a legal battle the couple moved back to the UK.


They now live in a rented flat, and they are waiting for their villa to


be demolished. It has made a difference. Our social life... To


live in a villa with a big heart and then come back here... It just


changes everything. You don't have the same money as you had before. We


don't have any savings now. That makes a big difference as well. The


couple have lost around ?150,000. Last day, a Spanish court ruled


their builder should pay them compensation. They are still


waiting. I worked 30 odd years for my pension, my redundancy money, and


now it is all gone. Very devastating. It is. In what we? They


have ruined our life. We have got nothing. This has been hanging over


us for eight years and it is still dragging on, it does not seem to be


going away. You see television, people going over to buy cheap


properties. They are mad. Absolutely mad. Peter and Margaret say they


don't know what the future holds, but they will never return to Spain.


Still to come: We heeded the warnings, we battened down the


hatches, but the wind stayed away. I think I have got some explaining


to do! It was closer than you think, we can count ourselves lucky. Find


out what happened with me later on in the programme.


More details from Kaye later, but, yes, we were lucky. The great storm


steered away from the East Midlands and we were spared much of the


anticipated flooding and damage. But we didn't get away scot`free.


Train services were badly affected and are only now beginning to


recover. Our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner is outside Nottingham


station with the latest. 0 Good evening, Quentin. Good evening.


Tonight, East Midlands Trains is still unable to get any services in


and out of St Pancras and won't be for the rest of the day. The Midland


Mainline remains closed between Luton and London in both directions


while damage is repaired in Hertfordshire. As you can see here,


trees have fallen onto overhead power lines, and mains power lines


from pylons have also fallen onto the track. In the last couple of


hours, the East Coast Mainline has started to get trains in and out of


Kings Cross. They will be travelling slower between Stevenage and London


on a reduced timetable. Flooding and fallen trees disrupted commuters


this morning, including these travelling from Grantham.


I brought my wife down to catch the 5:44am to London King's Cross. That


was cancelled. They said to get on the 6:17am to go to Peterborough.


That would catch the 7am to London. That was cancelled. I have just


heard it will be four hours before any trains get to London. My husband


is heading to London, I was just ringing him, so we will see how the


trains. My train has been cancelled, I have got to wait an hour, so I


will be late for work. I checked the website this morning but it was


off`line. The servers have probably crashed through overload.


So what about tomorrow? East Coast Mainline plan to run as near normal


a service as possible from tomorrow morning. They do expect some


retiming but the frequency of trains should be the same. East Midlands


trains says it is reliant on network rail completing repairs. They say


they will have teams out all night and are confident there will be a


full service tomorrow morning on the Midland mainline. Check for updates


before travelling tomorrow. If you do have a ticket waited for today,


it will be valid or two days on East Midlands trains and will be valid


just for tomorrow on the East Coast mainline. Thank you.


Derbyshire Police have dropped two allegations of rape against


convicted killer Mick Philpott. It is believed two women who made the


historic allegations have told police they no longer want to pursue


their claims. Officers say there is insufficient evidence to put to the


Crown Prosecution Service. In April, Philpott was found guilty of the


manslaughter of his six children in a house fire in Derby.


People living in Loughborough are being asked for their views on plans


to allow buses through the town centre. A portion of the A6 in the


town will be pedestrianised as part of a transport scheme costing ?19


million. Over the next six weeks, Leicestershire County Council wants


feedback on whether buses should be allowed in the pedestrian area or


routed away from the town centre. Next, could a railway line axed by


Dr Beeching in the 1960s provide a much cheaper alternative to HS2? The


Great Central Railway used to link Nottingham and Leicester with


London. The idea of re`opening the line has


been put forward ahead of an updated Government report on HS2, which is


due out tomorrow. Mike O'Sullivan reports.


Could the great Central line become great again? These days in our


region, the great Central line is a ten mile Heritage route between


Loughborough and Leicester. Axed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s, it once


ran between Nottingham and London. Now there is an idea that much of


the great central should become operational once more. It would not


affect the Heritage line, but the boss says the rest could become an


alternative to HS2. That is currently costing ?50 billion. The


government said all parties have got to agree and, if they agree, they


would support HS2. If that failed and there was then another


alternative, this looks like a good alternative. The disused great


Central line would become part of the freight line between the Channel


Tunnel and Glasgow. The cost, ?6 billion. Services could then be


carried on upgraded existing passenger routes, says the Labour MP


behind the plan. I think HS2 is not sensible, personally. I think there


are all sorts of sensible alternatives. It is not necessary,


expensive, and we should invest the money in other schemes, including


the GB frequent. This retired railway worker started as an


apprentice on the great central. He believes it can be rebuilt. South of


Leicester, you could use that very well. It would be good for freight


macro everything. If it did make a comeback, it would be one of the


great return journeys in railway history. I wonder if that idea will


fly. Still to come: Notts County looking


for their eighth manager in the space of just four years.


Chris Kiwomya departed after Saturday's home defeat at Meadow


Lane. We'll be talking to Magpies' chief executive Jim Rodwell.


There has been a marked rise in the number of children skipping school


here in the East Midlands. Latest figures suggest an extra 2,500


pupils missed lessons in the past year alone.


But schools are taking action against truancy. Some are now


informing parents straightaway, via texts and emails, that their


children have not turned up. Jo Healey reports.


If you are the parent of a child here at hillocks primary and your


child does not turn up for school or skipped lessons, you will instantly


get a text or an e`mail to let you know. Because they miss school, they


won't learn anything. When the teacher asks you a question, you


won't know what to do. You don't really know anything. I think it is


bad because you won't learn anything and get a good job. Just how bad is


truancy here in the East Midlands? Recently it went up from 5% to 5.4%.


That .4% might not sound very much, but, in real terms, that is more


than 2400 pupils, extra pupils, missing school. But does this really


help? They see the texts, access their e`mails, see we are continuing


to raise attendance issues so they know it is a high priority for us as


a school. Does it work? I think it definitely works. I have just done a


trail of attendance for the last half term and there were a lot of


children who have improved their attendance based on the work we have


done. Many schools have taken up the advantage that this offers and it


means they can get in touch with parents quickly, find out reasons


for the absence, and do something about it. And they are doing plenty


here to try to tackle truancy head`on.


Of course, everyone here had an exemplary attendance record.


Including Colin, who is here with the sport.


Absolutely. Notts County's chief executive, Jim


Rodwell, has admitted the club's board have not been good at choosing


managers. Saturday's home defeat was followed by Chris Kiwomya becoming


the seventh manager to leave in just four years. And today Jim Rodwell


told me it was all because of results.


We are very disappointed to see Chris go, he has worked hard and


been diligent, but at the end of the day we are a result driven industry


and we have to win games of football. If we don't, it affects


the business and we have to do something about it. Ultimately, the


manager becomes the fall guy. Do you have questions to and they hear? If


we look at your record, no one can blame the club for hands back and


Steve Cotterell going, they volunteered. And you had Craig Short


for 4.5 months, Paul Ince for five months, three managers in succession


all of whom got less than a year. Surely you have got to look at


yourselves? Without any shadow of a doubt there is a lot of


soul`searching this weekend. Absolutely right, ie, we as a board


of directors, choose the managers, and clearly we have not been very


good at it or we would not be having this conversation again. If you


listen to a lot of fans, they felt the performance was poor on


Saturday. Obviously the result was poor. How do you find someone to


pick that up and turn it around now? I think the players are better


than they are proving at the moment. There is a lack of confidence. But


we have got to stick together and try to move forward, to do something


about it. Fundamentally, will this not be about finding someone and


giving them two years, no matter what, just letting them do it? You


can look at it both ways, absolutely. You could give Chris as


long as you like, but could we also argue that we offered ling while


Rome burns? We are bottom of the league, we have to do something


about it. If you change for changes sake? Only time will tell.


There's no stopping Leicester City at the moment. The Foxes have now


won their last six Championship games at home and they're up to


second in the table. Saturday was a special day all round for the club


as it was their fifth annual Respect day. Kirsty Edwards was there.


A date for the players to keep their run going, and to promote a cause


close to the club's heart. Leicester have had at the forefront of


promoting the FA's Respect campaign, which aims to make names as safe and


enjoyable for fans as possible. It's all a special mixed zone set up for


you and Leicester supporters to sit and watch the game alongside


Bournemouth once. It adds to the sort of integration, if you like.


They can have some friendly banter, that is what it is about. And there


is loads going on today, not just the mixed fans but stuff going on


outside as well? Plenty going on around the place today. Outside the


stadium, inside, before the game we had presentations, 30`something


Junior teams parading around, proud as punch. A special day for this


football club and the kids. If you see the kids now, they are smiling,


happy. It is just brilliant, it really is. Plenty of respect amongst


the fans today, and now the players will be hoping to earn it on the


pitch. The foxes looked bright from the start, lots of early pressure


saw David Nugent bag his eighth goal of the season. As the half went on,


Bournemouth got back into the game. By the break, it was all square.


Leicester are a team high on confidence, though, and fully


deserved this second`half winner. It lifted them into the automatic


motion places. Promotion is always the aim, and in previous seasons we


have not quite gone on to retain that but we will keep working hard,


and the players are enjoying themselves.


Elsewhere, Derby County are continue to watch Kalifa Cisse. The Malian


international is on trial at Pride Park. On the field, Derby failed to


make it three wins in a row in front of their biggest crowd of the


season, whilst Nottingham Forest were blown away as the storm came in


at Yeovil. Mark Shardlow reports. More than 27,000 fans at Derby, but


it was to be a frustrating afternoon. This mess was followed by


a lovely chip, and this shot cleared off the line. Ward found the net


before half`time but it was Derby's only goal. A defensive lapse in the


second half saw Novak equalised for Birmingham. We had enough


opportunities and chances to win the game. We didn't. That is football.


Nottingham Forest were hit by two wonder goals, but in the end a key


penalty miss cost them dearly at bottom club Yeovil. Simon Cox, the


man brought down, went on to take the kick. It produced a


straightforward save from penalty, followed by a marvellous reaction


from the first rebound and excellent defending for the second. Dobson


scored his second long`range goal in the frantic end to the first half.


But two minutes later Forrester on the scoresheet. Within a minute,


Yeovil extended their lead to 3`1, and that is how it stayed, their


first home win of the season ending forest's run without defeat. The


second half, we came up against an outstanding goalkeeper, one man of


the match. That is what happens in football.


Meanwhile in League Two, Mansfield lost out to a late`winning goal as


they hosted Plymouth. The Stags will regret a series of missed chances,


with Sam Clucas going close in the first half. But deep into the


second, Plymouth headed past second`choice keeper Liam Mitchell


to secure the three points. Mansfield, who are five games


without a win, are 11th in the table.


Leicester Tigers continued their poor record at London Wasps, going


down 22`12 yesterday. Tigers boss Richard Cockerill was without lots


of first`team regulars due to injury and international duty, and it


showed as the Wasps went over early on. Owen Williams' four penalties


were not enough for Leicester and they are now six years without a win


at Adams Park. They stay fifth in the Premiership.


And the Nottingham Panthers also lost at the weekend, twice. First to


Belfast on Friday, then at home to Coventry on Saturday. The Panthers


had come back from 1`0 down to level the scores through Matt Francis. By


the end of the second period, they had powered to a 4`2 lead with goals


from Steve Lee and this belter from Bob Wren. But a lacklustre final


session allowed Blaze to draw level and force overtime. No goals in


overtime and the Panthers lost 5`4 on penalty shots.


And that is it, after a very busy weekend.


Finally, before the weather, one of our military bases hosted a royal


visit today. The Princess Royal braved the


blustery conditions to visit the Defence Animal Centre near Melton


Mowbray in Leicestershire. Paul Bradshaw went along to find out why.


The Princess Royal officially opening the new military dog kennels


at the Defence Animal Centre earlier today. The newly built block now


comprise the National Centre for military canine training. It boasts


facilities such as central heating, air conditioning, and an acoustic


roof that reduces noise. It can accommodate up to 200 talks. It


makes the conditions for success a lot easier to achieve. The dogs are


kept healthier because they are in better conditions, the days they


lose due to owners are reduced to a minimum. There is staff morale, the


staff are indoors in an easy to keep clean Cannell complex and it can


only be good news. We know that they will have a good welfare for them,


so it makes the handler a lot happier. The centre trains dogs and


handlers for a range of duties from searching for explosives to


security. It is a crucial role in an ever`changing world. If they do not


get the correct training here, then on operations if they do not do the


job correctly it could cost lives. The better training here, the better


handlers they are on operations. Today, they were thereby will


demand, tomorrow they will follow different commands. `` they work


their by Royal demand. Lucky dogs with central heating and air


conditioning! Time now for the weather. I asked


and down the hatches and took away my wheelie bins. I am pleased to


hear it! We got away with it. The storm


tracked further south than we were forecasting. It took the strong


winds with it. I am sure you have seen the footage of the southern


half of the UK, but for us we were under the centre of the low, the eye


of the storm, for much of the night. That is where the wind is


actually dropped out, so for much of it we had quite light winds, but it


was not far off, just 50 to 100 miles away. That, in forecast terms,


is not far at all, so I think we can say we should count ourselves lucky.


We saw heavy rain, though, over an inch in parts of Leicestershire.


More autumnal weather to come for the rest of the week. A breezy week,


for sure, but it will be cooler than recent days. It has been quite


mild, and there will be some dry weather and perhaps some sunshine to


cheer things up as well. For the rest of the evening and from tonight


the showers will fade away. We are dry for a time, with clear skies,


but the winds are turning more north`westerly through the night,


with some shallow speeding in on those bruises. Under clearer skies


tonight we will be a little bit cooler. Tomorrow morning, there will


be a fuchsia was from the word go. They will continue to spread


eastwards, but there will not be many of them and there will be


drier, brighter weather in between them. Feeling cooler, quite a brisk


wind. Into Wednesday, we have another weather front lurking in the


wings on Wednesday, which will sweep on later in the day. It starts


drier, a cool start to the day, but the cloud increasing and the wind


will pick up and we will see more rain later on Wednesday. Other than


that, not too bad. Not too bad at all, thank you.


Very mobile at the moment. We were very lucky.


We will see you for the late news. Goodbye.


that's going to present us with the ten grand. When we win it.


You've just got to make it as bearable


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at the end of 96 hours of total hell.


But we haven't tested for dog or cat either.


Is this the warmest supermarket around?


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