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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight ` a teenager says he wrote about committing a school massacre
as a response to bullying. The 17`year`old is accused of planning
bomb and gun attacks in Loughborough. Targeting drug
dealers, Leicester's crime commission believes Operation Tiger
will make a difference. It makes a big difference. We are putting a lot
of effort into this. Security is tight here as planners meet to make
the final decision on whether two traveller sites should go ahead.
Plus imagine making a living out of chocolate. We need an award`winning
chocolatier from a tiny village in Leicestershire.
Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First tonight, a Loughborough
teenager's told a terror trial that he wrote about committing a school
massacre because it helped him cope with bullying. The 17`year`old said
he was influenced by notorious killers who'd been victims of
bullies. But he said he didn't intend to act on the plans. Our
social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, is at the Old Bailey. What did
you hear about his time at school? He said he had been upset by months
of name`calling, he had been called a Nazi, fascist and racist and that
is what prompted that document which he called plans and tactics for the
new Columbine. He was asked why he wrote it?
What did he say about the other potential targets he had named? We
heard it was partly motivated by ideology. He had written about what
he called the Islamic invasion of Europe and that is white
Loughborough mask was at the top of the list of targets. He said he felt
intimidated when walking past it. He had a hit list of personal targets
and that they included two of the friends he had been testing those
bombs with. He said he had chose them because they had fallen out. He
said this was not a genuine plan, it simply was not real. He also spoke
about his interest in mass killings. We had to surely about a book he
bought in a market in Loughborough. It is called spree killers and the
teenager said it influenced what he did, what he wrote and what he wore
because he related to the way some of those killers had been bullied.
He insisted he would never do it himself and did not agree with what
he had done. A major crackdown on drug dealing
and anti social behaviour has started across Leicester,
Leicestershire and Rutland. It's the biggest operation to take place
since the Police and Crime Commissioner took office one year
ago. Three days into Operation Tiger, 28 people have already been
arrested as Eleanor Garnier reports. It is 6:45am. Highfield in Leicester
and a police raid the home of a suspected drug dealer. One of nine
warrants being carried out today as part of the new Operation Tiger.
These early morning raids of what the police and crime Commissioner
wants to see more Rolph, reassuring the community that the police are
tackling anti`social behaviour and arresting drug dealers. And this is
what the officers came out of the house with. If we have the
intelligence to suggest there are drugs inside the address, if we were
to door knock, we would lose that amount of evidence. It is very hard
then to claw that back. This intense police activity will last if few
weeks. This morning, the police and crime Commissioner was here to see
it all himself. Will this make a difference? Absolutely, it makes a
big difference. We are putting a lot of effort into this. You cannot
sustain this because there will be over time, a lot of people diverted
from other jobs but it is a thoroughly good thing to do to get
out there for a period and make a big difference. It is all costing
the force more but as long as they are putting criminals behind bars
and protecting communities, the police say it is money well spent.
Cancer experts in Nottingham have discovered a new way to diagnose and
treat breast cancer. Researchers have identified seven distinct types
of breast cancer and it's hoped, in the future, it'll mean treatment can
be better targeted. Further studies are still being carried out, but
it's likely these tests could be available in hospitals within two
years. We can target specific treatment to those classes of breast
cancer, whereas before they would be a one size fits all strategy whereas
now you can give a much more personalised plan of treatments.
Road works which caused major disruption on a main route into
Nottingham have finished early. The tram works on the A52 at Bardills
Island had been due to last for two weeks, finishing on Sunday. It meant
there was no access from the motorway and all approaches to the
roundabout were reduced to one lane. But they all reopened this morning.
Officials say last week's good weather meant the work was completed
ahead of schedule. Still to come: Derbyshire police
face more scrutiny over the killing of a pregnant mother and her young
son. In a Commons debate tonight, an MP will claim that officers failed
to warn Rachael Slack about the danger she faced from an ex`partner.
Thousands of people have signed petitions opposing them, but
decisions are expected shortly on whether to allow two new official
gypsy and traveller sites in Leicester. Protestors are voicing
their fears at a special city council meeting this evening where
the plans are being discussed. Jo Healey's there for us now. Jo,
what's the latest? To give you some idea of the strength of feeling over
this, the venue for tonight 's meeting has been moved from
Leicester's town hall to a larger centre in Highfields. The police and
extra security guards have seen `` been drafted in here to keep order.
Here is what is provoking all that thanks to. Let's take a look at what
the sites are. The City Council wants to put six pictures at
Greengate Lane. The other is at Redhill Way. Feelings are mixed.
Burglaries, rubbish, they are just not civilised. A lot of people have
a bad opinion on them and not all of them make a mess or litter and
stuff, so they can't all be judged for that. We have some really nice
ladies that come in. This is one of the two areas they want to develop,
but here the travellers are not keen. The family that lives here has
done so for five years and Powell read they do not want it to be
developed because it means are the families would live here and they
would pay more rent. Someone has sprayed here something offensive to
the community. They are race of people and they are a community
alongside all the different communities we have in Leicester. No
how much do they need these pictures? They desperately need them
because they have nowhere legally to stay and they want to be classed as
a community. This has been a problem for some years and residents have
been pressing the council to come up with a solution. The problem we feel
is this is not the best solution and it is more of a political decision
that a planning decision. That all`important planning decision is
due at some tonight. The number of people filing for
bankruptcy in Nottinghamshire has gone up 37 per cent in the past
decade. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Nottingham says it sees people
every day who are on the verge of financial collapse. Across
Nottinghamshire 625 people filed for bankruptcy last year.
Nottingham's Jake Bugg will find out tonight if he's won this year's
Mercury Music Prize. The singer and guitarist from Clifton is one of a
dozen artists short listed for the prestigious award. Jake's new album
was recorded in America and is released on the 18th of November. In
February he'll be performing in Nottingham ` part of a UK tour.
An MP is to claim in a Commons debate later tonight that failings
by Derbyshire police contributed to the stabbing of a pregnant mother
and her child. The Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills says the police failed
to warn Rachael Slack of the dangers she faced once her ex`partner was
released on police bail. Let's find out more from Westminster, and our
Political Editor John Hess. At the heart of tonight's
parliamentary debate is whether the police have enough powers and
whether they react effectively enough when someone with a history
of mental illness breaches their police bail conditions. That had
tragic repercussions in this cottage in the village of Holbrook three
years ago. Rachael Slack, who was pregnant, and her son, who was
almost two, were killed by her former partner. Andrew Cairns was on
police bail with a condition not to contact Rachael. It was revealed at
an inquest hearing that she had warned Derbyshire police her
concerns about her former partner and his mental health.
With me is the Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills, who's secured tonight's
special parliamentary debate. You get the chance to question a Home
Office minister about this tragic case, what's the main cause for
concern for you? The main concern is that a young woman with a child were
murdered by her former partner despite the police knowing of that,
despite him having a mental health issue. It links to be a terrible
failure of various agencies. But this is more about the failings of
Derbyshire police and their procedure. The inquest found against
Derbyshire police that they had contributed in some way to this
tragic event. The question here is how the police interact with other
agencies and perhaps some stronger action could have been taken. The
coroner at the inquest said an incident like this must not happen
again, so what is needed to ensure that? We can look at tightening the
laws so the police can have more powers if someone breaches their
police bail, but the key thing the police working with the mental
health team to know the full facts to make a fully informed of risk
assessment to protect people? A Home Office minister will respond
to Nigel Mills' debate tonight. That will be an indication whether the
Government believes this tragic case requires changes in police bail
procedures, or not. The rising cost of energy is the
biggest story for politicians today and this afternoon, David Cameron
and Ed Miliband clashed on the subject during prime minister's
questions. The heated exchange between the party leaders comes as
the University of Nottingham completed its latest eco`house. It's
one of seven properties which could improve energy efficiency and bring
down our fuel bills. Carol Hinds reports.
This is green close at the University of Nottingham. It has
taken 13 years to design and build seven homes with a range of
energy`saving measures, like this still frame house. It does not have
stone or brick work to leak heat. You no we should be using the sun to
heat our water, generate electricity. There is lots of south
facing blazing bring that heat into the home. All of this is freely
available for us. Today during Prime Minister 's questions, the political
heat over energy is rising. How will the report how people pay their
bills? We want a competition enquiry that stars straightaway. As the
debate rages on, researchers at the University are already monitoring
alternative ways of heating our homes. With the house we have here,
it is one of the first zero carbon homes and in order to do that we
needed to move away from gas central heating. This is a biomass boiler
using woodchip pellets as fuel. One of the best ways of making a home
energy efficient is to inflate. It is the teller knowledge you cannot
see which is the most important. `` technology. Coming up with good
solutions. Better insulation and greater use of solar and wind power
are among the energy solutions of the future.
Still to come tonight: rich, smooth and award`winning. Not Dom but one
family's latest venture ` local chocolates for local shops. I would
love a bit of chocolate now! Time for the support.
First, what a night for Leicester City last night. They're through to
the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup after beating Premier League
Fulham in a seven goal thriller. Kirsty Edwards reports.
There is no rest for these players. They were back on the training
ground today. A more strenuous work`out. All of them buzzing about
a fantastic performance last night. Fulham had made a number of changes
to their team but so had Leicester and when they fell behind in the
18th minute, heads certainly did not drop. As half`time approached, the
foxes took control. So too `1 up at the break and early
in the second half they were further in front. Back came for 11 just a
minute later, they reduced the deficit. And there were just three
minutes to go, the game looked going into extra time. Leicester had other
ideas. Their raise a to get the nurse
within the group this year `` togetherness which we possibly did
not have at the same level before. We deserve to win but a good game of
football. An important for us in the centre we maintain what has been a
good start to the season. Leicester will find out who they face in the
quarterfinals later tonight. Forward Paul Gallagher has joined Preston on
loan until January. Onto Notts County who say they have
narrowed the search down for a new manager to three of four candidates.
Chris Kiwomya was sacked at the weekend. Last night, under caretaker
boss Steve Hodge, they earned a long`awaited League One victory at
home to Oldham. Jessica Creighton was there.
The manager gone and bottom of the league, so who do the fans want to
see in charge? I heard Danny Wilson might be the best of a bad bunch. I
am hoping Danny Wilson. Danny Wilson is top of the list and he is also a
favourite with the bookies. Second favourite is Steve Hodge and Brian
Kerr. It is their first game since Chris Kiwomya left, and a chance to
prove themselves. A great start from Notts. On the stroke of half`time,
Notts were an done at the back and Oldham pulled level but the home
side did not panic and after 15 minutes, they regained the lead. Top
scorer Cal mag Notts held on for their third win in
14 games. Tonight we had a bit more and we were not lucky, we deserved
it over all but it was hard in the end.
Cricket and Nottinghamshire's Chris Read has signed a new two year
contract. He's announced he's giving up the one day captaincy though, but
will carry on leading the side in the County Championship.
Now he has been knighted, revolutionised British cycling and
masterminded two Tour de France triumphs, but today Sir David
Brailsford came back home and for a special reason. Dave, who was born
in Derby, was here to see the new Velodrome which is being built just
behind Pride Park. Dave is Britain's cycling performance director.
Tomorrow on the programme we'll have a cycling special as Sir Dave sees
inside for the very first time. It was really exciting, so looking
forward to that tomorrow. To my mind, there are few things
better in life than chocolate, so you don't get much better than the
next part in our series on fine foods. The art of the chocolatier is
not a simple one. To make the perfect chocolate takes time and
experience. And to actually source the cocoa bean too takes real
commitment. But tucked away in a small Leicestershire village is a
couple who've done just that. Here we are. This is a typically
English cottage in a beautiful Leicestershire village but inside it
is a chocolate Emporium. And it is in this call, purpose`built workshop
that Jerome makes his chocolate. It is quite a family affair. This is
Jerome's Malm and his wife is in charge of marketing. We print
everything, cut everything, glue everything so it is all done
in`house. This personal touch is reflected in the markets they sell
to. They are not interested in big contracts with huge retailers. To
them, local is where it is at. The furthest we sell is 40 miles away
but generally speaking they are within 7`8 miles away. To keep the
whole process as close as they could come at the couple set off for Costa
Rica. We wanted to go to the very basics of chocolate and learn all
about it from the people who farm, the process it goes through, which
is extremely long, so we know what it has gone through when it has come
to us. What they really want is to source the beans from this
plantation and make the chocolate over here. For now, they are
concentrating on the chocolate in hand but how did this start? I love
chocolate so I wanted to go on a course and Jerome agreed to go with
me and it all started from there. With two golds from the great taste
awards, they are hoping the sweet taste of success will continue for
some time to come. Is there really a huge difference
between really posh chocolate like that and the other stuff? There
really is. It is all about the purity.
Food for thought, it has been a beautiful day today, some autumn
sunshine. But once again, that weather is on the move. It is not
sticking in one place for too long. A little ridge of high pressure gave
us sunny weather today but all changing once again. We have seen
the cloud increasing, the winds picking up and a few splodges of
rain. The rain will move eastwards and it will clear out of the way by
around midnight. Behind that, the skies were clear and we will see the
wind is starting to ease so there will be missed and fog forming
during the early hours of tomorrow. Lows of around seven or eight
Celsius. Tomorrow morning will start off murky. The mist and fog will
clear fairly quickly. Dry and bright weather through the morning but the
showers will pack into the afternoon. If you get a shower, they
will be on the heavy side. Temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees.
There will be some showers lurking around tomorrow evening. They will
fade away and then it is back to the drawing board. Another West ``
weather system pushing out from the south. A wet day on Friday. Into the
weekend, Saturday at the moment looks like being dry. Wet and windy
on Saturday evening and showers by Sunday. But today was lovely.
Absolutely beautiful. Late news at 10:30pm. Goodbye.
Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.
I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,
I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.
In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.
We will still eat and we will still have heating
It's just maybe the quality of the food that we eat
may not be as good as what we're eating at the moment.