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colder. It could be short lived. That is all from the BBC's
This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: five people plead not guilty to the murders of four
members of the same family. The four victims died at a fire at
their home in Leicester last year. Also tonight: a direct hit `
lightning brings down the roof at a temple.
And a bovine sound barrier ` plans for a 16`foot high wall to mute the
mooing. And the dangers of sleepwalking coming up.
Welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, four men and a teenager
have all pleaded not guilty to four murder charges after four members of
the same family were killed in a house fire in Leicester.
In a separate case, two men pleaded not 0
In a separate case, two men pleaded not guilty to the murder of the
football coach Antoin Akpom in the same city a few hours earlier. Both
trials will be heard in April. From Birmingham Crown Court, here's
Quentin Rayner. In the early evening of the 12th of September on Kent
Street in Leicester Antoin Akpom was killed by a single stab and. Today,
219`year`old men from Leicester both pleaded not guilty to a murder
charge. The remaining custody. They were killed in a fire in the Wood
Hill area 0 were killed in a fire in the Wood
Hill area of 0 were killed in a fire in the Wood
Hill area of Leicester. Five of those accused on four counts of
murder entered pleas. They were all aged between 17 and 24. They all
pleaded not guilty to all charges. They were remanded into custody. A
mistake meant that three other men were not brought to court today.
They will now enter pleas in March. The High Court judge ruled that
there was not 0 The High Court judge ruled that
there was not enough evidence for both cases to be heard. The stabbing
case has been set for the beginning of April and the house fire trial
will start several weeks later. The first is expected to last up to
three weeks and the second could take eight. 0
take eight. Next tonight: the aftermath of that
dramatic storm which swept through the East Midlands on Saturday
leaving a trail of devastation. Structural engineers were called in
to a temple in Leicester which was severely damaged after being struck
by lightning. The ceiling collapsed with worshippers inside. And
elsewhere many homes were damaged. Sarah Teale joins us. Quite a
dramatic afternoon. That's a very good word to describe
it. Our cameraman 0 That's a very good word to describe
it. Our cameraman stopped at the height of the storm to film and you
can hear the hailstones crashing onto his windscreen. The storm was
fairly swift as it passed through the East Midlands but extremely
ferocious with even reports of tornadoes. 0
ferocious with even reports of tornadoes. The worst damage was at
that temple in Leicester where a lightning strike caused the roof and
walls to collapse. Cameras captured the dramatic moment that the
lightning struck. As the ceiling crashes down, a group of worshippers
have a very narrow escape. The roof was literally blown off.
From outside, CCTV captures the baby flying across the road. The force is
so great that it knocks the camera side works.
There was a car parked there and one of the beans went in like a javelin
through the windscreen. The people were in the car. Only one was
injured with cuts. We 0 0
injured with cuts. We can clearly see the damage from
these pictures. Despite the rubble, it is relieved that only the
building bore the brunt of the storm.
We were very fortunate to not be injured. If that had happened while
the congregation hall was built it could have been very serious. A
lucky escape for many there. At the same time the storm hit other
parts of the East Midlands. It reached its peak just as the teams
came out at Leicester City. The strong winds even blowing the
advertising hoardings across the pitch. Leicester Tigers cancelled
their rugby match. In north Notts many houses in the Shirebrook area
had tiles blown off their roofs. Residents reported it was caused by
a tornado. And people living in Melton say the same thing after
fences 0 0 Melton say the same thing after
fences came 0 Melton say the same thing after
fences came down and cars were damaged by falling debris.
Local residents said it was a tornado that came through, obviously
creating a lot of damage. One chimney was completely ripped off
the 0 0 chimney was completely ripped off
the roof. All of a sudden I heard a cracking
noise, which was the chimney, then I saw the tornado carrying debris down
the front of my house. The weather map from Saturday
clearly charts the storm passing through incredibly quickly. The
yellow and the green show the heaviest most intense rainfall. So
were there really tornados? Our weather presenter says quite
possibly. But apparently a tornado is only official if the Met Office
can confirm it with actual photographic evidence.
It started to show up on the radar is what he call a squall line. It
can contain lightning and hail and very heavy rain and strong winds as
well. It was the perfect setup for it are legal.
Apparently much less stormy conditions to come this week. The
full forecast later. Thank you.
Also coming up: cutting down noise from a cattle market. But is a
16`feet wall the answer? And I'm at the Children's Hospital
where they are gearing up to build a new cancer ward just for teenagers.
Next tonight ` the dangers of sleepwalking. Morag Fisher needed
two emergency operations after she fell downstairs suffering multiple
fractures and was found by her partner in pool of blood. She's been
a sleepwalker since childhood but never injured herself before.
Experts at Nottingham's Queen's medical centre say they see two or
three cases a year of people being badly hurt because of sleepwalking.
In Morag's case the injuries were life threatening.
I am just looking at the right rest here.
Morag's injuries were life`threatening. She fell
downstairs. I was in a stranger's house. Not my
own home. Having heard she fell down a flight of stairs I am not
surprised she has this catalogue of injuries. Facial injuries, broken
cheekbone, broke some ribs. Damaged vertebra in the back and wrists
broken. I am very lucky to be here.
This is where she fell down. At five o'clock in the morning I heard a
massive crash were she had the door. I came out and find her here. She
had banged her head. It could've been a lot worse.
She spent ten days in the trauma unit at Nottingham 0
She spent ten days in the trauma unit at Nottingham Queen's Medical
Centre. 0 unit at Nottingham Queen's Medical
Centre. She landed on her face and had some nasty injuries.
It is thought that one in three children will sleepwalk at one
point. 0 0 children will sleepwalk at one
point. And Americans that he revealed that one in 30 adults
reported sleepwalking in the previous year. It usually occurs in
deep sleep and in the first few hours after falling asleep. They
cannot see. They sometimes forget where they are in the house. They
can go into a different room or fall down stairs so it can be dangerous.
The NHS gets 0 down stairs so it can be dangerous.
The NHS gets such bad press but I am grateful.
With her body healing, she has motivated stair gates at home.
A 31`year`old man has appeared at Loughborough 0 0
A 31`year`old man has appeared at Loughborough Magistrates' Court
charged with murder and four other offences. James Burton from Earl
Shilton was arrested after an incident on Factory Road in Hinckley
last Friday where police officers found 23`year`old Matthew Dunn
"seriously injured". He died a short time later. Burton will appear
before Leicester Crown Court next month.
A London law firm is investigating allegations that Jimmy Savile may
have abused children at a secondary school in West Bridgford. Lawyers
from Leigh Day say that his motor`home was often parked within
the school grounds. It's 0 motor`home was often parked within
the school grounds. It's understood that 0
the school grounds. It's understood that Savile hosted road shows there.
They'd like to hear from anyone who may remember his visits to
Nottingham during 1971 and 1972. The Chairman of Coalville Town
Football Club says an alleged assault by an opposing player
towards a Coalville fan during a match was 'absolutely disgraceful'.
Karl Colley from Goole FC ` had just been sent off in their home match
against Coalville in the Northern League First Division South on
Saturday afternoon when tempers flared. The Football Association has
said it will 0 flared. The Football Association has
said it will look into the incident. Goole FC have told Colley that he
will not play for them again. Councillors are planing to put up a
huge wall to try 0 Councillors are planing to put up a
huge wall to try and block the noise from Bakewell livestock market. It's
about five metres high and ninety seven metres long and the people who
live right beside it are not at all happy with the prospect.
They say it would cost over one hundred thousand pounds and only
three people in the town actually want it. A typical market day at
Bakewell agricultural centre. Hundreds of 0
Bakewell agricultural centre. Hundreds of cattle and sheep are
brought here every week. But the livestock market noise is not their
everyday. We have a busy market every week of
the year. Then we have a monthly cattle sale on a Friday.
Derbyshire Dales District Council say that people have objected to the
noise. The council wants to put up a sound barrier. It would run along
here. It is this group of residents who put up the bunting. They live
next to the market but are passionately against the barrier.
I think the proposal of a barrier is a solution to a problem that does
not exist. The noise is not a problem for us. The visual impact
will be devastating for us. Were against 0
will be devastating for us. Were against it because it does not fit
in with the aesthetic. And it would have major cost invitations. There
is no need for it. Derbyshire Dales say opinion is
split in Bakewell. They hosted a meeting to get people's views on a
revised plan. 0 Originally there were only three
complaints. I do not think that this has much to do with the town.
A decision May be made next month. Coming up: is is curtains for the
Regent? Campaigners fear that bulldozers could be about to flatten
this 1920s art deco cinema. Teenagers with cancer look set to
get their own hospital ward. At the moment, they're treated alongside
younger patients at Nottingham's Children's Hospital. But one father,
whose daughter suffered a brain tumour, says teenagers desperately
need their own space. And hopefully, that's now going to happen.
It is not easy to come back here. John 's daughter was 16 and spent
many months been 0 John 's daughter was 16 and spent
many months been treated here for a brain gym. Sadly, she died last
year. Her treatment was excellent but her dad says her surroundings
were not. She found herself in environment
where there was no privacy. She was 16, surrounded by small children.
She had lost her hair and her looks had changed because of the drugs she
was on. And the simplest thing just going to the bathroom became an
almighty event. She was the only teenager. She had no one to talk to,
no way to share. 0 But 0 0
no way to share. 0 But this might not be the case for
other teenagers if this special award is built. Also, upgrading
facilities for patients. We will be able to provide first`class
accommodation for children and teenagers who are diagnosed and
treated with cancer across the whole of the East Midlands. I feel
delighted that this is finally happening.
It has to happen. And when it does, there will be 15
beds in all. Building work is due to start in April and be finished by
the end of the year. A man from Nottinghamshire who
stabbed his partner to death has been jailed for life. Geoffrey
Hemming stabbed Denise Williamson ten times at their family home at
Hazelwood Drive in Hucknall in July. She died shortly afterwards in
hospital. He pleaded guilty to her murder last month.
Police in Thailand investigating the death of the Derby`born head of Tata
Motors believe he may have taken his own life. 51`year`old Karl Slym is
reported to have fallen from the 22nd floor of a hotel where he was
attending a board meeting. Detectives say there were no signs
of a struggle. 0 Detectives say there were no signs
of a struggle. They're also looking into a three page note that was
found in his room. A deal for a ?150 million revamp of
Nottingham's Broadmarsh Centre has been signed. Construction work to
extend and refurbish the centre could start before the end of next
year. The City Council says it's already working with local
architects, Benoy, on potential designs. The deal includes a ?40
million refurbishment of the Victoria Centre which is also run by
Intu. Now our political editor John Hess
is used to dealing with controversial subjects ` which is
just as well because he's just made a film for Inside Out about the
revival of burlesque. It turns out some of Britain's top performers in
this somewhat risque form of entertainment come from the East
Midlands. But one council has banned a burlesque show and some people are
asking whether this style of performance is demeaning women or
liberating them. Here's a sneak preview, or should we say
tantalising glimpse of tonight's film.
The finishing touches before a show, but for some this type of
entertainment crosses a line. Burlesque is sexual entertainment
and I do think it is regressive. I would say it is totally
empowering. There are lots of people who seem to
think that it is very raunchy, that it's like striptease or worse.
Rubbish! Burlesque is not just about stripping.
And you can see the full monty, so to speak, on Inside Out East
Midlands, tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.
Leicester City will be without one of their key players for at least
three weeks after he broke a rib crashing into a goalpost. Liam Moore
picked 0 0 crashing into a goalpost. Liam Moore
picked up the injury as Leicester took their lead at the top of the
Championship to eight points. It was an injury to make you wince.
Liam Moore bravely sliding in at the far post to try and score but went
at speed into the post. The players immediately knew it was painful. Now
we know he will be out for several weeks. No wonder the grass was
slippy. The deluge that greeted the kick`off continued into the first
half. At times you wondered if the match would carry on. Thankfully,
conditions improved and Leicester got a slice of luck. Many thought
this ball went out of play but the ref did not, David Nugent carried on
fighting and Jamie Vardy gave City the lead. Vardy is at the top of his
game at the moment and his burst down the right earned City their
14th penalty of the season. Nugent has scored nine of them, but failed
to make it a record`equalling ten in a season. One record was met:
Ritchie De Laet scored to make it 2`0 making seven wins in a row for
Leicester, never bettered in the club's history.
It was not the best day weather`wise and I think both sets of players
coped with 0 and I think both sets of players
coped with it pretty well. It was tricky, but we managed to come
through it and that's really what it's about.
Leicester now take their winning run to Birmingham tomorrow night.
Onto Derby, who have come up with an interesting way to encourage fans to
buy next year's season tickets good and early. If the Rams go up, early
buyers will not just have a Premier League seat, but they'll have half
their money back too. It's looking more 0
their money back too. It's looking more and 0
their money back too. It's looking more and more like a gamble worth
taking. Some might say that it sounds like a
gimmick but it certainly catches the eye. And Derby's consistent place in
the championship top six does make you wonder if the Rams might not
just be paying out to early buyers of Premier League seats.
If we were to get to the Premier League and enjoy the riches that
brings, we'd like to take that opportunity to share it with fans.
Saturday's match at Blackburn is an example of why fans might be
tempted. Yes, Derby went behind just after half`time, but they showed
real fight away from home and in on`loan striker Patrick Bamford,
they have someone who can do something special. It should have
been three points to the Rams ` they had the chances. Perhaps they will
be coughing up the cash back. I think the exciting thing is that
we're at that stage where can offer these deals. We can try to entice
the public. It is a club coming together.
Some good news for Derby today. The damage is not as bad as they thought
for the injured player. Nottingham Forest were in action on
Friday, their 0`0 draw with Preston enough to at least put them into the
draw for the FA Cup's fifth round. If they win the replay on the
February fifth they'll go to either Nigel Clough's Sheffield United or
to Premiership Fulham. Elsewhere, Notts County's manager
Shaun Derry described their 5`1 home defeat by Walsall as unacceptable.
Whilst Mansfield claimed a draw with Wycombe. Notts were just blown away
by Walsall at Meadow Lane. And the man who did the damage was Febian
Brandy. He scored a first`half hat`trick and gave a handy display
of his gymnastic abilities. Walsall's manager said it was one of
his best ever victories. And their sharpness in front of goal surely
means that Walsall are League One promotion candidates. Notts had
conceded all five before Callum McGregor got the consolation. In
League Two, Mansfield went two goals down at home to Wycombe before their
fightback. Lee Stevenson got their first and then, in a late scramble,
sub Ollie Palmer popped in the equaliser.
The Leicester Tigers have been told the result in their abandoned game
at the weekend must stand. Tigers were 20 points to six behind against
Harlequins when tornado like conditions hit the Twickenham Stoop
with ten minutes remaining. Advertising hoarding and parts of
the stand blew around the ground. The organisers met today and decided
against a replay. Nottingham Panthers' up and down
season stayed true to form over the weekend ` they were beaten in
Sheffield on Saturday but bounced back last night. Hull were the
victims at the Ice Arena ` but they put up a very good fight ` twice
going two goals ahead despite being outshot throughout the game.
Eventually, though, the Panthers' firepower told. But they were only
truly able to relax after scoring this one ` with just 0
truly able to relax after scoring this one ` with just 26 seconds
left. Finally, congratulations to
Nottingham's Brazilian jiu`jitsu star, Vanessa English. You may
remember we featured her on the programme last week. Well over the
weekend she won a gold and bronze medal at the European Championships
in 0 medal at the European Championships
in Lisbon. As we said last week, not bad for someone who only took up the
sport four years ago. That is brilliant. She is so
determined. Campaigners in Leicestershire are
desperately trying to save an art deco cinema building, dating back to
the late 1920s. It's still known by people in Hinckley as the Regent,
but it may be demolished to make way for a car park. Sadly, time seems to
be running out because the owner has permission for demolition and the
bulldozers could be moving in soon. The ceiling is one of the most
striking features of the building. These people plan to fund raise and
believe a big donation could 0 These people plan to fund raise and
believe a big donation could be the answer.
If somebody maybe would like to invest or come forward, please do so
because we would welcome you with open arms.
It has stopped operating as a bingo hall last 0
It has stopped operating as a bingo hall last year and is now released
as a storage area. I know that nothing has been done for a while
but with new social media, the old Regent cinema could be knocked down
and 0 Regent cinema could be knocked down
and this 0 Regent cinema could be knocked down
and this reality 0 0 Regent cinema could be knocked down
and this reality has hit the people of Hinckley and there are a lot of
people out there who want to see if it is possible to save this famous
landmark. The owner is yet to be convinced.
The dream is it could open as a multifunction venue.
The architectural merit is superb and it is the last surviving example
of such a cinema. The auditorium survives intact.
The front of the building may be kept but planning permission has
already been given for it to make way for a supermarket car park. That
could happen is on. Of course we need another
supermarket car park! Good evening. A very active cold
front caused much of the bad weather over the weekend. Low pressure is
anchored to the north and west of the UK but it is coming closer
tomorrow and will end up on top of us. Nowhere is immune to the
shutters tomorrow which will coming thick and fast. The winds are
picking up as well so quite a blustery day. The showers are
already coming in. Some dry patches but the wind will pick up by the end
of the night. Quite bright and breezy. But a little milder. No ice
and no frost tomorrow. But those showers will be there from the word
go. If you are lucky perhaps some brighter spells. But those winds
will make it feel quite chilly. The showers should start to diminish as
we go through Wednesday. A few showers around first thing in the
morning. It will feel quite cold. And even colder on Thursday. We
could have the odd wintry flurry on Thursday.