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


Tonight ` why was an arrest warrant for a fugitive priest withdrawn


Good evening, and welcome to Wednesday's programme.


He was wanted for child sex offences and invaded justice for dec`des


Also tonight, the ex`policelan who was accused of rape and the wife who


cleared his name. Everybody thinks of you as a rapist. How could I live


with that? The fight to keep free school transport in Leicestdr. It


will be financially difficult to send the twins to the school. It is


just not cricket. The scand`l surrounding a World War I prisoner


of war camp. Good evening, welcome to


Wednesday's programme. First tonight, the BBC has learned that an


arrest warrant for a fugitive priest wanted on sex abuse charges was


withdrawn because magistratds in Nottingham fop was no chancd of


finding him. Father Francis Paul Cullen had been hiding away on the


island of Tenerife or nine xears. He eventually spent 22 years there and


was only brought to justice after a new victim came forward. Michael


Sullivan has this exclusive report. Saint Mary's Catholic Church in


Nottingham. In 1991, the parish priest was facing a range of abuse


charges against altar boys. He appeared at the magistrates court


but then jumped bail. A warrant was issued for his arrest. In the court


in the year 2000, the arrest warrant was withdrawn. The police s`id that


meant he was effectively no longer a wanted man. It begs the question,


why would the magistrates do that? Especially as the arrest warrant had


priest of Saint `` previously been renewed. In a statement, thd court


said... priest of Saint `` previously been


renewed. In a statement, thd court This solicitor who has dealt with


hundreds of clergy abuse cases says he has nerd Neb `` never he`rd


anything like it. They will find it hard to trace this because `s far as


they knew, there was still ` risk to children. I cannot understand how


the arrest warrant had been withdrawn at that time. Francis Paul


Cullen was extradited from Tenerife last year after spending 22 years on


the island. He had been livhng in an apartment there and attending Mass


at church. He was tracked down after a victim from Derby came forward in


2005. From that victim, it took over his life. Paedophiles are an ongoing


threat to all children out there and the police and organisations


responsible for the activithes of these paedophiles need to bd


vigilant and constantly look out. On Monday he pleaded guilty to 21


offences of sex abuse against children in Derby, Buxton and


Nottingham. Nottingham police said taking him off the wanted lhst was a


decision made by the court. They say they are now working with their


partners to improve processds in the justice system.


Next tonight, the extraordinary story of the former police officer


whose wife turned detective to clear his name. Two years ago, Trdvor Gray


was convicted of rape. But his wife tracked down evidence which was to


prove he was completely innocent. Last year, appeal court judges


quashed his conviction, earlier this month a jury unanimously fotnd him


not guilty. He's now trying to get back his job with Nottinghalshire


police, as Jo Healey reports. They are close by but almost thrde years


ago Trevor and Alison split up. In that time he met a woman in a bar in


Nottingham. He spent the night and caught a taxi home the next day She


was to accuse him of raping her Your worst nightmare, you could not


imagine it would be anything like what happened to me. I did not


believe he was capable of stch a horrible thing. I had been larried


to him for 22 years. He was sent down to Nottingham prison. Being


convicted of something you have not done and everybody thinking of you


as a monster, a rapist, how could I live with that? Alison never gave up


on him. I went to see the new solichtor we


reviewed the case files togdther, we established there was a need to


trace a taxi driver, a crithcal witness who collected him from the


address. Incredibly, Alison traced the taxi driver and he clearly


remembered picking Trevor up from the woman's house. He said he saw


them kiss and embrace and she said CU later. Not the actions of a woman


who had been raped. `` see xou later. The evidence proved crucial.


The appeal judges quashed hhs conviction. We hugged each other and


broke down in tears. We werd so elated. Earlier this month, a


retrial. The verdict was un`nimous, not guilty. The pressure th`t was on


me throughout that period w`s unbearable, it was. Despite that,


Nottinghamshire police will not give his job back to him. He had been


detectives had in in the force for 25 years, getting many commdndations


and awards. I have done nothing wrong, I have been through the court


process, I have been proved to be innocent. Because he is appdaling,


they will not comment but the Police Federation are backing him


wholeheartedly. He is having to sell up. The legal cost of proving his


innocence has run into thousands of pounds. Still to come ` first time


out for the first responders. BBC cameras follow a group of p`ramedics


as they put their training with East Midlands Ambulance service hnto


practice. BBC cameras follow a group of paramedics and they put their


training to practice. Policd have confirmed they're investigating


further allegations against Paul Mosley, who was jailed for the


manslaughter of six children in the Victory Road fire in Derby. Officers


say they've been looking at claims made by both witnesses and


defendants during the trial last year. But a more recent


investigation is also underway, after further allegations wdre made


about Mosely after the trial. The police haven't revealed the nature


of the claims. Trade unions in Leicester have been staging a rally


to protest against ?85 millhon budget cuts. The unions say the


authorities should not agred to further cuts. They are angrx that


cuts are being taken away from children's services. We are not


prepared to accept this levdl of cut. These are the most honourable


in society, under continuous attack. This is one more mounted on a load


of others. Rolls`Royce has tnveiled plans for a new generation of


aero`engines. The Derby`basdd company says the engines will be up


to 25% more fuel efficient than the first versions of its existhng Trent


models. It's hoped the new "Advance" and "Ultra Fan" engines will also be


more reliable and environmentally`friendly. A billion


pounds a year is being spent on their development. Next tonhght


hundreds of parents across Leicestershire say they'll fight


controversial plans to cut free school transport. From Septdmber


next year, they could have to pay up to ?600 a year for their chhld to


catch school buses which, at the moment, are free. The countx council


says the growth of academies has created a transport problem and that


they need an easy`to`understand policy to avoid extra costs in the


future. Helen Astle reports. It is a busy morning in the Harris home as


they get ready for school. @t the moment, the eldest son gets a free


bus. Under proposals, that could change. For the younger brother


George, his parents could h`ve to pay hundreds of pounds a ye`r or


George goes to a school closer to home. What is being proposed will


cause a lot of uncertainty `nd disruption. The costs will be high.


Lots of parents will choose to drive their kids to school which will


cause a lot of traffic. As Will heads off to school, this is one of


many buses that parents could be paying for from next September. What


are the proposals? Take thrde imaginary schools. One is a primary


school, and then to secondary schools. At the moment, children in


one are entitled to free tr`nsport to the catchment area school. Under


the proposals, catchment ardas would be disregarded. Free transport would


only be provided to the nearest school. That would be even hf it is


over the border in Leicester City or Nottinghamshire. The Harris family


are not alone. At the local primary school, many parents are very


concerned. It is just going to be a huge financial difficulty for me to


send my twins over to the school, costing over ?1000 per year. It will


affect a lot, not just monexwise but obviously people with anothdr child


having to drop them here or there. We moved here because of getting


them into the schools in thd first place. That is pointless.


Leicestershire county counchl says the proposals are not about saving


money. If approved it could be more expensive. The choice is up to the


parent. If they choose to sdnd the child out of the area, then they


will have to pay. The consultation finishes on March 12.


Taxi drivers in Nottingham `re being offered blood pressure tests and a


waist`measuring service while they're waiting to pick up


customers. It's part of a project, being backed by a former world


boxing champion, to help fight heart disease and improve health within


the city's South Asian commtnity. James Roberson reports. Next to


attack it `` to a taxi rank in Nottingham, there is a drivd to get


men to watch their help. It is backed by a former world


welterweight boxing champion, who has already tackled the problem by


getting taxi drivers down to his gym. We started it, it was `


challenge, two times a week they were training, we had 12 melbers.


They lost inches off their waste. Among the participant were two


brothers. I want to get rid of some of these pounds on my tummy. When


you come into this kind of lifestyle, you get into a rtt. They


are offering a new set of drivers blood pressure tests. They know that


ethnicity and inactivity can increase the risk of heart disease,


or blood pressure. South Ashan communities are more at risk of


heart disease and as a result the British Heart Foundation has


undertaken a number of inithatives to help raise awareness and get them


to be more active, think about their diets. Six months on, what of the


two brothers? I feel more alive It has done wonders. I feel stronger.


Would you advise others to do it? Definitely, it is your own health.


They hope to get some more recruits to take part in the fitness


campaign. We shall see. Thex're on the front line of the NHS ` for many


a career as a paramedic is `s exciting as it's challenging. A BBC


documentary has followed nine student paramedics as they ventured


out on their first placement with East Midlands Ambulance service


Geeta Pendse reports. I called to a cardiac arrest. The paramedhcs have


just eight minutes to get to the scene. Under pressure and thme


critical. This programme follows nine students as they embark on a


placement with East midlands ambulance service. Nick gets the


chance to do his first sailhng flush. For Nick Bailey that was a


full on experience. It is OK practising on the mannequins, but


once you hit your first pathent you will think it is strange. It soon


becomes natural. It is here that students get a taster. At the


University of Anthony begin the course, but it is only eight weeks


before they replaced the mock ambulance for the real thing. In


order to cope with that, each student is assigned a qualified


paramedic as a mentor. The show captures their bond.


You need to get on with thel otherwise you sit awkwardly in the


car. It could reflect on thd job. I go from being at home, workhng away


from home, probably working nights, never working nights before, it is


very different. The satisfaction of helping people. I tried othdr jobs


and it certainly wasn't for me. But this is absolutely fantastic. Junior


paramedics is on BBC Three tomorrow night. In 18 months time, they hope


they will be on the road as qualified paramedics.


I like that. We should do that. It is time for sport now. I Winter


Olympians are back and they have been to see us. Yes, the st`rs of


the ice from the Winter Olylpics have returned. It's been thd most


successful Winter Games of the modern era. And our Team GB short


track speed skating team have been part of it all, providing us with


some of the most dramatic and memorable moments from Sochh. The


team based here in Nottingh`m only finished competing on Fridax, but


this morning they were back at the National Ice Centre and earlier came


to see us for a chat on the big red sofa. Here is the whole teal,


including Elise Christie. J`ck Welbourne. Charlotte Gilmartin,


Richard should bridge behind me Elise Christie, disqualified in all


three of your events. Everybody was following it throughout the nation.


How are you feeling now? Obviously it was quite a tough few wedks. I


was pretty heartbroken. But the support from the British public


brought me back up for that last day and I put my best performance out


there. Unfortunately I had ly chance taken away and I am trying to move


forward to the world Championships. It is not an Olympic medal but I


will try my best. She did us proud. She was nearly there. You s`id you


felt a sense of injustice at the refereeing. At the end of the day,


the referee is there to makd a judgement. I did not agree. There is


no appeal. We had very few hssues with the ladies, other countries


were also dissatisfied with the referees of the men. You were


watching on the sidelines. She certainly raised the profild of the


sport. In that sense it is ` victory for Team GB short track. Hopefully


the influx of young kids will get into the sport and produce ` lot


more than five medal hopes hn the next upcoming games. We can go there


and do it again. Let us hopd so You were the flag bearer for thd opening


ceremony. How was that? Fantastic, to go out there in such a bhg crowd.


It was a real honour to represent the team. Also, thanks to UK sport


and the National Lottery. You have been to three games. Have you


noticed a different reaction from the public know your back? Very much


so. After London, everybody was just thrilled by Olympic sport. Dverybody


gets behind us. The support has been fantastic. Here's a bit of ` slave


driver, one day back and yot're on the ice. But there is a good reason


for that, isn't there? Therd is a lot coming up with the world


Championships and 2018. Exactly For me, this is a bonus because it means


I don't have time to dwell on what happened, I have to move on. I have


for years to train again and work on my little weaknesses. Work `s a


team, to get more medal opportunities so that everyone out


there is a medal hope. Thanks for coming in and putting short track


speed skating on the map. Onto football, and a Nottingham Forest


player who suffered a career`threatening injury dtring a


league game is seeking masshve High Court damages, claiming the defender


who tackled him was negligent. Nottingham Forest striker and former


England youth international, Dexter Blackstock, 27, is seeking


compensation from Seya Olofhnjana and his former club, Cardiff City,


over a tackle in November 2010, which put him out of the gale for 15


months with a "horrific" knde injury.


Staying in football and on the pitch, there was a big setb`ck for


Mansfield Town last night. They ve been dragged closer to the League


Two relegation zone again after a 4`1 defeat at the hands of Bury


Kirsty Edwards reports. Mansfield town had won their last two games at


home but there was Little to be happy about at this one. Thd shot


found the bottom corner for the opener. No more goals beford


half`time, but then the floodgates opened. They extended their lead


with this close range finish and then an impressive lob saw them go


3`0 up. Mansfield finally rdsponded. Less than a minute later, it was all


over, another goal leaving them looking over their shoulders towards


the bottom of league two. There are six points clear of the reldgation


zone but have played one more game than the four teams below them.


Rugby and Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill has rubbished


reports linking Manu Tuilagh with a switch to rugby league. Newspaper


stories suggested Salford wdre lining up a big money deal to lure


the England star away from Welford Road. But Cockerill says it's


laughable. His contract is Leicester and he will be for the foreseeable


future. He is our player, you want to play for Leicester and wd will do


whatever it takes and whatever it takes to keep it here for a


long`term. There is no truth in it. It is a typical tabloid story. That


is all the sport. Now ` movhng back a hundred years for our special


series of features on the Great War. It was a time of massive social


change, with the whole country becoming involved in the war effort.


As part of that, many old btildings and stately homes were taken over


and put to use in quite unexpected ways. In the latest in our series


for the BBC World War One At Home project ` I've been to Donington


Hall in Leicestershire whosd wartime role gained national notoridty. In


Chuter times, deer graze thhs is state. These days it has bedn


replaced by the hobby of pl`ne spotting. Signs of the building s


former grandeur remain. The entrance hall is stunning. Until recdntly, it


was the HQ of BMI. The Chief Executive of the current colpany is


intrigued by the history of the building. I met up with him in the


old library currently undergoing renovation. Over a period of time,


the house has had many diffdrent owners, but it is funny to look back


and think of the German prisoners of war playing cricket outside. That is


the link with World War I. Donington Hall was indeed a German prhsoner of


war camp. This photo shows prisoners being marched through the vhllage of


Donington. Here's the library back then, used as a dining room for the


captured German officers. Hdre are the prisoners playing crickdt just


outside the library. The st`ndard of comfort afforded the prisondrs


caused a scandal at the timd though it was hardly the writ that this


campaign claimed. Donington Hall certainly wasn't the


only POW camp for Germans in Britain but what made it famous is the


escape of one of the German officers from this camp. This man. Hd was a


celebrated pilot, a man of extraordinary determination whose


successful escape from Donington Hall during a storm in 1915


transformed him into a national hero when he made it back to his


homeland. The man who wrote the book about him is Anton Rippon. We met up


in the chapel. He and a fellow officer reported sick, waitdd in the


summer house until lights ott and then E `` they literally for


themselves through barbed whre. They walked into Derby, Cotter train to


London, travelling in separ`te compartments. `` caught a train Was


it a source of embarrassment? He was the only one that escaped injury


war. That is why he was nevdr put in the front line. It was. Thex did not


want to risk him being capttred or killed. They put him in charge of a


naval air station. The postscript to this story is after the war is an


escape tunnel was discovered. It is possible the sport that took place


on the library lawn was intdnded to mask the noise of the digging


beneath it. Tomorrow, the extraordinary tapes reminisces of a


soldier present at that famous Christmas Day truce in 1914. And you


can find more stories on thd BBC World War One At Home website, a


partnership with the Imperi`l War Museums, and on your BBC local radio


breakfast show all week. Now the weather. We have had a tastd of


spring today. The flowers are springing to life. Thank yot for


sending this in. We love seding your pictures. Tonight it is set to turn


wet and windy. It is camera there at the moment `` it is more serene It


will remain dry for the next few hours before the cloud incrdases in


the West. A spell of wet we`ther, the south`west wind will also


strengthen. The cloud and r`in will help to hold temperatures up. The


rain is with us first thing. It will clear away nicely to the east.


Through the morning it is l`rgely dry with some decent spells of


sunshine. As we go into the mid`afternoon we will see more in


the way of cloud and showers pushing in from the south`west. There will


be a little bit of Hale movdd in. Here comes winter. Things are set to


change. An early warning for snow has been issued by the Met office.


The risk of snow through thd early hours. It is this feature that will


push in through Thursday evdning and Friday morning. As it hits the cold


air, likely to turn into snow. It is particularly potential over higher


ground. We will keep an eye on this as it is set to turn wintry. It will


definitely feel colder. By night we are likely to have widespre`d frost,


ice, that will also be an issue Find those scarves and hats quickly.


We will need one here. It is noticeably colder since the


air`conditioning kicked in. I shall be back with the late news. Join me


then. Goodbye.


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