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One, it's time for the news where you are.
And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good
evening. First tonight, it's been revealed that an arrest warrant for
a fugitive priest wanted on sex abuse charges was withdrawn. It s
because magistrates in Notthngham thought there was no chance of
finding him. Father Francis Paul Cullen had, at that time, bden
hiding away on the island of Tenerife for nine years. He
eventually spent 22 years there Saint Mary 's Catholic Church in
Nottingham. In 1991. The parish priest was facing a range of sex
abuse charges against altar boys. He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates'
Court but then jumped bail. A warrant was issued for his `rrest.
At Nottingham Magistrates' Court in the year 2000, the arrest w`rrant
for him was withdrawn. The police say that meant he was effectively no
longer a wanted man. It begs the question, why the magistratd would
do that, especially as the `rrest warrant had previously been renewed
three times. In a statement: the this solicitor says he has never
heard anything like it. Frol the survivors perspective, they will
find it hard to understand that anything had changed between 19 1
and 2000. He was still a risk. I can't understand how the arrest
warrant had been withdrawn `t that time. Father Colin was extr`dited
last year. After spending 22 years on the island. On Monday, hd pleaded
guilty to 21 offences of sex abuse against children. Nottinghal police
says taking him off the wanted list was a decision made by the court.
They say they are now working with their partners to improve processes
in the justice system. Next, the former Nottinghamshire
Police officer whose wife ttrned detective to clear his name. Two
years ago Trevor Gray was convicted of rape. But his wife trackdd down
evidence which was to prove he was innocent. Now he's fighting to get
his job back, as Jo Healey reports. They are close now but almost three
years ago, Trevor and Alison split up. In that time, he met a woman in
a bar in Nottingham. They spent the night and caught a taxi homd the
next day. She was to accuse him of raping her. Your worst nightmare.
You couldn't imagine it could be like what has happened to md. I just
did not believe he was capable of such a horrible thing. I've been
married for 22 years. But hd was sent down to Nottingham prison.
Being convicted of something you haven't done and anybody thhnking of
you as a monster, a rapist. How could I live without? But Alison
never gave up on him. She ttrned detective to find the taxi driver
who picked Trevor up from the woman's house. Incredibly, @llison
managed to trace the taxi driver and he clearly remembered picking Trevor
up from the woman's house. He said he saw them case and embracdd and
she said, see you later. So not the actions of a woman who had been
raped. The evidence proved to be crucial. Last summer, his conviction
was quashed but this month, he had to endure a retrial. The verdict,
unanimous. Not guilty. I shdd a tear because the pressure that w`s on the
throughout the period was jtst unbearable. But despite that,
Nottinghamshire Police weren't given his job back. He was a detective
Sergeant for 25 years, getthng many commendations and awards. I've done
nothing wrong. I've been through the process and proved to be innocent.
The force will not comment on the case. The Police Federation is
travelling `` backing Trevor wholeheartedly but he is having to
sell up. The legal costs have run into thousands of pounds.
Parents across Leicestershire could have to pay up to ?600 for their
child to catch a school bus, if proposals are approved. Unddr the
scheme the County Council would only pay for transport to the ne`rest
school, even if it's over the county border in Leicester City or
Nottinghamshire. Catchment `reas would be disregarded. Parents say
the proposals are unfair and are vowing to fight them.
It is going to be a huge financial difficulty for me to send mx twins
to the school. It will cost over ?1000 a year. We moved here to get
them into the schools in thd first place. That is pointless. The choice
of where children go to school as the parents. They choose to send a
child out of the area for what was the original catchment area, then,
yes, they will have to pay. A Nottingham Forest player who
suffered a career`threatening injury during a league game is seeking
massive High Court damages. He claims the defender who tackled him
was negligent. Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is seeking
compensation from Seya Olofhnjana and his former club, Cardiff City.
It's over a tackle in November 010. The challenge put Blackstock out of
the game for 15 months with what was descrined as an horrific knde
injury. Rolls`Royce has unveiled pl`ns for a
new generation of aero`engines. The Derby`based company says thd engines
will be up to 25% more fuel efficient than the first versions of
its existing Trent models. Ht's hoped the new Advance and Ultra Fan
engines will also be more rdliable and environmentally`friendlx. A
billion pounds a year is behng spent on their development.
That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me but with your weathdr now,
here's Anna Church. We have had a fairly decent day with
lovely, long spells of sunshine but all change as it is set to become
wet and windy through the nhght The cloud is already starting to
increase from the West and the rain will arrive to give us a spdll of
wet weather. The winds are `lso strengthening as strong
south`westerly winds bring gusts up to 35 mph. Temperatures will hold up
with loans of five Celsius. The rain clears away and then it is `n
improving story for the morning Plenty of sunshine to be had. We
start to see if you show was pushing their way in from the west. There
will be a high temperature of 1 Celsius. The Met office havd issued
an early warning for snowfall in force across the East Midlands
through Friday. More on that tomorrow. But now, a look at your
day on Friday, wet snow around and a breeze blowing as well. Tricky into
the weekend. And now we have the national forecast.
Good evening. We know it has been a wet winter but it has also been mild
and across England and Wales, lacking in snow.