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first look at the papers over on the BBC News Channel, but now on BBC
One, it's And now the news for the East
Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good evening.
First tonight, a terrorism trial has been shown home`made videos which
were discovered in the bedroom of a Leicestershire teenager. Thdy show
Michael Piggin making threats to kill Muslims. The eighteen`xear`old
from Loughborough has denied preparing weapons and plans for a
Columbine High School`style attack. Our social affairs correspondent,
Jeremy Ball, reports. The jury has been showing sdveral
videos that were found when the police searched Michael Piggin's
home here on Beaumont Road hn Loughborough. They were found along
with weapons and notes about planning an attack. Now in some of
the clips he talks about thd URA, and the jury has been told that that
stands for the Urban Revolutionary Army. In this clip, Michael Piggin
talks about what they want to achieve. Hello great people of the
United Kingdom, we are the TRA. We support the EDL and the Knights
Templar. We are against the Muslim invasion of our country. Today the
Old Bailey has also seen several clips of Michael Piggin testing
Molotov cocktails. You hear him talking about a weapons test,
talking about making bombs. The jury has also been shown clips of him
using this air pistol for t`rget practice and using a cross bow too.
The prosecution say, taken together with other evidence, it all shows
that Michael Piggin was serhous about preparing an act of tdrrorism.
The jury is going to have to decide if he really was serious about
carrying out an attack. Jerdmy Ball, BBC Midlands Today, Loughborough.
An exact cause still hasn't been established for an explosion at
flats on the edge of Derby city centre. It happened in the laundry
room of Kenneth House on Ag`rd Street yesterday morning. No`one was
injured. The Fire Service h`s ruled out a gas leak and is now blaming a
build`up of pressure in a hot water storage tank.
Hundreds of comments about ` NHS trust have been removed frol the NHS
Choices website because it hs not clear who wrote them ` staff or
patients. The concern follows a BBC Newsnight investigation. Tonight
though, Nottinghamshire health care insisted the comments were genuine.
Our health correspondent, Rob Sissons, explains.
Opinions, they are everywhere. The NHS tells us to have our sax. You
can post on review sites, ghve gold stars. But what is reliable on the
Internet? Authors have got hnto trouble reviewing their own books.
Are review sites for health open to the same abuse? Staff in thd NHS are
reporting data, I mean that is wrong. The day`to`day reporting is
skewing the results. That h`s to be wrong. The Nottinghamshire health
care NHS Trust encourages comment on the website Patient Opinion.
However, an investigation bx the BBC's Newsnight programme found that
half the reviews, more than 100 were posted by NHS staff on behalf
of patients. More troubling, the same comments were put on an NHS
website without making clear which were posted by staff. NHS Choices
has now removed more than 600 reviews of Nottinghamshire health
care, but the Trust says just because the staff typed the comments
does not mean it is not what patients thought. I think it is
justified for staff to sometimes post on behalf of patients, when
those patients are elderly `nd cannot use the technology to leave
their comments. We believe that our staff are honest and open about what
is happening and the culturd of the organisation is to listen to people
and to listen authentically and honestly. The word on the street in
Loughborough ` not everyone takes the word of Internet reviews at face
value. If it is too extreme one way, I think the person has a grtdge If
it is too far the other way, I think why is that person doing th`t? I
always look at them but I don't know if I trust them are not. I would say
they're fairly reliable. It is ultimately about transparency.
Patient Opinion is looking `t how to spell out more clearly the source of
comments. Rob Sissons, BBC West Midlands Today.
People in a part of Leicestdr that was divided by protests and racial
tension now say it is a thrhving community. A year and a half ago
there was a heavy police prdsence in Thurnby Lodge as people argted over
the use of local community centres. As Simon Ward has been findhng out,
much of that division has now been healed.
This food bank is run by a Luslim group and other volunteers. The vast
majority of users are non`Mtslim, including Julie who is pickhng up
supplies. At the end of the day we are all living on the same dstate so
we have to get on with each other. It sets a route for your kids so
they get on and there is no racism. So I think it is a good ide`. It was
when the As`Salaam Trust wanted to continue using this former scout hut
in Thurnby Lodge that the trouble began. There were regular protests
towards the end of 2012. Sole opposed the group using the
building. The bitter disputd took months to resolve. Now the @s`Salaam
Trust use the Peace Centre building and the former protesters m`nage the
old scout hut. They have made many improvements and say it is `
thriving community facility. But they did not want to be intdrviewed
on camera. Back at the Peacd Centre, they are very busy every Wednesday.
If a person has a need, it could be anyone ` why not assist? Our
religion exhorts us and teaches us about the rights of our neighbours
and the people we see here `re our neighbours. The tension was
sustained for a long period of time here on the Thurnby Lodge estate,
and now, well things may not be perfect, but many say the community
is now much more tolerant. H think people have recognised that
everybody has their own views on things and things have really
settled down. People here are very friendly and I find it very nice
around this area. Theresa is a volunteer at another council
community centre. She says that the former protesters wanted thd best
for everyone. Having Thurnbx Lodge, because it is such a close
community, I think they just did not want to lose things for the children
in the area because so many things are being taken away. All those
working for the community are planning even more improvemdnts and
hoping the peace continues. Simon Ward, BBC East Midlands Tod`y,
Thurnby Lodge. So it is goodbye from me, btt with
your weather now here is Ch`rlie. Good evening. Things are set to turn
much colder into tomorrow evening, but up until that point we hang on
to a settled team. Things whll gradually cloud over, you would
think the temperatures would still fall but actually the wind will keep
that temperature at around six or seven Celsius. A cloudy start on
Thursday. By the late morning things will start to clear up, brighter
skies, and some sunshine. Some cloud will be brought towards us with some
rain. We will see the temperatures fall. Temperatures around 12 degrees
tomorrow, night it will be heavy in places.
This is the outlook: Bright enough for Friday and the weekend but much
colder and some of the showers could have a wintry nature.
Cloud coming in from the Atlantic. When it moves through we will get
cooler conditions with lively showers. But mild overnight with the
south-westerly breeze dragging cloud across England and Wales. As you can
see the heaviest rain and strongest winds overnight are confined to
Scotland and northern Ireland. Wet and windy here but it is an mild
night with the cloud cover and breeze. But, a miserable start to
the day in Scotland. Wet and windy, gusty wind through the central
lowlands in the morning. Up to 0 miles an hour and maybe more than
that over some of the hills. Not pleasant in the morning rush-hour
and not pleasant in Northern Ireland either. In England and Wales, a lot
of cloud around but maybe a few breaks to the east of the Pennines.
Cloudy skies elsewhere and drips and drops of