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A This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight: A court hears of the moment a couple were attacked by a charging
bull. Roger Freeman was killed and his
wife was injured in the attack. The only denies manslaughter.
Leicester's promotion payday, what going up means for the club and the
city. This may look like any other train
but if you do anything wrong out there, this lot will be after you.
Can our businesses make it big in Brazil? I will report on a trade
mission to the huge city of Sao Paulo.
We talk to the proud owner of Grand National sensation Pineau De Re.
Good evening. Welcome to Monday's programme. First
tonight: A court's heard how a rambler was gored to death by a
rampaging bull. Roger and Glenis Freeman from
Leicestershire were walking across a field in South Nottinghamshire when
the animal charged them. 63`year`old Roger was killed. Glenis was
injured, but escaped with her life. The prosecution says Mr Freeman's
death amounts to manslaughter because of gross negligence on the
part of Paul Waterfall, the farmer who owned the bull. He denies the
charge. James Roberson reports. Arriving at Nottingham Crown Court
today, Farmer Paul Waterfall is accused of a gross breach of his
duty of care to walkers that used one of his fields. The court heard
in November 2010 keen walkers Glenys and Roger Freeman were walking from
Nottingham to Loughborough when they arrived at his field. Halfway across
it they realised there were cows and a ball in the field. The jury heard
that Glenys hurried ahead of Roger and she heard a noise behind her.
She turned and Roger had been hit by the bowl. It repeatedly attacked
them both and Gordon stamped on Roger and tossed in the air. The
last thing he heard her cry to him is, I am sorry, I cannot get us out
of this. Mr Freeman died of multiple injuries. The court also heard there
had been another incident with the ball in the same field some weeks
earlier involvement some electrical engineers who were working there.
The two men tried to fend the ball off with rods they carried and one
managed to escape over barbed wire and into a hedge and the other got
out of the field and ran around to where his colleague was, only to
find the ball standing over both of them as they cowered in a ditch.
They were saved by Paul Waterfall who arrived with a digger machine.
It is alleged that there was another incident in the same field two weeks
before Roger Freeman died. The prosecution alleges that the ball
was aggressive and proposed a risk to walkers. The ball was put down
after Roger Freeman's death. The trial could last five weeks.
A murder investigation has started after the body of a woman was found
in Derby. She was discovered in an area known for high levels of crime,
but police say they're keeping an open mind about how she died.
They are looking for evidence everywhere on and below the street.
The forensic tech shows where the body of the white woman in her 30s
was found by a member of the public yesterday morning. Since then it has
become a murder investigation and the police are hoping for more
information. If they saw anything suspicious at all, please can they
contact us. If you saw anybody fitting the description of a woman,
54, shoulders should link each `` five tall, shoulder`length dark hair
and wearing camouflage leggings and a black fleece top, please could you
contact the incident room. This street has a poor reputation for
crime, particularly drugs and prostitution. A few years ago it was
even called smack Ali but residents have said that name is out of date
and no longer deserved although it can be a difficult place to lead ``
live. There are dirty needles, blood, drugs, guns, prostitution. It
is not good. You do get police coming down every now and again to
stop domestics but it is not too bad. Most of them did move out. It
is not clear if this death has any connection to the crime problems in
the area. A postmortem was taking place this afternoon as the
investigation continues. The East Midlands has a Premier
League football team again. After ten years out of the top flight,
Leicester City were promoted at the weekend without even playing. It's
good for sports fan of course but some are predicting it'll mean a big
financial boost for the local economy and for jobs too. Kirsty
Edwards reports. After all the celebrating, it is
back to business here at the training ground today. Off the
pitch, this promotion is big business for the whole city. It is
not just the players and the club that will benefit financially.
Having a team in the top flight has huge benefits. One study carried out
when Swansea were promoted to the Premier league showed 400 new jobs
were created and there was a huge boost to the economy. There have
been some studies that suggest places around the size of this one
might benefit from 40 or ?50 million worth of business, maybe a number of
new jobs. Whether you are a football fan or not, the news at the weekend
is something to give a big lift to the city. You will get a lot of
business coming through with the fans and what have you. It is good
to see because it is a nice city. We are not really known, are we,
Leicester? It will bring more people into the city when the home matches
are on, that is for sure. The profile of Leicester is set to be
raised, not just here in this city `` country. Premiership football has
an international profile which is very important for Leicester because
we want to be noticed in the UK and around the world. It is good news
for the economy of the city because inevitably brings business to our
city and profile to our city and it brings investment and jobs and all
of those are very important as well as what happens on the field.
Hitting the jackpot on and off the pitch, no wonder the champagne has
already been flowing. In other news tonight:
Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking urgent talks with the
Government and UK Coal over the threatened closure of the county's
last deep mine. 600 jobs are under threat at
Thoresby Colliery. UK Coal announced it'll shut the site by next Autumn,
after it ran into major financial problems. The County Council says
closing the mine would have a devastating impact on the community,
where unemployment and levels of deprivation are above the national
average. The managing director of the
Derby`based train`maker Bombardier is leaving the company. Francis
Paonessa helped the firm win a ?1 billion Crossrail contract. He's
moving to Network Rail to become the new head of infrastructure projects,
where he'll be helping to deliver the electrification of the Midland
Mainline. The M1 in Leicestershire was closed
for over two hours today after a lorry crashed into the central
reservation. The air ambulance was called to the scene just south of
Leicester this lunchtime and the driver of the lorry was taken to
hospital. His injuries aren't thought to be life threatening.
Those are pictures from a viewer there.
I was the viewer, I was there at! Next tonight, astonishing pictures
of the risks people take and the damage they do when they trespass on
our railway lines. Last year alone there were more than 500 incidents
in the East Midlands and it's expected to get worse as the schools
break up for Easter. Jo Healey investigates the latest tactic to
try to keep youngsters safe.v Still to come:
look at the risk they are running. Trains can travel up to 125 miles an
hour and take a mile and a quarter to stop. We have had a number of
fatalities in the East Midlands. They race `` they weigh 400 tonnes
so they cannot stop easily. This attack happened locally as well at
this trespassing. He is walking his dog, just some of the reasons why
safety trains have returned to the East Midlands. This looks like any
normal train but it is staffed by officers from British Transport
Police, and by staff from network rail. Their job, if they see
anything that is going on that should not be like trespassing is to
stop the train straightaway and get out there and deal with it. Today
they are patrolling this line. There were 57 reports of trespassing and
vandalism on this line alone last year. On tracks across the East
Midlands there were 500 incidents, with 14 reported just last week. The
delays they cause cost Network Rail ?1.3 million a year in
compensation. They do talk to children in schools about this kind
of thing and now they have the safety trains. We want to catch the
people who think it is OK to take short cuts or play chicken or put
obstructions on the line. We were responding to a fraternity last week
and people were trespassing nearby at the same time. Caution, fine,
jail, all penalties that people do this sort of thing can be faced with
but they are hoping that the Newbridge rolls. Them in their
tracks. `` the new patrols will stop them in their tracks.
Still to come: A winner by a mile. This is Pineau de Re romping home in
the Grand National. We'll be speaking live to owner John Provan a
little later. After the downpours today, what are
the odds of some sunshine later tomorrow? Place your bets, I will
have a tip`off for you. Now, the economic recovery's under
way, but most of it's happening in the south. One way East Midlands
companies are being urged to put that right is by exploiting the
world's emerging markets. Places like India, Turkey, Brazil. Brazil's
in the spotlight as the host of the World Cup but it's also seeing its
own economic miracle, one that could help create jobs here. In the first
of a special series, Mike O'Sullivan travelled to Brazil to see how the
South American nation's destiny could be closely entwined with ours.
They call the Brazilian super city of Sao Paulo the New York of the
tropics. It is a World Cup venue, place for World Cup protest as well.
It is big. 13 million people and big on business. Doing business in Sao
Paulo means getting around the city's legendary traffic problem.
Some Brazilians do that by helicopter and this building has a
helipad 24 stories up. Can our businesses get lift in this economic
powerhouse to make their export ambitions take flight? Six
businesses and organisations have come here on a four`day trade
mission from the East Midlands. This is their market briefing from UK
Trade Investment, the government agency that setup the trip. This
businessman is from a company based in Leicestershire. Back home the
firm employs 11 people, making specialist cooling equipment for
everything from laboratories laser printers. We have to export. The
market in the UK is pretty saturated. We are doing OK in the
States and that will continue to grow but we must find growth
elsewhere. Many companies are not making Brazil are high priority.
Around ?160 million worth of manufactured goods were exported to
Brazil from the East Midlands last year. That is up 7%. Brazil is down
in 20 Fourth Place of the list of countries that this region exports
to. It is the same as the national figure. We have set a target to
double our exports and we are determined to achieve that.
Is that really achievable? I think it is achievable. I think it is
stretching but I think it is achievable. Education has been
identified as a growth sector for our universities. The University of
Nottingham has sent out an academic to make links in Sao Paulo and Rio.
They want to attract more Brazilian students and get a share of research
grants for oil and gas. A lot of our research income could arise out of
that development. If you can make it big here, there is huge potential.
Remember this story from the programme about Julius in Leicester
that was protected during a raid by an anti`theft smoke screen? The
smokes green company has returned on its second trade mission. Orders
from banks and other customers have made Brazil its biggest market.
There is a particular type of attack where they use a dynamite to blow up
ATM enclosures. In the UK we have a similar type of attack which we
think is happening often because we had 40 attacks. In Brazil they have
40 a month. There is a chance to network at an evening reception.
This could be a city and country that stretches the horizons of our
businesses. Tomorrow they will look at how the
Triumph motorcycle company is taking part in that Brazilian move.
A Derbyshire businessman hasn't stopped celebrating since his horse
romped to victory in the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. 25
to one shot Pinea De Re won the race by five lengths. Now his co`owner
John Provan, who's a former jockey, is already planning to enter him in
a second National. And tonight the much coveted Grand National Trophy
is right here in the East Midlands. It's at John's farm near Doveridge
and we can speak to him now. John, many congratulations, are you still
celebrating? Yes, thank you very much, we are. I
am afraid I am a bit hoarse after all the shouting on Saturday and my
voice has not recovered. I am sure it will. Nobody can blame you in the
least! What does it mean to have that beautiful trophy in York and
is? It is fantastic. There are an awful lot of people who would give
their right arm to be here today with this trophy. It is the highest
accolade in National Hunt racing. Any jockey, any owner, any train
would want to win a grand trash and `` Grand National on this trophy
represents that. It must have been quite stressful watching the race.
Tell us what you were thinking. There are 30 jumps and everyone is
important. When you come to that last one you are hoping that you get
the biggest and the best jump of the whole race if you are still in the
race and the horse actually made the best jump of the whole 30 fences on
the last fence and it kicked in clear and then it was just following
him home, shouting him home all the way to the line. When you and your
friend Richard Newland bought this wonderful horse from an Irish owner,
did you believe that it could win the big one? Well, there is always
the drain. We had the dream but we thought maybe a Midlands National or
Scottish National but then as the dream unfolded we thought there was
a chance that the horse could actually win a Grand National. You
say that he has the heart of a lion, do you think you could win again?
Well, it depends very much on the handicapper. He is not a very big
horse and if we got too much weight it could spoil his chances. We are
hoping to go back and defend the title and that would be the plan at
this stage. Thank you so much for talking to us and congratulations
again from all of us here. Thank you very much, thank you. Many
congratulations, what a beautiful trophy at is! That is new, isn't it?
Yes I think it is the first time because they have had a change of
sponsor. His is the first name on it!
Time for sport and more on Leicester's promotion to the Premier
League. Yes, earlier in the programme we
heard about the huge benefits of having a Premier League team back in
the East Midlands. It means so much for the City of Leicester, the
football club and fans but what about manager Nigel Pearson. He's
been speaking today at the club training ground.
Celebrations this morning, smiles all around at the club training
ground. Extra media attention as well for interviews with the manager
Nigel Pearson who now wants to lead his team to win the title. It feels
very, very good and a bit of a relief actually. I suppose when you
consider the expectation that has been surrounding us as a club for
quite awhile now, it is nice actually to come in and know that we
have actually achieved a big part of what we set out to do and that is to
gain promotion and now we want to win a trifle. Victory on Friday
night against Sheffield Wednesday combined with repeats `` defeats for
QPR on Saturday means they celebrated promotion as the results
came in. I was in the car and my wife and daughter listen to the
radio. When we got to where we were going it was almost full time and so
it was quite good timing. There has been a togetherness right throughout
the club. I am really pleased for the players and the fans and the
owners and the staff here. A lot of hard work has gone into the season
so far and it would be nice to finish off with a good run. If they
do win their remaining six games they will finish the league with the
highest points tally ever in the championship.
So it's been an utterly dominant season. But how have Leicester done
it? Well, on BBC Late Kick Off tonight there is an exclusive access
all areas feature filmed at the club's training ground, showing the
secrets behind the success. That's on BBC One tonight at 11.25pm.
Well, Derby County and Nottingham Forest have been in the chasing pack
behind Leicester for most of the season, but both suffered setbacks
at the weekend. Jeremy Nicholas reports.
It was not a happy return to Middlesbrough for Steve McLaren. He
took them to a UEFA cup final but if he is to take Derby to the Premier
league it looks like being through the play`offs. There was only one
goal. The defeat leaves Derby 11 points adrift at Burnley. They are
11 points ahead of seventh place. Nottingham Forest are five points
adrift of the play`off places after losing to Millwall. They took the
lead when this shot was deflected in. Stuart Pearce was on the cover
of the programme ahead of taking over as manager in July but they
could do with him now in defence. Millwall's second goal was Lee
Martin's first in four years. It is ten games now without a win for
Nottingham Forest. The home game with port fail looks vital now for
Notts County. They were sentenced to defeat with just one goal later on
as a consolation. Mansfield got all the points at Morecambe as three
wins in a row meant they `` the Stags are 12 and looking
comfortable. Off the field, Derby County have
made an official complaint about local rivals Nottingham Forest.
Derby have told the Football League they are still owed ?85,000 from
ticket sales for the recent match between the clubs at Derby's iPro
Stadium. A Forest spokesman says, the club are going through a period
of reconciliation with their accounts. Once the accounts are all
finalised, all outstanding monies will be paid.
Leicester Tigers Heineken Cup run ended at the quarterfinals stage. It
was always going to be tough for Tigers against Clermont Auvergne
who's home record is incredible. The Frenchmen haven't lost at home for
75 matches. Tigers recovered from 16`0 down to within three points of
their hosts, before losing 22`16. Leicester's Director of Rugby
Richard Cockerill says his players showed effort, pride and character,
but against a very good Clermont side they didn't quite have enough.
Cricket and Beeston Hockey Club are English Champions for the second
year in a row. Congratulations to Beeston Hockey
Club in Nottingham. They are the English champions for the second
year in a row. The Bees won a penalty shoot out against East
Grinstead in yesterday's grand final. That is the sport, what a
weekend! Thank you very much.
A question, are you one of the 3 million people glued to Great
British Sewing Bee on BBC Two? I have to confess that I am not.
That does not surprise me! I should be.
You will know that tomorrow night is the final and the final includes a
lady from Leicestershire. She is Heather Jacks. She says the
show has rekindled her love of needlework and she now plans to set
up her own selling charity. Amy Harris has been to meet her.
The Great British Sewing Bee has seen amateur so was putting the
needle and thread skills to the test. They are down to the final
three and they include Heather Jacks. It has been fantastic because
everybody has come at the job from a different angle, different ideas and
we have sort of spun off each other. It has been a really good
experience. Head teachers dress large but sowing has always been her
big pastern `` passion but it started out and it has out in the
city rather than choice. My father died when I was 12 and left us
basically penniless. I had already got a sewing machine from my aunt
and that was it, I could not afford anything so I made everything.
Heather's success has inspired her to turn her hobby into much more.
She has got plenty of sewing projects on the go and she is also
setting up a charity to pass on her skills to the next generation. At
the moment sowing is being elevated to the exotic and it is not. I
learned to sell at school and it has seen me through life. It is a
brilliant skill to have. Tomorrow night we will find out whether she
has won but for Heather the real reward has simply been taking part.
Fingers crossed, Heather! Yes, that is really nice.
Sowing charities have extraordinary. It does.
Now to a woman who does not even embroider the truth. Here is Kate
with the above forecast! embroider the truth. Here is
We have had some really lively weather around with squally weather
which did not last for long but it did make us stop and look. It
happened twice today with a weather front pushing in this morning and
another one following closely behind this afternoon which is the one that
brought the heavy downpours. It is clearing out of the way now and
behind it we are pulling in cooler and threat `` fresher air.
Temperatures are turning cooler. Temperatures `` pressure is building
from the South so things are settling down. It will be a lot
drier and brighter tomorrow with decent spells of sunshine into the
afternoon. The wind will stay quite strong and blustery. You can see on
the radar picture the squally weather we have had earlier today.
It is just about clearing our shores today and it will clear to the east
in the next few hours. We will be dry for the first half of the night
with clearer spells but the wind will strengthen and blowing a few
showers later on during the early hours of the morning. Decent clear
spells in between with the cooler and fresher air in place so things
turned cooler tonight. We will just about escape the grass frost thanks
to the strength of those wins. It will be dry and bright tomorrow with
sunshine and just a few showers here and there. As pressure starts to
build in the afternoon it will squeeze out the showers and it will
look pretty decent. Decent sunshine coming through. It will stay quite
trust `` blustery and the temperatures will be cooler. High
pressure stays close by for the rest of the week. A few spots of rain on
Thursday thanks to a week weather front but generally drier for the
rest of the week. We will be back with more on the