11/04/2014 East Midlands Today


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age of 68. That is all from us. There is a

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first look at And now the news for the East

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Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn. A teenager from Loughborough has

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denied preparing a terrorist attack in his own home town. Today, Michael

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Piggin told the Old Bailey he was influenced by the Columbine High

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School killers. But he only wrote about repeating the attack `s a way

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to cope with bullying. Our social affairs correspondent, Jerely Ball,

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was in court. Michael Piggin was giving evidence

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for the first time in this trial. He went into the witness box wdaring an

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Arctic Monkeys t`shirt and puietly took the jury through his shde of

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the story, led by questions from his barrister. The central plank of

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Michael Piggin's defence ` that he was simply a bullied teenagdr who

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fantasised about killing as a coping mechanism but who never intdnded to

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go through with it. He said he was influenced by the Columbine killers

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and admitted that he felt sorry for them because, like him, thex'd been

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bullied. And he talked about a central piece of evidence in this

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case. Those detailed notes he wrote called Plans And Tactics For

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Operation: The New Columbind. His barrister, Ali Bajwa QC, asked, "Is

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this a genuine plan?" Michadl Piggin replied, "Of course not". And he was

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asked, "Did you approve of what they did?" The teenager said, "Of course

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not, no". He was also asked about this evidence ` a petrol bolb test.

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He said that was something he did with his friends, simply for

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entertainment. He said he collected air guns and knives because it was

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cool. Finally we heard about videos where he made threats on behalf of

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the Urban Revolutionary Armx. Michael Piggin suggested th`t was

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just teenage bravado. Next week he faces questions from the

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prosecution. The Leicestershire`based Rosemary

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Conley Food And Fitness company is terminating contracts with `ll

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franchisees across the country. The business is already in

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administration but a lack of cash coming in has prompted the love

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Simon Ward has more. It's a famous brand that is getting

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into difficulties. Already hn administration, parts of thd company

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are up for sale. Now it has been revealed more than 120 franchisees

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who run Rosemary Conley Food And Fitness clubs are having thdir

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contracts terminated becausd some were not paying regular fees. The

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business requires an income from management services fees paxable by

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the individual franchisees. A number have not been able to pay for one

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reason or another. That means the company cannot continue providing

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support to franchisees. Sharon Perdue is one of the franchhsees in

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Nottingham. She has operated for 19 years. We have been going to classes

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for the last ten weeks, tryhng to keep the smile on our face. The last

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week, Rosemary told us on Monday that we would be able to walk away

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from our contract. Yesterdax, we knew the date, which will bd the

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17th of April. That was a bht of a relief because we had been hn limbo.

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Then it was a little scary `s well. Rosemary Conley herself is

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travelling out of the UK but spoke on the phone. Discussions are

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ongoing with a number of parties who are interested in taking thd

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franchise operation forward. If that doesn't work out, there is ` real

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opportunity for franchisees to be able to use my name under lhcence.

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Administrators hope the company founder is right and someond steps

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in to rescue the business. A man's appeared in court, charged

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with the murder of a woman hn the Normanton area of Derby. Yvdtte

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Hallsworth was found dead on Sunday morning at the back of housds on

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Hartington Street. The 36`ydar`old died of stab wounds. 18`year`old

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Mateusz Kosecki appeared before magistrates in the city tod`y. He'll

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appear again at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

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Police have released CCTV c`ptured in the weeks before the

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disappearance of a Nottingh`m man who's been missing now for over

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three months. 22`year`old Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in J`nuary in

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the Radford area of the citx. Detectives want to hear frol anyone

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who may have seen him. At a press conference last week his sister made

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an emotional plea for his rdturn. Now, she was as proud of Lehcester

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as Leicester was of her. Today a host of tributes have been paid to

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Sue Townsend, who's died agdd 6 . Born and raised in the East

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Midlands, Sue used the region for the setting of her most famous work

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` the Adrian Mole series. Aly Harris reports.

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Hapless hero Adrian Mole brought to life on TV. He is the creathon of

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Leicester's Sue Townsend, whose hugely popular diary series follows

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him from adolescence to mattrity, all set in and around her home

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city. She charted social history in an ordinary town that wasn't London

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over the course of 30 years, and all the changes. And also, she hs

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without a doubt a national treasure. Adrian Mole made Sue Townsend's name

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but her hero was originally called something else. And at the

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University of Leicester's lhbrary lies the evidence. This is one of

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our prize possessions, actu`lly One of our star items. This is the only

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draft manuscript of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole although you will

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notice at the top here that it is actually headed The Secret Diary Of

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Mole Maul Aged 14 And Three Quarters. `` Nigel Mole. Shd

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originally wrote the character as Nigel. Born in 1936, Sue achieved

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worldwide success following the publication of Adrian Mole books but

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she had suffered from ill hdalth for some time. She was left blind due to

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diabetes and died at home after a stroke. She was able to touch

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people's hearts through her storytelling because she was witty,

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funny and she represented rdal people. She was such a real person.

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Her honesty came across in her books, which have entertaindd,

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enchanted and inspired millhons of readers. She will go down in history

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as the South Wigston schoolgirl who gave Adrian Mole to the world.

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Newsnight's over on BBC Two now asking if the Pistorius tri`l makes

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TV cameras more or less likdly in British courts. Here though, that's

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your news, so goodbye for now from me. Here's Anna with your wdekend's

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weather. We have had a lovely spring day

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today and we expect more sunshine this weekend. It should be largely

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drive. Overnight tonight we have clear skies. Maybe some missed in

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sheltered spots `` mist. In rural spots it could be as low as to Max

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Celsius. `` two. Tomorrow wd will see some high clouds turning

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sunshine hazy and then some light patchy rain in the early afternoon.

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Still a good deal of dry we`ther on Saturday. A south`westerly breeze.

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Sunday looks like a dry day and we will probably see the best of

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sunshine then. Here's your outlook for

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UK, Alex Deakin has the National forecast for you. Good night.

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Good evening. This weekend should be a little brighter than last weekend.

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Most of us will see spells of sunshine. Across northern Britain as

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well as any sunshine there will be a brisk breeze developing some rain.

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In the south, generally it should stay dry with spells of sunshine. In

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the South at the moment we have largely clear skies. Hence another

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cold night. Further north, the wind is increasing and the cloud bringing

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persistent rain across western Scotland. The breeze, rain and cloud

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keeping it miles. In the south again, five - six, in towns and

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cities. In rural areas, not far off freezing. A chilly start to the

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weekend. Generally sunny across the south. It will cloud over through

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the day but we should hang on to sunny spells across East Anglia and

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the south-east. The sun has got some power in it, it will start

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