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first look at And now the news for the East
Midlands. I'm Maurice Flynn. A teenager from Loughborough has
denied preparing a terrorist attack in his own home town. Today, Michael
Piggin told the Old Bailey he was influenced by the Columbine High
School killers. But he only wrote about repeating the attack `s a way
to cope with bullying. Our social affairs correspondent, Jerely Ball,
was in court. Michael Piggin was giving evidence
for the first time in this trial. He went into the witness box wdaring an
Arctic Monkeys t`shirt and puietly took the jury through his shde of
the story, led by questions from his barrister. The central plank of
Michael Piggin's defence ` that he was simply a bullied teenagdr who
fantasised about killing as a coping mechanism but who never intdnded to
go through with it. He said he was influenced by the Columbine killers
and admitted that he felt sorry for them because, like him, thex'd been
bullied. And he talked about a central piece of evidence in this
case. Those detailed notes he wrote called Plans And Tactics For
Operation: The New Columbind. His barrister, Ali Bajwa QC, asked, "Is
this a genuine plan?" Michadl Piggin replied, "Of course not". And he was
asked, "Did you approve of what they did?" The teenager said, "Of course
not, no". He was also asked about this evidence ` a petrol bolb test.
He said that was something he did with his friends, simply for
entertainment. He said he collected air guns and knives because it was
cool. Finally we heard about videos where he made threats on behalf of
the Urban Revolutionary Armx. Michael Piggin suggested th`t was
just teenage bravado. Next week he faces questions from the
prosecution. The Leicestershire`based Rosemary
Conley Food And Fitness company is terminating contracts with `ll
franchisees across the country. The business is already in
administration but a lack of cash coming in has prompted the love
Simon Ward has more. It's a famous brand that is getting
into difficulties. Already hn administration, parts of thd company
are up for sale. Now it has been revealed more than 120 franchisees
who run Rosemary Conley Food And Fitness clubs are having thdir
contracts terminated becausd some were not paying regular fees. The
business requires an income from management services fees paxable by
the individual franchisees. A number have not been able to pay for one
reason or another. That means the company cannot continue providing
support to franchisees. Sharon Perdue is one of the franchhsees in
Nottingham. She has operated for 19 years. We have been going to classes
for the last ten weeks, tryhng to keep the smile on our face. The last
week, Rosemary told us on Monday that we would be able to walk away
from our contract. Yesterdax, we knew the date, which will bd the
17th of April. That was a bht of a relief because we had been hn limbo.
Then it was a little scary `s well. Rosemary Conley herself is
travelling out of the UK but spoke on the phone. Discussions are
ongoing with a number of parties who are interested in taking thd
franchise operation forward. If that doesn't work out, there is ` real
opportunity for franchisees to be able to use my name under lhcence.
Administrators hope the company founder is right and someond steps
in to rescue the business. A man's appeared in court, charged
with the murder of a woman hn the Normanton area of Derby. Yvdtte
Hallsworth was found dead on Sunday morning at the back of housds on
Hartington Street. The 36`ydar`old died of stab wounds. 18`year`old
Mateusz Kosecki appeared before magistrates in the city tod`y. He'll
appear again at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
Police have released CCTV c`ptured in the weeks before the
disappearance of a Nottingh`m man who's been missing now for over
three months. 22`year`old Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in J`nuary in
the Radford area of the citx. Detectives want to hear frol anyone
who may have seen him. At a press conference last week his sister made
an emotional plea for his rdturn. Now, she was as proud of Lehcester
as Leicester was of her. Today a host of tributes have been paid to
Sue Townsend, who's died agdd 6 . Born and raised in the East
Midlands, Sue used the region for the setting of her most famous work
` the Adrian Mole series. Aly Harris reports.
Hapless hero Adrian Mole brought to life on TV. He is the creathon of
Leicester's Sue Townsend, whose hugely popular diary series follows
him from adolescence to mattrity, all set in and around her home
city. She charted social history in an ordinary town that wasn't London
over the course of 30 years, and all the changes. And also, she hs
without a doubt a national treasure. Adrian Mole made Sue Townsend's name
but her hero was originally called something else. And at the
University of Leicester's lhbrary lies the evidence. This is one of
our prize possessions, actu`lly One of our star items. This is the only
draft manuscript of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole although you will
notice at the top here that it is actually headed The Secret Diary Of
Mole Maul Aged 14 And Three Quarters. `` Nigel Mole. Shd
originally wrote the character as Nigel. Born in 1936, Sue achieved
worldwide success following the publication of Adrian Mole books but
she had suffered from ill hdalth for some time. She was left blind due to
diabetes and died at home after a stroke. She was able to touch
people's hearts through her storytelling because she was witty,
funny and she represented rdal people. She was such a real person.
Her honesty came across in her books, which have entertaindd,
enchanted and inspired millhons of readers. She will go down in history
as the South Wigston schoolgirl who gave Adrian Mole to the world.
Newsnight's over on BBC Two now asking if the Pistorius tri`l makes
TV cameras more or less likdly in British courts. Here though, that's
your news, so goodbye for now from me. Here's Anna with your wdekend's
weather. We have had a lovely spring day
today and we expect more sunshine this weekend. It should be largely
drive. Overnight tonight we have clear skies. Maybe some missed in
sheltered spots `` mist. In rural spots it could be as low as to Max
Celsius. `` two. Tomorrow wd will see some high clouds turning
sunshine hazy and then some light patchy rain in the early afternoon.
Still a good deal of dry we`ther on Saturday. A south`westerly breeze.
Sunday looks like a dry day and we will probably see the best of
sunshine then. Here's your outlook for
UK, Alex Deakin has the National forecast for you. Good night.
Good evening. This weekend should be a little brighter than last weekend.
Most of us will see spells of sunshine. Across northern Britain as
well as any sunshine there will be a brisk breeze developing some rain.
In the south, generally it should stay dry with spells of sunshine. In
the South at the moment we have largely clear skies. Hence another
cold night. Further north, the wind is increasing and the cloud bringing
persistent rain across western Scotland. The breeze, rain and cloud
keeping it miles. In the south again, five - six, in towns and
cities. In rural areas, not far off freezing. A chilly start to the
weekend. Generally sunny across the south. It will cloud over through
the day but we should hang on to sunny spells across East Anglia and
the south-east. The sun has got some power in it, it will start