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And now the news for the East of the UK is governed.
And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. A
murder trial's heard how a lother and her three children died in a
fire at their home in a bungled revenge attack. Nottingham Crown
Court's been told a gang of men deliberately set fire to a house in
Leicester because they wantdd to avenge the death of a friend. Jurors
were told they got the wrong house. Sarah Teale reports. The fire ripped
through the house in Woodhill in Leicester in the early hours of
September 13th last year. Inside, sleep and unaware were Shehnila
Taufiq, Zainab, 19, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15. Prosecutor
Richard Latham QC told the lurder trial at Nottingham Crown Court it
was a botched arson attack. He said it was part of a revenge pl`n for
murder just seven hours earlier of 20`year`old football coach @ntoin
Akpom. He was stabbed in thd back a mile away. A gang, friends `nd
associates had witnessed thd attack and they believed 19`year`old Abdul
Hakim had been involved. As retribution, they had intended to
set fire to the home of Hakhm's mum but she lived two doors up from the
family home and they simply got the wrong house. It was a tragedy. The
court heard how petrol had been poured through the letterbox of the
terraced house and was ignited. The fire took hold swiftly and dngulfed
the stairs, the family's only means of escape. One of the firefhghters
said it was the worst domestic fire he had seen in 15 years. Despite
valiant efforts from neighbours and the courage of fire crews, nothing
could be done to save Shehnhla or her children. The husband and
father, Dr Mohammed was in Dublin at the time where he worked as a
consultant neurosurgeon. Thd jury was told he had spoken to hhs wife
and use child individually just before the fire claimed thehr lives.
The gang on trial, Kemo Porter, Tristan Richards, Nathaniel
Mullings, Shaun Carter, Jackson Powell and Aaron Webb are all from
Leicester. Akeem Jeffers is from Leeds and another youth cannot be
identified. They all deny four counts of murder.
Detectives investigating thd disappearance of a Polish m`n,
missing now since January, have now started a murder investigathon.
22`year`old Bogdan Nawrocki was last seen in Radford. Police say they've
found forensic evidence which has prompted the change in the nature of
their investigation. Four mdn have been arrested.
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine LcCann
now know of six new incidents ` since an appeal was made last month.
Madeleine from Rothley in Leicestershire vanished nearly seven
years ago in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region. Police
are now looking at 18 potentially`linked cases, where a
lone intruder broke into villas in the region. The new cases include an
assault on a 10`year`old in 200 in Praia de Luz.
Next, the machine that recycles and returns patients' blood durhng major
surgery. It's called the He`mosep ` and it's made using techniqtes honed
in Nottinghamshire's lace industry. Jo Healey reports.
Julie needed major open`heart surgery. To have it she would
normally need blood transfusions but she is a Jehovah witness. Ghving
blood other than her own is against her beliefs. It was important for me
to have the surgery done without anybody else's blood as a
transfusion into my body. That is where this machine helps. It is
ground`breaking but how does it work? During any procedure, there
will be an element of blood loss. You can take this blood, concentrate
it in a concentrator bag, p`ss it into the blood bag and give it to
the anaesthetist to transfuse back into the patient. It is extremely
useful for patients because they are getting their own blood back and
their own clotting factors. In the past, they would have only got red
cells and the clotting cells would have been lost. This process is
quicker. It could also benefit costs.
Intriguingly, it has been m`de by a family firm at Kirkby in Ashfield
once known for its textiles and lace. It has used their expdrtise to
develop the filters and microscopic meshes needed to help patients like
Julie. It is wonderful. The device itself helped my surgery, mx
recuperation afterwards. Shd is one of the first patients to usd the
machine. Doctors in Nottingham are part of its first ever UK trials but
interest is growing across the world.
A Nottinghamshire police officer wrongly convicted of rape h`s been
suspended from the force despite an order to reinstate him. Trevor Gray
was sacked and jailed beford clearing his name during a retrial.
Earlier this month, the Polhce Appeals Tribunal ruled he could
return to his job. The Forcd says he's been suspended from duty
pending a gross misconduct hearing later this year.
A safety warning tonight about e`cigarettes. A fire chief says some
might overheat during battery charging. Kim Taylor's car was set
alight by an e`cigarette. It caught fire in Leicester after she left the
device charging on the back seat. Fire officers believe some
e`cigarettes could pose a rhsk. Their savings to be no safety cutout
which prevents them to `` there seems to be no safety cutout which
preserve `` prevents them from exploding. Celebrations to lark St
George's Day have seen parades and bell ringings across the region `
they've also, in some places, seen a joint celebration to mark
Shakespeare's birthday St Gdorge himself made an appearance hn
Nottingham city centre. And in Derby, they were marking thd 45 th
birthday of the bard with some patriotic verse. Followed your
spirit and upon your charge cry God for Harry, England and St Gdorge.
That's your news. So goodnight from me. Here with your weather now, it's
Anna Church. We had a largely dry day today but
we have very few sharp showdrs as you head out in the afternoon
tomorrow. The rain will be clearing the way to the East over thd next
few hours and given this a dry end to the night. Tomorrow mornhng, the
mist and fog will lift and clear and slowly that cloud will break through
the morning to give us some sunshine as we go into the afternoon. It is
largely dry. You just need to allow for one or two showers starting to
build. You are fairly lucky if you do get caught up in them. Hdre is
the outlook. unsubtle, so for the time being the
weekend doesn't look grey. Here s Nick Miller with the national
outlook. The weather is going downhill, and
here is why. Weekend weather developments are now to the
south-west of us, low-pressure forming, and this has the weekend
whether written all over it. But first to the weather front we have
now. Still some heavy bursts, maybe with a rumble of thunder,