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This is East Midlands Today. First tonight: Fears youngsters here are
being drawn into Syria's civil war. While some are volunteering to
fight, community leaders warned disreputable charities are loving
people in. People are being brainwashed. Lots of people are
being killed. Juries are shown CCTV of the fire
that killed four members of the same family.
We on the road to the European elections.
The town where time stood still for three months get its famous clock up
and running. Good evening and welcome to
Thursday's programme. First tonight, worried mothers are
backing a campaign to stop young men travelling to Syria to fight in the
civil war. Today, police and Muslim charities
in Nottingham warned that, while some of these men are volunteering
to fight, others who go to support victims end up being radicalised.
But a Leicester MP who deals with terrorist policing says he doesn't
believe this campaign. Young men from going to war. Our Social
Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.
An appeal to mothers and sisters in Nottingham, an appeal to use their
powers of persuasion to stop British Muslim men from joining a civil war
that is happening thousands of miles away. I am worried. People have been
brainwashed. Lots of Britons have been killed. Going there to fight is
not an option. It will just add to the problems. Getting involved in a
conflict that is brutal and has already cost thousands of lives.
Maybe feel they are under an obligation. I am dealing with a boy
in Nottinghamshire who has ideas about travelling to Syria and I am
going through a process of talking to them. I am worried about him
getting himself killed. Going out there is not what we are
recommending. Police have appealed to women for help. They warned that
people make it back alive could be arrested for terrorism. One
Leicester MP says the strategy won't work. All the evidence suggests
that... The people you need to go to our peer groups. Today's campaign is
being supported by two leading charities. They are sending aid
supplies to Syria. They say that is the most effective way to help
victims. You need to make sure which area you are going to and which
groups are working there. Sometimes people can get misused. It is about
spreading a message. They are hoping it can save lives.
A murder trial jury's been shown CCTV footage of the moment a fire
was started at the house in which a mum and her three children died.
Nottingham Crown Court heard the blaze was deliberately started by a
gang of men who'd wanted to avenge the death of their friend just hours
earlier. But they'd targeted the wrong house. Sarah Teale reports
from Nottingham Crown Court. The house was set alight in the
early hours of September 13 last year. The mother and her three
children. They all died. Their father and husband who was in Dublin
at the time sat in court watching the CCTV being played to the jury.
The footage first shows two cars driving past the house on Woodhill
with their lights switched off. The vehicles parked around the corner
and eight figures are seen walking back towards the house. Then CCTV is
shown on monitors around the court, frames can clearly been seen
flickering at the family home at the fire takes hold. Three figures are
then spotted walking away from `` running away from the scene. The QC
described how a neighbour heard panicking noises coming from the
house, crying noises, and calls for help. It is alleged seven men were
responsible. The jury heard it was revenge for the murder of a
20`year`old man who had been stabbed near by. The gang had targeting the
wrong house, the court was told. The jury was shown CCTV that the man the
prosecution say was the defendants. They say he got out of the car and
dispose of it in a hedge. The court heard how DNA from another defendant
was found on a red cigarette lighter which police officers discovered in
rubble. All the men deny four separate counts of murder.
Seven o'clock is fast approaching, but plenty
two Labour MPs have waded into the debate over a specific type of
mango. As we were telling you last night, Alphonso mangos from India
will no longer be available in the UK from next month. It's after a
fruit fly was found in some imports. East Midlands businesses say they'll
lose thousands of pounds. The Leicester East MP Keith Vaz wants
the European Commission to defer the ban, while Leicester South MP Jon
Ashworth has raised concerns with the Environment Secretary.
A court's been hearing how dead animals were recovered from an
animal sanctuary in Derbyshire. The centre kept dozens of rescued
animals including goats and pigs. It was run by 27`year`old Lindsay
Newell. She's on trial at Stafford Magistrates Court accused of 31
charges of animal neglect. Today, RSPCA inspectors said they found a
dead sheep and pig at the centre in November 2012.
The number of women who are missing vital tests for cervical cancer is
growing faster in the East Midlands than anywhere else in the country.
There's been a 17% rise in missed appointments, according to figures
released today by the Labour Party. Four years ago, there were almost
232,000 women who failed to turn up for the test.
That's now grown to 270,000, an increase of just over 38,500. So
what are the reasons why more women are missing the test?
Here to explain more is our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. There
could be many reasons for this couldn't there?
That's right. You get a letter inviting you for a test and it goes
to the side and it stays there and you forget about it. Easy to do. We
also know that people are sometimes put off by the test itself. Not the
most pleasant thing in the world. It takes a few minutes and is a test
for abnormal cells. It can reveal whether or not there are changes
that can lead to cancer and has been credited with saving thousands of
lives every year since the screening was introduced. Here are the slides
that they analyse that can pick up abnormalities and leads to more
surveillance, surgery that could go on to save your life. Today,
Labour's Shadow Health Minister was clear about what she thought was the
reason behind it, she says problems accessing primary care.
One in three women who missed or delayed their smear test say it is
because they could not get a convenient appointment. We have to
increase public awareness and make those appointments convenient for
women so they don't have to choose between their work and their health.
That is what I would like to see the Government do.
What's been the reaction to Labour's claims? Something of a war of words
today between the political parties. The Department of Health told us and
the work they use is that it is disingenuous to suggest that more
women are unable to access GP appointments for these tests. The
Government stresses they are improving access to primary care,
something labour dispute. Something that everyone agrees with is the
need for more awareness. It is sometime since the high`profile case
of Jade Goody led to a surge in the take`up of these tests.
We should remember how lucky we are to have them.
A trial has been told that a bull is being wrongly accused of killing a
man who walked across a field near Loughborough. The farmer who owns
the animal claims it's a case of mistaken identity. Paul Waterfall is
in court accused of manslaughter by gross negligence for allegedly
allowing the bull to attack 63`year`old Roger Freeman three
years ago. James Roberson reports. Today, Paul waterfall and his wife
arrived at Crown Court. Also there... In 2010, she and her
husband started walking a public footpath across a field. Halfway
across, they were attacked by the prosecution claim able called Zak.
Mr Freeman was killed, Mrs Freeman was seriously injured. Today, Paul
Waterfall told the jury he considered Zak docile. Mr Waterfall
was axed by his barrister whether he saw Zack being nastier. No. Did you
ever have a problem with him? No. Did you ever see any aggression in
him? No. The jury has already heard that not only did Zack attacked the
Freemans, but also three electricity engineers. Mrs Freeman and two of
the engineers said the poll had longhorns, but Zak had no horns. The
defence believes Zak is not the attacker. The jury was told this
defendant could only have been negligent if he knew that Zak was
not safe. It is my contention that Mr Waterfall had no such knowledge.
The trial continues. Traders in a Nottinghamshire town
say they're fighting back after months of chaos caused by the
building of a new tram line. Businesses in Beeston near
Nottingham have been struggling to keep going during the construction
work. But today a new shop opened bringing 20 jobs. Simon Ward is
there now. After months of despair, are the traders more optimistic
tonight? They are. The Government and others
tell us the economy is moving in the right direction, so perhaps this is
a good example of that. Behind me, the work to extreme # extend the
tram network is... It has affected trade. Now people say business is
doing well here. If you go down any High Street, you are likely to see
vacant shops, including here. But with today's opening of a new shop,
business leaders say it is assigned the town is improving. This unit has
been vacant for a while. To have a national retailer wanting to invest
into the town in a time where it is getting a bit of a bad reputation, I
think it is fantastic. It is the opportunities here. It helps people
not have to go to the city centre. It gives people more understanding
of where we are going and we are trying to expand. We are opening all
the time. The ongoing work to extend the
network has caused problems for traders.
This shop has relied on customers who enjoy using an independent
business that started here in 1908. It is now run by a fourth`generation
of same family. On a fine day like today, but when it is raining people
don't want to come because of the roadworks and traffic problems. But
on a sunny day, people make efforts. It is very whether orientated.
With extra shoppers coming year, let's hope the cash will stay on the
High Street. A local MP is leading a campaign for
compensation for local traders who have been disrupted by all this work
that is going on, but interestingly the independent grocer you just saw
said will not be applying for it. The
traders will be happier once the work is finished later in the year.
There's just a month to go until we get the chance to vote for the five
MEPs that will represent the East Midlands in the European Parliament.
But with the Euro constituency so huge, will we even notice there's an
election on? Yes, 400 million people across
Europe will have the chance to vote for the politicians who are having a
greater say over decisions taken in Brussels.
With more, here's our Political Editor John Hess.
A date for your diary ` Thursday May 22nd. Polling day for the elections
to the Europe Parliament. But what powers do our MEPs actually have?
They can vote down the EU's annual ?720billion budget, scrutinise and
propose EU laws. You may have heard of Jose Manuel Barroso. Well, for
the first time, MEPs will elect the next president of EU's government,
the Commission. With a Tintin lookalike and a range
of continental beers, it is hard to believe that this cafe is actually
in the heart of Leicester. Its owner came to Leicester from Turkey. While
he loves Brussels, mention the European Union and he gets all the
Eurosceptic. The way it's going, I don't think the majority are happy
with it. Especially people in England. In contrast, his assistant
wants us to embrace the EU. I think if it could just get friendlier,
more together again... So what will these elections be about? The
economy, jobs, immigration, the environment, even our very
membership of the EU itself. Yet with only a third of us actually
bothering to vote last time, how many will take any notice? I feel
that Brussels rules us almost. But I don't feel that we can make a
difference by voting. We ought to come out of the EU. No, we don't
want to come out, then we'll lose business. Listen... And, Imean, the
shop that I work in, hardly anyone there knows what it's about. Will
you be voting in these elections? Yes. I'm not telling you I'm voting
for. `` who I'm voting for. We have five MEPs:
The system of voting is different. Believe it or not, this is me from
15 years ago in the potting shed attempting to explain proportional
representation. And the Liberal Democrats attracting
14% of the electorate would make the breakthrough.
These elections have not exactly fired the voters' enthusiasm in the
past. If more than a third of us vote, it will be regarded as a
success. And here's the list of all the
parties standing for the European elections in the East Midlands.
Nominations closed at four o'clock this afternoon. UKIP will be unhappy
that a breakaway faction called An Alternative From Europe, UK
Independence Now is fielding a full slate of candidates, and gets to be
at the top of the ballot form. There's another new one ` The
Harmony Party. It's also anti`EU. And with nine parties in total on
the ballot form, we're certainly not spoilt for choice.
Colin is just around the corner, both time`wise and literally with
tonight's sport. And we visit the town where time is
finally moving on after being stuck at tea`time for months!
First, Nottingham Forest. Before Easter, they were 12 league games
without a win, out of the playoff places and looked like going
nowhere. But what a difference two games can make. After successive
wins, they're back in the chase for the Premier League. Angela Rafferty
reports. It has been a remarkable recovery.
Just when it looked like they had run out of time, Forest finally
found some form. Could they still make it to the play`offs?
There isn't really pressure on us. The pressure is on clubs above us to
make sure they stay in the play`off places. Our job is to get there. We
have to concentrate on our own performance. Their fate may lie in
this man's hands. He has played just six games this campaign. He could be
in goal for the games that incorporates the season. We gave
ourselves a chance. We picked up two great results, it may become an
exciting end to the season. That is something you want as a player, you
want to stay involved. Don't give up, no matter what happens. One man
who never gave up hope, believes they can still do it. We're looking
at players and we will give it... We want to put 11 players out there
that fans are proud of and give a performance that a football club of
this size should do. Two points off the play`offs with just two games to
go. If they dare to dream, the time is now.
Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson says he's confident his new
contract with the club will be sorted out soon. He's out of
contract in the summer, but says the team's success should mean it will
sort itself out. I'm not too concerned about the
situation. I've enjoyed doing my job here and I look forward to hopefully
keeping that going. A Nottingham fitness instructor
wants to see pole dancing became an Olympic sport. Kat Humphrey gave up
her steady job as a psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent
University to compete in the sport she loves. She now runs a successful
business teaching pole dancing at gyms across the region. Jeremy
Nicholas reports. Nottingham's Albert Hall at the
weekend and a predominantly female audience watching competitive pole
dancing. Kat Humphrey is one of the best in the country and she wants to
see it in the Olympics. It is another gymnastic art. You've got
the parallel bars, and the uneven bars, it's just another bar, it's a
vertical bar. I would like to show you some of my moves, but, sadly,
Kat has a group coming in. Beautiful. This mother and daughter
have just taken it up. Basically, for my general fitness. I started in
August and I have never looked back. It's great fun. Beautiful. Eight
months ago, I could barely move and thanks to her, it's been amazing
ever since. Squeeze those thighs, straight in the legs. I get quite a
lot of mother`daughter couples. I get older people, young people,
little people and large people. It is fun, we do spend a lot of time
laughing, don't we? There is still a stereotype. It is
unfortunate. It has come a long way since I started. She is on a mission
to improve the image of her sport. She even takes the pole up
mountains. Yes, I was the first person to pole dance on Ben Nevis. I
carried a freestanding pole eight hours. I then danced at the top. I
performed some tricks, I got quite a crowd.
We have had St George's Day, but now it is all about the poles. Either
way, let's salute the flag. And now to the town where time no
longer stands still. For the past three months, Chesterfield's most
famous clock has been stuck at five past six. But the dials on the
crooked spire tower are working again after some lofty repairs to
the 85`year`old mechanism. At 1045, they decided it was high
time Chesterfield got its clock back. A team from the clockmakers
dangled from 90 feet up to attend the hands. Each of the copper hands
that are being reattached way about ?10 and each are covered in 23.5
carat gold leaf. Not having their clock working left the locals in a
spin. It always through us. It would be great to have it back. It looks
really odd without the fingers on. we have stopped looking for so
long. The clock packed up because 85`year`old brass bearings well worn
out. They will last another 85 years on the work we have just done. We
cannot guarantee that something else might go wrong within the next 85
years, but the work we have done, guaranteed for 85 years as a
minimum. The bill could lose ?10,000, but the council say it is
money well spent. People appreciate the clock. People want to see a
working clock on the crooked spire. I think it is worthwhile. Folklore
would have us believe that the crooked spire was formed by a virgin
marrying in the church. Unseasoned wood is a better explanation.
We are expecting April showers to end of the week. Today has not been
bad. We have had 17 Celsius. Thank you to David, this was taken at
Colombo Park. Tomorrow, it is all change. A cloudy story and we are
expecting outbreaks of rain and maybe even some thunder. This
evening, still clear skies around, but as we go through the evening we
starts to see low cloud feeding in from the North Sea. Also some
missed. A cloudy night. The cloud holds temperatures up, lows of eight
Celsius. Cloudy, misty, murky start to Friday, but a dry start. As we go
through the morning, we start to see rain arrived from the south.
Outbreaks potentially becoming heavily towards the end of the
afternoon with a risk of some thunder in rush hour. A real change
in the field to things tomorrow with only a high of 13 Celsius. Looking
at your weekend, here is the low pressure coming in from the West
giving us a spell of rain through Saturday morning. Once it clears
away, it is an improving story. Some sunshine around and they are
scattered shower. On Sunday, typical for the time of the year, sunshine
and April showers. Temperatures aren't too bad. Saturday improves in
the afternoon. Proper spring weather, really.
Afternoon dog walking, not in the morning.
We'll have the latest at 10:25pm. All across the country,
millions of families are waking up to a Britain in which they
find it harder to get on. Whilst the Government keeps
telling people everything is fixed, no longer stops the pound
in their pocket getting smaller or the bills getting
harder to afford. gas and electricity bills have
increased by more than ?300 whilst the energy companies
are making huge profits. not a luxury but an essential
for millions of working families -