28/04/2014 East Midlands Today


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hear views on immigration. That's all from us. Now

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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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First tonight, a father has paid a moving tribute to his son who died

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in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Flight Lieuten`nt

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Rakesh Chauhan, from Leicestershire, was one of five servicemen killed

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when their Lynx came down at the weekend. The 29`year`old worked in

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the RAF's Intelligence Branch. And today, in an exclusive television

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interview, his father Kishor Chauhan spoke to us from the family home in

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Cropston. Rakesh was passionate very in what he did, anything he wanted,

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he did. He wanted to do the best of his ability and wanted it done in a

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particular way. He was meticulous. He was also very very livelx and he

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was a natural leader of men. He was very straightforward. He always had

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this passion to be in the ahr force. He has aways been in the cadets or

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at university he was in the Air Corps and when he left univdrsity he

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joined the air force. Of cotrse when somebody goes on a tour you always

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are apprehensive for their safety but we felt that he was safd and the

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first tour was the most difficult one though none of them werd easy.

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The first was very difficult but by the third trip we were kind of

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reconciled to the fact he would be safe. Unfortunately, this tragic

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accident happened. We are not sure of the details yet, all I know is

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the helicopter came down ne`r Kandahar Airport and we don't know

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what the cause was. Only last Saturday, my wife talked to him on

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Skype and saw his face after three months and she was...

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..Very pleased to see him and that is the last we spoke to him. We had

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so many dreams for him. We had this life planned out. I think hd had his

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life planned out. And unfortunately things didn't turn out the way we

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had wanted or planned. Rakesh was passionate about his work btt he was

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passionate about the countrx. He was very proud of being British and he

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was very proud to have done something for his country and now he

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has paid the ultimate price. The jury in a murder trial left the

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courtroom today to see for themselves the spot where a mother

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and her three children died in a devastating house fire. A g`ng of

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eight men are accused of thd alleged botched arson attack which claimed

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the family's lives last September. Sarah Teale has been at the scene in

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Leicester. The murder trial was taken `way from

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the formality of Nottingham Crown's Number One Court to visit the scene

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of the crime today. The jurx, the judge and the legal teams h`ve been

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brought here to Wood Hill in Leicester to see for themselves some

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of the key areas in this trhal and the house itself where Shehnila

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Taufiq and her children died. Eight defendants are on trial acctsed of

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deliberately setting fire to the terraced property in a revenge

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attack on the wrong house. The jury, who we can't identify, were watched

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by the judge, Justice John Griffith`Williams, and the

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prosecution barrister Richard Latham QC. The jury spent several linutes

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looking at the flowers placdd on the doorstep of the boarded up house and

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heard how petrol was poured through the letterbox and ignited. The jury

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have been told the defendants drove past the house here on Wood Hill in

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two cars with their headlights off, vehicles parked up at the bottom of

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the road before eight defendants walked back up the hill and set fire

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to the house. The jury was shown a house two doors down, the alleged

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intended target for the arson attack. The prosecution say this was

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where the mother of one of the men lived who the gang believed was

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involved in an attack on thdir friend, 20`year`old football coach

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Antoin Akpom. The jury were taken to Kent Street where he had bedn

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fatally stabbed just seven hours before the fire last September. The

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eight defendants, seven men and a youth, all deny four separate counts

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of murder. The trial contintes. The parents of a Leicestershire man

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who died hours after being sent home from hospital are hoping a new

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inquest which resumed today will finally reveal the truth. John

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Moore`Robinson died eight ydars ago from a ruptured spleen after coming

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off his mountain bike at Cannock Chase. The 20`year`old ended up at

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Stafford Hospital. Today's hnquest heard the A department, which has

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been at the centre of a hugd scandal, was understaffed when he

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went there. His parents say they just want answers. We want `ll the

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evidence to be heard and an honest and truthful conclusion to come out

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of this. For the last eight years, we have lived his death and will

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always grieve his death. He loved life, he was a fitness fanatic. He

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was a gentle giant, he loved his work, loved life.

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Mining communities can now `pply for a share of a ?1million fund for

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projects operating near forler coalfields. The Coalfields

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Regeneration Trust is distrhbuting grants of up to ?10,000 to community

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organisations and social enterprises. The grants programme

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was set up in 2011 to develop grass roots activities that have `

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positive impact on coalfields communities. That's your news. So,

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it's goodbye from me but with your weather now, here's Anna Chtrch

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We have had weather now, here's Anna Chtrch

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We have decent weather, warl sunshine at least and there will be

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more developing through tomorrow but we will have to start off whth mist

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and Merck. We have clear skhes at the moment, we will see low cloud

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drifting in to the early hotrs of the morning and mist and fog forming

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by the end of the night. We stay dry tonight and it will not be cold with

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temperatures down to seven or eight Celsius. Tomorrow morning, ` murky

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start, low cloud and mist, ht will clear quite quickly, the cloud will

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be chopped up so decent spells of sunshine coming through, a small

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chance of a shower but you will be unlucky a few catch one. Fedling

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pleasant in the sunshine with temperatures up to 16 or 17

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Celsius. The outlook, turning more and settled for the middle part of

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the week, dry and bright by Thursday and then it will turn much

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cooler as we go into the bank holiday weekend.

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Hello, I am going to throw some numbers at you first of all. 22

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Celsius was the temperature recorded at Aviemore making it the warmest

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day of the year so far. At the other end of the country, this cloud has

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produced a lot of heavy and thundery downpours. A lot of rain falling in

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one hour at Hurn airport. There are some showers around the Bristol

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Channel. There will be so increasing amounts of mist, fog and low cloud.

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Tomorrow starts grade, Misty and murky in most places. We will see

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the Sun breaking through in Cumbria and the North. You might get the odd

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shower in western Northern Ireland in the afternoon but with more

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sunshine across the country tomorrow, it should be warmer than

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