02/05/2014 East Midlands Today


02/05/2014

The latest news, sport and weather for the East Midlands.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 02/05/2014. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

This is East Midlands Today. Tonight ` hundreds pay their

:00:00.:00:10.

respects at the funeral of Leicester author Sue Townsend.

:00:11.:00:17.

Among those at the packed service, the actor who played Adrian Morley,

:00:18.:00:23.

her best`known creation. She looked after me. She was on set every day.

:00:24.:00:28.

She got that guided me through the whole thing.

:00:29.:00:37.

Also tonight, a man is convicted of `` a man is arrested on suspicion of

:00:38.:00:44.

rape at a children's home. And with more and more East Midlands

:00:45.:00:48.

people wanting allotments, should current holders consider dividing

:00:49.:01:02.

their plots into. Good evening and welcome to

:01:03.:01:05.

tonight's programme. First tonight, hundreds gathered in Leicester this

:01:06.:01:08.

afternoon to pay tribute to the life of the Leicester author Sue

:01:09.:01:11.

Townsend, the woman who gave us Adrian Mole. Her family chose to

:01:12.:01:14.

hold a public funeral service at De Montfort Hall, in the heart of the

:01:15.:01:19.

city she loved. Sue was described as generous and kind with a wicked

:01:20.:01:22.

sense of humour. Geeta Pendse reports.

:01:23.:01:30.

An iconic cultural venue befitting a woman who put Leicester on the

:01:31.:01:34.

literary map. Sue Townsend's family, friends and the public

:01:35.:01:41.

attended the funeral service. While cameras were not present, audio was

:01:42.:01:46.

relayed to mourners outside. Extracts of her work were read out.

:01:47.:01:52.

She was not scared of death, but she was not ready to die. She loved life

:01:53.:01:57.

too much. She loved Leicester and the overflowing home that she had

:01:58.:02:03.

made off a corner of it. She loved trees,

:02:04.:03:53.

Jeremy Ball, is there for us tonight. What do we know about this

:03:54.:03:59.

arrest? Well, this arrest follows a complex police investigation, into

:04:00.:04:02.

more than 50 abuse allegations, going back to the 1970s. It involves

:04:03.:04:08.

a children's home that closed eight years ago. You can see it is fenced

:04:09.:04:15.

off. I understand that a man in hiis fifties has been questioned on

:04:16.:04:18.

suspicion of raping a child at Beechwood. He's subsequently been

:04:19.:04:26.

bailed pending further enquiries. And the offence is alleged to have

:04:27.:04:30.

taken place in the early 1980s. And Nottinghamshire Police haven't said

:04:31.:04:32.

whether the man they've arrested worked at Beechwood. But the police

:04:33.:04:35.

have made clear they're still following other lines of inquiry.

:04:36.:04:38.

They're said to refer to a significant number of potential

:04:39.:04:42.

suspects. And their investigation has already been extended to four

:04:43.:04:45.

other children's homes in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. And

:04:46.:04:47.

there's been another development in this case today, hasn't there? Yes.

:04:48.:04:53.

Separately to the police inquiry, we've discovered that 26 former

:04:54.:04:55.

residents have been awarded compensation after claiming they

:04:56.:05:03.

were sexually abused. That's come out of a Freedom of Information

:05:04.:05:06.

request we made about the Beechwood inquiry. Together, the City and

:05:07.:05:09.

County Councils have paid almost ?250,000 so far. They say a

:05:10.:05:17.

"significant" number of other claims are still being considered. And

:05:18.:05:22.

because of that, they can't go into more detail. But they've made it

:05:23.:05:25.

clear those settlements have been made without any admission of

:05:26.:05:31.

liability. Thank you. Still to come ` will the weather

:05:32.:05:41.

behave? Yes. With high pressure in charge,

:05:42.:05:47.

there is no need to put the bank holiday weather on the naughty step.

:05:48.:05:52.

I will have the details later. An inquest into the death of a GP

:05:53.:05:55.

who had been diagnosed with postnatal depression has concluded

:05:56.:05:58.

she didn't intend to take her own life. There was a huge search for

:05:59.:06:03.

Elizabeth Kinston when she vanished from her home in Nottinghamshire

:06:04.:06:09.

last November. Her body was found two weeks later. Our Health

:06:10.:06:17.

Correspondent Rob Sissons reports. This was a very tragic and high

:06:18.:06:21.

profile case. She was a very well liked and

:06:22.:06:26.

respected GP and she worked in Derbyshire. When she vanished from

:06:27.:06:31.

her home at Beeston in Nottingham, it was learned that she was

:06:32.:06:35.

diagnosed with postnatal depression. Police looked at hours of CCTV. Her

:06:36.:06:41.

family appeal for her return. The inquest heard that she had a history

:06:42.:06:46.

of mental problems. She confided in her family and her GP but nobody

:06:47.:06:51.

knew the full picture. If they had done, she may have got the help she

:06:52.:06:56.

needed. Then came the call nobody wanted. Her body was found in

:06:57.:07:01.

grassland and yet taken a toxic mixture of medication. `` and she

:07:02.:07:09.

had taken. Elizabeth Kinston had begun to act irrationally, fearing

:07:10.:07:14.

neighbours were spying on her. Her husband did not want to say anything

:07:15.:07:19.

today. The inquest concluded that there was no evidence that she plans

:07:20.:07:24.

to take her own life, so there was no suicide. She had been looking

:07:25.:07:28.

forward to a family holiday in South Africa with her husband and children

:07:29.:07:32.

who had kept her going through her illness.

:07:33.:07:35.

A man has been charged with common assault after the UKIP leader Nigel

:07:36.:07:39.

Farage was hit by an egg in Nottingham. 33`year`old Frederick

:07:40.:07:41.

Glenister from Radford has been bailed. He's due before Magistrates

:07:42.:07:46.

in Nottingham on the 22nd of May. Meanwhile Mr Farage cancelled a

:07:47.:07:49.

walkabout in Cambridgeshire today following yesterday's incident.

:07:50.:07:55.

A Nottinghamshire family, forced to live in different countries for the

:07:56.:07:58.

past ten months, are to be re`united. Gill and Herb Reagan from

:07:59.:08:02.

Carlton were separated when he was deported to his birthplace ` America

:08:03.:08:07.

` due to visa problems. They had been returning to the UK after

:08:08.:08:10.

spending a decade volunteering in South Africa. An appeal judge has

:08:11.:08:14.

now ruled in their favour ` meaning Herb could be reunited with his wife

:08:15.:08:20.

and three sons within weeks. A jury has heard how a man was

:08:21.:08:24.

beaten to death and set alight outside a Derbyshire social club.

:08:25.:08:28.

Three people are accused of murdering Barry Smith last October.

:08:29.:08:32.

The attack on him was described in court today as "savage and

:08:33.:08:41.

merciless". Navtej Johal reports. Barry Smith was a traveller who had

:08:42.:08:47.

put down roots in the village in Derbyshire. He had only been living

:08:48.:08:51.

there a few years before he died outside the social club last October

:08:52.:08:57.

where he was a regular visitor. The visitor at Leicester Crown Court

:08:58.:09:01.

heard that a week before he died, Barry Smith was involved in an

:09:02.:09:05.

argument at the Kilburn welfare social club with the `` with a woman

:09:06.:09:12.

who racially insulted him. She resigned her post and the

:09:13.:09:15.

prosecution alleged that it was the loss of her job which led to her

:09:16.:09:19.

husband, also a steward at the club, their daughter and her

:09:20.:09:27.

partner, to kill Barry Smith in the early hours of Sunday morning when

:09:28.:09:32.

they were alone at the club. All three are charged with murder.

:09:33.:09:37.

Pamela Aitken is charged with assisting an offender. The

:09:38.:09:41.

prosecution described what happened as cold, chilling and brutal

:09:42.:09:45.

revenge. He told the jury how the forensics pathologist documented

:09:46.:09:53.

dozens of sites of recent injury and drag marks on the ground leading to

:09:54.:09:58.

where the body was found. He said a fence post had been used in the

:09:59.:10:03.

attack and Mr Smith had had his face smashed in before being set alight.

:10:04.:10:08.

All the defendants deny the charges. The trial continues.

:10:09.:10:11.

Fire`fighters in the region have escalated strike action in their

:10:12.:10:14.

long` running dispute with the government over changes to their

:10:15.:10:19.

pensions. They started three consecutive days of industrial

:10:20.:10:22.

action today ` with an overtime ban next week, too. One Fire Service

:10:23.:10:26.

trained up what it calls "contingency operatives" as cover.

:10:27.:10:30.

And they were soon in action. Mike O'Sullivan reports.

:10:31.:10:39.

Midday at Central Fire Station in Nottingham. The beginning of five

:10:40.:10:43.

hours of strike action. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union asked that

:10:44.:10:49.

walking out over proposed changes to their pensions, including pushing up

:10:50.:10:54.

the retirement age to 60. This is the start of strike action over

:10:55.:10:59.

three days. We are putting the public in danger. We don't want to

:11:00.:11:03.

strike. This is the government putting them in danger. We are

:11:04.:11:07.

fighting for our rights. There will be a 12 hour stoppage on Saturday.

:11:08.:11:13.

Then on Sunday, a five hour strike from 10am. It is the first time

:11:14.:11:16.

there have been three consecutive days of action. In Nottinghamshire,

:11:17.:11:24.

the service has recruited 24 of what it calls contingency operatives to

:11:25.:11:28.

help senior officers provide cover during the strikes. They were soon

:11:29.:11:32.

in action this afternoon. They helped to rescue a woman from a

:11:33.:11:36.

kitchen fire in Mansfield Woodhouse and helping to rescue a woman

:11:37.:11:40.

motorist after a car accident nearby. We have recruited from the

:11:41.:11:46.

local population. We have given them basic training and kit `` on our kit

:11:47.:11:52.

and our appliances. And they are working alongside professional

:11:53.:11:56.

firefighters and officers. I sincerely hope we don't get a major

:11:57.:12:00.

incident because those people will be in danger. This is a highly

:12:01.:12:05.

skilled job, firefighting and these people are in danger. The Derbyshire

:12:06.:12:11.

and Leicestershire services had nose a difficult call out this afternoon

:12:12.:12:17.

but fire chiefs are urging people to take care over the bank holiday

:12:18.:12:22.

weekend. `` their services had no significant call`outs.

:12:23.:12:26.

People in the East Midlands are being urged to report on an illegal

:12:27.:12:30.

abuse of young women. The issue of Female Genital Mutilation is

:12:31.:12:32.

difficult for many, but it's a subject that health workers and

:12:33.:12:35.

others have to confront. Police have announced they'll be at airports

:12:36.:12:38.

this year to stop parents taking their daughters abroad for the

:12:39.:12:41.

procedure. One victim has been speaking to our reporter Simon Ward.

:12:42.:12:51.

Educate them. And when you educate them and they know better, they will

:12:52.:12:57.

stop and realise that this is you is not going anywhere unless they

:12:58.:13:03.

change themselves. She knows what she's talking about. This girl was a

:13:04.:13:06.

little girl in Somalia when she became a victim of genital

:13:07.:13:09.

mutilation. Now her organisation in Leicester aims to prevent it from

:13:10.:13:12.

happening to others. I was actually very young. I was 11 at the time I

:13:13.:13:19.

had it done. It was an experience that I will never forget and if I

:13:20.:13:23.

can make a difference by raising awareness, you know, I would love to

:13:24.:13:31.

do that. And for the last 21 odd years, I have been doing my best to

:13:32.:13:37.

raise awareness of FGM. These care workers are role`playing to explore

:13:38.:13:43.

the issues. `` these health workers. The origin of FGM in some African

:13:44.:13:47.

and Asian countries are not about medical issues but many except it is

:13:48.:13:51.

about male dominance over women in some cultures. `` many access it it

:13:52.:13:56.

is about male dominance `` many except it is about male dominance.

:13:57.:13:59.

This legal firm says it is working on one case to prevent the abuse of

:14:00.:14:03.

a girl. Passports can be taken away and legal powers used before a court

:14:04.:14:07.

case and before anyone is hurt. I think for family lawyers, the

:14:08.:14:10.

prevention side that I'm keen on, I think it is lack of knowledge. I

:14:11.:14:14.

don't think many people are aware that they can come to a family

:14:15.:14:17.

lawyer. The public can do that, not a government agency. It is a taboo

:14:18.:14:21.

subject but by talking about genital mutilation, more girls can grow up

:14:22.:14:29.

naturally, without interference. Still to come ` mixed feelings for

:14:30.:14:33.

fans on the final weekend of the football season.

:14:34.:14:37.

And allotments on alert. We report on a plan that would see allotment

:14:38.:14:41.

holders give up half their plots to help reduce the waiting list for

:14:42.:14:51.

land. Now, in under three weeks' time

:14:52.:14:54.

we'll be voting in the European elections. After yesterday's

:14:55.:14:58.

campaigning in the East Midlands by UKIP, today it was the turn of

:14:59.:15:02.

Labour. The party will be hoping it can gain a second MEP. From Derby,

:15:03.:15:11.

Simon Hare reports. Time is running out for voters to

:15:12.:15:17.

make up their minds. Today in bark `` in Derby marketplace, Labour

:15:18.:15:22.

began its campaign for this month's Euro elections. Among those

:15:23.:15:27.

gathered, the sitting Labour MP, Gladys Wilmot. She joined other

:15:28.:15:33.

candidates who she hoped would join her in the European Parliament.

:15:34.:15:37.

Among them, Rory Palmer, who is second on the list of Labour

:15:38.:15:41.

candidates. Let's have a good campaign and best of luck in local

:15:42.:15:48.

elections, too. Last time out in the Euro elections, the Conservatives

:15:49.:15:51.

were the biggest vote winners in the East Midlands. But if there is a

:15:52.:15:57.

swing away from the Tories, Labour hopers `` labour is hoping that it

:15:58.:16:01.

is not just UKIP who will go up in the polls. I hope people will turn

:16:02.:16:08.

out. I think people don't understand the importance of this election.

:16:09.:16:13.

40,000 jobs are dependent on our trade in Europe. It is important

:16:14.:16:17.

during this cost of living rises that we do something about jobs and

:16:18.:16:25.

growth. Should the party's vote go up enough, under the system in place

:16:26.:16:30.

for Euro elections, afterwards Labour will be hoping that it will

:16:31.:16:35.

need a seat for two to accommodate its Euro MVP is for the East

:16:36.:16:43.

Midlands. `` MEPs. There are nine parties standing.

:16:44.:16:54.

I'm tempted to say, something even more appalled and politics.

:16:55.:17:03.

Quite a lot of people who are nervous this weekend.

:17:04.:17:05.

Coming up, the day of destiny for Notts County but first Leicester

:17:06.:17:07.

City's Thai owner Mr Srivaddhanaprabha says he and his

:17:08.:17:10.

father have written off over ?100 million at Leicester. He says

:17:11.:17:13.

they'll invest in the Premier League campaign and will continue to

:17:14.:17:15.

support Nigel Pearson with everything he wants. Natalie Jackson

:17:16.:17:21.

reports. In his grand room at the King Power

:17:22.:17:28.

Stadium, the owner Mr Srivaddhanaprabha says it has not

:17:29.:17:32.

been about money but he and his father have written off millions in

:17:33.:17:36.

the `` getting the Premier League for Leicester City. To write off

:17:37.:17:41.

?100 million worth of debt while you have been yeah? Yes. We love

:17:42.:17:48.

football here and we love the club. For us, we have got the return

:17:49.:17:54.

already. Not in money, but we tried to make the club a success and now

:17:55.:17:58.

we have got a success and we enjoy watching the team in the Premier

:17:59.:18:07.

league. What are your plans? It is for Nigel to decide. I will support

:18:08.:18:13.

Nigel in everything he decides. We talk really openly so he and I are

:18:14.:18:23.

like friends. Did you think about a management change last season? Never

:18:24.:18:27.

thought about that. Never considered a change. So like I said, since the

:18:28.:18:38.

set `` first day that I met Nigel, I felt he was the right guy. This

:18:39.:18:44.

weekend, he is looking forward to being with the fans as Leicester

:18:45.:18:52.

lifted the temperature Trophy `` the temperature Trophy and parade around

:18:53.:19:00.

the city. I will stay and listen to what the fans want and I will try to

:19:01.:19:04.

make the team stronger in the Premier league.

:19:05.:19:07.

Derby still have a chance to join Leicester in the Premier League

:19:08.:19:10.

through the play`offs. But before that, at Leeds tomorrow they can set

:19:11.:19:14.

a new points record for a season. So by way of inspiration this week they

:19:15.:19:17.

welcomed another big record breaker. Former Olympic 400m Champion Michael

:19:18.:19:21.

Johnson was at the club to talk to the players.

:19:22.:19:24.

Now there's no exaggerating just how big tomorrow's game is for Notts

:19:25.:19:28.

County. Their whole future in League 1 is at stake. Almost four thousand

:19:29.:19:32.

fans will make the trip to Oldham. But no one will be more desperate

:19:33.:19:36.

for them to make the great escape than Manager Shaun Derry as Kirsty

:19:37.:19:49.

Edwards reports. This is a man on a mission. A

:19:50.:19:54.

mission to save the club he grew up supporting. I know what it means to

:19:55.:20:01.

be a fan. Being behind that goal there and watching games with my dad

:20:02.:20:11.

and my brothers. It is a great place it is not just a job. He is taken as

:20:12.:20:18.

the bottom. Let's hope he can do on Saturday. He has never given up,

:20:19.:20:29.

even when fans have. We won last night, so all of us are confident we

:20:30.:20:34.

can get a point at the weekend. Just six weeks to go and not `` just with

:20:35.:20:43.

`` just six weeks ago, they looked odds`on to go down. Now they are two

:20:44.:20:48.

points clear of the relegation zone. The goal difference means just one

:20:49.:20:52.

point tomorrow will guarantee their safety. Tell us about the dreamy

:20:53.:20:59.

had? I had a dream about us and the last day. I just remember that

:21:00.:21:06.

Radford beat Tranmere so I hope that that comes true. `` Radford beat

:21:07.:21:18.

Tranmere. The manager beat `` the manager put his stamp on the team so

:21:19.:21:23.

we have every chance. He has to get all the plaudits, hasn't he? I feel

:21:24.:21:29.

this club can go higher than league one. To take a backward step now

:21:30.:21:35.

would be wrong. We have a plan and a vision and I want that vision to

:21:36.:21:43.

start as a league one team. Also playing tomorrow ` Forest who

:21:44.:21:46.

can influence the play`off race at home to Brighton and Mansfield, who

:21:47.:21:49.

could potentially send Bristol Rovers down from League 2. All the

:21:50.:21:53.

best coverage of the day's football on your BBC Local Radio station.

:21:54.:21:58.

Loads of other stuff to mention. Starting with Basketball's Leicester

:21:59.:22:01.

Riders who have put themselves in a tremendous position halfway through

:22:02.:22:05.

their play`off semi final. Opponents Newcastle won the league, but

:22:06.:22:07.

defending Wembley champions Leicester went after them hard at

:22:08.:22:10.

Loughborough and ended the first leg with an eleven point lead. The

:22:11.:22:16.

second leg ` in Newcastle ` is on Sunday afternoon.

:22:17.:22:21.

Down the road Rugby's Leicester Tigers ` who we featured yesterday `

:22:22.:22:25.

go to Sale needing a win to confirm their place in the Premiership

:22:26.:22:27.

play`off. Scrum half Ben Youngs makes his hundredth appearance.

:22:28.:22:31.

Still with Leicester, the city's snooker star Mark Selby is in a

:22:32.:22:34.

World Championship semifinal battle with Neil Robertson. At the end of

:22:35.:22:43.

this afternoon's session, he led nine frames to seven, with the match

:22:44.:22:47.

resuming tomorrow. In cricket, an outstanding signing

:22:48.:22:50.

for Leicestershire as they bring in big hitting New Zealander Scott

:22:51.:22:53.

Styris for the T20 Blast Competition. Meanwhile

:22:54.:22:55.

Nottinghamshire will loan batsman Alex Hales to Worcestershire for the

:22:56.:22:57.

next two County Championship matches. They say he needs first

:22:58.:23:01.

team practice in the four day game. He will return to Notts for T20.

:23:02.:23:04.

And finally, Nottingham Panthers will play in Ice Hockey's European

:23:05.:23:07.

Champions League next season. They've been given a wild card place

:23:08.:23:11.

as the only UK team in the competition.

:23:12.:23:18.

Now, as we approach the bank holiday, thousands of you will be

:23:19.:23:21.

getting out onto your allotments. But here's a notion to fire you up `

:23:22.:23:26.

how about handing over half of your well`tended plot to someone else?

:23:27.:23:29.

Well, given the huge waiting lists for land across the region, some

:23:30.:23:33.

people may say it sounds like a good idea. James Roberson reports from

:23:34.:23:36.

one of our oldest and biggest allotments.

:23:37.:23:43.

Rob Wood considers himself very lucky. He has an allotment. It is

:23:44.:23:49.

the world's oldest and biggest that these allotments could be cut

:23:50.:24:00.

in half to help waiting list. People can split the allotments, we can

:24:01.:24:04.

work with associations to get sites up quicker. Splitting plots might be

:24:05.:24:09.

necessary regionally given that Derby has 18 allotment site,

:24:10.:24:13.

Nottingham 42 and Leicester 45 and all have waiting list of around two

:24:14.:24:20.

years. I think you would get a mixed response. Someone like me would want

:24:21.:24:26.

the full size. Others, as they got older and had less time available,

:24:27.:24:31.

might welcome the idea of downsizing and growing a smaller range of

:24:32.:24:32.

crops. Men are even less tolerant of women

:24:33.:26:13.

than they were before.

:26:14.:28:08.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS