20/05/2014 East Midlands Today


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

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evening. First tonight, with just 48 hours before the European and local

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elections, Labour leader Ed Miliband's been in the region, but

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it didn't quite go according to plan. A trip to Heanor in Derbyshire

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had to be abandoned after his train was seriously delayed. Here's our

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political editor John Hess. On the hoof and off the cuff, Ed

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Miliband extends his hand to a young mum in Nottingham on a hastily

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arranged walkabout among shoppers in the city. He was on the look out for

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voters. For any political leader, there is a sense of jeopardy and it

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does not always go to script, especially when a voter like Jason

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wants to speak his mind. I have been made redundant. I have been on

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benefits since due to mental health illness. I spoke to him about this

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country. It used to be great, this country, and now it is not. We have

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had loads of industry in Nottingham and it has all gone. In recent

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opinion polls, the political mood music for Ed Miliband has not been

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particularly easy on the ear for him. These elections must count for

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Labour, especially with a year to go until the next general election. And

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with a few days to go until polling day, Ed Miliband has been off the

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Euro agenda and has been talking about domestic issues which he

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thinks are the priority in this election. At the very least, we have

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got to deliver fair funding for councils... A more formal setting, a

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televised question and answer session with party supporters at the

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University of Nottingham. But his impromptu walkabout among shoppers

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made an impression. Talking to someone in the town centre, Michael,

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talking about his circumstances. `` a man called William. He is doing

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all the right things, as so many people are. He can't make ends meet

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because he's on the minimum wage. We have got to do something about that

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and make that link again between hard work and being able to build a

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future for your family. The Labour leader also ventured to where UKIP's

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Nigel Farage less than three weeks ago was hit by an egg hurled by a

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protester. No need to duck today. The man accused of starting a fire

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which killed a family of four has denied being present at the scene of

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the crime. A mother and her three children died in the blaze which the

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prosecution at a murder trial has described as a botched revenge

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attack. Tristan Richards told the jury he was at his girlfriend's

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house and didn't know about the arson attack until the following

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morning. Sarah Teale was at Nottingham Crown Court.

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Eight defendants are on trial accused of being part of the arson

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attack on the house at Wood Hill in Leicester last September. Last week,

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one of the defendants, Kemo Porter, told the jury 22`year`old Tristan

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Richards was the one who poured petrol over the front door and

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started the blaze. It's alleged it was a botched revenge attack on the

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family home of a man they believed to be involved in the fatal stabbing

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of their friend. Today father of one Tristan Richards took the stand in

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his defence and denied any role in the arson attack. Richards said he

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was at his girlfriend's house around the corner that night. Richards'

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barrister then asked him a series of questions. He was then asked about

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two convictions for drug dealing, one in 2009 and the second in 2012

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when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for possessing with intent

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He was then asked about two convictions for drug dealing, one in

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2009 and the second in 2012 when he was sentenced to 30 months in prison

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for possessing with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin. Under

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robust and at times heated cross`examination, Porter's

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barrister said that case showed Richards was a proven liar. He asked

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him, did you tell the jury you were not guilty? Yes, said Richards.

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Where you guilty? Yes, said Richards. Did you lie under oath?

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Yes, said Richards. The barrister said, you lied then to escape

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responsibility, all the more reason now you are facing a murder charge.

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No, said Richards. Richards and the seven other defendants all deny four

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charges of murdering Shehnila Taufiq and her three children. The trial at

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Nottingham Crown Court continues. BBC Radio Derby presenter Colin

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Bloomfield says he's been overwhelmed with messages of support

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after revealing that the cancer he's suffering from has now spread to his

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brain. Simon Hare reports. At his home in Derby, Colin told me

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he feels as fit as a fiddle. But last June and for the second time in

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his life, he discovered he had skin cancer. It was advanced melanoma. He

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shared details of his condition with the Radio Derby listeners. Today he

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told them tumours have been found on his brain. I asked the doctor, I was

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very blunt, I said, what does this mean for life expectancy? He said,

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we are likely to be talking months not years. It was just completely

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shocking. I didn't expect that at all. But also I have this real sense

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of hope and belief that there is a drug out there, there is a miracle

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that will save my life and preserve my life because I have so much to

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live for. Colin used to commentate on Derby County and on Saturday will

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be at Wembley as a guest of the club. The fans are planning a

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minute's applause to show their support.

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Colin, if you are watching, we wish you well. That is it from me. Now

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the weather. We escaped most of the showers

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today. We should it `` we should escape them tomorrow as well. It is

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staying on the one side. We still have a couple of showers to get rid

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of first. They will clear away in the next hour. Generally a dry

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night. Clear spells. A lot cooler and fresher. Tomorrow morning, it

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will start mostly dry. Quite a lot of cloud. Bright or sunny spells

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later on. Most of us staying dry. Feeling pleasantly warm in the

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sunshine. Light winds as well. As you can see from the outlook, it

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looks as if we will see thundery rain catching up with us on

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Wednesday and Thursday morning. More on that in the national weather

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heavy showers but also sunny spells. Maybe some showers for the weekend.

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Good evening, yet again we are finishing the day with some

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thunderstorms clustered across parts of Cumbria, some torrential

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downpours at the moment, and flashes of lightning. Along the front of

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this weather system, showers have developed. They are pushing their

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way northwards, and will continue to do so, taking the downpours into

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Scotland. Behind that, clearer skies

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