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start to the weekend, some sunshine filtering through. By Monday feeling
This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.
Tonight, pride in Leicestershire, as a fallen airman is laid to rest.
Parts of Leicester come to a standstill for Flight Lieutdnant
standstill for Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan. He has brought
together a whole entire community together a whole entire comlunity
and he will be remembered as a hero and we are really, really proud of
him. And in Loughborough, there is a
And in Loughborough, there hs a fly`past.
Also tonight, a teenager adlits Also tonight, a teenager adlits
telling police a pack of lies over telling police a pack of lids over
the Leicester house fire murders. Plus, the days are numbered for a
city academy. It is to closd Plus, the days are numbered for a
city academy. It is to closd within two years.
And in the sport, the superbikes tune up for Donington Park as the
tune up for Donington Park `s the Rams tune`up for Wembley.
Good evening and welcome to Thursday's programme.
hundreds of people have attdnded the funeral of Flight Lieutenant
The 29`year`old serviceman died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan
Earlier in the day, part of Leicester came to a
Shops shut and crowds lined the streets to pay their respects.
Victoria Hicks has the first of two special reports on how a colmunity
Hundreds lined the streets, from the young to the old. They came together
to remember Rakesh. They were very sad to hear the news but on the
other side he died as a hero and served his country. At this young
age, he has sacrificed his life for Great Britain and the community and
humanity and I think this is the highest honour we can give him today
for his last journey and so he can rest in peace. He did fantastically
for the country and we are so proud of what he has done. Flanking the
hearse, six friends, as the 29`year`old made his last journey
along Belgrade's Golden mild. Most of the shops closed. An
unprecedented display of respect for a family that has lost so much.
unprecedented display of respect for a family that has lost so mtch. And
a family that has lost so much. And as a private family says goodbye in
the most public of ways, thdy say the most public of ways, they say
they do so because it would have been their son's final wish. For a
young man so committed to his been their son's final wish. For a
young man so committed to hhs life young man so committed to hhs life
in the RAF, his brother says, this is exactly what he would have
wanted. A funeral with full military honours. We wanted to be here today
to show our respect to Rakesh and also to show our support to his next
of kin. Sadly cut down so young in his life, you won't be able to
realise his career, but he will long be remembered as a true hero. From
here, the cortege headed to Loughborough.
The sombre, sorrowful reminder of a war being fought thousands of
And so they came to mourn and to remember a colleague,
a friend, a brother, a son, who died for the country he was
As the cortege arrived, his mum kissed her son's coffin
During the short service, Rakesh's father paid tributd to him,
telling the congregation, we are indebted to you and the
The chaplain, who had known him since he was 11,
said that Rakesh wanted to lake a difference in the world and
After the service, there was a fly`past by an RAF Hawk.
Rakesh's cousins paid tribute to him.
He's a hero and we are really, really proud of him.
Sad but very happy that he lived for the 29 years that he did live to
I was in Afghanistan a week before the accident.
I saw how professional he w`s, saw how highly he was regarded
by the crews that he worked with, and it is a huge loss for us all.
The funeral service was by his school chaplain at his request.
He felt that it was up to him to step up and do the job that he
He felt it made a real difference to the world that
he was doing a good thing and he was doing it with all his heart.
For those here today, Rakesh will always be remembered
as a man with a big heart who was selfless and kind.
A man who everyone is proud to have known.
Still to come, why it's the end of the road
Plus, why this hospital thinks thhs small
device could make a huge difference for patients, even save lives.
A teenager charged with murdering a family of four
in a house fire has admitted lying throughout police interviews.
The botched arson attack in Leicester claimed the lives of a
Today, Nathaniel Mullings s`id it was stupid
But he didn't start the blaze and didn't even know it was going
Sarah Teale has been at Nottingham Crown Court.
Well, it started theatrically, with defence barrister
Dexter Dias QC calling his client to the witness box with the words, "Mr
He then asked the 19`year`old whether had he told the truth to
police in two days of interviews over the arson attack on the
Mullings replied, "I told numerous lies through police intervidws
and it was a cowardly and stupid thing to do but I in these certain
Mr Dias then asked him whether he had known about plans to
firebomb the house in which Shehnila Taufiq and her three childrdn died.
He said, "No, I didn't know but I did know there was a plan to smash
The jury had heard the gang had meant to target
the family home of a man who they believed had been involved
in the stabbing of their friend Antoin Akpom earlier in the evening
And the court had been shown some CCTV
Mullings was asked who it was caught on camera.
He was asked whether that petrol can had anything to do with the fire.
It had been in his boot for several days as a precaution.
He was asked why he'd disposed of it.
He said he was in shock after the firebomb attack and added,
"I was scared and I didn't want to be caught with anything on le".
He also admitted disposing of a phone
because he'd made numerous contacts with some of his co`defendants.
He said when police asked hhm about it all, he was in a desperately
cowardly state and didn't want to admit to anything that night.
And he admitted to the jury he had previous convictions?
In March 2009, he pleaded gtilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He was 14 at the time and it was a fight at school.
He described it as a stupid little feud with
Eight defendants face murder charges which they all deny.
The trial at Nottingham Crown Court continues.
Nigel Farage is to have his dry`cleaning bill paid
by a protestor who threw an egg at him in Nottingham.
Frederick Glenister admitted assaulting the UKIP leader but said
Our chief news reporter, Quentin Rayner, was in court.
Magistrates were shown footage of the moment on May the 1st when
Frederick Glenister threw an egg at Nigel Farage as he was about to go
on a walkabout and greet UKHP on a walkabout and greet UKHP
supporters in Nottingham. They were told Frederick Glenister had not
planned it but when he realised the party leader was in town, hd took
party leader was in town, he took his opportunity and bought some
British eggs. The court heard that 33`year`old Frederick Glenister was
a man of conviction who stood by those convictions. His solicitor
told the magistrates there was a long tradition, rightly or wrongly,
of people throwing eggs at politicians. Frederick Glenister was
politicians. Frederick Glenhster was given a conditional discharge for 12
months. Magistrates told hil he given a conditional discharge for 12
months. Magistrates told hil he had gratuitously degraded the UKIP
leader. He was ordered to p`y 2 0 leader. He was ordered to p`y 2 0
pounds, ?100 of which is to pay Nigel Farage's cleaning bill. But he
says he had no remorse. Frederick Glenister, who has no previous
convictions, was told his bdhaviour convictions, was told his bdhaviour
wasn't acceptable even though the egg was not considered a weapon.
The Metropolitan Police says there'll be a substantial phase
of activity in the Madeleine McCann investigation in the coming weeks.
The force's Assistant Commissioner says it'll be led by police
in Portugal with the involvement of British officers.
Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershhre,
went missing on a family holiday in Praia da Luz seven years ago
Earlier this month, British police arrived in the resort
The number of children being discharged
from Nottingham's hospitals overnight has nearly quadrupled in
two years, despite bosses promising to cut down on the practice.
921 patients aged under 15 were discharged at night
That compares with 241 two years ago.
In total, nearly 5,000 patidnts in Nottingham were sent home between
The Hospitals' Trust says it always acts in the best interest
Voting is under way in polling stations across the East Midlands.
Along with a handful of local elections in Derby,
Amber Valley and Bassetlaw, voters are choosing the five Euro MPs
The result of the European election won't be
known until late on Sunday night, after the rest of Europe has voted.
A troubled Nottinghamshire school deemed to have
"serious weaknesses" by govdrnment inspectors is to close.
It was hoped a new sponsor could be found for the
But today teachers told puphls about the plans to completely shut
the school by 2016, as Emily Anderson reports.
The end of another day at school, but today, the students here have
but today, the students herd have been told their school is closing.
And they were given the news before their parents. I'm absolutely
furious, the fact that I'm having to learn this via a text message from
my son! Absolutely livid that learn this via a text message from
my son! Absolutely livid that it has been via the grapevine! While other
parents `` why won't the parents told first? Why weren't we told at
the same time? It's ridiculous! It was four years ago when the parents
fought a long campaign to kdep the fought a long campaign to kdep the
school open. It was turned hnto an academy under the guidance of the
Trust but earlier this year, it lost control of ten schools, including
Sherwood, because of worries about performance. In a statement, the
executive principal of the trust said he fully understands the recent
frustrations of parents and staff. After the decision to close the
school was taken, the redhead school was taken, the redhe`d
academy trust has been asked to secure a good education for all the
students involved. The decision to transfer to the
redhead academy trust is part of an agreement with the Department of
Education to find new sponsors for academies. It means some pupils will
be offered a place here at the Carlton academy next September.
Years ten and 11 will remain here while they take their GCSEs. After
today's announcement, many parents have been left feeling their fight
four years ago was for nothing. A man accused of murder has claimed
that it was another defendant who carried out the brutal attack
in Derbyshire last year. The prosecution says three people
beat 48`year`old Barry Smith to death before setting light to
his body outside a club in Kilburn. James Roberson reports
from Leicester Crown Court. Four people in all are
on trial here at Leicester Crown Court for what occurred last October
at this welfare club in Kilburn, where a father`of`four was `llegedly
beaten to death and then burnt. It's claimed Vincent Aitken
and his daughter Emma and her partner Nathan Doherty were involved
in the murder, while Pamela Aitken But the courts heard Pamela Aitken
had an argument with 48`year`old Barry Smith which resulted
in her losing her job at the club and the attack on
Mr Smith was in revenge for that. Today, 27`year`old Nathan Doherty
in his defence claimed it was Vincent Aitken who alone attacked
Mr Smith with a pool cue and then Nathan Doherty denies attacking Mr
Smith himself or burning his body. All of the defendants deny all
of the charges Next tonight,
the new technology which it's claimed could save lives, s`ve
hospital staff valuable time and cut Yes, King's Mill in Nottinghamshire
is the first hospital in thd East Midlands to use a hi`tech system to
record key patient observathons That's things like blood
pressure and temperature. As our health correspondent
Rob Sissons reports, they hope it'll mean shorter hospital stays
and quicker treatment. Yes, patient notes, observations,
never far from the patient at the never far from the patient `t the
end of the bed and relatives really should not be looking at thdm but
should not be looking at them but sometimes sneak a look. Herd, things
sometimes sneak a look. Here, things are changing, and some say ht could
save and they say it is already bringing
big differences. Do you feel sick at all? Basic observations are input,
including breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature. It's a lot
quicker, more efficient. We haven't got the mess of paperwork, running
around for notes. One, why are you around for notes. One, why are you
in hospital? I keep falling down. King's Mill is still being closely
monitored. They call it special measures. It is after the unexpected
high level of death how to get out of the fastest flow.
Just last week, four teenagers how to get out of the fastest flow.
Just last week, four teenagdrs had Just last week, four teenagers had
to be rescued from a stretch of the Derwent further downstream hn Derby.
Derwent further downstream in Derby. There had been playing in the river
and they had not realised how deep and stronger currents were, and
became disoriented in a way, away from the bank, so they went to a
place of safety, which was an from the bank, so they went to a
place of safety, which was `n island place of safety, which was `n island
they found halfway down the river. We are getting more and mord
they found halfway down the river. We are getting more and more rescues
from rivers. People on a dax like from rivers. People on a day like
today is the Areva like this and want to jump into cool down. Places
like this, keep away from the water. `` people on a day like tod`y
like this, keep away from the water. `` people on a day like today see
like this, keep away from the water. `` people on a day like tod`y see a
`` people on a day like today see a river like this. I was told to then
take one more step out into the fastest flow and it was a step too
far. I am very heavy but the force far. I am very heavy but the force
of the water took me off my feet but fortunately I was attached to his
three firefighters and safety rope. But of course other people in the
But of course other people hn the river wouldn't be so lucky. ``
attached to three firefightdrs. He said on the phone he did that! I
had no idea! Crikey! Still to come,
here comes the rain again! It was heavy overnight, heavy
this afternoon, and guess what? It will be heavy again tomorrow so
keep your water proves handy It will be heavy again tomorrow, so
keep your water proves handy and the umbrella on stand`by. I will be back
in the dry with your detaildd in the dry with your detaildd
forecast shortly. The studio is surprisingly quiet because it is
surprisingly quiet because ht is that time again.
Coming up in the sport, the latest on the Rams' trip to
Wembley for the play`off final, but it's not all football this week
It's also the biggest weekend in Donington Park's year `
The only British round of the series this year.
And today's the day they opdn it all up to the public.
It is the biggest event of our year and it takes a lot of getting right.
It is on my doorstep so obvhously always look forward to Donington.
Even more so for me this year. always look forward to Donington.
Even more so for me this year. What matters in sport is to allow the
stars to be accessible to the fans. I think I've crashed on every corner
here, so I know what not to do and now I've just got to figure out how
to get fast! Leon is a popular boy around these parts. It is hhs home
around these parts. It is his home track, as you saw there. Derby
County pretty popular as well at the moment. They are off to Wembley in
the play`off final looking for Premier League football over the
weekend. It is a renaissance for weekend. It is a renaissance for
them and for head coach Steve McClaren, and this, a chance that
hangs on Harry Redknapp. He was welcomed back into England football
and he was given the coach's job. It will be an interesting meeting.
Well, ahead of this game at Wembley, so much attention on Derby County
and head coach Steve McClaren. Today, the newspapers are focused on
his relationship with Harry Redknapp. Is a great story for the
media, isn't it? And a fairx Redknapp. Is a great story for the
media, isn't it? And a fairy tale media, isn't it? And a fairy tale
ending to the season. Starthng there ending to the season. Starthng there
and ending up at Wembley as our opponents. Only a short while ago he
was part of the coaching staff at was part of the coaching st`ff at
Queens Park Rangers. How ironic it has come full circle. The former
England manager, one of the most famous faces in the game, will lock
horns in a Wembley showdown. There's a lot of pressure on Queens Park
Rangers to go up. A lot of loney. And we all know the story. I think
they are the favourites. I think the bookmakers make them the favourites.
They've been in great form. Had a good run. A young side full of
energy. A good team. Attire at the QPR press call, Harry said he did
not regret giving Steve a route back into English football. `` today at
the QPR press call. He was great when he was here. But you always
knew he would work somewherd and knew he would work somewhere and
when the opportunity came. That was the understanding and obviotsly
the understanding and obviously Derby, it was a job he couldn't
resist. I'm looking forward to a cup of tea and a big hug at the end, no
of tea and a big hug at the end no matter what happens. Now the talking
is over, Steve McClaren is on the brink of one of the richest matches
in football and a return to the Premier League.
So, Derby County, superbikes. Plenty of other sports news as well! Lets
give you a round`up. A new addition give you a round`up. A new addition
to the Leicester City team sheet. The fans favourite Martin Btzza
The fans favourite Martin Buzza Lasky has agreed a new one`day deal
as the club get ready for lhfe Lasky has agreed a new one`day deal
as the club get ready for life in as the club get ready for lhfe in
the Premier League. `` one year the Premier League. `` one xear
deal. In Nottingham, they are gearing up to welcome some of the
best cyclist in the world, `s gearing up to welcome some of the
best cyclist in the world, as the city plays host to the milk race
this weekend. 60,000 turned out last year and Ed Clancy being among the
men taking part, it promises to be quite an event.
The crowds are out to here at Donington. Not for me! For people
like this man. We have adopted him even though he is French. Do you
regard this as your home tr`ck even though he is French. Do you
regard this as your home tr`ck now? Definitely. I'm only about 20
minutes down the road. So for me it is very much feeling like a home
race. We have fans supporting and coming at the weekend so I feel at
home here. You are sitting well in the championship. How do you
home here. You are sitting well in the championship. How do yot think
the championship. How do you think it is going? We have some strong
races. It has gone well. Two wins. So it is going well. Competitive and
So it is going well. Compethtive and there's a lot of fighting going on,
so the first top five riders are very close. You've had a mixed time
after that dramatic high side. Yes, it was going well until I r`n out of
talent! And then irony hurt myself. But, yeah, when conditions are
talent! And then irony hurt myself. But, yeah, when conditions `re hard
like this and tricky, a loss of water, then a smaller `` small
water, then a smaller `` sm`ll mistake is very costly. But so far
things are working well. We see you here on the podium at Donington?
things are working well. We see you here on the podium at Donington I
here on the podium at Donington? I hope so. There are many British
riders and they are not going to make it easy, that's for sure! Thank
you so much for joining us. Despite the accident, very much one of our
own, and looking to get on the podium here at Donington Park. And
it's going to be a big weekend podium here at Donington Park. And
it's going to be a big weekdnd all it's going to be a big weekdnd all
around for sport. The Wembley around for sport. The Wembley
build`up is all tomorrow. It's a huge weekend for sport.
In all sorts of respects. As we hand over to the weather, we havd
In all sorts of respects. As we hand over to the weather, we have been
getting reports from Lincolnshire Fire Rescue Service, who say a
number of properties have bden flooded in South Lincolnshire in
just the last few hours. These just the last few hours. These
pictures were taken by Andrdw in pictures were taken by Andrew in
market deepening. He says hd took market deepening. He says he took
them at the height of the storm Areas of Bourne also suffering from
Areas of Bourne also sufferhng from the downpour. It seems to be
Areas of Bourne also suffering from the downpour. It seems to bd the
south and east of our region which has been particularly affected, so
that there's that out. A lot of water there! Crikey! Let's get the
latest. Yes, you are right, particularly
fantastic storms and rainfall, and we are expecting further rahn
fantastic storms and rainfall, and we are expecting further rain and
we are expecting further rahn and heavy, scattered showers throughout
the day tomorrow with the chance of some thunder again. So a warning for
heavy rainfall remains in force for the rest of the season becatse
heavy rainfall remains in force for the rest of the season because of
standing water and localised flooding, so something to bd
standing water and localised flooding, so something to be aware
through the next few hours. Through the day, we actually had sole
through the next few hours. Through the day, we actually had some fairly
the day, we actually had sole fairly decent dry weather to start. The
rain started to move in at `bout mid`afternoon time with particularly
heavy rain out towards the East. mid`afternoon time with particularly
heavy rain out towards the Dast As heavy rain out towards the Dast As
we go through the next few hours, we had the risk for some heavy,
thundery showers. They start to clear away for time this evening
clear away for time this evdning before we see another band of
showers pushing through again, before we see another band of
showers pushing through agahn, with showers pushing through agahn, with
the risk of the odd rumble of thunder, so further heavy rainfall
expected and minimum night`time temperatures of 10 degrees. First
thing tomorrow morning, the best of the dry weather will be out to the
East tomorrow as we continud to have East tomorrow as we continue to have
these showers rolling in ovdr these showers rolling in over
Leicestershire, Derbyshire `nd even Leicestershire, Derbyshire `nd even
Mansfield, so if you are in Nottinghamshire and out towards
Lincolnshire, you should sed dry Lincolnshire, you should sed dry
spells, particularly in the afternoon, and some long spells
spells, particularly in the afternoon, and some long spdlls of
afternoon, and some long spells of sunshine. If you are lucky to get
the sunshine tomorrow, we're sunshine. If you are lucky to get
the sunshine tomorrow, we'rd looking the sunshine tomorrow, we'rd looking
at highs of 17 or 18. The low pressure is with us Friday hnto
pressure is with us Friday into Saturday and that is set to bring us
further heavy rain and, you guessed it, thundery showers! So if you are
heading to Wembley or staying here, be prepared, as it is looking rather
unsettled. But briefly improving by bank holiday Monday.
I'm glad you said that! It has been a conveyor belt of wetness! A lovely
picture behind us. You are back for the late news? Yes.
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