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And now the news for the East Midlands.
First tonight, a teenage neo`Nazi who built lethal
bombs has been cleared of terrorism offences after his
The court heard that Michael Piggin stockpiled weapons
But the jury couldn't agree if he was serious about carrying out
a Columbine High School style`massacre in Loughborough.
Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.
This is a crossbow. Just got it.
Michael Piggin was obsessed with weapons, guns,
This is footage of him testing Molotov cocktails behind
the leisure centre in Loughborough, one of a string
of home`made video clips showing him ranting about fighting Muslims.
We obviously treat this very seriously indeed.
Anything of this type, where a person is putting together
items such as improvised explosive devices, one has to assume that
they can prove fatal, if handled incorrectly.
And if someone has a particular mindset to use them
against other individuals, it can result in the loss of life.
The terrorism investigation was prompted by a search of
Michael Piggin's home. But it was the last thing the police expected.
They came here to look for a knife he used to threaten
They were horrified by what they found.
He had an arsenal of weapons, powerful airguns, a machete
They found detailed plans to repeat the Columbine massacre
In his bedroom, there was a swastika flag on the wall and a copy
of Hitler's Mein Kampf and the room was a shrine to notorious
plastered with newspaper cuttings about killers like Anders Breivik.
He used to come to school with swastikas stitched into his jumper
He was someone who stuck to himself. I think people were
We were so shocked and I think the shock masked
Michael Piggin portrayed himself as a revolutionary.
We are against the Muslim invasion of our country.
And recorded chilling threats to kill Muslims.
This is him spray`painting no more mosques.
He named the local mosque at the top of his list of targets.
But he insisted his plans were just a fantasy that helped him
cope with persistent bullying and the jury could not reach a verdict.
They also heard he had a form of autism
Awareness of Asperger's syndrome is growing
but still many people do not get diagnosed at the appropriate time.
It is really important we do pick up these youngsters so that they
Almost 20 people were named on Michael Piggin's hit list.
They were warned by the police they had been threatened.
The jury found the threat was not real but detectives are
convinced it is a threat that had to be taken seriously.
Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been
Were there any concerns raised about Michael Piggin's behaviour?
There had been several complaints at his school about
his extremist behaviour, the school we're not allowed to identify.
We actually heard from a former teacher there who said
Piggin asked him which gun he would like to be shot with.
There are formal processes for dealing with concerns
like that through what is known as the Prevent programme.
But Leicestershire Police were never told about Michael Piggin
and his school says it is because the complaints it received
and that, essentially, they did not indicate what emerged
This is the second terrorism trial that has collapsed with no verdict.
Essentially because this case was not about what
Michael Piggin did, it was about what he was planning to do next.
He admitted he was making the bombs, he admitted he had
The jurors had to decide whether he was serious about going
At the end of the day, some of them believed him, others didn't.
That is why the terrorism charges have been dropped.
He is now going to be sentenced for less serious explosives
Let us leave it there for now. Thank you.
After 90 years of mining, Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire
has started the slow wind down to closure.
270 redundancy notices have been sent out and will arrive
The Union of Democratic Mineworkers say there's still a way
of keeping the pit open for four years, but UK Coal say it
Absolutely gut wrenching for the people who will be receiving
those letters tomorrow morning, along with their families.
Asking them to come for interviews next week, telling them
Nearly ?17 million could be spent on improvements to schools
The county council says there is a huge backlog of school repairs
Priority is being given to buildings in the worst condition.
The proposals will be discussed by the authority's cabinet on Monday.
One of our major hospitals is to build a multi`storey car park
in the next 18 months to alleviate chronic parking problems.
Queues for the main car park at the Leicester Royal Infirmary
can stretch hundreds of yards at peak times.
Patients and visitors say the time spent waiting to park
We have to leave at least an hour in advance to be on time
If you come in yourself, you don't stand a chance of getting to your
You can queue for half an hour quite regularly.
If you are lucky, like we are at the moment, you're straight in.
Sometimes you can stop here for three quarters of an hour.
The solution is relatively straightforward.
It is to build a multi`storey car park
on the site you can see behind me. There are a couple of alternatives.
There will be some disruption while we do that
because we will lose car parking space, but it will be worth it.
We are looking at a 600`space car park.
Newsnight's starting now over on BBC Two and I'll have more news
I'll leave you with Kaye and the weekend weather.
And fairly decent weekend. I cannot rule out the odd shower. It is
largely dry. There will be more brightness as well. Things are
starting to warm up at last. Not a lot changing for us overnight.
Staying dry. Quite a lot of cloud. Temperatures could slide into single
figures. Most of us, staying in double figures. We kick off the
weekend dry. Quite a lot of cloud in the morning. Cloud breaking up in
the afternoon. It may trigger a couple showers. Most of us will
escape them. A more pleasant afternoon with temperatures up to 17
or 18 degrees. The outlook more sunshine and even warmer by Sunday.
showers into the early part of next week. Enjoy the weekend, if you can.
Now the national outlook. Hello, lots of outdoor plans ahead.
By and large, we are in pretty good shape. A quick look back at spring.
It was the third warmest on record but the dullest May in Northern
Ireland on record. It has been dull across many parts of the UK in
actual fact. Scotland had some sunshine and parts of East Anglia
and the south-east as well. Under the cloud tonight temperatures will
stay well up. But under the clear