30/05/2014 East Midlands Today


30/05/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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First tonight, a teenage neo`Nazi who built lethal

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bombs has been cleared of terrorism offences after his

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The court heard that Michael Piggin stockpiled weapons

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But the jury couldn't agree if he was serious about carrying out

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a Columbine High School style`massacre in Loughborough.

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Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.

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This is a crossbow. Just got it.

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Michael Piggin was obsessed with weapons, guns,

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This is footage of him testing Molotov cocktails behind

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the leisure centre in Loughborough, one of a string

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of home`made video clips showing him ranting about fighting Muslims.

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We obviously treat this very seriously indeed.

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Anything of this type, where a person is putting together

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items such as improvised explosive devices, one has to assume that

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they can prove fatal, if handled incorrectly.

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And if someone has a particular mindset to use them

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against other individuals, it can result in the loss of life.

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The terrorism investigation was prompted by a search of

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Michael Piggin's home. But it was the last thing the police expected.

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They came here to look for a knife he used to threaten

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They were horrified by what they found.

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He had an arsenal of weapons, powerful airguns, a machete

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They found detailed plans to repeat the Columbine massacre

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In his bedroom, there was a swastika flag on the wall and a copy

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of Hitler's Mein Kampf and the room was a shrine to notorious

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plastered with newspaper cuttings about killers like Anders Breivik.

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He used to come to school with swastikas stitched into his jumper

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He was someone who stuck to himself. I think people were

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We were so shocked and I think the shock masked

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Michael Piggin portrayed himself as a revolutionary.

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We are against the Muslim invasion of our country.

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And recorded chilling threats to kill Muslims.

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This is him spray`painting no more mosques.

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He named the local mosque at the top of his list of targets.

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But he insisted his plans were just a fantasy that helped him

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cope with persistent bullying and the jury could not reach a verdict.

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They also heard he had a form of autism

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Awareness of Asperger's syndrome is growing

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but still many people do not get diagnosed at the appropriate time.

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It is really important we do pick up these youngsters so that they

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Almost 20 people were named on Michael Piggin's hit list.

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They were warned by the police they had been threatened.

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The jury found the threat was not real but detectives are

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convinced it is a threat that had to be taken seriously.

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Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been

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Were there any concerns raised about Michael Piggin's behaviour?

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There had been several complaints at his school about

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his extremist behaviour, the school we're not allowed to identify.

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We actually heard from a former teacher there who said

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Piggin asked him which gun he would like to be shot with.

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There are formal processes for dealing with concerns

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like that through what is known as the Prevent programme.

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But Leicestershire Police were never told about Michael Piggin

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and his school says it is because the complaints it received

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and that, essentially, they did not indicate what emerged

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This is the second terrorism trial that has collapsed with no verdict.

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Essentially because this case was not about what

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Michael Piggin did, it was about what he was planning to do next.

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He admitted he was making the bombs, he admitted he had

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The jurors had to decide whether he was serious about going

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At the end of the day, some of them believed him, others didn't.

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That is why the terrorism charges have been dropped.

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He is now going to be sentenced for less serious explosives

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Let us leave it there for now. Thank you.

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After 90 years of mining, Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire

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has started the slow wind down to closure.

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270 redundancy notices have been sent out and will arrive

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The Union of Democratic Mineworkers say there's still a way

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of keeping the pit open for four years, but UK Coal say it

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Absolutely gut wrenching for the people who will be receiving

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those letters tomorrow morning, along with their families.

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Asking them to come for interviews next week, telling them

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Nearly ?17 million could be spent on improvements to schools

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The county council says there is a huge backlog of school repairs

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Priority is being given to buildings in the worst condition.

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The proposals will be discussed by the authority's cabinet on Monday.

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One of our major hospitals is to build a multi`storey car park

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in the next 18 months to alleviate chronic parking problems.

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Queues for the main car park at the Leicester Royal Infirmary

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can stretch hundreds of yards at peak times.

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Patients and visitors say the time spent waiting to park

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We have to leave at least an hour in advance to be on time

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If you come in yourself, you don't stand a chance of getting to your

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You can queue for half an hour quite regularly.

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If you are lucky, like we are at the moment, you're straight in.

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Sometimes you can stop here for three quarters of an hour.

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The solution is relatively straightforward.

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It is to build a multi`storey car park

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on the site you can see behind me. There are a couple of alternatives.

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There will be some disruption while we do that

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because we will lose car parking space, but it will be worth it.

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We are looking at a 600`space car park.

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Newsnight's starting now over on BBC Two and I'll have more news

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I'll leave you with Kaye and the weekend weather.

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And fairly decent weekend. I cannot rule out the odd shower. It is

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largely dry. There will be more brightness as well. Things are

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starting to warm up at last. Not a lot changing for us overnight.

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Staying dry. Quite a lot of cloud. Temperatures could slide into single

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figures. Most of us, staying in double figures. We kick off the

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weekend dry. Quite a lot of cloud in the morning. Cloud breaking up in

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the afternoon. It may trigger a couple showers. Most of us will

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escape them. A more pleasant afternoon with temperatures up to 17

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or 18 degrees. The outlook more sunshine and even warmer by Sunday.

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showers into the early part of next week. Enjoy the weekend, if you can.

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Now the national outlook. Hello, lots of outdoor plans ahead.

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By and large, we are in pretty good shape. A quick look back at spring.

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It was the third warmest on record but the dullest May in Northern

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Ireland on record. It has been dull across many parts of the UK in

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actual fact. Scotland had some sunshine and parts of East Anglia

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and the south-east as well. Under the cloud tonight temperatures will

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stay well up. But under the clear

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