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This is East Midlands Today with Sarah Teale and Dominic Heale.
The pensioner who starved to death after being fleeced
Peter Rose responded to hundreds of letters demanding cash for prizes
and was left penniless. It affects health and the ability to
be alone at home. It can catse an early death. Also tonight, Hman
forcibly searched by five police officers planned legal action.
Plus, the Conservatives are back in business in Newark. And the sun is
out and a sell`out crowd is on its way to Derby. It is time for
cricket. First tonight,
the niece of a pensioner who paid out more than ?30,000 in response to
scam letters says she believes the relentless pressure frol the
fraudsters killed him.79`ye`r`old Peter Rose from Leicestershhre had
been a company managing dirdctor. But the last ten years of
his life were ruined by the hundreds of letters a week he receivdd,
claiming he had won big mondy. Now his niece says scam victims are
addicts, and would like to see psychological counselling for them,
similar to that for alcoholhcs It was in this block of flats in
Wigston, Leicestershire, last November, that the police found
Peter Rose collapsed, thin, wasted and surrounded by piles of scam
mail. He lived alone here for the last ten years of his life but
became obsessed with letters he received telling him he was a winner
if he paid a fee first. His niece told me how it affected thel. They
would be piles of mail and xou would have two push to get through it In
his lounge, there were piles everywhere, even in the washing
machine. He was brainwashed. He believed everything they were
telling him. Eventually, with his mailbox to small to take thd
letters, he had to drive to the sorting office to take them by the
sack load. They have some of the thousands of letters he recdived
will stop it is addressed to him. That is the psychology of it. They
want him to believe he is special and that is what they have
achieved. If you see a lot of this type of mail, it is likely they are
being scammed and you need to contact Trading Standards vha
Citizens Advice. I believe ht is like a drug or alcohol addiction. I
would like it to be recognised as an illness and to give support to
people suffering this abuse. Despite living within a short distance of
food shops, he collapsed from a lack of food and died shortly afterwards
in hospital. Do you think this killed them? I believe so. Hf this
had not happened, he would still be with us.
He says it was unjustified, undignified and over the top.
Wayne McKenzie is planning legal action after being forcibly strip
searched by five police offhcers at a station in Derby.
It's not the first time concerns havd been
raised about strip searches and the confiscation of clothes
An independent inspection has already raised concerns.
It was a little bit scary bdcause I was escorted to the cells, `s I
remember, by about five offhcers, although I was being cooper`tive.
Wayne McKenzie says he took off his top, but says what happened
They made the suggestion of me taking my trousers off and I
refused because I realised they had no jurisdiction to do this to me.
It was described by the polhce on record as minimum force.
It makes me feel, if that is minimum force, what is maximum forcd?
Police can carry out strip searches if they believe someone is hiding
a Class A drug or something that may harm them.
Clothes are confiscated if people are believed to be vulnerable and
Safety inspectors last year said it was happening too often
Wayne got the police footage to defend him
He was found not guilty of a public order offence.
I still have a recurring nightmare about the strip search itself.
I don't feel the same as I was before it.
Derbyshire Police wouldn't comment on the case in detail
as his complaint is currently being investigated.
What are the issues at the heart of this case?
The police have to make somd fine judgements when people have been
drinking. They have to weigh up the risks and use proportionate
responses, so look at what hs the right thing to do in each c`se.
There have been concerns in Derbyshire and this man is convinced
that things were done wrong in his case. We will have to wait to hear
Derbyshire Police's side of things when they have completed thd
investigation. Dozens of staff at Derby's @ssembly
Rooms have lost out on work, The car park was badly damaged
by a huge fire in March. The BBC's learned that more than 50
employees are on zero`hours contracts, whhch means
they aren't getting any work Opposition city councillors say
its own staff shouldn't be East Midlands fire fighters
are to go on strike again. Their on`going national dispute is
over pensions A 24`hour walk`out is planndd
from 9:00am on the 12th of June and a sdven`hour
strike on the 21st of June. Fire service bosses say thex will
continue to respond to emergencies. More than 100 football hoolhgans in
the East Midlands are being stopped from going to the World Cup because
they're serving banning orddrs. Most have had to hand
their passports to police. It's to prevent them getting to
Brazil for the games, Banning orders also mean thdy can't
travel to some towns, or go within a certain dist`nce of a
stadium when their team is playing. Anna's escaped the studio to
enjoy the sunshine in Derbyshire. I'm at the cricket in Derby and the
sparkling skies are perfect for the match. But this is the calm before
the storm. I don't think yot are like the forecast!
A court's heard how relativds of a Mansfield couple shot dead
and then buried in their back garden were dtped into
For years, they received Christmas cards from
But the court heard they'd `ctually been sent by the Wycherley's
She and her husband deny murdering her parents.
The niece who thought her uncle and aunt were alive even though they had
been allegedly murdered 15 xears before. This is where their remains
were found in October, the back garden of their home in Fordst Town
in Mansfield. William and P`tricia Wycherley were allegedly shot dead.
But relatives thought they were still alive and travelling hn
Ireland. In court, Mrs Stevdnson was handed a letter that she sahd she
was handed in 2007 from her uncle, William Wycherley. She was `lso
shown Christmas cards, thinking they were from him. It is claimed there
was a catalytic campaign by the Wycherley family's alleged killers.
Their daughter and son`in`l`w, who denied murder. It is alleged they
shot them to steal money and collected their pensions from
accounts opened using the n`me, eventually selling a house hn 2 05.
It is claimed it took a tot`l of ?245,000. This expert told ` more
about the gun fired. He said the weapon used was a World War II
revolver. He said the victils, each shot twice, would have been facing
the gun at the time. The case continues.
'Straight to work': That was the message from Newark's newly`elected
A few hours after winning the parliamentary
by`election, he was visiting flooding victims in Southwell.
There were no big surprises in the by`election count.
The Conservatives retained the Newark seat although
their majority was more than halved by the UK Independence Partx.
But there was bitter disappointment for others.
This report from our political editor John Hdss.
Little time for a breather or a pint. It was strictly busindss as
the Conservatives' Victor. His first duty was to cut the ribbon, would of
course. `` blue. I am delighted and honoured. It is a challenge. I have
11 months to prove myself. The Conservatives could be said to have
cleaned up in your work. `` in new work. This one here is for Robert
because he was the top one. UKIP's second place was more of a tremor.
We are still on the march. There was satisfaction but Conservatives are
still waiting to get into Westminster. Labour saw thehr vote
for by 5% as they slipped from second to third. 44th safest
Conservative seat was always going to be difficult but we met people
throughout who were turning to Labour. Paul came forth and had more
to smile about than the Libdral Democrats', who slipped to sixth.
One photo said it will be nhce to walk through the market without
tripping over a politician. In a year, they will be setting tp stall
again for the general electhon. How significant is this restlt
for the Conservatives? David Cameron said he wanted to
burst the UKIP double. Nigel Farage said at the outset that he was going
to throw the kitchen sink at this campaign. The reality is, the
Conservatives threw everythhng at the campaign in the prime Mhnister
will be satisfied. Little comfort for the Lib Dems. It is a coalition
party and yet it got barely over 1000 votes, less than 2%. The
Liberal Democrats are saying there was tactical voting going on in
traditional voters voted to stop UKIP. But it makes you wonddr where
UKIP go from here. Remember bus pass Elvis beat them? He only got 87
votes. And there's more reaction
and background to the Newark result in the Sunday Politics with
Marie Ashby and Andrew Neil. A man from Leicestershire h`s been
arrested as part of an investigation into ?10 million
of tobacco duty evasion Illegal tobacco was recoverdd
by officers. Nine arrests were made at dhfferent
places around the country, hncluding Chinese journalists are being given
tours of different film loc`tions One of
the places they went to was Haddon Hall, which appeared in the films
Pride And Prejudice and Jand Eyre. Tourism officials hope it whll
lead to more visitors coming to A Derbyshire woman whose cat died
from antifreeze poisoning h`s started an online petition to try to
remove a chemical from the product. Lucy Stevenson said it has to be
made safer. The RSPCA has b`cked her campaigns.
For Lucy Stevenson, her cats are world.
That's why when her first c`t, Harry, died at Christmas,
AM on Saturday morning and told me he had died and confirmed that
the blood test results showdd that it was antifreeze poisoning that
It is heartbreaking to think that substance is out there and
It smells sweet and so attracts cats to drink it.
Lucy, from Ilkeston, has now launched an online campaign
that she hopes will prevent deaths like Harry's in the future.
I would like to see the manufacturers made
to replace the main chemical content in antifreeze, which is currently
ethylene glycol, to propylene glycol which is far safer
It's an issue that the RSPCA is also concerned about.
The organisation says that pets are being poisoned with by accident
We had almost 600 calls last year, nationally, about poisoning in cats.
In this area, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestdrshire,
we saw about 40 calls last xear so it is a big issue we havd.
There is something that appdals to them about the taste.
It obviously doesn't taste bad to them, so it is
about being responsible and making sure it is kept away from them.
With her petition nearing almost 700 signatures already, Lucy's cause
A support service for bereaved women from ethnic minority
The Bereavement To Achievemdnt project is the first of its kind
Its aim is to overcome langtage and cultural barriers that often get in
the way of help. Rachida's mother died
three years ago. She had no support
and was left feeling isolatdd. I need someone to speak
my language and support me. The Shama Women's Centre saxs very
few women from ethnic minorhty communities access support when they
have lost a loved one because Many suffer in silence becatse
of the expectation that thex are Without appropriate support,
many suffer long`term mental health Doing our research,
we have had women burst into tears and ask why the service
wasn't there for them, why ht wasn't We have a list of women who already
want to receive counselling support. The two`year project has bedn given
a Lottery grant of over ?200,00 . The service will take a holhstic
approach and supporting womdn that will include one`to`one counselling,
group sessions, alternative therapy We are breaking taboos withhn
the Asian community regarding Therefore,
this project will enable wolen to open up and speak about thehr loss
and bereavement and get over it It is hoped this project can help
women who have suffered She says that having it back then
when she lost her mother wotld After the last few autumnal evenings
we've had, it's actually a perfect And lucky Colin is doing just that
at one of the biggest nights This is very much cricket wdather!
You are right to be jealous. Derbyshire are really pleasdd with
the weather. This is a big night. This is the visit of local rivals.
All around, cricket has penned an otter lot of hopes on the T20 last.
They are encouraging lively crowds to jazz the event up even more with
music and fireworks. We are a few weeks in so tonight we are going to
be asking the crowd about cricket's new look and talking to the
chairman. But, amid the hoopla,
it's still sport. Recently, Notts Outlaws havd
produced another one of those. At the age of 27,
great Outlaws performances have propelled the bowler into the heart
of the England One Day side. He's turning out here tonight and
Angela's been to catch up whth him. He is a cricketing success story
that nearly never happened. Released from his contract at Leicestershire
six years ago, he almost gave up for good. In the early years, you
constantly wonder if you're going to achieve what you have always wanted
to. There were times in that period where I did consider my othdr
options. Happily, I am here talking to you. Tonight I will be rtnning on
a cricket field rather than sitting on a train in London. He moved from
Leicestershire two knots saw him growing confidence. His performance
at Trent Bridge sink at the height of the England selectors. Hhs first
cap came against Scotland l`st month. He impressed enough for the
ten to game against Sri Lanka. To walk out with the three lions on
your chest is what you dreal about. To play the whole serious w`s
fantastic. It's a great thrhll for all of us but I am so pleasdd for
him. For now, a return to domestic action. My short`term aims hs to win
the next few games for Notthngham. I would be lying if I didn't say I had
my eye on some games to be selected for. He has done really well. He is
making his point here tonight. Leicester Tiger's Ben Youngs will
start for England in tomorrow's First choice scrum half Danny Care
is still injured. Nottingham tennis player Jocelyn
Raehas become the first loc`l competitor to make it to a final
of the Aegon event in the chty. Rae's into the women's doubles final
with partner Anna Smith after they beat the second seeds
in straight sets last night. And Nottingham is one
of three cities shortlisted to be It's all about innovative w`ys
of getting people playing the game. Nottingham's up against Manchester
and Portsmouth for ?1.6 million Back here at the 3A County Ground,
this big crowd just proves how key T20 is to the financial health
of domestic cricket. Chris Grant is Chairman and
Finance Director here. Chris, how's the Friday Night Lights
thing going overall? It's great. Absolutely great.
Fantastic weather and a sell`out crowd, so that is delightful for us
to see. I think good weather is pushing the crowds. They talk about
success on the pitch is and son Those are the two key ingredients! .
Let's hear from your customdrs. I'm retired and I very much likd coming
out in the sunshine. It is ` great start to the weekend. The w`s had
music and dance is great for the fans to watch. What's better than a
few jars with the boys and the back of cricket on a Friday night?
Everyone is up for a laugh. That is a really positive response. Explain
how vital these games are to you. Absolutely vital. The T20 is about
50% of the whole income for the club. Concentrated on a few nights
like this, you desperately want the sun. What do you do with thhs next
and how do you build on it? The whole idea of Friday nights is a
good concept. People can cole after work, school or college. It is
accessible and that is the whole idea. NatWest put a lot of loney
into this. How do you build the county up? We have work to do here.
This is not Trent Bridge yet, but we have plans for ground development
which will start at the end of summer. We have ?1 million to spend
down here, developing the ground over the winter. We will have the
facilities for people to enjoy next year. It isn't going great on the
field. But it is nice to sed how well it is going for cricket.
I'm very jealous. I have sat in my winter coat at cricket recently
We are expecting heavy, thundery downpours tomorrow. The Met Office
had issued a warning for he`vy rain. 25 millimetres within an hour
as possible but it is hard to pinpoint where the heaviest rainfall
will be. The reason for the conditions is the hot, humid air
from the South. Cold air will come in from the Atlantic on the early
hours of Saturday, which will bring us active, stormy conditions. This
evening, it is dry and it stays this way through the evening. As we head
towards dawn, we start to sde cloud increasing and one or two hdavy
thundery showers. Temperatures should only dropped to 13 Cdlsius,
so it is money. `` muggy. Wd expect, thunder, lightning and he'll
tomorrow, so some very unsettled conditions. Showers end tow`rds the
end of this afternoon `` thd afternoon. Sunday, there is an
improvement. A warm day without humidity and a lot of dry wdather,
but some showers. For now, ht is beautiful here in Derby and what
more can you ask for? That's it from us. See you next
week. The average person moves home
eight times during their life. So that's eight times
we have to move the sofa.