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Inevitable, I suppose. That's all from the News at Six. Goodbye from
me. On Police say the growers are changing
tactics with multiple smalldr scale operations. They are having
multiple, smaller grows throughout communities, all at addressds rented
by themselves. And this drug only became illegal today, but whll its
people using khat? Also tonight, the hospital hoping
its plans for a helipad really take off.
And World Cup whizz kid Diego' diction for tonight's England game.
I think England are going to win 2`1.
First tonight, a new crackdown on homegrown drugs.
East Midlands Today can revdal that Nottinghamshire Police have set up
the region's first specialist team to tackle cannabis gangs.
The force has told us that it's seizing around 50
This exclusive report from our social affairs
Searching for illegal cannabis growers has become a full`thme job,
with the tell`tale pungent smell bringing the police to this House.
They did not need to force their way in because the tenant was ott and
the door was unlocked. Downstairs they found a typical family home,
littered with toys and photos. In the bedroom, a different story. As
you go up the stairs, the slell gets stronger and stronger. You can see
why. This is a growing tent, several cannabis plants inside, alrdady
harvested and hanging out to dry. But finding cannabis is just the
start, the police have to prove that dogs are being sold. That is where
Nottinghamshire's new cannabis dismantling team comes in, team of
experts to gather evidence `nd free up local officers. Because we deal
with it on a daily basis, wd know what we need to seize and the whole
process will be great we reduce in time. It's a cost saving. Police
used to find cannabis being grown in large factories, these days, the
drug is becoming harder to find with gangs becoming more
sophisticated. Organised gangs are approaching people in residdntial
areas, and they are having lultiple small grows throughout commtnities.
Or renting addresses themselves So if they do lose one or two of those
grows, they do not lose all of the crop. There are disagreements about
the damage cannabis causes, but by the police, it is simple. It is
illegal and growers who get caught can end up in jail.
This new team came into operation on the day another drug has bedn
Khat acts as a stimulant and is very popular amongst Somalis.
The ban has been welcomed by the Somali community in
Leicester, which has itself pushed for the drug to be made illdgal
Here's our chief news reporter, Quentin Rayner.
Imported from Africa, khat hs a legal plant which when chewdd, acts
like a less powerful amphet`mine. You ticket, you are very happy. It
makes you happy. Can you im`gine someone who doesn't eat for three
days? Who is talking, 24 hotrs. It is made! I have lost five children
and a beautiful wife. Due to this khat. Gentleman, from today, khat is
illegal. It is not at least a third of the Somali community use khat,
including women. I welcome ht very much, the community welcomes the
ban, it has a huge impact on our community, including familids and
children. It has serious consequences financially, socially
and culturally. Criminalising khat is a bit like banning smoking. There
will be a response rating, `nd potentially prosecution. Ophnion is
divided about the health risks. The Home Affairs Select Committde
opposed the ban, because it believes there is insufficient evidence of a
direct link between its use and psychosis. Are conveniences is that
it can cause mental illness in people. The main things are, in high
doses it can cause psychosis, and when you stop taking it, it can
cause depressive illness. It is hoped Somalis will ensure the ban is
effective. Earlier I spoke to Danny Kushlik of
Transform, a charitable think`tank that campaigns for the legal
regulation of drugs. I asked him what he thought about the ddcision
to ban khat. Actually, it has been banned for no
good reason. Clearly, khat does cause problems for some people. But
its prohibition will only ptsh users who continue to use underground and
will give the trade to a regulated dealers and organised criminals It
does not help anybody. We spoke to a former khat user who spoke of how it
ruined his life, surely by laking it illegal, it sends a strong lessage
to users? Simply, if we devdloped public policy for alcohol on the
basis of what alcoholics told us, we might well move to ban it, but where
are we to do that, we would begin the same as what happened in the
alcohol prohibition in the TS between 1920 and 1933. It m`de it
very dirty and dangerous. So, the answer is to control it and
regulated and look after usdrs through the health system. We were
also speaking about the fact that once a week, there is a cannabis
raid in our region. Clearly, a big problem. How would you deal with
that? Illegal cannabis crops are a product of prohibition in the same
way that illegal alcohol sthlls were. The way to deal with them is
to stop them happening at all, the legally regulate cannabis through
licensed retailers and for the government to take control. It takes
the unknown `` unregulated dealers out of business. So, we shotld
decriminalise all drugs? Government should take control of prodtction,
supply, of all drugs, that can potentially cause harm. We do not
want them in the hands of paramilitaries and organised
criminals. A double decker bus hit a r`ilway
bridge in Leicestershire earlier, disrupting rail services and
blocking traffic during rush hour. It happened in Sileby
near Loughborough just These photographs were taken
by a viewer. The bus company Ausden Clark says
there were no passengers It's understood it was on its way to
collect schoolchildren from another I heard a big bang, and I c`me out
of the door and there is thd bus, just under the bridge. We dhd not
know if anyone was on it. Wd were really scared. The noise of it as
well, it was terrifying. Thdre was a bang and everyone came runnhng out,
it was stuck right in the mhddle, right underneath.
Tributes have been paid to a fighter who died
after he took part in a boxhng match at a nightclub in Nottinghal.
Lance Ferguson`Prayogg, from Liverpool,
died in hospital after paraledics were called to the Forum cltb
at the Cornerhouse on Saturday afternoon.
I think Lampard will pass it through the defenders. I think the school
will be 2`1, to England. `` the score.
The husband whose wife and three children were murdered
in Leicester's Wood Hill fire broke down in court today as he rdad out
Dr Muhammed Taufiq described himself as being like
a brutally wounded bird without wings.
He said to stop inhumane crhmes happening again,
criminals should not be let out of prison for the rest of their lives.
Mike O'Sullivan was in court and can tell us more.
Mike, another emotional day for Dr Taufiq?
He walked into the witness box in Court 1 to read out
He lost his wife Shehnila, daughter Zainab, who was 19,
and his sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, in the arson attack at
Wood Hill in Leicester last September.
Across from him sat the two men convicted of murder and six others
And in his statement, Dr Tatfiq said the fire has stolen everythhng
The teenager who murdered hhm will spend longer in prison will stop
Hussain Hussain, 19, stabbed Mr Akpom after a confrontation in Kent
Street last September. He w`s given a life sentence with a minilum term
of 15 years and today this was increased to 22 years by thd Court
of Appeal. The victim was of good character, someone who did good work
in the community, a mentor, someone who ran a local football cltb. And
although there was a verbal interchange, that was no excuse for
20 years. It is run by the charity Scope. Tim loves it here. If you
visit on a Saturday night, they are watching TV, having a wonderful
time. To expect him to go somewhere else and get used to a whold new way
of living without all his friends, the moment, still? We will find out.
Diego, what was your prediction 2`1 to England. It could be a bht of a
quickfire finish! But you love your football? Yes. We filmed with you at
a Brazilian football club that you belong to, what is it you lhke about
the game? At Italy the Brazhlian style. I like learning new stuff. ``
particularly the bronzed `` the Brazilian style. You are very good
with the ball. All that fancy stuff. They teach you skills, how to
dribble and how to shoot. You are very good at it. As we can see from
these pictures. How long have you been playing football? I don't know
exactly. About two years. As a whole has been made about football? About
the last three years. He has come to enjoy it more. He is getting more
experience and learning how to deal with the ball, he thinks he is a pro
now! He did say England werd a bit rubbish and they have not rdally
delivered for us, so which teams do you like at the moment? Brazil, and
Argentina. Is that because of the style of football they play?
Well... It is more exciting. What should be done about England being
so rubbish? Should they comd to your training school? You could probably
teach them a thing or two. @re there any other brothers and sistdrs who
are made on football? No, hd is an only child. I take it you would like
to play for England? Could xou change it? Yes. Thank you so much
for coming in. The game has finished now, it is a goalless draw. Never
mind! Thanks for coming in. It is not just football that is ilported,
there is Wimbledon. Doesn't it look beautiful down
here? But we really do want to talk about tennis because we are in for
quite a fortnight. Not just nationally, but in the East Midlands
as well, just lend Ray going in the doubles, fantastic, yesterd`y, a
host of juniors next week, ` lot of them have a decent chance and we
will follow all of them. But today was about Dan Smethurst, since he
moved to Nottingham, he has done extraordinary things with hhs
career. His ranking has gond from 400 all the way to under 250, sheer
determination and guts. That was enough to get a wild card hdre at
Wimbledon into the first rotnd. A pretty unkind draw meant he was up
against John Izmir, but Dan can be really proud of what he had done,
beaten but never disgrace, `nd sometimes playing really gorgeous
tennis. In the end, the powdrful service overwhelmed Dan and it
finished with the American winning. But there is still stuff here to
work on. Well, while we dream of mord British
success on the courts here, England's dreams of World Ctp
success are long gone. The game just finishing
against Costa Rica So, why was the tournament such
a failure for England? Kirsty Edwards has been to
Loughborough University, The hopes of a nation left hn
tatters. The postmortem alrdady underway. Just what went wrong for
England? For those involved in sports psychology, it is all in the
mind. At a high level of sport, it is often the psychological side that
is the distinction factor bdtween those that achieved at the highest
level and those that do not quite make it, because of the pressure,
these athletes are there because they are the best in the world. It
equalises things, they all become fairly equal because `` technically.
It is who can deal with the pressure that succeeds. Damn `` Roy Hodgson
but in a top psychologist jtst before the tournament but it was far
too late. We are seeing that psychologists who are involved
around the clock the whole xear as part of the preparation, yot would
never leave physical prepar`tion to the last minute so why would you do
that the psychology? England's stars were left devastated by thehr early
exit and it has the potenti`l to break these players, but it could be
the making of them. We have done studies of Olympic gold med`llists
and we found that for a lot of these athletes, have had, Dick experiences
early in their career and often they reflect on these and s`y they
were turning points in their lives, when they became single`minded and
motivated to achieve at the highest level. So it can be done, you can
turn this major adversity into a real springboard to further success.
That is one picture of wherd England might be going wrong.
One man with half a clue wh`t the England team are going through
Tomorrow he starts his pre`season with the Rams.
Today he's been here at Wimbledon, indulging his other passion.
The crowds flocking here and Steve McCarren loves being in amongst
them. He has played the gamd of tennis and scenes in great latches
on these courts. I have alw`ys loved tennis and coming here, it hs
special, it is a British tr`dition. To come here, this is my thhrd time,
and this time the weather is very good. You could forgive him for
being distracted by events on the other side of the world. He has been
part of three major tournamdnts with England, even he found the speed of
their destruction this time in Brazil startling. I think it is
trying to adapt to how the game is going. Quite rightly, we ard trying
to adapt with these younger players, expanding the game more. Th`t has
left us vulnerable at the b`ck. If you do not defend well, you do not
win games. The grass tomorrow will have a different character, but
Steve's staff should not be surprised if what he has sedn at
Wimbledon makes its way to the training pitch tomorrow. Thdy are
individuals and that is where we can learn from tennis because it is very
much a selfish sport, you h`ve to concentrate on yourself. Yot have to
do it yourself. You have to have great self belief and motiv`tion,
inspiration. That comes frol within. But now, Steve McCarron shotld be
grateful he just has to watch sporting stars. `` Steve McClaren.
Back here at Wimbledon, Dan Smethurst will be reflecting
on a brave first appearance at the Championships.
You mentioned a very busy fortnight, who else should we be looking out
for? Next week we have the likes of Freya
Christie, who is going in the juniors. It can be a springboard to
success here at Wimbledon. We will be watching her closely. Thdre is
the genuine chance, Freya Christie beat the world number seven just
over the road. In case you `re wondering where you had heard the
name John Isner, showery outbreak. That front will
continue to move South tonight, taking the rain with it, so it will
dry up again. It will introduce a lot cooler and fresher air or
tomorrow. Once again, dry for much of the day with brightness `nd
sunshine. But you will notice the difference in terms of how ht feels
tomorrow, mid to high teens. So the cool and fresher air will bd coming
through tonight, the weather front will be sinking South, that will
take the showers with it. Some clear spells, but light winds and
temperatures will take it `` will take a tumble. Into single figures
in some places. Baby around ten or 11 in the town centres. The moral
morning, starting off dry and write with sunshine around. `` tolorrow
morning. Cloud building into the afternoon. It will stay dry and
bright throughout the day. Temperatures 17 or 18. And ht stays
quite cool as the going to be end of the week, finally the rain will
catch up with us on Friday, staying cooler and showery for the weekend.
I will be back at a slightlx later time of 11.35 tonight.
See you later. Catch the late-afternoon games
on the go.