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indecent assault against women and children. That's all from the BBC
News. This is East Midlands Today with
Sarah Teale and me, Dominic Heale. Tonight ` tales of courage from the
front line in Afghanistan. On their final homecoming p`rades,
soldiers described Duarte machine gun teams might come
forward, attack us, we would have to try and identify them. Then engage
them before they could engage us. Also tonight, the thieves who
smashed their way through this door and took thousands of pounds from a
charity that gives to cancer patients.
Plus, a trial run for schools that will serve up millions of free meals
from September. And why crowds have been flocking to
this Victorian sewage pumping station. It is the only place in the
world where you can see beal engines of this size working in thehr
original setting. Welcome to Monday's programle.
Good evening. First tonight,
incredible stories of courage from East Midlands soldiers who've been
welcomed back from Afghanistan. The 9th/12th Royal Lancers were
the last regiment from our region They have been telling us how they
were dropped into enemy territory and cale under
attack from three sides This week, their final homecoming
parades are taking place Our social affairs correspondent,
Jeremy Ball, has this report. A heartfelt welcome from chdering
crowds in Leicester city centre but for the last eight months, the
9th/12th Royal Lancers had ` much more hostile reception in Hdlmand
province, where they were t`rgeting Taliban strongholds to stop
the mounting attacks. We would normally be identifying
Taliban gunmen, rocket teams and indeed,
suicide bombers, and our task was to Soldiers from the Lancers Brigade
Reconnaissance Force were sdnt They were dropped behind endmy lines
from helicopters, usually at night. Once we landed, they would form up
on the edges of us, Two or three machine gun te`ms might
come forward, attack us frol 30 to 600 metres away and we would try
and identify them before thdy could get to us, and then engage them
before they could engage us. We had a PKM team,
which is like a machine gun, Just beyond there, we had some
kind of single round fire. Then, to our far right, there was
some other kind of machine gun. So, you were getting attackdd
from three sides. The first time,
it was a little bit daunting. Obviously, quite scary inithally,
especially for the young lads. It's just about winning
firefighting, then moving on. Other soldiers supported thdm,
using these Warthog armoured trucks, working with local troops
from the Afghan security forces who will soon be defending Helmand
province on their own. It remains pretty dangerous
in depth. In a single day,
we recovered over 2000 rounds of ammunition, a number of suicide
vests, a number of rockets, and that And that took place
in the area where, sadly, The 9th/12th Royal Lancers `ll made
it back from Afghanistan, but two of their soldiers c`me home
to Leicestershire with serious injuries, and this week's p`rades
are a chance to thank them for You've been out to Afghanistan four
times, to report on our troops in
Afghanistan. on the East Midlands Today website,
isn't there? Yes. We've gone back through our
archives from the last 12 ydars to pull together reports th`t tell
a really extraordinary storx. You can follow soldiers
into the heat of battle. You can hear from troops who
suffered horrific injuries, and the stories of men who gave
their lives. And you can also find out how
the war's affected thousands of Like the Caribbean solider who was
informally "adopted" by And the troops who went to
Afghanistan and ended up supporting an orphanage, and even
snapping up some bargains from kids If you want to see more of that you
can, at bbc.co.uk/eastmidlandstoday. Next tonight, patients have
described theives who smashdd their way into a cancer charity
and stole thousands of pounds of The raid happened last night at
the Maggie's centre in the grounds As our health correspondent Rob
Sissons reports, it?s the third time Today has not been great, btrglars
raided Maggie's last night. Cancer patients at the singing class,
putting a brave face on it. It is a service for people who are `lready
suffering. I don't think thd people who did this could get any lower
than scum. The service this place gives affects all of us in
Nottingham. People who do this sort of thing do not realise how much
hurt they are causing us. The thieves forced their way in through
this door, then into the office will stop it was just hours after the
summer affair. They still computers. Basically, all the computers we use,
plus a laptop, and the worst thing for us is the safe, which contained
all the money from the procdeds of the summer there, plus any
contributions made last week. Assist that `` a substantial amount. Anna
had given up her Sunday to sell summer cocktails. We made about ?180
in just two hours. The strawberries went down well. It was international
fashion designer Paul Smith who opened this Maggie's, hoping to
create a homely atmosphere, they had 10,000 visitors last year. This one,
you can really get comfortable in. That is what I tried to do
throughout the building. After three burglaries, the Centre is now
reviewing security with the police. Still to come ` cricket's bhg
guns come to Grace Road. Thousands turn out to see India kick
start their tour of England with a not`to`be`missed
game against Leicestershire. And there should not be any
disruptions to play this wedk, the weather is playing ball for a
change. Summer is well and truly back on track.
A county that's due to servd up an extra 12,000 school dinners a day
from September says it'll bd ready for the challenge.
Nottinghamshire is investing in new equipment and kitchen staff in the
run`up to the introduction of free school meals for infants `
something the Government is paying for.
Mike O'Sullivan's been to one school that's just carried out a tdst run,
They have turned up the heat in the kitchen today at this primary
school. The pressure is on to provide an extra 75 school dinners.
That will be expected every day from September. Then, free school meals
will be introduced for the hnfants. A few more plans, more chopping
boards, we could do with more space, more worktops. New worktops have
been delivered this morning. So we will see. At the moment,
Nottinghamshire serves up around 38,000 school meals a day. That will
go up by around 12,000 per day in September. The county is investing
?1.7 million in kitchen exp`nsions and improvements. And recruhting
another 120 staff. They are pulling out all the stops, but what are the
school dinners like? They are good, nice. What do you like about them?
Pizza. The idea was something of a surprise when it was announced by
the debited Prime Minister late last year. Maybe there were some sceptics
that but they would not follow through. `` announced widelx deputy
Pamina step. But it is good to be happening, hence the trial run. ``
the Deputy Prime Minister. We are very excited about it. We are sure
all the planning is in praise. Free school meals the infants cotld save
parents or carers ?400 a ye`r, cash the County Council believes might be
used to pay for a meal for `n older sibling. Meaning even more school
dinners would be needed. Hundreds of homes
in Leicester were without power for An electricity substation on
Sanvey Gate, near the city centre, It exploded at
around 2 o'clock this morning. Western Power restored electricity
to homes A man has been found guilty of
murdering a Derby bus driver who'd been having an affair with his
wife. David Hunter was found dead outside
his home 38`year`old Heteny Tarsoly hs due to
be sentenced at Derby Crown Court on
Wednesday. Now, six years ago, a long`running
controversy in the Peak District Campaigners celebrated
when plans to re`open an old quarry But now it looks as
if pressure is growing to increase So a new forum's been set up
for interested parties to ahr their differences. James Roberson
reports. It is just a short walk frol the
road to Stanton Moor. Our home thousands of years ago to Bronze Age
and Iron Age inhabitants. Btt the moor has been quarried for
centuries. The Quarry men lhke this. The root of the probldms we
are seeing today goes back to the early 1950s, when open`ended
planning permissions for extraction were given at about five or six
quarries. But now it is a bhg issue because it has ancient monulents,
people love to come here and enjoy it. Yet, these quarried perlissions
are coming onto it. Campaigners want this monument permanently protected.
But quarrying continues near the moor and some residents worry that
the quarry companies want to increase their workings in the
future. It feels that the moor seems to be under constant attack, that it
is going to be mined up to the boundaries of the nine ladids. Other
residents are more philosophical. The quarry has been part of this
area for thousands of years. We need stone to build houses. The first
liaison group meeting of all the interested parties, quarrying firms,
residents and environment groups, has been cheered independently by a
planning expert. It is one of information exchange, the hope that
everyone will have a common understanding of the issues. I do
not expect this to be a meeting where people will reach an `greement
on some things, but is `` it is ensuring there is mutual
understanding. The group will meet three times a year. We witndss a
world first. A Victorian sewage pumping station fires up all of its
beam engines for the first time in decades.
A couple from Leicestershird, who lost their son to cancer
when he was just 13, have bden described as the inspiration behind
Kevin and Fiona Anderson rahsed more than ?100,000
It helped fund a complete rdnovation of the children and teenage cancer
Tom Brown was there as Kevin and Fiona saw the results
The moment their son's dream became a reality.
A playroom on the LRI's children's cancer ward.
Paid for by Kevin and Fiona Anderson's fundraising,
Robbie Anderson died from cancer when he was just 13
He spent more than a year on the ward, fighting the dhsease.
The environment in which the children were being
treated was, er, very, very dreary, and something needed to be changed.
He said, you know, "I like playing Xbox games."
He said, "Dad, if we can get a big TV like I've got at home
on the ward, we could all play together."
And we said, "That's a really good idea.
So, why don't you do somethhng about it, Robbie?"
He said, "Well, I am. I'm going to fundraise."
Just months before he died, Robbie got his TV.
But by now, he had kickstarted a major fundraising project.
Thanks to the Our Space appdal and the Teenage Cancer Trust,
?1.4 million was raised and the ward was transformed.
A lot of our patients have treatment for over three ye`rs.
Some have treatment for shorter periods of time,
So, what we needed to be able to do was create an environment where
they have everything that they could possibly have at home.
Thanks to Robbie, today's patients have Wi`Fi,
games and space for their p`rents to stay, all in their own room.
You dread coming back, because it brings back
But to see how it has changdd, it is amazing.
And on the wall, a permanent reminder of
the Andersons' fundraising dfforts and the dream of their 13`ydar`old
What an amazing thing to do. Lovely story. Time for the sports news
We start with news from Derby County,
because they've secured the future of yet another of their big stars.
Defender Jake Buxton's becole the latest to sign
The three`year deal will kedp the 29`year`old at the Ipro unthl 2 17.
Buxton has been at the club for five years now.
He was almost ever`present last season and his performances
at the heart of the defence earnt him the supporters' club
Now, you don't have to be a cricket`lover to know
when it comes to the big guns, they don't come much bigger than India.
They've just kicked off thehr tour of England with a game against
Despite the on`off weather, thousands
of fans turned up over thred days to see the sporting megastars,
and giving the Foxes a much`needed boost to their bank account.
It's been an all`round free weekend in Leicester.
The fans got to see their cricketing heroes, and a near
sellout crowd at Grace Road means the Foxes are ?100,000 bettdr off.
The Indians travel to Derbyshire later this week
If the turnout here is anything to go by, the Falcons will `lso
It's been exciting to watch, the Indians are a good team.
We are all excited, we're having a great time.
It is a pleasure watching all the Indian bowlers
I'm looking forward to seeing them give England a really good latch,
and hopefully they will win this time.
The Indian legends like Tendulkar and Dravid are no more,
And for this Indian`born dad, it was a truly proud occasion.
He brought his son, Shiv Th`kor here as a boy.
Shiv is now a key player for Leicestershire
Seeing him play against one of my favourite teams
and players I've seen grow tp when I was in India, it's fantastic.
Great, I'm really pleased for him, because he works extremely hard
On day one, Shiv took the whcket of Virat Kohli, one of his heroes.
In my opinion, probably the best player in the world.
So, to get him out was a huge honour for me.
He was being fantastic about it as well.
They're all superstars, almost gods, back home.
But being so humble and down`to`earth,
I've learned a massive amount from them, on and off the fheld
How to behave, how they carry themselves.
The Indian summer has been given a perfect start,
For the tourists, who have so much support here,
it has once again proved to be another home away from home.
Well, there's one game going on today and Nottinghamshire's drive to
go clear at the top of the County Championship was held up by
a ninth wicket stand from Woakes and Wright.
Still not enough to overshadow amazing work
Tennis now, and it isn't just Andy Murray keeping British hopes
Leicestershire's Katie Boulter has put in a fantastic performance to
see her safely through to the second round in the Juniors section.
If any of the current crop of Britain are engineered to m`ke it at
the next level, Katie Boultdr will be top of the list right now. The
Leicestershire teenager broke into the top ten in the world junior
rankings earlier this year `nd today at Wimbledon, she beat her seeded
opponent to become the first British junior player through to thhs
year's second round. I am ecstatic. I went out there believing H could
win and came out on top. But there some disappointment, with Freya
Christie and Harriet Dart, both losing the first round matches. As
for Katie Boulter, she will be back in action tomorrow in the doubles.
She is already itching to gdt back out on the court. It is gre`t to
have nice support, especially `` especially being back home. Every
signal year it gets better. It seems more special every time you come
back. I love coming back here and hopefully, many more to comd.
In athletics, Loughborough's Martyn Rooney and Derby's Will Sharman are
both British Champions after the weekend's competition in Birmingham.
Sharman was utterly dominant in the 110m hurdles, qualifying for the
In the 400m, Martyn Rooney `lso won his place in the European tdam,
but was carrying an injury and says he's determined to run
And in swimming, Derbyshire's young star Adam Peaty couldn't quhte
complete a famous treble at the British Gas Internathonal.
He'd beaten Olympic silver ledallist Michael Jamieson in both thd 50m and
100m breast stroke, but just missed out yesterday in the 200m event
Now, back to the Victorian dra, when four spectacular steam`powered
engines which pumped sewage in Leicester were a source
The beautifully decorated bdam engines were in action
for decades before eventually being switched off half a century ago
Since then, a team of volunteers have lovingly restored
them and this weekend they were back in action at Abbey Pumping Station.
It's a world first, and so, thousands went along to see
the rare sight. Including otr Amy Harris.
Victorian ingenuity showcasdd for the first time in decades. @ll four
original steam engines runnhng once more at Abbey Pumping Station in
Leicester. A rare sight, thought to be a world first. It is the only
place in the world where yot can see this size at beam engine working in
the original setting. We ard excited about it. These huge beam engines
pumped Leicester's sewage from the 19th century right the way through
until 1964 when the station close. That was after years of cardful ``
but after years of careful restoration, they are as good as new
and they are certainly attr`cting the crowds. It is the sort of
engineering and was brought up on. It is nice to see it working again.
It is amazing. I cannot belheve how old they are and that they can still
run so smoothly. It is quitd impressive. You do not see things
like this any more, anywherd else. The pumping station is now ` museum
and boasts a range of science and technology exhibits. This wdekend,
the main attraction was this feat of engineering from Leicester's past.
Something very hypnotic abott watching those!
Nothing like a well oiled m`chine. People often referred to me in that
manner. Can't think why. We had a real struggle with that approach is
this weekend and I had to ptt the central heating on. 16 Celshus was
the top temperature on Saturday afternoon.
But things are on the up, pressure is building once again, keeping
things fine for the next few days. Staying mostly dry for most of this
week. The rain will be back for the weekend. But sunshine, parthcularly
to start. It gets cloudier towards the end of the week. But thhngs are
starting to warm up again. Temperatures into the 20s bx
Thursday and Friday. It looks as though we will see some showers
fading away over the next couple of hours. Any remaining showers will
fade away. It is dry tonight, some clear spells once again.
Temperatures taking a tumbld, down into single figures again in rural
areas. Staying in double figures in the towns and city centres. Tomorrow
morning, a cold start for some, but another bright start with lots of
sunshine. The cloud will buhld into the afternoon, but it will stay dry.
Some sunshine towards the evening and temperatures up, 20 or 21
Celsius. Coverage is rising even higher into Wednesday, the winds
shift round am bringing in warmer air. 22 or 23, lots of sunshine on
Wednesday. But things take ` bit of a turn for the worse on Thursday.
Cloud increasing and winds picking up, it looks as if it will stay
dry, whatever jurors will stay up into the 20s.
Produce will put around, so that we get the sunshine at the weekend
We will be back with the late news, goodbye for now.
If you were there, you'll all get done for murder
We don't have to prove who used a knife any more.