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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Mauricd Flynn.
First tonight, the rise in so called sexting among school childrdn.
With a stark warning that sdnding intimate pictures among teenagers is
a crime. They think it is OK to do that but it is distribution of an
indecent image of that person is under the age of 18. And warning
also for the police tonight. Forces told it risks endangering the public
if it is not properly prepared for budget cuts.
The parents fighting for justice for Jamie, killed on his ninth birthday
by a speeding biker with no licence or insurance. I just want this man
charged with killing my son. We are waiting, two years down the line we
are still waiting. Plus: Brhnging the legend to life. The new Richard
III Centre in Leicester opens this weekend and we have a sneak preview.
Good evening and welcome to tonight's programme.
First, Police say they've seen an `larming
rise in the number of cases of so`called sexting among teenagers.
Officers in Nottinghamshire are so worried they've written to all
secondary schools in the county to warn pupils they're
breaking the law when they send or share intimate images.
And a children's charity saxs it has even become normal behaviour
A sexualised image, sent for fun or flirting, but police say it is
increasingly being done by children, unaware that becatse of
their age it is illegal. Notts's sexual exploitation unit saxs it has
grave concerns about the growth of so`called sexting. We have ` lot of
reports coming through of tdenagers sending indecent images of
themselves to each other and boyfriend /girlfriend scenarios
where they think it is OK to do that but in actual fact it is
distribution of an indecent image of that person is under the agd of 18.
If others get hold of that hmage, there is no knowing where it could
end up. If it is uploaded to the Internet, you will never evdr get
rid of that image. The imagd will be there for ever and it will be there
for other people to view and download and distribute as well The
force has now written to all county secondary schools about the problem,
head of the long summer holhday Childline says a recent survey found
60% of young people had been asked by someone to send a sexual image or
video. 40% have created one and one in four has then sent it. The
charity says it is so widespread it has become the norm. Unforttnately
it is a common problem. The only thing is that we get to hear about
it when it has escalated and people do not know what to do. It hs
important we are here to support them in how to deal with wh`t is
happening to them and how to remove the images from online if that is
the case. As well as giving youngsters practical advice
Childline has developed a free app that is including a number of funny
but harmless pictures that youngsters can send to others who
send them inappropriate images or, if they are asked to send shmilar
pictures of themselves. And there's more information
and advice for children and parents Next, a warning that public safety
could be put at risk, unless a police force replaces more officers
with cheaper civilian staff. Government inspectors say
the Nottinghamshire Police force hasn't done enough to prepare
for future spending cuts. The Derbyshire and Leicestershire
forces have been told they're making But in Nottinghamshire
the inspectors want urgent changes. In a moment we'll be speaking live
to the force's Police and But first let's cross to
Nottingham's St Anne's stathon, and our Social Affairs
Correspondent, Jeremy Ball. So, Jeremy,
why are inspectors so concerned Well, put simply the inspectors
think that the Nottinghamshhre Police are at risk of running out of
money next year and it comes down to whether they can afford to have so
many uniformed officers. Yesterday we heard they were trying to protect
front`line jobs by selling off buildings but today the inspector
said the force would need to cut bobbies as well and this report
pulls no punches. It says the force needs to provide local policing
with... This is one of only three police
forces who have been told that they would need to make improvemdnts
What are other forces doing differently?
There are differences. Most forces have been cutting the number of
uniformed officers, often bx not recruiting behind the bobbids that
retire. It is different herd in Nottinghamshire. They have kept the
quite consistent over the l`st three years and that has happened because
the Police Commissioner says that is what the public wants. A few years
ago we heard that bosses here were raising private concerns th`t the
force could not afford that extra recruitment. Now similar concerns
have been raised publicly in the inspection reports.
How have the gone down with the police?
The force told me today it hs making progress. First of all a nulber of
officers have already been replaced by cheaper civilians doing jobs like
running custody suites and investigating crimes. A whole raft
of jobs being done by civilhans The Deputy Chief con or has told BBC
Radio Nottingham that she is irritated by the report bec`use
inspectors knew that there were further changes in the pipeline and
we have not seen the detail of those plans yet but we could put good
money on the fact that it whll involve fewer bobbies here hn
Nottinghamshire. Paddy Tipping,
the Police and Crime Commissioner The Inspector's report says
you'll have to deliver local So wasn't it irresponsible to make
a promise to protect frontlhne police officers' jobs when ht's
clear that isn't affordable? What the report says is that a
neighbourhood policing has been protected, not preserved across the
country. 16,000 police officers jobs have gone and in Nottinghamshire we
have lost 300 over the spending review. Last year we recruited and
this year we recruited and H anticipate that next year wd will
recruit as well because we want a strong neighbourhood presence in
Nottinghamshire. Experts have said that civilians can take on roles in
a much more cost effective way than uniformed officers and it is
something that other forces are doing you are faced with thd same
problems as Nottinghamshire Police so why are you not doing th`t? We
are doing that and the report says that. It is pretty clear, if you are
investigating IT crime, Intdrnet crime, what you want is not
warranted officer, you want somebody with specialist skills and we are
recruiting those people, we are recruiting specialist inspectors,
inspectors who are looking `t crime where we do not need a CID officer.
In the custody suites we ard taking more civilians on so we are doing
all of those things. I guess what the inspectors are saying, `nd I
think it is right, we need to do it more quickly, but we have a balanced
budget and we will have a b`lanced budget next year but in the longer
term we need to make some changes. The police recognise that, the
inspectorate report says yot need to get your finger out and in fairness
to the force, they said to the inspectorate, you have got to do
that by July and we have done that. You are saying you are recrtiting
and recruiting and recruiting and next year you face a further cut of
?8 million, how'd you make ht work with Mac is it Alchemy? You had a
programme last night about the closure of police stations. We are
making hard choices about the budget. I cannot tell you today that
because the government do not announced a grant figures until
December how many officers we will recruit next year but, as wdll as
recruiting officers, we losd officers as well and I am pretty
clear in my mind that what people in Nottinghamshire want is front`line
neighbourhood policing. That is what the inspectorate recommend `s well
and I can tell you that it hs what the force want as well. You have
promised more officers, it hs what your big pledge has been. In reality
you will have two cut that back We are recruiting. Over the two`year
period we will have recruitdd an extra 100 officers. Can we `fford
that? That is something comhng out of this report, you cannot `ctually
afford it? What we are doing is the inspectorate say you have rdcruited
an extra 100 officers. Can we afford that? That is something comhng out
of this report, you cannot `ctually afford it? What we are doing is the
inspectorate say you had to change the universally popular. We have
done a lot regionally and the report focuses on the work we are doing in
the East Midlands with other police forces so cutting back office cuts
`` costs gives us the opportunity to maintain front`line policing. Thank
you for joining us. It's Geeta
and Maurice with you tonight, Including tackling obesity, the next
instalment of our series looking Lincolnshire Police has defdnded
the use of Taser guns after an IPCC report said it had
the highest usage of the devices The Independent Police Complaints
Commission has been reviewing Taser It's warning police not
to overuse the weapons. Last year Lincolnshire officers drew
their Tasers 259 times although bosses said 80% of the time Tasers
were drawn they weren't firdd. The troubled
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust says it's determined to come out of
special measures within six months. The Trust runs Kingsmill and Newark
hospitals and has previouslx been After a further inspection the
Care Quality Commission says some improvements have been made
but not enough. Meanwhile, a non`emergency `mbulance
service in Leicestershire h`s also been criticised by the
Care Quality Commission for failing The transport company Arriv` didn't
meet three out of five It's contracted by the
Clinical Commissioning Group for Politicians and health camp`igners
are calling for Arriva to bd given A murder trial's been told
the fatal stab wound which killed a Leicester sports coach was less
than four centimetres deep. Following Antoin Akpom's de`th
a revenge arson attack was hntended But the wrong house was targeted
and four people were killed. Abdul Hakim denies a charge
of murder. The police were on the scend of the
stabbing on Kent Street in Leicester moments after it happened. @n
officer was passing in an unmarked car. There was a starburst of men
running in all directions. Giving evidence behind a screen thd
eyewitness said he saw Antohn Akpom fighting in the street with Abdul
Hakim and another man. He s`id it was two against one. He saw red on
the top of Antoin Akpom. Thd actual stabbing was carried out by a man
who has already been convicted of murder. Abdul Hakim denies lurder
but the prosecution say it was a joint enterprise. After being
stabbed Antoin Akpom managed to get around the corner to a gym where he
collapsed outside. The court heard evidence from the pathologist who
said the cause of death was said the cause of death was
extensive bleeding due to a stab wound to the chest between two ribs.
Moderate to severe force was used. The wound itself was only four
centimetres long with the knife itself up to eight centimetres long.
After the stabbing on Septelber the 12th eight men went for revdnge at
what they thought was the f`mily home of Abdul Hakim. They t`rgeted a
house two doors away, killing four members of a family in a arson
attack. The murder trial continues. Now to the parents fighting
for justice after their son Jamie He was hit by a motorbike two years
ago while on holiday on the Earlier this year a coroner ruled
Jamie had been unlawfully khlled. Today a special garden was opened
in his memory. At this school they have rahsed
thousands of pounds to build a garden for Jamie and a pirate ship.
It is all in memory of their friend. Jamie's birthday on the beach, it is
the last photo of him. One hour after this was taken he was fatally
injured. It was shock, I cotld get over, it was his birthday and we
were having such a fantastic time and then this happened out of
nowhere. The loss, the whold that Jamie has left is unbelievable. He
is your son and you think hd is going to be there for ever with you
and like that he is taken away from you. It is just a massive void. They
were about to cross the road here to buy ice cream is with Jamie's
birthday money when he was hit by one of the most powerful motorbikes
made. Because the police insisted on interviewing Lydia as a witness she
was not with her son when hd died. It was disbelief. I don't think I
will ever forget the words that they used to tell me he had passdd away.
An inquest in Nottingham earlier this year heard claims that the
driver was speeding, had no licence and was not insured. The coroner
ruled that Jamie had been unlawfully killed. A police report has gone to
the prosecutor in Greece but little has been done. I just want this man
charged with killing my son. We are waiting, two years down the lane we
are still waiting. This has helped, the memorial garden they have built
for their son. A senior officer at Derby Chty
Council has been suspended. Roger Kershaw,
the Strategic Director of Rdsources, is under investigation but
the council hasn't revealed why In a statement it says it's
a neutral act but can't comment further until
the process has been concluded. Two East Midlands Conservathve MPs
have been recognised in honours Fitness experts are researching ways
of helping patients who unddrgo obesity surgery, only to find their
weight`loss then plateaus or they A study into those exact issues is
underway at Loughborough Unhversity. This month
the Government was urged to provide In the next
of our series Investigating Health Rob Sissons meets one woman who has
had gastric surgery but is concerned More of us are turning to the NHS
for obesity surgery. There hs no guarantee it will reduce those
inches. Two years on from h`ving the size of her stomach drastic`lly
reduced surely from Leicestdrshire is pleased with the result. She used
to be morbidly obese. Everything was an effort, it was a method getting
into bed and out of bed. It is like depression, it is an illness and to
get out of it was very diffhcult. Her fear was that fat was khlling
her. I thought one day I wotld walk from the car to the front door and
collapsed on my son would not have a mum. It is thanks to obesitx surgery
that Shirley says she is around half the woman that she was, havhng lost
eight stone. Within 12 months I had lost the majority of my weight. Two
years on there is frustration. The weight loss seems to have plateaued.
Time for the exercise lab. H think you are going to go quicker than
last time. There is a study called the Swedish obesity surgery who
found that around 12 months after surgery weight gain starts to react.
Here they hope that 60 minutes exercise three times a week will
kick`start change. I was spdnding five minutes on a treadmill eight
weeks ago but now I can jog for two minutes and I could never jog. You
can start small but as long as you gradually build, that is wh`t we
have been doing in the programme. It is not all about weight loss.
Sometimes you stay the same weight but your body composition is
completely changing. Surely will get the full results in the auttmn.
Idyllic streaming lucky that I have by a special `` a second ch`nce at
life. I only talk to my barhatric team not to give it up.
Colin will have our sports tpdates shortly, live tonight from Glasgow.
And our cameras take you on a sneak preview of the new visitor
centre Leicester hopes will be fit for a king and crowds of totrists!
Colin has left us for the glamour of Glasgow.
Yes, I want to show you where we are. We are in the heart of Glasgow
and so are these Games. That is the River Clyde and behind me you can
see some venues for the Gamds. That one is purpose`built and th`t is key
for us because it is where the gymnastics will happen so wd hope
that Becky Downie and Sam Oldman will win gold in that buildhng. The
swimming is three miles to the east of here and we are expecting medals
there as well. Medals are what it is all about for so many of thd
athletes. You would not want to bet against Lee Hind, the Paralxmpics
are from Nottingham. He has won gold in every game apart from thd
Commonwealth Games and now he is aiming to complete his colldction.
At his family home the pridd in on a's success is clear and thd
19`year`old is hoping to brhng more special memories back from Glasgow.
I want to try and swimmer bdst time. It is a good opportunhty for
me to try and complete the gold medal set of European, world, and
Paralympic golds as well as the Commonwealth. I will give it my best
and see what happens. Ollie has a form of muscular dystrophy, a muscle
wasting condition. He was p`rt of the 2012 Paralympic team. Now the
teams are all part of the s`me squad as able`bodied athletes and he is a
major part of the English tdam, so much so he was asked to launch their
kit. That was different, walking around in my speedos which hs a bit
different to being in the pool but it was good front. It was a
privilege for me to do it even though it was a bit strange. Ollie
is certainly more at home wdaring his speedos in the pool. After all
he spends hours there. It t`kes a lot of work to be at the top. A
typical day would be getting up at 5:15am and being at the school for
is that might the pool before 6am and then two hours in the pool and
then on day three we go to the gym. After that we go home and rdst and
get some food and comeback hn the afternoon and do it all over again.
I would not change it for the world. There is no better feeling than
having a gold medal around xour neck and the national anthem plaxed. To
complete the set would be rdally special. Well, no expectation of
pressure on him but we really do have great expectations for me kind.
Let us round up some of the other News for you.
Yes, Leicester City have broken the club's transfer record to sign
He's joined on a four year deal on a fee reported to be ?8 lillion
rising to ?10 million, depending on performances.
The Argentian goal scorer turns 28 this weekend.
He'll be at Leicester's pre`season friendly with Ilkeston tonight
But why is this a significant signing.
Well, Leicester have smashed their record transfer fee.
Ulloa's switch sees him surpass Ade Akinbiyi as the club's record
purchase for ?5.5m in 2000, but proved to be an expensive flop.
And it's a big deal because Ulloa has cost a lot of money and has
He will next season though `nd is very highly rated and has scored
There has been another signhng today for Nottingham Forest who h`ve
signed Jack Hunt from Cryst`l Palace on loan until the end of thd season.
Also today cricket. Our Derbyshire finally finding some form? @ second
run it `` win in a row for them They wrapped up this morning against
Glamorgan. Well done to thel. More news from Glasgow. And on for an
athlete. Nick Matthew, a sqtash player, has been given a pl`ce as
the flag bearer in the openhng ceremony at Celtic Park tomorrow.
Nathan Robertson did it four years ago and this year it is Nick
Matthew. 71 nations come together for what they call the friendly
Games but it is anything but friendly when it gets out there It
is very competitive. And people really want Nick Matthews to win in
the squash. You can watch it all over the BBC and the opening
ceremony is tomorrow and I will be back here to do some more looking
ahead. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to the opening
ceremony. Now, it's been almost two ydars
in the making and cost more than ?4 million but this weekend Lehcester's
new permanent Richard III vhsitor You'll be able to learn
about his reign as king, his death at Bosworth and even see thd trench
where his remains were found It's hoped the centre will bring
in hundreds of thousands of visitors to Leicester
and boost the local economy. Our reporter Tom Brown was given
a sneak preview. This Saturday the doors of the new
Richard III centre will open for the first time. Visitors will bd taken
on a journey that aims to bring the legends to life, from his rhse to
the throne, his reign as king, and his death at the Battle of Bosworth.
Then the exhibition takes you to August 2012 when a team of
archaeologists from the University of Leicester decided to dig up a
council car park. You can sde the tools they used and where they put
the trenches and then as yot get into September it shows you the
moment that the remains of Richard were finally revealed. Now the
former King's makeshift grave is on display to the world. What do you
think the public will make of seeing this for the first time? I think
they will be stunned, like H was, absolutely stunned at the w`y they
have built structure and it all leads you to this very spot where he
was buried. The Centre aims to attract more than 100,000 vhsitors
in its first year, not just from Leicester. This woman has come from
Australia to find out more `bout her family history. My family is
originally from Leicester on my dads side and my my Nan is a hugd fan of
Richard III and she has been following it and she is in the
society and she went to the Richard III school so she wanted me to come
here and have a look. It has raised the profile of Leicester. Wd have
struggled over the years with the profile of Leicester and thhs has
put us on the national stagd and also on the international stage
That can only be good for Ldicester and the businesses in
Leicestershire. Tickets will cost just under ?8 per
adult and ?21 for a family of four. Finding the remains led to ` surge
in public interest and this centre hopes that trend will continue.
After all the waiting, isn't it nice to have a look in there! It is
to have a look in there! It is fantastic.
I think the weather also looks fantastic.
Yes, it has been another fine day with stacks of blue sky and
temperatures in the 20s. 25 degrees was the top temperature. Get used to
it because there is more on offer in the next few days. High pressure
clings on and then moves to the north and east which allows us to
pick up a north`easterly wind which will drag in the mist and low cloud
tonight. At this time of ye`r the sun gets to work on that quhte
sharply. By the time most of us get up tomorrow morning we will have the
sunshine back. The afternoon look speed following temperatures are
back up into the mid`20s. It could be higher than that. A fine evening
but here is the cloud for the early hours of the morning and it rolls in
for some of it and it will be warm again. Tomorrow morning, if you are
up early, it will start up puite grey and murky but the cloud will
critically `` quickly be chopped up and we get the sunshine back quite
quickly in the morning. The afternoon looks fine but thdre is a
small chance of an isolated shower just passing across the south by the
afternoon. By the evening wd should be getting blue skies so be`utiful
evening tomorrow. Temperatures up to 26 or 27 but a stronger winds may
just knock the edge of the temperatures but look at thd
outlook. Not too bad at all, is it? Lovely, thank you very much. The
shuttles are not bad for thd gardeners.
That is true. We will be back with the late
bulletin so join us then.