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That is all from the BBC News at 6.00pm. So goodbye
This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight ` homes looted after a factory burned.
This factory blaze forced residents to leave.
And they returned, burglars had ransacked their homes.
Also tonight, the spiralling cost of road crime has thieves target
Plus, lock, stock and starting gun, the big Commonwealth Games sell`off.
What you can see is probably about 10%.
It is colossal, the biggest furniture removal
And the Leicestershire woman aiming to set a new world record
Good evening and welcome to the programme.
First tonight, residents living opposite the site of a former
factory which went up in flames last week have been targeted by burglars.
Yes, the residents living on Melton Road in Leicester had to evacuate
But whilst they were gone, thieves ransacked their properties.
Police say residents could have returned home on Saturday evening
They say they had no information to suggest
their homes would be vulnerable. Victoria Hicks reports.
Dramatic footage from the fire last week. Hundreds of homes were
evacuated. The heat was so intense, it melted parts of the buildings of
the opposite side of the street. While demolition crews cleared the
site on Saturday, residents are facing another blow. They try to
break into the window, they managed to get him. They did not too much in
the kitchen. The bird around sacked the bedroom upstairs. They left a
mess. They went through every drawer and everything. Look at the state of
the place. This family?s home was also burgled with money and
valuables stolen. While they were there, they realised some valuable
jewellery had also been taken. It is gone also. Me and my wife, we were
crying. How can it happen, all of this? In three, four days,
everything happening. Burglars targeted another family, ransacking
jewellery. My mother is old school jewellery. My mother is old
Indian, they keep all of their Indian, they keep all of their
jewellery hidden between clothes and things like that. They searched
through it all. They knew what they were looking for because they left
things like all of the silverware, they left that, and all of the ones
that are costume jewellery, they bent them and stuff and figured out
what was gold and stuff. We have lost family heirlooms, things that
would give, thankfully they left my gold chain and that is free good
luck, so hopefully, our luck will change.
There's been a sharp rise in the cost of rural crime
It's the biggest increase in the country.
New figures suggest countryside crime in the region is up
That's a cost of more than ?6 million.
The most common targets are tools, farm machinery and fuel,
This is a new door, that they broke when they broke into the shed.
It has been a tough year for this farmer.
After having his Land Rover stolen, thieves struck again a month later,
stealing equipment from his workshop.
The total cost of the stolen items was around ?9,000.
To start with, there was a lot of ranting, raving and swearing.
But you look around and see what has gone and, most of it is replaceable.
But having said that, it is very frustrating.
Stories like this are becoming more and more common around here, so much
so that last year, the East Midlands saw the biggest rise in the cost of
Overall, the East Midlands saw a 38% increase
in the cost of thefts from farms, a total cost of more than ?6 million.
Each county saw a rise, but the figure ranges from 96%
in Nottinghamshire and 65% in Leicestershire to just
The East Midlands is very close to the central motorway network,
so it is very easy for thieves to go onto a farm under cover
of darkness, most of the time, and take what they want, get it out
I would advise anybody to get on, get vulnerable buildings alarmed
and really think hard about where criminals can get in.
When they are organised, they will get in anywhere.
For now, this farmer hopes he has closed
People living in a Derbyshire town have vandalised
one of their own fences to try to stop houses being built there.
They've painted a message in opposition to 450 homes being
Amber Valley Borough Council has been told it needs to put
But local residents have formed a campaign group to save
I think the sign is a very good idea.
We wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of it.
For 450 houses to be built on the buffer zone of the
World Heritage Site, I think is an absolute disgrace and with the
increase of traffic that will come with those houses, I think this has
After the weekend's big storm there's
a quieter spell of weather to come. Full forecast coming up.
It is the return of the football, the first round above the new season
is coming up in the sports news later.
Next tonight, a dog has died after being tasered by the police.
The dog, thought to be a pit bull terrier, attacked another
dog and its owner at Braunston Town in Leicester last night.
Today the man's family said he's having surgery to his leg but the
Jo Healey is in Braunstone for us now.
Good evening, yes, this is the Chase here, and everyone here, Chris takes
his dog, a four`year`old Alsatian, for his evening stroll, but last
night, a doglike bit bull terrier came from nowhere and started
attacking both of them. This dog was muzzled and on a lead, so he could
not defend himself, a neighbour came out to help. It was very scary to
see. My husband tried to help the gentleman with his dog to try and
break up the fight with the two dogs, but unfortunately the dog was
being completely attacked, it was too unsafe for the public. All you
could do was stand and wait for the professionals to come and do what
they do and help. What are the police do? Firearms officers came to
the scene, but the dog kept on aggressively attacking both the dog
choice but to Tasered the dog. The choice but to Tasered the dog. The
dog later died. This is what neighbours had to say. There were
three police cars, two dog units are two other vans, an ambulance, I
thought, what is going on? What did you see? The White dog hanging off
the Alsatian dog, viciously attacking it. The dog, like that,
you can pick up and defend him, but in Alsatian, they have to fend for
themselves. There should be notices saying that dogs should be kept on a
lead. How shocking was this to witness? Very shocking. Chris is in
hospital tonight after surgery, what have the family said? The family
have said it has been very distressing and continues to be so.
Chris had surgery to his knee and to his lower leg where he was bitten.
He is in the last Royal Infirmary, he had surgery today but he should
be home tomorrow. The dog is OK, he has been admitted to Glenfield
veterinary hospital and he's been treated for a bike, and bruising. We
heard from the RSPCA, they said that they have concerns about using Taser
is and that it has to be that the use is really justified and Chris?s
family have said, they said that this would have been so much worse
if it has been an elderly are vulnerable person or Eilidh Child.
Thank you very much. This afternoon, some of England's
top young cricketers have been learning life`saving skills
from a Leicestershire charity. The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust was
set up after 14`year`old Joe died It's warning local sports clubs that
it's not enough to just have one coach who knows CPR
and that every young player should They are some of the most vital
skills that you can learn, often literally the difference between
life and death. Today, the England under 19 cricket team were shown how
to do CPR and how to use a deliberate later. It has opened my
eyes to how crucial time can be. I did not know any of that. It is the
crucial thing to learn. I played cricket when I was 18 in the
Bradford lead and a coach of mine dropped dead on the pitch, I did not
know what to do. It is comforting to know that these young men are now
able to save lives. It was organised by the Joel Hunt frees Memorial
trust, he was 14 when he died two years ago, a condition that kills 12
people every week in the UK. It is not enough for the coach to have CPR
skills, we also know that young people need to be able to diagnose
the condition is. We think that everybody has a role to play in
helping to save someone's life. For every minute that you do not do CPR,
the chance of surviving drops by 10% per minute. If you do CPR has a
chance of life, without CPR, you are watching somebody died. The trust
wants everybody in the county to know these skills. Today?s session
with a small step on the journey, but if it helps to save a life, it
is well worth it. Loughborough is to become the latest
area to join a scheme designed to Leicestershire County Council says
that by dimming lights, switching them off in the early
hours and, in some cases, turning them off fully, it can save ?900,000
and reduce its carbon footprint. So far, around 35,000 lamps
in 180 towns and villages have been switched
off between midnight It might only be a week
since the Commonwealth Games ended but a business in Nottingham now has
the task of selling off all the items left behind.
The company, leftoversolutions.com, has thousands of pieces
of furniture from Glasgow to sell From floor to ceiling,
for as far as the eye can see. Here are many of the items used
at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They will now be sold at
a fraction of the original price. What you can see here is probably
about 10% of the overall stock. It is the biggest furniture removal
we have ever done in Scotland. These were in the lounges
in the village. The athletes watch television
from the stands. We have 30`40
of these chairs made in Scotland. It is possible that the Queen sat
on this chair. I don't know if you have one
of these at home, but we have There are also many chairs
and massage tables. If you have got a high ceiling
at home, you might want this. There are 15
of these umpire chairs for sale. Whether you are looking
for a new washing machine, or just a little piece of the
Commonwealth Games, all these items Just the type of chair for a nosy
neighbour! Still to come ` a record breaking
Leicestershire swimmer takes the plunge again. Julie Bradshaw,
from Loughborough, already This morning she embarked on another
gruelling test of endurance. Time for sport and a great start
for nearly all Yes, there were wins for Derby,
Forest and a good away point for Notts, but we start at the
City Ground because Stuart Pearce's home`coming was the story
of the weekend. A sell out crowd and Kirsty Edwards
was there to see Pearce walk out to It is fantastic to come back. I love
the pressure of the expectation and the pressure on my shoulders of
being in charge of this football club. The supporters have shown me
great support and loyalty. I plan to repay them, hopefully over time. And
new season and a new era begins. He is back. He is the man for the job!
The best defender they ever had, have! Forester up against Blackpool
side that did not have enough of their best players. The Reds were
dominating. Andy Reid?s strike bounced off the woodwork, Antonio
was there to fire in on his debut. The chances kept on coming and the
Reds doubled their advantage with another summer signing, a great goal
from Chris Burke. It was very nice for me to score on my home debut in
front of the fans, but more importantly, to get the victory
today was very important and in the manner that we did it was nice also.
To see the winner was the chairman, he was speaking to reporters in a
week where peers had spoken out about this show tee sales of some of
the players. We had a kiss and a cuddle in the changing room! I think
it has galvanised the relationship between me and the owners which were
strong any way. They're straight back
into action tonight ` travelling to Carlisle United in
the first round of the League Cup. They'll go lifted by a hardworking
win over Rotherham on Saturday. Three good points to get
the season moving. Derby
among the promotion favourites, but that means there will be no
surprising opponents this season. Rotherham knew what they were facing
when they came to frustrate. They have no problem in this league,
they will make it tough So good were Rotherham,
the Rams were forced to wait Jeff Hendrix scores
for Derby with ten minutes to go! And Derby have their opening goal
of the season! People know what we can do,
and today they will come and make it hard for us and raise their
game, like the end of last year, but we have got to play our own game and
be patient and hopefully get going. Derby still needed the goalkeeper to
protect all three points, In League One, Notts County have
suspended academy manager Mick Leonard after allegations a
young player wasn't properly dealt Notts say they've suspended Leonard
while they investigate. On the pitch, the Magpies had
a tough start at Preston. But were only denied victory
in the very last minute. Manager Shaun Derry said he would
cheerfully have taken a draw before the match `
but Jake Cassidy's lovely finish Preston weren't lying down
and carried on pushing and pushing until ` right in the last minute `
they snatched a point. We have been working on that shaping
systems throughout the preseason and we believe in the new
players that have come in. Delighted that they are all here and I felt
today's performance was fantastic. As for Mansfield Town,
opening day defeat at Northampton. There wasn't actually
a lot to choose between the sides, but a lapse from
the corner really cost the Stags. They produced chances of their own
but couldn't get the equaliser. In Cricket, yesterday's
Royal London Cup action was ruined by the weather, and Derbyshire are
having to dodge the rain again today Tarbert batting first and fast
reaching 165`1 in 22 of their 32 overs. `` Derbyshire batting first.
Well, we end the sport tonight with the preparations for Leicester
It's a big week for Leicester and everyone connected with
the club as they get ready for their first season
Natalie Jackson reports on the Blue Army's build up to the big time.
This is their time to shine, lots of anticipation here about this new
Premier League season, just five days until they play Everton in what
they call the worlds greatest league only need to speak to the fans to
find out about the excitement here. It is so exciting. Really exciting,
it has been ten years. Great to be at the highest level again. A great
buzz in the city. It is the talk of the summer. Liverpool will be beaten
by them this season! Over the summer, building work off the pitch
and on the pitch. Nigel Pearson has brought in four new additions,
notably their new striker. Preparations could not have gone
much better, the squad were mobbed in Thailand on their latest tour,
and they were ready with their young, hungry squads to serving of
their big break. I'm excited, I am sure all of the other lads are
excited, it is our first season in the Premier League and I am sure we
are waiting to show what we can do. To be playing with the last, it is
great. We have got the possibility to cause some upsets. They are
already, and all this week, we would be counting down to Leicester?s
first game in the Premier League and we will be looking at the economic
benefits to the city and have special features every night in the
build`up. Lester would be wasn't about championship title? And they
proved themselves in the top league. They are finally back in the big
time after ten years. CHEERING We understand that STM Cambiasso
will be signing sooner rather than later. `` Esteban Cambiasso.
Next, a record breaking Leicestershire
swimmer was in action again today, making yet another record attempt.
Julie Bradshaw, from Loughborough, already holds
This morning she was in the Lake District to embark on another
Paul Bradshaw has this exclusive report.
Taking to the water for an epic challenge.
Julie Bradshaw leading an international swim team
They were aiming to complete the world's longest lake swim `
147 miles, with a relay team of six, swimming nonstop for 86 hours.
It is a very big challenge, because we all swim for an hour each,
but it is over three and a half days, that is the estimated time.
It could be longer or shorter, but we will be staying on the boat,
sleeping on the boat the entire time.
The team are raising the money for the Rainbows children's hospice
in Loughborough, but also swimming in memory of Julie's friend, Susan
Taylor who died last year attending to swim the English Channel.
The hospice always needs fundraising, and we need to raise
money to achieve what we can for the families, so we are always grateful
for that, and also, raising the profile, and the team have been
there doing that for us, with one lady taking part in America, so we
had some press out there. Another reason is deeply personal, in memory
of Susan Taylor who died last year attempting to swim the English
Channel. She was an inspiration,
an ambassador for Rainbows, I raise money for Rainbows, that is
how we met and became friends, and she was just a brilliant
person, really, really well liked The team aims to complete
their relay of Windermere Good luck to Julie, we will let you
know, I am sure, when it has all been done.
Just as well it wasn't yesterday! Hurricane Bret `` hurricane Bret was
quite scary! Yes, the storm pushed north
yesterday, some heavy rain, two inches of rain in some places and it
gave some strong wind in the afternoon. Still feeling the effects
of that low pressure to the north of Scotland. Some quite brisk westerly
winds and they will stay with us for the next 24 hours. Another bright,
breezy day tomorrow, and the wind continues to blow in some showers.
Most of us will see some sunshine. Lots of us escaping the showers
today. Some sunshine, not a bad state, still breezy. The showers
will fade away tonight. One or two continuing, but they should ease
away. Most of us will be dry with clear spells. You should get a good
view of the super moon again tonight. Temperatures staying in
double figures. Tomorrow morning, a decent start to the day, dry and
bright with sunshine. The wind would blow in some showers into the
afternoon with one or two of them being lively. Sunshine in between.
Escape the showers, get out of the wind, it will not feel too bad, but
temperatures struggling at 17 or 18 degrees. We have been used to
temperatures in the 20s, but it would be in the high teens and the
rest of the week. High pressure into Wednesday, the isobars opening out
and the wind will ease down. The wind is turning into a
north`westerly and we are sheltered in that direction, so we should
escape the showers on Wednesday. Mostly dry and bright with
temperatures struggling at 18 degrees. Showers comeback Thursday
and Friday and temperatures will be a bit disappointing for the West a
lot quieter. That is from us, good night, see you
on the late news.