05/09/2014 East Midlands Today


05/09/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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Five robbers who funded a lavish lifestyle by blowing`up

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dozens of cash machines have been jailed for a total of 82 years.

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Nine of their attacks last year were at banks and supermarkets

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Today a judge said the gang posed a significant risk to the public.

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, has more.

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The gang attacked this bank back in June last year.

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They were causing explosions, explosions that could have killed

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This is how the cash machines were blown apart.

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There were dozens of explosions across the region.

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The gang escaped with hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Highly organised, highly dangerous, there was debris covering

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a wide area that could have hurt or injured people.

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They were relentless in what they wanted to achieve,

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which was the money from those machines to fund their lifestyles.

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Mary was asleep here in Birstall, when when her local bank was hit.

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I heard the loud bang, like a bomb going off.

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I heard an explosion that I thought was an earthquake, and then I looked

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out the window, and I saw some people at the bank, and I thought,

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The cash machine here in Mountsorrel was blown up twice within three

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Today, five men from Merseyside and Coventry were jailed

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for conspiracy to commit burglaries and cause explosions.

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They've received sentences ranging from 13 to 18 years in prison.

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We have worked tirelessly to bring these people to justice.

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We were very conscious that we had to arrest them, because of the

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danger to the public, and when we did so, these offenses had ceased.

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The British Banker's Association says that these attacks put

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the entire industry under extreme pressure, with frightened staff

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Tonight, the men responsible are paying with their liberty.

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A Leicester firm has announced hundreds of job losses

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at its headquarters and sites across the UK.

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The Mark Group is blaming the government for a sharp drop

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in demand for its insulation products from homeowners.

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It was a government scheme designed to help

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with the cost of making homes as energy efficient as possible.

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But it's proved to be controversial from the start.

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Here at Clifton in Nottingham thousands

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of properties were supposed to benefit from solid wall insulation.

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But the project stalled when the government changed it's

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But now this Leicester energy saving installation firm says changes to

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the government grant scheme have led to a massive slump in business.

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The Mark Group is now making a quarter

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We don't know exactly what the impact will be.

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We are doing everything we can to minimise that number, of course.

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The change was designed to cut customer's green levy, but it's led

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to calls for a major overhaul of the energy efficiency policy.

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We constantly call for stability in the policy framework, and today,

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those calls appear to be vindicated, with a very real human consequence.

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The government says it has created a pipeline of up to ?120 million

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worth of work, which will be carried out in the coming months,

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and it says over one million homes will benefit from the project.

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However, the Mark Group says that this is a sad day for their company,

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as consultation starts on shedding hundreds of jobs.

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Derby's trainmaker Bombardier has confirmed it's lost out

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It had bid for a ?210 million deal to build

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But the work's gone to German company Siemens.

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Three years ago Bombardier shed fourtee staff after losing a one

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and ?1.5 billion contract ` also to Siemens.

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A health watchdog has criticised the way some elderly patients are

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discharged from hospitals in Derbyshire.

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Healthwatch Derbyshire spoke to staff and residents

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They reported cases of medication notes

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and personal belongings being lost, and in some cases elderly patients

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Our correspondent, Rob, has more on this.

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Rob, it's a real snapshot of how things can go wrong, isn't it?

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Some of the things uncovered in visiting ten care homes in gathering

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evidence, the case of a patient sent home in nothing more than a blanket.

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In another case, a patient was in a diabetic coma when they arrived back

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at a care home because not enough had been done in the discharge

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Sometimes, incorrect medication was given to patients.

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Other problems included personal items sometimes being lost,

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and there was also concern in some cases patients were more ill

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after a hospital stay then when they went in.

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HealthWatch say significant issues that need sorting out.

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We've been hearing about these issues

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Now we've got evidence from professionals

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in care homes that there's a problem, so we feel we have enough

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evidence for the Acute Trust that they do need to tackle this issue.

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And, Rob, what have hospitals and social services said in response?

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Well, they say that they're working to improve things.

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The challenge of hospital discharges is

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well`known, and that communication in some cases needs to improve.

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And some results for you in tonight's sport.

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Nottingham kicked off their Championship rugby season

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at Meadow Lane earlier with a win of 19`10 over Bedford.

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And in the ice hockey, Nottingham Panthers lost 6`2 tonight to Lukko.

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I'm back with your updates across the weekend, but let's check out

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Well a few have outdoor plans for the weekend, it does not look too

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bad. There will be a lot of dry weather around, and even some

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sunshine, because the cloud has been fairly standard recently. A cloudy

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evening and night that we have. It will break at times to get a few

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clear intervals, but mostly we are left with mist and fog forming in

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places. It should be dry, though, and not a cold night. 15 Celsius.

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Where we have the mist and fog first thing, that will quickly cleared

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away. We will be left with a cloudy morning, and outbreaks are patchy

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rain particularly across the Midlands. It continues this way

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through the afternoon, but it looks like a good deal more dry weather in

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the afternoon, and hopefully that club rating to give s'mores sunny

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spells, and in that sunshine, Tebbutt as of 19 Celsius.

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The national forecast is next, but I'll leave you with a look

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Hello. I am sure you cannot wait to find out what the weekend wet ler be

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like. I have to say -- weather will be like. I have to say it is looking

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good for most of us. Some of us may have to use our umbrellas, but

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hopefully for a short moment. This is the satellite today. You will

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notice this cloud, this is a weather forecast we have said for the past

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