09/09/2014 East Midlands Today


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We'll have more tomorrow on what promises to be

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And now, with the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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First tonight, an inquest into how a four`year`old girl was killed by the

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family dog in Leicester has prompted calls for national guidelines to be

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Today, the coroner recorded that Lexi Branson died as a result of

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Lexi Branson died from facial injuries and from being

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unable to breathe during the attack by the pet dog they had taken

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Today, her mother, Jodi Hudson, released this statement through

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She was a bubbly girl who always had a smile and brought happiness

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We still think about her everyday and she lives

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on in our hearts, as we have such wonderful memories of her.

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Jodi Hudson, seen here in the black blouse, had bought the dog for ?50

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from a kennel that re`homes stray dogs for Leicester City Council.

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The inquest heard that it was Jodi Hudson's decision to take the

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dog, even though it was advertised as better suited to a home without

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Staff described the dog's temperament as very friendly,

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but the police later found out it had had seven previous owners and

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Today Lexi's grandfather said he was pleased the corner said there should

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be some sort of legislation that kennels have to abide by `

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some sort of strict rules with regard to re`homing stray dogs.

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He added, we were very surprised to hear there

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were no guidelines and I strongly call for them to be implemented.

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The inquest heard that no home visit had been made, even though

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the bulldog was going to a flat without a secure garden and where

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There was no statutory requirement for the kennels to make such

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Following the tragic death of Lexi Branson in November 2013,

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Leicestershire Police carried out a full investigation into

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the circumstances surrounding her death and no criminal offences were

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Recording a narrative verdict, the coroner said he would be making

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recommendations to the appropriate authorities to

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He added that the death of Lexi was among the most harrowing of deaths

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Victoria Hicks, BBC East Midlands Today, East Midlands.

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A Nottinghamshire clergyman, who lost a promotion because he is in

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a same`sex marriage, is taking the Church to an employment tribunal.

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Canon Jeremy Pemberton claims he is being punished

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and discriminated against, after he was refused a licence to work as

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The acting bishop of Southwell and Nottingham said

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the marriage is against the teachings of the Church of England.

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The canon, from Southwell, says he felt he had no choice

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Victims of hate crime in Leicester say they feel isolated,

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Researchers at the University of Leicester found many people were

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suffering from physical and psychological abuse

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on a daily basis, but many did not feel they could turn to the police.

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Earlier, I spoke to Detective Superintendent David

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Sandall, from Leicestershire Police, about the report's findings.

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We think it is very important and see the report as

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an exciting opportunity to make sure that we're working with victims,

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We want people to come forward, because if we do not know

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about the problem we cannot put in problem`solving measures,

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bring in the support, or bring the perpetrators to justice.

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We want victims to tell us about the crimes.

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What can you offer to victims, who very often say that they feel

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they will not be believed or if they do come followed then their lives

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Hate crime is a priority for Leicestershire Police `

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We make sure that a supervisor reviews every crime, regular updates

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are put in place, and that the investigation is detailed.

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We even have an independent scrutiny panel for community members,

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victims, and organisations who come together to review our practices.

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You do take them seriously and you do look after them afterwards?

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Yes, we take the victims very seriously and we do look after them.

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I encourage anyone to report hate crime to Leicestershire Police,

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The flag of Scotland is flying over Derby tonight.

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It is in answer to a plea to English towns and cities to send the Scots

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But flying the Saltire did not go down all that well with some people

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Derby has long celebrated its links with Bonnie Prince Charlie

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` the Scot who wanted to rule all of Britain

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Now the current big debate north of the border has seen

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Derby City Council back a call from Labour Leader Ed Miliband to show

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their colours and send a message to Scotland ` please stay with us.

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This is a Saltire and we will get it back in due course.

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In a slightly confusing show of support for the union,

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the union flag above the Council House was this afternoon

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taken down and replaced with the Saltire ` supplied by members

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I'm very proud to be Scottish, but I'm equally proud to be British `

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hence, my own personal view that the no campaign hopefully will prevail.

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I do not think we should be flying it.

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If they want out, they can have out, can't they?

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It is the support that some people in that building obviously share

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and feel but not one that I think everyone on the ground level feels.

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Not one that is actually been spoken about enough to make

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The Saltire will soon also be flying over Ripley and the headquarters

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But the only opinions that really matter will be counted up

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Simon Hare, BBC East Midlands Today, Derby.

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That is your news and, if you have a look at our Facebook page, you

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will see a beautiful picture of what I think was a harvest moon tonight.

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We could see the big moon because of the weather we have just now. We

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will see some more cloud later this week, but in the meantime it today

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was a beautiful day. Although it has warned today, it will be cooler

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tonight. Temperatures will stay at around 10`11 Celsius in towns and

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cities. Tomorrow it will be quite a cold start, but then the nest will

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clear and revealed the sunshine. It will stay dry and bright.

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Temperatures of 19`20 Celsius. It was a lovely day across the

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country. There was hazy sunshine and notice the cloud was that bit

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thicker up to the

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