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Tonight - a suspended jail sentence for the saleswoman who hounded
Relentless pressure from Barbara Stone took everything from them.
When they realised they'd lost everything, the house they'd lived
in all their life, it was a moment of great trauma. My father, of
course, was a broken man. Also tonight, families take their
fight over children's heart surgery to Downing Street.
The after-care is amazing. The care while you're there is amazing. And I
just think it would be a travesty if they it.
Plus, a huge fire at a derelict textile factory in Leicester may
have been started deliberately. And tributes to Professor Sir Peter
Mansfield, MRI pioneer and Nobel Prize winner, who has died.
Good evening, and welcome to Thursday's programme
First tonight, a "heartless" Leicester saleswoman who pressured
elderly and vulnerable victims into paying out tens of thousands
of pounds for advertising was today given a 22-month suspended prison
Barbara Stone bombarded one elderly couple with daily phone calls,
and harassed them into parting with their life savings.
They have both since died and the judge today told the court,
"they'd been hounded to their deaths."
The case formed part of the biggest investigation ever led by
the East Midlands Trading Standards team into cold calling,
which has seen another ten people prosecuted for fraudulent trading.
The story of what happened to my parents is just astonishing.
Seven years on, it still keeps me awake at night.
Franny Moyle has spent years fighting for
John and Olga Moyle were in their 80s when they became
Working for Leicester-based Aspire magazine, she cold-called Mr Moyle
in 2010, persuading him to place a rental ad for their
It was the start of a 10-month campaign of harassment
which ultimately saw the couple lose the home they shared for 50 years.
It's quite clear to me that Barbara Stone targeted him.
She put him under a huge duress, calling him daily, harassing him.
Between January and October, she was managing to secure ?8,000
How horrified were you when you found out the sums of money
At this stage, John Moyle was nursing his dying wife
Despite repeatedly pleading for the ads to stop,
Stone took ?73,000 from his account, promising that nonexistent sponsors
What did they ever get out of all this money
We didn't get a single booking for the house.
Franny then discovered her father had also been conned out of another
?30,000 by a separate publishing group, Derby-based Wyvern Media,
Franny, describe the impact that all of this ended up
When they realised they'd lost everything, and the house
they lived in all their life, it was a moment of great trauma.
My father, of course, was a broken man.
My mother was ever so brave, and she put the house on the market.
But within about a month of the house going on the market,
In 2011, the East Midlands scambusters team
It was to become the biggest case they'd ever handled.
In 2012, they raided nine Wyvern Media offices.
They discovered thousands of customers were pressured into buying
And in October last year, ten people were sentenced to a total
62-year-old Barbara Stone has previously pleaded guilty
Her other victim was a dogs' charity in Shropshire, which lost ?14,000.
Nottingham Crown Court was told Mr Moyle was at his wit's end,
pleading for the ads to stop, drowning in a sea of paper,
The judge, Stuart Rafferty QC, said John and his wife, Olga,
He sentenced Stone to a 22-month suspended prison
sentence and he told her, "You directly made
The court was told Stone had apologised, but today
Do you want to say anything to your victims, Barbara Stone?
Do you think you should apologise to your victims?
Justice came too late for John and Olga.
Speaking before he died in 2015, John explain
I do get annoyed with myself that I fell for it.
But, I mean, they're just persisting the whole time.
I just wanted to get rid of it all because I had
Franny Moyle struggles to understand why Stone did it.
I see her as the person who brought tragedy on our family.
Joining us now is James Delaney from the East Midlands
scambusters team, who headed up this investigation.
James, welcome. Let's talk about Barbara Stone. From what we saw, she
seemed absolutely relentless. She was heartless. She embarked on a
callous cold calling campaign, subjecting people to direct
pressure, pressurised sales. She was relentless in taking money from them
fraudulently. As we've heard, she worked for Aspire magazine, but she
had previously been employed by Woven magazine. How complex was this
case? This was a huge operation. To put things into perspective, there
was over 230 different publications that were investigated. Over 90
companies but banned nationally. In terms of this scale, we've never
dealt with anything as big. -- over 90 companies that banned nationally.
What kind of message does this send out, do you hope? I hope it sends
out a strong message that we will pursue any business that looks to
make illegal gains fraudulently by misleading and fraudulently
deceiving businesses and consumers. In this case, as in so many others,
elderly people are being targeted. What can they do, and what can their
relatives to? We would say just reported. If you believe you've been
a victim, or you know somebody, you need to report that through to
Trading Standards. So much money has been lost. Is there any likelihood
that the victims get any of it back, if they're still with us? There is
an ongoing process of investigation. We've already seen that we've
managed to recover over ?100,000, which will go directly to some of
the victims involved in the case. That's an ongoing investigation as
well so were hopeful that more money will come forward for that.
Presumably this is something going on all the time. We hope that it
isn't going on all the time, but obviously the larger offences and
the bigger cases that come to our attention, we will act on those.
James, thank you very much indeed for speaking to us.
Next tonight, the battle to save children's heart surgery in
Campaigners joined MPs in Downing Street to hand
in a petition containing nearly 130,000 names - the names
of people fighting to keep the service in Leicester.
Their protest came just two hours after a surprise
the news that the long-awaited public consultation into plans
to end children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital had begun.
Our Health Correspondent, Rob Sissons, is there tonight.
Rob, how has this announcement gone down today?
Good evening. Well, it was a surprise, as you mentioned. 16 weeks
of consultation has begun. The clock has started ticking. The fact that
it coincided with this visit to Downing Street was a bit of a shock
for some campaigners. Our political editor was with them as they took
their fight to the heart of government.
The strength of feeling of a community, delivered
In the days of e-petitions, where it's easy to add your name
from your front room, these red boxes contained over
The couriers were East Midlands MPs, Labour and Tory, and campaigners
fighting against closure - including mothers who have
seen for themselves what the heart unit can do.
He had heart saving surgery at five months old.
While we were in there, they didn't just operate on him,
The care while you're there is amazing.
I just think it would be a travesty if they shut it.
There is absolutely no reason on God's earth to close this unit,
It has the best outcomes for children, probably
Two hours before the petition was handed in, NHS England,
which wants to close the congenital heart unit, open the public
Campaigners now know the real fight starts here.
I would say to anybody watching this programme who wants
to save children's heart surgery at Glenfield - get involved,
come along to Leicester Tigers on March the eighth between 6-8 PM.
Make sure your views and voices are heard.
Campaigners will be on the march again this weekend in Leicester,
The key now is to get the decision-makers to take
There will be a public consultation exercise,
which runs until June, and key politically is the fact
that this has the backing of both conservative and Labour MPs
The boss of Leicester's hospitals, John Adler, says this isn't a
fighter parochial self interest. It's about saving a high-performance
unit that is beloved by the local population and also growing. The
slogan on the doors here at Glenfield Hospital is "Hold on to
our hearts." That is the view of one of the consultants I spoke to, who
say they are well up for the fight. We've done it before,
and we will do it again. Our case is very strong,
there is no place to close our unit and dismantle our high
quality service. We fundamentally disagree
with what is being proposed and will NHS England has always argued that
fewer big centres is the way forward. That's in the interest of
children, babies, anyone who needs heart surgery. And they want to move
to that as soon as possible. But here they're saying this is a
fantastic service - don't wreck it. We will leave it there, thank you
very much. It was all smiles
between the managers of Leicester City and Derby County -
but what might last night's FA Cup match do
for their respective seasons? A man who attempted to meet
schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood for sex days before she was raped
and murdered has been sentenced to 43 months in a young
offenders' institute. Bruce Cordwell contacted 15-year-old
Kayleigh through Facebook The 20-year-old admitted a charge
of attempting to arrange to meet He had nothing to do with her death
at the hands of Stephen Beadman, who was jailed for
35 years last summer. Derby's Rolls-Royce has
announced a new order The company's signed a deal
with Singapore Airlines for their Trent 1000 engines,
to power 19 Boeing 787 It follows a previous order in 2013
for engines to power 50 787s. It's believed that a large fire
at a derelict building near Leicester city centre
was started deliberately The blaze at the former Corah
textiles factory also spread to a car dealership across the road,
damaging dozens of cars. A number of roads were closed
as dozens of firefighters A historic building
going up in flames. This is where thousands used to work
for Leicester hosiery firm, Corah - at its height, considered one
of the world's greatest But in the early hours of this
morning, that history Some of the metalwork that holds
are building up has collapsed, and you can see a number
of the external walls One of the reasons why
the Fire Service is so concerned about what happened here this
morning is that this is the seventh fire on this site
here in the last two years. In fact, a different corner
of the same building was on fire It's destroying the heritage
of Leicester City, because these are old buildings, and our fear
is at some point somebody, whether that's a member of public
or a firefighter, will die. How confident are you that this fire
was caused deliberately? Currently I'm happy
to say that we believe In total, around 35 cars at this
dealership on St Margaret's Way From other local businesses, concern
about yet another fire in the area. I thought, luckily our building
has not gone on fire. There's a lot of concern
because people are worrying But there's nothing you can
do until it happens. The Fire Service is expected to be
here for the rest of the day tackling the pockets of fire that
remain inside the building. Meanwhile, demolition work is due
to start here soon, to. Tributes have been paid
to Sir Peter Mansfield, the British inventor
of the MRI scanner. The Nobel Prize winner died
last night, aged 83. Sir Peter carried out
his pioneering work at the University of Nottingham -
work which revolutionised The University said, "Sir Peter
changed our world for the better and he has left an extraordinary
legacy which will continue to Quentin Rayner looks
back on his life. For someone who failed the 11
plus and was told as a teenager that science wasn't for him,
Sir Peter Mansfield's Nobel Prize He received it for his work forty
years ago, developing MRI scanner technology
at the University of Nottingham. Back then he couldn't be
completely sure it was safe The worst thing that could have
happened would be a cardiac arrest. Working alongside Sir Peter
then was his Ph.D. Student, Peter Morris,
who is carrying on the pioneering He expected things
to happen quickly. We've lost the rock on which MRI
was founded, and the whole world MRI scanners are now commonplace
in major hospitals across the world. They've helped save thousands
of lives by diagnosing cancer is far One is looking at poor quality
images and trying to understand If there is a problem, then it
stands up very, very clearly. So medically I think
there's been a huge advance. And Sir Peter kept up
with developments. Only last month he returned
to the University as it celebrated It's nice to hear that there
is still some interest. Not just locally, but that there
are some interests in MRI I spent ten years working on ways
of reducing the noise level. Few people's lives leave
such a legacy on others. Sir Peter Mansfield,
who died last night. You're watching East Midlands Today.
A representative from Derby's Twin town has come to the city to discuss
projects. 12 months ago Derby City Council announced it would stop
funding the envoy's trips from the German town which left many
frustrated. However, this week meetings have been held to consider
partnerships with the College, University and councils despite the
financial restraints. A third coach found on sale in
Derbyshire has been identified by police as an illegal wildcat pulps.
-- help. The coat's made from the pelt
of a Geoffroys's Cat, It has the highest level
of protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species. Anyone wanting to sell
it must have a licence The owner has apologised
to officers. A woman from Leicester is backing
a campaign to help raise awareness The East Midlands has been chosen
as a pilot for the "be clear Figures show that only a third
of people here think that discomfort in the stomach area could be
a sign of the disease. Sharon was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer in 2013. I was going to the
doctors with problems. I was going with
indigestion, mainly. Indigestion, bloating,
feeling uncomfortable. I was also suffering
weight loss and diarrhoea. Lots of little things that
were all mounting up, Sharon is one of the lucky ones,
as doctors were able to operate. She is now backing the clear
on cancer later campaign to help raise awareness of abdominal
cancers - including pancreatic, The primary message is if they
have had any bloating, diarrhoea or abdominal discomfort for three
weeks or more and they haven't seen a doctor about it,
then we'd like to see them. But if it is, then cancer's
much easier to treat Don't be embarrassed,
they've heard it all before. If you've got diarrhoea, say,
"I've got diarrhoea." If your poo's changed colour,
tell them it's change colour. It is hoped that by raising
awareness, patients will be treated more quickly and
lives will be saved. I enjoy life and I don't
take things for granted Sharon is now cancer free and
has checkups every three months. That is good news. Time now for
sport. Colin has joined us in the studio.
First tonight, can that cup win over Derby rejunevate
Two years ago at this time Leicester were bottom of the Premier League.
Last year at this time they were top.
Now they're fighting relegation again -
But a much changed side last night pulled off a 3-1 win
over the Rams to show, that maybe, just maybe, they have the fight
This was a game that had far more importance
for Leicester City than Derby County -
a chance to get their faltering season back on track.
The home fans were out in force at the King Power Stadium,
but there were clearly some nerves in the stands.
The game didn't really get going until the second half.
The home side took the lead just a minute after the break,
But Derby kept the pressure on and were rewarded
with an equaliser from a deflected Abdul Kamara free kick.
Leicester finished the 90 minutes as the stronger side,
nearly benefiting from some very risky Derby defending.
But the game was destined for extra time, and whatever the under
pressure Claudio Ranieri told his players going into
Foxes created a number of chances, taking the lead through a wonderful
And they sealed their passage into the fifth round with a brilliant
individual effort from the man of the match, Demarai Gray.
COMMENTATOR: Gray has it now, attacking the Derby box.
What a goal, what a goal from Demarai Gray!
Derby made eight changes to their starting 11,
Manager Steve McClaren was very proud of his side's performance.
But unfortunately we just ran out of steam at the end.
They had better quality to win the game.
This was Leicester's first win in 2017, and the first time
Premier League survival is clearly still the priority,
but Andy King says this has the potential to get
It was important to get a win tonight, and to try and kick-start
You know, it's been a tough few weeks for us.
But I think tonight shows the fight within the squad.
Like I said, the win could hopefully kick-start us in the league now.
The win also relievs some of the pressure on Claudio Ranieri
ahead of the crucial game at Swansea on Sunday.
After the game, Derby's Steve McClaren said FA Cup
replays should be scrapped - sparking a big discussion
As you heard in that report, the teams sent out of the dressing
rooms yesterday evening were very different to those
And despite the match producing some top drawer goals,
McClaren remains convinced one-off cup matches are the answer.
I thought the first game was a fantastic game.
Extra time and penalties, one game would have been great.
But nobody wants a replay, especially in the middle of the week
when you've got important games at the weekend.
Just before we leave football - news that Nottingham Forest manager
Gary Brazil has dismissed reports the club were keen to off load
former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in January.
The stories appeared in the Danish press,
but Brazil says Bendtner's still a big part of the squad.
At the moment he's not getting a game, but there might come a point
in the future that we really need Nicholas.
From that, my point of view, he's a member of our squad and will be
a member of our squad till the end of the season.
In rugby, no surprises in the England line-up to face Wales
in Cardiff at the weekend - which is very good news
for Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs and Dan Cole, who both start.
Owen Williams misses out on the Welsh side, though.
I'm going to leave you with a clash between Derby and Nottingham
to decide who wins a league - but not in football.
This is badminton, where the University of Nottingham Club
was playing Team Derby in the final of the National Badminton League.
The spoils went Nottingham's way in front of a big crowd
in the unusual venue of Milton Keynes'
On the winning side, Nottingham lad and Olympian Chris Adcock.
Anybody that came to watch it would have hopefully enjoyed themselves.
It was tougher on the losing team, but I think they also agreed
Hopefully it's going to be a good thing for badminton.
If we can keep the momentum going and get this another year,
Centre MK, I think the shopping centre was called. Taking sport to
the people! That's fantastic. Thank you very
much, Colin. Time now for the weather. I am
frozen, Sara. We may even see a frosty night with
the cloud over the top of us, which is quite rare.
A very similar story being told by all of our Weather Watchers today.
It has been a blanket of grey Cloud sitting over the East Midlands. Out
of that cloud at times we have seen a few snow grains and flurries. That
will continue through the evening and overnight. As I've just
mentioned, a frost developing underneath that blanket of cloud to
show how cold it really is. Temperatures within towns and cities
hovering around freezing tonight. In Rauball areas, one or two snow
showers may give a little dusting. We will see temperatures dropping as
low as -2 Celsius. It will continue in that we first thing tomorrow with
a frosty, cloudy start to the day on Friday. The thickness of that cloud
gradually produces a little bit of snow at times. In the form of snow
flurries, so it will only be very light in nature. The odd grain
allowed into the afternoon. And it feels bitterly cold outside with a
daytime temperature no higher than a 2-3 Celsius. Things will change a
little more Friday night into Saturday. What we're starting to see
as high pressure still in charge of the weather, but we've also got the
weather front coming in. An occlusion just comes in from the
eastern side of the North Sea. As that starts to meet with the cold
air, certainly through Saturday morning it has the potential to
start to turn quite wintry in the form of some snow showers. Not
everybody getting to see them, so there will be some disappointed
people on Twitter later! But we will see whether it does give us a
dusting of snow on Saturday. The air changes into the afternoon to
convert those showers into sleet. A similar story for Sunday, more in
the way of sleet showers because the temperature is just to lift a little
bit. But certainly a cold weekend. Well, I never heard of a snow grain.
It is like snowy drizzle - snizzle! A real weather guru there. Bye-bye.
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