04/01/2017 East Midlands Today


04/01/2017

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First tonight, a Leicestershire-based holiday

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company has stopped trading, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers

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stranded and thousands of future bookings cancelled.

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All Leisure Holidays, in Market Harborough,

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operates the cruise lines Swan Hellenic and

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This is the headquarters of All Leisure Holidays Limited,

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one of a group of four travel firms based here in Market Harborough.

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It provided holidays on two cruise ships, the Voyager,

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the Minerva under the brand names Swan Hellenic and Voyages

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of Discovery, sailing around destinations like parts of Europe,

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North Africa and the Far East, with many passengers flying

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in and out from those destinations. Its collapse has affected 400

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passengers, although most of those had finished the cruise part

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of their holidays and they flew back on schedule.

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They had to cut their holidays short and fly back earlier.

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Now, it has also, as you can imagine, affected future bookings.

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That equates to around 13,000 passengers.

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The work we are doing at the moment is to, on the one hand,

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bring people back to the UK, and that is happening

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around about now, who have completed their holidays.

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And for those 13,000 or so people who have forward bookings,

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we are making arrangements for those to get a full refund

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Now, 250 people work for the group here.

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Three of those other firms that I mentioned earlier were taken

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over by administrators at the end of December.

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Luckily, a buyer was found and 200 posts here were saved.

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100 workers on cruise ships will lose their jobs and a further

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That 150, we understand, makes up the majority of the workforce.

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An investigation is underway after a fatal house fire in Rutland.

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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue were called to a property

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They rescued the occupant inside, who was trapped, but that person

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The cause of the fire is being investigated by both

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2.5 million people have watched a film about the murdered

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Leicestershire teenager Kayleigh Haywood, since

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'Kayleigh's Love Story' depicts the last two weeks of her life.

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The 15-year-old from Measham was groomed, raped and murdered

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in 2015 after meeting a man on the internet.

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The film, produced by Leicestershire Police,

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warns of the dangers of online grooming.

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A Leicester primary school is to remain shut for the rest

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of this week after dozens of windows and glass roof panels were smashed.

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The police say two 11-year-old boys have since been arrested and bailed.

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It will mean a very late start to the New Year

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for the staff and pupils of Braunstone Community Primary,

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Clearing up after a blitz of damage on their school.

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The staff were back in today at Braunstone Community Primary

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in Leicester after dozens of glass panes in windows, doors and roof

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It has left the staff upset at what has happened.

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Doors and windows have been smashed, as well as the displays

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across the schools that have been damaged, and some of the other

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rooms that have been vandalised with spray paint.

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It's not just glass that's been broken.

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A play area specially created for nursery-aged children has also

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We do feel really upset because we worked so hard last year

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We made it magical for the children and they love it out

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here and it's just been trashed, so it is upsetting.

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It's meant the 460 nursery and primary pupils will have a late

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I have just learnt that Jewson's have donated some bark and some

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soil for us because, obviously, we've had to remove

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it all because it had shards of glass in it.

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I've also had an e-mail from a local pastor that said

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if we need any support, that they are there for us to give

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Leicestershire police say two 11-year-olds have been questioned

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The school revealed this afternoon that it won't open

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A jury has been hearing how a seven month old baby girl

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"suffered a catastrophic, and ultimately fatal,

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injury" that, experts say, could only be caused

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At Leicester Crown Court, Chaunfang Zheng, who is 30,

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The prosecution claims she shook baby Phoebe "repeatedly,

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Chaunfang Zheng was left in charge of baby Phoebe

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on the evening of 22nd March, the year before last.

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Within 30 minutes of being left in her sole care, the court heard,

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Phoebe suffered a catastrophic, and ultimately fatal,

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injury with significant bleeding on her brain,

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With the baby in her arms, Chaunfang Zheng ran to the Chinese

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takeaway next door where Phoebe's mother and father worked.

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They rushed the baby to hospital and there were extensive medical

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efforts to save her young life, but the injuries inflicted

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were so severe that the baby died four days later.

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The prosecution said it would never be possible to establish exactly

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When she was left, Phoebe the was in good health, he said.

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Chaunfang Zheng must have caused significant and abusive head trauma

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known as 'shaken baby', and described by an expert

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as being very much at the severe end of the range.

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It would have been immediately apparent to Chaunfang Zheng

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what she had done, he said, but the court was told she made

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a concerted effort to lie about the events which led up to it

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She tried to blame the mother's efforts to resuscitate the baby

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Chaunfang Zheng denies manslaughter and the trial is continuing.

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It is being claimed the Government is failing to follow its own

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guidelines by creating a new garden village in South Derbyshire.

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A local councillor says the Infinity Garden Village

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on the outskirts of Derby won't be a new village at all,

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At least 2,000 homes are planned to be built on this land,

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creating what the Government has named Infinity Garden Village.

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Garden villages are one of the ways it is trying to ease

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This one, off the A50 between Sinfin and Stenson Fields,

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will be one of 14 nationally, but one local councillor here says

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the Government has already failed to meet its criteria

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for what a garden village is supposed to be by

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All of the news houses at the northern end will be facing,

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over more than a mile, the existing houses.

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You are going to pretend that that somehow is a distinct community?

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It doesn't meet the criteria on that ground and it doesn't meaet the ones

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saying that the land should perhaps be in public ownership,

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not a blade of grass round here is in public ownership,

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and that it should be brownfield land.

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Well, again, this has been farmed from time immemorial.

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So, at first sight, this area doesn't seem to fit the bill

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for a garden village, but the Government has also said

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that it doesn't consider there to be a single template for a garden

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village and doesn't want to impose a set of development

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That responsibility lies with the local authorities

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and the proposal to build what is being described

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as "high-quality homes" here has been defended as essential

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This commitment here is to provide quality homes because we need

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to have in this area people who are going to support

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the industries - they need quality homes to live in.

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But the plans have received a mixed reaction from local residents.

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It's just adding on to Derby and Derby's problems.

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You are going to lose all the countryside.

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Work on the project is expected to begin at the end of next year.

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Meanwhile, 130 homes already confirmed for this site will start

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It is being claimed the Government is failing to follow its own

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A photography student has captured rare scenes of an almost

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Dean Saunderson spent three hours taking pictures on Christmas morning

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The eerie images show the normally busy and bustling city

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Dean says it was a magical experience.

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So, it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now, here's Kaye.

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Lovely spells of sunshine tomorrow. Those clear skies towards the end of

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today mean that tonight really will get very cold indeed. A widespread

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frost for tomorrow morning, but a gorgeous day, much like bank holiday

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Monday, lovely spells of sunshine. We did have a milder air, but the

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dragon the cold northerly territory tomorrow. The mild air will return

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as we get near the weekend. Back to the here and now and it is dry, the

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winds are light and there are plenty of clear skies. The butchers are

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already down below freezing. For many of us who will get down to -1

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or two, but in the countryside it could get down to -5. No warnings

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for ice, but bear in mind that there could be some slippy surface is

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first thing. A gorgeous day, dry and fine, lengthy spells of sunshine

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with light winds. The temperatures will only get up to three degrees,

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so make sure you wrap up warm. For Friday, the milder air starts to

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come back in but the wind will strengthen and there is some rain in

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the forecast. That pushes down to the south and that leaves us with a

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milder, settled weekend, mostly dry with a few bright spells at times.

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Here is the Temperatures creeping up a notch or

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two and turning milder into the weekend.

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