19/01/2017 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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First tonight, we can reveal that more than a million pounds has been

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paid to police informants in the East Midlands over

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The figures have been released to us under

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Some of that money has been paid to convicted criminals.

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But the police insist it's good value for money,

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and say it's helping to protect us from serious crime.

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.

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It's a cloak and dagger world of secretive deals in the shadows,

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The police have a name for them - covert human intelligence sources -

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but for the criminals they are helping to convict, there

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They are paid by results for giving tip-offs about plans for drug deals

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or anything from weapons and stolen antiques to serious organised crime.

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Inevitably, they are often insiders who have been

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This Derby criminology lecturer used to be a police superintendent.

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He placed ads for police informants in newspapers and pubs.

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If someone says at a given time, date and place that a crime

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is going to occur or where stolen property is, the police can deal

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Alternatively, the taxpayer might have to fund a major

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surveillance operation, which could take weeks and months

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and run into several hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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So this is a very cost-effective, efficient way of dealing

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Now we know how much was paid to informants

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The Leicestershire force made payments of ?244,000.

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The highest figure was in Nottinghamshire,

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where the police spent ?670,000 on informants.

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It takes guns off the street, it gets drugs off the street

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and we must remember that informants do not get paid unless they provide

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We are talking about public money being used to pay criminals.

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People will be uncomfortable about that, aren't they?

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It is an uncomfortable area but if it is getting people locked

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up, I think that is the right thing to do and I think we need

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to be grown up about it. The information that the police

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gets, a lot of it, comes from criminals.

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The police need to protect their informants so they are not

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saying which crimes they've solved or even how many times

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But they are convinced those informants are

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The chairman of Toyota, which employs more than 3,000 people

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here in the East Midlands has warned the company must become

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more competitive once Britain leaves the EU.

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His comments were in response to the Prime Minister's speech

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yesterday outlining the Government's plans for Brexit.

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Toyota cars have been rolling off the production line

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at its plant in Burnaston, near Derby, since 1992.

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The Japanese firm employs 2,600 staff here and it builds one in ten

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While the company said today it remains supportive

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of its people and its operations, wherever they are, the chairman

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of Toyota issued a warning after the Prime Minister's speech

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yesterday about taking Britain out of the EU's single market.

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In an interview with the Financial Times,

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The UK car industry is heavily reliant on exports to Europe

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and so most exposed to any risks surrounding Brexit.

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There has been a lot of support over the years from Europe for a log

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There has been a lot of support over the years from Europe for a lot

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of our major industries, including Rolls-Royce,

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And I think the government still has some significant

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questions to answer as to how they are going to

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Responding to Toyota's comments, the Prime Minister's official

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spokesman today insisted the government had listened

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to their concerns and that the automotive sector was one

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They added, "We will be working very hard in the negotiating process

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to make sure they can remain as successful as they

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A Leicester woman, found dead yards from her home,

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has been described as a much-loved mother and daughter.

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46-year-old Kiran Daudia was reported missing earlier this

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week and her body was found in a suitcase in an

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Today her ex-husband Ashwin Daudia appeared in court

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Officers searching for a missing man from Leicestershire say

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David Noakes went missing on Tuesday morning and was last seen

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A body has now been found in water in Jubilee Park and although formal

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identification has not yet taken place, police say it's believed

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One of Britain's best-known lawyers is behind a new support group

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in Nottingham for families bereaved by suicide.

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Michael Mansfield QC represented the Guildford Four

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Away from the courtroom, though, he and his partner have been

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grieving the loss of his daughter, Anna, who took her own life.

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Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons has the details.

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Michael Mansfield QC, a colourful, confident, charismatic lawyer.

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His most difficult case however has been away from the courtroom.

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Making sense of the death of his daughter Anna.

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I do think about her most days of the week.

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In a sense I feel guilty about that because I think more of her now

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than when she was alive and, of course, in one sense that

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But it also means that it provides a stimulus for doing the initiative

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Michael and his partner Yvette have teamed up

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with the Nottingham Right Initiative.

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They want friends and family of those who have taken their own

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life to talk about it more. It is taboo.

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One of the things that we struggle with in society is speaking

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about the death and dying and what it means.

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The conditions and circumstances, the context that people face that

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They are planning monthly support meetings and a big event in March

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We do not know why exactly, because we cannot get

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She left notes saying that effectively, she thought she had

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failed her children. I mean, nobody agrees

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with that, but, you know, that is where she placed herself.

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The feedback we're getting from the SOS initiatives that we do

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is that people feel completely unburdened simply

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They want to end what they still believe is a stigma around suicide.

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A children's nursery with a somewhat controversial approach to playtime

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The children don't play with brightly-coloured,

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battery-operated toys. Instead, they're given everyday

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household objects to help them become more creative.

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For Rhys and Thomas, life is all about play.

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Except here at Love To Learn Nursery in Leicester, the toys

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We do not tend to have any plastic toys.

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You might find the small dinosaurs or little cars,

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but everything in this environment is an open-end resource

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and what that means is that the children

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use their imagination to play and learn.

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The nursery is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy,

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developed after the Second World War.

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It focuses on giving children free rein to explore

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Here in Leicester, it is the first nursery of its kind

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and already 27 children have been enrolled.

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It seemed like a place more in keeping with his home life,

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we did not want things that were too different.

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Didn't want bright primary colours and stuff.

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I like the different way of learning, not

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having all plastic toys, where it makes his brain work more.

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The children play with pan lids, drainpipes and household objects.

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There are so many tests for children these days, so many targets.

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Let the children be little, let them learn and develop in their own pace,

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their own schematic learning style. e do all the learning

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embedded but through fun and through excitement.

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The nursery opened at the beginning of the year and spaces

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Sport now and the American tycoon who'd been hoping to take over

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Nottingham Forest says an improved offer has been turned down

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by the club's current owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

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John Jay Moores says he is still interested

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But that new offer was refused earlier this week.

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Today Fawaz Al-Hasawi said he's committed to the club and wants

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That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me -

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but with your weather now, here's Alex.

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It's been a grey and drizzly picture of the last few days, quite damp as

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well as lots of cloud around. That is just the start of it, but it does

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look like things. To brighten up a little over the next few days

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because high pressure has been pinning the cloud over the East

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Midlands and the conference steadily going north, taking the cloud with

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it. So we should see some brighter weather towards the end of the

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weekend. Tomorrow, we have got that cloud and tonight, the cloud moving

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northwards. Very cold when we get rid of the cloud, lots of minus one

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Celsius but under the cloud, more like five Celsius. Tomorrow,

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continue to see the cloud moving north, some writers bolster the

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south. In the cloud, we expect to see some drizzle in places. Highs of

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around six Celsius with a light easterly breeze. Looking ahead to

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Saturday, more of the same, quite a lot of cloud but also some brighter

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spells as well and don't be surprised if you see the sunshine.

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I'll leave you with a look at the outlook.

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looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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picture. Good evening, it will gradually get

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colder in the UK in the next few days, something we don't have to

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worry about in Australia at this time of year. Of course it's the

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Australian tennis open at the moment and there's a big storm moving

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through Melbourne at the moment. Hopefully it will have cleared

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through by the time of Andy Murray's match. We have high withers and

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light winds and some interesting contrasts despite things being very

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slow moving, with the sunshine to the south of the weather zone but

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stuck underneath the weather zone, it's been another miserably grey

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day. No doubt quite dreary with some patches of drizzle. This is how it

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looked in Staffordshire, under the weather front. In the sunshine,

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despite the Frosty start, a sparkling day and a fantastic sunset

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here in the Isle of Wight. Some areas, in parts of Northern Ireland

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that haven't seen much sunshine this

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