23/01/2017 East Midlands Today


23/01/2017

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And now the news for the East Midlands,

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Two Polish brothers have been jailed for exploiting

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Nottingham Crown Court was told that Sports Direct unwittingly

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employed "modern slaves" at its warehouse in Shirebrook.

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Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been

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following the case, and I asked him what the brothers did.

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Well, they destroy peoples lives, according to the judge

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In all, 18 vulnerable men were trafficked over from Poland.

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We heard they were recruited because they were vulnerable,

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They were lured here on false promises.

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Tonight, Erwin and Krystian Markowski beginning

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They admitted exploiting those workers under

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We heard that they sent these men to work at Sports Direct

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through an employment agency, but kept most of their wages.

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Over a year, we heard, they stole at least ?35,000.

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You say that they controlled these workers, how?

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Essentially, it was through threats and violence.

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We heard that they extorted protection money.

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When one man complained, he was beaten up and made homeless.

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We also heard these workers lived in filthy conditions,

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and that the brothers controlled their bank accounts,

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and withdrew their earnings through cash machines.

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Tonight, we've had this reaction from Nottinghamshire's

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Police Commissioner, who says he's horrified.

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They've been held as victims, kept as slaves, and treated abominably.

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And I hope the sentence sends out a strong message that

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Nottinghamshire Police and the courts aren't going

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And how were the brothers finally caught?

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It all ended when one of these victims want into a Nottingham

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police station and said 11 workers, who were sharing his house,

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Tonight, we've had a statement from Sports Direct.

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They've welcomed the brothers' convictions.

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The firm says it sends a clear message that the exploitation

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The RSPCA and a vet are demanding action to stop what they call

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the crisis of horses being cruelly dumped.

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In the latest case, a mare was tied up and left for dead

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overnight in the frost, suffering horrific injuries.

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Animal charities want to know why the law to get horses microchipped

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The actions of these people, it's a hideous crime.

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Two months ago, a young horse was dumped with rubbish

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That was still alive the following morning,

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On a scale of 1-10 I think that's a ten for suffering.

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Two weeks ago, a grey mare, thought to have been in labour,

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On Wednesday evening, three horses - a mare, her foal and another young

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horse - were found dead in a field near here, in Derbyshire.

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What do you want to see done about this?

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I'd like Trading Standards to enforce the law that's

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Under the passport regulations, these guys should be chipped.

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Once these guys are chipped, they are a traceable commodity.

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It says it's seeing more and more horses dumped because people don't

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want to pay the cost of disposing of the body properly.

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It wants the Government to take urgent action to...

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So what do Trading Standards, the enforcers, say about that?

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There are practical issues around its enforcement.

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I'm sure it's not having the desired detterent effect

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There's probably a grey area, in terms of what the RSPCA

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I think that needs looking at more closely.

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Meanwhile, another day, another appeal for witnesses.

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She was dumped on Saturday night in Leicestershire,

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her back legs tied to railings so she fell, suffering

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It's time to get tough, say campaigners, to end the cruelty.

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A man is recovering in hospital after he was seriously injured

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in a hit and run collision in a Leicestershire

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It happened on this stretch of Kirkby Road in Barwell.

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The silver car was later found burnt out on a farm

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Two cars were also damaged in the collision.

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A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous

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bodily harm and drink-driving and has been bailed

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Next - Number 10's ten-point plan to shape Britain's

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industrial strategy and the post-Brexit economy.

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The Government wants to encourage smart energy,

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robotics and 5G mobile technology, and today the Education Secretary

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was in Derby to announce an overhaul of technical education to bridge

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Visiting Bombardier to see London's new Crossrail trains.

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But the Education Secretary also met graduates and apprentices.

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She says they're exactly the sort of young people

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she wants to see emerging from ?170 million of new national

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The East Midlands engine is a key part of the Industrial Strategy

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green paper that we've just launched today.

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I'm here because, within that, skills and making

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sure our young people have got the skills that companies

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like Bombardier need is absolutely critical.

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We know that Germany produces around three times as many

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technically skilled people coming into its workforce as the UK does.

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The institutes of technology will enable us to start

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The Government's talking about investing a lot

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in apprentices, in more education - do you think this is worthwhile?

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Especially the rail industry, it's very important to invest in,

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and for young people to come through.

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I went to college, did my A-levels in maths and physics.

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I believe those as a fundamental skill prepares

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You get the experience and qualifications at the same time.

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The Education Secretary says at the institutes will provide

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the skills Britain will need if it's to stay competitive after Brexit.

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So what do businesses here think of the PM's strategy?

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A1 Flue Systems, near Ollerton, is the type of manufacturer

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Family-run for over 40 years, it employs 140 workers,

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As a company, it wanted Brexit, and is broadly encouraged

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We have got slight concerns that they are pushing towards technology

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and not the manufacturing side of things.

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The company were very pro-Brexit, and we feel it will, eventually,

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The company has to do all its own training,

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It's delighted the Government is pledging ?170 million to overhaul

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technical education, to bridge what's been described

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We do struggle with skills, because, obviously,

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school leavers aren't pushed towards manufacturing, they are very

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We can't get anybody straight out of college to do what we do,

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so everything is thrown into getting our own skills

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So, if they are strengthening skills, it would be welcome to us.

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The biggest business group in the East Midlands

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It's the first indication that the Prime Minister has listened

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to what our members have been asking for, which is that business

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is forefront as part of the Brexit negotiations.

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The details, how does the strategy and subsequent investment,

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how does it play out on a practical, local level?

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Like many other companies, A1 Flue Systems wants

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business rates reviewed, but says, since the Brexit

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referendum, it's already seeing more orders than before.

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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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Thanks. The weather for the week ahead is looking at chilly. We've

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got some frost and fog on the way as well. Easier conditions later this

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week, but also brighter spells, is not wall-to-wall cloud. A yellow

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weather warning for fog tonight into tomorrow morning. Take extra care,

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particularly in the rush hour, there could be tricky driving conditions.

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BBC local radio will have the latest updates. Through the chorus are

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tonight, we will have that fog building, in the early hours. Loads

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of around minus two Celsius tonight. Get those ice scraper is at the

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ready for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning will start at foggy night.

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Through the day, the cloud will thin and break, so we may see some

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sunshine. Highs of around 6 degrees. Going through tomorrow night, we

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will see that cloud building in again. It chilly night again, not

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quite as quick chilly as tonight, loads of 0 degrees, so the chance of

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a frost. Towards weapon state, brighter spells in place -- towards

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Wednesday, highs of 6 degrees. Looking towards the second half of

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the week, we continue to see those isobars squeezing together. It will

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feel breezy, drawing in air from the neocons learned. We expected to get

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rather cold. Thursday is the chilliest day, feeling like -3 out

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of about, so wrap up warm. Some brightness around, a similar

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position on Friday, but slightly milder highs of six Celsius, but

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drizzly its and pieces around. That's it from us comic

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy

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across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its

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way further eastwards. Some fog as well across parts of Yorkshire.

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Northern Ireland and Scotland are mild but damn. This is how we will

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start the day. At eight o'clock in the morning, quite a lot of fog

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around which could affect the major airports. What all of us have seen

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fog. There will be Sunni

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