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And now the news for the East Midlands,


Two Polish brothers have been jailed for exploiting


Nottingham Crown Court was told that Sports Direct unwittingly


employed "modern slaves" at its warehouse in Shirebrook.


Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been


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


Well, they destroy peoples lives, according to the judge


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


We heard they were recruited because they were vulnerable,


They were lured here on false promises.


Tonight, Erwin and Krystian Markowski beginning


They admitted exploiting those workers under


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


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


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


You say that they controlled these workers, how?


Essentially, it was through threats and violence.


We heard that they extorted protection money.


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


We also heard these workers lived in filthy conditions,


and that the brothers controlled their bank accounts,


and withdrew their earnings through cash machines.


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


Police Commissioner, who says he's horrified.


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


And I hope the sentence sends out a strong message that


Nottinghamshire Police and the courts aren't going


And how were the brothers finally caught?


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


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


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


They've welcomed the brothers' convictions.


The firm says it sends a clear message that the exploitation


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


the crisis of horses being cruelly dumped.


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


overnight in the frost, suffering horrific injuries.


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


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


Two months ago, a young horse was dumped with rubbish


That was still alive the following morning,


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


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


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


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


What do you want to see done about this?


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


Under the passport regulations, these guys should be chipped.


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


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


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


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


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


There are practical issues around its enforcement.


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


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


I think that needs looking at more closely.


Meanwhile, another day, another appeal for witnesses.


She was dumped on Saturday night in Leicestershire,


her back legs tied to railings so she fell, suffering


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


A man is recovering in hospital after he was seriously injured


in a hit and run collision in a Leicestershire


It happened on this stretch of Kirkby Road in Barwell.


The silver car was later found burnt out on a farm


Two cars were also damaged in the collision.


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


bodily harm and drink-driving and has been bailed


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


industrial strategy and the post-Brexit economy.


The Government wants to encourage smart energy,


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


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


Visiting Bombardier to see London's new Crossrail trains.


But the Education Secretary also met graduates and apprentices.


She says they're exactly the sort of young people


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


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


green paper that we've just launched today.


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


sure our young people have got the skills that companies


like Bombardier need is absolutely critical.


We know that Germany produces around three times as many


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


The institutes of technology will enable us to start


The Government's talking about investing a lot


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


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


and for young people to come through.


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


I believe those as a fundamental skill prepares


You get the experience and qualifications at the same time.


The Education Secretary says at the institutes will provide


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


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


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


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


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


We have got slight concerns that they are pushing towards technology


and not the manufacturing side of things.


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


The company has to do all its own training,


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


technical education, to bridge what's been described


We do struggle with skills, because, obviously,


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


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


so everything is thrown into getting our own skills


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


The biggest business group in the East Midlands


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


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


is forefront as part of the Brexit negotiations.


The details, how does the strategy and subsequent investment,


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


Like many other companies, A1 Flue Systems wants


business rates reviewed, but says, since the Brexit


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


That's your news, so it's goodbye from me.


But with your weather now, here's Alex.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fog. There will be Sunni


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