25/01/2017 East Midlands Today


25/01/2017

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And Theresa May has said she will publish her

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A taxi driver from Leicester who told a man with a guide dog

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it was against his religion to let the animal in his car has been

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44-year-old Abandi Kassim, a Muslim, was filmed refusing to let the guide

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Kassim today admitted breaking the law by refusing

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He was fined ?470 at Leicester Magistrates' Court.

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The whole incident was filmed on a camera phone when it happened.

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Magistrates told Kassim he had a duty to carry the assistance dog

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when its owner Charles Bloch asked him to and he should have

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Only drivers with an approved medical exemption are allowed

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After the court case, our reporter, Simon Ward,

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What have you got to say? I apologise to him. I didn't get a

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chance to apologise to him. I didn't get a chance to tell him I wasn't

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trained because there was attacked. You said it was because of your

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Muslim religion. I was confused because I was scared of the dog. I

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didn't know the difference between a normal dog and a guide dog. But it's

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your duty as a taxi driver to comply with the law and to be aware of

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this. It was a mistake. I made a mistake but for me it was out of a

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lack of training. Parents are holding a protest

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outside Derby City Council house this lunchtime against the ongoing

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dispute between school support staff Teaching assistants have been

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striking in recent months over changes to their contracts,

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which has led to some losing Our reporter, Navtej Johal,

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has sent us this report. This dispute has been rumbling on

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fire over a year. But over the last few months will support staff have

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been showing their frustration by increasingly going on strike. The

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impact the strikes have had has been felt by parents and children. Many

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of them unexpected here later this afternoon to demand an end to the

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dispute. I've been speaking to one of them, Jemma Walker, whose son

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George has won syndrome and is has only attended four full days of

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school so far this month as a result of the strikes. Then we'll hear from

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the council about how it feels this issue can be resolved. Who could

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take a 25% pay cut? The focus now needs to be on the children and they

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need to resolve it one way or another. It is getting to a point

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where it isn't fair. It's not fair any more. It's been going on so long

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and the only way we're going to end this dispute it by calling of the

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strikes. Continuing industrial action is not the answer. The answer

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is to come back to the table and set down and talk to us to understand

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the financial constraints we are under as an authority and sit with

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us and work with us on a school by school basis to find a solution that

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works. We will have more on this story tonight at 6:30pm.

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A 90-year-old man has gone on trial accused of historical sex

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crimes at an approved school in Nottinghamshire.

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Dennis Young denies committing a string of offences

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against a boy he was teaching at Skegby Hall near Mansfield.

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Nottingham Crown Court's been told that it began

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almost sixty years ago, when the pupil was ten years old.

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The prosecution case is expected to unfold this afternoon.

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A mother has been speaking for the first time about the loss

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of her son, who was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend in

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Emma Jayne-Magson was jailed for life for murdering James Knight.

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Now, his mother, Trish, says she's determined that some good

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In the early hours of Easter Sunday last March neighbours

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on Sylvan Street in Leicester were woken by a drunken

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It ended with 26-year-old James Knight being stabbed

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His girlfriend, Emma Jane-Magson, claimed he'd been fighting

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with bouncers, but she murdered him with a steak knife and then over

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half an hour later calmly phoned the emergency services.

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My boyfriend is here and he is making weird noises.

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James, I've got the ambulance on the phone.

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Please just turn around so I know what's up with you.

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That call still haunts James' mother.

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They said in court that you can hear James' last breaths on that phone

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She doesn't mention that he's been stabbed.

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The paramedic says there will be a delay and she just says,

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It might take a while so I do apologise.

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Trish is determined that James, who had two young

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daughters from a previous relationship, isn't forgotten.

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She is in the Leicester anti-knife project and along with family

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and friends is helping put on a football tournament next

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month to raise money for a cause dear to them.

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We want to do something good in his name and we've gone

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James himself was born prematurely and was cared for by the unit.

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His mother says her son's death is like a dream she just

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wants to wake up from, but one that will never end.

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His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales,

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Prince Charles has been making various stops through the city

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and county and even found time for a spot of shopping.

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He will conclude his trip at the Mountsorrel Railway shortly.

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Alex Howick has a round-up of his morning so far.

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The glimpse for the Royal patron into how is charity is changing

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lives. His Royal Highness began his visit at the city of Leicester

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College to meet young people taking part in the Princes trust programmes

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helping them to get on in education. A little later accompanied by the

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city mayor and MP Liz Kendall Prince Charles came to West code library on

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another road. It was named the most multicultural street in the UK last

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year. There he was told how people use the library as a hub for the

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community and was presented with a hamper from shopkeepers along the

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street which houses 23 different nationalities. Finally Prince

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Charles will visit the restored Mount sorrow really in Heritage

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Centre after a morning meeting the children his charity has helped

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inspire. Time for the weather.

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Here's Charlie. Good afternoon. A pleasant afternoon

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as well and a good deal of blue sky and sunshine around. This area of

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cloud is slowly making its way from the South so as we go through the

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afternoon it will gradually start to cloud over. The further north and

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west you are the longer you hang on to the blue sky. Temperatures

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getting up to around 6 degrees. That still feels chilly but this time

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tomorrow you will look back to those halcyon days of 6 degrees with

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fondness. First of all tonight, it will be cold. Not so much fog around

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the night but the temperatures really chilly. Add in the

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countryside possibly as low as minus four. Thursday a generally dry but

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cloudy day but a bitterly cold day. A chilly north-easterly wind so your

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temperatures are around freezing or one Celsius. This wind coming of the

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continent which is very cold at this time of year. As the daytime comes

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tomorrow it will feel -4 -5 so freezing cold day on Thursday and

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temperatures down at around -4 minus five.

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Join Anne and Dominic for East Midlands Today at 6.30pm.

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Should've seen Hillary's face. She was stood there with Bill.

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Because she's going to an event to celebrate

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a job that she didn't get and the person closest to her, to reassure

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her, to tell her it's going to be OK,

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is a person who's already had that job.

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Yeah. She must be thinking, "Where can I go?"

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