08/01/2017 East Midlands Today


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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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A Leicestershire mum says she fears the man who killed her daughter has

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Colin Pitchfork was given a life sentence in 1988,

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for the rape and murder of 15-year olds Linda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

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But he's been moved now to an open prison, as Giles Taylor reports.

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It was the first time DNA profiling had ever

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after thousands of men were screened by police,

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Colin Pitchfork was caught and given 30 years in

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prison but now his conditions have been relaxed and families

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I'm very fearful because in my eyes it is his first step towards

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I believe he should never have had freedom.

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How can a man who has done what he did, change?

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It does not change the fact that he is a

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In 2009, his life tariff was reduced by two years

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because of his exceptional progress while in custody.

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But Cath and her family have continued to campaign against

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his release, she says the prospect gives her sleepless nights.

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People will not recognise him now and so he

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I think he'll come back eventually and I shan't know him.

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If he walked alongside me, I would not know him and he'd know me.

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In a letter to the Leicestershire South

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MP, Alberto Costa, the Justice Minister Sam Gyimah has

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said Pitchfork's release is in no way guaranteed.

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I think there are some crimes that are so heinous that you have

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to ask whether it is ever right to release an individual.

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What I am doing in my job as a member of

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Parliament is to make sure the Ministry of Justice

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and the Prison service are doing their job to

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safeguard the people of South Leicestershire and indeed

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The parole board is due to review the case again in

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Police investigating more than 60 reports of damage to cars

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in Leicester and Leicestershire, have made five arrests.

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Tyres were slashed and windows smashed last weekend in areas

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including Glenfield, Thurmaston, East Goscote,

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The men, aged between 18 and 23, have been released on bail

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The aftermath of the Brexit vote has been partly blamed for delaying

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a memorial to airmen who died in the skies above Nottinghamshire.

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Forty airmen were killed in crashes around Bleasby

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But both the cost and number of aircrew who need to be

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Right, boys and girls, come on, this way please.

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The village has taken the memorial to

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its heart, it is already a primary school project and the

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schoolchildren recently dressed up to experience life as an evacuee.

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Parts of the wreckage of a Wellington bomber

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which crashed near the school were recovered by a farmer.

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The memorial was meant to be in place in

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We originally had 19 young airmen who were killed

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here in three incidents, but we've had more information from

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We now know we had seven crashes and 40 young airmen who were killed.

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The cost has gone up from six to ?8,000.

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The granite is imported from India and priced in US dollars.

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Since the Brexit vote, the exchange rate has gone down by

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15% so that has probably added ?1000 to the cost of the memorial.

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Additional costs are due to the additional names we've

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discovered being put on the memorial.

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The memorial should be unveiled in two

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years on the 70th anniversary of the two Lancasters colliding.

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The University of Derby has a new exhibition -

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Del Coombs has been working at the University for 20 years

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and while there has been studying Sustainable Design.

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He's been working on individual pieces - more than 3,000 so far -

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which all involve re-using things he finds during his day job.

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His latest haul, on show at the Deda Dance Centre,

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is inspired by bar codes on food cans.

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When I am a cleaner, there are lots of

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Some of them are called rubbish, some are

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That's where the balance between the two is.

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I get all my materials at work and a lot of my

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ideas at work, listening to people talking and seeing things.

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In rugby, a fierce-fight back for Leicester Tigers wasn't

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enough.They lost 22-16 this afternoon at Wasps.

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Let's check on the weather now - Lucy has our forecast

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Today seemed like an improved version of yesterday.

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Still a misty and murky start with plenty of cloud.

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Into this evening and overnight, more cloud.

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That will thicken up to produce the odd spot of drizzle.

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There could be for developing as well.

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Plenty of cloud around tomorrow from the word

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Then this band of rain arrives from the north-west.

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Behind it, clear skies and the chance of the

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Temperatures reaching a maximum of nine Celsius.

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Monday night into Tuesday will be cold them

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-- cooler than recently and temperatures will drop off

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as we move through the week and

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Back with more for you tonight, the other side of your national

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and international news update - at ten to eleven.

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After a dull weekend for many of us, the weather gets shaken to life this

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week. The real driver for the first wake-up call is low pressure pushing

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towards Iceland, it will throw this weather front Alloway and before

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that we have the south-westerly wind, another misty and foggy night

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for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland turning wetter

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earlier -- later on. Frost for England later do tonight but these

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are the temperatures for most people tomorrow

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