Capital Reports: East Midlands News

25 April 2017, 17:26


Find out what's going on in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester

'A Horrible Marker Of Time'

Madeleine McCann's mum has described the tenth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance as a 'horrible marker of time'.

In a message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, Kate McCann added:

'We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks.

'It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes.'

Three-year-old Madeleine went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

Read the full Facbook post below:

Ten Years
24 April, 2017 - Ten Years

Ten years - there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. I remember when Madeleine first disappeared I couldn't even begin to consider anything in terms of years. Shawn Hornbeck abducted and kept hidden for over four years, Natascha Kampusch for over eight years. I couldn't go there. And now here we are...Madeleine, our Madeleine- ten years.
Most days are similar to the rest - another day. May 3rd 2017 - another day. But ten years - a horrible marker of time, stolen time.

We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks. It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes.

Media appearances are draining and on occasion, unhelpful to the only thing we want, finding Madeleine. They need to have a purpose. We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life.
I truly hope that those reporting on the 'story' over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience. Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children - and of course Madeleine.

Thankfully, there is an active police investigation to try and find Madeleine and bring her abductor to justice. There are no new appeals that the police wish to make at this moment in time and so we are keeping any media involvement marking this unwanted milestone to a minimum.

The two themes that seem most appropriate to me as we reach this ten year mark are perseverance and gratitude: We will go on, try our hardest, never give up and make the best of the life we have.

We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade. There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the 'quiet majority' has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness. And while that is there, there will always be hope.

Thank you so much from all of our family.

Kate and Gerry

Tests Into Body of Leicester Murder Victim

Capital's been told a 20 year old killed in Leicester died after being stabbed.

A post mortem examination's been carried out on the body of Isaac Williams

He was found injured in Cropthorne Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Police Arrest Suspected Extremists Over Brussels Bombings

Police investigating last year's terror attacks in Belgium have arrested eight suspected Islamic extremists in Barcelona.

They're suspected of being linked to suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station.

David Dixon from Nottingham was killed in the train explosion.

Fake Gun Ramage

A 25-year-old man from Nottingham, who went round threatening people with a fake gun in Bulwell, is starting 9 years in prison.

Ashleigh Sims, from Bulwell, held an imitation gun to a man's head in Lillington Road last July, then hours later attacked another man at a shop.

Sims went on to burgle houses in Devon, Cornwall and Yorkshire.

Detective Inspector Martin Putnar of Nottinghamshire Police told Capital:

'Ashleigh Sims was clearly a very cold and calculated individual who seemed to gain pleasure from threatening people making them believe he would kill them.

'Although the firearm we found was not a real weapon we feel that Sims was a dangerous man so we are pleased with this lengthy sentence.

'I would like to thank all of the officers involved in the search and arrest of this man as well as the intelligence teams, as without the information they uncovered, this man may still have been be at large.'

EMICS Call Outs Up

A group of East Midlands doctors, who work for free in their spare time and holidays, went to 1731 emergencies last year, 8% more calls outs than the year before.

EMICS Doctors support paramedics with some of their most serious casualties.

26 doctors volunteer in our region and have their cars loaded up with special emergency kit and drugs.

More doctors want to volunteer for East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) but more funding is needed for them to join the team.

A typical set of equipment for the doctors cost around £6,000 and includes defibrillators and protective boots.

Soldier Accused Of Murdering Ex Offers To Take Lie Detector Test

A soldier charged with murdering his ex girlfriend from Leicestershire's told a court he'd take a lie detector test to prove he's not lying about how she died.

Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon denies attacking Alice Ruggles with a knife at her flat in Gateshead last October.

He's told a jury he drove from his barracks in Edinburgh to get some clothes from her and that she attacked him - but stabbed herself by accident.

Derby Man Denies Planning Terror Attack

A man from Derby's one of two people who've denied planning a terror attack in the UK.

36 year old Munir Hassan Mohammed from Leopold Street and a woman were arrested last December.

Langley Mill Stabbing

Three people have been charged after a man was stabbed in Derbyshire at the weekend.

Police were called to Station Road in Langley Mill on Saturday morning.

Two boys - aged 17 and 16 - and a 33 year old woman have been charged with wounding with intent to cause harm.

Aspley Investigation Continues

A 17-year-old arrested after the sudden death of a 14-year-old boy in Aspley in Nottingham has been released under investigation.

Police were called to Tenbury Crescent, Aspley at around 10pm on Thursday to a report that a male had collapsed and was believed to be suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The 14-year-old was taken to Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased.

The post mortem examination proved inconclusive, more tests are now being done to establish the cause of death, which could take up to six weeks.

Sneinton Searches

Two addresses in Sneinton in Nottingham have been searched by armed police.

Officers have told Capital that the operation is part of a wider investigation, the activity doesn't pose a risk to the public and is not related to any counter-terrorism activity.

Addresses in Westwood Road and Sneinton Boulevard were seached yesterday.

There will be more police patrols in the area to reassure the community over the next few days.

Man Charged with Manslaughter In Derbyshire

Police in Derbyshire have charged a man with manslaughter after a man died in Grassmoor on Tuesday.

Stuart Bowdler, who was 74, was in a minor crash with a motorbike in North Winfield Road.

Police say he died after an argument with Colin Bailey who is due in court this morning.

Notts County Ladies Are No More 

Notts County owner and chairman Alan Hardy says he feels let down by a lack of support from the Football Association after the club's ladies' team folded.

Having completed his takeover of the men's and women's teams at the start of the year - he was unable to clear the latter's debts - and called it "financial suicide" to keep it going.

Players are now without clubs - including four of England's Euro 2017 squad.

But Hardy tells Sky Sports News, he'll try to ease the struggle: 

'Education Not Enough To Stop Knife Crime'

The leader of Nottingham City Council's told Capital education clearly isn't having enough of an affect in stopping knife crime.

The call comes after an 18-year-old was murdered in Woodborough Road, Mapperley Park, in the early hours of Friday 14 April. 20-year-old Nathan Towsley, of Braunton Crescent, has been charged with murder. 

Jon Collins wants to see a change in penalties to introduce a minimum automatic prison term.

He says action over gun crime helped reduce shootings in the city.

Leicester Fans Proud

Leicester are out of the Champions League, getting beaten by Atlético Madrid but fans, genuinely, are not bothered.

The Foxes went out to Atlético Madrid, 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare knows they couldn't have done more.

Peaty Gives Medal To Fan

Derby Olympic champion Adam Peaty has given his latest gold medal to a fan!

He won the 100-metres breaststroke at the British Championships in Sheffield, easily qualifing for the World Championships.

The 10-year-old fan said he might wear the medal to bed.

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