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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.

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First tonight, one of our region's hospitals has announced it's

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under such severe strain, it's raised its status

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to the highest level by declaring "a critical situation".

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It's a rare move by senior managers at the Leicester Royal Infirmary

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but shows how much pressure its services are facing.

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Only yesterday, we reported how the Red Cross had to be called

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in to help our emergency services cope over the New Year.

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It's been an incredibly busy day here at the Leicester Royal

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Infirmary. Extra nurses and doctors have been drafted in to cope with

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the demand. One of the patients is Elaine Paige's 89-year-old father

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who spent hours waiting on a trolley to be admitted to a ward. She

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described the situation. It was so busy, rushed off their feet. There

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have been times where they've been queueing up and waiting in the

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corridor. It has been hectic, in and out, all the time. They are just

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waiting all the time, the doctors. You can't fault the stuff. They are

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brilliant. It's the second time in brilliant. It's the second time in

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six months this hospital has reached a critical situation. Nonemergency

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operations have been cancelled as the Leicester Royal Infirmary deals

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with increased pressure on its services. It's often very busy after

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Christmas and New Year. A second issue is the change in temperature.

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More patients than expected are looking for emergency services.

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We've had e-mails saying that it is down to cutbacks and poor services.

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I think we have very good plans in I think we have very good plans in

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place across our health system that have been working well this winter.

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The problem we have experienced the The problem we have experienced the

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past 48 hours is a surge in demand and we are responding in an

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appropriate manner. Tonight, hospital and ambulance staff across

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our region face another busy start -- busy shift. The managers here at

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Leicester Royal Infirmary say they hope to be on top of the situation

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by tomorrow but the advice tonight is to use emergency services

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appropriately and only come to accident and emergency with serious

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or life-threatening conditions. A man's appeared before

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magistrates in Derby, charged with attempting

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to murder his wife. Paul Sherratt, who's 56,

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has been remanded in custody - after his partner was found

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with a serious head injury at their home

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on Avondale Road in Spondon. He will appear before

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Nottingham Crown Court next month. His wife, who is 59,

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is still in a serious condition. Police have released CCTV footage

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of a man they want to speak to in connection with a series

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of sexual assaults in Derby. The first incident took place

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on December 21st last year and officers say they have grown

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in frequency over the past week. A further six were reported

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on January 6th alone. All the incidents involve

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the offender touching a woman The front of a village post office

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in Leicestershire has been demolished after thieves rammed

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the building with a construction vehicle and stole a cash

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machine containing around They left a scene of devastation

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in Rothley as Amy Harris reports. The aftermath of a smash and grab in

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a quiet Leicestershire village. Just after 3:30am, this runway did this

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golden trigger -- this stolen digger into Rothley post office, removing

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the cash machine and the entire front. I heard a big noise, so we

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looked through the window and saw a tractor trying to hit a building.

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It's horrendous. I've never seen anything like it. You don't expect

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it in a quiet, rural village, even though we are a busy place. It's

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quite alarming. The thieves fled from the scene with about ?30,000 in

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a white pick-up truck, later found burned in a field in Melton. Though

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this kind of raids are becoming more common, Leicestershire police think

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this is a one-off. We have not linked this to any particular spade

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or series at this time. The method in this case was messy. The

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occupants and staff were not in the building at the time, the

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post office was closed, but this method has caused significant damage

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to neighbours as well. The post to neighbours as well. The post

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office has been at the heart of this community for more than 30 years but

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coincidentally, this attack comes days before the post office

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relocates to a new building. The post office was due to close for

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good on Saturday despite a campaign by locals. The owner didn't want to

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talk on camera but told me, quite simply, he is devastated. As the

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clear up continues, so do police investigations. Anyone with

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information is asked to contact them.

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Almost 500 parents have signed a petition opposing

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changes to the uniform at a Nottingham secondary school.

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Redhill Academy in Arnold is introducing new skirts

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They're branded with the school's logo and will only be available

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The school says the changes are to improve consistency among students.

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But, starting at around ?16, many parents say

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That's more than double what we are currently paying for one pair. You

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don't buy just one pair of school trousers. You always have two or

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three pairs in case of doubt, damage etc. It is going to cost a fortune

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have just been told that from have just been told that from

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September, they have got to wear these trousers.

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There are fears of increased fly-tipping in Derbyshire

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after the Council approved plans to charge for taking building

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waste to the authority's recycling centres.

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People will have to pay ?3 for each 25 kilogram bag.

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Christmas is well and truly over and some feel that Derbyshire County

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Council is acting rather like Scrooge when it comes to recycling.

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At the moment, there is no charge for bringing building rubble to this

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recycling centre but all of that is set to change. This morning, the

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council approved a ?3 charge for every 25 kilograms bag taken to its

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nine recycling centres. That includes bricks, rubble, soil and

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ceramics. As you can imagine, people here were not happy about paying for

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something that has been free until now. That's a bit expensive, really.

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You may as well get a skip. I think that's excessive. I live on a lane

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and debate has already been fly-tipping. This will create more.

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The authority says it will help to protect front line services which

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are under threat because of cutbacks are under threat because of cutbacks

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by the government. It is not that we want to introduce it. We are

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protecting front-line services which we offer and if we didn't introduce

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the charge, we would have to stop collecting it. Concerns have been

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raised that it will mean more fly-tipping as people try to avoid

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the charge. I think it will lead to an increase in fly-tipping across

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the county which is of a concern to everybody. We have looked at other

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authorities that have introduced these charges previously and the

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evidence they gave us is that their fly-tipping has not increased in

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their counties. I cannot stand here and say that it will not increase.

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We can't look into the future. The charges will be introduced in April.

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Leicester's Clare Hollingworth, who broke the news that

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World War II had started, has died aged 105.

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After growing up on a farm in Loughborough, she became a war

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correspondent and went on to report on conflicts across the world.

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Tourism in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

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is to get a ?150,000 investment.

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The money is for the development of more Grand Tour projects to help

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people discover hidden cultural treasures alongside

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The Arts Council says they hope it will encourage more

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Finally, for almost half a century, its been a centre

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But now a family business in Nottingham's hanging

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Despite popularity growing again in fancy dress,

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the Golden Cage on Canning Circus says it can't compete with more

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modern ways of selling it - either online or in supermarkets.

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It means it has to clear thousands of original and unusual

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There are a lot of things here that really are collectors items. So, I

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hope I sell a lot of them. I will be sad to see it go but I hope it will

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go to good families and people will continue to get the enjoyment out of

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the costumes that we have. That's the whole enjoyment of costume, it

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is fun, isn't it? It sure is. Now for the weather. It has been quite a

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quiet day weather-wise in what is going to be quite a busy week

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weather-wise. Today has been quite dry, a lot of cloud out and about.

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Thank you for this picture this afternoon. Things will start to get

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a little bit more tricky, especially with the strength of the wind. Then

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it will start to get colder as well. Overnight tonight, temperatures

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aren't going to increase, but as this front moves across, the colder

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air starts to filter in. Strong winds in the early hours of the

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morning and because of that, we have a yellow warning in force from the

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Met office for Nottinghamshire. We are talking about winds of around

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about 60 or 70 mph for the early hours of the morning. Strong winds,

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outbreaks of free as well and noticed there's temperatures, they

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are rising in the early hours. Milder at first, very windy, one or

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two showers out and about. Brightening up with its boughs of

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sunshine. Many of us will stay dry into the afternoon. Although those

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strong gusts may easily little, it will still be an exceptionally windy

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afternoon and much colder by the end of the day. Temperatures are about 6

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degrees and then we are looking out for this on Thursday. The risk of

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some rain but at the minute a glimpse

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of the week, and to start the weekend as well. For more on that

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snow situation, over to Jay

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