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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me Quentin Rayner.

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Tonight, keeping a look out on a grand scale. The housing estate

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setting up the UK's biggest neighbourhood watch scheme. You get

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people taking children's bikes off them.

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Also, going down to the wire. A TV star fights a giant pig farm.

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And it's not pretty in pink. It's time to take on the latest

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Good evening and welcome to the programme.

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First tonight, fighting crime from the heart. Osmaston in Derby is

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about to start the biggest neighbourhood watch scheme in the

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country. It's come about because people

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living there say they feel abandoned and they want zero

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tolerance of crime. Our reporter Jo Healey is at a community meeting

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this evening. Yes, this is a new community hub,

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opened at the weekend, staffed by volunteers and this is the nerve

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centre of action in Osmaston. The what the people here really wanted

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his changes. This is a vast area of land right in the middle of

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Osmaston. That is actually part of the problem, isn't it? Rolls-Royce

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have occupied the site for over a century. They formed the heart of

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this community and now they have gone, it feels like the heart has

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been ripped out and there is a sense of abandonment which seems to

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promote anti-social behaviour. have problems with cars later at

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night, beeping in their horns and racing up and down the streets.

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is intimidating. Running about, kicking footballs, jumping up and

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down on that cable box. You get people stood on the corner, taking

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children's bikes of them, it is not nice. Nor are the number of

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offences reported in just one month. Nearly half of them were for anti-

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social behaviour. The fear of crime is generally greater than crime

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itself, but the fear will prevent people from letting their children

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use parks like this. But there is serious crime as well? There is a

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gang culture which exists in the area. The police are taking steps

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to address that problem, but we, as a community, have to address it as

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well. That is why they are setting up their new Neighbourhood Watch

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scheme, it is the biggest in the country. The people of Osmaston

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want to make it a nice area for people to live in. It will empower

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them to be able to make decisions that affect their community.

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lots of support for staff cope you, and everybody here is passionate

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about Osmaston. What sort of changes to want to see? We want

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regeneration, Investment, we want to tackle the crime that seems to

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be simmering under the surface. We want to roll-out at a neighbourhood

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watch, one of the biggest in the country, and hopefully that will

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start to tackle the crime level. We want people to report crime to us

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rather than the police directly. We hope that will make serious inroads

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in the estate. And you are all really passionate about this?

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Absolutely. Without the voluntary effort of residence in the area it

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would not be possible. Good luck with it all. We better let them get

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on with it. You're watching East Midlands

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Cadets get into training to play at The star of the critically

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acclaimed TV series The Wire stepped into another role today. He

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joined the protest against a planned intensive pig farm in

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Derbyshire. Dominic West, who's grew up in the

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county, is supporting a campaign against the Foston farm which

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intends to house up to twenty five thousand pigs. James Roberson

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More usually seen on film on the streets of Baltimore in the hit US

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cop series, The Wire, Dominic West was back in his home county today.

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He was backing a campaign to stop a controversial factory farm for

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thousands of pigs. They want to build one here, I am from here so

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this has a particular resonance for me and I would like to draw as much

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publicity to the awful plans that they have got for this field.

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plans would mean this field would be filled by sheds containing pigs,

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there would an anaerobic digester to process the waste they would

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produce. But locals oppose the plans, not least the family that

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live right next to the field. devastating that someone can turn

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up and build a massive factory next to your house. We feel that if this

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is going to happen, despite the welfare issues for the pigs and all

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the other things which become very emotive, we have no particular way

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of finding out if we have any recourse if things go wrong.

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Dominic west joined the campaign after seeing a film by filmmaker

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and campaigner Tracy Worcester. She's planning a public screening

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of her latest film in Burton next week. She says the farm wil have

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more pigs than people currently imagine. 2,500 sounds that have

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piglets, you have got a 50,000 pigs sold on this shed every year, that

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is a lot of pigs. Midland Pig producers say they welcome the

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debate on this kind of production. They point out Italy already has

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individual farms for up to 150,000 pigs. These figures explain why 60%

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of pork is imported and they say that animal welfare is their top

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priority. There is also 300 women in the prison there who are

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downwind of this pig farm. Derbyshire CountyConcil have

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received planning permission for the farm, but so far no date's been

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setfor the completeion of the In other news, dozens of people

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have lost their jobs as another clothing firm has gone under.

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Moreglam in Leicester has gone into administration after a slump in

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orders, with the loss of more than 70 posts. The East Midlands

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Textiles Association says that firms in Leicestershire have been

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struggling since 2000. Meanwhile, the rate of unemployment in the

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East Midlands has fallen again. Today's figures show there are

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176,000 people unemployed in the region. That's down by one thousand

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on last month's figures. The rate of unemployment now stands at seven

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point six per cent - a fraction lower than the national average.

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Thousands of children in the East Midlands took to the streets this

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morning in an attempt to set a new world record for the largest

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walking bus. It's all part of a road safety campaign urging drivers

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to slow down in built up areas. The message is clear - these school

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children are amongst 6.000 in the East Midlands taking part in a

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national world record attempt for the largest walking bus. It's part

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of a campaign to get drivers to slow down near schools. And pupils

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at Milford Primary in Clifton know exactly why they're doing it.

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are walking like a bus. Lot of people are joining in and we are

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trying to keep safe. It is so children do not get hurt while the

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cars are going fast. And we do not want anyone to get hurt. It is

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important with the summer holidays coming up that the children are

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aware of the dangers of being out on the road. Figures suggest every

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year around 640 children are killed or hurt on East Midlands's Road. So

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the charity who organised this world breaking record attempt hope

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drivers will understand the serious message behind it. Alongside the

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world record, the children are also given lessons on how to take care

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on the roads. But many parents say it's drivers that need to learn

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lessons too. It is important that drivers should slow down,

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especially outside school has. is quite scary at times when you

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see cars, near the pavement. It's thought around a hundred and

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twenty-five thousand kids are taking part across the country.

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They should find out soon if they've set the record. Teachers

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hope it will stick in the minds of children and ultimately help save

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lives. Next, this young musician used to rap in the street with his

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friends. But now Jourdan Blair's been invited to perform at this

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month's Glastonbury music festival. It's been an extraordinary personal

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journey that began in one of Nottingham's toughest

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neighbourhoods where four of his teenage friends and relatives were

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murdered. Our Social Affairs Living the dream, for 24 year old

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Jourdan Blair, AKA Jah Digga. Performing with Nottingham's DJ

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Vimto, at last month's Radio 1's Next stop, Glastonbury. I am

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nervous, but we are just going to do what we normally do. We all had

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energy, I hope we can get the people providing.

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Seven years ago, Jourdan's prospects looked much more bleak.

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He'd been kicked out of school. And he was surrounded by the drug-

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fuelled violence that made St Anns so notorious. This was a tribute to

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Danielle Beccan. Jourdan's second teenage friend shot dead in the

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street. Not far from where both his brother and his cousin were

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murdered in separate stabbings. puts a dent in your heart. If you

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look at that some of the things from people, people you do not even

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know her, it has affected everybody. Jourdan's own bitter experience

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even led to a meeting with the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett. And

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now he's using that experience to put something back. At work he's

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supporting children who've been excluded from school. And he's

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giving up his own time to run local music sessions. It is hard, but we

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have to move on. I am trying to make my mother proud. I express

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that through the music, it is pain What about the future? I am trying

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to get signed. I am trying to get into the charts. I am trying to

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Is another county about to reject plans for the new high speed rail

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link? Derbyshire County Council say it would have a significant impact

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on the countryside. The High Speed 2 line between London and northern

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England would include a new East Midlands station. The authority

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hasn't decided whether it's in favour or against the plans, but

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officials want action taken to protect the Peak District and

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Derwent Valley Mills if the route runs through Derbyshire. Fuel pumps

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in Leicestershire are being checked by Trading Standards, to ensure

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drivers are not being short-changed. In the past year, around one

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thousand pumps were tested for accuracy across the county. Seven

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were found to be just outside the small limits that are allowed.

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Innovations by final year technology students in Leicester

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have gone on display. The students from De Montfort University carried

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out the work as part of the their degree. It includes an educational

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game that aims to raise awareness of sickle cell anaemia. They'll go

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on public display next week. It is thought to be the tallest wind

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turbine in the country and it is heading to this field. Severn Trent

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will be using it to power a treatment plant. It was originally

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turned down by the local council but the Government overturned that

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decision. The tour by no will be built and is 132 metres high.

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How does it compare to other iconic structures around the country?

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The cooling towers are a mere 115 metres high, and two of London's

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most famous landmarks St Paul's Cathedral, and Big Ben are even

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smaller. These cadets have been given a big responsibility and

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they've only been playing for eighteen months. They brought an

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expert tuition from two retired This is not easy, marching with a

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drum. For teenagers, it is amazing what they can do. On the first of

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July, three of these cadets will play the last post and the reveille

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beneath the arch of the Menin Gate which commemorates the fallen of

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the first world war at Ypres. paying my respects to people who

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sacrificed their lives for us. am doing my bit and paying my

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respects. I play the bugle, the bugle is quite easy to learn, but

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it is harder to master. And helping the cadets to keep the musical

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tradition alive are 2 ex soldiers from the Robin Hood Rifles. Not one

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of them could sound a note on the Bugle or beat a drum, I was quite

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impressed with them tonight. cadets need to know where their

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origins claims from, what their predecessors have done for them to

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be able to live at their lives the way they do today. It is important

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education wise as well. If you're going to play at Menin Gate, it has

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Marvellous us. It is still rather sticky and muggy,

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but is it good lunar eclipse spotting whether?

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If we can just get some breaks in these grey clouds, maybe we will

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Former Forest goalkeeper is with us. You think Steve McLaren is the

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right man to take Forest back to the Premier League. I am still a

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keen supporter and I am one who was delighted with the appointment. It

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could not have been better. have had 21 managers in your career,

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so you had been there with the best. How does Steve McClaren compare?

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is a coach manager, he will be on the training ground, he will be

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very dedicated, he will work tirelessly. He will take full

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advantage of that fantastic academy that they have got there. The hours

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on the training ground will definitely be put in. I have

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learned a lot from him, he is a great manager. We have seen him at

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managing with England, this is a chance for him to rebuild his

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reputation, isn't it? It is. He took a time-out from managing

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England, he did a fantastic job, it did not work out for him, but he is

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not the only one. There have been a lot. He was not quite so successful,

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but he would use that opportunity to recruit players over to

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Nottingham Forest and take full advantage of his experiences there.

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What about you so development, that is apparently a key part of his

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management and coaching. I have a book coming out shortly were going

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to depth about how he will recruit youngsters and give them the chance

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which, going back years ago, Brian Clough was not afraid to throw one

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in four stopped from the youngsters point of view, he will learn --

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they will learn a lot from him. Billy Davies has just got them into

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two play-offs, he has a good record at the City Ground, fans will be

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expected. Fans will be, they always have been. They had been away from

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the big time for too long. Billy did a good job, there is no doubt

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about that. It is difficult to get to two play-offs. But for Forest

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fans it is not acceptable. Can you do it this season? That is what

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they will be looking for. It will take time. There are players would

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need to come, players will be going, he will recruit players which you

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think fit into his style of football. I would say to Forest

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fans, give him time, give him at least 12 months. Maybe not next

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year, but definitely the season after. Quickly, will you be part of

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his backroom staff? My heart is that Forest, I loved it there as a

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player. One day I would love to return. I have just signed a new

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four year contract at Chesterfield so not at the minute. Great to see

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you. Staying with Forest and midfielder Paul McKenna isn't in

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Steve Mc Claren's plans. We understand he's leaving the City

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Ground. Mc Kenna is set to join fellow Championship side Hull City.

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The 33-year-old joined the Reds from Preston in 2009 and captained

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the club to successive play-off campaigns. At Leicester, their

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search for a new striker goes on and while the Yakubu move may be

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off we are hearing they are closing in on Portsmouth striker David

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Nugent. Cricket and Derbyshire are in Twenty 20 action against

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Worcestershire tonight. Play gets underway at ten past seven.

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Meanwhile Nottinghamshire have had a great start in the 20 overs form

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of the game, but lost their first match of the season in Durham at

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Chester-le-Street last night. Now, onto swimming and a star who can

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now look forward to the Olympics after a year long battle with

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severe asthma. It threatened the career of Jo Jackson from

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Loughborough. But last night in Sheffield she threw aside all her

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health issues to be crowned British Champion. Mark Shardlow was there

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to see it. Acute asthma at left this woman's training behind

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leaving her at an all-time low. This week was her last chance to

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make the teams for the World Championships and she presented a

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happy ending by becoming British champion in the 200 metres

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freestyle. I have booked might spot at the world's, I cannot explain

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how happy I am. I am so relieved. It was a swimmer which show she is

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not just beating her rivals, but also her asthma. Some kind of

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switch went off and I have no problems with it whatever at the

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moment. I have come off the injections I was on and I think it

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has helped. Every time I race, I have got no problems, so it has

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gone out of my head and I can focus on racing. I would have loved to

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have gone quicker, but my main aim was to make the team. It was a good

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night for her team-mate as well. She became a 100 metres backstroke

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champions. There wasn't a place back men were was not enjoying my

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swimming it that much, and there was not swimming that well. Lazy

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Simmons is on the up and joined the team in Shanghai next month.

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That is all the sport tonight. On the day which we discussed all the

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issues for Forest, a big day tomorrow.

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Over recent years it is true to say we have tackled a number of alien

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invasions try to settle in the East Midlands.

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First, it was Japanese knotweed clogging up our canals, then

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Pennywort throttling the River Soar. Now it's a pink creature called

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Himalayan Balsam which can grow up to seven foot tall. Once again we

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sent out our in-tryphid reporter Peter Snow to do battle. Down by

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the river bank, an elegant plant has come into flower, creating a

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vision in pink. But don't be taken in. Although originally a prized

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find by nineteenth century plant collectors, you really don't want

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any on water near you. It has many names and it is the sort of a

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tractor plant you could imagine gracing a stately home. In the UK

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it is classed as a non native, invasive species and it is not

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welcome. It can grow up to two metres and shade out native

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vegetation. What makes it invasive is that each plant can produce up

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to 30,000 seats at the end of the season, and spread a long water

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banks like here. The team's been making its way

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along the river leen from Hucknall, rooting out the balsam wherever

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they find it, and they're keen for the public to let them know if they

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spot the plant. We are pretty clear it is all the way along a

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Nottinghamshire. What we really want to know is where it is on the

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smaller water courses. Other water courses across Nottinghamshire, so

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if people could send us in a record that would be appreciated.

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information they get via their website will help the

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Nottinghamshire Biodiversity group put together a map. Biodiversity

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groups aim is to destroy the Himalayan balsam completely, in

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Nottingham and across the whole That is what these weeds do, they

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look pretty to trick you. Are we going to see it? Hopefully,

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if we can clear those clouds out of the way. The last one we saw was

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21st December last year and we managed to get this footage as it

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was going through the partial stage of the eclipse. That was on 21st

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December. Hopefully we will get those clouds breaking as we go

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through tonight. The moon is in the shadow of the Earth, they are all

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fully lined up. The only raised from the son that get past the

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Earth, go through the Earth's atmosphere and creates beautiful

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colours on the surface of the Moon, very much like this one. Do have a

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look if you get a chance. Pretty cloudy skies, this photo was sent

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in by Steve Adams of the last lunar eclipse. It was in Nottinghamshire.

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If you get a shot of it tonight, do send it into us.

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We have had a few patchy outbreaks of rain. They will continue fairly

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light, we are keeping that cloud as the go through the evening. There

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are one or two brakes, the further west you go the more likely you

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will see that lunar eclipse. The temperatures will stay on the

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milder side. We're looking at 11 Celsius as a minimum temperature.

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Thursday, the further south and east you go the more likely you

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will see rain. We should see more in the way of sunny spells today --

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compared to today. Temperature wise, about 18 Celsius. We end of the

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