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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight we're live from Bombardier

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in Derby where almost 1,500 workers have been told they're to lose

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their jobs. It's a hammer blow for the City and many are now asking

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how long can Britain's last trainmaker survive?

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And here in the studio, I'll be assessing the political impact, why

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did this happen and where does Bombardier and Derby go from here?

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My genuine anxiety is that Bombardier's will decide their

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there is not a future for them in the UK.

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In other news tonight, a tragic accident - how the owner of the

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King Cobra Sanctuary was killed by his own snake.

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And holy amazing - the Cape Crusader's all flying show is

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Good evening. Welcome to Litchurch Lane in Derby, the home of

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Bombardier. There has been trained making in this city since the 1840s.

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It is part of Derby's crowd engineering and industrial heritage.

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For how much longer? There are fears about this factory's short-

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term future. Today's announcement means half of the work force here

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will be leaving. Almost 1,400 people looking for work in

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difficult economic times. In a moment I will be speaking to the

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leader of Derby City Council and the man who runs this 88 acre site.

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First, a report from Mike O'Sullivan.

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A signal from a railway man that said it all. The night shift was

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the first to be told that 1,400 jobs were being lost at Bombardier

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in Derby. More workers were briefed throughout the day. This is going

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to be the end of the train building industry in Britain. Everybody is

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doom and gloom today. I blame the Government. They gave the contract

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to Germany. We are all upset. We feel like the Government have let

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us down. Hoping that we get another contract. Fingers crossed.

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Bombardier says it hasn't got enough for his current workforce of

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3,000 in Derby. Four of the five production lines come to a halt by

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September. Two weeks ago Bombardier lost the Government's 1.4 billion

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pound Thameslink contract to his German rival, Siemens. Today,

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Bombardier announced 1,400 job cuts. 983 contracts staff are to go. 446

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permanent jobs will be lost. Many of them skilled engineers. The

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company said, if it had won the Thameslink contract, no permanent

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staff will be leaving at all. were the preferred bidder for

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Thameslink, those engineers will be working on the design and, step --

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concept. They would be fully employed today. They would be no

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threat to their job? No threat. Deflated, saddened. Darren Barber

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had told me how we will affect his family. He is a staff member but

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his son is a contract worker. Both of them could be at the job.

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market is going to be flooded. Core staff like my itself will hang on

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to the end. I would be last in the queue to find a job. Is there going

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to be anything out there? I don't think so. Bombardier says contract

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staff would have benefited from Thameslink. They would have been

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shared out to short-term employees with the potential of having them

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back. A? Now hangs over the future of this factory. -- A? Macro hangs

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over the future of this factory. With me is the leader of Derby City

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Council. A black day I presume, what is your reaction?

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devastating decision as far as Derby is concerned. Half the

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workforce will be made redundant and the real possibility that we

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will lose this train making site in this city, bringing to the end 170

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years of train manufacturing in Derby. In future, every train, tram

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and Underground train at the UK purchases will come from abroad.

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understand you have attempted to contact David Cameron to talk about

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the issues. What has been this -- the response? If all I have had

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back are to acknowledge rents of three letters. I am extremely

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disappointed. -- and acknowledgements. Nick Clegg was

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here with the Cabinet at describing Derby as a powerhouse of the UK. I

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am a Conservative but those words are becoming hollow now in the

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light of today's announcements. I am critical of the contract

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assessment process because no economic impact assessment took

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place as part of the evaluation of that contract. How can it be that

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this contract is the best value for the British taxpayer if the costs

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of making these people redundant would all stop you get a flavour of

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the sort of political storm that is brewing over this issue. Form Ahmad

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Khomeini he is an in the studio. -- for more on that.

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Europe bans giving contracts on the basis of nationality. Germany

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routinely Awards 90 % of its rare work to German workers. In France,

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it is 100 %. John Denham, Labour's shadow business Secretary thinks we

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have to change the way we play the game. We have to have an industrial

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policy so we can build up our manufacturing industry. I look at

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Germany and France and they might - - find ways of doing that. Why

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can't we do the same? If John Hess asked Business Secretary, Vince

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Cable, where the Government rejected Bombardier's bid in the

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first place? In this case, the former Labour Government drew up a

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narrow tender terms for this contract which led to the current

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transport secretary to make the decision he did. He had no choice.

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I don't want to minimise the fact that this is a serious play it --

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bloke to Derby and the workers. I want to do what I can to help.

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Today we are setting up a task force and a senior executive of

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Rolls-Royce to keep the skills boys together to help Derby ever come

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this blow. I want to investigate how future public procurement can

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operate within European walls, but at the same time it take account of

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the importance of British suppliers. The so much for the blame game.

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What next? What of the future. Will this damage investment in our

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region? I have seen companies come and go at Litchurch Lane. I have

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found Bombardier aid to be the most consistent in terms of their

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support for the work force, investment, through lean times as

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well as good times. I do wonder, and it would do everything I can to

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keep the company in the UK. I think we are pushing our luck. I don't

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think it will put people off investing because we have great

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skills in the region. Bombardier is one of them. I don't think it will

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put people off. However it is a blow to the region. Whatever

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happens, no one knows tonight if it would be in time to save Britain's

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last train builder. That now have to Dominic in Derby. -- back now.

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With me is France's pay NASA who is president of the passenger division.

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-- Frances Power NASA. We can't understand the decision.

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Could she bear some responsibility in terms of losing his contract, --

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? We will be happy to share the blame if we know why we had lost

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the bid. During our feet back, we were given no specific information

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which allowed us to make that judgment. For we are hearing of the

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BBC is hearing, there were issues raised about the cost per carriage

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they are you offering was higher than your rivals and there were

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problems with suppliers. Would it surprise you to know this

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information is coming out? For I am surprised by this. The two points I

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would make, worldwide in the last five years, when Bob RDA --

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Bombardier has gone with Siemens, this is the first time we have lost

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out to them. We won 70 % of the contracts in the UK with the same

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EU rules and the same competition. The civil servants in London over

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saw these bids. Are they uncaring? What do you think of them? They

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could have taken a broader view in the way the economic assessment was

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carried out on this project. final question, has this place,

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what is left of it, has it got a future beyond 2014 or beyond the

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end of this year? We are not in a position where we can say.

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Bombardier is carrying out an extensive review of our operations

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and until that is completed, the future of the site is uncertain.

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That is it for now from Bombardier. I will be back later in the

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programme. Back now to the studio. It was a tragic accident, the death

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of a man regarded as an expert in King Cobras, beaten by one of his

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pet snakes. Luke Yeomans died -- died at his home which he turned

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into a century for his reptiles. A coroner recorded a verdict of

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accidental death today. A month ago, we filmed with him at his home in

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Eastwood. Luke Yeomans dedicated his life to

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the King Cobra. He created a sanctuary for them behind his home.

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On 29th June, he was bitten. The inquest heard his partner, seen

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here with the stripy top, saw him holding a hosepipe to his own. --

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on. She knew he had been bitten. She gave him adrenalin and tried to

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resuscitate him but could see he was dead. The coroner said it was a

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tragic case where a man passionate about snakes and King Cobras had

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devoted his life to them. She read a statement from his daughter. It

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said, dad lived for his next and was particularly passionate about

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King Cobras. He was fully aware of the possibility he could be written.

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I took comfort that he died doing something he loved so much. East

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Midlands Today filmed with him in May. He spoke of his dedication to

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his animals and how he was aware of the risks. He had been bitten

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before. I have had a few nasty next and one or two cases where I have

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had to get in touch with the School of Tropical medicine to advise on

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using anti- venom. He knew the risks and thought it was worth it

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Controversial plans for a waste incinerator in Derby are back on

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the table. A High Court judge says that an inspector was wrong last

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year to block the proposals for a waste tree man plant at Sinfin. It

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followed a fierce campaigner against the plans. There will now

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be another planning inquiry. More money than originally planned

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could be spent redeveloping Nottingham's Broadmarsh Centre. The

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city council says it believes up to �12 million will be spent

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transforming it by the owners, Westfield. The first phase of an

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estimated �500 million project involves updating Drury Hill and

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the centre's Middle Pavement entrance.

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Plenty more to come. We will have a soggy weather forecast.

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And find out about some of my favourite things in Nottinghamshire.

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It is a new era for the home of Leicester City Football Club. From

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today, the Walkers Stadium is changing its name to the King Power

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Stadium. The rebranding is all about the new owners and the club's

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new Thai chairman. What do the fans make of the change?

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They have signed some new players, it laid the new turf and for the

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new season, there is even a new name. It has been on the shares for

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a season, now it will be all over the ground. -- on the shirts. It

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has become the King Power Stadium. Walkers Stadium is synonymous with

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Leicester but obviously, King Power Stadium have new sponsors and that

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has got to be great for the club. do not know if I am that keen on it.

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But I will get used to it. It is a complete takeover. But as long as

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they keep bringing the money in and the players. Will people know where

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the King Power Stadium is? If they might think it is in Thailand.

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club says it reflects the owner's commitment to the club and that its

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partnership with Walkers will continue. Sponsorship of stadiums

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never lasts for ever. The dreams for the owners is Bob them to score

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high. We are told the stadium will be rebranded in time for the pre-

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season friendly with Real Madrid at the end of the month.

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Nottinghamshire's fire service could spent half-a-million pounds

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trying to reduce its carbon for print. The county's fire authority

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is considering installing solar panels, wind turbines and ground

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source heat pumps in its stations. She says it would hate save money

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in the long term. -- help save money.

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A kerbside recycling scheme in part of Leicester is to be extended

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across the city. Traditional green recycling boxes are being replaced

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with orange sacks because they take a much wider range of ways. A

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recent trial led to I 30% increase in the amount collected each week.

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Talking about recycling, the old bat man is back and it is big. With

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an awful lot of "kerpow" the caped crusader is on stage with a show of

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What makes you proud of where you live? Tonight, we begin a journey

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around our counties through the eyes of some of our local radio

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presenters. This week, BBC Radio Nottingham's Mark Dennison tells us

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what he thinks is the pride of the county of Nottinghamshire.

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Today I have come to one of my favourite places in Nottingham.

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Wollaton Hall. This is a place that everyone knows. I remember spending

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many a happy Sunday-morning fitting the leaves in the park with my son.

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Now he is a teenager. It is a great place for a stroll around the lake,

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a picnic, or watching the famous deer.

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I have been coming here for years and the great thing is, there is

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always something new to do. On the last Sunday of each month, you can

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Welcome to Nottingham's Galleries of Justice Wright in the heart of

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the town. A fantastic place to bring the kids. I sometimes forget

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this place. Set in Nottingham's Centre, on the site of the Old

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Court House and Dale, it gives a pretty authentic taste of what life

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was like as a criminal hundreds of years ago. If you are brave enough,

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you can take part in a mock trial, have a guided tour with all sorts

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of outlaws and if you are really unlucky, you might end up getting

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locked up. From incarceration, to the great outdoors. This is where I

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love to come for some peace and quiet. The Grantham Canal. It runs

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through three counties, some 33 miles long. You can take in

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teashops, some fantastic pubs, you can cycle ought stroll along with

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your dog. They are even places way you can bring a canoe and have a

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paddle. This is the beauty of Nottinghamshire. Peace and quiet,

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fantastic. We have all got somewhere just like this right on

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I feel quite peaceful after that. Time for sport. I am ready for

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tomorrow afternoon at Trent Bridge. It is nice to have international

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cricket back there. It is a must- win game for England against Sri

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Lanka. 2-1 down. A third defeat would mean the whole one day series

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is lost when Dent. But at Trent Bridge, there is still a spark

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about England. After a grey start to the series,

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two defeats mean that the Trent Bridge won their means it has some

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drama to it. We know we have got to win the next

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two games to win the series. I think we are more than capable of

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doing it. We need to replicate the form we had a week ago. We need to

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try to put the last two games to the back of our minds. We are

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proving to people because this is why we are runners up in the World

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Cup, but not just because we played on the sub-continent, but we are a

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pretty good cricket team. There are some specific questions about the

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team, for our three Nottinghamshire players. Can Stuart Broad find true

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form? He has got a firing has about him because you need that in fast

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bowlers. I do not want to see my bowlers stroking kittens. Will

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cynic but I'll get a game? -- will Samit Patel get a game. Or will

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Graeme Swann's form be matched by beating? I would rather be taking

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winning games. I cannot argue with the way it is coming out of my hand.

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The England goodies are being laid out at the ground. Graeme Swann

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cannot resist bigging up his county. As a is, we are stuck with other

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guys. I am expecting to run a big total here. It is a fantastic run

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with a great atmosphere and the best place to play cricket in the

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country. Home is where the heart is. It is nearly sold out at Trent

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Bridge. Some tickets will be available on the date. As Bobby

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Robin, they need one more win to guarantee a home quarter-final in

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the Twenty-20. They will have to fight for it at all staff. They

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have had a good start. -- fight for it at Worcester.

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The Hibernian chairman has said that Forest are on dangerous ground

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and do not have permission to speak to Colin Calderwood. Nothing to

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negotiate, apparently. One more bit of good news from

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Forest. Julian Bennett has joined Forest.

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David Nugent is thought to be high on the wanted list. And Derby are

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waiting to hear that look Bani's move to Portsmouth is complete -- 8

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Luke Varney. Heir result in need of European

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Paralympic Swimming Championships to date. There has been a gold

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medal for Nottinghamshire's Sam Hynd. In the same event, his

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younger brother, Ollie, one silver, just three seconds behind him. We

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will hear from both of them tomorrow.

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We are a cracking area for sport, aren't we ate!

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They have already been sightings for Batman films at Wollaton Hall.

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Now it seems the Dark Knight is back but this time as part of a new

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live stage show, all based on the original comics. It tells the story

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of how Robin met the great trick crusader. Our reporter has had a

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sneaky peek at the signs -- behind the scenes at the rear parcels.

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What do have all been waiting for! For the first time, the story of

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Batman and Robin has been transformed into when Arena shows.

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The Dark Knight, there is a 42 strong cast and they are currently

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rehearsing in Nottingham. The story is the original Robin. How Robin

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became Robin. We also have stuns, fights, flying, it pyrotechnics,

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all of the things you would expect from a back now and story. -- from

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a Batman story. The 3 D set is designed to be interactive. Where

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would the caped crusader be without his trusted car? This one was

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specially designs, one of Formula One's most famous car designers.

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Even if you are not a diehard Batman fan, it is hard not to be

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impressed. There are two Nottingham performers in the cast. One has

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come straight after circus school to land his first big jobs. We are

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on the stage all of the time doing something acrobatic, dancing,

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running... It is pretty full on the whole time. Then there is the

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gentleman the villain, the penguins. You are transfers and when you're

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on stage into the penguins. It is quite different to what end seeing

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here. I wear a fat cigar. -- a fact suit. The show is rehearsing here

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for one more week. It will be back in September for part of the arena

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It does look fantastic. I used to play Pac-Man and Robin with my

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We have got patchy rain overnight. It will still feel quite mild.

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Thank you for this photo. Please do send us your pictures. We have had

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some lovely subtle days over the past two days. But an area of low-

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pressure out in the Atlantic is slowly moving its way in. We have

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seen an increase in cloud today. We will start to see some patchy rain

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overnight. Some more intense rainfall across the Far East Apache

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showers far everyone else. Overnight, the rain will turn more

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intense before it slowly moves itself North East. Behind it, some

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heavy showers. Feeling quite muddy overnight with a minimum

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temperature of 13 degrees. -- Margie. On Wednesday, a chance of

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scattered showers. Some decent sunshine across the South before

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the showers turn more intense in the afternoon. There is a chance of

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some thunder and event some hail at times. Temperatures reaching 20

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degrees. A much fresher feel to things. Quite a fresh south-

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westerly breeze. The low pressure is staying with us into their state.

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Quite persistent rainfall to come during the early hours of Thursday

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but turning more sherry with some sunshine in the afternoon. On

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Friday, it is a fairly breezy day, the chance of some showers. On the

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weekend, more showers to come on Saturday but slowly things will

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start to improve. The temperatures are gradually creeping up. Things

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will turn was settled towards the end of the weekend.

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Thank you. Let us hope that the shower stay away from Trent Bridge

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tomorrow. For the last word on today's job cuts at Bombardier, let

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us go back to Derby. The half completed carriage will

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run on the Metropolitan Line in London. Many of the workers here at

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Bombardier were dreading this morning. They knew that the news

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would be bad but they did not quite know how bad. At least there is now

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a certainty. Some very important questions remain. Be the government

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have done more? Should bombard VII bear some responsibility for the

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