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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Our top story tonight: a woman's denied IVF treatment because her

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fiancee already has a child. The NHS won't pay for Susie's treatment

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because her partner has a grown up son. And classed as having a family,

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not classed as being childless. Also tonight, Boots pulls its ads,

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on the day the News of the World self-destructs.

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Plus, I've never abused anyone. A care home worker says claims of

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ill-treatment are rubbish. And Golden Hynd, and Sam Hynd's

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brother gets a Silver too. He is like a crocodile. He never stops

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Good evening, welcome to the programme. First tonight, the woman

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denied IVF treatment on the NHS because her fiance has a grown up

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son. The rules in the East Midlands mean

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she's not seen as childless because she has a stepson.

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The rules apply even though he's 20-years-old, and she's never even

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met him. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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Susie makes dreams come true. She designs wedding dresses in

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Nottingham but is furious the NHS will not find her own dream to have

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a child. I cannot imagine myself being childless. I disagree with

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people who say IVF shouldn't be on the NHS because it is a lifestyle

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choice. Infertility is a disease. This affects one in 10 women.

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Regional criteria mean that if either partner has children, the

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course of IVF will not be funded. Susie's fiancee has a grown-up son.

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He is 20. She has never met him, he lives hundreds of miles away in

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Wales. And not about to start nurturing and protecting it went

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year-old man. -- I am not about. I'm not going to cradle him in my

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arms. That would be very weird. I want the opportunity to be a mother

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and a real mother. Unravelling the NHS rules has proved baffling for

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her. She has won many awards for her business. She loves her career

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but says it will not love her back. It is a baby she doesn't just want

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but needs. More than anything, and desperate to be a mother. I feel we

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are being discriminated against because I had a child in a previous

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relationship over 20 years ago. They say at the end of the day,

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they will find the money somehow for IVF. They say it is the

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principle of the whole thing. They insist the NHS should pay for at

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least one course. Well, there are several conditions

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that have to be met for you to get the go ahead for IVF on the NHS but

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Susie fails on one. Because she has a grown-up stepson. Now that rule

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applies throughout the East Midlands. And in fact is now the

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case across most of England. The only way round it is to opt for

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private IVF treatment and that would cost Susie around �7,000 for

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one cycle. Dr Greg Place is a Nottinghamshire GP who has to deal

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with this emotive issue. A line has to be drawn somewhere in terms of

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funding services for people who are not in law. That means you can

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maximise treatment options for those with cancer, those with heart

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disease, those with chronic lung disease, for kidney transplantation.

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For those people there were not physically ill, there is funding

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available to some extent and the idea of the funding guidelines as

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to maximise chances of having a baby for a certain number of people.

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Susie Henson's MP Vernon Coaker says he's taking the matter up in

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the House of Commons. That criterion that means she is

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automatically excluded. In other parts of the country, she would get

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IVF. It is very unfair. I will meet her tomorrow, discuss it with her

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and then I will see what I can do to help both locally and nationally.

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This is of such importance that it needs to be raised in Parliament.

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Well, the Commissioning Group responsible for making the policy

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say they recognise the difficulties couples face but they believe their

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rules are fair. Explosive news tonight from The

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News of the World - it's closing down. The phone-hacking scandal has

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finally sunk the top-selling tabloid and Sunday's paper will be

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the last. Only today, Boots the Chemist pulled its advertising from

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the paper. The East Midlands company was one of the paper's

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biggest advertisers but felt it had to withdraw its backing today as

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the size of the scandal grew. Simon Hare's at the Boots site now. Good

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evening, Simon. Good evening. The day began with

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the company saying it was reviewing its advertising with the News Of

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The World. LEA -- later can use it was put in its adverts on hold,

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although one at that will appear in the newspaper's Sunday supplement

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magazine which will now be the last. A significant Advertiser, as you

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say, said to be the 7th biggest advertiser with the News Of The

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World, spending almost �1 million a year plugging its range of health

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and beauty care products. Through the course of the day, other

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advertisers and organisations said they were stopping or suspending

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their relationship with Britain's biggest selling newspaper. The

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allegations of hacking also expanded to include alleged hacking

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off phones of soldiers and their families, soldiers killed in Iraq

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and Afghanistan. For the latest information, I'm joined by a

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lecturer in politics and the media at Nottingham Trent University.

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Quite an amazing story breaking late tonight but how influential do

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believe the loss of advertisers like Boots the Chemist has been in

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this amazing decision? I think it has been incredibly important.

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Advertising is the lifeblood of the newspaper industry. It is also

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important because people were not going to buy the newspaper on

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Sunday. I think Rupert Murdoch thought this might jeopardise the

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BSkyB deal. Stay with us for the moment. Within the past hour, we've

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been out on the streets of Nottingham to assess the reaction

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of readers. I think that the salaciousness of the News Of The

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World is probably represented elsewhere in the media now. I think

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it is a good thing. By May writer and it is not very good for

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literacy anyway. -- I am a writer. It has been a shameful episode for

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everyone concerned has and it, really? Sunday is not going to be

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the same without it. Some reaction to the news that the News Of The

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World is no more. Do you think that this is going to be a simple

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rebranding exercise? This is an amazing commercial decision.

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would be very surprised if in a couple of months' time, we don't

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see the Sunday Sun or some equivalent been launched. This has

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been an amazing week, a long- running story but an amazing

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development. A what is interesting is how quickly it has happened.

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the space of four days, a newspaper which has 168 years old has been

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closed down. Many thanks. Back to the studio.

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Still to come on the programme: Sally struggles for words.

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A brief period of precipitation, six letters, starts with the letter

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S, shower! Why didn't I think of that?! Or showers in the forecast

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later. And I will be finding out why this

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time of year is especially A senior care home manager has

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adamantly denied ill-treating three elderly patients in her care. Dawn

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Heaney told a jury at Leicester Crown Court today that in her 22

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year career she'd never abused anyone.

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She said claims that she'd slapped two residents and had a lack of

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respect for the diginity of her residents were utter rubbish. Sarah

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Teale was in court. Dawn Heaney took to the stand at

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Leicester Crown Court today where she repeatedly denied allegations

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of mistreating patients in her care. The 38-year-old from Woodthorpe in

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Loughborough faces four charges relating to her time as a senior

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care worker at Wymeswold Court Care Home at Wymeswold near Loughborough.

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Relatives of some of the patients were in court to hear claims that

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she'd slapped one 93-year-old wheelchair bound resident on the

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head and forcedfed chocolate to an 81-year-old patient. The

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prosecution then questioned her over allegations that she'd slapped

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and sworn at an 85-year Alzheimer sufferer. Heaney was calm and

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assured under cross examination. She denied ever hitting the elderly

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patient or swearing at him, but she did admit shouting. She told the

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jur,y in my 22-year service I have never hit a patient, ever. The

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prosecution is backing up it's case with claims that Heaney treated the

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patients with a lack of a respect and displayed a casual attitude to

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their dignity. They told cross examined her over claims she called

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several patients names. No, it is rubbish, she said. The residents

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would not have hit me use also a language like that. The judge began

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his summing-up this afternoon and the jury is expected to begin its

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deliberations tomorrow. It's emerged that a county

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councillor and former equalities spokesman faced a standards panel

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hearing after he used an offensive racist term during a Conservative

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Association meeting. It's not the first time Rob

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Fraser's phraseology has got him into trouble. Well, our chief news

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reporter Quentin Rayner joins us now. Obviously this was a deeply

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offensive term and many people will be upset by it.

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Yes, they will, and certainly someone who attended the

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association meeting at a pub in Ratby in March last year did find

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it offensive and complained to the County Council. Councillor Fraser

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used the phrase "ligger in the woodpile" which the Standards

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Committee felt brought his office or the Authority into disrepute

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when it met earlier this year to consider the case. That's right.

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When did he justify using this claim -- word?

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He said the word was offensive but the phrase was not. He rhetoric --

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he said it was a recognised and traditional phrase meaning

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something bad happened to him. If he thought he had offended anybody,

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he would apologise. The standards committee accepted that some voted

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not to take any action in the light that he had apologised.

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This isn't the first time that he has used some kind of phrase and

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made a public comment. In January 2009, while he was

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addressing a public meeting concerning the proposed travellers'

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site, he said this: The Romanians, they'll stick a knife in you as

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soon as look at you. Going on to say, some of these European ones,

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they make the Irish look like complete amateurs and I would dread

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to see them in Groby. On that occasion, the county council did

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take action. He was suspended for a month as well. He was ordered to

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attend a diversity course. Mr Fraser has pointed out that the

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next council election -- at the next election, he doubled his

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majority. Derbyshire Police are investigating

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after a 28-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Ilkeston. She

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was approached near the Pewit Golf Course yesterday but managed to

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fight off her attacker. He's described as white, slim and in his

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late 20s. He was wearing a black Umbro jacket with white stripes

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along the arms and a dark beanie hat covered in dog hairs.

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Villagers opposed to a Tesco store being built in Keyworth in

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Nottinghamshire have told a public inquiry that they would would

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prefer the land to be used for sheltered housing instead. The

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supermarket chain's application was refused permission by Rushcliffe

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Borough Council in November. But if their appeal is successful, it

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could be built. A leading rail union says the

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possible loss of 1,400 jobs at the Derby train-maker, Bombardier, will

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be at the top of the agenda when it meets the Transport Secretary next

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week. The union says it wants to stop the

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government actually signing a huge train contract with a German firm.

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Meanwhile, the leader of a task force helping rail workers facing

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redundancy, says she believes they will be able to find jobs. James

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Roberson reports. Three rail unions and the TUC were

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due to see the Transport Secretary Phil Hammond on Wedsnesday, anyway

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to discuss railway reform. But now the RMT union says the Bombardier

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situation has jumped up the agenda. The union wants pressure kept on

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the government to review the contract, even though Philip

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Hammond's stated he does not have the power to change the contract,

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whose term were written by the previous Labour government. Isn't

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that strange, that they are quick to blame everyone else put

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themselves. They've been in government for 14 months. It is

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happening on his watch, on Cameron's watch, and they need to

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change their mind. However, if jobs do go at Bombardier and elsewhere,

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the government's new task force leader, a former Rolls Royce

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executive, believes other work can be found for workers. I think this

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town has a very high skilled population. The city depends on

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higher skilled people. There will be opportunities. It is our job to

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make sure thereof. A government trade and investment tsar, based

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here in our region, says there could also be jobs for any local

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redundant railworkers in Europe. would much pig -- I would much

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prefer people to stay in this kind of the world, selling engineering

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products around the world. That said, better job than no job, and

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one of the advantages is the free movement of labour. When you come

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back, you bring back additional skills you've learnt somewhere else.

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A further pressure is being put on the government for national

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newspapers. Thus the story in today's Daily Mirror. This is the

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story in today's the Sun. And the Daily Express has gone one further

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with a full campaign. We asked for an interview with Philip Hammond to

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discuss bombarding a. We were told he did not have time today to talk

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They're known for crossing roads, often badly, but hedgehogs it seems

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often end up in all sorts of places that really aren't very good for

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them. Which is why so many end up at rescue centres.

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At one in Leicestershire they're currently looking after dozens of

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babies who've been found without mothers. But it's not just the

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babies, or hoglets, that need our help.

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No, the whole species really need a little bit of TLC from the human

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race so for this months what's on guide Kylie Pentelow went to

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Quiniborough to find out a bit more about this prickly problem.

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When they're this small, they've not spiky, just don't really keep

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still. And they seem to like our mini camera! Pat Wadd runs Helping

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Hands from her home and it's a time consuming job. These little ones

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need a feed every three hours! Right, your turn. He is not spiky.

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There you go. I need an extra hand. It is harder than it looks, Pat.

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If you're into wildlife there's a whole weekend of activities coming

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up. Find out about Nottinghamshire's inhabitants at

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Clumber Park. Across the region there are events for Archaeology

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week, that starts on 16th. And it's the Ashby show in Derbyshire with

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vintage tractors, activities, dogs and horses. Now, it's not just the

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hoglets who need a helping hand here. The grown-up hedgehogs get

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into the odd prickly situation too. This is Charlie. He came to me when

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he was found in the daytime. He had a little injury. He came in in a

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very bad way and now he is quite happy. He is ready to be released.

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Charlie's off to an enclosed garden to live out his in days. This month

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the Open Air theatre season gets underway, this play's at Nottingham

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Castle. In Leicester the Mela is celebrating 25 years, that's this

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Sunday. And for more music the Splendour festival is in Wollaton

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Park in Nottingham, with bands like the Scissor Sisters and Blondie!

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Some tips for you if you want to help hedgehogs. Don't give them

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bread or milk, they much prefer a puppy food. If you have a pond,

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make sure it has a hedgehog escape route. Do not put slug pellets in

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your garden. Hedgehogs don't like them.

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They are very cute, aren't they? Still to come on the programme,

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changing churches. The vicar who's been ordained as a

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Catholic priest, at the tender age But what does age matter?

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Not at all! First, its looks like Leicester City have made the

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Championship signing of the summer today. Later tonight they're

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expected to announce that Reading defender Matt Mills has become a

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Leicester player. Premier League clubs have been chasing Mills but

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we understand Leicester have paid a fee of �5 million to get him.

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Natalie was the first to get a glimpse of him at the King Power

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stadium in the last hour. Here he is, Matt Mills leaving

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Leicester City tonight. The deal is not done. But tomorrow, it should

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be. He could become the championships most expensive player.

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Leicester City of really splash in the cash. This is what his new

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team-mates had to say about him. There are going for the best

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players in the championship at the moment. He has proven that he is

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that one of the best defenders. He is worth over to March and nobody

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will be arguing. Phil spending a lot of money to bring him here. --

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they are spending. David Newton... They are highly rated players in

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their own right. But Mount Mills was wanted by a number of Premier

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League clubs and Sven Goran Eriksson has been chasing him for

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weeks. Of them more on the way? cannot talk specifically but yes,

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there are also more common. Not many but it is important for us to

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find the right ones. How many more? Is it possible to say? No, I don't

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know. One or two, three maybe. understand why Leicester City have

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paid Reading a fee of around �5 million and we've heard that his

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wages are about �25,000 a week. Leicester are certainly splash in

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the cash. Mills will be their 6th summer signing and Sven says there

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are more aware. We are even hearing that the former Manchester United

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star Owen Hargreaves could be on his way to the stadium here.

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Astonishing spending! Just a line on Derby County, confirmation that

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Luke Varney has moved to Portsmouth. Still no news of signings at

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Nottingham Forest, though. Some good news for

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Nottinghamshire's Lee Westwood as he builds up to next week's Open.

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He's currently playing the Scottish Open, which is on a links course

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too this weekend. Westwood is in the lead after a first round seven

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under par. In Cricket, Leicestershire are in

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the T20 quarter finals and Derbyshire are still in the hunt

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after both sides won yesterday. No doubt about the moment of the

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evening. Leicestershire's Jigar Naik taking three wickets in just

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one over. His only over. As for the Falcons? They probably still need

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to win all three of their remaining games but you can see they're still

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fighting. A year ago today, Mansfield's

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Paralympic swimming champion Sam Hynd was involved in a car accident

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that was so serious, his mum thought he'd never pull through.

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This week, he claimed gold in the European Championships. And what's

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even more remarkable is that Sam's brother was just behind and took

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the silver on his international debut. Ross Fletcher reports.

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2008 and the high point of Sam Hynd's swimming career, claiming

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gold in the Paralympics. But that was almost his final flourish. 12

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months ago, a car crash nearly ended his life. The car was code to

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the concertinaed. I don't want to see the car. The emergency staff

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did not think he would get out alive but luckily he did. He has

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made a fantastic recovery. After missing the world championships his

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recovery has been quite something. This week he was back in the water,

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winning the 400 metres in Berlin. But this has been about Team Hynd,

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with younger brother Ollie coming second. I knew he would be there

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for the whole of the race. I cannot say how chuffed I am to do it. And

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chatty got second as well. I turned a 300 with 100 to go and I thought

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he is not as far ahead as he was in the heat so would put my head down

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in the last 100 but I couldn't quite catch him. He is like a

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crocodile. He never stops snapping. That is how I wanted. It is absurd

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it is fantastic, but we are about this level of competition. Both

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swimmers have a condition which is gradually weakening their legs, so

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London 2012 could be very special for the Hynd family. It will be

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fantastic to be at their home games. To have to plea... Quick, Valium!

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So the way things are going? Well, Sam might have to share the

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limelight. But they both belong to us! That is

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the important thing. Finally, he's nearly 83, he's a

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great grandfather, he's been an Anglican vicar for nearly 60 years

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and now he's just been ordained a Catholic priest.

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Father Peter Peterken is one of three former vicars who've recently

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become priests. Jo Healey has followed his extraordinary story.

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Peter walks near the two miles each morning from his home to his new

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church, to say Mass. So why? He has become a Catholic priest in his

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eighties. All of my life, I've believed in the unity of the Church.

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When the Pope offered us the opportunity to join the Catholic

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Church, it seemed the right step to take. He was recently ordained in

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St Barnabas Cathedral. There are priests with a difference. Peter

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has four children, 12 grand children and four great-

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grandchildren. How does it feel to be married to a Catholic priest?

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have been married to a priest for such a long time, nearly 58 years

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now. It doesn't seem very different. It is different of course and we've

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been made to feel so welcome in the Catholic Church. Other clergy we've

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met have made us feel so welcome. He was an Anglican minister for

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nearly 60 years and among his new congregation are people from his

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old church were converted with him. It is Father Peter's 83rd birthday

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soon but he says his journey is just beginning.

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A lovely story and Happy birthday for whenever it is.

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I do crosswords regularly! Good evening. We've had a showery theme

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through the past few hours and that will continue for a time. This

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picture depicts the scenes across the East Midlands this afternoon.

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Philip sent this one in the from Leicestershire. He was on a bike

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ride. He managed to escape the showers. Do keep your photographs

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coming in. For now, there are one or two showers for us to try and

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avoid. We are looking at this area of rain that is sitting in the

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south-west corner of the UK. That is gradually making inroads during

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the course of the night. And of course we've had a pretty cloudy

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day and from those clouds we seen a lot of showers. Blustery showers as

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well. It has been a windy day. It will get when you are still by the

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time we get to tomorrow. For now, those showers are becoming few and

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far between. Trying overnight with clear skies. Temperatures staying

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in double figures. There it is, but rain hours talking about. It is

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gradually making inroads and by the early hours of tomorrow morning, it

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will be continuing to make a wet and windy start to Friday.

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Gradually, that band of rain works its way northwards. Behind it, we

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will get a blustery showers coming in. Interspersed with nice, sunny

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spells. 20 Celsius is your high, 68 Fahrenheit. We could do better than

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that and we will try our best over the weekend. This low pressure

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gradually works its way northwards and moves away from us so after a

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showery start on Saturday, we are left with a dry and bright

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afternoon. Sunny spells, lighter winds. Highs of 22 Celsius.

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Hopefully getting even warmer still. Sunday is looking a much more

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settled day. Dry with sunny spells. The best of the sunshine through

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the morning. As we going to the start of next week, all I can say

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