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

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Our top story tonight - hundreds of jobs to go in a shake-up at Royal

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Mail. Almost 200 jobs are to go at

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Leicester's world mile centre. Plus, there'll be no Government U-

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turn to save jobs at Bombardier. The minister stands firm. We do not

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lawfully have the ability to award the contract to the company that

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Also tonight, scientists study a new way for new mums to lose weight.

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In terms of health we do not want a generation of women who are

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overweight just because they had a baby. And armed with bin bags - 200

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schoolchildren sweep through a suburb. We are proud to come here

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and give back to the environment. First, if you thought it couldn't

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get any worse, it just has. Almost 500 jobs are to go as the Royal

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Mail shakes up its operations across the East Midlands. That news

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came just hours after the Government confirmed that the Derby

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train-maker, Bombardier, would not be given a massive contract which

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would have saved the jobs of hundreds more. In a moment, an

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exclusive interview with the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond,

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about the controversial Bombardier decision. But first, let's join

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Mike O'Sullivan in Leicester with more on those Royal Mail job cuts.

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Good evening. This mail centre is the big loser in these changes

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being proposed by the Royal Mail. Around 500 people work here and

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there'll 280 job losses. What will happen is that the Leicester Mail

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centre here will be closed down. The sorting of the mail will be

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transferred to Northampton. Then another smaller office will be

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opened in Leicester to handle the delivery side of things. A union

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leader here though believes that something like 400 people will

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leave, because they just don't want to travel the 35 miles for work in

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Northampton. We have 500 members down there. We have 100 drivers or

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so, cleaning and catering staff, and most of those jobs will go. So

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we are probably talking 500 jobs. Why are the Royal Mail having to do

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this? The Royal Mail says one reason that

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they have to slim down is because fewer letters are being posted.

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They say in the Midlands, the number of items posted have fallen

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by more than 400 million since 2006. And they predict a fall of a

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further 500 million items by 2015. Well, as if the jobs scene in Derby

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wasn't bad enough, just over 180 jobs will be lost there. The

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sorting office side of things will go from Derby to Nottingham. The

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big office in Derby will remain as a delivery office only. Also the

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Ilkeston and Heanor delivery offices will be closed. So what's

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the Royal Mail had to say about it today? Well, the Royal Mail said

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today another factor is a big investment in new machinery. And

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they promise no compulsory redundancies.

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To date we have not had to use compulsory redundancy at all and we

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do not envisage having to as part of these changes we have proposed.

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We are working with the trade unions and the people in Derby and

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Leicester and Nottingham to make sure that we support them and their

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families and our customers through this change. The Royal Mail says

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the final decision on these proposals will be made in the

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Autumn. Next tonight, the latest chapter in

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the Bombardier story. Union leaders met the Transport Secretary this

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morning, to ask him to change his mind about about awarding a �1.4

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billion order to the German firm, Siemens. Our Political Editor, John

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Hess, is at Westminster now. John, was this the last throw of the

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dice? If you listened to the government

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today, you certainly wouldn't want to put your money on a possible U-

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turn on this. Just hear what the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond

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told me a little earlier. We do not have the ability, lawfully, to

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award the contract to the company that came second in the competition.

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It is as simple as that. It's the first time the Transport Secretary

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has spoken to the programme about his controversial decision over

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Bombardier. You'll be able to more of it shortly. The interview was

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after he had met a delegation of senior trade union officials first

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thing this morning, at the Department for Transport.

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Determined and resolute - union leaders arrived for talks at the

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Department for Transport. We know that in France, Germany and Italy,

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no government would conceive of trains for that country been built

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elsewhere. The government is supposed to be in charge. Either it

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is in charge or frankly, this is a Shambles. The Transport Secretary,

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Philip Hammond, had scheduled an hour for the talks. They lasted

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twice as long. A sign of hope? Not so. He has said at this stage that

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there is nothing further he can do but he also said the process is not

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ended and the final contract will not be awarded for another few

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months. We would use that time to follow up on a number of issues

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were stop we're not going to disappear until we make sure the

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government can see the social ramifications of the people of

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Derby and beyond. Later in the Commons, the Prime Minister praised

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Bombardier. It is a great company with a great future in this country.

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But in this case the procurement process was designed and initiated

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by the previous government. We were bound by the criteria at a set and

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so we have to continue with the decision that was made according to

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that criteria. From the outside, the Department for Transport looks

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solidly immoveable on the reviewing the Thamelink contract. But there's

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still six months to go until the final contract is signed off.

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So with the contract still to be finalised, is there any room for

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manoeuvre? Not if you listen to the Transport Secretary. The Thames

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link contract has been awarded to Siemens as the perfect picture on

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the basis of the terms set out in the original tender when it was

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delivered. And we do not have the ability lawfully to award the

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contract to the company that came second in the competition. It is as

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simple as that. How long until you sign it off officially? Siemens has

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been appointed as preferred bidder. There will now be a process of

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commercial negotiation around the details of the contract and due

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diligence which normally takes six months. In that period, is that

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time for you to change your mind? It is not possible for me to

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intervene in the way that some of the Derby MPs and some of the

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unions have been hoping would be possible. It is not possible for me

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to simply overturn the proper decision that comes out of an

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evaluation of tenders in accordance with the criteria set out in the

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original process. We have to stick within the law. What we can do is

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make sure that in future restructure contracts in a way that

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looks at the wider interests of the UK supply chain, it takes a more

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strategic view of the industry in the UK and beyond and managers the

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best interests of the taxpayer in the longer term. But what is the

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short-term future formed Bombardier? I think there mediant

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challenge is they need design and development work to keep their

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engineering department busy. They have production operations carrying

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on with the London Underground. But we will look to see if there's

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anything we can do to help the UK supply chain, whether bringing

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forward the dates of future contracts. And Bombardier is a pre-

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qualified bidder for the CrossRail project and we will look at if

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there's anything we can do to accelerate that process in a way

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that may help the UK supply industry. Will the political

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pressure is not going to go away. I understand that the mid- Derbyshire

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Conservative MP who secured a lot of support from Derbyshire and

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Nottinghamshire MPs yesterday will lead a delegation to see David

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Cameron on Monday. And the TUC has now given national backing of to a

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rally in Derby a week on Saturday in support of Bombardier and their

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workers. Still to come on the programme - a

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double blow for a special school in Derbyshire. First plans for a re-

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build are scrapped to save money. Now they've found asbestos in the

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roof of the main hall. An inquest has been told that an

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army dog handler died almost instantly when he was shot while on

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foot patrol in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his dog

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Theo were based in Rutland before their deployment to Helmand

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Province. The pair had made 14 finds of explosives and ammunition

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in five months on the front line. Theo died of a seizure shortly

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after Corporal Tasker was killed. A jury will come back to Leicester

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Crown Court tomorrow to consider the case of Jodie Pick. The 23-

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year-old is accused of killing her seven week old baby daughter at

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their home in Broughton Astley. She said she was trying to revive her

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daughter by shaking her. The prosecution claimed she grabbed the

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baby in a fit of anger. A special school's been forced to

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shut its main hall after asbestos was found in the ceiling. It was

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discovered when internal roof tiles began to fall to the floor. The

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closure has led to the cancellation of school meals and PE lessons. The

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building had been due to be replaced, but the plan was scrapped

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under Government cut-backs. From Derby, Simon Hare reports.

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Today was always due to be a picnic for the pupils at a Fratton Park

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community a special school. But they can now expect to have a lot

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more sandwiches after asbestos was disturbed in the roof of their main

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hall. We go through the hall to get to all the classrooms. And we would

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normally have are at lunch there but the school kitchen and the hall

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are closed. So it is now sandwiches until everything is repaired.

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has fallen down. Can we do games in the hall? No, it is broken. We need

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a new roof. They had been plans to rebuild the school on a new site

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but that was scrapped with the loss of the building schools for the

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future programme. We had the final design and the children had met

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with the architects and everything was ready to roll. So it is very

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disappointing. But we have to make the most of the building we have

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got. There are also trying to raise money to replace the roof of the

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schools' room -- swimming-pool which staff say is a vital part of

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the education they provide. But the eldest pupils were still hoping to

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raise the roof when they hold their pram before the end of term.

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A Derby charity which helps children and young people at risk

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of sexual exploitation will continue to get Government funding.

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Funding for Safe and Sound Derby had been in doubt. Last year the

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charity worked with more than 100 vulnerable young people. 18 had

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been victims of a gang which was jailed for grooming young women for

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sex. The charity will receive a grant of �200,000 over the next

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three years. A house at Ilkeston in Derbyshire

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has been badly damaged in a fire. More than 20 firefighters spent

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around three hours putting out the blaze. They were called to the

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house at Eyre's Garden at four o'clock this morning. When they

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arrived the first floor was well alight. It's understood that the

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occupants of the house had managed to get themselves out.

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Apparently you can forget finding time to go to the gym. Scientists

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in Nottingham have come up with a programme to help new mums get fit

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and lose weight without leaving the house. They're encouraging them to

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play interactive computer games at least three times a week. Angelina

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Socci reports. It's a full time job looking after

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six-month-old Max. And for his mum, Jan, having the time or inclination

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to exercise isn't always top of her priorities. Everyone tends to put

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on weight when they have had a child and sometimes to not lose it

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as quickly as they would like. I think people are quite conscious of

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how they look. A recent survey found that 67 percent of women were

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anxious about their weight after giving birth and many didn't want

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to exercise in public. But now scientists here at Nottingham Trent

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University think they may have found a solution. And it involves

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playing computer games. But with a difference. A study, which will be

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carried out on 20 to 30 new mums, will monitor their weight and body

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composition before, during and after a twelve week training period

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on a Wii Fit Board. At the end of the 12 weeks we get

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them back and do all there scans again. And hopefully we will have

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some results to show that this type of intervention is really useful

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and beneficial to mothers. A lot of people probably have them at home

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and do not use them as much as they thought. I suppose it is just

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another thing to try. So while a new baby may bring plenty of joy,

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scientists are hoping that this research will also provide a happy

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outcome for all the mums taking part.

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Still to come on the programme - a taste of Autumn in Mid-July.

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If you thought to date was disappointing, wait until the

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weekend when it will be cool, wet and windy.

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Time for sport, and another day and another signing at Leicester.

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Yes, this time Paul Konchesky. He's completed his move from Liverpool

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and has already flown out to meet his new Leicester team mates on

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their tour of Sweden. The 30-year- old has cost a reported �1.5

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million. You might remember he was on loan at Nottingham Forest last

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season, but he's now signed a three year deal with their East Midlands

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rivals. They have added to the squad recently and they have added

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well. The owners look like they are going to give it a good go this

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year. Well, Konchesky is Leicester's seventh summer signing.

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Derby have added eight, but Nottingham Forest have only brought

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in one player so far and there is just four weeks to go until the

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start of the season. So with the clock ticking until kick off, how

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are things shaping up for our three big teams? Take a look at this.

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Well, here we are at Quorn FC in Leicestershire ahead of a big

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charity game this weekend. It involves former players from our

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local teams, Leicester, Forest and Derby. Today we've got some of the

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experts together to debate who will come out on top this season.

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I'm Walshy - Leicester City legend. Hi, I'm Phil Gee - former Derby

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County. Hi, David Johnson - Nottingham Forest.

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Well, they are all strikers, all fighting for their corner of the

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East Midlands. So we are putting them to the test in a very special

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soccer shoot out. Who will is going to come out on

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top this here? I think it will be very interesting. There are new

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signings and with the money available I think we will end up

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top of the league this year. Walshy thinks Leicester are going

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up. Phil wants Cloughie to hit the target of top six this season.

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Meanwhile, Forest, like Johnson, are looking a shambles when it

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comes to signings. To be fair, he is not wearing his builds! --

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builds. Give Forest another week and it will be desperate signings,

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and that is what they don't want. It is Nigel Clough's buried season

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now. This is the season to judge him. Any fighting between you three

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at the weekend to? You cannot get near him at any weight! Derby

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winning the shoot out there. And if you want to see the legends in

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action, there is game on Sunday in Quorn in Leicestershire and next

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weekend at Dunkirk in Nottingham. Golf now, and the biggest

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tournament this year starts tomorrow with the strongest British

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field ever. Among them, Nottinghamshire's world number two,

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Lee Westwood. It's the Open Championship at Royal St George's

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in Kent and despite Westwood's great ranking, he's still looking

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for his first major title win. Colin Hazelden reports.

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It's certainly feels like a long time since the dark days of two

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dozen and two. Nine years ago West would was plummeting out of the top

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100. But now the number two in the world is in the form of his life.

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It is going well, I played well in the US Open, finished third. I had

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a decent week. And I will try to feed off that confidence going into

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this. A long time since Tiger Woods and his American compatriot is

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bestrode the golfing world. The top three now all British. There is

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competition but it is nice that an Englishman is number one and Rory

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McIlroy is right behind us at number three. The game in Britain

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and Europe is incredibly strong at the moment. The journey to top

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golfer has been a long one. The leap to major winner can seem like

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a chasm but Westwood is not sweating. I would like to win a

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major Championship, obviously. But I must be doing something right.

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Aren't there or thereabouts and people are expecting a win. It all

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starts tomorrow morning and you can't see it on the BBC.

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-- you can see it. One of our Olympic greats was in Leicester

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today to give school sports a boost. Five times gold medallist, Sir

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Steve Redgrave, mucked in with the children at Badgerbrook Primary

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School. He's trying to get more young people involved in sport. And

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there's nothing like a home Olympics to help inspire them.

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Olympics coming to our shores is just fantastic. 26 different sports.

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That gives the opportunity of seeing the world's best in their

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own capital city and around the surrounding areas. That will

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inspire people. And in cricket Andre Adams will stay with his

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county until 20 get team after signing a new contract. And not

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County's match against Somerset looks finely balanced going into

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That is all the sport. Tomorrow is the opener for Lee Westwood.

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Fingers crossed. Streets in one part of Leicester

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were cleaned up today thanks to 200 local youngsters. Students from

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Longslade Community College in Birstall spent the day collecting

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litter in the parks and village centre as part of their good

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citizenship course. Paul Bradshaw was there.

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What a load of rubbish! But then, that's the whole idea. These young

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people from the local college descended on the village of

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Birstall to tackle litter. It is good to get out of the classroom

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and help the community. It makes us realise how much littered there is

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a round. It keeps your mind off exam results. It is important that

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people see us as responsible. feel proud to come here and give

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back to the local environment. Education it is about ensuring

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young people grow up to be part of the world a party that is them

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taking their rightful place as citizens. It's a scheme the local

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council approves of. As part of their GCSE studies, it's hoped the

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event will promote understanding of the problem of littering and of

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community awareness. Litter is not good for the environment and it is

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an eyesore. So anything we can do with colleges is absolutely vital.

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And local people were happy to see the clean-up team in action. We are

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from New Zealand which is a very clean country so it is great to see

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that the young people are taking an interest. It is a great idea.

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impressed, never have seen it before. Very impressed. The young

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people themselves say the people themselves say the

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experience has been a good one. Normally at this time of night week

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show some of your pictures. But tonight we have some of the flowers

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at Woollaton Hall. Nottingham is entering the East Midlands in Bloom

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competition this summer for the first time since winning the

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national 'Champion of Champions' title in 2008. Today judges

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inspected many sites across the City. They met students at Wollaton

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Park and also spoke to those people who've helped to create the flower

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beds and exhibits. Tonight we have a lot of cloud

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across the region it. There has been the odd light shower around

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today. But it will become drier through the evening and the cloud

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will start to break up. Temperatures could go down to a

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minimum of around seven degrees Celsius in some parts of the region.

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There is some rain around as well coming in from the North Sea. And

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that is how it tomorrow morning is likely to start. Cloud across the

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East but breaking up quite well across the West. It should be a

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mainly dry afternoon and warm as well. Friday also starts off

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probably slightly better with some sunshine. But then we start to see

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the cloud increasing. And also we have low pressure starting to

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develop. That gives us quite a wet day on Saturday. The wind also

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starting to increase making it feel quite cool over the weekend.

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Stronger wind likely on Sunday and the opportunity for a few

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thunderstorms as well. Feeling a little more like autumn this

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