21/07/2011 East Midlands Today


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In this is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale and Kylie

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Pentelow. Our top story - the police hunt for a bogus doctor

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who's sexually abusing elderly women.

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Because the victims are elderly, and because of the sexual element,

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I would put it as very, very, very serious. Also tonight, in critical

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condition, the hospitals that have blown their budget.

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Pulled up for not wearing a seatbelt, police make drivers an

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offer which is hard to refuse. can watch this three-minute DVD or

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take a fine of �60. Plus, we're with the children of Chernobyl, who

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are benefiting from the healthcare Good evening. First, police have

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issued an urgent warning to the elderly after two women were

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sexually assaulted by a man posing as a doctor. In both cases, the

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bogus GP claimed he had been sent to examine them. Our chief news

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reporter is in our newsroom. Over to Quentin Rayner. The lead

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detective told me this evening that given the nature of these sexual

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assaults, he regards these attacks as very, very serious. They both

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occurred in Nottinghamshire and both followed a similar pattern.

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The first one happened on Tuesday 24th May in Sutton-in-Ashfield. An

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24th May in Sutton-in-Ashfield. An 89-year-old woman was visited by a

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smartly dressed man, claiming to be had up to, and saying he needed to

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examine her. He sexually assaulted her. In the second attack, a 74-

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her. In the second attack, a 74- year-old woman was sexually

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assaulted. I cannot go into specific details,

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but what happens within the household, what is said and done,

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makes us believe they are linked. Clearly we fear it could happen

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again, so I would like to warn people, not just the elderly, but

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family members of elderly females and also the local communities,

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please look after the elderly, and please do not let anyone into your

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house purporting to be a doctor unless you know that person or you

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have checked by winning the GP. -- by ringing the GP. Police have

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managed to get some form of description from the victims. He is

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described as white, aged between 40 and 60, with a slim build. It is

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believed he was wearing a pin- striped suit. Police are asking

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anyone who might have information Next, the NHS Trust that's going

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bust. It costs �2 million a day to run the three hospitals which make

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up the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust. But between them,

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the Glenfield, the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General are

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haemorrhaging cash. Bosses say drastic action is needed. Despite

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efforts to make cuts, not enough money is being saved, and more

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radical treatment is now being prescribed. Unions fear patients

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will suffer. We can go over to Rob Sissons at Leicester General. Good

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evening. They reckon hundreds of posts will have to go because of

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this financial crisis. There's likely to be a trawl for volunteers,

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and the offer of severance pay if the Treasury gives the go-ahead,

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rather than more attractive redundancy pay. Ideas being looked

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at include using operating theatres, reducing the stays of patients in

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hospital and reducing readmission rates. Today, some other

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controversial suggestions have also been mentioned. Half of Leicester

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hospital's services lose money. Too many beds were kept open and

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staffed after the winter, and temporary staff on premium rates.

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�8 million overspend, just four months into the financial year.

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you take �8 million in one quarter, and multiply it by four, that's �32

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million. That would affect our ability to continue. Now, the top

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boss says more radical action is needed. Otherwise they will not be

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able to pay the 10,000 staff. is going to happen to accident and

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emergency, maternity units? That's isn't the demand is not going to

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stop. Making better use of theatre time is just one idea. But some

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groups fear patient care will suffer. This campaign are challenge

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the directors, earning more than �100,000 a year, to take a 10% pay

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cut. For those people earning hefty salaries, it would not be too much

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for them to concede a small percentage of the salary at this

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stage on a temporary basis. Also controversial, hospital Karl Pryce

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-- car park prices look like going up for both staff and patients.

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Many staff will see this as them paying the price for the financial

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Missen management of UHL, by Do the bosses really think that

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putting up car parking charges will help them cut that debt?

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parking charges is a real poisoned chalice. These are the fees at the

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moment. They claim these short stay rates are the cheapest in the East

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Midlands at any acute hospital. Also, that call for executives to

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take a pay cut - I can reveal that at least one director has taken a

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pay cut, from my sources, but they have not gone public about it. We

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will not know who it is until we see the accounts. But there will

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now be pressure on others to do the same.

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A man is still being held by police after he was arrested following a

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serious sexual assault on a 10- year-old boy in Nottinghamshire.

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Police were called to woodland near the village of Rainworth yesterday.

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They arrested a 43-year-old man in Ollerton in connection with the

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attack. A man has been banned from

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travelling to West Bridgford in Nottingham and given a suspended

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jail sentence after admitting involvement in the placing of a

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pig's head on a pole outside a planned mosque. 25-year-old

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Christopher Payne, from Hucknall, was a member of the English Defence

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League. He pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public-order

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offences. The court heard he had also daubed offensive graffiti.

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Payne will also have to do 100 hours' community service.

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Still to come - the nuclear disaster that's affecting a whole

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new generation. They are the children of the children of

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Chernobyl, and they have come here Before then, an offer errant

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drivers may find hard to refuse - pay an instant fine for breaking

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the law or agree to an on-the-spot safety lesson. Today, dozens of

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drivers were stopped for various offences, but instead of

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prosecution, there were offered education. Paul Bradshaw reports.

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You have been spotted not wearing a seatbelt... Another motorist is

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cautioned as part of Operation Fatal 4. The road policing unit was

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in Coalville on the lookout for miscreant drivers. What we're doing

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today, as an alternative to prosecution, we are putting the

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drivers through this educational workshop, showing them DVDs which a

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graphic and giving them some idea of what can happen on the road by

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indulging in these Fatal 4 offences. Police stopped more than 60

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vehicles in total, mostly for people not wearing a seatbelt.

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was my fault for not wearing a seatbelt. But my own safety is not

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always in my hands. Obviously, lives can be taken for not wearing

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seatbelts, so I will make sure I wear mine all of the time from now

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on. It has been very informative and I have taken note. I do not

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really want to have it happen to me. It does make you think and

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obviously it is better than a �60 fine. People do not realise the

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damage they can do to themselves if they are not wearing seatbelts, or

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indeed, using mobile phones, doing damage to others. Officers hope

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Fatal 4 will help motorists avoid making a fatal flaw.

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Now, in many cases, our bins are collected for lack the. To try to

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cut down on landfill, Leicestershire County Council

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thought it had the answer, a �68 million incinerator. But the plans

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have now been shelved. So what next for our rubbish? This is what

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Leicestershire County Council had in mind for the future of our

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rubbish. But three years after planning began, the Government

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withdrew its funding, and the scheme is now in the rubbish bin as

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well. Except this is costly waste. Around �1.5 million has been spent

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on the plans, and that does not include the cost of buying the land

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near Coalville. It is very disappointing. We have private

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finance in place, we were ready to go. It can now no longer happen.

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But Leicestershire's waste will certainly be looked after. This was

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going to be the site. It would have dealt with thousands of tons of

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rubbish every year. But while the plans have gone away, and locals

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are delighted, we have still got the problem of what to do with our

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rubbish. We are delighted to win this battle, but what we have to do

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about the rubbish, we have to start at the top, we have to stop buying

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things. We have to cut out the carrier bags, we have to we used

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before we recycle. That's right. We have got to save the resources we

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have. -- we have got to re- use. The first thing is education and

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packaging and paper recycling. There's loads of alternatives to

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this - re-using, recycling, composting. If you look at

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recycling rates in Germany, they are vastly more than here. We have

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got to up our game. As a nation which relies on landfill, will all

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of this be enough? Just as the school holidays are

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starting, a museum in Derbyshire has temporarily closed because of a

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flood. Water pipes have burst at the Museum of Childhood. The main

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collection has not been damaged. The main building is open as normal.

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It is hoped people will be able to visit again from Monday, after the

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water has been mopped up. The Derby train maker Bombardier

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has reacted with scepticism to a hint from Pinter about new

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government contracts to avoid huge redundancies. David Cameron said

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work for the London Underground could be brought forward to avoid

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Bombardier having to mothball its Derby works or indeed pulling out

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of the UK altogether. We have been following the latest developments -

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why is the company apparently unconvinced by this? First of all,

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Bombardier a wrapping up a contract to build 47 carriages for the

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Victoria line at the moment. The Prime Minister is hinting at

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bringing forward contract which will in the pipeline, for example,

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upgrading existing carriages on the rest of the London Underground. And

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perhaps there is also promise of bringing forward work for CrossRail,

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also in London. But when I spoke to Bombardier's boss this afternoon,

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he said his main priority was the Thameslink contract which so

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controversially went to Siemens. For us, the main thing is that

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Thameslink is still not a done deal. It is still at a preferred bidder

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stage. We are a reserved bidder, and we are very hopeful that in the

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negotiations which take place, there could be issues where we get

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called upon, and we will be very willing and able to step up to the

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mark. More political fall-out tonight on this Thameslink

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contract? The Government has admitted that the Transport

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Secretary, Philip Hammond, was not told the name of the two main

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bidders for the Thameslink contract before he made the decision. The

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Labour Party have seized on this, because Labour's spokesman John

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Denham has said this evening it beggars belief that the Transport

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Secretary was not told by his own officials that the contract for

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this �1.4 billion deal was going to Germany, rather than staying at

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Bombardier in the UK. Very quickly, what is happening for the

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Bombardier workers? They are being offered the possibility of working

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for Jaguar Land Rover, who are about to take on 1,000 skilled

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engineers. So that gives them the prospect of working an hour down

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the road in Solihull. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster

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happened 25 years ago, but still, the people living nearby are

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suffering from the effects of radiation. Each year, a group of

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children come to the East Midlands for one month, a trip which is

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thought to vastly increase their life expectancy. They have

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important health checks which they do not get back home. This report

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from Sarah Teale. This is the second year this Nottingham mother

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has been a host for children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear

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disaster. She has opened her home to 11-year-old girls from the

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Ukraine and from Belarus. When they first come, they're

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really shy and timid, they seem listless and lifeless, in a way.

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But after four weeks, they seem to be thriving. Chernobyl was the

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world's worst nuclear disaster at. It was 25 years ago now, but the

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people there are still affected by the radioactive exposure. So, part

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of this stay in England includes health checks, and today, it is the

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dentist. It all started when a patient of

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mine was looking after one of the children, and asked me to see them

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because they had a discoloured tooth. And it has snowballed since

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then. We have been seeing them for more than 10 years now. My wife and

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I have hosted since 2001. We are still in touch with our first

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children that came over, who are now both at university. It is

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incredible to have that link. host families are always needed,

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and there's an astonishing statistic to prove just how vital

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the trips are. Every four weeks spent in this country is believed

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to add two years to the life expectancy of the visiting child.

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It is all down to things that we take for granted - cleaner, clean

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water and good food. -- clean air. When they're asked whether they

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enjoy the trips, we do not need an This week we have been

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investigating the increasing number of large wind turbines in our

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region. But within a few months, the East Midlands has also become

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the solar capital of Britain. Anthony Bartram reports from the

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latest solar farm to go live. Carefully planted, row after row,

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these once-green fields of Nottinghshire are harvesting power

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from the sun. The scale can only be appreciated from above. You could

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fit 20 football pitches in here, and they want to get almost five

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megawatts of power out. Roger Pykett's family has farmed this

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land for four generations. He has seen it transformed in just a few

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weeks. It is awesome to transform it from horses and arable into a

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power station within six weeks. Hawton is almost -- is one of

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almost a dozen solar farms built across the region since February,

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each one bigger than the last. Why the rush? Companies are trying to

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beat a deadline at the end of this month which will drastically cut

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the amount of money sites like this can earn by feeding power into the

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national grid. Where wind farms have often triggered objections,

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the planning application for this went through in a month, with

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strong local support. As far as I can see, it is a kind of low impact,

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high yield thing, really. There is a proposal that they are going to

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build another 5,000 houses around here. So it will help those. Five

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megawatts is enough for 1,300 homes. The Government says there will be

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many left for smaller projects, too. Still to come on the programme -

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the final chapter for a school where one of our most famous

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Time now for the sport. Thank you. After days of speculation,

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has

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been appointed first-team coach. It reunites him with former boss Steve

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McClaren, who signed him at Middlesbrough. Hasselbaink was a

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prolific goalscorer during his playing carrier, before retiring in

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2008 and going into coaching, and working with McLaren during his

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time at FC Twente. No news yet on Forest's other Dutch target, George

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Boateng. Meanwhile, Notts County have had a bid for Paul Benson

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accepted. His goalscoring record was enough for Notts County to

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offer �150,000 for his services. Olympic gold medal winner Tim

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Brabants has suffered a major blow with just over a year to go until

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the London Games. Brabants, a doctor in Nottingham, failed to

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make the team for the World Championships after losing a race

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off in the 1,000m canoe sprint. Three years ago he became Britain's

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first ever Olympic gold medal- winner in canoeing.

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Our other gold medal winner in Beijing was of course Rebecca

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Adlington. She's with the British team for the World Championships in

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Shanghai. Alongside her is a teenager from Derbyshire called

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Molly Renshaw. And her place in the national squad came right out of

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the blue. Ross Flechter reports. Early morning in the Derbyshire

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village, and a regular training session for a slightly redact and

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Molly Renshaw. -- slightly reluctant. She does it four

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mornings a week. Her mother comes armed with a trusted?. She tends to

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get in the pool and swim, and I can sweep in the car for a couple of

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hours. -- sleep. That's before I go to work. I bring an extra sleeping

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bag in winter as well. But the huge dedication has brought even greater

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rewards. Molly smashed her personal best at the recent national

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championships. She got silver in the 200m breaststroke, earning her

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a place in the World Championships, and wait for this, she's only 15.

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did not think I could go that fast. She has been consistently at the

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national events. But to have his meteoric rise into the senior

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British team is a bit of a surprise, not just for us, but for British

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swimming. Despite her rapid rise, the pressure is off. The trip to

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Shanghai is a chance to mix with the likes of Rebecca Adlington.

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Does Molly know what to expect? do not know, but it will be a good

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experience. It is going to be tough, no doubt about it. We're going in

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with our eyes open, we know she is ranked about 25th in the world. C

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lido expectation for her to win a medal. Whisper it quietly, there is

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an ambition to make the team for Cricket, and there has been some

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play today. Stuart Broad has kept his place in the England team for

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the Test match with India. In the County Championship, after the

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washout yesterday, Nottinghamshire are responding to Hampshire's 213.

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At Leicester, James Taylor finished on 168 not out in their game with

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Sri Lanka A. Schools across the East Midlands

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are closing for the summer holidays today, but one historic school is

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shutting for good. Pupils at the primary school that DH Lawrence

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went to a moving across the road to a new �6 million cool. But as Peter

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Snow reports, they were not forget their links to the famous writer.

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Head teacher Donna Chambers is the latest in a long line of head

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teachers in the same building since 1878. But she will be the last.

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She's moving with the school on to a brand new site, leaving behind a

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Grade II listed building with a special historic connection.

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Lawrence himself was a pupil here in the 1890s. When we amalgamated

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to years ago, we could not all fit in here, so we had to move. The

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doors are closing on education children for the last time here.

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But the building will always be here. It makes you proud, because

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you're in the same building as DH Lawrence was. You actually went to

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the same school as DH Lawrence. He also taught here. It makes you feel

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like so key part of the history. Wonderful, it evokes marvellous

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memories, we had some fabulous teachers, like Mr Oldbury, the

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headmaster. The teacher commented, whatever next? We have lost India,

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now the king has died. It was very good, I can remember my first

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headmaster, Mr Mallett. He was a man I'm going to say I detested, to

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be quite honest. Just nearby is the new school, costing �6 million. But

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for the old school, the future is less certain. It is no longer

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needed by education so it will be marketed. It is a listed building,

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so we shall see. So, after 133 years, the school will empty for

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We were just saying, we like a bit We were just saying, we like a bit

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of DH Lawrence. It's time now for the weather forecast.

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This weekend the weather is going to be a bit divided. First, we have

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got quite a spectacular picture to show you. This was captured the

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other evening. We're going to start to see the showers gradually fading

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this evening. The skies will also start to clear-up behind those

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showers. First thing tomorrow morning, it is going to be the

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drier part of the day. After that, the cloud will be increasing once

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again. And there will be a few showers around. There will be a

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northerly breeze. Now, the weekend's weather. It will be a bit

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divided. We have got low pressure sitting out in the North Sea, which

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is likely to push some cloud in our direction. If you're heading to

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Skegness, it will be quite a cool there. And there's the possibility

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of a few showers as well. The further west you go this weekend,

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the more sunshine you will see. The rain is never very far away. The

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weather front will be producing quite a bit of cloud as well. The

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