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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story - a dramatic twist in the

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row over Bombardier's lost contract. The company that the Bombardier to

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that where a contract, Siemens, has a track record of corruption that

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our department for Transport says that makes no difference to their

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winning bid. Plus in the spotlight - serious concerns are raised about

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two East Midlands care homes. And crime does not pay - find out

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how luck our police forces are seizing millions of pounds of goods

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like this every year. And the long arm of the law comes

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to oakum - the court is in session in the broadest cold room in

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Welcome to Thursday's programme. It has emerged that Siemens, the

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German multinational which built on Bayadere to a lucrative rail

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contract, has a track record of corruption. In the recent past, the

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firm has been fined hundreds of millions of pounds over slush funds

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and illegal payments but does that mean they could now lose the

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Thameslink deal. Apparently not. Our own government says rules aimed

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at punishing corrupt craps is do not apply and Siemens insist they

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have cleaned up their act. The 1,400 job losses were announced

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here on July this and 23 days on, it has been a long hot summer for

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Department of Transport officials. Today more heat, questions over

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whether they considered Siemens previous corruption cases,

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something that has to be done under regulations before handing the

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company that rail contract. Supporters of on the day - they

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have always questioned the value for money reason given by the

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Government when Siemens won the �1.4 billion Thameslink contract.

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After that, Bombardier announced 1,400 job losses in Derby. Now

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questions have been raised about whether Siemens track record of

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corruption cases was probably considered by UK officials.

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Requirement over EU regulations. looks as if there might be a

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question whether the government properly checked Siemens history

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and how they have overcome allegations and convictions for

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corruption and bribery. European law which governs procurement

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requires them to check, to make sure that people are clean. In 2007,

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there was a 200 million euros fine for Siemens in Germany over bribery

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of by his former telecoms division. In 2008, a 523 million pound fine

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in the US over a slush fund to win overseas contracts. The same year,

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a 354 million pound fine in Germany amid claims former board members

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did not fulfil supervisory roles. An MP who has been campaigning for

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Bombardier says the latest twist means the whole contract needs to

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be reconsidered by the government. We found out about the lightweight

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bogey that did not come up. These issues with Symonds having been

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found guilty of corruption in various countries around the world

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have turned up. This shows the whole procurement process was

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weaker. The company that it -- beat Bombardier to that contract has a

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track record of corruption cases but our department for Transport

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says that makes no difference to their winning bid. In a statement,

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MPs are expected to examine the details of the contract at a select

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committee hearing in September. We have been speaking to Siemens

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and they seem keen to emphasise their strong links to the UK and

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East Midlands? That is right. They say they have changed their

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leadership culture at the top. They had been in the UK for 168 years

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and they employed 16,000 people in the UK, 50 % of them in

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manufacturing and engineering. They say in the East Midlands, there are

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170 people working on rail and signalling, 200 at Siemens and

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metering in Nottingham and 40 at a site in Derby. Thank you.

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The company that closed one of its private hospitals after horrifying

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allegations of abuse has been told there are now serious concerns

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about two of its centres in the East Midlands. The Care Quality

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Commission investigated after a secret filming by the BBC showed

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residents being repeatedly taunted, pin-down and slapped at Winterborne

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View. Castlebeck, which run the hospitals, has been told it is to

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carry out improvements. Our health correspondent is here. I gather the

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commission has serious concerns about four centres. Let's be clear,

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it is nothing on the scale of what we have heard from Bristol

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according to the Care Quality Commission, but if we look at these

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homes in the East Midlands, the first one here in idyllic

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surroundings. This is Cedar Vale, and they found conditions inside

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this home far from ideal. The Care Quality Commission as a whole

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series of issues. These places deal with people with learning

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difficulties. This is Croxon Lodge the other place that they have been

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singled out. Do we know what problems have been uncovered?

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Some of the concerns at a corporate level include lack of training,

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inadequate staffing, and poor care palling. And then if we look at

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each home in turn, Cedar Vale, they found that patients did not

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experience saved care and another of the findings was inconsistent

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monitoring of the quality of care. This from an inspection back in

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June. Turning to the other home, care plans were inadequate and

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health and welfare needs were not being met by sufficient numbers of

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appropriate staff. A whole catalogue of problems that have

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been uncovered. What have Castlebeck had to say? Tonight they

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have insisted that they are determined to put things right. We

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have been talking to the man at the top. We have tried to address them

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and the report makes some acknowledgement that progress has

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been made. Clearly that progress has not continued and the need to

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revisit that. I have had people they're looking at that and we will

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resolve that. I have no problem and no concerns that we will not result

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that. There has been reaction from two other organisations tonight.

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Yes, the nursing and midwifery council has been investigating why

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some people did not blow the whistle and police have confirmed

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they had been called to the home in Melton Mowbray because of

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disturbances between residents. One nurse has been suspended because of

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an allegation of alleged assault and that is being investigated as

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we speak. Still to come: sally is doing her

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bit for the birds. I will be at a nature reserve helping to ring of

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East Midlands Today can reveal that almost �8 million worth of goods

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have been seized from criminals across the region. Organised gang

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crime costs billions of pounds every year. The police hope that by

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adopting a tough approach, it will take the money out of the crime and

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reduce the cost of -- to the tax payer.

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They say crime does not pay, but this board certainly cost a lot.

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Now it is in the hands of police. I cannot tell you where this disused

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warehouses for security reasons, but it is time to these Rolex

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watches. We have the sound doors here and here we have this sports

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car. None of these goods are stolen, they have been bought legitimately

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but they have been bought with dirty money, money that have come

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about as a result of crime. Latest figures show that last year

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Derbyshire police seized goods to the value of �1.6 million. In

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Nottinghamshire, the figure was �2 million. In Leicestershire it was a

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record-breaking year with �4.2 million of assets being seized. The

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figures come as the Home Office announces a five-year plan making

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it easier for the police to confiscate the proceeds of crime.

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Crimes that are becoming ever more sophisticated. Criminals are

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manipulating all sorts of systems, there are moving into mortgage for,

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corporate fraud, identity fraud. They are using the internet

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extensively because it is a global system and they can communicate

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with criminals abroad. These cars will be sold legitimately to the

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highest bidder, mean life, the police are keen to stress if there

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is too much billing, give us a ring. Other stories and a 26-year-old man

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has been arrested over the murder of a young mother. The body of

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Caroline coin was found between two houses in the St Annes District on

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Saturday. A post-mortem found the 28-year-old had died from head

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injuries. A man has been questioned by officers throughout today.

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Derby-based Rolls-Royce says its order book is healthier than ever.

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The engine maker has received orders from Singapore Airlines,

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Norwegian Air Lines and Emirates. Altogether it had more than �60

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billion worth of business by the end of last month and has reported

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a 28 % rise in pre-tax profits. A Leicester MP says he has been

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given assurances that the overspend that the city's hospitals will be

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sorted out by the end of September. Yesterday, he met with the chief

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executive of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

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It has overspent by nearly �9 Public sector unions in the East

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Midlands are saying their members will strike over changes to their

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pension schemes. It follows the Government's announcement that they

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are pressing ahead with plans to increase pension contributions.

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Last month thousands of teachers, nurses and civil servants took to

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the streets. They were striking in protests at plans for them to pay

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you more into their pensions and to work for longer. Despite this

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action, if the government announced consultation on controversial

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proposals. People will be working for longer, and paying more. This

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man represents workers at all across the you -- all across the

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region. He said they were disappointed. T adding extra

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pension contributions, with inflation at five %, that is a

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massive attack on living standards of hard-working civil servants.

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Under today's proposals, people earning under �26,000 the year will

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put another �10 a month on their pension scheme. Goes on around

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�35,000 per year will see a �28 a month increase. Those on the high

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rent, they will see their controversial -- their

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contributions go up by �100 a month. More strike action is likely in the

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autumn. Nobody wants action, but I think people understand it.

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Teachers, civil servants -- sill servants we do not take action

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lightly. The government says that the increases are necessary.

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In other news, a delegation from Nottinghamshire has met the

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Transport Secretary to discuss an accelerated start to the A453. They

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asking to bring the start date of the widening forward. The total

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cost will be hundred and 64 million, that is awaiting approval.

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Plans for a giant supermarket in Derby may be approved by the

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council tonight. Tesco wants to build a store on what is known as

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Spider Island in Ellington. It will be one of the biggest supermarkets

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in Derby, those opposing its saving for increase traffic.

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The centre of Oakham came to a standstill this morning for a

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parade of civic dignitaries. Senior police and army officers, bishops

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and High sheriffs of several counties were all in town very

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special court hearing. Our reporter was there to watch proceedings.

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Getting ready for rain other day in court, for Mrs Justice McColl this

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is not a another day, it is not an ordinary court. This sitting has

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been taking place in a Norman castle. This was before the English

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Civil War and the Reformation, even before the match McCart Sir. People

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accused of a crime in Rutland would come here before a judge. This is

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going to operate like a modern courtroom. There are for court

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cases today. They are being transferred and the Crown Court in

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Leicester. They will be conducted as they would in a modern court,

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but sitting in this historical room. The authority of the Crown, the

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rule of law and the maintenance of order is at the very heart of what

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makes a nation state. This is being celebrated at a service at the

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parish church. There are to me at - - two elements today. One is the

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parish element, we are delighted to put on a pageant to welcome a

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charge. What is important is that a judge is coming to Oakham, and

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saying to this county, you matter. It was time to head back to the

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court for the serious business of the day. That was not without a

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local fanfare. We expected to see this wonderful hall, the Horse Show

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as well. This is the first time I've seen such a happening.

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next happening is due in two years' time.

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We are that good at pomp and ceremony.

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Still to come, the weather, will it be sticky?

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Very per spec -- very perceptive, it has been a hot and humid. I open

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the windows, or throw off the two days. Use wannabes... -- one of

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these. That was like a scene out of

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That was like a scene out of That was like a scene out of

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Titanic. Time for the weather. I make the sport!

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In cricket, the enthralling Test series against India continues

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tomorrow at Trent Bridge. All the talk has been about Stuart Broad,

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he has gone from the verge of being dropped to the pick of England's

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bowlers. What a gentle warm-up the Stuart

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Broad. He was bowling at youngsters at a cricket Park. The pressure is

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off, he is back in the wickets. Going one-0 up against the best in

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the world is great, we are delighted with that. It means

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nothing, we have to start again at Trent Bridge. To pick up wickets,

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and get runs was pleasing. I am looking to make contributions all

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the time to make in and win. There were pressure -- there was pressure

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on the selectors to drop still abroad, he went back to

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Nottinghamshire to pick up form. was the first time where I have a

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dip in form, I had a couple of injuries in the winter. It was hard

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to come back him and not take wickets straight away. One of the

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advantages are not being Stuart Broad is the presence of his father

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Chris Broad. He has been there and done it. He knows now is not the

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time to ease off. You cannot relax, and think he had done well in the

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last match. You have to keep performing. It was not all

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youngsters, the entire England squad went on to train at

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Loughborough today. The whole board -- the whole bowling attack can be

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pleased, but especially to abroad. That was a wild cards but the

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bowling. Hopefully now he has his confidence back, he can push on and

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get better prepared. It is a deep breath, and away we go again, this

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time at Trent Bridge. The great free of that Trent Bridge, you

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always know you're in the game as a bowler. If they create exciting

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cricket. Stuart Broad, the man is a star, he is proving it.

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His county colleagues have provided him with another lift, they had a

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second innings demolition against Lancashire. They won with a day to

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spare. In Division Two, Essex are rallying against Leicestershire,

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Derbyshire armour and -- are in CB 40 action at Lord's.

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's 1 T Popple, Leicester City, their signing spree continues. They

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confirmed the signing of Michael Johnson from Manchester City.

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Johnson is 23 years old. He cannot wait to get started. A I have not

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got a place yet, I need to start playing, playing better than some

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of the players they have here, they have some good players. I know I

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have to work really hard. Nottingham Forest have had a

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whistle-stop tour of Europe to prepare for the new season under

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manager Steve McLaren. They face PSV Eindhoven back home at the City

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Ground. It was a chance for their fans to catch denser then you

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always. -- a catch a glimpse of their new

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boys. We are trying to get back into the

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Premier League. We have a new manager, Steve McClaren, I am a

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keyboard to it. A new manager in charge, a handful of new signings,

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tonight for the first time the Forest of papal can see how our

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Steve McClaren's men of their penises season.

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They knew was going to be a tough task against PSV Eindhoven. Nothing

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could have stopped their open-air, the goalkeeper was consigned to

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being a spectator. Their response was swift, Andy Reed provided a

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pinpoint pass. Nottingham Forest have a chance, but a gifted their

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visitors a second goal. When PSV Eindhoven scored their third it was

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effectively game over. Their newest recruit was fuller positives.

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a test, it was a match with a fans should not put much into the result,

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but we were looking at the shape of the team, little things like that.

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I'm sure will not get a better opposition the -- opposition and

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this in the championship. Not the only big European team that

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era in town, Real Madrid are in town soon. Beware that is in a pin

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its time. Thank you very much. After spending

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the last few months looking at our region's wildlife, Sally Pepper has

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been determined to get stuck in. On tonight's Sally Goes Wild she's

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looking at some proper wildlife conservation work.

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This month we are back at Attenborough Nature Centre, we are

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helping with them with their migratory patterns of common terns.

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We need to go by boat to get a proper leg.

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We are back of our expert Tim, he is providing many things to the

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table. We have seen many, no terns so far. We need to follow them down

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the coast. They go past Morocco, and end up in Africa.

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They have been using Blackburn's -- platforms to help the terns nest.

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This is why the stickpin in the bags, to stop them getting stress.

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The welfare of the birds is paramount. That is our primary

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concern. We need to put them back into those bags. It is saving quiet

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in there for them. The mother is flying above our heads at the

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moment. That is right, we need to be very quick. As you can see, it

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has the address. That amazes me! It reads that number. That is amazing.

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We will get them out, and start the winning process. -- are ringing up

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process. The first thing we need to do is check their feather status.

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That tells us how all the birdies. The number goes on their right to

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leg. Our friend in Liverpool built to lead -- a friend in Liverpool

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will be able to read that ring. We are making sure there are no sharp

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edges. The wit of their leg will not change much, it will not hurt

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them. -- width. With all the winning complete, we leave their

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chicks in peace. The adults return to check on their young, and to

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bring them some lunch. It has been great having the opportunity to get

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hands-on with these, and terns. Next month, instead of the boats,

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I'll be taking a bike. Intriguing, what Haiti's! -- what a

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Intriguing, what Haiti's! -- what a tease!

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Now the weather. We have had a warmer day, we have

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seen a more in the way of sunshine. They have been some decent sunny

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breaks. Overnight, it will feel quite muddy. Temperatures will

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hardly drop. Thank you very much to Kenner was sending in this much --

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this picture. If you want to send us a picture, e-mail us. We woke up

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early on with many clouds. The cloud bubbled up, we had sunny

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spells, as be going to this evening that is all we have now. Sunny

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spells, the odd spot a sunshine before it gets dark. The cloud will

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increase as we go through the evening. A few spots of light rain

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and drizzle. Generally dry, the minimum temperature of 13-14

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degrees. Tomorrow morning, mostly dry, into the afternoon the cloud

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will then, temperatures around 19 Celsius. Much cooler than today, a

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little bitter wind as well. -- a little bit of wind as well. High-

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pressure, been replaced by low, temperatures starting to creep up.

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The cloud will increased throughout the West. Sunshine throughout the

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East Midlands. Things improve across the weekend, good news for

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our summer roadshow and the cricket. our summer roadshow and the cricket.

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