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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight:

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The teenager who encouraged violent disorder via Facebook. Amed Pelle

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called on more than 2000 people to attack police stations and continue

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the riots. Also, the deputy comes to town to

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see for himself the firebombed Canning Town circus. I think people

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should be proud that there was not any rioting in the city centre.

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income can be tired -- not become can be proud of that. People have

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been knocking on Arab doors and asking what they can do to help.

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And seven stages, 100 AX and 30,000 fans. -- 100,000 axe and 30,000

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fans. It is a Summer Sundae in Leicester.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.

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A teenager admitted in court today that he used Facebook to encourage

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others to join the riots in Nottingham. Amed Pelle sent

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messages via the social networking site to more than 2,000 people. In

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a police interview he said he believed that the riots should

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continue and more police stations should be attacked. He also said

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that he felt the police pick on black youths. Our correspondent was

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in court. During the rioting, police had been

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monitoring social networking sights to see what messages had been sent

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to find out when and where violence may happen. They picked up when to

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take -- 22-year-old Amed Pelle and he was taken to jail. He sent a

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message is on Facebook. He said that it one black youth was killed

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they would kill one million police. He also reference a high and

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clothing store in Nottingham. Amed Pelle said he did not want to

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take part but he wanted the right to continue and he said that the

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police pick on black youth and this was a demonstration of black youths

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against a party. The latest arrest figures are related to disorder

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Detectives are continuing to check CCTV so that the number of arrests

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could increase. Amed Pelle was just one of the people caught in the

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East Midlands. The judge said that Amed Pelle did not understand how

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his comments would be taken. He is due to be sentenced at the Crown

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Court. As promised, yesterday, the Deputy

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Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in the East Midlands today. First stop

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was Nottingham and Canning Circus Police station, the one that was

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firebombed on Tuesday night. There he met police and community leaders

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who had been on the front line that evening.

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Chaos at Canning circus. These were the scenes on Tuesday night. Today

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Nick Clegg was in town to talk to the police officers who had been on

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the front line. There were one or two of them... Yes, I saw the

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pictures. He topped with a local MPs and council leaders as well as

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the heads of various community groups. -- he spoke with. He agreed

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that the front line was being stretched too thin. I have just

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heard that police officers have been reassuring myself and members

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of the committee that there will be no frontline cuts to the

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neighbourhood policing teams whatsoever. Magistrates worked late

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into the night dealing with those who had been arrested after the

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violence. Nick Clegg had a clear message for anyone who attempted to

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follow their example. For any youngster or anyone who thinks this

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might be an occasion to cause trouble, think again. Look at what

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is happening with the increasing number of arrests. He will not get

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away Scot free. You will get a knock on the door. You cannot get

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away with this but no consequences. Confidence is key for politicians

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and leaders and one sign up the confidence is that the Caribbean,

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all in Nottingham will go ahead as planned for Saturday. -- horrible.

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It is a risk that community leaders say they are prepared to take. It

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is a chance for the community to come together for a day of

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celebration. And the fight back goes on in other

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cities as well. In Leicester the damage caused by the riots and its

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aftermath is estimated to be costing the city over �1 million.

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Tonight there is still a high police presence in the city. There

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are dozens of police here tonight. They are here to provide

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reassurance to the public and provide protection to local

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businesses. But some people are being stopped and searched. All

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this is with them preventing any more of violence.

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The were images that shocked and raised questions as to why. An Age

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Concern minibus completely destroyed after being set alight.

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This woman comes to lunch here once a week. Old people come to the sort

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of places. Without the bus we cannot get here. But there is some

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good news. Leicester City Council has lent the charity a bus and

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thousands of pounds of charity is being given to get a new bass.

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Age Concern is such a good charity. They need new vehicles. We were

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able to give them a substantial donation towards their appeal.

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over a cup of tea, the head of Age Concern in master told me loads of

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money were giving money. We have had young schoolchildren coming

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into our offices with little bits of pocket-money wanting to put a

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little into buying an ambulance. Out in the City, the aftershock of

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a night of rioting is still being felt. I was here on Wednesday

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morning when many of the shop windows were smashed. Now they are

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all boarded up waiting to be replaced. Shop owners are keen to

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stress that it is business as usual, but what happened on these streets

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late on Tuesday night near the early hours of Wednesday morning is

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set to cross -- cost the city Dili. By the time you have added up all

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of the loss in property and people cancelling bookings and things, you

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are looking at an excess of �1 million. It is a busy lunchtime and

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the topic of conversation is what should happen to be rioters. They

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will not do it again if they got a win with salt on it. The if they

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were put away for a while they would realise what they had done.

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They need to do Labour unpaid. They need to work. The police here have

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been working between 12 and 15 hour shifts. There is steely

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determination in the officers to make sure that would happen here

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does not happen again. The This week's riots have put huge

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pressure on our police forces. Earlier I spoke to Simon Cole,

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Leicestershire's Chief Constable, and began by asking him, given the

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cost of the operation, how long can the high number of officers be kept

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on the streets? Every day of every week of every year we look at the

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resources that we need. We will have spent at the end of the

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weekend about �250,000. We have a contingency budget that is more

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than that and the increased it for this year's budget. We will be

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going as long as we need to for positive action against those who

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offended three days ago. You cannot keep this going all the time. The

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fear is that the writers will return. What then? -- de rioters.

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The at is an interesting view. What we have been doing over the last

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couple days, we have had many arrests, and we are carrying out an

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investigation into what happened three nights ago. We hope that

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people are getting the message that be are policing this very firmly

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but very Bailey and we will do what we need to do to protect local

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communities. -- very fairly. are facing potential cuts of up to

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�34 million in the next four years. How much has thus strengthen the

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case for reviewing this Budget reduction? -- this strengthened the

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case for reviewing these budget reductions? I will accept that we

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have got to take our share of dealing with national issues. It

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did not affect our policing on Tuesday evening. We have plans

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looking ahead to try and maintain our frontline, whenever else we

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have to do. Of course I would like more resources. There is no chief

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constable that would not. Joining us now is Graham Allen, the MP for

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Nottingham North. You've just published your second

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report into early intervention which is a programme ultimately

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aimed at really stopping what we've just seen.

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It is being piloted here in Nottingham and after what we've

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just seen it doesn't seem to be working. I think it will work. We

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need to pair off some of the followers from some of the harder

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cases. That is a two prong situation. Our policing in

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Nottingham has been exemplary. I hope the magistrates back the

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police up. Some of the early signs are not particularly good on that.

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There is the long-term strategy as well. How do we stop people doing

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this again? How do we break the inter-generational cycle, where a

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lot of us go through families and goes father to son and on? But not

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a game has been doing in the last few years is supporting young mums

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and helping them raise their children. -- what Nottingham has

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done. Everyone on the street has been asking me what the parents are

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doing. We need to support those parents early on so their children

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can be raised in the right way rather than be feral children.

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But how do you change the mindset of someone who thinks rioting is

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fun and getting arrested just an occupational hazard? Pie think it

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would be too late at that point and you would need a stick at that

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point to make sure that they are properly policed. I think before

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the child grows up you need to intervene much earlier. They need

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to do what we are doing in Nottingham. Social and emotional

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aspects of learning, life skills, how to build relationships, how to

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be a decent citizen. You say this has only been going for a four

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years. Do you think it will work and that the kids... It is not a

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cure all. We need to build out the problems that have the -- rather

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than have the consequences. Not just rioting, lifetime on benefits

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and drinking, that is the lifetime policy to go with the short-term

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response we have seen. We have to leave it there. Thank you very much.

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You are watching BBC East Midlands Today, and later, an old favourite

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returns because the branch line is enjoying a boom. One rural line has

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seen passenger numbers double in just four years.

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A former leader of Derby City Council has been jailed for five

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years for child sex offences. Maurice Burgess, who is 63 and from

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Normanton, admitted 11 charges of indecently assaulting four boys

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under 14. Derby Crown Court heard that Burgess had two previous

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convictions for similar offences. He was the Liberal Democrat leader

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of the city council for two years from 2003. 1,000 council homes

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could be demolished -- demolished him an ambitious home building

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project. It is a scheme that could cost up to �60 million.

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They have been part of the landscape in Nottingham since 1967.

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Now these tower blocks are showing their age. I have had three leaks

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over the last week. There has been excessive damage on the ceiling.

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There is an up and a down to living here. The view is amazing. High

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rise flats along what older buildings could also be demolished.

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The city council says that about 1,000 old flats and houses would be

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replaced by 500 new homes. We will be building more appropriate

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housing in the City. There is a need for family housing and

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bungalows as well. This will freeze up a council house for a family to

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live in. It would be the biggest building project in Nottingham in

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25 years. B Campsall has promised to rehouse all residents but not

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everyone has been happy about it. - - the council. This is such a

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community focused area. I think it will ruin my life. I didn't like

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what they moved me last time. would not like to get a new house.

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I still want to stay in Nottingham. A series of meetings is being held

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in the next few weeks where residents can get more information.

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The city council will decide whether to go ahead with the

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rebuilding project at a meeting next month. The skyline will change.

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Indeed! Many of our branch railway lines

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were famously killed off by Dr Beeching's axe in the 1960s. They

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were closed for being too costly and inefficient. But some of our

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smallest surviving routes are going from strength to strength. In fact,

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one rural line in Derbyshire has seen its passenger numbers almost

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double over the last four years. A new sitcom is being filmed here.

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But for those who use this line its appeal has increased to investment

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rather than showbiz glamour. It is a comfortable ride and in his

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frequent. It is every hour. Four years ago, just over 200,000

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passenger journeys were made on the line every year, but now it is

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almost 400,000, and last year saw a 20 % increase. It has got a new

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life and a new role. No one would think of closing it now. It brings

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people into Derby and Nottingham. It connects people into London. It

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plays a vital role. Other small rail lines are seeing similar rises.

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With more people holidaying at home, the summer months are particularly

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popular. It is a good service. It was a day trip with the kids.

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heading back from a holiday in the Peak District and going back to

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London. It is changing at Derby and hopefully it will be a good journey.

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With Nottingham and in using a parking levy next year, the number

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of commuters is expected to rise even higher. We want people to

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choose using the train as their first choice, really. From the work

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we had been doing we have been having success. People like branch

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lines. It is Friday, so the weekend starts

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here, but in Leicester it's already Summer Sundae as festival-goers

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settle down for three days of music. By and although the umbrella has

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had already been in use and master, it will not be all doom and gloom

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this weekend. More weather for you towards the end of the programme. -

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- in Leicester. And now for sport, with all of the thrills.

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He is the man who once said no to Manchester United, played for

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England Under 21s and spent several seasons abroad enjoying Champions

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League football. Now striker Matt Derbyshire is ready to reignite his

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Matt Derbyshire is a man on a mission. I always believe in my

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ability. To get off to a good start would be a good thing. That is the

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most important thing. footballing career began at

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Blackburn after he turned down Manchester United. I was looking at

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a couple of clubs as a youth player. There was Manchester United and

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Blackburn but being a Blackburn fan the on the decision was made -- was

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to go for Blackburn. His boyhood favourites would find him and he

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had the chance to experience Champions League football. Now my -

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- when Nottingham Forest came calling with a deal he knew he had

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his chance. I am always pushing myself every single year. There is

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no reason why we cannot be at the top where we should be. He has

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scored goals for his country. Like everybody we have got in, there is

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an extra motivation for him. They have to do well. If he does well it

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might help fans forgive him after being named after one of his

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fiercest rivals. By am from Blackburn, born in Blackburn, said

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there is no reason to hate me because of my name! Spotted briefly

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at training this morning, was a new player, he was going under a

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medical. We will keep you posted. Forest

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travel to Milwall tomorrow, while Leicester City's record summer

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signing comes up against his former club as the Foxes try to keep up

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their winning start to the season. Matt Mills cost over �5 million

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from Reading. Here he is scoring against Leicester last season, but

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now the roles are very much reversed. My family will be here. I

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think it will be a good thing to get out of the way. I am looking

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forward to it. They have got a strong side this year. We are

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confident, two wins in two. Looking forward to the next game.

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Derby County go to Watford and they are also looking for back to back

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league wins. But they are without five central defenders because of

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injury. That should mean a first league start for 18-year-old Mark

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O'Brien, who's faced more than his share of adversity. Mated 1009,

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Vicarage Road, and his debut as a second half sub. -- made 2009.

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make me baby when I was 16 and then two down the line -- to make me a

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player when I was 16 and then take me on two years down the line is

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extraordinary. That should have been the start of great things and

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tell Mark found out he had a potentially fatal heart defect. He

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was operated on but it a must we would his season. I went to the

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bottom of the lowest and now I am on a big high. I cannot explain

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what it feels like. It is unbelievable. Chances were limited

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last year but he now has his break. He came on during last Saturday's

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opening day win and started on Tuesday. He is in line to keep his

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place. I think because of what he has been through, the heart

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operation, -- it would make a lot of people think about the future.

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He was out there and I think his bravery stands out a mile. It has

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been terrible the way people have been dropping out with injury. I

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felt I was leading the team were bare bones. Hopefully they can show

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what they can do and give all the chances they can get. What has it

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been like? It has been more than I ever expected. I am loving every

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minute of it. They have not won their first two League games since

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1973. If that changes tomorrow, Mark is in for a double celebration.

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Notts County, who will be determined to put their Carling Cup

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exit behind them, entertain Charlton at Meadow Lane. And of

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course there is full commentary on all the local matches on your BBC

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local radio station, with highlights on the Football League

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Show just after half eleven tomorrow night.

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Meanwhile Mansfield Town are suing Ilkeston FC for loss of earnings

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after their ill-fated pre-season game earlier this month. The match

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had to be abandoned after three stags players were injured.

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Defender John Thompson needed 40 stitches in a facial wound.

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Darren Bravo is making his debut for Nottinghamshire in this

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evening's 40-over game. Derbyshire have a great chance to beat

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It's been dubbed the Grandson of Glastonbury, and today the little

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bundle arrived in town. Thousands of music fans are expected to

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attend Leicester's Summer Sundae festival over the next three days.

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The gates are open, the hospitality is in place and the stage is set

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for Summer Sundae. Now in its element here, it is expected to be

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bigger than ever. It requires quite a big team to run it and several

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months of organisation. It is always the things that crop up at

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the last moment, the -- at the last moment that test the organisation.

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2000 visitors will be under a canvas. It is just good music.

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chilled out. It is quite relaxed. Everyone is quite friendly. It has

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a really unique vibe and atmosphere. This is the biggest of at seven

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stages at the Festival, and over the next three days, they will be

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hosting over 130 axe. The music scene here is just arriving at the

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moment. An event like this, that gives those artists a chance to

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appear with established acts, is incredibly important. Among them,

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Dancing Lotus, who open the show. This is easily the begin -- biggest

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gig we have ever played. We are on a massive stage on a bill with

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great axe. It is truly a massive honour. It would not be a proper

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I had been driving pass that all week. I was wondering what it was.

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It looked very similar and dark. It was great having backstage

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passes. But that is one of the great joys of those stages -- shows.

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Now for the weather. Just to put you in a holiday mood, this

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fantastic shot sent him. It was I think if you are heading off to

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the coast for the weekend it should be a better day on Sunday, not

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Saturday. We have a weather front fortnight. It is a band of rain

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that has already started to arrive and parts of Derbyshire. It is

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fragmenting as it works its way eastwards. There will be some

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showery bursts of rain overnight. 15 Celsius is the minimum

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temperature. The heavier bursts during the early hours of tomorrow

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morning and it will clear a way eastwards. These guys will not

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Brighton too much tomorrow. There will be the odd glimmer of sunshine

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but it should still be quite warm. The maximum temperature will be 21

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Celsius tomorrow. Sunday is the better day out of the two. There is

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a little bit of rain working its way up from the south. At the

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moment, the East Midlands will stay dry, and there will be more

:26:52.:26:56.

sunshine around. The temperatures will be around the low twenties. It

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will not be overly warm but it will feel pleasant if you are outside

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for any length of time. We have some high pressure building on

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Monday. In the afternoon there will be a change. The cloud will start

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to increase but it should remain dry throughout Monday. Temperatures

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will be very similar to the began. Tuesday is about the only day when

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there is the opportunity for us to see a shower. It is a little bit

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