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This is East Midlands Today. Our headlines: work opportunities go

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begging because applicants are not up to the job.

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Bosses in Nottingham say job seekers lack education, skills and

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the right attitude. Basic things, getting people to be punctual,

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demonstrate enthusiasm, to learn new skills.

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The mother attacked by burglars who feared she would die. He thumped me

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in the stomach, it turned out he stabbed me. Also tonight, some are

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fun for some - the children who use the railways as their playground.

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Plus the town centre that is keeping the supermarket at arm's

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length to avoid it becoming a ghost Welcome to Wednesday's programme.

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The uncomfortable fact about unemployment in our region.

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Official figures list one of our cities as the second worst place in

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the UK for joblessness. That city is Nottingham. The percentage of

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its people not in employment is higher than in Leicester or Derby

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and nearly double the regional average. Employers say there is

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work to be had but many applicants are not up to the job.

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Lynn is looking for work. Made redundant in Nottingham last week

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after 12 years. She knows like many others that it will be tough to

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find a new job. It looks very fat - - bad at the moment. There is

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Christmas coming up, so I will try to get a Christmas job. Really

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difficult because there are hardly any jobs out there for youngsters.

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The I am sure it is the pure volume. I am sending out around 10 CVs

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every day. New figures from the Office for National Statistics

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suggest that Nottingham has a big problem compare to other parts of

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the UK and other parts of our region. They show that in Derby,

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the unemployment rate was 9% making its 75th in the country. In

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Leicester, it is 11.4 % making it 20th worst. In Nottingham, it is

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13.9 %, second in the table behind Middlesbrough. Nearly doubled the

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East Midlands rate of 7.5 %. But business has claimed that people on

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the jobs market do not have the right skills or even attitude for

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work. Basic things, getting people to be punctual, getting people to

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demonstrate enthusiasm, to learn new skills, to learn new trades and

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to become viable members of any business. Today in Nottingham,

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there are 2,500 vacancies at the JobCentre and help to build up the

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work ethic. If they never work, that work ethic is difficult, so we

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work closely with them and our providers that are out there -- out

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there. The city Council has challenged the official figures

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saying that on their analysis of the city would be 42nd in the

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country. Joining us he is Nottingham's

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deputy City Council leader Graham Chapman. I know you dispute these

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figures, although they are official, but you cannot dispute that there

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is a serious unemployment problem in Nottingham? There is an

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unemployment problem in big cities across the country. Nottingham is

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not the second worst, it is all the way they calculate the student

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population. We are convinced it is nearer 10 % and 14 %. Other cities

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have a large student population. They do not have the same tight

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boundaries and because we have a large number of students, those are

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the reasons. There were poor things that came out. Business leaders say

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job applicants from local schools they are not up to the job. They

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are lacking education skills and attitude. That is a claim from

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business leaders from across the country. There is an issue. The

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issue is about children, people turning up on time. Some of the

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skills are not appropriate or adequate, however, the staying-on

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rate in Nottingham into college has gone up. So has the level of skills

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over the last few years, but we are still not adequate. It is the case

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for most large cities. Your party has been in power for some time, do

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you take some responsibility? accept there is an issue but I will

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also accept that the skill levels and the staying on weight up of

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children over 16 and over into college has gone up substantially.

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There has been an improvement, it is still not good enough and what

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the real issue is is getting people job ready and at the moment, there

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are no schemes to get them job ready for stock what will you do

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about it? We are doing a lot. All the money, half a billion pounds

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will be on local Labour. Our council house improvement Labour is

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done locally. We are putting up solar cells on houses, using local

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labour. We're also working with the colleges to improve the skill

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levels. I was at one this afternoon and they have an exceptional number

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of apprentices coming through. Let's hope it improves. But the

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figures are wrong. A huge boost for the campaign to save children's

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heart surgery in the East Midlands. In every view, the Glenfield Heart

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Unit attracted more support from individuals than any other centre

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in the country. Experts are looking at reducing the number of hospitals

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across England doing children's heart operations from 11 to either

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six or seven. They reveal that some of their results of their

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consultation. Safe in mum's arms. Lyle's feels

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very much at home at Leicester's children's heart surgery unit. Her

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life has been in their hands since birth and mum could not face it

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closing. I am hoping because lilies can -- will continue to need

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surgery throughout her life. She can keep coming to the same place

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where I know the surgery is good. There is a lot of support, you have

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the parents wing. The team at Leicester's Glenfield Heart Unit

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note its future will not be made until the end of the year but

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results of a consultation show most individual support keeping the

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service going. The public, patients and experts think that the Midlands

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needs two centres. To suggest that 11 million can only be served by

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one single centre, whereas London has a smaller population needs two,

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would be ridiculous. Of the four options opened, it seemed to be

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coming down to just two. One option was always the preferred one. It

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sees Leicester survive but option B sees it replaced by Southampton.

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That has more support from organisations and the consultation.

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Finley's family know which they prefer. You're troubled the end of

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the earth to avoid surgery. To have so do when your doorstep makes it

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easier. But in every city will find passionate stories of support for

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the local hard unit. This is Southampton. And Leicester's gain

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could prove Southampton's last. Still to come: he put town that

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saying no to supermarkets. Also the boxing club threatened with closure

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that is not quite ready to throw in the towel.

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And after many places not getting rain, the hope is we have

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persistent and some heavy rain working its way in tonight. I would

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A mother of two he was attacked in her garden after disturbing two

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burglars has told us that she thought she was going to die. Lisa

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Waring was stabbed repeatedly at her home on Cotton Way on Monday

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morning. Her children were inside the house at the time. Police say

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they are putting on extra patrols in the area.

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Showing the scars of a terrifying attack. Lisa Waring was at home

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with her two young children when she found two men burgling her home,

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taking her laptop and at least one of them had a knife. In the garden

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they turned on her with horrific results. There was a chap appear

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from behind the door and also one behind me. He slashed at my chest

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and I thought he thumped me in the stomach but it turned out he

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stabbed to me. I grabbed the blade which severed my fingers. I thought

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they would kill me. One over Easter's children saw her get

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injured. The man were wide and in their twenties or thirties, one had

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a Scottish or Irish accent. Ironically they then ran dropping

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the items they had stolen. Police say they also want to trace a blue

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van with white writing seen at the area at the time. It is rare to

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have a Burberry with the people inside the address and for Lisa

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Waring to disturb the two people in the act of committing the crime and

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for them to attack her, this is despicable. We will do everything

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we can to catch these individuals. The operation will between four and

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six hours. In the meantime, at least a now faces more surgery and

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physiotherapy on her hand. She has been told it could take more than a

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year for her to recover. Nottinghamshire police say it

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incidents of anti-social behaviour in of rain have dropped by a third

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following a crackdown. Police teams have been targeting hotspots and

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sending out patrols to tackle disorder. Beat officers and

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community support officers have been out speaking to both offenders

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and their families officers say they have targeted under age

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drinking. Police investigating the death of a

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Derby man have arrested a 4th man on suspicion of murder. Johnny

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Assani who was 43 was assaulted in the city 10 days ago. He died at

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the Queen's Medical Centre the day after being attacked. The 24-year-

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old man was arrested this morning and remains in custody.

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The region's newest multi-million- pound leisure centre open this

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afternoon. It is the Arkin Matlock and cost �12 million. It has to

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sport -- sports halls and a suing Shoppers who want to stop

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supermarkets taking over our town centres have a new champion tonight.

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He is a council leader that has blocked plans for supermarkets and

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rejected permission for the Sainsbury's superstore. Councillor

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Roger Begy, the leader of Rutland county council says he will not

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allow the big boys to turn the town into a ghost town.

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Grantham has already been labelled a ghost town by one politician

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following the supermarkets to dominate as we reported on Monday.

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But in No camp the bunting is out. The retailers have cause to cheer.

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The supermarket giants have been kept at arm's length and that is

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benefited small high-street shops. They diversify and do things the

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supermarkets cannot. We depend on dealing with individuals as a

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person rather than a number. Tesco moved into the town just over 10

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years ago. The supermarkets are wanting a bigger slice of the

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retell action in Oakham. Tesco is wanting to double its retail space,

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Sainsbury's and Waitrose are waiting in the wings. But recent

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planning applications from the big supermarkets have been rejected.

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made ourselves very unpopular with people in Oakham by turning down a

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Sainsbury's application. But we felt so strongly that the town has

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to be a surviving and thriving. somebody supermarkets to help the

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town thrive and survive. Tesco's is the only one we have in the area

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and sometimes there is not a wide variety there. More competition

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might get lower prices. It might bring more people into town. There

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are not a lot of people that come. You will not find empty shops

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boarded up here. Vacancies are snapped up quickly but worries

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remain about supermarket ambitions to set up shop. We would like to

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ensure that that does not happen and although we can allow a small

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number of supermarkets in, we cannot allow it to be overtaken by

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supermarkets. You would expect the county town of Rutland to have an

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independent streak. That spirit can be seen in its variety of retailers

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Police in Leicester are growing concerned about a woman who has not

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been seen since Monday night. Jean Gray, 76, was last seen by a name

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but at 9pm at her home on New Parks Boulevard. Officers say it Mrs Gray

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had been worried about her husband who is in hospital and has never

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gone missing before. Investigations are under way into a

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fire at a Woodyard which disrupted train services in Nottingham. Crews

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were called to the site on Victoria Road last night. Firefighters

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believe it was started deliberately and have spent much of today

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dampening down at the yard. It seems that every summer police

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issued his warning: Children are still putting themselves at danger

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by playing on railway lines. But yet again, the British

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Transport Police have been forced to speak out. This time after

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children as young a six were seen putting objects on the line near

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Leicester. A train heads north from Leicester

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station towards Nottingham, accelerating hard, they can be

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doing up to 80 miles an hour. Below one of the railway bridges, this

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PCTs tells me about the latest vandalism on the track above.

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threw bricks and would on the line. Trains are passing from north to

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south and they were struck. It is a shocking how young the three

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children involved were. They were aged between six and seven years

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old and placed items on main lines. No damage was caused, but it is

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extremely dangerous. Each summer, it seems, despite constant warnings,

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young people decide to either play on railway lines or vandalise the

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tracks. Network Rail says over the last year, there were 135 incidents

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in Leicestershire. But Derbyshire was worse, with 170.

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Nottinghamshire it was worse still, with 202. The incidents ranged from

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taking dangerous short cuts to throwing stones at trains, to

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deliver replacing debris on the track which could cause derailment.

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It is catastrophic for passengers. The after effects of that could be

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disastrous. It is worrying to see children of that age on the lines.

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We would ask parents all over the East Midlands to educate their

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children to the dangers of railway. The police say anyone spotting

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anyone acting dangerously or suspiciously on the lines can ring

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British Transport Police or crime stoppers.

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Next, an award winning boxing club in Leicester could be forced to

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close because of a lack of money. The gym in Birstall has been

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keeping kids off the streets for years. But rising costs could mean

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its owner has to hang up his gloves. After a years of running this club

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for young people in Birstall, Kohl is used to taking a few hits. But

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in the current financial climate, he may be facing a body blow.

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Everything goes up: It your maintenance, rent, electricity. I

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do not want to put the suspicions up because that is taking money off

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children. I'm hoping that we will get a benefactor who wants to put

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money into help the kids. Without the Gem, some of the kids would be

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lost. Opened in 2003, the club started with just seven members,

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but now has over 1,300, nearly 300 of which are girls. It is steeped

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in history, you are part of something. I would be really

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disappointed because it is a great place to go. Everyone is so nice

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here. It would be a shame if it closed down because there is

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nothing else to do. Parents fear that if the Jim goes, their

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children will be left roaming the streets. They will be outside,

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which is hanging around the park and shops, possibly getting into

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trouble. It is a great place for them to be, it keeps them off the

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streets so they are not playing video games all day. But Kohl is

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not out for the count just yet. am going to carry on. I'm not going

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to get downhearted about it. I have to carry on with it because I am

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sure my members want me to do that. I have been very proud of them over

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the last 10 years. With a sponsored run plan for next month to raise

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funds, the club is still fighting its corner.

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We have a feast of goals out of the year. Between Nottingham Forest and

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Leicester, they crept more than seven goals between them. Forest

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won 4-1 and Leicester came from behind to win 4-2 at Bury.

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Forest arrived at Wycombe having only scraped through the first

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round against Notts County. No such problems last night. This man put

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them ahead with just three minutes on the clock. Another three minutes

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on the clock. Another three minutes later, he was earning them a

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penalty. Forest were already 2-1 up. -- a 2-0 up. The Reds had a chance,

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then another, then another after half-time. They finally got another

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goal, just after the one hour mark. The Wycombe defence went one way

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and this man went the other. The home side got one back for a

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penalty, but any hope of a comeback quickly disappeared as the third

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goal went in. Senor and Ericsson made 10 changes to his side for

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their trip to buried, but the night was not without its scarce. They

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took the lead as four goals went in. Bury did not take it lying down,

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they equalised before the break and took the lead just after it. With

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20 minutes left, Leicester began their fight back. Paul Gallagher

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fired in a free-kick. Then there was this great finish. The foxes

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made sure of the wind with this man wrapping things up in stoppage time.

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Leicester and Forest are burst through to the third round. We will

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find out who they will be paying -- playing on Saturday.

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Last year's player of the season, John Brayford, has signed a three-

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year contract at Pride Park. On to the cricket, Nottinghamshire

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have hosted an excellent win against -- at Trent Bridge. At

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Grace Road, a young Leicestershire side are well behind Surrey, and

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definitely a bowler's wicket in Chelmsford. 16 wickets in a day

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there. There is a big day ahead for James

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Taylor. The youngster will be in the full England squad for the

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first time tomorrow. They play Ireland in a one-day international.

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Paul Nixon, a former England player, says Taylor is more than ready.

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Twenty-one years old, he knows his game. He is one of our best players.

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He can work the ball around and he took on the ground. Do have

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youngsters doing that is impressive. Paul Nixon is looking to finals day

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on Saturday. More on that later on The residents of Kegworth have been

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digging holes in their village Park for three days. It has been called

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a history digger. Archaeologists are on hand to look at anything

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that turns up and any significant fines will end up in the local

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museum. Kegworth the villagers have been

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invited to dig holes in a park. The site archaeologist is on hand to

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advise them on their fines, but it is more about hands-on history than

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buried treasure. They community did like this is more about that --

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their experience. The archaeology that has been found it is fantastic.

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It will be used in the museum and written up so people can look at

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what we have found. The idea was suggested to the council as a way

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of bringing the community together for three days of the summer

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holiday. We hope that the physical fines will be very important to

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tracking the history of the site and understanding more about

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Kegworth. But we are also hoping we will find more community can --

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cohesion. People were certainly pleased to be spending a sunny day

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digging holes in the ground. get to meet people who you do not

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tend to meet usually. It is a community thing for people of every

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age. Already, we have found lots of stones, and a brass button.

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found cow and picked teeth. Bradley found one of the best finds, that

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he merely splashed it to pieces. had an axe and I was hitting the

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rubble. I hit it three times and it almost smashed. It turned out to be

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a poison bottle from the 1920s. Today's highlights were animal

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bones, pottery and part of a knife grinding wheel. But been no expert

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himself -- myself, my favourite was the poison bottle.

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If you want to find out more about archaeology and how you can take

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part in your own Dick, there is more information on the website. --

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My husband is cooking the T-cell I have no idea what is going to

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happen! Sandra cent in this the photo. We

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need more rain. I'm going to try my best to organise that. We have got

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this area of low pressure that is starting to push up the system of

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rain up from the south. We are starting to seek some showers

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coming in. You can see the swirl of cloud around the area of low

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pressure. It is bringing the chance of showers as we go through the

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next few hours. One or two trickling in as I speak, and that

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will continue for a time. Later on in the evening, we will see this

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rain at pushing and. It is predicted to been everywhere across

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the East Midlands, with some heavy bursts. 12 Celsius, your minimum

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temperature tonight. The met if -- the Met Office have issued a

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warning for heavy rainfall. Flash flooding likely during the course

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of rush-hour. Then that this system works his way East during the

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morning. Into the afternoon, sunny spells and return. A couple of

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showers will remain. Temperatures will be around 22 degrees. Once the

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sun shows, it will be pleasant. On Friday, the low pressure is close

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by it so we are staying unsettled for now. We will seek some showers.

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The further west you are, the more likely you will seek sunny spells.

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We'll keep you posted on the developments. On Saturday, we start

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the Bank Holiday weekend on a showery note. Sunny spells with

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showers, but you see this large area of high -- a low pressure is

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making inroads as we go through the rest of the weekend. Saturday is

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not bad, but we could do better than that. Sunday looks drier, up

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warm while with sunny spells. Temperatures will be around 20

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