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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story, another record-

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breaking year for GCSE results. Once, this school was considered to

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be failing. Now it is time to celebrate success. It there are

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children who have come to us from other countries who could not speak

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English. Within three years, they are getting A*s.

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The former police officer accused of punching and kicking a suspected

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burglar. Plus, will a city council repent

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over controversial plans to injured Rick -- introduce street parking

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charges on a Sunday. And from this to this. How our

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foods are becoming the fashion of Good evening, and welcome to

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Thursday's programme, on a day when it was the turn of the 16-year-olds

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to steal the educational headlines. G is you see results were released

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this morning, and records were being broken. In the key

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performance area of five grades above C including English and maths,

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all our schools increased their pass rate.

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The biggest rise was 6% in Nottinghamshire. Figures from

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Rutland were not available today. We have two reports. The first is

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from Helen Astle. For thousands of students across

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the East Midlands, the wait was finally over.

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Yes! For many of the students at

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Paddington Community College, today's results secures their

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future. I can see that this will help me get what I want. It means a

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lot because the college courses I have chosen, I would not have been

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able to do them if I did not pass. It is good to know I can do what I

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want to. I did not know much English when I came to this school,

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and now I do. I worked very hard to get my GCSEs, and I want to go

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higher and higher to get work and jobs. What does it mean to you?

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lot, really. The same old story, this boy was a

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bit naughty, but luckily we had a change of ex-mistress, and he got

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down to work. The teachers are very supportive.

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Just three years ago, 22% of students he got five GCSEs at grade

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C and above. Today, that figure is 39%.

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There are some children who come to us who have low levels of literacy.

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There are children who come from other countries who could not speak

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English when they have arrived, who within three years have gained five

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GCSEs above C. The this girl -- this boy is one of several students

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getting an apprenticeship or job. I will be focusing on that.

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The there will be celebrations in Leicester today, but what is the

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situation in Nottinghamshire? I was panicking and nervous, and

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then I opened it, and gone are... That is the overall feeling. For

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the third year, the results have been extremely good.

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100% of our students have got five grades above C. 45% have got five

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A*s or As. Boys have dominated the results

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here. A in maths, A in physics, I am

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pretty happy with that! Up I was expecting an A* in maths, but I did

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not get it. The it is still good. But I am slightly gutted. I got

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three A*s and seven As. I was hoping not to drop below and A, so

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I am happy. But many of the students are staying on to colour -

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- study A-levels. Not everyone got what they wanted.

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With us now is Amy Bloor, a careers adviser. If these young people have

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not got the grades they need to do A-levels, what are the options?

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There are other options. For A levels you need five grades at A-C.

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You can look at apprenticeships, or vocational courses in that business

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studies or catering, things like that. You can move on after a year

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to go back to A levels. The you could a resit your GCSEs, if you

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are absolutely desperate to do A- levels or need them to have -- for

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the career you want. If you have got a problem, have you

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got its -- got to get it sorted quickly?

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Yes, because you do not want to be missing start date at colleges.

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There will be a point where colleges will not take you because

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you have missed too much. They are only 16, and we are seeing

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-- saying it is crucial. I know, and it is a big decision.

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People don't promote A-levels because it keeps it open, but there

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are lots of a vocational options, and you have to make more long-term

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decisions, because you have to decide upon an actual job he wants

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to go into rather than an A-level subject. If there are lots of

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people sitting at schools tonight. It does not seem the same as GCSEs,

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if you have not got it, where do you go?

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Every young person has a PA, and they can contact them. They would

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have known from their school, we have a drop in centre, and that is

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the same for other areas. There are websites, we have some which you

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can go on to to get all the options. If the message is, do not panic,

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but do not do nothing. Note. Do not bury your head in the sand or you

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may be doing nothing for a year. Still to come, should dog-walkers

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get more warnings? This is after one pet owner -- this

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is a warning from one pet owner after the mysterious death of 10

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dogs in Nottinghamshire. A former police officer has been

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giving evidence in his own trial in which he is accused of beating up a

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suspected burglar while he arrested him. 23-year-old Timothy Allatt is

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accused of kicking and punching Jake Bramley during an arrest in

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Nottingham. Mr Alex denies the charges. James, tell us about the

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circumstances of this case. -- Mr Allatt.

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It goes back to July, when he was arresting a man of running away

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from police. He had been with Nottinghamshire Police for 11 years,

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and he met and colleagues responded at 1am to a call about a suspected

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stolen car. Jake Bramley jumped out of the car and ran off, and Mr

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Allatt chased him. The case is all about what happened when he caught

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him. What happens there? happened in the Sneinton area, as

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the prosecution say that he punched him in the face and kicked him in

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the ribs. The court heard another police officer witnessed the attack.

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The incident was investigated by the independent Police Complaints

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Commission and by Nottinghamshire Police, who dismissed Timothy

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Allatt for this alleged assault, and also because he had allegedly

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used excessive force during another arrest. If that is the prosecution.

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What has been said in his defence? Timothy Allatt says he has struck

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him in the face, but using a recognised arrest technique,

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because he believed Mr Bramley was a threat to him. He denied punching

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throwing or kicking him. He also denies the other officer's version

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of events. He is appealing against his dismissal and his ruling over

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the previous arrest. He has four police commendations, and was going

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to get another before he was dismissed. A judgment is expected

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next week. In other news, pallets of copper

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worth �20,000 have been stolen from a lorry in Nottinghamshire. These

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pictures were taken by an eyewitness, he claims to have seen

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a lorry crashing into two cars as it was driven down Polperro Way in

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hot goal last night. The lorry was abandoned in a local pub, and no

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arrests have been made. Police in Leicestershire have

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started a crackdown on burglaries in the Charnwood area. Earlier this

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week, Lisa Waring was arrested at her home in Loughborough. She was

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stabbed as she thought she would die. There were flop -- 47

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burglaries in Charnwood last month, more than double the figure from

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last year. The a new proposal has been

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submitted to try and save Stamford Museum. It has closed in June,

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after Lincolnshire County Council withdrew its funding. The Stamford

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Heritage Trust's first bid has been rejected. They say the town

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deserves a place to show its heritage. The council says a

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decision will be made in due course. Plans to introduce charges for

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street parking in an East Midlands city on Sundays have infuriated

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Church leaders. They have warned it could cost regular worshippers up

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to 1000 year -- �1,000 per year. The council says it needs the cash,

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and dismissed claims that the charges are a tax on worship.

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The cost it -- the cost of parking is getting pricey, and in

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Nottingham on Sunday it will not be free. You will need a parking

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ticket, �3 for two hours. That is unfair, says this priest.

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For the city centre shops do not open till 11 am, as they close at

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5pm. I cannot understand why we here, our parishioners and

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worshippers, are being asked to pay to come to Mass on a Sunday morning

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and on a Sunday evening. The parking generates �7 million for

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the city, Sunday charges will bring in a much needed extra cash, and

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less the Church's pull off a minor miracle.

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It is not any more a tax on its shopping than worship. It is

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something we feel we have to do it. There are some shopkeepers who sate

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some days there are people blocking the spaces, so there is no turnover.

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Also, the council does need money. A new evening parking chances --

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charges will also need Africa will also affect audiences.

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I thought they were try to encourage people into the City,

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during the day and that night. This will drive them out. I am not sure

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it will be terribly good. I think people will see it as a kick in the

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face. I think it will make life very difficult indeed for

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churchgoers. The Nottingham is not the only council that has angered

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the churches by considering introducing street parking charges

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on the Sabbath. It says it will go to consultation, but on this issue,

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the politicians may wants to consult higher. Without divine

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intervention, the changes come into A dog owner whose pact nearly died

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twice after walking in woods in Nottinghamshire says there should

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be more warnings about the risks of a visiting such areas.

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This comes after at least 10 dogs have died after walking in woodland.

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Further research has been promised but one mother says action must be

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far reaching to protect families as well.

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6-year-old dog is full of energy now but last week she nearly died

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after a family trip to Sherwood Forest. Her own that had not taken

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her there for years because the last time she did, exactly the same

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thing had happened. She just began to have difficulty breathing and

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she collapsed and stopped breathing. Had tongue turned black. We were

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screaming and it was such a horrific moment and people came to

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arrested. There was a veterinary nurse who helped us revive have. We

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had left it three years before we visited again. They deja-vu moment,

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at exactly the same happened. She believes her dogs are by up price

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because there was immediate medical treatment to hand. The advice to

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dog-walkers it is to keep your animal under control way you can

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see them and monitor them if their health deteriorates and get help

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quickly. Here they are testing for a cause of the illness, blue-green

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algae in water. There is not enough here to do any harm. Even so, they

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are cautious. The overall cause of these incidents is a mystery. But

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we have posted notices advising people of the potential harm

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associated with blue-green algae. Warnings like this are what some

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people want in areas affected by the mysterious dog illness. They

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need to look to see if there are other links. My worry is that

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something might happen to a child and then we will start to

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investigate. I think we need to be more proactive. Until there are

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some answers, they intend to stay Coming up, we will have sports.

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Leicestershire wicketkeeper Paul Nixon prepares to hang up his

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gloves after 24 years in the Games. A I have got Mike helmet on and my

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bike at the ready, because Sally Goes Wild expedition there is a

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wild with a little bit of pedal A college student from Leicester

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has come up with a new fashion idea which she is hoping will be worth a

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packet or two. Rebekah Kirkland has designed a

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How about this for a fashion statement? This striking press made

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from crisp bags is turning heads in the centre of Leicester. Amazing

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fast up I have never seen anything like it. Really unique. I think it

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is unique. I think it shows initiative. They are nice bright

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colours. As there are a girl wearing a chocolate packed the

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other day! Had did it come about? Things that you use every day by

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you would throw away, we can use them and make something completely

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different. It does not have to be thrown away. Does she smell of

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crisps? No, she does not. They were all washed with washing up liquid.

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Her efforts were so impressive she won the college's sustainable

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design award for 2011. Anything can be used within fashion. We would

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probably take his objects from grunted and throw it away. You can

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look at other things that probably have more used than just being a

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vehicle to eat something out of and then get rid of. I am pleased and I

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was not expecting to win. It is very interesting. I like the

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textures and the pattern. It is different, very unique. If I saw

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that on their women, I would want to taste every single flavour on

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her! Rebekah Kirkland's taste in fashion and crisps could be turning

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more heads in the High Street in future.

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You could call it a prawn cocktail dress!

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It took me a minute but I got it in the end.

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Now the sport. Coming up, who is coming and going

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at the Foxes? We start with cricket. It is the Twenty20 finals and

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Leicestershire have booked their place in the season's finale. Of

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one player it will be an emotional few days. After an incredible 24

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year playing career, Paul Nixon is finally retiring and the fans'

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favourite is determined to bow out in style.

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He is one of the great characters of the game and his career has

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featured 2020 Cup wins and a call up to the England team. He still

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seems to love the game. Why do? always said that if I could not

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keep getting better, it is time to retire. I would rather have people

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said to me, why retire? I have had a great Dennis. It is time for the

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young ones now and there are a plethora of great youngsters coming

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through and if I can play a part in their development...

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Leicestershire are triumphant in their 4th Twenty20 appearance,

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expected to be moving. The sadness comes when you have a moment, it

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flicks a switch and you think this is the last time I am walking on

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and the last time you are going to do it. But you get your cricket

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head on and enjoy it. There is time for everything. It is making sure

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that you put things in the right place. As we sit watching the

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younger lads play, he says the future will be sharing what he has

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learnt of. I have seen their development and I know I am getting

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to cold. I held up hour as opening batsmen are about six hours after

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he was born. Make sure your head is over your front for it! They may be

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plenty of time left in the games for Paul Nixon.

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A lovely man. One of those Leicestershire youngsters made his

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debut -- England debut today. England beat Ireland but it was not

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one of the easiest start spot James Taylor.

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In football, Sven-Goran Eriksson says that striker Martyn Waghorn

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can leave the club. He wants at because of the lack of opportunity

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and it is well known that Derby County would like to sign him. Will

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Waggy be joining the Rams? Today Leicester City manager Sven-

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Goran Eriksson was clear about the future of Martyn Waghorn. If the

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youngster I tell can find a new club, he can go. He needs to play

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football, for his career, he is young and he is playing little with

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us at the moment. There is speculation that he could be used

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as bait as part of an improved offer from Bristol City striker. It

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is that Leicester will make a 4th bed for the player would �6 million.

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Call spend would say today is that he does want another striker -- or

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Sven-Goran Eriksson would say. will see. Martyn Waghorn cost less

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debt �2 million from Sunderland last summer. Can Derby meet

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Leicester's valuation? What we know just now is that it is nothing...

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From what we understand. Southampton are also interested in

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signing Martyn Waghorn and they play Leicester at the King Power

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Stadium on Saturday. Comings and goings at Notts County

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too. Martin Allen has signed the tumour -- former QPR midfielder

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Gavin Marn. Craig Westcarr is being linked with a move to Chesterfield.

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He has treated that the Magpies have accepted a bid and will now

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discuss terms with the club. Cricket scores. Derbyshire are in

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the lead in their game against Essex and it is all over at Grace

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Road. Surrey beat best -- Surrey beat Leicestershire by 10 wickets.

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Earlier this year, you may remember experts were predicting that this

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summer could be the best in a generation's for butterflies.

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You are in the predictions business, allegedly false start where they

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are right? On my latest Sally Goes Wild expedition I thought I would

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goat hunting for butterflies and In the series so far, we have

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established there are loads of amazing havens across the East

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Midlands. Now we will look at a Valley Trail. A keen cyclist and

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wildlife expert is coming along for the ride. We start our route from

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the Nature Centre which connects the -- which connects Attenborough

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and Langley Mill. On the way we will be passing some local

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landmarks. On a group like this, it is not about the speeding along, it

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is about the joy of a leisurely walk or bike ride and stopping for

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a good look around. This is where we start to pick up the Nottingham

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Canal section of the trail. It is safe havens of dragonflies and

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damselflies at this time of year. Figure now was disused from about

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1936 and it is now a major local -- local nature reserve. It is a

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credit to the quality of the wildlife that you can see. We have

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been cycling for about an hour-and- a-half. We have seen a little grebe

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in the pond. A damselfly, which I have never seen before. The now we

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will meet up with our butterfly expert. So far, we have never been

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away from civilisation. It but it is amazing what you can senior the

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roads. This is Redworth -- well caught. The caterpillar it is

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poisonous to birds. And the plant is poisonous to us as well. At his

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wild flower meadow, we catch up with the bus and fire expert. He is

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recounting recorder for Derbyshire's butterflies and tells

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us why this wildlife corridor is so important. We have had six dishes

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come into the area and this is one of the main ways they can get here,

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by these corridors, not just butterflies, wildlife generally. We

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get just over half of the British species but what we get is good.

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They are out there for people to enjoy. We that we would take a

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breather down by the viaduct. We have seen about a quarter of the 30

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miles circuit of the valley trail. In the course of the trial, we have

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seen so many fabulous wildlife species. You do not have to do much

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of the trail to see a lot of wildlife.

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If you want to find out more about had to attract butterflies into

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your garden, it you can see the full version of Sally Goes Wild

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expedition on our website. We are now starting to see one or

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two showers poking their way in. We have done the best across the UK

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with the sunny spells. A lovely sunset. Orange sky. It only

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happened for about 10 minutes. Do keep the photos coming in to us.

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The low pressure is still lurking, that is creating the showery

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conditions. It will continue as we go through much of the evening.

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Taking a closer look, the radar picture shows that we have been

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missing some of the showers that we are starting to see them work their

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way in. You may well get away with no showers at all. Generally dry.

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The rain will work its way in from the south-east. Temperatures

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overnight dipping down to around 11 degrees. Tomorrow morning, the

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further east you are, the more likely you will see the outbreaks

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of rain first thing. To the West, it is dry and cloudy to start. The

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rain will gradually progressed northwards so it does look like to

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the West you will see some drier spells although you are likely to

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feel a bit of damp at times. In the east, you will be under the rain

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