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This is East Midlands Today with Kylie Pentelow and me Dominic Heale.

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Our top story tonight - the taxi ride home that ended in terror.

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These pictures show just how close he was to the scene of the blast in

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Leicester. Debris flying everywhere. I was screaming and I put my hands

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over my head and hoped for the best. Or so, another quarter appearance

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for a man accused of the murder of Caroline Coyne -- also.

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And in the running for a big new rail contract, but is it too late

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for Bombardier? And graduating at Grace Road,

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India's cricket captain gets an Welcome to Tuesday's programme.

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First tonight, the dramatic explosion at a kebab shop in

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Leicester. The police have just confirmed it's now a murder inquiry.

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In another development, a taxi driver and his passengers have told

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us they're thankful to be alive. The cab they were in was just yards

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from the shop when the building exploded, killing a man inside.

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Speaking exclusively to the BBC, the pair described the terrifying

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moment when they heard the blast and saw a ball of fire light up

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Narborough Road in Leicester, from Good evening, this explosion has

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now turned into a murder enquiry. It was not the dog unit that found

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the body buried here under the rubble but the demolition workers

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brought in to clear the site. I spent the day with the taxi driver

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and his passenger who have told me their exclusive story about having

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narrowly avoided becoming victims of this explosion.

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As we came round the corner, we heard a loud bang and the street

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lit up Orange with massive flames. And there were bricks and glass and

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I put my hands over my head, I did not know what was happening. I

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thought, that is it, not, what is happening? I thought, this is the

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end. It was terrible. Danielle Johnson were on their way home from

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Leicester when the taxi drove past a kebab shop just as it exploded.

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It was horrible, like something on a film. We were screaming and the

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taxi driver slammed his brakes and did not know what was happening. I

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feel really lucky to be here today. Had it been two seconds different,

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it might have been different. Hafeji had been driving a taxi and

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described his frightening experience. Before I crossed the

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junction of Narborough Road, I saw a flame coming from the takeaway

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and before I knew it, it just exploded and debris was flying

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everywhere. A large a bit I believe was a metal shutter flew over the

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car -- a large object. It hit a building. I feel lucky to be here

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today. A passer-by filmed the intensity of the fire on a mobile

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phone. People are gathering to watch, seemingly unaware of the

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dangers. A day on and investigators have been meticulously examining

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the rubble where the body was found. Neighbouring businesses have also

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been clearing up. Because of the explosion, the restaurant window

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was blown in and destroyed the restaurant upstairs, so we have to

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close the restaurant for a month. Nobody is coming here because they

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are frightened of what is going on. I think it will affect every

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business in the neighbourhood. evening, police are still

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questioning four women and two men. The clear-up operation is still

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going on here. The latest update from the police is that a post-

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mortem examination has been carried out on the man who was killed here,

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but police are not revealing his identity until they have contacted

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his family. Regarding the four women and two men arrested,

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detectives have been granted extra time from magistrates. In terms of

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the police investigation, interviews are continuing today, --

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today, tomorrow and over the coming days, but they are appealing for

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anyone in the area around 2:20pm yesterday to contact them or

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Crimestoppers confidentially. Next - dramatic pictures caught by

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our cameras on the streets of Leicester within the last hour.

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These were the scenes in the St Nicholas Circle area as armed

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police moved in to make an arrest. It is understood they took away a

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man near the Bar Gaudi. More on that incident as we get it.

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A man accused of the murder of Caroline Coyne has been remanded in

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custody. Carl Powell, from Nottingham, appeared via a video

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link at the city's Crown Court to make a bail application. He also

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denies two separate charges under the Sexual Offences Act. Mike

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O'Sullivan has this report. On a video link, 23-year-old Carl

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Powell from Calton in Nottingham appeared at the City's Crown Court,

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charged with the murder of 28-year- old Caroline Coyne. She was found

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dead with head injuries in the front garden of a house in four new

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would mount in Nottingham on July the 23rd. Today, the application

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for bail of Carl Powell was refused and he was remanded in custody

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until December. At times, Carl Powell rested his chin on his hands

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as he listened. He has not entered a formal plea yet but contests the

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allegation of murder. He also faces two separate charges at Nottingham

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magistrates' court under the Sexual Offences Act. It is alleged they

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were committed against a female on August 24th. He has pleaded not

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guilty and is you -- and will face those matters on September 5th.

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This is East Midlands Today. Still to come.

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All the bank holiday weekend sport, with a very special piece of

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silverware! And the weather statistics for August. Find out why

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the East Midlands were shining above other parts of the UK later.

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-- was shining. The government has announced it is

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to delay a decision on who will win a new multi-billion pound rail

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contract. That decision is of course keenly anticipated in Derby.

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There was anger and disappointment in the city - and across the

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country - when local trainmaker Bombardier missed out on the

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Thameslink contract, leading to huge job cuts. So could the order

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for new trains for London Crossrail provide a lifeline for Bombardier's

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workforce? Here's our political editor, John Hess.

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Crossrail will link West and East London, and will initially need 60

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new trains. The decision has been delayed to early 2012. Crossrail

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says that is to "allow the conclusions of the government's

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review of public procurement to be taken into account." Bombardier

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said today the news was "welcome and understandable." After

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Bombardier lost out to Siemens on the last big contract, Conservative

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MP Pauline Latham led local MPs to see the Prime Minister.

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I think it gives them more of a chance because before, we have not

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been able to look at the social context of the bids. This time,

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because the government have listened, I think they will look at

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that, and that is much more positive for companies generally in

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this country, particularly for Bombardier. So there are now four

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contenders for the Crossrail contract. Bombardier of Derby, the

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Spanish -based multi-national CAF, Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens.

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But Labour MP Chris Williamson insists the original Thameslink

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contract remains the priority. It is good news and bad news. It is

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good the government is reviewing the specification. The bad news is

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it could be too late. Unless they change the decision over Thameslink,

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vital to the future of Bombardier, the company could collapse in the

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UK altogether. Well, the way these huge rail contracts are awarded

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will be scrutinised in Parliament next Wednesday, when Bombardier and

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Siemens, and the government's Transport Secretary Philip Hammond,

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all give evidence to MPs. The Red Arrows have resumed

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training from their base in Lincolnshire after the death of one

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of their pilots. Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, from Morcott near

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Oakham, was killed in a crash shortly after performing at the

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Bournemouth Air Festival just over a week ago. The whole fleet was

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grounded for a time. Now they will resume flying with a formation of

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eight planes instead of nine. Children starting secondary school

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are being warned they are most at risk of being killed on the roads.

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The Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership says 11 to 16 year olds

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are more likely to be killed or injured than any other age group.

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They are urging pupils not to listen to music or use their mobile

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phones while crossing the road. Consultants have been brought in to

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one of our biggest hospital trusts to help slash millions of pounds

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from spending. At the end of July, the University

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Hospitals of Leicester had been overspending to the tune of nearly

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�3 million a month. But managers predict they'll soon be breaking

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even. Our health correspondent, Rob Sissons, reports.

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They serve a population of around 1 million, so talk about the running

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costs of Leicester's NHS hospitals and the numbers of big, �2 million

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a day. Figures showed the Trust was overspent by more than �11 million

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in the first four months of the financial year. Consultants will

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look at savings, but this campaigner says this strategy is

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not without risk. It is good to have fresh eyes looking at problems,

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which you have to count -- to take account the effect on morale of

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those people who stay. What messages the sending to messengers

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-- to managers? There is a cost improvement programme involving

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taking out three -- taking out the GAA �0.3 million. It was on track

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in July to deliver two thirds of what is needed. The focus is on

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modernising services that cost too much and there is pressure not to

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rely so heavily on agency staff. And there is a question of raising

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car-parking charges. One manager recently reminded colleagues, which

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are the National Health Service, not the National car-parks.

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A judge has warned a former police officer that he may be jailed after

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being found guilty of assaulting a man he was trying to arrest.

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The court heard that Timothy Allatt, who's 33, hit Jake Bramley, threw

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him against a wall and kicked him during the incident in Nottingham

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last year. Angelina Socci reports. Timothy Allatt had served with

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Nottinghamshire police for 11 years. In July last year, he was called to

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reports of a stolen car. The court was told the suspect, Jake Bramley,

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jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. Timothy Allatt chased and

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attempted to arrest him and hit Jake Bramley, threw him against a

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wall and dragged him to the floor before kicking him in the chest.

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Timothy Allatt admitted hitting him but said he used a recognised

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arrest techniques. The judge said she believed Timothy Allatt had

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struck Jake Bramley in the face with forced which was not just or

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reasonable. And she did not believe Jake Bramley had acted aggressively

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or Timothy Allatt would have felt under threat. She said a sustained

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assault had taken place on a member of the public by a serving police

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officer and it was a gross breach of trust. She found Timothy Allatt

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guilty and said a custodial sentence would have to be

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considered. He will be sentenced on 20th September. He was dismissed

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from the forced following a misconduct hearing involving a

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separate incident, that he assaulted a man walking home drunk

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in 2010. The CPS did not bring a criminal charge but the Independent

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Police Complaints Commission said today the level of force used by

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Timothy Allatt on both occasions was unjustifiable and excessive.

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Figures from the Department of Health show 19% of people in the

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East Midlands smoke. That's compared with 21% across England as

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a whole. Research suggests one in two smokers will die of a smoking-

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related disease. Health experts are trying to encourage more people to

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quit by using their local NHS Stop Smoking Service. Digital switchover

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is completed in this region tonight and the old analogue signal will be

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switched off for good at midnight. It will mean retuning to the new

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digital channels tomorrow. There is help for anyone who's having

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trouble. There is the phone number. And we'll be repeating that number

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before the end of the programme. Hundreds of staff at

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Nottinghamshire Police have been on strike today in a dispute

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redundancies at the force. The force says the first eight hours of

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strike action had no impact on services. Anthony Bartram reports.

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Civilian staff are striking over cost-cutting measures up by the

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Nottinghamshire force. Unison members have voted for the walkout,

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claiming some staff are being made needlessly redundant. By the nature

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of the work they do and their loyalty and surface, they are not

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militant people. The fact so many of voting in frame-up -- in favour

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of industrial action and strike action indicate real concerns.

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Nottinghamshire police employees 750 civilian staff and has already

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made many redundant as it plans to save �45 million by 2015. The

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action involves staff working in support roles across the force,

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from from line to forensics, cell blocks to 999 control rooms.

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public will notice a different because we value our staff and the

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work they do. And when people go on strike, it services will be

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affected. The critical functions will be staffed and we will make

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sure people are kept safe and well. You have to look at what is

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happening to police forces not only here but across the country and the

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region, they are faced with 20% of cuts in real terms in their central

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government grant and that is putting chief constables in an

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impossible situation. We are seeing reductions in police staff numbers

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across the region, and I think the people will find that

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incomprehensible. We have asked the government to think again and they

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should do. There is a plan to deal with this strike and a second

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walkout on Friday, and 999 calls will still be answered, it has been

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promised. Now time for the sport!

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And a giant paperweight! Yes, it looks fantastic, doesn't

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it? From rank outsiders to t20 Champions, Leicestershire have

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brought the Cup in dramatic fashion at the weekend. Talisman Paul Nixon

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is with us very soon. He's not the only one celebrating though,

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because the Derby County goalkeeper Frank Fielding has earned his

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second England call-up. He's replaced the injured Rob Green for

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the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales. His club,

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though, go into the international break off the back of their first

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defeat of the season. Here's Ross Fletcher.

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Fly has been brilliant for Derby. Well let's hope England manager

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Fabio Capello was not watching the home defeat by Burnley. -- Frank

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Fielding has been brilliant. An uncharacteristic mistake from the

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usually unflappable Rams keeper. Burnley had already hit the post

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before they took the lead through Charlie Austin. It really was not

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Derby's day. Twice they had chances cleared off the line and after four

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straight wins, manager Nigel Clough did not want to criticise his team.

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Robinson scoring what proved to be a consolation. And just to reassure

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you, Frank Fielding kept the score down with a couple of top-drawer

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saves. His England call-up is richly deserved.

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There was welcome first for Leicester here over leaders

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Southampton. The foxes were two up and cruising. De Riaz Purcell and

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Richie Wellins with the goals. Rickie Lambert put through his own

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net to restore Leicester's chances. David Connolly made things tight,

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but it was relief full Sven Goran Eriksson whose transfer spending

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has not stopped yet with a Bristol City striker, and Nicky Maynard,

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back on the agenda. And Nicky Maynard's presence could

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be because Leicester have just had eight 6.5 million bit turned down

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by Scottish giants Rangers. Nottingham Forest's season will be

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decided over the next 28 hours, according to manager Steve McClaren.

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He says Sunday's humiliation at the hands of West Ham exposed the

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club's need for new players before the transfer window shuts tomorrow

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night. The defending, Steve McLaren said,

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it was like nothing he had seen for years as Forest conceded an own

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goal, gave Kevin Nolan freedom and the penalty area, the lesson was

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clear. It is nothing we have not known and we have to do work in the

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next few days to redress what we have been saying. We will know the

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ambitions of this club and the next few days. They have been good sides,

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Miller is a good acquisition and then that was found as a

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consolation on Sunday. But if reinforcement is needed, isn't --

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is Steve McLaren confident are getting them? That is a good

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question. We will see. And as I say, I think for two years, a lot of

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people have been frustrated. Now I understand why. Just one question

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remains. If you do not get what you want? It is going to be a long

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season. That is interesting. There was an

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extraordinary goal in Notts County's two-nil defeat at Preston

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- the goalkeeper scored. Yes, the keeper. This is Iain Turner's

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clearance which turned into so much more - embarrassment for the Notts

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keeper Stuart Nelson and no doubt the drinks were on his opposite

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number on Saturday night. So, back to that Friends Provident

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t20 Trophy - here it is - and the victorious Leicestershire Foxes.

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They were the outsiders to win on Finals Day, but came through a

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dramatic one over eliminator in the semi and then crushed Somerset in

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the final. With me is Foxes' veteran Paul Nixon, who might just

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have to delay his retirement again now. What a day, Paul, how do you

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feel now looking back on it? It is almost like a dream, it was surreal.

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We could not have written the script more perfectly. Everybody

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came to the party at the right time and played tremendous cricket,

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handled the pressure. We deserved to win. Quite some celebrations!

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went on until about 6am! Amazing for you all, really,

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because you were complete outsiders throughout. Which is strange,

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because we have been to four finals and we have won two and last two,

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we proved them wrong! What was the difference? We had more guys that

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could clear the boundary, and two good spinners. And everybody was

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ranked high. What about you? You say your body's

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not quite up to it any more, but you took at least one spectacular

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catch. I really enjoyed that moment! The form of Matthew voice

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was in, I am sure he would have caught it! -- a voice. You work

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hard and strain hard for those catches and to pull that out

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against the make man -- against the big man, one of the biggest hitters

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been that the world, that is great. He looks even better in slow

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motion! Now you get to go to the Champions

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League in India. Great for the club, yes? A great pay-day for the club.

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It is first phase, so hopefully we will qualify. You were supposed to

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have your game -- your last game three weeks ago.

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And you, are you going to wear the gloves for one last tournament?

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will rinse the champagne out of my gloves and take them over, we

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really excited. Is your future with Leicestershire? Yes, I will do some

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coaching with the guys. And a few other projects away from the game,

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so plenty going on. This victory will have made a great final

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chapter. And a fantastic trophy, find you for bringing it in. Take

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that away and keep it safe before anyone knocks it over!

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So, back to that Friends Provident t20 Trophy - here it is - and the

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victorious Leicestershire Foxes. Thanks, Paul. Leicestershire

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actually paraded their trophy at the match with the touring Indian

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side at Grace Road yesterday. Lots of great pictures from a great day

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to come before the end of the programme.

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Two well dones to finish with - one is to Hurdler Andy Turner, who took

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bronze in bizarre fashion at the World Championships in South Korea.

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He finished fourth, but the winner - Cuban Dayron Robles - was

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disqualified for accidentally catching hold of the runner in the

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lane next to him. A medal for Turner - a huge pre-2012 boost.

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The other well done is also to bronze medallists - both the men's

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and women's England hockey sides took third place in the Euro Hockey

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Championships. Five East Midlanders were in the men's team - who might

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actually have been hoping for gold at these games, but picked

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themselves up to win the third place play-off. And there were

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eight Leicester Ladies in the Women's side, but it was actually a

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Nottinghamshire girl who scored the goals. West Bridgford's Helen

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Richardson getting both in the bronze medal match. Bravo.

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Nice to have a sport full of congratulations! I hope it carries

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A truly outstanding weekend of cricket in Leicester - and to see

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just what it meant to the city, our reporter, Sumeer Kalyani, joined

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thousands of fans at Grace Road watching India take on

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:23:49.:23:50.

Leicestershire. Not quite the stadium of Calcutta,

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but still plenty of home support for the Indian cricket team.

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Despite being beaten by England, thousands of fans still turned up

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to see their heroes. Great to see we can come here and see the

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players, families together, amazing. It is cracking! Having a great time,

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a fantastic feeling, everyone is in a great mood, family and friends,

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top date X Mack the visit to Grace Road has also been made more

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memorable for the Indian captain who has been made an honorary

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doctorate of Letters, and this was a first for de Montfort University.

:24:29.:24:33.

Be so is a national and international first, to confer an

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honorary degree on someone who is a winning captain, but to do it here

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is marvellous stuff like it was supposed to be a practice game for

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the Indians but has been a chance for the Foxes to check out their

:24:46.:24:55.

opponents ahead of their tournament in the sub-continent this year.

:24:55.:24:57.

Leicestershire lying down after their exertions over the weekend

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They apparently only had a few hours' sleep!

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They did well! Time for the weather. Not cricketing weather but things

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For August, it has been drier than average so not good for farmers,

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but also warmer than normal for the East Midlands despite the rest of

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the UK having a chilly August. And the sum of 2011 has been the

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cruellest since 1993. -- the summer. It will stay dry and cloudy

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overnight. Thank you to Nicola for this beautiful sunset taken over

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the weekend. Thank you for everybody's pictures. We are

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dominated by this area of high pressure. Despite that, it has been

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fairly cloudy today and that will continue through this evening and

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overnight. The cloud could bring light rain for a time before it

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gets drier overnight. Are a few clear spells towards Wednesday

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morning, temperatures down to a minimum of 11 Celsius. Tomorrow

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will start dry, you might see bright spells first thing. Clouding

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over again but hopeful of back- breaking a bit into the afternoon.

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Temperatures, quite cool for this time of the year tomorrow, at a

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maximum of 17 Celsius. That high pressure has moved towards the

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north-east of the UK, it was state into Thursday, but it will stay

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cloudy. Into Friday, we should start to see more sunshine,

:26:31.:26:37.

temperatures also starting to recover. 20, 21 degrees. And into

:26:37.:26:42.

the weekend, it dry and settled on Saturday. Temperatures of 21

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degrees, so perfect weather for Chatsworth on Friday and Saturday,

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so say hello to was! Just a reminder - retune the telly

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tomorrow, as digital switchover in this region completes tonight. Here

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is the number in case of problems. And we'll be looking at common

:27:01.:27:03.

switchover problems here on East Midlands Today - that's tomorrow at

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