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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight: on the eve of a crucial inquiry into Bombardier's lost

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contract, the Government's accused of an "act of vandalism".

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As Bombardier's supplies a struggle, Whitehall is accused of turning its

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back on a world-class business. will potentially destroy it and it

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is tragic and it is a vandalism. Also tonight, Y Kate and Gerry

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McCann want to have their say at the phone hacking inquiry.

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Plus the other victims of 9/11, the East Midlands soldiers fighting the

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war on terror. I still expect him to come bounding through the door

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and it is something I will never get used to.

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And ploughing on, have allow farmers cope with the longest dry

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Welcome to Tuesday's programme. First tonight, the local businesses

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losing out because of Bombardier's failure to win the Thameslink rail

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contract. Many fear they'll suffer from the

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knock-on effect of reduced sales and lower spending in the Derby

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area. One supplier's told us it's going to wipe out their plans to

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create new jobs. All this comes on the eve of a

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much-anticipated hearing into how the contract came to be awarded to

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the German firm Siemens. Mike O'Sullivan can tell us more from

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Derby. Good evening, Mike. Good evening. Workers from

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Bombardier will be heading down to London on a specially chartered

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train tomorrow morning to a select committee of MPs, he will be asking

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tough questions about why the Thameslink trains are due to be

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built near Dusseldorf instead of Derby. Today, there was more

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evidence from the City about how it could suffer from the loss of that

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big rail contract. A small engineering fear -- firm at

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the heart of the �34 billion -- part of the Bombardier supply chain.

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They make lots of things for trains here, the metal strips that hold

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down the seeds, grab handles, even the desolation display boards that

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you see in front of May. But the loss of the 1.4 billion pound

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Thameslink contract at Bombardier means there will be less of work

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around. The supply firm employs 45 people. Plans to create another 30

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jobs now look like being wiped out. We would have expected to have

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taken on another 25-30 staff to cater for the work that we would

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have accepted -- expected to have won with Thameslink. These are

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still jobs requiring not only existing skills but also training

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of staff for the future as well. That won't happen now? If the

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decision is not reversed, those 30 jobs will not exist. There are also

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concerns from firms not connected with the rail industry. After

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Bombardier announced 1,400 job losses. Shown in a survey of

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businesses in Derby, by a chamber of commerce. 92% said that

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Thameslink contract should have stayed in the UK. 67% say the loss

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will mean reduced sales. 61% say they will need to lower spending in

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the local economy. The chamber is accusing the Government of ignoring

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a world class train maker, risking an important part of manufacturing

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in the UK. The Government has done nothing to protect it at all and

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the decision it has taken well actually potentially destroy it at,

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and that is tragic and it is vandalism. The supply firm has been

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around for 50 years. It hopes to be around for another 50, but it is

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not sure if Bombardier will be in the City as well.

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So a big day tomorrow, who will be on the train to London?

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Dominic, a real cross-section of campaigners who all want the

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Government to overturn that decision on the Thames TEC

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contracts. The workers and management here will be joined by

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union representatives, or representatives from the Derby and

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Derbyshire Rail Forum that represents the supply its affirm we

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had a bad, councillors from all of the main parties in Derby City

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Council, and some of the campaigners will be protesting

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outside the Houses of Parliament as the select committee goes on.

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What will actually happen in the Select Committee?

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First up, you could say it would be the case against the Government. It

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will be Bombardier themselves appearing first, then an two

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academics who have been critical of the way the Government had given

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the contract to Siemens, and the Government has said they cannot

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reconsider. Then Siemens, the arch rival of Bombardier, they will give

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evidence. Next up is the EU's Director General for the internal

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market. How the EU rules have been interpreted by the Department for

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transfer it is a big controversy. - - transport. Bennett is the star

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witness, Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary -- then it is.

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What sort of evidence are we talking about?

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Well, they are going to hear oral evidence and then after that, they

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might decide to launch a full inquiry into the country's rail

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procurement process. If that happens, they could make

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recommendations to the Government. The Government doesn't have to

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stick by them but they do have to respond within 60 days. The

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committee could recommend changes to the way the country plays the

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game in these big rail contracts, especially when faced with foreign

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competition. It might not tell people in the short term facing

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voluntary redundancy or forced redundancy, but what the people in

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Derby want to hear is that the Government is prepared to

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reconsider this big rail contract. We shall see. Thank you.

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Next tonight: then Kate and Gerry McCann have offered to be core

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participants in the Leveson Inquiry. The couple don't believe their

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phones were hacked, but they're happy to contribute to the wider

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inquiry about press standards. Their press spokesman Clarence

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Mitchell has already spoken to police about suspicions that his

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mobile phone was hacked. Our political correspondent Ross

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Hawkins was in court this morning. I spoke to him a little earlier

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from our Westminster studio and started by asking what a core

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participant actually is. Basically, it is people who believe

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they could be central to this issue. Central to the inquiry which is

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going on at the moment, looking into all sorts of things, including

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not just phone hacking, and it is worth saying that the McCanns did

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not believe their own phones were tapped, but much broader issues.

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Notably, how the press and broadcast media deal with the

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public. They think they can make a contribution to that debate. They

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obviously have a unique perspective through what they have had to

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undergo and they are going to try and contribute to this inquiry.

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What do they want to achieve? What is in their interests are to do it?

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In short, nobody contributing necessarily get anything out a bid,

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particularly in the first year which will look at the broad issues

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of the structure of the press, how it deals with politicians and the

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public. You speak to a great deal of money people who have had

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dealings with the media, the newspapers, not media people who

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suddenly find themselves in the eye of a newspaper storm and they talk

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about a tough and difficult times. There are a great many people, the

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McCann's included, who want to make sure their experience of that sort

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of time is reflected in the evidence given to the judge leading

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this inquiry. You mentioned a year, that would

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suggest this inquiry will go on for some time.

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What the Prime Minister wants is in a year Rossouw to have a report

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back, and quite a wide range of issues -- or so. To do with the

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structures and the ethics of the way the press works and how it

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deals with people. Beyond that, there is another a whole set of

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work about what went wrong at News Of The World, and there will be

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major limitations on what can be done with that until the police

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have finished their investigations. We will leave it there, thank you

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very much. Still to come, the sporting passion

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that unites a father and a daughter. Yes, after years of supporting

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triathletes Hollie Avil, her dad has been inspired to take up the

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Police have identified the body of man found in a canal in Nottingham.

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The body was found by a member of the public at 6:30 this morning at

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Wilford Street in the Meadows. His family have asked for his name not

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to be released. Officers say they're not treating the death as

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suspicious. A 15-year-old boy will appear in

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court again next week after being charged with stabbing a man in

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Derby last weekend. The 22-year-old was assaulted outside an off

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licence. He suffered stab wounds and remains in a stable condition

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in hospital after the incident on Sunnyhill Avenue on Saturday night.

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The 15-year-old was arrested the next day.

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Everyone knows these are tough economic times - confirmed by a

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rise in the most recent unemployment figures - so any

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glimmer of hope is to be welcomed. So here is one. On its first

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anniversary, a free careers service says it's advised more than 60,000

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people in the East Midlands and many people have now found jobs.

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Quentin Rayner met one of them. 21-year-old Lauren Buchanan is a

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success story. She has recently been given a permanent job as a

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purchase Clarke at the cash and carry in Nottingham, a city with

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one of the highest Adam Parr rate in the country. I did the same at

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another country. -- unemployment rates. They couldn't offer me the

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hours I wanted to look after my son. She got in touch with Next Step, a

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free step for adults, online face- to-face or on the telephone. It

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advises about the way to get jobs, polishing CVs and improving

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interview techniques. I thought an interview was one person, but

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obviously sometimes you can have a panel of people all firing

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questions at you and you don't know what to say. So they help me deal

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with that. We need to find a few suppliers and play some orders.

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Lauren was lucky and got the second job she went for, despite the tough

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times, perseverance paid off. In its first year, Next Step has

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offered career advice to more than 60,000 adults in the East Midlands.

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54% were aged between 25 and 49. 76% were out of work. So what is

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the success rate in finding a job? We have contacted 20,000 so far and

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around 20 -- 10,000 have gone into learning all volunteer

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opportunities and a further 3,000- 4,000 people got into work. There

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is a good deal of jobs that they, more than people think. Lauren may

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be in charge of checking paperwork at the moment but she already has

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her sights set on becoming a buyer. Next, the lives turned upside down

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by the 9/11 attacks in New York. The atrocity almost ten years ago

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prompted the war in Afghanistan, where Vicki Holmes from Clifton in

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Nottingham, lost her son, Kieron Hill.

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He's one of 20 East Midlands soldiers who've been killed in

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Helmand Province. She's been speaking to our Social Affairs

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We had got the Radio 1, we were in the kiosk in the petrol station on.

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-- radio on. It was big news. Little did I know a few years down

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the line, it would be devastating me as well. If it wasn't for the

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bombings, Patrick wouldn't be out in cannot stand and Kieren would

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have been here today. -- Afghanistan. He was only 12 when

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the twin towers came down and was looking forward to joining the army

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cadets. This was in seven years later when he passed his lance-

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corporal exams, a teenager preparing to fight in Afghanistan

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for a second time. I was just worried sick, basic impulse of he

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had nightmares and things like that, so I knew how it affected him --

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basic it. I just thought it would be the same, he would come back the

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second time. But he didn't come back alive, he was killed by a

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Taliban bomb. His coffin was brought back to Nottingham so he

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could be buried with full military honours. He has said to have one of

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his friend's mothers that he would be on it to come back in a coffin

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with the Union Jack draped over it. Bash on it. So he did believe in

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everything he was fighting for, but for me, it was not worth it. I have

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lost too much. It has changed my life completely. I still expect him

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to come bounding through the door. It is something I will never get

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used to. Never. I will never get used to the fact he is not coming

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home again. I think to myself, has he died for nothing? Things are

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still happening they were hoping to stop, so has he died for nothing,

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because things have not been solved?

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That's Vicki Holmes speaking to our Social Affairs Correspondent,

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Jeremy Ball, who's with us now. Jeremy, obviously, military

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families are affected so very deeply by the war on terror. On a

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much lesser known, what about the rest of us?

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I think the most obvious effects RFU travel by plane, you will have

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seen all of the extra security -- are iffy. The chances are you will

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have bought some of these little Bagster put your toothpaste and

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potions in. -- backs are to putt. Last year, you might remember this.

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When the freight terminal got caught up in an al-Qaeda plot last

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year. They found a bomb in a printer cartridge, in a parcel from

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Yemen. That was being sent to the United States but it was security

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services here that dealt with it. It is not only air travel that has

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been involved. No, for all of our police forces,

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terrorism has become an X -- increasingly expensive priority.

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There have been high-profile arrests in this region and they

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have had to protect Muslim communities against the backlash

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and we will hear tomorrow how they walked a tightrope between keeping

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those communities on side and all of us safe.

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Still to come on the programme: Remember the scorcher of 1976?

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Well, the last seven months have been the driest since then. So how

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have farmers coped? We'll be finding out later.

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And we may have been lacking the rain over the past few months but

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we are certainly not lacking in the wind department. I will have a

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fault when the forecast later. In other news, police said they are

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growing increasingly concerned about a 46-year-old man missing

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from home since yesterday. David field left his home in Sheffield on

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Monday morning but he never arrived at work in Nottingham. His car was

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found in the park and ride at Phoenix Park.

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Here's an interesting statistic. Nearly a third of all accidents on

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the road are work-related. And here's another. One in three

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company drivers has an accident each year.

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The stats come from researchers at the Department of Transport. Now a

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safety organisation in Leicestershire is calling on

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employers to do more to protect workers when they get behind the

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wheel. Tiredness, distractions and time

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pressures. The three main causes of accidents on the road. Now the

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Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is calling on employers

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to do more to protect their staff. Unfortunately, it is still very,

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and that companies will pressure drivers to go from A to be very

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promptly and will ring them on route to ask where they are, get

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there quickly, and people need to think again, because the risks are

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out weighed by the benefits. This is why. Research suggests one-third

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of traffic accidents are work- related. That amounts to 14 deaths

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and 160 serious injuries per week. One in 10 people killed or

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seriously injured in the East Midlands were in a goods vehicle.

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There is an element of haulage companies out there that are

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struggling to make a living up. Thankfully, I don't believe we are

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in that, but in terms of pushing drivers, making them drive harder

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and longer. I can understand the pressures on the industry, the cost

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of fuel and the cost of vehicles and the margins. But companies like

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foxes fit their optic lorries with the latest sake -- safety

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technology to help protect their drivers. Why have adapted cruise

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control which monitors the speed of the vehicle in front and it will

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adjust this vehicle's speed to compensate. If the vehicle in front

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stops suddenly, it will momentarily apply the brakes in this vehicle.

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We also have acted Lane control, this black box, and it monitors the

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white lines on a dual-carriageway or a motorway and will alert the

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driver fired a buzzer if he treats out of his lane. They are now

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calling for all serious work related driving accidents to be

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reported to the Health and Safety Executive, so companies are more

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accountable. Next tonight, would you or your

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company like to run two of Nottinghamshire's best-known

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tourist attractions? The County Council is looking for

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entrepreneurs and private investors to help manage a new visitor centre

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for Sherwood Forest and the water sports centre at Holme Pierrepont.

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Geoff Maskell has the details. Running a facility like the

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National Watersports Centre isn't always plain sailing. It is two

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years since the county council took over managing Holme Pierrepont from

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Sport England. When they did, it was making an annual loss of �1.2

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million. That has now been cut by a third. We have it -- invested a

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significant amount of money, around �400,000, and into a campsite as

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well and we are seeing returns on that investment. What the centre

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needs is some transformational change, some significant capital

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investment. That is where the private sector could come in. The

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council insists the two sides are not for sale, they want a part that,

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not a buyer. Sherwood Forest needs a centre. It is tired and old and

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needs an investor. We need people who can work with us. It is not

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about selling them off, we want them viable, enjoyable experiences

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for the public of Nottinghamshire. The legend says Robin had kept

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Sherwood Forest save for ordinary people -- Robin Hood. Councillors

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say today they want access to the public maintained and don't oppose

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private sector involvement but insist both sides must remain in

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public ownership -- but sides. It will go to Cabinet next week before

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being discussed by the full council. If there are any chocolate

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factories they want us to run, we are up for that.

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Yes, volunteers here-and-now. Time for the sport now, with Colin.

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Nottingham hurdler Andy Turner says winning a bronze medal at the World

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Championships has given him a huge pre-Olympic boost. It was a

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controversial third place - awarded after the original winner was

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disqualified - but as Turner arrived back from South Korea and

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met his family at the airport, he wasn't worrying about that.

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Chris Loader confident. My last three championships, I have taken

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medals away. -- loads of confidence. I am looking forward to London. I

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have a lot of work to do but I am confident things can go well.

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Well, Turner's reached the top - but life as a parent to a young top

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athlete is often one of sacrifices. It's a life of ferrying your child

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around the country, often at unearthly hours, as they try to

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reach the elite. Of course, it has its rewards. Hollie Avil is a

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former World Junior Triathlon Champion. And now, as she trains

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for London 2012, she's inspired her dad so much that he's taken up the

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Triathlon. Give-and-take, a mile swim, 20 mile ride and six-mile run

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and one of the fastest sports and growing in the UK. Hollie Avil

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loves it and now, so does her dad. I will get the towels. Since she

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was eight, Mark was the taxi. For 10 years, his life revolved around

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his daughter's training. Then she left home. Dad got me into

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triathlon and he wasn't doing it himself at the time but in the back

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of my mind, I thought he would start to give it a go. It is in

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sight left home and he has had more time on his hands to train. --

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since I left. Yes, I got used to getting up at 4:30am to take care

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to the Lakes and the swimming pool to swim and suddenly she went off

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to love pre-university and I was still getting up at 4:30am, so I

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thought I would be useful learning to swim properly -- Loughborough

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University. Sunday morning, holly and a bad compete for the first

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time together. An open water swim over a mile -- Hollie and her dad.

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She is now have competing for Ironman events. In the last two

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years, Mark has lost four stone and it needs a whole new wardrobe.

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Hollie won the race at a stroll but she has London 2012 on the radar.

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Dad came in Sidath dad was first to congratulate her. Well done, you.

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That was a surprise. Thanks, Dad! In Beijing, I didn't qualify until

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the end of May 2080 so I have been patient and just enjoying racing

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and hopefully I will be on top form by the end of this year -- 2008.

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Hollie has moved back to Loughborough to train full-time and

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if she does make it to London, that will be there at the sidelines,

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swimming, biking and running all the way.

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If he ever overtakes the, he might enjoy it. -- her.

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Just a couple of quick bits of news to finish. Derby County's Chief

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Executive has told us that the club will have to move players on before

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they can sign any more. Nine players arrived during the summer -

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and Tom Glick says any more would unbalance the books.

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In cricket, fast bowler Charlie Shrek is leaving Nottinghamshire to

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join Kent. Shrek, who was twice player of the year, is keen to get

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regular first team cricket. There you are, you are up to date.

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I love Hollie's bad. Fantastic. On a grey and windy day

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today, it is strange to report that 2011 has a lot in common with a

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scorching summer of 1976. I don't remember it! Figures out

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today show that across the Midlands, we have had the driest January to

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August period for 35 years. So now that this year's harvest is

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complete, we sent Mark Heathcote out to a Nottinghamshire farm to

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see how they are coping. Peter farms 80 her tears of land.

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He has been here for 50 years -- hectors. This year, it has been

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strange. The we have had a year of great variation. Will we had a very

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harsh winter, and that was followed by a very dry spring which took us

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into a drought situation in this region in the East Midlands, and

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then through harvest combat it has been a mixed bag of weather forced

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up recently, farmers could only stand and watch.

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Bash recently, farmers could only stand and watch as they feared

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crops would rot in the ground. This year, they could not hardest at all.

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It was a hardest of catch it while you can, it was sunshine one moment,

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you could get its quality, and the next minute it was raining and we

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were back into the shed, so a lot of ground had to go through an

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expensive drying system to get it fit. This year has seen the price

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of oil seed rape go up by 15%. Barley prices have fallen and wheat

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crops have also dropped by 15% on average. The same farming... They

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say in farming, no two years are the same at this is the year to

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prove all of that. From what I could tell, we are ready for

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another harsh winter. Add that is probably what none of us wanted to

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hear -- and that. I have read that, another harsh

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winter on the way. As if they can tell!

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You are supposed to be able to tell by the berries. Sally will know.

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You can't expect me to be an expert on that. I was picking blackberries

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yesterday so signs of autumn on the yesterday so signs of autumn on the

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way and today has felt autumnal. Windy with share was blowing

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through. They are fizzling out but the strong winds continuing --

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showers. Thank you for this lovely picture of the sunset. If you have

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got any photos of the wind, that would be great -- when the photos.

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Between January and August, it has been the driest across the East

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Midlands since 1976. You have been complaining we have had of rubbish

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summer, maybe that it has not been as rubbish as you thought, we are

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not lacking in the wind department. Plenty of strong winds, these

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isobars squeezing together as they circle around the area of low

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pressure. We have seen one or two share was blowing our way through

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the day but they are starting to fizzle out nicely -- showers. One

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or two isolated showers, over the Peak District, but most places dry

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with clear spells. Temperatures not too bad, a little cooler than last

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night, 12C as your minimum temperature. We will start with a

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much brighter note on Wednesday, sunny spells through the day but

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with the chance of an occasional shower into the afternoon. Many

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areas getting away with a dry day. We will see rain spreading in later

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on in the evening, temperatures around 18 or 19C, but the wind will

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not ease off until Wednesday evening. That eases off but we get

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further rain starting to spread in and that makes Thursday a rather

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wet looking day, even though the wind would be quite as strong. Then

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we seem to see a little return of summer come Friday. Although it

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will be quite blustery, it will be will be quite blustery, it will be

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quite warm, with temperatures into the low twenties.

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