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Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's programme.

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The family left hanging from a fairground ride. A fun day out at

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Skegness turned into Tero. It's only went down and everyone was

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screaming and crying. Also tonight - moving patient admin to India. G

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A -- GPs say Outsourcing is not saving money. The cost of sorting

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out problems that have arisen must be considerable. And more shops

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than ever are empty on our high street but one market town is

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bucking the trend. And curtain-up for the King of

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Good evening. An East Midlands family have been talking for the

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moment they became trapped on a fairground ride. The Patels from

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a day out, but the trip turned to terror when a ride broke. It left

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six members of the family hanging, injured, in their seats waiting for

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rescue. James Roberson reports. Back at home in Leicester and now

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became trapped on the ride in Skegness look back at how some

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national papers covered it. The day - last Thursday - had

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started innocently enough as an enjoyable family day out in the

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Lincolnshire seaside town. At about 3pm, six of the family

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decided to try a ride called Surf rider. But within seconds of

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getting on, something went wrong. It was just when we get to the top

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of my uncle heard a noise and then it just collapsed. It happened so

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quickly. I thought it was a part of the ride. But the whole thing was

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on the floor and then I realised what had happened. It took around

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40 minutes to rescue everyone on head and gone unconscious. She

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Pilgrim hospital, but all needed treatment for brusing, spinal and

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back injuries. I was thinking about my daughter and husband and my

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family, what would happen next. Then I just passed out. There was a

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funfair the other week at Victoria Park and I could not even look at

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it when I was driving past. sometimes get flashbacks. I get bad

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headaches. It is hard sometimes for Investigation into how the ride

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came to fail with passengers on it. The Patels who were hurt hope

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from their injuries. But the mental scars may take longer to heal.

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catalogue of problems, according to a group representing GPs.

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Patients' records and payments to doctors are now handled by fewer

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admin centres. Some of the work is out sourced to India. But instead

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of efficiencies, it's led to delays. Quentin Rayner reports.

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A year ago, all PCTs in the East Midlands signed up to the plan to

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save �9m over six years. Certain administration is now outsourced to

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a company called NHS Shared Business Services, including in

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India. Under the shake-up five, admin centres across the East

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handling a range of services on behalf of GPs and patients. Some of

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the work is now done thousands of miles away in Pune and up to a

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hundred jobs have been lost over here. But an organisation

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practices getting paid, and hold- ups in the transfer of medical

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notes, potentially puting patients at risk. Clearly if it is delayed

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in transferring notes it can cause problems from the point of view of

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patients' safety. A G P could have seen a patient a couple of times in

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that period but without having access to important information

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about their medications and pass a medical history. NHS SBS says it

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has an almost 100% record in reaching its targets and has dealt

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was to save money, it hasn't convinced everyone. It has been a

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false economy. The actual cost of sorting out the problems that have

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arisen must be considerable. say they'll know in a few months if

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improvements have worked. A 21-year-old man has denied

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murdering a Thorntons worker near to her Derbyshire workplace.

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Jia Ashton, who was 25, disappeared after leaving the Swanwick factory

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in March. Her body was found three days later in woods nearby. David

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appeared via video link at Nottingham Crown Court today, and

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pleaded not guilty to her murder. He'll remain in custody until a

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trial in November. Figures out today show that almost

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200 members of teaching staff were assaulted in Derbyshire last year.

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There were 138 assaults on teaching assistants in the county and 57 on

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teachers. Between January and June this year there were 51 assaults on

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teaching staff. Fans with tickets to see a dealt in

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concert in Leicester next week are being warned to check that they

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have genuine tickets. The singer will be performing on Tuesday night.

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It is thought a number of pans -- of fans have bought tickets from a

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fate website. -- a fake website. Still to come tonight - white

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actors are posing as conmen. working on behalf of the council.

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New figures released today reveal just how much the high street is

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suffering from the effects of the recession. The number of empty

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shops has increased in the last year from 10% up to 13%. In

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Nottingham city centre nearly a quarter of units are vacant. But

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while many cities and towns are suffering, some are doing better.

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Sarah Teale reports from one market town where business is booming.

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Riding out the recession is tough going for retailers. Too tough for

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some. In the past year as many businesses will do it, shop vacancy

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rates rose from 10% to 13%. Grantham was hit hardest in the

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East Midlands. It was recently labelled a ghost town. With the

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supermarkets blamed for sacking the shoppers out of the centre. Just

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under 20 miles away, things could not be more different. Melton

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Mowbray has just 22 of its 443 shops empty. We recognise that the

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recession has come in and it was going to be hard on the High Street.

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We took the initiative to do an empty shops scheme and start to

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fill up the vacant units with short-term leases are. That

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attracted shoppers, which attracted a new and permanent businesses. The

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town is now flying the flag for independent, niche retailers.

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chose Melton Mowbray because of the cast. In the larger cities it is

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much higher. The at Duke family set up their gift shop in February.

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is just a lovely traditional market town. There are so many things to

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attract people in. And the amount of coaches coming in is amazing. It

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has really helped us. But Melton Mowbray does seem to be bucking the

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trend. Are three main city centres are not faring so well. With much

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higher vacancy rates. Nottingham tops the list with 23% of its shops

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standing empty. Derby is next with 19.4% of its units vacant. And

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Leicester has 17% of its shops empty. The economic pinch is being

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felt. But back in Melton Mowbray the retailers are sure that trade

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in their town is on the up. It's almost a month now since

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violence broke out on a number of our city streets following the

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London riots. In Nottingham alone, more than 120 people were

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subsequently arrested. But police say they still need more help in

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tracking down those involved in one of the worst attacks. That attack

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was the firebombing of Canning Street police station. It's also

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emerged that the building wasn't the only thing to be targeted that

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night. Our reporter, Carolyn Moses, is there now.

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It all looks fairly normal now but this is Canning circus with the new

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lick of paint. But it does still show the scars of what happened a

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month ago. Here you can see where the window was hit. The glass has

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been replaced but four weeks ago, this was a building under attack.

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As these dramatic pictures show, they were captured by a mobile

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phone, fire bombs and incendiary devices were thrown at the police

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station while staff were inside. It is thought 40 people were involved

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in that action but so far only around 15 have been traced and

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charge. Luckily no one was hurt in the attack but there was smoke

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damage and damage to the windows. And it was not just the police

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station, on that night the number of cars coming down the street

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opposite were also targeted. Some were hit and a taxi in particular

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he was attacked by members of the mob. Detective Sergeant Mike Allen

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is with me now. This has to beat one of the worst nights of street

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violence that Nottingham has seen. seen for many years. But it did not

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mirror the level of disorder seen elsewhere in cities across the UK.

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Because we were prepared for it that evening. The level of policing

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was such an the strength of policing was such that they were

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denied the right to cause the serious violence seemed elsewhere

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for stock there are arrests going in tracing those responsible for

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this attack. How can people help? 15 people have been charged so far.

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Clearly there are offenders outstanding. So I appeal to members

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of the public, if they know flute was responsible then please contact

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Nottinghamshire police or contact Crimestoppers anonymously. If these

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people are confident enough to petrol bomb a police station I'm

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sure they would Prague to it -- Bragg about it to their friends.

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And a specific appeal - we you the station that was hit by a petrol

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bomb? You want to trace those who were also hit? They have been

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arrests made and are still going on. We should hear shortly about the

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backgrounds of the people involved in the hope that it could shed some

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light as to why it happened in the first place.

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Next tonight, more affordable housing needs to be built across

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the East Midlands. Some councils have been given money to get

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the leader of Leicestershire County Council, the cash isn't been spent

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on houses. Helen Astle reports. Rebecca Laing plays with her

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daughter Maisie in their new home. They moved in a few months ago and

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pay rent to a social housing company. It means so much. We have

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lots of friends and family in the Village. And both sets of our

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parents live here. Rebecca is one of the lucky ones. At the moment

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over a quarter of a million people in the East Midlands are on his

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social housing waiting list and that list is growing daily.

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demand is ever-growing because of house price increases. The waiting

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lists on most local authorities Money from the Government has been

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given to district and borough councils so more social housing can

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be built, small scale developments on the edge of villages. But some

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councils aren't spending the cash. It can be infuriating. But it is

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important, we need to get those houses into villages. They Arsenal

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scale developments, they are sustainable. These schemes are a

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godsend for the local communities. The people will sustain the Village

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and the shops. The children will go to the schools here. They really

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help keep the villages alive. interviewed and approved before

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they were able to get their home. It means a lot for us to stay in

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the Village. So Maisie will follow in her mum's footsteps, the council

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is hoping that other families will be given the same opportunities.

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Residents in part of Nottingham say they're concerned about the city's

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with managers to discuss the the trams will cause parking

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remove trees. Tram bosses say they'll keep disruption to a

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minimum. Police have released an image of

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the man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery in

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Nottinghamshire. Last month a 16 year-old woman had cash stolen from

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her handbag by two men he claimed to be from the gas board. That sort

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of scam in terribly targets the elderly. Sir Alastair's trading

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standards officers have been trying to flag up the kind of tricks used

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by con artists. Pensioners were treated to a number of shows today

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performed by actors and illustrating a few classic examples

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of today's cons and scams. Portraying as serious message. This

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play is that theatre with the difference. And it is hoped it will

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raise awareness. Bogus callers are distraction burglaries, their

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offence is very impacted on the person and also their family. These

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despicable people are trying to take advantage of the most

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vulnerable in society. performance is part of older

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persons month. Leicestershire Trading Standards say this year

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they have well received over 400 calls from people needing advice

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will stop there are still too many people being taken in by it.

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need to get the message across. Do not open your door to strangers and

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do not give out any personal information for stopped the show

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made a big impact with the audience will stop very good presentation on

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an important theme. Powerful messages going out to older people.

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I hope many more people come and see it. Looking at that, it goes

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further in it and you understand more. It is about the individual

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taking control of their own doorsteps.

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Still to come - the dancer who moves Madonna. We meet the King Of

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Contemporary Dance ahead of a world premiere in Leicester next week.

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Time to get excited about Olympic ticket sales again! This time it's

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Paralympic tickets which go on offer tomorrow. Those games are

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also expected to sell out. And round here, we have plenty of

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Sam and Ollie Hynd go for Gold. And Henshaw. She was part of a grand

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Square today. And when I caught up with her, it sounded like she was

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having fun. We have met some really nice people who have shown a lot of

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interest in the Paralympics which is always great. We were shown some

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demonstrations from the wheelchair basketball guys. It has been great.

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Just tell us what you are expecting from your games. Because you have

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this enormous rivalry with Liz Johnson in the pool. Well we have

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not qualified yet, we still have to do the trials in March. Assuming we

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both qualified than I think it will be a really good challenge to try

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to beat her. And then also the American in the mix there as well

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and other Australian girl. So it is claimed to be really exciting race

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between the four of us. It is important to say that the

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Paralympics are not at all second class, you will be able to generate

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just as much excitement as any at the Olympics will stop absolutely.

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The more people become aware of Paralympics swimming the more

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people will start to see that there are races that are so close, just

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as close as those that use the in the Olympic Games. The pattern is

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exactly the same and everyone wants to win that gold medal. There are

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some really exciting races to come in London. Are you going to bring

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the gold medal back to Mansfield's? I hope so. I have had some great

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success in the past couple of years. But it is never going to be easy to

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win a gold medal at the Paralympics. Good luck to Charlotte. Well, all

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across the region, people have been marking a year to go to the opening

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of the Paralympics. And it's not met a group of blind footballers.

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Well, this is Paul Gallagher of course, of Leicester City. And

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Matts Rahmen, who is a blind footballer for the England

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development squad. Today we are taking part in a very special

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soccer shoot out. To mark a year to go to the

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Paralympics, five visually impared players came up against five

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Leicester City first teamers. And to make it a level playing

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If they get their take legal right there will be all right. It is just

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getting used to not being able to see where you are. I usually get

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the call from the caller behind the post. And when the whistle goes I

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take the penalty. How was that? It is a totally

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different thing. You have to take your hat off to them because it is

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really difficult. The Leicester City team won 2 - nil. It is an

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opportunity to raise awareness of the sport and the chance to meet

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some famous people and hopefully we can it recruits are more players

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and improve the standard of the football is there for everyone to

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enjoy. Staying with football, all the best

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boys are in Turin for their own Italian Job, helping European

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giants Juventus open their shiny new stadium. We've got a reporter

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there - and a full report tomorrow. Panthers last night in the

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Challenge Cup. They demolished close rivals and former Champions,

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Coventry Blaze, 10-1 at the Nottingham Arena. A very old school

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hockey scoreline, that. Might live long in the memory. Certainly

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Civic Reception the club are currently enjoying to celebrate

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last year's success. Cricket and will creep up our

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counties are in action. -- all Final preparations are underway at

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the Curve theatre in Leicester for a world dance premiere which opens

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next week. Almost 20 years ago, Akram Khan arrived in Leicester as

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a student. Now he's back with an international reputation as a

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dancer and choreographer, staring in his first solo show for five

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years. Geoff Maskell has been to meet him.

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The stars of contemporary dance may not be household names, but let me

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put it like this - if Akram can play football, he would be Wayne

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Rooney. It is really about Bangladesh, my relationship with

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Bangladesh. It is a relationship of father and son and also first-

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generation and second generation and the complications there are.

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You have a repetition it from a king with great artists such as pop

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princess Kylie Minogue. At the team here are going all-out to make sure

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that this latest production is a real spectacle. It is so potent for

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has given that we have this amazing facility with every technological

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gadgets you could float at it. And the show certainly does that.

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fantasy based. Everything is out of proportion. You have a huge share

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that when I stand next to it, I do not have to play being the child, I

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become a child will stop this show is an opportunity for us to relate

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to beat Bangladesh community in Leicester. I have a friend who grew

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up here and I ate most telling him about the piece and he said, I have

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to come. He never comes to my shows, ever. But it was the first time he

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was interested in my work. He thought, it may be contemporary

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dance but there is a narrative there with him that and it is about

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me. It does look amazing. You could me. It does look amazing. You could

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take me there! Good evening. We have a chance to

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night other see him he's supernova. It will be the first time in 20

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years that astronomers will have seen one so close to the air. If

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you look up, it is basically a dying star. And if we have the

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clear skies we should be able to see it. But we're not going to keep

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those Clear skies and for very long because of this area and bringing

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it ranges some parts of the UK. But for now we are going to keep those

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sunny spells for a time giving us a bright end to the day. The cloud is

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increasing and bringing with it the risk of some light outbreaks of

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rain. Quite a mild night with temperatures around 14 degrees.

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Temperatures tomorrow afternoon of around 22 degrees. So a taste of

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some or returns for one day only. But make the most of it because it

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turns rather wild as it goes through the weekend. For Saturday

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it turns breezy and this cold front works its way through. It is this

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