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

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Our top story tonight: The dole queue just got longer.

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11,000 people joined the East Midlands drops unemployment total

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last month. A gang's Hama raid on a gold shop

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but the jeweller fought back. got out the shop, they took a few

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items. On the Alps say it -- outside, I started to smash their

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car. Copper thieves will be caught after

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a mile-and-a-half of valuable cable like this was stolen from

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underground. From Belfast to Brisbane, find out

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wind -- why one Nottingham's artist Good evening. Welcome to

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Wednesday's programme. First tonight unemployment on the rise

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and more gloom in the housing market. New figures on the economy,

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published today, show a big rise in the jobless total in this region.

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The East Midlands alone accounts for nearly 14% of today's rise in

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the national jobless figures. Our reporter Mike O'Sullivan's in Derby

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where people facing redundancy have today been looking for new jobs.

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Good evening. Good evening. Egg Bank has been

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here for 11 years, and it was a major financial employer moving

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into Derby but now 650 redundancies are being made at a time when

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unemployment is rising. Many workers feel they have got the

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skills that employers want. Recruiting now. A hopeful sign for

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650 workers that are being made redundant at the Egg Bank in Derby.

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It follows the takeover of their credit card business by Barclays.

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Today, a recruitment fair at Pride Park. I would prefer to stay local.

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I think there are some companies locally I would look for

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opportunities that are available. You need to make sure you are a

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competitive and cellular skills and the people here have got a lot of

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skill. But it is a challenging time to be looking for a job. Figures

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out today showed unemployment in East Midlands now stands at 186,000.

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That is an increase of 11,000 on the previous quarter. An

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unemployment rate of 8%. Around 30 employers turned out at the Egg

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Bank recruitment fair. 1,000 jobs on offer. One firm came up from

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Brighton. He we have seen people here complaining about payment

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insurance. It is worth it for us to see those people. The 650

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redundancies at Egg Bank mean that some of the customer calls answered

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that Derby will be handled by Barclay's staff abroad. Some will

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be answered in the UK, some in India, some in the Philippines. We

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have a diverse operating model. After November, they -- there will

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be 550 workers on site, but with the Yorkshire Building Society

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buying the savings and mortgage business, it is not clear what the

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long-term future of the site will So, Mike, some gloomy news for the

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region's housing market tonight. That's right. A survey out today

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said the economic gloom is impacting on the housing market.

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This from the asked -- RICS, the property surveyors. It is a measure

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of how confident they are with the market. The market continues to be

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subdued. 91% felt it was because of the uncertainty in the economy. 45%

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more expected prices to fall. I am joined by George coucher from the

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce. What is your

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reaction today to the rise in unemployment? Obviously, it is not

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unexpected. We thought it would rise in the autumn, so it has risen

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stronger than we had hoped. It puts great pressure on the private

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sector to generate more jobs. would you describe the situation at

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the minute? Patchy, fat lining? have just come from a meeting at

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the Chamber of horrors in Derby and employers are optimistic. --

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Chamber of Commerce. They are concerned about the long-term

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prospects. Egg Bank is a number of employers in Derby or making job

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losses. Still to come on the programme:

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A massive new forest in the heart of the East Midlands. Millions of

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trees are to be planted on 460 acres of Leicestershire countryside.

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Next tonight, dramatic pictures showing how a jewellery shop owner

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tried to fight off thieves armed with hammers. The four men went

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into the shop in Leicester at midday yesterday and escaped with

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around �30,000 of gold. But as Kylie Pentelow reports, it was all

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caught on CCTV. Kuala the sudden, my wife rushed

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into the back-office screenings. Seeing these four lads come in with

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hammers and smashing all of the tulip counters. At the same time, I

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got something in my hands, a baseball bat and started to use --

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started to fight with these guys. It is the second time the shop has

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been targeted and this time the owner did not want to let the

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thieves escaped. I was a bit more wary and I knew that at the end I

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had to protect my jury. And eyes get them out. That is what I did.

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Human instinct. And just started to fight with them. He followed them

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outside but the men did it away. Police say the increase in these

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robberies is because of the soaring price of gold. It is something

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nationally we are seeing an increase in that jewellery is being

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targeted. It is a worry for the owners of his jaw will restore that

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their livelihood has been attacked but I would like to reassure

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everybody in this community we are trying to do everything to tackle

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the problem. The police warn people that where large amounts of gold

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not make themselves a target. Now the owner is left with the clean-up

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but will not let the fear of being attacked again affect his business.

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Are a scary time and we do get scared, but we do have security in

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place in our jewellery shop, and it is something we will fight against.

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The police and electricity companies are warning metal thieves

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and disreputable scrap dealers that they are employing new technology

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to catch them. The authorities are seeing an epidemic of cable thefts

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as the world price of copper hovers close to an all-time high. More

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than a mile of heavy cable was stolen more -- before it could be

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switched on. A whole wind farm was put out of action today.

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On a windy day, wind turbine is not turning because thieves have stolen

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cables from this wind farm on all five turbines. This is not the only

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Nottinghamshire's site thieves have targeted. Today in a

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Nottinghamshire ward, engineers were putting in a mile of cabled

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back underground. The original wiring, capable of carrying

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electricity at 33,000 volts, was stolen in May just before it went

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live. They dragged it out using a 4x4 or which type equipment. They

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had six tons of material. The cost us is into several hundreds of

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thousands of pounds. You can see the valuable metal in the centre of

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this cable. This piece alone, the copper is worth �20 and the thieves

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got away with the equivalent of six drums of it which is about 2.4

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kilometres. Distribution companies go to extensive lengths to protect

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the cable. This has been sprayed with smart water before it goes

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underground but it is selected urban sites in the Midland,

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tripwires have been set up. It also -- spray thieves with Smartwater

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which can be seen for weeks afterwards. If criminals are

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cutting metal, their tours, clothing, home will be infected and

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contaminated with that Smartwater. And they will be identified with

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the crime scene. Thieves are targeting copper because after

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dropping in price three years ago, it has ridden -- risen again at.

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This time, this cable will be guarded until it goes live and the

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police are working with the wind farm owners to improve their

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security, too. Police in Australia have charged a

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man in connection with the death of a Nottinghamshire woman. Sally

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Brooks, who was 48 and originally from Stapleford, was found with

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severe head injuries at her home in Melbourne in July. She died in

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hospital on the day she had been due to return permanently to the

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East Midlands, along with her three children. Robert Meade has appeared

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in court in Melbourne charged with her murder.

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The parents of Madeleine McCann are to take part in the inquiry into

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the phone hacking scandal. They're among a number of high profile

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names invited to be what are called "core participants." They'll have

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the right to make statements and cross examine witnesses in the

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Leveson Inquiry into press ethics. A man from Nottingham has been

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scammed out of �300 by a telephone caller claiming to be from the

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Ministry of Justice. Trevor Richardson says the caller knew his

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bank details, passwords and even his mother's maiden name. He was

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told he was entitled to �3,000 in compensation. Police are warning

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people to check the details of any suspicious callers.

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Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that six of its

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residential care homes are to be sold off for just under �2 million.

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The authority is planning to re- invest the money in care for older

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people. But, today, UNISON called on the council to scrap the idea.

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A petition containing two-and-half 1,000 signatures. That wasn't the

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only opposition to the County Council's plans to sell off its 12

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care homes. Rival political candidates ditched their

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differences and turned their fire on the Conservative controlled

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authority. This is one of the homes. Bramwell. It provides specialist

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care for up to 22 elderly people. The council's proposing it and five

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others should be taken over which it says has a fine track record. --

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taken over by a company. They are rare quality company with a good

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name with the Quality Care Commission and with our own Vizards,

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they have excellent quality and they will put further development

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in and infrastructure into the homes in Nottinghamshire and they

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shouldn't be worried. Today, the Nottinghamshire branch of Unison

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called on the council to abandon the proposed sale of the six care

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homes, saying it would be a bad deal for the residents, their

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carers and the staff working in homes.

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England's green and pleasant land is about good greener. The Woodland

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Trust wants to plant -- plant one million trees. A 460 acre public

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would in Leicestershire will be the centrepiece which is being created

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to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee next year.

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62 trees form the New Grove. Though first is planted by Her Majesty...

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Tree planting and royalty. The two are firmly linked and in February

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Princess Anne kicked off the UK's largest-ever native tree planting

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project. This was to commemorate the Queen's diamond jubilee in 2012.

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The idea is that 6 million trees will be planted across the UK to

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create 16 new diamond woods. The Woodland Trust also wanted want to

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be bigger than all the rest. A flagship. And this is where it will

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be. In Leicestershire. Near to Ashby de la Zouch. It is near to

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people, and by Derby, Leicester, lots of population, lots of people

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can use it. The first thing we need to do is to buy the land so,

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clearly, before you start planting, there is lots of work to do as an

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organisation. We need to raise �3.3 million to buy this side. Moderate

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this land was not always pleasant although it is green. This was an

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active operational site three years ago which was removing coal and

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taking it out of the ground. Negotiations have taken place and

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we hope to be party to this Reddy tremendous project. Some people

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assume they would will take decades to read properly. Is there? Mare.

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This Asher's about 10 years old so you can see that people will be

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walking through a beautiful woodland soon. Sumptuous relations

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will be short-lived but not the creation of this would. Its impact

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will be felt for centuries. -- this wood.

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Workers at British Sugar in Nottinghamshire are to be balloted

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on strike action. It's part of a dispute over pay. Staff at four UK

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sites, including the company's factory in Newark, rejected a 3.5%

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pay offer. Union leaders are calling for a rise of nearly 6%.

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The ballot by the union Unite will close on October 12th.

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Managers of the Peak District National Park are to be directly

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elected by the public. It's one of two areas to try out the elections

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from next year. The Government's announced the move, calling it part

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of its 'big society'. At the moment, the Peak District's run by a

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National Park Authority, made up of appointed members, mainly local

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councillors. If you ever get burgled, you'll

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probably want the person who did it to get punished. But, for some,

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prison is nothing more than a university of crime. Here in the

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East Midlands, thousands of convicted criminals were caught re-

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offending last year. So now the government's looking for ways to

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break that cycle. In the final part of this week's series on Crime and

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Punishment, our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports

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from Nottingham Prison. If you'd been the victim of a

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serious crime, there is a fair chance the person that did it has

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been locked up here. For some inmates, the prison system isn't

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revolving door. Look at these reoffending figures in the region.

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Well over 3,000 criminals committed another offence within three months

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of being sentenced. That is a reoffending rate of 9%. So, how do

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you break that cycle? Just up the road in show would, we found a wide

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range of views. Don't make it so easy inside prisons. You can

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inflict ever more severe penalties costing the taxpayer more and more

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but it doesn't work. I think it is linked to poverty and deprivation.

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They commit a crime, they are in prison, out in six weeks and going

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to do it again. As a barrister, this woman has seen this first hand.

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She used to represent criminals but now she is a local MP. I had a

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number of clients that I had a lot of time for. They had terrible drug

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addictions and they had to have a radical change of their morality,

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approach to live, how they live, get up in the morning, attend

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appointments, how they want to work etc. Ken Clarke's the

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Nottinghamshire MP in charge of the justice system and now he is

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planning radical reforms, among the new Troke recovery wings in several

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prisons, meaningful work for criminals in jail and payment by

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results for independent providers that stop criminals reoffending.

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There are plans that a controversial. These can be very

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damaging because it is likely to reduce professional standards in

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terms of how these community penalties are delivered. If they

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are delivered by private companies seeking profits. That is going to

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lead to more reoffending and more victimisation in the community.

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This Nottingham MP thinks tackling the cycle of crime needs much more

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long-term solutions. Graham Allen's idea has caught early and event

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from. The best way to stop reoffending is to raise kids and

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the right way, give them the right values, a purpose in life. You can

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spend billions of pounds when things have gone wrong and when

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they are deep-rooted with drink and drug abuse and all those other

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things. Why not spend a few pounds early on to stop those things from

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happening in the first place? Reoffending is an age-old problem

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and the one thing everyone agrees on is there are no easy solutions.

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Still to come on the programme: The Nottingham artist who's

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changing the skyline of cities around the world. He's the

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curiously named Wolfgang Buttress. His sculptures are rather eye-

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Talking of eye-catching... We know what is coming. Here is the

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sport. First, Derby County manager Nigel

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Clough told us today emotions won't come in to it when deciding whether

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or not to play Nathan Tyson at the City Ground on Saturday. Tyson

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controversially left Nottingham Forest for bitter rivals Derby

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County in the summer. He's been injured for the last six weeks so,

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ironically, he could make his debut against his old team. Tyson will

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always be remembered for his flag waving antics while at Forest in a

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grudge match against Derby, and Clough is well aware Tyson possible

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debut is what many fans are talking about.

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I think Derby fans will want know if he is going to make his first

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start for us and the Forest fans might be thinking up songs for him.

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He has only played an hour behind closed doors at Leicester on

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Tuesday afternoon. He has had 1.5 training sessions as well so we

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will see how he goes and we will make it is session on Friday. --

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make a decision on Friday. At Leicester City, Yann

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Kermorgant's contract has been cancelled and he has left the club.

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Kermogant came to prominence when he missed this penalty in a crucial

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play-off game for Leicester two seasons ago. Former Foxes coach

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Chris Powell is now manager at Charlton Athletic and he has signed

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the striker on a two-year deal. In League One, Notts County moved

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to joint sixth in the table last night after winning a point at

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Exeter. The real Magpies were playing at real St James Park! Mark

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Shardlow reports. Last week at Turin, last night

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Exeter. A crazy week included with a -- concluded with a crazy goal,

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an own goal. With just eight minutes gone, a mistake from the

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left back was not what they needed. They were playing well and there

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was a welcome equaliser. County, in the blue, or dominating. Geoff

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Hughes came close. And he was again in a good position. He went down,

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but claims for a penalty were waved away. In the second half, the

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goalkeeper made a decent save from a free-kick and then Exeter's

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striker stumbled with a goal. So, just like with trim, it finished 1-

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1. -- just like in Turin. Rugby now, and Nottingham are

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hoping regular Friday night rugby will be the key to their success

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this season. They take on Esher at Meadow Lane on Friday looking to

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boost their attendance. Jeremy Nicholas reports.

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The club are based at Lady Bay, playing home games over the river

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at Meadow Lane. They did not get on with the previous owners of the

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Football Club but they became part of Notts County plc last year and

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now the future is looking good, if they could get bigger crowds.

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target is two and a half 1,000 and we are averaging about 1,800 and

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beyond, but the crowds are improving. We would like more

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people to come because what we do, we believe, is worth seeing.

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Playing on a Friday night they hope will bring large attendances,

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targeting people that want to stop the weekend and a. They can come

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after work, have a beer, some more wine, spend a few hours and go home

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and still have the weekend. If you have had a hard week, there is

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nothing better than watching a physic contested game of rugby and

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have a pint. After training, they meet up with their footballing

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neighbours. While imagining the rugby guys eat more than the

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footballers. We try. We tried to eat their food. But we stay over

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each other's sides. One win this season. Nottingham hungry for

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success. The season started with defeat with Bedford in a tightly

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fought game. They lost 28-26, but then won 20-10 at Moseley. It

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looked like an uphill struggle, but that might be the camera and goal.

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It is not a bad start. The home game should be much easier.

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In cricket, Nottinghamshire's Graeme Swann will captain England

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for the first time. It was announced this morning that he's

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been put in charge of the Twenty20 team for the series with the West

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Indies. His Notts colleagues Alex Hales and Samit Patel are also in

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the squad. Well, in the County Championship

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today, Nottinghamshire's season is drawing to a close. In Division Two,

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Derbyshire were well beaten by Surrey at the Oval to bring to an

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end their season. Whilst Leicestershire's miserable year in

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the Championship ended with a win at Grace Road against Middlesex.

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That is all the sport from me tonight.

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From Brisbane to Belfast, a Nottingham artist's rather larger

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than life sculptures are attracting global attention. Looming as high

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as 120 feet, Wolfgang Buttress's works form a distinct part of the

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landscape. This week, one of them will be unveiled in Northern

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Ireland. We sent Geeta Pendse to see him at work.

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His first sculpture were created in this garage but 20 years on and art

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is mac's work on a much bigger scale. In Nottingham, his mammoth

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sculptures are pieced together. This one will eventually end up in

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Brisbane, at the Grand Hyatt of 75 feet. -- big height of 75 feet.

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did on the computer, and you have the sense of the scale, but it

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isn't until you start making it you think, oh, my goodness. What have I

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done? This week, his mistress and sculpture will be unveiled in

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Belfast. It took three years to create. It straddles the two

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communities. The Protestants and Catholics. So what I wanted to do

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for that sculpture was so that it would be seen around, so it

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wouldn't turn its back on any community. It is the scale of his

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projects that are quite mind- blowing. For the sculpture, there

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are currently seven people working in Nottingham, then shipped over to

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Australia in three pieces and welded over there, and, eventually

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placed in a park, and all that would have taken two years. Venus

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rising will be placed in an area once used for worship by Aborigines,

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linking the ground with the heavens. Wolfgang Buttress hopes his work

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will echo that tant he wants the public to walk inside did. It is

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nice. It is good to do things in Nottingham. And then in four

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months's time to think this will be the other side of the world. It is

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crazy. He says he often feels like a big hit with a giant Meccano set.

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Though it should be a giant set -- giant Challenge round the corner

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soon. And they look different up close,

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don't they? Beautiful. We will go from Venus to

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Yes, you could see it last night. It is the brightest star and quite

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prominent. We have got a bit of cloud at the

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moment, but yesterday we mentioned on Twitter that we had a rainbow

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over the BBC building. David Cross managed to capture a double rainbow

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so please keep your pictures coming in. We always look forward to

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seeing your weather related pictures. We have got a small

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amount of cloud sitting over us. There is a small and weak weather

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front working over us which fizzles out as the night goes on, leaving a

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very small amount of cloud across the South of the region but the

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further North you are across those clear skies, it will turn chilly.

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We are down to single figures. In rural areas, it could go down to

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about four or 5. This will give us a cold start tomorrow morning. A

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bit of a September morning in store for Thursday, but it'll be a dry

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and bright start. The day not doing badly at all with some small cloud

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developing and daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of 19. The winds

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as well very light because the high pressure is virtually sitting over

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the top of us. It will be quite transient and doesn't stay around

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long. It moves away on Friday, allowing this weather front to come

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in from the West. We have a few showers into the afternoon on

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Friday and Saturday, too, a deep area of low pressure cuts across

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the country although the winds are not on this chart, they will

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strengthen. Although it eases on Sunday, it is a blustery day with a

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chance of a few thunderstorms. If you would like one of the

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weather team to visit your school, get in touch. We'll bring a mini

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weather studio, show the pupils how we forecast the weather and each of

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