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A tonight a judge rules against Britain's biggest coal producer.

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They admit serious safety breaches. A sporting student slips up in

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quarter, at a cost to �100,000. Plus how one of the army's and most

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injured soldiers is back on his feet. Find out why a six-year-old

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George has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to this

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hospital. The good evening, welcome to the

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programme. First tonight, a fine levied

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against Britain's biggest coal producer. The judge said this was

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due to the company's struggling finances. UK Coal admitted it was

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facing a pretty serious situation. Four of the miners who died were

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from the East Midlands. They were killed in separate accidents.

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Our reporter joins us from Wellbeck Colliery. There is not much left of

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this colliery, as you can see behind me. Back in 2007, the mind

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was open, a miner was killed when the roof of a minor collapse on top

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of him. UK Coal has admitted breaking safety rules in that case.

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Also in the case of three other miners, at a colliery in Coventry.

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They were killed in at three separate incidents. And least four

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cases have been brought together in one prosecution at such -- at

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Sheffield Crown Court. What was said in court today? Lawyers acting

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for UK Coal told the court that the company is under intense economic

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pressure at the moment. They are facing a very tough for state of

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affairs. They are embarking on a programme of survival as they put

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it. The judge was urged to take that into account. If he said he

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would take that into account, offering a more lenient sentence.

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Sitting in court had to hear that were the family of a man killed.

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They travelled up to Sheffield to hear the court hearing. The charge

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told him that he hoped they would understand that the level of fines

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were -- would be less than they hoped. The judge said he would take

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into account that almost �1 million has already been spent to bring

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this case to court. It will be almost into November until we here

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the level of fines that UK Coal have to pay. To thank you very much.

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We have a busy sports bulletin on the way. All the action from

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Leicester City's victory over Next tonight, a young rugby player

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faces a bill of over �100,000 after a court case when Stich -- went

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against him. Jack Sutton had been given a �54,000 in compensation

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after he injured his knee in a game. Today the High Court ruled that he

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should return that money, and paid a legal bill estimated at �50,000.

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What happened here in July 2007 has proved costly by Jack Sutton. He

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was 16 at the time. He injured his knee in a training game. The injury

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took months to heal. Although he is playing rugby again, apparently he

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is unable to take part fully, because he's thinking about what

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happened. Jack was heard by a sharp stab sticking out of the ground. It

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was about one inch and a half. He sued the club, citing a naked --

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negligent failure. He was awarded �54,000 in damages. Roll forward

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seven months, at the Court of Appeal in London, that decision has

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been reversed. I think it is very important for rugby clubs across

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the country. They are going to have to make sure that their pitches are

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reasonable. It does indicate that going down on your hands and knees

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will be a little more than expected. He will have to pay back the

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damages, and legal bills estimated at �50,000. I do not think there

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are any victories in this. We had an injured player, I feel sorry

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they him. It is common sense, that has prevailed. The BBC tried to

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contact Jack about the decision. Business leaders in the East

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Midlands say that to make -- too many school leavers lack the basic

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skills to make them employable. It seems that some do not turn up on

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time, and some do not communicate properly. The Chamber of Commerce

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said te many do not have won it takes to get a job.

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At this industrial units, Malcolm Hall checks the latest batch of

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goods coming into the warehouse. He owns a business selling work

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clothes in over 70 countries. He has 70 members of staff, and could

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do with more, but says they are hard to find. We have had some

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people trying to do their jobs. He in some situations they have not

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had the right attitude or work ethic. He was attending a meeting

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at the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce. He was listening to a

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message from the incoming President. There are over 180,000 people

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unemployed in that region, there are over 27,000 vacancies. The

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businesses say it is hard to recruit adequate staff. There are

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many people who have technical skills, but they do not have the

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communication skills, and actually the right attitude. There are steps

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being made to address this. This school are examples are ones with

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specific business links and training for students. There are

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lots of ways in which we are responding to the rates of industry

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with an increased dialogue. We are looking for employers and colleges

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to we talk to each other more and more often. We need to match what

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requires are looking for. Malcolm says that he will offer training.

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We are more than happy to train people, what is key to any business,

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is the right work ethic, that is key. If someone comes along with

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that, they have a job with you? Definitely. Tonight, good news for

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one new member of staff. They were taken on. We plans to double their

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business, they would like to help more people into work.

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We will have more on that later on. Other news, at a publication of a

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major report on undercover policing has been delayed after allegations

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that a police officer took part in a criminal trial under a false name.

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The review was ordered after the case of PC Mark Kennedy. It was

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said that he and a -- that he infiltrated a group are protesters

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trying to your portrait Ratcliffe power station. It is understood

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that another officer gave a false name when he appeared at court.

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At a killer who shot a man outside a nightclub in Nottingham has

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failed in appeal to get his conviction overturned. Anthony

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Tirado appeared in court with two other men, and said he had been

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wrongly identified as the killer Bernard Langton. He must then the

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28 years in prison before applying proper role. The judge said the

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evidence against him was compelling. Derbyshire residents are being

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asked what they think about plans to cut street lighting. The council

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says that hundreds of thousands of pounds could be saved by switching

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off lights. Areas such as the main roads, and town centres would

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retain lighting. Trading Standards officers have

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made the biggest seizure of illegal cigarettes and tobacco. After a

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tip-off, they found more than 20,000 cigarettes, and 10 kilos of

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rolling tobacco at a residential property in Mansfield. Some of the

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tobacco had even started to go mouldy. These products are totally

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unregulated. They do not go through the same quality checks. People who

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are buying these have no idea what they are smoking. One of the tell-

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tale signs is the price of the product, considerably cheaper. The

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warnings on the back do not appear on these counter-productive.

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Now, if you ever -- the Verdi wanted to be inspired. When lance

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Bombardier Ben Parkinson was flown home from Afghanistan, his family

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were told he could not possibly live. His injuries were so

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appalling. Today, he is described as the most injured soldier ever to

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be rehabilitated. Much of that we have has been done in

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Leicestershire. -- rehab. Stepping out other life Batty for

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the had lost. This is a major achievement, how does it make him

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feel? You have been through a lot? Had by? In my body had been crew

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l'art. Do you feel like you have? No. Is there more to achieve? A lot

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more? The that is the attitude that has

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seen him through this. Five years ago his vehicle was hit by a

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Taliban bomb. His injuries were horrendous, he lost his legs,

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severely damaged his brain, and his back was broken. Doctors said there

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was no hope. Heartbreaking. You do not think he's going to get better.

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The initial thing that you look at is the legs, he is never going to

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walk again. In his case it was the head injury. It has been a long

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haul, the MoD has funded visits for intensive physio here. He should

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not be here. He should be lying in a bed, not quite in a vegetative

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state, but he did not read the book. He does not give up. Absolutely

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brilliant? He's doing things that people said would not be possible.

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He could have been sitting in a bed for the rest of his life.

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Using taxis to ferry patients around is not new, ambulance

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services have always used them in non-emergency cases. The but it is

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the amount of money involved that has put East Midlands Ambulance

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Service into the spotlight. It has emerged from a freedom of

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information request that the services has spent more than �1.3

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million on taxis in the last financial year. Brian Brewster is

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the director of finance and performance at EMAS.

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The quantity -- quality of care and patience safeguarding is the main

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consideration. We assess the patient's needs before we put

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transport, and then provide the appropriate transport. I can assure

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you that when we use a non NHS transport capability, it has been

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checked for appropriate this for the patient needs.

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The use of taxis has been rising steeply. Two years ago, the trust

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about 29,000 journeys. This rose to 50,000 in the coming year. The

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question is, why? The main advantage is the

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flexibility it gives us. We have unpredictable demand on our

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services, even on patient transport rather than emergencies. What we

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can do is bring in additional resources to the capacity of each

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day. Bottom Line, it is just better

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value for money. Next tonight, a new page has opened

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in a newspaper's history, with the first weekly edition of the

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Lincolnshire Echo going on sale. The final daily edition rolled off

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the presses last Friday, after 118 years. The changes needed to secure

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the paper's long-term future. It is four times larger, but will

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be published once instead of six times a week. The new Lincolnshire

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Echo went on sale today for the first time.

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So many people are cancelling because it has gone weekly, so it

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is half and half at the moment. I have mixed reactions this morning,

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a lot of people saying it is old news and they will not bother

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buying it, and other people going we have got to buy this, it is the

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first edition. It is a new chapter for the company

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which never missed a daily edition in more than 100 years. But falling

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revenue means it has had to go weekly to secure the paper's long-

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term future. We do not focus on one thing. It

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does not have to be breaking news or sport. We can now look at

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everything, news, sport, entertainment, we can do it all,

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and we can do it all well and give it didn't it deserves.

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The paper's heavy. Some newspapers -- newsagents say it is too heavy,

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so they are only using adults to deliver it. This is what people in

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Lincoln think. It seemed silly having won each day.

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I think it is better. I will miss the Daily one, I admit.

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I used to sit and read that every morning, but everything is in there.

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For by the time you get the news once a week, a lot of it -- a lot

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of it is old hat. It looked substantial. It needs to

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be for �1. Management is hoping it will sell

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more in one week than the six weekday editions.

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I hope you enjoyed! It will be heavy!

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On its way, an extraordinary gift of generosity from a six-year-old.

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And Anna, who is slightly older, we have the weather!

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You may have needed your scarf and gloves this morning. But the

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temperature is feeling on the generous side, and you will not

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Whatever the immediate future has in store for us with the weather,

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last night it seemed a distant -- distinctly cold. There were even

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gritters out on the road. Today, Leicestershire introduced us

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to some of the men and women who will be on call to keep the county

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moving when the ice and snow really arrived.

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Remember the scenes? Last year's went to was the coldest in over 30

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years. We may well see similar conditions over the coming months.

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Meet the men and women charged with keeping the weather in

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Leicestershire at bay. Our drivers are well prepared and

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on standby 24 hours a day. If we have also got 18th of volunteer

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drivers as well as having in place now snow wardens. So we are well

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placed for weather. These volunteers will be on call

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around the clock, and can be used for a variety of purposes.

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We can be called that by the emergency planning groups and the

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NHS, for help transport, or even at helping to recover an ambulance

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stuck on a road. And in Nottinghamshire, 5500 tonnes

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of crude salt has been stopped. -- regret salt.

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We have got 17,000 tonnes in stock at the moment. There is another

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five-and-a-half 1000 tonnes behind me. -- 5500 tonnes. We will be OK.

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Gritters will set out in force in Derbyshire last night. The council

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there has the option of paying farmers to treat roads. As the

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nights are drawing, councils are confident they have the grit and

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the manpower to keep our region's roads on the move.

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I need one of those trucks! Things are hotting up in support.

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Plenty of action coming up from the Championship, but first, Nottingham

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Forest's new manager Steve Cotterill is urging Nigel Doughty

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to reconsider his decision to sell the club. He said on Tuesday he is

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looking for a buyer, news which came out of the blue to Steve

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Cotterill. I was surprised, but I'm used to

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having new owners every six months anyway! IMB bad penny! You never

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know, we may get him to fall back in love with the club.

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Meanwhile, Leicester City are up to 9th in the Jadeja table after a 2-0

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win last night over Watford. After an underwhelming start of the

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season, they are now just two points of second place.

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Huge investments at the King Power Stadium means fans' it expectations

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are high. What is your view on the season so far? Up-and-down.

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could have been a bit better. poor start, but we are getting

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better. We have to give the players a chance to settle in. A finally,

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the strikers are starting to click. Both the goals were scored by new,

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expensive recruits. The hard work for the first by defender Paul

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Konchesky, he picked out David Nugent, who is this -- whose finish

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was precise. Watford were poor, added what -- added if it was not

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for their keeper, Leicester could have scored more. One huge bonus

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was the second goal, Jermaine Beckford headed it in, and it means

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his big-money signing is finally off the mark. The this is his first

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goal for the club. In the second half, Darius Vassell could have

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done better. The goalkeeper had to be at his agile best four minutes

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from time. The win means Leicester have now won or four on the trot at

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home. It was absolutely necessary to win

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today. Meanwhile, Derby County striker

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Nathan Tyson could be sidelined until the middle of November after

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another injury setback. He was supposed to play a friendly

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yesterday, but had to bat with a groin problem.

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Nottingham Forest Legend Stuart Pearce will be leading the British

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football team for the London Olympics. He has been in charge of

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England Under-21s for the last four years, and has been picked as coach

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Ray combined British squad. It will be the first time since 1960 there

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has been a British team at the Olympics.

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Carl Froch has denied reports that he wants to move to America. He

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says his quotes have been taken out of context, and he has got no

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intention of moving away from his family and friends. He is heading

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to New York next month for a training camp ahead of his world

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title fight with Andre Ward, and is hoping his first big fight next

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year will be a homecoming event in Nottingham.

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Leicester Tigers will welcome back nine internationals for their first

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appearances of the season for tomorrow night's Cup tie with

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Gloucester. Four England players, including Toby Flood and Manu

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Tuilagi, will hope to prevent an unprecedented 4th successive defeat

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at Welford Road. We wish them well. Of well done to Nottingham Panthers,

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who moved up to second in the Elite League after their win against

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bread et -- Braehead. A great start the season.

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We will have more football tomorrow night, including a special report.

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You do not expect to hear about defeat at Welford Road! Four in a

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row. Finally tonight, when George

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Edwards was born, his life was saved thanks to a team of doctors

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and nurses in Leicester's hospitals. If six years on, George and his

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family have gone back to say a big thank you. And it was a very

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I can't believe it is six years. Saying thank-you to the staff who

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saved her son's life was always going to be emotional. This was the

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first time Ruth Edwards had been back to the ward at the Leicester

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while Infirmary since six-year-old George was born, and it was his job

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to wipe away mum's tears. George was born with a hole in his

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diaphragm, meaning his bowel and stomach grew where his lungs should

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have been. He spent weeks in a special unit, and months in a

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neonatal unit. We have ended up with a boy we

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never thought we would have. Without these guys, we would not be

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here at all. It is a priceless debt, which

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George's parents need -- feel they need to do something to repay.

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Instead of gifts, they asked for donations. They have managed to

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raise �600 to be shared between the two hospital units.

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This unit has changed a lot since George was on it. It had a �10

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million revamp a year ago, and now has state-of-the-art facilities,

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but bosses say they still rely on fund-raising.

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The money that people raised helps us to buy the little things that

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make all the difference to the environment and make lives that bit

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better for families and children. What is it like we have parents and

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children like that? It is fantastic to see them coming

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back when they are grown up to see how well they are doing, and to see

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George today was amazing. The as George thinks so too.

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Was it go to? Road good!. I think Sarah's a bit emotional

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upstairs as well. George was so lovely. It is a lovely story. The

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weather is weird. It blows hot and It is all changing. If we had a

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really chilly start today, but if you spot getting some grass frost.

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But don't have the next 24 hours and over the weekend, you will

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notice things turning much milder. I have got three photographs for

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you tonight. The first looks like a beautiful day. Another gorgeous day

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today as well. As we go through today, we also

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have quite a rare appearance from this battle fly about lunchtime. --

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Butterfly. Thank you all for your pictures. Please do keep sending

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them in. This is the address. We had clear skies this morning, which

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gave us a chilly start. But as we moved into the afternoon, we

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started to see the cloud increasing and turning quite thick. We have

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got all that CAC 40 still with us, and that will hold temperatures up

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overnight tonight. It may be thick enough to bring some light rain and

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drizzle, especially over the Peak District. But there should be

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mostly dry. The temperatures are milder. It is a good few degrees

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warmer than at the night we have just have. Trying to the afternoon,

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we are heading that thick cloud will start to break to give one or

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two sunny intervals. A maximum temperature of 14 Celsius, but you

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also notice the wind picking up. It is starting to turn fairly breezy,

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so on Saturday, another windy day, it should be dry and sunny tonight,

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but it will increase. We're starting to keep this weather front

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