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

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Our top story tonight: an urgent appeal to the Asian community.

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in Leicester where the police are asking people to sign up and donate

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in the hope of saving an officer's life. A also tonight: at the home

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devastated in a second. We look at what happened to the

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home hit by a bolt of lightning. Plus, the anti-capitalist

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occupation where some of the protesters go home at night.

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And, a question for the chairman of Leicester City - just why did Sven

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Good evening, welcome to Wednesday's programme. First

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tonight, a woman's desperate appeal for people to come forward who

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could save her husband's life. Rik Basra is an inspector with

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Leicestershire police. He's suffering from acute myeloid

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leukaemia and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. But there's a

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lack of Asian donors currently on the Anthony Nolan register.

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Rik's wife, together with the police, have helped organise a

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campaign to encourage more potential Asian donors to sign up.

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Helen Astle is at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre in Leicester.

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Good evening. It is a pretty busy night here in Leicester, and that

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could be good news for Inspector Basra. I am just outside the

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Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and the police officers, as you can see,

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are giving out leaflets and urging people to sign up to donate. The

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message is clear - it is a simple process and you could save

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someone's life. He got a routine cold and we didn't think anything

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of it, but the doctor decided to a blood test, and that revealed that

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leukaemia had returned. Shocked, devastated. It was harder than the

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first time because the first time he was ill, we knew there was

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something wrong. But this time, it just stunned us. Mrs ASDA recalls

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the moment he was diagnosed for the second time with the disease. He

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needs a bone marrow transplant. The family are determined to find a

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matching donor, not just for Rik Basra, but for other people, too.

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But time is tight. I discovered in the first week there are only 4% of

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Asians on this database. Not only I am I being told that Rick has got

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leukaemia, but now I am starting to worry that we won't find a match

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for him. Over in Nottingham, and this lady is all too aware of how

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few Asian donors there are. Her daughter died last month. She never

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received a bone marrow transplant. It is the pain. It is hard to

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accept. I don't want anyone to go through what I am going through. I

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just hope that people who are watching this will come forward and

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joined the bone marrow register and help others like my daughter. You

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know, they can save a life. They are hoping hundreds of people will

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register, and she also wants to dispel myths about what it involves.

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What we found out initially was stopping people from registering

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was the fear factor, of what it would mean for them, what they

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would need to do, and how much time that they need to have of work.

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What we are able to say is that all it is is a saliva test, a very

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short medical questionnaire, and then maybe a couple of days off

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work. But it is worth that to save someone's life. A heartfelt plea

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there from Rik Basra's wife. I am joined by Simon Cowell. How

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important is this campaign? It's really important to us. We are

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trying to make sure that Diwali is a successful and joyous event, but

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around the edges of that it would make it really joyous if we could

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help to save Rik Basra's life. There is a wider need for donors,

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particularly in the Asian community. What kind of officer is he? He is a

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top officer. He is a role model for many young Asians, I would suggest.

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He has achieved the rank of inspector, and has been with us for

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over two decades. We all want to know that we have done what we can

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to save him. So you are backing the campaign? Yes, we have had great

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support from the Anthony Nolan Trust, but we need to get more

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donors on a database, and hopefully one can save him. Thank you for

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joining me this evening. Hopes are high that hundreds of people will

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sign up tonight, and as Rik Basra's wife said earlier, we can make a

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difference. With us now is Nigel Russell,

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professor of haematology at the Queen's Medical Centre in

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Nottingham, and he's an expert in bone marrow donation. Is the

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problem with bone marrow potential donors the belief that it is a

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painful experience donating bone marrow? I think things have changed

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dramatically in the last 10 years. It is now possible to be a bone

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marrow donor and not have your bone-marrow touched at all. We can

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collect the stem cells we need from the blood. The donor does need a

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few injections and go on to a special machine, which is just

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putting a needle in their arm, and they can collect the stem cells

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within a few hours. It does not involve spending any time in

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hospital. No anaesthetic, pain-free. That has dispelled a lot of rumours

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about that. Just talk a little bit about people from ethnic

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backgrounds. It is more difficult to find donors from that area?

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it is. We can find donors for 90% of white patients who require a

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transplant. For people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean origin it is under

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50% of patients who can be found a donor. There are alternatives. It

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is possible to use and the local called bloods, and there is a big

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drive to increase the number of court bloods are stored. A new

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blood bank has been opened in the last year for this very purpose.

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terms of bone marrow, is there a reluctance within the Asian

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Committee to donate, is this a canal -- culture will issue?

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don't think so. It is very simple, you go on to the Anthony Nolan

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website and then a few clicks you can register as a donor. The target

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group is young people under the age of 30. These are the best donors.

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It is so simple to do. You can register in a few minutes, and

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scent of a sample of blood, and you could be on the register. It could

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not be easier. He could transform people's lives. Absolutely.

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mentioned the other local court. Do you see a point in time where the

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court could be taken from the baby when it is born and then we would

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have to find donors? I think that will be the situation in the next

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few years. Then we can bitchery just get them off the shelf. This

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is what to be increasingly need to do. Let's hope it happens. It is

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not a problem, you can just signed up and do it and save someone's

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life. Still to come on the programme:

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lighting up Leicester - the city's Diwali celebrations are the biggest

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outside India. And, we will be there live as the festival gets

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under way. Before that, a man has been

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describing the moment his house was blasted by a bolt of lightning.

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Dean Radford from Nether Langwith in Nottinghamshire said he thought

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a bomb had exploded. Dean and his girlfriend face a repair bill

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running into tens of thousands of pounds and months of living in

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alternative accommodation. Tom Brown reports.

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This is just a small part of the damage left by that lightning bolt

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last night. The remains of the roof are scattered all around me outside.

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On the inside, it left a trail of devastation that meant Dean and

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Lisa, who were inside the House at the time, were perhaps lucky to

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walk away from it. We were watching television as normal on the sofa

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with my girlfriend. All of a sudden, the most almighty bang ever. Total

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darkness. Dust, snake. Horrendous. It was total devastation. The power

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blew off the plaster from the force. And the devastation continued

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upstairs as well. I think you can see that if anyone had been in here

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at that time would not have lived through it. It smashed everything

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to pieces. The shower unit, nothing left of it. And the showers which

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are part of here, blown to pieces. The lights hanging down from the

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ceiling. The ceiling has gone, glass everywhere. This room is my

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computer room. You might think that is my DIY gone wrong, but yet again,

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it is where the lightning struck and blow it to pieces. As you can

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see, we are fairly new, and it is totally wrecked again. You have not

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been in the House long, have you? No, about nine months. My dream

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home. Beautiful views. Now, one day on, Dean and his girlfriend Lisa

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are devastated. We are both lucky to be alive, that's the main thing.

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It is devastating that the houses such a mess, but we are still here.

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His insurance company will be there to -- tomorrow to assess the full

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extent of the damage. Dean is already preparing to have to spend

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months away from his dream home. Eight people have been arrested on

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suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a house in

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Mansfield. Paramedics were called to Chesterfield Road South just

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after 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The victim is believed to be in his

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forties. Seven men and a woman who are aged between 19 and 43 are

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being questioned. A cordon is in place while forensic officers

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examine the scene. Detectives investigating a serious

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assault at a pub in Leicester have released CCTV images of a man they

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want to talk to. Two men remain in hospital with burns after the

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incident at the Rainbow and Dove pub on Charles Street in the early

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hours of Tuesday morning. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is

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powered by engines made in Derby, has completed its first commercial

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flight. The long-haul jet flew over the Rolls-Royce factory in July

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last year. Now it has flown from Tokyo to Hong Kong in four hours.

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It is said to be one of the most fuel-efficient planes ever made.

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Boeing's development problems delayed production of the plane for

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three years. Anti-capitalist protesters who have

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been occupying part of Nottingham's Market Square for the last 12 days

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have admitted that some of them go home at night. The Nottingham

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protesters say a few people do go home periodically, but the camp is

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still well supported by campaigners and the public. And they say it is

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staying indefinitely. James Roberson reports.

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It's a time this contest between those representing wealth and power,

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and the pawns they dominate. And that's also the world view of the

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anti-capitalist protesters who are camping in Nottingham's Market

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Square. I am Nottingham born and bred. I thought it was about time

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we brought the message home to our city, to our friends and family and

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the people we love here. homeless account in Nottingham has

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gone up. I notice more people sat in doorways of the overnight, and

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it is disgraceful something needs to be done. A similar camp outside

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St Paul's Cathedral in London has been criticised because it appears

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many of the Tens RMT at night. In Nottingham, campaigners admit some

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are, too, and say it is necessary. No, not everybody is staying all

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night. Last night we had about 30 that it stay. The last count we had

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about 27 Tens. Some people have to go home. It fluctuates, as you can

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imagine, at night. It is difficult to ward off very jump people

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sometimes when they are being aggressive and intimidating.

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camp has moved position since it was first set up 12 days ago. It is

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now much larger than when it started with more tense. Today, a

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City Council spokesman said they understand the demonstrators and

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respect their right to protest. "we do feel they have made their point,

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but are pleased they have moved so that events such as game city can

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go ahead unheeded. We will continue to monitor the situation". But

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other council's were used affected by the public? I agree with

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everything they have said, but this is the best way to get a point

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across. It is taking a stance and saying we don't all have to live

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like that. There are better ways of making a protest. They do bring a

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point which a lot of us never think of week to week. The protesters say

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they will continue to stay For some cancer patients it is the

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worst thing about their treatment - a losing their here.

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-- losing their hair. Our correspondent meets a week

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stylists. -- asked by a list of wines.

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Are you ready for this? Yes. Sinead O'Connor eat your heart out! You

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are OK. There is a lot more to here than

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that. Put it on it really law first. They

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look terrible until you have got it right. I did not take my hair loss

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very well at all. I do not think other people notice. We cry

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together. We start off with tears but everybody goes out with a big

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smile on their face. Tony is pleased that his wife loves the

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results. Anything that helps bring There we go. This group was set up

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to help those suffering from hair loss. You do not need to worry.

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This is a bit more of a transition. I quite like it. And in not to be

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confused with the wig is this dog! A council has been criticised for

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spending �250,000 on a new website whilst axing jobs. Derby city

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council spending years developing this new site. Unions and

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opposition councillors say it was a waste of money.

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Severn Trent has apologised for failing to reduce leaks. The

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regulator has criticised the company. The last action against

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the company was taking in 2007. The company says it is making dramatic

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improvements. BBC Radio 1 was in our region today

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as part of a national tour. Fearne Cotton presented her shawl from the

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University of Leicester. The radio station is focusing on Leicester

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and other university towns. Still to come - fireworks in

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Leicester tonight. It will be a good mate for up the

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it Diwali celebrations. But there is more rain on the way.

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Fireworks in sport. The vice chairman of Leicester City

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has insisted he has not spoken to Martin O'Neill about the manager's

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job at the King Power Stadium. Top Raksriaksorn told me he has not

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made a decision. He said he will take his time to find the right man

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to replace Sven Goran Eriksson. It has been a soul-searching week.

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He said he acted for the good of the club. He parted company with

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Sven Goran Eriksson. It was difficult. It was sad. I talked to

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him every day. He is a good man. He is a good person. He is a good boss.

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I said that. But the decision was made. We have to move on. Leicester

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have won in nine of their last 27 games. The order of the club says a

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continuation of that form would not bring promotion. That is not good

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enough. Their owners have spent �15 million on the the playing a squat.

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PB on the B 26, but he says he is the man who has to make the tough

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decisions. Every decision that we make is for

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the club. It is not just for me myself. It is for the club.

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Leicester legend Martin O'Neill is thought to be a number one target

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to replace Sven Goran Eriksson. I have not picked anyone yet. I

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have to see all the applications. Then that we decide later. We have

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made no contact yet. What kind of manager would you like? Anyone who

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can bring the team up! He must have a hunger and want to go to the

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Premier League. He must motivate the team. Anyone who can bring the

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team up. There we have it. What have we learnt today about who the

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new manager might be? Our sports editor has his own thoughts.

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You spend 15 minutes with him. We know that he wants a motivator. He

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is not Mrs Sally looking for an international name. He said there

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are a lot of applications. He said he will not speak to anyone until

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he has read all of them. I would be amazed if there has not been

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informal contact with Martin O'Neill to discuss what Leicester

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would have to do to tempt him to come here.

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What about the other front-runners? Anything on them?

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No comment from Mark Hughes. Lee Clark, and Simon Grayson, have

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dismissed suggestions they would be interested.

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We have spoken to the adviser of Billy Davies, he is coy, and he

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says he expects Billy Davies to return to management by the end of

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next month, but could that be at the King Power Stadium?

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I wonder. Thank you.

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Last night Notts County extended their unbeaten run to four games

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end after ruling and controversial draw with Bury.

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Notts County's manager cannot believe how well his team is doing

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at the moment. They had to show character last night at Bury. There

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is a lot of disbelief around. Much of it was directed at the referee.

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This player could not see why he was penalised, but the penalty was

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given. There were three penalties awarded

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last night. Notts County were pressing for the

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equaliser and coming close. Then it the third penalty was awarded. Once

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more it was converted. Notts County are now 5th in the table. Good luck

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to them. Nottingham Panthers in action

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tonight against Dundee. We'll have all the action tomorrow on that. We

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will also have the latest one Leicester City.

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Thank you. More than 30,000 people are

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expected to celebrate Diwali in Leicester tonight.

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The Indian festival of light is the biggest event in the Hindu calendar

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and at last for five days. Every year the celebrations are the

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largest outside of India. Our reporter is enjoying the

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celebrations. Good evening. This is the heart of

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their Asian community in Leicester. There is plenty of live

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entertainment. There will be a spectacular fireworks display later.

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People will exchange gifts and meet with other people. It is a time of

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feasting and celebration, but also a time of worship. I spent the day

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at a temple. Catering on a grand scale to feed

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the thousands who will visit this temple to celebrate the most

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important date in the Hindu calendar - Diwali.

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This is a time to come together as a family, as a Hindu community, and

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celebrate. It is a part of India that has come to England. It is

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remembering our traditional routes. Everyone has their own busy lives.

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During Diwali it is extra-special. Diwali is a time for food cannily -

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- food, family, worship. This is the festival of light.

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Families should forget feuds and misunderstandings and come together.

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Garlands are need to decorate the deities. Home-made food is deleted.

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Diwali is all about food. It is pure vegetarian. It is offered to

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the deities. That turned it into sacred food. We event of it to

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everyone who comes in. 10,000 worshippers are expected here at

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this new temple. It is the first major festival in this temple since

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it opened. Plenty is going on here tonight as

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you can see. The fireworks displays at 8:30pm. If you cannot get down

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here there is a special evening of programming on BBC Radio Leicester.

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From all as here have agreed Diwali. If you cannot get down there you

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can watch more at 10:25pm on BBC can watch more at 10:25pm on BBC

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One this evening. Here is the weather: This guys are starting to

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clear. -- the skies. It will be a chilly night. It is a southerly

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breeze. A very nice evening. Happy Diwali.

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Under these clear skies than normal temperature will be seven Celsius.

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That will change in the early hours of the morning. A weather front is

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pushing up from the south will stop -- from the south. It looks as if

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they are heavier rain will be in the west of our region. The further

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east you are, it will still be showery. It will feel cooler. A

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maximum temperature of 12 Celsius. This is the picture for Friday.

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That is low cloud. That could lead to early morning fog. The skies

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will gradually start to Brighton. - - start to Brighton. At the weekend

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the winds will strengthen. It will be a reasonable weekend. There will

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be some sunny spells. On Sunday the wind will start to get stronger

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