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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie

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Pentelow. Our top story tonight:

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Could BMI fall victim to a dogfight between the world's airline giants?

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The owner of BA launches a bid for British Midland and its valuable

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airport landing slots. For BA, this is a master joke, an

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amazing deal because it entrances their position further -- a master

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stroke because it entrenches their position.

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Also, as a family of seven flee a devastating house fire, a man is

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arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Plus, our jobs really going begging? We reveal the number of

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vacancies in our region. And connected at last, how a

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village was transformed just a week Good evening, welcome to Friday's

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programme. First this evening, its name is an

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East Midlands icon. But tonight there are fears it could disappear

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forever from our skies. British Airways wants to take over

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loss-making British Midland. If it does, there are fears tonight that

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dozens or even hundreds of jobs from this region could go.

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Of course, BMI has been German- controlled for three years, but

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could it now vanish altogether? Mike O'Sullivan is at BMI's HQ in

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Castle Donington. Good evening from East Midlands

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airport. An airport that has been associated with the British Midland

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group for decades, built by Sir Michael Bishop as a strong,

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independent band before being sold to the German carrier Lufthansa a

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few years ago. These days it is losing money but British Airways

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still wants to buy it. There are concerns for jobs and the future of

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well-known names like BMI Baby. It calls itself the no-frills

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airline with tiny fairs. But what BMI Baby really fit into the

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British Airways family? British Airways admits its primary interest

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is getting its hands on BMI Baby's sister companies, BMI International

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and BMI regional. One expert believes a change in ownership

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could result in job losses here in the East Midlands. BMI employers

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thousands of people in the East Midlands and indeed across the UK,

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and what this decision does is throw on certain light on many

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people's futures. The impressive Donington Hall is the headquarters

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of BMI, a company that prides itself on a high reputation for

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quality among business travellers. BMI Baby's offices are based near

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Midlands Airport -- East Midlands Airport, but with the BMI group

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making a big loss last year, the current air loan at -- the current

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owner, Lufthansa, has decided to sell. What British Airways wants

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his BMI's lucrative slots at Heathrow. We are excited about the

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prospect it gives for growth in the UK, for expanding the network will

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operate out of Heathrow and providing critical connectivity to

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the emerging markets in Asia. Tonight, the British Airways group

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said it would decide how it would deal with BMI Baby after the

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takeover, which could be in April next year.

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Tonight the British Airways group said it was to only to say what

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effect there would be on jobs but there are concerned. I am joined by

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Colin Whyat from the GMB union. What is the reaction from workers

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at the BMI group? It is to shock, in particular at the head office at

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Donington Hall, where the news came out today. What are the chances of

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BMI Baby being sold off? You cannot see a full-in sized airline like

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that being part of a giant like British Airways? At the time being,

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we are not sure, but we are looking into whatever is going to happen.

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We want to fight for our members' jobs and we hope BMI Baby will

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remain in the East Midlands. have concerns about highly skilled

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workers in the BMI Baby group based at East Midlands airport? On the

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back of the dreadful news in Derby about Bombardier, there are

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hundreds of skilled men at the BMI Baby maintenance department who I

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am sure will be concerned about their jobs as we move forward with

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this. Thank you very much, Colin Whyat.

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That I asked Lufthansa whether it had been reviewing BMI for a while

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before deciding to sell, it said it has. I asked them, had they made a

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mistake in the first phase in buying the BMI group? That is a

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question the spokeswoman refused to answer.

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Thank you. A man has been arrested on

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suspicion of attempted murder following a house fire. A family of

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seven, including a newborn baby, had to flee their burning home in

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the early hours. Neighbours have described how they

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helped to raise the alarm. From Derby, Simon Hare reports.

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Sniffing out the clues, fire and police investigators examine

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material at the scene of a house fire. The family home on Buchan

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Street in Derby was left gutted. The alarm was raised by neighbours

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in the early hours of this morning. I was in the House, about to go to

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bed, and then looked through the window and saw some -- saw smoke

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coming out from a neighbour's place. I got, they can't be cooking. I ran

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downstairs, I shouted, fire! Fire! And the neighbours came out. People

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had left before we arrived and we could not be certain that everybody

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had escaped, and right through the incident of probably 20 to 30

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minutes we still thought the tension in there was a person in

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the Olding. It later emerged the teenage boy had already jumped to

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safety from an upstairs window, breaking his wrist. I told him not

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to jump until I got to him, but he saw the fire and smoke and jumped,

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and then I picked him up off the floor and took him into my house so

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he was warm. It has been a very serious fire, it has totally booted

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the living room, the kitchen, and there is extensive heat and smoke

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damage through the rest of the house. This morning fire

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investigators brought in dead dog, which can detect traces of

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flammable liquids. -- brought in their dog. Several items of

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interest were found and have been taken for further testing. Then

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police arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area

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last night to get in touch. This is East Midlands Today. Still

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to come: The lowest rainfall in more than a

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century. In just six months, you can see

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just how much our rivers have dried The Greek crisis continues tonight,

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and the instability around the massively indebted nation is now

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having a direct impact in the East Midlands.

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One exporter in the region says the financial turmoil came close to

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costing him one million euros and it has threatened his business.

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Here is our political editor, John Hess.

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I am on the but in sheer and Derbyshire border. Athens is over

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1,500 miles away -- on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

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border. But events they have had an impact here. Sid Pepper shows me

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the power station that his firm was helping to build in Greece until

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the early stages of the euro crisis gripped Athens. At one stage I was

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over one million euros outstanding and was so full six months, which

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was hurtful. His firm, Arrow Max Structures, employees 22 staff in

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the former Cold -- Coll community where jobs are at a premium.

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would not have dealt directly with the Greek government, we were

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walking -- working for an American corporation who preferred to walk

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away and terminate the contract. The people are difficult to work

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with, there were violent strikes while I was over there, we used to

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have the docks going on strike at short notice with no payback for

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the costs incurred. And there is a warning that the you resent crisis

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that started in Greece could hit many businesses closer to home. --

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the eurozone crisis. There will be less demand for British products

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and services because they will be in a recession, perhaps, and

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perhaps a long-term a session. there and answered? Things are grim

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and worrying and I would say to everybody in the East Midlands, be

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aware you are potentially affected by this and think about what you

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want to do with your cash and your assets, don't have any money owed

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to you by Greeks or Italians right now. If today's G20 deal welds at

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the eurozone together, exporters like Sid Pepper will breathe a sigh

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of relief tonight. A man has been jailed for the

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manslaughter of a cricket fan who was attacked in Nottingham city

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centre. 28-year-old James Hodgkinson was attacked outside

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Yates's Wine Lodge in the Old Market Square in July. He had

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travelled from London to watch the Test match between England and

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India. Today, 19-year-old Jacob Dunne was sent to prison for 30

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months. An agency which provides care

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workers has been warned that it is failing to protect the safety and

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welfare of people it is supposed to be helping. Lifeways Community Care

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in Oadby, in Leicestershire, has been told to make urgent

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improvements in relation to the management of medicines and

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supporting workers, or face further action. The agency says it has

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reviewed its guidelines and training.

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More on jobs now. It is often said there just aren't any jobs out

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there. Well, we have collated the job vacancy figures in our region

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to see how true that is. In September, there were, in fact,

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16,310 job vacancies in this region's jobcentres. In Leicester,

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for example, 2,000 jobs on offer. A similar number in Nottingham. In

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Derby, threatened with losing the trainmaker Bombardier, jobcentres

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have 1,257 vacancies. The picture varies elsewhere. In Charnwood, for

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example, there are 761 vacancies. In the Grantham and Stamford areas,

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790. But that is not the end of the story. Chris Lawton is from

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Nottingham Trent University's business school.

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When times are good, vacancies in the JobCentre are about a third of

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all vacancies because of the other ways that employers can advertise.

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It would be reasonable to expect that JobCentre vacancies are now

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still about a third, but we really don't know.

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So there could be 50,000 vacancies. Can read say what kind of jobs

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could be out there? Yes, we can. Here is a chart showing just that.

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Manufacturing, a traditional East Midlands strength, that only

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accounts for just under a third of the jobcentre vacancies. The

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remainder are either skilled trade or service sector jobs, for

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instance in banks, shops, offices, call centres. But do jobseekers

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have the right skills? I think vacancies are few and far between,

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people need to have specific skills for their jobs. It is important

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that the students coming out have the skills to match the jobs that

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are out there. One time, we had manufacturing jobs. People were

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skilled in machinery, printing, that sort of thing. That sort of

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thing we need more of, really. think there are a lot of over

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skilled people with qualifications who cannot get the jobs. Some of

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the jobs out there are basic menial jobs and a lot of people are

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applying, so it is difficult all round, to be honest.

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This is the September unemployment figure for our region - 130,700. So

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clearly there are plenty of people, in theory, who could fill those

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empty posts. Looking at the vacancies data, the

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sorts of jobs being advertised as vacant are the kind being

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advertised for quite some time. They tend to be in the health

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service, things like care assistants, elsewhere in the

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services, domestic cleaners or clerical assistants. They tend to

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be low-skilled but our jobs that require those softer communication,

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customer service skills that might well be more lacking in people who

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have been unemployed for quite some time.

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Lots of unemployed people, but lots of job vacancies, too. Business

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chiefs have told us in the past people lack skills and sometimes

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the right work ethic. But the reality seems even more complex

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than that. A care home worker from

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Loughborough who was jailed for nine months for abusing two

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pensioners has had her sentence cut. 38-year-old Dawn Heaney was

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sentenced at Leicester Crown Court in August after being convicted of

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two counts of ill treatment of a person lacking mental capacity. The

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offences happened while she was working at Wymeswold Court, near

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Loughborough, in 2009. Today, the Court of Appeal cut her jail term

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by three months. A man from Derbyshire thought to be

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the oldest in Britain turned 109 today. Earlier this week, Reverend

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Reg Dean celebrated his birthday with friends and family, as well as

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his old choir. Born in 1902, Reg has said he now wants to go on to

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become the oldest man in the world. Happy birthday, Reg.

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Next, the lack of rain. Some rivers in the region are getting so low

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that they have dried up altogether. The Environment Agency is worried

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there may not even be enough water in some rivers for fish to breed.

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James Roberson reports. It is ironic that on the day we

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want to look at dried-up rivers, it is pouring down. But all of that

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rain still amounts to a puddle in a dried-up river. It is a worry for

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the Environment Agency's fisheries expect. It should be a raging

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torrent at this time of year. It should have returned to its normal

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state and be flowing quite merrily. Simon is familiar with this river.

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Every year he and his colleagues, using electric loops to stun the

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fish, move them from this stretch. The river dries off in the summer,

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so there is no water left on the surface for a short length of river.

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This year, the removal took place earlier than usual because the

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spring had been exceptionally dry. This morning, Simon took me for a

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walk along what should have been a riverbank. There is no current.

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fact, the river, so full of water and fish in May, is still empty for

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nearly four kilometres upstream from here. This has been the driest

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12 months in the Midlands on record. The problem for the fish is that

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the best areas are in the dry area, so normally the fish would be

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getting ready to spawn, and if the river does not come back in the

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next couple of weeks, they will miss out on that. It is a great

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concern and the impact of felt elsewhere as well as here. We have

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other rivers that are dry, and it is a problem for all of the

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wildlife that lives along the river. While the agency is working with

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farmers and water companies to limit what they take from rivers,

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it also says we must think of water as an increasingly precious

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resource for all of us, not just these fish.

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And a full weather forecast is coming up. As is this: Welcome to

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the 21st century. Does a week on the internet really

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changed life in the country? The village that reckons it does.

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First tonight, no new manager at Leicester City yet. But we do

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understand the Thai owners do know who they want now. They have, at

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least, a number one target. Natalie Jackson guides us through the

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thinking at the King Power. It is 10 days now since Sven-Goran

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Eriksson left Leicester City, but there is still no new manager. Why

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do you think it is taking so long? Probably because they have want to

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make the right decision. There is so much left in this season, we

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don't want to make another appointment later on. We want to

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get into the Premier League, let's make the decision that takes us up

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Lahm. That man could be Nigel Pearson. My sources are telling me

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the former Leicester manager is the number-one target. That could

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explain the delay, because he is in a job at Hull City. I have got no

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control over what happens anywhere else. Not interested in talking

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about anything outside of Oz. there has been no contact? Not as

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far as I am concerned. 10 days ago, Nigel Pearson was 33-1 with the

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bookies. Tonight, he is eight-13. You cannot get a bet on him. He is

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a favourite with in the pub. I love my job as a person and a manager.

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Whether he comes back, that is up to the club to ask and him to

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decide. I have no views about who is coming. If you love him, though,

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you would love to see him back? love lots of people! I love my wife,

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she is not going to be the manager! There are rumours flying about, but

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I don't know. Whoever it will be, I will find out when I shake his hand.

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Could Nigel Pearson returned to take over from Sven-Goran Eriksson?

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Tonight, sources in hole say they are expecting an approach from

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Leicester. But no deal done yet. We shall wait

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and see. On to Forest, whose manager Steve

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Cotterill faces an emotional weekend. He is taking his Reds team

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to Portsmouth, the club he left just a few weeks ago. Speaking of

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comebacks, one name that has been missing from the Forest team sheet

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for almost a year is striker Dexter Blackstock. But all that is about

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to change. He is back in training after recovering from an horrific

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injury. Angela has been to see him. It was a tackle that could have

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ended his career forever. I was not sure exactly where it was, whether

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it was a broken leg or ligament damage, but I knew it was Serie us.

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Painful to watch, more painful to bear -- I knew it was serious.

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car was from surgery to repair the actual ligament. -- this scarf.

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This one is where they took the hamstring. Then they went on to my

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other leg. It is amazing what they can give. It has meant an entire

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year watching from the sideline. always believed I could come back.

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I believed I could come back stronger and probably fitter and

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faster than when I left. But it has not always been in easy. With the

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play-offs, knowing that I could not help the team, that was difficult.

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He has dedicated himself to his recovery, in the gym four hours

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every day, amount spent in America for we have, and the work is paying

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off. -- for rehabilitation. Hopefully I will be up for

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selection, the sooner I can get back the better, but I will not

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take unnecessary risk. There have been changes at the top, but their

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new boss has nothing but praise for how he has handled himself. I have

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seen him, morning and afternoon, working his socks off and he will

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get everything he deserves from now on in his like. We hope there is a

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lot more luck round the corner for him than he has had in the last 12

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month. For now, he will settle for a return to the game be lowered.

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see that hard work paying off, to go back on the pitch, to get back

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out on the pitch in front of the home fans.

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He really has never stopped supporting his team-mates, as well.

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Also in action are Derby County. Still suffering their injury woes,

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they have a trip to Peterborough to contend with. Notts County host

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League One strugglers Wycombe Wanderers at Meadow Lane.

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Commentary on all the weekend's games is on your BBC local radio

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station. If you can't be there, it's the next best thing. And catch

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the goals here on BBC One over the weekend.

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In other news, a local twist in cricket's match-fixing saga. Former

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Leicestershire captain and England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has

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claimed he was once offered "millions of pounds" to throw a

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match in England. Nixon says he was being asked to fix a Leicestershire

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T20 game. He says he turned the approach down, spoke to the anti-

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corruption team and went about his work as normal. But the story

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reveals that the match-fixing problem is probably not limited to

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the sub-continent. Just up the road from the

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cricketers, rugby's Leicester Tigers welcome Martin

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Castrogiovanni and Louis Deacon back for their first Premiership

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starts of the season. The visitors are London Irish, as Tigers work to

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catch the clubs who raced away from them during the World Cup.

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Nottingham are in rugby action, too, away to former Premiership side

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Leeds on Sunday. Nottingham Panthers go to Cardiff

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Devils tomorrow night before welcoming Fife Flyers to the Arena

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on Sunday. Fife have struggled back in the top flight, but have even

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more history than the Panthers. Eight years of it, to be precise.

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And it is their first League visit for 15 years. A bit of history

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being made and we should expect a few Nottingham goals.

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Finally tonight, a village in Rutland is at the forefront of a

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rural internet breakthrough. Hambleton, on the shores of Rutland

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Water, has had a state-of-the-art fibre optic connection installed,

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which has vastly improved broadband speeds. Paul Bradshaw went along to

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find out more. The web, famously, his worldwide,

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but this is Hambleton, standing on a finger of land on Rutland Water.

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It is an unlikely place for a digital revolution, but that is

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exactly what is happening here. Because it is fibre, end to end,

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from where you connect in your house all the way out to the

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internet, it is much more reliable and predictable and does not fade

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in the afternoons or when it starts to rain. Despite the government go-

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ahead to roll out super-fast broadband in Rutland, the locals

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have found the money for the upgrade themselves, and the

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landlord at the local pub says it has made a difference to try it.

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has improved our business significantly. We have businessmen

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who will stay, they can work on their computers. This is the way it

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is going now. People who stay away for a couple of nights want to

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bring their computer to keep in contact with business. The network

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speed here is 63 megabytes per second, faster than Japan. The

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locals are thrilled. 60 houses in the village, over 40 have taken the

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service, 40 people with smiles on their face. I have friends in South

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America us, so I can be on Skype to them -- in South America. I have

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relatives in Australia as well. do a bit of work from home so it

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has made everything a lot easier now. No drop-outs, everything is

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there straighter weight. beneath this sleepy road in Rutland

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is a soup of it -- information superhighway helping those off the

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beaten track get online. Welcome to our world. Junk mail,

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crashes, viruses! And you are on Twitter as well!

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Yes, you can follow me now. I just press the button and hope it

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works! We have had a damp day across the

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East Midlands, and the good news is it will turn mainly dry over the

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weekend, which is good news. Make what you will of this, Steve Adams

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took this photo of a red sky at night last night over Kimberley in

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Nottinghamshire. It started raining early on this morning so I would

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not put too much stock in what the If we take a closer look, we have

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this big clump of showers, working their way through. One or two heavy

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ones, some rumbles of thunder in there, too, but they will fizzle

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out through the evening. Staying mainly cloudy overnight. If you

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have a bonfire tonight, it could be fairly damp. As we go into the

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weekend, there will be sold bob in places, low cloud for the rest of

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us, but that will break up through the date -- there will be some fog

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in places. This rain is part of a front working towards us, it might

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just make it into areas like Rutland, but at the moment the

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forecast suggests those areas will be staying dry. Into Bonfire Night

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proper, you can see that is the warm front that has tried to work

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its way towards us. It fails, as things stand, and hopefully that

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will be the case as we go through Bonfire Night. If you are setting

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up a bonfire, check underneath before you like them in case there

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are any hedgehogs hibernating underneath. Into Sunday, you can

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see it is staying dry again, a little on the breezy side and

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cloudier, too, but keeping under this high pressure as we start next

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week. Behind will block the low for now, anyway.

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