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This is East Midlands Today, our top stories tonight: The new

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Transport Minister signals no change on Bombardier. Theresa

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Villiers visits the Derby works but came empty handed. What is the

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point of her coming? She made that statement, they are just playing

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with people's emotions, people's livelihoods. Also tonight, a city

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calls a halt to high rise student flats like this. I think it does

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profound damage, it is poorly designed as a building which is far

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too tall and is visible for miles around.

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Plus... ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: The cargoes of our

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bombers shattered military objectives in the City and start

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hundreds of fires. The campaign to honour those who died on Bomber

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Command duties. After 125,000 volunteers, 55.573 died. And the

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row over flying the Union Jack, it is flying again over Gamston

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Good evening, welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, bitter

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disappointment. Their reaction there of union leaders today after

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a meeting with the Transport Minister Theresa Villiers at

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Bombardier in Derby. They have been hoping that she would announce some

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new work for the factory. She did not. But she did is express

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confidence and the company's future. -- but she did express.

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Facing the cameras, the Transport Minister spoke to the media after

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facing Bombardier and their supporters in Derby today. Without

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new work, it could be the end of the factory.

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Are you prepared to see this plant closed down? I will be fighting to

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keep this plant healthy and flourishing and that is why I am

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here, talking about the opportunities which I hope they

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will have in the months and years to come. Union leaders were hoping

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for announcements about new orders in the wake of the loss of the

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Thameslink contract and 1,400 jobs in Derby. None came. What is the

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point of her coming? They are just play with people's emotions and

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livelihoods. To go back in there now until -- and tell people she

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has got things, it is wasted. everything she has spoken about, we

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have heard before. She has done nothing to allay any fears for

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losses for our members at all. two coming contract I especially --

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are especially important. They are a �200 million contract from

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Southern Rail and a �120 million contract from cross country. It is

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claimed decisions have to be made on those contracts and quick. The

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club is ticking as far as Bombardier is concerned.

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Government must understand the urgency of dealing with these

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contracts and getting them out to tender as quickly as possible.

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Virtually all our engineers today are doing work that Bombardier has

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brought in to write the rest of the world. We cannot sustain that for

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much longer. No hope of reopening the Thameslink contract, too costly

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and too much delay, the minister said. Leaving behind an uncertain

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factory future. Next, a jury has heard how a

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householder who was attacked by an armed gang stabbed one of them to

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death. Napoleon Sharman said they came to his flat armed with

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baseball bats, and two people have gone on trial accused of aggravated

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The court heard this was all fronted by a domestic dispute that

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got completely out of hand. Napoleon Sharman had a turbulent

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relationship with his ex-girlfriend, so much that they both complained

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to the police and both wanted custody of their younger son. It

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all came to a head, the court was told, last Christmas after Napoleon

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Sharman sent an abusive text message. Three weeks later, he got

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a knock on the door at his flat. The court heard three men burst in

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and use baseball bat to give him a terrifying vicious beating so he

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used a knife to fend them off. Shortly afterwards, a man called

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Dean Lloyd was found bleeding to death outside. Today, two of

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delight's friends were accused of aggravated burglary. These are

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cousins of Mr Sharman's ex- girlfriends and both deny attacking

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him. Napoleon Sharman gave evidence but we were told he was initially

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arrested as well and questioned with regard to Dean Lloyd's death

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but the court was told he was never charged because it happened inside

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his property and that meant his Still to come on the programme, two

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boat, one bike, three continent. Adventurer Sarah Outen makes it to

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Japan for the hardest part which is still get to come.

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And a distinct lack of sunshine over the past week, what do we have

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in store this week, any sunshine? City councillors in Leicester have

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ordered a ban on new student housing developments in the city.

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Thousands of student flats have been built there in the past few

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Love it or hate it, this is one of the latest student housing blocks

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going up in Leicester and this is what it will look like when it has

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finished. 22 storeys high and home to hundreds of students. For a

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while at least, it will be one of the loft developments in the City

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as the council has temporarily stopped any planning applications

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for student development. We have a lot of people living in these areas

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who have lived there many years and we want to get a proper balance

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between the needs of those residents and the needs of this did

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and. Leicester is home to around 30,000 students and over the past

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few years, demand for housing has soared. In 2009/10, 987 flats were

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granted planning permission. Each one can house up to four students.

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The following year, that rose to just over 1,100 and November this

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year up to that date, 739 flats have been granted. For Stuart

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Bailey, the step is one step too far. It does profound damage. It is

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a poorly designed building that is far too tall and visible for miles.

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The developers believe the architect has created a fantastic

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design after that the consultation which will greatly enhance the area.

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Meanwhile in the city centre, there is a need for student housing to

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compete with the best. Students are expecting a higher quality of

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accommodation. Therefore it is important we have the right balance

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here in the City to offer to those students. We also must recognise

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that universities are in competition with each other.

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Ultimately, the city council hope that the moratorium will give it

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more control over the future of Leicester's landscape.

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In other news, a man has been arrested on suspicion of the

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attempted murder of a special constable. The woman had gone to

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deal with an incident on Shakespeare Street in Nottingham in

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the early hours of Sunday when she was hit by a car which was later

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found abandoned. She has undergone surgery for leg fractures and is in

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a stable condition. The 24-year-old man was arrested in Linby last

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night. Rolls-Royce have received engine

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orders of over �500 million, the Derby engine maker has celebrated

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after they bring its 1,000th Severn And the charity says there has been

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an unprecedented response for a recall for small bone marrow donors.

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Almost 2000 people queued around the Welford Road stadium, more than

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ever before. It came as an appeal to help Bethany Mickleburgh and Rik

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Basra. Thank you to everybody who did that.

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It is not often that parish politics hit the headlines but not

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often the issue of flying the Union Jacks but a British village either.

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Last week, we told to help residents of Gamston heard that

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some were offended by a flag flying all the time in the centre of the

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village. However, one councillor is threatening to resign if it is

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taken down. Our correspondent is there.

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The meeting has just started and is promising to sort out this issue

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once and for all. As you can see, the wood is flying tonight and that

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is because it is the Prince of Wales's birthday an official flag

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day-to-day. Let me remind you how this argument started. It was

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raised for the Royal Wedding earlier this year and flew until

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September. The council resolved to only fly it on special days.

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Towards the end of October, it was raised again to mark the death of a

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retired council and the intention was to keep it in place until today.

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But defence has been taken on both sides. One of those who object to

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it flying all the time is a villager called Roger Henry here

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with us tonight. Residue each label for joining us. Your heart

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opponents say they have received people supporting them from all

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over the word -- some people who are your opponents. It unnerved me

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to live in this area and have the Union Jack being flown all year

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round. Why does it unnerve you? Because a lot of extreme groups

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have hijacked the Union Jack and they have made it become something

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which they kind of own themselves. It has made it offensive to people

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of different cultures and ethnicities. Lots of people say

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this has nothing to do with far- right politics, everything due to

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do with patriotism, it is the British black. I totally appreciate

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that -- it is the British flag. I totally appreciate that but over

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the complete year, it is quite offensive. It is not a government

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building, which has the right to fly the flag and I feel strongly

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having the flag up all the time. will be back here tonight with our

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late bulletin when I will be talking to Mr Henry's main

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opponents and finding out about the result of the meeting. His main

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opponent has threatened to resign immediately if the flag does not

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fly all the time. A college has played host to

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another will visitor today. His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent

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this opening a creative art centre known as Create at Vision West

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Notts in Mansfield. It opened to September students in September.

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Three years ago, Prince Charles visited the college.

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And now for a company car with a difference, for one of, the Mayor

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of Leicester and his deputy are trialling and electric car as part

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of a pledge to make Leicester a low carbon City. They want to see how

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electric vehicles could be used as alternatives before the council and

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other local organisations. A team of Street Ambassadors is

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being introduced in Nottingham to welcome visitors to the city. They

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are able to give directions and recommend restaurants. The scheme

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is funded by local retail and leisure businesses and aimed to get

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more people shopping and eating out. Nice blue uniforms as well! As we

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reflect on remembrance for our and services, a former air man is

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campaigning for a memorial to thousands who died on bombing

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missions in World War II. Ted Cachart from Derbyshire says it is

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a disgrace that there is still not one for Bomber Command. 67 years

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after the war's end. The sales of a memoir I hope to put that right.

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Once a poor man, always a barman. 1:falsified his age to enter the

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RAF. He now regularly returns to Lincolnshire airfields from which

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his Lancaster bomber set off for its final mission in 1944. His

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plane collided with another Lancaster's, all tied's crew

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survived, none of the other crew did.

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Next weekend, he will again but at a bookshop in Ashbourne in

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Derbyshire to sign copies of his wartime memoir. The proceeds of the

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book will go towards the national memorial to all those bomber crews

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who died. In all, 55.573 lost their lives on

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Bomber Command. Out of 125,000 volunteers.

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The RAF's destruction of Dresden in Germany cast a long shadow over

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Bomber Command. A stigma attached to us but when people say why did

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you plummet to a close to the end of the war, but then you say, how

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do we know when the war would end? My own squadron alone, if you

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reverse the figures, you get 851, that is the number of people killed

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on my squadron alone. People do not realise the lives we have lost.

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the moment, fallen friends are remembered where they can, until

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the memorial is finally dedicated Still to come on the programme. The

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Power of Pudsey. How the money you donated to Children in Need last

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year made a difference to youngsters like Amar. Next tonight:

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great news from adventurer Sarah Outen. The 26 year old has

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completed the tricky first leg of her record-breaking human-powered

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loop of the globe. Two years ago Sarah was awarded an MBE after

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becoming the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Today

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she arrived in Tokyo after an epic expedition across land and sea.

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Sarah is trying to lead the globe. London to London. It has been full

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of highs and lows, and I suppose, there were times when I wondered if

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others going to make it this far. I it was going through the heat of

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the Gobi desert and bits of equipment going wrong in Russia. It

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has been brilliant. Sarah, from Rutland, has enjoyed the high

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wildlife. We up watching the bet. They have definitely been moments

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when I thought it was going to be when I thought it was going to be

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Since leaving London Sarah has cycled 11 thousand miles, travelled

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through 12 countries, and kayaked 300 nautical miles to reach Japan.

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But the most challenging stretch is still to come. Next spring she'll

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attempt to row the north Pacific Ocean - a feat never completed by a

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woman. After that she still has to cycle from Canada to New York and

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row the Atlantic Ocean to get back But right now, she gets a well

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deserved rest. London to Japan - Dick! She is extraordinary, that

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Notts County have been drawn away to non-league Sutton United in the

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second round of the FA Cup. That's after they thumped Accrington 4-1

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at the weekend. And Hinckley United will need to beat Tamworth in a

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replay, if they're to make it to a second round tie at Gateshead. Ross

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Fletcher reports. It was pretty easy for Notts County. Cole Holly

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scored twice. Alan Judge got the second. Alan Sheehan also got on

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the scoresheet. Hinckley survive their goalkeeper being sent off. A

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misjudgment from the keeper allowed an equaliser by Tamworth. Alfreton

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In Rugby, Leicester Tigers kicked off their Heineken Cup campaign

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with a solid win in Italy. First half tries from Tom Croft and

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Alesana Tuilangi set the platform for Tigers over Aironi and

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Leicester maintained their lead throughout. It was always hard work,

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though, and Tigers only really made the scoreline reflect the game with

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Niall Morris' try near the end. It's Ulster at home next - a very

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tough test indeed. Much more tense for Nottingham Rugby who needed a

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drop goal deep into injury time for their 23-20 cup win over Pontypridd.

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In ice hockey, the build up to the Panthers versus Steelers clash on

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Saturday night was totally justified by a storming game. Only

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one goal scored all night - and this was it - the second period, on

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the powerplay. Jordan Fox with a great setup. David Clarke with the

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goal. But it was the defence and goaltending that really won it -

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the highlight of Craig Kowalski's shutout seeing off a two man

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Sheffield advantage during the first period. Boxing, and Ovill

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McKenzie become commonwealth light- heavyweight champion over the

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weekend. The 31-year-old fighter from Derby knocked out Jeff Evans

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in fifteen seconds. Yes, winning the title took him about as long as

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it has taken me to tell the story. It's almost that time again - the

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BBC East Midlands Sports Awards are this Thursday night. Amongst the

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possible winners, three amazing people who could be our unsung hero

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of 2011. You'll get to find out what makes them so special this

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week and tonight we start in Newark. Move your boats slowly! Don't!

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Let's see them get on to the end. Julie works tirelessly with

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disabled children and their families. She runs canoeing and

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kayaking sessions. Well done guys! Don't fall behind. That's excellent.

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Many of the people she helps are wheelchair-bound, but when they are

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I am in awe of some other people who come canoeing. Amount of

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commitment she gives is awe- inspiring. She works full-time as a

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paediatric physiotherapist. But at weekends, she is encouraging these

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children. They have a lovely lifestyle, which will keep them fit

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and healthy for as long as possible. Julie's were does not stop in the

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water. She has even built a gym in her back garden. The idea is that

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we keep them fit as possible, so when they get back out on the water,

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they will be fit and ready for next season. Without Julie, I would not

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have got into sport. It has helped me get to a high level. She has

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helped me so much in my life, and I thank her so much. Julie's hard

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work and dedication has inspired This Friday it's Children in Need

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day and as usual we're hosting our very own Pudsey Party - this time

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at Loughborough University And, as usual, we're hoping to raise as

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much money as possible because it makes such a huge difference to all

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sorts of charities here in the East Midlands. Karen Winchester has been

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to one such project in Leicester where they're helping boost the

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confidence and social skills of children with special needs. Meet

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Amar and his support worker Surbjit. This is good great adventure

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playground in Leicester. It is for special needs children. It is a

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place where they can come and play. I do want to ones with the children.

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To one this boy it was very timid. She never -- he never used to speak

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to anyone. His favourite word was no. I tried to help him, with

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socialising with the other children. He got a bit more confidence. First,

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when he came, he would only go on the baby slide. Now he goes on

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I think it is important for the children, not just those who have

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additional needs. It does not matter if you do not have the same

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ability. You can still play in the same way. A lot of the children

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come to the playground and come from parents not working and low

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income parents. They cannot access Now, he is confident. They notice

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at home that he is talking more, and he is happier, and he is not

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always on the laptop, because frequently, before he was on the

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laptops. He is not getting angry at all now. Do you like coming here?

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Yes. What do you like doing? I like the swings. What else do you do?

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play with play do it in -- playgoer in the nursery. People don't

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realise what difference the sort of thing makes. People might think it

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does not make a difference. I have It is your money that helps.

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Beautiful blue sky in the report. Beautiful blue sky in the report.

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Sorry, it is not metre of plain! -- need to blame! It has been a cloudy,

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dull day. This is what it is been like over the weekend. For now, it

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has been cloudy and damp. Even with the cloudy skies, the autumn

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colours still look gorgeous. Here are leaves which have fallen on to

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a bridleway. Thank you for that We take a look at the satellite

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picture, and the cloud is starting to increase, thickening up as we go

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through. Already, we are starting to see some drizzly L-plate. That

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will continue for much of the night. Temperature wise, it is going to be

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dipping down to six Celsius. Rural spots, you can nick -- knock

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another degree or so off. Tomorrow, we start on a cloudy note. That

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should fizzle out. But tickly the further east you go, you may see

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the odd glimpse of sunshine. Generally cloudy skies. A little

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bit of a brighter feel to the day. Tempted down to nine or ten Celsius.

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A gradual improvement as we go through the rest of the week.

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Wednesday looks even drier, and again, a chance of seeing brighter

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spells. A better chance on Thursday, but staying largely dry, and by the

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time we get to Children In Need day, it will have passed. Now do you

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remember "On the Buses", the sitcom from the 1970s? Well, tonight on

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Inside Out, actress Anna Karen, who played Olive, is back on the buses

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to investigate cuts to rural bus services in the East Midlands. You

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can find out what happened when she took a bus load of disgruntled

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passengers to Westminster to confront the politicians. You can

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