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

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Our top story tonight: Seven days to one of the biggest

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strikes in decades. Workers from scores of different professions

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prepare to walk out over planned pension changes.

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Also, Kate and Gerry McCann accused the press of hampering the search

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for their daughter. It is important to emphasise we have experienced

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long-lasting damage as a result of the headlines and media coverage.

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Past... Behind enemy lines. The soldiers targeting the Taliban's

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bomb factories. You can hear the bullets come past year, and you can

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hear the crack in your ear and see the dust on the floor. And you know

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it was closer. How the royal wedding is helping to

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save what is left of our lace Good evening. Welcome to

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Wednesday's programme. With just a week to go before one of the

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country's biggest public sector strikes, tonight we look at the

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effect it could have here in the East Midlands.

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Councils are warning schools are likely to close, disrupting lessons

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for thousands of children, as the three main teaching unions support

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the action. It's a national day of action by unions angry at

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Government plans to change their pensions. Workers from a diverse

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range of industries and professions are taking part. Senior civil

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servants are joining probation officers and physiotherapists,

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builders and railway workers, engineers and scientists in the

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walk-out. In theory, in seven day's time, there could be almost three

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million people on strike. Let's find out more from our

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Political Editor John Hess who's in Westminster.

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This proposed strike is over big changes to the pensions of many in

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the public sector. But according to the Prime Minister today, the

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planned stoppage a week today is "the height of irresponsibility".

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I'll have political reaction shortly, but first union members in

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Nottinghamshire have been on the streets of Mansfield to explain the

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reasons for the strike. Here's Quentin Rayner. Can I talk to you

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about the campaign? Dressed as greedy bankers, daylight Robbie --

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daylight robbery was the theme and Mansfield's market place to drum up

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support for the strike. Have you heard about it? Yes. It is a

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national day of action. Thank you for your time. Unison is one of 28

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unions backing the walk out by 3 million public sector workers and

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they claim that people will have to work longer, receive more for their

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pensions. In Mansfield, support was solid. These people need to sit and

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live with that the common man and they will understand on why people

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are actually standing for what they believe in because they live in a

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different world to us. government is taking too many

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liberties on the common people. It is as simple as that. What more can

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you say on the matter? They are robbing us blind and it is time we

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made a stand and said enough is enough. People have worked all

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their lives. And just because they say so, those people in these suits,

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everything has to change. What about people's lives and children

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and families? Give them what they want. They deserve it. So they

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should strike? 100%. Unison says the Pied is bodies and pensions in

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both private and public sectors. have been out to council buildings

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and the hospitals. We seem to be getting quite good signs there will

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be picket lines at those venues. Those are places we don't normally

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have to get lines. Unison maintains that a concrete offer by the

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Government could avert the strike. Hundreds of schools will close for

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the day as classroom staff and head teachers support the stoppage. Some

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unions staging the first strike in their history. There is always a

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knock-on for parents. We asked a group collecting their children

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from a primary school in Leicester for their views.

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I do agree with what the teachers are doing, definitely. I know it is

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a really difficult decision for them because it is their pensions.

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It shouldn't affect the children, though. There should be other

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measures to accommodate their pay rises, but it shouldn't affect

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kids' education. Teachers go through the system, go to

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university, and it is a hard enough job as it is and at the end of I

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think they do deserve a decent pension. I suppose they have got to

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do what they have got to do. There have been too many cutbacks, so,

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yes, not fairness. I will back the teachers. It is important for the

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teachers to think about their pensions and their future. It is

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good for them to stand up for their rights. A lot of parents will be

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put out. A lot. A lot of parents have to work. So, I know that a lot

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of mums and dads are going to find it difficult but the children are

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not going to be bothered! So, what's the political reaction

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here at Westminster? In the Commons, the issue of school closures and

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child care was put to the Prime Minister by an East Midlands MP.

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Will the Prime Minister acknowledged that one of the most

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disruptive impact of next week's strikes will be our mums and dads

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with children in school? Will my honourable friend join me in

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encouraging parents to bring children into schools? The strike

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will be harmful. Nobody wants the strike and it will be harmful to

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ordinary people that will use public services. At the same time,

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I think public service workers have a right to voice their opinion and

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I think strike action isn't necessarily the way to do that.

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They could be more canny and find a way to persuade the public to lobby

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the government mac. My mother was the children's nurse for 40 years

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so I do understand the pressures of a public sector job, so we are

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still at the negotiating table and working through, and the government

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might have made some sensible suggestions, and I am worried to

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the disruption in error wash, and elderly people, its services are

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not available. The Government says it's offered

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concessions. The unions say those concessions don't address their

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concerns on pensions. In this game of political poker, who's going to

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blink first? Who knows.

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Coming up later in the programme: Behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

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We get a troop's eye-view of the battle from soldiers targeting the

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12 months after a schoolgirl was attacked in Nottingham, police have

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renewed their appeal for witnesses. They're asking people to try and

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remember what they were doing on November 23rd, 2010. Carolyn Moses

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reports. A year ago today, several things

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were happening. Catherine Middleton announced her wedding date. Chelsea

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won a vital Champions League clash. Also, and eight-year-old girl was

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attacked in Bulwell. One year on, officers hope to jog people's

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memory by linking it to those events. This is CCTV footage of a

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man seen at the Aaron -- in the area at the time. At 6:30pm,

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Tuesday, 23rd November, the girl was led on to rocks street and then

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Polly Park where she was assaulted, leaving her shocked and badly

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bruised. But to local people remember? I do. The mums around

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here have banned the kids from that Park. We just have to keep an eye

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on them. We have to watch our kids more and they do not come out.

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is horrible because my daughter could go and play on there. You

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don't want your kids in an unsafe environment. Police believe that

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somebody may have been protecting the attack at the time, but that

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could now have changed. The key thing that it -- about anything

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that goes on for more than a year, loyalties may have become different,

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and it is important that if people are hesitant of coming forward,

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they should understand that we are positive and we want to find the

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person responsible because we want closure. Police brought in a

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professional profiler to build up the picture of a man. They say he

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is almost certainly local. The girl describes him as white, under 5 ft

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9 and in his late teens, late -- early 20s. Police say it is vital

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they catch shrimp before he strikes again. -- they catch him before he

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strikes again. A police officer from Nottingham

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has appeared before magistrates charged with rape. 46-year-old

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Trevor Gray, seen here in the green and black coat and with his face

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covered, is accused of rape, attempted rape and sexually

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touching a 43-year-old woman in July. Nottinghamshire Police has

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suspended the detective sergeant whilst an investigation is carried

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out. He's due to appear at Derby crown court in December.

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A man has been arrested in connection with an attack at a

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Leicester pub which left two men injured. The victims both suffered

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serious burns at the Rainbow and Dove pub on Charles Street a month

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ago. One of them, Russell Banks, is still in hospital. A 21-year-old

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man was arrested in London this morning. This is East Midlands

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Today. Kate and Gerry McCann have

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described how lies about Madeleine's disappearance and

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stories implying that she was dead hampered the search for her. The

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couple from Rothley in Leicestershire were giving evidence

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at the Leveson Inquiry, which is looking into press standards. They

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revealed that they felt violated and at times were hounded by

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photographers. Helen Astle reports. We were desperately shouting out

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internally, please stop what you are doing. He was stopping our

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chances of finding her. Kate and Gerry McCann told of their

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experiences of the media. At times, the couple felt the press had been

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helpful, particularly when launching appeals, but there were

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other times and many headlines which they felt were critical. Kate

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recalls some of the lurid stories hitting the papers soon after their

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daughter went missing, most notably that they had been involved in

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their daughter's disappearance and they had hidden her body in their

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hire car. A corpse in the car? I don't know how many times I read

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body fluids in the car, but there were no body fluids. We were being

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tried by the media. We were unable to defend present -- defend

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ourselves of a stop Kate discovered that her personal diaries, written

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weeks after Madeleine's disappearance and while they were

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still in Portugal, had been published in the News of the World

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without her consent. I felt totally violated. It was my only way of

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communicating with Madeleine and, for me, there was no respect shown

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for me as a grieving mother or as a human being or my daughter. They

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describe how their children had been are terrified by photographer

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is. There were several occasions when they would bang on the windows

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with camera lenses. My children would say they are scared to.

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important to emphasise that we have experienced long-lasting damage as

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a result of the headlines and media coverage, including recent trips to

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Holland and Spain where a taxi driver said, oh, you are the

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parents are accused of killing your own daughter, what happens?

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Throughout giving evidence, the couple said that legal action was

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always a last resort, and the more important battle was binding

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Madeleine. Four years on, the hunt continues.

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Next, a soldier's eye-view of the heat of battle in Afghanistan. It's

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from an elite unit of troops who were dropped behind enemy lines.

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The Brigade Reconnaissance Force came under heavy gunfire as it

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targeted Taliban bomb factories. Our Social Affairs Correspondent,

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Jeremy Ball, reports. Flying into enemy territory and

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ready for battle. All and a day's work for the Brigade Reconnaissance

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Force. -- all in a day's work. These two guys spent the summer

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going on missions like this one several times a week. You know they

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are close when you can hear the crack. Getting shot at, farm at the

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start, but when it keeps happening, it is like, you wonder when your

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luck is going to run out. These helicopter assaults I used to reach

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targets surrounded by improvised bombs. Sometimes, the enemy opened

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fire before they touch down. There was times when we did get shot at

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coming off the helicopter. Sometimes we would land on the

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floor and wouldn't have contact all day. You could be stuck for an hour

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All these pictures were filmed by All these pictures were filmed by

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the Brigade Reconnaissance Force. The soldier had a camera on his

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helmet. This is you, isn't it? is me. You have to make sure you

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hit them! This is how they destroyed an enemy weapons factory.

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We got a lot of weapons off the ground. A lot of drugs off the

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ground. We found an explosive. That was blown up where it was found.

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Tomorrow, they will be heading into much more hostile Territt -- much

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less hostile territory as they marched through the streets of

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Leicester to get a former -- a formal welcome home.

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Police are investigating reports of gunshot in Nottingham. Officers

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were called to Old Basford last night. They have search the area

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and have not been able to confirm if shots were fired. They're going

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to check images from year by security cameras.

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Police in Leicester are marking copper gas pipes with SmartWater.

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It comes after theft in the city. More than 20 houses in the Hinckley

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area had live gas pipes and ripped out. Officers say that the thefts

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are potentially life-threatening. Now then - remember the dress? No

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one could forget that, the wedding of the year. Adorning that wedding

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gown was lace made right here in the Midlands.

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Apparently, she had requested English lace. She would not have

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been spoiled for choice, as the once-proud lace-making industry has

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dwindled to one factory. As part of our series on heritage,

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we asked if there are still a market for the least that was once

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famous around the world. This is the machine that Kate's

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lace was made on and this was the man that made his - except he

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didn't know it! I did not know until the following week and I

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found out and it was great! That was put on the bride's train.

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he did not know what was going to be used? Eyes sort of guest. -- I

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guessed. It has been made like this for over a hundred years. But lace

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has gone out of fashion and there is an uncertain future. That was

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until the royal wedding. We had more business in the UK than we had

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ever had before. Not a lot, but it was growing. It is late for the

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bridal train for this year but we're expecting it to be busier

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next year and the bridal market. One wedding dress designer is

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getting ahead of the game. She's making gowns using original

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Nottingham lace which was left over when one of the nearby factories

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closed. So these would have been for ladies to put round the collar?

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That's right, yes. We use it to create a living affect. -- a

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layering effect. They are made with love, almost. Most places now

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created outside Great Britain but the Nottingham legacy remains.

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There will be, in parts of the world, Nottingham lace making

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machines. Nottingham will still be on it could because it is pressed

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into the metal. It has had a huge influence on the global industry.

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Some designers choose to go back to where it originated. The recently

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made lace for Ralph Lauren. How beautiful!

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You might have had to dig out your eyes scrapers this morning to clean

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your car windows. A but what about tomorrow, I hear

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you say? And why this theatre has turned

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I said at least wasn't, at the forefront of fashion, Natalie

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The start with Derby County. They are said to sign Tamas Priskin on

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loan from Ipswich. He has scored 32 goals in 163 games since coming to

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England five years ago. Staying with that ball, and heartbreak for

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Hinckley United as they crashed out of the FA Cup last night at

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Tamworth. A stoppage time goal clinched the win for the Conference

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Premier side and Hinckley are out and Tamworth into the second round.

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Hard luck there. Boxing world champion Carl Froch

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says he is in the best possible shape as he prepares for the

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biggest fight of his career. The Nottingham boxer leaves for the

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United States this week. For months, Carl Froch has been a

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British boxer based in Sheffield, preparing. Now he is heading to the

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States. A lion in great shape. I am physically and mentally prepared to

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my optimum capabilities. I feel sharp and strong. I cannot see

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anyone in the world living with me. I'm too big and strong for 12 stone.

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I am a freak of nature. If not a freak, his walk-out have people-

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watching in admiration. -- is working out sessions. We are going

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at it for 12 rounds. May the best man win but I will do the business

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on 17th December in freezing cold Atlantic City. For cities last time

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in the UK before crossing. -- the He is the favourite going into the

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fight. I am used to that anyway. has waited two-and-a-half years to

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get his chance and it is not one he will give up easily.

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Cycling now, and the lovely Lucy Garner from Leicestershire has been

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shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports personality of the year. She

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has already won the East Midlands award.

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It has been a remarkable year for Lucy Garner. She has battled to a

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superb gold at the cycling world championships in Copenhagen just

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days after turning 17. She won the junior road race title with a

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sprint finish after a crash earlier on. She was named on a shortlist of

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10 for the BBC Young Sports personality of the year. It is

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amazing, really, and it makes me feel really proud to be going up

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against some of the top-class athletes in the country. Last week,

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she won the BBC East Midlands Junior Sports personality of the

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year and Loughborough. A I am very pleased for her, because she has

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looked to work very hard. That is paying off. She is famous for her

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nails, but it is not just those that sparkle. Everyone loves them.

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It was the whole race itself, crashing in thinking that that was

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it. Going for the Sprint and newly crashing again. When I crossed the

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line, all the emotions came out and I could not believe that I had

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actually done it. The 2012 Olympics are going to come too soon for Lucy,

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but she is a great prospect for Rio de Janeiro and 2016.

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Sparkly nails and a sparkly personality. All the chaps in their

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studio were cooing over them, when Marks and now the tale of a top

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show biz star who has arrived in Nottingham. She is the star of

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legally blonde. And we've been to meet him - I mean,

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Males, dog? He is one of the stars of legally blonde. The West End hit

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musical has opened in Nottingham this week. It tells the story of a

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homecoming queen who follows her ex-boyfriend to law school but this

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means putting down the credit cards. Arguably the stars of the show at

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the dogs. She plays a male character in the show! She kind of

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get away with it. We are very acquainted now after spending a few

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good months together. Has anything gone wrong? The opening night in

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Liverpool, we had an incident with the job -- with the dog, let us

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say! But they are trained very well. It is the job of Cindy to teach

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that dogs their tricks. In the opening number, she has to run on

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to Sophie, who plays Margot, and stop right in front of her and back

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at her twice. They have to do a call-and-response routine and then

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she jumped into her arms. Whoever said they should not work with

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children and animals did not meet this dog!

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She has been converted to dogs, I think! For the eagle-eyed among

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stew, he is actually a chihuahua crossed with a terrier.

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I had to send the wife out to scrape the eyes of our car this

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We're starting to see Olla Christmas lights been turned on

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across the region. -- all of our Christmas light been turned on.

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There was a good turnout in Nottingham this evening. The light

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looked quite spectacular to. -- quite spectacular, too. The weather

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has been fluctuating with the We have the cloud starting to come

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down again from the north overnight. It will thicken up at times. It

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will produce a small amount of rain over the Peak District.

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Temperatures not quite as low as last night, a minimum of seven

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degrees Celsius tonight. A bit of a cloudy start first thing tomorrow

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morning. It will become quite breezy as well tomorrow. Some

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sunshine will continue into the afternoon. There will be a brisk,

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south-westerly wind. A cold front will be working its way towards the

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south-east. There is a very nasty area of low pressure affecting

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parts of Scotland and the north of the country. But ourselves though,

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