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

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Our top story tonight - the childless couples facing agonising

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delays in getting fertility treatment. A shortage of funds

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could threaten their charts is of getting a baby through IVF. After

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five years of trying, naturally, IVF was our only hope. It Farhad

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way today longer, I would have been stressed more about our chances of

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Memorials, park benches, even Benn's. The scourge of metal theft.

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Belts tightening at the Town Hall. After a very wet and windy day,

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will the stormy conditions Good evening. First tonight we can

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reveal childless couples are facing delays of around two months for

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fertility treatment on the NHS because of a shortage of funding.

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The health service says there's been an unexpected increase in

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demand for IVF treatment. But the annual budget is fixed. At one

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clinic most NHS patients will now have to wait until at least mid-

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February to begin treatment. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons

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The miracle of life. Created by a This woman had successful NHS

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treatment. We certainly would have not had the baby without it. It

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took a while for the ITF system to come -- kick in. When it did, it

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was the first attempt, which is great. In Nottinghamshire -- in

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Nottinghamshire, you only get one pundits got us -- cycle on the NHS.

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Here she is! But the weights are getting longer. NHS funding in

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Nottingham is now so tight, there are delays of two months. They have

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been waiting a long time to get their funding. This is now another

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delay on top, and they have to hope that this is the only delay. For

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these patients, coming to the end of their reproductive life, every

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month is very important for them. Across the city at the Queen's

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Medical Centre, they have also seen demand go up, back NHS funding has

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not kept up. The success rates are up to 50 % in a our NHS patients

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coming in for treatment at the moment on the contracts. Advances

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in IVF have meant that more babies are being born and treatment is far

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more successful. Even before the latest delays, there are barriers

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to overcome to get NHS funding. Women in the East Midlands me to be

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between 23 and 39, and have a body mass in set -- index of 19 --

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between 19 and 30. If you are currently undergoing treatment,

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don't worry. If you are a new referral, this is where the delays

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will kick in. It is because the money is ring-fenced. There's only

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so much money to go round. Is it true that in some parts of the

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country, there is no IVF on the NHS a tall? That is true, and is his

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controversial whether the NHS should fund IVF. In places like

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York and Warrington, because of the pressure on NHS budgets, they have

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suspended treatment altogether -- funding for the treatment

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altogether. There is no plans to do that in the East Midlands. They did

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It's costing one of our councils almost �1,000 a week - the theft of

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metal street furniture like benches, litter bins and even drain covers.

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In fact, since January, 200 drain covers and 26 metal bins have been

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stolen from Nottingham. Now it's hoped that by marking items with

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dye the thieves will think twice. Paul Bradshaw reports. Brushing up

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on security. This memorial plaque on Nottingham's Embankment has been

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permanently marked with smart water. The city council is a response to a

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surge in metal thefts. The it has doubled in the last year. �50,000

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worth of metal has been set up -- stolen in the last month alone. All

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precious metal has been taken out of the city. This is a fight back

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to protect our heritage. This bench may be made of hard metal, but it

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is seen as a soft touch. We do taking very seriously, so we are

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talking to scrap metal merchants, and we are marking the metal. If

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you get caught, you will be punished. Metal theft is an all too

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familiar story. Only three months ago, I reported on a police

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operation which uncovered stolen lead that had been smart watered.

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The lead had come from this church. They are now having to replace the

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lead with clay tiles costing thousands of pounds. The loss of

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the lead was significant, because our insurers have been suspended.

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We had to raise the money for the replacement materials. The fact it

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has been recovered is terrific, but -- because we have had led stolen

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in the past. The smart watering has paid off. The water contains a

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fingerprint that proves irrefutable proof of ownership. It is hoped the

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A A man with homes in Derbyshire has been sentenced for tax evasion

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of �290,000. Michael Keena carried out roofing work around Derbyshire.

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He failed to declare earnings of one point seventeen million pounds

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over seven years and failed to pay the income tax, VAT and national

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insurance. He's required to pay the money or face jail. It's emerged

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that East Midlands Trains made a loss of more than �25 million over

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six months. Figures from Stagecoach who own the train franchise show

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East Midlands Trains made the loss between April and October this year.

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Whilst more people are using the service passenger revenues were

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lower then expected. The company expects to be in profit next year.

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Still to come on the programme - more good news for engineering in

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our region. Leicestershire-based Caterpillar follow Rolls Royce and

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JCB in announcing a much-needed Nottinghamshire police are warning

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anyone tempted to make up an allegation of rape to think again.

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For the accused - and the accuser - the consequences can be devastating.

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They've told us that several well publicised accusations over the

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past year turned out to be completely false. Here's Sarah

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Three crime of rape is one of the most difficult for the police to

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investigate. Had to prove an allegation with one person against

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another when only one person is true? Since last November, they are

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asking 300 allegations of rape. 60 % -- 16 % turned out to be false.

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It is a concern to the senior police officer. Superintendent

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Helen Chamberlain says in some circumstances, they will prosecute.

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Their actions will cause a lot of work for the police. We will treat

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it seriously in terms of considering them for an offence.

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They have wasted police time. June, 19-year-old student was

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jailed for two years for perverting the course of justice. The forces

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Dow said that three claims were the most -- emotionally vulnerable

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had made a false claim against a stranger. It cost �250,000 if and

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rape investigation reaches court. rape investigation reaches court.

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Police do not want to deter genuine Police do not want to deter genuine

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race -- rape victims to Concorde. People to worry about the support

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they get. Only 13 % of rape allegations in Nottinghamshire

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result in convictions. But there are can be -- successes. This man

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was jailed for 17 years after raping his victim in front of her

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boyfriend on New Year's Day. We take -- the police say they take

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The leader of the Labour party has been telling workers at an East

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Midlands firm that HIS party will help local businesses grow. Ed

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Miliband was visiting Tioga in Derby, which makes circuit boards

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for the electronics industry. Tioga is taking on apprentices, despite

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the current economic conditions. Mr Milliband told staff similar growth

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is needed in all businesses. We are going to all parts of the country

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talking to businesses about what they need from the economy. What

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most businesses are saying is that they need growth in the economy,

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because flat mining is not going to work. This business is doing OK

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thanks to their efforts. We need a government that is going to support

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of businesses like this one. there's been another major

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announcement on the jobs front today. The digger-maker Caterpillar

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is doubling production at its Leicestershire plant. The move is

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likely to lead to hundreds of extra jobs at the firm which already

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employs two thousand people. Here's This is the visitors' centre here

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The firm has just announced a �50 million investment. Let's hear it

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from the MD of Caterpillar. We are going to increase our capacity in

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the UK. We are going to be doubling it. We are bullish about the future

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and our plans. It will continue like that. The markets around --

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outside Europe are particularly doing well. There's a lot of demand

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for these. We have proved to be an excellent export base for the world.

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We do not know the numbers, but we will certainly increase from now.

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We will start an apprentice programme. We have 200 this year,

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we had to have 200 next year and to you -- 200 the year after. We will

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be continuing with that. Doubling apprentices each year. That is good

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news for Caterpillar. I like everyone else, 2009 is the year we

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would want to forget, but we have come out of it very well. Many

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thanks, and this is just the latest announcement of major investment by

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major manufacturers here in the East Midlands. Going to the

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pictures has never been more popular. A chance to indulge in a

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bit of harmless escapism. But for some people with disabilities,

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watching a film can be a drama in itself. Today campaigner Vivek

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Gohill from Leicestershire met the bosses of Britain's major cinema

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chains to talk about a lack of facilities for disabled people.

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This woman has muscular -- this man has muscular dystrophy. He is

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saying that people with disabilities should have better

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views of the big screen. If you're sitting at the front of the

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auditorium, you have to crane your neck to see the screen. It is quite

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painful after a while. That is one of the problems. Another problem is

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the will chair seats. There's not enough space to sit in the group

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when you're with your friends. muscular dystrophy Campaign has

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made a campaign -- a trailer. should always be universal access.

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I would support everything they are doing to change that. Everyone has

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the right to go and see a good movie. I am quite positive that

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changes are going to be made. The cinema industry will have to listen

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to these changes. It just adds more pressure on them. This morning, he

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joined other campaigners to present a petition at Downing Street which

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they hope will make the move is a - - movie industry pay attention.

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hope the Co op's of cinema -- C O of cinema as to listen.

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government says it is committed to improving it for all disabled

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The civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson is to

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receive an honorary degree from De Montfort University. Reverend

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Jackson visited Leicester in 2007 to meet the city's minority

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communities. Next week he'll be back in Leicester to receive the

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honorary degree and attend a conference on the threat of

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terrorism in the UK. Now, one lucky person in

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Nottinghamshire could be holding on to a lottery ticket worth over

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�300,000. The National Lottery announced there is an unclaimed

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ticket belonging to someone living in Rushcliffe. The ticket dates

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back to the 19th of November and comprised five winning numbers and

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a bonus ball. I will check mine in the cart, immediately.

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Now, with their ceremonial robes and gold chain, there's a certain

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amount of splendour associated with the office of mayor or Lord Mayor.

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But how much do some of our councils spend on cars for their

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civic representatives? Today the mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter

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Soulsby, promised to get rid of one of the Lord Mayor's two luxury cars.

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Whilst in Loughborough the Lord Mayor of Charnwood now uses a Skoda.

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Tom Brown reports. A touch of elegance in a time of

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austerity. These two cars used by Leicester's Lord Mayor cost nearly

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�18,000 a year to run. What price to for the personalised number

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plates? By looking to save �70 million over the next three years,

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today the mayor promised to get rid of not one, but both. The second

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car is a modest saving, but none the less a saving we look to make

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over the weeks and months ahead. I have no doubt at all that the axe

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will fall on it. The city council also owns two cars, one for the

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mayor and the sheriff, they were bought for �90,000 and a further

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�16,000 is needed each year to run them. Replace any vehicles has been

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all ruled out. In Loughborough the council have decided to change the

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Meyers car, bringing in this new Skoda over the next four years. The

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council says it will save them money. The mayor has over 400

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visits per annum to make and travels around 15,000 miles, he

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could not do as many engagements as he does in one day without it. It

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makes sense to have a male role car. We would have had we would have had

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people complaining if we had gone for a Mercedes or something like

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that. This has got many people's approval.

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Now it hopes the rest of the borough will feel the same.

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Still to come on the programme, a hobby for the nimble fingered. We

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meet the collector who's big on First tonight, for a long time it

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has been a taboo subject, but Derbyshire cricket captain Luke

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Sutton has announced he is retiring from the game because of depression.

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The 35 year old, who has made 176 first class appearances, said in a

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statement that as a professional sportsman he felt it was extremely

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embarrassing to admit to a weakness. But, he says, he was proud to have

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found the strength to have sought treatment. His replacement will be

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announced in the next few days. We wish him well.

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Onto football and Nottingham Forest have reported losses of more than

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�11m for last year, despite an increase in turnover. It comes as

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chairman Nigel Doughty has stepped down from his role but will

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continue with his financial support. But Reds boss Steve Cotterill says

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he's not at all concerned by the finances. I am not responsible for

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that, I can't really worry about to -- it's too much. I have not done

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an accountancy course, I will leave that to the people in charge. It is

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obviously a blow, but when you have been in charge of a football club

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which is �120 million in debt, then I can handle this.

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It may have escaped your attention but England's netball team have

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just won their first ever world title. For whatever reason the

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sport tends to go under the radar in this country. That's all about

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to change for one of Loughborough's England stars though. Kirsty

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Edwards reports. It has been a whirlwind couple of

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weeks, capping England took an historic win in the world netball

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series, and now getting ready to leave her Loughborough lining team-

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mates behind and jet off to play in the biggest netball leak in the

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It is a joint league between Australia and New Zealand, trying

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to put your whole life into one piece of luggage. It is going to be

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quite scary, but at the same time a great opportunity. You will have

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300 people watching games here in Loughborough, in New Zealand they

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are paid to play in front of thousands. That is why she is

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heading Down Under, just like her coach did 12 years ago. I went out

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there and is a similar thing, some of the girls are superstars in New

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Zealand and I am sure she will love the limelight. The game may be huge

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Down Under but it has a long way to go elsewhere. We will see

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basketball at the Olympics but still no place for netball.

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trained as much as any armour athlete, so I think it would be our

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dream to get it in the Olympics. minutes in an action-packed game

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where you have bodies everywhere, 120 goals potentially, it is a

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great spectacle. She sells the game well and after England success on

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the world stage, it is hoped that more people will start buying into

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Congratulations to Leicestershire cyclist Lucy Garner. She has made

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the final 3 for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

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award. Little wonder after the 12 months she has had, she became the

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junior road race world champion making her Britain's first

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medallist in the event for more than a decade. She also became the

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Youth Commonwealth Games road race champion and team time trial

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champion this year. Fingers crossed for the big night on December 22nd.

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Can I urge you to watch netball live if you can.

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And now, back by popular demand, Jeremy and his series all about

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people who make a hobby out of collecting things. Tonight we meet

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a lady whose collection is made up from the tools of her trade.

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Unravelling the bobbins, the often ornate spindles used in lace-making.

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Louise West has been collecting for years. Most of them on a here are

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made from bone, they are weighted with a spangle as the bottom. Today

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that is generally a ring of glass beads. It could have been all sorts

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of things, beads, buttons, Collins, the lace makers would have been

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cottage workers, working in poor conditions by candlelight. Most

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were blind by the time they reach the mid- twenties and were paid a

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pittance for a luxury product. It is nice to handle the bobbins and

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feel the history. This was made for somebody called Mary, this one and

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his birth. This one was made for George, they have tried to make the

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letters, they were so fed up they missed out the letter G. Bobbins

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have been used to commemorate moments in history. The public

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hanging was one which was commemorated here quite a bit on

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bobbins in the 19th century. lovely souvenir for William Balfe

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who was hanged for killing a lady. 1871. Louise makes her own souvenir

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bobbins. I had a bobbin at to commemorate my course at Derby

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University. We which is the one which would get you bobbing up and

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down with excitement? One made for Thomas Leicester to give to his

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best lace makers. To give you an idea of the amount of work involved,

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there are 120 involved here, and this has taken 150 hours. That is

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not a wind-up! He was quite taken by the world of

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bobbins. Well done, you have educated us. A rare event. I am

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It's been a pretty blustery day here, these turbines filmed near

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Mansfield this morning were turning in a 35 mile an hour wind, just

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right for them as they were generating their maximum power

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output. They're built to withstand a lot more than that and things did

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turn windier in the afternoon but we've not seen anything like the

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gales in Scotland. The next morning we have is for ice, to affect

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Derbyshire, I will tell you more why later on. The winds are still

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freezing, and it stays windy through the evening. It will be

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very cold. Most of us have moaned about the wind, but some of us have

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been enjoying them. Particularly this chap, windsurfing. Let us look

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then, a cold front, once it has cleared much colder air feeding in.

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Pretty heavy rain with the scrawly wins. Clearing rain across the East

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Midlands, one or two remain for a time. Try for most parts, however

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into the early hours Weise will see some showers. There will be an ice

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risk with the cold conditions dipping down to two Celsius. A cold

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start for tomorrow morning, and I see one in parts of north

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Derbyshire. The warning there until 10am. Please be careful on the

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roads. Today much, on the roads, plenty of sunshine for most,

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temperatures down a bit too five Celsius as a maximum tomorrow.

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Tonight there could be the main shower around, but still try for

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most. Bitterly cold on Friday, you will need something warm one. A

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