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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: a grieving husband

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accuses medical staff over the death of his wife.

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Alison Taylor died from a blood clot days after giving birth.

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to Taylor hopes no one ever has to endure the trauma and pain that his

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wife suffered. The Christmas tipple that can kill

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but just how much fake booze is out there?

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Plus howl in Bakewell they are preparing for Christmas both here

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in the church and down in the town. And I will keep you up-to-date on

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Good evening. Welcome to the programme. A grieving widow Work

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says he is convinced his wife would still be alive if more had been

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done to spot the blood clot that killed her. Alison Taylor from

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Leicestershire was only 29 years old and died just 16 days after

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giving birth to her third child. Speaking at the end of a two-day

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inquest, her husband Darren said he would be taking legal action.

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Evie will never know her mother. 16 days after she was born, Alison was

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in the bath when she shouted for help. She was blue, lips were blue

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around the edges. I asked the ambulanceman and he said, it is not

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looking good and he gave her this clot-busting drug that could work

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but he could not give guarantees. Attempts to resuscitate Alison were

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in vain. 11 days earlier and midwife had sent Alison to the

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hospital suspecting she had a deep vein thrombosis but the doctor was

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not convinced. He admitted misunderstanding guidelines and an

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ultrasound scan was not available. The pathologist who carried out the

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post-mortem told the hearing that there probably was a deep vein

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thrombosis in Mrs Taylor's right leg and that if they scan had been

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done, on or around the time she went to Leicester will Infirmary,

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then she might still be alive. Darren Taylor told the inquest how

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his wife still worried had gone to her GP twice, but at each time, how

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puzzling symptoms were diagnosed as muscle pain. The coroner no narrow

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-- decided on a narrative verdict, a blood clot had killed her

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originating from DVT. investigation has been carried out

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by the trust and hospital trust and recommendations have been made but

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Mr Taylor and his family it is too little too late. Darren's solicitor

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says the family is planning legal action. Left to bring up his

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children on loan, there is a huge hole in all their lives.

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Next tonight, Derby has been given a huge jobs boost after one of the

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UK's largest call-centre companies announced plans to create 700 new

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positions in the city over the next six months. Hero TSC is to move

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into the former Egg building on Pride Park turning it into a

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customer service centre for Sky. The company currently employs more

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than 400 staff in eight cities around the UK. It will start

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recruiting in Derby immediate lead. Part of the high street may be

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suffering but one sector seems to be doing well. That is the discount

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stores selling things for around �1. Bosses at two of the biggest chains

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say it is due to the changing attitudes of consumers. They say

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the embarrassment factor has gone. The pound staff shops are a growing

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sector of the High Street. Many consumers are looking for value.

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Customers at this pound while shop in Leicester say attitudes have

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changed to shopping in discount stores. Everybody you speak to say,

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you can get that from the pound shop. The stigma has gone. There

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should be no stigma because it is a shop just like any other. The chain

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has plans to open another five stores in the East Midlands next

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year, creating up to 100 jobs. One worker who started here a few years

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ago says she never expected the job to last. Enormously surprised

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because although my manager was assuring me that it was the job

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that would last, there were still the doubt in my mind and I thought,

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have I done the right or wrong thing? I did the right thing.

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Arrival of this canter, a branch of the 99p Stores in Derby. They

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recently opened a new shop in Long Eaton. It is claimed many consumers

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are feeling more comfortable with the concept. There are stories of

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people hiding their carrier bags to hide where it came from, but

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nowadays people are not embarrassed. Going back four or five years there

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was that stigma but it is not there any more. People brag about what

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they got in the pound shop. shops are saying there are now part

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of the mainstream shopping experience and they are moving to

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retail parks as well, so you can now drive up and spend your pound.

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Some high-street stores are fighting back in these times but

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what happens if your local high street is in a small town and not a

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big city? How do shopkeepers attract business in places like

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Bakewell? Let's ask James Roberson who happens to be there.

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We are here in Bakewell and shoppers and Traders need all the

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help they can get to fight back against the attractions of

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supermarkets and big cities. On Monday, I was here in Bakewell to

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see how traders are coping with the fight back to get the shoppers back

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in here. On a sunny winter's day, Bakewell

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looks bus the thing but this is market day and the weather is kind.

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In reality, Bakewell has been struggling to keep shoppers coming

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here but one of the older shops in town decided to fight back. It

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expanded its business by investing in a big extension. It is a massive

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investment and something we thought hard about, especially with the

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economic climate. It has to be positive thinking for 2012 and it

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has been a success. Senior citizens getting benefits from free public

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transport, Bakewell's shops are looking at other ways of drawing

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customers in. When you're out in a local community, you have to

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support the local community. We have a local discount card.

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marketing ideas help he around, they call traders knew something

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extra was needed. Recently the town held a special Christmas weekend.

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The local chamber of trade has been concerned about the decline of

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turnover of businesses and we needed to do something to aid --

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boost the local economy and make a call a focus 0.4 people to do

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shopping. I have lived here for 12 years and I love the town and I did

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not want to see it go downhill. result was a success. Hundreds of

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people were involved and dozens of shops. We had the best Saturday we

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ever had in 13 years. What a difference it makes for us. All the

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shops did something individually and it brought all the tourists in

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and it was fantastic. A lovely weekend. In the town, they are

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already planning another bigger, better shopping weekend for next

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Christmas. I will be back at the church here

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later in the programme and to see that an exhibition of angels that

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has brought hundreds of visitors into the church here as well.

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Still to come: counting the holds in the road - last winter's big

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freeze may be a distant memory but councils are still digging deep to

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pay for the damage. East Midlands Today has discovered

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that thousands of bottles of illegal alcohol have been seized

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right across the region this year. Trading standards officers are so

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concerned about the potentially fatal booze that for the first time,

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they have issued a warning to shoppers.

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In the summer, an explosion killed five men at a small unit in

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Lincolnshire. Fake vodka was being produced in the centre of Boston.

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Trading standards believe it could illicit alcohol firmly on the map.

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It is now such a problem, for the first time, regional figures have

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been compiled. Around 2,500 counterfeit bottles have been

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recovered by trading standards following spot checks and

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intelligence. Most of its branded as Fokker but containing

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potentially fatal industrial alcohol used in cleaning products.

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The number seized in Derby accounts for 60 % of the total. In April,

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600 fake bottles were found at a house belonging to the owner of an

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off-licence. In August, at 900 bottles were found in a delivery

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van. Drop is a made-up name. The bottles contained a separate are

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not used in anti-freeze. Elicit what care can be lethal. The this

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is the tip of the iceberg. We know one lady in another part of the

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country died and students are seeking this type of Barca out.

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That is a very bad thing because what is in this is very harmful for

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you. The forgers are getting better. Take this fake bottle. It is almost

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impossible to tell the difference, even when compared with the genuine

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article. Yesterday, 10 fake bottles were found in Nottingham. In

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Mansfield, inspections have also been carried out. For the first

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time, trading standards who are one in customers to be vigilant about

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book like Christmas booze. They should be looking for poor quality

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labelling. If the levels vary in the bottle, they should not. If it

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taste strange contact trading standards, we can get it analysed

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to make sure it is genuine. If you are in any doubt about the

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Christmas tipple you are buying, the advice is if the price is too

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good to be true, it probably is. Overboard is being offered to catch

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a gang who attacked and terrorised a couple in their home. David and

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Sandra Clarke were tied up and beaten by three men at their

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farmhouse near Countesthorpe in September. An appeal will be shown

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on TV tonight. A Crimewatch reconstruction shows

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how masked men burst into the clocks home in September. I was

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watching at the one with the machete which was frightening. I

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was hit in the face with a crowbar. They said, you are lying to us.

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Where is the money? They would not believe us. The couple were left

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badly bruised by their attackers who stole cars, cash and fire arms

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worth a total of �100,000. horrifies me to think some of the

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guns they took could be threatening some poor shopkeeper. Police

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believe the gang may have carried out another attack in Leicester. It

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is hoped tonight appeal will help jog memories. A reward to help

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catch those responsible is also on offer.

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It has been confirmed that Nottingham will get two new

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tramlines after the government signed off the proposals this

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afternoon. Trams will now run as far as Clifton and and chilwell

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with the first phase of construction due to begin next

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month. Nottingham City Council will fund around a third of the �570

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million extension, which is says it will do for next year's workplace

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parking levy. Some of Derby's primary schools are

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amongst the poorest performing in the country. The Department of

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Education has released results of 16,000 schools across the country.

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In Derby almost a quarter of the schools fell below the expected

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standards for key stage two. The government says it is vital they

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improve. We have hundreds of thousands of

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young people leaving primary school every year as fluent readers, good

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in arithmetic with an knowledge of science and general knowledge. Why

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are there schools that are still underperforming and it is an

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objective of the government that we have all schools that are the best.

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We have looked at those schools and we are concentrating on those 20 to

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bring them out and help them get a A union has accused councils are

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failing to support their workers. They had said that the council does

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not use as much work from come in macro as they used to. -- Remploy.

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People do not realise the problems until they work in these factories.

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They would be doing absolutely nothing if it wasn't my hair.

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You are watching East Midlands Today. Do you remember scenes like

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this from last year? They could be more on the way. We will have the

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weather soon. The legacy of snow is pot holes. The council has received

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a 77 complaints about holes in the road.

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It is difficult to drive around at the East Midlands and not seek a

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pothole. The cold weather last year caused considerable damage to our

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road network. The number of pothole claims from motorists over the past

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four years has shot up 500%. Leicester City Council are having

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to U-turn, and invest money in the roads. We are putting �1 million

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into the maintenance budget, to respond to these problems, and get

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more of them repaired. Although relaying the road it looks easy, in

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Nottingham they are studying how repairs like this can be improved.

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The signs of understanding potholes is not that advance. -- the science.

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The numbers are missing. Working out how quickly they deteriorate,

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that sort of thing, that is a step we are yet to take.

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universities have also been granted funding to test a difference

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services, and how they react to traffic roads -- loads.

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traffic roads -- loads. I hope will not get more potholes.

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Here is the sport. Leicester City striker David Nugent

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has told us he disappointed with the season so far. They are 9th in

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the championship table. Despite their start, he feels they still

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can get automatic promotion. Smiling and relaxed, but David

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Nugent is not happy. A I am the leading goalscorer, but I should be

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doing better. I hope to get ten goals by Christmas. He has scored

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six goals, he says he, and the team have to do better. I think we

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should be hierarch in the table. Results could be better. -- higher

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up in the table. We need to get the results right. He has played for

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England, made over 500 appearances for three different clubs, many

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people regard him as a veteran. People remember me at 16. He says

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the best is yet to come. I'm in my prime, 26, hopefully we can

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challenge for the top two. We need to get to the Premier League.

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believes Nigel Pearson is the man to guide them there. The lads are a

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bit scared of him! If he says something, you have to listen to

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him. Feeding you can go up? -- do you think you can go up? There are

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whole point up for grabs, -- there are 12 points up for grabs, we need

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to get the maximum. What a day boy Lee Westwood, he

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leads the Thai Open up by five shots on day one. He fired a round

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of 12 under-par, his best ever. Boxing, they are calling it the

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fight to the air, Nottingham's Carl Froch against Andre Ward. It has

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taken a Froch years to gain the respect he has now.

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We are just two days away from this fight. Two days in the latest

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chapter of the remarkable story of a man who used to watch boxing

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films of his mother. It is a small step away from Carl Froch's buried

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tell end to his career. -- fairy- tale ending to his story. I walked

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into a boxing gym when I was nine years old. 25 years ago this is

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where he first box. The club is still going strong. He believed in

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himself. He fought nobody could beat him. He would get his homework

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done. He was straight there. He won all of his schoolboy fight. He was

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inspired by the Rocky films. I had my first amateur fight when I was

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11 years old. He always kept winning. After a four-year break,

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he became an amateur champion. He turned pro ten years ago. He won

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the world title. You always believe that your child is special. I did

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not believe that my son were grave to be a world champion. -- my son

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would become a world champion. securing my legacy. I won my name

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to live on. At the end of a day, we are very proud of him. Carl Froch,

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a fighter from Nottingham, he did himself, and his city proud.

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We will find out if the fairy tale comes true. The fight in Atlantic

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City, I will be reporting from their tomorrow night.

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Proof that mothers know best! Are always! -- always!

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Earlier Ronni found out that shopkeepers from Bakewell are

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preparing a -- preparing for Christmas. Now we hear from the

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Christmas. Now we hear from the church.

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This is a beautiful church. The decorations have been done by

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children and professionals. I'm joined now by Canon Tony Kaunhoven,

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where have all these angels come from? We have 16 professional

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artists. We have around 70 made by the community. They are wonderful

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displays, based on people's interpretation of angels. They are

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not just here, there in the town as well? We invited local businesses,

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organisations, and individuals to make them, put them in their

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windows, their gardens, where the people wanted to put them. -- where

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the people wanted to put them. We had people come here, they have

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been inspired. It is part of their Christmas celebrations. They are

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supporting our church, and an orphanage. That is wonderful. Thank

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you very much. And now to play as out, the choir is going to play us

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 100 seconds

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# Little Baby Jesus was at that Wasn't that a lovely? What we need

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now to feel like Christmas, his son now to feel like Christmas, his son

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snow. -- is a summer snow. Thank you for this picture of a

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robin. Skied sending them in -- keeps sending them in. This is the

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cloud which is sitting across the south-west of the country, on our

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satellite. What we are starting to see is that the low pressure is

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starting from the south. That is coming up from the English Channel,

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for ourselves, we will see a band of rain working its way up the

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country. A header that we have clear skies, some showers in the

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Peak District. When that rain comes up, it will mean cold air. We will

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start to see that turning into snow. Leicestershire, the South of

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Derbyshire, we will see some showers there. Tomorrow morning,

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during the rush-hour, the winds will strengthen. Some showers

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coming in across the Peak District. A mixture of sleet and snow.

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Temperatures reaching 3-4 degrees. A cold weekend in store, clear

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skies on Friday night. Widespread frost, a cold north-westerly wind,

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a chance of a few is no showers -- snow showers. Slightly lighter

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