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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: for jail for a senior

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police officer who groomed a 13- year-old girl for sex. Accord is

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told former Inspector Russell Dew sent the girl 1,000 e-mails.

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decent human being would be disgusted by what they heard today.

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He is a dangerous and a manipulative sexual offender.

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Just days before Christmas, a devastating fire leaves a family

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facing homelessness. Plus we will be finding out how a

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routine eye test saved the life of Chris Brown.

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And I am here at the Montford Hall to find out what it is like to fly

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Good evening. A former police inspector has been jailed for six

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years for committing sex offences against a Jesse Gray School.

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Nottingham Crown Court heard that Russell Dew groomed his victim by

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sending e-mails from a police computer system. The judge said Dew

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was a day and is offender who abused a position of trust.

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Russell Dew had a promising police career but off-duty he was

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committing crimes against a vulnerable girl. He admitted five

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counts of illegal sexual activity. At Nottingham Crown Court heard the

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former policeman was obsessed with his victim and invited her to his

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home minaret way he changed into a skirt and tides before committing

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the offences. The court was shown a video. Dew was lying on the four

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fondling his victim. She has been traumatised as a result of this.

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She has been marginalised as school, she has not been skied been, she

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has been blaming herself. She sell part as the result of the effects

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of this. Dew was working at Mansfield police station when his

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colleagues arrested him when his victim complained to a seat jet. At

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first he claimed he was being blackmailed but the court found

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messages that Dew sound the girl. If a victim comes forward, police

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will believe them. Perpetrators we will bring them to justice

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regardless of who they are. Nobody is above the law. Russell Dew

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worked as they custody sergeant but tonight he is going to prison,

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paying the price for a horrendous breach of trust.

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The family say they are lucky to be alive after their home caught fire.

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The Hutton family from Leicester were already mourning their father

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who died last month when their house went up in flames. The fire,

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which started from a stray match, was so intense that the family have

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been left with nothing. Now the community is coming together to

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help. This smoke was coming out of the

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roof. You can still smell it. can, this was on Saturday. Naomi

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describes the family at the family home on Saturday. It is already a

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difficult time for the family. They are grieving for a husband and

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family -- father, Geoff, who died from cancer last month. We lost our

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that's ashes. We have lost pictures, memories, two of our cats.

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family are devastated at losing Jeff's ashes. They were supposed to

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go into the sea, that was his wish. We have some left. We have lost

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everything. You do not know where you will be tomorrow. It is just

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awful for stop this afternoon, brought good news as the family

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signed for a new home. They hope to be in for Christmas and neighbours

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have been a rallying round to help, raising over �100. I have let the

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family stay here. The neighbours have had a whip round and they have

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donated some money. They have bought clothes down and they are

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trying to find furniture for them. The neighbours are doing as much as

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they can. I thought this type of community spirit was dead, but it

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has proved me wrong. We have clothes that people donated.

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family hoped to move back home in the next few months but for now,

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they are believed they have each other.

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Coming up: Colin will be at Fosse Park. He assures us he is not doing

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his Christmas shopping. Maybe later on. As much as I dislike shopping,

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I prefer doing it to what these guys are doing it. A 24 hour rowing

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marathon and before that, Sara Sturdey is here with the Christmas

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shopping trade. Also tonight from West Bridgford to Rock City - the

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Accident investigators has spent the day examining the wreckage of

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two planes after they collided in mid- air killing one of the pilots.

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That plane crash-landed narrowly missing two homes in the Great

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Stretton airier of Leicestershire. What is left of the pilot's plane

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who died in yesterday's crash. The Leicestershire man has not been

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identified yet. But fellow pilots say he was popular and experienced.

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He has been a member for some years and through his aircraft all the

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way around the UK, many airfields and into Europe as well. The effect

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of the club is that everyone is absolutely devastated. It is not

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clear what caused the two planes to collide in what were considered to

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be good flying conditions, the pilot of the Red plane had just

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taken off from here at Leicester airport when the yellow biplane

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thought to be from the Nottingham area was coming into land. The two

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men inside managed to escape with minor injuries. Investigators are

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appealing for more eyewitnesses to come forward. Two planes were just

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lying around and then I heard a gunshot noise which must have been

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the engine cutting out. I saw the red and white plane spiralling out

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of control. As we looked, or we saw the yellow plane on its side, what

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looked as if it had landed on the road. It looked intact. The area

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around Este airport has now reopened. But they could be months

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before the air accident investigation branch publishes his

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report into what happened here. An inquest has heard that a Polish

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homeless man died on the street from alcohol poisoning. Arek Flaum

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was found in the doorway of the Central Library in Nottingham last

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month. He was more than five times their the drink-drive limit. A

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narrative verdict was recorded and his body has been repatriated to

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Poland. If �50,000 worth of copper cable

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has been stolen from a wind farm. 150 metres of copper cable was

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taken from the Lindhurst wind farm. Police believe the that was on 12th

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December. Scrap-metal dealers have been warned to watch offer any want

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selling cable. Has your Christmas shopping in the

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back? Are your stocking filled? Are used it for Sunday? In these times,

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finding the right present at the right price has never been more

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important so how careful are we being with our money this

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Christmas? Sara Sturdey is at Fosse Park. Good evening. If you had not

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done your shopping yet, do not panic. You have the rest of the

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week. Saturday's sales figures here have been described as

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disappointing. Economic climates is taking its toll. For most, but not

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all. It is pretty much the same. Oddity now we have a new one it

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will get more expensive but it is this same. I have cut back on

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previous years. The kids will not have as many presents under the

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tree. I have bought most online because I am very busy. I am having

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to cut back because the gas and electricity are increasing and

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pensions are not rising with the rate of inflation. I just started

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shopping earlier this year and was a bit more careful. Made sure what

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I bought people was more usable. It does seem that we are tightening

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our belts but that is not go to dampen the Christmas spirit and for

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those in the know, they reckon they could be a bit of last-minute

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Christmas shopping madness coming tomorrow.

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Next tonight: how a simple I test saved a man's life. Chris Brown did

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not even know he was ill when he went to get his eyes check. In fact

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he was very ill. Within weeks, he was having brain surgery on a

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potentially fatal tumour. When Chris Brown made an

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appointment to have his eyes checked, he had no idea it would

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end up saving his life. The 32- year-old notice the vision in his

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left eye was blurred when dust blew into the other eye at work. He came

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here to spec Savers and optometrist recognised there was a problem and

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referred him to hospital to see a specialist. Chris was diagnosed

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with a tumour on his pituitary gland at the base of his brain.

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They said that if they do not get it sorted out all operated, I would

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be applied within to back years. Dead within six years. It was a bit

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scary. Chris underwent six hours of surgery to remove the tumour.

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have only played a small part but I am so relieved I founded. You do

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get satisfaction when you do something positive to help somebody.

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A quiz's condition is extremely rare, so much so that just two of

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every million people suffer from it but opticians here say not a week

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goes by without them picking up on some kind of serious medical

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problem. We can pick up things like diabetes, high blood pressure, high

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cholesterol and those have a great impact of people's lies. This is my

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second I test and it is worth having it done. Chris says he has a

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team resurgence to thank for saving his life. This week, he was given

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the great news that the operation had been successful and the tumour

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had been fully remove. It is all good news just in time for

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Christmas. Fantastic. Some more good news, the

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cost -- boss of the call-centre firm bringing 700 jobs to Derby

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says he would like to double the workforce in two years. The council

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was involved behind the scenes to get Hero TSC into the former Egg

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building at Pride Park. The council's cabinet has agreed to

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take on the lease for half of the building that will remain empty.

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Once the seats in this huge pall were filled by people working for

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the Egg bank. They have all been made redundant but now a new

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company has stepped in to bring hundreds of jobs back here. With

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700 jobs on offer, many people have turned up to a robin jobs fair at

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the four Egg building in Derby. am a single mum and hoping I will

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find a position which will help me get into work again. I have spent a

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lot of time volunteering so I can get a bit of background because it

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is difficult to get your foot in the door. Hero TSC will be handling

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calls for Sky TV. Derby will be at the 9th call centre. We have joined

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together with Sky to bring 700 jobs to the community and over the next

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two years we are looking to extend that, and I am hopeful that what we

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are looking to do is double this. Hero TSC will only need half of the

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building. The other half will be vacated by the Yorkshire Building

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Society in May. The city council Cabinet has agreed to take on the

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seven-year lease for the empty half. A potential cost of 2.2 5 million

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from regeneration funds. It shows are the call centres and investors

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that if they come and talk to us we will find solutions to the

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difficulties they might be an countering elsewhere. It is hoped

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the first calls will be handled Still to come, Carl Froch crashes

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to earth. We visit Peter Pan.

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And if you are hoping for a white Christmas, I'm afraid I am the

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pantomime villain. The forecast coming up.

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There has not been much chart success for Nottingham bans in

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recent years. Probably the last time was Paper Lace in the 1970s.

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We know the words! But all that may be about to change.

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At the weekend, a group from West Bridgford headline that one of the

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top rock venues in the country. -- headlined act of.

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It was a night to remember for music lovers in Nottingham, as a

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local band Dog at Is Dead took to the stage. A few years ago, they

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were playing in their parents' back gardens and now there are one of

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the biggest venues in Nottingham. This is a big gig for Nottingham.

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Nottingham has been underperforming for Diez and at last we have a band

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that is big enough to play one of the best regarded venues in the

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whole city. -- 40 years. A after a barnstorming performance at

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Glastonbury last year, the band have gone from strength to strength

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and it has signed to a major label. It has been totally mental. It has

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been a really weird, Strange ride as well as being everything we

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could have wanted. Some really nice surprises. A great year for us, at

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some writing and up for playing shows. -- songwriting. It is a long

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way from being 16-year-olds in West Bridgford to coming to the biggest

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venue in town. It is good to see someone from home doing so well.

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have disturbed the band on BBC Radio Nottingham so I came along to

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see them. -- I have just heard. have a full UK to her next year and

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an album to finish, it is sure to be an exciting year ahead.

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Who knows where they will be this time next year? Time to roll back

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to Jenny's Wood. This is a 24 hour rowing marathon.

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These players from Leicester are raising money for charity. We will

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talk more about this later on. We are starting with Carl Froch, the

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Nottingham boxer who has apologised to fans after losing his world

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title in the early hours of yesterday. He produced a brave

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performance but eventually lost on points to the very classy unbeaten

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American Andre Ward. Now Carl Froch is hoping for a big homecoming

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fight back in Nottingham. It had promised so much and many

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hundreds of fans were hopeful but in the ring, Carl Froch was

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frustrated by the skills of Andre Ward. The American was too quick

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for his opponent, he struggled to make an impression. Ward's defence

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was rock solid. It was a painful end to the rain, but the new

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champion bore scars, too, and Carl Froch's profile was increased and

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he had a positive attitude. I see myself up there with Muhammad Ali

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and some of the top fighters who were beaten and came back stronger.

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He left the arena three hours after the fight, already plotting his

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next opponent. He will fight a Canadian opponent into a provides.

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TRANSLATION: To stop him talking and fix everything in the ring. If

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I fight him, I will stop him. Froch is still a serious contender

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for world titles but today he arrived at Heathrow airport with

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his luggage a little lighter. Andre Ward was a classy fighter.

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Are you doing all right? It yes. Glad to hear it.

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Like these people, our football clubs but in a lot of effort this

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weekend without actually travelling anywhere.

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Nigel Pearson says this week Leicester will be trying to change

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their mentality after this 2-1 defeat. They controlled the game

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for long periods with their top goalscorer giving them a 1-0

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advantage but two goals from this player turned the game on its head.

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It means Christmas is a season defining period for Leicester. No

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goals in five for Nottingham Forest and their manager still has wise

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Morgan it out for six weeks. On Saturday, the Bristol City goalie

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was at his impeccable best, pulling off three exceptional saves from

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Marcus Tudgay. Forest need a bit of luck at the minute. Derby will

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consider themselves unfortunate, too. Did this head debt get cleared

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off the line? The referee and linesman had to discuss it before

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deciding it was a goal and that was enough for an Ipswich win. In

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League One, two mistakes and a penalty saved cost not county who

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lost -- cost Nottingham County, who lost 2-1 at against Leyton Orient.

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With me now is a Leicester City's and decaying. It has not quite gone

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according to plan, has made? have played well in fits and starts

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but like to say, we have not had a consistent run. -- Andy King up. We

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have to address it in the next game. We have unearthed players here so

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we need to put our whole before us together for the full 90 minutes,

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then we are good enough to beat any team in this league. The target is

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a big one. That is a huge target. Definitely. The teams at the top

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started very well but they are starting to show signs of cracking

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up as the Christmas period comes. Much gets made of the Christmas

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period and how many games are played over a short period of time.

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We can pick up a few wins. It will hope to be put us in a good

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position in January. What do you make of what these boys are up to?

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And I am glad it is me up -- the Met rather than me. It is good for

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the club and fair play to them. hours on a rowing machine is quite

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something! Just around the corner from Leicester City are Leicester

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Tigers, the biggest club in the English Premiership. Salary caps

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mean that they and the rest of the Premiership feel they are falling

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behind the French of the European stage. After suffering last week's

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demolition across La Manche, Saturday's return game against

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Clermont Auvergne became a must win. The visitors came in at numbers and

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bantered the drum for a team who want to escape a Babel as perennial

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bridesmaids. They had huge confidence after a big win over the

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Tigers in France. You can bet that the Tigers fans will be even louder

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than these funds! We are at home. That is the point.

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We are very passionate about our team. Neither tame were able to get

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a flow going in the first half and a was Tigers who found the first

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breakthrough. Clermont Auvergne had been kicking their goal and when

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his players scored at half-time, it put them nine points ahead. All

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change in the second half, though. Suddenly, this player found his

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kicking boots. The Tigers were then able to cross the try-line again.

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Crucial to the Cup group winning bonus points was this match. What

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made the difference? Determination in the end. A tough game. I have

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nothing but admiration for the players. They are working hard.

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They are a good solid. They are a difficult side to beat. In the end,

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though we were the better side. got there in the end. The Cup is

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still very much on for Tigers but that away game in at all stay in

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January is now even bigger. -- been at bolster.

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Some news about Nottingham Panthers now. They made life hard for

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themselves. This is the fight back after Panthers had gifted their

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opponents 8 3-0 lead. As the game ticked down, Pampers were still

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behind so an extra skater came on and came up with the dramatic

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leveller. -- Panthers. A point and a regular time draw would have to

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do. That is the sport round-up. What about these rowers? They are

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doing 24 hours. They are just over 10 hours in. How far have they

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gone? Just over 175 kilometres so far. Not bad!

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It makes you tired to watch them. We will find out how far they have

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gone on the late news. We are well into the panto season. I was at

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Sleeping Beauty. But in Leicester, a performance with a difference

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just arrived all away from Neverland. The boy who never grew

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up will be at De Montfort Hall for the next two weeks and the entire

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performance will take place on ice. Last week, one of the planning team

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called me over and asked me whether I like ice-skating. I said that I

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did and he asked me if I had a fear of heights. I said no, and he said

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he had the perfect job for me here ran de Montfort Hall. Today was the

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first performance of Peter Pan on the Ice and that was invited along

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to have a go at playing the starring role. With me is to be in,

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the brains behind the operation. Everybody knows Peter Pan is the

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boy who never grew up and who could fly, so we are going to teach you

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to fly. We have a harness for you. We will get you into that and clip

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you on and we shall flighted Neverland. Despite arriving just

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before Christmas, you will not find any panto dames here. To get apart

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in this show, you have to have won at the Swan National Ice Skating

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turbine to. I am being strapped in. I have just been told by the

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mermaids that I am extremely courageous, and then they all

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laughed, so this is either courageous or Stibbard! It was not

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long before my big moment arrived. -- stupid. My landing was more like

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Bambi than a Peter Pan. I don't think the real Peter Pan should be

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too worried, but at least I managed to defeat Captain Cook. -- book.

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I hope he doesn't lose his job! thought he had been drinking.

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The weather is all change over the next two days. We will DEFRA be be

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feeling much milder tonight but although it will be frost-free for

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most, the ground temperatures will still below. This photo was taken

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last year. He wanted to remind us what we were looking at last year.

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These icicles were taken from his window sill. Ice free over the next

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few days apart from on untreated raids. We have to keep an eye on

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this low pressure and the warm front that will be pushing through

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tomorrow night. Behind that, we will see temperatures back up in

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double figures. We have seen the rain put itself up to the east.

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Behind it, a lot of cloud but it is looking mostly dry. What are two

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showers may push him from the Irish Sea. -- one or two. We have a quite

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brisk north-westerly wind. Some lovely sunshine on Tuesday through

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the morning, before we gradually start to see the cloud increasing

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from the West. Temperatures around six Celsius tomorrow but with the

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wind, it will feel a bit chilly. We have rain pushing through on

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Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Once that clears, much

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milder temperatures. Staying mild until Friday but a bit cooler for

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