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Good evening. Our top story tonight: Are the safety lapses at a

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house where four children died in a fire.

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An inquest hears there was no garden front of an open fire, and

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no working smoke detector us. Also tonight: A couple's lucky

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escape after a gas blast rips through their home.

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Plus, no compensation for Reigate hit businesses because the riots

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were not riots. And the decorations that have stood

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Good evening. Welcome. An inquest was opened into the death of four

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small children and a house fire. The children's mother Rachel Henson

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was the only survivor of the blaze at Hulland Ward in Derbyshire.

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Today the court heard there were two types of smoke alarms in a

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house, but none were working. There was no garden front of an open fire.

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-- no guard. Tommy was nine, Alisha 6, Apollonia

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two, and drop goal was for. -- Rocco was four. All of them died.

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Today, Rachel, the mother, arrived at court with her partner. A fire

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investigation officer said it was an extreme blaze, with high

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temperatures and zero visibility. He said there was a battery

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operated smoke alarm in the hallway that was not working, and a hard-

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wired system, but none of the censors have been fitted. Chris

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Smith also said they contained a lot of -- the locks on the fire

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contained moisture, which was the likely cause of the blaze, as they

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spit out embers. Rachel's partner was asked if he was concerned there

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was no fire guard, and he said it was not a top priority, and he did

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not believe it was a life-or-death matter.

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What can you tell us about the cause of the fire? As well as the

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fire officer you heard mentioned, the inquest heard from a chimney

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Engineer today. Matthew Ramsden said moisture tests carried out on

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the wood used at the family home showed it was well over the normal

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moisture levels, and he said that wet wood jumps out of the fire. He

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said if there was a fire guard, it could have prevented the blaze.

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Who else was speaking today? also heard from neighbours, and

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their next door neighbour said she heard screaming. She went outside

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and saw Rachel sitting on the pavement. She said she shook her,

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and asked where the children were. Other neighbours tried to get into

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the house. We heard that they got a ladder and tried to break a

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bathroom window, but it was just too hot. One of them described that

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the downstairs of the house was a big fireball. What about the mother,

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will she be giving evidence? was in the court today, but she did

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not give evidence. She left in tears as the post-mortem reports

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were read out. She will be giving evidence tomorrow morning. In

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conclusion, the coroner said he wanted to mention the quality of

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citizenship of the community of the people of Hulland Ward. He said

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neighbours pick their own lives at risk, and I should not go one

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noticed. Thank you.

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-- they picked their own lives at risk and it should not go unnoticed.

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Were due shopper drunk driver? Would a �1,000 reward make your

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decision easier? Police are hoping the fear of not

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knowing who would phone-in against them will prevent drunk-driving.

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This Christmas card as from this man's cousin Margaret, the only

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survivor of a road crash that left her parents and sister dead. The

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car was hit by a drunk driver that spun out of control.

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Seeing their coffins, it hit me as to what an awful waste of talented

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lives this was, through a responsibility. Along with

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Darbyshire Road Safety Partnership, the police are backing the campaign

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to encourage people to shop those they suspect to be drink-driving.

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Their reward could be �1,000 a deadly still can diction. Drink-

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drivers should be under no illusion that people will phone us, whether

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it is for moral reasons or a cash reward, it is a big incentives.

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In Long Eaton, the idea was supported. I think you should shop

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them anyway. It doesn't matter about the money for. It is a good

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incentive. It should reduce deaths on the road. It is too risky,

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especially around here, because everyone knows everyone. Recorder

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no reward, it should not make a difference. -- reward or no reward.

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We are should get this message across.

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The idolising cannot be done randomly, there has to be a valid

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reason. It is hoped that the incentive will encourage this.

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A Christmas visitation that we are all keen to have -- keen to avoid.

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It is winter flu season, but lots of people eligible for the

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vaccination had no a habit. And if you're taking your bicycle

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to work tomorrow, the good news is Before all that, a lucky escape for

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a couple whose house was destroyed in a gas explosion.

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They were in the house, in Bilborough, in Nottingham, at the

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time of the blast. Nearby properties had to be evacuated, too.

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It was allowed bang that brought residents out onto the street at

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1130 p -- 11:30am this morning. This is what they saw. Burnt out

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windows and the inside destroyed. The two people living here were

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home at the time, but managed to escape before the fire service

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arrived. It was a big shock to see

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everything, all these firemen and police cars. Have you been told

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anything? No, the only thing I know, I asked about the people who live

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there, they said they were all right. You buy houses had to be

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evacuated. Neighbours said they were terrified when they heard the

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noise. I thought my conservatory had caved in, are something. But I

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saw it was all right, I saw someone on the street, and saw fire. Most

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of the afternoon was spent cutting the supply of to the property,

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making sure the area was safe. It is now up to the fire investigators

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to find out why it happened. In other news: A Nottingham women

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who, along with others, claims to have had a relationship with the

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undercover officer Mark Kennedy, is suing the Metropolitan Police for

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emotional trauma. Marc Kennedy infiltrated a group of climate

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change protesters who planned to target their Ratcliffe on Soar per

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station. -- power-station. Fares and East Midlands Trains are

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to rise by 5.7%, above the current rate of inflation, but lower than

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the national rise of 5.9%. East Midlands Trains says it is freezing

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the cost of parking at a several stations in the region.

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Businesses in Leicester and Nottingham, which suffered damage

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during the stuff -- the summer's disturbances, have been told they

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will not receive compensation under the riot act.

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The decision affects dozens of businesses, and means they will not

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be entitled to claim damages above and beyond what their insurers will

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Not much Christmas cheer for businesses in Leicester. The ones

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affected by the disturbances particularly. In August, damaged

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windows cost �800 to appear in this restaurant. But Leicestershire

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Police authority has decided they are not eligible for compensation

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under the right attack. Absolutely furious. -- the Riot Act.

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We're going to be out of pocket, and it is something should not have

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happened, and hopefully will not happen again. And the businessmen

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his -- are left to pick up the pieces. This has come to the small

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business is picking up the pieces. Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire

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police authorities have decided the disorder did not meet the lawful

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definition of a riot. There needed to be more consistent numbers than

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12 people at each incident. And they need to be supporting each

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other, in terms of a common name for looting from shops, and they

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clearly were not. We were promised compensation, which we have not. It

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has cost me �1,000 and repair damage, and that is 20 hours a fire

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was on the minimum wage. Claims by business is not insured will now be

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separately considered by the National claims Bureau. The rest

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will have to pay any insurance excess and face the prospect of

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higher premiums next year. One of the stories that has

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dominated the news has been the failure of the Derby train maker

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Bombardier to win the major order. This failure has placed doubts over

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its survival in the city. Some staff belong to a group which is

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little or no redundancy. The public are being asked to contribute to a

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Andrew has been forced to find his own window of opportunity. A former

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builder, he has been doing odd jobs to keep money coming in after he

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was laid off by Bombardier last month. He just had a few minutes'

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notice. Piggott told 10 minutes prior to leaving the site. There

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were a lot of people with long faces the stock that must have been

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terrible. It was terrible. Andrew was one of 600 Agency staff to

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leave Bombardier in recent weeks. As they were on short-term

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contracts, they are not entitled to redundancy money. Now the Unite

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union is asking for people to contribute to a larger fund. There

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are no jobs, no redundancy pay, and we wondered how we could help.

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Other hardship funds have been set up in the past, in the West

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Midlands, so we thought we would do this to help. Do you think you will

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make an application to the fund? will make an application to them.

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When you have got bills piling up, it might just help us out. A lot of

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people are worse off than I am. Lot of people have not got a trade.

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Andrew knows he will need full-time work decidua his long-term

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People coming into the middle of Nottingham to worship on Christmas

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Day will not have to pay to park. Four weeks ago the city council

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brought in charges to park in the streets on Sundays. It was a

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controversial move that upset shoppers and worshippers. Christmas

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Day falls on a Sunday, but the council tells us charges will be

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suspended because enforcement staff will not be working for.

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School pupils in Leicestershire could be taking a subsidised train

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to classes instead of a Boston. There was whose children have -- a

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attend a high school have been complaining about the bus services.

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Children having to spend a week before Christmas in hospital were

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given a festive treat today. The charity Starlight put on a panto

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for the children. More than 100 children are receiving treatment

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there. Today many got the chance to get into the spirit of Christmas,

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and see a special performance of It was so funny. I like jasmine and

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Aladdin and I like them when they dance. Princess Jasmine, she looked

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NHS bosses are warning people not to forget their flu jab, saying the

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worst of the winter may still be to come. This year take up rates have

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been as strong among the over 65s but many younger people still have

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not had their injection. Health correspondent Rob Sissons reports

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from Nottinghamshire where public health experts are now based.

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It is almost here, but the weather is not that seasonal. It has been a

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mild winter and one reason why some people have not been thinking about

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the seasonal flu vaccine. Last year, all that snow we had in the big

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freeze, the coldest December for over 100 years, there was a lot

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more flu around then and more people in hospital, some fighting

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for their lives with swine flu. Take up rates, they are not much

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down on last year but they could be better. The over 65s 70 % have

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taken up the offer of the flu jab. Younger people with underlying

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health problems, diabetes and heart disease, the figure is 46 %.

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Worryingly, there are only 25 % of pregnant women who have taken up

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the offer of the vaccine. Dr Chris Kenny is the Director of Public

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Health for the County. Pregnant women not taking up this offer,

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that must worry you? We know some pregnant women who developed

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influenza can have a serious condition. Why are some saying no?

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It is hard to say. The we saw a pre-Christmas rush for jabs last

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year, particularly some pregnant women fighting for their lives.

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That is true and when we had the swine flu it was some of -- of this

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some pregnant women got the disease more aggressively than others.

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is not too late for people to have a jab if they are entitled to one.

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Exactly. In the new year, we may get more cases of flu in the

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community. Can we dream of a white Christmas? Later, Sally will be

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along with the forecast and hints of what it will be like for the

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Christmas weekend. A thoroughly modern tale but with

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echoes of the Christmas story. It maybe 2011 but there is still no

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room at the inn. The inn in question is a former hotel called

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the Carpenter's Arms. It provides food for homeless people and people

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on low income to, but demand for food parcels has rocketed in the

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downturn and space is limited Senna Roger Clarke comes to the

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Carpenter's Arms to get his book parcels. He is on benefits and has

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applied for 150 jobs in the past 10 months. The former Potter says for

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castles have helped make life more easy. They food I get twice a week

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is really important because it puts a meal on my table. I can have a

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proper diet to a certain degree and it is a big help. All the food is

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donated. Three years ago, the charity Help to around 12 people

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per week now that is up to 160. 12 residents stayed in the old

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building and can benefit from a drug rehab programme. But it's the

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food parcels side that these duties the an expansion next year when

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applications for funding are successful. We can have a separate

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area where people can pick up clothing and we will have a coffee

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bar, laundry and showers for homeless people. On the first-floor

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we are hoping to have a small conference room where people can

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have meetings. Roger's story has taken a turn for the better. After

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all those applications, he is working as a volunteer at this

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charity shop. It is not paid so he will continue to carve -- rely on

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the food parcels. E it will give me some experience and get me active

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again and hopefully after six months, something will turn up.

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Perhaps Roger's next job could be in retail.

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Still to come: the ancient Christmas decorations that have

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lost none of their sparkle. Stay tuned for a glittering gallery of

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antique adornments. Your much-loved decorations of Christmases past.

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You should be a town crier. Talking of vintage things, time for the

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sport. It is that time of year,

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footballers have been visiting hospitals today. It is a busy time

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but they take time out of their Schedule now to cheer up those who

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are less fortunate. Every year the players of Leicester

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City come here. They have come here to ward 27, the Children's Oncology

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ward. Today it is the foxes and they have brought gifts.

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elephant! Some books also. It was exciting and she got a lot of

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presents from the footballers. Coming out of intensive care just

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think of everything you worry about, it is kind of meaningless when you

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see those things. The his name is Tom P! Matthew is just five, at

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back of goodies from the football team is lovely. The players have

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been superb and the children have been so excited. Christmas is a

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hard time for children in hospital and when the players come in, it

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makes everybody smile. Just up the road, Derby County's players were

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doing their bit. Giving up our time to make sure we visit, is a nice

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gesture for everybody. Trinity is nice to come and show your face and

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make a few kids smile. In Leicester it was an emotional return for the

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fox's captain who was born here. Five I spent six months in

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intensive care when I was first born. The doctors at one stage told

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my mum there was a chance of me not making it, so to get the operation

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I needed and to pull through, I cannot thank people enough.

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The Leicester Tigers England international Dan Cole says he is

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hoping to sign a new contract with the club this week. Cole broke into

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the side in 2010 and he says he is disappointed with the way this year

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has gone. It has been up and down. Leicester reached Premiership final

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and lost. You want to when. 31 at six nations but did not win the

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Grand Slam. It has ben disappointing, but at the same time.

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In ice hockey, Nottingham Panthers have a hectic Christmas. They are

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home tonight and face five games between now and 29th December.

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The promoters of the Canadian box at Lucian Bute have confirmed they

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are keen on a fight deal with Carl Froch and not in a Boris said they

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are open to the idea of the home about being held at the city Ground.

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After being out in Atlantic City supporting Carl Froch, Nottingham

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jockey Hayley Turner was back in the saddle. The country's top woman

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sidled -- rider has been out for four months with a broken line

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calls. -- ankle. A couple of weeks ago we showed you

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this. It is not just a Christmas fairy, it is and 80-year-old

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Christmas fairy shared with us by Wendy Sheldon. When the's picture

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inspired us to ask you to share with us your ageing but much loved

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Christmas decorations. You have done us proud. Lots of pictures

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sent in and Peter Snow has been going through them all.

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It has been in the same family since the 1930s, with the complete

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cent of original decorations, glass baubles and candles, it is a tree

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that has seen more than 80 Christmases. The it was my

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grandmothers serve I could guess you can add 75 years to the age of

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the tree. It enabled people on lower income has to buy a tree when

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the real ones were so expensive and not as plentiful. The tree used to

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fold away for safekeeping. These days it is too delicate. It is

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small enough that I can put a plastic bag over it and poppet in a

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cupboard. I do not know why you keep these things but... Margaret

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is not alone. He is a selection of I do not think my grand mother when

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they first bought this that her granddaughter would show this to

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the nation. She would be tickled pink. The hang onto your baubles.

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I have for some time. I have my grand mother's baubles.

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No shortage of sparkle with the weather.

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My mum put a clothes pegs Santa on the Christmas tree that I made when

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I was in infant school. Weather wise we are getting some milder

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temperatures as we go through the couple of days which is good news

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couple of days which is good news because it has been cold over the

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past few days. Thing is getting much milder which is great. This is

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Monty the cat who likes climbing up the tree at Ruth's out in

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Derbyshire. Thank you for your pictures. If we take a look we can

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see this warmth working its way towards us from the West. Over the

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next couple of hours we will see those patchy outbreaks coming in.

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Cloud increasing and from that, we are starting to see the first of

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those outbreaks of rain. At first patchy but gradually through the

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evening that rain turning more persistent. You will need an

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umbrella if you are out tonight. Temperatures milder as that rain

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spreads in. Temperatures dipping to four or five Celsius. Milder

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through the course of tomorrow. That rain clearing in most places

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by the middle of the morning. Cloudy skies for the rest of

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Wednesday but generally dry. Temperatures in double figures, 12

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Celsius the maximum. Staying mild as we move into Thursday. A dry

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picture again, in double figures stealth but cloudy skies. On Friday,

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a cold front pushes it through with rain during the day. Colder

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