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

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Losers in the battle for Christmas shoppers, and the cities going head

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to head to keep our custom. Some stores lost out, others did well

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but the uncertainty remains. We're not expecting an easy year. However

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we'll do everything we can do to make sure that we're as successful

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as we can be. And tit-for-tat car-parking war as

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two of our biggest cities compete for the night-time economy.

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Also, the street where not one but six houses were burgled in one

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night. And as 2011 is provisionally named

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as the second warmest year on record, I take a look back at the

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year's weather and its effect on Good evening, welcome to the

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programme. First tonight, another sign of how

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tough it is out there on the high street. The giant fashion chain,

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Next, based at Enderby in Leicestershire, says sales in the

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run-up to Christmas were disappointing as competitors

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slashed prices. And that gloomy picture is also being reported by a

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long-established independent department store. In a moment we'll

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be speaking to a retail expert to get his analysis of consumer

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confidence. But first, this report The sales signs were out early as

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some retailers discounted heavily before Christmas. But Bennett's of

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Derby have been around a long time, 277 years in fact. It held its

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nerve and decided not to discount. Sales of 5% down in one year with a

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dip in the final two months. November and December sales were

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down a bit on last year which was a bit disappointing but we did not

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discount on the run-up to Christmas and a lot of the big boys did, and

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heavily. Around 80% of in some cases and I think that attracted

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people to discount stores. giant Next chain based at Enderby

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also chose not to discount in the run-up to Christmas. The company

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says that sales in November and December were disappointing.

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Between August and Christmas Eve in the shops were down by about 3% but

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online sales were up by around 17%. It is not all doom and gloom, the

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company is on target to make profits of �560 million. John Lewis

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described its Christmas period as outstanding. And that the High

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Cross shopping centre in Leicester, there's a feeling that shoppers

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have turned out in force. I don't think we went over budget at

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Christmas, we were quite good. Although I have to say that I am

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not the best at setting budgets. lost my job just before Christmas

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but we are OK. I had about �700 to spend on Christmas presents, I

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would about �400 over budget. 2 million people through the doors

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in December. On the 27th, we had 95,000 people through. We were 20%

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up on last year so a really significant foot fall and this,

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people were spending. Back at Bennett, they say it will be

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another tough year but with a track record stretching back to the 18th

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century, they are taking the long- With us now is Professor Joshua

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Bamfield, the director of the Centre for Retail Research. This

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phrase, FC -- footfall, that must be good news? I think it is but we

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also need to be cautious because the fat you are in the City does

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not mean that you are spending money. -- the fact that you are.

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Not much has happened to the city centres, it has been a lonely

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experience, all those retailers in shopping malls have done very well.

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Some shops were really fall before Christmas and some were empty. Have

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there been any specifics? It is too early to say that this is what

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happened, but independent stores I think have had difficulties.

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Suburban stores have had difficulties. People selling

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fashion have often had a lonely experience. It is often that half

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of the city centre does well rather than the whole. A lot of the sales

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started before Christmas. Did that help? All this discounting is

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presumably not good for business. Retailers had to discount in order

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to bring business in but customers were playing a game with them.

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waiting. That is right. We did not see the boost in retail spending

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until about 10 days before Christmas leave. And then it went

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stratospheric. It did extremely well. But of course, some retailers

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from their point of view, Christmas is a two month period rather than

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just a ten-day period so the fact that those 10 days were very good

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does not mean that the rest of the time has been good. Briefly,

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looking forward to 2012, lots of people in our City have invested in

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retail, can they look forward to a good year or could we expect

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something else? I am sorry to be pessimistic, but at best it will be

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flat, probably more likely it is going to be a fall in sales.

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Unfortunately more redundancies and so it will be a very, very

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difficult year for retailers, customers and the cities in general.

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We have to leave it on a SAT note, As we heard earlier, one of the big

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growth areas this Christmas was internet shopping. That's prompted

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one retailer in Leicester to close one of his shops. He reckons online

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sales will continue climbing while those on the high street will fall.

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But is he right? Helen Astle reports.

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If Irish clothing has been on the streets in Leicester for 13 years -

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- Irish clothing has been. But the shop is closing. If we did not

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pursue the internet, it would be dramatic. It has affected trade on

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the high street. Stock here is now on sale and some has been relocated

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to another branch down the road. Tom predicts the been online is the

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way forward. We believe the internet is the way to go so that

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is the way we will push more into that. Closing one of the shops is

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not what anybody wants to do but it is a tough decision. It seems life

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on the high street is pretty tough but is everything happening on-

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line? Where do you part with your money? You feel for the retailer

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but at the end of the day, the differentials are really

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significant. It is something like tens of pounds so online seemed a

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lot better. It is easier to come and try it on in the high street.

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looked at the products on internet, and then bought them in store. It

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is there in front of you. A bit of both? Yeah. Meanwhile, at this

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coffee shop, he is excited about the new year. 2012 is the lot of

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another new business for me which will be men's luxury food where

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basically. 80% of those will be sold online. It is 247. In terms of

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the high street, you cannot do that -- it is 24/7. The operating costs

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being on the high street are obviously huge compared to online.

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Here you are going purely on price, then obviously the internet has a

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place but if you want to touch and feel and look and compare, the city

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So the face of the high street is changing. For retailers, it seems

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if he will not online, you are of course. -- off course.

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Meanwhile, a tit-for-tat war over parking charges is emerging as

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cities fight over what's been dubbed the late-night economy.

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While Nottingham has extended on- street parking charges into the

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evening and Sunday mornings, the city of Leicester has decided to

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Talking through concert dates for the Nottingham harmonic, they are

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expecting 150 singers for their next rehearsal but the introduction

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of evening charges for city centre street parking has struck a

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discordant note. The worst-case scenario, people will come up and

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said they were not be able to carry on coming to the choir because

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there will be in excess of �150 per year to park. One option would be

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to relocate out of the city centre and that would be a real blow

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because we have been a city centre choir four years. A Leicester is

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lifting evening parking restrictions to attract more people

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in. That frustrates Nottingham's business community, they have

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commissioned their own inquiry into the impact. Chris has just opened

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and wants the council to think again. I think they should think at

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reversing their decision and until that has been commissioned by a

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those in the retail and private sector and they come up with a

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defined solution of what would be the best way forward for parking

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for all parties involved. City- centre churches want some

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concessions after their protest over the introduction of Sunday

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parking charges. Three passes for bell-ringers and class -- clerics,

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but for worshippers, the offer of an annual parking permit, at a cost

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of �50. Legal action has blocked Sunday and late night street

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parking in central London for the moment. There's no talk of legal

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action in Nottingham but the city council's Labour leadership may

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struggle to Park this controversial issue.

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Still to come, why 2012 is a case of deja vu for one East Midlands

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Olympian. Don Scott won the silver in boxing at the 1948 London Games.

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We'll catch up with him at his home The trial of a police officer has

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started, accused of having sex with vulnerable women while he was on

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duty. Constable Jasbir Dhanda is alleged to have met women while

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patrolling a red light district in Derby. It's also claimed he misused

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police computers to find out information about the women. He

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denies the charges. Simon Ward 52-year-old Jasbir Dhanda faces a

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total of 12 charges involving sex, misusing personal data and drugs.

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His trial began at Nottingham Crown Court today. He is accused of

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misconduct in public office. The prosecution applied its case today

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and say he met the women through his police work and had sex with

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them while on duty. It is claimed that two women were vulnerable,

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they were prostitutes, had drug problems and lead chaotic lives.

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Jasbir Dhanda who is currently suspended from Derbyshire Police

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worked at Peartree police station. He patrolled a red light district

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in an area of Peartree Crescent. It is claimed he found out that when

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the warrants were issued, of a prostitute's houses, he would then

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look for them. A third woman also claims they had consensual sex but

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she would turn up -- he would turn up in police uniform and claimed he

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was on a break. It is claimed that he used police computer to find out

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addresses of women. It is claimed this was not in line with his usual

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police work and instead used to pursue sexual relationships. Jasbir

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A woman has pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and

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being armed with a knife at a school in Loughborough. Claire

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Pladgeman, seen here on the left in the grey jacket, threatened staff

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at De Lisle College on the phone after her son was expelled. The 45-

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year-old was arrested by police on school grounds after officers

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discovered a knife in the glove compartment of her car. She'll

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appear in court for sentencing next month.

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The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has announced his retirement.

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Richard Crompton joined the force in 2004. He says he made the

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decision for personal and professional reasons and believes

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now is the right time for someone else to take up the reins.

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Derbyshire-based adventurer Bryony Balen is in the final stages of her

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polar expedition. The 21-year-old from Melbourne is hoping to become

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the youngest person to trek to the South Pole. The team celebrated the

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New Year with a small tipple. They have around 350 kilometres of

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skiing left until they reach the pole. That is still a fair way!

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Next tonight, who would you choose to make sure the police do their

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job? This year we'll get to vote for the first police and crime

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commissioners. They'll set priorities for your local force,

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and make sure they serve the public effectively. It's controversial and

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some people are very worried about Policing is a tough at balancing

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act, protecting the streets, catching criminals and preventing

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serious crime as well. The new police and Crown Commissioners will

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be in charge of setting priorities. Rick more will stand for election

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as Leicestershire's commissioner, he has been a magistrate for more

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than 20 years. The obvious thing for me is called

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anti-social low-level crime. It really impact on people's lives and

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I would bring my business knowledge, my legal knowledge, my knowledge of

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the criminal justice system to bear in terms of shaping the strategy.

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The winner will replace the police authority which currently holds

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Leicestershire's Chief Constable to account. The Government thinks the

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new elected commissioner will have a lot more cloud but police

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officers think that they are an expensive waste of money and fears

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about a low turnout are bound. have got two universities in this

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town. If they run a campaign and all the students turned out, that

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could swing an election. You could have somebody who is doing it for a

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project or somebody with political aspirations could get elected. That

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would affect the policing for the entire county. Whoever wins, the

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new police and crime Commission -- commissioners could have a great

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level of responsibility. Jeremy Ball is with us in the

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studio. Just how controversial is this shake-up? It is pretty

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controversial. There are worries the police could be politicised if

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party politicians get in. Or someone might get elected by

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pledging to put a lot more police on the beat, for instance. But that

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might force Chief Constables to move them off other important jobs

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like solving murders. And this really boils down to worries about

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meddling and interference. Isn't that a danger? Well, in a way

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that's the whole point. They've got a system like this in the States

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and one Government advisor told me it will only work if the

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relationship isn't too cosy. Because these elected commissioners

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might have to bang their fists to make the police focus on what the

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public want. If you don't like what they're doing, you can always vote

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them out. The police in Leicester are warning

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people to be especially alert after six houses in one road were burgled

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in one night. It's believed the thieves got in through insecure

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windows or doors. One man had his children's Christmas presents taken,

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Peter strive on the east side of Leicester. The residents told me it

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has been an unremarkable Street up until now. Not one but half a dozen

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families work up yesterday morning to find they had been burgled.

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Bobby work at about 3 o'clock yesterday morning to find light on

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downstairs. Event in his car. took my kids' stuff, everything. I

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can't believe it, it is really bad. The first time I heard this in

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Leicester. Six burglaries, really bad. All the burgled houses were on

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one side of the street. This family who run a nearby shop found their

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house raided just after returning from a wedding in India. All the

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kitchen cupboards were open. And then we looked into the side room,

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all the suitcases were open and everything was scattered. Other

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residents are worried that the burglaries happened while many

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people were inside their own homes. Everybody was in bed. Anything

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could have happened. I am very upset about it and I hope it will

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not happen again. One would be too many but for us to have six

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occurrences on a quiet, suburban street, that is very difficult or a

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major impact for the community. Four of those were insecure doors

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to the property so we are urging residents to do the final security

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checks and make sure their doors are locked and windows locked.

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police say this number of burglaries is unusual and

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burglaries overbought are going down in Leicestershire but they say

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anyone with information should ring the emergency 101 number --

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burglaries overall are going down. It is time for the sport. Some

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lovely Olympic work coming up later The former Nottingham Forest

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manager Steve McClaren may soon be back in work. He's confirmed today

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he's in talks to return as manager to the Dutch side FC Twente.

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McClaren was at Forest for less than four months.

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It's angering the fans. But next months's game between Leicester

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City and Derby County at Pride Park has been switched from Saturday

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afternoon to a Thursday evening. The game's been chosen to be shown

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live on Sky. The switch may be causing complaints but there are

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few grumbles about Derby at the moment. They were the only team in

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the country to win all three games over the Christmas holidays. It is

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a great effort from the lads. They are working hard with each other.

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When you put everything into the mix together, it is obviously all

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the right ingredients and you come up with the result.

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In rugby, there's a double injury blow for the Leicester Tigers and

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England. Manu Tuilagi's likely to be out for a month, and Louis

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Deacon for up to four months. Meanwhile the Tigers seem set to

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sign Worcester wing, Miles Benjamin. The 23-year-old averages around a

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try every other game. We have spoken to Miles Benjamin but

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nothing is signed or sealed. He is one of several players we are

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talking to at the moment because after the 1st January, you are

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allowed to speak to players from other clubs and we will see what

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comes. But, you know, he is a good player and there's lot of good

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players and lots of guys on the market as you well know.

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It's been a great start to the Olympic year for badminton hopeful

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Chris Adcock of Nottinghamshire. He and his partner Imogen Bankier have

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beaten the World Champions in straight sets in the first round of

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the Korean Open. There'll be no Olympics for one of

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Rebecca Adlington's training partners at the Nottinghamshire

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Nova Club. 25-year-old Kathryn Wyld is giving up the sport because of a

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hip injury. And an injury blow too for

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Nottinghamshire gymnast Sam Oldham. He'll miss next week's Olympic test

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event in London. $NEWLINE Sam is one of many competitors aiming for

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London 2012. But some of our viewers have been there and done it

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before. They were at the last London Games in 1948. Tonight we'll

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hear about a silver medal-winning boxer from Derby. His speech is

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affected by Parkinson's disease. So he asked his daughter to share his

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Awarded to the City of London. is the moment Britain's athletes

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began dreaming of winning Olympic medals in front of a home crowd.

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Just like Derby's Don Scott did in 1948. He was a 20-year-old light

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heavyweight boxer then. It was just after the war fare, berry or steer.

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Not much was made of it like it is now. They were not given as much

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time to train as they do now. There are facilities were not there. --

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very austere. He did have a friend that went around with him just

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because of the extra rations! extra meat did the trick. He

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returned with a silver medal and the chance to be a hero. He was

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quite a well-known local boxer anyway. But to come back with the

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silver medal was amazing at the time. It did not last very long and

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he went back to work at the foundry as a grinder. Don could have his

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moment to shine again when the torch relay heads to Derby in June.

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My dad has been nominated to carry it for one of the legs. Whether he

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will get there is another matter but I don't think he will be

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running very far but we will make sure he has got some mobility

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scooter or wheels of some description to help him along. If

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he gets chosen. New heroes and new memories are about to be created

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this summer. Don's family though will certainly not forget his

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achievements in a hurry. It is part of my childhood. My dad went to the

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Olympics and every four years, the metals come out and everybody will

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want to see them. But I didn't win! Don't say you are not proud, we are

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all proud of you. Wasn't that lovely?

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And tomorrow we hear from a 1948 gymnast and take him on a visit to

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1948, how wonderful. You are with us now because of the really weird

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weather last year. Everybody thought so. It was a bit unusual.

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We had a very warm spring, a very warm autumn and now it has been

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named as one of the second warmest years on record. That is using

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provisional figures. As we go back to look at 2011, we look at the

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effect on the wildlife. Last winter saw lots of snow in the

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East Midlands and temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees. Even this

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total below seemed surprised. Fast forward to a mild spring and then

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this. An autumn bonus. He would not think this was the last day in

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September. Just look at the forecast there. One of the hottest

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September's on record. A blue sky yet again to get round

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off a cracking week. Hot sunshine, temperatures could possibly top 29

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degrees. So what happened to 2011? And how

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is it affecting things now? I popped down to Attenborough nature

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reserve to find out. We went from a situation where this time last year,

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this area was completely frozen over and we were having to bring in

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fish from the fishmonger's to feed to the rarer birds. And then in

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springtime, we had a very warm spring and then the flowers out at

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least one month earlier. A shock to the system? Yes, the weather has

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been changeable for the past few years. The breeding season got off

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very early and things started very well. And then we had the dry month

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of June, July and August. Yes, the birds struggled to find enough

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insects for their chicks. Problems with some of the war blows. -- some

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of the birds. The fact it was warm right through last year has meant

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that we have had butterflies flying round in the last couple of weeks

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and now we have got things like blackberries, brambles trying to

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flower and set fruit now in January. It does turn -- if it does turn

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cold, hopefully things will be OK. So these second warmest year on

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record provision made for the UK, also the third driest on record for

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These are the differences, it was all down to high-pressure blocking

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the wet weather systems and sending them up to Scotland. We will

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continue to have stronger St winds as we go through this evening.

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Thank you to Mike for this picture of a little Robin sheltering from

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the wind. We have a yellow warning in place for these gale force winds

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we are expecting this evening. We could get gusts of up to 60 mph and

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that continues into the early hours of Thursday morning. We are

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starting to see the rain coming in and it is fairly heavy and

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persistent. We will notice those winds picking up further as we go

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through the next couple of hours. The rain will start to break up as

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we go through the night and temperatures holding up quite

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nicely. Six Celsius is your minimum. The winds will still be gusting at

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around 35 mph in Thursday morning. Later on it becomes drier in the

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afternoon. Some wintry sunshine, I am sure you will welcome that. A

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bit of breeze, with a top temperature of eight Celsius.

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Thursday night with the lighter winds and clear skies, we are

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expecting frost. And then Friday, the isobars much further apart. My

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