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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: the vulnerable people at

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the sharp end of council cuts. Family say they fear for the future

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if there day-care centres close. has been part of our lives for 35

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years. It makes me feel sad. Also tonight: Nottingham's workplace

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parking tax goes up before it is enforced.

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Plus I am in London where the British Museum has unveiled this.

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It has come all the way from Leicestershire and is more than

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2000 years old. I will find out about flowers and

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crops bursting into life much Good evening. First denied, they

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are some of society's Most Honourable. They relied on meeting

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up in places where they feel safe but now those centres us jet to

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shut. A council is planning to close 30 day centres affecting

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hundreds of people. Families fear it will leave their loved ones who

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have learning disabilities facing the lives of solitude. Jo Healey

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reports from one day-care centre in Grantham.

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This is the St John's Day Centre. It has been here for 10 years,

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around 60 people with learning disabilities come here and they can

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go was riding, swimming, in two town shopping, supervised by the

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staff. They were not allowed to talk to us to date, we were not

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allowed to film inside but the people who use this service say the

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staff are brilliant. People like Martin who had Down's syndrome.

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Martin get up every morning. He knows what activities he will do

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during the day. They always very. You like to meet your friends here?

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I do. Is that important? Yes. will you feel if this facility

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closes? Very downcast because it has been part of our life for 35

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years. They are being put out on a limb. What people in Grantham a

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struggle to accept it is St John's is said to shut. It is horrible

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because everyone here has a disability needs support. They have

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friends, they meet up, what will they do now? They are vulnerable so

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they need somewhere to go. Without them, they will lose contact with

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people together. The county council says it is planning to crows around

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30 centres. The families of people like Martin fear they could be come

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housebound facing lives of solitude. Jerry is with us now. Why are the

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council planning to do this? Of the proposals to shut the centres to

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have come about because of cuts. The council is introducing

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personalised budgets. People with learning disabilities will get

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their own personal budgets and they will choose how it is ban them.

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Here is what the council told us. If St John's Day Centre is really

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good and they want to keep running, they will be able to attract people

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back with personal budgets and that is how they will receive funding.

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We said clearly when we started this process that if there are

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staff and local groups or any organisation that would like to

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take over these buildings and encourage the people to keep going,

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we would support that wholeheartedly. The Howwood using

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your own budget work for Martin who featured in your report? Marketing

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has been assessed as having moderate needs so he does not get a

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personal budget and his father feels he will miss out. These plans

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have undergone a consultation period, that has just finished so

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the decision on the future of the centres will be known in the next

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few months. The the cost of Nottingham's

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controversial workplace parking levy has gone up again because of

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higher than expected inflation. The levy is being introduced in a few

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months, in April, and will now be �288 per space per year but it

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could increase by another �100 over the next three years. Mike

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O'Sullivan it is in Nottingham. Welcome to the business park in

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Nottingham, one organisation here that is liable for the workplace

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parking levy is the Chamber of Commerce which has been fighting

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the tax for more than a decade. The workplace parking levy is comping

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in April and now we finally know how much that charge will be in the

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first year at least. A workplace car park that is going to cost the

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company that owns it around �8,000. 28 spaces liable for Nottingham's

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workplace parking levy. The managing director of plumbing

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supply is GB will Bond found out about the latest increase in the

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lead be when we told him. The company has decided not to part on

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the levy to its staff. We could see that this would be very divisive

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and we -- if we pass this charge on, we would have disgruntled members

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of staff. We did not think we wanted to go into another tough

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year without all about him pulling together. The city council had

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estimated that the cost of the workplace parking levy would be

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�279 per year per space. Now it has acted in inflation of 5.2 % from

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the retail price index. That is putting up the cost to �288 when it

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is introduced in April for employees and organisations with 11

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or more liable spaces. In future years it could go up by 3% a year.

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Using forecast from the government's office for budget

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responsibility. By 2015, it could be �381. The effect at the plumbing

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company this year will mean there is no money to pay for a new

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apprentice. We ought to be able to encourage young people to come

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along and join our industry. Very sad. It is another young lad

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without a job, so directly affecting the unemployment

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statistics. The council says the levy is needed to pay for two new

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tramlines, for other public transport improvements and the

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revamp of the station. But it has left some firms accounting the cost

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of a bill they did not want. The city council says it is writing

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to businesses to tell them about the latest increase and it says the

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legislation for the levy requires them to link the charge to

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inflation. They were not available for interview but John Dowson from

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the Chamber of Commerce is here. How our businesses going to react

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to this increase at the time when the economy is on a downward trend?

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A lot will be surprised that the increase. Many would not have

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budgeted for it. You would like them to take another measure of

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inflation, CPI, rather than retail prices. Certainly, that is what

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Government's measure for inflation is. We heard in the report that one

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business is looking to not pass on the cost because it could cause

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problems with the workforce. Is that a dilemma that businesses are

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facing? The tears. If they parted on to their employees, they have to

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add VAT, if they absolve it themselves the could invest --

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affect investments. What will happen in terms of other cities?

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may well have done. Their government has said any other city

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looking to introduce the levy will have to demonstrate it has the

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support of the business community. It has not got that in Nottingham.

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The city council says 44,000 parking spots have now been

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registered. Still to come: those flowers wrong-

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footed by one of the warmest winters on record. But also a

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forecast that might herald the return of some proper seasonal

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weather. We have a cold snap on the way and

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these mild January temperatures are set to be slashed in half. I will

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give you the full details later. Police have denied revealed that a

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takeaway owner whose death is being treated as murder had been tied up.

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But they have been keen to quash a rumour that he was stabbed. The

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man's family have described him as a well liked and trusted member of

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the community in Leicester. They have appealed for the public's help

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to catch his killers. Leicestershire police have named

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the victim as 50-year-old dough can Bogan who ran two pizza takeaways

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in Leicestershire. I am joined by the local police inspector. What

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can you tell us about the circumstances that he was found in?

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He was found at 2:20pm on Sunday afternoon. He was found deceased

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and tied up. Hence the murder inquiry. Yes, we are awaiting the

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outcome of the post mortem but one of the rumours we want to discount

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is he was stabbed. A how can the public help? He must have been well

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known. He was well-known and popular with customers and we are

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anxious for people to come forward who knew his whereabouts between

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lunchtime on Saturday and when he was discovered the following

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afternoon. His business presumably generated some cash. Too early to

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say whether a robbery was a motive? We are looking at all motives. He

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was a family man. They have stressed he was very kind and a

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trusted member of the community. We are supporting them and working

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closely with them. They are encouraging people to come forward

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who may have seen anything. Leicestershire police wanting to

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hear from anybody that knows anything about the murder. If you

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get anything, call Leicestershire police.

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Detectives in Derby investigating an assault on a pensioner in his

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own home have released a picture of a man they want to trace. Officers

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want to talk to Maris Sickis about the incident at a house in

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Littleover last week. The 77-year- old was attacked after disturbing a

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burglars. One man has been charged. A glider pilot is recovering after

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this crash in Derbyshire yesterday. It happened yesterday afternoon

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near Abney in the Peak District. Rescue crews spent some time spent

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-- wrestling the 74-year-old he suffered two broken legs.

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A man who escaped from Syria's embattled regime has told us he is

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facing a stark choice - agree to go home where his life is in danger or

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stay here, homeless and penniless. Only today, a Syrian President

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Assad promised to maintain his regime in the face of mass protests

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and international criticism. The prison is in the mountains?

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Bestiary that is familiar to refugee workers like Jane. Sami

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says it is almost 20 years since he was first arrested and tortured at

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this Syrian doubt and he recounts the details are being beaten,

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burned and worse. A Sami is not his real name. We have agreed not to

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identify him because he is worried about his family. I do not go back

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because I know he will kill me. I am very scared. Now the Syrian

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government's brutality is making headlines. These pictures are being

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sent in from people there and the UN estimates that four end - a 400

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have been killed so last month. Sami has been told to go back to

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Syria because he could not convince immigration officials that he would

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be in danger there. That means he cannot work and cannot claim

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benefits. He if he went back to Syria, he would be killed. Looking

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at his experiences in prison there is no question about that. People

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who have fled their countries, places where they cannot return

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because they know their lives would be in danger of but they may not

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have documentation because when you fleet you cannot rush back for your

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passport. Whatever the truth, Sami is no in what is known as the

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destitution trap. He has spent time sleeping rough and now is staying

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with friends. It is not much of an Almost two weeks after an explosion

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at a former Nottinghamshire colliery, two security guards are

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still critically ill in hospital. The police are investigating what

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happened at the Welbeck Colliery site on New Year's Eve. It is in

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the process of being decommissioned. They severed injuries when an

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electricity sub-station exploded. Celebrations to mark the Queen's

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jubilee year started in Leicester this morning. The County Council is

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planning a series of events from street parties to community awards.

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It lay and touched a neck -- a Leicester Sheffield for 80,000

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years but after a decade of restoration, one of Britain's

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oldest helmets is being unveiled at the British Museum.

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It was in hundreds of pieces when it was found dead Market Harborough

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but it has been carefully reassembled.

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-- found at. The Romans have done a lot for us

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but they left behind a lot of their coins, weapons and armour for

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today's archaeologist to discover. If this was one of them. A unique

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Roman helmet but it looks more different now than when it was

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found 11 years ago. The you could see the iron flex, the purply

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silver flakes. It was like crushed cornflakes. It is astounding that

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somebody has put that thing together. Amazed. The Helmand may

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have been in pieces but it was still the only one to be discovered

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in Britain with most of its silver- gilt plate -- plating in tact. It

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was sent to the British Museum where the pieces were put back

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together. Be worked out what it would have looked like it back then.

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The helmet was quite eroded. It was quite a challenge. It is a

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fantastic object and to get it back on display after 2000 years is a

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marvellous experience. It may have spent a cabbage -- a decade in the

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capital but it still hasn't forgotten his roots. It will go on

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display here not far from where it was discovered. They are very rare

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and to have one that has been professionally excavated and put

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together, is incredible. To have them on display where they were

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found so local people who feel a strong sense of ownership, that is

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brilliant. The helmet was bought by Leicestershire County Council and

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will be unveiled at the museum on I love the way they peer at it like

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that. Coming up, the farmers that would

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like their crops to stop growing. These have been -- fields have been

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spurred into action by the mild weather and that is not good news.

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Time for the sport. 11 Leicester Tiger players have

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been named in the Six Nations squad. Geoff Parling is back-up for

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The players may look relaxed as they head out to training but

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behind the smiles lie is a team that mean business. They play in

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Heineken Cup on Friday with one result in mind. It is a winner

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takes all fixture. We are going away to Ulster whoever a good

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record. They were successful at Ravenhill. It will be a difficult

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game. If we don't get a win, it is all set for the European Cup.

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at all stand there chance of reaching the knockout stages will

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be on shaky ground. Aid losing bonus points will be something and

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that may be enough to get you somewhere in a second position. If

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we want to have any ambitions of going on to win the competition, we

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have to win. A host of injuries mean Tigers will once again be

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without key players like Toby Flood. His replacement didn't do a bad job

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last weekend. Billy Twelvetrees scored all 29 points against Wasps.

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The second time he has done at all this season. I didn't realise when

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people sell -- people told me I had done 29 points again. It is a weird

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one that doesn't happen very often. The team set off tomorrow. Packing

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can be a stressful job but the best of times. Imagine doing it for a

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whole will be team. One thing they won't forget to take with them his

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confidence. We have the players to go there and win. We have good

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Irish internationals and foreign players and an intimidating place.

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If there is one Cup -- club that can win, Leicester can. The match

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is on Friday 13th. Let's hope it is a lucky one for the Tigers.

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Live commentary is on Friday on BBC Radio 1 Leicester.

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Next week we have coverage of the replay between Leicester City and

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Nottingham Forest but that has been switched to Tuesday evening with a

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7:30pm kick-off. There is no news on transfers with the club.

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In any big news, three East Midlands gymnast would be fighting

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for places at the British men's team qualified for the London Games

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last night. There will be five in the team when it is announced in

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June. Leicestershire's West End Pamela Main off and Sam Hunter and

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Sam Oldham are in contention whilst in badminton, there is a battle

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between veteran Nathan Robertson and his county team-mate, Chris ADD

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Park. Robert son and his pet -- Chris Adcock.

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There is a battle for places in the British hockey team. The Leicester

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Ladies will provide the backbone for the squad. They are preparing

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for a big season and they are in the semi- finals of the National

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Indoor Championships. Olympic hope for Maddie Hinch

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padding up for training. She helped Leicester to a big win against

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Slough at the weekend. She is one of eight Leicester Ladies backing

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for a place in Team GB. If I keep improving up to his selection, I

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can't do any more. I am young being at 23 and the number one is 33.

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has been picked for the England squad in Denmark along with team-

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mate Hammersmith and Katie Long, called up for the first time after

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a hat-trick against slapdash Slough. It is the Olympics that are on

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everyone's mind. It is such a massive thing. We get mums and dads

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coming to watch us and to have thousands of people watching you

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and your sport will be incredible. Kerry Williams is so focused that

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she has opted not to play indoor for England after being left out at

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the latest GB squads and she will train with men to catch the eye of

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the Olympic selectors. I fully believe in my ability. I think the

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form I have shown and what I hope to prove will put me in that 16.

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Obviously, it is not me making my decision. The squad is announced

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until June when Ella bedrooms will either be realised or shattered.

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There is a long tip -- face a long time till the selection. You hope

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to be part of it. The best of luck to them.

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Sally has joined us because we are talking about the weather.

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Warm weather. It has felt like spring this past couple of weeks

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and the main reason for that is because we are getting these

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weather patterns with this westerly airflow. We have milder air. If we

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get the called a snap, it is from the easterly direction. We have had

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flowers that are coming out that shouldn't be.

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The weather is coming up. First of all, Simon Ward has been

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out taking the temperature of this warmest of winters.

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Bright sunshine in the middle of winter. Here on farmland at King's

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Norton in Leicestershire, the mild conditions are affecting growth.

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This is a field of wheat but normally it would be this lush, it

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wouldn't be this high at all. Andrew, what is happening?

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The crop has carried on growing. We haven't had the cold spell which

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puts the crop into its dormant winter stage. If this was in mid-

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March, I would be happy. There is a problem here. With the lush growth,

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some of these leaves have come to disease. Normally we would expect

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the cold weather to keep those in check. There is of weeds growing

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and by now, the weeds would have stopped growing. It is like

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springtime. A lack of rain is causing concern for the future.

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This pond is very low compared to what it usually looks like. There

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are pros and cons to the mild weather. The grass keeps growing so

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no need to feed the sheep and getting up early is not as much a

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chore when it is not bitter outside. Flowers are beginning here at

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Woodthorpe Grange Park in Nottingham. If this is a Quins

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Bausch. Normally you would have tiny buds showing. To to the lack

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of frost that we have had, it has managed to come out early and is

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going to give a really good supply. We should have a good display of

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this one. Staff are having to work at keeping the weeds down. You have

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been sending in your pictures showing how things are growing

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We filmed these daffodils at Risley in Derbyshire. So far it has been

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at an early and vibrant start in 2012.

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We saw all those gorgeous flowers that shouldn't be out. Is the cold

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You can see these temperatures are going to plummet and they are going

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to half than what we have seen it so far this January. First of all,

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this photo that Brian cent in of some of I race in Beeston. Proof

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Keep those photos coming in. You can see we have this cold front

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that will work his way and push its way down across the East Midlands

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during the course of tomorrow. Once it clears southwards, Calder air

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feeds in so it is a big change around during the course of

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tomorrow. -- called R. There is some drizzle coming out. We have

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that Pre's that will strengthen in places. We have gusts of up to 60

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miles per hour. A mild night ahead yet again. A mile start to Thursday.

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Those winds will stay strong for a time. -- a mild start to Thursday.

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Temperatures around 11 Celsius. As those clouds break, that cooler air

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feeds in. Allowing for a widespread frost on Thursday night. A frosty

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start to it Friday but it is going to be a gorgeous day with sunshine

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