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

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Our top story tonight: The road resurfacing work that is a heavy

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burden for hauliers. Disruption and diversions as one of the region's

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most notorious roads closes overnight for an entire month.

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A former police firearms officer accused of assault has his

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conviction overturned. Plus, on the day the blockbuster

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movie comes out, I have been discovering the tale of the real

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great for Warhorse that is still buried right beneath my feet.

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And they say Friday you 13th is unlucky for some but I am meeting a

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couple who say that today is a Good evening. Welcome to Friday's

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programme. First tonight, the Highways Agency has defended its

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decision to spend more than �1.5 million re-surfacing a road that is

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due to be widened in just three years' time.

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Road haulage firms say the night- time closure of the main route

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between Nottingham and the M1 will cause major disruption for their

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industry and for nearby villages. Mike O'Sullivan is by the A453

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which will be shut overnight for a month from next weekend. That is

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right. Darkness as fallen here on the A453, a very busy road, used by

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more than 30,000 vehicles a day. From later this month, it will be a

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lot quieter at night. After 8pm, it will be closed completely for a

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month, between Nottingham and the M1 as major roadworks go-ahead.

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The main artery between Nottingham, the M1 and the East Midlands

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Airport. It will be closed for four weeks at night for resurfacing work.

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Warriors and other road users facing long diversion is to get

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onto the motorway. This company in Nottingham says it will have a big

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impact. The cost could be, if every day a call was delayed, the cost of

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overnight parking, the increase in diesel because of the round trips,

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the increase in wages, it could be a cost of around �50 per vehicle.

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We have got seven vehicles, so �350, per day. This is how the roadworks

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will affect the A453. A six-mile stretch will be closed at night for

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four weeks from January 22nd. Sometimes, as early as 8:00pm.

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Lorry-drivers to and from the power station will be faced with an 80

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mile diversion through villages. In Nottingham, there will be a 50 mile

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diversion to reach the motorway. This was the reaction in one of the

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village is included on the diversion route. The widening of

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the A453 I think would be a benefit for everybody. But this is

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resurfacing ahead of the widening? What a complete waste of money!

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They could have done both things at once to save the can -- to say the

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contestants. The Highways Agency says it is essential ahead of a

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road-widening scheme in around three years' time. It is not a

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waste of time. The A453 is already showing signs of the heavy traffic

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that it gets every day in and out of Nottingham. We need to give the

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road in a safe and serviceable condition for the next three years

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until the new road is opened. years, campaigners were calling for

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the A453 to be up graded. Now they are getting two schemes within a

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few years. Road hauliers say that all of this will add to their cost

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at a time when diesel is costing around one ton-40 Ali Carter. That

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does have a word with Frank Taylor from the Road Haulage Association.

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I'll road hauliers going to absorb the costs of pass them on -- pass

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them on? The larger companies will look to absorb the cost for their

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major customers. The smaller operator is going to have to raise

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a surcharge and passes on to its customers. How many miles a gallon

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do you get from a big HTB? On an average road, you will get about 80

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miles to the gallon. Going through the urban roots, that will drop to

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around 4.5. What do you think of the spending, the resurfacing of

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the A453 so close to the widening scheme? We feel that it could be

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better spent elsewhere in the county. If they were to bring the

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widening forward. Thank you very much. Business leaders have said

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that improving the A453 was the top priority, the top transport

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priority for the region. It is certainly getting plenty of

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attention now. It certainly is. A former Nottinghamshire police

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officer has won an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a

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suspect. Timothy Allatt was sentenced to

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eight weeks in jail after being found guilty last summer. But today

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his conviction was quashed. Tom Brown was at Nottingham Crown Court.

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The hearing lasted two days. The ordeal lasted more than a year-and-

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a-half. Five months after being found guilty of assaulting a

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suspect while on duty in Nottingham, today Timothy Allatt left court,

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his conviction overturned. Timothy Allatt wishes to express his thanks

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to his family and friends, including his police colleagues and

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the Police Federation who have been a considerable support to him and

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his wife during a very difficult times. My client has always stayed

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Farsley asserted his innocence -- stead Farsley. The allegation arose

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while he was carrying out his duties as a police officer. He now

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feels vindicated as his appeal has been vindicated. He was sentenced

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to eight weeks what allegedly assaulting a car thief. He was

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accused of using excessive forced - - false when making the arrest. The

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judge said there were two key issues. Firstly, where that Timothy

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Allatt believed that force was necessary. Secondly, whether the

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force he used was justified. Timothy Allatt made clear that he

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felt that the man was a threat and he took the appropriate action to

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arrest them. The judge said that that the prosecution did not do

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enough to disprove this and ultimately a group -- ruled in

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favour of Timothy Allatt. Nottinghamshire Police said it

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acknowledges and supports the court decision but that he was dismissed

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over a separate and unrelated assault on a member of the public

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and will not reap returning to be false. -- will not be returning to

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the farce. For Timothy Allatt, today was about clearing his name.

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Still to come on the programme, Sally with the weekend weather.

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have got a bitterly cold weekend to come, starting with tonight. You

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A campaign to reconnect a town to the region's rail network appears

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to be picking up speed. Ilkeston in Derbyshire used to have

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four railway stations but now it doesn't have any. Simon Hare

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reports. Look closely and there are signs of

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a railway heritage here. But this road no longer lives up to its name.

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Ilkeston has the dubious honour of being Britain's biggest town

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without a train station. It is hoped a station could boost the job

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prospects of residents by making it easier to commute to neighbouring

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cities. As well as bring in more visitors to ton itself. Do you

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think Ilkeston suffers without one? We have good bus links. Does it

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warrant it? Yes. The local MP says it is worth spending �5 million on

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a new station. This is a relatively modest sum of money compared to the

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longer term benefits that this would bring to Ilkeston and the

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wider area more. The train goes past but never stops! We want to be

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trained to stop! Mansfield used to have the largest station this town

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claim to fame. The trains do now stop here. The Robin Hood line

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replaced what was axed. Accessibility is improved. I still

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think it is undervalued. For Ilkeston I think it would be

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critical. Their positioning between Nottingham and Derbyshire, it is in

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steamy important that they battle for the rail link. -- it is

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extremely important. Mansfield is also getting a new bus station.

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Back in Ilkeston, they will be ready to raise a toast should it

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get reconnected to the railway map. Our political editor John Hess is

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with us. So what are the chances of Ilkeston getting its own railway

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station again? The first stop on this journey is to get the new

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Transport Secretary on board. Justine Greening may be supportive

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but it is the Chancellor George Osborn who has got the cash. Now

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money may be tight, but actually the government has been looking

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around for smaller scale infrastructure projects to fund.

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That is why the duelling of the A453 was given the go-ahead. I

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think also there are some other intriguing redevelopment news. In

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Mansfield, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has

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suggested that Mansfield should be the location for the government's

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new enterprise zone. They are making a strong case for Mansfield.

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There are areas that need some investment in Mansfield. The

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brewery site, for example. In need some real effort to get together

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with all interested parties. I know the city has been very well-funded

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compared with the counties but the deprivation can be just the same.

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Mansfield is a town of about 100,000 people and I think higher

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profile. These enterprise zone is give huge incentives. We have to in

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the East Midlands already. Put Mansfield be next in line?

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The English Defence League says it wants to march through Leicester

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next month, 18 months after it staged a major rally in the city.

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The group was forced to hold a static demonstration in 2010, but

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it descended into violence. 36 people were arrested. Policing it

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cost an estimated �850,000. The group wants to return on 4th

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February. The city council is discussing the request.

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Police investigating an armed robbery where a shop assistant was

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threatened with a stun-device are questioning a 22-year-old man. It

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follows an attack at the Sainsbury's store at Newhall in

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Derbyshire yesterday morning. Police say a woman who worked there

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needed treatment after an electrical device was held to her

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neck. Cash was taken. A man from Midway near Swadlincote was

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arrested this morning. A builder says hundreds of

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construction jobs are likely to go in the East Midlands, unless the

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government reduces the rate of VAT on house extensions and conversions.

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Kevin Ellis from Leicestershire says his firm's turnover has gone

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down by 20% since VAT went up last January. And he is warning he may

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soon have to make redundancies. Carolyn Moses reports.

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At work on an extension in Leicester, some of the 19 staff

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employed by a construction company who have recently won master

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builder of the year. The firm accepts that the recession has hit

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the construction trade hard but the owner believes that the extra VAT

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that came in last Enry has made things worse. The number of

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inquiries we get is down by 90%. In difficult times when people are

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trying to put money together to have extensions built on their

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houses, the straw that breaks the camel's back is the extra 2.5%.

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association, the Federation of Master Builders, believes the VAT

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rise has meant 10,000 UK building and supply jobs were lost last year

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but at the Treasury says there is support for the construction

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industry with no VAT charged on new-build housing and a reduced

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rate applying to residential conversions and the renovation of

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certain buildings that have been vacant for at least two years.

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would like to see the government do something with VAT on extensions

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because it is the staple diet of the average build up. I think the

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black economy will have been boosted by the increasing VAT and

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we come across situations where on the odd occasions when we are

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quoting somebody else, the prices that are being quoted are

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outrageously low and could only be done for cash. If VAT is not

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reduced and there is no upturn in business, he says he may have to

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The 8th next, the growing demand for foster-parents, because across

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a region there is a big increase in the number of children coming into

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local care. In Nottinghamshire it is on -- the emphasis is on all the

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children. -- older children. This goal is one of 1,800 looked

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after children in the region. She has been in care since five, she

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has been ever present foster parents for five years. She says

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fostering has turned her life around. You sit back and think what

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would happen if you're not in care. I know for a fact I would not be

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going to university. My foster carers, they have been really

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supportive, I class them as my own family. If you give the right kind

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of nurturing, the children pick that up, and they feel better about

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themselves. Their self-esteem is a lot better. There has been a 22%

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increase in the number of children are put into care. It is a similar

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picture in this region. Over half of the region's children are over

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the age of 10. Those children can be a lot harder to place where

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families. The survey says the rewards can be considerable.

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Watching a shy child coming to your home, someone who doesn't want to

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spend the time anyone else, sing a song, dance, have friends over 30,

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it is amazing to watch them grow and flourish. There is no better

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reward. It is very rewarding, children are very grateful when

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they get a nice family. fostering service is hoping to

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recruit an extra 10 family's following an appeal.

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Isn't that great? It has proved a great sensation on

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the London stage, but the film version of Warhorse could take the

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story to a whole new level. Detail of the horse that ends up on the

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front lines of the First World War is actually the story of hundreds

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of thousands of horses at that time. Sadly, most of them have died in

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obscurity, but one from Leicestershire lived on to become a

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legend. We can all watch Warhorse from

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today, as the story of jelly, the horse that goes to the Great War,

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goes on general release. Some will be watching more closely than

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others, among them will be Griff Morgan-Jones, who showed me a

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remarkable dray. -- grey. Songster was a Leicestershire horse he was

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mobilised in 1914. He was assigned to Trooper Bert Main, and much like

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the horse in the film, he face the horrors of war there -- warfare.

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faced shelling, gun fire, all of the horrors of war. To make it

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pretty the end, that is quite remarkable. Here at be

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Leicestershire Yeomanry Museum -- there. They tickets to camp. Appal

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Descartes into Loughborough market. The owner said he did it just to

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keep the horse out of trouble. Astonishingly, Songster lived up to

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1947. The musician or who wrote the songs for the stage play thinks

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that Steven Spielberg will do the horse is proud -- horses. He's a

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great storyteller, he has access to child like storytelling qualities.

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That looks brilliant. The play is good, the film must be good, too.

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A brand new political programme starts this week.

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Welcome to the new home of The Sunday Politics, to get it off will

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be looking at council tax. Why the government is offering to freeze it,

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and a trap that you may fall into. Join us on Sunday.

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That looks good. It is on BBC One at Sunday lunchtime.

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Time Out of the sport. -- time now for the sport.

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It is January, the minute the transfer window opens, there is a

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lot of speculation about who is coming or going. It has been slim

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pickings are so far. We have been taking a look at the state of play.

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Our clubs have till the end of this month to do their business. The

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question is, will any of them be taking a gamble? Leicester City

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have had a bid accepted bodily sharp -- are barely. That has been

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interest in their defender. They now, he is staying. They say they

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have cash to spend, but when be silly. To bring people in who don't

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strengthen your team, that can be to the detriment of the club.

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Derby County have had inquiries about midfielder Paul Green, they

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may decide to cash in, his contract is up at the end the season. It is

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a case of wait and see. We are carrying too many players at the

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moment. The priorities to work with those. If we have any breathing

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space we will work with it. Nottingham Forest have so far

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fought off all interest for their players. They have signed their

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former striker, but if they want to bring in any other players, some of

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the current squad will have to go. Manager Steve Cotterill says it

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makes for a stressful month. This window is a real problem. It is

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right, smack bang in the middle of your season. Just another 18 days

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to go, I wonder if any of our side will hit the jackpot? -- sides.

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Notts County have taken defender Kieron Freeman on a one-month deal.

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There is a lot of the ball this weekend. Southampton come to Forest,

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Coventry visit Derby County. In League One, Notts County are away

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to Bournemouth. Commentary on your local radio stations.

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This evening, a big match for Leicester Tigers, if they want to

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get to the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup, their match at Ulster

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is a must win. The magnitude of tonight's game

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cannot be underestimated. Leicester are taking on Ulster, to power

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houses of European rugby. -- two power houses. It is going to be

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tough for them tonight? It is a big game. They have been in five files,

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10 quarter-finals, they have beaten Munster. -- five are finals. Both

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sides could come out on top. It is very exciting. There are lots of

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clashes, one to 15, the battle will be on the front row. It will be

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dirty and there? It will be. Everybody has to give 100%.

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both sides, defeat is not an option. It is a must win. Tigers might rue

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the day that they did not get that bonus point. If you are not one of

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the 500 who have come over, do not fair, live commentary on BBC Radio

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Leicester. All the build up starting at seven o'clock.

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Just before I go, a reminder that the Football League Show is back

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tomorrow. Late Kick Off also returns on Monday. It is the first

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of a new run until the end of the season.

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It is all happening here at the BBC. Friday the 13th, normally

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associated with bad luck, but not full one Nottingham couple. Career

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and Craig White had their first date on that day. They also got

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married on the day. Wearing something old, new and

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borrowed. Emma Ward is superstitious about some traditions,

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but not about the date. Our first date was on Friday the 13th, it is

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always been a good luck for us. said 13th January, we could not

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tell anyone it was a Friday. couple met whilst travelling in

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Australia. They will not make the date bother them -- they will not

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let the date bother them. I'm not worried. Yesterday, stress started

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to appear, last-minute details, maybe it is catching up on the? I

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have no worries about its, whatsoever. -- worries about the

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day. Usually, it is quite quiet, but couples stay away from it. It

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is all about making a personal, a celebration for the couple.

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Friday the 13th may be viewed as unlucky, but not by this couple.

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is me great pleasure to announce soon as husband-and-wife. They are

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looking forward to a lifetime of wedded bliss.

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wedded bliss. I feel a bit eerie now. -- I feel a

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bit emotional now. Time for the weather.

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It has been a cold day. It is turning even colder, temperatures

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plummeting. A widespread frost. Across the weekend we are likely to

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see a little bit of fog. This is the sun to rise -- this is the sun

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rise in Leicestershire. Thank you for the pictures, keep them coming

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in. If we take a closer look, the high pressure is sitting right over

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the UK. That is keeping conditions settled, dry, but bitterly cold.

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Tonight is no exception. You can see that blue, that is depicting

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frost. Most places will wake up to frost tomorrow morning.

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Temperatures will plummet, minus three. Into minus figures. Tomorrow

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morning, bitterly cold, frosty, the White Apaches will show fog -- b

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White Apaches. Tomorrow, up to five Celsius, clear skies in the evening.

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A rather more widespread fog expected. Sunday, waking up to fog,

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some sunny spells developing in the afternoon, temperatures continue to

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