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

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Our top story tonight - three years' jail for a man who tried to

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He sent text messages saying to bring bricks. The villagers who

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have built themselves a feat -- fake speed camera. Motorbikes can

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go at 130 mph through this road. Plus cold comfort from electric

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blankets. How old and faulty wiring could kill. I got out just in time

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in my slippers, and the curtains went up in flames. With heavy

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weekend snow forecast, we joined the gritting teams keeping our

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Good evening. First tonight, a Nottingham man who sent text

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messages calling on people to join last summer's riots has received a

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lengthy jail sentence. Sam Lowe pleaded guilty to encouraging

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violent disorder by sending messages which told people to 'come

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with bricks'. The police say the sentence reflects how irresponsible

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Lowe's actions were at a time when people were rising up against them

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across the country. Sarah Teale was Last August, when a buyer --

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violent riots broke out -- broke out across the country, hundreds of

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people were jailed for joining in the borough -- violence. Today,

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this man was jailed as well. Seen here in the crates tracksuit with

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Strutt on the arms, -- stripes, he admitted sending text messages to

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160 contacts on his phone. This was He later sent a further message.

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Although some violence broke out, his actions did not create any

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specific problems here, but a woman who received those messages, told

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the police, and he was arrested later that night. He had 13

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previous convictions, including one for assault, for which he was

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sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution. He was also

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under an as Bowe, and he took his father's car without consent and

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crashed it. His family were visibly upset when the judge sentenced him

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to the maximum possible term of three years and three months. He

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gave him another nine months for car events -- car events. The judge

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said it was surprising that he had received a young volunteer of the

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year award for his work tackling gangs and violence. But he told him,

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you have put a great deal into the community, but you took a huge

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amount a way for it. -- our way And what have Nottinghamshire

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Police said? They're pleased, they say Lowe's conviction is a great

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result for the force, highlighting some 'first class work' by the

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digital investigation unit. Accessing deleted messages on

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Blackberry messenger is incredibly difficult because of the rigorous

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security settings. But the police managed to recover those messages

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to secure this conviction. They said it should be a clear warning

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to criminals who think they're safe using Blackberrys to commit crime.

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And just tell us how many people have been charged in connection

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with last year's riots. Well, the latest figures we had are that 97

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were arrested in leicester with 62 charged with criminal offences

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while Nottinghamshire Police tell us 141 have been arrested and 87 of

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them charged. Nottinghamshire police said they were pleased with

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the long sentence given to Lowe today and said it reflected how

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irresponsible his actions were at a time when people were rising up

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against the police on a national scale. Next tonight, around 2,000

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police officers will be on the streets of Leicester tomorrow as

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the English Defence League march through the city. It's the

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organisation's second visit to Leicester and counter

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demonstrations will also take place in the city. Helen Astle reports.

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The City's police commander and his there were on the radio this

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morning to reassure businesses and the public that the committee will

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be saved tomorrow. 2000 officers will be involved in the operation

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tomorrow, and 1,300 of those a public order trained, and every

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single neighbourhood officer will be on duty in their neighbourhoods.

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They are coming to protect the city of Leicester. Two separate protests

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will be taking place. The English Defence League will be marching

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down St Margarets way and then towards the clock tower and out

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along the same way. Unite Against Fascism will be taking a different

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route. These are some of the scenes when the two groups stays a protest

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in 2010. The routes have been devised by the police and will take

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place at 12:30pm. We are showing the EDL that we are not going to

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allow them to drive us apart. will as a city carry on together.

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The police are not be expecting us may protesters as last time,

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because -- but some businesses are quite worried. Some are closing on

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the marches are taking place. have had to cover all the windows

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outside. It is going to close at 12 o'clock. We will reopen about 2

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o'clock, depending on what happens in the meantime. Tonight, a vigil

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is due to be held at Leicester Cathedral appealing for police. --

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piece. We want to celebrate what is best about Leicester and showbiz

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and support for each other. Leicestershire police say it will

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cost the force �1 million. Traders will hope that he doesn't cost them

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to delay in these tough economic times. Another big story this

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weekend could well be the weather. It seems the cold's won the battle

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with the mild - and snow's on the way. We'll have a full forecast at

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the end of the programme. But the end of the programme. But

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here's Sally with the overview. are keeping an eye on this system,

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and as the rain hits the well- established cold air, it is going

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to be turning from rain into snow from mid-afternoon tomorrow. The

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Met Office have heightened their weather warning to an amber alert.

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Potentially up to 10 centimetres of Residents who are desperate to slow

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down the traffic through their village have put up a fake speed

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camera. The camera, which looks exactly like the real thing, stands

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on private land next to a busy Nottinghamshire main road. The

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county council says it could be a hazard. But campaigners say it's

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doing a good job - as James Roberson reports. A speed camera in

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Compton, a village on the A 16 -- A616. It is not a real camera, but

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a fake one. If there is an accident on the road, and they cite the

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camera as a reason for that accident, we have looked into it

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but it is legal. There's no doubt as is working. Villagers have

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as is working. Villagers have become desperate to ensure that...

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You can see the speed of that truck coming through. Another one coming

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now. 16 last Prowler through a 40 now. 16 last Prowler through a 40

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zone. The speed limit for this error... We hope the camera's going

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to make a big difference. Despite the 14 oz Prowler signs and estate

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camera, I ate at still seen plenty of traffic still going through this

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village at well over 40 mph. County councillors agree that the limit is

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often ignored, and accept the camera is slowing traffic down.

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But... We have to bear in mind there is no warning for the sign,

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and they might be a possibility of creating a accident. That is the

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concern. They hope an interactive speed sign will go up in the near

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future. In other news, Nottinghamshire County Council's

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confirmed plans to cut almost four hundred jobs as part of its

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forthcoming budget. It needs to find further savings of twelve

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million pounds over the next two years. Meanwhile, Leicestershire

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County Council is due to finalise proposals to freeze council tax and

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save an extra 10 million pounds. An estimated one thousand council

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posts will go over the next four years. The Government is planning

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to bail out the financially troubled Peterborough and Stamford

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Hospitals trust. It's one of seven NHS organisations expected to share

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�1.5 billion pounds over the next 25 years. The trust has been

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struggling with PFI repayments for the new Peterborough City Hospital

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which serves patients from South Lincolnshire and Rutland. Still to

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come on the programme. That crucial weekend weather forecast. And

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Sport's live from Pride Park. weather means that the covers are

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on the pitch at Pride Park, trying to keep it covered. It is derby

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It looked freezing there. Well the big freeze is definitely heading

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our way this weekend and if you've got the electric blankets out, you

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might want to check them over. One Nottingham couple lost everything

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when their house burned down because of faulty wiring. A recent

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survey found 60 per cent of blankets that were inspected were

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dangerous. Jonathan Cecil has the details. Because of an electric

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blanket, this couple lost everything where -- when their

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house caught fire. The flames were shooting out from under the bed.

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They are curtains here, of course. We got out in time. I jumped into

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my slippers, and the curtains went up in flames. They were extremely

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lucky and were able to get out of the house in time. All of their

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belongings were burned or damaged by the fire forced Dr --. All of my

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books have gone. It is like my party has disappeared. Electric

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blankets have been around for nearly 100 years, but in recent

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tests, they found 63 % failed safety checks. We had one case that

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when they were switched on, there was a burning sensation, and we

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managed to catch that one. There were various issues where -- with

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wear and tear, and the wiring has perished. 40 blankets have caused

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nine house fires in Nottinghamshire in the last three years. The 40

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blankets taken out of circulation by the council had been made safe

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and donated to a dog rescue centre. It has been a difficult year for

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this couple, but final preparations are being done, and they hope to

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move back into their home within the next month. Were they used an

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electric blanket this winter? Police are growing increasingly

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concerned for a 24-year-old woman who has been missing from home.

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Rosie McCann in Nottinghamshire was last seen on the morning of the

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16th January. The mother of two dropped her children off at school

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and has not been seen since. Trading standards officers from

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Nottinghamshire County Council are warning parents to be on the

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lookout for unsafe baby's dummies. Purchase from legitimate shops,

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they are decorated with beads and other small object and are then

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sold on the internet. Officers warned that the decorations can

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come loose, the glue is untested and the Sioux this cannot be

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properly sterilised. She has been described as the best

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female balloonist in the country, possibly the world. Dr Janet Folkes,

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an academic at the University of Nottingham, but 50 world records.

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But supper last month, she lost her battle with cancer. Dr Folkes died

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at the age of 52. Her final at -- funeral was held in Burton Joyce

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today. Our reporter looked back at a life filled with it then to.

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Janet's final journey, outside the church, a small version of the

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balloon that took her on all those She is one of the best female

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pilots in the world, certainly the best British female pilot and if

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you look at her career, she has done some absolutely amazing things.

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She had great courage, huge scale and I hated flying against her

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because she would always beat me! But she was a wonderful pilot.

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Standby. At the best of times, there and not many people who could

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manage this but between chemotherapy sessions for cancer,

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Janet took part in one of the work -- most gruelling balloon races.

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One year earlier, she broke the women's record for staying in the

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air the longest. This is the moment when she found out. We are 10,000

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ft at 12 o'clock and we have had our world record for two minutes!

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Friends say Janet saw the cancer as an inconvenience and would not let

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it stop her. She had flown and I have been in awe of this woman. It

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has been a privilege to be allowed to be part of her world.

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John it was also a high flyer in the academic world. An expert in

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lasers and high-powered water jetting. The circumstances in which

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she fought cancer, she just kept going. She was even in at Christmas

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talking about coming back in January to do more teaching. She

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definitely lived life to the full. Jan it took me on my first and only

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balloon flight for a special report in Switzerland. She was known for

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always putting others first. There are many ideas for a lasting

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tribute to her but friends say it is her spirit of adventure that

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will live on. Dr Janet Folkes whose funeral was

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held today. A lovely lady. Time for the sport now and column has

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deserted us and is out in the cold. --: Has deserted us. I don't mind

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the cold at all because this is the big one. At least for fans of Derby

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and forest. A sell-out crowd inside Pride Park and you see the two

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fierce rivals battle it out again. And as for the manager's? They

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might like to tell us that it is just another three points on offer

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but we know it is more than up. # What doesn't kill you makes you

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stronger #. It does not matter where we are in

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the table, we will beat Forest at all costs. Bragging rights for the

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next seven months until we play them again unless they get

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relegated. I think we will after them. Two managers united in

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rivalry, reds against Rams is always hotly-contested but given

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their differing fortunes this season, it is not just local pride

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at stake. They are more informed than we are,

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we know that. Hopefully it is the case that form can go out of the

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window during these games but it could be just the right game for us.

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A lot of Derby supporters will be enjoying seeing them down there but

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they are in the same league. We enjoy these games. 11 League places

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separate the two teams. Confident wise, they seem worlds apart.

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have been the ones in the bottom half of the table fighting for

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points so we know how it feels Andrine know how hard they will

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find it. In every game we play, we nearly out stack the opposition

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apart from the most important statistic which is keeping clean

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sheets and scoring goals. Always eventful but how will the shape the

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rest of the season? That is the managers' point of you

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but for the players, they will walk out on to this pitch to be greeted

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by an absolute wall of sound. We wondered how they were gearing up

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for the game. Let's start with Derby and their dressing room, with

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Craig Bryson. For Derby, it is a chance to do the double over their

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bitter rivals. You can forget the victory against the odds earlier

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COMMENTATOR: A finish and it is Jeff Hendrik!

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When you get a goal early and then you are up against right uppercuts

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the start. You need to stick in and get a result. With 10 men, that is

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unbelievable. Team spirit was given as the reason for their success.

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good mix between Europe and all. I don't know if I am getting bolder

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or the team is getting under -- a good mix between young and old.

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Cray Bryson hails from Scotland, home to some of the fiercest

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footballing rivalry. As for Sunday's game, he cannot wait.

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is a bit different when you are playing local rivals in a derby

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game at home. But it is not guaranteed, any game in the

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championship, you have to earn the right to play. It will be a big

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game the Sunday but hopefully we That is the view of the people who

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spend all their time here at Pride Park. What about the players who

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will be here on Sunday? In the away changing room? Kirstie Edwards went

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to meet Forest new boy, Danny As Forest get said to face Derby,

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cant a former Rahme help to dig them out of trouble? -- A former

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Ram? I joined when hours 21 and it is a good football club and it

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really helped me to move forward and have a good career. On Sunday,

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I will be hoping to get through points off them. Danny Higginbotham

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joins the club struggling in the Regula -- relegation zone. We will

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show what we have got. There are some very good players in the squad.

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Nine years on from his Derby days, he is hoping to make an impact for

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Forest. Starting at his old club. If we can get a result at Derby,

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that will fill the lad with confidence. It feels great, a very

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good dressing room. Hopefully everybody pulling together and if

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we can get a couple of results very quickly, we can start looking up

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Of course, there was a big departure from Forest over the

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transfer window. Defender Wes Morgan. He is expecting to make his

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debut for new club Leicester City at Brighton over the weekend. He

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has been talking to the BBC Late Kick Off's and Ashley Jackson about

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just how that feels. -- Natalie Jackson. Getting to know everybody.

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So different but I am settling down now. Getting more and more used to

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it, getting to know the people better. Getting comfortable and

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hopefully I can repeat the good times I have had with forest at

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You can see more of that interview and it is worth a watch on Monday's

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Late Kick Off at five past 11. It is really very cold here, you

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can see my breath and the covers on the pitch, and the undersoil

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heating. That has meant it there is a no game for Notts County this

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weekend, the match in Stevenage is postponed because Meadow Lane is

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frozen. Also Sunday's big family day for Nottingham rugby has also

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gone the same way, that is off. At least the cricketers and the hockey

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players are playing. Nottinghamshire's Stuart Broad was

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the star of England's bombers, brilliant performance in the third

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Test against Pakistan. 436, best not mention the batsmen.

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Great women's women are through to the semi-finals in the hockey.

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Helen Richardson scored the final goal in their 4-1 win over Korea.

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As for the match here, it is live on BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio

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Nottingham and BBC One. Kick-off at 12:15, do not miss it.

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We could not after that, thank you, Colin. And now for a look at the

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It is looking very likely for the snow. I have bought a sledge! We

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are watching the charts to keep the We heard about the preparations in

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Nottinghamshire and then our reporter went out with one of the

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gritting crews. They have been filled with 10

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tonnes of salt. And the drivers are preparing for a cold night.

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Tonight we are going to have road surface temperatures of minus nine

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Celsius. An ear temperatures of minus four. It does not matter when

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you are wrapped up warm. You cannot beat the hat! You have got to have

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a penguin had. Does the beard help? We are going from Newark towards

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Derbyshire and then Langworth, Do you ever get lost? Not on the

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main routes. Always a first time. We have usually got much with us. -

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- maps. Everybody expects the roads to be greeted so they can go to --

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gritted so they can go to work. They never see us. On a normal

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night, we will put 15 grams of salt per square metre. Tonight, with it

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being called a, we are taking that up to 20 grams. When you have got a

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car following you, you can see the sort coming out in the light. We

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are doing all we can to prevent ever be sipping on the ice, and

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that is it, I will go happy. -- go The gritters will be out in force

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tonight but of course it is not quite as cold as last night. A

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couple of degrees between friends, what is that? A Met Office weather

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won it for the snow tomorrow has been heightened to an amber warning.

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Potential is now very real for that snow. That is across the course of

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the afternoon into the evening. Widespread snow in the East

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Midlands. If you manage to get out and about, we would like to see

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your photographs pulled up send us an e-mail with them. -- your

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photographs. Send us an e-mail. You can see the very, very cold

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conditions with temperature struggling by day to get much above

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freezing. A widespread frost expected tonight. Although the

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temperatures but has called off last night, still very cold indeed

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-- temperatures still very cold last night. Tomorrow start on a

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very cold and frosty note. Bright first thing but soon through the

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morning, the cloud spread its way in as the system from the West

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moves in and the rain hit that established colder air and that is

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where we will see it starts to fall as snow. Temperatures around two

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degrees. It edges in with part of Derbyshire and the Peak District

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and then the rest of us following suit with widespread snow heading

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our way. Five-10 centimetres settling across the East Midlands.

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The timings of it, the temperatures only dropped through the evening

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and overnight so the cold weather will stay with us into the morning.

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Sunday morning starts on an icy note, that is your next warning in

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place, a yellow warning for potentially slippery conditions for

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Sunday morning and also patches of freezing fog. If you are out and

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about early Sunday morning, please be careful and check the regular

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weather updates on line, on TV and We are dumbfounded. Don't forget,

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Sunday politics for the East Midlands is looking at ways to turn

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