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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 towns and cities fighting for every last

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job. So Evan hundred jobs were lost your last summoned. There is the

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possibility of hundreds more. also open for business, the message

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from the town where it is more difficult For jobseeker's to find

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work than anywhere in the East Midlands. Plus this boy's amazing

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legacy. His campaign for bone marrow donors lives on. And higher

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up an age a - the Web cam keeping... At is wonderful to have such close-

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up views of the birds. It is wonderful.

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Good evening. First tonight, the uphill task facing job-seekers. In

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a moment we will hear how in some parts of the region there are six

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unemployed people chasing every ante-post. But there has been some

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good news on the jobs front. It is hoped to call centre in Derby could

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eventually employ double the number of people who work there before. To

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tell us more, Simon Hare can join us now.

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Good evening. Welcome to the late shift at HEROtsc. That stands for

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telecom service centre if you have ever wondered. This site has always

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been a call centre. Of course the internet back Egg used to be here.

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It was the founding firms on Pride Park but last year 700 people lost

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their jobs. Today it is much better news.

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From HEROtsc, I knew major employer has emerged. 200 staff so far come

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up by the summer - 800 people were work here. The HEROtsc answers

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queries from satellite TV customers. You don't get very many good

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contact centres from day one. So the people we are finding was

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important, the infrastructure was important. But the people we have

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employed early on, the greatest majority of them were new to the

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sector. Abigail was the first person to be appointed. She had

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been job-hunting for two years. confidence completely goes away.

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You feel you are not worth anything and the amount of time you came out

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of work the harder the jobs were to come by. The cause I have never

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done call-centre before it was a shock. You cannot see the person

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you're speaking to. N the current economic climate, it is not easy to

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magic up new jobs. But the City Council has promised to cover half

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the building's least she should HEROtsc struggle to find another

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client. They would not have come and they acknowledge that. We have

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used a fund to stimulate the local economy and bring new jobs again.

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So if HEROtsc can find another client, a further 800 jobs will be

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created here and that will double the number of people the work in

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this building. As you can see, at the moment they certainly seem to

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have the space for them. So, is there cause to be more

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optimistic about the region's economy? Not according to one

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think-tank. The Institute for Public Policy Research once that

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unemployment will continue to rise. -- warns. John has has been looking

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through his findings Forest. What sort of picture is emerging? Their

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rapport makes for some sober reading. To start of its as

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unemployment is going to be in excess of 2 million for the next

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three years. What has done and its findings is that us compare the

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number of jobs to gos in the East Midlands with the number of

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vacancies that are available towards the end of last year. Derby

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had 8,000 jobseeker's chasing 1800 vacancies. That is a reissue of 4

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in 1. But Mansfield has a different picture. 2,700 job-seekers and just

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446 vacancies. That is six to one. According to the Institute for

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Public Policy Research, that makes Mansfield the most difficult area

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in the region to find a job. Today Mansfield's Meir Tory Eddington

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used the latest figures to press the Government to include as a

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gaffe of Central Nottinghamshire in the next wave of enterprise zones.

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And without an enterprise zone? will see a get even worse. What

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have families, what chance have they got of getting a job? What are

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those chances? Will this as tell us it is bad. We cannot let that go

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worse. A latest figures are released

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tomorrow. For most of last year, their East Midlands but the

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national trend. The rate of unemployment was fairly static. But

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not any more. If the latest figures want include the latest round of

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public sector losses. The DVLC a -- DVLA announced today plans to close

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regional offices. Staff collected signatures and protest. The DVLA

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wants to centralise its operation to its Swansea H Q by the end of

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this year. The DVLA are kissing goodbye to public service were

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there are plans to close local offices. That will oblige our

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customers to deal directly with Swansea and it is goodbye to our

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jobs with all the come nomack knock-on so flat. Another worrying

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statistic is that a third of job- seekers have been unemployed for

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more than one year. It is around this group that the Government is

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designing its new job creation programme, its apprenticeship

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schemes to get the young and those with skills, will fly back into

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work. Still to come on the programme: Big

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in America. Tall Paul Sturgess from Leicestershire and he has just

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joined the Harlem Globetrotters. In other news: A man has been

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killed in three vehicle accident on one of Leicestershire's busiest

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roads. It has just been partially reopened after it closed all day

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between the A six turn-off and there roundabout. Two men aged

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between 21 and 24 have been released on bail after being

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arrested in connection with the incident.

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A man has been arrested after a 90 some year-old woman at the rings

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pulled from her fingers after two men who got into our home in South

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Derbyshire. Winifred Bloor was at home last Wednesday when the men

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took her rings, a gold necklace and cash. And 19-year-old man from

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Derby was arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on boil -- on

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bail while the investigation continue as.

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If we can exclusively reveal that Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable

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has agreed a compensation settlement after being sued by her

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former deputy. Howard Roberts went to an employment tribunal after

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losing his job last year. This all stems from an acrimonious

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row between Howard Roberts and his form his boss, Julia Hodson. At the

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time the Nottinghamshire force was under fire over its performance

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under the shake-up he was replaced as deputy Chief Constable. But he

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did not go quietly. He went to an employment tribunal in Nottingham

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to suit both their Chief Constable and her police and authority. The

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his main claim was being victimised for blowing the whistle on Julia

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Hodson's behaviour and that his allegations would have been very

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damaging. But now we will not hear the details are whether there

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denied by Nottinghamshire Police. That is because the settlement

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means the case will not be aired in public. Why has he settled?

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matter -- he is likely to be getting a substantial compensation

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pay-out. We have not been given any details. Howard Roberts cannot make

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a comment. I have spoken to a former chairman of

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Nottinghamshire's police other two, John Clarke. He will be expects a

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Mr Robert's compensation payment to run to six figures.

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Work has started to clear the route to the next phase of Nottingham's

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farm system. About 40 trees are to the shot down in the Meadows. But

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there are hopes that many more will escape the axe as the project

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develops. They are clearing the way for phase

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two. These trees along Queen's Walk in the meadows are being felled to

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make way for Nottingham's new tram route. Initially 42 trees will be

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removed and the fate of a further 48 trees will be decided later.

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Some residents are not please, although others were more pragmatic.

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The loss of the trees of these mature trees and what is a

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promenade to, a linear park planned, is just for the community and

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Nottingham, it is a great loss. This is progress. You can stand in

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front of progress if you want to but this what has changed many

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times. We have in place plans for turning the trees into wood

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carvings and also benches, a simple play equipment for children. That

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will have to do for now. The council says they will not remove

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any more trees. But the tram is here to stay.

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The Under-Secretary of State for justice Crispin Blunt officially

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opened a new victim Support Centre in Leicester today. Each year

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Leicestershire Police refer 30,000 people to victim Support. This new

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building is in the heart of the city, on Bishop Street, and is the

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first centre to have such a high profile high street location.

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He has been called an inspiration - a lively six-year-old boy who

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cheerily called for more bone marrow donors even when he was too

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ill to benefit from one. Since his death from leukaemia, thousands of

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volunteers have come forward across Nottinghamshire in a campaign the

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charity Anthony Nolan Trust Nolan - - has called amazing. In our CVs

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Life after Loss we look at the lights being held following the

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loss of a loved one. For tonight the story of Joel Picker Spence.

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Because somebody is giving me a bone marrow I can do other things

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like swimming and playing with my brother. I will not be here if this

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does not work. But he never got his operation. He died in November 2008.

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We did get a transplant for him but he was not well enough for it. That

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is the only reason, if not for the fact that we did not get a donor

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because he did. And it was that fact that inspired this woman to

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keep trying for others. He helped out while he could even naming his

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campaign join full job. So-far in the four years we have had 5,000

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potential donors. One locally and so it is just amazing. Together

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that many matches from that group of people is also extraordinary. We

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would normally expect to go one match for every 1000 people on the

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register and thus the passes that. So his legacy is outstanding.

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part of that legacy as Alan from Nottingham, one of the eight

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matches found. He is on standby to be a new bone-marrow marriage --

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new bone marrow donor. You do not know who that person is. It could

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be anybody in the world. It is brilliant. A few days a slight

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inconvenience for me as some deals is a second chance of life, what

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better thing could there be to do really? What else inspires me to go

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on? He's the aspects of life that no one will see again. Every day he

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would make a funny comments are he would smile with his eyes. He saw

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the best of everything. We are all in this together and from his point

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of view to have only look for six years and to have inspired myself

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and so many other people to do something that will help other

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people, what a great way to be Now, you may remember the story of

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two peregrine falcons who raised their brood on a lofty rooftop in

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Nottingham. Last year the Nottingham Trent

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University webcam that filmed them got almost a quarter of a million

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hits. This year, they and their chicks, which are due to hatch in

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April, will be filmed in high definition. Tom Brown reports.

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They are back and this time, they are in high-definition. Footage

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like this is being broadcast around the world as a two peregrine

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falcons build a nest on top of a building at Nottingham Trent

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University. We have two cameras, both in age the, one which focuses

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on the nest, the other want we can control. Last year, we found that

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the chicks were moving around and we were losing them. One of the

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things we have this year is a steerable camera which allows us to

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zoom in and focus in on the action. This was the view from last year's

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standard definition web cam. This is the view now. Experts hope the

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high-definition will lead to a better knowledge as well as better

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pictures. We have been observing them for a decade, but a lot of

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people do not know that the birds are flying over their heads. More

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people will know about it now and they can comment on it, what the

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life cycle is, what is happening, their quirky behaviour, and give

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people the package. I'm pleased with the pictures we have. I don't

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think there is any other site that broadcasts in such Heide tell. We

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are lucky to have the infrastructure to do that. Last

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year, the chicks were born on the day of the royal wedding. This

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year's Falcons are expected at a similar time. You can follow their

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progress live on the university website.

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Who needs to call a midwife! Still to come on the programme.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, but guess what's most popular on

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Valentines Day? It seems more of are choosing tulips. Not from

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Amsterdam, but the flatlands of Lincolnshire.$$NEWLINE Coming up, a

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I buy my own tulips, I'm afraid. They do go a bit floppy!

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And I wonder how many young boys or girls watching dream of playing

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professionally. A decade ago, Callum Ball was at home in

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Leicestershire doing just that. And now he's become a regular at Derby

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When it Callum Ball scored his first goal for Derby against

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Bristol City in December, it moment for him. I started playing for a

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local side in Leicester when I was a boy. I started playing little

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games and tournaments and then I got a phone call from Derby wanting

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me to train with them so I went and trained. Aged nine, can are moved

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to Derby County and waited nine more years to make his first

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substitute appearance nearly two years ago. Once I got signed, I

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always wanted to play professionally. People think it is

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is the -- it is easy. But it is hard work. When you are young, you

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have to commit to football, not go out. A lot of kids did not want to

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do that, but I was willing to do that. He broke into the team in

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December and has not looked back. He has a three-year contract and

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his only disappointment was when the game was postponed. I was a

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disappointed when I heard it was off, but it happens. I'm looking

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forward to be in the squad and playing again. He is a young man

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playing -- living his dream up. He is looking to hold on to his place

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as the more senior strikers return to fitness.

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Derby are at home to Reading tonight, and there are games too

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for Leicester, Forest and Notts Who can guess where Leicester will

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finish at the end of be season, but after a win against Cardiff on

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Saturday, they are being asked again, can they finish in the top

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six? Yes, I think we can. More importantly, I think the players

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Forest 12-0 in their first win of the season. Forest have struggled

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since then, that they improve on Saturday. First, we got the

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defenders in, we did not have done in so you can see a state -- a

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change straight away. This was Notts County's last man.

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They have not played since because of the weather, but they have added

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a two new loans to their poor of strikers. We cannot keep having

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good performances and not scoring, we need goals. There will be common

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trees on all of those games on your BBC local radio stations tonight.

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They start at 7pm. Results will be in our late

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bulletin as well. Leicester Tigers coach Richard

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Cockerill says it's all still to play for as they push for a top two

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Premiership finish. They lost away to Exeter at the weekend and face a

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tough match this Sunday at Saracen's, but today Cockerill has

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said they're still in the mix for the play-offs.

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We had a poor start to the year for many reasons, we have dragged

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ourselves back into the play-off contention spot and we have to

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fight for it. Saracens are a tough game at. But that is the game,

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sometimes you lose and you have to deal with it.

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He's getting on for eight foot tall. And he's made his way from school

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in Leicestershire to one of the world's greatest sports team. Paul

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Sturgess is the latest signing for He is Britain's tallest man. At

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seven feet a inches, he is now the Harlem Globetrotters's tallest ever

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player, and he ate the he is at one of the world's most tallest --

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tallest building. It is great, I loved every moment. I'm at the top

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of the Empire State Building. I am having a great time. Need tall Paul

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Sturges. We first met him when his name was tall Paul. He was signed

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up to play in the States and we met him on that day.

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The best we could do. This is a huge opportunity, how does it feel?

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I'm over the moon. It is a great opportunity to progress my career

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hopefully and be a professional basketball player. Six years and

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four into his later, he has reached new heights. According to the

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Guinness Book of Records, he is the tallest basketball player in the

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world. I guess I made people look tiny one-night stepped on to the

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court. The short his play is 5 ft two up so we had a bit of fun with

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it. We have had a couple of guys over seven put on our roster before,

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none as big as him. He has a great personality and fans love him. It

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also takes the pressure off us as well. I'm glad to have him on the

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team. Paul will be bringing his side's 21

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she is it to the Nottingham there been a with the Globetrotters next

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month. I'm sure we will be there to see

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Now, you might think, on this the most romantic of days, that roses

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would be the number one choice for the lovestruck. But you'd be wrong.

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Apparently more of us choose tulips. And you don't have to go to

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Amsterdam to get the pick of the bunch. Millions of extra flowers

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have been grown in Lincolnshire to meet demand this year. As Siobhan

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Robbins discovered on a visit to a tulip farm near Spalding.

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It is that time of the year again, giant hearts, cards and flowers. In

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the tulip growing capital around Spalding, millions of them have

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been planted as they frantically prepare for Valentine's Day.

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Lincolnshire alone, I estimate the industry is worth up to �17 million.

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Our main request is a red tulips. We will double our production to

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accommodate that usually. After picking, tulips are cut and wraps.

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On average we spent 36 years -- that is �6 on flowers a year each.

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Most of them, we x4 ourselves. Flowers are a multi-billion-pound

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industry in the UK and Lincolnshire is at the heart of it. 3 million

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extra red tulips have been grown for Valentine's Day alone soak

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bouquets like this one did not to say I love you, they are also a

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huge boost to the local economy. Roses maybe tradition, but many

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florists say that increasingly popular tulips are the real flower

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of love. More and more people are going for two lips now because they

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are the Dutch flower of laugh. The ones grown in our country are

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absolutely beautiful. We are finding that the younger generation

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actually prefer it tulips. They are obviously it slightly cheaper than

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roses. Once the romance has died down, the work is not over. With

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Mother's Day around the corner, the tulip growers are looking towards

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their busiest time of the year. Mother's Day!!

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It is a never ending. Remember when he sent photos of and

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then he waited to get them back? Occasionally be just did not reach

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their rightful owners, just what happened to this couple. This film

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it was delivered to the wrong address in Derbyshire and has been

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in a cupboard ever since and are now all. The recognise anyone in

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this wedding film? I do not.

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Or perhaps, are you this little boy?

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If you recognise anyone, do get in touch with us. It could be a lovely

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Valentine's Day surprise for Another Valentine's mystery, the

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weather. Were you the man who made this very

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romantic gesture at Nottingham bridal shop this morning? A card

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surrounded by rose petals was left in the doorway to a Claire Taylor.

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But who is she? The staff at the We would love to find out. Staying

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with the romance, tonight's weather photo. It was taken on a recent

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trip in Newark. Beat Sky trails forming the perfect case in the sky.

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And I could not resist this lovely photo.

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We have got high pressure sitting out in the west of the UK. This

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means we are seeing the milder air staying with us over the next two

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days. There is a lot of cloud around. If you had any bright

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spells earlier this afternoon or any clear spells now, the cloud

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will increase in the evening. It is thick enough to bring a few spots

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of rain at times. The cloud will be acting as a blanket and keeping

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those temperatures up tonight. Five is your minimum. We do expect a lot

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of cloud tomorrow morning, but gradually through the day we will

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see it becoming brighter, particularly across Derbyshire and

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Leicestershire. Some sunshine and a high temperature of nine degrees.

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Breezy with a north-westerly wind. Further ahead, Thursday is staying

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cloudy with some broken cloud giving up the odd sunny spells.

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Still fairly breezy. Further ahead, you will notice temperatures

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continue to get higher, double figures by Friday! But into the

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