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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie

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Pentelow. Our top story tonight - a town remembers three members of the

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same family - found dead at home. Hundreds attend a church service

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for Toby day and the daughter he has believed to have killed. Greece,

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lots of sadness, but also being thankful for the people who were

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deeply loved. Plus, paralysed for five years, and now a robotic suit

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is helping Clare walk again. Also, the row over reopening disused

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footpaths. What about the homes that have been built on them since.

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I am with the dog who after being tied up and attacked earlier this

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week, is on the road to recovery First this evening, around 300

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people filled a church in Oakham this afternoon to remember former

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police inspector Toby Day, his wife and six year old daughter. Their

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bodies were found at their home in Leicestershire in December. Since

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then almost �13,000 has been raised for the couples two surviving

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children. Helen Astle reports. The Wise and the wherefores were for

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another time. Today it was a time for celebration. Family, friends

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and police officers from the Leicestershire force came together

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as the lives of Toby day, his wife Sam and daughter Jenny were

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remembered. The BBC respected the family's wishes and did not fill

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any of the family arriving the service -- arriving at the service.

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It was a poignant mixture of sadness and grief, but also

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celebration for the three people who would dearly loved. The service

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was shown on live screens at the start -- at the front of the Church.

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A friend of Saddam's paid tribute. We will miss you, she said. You

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will always be with us. One of the most moving tributes was by the

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school in Melton. Children sang some of Gen's favourite songs.

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is believed Mr day attacked his wife and three Chill month --

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children in Melton Mowbray. The couple's two teenage children

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survive. The fund will hope and -- help a little bit, and it will say

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that people are thinking of them. They are important. Often, complete

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strangers have donated. It must give them some solace in difficult

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times. The family had been regular parishioners here. Today, it was

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their family and friends who came here to say goodbye and to

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Still to come on this evening's programme. Putting right the damage

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caused by LAST Winter's weather. Somebody must have been counting

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because today Leicester City Council says it filled its 4,000th

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pothole. A woman who has been paralysed for five years is

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learning to walk again with the help of revolutionary robotic

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equipment. Claire Lomas from Rutland has been working with

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engineers to develop and test the 'Rewalk' suit. Today she managed

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her longest walk yet. Linsey Smith It may look like a laboured way to

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stand, but Clare Lomas says she dreamed about her weekly sessions

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training this. It is great to be back, feet and be weight bearing,

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and I can walk as well. Clare severed her spinal cord during a

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riding accident. She was told that she would never walk again. She is

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working with a company to test the suit for a UK market. The

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lightweight races help rotate the lightweight races help rotate the

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lightweight races help rotate the joint. Sensors under the feet

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detect when the weight is lifted. The back pack contained a eight

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The back pack contained a eight hour battery. The legs are an

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externally fastened on system, with motors that assist with the hip and

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knee joints, so you can walk in a normal manner. So far, Clare can

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walk 30 steps, but she has set herself a target of walking the

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London Marathon in April. There's a bigger challenge awaiting her first.

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I have a little girl who turns one year old on Friday. We are having a

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competition to see who walks burst! I am not sure if she is going to

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overtake me soon! It is an incredible piece of kit, with a

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�43,000 price tag. But there is already a substantial waiting list,

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which will keep these engine is A dog is recovering at a rescue

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centre in Nottingham after being tied up and attacked by a group of

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dogs in a park. The two year old bull mastiff cross is thought to

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have been used as bait by people who were training the other dogs to

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fight. Her injuries were described as horrific, but she's now on the

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road to recovery and looking for a new home. Tom Brown reports. Her

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tail was wagging again today, but three days ago, Eleanor looked very

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different. She came in with multiple puncture it wins on the

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side of her face, with her face really swollen out. She looked a

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solid -- sorry state, and very unhappy and nervous. I have been on

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reception at Nottingham police for 12 years, and not much shocks me,

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but when I saw her, I was sick in my stomach, looking at her injuries.

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Alan that had been tied to pay stick. The number of men had set

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their dogs on her, using her as bait. Attacks like this are not

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uncommon. People train their dogs to fight, often for their own

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enjoyment. Why? Why can people do this to a dog and take pleasure

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from it? It is an inhuman act, basically. That is the way I see it.

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If you could do it to a dog, you would do it to a human as well.

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you surprised at the recovery she has made? Young dogs can recover

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quickly, and I am sure within a couple of weeks, you will not see

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anything, and hopefully she will be pitting it right behind her. All of

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the people who saw an under earlier in the week have said that her

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injuries were horrific, but her recovery has been magnificent. Now

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they need to find her a new home. In a secured environment, I think

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she will be very happy, and give Police are appealing for help

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spotted walking alone next year Maine Road this morning. Three

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members of the public say they saw a girl of between five and eight

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years old word -- walking on the A 60. Anyone with information is

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encouraged to call the non- A man who told benefits staff that

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he could hardly walk was later caught playing golf. Robert Cave -

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seen here in the pink sweater - was filmed at a Nottinghamshire course

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by benefit fraud investigators. The 50-year-old from Mansfield has

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admitted failing to report that his condition had improved. He'd

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received more than �12,000 in disability benefits. He'll be

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sentenced next month. A man suspected of running an illegal

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music website has been arrested at a house in Leicestershire.

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RnBXclusive.com was being used by 70,000 people every day. Now the

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site's been closed down by the Serious Organised Crime Agency. It

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says music was being "stolen", and artists and record companies were

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being conned out of millions of pounds. An inquest has heard that

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the girlfriend of a teenager who died after swallowing packets of

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cocaine hadn't swallowed any herself - because she thought they

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weren't safe. Reece Staples died in police custody shortly after

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returning from Costa Rica, from where he'd smuggled the drugs.

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Sarah Teale was in court. Reece staples had been a promising

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Nottingham Forest Academy player, but he died at the age of 19 after

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a packet of cocaine burst in his stomach. Today, his girlfriend told

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an inquest how they had gone to Costa Rica, where police had

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swallowed at least 19 packages of cocaine. Kylie Hodson was a

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reluctant witness, asking -- answering yes, no, or I don't

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remember. She was asked why she had not swallowed the cocaine herself.

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She said that she was scared, but her police statement was read out,

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saying that the packets had looked too large to swallow, and she

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thought they had not been properly bract. The couple, who have a

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daughter to get back, returned home on June 6th, 2009. Later, Reiss was

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arrested for criminal damage, and he told four different officers on

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three different occasions that he had swallowed cocaine, but no one

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took any action. He collapsed four hours later and died on arrival at

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the Medical Centre. The inquest was told that Kylie Hodson had received

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a phone call on the night the police died, telling her that the

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packages were wrecked, and raised should hurry up and get them out.

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What did you do to help Reiss, she was asked. She did not know that

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she was going to burst. Five police officers have been disciplined for

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gross misconduct following their handling of the case. The inquest

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People living in a Nottinghamshire village are up in arms over

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attempts to re-open a disused footpath which runs right through

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their gardens and homes. The controversy in the village of

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Besthorpe near Newark is the result of an increasing number of claims

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by ramblers to restore old rights of way. It's led to calls for the

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Government change the law. Here's our Political Editor John Hess.

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When the weather has the spring- like quality, there is nothing

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better than heading into the countryside and having a good walk.

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But in villages like this, you had better check the maps first! The

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presidents of Besthorpe are having to check old village maps in

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details. That is why -- that is because ramblers are demanding a

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path last used by Victorians is reopened. Walk through the village

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and the residents tell you the consequences. It will cut through

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gardens, even homes. People are unable to sell houses, and up --

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come to suit -- considering moving because it goes through their

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property. This put -- footpath goes right through the middle of this

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Conservative -- conservatory that was built with planning permission.

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Arthur Goddard shows the councillor in charge of planning the risk.

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might have to come down, or whatever they might do to it.

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former councillor except that some ramblers may be too zealous in

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trying to re open disused pathways, which is because of a legal

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deadline. The Act was passed in 2000. We are halfway there. It is

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not surprising that people are making claim, -- claimeds, because

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it is the biggest active pastime in the past die -- in the country.

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They don't take any interest in the issues of amenity, or the factors

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of selling a house. The factors were not taken to -- into account.

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The government is under pressure to review the situation. In Besthorpe,

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they hope the path ahead leads to a A mother has made a formal

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complaint about the standard of care given to her severely

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epileptic son after he was admitted to hospital.

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As Simon Hare reports, managers from the QMC in Nottingham have

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apologised and have promised to investigate.

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Michael is nine and needs constant care. Yoghurt is one of his

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favourite foods. But when he was admitted to the queue and see

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recently, he was offered ravioli, which was nine months out of date.

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It was the final straw for his mum, from Long Eaton. She says there had

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been several other problems. The most frightening was when he had

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become tangled in his wheelchair harness. The trainee nurse had left

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or one side and done, making it extremely easy for Michael to slide

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down, and he was strangling himself. I could no longer stay there with

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my son, I did not deem it safe to stay there with him any more. I

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just asked them to transfer me to another hospital. He knows it is

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soft. He is now back at home, and she has made a formal complaint.

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The hospital has apologised, and promised a detailed investigation.

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As a matron will go through each of the complaints, looking through the

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records, interviewing staff, working out what went wrong and

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where Mac. We have made one change, around the food, which had been

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left on the ward by another parent, and we have removed all non

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hospital food from the ward. hospital insists its standard of

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care is improving, but Michael's mother says he was let down.

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Taxi drivers in Derby are opposing plans to put up their license fees.

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The cabbies are angry at city council proposals to increase the

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cost of licenses and drivers' ID badges from April. They say they're

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already suffering from higher fuel costs. A 480-name petition's been

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handed in. The council says it faces a �19,000 shortfall if it

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doesn't increase the charges. While the winter - so far - has not

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been as bad as last year, councils across the region are still having

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to do battle with something drivers always try to avoid - potholes.

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In Leicester, they use an in-house team which, today, filled in its

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4,000th pothole. Derby, on the other hand uses contractors - but

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could they save hundreds of thousands of pounds by following

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Leicester's lead? James Roberson Pothole surgery by the expert. Cut

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round the infected area, loosen the decayed matter and clear. This is

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how one team from the council were tackling a oil this morning. In May

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last year, the then incoming mayor, promised 1000 pot holes would be

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filled in his first 100 days. Have the councils that to their pledge?

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We hit the target had a power schedule, and I'm pleased that

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today, we are hitting pothole 4000. Leicester City Council says the bad

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weather means potholes increase It cost �60 Per pothole. But do

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Leicester people think enough is being done? Congratulations, but I

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don't think there is that much change on the road to put off I

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don't know what because they are working on, but when you are

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driving around there are still plentiful stock in Derby, the

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council uses private contract is to mend what false bus-stop --

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potholes. We are going to make savings by bringing the work back

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in a house. There are some excellent staff who will contact

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them back over that the council. Some of the management staff will

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change, but we also have some excellent Highways staff who will

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accommodate the change. Back in Leicester, as the territory on

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pothole are 4000 concludes, the council says it intends to put more

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money into it next year. All fixed up!

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This winter has been mostly mild so far - but it seems not for long.

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Anna's here with news of another cold snap coming our way. Yes, as

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the cold air comes back into play, we can expect a cold and frosty and

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put the weekend. But how cold will First up, Nottingham Forest are

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asking fans to be patient as discussions about the club's

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financial future continue. There's been uncertainty following the

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tragic death of owner Nigel Doughty earlier this month. But the club

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say initial meetings have already taken place with representatives of

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his family and they are hoping to release more information in the

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next few weeks. Elsewhere, Leicester City opened up

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their training session to fans today at the King Power Stadium.

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And keeping a close eye on his players is manager Nigel Pearson.

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Frustrated by their defeat against Watford in the week, he's looking

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forward to a chance to put things right in the FA Cup against Norwich

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this Saturday. It is a chance for us to get Tuesday night at the now

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system, because we were disappointed with our performance

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in lot of weight. It was again, really, that would have been upset

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to get one point out of, but to lose it was very disappointing.

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Nottingham rugby club finally managed to get a game at Meadow

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Lane last night after four postponements because of the bad

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weather. Amazingly, it was their first home game in 2012. The break

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has obviously done them good as Nottingham ran in four tries,

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beating Doncaster Knights by 40 points to 12.

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Few sports can match the sudden burst of attention athletics gets

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every four years. Cinderella sport for months on end, then suddenly

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runners, vaulters and javelin throwers get their shot at becoming

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household names. So, for the second in our series looking at every

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Olympic sport, Colin finds out what It is another half turned gathering,

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but not -- the edge of his club have got the kids in for some

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babysitting. Covering all the running, and jumping events. Some

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of these kids have never done the hammer before. Maybe later on they

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will come back and give it a go. the very same hall, there is stuff

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going on you might think of as cooler, but the good news for

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athletics is there is no shortage of numbers or enthusiasm. All the

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kids here are really keen, and really do want to be here. You get

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to know what you're good at. High As well as the fund this lot are

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having, there is some proper drive here as well. I nearly fell over, I

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pulled a muscle. Some of them here are regular club members can simply

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topping up their talent. It is really exciting, and I love

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competing, because I'm quite competitive, and I have loads of

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friends here now, because I have done it so many times. I could

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never imagine not doing athletics. I don't know what I would do with

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my life, really. As for the Olympics, a lot of these youngsters

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have tickets and they cannot wait to go and watch, and one day,

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compete. I'm going to see the 10,000 metres at final double with

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Mo Farah. -- final. You worry fan? Usain Bolt!

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And if that young lad wants home grown inspiration this year, he

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should get it - there will be British medals in the Olympic

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Stadium. And from the East Midlands, keep a close eye on Andy Turner and

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Lisa Dobriskey. Next week's sport - badminton.

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And finally, congratulations to Nottinghamshire Golfer Lee Westwood.

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He received his OBE from the Queen in a special ceremony at Buckingham

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Palace today. The 38-year-old from Worksop was the world number one

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for a five-week spell last year and was awarded the honour for his

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services to golf. Didn't he looked smart!

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Him and recorded. -- Ronnie Corbett. Now, your chance to get sporty and

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raise a bit of money too. In around four weeks, the Sport Relief Mile

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comes to town. You can run one, three or six miles.

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Many celebrities take part and so too do athletes from the East

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Midlands Wheelchair Rugby club. Jim Harris went to see them in training.

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This is a wheelchair rugby. It is not a spark -- sport for the faint

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of heart. The game goes like this. There are four in a team, the

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objective is to get the ball over the opening's line, one way or

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another. Originally from Canada, the sport has grown and is now an

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official Paralympic event. They just love it instantly. It is hard

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hitting, it is fast. It is the nature of feeling good doing that

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kind of thing. Like many sports, they have had help from charities,

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and next month they will be taking part in the Sport Relief Mile. You

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could join them. It is open to all. They will be a big event in

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Nottingham. You don't have to be the best, it is all about taking

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part. We are self-funded, we try and raise money to keep our sport

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and our club going. It is nice every so often to just give a

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little bit back, so too do the Sport Relief Mile, all three or six

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miles, it is just our way of saying thank you. And compared to the pace

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of this game, the Sport Relief Mile should be a huge problem. We always

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set a challenge as individuals, so doing one mile is going to be easy,

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we will probably aim for the six miles. And mile events are taking

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place all over the East Midlands and not just in Nottingham. For

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We have had another mile day-to-day, and tomorrow we will have thought

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milder conditions staying with us. Things will turn quite frosty by

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Sunday. Tonight, cloudy conditions and mild weather, on Tuesday,

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Russell took this picture on a trip to Hardwick Hall. High pressure is

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now sitting a little bit further south west, behind me now. We will

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continue to get the milder air coming in under the influence of

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that high pressure. To the south of this weather front of more we keep

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hold of mild conditions, but a lot of cloud around. Thick enough to

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produce an spot of light rain and drizzle at times. The average

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February night temperature is at one Celsius, so we're doing quite

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nicely overnight. Tomorrow morning, we keep hold of that cloud. The

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best of the sunshine out towards Lincolnshire. For most of us,

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holding onto that cloud, with the outbreaks of rain. Little bit

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breezy at times through Friday. Turning complicated on Saturday.

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The weather front will sink south and east, bringing a short burst of

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rain fall, but behind that, that colder air been introduced.

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Saturday night is expected to be frosty, so on Sunday, we are

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expecting clear skies and beautiful, sunny spells. Feeling quite crisp

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