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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: the convicted drugs

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baron who plotted to flood Britain with cocaine.

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Russell Knaggs ordered a major Colombian drug shipment from inside

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his prison cell. If they had been successful, none of them would have

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had to work ever again. Also tonight, ran over a week before

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Christmas. Now Simon's widow urges the driver to come forward.

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Plus, a woman bullied as a child for being a ginger suffers new

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abuse on the internet. I was gobsmacked. It was message after

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message after message. I was scared. And getting plastered, how young

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volunteers are helping to make a military memorial more lifelike.

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Good evening. Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First, a

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convicted drugs baron has been found guilty of organising a multi-

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million-pound smuggling plot while he was locked up in a

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Nottinghamshire jail. Russell Knaggs tried to flood Britain's

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streets with cocaine. The trial heard he had met a

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Colombian drug trafficker inside Lowdham Grange Prison. He then sent

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a accomplice to buy cocaine from a violence South American cartels.

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Russell Knaggs was once described as Britain's cocaine Mr Big.

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Getting caught did not deter him. He used his sentence here at

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Lowdham Grange Prison as a business opportunity to make contacts and do

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deals with powerful Colombian drug cartels. He arranged to buy cocaine

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directly from South America and ship it through Costa Rica

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disguised as consignments of fruit. From the States, it would have been

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moved as legitimate freight, in huge containers on a major shipping

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route to Germany. Once in Europe and through the most stringent

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checks, they would have been driven here in smaller loads. It is a bit

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like a film script. We are talking millions of pounds of cocaine that

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they would have brought into the UK. The profits would have been

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enormous, absolutely enormous. If they had been successful, none of

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them would have had to work ever again. The streets of the UK would

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have been flooded with cocaine. Behind it all, sat in prison is

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will Russell Knaggs pulling all the strings. Knaggs knew his

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conversations might be monitored so he described the deals as

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plastering jobs, his coat for smuggling cocaine. The plot was

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foiled after his cell was searched and they found plans with a list of

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Colombian contacts and a hidden Sim card for a mobile phone. It

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identified his accomplices and started a huge surveillance

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operations. These are under cover pictures of their main targets.

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This photo was taken in Holland and this is him back at Lowdham Grange

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Prison. They were trapped on flights too. This is surveillance

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footage from Belgium. One of them even Trav -- travelled to Latin

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America. This photo was taken in Colombia where he was overseeing

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drug shipments for Russell Knaggs. I am hoping that other people in

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prison will get a clear message... The high level criminals are so

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arrogant that they think they can run a business from the prison

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service. It is not going to happen. Knaggs is facing a much longer

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prison sentence. The other men are now joining him. Another man has

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admitted his involvement. They thought they would make millions

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but all they have learnt his time behind bars.

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Next tonight, a widow is urging the driver of a the killed her husband

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to come forward and give themselves up. 44-year-old Simon Ware was

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killed the week before Christmas. A �5,000 reward is now being offered.

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Simon's widow has been talking to our reporter. I got the telephone

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call at about 620, it was Leicester Royal Infirmary, they said that

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Simon was involved in an accident and they told me to get there as

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soon as possible. I went to my neighbour next door and he gave me

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a lift to the hospital. I knew he was dead when I got there. This is

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where Simon was killed on the outskirts of the towns. He was hit

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by a vehicle which did not stop. Seconds later, a van that drove

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over him. That driver did stop but it was too late. Simon's widow is

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urging the driver of the vehicle to go to the police. Anybody who knows

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anything, I just hope and pray that they have got it in them to come

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forward. It is a possibility that the driver was not aware that they

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were involved in a collision or possibly they are aware and they

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were not fully aware of the full servants -- full circumstances and

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the severity. I would urge that driver or anyone who knows if they

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are to make contact with us. I have lost my soulmate. He would do

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anything for anybody. She is now offering a �5,000 reward for the

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conviction of the driver. She says and Hill went she cannot move on. -

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- until then, she cannot move on. Natalie Harvey was bullied as a

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child and again as an adult and all because of higher rate of frizzy

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hair. Natalie from Beeston says she spent

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thousands of pounds trying to tame her hair and she thought she had

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left that childhood abuse behind her.

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The 35-year-old had not reckoned on a renewed onslaught via the

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internet. The style that launched the taunts.

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She was just a little girl but her frizzy red hair made her a target.

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I used to be spat at on the school bus. He used to be constant. There

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was not a day that went by when I would not have several comments

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about my hair. It was awful. spent a small fortune over the

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years trying to tame it, even wearing a wig. When she posted a

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photo of herself as a child on the internet recently, she got more

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cruel comments, a taste of 21st century bullying. I was gobsmacked.

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It was message, after message, after message. I was scared. I was

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upset. I felt like the little gold that I once was. -- the little girl.

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It has been suggested that as many as 40% of all children and 30% of

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adults have been cyber bullied. Sometimes it is extreme. This

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university student suffered a sustained online harassment. Her

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former boyfriend packed sexually explicit photographs of her on

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social networking sites. Last October, he was given a four-month

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sentence. It has had a massive impact on everything I do in my

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day-to-day life. The main issue has been trust. I have not been able to

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trust people. Cyber bullying can be a lot more destructive than other

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bullying, particularly because it occurs in environments were lots of

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other people can see it. People can feel totally humiliated and get

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depressed and anxious. They can go back and read it and people do. It

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can be psychologically devastating. Natalie admits that she found it

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devastating, even at 35. She reported it to the police who told

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us they take all incidents like this any seriously. -- very

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seriously. Leicestershire County Council has

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confirmed that a thousand jobs are to go as it cuts millions of pounds

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from its budget. The authority is freezing council tax but has agreed

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to make savings of �74 million over the next four years. It comes after

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it recently got rid of 500 posts. More job cuts are expected to be

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confirmed this evening. Leicester City Council needs to save �40

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million. It is planning to raise council tax by 3.5%.

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Two men who conned elderly and disabled people out of their life

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savings have been ordered to pay back the money or face jail. Father

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and son Shane and Laurence Johnson from Kegworth were jailed in July

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last year for selling mobility aids that were never delivered. They

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must now pay back �40,000 or face another prison sentence.

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New powers are being considered which could mean council tenants in

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Derby being forced to move house. The city council is looking to

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introduce fixed term tenancies. They say it would tackle problem

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neighbours. Tenant groups say they are worried it would lead to people

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taking less care of their homes. Still to come, the drug that gave

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Hugh the chance of life. Now he is fighting to make it available to

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A father who are convinced judges to free him so he could look after

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his children is tonight back behind bars.

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Wayne Bishop from Clifton in Nottingham assaulted a man just

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three weeks after being released. The judge told him he could not

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play the children card to avoid going to prison.

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Last May, it was all smiles for Wayne Bishop on his return home to

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his children aged between 7 and 13. Despite being convicted of burglary

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and dangerous driving, 34-year-old Wayne Bishop convinced the appeal

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court that as a single parent, his eight-month prison sentence

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prevented him from caring for his children and infringed on their

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right for a family life. Three weeks later, when Bishop and his

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brother assaulted a man in a shop and today he was sentenced for that

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and breaching his licence. He was sentenced to eight months of which

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he will serve half and the judge told them, children cannot be

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produced like the ace of trumps to avoid prison. He went on, you have

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to learn that other people have rights too, the right not to be

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burgled and a be right not to be subject to a violent attack. The

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judge was told that his five children will be looked after by

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his sister who already has six of her own. I truly feel that for his

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children and people not having the facts... What effect will this have

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on the family? The effect it has is that they cannot live a normal life.

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That is it. This was his 17th court appearance which in the past have

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included charges of violence and Police say a Leicestershire man

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whose body was found beside of a motorway eight years after he went

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missing, could have been killed in a hit and run. The remains of 29-

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year-old Vinny Derrick, from Castle Donington, were found below a

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flyover near Stockport, earlier this month. He'd disappeared while

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on a night out in Manchester in 2003. Officers say his death isn't

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being treated as suspicious. Seven men have pleaded not guilty

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on charges relating to the death of a Polish man. 21-year-old Serioza

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Lawskoski was found dead last April, he died later in hospital. Five men,

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all from Derby, appeared in court charged with his murder. They also

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appeared in conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

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A woman who threatened residents and caused numerous disturbances in

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one area of Nottingham has been given a three year anti-social

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behaviour order. Amanda Rollinson, has been banned from going into the

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Aboretum area of the city. It follows a number of the calls to

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the police after the 36-year-old was seen shouting in the street and

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smashing bottles to gain entry into people's homes.

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Still to come on the programme tonight - kicking out homophobia.

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Why are there no openly gay professional footballers? And

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should the FA do more? A man who says his life has been

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transformed by taking a new drug to treat prostate cancer is now

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fighting to secure its future funding by the NHS. Hugh Gunn from

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Leicestershire says the drug Abiraterone has given him a new

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chance of life. Now he wants that opportunity to be given to ALL

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prostate cancer sufferers. Just ten weeks ago Hugh Gunn was so

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poorly he says he couldn't even put the rubbish out. After a failed

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course of chemotherapy, his life had changed completely. I had pains

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in my pelvis, and down my legs, and my third was numb -- my third to

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warn us numb. It was difficult to climb the stairs, after five

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minutes I was in pain. Blood tests told doctors his condition was

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worsening. He was approved great test of the drug Abiraterone. His

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blood test now shows the can say is no longer active. I started to take

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Abiraterone on December 13th, and within two days I felt better. My

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pain has just about gone completely, I cannot go for as long as you

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would like, I can climb the stairs, I could do anything that a normal

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man can do. It is just like being given your life back. It is quite

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incredible. Abiraterone only has NHS funding for another two years.

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After that, draft guidance by Baba Amr says the drug does not provide

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enough benefits to justify the cost. The fact that they have an made an

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interim report, and it is an interim one, that is refusing

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Abiraterone, is condemning many people to death. It will not that

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everyone, that it will work for some of them. They should be given

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that chance. It is so sad that those men are being written there.

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They have battled to stay alive, it seems so terrible that they can be

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told are to go away and die. That's how they feel, that they're not

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worth anything. We have to fight hard to make sure that doesn't

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happen. The treatment cost �3,000 a month, but the NHS pays a lot less.

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This couple say it is a small price to pay for a chance at life.

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Well the organisation that decides which medicine's are available on

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the NHS are asking for your feedback on its decision not to

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approve that drug for prostate cancer. You can give your views on

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it by visiting NICE's website. Better do it tonight though because

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the consultation closes tomorrow. Coming up the debate about gay

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footballers and news to disappoint marathon runners. But we start

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tonight at Notts County. And what a few days it's been. Their new

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manager only met the players yesterday. Tonight Keith Curle's in

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the dug out as Notts play Stevenage in League One. Kirsty Edwards is at

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Meadow Lane, where it's all change again!

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It really is. This that doubt will see another new manager tonight.

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There have a fair share ideas. Keith Curle arrived earlier today,

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just down the tunnel. I managed to catch up with them to find out how

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he's feeling. -- catch up with him. I'm a bit nervous. I want to make

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sure I get the response from the players, the staff and the

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supporters. What kind of reception the think you'll get out there

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tonight? It is always a sensitive time, a change of management.

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will soon give you a team talk to the players, what what you say to

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them? I will tell them to be relaxed, to express themselves, and

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to think about giving a good account of themselves. I need to

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know exactly what they're about. Keith Curle will be working out of

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this tunnel in less than one hour's time, for the first time, here at

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Meadow Lane. They take on Stevenage tonight. A tough game. It will be

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interesting to see how the fans react. Martin Allen was a big

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character he has -- be carried to hear that Meadow Lane. One way to

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get them on side will be to get a win tonight. We will oppose what on

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all the goals tonight in a late bulletin. Thank you their match. --

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thank you very much. Calls have been made for the

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football association to offer more support to gay footballers. We've

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two of the country's leading gay friendly teams in this region, the

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Leicester Wildecats and the Nottingham BallBois. There are no

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openly gay British professional footballers. And last night

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campaigners, players, administrators and fans gathered in

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Nottingham to debate the subject. There are 5,000 professional

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footballers in the UK, not one of them is openly gay. The last player

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to come out was Justin Fashanu, 20 years ago. He played for Nottingham

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Forest, before announcing he was day after his career. He committed

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suicide. There have been calls for the next Justin Fashanu to get him

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more support. His homosexuality was part of his death. Benn is no part

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of that. His suicide note felt that he wears a mask and to the family.

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He had a very difficult time when he came out. This to a permanent --

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this team are predominantly gay. The feeling is that it is becoming

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less than issue. I don't think people are that they have any more.

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Quins have none of them. They say they welcome a professional player

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coming out. Will anyone be brave enough? And Environment has not

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been created by raid a player can come out of he wants to. Someone

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has to break the taboo. When Gareth Thomas came out in that we, there

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is a great opportunity. - back came out in the map the world. Back at

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Nottingham University, there are calls to put the support networks

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in place. If it does happen, I think it will be Miliband and

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player. Safety in numbers. There will be not as much attention on

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one person. Nottingham Rugby Club have been

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forced to play a Championship match on their training pitch. The re-

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arranged game clashed with football at their usual home, Meadow Lane,

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with the rugby authorities insisting they pressed ahead with

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it. So special arrangements were made at the Lady Bay Sports Ground

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in Nottingham. And the team's ran out with a temporary marquee and

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crowd barriers around the training pitch. There was a strong wind and

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it was wet. Not ideal conditions but Nottingham went on to beat

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Leeds by 24-11. One of the oldest marathons in the

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country is not being held this year. The Robin Hood Marathon in

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Nottingham has been going for more than 30 years. Last year the

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Festival of Running had 12,000 entries, with 1,500 doing the

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marathon. But the organisers say busier roads and an increasing

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population means the event isn't a safe or viable option. They say

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they're committed to re-staging the race over a different course in the

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future. Seven student soldiers at Welbeck

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Defence College volunteered for active plaster-casting today. All

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in the name of art. The trainees were having plaster-casts made of

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their faces by an artist who will use them as models for a new

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memorial sculpture. As Jonathon Cecil now reports the finished

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version will feature four life-size members of the armed forces.

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This is Ben, he is hoping to be an army officer. He is one of seven or

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students who are being cast in order to create a bronze memorial.

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I want something believable. I want something that reflects the group

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of people that we are sending up to the Armed Forces. I wanted to take

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a lot of information from the uniformed. We are taking a lot of

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photographs as well. Those photographs are being taken in the

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neighbouring room. It is not just the faces that are important, the

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different types of uniform are as well. They are trying to

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commemorate servicemen and women who lost their lives. To have a

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students' modelling for such an important memorial in

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Leicestershire, and one -- her home county, it is great. A seaweed base

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material is applied first, and then covered by plaster bandages.

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paste felt very cold and tingly, it was quite relaxing. I could have

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fallen asleep. It is quite, and tingly, like a face mask. The four

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life-size bronze soldiers, costing �75,000, will be unveiled this

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autumn at the county will. Does it exfoliate at the same time?

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We must try it. You could be at We must try it. You could be at

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Madam Tussauds! We have milder temperatures under

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way. It felt cold today, that was due to the wind. Some snowdrops has

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started to appear. Thank you very much for taking that picture. Send

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your photographs into the address below. A reminder of the average

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temperature, usually around seven Celsius, by the time we get to

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tomorrow, if the cloud breaks, we could reach 16 degrees. Today has

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been very wet and windy. It has been quite a dusty south-westerly

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wind. That will leave us a lot of cloud cover, quite a loud overnight

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temperature as well. It will drop to nine Celsius tonight. That is

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just above the average for this time Libya. The wind is starting to

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die down in the early hours of the morning. Early on tomorrow, quite a

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cloudy start, we should start to see that cloud thinning at times. A

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little bit of sunshine. Maybe a bit hit-and-miss. Along the

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Lincolnshire coast line, if you are thinking of heading to Skegness,

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the daytime temperature could reach 17 degrees. It should feel quite

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pleasant tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow, quite a cloudy day

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instead of the Friday. That will produce a fair amount of rain. The

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wind will be quite light. Some high pressure pushing up from the south.

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It will be a draw at weekend, cloudier times. We are hopeful to

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see a few breaks in the cloud. Temperatures going back to what

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