23/02/2012 East Midlands Today


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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story tonight - the metal

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thieves who target the dead. Modern-day grave robbers plunder

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the railings around headstones. really is a sad and disgusting day

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when people come here and desecrate graves.

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Horror in a park as the swans are butchered for their meat.

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Plus cuts and redundancies confirmed it - the unions say

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council chiefs are being heartless. And same paintings, different

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setting - and New Look a gallery to showcase one of our best known

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Good evening. The metal thieves of plumbing new depths of. A cemetery

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has been stripped of the railings protecting a grave. It is the

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latest and one of the lowest examples of the crime but we also

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have pictures of a house wrecked by thieves ripping out cables and

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wires. The problem is so bad that one security firm has developed a

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new alarm system especially for wiring and led roofs.

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Nothing is sacred for the thieves who steal metal. Here at this

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cemetery they have taken a set of railings around this 19-year-old

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grave, a memorial for someone who died. -- 90-year-old. They smashed

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out around this grave and removed all metalwork. It has been here

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since 1922 and it is a sand and disgusting day when people come and

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desecrate graves. Simon's property rental company has been targeted by

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thieves are two. A lot has been cut out. The they ransacked this house

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only days after the tenants moved out. They have stolen cables, a

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metal fireplace, even the hot water tank and they have taken everything

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but the kitchen sink. They have ruined of the house. It is no

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longer occupy able. It will need up to �1,000 to bring it up to

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standard. They will have got away with no more than �100 worth of

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metal. This firm has come up with a set -- system to protect metal from

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thieves. It sends electric currents down cables or plates that is

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linked to a alarm. Her soon as the alarm goes off, it comes up on the

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screen and we can also have a visual representation to where

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there is. We will phone a contract security company he will respond

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directly to the alarm. They will be there in 20 minutes. For the

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thieves who do not get caught, metal is becoming a new counterfeit

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currency and it is a crime that is causing damage.

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Councillors have defended the cuts to Nottinghamshire County Council's

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budget which are being rubber- stamped this evening. More than

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�170 million has to be saved over four years with around 2,500 jobs

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are likely to go. Unions say the cuts will have a major impact on

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services and for the local economy. When there are cuts, there were

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protests and today was no exception. UNISON members demonstrated outside

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Nottinghamshire County Council as the cabinet insider agreed to

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millions of pounds of cuts to the budget. Boos rang out as they had

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that councillors had agreed to the controversial decision to close a

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show with Industries, a furniture- making factory employing disabled

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staff. Many of its 40 workers were at the protest. We are workers

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willing to work with the disability. The council is taking that away

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from us. What future do we hold that? It is a heartless decision.

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We are doubtful as to any of us can beat we employed. Four they are

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throwing away scores of disabled workers. Councils arrived for the

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meeting this morning facing the same problem which is facing dozens

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of other councils around the country. Where out of the Budget to

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find huge savings? Nottinghamshire it needs to cut �171 million over

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four years. In the next two years alone, savings of 63 million have

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to be made, �12 million more than first thought and in total, 2005

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French a jobs are likely to go. Across the organisation we are able

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to make a lot of efficiency savings and reinvest that in the front line

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services such as adult social care and health and children and young

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people and the front line of children. Unison says these cuts

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will affect services and it also says it for have a massive negative

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impact on the local economy. It says an independent report predicts

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the knock-on effect of the council redundancies could lead to 3,500

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people also losing their jobs in the private sector.

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Still to come: in Sport, Colin is live at Pride Park ahead of

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tonight's local Derby. It might be Derby County against

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Leicester City this evening but more important than that is the if

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any of these two sides are loses they can count themselves out of

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the play-off race. And the temperatures have been

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hotting up today. But spring has not sprung just yet as they are on

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the way down again for the weekend. They are used to being fed by

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people but now ates thought that someone has been killing them for

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food. Several swans have been found butchered in a Derby park to the

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horror of people who use it. The police are now investigating.

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They are known for their grace and beauty, but it is thought someone

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has been killing these swans for them the. Six have been discovered

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dead in Derby. Some had seemingly been butchered for their breast

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meat. The Rangers had found six swans over the last three weeks and

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they believe from the way they were found it was human intervention

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rather than animal that has been attacking these birds. The police

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have stepped up patrols in the area and they want anyone who sees

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anything suspicious to report it. The birds are able to come down and

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get fed, so they come down a lot and we have had a lot of reports

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from people horrified by what has been happening. I come here with

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the little ones that to feed the ducks. It is a nice park. But it is

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not a nice thing that is. It is call. There is no need to kill

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swans. I like all animals. It is terrible. Those I have spoken to

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are appalled at the butchering of these beautiful birds. They are

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protected by law and should not be touched. Anyone caught killing a

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swan and could face a �5,000 fine or six months in jail. It is hoped

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that could deter whoever is responsible from killing any more.

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A former Nottingham community protection officer has been cleared

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of rape and sexual assault. Richard Mundle from Bestwood was found not

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guilty at Derby Crown Court of three counts of rape and a sexual

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assault. The prosecution offered no evidence on a second sex attack but

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Mundle was convicted of the misuse of a computer and was given a

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conditional discharge for 12 months. The family of a woman and her

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grandson he died in a lake say they death had left a hole in their

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lives that they can never be filled. Dawn Mullany and Laurence Mills

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were discovered in the water at Holywell a week ago. In a statement

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their relatives said the pair could not have been closer and they

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shared a love of fun and laughter. Award of �25,000 is being offered

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for information about the theft of a cash machine from a High Street

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bank. The to use a tractor to crash into the Nat West in

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Nottinghamshire. A police spokesman said the incident caused a lot of

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disruption and damage to a building. Detectives are checking where they

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there is a link with similar robberies in Leicestershire.

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Just two weeks to go and tell the Queen starts her Diamond Jubilee

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tour and she is starting it in the East Midlands. Leicester is the

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first stop for the royal party on that tour of England, Wales and

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Scotland. Shops are already cashing in as royal fever gripped the city.

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The flags are up, the bunting is out and there is no shortage of

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more royal memorabilia. Tills are ringing ahead of the royal visit in

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two weeks' time. It is a good thing for Leicester and it is a busy

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shopping centre and it will bring focus to Leicester. We are honoured

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to be the first on her Jubilee tour. The brute of the royal party

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consisting of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cambridge

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has yet to be unveiled but people are excited and think it will mean

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big business for the city. It will be good because everybody wants to

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see her. It brings prestige to the city. It highlights the city.

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Leicester is not really on the map. People go past it, so it is very

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exciting they are coming. This tour has sold out of two Billy tea-

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towels as demand has soared. It has caused a lot of excitement and we

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have been caught by surprise with the demand for the gifts that we

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have got. We have sold out of several things already and are on a

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third order. Details of the Royal fruit are expected to be revealed

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next break. It is hoped thousands A police detective sergeant has

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denied raping a woman while he was off duty. Trevor Gray, seen here at

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an earlier court hearing, today pleaded not guilty to charges of

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rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. Detective Sergeant Gray,

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who's 47, and of Stannier Way, at Watnall, near Nottingham - has been

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suspended from duty and will go on trial in May. We will roll

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investigators have seized more than a �300,000 from a bit of a car in

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Nottinghamshire. The money is believed to have been proceeds of a

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plot to smuggle tobacco. Three men had been arrested, and had been

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bailed until next month. A Nottingham charity is to receive

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an award from the Queen. Balls to Poverty sends footballs and rugby

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balls to some of the poorest parts of South Africa. So far they've

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sent more than 26,000 balls, helping tens of thousands of

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children. Now the charity's work is to be rewarded with a Queen's

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Anniversary Prize. Next, he may be one of the East

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Midlands' most famous artists - but the gallery where his pictures hang

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has long been in serious need of a new lick of paint. Well - more than

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a lick of paint really, because it's cost a �150,000 to spruce up

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the Joseph Wright gallery in Derby. But it was all worth it because now

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it's ready for the public re- opening as James Roberson reports.

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Admiring Joseph Wright's paintings in a 21st century setting. �150,000

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has gone into the revamp of the museum. The grey walls are a

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startling contrast to what went before. The last decoration was

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over 20 years ago when the painting's return from a tour of

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London, Paris and New York. Two decades, the style was tired. There

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is backing for this collection from places like the Tate Gallery and

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the Yale University. A told us we have a great collection. We said to

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them, right, we are going to need your help and backing to try and do

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something with this. They said they were behind that. The bicentenary

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Exhibition attracted 30,000 visitors from the world all over.

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They now hope a new environment, and the drawings will again have

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bring visitors to Derby. You go round and see his paintings all

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round at the world. We have the biggest collection, and it's going

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to bring the people back into Derby. They looked so lovely being

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displayed here. Here to open the gallery, the designer, Wayne

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Hemingway, he said at the museum has the right staff. It is full of

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wonderful things. It takes you into another space. It takes the

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pressure off, it makes you think, a gets your brain ticking over. That

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helps everybody. We've got something here that is world class,

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and we need to live up to that. It is a really important landmark in

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that journey. It is a landmark. We have a lot more to do, but it is

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wonderful to show them off. exhibition reopens to the public on

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Saturday. The paintings are wonderful, so was the paint.

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Still to come on the programme - after a strangely warm day what

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does tomorrow's weather forecast hold?

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I been given this, and best, to help something that will help -- to

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make something that will help wildlife.

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Time now for the sport - and its a big East Midlands football night.

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The sports team are at Pride Park. Yes we are, and we're here because

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Derby's visitors tonight are Leicester City. An all East

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Midlands affair. Very different attitudes to building their squads,

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but both mid table and both on the same number of points. Tonight,

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though only one can take the bragging rights. There was no

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dispute about who did that when the teams met at the King Power -

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Leicester turning in one of those performances that made you think

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they were going places, and winning 4-0.

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We have both had our ups and downs of this season, but we want to try

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and get three points and move up the league. We haven't done too

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well in the last couple of seasons against them. We suffered a 4-0, it

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was a bit harsh us. Sometimes forms -- form goes out the window in

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derby games. Hopefully we will give the fans and the manager something

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to shout about. That's how they're feeling about

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the build up. Roger Davies is a man who has a foot in both camps. Most

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people think you are Derby County for Renfrew? -- Derby County

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through and through? I had good times here. But I want both clubs

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to do well. What you think of the Derby side? It is a young side.

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They lack experience. We beat West Ham at Christmas, and whole, it was

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a great Christmas. You never know what this side is going to do.

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this game has added significance. Eight points is a long way from the

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play-offs. I'm not sure about this league. Everybody is beating

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everybody. Whoever wins tonight, that will be a help. You look at

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how much money Leicester have spent, and what Derby have done, it never

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gives you any guarantee if you spend money.

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Thanks Roger. Now, we presenters and pundits can bang on all we like

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- but its the supporters who really matter. Ange is just outside.

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Yes a packed house here tonight because this is after all - about

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East Midlands bragging rights. Hot on the heels of their FA cup

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victory the Foxes full of confidence but here at home Derby

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County will be giving it everything to make sure it's their fans who go

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home happy. I think we did get an upset. 2-0.

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They are a bogey team for you. sure. We tend to use against them.

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I have some little ones down here. What is your prediction? 2-1 to

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Derby. That sounds good. Some less the fans here. We have been

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inconsistent over the last few weeks. If we perform like Saturday,

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we will win. Let's get another quick prediction. 31 -- 3-1 to

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Leicester. A big game here deceiving. Also a very big game

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Anyone who left Meadow Lane early would have been very disappointed.

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Notts County grabbed a late late goal against Stevanage to get new

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manager Keith Curle off to the perfect start.

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perfect start. So nearly a dream start. This early

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effort only kept out by the woodwork. There were some Met

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Office for the defence. This mistake could have nearly led to a

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goal put the visitors. What they first got this would have been on

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loan defender Kieron Freeman. In the 91st minute this shot from Jeff

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the 91st minute this shot from Jeff Hughes crept in to give Keith Curle

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his first victory. Fantastic. If it had been a draw, it was an

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opportunity to put ideas in place for the players. You need to aim

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high, you need aspirations. If we can sneak into the play-offs, so be

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it. They will continue that push buggy -- push for the play-offs

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against Chesterfield. Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi is

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back in the England team for the game with Wales this weekend.

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There's a first international start for his club mate Geoff Parling.

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Tom Croft and Dan Cole are also in the line up with Ben Youngs and

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Toby Flood on the bench. Alan Young is here tonight for BBC

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Leicester. I pick it is vital Leicester win this game. We have to

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win this and the Coventry match. We have a big cup tie, and a couple of

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away matches. It is vitally important. Do you think this is a

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Leicester team that is getting it together? Yes. It is very

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frustrating for everyone, we know how well we can play. Thank you

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very much. If you want to hear Alan with Ian

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Stringer BBC Radio Leicester is your place to go. For the Derby

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point of view, BBC Radio Derby are point of view, BBC Radio Derby are

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And don't forget, I'll have the first report on the game in our

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late bulletin. Ange has an indepth look back this time tomorrow

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evening. We're hoping for a cracker. After the unusually spring-like day

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we've enjoyed, its hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago the

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East Midlands was covered in snow. But that was indeed the case when

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Sally and the "goes Wild" team visited Rutland Water to learn a

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centuries-old farming tradition In order to protect our local

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wildlife, it is vitally important to provide them with a flourishing

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Habitat. One tradition which goes back centuries is laying hedges. I

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have come to meet a man of he will show me exactly how it is done.

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Martin Aspinall recently retired as a warden to a nature reserve, but

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he still lays some of the hedgerows. That is a billhook. Different

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counties use a different one. What you do, basically, is cut. You

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start about hair, then go down at that sort of angle. Right the way

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down. A he learned the craft when he was just nine years old. How

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long has this been here? When would it have been laid? It would have

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been there about 50 years ago. long have people been hedge laying?

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It was first written down in 56 BC. The finished height we are looking

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for is about this high. We do need to get this down a little bit

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before we put the binders on top there. About there. You get a bit

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of string, and tie a knot of there. Once the stakes are in a, it's time

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to weave the bindings are to complete the traditional raping

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effect. -- traditional rope effect. Back in come forward. -- that can

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come forward. So, is it just the birds that can benefit from this?

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No, insects like to be there as well. It is a good place for Robin

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have to nip in and nest. It is a good habitat, or round. Absolutely.

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If it wasn't for people like Martin of teaching people how to maintain

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the these natural habitats then our wonderful wildlife would have to

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find somewhere else to go. Next time you are driving past a

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hedgerow, stop and think how much work has gone into it. Believe me,

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I know. I'm a bit worried with her having

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that machete. that machete.

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It is really a skill. I think it looks great.

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We have had a picture cent in today. -- a picture cent in today. Her her

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this is known as an iridescent cloud. It is in the process of

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forming. Thank you Yvonne. Keep your pictures coming in. We have

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had a lovely day today. The maximum temperature was 80 my degrees at

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Market Bosworth. -- 18 a degrees. The night-time temperature would

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drop to around 9-10 degrees. Quite a breezy night. The wind or pickup.

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The cloud will be with us first thing tomorrow morning. That will

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start to work its way down from the north. It will keep us quite cloudy.

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It is a big enough at times to produce a small amount of rain. The

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further north you travel as the day goes on, the skies begin to

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brighten again. Quite a breezy start, but the breeze will die down.

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We have some high pressure building up for the weekend. That will sit

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across the south of the country. We wake up to a bright start on

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Saturday, they could be the order mist or fog patch. -- there could

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be. We will hold on to those clearer skies. We will see some

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cloud development. Temperatures cloud development. Temperatures

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