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

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Our top story tonight: Jail for a conman who swindled his

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victims out of more than �1 million. Malcolm Green offered financial

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advice, then cheated people out of their life savings. He stole from

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old-age pensioners and took from children. Can't get much lower than

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that. Also tonight - sunk. The men who

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hid cocaine among tropical fish. will be getting a demonstration in

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exactly how the drug smugglers managed to do it and we will be

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looking at other unusual ways dealers have managed to hide drugs

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to get them into the country. Plus, mind the doors. Prince

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Charles takes charge of a Tube train in Derby.

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And they've never been seen before. We'll be showing you pictures of

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the young Queen stored in a box for Good evening and welcome to

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Friday's programme. First tonight, the conman who stole thousands of

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pounds from the widow of a man killed in a terrorist attack. In

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total, Malcolm Green swindled more than �1 million from dozens of

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people who trusted him with their life savings. Among them was one of

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his friends, the wife of a man killed in the 7/7 London bombings.

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Today, Green was jailed for five and-a-half years. From Derby, Simon

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Hare reports. Is there anything you want to say

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to those who have lost money? so, so sorry. Seriously... Malcolm

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Green arrives at Derby Crown Court to learn his fate. He had admitted

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defrauding some of his clients out of more than �1.1 million. I hope

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the judge gives him what he deserves. On behalf of my family

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and the other victims. He had run his independent financial advice

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service from this shop in Derbyshire. Much of the money he

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had been given to invest was cash that people had inherited. Among

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his victims, the widow of a stand Brewster from Derbyshire. He was

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killed in the 7/7 bombings or stop Sandra, seen here at the unveiling

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of a memorial to her husband, lost �30,000 to Green. She was trying to

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rebuild her life with the money left to her. He deceived her trust.

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She was a family friend and he took her money. I really do feel for her.

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Sentencing Green to 5 and a half years, the Recorder told him, these

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people trusted you and you blatantly deceived them into

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thinking they were saving for their future. In fact, you were stealing

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their money. He stole from old age pensioners and took money from

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children's funds. Can't get much lower than that. If he spent the

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money on propping up his business, as well as holidays, drinking and

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gambling. He had this deluded belief he would win the lottery and

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pay people back. They are now waiting to see if they will receive

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any money as compensation from the financial authorities. The court

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heard that Green doesn't have any assets and he was ordered to pay a

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total of �1 towards the �1.1 million he stole.

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Still to come on the programme, Gurkhas on guard. A Derby security

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firm takes on 70 ex-soldiers from Two Polish men have been each been

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jailed for 11 years for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK from

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Columbia hidden among tropical fish. The drugs were followed from

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Heathrow to Nottingham. The 17 kilos had a street value of �4.5

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million but more than 16,000 fish died in the operation, as Sarah

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Teale reports. These are some of the few fish

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which survived the drug smuggling operation. 16,500 did not. The

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trouble fish were brought into the UK from Colombia along with 17

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kilos of cocaine. -- tropical fish. They came into Heathrow and were

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driven up to Nottingham. The drugs were stored with the fish in

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plastic bags. They had a street value of �4.4 million. Customs

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officials were watching this house in Nottingham, where the drugs

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ended up. They raided it last summer and arrested the two Polish

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men. Off today at Nottingham Crown Court, the men were sentenced for

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conspiracy to import cocaine. The case is highly unusual but Dr

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Gareth Cave, from Nottingham Trent University, demonstrated how the

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process of disguising drugs in water is fairly simple. Beware of

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purifying it, add some water and then we just need to add some heed

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to get it to dissolve. As you can see, after a few minutes, it is

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dissolved. There is very little difference from what water looks

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like in the first place. So the new pop that it into this and the

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process reverses. Their new filter it and you can see the drug

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molecule at the top and the water at the bottom. Customs officials

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say the most common ways of drugs being smuggled into the country are

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by hiding them in luggage or using human drug meals. But they say

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criminals are having to come up with increasingly inventive ways of

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hiding the drugs. Heroin was found inside these wooden pallets.

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Customs officers X-rayed the his golf clubs and found �2 million

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worth of cocaine inside. Drugs were considered -- found inside these

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rolls of ribbon and even inside yams. The men were sentenced to 11

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years each in prison for their part in the multi-million-pound drug

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smuggling operation. Our chief news reporter, Quentin

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Rayner, was in court today. Thousands of fish died as a result

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of this smuggling operation. Was it because of the cocaine? No. The

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fish were not swimming in water full of cocaine. What happened is

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that the cocaine was in separate pouches stitched to the bags

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containing the fish. What killed the fish was the fact that they

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were picked up so late from Heathrow and they died from a lack

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of oxygen. So the fish and cocaine were in separate carriages. The

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majority died in a dummy run in April. 16,000 died where no drugs

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were involved. They were abandoned in a lock-up in North London. A

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further 500 died when the actual operation came into effect in July.

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26 survived and are at London Zoo. Thank you.

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A coroner has said that a series of complications combined to cause the

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death of a Derby woman following a gastric band operation. Claire

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White lost her life after a procedure at the Royal Derby

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Hospital in 2010. Today the coroner said a rare but recognised

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complication began a fatal chain of events, as James Roberson reports.

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Claire White, a 37-year-old mother of three, wanted a gastric and

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operation to help her Louis weight and counter her diabetes. She was

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considered a suitable candidate. But the operation in October 2010

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lead, some days later, to severe infection. Today, in a narrative

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verdict, the coroner said her condition was made worse by the

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fact she had diabetes, which had caused heart disease and a large

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clot on her lung. He has severe infection is most likely to be due

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to the rare but recognised complication of gastric and erosion,

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where there is weakening of the adjacent cells, thus allowing

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movement of the bacteria from the stomach. In this situation, the

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gastric and irritates the outside of the stomach, opening up

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microscopic poles, which then allow dangerous bacteria to escape into

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the chest cavity. The gastric band was removed and the doctors managed

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to creep feed complication but the coroner said the complications

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together set in motion an inevitable chain of life-

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threatening illness which even further surgery and time in

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intensive care could not stop. In the past, Claire White's husband

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and children expressed shock at her death but today, her husband said

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he had no a further comment. An inquest has heard how an 84-

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year-old woman from Lincolnshire died after spending the night in

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the grounds of her care home in sub-zero temperatures. Dorothy

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Spicer, who was from Market Deeping, was found in the grounds of

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Whitefriars residential care home in Stamford in November 2009. It's

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understood Mrs Spicer, who suffered from Alzheimer's, had been there

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eight hours. The Prison Officers' Association

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says it's furious that no action is to be taken against a prisoner

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who's alleged to have attacked staff at Nottingham Jail. The

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incident at the start of January is said to have involved an inmate

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serving an indeterminate sentence. Nottinghamshire Police say an

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initial decision not to bring charges is now being reviewed.

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The Derby train-maker Bombardier says it has been given a big morale

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boost from a visit today by Prince Charles. Last year, the company

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announced 1,400 job losses after losing out on the �1.4 billion

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Thameslink contract. But it's already won another smaller order,

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and there are hopes of more to come. Today the Prince toured the site

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and even had a go at driving a Tube train, as Mike O'Sullivan reports.

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The Prince on the production line. Bombardier in Derby. Carriages for

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the Underground. And meeting those who make it happen. A father and

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son, the third and 4th generation of their family to work here.

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lost a contract last year so obviously we were down but now we

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are positive and the short-term future looks good, and hopefully,

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get a few more contracts and go on a bit longer. Obviously, my son has

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just started life here. We have a future that is looking quite

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positive at the moment. Hopefully he can work here as long as I have

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if he decides to. The Prince was given a chance to drive one of the

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trains. This, part of their London Underground contract that runs

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until 2014. With the Thameslink contract going to Germany, this was

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the only one left for Bombardier. It had been feared the plant could

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close but a lifeline came over Christmas and New Year. Another

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order worth �180 million from Southern Rail. The staff who turned

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out to see Prince Charles today have been told their stability is

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secured for three ideas. After Bombardier's recent troubles, how

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secure is the long-term future beyond the three years they have

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been talking about? Three years does not mean this site went be

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here in three years. On the contrary, everybody is used to the

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fact that sometimes a new order comes in and sometimes they fade

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out. But it is vital that new orders come through. They need to

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keep skilled and trained workers in these jobs. They were delighted to

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see Prince Charles today generating support for the UK's Last train

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maker. Staying with trains and the railway,

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there's renewed optimism tonight among campaigners pushing for the

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electrification of the Midland Main Line. It follows comments by the

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Railways Minister. Theresa Villiers said the scheme had been

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prioritised and will be considered for funding in July. So could this

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long-running campaign to speed up journey times to London finally get

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the go-ahead? Let's find out more from our political editor, John

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Hess, who's near Nottingham station. Good evening. Nottingham Railway

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Station is about to undergo a multi-million pound revamp. But

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don't expect any quick improvements in journey times. For passengers

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heading to St Pancras, it'll still take up to two hours. And here's

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why. The Midland Main Line links the East Midlands with London and

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Eurostar. But the line is only electrified as far as Bedford and

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that's for the Thameslink service. Electrifying all 170 miles of the

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line, say campaigners, would slice up to half an hour off the time

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from Nottingham and Derby to London. From Leicester, it'll be less than

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an hour. But isn't the Government priority

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to build HS2, the new high-speed railway? How realistic is

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electrification of the Midland Main Line? Two reasons. The case itself

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is said to be very robust and persuasive. Secondly, the

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Government is looking around to fund infrastructure projects that

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might kick-start economic revival. The go-ahead for the A453 springs

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to mind. And here's another clue. A question put in Parliament by

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Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth to the Railways Minister. There are

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widespread concerns that because of HS2 and other pressures,

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electrification will not go ahead for quite some time. Elettra

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vocation of the men lack -- Midland Main Line has been prioritised in

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our industry plan. -- electrification. In this way, we

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will look at what will be funded in the next period and we will give

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further details on that statement in July.

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The Railways Minister was wearing a sling after breaking a collar bone

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in a cycling accident. Expect an early invitation for the minister

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to let the train take the strain and try the Midland Main line for

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herself. I am sure we wish her a speedy recovery! Thank you.

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A Derby-based security firm is hiring Gurkhas who've left the

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British Army. Around 70 former soldiers from Nepal are being used

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to guard buildings and construction sites across the country, as our

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social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.

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They have come from a remote mountain kingdom in the Himalayas,

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but now these two are guarding one of Nottingham's most iconic

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landmarks. It means security here at Wootton Hall is in experienced

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hands, because the soldiers have a fearsome reputation. They served in

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the Falklands for the British Army. They are very polite and they are

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not afraid of her thing. We can put them on a contract -- construction

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site to deter a cable theft. People will think twice if they see

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Gurkhas there. People have asked us if we have any we can offer. It is

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all the result of this - a high- profile battle by Joanna Lumley

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whose campaign gave Gurkhas the right to campaign -- to settle here

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if they had been in the army. future is very good here in England.

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I have bought my whole family in England. There is a lot of

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corruption in Nepal. England is very quiet. It is a good, nice

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place. A good life here. Former soldiers from Nepal are becoming a

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familiar sight on patrol. With more cuts in the pipeline, this company

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will be looking for more Gurkha recruits.

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Coming up later, some blue-sky thinking, from Anna.

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But time now for the sport. Over to Colin.

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On the way, Forest and Notts. But before we get to them, last night's

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action, because here should be plenty of smiling faces in

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Leicestershire and a few despondent ones over the border in Derby.

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That's because it was the Foxes who came out on top in the big East

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Midlands clash at Pride Park, and Angela was there, too.

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Come on, Leicester! Come on, Derby! It should be a good game because

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there is such rivalry. Beating Derby is the ultimate goal of the

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season! We need to win today. If we don't, I don't think the play-offs

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will be hours. The opening at Pride Park of a game about so much more

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than rivalry. Derby are in dire need of a goal and a change in

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fortunes. The first half was all about Leicester. Tremendous

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pressure on the Derby goal finally paid dividends. It could have been

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three or four. The second half, though, was a different story.

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Derby did their best to stop Leicester's domination. But a goal

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proved a bit elusive. It was down to the Frank Fielding to keep

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things going. It is all we asked the players, to do everything they

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did it the second half. Lots of endeavour. For the foxes, a double

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over their East Midlands rivals. Eight points off the play-offs,

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this was Leicester's night. Although we made it a bit difficult

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for ourselves at times, we still showed a resilience and a mental

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strength that I am very pleased So, with those two sides meeting

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last night, that just leaves us with Nottingham Forest playing in

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the Championship tomorrow. They've got a tough game away at Birmingham.

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But things suddenly look much more positive for the Reds, as Kirsty

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Edwards reports. There's been plenty of doom and

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gloom at Nottingham Forest lately. But now, just lately, maybe that is

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starting to lift. It has been pretty amazing for this lot. Last

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week, six points from safety. This week, three points above the

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relegation zone. Yes, the Reds have been helped by a bit of luck. The

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10-point deduction from Portsmouth. But also a bit of magic. That win

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against Coventry. A long time coming -- coming, we know that. But

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huge pressure on our lads last week. I thought at half-time we made the

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changes and settle them down a bit. I thought in the second half we

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were by far the better team. flag! It is 2-0! It is very big

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psychologically to go into the bottom three. We are looking to

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build on the performance we had on Saturday. Tomorrow, the Reds face

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Birmingham. This time they are facing a team at the other end of

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the table. They are doing really well in the Cup so we know it will

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be a tough game. We will go there and tried to get something from the

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game because we have everything to do for every game. We know we have

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lots of games to go with plenty of twists and turns. We have trained

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just as hard this week as every other week and we just have to make

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sure we stay focused and be determined. It has been such a

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relief for everybody involved with Nottingham Forest to get out of the

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bottom three. How they would love to stay there.

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Amid all the change at turmoil at Notts County, easy to overlook that

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tomorrow's game is actually with near-neighbours Chesterfield. The

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Spirits have struggled, while Notts are still realistic play-off

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contenders. And new manager Keith Curle has been hugely impressed

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with his players. Fair play to them. Good application,

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but desire, but willingness. And under very difficult circumstances.

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It has been a very emotional time. I am aware of that and am very

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respectful of it. But at the end of the day, they use football to

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express themselves. BBC Radio Nottingham is the place

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to be for full coverage of both Forest and Notts County tomorrow.

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Your first chance to see the goals is, of course, right here on BBC

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One. Other sport, and Leicester Tigers'

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pursuit of a top-two Premiership spot continues tomorrow afternoon

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at Welford Road. Newcastle are the visitors. Captain Geordan Murphy

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plays his 300th game for the Tigers. Also tomorrow, Nottingham have

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their final game before the play- offs away at Bedford Blues.

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Nottingham Panthers are home to Cardiff tomorrow night and away in

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Fife on Sunday. Derbyshire's Superbike star Leon Haslam will

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find out in just a few hours if he can compete in Sunday's season

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opening race in Australia. Haslam broke his leg in a crash on Monday.

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Astonishingly, he thinks surgery yesterday may mean he can be on the

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grid. And wishing all the best to the

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Derby Trailblazers basketball team. They're in the EBL Trophy Final

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against Bristol on Sunday. If you fancy going, it's in Leicester at

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the Braunstone Leisure Centre. Now, we're going to see millions of

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pictures of the Queen this year, what with the Jubilee. But the ones

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we're about to show, you've probably never seen before. It's

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because they've been stored away in a box for decades. They were taken

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by Brian Mitchell, who worked at Heathrow Airport some 60 years ago.

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They ended up in Long Eaton and Kylie Pentelow's been to see them.

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It was a farewell to... It was also, as events turned out, goodbye.

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last time Princess Elizabeth would see her father King George VI alive.

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He waved her off to Kenya. And standing watching this momentous

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occasion, Brian Mitchell, who worked in the Met Office just next

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to the airstrip. These are the pictures he took. Not professional.

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Just snapped he and his family would be proud of for the rest of

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his life and beyond. I think they are incredible. He wasn't a

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photographer or anything. These were amateur shots that he had

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developed and he has captured quite a significant point in this

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country's history. Amazingly, Brian was also there with his camera when

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Elizabeth returned from Kenya. Her father had died. She was now Queen.

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Acceding to her father's throne immediately. There is no a break in

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the continuity of the British monarchy. Until now, these pictures

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have been hidden away. In the album in a box. We have occasionally got

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them out and looked at them but probably only a couple of times in

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the last few years. They were just many of the boxes we packed up

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after we lost bro. I was unsure what they were. Years ago, I saw

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them. I am glad they have properly serviced and people can take an

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interest in them. In the album, Brian has written captions beneath

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the pictures. The last reeds, and what of the future? Could he

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imagine that with a click of the few -- the shutter, he captured the

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I love that footage. Such elegant dresses. What you mean "to those

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We have had a lovely end to Friday, with the sunshine coming out just

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before it got dark, and we will continue to have plenty of sunshine

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over the weekend. Tonight, dry with clear skies. And this picture shows

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them at their best. Thank you for that. If you have any weather

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pictures, do send them in to this address. Today, we reached a high

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of 15 degrees Celsius in these middens. A couple of degrees cooler

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than yesterday but still great temperatures of this time of year.

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We have kept hold of the milder air coming in from the North. But as

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that sinks south through the night, we have much cooler a behind it and

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we will return to what is normal for this time of year over the

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weekend. -- cooler at Ayr. We have had the skies clearing and that has

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allowed for the early sunshine this afternoon and then we have clear

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skies overnight. A bit of cloud filtering in overnight. A low of

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two degrees, which is more likely over the Derbyshire Peak District.

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If you live in a rural spot, you could get a bit of frost. But for

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most, we wake up tomorrow morning with a glorious start and looking

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like a pleasant day. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of

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nine degrees, maybe 10. Cooler than what we have been used to but

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fairing quite nicely for February. The good news is, we are in for

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another nice day on Sunday. A high of nine to 10 degrees. We get a bit

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cooler over the weekend but as we go into Monday and Tuesday, but

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