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

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Our top story tonight, the ex- soldier who's been told he's not a

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housing priority in his own home city.

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No council house for Dale. Born and raised in Nottingham and with 22

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years in the RAF. It's wrong. And you're ever had the audacity to say

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it to him... I would like to meet them.

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Also tonight, the leisure activity that has landed a disabled benefits

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claimant in jail. He had been playing regularly, once a week over

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an 18-hole golf course. Plus the Government's controversial

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NHS changes. How will patients notice the difference?

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And the big day is almost here. The final preparations are being made

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Good evening. First tonight, homes fit for heroes. For some military

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veterans, it's nothing but an empty phrase. This evening, we can report

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on the housing inequalities suffered by servicemen and women

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when they hang up their uniform for good. A man who was born and raised

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in Nottingham before embarking on a long career in the military has

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been told he doesn't have a strong enough connection to the city to

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qualify for a council house because he's currently living outside the

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city. But other local councils in the region are giving their

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returning servicemen a boost up the waiting list. Simon Hare has this

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exclusive report. Dale Williamson was brought up in

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his parents' home here in Nottingham. It is a household full

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of childhood memories. He went on to swap the marching band uniform

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for a military one. He spent the last 22 years as an intelligence

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analyst for the RAF, stationed at home and abroad. There has been a

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promise to consult on changes to the law to put servicemen up the

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wedding is... Despite warm words from political leaders, he is now

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struggling to get a council house in his knitting -- native

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Nottingham. He has been told he does not have a strong enough

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connection to the local area. has been a huge kick in the teeth

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to be told I have no association with the city I love. You don't

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call where you are posted your home because it is only temporary.

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soldier was given priority by his local house a lot fraud you on his

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return from Afghanistan. council were spot on, helped me

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everywhere I could. Otherwise I would have been stuck. On the

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street. Mansfield District Council has signed a special veteran

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charter promising help for ex- military personnel. A lot of

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regiments have been given freedom to the city of Nottingham and I

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find it kind of ironic that it is OK for a publicity exercise to give

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a group of individuals the freedom of the city but then not honour

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that on the back end. I think it speaks volumes. Dale Williamson

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says he cannot afford private rent in Nottingham and you will soon be

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moving to Ashfield. -- he will soon be moving. You commit to fighting

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in other nations around the world but you are forgotten about around

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the country. Simon is with us now. What response

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has there been? They say they feel sympathy with Dale Williamson but

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at the moment they give priority to those who are homeless, those

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already living the city boundary and those affected by domestic

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violence. What's the situation elsewhere? It is a real mixed

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picture. In Derby, they have no a priority for service personnel. In

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Leicester, they do, and Dale Williamson would be in Band 2, not

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band 5, as he is in Nottingham. Thank you.

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A judge has described a benefits fraudster who regularly played golf

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as a thorough and utter liar and cheat. Nottingham Crown Court heard

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Robert Cave from Mansfield cheated the public purse out of more than

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�12,000. Today, he was jailed for four months, as James Roberson

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reports. Nottingham Crown Court today heard

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Robert Cave, a former miner, has a genuine degenerative bone

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collection -- bone disease, but despite an improvement in his

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condition in recent years, he still claimed he could barely walk. In

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2009, benefit fraud investigators secretly filmed and at home in

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Mansfield easily moving heavy fence panels to his car. But they also

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follow it into this golf course in Nottinghamshire, where he was

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filled practising on the driving range, apparently without any

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physical problems, and then playing a whole round of golf on football

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stop before investigators discovered that not only had he

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been coming here regularly, but he had achieved a handicap of 15,

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which is a mark of an accomplished golfer. He had claimed over �6,000

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up to 2010. The court was told, he could not have got a handicap of 15

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overnight. He must have been playing for some time. I cannot

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think of worse breaches. I cannot imagine the public annoyance at

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this man's disgusting behaviour. A clear message was sent to other

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benefit fraudsters, they said. would be scared if I was doing that

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and I found out what had happened today and they think it gives a

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reassuring message to members of the public or on his stun working

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and wondering what on earth is going on here. -- the public who

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are honest and working. Still to come, all of last night's

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goal action, in the sport. Also, the scaffolding is down at

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Chatsworth House. Renovation work is over at the ancestral seat of

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the Dukes of Devonshire. Experts say this is the best it's looked

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for 300 years and we'll take a peek. And all eyes are on Leicester

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tomorrow, but what will the weather be like for the visit? I will have

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the details shortly. Next, big changes are on their way

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that could transform the way health services are run here in the East

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Midlands. The Government's controversial Health and Social

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Care Bill will give local GPs greater control over NHS budgets.

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But our MPs are still divided over whether patients will actually

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benefit from the changes. From Westminster, here's our political

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editor, John Hess. So who is best at deciding the

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spending priorities for local health care? Is it your GP, or, in

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the case of Derby and Derbyshire, the Primary Care Trust, with its

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annual budget of �1 billion to surveyed population of one million

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people. In the future, it will be the GPs who decide but there are

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critics who say the Government's changes under its Health and Social

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Care Bill will allow it a much greater role for the private sector

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in the NHS, and that is a very much at the heart of its long-running

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political drama. It will be a lot better, because frankly,

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constituents come to me and say, the only person who understands my

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medical needs is my GP. They now have the power to commission the

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services that patients' needs. will those structural changes

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improve things? I think so. It will make things much smoother and give

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power to the patient. I think we will get the services people do

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need. My worry is that this Health Bill will set different parts of

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the system against one another and it has also been a huge waste of

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money, this big reorganisation. Billions of extra pounds have been

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spent on it we should have been going into frontline patient care.

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This controversial bill is almost writs last parliamentary hurdle but

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at Westminster tonight, there is a big rally organised and among the

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speakers, Sue Johnson, a hospital worker from Derby. She is a great

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geographer who works in the X-ray department at the Royal Derby

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Hospital. -- she is a radio opera. If things go ahead as we believe,

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we might see closures and hospitals will not be able to plan for their

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care because alternative providers will be coming in. Quality. Well,

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we talk about quality but there is no evidence that competition

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improves quality. The Primary Care Trust which shape local an edge as

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funding of being wound down. are setting out their local

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consortium in anticipation of the new legislation. David Cameron once

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the GPs very much in the driving seat of the future direction of the

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NHS and tonight, it looks as though those changes are heading into Top

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Gear. The job agency Remploy has

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announced plans to close its Leicester factory. The city site

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employs 23 people who assemble mechanical products. It's one of 36

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factories earmarked for closure after the Government announced it's

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cutting funding. 1,700 jobs could go in total. However, Remploy says

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it hopes to keep its Derby operation.

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More than 1,000 cannabis plants have been found in a disused garage

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shelter in Nottinghamshire. The bunker is on a former airfield in

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the village of Whixley. The find is one of two large seized -- seizures

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in the last month. Eight people have been arrested and

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Leicestershire and Derbyshire at the start off a regional crackdown

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on metal theft. Forces across the East Midlands have been working

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together to tackle the problem. Thieves have stolen lead from train

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lines and war memorials, as well as churches. A new unit has been set

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up to deal with the crime specifically.

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Now, final preparations are being made for the visit of Her Majesty,

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the Queen to the City of Leicester tomorrow. It is the first stop on

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her Jubilee tour of the country. She will be accompanied by the Duke

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of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge. We go overtook where

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they are making the finishing touches. Excitement is building

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ahead of tomorrow. Technicians have been here all days setting up

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things for the special service. Why is the biz is so important?

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Leicester has been chosen as the first prize the Queen will come on

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her tour, arcing 60 years of her reign. It will also be the first

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official visit of the Dodgers of Cambridge to the East Midlands. So

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where can you see the action? -- of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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12:30pm, there will party moves to the cathedral. There is limited

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space for spectators outside. -- will meet the Mayor of Leicester

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and go on a walkabout before The Queen will also unveil a plaque

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eight St Nicholas Place. It is currently being used as a car-park.

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It will have gardens and places to walk through. Join me again later,

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when we will have a chat with the Bishop of Leicester.

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Thank you. Before then, more than a quarter of taxis stop in Derby last

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month failed on the spot safety checks. Licensing officers

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inspected 26 vehicles. Eight of them were ordered off the road and

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two were given warnings. The Czechs are part of a continuing operation

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between the police and the city council.

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The council says business waste could be included in some of the

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worst recent cases of fly-tipping. Trouble was dumped outside a farm

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in Derby. It was one of three big incidents cleared up by the council

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in a week. Tyres also found in Long Eaton.

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A huge operation is underway in the Peak District to spread heather

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seeds over the moors. It is hoped it will improve water quality in

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rivers and reduce the risk of flooding. So far, 5,000 bags have

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been edited -- airlifted to the Derbyshire moors.

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You are watching BBC Newsline, and a day centre which closed recently

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after more than 25 years has reopened in a local park. In a

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host's a group of over 70s more than once a week, hosting games and

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food. Up with councils and charities

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being forced to tighten their belts, they send -- centres across the

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East Midlands are having to close their doors. But this pub has

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started a day centre of its own. speak to one another and it makes

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you happy. The staff of very jovial and include you in what they are

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doing. Very nice indeed. I was a bit dubious at first but now I am

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chatting as bad as them! So it was nice! The group used to make us a

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day centre run by the Red Cross but when that closed down after more

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than two decades, they were left with no way to go. The County

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Council then approached this pub and ask them if they would provide

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this centre instead. A few drinks and a few exercises they can do. It

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just makes them happy and that makes me happy. I would be lost

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without it because it is the only place I get out to. Other than

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going to the supermarket or shopping. This is my day out.

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some way to go. Each day... Otherwise I would be sitting at

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home on my own. A day here costs �6 but the copses it is doing it to

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make a difference rather than to make a profit. -- but the pub says.

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They now want to open it for a third day in the week and the

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council wants more pubs to follow Before sport, it is the wash up

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that has cost �15 million. Renovation work at Chatsworth House

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is complete after years of work. The last of the scaffolding which

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has cocooned the building for 12 months has come down, Anthony parts

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have been opened up for the first time. We take a look in the company

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of the Duke of Devonshire. It is the jewel in the Peak, now

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with added sparkle. Where there was baffled and tarpaulin, now there is

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claiming stonework. Chatsworth House has not been seen this way

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since it was built a 300 years ago. All we needed to do what we do if a

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few things and clean it. Some bits have had to be carved again.

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Every generation of the Devonshire family has made their mark. The

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current Duke is no exception. He has revealed a few secrets.

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It was not for the visitors, we would not be able to do this. It is

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just because we get so many visitors as they are so

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enthusiastic, and their support means we can do this work.

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But the master plan has not just been about cleaning and repairing

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the fabric of this Grade 1 listed building. In total, �15 million has

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been spent in -- spent to open up new rooms. This is not a war, it is

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a door into way guest bedroom. You see how filthy it is up there.

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The nasty, black flame. There is the small matter of the

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east face still to clean. But this house has not stood still in 300

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years. The garage will be full of paint

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cans! It is sport now. Plenty of football action from last

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night. Certainly not good for Forest or Leicester. Let's start

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with the cheery news. Derby County Peter Black Bull. -- Derby County

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beat Blackpool. They conceded in the opening two

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and equipped -- minutes, letting in Tom Ince.

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I thought, here we go. But we came back on Saturday and knew we could

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do it. At the start of the second half, we fully deserved it for

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stopper Derby Guardian, and feel Robinson's squandered a good chance.

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-- v Robinson. In the second half, Derby where a different team. Steve

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Davies scored the equaliser. The goalkeeper was needed again. Derby

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push hard, and it was Stephen Davies who scored the winner.

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Pre-performance from him. That retrograde performance. Again, to

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excellent finishes. Next up, it is Watford and forest.

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-- Forest. That was the winner of the night. It did not go so well

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for Leicester City or Nottingham Forest, who both lost.

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Leicester City's season can be summed up in one word, inconsistent.

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Things were going to plan at Bristol City when Lloyd Dyer put

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them ahead. They could not hang on to the lead for long at all. After

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the break they fell behind. Leicester thought they had rescued

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a point through Neil Danns, but the home side had other ideas, to leave

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the Foxes seven points behind the play-offs.

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Nottingham Forest's recent revival came to a costly end against

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Doncaster. They fell behind to a scream that. The visitors then

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doubled their lead, hopes were raised when Dexter Blackstock

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pulled one back for Forest, but the equaliser would not come, and the

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beds are now three points off the relegation zone.

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Notts County looks like they were on course to make it five wins in a

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row against a Tranmere when Damion Stewart fired in. But the keeper

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was in great form. They finally succumbed in stoppage time and

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space tip in League One. -- state six vol stop Leicester City will

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play Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter- finals.

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The Londoners beat Birmingham in last night's replay.

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Ice hockey, and there is a big night in store for the Nottingham

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Panthers, they have got the first leg of their Challenge Cup final

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away in Belfast, a repeat of last year's final. The Panthers won on

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that occasion to pick up the trophy for the second time. They will have

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to be at their best to make it three times running, as Belfast are

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the league leaders. We will be looking to be the best.

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We can get a result in their place to bring back here for next Tuesday.

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Pick congratulations to Grantham's Sophie Allen, she has made the

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British Olympic team after this win of her life at the National

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Championships. Four more places went to Loughborough University

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competitors, including Caitlin McLatchey. Salafi qualified in the

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butterfly, pipping Leicester's Sophie Smith. -- Sophie.

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It is amazing. I cannot wait, it is so long since we have got the

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Olympics, and to be a member of the team is amazing.

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Well done to her boss Bob more swimming to come later this week. -

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Flowers arranged, Pepsi's practice to -- Paksi is practised, speeches

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written. No one can say Leicester is not properly prepared for

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tomorrow's's huge royal occasion. The there will be global interest

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in the event, it is the first engagement of her Majesty's Diamond

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Jubilee tour. Let go back to the cathedral and

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rejoin the Simon Ward. What are they up to now?

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Rehearsals are still going on at the cathedral. The Bishop of

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Leicester joins us. How you feeling?

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We are all very excited. The Queen will never forget this day. She is

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held in such affection here, and everyone wants to show it.

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It will be a Christian service, but also multicultural?

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Yes, our Christian faith leads us to reach out to people of other

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faiths and people of no faith. This cathedral is common ground, and

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that all be here for everyone to see tomorrow, as young people read

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from the Holy scriptures as -- of their faiths.

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How important is it to be multicultural?

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It is part of the character of our city, and we did well as somewhere

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where different people from different cultures come together

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harmoniously. The Queen wants her kingdom to look like that, I think

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that is why she has chosen to come here for her first visit.

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Thank you for joining us. It will be an exciting day for the City of

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Leicester. I was down their earlier, and it

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was amazing. It was buzzing! Fingers crossed.

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Thank you for that! De weather is looking fine, so if you are heading

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down to the Royal celebration, temperatures are what they should

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be for this time of year. The wind will not be as severe as recently.

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Tonight will be mostly dry up with some clear spells. Thank you for

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this absolutely beautiful photo taken yesterday morning. This cold

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front moved its way south-east through the morning and into the

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afternoon, behind it we have seen some lovely sunshine. Just the odd

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isolated showers. As we go through this evening, there is a chance of

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one or two showers. On the whole, a dry night. For the rest of us, a

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dry night, they could be some rain over the Peak District. It might

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get cold enough in rural spot for a touch of frost. Plenty of sunshine

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around in the morning, it is just as we going to be after that we

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will start to see the cloud increasing a bit. But there will

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still be plenty of sunshine. It will still feel fairly breezy, so

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you might need to hold onto your hat! Looking further ahead, high

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pressure is firmly with us on Friday, and will be by this

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throughout the weekend. There's a lot of cloud associated with the

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high pressure, but on the whole, Friday is looking like a dry day,

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still fairly breezy. The outlook for Saturday, we are staying with

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the cloud, but still high pressure, as a way dry day. Both the

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temperatures are getting higher, so it will feel fairly mild. Still

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quite cloudy on Sunday, but there Thank you, Anna!

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Would have full coverage of the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in

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Leicester tomorrow. You can follow the whole day on BBC

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