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This is East Midlands Today. Our top story: a mother's anger over

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the police's treatment of schoolchildren. The students strip-

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searched by police without parental permission. One mother has told me

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she is appalled. Also tonight, the victim a fly-tipping who took

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matters into his own hands. Pass here comes a hosepipe ban. Anglian

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Water warns of restrictions ahead. After 120 years, the final act for

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Good evening. The exclusive story of how police strip-searched

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teenagers at the school. Parents were told, and what asked for their

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permission. Derbyshire Police are defending their decision to search

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the boys at John Port School at Etwall. They said they were acting

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on information about drugs and made two a rest. One mother has said

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she's furious, and that her son was innocent.

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I am with the mother of one of the boys he was at strip-searched at

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school. We have agreed to protect their identity. Can you tell me

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what your son told you? When my son came home, he informed me he had

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been strip-searched. He was very distraught. Very embarrassed.

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did you feel about this as his mother? I feel my child has been

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victimised. For police to go into the school and strip-searched your

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child without permission, I am outraged. Under the misuse of drugs

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Act, the police can do just that. This is why they did it. We had

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very specific intelligence about how the drugs were being brought

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into the school, and the fact they were being brought in in underwear.

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We have a duty to investigate a criminality, and particularly with

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drugs. We did arrest 115, and 116- year-old boy. They found nothing on

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the other eight boys that they searched. We do everything that we

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can at this school to keep people safe. Part of that policy is a

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zero-tolerance attitude on drugs. Was stripped -- was stripped

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searching than justified? I want to take every step to keep children

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safe. I understand are the mother being upset. -- I understand about

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mother being upset. She is very upset. She says her son can't go

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back to school, he cannot face said. A row is raging over rubbish, after

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a landowner was hit by fly-tippers. He has taken matters into his own

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hands, after a huge mound of the staff was dumped in his field.

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Rubbish been dumped on private land. The difference is that this

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perpetrator is keen to publicise his actions. Why are? Because this

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rubbish was found on his land, and he wants to highlight the crime.

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It's an absolute mess. You have never seen anything like it before.

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Huge piles of rotting plastic, cardboard, cakes, it was absolutely

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shocking. There were rats, we have to clean it all up. We sifted

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through the rubbish, and rediscovered communication from

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their head office. The we decided that the best course of action

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would be to clear away land, loaded on to our trailer, and turn it up

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to their head office. We dumped it outside their front doors. That

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where we found employees clearing it up. Charles White acknowledges

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he could face prosecution, but has no regrets. I realise that there

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was a possibility of that. I will stand in my head up high, with the

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principle that what I did was completely apical and right.

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company says that all of this rubbish was being stored inside a

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horsebox trailer which was empty. The bakery says that trailer was

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stolen on Thursday night. That was the night that the rubbish was

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dumped. We spoke to the company, they would not be to last on-camera

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but, -- they would not be too was on camera, but said they had

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nothing to do with the dumping. The district council and the police are

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investigating. Still to come: finding a home for

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travellers. Councillors prepare to vote on the read travellers' site.

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I stripped my coat off this afternoon, it is going to get even

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The first hosepipe bans have been authorised in our region, and they

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will come into force on April 5th. Anglian Water has announced the ban.

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The rest of the region could follow. Let's go to the Saltersford water

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treatment works, we can speak to Chris Paterson. Good evening. Can

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you remind us what will be the penalty for using -- for using a

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hosepipe? We cannot and force a final �1,000. -- we can end forced

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a fine of �1,000. We know that we can get through this drought very

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well. Have you ever seen of this bad, this dry, this early in the

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year? No. These are exceptional circumstances. They remind, this is

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the lowest rate for we have had for over 100 years. We have not be able

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to recharge our reservoirs, as the usually word. -- as we usually

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would. These are exceptional circumstances. Where could be a

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send-up? -- where could have this end up? We are imposing

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restrictions early, so we don't have to take further measures later

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on India. At the moment we feel confident it will not come to that.

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What about businesses? This could be very distressing. At the moment

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the hosepipe ban will only affect domestic customers. We will be

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working a commercial -- working with commercial customers, we

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understand their problems. Thank you very much.

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You are watching East Midlands Today. Nottinghamshire County

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Council said they had saved over �90,000. They may be savings by

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getting more -- they made it the savings by getting rid of more than

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a 30 of their vehicles. They have taught drivers to drive more

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economic lead. -- economic lead. Police are concerned for the safety

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of a man who has gone missing from hospital. Farooq Sabir went missing

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on Saturday, police say he previously lived in Birmingham and

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Manchester, and has connections with London and Glasgow.

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Detectives say they need help from the public after a man was pulled

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from the River Derwent in Derby. The body of Michael Gibson was

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found yesterday told hours after he was reported missing. -- 12 hours.

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Police were called in after a manner was reported missing in the

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early hours of Sunday morning. They spent 12 hours searching be water,

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after finding -- later finding the body at Michael Gibson. Police know

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that he was seen by the river, one of the men tried in vain to rescue

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him. Police say they are keeping an open mind exactly how he died here.

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They say they need information from witnesses to help them establish

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exactly what happened. It was quite a key day, it was the Derby County

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verses what the game. -- what for the game. Lots of people were used

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in this area. They would have been very busy. His family, including a

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teenage daughter, are said to be distraught. Police are waiting

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parade postmortem -- waiting for a postmortem examination.

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Next tonight, hundreds of people are expected to attend a public

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meeting in the next hour to discuss gypsy and travellers' site in

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Leicester. The district council wants to create a more permanent

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sites. Some residents are not happy. This is one of the proposed sites.

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They will be up to 10 a family pictures here. -- pitches here. The

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site backs on to a supermarket and football pitches. The other side

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sits between a dual-carriageway, a bowling club, and they -- and a

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housing estate. There are already travellers on the other side, the

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plans is to -- the plan is to make it permanent. The travelling

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committee says having official site would help to defuse tensions with

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the local residents. The locals feel their not being listened to by

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the council. -- they are not being listened to by the local council.

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It will affect the local schools. It is cut and dried. It will happen.

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To recite in this area, that is going too far. One side, and others

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elsewhere, fine. We have a 19 unauthorised camps in that area the

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city. Batty's not on for the local people. We have to find a solution.

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The next few weeks will be full of decisions, whose knees will come

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first, city or county, residents or travellers?

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In other news, 20 people have been arrested during a week of action to

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tackle metal theft. Nottingham police say that dealers were

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visited and stolen metal was recovered. It was a co-ordinated

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campaign against metal thieves among all East Midlands police

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forces. A decision will be made for plans

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for a Velodrome in Derby. The planning committee will boater on

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Thursday about the project for pride Park. If approved, there will

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also be a 5,000 seater concert venue with basketball, and

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gymnastics facilities. A family from Leicester have taken

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part in a film about cancer to help families suffering from bereavement.

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This child died at the age of six because of a brain tumour. The

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charity hopes it'll help others to get through the situation. With the

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DVD, you have got it on hand. You can use it when you want to. If I

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had that, I would have benefited at the time. If anybody can get any

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kind of comfort, or encouragement to know that you can carry on, you

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The rise of the big supermarkets and our increasing use of the

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internet is putting more pressure than ever on small shops. It's

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estimated around 400 rural shops close down each year in the UK.

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The Leicestershire village of Thrussington hasn't had a shop for

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the past six years, but now that's all changed after one family

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decided to swap the rat race in London for life in the country.

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Simon Ward reports. Birdsong and blue skies. It seems a

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world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. After six

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years of being disused, the village shop in Forth Bridge has come back

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to life with the arrival of this family. -- the village shop in

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Thrussington. We looked into it, and that kind of brought the two

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together, leaving London, coming up here to start a new life and

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business. If you wanted to buy a newspaper in Thrussington in the

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last six years, you couldn't. But you can now. Yes, a massive need.

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There are about four villages in the area and not one of them has a

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village store. So a real big need for it. Bradley's store is well

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established in another Leicestershire village. People in

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the industry say it is vital that small shops to survive. I think

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people are more concerned about the environment, so do look at things

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like for us -- a fresh food and veg, if you buy exported vegetables from

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the supermarket, chances are it has travelled about 1800 miles before

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you buy it. Whereas if you buy it local, it is have produced locally,

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it is only troubled about 20 miles, so in terms of carbon footprint, it

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is much better. Back in Thrussington, the tea room part of

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the new shop is proving popular. wasn't nice seeing an empty place

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either. It used to be the hub of all activity and village gossip, of

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course! There are no shops in any of the villages around here like

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this, it is great to have it back. For the family, it is the start of

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a new adventure. For the village, it is the return of something that

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has been missing. It looks lovely! We wish them well.

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Still to come - the final act in a long-running amateur drama.

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The Derby Opera company was founded to perform comic opera - but now

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Plenty of drama in sport, no doubt. All unscripted, as well!

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We've got two wins and two defeats to talk about from the weekend's

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football. Both wins coming from our Nottingham sides. More on an

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amazing victory for Notts County in a moment, but first to Forest.

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Things are certainly looking a lot brighter for them at the moment.

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Kirsty Edwards reports. It is a cliche, but this was a real

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six-pointer for Forest. There was an early scare, first the post and

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then these legs saved the day. But then a forest sparked into life,

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with midfielder Andy Reed at the centre of everything. His cross

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found the weight -- he was again the creator as he floated in a

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free-kick for Danny Higginbotham to volley in. It was his first goal

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for a year. I will be happy for that! I went into the fans,

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shouting, it was a good day, not just for him, but Andy, he has been

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out of the team, he has won -- he has done a job. Things got a bit

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nervy when Millwall pulled a goal back in the second half, but no

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need to worry, Andy Reed was there with a fine goal of his own to

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insure a vital win. We cannot get sloppy and think we are safe, we

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are nowhere near, we have to keep our feet on the ground and keep

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doing what we have been doing, I think it will take care of itself.

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Forest are now five points off the relegation zone. Next up, the small

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matter of for a trip to Derby tomorrow night.

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Not so great elsewhere in the Championship. Leicester were

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crushed in a game they had to win. And Derby prepared for tomorrow's

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big match with Forest with a home defeat.

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Their failure was straightforward enough, as a manager Nigel Clough

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pointed out, they seemed to start the match at 3:15pm rather than 3pm,

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and they were already 2-0 down by then. Although Davies scored a

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free-kick to pull one back, and Derby pressed in the second half,

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you cannot give up two goals in this level. -- at this level.

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Leicester and Reading were also behind -- Leicester at Reading.

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contributed massively to our own downfall, the first half

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performance wasn't good enough. After half-time changes, Leicester

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were better, but still made crucial areas to let at Reading extend

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their lead to 3-0. This goal was no more than a poor consolation.

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Now, with all due respect to Forest, performance of the weekend

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definitely belongs to Notts County. They went to runaway League One

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leaders Charlton and gave them a football lesson. It means manager

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Keith Curle is unbeaten since he took over - winning five out of six

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games. Tonight he's a guest on our Late Kick Off programme and joined

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me a bit earlier from their studio. I have had a fantastic start, not

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only the result, three performances, but the reaction of the players,

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they have been asked to go out and express themselves, and everyone,

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to Amman, has done that. Did you expect a first half of the likes

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you got at Charlton? I think it was fantastic, but when you give

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players the responsibility to go out and enjoy themselves, express

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themselves, there is different factors within the game, a lot of

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hard work, people have to be brave, put themselves on the line, that is

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part and parcel of football. But when you can get the ball down, be

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productive, excellent to watch. Your record is extraordinary so far.

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Do you think this is a platform for more of the same? It is something

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to build on. We put on a thrilling performance in the first half, that

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was absolutely breathtaking. Walking into the tunnel at half-

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time, 4-0 up at Charlton, I think, what am I going to say to the

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players? I had a cup of tea, and I said, excellent, more of the same.

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How have you found the club overall? They have won some awards,

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pretty good? It is fantastic. It really is a community club, that is

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one of the things that was brought out in my interview, it is the

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importance of the football club that plays within the community,

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there is a fantastic backroom staff. The foundation is there to be

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successful. As well as Keith's appearance on

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Late Kick Off, there's an extended report from Derby's match and a

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really interesting and wide-ranging interview with Sven Goran Eriksson.

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Not to be missed. Other sport now - Leicester Tigers

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players were at the heart of England's stirring Six Nations win

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in France yesterday. Rampaging centre Manu Tuilangi

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scored the first try - providing England with a platform they never

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gave up. And the eventual match winner was a terrific solo effort

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from Tom Croft. The first time England have won three away matches

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in this competition. It means they still have a mathematical chance of

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winning the Six Nations. Speaking of rugby, first chance for

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me to say well done to Leicester Tigers. Squad players really

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stepping up to carry them to next weekend's LV Cup Final with a win

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over Bath on Friday. In case you missed it over the

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weekend, confirmation that Nottingham Rugby lost their playoff

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opener at London Welsh, but that Nottingham Panthers won four one in

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Hull on Saturday. A good warm-up for tomorrow.

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Finally from me, we can't go without marking the stunning

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performance of our swimmers at the British Championships last week. 13

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of them from the East Midlands qualified for this summer's Olympic

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Games. Loughborough's Dan Fogg became the last - smashing his

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1,500 metre personal best on Saturday. Well done to all of them.

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We will be talking more about derby against Forest tomorrow.

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He certainly was fantastic on Friday.

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A leading member of the amateur theatre scene says he fears for the

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future of "am-dram" in the East Midlands.

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It's been announced that one of the region's oldest amateur companies -

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the Derby Opera Company - is closing after 120 years.

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Its chairman says it's an ominous sign for all amateur theatre when

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even well-established groups are unable to continue. James Roberson

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For Steve and and, it is good buy from them and the whole of the

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Derby Opera Company. After 120 years, it is closing down. Despite

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winning awards, their last production lost �14,000. At the

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last 11 shows, seven have made a last, and only four have made a

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profit. We are also having trouble getting volunteers, so that has

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made it really impossible for us to continue. The company started in

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1891, primarily to perform Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but over

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the years it has diversified into any kind of light opera or musical.

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It gave voice to hundreds of amateur performers. I joined in

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1967 because I wanted to have an interest away from my professional

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life. I met people, I went to events I would never otherwise have

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experienced. And it has been very enjoyable, and I'm very sorry it is

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coming to an end. And a church was a member for six years. We put so

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much work into rehearsal, sometimes it was harder than coming to work

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for the day, because they wanted it so perfect, it was a real challenge.

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The second you stood on the stage here, it was just magic. I do know

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of other companies that are struggling, both in Derby and

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Nottingham. I am worried that the future of all professional theatre,

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only one or two shows seem to do well, the rest of them struggle,

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and there is nothing like live theatre. The company is hoping to

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have a final reunion dinner for past and present members this

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That is sad! Poignant. That lady was a director's headmistress. He

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says he is still scared of her! Time for the weather. Venus,

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Have you spotted it in the last couple of night? Of Venus and

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Jupiter or, you can spot it. Unfortunately, the cloud is going

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to increase to all areas of the East Midlands this evening. A

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lovely shot of a bleated enjoying the sunshine in Nottingham. Thank

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you for the photo. We have got to thank this high-pressure, sitting

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over the UK. It is not helping with the rain factor, but plenty of

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decent dry and settled weather to come over the next couple of days.

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Some good clear skies for the first part of the evening, and gradually,

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to all areas, that cloud will start to build. Turning a little murky

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through the early hours, with some drizzle. Tuesday morning starts on

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a cloudy night, misty and murky first thing, that will lift fairly

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quickly, but cloud looks like it it will be a bit more stubborn.

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Certainly not the all-out sunshine that many areas got this afternoon.

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If you get plenty of sunshine, it could well peak at 14 Celsius

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tomorrow. The same is true of Wednesday, more in the way at

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sunshine. The high pressure continues to dominate. Thursday,

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you can see under pressure chart, the high pressure starting to pull

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away to the south. Thursday does have the potential to be one of the

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warmest days of the year so far. You could see temperatures up to 18,

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