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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and Quentin Rayner.

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Tonight, stealing from right underneath you. Metal thieves are

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now ripping out catalytic converters costing motorists

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thousands. They come in and they're mortified when they see what's been

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hacked off. Also tonight, dangerous play, the

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children at risk on a derelict site. Plus this holiday park is

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celebrating 25 years of being in Sherwood Forest. I'll be finding

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out how much benefit it brings to the region's economy.

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And memories of the Titanic from Britain's oldest man. $CYAN My

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I received it, but I was too young Good evening. First tonight, the

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rise of a new wave of metal thefts that's costing motorists in the

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East Midlands thousands of pounds. Police say there's been a huge

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increase in the number of catalytic converters being stolen from

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people's cars. They can fetch a couple of hundred pounds if sold as

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scrap, but drivers face a much higher cost to get them replaced.

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On the rise - the metal thieves have a new target. This garage in

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Swadlincote in Derbyshire has already fitted eight new catalytic

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converters in the last week. Today, this was their ninth. In this

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section here, that was where the customer's catalytic converter was.

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People at the moment are crawling under these hire vehicles, 4x4 and

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Vans. They are then taking them to scrap dealers for money. Some

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people think they have just got an exhaust pipe and they bring it in

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and they are mortified when they have seen what cracked off. This is

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what the thieves will walk away with. The catalytic converter

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contains valuable metals but the prize signed one for scrap is

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nothing compared to the cost of getting one replaced -- the price.

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A one gentleman unfortunately had a nearly new range of pick-up from

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Ford, the park was genuine and it was over �2,000 to buy the part

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alone. For someone getting �100 for scrapping it in, the customer is

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left with a massive bill. Police say there have been 36

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reported thefts in the area in the last two weeks. A rise that's

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sparked concern amongst local residents and businesses. We are a

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24 hour operation so there is somebody inside but that does not

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stop anybody coming in and tampering with the vans if you like.

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It is a concern. I am retired, I can't afford that sort of money.

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The biggest concern that we have had his that we appreciate it is

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costing a lot of money for people to have these catalytic converters

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replaced and we are determined to prevent the offences happening.

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The police have put on extra patrols and are advising motorists

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to keep their cars locked away where possible. All in the hope

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they solve what's proving to be a very expensive problem for

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Talks between managers and trade unions are underway to try and

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prevent hundreds of job losses at the Castle Donington-based airline,

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BMI. It's feared even the company's headquarters at Donington Hall

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could be at risk, with plans to lose 400 staff there and a further

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150 at East Midlands Airport. MPs and business leaders say they'll

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fight to try to keep the company in Under cloudy skies, PMI staff

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arrived at work today, the jobs literally up in the air. The new

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owner British Airways wants to shed around 1,200 jobs nationwide,

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almost half here at the company's headquarters and at nearby

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maintenance buildings. Hopefully it won't have a knock-on effect to

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local work. But that is the worry here in Castle Donington. While it

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still has the airport nearby, there are fears that new jobs will be

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hard to find. If I lost my job, the only place I can realistically look

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for one is Donington. Not many are going. On a family worked up there

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and they have got mortgages and they may have to move down south.

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Probably the air crew jobs will be there. It is with companies coming

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together, always surplus when that happens. It is thought the slots

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are what made PMI so attractive. It was losing money but business

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leaders feel the company could be swallowed by its bigger company and

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shipped away. We all hoped that with the takeover of British

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Airways, we might see some strengthening of our Midland

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airline and what we are actually seeing is the opposite of that, the

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resource training away from here down to London. Nor good news for

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the area but the facility here is an amazing facility, the house and

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offices are there and there are opportunities there if it is not

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the headquarters of PMI. Rolls- Royce is among the companies being

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approached to take on redundant workers. But it is clear that some

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Imperial Tobacco, which employs 750 people in Nottingham, has sharply

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criticised Government plans to force firms to sell cigarettes in

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plain packaging. The company says the move would encourage

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counterfeiting. But the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, believes

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the Government has a responsibility to stop young people smoking.

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Marketing experts say that tobacco firms will simply find others ways

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of promoting their brands. I think if this does go ahead, the tobacco

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industry will look for clever ways to try to reach people. Through e-

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mail campaigns, viral marketing, product placement. There's a lot of

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other options besides point of sale. Plenty on the way for you here on

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East Midlands Today, including headline news from 100 years ago.

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But is it the genuine Titanic article? I am in the shop where the

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first winning ticket was bought and the amazing run of what we look for

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the area, can it happen again tonight? A �43 million EuroMillions

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People living near a derelict factory say they fear for the

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safety of children seen playing in there over the past few weeks. The

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old Donisthorpe and Co textile factory in Leicester was abandoned

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10 years ago, and it's not clear who owns it. Drug addicts and the

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homeless use the factory to shelter in but they're not the only ones.

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Local people are worried it's also There's been a factory here since

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the 18th century. A proud landmark of Leicester's industrial heritage

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but now the site lies open to the elements and to abuse. The -- site

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is easy to access. You are able to approach the site and it has become

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a magnet. I cycled past and spotted people playing on the side. Came in

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and warned them about it and the dangers about being on here. Gas

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bottles located in all sorts of locations, asbestos piled up.

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even a war memorial dedicated to factory workers killed in conflict

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has had to be covered. It is bad that we cannot see it but again, it

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is covered up to hope fully protected from what is happening

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around us. There's nothing but weeds and bricks. It is appalling.

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One of the buildings has become a refuge for a number of homeless

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people being helped by a local charity. This is what we call a

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squat, this is where the guys love because they have got no

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accommodation so we come here and give them blanket. And give them

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food which is most probably sandwiches and so on. Hot drinks

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and try to make it a stable home for them. While it is unclear who

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currently owns the property, Leicester City Council says any

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planning applications that may have existed have now expired. It is

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hoped that this Grade two listed building can be preserved for the

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future and made safe for the The company which owns luxury flats

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by the River Trent in Nottingham has called in administrators. The

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award-winning complex was once home to Sven-Goran Eriksson, during his

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brief tenure as manager of Notts County football club. The site

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includes the first million-pound penthouse to be sold in Nottingham.

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Riley Holdings has blamed its financial difficulties on the

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prolonged downturn in the property market.

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There's a new twist in the war of words over whether Nottingham

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should have a directly elected mayor to run the city. The leader

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of the Labour-run council Jon Collins says it would be stupid to

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vote for the role. He was responding to criticism made on

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this programme by Lord Heseltine that his leadership was remote and

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unaccountable. Nottingham is one of ten cities holding a referendum

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next month on whether or not it wants an all-powerful mayor. Here's

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This is the politician who won't be taken for a ride. But is his

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leadership facing his biggest challenge? What if the voters vote

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"yet"? -- yes. They are allowed to, that is democracy.

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Next month, the voters of Nottingham will decide on whether

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to replace his style of leadership with a directly-elected mayor. Jon

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Collins wants Nottingham to vote a resounding "no". The case for a no

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boat is that this is an experiment and if you look around the country,

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there are plenty of examples where it is a failing experiment as well.

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He used to facing down his critics, right and left. He believes he'll

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see off the referendum threat. not think we should just make a

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stupid decision because a lot of people are making decisions that

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don't work, we must make a decision best for Nottingham.

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He's taken to Twitter to get that message across. The "Yes" campaign

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is making its case through newspaper adverts and this week's

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intervention of Lord Heseltine. great English cities want to

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reverse the north-south divide and they need powerful, identifiable

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and accountable leaders. People want to see politicians doing

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things and delivering. I do not think that most people are

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interested in the personality side of things.

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Jon Collins enjoys cycling. This is from his charity ride to Paris. But

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could the Government's support for city mayors puncture his ambitions

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for Nottingham? The idea that somehow, it is a Labour city

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council and a Conservative Government, but things are not

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being agreed and approved is not borne out by the fact.

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Jon Collins has led Nottingham for 10 years. He says the city's on the

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up. That's why he's voting "no" to a city mayor.

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Parents across Nottinghamshire have been finding out if their children

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have secured places at their first choice primary school.

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Nottinghamshire County Council say 90% of five-year-olds are going to

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their first choice. Whilst the city council says 84% have got their

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preferred place. Last year, schools in parts of Rushcliffe were

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oversubscribed, but staff say they've worked to improve the

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situation. What we are doing is building an additional building to

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the Hayman school but we are also building another classroom to be

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Jessie grey school and what we are doing is getting parents there

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their best choices and we are confident the quality of education

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will not be affected. One of the East Midlands' biggest

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tourist attractions is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Center Parcs,

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located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, was the first of its kind

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in the UK. Figures show that it's still proving very popular with

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visitors, but how much benefit does it bring to the region's economy?

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This was the construction scene before opening in 1987. Don

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Camilleri was here right from the start. We had to run down to

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Nottingham and grab almost every bike they had.

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Running out of bikes was one of very few teething problems. The

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centre now draws in a wide range of people. Our catchment is around a

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three away drive so we are bringing people in to spend money in the

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East Midlands to do not necessarily live here. That is a huge boost to

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the local tourism economy here. The most prominent feature is the

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swimming pool dome. It's very warm inside, but you can swim into the

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outside and back again. Most staff live locally so the economy

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benefits with �11 million worth of pay. 400,000 visitors come here

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each year and they have a continuous 96% occupancy.

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In the heart of Sherwood Forest, it's a good place to have a go at

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being Robin Hood. 13 of the staff have been here for

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all the 25 years. One of those thinking back to the first days is

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Claire. It was an example of just another employee, we still have the

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factories and the mines but this was another concept. There are no

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plans for expansion and up to 25 years it wants to keep things as

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This weekend sees the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the

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world's most famous ship, the Titanic. The event has brought to

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light memorabilia and even memories, here in the East Midlands. One

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woman believes she may have unearthed a newspaper published at

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the time in 1912. But even more remarkably, Britain's oldest man,

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from Derbyshire, actually remembers hearing the news of the sinking as

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At their house in Ripley in Derbyshire, Susan Waldron and her

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daughter Chelsey sit down to re- read a copy of the Daily Mirror

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that may actually have been printed a few days after the Titanic sank

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in 1912. Susan knows the paper was used for years as a drawer liner,

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but thinks it could have been owned by her great grandmother.

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The paper shows pictures of anxious relatives and the shocked public.

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The crew including Captain Smith. There's even a retraction of an

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earlier story that he shot himself as the ship foundered and a photo

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of J Bruce Ismay, White Star's chairman who became notorious for

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leaving the sinking ship. It is not mentally see the old photos and you

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read some of the stories in the paper that it really brings it home

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to you -- it is not until you see the photos.

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Susan's paper is just one Titanic memento in Derbyshire. John Siggins

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has spent years amassing an entire collection, mainly from Titanic's

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sister ship, Olympic. Derby Museum is showing this piece of wood

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recovered after Titanic's sinking that came from the ship's first

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class dining room, for which Royal Crown Derby produced china.

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Replicas like these will be taken by submersible to the wreck this

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weekend. But perhaps the most unusual memories are those of Reg

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Dean from Wirksworth - Britain's oldest man - who was nine when

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Titanic sank. My father gave me the news and I received it but I was

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too young to make very much of it. I can picture the ship as an

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immense vessel with four funnels. Experts are unsure if Susan's paper

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is genuine, or a modern replica. She says it doesn't matter which.

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They said it was hard to authenticated but to us, really, we

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have got a piece of history and we will keep it anyway.

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The story continues to fascinate each generation. Clutching their

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special glasses, Susan, Chelsey and two friends were off - yes, to see

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No escaping it at all. Didn't he looked fantastic for 109? We are

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actually experiencing the same kind of weather to 100 years ago. We now

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know that because Anna told us. pressure was in charge just like

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this week but I will have the It is surprising there is still

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would be on. Hard to overstate the importance of that game.

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A look ahead to all the weekend's sport from me. And there's a lot on

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- but we'll start with Leicester City because for them it's been the

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Back-to-back wins has pushed them right up into contention for the

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play-offs. Just three points off the top six with just four games to

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go. The big question is, can they Saturday is the big match. If we

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win, we will be there. You never know what to expect. If we do make

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the play-offs, we will go on. Typical Lester, leaving it right to

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the end. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is life-changing for

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a lot of people. We just want to Always tough to get back to back

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results in this league. Our form has been up and down. You get the

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momentum at the right time, it could work well for you. You must

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We have got lots of players to have been in play-offs before. We are

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still with an outside chance. If we can take to the end of the season,

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we will have done pretty well. It's not just Leicester with

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something to play for tomorrow. Three points would be very welcome

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for Derby, Forest and Notts County too. Kirsty Edwards looks ahead to

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The Rams get set to replace Middlesbrough and are not out of

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the race yet but with four games left, it will be a big demand to

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make the top six. We will keep going, we are playing well. It is a

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shame the season finishes when it does. We are in it for a sharp but

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we have got to play Cardiff and Middlesbrough so it will be a tough

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test in Portsmouth away, we will keep going and see where it takes

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Nottingham Forest have a tough game against promotion hopefuls,

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Blackpool but surely the Reds are just about safe now. Seven points

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clear of danger and looking up rather than down. I think Darren

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Ferguson said before, we play Peterborough at Christmas, that if

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they won, they could go 10 points ahead of us. Millwall, Barnsley, so

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17th place is up for grabs. Why not aim for that?

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Notts County at Brentford, one of their big rivals for the League One

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play-off places so is it a make-or- break game for them then? People

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keep asking us if our season is over. No, we are still up three

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other games and that is where we must look at it. We are just

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seeking to extend the opportunity. And all those games are on your BBC

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Local Radio station, the place to get the best coverage of your club.

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And your first look at the goals this weekend here on BBC One.

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Away from football, it's a massive game for Leicester Tigers. The

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derby at Northampton Saints is always special. But this time,

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Tigers are battling for a top-two finish - and the home play-off

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semi-final that would bring. Northampton? Well, they're just

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Northampton is always a difficult place to go, a good team, a

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difficult team to break down so I don't think it really matters, I

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think we can take a bit of confidence from the El the final

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but that is gone, a totally different game no -- the Liverpool

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Victoria final. We need to win and they need to win. We have got a

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tough run, Harlequins after that so it is a tough game.

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Nottingham Rugby Club are in the Last Chance Saloon this weekend -

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they need a bonus point win at Doncaster tomorrow to stand any

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chance of staying in the play-off contest.

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Nottingham Panthers have responded to their historic double-double

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triumph by announcing that player- coach Corey Neilsen and goaltender

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Craig Kowalski have both re-signed for the new season. Neilsen's deal

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will see him gradually stop playing to concentrate on coaching.

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A fantastic start for Nottingham canoeist David Florence in the

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campaign for Olympic selection. It's a straight best-of-three this

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weekend and today, Florence won the first races, both on his own and as

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part of a pair. One more tomorrow or on Sunday in either discipline,

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and he's off to London. Campbell Walsh, though, has work to do. He

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was third in the K1 today. Cricket now, and Notts batsmen have

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stepped things up against Durham. New boy Michael Lumb getting

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himself a century as Notts built a substantial lead. The bowlers are

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still well on top at Cardiff, though. Lots of wickets falling

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again. I suspect they may be inspecting the Saphia Gardens

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wicket. With an eye to a final or penalty for Glamorgan.

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The jackpot of the Euro-Lottery has tipped over the 40 million mark

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again. So knowing the recent success for people from the East

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Midlands, is it time for lucky Nottingham to cash in again? On a

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traditionally unlikely date in the diary, Mike O'Sullivan has been

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meeting people willing to take a Yes, they have. Good evening, this

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is where it started. The amazing run of lottery luck in Nottingham

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and Nottinghamshire. In January, Gareth from Mansfield popped into

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this shop in Broxtowe, bought a EuroMillions ticket from that

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machine and won �41 million. Then a couple from Stapleford be won �45

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million. Followed by a couple from Nottingham who won 4.5 million on

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the National Lottery. I have been asking people round here if they

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think time is right for another big win because �43 million up for

:23:50.:23:55.

grabs in the EuroMillions rollover. I don't think it will happen again.

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I don't think lightning can strike twice. I will try my luck though.

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think we can all dream. Nothing wrong with having a dream.

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million tonight, have you made a mistake by not buying a ticket?

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going back to get one. Definitely, yeah. Whoever wins it, good luck to

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them. Have you got a ticket? You will not be winning it then.

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but somebody well. My winning numbers for tonight, that is. No

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more work. Stephen, very quickly the manager. This is regarded as a

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lucky shop? Yes, I feel like it because it is the sales going up,

:24:38.:24:44.

more people coming in. We planned to sell the shop before but now we

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have change our mind. Stephen is doing well, as if the place wasn't

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lucky enough, two big unclaimed prizes, �307,000, a ticket bought

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in Rushcliffe in November and �1 million on the EuroMillions bought

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in Nottingham in March. If I were you, Quentin and Anna, I would

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check your pockets. I will check down the bottom of the

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sofa! It is not raining cash but Yes, process -- precipitation is

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the term. We can expect a main theme over the weekend feeling

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noticeably cooler. More on that in a moment. Yesterday evening, we had

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a spectacular hailstorm and this was Hazlewood and thank-you to Kris

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to -- Christopher for sending this in. Low pressure has been driving

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in the showers over the past few days. Over the next 24 hours, we

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will see Sunday setting up for a chilly feel because the northerly

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airflow from the low pressure -- high pressure. Showers will die out

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tonight giving us a dry night and in places, you will notice the

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cloud braking to give some clear skies and temperatures falling down

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to freezing, possibly lower in some rural spots where you will get a

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touch of frost. A chilly start to Saturday and the best of the day's

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weather will be in the morning but quite quickly we will see cloud

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increasing with a scattering of light showers, might be some dry

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interludes in between and the high temperature of nine Celsius. Sunday

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with a brief ridge of high pressure meaning it is dry and settled with

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the odd shower possible but generally staying dry and sunny.

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Further into next week, this area of low pressure is a real deepening

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area and it will turn wet and windy from Monday evening onwards and

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looking at Tusa, more wet and windy conditions to come. Although

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Saturday has got a few showers, we are looking at it improving on

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We have to finish tonight on a sad note for us all here at East

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Midlands Today. The funeral took place this morning of our colleague

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Peter Snow who many of you will know for his work as a video

:27:06.:27:09.

journalist. He was also an outstanding picture editor. Peter

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