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Both police say this is how they would let now and she is still

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hoping they will find her. On the evidence, we believe there is a

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possibility that she is alive. Also tonight, rescue crews call off

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the search for a Derbyshire councillor last of the French coast.

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Plus, a man who has set up a track is now wild birds escapes jail.

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Standards on the rise at this year's British Pie Awards. We have

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had in the first year some problems were soggy bottoms. Now a lot of

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pie makers have learned from that and we have got some really good

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pie is in there now. A very good evening to you and welcome to

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Wednesday's programme. Tonight, a fresh look at the disappearance of

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Madeleine McCann. An updated image was released by detectives. It is

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how they think Madeleine may lead now. The man leading the British

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investigation says he is confident his team will solve the mystery.

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Our reporter was at the special press conference at New Scotland

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Yard this morning. An age enhanced picture of

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Madeleine McCann as she could look today. Her 9th birthday is on May

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12th. Her parents from Leicestershire are said to be

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pleased with the image made with the help of a UK expert. They are

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pleased with the new image. They feel there is a strong family

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resemblance been it. Kate herself can see not only madder men in the

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picture but also her brother and sister. It is always difficult to

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see these things, of course. They are feeling very positive when they

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look at it, given the family resemblance. It is five years since

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she disappeared from her parent's holiday apartment in Portugal. The

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police reviewing the case believe she could still be alive. Taken by

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a stranger, the police gave an update today. The briefing on the

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case was held here at New Scotland Yard. A team of around 40

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Metropolitan Police officers have been working on a review for around

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a year. What we are seeking to do in a unique position this draw

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three key strands of information together. UK law enforcement

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material, Portuguese material and private investigator material that

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is largely being gathered through companies employed by Kate and

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Gerry McCann. They have always said there is the possibility she is

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still alive. Lots of people have wrong way we feel said that she

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must be dead. They say, prove it. The Metropolitan Police want the

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case reopened in Portugal. They have identified 195 leads from

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material they have examined up until now.

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Mike joins us in the studio. How does this review by the Met work?

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They are sifting through all of the material and they pass anything

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they think significant on to the Portuguese review team. That is a

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team based in the north-west of Portugal. That is a different team

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to the initial investigation down in the Algarve that were looking

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for Madeleine after she disappeared in Praia da Luz. Apparently there

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are 40,000 documents to look through. The Metropolitan Police

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say there are about -- say they are about a quarter of a way through it.

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They say the whole investigation has cost about �2 million and some

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of these documents have to be translated before they can pass on

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the information. The police team in Portugal is keen on having the case

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reopened. It's his five years ago but they still want any possible...

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Anyone who has seen anything to come forward. The police say they

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would still like to speak to police -- to people who were missed out

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during the initial investigation at the holiday complex in Praia da Luz.

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It seems incredible that five years on that should be the case but that

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is what they are asking for. They are also asking for people to

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contact them. They have released telephone numbers which I will give

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Anyone who does not want to speak directly to the police can contact

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Crimestoppers. Her parents are saying that the case has got

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momentum again. Thank you very much. Still to come on the programme: A

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striking way for learner drivers to save money. If you want cheaper

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driving lessons, it might help to have one of these. Or one of these.

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Next, the shock and grief felt by friends and family after a tragic

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accident at sea. Two men were saved when a tug boat sank off France on

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Monday. But Jeff Clare from Derbyshire is still missing. His

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family has thanked the rescue teams and friends have spoken to Jo

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Healey about the loss of a highly- respected local councillor.

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Utter shock, sadness, disbelief that this could happen. It happened

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on Monday. Two other men on the boat with Jeff Clare were taken to

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safety by helicopter. It is understood the three men were

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bringing the boat from Spain to Plymouth but got into difficulty

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when the coast guard got a distress call. There was a French navy

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commercial ship and helicopter, we got them to search. The search had

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to be called off that night. In a statement from their home in

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Draycott, his wife told us that the trunking -- tragic sinking of the

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vessel has been a great rock to the crew and families involved. We are

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very great fault for all of the efforts and subsequent search, she

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said. This has been his home for 30 years. He worked for Rolls-Royce

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for 39 years and was a parish councillor, as it is his wife.

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much a respected couple here. They represented the people very well

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and worked hard for the village. I have nothing but admiration for

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them. Jeff Clare will be sadly missed. It is a terrible shock to

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all of us. French investigators are now looking into the sinking.

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Derbyshire police are liaising with the French are authorities.

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Meanwhile, his family say they are trying to come to terms with their

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loss. A pensioner has been given a

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suspended prison sentence after admitting a string of animal

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welfare offences involving wild birds. Although he escaped jail,

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67-year-old Malcolm Spencer from Derbyshire will be tagged and

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confined to his house in Bolsover for the next four months. Spencer

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was caught with more than 60 British wild birds as well African

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and South American parrots, all kept in filthy conditions. James

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Roberson was in court. Some of the dozens of birds the

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RSPCA found in the possession of Malcolm Spencer in Bolsover. Some

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were kept in cages outside and inside the house. Many were in a

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filthy condition when the charity discovered them last year. Some

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were dead. We have a skeleton of a bird with a ring that still on it.

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Today, Spencer, a grandfather, arrived at the court to be

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sentenced after pleading guilty to 34 offences. The inspectors found

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not only parrots like African grey parrots but also British birds like

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finches, skylarks and wheat beers. The RSPCA inspector told me no

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birds can be taken from the wild. They can only be and if raised from

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wild -- raised from eggs in captivity. The RSPCA found evidence

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that brings had been forced on to bird's legs to make them look as if

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they had been raised by breeders. That is part of what he claimed but

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that was rubbish. It was obvious that he had taken the birds from

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the wild and put the rings on himself. At his allotment, they

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also found next and traps to capture wild birds. That line is

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taught where it can be pulled from there closing the lid of this trap

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which effectively traps any birds. The magistrates sentenced Spencer

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to four months' jail suspended for two years. He will also be

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electronically tagged and have to stay inside his house overnight or

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four months. He has been banned from owning and dealing in birds

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bought 10 years. He will have to repay �1,800 for the RSPCA towards

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the cost of their investigation. Two men have been arrested over the

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murder of a teenager from Nottingham. Malakai Mackenzie who

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was 19 died in hospital from a gunshot wound. Detectives believe

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he was injured in a pub car park in Sherwood at the weekend. A 17 and

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19-year-old were detained early this morning.

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There has been another surge in charitable donations in memory of a

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Leicestershire woman who died while taking part in the London marathon.

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30-year-old Claire Squires was raising money for the Samaritans

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when she collapsed on the final stretch of the course. Since her

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death, people have pledged �680,000 to the charity. Over 60,000 people

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pledged money. Lawyers for a Nottingham couple who

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were on a Ryanair flight that plunged 20,000 ft due to cabin

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pressure problems say they want answers from the airline, the

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aircraft maker and aviation authorities. It comes after reports

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of a similar incident just two months earlier. Melvin and

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Jacqueline Frater were flying from Milan to East Midlands Airport when

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cabin pressure dropped on the Boeing 737. Oxygen masks were used

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as the captain declared a mayday. 13 passengers were injured.

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Police have discovered what they describe as a very professional

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cannabis factory in a semi-detached house near Nottingham. Plants worth

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tens of thousands of pounds were found when officers broke into the

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property in West Bridgford today. The raid followed a tip-off from a

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member of the public. Simon Ward reports.

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The smell of cannabis plants hit you as you look into this room.

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Then the intense heat generated by the likes used to grow them hits

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you. This is in a semi-detached house in West Bridgford. Officers

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ended met -- estimate that there are 100 plants in total. The drugs

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were not only being grown on the second floor. There was another

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find below ground level. In the cellar you can see where the police

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have discovered a false wall. They have broken through and found young

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plants. And into another room, there is more intense light and

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more mature plants. Scenes of crime are here so that we can try and get

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some forensic evidence together. When that has been completed, we

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will be dismantling it and the drugs will be destroyed. This

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activity today it -- it has prevented thousands of pounds of

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cannabis getting onto the streets. It is suspected that they tapped

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into the mains electricity to power the lights. No arrests have been

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made yet. The owner of the rented property is thought to live

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overseas. The plants are well- established and some of the better

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plants but I have seen. It has clearly been done by people who

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know what they're doing. investigation will now focus on

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finding the people who set up the drugs growing operation.

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Job cuts in the armed forces have made headlines over recent months.

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But here in the East Midlands thousands of teenagers have been

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finding out about job opportunities with the military. A careers day

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was held at the Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell near Nottingham.

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Jonathan Cecil explains. The armed forces have hundreds of

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trade positions to fill, even when that there are large job cuts.

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army definitely is reducing but you can only join the Army at the

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bottom. We need quality young people to come in as officers and

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soldiers, regular and reserve, to join the Derby. -- to join the Army.

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The people we are losing our people going out in the middle and at the

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end of their careers. This week over 3000 teenagers from many

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schools in the region have had the opportunity to meet soldiers,

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marines and airmen. I am coming here today to see what sort of

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things the army offer. It has been really good. I have spoken to

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pilots. I have some information from them to go home and do some

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research, basically. It gives you an idea of what you want to do.

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is a day out that is interactive and no matter what the level of

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interest gives a flavour of the skills and opportunities available.

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The best thing is seeing the reaction from the young people.

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They can see what we have got to offer and realise exactly what we

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are about and meet real soldiers, sailors and airmen and explain what

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qualifications they get and what experiences they have. That is the

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best part of it. Out of the 3000 students attending, it is expected

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300 well of them at the start a career somewhere in the armed

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forces. -- 300 of them. Still to come tonight: More rain.

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More rain to come. All of the details shortly.

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Bakers are making news at the moment. Tomorrow, hundreds are

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expected to march on Downing Street in protest at the so-called pasty

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tax. But a little closer to home, the fourth British Pie Awards took

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place today in Melton Mowbray. It is a hugely important event for the

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industry and I was there. Nobody likes a soggy bottom!

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chicken was a little bit dry. or just perfect, today was all

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about the pyre. A record 900 were being judged by some 90 judges

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including a few well-known faces. came here about four years ago now.

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It was tiny, this year, look around, the standard is fantastic. Every

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year, the standard has got higher and higher. It is a billion pounds

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industry so these awards are the creme de the creme of the industry.

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Not everything is as nice as pie at the moment. There are concerns

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among many of the pie makers about the pasty tax. For the smaller

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producers who rely on their pastis and pious sold hot from their

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bakeries, it is going to be a significant tax. For today, at this

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church in Melton Mowbray, been only real concern was who had the best

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buy and how does one judge that. is cunning, like a wine taster. He

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will spit it out. I could never spit out by! We have Parvaiz from

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all over. -- we have pies. What is next for the British Pie Awards?

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would far rather have less of them than do it well. The feedback from

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the judges for the entrance is taken on board so that we see

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people coming back next year with better produce. It is like chutney!

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I love this. Can I do this job instead of mind?! You can try all

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68 pie is that we are trying! you very much indeed. I only tried

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a tiny bit. Congratulations to the champion. I think it was a chicken

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pie. Now the sport. I am feeling hungry!

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News today that affects all of our Championship sides. The division

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has voted for the financial fair- play system to come into force next

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season so clubs will have to reduce their outgoings. The rules are

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pretty sketchy but they are basically designed to stop clubs

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living beyond their means and getting into lots of debt chasing

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success. Derby and Forest are both in favour. No word yet from big

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spenders Leicester about how they voted. Manager Nigel Pearson though

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has been quoted as saying they will have to alter their approach

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because of the rules. With this season drawing to a close

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for our Championship clubs, we have been taking a look this week at how

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have things have turned out for them. Today it is the turn of Derby.

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I have been down to see the chief executive Tom Glick as they

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continue to work for success that does not break the bank.

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We have had an up-and-down season with some peaks and troughs. The

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best news is that we are ending on a high. We have pulled solidly at

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of the second trough which happened in January, February. While we have

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shawl and fought of the play-offs, we have a chance to finish in the

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top 10 with a win on Saturday. Progress is good, even better would

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be promotion. Will the Rams the ones to watch next season? We hope

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to be challenging for the play-offs. We know we need to find more goals.

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We are looking at how we will get more goals into the team.

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trouble with that is that it tends to be the goalscorers at that cost

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the money, doesn't it? It will probably be a matter of moving a

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couple out. We think we have the right depth and number of positions

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to be able to do that. Just how can the Rams compete with other clubs

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financially? Their impressive record at producing good young

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players from their academy will help. As will the financial fair-

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play system coming in four Championship clubs next season. It

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will mean greater control over what clubs can spans. Almost every club

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will have to come down substantially on wage bills. We are

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already there and ready to not just be competing but a thriving. Next

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season's aim is simple. Make the club's debts as low as possible,

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finish in the lead as high as possible. -- finish in the league.

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We are excited to see if we can take it a step further.

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It has hardly been the weather for cricket, but some England stars

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were at a rainy Trent Bridge today. They were there to promote next

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month's Test series against the West Indies and to meet fans. They

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will be hoping to see an end to the rain by then. In fact,

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Nottinghamshire will be hoping for better weather tomorrow. Fingers

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crossed their latest County Championship match should get under

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way and they are looking to make an early impact on the title race.

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Andy Pearson is a driving instructor from Derbyshire. He has

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dreamt up an eye-watering way of promoting his services.

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A driving lesson in a deserted car park. Nothing unusual about that.

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Do you want to set the seat up so it is ready for you to drive?

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Andy Pearson does not look like your usual driving instructor.

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After initially conforming to the shirt and tie image that is

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expected, he has realised that his regular appearance is actually a

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good way of drumming up trade. came from the music scene and my

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friends not knowing what I was doing for a living. They would say

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to me, you are a driving instructor?! Just because I have

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tattoos and piercings, I can be a good driver. He has decided to

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offer people a discount if they have got a body piercings. He has

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been promoting his offer at a local tattoo and body piercing parlour.

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Most of them on young. They need to learn to drive. I could not

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recommend anyone better. He says he wants to put his pupils at ease.

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The more bits of metal you decide to have put in the while learning

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to drive with me, the bigger the discount that I will give.

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Hopefully, people will be able to see that I am focusing more on the

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people being comfortable and building their confidence.

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lesson seems to be that if you support a piercing, you're driving

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lesson need not cost you a princely sum.

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We have just been told we have 25 seconds! I think it could be

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dangerous. Can I say that he has a very

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appropriate name. Here is our butt. Do you think that really is his

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name? I am sure he is.

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Perhaps if we asked nicely, she will show us her tattoos?

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Heavy rain and a strong winds at times. More heavy showers to come

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this evening. The wet conditions played havoc with this umbrella

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earlier today. She knelt need to say that she thinks she needs to

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buy a new one. -- she emailed me. Do send me your pictures. A weather

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warning in place for rain for tomorrow. We are expecting some

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slow-moving heavy, thundery showers. Before all that, we have a low

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pressure still with us. It has been dominating the weather and bringing

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in unsettled conditions. It was slowly start to move further north

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and east tomorrow. With it, we will get heavy thundery showers. At the

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moment, the area of rain has moved its way to the north-east, bringing

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all of the rainfall this morning. Behind it, we have had showers

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developing. They are heavy this evening and overnight. They will

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become lighter but they were still be some around. The showers will

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increase in intensity tomorrow. Hail possible and the odd rumble of

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thunder. Quite unsettled and because we are sitting in the

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centre of the low-pressure. That means that Billy showers will be

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slow moving at times. Temperatures a little better. -- that means that

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those showers will be slow-moving. Some showers on Friday but they

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should be lighter in nature. The good news sense that we are in for

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some drier weather on Saturday. Then another area of rain will move

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in on Sunday turning it wet and windy to end the weekend.

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