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

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Tonight, a Bollywood superstar brings part of Leicester to a

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standstill. Hundreds turn out to meet India's first Miss Universe

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here to talk about diabetes. Also tonight, without a mate for life,

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of violence that has left five swans dead. What I think about the

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person who has done this cannot be repeated on-camera. It is really

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said. Why mechanics are now offering to engraver your car's

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catalytic converter. Some interesting themes at this dressing,

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the RAF, the Titanic, and even the gruffalo.

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Good evening, and welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight,

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Bollywood glamour came to Leicester this evening. Hundreds of people

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turned out to see the actress Sushmita Sen who was in Leicester

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to raise awareness of diabetes. A lot of people suffer from the

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condition in the city and it could be that thousands more remain

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undiagnosed. The concern is that not everyone is getting the checks

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they need to prevent serious complications.

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Let's go live now to our reporter Rob Sissons who's been with the

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crowds this afternoon. It be an incredible afternoon

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herein Leicester. You would not believe how many people turned out

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there. These were the scenes a few hours ago, they turned out in

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strength to see the former Miss Universe, and Bollywood actress,

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they have made it across town, some very heavy traffic, to publicise

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diabetes. There are problems with diabetes in Leicester? There are

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problems, people haven't been tested, not been diagnosed. They

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continue with their lifestyle, which means they will die younger

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as a result. The presence of Sir Sushmita Sen here, not only adds a

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bit of glamour, but reminds people about the necessity to go out and

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be tested. She has closed the roads here. The eyes of the world were on

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you in Leicester, it was incredible? An electrifying. We

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were expecting a lot of wonderful people. Diabetes is something you

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care about, you have it in your family? It is more than that.

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People need to be aware, it is something that is affecting many

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lives across the words that the present stage. -- across the world.

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Lots of people haven't been tested? I was not aware until I had some

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blood taken, that news was given to me, I had diabetes. She had a test

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today, she is in perfect health. Tomorrow, people should go to their

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GP, and asked to be tested. I got to know that there are 850,000

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people who have not been tested. Did your grandmother had it?

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maternal grandmother. Do you worry that it is genetic? Whether it is

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genetic or not, it doesn't matter. As a former Miss Universe, you have

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to we healthy? -- you have to eat healthy. Of course. Beth still be

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tested. -- but you still have to be tested. You have brought Bollywood

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to Leicester? We are looking to raise money and awareness, it is an

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important message. This is a publicity stunt, dear think the

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message gets lost? It is not the -- it is not a publicity stunt.

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Publicity is important. It may not be a stunt. It is important. It is

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not just the message. It is collecting of the funds. Great to

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meet you. The red carpet is waiting, and of the drummers. Take it away

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guys. -- and of the driers. A tenth person has been arrested by

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police investigating the murder of a teenager in Nottingham. 19-year-

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old Malakai McKenzie died from a gunshot wound. He was shot in the

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car park of The Hubb in Sherwood last month. A 22-year-old man is

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being questioned on suspicion of murder. 3 men have already been

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charged with murder and 6 other people arrested have been released

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on bail. Police say the injunction they

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obtained to stop so-called 'drifters' who race their cars late

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at night, has worked. Warning notices were handed to drivers as

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they gathered to race in the Netherfield area of Nottingham. As

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many as 200 met regularly at the Victoria Retail Park. People living

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nearby said it was noisy and disruptive. The police feared it

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was putting lives at risk. The Newark MP, Patrick Mercer, says

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he'll cooperate fully with any investigation by the Parliamentary

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Commissioner on Standards into his relationship with a security firm.

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It alleged Mr Mercer secured a parliamentary pass for the head of

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Clearwater Security, while the Conservative MP was being paid by

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the company for consultancy work. The commissioner will now

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investigate whether Mr Mercer broke any rules.

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Still to come this evening - why aren't we building enough new

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houses? And if we did where should we put them?

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Also find out how this new medical device invented here in the East

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Midlands could help doctors save thousands of lives every year.

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An RSPCA inspector says he's been left sickened after a nesting swan

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was shot through the head with an air rifle. It's thought the same

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person was responsible for shooting four other birds elsewhere in

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Nottinghamshire. Quentin Rayner reports.

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It's been day since the -- it been days since the Mel swan lost his

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partner. The Fe Mel was found with a single air rifle pellet in their

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head. The Nesta went cold. Other birds were also found shot. Chris

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Shaw from the RSPCA recover the day it's one from the nest after it was

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reported by a member of the public. He probably hasn't realised that

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those eggs are dead quite yet. He's doing what is instinctive to him.

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He's sitting on his dead babies. It is so sad. It is so sickening. I

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would absolutely love to prosecute the person responsible. It was this

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that a dog walker who raised the alarm with the RSPCA and the police.

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She is so disgusted with what has happened she has had posters put up

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offering �100 operate money as a reward. You think how can anyone be

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so crawl? It is absolutely mindless. -- be so nasty. How could someone

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do something so mindless? someone is caught, they could face

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a fine of �5,000, or a prison sentence. It is likely to be weeks

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before the male swan realises the futility of his vigil.

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They're designed to make car emissions cleaner - but instead

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thieves in the East Midlands have been converting catalytic

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convertors into cash. After a spate of thefts in South Derbyshire,

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police today offered drivers the chance to protect their very

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expensive exhaust systems - by engraving them. Carolyn Moses

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reports. This garage usually makes catalytic

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converters, today it is trying to protect them, engraving them so

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they can be traced back to their rightful owners. This is your

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typical exhaust system, and this is what of the feats have been

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targeting. Almost 40 of these have been stolen in Derbyshire in the

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last two months. Police warned drivers to take action. It is

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predominantly 4x4 owners. Put it up by the garage, by the side of the

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house. Make it difficult for them to get underneath. Put obstacles in

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the way. It is unlikely to be attacked if it is safe outside.

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is not worth a massive amount of value, but it will cost a lot to

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replace. We want to try and prevent the this kind of theft. There is

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added peace of mind if you mark your exhaust. It is a bit like the

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value of scrap-metal, making it the target of thieves. It is a good

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idea. As well as the engraving, police are offering advice on other

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security measures. There is a regional wider operation, with

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prices stay high, they are still monitoring scrap-metal dealerships.

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Hundreds of plants - which could be used to fight cancer - have been

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stolen from a nature reserve in Derbyshire. The plants which are

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commonly known as Lords and Ladies were taken from a Site of Special

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Scientific Interest in Dovedale. Police are concerned because the

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plants are poisonous. If they're not prepared properly they can kill.

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A call centre says it's on track to employ 1000 people in Derby by

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August. Hero TSC took over the former Egg building on Pride Park

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at the end of last year creating 700 jobs. Its main client is Sky.

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The company's now looking for another client, which could mean

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hundreds more jobs. A giant incinerator in Nottingham

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is set to get final permission to increase - significantly - the

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amount of rubbish it burns. The Eastcroft plant would be able to

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burn an extra forty thousand tonnes of waste a year - something that's

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angered environmental campaigners and people living nearby. For its

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part, the Environment Agency says it will carefully monitor emissions.

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Simon Ward reports. This is the biggest heat

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distribution system in the UK. The energy provides heating for 0.5

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4,500 homes. The company who wanted has been given permission to

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increase the burning of waste. It is set to go opted to a hundred

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thousand tonnes a year. Friends of the Earth say should be recycled

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instead of being burned. We say this is not the best available

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technology. Most of the waste that is burnt here should be separately

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collected. They should be recycled. Even if they are going to use an

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incinerator, there are ones that achieve much better admissions.

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company has to shut down at times to avoid going over the limit be

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allowed to burn. The company allows long operation would be better for

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the environment. The household waste is brought in from around

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Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The council wants more recycling, but

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says incineration is the practicality. As a nation we are

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producing more waste. Much of that can be recycled, but there is an

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element that needs to be disposed of. It is far better to get some

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energy from that waste rather than put it into a landfill. You can

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still contact the Environment Agency with your views. The public

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Controversial plans to build more than 6000 new homes on the edge of

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Nottingham have been given the go- ahead. Broxtowe Borough Council

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says without them, the error -- area faces a looming housing crisis.

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They will be built on 97 sites, including green belt land this

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Stableford. Councillors backed the plans last night despite protests

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from some residents and opposition from leading Conservatives.

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A report has warned that the East Midlands is only building half the

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number of new homes it needs to meet future demand. The National

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Housing Federation and Shelter says the region should be building up an

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additional 22,000 new homes each year. Last year, the total was less

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than half of that at just under 9000.

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The report says 7000 people are now homeless in the region, and

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predicts private sector rents will increase by 25% over the next few

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years. The average price of a home in the East Midlands is now

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�165,000, more than eight times higher than the average wage of

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�20,000. With us now is Chris Hobson from

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the National had been fed up -- National Housing Federation. The

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figures are pretty stark. What are the consequences if we continue and

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do not build enough houses? They are pretty bad. We saw some

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statistics there into homelessness and overcrowding. There is a

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massive mismatch between supply and demand, and it will put a pressure

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on prices and means that the average home is going further away

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from the average person. What is the answer? The building

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industry is in recession. I am sure they would like to build more. It

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is more difficult to raise a mortgage.

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Investing in new homes is exactly that, investing. You are giving

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money to the economy and creating jobs and supporting local

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businesses and local enterprise. It is not necessarily throwing money

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away at all, it is about keeping money going and building homes

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people need to live in. A the other problem is where to

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build them. If you start using greenfield site, people get upset

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about it. A lot of people recognise the need

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for new homes, although they are maybe less vocal. They need

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somewhere for their children to live and they want to support local

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businesses. Also, there are many sites that can be built on that are

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less than contentious, old hospital sites for example. So there are

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many options are there. In terms of demographics, we have a

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changing population, a huge boom in the number of elderly people is

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predicted. Does that change the way be look at housing and houses?

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It is important that local authorities recognise that the

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housing need will be different in the future and that homes are built

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to meet those needs. Sounds like it is a complicated and

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difficult issue. Thank you very much.

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There is more about housing policy in the East Midlands in the latest

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blog from our political editor, The medical gadget which has been

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invented hearing the is Midlands and could help doctors saved

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thousands of lives right around the world.

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It a Nottingham firm has come up with a little digital instrument

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that measures the sight of people's pupils. It is essential in

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diagnosing a head injury. It is up for a prestigious award.

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At the scene of emergency, it is vital for a doctor to assess

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straightaway whether their patient has a brain injury, but it is

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something really difficult to act - - accurately diagnose. Doctors have

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to rely on shining a light into the eye of their patient to see how

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their pupils react to light. The problem is that that is just

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guesswork, and that is where this New Invention comes in. This is a

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telescope which gives a digital measurement of the size of the

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people and dilation. That means doctors have a more accurate way of

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diagnosing head injuries. It removes the subjectivity, so it

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means it is rather like using a digital thermometer. There is now a

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measurement that they can track, and with any head injury, you are

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looking to prevent potential brain injury, so the faster you can

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diagnose that patient, the better it is for the patient, and you are

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looking at improving outcomes. It is a finalist in an awards

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ceremony in the East Midlands. It is like the Dragon's den for the

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health world, where innovative new products are on show. These kind of

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inventions will make it real difference to patient care in the

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future. You can see things that will really

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change lives. I think also, the other thing is it will bring growth

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and jobs to this area, and give people a much better and quicker

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experience of illness, and we all want that to be as painless as

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possible. The inventors believe it will be as

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routine for doctors to carry one as it is for them to have a

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stethoscope at the moment, and they say thousands of lives could be

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saved because of it. That is one amazing gadgets!

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Still to come, it is well dressing time in Derbyshire, and this year's

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designs are particularly eye- Always topical, always eye-catching,

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Colin in sport! You're definitely write! There has

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been a lot happening. Leicester City are on the verge of making

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another signing, had it could be a record-breaker. Fleetwood Town

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striker Jamie Vardy is the man and the deal is being finalised right

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now, with the Foxes report to be paying �1 million, the most ever

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for a non-League player. We will update due as we get it. Nottingham

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Forest are trying to hang on to their players, there are reports

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today linking Chris Gunter with a move to Swansea City. Swansea have

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tonight they have made an official bid for the Welsh international,

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but we understand there has been interest, so watch this space.

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And Mansfield manager Paul Cox has signed a new two year deal to stay

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at Field Mill. Next, a close look at one of our

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Olympic hopefuls. Harry Aiknes- Aryeetey is likely to be part of

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the British 4x100 metres team, and that is despite some career-

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threatening injuries. I sat my tent and in my hamstring

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back in 2010, so it took be the whole year to come back from that.

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-- snapped my tendon. Then I had a stress fracture in my back. To come

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back again, that is also something in itself.

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Reflecting on a remarkable few years which despite injury, have

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seen the Harry Aiknes-Aryeetey collect medals at numerous

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competitions as well as being named BBC Young Sports personality of the

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year. This was ahead of the likes of Theo Walcott. As his training

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schedule ramps up, he says the prospect of competing on the

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biggest Major-Ball would be the culmination of a childhood dream. -

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- biggest stage of all. They're all the 90,000 people

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behind it, had it will be difficult to make the final, but I have a

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real chance in the relay. The 23-year-old's chances of glory

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looked slim when he was recently diagnosed with asthma, but nothing

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will slow this sprinter down. I just get on with it, and it

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builds character, it builds who you are.

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And Harry is one character we hope will make his mark in London this

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summer. Do you think he has been working

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out? Stuart Broad has been the start for

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England today, he has taken six wickets, and his victims have been

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the West Indies in the first Test. He had already accounted for the

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opener when he got into the middle order for stock Marlon Samuels and

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Denesh Ramdin fell in successive overs. He did for Darren Sammy

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before this, a caught and bowled, and finally the wicket of Fidel

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Edwards pulls off England looking in control.

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Derbyshire are in control in the first innings of their County

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Championship game, while at Grace Road, the that they are having the

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best bet. -- the bat men are having the best of it.

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Now too late edition of dating back to the 19th century which probably

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started off well before that. We are talking about the village

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tradition of well dressing. Well, one of the most popular well

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dressing events every year is the one at Tissington, which boasts six

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wells. The artwork often portrays religious themes, but they have

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gone for something quite diverse It is a time-honoured tradition,

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the service to bless the wells of Tissington. Clergy from all

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denominations and hundreds of visitors blather to give --

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gathered to give the festival a proper send-off.

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I bless this well and we pray in Jesus's name.

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They are all a delight to the 35,000 visitors who are expected

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here over the next seven days. The artwork is really beautiful,

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and it shows great imagination. It is a wonderful event even with the

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bat weather. We saw one on the coach coming in.

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Up until this year, we had a solid line on biblical themes, but we

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felt we would open it up and see what creativity would come this

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year. The graph below is very similar to the story of David and

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Goliath, so it is not too far away from what we are used to.

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Those pictures took about 150 people several days to make. The

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sea and Titanic to have connections to Tissington.

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There are people whose lives were lost on the Titanic. There is a

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grave in the graveyard. There is a little bit of importance with the

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Titanic and the village as well. We try to do something topical on

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some of the Wells, and there is the jubilee this year. We have got an

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amazing RAF tributes to our men in the skies.

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Eventually, the clay tries and the petals wither. If you want to see

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the dressings here because they are only here for another week, until

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next Wednesday. Such a beautiful place, Tissington.

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Completely out of time, all on its own. She was going on about it all

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The weather built fluctuate, but it will be nice to get out and about.

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-- the weather will fluctuate. This young fox decided to take a rest in

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Adam's gardener when we saw some sunshine. We have had a glimmer of

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sunshine through this afternoon, it was very brief and if you blink you

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will miss it. But there is still an occasional break out there at the

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moment, and it will fill in again. There has been patchy rain around

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with further outbreaks taking us through the night-time period. It

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will be quite cloudy tonight and mild with a minimum temperature of

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seven Celsius. The first thing tomorrow we will start off with

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that gradually clearing. There could be sunshine in the middle

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part of the day, but it will be quite short-lived, because the next

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area of rain pushes up from the south for the afternoon period, and

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that will be quite a showery as well. The wind will also pick up

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from the north-east, so it will be a call the direction. -- a cold

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that direction. It is fragmenting and will be across the north of the

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region through Saturday. It will be a windy weekend with the north

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easterly wind, as they will be some breaks appearing across the south.

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On Sunday, low-pressure is not far away. It is a warm front of working

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its way northwards throughout the day, so I a windy day and quite

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