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trolleys are found and taken back to Good evening and welcome to

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Tuesday's programme. First tonight, solicitors, barristers and QCs

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demonstrated outside one of the region's biggest courts today

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against controversial plans to change the legal aid system.

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The Government wants to save �200 million but its critics say those

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cuts could jeopardise the right to a fair trial. In a moment, we'll hear

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the views of the former Solicitor General, but first here's Rebecca

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Sheeran. They are normally inside the courts

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but today they were protesting against proposed cuts to legal aid.

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We work hard to protect people when they find themselves in situations

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they did not expect to. We have done our bit for austerity. We have not

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had a pay rise since 1997. These cut will result in miscarriages of

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justice. Fewer but bigger organisations will provide legal

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aid. This man needed legal aid and says if it was not for the choice of

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solicitor he believes he could have been sent to prison. It could have

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been a major factor. If people are allocated, barristers and

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solicitors, though my not have their interests at heart -- they may not

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have. It could have a massive effect. They were also protesting

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about the rates they would be paid. How much do barristers earn? 65% of

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criminal barristers earn less than �50,000 a year. That is equivalent

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of an experienced teacher and very close to the salary of a London

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underground driver. In a statement, the Justice Secretary said, we have

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one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world with about �1

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billion a year spent on criminal legal aid. These changes are about

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getting the best value for the taxpayer and will not in any way

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affect someone's right way the trial. Today these protesters hope

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he will change his mind. Earlier I spoke to the Harborough MP

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and former Solicitor General Sir Edward Garnier. He met the Justice

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Secretary last night. I asked him if Chris Grayling was prepared to

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budge. He is waiting to receive the answers to the government

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consultation but what he does have to deal with is the oddments bending

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problems. One way or the other, he has got to find �220 million of

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savings -- he has to deal with the spending problems. You have said the

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legal aid system should not be immune to cuts in the past. Have you

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changed your view? No, it is not immune to cuts but that does not

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mean doing anything, it means doing what is sensible. It is very

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delicate. It requires people of skill, people of professional

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integrity to perform the task of defending and prosecuting in

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criminal cases. But it also requires sufficient resources to enable

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professionals to do the job. Do you have reservations? I do at the

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minute. I might have to change my mind when is Grayling comes up with

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the responses to the consultation. What are the reservations?

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concern is that good and practitioners will no longer be able

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to afford to do the work. They are not being paid huge sums of money

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like commercial barristers. If they leave the profession, we will not

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get the young bright people moving on to become QCs and doing the more

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complex cases and then we will not get the judges who grow out of the

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QCs to try the complex criminal cases. I think it does matter.

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are people going to go to get legal aid bearing in mind the number of

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firm available will be reduced? the plans go through as currently

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advertised, there will be a reduction in the number of

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practitioners, as individual barristers or as legal aid

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solicitors firms, if you are in market harbour and you are arrested,

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you will have to go to Birmingham, you may have to go to London to find

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a lawyer to represent you. Justice must be accessible, not just to the

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prosecution, but also to the defence. Thank you.

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Sport is coming up later in the programme with plenty of intrigue.

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We've been at Trent Bridge where the big question is, could Broad be back

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as England prepare to save pride against New Zealand?

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Next tonight, people living in the Leicestershire village of

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Queniborough have spent the day cleaning up after a water main burst

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and flooded their homes. The force was so great it created a huge hole

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in Main Street. Severn Trent worked through the

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night to plug the leak and repair the damaged street. The company has

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apologised to villagers for the mess and inconvenience, as Jonathan Cecil

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reports. 80 years old and 15 inches wide,

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this is the pipe from which 100 cubic metres of water burst out,

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flooding Queniborough. At 4pm, enough water to fill a swimming pool

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escaped, buckling the road, pouring into homes and side streets. There

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was quite a massive explosion type, muffled explosion. He rode lifted

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two feet and out came gushing water -- the road. It was flowing like a

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river. From our control centre, we knew we had pressure drops in this

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area immediately. He calls men started to come through. We

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responded from our depot in Leicester and it took us in -- it

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took us about an hour to get here. It is thought seeing as though -- it

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is thought seasonal ground movement is responsible. Homeowners need to

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decide whether to claim of their own insurers or from Severn Trent

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themselves. Either way the water company will pay the policy excess.

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The owners of this house have packed up and moved out. Their home is

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uninhabitable. It has been highly inconvenient. We understand that and

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we would like to apologise. It is estimated damage to the water pipes

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and the road will cost �20,000 to repair but a final figure to restore

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people's homes is still not known. The leader of UKIP in Lincolnshire

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says he's to stand down as East Midlands chairman of the party while

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the police investigate racists comments posted on Facebook. Chris

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Pain told members of UKIP's National Executive Committee yesterday that

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his account was hacked. UKIP has issued a statement saying that it's

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suspended judgement on the allegations until the conclusion of

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a separate investigation by Lincolnshire Police.

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A seventh person has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a

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pub in Nottingham. A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured after a

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gun was fired into the garden of the Vernon Pub in Old Basford last

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August. A 28-year-old man has been questioned on suspicion of

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conspiracy to murder. Six others have already been arrested and

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bailed in connection with the incident.

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Nottingham's new tram works are going on apace. But they've left a

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group of pensioners feeling like they're trapped in their homes.

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Why? Well, those living at the Lark Hill village in Clifton say doors

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and windows have been coated in a red dust from the construction site

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next door. Geeta Pendse reports. It is like a fog that comes over.

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For the last two months, this flat has been covered in red dust.

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Overlooking a construction site, Chris new work would take place but

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she says the sheer volume of the dust has been shocking. With an

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existing breathing problem, she feels trapped inside. I have to be

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so careful. It is awful. My bedroom window is there. I cannot open it at

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night. I am frightened of breathing the dusting. She is among several

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residents who have complained about problems since work began. It came

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in everywhere, open windows, under the doors, through the vents, in the

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car park, everywhere. It looked like the Australian outback. It was that

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red. With weather like it at the moment, open windows, the dust has

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gone into the homes, extra cleaning. The contractor says they have put

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measures in place to minimise the dust and inconvenience. Here they

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have a water browser and they have lined the side of the construction

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site with a netting that is designed to trap the dust. The contractor

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also says they are working with the home to listen to residents

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concerned. Many welcome the chance to have a tram network nearby, but

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at the moment they say it is coming at a cost.

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As you'll have heard, a special service was held at Westminster

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Abbey today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's

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coronation. Among the invited guests were two

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young cadets from Welbeck Defence College at Woodhouse in

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Leicestershire. They've just got back from London and are with Jo

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Healey. Hello. Welbeck Defence College is

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celebrating its 60th birthday. It was founded in 1953 which is why two

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of its cadets were invited down to today's ceremony. Jess and Georgia,

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how come you are the lucky ones? is was around the time of exam

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preparations so our names were put into a hat and our names were drawn

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out. How thrilled where you? It was fantastic to know we would be

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spending the day in the presence of the Royal family and lots of amazing

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people. You were preparing last night. We did spend quite a few

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hours polishing our shoes. But macro describe it for me. It was quite

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overwhelming, entering the Abbey and seeing the colours and the people.

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It was quite spectacular. An honour to be there. I have never been

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inside Westminster Abbey before and it was quite a spectacular place.

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What was the highlight? When the quiet started because the trumpets

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were amazing and the sound went right through you. A lot of people

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were there from the armed forces and some of them were at the original

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coronation. How did that make you feel apart from very young? It made

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me feel privileged and it was an honour to represent the young. We

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are potential officers in the armed services. It was pretty spectacular.

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It made you quite aware of your generation but it was fantastic to

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share it with people who had seen it in the first place. It was an honour

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to be there. After a momentous day, Welbeck Defence College is a sixth

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form college, so now they really need to get back and cracked on

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revising for their A-levels. Thank you, girls.

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Did you hear any of the service? I heard it was fantastic.

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Next tonight, there is no doubt they are an eyesore, discarded shopping

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trolleys dumped on waste ground and in waterways. It is a problem that

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could be solved. By using smartphone technology, a Derbyshire company is

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out to trap them down. -- track them down. Not only will it clear up the

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countryside, it will make it green as well.

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Shopping trolleys that have been dubbed after being used. 400,000 of

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them go missing in the UK every year. But now everyone who owns a

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smartphone has the power to get them cleared away. You simply download a

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free trolley app and then use it to take a photo of the errant trolley.

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That marks its location using GPS technology and within 24-hour

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someone takes it away. 47 teams of trolley trackers are on call to

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collect them. If they are in good condition, most will go back to the

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supermarket where they came from. Any which are in need of repair are

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brought to this facility in Derbyshire. It is a great

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opportunity for the British public to get involved and I would really

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like to encourage everybody to get out there, download the app, help us

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locate those trolleys and get them back where they need to be. That

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image of the shopping trolley sticking out of the canal or

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hedgerow, that should be a thing of the past? Like you say, it is a big

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problem and we have got to tackle it as best we can. For every trolley

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that is traced, a donation will be made to a charity that plants trees

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in cities, helping to turn an environmental eyesore into a green

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benefit. Meanwhile, the recovered trolleys that are in need of TLC

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will be getting their own makeover here. This is trolley heaven. Is

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this the trolley capital of Britain? It is the trolley capital of the

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world! Things you don't know! The trolley

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capital of the world! Talking of clever gadgets, a student

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may have found a way to make roadsigns more eye-catching and less

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cluttered and confusing. A student from Nottingham Trent University has

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got a patent for holographic roadsigns.

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Charlie Gale had his Eureka moment about holographic roadsigns.

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I saw a lenticular poster of children moving and I thought why is

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that not used for roadsigns? It pulses as drivers approach. Charlie

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hopes it will change Britain's road signage, which has been criticised

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for being confusing. It conveys the information in a much clearer way.

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This will just bring roadsigns up-to-date. Charlie has ordered

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spoken to the Department for Transport about his sides and is

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confident we will see them on the roads. After he graduates he is off

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to work for another company famous for innovation, the vacuum and a

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factor Dyson. Hospitals in ligature that are being

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investigated for hi-def rates are -- he death rates are to get more

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staff. There will be more ward sisters spinning their time on the

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supervisory role. More efforts are being made to get

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children to take up swimming. It is part of the National

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Curriculum but some schools do not offer it.

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Now sport is limbering up with Stuart Broad and the boys practising

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at Trent Bridge in the sun. They have had beautiful blue skies

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and sunshine for it today. There will be more swing tomorrow as it

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gets cloudier and cooler as well. Jonny for the details later. -- join

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me for the details. It is sport in. A fabulous day for

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it. We have football news coming up. We're going to start out in the

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cricket. Stuart Broad took full part in England's training session. It

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looked like his knee problem was well in the past. Now it is a case

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of whether he will be risked in the final one-day international against

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New Zealand tomorrow. There is no doubt England have

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missed Stuart Broad. His injury was one of the barriers to success

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against New Zealand. On his home territory, he would love to be back.

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He plays good cricket here. I remember the test match here with

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the hat-trick. It is or is good to have that confidence and everyone

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has grounds that they play well at. It is that much better when it is

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your home ground. I am sure he will be champing at the bit to get out

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here. It is technically a dead rubber, as New Zealand have ordered

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one. They want the joy of winning. love taking wickets for New

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Zealand, taking them for my country. It is really enjoyable and to

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contribute to a win is fantastic. For Trent Bridge itself, this is

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more about the cricket that will go on on the field of play. This is

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about the ground, the city, the world, he that -- showing the world

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that they have the ability to win. It is vital that we take care of

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everything that we can for the public and the media. New Zealand

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are eyeing up Trent Bridge greedily. We have had some good times here.

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When you come to Nottingham, it is a good place to come and bat. We are

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all looking forward to a good opportunity of putting things right.

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A powerful motivator. It should be a good one. Meanwhile, the man who has

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led New Zealand to victory for the last two one-day internationals will

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not be coming here. He hit centuries last week but he has confirmed that

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he is joining the new verbal macro in the Caribbean. He says he hopes

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to play for the Derbyshire at somebody and the future. Onto the

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football and Nottingham Forest will be making a new signing within the

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14 days. It will be a new player, it won't be either West Ham teenager

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Robert Hall or Spanish winger David Lopez, despite reports. The two

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clubs are in talks about Jonny Russell.

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Kasper Schmeichel has says he wants to stay where he is. A big summer

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ahead for our Tigers outwith the Lions.

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The British and Irish Lions arrived yesterday. Dan Cole says they have

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had a warm welcome. We don't seem to be able to hear from Dan Cole there.

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If you want some amusement at the end of the Australians, check out

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their warmup game against India today. Out for 65, which is a great

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score on the golf course but that is the only place.

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Very harsh! Good luck. It has been a perfect day to get out and about

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with the garden in the sunshine. More of us are growing our own fruit

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and veg. A new project set up by BBC Radio Leicester is hoping to show us

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how easy it can be. Lady Damon -- Lady Aidid . This rhubarb is doing

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fantastically well on the primary school plot. But so are the

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dandelions! All of this will be transformed over the summer with

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what the children are growing over the road. There are only 23 children

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at this school and they are being encouraged and port out of garden

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their own fruit and veg. Is everyone ready to get growing their own? You

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are going to do the broad beans, you're going to get planting the

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sweetcorn if that is all right and, Jack, you are growing the Beanstalk.

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OK! It is a sore place within the Jessica teachers and students.

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grow your own project has been brilliant for the school. We were

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contacted in the BBC to get involved. They have really enjoyed

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the whole experience of gardening and being outside. What else have

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you been growing? Tomatoes, sunflowers and runner beans. I love

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digging holes and watering the plants. And getting how hands mucky

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X macro -- and getting our hands mucky! I love broccoli!You don't

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need a lot of space for growing. Even if you have a balcony, you can

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grow something like a fruit pot. This one has a daughter apple tree

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in it. You can grow a pasta sauce pot, which has tomatoes and herbs

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and even a hanging basket is ideal for cut and come again letters. We

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will see how things progress but in the meantime there is a lot of work

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to be done on this allotment. Lucky for me, I have some little helpers.

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Get stuck in! That is what I needed over the

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weekend. I was doing battle with ground elder. Terrible stuff! Never

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heard of it! We want to see some of your summer

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pictures. It has been a lovely day today and hopefully for the rest of

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the week. We will hear from K in a moment. Why don't you e-mail us or

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you can tweet as. -- or you can tweet us. Is the weather going to

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What a scorcher we have had today. It is all thank to this big slab of

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high pressure that has been settled across us for the last few days. It

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has been giving us that lovely sunshine and it is staying dry and

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settled. It is slowly on the move. It is getting a little restless. It

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will move northwards through tonight, allowing us to pick up a

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north-easterly breeze. We'll pick up a bit more cloud tomorrow. Not quite

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as warm or sunny for us tomorrow. There will be a bit more cloud

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around and those temperatures will be pegged back eight degree or two.

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Still not feeling too bad at all. On the sat like picture, you can see

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weather low cloud is, it is toppling over the high-pressure and it is

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starting to move in across the East Coast. A fine enter the day for most

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of us with a lot of sunshine to come in the next few hours will stop that

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cloud will spread westwards. It is a cloudy night for us. It is still a

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little misty and murky overnight, and temperature wise, it is quite

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mild, with temperatures of nine or ten. Tomorrow is a different look do

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things to start with. A lot of low cloud around, a little bit misty and

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murky. Things will slowly improve as we head into the afternoon. The

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cloud will break up and a lot of sunshine returns towards the end of

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the day and the winds will be light as well. Because of that slow start,

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temperatures would be quite so high. 16 or 17 degrees. Fear not, because

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things are warming up again towards the end of the week. This area of

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high pressure builds back in across us, so things settle down once again

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for Thursday and Friday. It stays dry with these and spas of sunshine

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and the temperatures are on the up. It will be a bit breezy toward the

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end of the week, knocking the age of the temperatures. Highs of 21

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