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Sarah Teale and me, Dominic Heale. Tonight: life for Iain Lawrence -

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the man who killed his wife by deliberately crashing his car. The

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dead woman's family described the crime as callous and sickening.

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Sally's murder was an act of pure evil. As she was an inspirational

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woman with a huge heart. Also, the midwife led both unit here in

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Grantham is to shout. Plus the Philpott fires tragedy,

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what it could tell us about children sleeping through smoke alarms.

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And could Rebecca Adlington be back? Her former coach says, never say

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Good evening. Welcome to the programme. First tonight, it was

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meant to look like a tragic accident. In fact, it was a callous

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attempt to commit the perfect murder.

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A former airline pilot, Iain Lawrence, deliberately drove his car

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into a tree hoping everyone would think his estranged wife Sally had

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died in a straightforward road accident. But, later, the police

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discovered he'd turned off her airbag and unclipped her seatbelt.

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He also made sure the passenger side took most of the impact. Sally

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Lawrence's family said today they were overcome with relief, as her

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killer was jailed for life. I was Lawrence behind bars. Sally

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Lawrence's family cheered as he was found guilty of her murder.

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Afterwards, they spoke of their belief that justice had been done.

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Our family is here today because of the cruel, callous and sickening act

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of murder against our beautiful Sally. On the day she died, a part

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of us died with her and the sentence reflects the devastating impact that

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her murder has had on those close to her. Iain Lawrence thought he had

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committed the perfect crime but his brutal plan was found out. After the

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crash in Oadby, flowers and cards were placed by family and friends.

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Tributes painting a picture of a much loved woman. She was a kind

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person and couldn't have asked for a better friend. Police investigating

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the crash immediately thought of foul play. Her seatbelt had been

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unclipped and the airbag turned off. Her car was in the driveway with her

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phone and handbag. Her husband was arrested and charged with her

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murder. The jury was told that the couple had had an acrimonious at --

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discussion about divorce the mice before the crash. They were arguing

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about who would get equity from the home where they still lived in

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separate bedrooms with their 10-year macro -- ten-year-old son. At the

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time he was away on a school trip. Police found damning texts send that

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evening. She had two daughters from a previous marriage and said she was

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scared of being in the house alone with Iain Lawrence. Detectives

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discovered she had been telling family and friends the same thing

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for months, that she felt threatened and that he had evil in his eyes.

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She even told one friend that he may kill her. The jury took eight hours

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to find him guilty. The judge said Sally died not by chance but as a

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result of careful and cold-blooded planning. He addressed Iain Lawrence

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directly as he said the consequences of what you did have been

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devastating. Above all, for your own son who you have not only robbed of

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his mother but you will have to live his whole life knowing she was

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murdered by his own father. Sally's murder was an act of pure evil. She

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was a caring woman with a huge heart and was so full of life. Losing her

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has been unbearable. Not a day goes by without her being in our

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thoughts. She has been taken from us at the happiest point in her life

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and has been denied what was undoubtedly to be a very happy

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future. Iain Lawrence was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of

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24 years in prison. The NHS Birth Centre in Grantham is

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to shut. Campaigners have fought for decades against the successive

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down-grading of maternity services in the town. But now the NHS says

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it's no longer viable for women to have the choice of giving birth at

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Babies have been born here for generations. In recent years, most

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Grantham women have had to go to Lincoln. A midwife led unit in the

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town is only designed to take low risk births. Campaigners feared the

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decision and the Grantham birth unit is to shout. We are not surprised.

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They have been manipulating the figures by telling people to give

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birth other than Grantham. Grantham is getting bigger but the NHS

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predicts there would be enough low-risk pregnancies to upgrade the

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town's birth unit. At the moment, of the 2300 woman that give birth, only

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100 give birth at Grantham. They get a good experience but we won't have

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a choice of a midwife led birth for all of our men. Many parents say it

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is a shame and lots want to give birth in Grantham but can't. I had

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to travel to Lincoln and my births were quite quick. Because of

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complications, I couldn't give birth in Grantham. We could have used the

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units but my wife had complications. Everybody should have the

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opportunity to give birth in Grantham. My birth was 20 minutes

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and I didn't have enough time to give birth in Lincoln. A midwife led

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unit is likely to be created in Lincoln alongside consultants led

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care. What is happening here looks like it is part of a trend. At the

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birth centres have shut in the East Midlands. Darley Dale, for example.

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There is? Over Saint Mary 's birth centre at Melton Mowbray which is

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under review. In Grantham, campaigners are looking at how they

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can fight on against the decision. Still to come: In Sport - as the

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swimming World Championships get underway, some intriguing news about

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Mansfield's Rebecca Adlington. There were really a few puddles

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forbid ducks to swim around in. The brain is back and I will have a full

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forecast late in the programme. -- drive through the high speed rail

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project that's coming to the East Midlands. Lord Deighton, who was

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involved in the Olympics, has been appointed to head the new body. The

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development's been welcomed to the biggest councils in Nottinghamshire

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and Derbyshire as proof the Government plans to keep spending on

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HS2, despite the cutbacks announced in today's Spending Review. Here's

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what the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin had to say. HS2 is the

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first main railway north of London for 120 years thinking at least

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eight of the ten largest cities and improving services to Scotland also.

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I am pleased that HS2 enjoys a broad backing of all the main parties in

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this house. As well as that, the Chancellor today promised in his

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Spending Review, reform, growth and fairness to kick-start the economy

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and boost jobs. But there's to be a further squeeze

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on local government budgets and public sector pay. Over to

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Westminster now, and our Political Editor John Hess. Today we got the

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economic picture from the Chancellor and whether budget axe is likely to

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fall. Tomorrow we get the fine detail and reaction from local

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government but also perhaps where the rail and road improvements are

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likely to be. New school buildings, that sort of thing. I will have the

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latest political reaction. First, Geeta Pendse looks at the likely

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impact for the East Midlands. manufacturing to policing, the

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spending review will impact on business and the public sector in

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our region. Amongst the losers are local authorities who have already

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experienced cuts to their budgets and would lose a further 10%. What

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impact will more cuts to the public sector have on the East Midlands?

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Latest figures show there on 365,000 people in the region who work for us

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in councils, the civil service, the NHS, schools, emergency services and

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all the other roles are paid for directly by the taxpayer. That puts

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us sixth in the table of the regions most reliant on public sector jobs.

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Since the economic downturn, the region's public sector rose briefly

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and shrunk with gathering speed. In 2010, there were 405,000 public

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employees. Now there are 365,000, a reduction of 10% so far, a trend

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that will continue with today's announcement. There are departments

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that are massively overworked and it will continue to get worse without

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more investment rather than more cuts. We need investment in the

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public sector to create wealth, jobs in the community and nationally. In

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Leicestershire, quart of police enquiries counters are facing

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closure. We are facing a current budget challenge of �20 million and

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a funding gap over three years. We have to look at a range of options

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to reduce our budget. The government is looking at infrastructure and

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local enterprise. What has been good is additional money going into three

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key areas the business. One is training and apprenticeships, two

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isn't helping for exporters and three, making the most of our

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science and technology base. Whilst health and education have been ring

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fenced, there are concerns a further squeeze on local government will put

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too much pressure on services. Joining is Gloria De Piero and

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Pauline Latham. Gloria, the chances of us talking about increased --

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increased spending, apprenticeships, it is talking your

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Lancashire. I have heard so many warm words. In Ashfield, the

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building schools for the future programme meant many schools chief

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improvement got cancelled. On youth and employment, it has gone through

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the roof. He should get a young person 's guarantee. Pauline, what

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was your reaction? I thought it was very positive. We are coming out of

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the recovery and on our way to having a better economy. You are

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wanting more house-building programmes. We are going to have

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them. It dramatically dropped with the last Labour government but we

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are increasing it. There is more social housing to come and that is

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really important for the building trade, architects, builders,

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quantity surveyors. One big headline is the 10% cut for local government.

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What impact will it have in Nottinghamshire? You worry about

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libraries, swingers -- swimming pools. It had to happen today. Why

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did these cuts have to happen? They planned to balance the books and it

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didn't pay off. We are trying to clear up the mess left behind by the

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last government. We want to move forward and we are doing that and

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will succeed. All I would say is the economy was growing when Labour left

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office. But it crashed. It has been flat-lining for three years. There

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child abuse in care homes in North Wales have arrested a 62-year-old

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man in Leicester. North Wales Police say the arrest is part of a

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alleged to have taken place between 1969 and 1984 when they were aged

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between 12 and 14 years old. The man is still being questioned by

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officers at a Leicestershire police station.

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A man who was stabbed in the neck in Leicestershire while walking his dog

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has been released from hospital. The apparently unprovoked attack

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happened in parkland off Bluebell Close in Oadby on Saturday morning.

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The 62-year-old victim left hospital yesterday. A 30-year-old man who was

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arrested in relation to the stabbing has since been released on bail.

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Two schools have been put in special measures after being rated as

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inadequate. Nottinghamshire County Council wants to take over the

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running of Burton Joyce Primary School after a damning report from

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Ofsted. Meanwhile, The Pingle School in Derbyshire is also in special

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measures. Inspectors found weaknesses in teaching, learning,

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leadership and the sixth form. The County Council has said an action

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plan is being put into place. The tragic deaths of six children in

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a house fire has led to pioneering research into the effectiveness of

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smoke alarms. Worryingly, it suggests up to 85% of young children

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sleep through them. Officials are now calling on parents

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to install extra alarms in their children's bedrooms. And they hope

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something positive may come from the Philpott fire in Derby.

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Dave is a familiar figure at the scene of suspicious fires. With the

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aid of his fire investigation dog, he can identify their cause but the

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tragic events on victory Road in Derby last year in which sorts --

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six children died, would take Dave beyond that professional focus. This

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particular incident had a massive impact on me. I was quite upset that

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none of the children had woken up. The engineer that we had in was

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adamant the smoking alarms were working. -- smoke alarms. I couldn't

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comprehend why the children hadn't woken up. Dave carried out research

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into this. We have done 200 plus activations of smoke alarms and only

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26 times did a child wake. It is something we are still researching

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and trying to look into the cause. There are two or three different

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suggestions that have been put forward but we haven't gone down the

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lines of testing those theories. In the meantime, Derbyshire Fire

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service have studied the findings and had changed its fire safety

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advice, particularly to those with young children. There is nothing

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more tragic than having young children. Go out there and fit your

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own smoke detectors in bedrooms. It is hoped this study will mean

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something positive will come from the tragic events on victory Road.

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struggle to comprehend why these Cheadle -- children didn't move. I

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want something to come out of something bad.

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Two men have been arrested after a security alert in a Derbyshire town

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led to houses and businesses being evacuated. Dozens of residents in

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Clay Cross spent more than seven hours away from their homes after a

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large part of the town was sealed off.

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In the early hours, the bomb squad was called and houses and businesses

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in a 100 metre business -- radius of Clay Cross were evacuated. Officers

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were told there was an explosive device in a car. Staff helped the

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bomb squad officers get into the car. We couldn't get into the

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bonnet. The car was thoroughly examined and it was confirmed there

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were no explosive devices inside it. Police are treating the incident as

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a hoax. Until that fact was established, residents were moved to

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a nearby leisure centre for seven hours. I woke up at three o'clock

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and I was told to evacuate because of a suspicious package. It is

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better to do it this way even if it is a false alarm. A black Vauxhall

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Astra was taken away for further examination.

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We start with swimming and the man who coached Rebecca Adlington says

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you can never say never to her making a comeback. Nottingham's Bill

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Furniss is now the head of British swimming. And speaking for the first

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time since he took charge, he's accepts he has a big job to revive

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the sport. Kirsty Edwards reports now from the British Swimming

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Championships in Sheffield which started today. Here I am by the pool

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and they are in between sessions at the moment but this is where all the

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big race and will be going on over the next few days. Through the

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euphoria of London 2012, British swimming was one team that failed to

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hit the mark but there is a new man in charge now and that man knows

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exactly what it takes to be a winner. Notts's Bill Furniss has

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been teaching in the county for over 30 years, taking Rebecca Adlington

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to the very top. While she came away with two -- two Olympic medals, most

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of the team felt very low. They were gutted and distraught. You can keep

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looking back or you can pick yourself up and move forward.

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believes the key to improving things is working on their mental strength.

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More than anybody else, she knows what it takes to deliver at the

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highest level. She has always known what it takes. I see the real

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strength in what Rebecca can deliver and that is to teach our future

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swimmers and our coach is what is possible. I am not talking about

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technical things, I'm talking about a mindset, a belief. While he looks

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to bring to the next generation, does he think we have seen the last

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of Rebecca Adlington competing in the pool? Never say never but she

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has put in the enthusiasm that she has put into swimming into other

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areas. I think she will be a success in whatever she does. At this point

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in time, she has plenty to occupy her mind. Getting in some practice

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is Charlotte Henshaw and the job for Bill now is to find another medal

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list like Charlotte and Rebecca -- Derby County defender John Brayford

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has been the subject of a �1 million bid from Wigan Athletic. However,

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it's thought the Rams have rejected the offer, as it fell short of the

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club's valuation of the 25-year-old. Brayford has 12 months left on his

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current contract and Derby have previously said they are keen to

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keep him. Onto archery and it's been announced

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that Nottingham will host one of the country's biggest archery

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competitions for the next three years. The first National Series

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final will be held in the city this September. And the organisers have

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certainly picked a spectacular venue. The championships will be

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have concentration. You have to have dedication and nobody gets anywhere

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without practice. You need stamina and core strength. You need a steady

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hand. Andrew and Lucy are young and committed to their sport. These

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Nottingham students are aiming for the top. They are part of the

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generation inspired by London 2012. It is great to see your country do

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so well and be proud of it. Lord's Cricket ground, the games

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fired the sport into the sort -- Spotlight. 10,000 people have since

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picked up a bow for the first time. Where better to host the country's

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next major archery tournament than the home of the outlaw famous for

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his bow and arrow. After Lord's proved to be such an impressive

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setting, it is hoped the grand backdrop of Wollaton Hall will be

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just as good. It is fabulous. It is such a prestige event and we are

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always looking for iconic venues. Organisers say the event on

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September one will be free, fun and for all ages. The best of the

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British talent is ready to compete. That is in Nottingham in September.

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Back to Rebecca Adlington. Speculation about whether she will

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come back. She is still a huge force.

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She is at the British Swimming Championships and inspires the

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youngsters. Well we're staying with sporting

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achievements because two students arrived at Leicester City's stadium

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this afternoon, nearing the end of a mammoth sponsored cycle to every

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football league ground in England. David Clarke, from Hinckley, and his

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friend Peter Cooper hope to reach all 92 stadia in just 36 days. It's

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the equivalent of cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats three times.

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They're raising money for Edgar's Gift, a charity set up in memory of

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David's step brother, Ben, who died of cancer. Over the course of it, we

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have learned how to ride a bike properly. It has been a journey of a

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lifetime. I couldn't ride a bike nine months ago properly and now a

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lot of people thought, that fat lad won't be able to do it. Now I look a

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lot more like a cyclist. We are getting there and it has been great.

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Even happy sideburns to go with it. What a great achievement. We give

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them our best wishes. Now for a look is looking as if it is staying

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relatively warmer over the next few days, turning muggy but the bad news

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is we are going to see some rain over the next few days. I expect

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that is good news if your gardens are looking a bit parched. These

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weather fronts invade over the next few days, bringing back the rain. We

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have seen the driest and the brightest part of the week. It is

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turning wet over the next few days. It will start to feel a little bit

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warmer. It felt warm in the stunt -- sunshine today. Some of that has

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been increasing with clouds later in the afternoon and we are starting to

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see a couple of light showers falling from that cloud. The showers

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should fade away into the night. We will see the pre-is starting to pick

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up and the cloud will come and go. It will stay relatively mild

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tonight. Tomorrow morning, it is a bright start to the day. There will

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be some sunshine around through the morning. The cloud will be

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increasing as we headed to the afternoon. We will have that rain

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back later on in the afternoon. The rain will not be hard -- heavy but

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it will give us a breezy end to the day. Despite a lack of sunshine,

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temperatures around 17 Celsius. Starting to feel muggy. A band of

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rain will come across as for a while. It should slowly clear later

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on in the day and the temperatures around 18 Celsius. Pressure is

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building once again for the weekend. It is going to be moving back in and

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