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Tonight, hundreds of jobs are to go as a dairy closers.

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Moving the business to the Home Counties.

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In other news, the drugs like this that people are calling the new

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thalidomide. The figures are 40% of babies exposed in the womb have a

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birth defect. I will be finding out how Nottingham is benefiting from

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its German twin town. And why this World War II landing

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craft is being used on the River First, a huge dairy and distribution

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plant is to be closed down in Leicestershire with the loss of 370

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jobs. Britain's biggest dairy company, Arla, told its workforce

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that production was being switched to Buckinghamshire.

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Union says staff are shocked but a local says the economy is resilient

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and new jobs are being created to reduce -- replace those being lost.

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What is the company saying? company is saying that shutting down

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this plant is part of a business goal to move things to a

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state-of-the-art plant near London. The security guards are here because

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the dairy is regularly targeted by farmers protesting over the price

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paid the milk. Now the workers inside seem resigned to losing their

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jobs despite the company saying a consultation process is underway.

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The tankers continue to roll into the dairy. Arla wants to close it

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down by next April with the loss of 370 jobs. This is the third time I

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have been made redundant. Apart from it being bleak out there to get a

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job, you have to move on. Arla is the biggest dairy company. Now it

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wants to switch production of milk the customers like supermarkets from

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Ashby to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Staff in Ashby were

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told today. The staff are shocked. The announcement wasn't a surprise

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but it is still a huge shock for the individual is likely to be affected

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and will create insecurity for them, particularly in the current economic

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climate. They are moving production to a more productive plant. I will

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continue to fight for the future opportunities so these skilled

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workers can be back in to our economy as soon as possible. There

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is a 3% unemployment rate in this area according to the council.

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a disappointing day. We have had a couple of large industries that have

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closed in the past few years. To add another one to it, it is not very

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good. There is a lot of people here that have known nothing else. They

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are at that age now where they may not get anything again. Arla says

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the production in Buckinghamshire could start as soon as October. The

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company next door supplies the plastic containers for the milk

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supplied by the dairy here. Some workers over there could be losing

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their jobs as well. The company hasn't returned my call but it seems

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the days of the dairy numbered. That is the situation in Ashby

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tonight but what about the farmers in the region who are supplying the

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company. --? One says it is a serious blow

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for dairy farmers. A normal lunchtime here. Note is

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collected by Arla but today farmers were given the news that their milk

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could be going to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The thing for me is

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is there going to be an extra cost of transporting this milk to

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Aylesbury? I believe there might be an extra cost and I presume the

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farmer will have to stand it. It costs 33p to produce each litre of

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milk. Here, Richard is paid 31p and he is making a loss and has been

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doing so for the last 18 months. We are struggling to pay people that

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supply us with food for the cow was, everything from the family to going

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shopping. I can't afford a holiday this year and we work 84 hours a

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week. Not being able to pay your bills is embarrassed. I am

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embarrassed that I run a business that loses money. Here, there is

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another form with more concerns. Rory is the siting of the new dairy

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is close to the links to the constant and we are worried about

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milk being imported from Eastern Europe. For Andrey and Michelle,

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unless prices improve sooner, they will be forced out of farming.

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could be the final straw. It is another nail for us all. It is a

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kick in the teeth. Richard is teaching his son is about farming.

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He is a fourth generation but will both be -- will there be a fifth?

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The future couldn't be more uncertain.

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A spokesman for Arla said the company was a co-operative owned by

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farmers and it wanted to get the highest price possible for its

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farmers. They say farmers should not be concerned about increased

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transport costs. The move was about removing costs rather than

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increasing them. Coming up - taxing times for taxi

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drivers in a Nottinghamshire borough.

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Too many taxes and not enough ranks. They say what they taking fares they

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are paying out again in parking fines.

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And we will be flagging down some drier weather tomorrow but its

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Five people have been arrested and are being questioned after a man was

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stabbed last night. Police were called to a disturbance opposite the

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Rosehill Business Centre on Normanton Road in Derby just after

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11 o'clock. A man thought to be in his 20s had a stab wound to his

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stomach. He's in a critical condition in the Royal Derby

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Hospital. A man in his 30s, three women and a teenaged girl are in

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custody on suspicion of wounding. The High Court has thrown out an

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application by East Midlands Trains for an injunction against the RMT

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union which is taking industrial action. The union banned overtime a

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week ago. That led to cancellations at the weekend. The RMT says there's

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been a breakdown in industrial relations over a number issues

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including the scheduling of work at Nottingham Station. A spokesman for

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East Midlands Trains said its passengers would be disappointed

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with the court's decision. Critics claim it's the new

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thalidomide, a drug for treating epilepsy which they say can damage

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unborn babies. There are indeed warnings for women on the packets of

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Epilim. But one mother from Leicester now

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wants tougher regulation to controls Andy is 14 but has the mental age of

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the six-year-old. Her mother believes she knows why. She is

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convinced the anti-epilepsy tablet that she'd talk whilst pregnant had

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known effects. I was reassured that there was a small chance of a birth

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defect and that I should not be concerned. I continued taking the

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medication. So did others. Homes of 160 children tried to sue for

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compensation only to see their legal aid withdrawn but Emma is continuing

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her fight. She is urging medicine regulators to act. Emma talk a drug

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which is effective in treating epilepsy but it isn't recommended

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for women of child-bearing age. Its manufacturer says there are warnings

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on the packets but Emma and others want doctors to be told to spell out

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the risks in the consulting room with more up-to-date information.

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The regularly quota -- regularly quoted figures are 40% of babies in

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the womb have a birth defect. All of us want when we are ill to take

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medication to make us better. We do not want that medication to cause us

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more harm or cause our children more that work outside their headquarters

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on Friday. Cab drivers in Nottinghamshire claim

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they're being unfairly hammered with parking fines because there simply

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aren't enough taxi ranks. They say much of the money they make from

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fares is now going on penalty charges.

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At the moment across Gedling, there are hundreds of licensed taxi

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drivers but just 15 spaces to accommodate all of them to pick up

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their affairs. One of the most popular ranks is here in Arnold

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where there is space for just three taxes. Gedling Borough Council gives

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out the licenses and currently there are more than 700 taxis but three

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ranks. We need more ranks on Mapperley top and Carlton Road at

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Tesco. We need a rank in Sainsbury's. We need lots of them.

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They claim taxi -- traffic wardens are heavy-handed in giving them

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fines when they are waiting to get into the taxi ranks. We are not

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common criminals. Why is this happening? Why don't they give us

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more space? We go around the block all the time and we are not earning

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much money. What we earn, it goes on fines. If somebody isn't parking in

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the right place, whoever you are, if you are parked inappropriately and

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on double yellow lines and contravening law, we need to action.

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They are also taking action on taxi ranks and are working with the

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county council on a feasibility study to see if they can create more

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Next, the final part in our special series on twinning. So far this week

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we've found out about Derby's envoys in Osnabruck and Leicester's

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football playing firemen. Today Tom Brown looks at how the German city

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of Karlsruhe is helping business in Nottingham. From in the city centre

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to above the station. The tram networks are used by millions of

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passengers every year and its inspiration came from here in

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Nottingham's German twin town, Karlsruhe. Trams have been running

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here for more than 100 years. They dominate the inner city. The high

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street is more than a -- more like a highway. This tram network is

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extensive. Seven lines compared to Nottingham's one and the people make

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100 million journeys on it every year. Back in the 1990s, news of the

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system had spread to Nottingham. Tram experts from here travel to

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their English twin to give advice. Thomas says the second line will

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continue to improve the centre of Nottingham. This city as a whole it

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is effective and attractive to live. In the city centre it is also

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attractive the business. Nottingham's gratitude is shown by

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the name of the station's neutron bridge. It goes further than the

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network and assigned. Businesses are cashing in on their twin. This is a

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man keeping a close eye on the link. John is using the twinning

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relationship to export his acrylic prosthetic eyes to a German market.

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Do you think you have fired a warm welcome from Karlsruhe because of

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the links? Absolutely and they are very aware of it. I never thought

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about twinning and why we did it. It is really good and it is a good idea

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and great commerce. In this old slaughterhouse back in Karlsruhe, 63

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shipping containers are being turned into offices. They are using it to

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encourage young creative entrepreneurs from Nottingham to

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expand abroad. They are leading the pack. I am not aware of anything

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that has been done in other places quite so in-depth and seriously.

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There is a will on both sides to put a commercial level onto an existing

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relationship. In doing that, you can get a real benefit the business.

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With most of Nottingham City Council's twinning costs covered by

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private companies or the government, this isn't just a close

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to win but a relatively cheap one. It is the 44-year-old friendship

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that is developing into one of the city 's most important business

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links. -- city's. It looks lovely place. We have seen

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everything from football playing fireman until the impact on the tram

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system. We have seen all the signs saying a

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places twinned with another place. I have been amazed at not only the

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diversity of our twinning links but the strength of them. You mentioned

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that 40 year friendship between a firemen in Leicester that we saw

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last night. Add to that school exchanges, theatre tours, work

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placement, they have gone from having a twin town. A lot of these

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links were set up after the world wars.

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They are as relevant as they have ever been. This idea of turning is a

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sting twinning links into commercial links is a really interesting

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trend, especially because so many of these links are costing our council

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so much money. This is going to be an increasingly important aspect.

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Many would say twin towns shouldn't be about making money and they

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should be about making friends and seeing new cultures, experiencing a

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new angle on life. I have to say, my favourite aspect comes from a tiny

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village. Whitwell in Rutland, which claims to be twinned with none other

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than Paris. Think big! If you missed any of the

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series, you can find it all on your local BBC news website.

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People in Leicester are being invited to give their views on its

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bid to become the next UK City of Culture.

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The bid team are competing against three other cities and have only two

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months to submit a detailed report Joy and jubilation as Leicester made

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the government short list but that was the starting block. Now those

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behind the bid have to prove why Leicester has the edge over the

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competition. The programme is really important. This is a public meeting

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being held to galvanise support. It is not just about a big party, it is

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about transforming the city and making a long-term difference.

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People really understand that and think it is a really good thing to

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be going for. Whilst they have been short listed, the next eight weeks

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are about pinning down the final details to funding and crucially to

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legacy. The panel who will make the final decision say they are looking

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for a bid that has its own unique vision of what the UK City of

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Culture means and a bid that will provide a step change for the local

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area. What do those attending make of the plans so far? Rather than

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highlighting the great things about the city and making them greater,

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look at the problems and the things that need help. It will only be a

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good thing and it will put Leicester on the map. This Saturday will see

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the city streets flooded with performers as Leicester's 28th

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Caribbean carnival takes place. team will be hoping a summer of

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cultural events will fuel public support for the city's bid.

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The art of football now. We're going to start with our

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special guest and the next in our previews of the football season.

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This is Sam Rush about seven months into his job as Chief Executive at

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Derby County. He leads a club that's been seen as stable and carefully

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run. Let us talk about this coming season. Nigel club -- Nigel Clough

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is talking top six. How strong are you? Really strong. We have some

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really good purchases and Nigel has been very clever. We have kept our

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young players and they are coming forward. Six new signings and four

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new contract negotiations. Really excited. Derby have adopted a

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particular policy. You've valued your youth. Do you see that paying

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off? I really do. If we are to go out and replace our young players,

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there would be eight figure signings. That quality interspersed

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with the signings we have made will bode very well. Let us talk about

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Nigel Clough. He is the longest serving manager of the

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championship. What we have to do to keep you happy? He carries on. Derby

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County are very lucky to have Nigel Clough as their manager. He is a

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fantastic manager and a driven man and hugely knowledgeable. I am

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looking forward to working with him. He has prepared the squad really

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well. You are enjoying life and football? Really enjoying it. Derby

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is a fantastic club and a fantastic city. The fans have expectations. It

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is a tough league but people are proud and pleased that Derby are

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being talked about as genuine promotion candidates. How tough is

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this league? It is really tough and there are no guarantees. We are in a

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decent place and store B have a real chance this year. -- Derby.

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Nottingham Forest have announced a new sponsorship deal. It is with an

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air conditioning company. What exactly is going on the shirt has

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not been announced. The glamour of Premier League

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football came to Ilkeston FC last night. The club has only been

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established for three years after Ilkeston Town was wound up back in

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2010 over an unpaid tax bill. But last night they had their sights

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firmly set on the future as they took on a Chelsea 11 in a pre-season

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friendly. Paul Bradshaw was at a sold-out New Manor Ground for us.

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It was a special night for Ilkeston. West London came to visit them on

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their home turf and the whole turn -- a whole town came out to greet

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them. Go on. Come on Ilkeston. Chelsea sit six divisions above

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Ilkeston. There was plenty of youthful quality. This side were

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anything but Chelsea pensioners. In the brunt of their biggest ever gate

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of 2700 fans, Ilkeston were dominated by the visitors in the

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early stages. John Swift given Chelsea a six minute lead. They

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doubled their advantage with a penalty before half-time. They added

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a third for Chelsea after the break with a superb long-range effort

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between dead before Jason Stokes finished off a flowing move and gave

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the home fans something to cheer about. Chelsea got another fourth

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before a cheeky lob. I think they played very well. We put it down to

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an education. We are delighted and it is a great attack -- occasion for

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the football club. A proud occasion and a battling performance on a

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night when they lost heavily but when plenty of new friends.

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Whatever level you support, can't believe the season is here. Thank

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A World War Two landing craft, which appeared in the film Saving Private

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Ryan, is being used in a special project on the River Trent. The Army

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is using the boat to transport materials to construct buildings for

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scouts in Nottinghamshire. Simon Ward went along for the ride.

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At deleting the -- after leaving the marina, it is the only landing craft

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of its type in the UK and the first time it has been used by the Army

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since its military service and is. This is the actual boat that Tom

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Hanks was on board one he was filming Saving Private Ryan. We

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landed in the middle of the Trent in an area used by the Sea Scouts. They

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are constructing a new building here. As reservists, we don't get

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much opportunity to carry out military task as Max. The Scouts

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have been victims of theft here. have had a few break-ins and

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valuable equipment has been stolen. We have had nowhere secure to keep

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it. Now we can get some security and get the boats on the island where

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they belong. I would like to go out on the boat again and not waste time

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getting them out of the galley and having a good boat shed and being

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able to get out on the water quicker. The kayaks will be safer

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and less likely to be stolen. The project is called exercise me duck.

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They hope to have it running in the next few days.

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I have been on that. Have you? While it has been wet and great

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today, tomorrow is going to be very warm indeed with plenty of sunshine

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around. Things cool down again by Friday and things become unsettled

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again. The rain has been quite persistent at times. We were never

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too far away from the next downpour and some of those were heavy. It is

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now gradually starting to clear northwards. We are left with quite a

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lot of cloud around and it could be producing some drizzle from time to

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time. It will be very murky overnight and we are feeling the

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effects of the humid air. We have seen temperatures tonight of 18

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Celsius and overnight we are looking at 17 Celsius so a very warm night

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on the clouds. The cloud should gradually clear away by the morning

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and we will be basking in some very warm sunshine. It will be the

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temperatures that would be the main talk point -- will be the main

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talking point. We cut our temperatures up to 31 Celsius.

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Things cool down again on Friday and we have more by the the wings --

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wings. It will be a fairly and sack -- it will be a fairly unsettled day

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on Saturday with a few showers dotted around here and there.

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