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Tonight, tears and fun and the funeral of a cross channel swimmer.

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A purple coffin for the charity fundraiser. It was her favourite

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colour. It was just a wonderful service and full of on which you

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would expect for someone like her. Now the family of a soldier killed

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in Iraq sue the MOD. The TiVo being played by an East Midlands MP to

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prevent this city sliding back into violence. And chimps stage as

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stand-off at Twycross zoo. Good evening and welcome to Thursday's

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programme. First, hundreds of people paid their final respects at moving

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thanksgiving service to young swimmer Susan Taylor. The

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34-year-old had been trying to cross the English Channel for charity. She

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collapsed less than a mile from the French coast. The congregation was

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told she had been an accomplished swimmer who was always prepared to

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try new and exciting things. Sarah Teale was there. She was wrought to

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church in a horse-drawn carriage, a poignant gesture to symbolise the

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same way she had arrived at Saint Mary's church eight years ago for

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her wedding. This time her family and friends had come to pay the

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final respects at her thanks giving service in Leicestershire. Her

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coffin was purple, her favourite colour. Her family asked all

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mourners to Wear clothes in the same colour. The service taking place

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inside right now is very much a celebration of her life. Her special

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songs are being played and her family have asked the congregation

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to join in, dancing and clapping, to reflect her personality. The usual

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EJ speaks of a kind and caring woman who was determined. -- the eulogy.

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She collapsed and died 14 hours into an attempt to swim the English

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Channel. She had trained with this long-distance swimmer. I have lots

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of photographs and videos. She was always smiling and a joy to be

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around. She was raising money for charity. As the servers drew to a

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close and the coffin was auto ear was applause from the entire

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congregation. The church itself was absolutely ruled -- fool, now

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standing room at all. We had so many magnificent stories of things she

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had done since she was five, she had slammed the Miles said she was five

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and she has an odd to do many other things, she scorched and supported

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the Rainbows. -- she scorched. -- call should. Her family say the

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charity money which is now standing at �66,000 was a fitting tribute.

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Coming up: A group of bikers thunder through our so-called Thankful

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Villages. They were called Thankful Villages because all their men

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returned home from the First World War. Now plaques are being presented

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to mark their good fortune. The family of an East Midlands soldier

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murdered in Iraq ten years ago is suing the Ministry Of Defence for

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negligence. Corporal Russell Aston from South Derbyshire was one of six

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Military Police officers killed by a 400-strong mob. For the past decade

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his father has sought an explanation as to how his death was allowed to

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happen. Now, as Carolyn Moses reports, the fight for answers is

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passing to a whole new generation. Russell Aston, a father, brother and

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soldier. In 2003 in an armed patrol in Iraq key and five others were

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attacked by a mob. He had been sent into this town and were cornered and

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killed in the police station. His father has campaigned ever since to

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find out why. Now a new Supreme Court ruling last month means the

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MOD can be sued for negligence over alleged breaches of human rights

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during operations abroad. It is played his sisters have taken on.

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Dell macro I have seen my dad over the years fighting to find out the

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truth of what happened to my brother. He should not even have

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been in that town. This has given me the last final attempt to get the

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truth. The claim is that he was left to down vulnerable. He did not have

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the right to mind of ammunition. The satellite phones were denied. The

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vehicles were not roadworthy to go on operations. It is errors which

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led to his death. This is why I want the truth to come out. It is thought

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the families of the five other soldiers will follow suit. Meanwhile

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the MOD says it would be difficult to comment but its thoughts are with

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the families involved. If it was me who had in killed in those

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circumstances he would have fought to the bitter end to get justice for

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me. He would not have let anything go for a member of his family and I

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feel I should do the same for him. Next tonight: Three men from

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Leicester are facing prison sentences after pleading guilty to

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paying for sex with a child. The sixteen-year-old had been due to

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give evidence today at their trial at Leicester Crown Court. Jurors had

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heard that the girl told the men she was a prostitute. She said she

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needed to make money because her parents had threatened to throw her

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out. Helen Astle reports. This has been a difficult and distressing

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case. Over the last few days the court heard how the men met up with

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the 16-year-old child from Leicester. It was a chance meeting

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between the girl and one of the men at a festival last year that led to

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her being paid for sex. The three men, shown here, had denied 22

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counts of sexual offences against a child. At the trial this morning, a

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change in plea. The key admitted five counts of paying for sex with a

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child. Two of them also admitted counts of child prostitution. The

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court was told how the men would drive the girl to BDS locations

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around Leicester, including parks, flats and Bed & Breakfasts. There

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she would be given alcohol and cannabis before being paid �20 for

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sex. It only came to light when a group attack this restaurant earlier

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this year where the 16-year-old had sex with some of the men in an

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adjacent flat. The teenager said she had been told she was not the other

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girl, there are other seat girl. That is the thing that worries her

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most comic she after the trial the police said they would try to find

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other Vic is. We will try to identify if there are any other Vic

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Timms. Those we are concerned about we have personally visited but now

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one has made any disclosure to us to see they have to do. The family have

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in very supported, the community is being supported. God willing that

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everything falls into place and a few years down the line she will be

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able to understand what she has in food and call with it and have a

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normal and perfect life. The girl who has been described as very

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damaged and very vulnerable is recovering. The three men will be

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sentenced at the end of the month. A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed

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his father to death after an argument has been detained in a

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secure hospital. 68-year-old Giuseppe Difina was stabbed at a

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house in Carlton in Nottinghamshire last year. His son, 40-year-old Vito

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Difina was convicted of manslaughter. A restriction means he

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could only leave hospital with permission from the Ministry of

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Justice. Several hundred soldiers from Leicestershire's two local

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regiments will be deployed to Afghanistan this Autumn. The Royal

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Anglians' Second Battalion are preparing to begin their first tour

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of duty in Helmand province. They'll be joined by troops from the

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9th/12th Royal Lancers, who also recruit in Derbyshire. Both

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regiments will spend at least six months in Afghanistan, as Britain

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hands over control to local security forces. The chief constable of

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Northern Ireland has expressed his personal thanks to the police of the

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East Midlands for sending reinforcements during last month's

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disturbances in Belfast and the G8 economic summit. Matt Baggott went

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public with his gratitude during a visit to Belfast by the Gedling MP

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Vernon Coaker, who's also the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern

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Ireland. From Belfast, here's our Political Editor John Hess. One year

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since its opening the Titanic Centre has just notched up its 1,000,000th

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visitor. The new Museum celebrates Belfast's industrial heritage. The

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city has another heritage that can give it a very different reputation.

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The annual 12th of July parades barked disturbances surprising many

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who thought the old conflicts had been resolved. That's why the

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Gedling MP is in Belfast. He needs to find out if the process is really

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secure. He is being shown the walls that still divides loyalist and

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nationalist communities in North Belfast. His tour guides are former

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loyalist paramilitaries. Both communities access through this gate

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is a sign of progress. The old suspicions remain. You have to

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understand the anger. We asked young people and in any of the areas they

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will tell you that Sinn Fein are getting it all there own way. The

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travel through the city to a Sinn Fein stronghold. It is important

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people here know that we need about what is happening, we understand

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what is happening and we want to learn more about it and we are part

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in getting over the issues. This Sinn Fein man points to the root of

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recent loyalist march. Gerry Kelly is a convicted that I had a former

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but now as a junior minister in Northern Ireland. As a city

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representative I am seeing let's go back, turn the page over, let's sit

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down and talk. In Northern Ireland you are dealing with the people who

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represent different communities. These people are alike that, the

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community representatives. The whole point of the Good Friday agreement

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was to move on from the violence and difficulties of the past. The former

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chief constable of Leicestershire now runs the police in Northern

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Ireland and has needed to call in a few favours. We had good support

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from the East Midlands, my old colleagues from Leicestershire came

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over and have been training with us. We deploy them on the streets here.

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It is not something we want to do all the time. It was great demand on

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the 12th of July, they did a great job and were hugely dependable. Some

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say the answer has to be further dialogue between the two

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communities. You have to know your history and the context in which

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these things are happening. Some are anxious it is a lesson we hear and

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do not forget. An NHS Trust which was put into special measures by the

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government two weeks ago, says it's already completed some of the urgent

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action required. Sherwood Forest Hospitals was one of 14 Trusts

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identified by the Keogh report as having unusually high death rates.

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The Trust has also decided to open up all of its Board meetings to the

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public. Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner. The newly

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appointed chairman told the meeting the Trust had nothing to hide. From

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today all meetings are open to the public. The Trust wants to be open

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and transparent, that is what we are all about and this is a step in the

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right direction. In the event only one member of the public attended

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the opening. Last month the report identified 13 issues requiring

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urgent action. At the top of the list was a three-year backlog of

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complaints and understaffing. important thing is that we

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understand why we got into that situation and make sure it never

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happens again. In terms of the nursing ratio, the Queen trained and

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non-trained, I think there is enough staff on the wards. We have to make

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sure issues are dealt with appropriately at we will have to

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have a review in October. Some more complex operations have been

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transferred while the safety of surgery is reviewed. Did always will

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be doctor cover 24/7. There have been cases where no shows have given

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us a problem for short periods of time but we will never be in the

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situation where there is no doctor cover available. The review will

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take place on October at it plans to have addressed all the issues

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highlighted by the report in the next six months. The chairman says

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it is all to play for to make a great future for the Trust. A group

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of motorcyclists roared through the East Midlands today, visiting what's

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known as the Thankful Villages. They're so-named, because all their

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men survived the First World War and returned home. The bikers travelled

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through Leicestershire and Rutland yesterday. This morning they set off

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from Wysall in Nottinghamshire before making their way to

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Derbyshire and back. Paul Bradshaw put on his leathers to meet them. It

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is a modern deep Elber image of thanks. 2500 miles around Britain in

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nine days, stopping at 51 villages today is �51,000 for charity.

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charity is the Royal British Legion ex-forces. We are trying to raise

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51,000 for them to return the pocket and to do good with it which I know

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they will. In Weisel 12 men went off to war and against the odds all 12

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returned to their lives year after the Armistice in 1918. Today a

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plaque was presented to the village to mark this great fortune. It gives

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me great pleasure to hand over their supply to the community.

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children should know about the hoarders that went on and what these

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men experienced which they never expressed and kept to themselves.

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This is one way of helping to tell the young people about what

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happened. The great War two the lives of nearly a million military

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personnel, most of them young men. These writers remember the lucky

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ones which came back. Might have been a bit hot in those leathers.

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Now time for the sport. First, cricket. Nottinghamshire's Trent

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Bridge says Ashes Fever has meant they've had their busiest month

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ever. Over 125,000 people visited the ground in July, thanks to the

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warm weather and the success of England and Notts. Onto football and

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at Derby County striker Callum Ball has joined League Two Torquay on a

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two-month loan deal. Now, the big kick-off is just one day away and

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tomorrow night Notts County start the Football League campaign with

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their first game, away at Sheffield United. For Notts manager Chris

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Kiwomya it's his first full season in charge, so as part of our preview

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of the new season, Colin has been to Meadow Lane. Chatting to Dean, he

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described you as a chilled out dude, is that the description you

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are happy to embrace? All we can do is prepare the players as well we

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can -- as best we can and it is up to them to go out and do what they

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can. And Notts signed a 22-year-old striker today, former Chelsea

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scholar Adam Coombes. In rugby a total of seven Leicester Tigers

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players have been named in the England Senior Elite Player Squad by

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head coach Stuart Lancaster. They are: Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Geoff

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Parling, Tom Youngs, Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs. And

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finally from me good luck to Leon Haslam this weekend in the World

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Superbikes at Silverstone. Leon from Derbyshire won the most prestigious

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race in Japan at the weekend, the Suzuka eight Hours. It's a huge

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achievement, made greater by the fact that he broke his leg at the

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end of April. We recorded 31 Celsius today. It has been a hot and humid

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day. As we work our way throughout the next few hours it is going to

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start to change a little bit. The cold front will come in from the

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West which will start to alter the temperatures are time tomorrow

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afternoon. It is a change on the Wii. Through the early part of this

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evening it is remaining dry with some fair weather quite helping.

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Night-time temperatures tonight in the region of 17 Celsius. It is

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going to feel very humid and even as the weather front moves in tomorrow

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the cloud will increase and there will be some showers during the

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early part of the day. Bush hours could be heavy and fund a day at

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times. -- those showers could the heavy and under the act times. Some

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chimps try to escape from Twycross zoo today. The wearer tempted back

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into their cages by ice creams. These eight naughty little chairman

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of the guilty ones. We were serving breakfast when they managed to

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escape into the keeper corder easier. We did offer them ice cream

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and managed to entice five of them through quite quickly. They them

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held out for an extra ice cream. They were still contained within the

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main building. We did not open the zoo for an extra hour while we made

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