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Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale. Tonight - the death of teenager

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Hannah Smith. Now firms pull their adverts from the ask-fm website.

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Hannah's father says the website should face a manslaughter charge.

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They just don't care that teenagers are dying and killing themselves. It

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can't be right. The ambulance crews paid a �35 daily

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allowance. And the cyclist knocked off his bike

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as he lay in the road. You just knocked me off my bike! Are you

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stupid? ! And how fake cigarettes are killing

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Welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight, the death of

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schoolgirl Hannah Smith, a victim of internet bullies known as "trolls".

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The Prime Minister joined the debate today, urging parents and children

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to boycott offensive social media. In another development tonight,

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major companies are withdrawing their adverts from ask.fm, the

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website at the centre of the tragedy.

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More on that shortly but first, live to Luttwerworth, Hannah's home town.

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Our reporter Eleanor Garnier is there. Eleanor, Hannah's father has

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some very strong words for ask.fm. Yes, he has. Right from the start

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Hannah's father has blamed this website, saying the only reason she

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took her own life was because of the abuse she was getting online. It was

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a few streets away that last Friday, her body was found by her sister.

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Speaking to the daily Mirror, her father has said that those who are

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behind this website should be punished for what has happened.

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Personally, I think the people that run ask.fm should get done for

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manslaughter or murder because you tried contacting them and they just

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don't care. They don't care that teenagers are killing themselves. It

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can't be right. The Prime Minister has responded today. He urged people

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to boycott what he is calling file websites. There is also a fresh

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warning for parents, telling them to watch their children closely and

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keep an eye out for any signs of cyber-bullying.

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While Hannah's family mourns, there are calls for actions. The people

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that run this website, these websites, have to clean up their

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act. If you incite violence, that is a crime. Those people can be chased.

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If the websites don't clean up their acts, we have got to stop using

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these particular websites. As these teenagers browse the ask.fm website,

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they can see how quickly the girl is giving away information. People can

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like what people have said and that makes you feel even worse because

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someone says something offensive to you and other people are backing

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them up, you are in a corner. scary because everyone can see

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everything, it is not anonymous. A lot of it is private. We are

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strangers and we can see all of this. There are probably people out

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there who could do anything with this information. The teenagers are

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spending the week volunteering for a list of charity. Some of the work it

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does is teaching children about online risks. I know of a boy on

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ask.fm, whose father recently passed away and a lot of people have been

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saying some horrible comments and it has had a huge impact on him because

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he does not come out a lot now. used to have my Facebook on private

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and I was a bit shocked that people from other countries could approach

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me. These are some of the messages on ask.fm today. I randomly clicked

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on your profile. You are very pretty. One user is asking a girl to

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upload a picture of her in a bikini. For a few people, being bullied

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online can cost them their lives. There is also an advertising exodus

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going on tonight from ask.fm. Major companies have been announcing

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they are withdrawing advertising from the website. EBay, BT, Spec

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Savers, save the children. It says it puts the welfare of children

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first and as a result of the tragic case of hand out we no longer

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advertise on ask.fm. We have also had bad statement from ask.fm this

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afternoon. -- had a statement. It has reiterated that Hannah's death

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is a tragedy. It says it does not condone bullying. It also states

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that although users can post messages anonymously, in most cases

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it is possible to trace those users and that it says in this week of

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extreme circumstances it is working hard to get that information and

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give it to the relevant authorities. Perhaps that may provide a glimmer

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of hope for Hannah's father and his wish that people will be prosecuted

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and face criminal charges over his daughter's death.

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One MP has accused the government of not doing enough to tackle the

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problem on online bullying. Barry Sheerman co-chairs the Skills

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Committee which discusses education in parliament. Earlier I asked him

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what action he wanted the government to take. What I'm suggesting today

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is that we set up a commission on cyber-bullying. Only a year ago many

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of us were terribly worried about stalking. We formed a commission on

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stalking. We took the willing evidence. We wrote recommendations.

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The government and the Prime Minister accepted them. We have

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changed the law and now there are severe penalties for any kind of

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stalking so you can have success, but let's build it on reason and

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taking evidence. So I have been suggesting we set up a cross-party

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commission on cyber-bullying, take evidence and come up with serious

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proposals. A lot of these websites allow anonymity and talking to

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people, we can have a dialogue with these people about stopping the

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possibility of being anonymous and that gives you the possibility, not

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only exposure of who you are, but also leaves you to the possibility

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of prosecution for what you have set and the damage you have caused.

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Thank you very much indeed. Next tonight, the ambulance crews

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from the East Midlands sleeping in tents on a campsite. The workers are

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employed by a private ambulance company to cover shifts in

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Cambridgeshire and have a daily bed and board allowance of �35. The

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company says it always provides suitable financial support and crews

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aren't at risk. Sally Chidzoy reports.

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Nestled in a shaded spot near Huntington is a content which is

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home to a man who works on the medical front line. The ambulance

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worker has left this tent behind for a week because he has returned home

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to the Midlands but he is due back this weekend. Holiday-makers admit

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they were disc -- surprised that paramedics were sleeping in tents in

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their fields. We had no idea until we saw one of them come back quite

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late one evening, make themselves a cup of tea and go straight to bed.

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The East of England ambulance service NHS trust has contracts with

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six private companies. An NHS ambulance worker thinks he thinks it

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is hard for them to find cheap accommodation and all meals on a

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daily allowance of �35. I fail to see how you can travel from another

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trust area and have a hotel room or anything like that. The company says

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they provide above average 50 an hour, say cost is behind the

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decision to camp. Earlier I spoke to our reporter

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Sally Chidzoy from our Cambridge studio. She told me where the

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ambulance staff mainly come from. The majority come from the

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Nottingham area at one comes from as far afield as Sheffield. They come

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to Cambridgeshire in their cars, pitch up their tents and join the

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ambulance is at a hospital base. To know what the workers think of

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this? It has been pretty tough for them in

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the soaring temperatures recently and one holiday-maker said they

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could not get themselves to two o'clock in the morning to sleep so

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clearly it will be difficult. The GMB union issued a press release

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this afternoon and they said they wanted to find answers to a number

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of questions. First of all they said they wanted ERS to directly pay for

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proper accommodation and food that the workers need for their shifts.

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They wanted to know how the staff kept their uniforms cleaned to aid

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infection control and how did they keep drugs secure. A lot of

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questions and ERS are yet to answer those.

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Still to come - stunning images of a fly-past by Boeing's new Dreamliner

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passenger aircraft. The aircraft flew over Derby's Rolls Royce

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factory - a mark of the relationship between Boeing and the aero-engine

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maker that goes back almost a century.

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Plenty of sunny and bright weather to enjoy over the next few days. It

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doesn't mean it will be blue skies, very wet start tomorrow morning, but

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it will brighten again and the sunshine will return. Full details

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later in the programme. One in four corner shops in the East

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Midlands could be forced to close because they're being undercut by

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tobacco smugglers. New figures show the proportion of fake or illegally

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imported cigarettes in the region is the highest outside of London. The

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Tobacco Retailers Alliance says the money being lost means more shops

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are having to cut staff hours or axe jobs completely. Illegal cigarettes

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and tobacco. A survey indicates a quarter of corner shop owners in the

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East Midlands are considering reducing staff or closing due to

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people shopping overseas and tobaccos smuggling. 35 of 40% of the

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total takings at the weekend for me is tobacco sales and the trend and

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sales are going down and down. The child is we will not be able to

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survive. A quarter of cigarettes were found to be counterfeit last

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year in the region, up from 16% the previous year. Only London now has a

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higher proportion of non-UK duty-paid smoking products. HMRC are

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constantly fighting this battle but what can honest retailers do to

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help? We try to work with HMRC to coordinate to bring these people to

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justice. It is difficult and we can do with all the intelligence and if

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they know there are people round the corner selling, let us know.

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HMRC says the size of the illegal tobacco market is shrinking

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nationally and it is working with local government agencies to try to

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eradicate the problem permanently, and retailers say this can't come

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soon enough. Hospital managers in Leicester are

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to advertise on buses and trains for nurses to try to fill a massive

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shortfall in staff. The local NHS trust says its investing two million

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pounds in nursing but it means there are now around 300 vacancies in the

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city alone. Bosses admit they are struggling to fill them and they

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have already recruited nurses from Europe. They say adverts will appear

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on public transport in the next few weeks.

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A team of trouble-shooters has been brought in to take over the running

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of a Nottinghamshire school. The county council's taken control of

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Burton Joyce Primary after Ofsted inspectors placed it in special

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measures this summer. A temporary management board has been put in

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place. Last November, its head teacher was suspended following

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concerns over the way the school was run.

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Plans to build a permanent Richard III exhibition in Leicester have

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been approved by the city council. They involve converting the old

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grammar school building on Greyfriars into a multi-million

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pound visitor centre. Interactive displays will show how King

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Richard's remains were discovered and visitors will also be able to

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view the grave. The plans still need government backing. Work is expected

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to start at the end of the month. A cyclist who was knocked off his

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bike by a car heading to a funeral says he's unhappy with the way it

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was dealt with by Nottinghamshire Police. As the rider lay on the

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ground, he was verbally abused by people from the car that knocked him

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down. The cyclist has now posted video footage from his helmet camera

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onto the internet. Funeral cars passed the cyclist and

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then he says he signals to turn right. What he doesn't know is

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another private car is also heading to the funeral. Are you stupid, do

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you have a death wish? ! The driver was found to be at fault and

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attended a driver alertness course. The woman was cautioned for a public

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order offence. But a Nottingham Shimla -- Nottinghamshire police

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funeral cars go past, the cyclist was unhappy. Nottinghamshire police

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help firms in the East Midlands expand.

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�17.5 million from the EU and the government targeted at 100 firms

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with the best innovative ideas. Sounds impressive. But it has

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emerged that it will initially only create 300 jobs. That works out at

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�58,000 each. Here's our political editor John Hess.

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Chris knows the valley of EU grants. He's left the company

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secured funding for new capital kit and it transformed his business.

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needed fairly big investment and we got a �90,000 grant from Europe,

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which really got us going. Now from an office in Leicester, there is a

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new pot of funding from the EU and its regional growth fund. It is

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handled by a private firm. primary incentive is they have a

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project they have not been able to do and this money will help them do

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quicker, faster. �7 million comes from the EU and 10.5 million from

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the regional growth fund. This company allocates a share to three

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local enterprise partnerships and they then distribute the cash to the

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100 successful bidding companies. A jobs bonanza? Not necessarily.

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are looking to credit over 300 jobs with this piece of funding. That

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doesn't sound an awful lot? doesn't but you have to bear in mind

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that a lot of these projects are likely to be capital investment,

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pieces of equipment and expansion to a factory. We are pretty close at

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making our first three investments and we are looking at manufacturing

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and engineering. They range from 50,000 up to potentially half a

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million. �58,000 for each new job created, is it worth it or will the

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funding put our businesses back into the driving seat?

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It is now time for the sport. Colin has been at Trent Bridge.

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I have news of a massive cup draw for Notts County on the way, stay

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tuned. But tonight's action is all about cricket's T20 competition.

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Notts Outlaws stormed into the quarterfinals as winners of their

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group and tonight they face Essex Eagles for a place at finals day.

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Weather and Ashes fever have brought big crowds to Trent Bridge. The

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It is probably the most explosive batting line-up we have been able to

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put together. We feel confident. job is to set the tone at the top of

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the order and that confidence rubs off on to the other batters and

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go through last year but I will try and make amends and go through the

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finals this year because we are a good team. What has happened is in

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the past and now it is up to us to put on a great show, score 200 and

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all Essex out. We know our crowd, we know how they will react. It will be

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a great atmosphere. England in front of their home fans. You can hear the

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crowd behind you, especially when you are batting. Hopefully we don't

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mess up like we have done the last couple of years. Let's hope the

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players are still smiling at 10pm this evening and are through to the

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finals. Now, football, and I hinted at it a

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couple of minutes ago. The second round draw for the Capital One Cup

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was made at lunchtime and what a great tie for Notts County. Notts

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County will play Liverpool, and they'll play them at Anfield. These

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are the other ties. Leicester away at Carlisle. Forest will host

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Millwall. Meanwhile Derby play Brentford at Pride Park. The games

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will all take place the week beginning the 26th August.

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That Liverpool game is the standout, though. So, just how did Notts

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County earn themselves that glamourous second round tie? Well,

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with a 3-2 win over Fleetwood last night at Meadow Lane.

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There was a crowd for just over 2000 debut so the Magpies were up at

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running with a third. Fleetwood high-profile tie with Liverpool in

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Now, back to the cricket and Notts progress in the short, big hitting

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form of the game that is T20. I am delighted to say, With me is chief

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executive Lisa Pursehouse. The crowd seemed to have levelled off but this

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season has gone mad. We have seen a really big increase in attendance

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this year, and across the whole format. Northants had their record

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crowd the other night. It is about the cricket. The weather has got to

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play a part, and the Ashes. But that together and it has definitely added

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to the number of people that want to come and see it. We first thought,

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having won before and the rest of the games afterwards, it might not

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work but it has been fantastic. are expecting at least 12,000. What

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does that mean to you? The same for everybody else. For the players and

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members and supporters, there is nothing better than Trent Bridge

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being full, and it is wonderful when it is for not just for England. That

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is what we love. It will be full tonight and there will be a full

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report tomorrow here. Hundreds of workers and members of

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the public were treated to a spectacular sight today as the new

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Boeing Dreamliner and a Spitfire flew over the Rolls-Royce's factory

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in Derby. As James Roberson reports, it marked the latest stage of a

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relationship between British Airways and the aero-engine maker that goes

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back almost a century. Joined by the Rolls-Royce Spitfire,

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a new Dreamliner heads across the East Midlands towards Derby. It is

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watched by end-user you stick members of the Rolls-Royce works

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force. This latest Boeing is in British Airways's livery for the

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first time. Putting the firm's engines on yet another British

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Airways plane is part of a very long tradition. We can see the

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relationship starting in 1919 when we supplied them with the eager

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ranging on an aircraft from London to Paris. Rolls-Royce hopes the

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Trent engines will become as famous as part of their heritage as the

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legendary engines of the Spitfire. Another superb day for British

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Airways and Rolls-Royce. It is our history and our future, it is

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wonderful site. It is so nice to see the results of everyone's

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achievements. You can see by the amount of people who have come today

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how everybody values that. It is hard to put into words, home skies

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over our home city. All the people who have worked on this over the

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last ten years, juicy it flying over with the Spitfire is incredible. --

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to see it. In the next few years, the airline will have over 50 new

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engines, all powered by Rolls-Royce. Wow! Wonderful shot. But not a clear

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You will be very well practised at dodging showers by the end of this

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weekend but tonight at least it will then the band of rain will start to

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push him in the early hours of Friday morning. It is a much warmer

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night as well tonight than what we had last night. The rain still with

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us as we start of Friday morning. It will take a while to clear away but

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will be a lot of dry and bright weather but there will also be some

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Saturday and to end the day but plenty of bright weather in the

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middle patch. Sunday is also going to be a bit of a story of drizzle to

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start off with but later on Sunday, we will start to see things brighten

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up. We will see some decent dry spells as well. The temperatures are

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gradually falling down a little bit but at least it does mean we will

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