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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight: A deaf couple survive a devastating gas explosion at their

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home. It is thought they owed their lives

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to a special alarm system installed by the fire service. We fitted the

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alarms to the premises not that long ago when we realised we had people

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here with hearing impairments. type, a new twist in the Hannah

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Smith bullying case. And the tale of two harvests.

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And it is all aboard at the sailing club as they secure �15,000 from the

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Welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, a couple from

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Leicestershire have had a remarkable escape after a gas explosion

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destroyed most of their home. The blast happened in the village of

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Burbage at around 3am and caused a fire that engulfed the bungalow. The

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couple are deaf and were only saved by a special fire alarm.

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We can go live now to our reporter Tom Brown. He is at the scene. Good

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evening. Good evening. I am standing directly

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in front of the bungalow. You can see some of the damage caused by

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what was thought to be a gas explosion and fire. Round the back,

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much of the roof has also been damaged. As this was going on, the

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couple who are deaf were fast asleep. It could have had a tragic

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end to the night. Thanks to the special smoke alarm system involving

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a vibrating pad under the bed and a strobe light in the bedroom, the

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couple woke up and escaped. They were very fortunate. The police

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were reasonably fast in attendance and the occupants could not get out

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of the bedroom because of the fire. I understand they tried to throw

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some chairs at the window but failed to break it. I understand it was the

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police officers that broke the window. What do you know about the

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state of the couple now? I spoke to them this morning through a sign

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language interpreter. They are fine. It was a horrific position at

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that time of the morning but they have no ill effects from the smoke

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and very happy to be the way they are. You must be delighted.We are

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always delighted. We fitted the death alarms to this premise is not

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that long ago when we realised that we had people here with hearing

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impairments. To know that it works and I have spoken to the person who

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fitted it and they are very pleased as well. The police have not named

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the couple officially yet. Let us have a quick chat with their

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neighbour. What did you see? I heard banging. Within minutes, the police

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work back and said that we had to evacuate because of an explosion we

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were really concerned about the couple because we did not know

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whether they were out of the property -- the police came back.

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What has been the feeling among the community? This is not the sort of

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thing you expect to happen, and explosion. It is surreal. Thank you.

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The couple ran a sign language class out of their home here so not only

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have they lost where they live but where they work. Today the feeling

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in the community is one of relief that the deaf couple were able to

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walk away from the burning house. A teenage girl and a woman have been

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arrested after allegedly making more than 400 hoax calls to the police in

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the space of just six days - the same number received for the whole

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of last year. The pair, aged 16 and 20 and both from the Osmaston area

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of Derby, were arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance after

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making the calls in June. Both have been released pending further

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enquiries. Derbyshire Police say nearly 800 hours were spent dealing

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with hoax calls last year. It would result in delaying emergency

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responses and somebody's life could be lost.

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It's understood the Derby-based train maker Bombardier has submitted

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its bid for the �1 billion Crossrail contract. Today is the deadline for

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firms competing for the project - an order for 60 trains for a new route

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across London. Bombardier missed out on the lucrative Thameslink deal

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which was given to Siemens. But the German company's already withdrawn

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from the running for Crossrail. Still to come: The Government

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announces tough new measures to control TB in cattle.

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Affected farmers say it'll be pointless without tackling the

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disease in badgers first. There's a new twist in the tragic

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death of Hannah Smith, the Leicestershire teenager found dead

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at her home ten days ago. Her father has always said the 14-year-old

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killed herself after being bullied online.

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But now it's being reported that Hannah may have written the majority

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of the abusive messages herself from anonymous accounts on the social

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networking site Ask.fm. Eleanor Garnier reports.

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Just 14 years old when she took her own life. Hannah Smith's father has

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always claimed it was cyber bullying that drove his daughter to kill

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herself. Now it is being reported that she may have written the

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majority of the abusive messages herself from anonymous accounts on

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the social networking site Ask.fm. The company has apparently analysed

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the addresses of the computer and apparently 95% of the abuse came

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from Hannah's IP address. You can view an IP address like a telephone

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number for a landline. You do not know what person was using the

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connection. It could be anyone in any machine in the house or it could

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be Wi-Fi or a hacker. Today Ask.fm told the BBC that claims the

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messages had been written by Hannah had come from an undisclosed source

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and not from Ask.fm in an official capacity. Officers acting on behalf

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of the coroner has secured a computer and mobile phone as part of

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the investigation into the settlements at delete macro -- the

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circumstances of her death. How easy would it be to work out who exactly

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posted the abusive messages? This can be really difficult to find the

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user from the IP address. Services can be paid for to change the IP

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address. These are services that people use for downloading films and

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music illegally. They can change the IP address to make it difficult to

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track who you are. Clues but no answers as to what food drove -- as

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to what drove Hannah Smith to take her own life as her family prepare

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for her funeral. It's being claimed that up to 8,000

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jobs could be created as a result of Nottingham's tram extension. Work on

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two new lines is due to be completed next summer. The city council says

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that already almost half of the construction jobs have gone to local

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people. Mike O'Sullivan has this report.

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It will stretch out for 17 kilometres across Nottingham. The

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city's tram extension has already created around 1000 construction

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jobs. I was unemployed for about five or six months. I was laid off

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in January. Looking for work was very stressful. It is a big project.

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To be part of this project, it is an honour. I was unemployed for a few

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months. It was really difficult. They did not seem to be a lot of

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work. They put me through a six-week college course to get a guaranteed

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interview for the tram work. It is going to cost five and had a �70

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million. The city council is asking me contractors to deliver as many

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job opportunities as possible to local people -- it is going to cost

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570 million jobs. 320 jobs have apparently gone to people in the

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city. As well as the construction jobs on-site, there are claims the

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tram extension will create 8000 jobs when it is completed. All of those

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jobs will not be in construction. They will be as a result of the

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economic benefit. That is proven in all sorts of cities all over the

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world. Are people here convinced of the benefits of the tram? It is

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causing chaos at the moment. We will see. I have not been on one yet but

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I cannot wait for it to be up and running. I think it is a waste of

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money. We have a perfectly good bus system. Here is a man who can see

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both sides. He lives here and now works at the tram contractor's depot

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after being out of work for 16 months. A lot of my friends were on

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the trams. Without that, they would still be unemployed like I would be.

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It is only a good thing in my eyes. But lots of people have different

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views. Construction work is due to finish next summer. The first tram

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is due to start running in winter, 2014.

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And tomorrow Mike's looking at one of the biggest engineering

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challenges facing the tram - lifting a massive bridge into place next to

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the Queen's Medical Centre. Farmers in the East Midlands say new

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plans to control TB in cattle will be pointless without tackling the

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disease in wildlife first. Today the Department of Food,

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Environment and Rural Affairs announced a raft of new regulations

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aimed at farmers in ten counties, including Derbyshire, Leicestershire

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and Nottinghamshire. James Roberson reports.

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There have been cattle on this farm for decades but for the last nine

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years they have been periodically affected by bovine TB. The farmer

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says the TB has come from the spread of the disease in badgers which

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mixed with cattle in Barnes and leave infected droppings in the

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fields. The disease came in the badgers. There is no disputing that.

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You know that because of the different kinds of TB that have been

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identified. Most of the badgers died a horrible death with TB. Derbyshire

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is at the wave of bovine TB spreading across the country.

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important that we try to make sure that it does not spread any further.

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That is going to impose some disciplines but I hope they will

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realise that it is for the good not only of their own cattle but also of

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their neighbours' in preventing the further spread. The farmers say it

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is little use without tackling the TB infections in wildlife. All of

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these measures are only against Catalan nobody has the political

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will to tackle it in wildlife. This is a very dangerous disease -- only

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against cattle. Nearly 40,000 cattle a year are being killed. Once it is

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in the wildlife, you have a major problem to solve. We do not know

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where the front edge is. There has been spreading eastwards for the

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past few years. DEFRA say that money is available for badger vaccinations

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and they say they are assessing TB infection rates in badgers from

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those killed by traffic. Staying with rural life and the

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harvest is in full swing, as you can hardly have failed to notice.

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To quote a well-known harvest hymn, they're bringing in the sheaves. But

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will farmers be rejoicing? Well, it depends. If they planted

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rapeseed last autumn, probably not. I took a trip out to a 1,700-acre

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arable farm south of Nottingham to find out more.

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From afar, it looks like a bumper crop. As ever for farmers it is

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about quality not quantity. This field is a perfect example of the

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problems faced by some farmers. On the left of the field, the wheat

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crop harvested this weekend, excellent quality. On the right,

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this should have been rape seed oil but the quality was so patchy in the

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spring they dug it up and replanted it with barley. This is the good

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news. Quality wheat harvested this weekend at the rate of over three

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tonnes per acre helped by the sunshine. We only started on

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Saturday and we are about a third of the way through. Depending on the

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weather and the rest of the quality, it remains to be seen. At

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the moment, the quality is high and it will produce the best quality

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flour. For rape seed being harvested today the opposite is the case. The

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cold spring delayed growth, pigeons took the seat and weeds fill the

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gaps. The end result, a poor crack that is costly to clean and process.

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These are weeds and this is the rape. It has got to be cleaned and

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served and we will get a small amount. It will cover the cost of

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the combine harvester. It is a salvage operation rather than a

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farming operation. Farmers like this one need a fortnight of fine weather

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to finish the wheat harvest. For those whose rape seed has suffered,

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there may not be a lot of profit on the balance sheet went always safely

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gathered in. What a lovely colour, the gold.

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Still to come, when recycling is music to the ears. We meet a man who

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makes instruments out of everything from furniture rails to rusty

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umbrellas. Sports clubs across the East

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Midlands have won almost �2 million worth of funding.

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It's part of a wider �40-million project from Sport England in the

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bid to keep the Olympic legacy alive. Rebecca Sheeran reports from

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one club in Rutland to benefit where the funding is proving a lifeline.

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It might be over the years since the 2012 Olympics, but here at the

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sailing club, the idea of sportsmanship is very much alive.

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are supporting the two army bases in the area, as we have done with the

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RAF. We are giving those families an opportunity to enjoy sport. It is a

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sporting club that is their to improve people's lives. Now they

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have caught the winds of good fortune, securing �50,000 of

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National Lottery funding from Sport England to improve train -- improved

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changing rooms. We wanted to be more family friendly. We want adults and

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young people to be able to get changed separately. And

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schoolteachers, we want them to feel like they are in a safe environment.

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3000 people come here to use the club from schoolchildren to the

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Army. The management say that the funding is going to be vital to make

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sure it continues to thrive. It was all hands on deck today. Let us hope

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thousands more will fail here in the future. -- will sail here.

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Messing about on the water. I fancy the idea of learning to sail

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there. Sport proper.

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Lots to come, including Leicester at home and a proud day for Mansfield.

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But let's start our round up with two away wins for Derby and Forest.

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The Rams' victory at last season's play-off semi-finalists Brighton was

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a particularly good performance. Natalie Jackson begins by the

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seaside. Derby in their new kit were on top against Brighton who have

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been totally out of sorts. When the home team went ahead, it came as a

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bit of a shock. We started excellently. I think it was

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Brighton's first meaningful attack. It led to a goal. We are

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disappointed with that. To come back and win the game, brilliant

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performance. This is how they did it. Two goals from Chris Martin. The

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first was built on a smart turn, lots of persistent and a little

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luck. The second was a goalkeeper's nightmare. Chris Martin arrived at

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speed to bury it in the goal. Last season's waveform turned firmly on

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its head. -- away form. Forrest worked hard

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but left it late at Blackburn Rovers. We had some chances. You get

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what you deserve in this business. What they deserved finally arrived

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in injury time. They never came up. Open goal! He drives it in from 20

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yards. He popped up, wonderful performance, wonderful goal.

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Delighted for him and the substitutes who made the huge

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difference. Two games and two wins in the championship for Forest.

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Speaking of Forest, signs this afternoon of a resolution to the

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crisis affecting the Nottingham Forest Ladies side. They had said

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they were a week away from going bust. But officials at the men's

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side say the ladies who are currently independent would be

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welcome as part of one structure at Forest. We'll see how it develops.

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At Leicester City, the first home game of the season. For the Foxes

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faithful, a chance to see whether the team that came so close last

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season can go one better. Angela joined an expectant crowd at the

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King Power Stadium. Always a special atmosphere for the

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first home game of the season. After the emotional roller-coaster of the

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last campaign, what are the fans expecting this time? I think we are

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going to do it this season. This is the first game, we want to win and

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win well. I would like automatic promotion. Come on, Lester! High

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expectations. Can this team fulfil them? They put plenty of pressure on

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the defence and there was no lack of effort but no one could break the

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the substitute Chris . Denied by the woodwork. It ended in a stalemate.

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game of few chances, two disciplined side is out there. It was all is

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going to be tough for one of the sides to win. Next up, Derby County.

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In League One, Notts County had a bit of a shocker at Meadow Lane.

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Peterborough, a Championship side last season, were never going to

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easy opponents. Notts started really well, taking the lead through Dean

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Leacock. But after that, the traffic was almost all one way. The visitors

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dominating the match and scoring four times before Yoann Arquin put

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the consolation penalty into the back of the net. Notts, a side that

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still need to settle. As well as Leicester, we had another

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nil-nil draw over the weekend. But the clean sheet could not possibly

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have mattered more to Mansfield Town. It gave them their first

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football-league point for five This is now the dressing room for

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the footballing team again. It means so much to the players, the fans,

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the town. It means that even though the manager provided Glory, the

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pressure stays on. The nature of the beast, one minute you are a hero and

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the next minute everybody hates you. It is important to look forward and

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try and keep momentum going and keep winning. That is as simple as that.

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In the end, the first home league game in five years was entertaining

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but scoreless. Plenty to be optimistic about. They need to

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believe in themselves a little bit more. We are not going to be bad.

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for the fans, they are just pleased to be back.

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In Cricket, the one-day YB40 competition is nearing its climax.

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Remember, it all builds up to a big final at Lords. A comprehensive win

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for Notts Outlaws over Northants yesterday means a home victory

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tomorrow over Worcestershire might well see them safely into the

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semi-finals from their group. Also yesterday, Leicestershire beat

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Yorkshire with a ball to spare at Grace Road. A result which keeps

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them in the semifinal race. Derbyshire on the fringes.

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Finally, well done to Long Eaton's Will Sharman. The hurdler did

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brilliantly to grab a place in the 110-metre hurdles final at the World

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Championships in Moscow. He ran it just a few minutes ago. He finished

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fifth. After a few years of injuries, he will be delighted.

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What can you make from old furniture rails, rusty umbrellas and biscuit

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tins? Well, a guitar it seems. Or a banjo, a violin or a double bass.

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That's what David Blanchard makes from items he finds in junk and

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antique shops. But as Carolyn Moses reports, there's one thing he admits

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he can't yet turn his hand to. In a small loft in a small

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Derbyshire village, work is under way creating a small string section.

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While these might not suit a large orchestra, they would certainly suit

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and unusual one. These are cookie tin instruments. Violins, guitars

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and double basses he has made since February. It is an American idea

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with a twist. I tried to make them appropriate to the ten, somehow. In

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my head, anyway. This one because it is round like a banjo and I thought

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the image... I don't know, she just looks like she might play a banjo. I

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try to use salvaged things. This has got an old fork, silver-plated

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nickel fork. Most of my instruments they have been using copper nails

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for the fret not. -- nuts. I have used umbrellas, strimmer cables.

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Makes it more interesting. With all of these strings to his bow, what is

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next for David? Learning to play them, it seems. The natural thing to

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do would be to give you a cheering, but unfortunately, I can't. That is

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on my to do list. The music you could hear was done on

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one of his instruments but not by him.

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and showers again. The blustery westerly wind as well. Things are

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coming down nicely now which is perfect timing. The peak of the

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Perseids meteor shower is happening tonight. The skies of clearing up

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for this. If your eyes to the skies tonight, you could see as many 60

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shooting stars in the space of an hour. We have got a few showers to

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get through first. They are starting to clear. They are being blown in on

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the brisk north-westerly wind. They are fading away now. A dry night

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with clear skies. Turning a little bit chilly with temperatures just

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about holding into double figures in towns and cities. In the rural

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spots, we will be down at seven or eight degrees by the morning.

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Tomorrow morning, it starts fairly promising once again. We have rain

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heading our way later on. If you are up early, you will get the best of

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the sunshine. The clouds will increase and they will start to

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thicken later. Like today, quite hit and miss. Northern parts of

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Derbyshire may see dry weather all day long. A lot of cloud tomorrow.

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Temperatures disappointing. If you get up to 20, you're doing well.

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Similar story on Wednesday. Starting dry and bright. The cloud will

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increase and patchy rain later on. If we get any breaks in the cloud on

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Thursday, temperatures could go up into the mid-20s.

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