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Tonight, the £50 billion question. Another wobble for HS2 as MPs cast

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doubt on its cost and benefit. Fields of furniture — who is

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spreading sofas across Derbyshire? It is a disgrace, isn't it?

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Could the Battle of Bosworth help Leicester win a new culture war.

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Speeding round written in exactly nine days, nine hours and nine

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minutes. Good evening, welcome to the programme. First tonight — more

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questions about whether the £50 billion cost of HS2 is value for

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money. A senior figure at the Nottingham

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Business School says the government has yet to prove that the cash would

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not be better spent on improving existing rail links within the East

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Midlands. It comes as a group of MPs cast doubt on the benefits of the

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high—speed link. Mike O'Sullivan is in Toton and can tell us more. What

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is the feeling on the rising costs of HS2? Well, some are concerns it

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is like a run rate train, getting out of control. This is the proposed

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site for the station in the East Midlands between Derby and

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Nottingham. Part of the £50 billion project, including rolling stock.

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Today the Public Accounts Committee of MPs criticised transport

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officials for out of date assumptions to do with costs and

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benefits, one of them failing to realise that business travellers

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don't lose working time on trains because they can work at their seat

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on laptops and other mobile devices. This was the view and Nottingham

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railway station today. I managed to contact clinics to see

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if there is a availability so I have used it to the best of my advantage.

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I like to relax and read a book. I would not say it is time lost. Noise

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as well, and confidentiality. It puts you off. People talking on

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phones. There are fundamental concerns in the region. Sue — senior

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figure at Nottingham Business School says the government has not shown

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that spending money on HS2 is not better than spending it on the

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transport network around our cities. We need to see governments

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demonstrating more convincingly that investment in HS2 will deliver more

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of those investments than other potential investments in

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infrastructure, things like the Tram in Nottingham. Is that the kind of

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thing that actually will deliver greater net and if it? Some in

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Leicester and Leicestershire question just what they are getting

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out of HS2 but the West Derbyshire MP and transport secretary has

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defended it. I am looking to provide a rail system fit for the long—term

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future of this country. This is not a quick fix, it is planning for the

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long—term future of the UK. Bringing our main cities together,

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Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, it is essential. More

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reaction today from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of

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Commerce. It wants better transport links but says there should not be

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an open cheque—book. We are not quite ready for the emergency stop

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but perhaps it is time to start applying the break.

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A 16—year—old girl is being questioned by police after the death

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of a newborn baby in Lincolnshire. The boy was found at a house at

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Baston near Stamford last week. Police say the cause of death was an

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obstructed airway. Simon Ward reports.

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It was here in the quiet Lincolnshire village of Aston that

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police were alerted to the death of a baby. —— Baston. A 16—year—old

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girl was arrested and questioned by detectives. A post—mortem revealed

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the boy died from an obstruction in his airway. Despite the arrest,

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officers still want more information. We are not looking for

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anybody else. We want more information about what happened so I

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would appeal for people to contact the police and tell us, but we are

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treating this as Marie March and isolated, localised issue. The

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individual arrested I am pretty sure we'll have all of the answers. I

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want to assure people that we are doing the right things as quick as

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we can. The teenager will continue to be questioned about the death. No

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charges have been brought. There has been another death at

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Leicester's Bradgate Mental Health Unit. The trust which runs the unit

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has confirmed that an incident on 22 August resulted in the patient's

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death. An independent investigation will be held into the death, which

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follows inquests into the deaths of seven patients between November 2010

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and June 2012. A further three deaths are being investigated by the

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coroner. A two—day investigation at the mental health unit in July found

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poor standards of care. Nottinghamshire Police have been

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following up a number of calls they took over the weekend after a new

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appeal for information about a 50—year—old unsolved murder. Pub

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landlord George Wilson was brutally stabbed in Nottingham in what became

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known as the Pretty Windows murder, so—called because of the ornate

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design of the pub's windows. Yesterday marked the 50th

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anniversary. Officers are now following up the new information

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they have received in the last few days.

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Derby's accident and emergency department is more understaffed than

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the national average, according to a BBC survey. Derby Hospitals NHS

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Foundation Trust has a staff shortfall of 12%. The average across

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trusts in England is 10%. Meanwhile, a report has found that poor

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staffing levels at the Royal Derby Hospital contributed to a baby's

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death. Amy and Michael Wray's daughter Georgina was stillborn at

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the hospital in March last year. Coming up this evening, King Richard

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of York gave battle in vain. But could the last Plantagenet King

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helped the city of Leicester secure a 21st—century victory?

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A massive clean—up operation has been going on today after piles of

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old furniture were dumped in three different places in Derbyshire.

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Armchairs and sofas were discovered across the Erewash area. One pile

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was so big it actually blocked a country lane. But council officials

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believe they may have a lead on the people responsible. Here's Sarah

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Teale. Dumped in a lane leading to a

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fishing lake, a mound of old armchairs. For the owners of the

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lane and the lake it means a headache to get them cleared. It is

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a disgrace, isn't it? That must be a furniture company of some sort. It

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is a disgrace. The chairs have been left close to this isolated church,

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next to this lake popular with local walkers and picnics. One worker

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comes to check out the pile and calls out a warden and his team

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leader, who come to look at the chairs over more carefully and

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photograph them to see if there is any more evidence where they came

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from before they were removed. Around here there are not many lines

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of enquiry. There are some houses nearby so officers will be checking

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if they have seen anything. This is not the only place where fly tip us

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have been this weekend. They have removed other chairs and sofas from

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near this play area, while an even bigger load has been found at a

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cul—de—sac in Stanton gate. It seems clear that the sites at church

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Willem and here are linked. Travelling between the two sites I

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have had a telephone call to say there is some information for us to

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investigate. It may not be linked but it is something we will be

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looking at today and I want to reassure residents that the council

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are proactive in stopping this behaviour. Today work men have been

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clearing the scar —— the sites to bring them back to their normal

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condition. Anyone with any information about who might have

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been responsible should contact Erewash Borough Council.

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Since we ran this story earlier today you have been getting in touch

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and showing us some fly tipping near you.

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Colin told us about this 3—piece suite dumped to the south of East

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Stoke. He says it is not the first time it has happened. Another load

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has recently been cleared by the council.

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If you have any examples of fly tipping near you, we would love to

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hear from you. The mother of a teenager who was

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beaten to death because of her appearance is encouraging other

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victims of hate crime to get help. The University of Leicester is

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currently carrying out the UK's largest ever hate crime survey. It

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is trying to find out just how widespread it is and who is

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affected. Sarah Sturdey reports. Sophie Lancaster was beaten to death

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because of the way she looked. Her mother now campaigns for a better

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read —— understanding of alternative subcultures at events like the

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download Festival at Donington Park. All the time people tell us, we have

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been bullied and attacked. Get on the phone or down to your local

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police station and tell people. The offences are based on prejudice.

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Victims can be targeted because of their sexuality, disability, race or

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religion. Researchers at the University of Leicester want to find

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out how widespread it is. We are concerned that many people are

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affected but we don't know about it. If you look at the official figures

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we know that the number of hate crimes are around 45,000 quite

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consistently, but some surveys have it more than five times that. It is

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the dark figure of hate crime we don't know much about. The results

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will be published in the autumn next year but researchers believe they

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will discover some tensions between emerging and established

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communities. And you can see Sarah Sturdey

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speaking to victims of hate crime here on BBC One in the new series of

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Inside Out East Midlands. The team will also be looking at

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making decisions about care in old age and the boom in erotic

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literature for women. That is at 7:30pm tonight.

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It is described as a way of putting Leicester on the map. Now

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Leicestershire County Council is considering giving £2 million to

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Leicester's City of Culture bid. The council leader says winning the

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title would benefit the County of Leicestershire culturally and

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economically. Our arts reporter Geeta Pendse has the details.

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Yes, it is three weeks to go before Leicester 's final bid to become the

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next City of Culture is submitted. The bid team need to prove they can

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raise £10 million to host a year of cultural events in 2017. Now the

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county council could throw its hat in and pledged £2 million from their

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reserves. It comes days after the council announced it has to make

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£110 million in savings over five years. The council leader believes

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the bid is stronger with the county's backing and is a worthwhile

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investment. In economic development terms, each pound invested will ring

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in between £6 and £9 of additional money. If I put in a couple of

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million, the city put—in 10 million, we could have up 110 million coming

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into the city. It is economic development as well as culture. The

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council hope the Bosworth Battlefield and the links to Richard

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III will be a key part of cultural programming, as will investment in

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vents in towns like loft, recently part of the Mary Portas Project, and

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attempt to revive the high Street. More trade in any respect but when

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you have events on people generally are not shopping so forecasts, they

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don't come with shopping bags, so we make less money probably. I think it

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is Berry worthwhile, great for the community, great for young people.

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—— very worthwhile. There are other things that could be invested in,

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employment, as Mrs. —— businesses. Everybody needs some culture in

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their lives so it is a positive thing to do for people.

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This Friday the council's ruling cabinet will decide whether to

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underwrite the £2 million. It is a decision that could carry

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significant weight for those hoping to secure the title.

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Thank you very much. Work began today to create

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Nottinghamshire's first Olympic—sized swimming pool. The

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£13.5 million redevelopment of the Harvey Hadden sports complex is part

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of a huge project to improve the county's leisure centres. The

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50—metre pool will be the centrepiece of new facilities at the

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centre in Bilborough, which include a gym, health suite and fitness

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studios. It will open in spring 2015.

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More than 15,000 people visited the famous Mallard steam engine at

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Grantham Station this weekend. And it was at Stoke Bank near Grantham

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where the locomotive broke the world speed record for a steam engine in

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1938. A pop—up railway shop has also been set up in the town for the rest

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of the month, showcasing Grantham Station's history.

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Lots of people in Grantham going to see that. It is fantastic.

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Next tonight, a charity is warning that the East Midlands needs an

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extra 500 foster carers. Action for Children believes the shortage is

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caused by the myths surrounding who is eligible to foster. With the

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number of carers declining and the increase in numbers of children

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needing to be fostered, the charity believes the situation can only

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worse. So what are the misconceptions about

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fostering? Many people living in the East Midlands believe incorrectly

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that you can't foster if you... Well, earlier I spoke to Darren

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Johnson, who is the operational director at Action for Children, and

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asked him why he thought the number of foster carers was declining.

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We increasingly find there are more children coming into the care system

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and obviously they need to be supported within fostering. We have

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a shortage of 500 foster carers in the East Midlands. It is really

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important we put the message out about what the criteria are in order

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to come forward and apply to be foster carers. Part of the barrier

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is the myths and that is preventing us recruiting. So who can become a

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foster carer? If you are over 55, if you have rented accommodation, if

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you are unemployed or in part time work or from the LG BT community you

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can come forward. These are the myths around, that those people that

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fall into those categories can't come forward, but they can. You have

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a lot of children that need foster parents. How can you get through to

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people that they could be eligible? People need to come to the Action

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for Children website, find out more about us and how we support foster

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carers in becoming approved carers, and also go to our open days and

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information sessions and meet some of our experienced foster carers,

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because it is really worthwhile listening to their experiences. We

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have foster carers who have been doing it for over 20 years and they

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have had a transformational effect on those children's lives. What

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happens if you don't get the foster carers you need? You have a group of

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children whose lives will be unfulfilled. It is really important

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to give them the opportunity to put them in a foster home that will

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transform their lives. We'll start tonight with cricket,

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and the semifinals of one of the top competitions which is taking place

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right now. It is 24 years since Notts got to a one—day final at

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Lord's. They are taking on Somerset at Trent Bridge in the YB40 cup.

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Mark Shardlow is there. Yes, they are a giant step closer to

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Lourdes. The halfway stage and they are 119 all out, Somerset that is.

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This is the story of a dramatic afternoon. It started with rain

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showers which delayed play until 5pm. It was reduced to 35 overs per

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side. In the first over —— over, Marcus Tress topic out. —— Marcus

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Tress Gothic. Soon the second wicket and then a brilliant catch for

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Hussey to get the third. Jake Ball all in for wicket nub of four. In

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the last half an hour a dramatic tumble, four Crick which —— quick

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wickets. Notts are well on course to reach their first final for nearly a

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quarter century. Now, onto the weekend action,

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starting with rugby. Leicester Tigers' Dan Cole will face no action

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for allegedly biting Worcester's Ignacio Mieres in the game at

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Welford Road yesterday. The citing officer believes it was accidental.

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As for the Tigers team, well, they left it very late but eventually got

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maximum points. Kirsty Edwards reports.

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Tigers will certainly faced tougher tests than this as they defend their

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premiership title to the side got the job done, albeit with a scrappy

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first game. The host comfortably dominated the first move with a good

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move finished off by Thomson for their first try. After the break,

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Tigers looked to be out of sight, when a driving maul saw Jordan Crane

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going over under a pilot bodies. There was a fightback, reducing the

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gap to just ten points after two tries. Tigers never looked in danger

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of losing the game but it took some fantastic footwork to get an

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all—important fourth try. This was with just six seconds to go.

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In football, another waypoint for Mansfield Town in a lively game at

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Newport County. Two goals and two sendings off for the Stags' visit to

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industrial South Wales. The goals were a case of spot the

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difference. This was Newport in the first half, Chris Zebroski finishing

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it off. This was Mansfield's reply in the second half. The sendings off

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were rather different. This was a straight red for raising the arms.

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Max Reid got a second yellow for this late challenge. Overall

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Mansfield had the best of what was a 100 mph fixture. At one point

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something this tricky will do the Stags very nicely.

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We're going to finish with squash, which has just had the crushing

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disappointment of missing out on becoming an Olympic sport. The East

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Midlands has one of Britain's top squash teams playing out of Duffield

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in Derbyshire and their top player is world number two Nick Matthew.

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He'd been heavily involved in the campaign to win Squash Olympic

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status, and earlier I asked him how he was feeling now.

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Heartbreaking, I think, was the word used by the president of the world

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Squash Federation, squash being a truly global game now, champions

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from all five continents. The hurt will be found all around the world

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after this decision. You put so much energy and time into this sport. Can

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you redirect that energy and build squash up again? It is

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disappointing, the promise was there to have a new sport. Wrestling was

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removed and then reinstated. But we have moved forward, television is

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one of the aspects we hope to benefit from. We have the

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Commonwealth Games next year and hopefully we can show how much we

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have come forward as a sport. Thank you very much for joining us.

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We will fun it —— followed them all the way through the championships.

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Now, if YOU were planning to circumnavigate Britain over the next

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nine days, I bet you'd be hoping for good weather.

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After months of training in the East Midlands they set off from Poole in

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Dorset today. It may look like the sea but in fact

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these are the calm conditions in Derbyshire in July. The 999

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challenge team from water safe UK had to use the reservoir to rehearse

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for their 2000 mile charity trip around Britain. It costs a lot of

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money every year to keep the water safe. We decided on this challenge

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and we wanted to do it with a partner charity. The team's normal

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territory is rescuing people from inland waters. Yesterday it was time

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to leave Derby and head off for the south coast. 6:30am this morning in

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Poole Harbour outside the RNLI HQ and lifeboat station. The aim of the

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voyage is to raise £20,000 not only for water safe UK but also the RNLI.

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There are a lot of tides, a lot of weather around the coast,

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particularly now in September. It will be difficult for them, lumpy,

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and I think they will come back with a tremendous sense of achievement.

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The trip is the idea of violent —— volunteered Nigel. A lot of the

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volunteers are members of the emergency services so he came up

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with the 999 challenge, completing the trip in nine days, nine hours

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and nine minutes. We are searchable rescue team so we are are used to

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using boats. We have a good chance of completing it. We will have

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varying conditions but we are confident. 7am, the team sets off.

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They will stop the next eight nights at different lifeboat stations. All

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well, they will be back home on September the 17th.

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Not that I know any thing but I have a feeling they will be —— they would

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have been better off doing that last week.

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Yes, last Wednesday we reached the dizzy heights of 27 degrees.

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We weren't far off a frost this morning, some people with

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temperatures around four Celsius. We have a rash of showers, some of them

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quite lively. They will continue over the next couple of hours.

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Slowly they will fade away through the early hours of the morning so

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they will dry up again tonight. We will have a lot of cloud and the

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breeze picking up, so not quite as cold. Lows of seven or eight.

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Tomorrow we are watching and it —— a developing area of low pressure in

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the North Sea. This may bring some rain across eastern parts. We will

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start off dry, quite a lot of cloud but we could see some of that rain

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edging into eastern parts as we go into the afternoon. The best chance

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to stay dry will be western parts of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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We have a brisk north—westerly wind developing, highs of just 15 or 16.

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Wednesday, we get rid of the low pressure, but we have another one

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coming in from the Atlantic. It starts off dry and bright but we

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will see some rain later on. A bit drier towards the end of the week.

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