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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight, the case for High Speed

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Rail. A report says we would be £2 billion a year better off. The new

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study predicts a huge HS2 windfall for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire,

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but what about Leicestershire? Really angry and frustrated because

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Leicester gets no more than a passing reference in today's report.

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The tenants facing eviction because of the so—called bedroom tax. It is

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my home, I have lived here with my kids, why should I go out? Plus, the

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six—year—old voted the UK's most inspirational child. She has a smile

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on her face all the time, she has taught us all a lesson and

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resilience, coping and determination. And back in time, the

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house where all the MoD cons are not at all mods.

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Good evening. A new report says the HS2 rail line could bring more than

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£2 billion a year to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by 2037. Critics have

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claimed the route is a waste of money, but the Transport Secretary

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says this fresh study proves the case for the development of the

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high—speed link. It will cut through the East Midlands sweeping through

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large parts of Leicestershire before heading north. This new study

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analyses the economic benefits to Nottingham in Derby, but there is no

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mention of Leicester. That has angered the city's politicians and

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business leaders. Billed as a fast—track to regional

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growth. This is not convincing taxpayers in Leicester. The

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Transport Secretary and East Midlands MP is sticking with the

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plan. We need HS2. It is a bypass for the clogged arteries of our

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transport system. It will reap the burden from our overcrowded system.

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The point about High Speed Rail is that you will not have to travel on

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it to gain from it. As it cuts across the corner from

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Leicestershire without stopping, there is little chance people in the

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county will use the line. They are not happy Leicester is being left

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out. Pretty typical. Lester seems to get left out of a lot of things.

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Doesn't seem very fair, does it? I think it's rubbish. It is too much

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money for so many people. In the grand scheme of things, it may well

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be worth it. Politicians from all sides are not convinced. My

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constituents will be damaged, we will get all of the pain and none of

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the game. Even if the government had lots of money you could not support

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a project which only delivers 50p of value. I am really angry and

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frustrated because Leicester gets no more than a passing reference. We

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could benefit from HS2 by having a direct link onto the new line once

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it is built. Business leaders in the city have their eyes set on a

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separate project. We are disappointed not to be included in

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these plans and HS2 will have a negligible effect on the rest of the

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economy. For us, the electrification of the Midland mainline meant that

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we could get to London in under an hour and that could make a real

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difference. Construction will not start until 2017, with predicted

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multi—billion pound benefits for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire much

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further down the line. Still to come, Leicestershire and

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England cricketer hangs up his boots but he says he has had a ball. My

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body has taken too much of a battering. I want to leave while I

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still can walk. I could have squeezed another couple of years out

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but it is time to go. Next, a city council is taking court

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action against tenants who get into rent arrears because of the bedroom

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tax. Nottingham City Council says a minority people either can't or

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won't pay the occupancy charge. It was introduced by the government to

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claw—back benefit payments. Around 8000 council tenants are affected by

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the charge, but many of them are struggling to pay it. James Robson

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meant to meet modern woman who fears she will lose her home. Although she

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does not own this council house, this woman spent thousands of pounds

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on it. Now she is facing eviction. It is making me ill. A tenant here

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for 15 years, her three children have now all grown up and moved out.

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It means she now only uses one of her bedrooms. To reduce benefit

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payments, the government says councils must charge tenants for

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unused bedrooms. Nottingham city homes says she must pay an extra £4

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a week she has so far not paid. She has received threats of court

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action. A UN inspector says the charge could be against human

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rights. Nottingham City Council says they are trying to help tenants

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avoid eviction. We would have to evicted they get to a stage where

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arrears come to an amount that we agree is too much. What we are

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trying to do is find other ways to help them through this crisis so

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that we don't have to get to an eviction. A campaign group says the

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council should not be considering evictions. The council must not join

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in with that, they must turn pressure back on to the government

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and say no, we are not going to evict people. It is wrong for the

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council to pass this pressure onto individual people who are not

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because of the housing problem, not because of the financial situation

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which cost increased costs and benefits. We can say we are not

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going to evict. Only one council and the whole country has actually made

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a policy not to evict. This woman says she needs a large home to

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support her grandchildren. Isn't it favour for a family to have this

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house? No it's not, because it is my home. Why should I go? I am not

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getting any younger. I haven't got the money to start all over again.

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The campaign group meets in Clifton tonight.

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The police's power to stop and search people, it has been a

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contentious issue. Three years ago, the Leicestershire force was heavily

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criticised. Since then, the number of searches has dropped

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dramatically. From 25,000 a year to 5000.

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Kenny has been stopped and searched by the police several times. I have

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been searched about three times, two times, but they were a bit cheeky.

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He is one of several young people taking part in a consultation in

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Leicestershire to find out if stop and search powers are being used

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appropriately. It has made me realise that sometimes things do

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have to happen. It can change how you think about things. They want to

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talk to you and why they are searching you, but sometimes they

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don't say that. They don't say your rights or anything like that. To me,

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it is quite a good reason to be honest. Out on the road with two

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PCs. We are checking the city's car parks after a rise of break—ins. If

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they see anyone acting suspiciously, they could be stopped and searched.

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Driving slowly you see people hiding between cars and on the stairwells.

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You can see if anybody is loitering and hanging around. In the past,

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Leicestershire Police had a poor reputation for stopping and

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searching too many people. From 25,000 to 5000 people now, making

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sure it is much more focused on the areas of high criminality and making

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sure that we are protecting people from harm as well. It has been a

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pretty quiet afternoon, the officers haven't stopped and searched anyone.

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The policy is still controversial, but Leicestershire Police say it is

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a vital one in their fight against crime.

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Council staff in Nottinghamshire are to become the latest group to be

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guaranteed to be paid more than the minimum wage. The authorities might

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—— the authorities' plans mean they will receive an extra £7.45 an hour,

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costing the council more per year. We are talking about people who

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deliver important front line services in our communities. School

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cooks, care assistants, cleaners, people who don't get paid very much

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for good services. I think it is the right thing to do, having them a

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decent hourly rate. It gives them a little bit of spending power to help

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the local economies. Members of the UK and is hearty —— UK Independence

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Party have removed their leader. He was told he would receive no police

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action relating to racist remarks on a social networking site. He will

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face a disciplinary committee. Leicester could receive £3 million

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from Arts Council England if it becomes the city of culture. The

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team behind the bid have less than three weeks to submit the final

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document of the judging panel. Lester's attempt to take the title

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is being underwritten by the City Council to the tune of £12 million.

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You're watching East Midlands Today. A long—distance swimmer from

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Nottinghamshire is closing in on a remarkable record. Adam Walker has

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just completed the fifth stage of the Ocean's 7 Challenge, a series of

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ocean swims across the globe. Adam Swamy 18 miles across the Tsugaru

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Channel in Japan. Earlier he explained to us just how long it to

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and the dangers he faced. It took me 15 and have ours. It took me four

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and a half hours to do the last two miles, the currents were crazy. I

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had to do Sprint sets because the currents are constantly trained to

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pursue West. I had to do that pace, imagine if you doing having our

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sprints, the pilot did not speak any English. This is all in the dark as

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well, isn't it? Yes. I finished two hours in the dark and I saw the

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sharks underneath. Was that one of your worst moments? Well, I was

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stung repeatedly in the face at the start, jellyfish stings, I was sick

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for the first four hours. At that, I had no fuel, then I was told to

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Sprint. This went on for eight hours, then the waves came over and

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I was gasping. Sounds like you are having a great time. Why put

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yourself through that? It's the challenge, you want to challenge

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yourself and see how far I can push myself. I was breathing extremely

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heavily for seven or eight hours out there. Once you've done it you

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realise you can do anything you want. Were you surprised how capable

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you have been? I don't think you know you can achieve these things. I

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hadn't swum open water at all. I watched a movie about a man swimming

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the channel, I wondered if I could do that. Once I did the English

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Channel I thought what is the next channel, the Gibraltar Straits,

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Europe to Africa. I went on from there, thinking I wonder if I can do

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the seventh hardest in the world. What is the next big swim challenge?

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Cook Strait in New Zealand. That's pretty cold. You went on the

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Irish...? Yes.We will hopefully see you again when you're finished.

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Thank you very much. Brave but quite mad.

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Next tonight, you are about to meet the UK's most inspirational child.

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She is from Grantham and last year she was diagnosed with large cell

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lymphoma. She beat hundreds of others to the title, and tonight she

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will be getting her reward from Prince Harry.

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It happened so fast, it was like looking down, it happening to

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somebody else and not being real. I started off with something that

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didn't do the job and then I went to Nottingham hospital. At school she

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takes on a teacher role and helps them. From what teachers have told

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me, she will explain it to them. Through the whole illness and

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experience, she has had a smile on her face. She has taught us all a

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lesson in resilience, coping and determination. She has been

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absolutely phenomenal. She had four weeks recovery time and came back

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after Easter. You would never know she had been out of class. She

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slotted straight back in. Her work has been phenomenal. They did work

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with her at the hospital. The patients and their families have a

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tough time. The chemotherapy is no problem at all, so I am just

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delighted. She has been practising curtsies. She is absolutely over the

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moon. I am most looking forward to getting to meet Prince Harry and

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stay in a hotel and have a posh breakfast. That's lovely. She is not

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the only one getting an award tonight ceremony. The children's

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committee nursing team from Nottingham's Children's Hospital

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also beat hundreds to be voted the best medical team. Still to come:

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The perfect antidote to our wasteful, throwaway culture. We meet

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a man who for decades has resisted the urge to upgrade any of his many

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household appliances. And we have got everything but the kitchen sink

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in the forecast, rain, sunshine, warmth and our first proper autumn

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storm. Join me later. Autumn storms are coming. Kicking up

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a storm in sport. Coming up tonight, our search for sport and a major new

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stadium for the East Midlands. First, rugby and a big blow for

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Leicester Tigers and England. What seemed an innocuous knock on

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Sunday's game, Croft has had to have reconstructive surgery and his

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season is over. With his mop of blonde hair, Matthew

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Hoggard became one of the most recognisable and best England

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cricketers. A household name appearing recently on prime—time

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television shows like celebrity Masterchef and the question of

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sport. But at the age of 36, he is finishing his career with

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Leicestershire. The body is getting older and bawling is getting

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harder. It is taking its toll. The enjoyment is still there but you

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still have to be able to move in the morning and that is getting harder.

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He played 93 times for England and he wrote of the 2000 that a Mac and

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a key role of the 2005 Ashes. On the bus were the streets were packed, it

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was amazing. People lining the streets in Trafalgar Square was an

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amazing feeling. He has got countless highlights to look back on

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and the final win for Leicestershire. He was disappointed

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about being dropped and frustrated not to play more for his county, but

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his love for the game has not diminished. There will be tears when

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I walk off the pitch for the last time. I have enjoy every moment of

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it, even the hard times. It makes the good times even better, as I

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still enjoy my cricket. The body has taken too much of a battering, so I

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want to leave while I still can walk. I could have maybe squeezed

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another couple of years out, but it is time to go. And you can see the

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full interview on BBC Sport website. It is Hoggard's last game, at home

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to Hampshire. Today, colleagues spent most of the day sheltering

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from the rain. A similar story at Derby, Derbyshire 99—1 when play

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stopped. It has been a bit better down at Lord's, 106 T1— two. A major

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new stadium for the East Midlands, there are currently only the indoor

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velodrome is in England. This year, the fourth will be nearing

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completion in Derby. Our cameras were allowed in for a first look. At

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the back of this football stadium there is a new landmark going up. It

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is costing 27 and a half million pounds, but the city and the

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Midlands is getting something unique. It is not just the

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velodrome, it is attracting interest from all around this region and the

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country, exciting a lot of people locally. We have got 150 work

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stations, able can come to the gym here, a concert venue for up to 5000

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people, and exhibition Centre, meeting the real needs. This is what

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it will look like. There are only three other in draw —— indoor

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velodrome is in England. There is only one of these velodromes of this

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type in Europe. Workers on time and on budget. No turning back. Cycling

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has become a boom sport, in terms of those doing and watching major

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events. Now there is a chance of doing both on our doorstep. We need

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your help, we are looking for people in your community who make a

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difference, to give their time to help others play sport without

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getting any financial reward. The search is on for the BBC Sport

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unsung hero 2013. For the last ten years, I have

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travelled to all parts of the East Midlands to film special people who

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give up their time to help others play sport. For amateur sport to

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happen, wherever it is, it needs volunteers. We are hunting those who

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go the extra mile. Last year, I came across sporting —— sport in

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desperate. A community sports centre built by a remarkable couple. ——

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Sport in Desford. The national judges agreed, these two became the

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unsung heroes at the annual awards live on the BBC. This trophy is for

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many of the dozens of coaches and volunteers at Sport in Desford who

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make it work. It was just bananas. The noise is incredible. You look

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around and see everybody standing up. This is just crazy. We felt the

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award was very much for the whole group of volunteers that help to

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make this work and continue to make it work. We need your help again to

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honour those people who give their time and their enthusiasm to help

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others play sport, to build a better community and to give great

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publicity to their club or organisation. People grow through

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sport, we see at all the time. We see youngsters coming in who love

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it. They also growing confidence, and you can see them growing as

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people. Our East Midlands winner will take their seat at the BBC

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sports personality of the year award in December, but the deadline is

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just a month away. You can get a form by calling:

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And we are looking forward to receiving your entries.

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Get them in as soon as possible. That just great. It is so exciting

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when they win. Finally tonight, the ultimate recycler, the

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Nottinghamshire man who has been using the same household appliances

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for most 80 years. The thrifty former textile worker has largely

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kept his house just as it was since his parents died 50 years ago.

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John Collingwood has lived in this house in West Bridgford forfeit his

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79 years. When his parents died, John stayed on in the house with his

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brother. Ever since he has barely parted with the thing. I don't

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believe in throwing things away. Make it last. From his clock to his

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vacuum cleaner, and even this lawn mower, John guarantees things work

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for life. My mother bought this than in the 50s and I have kept using it

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every day seven days a week, and I have had no trouble whatsoever. ——

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this oven. The house even retains a relic from the water. I am going

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into the air raid shelter winner used to staging the wartime. We

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stayed in here and had bunk beds in it, neighbours, children used to

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come and stay as well. We used to wait here until the alarm went off

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and then we would all come out after that. John's neighbours approve of

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his make do and mend mentality. I think it is very commendable, there

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should be more of that. We are more of a throwaway society. And it seems

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John's fondness for all things vintage even extends to his viewing

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habits. Who is he Collingwood vintage?

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The look of horror on your face. You make do and mend, don't you? I do

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make do and mend. Here is the weather forecast. It has been

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cloudy, damp and very wet. And that cloud and rain, temperatures have

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been struggling. 11 Celsius was high in Ashbourne. We are pulling in

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warmer air, so it should improve the tomorrow. Yes, it will start off

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quite grey, a bit of drizzle around. At it will brighten up, temperatures

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could be back up into the 20s. We did see brightness this morning, the

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clouds quickly engulfed us and the rain set in this afternoon. It is

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starting to fragment and will be cleaning. It leaves a lot of low

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clouds, hill fog and drizzly outbreaks of rain. On the plus side,

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it is a lot milder, 11 or 12 degrees our lowest temperature by morning.

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It doesn't look pretty first thing in the morning, a lot of mist

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around, drizzly outbreaks of rain, mist and low cloud will be lifting

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through the morning, cloud will break up into the afternoon, so some

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brightness later in the day, day and I say some sunshine to end the day

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as well. Temperatures responding, up to around 20 or 21 Celsius. You can

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see what is lurking behind me, another batch of rain which will

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sweep through on Thursday night. It should clear out of the rain for

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Friday. Once weather systems. It is looking

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pretty dismal for the weekend. I will have more later. Unsettled. I

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am starting a bloody push at ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

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