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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight, the stabbing horror in a

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Derbyshire village that left three people dead.

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An inquest hears how Rachael Slack suffered fatal stab wounds along

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with her son. Her former partner was found dead at the scene. Also

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tonight, the predatory and sadistic paedophile who almost killed a

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toddler. Plus, the National Trust local treasure which is causing a

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stir with villagers. And a new world record for the collector who hoovers

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up old vacuum cleaners. The official count stopped at 322. I've probably

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got more than that. I don't exactly know.

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Good evening. First tonight — an inquest has heard that a pregnant

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woman screamed for her neighbour to call the police before she, her

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young son and her former partner were found fatally wounded in a

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Derbyshire village three years ago. Rachael Slack and her two—year—old

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son Auden were stabbed in June 2010 at her home in Holbrook. Andrew

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Cairns, Auden's father was also found with stab wounds. James

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Roberson is at the coroner's court in Derby. Can you give us a little

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bit more about the background? Good evening. Around 11am on June two,

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2010, a resident in Holbrooke just north of Derby, heard shouting in

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the cottage next door. Through one of the cottage's Windows, she saw

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her neighbour screaming to get the police. Behind the woman was a

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man's shadowy figure. In the police broke and they found the bodies of

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38—year—old Rachael Slack, and slumped over her, her former partner

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Andrew Cairns. Both had multiple stud wounds. Next to them was their

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23—month—old son Alden, also severely wounded. He was flown to

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the Royal Derby Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. What has

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the jury been told about the lead up to the depths? They've been told

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that Andrew Cairns had long—term mental health problems. Rachael had

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separated from Mr Cairns and had told him that she now had a new

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partner, Robert Barlow, and that she was pregnant by Mr Barlow. The jury

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heard that when Mr Cairns was told about Mr Barlow, he had sworn at

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Rachael and said, I've given up everything to be with you, you have

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no idea what I'm capable of. I will kill you and him with me. Mr Cairns

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was arrested and released. But a police risk assessment at the time

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placed Miss Slack as being at high placed Miss Slack as being at high

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risk of homicide. What has been said about the terrible events inside the

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cottage? An expert forensics identities she believes all the

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stabbings happened quickly, one after another, in a small annex

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inside. A Home Office pathologist, Professor Guy Rutty, examined the

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scene and all of the bodies. He told the inquest that he believed Andrew

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Cairns' wounds were self—inflicted. He added, from pathological point of

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view, it would not be any surprise for the other two. On a balance of

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probabilities, I would favour that scenario, but ultimately that is a

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decision for the court. Thank you. Nottinghamshire man has

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been jailed for 17 and a half years for seriously sexually assaulting a

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toddler. 32—year—old Christopher Atkins was described as a predatory

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and sadistic paedophile. An investigation is now taking place

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into how social workers failed to carry out background checks on

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Atkins which would have raised concerns.

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Nottingham Crown Court. This is the face of a predatory and

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sadistic paedophile. Christopher Atkins from Nottinghamshire

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seriously sexually assaulted a toddler. Today the court heard how

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the little girl was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre with

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life—threatening injuries. She would have died without medical

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intervention. The abuse she had been subjected to came to light when

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staff owned 18 separate injuries, including bruises, a bite mark and a

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burn on her back. The court heard that the girl was known to social

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services, but the social workers had failed to carry out background

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checks on Atkins. Had they done so, they would have discovered he had

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social services in Manchester over social services in Manchester over

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allegations of child abuse they are. No charges were ever brought, but

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the girl's father, who cannot be identified, told me

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down. Social services have been down. Social services

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disgusting. They have not listened to a word I have said all the way

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through this. I asked social services to check—in and they didn't

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bother. After the sentencing it was announced an independent serious

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case review would be carried out by the Nottinghamshire safeguarding

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children board. One of the issues we will look at is the responsibility

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of agencies to make sure their staff act appropriately and properly

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exercise responsibility is to keep children safe. They haven't done

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that, we will comment upon it and make sure action is taken. Woman

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from Farnborough who was living in Nottingham at the time, was given a

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suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to child cruelty.

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When sentencing Christopher Atkins, the judge described what he had done

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as an act of unspeakable cruelty. He set out any human being could do

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this to a little girl is beyond comprehension. He jailed him for 16

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years for sexual assault and a further 18 months for child cruelty.

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That was a terrible case, but something positive was heard in

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court today. The toddler who is now in care will fully recover from her

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injuries and is described now as a happy, friendly child. You're

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watching East Midlands Today. Coming up, good news for the National Trust

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in Leicestershire. Also tonight, Stamford says saving its

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from closure is better than being voted Best town in Britain. And I am

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treading where only trains have gone before. Join me for two of the

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Glenfield railway tunnel. —— a tour. A doctor has been

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pretending a lost wallet containing pretending a lost wallet containing

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two and a half thousand pounds was his. Nottingham Crown Court heard

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the wallet was handed in at the Starbucks cafe on the city's Old

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Market Square. The court was told that Doctor Abdul Choudhuri also

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contacted the manager of Starbucks telling her she no longer needed to

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be a witness in the trial. The doctor, who runs a cosmetic surgery

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clinic, was convicted of fraud and perverting the course of justice. 21

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people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into an

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alleged drugs ring in Derby. It is part of Operation Redshank, a police

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team set up to tackle drugs crime in the city. Those arrested include six

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women. 15 properties in Derby and Leicester were also searched. 14

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people remain in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to supply

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class a drugs. The mother of Madeline McCann was in Portugal

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today for the start of the family's libel action against a former police

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chief. Kate McCann is not expected to give evidence in Lisbon. The

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action is being taken against the man who led the initial police

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investigation into Madeline's disobedience in 2007. In a book, he

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made a number of allegations about the McCanns. There was an audible

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sigh of relief in a South Lincolnshire town after it was told

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its much—loved hospital has been saved from closure. Stamford feared

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it would be axed as part of to reduce a huge deficit faced by

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the rest of the trust. In a moment we will hear from the town's MP, but

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first our chief news reporter has been assessing the reaction.

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Stamford Hospital has been open for 185 years. Its future has been in

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serious doubt, but today that threat was lifted. Quite honestly, I think

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this is actually better news than being named the Best Town In

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England. It has lifted and uncertainty on the hospital, so they

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can get on with the job. Deficits of £40 million every year for the next

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five years are faced, the biggest in the country. The hospital's problems

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are tied up in Peterborough's problems. Not only has it been saved

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by the health regulator, but the redevelopment plan will also go

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ahead to help ease pressure at Peterborough. It will give them more

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bed space, probably the key thing. And also it cuts down people, if

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they are in hospital, would rather be somewhere closer. The Mayor's

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delight is matched by the feeling in the town. We need our hospital. The

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town has got 20,000 inhabitants or thereabouts and it needs a hospital.

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It is ridiculous going all the way to Peterborough. I am not sure about

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the NHS and their finances, and whether it would be better to have

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everything in one place, but for the local community that is going to be

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a very good thing. 1828 was the year the hospital opened, 2013

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year it was given a future. year it was given a future.

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Earlier I spoke to the MP for Stamford, and I asked him for his

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reaction to the decision to keep the hospital open. It is very good news.

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What Monitor has confirmed it is that despite all of the serious

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challenges that face the trust, the plans for Stamford Hospital were

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worked out by the trust with local GPs argued and should be implemented

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—— are good. It is good news for Stamford residents. This

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redevelopment will go ahead, won't it? Yes. I was worried that the

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scale of the problems in the Peterborough trust would be so great

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that the future of Stamford would be lost. I was very keen to have

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reassurance that that plan would go ahead, almost whatever happened.

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That is what we received today in this report, and we need to make

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sure it actually happens. I will be keeping vigilant to make sure it is

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actually delivered. Would happier to see the hospital taken

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out of the trust? No. Now that it is clear that the plan for Stamford is

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good for the Peterborough trust, I think it is better but the

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Peterborough trust the liver trust to leverage this plan. They know

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Stamford Hospital, and I think that is what is best for the hospital.

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In other news, the demolition of a In other news, the demolition

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house we're six children were killed by their parents in a fire is to

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start later this month. Derby City Council says knocking down 18

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Victory Rd and the adjoining property will take three weeks to

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complete. They will be replaced with alternative housing. Mick and

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Mairead Philpott and a family friend were all convicted of the

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manslaughter of six children. Speed limits around schools in

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Nottinghamshire are set to be reduced. A study revealed that the

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area has the worst record for road accidents near schools outside

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London. Given the high level of pedestrians around school start and

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finish times, the county council is aiming to introduce advisory 20 mile

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an hour speed limits wherever possible. The Bishop of South well

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in Nottingham —— the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is to

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become the new Bishop of Durham. The appointment of the Right Reverend

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Paul Butler season following in the footsteps of Justin Welby. Next

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night, an historic cottage in Leicestershire could be the first

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National Trust attraction in the county if planners give it the

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go—ahead. Stoneywell Cottage in Ulverscroft was bought by the

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National Trust earlier this year. They hope that thousands of people

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will come and see it. But that is the problem, local people are not

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happy. They say the small country lanes won't cope on their privacy

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will be invaded. This cottage is causing controversy,

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will buy a local architect in 1899. Three generations lived here before

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the National Trust bought the property earlier this year. The plan

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open it for the public. We are right open it for the public. We are right

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next door. This is entrance. We are just next door.

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This is our drive which we have to reverse out of. This afternoon

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councillors came to the site. The trust wants to create a visitor

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attraction in the old stable block. Visitors would be limited to 35,000

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a year. Even at 163 visitors a day it is alarming. Our loss of privacy

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is going to be extreme. Steve Perry has organised a petition. Over 300

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people have signed it. I live just down the road from Stoneywell

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Cottage and our concern is the vast number of visitors coming into the

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area. And the traffic that comes with that. An estimate is an extra

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70% in terms of traffic, which is staggering. We have got stag —— we

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have got cyclists, the traffic is bad enough as it is. Councillors are

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due to make a decision tonight. In a statement, the National Trust say

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informed of their plans. They are informed of their plans. They are

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aware of the sensitivity around their application. Their aim is to

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allow it limited access to this place. Still to come, they say

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nature abhors a vacuum. But one Nottinghamshire man loves them.

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James Brown has been told that his collection of vacuum cleaners is

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officially the largest in This weekend, dozens of people will

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get the chance to tour one of Leicester's most important heritage

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sites. When the Glenfield Tunnel was built in 1831, it was the longest

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railway tunnel in the world. It was also credited with helping to create

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the moderate Leicester we know today. —— the modern Leicester.

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The Glenfield Tunnel made history, not just because it was designed by

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the famous railway engineer George Stephenson. It was one of the first

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railway tunnels. The railway was built to carry coal, to improve the

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industrial working. When the local railway line closed in the

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the tunnel was bought by Leicester the tunnel was bought by Leicester

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City Council for a fiver. By the early to thousands, there were plans

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to open part of the tunnel. It has had a major amount of investment,

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some half—million pounds to prevent it from collapsing. These are the

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remains of the grills. The idea was to prevent people throwing things

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down them. When you think about when they built this, how on earth they

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navigated underground. It's weird being underground, really

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fascinating. It was very cold, but really interesting to see inside. It

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will be years before visitors can walk the entire route to just over a

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mile. The long—term solution will be to put a small pilot tunnel in. The

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tunnel tour is fully booked for the weekend, but the society does plan

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to hold more tours later this year. Given the weather we are expecting

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this weekend, at tunnel might be a good place to go. Sports time now.

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I am going to start with Leicester City's Martyn Waghorn who has made a

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loan move to Millwall. It is the first local change in what might be

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a busy season for players making temporary moves. Leicester manager

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Nigel Pearson says he might look at bringing players in as well. In

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Martin's case, you need some pitch time and it has been a frustrating

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few months for him. He is determined to do well at Millwall and come back

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to us in good shape. The terms of Martyn Waghorn's deal stop him

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playing for Millwall when the two clubs meet in November. Derby

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manager Nigel Clarke says they are already talking to clubs and players

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about loan players coming to Pride Park. He doesn't expect anything

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definite until next week. With a loan last thing a maximum of 93 days

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timing can be crucial. We have got a good 18 at the moment. If we are all

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capable and we will try and leave it works the end of the month, line

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things up for them. Onto rugby, Leicester Tigers believe the loss of

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one of their players could be a huge blow. Cross —— Croft injured himself

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at the weekend. I am really gutted for him. He will be out for the rest

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of the season. He is a great player. Losing a player like that is

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hard, it is going to be hard to find a replacement. Signing news from ice

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hockey. The Finnish player Joonas Haari has signed as injury cover for

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the Nottingham Panthers. Onto cricket and the relegation battle

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for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. At the County ground, Derbyshire

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have been batting well. Nottinghamshire have gone even

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better down at Lord's as they confirmed their place in division

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one next season. Less possible play at Old Trafford where winless

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Leicestershire have struggled to take Lancashire wickets. The two men

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from Heanor hoping to beat para triathlon champions. The Brownlee 's

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worst huge stars of 2012. —— were huge star is.

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This week, Team GB have been training at Loughborough for the

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World Championships. The sport missed out on the excitement of

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London 2012, it wasn't included in the Paralympics. It will be next

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time, so they can all look forward to reorder De Niro —— really all.

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This is the man looking for medals. We have topped the medal table in

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the past four championships. The majority of our athletes here would

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compete and probably win against most able—bodied athletes. Amongst

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those athletes, Derbyshire's European champion. He will be 46 by

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the time of the Paralympics but that won't stop him. In my heart and mind

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I am there, I am thinking about it every day, it is the driving force

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behind everything I am doing. I need to be there. Simon is not the only

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European champion, David Ellis is as well. He races in the visually

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impaired category. They raced together on a tandem bike as well.

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You spend hours together. You have got to get on well. Apart from when

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I threw you off the tandem. Not on purpose, obviously. It does seem

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like you have to be pretty hardy for this sport, that's for sure. You've

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got to be crazy, for sure. When I am training, we swim in packs and you

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get kicked in the face, elbows on the head, goggles ripped off. It is

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tough but good fun. Triathlon is an amazing sport.

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Interesting, isn't it? I am told that you are now stranger

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to a vacuum cleaner. James Brown has so many vacuum

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cleaners his collection has been accepted and the Guinness Book of

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World Records. He has been interested in Hoovers since the age

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of four. He now has working machines dating as far back as the 1920s.

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Electrolux, Dyson, Hoover, dirt Devil, you name it, it is in

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James's shop in Heanor. Here's the Guinness world record holder for

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having the most vacuum cleaner models. I got my first vacuum

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cleaner at around seven or eight. Then my second turned into a third.

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When I was younger I was only allowed six, seven, eight at a

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time. The collection built from there. The team at Guinness world

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records contacted James. James has 322 vacuum cleaners. The excitement

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of completing a collection, reaching your end goal, it is exciting to a

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point. A lot of collectors identify with that. Again, I have got the

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latest model, I had to save for that. I was very happy to get hold

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of that. His oldest vacuum is this 1920s Hoover, which still works.

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James sells, fixes and replaces parts for all manner of vacuums, as

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well as showing the older models in his museum.

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I could do with borrowing one. Sweeping up the weather for us now.

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The weather is keeping a low profile at the moment, but by Sunday it will

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be the main topic of conversation. Stormy conditions lie ahead. Cloud

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is the main problem today. It did break up to allow spells of

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sunshine, helping the temperatures, we saw highs of 20 Celsius in parts

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of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. This evening, rain

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will push its way down towards the south—east corner. It will be fairly

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light but persistent before it breaks up and clear as a wager in

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the early hours, leaving behind a lot of cloud stopping those tablet

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is from dropping too far. Overnight lows of around 14 degrees. Tomorrow

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will be cloudy, with some brightness will be cloudy, with some brightness

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again before the rain pushes in later in the afternoon. There may be

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drizzle around first thing in the morning, that low cloud will lift

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and break to allow some brightness chewing the middle part of the day

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before rain works its way in from the west. It looks like that will be

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with us chewing rush—hour. Temperatures remain fairly

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will be a tale of two halves. Sunday will be a wet and windy affair, with

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sunny spells on Saturday. Saturday will have that rain from Friday

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night clearing away, behind it the skies will brighten it. Into Sunday,

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this autumn low will cause problems. Our first storm of autumn producing

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tightly packed is all buyers —— isobar is.

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