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This is East Midlands Today live from the scene of a fire that in the

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early hours of this morning took the lives of four people — a mother and

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her three children. I could see people screaming and people

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shouting. Cooed the murder of the family be

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linked to the death of a man just hours earlier?

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Also the way of saving money on waste disposal.

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And a fond farewell to hundreds of soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.

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Good evening. Just behind me is the house that was set on fire last

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night claiming the lives of our mother and her three children. ——

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the lives of a mother. Add a man was fatally attacked in the street.

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Police say the incidents may be linked.

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A quiet, studious and devote family. They were killed when their home was

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engulfed in flames last night. The door was open. The staircase was on

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fire. They have been named locally. The husband and father of the house

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is understood to have been working in Ireland as a neurosurgeon.

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If life is lost as a result of an accident one can come to terms with

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it over time, but when it is deliberate, that pain is

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unbearable. People who knew the family well approached the media to

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say there was no reason why anyone would wish them harm. They were very

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nice lads and they do not know why anybody would do that to them. She

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was very calm. She was very understanding. If you had a problem

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and went to her she was a stress buster.

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This lunchtime prayers were said. The father and husband is understood

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to have taken part. Nearby police carry on searching for

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any clues. Many believe this could be a horrific case of mistaken

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identity. So, let's look at what happened.

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Leicestershire police were called to Kent Street, around a mile from

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here, at round 5.30 yesterday evening, where a man in his 20s was

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found who had been fatally wounded. Seven hours later at just after half

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past midnight this morning fire fighters were called here to Wood

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Hill where a family home was ablaze. The bodies of a mother and her three

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teenage children were found in the upstairs rooms. At midday today, the

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police held a news conference where they confirmed they were

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investigating the link between the murders.

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All day long flowers have been left at Kent Street, just half a mile

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from where I'm standing, and the scene where a young man was

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attacked. Mike O'Sullivan has spoken to a witnesses who saw the incident.

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The aftermath of the street attack in Leicester last night. It happened

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at 5:30pm. We understand that the 20—year—old man who died in hospital

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full stop —— who died in hospital was a football coach. One person

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said, he has been taken away too soon.

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At first I thought it was a road traffic accident. It was only when I

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spoke to some people around me that they said it was a stabbing and it

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was quite serious. At that stage the man was alive. He was drifting in

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and out of consciousness. The police officer was very concerned. From the

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expression on his boys I realised that this was a serious stabbing.

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The police have been at their seen all day. —— expression on his face I

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realised that this was a serious stabbing.

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Workers at a nearby funeral home gave their reaction. It is shocking

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to find out is an near here. —— to find out there is an murder. It is

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generally quiet. It is a surprise. If there is anyone who may have

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witnessed the assault, saw anything suspicious, or may have heard

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something of interest, please get in touch with the police.

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The police say the timing of the assault and the fire .2 links

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between the two occurrences. # —— suggested there are links between

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the two occurrences. This community is in shock. The

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father has lost his daughter, his two sons, and his wife. To have gone

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away and to do his work as a Dr and come back to find his family burned

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to death, is a terrible shock. It is a very close—knit community. They

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have one question. Why? Nobody knows the facts. The police are dealing

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with this superbly. People want to let them get on and do their job.

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People are saying could this be a revenge attack? Do you have any

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idea? I do not. This family went to bed. There was a terrible fire. They

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are now dead. Let us stick together as a community and support what the

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police are doing. A terribly sad day for everybody in

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Leicester. You will be joining us again at the end of the programme.

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Thanks, Anne. You're watching East Midlands Today. Still to come — a

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farewell parade for the families of hundreds of departing soldiers.

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These soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment's second Battalion

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will deploy to Afghanistan within weeks. A full report, later.

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An inquest's heard that a Derbyshire woman was fearful of her former

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partner in the week before she died. Rachel Slack, her ex—partner and

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their young son were all found with fatal stab—wounds at a cottage in

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Holbrook three years ago. At today's inquest Rachel's mother described

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how Andrew Cairns had spiralled downwards into mental collapse.

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James Roberson reports. It was at this cottage in June 2010

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that Rachel Slack and her former partner were both found dead with

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multiple stab wounds. Also found dead was her son.

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In 2008. Rachel Slack told —— the inquest also heard from the sister

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of Andrew Cairns. She said he has lived all over the

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world. When he moved to Derbyshire he became increasingly mentally ill.

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By 2010 he was living in squalid conditions refusing anybody entry.

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The witness spoke to Andrew. The hearing continues next week.

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An 85—year—old priest who's accused of 27 sexual offences against boys

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will go on trial in Derby next year. Francis Paul Cullen was extradited

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from the Spanish island of Tenerife last month. Today he appeared at

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Derby Crown Court via video link from Nottingham prison. He spoke

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only to confirm his name. He was remanded in custody and is to go on

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trial next March. Mr Cullen served at parishes throughout the region,

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including Christ the King at Mackworth in Derby.

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The first of 22 new trams built in Barcelona is now in Nottingham.

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There was a red carpet arrival for the new tram today. The Alstom

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Citadis vehicles will make their first appearance on Line One of the

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network in June next year. That's ahead of the major expansion of two

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new routes on the Nottingham tram network.

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Next tonight: People who illegally dump rubbish are costing the East

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Midlands hundreds of thousands of pounds every year. Councils say fly

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tipping is a huge problem. Nottingham City Council told us it

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cost them more than £600,000 in the last year. Leicester City Council

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say they dealt with more than 7,000 incidents at a cost of over

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£250,000. Moving around other parts of the region, Mansfield spent

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£43,000 dealing with fly tipping whereas Rutland had one of the

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lowest clean—up bills at around £7,000. In Newark the council says

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they've cleaned up over 1,100 incidents of dumping last year —

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forking out £56,000 to do so. I spent the morning out with their

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teams to see what they have to deal with.

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This is a routine call out. They are collecting furniture from our house

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in the town. It has cost the household £20 to have it collected.

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Their next callout is much more common. The job next is fly tipping.

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This is what they find. A fridge and other rubbish dumped on the side of

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the road. We will take this away now. Then onto the next one.

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This team is called to clear rubbish that has been dumped. We hope to

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catch these people. We need residents who see any people to let

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us know. Charges that is not used to exist.

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We were still fetching tonnes of fly tipping. It is ironic that people

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will spend more on petrol finding a quiet country lane than it would for

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Alice to collect debts. —— for the council to collect it.

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It is not good for the environment. It looks awful. We are available to

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take these items. There is no need for anybody to fly tip anything.

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Councils say fly tipping is devastating for the environment and

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they will prosecute anyone who is not doing it. Pars. Bat—macro cot.

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Supporters of a Zimbabwean grandmother who's lived in Leicester

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for more than a decade say they fear she's about to be deported. They say

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Evenia Mawongera was detained today when she reported to the UK Border

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Agency's Centre in Loughborough. Since July she's reported there,

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asking to stay with her two daughters. She fears for her safety

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if she returns to her home country, but she's had asylum applications

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turned down. The Home Office won't comment on her individual case.

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A charity attempt by a Derbyshire water rescue team to circumnavigate

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Britain has ended in failure. The Watersafe UK team wanted to raise

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£20,000 for themselves and the RNLI in the 999 Challenge, going round

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Britain in nine hours and nine minutes. But they've had to abandon

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this attempt after their boat was damaged beyond repair. They already

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have plans to do it all again next summer.

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In just a few weeks time hundreds of soldiers from across the East

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Midlands will be deploying to Afghanistan. It's likely to be our

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region's last major deployment before all our troops are withdrawn

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from the country. The Royal Anglian Regiment's second Battalion recruits

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from across Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire. And today at their

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base, Kendrew Barracks, near Oakham they were given a special send off.

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Eleanor Garnier was there. They have been training for their

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two to Afghanistan for months. They leave in just a few weeks. Before

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they go, a special sendoff for the Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd

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Battalion. Whites, partners, parents came into the regimental celebration

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and parade. It is a happy feeling to watch them, that you are sad that

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they are going. The Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd Battalion has been

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training to shut down the front—line British bases. This is a two and

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like any that has gone before. —— this is a two. Our job is to pack up

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any British presence that is left. The mission in Afghanistan is

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drawing to a close that pulling out is complex and dangerous. If you

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were not scared you would be a liar. What happens happens. We have had

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enough time now to prepare ourselves. These troops will be away

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from their families for up to eight months. They have not even left yet

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that everybody is looking foreword to the safe return.

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So back to work for our Championship teams this weekend and all will be

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looking for a return to winning ways. Forest suffered their first

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defeat of the season before the break and tomorrow Chris Cohen will

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lead them out against Barnsley. He is loving his new role as skipper

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and Kirsty Edwards has been finding out just how much the captain's

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armband means. It is a massive honour to be a

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captain. Having the armband and walking out for the first game is

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something I will remember for ever. He says it has not changed him. I

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never shout and scream. I am not going to do that now. I will do the

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things I have always done. I have to do more jobs off the pitch. More

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interviews, things like that. Apart from having to talk to the

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likes of me he had to get out and about representing the club and

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visiting places like this. He came to this year home to meet a

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lifelong fan and other keen supporters.

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The foundations of great clubs are based on supporters. The people in

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there have been supporting the club for 60 or 70 years. Tomorrow his

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focus switches to matters on the pitch as they look to get back to

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winning ways. Three Taff home games this month. —— three difficult home

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games. We hope to keep the run going at

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home. Well, let's get our head round the

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other games. Our Championship clubs have all been going well. But Derby

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have a tricky trip and Leicester have visitors fresh from the Premier

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League. Leicester are preparing to welcome

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would gain. There is a mood at Leicester that they can compete with

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anyone. We have a lot of experience. Hopefully we can be right up there

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this evening. —— this season. Derby are off to Millwall. It is a

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guaranteed Winford Derby, surely? Football is not like that. Notts

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County have hit the loan markets. Mansfield town welcome your. ——

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yacht. Don't forget — all those games are

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on your BBC Local Radio station. You won't miss a thing.

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Cricket now, and no play for Nottinghamshire at a very wet Lords

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in the County Championship. Derbyshire did get some cricket in

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at the County Ground — struggling to take Durham wickets though.

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And in Division Two, Leicestershire are just struggling.

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Ice Hockey's Nottingham Panthers are in action tonight — the first of

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three games in three days in Scotland. They go on the road trip

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buoyed by a very good first weekend, looking every inch the team that

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claimed three trophies last season. Dundee tonight, Fife tomorrow and

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Edinburgh on Sunday. And Southwell jockey Hayley Turner

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is out of hospital after a her shocker of a fall yesterday at

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Doncaster. "Battered and bruised" is the description. Turner was thrown

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hard when her mount, Seal of Approval, clipped the heels of

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another horse. In rugby, Nottingham get their

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season underway this weekend with a tough trip to Leeds.

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But for the Leicester Tigers team getting your hands on a piece of

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silverware each season has almost become the norm. But often there are

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clear signs a player might be something a bit special long before

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they pull on a Tigers' shirt. Angela joined one player going back to his

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roots. He is a mountain of a man. The

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youngest of rugby dynasty that legends of the game.

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Back when it all started she was just a schoolboy.

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What was he like? Brilliant.He came to the right place. No fewer than

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three British Lions have come through the ranks. After a year of

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being here he showed he had the power and strength.

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He has established themselves as one of the country 's finest. The only

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one of six brothers to play internationally for England. I

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remember thinking my mum and dad will be very proud. Alliance, this

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is latest achievements but he has not forgotten his roots. Late

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tackles in those early days. Now I do not get yellow cards as often.

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He made tower over his team—mates but it is as talent that truly

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inspires. Here is the weather. There is

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something for everybody this weekend. There will be lots of

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twists and turns over the next few days. If you are looking for dry or

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bright weather Saturday is your best bet. Windy weather on Sunday. We

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have had some heavy and persistent rain this afternoon. It will be with

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as this evening. It will try to clear away in the early hours of the

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morning. It will stay on the mild side. Two morrow morning as damp and

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justly. A decent looking afternoon on Saturday. Spells of sunshine. It

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will feel quite called. Here is Sunday's pressure chart. This ridge

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of pressure works South. Add drives start but the clouds will be

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increasing. Rain will push end by mid—morning. It will try to clear

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away as we head towards the evening. It will stay quite cool as well. We

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stay with the blasted heath Dean next week. —— blustery.

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Let's return now to our top story: The fire in Leicester which claimed

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the lives of a mum and her three children. Let's go back to Anne

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who's live at the scene. Anne. This is a very tight—knit community

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and all the people have been out on the street is and it is not just

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because of the television cameras. The main focus of this community

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will be tomorrow when they say prayers for those who died. They

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will then say prayers on Sunday also.

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Police desperately searching for clues.

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Investigations continue into the killing on the street. That was less

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than one mile from here. Any updates we will bring you on our bulletin

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tonight. Any updates we will have in our

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latest news. Goodbye.

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