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

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Tonight — a man's charged with murdering four people in Leicester's

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Spinney Hill house fire. The blaze claimed the lives of our

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mother and three teenage children. An 18—year—old is due in court

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tomorrow. Also tonight, support squads are

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sent into two hospital trusts to improve standards of care.

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Plus, grass from the London Olympics. The school but now has an

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Olympic playing field. And one of the biggest collections

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of theatrical costumes to ever go under the hammer. Is this a greedy

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gold? —— is this a really gold? Good evening. First tonight, a man's

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been charged with murder following a fatal house fire in Leicester. A

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mother and her three teenage children died in the blaze last

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Friday morning. An 18—year—old will appear in court

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tomorrow when inquests into their deaths are expected to be opened.

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Our reporter Helen Astle is at the scene of the fire now. Helen, what

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else can you tell us? The 18—year—old man was arrested on

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Sunday night. He had been questioned for the maximum amount of time, and

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a few hours ago he was charged with murder.

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The fire broke out here last Friday. The emergency services received the

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call just after half past midnight. It was too late, a mother and her

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three teenage children died. Shehnila Taufiq, her 19—year—old

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daughter Zainab, and her two sons, 17—year—old Bilal, and Jamal who was

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15, all perished. The funerals of the families are yet to take place.

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The fire happened after a fatal assault on Kent Street in the city,

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where 20—year—old football coach Antoin Akpom died. Yesterday

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19—year—old Abdul Hakim of Wood Hill appeared before Leicester

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Magistrates charged with his murder. Wood Hill has been under the glare

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of the media spotlight for the last week, and for the community the

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morning continues. A special prayer vigil will be held tomorrow night.

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Joining me is the Bishop of Leicester. A very distressing week

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for the community. A sad time for all the people of Leicester. But

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Leicester has a proud tradition of people coming together in times of

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difficulty, and that is what you have seen here. Tell me about this

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tomorrow night. This will be a ritual of prayer at the church at St

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Peter's, it will be attended by representatives of the family, also

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by representatives of all the major faiths in this part of the city. And

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also the city mayor and the Chief Constable. We shall pray for those

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who died, for all who mourn, and we will pray for this community, for

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courage, and for peace and for strength at a very testing time. It

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is very important that all the communities come together. I think

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we have seen that. People came together in the mosque a few days

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ago, people have been contacting each other up, laying flowers. If

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you walk the streets talk —— and talk to people, you find that

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sense, strong sense of community and determination that these tragic

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events will not divide people from one another. The 18—year—old who has

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been charged is due to appear before Leicester magistrates tomorrow

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morning. Also tomorrow, inquests are expected to be opened into the

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family. Ciaran More action was announced today to

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improve care at two hospital trusts in the East Midlands.

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It's after both trusts were found to have higher than expected death

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rates. Now other trusts seen as more

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successful by the Government are to offer support and advice to help

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sort out problems. Rob Sissons reports. The chairman of the

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criticised Sherwood Forest hospitals trust is now looking to the future.

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Higher death rates he says have come down, and the failings uncovered by

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the team sent in to investigate the hospitals he says are now being

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addressed. They found a number of things we needed to do. There were

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13 focus areas that needed to be dealt with quickly. We are largely

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through those urgent points. The other troubled trust runs Grantham,

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Boston and Lincoln hospitals. Both trusts will be partnered with what

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is seen —— what I seen as more successful hospitals in South

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Yorkshire. It is an opportunity for the more successful trusts to learn

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as well as the other trusts. The two trusts are among 11 across England

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still under special measures. With change directors being sent in to

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make sure that our improvements. Does this amount to a culture change

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within the NHS? The Government hopes this. They say problems should not

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be sat on, there should be more openness in the health service, and

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problems tackled. Labour says what is needed is more nurses. What are

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these problems? The investigation team in Sherwood Forest found

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problems with a backlog of complaints, found that there needed

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to be better communication. Patients were moved between wards too much.

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All of this triggered by higher death rates.

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A man diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic has admitted stabbing

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a Nottingham chef to death. 23—year—old Marcin Cwiakalo from

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Radford pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished

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responsibility at Nottingham Crown Court. He was sentenced to 20 years

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for the murder of Mark Blades in June last year, outside a restaurant

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in the city centre. Police described the attack as a "shocking, random

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act of violence". The number of burglaries in

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Nottinghamshire over the summer rose by almost a quarter compared to last

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year. A report by Nottinghamshire Police revealed that break—ins were

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up 24% in the five months between April and August compared with the

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same period last year. The force said this was down to a combination

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of people leaving doors and windows unlocked due to the hot weather, and

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unusually low burglary figures for last year.

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This is East Midlands Today here on the BBC, and still to come: A final

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curtain call for one of the biggest collections of theatrical costumes

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and props. Yes, the end of an era as 25 years

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of stitching and sticking is put up for sale. This is the largest

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theatrical costume sale we have ever had. It is quite unbelievable.

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A mother whose son has been missing for five days has made a desperate

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plea for him to come home. 14—year—old Ciaran Sweeney left his

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home on Saturday. His mother told Sarah Teale that the family is

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heartbroken and needs him back. The posters say it all. A plea for

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missing Ciaran Sweeney to come home. His mother has bought up 200 posters

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around the estate in Mansfield since the 14—year—old went missing on

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Saturday morning. He was in trouble for having a mobile phone that did

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not belong to him, and he was going to be arrested. He is not going to

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be arrested. And he is not in trouble. We just want him home. Safe

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and well. Everybody at home is worried. Everybody in the community

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and the school is worried. Has he ever done anything like this before?

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He has never run off like this before. I pray somebody out there is

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helping him, but now is the time to encourage him to come home. Police

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say they are growing increasingly concerned for Ciaran's welfare. The

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last time he was seen he was wearing a black coat, hooded top and

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tracksuit bottoms. We have officers they could take —— dedicated to

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trying to find Ciaran. We have sightings of him on the estate, but

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we have just got to find him. What would your message to Ciaran be? We

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just love you so much. And we just miss you dearly. Please come home,

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get in touch. And if anybody has seen him, it is breaking all of our

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hearts. The head teacher of a troubled

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school in Leicester has been suspended by the City Council.

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The governors at Uplands Junior School have also lost their power.

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The council says it stepped in to suspend Tim Luckcock to ensure that

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standards didn't slip any further and to ensure that pupils at the

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school get the best education. We would always want to be working with

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our Government bodies and headteacher. —— governing bodies. So

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to issue a warning notice was very unusual, but a result of the

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seriousness of the situation. We have to think of the best interests

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of the children. The Derby—based aero engine maker

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Rolls Royce has announced a new deal worth almost a billion pounds.

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It's to provide new Trent XWB engines for a fleet of 25 Airbus

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aircraft for the German airline Lufthansa. The airline also has an

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option to buy a further 30 aircraft. The Trent XWB had its maiden test

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flight in June this year. Rolls—Royce says it's become its

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fastest selling Trent engine. And the announcement of that deal

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with Lufthansa rather proves the point of our next story. Because,

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today, the new head of British trade and investment in Germany told us he

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wants to see more East Midlands companies breaking into this

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thriving market. British companies actually export

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twice as much to Germany as to Brazil, Russia, India and China put

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together. Dan Rutstein's based in Berlin, but today he was visiting

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firms in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. James Roberson

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reports. It may be modest looking, but this

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Leicestershire company is doing big things in Germany. Today it was

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visited by the new head of the UK trade and industry mission based in

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Berlin. He came to see the firm that has developed these devices using a

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screw action to move mechanisms from aircraft landing gear to meet

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slices. The firm has received an exclusive deal. The customers to not

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only demand in terms of quality and delivery, but also they want us to

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be continuous in development. A German colleague has enabled the

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winning of sales from Germany. As soon as we make something, we speak

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with the customer and show what we have. 45 miles away, Dan Rutstein

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has come to visit. This firm, which also employs German colleagues,

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makes birthing devices to stop the sparks which can cause catastrophic

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fires in fuel depots. We launched our German division in April 2011,

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and since that time sales have increased by approximately 30%, and

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they are on an upward trend. Whether you have never tested international

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waters or you are already exporting, our job is to help these

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customers —— companies. We could help build networks and even use

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ambassadors and embassies and residences to launch products. Both

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companies see Germany as the market to grow into.

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We heard there from Dan Rutstein who represents UK Trade and Industry in

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Germany. Well, the UKTI's regional head for the East Midlands is the

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soon to be retiring Peter Hogarth. I spoke to him earlier, and I asked

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him why the Germans seem to like doing business with us. There is a

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very long history of dealing with Germany. We have done business with

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them for many years, and quite simply Germans like doing business

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with the British. I remember one captain of industry saying his

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advice was to learn Mandarin, because China was the next big

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export market. China is a growing market, but we should not forget the

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very big markets that already exist, and that we are very strong in. We

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have spoken to your man in Germany. He is crucial to linking East

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Midlands firms with German firms. That is working well. Yes, we have

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40 people in Germany and three offices across the country, and it

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reflects how important Germany is to the UK economy. 10% of the exports

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from the East Midlands go to Germany. That is a couple of billion

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pounds per year. It is not just for the big boys like Rolls—Royce, is

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it? In a macro know, if anybody here has a product they want to launch in

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Germany, they can use our premises. Anybody can get access to them.

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Finally, and briefly, which is going to be the next big country in terms

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of an emerging market for us? Probably Indonesia.

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A toy shop in Leicester which has been trading for 30 years will

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finally close next week after attempts to find a new owner failed.

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Dominoes toy shop in the city centre was placed into administration

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earlier this month. Two years ago it was named best independent toy store

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in Britain, but has recently struggled to compete against online

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retailers and supermarkets. A closing down sale starts tomorrow

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morning. A new design for Richard III's tomb

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has been revealed by Leicester Cathedral.

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Plans for the raised tomb, with a deeply carved cross on a floor

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inlaid with a large Yorkist white rose, will now be submitted to

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planning officials. Set within the cathedral's chancel, the £1.3

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million project will also see changes to the cathedral's internal

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layout, windows and lighting. It's not often you bump into Queen

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Elizabeth I, a '20s flapper, AND Henry VIII all in one room, but I

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did today. The auction rooms in Nottingham are

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holding what you could say is the sale of the century — as a

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lifetime's collection of theatrical costumes and props go under the

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hammer. I joined an interesting cast of

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potential purchasers at today's viewing.

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There's no business quite like a theatrical costume year. This is one

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in a million, 20,000 outfits from every musical, Opera production you

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could think of. This is made for my fair Lady. Did you realise you had

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this many costumes? No. It is the end of an era. We have been going 25

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years, and we are all sad that it is finished, but it is nice to see the

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collection here and for people to appreciate it. I find it quite sad

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that the business we have been dealing with for 20 odd years is

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going. This is by far the largest of these theatrical sales we have ever

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had, and it is quite mild blowing. —— mind blowing. These are from the

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Wizard of oars, and this, there are incredible headdresses. Over there,

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some lush staff. All of this is from Carmen. I think I am going to be

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here for hours. One item I would like to keep is that. How much it

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will make is anybody's guess. You were obviously impressed, you

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came back with a new outfit! If you want to go, the auction

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starts on Saturday. Still to come: Rolling out the

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Olympic legacy. Plastic grass used at the 2012 Games is re—laid on a

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school playing field in Grantham. Sport now.

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First tonight, we can exclusively reveal that Nottingham Forest are

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close to signing Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah on loan. The

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England under 21 international, who can play in midfield or defence

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spent much of last season on loan at Watford where he scored five goals.

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Several Championship clubs have been after his services. But tonight he

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was finalising a loan deal at Forest subject to a medical.

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On to Leicester City, and what a start to the season they are

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enjoying — five wins in seven Games means they are sitting pretty near

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the top of the table. After the heartbreaking end to last season —

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just missing out in the play—off semifinals — this campaign is

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getting across that line. And for one man in particular it's about

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putting the past firmly behind him. Angela has more.

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It was one moment that cost less to the dreams of promotion last season,

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and the man who missed that penalty is desperate to make amends. His

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devastation was painful to see, and today he spoke about that

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faithfulness. It was a very bad moment. I forgot in this moment. In

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the new season we need to be focused. He found himself on the

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bench, but the manager knew it was just a matter of time. He is a huge

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talent, and he is a matchwinner, so I am pleased he has been able to

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deal with the disappointments of the end of last season. And move on, and

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I think that is good for us. It is important to be back in the team

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now, and I am happy to be back. And to do my best for the team.

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Galvanised by last season's disappointment, Leicester look

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certain to do one better this time round.

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When it comes to international cricket it was a fantastic summer

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for England. And not just the men. The women's side had their own Ashes

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success, and this week Nottinghamshire's Jenny Gunn

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returned home to show off the trophy. She says the women's game

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has never been stronger. Kirsty Edwards reports.

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When she is not performing heroics on the pitch, you will find Jenny

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teaching cricket in schools like this one. Some girls lacked the

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confidence to do it, and you just saw the how good these girls are.

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Jenny works for a scheme that aims to get more youngsters into the

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game, and how better to inspire these girls than to show them the

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Ashes trophy? To be coached by an England international, you are not

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going to get many opportunities like that. Also getting their hands on

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the trophy this week, Jenny's club team—mates along with her biggest

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fan, her father, who played in the Nottingham Forest European cup

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winning side. Very proud of her and all the girls. It is getting better

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every year. It is a good game to watch. Jenny was part of the side

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that won the Ashes in 2005. She says the game has come on leaps and

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bounds. Australia has become professional, and we have proven a

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point that we have had the most successful summer in a long time and

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hopefully we will get stronger. In cricket, Nottinghamshire bowed to

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the inevitable as Durham won the County Championship with a

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comfortable victory at the Riverside. Notts not out of

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relegation trouble — and need a result at home to Somerset to be

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sure of safety. The weather wrecked another day of

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cricket at Grace Road, where you imagine Leicestershire are just

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desperate for the season to end. Commiserations to Jake Ball, a back

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injury rules him out of the final at the weekend.

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A small corner of a Grantham school no longer has a wet boggy pitch they

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can't use. Instead, artificial turf has been laid — donated from last

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year's Olympics. Today the new tougher turf was officially

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inaugurated — by an Olympic gold medallist. Jonathan Cecil reports.

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It is green, but it is not real. This plastic turf was used in the

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Olympics for trap shooting, and Great Britain won a gold on it.

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Today it has been installed at this Grantham school. They have their own

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gold medal winner, Tim Bailey, to open their pitch. This whole area

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was grass before, we could not go on it during the winter. But now it is

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easier to clean and maintain, and easier for us instead of being

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cramped on one playground. It really brings as out a bit more, because we

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have an Olympic gold medallist to our school, and it is good to shake

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his hand and hold a gold medal for myself. It is another way to keep

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the Olympics legacy alive. I think in this day and age of recycling, it

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is nice to see something being up cycled and creating a facility for

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all the kids to enjoy. Two schools based in the town cater for pupils

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aged between three and 19, many with autism, and some having learning

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profound difficulties. This new page will allow the pupils to exercise

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all year round. And already, it has been put to good use.

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An all—weather playing field is probably a good idea!

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We have had our fair share of rain, but things are settling down. We

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deserve a bit of quiet weather, and some warmth. That is what is heading

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our way. Today's weather front is clearing out. High pressure is

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building in, and this has staying power so it will stay with us until

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the start of next week. It will steer away these weather fronts. It

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is a quiet picture, staying dry into the weekend. I cannot promise clear

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blue skies, there will be quite a lot of cloud, but some brightness to

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cheer things up. Things are warming up. If we get that brightness and

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sunshine, temperatures could rocket back up. Today's latest satellite

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and radar picture, you can see the rain has cleared away. We have seen

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some gorgeous sunshine this afternoon. The cloud will roll back

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in vogue through tonight. That will keep those temperatures up tonight.

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Tomorrow morning quite acquired —— cloudy start of the day. In the

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afternoon there will be some bright spells, the best across eastern

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parts as we head on into the afternoon. But temperatures fairly

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respectable, 17, perhaps 18 Celsius. Not a lot in the way of change as we

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head on into the weekend. High pressure stays with us into the

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weekend. We will start to draw in south winds though. ——

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south—westerly winds. But as I say, but Clyde will be chopped up so some

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brightness and sunshine around. —— that cloud.

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A slow improvement. That is it from us. See you for the

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late news. Goodbye.

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