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

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Fury as British Gas workers force their way into a flat with no gas

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supply. The owner had told them there was no supply and she cannot

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believe they still broken. It was a violation of my puberty. How can

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they just enter the home. A cracker dries in the cases of head and neck

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cancers. You have heard of strawberry picking, now a novel new

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way to shop for chilies. Good evening and welcome to

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Thursday's programme. First tonight, A woman says she feels violated and

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vulnerable after her flat was broken into by British Gas. Stephanie

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MacDonald—Walker says the energy company entered her Leicester home

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while she was out at work. The company claims it was because they

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believed she owed them money. But, there is no gas supply at the flat.

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Helen Astle reports. Stefanie moved into her flat in Leicester four

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months ago. It is the first time she has lived alone and she says her

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flat is her pride and joy. She was stunned to discover British Gas had

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entered the flat while she was at work over an unpaid bill that was

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not hers. When I saw the note, I did not know what was going on. It was

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just total violation of my puberty. Who are these people that they can

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just enter someone's home? She received a letter from British Gas

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about the unpaid bill. She phoned them and said it was not hers. She

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thought the matter had been resolved. I felt I had been burgled.

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But nothing had gone. Who has been in my apartment? Is there anything

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missing? My instinct was to ring the police that the police said there

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was nothing they could do because it was a dispute between myself,

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British Gas and by landlord. Who can do that? Who can come in to your

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home when you think you have locked your door, do a days work and then

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come back and find someone has done through everything? It is sketchy.

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Really scary. I feel violated and vulnerable. British Gas say they

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appreciate how distressing this has been. They go on to say they are

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investigating the incident as a matter of urgency. She has been

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offered £150 in compensation. She has turned it down. She says it is

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not about the money but the invasion of privacy.

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We checked and British Gas were perfectly within their rights to

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enter Stephanie's property under the Rights of Entry Act of 1954. In

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fact, British Gas told us that last year it had entered the homes of

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23,183 electricity customers and 29,178 gas customers using warrants.

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All that is of course no consolation to Stephanie. Tonight British Gas

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increased their offer of compensation to her from £150 to

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£1000 but Stephanie says it's not about the money and she is unsure

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she'll accept. Next tonight, an international

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fraudster has been jailed for seven years after one of the most complex

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investigations ever carried out by Derbyshire Police. The conman duped

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innocent investors into handing over huge sums of money over a period of

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years. Detectives say many of his victims lost their houses, their

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businesses and even their life savings because of the scam. Sarah

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Teale reports. This is one of the major players behind an

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international fraud which conned millions of pounds from dozens of

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investors. Graham Mills arrived at Nottingham Crown Court with his

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backpack this morning ready to be sent to prison. The 48—year—old and

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fellow conspirators set up fake companies and duped victims into

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investing in them. The scam netted a total of £9 million. The fraud only

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came to light when one of the victims, in investor, became

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suspicious and went to the police. He handed over tens of thousands of

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pounds including his life savings to the conmen. Derbyshire police

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discovered he was one of many who would never see his money again.

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Some have been left completely penniless. They have lost life

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savings. Males who run the fraud from Thailand pleaded guilty to

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three charges including conspiracy to fraud. The judge said he did not

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believe the testimony from males that he had only received some

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£130,000 from the £9 million fraud. I do believe he has more knowledge

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of where the money as and he has sown —— showed no sign of trying to

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repatriate the money back to the victims. He was sentenced to a total

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of seven years in prison. Still to come. Advice on what

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Leicester can expect if it becomes UK City of Culture from the man

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behind Liverpool's cultural success. It is the spirit of cooperation and

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optimism and aspiration within the city. Whoever gets it will

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experience the same thing. Police say a man from Leicester who

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was murdered at a club night in Birmingham has been deserted by his

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closest friends. It's more than five weeks since Sylvester Koroma was

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killed and officers say their investigation is being frustrated by

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a wall of silence. Eleanor Garnier reports. Killed by a single bullet.

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Sylvester, a father from Leicester, shot and fatally injured at a

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Birmingham club night in August. More than five weeks since his death

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and police say the closest friends are holding their investigation

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back. If you look at some of the witnesses who have not given

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statements, they say if his best friends have not given statements

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why should they. It appears that he was popular when alive but now he is

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dead, all his close friends appear to have deserted him. Eight people

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have been arrested and bailed in connection with the murder. Officers

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are certain the answers to what happened lies in Leicester. They

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emphasise you can call the police anonymously. We will take statements

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of them. We would give evidence behind a screen in court. The family

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say Sylvester lit up the room with his smile. They cannot hold the

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funeral until that is further progress in the police

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investigation. They still do not know the motive for this murder.

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Detectives here say they are determined to solve this crime. They

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say the pressure is now on the friends of the victim who wait to

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Sylvester and his grieving family to break their silence.

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The family of a Nottinghamshire man who was shot and his wife killed in

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the attack on a Kenyan shopping centre have spoken of their

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devastation. Niall Saville from Newark was working in Nairobi. He

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and his wife Moon Hee Kang were caught up in Saturday's attack. His

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parents, from Farndon, have flown out to be at their son's hospital

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bedside. In a statement from both families, Moon Hee Kang was

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described as a bright, loving, kind and genuine person who'll be greatly

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missed. A report into the death of a

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13—year—old girl who was killed by a tram has recommended improvements to

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the horns on the vehicles. Lyndsey Inger was killed ten months ago at

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the crossing at Bestwood in Nottingham. The Rail Accident

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Investigation Report says trams should install a more urgent audible

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warning system. It also suggests better lighting at the pedestrian

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crossing. The Leicestershire fire service says

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solar panels started a primary school blaze during yesterday's

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firefighters' strike. It started on the roof of Mercenfield Primary in

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Markfield when many firefighters across the East Midlands had walked

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out in a row over pensions. The school will be closed again

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tomorrow, but hopes to reopen next week.

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Record numbers of head and neck cancers are being diagnosed in the

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East Midlands. It's the sixth most common cancer and cases have been

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increasing. Doctors are concerned that many cases are being picked up

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too late. Now they're urging people to be on the lookout for some of the

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classic symptoms and get help soomer. Our health correspondent Rob

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Sissons reports. —— sooner. Life is busy for Nicole with her favourite

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old twins and the 44—year—old feels lucky to have gotten over cancer of

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her tonsils. I had severe sore throat but I put that down to life,

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working, children and stress. I never thought anything of it. It was

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when an abscess developed on her neck that she went for a scan and it

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revealed the cancer. The lump appeared on my neck. Within a few

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hours it looked as if I had swallowed an orange. Innovative

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laser treatment got rid of the tumour. Classic symptoms include a

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sore throat, bloody nasal discharge, changing voice. You must

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get in touch for medical help if you have three of these symptoms. The

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cancer can turn up in any other city places in the head and neck. Smoking

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and alcohol are the biggest risk factors. The outcome for late stage

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cancers are not very good. They have performed amazing work was up from

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where she was the is like today, it is fabulous. I just have to think of

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the future because I am still here. I have to try and make the most of

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it. The Care Quality Commission has told

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Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust it must make improvements to comply

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with national standards. It follows a review at Kings Mill Hospital

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earlier this year. Inspectors assessed eight of the national

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standards of quality and safety, and found just three were being met.

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They'll be returning to check whether the issues raised have been

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addressed. Police have stepped up their search

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for a missing teenager from Mansfield. 14—year—old Ciaran Sweeny

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ran away from his home on the town's Oak Tree Lane Estate 12 days ago and

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has not been seen by his family since. Officers visited Ciaran's

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school friends today. They believe someone's giving him food and

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shelter and are urging them to come forward.

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More than two thousand people have signed a petition to try to save

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Snibston Discovery Museum in Leicestershire from closure. The

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future of the visitor attraction in Coalville is in doubt after the

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County Council announced plans to cut 110 million pounds from its own

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budget over the next five years. The council has said it will struggle to

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keep giving the museum £740,000 a year.

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The dangers of a notorious accident blackspot, where several people have

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died, have been filmed by villagers and posted online to try to force

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improvements. The stretch of the A614 near its junction with

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Bilsthorpe has seen numerous serious accidents. Now local people are

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demanding action. Quentin Rayner. A group says it set up five cameras at

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the junction and posted the video online. Every few hours they capture

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the dangerous place where motorists tried to join the Lord. The examples

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of dangerous overtaking. An officer assessed the dangerous for them. The

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tractor driver felt the only way he could cross the road was to pull

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out. Many people have told me they feel terrified on this stretch of

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road. Nothing should —— Nottinghamshire county council said

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they had been looking at the feasibility of installing traffic

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light. We need to do something about this before anybody else's injured

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or killed. That does have some traffic light and sort the problem

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out once and for all. Those who made the video say it is a choice between

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spending money or further deaths. The council says any claim that

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funding has been withdrawn is not true because it has not been part of

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a programme. He's known for cult shows like

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Grange Hill and Brookside but Phil Redmond is also the man behind the

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idea of a UK City of Culture. It came about after the success of

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Liverpool's year as a European Capital of Culture. So in the last

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of our series on Leicester's bid, our Arts reporter Geeta Pendse went

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to meet the Merseyside producer to find out if the cultural year has

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left a legacy in Liverpool. Liverpool! From one of their most

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famous exports to a giant spider, Liverpool was capital of culture in

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2008. 10 million visitors were attracted and £800 million was

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generated into the economy. The financial investments in European

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capital of culture is much greater than the UK version. In Liverpool,

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the City Council spent millions of pounds on cultural events. It also

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coincided with the opening of this £500 million shopping centre and the

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music arena. Can the UK version make a difference to Leicester? The man

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behind cult shows like Grange Hill and Brookside certainly thinks so.

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Phil Redmond was part of Liverpool 's year and the UK version was his

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brainchild. The investment and infrastructure was welcome. It was

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not a great number of jobs that were created. The issue was we had

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forgotten who we were. We had forgotten about the plate tradition

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and culture. A study by the universities in Liverpool said the

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perception of liveable changed during the year. If that's still the

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case five years on? We got a lot out of it. It brought a lot of jobs to

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the city but everything is gone now. It was a great atmosphere. It is

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noticeable that the city is now full of tourists. People have taken a

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title and used it as a badge of falsity to go out and enjoy

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themselves and come together and work in cooperation. They realise

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they can achieve things if they simply decide to do it. Most

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financial investment was key, one of the biggest changes is a change of

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image and a renewed sense of identity. It is up to Leicester to

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prove it has the potential to do the same.

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And if you missed any of our series on Leicester's City of Culture bid

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you can see them all by logging on to bbc.co.uk/eastmidlandstoday Just

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scroll down and click on the city of culture link.

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Listeners to BBC Radio Derby shared a very personal moment with one of

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the station's best—known presenters this morning. Colin Bloomfield, who

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presents the Breakfast show, decided to tell his audience that he's been

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diagnosed with cancer and it could be serious. Colin, who's 31, hopes

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that talking openly about the challenges he faces may help others

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in a similar position. James Roberson reports. I am hoping for

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good news on the lung biopsy. This biopsy. Full stop. Colin told

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listeners about his diagnosis. He originally had an aggressive skin

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cancer kept out of his leg a few years ago. It seems it has returned.

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I found a lump under my groin. I got it checked out. The CT scan was

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done. It showed there were lesions on my liver and nodules on my lungs.

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He has been open about the condition with colleagues and sisters. He

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knows there are thousands of other settlers out there. It raises

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awareness of skin cancer. It is a fast—growing cancer among young

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people. I hope the message goes out. Talking with Sally Pepper, he

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explains he will go forward a biopsy tomorrow and maybe off work for some

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time. He also revealed his doctors warned him the condition may be very

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serious. I want to make sure I am here in 50 years time. I am not

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going to be a statistic. Not exactly a run of the mill day at

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the office for Colin, but hopefully his positive attitude and all the

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support he's getting will help see him through. It is time for the

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sport now. Yes the big derby match is this

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weekend, as if we needed to remind Forest and Derby fans. The game is

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on Saturday at the City Ground. The build up has started already. Derby

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manager Nigel Clough admits he doesn't look forward to these games

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but knows it's a huge fixture for supporters. I think they have

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enjoyed the trips to the ground in the last few seasons. For many years

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we did not get anything there at all. It is nice to give them some

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happiness in that department. We hope it continues on Saturday for

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them. Well, talking of fans, today we met

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a very excited and lucky Nottingham Forest one. Imagine if your

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favourite player is the captain and imagine if he popped round to your

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house, with a unique ticket to the biggest game of the season! Here's

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Kirsty Edwards to explain more. We are after the house of a young lad

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who is celebrating his eighth birthday today. He is a huge forest

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fan and Chris is his favourite player. Chris is asked to give him a

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special surprise. I feel like Cilla Black. I'm not saying, do not worry

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exhibition make you look disappointed. I you hardly question

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Mike Hardy did not expect to see Chris on his doorstep. He will be a

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mascot at the derby game on Saturday. A dream come true. I

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cannot imagine what was going through his mind when he opened the

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door. It is just something to treasure for ever. We will tell

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everybody and anyone. Yes, brilliant. It is a lovely thing to

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do and a nice thing for us to be able to give back the supporters. I

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bet you would have loved one of the football ideals to come and see you

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in your house Mr Mark? I would have been in shock. I did not know what

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to do. I was nervous as well. He is going to have a fantastic

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opportunity to experience the game as close as he possibly can get.

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And we'll have more from both Forest and Derby camps tomorrow.

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Some sad football news now. Ron Fenton has died at the age of 73. Mr

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Fenton, seen here sat next to Brian Clough, was part of the coaching

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staff at Nottingham Forest for 16 seasons, six of which were spent as

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assistant manager to Brian. He also had a managerial spell across the

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Trent with Notts County between 1975 and 1977.

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At Leicester City confirmation today that midfielder Neil Danns has gone

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out on loan for three months to Bolton.

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In cricket, Derbyshire have been relegated from Division One of the

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County Championship after being bowled out for 103 against

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Warwickshire this morning. They put up a good fight over the season,

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winning three championship matches. But their failure in this weeks game

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to gain any batting bonus points guaranteed the safety of

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Nottinghamshire and Somerset. Rugby and England and Leicester

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Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi faces two months out with a torn pectoral

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muscle. The good news is he doesn't need surgery. That is a real sport.

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—— that is all your support. —— your sport.

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Now we have probably all done a bit of strawberry picking at one time or

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another but one farmer in Nottinghamshire's come up with a

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novel idea to pick—your—own chillis! Bob Price from Rollerston has over

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30 varieties and grows one of the hottest chillies in the world. We

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sent Rebecca Sheeran to the taste test! The centre is just one of a

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handful in the country. It is nice to bring this to the people so that

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they can see what is available. What about for people like me who cannot

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eat anything hotter than a chicken korma? This is very mild. It has got

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a kick to it. Take a little bit of the end. That is a little bit

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hotter. That is definitely hot. I could not handle the heat but Bob

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has plenty of customers who can. It is nice to see somebody doing

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something different. Having somebody being able to tell you this is sweet

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and this has a citrus flavour is great. They are unbelievable. These

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are ones we have kept back for ourselves. They are Trinidad

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scorpions. Can you eat these? Not raw, they are very hot. Bob hopes he

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will be going for many years to come. She is still a bit Gatsby and

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flushed. They were gorgeous. The weather has not been bad of

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late. As far as the night goes, we should just see the odd sunny spell.

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The cloud will thicken as we go into the early hours of Friday morning.

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The temperatures down to around 12 Celsius. A little bit cooler than

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the last couple of nights. Although it will be cloudy early on, plenty

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of sunny spells and by the afternoon I see no reason why we should not

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see widespread sunshine for a time. Temperatures will be up to 17

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Celsius maybe even 18 Celsius. Into the weekend, it is going to be

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fairly bright and sunny and a little bit warmer particularly on

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Saturday. We have the milder air halving —— holding of the colder

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air. Despite all this pressure swirling around, the high pressure

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is just sending the low pressure to the south. We can be assured of a

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dry weekend and a bright weekend at times. A lot of sport going on this

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weekend. It should be dry and plate for the lot of them. It sounds very

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nice. I you doing the late news question Mike yes.

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