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

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Tonight — the horrifying news that came in a late night phone call. He

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said, have you heard anything? I said, "no—mac." He said, "your house

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came on fire." In just moments, this man had lost his wife, daughter and

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two sons. Also made, the pro—Minister tells us

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that cash—strapped local councils should stop living. These cuts are

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relatively modest, they can be done. Plus, a vigil for Christians killed

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in a Pakistan suicide attack. And the world beating supercomputer

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that is unlocking the secrets of the stars.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme. First tonight:

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The father who lost his entire family in a house fire in Leicester

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two weeks ago has described the moment he was told of the tragedy.

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He's also revealed he can't bring himself to go and see the gutted

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property. Dr Mohammed Taufiq al Sattar said

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his faith is keeping him strong after the loss of his wife and three

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children. Sarah Teale reports. It was a devastating fire which

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engulfed the Taufiq al Sattar family home at Woodhill in Leicester, two

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weeks ago. Dr Sattar was in Dublin, where he worked as a neurosurgeon,

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When he was woken with a phone call from a friend. And he said, "Have

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you heard anything?" I said "No". He said, "Your house came on fire". And

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he said he hadn't seen anybody taken out from the house. As a

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neurosurgeon, I know we deal with life and death everyday in life, as

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well. So, yeah...it was on my mind, as well. Dr al Sattar has only

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visited the family home once, since. Very painful. I have not seen my

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house again. And I don't want to see it, as well. I don't want to go

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inside, as well. His three children — daughter Zainab, 19, and sons

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Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15 — died along with Dr al Sattar's wife

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Shehnila. A wonderful lady. She was very active. And she made so many

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friends here in Leicester. When we came, first time in 2006, you can't

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believe — we did not know any single person in Leicester. And now you can

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see how the community is with us. Dr al Sattar says that support and his

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faith have given him strength to cope. There are so many people who

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have condolences — sympathy with yourself and with your family. Even

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if they don't know you but they are there. This is what is giving me

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comfort in my heart. 18—year—old Kemo Porter from Leicester has been

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charged with murder. Seven other people are still being questioned by

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police. Sarah Teale, East Midlands Today.

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The Prime Minister has dismissed warnings from East Midlands councils

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about town hall cuts. David Cameron describes a new round

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of belt tightening on town halls as relatively modest and not impossible

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to find. In an interview with our Political

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Editor John Hess in Downing Street, the Prime Minister was responding to

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the latest warnings from local politicians of dire consequences.

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Well, I think there is a danger they are trying to play a blame game.

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Look, everyone in this country, everyone watching this programme,

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knows that we have a big budget deficit. We can't live beyond our

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means. We've had to make cuts, cuts in central government and local

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government. But actually, when you look at the cuts in local

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government, the additional cuts they are being asked to make, they are

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relatively modest. It can be done. And I would praise local councils in

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what they have done so far to make efficiencies without hitting front

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line services. They can go on doing that. You will be aware that even

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the leader of Leicestershire has been to hold meetings with

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Conservative MPs here saying, actually, even his authority can't

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take any more cuts. I don't accept that. I think local councils have

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shown you can find efficiencies. Things like the pay freeze we put in

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place have made sure we are keeping people in work, providing good

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services. But of course it's difficult. The cuts that are being

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asked for are relatively modest, something like 2.3%. It's not

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impossible to do. The Housing Federation says the East Midlands

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has only built 43% of homes that the region needs. —— is only building.

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It supported Ed Miliband's pledge for the additional homes by the end

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of a Labour government. And yet, already we are hearing from

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Conservative MPs in marginal seats saying, "Not in my backyard". Where

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is this going to be sorted out? We are sorting it out because we are

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reforming the planning system so these houses can be built. People

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are absolutely right saying this has got to be determined locally and

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planning authorities should make decisions. My view is that actually,

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when you trust local councils, what you find is that if they are given

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the choice, they do build the houses but try to make sure they are built

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in a way that local people support. That is what we have put in place

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and I am confident we will get the housing that we need. Finally, one

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of your MPs described you as a disturbing cocktail of Alan

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Partridge and John Wayne. How would you describe yourself? I get

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described as a lot of things in this job but I hope I am a bit more John

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Wayne than Alan Partridge. Prime Minister, thank you very much

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indeed. Thank you. And you can see more of that

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interview and hear from the MEP who accused him of being more like Alan

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Partridge on the Sunday Politics for the East Midlands. That's on BBC One

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from 11am. Coming up in the programme — for

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sport it's a big weekend. The latest East Midlands derby is tomorrow.

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It's Nottingham Forest vs Derby County and this time around there is

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a bit of extra spice! For the 20,000 football fans were

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going to pack into the ground here tomorrow, it will be bright, funny

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and a little bit breezy. That continues across the East Midlands.

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A vigil is being held this evening in Leicester to remember people

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killed in a suicide attack on a Christian church in Pakistan.

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More than 80 died in the bomb blast last Sunday, including five members

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of the same family with relatives in Leicester.

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Well our reporter, Eleanor Garnier, is outside the church where

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tonight's service is being held. Have many people arrived yet? At

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least 50 people have arrived for this evening's vigil at the Church

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of the Resurrection, here in Leicester. The service started half

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an hour ago but people are still arriving. People of all faiths were

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invited for the service. The assistant bishop of Leicester is

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also here to join in the prayers, readings and music. This double

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suicide bombing happened thousands of miles away in Pakistan but the

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pain and impact is being felt here in Leicester. My report contains

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some distressing images. This area had been packed with

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Christian worshippers when two suicide bombers blew themselves up.

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Dozens of men, women and children were killed, among them the uncle

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and cousins of this man. He moved to Leicester two years ago. I am very

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upset because I lost my family. In Pakistan. When I saw in the news...

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My heart was weeping. I think nobody is safe in Pakistan. The double

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suicide bombing happened at the all Saints Church as hundreds of

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worshippers left Sunday Mass. Now, prayers are being fed thousands of

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miles away in Leicester to remember those who died. I think it is a

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reminder for us to respect the human life and it is a reminder for us

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coming together to reflect on the value of life. And also, coming

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together, that we may pray that people do not do things, take the

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lives of other people. As mourners come to terms with what has

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happened, it is thought this attack is the worst on Pakistan's Christian

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community in the history of the country.

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Now, militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban have said they

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carried out that attack at that church on Sunday. But, in fact,

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today, there has been another blast, this time on a bus. We know that at

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least 17 people have died. People who came for this evening's vigil

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have told me that all those who died will be in their prayers.

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Thank you very much. A once—prominent member of the

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English Defence League is on the run after being found guilty of a

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violent attempted robbery in Nottinghamshire. Guramit Singh

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Kalirai was sentenced to six and a half years on Tuesday after a

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Hucknall shopkeeper was tied up and threatened with a knife in May. Two

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other men were also jailed. But Kalirai, a former EDL spokesman from

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Bramcote, failed to turn up at Nottingham Crown Court. A warrant's

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now been issued for his arrest. Senior councillors at Derbyshire

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County Council could be in line for a 10% pay rise, just days after they

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announced 16,000 jobs may have to go. —— 1600. The newly—elected

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Labour leadership says it needs to save £157 million over five years.

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It also wants to change the way its cabinet members' allowances are

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structured. An independent panel's recommended paying a smaller number

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of councillors more, to make up for extra work they'll have to do.

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A new research centre which aims to come up with better treatments for

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patients with breathing problems opened today. £8 million pounds has

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been invested into the Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research

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Unit. —— £8 million has been invested. It's based at the

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Glenfield Hospital and will look into conditions like Asthma and

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. We need to have

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better drugs and this is a great facility for both studying new

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medicines, testing them on patients, but also we have a lab which allows

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us to come up with new ideas for different types of medicines which

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might help patients. Police are making a direct appeal to

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a missing teenager from Mansfield to return home. 14—year—old Ciaran

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Sweeney ran away almost two weeks ago.

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Despite being missing for all this time, officers believe he may not be

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far away. Simon Ward reports from Mansfield.

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The police are searching homes on this stage, trying to get

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information about where the boy is. There have been numerous reported

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sightings of the 14—year—old but none confirmed. Today, the police

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spoke directly to him. If you are not wanting to go home for a

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reason, don't want to face your mum, it is more important that we find

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you and make sure you are safe. You can go to a police station. You

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don't have to go home. You can speak to any of our uniformed staff

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industry. Or even go into a major supermarket or some building like

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that. It was almost two years ago that he ran across this Heath after

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an argument with his mother. He was in such a hurry that he ran off

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without any shoes. The police say someone in a house near here could

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be sheltering him. It is most likely that he is in this area and that

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somebody is helping him. That is what we are trying to appeal to

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anybody who might know the whereabouts of the boy. Whether they

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are looking after him themselves or think they might know someone who

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is, we need to know and that he is safe. 's family and the police say

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he is not in trouble, they just want him home. The focus is trying to

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discover whether he is hiding in one of these houses.

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A Government report says police in Derbyshire carry out too many

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strip—searches in custody. Her Majesty's Inspectorate studied

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stations in Derby and in the north of the county. It claims officers

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couldn't always give convincing reasons for the searches and those

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arrested were sometimes put in undignified safety clothing,

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unnecessarily. It did praise their general treatment. The force says

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the safety of those in custody is its main priority.

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One of the region's busiest roads will see the start of weekly

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overnight closures from this weekend. The A453 between the M1 and

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Nottingham will be closed from 8pm on Saturday nights until 6am on

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Sunday mornings, from now until March. It's part of the on—going

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widening work. The Highways Agency has warned drivers to leave plenty

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of time for their journeys — especially if travelling to East

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Midlands Airport. If you are due to be travelling in

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or out of Nottingham then be aware there are long delays on the A453.

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Some power cables came down and blocked the road both ways. They

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have been moved but congestion has still built up.

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New figures on house prices show that the East Midlands is currently

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one of the strongest performing regions in the UK. Prices rose on

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average by more than 3% in the third quarter of this year, with the

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average price of a home reaching nearly £162,000. According to the

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Nationwide Building Society, Leicester was the strongest

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performing area in the region, with annual price growth of 6%.

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Derbyshire recorded 1%. You might have heard that there is a

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massive super brain at work in the East millions. It's not Dom, it's

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called Complexity. It's a huge super—computer in Leicester that's

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putting Britain at the leading edge of space science.

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It's even helping unravel the mystery of how the stars themselves

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are created. Navtej Johal reports. The results from this machine have

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drawn some of the brightest scientific minds in the country to

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our part of the world. This £2 million supercomputer can handle

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over 90 trillion operations per second. That means a task that would

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take months on a desktop computer can be performed in a few days.

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Physically, this supercomputer has been named Complexity. —— in a

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fitting fashion. This is one of five supercomputers being used to throw

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the UK to find out more about our galaxy. At this conference, hosted

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by the University of Leicester team, everyone working on the project has

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been brought together for the first team. You can see the posters

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showing the results of what is coming out of the project at the

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moment. These are at the cutting edge of what we understand of

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astronomy and particle physics. This is the sign that the UK is really

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leading the world in this. It is keeping the head. Leicester's

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machine has been exploring black holes. It has always been thought

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that black holes stop stars being created. But Ph.D. Student Martin

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Bourne has been on the team whose findings could actually suggested

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the opposite. We are finding that these can actually create stars. The

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results that are coming out on the effect it has on the amenity is

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amazing. Again, it is just showing how hard the people here are

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working. The scientists say it is down to supercomputers like

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Leicester's that the UK is able to make these new discoveries and stay

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at the top of global scientific research.

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Just how long would you be on the helpline is that crashed!

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A long time! It must be chilly in our studio. There are many and

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scarves. That is because —— except for me, I

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am staying neutral. We have to special fans dressed up for the

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occasion. The waiting is barely over. It's the biggest game of the

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season for the fans — the East Midlands derby. Nottingham Forest

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against Derby County is tomorrow at the city Ground. We are going to

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have more from these men but first, Natalie Jackson has been in both

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camps this week. The Derby, the biggest game of the

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season. Steve it is massive, definitely massive. When it comes to

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drama, passion, intrigue and plots and twists, trust me, this game

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cannot be beaten. This is all about bragging rights. I think, over the

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last number of games, Derby have managed to get their hands on the

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bragging rights and we would like to turn that around. For many years, we

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didn't get anything at all. It is nice to have given them some

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happiness in that department. We wanted to go out there and give

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it all to get the three points, to put any good performance and keep

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good going. For the fans as well, you know. So that they have bragging

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rights because it is important. I am pretty sure that Saturday will be

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very different in the sense that it will be lots of blood and guts and

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thunder. You know, really intense. This year, much will be made of the

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relationship between the two managers. Davis formally took Derby

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to the Premier League. Back in 2010, Billy accused Nigel of kneeing him

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in the back of the leg during a touchline melee. The other has

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always denied the allegation. I should cancel the men so I don't

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think it will be a drink and a chat afterwords but out of respect for

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the job that we do, we will she can. I agree with him, we certainly will

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not be having a drink after the game but, as I said, we will do what we

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have got to do with regards to respect for each other and the clubs

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we are —— jobs were getting. —— jobs we are getting done.

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No love lost between the managers, is there?! But they have both

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emphasised they want the game played in the right kind of spirit and the

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fans to keep it friendly too. Lets talk about it all then, with our

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guests. In the Rams corner, Craig Ramage — a Derby boy who turned out

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for his hometown club. And in the Reds corner, David Johnson — a

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proper Forest hero who seems to spend half his life within yards of

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the city Ground. What's the atmosphere like at these games,

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then? It's amazing. I was brought up as a Derby fan so it was a little

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bit extra special for me but the atmosphere, everything about it, I

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think it is on par with a Merseyside and Manchester derby. It means that

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much to the Derby people and Forest people. To you agree? Steve

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much to the Derby people and Forest people. To you agree? It is a

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fantastic atmosphere if you win. It is a long way back down the motorway

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if you get beaten but obviously, it is a City Ground and lots of fans so

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I am happy. What is your best memory? In 1990, I managed to score

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against the red dogs! I was very happy about it. What Mike —— we beat

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them and went on to the play—offs and did not get to the final but it

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was a good year. Let's talk about what is going to

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happen tomorrow. Forest have got the edge. Does that matter, the weight

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of history? Not really. I think that Derby have come to the city ground

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and done very well. In the last game, obviously. This year, Forest

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have been bested. Some quality players. I don't think they could

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have played at a better time, tomorrow. Derby have got these

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recent games. They won five out of the last ten, only three wins for

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Forest. We have been struggling at home but we are playing well, the

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teams are coming at us and we can break on. It is a little bit

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different. Finding them little holes that were causing them trouble.

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Hopefully, we will get her own form sorted out but we have a great

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chance tomorrow. Is the way for going to be enough for Derby? I

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think the quality of the home team will get them through tomorrow. They

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not a chance! I would be happy with the draw but I think we will get

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ours in tomorrow. Thank you both for joining us. Derby are looking at

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signing a couple of new players. News of that to come and Forest on

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the vibe, the pear drops on signings also.

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Of course, it is not all about Forest verses Derby, Leicester are

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in stunning form at the moment. One player in particular is enjoying his

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best form yet in a Foxes shirt. When striker Jamie Vardy joined last

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season, he cost the club £1 million — a record fee for a non—league

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player. His aim — to prove it's been money well spent.

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He has gone from non—league to a team vying for the Premier League. I

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mean, when they tell you you're not good enough, you think, that said,

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it's not gone to happen. He did not play for a year but was persuaded to

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return and it was the best decision of his life. His goal—scoring

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exploits earned him a £1 million move to the Foxes. That price tag

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and proving he was good enough to could stall. The physicality of the

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players, the quality of the players. It was always going to be hard but

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last year, me seeing what works and working hard in the off—season. I

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think it helps when you aren't seeing on Twitter support from all

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of the —— when you are getting abuse on Twitter. You have to prove

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yourself. Scoring two goals already and the promise of more to come, can

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he complete his fairy tale and be in the Premier League? It would be a

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dream come true. We will just have to, hopefully it will happen and I

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will have to pinch myself again! That was a great interview, really

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interesting. Don't step away from the rest

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because there is plenty more actually. There is more?

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Also in action this weekend, Notts County at Carlisle. And the other

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big local derby. Can't believe that Chesterfield versus Mansfield has

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fallen on the same day as Forest v Derby. What a renewal of old

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rivalries that is! Follow all the games on your BBC Local Radio

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station. It's not all that's happening. Very quickly, here are

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our four to watch. Leicester Tigers are off to Exeter

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off the back of a home win in Newcastle. The Heineken cup looms.

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The Panthers are looking in very good nick but Belfast are the next

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visitors to the arena. Super featherweight level fights.

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All the best to everyone taking part in the Robin Hood Marathon. We know

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how much you put into it. They do us all proud.

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Whatever you're doing, sporting wise, it is going to be.

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We have to say, special good luck to John Hyslop, who you saw earlier, in

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the marathon. He is running for a good cause. So

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are others. Good luck. You will notice that they are in

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pink! That is not unusual.

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We will not give away things at that.

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Let's have a look at the weather. Such a big sporting weekend and the

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weather is coming up big time as well, I am pleased to say. With

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plenty of sunny weather, that is what we got earlier also. The

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temperatures got to around 18. Temperatures over the weekend are

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looking pretty good. Staying dry also. A bit of a breezy time. As far

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as this evening, I dare say it could even be barbecue weather, fingers

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crossed! Going into the early hours of Saturday, under those clear

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skies, that will mean that the temperatures will plummet. Pretty

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much widespread across the East Midlands, doughnut around single

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figures. That is your towns and cities at ten but really it is

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definitely single figures. As for tomorrow, we are in a little pocket

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of settled weather and that is very good news for us. As far as going

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through to the football, that is the important thing, kick at the

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ground, 1215. It will be dry and buy it and not too badly drawn. Here is

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what it looks like on the radar. Plenty of bright and sunny weather

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with a little bit of cloud creeping into parts of Leicestershire as we

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make our way and the last part of this afternoon. —— the afternoon.

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The temperatures are up to around 19 Celsius which is a touch more than

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the average. If you can get yourself a little bit of an isolated sun

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trap, it might get a little bit higher. Through into Sunday, I

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mentioned it would be breezy throughout the weekend. It will be

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noticeably more so on Sunday afternoon. It is the Robin Hood

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Marathon in Nottingham. Looks like it will be a little bit of the cool

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start after that cold night on Saturday. He will be pleased to hear

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that it is bright, dry and sunny as well. I did mention that it would be

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quite breezy. I hope that Breeze is behind you, rather than running into

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it for your sake stop the low pressure is making its way in but it

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will turn into drizzle as it gets the words of an East Midlands. It

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stays dry, bright and settled in the can. Best of luck for the marathon.

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All—rounder to yours for a barbecue! I am fixated. A good idea. Nice to

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end on a nice weather forecast. Good luck to everybody. When Mike indeed.

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We will see you this weekend. Goodbye.

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