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

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Tonight: A teenager on trial, accused of plotting bomb attacks on

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his home town. His targets included a mosque and a

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cinema. Also, the community in shock as

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police hunting a missing teenager find a body. Dumbstruck. We are

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waiting to see what happens and what the police say. , plus, the

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controversial Muslim free school is closed by Ofsted.

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These schoolchildren are getting up close and personal with a

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masterpiece. Good evening. Welcome to the

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programme. First tonight, a Leicestershire teenager has gone on

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trial accused of preparing a terrorist attack. The court heard

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that his targets included a mosque and two colleges in Loughborough.

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He'd made a plan based on the mass shooting at Columbine High School in

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America. The jury was shown videos of him testing home—made bombs and

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threatening to kill Muslims. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy

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Ball is live at the Old Bailey. Jeremy, what more can you tell us?

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We heard the teenager suffers from Asperger's syndrome. We cannot

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identify him because he is 17. He is facing two very serious terrorism

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charges. When the police went to his home, they found weapons including

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pipe bombs, a poisons Handbook and a list of targets. The targets

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included a mosque. We heard he had made notes about fighting what he

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called the Islamic invasion of Europe. Also on his list, the

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Council, the university, a local cinema and two local colleges. What

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is he accused of planning to do? We heard he had written plans for an

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operation referencing the shooting spree at Columbine high school in

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the US where a teacher and 12 pupils were shot dead in 1999. Here at the

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Old Bailey, the prosecution said this boy had made notes talking

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about attacking a secondary school, eliminating pupils and teachers by

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chaining up the exits and attacking classrooms with bombs and a machete

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and guns. In the notebook, he had drawn swastikas and written English

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Defence League slogans. What about his motivation? We had quite a lot

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about his far right views but the prosecution also talked about

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personal grudges. A very telling recording that he had recorded on

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his dictaphone. This is the voice of an actor. How could anyone treat a

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fellow person like anyone has treated me? That is what drives

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people to do this. Look at all of the things in the past, Columbine,

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others. All because of William. —— bullying. We saw home—made videos of

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the boy with friends where des Alpes wearing balaclavas and they identify

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themselves as the urban revolutionary army —— they are

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wearing balaclavas. The jury has been told to decide if the teenager

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on trial was simply a misfit or whether he really was a would—be

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terrorist. A second man has appeared in court

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charged with the murder of a football coach from Leicester.

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Antoin Akpom who was 20 died from a single stab wound following an

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attack on Kent Street in the city last month. Earlier today,

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19—year—old Hussain Hussain was remanded in custody to appear at

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Leicester Crown Court on Friday. Another 19—year—old, Abdul Hakim,

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has already been charged with murder.

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Managers at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have admitted failures in

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care. It's after an elderly dementia patient was allowed to walk out of

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its accident and emergency unit in his pyjamas. The 86—year old had

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walked more than four miles before he was found early in the morning

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last November, after falling near a police station. The hospital trust

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has apologised and says new training procedures are being introduced.

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Still to come: Trying new treatment for a cancer that has no cure.

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Mesothelioma is often the legacy of a lifetime's exposure to asbestos.

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Now patients who have it are helping test a new drug.

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People living on the housing estate where a teenage boy went missing

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have told us they're devastated to hear a body has been found.

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Ciaran Sweeney who's 14 left his home on the Oaktree Lane Estate in

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Mansfield two—and—a—half weeks ago. His family had appealed for him to

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come home. But yesterday police told them they've found a body. Jo Healey

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reports. It is a close community so when the

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police started searching for Ciaran Sweeney people helped too, putting

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up posters, combing the heath land near his home. Hole I came to check

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the hiding I know. With my volunteers, we go out twice a week

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—— I came to check the hiding places I know. Now I feel sick and very

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sad. Feelings mirrored by others on the estate. People have come

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together over this. But you can see and feel the sadness and heartache.

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My daughter went to school with him. She has found it upsetting. She was

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close to him and close to his sister as well. People are dumbstruck. They

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are waiting to see what happens and what the police are going to say. We

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are waiting for answers. My thoughts and love go to the family and

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friends. A police underwater search team recovered the body of a teenage

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boy yesterday at a quarry. The body will not be formally identified

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until the end of this week. Here is what the chief inspector said. We

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appreciate it is an emotional and trying time for the local

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community. Until we can make a formal identification, we ask for

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patients and sensitivity to all those involved.

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A Muslim faith school remains closed tonight, 24 hours after Ofsted

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inspectors moved in and shut it down. At the end of one day of

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inspection, the Al—Madinah School in Derby was ordered to close

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immediately on health and safety grounds.

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In the past, the school has been accused of imposing strict Islamic

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practice on staff and pupils and there have been allegations of

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financial irregularities. More now from our reporter James Roberson.

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Today at the primary part of the school in Derby, there was a sign

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saying there was an ongoing Ofsted inspection but nothing about school

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closure will stop North could the staff enlighten us. Do you know what

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is happening? I cannot comment. On the school's website, the interim

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principal has put this statement for the parents. Owing to a health and

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safety issue, I have taken the decision to close the school until I

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am confident all children are safe. Ofsted themselves issued this

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statement. We agreed to bring forward our planned inspection of

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the school. As a result, we understand the principle has written

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to the parents informing them the school will be closed to children

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today. Half a mile away at the secondary school site of the

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Al—Madinah School, parents were coming to the school to try to find

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out for themselves why it had closed. They are happy with the

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school. We do not know what is going on. Obviously, with the teaching

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side, we are really happy. Really happy. We do not want it to

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shutdown. Not without any specific reason. We are really happy and I

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would definitely send my child to the school. Principal says he hopes

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the school will reopen in the very near future.

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Joining us in the studio now is Nick Raine, the regional officer for the

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National Union of Teachers. Thank you for coming in. We have heard

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claims that teachers have been told what to wear, that girls have been

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told to sit at the back of the class and claims of financial

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irregularities. Are you hearing this? We have had members contacting

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us with concerns about contracts and practices in the school, to the

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governments of the school. They have raised serious concerns. Hence the

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ongoing inspection. What do you think is the possible health and

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safety aspect? I do not know. It could be one of a number of things.

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It is virtually unprecedented for a school to be closed the day after an

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Ofsted inspection. The nature of free schools is that no one is

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accountable. Have you tried to contact the people behind the

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school? I have had many journalists asking me who is in charge. This is

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inherent with free schools. You have a situation where schools are not

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accountable. The some of the parents seem very happy. They want the

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school to reopen. We all want the school to reopen but we also need to

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think about the future of schools up and down the country. This could

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well be replicated in other places. We will leave it there. Thank you.

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Cuts have been voted through at Nottinghamshire County Council. It

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has to save £157 million. In Matlock, the big picture is

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emerging. Five years of cuts voted through today at Derbyshire county

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council. Labour blame lack of funding from the government. The

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Conservatives Shepp 1200 jobs when they were in power. Now they say

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labour has slowed down the pace of the cuts. The greatest concern today

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in the report is the failure to maintain the momentum of making

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savings in this authority. It is something that has been going on now

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for the four years of our administration. This is the scale.

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£157 million over five years. Up to 1600 jobs at risk. These are some of

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the budgets being targeted this year alone. Nonsense to suggest they are

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not being tough enough says the Labour Party. We do not have sofas,

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we are cutting money on the civic budget, —— chauffeurs. We are

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finding money in all kinds of ways. The union is worried. From what we

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know, it is going to be the most abominable people within Derbyshire,

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particularly adult care. Those services are going to be affected

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directly by this. Much of the detail of the cuts has yet to emerge.

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We hear there has been another development this evening. That is

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right. Councillors have voted not to accept a 1% increase in their

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allowances. They say it will say something like £7,500 a year. In

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2012—2013, the allowances totalled around £1 million. Not a huge saving

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but the councillors say they are showing solidarity. They also voted

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through a new package of increased allowances for a slimmed down

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cabinet. Other councillors will get a reduction. There will be less paid

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out over all and it is claimed it will save the authority around £3600

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overall. Looking for savings everywhere. Thank you.

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Two new treatments for an aggressive form of cancer are being tested in

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the East Midlands. At the moment, mesothelioma, mainly caused by

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exposure to asbestos, can't be cured.

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More and more cases are being diagnosed each year and doctors at

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Leicester's Glenfield Hospital are predicting numbers could peak in the

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next six or seven years. Here's our health correspondent Rob Sissons.

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It is the past that is destroying this man's future. He is convinced

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he developed me Cecilio in the working as an engineer 40 years ago

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—— developed cancer. He was exposed to asbestos. We were going down into

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a stone storm —— snowstorm. A very dusty room. There were no masks or

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anything. The jagged edge around his long, cancer. Note you but there is

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hope. At this hospital he is the first to test a new drug —— there is

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no cure. We have had not had any treatments. What we plan to do is

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get the scan. You have the combination on the first day... The

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drug he is trying out is designed to prevent the growth of tumours. The

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university is leading an international trial into another

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drug to reduce reliance on chemotherapy. Even if it does not do

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me good, it is going to help other people in the long run. It can take

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15 to 16 years —— 15 to 60 years to develop cancer after exposure to

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asbestos. 2500 cases a year are diagnosed in the UK. We have seen in

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other cancers where survival is improved is that the more treatments

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you have got, the longer people live.

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Still to come, schools get a masterclass in art. Works by leading

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painters are being taken into classrooms across Nottingham, giving

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children a chance to see their work up close.

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It is sport time now. What a night at Derby County. They will take

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their time to make the right appointment when it comes to wait

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technical director to work alongside new head coach Steve McClaren. And

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what an introduction to his team for him last night. McClaren was in the

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stands as he saw the Rams go 4—1 down by half time against Ipswich.

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Derby were so bad he was forced to intervene and inspired a dramatic

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comeback. Kirsty Edwards was there. And so the new era began as Steve

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McClaren and his coaching team met the players for the first time last

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night. Darren was in temporary charge for the game with Steve

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McClaren watching in the director's box. With the new boss watching,

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these players will be desperate to make a good first impression

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tonight. And desperate for their first home win. As first impressions

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go, the first half was a masterclass in how not to do it. He has scored

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in his own net! Terrible defending. It is four. Oh, dear. Derby were

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four — one down. Steve McClaren had enough. He did an unexpected team

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talk. Everyone knew that we would be told what they thought of us. He

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came down and he changed the shape of it and told us to believe in

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ourselves. Whatever he said, it obviously worked. Derby have got

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another one back! Into the net! Derby have a third goal. He puts it

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in the net! Derby have an equaliser. Down from the director's

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box, Steve McClaren watched on. They tried to snatch a late winner but

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time just eluded them. That is what you call a game of two halves. What

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an amazing comeback. Unbelievable. Great atmosphere. We liked doing it

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the hard way. What do you think Steve McClaren will have learnt from

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tonight? He will have learnt we need to defend better, from set pieces

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particularly. We need to play as we did in the second half.

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At Leicester City their excellent form continues. Last night they beat

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Yeovil by 2—1. So tonight, this is how the Championship table looks.

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The Foxes are third but only goal difference separates them from

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Burnley and QPR. Leicester are our best place team in the Midlands.

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They have won seven out of their first ten league games. It was a

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night for Leicester when their quality shone through. They had the

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better chances and could have won by more. They deserved the lead on 54

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minutes . Their power and pace was too much for Yeovil Town. David

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Nugent has scored six times from the penalty spot this season and again,

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he made no mistakes. Yeovil Town got a penalty of their own but Leicester

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were dominant and are unbeaten in five games and joint top of the

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championship. Onto Nottingham Forest who are still

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in talks with Wolves about bringing in winger Bakary Sako to the City

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Ground on loan. Discussions have been ongoing for a long time so the

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club could be forced to go elsewhere. On the pitch, Forest have

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only lost one of their first ten games. Last night, they drew 1—1 at

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Charlton. Mark Shardlow reports. Forest in the grey started the night

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in style. Andy Reid's free kick gave them the lead after three minutes.

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Soon after, he had a half chance for a second. But Charlton gave notice

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this would not be an easy night as they gave them a fright. This was

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probably the moment when Forest should have racked up the points but

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they could not quite finish it. In the second half, Charlton

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equalised. As the game neared the end, the home side look for the

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winner. First, the woodwork saved Forest. Then it was some scrambled

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defending to desperately clear. The ball was staying out of the net to

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Forest's relief. Finally, gymnastics. One of our top Olympic

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stars is hoping to reach the finals of the World Championships this

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evening. Nottingham's Becky Downie competes on the bars and beam. She's

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hoping for better fortune than Sam Oldham who's also from Nottingham.

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The medal winner from the London Olympics failed to make the finals

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in the competition which is being held in Belgium. Hard luck, Sam.

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From the gallery to the classroom. Today, hundreds of school children

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in Nottingham were given the chance to see a masterpiece up close.

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As part of the BBC's Your Painting project, works by leading artists

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are being taken into schools in an attempt to introduce children to

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art. Geeta Pendse reports. It is not every day you have a

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security man at the doors. These children today got the chance to

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have a close encounter with an original piece of artwork. Ella

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Macri you have the nail varnish. Can you see, is it just on the floor? ——

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you have the nail varnish. Owned by Nottingham Castle Gallery, curators

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were on hand to chat to the children. The purpose behind it is

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making artwork more accessible and it could not be more accessible than

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being in your own home for the day. A great opportunity for the children

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to look up close at the artwork. Then we find out more about it,

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particularly because it is a local artist. It is one of 27 paintings

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being taken to schools across the UK. It is not just about

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appreciating the artistic merit, but also exploring a moment of history.

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We do not get many trips to the gallery to see famous paintings. I

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thought it was amazing. Really cool to have a real painting in the

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school. It is not like cartoons, it is realistic, like a real person. I

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like the painting. The painting will be returned to Nottingham Castle

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where it is also hoped these children will venture in the future

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to take another look. And you can get more information

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about this project by logging onto our website.

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I thought that was really lovely. Pretty as a picture, here is the

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weather. Such a long time since we have seen

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significant rainfall, but we had lots overnight and first thing this

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morning. Nottingham sought 17 millimetres of rain over the past 12

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hours —— Nottingham saw. The cloud will be with us overnight. The risk

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of one or two outbreaks of rain, particularly through western parts,

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the Peak District and western parts of Leicestershire. Further east, it

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is a dryer picture. Overnight lows of around 14 degrees. Tomorrow, it

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will start dry for most places. Quite cloudy. Do not be fooled for

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thinking the rain is not with us, it will just take a while. Not too bad

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they start to the day. Some brightness. In the sunshine,

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temperatures will reach 19 degrees. Breezy. The rain will edge its way

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and in the afternoon. It will become more heavy and persistent as we go

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into the evening. Gradually, it. To work its weight used. It will be

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heavy and persistent for a time —— gradually, it will start to work its

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way eastwards. Further showers on Friday. By Saturday, a ridge of high

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pressure will build and that will help to settle things down. We will

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not see Wall to wall sunshine. It will be quite a cloudy affair. We

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will see some sunshine at times. And temperatures will not do too badly

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either. After Thursday night, it looks like it will be an improving

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picture. I do not think we can remember wall

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to wall sunshine. Thinking really hard!

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That is it for us. Good night.

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