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

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Tonight: 600 jobs under threat as a Leicester firm goes into

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administration. Funding problems have left W R Refrigeration Ltd

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facing imminent closure. Also the killing of Rachael Slack

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and Auden. A call for an inquiry into domestic violence. And people

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see red at Derby's brain bank levy. And a lifeline for food specialists

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like this. Good evening and welcome to

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Wednesday's East Midlands Today. First, 600 jobs are under threat as

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a fridge repair firm goes into administration.

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W R Refrigeration Ltd based in Leicester has cash`flow problems

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and, earlier this month, the taxman issued a winding`up order.

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Administrators say the level of losses is so great that there is a

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real risk of imminent closure. For the latest, we can go live to the

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company's head office and Rebecca Sheeran. Rebecca, what does this

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firm actually do? Behind me is W R Refrigeration Ltd. This is their

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head office. They have depots all over the UK. Now, they install and

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service air conditioning and refrigeration unit is to major

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retail outlets and employ around 600 staff. This news may come as a huge

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surprise to many because just weeks ago this firm won two awards. What

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else are they saying? Today, PricewaterhouseCoopers have been

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brought in. They are the administrators. Despite huge

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investment, the company was not able to turn itself around. It is

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PricewaterhouseCoopers's job now to see if there is a way forward for

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this company. Has the company said anything about the job losses? I

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have tried to contact them but they have not commented. In a statement,

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PricewaterhouseCoopers said they would continue to pay wages until

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further notice but they say the company faces a risk of imminent

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closure. They say they could lose those jobs if they cannot find a way

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forward. A man from Nottingham is due to

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appear before Stafford Crown Court in November charged with two

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offences of kidnap. 40`year`old Saleem Taheer is alleged to have

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taken two children from a hotel room in Stoke`on`Trent last Friday. The

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children were found safe and well in a guest house near Derby on Monday

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evening. Mr Taheer has been remanded in custody.

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A woman from Leicester accused of causing the deaths of two toddlers

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in a car crash has appeared in court. 41`year`old Sharmila Mistry

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from Bushby was bailed after pleading not guilty to two counts of

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causing death by dangerous driving. The pushchairs of one`year`old

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Oliwer Bazak and two`year`old Zofia Tabaka were hit in the accident

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involving two cars. It happened at the junction of Braunstone Gate and

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Narborough Road in the city last August. The trial will start in

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March. Workers at a crisp factory in

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Leicester had to be moved out in the early hours of this morning because

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of a fire. It happened at Walkers at Beaumont Leys. It's believed the

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fire started in a fryer. No`one was injured in the blaze and a nearby

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road that had to be closed has now reopened.

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Still to come: Could Derby's new levy on brown bin collections

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backfire? Some are predicting that people

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won't pay the ?40 fee, and more garden waste could end up in

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landfills. Details later. ?NEWLINE The Leicestershire teenager

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on trial for terrorism offences, has admitted trying to build improvised

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explosive devices. The Old Bailey's been told that he was preparing a

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Columbine`style massacre at his old school in Loughborough.

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Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been following the

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case and joins us from the newsroom. What's the latest? This new guilty

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plea means the 17`year`old's now admitted three separate explosives

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offences. The jury's already heard that he accepted possessing petrol

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bombs and pipe bombs. But this latest admission involves component

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parts for improvised explosive devices. The police found several

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partially`constructed home`made bombs. The trial heard that some

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were loaded with ball`bearings and other types of shrapnel. And a

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forensics expert said they were capable of injuring people and

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damaging property. And the jury's also heard about notes written by

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the teenager on trial. One section is headed "Plans. How to make a

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bomb". Then he describes adding "bolts, nails, screws, pins and

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metal ball`bearings" to a can of fuel. And he's added "possibly add

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napalm" at the bottom of the page. Now the teenager denies preparing to

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use those explosives and other weapons for an act of terrorism. And

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the jury's been told that he identified several potential targets

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in Loughborough and that he was motivated by a combination of

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far`right extremist politics and personal grudges at school.

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The family of a woman murdered by her ex`partner are demanding an

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inquiry. The calls have come in the wake of the inquest into the murders

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of Rachael Slack and her little son by her former partner three years

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ago in Derbyshire. James Roberson reports.

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This bench, by Rachael Slack's former partner and placed here only

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a few yards from where she and her son were tragically killed is not

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only meant more real to them at a reminder to all others of the

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domestic violence in the UK. One charity says the statistics are

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startling. In the year 2011/12 800 thousands `` 800,000 incidents were

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recorded. There has been a 65% increase in prosecutions. Outside

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Derby coroner 's court the family were joined by another leading

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charity which supports victims of domestic violence. Women are being

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let down by the police and other state agencies. Refuge supports 3000

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women and children on any given day. That's why we are calling on the

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government to open a public inquiry into the police and state response

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to domestic violence. I would welcome a public inquiry. I think

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the more that is looked at and spoken about domestic violence then

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it is not hidden away and it can only be a good thing. There are two

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women per week being killed. It is atrocious that these figures are so

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high. Today, the Home Office minister Norman Baker said,

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high. Today, the Home Office Police have released pictures of two

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men they want to question about a stabbing in Nottingham city centre.

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A 26`year`old man was knifed in the stomach outside a takeaway in

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Hockley in the middle of the day on Saturday the 5th of October. He's

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since left hospital. Detectives also want to find the driver of a white

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van who was approached by the victim on Lower Parliament Street.

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The Department for Food and Rural Affairs has decided a pub in

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Cambridgeshire won't be allowed to make Stilton cheese and compete with

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East Midlands producers. The Bell Inn in the village of Stilton in

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Cambridgeshire challenged an EU law on the geographical protection given

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to the cheese. DEFRA rejected the application. Only producers in

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Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are allowed to make

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it. Next ` an over`hyped white elephant

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or a huge economic boost to the region? The arguments for and

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against the controversial ?50 billion high`speed rail project have

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been hammered out at a conference in Nottingham today.

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Transport experts had plenty to say, with one supporter claiming the

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region needs a Michael Heseltine`type figure to lead the

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campaign for HS2. Mike O'Sullivan can tell us more. Yes, no`one put

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themselves forward for that job, but it's an idea from the conference

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that Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for transport and

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West Derbyshire MP could perhaps have a think about. The conference

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also talked about the economic ups and downs. In a recent report for

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the government it was said that: Nottingham would benefit by ?430

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million a year. Derby, ?97 million. Leicester, ?90 million. But Rutland

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could lose more than ?5 million. Now those figures were described as a

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joke by one businessman at the conference, who claimed they were

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overstated. But a former transport adviser to the Government said the

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figures were spot`on. HS2 is 20 years away but there is a lot of

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talking to come. HS2 plan was announced in January

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and arguments have raged ever since. Today at the Nottingham business

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school, a chance to thrash out the pros and cons of the ?50 billion

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project and its station between Derby and Nottingham. One delegate

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told me it could become a magnet for development, competing with Derby,

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Nottingham and Leicester. He questioned the origins of HS2. It

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has been oversold and overhyped. There has been a lot of publicity

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and lobbying to raise the profile to get the short attention spans of

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politicians to raise the whole thing up there and then `` up the agenda.

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It was said that leadership was needed. I worry that there is more

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fragmentation in the East Midlands. Unless there is a figurehead, the

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benefits will not be maximised. 1300 businesses were invited to the

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conference but only a handful turned up. The business community is not

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engaging with HS2. 20 years is a long time in the future for them

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what they need to be talking about what they want from it. No answers

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today. But one thing is for sure down the line, more controversy.

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Residents are being reminded that their free garden waste collections

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are being binned from the end of this month. Derby City Council says

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it's had to introduce a charge for the service due to budget cuts.

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Many other councils have already introduced a charge. But some argue

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it could backfire ` costing much more in other ways. Simon Hare

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reports. One of the last rounds of free brown

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bin collections underway in Derby this morning. When they return in

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April, people will have to pay. Derby City Council says it has had

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to rethink garden waste recycling because of government budget cuts.

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If you want to have it collected from next year, it will cost ?40. It

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is estimated this should save around ?1 million per year. This man has a

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big garden and says he is left with no choice but to pay the new charge.

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He thinks it may prove to be short`sighted. I try to persuade my

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friends and family to recycle and now people are just saying they are

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going to dump things in the black bean and not pay the cost. This will

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just increase landfill. Campaigners have accused the council of wanting

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more waste so that they can justify a gasification terminal.

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Now, if you're one of the many fans of The Great British Bake Off you

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won't need me to tell you that the winner was crowned last night ` and

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it's our very own Frances Quinn from Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

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Frances impressed the judges with a rainbow`style savoury picnic pie and

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her show`stopping three`tier wedding cake, inspired by Shakespeare's A

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Midsummer Night's Dream. The result was announced on BBC Two last night.

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And the winner of the 2013 The Great British Bake Off is France's. I

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think I just wanted to combine my love of designing and baking. I just

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want to go in and collaborate then, bringing the style and substance

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together. I don't know what the future holds but I have so many

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ideas and aspirations so watch this space.

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Frances is going to be with us on tomorrow night's programme to give

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us the inside story on all that is The Great British Bake Off.

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And, keeping with our sweet theme, it's the first in a new series on

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fine foods. Foods that are made and sold locally.

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Tonight I've been to a Nottinghamshire patisserie. Baking

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has been in their blood for generations, but without local

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farmers markets they wouldn't be here today.

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How long have you been baking? 27 years. Edward has been baking longer

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but, here, 27 years. He does everything by hand. He is making

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bread now. Baking is in Edward's blood. It is a skill he learned

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working with his father. A family business going back to the 1860s.

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Not so long ago, the High Street almost destroyed their livelihood.

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We could not have survived in a city centre because the rent was so high.

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But thank God for farmers markets. Farmers markets are becoming more

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popular not only with customers but also with fine foods specialists.

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The keyword is provenance. They like to know they can speak to you

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direct. It is the best way of promoting your food to the consumer.

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Farmers markets, people really want to buy the food. Do you think the

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quality of products sold here is better than the High Street? Yes. It

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is what each individual stallholder specialises in and everything is

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made with love. So, farmers markets have turned out to be the real icing

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on the cake. Business should be flourishing for a long time to come.

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I'm starving. The sport's coming up, plus the

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weather. Kaye's got a special offer on sunshine for one day only. And

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are you happy or sad? I'll be finding out what a survey said about

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people in the East Midlands. Carol is always happy. Now, the

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weather. First football, and Nigel Clough

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says he was disappointed and a little angry at the way he left

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Derby County. Clough was speaking this afternoon as he became the new

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manager at Sheffield United. Nigel was sacked last month after four and

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a half years with the Rams. He brought many up`and`coming, young,

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talented players into the first team and had to drastically cut the wage

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bill. Today, as he became the new boss at Bramall Lane, he admitted he

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did feel let down when he was sacked at Derby. I am disappointed and

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there was an element of anger in there as well. Now, I have to put

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that behind us. I had a great four and a half years in there. I have

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left them in a great position. I'll try to do this same thing here.

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Staying with football, and the misery continues for Notts County.

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They're second from bottom of League One after yet another defeat last

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night. It means Notts have only picked up seven points out of a

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possible 36 so far this season. Manager Chris Kiwomya said they only

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had themselves to blame for the 2`1 defeat at Gillingham. They gave away

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two sloppy goals in the first half an hour. One positive for Notts has

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been the form of on`loan midfielder Callum McGregor. His second`half

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goal a mere consolation though. In League Two, Mansfield had to settle

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for a goaless draw at Berry. The Stags were down to ten men for the

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last 35 minutes after Captain John Dempster was sent off for a tackle.

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They held on for a point though to move them up to seventh in the

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table. Cricket and the Nottinghamshire

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all`rounder Stuart Broad has signed an extension to his contract at

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Trent Bridge. He will be with Notts until the end of the 2016 season. He

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played just three times for the county this summer, but took 15

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wickets and was part of the team that won the YB40 Trophy at Lord's.

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Broad remains centrally contracted with England and flies out to

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Australia today for the Ashes tour. And in women's cricket,

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Nottinghamshire's Jenny Gunn took five wickets for England's today as

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they beat New Zealand by 19 runs in a Twenty20 game in Barbados.

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Finally from me, the Derbyshire`based rider who became

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the youngest ever winner of British Superbikes at the weekend. Alex

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Lowes is just 23 and lives and trains in Derby. Today he was back

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at the garage and celebrating with his team mates, as Kirsty Edwards

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reports. A hero returns. Alex Lowes and his

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team are still coming to terms with his amazing achievement at the

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weekend. It is a great feeling to work so hard and for it to finally

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happen, there are lots of different emotions. Everything about this year

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was great. I will remember it for the rest of my life. He picked up

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the British superbikes title in a gym attic style on the final day of

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the season. The celebrations were made sweeter as earlier this month,

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his twin brother became the world super champion. I felt bad for him.

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He won his championship and I didn't want to get involved in celebrating.

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But now we can chill out together. They both live and train in Derby

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and have been racing since they were six. Today, they watched old BBC

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footage when they were teenagers. We are still as competitive. I still

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want to beat him as much as he wants to beat me and I think that helps us

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get the best out of each other. It is so nice to achieve what we have

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achieved. Looking back, the same arguments are still there over who

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is faster. I bet they are a nightmare at home.

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Now, can you guess which part of the East Midlands is the happiest? The

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Office for National Statistics has for the first time released data on

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life satisfaction in each of the local authorities across our region.

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We sent the ever`cheerful Carol Hinds to the areas that had the

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highest and levels of happiness and anxiety.

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Congratulations. This District Council, according to the Office of

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National Statistics, has the happiest people in the East

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Midlands. So, what makes people here happy?

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Food and sleeping. Sunshine. I'm happy because I'm retired. Grantham

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football club. I'm the leader of the District Council and I'm very

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pleased we are so happy. According to that survey, the

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unhappiest people in the East Midlands live in Ashfield.

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I'm not one of them. I couldn't be happier. I've got my kids and my

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husband. People are very happy around here. I'm happy. It's my

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birthday today. It is a dump. And this is what makes me happy. A

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slice of cake. And some of you've contacted us to

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tell us what makes you happy: Pam Wells from Fleckney says: That's

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easy ` my extended family and wonderful grandchildren.

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Kia Kozoi from Mansfield Woodhouse called us to say that the sun and

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holidays in Norfolk make him happy. A tweet from Proud Emmerdalian says:

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When other people are happy, I'm happy.

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And finally ` we didn't make this up, I promise ` Richard from Derby

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says: Watching Dom and Anne on EMT makes me happy!

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It has been the lovely today. We have had some sunshine and there is

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more on offer tomorrow. It took a while to get the sunshine. We had

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showers this morning but eventually it did come out. We have some

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high`pressure which will keep us fairly quiet for the next 24 hours.

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It will stay dry tomorrow with lots of sunshine and the winds are

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getting lighter. He was the satellite picture. The showers have

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cleared away with the clouds. We will have a dry and clear night. The

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wind is easing. Some mist and followed will form `` mist and fog.

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Tomorrow morning, no blue on the chart. Lots of sunshine. A little

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bit of cloud in the afternoon but we will stay dry and bright all the way

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through the day. A light southerly breeze. Make the most of that,

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though, we have another area of low pressure coming in on Thursday

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night. The clouds and wind and rain will be with us by Friday morning.

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Heavy rain on Friday morning. It should clear out of the way but it

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will stay quite unsettled at the weekend.

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