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Monday. That is all from the

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

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Tonight: Another big step forward in the hunt for Madeleine.

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1600 miles away from the McCanns' home village, the Portuguese inquiry

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into the disappearance of Madeleine is springing back into life.

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Also, Eunice Koroma, agony. Her son was murdered but none of his friends

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will talk. 500 unfilled posts. The hospitals

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now scouring Europe for new nurses. And our Queen of the cakes. France's

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Queen, joins us. Good evening and welcome to the

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programme. First tonight, five years after deciding to close the

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Madeleine McCann case, police in Portugal sensationally reopened

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their inquiries today. Officials in Lisbon say they are following up new

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information after an internal review.

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In England, there's been a cautious welcome to the news from Kate and

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Gerry McCann. Let's join our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner, who's

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in the McCann's home village of Rothley for us. Quentin, how much of

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a surprise is this? Very much so. They are in mind that up until now

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the Portuguese authorities were adamant they would not reopen this

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case without new evidence. And then things started to move very quickly.

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This was only proposed last night but by today the Portuguese Attorney

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General confirmed the case would be reopened. There has also been a

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discreet review going on behind the scenes by Portuguese police officers

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in the north of the country, outside the Algarve. They have carried out

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their own review and this seems to have come from that two and a half

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year review. Everyone is in agreement that this represents a

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triumph for the McCanns and their determination to have the case

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reopened. Kate and Gerry McCann say they are

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pleased that the investigation has been reopened in Portugal. The

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Portuguese shelved their investigation five years ago but now

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they're Attorney General says new lines of inquiry have been

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discovered as a result of an internal review. For a case to be

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reopened there has to be new evidence. Not just looking back at

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things which had already been discovered but new evidence. The

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Portuguese authorities always said they would reopen the investigation

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at that ever happened, although they are not telling us what that lead

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is. The Portuguese inquiry will run separately but in parallel with the

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Metropolitan Police. He was a white man with brown hair. In a

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reconstruction, they said it was vitally important for them to track

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down a man seen carrying a child. Two witnesses saw him and helped the

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police to produce the e`fits of him. I hope this will enable a resolution

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of this terrible thing that happened to the McCann family and saw that

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her parents are able to now finally what happened to Madeleine. The

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Portuguese decision is said to be very significant. It is hoped it

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will answer the questions of the McCanns say they need. Although the

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Met Police welcome this significant development, they also cautioned

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that there is a way to go yet. We have a statement that says this

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development is the best opportunity yet to understand what happened to

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Madeline. Still to come this evening ` Ellie

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takes the plunge. We talk to swimming star Ellie

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Simmonds about her decision to move to Loughborough to train for the

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next Paralympics. A Nottinghamshire man has been

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jailed for life for shaking his partner's child to death. Darryl

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Elliott, who's 30 and from Stapleford, killed 14`month`old

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Amelia Bowmar at their home in Sutton`on` Sea in Lincolnshire last

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year. Police say Elliott had consistently denied harming the

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child. He'll serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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The region's major hospital trusts have all been put in the top three

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bands of risk by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC has drawn up a

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list of high`risk hospital trusts, based on higher than expected death

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rates, staffing levels and patient satisfaction. The Sherwood Forest

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Trust ` including Kings Mill Hospital ` is in the highest risk

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band along with the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust.

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Nottingham University Trust is in the second highest band. And Derby's

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in the third. Some of those hospitals revealed

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today that they are having real trouble recruiting nurses.

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More than 500 posts are unfilled in the East Midlands so hospital bosses

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are having to scour Europe, and beyond, for more staff. Rebecca

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Sheeran has this report. They play a vital role caring for

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patients and yet there is a shortage of nurses in our region. Campaigners

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call it the biggest crisis in nurse recruitment for a generation. It is

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a major problem. Crucial care can only be delivered by nurses and this

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is a problem, especially in winter. In the Leicester, there are 300 jobs

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to fill. In Nottingham, they need 200. In Derby, there are only 27. In

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Kingsmill they don't have the final figures but they are looking to

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recruit. Here, the chief nurse needs to make huge strides to increase the

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level of nurses. Staffing levels were not meeting the needs of

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patients and we have to sort out where we are getting the nurses

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from. This isn't the first time that NHS trusts have recruited from

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abroad. 14 years ago, nurses came from old area and the Philippines.

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It is hard to find nurses in the UK because, despite unemployment, it is

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a hard job to train for. Some people disagree. There has been a total

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lack of forward planning for this. A lot of nurses I have spoken to got

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fed up working in the NHS and went to the private sector. That should

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not have happened. The trust admit that recruitment won't happen

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overnight and they're putting key staff in place as they face a tough

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winter. So, local hospitals in our region

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may be having to recruit from abroad to fill vacancies but that doesn't

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mean that no`one here wants to follow a nursing career.

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In fact, the University of Derby says it's been inundated with

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applications for their nursing course. Navtej Johal reports.

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To become a nurse, you need patience, compassion and, these

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days, a university degree. It may seem that demand for nurses in the

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East Midlands is due to a lack of people entering the profession but

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according to a survey, that is not the case. We had around 1300

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applications, which is good in terms of being able to select the best

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doorstop there is no shortage of demand. The demand for places has

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also been fuelled by a high percentage of graduates getting jobs

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at the end of the course and having their tuition fees paid. Everyone

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from my family is in a nursing and caring background and it has always

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excited me. You must have care and compassion, you have to be

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courageous and committed. Without those values, you are not likely to

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enter into the profession. There are a lot of people who go on to Erin

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more than I ever will not when they come home they won't have job

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satisfaction. I will love what I do. The number of places assigned to a

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university's nursing course are now set.

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For now, these students hope to be filling vacancies when they graduate

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in three years' time. The mother of a Leicester man shot

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dead at a music event has pleaded with his friends to help bring his

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killer to justice. So far, the friends of Sylvester

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Koroma, who were with him when he was shot, have refused to talk to

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police. Now Eunice Koroma has given an emotional interview to our

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reporter Sarah Teale. He was a lovely son, a lovely dad

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and lovely brother. It has just broken my life into pieces for

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losing my eldest son. Eunice Koroma is in the depths of grief. She is

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preparing to bury her son, knowing that his friends, who hold the clue

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to finding his killer, haven't spoken to police. How those people

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can look at me and say they are grieving and not come forward to the

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police to bring these people to justice. He was shot in the stomach

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outside this Birmingham nightclub on August of the 10th. Police say the

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key to finding his killer lies in Leicester. Sylvester's family and

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the police say that the friends who were with him when he was shot

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should examine their conscience. If they were happy to be with him when

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he was alive, they should not desert him now that he is dead. It will

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bring closure, although I know it will never bring him back to life.

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But it will give us closure. Yes, his life is gone but the person

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responsible should be charged for what he has done. Police want to

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reassure any witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

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A Zimbabwean grandmother who's lived in Leicester for more than a decade

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is expected to be deported in the next few minutes. Evenia Mawongera

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was detained last month after reporting to the UK Border Agency in

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Loughborough. Supporters have been campaigning for her to stay and say

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they fear for her safety if she returns to her home country. She's

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had several applications for asylum turned down.

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There's been a big rise in shoplifting in Nottinghamshire.

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Figures released by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner show a

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25% increase ` the fourth highest in the country. Nearly 3300 offences

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were recorded in the first six months of this year.

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Next tonight, the people who ring 999 for the most ridiculous of

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reasons. Derbyshire Police today released the recording of one such

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call ` a woman who wanted help with a spider in her house.

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Officers say a third of 999 calls made are not genuine emergencies.

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And they can prevent important calls from getting through. From Ripley,

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Simon Hare reports. A 999 call comes into the Derbyshire

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police control room but not all the calls received are genuine

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emergencies. We receive something like 400 calls

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her day and around one third of those are not emergencies and some

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of them aren't even policing matters. Other recent examples

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included someone reporting a letter sent to the wrong address, plus a

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woman and a teenage girl were recently prosecuted for making more

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than 400 hoax calls. We are not trying to put people off calling us.

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Don't be afraid to call the police. But if you don't think it is an

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emergency, don't call 999. Sometimes we can even mess cols as a result

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and people are in danger. Today is the anniversary of the introduction

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of the 101 nonemergency number. Hopefully, in future people will

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understand when to use each number. For some communities, the great

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British local is becoming a thing of the past. Hundreds of pubs are going

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out of business every year. So, in order to survive, many are starting

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to branch out beyond beer and pub grub.

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A Leicestershire pub has now joined in the trend. The Queen's Head in

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Saddington has just opened the only shop in the village, as Simon Ward

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reports. With help from the former England

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and Nottinghamshire cricketer Chris broad, The Queen's Head pub farm

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shop was opened. It comes at a time that a survey claims that 20 pubs

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close every day in the UK. Gone are the day that pubs just open and

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people walk through the door. You have to make sure that you are doing

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little things like a farm shop. The public will make a lot of food for

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the shop which will open from nine until seven. It saves having to

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travel to other places. This shop is trying a different business method.

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Bartering. People have even paid with the pheasants. This pub is now

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even more part of the community as it serves as a for older people.

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Back in Leicestershire, it is hoped of the pub and shop will thrive. You

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can have a pint of beer and then go next door for a pint of milk.

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Talking of food ` which we nearly always are these days ` look at

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these! Cakes. But these aren't just any

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cakes ` these are Frances Quinn cakes. Frances, from Market

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Harborough, was a bit of a dark horse in this year's Great British

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Bake Off. But she romped home in style. Frances will be joining us

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live later in the programme. Sport now.

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Derby County manager Steve McClaren says young Liverpool defender Andre

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Wisdom will be tested by his move to the Rams. Wisdom is on a season`long

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youth loan and a lot is expected of him ` he's already made first team

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appearances for Liverpool. So I asked McClaren if he was the real

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deal. We'll soon find out. I think this is a big test for players who

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come from big clubs on loan. It is difficult. They have to handle the

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championship, a new dressing room, a new way of play. We are hoping, with

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the mature T he has shown in his performances for Liverpool and

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England under`21s, he will fit right in.

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At Nottingham Forest, we've had confirmation of Dexter Blackstock's

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loan move to Leeds United. Leeds announced his arrival on a

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three`month deal this afternoon. And in Rugby, Leicester Tigers boss

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Richard Cockerill reckons he will be without more than an entire team's

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worth of players for the weekend's trip to Wasps. Tigers have been hit

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by lots of injuries, and now by international call ups. But

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Cockerill insists his squad can cope.

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I have no interest in those who can't play this week. My only focus

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is getting the guys who are available to play. I am only

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concerned with the guy who will play for us this weekend. They are a good

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bunch. They will want to play with us and they will be hard to beat.

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Swimmer Ellie Simmonds has moved base to train at the university's

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world`class facilities and be closer to her family ahead of the next

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Paralympics. She's been speaking to Jessica Creighton.

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Ellie Simmonds has never been far from the spotlight. At just 13 years

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old, she won double Paralympic gold in ageing in 2008. When she repeated

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the feat last year in London, it brought about fame, red carpet and

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an OBD. 13 months on, she is aiming for a new glory. After London I

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thought I needed a new chapter and a new challenge. I am based in the

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Midlands, it is where my home is, in Aldrich. I wanted to move closer to

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home because I was fed up with travelling three hours to get home.

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Lost brother is becoming a hot spot for Britain's Paralympians. Johnny

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Peacock moved here after his gold last summer. It is also the home of

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British swimming so Ellie now has other swimmers as training partners.

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Here, I train with a group of 20 or 25 able`bodied athletes. It is a lot

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different and individual cultures are different. Steven and Billy are

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different people with different philosophies. A new environment and

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a changing coach could have been daunting but she is enjoying a fresh

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challenge and still smiling. From one great champion to another.

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It has huge viewing figures, it's hosted by a middle` aged man and a

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lady in her 70s and it's turning us into a nation of bakers. It is of

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course the Great British Bake Off ` the BBC programme that's captivated

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viewers of every age. If you're a fan, you'll know that

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Tuesday was the final. And the winner is here with us this evening

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` Frances Quinn from Market Harborough, who wowed the judges

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with her show`stopper wedding cake. Before we talk to her and eat her

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cakes let's have a quick look at part of her baking journey.

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The programme said that France's proved to be the most creative baker

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ever to set foot in the tent. Her designs impressed everyone. But,

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according to Paul, her flavours didn't always. But she had nailed it

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by the final. That's fantastic. What is annoying as you were ten minutes

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from perfection. But the perfection of her designs were even held up as

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a benchmark for the other bakers. You have come up with something that

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looks like Frances Quinn made it. But it was this show stopper that

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turned out to be the making of Frances Quinn. The winner of the

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2013 The Great British Bake Off is Frances.

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You looked as though you were about to collapse. Watching it now, I get

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goose bumps. You looked so pale and shattered by that time. It was the

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longest eight we had done. Six hours. You could have done to

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marathons in that time. It had been such a long ten weeks and to finally

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get to the end, I think, it was just... You had to do tasks that

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took you by surprise. The pretzels, for instance. I'm familiar with

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eating them but... Being at the front of the tent for a

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technical wasn't good. It was more obvious that you are trying to see

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it was going on behind you. Was that one of the most difficult things? It

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was one of the most tricky technicals. He said they were lovely

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shaped rolls but not pretzels. We have got to look at what did it for

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you. Your show stopper was... Were you pleased? I was. It was almost as

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tall as the tree itself. It was only really the last half an hour of that

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it came together. When we started, six hours seems like such a long

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time but we all knew it would go quickly. You have such a fantastic

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eye for detail and design. The biscuits you brought him today. I

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get ideas coming in at every angle. What will you do now? I would love

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to combine the two together and do something very different with baking

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and design and use of these ideas. Thank you so much for coming in.

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Congratulations. Time for the weather.

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It has been a super day with some beautiful sunshine, thanks to some

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high pressure which has calmed things down. Unfortunately, the

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weather is on the move again. Low pressure coming in tomorrow means it

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will become wet and windy. In wet start tomorrow but the rain will

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clear for some brightness in the afternoon. Still fairly warm for the

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time of year. It has been quite a fine end to the day. The wind is

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starting to pick up now and the cloud will increase to the early

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hours of the morning. Rain will arrive to the end of the night. A

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much milder night than last night. Tomorrow morning, a Saudi start to

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the day `` soggy. In the sunshine, it should feel quite pleasant. For

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Saturday, it looks as though it will be the driest day of the week. A lot

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of cloud but fairly easy. Some rain forced Saturday night. A mixture of

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sunshine and blustery showers on Sunday. For Sunday night into

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Monday, the potential for some stormy weather.

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Can we try them? Of course. Goodbye. This is Malcolm, who owns Iceland.

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He's the one that's going to present us with

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the ten grand. When we win it.

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