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

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Tonight, the single punch that destroyed a man's life. Brian Hogan

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is now blind and paralysed. One reckless act, one moment of

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craziness. It is just not worth it. No way.

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Also, the expats whose dream of a life in the sun is in ruins. I

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worked for my pension, and it is all gone. Plus, with hundreds more

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children skipping school, I am at a primary taking a tough stance on

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truancy. And as the Princess Royal pops by,

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and eager puppy steals the show. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's

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programme. First tonight, the victim of a

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drunken attack who was left blind and paralysed is supporting a police

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campaign to tackle a rise in violent crime.

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Brian Hogan was hit in the face with a single punch during a night out in

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the city. He was in a coma for three months and, four years on, is still

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living in a rehabilitation centre. The 36`year`old says that one moment

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snatched his life away from him. And he is now backing

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Nottinghamshire Police's Alliance Against Violence campaign. Sarah

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Teale has the details. This campaign comes in the light of

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new figures which show violence in the county is rising. In the 12

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months up to this June it has gone up by 6%. And the numbers are large.

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We are talking around 13,000 cases of violent crime committed in the

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last year. Of those, almost half resulted in injury. Ironically, this

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campaign comes after a weekend which saw three men stabbed during a fight

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between a group of around 20 people. It happened outside the gate`crasher

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nightclub in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Police say it is exactly that sort of alcohol`fuelled violence they

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want to stop. And one man who knows more than anyone the impact violent

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crime can have is Brian Hogan. Brian Hogan was once fit and active,

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with a promising future. He was on a normal night out with friends in

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Nottingham in 2009 when a single unprovoked punch changed his life

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forever. Today, I am a blind man. I cannot see at all today. I had to

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learn how to walk, and how to talk again, a bit like a baby does. When

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you have to learn those things all over again when you are an adult, it

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is much, much more difficult, it is very hard. Just say when you have

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had enough. You are doing well. Brian 0

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had enough. You are doing well. Brian was in a coma for three

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months. Now 36, he had to move back to Ireland to be near family, and

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lives in a rehabilitation centre. When you go from being a very busy

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professional person, very independent, fiercely independent,

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very active, very sporty and fit, to being in a wheelchair in the dark,

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you would do anything to get your life back on track, really.

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Brian is not the only victim. Since 2001, eight people have died from

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the force of one punch, including 19`year`old Liam, who was hit just

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once outside the Halo club in 2009. His death was described in court as

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another act of senseless city centre violence. Brian's attacker had drunk

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around ten pints before he hit him. The damage you can cause to another

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person, the way you can blow their lives apart, it is massive, really.

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Through one reckless act, one moment of craziness. It's just not worth

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it. No way. The consequences there of just one

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single act of violence. What else will this campaign focus on? It

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focuses on many things, and it runs for three weeks.

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It will look at hate crime, domestic violence and robbery, but the main

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push is to tackle this kind of violence at night, and that is all

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tied in to do with alcohol, and police say a lot of the problem is

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this culture of pre`loading, people who go out and get drunk before they

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have even gone out. They are the people that are most likely to get

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caught up in violence, even as `` either as a victim or an offender.

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Police reckon half of 18 to 35`year`olds do that, get drunk

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before they go out, and the police say a major part of the campaign is

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to stop them from the in the city at all. In the towns and cities you may

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see more officers on the streets, directing people to leave because

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they are too drunk. You will see officers on transport stopping

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people coming into towns and cities because they are already drunk, they

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have brought and guile and drunk to access prior to their night out. We

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have seen some occasional horrendous incidents where one punch has

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destroyed the life of an individual and meant somebody else has got a

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significant prison 0 and meant somebody else has got a

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significant prison sentence. When people have drunk too much alcohol

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they do not make rational decisions, and that can be the end result.

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The police say they want the public's support for their Alliance

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Against Violence. And they will be naming and shaming anyone charged

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with alcohol`related or violent crime in the next few weeks.

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A couple from Rutland whose dream retirement villa is about to be

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demolished say their lives have been ruined.

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Peter and Margaret Hegarty used their life savings of ?150,000 to

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buy the villa. But, to their horror, they discovered it had been built

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illegally. They are now waiting for it to be

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bulldozed and want to warn others about what has happened. Helen Astle

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reports. For Peter and Margaret Hegarty, it

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was their dream home. A villa in Andalusia, where they could spend

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their retirement. Only a year after they moved in, they were told their

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villa had been built illegally, and it would have to be demolished. For

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Margaret, the stress was too much. It took me through to the hospital,

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and they said I had a heart attack. I was in intensive care for a little

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while, and then it happened again. About a year, ten months, later, it

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happened again. After a legal battle the couple moved back to the UK.

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They now live in a rented flat, and they are waiting for their villa to

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be demolished. It has made a difference. Our social life... To

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live in a villa with a big heart and then come back here... It just

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changes everything. You don't have the same money as you had before. We

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don't have any savings now. That makes a big difference as well. The

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couple have lost around ?150,000. Last day, a Spanish court ruled

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their builder should pay them compensation. They are still

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waiting. I worked 30 odd years for my pension, my redundancy money, and

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now it is all gone. Very devastating. It is. In what we? They

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have ruined our life. We have got nothing. This has been hanging over

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us for eight years and it is still dragging on, it does not seem to be

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going away. You see television, people going over to buy cheap

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properties. They are mad. Absolutely mad. Peter and Margaret say they

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don't know what the future holds, but they will never return to Spain.

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Still to come: We heeded the warnings, we battened down the

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hatches, but the wind stayed away. I think I have got some explaining

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to do! It was closer than you think, we can count ourselves lucky. Find

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out what happened with me later on in the programme.

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More details from Kaye later, but, yes, we were lucky. The great storm

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steered away from the East Midlands and we were spared much of the

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anticipated flooding and damage. But we didn't get away scot`free.

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Train services were badly affected and are only now beginning to

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recover. Our chief news reporter Quentin Rayner is outside Nottingham

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station with the latest. 0 Good evening, Quentin. Good evening.

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Tonight, East Midlands Trains is still unable to get any services in

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and out of St Pancras and won't be for the rest of the day. The Midland

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Mainline remains closed between Luton and London in both directions

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while damage is repaired in Hertfordshire. As you can see here,

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trees have fallen onto overhead power lines, and mains power lines

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from pylons have also fallen onto the track. In the last couple of

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hours, the East Coast Mainline has started to get trains in and out of

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Kings Cross. They will be travelling slower between Stevenage and London

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on a reduced timetable. Flooding and fallen trees disrupted commuters

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this morning, including these travelling from Grantham.

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I brought my wife down to catch the 5:44am to London King's Cross. That

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was cancelled. They said to get on the 6:17am to go to Peterborough.

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That would catch the 7am to London. That was cancelled. I have just

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heard it will be four hours before any trains get to London. My husband

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is heading to London, I was just ringing him, so we will see how the

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trains. My train has been cancelled, I have got to wait an hour, so I

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will be late for work. I checked the website this morning but it was

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off`line. The servers have probably crashed through overload.

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So what about tomorrow? East Coast Mainline plan to run as near normal

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a service as possible from tomorrow morning. They do expect some

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retiming but the frequency of trains should be the same. East Midlands

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trains says it is reliant on network rail completing repairs. They say

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they will have teams out all night and are confident there will be a

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full service tomorrow morning on the Midland mainline. Check for updates

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before travelling tomorrow. If you do have a ticket waited for today,

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it will be valid or two days on East Midlands trains and will be valid

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just for tomorrow on the East Coast mainline. Thank you.

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Derbyshire Police have dropped two allegations of rape against

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convicted killer Mick Philpott. It is believed two women who made the

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historic allegations have told police they no longer want to pursue

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their claims. Officers say there is insufficient evidence to put to the

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Crown Prosecution Service. In April, Philpott was found guilty of the

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manslaughter of his six children in a house fire in Derby.

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People living in Loughborough are being asked for their views on plans

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to allow buses through the town centre. A portion of the A6 in the

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town will be pedestrianised as part of a transport scheme costing ?19

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million. Over the next six weeks, Leicestershire County Council wants

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feedback on whether buses should be allowed in the pedestrian area or

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routed away from the town centre. Next, could a railway line axed by

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Dr Beeching in the 1960s provide a much cheaper alternative to HS2? The

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Great Central Railway used to link Nottingham and Leicester with

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London. The idea of re`opening the line has

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been put forward ahead of an updated Government report on HS2, which is

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due out tomorrow. Mike O'Sullivan reports.

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Could the great Central line become great again? These days in our

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region, the great Central line is a ten mile Heritage route between

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Loughborough and Leicester. Axed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s, it once

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ran between Nottingham and London. Now there is an idea that much of

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the great central should become operational once more. It would not

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affect the Heritage line, but the boss says the rest could become an

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alternative to HS2. That is currently costing ?50 billion. The

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government said all parties have got to agree and, if they agree, they

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would support HS2. If that failed and there was then another

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alternative, this looks like a good alternative. The disused great

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Central line would become part of the freight line between the Channel

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Tunnel and Glasgow. The cost, ?6 billion. Services could then be

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carried on upgraded existing passenger routes, says the Labour MP

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behind the plan. I think HS2 is not sensible, personally. I think there

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are all sorts of sensible alternatives. It is not necessary,

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expensive, and we should invest the money in other schemes, including

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the GB frequent. This retired railway worker started as an

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apprentice on the great central. He believes it can be rebuilt. South of

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Leicester, you could use that very well. It would be good for freight

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macro everything. If it did make a comeback, it would be one of the

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great return journeys in railway history. I wonder if that idea will

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fly. Still to come: Notts County looking

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for their eighth manager in the space of just four years.

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Chris Kiwomya departed after Saturday's home defeat at Meadow

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Lane. We'll be talking to Magpies' chief executive Jim Rodwell.

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There has been a marked rise in the number of children skipping school

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here in the East Midlands. Latest figures suggest an extra 2,500

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pupils missed lessons in the past year alone.

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But schools are taking action against truancy. Some are now

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informing parents straightaway, via texts and emails, that their

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children have not turned up. Jo Healey reports.

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If you are the parent of a child here at hillocks primary and your

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child does not turn up for school or skipped lessons, you will instantly

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get a text or an e`mail to let you know. Because they miss school, they

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won't learn anything. When the teacher asks you a question, you

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won't know what to do. You don't really know anything. I think it is

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bad because you won't learn anything and get a good job. Just how bad is

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truancy here in the East Midlands? Recently it went up from 5% to 5.4%.

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That .4% might not sound very much, but, in real terms, that is more

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than 2400 pupils, extra pupils, missing school. But does this really

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help? They see the texts, access their e`mails, see we are continuing

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to raise attendance issues so they know it is a high priority for us as

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a school. Does it work? I think it definitely works. I have just done a

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trail of attendance for the last half term and there were a lot of

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children who have improved their attendance based on the work we have

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done. Many schools have taken up the advantage that this offers and it

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means they can get in touch with parents quickly, find out reasons

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for the absence, and do something about it. And they are doing plenty

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here to try to tackle truancy head`on.

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Of course, everyone here had an exemplary attendance record.

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Including Colin, who is here with the sport.

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Absolutely. Notts County's chief executive, Jim

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Rodwell, has admitted the club's board have not been good at choosing

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managers. Saturday's home defeat was followed by Chris Kiwomya becoming

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the seventh manager to leave in just four years. And today Jim Rodwell

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told me it was all because of results.

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We are very disappointed to see Chris go, he has worked hard and

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been diligent, but at the end of the day we are a result driven industry

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and we have to win games of football. If we don't, it affects

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the business and we have to do something about it. Ultimately, the

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manager becomes the fall guy. Do you have questions to and they hear? If

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we look at your record, no one can blame the club for hands back and

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Steve Cotterell going, they volunteered. And you had Craig Short

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for 4.5 months, Paul Ince for five months, three managers in succession

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all of whom got less than a year. Surely you have got to look at

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yourselves? Without any shadow of a doubt there is a lot of

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soul`searching this weekend. Absolutely right, ie, we as a board

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of directors, choose the managers, and clearly we have not been very

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good at it or we would not be having this conversation again. If you

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listen to a lot of fans, they felt the performance was poor on

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Saturday. Obviously the result was poor. How do you find someone to

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pick that up and turn it around now? I think the players are better

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than they are proving at the moment. There is a lack of confidence. But

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we have got to stick together and try to move forward, to do something

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about it. Fundamentally, will this not be about finding someone and

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giving them two years, no matter what, just letting them do it? You

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can look at it both ways, absolutely. You could give Chris as

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long as you like, but could we also argue that we offered ling while

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Rome burns? We are bottom of the league, we have to do something

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about it. If you change for changes sake? Only time will tell.

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There's no stopping Leicester City at the moment. The Foxes have now

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won their last six Championship games at home and they're up to

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second in the table. Saturday was a special day all round for the club

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as it was their fifth annual Respect day. Kirsty Edwards was there.

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A date for the players to keep their run going, and to promote a cause

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close to the club's heart. Leicester have had at the forefront of

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promoting the FA's Respect campaign, which aims to make names as safe and

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enjoyable for fans as possible. It's all a special mixed zone set up for

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you and Leicester supporters to sit and watch the game alongside

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Bournemouth once. It adds to the sort of integration, if you like.

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They can have some friendly banter, that is what it is about. And there

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is loads going on today, not just the mixed fans but stuff going on

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outside as well? Plenty going on around the place today. Outside the

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stadium, inside, before the game we had presentations, 30`something

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Junior teams parading around, proud as punch. A special day for this

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football club and the kids. If you see the kids now, they are smiling,

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happy. It is just brilliant, it really is. Plenty of respect amongst

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the fans today, and now the players will be hoping to earn it on the

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pitch. The foxes looked bright from the start, lots of early pressure

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saw David Nugent bag his eighth goal of the season. As the half went on,

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Bournemouth got back into the game. By the break, it was all square.

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Leicester are a team high on confidence, though, and fully

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deserved this second`half winner. It lifted them into the automatic

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motion places. Promotion is always the aim, and in previous seasons we

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have not quite gone on to retain that but we will keep working hard,

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and the players are enjoying themselves.

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Elsewhere, Derby County are continue to watch Kalifa Cisse. The Malian

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international is on trial at Pride Park. On the field, Derby failed to

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make it three wins in a row in front of their biggest crowd of the

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season, whilst Nottingham Forest were blown away as the storm came in

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at Yeovil. Mark Shardlow reports. More than 27,000 fans at Derby, but

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it was to be a frustrating afternoon. This mess was followed by

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a lovely chip, and this shot cleared off the line. Ward found the net

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before half`time but it was Derby's only goal. A defensive lapse in the

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second half saw Novak equalised for Birmingham. We had enough

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opportunities and chances to win the game. We didn't. That is football.

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Nottingham Forest were hit by two wonder goals, but in the end a key

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penalty miss cost them dearly at bottom club Yeovil. Simon Cox, the

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man brought down, went on to take the kick. It produced a

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straightforward save from penalty, followed by a marvellous reaction

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from the first rebound and excellent defending for the second. Dobson

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scored his second long`range goal in the frantic end to the first half.

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But two minutes later Forrester on the scoresheet. Within a minute,

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Yeovil extended their lead to 3`1, and that is how it stayed, their

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first home win of the season ending forest's run without defeat. The

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second half, we came up against an outstanding goalkeeper, one man of

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the match. That is what happens in football.

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Meanwhile in League Two, Mansfield lost out to a late`winning goal as

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they hosted Plymouth. The Stags will regret a series of missed chances,

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with Sam Clucas going close in the first half. But deep into the

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second, Plymouth headed past second`choice keeper Liam Mitchell

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to secure the three points. Mansfield, who are five games

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without a win, are 11th in the table.

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Leicester Tigers continued their poor record at London Wasps, going

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down 22`12 yesterday. Tigers boss Richard Cockerill was without lots

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of first`team regulars due to injury and international duty, and it

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showed as the Wasps went over early on. Owen Williams' four penalties

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were not enough for Leicester and they are now six years without a win

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at Adams Park. They stay fifth in the Premiership.

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And the Nottingham Panthers also lost at the weekend, twice. First to

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Belfast on Friday, then at home to Coventry on Saturday. The Panthers

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had come back from 1`0 down to level the scores through Matt Francis. By

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the end of the second period, they had powered to a 4`2 lead with goals

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from Steve Lee and this belter from Bob Wren. But a lacklustre final

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session allowed Blaze to draw level and force overtime. No goals in

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overtime and the Panthers lost 5`4 on penalty shots.

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And that is it, after a very busy weekend.

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Finally, before the weather, one of our military bases hosted a royal

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visit today. The Princess Royal braved the

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blustery conditions to visit the Defence Animal Centre near Melton

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Mowbray in Leicestershire. Paul Bradshaw went along to find out why.

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The Princess Royal officially opening the new military dog kennels

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at the Defence Animal Centre earlier today. The newly built block now

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comprise the National Centre for military canine training. It boasts

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facilities such as central heating, air conditioning, and an acoustic

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roof that reduces noise. It can accommodate up to 200 talks. It

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makes the conditions for success a lot easier to achieve. The dogs are

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kept healthier because they are in better conditions, the days they

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lose due to owners are reduced to a minimum. There is staff morale, the

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staff are indoors in an easy to keep clean Cannell complex and it can

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only be good news. We know that they will have a good welfare for them,

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so it makes the handler a lot happier. The centre trains dogs and

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handlers for a range of duties from searching for explosives to

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security. It is a crucial role in an ever`changing world. If they do not

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get the correct training here, then on operations if they do not do the

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job correctly it could cost lives. The better training here, the better

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handlers they are on operations. Today, they were thereby will

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demand, tomorrow they will follow different commands. `` they work

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their by Royal demand. Lucky dogs with central heating and air

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conditioning! Time now for the weather. I asked

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and down the hatches and took away my wheelie bins. I am pleased to

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hear it! We got away with it. The storm

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tracked further south than we were forecasting. It took the strong

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winds with it. I am sure you have seen the footage of the southern

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half of the UK, but for us we were under the centre of the low, the eye

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of the storm, for much of the night. That is where the wind is

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actually dropped out, so for much of it we had quite light winds, but it

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was not far off, just 50 to 100 miles away. That, in forecast terms,

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is not far at all, so I think we can say we should count ourselves lucky.

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We saw heavy rain, though, over an inch in parts of Leicestershire.

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More autumnal weather to come for the rest of the week. A breezy week,

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for sure, but it will be cooler than recent days. It has been quite

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mild, and there will be some dry weather and perhaps some sunshine to

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cheer things up as well. For the rest of the evening and from tonight

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the showers will fade away. We are dry for a time, with clear skies,

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but the winds are turning more north`westerly through the night,

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with some shallow speeding in on those bruises. Under clearer skies

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tonight we will be a little bit cooler. Tomorrow morning, there will

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be a fuchsia was from the word go. They will continue to spread

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eastwards, but there will not be many of them and there will be

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drier, brighter weather in between them. Feeling cooler, quite a brisk

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wind. Into Wednesday, we have another weather front lurking in the

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wings on Wednesday, which will sweep on later in the day. It starts

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drier, a cool start to the day, but the cloud increasing and the wind

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will pick up and we will see more rain later on Wednesday. Other than

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that, not too bad. Not too bad at all, thank you.

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Very mobile at the moment. We were very lucky.

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We will see you for the late news. Goodbye.

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that's going to present us with the ten grand. When we win it.

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You've just got to make it as bearable

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Here we are in the PR nerve centre of Iceland

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at the end of 96 hours of total hell.

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But we haven't tested for dog or cat either.

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