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

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Tonight ` a teenager says he wrote about committing a school massacre

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as a response to bullying. The 17`year`old is accused of planning

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bomb and gun attacks in Loughborough. Targeting drug

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dealers, Leicester's crime commission believes Operation Tiger

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will make a difference. It makes a big difference. We are putting a lot

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of effort into this. Security is tight here as planners meet to make

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the final decision on whether two traveller sites should go ahead.

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Plus imagine making a living out of chocolate. We need an award`winning

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chocolatier from a tiny village in Leicestershire.

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Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First tonight, a Loughborough

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teenager's told a terror trial that he wrote about committing a school

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massacre because it helped him cope with bullying. The 17`year`old said

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he was influenced by notorious killers who'd been victims of

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bullies. But he said he didn't intend to act on the plans. Our

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social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, is at the Old Bailey. What did

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you hear about his time at school? He said he had been upset by months

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of name`calling, he had been called a Nazi, fascist and racist and that

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is what prompted that document which he called plans and tactics for the

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new Columbine. He was asked why he wrote it?

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What did he say about the other potential targets he had named? We

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heard it was partly motivated by ideology. He had written about what

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he called the Islamic invasion of Europe and that is white

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Loughborough mask was at the top of the list of targets. He said he felt

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intimidated when walking past it. He had a hit list of personal targets

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and that they included two of the friends he had been testing those

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bombs with. He said he had chose them because they had fallen out. He

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said this was not a genuine plan, it simply was not real. He also spoke

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about his interest in mass killings. We had to surely about a book he

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bought in a market in Loughborough. It is called spree killers and the

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teenager said it influenced what he did, what he wrote and what he wore

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because he related to the way some of those killers had been bullied.

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He insisted he would never do it himself and did not agree with what

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he had done. A major crackdown on drug dealing

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and anti social behaviour has started across Leicester,

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Leicestershire and Rutland. It's the biggest operation to take place

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since the Police and Crime Commissioner took office one year

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ago. Three days into Operation Tiger, 28 people have already been

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arrested as Eleanor Garnier reports. It is 6:45am. Highfield in Leicester

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and a police raid the home of a suspected drug dealer. One of nine

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warrants being carried out today as part of the new Operation Tiger.

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These early morning raids of what the police and crime Commissioner

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wants to see more Rolph, reassuring the community that the police are

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tackling anti`social behaviour and arresting drug dealers. And this is

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what the officers came out of the house with. If we have the

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intelligence to suggest there are drugs inside the address, if we were

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to door knock, we would lose that amount of evidence. It is very hard

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then to claw that back. This intense police activity will last if few

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weeks. This morning, the police and crime Commissioner was here to see

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it all himself. Will this make a difference? Absolutely, it makes a

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big difference. We are putting a lot of effort into this. You cannot

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sustain this because there will be over time, a lot of people diverted

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from other jobs but it is a thoroughly good thing to do to get

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out there for a period and make a big difference. It is all costing

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the force more but as long as they are putting criminals behind bars

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and protecting communities, the police say it is money well spent.

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Cancer experts in Nottingham have discovered a new way to diagnose and

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treat breast cancer. Researchers have identified seven distinct types

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of breast cancer and it's hoped, in the future, it'll mean treatment can

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be better targeted. Further studies are still being carried out, but

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it's likely these tests could be available in hospitals within two

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years. We can target specific treatment to those classes of breast

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cancer, whereas before they would be a one size fits all strategy whereas

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now you can give a much more personalised plan of treatments.

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Road works which caused major disruption on a main route into

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Nottingham have finished early. The tram works on the A52 at Bardills

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Island had been due to last for two weeks, finishing on Sunday. It meant

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there was no access from the motorway and all approaches to the

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roundabout were reduced to one lane. But they all reopened this morning.

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Officials say last week's good weather meant the work was completed

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ahead of schedule. Still to come: Derbyshire police

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face more scrutiny over the killing of a pregnant mother and her young

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son. In a Commons debate tonight, an MP will claim that officers failed

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to warn Rachael Slack about the danger she faced from an ex`partner.

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Thousands of people have signed petitions opposing them, but

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decisions are expected shortly on whether to allow two new official

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gypsy and traveller sites in Leicester. Protestors are voicing

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their fears at a special city council meeting this evening where

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the plans are being discussed. Jo Healey's there for us now. Jo,

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what's the latest? To give you some idea of the strength of feeling over

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this, the venue for tonight 's meeting has been moved from

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Leicester's town hall to a larger centre in Highfields. The police and

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extra security guards have seen `` been drafted in here to keep order.

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Here is what is provoking all that thanks to. Let's take a look at what

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the sites are. The City Council wants to put six pictures at

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Greengate Lane. The other is at Redhill Way. Feelings are mixed.

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Burglaries, rubbish, they are just not civilised. A lot of people have

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a bad opinion on them and not all of them make a mess or litter and

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stuff, so they can't all be judged for that. We have some really nice

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ladies that come in. This is one of the two areas they want to develop,

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but here the travellers are not keen. The family that lives here has

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done so for five years and Powell read they do not want it to be

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developed because it means are the families would live here and they

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would pay more rent. Someone has sprayed here something offensive to

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the community. They are race of people and they are a community

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alongside all the different communities we have in Leicester. No

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how much do they need these pictures? They desperately need them

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because they have nowhere legally to stay and they want to be classed as

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a community. This has been a problem for some years and residents have

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been pressing the council to come up with a solution. The problem we feel

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is this is not the best solution and it is more of a political decision

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that a planning decision. That all`important planning decision is

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due at some tonight. The number of people filing for

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bankruptcy in Nottinghamshire has gone up 37 per cent in the past

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decade. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Nottingham says it sees people

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every day who are on the verge of financial collapse. Across

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Nottinghamshire 625 people filed for bankruptcy last year.

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Nottingham's Jake Bugg will find out tonight if he's won this year's

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Mercury Music Prize. The singer and guitarist from Clifton is one of a

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dozen artists short listed for the prestigious award. Jake's new album

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was recorded in America and is released on the 18th of November. In

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February he'll be performing in Nottingham ` part of a UK tour.

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An MP is to claim in a Commons debate later tonight that failings

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by Derbyshire police contributed to the stabbing of a pregnant mother

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and her child. The Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills says the police failed

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to warn Rachael Slack of the dangers she faced once her ex`partner was

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released on police bail. Let's find out more from Westminster, and our

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Political Editor John Hess. At the heart of tonight's

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parliamentary debate is whether the police have enough powers and

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whether they react effectively enough when someone with a history

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of mental illness breaches their police bail conditions. That had

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tragic repercussions in this cottage in the village of Holbrook three

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years ago. Rachael Slack, who was pregnant, and her son, who was

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almost two, were killed by her former partner. Andrew Cairns was on

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police bail with a condition not to contact Rachael. It was revealed at

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an inquest hearing that she had warned Derbyshire police her

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concerns about her former partner and his mental health.

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With me is the Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills, who's secured tonight's

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special parliamentary debate. You get the chance to question a Home

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Office minister about this tragic case, what's the main cause for

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concern for you? The main concern is that a young woman with a child were

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murdered by her former partner despite the police knowing of that,

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despite him having a mental health issue. It links to be a terrible

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failure of various agencies. But this is more about the failings of

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Derbyshire police and their procedure. The inquest found against

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Derbyshire police that they had contributed in some way to this

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tragic event. The question here is how the police interact with other

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agencies and perhaps some stronger action could have been taken. The

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coroner at the inquest said an incident like this must not happen

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again, so what is needed to ensure that? We can look at tightening the

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laws so the police can have more powers if someone breaches their

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police bail, but the key thing the police working with the mental

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health team to know the full facts to make a fully informed of risk

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assessment to protect people? A Home Office minister will respond

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to Nigel Mills' debate tonight. That will be an indication whether the

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Government believes this tragic case requires changes in police bail

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procedures, or not. The rising cost of energy is the

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biggest story for politicians today and this afternoon, David Cameron

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and Ed Miliband clashed on the subject during prime minister's

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questions. The heated exchange between the party leaders comes as

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the University of Nottingham completed its latest eco`house. It's

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one of seven properties which could improve energy efficiency and bring

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down our fuel bills. Carol Hinds reports.

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This is green close at the University of Nottingham. It has

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taken 13 years to design and build seven homes with a range of

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energy`saving measures, like this still frame house. It does not have

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stone or brick work to leak heat. You no we should be using the sun to

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heat our water, generate electricity. There is lots of south

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facing blazing bring that heat into the home. All of this is freely

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available for us. Today during Prime Minister 's questions, the political

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heat over energy is rising. How will the report how people pay their

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bills? We want a competition enquiry that stars straightaway. As the

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debate rages on, researchers at the University are already monitoring

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alternative ways of heating our homes. With the house we have here,

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it is one of the first zero carbon homes and in order to do that we

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needed to move away from gas central heating. This is a biomass boiler

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using woodchip pellets as fuel. One of the best ways of making a home

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energy efficient is to inflate. It is the teller knowledge you cannot

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see which is the most important. `` technology. Coming up with good

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solutions. Better insulation and greater use of solar and wind power

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are among the energy solutions of the future.

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Still to come tonight: rich, smooth and award`winning. Not Dom but one

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family's latest venture ` local chocolates for local shops. I would

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love a bit of chocolate now! Time for the support.

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First, what a night for Leicester City last night. They're through to

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the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup after beating Premier League

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Fulham in a seven goal thriller. Kirsty Edwards reports.

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There is no rest for these players. They were back on the training

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ground today. A more strenuous work`out. All of them buzzing about

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a fantastic performance last night. Fulham had made a number of changes

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to their team but so had Leicester and when they fell behind in the

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18th minute, heads certainly did not drop. As half`time approached, the

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foxes took control. So too `1 up at the break and early

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in the second half they were further in front. Back came for 11 just a

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minute later, they reduced the deficit. And there were just three

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minutes to go, the game looked going into extra time. Leicester had other

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ideas. Their raise a to get the nurse

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within the group this year `` togetherness which we possibly did

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not have at the same level before. We deserve to win but a good game of

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football. An important for us in the centre we maintain what has been a

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good start to the season. Leicester will find out who they face in the

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quarterfinals later tonight. Forward Paul Gallagher has joined Preston on

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loan until January. Onto Notts County who say they have

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narrowed the search down for a new manager to three of four candidates.

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Chris Kiwomya was sacked at the weekend. Last night, under caretaker

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boss Steve Hodge, they earned a long`awaited League One victory at

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home to Oldham. Jessica Creighton was there.

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The manager gone and bottom of the league, so who do the fans want to

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see in charge? I heard Danny Wilson might be the best of a bad bunch. I

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am hoping Danny Wilson. Danny Wilson is top of the list and he is also a

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favourite with the bookies. Second favourite is Steve Hodge and Brian

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Kerr. It is their first game since Chris Kiwomya left, and a chance to

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prove themselves. A great start from Notts. On the stroke of half`time,

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Notts were an done at the back and Oldham pulled level but the home

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side did not panic and after 15 minutes, they regained the lead. Top

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scorer Cal mag Notts held on for their third win in

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14 games. Tonight we had a bit more and we were not lucky, we deserved

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it over all but it was hard in the end.

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Cricket and Nottinghamshire's Chris Read has signed a new two year

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contract. He's announced he's giving up the one day captaincy though, but

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will carry on leading the side in the County Championship.

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Now he has been knighted, revolutionised British cycling and

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masterminded two Tour de France triumphs, but today Sir David

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Brailsford came back home and for a special reason. Dave, who was born

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in Derby, was here to see the new Velodrome which is being built just

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behind Pride Park. Dave is Britain's cycling performance director.

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Tomorrow on the programme we'll have a cycling special as Sir Dave sees

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inside for the very first time. It was really exciting, so looking

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forward to that tomorrow. To my mind, there are few things

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better in life than chocolate, so you don't get much better than the

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next part in our series on fine foods. The art of the chocolatier is

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not a simple one. To make the perfect chocolate takes time and

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experience. And to actually source the cocoa bean too takes real

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commitment. But tucked away in a small Leicestershire village is a

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couple who've done just that. Here we are. This is a typically

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English cottage in a beautiful Leicestershire village but inside it

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is a chocolate Emporium. And it is in this call, purpose`built workshop

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that Jerome makes his chocolate. It is quite a family affair. This is

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Jerome's Malm and his wife is in charge of marketing. We print

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everything, cut everything, glue everything so it is all done

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in`house. This personal touch is reflected in the markets they sell

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to. They are not interested in big contracts with huge retailers. To

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them, local is where it is at. The furthest we sell is 40 miles away

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but generally speaking they are within 7`8 miles away. To keep the

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whole process as close as they could come at the couple set off for Costa

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Rica. We wanted to go to the very basics of chocolate and learn all

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about it from the people who farm, the process it goes through, which

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is extremely long, so we know what it has gone through when it has come

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to us. What they really want is to source the beans from this

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plantation and make the chocolate over here. For now, they are

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concentrating on the chocolate in hand but how did this start? I love

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chocolate so I wanted to go on a course and Jerome agreed to go with

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me and it all started from there. With two golds from the great taste

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awards, they are hoping the sweet taste of success will continue for

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some time to come. Is there really a huge difference

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between really posh chocolate like that and the other stuff? There

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really is. It is all about the purity.

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Food for thought, it has been a beautiful day today, some autumn

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sunshine. But once again, that weather is on the move. It is not

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sticking in one place for too long. A little ridge of high pressure gave

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us sunny weather today but all changing once again. We have seen

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the cloud increasing, the winds picking up and a few splodges of

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rain. The rain will move eastwards and it will clear out of the way by

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around midnight. Behind that, the skies were clear and we will see the

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wind is starting to ease so there will be missed and fog forming

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during the early hours of tomorrow. Lows of around seven or eight

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Celsius. Tomorrow morning will start off murky. The mist and fog will

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clear fairly quickly. Dry and bright weather through the morning but the

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showers will pack into the afternoon. If you get a shower, they

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will be on the heavy side. Temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees.

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There will be some showers lurking around tomorrow evening. They will

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fade away and then it is back to the drawing board. Another West ``

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weather system pushing out from the south. A wet day on Friday. Into the

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weekend, Saturday at the moment looks like being dry. Wet and windy

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on Saturday evening and showers by Sunday. But today was lovely.

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Absolutely beautiful. Late news at 10:30pm. Goodbye.

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Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.

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I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,

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I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.

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In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.

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We will still eat and we will still have heating

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It's just maybe the quality of the food that we eat

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may not be as good as what we're eating at the moment.

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