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

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Tonight, the hunt for a killer who shot a man dead at the barbers.

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A decade ago, Nottingham was plagued by a gun crime. One of the victims,

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a father, Omar Watson. Now police are renewing appeals to find his

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killer. Also tonight 0

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killer. Also tonight a big rise in rent

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arrears. Streingling tenants blame the bet room tax. You feel it is

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never going to end. You're struggling all the time. Plus a

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mum's fears over plans to close award treating post`natal

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depression. Ultimately what can happen with situations like this,

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mothers or babies can die. One of the biggest names in sport

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opens one of the biggest diabetes centres in the world. A subject

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close to his heart. 0 Welcome to Thursday's programme. The

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widow of a man shot dead in a shoot can ten years ago described how hard

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life is raising their two children without him. Chantel Watson was

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seven months pregnant when her husband Omar was murdered. His

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shooting is an unsolved case from one of the most notorious periods in

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Nottingham's history. His family say they haven't been able to move on

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for the past decade because they haven't seen justice done. Sarah

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Teale reports. Nottingham, a decade ago, a city

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plagued by gun crime. It ernt an unwelcome reputation. One of the

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victims during that time was father`of`two Omar Watson. The

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24`year`old was shot dead in November 2003 in Radford. Omar was

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sitting and waiting to have his haircut. The gunmen simply walked in

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and shot him dead. This is a busy road. It was 1.00 on a Friday

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afternoon. Yet, despite that, police received not a single phone call.

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They were greeted with a wall of silence and even though Nottingham

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was at the height of its troublts, that was highly unusual. ``

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troubles. Up to 2003 we had a large number of people who were injured

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and killed by firearms. At the height, we had maybe ten firearm

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related murders in 16 months. There was a really negative perception of

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Nottingham around gun crime. We are ten years on, allegiances may have

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changed. People move on in their lives. I'm convinced someone in

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Radford knows the people responsible. I want to bring

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sloeshure. Chantel Watson was 28 and pregnant with their second child

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when she was told the terrible news. She said the whole family needed to

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know who killed Omar. I think that would be closure. It 0

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know who killed Omar. I think that would be closure. It would be an

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answer for my boys. I think it would help, yeah. Some justity to come for

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Omar and his sons. A teenage girl who was in the barbers around the

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time of the shooting is one witness the police are keen to trace. A

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?10,000 reward is on offer for any information leading to an

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conviction. Sarah, have police ever stabbed a motive for Omar's murder?

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They haven't. That's down to the fact no`one's come forward and

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broken their silence on this. Omar was shot the year before he was

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murdered. Two men were charged in connection with that. Omar was due

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to be a witness in that court case but he was murdered before that case

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ever got to court. When it did, the two men were acquitted. Police say

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they are not necessarily linking those incidents. They are keeping an

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open mind. But they hope someone at the time who was unwilling to speak

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to the police may have changed their minds as time has gone on and they

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will be able to come forward now with information which will help

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them soefl this case. Thank you. Next tonight, Housing Associations

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in the East Midlands has seen a rise in the number of tenants falling

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behind with their rent because of the introdushings of bedroom tax.

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Quarterly figures show in Nottingham, arrears stand at nearly

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?200,000. The numbers are not adding up for

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Sue Allen. Six months into the Government's welfare reforms and

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she's already feeling the pinch. A council tenant from Bullwell, Sue's

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nearly two months behind on her rent. You look at everything you

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have to pay out each week, each month, you think if I don't pay that

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there will be interest charges. It has to be refrnt one week that might

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have to go. Then you have arrears. The following time you go to pay the

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rent not only have you got the rent to pay but arrears to pay on top of

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it. Sue isn't alone. Taents affected by the single occupancy tax in

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Leicester owe nearly ?50,000 in rent. In Derby over ?90,000 is paid

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while it is around ?200,000 in Nottingham. Housing Associations say

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they are doing everything they can to help tenants avoid being evicted.

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They admit it is a serious problem and one they predicted would happen

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before the bedroom tax came into force. We feel this was a policy

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developed on the hoof, in a rush. Changes to welfare benefits need to

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be carefully thought through. We think it is 0

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be carefully thought through. We think it is a daft policy. Despite

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extra support for tenants, the pressure's on for local authorities.

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My prediction is it will make a lot of people suffer. A lot more

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hardship. Bills and arrears will go up. There will be evictions. We will

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do our best. It will cost the council tax payer money to support a

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lot of people. I cannot see an end until they reverse the legislation.

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As the rent arrears mount, so does the criticism aimed at the

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Government. But the Department of Work and Pensions says the reforms

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are still in their early stages and local councils have been given

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millions of pounds to help vulnerable taents. For people like

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Sue, that's little comfort as she struggled to make ends meet.

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Still to come: Tough times for children. A charity warns youngsters

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struggle to cope when adults fall ill, lose their jobs or break up.

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Before that, notes shire police have released new video footage of a

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Doctor Who went missing almost a week ago. The family of Elizabeth

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Kinston sister Beeston are desperate for her to return home. It is

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believed she is suffering from postnatal depression.

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It is one of the last confirmed sightings of Elizabeth Kingston.

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Friday 1st November she walks past this pub. From a different angle,

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she's seen putting on a dark woollen hat. A few minutes later, she walks

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up towards Nottingham train station. Detectives first thought she may

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have taken a train but now believe she may have walked past the station

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and could still be in Nottinghamshire. Her family are

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naturally very worried. The mother`of`two girls was on maternity

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leave after having 10`month`old girl. It is thought she may have

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post`natal depression. We need her back. She's the most important

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person. Please come back, Lizzie. We just need you back. Please come

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home. The police have also released these pictures of the same type of

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pink`hooded Topliss Beth was wearing. They are desperate to know

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she's safe. Police hope this video will prompt anyone who has seen her

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to get in contact. Meanwhile, a mother in

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Leicestershire who has battled post`natal depression is fighting to

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save a specialist mental health unit to help other patients. The

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perinatal facility in Leicester is due to close because it doesn't meet

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the NHS standards. The nine`month`old twins get

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everywhere at home. Mum has fought post`natal depression. It is not

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necessarily about the children, it is about what's going on in your

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head. She's campaigning to stop next year's planned closure of the parry

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natal inpatient 0 year's planned closure of the parry

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natal inpatient beds for pregnant women and those with babies under

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one. There are three beds at the one. There are three beds at the

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Knowing that facility is there is Knowing that facility is there is

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comforting. The NHS said over the past few years only 13 women a year

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have been admitted and it no longer meets modern stabbed Ards. We have a

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specialification which means they need dedicated staff open 24 seven

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for emergency access. It needs staffing and restructuring. It is a

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huge amount of investment in these cash`strapped times. Claire knows

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there are alternative fast youths in Nottingham and Derby with you says

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it 0 0 Nottingham and Derby with you says

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it is not reasonable to expect vulnerable women to always travel

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The the financial impact it will have on families. When women are

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feeling vulnerable and guilty, you get guilt with depression. It

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wouldn't help you. The trend in the NHS is for fewer, bigger more

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specialised centres. It can be a difficult sell convincing people its

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worth travelling further. A an 0

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worth travelling further. A an inquest into the death of a

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four`year`old girl attacked by a dog in Leicestershire has been opened

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and adjourned. Lexi Branson was killed by the family bulldog. Her

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mothering tried to save her by stabbing the dog. The bulldog came

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from a local rescue centre and is not a breed listed under the

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Dangerous Dogs Act. A Nottinghamshire teacher has been

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sent to prison for more than three years for sexual activity with a

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child. 23`year`old Mark Haywood was a maths teacher. He was newly

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qualified when the grooming and sexual offences came to light

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earlier this year. Haywood is on the sex offenders and is banned from

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working with children for the rest of his life.

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A charity warns more children across our region are facing tough times as

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adultses lose their jobs, are ill or split up.

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Action for Children says one group which increasingly needs help are

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young careers who look after parents or other family members. What do we

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use the knife for? It is lunch time in Derby, the head chef is making

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sure four meals are prepared. In this case, the head chef is bobby,

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she is making Sher her brother mother and mother's carer are fed. I

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went to bed, woke at 4.00 in the morning completely paralysed. Not

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been able to scratch me knob or move which was really, really scary.

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Surgery's given Nicky some mobility back but two `` for go years bobby's

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had to do everything. I watch her hair, look after my brother. In the

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morning's I make his breakfast. Since August, the family get 12

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hours paid help. Bob jig gets some respite from Action for Children.

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But the charity says life for young careers is getting tougher. When

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people are losing their jobs, circumstances are difficult. Local

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authorities are less able to provide services, it adds another level of

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pressure to families which adds another sense of extra work for

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young people and extra things for young people to cope with. They do

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it because they love you. They don't want to see you in pain. There are a

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lot of children that are doing the roles of parents, really. Getting

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used to it. It's really fun cooking dinner. Really fun. What a lovely

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young lady. The Westfield shopping centre in

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Derby is to be sold. The site was the first development in the UK by

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the Westfield company in 2007. It is described as a solid performing

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asset with strong sales. It is thought the centre could be sold for

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as much as ?400 million. There will be a service of rededication tonight

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of a Derbyshire war memorial rescued by the local community. The memorial

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was put up in Sawmills which is now for sale. The wooden monument was

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salvaged by the local Civic Society. It has been restored and rehung in

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the village hall. Interesting has been phenomenal from people around

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here. And from younger people too who had grandparents in the war.

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People have been reminiscing. Came to our exhibition last weekend

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wanting to talk about people who are gone. And Remembrance Sunday is

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coming up. They are closer in people's minds. You're watching East

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Midlands Today. One of the largest diabetes centres in the world has

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been officially opened by one of the biggest names in sport. Five times

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Olympic champion sir Steve Redgrave has a personal interest in the

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Leicester unit because he suffers from the condition himself. The

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centre brings together experts under one roof to fight the disease and to

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try to stop people who are at high rest can `` risk developing it.

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There he is. Cool and calm going for number five... At the 2,000 Sydney

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Olympics sir Steve Redgrave one his sixth gold medal. Three years

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earlier at the age of 35, he'd been diagnosed with type two diabetes and

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had been taking insulin while training. Today, he officially

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opened the diabetes centre. He reflected how he dealt with his

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diagnosis before the Olympics. I was devastated z when I was told.

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Thought by rowing career was over. Went to see the consultant in my

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area. He felt I still could achieve my dreams. With his attitude it span

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off, I made the decision diabetes had to live with me and not me with

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it. The centre aims to improve the lives of patients and their

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families. It brings tokt clinical expertise of an 140`strong team. It

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allows us to bring the most talented and best researchers in the country

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to work in our unit. We can start to make a difference in some of the

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treatments for dyke Easties and research into prevention of

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diabetes. This centre is one of the best equipped in the UK. This lab

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has caught Steve's eye because it works out the best activities suited

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to deeb eat `` diabetes patients. I was expecting a dozen rooms and not

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a whole floor of treatment rooms, breakout areas and exercise areas.

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The new centre in Leicester is all about reaching your creams.

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`` dreams. When WWW stands for Worldwide

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Waterways. We'll find out why our canals and riverbanks are being

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digit alley mapped. Before that, the family who have

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spent around ?70,000 bringing their home up to one of the highest

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eco`friendly standards of the world. The owners say they'll get their

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money back. It is slashing their energy bills and helping increase

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the value of the property. Built in the 1950s this house in

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Derby is a head of his time when it comes to cutting energy bills. It

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has been triple glazed, superinsulated and is virtually

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airtight. The owner showed me one of the key features. Clean air which is

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warmed up through the ventilation system at 20 degrees. Before we did

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the work, the house was leaky, cold, we couldn't get it above 15 degrees.

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Our bills were very high. We're both interested in eco`measures. It just

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looked like the logical thing to do, to do everything at once. It is like

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a giant duvet has been wrapped around this house reducing energy

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bills. The average annual dual fuel bill covering gas and electricity is

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around ?1,300. Here, it's dropped dramatically for a family of four

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and two lodgers. The house has reached the passive house receipt

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rose fit standard. These thermal images of other converted proorts,

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the dark blue ones, shows how much difference it can make to heat loss.

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For an individual private house, it is an expensive atroech. If you're

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going to refush and live there for 30`50 years it is a good investment.

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Otherwise tricky. The attic ventilation system does all the hard

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work. 0 ventilation system does all the hard

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work. There are a couple of fans and metal plates, air coming in cold and

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air going out is warm. The family believe they'll get their money back

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as the extension and passive house status has increased the value of

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their home. Passive house retro fit standard!

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Talking of retro fit, here's Colin Not sure how to respond to that!

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Two of our championship managers on the short lit, Leicester boss Nigel

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Pearson sand teef McLaren are in the running. Sean Dyche and Chris

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Powell. It is always nice to be nominated for things like this but

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ultimately we only achieve success if there are's a collective spirit

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which there has been this season so far. The players have responded

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since we came in. They deserve a lot of credit for that. Henri Lansbury's

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been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month for October.

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We'll find out the winners of those awards tomorrow.

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Derby's young star mason Ben it is the club's youngest ever first team

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player and goal scorer. He was at school when he made his debut for

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the Rams. This week, he went back to see old teachers and I went with

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him. Not that long ago, Mason Bennett was

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one of the kids playing here. Now he's the Star Inn spiring the kids.

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You know other people have a chance. It gives us a confidence boost.

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Anyone can do it. It is not just him. Anyone from a round here could.

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' of just 15 years and 99 days, mason started a championship game

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away at Middlesbrough. It was close to being a dream debut too. It is

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all a blur. It was a dream come true. At 15 years old, it was

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unreal. I enjoyed every minute of it. You came close? I should have

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buried the ball! At the time of his first start Mason was 0

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buried the ball! At the time of his first start Mason was doing his

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GCSEs. We'd pack him off on Tuesday, give him work to do, most of it got

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ton. They understood education was as important as the football. The

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teachers helped me with everything, not just lessons, but everything in

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life. I'm really happy to come back and do something for them.

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Shirebrook is a shiny new school with shiny new pitches. As for

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Mason's future, he's scored his first league goal. His new boss is

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paying attention. He's a revelation for us. He's continued that

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progress, performed in the second team. Made an impact when he's come

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on. We have high hopes for mason Bennett. Everyone has ambition to

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play in the Premiership. I have a long career. Hopefully represent

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England at first team level. A long way ahead. See where it goes. A long

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way from schoolboy to top footballer, yet, it's takesen no

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time at all. We'll see how he gets on. England have chosen a front row

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for Saturday's match against Argentina. No Tigers players in the

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start`up. Thank you, Colin.

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Now, the Industrial Revolution meets the digital revolution along our

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waterways. First, Google gave us Street View which lets you see a

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road like you were standing there. Now it is the turn of our canals and

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riverbanks. Paul's been to see the mapping team in action.

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They are an ideal place to unwind, walk the dog or just lose yourself.

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Now, these time`worn towpaths are being captured by 21st Century

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technology. He want to put the waterways on to the internet to

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inspire people to come and explore them. It is a great opportunity for

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people to plan a visit, to find a local waterside pub or an area of

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interest. The pack is four foot high, weighs 40lbs. It is fitted

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with a camera which takes images every two`and`a`half seconds. It

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provides a 36 0 degree view of the towpath. Though using the waterways

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think it will be a welcome resource. It is ideal to know where the walks

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are. How to get to the nearest town. The more we have the towpaths

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mapped, the more people can enjoy it. It will be good for business. It

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will promote the area. Show people abroad where we have. They'll come

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and enjoy the canals. It is about technology to get people out

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exploring their Nike hood. The ten tow paths in our region will be

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mainnd and on line by next year. Manned. It is like we had Wallace

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and Gromit. ! Now the weather. It has been a better day today than

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yesterday. Some very heavy rain yesterday evening. Over half an inch

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fell over Leicestershire yesterday. 18mm recorded by the end of the day.

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We've had our share of the wet stuff. We have had a chance to dry

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out today. A little ridge of high pressure settled things. The winds

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are turning to south`westerly direction. That will bring more

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cloud tomorrow. Most of us will stay dry. A small chance of a shower. In

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general, we won't see the sunshine we had today.

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Here's the satellite picture. Beautiful sunshine this morning.

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We've seen some rogue showers across Derbyshire this afternoon. They have

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faded. It is dry and clear for most of the night. The temperatures

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tumming. Cloud increasing from the west by the end of the night which

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will halt that temperature fall. 5 or 6 degrees in the town's and

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cities. 3 or 4 in rural areas. A bright start tomorrow morning. Cloud

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increasing as we head into the afternoon. More cloud for us

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tomorrow. A chance of a shower mainly across southern parts of

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Leicestershire in the afternoon. A fairly quiet day. Fairly cool at 9

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or 10 degrees. For the weekend, start dry and Chilean Saturday

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morning. A band of heavy showers pushing through by mid`morning. They

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should clear into the afternoon. So drier and brighter. We'll just hold

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on to that drier and brighter weather for Sunday.

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A mixed picture as they say. It was ever thus. Always a mixed

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picture. Hope you can join me for the late news.

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Goodbye.

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