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

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Tonight: A misadventure verdict on a burglar who died trapped inside a

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chimney. It's thought Kevin Gough was burgling a solicitors office

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when he became lodged behind a bricked up fireplace.

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Also tonight, as our war dead are remembered, the East Midlands

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prepares for next year's centenary of the start of the Great War.

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And we are in the East Midlands and market town voted the best in the

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country for raising a family. Where am I? Find out shortly.

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And a new plan to rejuvenate shopping in Nottingham. A deal to be

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signed within days. Good evening and welcome to the

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programme. First tonight: Unusual and tragic ` that was the

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description today of the death of a man in Derby, who was found in a

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bricked`up chimney at an office building.

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The body of 43`year`old 0 0 building.

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The body of 43`year`old Kevin Gough was discovered behind an old

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fireplace at a solicitors in the city. It's thought he could have

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been there for weeks. James Roberson reports.

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On May one this year, this solicitors firm in Derby called in

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builders and pest control officers. Staff hadn't noticed an infestation

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of flies and a bad smell. When the builders broke through a bricked up

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fireplace, they found what appeared to be the decomposed body of a man.

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An inquest heard that the man was 43`year`old Kevin Gough from St

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Helens. He had arrived in Derby and within one day he was being hunted

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by police in connection with this `` a burglary. He left his DNA at the

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scene when he cut himself falling through a glass window. On the 15th

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of March he was last seen alive at a homeless centre. Then he vanished

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until he was discovered six weeks later at the solicitors. He got in

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by removing a chimney pot and wriggling down inside the building.

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He had become wedged heads downwards with the narrow chimney restricting

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his breathing. His T`shirt also cut across his throat and his other

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clothing block airflow up or down the chimney. As mother told the

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coroner that her son had formed her. A detective told the inquest that

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police would not find anyone else involved, and the coroner said he

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must have chosen to get into the chimney himself, not knowing the

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fireplace at the bottom was bricked up with no airflow and that such

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closed chimneys contained supplicating gases such as carbon

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monoxide. The coroner told the family that he hoped it was some

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small comfort to know that Kevin Gough would almost certainly have

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lost consciousness within some minutes and would not have been

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trapped for hours before dying. The death was recorded as by

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misadventure. And there's more on that story on

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our online news pages. At 11am today, the East Midlands

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fell silent to mark Armistice Day 1918, when the guns ceased firing in

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the First World War. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday,

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the dead of all armed conflicts were remembered in towns, villages and

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cities. Thoughts are now turning to next

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year when another significant milestone is marked ` 100 years

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since the outbreak of war in 1914. 95 years on and Armistice Day is

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marked in time`honoured tradition. On a grey, damp day, medals and

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poppies are a vivid reminder of the courage and sacrifice stop then

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silence. BUGLE PLAYS. This was Nottingham's

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old Market Square. I'm so proud. Similar scenes at the heart a's war

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memorial in the marketplace. And at Leicester Cathedral. Yesterday, in

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brighter weather, Remembrance Day services were held across the

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region. In Loughborough poppy petals were scattered as veterans looked

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on, seemingly lost in thought. Every anniversary is important but next

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year's will be special dash the centenary. The war was a catalyst

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for huge social change across Britain. Across the East Midlands, a

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massive programme is being planned. Nottinghamshire's is advanced. There

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was not a family or village untouched by this and people have

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forgotten that. We want to remind people and will do that with events

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at a local level in every single village. We will bring the war

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memorials to life. We hope that a lot of what we have will be of

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interest to a wider audience than just Nottinghamshire. It will be a

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fitting tribute to this out `` thousands of East Midlands who died.

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The Government is defending its decision to intervene in the running

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of a Muslim free school in Derby. The Al Madinah school has been

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described as dysfunctional and inadequate by Ofsted inspectors.

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It's been put into "special measures" by Ministers, with a

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warning it will be shut if standards don't improve. The Education

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Secretary, Michael Gove, told the Commons today that it was right for

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him to step in. Derby was one of the 20% weakest

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local authorities in the country and the Right Honourable lady said

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nothing about that. She turns a blind eye to failure on the part of

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Labour local authorities and when this government takes steps in order

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to improve state education, she has nothing to say.

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More than 230 people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on

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criminals by Leicestershire Police. Dubbed Operation Tiger, the force

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has been carrying out more patrols, forcing entry to suspects homes and

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tackling anti`social behaviour. Over the past two weeks, drugs and stolen

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property have also been seized. The police have called it a success. The

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operation will continue into next year.

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Concern is growing for a man who has gone missing from his home in

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Derbyshire. Scott Walker hasn't been seen since he left his house at

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Langley Mill for his journey to work on Thursday. He never arrived there.

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Police are appealing to him to get in touch and for any information on

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his whereabouts. Still to come tonight, we're inside

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the winning dressing room after the weekend's all`East Midlands

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footballing affair. And I'm in the East Midlands today

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dressing room, sheltering from the cold and rain. All the details

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later. A deal to rejuvenate shopping in

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Nottingham could be struck as soon as next week if councillors agree to

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put ?50 million of public money in the pot. That would trigger a

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redevelopment plan for the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre including

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more shops, cafes and a multiplex cinema. Our reporter Jo Healey's in

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Nottingham City centre now, picking over those plans.

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It was built in the 1970s and, let's face it, it is a bit tired and

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jaded. The City Council has wanted to do something about this place for

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years and it is almost exactly two years since Westfield pulled out of

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the deal. Now the council is more optimistic. What does it have in

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store? First of all, how much do shoppers reckon that Broadmarsh

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Shopping Centre needs a boost? It is outdated. 0 0

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Shopping Centre needs a boost? It is outdated. It is really sad and it

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needs decoration. Better shops. It is just a bunch of shops on one side

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and emptiness on the other. With new people coming in, it creates a

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better impression of the city. We've been waiting for years for something

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to be done. What sorts of changes are in the plan? It promises to be a

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bit of a cracker. Much more in the way of leisure. Multiplex cinema,

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cafes, restaurants, and a big investment in transport and car

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parking. ?21 million. Including a new tram stop. The City Council is

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set to contribute ?50 million in partnership with the Centre owners.

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It is tired and needs investment and it is not a great shopping

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experience for people. With the kind of investment that the City Council

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are looking to make, we will see a dramatic improvement. I think people

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will recognise a sharp uplift in the quality of the city centre. That

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will be helped by another part of the deal which will eventually

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revamp Nottingham's Victoria shopping centre nearby. So, lots

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going on here. Next week, the executive board of the City Council

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will meet and be asked to agree the ?50 million contribution. If so,

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work could start in 0 ?50 million contribution. If so,

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work could start in 2015 0 ?50 million contribution. If so,

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work could start in 2015 and finish by 2017. Four years' time.

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Radio Nottingham's breakfast show with Andy Whittaker will be

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exploring the story further ` that's just after 7am.

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Police officers looking for a GP from Beeston who's gone missing say

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they've had another possible sighting of her. Elizabeth Kinston,

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37, is thought to have been seen outside a supermarket in The Meadows

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on the day she went missing ten days ago. The police are appealing for

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good Samaritans who may have helped her to come forward.

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The reburial of King Richard III's bones in Leicester's Cathedral looks

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likely to be delayed. The Cathedral Fabric Commission says it needs

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longer to consider the impact of the new tomb on the rest of the

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building. Officials want more information on key aspects of the

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scheme and say this will take at least six months.

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A Derbyshire building company has paid ?2.7 million in compensation to

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the driver of a crane which collapsed in Liverpool city centre.

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Bowmer and Kirkland, along with an engineering firm, paid the

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compensation to Iain Gillham after the accident left him paralysed. The

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crane collapsed on apartment buildings in July 2009. Iain

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remembers nothing about the accident. Bowmer and Kirkland won't

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comment. Bodily functions which you no longer

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control and cannot deal with. You require carers to help. That means

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you have to have carers. That is probably the worst. Worse than not

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being able to walk. Having to deal with what I have two deal with no,

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`` now. There's no point in looking for revenge.

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Now if you're wondering where's the best place to raise your family, new

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research suggests the answer could be close at hand. One

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Nottinghamshire town has come top of the class when it comes to things

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like schools and property prices. So where is it? It's Bingham in

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Nottinghamshire and Sarah Teale has spent the day there 0

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Nottinghamshire and Sarah Teale has spent the day there to find out what

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makes it so special. Marketplace Bingham, 11 o'clock.

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Locals here are proud that the place they call home is the best in the

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country for raising a family. The report found it had three excellent

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schools, a low crime rate, lots of social clubs and activities, good

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shops and affordable housing. It's a great place to live. It is

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brilliant. There is a lot to do and great facilities and shops. It is a

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nice atmosphere. More families can come here because Bingham is

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expanding. Several hundred new homes have been built on the outskirts and

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plans for another major housing development have been agreed. That

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will see around 1000 new homes built here along with a primary school and

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other facilities. The average cost of a two bedroom house is pretty

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reasonable as well. Around ?140,000. That is cheaper than the national

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average. Bingham grabs you. It's a market town but feels like a

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village. If you have your children in schools here, they are

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outstanding skills. So, you will move from three bedroom 24`bedroom

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and eventually bungalows. But not everything is perfect. A lack of

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parking is an issue. And Bingham has had to defend itself from critics.

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Last year, a family moved away when they were the victims of an

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anti`Islam attack. We were victims of racist abuse. The only people

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that supported those were our neighbours and the local reverent.

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No one else, not the council. I believe it was an isolated incident

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and a great shame. It is a great place to bring up a family. That is

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something they are proud to shout about.

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Now, the sport. First, Leicester City and Nottingham

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Forest go into the international break in great shape as they push

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for promotion, but it was Forest who came out on top, against the form

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book, in the all`East Midlands match at the King Power Stadium on

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Saturday. We promised you a cracker and the team's delivered. Natalie

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Jackson was there. Leicester City and Nottingham Forest

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are on the promotion march, both banging the drum in the top of the

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table. That's 30,000 down here today. One of the lucky few to get a

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ticket. I think it will be quite boisterous today. Just keeping my

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fingers crossed. It's not just about rivalry but remembrance. A special

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fixture for an East Midlands derby. BUGLE PLAYS.

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Nottingham Forest haven't won for eight years at Leicester City but it

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could have been a different story. Leicester City had a number of

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chances but it was Nottingham Forest who take there. There was a reward

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for hard work with this second goal. It was unlike him but striker David

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Nugent missed a penalty saw in the end it finished 2`0. Nottingham

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Forest close the gap by six points and become in the first six. I don't

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like losing local derbies but we'll have to move on. Never try and put

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these players done. The togetherness amongst the staff and the rest of

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the people is absolutely top`class and that's what you showed outside.

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You showed the spirit of this football club. Well done.

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At Derby County, they've found their new Director of Football Operations

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` the man who'll work alongside coach Steve McClaren. He's Chris

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Evans ` the former Sheffield Wednesday 0

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Evans ` the former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager. He's

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spent the last year as a widely`travelled scout and will look

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after Derby's scouting network, as well as dealing with agents.

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Evans will have a good impression of what Derby already have ` he was

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there to watch them demolish his former club at the weekend.

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Against Sheffield Wednesday Derby put in a performance that leads you

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bouncing out of the stadium. We gave the five forward players the freedom

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to go and express themselves. A host of early chances meant there

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visitors were on the back foot. A proper confidence boost. How far

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can the Rams go? What a great team. What football. We have to be

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consistent. If it carries on like this, the drinks should definitely

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be on Steve McClaren. In the FA Cup, Mansfield's reward

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for first`round victory is an attractive second`round trip to

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either Oldham or Wolves. They were the only one of our clubs to get

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past Saturday's test. Jessica Creighton starts our round`up at St.

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Albans City. Mansfield may have thought they were

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at risk of a giant`killing at St Albans but their resistance broke

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just at half`time. Two quick goals set them on their way. Once they

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started rolling over their opponents, there was no stopping

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them. The FA Cup provided Nottingham's

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first game. Last year, Alfreton beat Wrexham at

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this stage in the competition. This time, the Welsh side got ahead and

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never let it slip. This penalty was the only thing that offered anything

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to Alfreton. In ice hockey, an injury`hit

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Nottingham Panthers had a really disappointing road trip to Scotland.

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Beaten 4`2 in Fife on Saturday, and then on penalty shots in Edinburgh

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last night. On the bright side for them, Sunday's visit from Sheffield

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is already almost sold out. Get your tickets fast.

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And just to round up the rest quickly, in case you missed it,

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Leicester Tigers were victorious in the LV Cup on Friday. Then over the

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weekend Nottingham Rugby lost at Moseley but basketball's Leicester

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Riders continued winning and still top the table.

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And finally from me, Derby's new on`loan defender Andre Wisdom might

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know his way round a back four but hasn't quite mastered the route to

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Pride Park and this is the result. That's a very expensive car in a

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very deep, wet hole after Wisdom's SatNav took him up a terrible track

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on the way to Saturday's game. I imagine he's taken some fair old

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stick for this. And I dread to think of the bill. At least he is playing

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well. We've been waiting for a very

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special guest to join us on the programme this evening. In fact he's

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so important that Anne has gone to the reception area here at the BBC

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to meet him. Anne, what's happening? Not a lot at the moment. No prizes

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for guessing who the guest is ` yes, a big, yellow bear called Pudsey.

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And here he is, just in time. Well, the final countdown begins

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here. Children In Need 2013 is on Friday. More than ever, we want you

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to get involved on behalf of children and young people in the

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East Midlands who, for whatever reason, need a helping hand. We'll

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be at Nottingham Tennis Centre on Friday night ` that promises to be a

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fabulous and worthwhile evening. And through the rest of the week we'll

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be seeing what kind of work the money you raise pays for. First

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let's just take a look at the numbers involved. Last year, you

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raised more than ?1 million here in the East Midlands ` nearly ?1.1

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million, in fact. A fantastic total, up on the year before. It's an

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achievement that allows Children In Need this year to be helping 136

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projects across the East Midlands, which currently have grants to a

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value of ?6 million. And people are already collecting money ahead of

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the big night on Friday. We are trying to raise ?1 million which

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would be a massive achievement. Today, we are riding a rickshaw

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around Nottingham city centre. Charnwood 20:20 got nearly ?87,000

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for a scheme that helps teenage girls at risk in Loughborough And

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this project ` The Nottingham Photographers' Hub ` was given

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nearly ?90,000 to help young people, some of them homeless. That's just a

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couple of examples of the work that's funded by Children in Need.

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The biggest slice ` a third of the money ` goes to projects dealing

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with child poverty. A fifth helps children with disabilities. And

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smaller percentages to address abuse, behavioural problems,

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distress and other serious issues facing children and young people.

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And over the next three nights, we'll be looking in more detail at

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some of those projects. And I promise you that so many of

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those groups you will be seeing this week are truly inspirational. On

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Friday night from 6pm we'll be down at Nottingham tennis centre so come

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and join us. It's a great evening with fun things going on. It is such

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a great night and it proves there are some fantastic people out there

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doing great things for children and young people in the East Midlands

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who really need our help. We'll see you then. Now, the weather.

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I hope he is waterproof because it has been wet and horrible today. We

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have had some beautiful pictures sent in. This is the River Trent.

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The weather front will clear away through tonight and pressure is

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building in behind that and that will settle things down nicely

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tomorrow. A dry and sunny day just like Sunday and some sunshine into

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the afternoon. It will be cooler than today. We have some rain first.

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It has been light and drizzly this afternoon but it will get heavier

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for the first part of the night. Some mist and fog as well. It will

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clear away to the south in the early hours of the morning. Tomorrow

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morning, the rain will continue to clear to the south and behind that

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we have some cloud across southern parts of Leicestershire. It will

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finally clear away and we will have sunshine in the afternoon. A little

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bit hazy at times with higher cloud. High`pressure tries to hold on for

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Wednesday but it gets sunk to the south. So it is a dry day but we

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will see the cloud increasing. We'll see you later.

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