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

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Tonight: Guilty. The sex attacker who targeted six women in one night.

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He is found guilty of 18 sex offences. He was filmed chasing one

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of his victims along the street. The court has heard evidence of some of

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the worst crimes imaginable. A fresh warning that terrorists are

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stepping up their attempts to place bombs on freight planes.

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Leicestershire's police commissioner gets strict talking from teenagers.

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Art as therapy. How a project in Nottingham is helping to transform

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the lives of a group of women. Good evening. First tonight: The law

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catches up with a prolific and dangerous sex attacker. Harbinder

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Khaktar from Derby was today found guilty of 18 offences, including

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five rapes. Incredibly, 14 of those offences, including three of the

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rapes, took place in just ONE night last February. One of his

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traumatised victims said what happened to her had affected every

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part of her life. In another twist, Khatkar today became the first

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person in Debyshire to be re`tried under double jeopardy laws after

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earlier being acquitted of raping ANOTHER woman in 2011.

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CCTV footage shows Harbinger on the prowl. He was about to embark on a

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horrific catalogue of attacks on women. The CCTV shows one victim

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fleeing from him with him in pursuit. She fought him off, as did

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another victim on the street. A third is unlucky. He then follows a

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woman home from the pub, bursts into her house in attacks but is driven

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off. Round the corner, he knocks a double and gets inside. He reaps a

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terrified woman downstairs while her children sleep upstairs. Hours

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later, 0 children sleep upstairs. Hours

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later, he leaves and goes to a flat where he knocks and tries to attack

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another woman but she managed to get him to leave with money. This has

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been one of the largest and most complex investigations undertaken by

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my team of detectives. The attacks were not his first. Two years ago,

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he was rested for others. He has also been found guilty of four

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attacks. This is the first case in Derbyshire were an acquittal has

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been overturned by the Court of Appeal so that the same charges can

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be brought against the same man. The court heard a witness impact

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statement saying he'd completely wrecked her life, leaving her

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terrified to go out and unable to forget her nightmare ordeal. It's

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the impact, not just on the victim but on their family as well. The

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judge will pass sentence on Friday but has already indicated he faces a

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life sentence. There are fresh warnings tonight

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that the terrorists who planted an explosive device found on a plane at

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East Midlands Airport are using more sophisticated techniques. That's

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come from government officials who say bomb makers in the Middle East

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are determined to develop explosives that are much harder to detect.

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It was the moment East Midlands airport became the focus of an

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international security alert. Three years ago, a bomb, sent from Yemen,

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was found on a plane. It was disguised inside a printer. Now,

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there is a new warning. Officials in Whitehall say terrorists in Yemen

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are determined to develop bombs that are harder to spot. The devices are

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becoming more difficult because they are sealing them up so that the

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papers don't get out so much. They are designing explosives that don't

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smell so much so that dogs can't sniff them. They are designing them

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so they look like similar things. This professor has spent ten years

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developing a special laser that can detect trace amounts of explosives.

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He says we need radical approaches to security in order to stay safe.

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The techniques we have currently were developed 40 years ago. They

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have got used to those and we now need new techniques that change the

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game, stuff that really puts the advantage back on the harder `` in

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the hands of security people. East Midlands airport is getting new

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security body scanners, another element in the global fight against

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terrorism. A little earlier, I spoke to the

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BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner, and I began by asking him

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in what way terrorists bombs are becoming more sophisticated. There

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is a small group of professional, clever expert bomb in Yemen who have

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been devising nonmetallic bonds that are very hard to detect and

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disguised in ordinary things, either packed flat against the body or

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described `` disguised in printer ink cartridges. One of these devices

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was brought out of Yemen just weeks before the London Olympics but

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people in Whitehall are convinced they are continuing to devise these

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devices and coming up with new ways to fill security. How worried should

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booby? Not too worried. Britain has got scanners and efficient systems

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for this. The worry is when you get on planes in airports that don't

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have sufficient security, where the operator is not paying attention,

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where they don't have up`to`date body scanners. I am sure you have

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seen people being patted down, but also with these tongs and a little

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swab. That is looking with explosive traces. If you have been anywhere

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near explosives, you may not think you have handled it, but somebody

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you know know somebody who has handled it that will show up. East

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Midlands airport are awaiting scanners, but traditionally, airline

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travel has or has been the safest way to travel. I don't think it's

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becoming more dangerous. Al`Qaeda has had a fascination with using

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planes as bonds, as targets. They will not give that up. But the

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airline security regime has got harder for them to penetrate in the

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last ten years. They are trying to come up with new ways to get through

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that, but it is a harder target for them than it was.

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Still to come: New slippers for old. Why hundreds of elderly people are

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being offered comfy new footwear that COULD save their lives.

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The funeral took place today of one of the four people who died in a

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house fire in North Derbyshire. 27`year`old Claire James died when

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her house at North Wingfield caught fire last month. Her seven year old

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daughter survived. The funerals of Josie Leighton and her sons Tyler

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and Jordan, who also died in the fire, will be held on Friday.

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Hundreds of motorists are stuck on the M1 in Leicestershire this

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evening after a lorry overturned and the motorway was 0

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evening after a lorry overturned and the motorway was shut going south.

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The crash blocked the southbound carriageway between junction 22 and

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21A. One person was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham

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following the accident with injuries that are not thought to be

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life`threatening. Recovery work is continuing. The carriageway MAY open

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around 7pm. I have seen, at junction 23, cars on the hard shoulder and

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reversing back`up, backwards, going back up to junction 23, the slip

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road. For the very latest travel news,

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keep listening to your BBC local radio station through the evening.

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Inspectors say improvements have been made at the Bradgate Mental

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Health Unit in Leicester but more work still needs to be done. The

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Care Quality Commission previously gave two warning notices over

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record`keeping and the physical needs of patients. The inspectors

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did find improvements in those areas but say more should be done to

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ensure that appropriate numbers of suitably skilled and knowledgeable

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staff are on duty. What do young people actually think

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about the police and how could relations be improved? Well, over

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1,000 young people in Leicestershire have been given the chance to

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address just those questions. Their best suggestions will be revealed by

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the county's Police and Crime Commisioner later this month, but

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will he act on them? Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball,

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joins us now from South Wigston. Come to any high street and you can

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bet you will find teenagers who say they don't like the police. You will

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hear complaints about disrespect and stop and search. That is why the

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local police Commissioner came to the college behind me to look for

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solutions. These are Asian and I getting stopped and searched. It is

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called the big conversation and it is about making changes to what

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young people feel about the police. This is stereotyping. The police and

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crime commission won't be surprised by the complaint said. They have

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come up time and time again. What ever police do, once young people

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are older, it will affect them. Right now, it is more towards hate.

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I have tried to look a police officer and the blank you. They

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don't interact with young people. If police went into primary schools and

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developed positive relationships with children, they are more likely

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to not be against them so much. He is planning to use the best ideas to

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improve very poor relationships but he knows that way be easy. So,

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Jeremy, can this really make a practical difference? The police

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commissioner is convinced that it can and here's looking at whether

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they can build more trust by changing things like how they train

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officers and the recruitment process. I asked him what surprise

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to most about what young people have suggested that the sessions. Their

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relationships with the police are not what we want to be and we need

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to address that lack of warmth and trust. The core issues are fairness

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which are shown through today. Some people might say, you will not get

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ideas here from people causing problems. Through these 25 people,

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we will hit 2000 people, and that is valid. That is valid and a large

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number of conversations, and quantity has a quality all of its

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own! We're getting that feedback and I don't accept it is shallow. I set

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this up because I didn't have the answers. It's worth saying that the

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big conversation has even heard from young offenders down the road from

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here, locked up. Their views will be considered as well and the findings

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will be revealed when the youth commission unveils its final results

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at Leicestershire's police headquarters.

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Still to come: A key fixture for the high`flying rams. Tonight, Derby

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County take on Middlesbrough, where manager Steve McClaren's managerial

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career began. Thankfully for those fans, tonight

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will not be too windy. Tomorrow, on the other hand, a very windy day

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indeed. Full details on the next few moments.

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Nottingham City Council is defending paying almost ?600,000 last year in

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discretionary redundancy payments for staff who promise not to

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complain. The so`called "compromise agreements" are paid on top of

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statutory redundancy. The council claims they protect it from further

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legal costs like tribunals. The TaxPayer's Alliance has criticised

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such agreements as wasteful but council leaders say it only equates

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to ?4,000 per person. If you fall and injure yourself at

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home, it can be a really distressing experience, especially if you have

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to go to hospital. Treating patients who have fallen over costs the NHS

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?6 billion a year. Well, today, older people in Leicestershire have

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been given advice on how to stay steady on their feet this winter.

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For James and Mary, even getting up the stairs can take its toll. Mary

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has dementia and suffered a stroke three years ago which makes a

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unsteady on her feet. Mary is afraid of the cooker now. When she fell, if

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frightened her and she didn't want to get up and I have got to try and

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get her up. Four is common after strokes. To give 0

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get her up. Four is common after strokes. To give Mary a bit more

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confidence, James has brought Mary to a slipper exchange. Anyone over

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65 can bring their old slippers in exchange for new ones. It's been

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organised by the parish council to make older people feel safer in

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their home. Slippers have been fitted by a specially trained team

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of fitters who asked them all sorts of questions about their medical

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needs. The slippers are Velcro fastenings so they can be

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comfortable. Hopefully, that will reduce the amount of force people

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experience. One third of over 65 's full every year. That amounts to 3

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million people across the country. In Leicestershire alone, 3000 people

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have been admitted to hospital with hip fractures, mostly caused by

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falls since 2006. After a proper fitting in a new pair of slippers

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each, James and Mary arrived back at their house. The slippers are just a

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small step in reducing the risk of Mary falling at home.

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Eight giant beams that will support the roof of the new food hall at

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Leicester Market have been lifted into position. The laminated timber

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beams were brought in from Denmark. The longest measures 25 yards. The

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work took place overnight to avoid disruption to the market. The

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project's costing ?7 million. The existing building will be demolished

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and the work's expected to finish in March.

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A piece of art inspired by one of Britain's greatest sculptors has

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been unveiled in Nottingham. The wedge`shaped work, called Juggernaut

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of Nought, has been installed outside Nottingham Trent

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University's School of Art Design in Shakespeare Street. It's the work

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of Richard Trupp, who says he was inspired by his time working with

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Sir Anthony Caro. The 89`year`old, who died in October, was regarded as

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the greatest sculptor of his generation.

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Coming up: A big night for Derby, but first, breaking news. Nottingham

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Forest are tonight going to issue a formal complaint to the Football

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League after talented midfielder Nate Chalobah was racially abused

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during the game at Millwall last night.

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Last night at half`time, he complain to the assistant manager that he had

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been subject to racist chanting by a section of Millwall fans. He claims

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a group of home supporters taunted him with racist language while he

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was injured on the sidelines during the game. In the second half, he

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scored the equaliser in the match. But he felt so upset by the alleged

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racist incident that he asked his club to report the matter to the

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football league. The club are now issue a formal complaint to Millwall

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and the league and say they treat any incident of this nature

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extremely seriously and will be liaising closely with the relevant

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authorities in their investigation of the issue. Nate joined Forest on

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loan from Chelsea in September. Onto football matters on the pitch

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and Leicester City. They are still top despite defeat at Sheffield

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Wednesday last night. Not many would have expected Leicester to lose and

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it looked like they would continue their dominance in the league when

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Anthony Knockeart put them ahead just three minutes into the game but

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Conor Wickham had other ideas. He was the star of the show for the

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South Yorkshire team and scored two goals to give the manager`less

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Wednesday all three points. Well, Derby County play tonight and

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they are really flying at the moment. Since manager Steve McClaren

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arrived, the Rams have taken 17 points out of 24. In the next hour,

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they take on Middlesborough, a team where McClaren's managerial career

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all began. McLaren in George huge success at

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Middlesbrough, winning the League Cup and taking them to Europe. That

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time was buzzing and rocking! Great nights. Cup finals. That's the kind

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of thing we want to create here. He certainly managed to create a buzz

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so far. Just one defeat in eight games and they have won their last

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three. There is no shortage of belief amongst the players. I don't

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think there is anything in the dressing room of any opposition of

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players we face. If we bring our best game, we can deal with anybody

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and be anybody. McLaren first met the team before the game against

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Ipswich. So, could he have imagined, back then, he would have

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done so well since? From that position, to where we are now, I

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don't think anybody would have dream of that kind of a start. I have got

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to give credit to the players, recovering from a setback from the

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club, to reacting the way they have, gone on the way they haven't

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played the football they have. How far they want to go, it is up to the

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players. It's a challenge. We try to do that every game. We have to make

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sure we keep knocking them over the head and keep their feet on the

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ground. Cricket and no sleep for fans

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tonight. The second Ashes test begins in Adelaide, with England

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hoping for a much better performance. Two men who know all

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about the Ashes are former Leicestershire and England stars

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Matthew Hoggard and Paul Nixon. How do you see the test match going?

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It's up to England to fight back and make sure the senior players stand

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up and be counted. They have been in this situation before. Australia

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won't be easy to beat in Adelaide and I'm sure England will be doing

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all the right things in the warm`ups and pre`match preparations to put

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Adelaide on the map as a victory to England. Your thoughts on the game?

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A massive game. It will be interesting to see what England do

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with the batting. I think England will win the test. Much flatter

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pitches. More batsmen friendly. Ice hockey Nottingham Panthers

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secured their sixth straight home victory last night at the National

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Ice Centre. They thrashed Elite League leaders Belfast Giants by

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8`3. Leigh Salters scored twice and there were also goals for David

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Clarke, Matt Francis, Robert Lachowicz, Petr Kalus and Chris

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Capraro. Coach Corey Neilson said the win wasn't so much a statement

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to the rest of the league but a reminder to his players of what

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they're capable of. And now, how contemporary art is

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helping transform lives. A Nottingham gallery has been working

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closely with a group of women, many of whom have been the victims of

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domestic violence. The aim is to boost their confidence through art,

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and as Geeta Pendse has been finding out, for some, it's given them a

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voice for the first time. Breaking through a mask of silence,

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the ethos behind this project. Many here have experienced abusive

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relationships and mental health problems. Over two months, these

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workshops aim to give the women a new voice through art. Quite a lot

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of them have been through traumatic relationships in the past and are

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surviving domestic violence, so we decided to set up a project to help

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them feel empowered through the medium of art. Louise could barely

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speak when she attended the pilot project last year. Now she's back

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and mentoring other women. I was quiet on the very first session,

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didn't speak to anybody, so the fact I am doing this now is actually

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quite a big step for me. Contemporary art is not everyone's

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cup of tea, but the project is about making exhibitions like this one

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more accessible. The women are encouraged to question what they

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see, react and incorporated in their own work. Working with art forms

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ranging from photography to painting, for Louise, it's also a

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chance to share experiences. It's been humbling to see the other women

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as well. State, another exhibition space will be open. This time, it

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will showcase the women's work. Tomorrow is a very windy day indeed,

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particularly the further north you are. That is why we find ourselves

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in the amber warning zone. It's pretty whether we get an amber

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warning. We could potentially see blasts of 80 mph, but probably more

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likely to be 60`70 mph. Tonight, that is a much easier tale to tell

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because there are clearer skies. Then the breeze picks up. Maybe just

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a bit of a ruler or frost for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, you

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might see a few people looking like that for a time. But check out

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tightly isobars are. That means it be windy. As we make our way through

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the afternoon, that band of rain turns heavy for a time and very

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windy. Disruption as possible, particularly to public transport.

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Amber warning means to be prepared for it. Behind it, we have this band

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of high pressure, meaning it is more settled. However, it will also be

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much colder. All of this mild there we have had starts to spell away

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from behind us and that cold arctic air will start to move down, so

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Friday looking like a very cold day indeed. While it will be much drier

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and settled and nowhere near as windy, it will be very cold indeed.

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We will see a largely settled weekend on Saturday and Sunday, but

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tomorrow, one or two hats.

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