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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Geeta Pendse.

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Tonight ` campaigners call for the NHS to scrap its contract with a

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private ambulance service. Arriva are paid to drive patients to

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hospital. Clients like Ron say it is in chaos. I would like the contract

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taken away from them and given to a proper ambulance service who are

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trained. Plus the student flats building boom

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in Nottingham, as the city tries to get them to move out of houses that

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could become family homes. Also tonight, the young Roma

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students 0 Also tonight, the young Roma

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students using education to counter Pres `` prejudice. I am better than

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some of the English people, so I guess I am doing well.

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And the mail centre dealing with all of Notts and Derbyshire's Christmas

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mail. Welcome to Tuesday's programme.

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First tonight, tough criticism for a company 0

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First tonight, tough criticism for a company given a ?26 million contract

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to take patients to and from their hospital appointments.

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Arriva was awarded the five`year contract in July last year. It's for

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patients in Leicestershire and Rutland. But it's already been

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docked more than ?30,000 for its poor performance.

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Now some patients and health campaigners are calling for that

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contract to be scrapped. Jo Healey reports.

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Ron is housebound at his home. He is diabetes and his legs are bad. But

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every three months he needs to get the Leicester Royal family. He says

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with Arriva he gets too late. `` Leicester Royal infirmary. I missed

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one appointment, and I did not get home until 5pm. I had to spend the

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next two days in bed. An earlier time, when they picked me up, they

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got me there that late but I had a hypo and finished up in A

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The report from East Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group found

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Arriva failed to meet all the target times they were set. They criticised

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them for how they handled complaints, and 0

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them for how they handled complaints, and also for how they

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controlled infection. In a statement today Arriva said

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they had had to do what `` more than they had been contracted to do. They

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have now taken on more staff, working longer, 0

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have now taken on more staff, working longer, but they recognise

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there are improvements that need to be made still, and say they will

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continue making them. Not good enough, says Ron. He and

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some health campaigners know what the contract scrapped. `` they now

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want the contract scrapped. Well, earlier I spoke to the health

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campaigner Zuffar Haq, who also believes the contract should be

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terminated. He described other examples where patients have been

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left waiting. I have heard of cases where patients have been left

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waiting, sometimes for an hour or two hours, and I have had cases of

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four or five hours as well. What you think happen next? I would

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like Arriva to lose the contract, it to be re`tendered out, and for

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another company to take this contract. And run an effective

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service for these patients. The Clinical Commissioning Group say it

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would be costly and in effect to describe Arriva's on track because

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of the lengthy procedure of re`tendering. Is it in the

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patient's' best interest? Of course. You have 0

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patient's' best interest? Of course. You have hundreds of patients

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relying on this service on a daily basis. It should be in their best

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interest to deliver for those patients and the patients should

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come first. Arriva say they have made

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improvements. Have you heard of these improvements? They have, but

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this service simply is not fit for purpose. This contract needs to be

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taken away from them, and action needs to be taken.

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Next: A student flats building boom in Nottingham. It's a deliberate

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policy ` designed to coax students out of traditional residential areas

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so families can move back in. The council says thousands more bed

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spaces are on the way for students in the city centre.

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One 0 in the city centre.

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One senior councillor says it's the best place for them ` as they'll

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help to keep the centre of Nottingham thriving. Mike

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O'Sullivan's been to see the progress of one huge complex which

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is currently under construction. 14 floors up on one of Nottingham's

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latest student accommodation complexes. It is being built for

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foreign students who will be going to Nottingham Trent University. 450

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bed spaces, costing ?30 million. It will be ready in September next

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year. The developer told me the city Council wants to see more of this

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type of building. And student tastes have changed as well. They always

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wanted to get out of the institutional halls of residence and

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go out into the private housing market. But now they much prefer to

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get into purpose`built, modern design economical accommodation. The

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City Council says there is around 43,000 students in Nottingham, and

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around 20,000 of them live in houses of multiple occupancy.

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A senior counsellor told me he would like 0

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A senior counsellor told me he would like that 0

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A senior counsellor told me he would like that figure reduced around a

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half, although that we probably upset private landlords in what are

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now student areas. `` that would probably upset.

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In the two years to 2015, the council says another 0

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In the two years to 2015, the council says another 3,000 dead

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spaces will be provided in the city centre as private developers step

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in. `` bed spaces. This empty office block is part of

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the boom as well. The challenge is for the city to get students out of

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residence and into dedicated accommodation.

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If demand for students drops, the developer has a long`term plan to

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allow conversion for the residential market. But for now, things are

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looking up. This is East Midlands Today. Still

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to come: The sport's live from Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

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There are stars all over here. Manchester City, and Sam Bailey,

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winner of the X Factor. With Christmas and the New Year just

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round the corner, our local councils have been looking ahead to 2014. It

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won't surprise you to learn that there's not a lot of festive cheer

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about. 0 there's not a lot of festive cheer

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about. Yes, it's the time of year when local authorities prepare their

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budgets for the next financial year, and many are warning of big spending

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cuts. Nottingham City Council is the

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latest: It says 76 jobs will go as it cuts its 0

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latest: It says 76 jobs will go as it cuts its budget by ?25 million.

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Let's find out more from our Political Editor John Hess.

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Money is still being squeezed out of council spending as the coalition

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attempts to reduce the national deficit. Labour leaders at

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Nottinghamshire County Council need savings of ?154 million over the

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next three years: That's a 23% spending cut.

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But the Conservative leader Councillor Kay Cutts says a proposed

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council tax increase of just under 2% is unnecessary, and has set up an

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online petition to demand a further tax freeze. We have had quite a few

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comments so far, and they have been, my income has not gone up, I

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cannot afford a council tax increase. That has been the strength

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of feeling coming over. Labour`run Nottingham City Council

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is warning of 76 job losses as its attempts to find ?25 million worth

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of savings. That's a 9.2% annual cut.

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It says 0 cut.

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It says library 0 cut.

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It says library services and arts funding will be hit. The opening

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hours of children's centres will be reduced. Council tax will also rise.

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But is that fair? Vulnerable people depend on councils, and it is the

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vulnerable that are being hit. What makes me more angry is that if I

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were living down south I would not be hit as hard as if I am living in

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Nottingham or Liverpool or Sunderland.

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So what's the picture, say, in Derbyshire or Leicester? Let's find

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out, first from BBC Radio Derby's political reporter Chris Doidge.

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The in the city the council says any service it doesn't have to provide

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is vulnerable to being cut. So street cleaning will be reviews a

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smack reduced, parking charges will go up. `` street cleaning will be

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reduced. We will know about the County Council's plans in the New

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Year, but we do know that the mobile library service faces big cats.

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The Leicester the city Council says it has already planned ?21 million

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in saving from April. `` here in Leicester. In Leicestershire they

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are still talking about saving ?110 million in the same period. They are

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putting up council tax by 1.5% over the next few years. `` three years.

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Eric Pickles is the Coalition's Local Government Secretary.

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Tomorrow, he confirms how much spending our councils will be

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allowed. If he turns into Father Christmas, that WILL be a turn`up.

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Our councils are already budgeting in the knowledge there'll less money

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around. East Midlands Airport could grow

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faster than any other small airport in the country, according to a new

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report. The Airports Commission ` set up to

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look at Britain's airport capacity ` says passenger numbers at Castle

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Donington could more than treble over the next 35 years. It says the

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airport, which had around four million passengers in 0

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airport, which had around four million passengers in 2011, could

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have up to 14 million in 2050. It adds it's also only using 18% of its

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runway capacity. Police in Derbyshire have released

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dramatic footage of a shopkeeper fighting back against three men who

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ram`raided his store. It happened at the Londis store in

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Ilkeston in October. The first man forces his way in just after 9:00pm,

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but is confronted by a member of staff. When a second man breaks in,

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the shopkeeper tackles him too. The raiders make off with an empty cash

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machine cassette. Two men have been arrested in connection with the

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robbery, and released on bail. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Severn Trent Water has defended its decision to install wind turbines at

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some of its sewage treatment plants across the region.

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Two now dominate the landscape on the eastern side of Derby after

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being erected in Spondon. Similar turbines have been erected at Wanlip

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in Leicestershire and Newthorpe in Nottinghamshire. All four are due to

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be switched on in the New Year. We understand some people love them and

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some hate them. We are doing this for good reasons, to reduce our

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carbon footprint and help keep our customers bills low. `` customers'

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hills low. They will produce around 25,000 megawatts of power per year.

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`` Meghan... A college in Leicester's helping

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schools across the country to integrate Roma people who've come to

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Britain for a better life. Some pupils arrive at Babington without

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speaking English, but still get good exam grades.

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Roma parents are being offered English lessons too. And one Roma

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worker's been tackling community tensions in Leicester. This

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exclusive report from our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball.

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Andre is one of more than 80 pupils here who 0

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Andre is one of more than 80 pupils here who come from European Roma

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families. He is in the Army cadets and on course to get through ``

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grades for a teaching career. Some of his friends want to get into

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business of banking. But 0 of his friends want to get into

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business of banking. But they usually arrive in Leicester well

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behind in their studies because the old schools in parts of central

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Europe still segregate Roma minorities. There is one room for

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Roma, other rooms for whites. They thought that we are not mentally

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capable of doing education. They think we are stupid so no point

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giving them work to do. Dominik arrived without speaking a word of

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English, survey focused on his music skills to get him out `` up to

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speed. `` so they focused. Just by watching others, I learned. I was

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looking at them, thinking they are good, so why cannot I be like them?

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But does that mean diverting teaching away from other pupils? We

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never take away from other groups. We are very careful to focus on all

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our children and include all our children. The mistake people make is

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that `` thanking you must treat everybody the same. The Roma pupils

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are getting significantly better results than students elsewhere in

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Britain. Now those lessons are being shared with goals in the check

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Republic, `` schools in the Czech Republic. We make sure our lessons

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are engaging and exciting, that learning is fun, and that the

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aspirations are boosted through the way we teach our lessons, and that

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helps our Roma pupils to make progress but also helps all of our

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students to make progress. The school's trying to engage Roma

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patient `` parents as well. This DVD explains the system in a language

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they understand. And one Roma worker has set up a youth club to tackle

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emerging 0 has set up a youth club to tackle

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emerging tensions 0 has set up a youth club to tackle

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emerging tensions with the local community. We do not know `` they do

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not know `` they do not know what the laws are. Now they know that

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they have to go home at 0 the laws are. Now they know that

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they have to go home at 10pm. At this primary school, several Roma

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patients `` parents have been offered places on 0

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patients `` parents have been offered places on these language

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classes. I live in the UK, I need to speak English. This is all about

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equipping new arrivals to contribute to British society rather than

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becoming a burden, and if it succeeds they think is extra help

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will more than pay its way. `` they think this extra help.

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Coming up: A bit of high drama ` or should that be Hi`de`Hi drama? Soup

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and art here. Tune in later and find out what I am holding. `` Su

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Pollard. If you thought you were busy this

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Christmas, spare a thought for Royal Mail. This week they're handling

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more post than at any other time this year.

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In one mail centre they're sorting millions of items a day, and it

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seems sometimes we're not much help to them. Here's Quentin Rayner.

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Any letter or parcel with NG Ord E.ON its postcode comes through

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here. This is where all of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's

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mail is sorted. Yesterday and today are the busiest

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in the year for the centre. Up to 2 million items of mail are handled

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each day. An extra 250 staff are taken on, bringing the 24`hour

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workforce up to 1000. How is it going? Great. I like it when it is

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busy. Do you think it has been this busy this year? I do. Busy sorting

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cards 0 busy this year? I do. Busy sorting

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cards and helping people make their Christmas for them.

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Staff say they have not noticed any difference since Royal Mail's recent

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privatisation, and the increase in the price of stamps has not put

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people off. We are seeing comparable volumes 0

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people off. We are seeing comparable volumes in credit `` business cards.

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An increase in parcels this year, and a healthy growth in that area.

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`` Christmas cards. No sorting office Christmas would be

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the same without the impossible clients to deliver. Name, but no

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stamp or address. At least here, there is a stamp, but

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no address. And what about this? !

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It is anticipation of all the vague mail that we get, mail that is not

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addressed properly. You have to use all your knowledge to be sort that

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male. Second`class items have to be posted by tomorrow, first class by

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Friday, but all Royal Mail wants for Christmas is a postcode.

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Sport now, and Leicester City are not just our leading East Midlands

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Club, they also have a really exciting cup tie tonight. Colin's at

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the King Power Stadium. These 0

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the King Power Stadium. These are the weeks you want as a

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football fan. Tonight's glamour match for Leicester City against the

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Premier League stars of Manchester City, just one of three huge games

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in eight days. Of the three, tonight's Carling Cup quarterfinal

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probably matters the least. But of the three, it's definitely 0

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probably matters the least. But of the three, it's definitely the most

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exciting. The stadium is going to be sold out, and Manchester City have

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just beaten Bayern Munich and thrashed Arsenal.

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But I am delighted to say I can introduce you to the winner of the X

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Factor, Sam Bailey. Huge Leicester City fan. You have a senior Dutch

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back season to get. Yes, and I have not been for ages. `` you have a

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season ticket. You are singing on the pitch. I am, singing at

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half`time, my new single. It is my chance to give something back. How

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much are you looking forward to the game? I am so excited to be actually

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watching a foot or match. I have not watched TV for ten weeks. `` foot

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all match. You have not had the chance to follow anything? I have

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not had time, but I have put this in my schedule to make sure I was here.

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I want to chat to you again in a second.

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Dzeko, Toure, Silva, Negredo ` Manchester City have no shortage of

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star names. They won't all play. But that doesn't mean Manuel Pellegrini

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doesn't want his team to win this. He just has a squad so strong, he

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can change it for games at every level. That is why we went last week

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to play against via Munich with five or six players, and we made six or

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seven changes. Tomorrow for me, we will make some changes again.

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There he is putting Leicester City on it power with Bayern Munich. ``

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on a par. Intimidated prospects for Leicester City. It is going to be

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tough, but I have high hopes for the boys. I have not watched a game in

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ages, but I think the boys are going to be all right. I think they are

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going to be good. Never mind the foot or, number one download,

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prospect 0 foot or, number one download,

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prospect of a 0 foot or, number one download,

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prospect of a Christmas number one, are you thinking about that? No, I

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just want people to buy it or download it. It would be amazing to

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have a Christmas number one, I just really excited.

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Thank you for talking to us. I heard Sam's sound check, she sounds

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amazing? `` she sounds amazing! We're starting to buzz for it in

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here. Let's get a taste of how things have been building up

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outside, with Mark Shardlow. River Place Manchester City will be

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expensive, world`class players, but do not roll out a shock. In the last

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five seasons I have seen three times East Midlands club 's bring these

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teams down to earth. Three years ago Leicester City drew two to two. Five

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years ago Forest beat them three 2`0 in Manchester.

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The first sell`out for three seasons. What are you thinking? Very

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excited. Who is going to win? Leicester. Leicester City. Are you

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equally confident? Yes, Leicester is going to win. It is going to be a

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shock tonight. `` the fans say it is going to be a shock.

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Thanks, Mark. Tonight's game here is live on BBC Radio Leicester.

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There is another big cup game tonight. Mansfield replay Oldham in

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the second round of the FA Cup. The prize there is a trip to Liverpool!

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BBC Radio Nottingham have full live commentary from the One Call

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stadium, starting in just a few minutes.

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But here, it is all about the glamour boys. Manchester City, here

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to play Leicester City. Let us not forget Leicester's history in this

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competition. Three times finalists in the late 1990s. They have won it

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three times overall. So there is an awful lot to take into this game,

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but they are the big names of Manchester City. Follow it here on

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East Midlands Today, we will have a report in our late bulletin. And all

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the goals and a full report tomorrow evening. You can already feel it

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here this evening. How exciting!

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It's nearly half a century since an actress from Nottingham began

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learning her craft before going on to achieve national fame.

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Su Pollard 0 to achieve national fame.

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Su Pollard ` who's currently appearing in panto at Nottingham's

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Theatre Royal, was presented with a drama award for best performance

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when she was just 16. But for the past 30 years, that trophy has been

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kept in the back of a cupboard. That is until now. Angelina Socci

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reports. 0 Thank you so much. It is such a

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wonderful surprise. It is 47 years since Su Pollard was

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presented with this award. Today pupils at this primary School had

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the honour of reuniting the two. It has been lying around all this

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time, but in beautiful condition. It was found in an office in Nottingham

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by John Clayton. His daughter taught at the school, but she sadly died of

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cancer last year. It was always her wish to reunite the trophy with the

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past winner. We wanted to keep that association with the school, to do

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the things she found important in terms of actually giving them the

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chance to experience different things. For these pupils it was

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certainly a unique day. She was amazing and really, really nice. It

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is weird because I have never met a celebrity and it is the first time.

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I am gobsmacked, because I did not know she was coming in. The only

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thing left to decide is whether to keep it. Wherever it is, it will

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just be pride of place. I am thrilled to bits. And thank you!

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Time now for the weather. We had a super day today, and that

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deserves a super photo. Some lovely festive holiday shining in the

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sunshine. Beautiful blue skies in the backdrop. `` Holly.

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Our final day today is thanks to a ridge of high pressure, but

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yesterday's front is reluctant to clear away. Eventually it clears out

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of the way, we dry up for a time, and you can see what is waiting in

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the wings tomorrow, another weather front which will liven things up for

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tomorrow. The majority of the daylight hours should not be too

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bad, but we are going to be seeing some very wet and windy conditions

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as we head on into tomorrow evening. We have some rain for this evening,

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across 0 We have some rain for this evening,

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across southern parts. 0 We have some rain for this evening,

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across southern parts. Clears out of the way quickly, some clear spells

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and light winds as well, so a little bit of mist and fog, and turning a

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little chilly for some of us as well. A dry start tomorrow morning,

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a bright start across eastern parts, but the cloud thickens up very

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quickly. The winds will be picking up through the morning, and we will

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see some rain as we head through the afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon's rain

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light and 0 afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon's rain

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light and patchy, 0 afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon's rain

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light and patchy, just an average wet and breezy afternoon, and

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bridges not much to write home about, but warmer than today. ``

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temperatures. Tomorrow evening a second weather front moving in,

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turning really windy for tomorrow evening. Gusts of up to 45 mph. For

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Thursday it is a much drier, brighter afternoon, temperatures

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around to six `` up to six Celsius. But at least we will have some

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sunshine by Thursday. Never a dull moment!

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Back with the late news.

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