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

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Tonight ` an inquiry's underway after a stroke victim, turned away

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from a hospital, died. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's programme.

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First tonight ` a stroke patient who was turned away from hospital

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because it was five o'clock on a Friday evening has died. It is no

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good just saying these things happen. They don't. They must not

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happen again. The Serious Fraud Office confirms it has started a

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criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and

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corruption at Rolls`Royce. Plus, it's one of the busiest

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shopping days before Christmas, but why do so many of us leave it so

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late? And Lester's singing sensation, Sam

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Bailey, gets the Christmas number one.

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Good evening and welcome to the programme. First tonight, a stroke

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patient who was turned away from hospital because it was five o'clock

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on a Friday evening has died. John Mallalieu's grieving widow Ruth is

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left wondering whether he might have survived had he not been redirected

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from King's Mill hospital. She says the ambulance was just

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three minutes from the stroke unit when they were diverted to

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Nottingham. More from our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. John

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Mallalieu's death raises many questions, but there have 0

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Mallalieu's death raises many questions, but there have been few

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answers from the ambulance service or the hospitals. It should have

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been a straightforward journey, it is 19 miles from continent to the

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stroke unit at Kings Mill hospital. Ruth Mallalieu says the ambulance

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was only three minutes away when it was diverted, adding another 15

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miles to the hospital in Nottingham. She reckons because of Friday

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evening traffic, the added journey took an hour. And John service

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disputes that and says it took half that time. I said to the ambulance

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man, I have never had such a horrendous journey in all my life

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and my poor husband kept saying, I am slipping, I am slipping. With

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three minutes to go, they told them not to take on there but to take

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into the city Hospital. The Angelus men were furious. It `` we would

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have 0 men were furious. It `` we would

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have got nearby five o'clock. Five o'clock is the cut`off time for the

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Kingsmill hospital to take new patients on a Friday. The experience

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of the couple were not good in this situation. We need to make sure this

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does not happen again and I would like to apologise on behalf of the

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NHS. Two local MP, it is clear something went very wrong. I cannot

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prove that this particular ambulance came from the Nottinghamshire area,

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but I will bet it did not. It took a long time to get there in the first

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place. I understand content is a reward sport but it should 0

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place. I understand content is a reward sport but it should have been

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quicker. Also bursting to have been navigational errors, that is

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inexcusable today particularly today. If they were local people,

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they would know the roads better than the dead. Following the death

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of John Mallalieu, the initial findings of the enquiry are expected

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in mid`January. A reporter joins us in the studio. A disturbing case

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when we are told all the time to act fast when it comes to strokes? Yes,

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we are told that all the time. Television adverts told us to look

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out for the key symptoms of stroke and minutes matter. You should act

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fast and I a name names. In this case, the ambulance may have taken

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about 40 minutes to get to that house. `` dial 999. It took the best

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part of two hours to get to Kings Mill hospital. There are many

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questions around us we want to put too East Midlands and John service

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and the hospital, also refused interviews so far. When there is

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preliminary findings come out next month, we hope they will face

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questioning as to what went wrong in this case and lessons. It is not the

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first time we have featured problems with stroke patients getting to

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hospital. Any month ago we reported how sons were taken to queue MC by

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mistake. `` how some were taken to queue MC hospital by mistake.

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Heavy rain and gale`force winds are causing problems for travellers

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across the region. In Ruddington, drivers using the A60 found the

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route blocked by a fallen tree at the top of Kirk Lane. Weather

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forecasters are warning that the combination of wind and rain could

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cause flooding and bring down trees causing widespread disruption.

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Meanwhile, dozens of rail services have been delayed or cancelled. East

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Midlands Trains have been running a significantly reduced service to

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London St Pancras this afternoon and evening because of storms. Network

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Rail has imposed speed restrictions on some routes. It's to reduce the

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risk caused by trees and other debris blocking lines and damaging

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overhead power lines and signals So, have we seen the worst of it yet?

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Anna's here later with the forecast. The simple answer is no, the rain

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intensifies and the winds strengthened to give us a stormy

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night. I'll have an in`depth forecasts metering the programme. ``

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litre in the programme. But next tonight ` The serious fraud

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office has confirmed it's started a criminal investigation into

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allegations of bribery and corruption at Rolls`Royce. The

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Derby`based engine maker says it's fully co`operating. Some of the

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allegations date back more than 20 years and centre on claims of

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improper payments made in Far East markets. Mike O'Sullivan has this

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report. The allegations have been swirling around Rolls`Royce for more

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than a. Allegations that millions of pounds were paid out in backhanders

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to help secure a jet engine deals. Today the Serious Fraud Office

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confirmed those allegations are now being looked at as part of a

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criminal investigation. Rolls`Royce has made it clear it wants to get to

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the bottom of the claims surrounding deals in Indonesia, China and

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elsewhere. At the annual general meeting, the Chief Executive

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said... It is claimed that in Indonesia in

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1990 bright was paid so that ideal for 700 engines would go through

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with the national airline. A controversial figure in Indonesia,

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the son of the then president, who has lived a playboy lifestyle, has

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already denied accepting $20 million and a blue Rolls`Royce car.

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Rolls`Royce is also carrying out its own review of business ethics

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worldwide. That is being done by a senior litigator. He started work in

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January and that work is yet to be computed `` completed.

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A pharmacy service which aims to stop people clogging up GP surgeries

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with unnecessary appointments says it's been a huge success. The scheme

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is now in its 10th year. Pharmacists say the services they offer and save

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patients time and money and keep the NHS running more efficiently.

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Little Jacob Wood is the latest patient to sign up for a pharmacy

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first at this chemist in Nottingham. His mum is already a member of the

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scheme which allows her to receive certain medicines free of charge

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without bothering her GP. I have four kids so it is usually good for

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me if we need medicine. You can just come and get it straightaway if they

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have a temperature instead of going to the doctor so it is really good.

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It frees up a lot of the time GP so they can concentrate on more complex

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needs. Pharmacy first has been up running for ten years. Some 250,000

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patients have taken advantage of the scheme. This frees up tens of

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thousands of GP appointments. Patients are being urged to use

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their pharmacist more over the Christmas period to relieve pressure

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on GPs. A lot of people don't appreciate what pharmacist can do

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now. Pharmacists have upscaled considerably over the last ten

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years. We are not just filling prescriptions. We provide a whole

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range of services. Patients exempt from prescription charges can join

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pharmacy first by registering at their local pharmacy.

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If you are leaving it to the last minute, you are not alone. We're

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talking about Christmas shopping ` today was expected to be the busiest

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day of the year on the UK's High Streets.

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The Highcross centre in Leicester says it's had its best Christmas

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since it opened five years ago. Jo Healey is there for us now. Good

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evening. I hope you have picked up a bargain. Yes, hello. You may think

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it is late in the day to be shopping at this place is open until nine

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o'clock tonight. I struggle to park my car here this morning it was so

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busy. Last week they had half a million people shopping here. Today

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they were expecting 94,000 shoppers. Why are all leaving its soul mate?

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`` so late. We got married a week ago and we

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haven't had time. 0 We got married a week ago and we

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haven't had time. It has to be done this Christmas. I've left it to the

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last minute. We started quite early on in October as though we have

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managed to find a good bargain when we needed it. But you're still

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shopping, why? For me, something to wear on Christmas Day. I want to see

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if I can get a bargain for myself now, you save money if you wait.

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Just finishing off today. Even though it is one of the busiest days

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to do it? I was working. We tried to do as much as we could online but we

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forgot a few things. Would going home, we got here early and now we

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are done. Well, Joe is the general manager. Is it normal for people to

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finish in such a rush? Absolutely. People are finished work, school

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broke up and we anticipate this kind of rush just before Christmas. We

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heard people saying they're looking for bargains already, are you

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expecting another surge on Boxing Day with the scale `` with the

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sales? We are expecting Boxing Day and the days after to be huge, they

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always are. Is this a record`breaking year? It definitely

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is for us. We're five years old now. Have extended customers will stop it

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has been really successful which is great for our retailers. Thank you

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for joining us. It sounds like a happy Christmas here. Back to you.

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Still to come. Drama on the field of play.

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A squirrel stopped play. Much hilarity at the match between

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Leicester City and QPR after a rodent invades the pitch.

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Sport is just around the corner but here's something with a football

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theme, because when X Factor winner Sam Bailey 0

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theme, because when X Factor winner Sam Bailey sang at the King Power

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stadium last week, she told the crowd it it was her Christmas

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present to them. Now the former Gartree prison officer from

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Leicestershire has got the present she was hoping for ` the Christmas

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number one. Here's Quentin Rayner. It is called skyscraper and it has

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taken Sam Bailey to the heights of the charts. 0

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taken Sam Bailey to the heights of the charts. With her debut single,

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the X factor winner has secured the Christmas number one spot. The

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devoted foxes fan got to sing at last week at the stadium. To

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celebrate getting number one, I'm going to spend an wonderful

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Christmas with my family, maybe have a bit of champagne but I don't drink

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so I will go back to a cup of tea. I can't wait to celebrate with my

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family and friends. It has been amazing. The single is one of the

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fastest selling of the year and the proceeds are going to two children

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charities. I still don't feel famous because I am still acting stupid are

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owned famous people. I still love my egg and chips and steak and chips.

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I'm still me. The prison service said any celebration inside Gartree

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would be inappropriate but they congratulated Sam on her massive

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achievement. Merry Christmas everyone. It is great that the money

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is going to children's charities. Now for sport. I have never seen a

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reaction to a half`time performance like that one.

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We are going to start with cricket because Graeme Swann's brother has

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left the Nottinghamshire defence. Graeme Swann created controversy by

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retiring and then suggesting that some international cricketers had

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their heads up their own backsides. I asked his brother about this. I

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think the reaction has been a bit strong. I can understand he's making

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accusations, but no names have been named so until names have been put

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forward people should reserve judgement. He has always been quite

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outspoken. He always does things in a certain style, including the

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announcement of the retirement, what you make of the timing and the

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reaction? I thought the end of the series might have been his time to

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go at some of the reaction has been ludicrous. You would think he had

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left in the middle of war, dereliction of duty and all that

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nonsense. He is a sportsman who thinks he has hit the wall and

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walked off into the sunset and that is all there is to it. You suspect

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it will blow over and we will be left looking back over his career,

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what would you say? I think what he has achieved has been astonishing.

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He debuted just before his 30th birthday, he achieved so much in

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five years and it was amazing. He has this image with the drive, he

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must have steel behind him? I think he has a facade to some degree, he

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has always been a bit about JoCo. He was always a professional sportsman.

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Two days into controversies, is part of him that will enjoy that? Part of

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him well. He likes to be the centre of attention, he admits that. Part

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of think it is ridiculous, all the attraction. When it comes down to

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it, yes just finally hit the wall and that's what it comes down to.

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In football, it's been a significant weekend for Leicester City. And yet

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another winning one for Derby County. Leicester had a great win

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but more importantly their financial future appears to be secure. The

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club's owner has effectively wiped out debt of ?103 million by

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converting loans to shares. It was the Christmas present to top the

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lot, a club saddled with debts of over 100 million is now stable and

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then victory over a promotion rival. The only thing which stopped

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everyone was a squirrel. He took centre stage for five minutes. Nice

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one for the goalkeeper 0 centre stage for five minutes. Nice

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one for the goalkeeper to chase the animal off the pitch and then for

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showing his understanding with this goal. This goal leaves them third in

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the table. Meanwhile Derby County get their seventh in a row. It was

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followed by a missed penalty and missed chances before this wonderful

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finish made it too. There was a little warble when this own goal was

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scored. Craig Bryson soon cut through the defence to ease derby to

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another classy Vic today in their astonishing run of results. ``

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classy victory. Nottingham Forest believe they've

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got a good Christmas in store. Their list of matches looks tough `

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they're playing three of the top six. But on their trip to the

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Children's Wards at the Queen's Medical Centre this afternoon, they

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were taking it in their stride. As Mark Shardlow reports. Who's that

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dressed in red carrying presents? One of them is the hero of the

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weekend, coming to hand out guests. That's a great strike, what is says.

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He made two stunning saves at Birmingham. He said he definitely

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touch this one but was most pleased with his acrobatics here. He kept

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yet another clean sheet. Andy Reid is no stranger to these wards. He

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enjoyed a bit of ant. Who is your favourite player? And day. It's a

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setup. Most of us have children ourselves. My son was in here when

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he was born. It is nice to come back and try and put a smile on the faces

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of the children. Forest have been given Christmas day off before

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kicking off their programme al home to QPR boss. We look forward to them

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coming to the city ground. A winner too would make a nice present. I

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have asked them to surprise me this year for a present.

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In League One Notts County were moments away from returning to the

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foot of League One ` but battled back against Bristol City.

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This is the 89th minute at Meadow Lane. County are a goal down.

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They're pressing for an equaliser and they're awarded a penalty. The

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kick's taken by Alan Sheehan ` and it's a valuable draw for Notts as

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they enter the key Christmas period. Mansfield Town had a dramatic day `

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even by their standards ` as their slide down League 0

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even by their standards ` as their slide down League Two continues.

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Jamie McCombes second had given the Stags a 2`1 lead and the points

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looked safe as the match went into injury time. But then came the

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pantomime ending. Accrington Stanley scored twice in added time to steal

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a 3`2 win. The late goals leave the Stags without a league win in 12

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games. Rugby. The Leicester Tigers captain

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Toby Flood is to leave the club at the end of the 0

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Toby Flood is to leave the club at the end of the season. Director of

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Rugby Richard Cockerill confirmed the news after the Tigers heavy

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defeat at title rivals Saracens. Flood's got 60 England caps and has

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been at Leicester for five years. The club had been hopeful they'd

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persuade him to stay ` but he now seems likely to go and play in

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France. Tigers' Christmas started very badly. They conceded six tries

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at Saracens in a rare heavy defeat going down by 49 points to ten.

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That's it for the sport. Thank you. Loved the squirrel.

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Now you don't need us to tell you that with only two sleeps left until

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Christmas Day, it's an exciting time for children. But how much has the

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festive season changed over the years? We've been to Kirk Langley

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Primary School in Derbyshire to ask pupils what they think Christmas was

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like in the olden days. I don't think they had Christmas trees and

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tinsel is and angels. They wouldn't have got much presence because they

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were quite poor. Except for the king and queen. I wasn't there. I think

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they didn't get much presence in the olden days. My mummy told me she

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only got an orange, some pencils and mints. I think they would go around

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building snowmen and things. I think they might go sledding. They had no

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television and no heating. There was no Christmas lights or electricity.

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They would use a gramophone to play music. It is like a thing, you put

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what you put what he wanted and it goes round and round. In the olden

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days, they wouldn't have that much decorations. I think they would

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because Christmas Day is a time to have Choi and peace and love and

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hope. Happy Christmas. You have to have a bit of hope. He said Love.

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So what was the reality? How was Christmas celebrated decades ago? We

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asked Teresa Mikula to delve into the archives. Here's her selection

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of family films celebrating the festive season, some dating back to

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the 1930's. Well, this our last full East

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Midlands Today # Santa baby... # Hurry down the

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chimney tonight. # Noel, noel. # The programme will

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return on January the a lot has changed but a lot hasn't.

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Let's see what the all important Christians that the Christmas

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weather will be like. It will be called an crisp on Boxing

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Day but It will be called an crisp on Boxing

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Day before that we have stormy conditions to contend with. Deals

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and very heavy rainfall. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning.

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This is for the Peak District which could have gale force winds. The jet

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stream is driving all the weather systems are way and this area of low

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pressure is with us at the moment. The rain has eased for a time

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through the end of the afternoon. The winds have been strengthening as

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we go through the afternoon. Into the evening, we will see the rain

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becoming intense and the winds becoming stronger. We might get

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gusts of 50 miles an hour Wales play and possibly up to fit `` 60 miles

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an hour. The heavy rain will clearly in the early hours. We get lost in

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the showers behind that. Tomorrow we continue to have squally showers,

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they may be wintry in each, especially on high ground. There

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will also be bright 0 especially on high ground. There

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will also be bright and sunny conditions. It will remain windy

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throughout Christmas Eve self. It is feeling much colder tomorrow. Highs

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of six or seven Celsius. The winds continue to die down, giving us are

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settled Christmas day. The frost starts on Christmas Day. Friday

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looks like we are set to have another spell of wet and windy

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weather. We will keep you updated in the next few days.

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Do come and join us. This is our last bulletin. The programme returns

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on January the 2nd. Although, as you'd expect, we'll have news

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bulletins throughout the festive period here on BBC One. However

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you're spending Christmas and the New Year ` may it be everything you

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hoped for. We're leaving you tonight ` in traditional style ` with some

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young choristers from Leicester Cathedral singing, Hark the Herald

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Angels sing. Good night and Merry Christmas.

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# MUSIC: Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Leicester Cathedral choristers. #

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Glory to the newborn king! # Peace on earth, and mercy mild. # God and

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sinners reconciled. # Joyful all ye nations rise. # Join the triumph of

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the skies with th'angelic host

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