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

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Tonight, sending in the military to take on the miners. 30 years on, new

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government papers reveal how close Mrs Thatcher came to sending troops

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into the East Midlands coalfield as the hit strike intensified.

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Also, the tax that helps to pay for the tram improvements in Nottingham

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goes up by 8.3%. Plus a secret no more, we were `` we

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reveal why Lester's before city of cultural dream agriculture failed.

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And wind turbines, a closer look at them.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme. Confidential Government

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files released today have revealed that Margaret Thatcher considered

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sending the army into the coalfields of the East Midlands at the height

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of the miners' strike. Cabinet papers from 1984 also show she was

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thinking of declaring a state of emergency, and she was alarmed at

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cash support for the miners coming from Soviet Russia. This report from

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our political editor, John Hess. Rufford Colliery closed 20 years

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ago. But it was a decision taken ten years beforehand that sealed its

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fate, for its 1,200 miners and thousands of others across the East

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Midlands. It was in the East Midlands

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coalfield that the miners strike was going to be won or lost. That is why

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scores of flying pickets attempted to stop working miners from clocking

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on for their normal shift but government papers revealed for the

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first time today revealed how close the Prime Minister 0

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first time today revealed how close the Prime Minister came to calling

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in the troops. Three months into the dispute, and with the threat of

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dockers taking sympathy action, Mrs Thatcher held a meeting of her

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ministers to consider calling a state of emergency. They feared

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power cuts and 0 state of emergency. They feared

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power cuts and food shortages. I am not surprised she considered using

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the army, I have already said that if she thought it was necessary to

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use the air force, she would have used that. Preparations were made

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back then not to provoke a strike but to ensure that if the threat

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ever echoed again, the Government and the country would be in a

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position to at least negotiate from some position of strength rather

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than weakness. At his Derbyshire home today,

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journalist and author Matthew Parris recalled the crisis as one of Mrs

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Thatcher's MPs. I don't think there are any astonishing revelations in

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these papers will stop she had a plan and have had it for some time

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and this was a long, prepared military style strategy for her. And

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by no means as might have seemed at the time that it caught the

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Government 0 the time that it caught the

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Government unawares. Paddy Tipping was once the MP for the

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Parliamentary constituency that included Rufford colliery. It is

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hard not to remember the antagonism and the emotion, family against

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family in some cases, workers against workers. Troops would have

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blown the lid off, it would have been a bloody legacy. The troops

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were kept in the barracks the threat of the dock strike stopped. But the

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papers showed the extent that she was pushed to the edge. The

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Government papers revealed it was the dockers once they 0

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Government papers revealed it was the dockers once they rejected

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taking strike action. Next, businesses, organisations and

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individuals in Nottingham are facing another big hike in the workplace

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parking levy ` the local tax that helps to pay for transport

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improvements in the city. From April, the city council says it'll

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go up by more than 8%, a rise that will raise funds for two new tram

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lines and, according to one senior councillor, bring wider benefits

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too. It is helping to pay for two new

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tram lines and transport improvements in Nottingham. And now

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this 0 improvements in Nottingham. And now

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this year, the workplace parking levy is going up by an inflation

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busting 8.3%, to ?362. This firm based in Nottingham city

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centre provides laser cutting for the textiles, aerospace and motor

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industries. With 0 the textiles, aerospace and motor

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industries. With its sister company, it has to pay the workplace parking

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levy on 13 car parking spaces. That will result in a bill of more than

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?4,700 from April when the charge goes up. But once again, the tax

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will be passed on to the workforce. 13 spaces at those sort of values,

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that is a significant sum of money to find each year and we have no

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choice but to pass it onto the of staff.

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The deputy leader of the city council has defended the latest rise

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in the levy, which was introduced in 2012. There is nothing we could do.

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Parliament would not rescind the legislation even if we ask them to.

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You have to remember the benefits the city is getting from this, this

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is paying for the tram and that has brought in ?500 million worth of

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investment. But it's been a controversial tax

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and back at the laser firm, one worker is determined he'll never pay

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up. I will never pay the levy, I will park elsewhere. I will walk. I

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will park it as near as I can. The city council says eventually for

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every ?1 raised, the levy will deliver ?10 of economic benefits.

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Still to come ` should pupils be fingerprinted ` at school? Privacy

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campaigners say thousands have ` and it's time more parents complained.

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And the unsettled theme in the weather shows no sign of change as

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low pressure after low`pressure moves in but, they will be some dry

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weather this weekend and I will tell you when later.

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Next, Leicester lost out in its attempt to become the next UK City

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of Culture because its bid "lacked ambition". The judging panel also

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say 0 ambition". The judging panel also

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say the city relied too much on safe ideas like the Diwali celebrations.

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As we know, the title for 2017 went to Hull instead. Leicester's bid

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team say they're disappointed by some of the feedback.

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Last November, the team behind Leicester's bid to become the UK

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City of Culture in 2017, gathered at the Curve Theatre to see if they'd

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won. I am delighted to announce that the UK City of Culture 2017 is Hull.

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At the time, the judges said Hull's proposal showed its determination to

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shake off its image of decline and deprivation. And that's why it had

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scooped the title. It was a city that was hungry, desperate to come

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out of eight negative perception and find its place in the 0

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out of eight negative perception and find its place in the world and they

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will used phrases like they want to find their place in the UK and come

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out of the shadows. Now, the judging panel has sent

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feedback to the city council on why Leicester's bid failed. Team members

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are disappointed that the judges felt the bid lacked ambition and

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innovation. On the one hand they were saying that we have cultural

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excellent and then that we were not quite ambitious enough but having

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worked for months on the programme, I thought it was really ambitious

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and bold and exciting. The city that prides itself on its

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diversity, found the judging panel were concerned that their bid hadn't

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fully developed ideas on how a cultural activity might bring

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communities together. I think they were two 0

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communities together. I think they were two comments really about the

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diversity of the communities in Leicester, one was that it was

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positive and the strength of the bid and then there was more work week

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should do to bring people together using culture and some of the

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communities and we still need to focus on that.

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The panel felt that Leicester's bid relied heavily on safe ideas like

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Diwali and festivals. Not so, say the team who will use the feedback

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to help put the city on the UK's cultural map by 2017.

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Leicestershire Police has dropped its investigation into former County

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Council leader David Parsons after an 18`month inquiry into his travel

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expenses. Last year, officers started looking into trips he made

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to Europe while he was council leader. The council says it's still

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expecting final repayments of more than ?2,000 from Mr Parsons after a

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long`running dispute over a range of expenses.

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Several staff and inmates at Nottingham Prison were injured in a

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disturbance which broke out yesterday afternoon. The prison's

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independent monitoring board says no`one needed hospital treatment but

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said the injuries weren't trivial. They visited the prison this morning

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and say the situation is now calm. No`one from the Ministry of Justice

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has been available for comment. Next tonight, how the sun is shining

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on one council's green initiative while another's has been blown off

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course. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that two wind

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turbines in Rushcliffe produce so little energy it'll take decades to

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repay the cost. Meanwhile, Gedling's solar panels are so successful that

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all the council's computers can be powered for the next four years.

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Ten years ago, two wind turbines were put up in Rushcliffe Country

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Park. Half of the ?30,000 was paid for by the borough council, the rest

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from a grant. A Freedom of Information request by the Daily

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Telegraph has disclosed that last year, the turbines only produced

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around ?70 worth of power on a lower tariff, and it would take hundreds

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of years to recoup the cost. They only have a life span of 15 years.

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The council insists the meter wasn't working properly and the turbines

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normally produce 3,500 kiloWatt`hours a year. But even at

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that rate, it would still take about 50 years to pay back what was spent

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on them. So does it accept they were a waste of money given that wind

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speed here is low? We regret that we have not got the return that we

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wanted on the investment and we acknowledge that, we recognise that

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in hindsight, these have not produced what we anticipated. They

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are part of the wider measures that we have implemented in the park

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which enabled it to achieve dreams like status for seven years running

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but we recognise that we have not got back as much as we hoped.

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But it's a sunnier story in Gedling. The borough council has installed

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over 500 solar panels on four of its buildings. It reckons to pay back

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the ?90,000 cost within five years and in six months generated over a

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100,000 kiloWatt`hours, enough to power its 250 computers for the next

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four years. If we prove that it is successful and other authorities

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then may do the same thing. And it may have saved us money which is

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definitely a bonus. Other organisations can use this

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technology effectively and we will help to support that.

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Critics say Rushcliffe's experience has once again exposed the

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limitations of wind energy. Next tonight, claims that our

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children's privacy is being invaded by schools who use fingerprint

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scanners on their pupils. The civil liberties campaign group Big Brother

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Watch 0 liberties campaign group Big Brother

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Watch says more than half of the secondary schools surveyed in our

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region use so`called biometric scanners to take children's personal

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data and a quarter of them didn't have parental permission. In a

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moment, we'll hear more from Big Brother Watch, but first, why have

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these scanners caused such a fuss? They collect our most personal and

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unique data. Fingerprints, retina patterns and even the shape of our

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face and hands. Biometric scanners are now widely used to identify an

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individual. But today's research from the

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privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch suggests our region has the

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highest proportion of secondary schools which use the scanners to

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collect data from their pupils, and a quarter of them didn't have

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permission from parents. The scanners are used to record

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attendance or help children claim school meals. But Big Brother Watch

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says it infringes on pupils' privacy.

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The Government has already acted. Last September, a new law came into

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force meaning schools and colleges must now get written consent before

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a child's biometric data is taken. Crucially, parents can refuse the

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school's request. Earlier I spoke to the director of

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Big Brother Watch, Nick Pickles. I asked him why he thought it was so

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wrong for schools to collect pupils' data in this way. I think you have

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got two big problems. First, the conditioning of children and

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arguably the criminalisation of children by making it seem normal

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that their fingerprints are taken at regular intervals throughout the

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day. But also the bigger question is that in the region we saw one in

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four schools taking fingerprints without parental permission. But I

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think is particularly worrying. How does it criminalise children by

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keeping data which keeps them safe and means they don't have to carry

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around large sums of money? There are alternatives, for example using

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contactless smart cards or even applications on smartphones. But the

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broader question is in an age where we are sharing more information

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about us than ever before, should young people be told at school but

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it is perfectly normal to place your fingerprint down when you are using

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services? And this is not just tracking one service, in some

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schools it is tracking three or four different services so your

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fingerprint essentially forms the same purpose as an ID card. Hasn't

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the law already changed on consent so the horse has already bolted?

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That is only for pupils who have not enrolled yet so that was from the

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beginning of this school year but our research shows that before the

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law changed, upwards of 1 million pupils were already being

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fingerprinted so this report is a wake`up call to both parents of

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pupils who started secondary school this year but also parents who had

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pupils already there to say, "do you know that your children may be being

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fingerprinted and that you have a legal right to ask for an

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alternative system to be put in place which mark" Is your advice to

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go along to the school to find out what is happening to your children?

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Ask your children, and you have a right to withdraw that consent.

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Derby train`maker Bombardier has lost work worth ?265 million with

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London Underground after admitting it couldn't complete the work on

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time. The contract was for modernising signals on almost half

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of the tube network. The news shouldn't affect train`making in

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Derby. 0 shouldn't affect train`making in

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Derby. The city's factory will continue to make underground trains

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until 2016. A new date has been set for the

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judicial review into Richard III's reburial. The case will be heard in

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the Royal Courts of Justice in London on March 13th and is expected

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to last two days. It comes after the original court battle was adjourned

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last November. Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby says the row over

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the future of the king's remains has caused considerable inconvenience.

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A homelessness charity is running a drop`in centre for dgos. Rough

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sleepers are getting free treatment for their pets, from trainee vets.

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Sleeping rough can be a dog's life for pets as well as people. And

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these monthly checks are giving Carly the basic treatment, that Paul

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simply can't afford. Most of the lads on the streets rely on their

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dogs, it is company. When you are on your own, they keep you warm as

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well. The sessions are run by students

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from the Nottingham Veterinary School. A chance to practice

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everything from microchipping to worming and fleaing under close

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supervision. The cost of veterinary care is quite expensive and to have

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that service free where they will come down to a non`judgemental

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situation and everybody respects the situation that the service uses are

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in, they feel more comfortable coming down here and they know they

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will be treated with respect and a good service from the students.

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For Carly, this is a welcome dose of tender loving care. And for Paul,

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it's peace of mind. Still to come: sky`high

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celebrations. It's 50 years since the Red Arrows first donned their

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flying gear. Now, there are big plans for a landmark anniversary.

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A spectacular display. Talking of which, here is Colin!

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It is, of course, FA Cup weekend and whatever you might have heard, no

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doubt there is still real magic about the cup. Simon has been on

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flying form for the Rams and I am sure he will want to play with Derby

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County. Just ask Derby County fans ` they're looking forward to what is

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undoubtedly one of the plum ties of the third round as they take on

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Chelsea at the iPro Stadium. Angela has been looking ahead to the big

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game. It looks like a David and Goliath

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encounter, millions of pounds separate these two teams but if Jose

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Mourinho claims to be the the special one, Steve McClaren can also

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claim to be pretty special. It is a game we have got nothing to lose in

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and it should be an enjoyable one. I think we have got a good chance of

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beating them. Steve McClaren has brought us together. A shock result

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is what Derby hope for and Chelsea have the utmost respect. I am happy

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to play against Steve. I have full respect for the championship and as

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all good managers are. He belongs to a different level so hopefully he is

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back to the Premier League soon. Premier League giants up against a

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team fighting hard to get there. Could there be an upset? Most of the

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crowd here will be hoping so. Another bit of Derby news because

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will join them after the weekend on loan.

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He scored 16 goals during a loan spell with MK Dons and was actually

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a product of the Nottingham Forest Academy. He'll be with the Rams

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until the end of the season. Nottingham Forest are likely to ring

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the changes against West Ham United on Sunday, who are likely to play a

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young side too. So, does the FA Cup still matter? Do expectations weigh

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heavily at Forest? And how does a striker look at a plan to bring in

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competition? I've been asking Reds forward, Simon Cox.

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The history around the football club is probably one of the greatest in

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the division so there is a bit of pressure but with that comes big

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personality and big performances from what we call a very good group

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of players. I think it is good. It takes a bit

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of stress away from the league. We will go against a team who might not

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be doing as well as they should be this year and it will be a good test

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for the players who may not have played as much but we will still

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field a strong team. We have all got one goal at the end

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of the season, if the manager decides to bring another striker in

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and he helps us get to our goal, I am all for that. That improves

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competition for places and that is healthy.

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It is a really good place to be. What I would say about the manager

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is that he is good at getting everybody in and keeping the smiles

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on their faces. It makes it enjoyable to come in every day and

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he knows when to have fun and when to be serious as well. The serious

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business this weekend is given serious coverage. Full live

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commentary on BBC Radio Nottingham. And on BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio

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Leicester. Leicester City are taking their brilliant league form on the

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road as well to Stoke. If they are to build on their promise and get

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themselves promoted, Stoke are exactly the kind of side that the

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Foxes will have to learn to match up to. We have to approach the game as

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we always do, I well established Premier League team against us so it

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will be a good test and we will see what happens and I am sure that it

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will be a good game. Notts County not in action this

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weekend, but Mansfield are. They have a long trip to Exeter. Weather

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permitting. In rugby, Leicester Tigers welcome

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back Captain Toby Flood for the match with Bath. He'll take the

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Number 12 shirt with Owen Williams continuing at fly`half. Bath's visit

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one of the highlights of the season. We'll round it up on Monday.

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In ice hockey, it will take something 0 0

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In ice hockey, it will take something really 0

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In ice hockey, it will take something really special for

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Notthingham Panthers to retain their league title after last night's

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defeat at runaway leaders Belfast. They'd come back from 2`0 and 3`2

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down to level it near the end, but the Giants grabbed the winner and

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are now 16 points clear 0 the Giants grabbed the winner and

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are now 16 points clear of Panthers and look like they're racing to the

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title. Still, plenty of twists and turns to

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come and the trophy up for grabs. It's 50 years since the iconic Red

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Arrows first took to the skies of Lincolnshire. To mark the

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anniversary their jets are to be given a make`over. Exact details are

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expected to be revealed in the next few months ` and the team are

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already working on a new celebratory routine.

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The Red Arrows! This is what the red arrows are famous for, action packed

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displays that entertain the crowd. And they have been doing it for

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nearly 50 years. It was a combination of several

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display teams and so we got to a fairly illustrious history. The 50

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years of the Red Arrows has seen them displayed over 4500 times in 55

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countries but it is not just about the pilots, it takes around 100

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people to get the Red Arrows off the ground. The team returned from a

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tour of the 0 ground. The team returned from a

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tour of the Middle East last year and since then they have been easy

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preparing for this season's display. We have been going a long time. But

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the future has been questioned in recent years and the team has

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recently suffered tragedy with the deaths of Flight Lieutenant John

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King and Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham in 2011. The following

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year, the team performed with just seven aircraft before bringing back

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their 0 seven aircraft before bringing back

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their signature diamond nine formation last year. Now at the

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start of their special anniversary year, the red arrows are planning a

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few surprises. There are certain elements of the aircraft that may be

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changing, that are quite significant. We are anticipating

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about 80 displays but intermittent within that display season, there

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are special events which I shall be arranging. So lots to look forward

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to 0 0 arranging. So lots to look forward

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to for enthusiasts and a busy 12 months for the team. Baulk they

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never fail to surprise me. Nothing magnificent about the

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weather at the moment but the unsettled theme is staying with us.

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There will still be some dry weather across the weekend and it looks wet

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in the morning of Sunday but maybe even a bit of sunshine on Saturday.

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Sunday starts off well but then the next Atlantique storm is coming in.

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First, the weather picture time. Think you, Tony. We have some

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sunshine when this was taken! To keep your pictures coming in to the

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e`mail address. Here is the pressure chart with an area of low pressure

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with us today which will slowly push away as it moves away. The winds

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will be lighter tomorrow but here is the next low pressure pushing in on

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Sunday. At the moment, still fairly windy out there and the winds remain

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strong throughout the evening with a scattering of blustery showers. They

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start to die at and the winds will begin to ease through the night to

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night. As they become... Temperatures down to around three

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Celsius and in rural areas, a chance of a touch of frost. The next area

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of rain pushes its way in from the South on Saturday morning, maybe

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turning wintry across the Peak District but it moves away quickly

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and some lighter winds on Saturday afternoon and possibly a bit of

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sunshine breaking through the cloud. And feeling fairly pleasant with a

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high of eight Celsius. On Sunday, there is the big deep area of low

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pressure and it will move its way in looking fairly bright to start the

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day on Sunday but you will then start to see the cloud increasing

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before the rain pushes in and as the rain moves in, the wind strengthens

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so another spell of wet and windy weather to end the week.

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It never stops. To universal acclaim, Morris will 0

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It never stops. To universal acclaim, Morris will be back with

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the late news tonight. Good night.

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