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

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Tonight, a breakthrough in treating high blood pressure. We speak to the

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first patients to benefit. It made my life a lot better. It is going

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down. Also denied: New delays and diversions for motorists on the big

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return to work. Plus the day the wheels of justice grind to a halt.

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For the first time in history, barristers and solicitors across

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England and Wales, who care about justice, are refusing to go to

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court. And ladies and gentlemen, this may be the only functioning

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Victorian music saloon outside of London but now, the amazing

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revelations beneath my feet, about what they want to do with the

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ancient floors below. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's

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programme. First tonight: breakthrough surgery for high blood

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pressure has been performed for the first time, in the East Midlands.

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Linval Henry from Nottingham underwent the procedure because

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medication wasn't adequately controlling his condition.

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The experimental technique involves burning nerves around the main

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artery supplying the kidneys. As Our health correspondent Rob Sissons

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reports, doctors in Nottingham now hope more patients will benefit.

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The procedure is called... It is offering hope to patients for whom

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medication hasn't really brought down their blood pressure enough. In

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Nottingham, they are hoping to come one of 12 centres across the UK

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doing more of the work. This man is proud to be a first patient to have

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it done in the East Midlands. A few weeks on and his blood pressure is

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down from sky`high levels. I feel a lot better in myself. I am not in

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pain any more. The technique uses a catheter. This tip burns the nerves

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surrounding the main artery to the kidneys. The labs where the

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procedure was done were busy with different cases today but they hope

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to do more patients here like him. There is a communication process

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between the brain and kidney which is to do with how the body sets the

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blood pressure and how it regulates the blood pressure. It seems to be

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that if you interrupt the communication, mainly in what course

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of the Vatican nerves, you reduce the signals which are driving blood

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pressure up. At home, he was on 12 different medications a day to

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control blood pressure. Now it is five. His father died young because

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of hypertension. He had always feared a similar fate. Everything is

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going the way the doctor wants it to go. I am not really too worried. At

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Nottingham City Hospital, they want to do more of these procedures. But

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there are lifestyle changes they stress people can make to bring down

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blood pressure, just as `` such as giving up smoking, reducing salt,

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taking more exercise and losing weight.

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Well, a little earlier I spoke to Simon Cooke from The Stroke

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Association who told me the procedure could help save the lives

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of people who are not benefiting from medication. It is great that

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any new procedure is coming which helps reduce the risk of stroke,

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particularly for this group of patients. It will save lives. That

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is hugely welcome. We would hope that more money could be put into

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research to further the development. How big is the risk of

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stroke for those who have high blood pressure? It is estimated that

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around 54% of people who have a stroke have high blood pressure is a

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contributing factor. It is hugely significant. You welcome new

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treatments but do you think people are doing enough to reduce the risk

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of strokes in terms of their own lifestyle? There are always things

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if we can do to help reduce risk. I think the first and most important

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is to get along to your GP or health practice and have your blood

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pressure checked regularly, at least once a year. BP is a situation where

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you cannot necessarily experience symptoms so you need to have a

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cheque. Lifestyle factors also come into play. Cutting out smoking,

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reducing alcohol intake, reducing salt intake and taking regular

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exercise will all help. Still to come: better news on the

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weather. Are the storms running out of steam? And we'll take a look at a

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mammoth art display inside a shopping centre.

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Each one is a work of art. Here to help, elephants like this one. She

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lost part of her leg to a landmine. 13 people have appeared in court

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accused of taking part in a Leicester`based immigration scam.

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They're all suspected of involvement in sham marriages. Our Social

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Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, was in court and joins us now. What

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happened today? Eight men and five women appeared

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here today. Between them, we heard that they're facing a long list of

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immigration charges. They're all Nigerian, Cameroonian or Portugese

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nationals. And they're all accused of organising or taking part in sham

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marriages over more than a decade. Now they were all arrested back in

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May last year. Several at addresses here in Leicester. Others around

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London and Peterborough. Among them, Antonio Semedo. He's a Portuguese

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national. Today he denied marrying a Nigerian woman to deceive the

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immigration authorities. Some of the others are facing criminal charges.

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One of those other people who appeared today has been charged with

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possessing a number of fake documents. We will hear more about

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these allegations when the case comes to the Crown Court later this

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year. This is a real priority for the immigration authorities. Because

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sham marriages are organised purely to get round the British residency

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rules. Essentially to help non`European nationals con their way

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into getting permission to settle here and work here.

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Police are still waiting to question a woman who was arrested after a

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baby was born at a sports warehouse in Derbyshire. Officers were called

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to Sports Direct in Shirebrook on New Years Day, where the baby boy

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was found, having been born in what they've called unusual

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circumstances. A 28`year`old woman has been arrested on suspicion of

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wilful neglect. Both the mother and her baby are being treated at the

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Leicester Royal Infirmary. The baby is said to be making good progress.

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An 18`year`old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his

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closest friend who was found dead in his burnt out car last July. Ryan

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Morrell had fallen asleep in the car after attending the Fristock

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festival near Melton Mowbray. Jack Buckley accidentally dropped his

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lighter while searching for his possessions in the dark. He didn't

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know anyone was in the car but failed to raise the alarm after the

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fire started. Sentencing has been adjourned.

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Next tonight: a new year and a new series of major roadworks across the

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East Midlands. Millions of pounds is being spent improving key junctions

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across the region. Inevitably, there'll be congestion.

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Chaos even, according to some. Sarah Teale has been taking a look at

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what's happening. Sarah, these road improvements seem to be

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never`ending. They do don't they and that's

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because there's been a lot going on across the East Midlands over the

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last few months. Major roadworks still ongoing of course on the A453

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into Nottingham. Beeston's got major tramworks and improvements are being

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made around the Fosse Park roundabout in leicester. And now

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there's more roadworks starting. Over in Derbyshire work has begun to

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widen and improve safety at two roundabouts on the A38 in

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Derbyshire. It's all part of a ?317 million improvement programme to

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reduced congestion and boost the local economy. So until June

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there'll be lane closures and speed restrictions at the Little Eaton and

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Markeaton roundabouts. Work will take place outside of rushhour

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between 9.30 and three, and again at night to try and keep disruption to

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a minimum. Moving further south, into Leicestershire, the busy

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Catthhorpe Interchange of the M1 at junction 19 is to undergo major

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roadworks. It's going to take a massive three years to complete and

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the Highways Agency says over all of that time people should allow extra

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time for their journeys. Complete overnight motorway closures start

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tonight and continue all week so if you do travel that route its worth

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checking the Highways Agency website for detailed information. Into

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Loughborough and there's been huge disruption while the inner relief

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road is being built. Work has entered the last major phase with

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improvements now taking place at the junctions of Leicester and

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Southfield Road and High Street and Woodgate. When that's finished at

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the end of March work will move to the Epinal way/Forest Road junction.

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Work on the whole scheme isn't due to finish until this autumn. So why

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is all of this work happening at once? I asked Andy Butterfield from

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the Highways Agency. Although it may not seem it, those works have been

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carefully planned and coordinated with all those partners to try to

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make sure there is as little disruption as possible. Most of the

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work is happening at night or between the rush hours. We have to

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accept that there will be some short`term pain for the long`term

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gain that the works will deliver. The government is consulting on

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plans to set up a 60mph speed limit for a 32`mile stretch of the M1 from

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junction 28 Matlock all the way up to junction 35. That would be 7am to

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7pm every day and why? In a bid to cut pollution. So all in all not the

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best new years news for motorists. Still to come: in sport, Forest club

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Captain Andy Reid looks back on a good day at the office.

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Reidy scored yesterday's fifth and final goal against West Ham in the

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FA cup and signed a new contract at the City Ground.

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The Chancellor, George Osborne, warned today that 2014 will see

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further significant cuts to public spending. And it seems the

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continuing austerity will affect everyone, even barristers.

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They're already up in arms over proposals by the Ministry of Justice

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to cut the legal aid budget. This morning they made their feelings

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known by bringing many of our Crown Courts to a virtual standstill.

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Today is a momentous day. For the first time in history, barristers

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and solicitors across England and Wales, who care about justice, are

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refusing to go to court. Criminal solicitors and barristers from

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Leicester and Nottingham gathered outside the Galleries of Justice as

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part of a national mourning of protest. Our system of justice is

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the envy of the world but gradually, over time, it has become starved of

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resources. The Ministry of Justice says further cuts are essential as

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the local... If these cuts come into effect, the advocacy in the Crown

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Court could be affected because we will not be able to recruit and keep

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the very best people to do the job. Some of these cases are very complex

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and have a special needs, especially for victims and witnesses. They

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argue the profession is in crisis and most barristers are not paid fat

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cat amounts. The real figures for 25% of the criminal bar is that 25%

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of them take gross ?25,000 a year or less. The mystery of justice says

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these cuts will save ?220 million a year and still leave us with one of

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the most generous legal aid system is in the world. But barristers

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argue these figures are misleading and that the cuts will degrade the

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criminal justice system irreparably. The parents of a Nottinghamshire

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teenager with anorexia say they're having to travel to Yorkshire just

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so she can get the care she needs. There's currently no in`patient

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facility for anorexia in Nottinghamshire, despite an internal

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review highlighting the need for a specialist service. The local NHS

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Trust says it doesn't want to take children away from their families.

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The Robinsons say their daughter Amelia needs better support closer

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to home. And on Inside Out East Midlands this

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evening you can hear from other local families affected by Anorexia,

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that's on BBC One from 7.30. It's been described as one of the

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East Midlands historic and architectural gems. Now even more of

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its hidden past is about to be revealed.

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We're talking about the Malt Cross, the only surviving saloon music hall

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outside London. As James Roberson reports, it's just won nearly ?1.4

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million from the Lottery to open three floors, including the 11th

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century caves, below the existing Victorian building.

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Tucked away on Saint James's Street just off the old Market Square, the

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exterior belies its spectacular interior. Built in 1877, it is now

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the only functioning saloon music hall outside the capital but it is

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not the spark that has changed, it is what lies beneath. In the 80s and

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90s, the two floors below were used as an Indian restaurant but the

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partly hidden Victorian colours reveal that this was originally a

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very different space. Here we are on the lower ground floor. Got to

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imagine that the ceiling wasn't there and around the top here would

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have been a balcony. Just like in the top. Just like the top. This

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flaw would have been a Victorian roller`skating rink. It says on the

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blueprints. It was also used as a billiards room. Perhaps the most

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extraordinary area is the third floor down. This cave was from the

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old monastery that stood on the side from 1100. The monks would have

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brought up water to make wine and beer and cider. They would have

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stored it along these prints here, along with meat, so that you

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couldn't see the rat bites in it or the mould. Here is the boiler that

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would have heated the building in Victorian times. ?1.38 million from

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the Heritage lottery fund will transform all of these three

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currently hidden levels. The idea that we gave them they thought were

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really exciting, to engage with tourism, artists and musicians and

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Heritage craft that would have been associated with the music Hall at

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the time. It was cute too good an offer to turn down. Heritage is an

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important part of tourism and this is fantastic news for the city. It

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will bring people from all over the UK and hopefully all over the world.

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The trust hope to open the three floors this coming September.

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Well I never. Fascinating. It's time now for sport.

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First tonight the club captain of Nottingham Forest has been in our

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new look studio this afternoon after signing a new contract at the City

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Ground. His new deal was announced yesterday after Forest thrashed West

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Ham of the Premier League by 5`0, in the FA cup. Andy scored the fifth

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and final goal of the game to take his team into the fourth round in

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style! Shortly after the club released the news that he'd extended

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his contract by two and a half years. Earlier Reidy popped in to

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chat to us and told me how he now wants to go and lead his team into

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the Premier League. It is a relief. It is something that I suppose plays

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on your mind sometimes and now that it is sorted, it's great. I'm

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absolutely delighted. The club have been good to me and I think I've

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been good to them. It was the right thing to get it done. The timing is

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pretty good as well, I suppose, on the back of a win yesterday. And

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what a result in the cup for you yesterday. We've got some footage of

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the goals. The first one, a penalty by... He is not shy, is it?

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Obviously not. Would he have been in trouble as captain if this had not

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have gone on? Yes, of course. If you are going to do something like that,

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there are risks that come with it. He got away with it yesterday but I

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wouldn't be keen on him doing that again. Your heart must have been in

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your mouth. Listen, it went in, so that is the main thing. I thought

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Henry was going to take it because he scored the last one that he took.

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Jamal looked like he really fancy that. He is not too shy so he ended

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up taking it and luckily enough, it went in. In the second half, the

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hat`trick, which we can see, he is an extraordinary talent. What is

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special about him? He was fantastic yesterday. He has done well since he

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has come in. It has been a start`up for him and he has a bit to learn.

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He is another lad in our squad who isn't shy. We all like him. He has

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been threatening to do this for awhile. He's been a little bit

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unlucky and yesterday, things went well for him. If he keeps his feet

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on the ground, has a fantastic feature again `` ahead of him. The

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third goal was a fantastic goal. You also got on the fourth `` scoresheet

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yourself. What would it mean for you to have a good season in the

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championship? Things are going really well at the moment. I've

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scored a couple of goals and that always helps. I was absolutely

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delighted to get on the scoresheet yesterday. I made a late run. My

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legs were a little bit tired after all the games that we've played. It

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was nice to round the day off with a goal and then get the contract

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sorted, and of him that goes with it. It turned out to be a fantastic

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day for me and for the club and everybody involved. A special day.

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Thanks for coming in. Now onto Derby, where it's not just

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Rams fans hoping to see them in the Premier League next season. Jose

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Mourinho's is rooting for them too. His Chelsea side beat them 2`0 in

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the cup but it was a performance Derby could be proud of.

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The magic of the FA Cup was well and truly alive at Derby, a sell`out

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crowd, hopes high for an upset. This Chelsea side are real contenders for

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the Premier league title. If Derby are going to make it nine wins out

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of 11, they are going to have to be at their very best.

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We are going to have you, Chelsea. They will rise to the occasion and

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hopefully upset the special one. No lack of respect for the cup from

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Jose Mourinho. Some changes to his team but still packed full of stars.

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It was a good first half for Derby. They had a number of chances. And

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they were strong in defence, too, mainly restricting the visitors to

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some long`range shots. As the game went on, Chelsea looked more and

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more threatening. The player broke the deadlock after 65 minutes. Just

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five minutes later, O made sure of the win. There was still time for

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Derby to threaten but it wasn't to be. I wish them the best for the

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championship. I hope that next season, I can come here, not in the

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cup but in the Premier league. The players were doing all the talking

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beforehand and they were saying, this is where we want to be, we want

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to play like this every week. They have put a lot of responsibility on

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themselves. They must feel now, that experiencing that packed stadium,

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that they want more of this. Derby and Leicester play each other

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this coming Friday. With that in mind Leicester City boss Nigel

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Pearson rested five players against Stoke as they lost 2`1 in their cup

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game over the weekend. Promotion is the priority so it was

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a result which went `` will not hurt too much. Jones gave Stoke a

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first`half lead, before of the few highlights in a fairly ordinary

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game. This was the strike for Charlie Adam, to make it 2`0. Less

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to got a goal back but they couldn't force a replay.

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In the league, there was no game for Notts County, but Mansfield Town's

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revival continued at Exeter. Lee Stevenson scored just before half

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time to make it three games without defeat for the Stags in League Two.

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Rugby, and the Leicester Tigers needed a last minute try to prevent

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being beaten by old rivals Bath. There was a full house yesterday to

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see the Tigers take the lead with this Benjamin try. But they are

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missing almost a full team of players with injuries and the

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pressure showed. Bath went ahead, scoring the next three tries. With

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ten minutes left, this player crept in behind the forwards and crawled

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over to give Leicester a chance to get back in the game. They grabbed

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that chance in the last minute. It needed the video referee to confirm

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that Jamie Gibson had touched down fairly in the corner. So the scores

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were level. It left this kick to win it. In the wind and rain, Owen

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Williams just push it wide. In ice hockey there was no close

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finish at the National Ice Centre. The Panthers had an emphatic win

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over Cardiff Devils Nottingham scored five times in the first

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period. And they got eight goals in a remarkable 20 minutes to blow away

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their Welsh visitors. Two players got hat tricks. First it was Matt

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Ryan. And then local boy Rob Lachovitz got his third to complete

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a 9`2 thrashing. You may not have herd but there's

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been a stampede of elephants through two of our biggest shopping centres.

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Don't worry though, they're not real.

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In fact, they're rather beautiful and they're here for a very good

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reason as Jo Healey discovered. There are 30 of them, here, on a

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mission. This is to protect the Indian elephants. Elephants are my

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favourite animal. They remind you of India and I am so happy to be here.

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There is a message to save elephants. They are so beautiful and

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intelligent. Yeah, really good. We want to save them, definitely. And,

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Asian elephants are threatened with extinction, partly their habitat

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disappearing, son, injured like landmines. And here is the

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inspiration behind the whole tour. The reason why we are doing it is to

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raise money for the Asian elephant foundation. As well as running shop

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and it `` shopping centres, we are passionate about elephant

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conservation. Each elephant weighs ten stone, was manoeuvred in here by

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a forklift truck and a seam of six people. They finished in the early

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hours of this morning but luckily, they are here for another five

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weeks. I love elephants. They are very

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intelligent, you know. Just like you!

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We've had some gorgeous winter sunshine today but we still cannot

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get away from those wins at the moment. We have low anchored to the

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north and west of the UK. It has been battering us with its wins all

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day long. But things are improving over the next few days. We don't see

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that area of low pressure starting to fill in and push its way

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northwards. We can see the ice bars will open out. We have to keep a

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close eye on this cheeky chappie which may come in on Wednesday.

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Otherwise, it is looking pretty decent for the next few days. It is

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a lot calmer. Winds will be a lot lighter. It will be drier as well.

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Those showers will start to diminish and we are staying on the mild side

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as well. We've had a little bit of a forcefield around East Midlands so

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far today with not too many of these showers pushing in. A couple of them

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are trying to creep into the north and west now and these may continue

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during the evening of the first part of the night. Generally, it is

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drying up to the latter part. We will see temperatures falling away.

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Not falling very far at all. Those of seven or eight Celsius. That is

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about where we should be for the daytime maximum temperatures for

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this time of year. The winds will stay quite strong tonight. They

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would be their first thing. A couple of showers around first thing as

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well. These should become a lot lighter and they will eventually die

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away into the afternoon. Some sunshine to enjoy later in the day.

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The winds will ease down as well. It's a lot better in terms of how it

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feels with highs of nine or 10 Celsius. In two Wednesday and a

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decent day for daylight hours on Wednesday. Perhaps a little bit of

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rain creeping in later on but pretty decent.

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You like the changes we've made to our studio. Goodbye.

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TOM: # And if there's anybody left in here

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# That doesn't want to be out there... #

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