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goodbye from me. On BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams

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

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Tonight, remembering the Kegworth Air disaster. 25 years on, we speak

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to the ambulance chief whose crews were first on the scene. In other

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news, police 0 were first on the scene. In other

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news, police discover the body in Leicester. For workers apply for

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redundancy at a council that is axing hundreds of jobs. In this gun

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amnesty, I found out what happens to them next. And join me later when we

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will be gazing at stars and making comics. `` comets.

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Welcome to the programme. Our main story: Prayers have been

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said this morning in memory of the 47 people who died in the Kegworth

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air disaster. It's 25 years ago today that the aircraft crashed on

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the M1 embankment near East Midlands Airport. Villagers and relatives of

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the victims attended a service at Kegworth Parish Church. At the same

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time, wreaths were laid at the memorial in Kegworth cemetery by the

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chief constable of Leicestershire Police and a parish council

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representative who was involved in the rescue and recovery efforts in

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January 1989. The scene on the M1 today. Well, a former chief

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ambulance officer has spoken to us ` the first time he's spoken in public

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` about that night. His teams were the first to reach the site of the

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crash. James Roberson's report contains images of that night and of

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the 0 contains images of that night and of

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the aftermath 0 contains images of that night and of

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the aftermath of the tragedy. The broken fuselage of the plane on

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the M1 embankment. It had been flying from Heathrow to Belfast when

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it was diverted to East Midlands airport with an engine problem. It

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crashed onto the busy motorway is just short of the runway. I

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collected lots of letters of thanks. This was the chief ambulance

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officer. He has an archive of documents from the disaster at his

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Leicestershire home, including the official annual in`service blog for

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the night. We had a radio message to say that it was believed to be down

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on the motorway. In those days, and even staff were not paramedics.

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There was a male driver and a female attendant. several people grabbed

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the attendant and said thank you are here, they helped onto the wind and

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pushed into the aircraft. The disaster meant a new emergency

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first. Helicopters to ferry the injured from hospital stop I ran my

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crew saying, don't worry, we have you safe. We'll pop you in this

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helicopter and fly off to helicopter. 0

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helicopter and fly off to helicopter. People said, I don't

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want to do that. Some of our staff adopted the casualties and one chap

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actually flew all the way from England back to Belfast with his

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casualty because the guy was afraid of flying so he actually took him

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home. A year later, I realise the effect it had on me. At the same

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time the next year, the phone rang, and it was the control room with

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another message and I actually physically went cold. Something

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brought it all went back. All that is left is this plaque which recalls

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that 47 people died but it also pays tribute to the heroic efforts of the

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rescuers who made sure that 79 people did survive that terrible

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disaster. You can read more about the Kegworth

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disaster in BBC Online's special 25th anniversary report, which

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includes analysis of the crash and its aftermath, as well as interviews

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with the survivors. Investigations are continuing

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tonight after the discovery of a woman's body at a house in

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Leicester. Police sealed off two seperate roads in the city while

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they carried out forensic examinations. One man has been

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arrested. Helen Astle reports. Officers were called to a house on

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this street in the Belgrave area of Leicester shortly before half past

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six this morning. There, they discovered a woman's body. The road

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has remained sealed off all day. Neighbours say the couple who lived

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in the house were quiet and word well`known. I have been here for

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over 20 years and have had no problems here. All the other

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neighbours are friendly with each other. But this one particular

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neighbour, we didn't know much about them. a couple of police cars went

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past 6am. We were surprised to hear what had happened. It is not 0

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expected of this area. It is a shock, really. Less than a mile

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away, the police cordoned off another street and carried out more

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forensic examinations. Later in the afternoon, a black Vauxhall Corsa

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was taken away. There were more police in the morning. They were

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keeping quite quiet about what was going on but as the day progressed,

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they seem to be more and more police officers coming down to the 0

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they seem to be more and more police officers coming down to the street

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and investigation teams. Anybody on the street, people will tell you

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they kept to themselves. The police say the investigation they have been

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carrying out today are connected to the discovery of the woman's body. A

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man has been arrested. He is currently in hospital receiving

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treatment. In the meantime, the police are urging anyone with any

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information to contact them. Next tonight, the scale of the task

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facing our local councils as they try to balance their budgets. It's

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emerged that at least 3,500 local authority staff face losing their

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jobs in the East Midlands over the next few years. Derby City Council,

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for example, needs to shed 350 posts this year. So, how many people are

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taking voluntary redundancy? Well, so far, the council has only been

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able to offer that option to four people. Officials say that means

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it's inevitable that there'll have to be hundreds of compulsory job

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cuts. One senior politician is suggesting that it may now be time

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to consider cutting the number of councils themselves. With more

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details, here's Simon Hare. It looks like there are trouble

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times ahead for the staff of Derby City Council. 350 jobs have got to

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be cut here in the next few months. It is still not clear which posts

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will go. The counsellor in charge of the city's budget revealed on BBC

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radio Derby's breakfast show this morning that so far, it had only be

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able 0 morning that so far, it had only be

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able to offer voluntary redundancy terms to just four people. The

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inevitable outcome will have to be compulsory job cuts. That cuts are

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relentless. They are deep and sustained and we are finding it very

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difficult to find the savings and certainly, those will ultimately

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result in compulsory job cuts. Unison says it is concerned it will

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impact front line services and Derby City Council isn't alone. Just

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yesterday, we reported how Leicestershire City Council needs to

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lose about 700 posts over the next four years. Derbyshire county

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council needs to shed 0 four years. Derbyshire county

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council needs to shed about 1600. It says compulsory redundancies will be

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a last resort and Nottinghamshire county council is currently

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consulting on plan that would see 758 jobs lost. The financial

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situation facing our local authorities is so severe that one

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senior Conservative councillor, leader of the Tory group in

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Derbyshire and deputy chairman of the local government Association is

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reported to have said it could be time to cut the actual number of

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councils that represent our communities. This is East Midlands

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today. Still to come. Star spotting. It's

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that time of year when we're all encouraged to gaze towards the

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heavens. But look up tonight, and you are likely to see cloud and feel

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the rain. However, there will be some perfect stargazing 0

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the rain. However, there will be some perfect stargazing conditions

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later in the week. I will tell you when shortly.

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Police have made two arrests after a car crash in Nottingham in which two

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men died. Janaid Shafiq, aged 19, from Nottingham, and 22`year`old

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Abubakr Ahmed, from Peterborough, died at the scene. Both were

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students at Nottingham Trent University. Their car crashed into a

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tree on Carlton Road at around 11.20pm last night. A 21`year`old

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and 24`year`old have been arrested and bailed pending further

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enquiries. Elizabeth Byrne and her daughter, Skye Fletcher, were

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witnesses at the scene. I heard a loud bang, looked outside my window

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and saw blood car. I shut my mum, I rang the eminence and the police,

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and outside the was just crashed over by the tree. I spoke to the

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driver for a little bit, telling him it would be OK and that the ambience

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was on its way, we could see the eminence coming up it street and try

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to get him to stay calm. The Electoral Commission says urgent

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action should be taken in Derby to make sure May's elections are held

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securely. Officials have identified the city as being at 'higher risk'

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of electoral fraud, after four people were found guilty of offences

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in July last year. The Commission wants tighter security at polling

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stations, such as voters showing ID as well as their polling card.

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Weapons collected by Leicestershire Police 0

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Weapons collected by Leicestershire Police during an amnesty have been

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melted down today. More than one hundred and thirty firearms

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including antique rifles and fake Uzi machine guns were handed in last

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September. The police say the operation is a major step in making

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sure guns are kept out of the hands of criminals. But once they've been

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melted down where do they end up? Eleanor Garnier's been to find out.

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Molten iron at a cool 1500 Celsius but some of this metal has been hot

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property. Temperatures in this factory, a sign of the lengths the

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police are going to to cut down on crime. These weapons were all

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collected in a gun amnesty back in September last year. Officers say

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around 130 guns were handed in and half of them were illegal because

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they weren't registered with the police. And now they are all for the

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melting pot. Destined to be destroyed. we have loads of weapons

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from the mystique, shotguns, rifles, handguns, pistols, and there is even

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an Uzi in here. Some of them can be used to threaten people and cause

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people fear, violence, so it is important that all the weapons,

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whether fake or real, are melted down and turned into another ``

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other things. Once the weapons are delivered to this factory near

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Melton Mowbray, there is no turning back. Picked up by a giant magnet,

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they are melting down with other scrap metal, and finally, and

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perhaps surprisingly, ending up like this, as 0

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perhaps surprisingly, ending up like this, as greats for drains and

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manhole covers. Nottingham's tram system should be

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extended even further ` to Kimberley, according to a Government

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planning inspector. Phase two of the tram is currently under construction

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and 0 tram is currently under construction

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and will reach Clifton and Chilwell. Planning inspector Kathleen Ellison,

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said extending the network to Kimberley should be regarded as

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desirable. The recommendation was made in a report allowing an appeal

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for 116 homes on the potential route through Nuthall.

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A 16`year`old boy who went missing from his home in Derby on New Year's

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Eve has been found safe and well. Tristan Wilson left his home over a

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week ago. Officers had appealed for information on his 0

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week ago. Officers had appealed for information on his whereabouts.

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Police say he was found in the area of the city this morning.

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Students at the University of Leicester are to be offered paid

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internships whilst studying for their degrees. The project will

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provide 500 placements for undergraduates each year, as Sumeer

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Kalyani reports. Pod casting with a purpose. This woman is recording her

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latest staff interviews. It is part of the new job at the University of

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Leicester which she secured after following a graduate internship at

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its PR department. The job market is so combat that it is 0

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its PR department. The job market is so combat that it is so having any

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of that unity to do an internship before you graduate has got to be

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invaluable. The University will provide paid casements to 500

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undergraduates every year which it claims 0

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undergraduates every year which it claims is a sound investment. our

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students faced tough competition from students around the world so

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what this gives them is a strong platform. Business leaders have

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criticised 0 platform. Business leaders have

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criticised students for not having the necessary skills when they leave

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college. I think those students who have spent time in the working world

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are much more prepared for it when they leave university, they know

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what to expect, then know how to behave in a 0

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what to expect, then know how to behave in a working environment and

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then had to be a response or member of the team and the difference is

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very stark. It is hoped the project will help students be more prepared

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for the workplace. It's one of the UK's oldest schools

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of art and design ` for 170 years a variety of budding artists have

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learnt their craft in Nottingham. Now an exhibition at Nottingham

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Trent University is showcasing their work and exploring the school's

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origins. I went to take a look. From the acclaimed painter Dame Laura

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Knight to rock music photographer, this is Nottingham Trent

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University's own wall of fame, the works of 100 former students are

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being displayed across the campus to mark 170 years of art education. The

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School of Art and design originally started as the Nottingham government

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School of design. It was one of several institutions set up to

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improve the design skills of industrial workers. Soon enough, it

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attracted hundreds of local lace workers. They understood the

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economic imperatives for the country so Art and design education started

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to support the manufacturing industry and also because it was

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believed that we needed to develop a consumer market for products within

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the UK. Stuart Trevor is founder of the UK fashion chain all Saints. He

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was a student here in the late 1980s. Some of his designs feature

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in the exhibition. They have external tutors, they come in, they

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are designers and they come in and they inspire you and you learn from

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them what it is like to go out into the big wide world and come up with

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something. The school has come a long way since its industrial

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origins with modern techniques and innovations at the heart of

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teaching. This exhibition, which runs for a month, is as much as

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about celebrity the past as looking output can come next. Did you know,

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the musician Damon Albarn's parents went to Nottingham Trent University

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and they are artists and their work is at the university.

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Coming up, stand by for some celestial bodies. Yes, why has this

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static that is making my head going wild got anything to do with outer

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space? The report coming up will be out of this world. It is time for

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the sports news. We start with football. We have rugby and ice

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hockey coming up to. First, the former Derby and Notts

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County defender Michael Johnson has denied being homophobic in the wake

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of stepping down from the FA's anti discrimination board after making

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controversial comments two years ago. On the BBC show The Big

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Questions, 0 ago. On the BBC show The Big

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Questions, he said this: despite the campaign against

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homophobia, do you support the fight against 0

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homophobia, do you support the fight against homophobia? Listen, what I

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support their campaign? Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible

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that I read, in that chapter in the Bible, it does state that

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homosexuality is... He says he is deeply sorry and regrets coating

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that part of the Bible and felt put on the spot J wring the programme.

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Johnson had a 20`year career in the game and was working voluntarily for

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the FA anti`discrimination advisory board. He said he felt he had to

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step down but felt it was a great shame. He insisted he doesn't

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discriminate against gay people and wanted the chance to show he had

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changed his views. Next Leicester City manager Nigel

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Pearson has given his strongest hint yet there may be movement on player

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contracts at the club. Ten Foxes players, and Nigel Pearson himself

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are out of the contract in the summer and as Kirsty Edwards reports

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it looks like it will be an interesting January. This could well

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be a profitable month for the foxes. All the talk not only about the

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players that may be coming in during the transfer window but crucially,

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in succession continues over the feature 0

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in succession continues over the feature of a number of the current

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stars. Amongst the ten out of contract at the end of the season

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are the likes of gold paper Kasper Schmeichel, Captain Wes Morgan and

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leading scorer David Nugent. Fans fear other clubs may capitalise on

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the situation and try to lure them away this January and some of them

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have expressed their frustration that as yet, there has been no new

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deal offered. 0 that as yet, there has been no new

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deal offered. I do understand there has been a feeling in security may

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be amassing the fans have probably voiced some opinion in those lines

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but hopefully, things will resolve themselves in a positive manner for

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everybody. Alternately, we have to try and keep minds on the job in

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hand and that is to try and achieve promotion this season. If we work in

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the same fashion, we have a good chance to 0

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the same fashion, we have a good chance to do that. While he hopes to

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keep hold of his big stars, he is also looking to add to the squad. I

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will do everything to keep my squad gather and hopefully add to it and

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go from there. Could we see any deals being done in the near future?

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I don't know what the near future is but let's hope so.

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Derby have completed the sale of winger Michael Jacobs to Wolves.

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Jacobs leaves the Rams just 18 months after arriving from

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Northampton. It's thought the deal is worth ?300,000 with a sell`on

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clause included. Rugby and at Leicester Tigers, Toby

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Flood's England career looks to be over as he's set to be left out of

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the Six Nations squad. Flood has won 60 caps for his country over the

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past seven years. But his decision to move to French side Toulouse next

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season goes against head coach Stuart Lancaster's rule of only

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picking players based in England. And Tigers coach Richard Cockerill

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wouldn't be surprised to see him left out. The rules are if you go

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abroad, you won't get picked for England. He's with us now so they

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can him for the six Nations but like most coaches, they look to the

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future, if Toby is not going to be around next season, there is some

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sense in looking forward and getting one of the younger guys in. But we

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will see tomorrow at 12 o'clock when they announced the squad. We will

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indeed. And in ice hockey, the Nottingham

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Panthers are in Scotland to face the Braehead Clan tonight in the second

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leg of the Challenge Cup Quarter final. The Panthers take an 8`0 lead

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into the tie. Natalie, thank you very much indeed.

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Next tonight, 0 very much indeed.

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Next tonight, be prepared ` we are now going to take you out of this

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world. Where did the stars come from? What would an alien look like?

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What is it like to explore Mars? Well, at Leicester University, they

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are dedicating this evening to the wonders of the universe. Our very

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own star Jo is there. Hello. When I was a child, this was as good as

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gold `` stargazing God. If you are very lucky and sophisticated, you've

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got to use something like this, probably a bit smaller. Now, if you

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are a fan of space, you get to come to nights like this, . This is what

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has inspired the event at Leicester, BBC Two's Stargazing

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Live. It has attracted a host of new fans to our solar system. Here they

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ask, some of them making most of the cosmic fun. I like space. Being here

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allows you to be part of something that is quite over and, looking into

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space, and for them, it is oh look, there is the and the Earth. What are

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you making? I am making comics. We are making it with Worcester sauce,

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and dirt. And sand and water. I am standing on a Vander Graaf generator

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and that is all to do with the aurora borealis, the Northern

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lights, you can look at rockets. You can make, it's with dry ice, try

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some freeze`dried marshmallows. They are expecting 2500 people here

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tonight. Astronomy has taken off. It certainly has taken. Paul, how is

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it? You are 0 certainly has taken. Paul, how is

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it? You are macro 0 certainly has taken. Paul, how is

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it? You are macro it is very popular. It is great. The general

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public can ask scientists questions and that is what makes it so

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popular. How important is it, Lewis, that we look at outer space? I think

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we are a cubist bunch. We try to understand the world around us as

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well as space and use 0 understand the world around us as

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well as space and use that information to inform us what we do

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back down here on Earth. It inspires people, it gets kids into science,

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that is important, but by learning things in outer space, we can apply

:24:40.:24:43.

that knowledge and technology back on Earth in hospitals and in the

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third world, it is all about transferring knowledge, not just

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keeping it where it is. I know you look at whether there is life out

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there, is there? maybe. Maybe there is an intelligent alien in the

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galaxy looking back. I think it is more likely we have some hardy life

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forms, something like bacteria on the surface 0 0

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forms, something like bacteria on the surface of Mars. Clearly, Lester

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is very much a centre. Thank you very much. Tonight, it BM, BBC Two,

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Stargazing Live. 7pm, here tonight, a big stargazing outdoor event but I

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have to say it is pouring down so I guess we will be finding out soon in

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the weather whether that will be successful or not. It is funny you

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should say that. We're about to bind up the good news or not, it is very

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dependent on the weather. Tonight is in the best night to be out

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stargazing with all the rain we have on the way. But things do improve

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with clearer skies expected overnight, Thursday, Friday and

:25:49.:25:53.

Saturday so some good news there. Back to now, we do have rain pushing

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in and what we have to bear in mind is another of our rivers have flood

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alerts in force and with the added rainfall tonight, 0

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alerts in force and with the added rainfall tonight, there is that risk

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so do be extra careful if you are heading out and about. He was the

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low pressure that is bringing in the rain at the moment. It is relatively

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small at the moment. It will be quite quick to move away to give us

:26:13.:26:17.

an improving story on Thursday. Here is the current position of the rain

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that is with us at the moment. It is patchy but it will turn increasingly

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intense as we go into the early hours of Thursday morning, just for

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a time. Once it clears away, behind it we will start to see the showers

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push in. They are heavy in nature and they do have the risk of rumble

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of thunder. All the cloud and rain, it is a mild night, though, seven

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Celsius. 0 it is a mild night, though, seven

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Celsius. The showers still with us first thing tomorrow morning but

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they start to die out and it is an improving story throughout the day.

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One or two showers around but bright and sunny intervals as we go into

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the afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow, we'll look at highs of

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nine Celsius but the wind starts to change election and it will be more

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northwesterly and you will notice it feeling a bit cold as you head Frome

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from work tomorrow. Cloud coverage will increase to the day and this

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area of rain, as it makes its way towards us, it will start to ease so

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patchy rain towards the end of the day. Let's look at the day. Say

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hello to high pressure, a rare sight at the moment, it will be crisp,

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cold, but plenty of sunshine so let's look forward to that.

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cold, but plenty of sunshine so let's Little bird tells me it will

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be a lot colder next week, possibly, we shall see. I shall be back with

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the late news. I do hope you can tune in. Until then, good night.

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