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from the Atlantic. Thank you very much. That's it from us.

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

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Tonight, a High Court battle for the heart surgeon who unwittingly

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infected five patients with a deadly bug.

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John Lu deeply regretted the deaths but now he wants to return to the

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operating theatre. Also tonight, a masked man snatches

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a pedigree puppy in a violent raid on a couple was like home. It was a

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matter of minutes and it was all over and they had got away with the

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dog. And the student hoping to make a new

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home on the planet Mars. And a special departure

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announcement. After 53 years, Eddie has left the job he loved. I feel

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really proud. A surgeon who transmitted a bug

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which killed five of his patients is to take his employers to the High

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Court in a dispute over his return to the operating theatre.

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Six of John Lu's other patients survived the infection following

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surgery at Nottingham City Hospital's Trent Cardiac Centre.

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Now, in what's being described as an unprecedented case, the consultant

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is taking legal action. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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The surge in the John Lu was carrying area infection.

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Unwittingly, it was transmitted to patients during heart valve surgery.

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He apologised family. Reflecting on what happened, one woman who

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survived the infection says it is now right he should operate again

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and stresses agents must be told about his past. He is a brilliant

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surgeon and I think if they were open with everybody and talked

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privately and confidentially with that person then they could make an

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informed decision whether or not to put their life in his hands. The

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hospital trust recently wrote to patients and relatives. It said that

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John Lu should adhere to certain conditions before operating again.

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He disagrees with some of them. A hospital statement says...

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At Nottingham City Hospital these days John Lu works with outpatients

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and doesn't do operations. Five years on from the deaths, it is not

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clear how the disease was transmitted to the patients. In this

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Leicestershire village, another survivor told me he doesn't think it

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is right that John Lu goes back into theatre. Until you have the

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evidence, I can't see how you can be sure it won't happen again. I think

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that is fundamental to whether there is an opportunity for John Lu to

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operate again. The case will be heard at the High Court next month.

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A couple are recovering from their injuries after a man forced his way

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into their home to steal a pedigree puppy.

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Terry Hayes is terminally ill and had to be taken to hospital after

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the incident. His family, from Nottingham, fear the dog will die as

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it's too young to be separated from its mother.

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Pebbles the pug gave birth to three puppies three weeks ago but now she

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has only got two after one was stolen in a robbery. A woman has

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arranged to come and view them on Wednesday evening. She came into the

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living room and within a couple of seconds, someone, a man came in and

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tried to put the mum in a bag. I struggled with. My husband came out

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and tried to hit him. He pushed him to the ground. Terry Hayes is still

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in recovery in hospital. He is terminally ill with emphysema. He

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has got days, weeks, we take it every day with him. This has left us

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all devastated. Mrs Hayes also suffered a broken wrist. They are

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concerned for the welfare of the puppy that was taken. If he is not

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dead now, he will be probably by the end of the night, because they get

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dehydrated so quickly and the body starts to shut down. We are offering

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a reward for information. Which leads to either the arrest of the

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people responsible are the safety return of the dog.

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For footie fans, the weekend starts here. And what a weekend it promises

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to be. With a taster of what's to come in

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sport, Here's Colin. Because what is to come tonight as

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an all East Midlands clash. Leicester and Derby at the top of

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the championship meeting tonight here at the King Power Stadium.

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A man murdered in Derby has been named by police. 54`year`old David

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Hunter, from Breadsall Hilltop, died early yesterday as a result of head

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injuries. Detectives believe he was attacked with a weapon just after

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midnight. A 37`year`old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and

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is being questioned by police. Meanwhile, detectives in Leicester

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have named a woman found dead at a house in Belgrave earlier this week.

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She was Sameena Zaman. The 34`year`old was found at a house on

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Down Street early on Wednesday morning. A man's been arrested on

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suspicion of murder. He's receiving treatment in hospital.

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A ten`year`old girl has backed a campaign for all children to be

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vaccinated against a potentially fatal strain of meningitis.

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Three years ago, Isabelle Weall from Derby had to have both arms and both

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legs amputated to save her life. Her parents' call for the vaccine to be

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made available has been taken up by their MP. Quentin Rayner reports.

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Isabelle Weall first came to everyone's attention during the

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Diamond Jubilee when she presented a posy to the Duchess of Cambridge on

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a visit to Nottingham. Now she strives to do as much as she can buy

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herself including putting on her prosthetic limbs. She is in no doubt

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why a vaccine to put text against meningitis B should be offered to

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every child. I don't like the idea of other children going through the

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same as me because it is not exactly nice. It would be really good if

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nobody else gets it. All children are offered free vaccines against

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meningitis but not the vaccine which is available for the B strain. The

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local MP is calling on the government to pay for it. I am

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arguing with the government that the continuing cost, not just the

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immediate cost, of new limbs, wheelchairs, extra school support

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and then work will make it cost`effective for the whole country

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to be vaccinated. She has been ill for three years and we have seen

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hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on her and with hundreds of

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cases of meningitis each year, this has to be multiplied across and

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surely it is cost`effective. The government says it will seriously

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look at the apostle. `` proposal. Next, new hopes that this region

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could see a long`term recovery in the construction industry rather

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than a return to boom and bust. One house`builder hopes the upturn

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will mean a 10`15% increase in business over the next year. As Mike

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O'Sullivan reports, the firm says prospects have been boosted by the

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Government's help`to buy`schemes. How firm are the foundations for the

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recovery in the construction industry? Now times are better, I

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asked a senior figure at a Leicestershire building company,

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will it last? We are optimistic about the future and we are looking

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at opening more sites and taking on more personnel to meet our business

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growth. We hope it is a sound, safe recovery. They are now on to phase

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two on this site in the heart of Leicester. They are holding around

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70 three and four bedroomed homes. It comes at a time when the Royal

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Institute of Chartered Surveyors says 70% more of its people in the

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region are facing an increase in workload. The word on the street, or

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on the site, seems to be that we have plenty of arcade others. It is

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good now the work has picked up. Is the upturn dependent on government

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Help to Buy schemes. Some people say it could create a housing bubble. We

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think that it is just that the market has taken a turn for the

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better but there is still a lot of caution. The firm is building on

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around 25 sites and hopes that that could increase up to 15% in one

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year. A man from Derby has been selected

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as a candidate for a one`way mission to Mars. Ryan MacDonald hopes to be

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among the first group of settlers on the Red Planet in the year 2025.

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He's on a world`wide short list of just over 1000 people. As Simon Ward

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reports, the mission will be televised and so all the funding for

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it will come from advertising. Ryan MacDonald is packing for his

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return to Oxford University to study physics. In ten years he could be

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packing for a space to Morris, knowing he can't come back to earth.

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`` Mars. Including humans is the next jointly. The project is

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organised by a nonprofit organisation. There will be a

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relative TV programme but with real consequences. I think about all the

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things I will gain from going there. I will see things no one has ever

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seen before. Every rock is brand`new. Imagine who in history

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has ever seen a blue sunset over a mountain so high you can't even see

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you're standing on it. It could be in ten years. It seems awfully

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close. The reason my space agencies haven't done this already is because

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they always wanted to do a return mission and the technology to do

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that doesn't exist yet. You have to have too much fuel to get there and

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come back. A one`way mission can be done. We ask people at the National

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Space Centre in what they think of plans for humans living on Mars. I

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would do it myself. I think it is a goal for mankind to reach a

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different planet. He would be the first person on Mars and it will be

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tough for ending the first person but I think he will do all right. It

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is quite likely he might be selected because he is quite determined but I

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think if he was selected I wouldn't let him go. In the next few years,

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he hopes to make the final selection. He says Maurice would be

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a good place to retire. Well to tell us more about this is

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Josh Barker from the National Space Centre in Leicester. Josh, it sounds

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like a sci`fi movie. So, it is eight and a half months. Yes, and it is a

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tough journey, mentally and physically. Zero gravity all the

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time. It will be exhausting. There will be effects on muscle and bone

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strength. They will be weaker when they get to Mars but it has a weaker

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gravity field but it. Other big effect on their body. What will

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conditions be like? How can you form a colony there? There is no

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breathable atmosphere, we don't know if we can grow anything on the

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planet. The plan is to send several spacecraft loaded with equipment,

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materials and resources and live off those until the next supply craft

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arrives in two years. It could be quite tough. What would be the most

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difficult thing to deal with? One of the biggest challenges will be at

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finding a way to keep the astronauts alive, making sure that they are

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able to breathe and yet. They're working on life`support systems but

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the technology is not quite there. The International Space Station, or

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closest thing to a permanent colony, has to be refuelled every 90 days.

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This is looking at a two year period. If it is successful, might

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more of us go to Mars? If they manage to find a secret way of doing

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it and find the technology we need, we could all head up there but I

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wouldn't count on it just yet. Major space agencies have said they are

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waiting till at least 2030. Thanks for coming in.

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Still to come: if you're planning any trips out, you won't want to

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miss our full weekend weather forecast.

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And yesterday, I did this. I met The Hoff.

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He's put in 53 years of service, met countless passengers and even been

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honoured by the Queen but now Eddie Isaac has blown his whistle for the

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last time. The 75`year`old has become a

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well`loved face for those passing through Leicester station. Today I

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had the privilege of joining him on his last day at the office.

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He may have started his career at the age of 22 but Eddie has retained

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a youthful spring to his step. After 53 years of service, he has decided

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it is time to pass on the baton. Not an easy choice given how much he

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loves the job. I'm happy meeting people. I never have a dull time. I

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know all my regulars. Even being done to London, everywhere I have

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been. People are calling me and I on the radio. He served my dad, me and

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my kids. After so many years, news of his departure caused quite a

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star. People have been ringing the station because they have heard he

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is going on the news. It is just amazing. What is next? Will you be

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able to stay away from the train station? I can't stay away. I will

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never stay away. It is like my home. I can't stay away. It may feel like

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the end of the line but it sounds like Eddie will be back soon enough

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and this time someone else can take care of him.

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Such a lovely man. When he did his farewell speech there was not a dry

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eye in the room. It's a huge evening for East

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Midlands football. Our three Championship sides are all well in

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the promotion battle. And two of them meet tonight.

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Colin's at the King Power Stadium. Good evening.

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Here we are. This is Leicester City against Derby County. First against

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fourth. The two in`form sides of the Championship meet tonight. It

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promises to be quite an encounter and this season both sides have just

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one thing in mind. Here's Angela with more.

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Two times. Two teams. Just one name. Promotion. `` aim. They are there

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any form sides of the championship. Derby County have the best away

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record, Leicester City have the best record at home. Something has to

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give tonight. Our game has to be right. The critical period for them,

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like us, is now. It is OK getting there. But will we stay there? I'm

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sure they come with the intention of trying to win and so will we.

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Confidence is high in both camps. Yeah, it's just us so we have to

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look forward to these big games like Friday and pick up the points and

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the sky is the limit. I felt invincible going into every game

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thinking we are going to win this game against any team. The Rams have

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never won a game at the King Power Stadium. They're out to rewrite

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history. Get a result, give a performance and play like we have

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been playing over recent months. Can you? Tomorrow night at about ten

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o'clock I'll answer that. Who will come out on top? It is about points

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and pride. At this season it is all about returning to the Premier

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League. It is rare for a game between these

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two teams to mean as much. We have people from both sides. From

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Leicester, young. The lads have had a fantastic Christmas. They have

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come on leaps and bounds and they know what to do. Derby County

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already won one contest. The manager should have won the other one as

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well. Since he has come in, he has made some shrewd signings. Andre

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Wisdom for a start is fantastic. He's brought a few good players in

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and change the system a bit and the team are massive at the moment.

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Hopefully we will get three points tonight. Leicester have been here

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before, Alan Young. We are 13 points better off this stage last season.

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With 51 points at Christmas, which is brilliant. We are entertaining

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and four points from the top. We have to give it going. Derby County,

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finally defeated, can you give it going? I think their legs were tired

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and it was one game too many. He didn't really swap the players

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round. A rest this week and a bit of team spirit, I think they will be

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ready tonight and Leicester have been here before and falling like a

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stone. Hang on a minute. I think tonight will be the silence of the

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Rams. Well, in pursuit at the heels of

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Leicester, Derby and the rest of the leading clubs are Nottingham Forest.

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They head to Bolton tomorrow with manager Billy Davies insisting the

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gap between his team and the top means almost nothing. Don't tell me

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that the top two at the moment are sitting there in the very

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comfortable situation. We will keep track to win football matches and

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working on every game and we will see where it takes us come the end

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of the season. Both Notts County and Mansfield are

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in action tomorrow too. Notts Manager Shaun Derry faces the club

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where he had many good years. I'll be there tomorrow for Notts versus

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Sheffield United. And Mansfield host Scunthorpe United

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in League Two. A big weekend here in Leicester and

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a big weekend for the city over in Italy too. That's where Leicester

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Tigers will hope to stride towards the European quarterfinals. They

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need a victory over Treviso ` and are looking for a big one.

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We need to go there and we have to win the extra point. It would be

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very helpful and Robert would get us to a quarterfinal and then Ulster at

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home the week after. It is a massive two weeks for us and it is important

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that we get it right. Angela is here with a report on that in a related

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built`in. We will keep you in touch over the weekend.

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It is the place to be tonight. Now, the legend that is David The

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Hoff Hasselhoff is coming to the end of his panto season here in

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Nottingham. His final appearance in Peter Pan is on Sunday.

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Oh, yes it is. But today he passed on a few words

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of wisdom to hundreds of students who wanted to hear about his

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superstar lifestyle. Sarah Teale was there too.

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It may not have been the kit car but it was a stylish way for The Hoff to

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arrive. He was here to speak to more than 300 students from new College

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Nottingham. About his amazing career in show business. His most recent

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part was starring in Peter Pan at Nottingham Theatre Royal. The Hoff

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with his head. How's it going? It's going great. Enough to tempt you

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back for next year? It is such a hard job. This is the earliest I

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think I had gotten up in six weeks because you come home and you are

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wired. Have you seen much of Nottingham? A lot of my family have.

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The caves and Cassell and dungeons. I haven't managed to. A lot of

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people are looking down because of the weather. When it rains, it's a

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good time to go out because no one recognises me. They only look down.

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What happens next? I leave on the 12th and on the 13th I am an

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television in Sweden with my own chat show. I spoke to someone who

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wanted to do a comic book called The Hoff. He used to work for Marvel.

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Has superpowers are that each other's back in time and he can beat

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David Hasselhoff in the 50s, 60s. Do you think you will be back in

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Nottingham? I think we made such great relationships here in the

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theatre, it has the nicest staff have, and they actually named a seat

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after me so it will be there until 2034. You are officially a legend.

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The great thing is he really sends himself up and doesn't take himself

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too seriously. Now, the weather. Things are looking good for

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tomorrow. Perfect winter weather with lots of sunshine. A dry,

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settled today but it will be feeling a little bit cold and Saturday night

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will be the coldest night for a long time so a widespread frost. Sunday

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starts decent but will go downhill as we expect rain to move in later.

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This was first thing this morning. You can see the frost. If you would

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like to send us a weather picture you can e`mail us. This weather

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front pushes through overnight tonight and clears the cloud away

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and bind it clear skies and colder air and high`pressure move sent

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giving us a lovely day on Saturday. We will see some light patchy rain

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over the next few hours moving east but it will clear by Don and we will

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start to see the sky is clear. Temperatures down to two degrees.

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Tomorrow morning, a cold start and any cloud will break to give us lots

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of sunshine through the morning. It will stay that way until the

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afternoon and with light winds it will feel pleasant in the sunshine.

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Six degrees will stop for Sunday, it starts nicely but this area of rain

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moves in to end the day. Make the most of Saturday.

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That is it from us. We have bulletins through the weekend and

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the late news tonight at 10:30pm.

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