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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and Anne Davies.

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Tonight ` a budget bombshell for the elderly and disabled in Derbyshire.

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Thousands of some of the most vulnerable people who receive

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council care in their own home are told they will no longer be eligible

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to receive it. Also tonight, our plans for a new

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HS2 station at Toton heading for the buffers?

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Plus, this is one of two more care homes for the elderly in

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Nottinghamshire that have had their county council contract suspended

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because of inadequate levels of care.

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And a teenage pianist who has caught the eye of a world`famous rock star.

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Good evening. Thousands of elderly and disabled

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adults look set to lose the council`funded support which helps

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them live in their own homes. And thousands of others face having to

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pay more for the service. It's all part of a raft of cuts announced by

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Derbyshire County Council today. The authority needs to save ?157 million

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over the next four years. More now from our reporter, Simon Hare, who's

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at the council's headquarters in Matlock. Good evening. What's being

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suggested? We knew that Derbyshire county council was facing some very

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big cuts and today we got some details about exactly what will be

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affected. Adult social care, looking after the elderly and disabled

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people facing some of the biggest cuts. We are 0

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people facing some of the biggest cuts. We are told 2700 people who

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currently qualify for Council subsidised care in their own home

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will no longer be eligible to receive it. And around 7000 people

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who pay towards their care, they will have to pay more. The authority

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says it needs to save around ?57 million in this area towards the

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total figure of ?157 million worth of cuts over the next four years.

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And the counsellor in charge of adult social care here 0

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And the counsellor in charge of adult social care here in Derbyshire

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had admitted to me earlier that she has had sleepless nights over these

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proposals. It is really hard. The people that will be impacted are the

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elderly that are receiving care at home. Also people with learning

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disabilities and physical disabilities who get support paid

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for by the county council so it is an incredibly difficult decision to

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contemplate, never mind go through with. Other savings will see the

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elderly having to contribute towards the cost of their transport to day

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centres. Older and younger disabled children will have to pay towards

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the cost of their school transport and the council also considering

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ending its contract to the charity called Home Start which helps around

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200 families in the 0 called Home Start which helps around

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200 families in the area. These are all proposals at the moment and the

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council will be launching a consultation later this month and a

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special dedicated helpline for people to ring and get more

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information but the authority also warning that it will have to

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announce for major cuts next week and it has defended decision today

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to increase the salary of its 3000 lowest paid workers. Thank you.

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Still to come ` should Leicester's old town become car`free? Yards from

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where the body of King Richard was found, a modern`day battle is

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brewing. When plans for HS2 were announced

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last year, the news put Toton on the map. It was revealed that Toton `

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between Nottingham and Derby ` would be home to the new high`speed

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railway station serving the region. But tonight, there's a question over

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the whole project. A Government minister says plans for housing near

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the site could scupper the station. The warning came as MPs debated the

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economic benefits of high`speed rail. Let's find out more from our

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John Hess, who's at Westminster for us. So this housing plan is a

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problem for HS2? Good evening. Yes, and 0 0 0

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problem for HS2? Good evening. Yes, and I think what it brings into

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doubt is whether Toton Sidings will remain as HS2's preferred location

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for as East Midlands station. And here is why. The backdrop to

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today's debate on HS2 is about a new pledge to limit the construction

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costs of the ?43 billion project. The new chairman of HS2, Sir David

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Higgins, says he'll deliver the new high`speed track more cheaply, by

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building the line more quickly. And with a new generation of specially

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trained construction engineers for the job. But the proposed housing

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development at Toton was today seized upon by MPs on opposite sides

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of the HS2 debate. That was at Westminster today. As an East

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Midlands 0 Westminster today. As an East

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Midlands MP, I can point to other example is of help HS2 could act as

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a spur to investment. A recent report found that the element in the

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ED that `` immediate vicinity could build 650`800s defy the and support

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up to 1500 admonitions of jobs. One Leicestershire Tory said the

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decision will add to the HS2 cost and that's another reason he claims

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the Prime Minister should scrap the entire project. I think he will when

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Labour ditch it before the next general election and Ed Balls in

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charge of making the decision, it is like leaving a vampire in charge of

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a blood bank. We've had snow on the line and

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leaves on the line, but could plans for 500 homes near the line really

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scupper HS2 at Toton Sidings? Here's Mike O'Sullivan.

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Precious to local campaigners and others ` these fields 41 hectares

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formed part of the only remaining green belt in Toton. Now Broxtowe

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Council has removed that protection, which means that houses could be

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built here. There's already a plan for 500. Campaigners say that this

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area should be used for jobs, not homes. And that means that the

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argument could be scuppered. I don't think we need extra houses, we need

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something that will bring jobs to the area. We haven't got the

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infrastructure to support another 500 or more houses. When Toton

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Sidings are transformed into a shiny HS2 station, it could attract huge

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inward investment to the area. But a third of the site could go to

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housing. A lost opportunity, say campaigners. Creating housing for

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commuters to go to jobs out of the region. Weakening the economic case

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for Toton but strenthening Derby's bid for the HS2 station. But surely

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it would make more sense to have this whole area declared for jobs

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and employment? The people in those jobs have to live somewhere. Houses

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near the jobs are ideal. The council says its Hs2 working

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group will now be looking at how many jobs can be brought to the

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site. Joining me now is the MP Anna

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Soubry, who's Broxtowe constituency includes Toton. Why do you worry

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that the HS2 station for Toton Sidings is scuppered? I was at last

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night's meeting and I listen to the debate in absolute dismay

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because... This is the council meeting that decided a minimum of

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500 houses and it is correct, our current and projected cannot support

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that but what they also failed to grasp is that this minimum of 500, I

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think it Israeli damaging for the prospect of Toton being the East

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Midlands hub and that is what people want. To be clear, people in Toton

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and Stableford and other parts of my constituency and greater Nottingham

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see the real positive benefit of a hub in the East Midlands at Toton.

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The last thing you want is 500 houses or more in the next couple of

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years. The new chairman of HS2 is talking about cutting costs, could

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you maybe persuaded to move that East Midlands hub from Toton to

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Derby? I hope not and I hope the council understand that because they

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are not silly, they know the benefits that HS2 will bring to the

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area as indeed it 0 benefits that HS2 will bring to the

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area as indeed it would bring to Toton and greater Nottingham if we

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have it. I very much hope that it does not happen but I really do

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think that the borough council and the labour and Lib Dem councillors

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have sold people out. Now it is a minimum of 500. They cannot be

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trusted on this. 0 minimum of 500. They cannot be

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trusted on this. Could that East Midlands hub be moving to Derby?

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Watch this space. From Downing Street this evening, the Prime

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Minister is said to be firmly committed to HS2.

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Meanwhile the biggest single housing development 0 0

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Meanwhile the biggest single housing development ever seen in

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Leicestershire can now go ahead after winning final approval. This

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farmland in Lubbesthorpe will have more than 4,000 homes as well as

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three schools, health and leisure centres built on it. Planning

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permission had already been given but now the developers and Blaby

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District Council have reached a legal agreement securing the ?40

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million needed before work could begin. I am a little disappointed. I

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cannot say it was unexpected but it has been a long while coming and you

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begin to wonder and hope that maybe the development will not happen so

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it is a shame that we have heard the news today. Still to come, standing

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tall, we have a Leicester Riders contingent here. The BBL Cup is

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theirs for the second year in a row, coach Rob Paternostro and Anthony

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Rowe join us in the studio to reflect on their stunning victory

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over Newcastle Eagles. Two more care homes for the elderly

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have had their contracts with Nottinghamshire County Council

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suspended after concerns were raised about the quality of care they

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offer. In response to these and other contract suspensions, a task

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force has now been set up. It'll provide specialist advice and

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support, and help to improve standards.

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At Burkitt Care Home in West Bridgford, a recent Care Quality

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Commision inspection witnessed staff ignoring a resident who repeatedly

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asked for a drink. The inspection also identified other shortcomings.

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We found that people are not being treated with dignity and respect at

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all times. I also found that at that time, they were issues with

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cleanliness and maintenance of the home.

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Burkitt Care Home is run by the Elder group. The group also runs

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Eton Park Home at Cograve. Concerns over care at both homes have led

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Nottinghamshire County Council to suspend their contracts at them. For

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Eton Park, it is the second time it has had its county council contract

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suspended in two years. It means county council and NHS

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health care commissioners will not place residents at Burkitt or Eton

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Park until care standards have improved. What we want to do is to

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give a very clear and strong message that we are not continuing to fund

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services in those homes that are persistently failing to make good

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quality care. Elder Homes say they are now working

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with organisations to raise care standards, have retrained or changed

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staff, and have extensive redevelopment plans under way. They

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told us: Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire County

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Council now has a task force to help homes that are struggling to excel

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to emulate the practices of the best homes.

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I visit 0 homes.

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I visit many 0 homes.

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I visit many residential homes and see really good quality care and I

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want all the residential care for older people to be of that standard.

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A man from Leicester has pleaded guilty to murdering his mother.

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Katrina Wardle's body was found in her home on Ottawa Road in St

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Matthew's in July last year after a message was posted on Facebook

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saying that Mark Howe had stabbed her. 21`year`old Howe has been

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sentenced to life with a minimum of 21 years in prison.

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Staff 0 21 years in prison.

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Staff at a Leicester college say they've been left with no option but

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to go out on strike. Unions claim around 60 out of a total of 80

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teachers at Gateway Sixth Form College have been taking industrial

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action. It's the first in a series of walk`outs in a dispute about a

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rise in the number of teaching observation sessions.

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More than ?2 million was spent in one year on locum doctors at

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Leicester's A department. The figures for 2012 contrasted with

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just ?350,000 spent three years earlier at the Leicester Royal

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Infirmary. Nationally, spending on temporary staff in casualty units

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has risen by 60% in three years to more than ?80 million a year. The

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Government says it's creating extra training places to tackle staff

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shortages. A row has broken out over plans to

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pedestrianise Leicester's old town. The city council wants to revamp the

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area around historic St Martin's near the place where Richard III's

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body was discovered. But many people are opposed to the scheme and now a

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Government inspector has been brought in.

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A well established restaurant in the city centre, The Case has been in

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business for more than 20 years. It will be directly affected by plans

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to pedestrianise the area and manager David Hartshorn says that

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will be bad for business. Car parking is essential to this area

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and it is to everybody. Take John Lewis, which has been in the city

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for five years. We would 0 Lewis, which has been in the city

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for five years. We would not have that without a massive car park

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bolted onto the side so likewise, we need our parking just as much if not

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more. But the city council disagrees. It

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says extending pedestrian`friendly routes to Greyfriars, St Martin's

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and Hotel Street will greatly benefit the area and businesses

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alike. The independent shops are the lifeblood of Leicester, they are

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what makes shopping here different, why is the City Council not

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listening to the traders? We are listening, we believe that what we

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are doing will significantly improve their trade. It is in the vicinity

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of the richer the third visitor centre and we anticipate more

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visitors and they will need high`quality pedestrian areas to

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walk through, it is a great opportunity for businesses and we

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want to work with them. An independent inspector has spent the

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day sitting here listening to the arguments both for and against

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pedestrianisation. Once he has heard all that evidence, he will then

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write up his report and give it to the city council. If that report

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does recommend pedestrianisation, then 0

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does recommend pedestrianisation, then it will still need to go to the

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Secretary of State who will make the final decision.

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After a stressful commute by bike into the city, what could be better

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than a 0 into the city, what could be better

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than a restorative session of physiotherapy and a meal and all

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while their bike is being repaired? Those are just three of the services

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that will soon be available at a brand`new cyclists centre under

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construction in the centre of Derby. A fine morning for a bike ride

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through Derby. But for Simon, managing director of Bennett 's

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department store in the city centre, he is as comfortable in his cycling

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gear as he is in a suit. And his eagerness for life on two wheels

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does not stop there, he has teamed up with the City Council to convert

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a former warehouse behind the store into a brand`new cycling super hub.

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Cycle commuters and visitors to Derby city centre need something to

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store their bikes. We are doing a project which provides free,

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indoor, secure cycle parking for anybody riding into Derby city

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centre. The warehouse is currently being converted with old waste

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substances being taken out so that a brand`new interior can go in. This

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includes secure parking downstairs for bikes and then an accessory

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shop, repair service and eight bistro on the next four up. The

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scheme is being backed with ?200,000 of council funds. I think it is

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great because we will build a business out of 0

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great because we will build a business out of the back of it. We

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are supporting it in two ways. It is a win`win situation and four Derby,

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it comes as the fact we are opening a velodrome later this year. Back,

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the top floor will have showers and even a physiotherapy service. We are

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trying 0 even a physiotherapy service. We are

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trying to make cycling as accessible as possible. Encouraging people onto

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bikes. The people are new to bikes, they might develop niggling faults

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and we have got somebody able to get them back on their bike again. It

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should create about ten jobs and see some Derby bicycle companies

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relocating there and be open for business in May.

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I wonder if they would mind if you pop it in if you did not have a

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bike. No, you need a bicycle. Time now for the sport. And breaking

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football news. It has been busy, our big guests on the way but first,

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last night we told you that Nottingham Forest were close to

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agreeing a deal to keep hold of Jack Hobbs, the defender and today it

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seems to have happened. Forest chairman has said he has agreed a

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deal for the defender with the chairman of 0 0

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deal for the defender with the chairman of Hull City. Jack Hobbs

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arrived in a season on loan from Hull. Social media received an

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update today say there is no official details from the club yet.

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There is a definite departure to mention at Derby County. Midfielder

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Kalifa Cisse hasn't made the impact everyone hoped and has been

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released. Rugby, and Leicester Tigers are

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being linked to the Gloucester fly half Freddy Burns. It's been

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confirmed he's 0 half Freddy Burns. It's been

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confirmed he's leaving his club at the end of the season and he's being

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touted as a possible replacement for the France`bound Toby Flood. But

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Tigers head coach Tony says they will take their time is over

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decisions. We get linked with lots of players so we know that it is

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common 0 of players so we know that it is

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common knowledge that Tony is leaving so we need to replace him.

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Freddie will be one of the guys that will come into that bracket. Along

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with other guys. We need to make sure they are the right fit when

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they come in and Freddie is a quality English player and we always

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like to have them here. So time to meet our special guests.

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At the weekend, the Leicester Riders basketball team picked up where

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they'd left off last season ` winning trophies. They won the BBL

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Cup for the second year running, after looking like the Newcastle

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Eagles had them completely beaten. Coach 0 0

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Eagles had them completely beaten. Coach Rob Paternostro and forward

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Anthony Rowe are here. Amazing stuff, guys, but you made it hard on

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yourselves. Let's look back. Newcastle going 11 points clear just

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a few minutes to go, talk us through what happened next. For us, Drew got

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hot, he hit a few shots from behind the line but I don't think we ever

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thought that we were done, I think part of the allure of this group is

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that we play for the full 40 minutes and once we got going, our

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confidence and our belief was there. Drew Sullivan described you as "just

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too stupid" to know when to give up. He is relentless and he keeps going,

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and 0 He is relentless and he keeps going,

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and trust is a big word we have in one another and we kept going. You

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still had to defend, but we will look at this, the moment of victory

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after this hard defence. How does it feel to win it? That was a big shot,

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but here, the final defensive play, will holding onto the lead and they

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made a great defensive switch and absolutely jubilation from us. We're

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really do 0 absolutely jubilation from us. We're

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really do work hard and to win with a group of guys like that is super

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special. Last season, Anthony, which is due to win more, can you go on

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and win more this season? Yellow matter I will not break any promises

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today but we accept the challenge and that is what we live for.

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Everybody who is part of this organisation, we want this challenge

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and we want to do the best we can. How do you build on this in a

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broader sense? You are selling out all the time with the crowds, how do

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you build on this? Up and down the country, we have been close to a

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sell out wherever we play. It is not just a regional thing that is

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happening here, but for us it is continuing to pass 0

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happening here, but for us it is continuing to pass the word of mouth

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on the street to let people know where we are at. But the excitement

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is huge in Leicester now and everybody was to talk to me about

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basketball. Especially the Riders. You were supposed to bring in the

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Trophy today, what happened there is Jim `` what happened there? Elinor

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Barker I can say it was a logistical problem but it is in a safe place.

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Can you do as a spin live on the screen.

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We got a bit out of them there! Is brilliant. It's likely makes up

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for the fact he forgot the trophy. `` it slightly.

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It's not everyone who catches the eye of top music judges, but that's

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what's happened to one Nottingham schoolgirl. 0

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what's happened to one Nottingham schoolgirl. Isata Kanneh`Mason is

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about to be plunged into the national spotlight, reaching the

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piano finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

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And, as Carolyn Moses reports, she's also won over one of the world's

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most famous rock stars. She's still a teenager but already

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Isata achieved more than many musicians. Not only has she been

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short listed for one of the country's top accolades, the

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17`year`old's played alongside a legend. Isata's shared the stage

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with none other than Sir Elton John. He used to go to the same music

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school I go to now, so they put the Ford for it and I found myself doing

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a documentary with Elton John! It was released Gary, I had to play the

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piano for in and I had to go to Los Angeles to play Violetta in his

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band. `` to play by Ola `` play the violin.

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And now Elton's backing her. He was so impressed he's offered to pay her

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fees at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. I am really

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grateful for his help and really happy.

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It's a far cry from the everyday life as a sixth former at

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Nottingham's Trinity School. But her friends there say her growing

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success is well deserved. To be able to play with such a legend. It is

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inspirational at this young age and she is really inspirational and

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modest. It makes you feel that your achievement is worthless! But it is

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very good for her. Even her home life's harmonious.

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This is the way she, her brothers and sister get on ` in a chamber

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music band. Now with the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition

:24:37.:24:39.

looming, Isata admits there's everything to play for. It is really

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nerve wracking but I am normally OK once I get on stage and start

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playing. I normally forget about everything else.

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What a wonderful, wonderful pianist she is. It makes my creepy Crawley

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looked a bit sad. Now, a look at the weather.

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Some lovely winter sunshine in the past couple of days and it has sent

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you all at snapping. Some beautiful pictures sent in. Keep them coming

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in, thank you to Ian for that. You normally get two choices at this

:25:30.:25:31.

time 0 0 normally get two choices at this

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time of year, cold and sunny, or cloudy and mild. We have had plenty

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of the former in the past few days but we are moving on to the latter,

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all changed now. Much more clout but it is turning more mild.

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Temperatures into double figures. `` much more cloud. The cloud is

:25:50.:25:58.

thickening up and it feels like Groundhog Day. It is a wet end to

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the day, that cloud will be with us throughout the night and it will be

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on and off. The winds will pick up towards the end of the night and we

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will see some hill fog across the tops of the Peak District but the

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temperatures, look at them. They will be starting to rise, at around

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seven Celsius by 0 will be starting to rise, at around

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seven Celsius by Dawn. The rain then moves away fairly swiftly. There

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will be a few showers moving in across southern parts of

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Leicestershire moving in behind that but generally most places will stay

:26:31.:26:34.

dry but we will keep the cloud. So quite 0

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dry but we will keep the cloud. So quite a dismal day in terms of

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sunshine. The winds are starting to come in from a southerly direction

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so it is a much milder feel the temperatures getting into double

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figures, ten or 11 Celsius. Yet again, a weather front moving in for

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tomorrow evening and this one moves through quite quickly. We have got

:26:50.:26:52.

low pressure in charge for the end of the week and that. It out towards

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the West but it means a mix of sunshine and showers for Thursday

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and Friday but staying on the mild feel.

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Here on down to some! Let's stay positive! It is important to be

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positive. We will see you at 10:25pm. Good night for now.

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Telling you about the stories and digging deep to uncover the stories

:27:28.:27:34.

that are important to you. On BBC Radio Leicester. All very well

:27:35.:27:37.

saying you will do it, but Nottinghamshire is still waiting.

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You with BBC Radio Nottingham. Take your local Radio with you.

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