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That's all from us. It's goodbye from me. And on BBC

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

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Tonight, on film ` the moment a teenager was shot dead.

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How early intervention can help save secondary schools. Hopefully it will

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give them a successful career when they are older. How air force pilots

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are taking part in a distant war, flying drones from here in the

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region. It really is rocket science. I out with the first children in

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Europe whose science lessons are seriously taking off.

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Good evening. Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First tonight ` A court's

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heard that gang warfare led to the shooting dead of a teenager in

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Nottingham. The jury was shown CCTV footage of

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the moment Malakai McKenzie was killed by a gunman in a pub car

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park. Today a man who it's claimed fled to Bermuda denied murder and

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attempted murder. Mike O'Sullivan has this report. It was gang

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warfare, said the prosecution at Nottingham Crown Court and that is

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what led to a teenager being shot dead. This was the aftermath of the

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killing. 19`year`old Malakai MacKenzie died when he was shot in

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the early hours as he sat in a car in a pub car park in Nottingham on

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April 2012. 0 in a pub car park in Nottingham on

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April 2012. Today the CCTV footage capturing the moment he was killed

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were shown to a jury in a murder trial. The CCTV played in court

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shows four hooded men coming into the car park. They circle around it

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and one goes to the side of a parked car. He fires inside killing Malakai

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MacKenzie. Then the four men ran off. The prosecution say one of

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those men was chef Kia Robinson. He went on trial today and denies

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murdering Malakai MacKenzie and one count of attempted murder. He later

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fled to Bermuda. They say was the culmination of two rival gangs from

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the base that area. This man, fired the shots and is now serving life

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after being convicted of murdering Malakai MacKenzie last year. There

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have been several previous fights between the gangs including one

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incident when Cameron was stabbed at a probation office. Mr Robinson's

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trial could last for a month or more.

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Next, how early learning could help save Nottingham's failing secondary

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schools. It's just one idea being discussed at a national conference

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being held here in the East Midlands.

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It comes exactly one month after six of Nottingham's schools were put

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into special measures. Eleanor Garnier reports. VO is just three

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years old and he is busy showing his little sister what he gets up to at

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this early learning programme at Brock Stoke's children's centre in

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Nottinghamshire. They might only be toddlers but the

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aim of this early work to raise children's aspirations and encourage

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enthusiasm for learning. It is very important because it is the base of

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their 0 important because it is the base of

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their future. 0 0 important because it is the base of

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their future. Everything they are doing here, they will take to

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primary school and it will give them a successful career. It is vital.

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Early intervention is one of the key themes at this national education

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conference being held here in Nottingham. Schools in the region

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have been under the spotlight recently. Derby's Al`Madinah Free

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Schools labelled dysfunctional by inspectors and six secondary schools

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here in Nottingham have been put in special members `` special measures

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by Ofsted. One of the keynote speakers, the Shadow Education

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Secretary, Tristam Hunt. Maximum is facing particular challenges. A lot

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of good work has been done here on early intervention. It is a big

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problem. There is problems of parenting, potential leadership, all

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sorts of issues which come together. No single person is at fault but

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what is good in Nottingham is people getting together to solve these

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problems. Nottingham is not alone. Eight years ago, Lester was facing

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similar problems. I know the parents and young people in Nottingham will

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be worried and I say to them, have confidence, look at how Lester has

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transformed. I have every confidence that Nottingham will do the same for

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their residents as we have been able to achieve in Leicester. Parents are

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convinced that early learning will help their children's futures but

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education professionals are clear. These programmes are only part of

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the solution to improving Nottingham's secondary schools.

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Meanwhile the man behind plans for a new free school in Nottingham says

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he hopes it'll become a model for outstanding education. The Central

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Nottingham Free School aims to open on Hounds Gate in September next

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year. It's promising strong links with local companies, a promise

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welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce. It also wants a 46 week

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school year and will offer childcare from seven in the morning until

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seven in the evening. Six weeks holidays is enough and it

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is enough for the general population. The curriculum will be

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enriched, will be stimulating and challenging and will give pupils a

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time to make sense of what they are learning and apply it at a more

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paced rate instead of cramming something into a shorter working

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year. Plans to pedestrianise part of

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Leicester city centre have been temporarily withdrawn. It's after

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concerns were raised by a planning inspector. The proposals involve

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removing cars from the old town part of the city, close to where Richard

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III body was found. A public inquiry started yesterday to consider

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objections but the hearing was brought to a close this morning.

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80% of people who've responded to Nottinghamshire County Council's

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budget consultation have rejected a 5% increase in council tax. The

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Labour`run 0 5% increase in council tax. The

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Labour`run authority is consulting on how much it should raise council

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tax by in the next financial year. It will be the first increase in

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four years. 45% of people have so far opted for the smallest proposed

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rise of 1.99%. Still to come ` a culture change in

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the countryside. Why more farmers are turning to

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tourism and embracing localism. In sports, we are looking ahead to

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what is going to be a huge night of European action for the Tigers.

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Next tonight: Air force pilots have been telling us how they're fighting

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a distant war, from a base right here in the East Midlands.

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They're flying unmanned drones above Afghanistan, by remote control. But

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it's extremely controversial as our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy

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Ball, reports. Tom is piloting missions over Afghanistan but Canon

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`` but can still commute into work at Leicestershire. They are

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providing vital surveillance to protect troops on the ground but

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they are armed with laser`guided bombs and missiles and sometimes the

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crew have to open fire. It is the same task that we did before but now

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I am doing it sat on the ground rather than in the aircraft. At the

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end of the day, you are going home to your family, you are not having

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time to recondition yourself after being in a war zone. That must be

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difficult to deal with. The supervision is there to people can

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have a break between military and domestic life. Our supervisors are

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aware of the issues with that. These are the control stations where they

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are flying drones over Afghanistan. They are such a game changer because

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they can go deep into enemy territory without risking lives. The

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drone pilots have to follow strict is roles of engagement in the same

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as flying a 0 is roles of engagement in the same

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as flying a jet. The project has been highly controversial. It has

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been the subject of an anti`war campaign. Some argue drones are

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counter`productive and are creating M I believe they help to save

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lives. The lives of our troops, the lives of our NATO allies `` Allies

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and the lives of Afghan civilians. Some worry this is reducing war to a

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video game where real people are getting killed. You have real troops

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on the ground. They like to have this stuff above the head because

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they know it helps to protect them. Soldiers from the region have been

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using smaller drones on these operations. This footage was filmed

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in Afghanistan by the reconnaissance force. We couldn't get out of the

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compound. We flew this out and find out where the enemy contact aware.

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It saves lives. They can pick up ie de's. Afghan estate in ``

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Afghanistan operations are winding down but these drones are here to

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stay. Jeremy was talking to the defence

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minister, Mark for once was. Developers behind ambitious plans

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for a new Robin Hood`themed tourist attraction in Nottinghamshire have

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been given an ultimatum by the County Council. They now have just

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over two months to prove exactly how they're going to fund it.

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If they can't, they risk being kicked off the 0

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If they can't, they risk being kicked off the project. With that in

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mind, the Council's already drawing up alternative plans to replace the

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existing Sherwood Forest visitor centre. To tell us more, Simon Hare

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joins us from the centre now. Good evening. We are at Edwin Stowe,

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home of the existing Sherwood Forest visitor centre. That site is going

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to be returned to natural woodland so there are plans for an

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alternative attraction on a nearby site. That will be called Discover

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Robin Hood. A ?30 million flagship tourist attraction including things

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like medieval re`enactments and providing work for around 100 local

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people. Those plans were first announced 15 months ago but so far

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no confirmation yet of whether funding for it is coming from. Now

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the county council has told the private developers that they have to

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meet a deadline at the end of March to prove how they are going to pay

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for it. Just in case it doesn't come off, the authority have drawn up

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plans for an alternative attraction and it is a move that has been

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welcomed by representatives of the local community here. We have to

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have a reasonable attraction. It doesn't have to be all singing, all

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dancing but it has to be worthy of the name Robin Hood. The developers

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behind it say they are committed to delivering that Robin Hood themed

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attraction and they are extremely confident of meeting the council's

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deadline. Thank you very much. Women aged over 50 are being urged

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by doctors not to skip their smear tests. The latest figures reveal

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take`up has been falling in the East Midlands.

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A study by the charity Cancer Research UK says women who fail to

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attend a screening after their 50th birthday are six times more likely

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to end up with cervical cancer. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons

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is here. Rob, tell us more about these figures on take up. Women aged

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25 to 64 are invited for regular smears. Screening can pick up early

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cell changes that can lead to cancer if left 0

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cell changes that can lead to cancer if left alone. The latest concern is

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about the over 50's where take up has been falling for years. In that

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age group across the East Midlands one in five women didn't attend a

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smear test last year. They are sad to say 4000 lives in

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England. Rates of cancer have halved since screaming was `` screaming was

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brought him back in 1998. Older women are at risk and experts want

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more people to attend the screening. It does get uncomfortable for people

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after the change of life which is about 50. That is the reason why

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women stop coming if they have been coming regularly. Another reason is

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when they get into their late 50s, they haven't had a new partner for a

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long time and are not active any more and perhaps don't realise that

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it is still necessary because they might have caught the virus that

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causes the cancer, whether they were young and it sits there. As they get

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older, their immune system weakens and it can resurface. At the Royal

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Derby Hospital, the specialist says a third of newly diagnosed cases are

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in the early 50s anti`fears any falloff in the uptake of smears will

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mean more cases been detected late. Out of every 14 smears, only one of

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them is abnormal and that one abnormal smear represents

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precancerous changes that can be treated very effectively and very

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easily before reaching the stages of survival cancer. Almost all cases of

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cervical cancer are caused by the Human Papiloma Virus. In future,

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cases are likely to come down as HPV vaccine is routinely offered to 12

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and 13`year`olds these days. Still to come ` Anna's been working

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on your weather forecast. After a mild day today, it is hard to

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believe that this time last year we were talking about sledging and

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snowman. Not to night. It is mostly about the rain. I will tell you more

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later. Growing numbers of farmers in our

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region are turning to tourism to help their businesses survive. With

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farming incomes falling, a quarter of farmers are now offering farm

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holidays and selling their own produce.

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Tourism experts also believe the recent horse meat scandal means

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people want to see exactly where their food comes from, and how it's

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made. James Roberson reports from

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Derbyshire. Matlock Meadows Farm is anything but traditional. Can I get

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you anything else? Josh serves coffees to customers and they can

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also meet the animals with the farmer. The forms still has its milk

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heard that rabbits, sheep and chickens are an added attraction.

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The biggest draw is Mandy's farm made ice cream. With farmers

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struggling for the price they get their milk, it was do something or

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die. We wanted to add value to the milk. We felt the ice cream would be

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the best thing for us. We are in a good location in tourist. We thought

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it would appeal to the local community. In the summer, I bring my

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next`door neighbour's children, my relatives from Australia. They love

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coming to see the animals and the people who run it. The farm now

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fully accessible. They have invested in 0

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fully accessible. They have invested in an ice cream trike for weddings

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and next, a classroom. We are intending to do school visits. We

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want to show children the full cycle from the cow to the milk and ice

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cream. Local tourism experts say it is not surprising farmers who raise

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live stock for meat also making changes. They see whether animals

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are reared from farm to fork. Now they are starting to taste success

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and hope ice cream will secure their day `` Derry in the future. `` dairy

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in the future. Time now for the sport.

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First Leicester City have completed the signing of former England

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striker Kevin Phillips on a contract until the end of the season. The

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prolific 40`year`old goal scorer seen here playing for Blackpool,

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helped Crystal Palace get promotion to the Premier League last season.

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It's another well known forward to add to table topping Leicester's

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impressive strike force. But it's not just Leicester's goal

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scorers attracting attention. Young talented defender, Liam Moore, is

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hot property but the club say he's not for sale. It comes after reports

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today linking him with a move to a Premier League club. Strong

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performances from Moore, have seen him win the Football League's Young

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Player of the Month award and gain an England Under 21 call`up. Today

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there's been speculation Leicester have rejected a ?2 million bid for

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him from Fulham. Onto rugby and Leicester Tigers are

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gearing up for a huge night of European rugby this weekend. A sell

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out crowd will see them take on the might of Ulster on Saturday as both

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sides battle it out for a home tie in the Heineken Cup quarter finals.

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It's important because the top European sides are so hard to beat

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on the road. Kirsty Edwards reports. When the players step out onto the

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pitch, the atmosphere is going to be electric. Make no mistake, this is

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going to be a huge game. It makes a big difference and the

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crowd are always tremendous. Knowing they will be there, we see it as a

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fortress and I don't think they realise how important they are to us

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in helping us get the results. It will be nice to reward them for all

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the times they stand by us. We have had some times where we haven't

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performed well in stock we can reward them with a home

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quarterfinal. What is the competition for places like? It was

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pretty tasty out there. You can tell it 0

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pretty tasty out there. You can tell it is a big game. There is the added

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extra and they are trying harder. This is why it is so big. You can

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imagine the reception they got as they arrived for their quarterfinal

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last year away at Toulon. They do make it pretty intimidating. It is

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quite an interesting place to go and play. It was advantage for them that

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he and if we win this weekend, it will be our turn to play at home

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this year. A way to go yet but what will it mean to win this

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competition? We have a great opportunity this weekend. The

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history of the European cup is huge and something we want to be a part

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of and make our own piece of history.

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Cricket and six Nottinghamshire players have been named in England's

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provisional squad for the World Twenty20. Along with captain Stuart

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Broad are Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, Harry Gurney and James

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Taylor. I love Twenty20. It is an

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opportunity to show what you can do and express yourself. It will be a

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dream come true. Like it would be to anyone to play in a World Cup, it

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would Staying in Nottingham with the Notts

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County Ladies who are building a strong squad for the start of the

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Women's Premier League in April. There's been a new signing today and

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there's more to come. This afternoon Scottish International defender

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Rachel Corsie put pen to paper on a one year deal. She is 24 and joins

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from Glasgow City. Rachel is a qualified accountant but says the

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move allows her to give up the day job and become a full time

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professional. It is something that is really exciting for me. I have

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moved from Glasgow. I felt it was an opportunity to progress my own game

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and be part of something really special. And finally from me, AFC

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Hinckley and Hinckley Nomads are amongst the names being considered

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for a possible new football club in the town. Fans are campaigning to

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form a new community team after Hinckley United in Leicestershire

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was wound up last year. Tonight they are to hold a public meeting to

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decide the name of the new club and to decide what colours the kit could

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be. I like pink leafing mix `` I like

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Hinckley Phoenix. Next, the children whose classes

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really are rocket science. University space experts are working

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with young pupils to bring their science lessons to life.

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Jo Healey's been to Bramcote Hills Primary in Nottingham, the first

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school in Europe to be working on building a satellite.

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I love space because you get to be weightless and there is black holes.

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It is amazing to think there is so much beyond our earth. I love space

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because there is lots of different planets that you need to explore.

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Betis sort them. How do you harness all that energy and interest to make

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science lessons interesting? With funding from the European Space

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Agency, we have put together a number of experiments designed at

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creating a satellite. As a group, they decide what material they would

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recommend to the space agency as the better material for building a

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satellite. I chose Steele because it is magnetic. Aluminium. The question

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they were asked to find out and encouraged them to have fun with

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science which is what it is all about. It is the first school to

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roll it out across this country and Europe and beyond. I need to learn

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more about this so I can make my own satellite. When he does, it will be

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out of this world. And ``. I reckon he will do it. The weather has been

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very mild for January, hasn't it? This is your weather picture. This

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was yesterday just before sunset. Thank you to mark for sending this

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picture in. Let a scarcity back 12 months. This time last year, our

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lowest temperatures were down to minus four Celsius. No real sign of

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any snow in the forecast at the moment. Back to tonight, here is the

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cold front that is going to push its way through over the next few hours

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bringing us some rain. At the moment, it is patchy in nature but

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as we head towards the end of the evening, it starts to become heavy

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and intense for a time. It will clear way to the west and behind it

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is a dry end to the night. A minimum night`time temperature of five

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Celsius. Some bright spells around first thing tomorrow morning. One of

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two showers around but as we go into the afternoon, the showers become

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more frequent and heavy in nature on Thursday. We are only looking at a

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top temperature of a Celsius. Not as mild as what we have had today. ``

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top temperature of eight Celsius. The weekends, Saturday is looking

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particularly wet. The rain will clear away to give us a decent day

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on Sunday. I think five seems pretty cold. That

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is it from us. Amy will be here with our late

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bulletin. Goodbye.

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