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the windscreen first thing in the morning. That is

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

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Tonight: a spectacular welcome home parade.

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On the streets of Nottingham for soldiers newly returned from

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Afghanistan. Also tonight, shot in Westminster as

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Erewash MP Jessica Lee announces she is quitting.

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And the ancient law which could force homeowners to pay thousands

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towards church repairs. And Formula One for the Balkans. ``

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toboggans. The world 's fastest sledge, made in Derbyshire.

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Good evening. First, a spectacular military parade to welcome home

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troops from Afghanistan. Thousands of people lined the streets of

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Nottingham as horses and gun carriages led a march to the Council

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House. The city's 0 0

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House. The city's one of 0

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House. The city's one of the historical

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recruiting areas for the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. And

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today a number of local soldiers were presented with campaign medals.

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Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball reports.

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The 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery does pomp and ceremony in

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style. 22 chestnut horses led more than 200 soldiers, exercising their

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freedom of Nottingham, the city where 0

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freedom of Nottingham, the city where this regiment has recruited

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troops for more than 200 years. This parade is steeped in tradition and

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history. The troops have been invited year because of a very

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modern conflict. It is their formal welcome home. 0

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modern conflict. It is their formal welcome home. Welcome home from

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their second tour of duty in Afghanistan. It means so much for

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the local members of this regiment. This man comes from an. It was

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amazing. I was standing there and my mum was standing there, welling up.

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33 soldiers were presented with campaign medals for their

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contribution to a mission which is coming to an end. We were really

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mentoring Afghan army and police this time. Making sure they're in

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the right place and ready to do the job on their own when we leave

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Afghanistan. For this family, durable and `` pure relief years

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back home. How proud to you feel? Ridiculously proud. Today's ceremony

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started with a 0 Ridiculously proud. Today's ceremony

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started with a gun salute fired from Nottingham Castle. The battery from

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Nottingham was sent to fight in World War I. They fired the first

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artillery round in World War I. Curiously, it was the modern`day

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equivalent of that detachment that fired the first artillery round of

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the operation last year in Afghanistan. Hundreds of soldiers

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from the East Midlands are still deployed to Helmand province and

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they can expect a warm welcome home to.

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In a surprise announcement this afternoon, one of our MPs says

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she'll stand down at the next election. Jessica Lee, the

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Conservative MP for Erewash in Derbyshire says she's considered her

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personal circumstances and responsibilities before making the

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decision. She refused to take part in any interviews today. With us now

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is 0 0 in any interviews today. With us now

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is our political editor John Hess. John, what more can you tell us? She

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is highly thought of in Downing Street. She was a Nottingham `based

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barrister before being elected as the Erewash 0

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barrister before being elected as the Erewash MPE. 0

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barrister before being elected as the Erewash MPE. `` MP. She was an

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aide to the Attorney General Dominic grieve. So, why did she choose to

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stand down? Well, a political blog is claiming that she was getting

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expenses on a flat. She 0 is claiming that she was getting

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expenses on a flat. She hasn't broken any political rules but there

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is a political point. While the Chancellor is saying that housing

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benefit should be restricted to ?26,000 per year, she, in effect,

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was getting up to ?34,000 per year from the taxpayer to pay for the

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rent on her London flat. My understanding is she will stay on as

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the Erewash MPE and give her full support to the Prime Minister and

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whoever the candidate that is appointed in her place.

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Coming up in sport, we look back at a great weekend of football with

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Leicester, Forest and Derby all undefeated.

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And we have had some super sunshine today but it is a piece of her ``

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pea souper tonight. An inquest has started into the

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death of a teenager who was killed on a tram crossing.

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13`year`old Lindsey Inger from Bulwell was hit as she was crossing

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the line with friends. Quentin Rayner is in Hucknall for us

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tonight. Well, this crossing is completely

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different to what it was in November 2012, when Lindsey Inger was killed.

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This one and a half million pound foot bridge has been built after

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three deaths in four years. As you can see, there is a small shrine

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here in memory of Lindsey Inger. The 13`year`old was crossing the track

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with three friends at around 7pm. A report last year by the rail

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accident investigation Branch says she didn't react to a warning or

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from the tram and was unfamiliar with the crossing but her vision

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might have been inhibited by a bright light installed after the

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last fatal accident. It found she had not been using a phone or

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headphones. At today's inquest, the pathologist said she suffered huge

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trauma in a split second but her family told him that they drew great

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comfort from hearing that she had not suffered. When there is `` when

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the inquest resumes tomorrow, the witnesses are expected to

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involve... Include the driver and some passengers.

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Security's being stepped up at a Derby cemetery after a number of

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thefts from gravesides. Derbyshire Police say several items have been

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taken in the last month from Nottingham Road Cemetery, including

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a statue worth ?1000. Officers say there will now be more patrols

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through the cemetery. Nottingham City Council has

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apologised after commuters faced long delays on their journey to work

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this morning. The problems were focused on this junction near

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Nottingham University. It used to be a roundabout, but temporary traffic

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lights have been installed while tram works take place. Miles of

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queues on surrounding routes developed after the failure of an

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electronic link controlling the lights from the city's traffic

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control room. It has now been fixed. Next tonight, a woman who suffers

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chronic back pain after being involved in a road accident is

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fighting to get osteopathy widely available on the NHS. Josephine

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Duffy is furious the treatment isn't funded where she lives ` Rutland.

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Some patients do get it in other parts of the country but many are

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forced to go private as NHS provision is patchy. Our health

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correspondent Rob Sissons reports. Back pain has turned Josephine's

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life upside down. She hasn't worked for years but says this therapy

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table helps and thousands of pounds of compensation has gone on

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osteopathy. Now she relies on the NHS. It is like being a drug addict

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but these are all Scripture drugs. It is not what I want. When I have

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osteopathy my pain is less so I can reduce down to a couple of core

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called Amal. `` couple of painkillers. Five years ago, the NHS

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advisory body said that osteopathy should be offered to some patients

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with chronic back pain but most osteopathy is private. I begged for

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five years. The advice I got from one clinician was to move house. It

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should be paid for in the same way as a patient visiting physiotherapy

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centres has physiotherapy. At home, Josephine has written to the Health

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Secretary to complain. It would be better if people were treated and

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helped back to work and supported in staying at work. In a warrant of

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competing NHS priorities, the local NHS groups say they can't offer

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everything. They say they offer acupuncture but the service just

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wants is not commissioned. Thousands of people could be forced

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to pay crippling bills to repair local churches. It's all down to

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some ancient rules dating back to the reign of Henry VIII, rules which

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homeowners say are outdated and should be scrapped.

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It's called chancel repair liability and has already cost one owner at

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Thrumpton in Nottinghamshire nearly ?7000. Jo Healey reports.

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When the mirror and I was told she was liable and had to pay up to

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repair her local church, she thought she was covered but... The insurance

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did not pay out and I would be interested to hear of any case where

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the chancel repair liability insurance had paid out. It cost her

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thousands of pounds. Many thousands of homeowners have told that they

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too could be liable. The more I hear about it, the more I am horrified

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about how chancel repair liability is meant to work. People of all

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status, disabled people, people with no money, and it is therefore ever

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on the land where the liability is put. Many owners are unaware of

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their homes are liable. It is not necessarily on their needs. ``

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deeds. So, what is the local dioceses saying ? Well, the church

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council can take hardship into account or the damage that enforcing

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it could do to the mission of the church. But, as charities, they

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can't choose not to register the liability. Miranda says supporters

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growing in her fight to abolish the 500`year`old law.

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A charity set up in Derby to help victims of domestic or honour`based

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violence is 21 years old. Karma Nirvana was set up by Jasvinder

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Sanghera from Derby who, at 14, was told by her family she was to marry.

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At 16 she managed to escape. Her sister had earlier committed suicide

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after a forced marriage. Now, 21 years on, Karma Nirvana's helpline

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deals with more than 300 calls a month ` some from girls as young as

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11. In 2013 alone, it helped 3150 women flee abuse, and 182 men. Later

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this year, following years of campaigning, it will see forced

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marriage finally become a criminal offence. Well, a special reception's

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being held at the House of Commons this evening to mark the charity's

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21 years of work. Among those attending are police and

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politicians, volunteers and also some of the many people they've

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helped over the years. Right from the start, he was

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abusive, mentally and physically. Emotionally. He would rape me and I

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felt like I was just property and not a human being. It took me nine

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years to pick up the phone to Karma Nirvana and being able to relate to

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someone who has been through a similar experience changed my life.

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Jasvinder Sanghera joined me a little while ago, just before she

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went off 0 little while ago, just before she

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went off to the reception, and I asked her just how far Karma Nirvana

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has come in those 21 years. Karma Nirvana was founded in my front room

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in Derby in 1993 and in the beginning it was a huge struggle to

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make people even believe that the issue of forced marriage was a

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problem. We have come a long way increasing awareness and we have had

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30,000 calls over four years, there has been a change in the law, more

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survivors are coming forward and police and other organisations are

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changing their practices to tackle this. It is extraordinary what you

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have achieved. What you think is your greatest success? For me

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personally, the impact of increased reporting. We have gone from no

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calls to the helpline from 93 to 96 to well over 60,000 calls. For me,

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people seeking help would be the biggest sense of achievement. How

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important is Derby to all this? It is my hometown and where I was taken

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out of education for forced marriage. My sister was forced to

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marry as well. She took her life because of it at 24. We have a lot

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of historical links at 0 because of it at 24. We have a lot

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of historical links at Derby and it is Derby that put the issue on the

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map. What is the future for Karma Nirvana? Are goals are written in

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our struggles. We must make sure that every school in the country

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engages in this issue. We want every police force to have the right

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response because they are failing victims. We want to make sure that

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the criminalisation of forced marriage makes a difference and

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victims are supported. Here's to the next 21 years. What amazing work

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they have done. Still to come: do you remember using

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a tin tray to go sledging? Well, this one's made of carbon

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fibre, it's considerably faster than a kitchen tray and it's made in

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Derbyshire. That looked fast.

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Now, sport. First, what a weekend of football.

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All our teams undefeated, with wins for Leicester, Derby and Forest in

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the Championship. All three cementing their status in the top

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six now. But there is only one place to start ` with Leicester, who are

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five points clear at the top of the table!

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David Nugent! Oh, that is incredible from Kevin Phillips. It is David

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Nugent. It is a goal of the timing of champions.

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Look out, championship, Leicester City are top of the league.

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Commentary from BBC Radio's Leicester's Ian Stringer there.

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On to Derby County, where new boy Patrick Bamford has made quite an

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impact. The Rams won at home to Brighton. As victories go, it wasn't

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always convincing, but Bamford, a Nottingham lad on loan from Chelsea,

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lit the game up. This was how he made his mark and

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began justifying the bill that he's had. Utterly unfazed, the ball went

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beautifully into the net. It was nice to grab the winner. I thought I

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was going to score and I did so I'm delighted. It was needed. You could

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make a good argument that Brighton had the better of it. Even for

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Bamford, not everything went perfectly. We did our best today but

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we will take the three points. The fans are still loving the McLaren

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effect. We are playing a lot better now. Were going in right direction.

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I'm really impressed. His gesture to the sky, a little nod to his

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godfather. I wonder what he would have made of his godson 's first

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goal for Derby. Next, Nottingham Forest are closing

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in on the signing of striker Danny Graham. Graham, who is 28, is due

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back at Sunderland from a loan spell with Hull before the end of the

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transfer window. Forest owners says negotiations are ongoing.

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January is a key time. He has big ambitions and said their closing in

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on signings. They are not all one position. Maybe in the middle.

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Anywhere in the back. Maybe a striker. On Saturday, he saw Forrest

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scored two first`half penalties. Henry Lansbury spot`on on both

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occasions. Ben Marshall scored a colour for Blackburn so they were

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back in it. There were some excellent saves. The owner wants to

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keep the goalkeeper at the club this January. I hope he can play for the

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national team. And for the striker. One day you will play in very big

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club, like Nottingham Forest! Patterson cost about ?1 million from

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Walsall in summer and he looks like a great buy, scoring five goals in

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three games. His level is like a Premier League player. Andy Reid

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added 0 Premier League player. Andy Reid

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added our fourth goal. Forrester still on the hunt for a striker. All

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the clubs want to add power for their team. This is normal. We are

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doing the same also for Nottingham. They are working, we are working,

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everybody is working hard. Working hard to bring in what seems like a

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loan signings this January. Forest have ten games unbeaten now.

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At Notts County, manager Shaun Derry says he has a Plan B, should Celtic

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decide not to allow Callum McGregor to stay at Meadow Lane on loan.

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Meanwhile at Mansfield, they are trying to bring in a signing or two

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this week. Both teams had good moments over the weekend, as David

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Jackson reports. They're Shaun Derry effect

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continues. He has guided his team to three wins in a row. Meanwhile, how

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about this for a special goal by Mansell's Lee Stevenson? A bit of

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magic gave them the lead but they let a goal in later so it was just a

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point at Portsmouth but this one is for the scrapbook, says Stevenson.

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On to rugby, and if Leicester Tigers are to make a splash in the Heineken

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Cup this season, they'll have to do it a very hard way indeed. This

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Niall Morris try wasn't enough to avoid defeat to Ulster on Saturday.

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And that means Leicester must travel to Clermont Auverge in the

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quarterfinals. Clermont have now gone 71 games unbeaten at the Stade

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Marcel Michelin and are favourites to lift the Cup. One other bit of

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Tigers 0 to lift the Cup. One other bit of

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Tigers news ` prop Thomas Waldrom is leaving. He'll join Exeter from the

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start of next season. In snooker, there was to be no

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repeat of last year's Masters triumph for Leicester's Mark Selby.

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The Jester was blown away early in the final by a resurgent Ronnie

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O'Sullivan, who raced to a 7`1 lead. Selby did produce a mini`revival

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early in the second session, but then could only watch as O'Sullivan

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took every chance he got to seal victory.

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And another defeat to finish with I'm 0 0

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And another defeat to finish with I'm afraid, but an injury`wracked

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Nottingham Panthers were rightly proud of out`shooting Coventry Blaze

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and forcing the game into overtime. Twice they were behind and twice

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levelled the game up, but Blaze had more fit men and that made the

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difference in the end. A valuable point gained 0

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difference in the end. A valuable point gained for Panthers.

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But the football is what we really enjoyed this weekend.

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A Derbyshire company that's made the world's fastest sledge is hoping it

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could speed up the recruitment of new staff.

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The sledge is built from the same carbon fibre material used in

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Formula One cars. Now EPM Technology is hoping the publicity could help

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attract more workers as it prepares to move into 0

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attract more workers as it prepares to move into a new factory. Mike

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O'Sullivan reports. Downhill all the way and into the

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record books in Andorra. Guy Martin piloted this sledge. He beat the

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record held by Germany, achieving a top speed of 83.49 mph. This is

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where the sledge was built. EPM Technology near Derby. A carbon

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fibre specialist with a string of Formula One customers. We had Guy

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Martin and the crew on site for three days. We took them through the

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whole process. We made it the same way as we make Formula One parts.

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This is the sort of thing the company makes here, a steering wheel

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for 0 0 company makes here, a steering wheel

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for a 0 company makes here, a steering wheel

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for a Formula One car. What isn't a secret here is that the company is

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having trouble recruiting the right skilled workers is at moves into new

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factory. Company is expanding, with a ?4.75 million loan from a Derby

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fund. That is just days away from moving into a new factory. Next time

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we move into a graduate 0 moving into a new factory. Next time

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we move into a graduate show, people will know about us. EPM Technology

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decided to make two sledges for the record attempt. Just as well. One

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didn't survive an extra test on. New technology but old`fashioned thrills

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and spills. That looked painful. Mind you, it

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was very white this morning but a frosty wife. `` white.

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We have a picture taken around this time last year. This year has been

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relatively mild and no sign of any snow in the forecast just yet for

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the next few days. But we have got some white stuff of a different

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kind. 0 some white stuff of a different

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kind. We have some fog. We expect it to be much more dense than last

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night. There is a weather warning in force for it. It will be tricky on

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the roads tonight and tomorrow morning. There was some fog around

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western parts this morning but most of us have spectacular day with

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beautiful sunshine. But we are already starting to see the fault

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form `` fog. Once it forms, it. The temperature falling too far so we

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are close to if not a little below freezing by the morning. Frosty and

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foggy tomorrow morning. Some brighter parts during the afternoon

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but much more in the way of cloud. We are staying dry at least.

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Temperatures will be cooler without the sunshine. No fog tomorrow night

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but the rain will come back tomorrow night and into Wednesday.

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Well, it was beautiful this morning. It doesn't seem as cold when it

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isn't windy.

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