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rain from the east. That's all from the BBC

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

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Tonight: A tram driver says there was nothing he could have done to

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avoid hitting a teenager on a crossing.

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Lindsey Inger was killed in November 20 12th half a metre from safety.

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Also, love and loss, and online dating scam leaves a Leicester woman

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penniless. I have no food. My cupboards are empty and I have no

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one to eternity. Plus, shall remember them. Could sponsorship

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help pay for the memorials. These three premature but they were the

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first to get donated breast milk. Good evening and welcome to the

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programme. First tonight, the family of a teenager who was killed on a

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tram crossing has told an inquest it was the first time she'd used it.

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13`year`old Lindsey Inger was hit as she walked across with friends at

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Moor Bridge near Hucknall. The tram driver told the hearing

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that there was absolutely nothing he could have done to avoid hitting

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her. Lindsey's family said they didn't blame him. Here's our Chief

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News reporter Quentin Rayner. Lindsey was killed when she and

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three other girls crossed the tram crossing to get to one of the

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friend's houses. Adrian described as very experienced, was driving the

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tram. He blew his horn and slow down when he saw three of the girls in

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the middle of the lane. He kept thinking to himself, move, move. He

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said she count `` casually carried on walking by until the commission.

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`` collision. He applied the breaks and there was a deadly silence. A

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family member told him that they didn't blame him and didn't want him

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living with guilds. One passenger said she had seen Lindsey but she

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had to turn away when she knew the tram was going to hit her. Gary on

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the right said he heard screams and stroked Lindsey's arm but she wasn't

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conscious. The tram horn was sounded five seconds before the collision.

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From analysing CCTV, it wasn't possible to tell whether she had

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looked to her right at the oncoming tram. There was nothing to suggest

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she had been distracted by a phone or if phones. She had almost catch a

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bus crossed the tram line when she was hit and was centimetres from

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safety. One qui `` A verdict is expected tomorrow but one key

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question won't be answered will it? No and it's the question everyone

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wants answered. Why did Lindsey decide to cross the tramline and end

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up getting hit by the 40 tonne tram? The Nottinghamshire coroner Maureen

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Casey has been at pains to explain to Lindsay's family that she

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understands why 0 to Lindsay's family that she

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understands why they 0 to Lindsay's family that she

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understands why they need to know. But she told them today that that

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question is unanswerable and despite all the investigations, we just

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won't know why Lindsey crossed when she did.

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There is now a fail`safe option now. A footbridge has been built which

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will eliminate the risk of this ever happening again. One of our county

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councils has announced further cuts to the services it provides and

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admits vulnerable people may be hit the hardest.

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Derbyshire's planning to increase council tax by 2%, but still has to

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make tens of millions of pounds of savings. Here's our political

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reporter Chris Doidge. Last week, it was addled scare, today a further

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swathe of council services in Derbyshire will put on the chopping

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block. It is not a happy day for us. The county council has two save ?157

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million from its budget by 2018 and announced that even the most

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important services cannot be entirely protected. Among those

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taking a hit of potholes. Maintenance will lose ?2 million a

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year. Up to seven children Centres will go. Library opening hours will

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be reduced and the council will review its spending. We do have few

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options now. All the easy options have gone. It is the worst at the

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moment. What is so frustrating is we `` is if we have been in power over

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the previous four years we could have anticipated the scale of these

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cuts and would have started to shape services differently. We spent four

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years making the cuts we needed to make and every single one of those

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cuts was objected to by a neighbour who had banners and protests and now

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they seem to 0 who had banners and protests and now

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they seem to be 0 who had banners and protests and now

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they seem to be saying we should have done more vote for them. There

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are more than 80 cuts set out in these documents but with some of the

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details still unclear, it is not certain who will be affected by them

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the most. The county council does know that with vulnerable people

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most reliant upon them, it is likely that they will be severely affected

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by some of the proposals in here. One of our police forces generated

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about ?2.5 million from running speed awareness courses for drivers

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caught going over the limit. The courses began in 2009. Figures

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obtained by BBC Radio Nottingham show that more than 80,000 motorists

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have taken part. The attendance cost for drivers has risen by more than

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40% since the courses started and now stands at over ?90 each. The

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police claim the courses have help reduce casualty figures and in turn

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cut the costs associated with serious accidents.

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It is justified and necessary. That money is used to support the

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partnership. We employ 44 people who do all the work to process people

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that get caught speeding. That money pays their salaries. The money we

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have spare is being put back into digital cameras. Nine out of ten

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drivers learned by it. They don't get caught again and learn by the

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educational courses that they do. Today, though, the way money is

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raised through speed awareness courses has been criticised. A

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little earlier we spoke to the founder of the Drivers' Union, Keith

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Peat, who is also a former traffic police officer. His group aims to

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promote the rights of drivers as well as safe motoring. The issue is

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the fact that we have a speeding industry including companies that

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are running courses with all their staff, their tutors, their whole

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basis of which means we have `` we need speeders. It is not in their

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interest to stop speeding. What is happening is speeding is actually

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being encouraged by ignoring the zones where it automatically entices

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people to inadvertently speed. I think the police will take you up on

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your use of the word, entice. They always say the main problems on our

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roads are cars that go too fast. Too fast is a different issue and that

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is the fault. It is deliberate mingling and the profiteers stepping

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in. Mostly it is below the speed limit and that is where most

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accidents 0 limit and that is where most

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accidents are caused. Let us take our attention to the causes. The

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police say they help stop people reoffending and the money is used

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for safety measures within the locality that the courses take

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place. My concept of road safety isn't about threatening drivers,

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coercing them into paying money to private companies or else they get

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prosecuted. That is not my concept of safety. As far as the courses are

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concerned, they run private companies for profit. This is wrong.

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Somebody has got to run the courses. Thank you very much for speaking to

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us. 0 us.

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The NHS is to investigate Jimmy Savile's connections with a

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children's home in Leicestershire. Savile is believed to have abused

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hundreds of victims around the country, many of them youngsters.

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Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home in Leicester is

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the 33rd NHS organisation to come under review. It's now closed.

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Leicester NHS Trust says an incident may have occurred more than 40 years

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ago. Two men have been charged after

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three people were attacked on a busy street in Leicester. The incident

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closed part of East Park Road. A 25`year`old man has been charged

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with two counts of attempted murder and one of wounding and conspiracy

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to murder. A 43`year`old man has been charged with conspiracy to

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commit murder. Derby's velodrome will feature

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cutting`edge technology to help everything run as smoothly as

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possible. The city council's released a customer experience guide

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to the venue which should open in a year's time. The publication has

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revealed that the velodrome will remember your shoe size. And staff

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will carry tablet computers at busy times to take bookings.

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A woman from Leicester says she's lost everything after falling for a

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stranger on 0 lost everything after falling for a

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stranger on a dating website. 53`year`old Ann Bowen ended up

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paying out ?2,000 to help the man she met online.

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Now she wants to warn others about the very real dangers of online

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fraud. Eleanor Garnier reports. It was loneliness that drove and to

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look for love online. It wasn't long before she found someone. Same`macro

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he has been in the Army for many years and wanted to retire. He said

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he wanted to come home to me. It is nice and flattering to start with

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and then you start thinking, does he really? Is this a con? Aye her fears

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intensified when she started getting e`mails asking for money. She hadn't

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spoken on the phone to this man but he asked her to pay a ?2000 admin

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fee so he could secure his US Army pension. If you've transferred by

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way of a bank account, there are steps that law enforcement could

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take but it is time dependent. The reality is by the time you are aware

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of this, the money has gone. She isn't the only one. Figures show

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that around one in four people across Great Britain will have used

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a dating website at some point. They say out of all the people they serve

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eight, around 40% had come across fake profiles and 20% had been asked

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for money by someone they have been contacting online. She now wants to

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warn others about the dangers of `` online fraud. I have nothing. I have

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no gas, I have no money to pay bills, I am totally reliant on money

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coming into my account next week to be able to have some heat. I have no

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food, Mike freezer and covers all empty and I have no one to turn to.

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`` my freezer. Still to come ` war memorial maintenance. Remembering

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the fallen comes at a cost ` now one council's looking for sponsors to

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help out. It is all change with the weather.

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We are on the move once again. Join me for the details later.

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There are more signs tonight that the Government's welfare reforms are

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starting to bite. The number of applications for help with paying

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the rent has risen sharply. That's been put down to

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deficit`cutting measures like the spare room subsidy, bedroom tax and

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the benefit cap. Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has been

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asking local housing authorities just what's happening. Jeremy.

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Discretionary Housing Payments made by councils, the people you can't

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pay the rent. They are available to tenants on housing benefit or

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Universal Credit is. We have asked for 0

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Universal Credit is. We have asked for a snapshot of what's happening.

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They are reporting increases. In Derby, the number of claims has more

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than trebled from 531 in the last financial year to more than 1600

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since last April. The value of those claims rose fourfold to ?419,000 and

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that is with two months still to go. The council says 83% of those

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applied because of the bedroom tax or spare room subsidy. Smaller

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councils are seeing the same trend. Charnwood says DHP has increased

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325%. A similar story in Nottingham. Debs was threatened with eviction

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before her DHP was approved. That is because the housing benefit changes

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left her with a rent bill for two spare rooms that used to be used by

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her son and Graham `` grandson. I have tried to find another place but

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I haven't had any luck. It is either have gas or electric or have food.

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Debs is one of 1800 tenants in Nottingham who have applied for the

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Discretionary Housing Payments, claims adding up to half ?1 million.

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The Labour council says many of those tenants have jobs but still

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can't afford the rent because their pay is so low. People are applying

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for its because of the bedroom tax. People are not moving. It is acting

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as a punishment and not an incentive. For Debs, the prof ``

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worry of losing her home has been dramatic and her Discretionary

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Housing Payments have meant all the difference. But now she will have to

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apply for it all over again. The government has been allocated six

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point `` millions of pounds to pay for this. They say they have tripled

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extra funding to ?190 million so they can help vulnerable residents

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who might need extra help. Nottingham City Council says that is

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a fraction of what is needed. The government says these reforms are

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vital and that they are fixing the benefits system.

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Nottinghamshire County Council is hoping sponsors can be found to help

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with the upkeep of local war memorials. Officials reckon they've

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spent around ?500,000 on maintenance and repairs over the past seven

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years. It's a lot of money in these

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straitened times. So would local people and businesses be willing to

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look after some of our historic monuments? Carol Hinds reports.

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A war 0 monuments? Carol Hinds reports.

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A war memorial is more than a local landmark, it is an important part of

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a village or a town's history. In summer 2012, Nottinghamshire County

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Cricket Club undertook a survey of 95 and monuments within its

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boundary. They need TLC and a bit of pointing. The Reddington War

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Memorial is a listed war memorial and it did have more severe signs of

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deterioration, in particular some of the 0

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deterioration, in particular some of the steps were subsiding. The survey

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found the theft of copier `` copper or bronze plaques was a problem.

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This one was targeted in 2011 by `` and by Remembrance 0

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This one was targeted in 2011 by `` and by Remembrance Sunday they were

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able to show the replacement plaque made of granite. Nottinghamshire

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county council has worked with local groups since 2000 to fund projects

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and create 23 memorials at a cost of over ?500,000. Would people in West

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bridge could be willing to help maintain their war memorial? It is

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part of the community and it is important to remember these people.

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It should be looked after. It is something every member of the

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community should take on. It is something you should be proud of. I

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live in colic and I would be more than happy to help. It is hoped

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these war memorials will be preserved for many generations to

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come. Next tonight breast is best, especially for babies born

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prematurely. 0 prematurely.

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But not all of their mums are able to produce the milk they need

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straightaway. That's why Kings Mill Hospital has

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become the first in the East Midlands to use breast milk donated

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by other women. Jo Healey has been to meet the first babies to benefit.

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Luke, Lily and Josh, born seven weeks premature. We decided to give

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them the donor breastmilk because I didn't have enough breast milk to

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give them to start with. The doctors advised on that because it is better

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for them. The donor milk is being pioneered here. Premature babies

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tolerate breastmilk better and it reduces the risk of them getting a

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potentially fatal inflammatory bowel disorder. We really know we are

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giving them the best at this important stage of their

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development. It is like having a blood transfusion. It is help from

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another human being. What about the mums? It has taken the pressure of a

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mum. We have a baby early it often affects your milk supply for a

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while. They get the donor breastmilk is from bank `` banks. There are 17

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in the country. I was a bit unsure at first. They told me it was

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screened and cleaned and it was the right thing for them to do. They

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have done really well. The trial is running for six months. These three

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were the first to benefit. They are now thriving.

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Is that a smile or is it something else? I was just thinking, what is

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his `` what is he dreaming about? Now for the sport. There's never

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been a more high profile and exciting time for women's football

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and for the first time ever Nottingham's about to get a taste of

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it at the very highest level. A revamped women's Superleague

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begins in April and Notts County Ladies will be one of the teams in

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the top tier. They've begun training this week and Kirsty Edwards has

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been to meet them. Training hard for a big new season.

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Notts County Ladies are among eight teams chosen to be in the top

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league. They will be playing their home games on the same pitch as the

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men are amongst the big clubs come to Meadow Lane will be the current

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champions, Liverpool and big spending Manchester City. They are

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not just looking to make up the numbers. They are aiming to make

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Europe. We don't take second very gracefully so we will be competing.

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We want to be successful. It won't be instant. We want to do ourselves

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proud. Can 0 be instant. We want to do ourselves

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proud. Can we win some silverware? Can we have a cup run? It will be

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measured over two seasons and ensuring we are in the league. They

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are training full`time in their bid for success and have made some

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high`profile signings. A member of internationals are in the side

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including four England players. I'm hoping with a link with Notts County

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men, we will get a fewer people coming down and cheering us on. It

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gives you that extra 10% of energy. Hopefully we can do Nottingham

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proud. The amount of funding and coverage we are getting is amazing.

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We are shocked and excited about it. Hopefully we will get a very good

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crowd at nap `` at Notts County. This is a new dawn for women's

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football and these players hope the next few 0

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football and these players hope the next few months will see the game

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become bigger than ever. I wonder if the arrival of the women

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is what's inspired the Notts County men to up their game, recently? They

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go to Peterborough this evening looking for their fourth win on the

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trot. Full commentary is on BBC Radio Nottingham and coverage starts

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just after our programme finishes. So that's good timing.

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I'm going to leave you with the build up to the Winter Olympics in

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Sochi. They're next month and we have genuine 0 0

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Sochi. They're next month and we have genuine medal chances here in

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the East Midlands. Our short track speed skaters go with great hopes.

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My main job is getting out there and giving it my best shot. I hope

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things pan out well. Obviously you want to. This week is about picking

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up the clothing for Sochi. There is a photo booth also for a few laughs.

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It is pulling on the clothes that make you part of Team GB. Even for

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the most experienced member of this speed skating squad, it doesn't get

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old. I really enjoyed going through and 0

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old. I really enjoyed going through and having 0

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old. I really enjoyed going through and having a personal shopper with

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me. These Olympics aren't a first for Penny Combs and Nick Buckland,

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this time they go with a European bronze medal to their names. We talk

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a 0 0 bronze medal to their names. We talk

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a lot 0 bronze medal to their names. We talk

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a lot from it. We got a huge amount of experience and we haven't

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experienced that kind of pressure before. We can take that to the

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Olympic Games which is something that will be invaluable. There is

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plenty to inspire them and they have impressed Robin Cousins. After

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seeing the performance last weekend, it was much better than I was

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expecting. It sets them up for Sochi, not this year, but four years

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time. Penny has just said to me, we can do it better. It could be

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Britain's best post`Winter games and here, we will have played a big

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part. I am quite excited now. They are

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probably used to the weather now. People have been saying it is mild,

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but today, it was freezing. Fog has been an issue. This

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photograph was taken over wood bred this morning. If you have any more

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like that, keep them coming in. There is some fog forming over

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eastern parts but it will be short lived tonight because we are

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replacing with the rain. We have a line of weather fronts in the

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Atlantic. We are saving the best till last. The weather is on the

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move. There will be some spells of rape. There will be some `` there

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will be some spells of rain. The wind will start to pick up. It will

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reach all of us through the early hours of 0

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reach all of us through the early hours of the morning. It is with us

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throughout the night. At least we are frog and frost free. `` fog. It

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is a damp start tomorrow. There is uncertainty when this rain will come

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out of the way. It will clear out of the way and most of us will be dry

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into the afternoon. There is some cloud for a time. It is feeling a

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little warmer. We get a window of dry weather for Wednesday night

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before the next weather system starts zooming in off the Atlantic

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into Thursday. A repeat performance on Thursday. It will 0

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into Thursday. A repeat performance on Thursday. It will be a dry stop

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at the rain is pushing him quickly. That will clear out of the way so it

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is drier and brighter for the afternoon.

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I think it will `` I think I will stay in bed longer for the sun to

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come up. See you on late news.

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