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Sunday. Make the most of Saturday because Sunday

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This is East Midlands Today with Quentin Rayner and me, Anne Davies.

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This is East Midlands Today with Quentin Rayner and me, Anne Davies.

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Tonight: The family of a teenager hit by a tram say more should have

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been done to save her life. Good evening and welcome to

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Wednesday's programme. First tonight, the family of a

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teenager hit by a tram say a new footbridge should have been built

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there years ago. That should have been 0

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there years ago. That should have been there 0

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there years ago. That should have been there years ago after people

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had been killed. Investigations are underway after a man was killed at

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this planned in Derbyshire. It is reasonable to ban fizzy drinks and

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sweets. I really do think it is reasonable. And the blue plaque that

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has gone up on one of the East Midlands's for most industrialists

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and how the house itself is coming back to life.

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The family of a teenager hit by a tram says a new footbridge should

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have been built years ago. Today a coroner ruled Lindsey's death was an

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accident. The 13`year`old was killed as she

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crossed the tramline at Hucknall in Nottinghamshire just over a year

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ago. Lindsey's was the third death at the same crossing in four years.

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After the verdict, Lindsey's mother and sister spoke to Jo Healey. She

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was my girl, she was my friend, my daughter. She was my soul mate. Just

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over a 0 daughter. She was my soul mate. Just

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over a year ago, she lost her. Lindsey was hit by a tram. It was

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the first time she had used the crossing. The driver was said to be

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blameless. This is what her sister said to him after the inquest. Don't

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set and blame yourself. The family do not blame you. He was there at

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the accident. Probably the only one who saw most of the accident. So

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that is the love for him to live with. I could see a big relief, a

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weight come off his shoulders. That man must have a vision of Lindsey in

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his head all of the time. On the windscreen of the tram. He has got

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to have that vision and I could not live with 0

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to have that vision and I could not live with that. My heart goes out to

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him. There is now a ?1.5 million footbridge over the crossing, opened

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last autumn about a year after Lindsey was killed. It is too late,

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that bridge should have been there years ago after other people had got

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injured and killed. I think the reason the bridge is there now is

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because we would not let it rest. The coroner said she hoped it would

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prevent any other family suffering as Lindsey's had. I would hate

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anybody else to have to go through this, I really would. It is

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horrible. I am glad to see the bridge put up, but it was too late.

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Next tonight, the factory accident that's claimed a life. 56`year`old

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man was killed after becoming trapped between two lorries at

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Toyota in Derbyshire. Police were called to Burnaston just after

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midnight. Our reporter Amy Harris is outside the factory for us now. Amy

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what more can you tell us about what happened?

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Police officers were called to the Toyota factory here in Burnaston,

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just south of Derby, at 12.40am this morning, to a report of a man

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trapped between two lorries. The 56`year`old was declared dead at the

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scene. And tonight a joint investigation is underway.

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Flags were flying at half`mast today at the Toyota car plant in earnest

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and, where last night and man was crushed to death between two

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lorries. The 56`year`old lorry driver from Suffolk was not a Toyota

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employee but worked for a logistics company. He has not been formally

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identified, but his family has been informed. As yet, it is not clear

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what happened, but police and members of the Health and Safety

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Executive are investigating his death. Officers say there don't

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appear to be any suspicious circumstances. No one from Toyota

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would speak on camera but the company issued a statement. They say

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it is with great regret we had a severe incident on site last night

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which resulted in a lorry driver receiving serious injuries, sadly

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resulting in his death. They go on to say, we extend our condolences to

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the driver's family and friends. For the 3000 workers here, it has been a

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difficult day as they come to terms with the death of a man who was

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killed on site doing his job. The news has shocked the workforce here.

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Many of the staff will be asking how this could happen and why. Those

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questions will no doubt be answered in the investigation, which is

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underway and I am told it will take many months. Later in the programme:

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A packed and varied sports bulletin, including the top Olympic stars

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who're pulling in the crowds in their determination to get more

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girls more active. A Leicester MP is calling on an

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education authority to ban sugar completely from schools. Keith Vaz

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says hidden calories are contributing to an epidemic of

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childhood obesity. Now he wants Leicester City Council to become the

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first in the country to encourage sugar`free canteens and vending

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machines. Eleanor Garnier has been looking at the issue. So Eleanor,

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just how hidden is sugar? You might be surprised at just how

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hidden it can be. In fact Keith Vaz says manufacturers are actually

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misleading us about the amount of sugar in food and drinks. Did you

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know this? One can of tomato soup can contain as much as four

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teaspoons of sugar. Even a low fat yoghurt can have up to five

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teaspoons in it. And the one we all know about, a can of fizzy drink `

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well that can have up to nine teaspoons of sugar. And it's all

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part of the problem of childhood obesity.

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A healthy school lunch but just how many pupils are getting one?

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Students at their school in Leicester have special needs and

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many have individual dietary requirements. This school prides

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itself on healthy eating but fears have been raised about childhood

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obesity with a Leicester MP declaring a war on sugar. Keith Vaz

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has written to the City Council urging all schools in Leicester to

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go sugar free. I think it is very important that people understand

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sugar is not good for their health will stop at the moment we have

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sugar available quite freely in drinks and food in our schools. And

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with obesity rates we have got, it is important we act immediately. The

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local authority will not commit to a total ban but is welcoming the idea.

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I think it is reasonable to ban fizzy drinks and sweets. I do think

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it is reasonable, because it is not just about obesity and diabetes. It

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is about behaviour in the classroom and also about dental decay. Most

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parents and grandparents we spoke to would like to see a ban on sugar. I

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hate sugar so I would ban it completely. I don't think it's any

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good for anybody. It is a good idea because I don't know, I would never

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give my kids fizzy drinks and would not want them to have access to it

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if I wasn't in control of that access. It is about diet in general.

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Banning in sugar in schools might be a big gas, but the warning dash if

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ignored we will have generations of overweight children destined to grow

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up into overweight adults. Now another surprise, more than half of

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all adults are expected to be obese by 2050 so it's hoped reducing sugar

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at a young age will have considerable health benefits.

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Police are warning drug users they face extra dangers from fake pills

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after a 19`year`old died in Derbyshire. Officers were called to

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Leabrooks near Alfreton by ambulance crews treating the teenager for

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suspected ecstasy use. He died later in hospital. Tests have shown the

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tablets he took didn't contain genuine ecstasy or MDMA, but other

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substances. A 16`year`old boy and an 18`year`old woman have been

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arrested. Police say it's a growing problem. MDMA on its own can kill

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you. Not many people die from it but some every year. They are putting a

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cocktail of drugs together to mimic the effects of ecstasy. It is the

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cock tale causing the problems in many cases.

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All three Chambers of Commerce have welcomed what they call "good news"

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for jobs and employment in the East Midlands. There are now 149,000

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people unemployed according to the latest quarterly figures from the

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Office for National Statistics. That's down 28,000 from the previous

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three months and gives an unemployment rate of 6.4%, which is

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just below the national average. A man has been airlifted to hospital

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after being struck by a train near Newark Northgate Station. He was

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taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious head

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injuries. Network Rail has confirmed that he was a member of their

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on`track team. There's been major disruption to train services.

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Travellers are being warned that journeys through the station may

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still be delayed for up to two hours.

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You're watching East Midlands Today from the BBC. Still to come: Derby

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honours one of its greatest industrialists as his former home is

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restored to its former glory. What a difference a year makes. This

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time last year we were showing new snowy scenes like this one, but the

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best we can do tonight is a few wintry showers over the peak

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district. You may recall the homeowners who

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were left in the lurch after paying out thousands of pounds for

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insulation. British Gas pulled its funding after the government changed

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the rules on how energy`saving schemes are operated. This has had a

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big effect on the Clifton estate. They had hoped to be warmer this

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winter, instead many homeowners on the Clifton estate in Nottingham

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suffered the chill of disappointment.

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British Gas withdrew ?5 million worth of installation ten days ago,

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giving 90 days notice. The company blamed government changes to what is

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called the energy companies obligation. Their green levies added

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to everybody's gas and electric bills, but they will be cut. It will

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result in cheaper bills but there won't you money to insulates the

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concrete homes in Clifton. It had seemed so different back in

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September. That is when the council, and con tractors and the local MP,

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Lillian Greenwood encouraged people to come 0

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Lillian Greenwood encouraged people to come forward to get subsidised

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installation. Tonight, British Gas said it was still talking to the

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council about setting up a replacement. But how much money

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would be available is unclear. Lillian Greenwood is the local MP

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for those residents and met the energy minister a few hours ago.

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Lillian, what has the Minister said this afternoon? We got warm words

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but no certainty about warm homes. He said he will meet with Rajesh gas

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and is meeting the chairman of Centrica and we'll talk to them

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about trying to get them to agree to make sure all the people who signed

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up have got their work completed. He said he wanted to work with those in

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Nottingham and work with the department to come up with a

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solution. But the truth is we don't know any more certainty from

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residents than we did today. It is a shambles. You are the City Council

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who promoted this scheme, shouldn't you have made certain before

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encouraging residents to go work ahead with it? The scheme was

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working, but the government changed the rules in concerns about energy

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services. It has pulled the rug under the scheme. Have there been

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any apologies to the people of Clifton? He did not apologise, but

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he is concerned. I told him about some of the residents who felt they

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had been let down by this government, particularly those who

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are homeowners, the hard`working people the Prime Minister claims to

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stand up for. Not great news for them at the moment, but thanks for

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joining us. If you are a resident and are worried whether you are a

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council tenant or a home owner, there is a helpline:

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The man behind genetic fingerprinting and the vice`chairman

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of Leicester City have both been given honorary degrees today.

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Sir Alec Jeffreys, who developed genetic fingerprinting at the

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University of Leicester in the 1980s received an honorary Doctor of

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Science from De Montfort University. While the man who became Leicester

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vice`chairman in 2011, is now an honorary Doctor of Business

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Administration. Congrats generations for both of

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them. `` congratulations. Shall we have some sport? One of the

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big stories, abuse on Twitter. That is what we start with. The former

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Leicester City and Nottingham Forest striker, Stan Collymore, has accused

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the social media site Twitter of not doing enough to combat abusive

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messages. Over the last 48 hours he's says he's been subjected to

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racism and threats to kill from internet abusers known as trolls.

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Former footballer, Stan Collymore is now a sports broadcaster and

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expresses strong views on the game. He cheated and he dived to get a

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penalty. His forthright but honest opinion resulted in him receiving a

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flood of abuse on Twitter. Over the last 48 hours it has essentially

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been explicit racial Bruce. On top of that, direct threat to kill. The

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former Nottingham Forest and Leicester City player has made a

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complaint to the police who are investigating. People see there is

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nothing being done. Not only do they not rather deleting tweets of a

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racist, sexist and homophobic nature, they open several accounts

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and drag other people and other trolls who go on abusing people. Is

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Twitter, perhaps some would argue a reflection of the state of society?

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Maybe so. But I walk around media city here in Salford and somebody

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racially abuse is me, it is still a reflection of one person in society.

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But they dealt with and I am asking Twitter to do the same. Stan, who

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celebrates his 42nd birthday today has widespread support from the East

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Midlands foot wall family. I would not expect anything less from the

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fans, to be fair. They go to the past and say Stan Collymore did

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this, this and this. This could be your son, your daughter your uncle

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who are being mocked for religious beliefs, being mocked the

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disability. Birthday or not, out of banging the drum and hopefully

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Twitter will respond sooner rather than later. Twitter says abuse is

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against the rules but does not comment on individual cases.

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Onto transfer news and Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn is being

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linked with a host of clubs, with Blackburn reported to be a potential

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destination for the 23`year`old. In last night's football Notts

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County lost for the first time this year at Peterborough. The game saw

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seven goals, a red card and plenty of drama, as Tom Brown reports.

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This was a match that had everything, a rejuvenated Notts

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County going for four wins in a row started the strongest. Four minutes

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in, there was some sloppy defending. County's pace and trickery were

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causing problems. Three minutes later a cross from the right was

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racked `` met by Roman Murray who just beat the keeper. After 15

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minutes, the match took its first major twist. And off the ball

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incident led to Ryan Murray getting a red card and Notts County were

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down to ten men. That woke the home side up. First they pulled one back

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through this neat turn in the box. Then came the equaliser after the

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break. They had, County's early hopes shot down. Then came the goal

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of the match. With 16 minutes to go. But Shaun Derry's Magpies are made

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of tough stuff and two minutes later they were back on level terms.

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Squeezing in an equaliser and it was three goals apiece. It looked like

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the ten men would hold on for an heroic point, even when Peter Boro

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did have the ball in the net, the Mac dies was saved by the flag. ``

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Magpies. But this goalmouth scramble, led to Peter Boro's

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winner. That is the first defeat to 2014 for Nottingham County, but

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Derry will not be too disheartened. Two of our ever most successful

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female Olympians have been in the East Midlands today. Gail Adams and

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Katherine Grainger were in Nottingham to try to get more girls

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in sport. No shortage of enthusiasm from these

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girls. Two Olympic medallists providing inspiration. Despite all

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of the medals and success over recent years, it is the girls that

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are showing less activity. They are doing less activity than boys by the

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age of nine. I doubt of 14 only 12% of girls are active. At 15, half as

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many boys `` girls are taking the recommended amount of exercise. It

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is their teenage years, if they drop out then it is hard to get them

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back. I think body image is key to this debate. If you can get the

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message across you don't have to be thin and surgically enhance, but you

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can be fit and build an attractive image and a great shape I doing

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sport. Apart from the issue of body image holding girls back,

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campaigners say women's sport needs more coverage to change attitudes.

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My mum was a woman's footballer. When she was 19 she played in the

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World Cup and had to pay her own way to get there. This is only a few

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years after England won the World Cup. Every time she was training on

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the football pitch, she got shouted abuse at. Only now we are seeing

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women's football on TV. If girls need any more convincing, this is

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what it feels like to win an Olympic gold. You dream about it your whole

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athletic Elliott, career. But doing it in London, it was magic. Six

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months to the Commonwealth games and the girls are catching the boys up.

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Think of the mega`rich today and the names Bill Gates or Roman Abramovich

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probably spring to mind. But go back 200 years, and their equivalents are

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Richard Arkwright and Jedediah Strutt. The two men virtually

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invented the industrial revolution, right here in the East Midlands.

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Today, Strutt, who perfected the art of stocking`making, was honoured

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with a blue plaque in his name. James Roberson reports.

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Sitting on one of the finest Georgian streets, Friar gatehouse in

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Derby, an 18th`century building which was the final home of Jedediah

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Strutt. Struts, owned the technology to knit stockings, formed the former

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ship with Richard Arkwright. They founded the world's first factories,

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Cotton Mills on the River Derwent and Milford. Immensely wealthy,

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Strutt, never forgot his roots. Jedediah Strutt was a giant of the

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industrial revolution. An entrepreneur but he looked after his

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workers. At one stage he had eight Mills and with over 2000 3000 ``

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2000, 3000 employees. While Strutt built modest cottages for his

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workers, his family built this mansion. The new owner is turning

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its back into a family home but also a showcase for his design business

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which is moving back from Nottingham to Derby. I grew up here. I used to

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look up the architect jet and think it was wonderful. It is a mini Pall

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mall. I always thought I would move back here. We just fell in love with

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this building. Today, William was Bert is the plaque unveiled. Blue

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plaques are springing up all over Derby, including this one to another

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Strutt. It is the City Council and the civic society recognising the

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notables who have lived here in the city. The blue plaque is a permanent

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reminder of the people who have a special or a unique place in the

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history of Derby. It not only helps us to remember their achievements,

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but it also inspires current and future generations.

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How fabulous. Good to see Jedediah Arnott. You don't get many people

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called Jedediah. `` honoured. Now the weather.

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A much colder day in prospect tomorrow. But it was nice to see

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sunshine in the middle of the day. But this evening we will see a few

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showers and it will turn misty as well as the opportunity for a few

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fog patches. We have a few fog patches around at the moment. These

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are light but working towards the south`east corner. Could turn wintry

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over the Peak District. Where we have the occasional break in the

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crowd, that is when we will see mist and fog developing. The cloud will

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form again over the next few hours due to a band of showers coming

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through. This one is more lively, working its way into the early part

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of tomorrow morning. They could beat Dundry, it will be heavy and there

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will be wintry showers over the peak district. `` thundery. It is going

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to be a colder day with the brisk north`westerly wind. Temperatures

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tomorrow will be in the region of six Celsius. But it will feel bitter

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outside at times. Friday, we start to see this next band of rain coming

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in. There is too warm fronts with us on Friday. The leading edge on

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higher ground could turn wintry for a time. At lower levels it should

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start to fall as rain. Heavy bursts of rain through Friday. We will pick

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up a few showers. On Saturday, it looks like it will be a better day

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because it is turning wet and windy again on Sunday. Just as long as it

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is snowing for the Winter Olympics. We are back at

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We all have hopes and fears for the future

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