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

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Tonight ` age discrimination. Nottinghamshire police face a

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multi`million 0 Nottinghamshire police face a

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multi`million pound compensation bill. In a landmark case, a tribunal

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rules that around 100 Elisa officers who were forced to retire were

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unfairly dismissed. Also tonight, shock news figures

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reveal the scale of our region's obesity epidemic. And after 16

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months in hospital, premature baby Taran goes home.

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It will be really nice. As a family, we needed this, because we missed

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out on so much time together. And is this a dying art?

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Sheila certainly knows how to do it, but it seems fewer of us are

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whistling in public. Find out why later.

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Good evening. A hundred former police officers have won a landmark

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age discrimination case. They were all forced to retire from the

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Nottinghamshire force because they'd served more than 30 years. But today

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an employment tribunal found that they were unfairly dismissed. And

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now the force is expecting compensation claims worth millions

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of pounds. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, is at

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Nottinghamshire's Police Headquarters. Jeremy, why did these

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officers lose their jobs? It was all about cutting the salary bill.

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Nottinghamshire police had to make substantial savings, but police

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officers cannot be made redundant under the law. So instead, this was

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one of five forces using a power known as Regulation A19. That power

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allows the police to make officers retire after 30 years 0

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allows the police to make officers retire after 30 years of service,

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but only if it is in the interests of effect this and efficiency. But

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the officers argued that it was never intended for large`scale job

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cuts and that it was Age Discrimination Act. This is a huge

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blow for a force that is already struggling to balance its 0

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blow for a force that is already struggling to balance its budget,

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because it is expecting compensation claims of up to ?3.5 million. I got

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the chief constable's reaction a short time ago. At the time, I said

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we regretted the fact that we were losing officers who had given good

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service. But at 0 losing officers who had given good

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service. But at the time the decision was made, it was based on

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making decisions to balance the books and allow the force to reshape

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to deliver a better service. It was a huge mistake, wasn't it? It was a

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decision based on good legal advice which was taken in order to deal

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with problems facing not just this force, but a number of others. So,

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what does today's decision mean for those officers who were forced to

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retire? Dave Wakelin used to be a chief superintendent Heyer at

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Sherwood Lodge. How significant do you think this judgement is? Very

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significant. Not only does it affect 100 offices in Nottinghamshire, it

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is many other officers across the country 0

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is many other officers across the country whose forces chose to use

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this regulation. So in terms of impact across the UK, it is

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significant. It will will say as a chief superintendent, you will have

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been given a big payoff and a big pension. Why should you get

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compensation from forces struggling to make ends meet? That was much

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discussed at the time. When we started the litigation, it was never

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about the money or compensation. It was about 0

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about the money or compensation. It was about the injustice that we all

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felt through being forcibly ejected from Nottinghamshire police.

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Everybody is different. Some of those officers I know left struggled

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to find work and may not have work now. The police pension is a good

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pension, but we paid into it for years. We take what we are entitled

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to. But for many of us, it was not about the money, but the injustice.

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Do you want your job back now? I would have to give that some serious

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thought. This would put me in a difficult position with

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Nottinghamshire police, this challenge the chief constable.

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Others may take a different view. Nottinghamshire police say they are

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now considering whether to appeal against today's decision, so it is

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not over yet. Further education colleges across

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the East Midlands are facing deep spending cuts ` the worst outside

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London. That's according to new figures released by the Association

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of Colleges. It 0 figures released by the Association

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of Colleges. It warns that thousands of students at this region's 22

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colleges will be affected. One of our MPs has now written to the

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Education Secretary Michael Gove to demand an explanation. This report

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from our Political Editor John Hess. Many of our colleges provide the

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building blocks to a career or trade for thousands of school leavers . In

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the East Midlands, the number of 18`year`olds attending Effie

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colleges is higher than the national average. But over the next month,

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the colleges will find out their funding for the next academic year,

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and it will be substantially lower. This is a targeted cut. Many of the

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most vulnerable of our student population and need the support we

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are currently giving them. The Department for Education proposes a

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17.5% spending cut from this September. In the East Midlands,

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colleges will lose ?7.2 million in funding. That will directly affect

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the courses of just over 9500 students, according to the

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Association 0 students, according to the

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Association of 0 students, according to the

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Association of Colleges. At Westminster, the scale of the budget

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cuts has outraged many MPs. Further education colleges give young people

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the skills they need for the future. We need a better skilled

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workforce, so I hope the government will think up again about the cuts.

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These colleges also voiced anger over a lack of consultation. Even

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the further Education Minister has described the budget cuts as

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regrettable. I appreciate the pressure 0

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regrettable. I appreciate the pressure is on the budget of FE

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colleges. But in 2012`13, pupils were funded for 450 hours and we

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raised that to 540 hours, a rise of 16%. And this is a cut of almost the

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same magnitude. The government says funding for immediate school leavers

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remains its priority, but for older students, this has become a lesson

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in deficit reduction. Staying with education, leaders of a

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Leicester secondary school have been accused of an appalling betrayal

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after choosing to convert to an academy. Governors at Rushey Mead

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voted by 11 to three to take the school out of council control. It

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will remain state`funded, but will have more freedom over its finances,

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curriculum, length of terms and staff pay and conditions. The

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National Union of Teachers is criticising the decision, saying it

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won't benefit pupils, and is predicting that staff will now

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leave. I don't think there will be any significant changes by Rushey

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Mead becoming an academy, but we think it is in the best interests of

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our young people, will enable us to have the financial sustainability

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and will help us support local schools through sponsorship. You are

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watching East Midlands Today. Still to come this evening, it's

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curtains for a former art deco cinema. Plans to knock down part of

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the former Regent Theatre in Hinckley are approved, but

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campaigners tell us they fight on. Three East Midlands counties have

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some of the highest levels of obesity in England, according to new

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figures published today. In those counties, an average of two thirds

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of the population have piled on the pounds and are officially classed as

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overweight or obese. All of which raises big questions about how to

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tackle the obesity epidemic. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons

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reports. Here is how the land lies. 68% of

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the bill in Lincolnshire are reckoned to be either overweight or

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obese, according to public health England. In Derbyshire, it is 67%,

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and in Nottinghamshire, 66%. The England average is nearly 64. Kind

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the figures are the real lives. I have come to meet in Berlin

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Nottinghamshire to meet one woman who battled with weight for years.

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She ended up 21 0 who battled with weight for years.

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She ended up 21 stone, 0 who battled with weight for years.

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She ended up 21 stone, and going abroad to pay for a gastric band. I

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felt unhappy. I shied away from social gatherings. It is your life,

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your body. Reflecting on forking out 3400 pounds for a gastric band three

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years ago, Lynn says it has been worth it. She is down seven stone to

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14. She was refused NHS funding for the operation and thinks that is

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wrong. They could do more about it with regards to the price of the

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operation if you stay in this country. My operation was half what

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it was in this country. Why? How much the NHS should provide is

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controversial. Many councils with responsibility for public health are

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reviewing support services. Operations for obesity are not good

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news. That is the fact of the matter. You want to avoid them if

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possible, so we want services in place that will avoid people having

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to go into surgery. I wish people could have spent the day in my old

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body, for people who are thin to take a step back and think about

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that, more than just making fun of people.

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The Derby train maker Bombardier could find out tomorrow if it's won

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a new one billion pound contract. The deal would see hundreds of

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carriages built for London's new Crossrail line. Bombardier's up

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against Spanish firm CAF and Japan`based 0 0

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against Spanish firm CAF and Japan`based Hitachi. Unions say it's

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vital it doesn't miss out this time after failing to win the Thameslink

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contract in 2011. Hackney cab drivers near Nottingham

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Station claim they're being unfairly targeted by the city council. It's

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planning to use CCTV to enforce parking rules on Station Street. The

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local authority says it's responding to complaints about some cab drivers

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not staying in the designated rank and parking on double yellow lines.

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Drivers say their parking area isn't sufficient, but the council has said

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it's recently extended the taxi rank on the street.

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Next tonight, the premature baby who's been described as a little

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miracle. His fight for survival has staggered doctors and now, after

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spending his first 16 months in hospital, baby Taran is finally

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going home. After all this time, his parents are thrilled that he can now

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be 0 parents are thrilled that he can now

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be reunited with his twin brother. Jo Healey's been to the Leicester

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Royal Infirmary. I'm on the children's ward, and this

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is the only 0 0 I'm on the children's ward, and this

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is the only home 0 I'm on the children's ward, and this

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is the only home so far that baby Taran has known since he was worn 16

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months ago, 23 weeks early. He is now able to go home. Look at the

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size of him! How do you feel now that he is going home? I can't

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explain it. Very emotional. Nervous, because I know he has got a long

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journey to go, but so happy. Sorry! It must be wonderful. It is amazing

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to get this far. It has been a struggle. When you look at him now,

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people would not believe how poorly he was. Now he can join his twin

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brother, who is having a snooze. And his 0 0

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brother, who is having a snooze. And his big brother. Yeah, it is going

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to be interesting, because all three have different personalities. As a

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family, we needed this, because we have missed out on so much time

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together. Incredibly, when he was born, Taran Wade just ?1 back row 12

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ounces. It has been something of a miracle to have saved him, hasn't

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it? I can't believe how well he has done. I heard that you threw

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everything at him. Literally everything we could think of. We

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just were trying to keep him alive and help him get better. To see the

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two of them together with all the family there, him and his twin

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brother, and to see him going home will be fantastic. I know the family

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are grateful for everything the hospital has done. That is it from

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the children's ward, where we have one very happy family.

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There are more signs of optimism in the East Midlands economy. The

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region's seen one of the biggest increases in apprenticeship

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vacancies. The National Apprenticeship Service's latest

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figures show there was a 37% increase in vacancies here, the

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second highest in the country. And the service says the traditional

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male domination of apprenticeships is rapidly diminishing, with a huge

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rise in applications from women. James Roberson reports.

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At one of Network Rail's depots in Derby, 24`year`old Katie is checking

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ear. Katie from a Ilkeston in Derby started as an apprentice with

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Network Rail five years ago, when she was 19. She won apprentice of

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the year in 2012 and has fitted in well as an engineer in a

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traditionally male oriented industry. There is a very small

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number of females out on the track, but it is increasing. I see more

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ladies out there when I am on track. It has always been seen as a male

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environment, but we are breaking the mould. To have females joining the

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organisation is superb. Katie has done well on the scheme. She has now

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found herself a permanent position in the organisation. Increasingly,

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East Midlands firms want apprentice is. They have realised that taking

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on an apprentice provides a struck should, safe and supportive way of

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growing a business. And that has been matched by demand from young

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people for getting into work through apprenticeship. That is true for

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these 220`year`olds, 0 apprenticeship. That is true for

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these 220`year`olds, apprentices within Nottinghamshire engineering

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firm that has worked on projects including the roof at Wimbledon's

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Centre Court. Emma and Matthew have gained vital experience and

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qualifications. I have come out of this with my degree and five years

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of work experience in a good company. I definitely feel I made

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the right choice. I have got friends who went to uni who are now coming

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towards the end of it and regretting that they have got a desk at the

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end. They have should have gone for an apprenticeship. Their boss also

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values apprentices. Oliver started as one and now partly owns the

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company. I would recommend it to anyone. It is the best way to get

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into work and train. I have gone from apprentice to director in nine

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years. With a ?1 billion government in the rail industry coming up,

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Network Rail once apprentices like Katie to 0

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Network Rail once apprentices like Katie to start in their grandson

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depots. Coming up, a whistle`stop tour ` of

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whistling. There was a time when a lot of us did this in the street.

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So, why not now? Campaigners have vowed to fight on

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to save a 1920s Leicestershire theatre which is set for demolition.

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Plans to knock down the rear of the former Regent Theatre and cinema in

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Hinckley were approved by councillors last night. Thousands of

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people have now joined a campaign and donated cash to preserve the

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building for community use. It was Hinckley's gateway to

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Hollywood. The Regent was headline news when it opened back in 1929.

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Today, nearly 90 years on, it is the talk of the town again as a battle

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rages over its survival. This building has been keeping people

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entertained in the town for decades as a venue for theatre, films and

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most recently a bingo hall. At for the last six months, it has remained

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empty and soon, most of it could be gone altogether. Last night,

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councillors approved a planning application to keep the frontage,

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but demolish the rear of the art deco building, replacing this with a

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supermarket car park. We have got a major regeneration plan going

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ahead. There will be difficulty with people parking in the town. To

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support the rest of the town, we need as much car parking space as we

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can. But campaigners who want the building preserved for community use

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have vowed to fight on, and thousands of people have backed

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them. They have raised over ?3000 in public donations to entice an

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investor to buy the building. It is not just us. They are fighting the

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community. We are coming up with our own reasons for it to stay, and it

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is not just to keep a building, it is to utilise it. But without a huge

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cash injection, there is only so match they can do. While there was

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no indication yet of when the bulldozers will move in, the

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campaigners know that time is running out to rescue 0

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campaigners know that time is running out to rescue the Regent.

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Now the sport. First, Nottingham Forest are our

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only side left in the FA Cup. Tonight, they look to book a place

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in the fifth round for the first time in nine years. They play

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Preston North End and ahead of the tie, club captain Chris Cohen has

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given an exclusive interview to Kirsty Edwards.

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Standing strong without the help of crutches, just a box to help me. The

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tall, talismanic captain has had a difficult couple of months. In

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2011, he suffered a bad knee injury. Last November, 0

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2011, he suffered a bad knee injury. Last November, he suffered the same

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fate with his other knee. It is one of those things, part and parcel of

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playing football. It is hard to take when it is something you love doing

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everyday and it is taken away. It is not a big thing compared to what is

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going on in the world, but Elizabeth thing in my life. It is difficult to

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watch the lads train every day. You want to be part of it. He has always

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been a great ambassador for the club, both on and off the pitch. His

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absence was a big loss to his team`mates and the fans. The amount

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of support and letters I have had off fans and 0

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of support and letters I have had off fans and friends and text phone

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calls have been overwhelming. That gives you the motivation to come

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back better than you were before. And hopefully, I will be stronger

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and a bit 0 And hopefully, I will be stronger

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and a bit unbreakable after this. Like a robot! Yeah, Robocop! Before

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the injury setbacks, he tasted a promotion from league one. He is

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hoping by the time he returns, they will be in the Premier League. Not

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sure if I will get a game or not. I will have to worry about that later.

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For the club to be in the Premier League is where it belongs. We have

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got a long way to go. We have to stay focused. We have got an amazing

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squad and a great manager. So Chris is disappointed to be missing out on

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tonight's big cup tie, but at least today, I made him feel ten feet

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tall. And if they win tonight, they will

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meet Sheffield United in the next round. There'll be full match

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commentary on Preston against Forest in Matchnight on BBC Radio

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Nottingham from seven o'clock. Boxing, and George Groves has called

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for his world title defeat by Nottingham Carl Froch to be deemed

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"no contest", claiming the referee was wrong to end the fight when he

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did. WBA and IBF super middleweight champion Froch beat Groves when

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Howard Foster stepped in during round nine in their last fight. The

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International Boxing Federation has since ordered a rematch, citing

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"inappropriate conduct" by Foster. The 25`year`old Londoner, writing on

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Twitter, added that the result should be changed because of what he

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calls Foster's "incorrect" decision. Rugby, and a player forced to retire

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from the game after a head injury is aiming to raise thousands of pounds

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for the charity which helped him. Nottingham's David Jackson is hoping

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to cycle from Leeds to Meadow Lane for the final game of the season.

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The ride is in support of the Headway charity. I have set myself

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the challenge to do it. I have been working with the guys from Headway

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to make sure it happens. If I don't turn up for kick`off, I don't, but I

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am sure I will get there at some point. Winter Olympics and Derby and

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Leicester 0 point. Winter Olympics and Derby and

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Leicester City tomorrow on the sport.

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Now, whatever happened to whistling? In the old days, a tuneless trill

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from the milkman helped usher in the new day. Not always so welcome was a

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well`aimed whistle from a builder. I quite liked it, actually! But now,

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according to a new book on the subject, far fewer of us are doing

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it in public. Geeta Pendse has been finding out why and has met a

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pensioner who's determined to maintain the 0

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pensioner who's determined to maintain the art of whistling.

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SHE WHISTLES. Meet Sheila Howard from Sutton

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Bonington. She is a former world whistling champion who has

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entertained audiences for five decades. I like the music. I quite

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like doing something a little bit different, and it gets me around the

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world! While Sheila loves to whistle, a new book by a Nottingham

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academic suggests that few of us whistle in public Tom compared to

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previous generations. There aren't so many messenger boys and errand

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boys as they used to be, so that kind of whistling has gone.

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Secondly, the whole thing became discouraged in the 1980s so that

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builders or construction workers would not do it. Back in 1977 on a

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TV programme that's life, Sheila tried to get the public to have a

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go. We thought we would do the same today. That's it. Can't do it! Just

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like that! Give it a go! I can't whistle. Well, seeing as I have

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asked everyone to give it a go, I thought it is only fair that I show

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off my whistling skills as well. Here we go.

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I almost believed it! The only thing whistling today was the wind.

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Certainly was. Yes, we have seen gusts of wind today pushing up

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towards 50 miles an hour. But we have got away with it when you have

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seen how southern parts of the country have had it. This is what

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the jet stream looks like, six miles up in the air. It is a 0

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the jet stream looks like, six miles up in the air. It is a fast moving

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ribbon of air that is driving all the bad weather away. It is stuck

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and does not look like it is moving any time soon, so bad news. Looks

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like we will see more wet and windy weather before we come to the end of

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the month. More lost ducks and geese wandering around as well. We have

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still got all of this low`pressure spilling around us for the next few

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hours. While it will not be quite as windy, we are still in for a breezy

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night Dom and all of the showers will gradually fizzle out. Tomorrow,

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it will be another breezy day. My tie has been knocked out of kilter

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by all that wind! The rain will move in in the afternoon. Make the most

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of it being dry in the morning, because the rain will come in in the

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late part of the afternoon, heavy enough to provide us with a bit of

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standing water and maybe some localised flooding. For the next few

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days, they are just queueing up to get in. That is because of the jet

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stream. It is stuck to the south of us. That leads to unsettled weather.

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That nasty weather front will be making its way towards us by the

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weekend. For the next few days, we have got a very unsettled outlook.

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It has been so windy that it has not my tie sideways and blown the gadget

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out of my hands as well! A wonky tie and a dropped click! At least you

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did not have anything else to click. We will blame the bad weather. He

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might drop it again on the late news, so don't miss it. That is it

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from us. Bye`bye. NICK CLEGG: Are you in,

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or are you out?

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