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to British coastlines, with winds of up to 80 mph. That's all from

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This is East Midlands Today. I'm Anne Davies and tonight we've a

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special programme marking the role of British troops in Afghanistan.

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I'm at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland, with the families spending

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Valentine's Day thousands of miles apart from their loved ones. And

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here in southern Afghanistan, I am here with dozens of trips from the

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East Midlands. Tonight we are out with the last British soldiers in

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Helmand province. There is always the risk of IED is. Here in Rutland,

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staying positive. How the families cope as the soldiers face of danger.

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Plus, an Army packing up and heading home and the dad who has missed

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Christmas. It is hard, it is hard because you miss them everyday.

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Welcome to Cottesmore in Rutland, home of the Royal Anglians' Second

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Battalion. Hundreds of troops from this barracks are spending the

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winter in Southern Afghanistan. It's the largest deployment from the East

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Midlands since the conflict began 12 years ago. And it involves two

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regiments that recruit from towns and villages across Derbyshire,

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Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. Tonight I'm with some of the

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families who have an anxious time waiting for their husbands, sons and

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fathers to return. We'll be hearing from them in a moment. But first

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let's link`up with Helmand Province in Afghanistan, where our

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Correspondent, Jeremy Ball and cameraman Adam Walker have spent

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this week with soldiers from right across the East Midlands. Good

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evening from camp Bastian. Camp Bastion is a vast British base

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that's not much smaller than the city of Derby. It's a place where it

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feels as though the army's already packing up and going home. But for

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hundreds of troops from the East Midlands, this is a mission that's

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far from over. And if you look at the map board, then... 8am at

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Forward Operating Base Lashkar Gar, and we are kitted out for a safety

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briefing that makes you sit up and listen. Should we come under any

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small arms fire... All this for a short walk to the provincial police

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headquarters where the Royal Anglians have been helping train the

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local Afghan Uniformed Police. Now those local officers are keeping

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this city relatively secure and open for business on their own, and soon

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there won't be any British soldiers here to help. It's only 200 meters

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between these two bases, but as you can see, we're very exposed here.

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They're not taking any chances. Overnight they found two improvised

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bombs or IEDs in this city, there is a threat from suicide bombers, too.

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But some people wave at us and greet us. It is easy to get into a false

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sense of security out there, people wonder why we are in full kit. There

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is always the risk of IEDs, vehicle`borne IEDs etc, coming down

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the main route, that we can't stop. Inside police HQ, a warrant officer

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from Loughborough and a Corporal from Anstey live and work with the

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Afghan forces. They are here to share intelligence about security

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threats. It takes time to build up a rapport with them, but once you do

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establish a rapport you can get a very good working relationship with

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them. They have a very similar sense of humour to ourselves, they do

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enjoy a good laugh. Back at the main base, they have been waking up to

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this. Desert sand covered in frost. And a meal tent protected by what's

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known as a guardian angel. And because the kitchens have just

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closed down here, this is breakfast. Hot chocolate in a water bottle and

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boil`in`the`bag ration packs. It is because most British Forward Bases

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have been closed. And this one is well on the way to being pulled

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down. And the Royal Anglians will be the last British soldiers in Lashkar

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Gar. If you could imagine an iso`container size, there's been

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about 700 iso`container sized equipment that's left so far.

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Portacabins, iso`containers themselves, vehicles. From Lashkar

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Gar to Camp Bastion is 20 mile journey, less than the distance

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between Leicester and Nottingham. But you travel by helicopter to

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avoid using roads, where insurgents can set up an ambush. Now those

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insurgents are being targeted by local Afghan security forces who are

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taking over combat operations from their British mentors. And

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Derbyshire soldiers and from the ninth 12th Royal Lancers are

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supporting them in hostile territory, coming under fire. A

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bloke just appeared from nowhere and fired an RPG, which came over the

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top of us. I have been under a few contacts, it is pretty scary, my

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first one. Pretty much every mission has some success. We'd be finding

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drugs, targeting their IED networks, finding IED components, and we have

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had a lot of success. Now they are focusing on the mammoth task of

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ending combat operations, they are scrapping a lot of equipment that

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isn't cost`effective to send home. Then there is this machine that

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sounds like a popcorn maker. It is recycling 20,000 bullets every week.

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That noise you can hear is the sound of he explosive rounds being broken

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up. The metal bullet casings come out of the machine like this, they

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will be melted down and sold as scrap. More than 3,000 vehicles are

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being deep cleaned, half have already been sent back to the UK. It

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was engineers from Chilwell in Nottinghamshire who designed this

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huge in camp Bastion and they are here to take it down. I was out here

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in 2006 and helped build the camps that are still here today. It was

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quite a surreal feeling going back to somewhere that you had lived for

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that long. I stood in the position that might tent had actually been

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and that's gone. And seeing all the land stripped out. It was very, very

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strange. Strange feeling. Thousands of British troops have already left

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Afghanistan and by the end of this year it will be another chapter in

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Britain's military history. It is not until you travel out here that

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you realise just how tough conditions are for the soldiers. At

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night the desert sands are getting covered in ice. Bart offer, though,

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is being away from home for so long and that is just as hard for their

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families back in the East Midlands. It is indeed and I am with some of

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those families in the East Midlands. Let me introduce you to Jonathan,

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Keely and baby Ruby. If you are wondering why it is quiet, we are in

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the soft play area. Good to be home? Yes, it is. How old was this

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young lady the last thing you went? 24 hours old. What was it like

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leaving her then? Quite horrible. And leaving the boys as well. You

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have two boys being off`loaded, playing there. How old are they?

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Your Mac to and three. Good to have them all? Amazing. Morice and Amber

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have been reunited. We are really have `` really happy. It has been

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three years. It will be a romantic occasion? A decent night. Is it good

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to be back? Yes. What is it really like to be over there? Obviously

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these guys know but it is one soldier's sorry.

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It is hard. It is hard because you miss them every day. I miss the

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cheeky little banter I get with my daughters. Christmas was a big one,

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I was away for Christmas. Not having Dad around on Christmas day is

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obviously a big thing for the girls.It was just hard knowing the

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girls were going to open their presents without you being there. I

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sort of employed my wife's parents to sort of assist in getting her big

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present. So she didn't think she was going to get anything, but they

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turned up on Christmas Day with a big present from me, which I am told

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she burst into tears about. So, my wife's part in this, and I am sure

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many wives' part in operation deployment is massive. They keep the

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houses running, keep the kids going to school, and they've also got the

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concerns of what we're doing at the time. You worry every day. Obviously

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there may be something they might need your help with. Looking forward

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to going home is definitely one of the big points, because it is a

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massive moment. There will definitely be tears, there is always

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tears when it comes to when you are leaving to go on tour, you know,

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both sides trying to fight back the tears but you know there's going to

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be tears. And when you get back there's almost tears of, like,

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elation if you like, that it's all over and you can get almost back to

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normal life. And here is certain theme and's wife, Joanne. And Chloe

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and Tamsin. What was it like seeing that film? It was really nice. It

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was nice to see where he has been living. Does it shock you? Yes, he

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does not show the pictures or tell you what it is like, really. It was

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interesting. I thought it was lovely as well, the importance he put on

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your roll back home. It was quite nice to hear that, it is quite hard

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being ( home wondering what they are doing. It is quite nice to hear it.

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It has been a difficult time over there and you have had to sacrifice

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a lot. In your mind, is it worth the sacrifice? Sundays, it is kind of

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questionable, but yes, of course it is. You have hard these when you

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think about how hard it is not when they come back and you see the look

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on the girl 's face when he walks through the door, it is really nice.

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It is one of those special moments. They know their daddy is away but

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when he comes back it is great. It is Valentine's Day and you are on

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your own. Have you had a letter? If fair few. We kind of made our own

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Valentines cards for each other. They make daddy is for when he comes

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home. Girls, was its nice to see daddy on TV? Yes. Are you looking

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forward to him coming home? Yes. We have made cards for him. That is

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fantastic. Thank you, we look forward to coming back.

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The jury in the trial of a man accused of attempting to murder a

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Sikh spiritual leader with an axe, has been discharged after failing to

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reach a verdict. Harjit Singh Toor from Oadby in Leicestershire had

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denied trying to kill His Holiness Sirisat Guru Uday Singh VI during a

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religious ceremony at a Leicester temple last August. A decision will

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be made within the next two weeks whether or not to hold a retrial. Mr

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Toor has admitted causing grievous bodily harm. The East Midlands has

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so far escaped the worst of the winter storms, but of course we

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might get similar weather patterns in the future. Experts have warned

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that people cannot just rely on outside organisations, but needs to

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protect themselves from future floods.

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With all the rain we have had recently this trickle should be a

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torrent but the Hamilton estate in North West has been carefully

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designed by the special drainage system that holds water back to stop

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flooding downstream. We have done away with pipes, there are no

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drainage pipes, it is all about getting the water into natural

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drainage channels above ground, a mixture of grassland reedbeds so the

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water trickles down slowly. Residents here pay towards

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maintaining the drainage system, many claiming expenses or

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organisations must take control of flood prevention just as workers

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from British gypsum did here in East Nottinghamshire after floods in

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2012. Government and emergency urbanisation is no longer have the

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money or staff to provide all the help. As we have seen in the

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south`east, Eagle are waiting for someone to turn up and very often

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they do not have the staff numbers to do that. Individual resilience is

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very important. The father of a young man who went

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missing on a night out in Derby has made an emotional appeal for

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information about his son. 20`year`old Nadish Kunwar was

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spotted on BBC Radio Derby's CCTV after leaving friends at the Jurys

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Inn hotel two weeks ago. Officers say he had been drinking heavily. He

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hasn't been seen or heard from since.

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There is absolutely nothing to suggest anything sinister has

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happened, it is literally that. A missing person enquiry. And we have

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come to a point with CCTV where we are desperately appealing to members

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of the public to help us at this point. Every night we are searching

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that area, the police have given some hints, it should be this area.

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We are leafleting that area, putting posters on all the stops. Every

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night, we can't, we don't have appetite, we can't sleep at night.

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If somebody watching... Nottingham figure skating legends

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their Gold medal`winning

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Bolero dance last night. They took to the rink in Sarajevo, the city

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where they won at the Winter Olympics 30 years ago. From there,

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Mark Shardlow reports. Jayne Torvill And Christopher Dean!

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For most of us it was a night of pure nostalgia. For others, it meant

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much, much more. Thank you very much. We are so excited to be here

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this evening. Sarajevo is right here, beating in my heart from 30

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years ago. Local children performed in the show, their parents this age

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when the Olympics were on, but who lost their childhood in the

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desperate, brutal war. Amongst the crowds last night, the flower girls

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who helped Torvill and Dean, like Elmer Krazni, just a tot in 1984,

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now reunited with her childhood heroes who helped her through the

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horrors. I think a lot of people during the bad moments remember

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those Olympics, and remembered how positive this city once was, and

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really tha tkept them going, I think, so Torvill and Dean coming

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back means that we won this big battle. Life! So Bolero was and is

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more than Olympic gold. And that's why last night was so poignant. For

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people here, it reminds them of another time. It reminds them of

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when the Olympics was here and all the fun that happened around that.

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It's an Olympic city, and remember how London felt in 2012, and that's

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what they were carrying. And then, the tragedy of the war. But the

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city, the country is coming back. Anything that can be done to

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highlight that, that's wonderful, and that's part of us being here as

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well. The reception showed the appreciation. The perfect sixes of

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Valentine's Day 1984 repeated last night.

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And if you want to have another look at Torvill and Deans Bolero routine

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there's a short video clip on the East Midlands Today Facebook page.

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Now, though, it's time for a round`up of the day's sport ` here's

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Colin Hazelden. Welcome to Bramall Lane, this is the

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whole of Sheffield and football club but the reason I am here is this is

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where forest are coming in the famous old competition, the FA Cup,

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on Sunday. 5000 Forest fans will make the trek up the M1, they will

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see their team at this stage of the competition for the first time in

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nine years. If they win they will back themselves a quarterfinal. A

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big game and Natalie Jackson has been in the camp today. It is just

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over a year since manager Billy Davies returned to Nottingham

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Forest. 12 months on and it is a cold, wet, windy Valentine's Day at

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training. Be careful! The honeymoon period for Davies is definitely

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over. , and! Seven of his best players are out injured in the gym

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and on the treatment table. But just injuries, the way in which we are

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picking up the injuries, every injury we have had has been, has

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happened in a game situation. That value, Chris Cohen, Kelvin Wilson,

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Eric Levi, David Vaughan, Henry Lansley, Dexter Blackstock. Injuries

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he said the critics did not take into account. We are focused on this

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current group of players who should have more points. Should have more

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points even though they are missing. But seeing that conservatively. ?10

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million worth of players? Even though we are the only 16 game

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unbeaten run in the top six, five points from second place, fantastic

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form at home. His team are two games away potentially from a Wembley

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semifinal. Defensively two games away from the sack in football! I

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prepare for the match `` I prepare for the next match. That is what I

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encourage my staff and players to focus on. Preparing for the next

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game. There are no shortage of reasons why this should have added

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space. The manager here have so many years at Forest and it is not a

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secret that he had current Forest manager Billy Davies are not the

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greatest of friends. Add to that the fact he was sacked by Derby five

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months ago and this seems like the ideal time for a catch up. We are

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going to have hopefully 20,000 in there, between 20 and 20,000 would

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be a great atmosphere. Whenever a deeply at Bramall Lane it is a great

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atmosphere. `` whenever you play. We hope the scheme goes ahead, you can

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CD covers on the pitch at Elliott on it was very badly waterlogged

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underneath there. We'll keep you on that. It is a big weekend elsewhere,

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not least in league one for Notts County. They are travelling to

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Wolves. In league two Mansfield town are off to Oxford United, in the

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Rugby Leicester Tigers are back at home welcoming Gloucester to Welford

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Road. At the Winter Olympics it is a chance to take a look at the ace

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dancers in the short programme. For me here at Sheffield United that is

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just about it. We have our fingers crossed. If the forest can win they

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will be one game away from a Wembley semifinal. That is your news and

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sports letters goodbye from me. Let me have you back to an with her Army

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families in Rutland. Welcome back to the Royal Anglians'

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home base here in Rutland. They're among thousands of

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`` little Oliver has been very good until this moment. We looked at him

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in the moment. He is going back very soon, one of the thousands of men

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and women who have served in Afghanistan. It has been some of the

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toughest fighting that the British Army has experienced since World War

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II. Many of them as we now have lost their lives. Jeremy Ball has been

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falling for the last 12 years and the is giving his take on big

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achievements. When you watch the troops preparing

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their weapons it is easy to forget by the troops preparing their

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weapons it is easy to forget why we ended up in the Desert so far away

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from home. It was all because of the 911 attacks in New York, attacks

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coordinated right here in Afghanistan. The response to those

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attacks came within weeks. Soldiers from Leicestershire and Lincolnshire

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when among the first to arrive here after Afghanistan's brutal Taliban

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government was forced out of power. They found a capital city shattered

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by decades of civil war. Out of these photos in Campbell, 12 years

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ago, these children came up to shake hands. The Royal Anglian shoulders

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did not even need to wear helmets. We found this school where girls

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were being educated for the first time in years. Last autumn

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Afghanistan finally had something to celebrate when the country won the

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first international football tournament. For many, life has

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improved year, so much so that millions of Afghan refugees have

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come home. What is in it for us? I put that to the government minister

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in charge of the Armed Forces. Our troops have been helping to protect

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people back home from terrorist threats. They have been fighting to

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help keep bars and our families safe. I believe ultimately it has

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been successful. Interview in Helmand province solos from

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were drawn into battle is on a daily

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basis. This is what happened when I filmed the patrol with the messy in

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Redmond five years ago. This exchange of fire was so routine the

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crack jokes about how close the bullets came, but it was deadly

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serious. It is the photos of troops that have been killed that brings

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home the real cost of this conflict. These are 23 men from the East

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Midlands, victims of a war that has claimed the lives of thousands of

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civilians. Cuban hell was from Nottingham. There have been too many

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people who have suffered massive sacrifices. `` Kieron Hill. People

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suffering from post`dramatic stress. It is not worth it for me. I have

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lost too much. But it has destroyed my life. `` post`traumatic stress.

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The question now, what is Afghanistan 's future? Who will be

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in charge after the elections next month? And will be sacrifices of so

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many British troops take a lasting evidence here? `` make a lasting

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difference. As we said, Captain Barranquilla is about to go. When do

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you go? Approximately two weeks. If little Oliver gets to set up we

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might have to stop. This is a snapshot, we take over 45 kilograms

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of kit and weapons systems. I can hardly hold, that that is your body

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armour. Body armour and plate carrier, we get plates issued. It

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will be even heavier. What are the things that mean something that you

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take? Things that I take, high`powered, cameras, every person

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is different but for me it is the connection to everyone back home. As

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that made a big difference for soldiers? You can skate and see

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people back home. It makes a huge difference. The Internet provisions

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are amazing, people speak and see one another all the time. How do you

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prepare mentally for going? It is a job but there are dangers and you

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know what they are. Our training has made is confident in the fact that

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we know we can do the job. The last thing I was when I was single with

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no family. Now it is different. You get yourself into a position where

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you look forward to coming back and he wants to do the job the best of

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your ability. We wish you all the luck. And U2, Lisa. Let's see what

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the weather is doing. The weather has been nicer in

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Afghanistan than here, we have been subjected to more wet and windy

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weather today. Here is the latest instalment. It looks like it did

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yesterday, another area of low pressure has been sweeping in from

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the south. We stay under the influence of that tonight and

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tomorrow but hang in there because by Sunday we get some high`pressure

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that'll settle things down nicely. It is a game of two parts, and looks

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as though Saturday will be our showery, posterity. By Sunday things

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will be improving considerably. We will get some winter sunshine back.

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Back to these years and now we have more rain to get through tonight.

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The rain is showery but it is looking as though it will pick up

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into the early hours of the morning. We will see heavier rain here and

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there but we have not seen the peak of the winds it. They will pack up

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as well. Gusts of around 50 or 60 males per hour. It could be higher

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than that across eastern part and into Lincolnshire. At least we have

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a mild evening, temperatures not following very far, 56 degrees. It

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wet and windy start tomorrow, showery outbreaks of rain throughout

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the day in the wind will stay strong. Eventually things will climb

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down as he headed towards the end of the afternoon and the showers will

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be fading away as well. Sunday is looking a much better day, much

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drier and greater with some sunshine.

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That's just about it from all of us here at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland.

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I must say thank you to everyone who has organised that and do all of the

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families who have been here all evening. The kids have been really

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good. A big thank you to everyone here. It is the dramatic day of the

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year, it is Valentine's Day. And it wouldn't be Valentine's Day

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without a few special messages so we leave you tonight with just a few of

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them sent from the Afghan desert. From all the East Midlands Today

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team. Goodnight. A message to my wife, Gemma Evans, I am sorry I will

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not be there on Valentine's Day but I will make it up to you when I get

:26:52.:26:55.

back. I miss my fiance Anabelle Goodall and I will be glad to see

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you very shortly. For my wife, Ely, I miss you and I love you and I look

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forward to spoiling you. This is to sell my wife, happy Valentine's Day.

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I wish I could be with you. `` this is to set up my wife. And should be

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home. But I love you. A shout out to my wife. I miss you loads. I will

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season. Happy Valentines to my lovely wife Samantha and to my kids.

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Joe, sorry I am not there. I miss you loads and I love you what's as

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well. Fully I will be back soon. On Sunday politics, the crisis in our

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county council.

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