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That's it for now we'll be back at 6pm. Stay with us on BBC One. It's
time for With your news now for the East
Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. Councillors are being urged not to
turn their backs on a project in Derbyshire, which has helped
hundreds of homeless and vulnerable young people to change their lives.
A meeting has been reviewing the success of the SAFE scheme which is
run by three housing associations. In its first year, it's helped
nearly 600 of Derbyshire's most vulnerable 16 to 24`year`olds.
They've supported me through thick and thin, through everything that's
happened in the short space of time that I have been with them. They've
guided me and given me the skills that I need, in order to get the
best from my life. The proposal at the moment is to
reduce that funding by 85% next financial year. I don't think it
would be a very viable service. We certainly couldn't provide anywhere
near the level and breadth of support that we provide now across
the county. Campaigners have launched a legal
challenge against plans to build a cycle circuit on a nature reserve at
Derby's Pride Park. Planning permission was granted for the track
last week, but ecologists say it will damage the habitat of rare
birds. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is seeking a judicial review, and has
formally requested work stops on site immediately or it'll seek a
court injunction. At the Winter Olympics, another
contentious day for Nottingham`based speed skater Elise Christie. She
looked to have won her qualifying heat by a thousandth of a second in
the 1500 metre Short`track Skate, but for being inside the finish line
she was instead deemed to have not finished the race at all!
I was playing safe after what happened the other day. I was trying
not to touch anyone or be near anyone. I haven't got a clue what
has happened ` I'm gobsmacked. I expected this decision the other
day, but, today, I have no idea what's going on.
I have seen the official photo of the going over the line, and she is
unfortunately one centimetre, the smallest margin ever, inside that
line. Looking ahead to the weekend's
football, and Nottingham Forest face Sheffield United in the fifth round
of the FA Cup tomorrow. For Billy Davies it's a chance to catch`up
with former Rams manager Nigel Clough who's taken the helm at
Sheffield. Meanwhile, in today's league action: Notts County are at
second placed Wolves in League One. And in League Two, after a pitch
inspection at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, Mansfield Town's game with
Oxford United is going ahead. Lots of weather to talk about ` how's it
looking for us here this it will gradually start to come
down, but it's still very blustery outside. We've got 70 mph gusts
recorded. The wind will start to ease further, but we do have a
weather front which is producing some showery outbreaks of rain. It
will turn wintry through the Peak District area. We can hear some
thunder and Susan Hale, as well, as we head toward the latter part of
today. `` some hail. There will be a frost tonight, so it's a market
difference from last night's stormy weather. It will be a bright and
constant Sunday. Highs of eight Celsius, but more rain on the way.
This area of rain starts to come in on Monday. A wet start to the week.
Back with more for you just after 6:10PM.