15/02/2014 East Midlands Today


15/02/2014

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That's it for now we'll be back at 6pm. Stay with us on BBC One. It's

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time for With your news now for the East

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Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. Councillors are being urged not to

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turn their backs on a project in Derbyshire, which has helped

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hundreds of homeless and vulnerable young people to change their lives.

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A meeting has been reviewing the success of the SAFE scheme which is

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run by three housing associations. In its first year, it's helped

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nearly 600 of Derbyshire's most vulnerable 16 to 24`year`olds.

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They've supported me through thick and thin, through everything that's

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happened in the short space of time that I have been with them. They've

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guided me and given me the skills that I need, in order to get the

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best from my life. The proposal at the moment is to

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reduce that funding by 85% next financial year. I don't think it

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would be a very viable service. We certainly couldn't provide anywhere

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near the level and breadth of support that we provide now across

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the county. Campaigners have launched a legal

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challenge against plans to build a cycle circuit on a nature reserve at

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Derby's Pride Park. Planning permission was granted for the track

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last week, but ecologists say it will damage the habitat of rare

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birds. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is seeking a judicial review, and has

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formally requested work stops on site immediately or it'll seek a

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court injunction. At the Winter Olympics, another

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contentious day for Nottingham`based speed skater Elise Christie. She

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looked to have won her qualifying heat by a thousandth of a second in

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the 1500 metre Short`track Skate, but for being inside the finish line

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she was instead deemed to have not finished the race at all!

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I was playing safe after what happened the other day. I was trying

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not to touch anyone or be near anyone. I haven't got a clue what

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has happened ` I'm gobsmacked. I expected this decision the other

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day, but, today, I have no idea what's going on.

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I have seen the official photo of the going over the line, and she is

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unfortunately one centimetre, the smallest margin ever, inside that

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line. Looking ahead to the weekend's

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football, and Nottingham Forest face Sheffield United in the fifth round

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of the FA Cup tomorrow. For Billy Davies it's a chance to catch`up

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with former Rams manager Nigel Clough who's taken the helm at

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Sheffield. Meanwhile, in today's league action: Notts County are at

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second placed Wolves in League One. And in League Two, after a pitch

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inspection at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, Mansfield Town's game with

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Oxford United is going ahead. Lots of weather to talk about ` how's it

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looking for us here this it will gradually start to come

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down, but it's still very blustery outside. We've got 70 mph gusts

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recorded. The wind will start to ease further, but we do have a

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weather front which is producing some showery outbreaks of rain. It

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will turn wintry through the Peak District area. We can hear some

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thunder and Susan Hale, as well, as we head toward the latter part of

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today. `` some hail. There will be a frost tonight, so it's a market

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difference from last night's stormy weather. It will be a bright and

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constant Sunday. Highs of eight Celsius, but more rain on the way.

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This area of rain starts to come in on Monday. A wet start to the week.

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Back with more for you just after 6:10PM.

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