16/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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two weeks' time. That is all from us

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Hello and good evening. With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm

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Maurice Flynn. Council leaders across the region are building up

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cash reserves, while still complaining about having to make

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budget cuts. That's the criticism levelled at East Midland councils by

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a Government minister. It comes as our authorities finalise budget

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plans for the next year. Our political editor, John Hess, has

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more. I'm heading to the very top of the East Midlands. It's from this

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spot at Beaconhill that you get a fantastic view of the whole of the

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East Midlands. When it comes to County Council budget pressures, if

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you want the big picture, it's not a bad place either. Take, for example,

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Derbyshire, it's facing budget cuts of ?157 million over the next few

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years. That's the equivalent of 1,600 job losses. In

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Nottinghamshire, the cuts total is ?154 million and 750 jobs since the

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age of austerity, it's lost almost a quarter of its workforce. In

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Leicestershire, the County Council is talking of cuts of ?110 million.

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That's the equivalent of 700 posts it has had to lose 750 jobs. Local

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governments will spend ?117 billion this year, ?3 billion more than last

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year. That won't be welcome in council chambers like this, as our

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local politicians struggle to find more savings. Catch today's special

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edition of the Sunday Politics for the East Midlands. It's all about

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the cuts and it's on the BBC's iPlayer now. Flowers and cards have

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been left at the scene of a car crash in Leicester which killed a

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young mother`to`be. It happened on Saffron Lane this weekend. Police

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say 22`year`old Paige Jackson was on`foot at the time, she died later

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in hospital. Friends say she was pregnant. A statement from her work

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colleagues in Wigston described her as "a popular and valued friend"

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who'd be "dearly missed." Troops from the East Midlands have made a

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huge contribution to the military campaign in Afghanistan, that's

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according to the Army's Commander in Helmand Province. Hundreds of

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soldiers from Leicestershire and Derbyshire are deployed on

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operations there this winter. Some are helping the Afghan Police

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protect the city of Lashkar Gah. Others are targeting insurgents who

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use deadly improvised bombs. One can look back over the history of our

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time here in Afghanistan and see the role that's been played by regiments

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such as the Royal Anglican Regiment, their contribution has been really

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valued and you can see the changes and you can see the progress that

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has been made on the ground here in Helmand. At the Winter Olympics,

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Nottingham figure skaters Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland suffered a

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point deduction today for the same reason they lost one in last

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weekend's team event. They were penalised for holding their lift,

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just milliseconds beyond the six seconds they're allowed. The same

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lift, and same problem, they thought they'd ironed out in practices

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since. They're in 11th place tonight, aiming for a top`10 finish

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in tomorrow's event. We've got a strong free dance. We love doing it.

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Our goal has to be to go out and do it to the best of our ability and

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show the world what we can do. I'm sure the judges will see that and we

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will be rewarded. I'm looking forward to it now. Today's football

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saw Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup. It's after Sheffield United

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came from behind, to beat them 3`1. It was a win for Leicester Tigers in

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the rugby. They beat Gloucester 11`8, thanks to a late Toby Flood

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penalty. In the Championship, meanwhile, Nottingham lost 24`25 to

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Bristol. In the ice hockey, a double defeat for the Nottingham Panthers

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contributed to a double title win for the Belfast Giants. They take

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the League and the Conference. Panthers lost 3`1 last night. Last

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night, it was the same result, 3`1 to Belfast. Let's check the weather

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now, Sara has your forecast. It was nice to see the sunshine today. We

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have had a cold evening because of the clearer skies. Temperatures drop

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to a minimum of two Celsius tonight. We will see the cloud increasing. It

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has been misty with fog around as well. There is rain on the way now.

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We will see the winds starting to strengthen too. Becoming blustery

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through tomorrow. The rain will work it is way towards the north`east, it

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will be showery, there could be heavy bursts as well as we head

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through the day time with a maximum temperature of nine Celsius. The

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windfalls lighter on Tuesday. There is a chance of a few showers. We

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have a ridge of high pressure starting to build in, enough on

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Wednesday to give us another dry day. Thanks for sticking with us

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tonight, there's more in BBC Breakfast in just a few hours' time.

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Goodbye for now. Good evening. In the midst of any

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normal winter weather for the week ahead would be fairly unremarkable.

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Some rain in places, some strong winds at times, but of course we are

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in the midst of no normal winter. It is worth emphasising that with -

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the weather this week will be less angry and volatile overall, a fair

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bit calmer. Calmer but by no means dry. Outbreaks of rain will spread

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across much of the UK through the night. There will be some snow mixed

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in across the hills of central Scotland. Temperatures slowly

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starting to rise through the night but they could be at or below

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freezing across northern Scotland first thing, maybe a bit icy as the

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weather pushes northwards. A dull, damp, dismal Monday morning with

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outbreaks of rain covering much of the UK. The rain may not yet have

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reached the

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