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

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Tonight: Save the Fosse Park Horses. Disturbing images of the condition

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in this field spark a huge Internet campaign. Also tonight, why a mother

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who almost died in childbirth is risking having a second child. I do

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feel it is worth the risk, because there is a risk everywhere you go in

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life, and you have to take it sometimes. Plus, rehearsing a

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disaster. The emergency services simulate the aftermath of a train

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crash. And, brick by brick, the firms struggling to keep up with the

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house`building boom. 2014 looks really promising. We have a full

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order book including 1 million bricks from a full order book

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including 1 million bricks, single customer. `` including 1 million

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bricks from 0 customer. `` including 1 million

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bricks from a 0 customer. `` including 1 million

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bricks from a single customer. Good evening and welcome to Monday's

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programme. More than 20,000 people have joined a social media campaign

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calling for action over the plight of a dozen horses living in sodden

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fields on the edge of Leicester. Rescuers tried to save one animal

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trapped in a pool of water but it had to be put down. The owner of the

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horses says he's done nothing wrong, and the police have confirmed no

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action will be taken against him. Mike O'Sullivan reports.

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Stranded and struggling. This horse was in such a poor state that it

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could not clamber from a pool of water on a soaking field next to the

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Fosse Park retail park on the edge of Leicester. A rescue attempt

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involving the RSPCA and the Fire Service failed on Saturday. With the

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owner in attendance, the animal had to be put down. We were bringing hay

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down to it, trying to get some energy into it, massaging it, we

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have the blankets out, we covered the horse to make it comfortable,

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but sadly we just couldn't stimulated enough. The RSPCA called

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the 0 0 stimulated enough. The RSPCA called

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the vet and the horse had to be euthanised. You are a do`gooder, and

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I don't blame you for being a do`gooder. Today, the owner of the

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horses, who insisted he had done nothing wrong, arrived at the site

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as members of the public tried to help the animals. It's heartbreaking

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when you see a little horse, no more than a year old, in these

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conditions. Just stress for the horses. They have no rights at all.

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Concern over their welfare has swept Facebook with more than 20,000

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people backing a call for action. At one time, the carcass of the horse

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was left lying in a field. The police spoke to the owner, and

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afterwards they confirmed that no criminal offence had been committed.

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The relevant authority, they said, was the RSPCA. You've looked after

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them for 25 years, so 0 was the RSPCA. You've looked after

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them for 25 years, so surely you should know if they're in good

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condition or not. Well, I am saying they are. The owner of the land says

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they've been appalled by the Facebook reports and are reviewing

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the tenancy grazing agreement. Well, Mike's been at the field all day and

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we can join him live now. Mike, this has been a very emotive issue for a

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lot of people, but that's not influenced the authorities? No legal

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action at all. I'm in the heart Fosse Park, and the field in

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question is just over the way, with the horse is spending another

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nightmare. Let's join Inspector James Lucas from the RSPCA. You are

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monitoring the situation, but no action. What is monitoring mean?

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That means we ensure that the owner meets the needs of the animals, and

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ensures that they have appropriate supply of good quality feed that is

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going to help support them through the current winter. You said in your

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statement there were dry areas in the land, that it's not completely

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sodden for the animals. When we talk about dry areas, that is relative.

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That's an area where 0 about dry areas, that is relative.

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That's an area where there is in standing water. At the minute, most

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fields are going to be fairly sodden. And this bill,

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unfortunately, is no exception. Mark Johnson, you started the campaign.

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Are you overreacting? They are wet field `` feels at this time of year.

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I know they are wet fields, but this is a flood plain and is prone to

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flooding in minutes. What do you want to see 0

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flooding in minutes. What do you want to see happen 0

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flooding in minutes. What do you want to see happen to the horses? I

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want the horses removed from the site. It is unsafe for them. Mark

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Johnson, RSPCA representative, thank you very much for this. Lots of talk

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about this on social media, but many people keeping an eye on things.

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Farmers across the East Midlands have rallied round to help those who

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have been badly affected by the floods in the South West. Hundreds

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of tonnes of feed and bedding have been donated. One lorry 0

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of tonnes of feed and bedding have been donated. One lorry load left

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Widmerpool in Nottinghamshire this afternoon. Angelina Socci reports.

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These are just a few of the farms in Somerset destroyed by the floods.

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Properties and land have been ruined, and cattle moved to other

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parts of the country. After seeing the devastation it caused, farmers

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in the East Midlands decided to help. Their homes man on the

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Somerset 0 help. Their homes man on the

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Somerset Levels, so I felt very strongly about helping them. I was

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watching all of the flooding in Muchelney, and I know the farmers in

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the area, so I felt deeply about it. I thought we ought to help. Since

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that plea, hundreds of tonnes of hay and straw have been donated. The

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farmer who helped coordinate the supplies says he's not surprised by

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the support shown. I think there's an enormous generosity amongst

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country people anyway, and as soon as there's a problem there are an

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enormous number of amounts of help you get offered, and people who are

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not finished with stuff of their own. This is the farmer 's

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livelihood, their cattle, so this is immensely 0

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livelihood, their cattle, so this is immensely important, this bedding

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and the fodder we are sending down. 50 tonnes have already been sent

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over the weekend, but farmers say there is no quick fix. This will

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take two or three years to get right. What we have to do is spread

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it out over a considerable length of time. It costs around ?800 to

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deliver each load, but farmers here say they will continue to do what

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they can to help as long as possible.

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Still to come, there may be calmer weather ahead, but is there still

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rain in the forecast? Always a bit of rain in there

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somewhere, but looking quieter this week. The rain will not be as

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intense and the winds are quieting down. All the details coming up

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later. A young mother who nearly died after

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having her first baby has just started fertility treatment to have

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a second, even though she's putting her health at risk. Jade Worboys,

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who's 21 and training to be a nurse, had a rare condition which meant she

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nearly bled to death. But it's not stopping her trying again, as Jo

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Healey reports. The day after this was taken, Jade

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was 0 0 The day after this was taken, Jade

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was rushed back 0 The day after this was taken, Jade

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was rushed back into Kingsmill hospital where she had Bentley 18

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days earlier. The bleeding was profuse and staff worked to save her

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life. If it wasn't how fast the team worked and how they worked as a team

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and knew exactly who was doing what and how it was going to work, I

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wouldn't be here. There were 20 members of hospital staff around the

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bedside trying to save Jade's lie. She was to lose three times the

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amount of blood in her body `` Jade's light. At one point the

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consultant had to climb on the bed and put his fist on her womb to stem

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the flow, and they will wield like this down to theatre. Every bit of

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intervention we were doing was required to keep her alive. I didn't

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think I was going to live. It turned out she had a rare condition, and

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abnormal connection between blood vessels, and finally underwent an

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embolisation of her womb at the King 's medical Centre, but that

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life`saving operation may have caused a weakness in her win. If she

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is carrying a pregnancy, and the womb stretches, one of the issues

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is, will the area of weakness be a place where we could get into the ``

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trouble with the womb opening up when it shouldn't. Despite that, and

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even though Bentley is only six months old, Jade already wants to

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start fertility treatment for a second baby. Deep down I am very

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worried that I'm being positive and hoping it doesn't turn out to be a

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disaster. Do you feel it is worth the risk? Yes, I do feel it is worth

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the risk. A man's been arrested after a

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heavily pregnant woman was killed as she walked along a road in

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Leicester. 22`year`old Paige Jackson and her unborn baby died in hospital

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after being struck by a black Volkswagen car, just before 7:00pm

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on Saturday morning. It happened on Saffron Lane near the junction with

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Knighton Lane East. A 21`year old man has been 0

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Knighton Lane East. A 21`year old man has been questioned and released

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on police bail. Controversial plans to put up a

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noise barrier at a Derbyshire livestock market could be scrapped.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council is behind the proposal for a five metre

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high wall at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell. It's

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aimed at shielding people living nearby from the noise. But it met

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with public opposition. Now the council says it's considering ways

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to tackle individual sources of noise instead. It'll decide later

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this month. ?28 million is being invested to

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improve health research here in the East Midlands and put the best

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findings into action. Experts say there's still too much

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variation in care and not everyone is getting treatment, based on the

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latest evidence. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons is here.

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Rob, this is all about helping us to live longer healthier lives. It is,

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and if I show you the latest figures you can see some big variation in

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average life expectancy even within our region. A boy born in Rutland

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could expect to live over 81 years, that's six years more than the a boy

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in Leicester. Ash than a boy born in Leicester. `` than a boy born in

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Leicester. For girls, it's 83 years in Rutland and 80.1 in Leicester.

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The new research aims to help close the gap and it has a complicated

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title, The Centre for Leadership in Applied Research and Care East

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Midlands. 55 organisations are collaborating but the aim's simple,

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improving care for those with chronic conditions, mental health

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problems and for people who've had a stroke. Dave is 29 and that stroke

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rehabilitation units in Nottingham City Hospital. I went dead down one

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side. I have no movement in my arm. Very little in my leg. The latest

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research is about bringing everybody's care up to the best

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standards. One in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime,

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so it's the fourth biggest killer in the country, the biggest cause of

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disability. Some stroke units are better than others, and we want to

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find out why that is the case. Unveiled in Loughborough, the new

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money is about getting change to happen faster. How can 0

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money is about getting change to happen faster. How can we get things

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to be taken up quickly by the clinicians and health care providers

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so these patients get the best care that they deserve? Most patients in

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hospital are elderly. At this hospital, Derek has chronic

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breathing problems linked to a lifetime of smoking. Improving this

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sort of care is a major challenge. Many times I sat at the table and

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had to leave my dinner, because I just couldn't eat it because of the

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breathing. Anybody smoking today once their head testing. Improving

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care for patients with chronic problems is one of the biggest

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health challenges they will be looking at.

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Now, people living along the Nottinghamshire`Derbyshire border

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might have been forgiven for thinking a major incident was taking

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place today. Dozens of fire engines, ambulances and police cars all

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rushed to the Toton sidings. There was a big incident, but it was all a

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very realistic simulation. As James Roberson explains.

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It's just minutes after the great chain `` 0

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It's just minutes after the great chain `` train and the passenger

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train have collided. Passengers grasp as toxic fumes leaked from an

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overturned wagon. Meanwhile, dozens of passengers are trapped inside the

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derailed passenger carriage. It's all exercise but the ambulance crews

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arriving first still have the work what they are facing. The actual

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vehicle is hitting another train that has hit a chemical tanker. The

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chemical is not known to the responders at the time. The chemical

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in the tanker is so powerful it can dissolve flesh and is dangerous,

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which is why the first responders have retreated so they can assess

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the situation before going in with the 0

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the situation before going in with the Fire Service. The exercise was

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specially set up at Toton by the freight company date `` based at the

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sidings, so they can practice working with the emergency services.

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We have done 0 working with the emergency services.

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We have done numerous breakdown and recovery jobs, but an incident of

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this scale is not something I would ever want them to go to in real

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life, so to do it as a training exercise and be ready for it is

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fantastic. Even the casualties, local volunteers, are here to learn.

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It's for the experience, and to see what happens. It's quite exciting,

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really. Exercises like these are essential learning tools will

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organise `` organisations over the country. Dozens of observers are

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here, even from as far as Germany. Once the exercises finished there

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will be a debriefing process, a report written, and we will utilise

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that for further training and development to help the agencies to

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work together better `` once the exercises finished. They hope they

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never have to do it for real, but practising before is vital if the

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worst should happen. What an effort went into that.

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A mother says it's amazing that a specialist Asperger's support team

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has been saved from council cuts. After consulting the public,

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Nottinghamshire County Council has had a change of heart. Quentin

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Rayner has been hearing from one family who fought to save the

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service. 22`year`old Laura Hickman is one of

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200 adults in Nottinghamshire held by the specialist Asperger's team.

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The fast `` last four years, social workers have helped her become more

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independent `` for the last four years. It's transformed my life and

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build my confidence, got me more independent. It's helped me with

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strategies for my 0 independent. It's helped me with

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strategies for my anxieties, in a happy way. The team faced being

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disbanded in the latest round of savings. The County Council sought

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feedback and Laura's mother took up the chance to change their mind and

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succeeded. Fantastic 0 the chance to change their mind and

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succeeded. Fantastic news. I can't imagine being without the service.

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They are a fantastic group of people who know what they are talking

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about. They understand Asperger's, which is an invisible disability.

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People are too quick to judge. It's been 0 0

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People are too quick to judge. It's been a lifeline as a family. The

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County Council has two cut its budget by ?154 million. `` has to

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cut. It will save ?1.2 million by cutting public health teams, but

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after a consultation which drew almost 40,000 responses, the council

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has decided against disbanding this Asperger's team. We have listened

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carefully through the consultation, and we were concerned that we might

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risk the loss of a great deal of specialist knowledge and support,

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particularly since there are an increasing number of young adults

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who had been identified as having Asperger's. The team helped Laura

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get a place at college and she hopes to become a teaching assistant for

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people with disabilities. An interview with Leicester's Gary

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Lineker reflecting on 0 An interview with Leicester's Gary

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Lineker reflecting on the career choices facing ex`footballers.

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A brick manufacturer in Leicestershire says it can hardly

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keep up with a big increase in demand.

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It's even increased its staff by 25% to cope.

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The Hanson factory near Bagworth is working flat out.

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The company says it can't make bricks quickly enough following the

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upturn in the construction industry. Helen Astle reports.

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Brick upon brick, and here there are millions of them. Joe is just one of

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the new recruits. It 0 millions of them. Joe is just one of

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the new recruits. It is 0 millions of them. Joe is just one of

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the new recruits. It is my job to go in and pick them up, and take them

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to the selected areas. He's not the only one with a new job as there's

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been a 25% increase in staff in the last year. Business is booming. This

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is where they mix the clay, and it is squeezed out, and you can see a

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roll down there which will give them the imprint on to the bricks. They

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then go on to the stand. This machine is working round`the`clock,

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and every hour it produces 14,500 bricks. Things are very different

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from a year ago. A great yellow last year we had enough stock on the

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ground for house`builders to pick them up on the day `` last year we

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had enough stock on the ground for house`builders to pick them up on

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the day, but now we have to plan with them. Last week we sold 2.8

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million. At the start we thought it might be a blip, but we're seeing

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sustained growth, and we think this is a success story with a long way

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to run. 2014 looks really promising. We have a full order book, including

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100 million bricks from one customer. 0 0

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100 million bricks from one customer. With the average house

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needing 10,000 bricks and the government encouraging people to

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build more homes, there could be many more people like Joe.

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That's an awful lot of bricks. Yes, imagine being a bricklayer with 100

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million of those. Time for the sport with Colin. Coming up, Gary Lineker

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on life after sport. But we'll start with the weekend's

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action and a dramatic end to Nottingham Forest's long unbeaten

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run. They went out of the FA Cup at Nigel Clough's League One Sheffield

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United, undone by two very late goals.

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So many subplots to this match it was worth reminding yourself that,

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actually, an FA Cup quarterfinal place was at stake. The quite a

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while, Nottingham Forest looked every inch the team most likely to

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take it. And Jamie Paterson's opener was a peach, worth seeing again for

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his great control of the angle on the header. Forrest had chances to

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end the match as a contest, but only one goal leaves a door unlocked. And

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when it was opened by the goalkeeper dropping the cross, Sheffield United

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got the equaliser. Then it all went very wrong for Forest. Billy Davies

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had no complaints about the penalty the 0 0

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had no complaints about the penalty the handball. Chris Porter had no

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nerves about the finish. And in injury time, it was Porter who

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completed the job and spark scenes of delirium for the home fans.

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Nottingham Forest must concentrate on 0

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Nottingham Forest must concentrate on the league.

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Elsewhere, there were League defeats for both Notts County and Mansfield

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Town. David Jackson rounds things up.

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Notts County could have no complaints about being beaten at

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Wolverhampton Wanderers. 0 complaints about being beaten at

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Wolverhampton Wanderers. Two goals from Michael Jacobs reflected the

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game. County had a couple of chances, but the manager said it was

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clutching at straws. The best team on the day one. I'm disappointed

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with the level of performance. I've become accustomed 0

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with the level of performance. I've become accustomed to better than

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that. Mansfield had lots of chances at Oxford, some of them excellent.

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We had 14 attempts on target, and God knows how many corners. The game

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should have been out of sight in the first 25 minutes. Promotion chasing

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Oxford made them pay for not taking them. They scored three goals, and

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the first two were very much against the run of play. Mansfield now sit

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18th. Leicester Tigers played poorly and

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left it late to win their game against Gloucester at Welford Road.

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Tigers were 8`3 down going into the last ten minutes and needed to pull

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a try from Matthew Tait and a Toby Flood penalty out of the hat to take

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the victory. Lots to work on for Leicester.

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Some bad news for Tigers and their England prop Dan Cole, he's been

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ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with a neck injury. It'll be

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some time before we know when he'll be back in action.

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At the Winter Olympics, Nottingham Ice Dance pair Nick Buckland and

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Penny Coomes finished 10th after their Free Dance delivered a routine

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that had the crowd cheering, with one spectacular lift really catching

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the eye. They were several points below their best but reaching the

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top ten is a genuine launch pad for the next Olympics. This year we have

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taken a huge step in recognition from the judges. And being known as

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one of the top teams now, worldwide, we can go into the next cycle of

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four years really confident and build. In Ice Hockey, Nottingham

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Panthers were forced to watch Belfast reclaim the Elite League

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title after losing 3`1 at home to the Giants on both Saturday and

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Sunday. Belfast have dominated the league completely this season and

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were equally ruthless in the way they tied Panthers down over the

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weekend. Now Nottingham will focus on tomorrow night's Challenge Cup

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semifinal at home to Sheffield. I'm going to leave you with the first in

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a 0 going to leave you with the first in

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a three part special series from the former Olympic Canoeist Helen

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Barnes. Like many athletes when she retired Helen faced enormous and

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challenging changes. Now, one year on, she's talked to three East

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Midlands stars about how they coped with quitting. Helen kicks off

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tonight with Leicester's Gary Lineker, on the 0

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tonight with Leicester's Gary Lineker, on the set of Match of the

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Day. You look very comfortable sitting here now, but was it always

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like that? Pretty comfortable because we're not on air, but it was

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totally different, although I am a bit relaxed now. Tell you what,

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football's back. The first time I did it was Euro 1996, I was very

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wooden, very stiff, but I sort of survived. I wasn't very good, but

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not 0 0 survived. I wasn't very good, but

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not bad enough for them to get rid of me. You were very successful in

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your life after football but it's not the case are many people who

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retire from sport. If you get to your early 30s you've done

:23:58.:23:59.

reasonably well, and then there's a lot of 0 0

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reasonably well, and then there's a lot of life. 0

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reasonably well, and then there's a lot of life. We have to find

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something else you can do. Most footballers are born to play, that

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is their skill. Will they make good managers or coaches? A small

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percentage will. Are they going to go into television or punditry, or

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presenting? A small percentage. Then the large percentage find life

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difficult. I retired from canoeing last year and the change in body

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shape and not being as fit and having the focus has been difficult.

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Funny you should say. When I finished playing, it was my 34th

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birthday, and then I did nothing for about six or seven years. The

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thought of not training every day was bliss. But after a period of

:24:43.:24:47.

time, like you say, I didn't like the change in the body shape. It was

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soft and flabby. So I decided to start 0

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soft and flabby. So I decided to start training. I 0

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soft and flabby. So I decided to start training. I would do it three

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times a week and I've done it ever since, and my training is really,

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really hard. I hate every session I do but I love it when it's over. Do

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you still play football? I have not played any 0

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you still play football? I have not played any kind of game of football

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since the day I retired. If you can pay your life now to when you are

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playing, which was better? I loved playing. `` compare your life. It's

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a brilliant thing to do and I played at the very highest level. And on

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the biggest stages of all. It was wonderful. But, you know, in many

:25:24.:25:28.

ways I think I enjoy my life more now. Do not miss the fans and the

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feeling of people cheering? Only when they 0

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feeling of people cheering? Only when they like you. Good point. And

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tomorrow on East Midlands Today, Helen Barnes will be talking to

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Rebecca Adlington about life after sport and how difficult it can be

:25:43.:25:45.

for female athletes to deal with the focus on how they 0

:25:46.:25:46.

for female athletes to deal with the focus on how they look. And Helen's

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longer interviews with Gary, Rebecca and with javelin champion Steve

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Backley all feature in tonight's Inside Out at 7:30pm, here on BBC

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One. Worth a watch, as is the weather.

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Looking a lot better this week. Things quieting down nicely. I can't

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promise you are completely dry week. There will be rain around at times

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but the winds have been the noticeable feature, and they will

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certainly be a lot lighter for us this week. And staying on the mild

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side with temperatures into double figures over the next couple of days

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or so. We are not completely settled. We still have low pressure

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in charge of the weather but it's a lot 0 0

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in charge of the weather but it's a lot flabby and the recent ones we

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saw. The isobars are spaced out, so the winds are lighter. We have got a

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little weather front coming into night and that has given us a lot of

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cloud around today. A few spits and spots of rain as 0

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cloud around today. A few spits and spots of rain as well. The rain as

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well. The rain will pepper for a time, so some clears up the East,

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and it should dry and foremost Mr Knight, just a few light showers

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following on behind. It is really quite 0

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following on behind. It is really quite mild 0

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following on behind. It is really quite mild `` for most of us

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tonight. Not really falling early oh `` below the daytime values

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overnight. Spits and spots of rain first thing in the morning. We will

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see some sunshine breaking through, but a chance of a cluster of showers

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pushing in in the afternoon. Some of these could be on the lively side

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and there could be some hail and Thunder thrown in for good measure.

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But look at the temperatures. Highs of nine or 10 Celsius. Wednesday

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quite quiet, mostly dry with sunshine in the afternoon. But I

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think the only fly in the ointment this week is Thursday, wet and windy

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weather, but otherwise not looking too bad.

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A bit more spaced out and flabby. Gary Lineker was talking about

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flabbiness as well. Enough already. See you on the late news. Goodbye.

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