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forces and protestors. That is all from BBC News. It is goodbye from

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

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Tonight 0 Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight ` 0 Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight ` a 0 0 Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight ` a man's grief after his fiancee is knocked down and killed.

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Might in the future was them. That was my future. Church leaders say

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welfare reform has forced thousands into poverty. Plus the soldier bride

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planning her wedding in a war zone. And a tale of two winters, why is

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our 0 And a tale of two winters, why is

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our weather so 0 And a tale of two winters, why is

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our weather so wacky? The fiance of a 0

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our weather so wacky? The fiance of a pregnant woman who

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was knocked down and killed in Leicester says he's lost everything.

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Kane Johnson is appealing for anyone who may have seen the car which hit

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Paige Jackson to "have a heart and come forward". He says seeing his

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son and fiancee in hospital after they'd died was the hardest thing in

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his life. From Leicester, Helen Astle reports. Paige Jackson, 22

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years old and pregnant 0 Astle reports. Paige Jackson, 22

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years old and pregnant with her first child who was due to be born

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in May. She died after being hit by a car in Leicester. There is a giant

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hall. It was my entire future with them, that was my future. She

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touched a lot of lives and she was kind and loving and everyone seemed

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to love her and I cannot put it into words. Paige Jackson was taken to

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hospital where doctors tried to save her life 0

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hospital where doctors tried to save her life in the life of her baby but

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sadly they both died. I'm so glad I went to see them both so I could see

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my last goodbyes and hold my baby boy. 0

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my last goodbyes and hold my baby boy. He just looked like he was

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sleeping. There are dozens of tributes here. The police and the

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family are appealing for anyone who might have seen something at 6:50am

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on Saturday morning to come forward. For people 0 0

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on Saturday morning to come forward. For people who have not come

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forward, that is pretty heartless. She was an innocent girl with an

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unborn child and she was going to work. Have a heart and see what you

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have seen because if you do not, you will 0 0

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have seen because if you do not, you will have to live with that. It is

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disgusting. A 21`year`old man has been arrested and released on police

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bail. Kane Johnson is 0 been arrested and released on police

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bail. Kane Johnson is now 0 been arrested and released on police

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bail. Kane Johnson is now trying to focus on the funeral.

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Senior church leaders from the East Midlands claim the Government's cuts

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in welfare benefits are forcing thousands of people into poverty and

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hunger. The Anglican Bishops of Leicester, Derby and Sherwood have

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jointly sent a protest letter to the Prime Minister urging a change of

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policy. The intervention by the bishops coincides with a 40`day

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hunger fast by a Nottinghamshire parish priest in protest at the

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Government's welfare reforms. Here's our Political Editor, John Hess.

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This reverence sets off from his parish church too fast for 40 days

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in protest at government's cuts to welfare. Today he was helping out at

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a nearby community centre that distributes food to people who've

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lost benefits. We have patents missing meals to feed the children

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and reports of patents spending money on children as they come to

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school because they 0 money on children as they come to

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school because they have not got food. These food bags impact on the

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debate of the government's welfare reforms. The government claims it is

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liberating people 0 reforms. The government claims it is

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liberating people from a cycle of welfare dependency. Since the

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welfare changes came in last April, we have seen a massive increase in

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people with no income and to lack real basic needs. It has been quite

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a reality check for us because we have had to give food to people as

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well as advise. At this church hall, and anxious father waits 0

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well as advise. At this church hall, and anxious father waits to collect

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food donations for his daughter and her three children. It is a godsend

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because we can come here and get food to bring her children up with.

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They have to choose to spend money on food or pay rent or pay the gas

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bills. That is a difficult choice for people who cannot afford to get

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in here cut repair their shoes and cannot afford to eat either and not

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just a few people but hundreds of thousands. That is a national

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crisis. The Reverend starts his fast on Ash Wednesday and hopes that

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after 40 days, his protest may have some impact on government policy.

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With us now is Mark Spencer, the Conservative MP for Sherwood. These

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welfare reforms are punishing the poor ` that's what these church

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leaders are saying. I think they are on the wrong side of the argument

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and what government is trying to address is people trapped within the

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welfare system and we need to find a way to help people move from that

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welfare trap into employment and be better off because the old system

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meant that people phone they could not get out of benefits because of

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the try to get a job and got a job they were worse off financially. Is

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this not a case of the medicine killing the patient? We are talking

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about the symptom and not the disease in the challenge is 0

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about the symptom and not the disease in the challenge is to help

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people trapped in that position where they are stuck in the welfare

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state and to enable the system to move people into employment and be

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better off for doing that. But we're hearing that people turning up at

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food banks because they have knowing come. Of course, because the banks

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are nothing new. The increased ten times under the previous government

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which is a symptom of the economic crash the previous government

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created. We need to find a 0 crash the previous government

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created. We need to find a way to support people to move from the

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welfare state into employment and be better off. Do you think that

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cutting welfare benefits is popular with the voters? I had knowledge it

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is very challenging for people who find themselves in that trap which

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is why the government must do on can to help people escape from that

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welfare trap and it is not there to read people `` fear to leave people

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there. Still to come ` a night of incredible footballing drama.

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Nottingham Forest and Leicester City shared the points but the game kept

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25,000 on the edge of their seats. A full report coming up. It is

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remaining windy with blustery showers but there will be plenty of

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winter sunshine. More details later. People living in a Lincolnshire

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village are calling for a new road to be built ` because of long delays

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at the level crossing. Tallington, between Stamford and Market Deeping,

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sits on the East Coast Mainline and people living there are worried even

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more trains will use the line in years to come. Gemma Dawson reports.

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Every time these barriers come down, traffic builds up. I have to sit

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here and wait. In one hour, I counted that these barriers came

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down nine times. Campaigners claim this crossing can be closed for 45

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minutes an hour per day. They are worried that if more trains start to

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use the 0 worried that if more trains start to

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use the line, the crossing will be closed even longer. This man is

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campaigning for a link road to be built. It is pure quality of life

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and the bypass the North would solve everything. A number of options are

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being considered. Campaigners prefer this route but are concerned of an

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option that might cut through town. What we need is a proper solution

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which involves bypassing the village and taking people out of the village

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to a proper bridge. Network Rail say this: But people here hope a

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solution can be found soon. Police say two men linked to a

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Leicestershire theatre are being questioned on suspicion of

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possessing indecent images of children. The Concordia in Hinckley

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is at the centre of an investigation into alleged abuse. Two other men

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have been banned from the premises after 0 0

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have been banned from the premises after it 0 0

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have been banned from the premises after it was found they had previous

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convictions for child sex offences. A fifth man linked to the theatre

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was convicted 0 A fifth man linked to the theatre

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was convicted of serious sex offences against youngsters last

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year. The County Council says it won't now issue licences for

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children to take part in productions there. The Concordia hasn't

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commented. The RSPCA says preparations are being made to move

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horses from a field in Leicester. There have been public protests at

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the field near Fosse Park after one horse lying in water had to be put

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down when its condition deteriorated. The RSPCA says,

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following a visit with a specialist vet, it found a series of issues.

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It's now ordered the animals' owner to raise standards to what it calls

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"an acceptable level". Officials say some younger horses will be moved

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first. The others are expected to follow. The RSPCA says it'll

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continue to monitor the situation. An 18`year`old man's been arrested

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on suspicion of posting a racist comment on Twitter ` ahead of last

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night's Nottingham Forest`Leicester City football match. The tweet is

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alleged to have been directed at Leicester City fans. Nottinghamshire

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Police say the man was held on suspicion of a 0

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Police say the man was held on suspicion of a racially aggravated

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public order offence. He's since been released on bail.

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Two soldiers are planning their wedding ` in a war zone. Kiri

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Bashford from Chesterfield in Derbyshire's been deployed to

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Afghanistan at the same time as her fiance, Christopher. And while he's

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out on front`line operations, she's keeping the regiment up and running

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from their base at Camp Bastion. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy

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Ball, 0 Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy

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Ball, reports. Kiri is a woman any man's world

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because female soldiers are not allowed in fighting roles. She sorts

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flying to the bases and make sure is that they get paid. Now I have

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joined in and am part of the group and one of the lads. I teach

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physical training and I get some respect for 0

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physical training and I get some respect for that and I also pay

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them, so if the try to get me on the wrong side, they will not get paid.

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When Kiri is off duty at Camp Bastion, she is planning a wedding

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to Christopher. Initially we saw each other every week but we have no

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settled into a routine where we do not see John. They tried to sort out

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at the beginning of the two 0 not see John. They tried to sort out

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at the beginning of the two to have the mass of wedding here and then a

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blessing at all. Fortunately that was not allowed and I was happy

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about that because I was the one that did not want that. They will be

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well away by the time that they tie the knot and the wedding day is set

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for August, only weeks after the last of the regiment finish their

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duty. We wish them all the very best. A man's been found guilty of

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the manslaughter of a fellow bus passenger following a chance

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meeting. Nottingham Crown Court heard Leon Lockhart and his

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girlfriend Michaela Griffiths had spotted 32`year`old Daniel Baker on

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a bus last July. They spent the next day together before Mr Baker was

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stabbed to death on Mansfield Road in South Normanton. Lockhart 0

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stabbed to death on Mansfield Road in South Normanton. Lockhart and

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Griffiths 0 in South Normanton. Lockhart and

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Griffiths were spotted running away. Griffiths admitted perverting the

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course of justice. Both will be sentenced tomorrow.

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The Nottingham Playhouse could lose all its County Council funding as

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the authority prepares to make swingeing cuts. The 0

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the authority prepares to make swingeing cuts. The theatre

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currently receives ?95,000 a year from the Council, which says it

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needs to save ?80 million over the next three years. Councillors will

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discuss scrapping the donation next week and increasing Council Tax by

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almost 2%. The theatre says it's disappointed.

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The region's waterways are going to be checked by the Environment Agency

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to see how they've coped with the recent heavy rainfall. The

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Government says every watercourse in the country will be checked after

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the 0 the country will be checked after

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the severe flooding 0 the country will be checked after

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the severe flooding in the southwest of England. It's hoped that the

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survey of rivers and canals will be completed by the end of March.

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Well, later on in the programme we'll be looking at the 0

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Well, later on in the programme we'll be looking at the vagaries of

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the British weather. The last two winters couldn't have been more

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different ` or more extreme. So, is this a taste of things to come?

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Now, some news that we're thrilled to tell you about. Last night, BBC

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East Midlands Today was voted the best regional news programme in the

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whole country. The Royal Television Society presented us with this

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fantastic award at a ceremony in London last night. Sarah Teale has

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more details. It is the highest honour a regional news programme can

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achieve, to be voted the very best in the whole country by the Royal

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television Society. 0 in the whole country by the Royal

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television Society. The programme for the swimming was a special

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half`hour donated entirely to this. Tonight, 0 0

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half`hour donated entirely to this. Tonight, a tribute to the children

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killed in a fire here. Our reporter was granted access to the people

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behind the enquiry. It demonstrated an investment in local journalism

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over many months and shed new light in the behaviour and motives of the

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deaths of six children behind the house `` in a house fire. It shows

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that East Midlands Today is a real team effort. East Midlands Today is

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a fantastic place to work, thank you so much. The trophy is already

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taking pride of place back home in the East Midlands. It is a tribute

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to the whole team. Thank you so much for your support and your well

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wishes today and over all 0 for your support and your well

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wishes today and over all the years. We were all up rather late last

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night. Also I imagine some football fans will be feeling rather tired. .

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The game last night was exciting and full of drama. Nottingham Forest and

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Leicester City shared the points last night, it finished 2`2. But

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what a game! Four goals, two penalties, a player sent off and a

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manager sent to the stands. For our reporter Kirsty Edwards and the

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25,000 in the crowd it was far better than a night in watching the

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telly! It was a much better than any soap opera. 0

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telly! It was a much better than any soap opera. Both sides arrived

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knowing what was at stake. Behind the scene score, pre`match, the calm

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before the storm. Everyone was getting ready for what was brewing

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and as kick`off approached it was time to be focused. Two teams with

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big ambitions and the GM of promotion very much alive tonight.

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Tonight could be key. It was just before the half hour mark of that

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drama really began. This goal capitalised on some indecision in

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the Nottingham Forest defence but then minutes later a header made it

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all square. Then 0 0 then minutes later a header made it

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all square. Then Leicester gave away a penalty. He was a defender who

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spent ten years at Nottingham Forest. I love them and think he is

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a fantastic player but it should not have been on that pitch. The penalty

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was calmly slotted away. This tackle and a red card and I nearly walked

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to the dressing room. It is easy using going down to ten men as an

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excuse but I thought right to the end of players that what they could

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to when. Then there was another penalty awarded, the Leicester,

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which after being saved. Was converted into a goal from the

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rebound. A typical game of a local derby, full of tension and action. I

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think our players showed determination in getting something

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from the game in the face of adversity. It is good that given the

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players were missing, the boys are still competing well.

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So where does the result leave all three of our teams in the

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Championship table? This is how it looks tonight. Leicester are eight

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points clear at the top. Derby ten points behind Leicester in third

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spot and last night's draw sees Forest stay fifth, three points

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behind the Rams. At Derby, Head Coach Steve McClaren is looking at

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signing former Wolves, Celtic and Cardiff City left`back Lee Naylor on

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loan. Naylor, who is 33, is a free agent after leaving League Two

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Accrington and has been training with the Rams. Naylor started his

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career at Wolves, where he worked under academy manager Chris Evans.

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We have 0 under academy manager Chris Evans.

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We have invited him for a couple of weeks and he is doing very well. And

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in rugby, Boris Stankovich has been talking about leaving the Leicester

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Tigers at the end of the season.The 34`year`old has signed a two`year

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contract with the Newport Gwent Dragons after 0

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contract with the Newport Gwent Dragons after spending seven seasons

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at the Tigers. Still plenty to play for at the moment.

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Now, we all know it's been a pretty miserable start to 2014. Early

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figures are indicating that is has been the wettest winter on record.

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But last year some of us were knee`deep in snow. So why have the

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last two winters been so extreme, but yet so different? 0

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last two winters been so extreme, but yet so different? Our weather

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presenter Kaye Forster has been taking a look. Winter means short

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days and cold nights and ice and snow. Last year, we had that in

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abundance but this year it has been a very different picture with strong

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winds and rain. In some parts of the country, it caused chaos. The water

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has been in my house since January. It has been going on for the last

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six or seven weeks. Here, we have been quite lucky in terms of

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flooding but why has it been so dramatically different this year? We

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need to head back to the charts to answer that. We are 0

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need to head back to the charts to answer that. We are no strangers to

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cold weather here and without the influence of the warmer sea we can

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get the lowest temperatures in Great Britain. Last year, cold easterly

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winds became established over the UK and lowered the temperature is and

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areas in the Peak District got a particular battling. This year, a

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vigorous jet stream was stuck right across the UK. It meanders across

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the Atlantic and driving our weather systems in choosing `` and leading

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to the weather conditions we have had. This is consistent with the

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warmer world where we expect a wet of events and that windfall coming

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in stronger bursts. Winter can always throw challenges but what

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ever is in store for next year, one thing is for sure `` mother nature

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will keep us on our toes. Anything beyond five days of forecasting is

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witchcraft. I thought I would cheer things up

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with the beautiful for tall of snowdrops. `` photo of snowdrops.

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Today, we started with sunshine but the showers started to push through

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as we went through the afternoon and if you got caught on, you knew it.

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The showers will continue for a time this evening but will then start to

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die out in the skies start to clear with temperatures dropping quite

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quickly and the winds will be lighter. It should be frost free for

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most of us with just a few in more sheltered spots. There will be lots

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of dry weather first thing on Friday but as we go through the day, there

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will be more cloud and 12 sharp showers beginning to push through.

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It will be breezy as south`westerly winds pick up and attempt of seven

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degrees are eight Celsius. That is about average for this time of year.

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Saturday is the best day of the weekend is lot of sunshine but more

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cloud on the afternoon. It will be nine are 10 Celsius but on Sunday it

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will be quite dusty with a lot of cloud around. There will be quite a

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lot of dry weather first thing before this front of weather ends

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the day on Sunday. There will be some decent sunshine over the next

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few days so you could get out and about with your camera. It will

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return to wet and windy conditions Sunday but look forward to some

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decent sunshine. Hope you can join with the latest

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news. Goodbye.

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