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Welcome to East Midlands Today with Anne Davies, and me Maurice Flynn.

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Our top story: The infection spreading at an alarming rate.

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This former soldier is up for a national award. He was has a smile

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on his face. He's an inspiration to everybody.

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From the heart of the European Union, I have come to Brussels. And

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the vending machine on a village scale, using the loss of the corner

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shop. I use it practically every day. I get my eggs and milk year. ``

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here. Good evening and welcome to Friday's

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programme. First tonight, 350 cases of scarlet fever have now been

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confirmed across the East Midlands ` and that's just so far this year.

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It's the highest number for 24 years. Parents are being urged to

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look out for the symptoms of the bacterial infection, which is most

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common in children. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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It is the red rash that gives scarlet fever... Name. Across the

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East Midlands, there have been 350 confirmed cases this year, compared

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to 75 in the first 11 weeks of last year. You can see here where the

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cases are in the region. They tend to peak every five years. Derbyshire

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has the most. In this primary school, they have had a number of

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suspected scarlet fever cases and have written to parents. We have had

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three cases we feel might be scarlet fever. They have been to their

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doctor and been prescribed antibiotics. Symptoms generally take

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several days to appear. The rash comes 12 to 48 days later. Red

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blotches turn into a rash that feels like sandpaper, looks like sunburn

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and maybe itchy. It usually starts in one place and spreads to other

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parts of the body. It is really important if you feel your child has

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scarlet fever, that you get to the doctor for treatment. Partly because

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we want these things treated and taken out of circulation. When Bill

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Maynard got scarlet fever, there were no antibiotics. He spent 16

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weeks in isolation, but in some ways it kick`started his show business

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career. While I was in there, I learned to play the ukelele. I was a

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big George Formby fan as a boy, as I think most kids were. When I came

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out, after 16 weeks, I was ready to be launched on the unsuspecting

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British public. These days, parents are being asked to keep an eye out

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for those symptoms. It's been revealed a theatre failed

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to carry out background checks on volunteers working with child

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performers. The Concordia Theatre in Hinckley

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has been at the centre of child sex abuse allegations. However, the

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police say the theatre has now made significant progress.

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Well, our reporter Geeta Pendse has the details. Geeta, how did this

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come to light? It was back in October when police

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received information about two male members of staff at the Concordia

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Theatre who were thought to have a sexual interest in children. They

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were arrested and released on police bail. It also emerged there were two

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volunteers and an actor with previous convictions of child sex

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abuse. The theatre hadn't picked up on these because volunteers hadn't

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undergone adequate background checks ` raising major concerns for the

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police. Clearly, if there was a neck vectored system in place previously

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`` an effective system in place previously for doing background

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checks, then potentially these people might not have been allowed

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to remain within the theatre. Well, the Concordia Theatre says it's

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co`operating fully with the authorities to put in place a more

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robust set of child protection measures. These have included a

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change of staff and vetting system. As a result the police have put off

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a review of the theatre's licence, providing it puts into place the

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changes by May. At that point the council will consider whether to

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re`issue a child performance licence. The police say they are

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still investigating whether any children at the theatre were abused

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and welcome any information from the public.

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Sport coming up ` live from the I`pro stadium in Derby.

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Where the big game of the weekend is taking place.

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Yes, it is derby against For B. `` Forest. We are behind the scenes

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later on. More up`to`date's news. The daughter

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and son`in`law of a couple whose remains were found in a garden have

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admitted burying them nearly 16 years ago. The bodies of William and

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Patricia Wycherley were discovered at a house in Forest Town last

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October. Susan and Christopher Edwards have denied murder. But

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today at Nottingham Crown Court they admitted obstructing a coroner in

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the execution of his duty by burying the bodies. A terrorism trial has

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been shown more home`made videos of a Leicestershire teenager. Michael

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Piggin has denied preparing plans and weapons for a Columbine High

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School`style attack. The Old Bailey jury saw Michael Piggin spraying "No

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More Mosques" on a Loughborough leisure centre. They've been told

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that the local mosque was top of his list of potential targets. They were

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also shown more video footage of him testing petrol bombs.

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This is Michael. Here we go. Here we go.

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A Nottinghamshire primary school once ranked among the best in the

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country is being put into special measures. St Edmund Campion in West

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Bridgford was judged as outstanding by inspectors. But in January, the

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school's head teacher was removed from her post and replaced by an

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acting head. Ofsted says the school is providing an unacceptable

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standard of education. Hundreds of farmers were today given

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lessons in how to avoid injury while they're working.

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The agricultural industry has one of the worst safety records in the

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country, being responsible for one in five of all work`related

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injuries. Today farm workers were given

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practical demonstrations of how to avoid some of the most common

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hazards. Sarah Teale reports. A potentially tragic farming

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accident, but fortunately, this is just a dummy. It is part of a

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demonstration to hundreds of local farm workers, I letting some of the

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hazards they face. This event was organised by the Health and Safety

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Executive, to try and improve the poor safety record in the industry.

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The agricultural industry accounts for just over 1% of workers, but it

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is responsible for 20% of all work`related injuries. In the East

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Midlands in the last year, there has been one death and 45 serious

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injuries on farms. One victim was in a wheelchair for six months after

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being run over by a poorly maintained tractor on a farm near

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Melton Mowbray. His pelvis was crushed and he punctured a lung. The

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company was fined ?10,000. Very few accidents are inevitable. Things

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happen because of a lack of thought or for a small bit of expenditure or

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maintenance that would make the job so much safer. And more effective.

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Up to 400 farmers and workers are standard `` attended the workshop.

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We want to make the place safer. There are a lot of things you don't

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think about that are potentially dangerous. I think farmers can be

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too relaxed about dangers. It is an industry that takes the risks for

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granted and this event is to make people stop and think about what

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they're doing. Hopefully that will ultimately cut the numbers of deaths

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and serious injuries in a notoriously dangerous industry.

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A Derbyshire soldier, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, has begun

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a new mission to become a schoolteacher.

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Next month Ben Zissman's up for a national award for injured

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servicemen who overcome adversity. And he's hoping to compete in the

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next Paralympic Games. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball,

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reports. Dealing with a class of five and

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six`year`olds is not easy, and imagine how much tougher and it is

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if you are paralysed from the waist down. That hasn't stopped then

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volunteering as a teaching assistant. His determination has

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earned him an award. It means such a lot. Various charities are

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recognising that I'm still achieving. I am still trying to put

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together how it works in a wheelchair. The children don't

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care, as long as you have the knowledge. He is so upbeat, he

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always has a smile on his face. He does whatever we asked him to do.

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Considering he is so young, he is an inspiration to everyone. Then was

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injured in Afghanistan when he was working as an engineer and his

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convoy was hit by a roadside bomb. I went through the top of the

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vehicle. The most amazing thing is that after all of that, I have still

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got myself here. A lot of people, you know, three people died in that

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attack. It is amazing still to be here and tell the tale. Ben is not

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going to let his injuries stop him looking forward. This summer he is

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getting married. And he is focusing on competitive hand cycling and is

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hoping to make it to the Paralympics.

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Good luck. The elections to the European

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Parliament may be two months away but the rivalry between two of our

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MEPs has boiled over during a televised debate. UKIP's Roger

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Helmer has been accused of not bothering to turn up to vote at the

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European Parliament. The claim was made by the Liberal

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Democrat Bill Newton`Dunn during a debate for our East Midlands Sunday

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Politics programme. From Brussels, here's our Political Editor, John

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Hess. The European Parliament and the EU

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will be explaining to us what these elections are all about. That's why

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are elected members know that there's a lot at stake. But is this

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a flavour of what we can expect? Roger Helmer never turns up. His

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voting record is dreadful. My attendance record and voting record

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is better than the average of your party. I would like you right now to

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apologise. That's not true. You were not there yesterday. On the surface,

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a row about voting records. But at the heart of this clash between

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Roger Helmer in Bill Newton`Dunn is what is really in Britain's

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long`term economic interests. They fancy themselves at making some

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really knock out there. But we can match them all the way. This brewery

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was set up a 40% of its funding on the European Union. But neither is

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doubt over whether Britain should stay in the European Union. Bakewell

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market and Derbyshire sheep farmers are also torn. If we carry on, we

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will get subsidies, but if we came out, we would have less red tape.

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You never see the MEPs, because the constituency is too big. We may need

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some other Belgian chocolates as a sweep there. `` we may need some of

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those Belgian chocolates as a campaign sweetener.

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Catch that debate in full on the Sunday Politics for the East

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Midlands from 11 o'clock, here on BBC One. Plenty more to come on the

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programme tonight. Including something for the weekend from Anna.

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Yes, no spring has sprung, winter is fighting back.

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Thousands of people across our region are taking part in events for

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Sport Relief. It's a time to get active and also raise money for good

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causes. Some of the big events took place

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today, but there'll be even more over the weekend. Simon Ward joined

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the fun in Leicester. The pupils, parents and staff at

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this school and Leicester are off on their sport relief mile. Music to

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keep them going. We have had a great start to wear mourning. It is a big

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challenge for Kieren, whose longest walk so far is half a mile. Today,

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he is hoping to double back distance. It took a lot of

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organisation. You think you will make the whole mile? Yes. And he did

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make it all the way to the finish. We're raising money for kids in

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other countries. The special guest today inspired the children. All the

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kids from the school, family members and staff, all dressed up and it was

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really good. I got to walk round with Kieran, walk round the whole

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mile with his Walker. And the celebrations continued long after

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they had finished their Sport Relief mile. Cracking stuff. Well done if

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you took part. Time for sport and there is only once place for Colin

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to be tonight ahead of the game this weekend.

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The players know there is so much more than the usual local rivalry at

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stake, and here's why. This is the first time in 20 years these clubs

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have come together, both looking at potential promotion. With both teams

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having had a dip in form recently, this scheme could be the one that

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makes or breaks their season. It is about points, it is about

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pride, but this time, it is all about promotion. They are all big

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games, but this one has a touch of spice. It is not just about Derby

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and Forest, it is about the play`off position. It is passion, it is

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energy. It is going to be a high octane game. I have no fingernails

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left and it has not even kicked off. It is going to be a bloodbath.

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They are fighting to get promoted and biting to set our place in the

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play`offs. That always seems to be something going on. Hopefully, the

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football will be the main talking point after the game. We would like

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the Derby fans to go away happy. Whoever wins on Saturday will be one

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step closer to promotion. This promises to be the biggest clash in

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decades. We cannot emphasise enough how much

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this one means. Plenty of other football this weekend ` and some big

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events in other sport too. Rounding things up, here's Kirsty Edwards.

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At Leicester city this week, we have been given special access behind the

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scenes as they continue their march towards the top flight away at

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Blackburn tomorrow. You can watch an exclusive feature on Monday night on

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BBC One. Nottingham County have a big clash with Carlisle tomorrow.

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There is a big local derby for Mansfield Town in the two. They are

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at home to Chesterfield. Keep up with the action on your local BBC

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Radio station. In rugby, Leicester Tigers are at home. In ice hockey,

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Nottingham Panthers have been having a bit of fun of the ice. This is a

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song they have recorded to celebrate reaching the Challenge Cup final.

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They have the first leg of that in Belfast tonight.

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Good luck to all our teams in action in what ever sport this weekend, but

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we are focused on Derby against Forest. Take a look at this motley

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crew, because the face`off has begun. Let's stop to you first. We

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have been talking about Sport Relief already. What are you up to this

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weekend? We are putting together Sport Relief the Five. `` Rivals. We

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have legends coming out of our dressing room and fittingly, red and

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white by the colours. I am not happy with these colours, but the cause is

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the most important thing. Don't try and sneak that fly again. Come in,

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gentlemen. You are both playing in the game. Let's talk about the big

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game. It is a big game, now matter how you look at it. It is all to

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play for at the moment and Forest need the points. How about Derby? If

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we get the right result tomorrow, they will drop out of the top six.

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What does it take to win a game like this? It is about pride. It is about

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wearing the shirt for themselves, but the manager and the fans.

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Hopefully, the result goes the right way. Briefly, which is the most

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important game, Saturday or Sunday? No competition, Sunday. Don't forget

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you can see a full report on the match on Monday on East midlands

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Today. That is a reason why we are

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surrounded by giant food. An inventor's come up with a novel idea

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to help rural communities which have lost their village shop. It's a

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giant vending machine full of essential groceries.

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The first one has just been installed in a pub car park near

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Ashbourne in Derbyshire. But there are plans to place them in other

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villages in the area. Simon Hare reports.

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This convenience store it really is open all hours. It has recently

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opened behind a pub at Clifton near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. It stops

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everything from hot dogs to food for hungry dogs. It is that range of

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items you need day`to`day, where it is a real pain getting in your car

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to drive for two or three miles to get what you need. I use it every

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day. I get my eggs and milk here and once villagers get used to it, it

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will be a boon for us. If I want E`bacc, the court is six to two. I

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do the numbers, press OK and it gets the product. This collection unit is

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quite important, because it means you can do delicate products like

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eggs. I have bottled milk and eggs and bacon and bread. Guess what I

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had for breakfast. Where else can you go shopping and have a pint at

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the same time? The idea came from a couple of pints in the pub. It went

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from a discussion over a pint of beer to a shop. It's incredible.

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There are plans for other shops like this in the area. But they are

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hoping for interest from a major retailer.

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Simple, but genius. It is a brilliant idea, a giant vending

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machine. Could we get sunshine and rain?

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If you are unlucky, you would have been caught in showers today. But

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also some stunning rainbows. The weekend and continues, sunshine and

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showers. The temperature quite chilly throughout. There may be some

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rumbles of thunder and some hail, but as we go into the evening, a

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line of more organised showers moving through. Once the showers

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ease, the wind also begins to die down and we're looking at laws of

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two or three Celsius tonight. There is a risk of ice first thing

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tomorrow morning. The Mac office have issued a yellow warning. ``

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then met offers. `` Derby the Met Office.

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A strengthening south`westerly winds tomorrow afternoon. Looking further

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ahead, it is Sunday. A cloudy start, showers in the morning, but we are

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hopeful the showers will ease in the afternoon. Still quite chilly, but

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Sunday afternoon is looking like the best part of the weekend. Sunday

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night, a widespread frost. So watch out.

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We are back at ten o'clock. We'll have good pictures of the lull

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before the

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