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chilly old week, George. Rais thank you. That's all from the

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

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Tonight, after spending 20 years on the run, a paedophile priest looks

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set to die in prison. 85`year`old Francis Paul Cullen gets

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15 years for a series of sex attacks on children.

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Also tonight, Forest manager Billy Davies is sacked following

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Saturday's drubbing by Derby. Did a good job. Don't know how he will

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turn it around, to be honest. Plus, should pregnant women be paid

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hundreds of pounds to stop smoking? And from this... To this. A council

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gives way to complaints over faded road markings.

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Good evening and welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, a Catholic

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priest who abused children across the East Midlands over a four`decade

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period has been jailed for 15 years. Today a court heard claims that the

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church covered up Francis Paul Cullen's wicked crimes and

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effectively helped him to avoid capture. One victim wrote a personal

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letter to Cullen saying he hoped he would rot in jail. From Derby Crown

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Court, Simon Hare reports. To some, you was an enthusiastic,

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charismatic and friendly priest. `` he was. But to others, a predatory

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paedophile. Last month, Francis Paul Cullen admitted 21 counts of sexual

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abuse against seven boys and girls over a 34 year period from 1957 to

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1991. It began here at a church he had helped to set up. Christ the

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King on this estate in Derby. Altar boys and schoolchildren in his care

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were abused. A complaint about his conduct was launched as early as

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1964 but he stayed in his job and later to Buxton, and then

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Nottingham. The abuse continued. Many of the victims say Cullen stole

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their childhood and deeply affected their adult relationships. In a

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personal letter to Cullen read out in court today, one told him, you

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had a calling from the Devil and I am sure your maker cannot wait to

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meet up with you. I don't know if you will what in hell. I hope you

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rot in jail. Today's sentence, the 15 years imprisonment, go some way

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to providing a degree of pleasure for the victims of this case. Any

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sentence passed will never truly reflect the damage that has been

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caused by Francis Paul Cullen towards his young and vulnerable

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victims. Cullen had been on the run from the authorities for more than

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20 years. Living here in Tenerife. While here

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comic he told that he had been a priest back in the UK. `` while

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here, you told. And he even wore a priest's. Collar. He was arrested

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last summer. Jailing Cullen for 15 years, the judge told him, you took

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full advantage of your position and the trust in which you were held to

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satisfy your perverted lust. To say that you were a disgrace to your

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cloth understates your activity. This was gross hypocrisy. Your

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entire life was alive. It is expected Cullen will be aged almost

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96 before he can be considered for parole. Meaning his sentence could

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prove to be for the rest of his life.

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Earlier this evening I spoke to Father Andrew Cole from the Catholic

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Church, and asked him for his reaction to today's sentence.

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I am pleased Cullen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. It

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is a long sentence which reflects the gap `` gravity of his offences

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and the scandal it has caused among the wider community and the hurt he

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has caused to his victims. One victim did say they felt the church

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turned a blind eye to this and Cullen was moved from parish to

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parish as part of a cover`up. I can understand why they feel that. I

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have not seen anything in his personal file to indicate that was

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the reason why he was moved on. If there was, if people knew and did

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nothing, then I am truly sorry about that. But will something be done? It

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is wonderful you are sorry but will something be done about it? We now

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work transparently with the police and other statutory authorities when

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such patients arise. If a priest is suspected of having abused a minor,

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he is immediately taken out of the ministry and the alleged offences

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are investigated by the police and services. All of those who are

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selected for ordination to the priesthood have to undergo. A

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logical assessment and we are confident that the measures we have

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taken as a response to what has happened before have led to the

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Catholic Church being a much better safeguard of children and vulnerable

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adults. `` undergo a psychological assessment. It needs stamping out

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and we will do whatever we can to do that. Thank you.

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Police have made a number of arrests after two men died in a road

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accident in Nottinghamshire. It happened around 10pm last night in

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Ravenshead. Three men were inside a silver Rover when it went off the

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road and hit a telegraph pole. The driver and front`seat passenger died

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at the scene. A third man sustained injuries described as

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non`life`threatening. Police have arrested three other men in their

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20s suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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ASDA has announced that 200 managerial jobs are to go at its

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George clothing headquarters in Lutterworth and its main offices in

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Leeds. The supermarket chain won't specify how many posts will go from

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its Leicestershire operation. The move is part of a new five`year plan

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by the firm to tackle increasing competition from rival supermarkets.

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The police watchdog is to investigate Nottinghamshire Police

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over a former officer who was wrongly convicted of rape. Trevor

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Gray faced a re`trial last month where a jury unanimously found him

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not guilty. His wife Alison helped to clear his name by finding new

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evidence. The IPCC will examine whether steps were taken to identify

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and locate significant witnesses. Still to come, goodbye Billy. As

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Nottingham Forest sack their manager, we'll be looking at the

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possible replacements being lined up at the City Ground.

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Next tonight, a controversial experiment paying pregnant women

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hundreds of pounds to quit smoking during pregnancy. It's been tried in

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one part of Derbyshire and may soon be extended. The women can pocket

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more than ?700 each in shopping vouchers. That's if they stay off

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smoking both during and after their pregnancy. But is it a proper way to

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spend taxpayers' money? Here's our health correspondent, Rob Sissons.

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It's thought to be an East Midlands first, Offering financial rewards to

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help pregnant women who smoke kick the habit.

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Just over 200 women in Derbyshire signed up to it. Their challenge, to

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be smoke`free from around 12 weeks into pregancy right the way through

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to six months after the birth. Their reward, up to ?752 in shopping

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vouchers. But it proved too difficult for most of them. Just 56,

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only a quarter, managed to stay off the cigarettes all the way through

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till birth. And only 26 resisted smoking all the way through to the

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finish line. That is six months after the baby arrives. On the face

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of it a poor success rate, but those behind the experiment insist it's

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money well spent. ?700 is very consider the cost and

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the cost to the NHS of smoking is very high. ?6,000 per pregnancy.

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So does how it work? To avoid cheating, the women were given

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regular breath tests. Every time they passed, the vouchers stacked

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up. Starting at ?8, incentives for each clear test rise to a maximum of

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?32. So, the less you smoke, the more you can shop. And now there's

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talk expanding from one part of Derbyshire to the rest of it. But

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with the risks of smoking in pregnancy well`known, should it

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really take vouchers for women to put down their cigarettes while the

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taxpayer picks up the bill? It sends out the wrong signal. It is

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morally wrong and wasting taxpayers' money. It doesn't work

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and is taking valuable resources from other schemes which might work.

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In what way is this a good idea and in what way can this rolling out and

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expansion be justified? Well, it can, say those at

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Derbyshire County Council behind the scheme. ?37,000 has already been

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spent. And they say you can't put a price on the health of a baby and

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its mum. Thank you. The Chancellor of the Exchequer,

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George Osborne, has been talking up the revival of the East Midlands

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economy. His post`Budget visit to the region today coincided with a

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multi`million pound jobs boost for Leicester and Leicestershire. Here's

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our political editor, John Hess. On the factory floor today, the

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Chancellor was praising the makers and manufacturers of the East

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Midlands. Boal Aluminium makes components for the construction in

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the car industry. We export about 30% of what we make but at the

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moment the main growth is coming through from the UK and that is

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where it is really being led from. The company employs 130 people but

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because of the revival in the East Midlands Manufacturing, it is orally

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considering taking on extra staff to meet demand. `` already. That will

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be music to the ears of George Osborne, especially after a

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multi`million pound programme to boost jobs and apprentices in the

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Midlands was unveiled today. It is so important is Midlands is making

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things and that is Mrs growing. `` it is important the East Midlands.

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The local MP and Treasury Minister Nicky Morgan needs a revived economy

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if she is to retain her seat next year. A TUC report suggests the

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value of average workers' pay is unlikely to recover for another ten

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years, though. People can afford to buy more now even compared with six

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months ago. We are really pleased with the new Budget report. Things

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seem to be getting better. It means we have an area of the country that

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is growing as the economy grows and that is the way to grow the living

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standards of people here. The Chancellor also stopped over at

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Derby, weather can be `` where the Cathedral could be doing with some

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more cash. Some more tea and a little bit of sympathy for this

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Chancellor. The servicemen who inspired the

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Hollywood film The Great Escape were remembered in Leicester today. A

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service was held at the War Memorial on Victoria Park to mark the 70th

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anniversary of the murder of 50 RAF officers, shot by the Gestapo. A

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wreath was laid by the Leicester RAF Association. I think those men

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represented what Allied servicemen represented, that they made the

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ultimate sacrifice to allow you and I to live the lives we are leading

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today. What aid from well this would have been if they hadn't paid that

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ultimate sacrifice. `` what a different world.

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And now for news of a victory for people power for residents who'd

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been complaining about a lack of visible road markings. Just a week

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after we ran the story on East Midlands Today, fading white lines

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were refreshed and repaired. Locals say they're delighted their voices

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have been heard, as Sarah Teale reports.

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The lines at the bottom of the road have been newly painted. This

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driving instructor takes us on another journey around

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Nottinghamshire. The transformation along the route is obvious. Well,

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you filmed on the Thursday and on the Monday, the white lines were

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there! The problem was highlighted by the road safety markings

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Association about two weeks ago. They released a survey which showed

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38% of all the white lines in these Midlands needed replacing

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immediately or within six months. `` in the East Midlands. All the ones

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we pointed out have been done! Absolutely! It is extremely

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pleasing. Nottinghamshire County Council were responsible for

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repainting the markings in Key West. They have around 2500 miles to

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maintain across the county of road. Has it been affected by cutbacks?

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Yes. All of our highway maintenance budgets have been affected and so we

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have less money now to spend on the white lines that we had two or three

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years ago. But, nevertheless, we are trying to do the ones which are a

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priority, so the junctions, the zebra crossings and stop lines at

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signals. All the ones which have a real safety implication if we don't

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do them are the ones we are trying to do first. It is a problem which

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stretches across the area. We filmed this roundabout which motorists

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complain is virtually invisible because it is so worn out. The

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council says they will be fixing it in the next few weeks.

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Fantastic! Getting things done! Still to come, after the weekend's

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hailstorms and this morning's frost and ice, what does the weather hold?

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And meet my new friend Candy. She has turned down the chance to

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perform for Simon Cowell and I'm not telling porkies!

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An interesting name for a pig! Candy! Doesn't go with bacon! Oops!

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I did say that! Now for the sport. `` I did not say that!

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First tonight, Nottingham Forest chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi

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has stressed the need for patience as he looks to appoint a new

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manager. Billy Davies was sacked last night after just over a year as

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boss of City Ground. To light, Fawaz al Hasawi is looking

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to appoint his fifth manager in 20 months. Things need to change. We

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have nine games to go and we have to concentrate on it, we have to do it

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and that is that. There is nobody in mind at the moment. The manager for

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the reserve team and academy, he is in charge at the moment. It might be

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temporary or he might continue to the end of the season. Billy Davies

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returned for his second spell in charge 13 months ago. Forest have

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been in the top six all season but on Saturday, they suffered an

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embarrassing 5`0 defeat in Derby, they haven't won in eight games and

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they slipped out of the play`off places. Stunned, really. Why no we

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haven't been doing well but stunned. Quite surprisingly really,

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given the team's performance on Saturday and the results previously.

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I think he caused in self, not talking to the media. It was all

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conspiring against him. Just one bad performance. I do not think you

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should be sacked. This afternoon, he met with the owner. In a surprise

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move, one former captain arrived and the club confirmed he had joined on

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loan. Something the chairman later denied. No, we don't have any loan

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signings. So he hasn't signed? No. The former captain was today at the

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training ground, too. He has been given an ambassadorial role and Al

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Hasawi says all immediate bands have been lifted with immediate effect.

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`` immediate bans. Our sports editor joins us now. This morning, we were

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all convinced he was coming. Tell us where we are? It seems there has

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been a massive U`turn and Fawaz al Hasawi told us himself he had spoken

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to representatives earlier today and I spoke to a person who is usually

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part of Neil Warnock's coaching staff. They expected to be at the

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City Ground this afternoon. Then the former captain arrives at the

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training ground but later the chairman says he has not signed on

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loan, despite confirmation on the club's own website! He says now he

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is talking to a number of managers and Gary is in temporary charge, who

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is the academy coach at Forest. This all sounds like utter chaos! That is

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football, Colin! Predictably unpredictable. For many years there

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have been ups and downs that Forest. Only Fawaz al Hasawi now knows what

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will happen next. And we are in danger of forgetting the play`off

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race isn't over for them? No. Nine games left, they are seventh and not

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out of touch. They have a game tomorrow evening against Charlton.

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We presume Gary will be in charge for that, but who knows?! We will

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wait and see. So, the match between Derby and

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Forest is followed by a sacking for the second time this season. For

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Rams fans, the stunning result just highlights their transformation

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since Nigel Clough got the axe. Angela Rafferty now reports on a

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great day for Derby. It has been 20 years since a derby

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match has meant quite so much and it could mean for either side `` glory

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for either side and disaster for the other. The dream starts for Derby

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County... Billy Davies in the dugout could barely watch as the rounds ran

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rampant. `` the rounds display `` the rounds. Then they made it 3`0.

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And back for the Reds. The misery mounted for Forest as Johnny Russell

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made it four. And then hat`trick history was rewritten. Derby's

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biggest ever win over Forest in more than 100 years. Absolutely

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fantastic! Best day of my life! What you live for! Main rivals!

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Brilliant! I think it was just outstanding. They hat`trick. A day

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I'll will never forget. So remarkable, that, on so many levels.

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Drama, too, at Leicester City. Their manager, Nigel Pearson, is back home

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this evening after a two`night stay in hospital. He was ill during

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Saturday's game at Blackburn, as Mark Shardlow reports.

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The club says Nigel Pearson was suffering sickness when the team

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arrived at the burn. He was in the stands, watching, as this goal

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extended Leicester's unbeaten run to 17 games. But this wasn't to be

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another win. A Blackburn equaliser put an end to the scoring for the

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day, and while the fans were pondering a second`half miss that

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might have captured the points, Nigel Pearson was getting medical

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attention. He was taken ill. He felt unwell in the game and was taken to

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hospital as a precaution. To get tests on a Sunday is very difficult

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so we're just waiting for the final tests, but fully expecting to be out

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today and hopefully at the game tomorrow. Just feeling unwell. They

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haven't had the test results so I think it would be wrong of me to

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speculate. He just felt unwell. It is not the first time he has been

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admitted to hospital. Four years ago he went tests when feeling ill while

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at Hull city. His message today was that it is business as usual.

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Elsewhere, there was a massive boost to Notts County, who can begin

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dreaming of a great escape after hammering fellow strugglers

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Carlisle. Haydn Hollis and Ronan Murray had the Magpies two ahead at

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half time. But no`one in the ground will have felt properly secure until

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Hollis got his second and Notts' third on 47 minutes. James Berrett

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did pull one back for the visitors. But when Gary Liddle sealed it, he

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did so in style. Just watch this ` brilliant! Notts remain bottom but

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at least stay in touch. And in League Two, Mansfield played

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out a derby draw with Chesterfield, Ollie Palmer very nearly winning it

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for the Stags in stoppage time. In Rugby, Leicester Tigers have a

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habit of hitting form at the right time, and they're doing it again

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this season. Led by the power of the Pacific to six tries and a complete

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mauling of Exeter. The best they've played with the ball in hand all

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season, according to Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill. And set up

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beautifully for the upcoming derby away at Northampton and European

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quarterfinal in France. Brilliant stuff from them! And

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also, a big, big week ahead for Nottingham Panthers. They will try

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an overturn a three`goal gap in the second leg of the Challenge Cup

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final tomorrow night, all before the first leg of their play`off against

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Braehead Clan on Thursday. Do not forget, more on late kick`off on the

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departure of Billy Davies' departure. Tomorrow night, a full

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football programme, so, no doubt, all the drama will keep rolling and

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rolling and rolling! And Natalie might be making an

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appearance on the late news just in case anything happens between now

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and then. Stay tuned! Next tonight, she's turned down

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Simon Cowell and an offer to bypass the auditions to appear on Britain's

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Got Talent. Not many people do that! That's because she's simply not up

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to performing yet. She will, though, when she's ready, "darling"! So just

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who is this diva? Well, she has graciously agreed to appear on East

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Midlands Today, and Jo Healey went to meet her.

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Yes, I have come to Manor farm at Eastleigh to meet Candy, the

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performing pig. I'm a bit cautious about this. The last time did

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anything like it, I met Darren, the waving goat. But he would not waive

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for me. You are not going to, are you? You are not. Goodbye. I'm

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going. Don't believe you! Candy is a two`year`old rescue pig.

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She loves showing off. I think Apple Mac is an amazing animal! `` I think

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Candy! She was fantastic. She is clever! She turned down the chance

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to perform for Simon Cowell. We don't feel she is there yet. She

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needs a bit more training this summer and then maybe next year we

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will think about it. She knows her name and she knows she is the

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special pig out of everybody. We have our Easter Parade coming up and

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she dresses up as an Easter egg. She was a dark princess at Halloween.

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She has ATR. But will she performed for me? Sit! Sit! Up! Candy? Up! You

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won't do anything for me, will you? You won't, will you? Just no point!

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You won't even sit! What is the point?! She went to do

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it! I can think she of something Candy might have done and Jo

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wouldn't have liked it! We could have had her sitting in here if she

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were up to being in a studio. I'd think the director would want to

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think about that! Or, indeed, our lovely weather presenter!

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Good evening. We had some beautiful spring sunshine but, boy, was it

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wintry today. Temperatures as low as `3. Our tender plants have had a bit

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of a shock, that is for sure, and they are looking a bit sorry for

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themselves, but do keep your pictures coming in. We had a ridge

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of high pressure across us for the last 24 hours.

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That gave us the clear skies overnight and the gorgeous sunshine

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today but it is very transient. It has been shoved out of the way and

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in its place comes a weather front, and this will be stubborn and stay

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with us for much of the day tomorrow. So a completely different

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feel and feeling autumnal, if anything. Feeling quite chilly and

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cloudy and damp. You can see the cloud quite nicely on the satellite

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picture. Ahead of that, we are dry at the moment but the cloud starts

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to increase and we see the rain pushing in through the early hours

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of the morning. Nothing particularly heavy about it at it is cloudy and a

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damp night. The cloud, wind and rain will hold those temperatures up, so

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nowhere near as cold tonight. Down to four or five degrees. A

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completely different start to tomorrow. Wetter, cloudier and we

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see these outbreaks of rain through the morning. They will slowly

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fragment into the afternoon, breaking up a bit, but then heavy

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showers following from that as the wind starts to turn into an easterly

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direction. Chilly, and seven or eight is the top to budge. The rain

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pushes out of the way tomorrow night and we are picking up an easterly

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wind. That will make it feel cold over the next few days and bring in

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few showers as well. No one day ever the same, is it?

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That is the delight of living here! Good night.

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