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for the first time spotter planes find debris. That's all from the BBC

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News at Inspectors from the Care Quality

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Commission decided the University Hospitals of Leicester requires

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improvement. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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Rating requires improvement, so does that not mean it is good enough? As

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you may be aware, we are using the rating system that rates every part

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of the service and side. 86 of the ratings were good or outstanding.

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They operate a harsh regime where they encourage you. They have all

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mentioned that they recognise it themselves. Sorry to interrupt you,

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but that's 19 areas needing improvement, which is basically a

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fifth of the total amount of areas looked at. I've been at the trust

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already for a year and I recognise there are things that need to be

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better. We have very, very good staff who want to improve and my

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philosophy is working with front line staff to make things better. We

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are not complacent. Safety is something that was mentioned. In

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particular, Rob flagged up the resuscitation trolleys. The report

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said that the trolleys which are used with patients who suffer

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cardiac arrest, were over Stockton and stock. It doesn't bode well for

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someone who's had a cardiac arrest. I agree and that is what I think is

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a serious failing. We are already taking action because we recognise

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that. I would describe it as a fair criticism. It was not acceptable. It

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will be sorted quickly. What are you doing? It's all about

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standardisation of equipment, making sure that staff are all familiar

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with the protocols that we have, resuscitation situations and making

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sure that they are always followed. Then monitoring to make sure they

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are. It is a key area. And you say that this is what you are planning

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on doing. What is the timetable? We going to be waiting for a long time?

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No, in the next month or so. I wanted to bring up shortages because

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yet again, staff shortages have been brought up at the hospital. I quote

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from the report. At times, it impacted on patient care. How big is

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that a concern for you? Staffing is a significant concern. Last year, we

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did a big assessment of if you had enough nurses. We decided we hadn't.

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We created another 250 nursing posts. We have been recruiting hell

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for leather, both from the Montford University and internationally.

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We've been ahead of others in that. You're doing very well. We have

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halved vacancies. But we need to do more and we will.

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Officials have described it as the worst case of fly`tipping they've

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ever seen. A mountain of waste seemingly dumped in one go on a busy

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Leicestershire industrial estate. And it's going to take a week just

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to clear it up. Our reporter Simon Hare is at Castle Donington tonight,

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Simon. As you can see, it is an enormous

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pile of rubbish, probably about 15 or 20 feet high and wide and about

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30 or 40 feet long. It is possibly the contents of one large lorry and

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it has been dumped here, on the edge of this industrial estate at Castle

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Donington of the busy a 50. The hunt is now on to try and find out who

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don't adhere. `` A50. It's a mountain of rubbish. Those

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who are used to cleaning up this mess so it is the worst case they've

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ever seen. It appeared overnight at this industrial estate in

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Leicestershire, late last week. I came to work last Friday at 7:30am

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and I came up the brow of the hill. Then it captured my eye. I looked at

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it and the side of it. I couldn't believe someone had done so much

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fly`tipping. I reckon there are about three to four tonnes of

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rubbish there. It is expected that clearing it up is going to cost

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taxpayers ?2000. And it is a task that will also take about a week to

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complete. Officials will sift through the rubbish for any evidence

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which could prove who don't adhere. People think they are clever but

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often there is paperwork with an address on. We might be able to

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track where it has come from. They might say, ask Joe Bloggs. We will

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track people down. We've had very successful prosecutions. If

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convicted, the culprit could face an unlimited fine or even a prison

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sentence. Early indications are that the waste has come from

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Nottinghamshire. And that is borne out by what we

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have found while we've been here. In amongst the rubbish, paperwork and

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boxes which clearly feature addresses for the new work area of

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Nottinghamshire. Environmental officers will be following up that

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sort of information. In other news, police investigating

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the death of a 19`year`old man say he mistakenly took a powerful

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stimulant, linked to other deaths in Derbyshire and across the UK. Daniel

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Gill died at his home in Leabrooks in January, after taking what he

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believed to be ecstasy. Tests have now shown the tablets actually

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contained a powerful drug called PMA. Six people have died from

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taking it in Derbyshire. A 16`year`old boy and an 18`year`old

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woman were earlier arrested and released on bail.

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Police have released CCTV footage of an assault on a shop worker in

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Leicester. It happened last month at the Quality Supermarket. The

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30`year`old victim was working in the shop when two men, armed with

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what are believed to be golf clubs, entered the shop and attacked him.

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He escaped with minor injuries. Nothing was taken from the store.

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A BBC survey of more than 300 councils and housing associations

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has shown that nearly 6% of people affected by the government's housing

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benefit changes have moved house. The changes mean that people on

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certain benefits with unoccupied bedrooms have to pay for them in the

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form of reduced benefits. In the East Midlands, most councils

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responded to the BBC's survey with 12 giving full data for those who

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had subsequently moved. The average figure across those councils was

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5.7%. Getting people to move to smaller properties is one of the

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government's objectives for the spare room so that `` spare room

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subsidy. That process is happening could more quickly in some places

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than others. In South Derbyshire, 8.74% of those affected have moved.

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In Melton, that figure is about 0.1%. Darby has the highest local

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rate at 11%. In Leicester, it's been running at 8% of people affected by

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these changes. In Nottingham, the number of people moving house is

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half of that. The government's ambition is that around 25% or 30%

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of people living in council or housing association properties will

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have moved to a smaller property in the next four or five years. Critics

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say it is cruel. The government points to a saving for the taxpayer

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of ?1 million per day. It is Friday night and you are

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watching East Midlands Today. Plenty more to come. Children have been

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selling poppies in memory of those who died in World War I.

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The world was amazed when it was announced that the remains of King

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Richard III had been discovered under a Leicester council car park.

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But now one expert is saying it might not be Richard at all.

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Professor Michael Hicks is the Head of History at the University of

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Winchester and an expert in medieval history. He joins us live from our

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Southampton studio. Professor, good evening. Thanks for joining us.

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Here's a skeleton with head wounds, the requisite spinal problem, buried

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in the right place and with matching DNA. Not good enough for you?

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We know when Richard was killed and we know how he was killed. We know

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where he was buried. We don't know everybody else who was buried in the

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same place. As far as the matching DNA goes, a considerable number of

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people could share that DNA. As we all know, we all share some of the

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DNA of all our ancestors and the same is true of Richard. This is

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particularly true of the DNA that is inherited through his mother. Other

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people could have inherited the same DNA from his grandmother and so on.

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There are a whole series of types of evidence that suggests Richard but

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none of them is sufficiently precise for us to say it is this particular

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individual. In a statement, the University of Leicester said today,

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Professor Hicks is entitled to his views but we would challenge and

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counter them. Our forthcoming papers will demonstrate that many of these

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assumptions are incorrect. I don't think they can prove it is Richard.

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They can prove... They can indicate the likelihood, even the probability

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that it is Richard but they cannot actually prove it is him on the

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basis of the evidence that is at the moment available to us.

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We must leave it there but thanks for joining us.

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How students in Leicestershire have been taking part in a pilot work

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experience scheme. It's hoped the project will help the

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pupils, who all have a range of learning difficulties, get a job in

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the future. Helen Astle has been to meet one young man who's been taking

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part. Meet Thomas. He is 14 years old and

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loves computers. Thomas has learning difficulties. He is also autistic.

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Most of the time, he uses a small computer to communicate. This week,

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he has been on work experience at Loughborough University, working in

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the canteen. What have you been doing here? Cleaning trays. You've

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been quite busy. Using a dishwasher. Very busy. Working the till. They

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have had you working hard. Did you like working at the till? Yes.

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Thomas is one of several students to take part in the pilot work

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experience scheme, and the hope is that ultimately, he will be able to

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find a job. Projects like this give students of Thomas's age exposure to

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the world of work and hopefully will stand him in good stared to getting

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a job in the future, when he is ready to do that. It has also helped

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staff at the University. It has opened our eyes, in helping to see

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how we can help support people like Thomas. It has given him an

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opportunity for implement within our organisation. As Thomas gets to

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work, his co`worker says she has seen a massive difference in him.

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This week has been amazing. In school, he is a quiet young man.

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Here, he has excelled. He is talking to people you've never met before.

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He's enthusiastic about trying new jobs. He has worked really well.

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What would you like to do in the future? Come back to you `` comeback

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to Loughborough University. Have you enjoyed it? Yes.

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Now, the ten`year`old tennis prodigy who's fast becoming the best in the

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country. Millie Mae Matthews has only been playing for three years

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yet she's already rated the British number four in her age group.

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Her coach says she's achieved much in the short time she's been playing

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and has great potential. Sarah Teale went to meet her.

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She is just ten years old but she can already give her coach the

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runaround on court. Unusually, she only started playing when she was

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seven but showed a real talent for the game. Now, she trains at the

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Junior Academy, here at the Nottingham tennis centre 13 hours a

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week. The practice is paying off. She was recently semifinalist in the

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national finals for her age group. A great effort to get into the

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national finals and an unbelievable effort to get to the semifinals. I'm

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very proud of her. She's got a lot in here. How many medals have you

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got? About 40 to 60. How many trophies? 35. How much fun is it

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when you beat your coach? Loads. It's quite fun. He gets angry when I

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win. Does that happen often? A bit. That's beautiful. She may be small

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but she packs a punch. She's a fighter and there is something which

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makes her hit ball seriously hard. She started at West Bridgeford and

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we thought after a fortnight, it would be a fad and gone. But she has

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kept on going and going and going. She never complains about coming.

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She would play every day if she could. Have you always wanted to be

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a tennis player? Yeah. What is your ultimate aim? To win Wimbledon. Do

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you think you will do it? I hope so. As they say, watch this space.

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We will definitely be watching this face.

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First just one place to start tonight and that is with Leicester

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City. It's first against second in the Championship tomorrow as City

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face Burnley. Defeat could see Leicester knocked off the top of the

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table for the first time since Boxing Day. A win could prove

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decisive in the race for the title. Angela Rafferty reports.

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It is a top of the table battle, billed as the biggest game of the

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season so far but who will be victorious in this championship

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clash of the titans? It is what we all live for. It is what we all

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strive on. We will be going there full of readiness for the game and

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hopefully the fans will be up for it as well. The Foxes are undefeated in

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18 championship matches. Thirdly, in 16 games. There is very little to

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separate these two sides. Mutual respect from the two men who have

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both masterminded their push for promotion. It's quite obvious. They

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are market leaders currently. They have got there by playing well. They

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have given good performances. We have to make sure our performance

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level is right. They have done unbelievably well this season. For

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us, we go there in top spot. We want to remain there. We know it is going

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to be a very tough game for us. I would think they will be thinking

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the same thing. If Leicester lose, they could be knocked off the top.

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Such worries... We go into this game with the players being exceptionally

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fit, even if the staff aren't. It remains a fascinating time because

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there's an awful lot to play for still. Two teams with title

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ambitions. It's all set for a real showdown.

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So we really are getting into the business end of the season and Derby

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County Manager Steve McClaren says his young side have what it takes to

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cope with the pressure. The Rams go into their game against Charlton off

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the back of a midweek defeat. But McClaren says the performance

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against Nottingham Forest last weekend proves they can handle

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anything. This team has grown up a lot in the last six months and to

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handle fat, to come out with that kind of performance and win, then we

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have to carry that on. We have to keep doing what we have been doing

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from day one and do it everyday. We need to quickly move on to the next

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games and move `` windows. No new manager yet for Nottingham

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Forest but there is some good news ahead of their trip to Ipswich.

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Temporary manager Gary Brazil says their injury crisis is improving.

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The likes of Henri Lansbury, Andy Reid, David Vaughan and Kelvin

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Wilson are all edging closer to returns. A couple could even be fit

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for next weekend. And ahead of tomorrow's game Brazil says his side

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are staying positive. We have 24 points to play for. We've got

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ourselves into a fantastic position this year. The squad is coming

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together. We are getting boys off the treatment table as we go on and

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we are hoping to have more bodies next week when it comes to Millwall.

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We are looking forward to the end of the season.

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Across the Trent at Notts County they're busy plotting the Great

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Escape. Two wins on the trot have put the Magpies just two points from

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safety. And next they're home to Colchester. Mansfield are at home

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too in League One, to Wimbledon. Leicester Tigers say they've already

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had 12,000 season ticket holders sign up for the next campaign. A

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real boost going into the local Derby in Northampton. Always a big

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deal, and with Tigers wanting to cement their place in the Top Four

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there's even more on it than usual. Nottingham Panthers will have to

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produce another miracle comeback if they are to make it to the Play`Off

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Final Weekend. They were shut out at home for the first time in well over

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four years last night. Visitors Braehead Clan made the most of a

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Panthers team that looked physically and emotional exhausted by Tuesday's

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Challenge Cup victory. Panthers now need to make up a four goal deficit

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in Glasgow tomorrow night. Before we go, we saw a little of it

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last night but the plaudits are still raining down on

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Nottinghamshire and England batsman Alex Hales for a stunning century at

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the World T20 yesterday. From a truly difficult position,

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hails produced an innings many pundits immediately put among the

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best they'd ever seen. `` Hales. It's an amazing feeling. It still

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hasn't sunk in. I've come close before and I'm glad I got over the

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line today. It was a good wicket. I had a feeling that a big score was

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close. Even better, he was able to carry England over the line with

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four balls to spare and with a massive six. It's a great feeling,

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especially in a game like that. He bowled the ball exactly where I

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wanted it and I managed to get it over the ropes. It still hasn't

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really sunk in yet but it was brilliant. It all set England up

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very nicely indeed. If they can beat South Africa tomorrow, only Holland

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will stand between them and the semifinals.

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He will be back in action at Trent Bridge.

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Children across the region are helping to plant thousands of poppy

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seeds to honour local men who died in the First World War. It's part of

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a Heritage Lottery`funded project to mark the Centenary of the Great War.

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Paul Bradshaw has been hearing what it means to those at one school in

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Nottingham. In Flanders Fields, the poppies

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blow, between the crosses, row on row. Sowing the seeds of

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remembrance. His pupils `` these peoples are panting 11,000 poppies

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in memory of the 11,000 men from Nottinghamshire who died during the

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great War. What we are trying to do is bring history alive for the

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pupils here, rather than just sitting in classrooms and learning

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about it and in not a very exciting way. We are trying to get them to

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realise what it would have been like to have been universal soldier. It's

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part of a project to mark the centenary of the war. To the

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children, it has been an inspiring experience. Our

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great`great`grandfather fought in the Great Walk, to give us freedom.

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`` Great War. It's good to remember because people sacrificed their

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lives for us to live today. It is always nice to remember these

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people, even if they are not in your family. The children hope to take

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the flowers grown from the seeds planted today to Belgium in October,

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when they visit Ypres. What an incredible project. I hope

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they get the conditions they need for those poppies. The lady who can

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tell us about those conditions is here now.

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If you've been fed up with the doom and gloom of recent days, things are

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improving. It will be brighter and drive this weekend and it will be

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feeling warmer. A real change in temperatures. We've had an easterly

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recently but it tends to a southeasterly into tomorrow and that

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will bring in warm air from the continent. We've got a few showers

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around at the moment they are dying out now. Then it will be largely dry

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overnight. Just one or two showers pushing in from the East. A lot of

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cloud will stay with us through the night. It is frost free with loads

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of five Celsius. Tomorrow morning, we have a fair amount of cloud with

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us but it starts to clear from the south. Hazy sunshine through the

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morning but then more blue sky and sunshine into the afternoon. With

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that southeasterly breeze, bringing in that warm air, the temperatures

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are on the rise. A high of 17 Celsius for Saturday. If you have

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plans for Mothering Sunday, it is another promising day. Maybe more in

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the way of cloud but it is staying dry. They will be sunny spells and

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it could be a little bit warmer on Sunday than Saturday. 17 or 18

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possible there. Not bad at all. Looking at your outlook, it stays

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with the milder weather as we go into the new week. 16 on Monday. But

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it looks like it may be more unsettled with showers around.

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Definitely warmer. Don't forget that the cloaks `` clocks spring forward

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on Sunday morning. We are getting closer to summer.

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We will be back with you at 10:25pm. Good night.

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