29/03/2014 East Midlands Today


29/03/2014

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. The

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owners of the region's last deep coal mine have appealed to the

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government for a rescue package to keep the company going. 600 people

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work at Thoresby Colliery, in Nottinghamshire, with others working

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at surface mines near Smalley, in Derbyshire, and Measham, in

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Leicestershire. UK Coal says, after a terrible year, it is in urgent

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need of investment to protect jobs. Emily Anderson reports from

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Thoresby. Thoresby, in the heart of Sherwood

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Forest, there has been coal`mining here for over 90 years. It was once

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part of a proud industrial tradition, but now it is the last

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deep pit left in the East Midlands. If this colliery were to close, it

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would have a major impact on the local economy. There are 600 jobs,

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600 families who have to provide for their children, by school uniforms,

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it is fundamental. If we lost that many jobs, it would be pretty

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difficult to recover. UK Coal 's financial problems are blamed on

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falling coal prices. The international exchange rate and a

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fire that destroyed another pit in Warwickshire which cost the company

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?300 million. UK Coal is now appealing to the government to step

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in with a rescue package while it looks for long`term investments. But

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it will not be drawn on how much money is needed. We do need that

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investment, it is important for the future. We are working with

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everybody, but difficult days ahead. But at a moment, things are looking

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positive as far as the discussions are concerned. It is four months

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since George Osborne visited this colliery and pledged to secure its

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long`term future. For now, negotiations continue with the

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government and private investors to keep this site open and to secure

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the hundreds of jobs here. An area of the East Midlands has

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become one of the first rural places in the country to offer free public

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wi`fi. The wireless internet system will cover Newark's Market Square,

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the Castle and Appletongate. It is the first rural district to pilot

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the new technology, which it is hoped will boost business and

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tourism. I see this particular system is

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helping to bring new work into the 21st century, people will not feel

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deprived of this necessary service when they come into the town centre.

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It will be there for free. Not sure how much I will use it, but good

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idea. It is all right in the market, I need it closer to home. We needed

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everywhere, not having to just rely on cafes.

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To football, and Championship Leaders Leicester now need just nine

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more points to guarantee promotion, as they defeated Burnely 2`nil.

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Goals from David Nugent and Chris wood saw the Foxes give Burnley

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their first home defeat in over a year. `` Chris Wood. Meanwhile,

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Derby beat Charlton 3`nil, and Forest drew one`all at Ipswich. In

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League One, Notts County beat Colchester 2`nil. And a win too for

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Mansfield in League Two, as the Stags beat AFC Wimbledon by a goal.

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And Leicester Tigers made it eight Premiership games unbeaten, as they

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beat local rivals Northampton Saints 22`16. The win also consolidates

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their place in the title play`offs. The peregrines at Derby Cathedral

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have laid their first egg of the season. It arrived this morning, a

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little after midnight, and can be clearly seen on the cathedral's

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webcam. The same pair has been nesting at the site for years. The

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female is expected to lay more eggs, a couple of days apart, until she

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gets to her usual clutch of four. Picked a good day for it. Let's see

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what the weather is planning next now. Here is Mel.

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It has been a beautiful day, with glorious sunshine and we keep hold

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of the dry conditions tonight. More cloud as the night goes on and

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patches of mist around first thing on Sunday, but it will be quite

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mild, with overnight lows of around eight, nine Celsius. Tomorrow is

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similar, it. Half cloudy but that cloud should wake up to reveal ``

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break up to reveal sunshine. By the afternoon, most places should enjoy

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hazy spells of sunshine and the winds will be later tomorrow. We

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could see temperatures creep up to 18 Celsius tomorrow. The clocks do

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go forward by one hour tonight. And a timely reminder. Remember,

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too, the Beat is already under way on your local BBC Radio.

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`` radio station. In session with the team tonight, meet up`and`coming

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star Aja, from Nottingham. That is between now and ten.

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I will be back with today's goals for you at the same time tomorrow.

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Good evening. We achieved 20 degrees in the sunshine today but, in

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contrast, under the cloud in Northern Ireland, just nine. With

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the cloud, just seven in the North East. We take the contrast into

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tomorrow. At least the cloud here, creeping back inland, will prevent

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textures falling too low, down to six overnight. -- temperatures. Less

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fog in the

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