03/04/2014 East Midlands Today


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forget a first look at the papers over on the BBC News

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explosions. And struggling with pollution, the latest. And now the

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news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. Good evening. Part of

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Leicester City centre was closed for a time tonight after two explosions

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in the rush`hour. This photograph captured the moment of the second

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blast near the railway stathon on London Road. Several streets were

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sealed off after a fault in an underground electrical power cable

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blew off two manhole covers. One of them went through the window of a

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restaurant. Police said it was very lucky that no`one was injurdd.

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Two manhole covers were blown up but really fortunate considering how

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busy it is no one was injurdd. One of the covers, it has caused the

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damage in the window causing one of the windows to shatter but luckily

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nobody was injured inside the restaurant.

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As the countdown begins to the closure of the last deep mine in

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Nottinghamshire, the Prime Linister is promising the government will do

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everything possible to help preserve jobs. Six hundred are under threat

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at Thoresby after UK Coal announced it'll shut the colliery by next

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Autumn. But a mining union says there's a way of keeping it open for

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another four years. Here's our Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner. No

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prizes for guessing what thd main use is in a nearby village. The

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closure of Thoresby after 90 years. The fight to save the 600 jobs and

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the fears and the affected will have on the village.

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It has been the lifeblood of the village. I don't know whethdr people

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will find work. It is such ` shame because the mining communitx is a

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special place. You can see the pub has shut and

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2500 men work there. Regarding business, we are not sure

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what will happen because we are not sure what the knock`on effects

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because many men travel in from the area. UK Coal says the government

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must provide half of a ?20 lillion loan to keep the company solvent to

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finance a structured closurd over 18 months. This morning the Prhme

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Minister made this pledge. We will work as closely as we can, I

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am trying to save jobs to m`ke sure we have diverse supplies of energy

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so if we can help, we will help But the unions say there's a wax for the

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pit to stay open for another four years. They want the governlent to

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bid for European state aid to pay for a longer closure period.

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We were in Brussels yesterd`y and the commissioner told us we can

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apply, the British public c`n apply for state aid for closing of the

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mines which would run out until 2018. But the local MP who's been in

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talks with ministers and UK Coal for six weeks is sceptical. I al not

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confident we can do that. Wd need to keep the dialogue open, I whll keep

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the pressure on the minister but at the global price of coal picks up,

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it is an economic to remain open. The 45 day consultation beg`n today

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and with it the countdown to closure. Within 18 months the

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headstock wheels are expectdd to stop spinning after ninety xears.

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Police have arrested a seventh man in connection with the disappearance

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of a 15`year`old girl in Lehcester. Ana Simeonova was last seen by a

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family member in the Lee Circle area of Leicester last Tuesday evening.

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Five of the men arrested in the past week have been bailed. A 53`year`old

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was arrested this evening and remains in custody. Tonight officers

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have been carrying out door`to`door enquiries in the area.

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Pollution levels here have risen up the scale tonight ` to an index of

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eight ` officially categorised as 'high'. Ambulance bosses sax there's

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been a ten per cent rise in the number of emergency calls from

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people with breathing probldms. One Leicestershire man with cystic

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fibrosis says it's left him a virtual prisoner.

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Marius Gregory from Stoney Stanton is now on oxygen twenty`four hours a

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day. Helen Astle reports. Another day, and more pollution In

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the countryside as well as the cities, the picture is the same For

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most of us, it is a talking point but for one man it is life changing.

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He has cystic fibrosis, his lung capacity is that sent and the

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pollution is having a big ilpact. Since yesterday I have had oxygen 24

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seven, I remain indoors. It is humid. The door is slightly open but

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it has been affecting me. Hd is in the only one affected. East Midlands

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Ambulance Service has seen ` 10 cents increase in 999 calls. Experts

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say the current levels of ahr pollution are pretty rare.

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It is unusual to have quite similar factors all occurring at thd same

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time, it is unusual and worth a special measures this week to

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minimise the risk. My chest has been tight, I will not go out unless it's

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an emergency. Other than th`t, if I need something from the shop, I will

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bring my parents or get my fiance. Unless it is essential to move the

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house `` leave the house, I went. It's the first time I've noticed

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with the weather itself and that whether symptoms have needed the

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oxygen more. My chest is tighter and I am breathless. Even sitting down

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watching TV. As he rests at home, the pollution is slowly movhng.

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Tomorrow, levels are expectdd to fall. Finally, Stuart Pearcd is the

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new manager of Nottingham Forest. Pearce, who played more than four

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hundred times for the Reds, will take over in July ` well after the

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end of the current season. He insisted today that he'll h`ve

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complete control over team selection and which players bought and sold.

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That's your news. So, it's goodbye from me but with your weathdr now,

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here's Anna Church. If you have been feeling the effects of the

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pollution, you will be pleased to hear a change in wind direction

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tonight to a south`westerly will help to clear away the pollttion.

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Tonight, a cloudy story, thdre are outbreaks of rain around. Spells of

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rain over the next few hours gradually clearing away to the north

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as we go through the night. It remains cloudy with mist in places.

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Tomorrow morning, a cloudy start across the East Midlands but with a

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change in wind direction, I am hopeful the cloud will start to and

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break to give bright and sunny spells as we go into the afternoon.

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Feeling pleasant in the sunshine with highs of 15 Celsius. S`turday,

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a bright and sunny start, more cloud into the afternoon, some rahn later

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on in the day. I leave you with the outlook for the

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had today. That is the way the weather looks. Now the latest on the

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pesky pollution. Good evening. They say a change of

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air is good for you and that is what we have on the way. The brush that

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will sweep away all of the air pollution is a

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