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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight ` an upsurge in cases of scarlet fever. Can we have heard

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more than 700 cases since September, more than London. The last time it

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was bad was in 2008, so we are due another bad winter, and this has

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been it. Also tonight, employability. We have come a

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considerable way. Plus, why one council is considering getting tough

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on motorists who park on the pavement. Leicester City could put

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themselves on the edge of the Premier league tonight. Good

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evening. Welcome to Friday's programme. First tonight ` an

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upsurge in scarlet fever. This region now has the highest number of

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cases in the country. More than 700 reported cases since September ` a

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higher total than for the whole of London.

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Across the country it's becoming a big issue. Last week alone,

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according to Public Health England, almost 900 new cases were reported `

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that's the highest weekly total for more than three decades. Amy Harris

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has been looking at the figures. It is the red trash that gives

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scarlet fever at its name. Latest figures show 778 cases have been

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reported in the East Midlands since last September. It is the most in

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the country, beating the number in much larger places like the West

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Midlands and even London. We were the first part of England to

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recognise this, so we wrote to GPs saying there is scarlet fever about,

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please tell us about it. We are working with GPs to make sure the

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treatment is right, working with schools and nurseries to make sure

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affected children are excluded until the antibiotics have worked. These

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figures give an indication of where the cases in our region are.

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Derbyshire has the most confirmed cases and Leicester has the least.

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Scarlet diva is a bacterial illness and symptoms generally take three to

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five days to peer. It is most common in children aged between two and

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eight and most cases can be treated with antibiotics. The main thing is,

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if you think your child has scarlet fever, take them to the GP, get the

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antibiotics. The good news is children with the disease make a

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quick recovery. They can be back in the playground soon after starting

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treatment. Before antibiotics, they were put in isolation for many weeks

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or months. The police say they are becoming

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increasingly concerned for the safety of a young Polish man, who

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disappeared near his home in Nottingham almost three months ago.

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Today the sister of 22`year`old Bogdan Navrotski made an emotional

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appeal for him to get in touch. Officers say despite extensive

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inquiries across the Midlands and in Poland itself, Bogdan's simply

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vanished. James Roberson reports. At a Nottinghamshire police press

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conference today, Monica came to make an appeal in Polish for her

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missing brother, about him pictures and posters have been made in

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English and Polish. The very last sighting of Bogdan was

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that about 830 a.m. From this house, setting off for the shops.

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But after leaving the house, he vanished utterly. Police enquiries

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have spanned the whole Midlands and Poland, but given Bogdan had no

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money and spoke no English, police fear the worst. I believe there is a

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possibility Bogdan has come to serious and significant harm, so

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we're here today to make an appeal to the public of Nottingham and in

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particular the Polish community, to help us find where Bogdan is. Local

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officers have been scouring the area, talking to the Polish

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community. Now they want the wider public to help. Our appeal is for

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local people to check their sheds and outbuildings. Please let's have

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a look for someone who is rough sleeping. Police have a special

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number for Polish speaking people to ring. And videos with information

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can ring Nottinghamshire police or Crimestoppers.

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Still to come ` the weekend weather. And the Atlantic's back in charge.

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It certainly is. It is helping to clear the pollution so you can wash

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your car, but it is also bringing us some rain.

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Business leaders are warning that growth in the East Midlands' economy

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is in danger of being choked off, because of a serious shortage of

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skilled workers. They say some school leavers may not

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even qualify for apprenticeships because they lack basic reading and

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maths skills. So what can be done? Well, one scheme backed by the

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Government is aiming to match expanding businesses with young

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workers who DO have the right training and skills. Here's our

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Political Editor John Hess. These are Derby's very own boys from

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the black stuff, preparing cracked pavements and filling and potholes.

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It is unglamorous but essential work and for a 19`year`old Adrian, it is

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a job opportunity through a new city council run apprenticeship scheme.

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It gives me a new set of skills and hopefully I will get a career out of

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this. The rate of youth unemployment in the East Midlands now stands at

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just over 20%, but what is more significant is the number of young

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people neither in employment, education or training, that now

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stands at 74000 and that has gone up by 3000 since the core mission came

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into power. This bit of kit is for oil. They're making cultivation

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equipment clean`up fuel. Business plans to expand, but a lack of

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engineering schools in the local jobs market, especially basic maths

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and science, is becoming a headache. It is tricky, people are out there,

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but it can be hard work. That is a cross the piece, from cereals or

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design to the engineering work. A government backed programme is

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creating an alternative job centre for firms needing those skilled

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staff. It is a cliff edge, if you don't do the right thing to engage

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young people now. As the region's economy hots up, the worry now is if

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we have enough skilled workers ready for the revival.

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Well, the Education Secretary was in Leicestershire today and he's

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acknowledged the skills gap is a big problem.

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Michael Gove also reiterated his claim that there's a toxic lack of

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ambition in the leadership of schools in Nottingham. Here's our

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Chief News reporter Quentin Rayner. For a man who is used to making

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sparks fly, you might think the lesser`known city was appropriate

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for Michael Gove. They Education Secretary was visiting a of schools

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today, including this one in Loughborough. He is acutely aware of

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the concerns of business leaders over the shortfall in skills. I had

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the opportunity to speak to the Chambers of commerce this week and I

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explain to them that eradicating lack of numerous illiteracy was my

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number one priority. There is still a gap between where we should be

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aware we are, but we have, suitable way and the quality of schools is

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much better. `` we have come a considerable way. In an open

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letter, the city council we picked him for logical flaws in his

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argument and called on him to work with them to improve the schools,

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rather than criticising from the sidelines. It is not just a matter

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of talking, it is a matter of doing. The people carping from the

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sidelines are the councillors who have been responsible for poor

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educational standards for too long. It is a pity that there are some

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people in the local authority who simply want to shoot the messenger.

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But further strike action threatened by teachers this summer, the

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Education Secretary is bracing himself for further resistance to

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his reforms. And the Sunday Politics for the East

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Midlands is taking a closer look at our skills shortage. That's from 11

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o'clock this Sunday with Marie Ashby, on BBC One. Gunshots were

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fired early this morning in a street in Leicester. A property was damaged

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` armed officers responded, but detectives say nobody has been

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injured. Forensic officers are working out what happened on Saxby

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Street in the Highfields area of Leicester. Police are appealing for

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information. It is a multicultural area, everybody gets on nicely. All

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of a sudden, something like this, it is just not nice. Whoever it was was

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not actually aiming to hurt anyone. Police have confirmed that a body

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found in Nottinghamshire earlier this week is that of a grandmother

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who went missing four months ago. 59`year`old Elaine Harrison

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disappeared from her houseboat at Castle Marina in Nottingham in

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December. Underwater search teams made the discovery on Tuesday

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morning close to Colwick Park. Nottinghamshire Police thanked the

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public for their support in trying to find her.

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A member of a Nottingham`based gang who fled the country has been

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captured in the Czech Republic and returned to the UK to start a five

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year jail term. Magdalena Ferkova from St Ann's became one of

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Britain's most wanted fugitives when she fled to her homeland during her

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trial. Her gang brought foreign nationals to the UK to illegally

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claim over a million pounds in benefits. Four other gang members

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were sentenced last year. A hospital is to stop doing hip and

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knee operations because it's thought it's not safe enough.

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Newark Hospital in Nottinghamshire doesn't have intensive care

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facilities or specialist surgical back up on site 24 hours a day. Our

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Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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Major surgery was halted here in Newark last summer. The boss of the

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trust that runs Newark means the decision will give them more of a

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chance to do more do surgery. We are moving in patients surgery and

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expanding our daycare surgery in Newark. Newark is already a

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significant site for a daycare surgery. We treated something like

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1600 patients there last year, but the inpatient work was very small by

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comparison, so we're moving the inpatients and expanding our

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daycare. Campaigners are unimpressed. It no longer says

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accident and emergency here and the removal of other patients is a

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further blow. For a hospital to be a hospital, it needs to have a

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significant level of urgent care. It is financial saving for keeping

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Kingsmill operational, and it is a lack of commitment from the trust.

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Managers say in creased day case procedures would include cataract

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surgery, removal of skin lesions and more in DOS could be work.

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New figures suggest the East Midlands is the best region outside

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London at finding new tenants for empty high street shops.

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A study of stores affected by recent high profile closures found just 16

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per cent of those shops here are still empty. The study, by Deloitte,

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suggests the high street recovery is out`performing shopping centres and

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retail parks. We have got tyrants and cities who are very keen to

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enhance and preserve their towns and city centres. We have actually got

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more people in this region wanting to open shops, and you have the

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great East Midlands shopper, who wants about their credit card and

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use these facilities. Coming together, that means we have vibrant

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town centres and high streets. If you're pushing a buggy or you use

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a wheelchair ` parked cars on a pavement can turn a simple trip to

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the shops into an obstacle course. Now authorities in Leicester are

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considering getting tough on motorists and may start handing out

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more fines. As part of a review they're asking

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people to take photographs of offending vehicles and send them in

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to the council. Simon Ward reports. Parking in tight streets is often

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frustrating for drivers, and can cause problems for pedestrians and

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people with disabilities. Leicester City Council is considering

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introducing ?70 fines for people caught parking on pavements. Jolly

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good idea. We have so many problems in the street, because it is so

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narrow and parking on the pavement is the answer to one of the

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problems, but pedestrians and people with Bush years have problems

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getting by. Where will they put their car is? I don't think it is a

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good idea. If you need to go to a shop just round the corner and pull

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upon a double yellow line. The council is asking people to e`mail

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in photographs of cars that parked on the pavement. Not at this stage

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to find drivers, but to gather evidence for the review. In some

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cases, when cars are not on the pavement, that can also cause

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problems. Four years ago, we filmed Leicestershire Fire and rescue

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service having problems striving down arose when cars are parked. But

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the moment, wardens can find drivers parking in restricted areas. The

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council has already had more than 100 responses from the public. The

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consultation closes at the end of the month.

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There is a big debate on that on our Facebook page. Still to come ` we

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take a peek inside Bolsover Castle after its painstaking one million

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pound make over. The castle was built as a weekend

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getaway for one William Cavendish ` complete with ornate training rooms

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for his beloved horses. Time now for sport. You're excited,

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aren't you? I am excited.

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It could be a huge night for Leicester.

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Yes, it is a huge night. We will start with Leicester City. If they

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win tonight and results over the weekend go their way, they could be

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promoted to the Premier League is soon as tomorrow, which is frankly

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astonishing. Our sports editor is with us. It is not complicated, but

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taken through the permutations. But it simply, two more wins and

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Leicester are promoted. It is slightly, dated this weekend,

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because they went this evening against Sheffield Wednesday and

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Queens Park Rangers lose tomorrow and Derby field to win at

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Middlesbrough, Ben Leicester are up. So it did mean the fans are home

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sipping beer champagne and watching the results come in when most of our

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promoted. The manager was nominated for the manager of the month award

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today. He just wants the team to do what. It is a recognition of the

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hard work so many people have put into achieving success for the

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football club, so yes, nice for me to pick up the award, but it

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reflects a solidarity within the club, which underpins everything we

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do. It is only the beginning of April, things like this shouldn't

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happen. More on Leicester in a moment, but first let's take a look

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at the other football stories this weekend. Derby County Head Coach

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Steve McClaren goes back to his old club Middlesbrough. A win could put

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the Rams back into third place. Meanwhile Nottingham Forest play`off

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push continues against Millwall at the City Ground tomorrow. In League

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One the Great Escape is still on for Notts County. Mansfield are off to

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Morecambe in League Two. Now onto rugby and while the Foxes have gone

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an impressive 20 games unbeaten it's nothing compared to the opposition

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facing Leicester Tigers tomorrow. They're in France for their biggest

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game of the season. A Heineken Cup quarter final at Clermont Auvergne.

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A side who are so good they haven't been beaten in their last 74 games

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at home. Here's Kirsty Edwards. The Tigers are about to go into the lion

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's den. It will be intimidating, it'll be tough, but will be under

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pressure, with lots of noises. It is an unbelievable atmosphere, but we

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have to try and keep them quiet. They are rarely described as

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underdogs, but tomorrow, that is exactly what Tigers will be. As

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sportsmen, you look forward to the biggest games. The shackles are off,

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it is a win`win situation. If we win, everyone will call it a miracle

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and if we don't, everyone will see the expected us to lose. An

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intimidating prospect, but this is a chance to make themselves heroes. If

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you looked at Clermont Auvergne, it is up there with some of the biggest

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results this club has had, but there's a real players has the

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opportunity to put a marker down. Given the achievements Tigers have

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had, but seeing something that this is big one. Well, the cricket season

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starts this weekend. Leicestershire take on Derbyshire while Notts start

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against Lancashire. In hockey Beeston Hockey Club take on hosts

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Reading as they battle to be crowned English Champions for the second

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year in a row. And congratulations to the Leicester Ladies hockey club

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who are being given the Freedom of the City tonight. They are one of

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the first women's sport club to receive the honour.

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You mentioned the rugby, we have mentioned Leicester City and behind

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me, you can see a group this could be even bigger for Leicester sport.

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This lot are Saint Andrews football club. They are in eight semifinal,

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the second leg tomorrow at home. It could lead to big things. What sort

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of achievements would this be? Tigers and City going up as well?

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Big night for the boys tonight. And even bigger data model for St

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Andrews. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they are going

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somewhere that a lot of pressure visuals would never get to and

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hopefully it is Wembley. `` a lot of repression olds. `` a lot of

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professionals. You are from the Northern league, which traditionally

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supplies the winners. Yes, we have been in this situation before, but I

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have every faith in the lads. We have beat for top sides in the last

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four rounds. We have gone my moans and conceded six calls, which shows

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you everything about our spirit. We are more than up for it tomorrow.

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Just a stones throw away from here tomorrow. Worth going. How much

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would you like to make it all a promotion priority? We're not over

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the line yet. A little bit of work to do. All right, we're over the

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line! Were not exhumation Mike that is still work to do, but it is

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exciting times for the football club and have fantastic would it be, the

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Tigers, Saint Andrews and City getting what we want. It is going to

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be a great weekend and we look forward to seeing all these sides go

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up. Give us a cheer. I am going to be very distracted

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this weekend, keeping It's one of the jewels in our region's crown. An

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eye on that. And this week Bolsover Castle in North Derbyshire reopened

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for the summer, after a million pound make over. English Heritage

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has restored the little castle in the centre of the grounds and

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rebuilt a raised walkway. James Vincent has been for a look

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round. English Heritage is hoping the work

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it has done here that Bolsover Castle will not only increase

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visitor numbers but unlock secrets of the past. William Cavendish built

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it as his weekend getaway and somewhere to train horses. Use known

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as the father of dressage. `` he is known. The way he contributed as a

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great patron of the arts as well as a playboy and lover of pleasure and

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delightful company. ?1.3 million has helped restore the high walk around

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the castle gardens. It is great to know nobody has walked around here

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for a 250 years. Absolutely, it is the first time we have been able to

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open it to the public. The views here are incredible. William

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Cavendish didn't actually live here. He built Bolsover Castle Julie for

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pleasure. One of those pleasures will supply is. The original

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17th`century gardens were researched for the restoration and they have

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tried to recreate them. The plants at the time work called outlandish,

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because they came from different lands and this revolutionised Spring

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Gardens. This is a story we can tell at Bolsover. This place was the

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cutting edge of 17th`century fashion and culture.

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That is what I call a weekend getaway.

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Very blue skies there, I guess that wasn't filmed today.

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Probably not, because the cloud has been stubborn. Clean air is coming

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from the Atlantic, but it is going to be a cloudy weekend and you do

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need to allow for some rain, particularly on Sunday. There were

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102 sunny spells, but the cloud has been stubborn. It will start to

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break up as we go through this evening, to give some clear skies

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for a time. The cloud will be back with us by dawn. Temperatures

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tonight, seven is degrees Celsius is your minimum. Some patchy rain in

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the morning, but it looks like it will ease for a time to give a dry

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morning. Try interludes and temperatures not doing too well. But

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south`westerly wind is bringing in milder air. 13 or 14 Celsius.

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Outbreaks of rain on Sunday, so it is the wet day out of the two.

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Further rain on Monday, so if you are planning to the outside this

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weekend, Saturday is the best day before the rain on Sunday.

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Don't forget your umbrella. Before we go, we want to wish the best of

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luck to Sally Barker from Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

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Yes, the mother`of`two is one of four contestants performing in the

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live final of The Voice tomorrow night. She's been mentored by Tom

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Jones in the this year's series of the BBC singing competition. This

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week, the programme filmed her as she returned to her home town to

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meet friends and family. I am amazed and really pleased to

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see so much support, and they want me to win, so I would like to win it

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for them as well. There is great aspiration in the county. I think

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Leicestershire is expecting me to win, and I will try and do that. We

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hope you have a great weekend. Goodbye.

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Tonight, Hollywood legends in the studio, we live at Aintree, learning

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facts about slinkies and Chris will spend a whole programme auditioning

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for Bruce's old job.

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