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deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been cleared of rape and

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other sex charges. This is East Midlands Today. A

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police force is commanded to reinstate an officer who was wrongly

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convicted of rape. He was cleared and Aiken `` a tribunal has decreed

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that he must return to work. Problems at Nottingham prison.

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We are continually getting reports of incidents at Nottingham.

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Plus, inside the East Midlands' latest venue, the Derby arena take

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shape. And horses and dogs step out with

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the military in Melton Mowbray. Good evening. First tonight,

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Nottinghamshire Police have been ordered to reinstate an offhcer they

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sacked after he was was wrongly convicted of rape. Detectivd

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Sergeant Trevor Gray was dismissed after being sentenced to eight years

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for attacking a woman at her home. But that conviction was latdr

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quashed and he was subsequently cleared at a retrial. Today, the

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Police Appeals Tribunal has ruled that Mr Gray can return to his job,

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as Amy Harris reports. It is the long`awaited result Trevor

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Gray has hoped for. The forler police officer, who was wrongly

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convicted of rape, was sackdd and jailed before clearing his name

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during a retrial. He's been appealing his dismissal and

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yesterday the Police Appeals Tribunal ruled he can return to his

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job. It's a relief. I am delighted that my appeal has been uphdld. But

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I am disappointed that this matter had to be determined by a tribunal

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and Nottinghamshire Police force had to be ordered to reinstate le

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despite both the Court of Appeal quashed my conviction and mx

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subsequent acquittal. He was jailed in 2012 for attacking a wom`n in her

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home but was cleared after his wife Alison found fresh evidence. We just

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hugged each other and broke down in tears. We were so delighted. Mr Gray

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was a detective Sergeant with Nottinghamshire Police for 25 years.

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His appeal to get his job b`ck has been funded by the Police

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Federation, which represents officers. Today, bosses welcomed the

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news. We ask the forced to reinstate him. They would not do so. The only

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option was to go through an appeals process. Whilst delighted whth the

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results, and it vindicates the position that he has not bedn

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convicted of any crime, he has not been convicted of any crime. In a

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statement, Nottinghamshire Police said they didn't oppose the

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reinstatement, but had to follow a legal process. They're arranging a

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meeting with Mr Gray to discuss his future with the force.

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Next tonight, a claim that Nottingham Prison is a "powder keg"

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and that it's "running out of control". The allegation has come

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from the national boss of the Prison Officers' Association.

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And tonight we can reveal that there's been a sharp increase in

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disruptive protests at jails right across the East Midlands. Otr Social

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Affairs Correspondent, Jerely Ball, can tell us more. Jeremy, what has

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been happening? Just this week, they've had a number

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of protests. Prisoners climbing onto netting. One cell set on fire. And

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yesterday, a six`hour standoff. As inmates refused to go back to their

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cells. And prison officers have warning of trouble for some time. We

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first started hearing their concerns two years ago when officers walked

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out of the jail after a strhng of violent attacks. And now, their

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union's boss has told me thd situation's become "extremely

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dangerous". With fewer officers and more than 1,000 inmates in ` jail

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that's only designed for 700. Nottingham, we would say is a powder

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keg prison. We are continually getting reports of issues and

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incident at Nottingham and xou only have to go back to January when

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there was a major incident there as well. Our members were attacked

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keys were taken off them, etc. How typical are the problems at

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Nottingham Prison? We've usdd the Freedom of Information Act to find

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out what's happening across the East Midlands. There's no breakdown for

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assaults by prisoners. But we have discovered there's been a sharp

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increase in what's known as "incidents at height". They're a

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common form of protest wherd inmates climb onto ledges or netting.

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?NEWLINE You can see from this map that there are 13 jails across the

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the East Midlands. In 2011 they reported 25 incidents

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at height. In 2012 the number rose stedply to

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118. And last year there even more, with

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169 incidents at height. Almost a third of those, happened

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here at Nottingham Prison. @nd the POA says those incidents ard just

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the tip of the iceberg. I would like a review into the staffing levels at

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Nottingham. It needs to be done before somebody is seriouslx hurt,

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whether a prisoner or a prison officer. I would say to minhsters,

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you don't want blood on your hands. So you need to work with thhs trade

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union in order to resolve the situation at Nottingham prison

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before it gets out of control. So a stark warning, but has therd been

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any response from the prison service? They are adamant that

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staffing levels are safe and in line with national guidelines. They say

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that the prison service is not at all complacent about safety or

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security. We have also been told that most of these incidents at

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height are resolved without any injury or damage. We don't think

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that'll be enough to satisfx the officers who work here the prison.

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Next: The government has confirmed that it won't try to save Thoresby

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Colliery, the last remaining deep coal mine in the East Midlands.

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Instead, it's making a loan of 10 million for what it calls a "managed

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closure". The National Union of Mineworkers

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tonight warned that the first redundancies could happen as soon as

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next month. With more details, here's John Hess.

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Thoresby Colliery in the he`rt of Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest.

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Its first coal was extracted 90 years ago. Today, confirmathon that

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it will shut in autumn of ndxt year..with the loss of several

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hundred jobs. The government's 10 million loan to Thoresby's operators

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UK Coal is to tide it over next few months. `` to tide it over for the

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next few months. The Business Minister Michael Fallon told MPs

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maintaining coal production at Thoresby and its sister pit at

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Kellingley in Yorkshire wasn't value for money. We are prepared, in

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principle, to contribute a ?10 million load alongside contributions

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from other private`sector investors to help support a managed close of

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the two collieries which wotld avoid the significant losses and

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liabilities which would havd materialised in the event of an

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immediate and uncontrolled insolvency of UK Coal. UK Coal says

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there are enough reserves at Thoresby for another four ydars So

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there's been a mixture of resignation and disappointmdnt at

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today's announcement. The ddbate now focuses on the impact on thd local

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community. Do not let us forget that when a big employer closes, it has a

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knock`on effect. For the people that supply falls B. `` for the people

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that supply the colliery. The government also says a Job Centre

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Plus rapid response service will be sent to Thoresby to advise liners

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now facing redundancy. And we'll be hearing from the local

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MP, Sherwood's Mark Spencer, in the late edition of East Midlands Today

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at 10.25pm here on BBC One. Coming up ` holding back thd waters.

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Last July's flash floods in Southwell caused months of lisery.

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Tonight residents will hear why it happened and what can be done to

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stop a repeat. A public meeting is under over a

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company that provides GP services. The medical group runs practices

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across the Chesterfield are`. The regulator said there were problems

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with two of those surgeries including problems with pathents

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getting appointments and prhvacy not being respected.

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Didn't it hurt a lot? Yes. Ddward Baker can still suffer `` rdmember

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the agony of suffering a burst appendix. He had to be rushdd into

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hospital last Christmas aftdr days of pain. His parents believd his

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condition should have been picked up sooner by local GPs before she only

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had a stomach bug. We feel dxtremely let down because we knew how will

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Edward was. We took him to the doctors, twice. The second time he

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should have been sent to hospital. Edward was seen by two diffdrent

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doctors at two different surgeries which are part of the same ledical

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group. His case is one of a number being highlighted by local LP, Tony

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Perkins. It has been clear for several month that there is a

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significant problem with regard to services and also with the demand

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that their race. And the qu`lity of `` the service there is, and the

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quality of clinical care. The group says they are satisfied. We have

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increased to 200 hours a wedk. There are now practitioners is av`ilable

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for consultation and online meeting `` appointments can be bookdd as

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well. Now Edward's parents `re taking part in a public meeting to

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discuss their concerns. A man has died after being

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discovered in the back of a rubbish lorry. Police were called to

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Lyndhurst Road in the Sneinton area of Nottingham just after five

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o'clock this morning. The m`n was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre

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where he later died. An investigation is under way hnto how

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he came to be in the back of the truck.

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The jury in the retrial of ` Derby man who's accused of murderhng a

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teenager have been dischargdd. They'd been deliberating for five

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days. Kadeem Blackwood, who was 14, was

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shot on a park at Sunnyhill in Derby in 2008. One man has admittdd

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pulling the trigger and is hn prison. Michael Paul Hamblett`Sewell

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denied ordering a fellow gang member to shoot Kadeem.

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A footbridge in Derby which was closed because of structural

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problems is to be partially reopened. St Alkmund's bridge

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connects the city centre with St Mary's Catholic Church. A tdmporary

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repair means it'll open agahn in a fortnight. A permanent solution will

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be in place by July. The City Council says the companies ht blames

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for the flaw will pay for the repairs.

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Hundreds of people are expected at a public meeting tonight to hdar more

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about plans to stop a town from flooding again. Dozens of homes at

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Southwell in Nottinghamshird were battered by flash floods last July.

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A forum was set up to find out what caused the problem and how to stop

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it recurring. Right now it's presenting some of their findings to

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the community. Sarah Teale reports. The flash floods of last July were

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ferocious. Torrents of water poured through huge parts of

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Nottinghamshire. It took just a couple of hours for the rain to

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fall. But it caused devastation which has gone on for months. Rob

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Jordan has only just moved back into his home at Southwell. The floods

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haven't put him off from living here. We love where we live. We have

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great friends and neighbours. Great community spirit. We just w`nt to

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sort out the flooding probldm out, not move away. So Rob and other

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residents have come together to form the Southwell Flood Forum. Tonight

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at a public meeting, residents are being shown a high`tech moddl which

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replicates the July floods `nd from that can predict what will happen

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with different rainfall levdls. It will help work out what flood

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alleviation measures are nedded People say that dredging is the

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solution. But that is not the only solution. That is what the purpose

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of the model is, to identifx what would be the best solution. On a

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spring day like today it's hard to imagine this road was like ` river.

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Nine months ago. Flood prevdntion schemes don't come cheap it's

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expected to be ?1.85 million and ?125,000 will have to be rahsed by

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the community. Residents will also have to pay more in their council

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tax for the next three years to help fund the scheme. We need proper

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measures to, engineered measures, to hold water back. We need to make

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sure that drains, ditches and dikes are maintained regularly. Wd cannot

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say never again, but if we get the funding, we can make it verx

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unlikely. Campaigners say there is no single solution for prevdnting

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flooding, but a series of shmple measures ` including a bypass pipe

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to take surface water away from the town, dredging the drains and brooks

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and slowing water down. There was a military parade with a

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difference through a Leicestershire town today. As well as soldhers the

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stars of the show were the `nimals. It was the military dogs and horses

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that particularly attracted the crowds in Melton Mowbray. Otr

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reporter Simon Ward was there. The animals are preparing to go on

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parade. Among them is Lara. She s a dog in training and this will be a

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test for her. We have put a lot of work into her in the past couple of

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weeks, but on the day, with animals, you don't know what will happen We

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have done a lot of practice, so hopefully it will be well. `` it

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will go well. She's a trackdr animal, she finds people.

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Criminals, or whatever. She is doing well. The Defence Animal Centre is

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based here in Melton and 104 Military Working Dog Squadron is

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from North Luffenham. It is the first paraded through Melton Mowbray

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for the military dogs and their handlers since they returned from

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Afghanistan last year. And the crowds have turned out to wdlcome

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them. It is nice to see the forces walking through Melton Mowbray. ``

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Melton. I have family over the years in the forces and it is nicd to

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support them. I am proud to be British and proud of what wd see.

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The protection we were given while we were there was paramount. But the

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tour that we did was part of the process to allow the Afghan people

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to return to what they know, and do it in a safe and a proper w`y. A lot

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of them come from the same `rea and they do appreciate that thex are

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invested in Melton. Remember Lara, the dog still being trained? Here

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she is, coping wonderfully with all the noise and the crowds.

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She looks so happy to be thdre! The people of Derby got a bdtter

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idea today of what to expect when the city's new velodrome finally

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opens. A glitzy video shows how the ?28 million arena will stagd

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top`level cycling and transform into a concert hall for 5,000 people

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James Roberson donned his h`rd hat for a look inside to see how the

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construction work is going. Hard at work inside the new arena

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and velodrome. The building is now clearly taking shape, with the track

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area and central infield arda clearly defined below it. A new

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council video has been prodtced to give the public an idea of what the

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building will look like inshde when it's finished. Councillors say it'll

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be unlike the four other velodromes in England Scotland and Walds. This

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is not only a velodrome, it is a multi sports centre as well. We have

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120 work stations in the gyl. We have a conference centre, an

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exhibition centre. So we will be providing really good facilhties

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here in the heart of the Midlands. It will put us on the map. The

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wooden banking will start hdre and slope appears to the top of this pig

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area. There will be 26 miles of Siberian pine, enough to stretch

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from here to Leicester. The public will be able to hire bikes here as

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well. The point about this lenu is that we have raised the track to

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first`floor level. That means that we have use of the infield `rea For

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concerts, three and a half `` 3 00 people can stand. With the dxterior

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virtually finished, The council and contractors say the interior should

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be completed by November and the building should be open for business

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next February. Looks fantastic, doesn't it And you

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can see more of that video on the BBC Derby website.

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Here is the sport. I have bden in the velodrome.

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First, could Derby County bd our next team in the Premier Le`gue

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With five games to go they need four more points for the play`offs and

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head coach Steve McClaren s`ys it was a big deal passing the 70 points

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mark this week. It is huge. We knew Tuesday was a high`pressure game.

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The boys did very well. We keep challenging them, we keep tdsting

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them, we keep telling them to put a marker down and they keep doing it.

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That is what we will continte to do on Saturday.

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Onto cricket ` and he's one of the biggest signings Nottinghamshire

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fans have seen for years. Atstralian bowler Peter Siddle has now arrived

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at Trent Bridge. The delays with his visa are now sorted out and Siddle

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is raring to get going. He spoke to Kirsty Edwards.

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He is a huge name in intern`tional cricket. And he is about to strike

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fear amongst batsmen in the County championship. He tasted success with

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Australia in the Ashes during the winter and even though they lost the

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series here last summer, he had a great opening game at Trent Bridge.

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And now, he can't wait to bd playing here for the next few months. To get

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three in the second innings, I did like bowling. That is a big draw. I

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want to have a crack at herd again. They try to entice me to cole here

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and it made the decision quhte easy. He is one of the best bowlers in the

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world. That is what he has been labelled with and he has earned

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that. To have somebody of that quality is amazing. The coach is

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delighted and no doubt the local fruit sellers will be. I he`r you

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are partial to a banana? Ye`h. Every product goes into my diet, but I is

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a lot of fruit. About 20 a day. It keeps me going. The Notts f`ns will

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be looking forward to getting their first glimpse of him. Expectations

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will be big but the laid`back Australian is not feeling any

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pressure. If I start playing poorly, I will get stick about being an

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Australian. That the moment, if I can keep having success likd we did

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yesterday, and keep going forward. I have always dreamt of coming over

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here and now I have my chance. Swimming ` the British Championships

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are under way in Glasgow. For one man, they represent a chancd to mark

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a comeback he feared might never happen. Loughborugh's world

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backstroke champion Liam Tancock has been sidelined for much of the

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season by an illness that took months to diagnose. Angela Rafferty

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has more. He is out to prove he can c`me back

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from the biggest challenge of his career so far. A mystery injury that

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left the world champion serhously struggling. It was a nightm`re last

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year. I didn't know what was going on. I had seen specialist, nobody

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could pinpoint the problem. Might shoulders were hurting. Thex were

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talking about nerves through my neck, different things going on It

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was a year of my swimming c`reer. I lost a year due to injury. That was

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frustrating. You have to st`y positive and move forward. The

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British Championships in Gl`sgow are his first real test. There hs plenty

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at stake. Selectors will decide who goes into the Commonwealth games.

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They can win their event by five or six seconds, but that does not

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guarantee the selection. It goes on their ability to win medals at the

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Olympic Games. It is a uniqte thing. Success is something Fran H`lsall is

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very familiar with ` her first Commonwealth Games aged 15 seem a

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long time ago. But this timd, she has added an entirely new event to

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her repertoire. When you add relays to my programme, I will be hn seven

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events. Heat, semifinals and finals, I will swim 20 races over shx days!

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It is a lot, especially for a sprinter. We are not used to that,

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it is a lot. Selectors to ilpress, a Commonwealth Games place to secure `

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the stakes are high for the best in Britain.

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And finally from me, one for motorsports fans ` a chance to see

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the new all electric Formul` E race cars ahead of their launch season.

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Five full test days at Donington Park starting on July third will be

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open to spectators and free of charge ahead of the season opener in

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Beijing. Work on the new series headquarters, which will be based at

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the circuit, is also nearing completion. Donington are opening

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their doors to the public tonight. Kids can get in free, everyone can

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get in free. It is open to 8:30pm. Next, work on The National Trust's

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newest East Midlands property is nearing completion. Stoneywdll

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Cottage at Ulverscroft in Leicestershire is grade two listed.

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It was acquired by the Trust last year and is said to be a nationally

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important example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Paul Bradshaw was

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given exclusive access. Beautiful and useful, the two

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qualities that embody the Arts and Crafts movement. And Stoneywell is

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both. Built in 1899 by Leicester`born architect and

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furniture maker Ernest Gimson, the cottage has been acquired bx The

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National Trust for the nation to enjoy. Crafted out of local

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materials, by the hand, not using mass production techniques. That was

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the foundation of the arts `nd crafts movement. This cottage

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started `` this cottage throughout its life has welcomed visitors from

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all around the world. Peopld have admired the work of the arts and

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crafts movement. We look forward to continuing that. Nestled in 15 acres

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of gardens and woodland, thd property has required wiring and

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minor repair work to restord it to how it would've looked in the 1 50's

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when its last owner, Sidney Gimson moved in. In here, we see some quite

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important pieces of arts and crafts furniture which part of the

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collection. Not least this lovely bed. It was crafted in the workshops

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in the Cotswolds and has bedn here throughout its life. There was local

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opposition to the Trust takhng over the property, concerns which it

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hopes will be addressed by limiting visitor numbers to 163 per day. It

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is lovely to be able to havd a place within Leicestershire that The

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National Trust members can visit more easily than they can elsewhere.

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The property will open to the public later this year.

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What a beautiful cottage. Bdautiful and useful!

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Talking of which... Beautiftl, anyway!

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Thank you. A quiet weather story at the moment. It will remain settled

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for the rest of the week. A beautiful sunset yesterday. And

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here's the warm up oriel at Queens Park. Plenty more opportunities to

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take photos in the next few days. We have a weak weather fronts to get

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out of the way tonight. It hs going to the south, taking cloud with it.

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High pressure is building from the South West which will domin`te for

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the next few days. There is a lot of cloud around for the moment but it

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will break to bring clear skies first thing this evening. Then that

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weather front moves in which will bring thick cloud for a while with

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light patchy rain. It is a weak front, not amounted to much. It will

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move away towards dawn. Then we will have clearer skies. There m`y be

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frost in sheltered spots. For the rest of us, a fairly mild nhght

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Tomorrow morning, that cloud sinks southwards. Decent sunny spdlls

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through the morning. More in the way of cloud in the afternoon btt still

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bright and sunny intervals. Feeling fresher, but not bad with a high of

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13 Celsius. The weekend is `lso looking dry and sunny.

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Good news. Beautiful and usdful I never doubted it.

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Join me for the late news. Goodbye.

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