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Welcome to East Midlands Today, with Maurice Flynn, and me, Geeta Pendse.

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Tonight: The world's fourth biggest manufacturer of cigarettes announces

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it's pulling out of Nottingham. More than 500 jobs could go. The

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company blames falling sales, rising tax, and more illegal tobacco.

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People are in tears, total shock that the company has decided to do

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this. Also tonight, how the fire at the

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Assembly Rooms in Derby could keep it closed far longer than expected

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or even have it pulled down. Why this cancer patient has to be

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admitted to a children's ward to get the treatment he needs.

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And what have smartphones and tablets ever done for us? They have

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helped these children learn more about Roman architecture. You get to

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learn about the buildings rather than just looking at the ruins.

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Good evening, and welcome to Tuesday's programme.

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First tonight: One of the region's best`known manufacturing names has

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announced it's to close its Nottingham operation, with the loss

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of 540 jobs. Imperial Tobacco says all production

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at its factory will end by 2016. The company is blaming increased

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taxation and the growth of the illegal tobacco trade. It brings to

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an end a cigarette`making tradition that started with John Player in

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Victorian Nottingham of the 19th century. Our political editor John

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Hess is outside the Horizon factory in Nottingham for us.

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Good evening. This factory behind me last year produced this 17 billion

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cigarettes, half its normal capacity. One of the reasons why

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this factory is to close down. As the morning shift left for home,

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the repercussion of today's announcement was just sinking in.

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The workforce has always been flexible, giving everything, and

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they do this. It is disappointing for people with

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young families, mortgages. Imperial's Nottingham factory

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produces cigarettes mainly for the UK, with brands such as JPS, John

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Player Special, and Lambert and Butler. In a statement, Imperial

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said of the closure: The regulatory environment has

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become more complex in recent years. Excessive tobacco duties are not

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helpful. They drive people towards the illicit trade.

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The union official Andy Littlewood said today's announcement ends a

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family tradition. He is a third`generation tobacco worker at

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Imperial's Nottingham works. There's people in tears, it is a

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total shock that they have decided to do this. We heard rumours, we

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always do in this industry. The shock at the announcement today,

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people are devastated. The Horizon factory was

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purpose`built in the 1970s as part of an industrial regeneration

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project then. Near its site now, plans for a purpose`built enterprise

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zone. Nottingham is a resilient city.

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Around here, we are looking to create jobs. We have an enterprise

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zone close to where this organisation is going to walk away

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from. We are looking to create a lot of jobs, and we need to give people

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the skills. Whatever the future, today, 540 jobs

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are going, discarded just like an empty cigarette packet.

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With me, the MP whose Nottingham South constituency includes the

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factory, Lilian Greenwood. A sad day for traditional

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manufacturing in the city. Certainly for many hundreds of my

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constituents who will face losing their job here at the factory, and

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for their families who will be very worried about paying mortgages and

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rent. I will be putting some questions to

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you shortly. Pension historic cities and refractory names here, and the

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names of Raleigh, Boots, John Player, spring to mind. We have been

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looking at the impact on the city. John Player started business in

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Nottingham in 1877 with a factory in the broad March, and added a further

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five in a city mostly around the Radford area. Along with 12 other

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British manufacturers, it was amalgamated into Imperial Tobacco at

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a time when John Player was struggling to compete with American

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rivals. John Player was in world`famous brand. In 1972, the

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current Nottingham site opened. I was one of the first ones in their

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in 1972. I had to stop it up. I was one of the first in. As Imperial

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Tobacco today, the company produces 320 billion cigarettes each year.

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Making it the fourth largest producer in the world. It is also

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the world 's largest producer of tobacco and tobacco papers. It has

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ploughed money into the city. In the 1960s, the university actually wrote

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to the chairman of John Player saying would they like to contribute

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financially to the building of the Queen's Medical Centre. An

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indication in those days there was no worry about the ethics of

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cigarette smoking. It was part of the way universities raise money.

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Nearly a decade later, Imperial Tobacco entered into a joint

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ventured to form the British American tobacco company. Both sides

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agreed not to trade in each other's domestic territory. Imperial Tobacco

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finally sold its shares are held an interest until the 80s. The company

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opened a new headquarters in Bristol which so far seems to be unaffected

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by the announcement today. As part of the history of John

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Player and this city, part of that history is that governments have

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taxed cigarette companies so much that this announcement was

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inevitable. Successive governments have taxed cigarettes heavily, not

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least because they are spending such a lot on dealing with the health

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consequences of people smoking. I do not think that is the real impact of

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the decision. It's not as if they won't be selling cigarettes in the

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UK market, they will, but they will be imported. Tax has driven Imperial

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Tobacco at? People are still smoking cigarettes. It is for Imperial

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Tobacco to answer why they are shifting those jobs to other parts

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of Europe and the world. Governments, can they have it both

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ways? We want to keep jobs but there is a strong health message that

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cigarette smoking kills. That is right, I have supported action to

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cut smoking and to stop young people from smoking.

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That doesn't detract from the questions about white Imperial

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Tobacco has taken the decision to move jobs manufacturing cigarettes

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to other parts of Europe. The priority now is do care about and

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support those constituents who are affected. I have already spoken to

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the city council, they have spoken to the DWP about helping people

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facing losing their jobs, how to upscale them `` upskill.

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Tonight, Imperial Tobacco says the closure of its Nottingham factory

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and a sister factory at Nantes in western France will save ?300

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million a year. In its words, to "sustain the future of the

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business." Derby's Assembly Rooms could be

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closed for eighteen months, or even demolished, after a huge fire a

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month ago. The city council, which owns the venue, says they're looking

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at all the options, as a host of top name shows have been called off.

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Mike O'Sullivan reports. The fire which destroyed the plant room to

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the assembly mode `` Assembly Rooms a month ago. Today, a senior council

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officials told me the entertainment venue could be closed for at least

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18 months or even demolished. We know it will be closed for at least

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18 months. We will do and options appraisal and look at the options on

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this site, that we could do in terms of entertainment going forward.

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These pictures show the roof of the plant room today. A mangled mess.

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Underneath, there is extensive ducting, coated in polystyrene foam,

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which would have to be replaced, costing millions. These are some of

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the acts and events that cannot go ahead. Dawn French at a comedy

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Festival, the folk Festival in October. The Festival of

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remembrance, so poignant this year. And next January, thousands of

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graduates at Derby University. There is mixed reaction to the prospect of

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knocking down the Assembly Rooms. It has been part of Derby for such a

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long time. It is part of its heritage. We saw Rod Stewart at the

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football ground, but that doesn't happen very often. We need a bigger

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place. There is concern from businesses around the Assembly Rooms

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about the impact of the closure on the night`time economy. It does

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bring pre`theatre people into the city for bars and restaurants. In

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the daytime, we have got the shoppers visiting. Another car park

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will be out of action. It could be months before a decision is made.

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A teenager has been found guilty of the murder of a football coach in

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Leicester last year. Hussain Hussain, a refugee from Somalia, was

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convicted unanimously by the jury. He stabbed Antoin Akpom with a

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ten`inch knife, following a confrontation. The jury will return

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tomorrow to continue considering its verdict on another 19`year`old,

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Abdul Hakim, who denies murder. Hours after the stabbing, four

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members of the Taufiq family were killed in a house fire, two doors

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down from Abdul Hakim's mother's house. It was believed to be a

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revenge attack on the wrong house. A hospital in Leicester has agreed

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to create designated smoking areas for staff. The trust running the

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Leicester Royal Infirmary says it's taken the decision while "continuing

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support for staff who want to kick the habit". It added that staff will

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be required to change or cover their uniform if they're smoking during

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their breaks. The areas are expected to be ready in three months.

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A Derby magistrate, who posted a picture of himself holding an AK`47

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rifle on Twitter, has been suspended while an investigation takes place.

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Derby city councillor Ajit Atwal, who represents Abbey Ward, has

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apologised for the picture, which he says was taken eight months ago on a

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personal trip to India. Liberal Democrat Mr Atwal will not face any

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action from his own party. It's Geeta and Maurice. With your

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news tonight, and plenty more ahead. Including, why NHS rules mean Alex

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has to be treated on a children's ward to get the cancer treatment he

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needs. It has been another lovely, warm day

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today. But the downside is that temperatures will go down 2`1dC

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tonight, if frost is forecast, but we will see the sunshine again

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tomorrow. There were major traffic problems

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earlier today, after the M1 through the East Midlands was completely

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closed southbound. It meant long delays for many commuters. A lorry

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driver is being treated in hospital, after a crash with another lorry. It

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happened near Markfield in Leicestershire. Simon Ward reports.

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It is the height of the rush hour but you wouldn't know it to look at

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the southbound motorway between junctions 22 and 22. This is the

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reason. The driver of one of the HGVs had to be cut out of his cab,

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after a crash earlier this morning. He is now being treated at the

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Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. The resulting closure of

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the M1 South led to massive tailbacks on other routes leading to

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and from the motorway, in areas that included Loughborough, Shepshed and

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Markfield. Police say one lorry involved was carrying 44 tonnes of

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timber. The white lorry in front is eventually able to drive off. But

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the one behind is being towed, and it is easy to see the damage that

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resulted from the smash. Originally, the emergency services thought he M1

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southbound could be closed for around five hours, until lunchtime.

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Thankfully, they've managed to get the carriageways cleared, with the

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traffic running again at ten o'clock. The police say the lorry

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driver who was hurt is not thought to have life`threatening injuries.

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Hundreds of people turned out in Old Market Square in Nottingham this

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afternoon, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough

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disaster. 96 Liverpool supporters were killed during an FA Cup

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semifinal match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, in 1989. A

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minute's silence was held at 3:07pm, exactly 25 years after the match was

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stopped in Sheffield. The Transport Minister has said the

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part of the HS2 route that will be going through the East Midlands will

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not be sacrificed to cut costs. The plans are quite fluid, not this

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Y`shaped, but the route itself is something that is under detailed

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consideration. We had a major consultation. A lot of responses. We

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are going through is those in a great detail and that will take us

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beyond this year. Nottinghamshire Police say they're

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treating a fire in an historic chapel as arson. The building in

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Eastwood Cemetery may have to be demolished after the fire last week.

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Police say they think someone forced their way into the chapel on Chewton

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Street. The area is a heritage site, with members of DH Lawrence's family

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buried there. The Parliamentary Standards

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Committee says it expects to make a decision about the future of the

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Newark MP, Patrick Mercer, after Easter. He resigned from the

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Conservatives last year. It came after an investigation revealed he

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was paid to table questions in the House of Commons. Mr Mercer also

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failed to declare the payment within the deadline set for the MPs'

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Register Of Financial Interests. He's since declared ?2,000 given to

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him by reporters posing as lobbyists.

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Next tonight: Alex has cancer, a form that's extremely rare in adults

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but common in children. So, although he's nearly 40, he's one of the

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first people in the country being treated on a children's ward. What

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his case highlights is the reluctance of doctors to try new

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ways of treating rare and terminal cancers IF they haven't been

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trialled. `` if they. Alex's consultant at Nottingham Children's

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Hospital is backing a new Cancer Bill which could change that, as Jo

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Healey reports. When Alex's brain tumours returned

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two years ago, he never thought he would still be here and still be

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able to do some of the work he loves. They said, sorry, nothing we

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can do. No treatment available for it.

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You have to make a decision of whether you sit back and watch it

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happen, or we fight. So I fought. And that brought them here, to the

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Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham. They were able

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to treat him as they did children with his type of tumour, injecting a

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drug into his spinal fluid, a smaller dose, bigger impact, few

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side`effects. It was a bit of, do you want to be a guinea pig? Yes,

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please, I'll try anything. Why couldn't he get this on an adult

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ward? The condition Alex has is so rare,

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that the chances of a trial for adults are almost zero. That means

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the treatment, according to conventional terms would never

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become available to adults, because no one would ever launch a trial. So

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he has to be treated in a children's ward. That is the current

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arrangement. He is in what I would call the innovation trap. It is a

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trap Lord Saatchi has tried to end with his new bill, giving doctors

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more freedom to try new ways of treating rare or terminal cancers.

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There will be no cure for cancer until real doctors with real

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patients in real hospitals attempt innovation. People have said to me,

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people at the top of the medical and legal profession, that this bill

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could save thousands of lives. This has been tested, but not on

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adults. But when you have no choice, that becomes a choice. You have to

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take it. What they and the supporters of the

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bill hope is that more people will get that choice.

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Sport in a moment. And, coming up after that: How ancient Leicester

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might have looked, through Roman eyes.

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New technology cuts through the mists of time.

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Time now for the sport. We start with Leicester City who

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have reached the 90`points mark, and need just two more wins to guarantee

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a return to the Premier League as champions. A draw at Reading last

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night means they're seven points clear of second`placed Burnley, with

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four games to go. Kirsty Edwards reports.

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Promotion may be in the bag, but Leicester went out at Reading still

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focused on winning the title. After the disappointing defeat against

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Brighton, Nigel Pearson was looking for much improved performances from

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his side. They thought they had an early breakthrough, fit again Jamie

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Vardy's goal ruled offside. Then, the Foxes were undone by a free

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kick, a header into the far corner, Kasper Schmeichel with no chance.

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The keeper was looking impressive, keeping the deficit to just one

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goal. As so often this season, Danny Drinkwater was looking good in

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midfield, his stunning long`range swipe put Leicester back on level

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terms. Foxes had their chances to grab a winner, but a draw was a fair

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result on the night, as they edge closer to the Championship title.

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At Nottingham Forest, captain Andy Reid says they haven't given up on

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the play`offs, but admits it will be an uphill struggle to reach them.

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The club held an open training session at the City Ground this

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morning for fans, and Reid was also helping to sell season tickets in

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the club shop. He should be back available this weekend, after his

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injury problems. But today was reflecting on what might have been.

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We believe that if we had everybody fit and we had a full strength team

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out there, we would be challenging to win the league. We know the

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quality we have got, some people might see that as excuses, but they

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have been the facts. This has not been good enough. We have a chance

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to put it right and that starts on Saturday.

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Boxing, and it sold out in an hour, but now an extra 20,000 tickets will

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be available for Carl Froch's world title fight against George Groves.

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The rematch between the rivals was initially limited to 60,000 fans at

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Wembley Stadium. But now, the local council and Transport for London

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have agreed a plan that'll take the capacity to 80,000. There's no word

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yet on when the tickets will go on sale.

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Now, he's a musician, a comedian and a fans' favourite. But, from today,

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he's an ex`rugby player. The Leicester Tigers' George Chuter says

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the rigours of daily training at one of Europe's top clubs has proved too

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much. So, at the age of 37, and after a first`class career, he's

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called it a day. Mark Shardlow has been to see him.

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For 18 years, his job has been in the middle of this. For England,

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Saracens and, nearly 300 games at Leicester. It is a stupid position

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to play. In the front row, you are in a really bad position. There is a

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lot of pressure. This is why the fans love him. He's

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from the old school. Embracing the club nature of rugby, joining in at

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social nights. The social side has always been

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something that attracted me to the game. I love the competition, the

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physical side. Away from the game as well, time to socialise with the

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fans and players. Slightly odd at times, I could never

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understand his jokes, it's probably more me than him. He's been great,

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even in tough times, he has seen the funny side of it. I don't want that

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to take away from what a great player he was, and what he has done

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for the game and this club. It has not been easy at Tigers. He

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has had to battle for a place. Sometimes, he has been third in

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line. For 14 years, he has stayed in Leicester.

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You get less for murder. I found everything I needed here.

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The challenge of getting in the team and stay in the team. Getting better

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as a player. I like living in Leicestershire, the people up here.

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My family are here. What are you going to do? Run a

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pub, salesman, coach? You're the second person who has

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asked if I'll run a pub. Do I have a publican face? I'd love to run a

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pub, actually. But he will surely stay in the

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sport. A World Cup finalist with a sense of fun and authority, as a

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coach, pundit or ambassador, this Tiger's life in rugby is far from

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over. And you can hear more from George on

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BBC Radio Leicester's Rugby Show, at six o'clock tomorrow evening.

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Now, new technology is enabling us to see what one of our cities looked

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like, through Roman eyes. A new computer app developed by De

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Montfort University is revealing how Leicester might have looked 1,800

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years ago. Paul Bradshaw has more. These are doors. It looks like where

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they go in. The old and the new. These children

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from a primary school are getting a glimpse of Leicester's Jewry wall as

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it was in the third century AD.. Viewed on a tablet, the new app

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recreates ancient buildings in 3D models, allowing you to explore a

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virtual Roman world. You get to see what it was like,

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what the building was like, instead of just looking at ruins. If you are

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reading a book, you'll have to think about it. But on this, you can

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actually see it, as if you're there.

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The app was designed by a team at De Montfort University, using augmented

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reality technology, the type used in electronic gaming. They saw

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potential in the technology, not just for tourism, but for education

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too. What this technology can do is bring

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history to life. Kids expect that today, subjects to be presented in a

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way that engages them. Hopefully, this app will do that, and encourage

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them to learn about the history that is around them.

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This shows much more than going into a museum and maybe handling a few

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objects. It feels separate from the real places and buildings. But this

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gives them a context, that it happened here, and the stones they

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see are part of a building once here. There is a door over there.

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There are more archaeological sites to explore with the app, including

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the Roman temple under the Holiday Inn, and the forum along the High

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Street. The app is available as free download.

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It beats a textbook! I wouldn't be happy if my kids were on a tablet

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even more than usual. Time now for the weather.

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Nice again tomorrow, we lose it a little by Thursday.

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Another very cold night across the East Midlands, similar to last

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night, likely to drop down to minus one Celsius. It has been a lovely

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day today. After the grass Frost, clear skies mean the sunshine will

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return once again. A small amount of cloud developing in the afternoon,

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clearing away now. A nice, moonlit night. In towns and cities, the

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temperatures will stay just above freezing. Chile first thing in the

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morning, with Frost. A lovely, bright start to the day. The winds

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will remain light. The main change is high cloud. It will start to come

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in, in the afternoon, temperatures in the region of 15 Celsius with a

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gentle, southerly breeze. By Thursday, a cold front is working

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its way down, currently in Scotland. It will work its way south, through

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the daytime. It will weaken but there is the opportunity for it to

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cloud is over and produce the odd spot of rain. Once it clears, on

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Friday, the skies will brighten again. Temperatures will start to

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come down. That applies to the early part of the Easter weekend. By

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Saturday, quite a bit of sunshine around. Temperatures feeling

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fresher. Quite a bit of sunshine in the early part of the Easter

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weekend. In the second half, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, we are

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more likely to see it turning unsettled.

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That's all from us. Join us again at 10.25pm. Goodbye.

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