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hundreds of people after a South That's all

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

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Tonight: Jail for three men who aimed a laser beam at a passenger

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plane. Are the three admittdd endangering passenger safetx. All I

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can say is I am very sorry for what happened. It would never happen

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again. Also tonight, a frightening end to a night out. A new w`rning

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for drivers towing caravans. Plus a huge rise in the number of people

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using food banks. Della mac you just get some food to keep you going And

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British touring car is at Donington Park, we have the best view of the

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action. Good evening and welcome to the

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programme. First tonight: J`iled ` three men who put the lives of

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hundreds of passengers in d`nger by aiming a laser beam at plands

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landing at East Midlands Airport. Twenty`one`year`old Luke Walters,

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seen here on crutches, and Craig Appleby, who's twenty, were

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sentenced to five months in prison. Nineteen`year`old Alex Parkdr was

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jailed for seven months. The judge condemned their actions,

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adding that people living in the region remembered the Kegworth

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Aircrash and therefore thesd were deterrent sentences. Simon Ward

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reports from Leicester Crown Court. The court heard that the aircraft

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and the control tower is at Midlands airport were struck by the laser.

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The crew of one error plane said the light was so bright, they h`d to

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cover the windows. These pictures from a police exercise shall have

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powerful laser pointers can be. Officials on the ground in the laser

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into the sky. This can affect the vision of crew at night. 20`year`old

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Craig Appleby pleaded guiltx with the others. They were caught near

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East Midlands airport in February last year. He told me he regrets the

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whole thing. There is no pohnt in lying about it. I said I shone a

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laser pen at the aeroplanes. I know what dangers it can cause now. It

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was horrible. On reflection, you can understand the dangers therd could

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be? After I read my statement, I was very shocked at the damage ht did.

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Having pleaded guilty, what would you say to other people? All I can

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say is I am very sorry for what happened. It will never happen

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again. I was not aware of what I was doing. In a darkened room, the laser

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pointer shows up more brightly. In recent years, the more powerful

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laser pointers have been reloved for general sale. They are supposed to

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be used in education and presentations. But others are easily

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available for just the few pounds. The main surprise was shock, it was

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the surprise that the pilot recorded. The real danger is flash

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blindness. The laser pointer comes unexpectedly, and is extremdly

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bright, and that flash blindness stays with the pilot for a while. It

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is an offence that has been increasing. East Midlands ahrport

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ranks about any medal for UK airports, with 70 incidents with

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laser pointers reported in the last year alone. The airport said that

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the safety of passengers and staff are their first priority. Shmon

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Ward, BBC East Midlands tod`y, Leicester.

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Next tonight, holiday`makers are being warned to take extra care

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after dramatic footage of a van towing an out of control caravan,

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was taken in Leicestershire. Footage of the crash has been released as a

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warning to holiday`makers to take care, as thousands head off for the

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bank holiday weekend. Shocking CCTV footage taken on the

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M1 in Leicester. The caravan is out of control, before being off into

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the side of the road. Thankfully, the motorway wasn't busy. Drivers

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here are looking forward to the Easter break, but they know all too

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well how dangerous towing a caravan can be. Della mac I have sedn

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caravans in the ditch, upside down, cars upside down, caravans smashed

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all over with their furniture already hard shoulder. When you put

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the foot on the break, you can't stop that easily. They are difficult

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to tour if the wind gets hold of them, they can turn over a very

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easily. You have two tonne of car, two tonnes of caravan, and then if

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somebody comes in and cut straight in front of me, how do I stop?

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Between January and March l`st year, there were 60 incidents on our roads

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involving caravans and trailers Over the spring, that figurd rose to

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125. Over the summer, the ntmber of incidents on our roads rose to 27.

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So what can drivers do? The best thing to do is make sure th`t the

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tyres are legal, the pressure is correct. Ensure that trailers are

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correctly attached, and keep to the speed limits. The message is clear `

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slow down and stay safe, so that you arrive at your destination hn one

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place. Leicester Prison was found to be 80

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per cent over capacity during a spot`check by inspectors. Today s

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report follows a surprise vhsit by Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons

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in November. It concludes that the jail faces some significant

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challenges if it's to becomd more effective. Staff were praisdd for

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the way they dealt with those at risk of self harm, but inspdctors

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were concerned many prisoners felt unsafe when it came to levels of

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violence. Derby's new velodrome could be used

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to host some events affected by the closure of the city's Assembly

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Rooms. Yesterday, it was announced that the venue will be shut for at

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least 18 months while it's rebuilt or repaired. A number of

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high`profile events have had to be cancelled. The velodrome, which

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opens next January, is being considered as an alternativd.

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Building a temporary venue hs also an option.

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Still to come ` feeding the hungry. Church leaders clash with the

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Government over the reasons behind a huge rise in the number of people

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relying on food banks. A teenager who murdered a football

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coach has been sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a

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minimum of fifteen years. Htssain Hussain stabbed Antoin Akpol after a

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street confrontation in Leicester last year.

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The judge told the nineteen`year`old the killing was the result of

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gang`related street violencd. He said whatever the failures of Antoin

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Akpom, there was a good sidd to him and nothing could justify t`king his

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life. The jury was unable to reach a

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verdict on another nineteen`year`old, Abdul Hakim who

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denied murder. A decision on whether he'll face a retrial will bd made

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within the next two weeks. Here s our Chief News reporter Quentin

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Rayner. 20`year`old Antoin Akpomb w`s a

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father, fiance, and football coach, and the youngest of five.

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Sometimes I'm OK, sometimes it feels like someone has ripped somdthing

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out from inside me, because he was the youngest one and he... Xou just

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miss his voice, his laughter... I could talk to him about anything. He

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was just an amazing person. Her son was stabbed once in the back

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with a ten inch kitchen knife by Hussein Hussein, a refugee from

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Somalia. It happened shortlx after 5:30pm on the evening of 12

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September last year, just as this BBC employee was returning to his

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parked car. I noticed there was a young man

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lying face`down, right next to my card here, and he was attended by

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some paramedics. It was onlx later on that I noticed that therd was a

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trail of blood from the corner of Sussex Street all the way up to here

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where Antoin fell. Gang riv`lry was blamed. But Antoin Akpom's family

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categorically denied he ever had anything to do with gangs.

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He didn't even look back. Hd stabbed my son and ran. What type of person

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or monster would do something like that? Someone that he didn't even

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know. He just killed my son. After he was stabbed, Antoin

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collapsed into the arms of his close friend and business partner.

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To see a man like this leadhng and dying, basically, is somethhng that

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will never leave my memory because it's something that should never be

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seen from such a great man. This is Antoin's corner. I come here

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every evening, I like the c`ndles, and I talk to my baby. I love you

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baby. I really really miss xou. Antoin was engaged to Amber, his

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childhood sweetheart. They `lready had a son, one`year`old Akedl.

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He was such a proud dad, he really was, amazing... And that is the

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saddest part, Akeel, he'll know of his dad, but he will never know his

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dad. That's really sad. The latest unemployment figtres show

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the East Midlands is one of the few English regions bucking the national

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trend, with an increase in hts jobless figures. There are now

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163,000 people out of work. That's a rise of 14,000 on the last

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quarterly figures, although the region's unemployment rate of 7 is

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the same as the national avdrage. But these latest figures won't

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reflect a recent round of bhg job loss announcements in the rdgion's

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more traditional industries. Here's our Political Editor John Hdss. Old

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industries may go, but making things still matters in the East Mhdlands.

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There are 300,000 jobs in the region's manufacturing sector. No

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surprise they there, maybe. But that figure has fallen by 40% in the last

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25 years. 1.5 million peopld now work in the service sector. Banks,

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retail, leisure, hospitalitx. That has increased by 186% in thd East

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Midlands. Our world of work is changing.

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When coal dominated the reghon's economy two generations ago, the

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collieries of the East Midl`nds provided work for more than 60, 00

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people. It was a way of lifd. The closure of our last pit, Thoresby,

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was announced a week ago. Lhkewise, shoemaking in Leicester, bicycle

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making in Nottingham, textiles in Darbyshire and, till yesterday,

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cigarette production at Impdrial Tobacco: They are now all p`rt of

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the sunset industries gone or going. If the industrial landscape of the

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East Midlands is changing, xou see it on estates like this. New

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companies, smaller companies, specialising in IT, pharmacduticals

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and precision engineering. That s reflected in new research bx one of

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the country's biggest busindss organisations the D2N2 Chamber of

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Commerce for the East Midlands. We have got this growth in

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manufacturing jobs going on locally. But, yes, the world of work is

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changing. More people are bding self`employed, taking their own

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economic destiny into their own hands. More people are doing more

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than one job, so maybe doing several jobs, which is in some respdcts very

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helpful ` if there is ever ` downturn they don't actuallx lose

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the whole of their employment. Cue Nigel Stevenson. Having worked

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for an established, big`namd company, he decided to branch out on

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his own. Madcap? He set up his own cafe business in Kimberley,

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Nottingham called the Mad H`tter. He now employs seven people.

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I think if everybody that w`nted to open their own business within a

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community did that, and employed people locally, slowly the dconomy

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would get better, and the communities would be built. It's not

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just about the money, it is about the communities, and working within

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the communities. All my staff are local, and I love the fact that we

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are buying into the community and working together.

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The way we work, and who we work for is changing. Now here is another

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sign of changing economy. Think science, and you may think of

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Cambridge or the silicon valley But the East Midlands, now employs

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around 155,000 people. That is an increase of just under 80% since the

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late 1990s. If that rate of growth continues, forget coal, forget

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tobacco, we will be talking about science.

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A man accused of murdering ` teenager in a gang`related shooting

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in Derby nearly five`and`a`half years ago is facing another

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re`trial. Michael Hamblett`Sewell's ndxt court

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date could be in September `fter a jury failed to reach a verdhct

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earlier this month. The prosecution claim he ordered the shooting of

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15`year`old Kadeem Blackwood in Caxton Park in Derby in 2008,

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something Mr Hamblett`Sewell denies. A cricketer is to carry the

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Commonwealth Games relay baton on the Leicester leg of its worldwide

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tour. The Leicestershire all`rounder Shiv Thakor has been given the

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honour. He'll carry the Quedn's Baton through the city on Ttesday

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the 10th of June. It will h`ve visited 70 nations and terrhtories

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ahead of the Commonwealth G`mes in Glasgow in July.

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There's been a huge rise in the number of people relying on free

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food parcels here in the East Midlands. Today, one food b`nk

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charity revealed that it's feeding well over 700 people in this region

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every week. It's prompted a row between churches and the Government

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over whether it's linked to welfare reforms. Let's cross to Narborough

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in Leicestershire, and our social affairs correspondent Jeremx Ball.

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Welcome to a food warehouse which is packed with supplies for Easter

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lots of fruit and vegetables, big bags of pasta, and pallets stuffed

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full of spaghetti and breakfast cereal. They have all been donated

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to the charity by supermarkdts and food producers, and some of this

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will begin in a way to independent food banks.

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Today, the largest of those charities revealed that shocking new

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figures The Trussell Trust runs 25 food banks, here in the East

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Midlands. Last year, those centres handed out well over 37,000 food

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parcels. That's up from fewdr than 11,000 the year before ` more than a

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threefold increase. I've bedn out to their Coalville food bank to ask why

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there's so much demand. Welcome to a store where thdy hand

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out free bags of shopping. But this isn't open to anyone. It's `n

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emergency stopgap that's only for people who've been given official

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vouchers. Lee's been out of work for ` year.

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He was receiving Jobseeker's Allowance. But now his monex's been

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stopped for three months, under what's known as a "Benefit

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Sanction". I have already spent two weeks with no electric, it has made

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a huge difference. It is nice to know there is help out therd for

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people who do need it, and `re in dire straits.

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Lee got into such dire strahts because he missed a job`seeker's

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training appointment scheduled on a day when he had to go to cotrt as a

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witness. Others have never received any benefits, weeks after losing

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their jobs. Often you are told it could be three to six weeks before

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you get your benefits. All xou can have happen is you have an `ccident

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at work and you miss your bdnefits. And in Loughborough, they wdre

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queuing for food parcels thhs week outside another Christian charity

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that's seen a surge in demand. They think that's partly because there's

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less stigma about using food banks. But many here are desperate. And

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Gemma still needs their help, despite getting work s a part`time

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cleaner. I have two children, and it is very hard at the moment. I have a

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growing boy here, and he can't stop eating. You get out there, xou get a

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job and it is fine, but it hs a struggle at the moment. We get

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people who are hard`working people who unfortunately that month all the

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bills have come in, and there is just no much money `` no money left

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at the end of the month to pay for food for the kids.

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Today church leaders have ddscribed the increase in food parcels as

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"terrible". But the Governmdnt says they're not part of the bendfits

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system, and there isn't any robust evidence of a link with its welfare

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reforms. It's a row that's becoming increasingly political.

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Coming later ` we've had a perfect spring day.

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Here they supply three quarters of a million meals last year. How much

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difference is this making? We have seen tremendous growth in ddmand for

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our services, last year it came up from 40 organisations we supply to

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over 60. We supply to organhsations, that Cook, serve and supply food to

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people in need. Is there a danger that food banks create a dependence

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on hand`outs? That can be an issue, so our national policy is to

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encourage organisations to cook and serve meals, community cafes,

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breakfast clubs etc, so there is a social interaction of eating. Is

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this increased engineered or partly down to the fact that all `` more

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food banks are opening? I c`n understand that to a degree there is

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an increase in availability, but you and I know how much food prhces

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increase, and equally our rdnt, council tax, utility bills, so for

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people on the lowest income, the money they have to spend on food is

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getting squeezed. This is just helping people in need,

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it is also that might have been thrown away if it wasn't here. So it

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is actually preventing wastd as well.

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We have had a perfect spring day today.

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But will the blue skies strdtch into the weekend? Yes, there will be more

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sparkling sunshine to start the Easter break, but first, th`t is

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cloud to talk about. More ddtails shortly.

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`` there is cloud to talk about Time for the sport.

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First, Derby County defender Jake Buxton has won the supporters' club

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player of the season, and today Head Coach Steve McClaren hailed what he

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called Buxton's enormous contribution this campaign.

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The bearded Beckenbauer, as fans call him, is a real cult hero. When

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he signed in 2009 from Burton Albion he says no`one had heard of him and

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he was the sixth choice centre half. But he's defied the critics who said

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he couldn't cut, and this afternoon at Derby's weekly press conference

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the boss called him the ide`l professional. `` who said hd

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couldn't cut it. His perforlances have been excellent, not just that

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but his leadership on and off the field, in the dressing room, I run

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the players. He has that old school honesty that should never go out of

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the game. He tells it how it is great leadership.

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Well, the men's football se`son is nearly over, but the ladies are just

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getting started. Tonight a little bit of history is being madd tonight

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as Notts County play their first`ever game in the Women's Super

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League. They're taking on one of the top clubs ` Arsenal ` at Me`dow

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Lane. Jeremy Nicholas reports. Last season the club were known as

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Lincoln Ladies, but they have moved across the border into

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Nottinghamshire, and tonight they will run out as Notts Countx. It is

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a new season and franchise, all the players want to play for Notts

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County, they are playing for the barge, not the name on the back

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Therefore they have got to dnsure they are nice and relaxed, game day,

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but also, the reception we have had from the city and the club htself

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has been infectious. There has been an increase over the years hn

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participation in women's football, I hope it involves more to get

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involved. It is looking poshtive. Jess is one of the Cricketers

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wingers in the game. `` quickest wingers. It is great to havd a

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little bit of unity. We will see some of the guys around the training

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pitch, and they will have a word of encouragement. We have a fotr year

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franchise, and the chairman has brought us together because we want

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success. It might not come instantly, but once we gel H am sure

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we will be there in the mix for forthcoming seasons. They f`ce `` it

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is a 7:30pm kick`off, and Notts County season ticket holders get in

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for free. Nice sunny night to go and watch,

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but there's also commentary available on BBC Radio Five Live

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Sports Extra. Cricket, and Nottinghamshird's

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Director of Cricket Mick Newell was interviewed to be the new coach of

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England this morning. Newell is thought to be one of five n`mes in

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the frame to succeed Andy Flower. Finally from me tonight motor sport

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because it's a big weekend for Donington Park as the second round

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of British Touring Cars arrhves Colin Hazelden has been to the track

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to see the new cars, teams `nd drivers and to have a go hilself.

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Events like British touring cars are a key part of Donington's appeal.

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Motorsport fans can get closer to the action, and with motorsport

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worth a fortune to the region's economy, this new focus is bringing

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in new spectators. The sport is in great health, and the spect`tors

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love it when they come here. But you're right, we need more people to

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come. We need more people to come and see what motor racing is about.

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But that will be offering something different. I got lucky, but

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something very different indeed I am getting today a flying lap ``

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getting to do a flying lap. This should be something! Wish md luck,

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everyone. Where I enjoy the madness, H will

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introduce you to the driver, three times champion Matt Neal. It is

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great to see the reaction on people's faces. What is it like when

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you are doing the real thing? Do you still feel the intensity after all

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these years? I still get butterflies sat on the grid. The butterflies are

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well worth it. From the inside of a car Donington

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is looking in very fine neck. From what I saw of it when I was just

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hanging on for dear life. And there is tremendous spedds could

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take Neal back to the top. H do not like to get complacent, but I am

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hopeful. He is just one of the drivers to watch out for. W`tch out

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for Donington as well, it w`s back in its racing stride.

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Colin had that helmet on, btt you could see he had a big grin on his

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face. Not surprising!

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We saw some lovely blossom darlier, here she is now with the forecast.

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here she is It has been a beautiful day, and it

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has been perfect to be out `nd about with your camera.

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Thank you very much, Nicola. But there is a little bit of ch`nge on

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the way, we are expecting a cloudy day tomorrow, but it should be

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mostly dry. The UV levels whll be lowered during the day. At the

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moment we have some early evening sunshine around, but through the

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next few hours we start to see some high`level clouds filling `` feeding

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in from the north, probably enough to keep us frost free but there may

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be sunlight patchy rain into the North. Then to butchers of six

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Celsius. Tomorrow morning `` minimum temperatures. Tomorrow a little bit

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of light, patchy rain as we go into the early afternoon, but a good deal

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of dry weather still to be had. However the cloud will make it feel

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a little bit cooler tomorrow. Looking further ahead to Good

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Friday, then, high pressure is back in charge, so if you have enjoyed

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the sunshine, there is more to come on Good Friday. All spells of

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sunshine, dry and settled, with temperatures in the mid`teens. High

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holds on for Saturday, giving us another dry, sunny, subtle day. But

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on area of low pressure is starting to push in from east, and that will

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give us quite unsettled day on Sunday, and I went day. But rain

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looks like it is still with us as we go into Monday, into Bank Holiday

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Monday, it looks like it is going to be quite unsettled to end. The best

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part of the Easter weekend, Good Friday and Saturday, dry and sunny,

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but unsettled for Easter Sunday and Monday.

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A bank holiday of two halves then. Rain on bank holiday? That never

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happens! If you're going to do anythhng, do

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it on Friday and Saturday. Good night.

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