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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight: A father's pride in his son, who's died on active duty.

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Rakesh Chauhan was one of five servicemen killed in a helicopter

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crash in Afghanistan. Also tonight: a murder trial jury is

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brought to the scene where and her three children died in a fire.

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And the able engineers helping to change the way we travel. What we do

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as engineers is convert raw materials into something like this,

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which is infinitely more valuable and creates genuine wealth of the

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country. And touchline euphoria. Goals that

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could have sealed Notts County's greatest game.

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Welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, a father has paid a moving

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tribute to his son who's died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

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Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, from Leicestershire, was one of five

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servicemen killed when their Lynx came down at the weekend. The

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29`year`old worked in the RAF's Intelligence Branch.

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And today, in an exclusive television interview, his father,

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Kishor Chauhan spoke to us from the family home in Cropston. Victoria

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Hicks has compiled this report. Rakesh was very passionate in what

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he did. Everything he did, he would want to do it to the best of his

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ability, he would want it done in a particular way, he was very

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meticulous. He was very lively and he was a natural leader of men. He

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was very straightforward. He always had this passion to be in the air

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force. Either in the cadets or in University, and when he left

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university he joined the air force. When he was on a tour overseas, you

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are always concerned for their safety. But we felt that he was

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safe. The first one was the most difficult tour. But by the third

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trip we were reconciled to the fact that he was going to be safe. And

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unfortunately this tragic accident happened. We are not sure of the

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details yet. All I know is that the helicopter came down near Kandahar

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airport, we do not know what the cause was. Only last Saturday my

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wife talk to him on Skype, saw his face after three months. We were

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very pleased to see him, and that is the last we spoke to him for we had

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so many dreams for him. He had his life planned, and unfortunately, it

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did not turn out the way we had wanted and the way he had planned.

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Rakesh was very passionate about his work, he was very passionate about

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the country. He was proud of being British, and he was very proud to

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have done something for his country. He has now paid the

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ultimate price. The father of Rakesh Chauhan.

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Still to come: Light at the end of the tunnel for Derby's trouble`hit

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Al`Madinah Free School. Inspectors say the teaching of

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primary pupils is improving but there's to be no reprieve for the

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secondary school. Details later. The jury in a murder trial left the

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courtroom today to see for themselves the spot where a mother

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and her three children died in a devastating house fire.

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A gang of eight men are accused of the alleged botched arson attack

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which claimed the family's lives last September. Sarah Teale has been

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at the scene in Leicester. The murder trial was taken away from

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the formality of Nottingham Crown Court to visit the scene of the

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crime today. The jury, and the legal teams have been brought here to see

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for themselves some of the key areas in this trial, and the house itself.

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Where the family and her children died. Eight defendants are on trial,

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accused of deliberately setting fire to the property in a revenge attack

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on the wrong house. The jury, who we cannot identify, were watched by the

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judge, and the prosecution barrister. The jury spent several

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minutes looking at the floor is placed on the doorstep of the

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boarded`up house, they had heard last week oh petrol had been poured

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through the letterbox and ignited. The jury had been told that the

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defendants drove past the house here in two cars with the headlights off.

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The vehicles parked up around the corner at the bottom of the road for

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eight defendants walked back up the hill and set fire to the house. The

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jury was shown a house two doors from the house. The alleged intended

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target for the arson attack. This was where the mother of one of the

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men lived, who the gang believed was involved in an attack on their

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friend. The jury were taken to Kent Street, where he had been fatally

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stabbed seven hours before the fire last September. The defendants,

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seven men and one youth, all deny four separate counts of murder. The

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trial continues. Police have confirmed a man died

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after fire broke out at a modern retirement village in

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Nottinghamshire over the weekend. Around two dozen people were moved

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from their homes at Larkhill in Clifton. The fire, at a bungalow

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within the complex, was quickly brought under control. The blaze is

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not being treated as suspicious but investigations are continuing to

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discover the cause. David Cameron is facing a backbench

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rebellion in tonight's vote on the High Speed Two rail link. The route

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between London and Leeds would run through parts of the East Midlands

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with a station built at Toton. Earlier today, campaigners opposed

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to the project protested outside Parliament. At least 30 Tory MPs,

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including Andrew Bridgen who represents North West

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Leicestershire, are expected to vote against or abstain during the bill's

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second reading. The parents of a Leicestershire man

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who died shortly after being allowed home from Stafford Hospital say they

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hope to learn the truth at a new inquest into his death.

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Janet and Frank Robinson fought for years to get the original inquest

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verdict into the death of their son John quashed.

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Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons is at the new hearing being held in

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Leicester. Rob, what have John's parents been hearing today? Today,

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we heard a picture about the pressures of Accident and Emergency

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at Stafford. This was back in 2006, right in the middle of the hospital

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scandal that we have heard so much about. But the coroner said she

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would not be focusing on the various reports about the poor care that had

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been carried out. She would be instead focusing on the facts of

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this particular case. One of the big questions, why was this young man

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allowed home, back to Leicestershire, with problems but he

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later died from a few hours later? It is eight years since that day,

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and the full facts of the case proved difficult for some of the

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witnesses the recalled today. John Robinson loved the outdoors. The

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20`year`old was miles from his home in Leicestershire on his mountain

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bike when he came off. Stafford Hospital was nearest. Today's

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inquest heard the A unit was understaffed. There was poor

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record`keeping in his notes, making it hard to know exactly what

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happened. John's parents, who fought for the new second hearing, at the

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latest inquest, will give more answers. We want more evidence and

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an honest and truthful conclusion. John's first inquest lasted barely

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90 minutes, and the coroner called two witnesses. At that time, we were

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unaware of the surroundings around John's death. One of John's friends,

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seen here with the red backpack, said he saw staff rushed off their

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feet at Stafford Hospital. He had to go and find them. John's appearance

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CV or it to her son `` the parents say they or it to their son. He was

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known as the big friendly giant. He liked to go and enjoy himself. But

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he worked really hard. Staffing at Stafford Hospital's A has improved

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dramatically, the hearing was told, following the scandal there.

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Today we heard from the nurse in charge back from that day in 2006,

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Tracy White. She said that she recognised the injuries were

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possibly life`threatening, but she had not put in the notes very much,

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and asked why regular observations were not going to be done to the

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patient, the coroner suggested, might it be they were not asked for?

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We will be hearing from more staff nurses come doctors from Stafford

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Hospital during this case, which is expected to last most of this week.

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Thank you. Police are appealing for help in

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piecing together the last moments of a cyclist found unconscious in a

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ditch in Ilkeston. The 49`year`old man was taken to the Queen's Medical

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Centre where he died. Officers don't yet know the cause of death but

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aren't treating it as suspicious. They want to hear from anyone who

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may have seen a cyclist at the junction of No Man's Lane and Potato

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Pit Lane in Dale Abbey yesterday morning.

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Mining communities can now apply for a share of a ?1 million fund for

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projects operating near former coalfields. The Coalfields

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Regeneration Trust is distributing grants of up to ?10,000 to community

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organisations and social enterprises. The grants programme

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was set up in 2011 to develop grass roots activities that have a

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positive impact on coalfields communities.

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The troubled Al`Madinah free school in Derby is making "reasonable

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progress" towards getting out of special measures, according to a new

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inspector's report. Teaching of primary pupils is said

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to be improving but the secondary school can't be rescued and will

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close this summer. Here's Mike O'Sullivan.

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Back to school on Monday morning, and back to better news for the

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troubled Al`Madinah Free School in Derby. Ofsted now says it is making

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reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures. They

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have made changes, let's see how it goes this term. Will you take your

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kids out of school? No. She will definitely not be coming here. It is

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the biggest mistake I have ever done letting her come here. I struggle

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with that, that is what she has done at the end of this year. I am not

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happy with that. Had a tough year, but onwards and upwards, definitely.

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Ofsted inspector the school in March, saying that: Although there

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is some praise for the primary school based here, the report says

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that progress made by the secondary school is far too slow. The

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secondary school will be shut down this summer, something ordered by

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the government earlier this year. The school is now being guided by an

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outside educational trust. I am doing what I am doing just as much

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for the parents as for the pupils. Following this Ofsted monitoring

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report, can have a much higher degree of certainty that their

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children are going be increasingly well taught and be successful at

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this school. The school has two years to come out of special

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measures. Still to come this evening: A look

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at the weather for the week ahead. We have got typical spring weather

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on the way this week, starting with a promise, a bit of a soggy middle,

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ending it with a bit of a blow. All the details later on in the

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programme. No soggy medals in the sport. Here

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is Colin. Absolutely. I knew that was coming.

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Coming up, you'd have to be made of stone not to love Notts County's

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celebrations as they pursue the great escape. We were there on

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Saturday and that's coming up. But plenty going on in the Championship,

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including the end of Forest's play`off hopes.

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It was the one significant issue still standing, and of Nottingham

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Forest had won at Bournemouth, they would still be in with a play`off

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showed. But they were poor and punished. Calls either side of

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half`time put them two behind. Another opportunity was missed to

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level things. And the burying of this penalty kick finished it off.

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The final goal was sold in the wind. That was the best we played since I

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have been in charge. On the day, they were too good for us. Stuart

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Pearce will take over the side next season.

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Now, Leicester and Derby. The fate of both is decided. One promoted,

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one in the play`offs. But the Foxes want to break the 100 point barrier.

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And Derby want to set a club record for their best`ever season.

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Fiennes Taylor Fletcher in the box. It's in the back of the net. A goal

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of champion winning quality. Into the box, the header. He scores. The

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inspirational Leicester City captain. They are well on their way

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to 100 points. They are playing further places next year, if you

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like. Still on goal, has he scored? He has. Up goes the head, headed

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away, he shoots and scores. Controls it brilliantly. Here is Forsyth.

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Into the back post, men arriving, headed in. A shot from distance,

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what a strike! The fans were terrific again today. Everybody

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appreciates what the players are doing. On the turn, at the coroner,

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in the net! It's been a strong season for us in

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the Championship, and as evidence, our three teams make up over half of

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the PFA's Team of the Year announced last night. Well done to Kaspar

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Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Craig Bryson, Will

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Hughes and Andy Reid. And some other news, Leicester City veteran Kevin

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Phillips has announced his retirement. Quite a finish to a

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career for the former England man. Not so long ago Notts County looked

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down and out in League One. But now with just one game to go they've got

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more than a fighting chance of staying up. A win over Swindon saw

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them go two points clear of the relegation zone. Kirsty Edwards was

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there to see the drama unfold. Lose this, we are gone. Three

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points, it is a must. These players do not need to be told what is at

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stake. They know the next 90 minutes are going to be huge. A lot of love

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for manager, he was looking for heroes in his side, and they did not

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let him down. Nine minutes in and a great goal from the captain. They

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did not have things their own way all the time. Swindon had their

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chances. Nervy times. Those nerves were not helped when chances came

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and went for Notts County. As full`time approached, there was real

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drama, and off the ball incident leading to pushing and shoving.

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Amongst it all, two Swindon players were sent off. As the end were in

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sight, Swindon went through broker. The goalkeeper went up for a free

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kick, playing right into Notts County's hands. Very surreal because

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we in holding on for so long. `` we had been holding on for so long. And

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it went in, you could see the funds coming on and everything. It was

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really good. Huge celebrations for a huge result. Notts County may just

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be on their way to the great escape. Really proud of them. Nothing is

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achieved yet. I have seen too many last day dramas to feel everything

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is done and dusted by now. It definitely is not. It will go to the

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very last day. If we do stay up, it will mean, probably, more or less

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everything to them. If we achieve what is possible, that is good

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enough. I love seeing that much passion on the touchline. One bit of

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bad news for Notts. A pretty key part of them Notts County's back for

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a Mac. And a mention for the Magpies' new

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women's side. They're through to the semi`finals of the FA Cup after a

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2`0 win over Portsmouth. As for Mansfield Town, boss Paul Cox

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was unimpressed with his players as they crumbled to bottom club

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Torquay. The visitors may have won but still suffered the pain of

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relegation. Cox's players were reduced to ten men and got a goal

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but still suffered the pain of a right royal rollicking from the

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manager. In basketball, the Leicester Riders'

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women's team were crowned champions while the the men went through to

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the play`off semi`finals but in distressing circumstances. Cheshire

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player Victor Moses suffered a really nasty broken ankle with seven

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minutes left of the quarter final. With Leicester comfortably ahead,

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they ended the game there and then. In motor racing, well done to

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Derbyshire`based Alex Lowes. He was second in the World Superbikes Race

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Two in Assen. The first time on the world podium. Sylvain Guintoli

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remains second in the Championship overall.

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And finally, the cricket. In Division One, it was wicked scholar

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at Trent Bridge. Leicester got to 500 with a remarkable century. And

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Derbyshire held together, just about, in their match at

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Worcestershire. Still two games to go.

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Thanks, Colin. Now, you may not have heard of Chris

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Young, but his work is having a massive influence on the fortunes of

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one of our biggest companies, and the lives of thousands of people

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across the country. Chris is the man who developed the

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most efficient passenger engine in the world, the Trent XWB, made by

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Rolls`Royce in Derby. This engine will earn Britain

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billions of pounds in the future. It's also brought international fame

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to Mr Young, as James Roberson reports.

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Running up for its first test flight last year, this air bus powered by

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Trent XWB engines. It was a proud moment for Chris Young, the

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fulfilment of a lifetime of connections. My uncle worked at

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Rolls`Royce and other engines, and that got me into thinking about

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engineering and wanting to work for Rolls`Royce for quite an early age.

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In 1997, Chris joined Rolls`Royce and roars meteoric Lee. He was

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handed the project of the Trent XWB engine. This is what he told us

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about it two years ago. It is sustaining around 2000 jobs within

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Rolls`Royce. We have a 20 billion order booked for this engine. There

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are 42 customers worldwide for this enormous machine. This is the

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biggest fan we have done. You can fit a Concorde view is allowed

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through the centre of the casing on this. At maximum power on take`off,

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it is pulling in 1.3 tonnes of air every second. The blades are turning

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at 1200 miles an hour, and they are pulling in air at 550 mph, throwing

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it out the back at nearly 1000. Chris has one an award for the Trent

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XWB, the fastest selling large civil engine ever. It feels like my baby,

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but it feels like the baby of many people in the business. It is a team

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sport, doing an engine like this. Many thousands have worked on it.

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But it is the engine's financial impact that is equally impressive.

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What we do is convert raw materials into something like this, which is

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infinitely more valuable and creates real genuine wealth for the country.

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That is impressive, isn't it? Superb.

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Let's hope the weather will be fantastic.

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It has been pretty decent over the past couple of days. Warm sunshine

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around, and more of that to come tomorrow. We are in between weather

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fronts, but we are staying there for tomorrow. The winds will remain

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light, which means we will get mist and fog forming the night. A bit of

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a murky start, but once that clears more sunshine to be had tomorrow

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afternoon. The sunshine has been hazy today, but it has been pleasant

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enough. We could see these showers in the southern parts, but they will

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not last too long and will be fading away later on tonight. It is dry

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tonight, the cloud will be rolling back in, and we will see mist and

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fog forming. We're looking at temperatures down to seven or eight

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Celsius, a minimum. A bit of mist and fog first thing tomorrow

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morning, that will clear quite quickly, the cloud will break up as

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well. Pleasant spells of sunshine into the afternoon. Chances of

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showers in the afternoon, you will be very unlucky if you catch one of

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those. Light winds, not feeling bad and the sunshine, temperatures up to

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17 Celsius. Our luck runs out on Wednesday, we are being attacked on

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all fronts on Wednesday. We will start off dry, sunshine through the

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morning perhaps, but heavy showers kicking off into the afternoon.

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Still warm, temperatures getting up to around 16 Celsius. Further

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showery rain on Thursday, but by Friday and into the bank all the

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weekend, pressure builds again. Settling down towards the end of the

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week, dry and bright weather, but gardeners take note, it is getting

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cold once again and the could be frosty nights once again.

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I put my garden table out. I was premature.

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We will be back with the latest news.

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