18/05/2014 East Midlands Today


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on the BBC News Channel, and I'll be back with the late news. Now on BBC

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One it's time for the With your news now for the East

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Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. First tonight, police are hunting

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for a hit`and`run driver who left a man seriously injured in Derbyshire.

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It happened on Station Road at Stanley, near Ilkeston, at around

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11PM last night. Police say the vehicle was silver and drove off

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leaving the pedestrian badly injured in the road. They are appealing for

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witnesses. Fire crews have only this afternoon

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finished tackling a major blaze at a recycling centre in Grantham ` the

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second one there this year. It started overnight at the Environcom

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plant on Great North Road. The smoke could be seen for miles. Around

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fifty firefighters brought it under control, although the plant has been

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severely damaged. The cause is not yet known.

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A veteran from Nottingham says his life has been transformed now he is

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able to paint again. Eric Radford had given up on his hobby after

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losing the majority of his sight. But a charity has helped him

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re`explore his passion for art. Geeta Pendse reports.

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I can see there. I can see right deep down. I could never see it

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ordinarily. Equipment that is enabling Eric to paint for the first

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time in years. The former RAF serviceman from Nottingham gave up

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after being diagnosed with age`related macular degeneration.

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But the 93`year`old is now full of enthusiasm after a visit to a blind

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veterans' centre in Wales last Christmas. Before I knew it, I was

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doing arts and crafts. I would like to thank them for providing me with

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this and that. I am astounded. I am a different person, everyone will

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tell you. Eric was an armourer with the RAF from 1941 to 1946 and his

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sense of adventure has followed him through life. But he says that in

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recent years he had lost his sense of purpose. I was thinking two years

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and that is my life done. I never thought I would get... I probably

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still only have two years, but I will enjoy it now. I have got

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something to do. Blind Veterans UK provided Eric with the equipment for

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his makeshift studio. The charity estimates there are around 70,000

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veterans who could also benefit. Geeta Pendse, East Midlands Today.

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Now this weekend marks the anniversary of the Dambuster raid `

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seventy`one years since more than 130 airmen set off from RAF Scampton

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in Lincolnshire on one of the most daring bombing raids of World War

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Two to destroy the dam on the Ruhr. Some of the airmen are local people.

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Bolitho was a son of Nottingham. There are local connections. The

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raid was mounted here. It took off just over the county border in

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Lincolnshire. It is something that resonates with the people around

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here. Now if you have lived in the region

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a little while you may remember Nottinghamshire's rocket man, Frank

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Sharman. He repeatedly attempted to set world records launching homemade

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rockets. Well, after a ten year break, he is back having re`ignited

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his love of explosive engineering. Navtej Johal reports.

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The return of the rocket man. I realised that this year it will be

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ten years since the last launch and I thought, that is a long while. A

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decade ago, Frank Sharman attempted to launch Britain's biggest rocket.

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He may have failed, but he was all set to try again when his wife

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passed away a year later. At the end of the year, she had an accident and

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fell and died when she came out of hospital. So I just did not feel

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like doing it any more. As Elton John once said, it has been a long,

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long time since Frank last launched a rocket. Today he hopes he still

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has what it takes to make this rocket fly.

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MUSIC PLAYS I was fascinated when he was doing

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them ten years ago so 10/10. I am very proud. I think he is very happy

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and he has enjoyed it. I think I am pretty happy actually to see them

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fly again after all this time. Is there going to be another world

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record attempt for you? Yes. I do want to launch Britain's biggest

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rocket. And who would bet against the 60`year`old? The rocket man may

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yet fly again. Navtej Johal, BBC East Midlands Today.

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It has been an incredible day for the Downie sisters from Nottingham

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at the European Championships in Bulgaria. After helping Great

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Britain to a team silver yesterday, Becky Downie's performance today on

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the uneven bars made her the European Champion ` winning gold

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ahead of the Russian favourite. Meanwhile, younger sister Ellie also

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took gold this morning, and the European junior title, on the vault!

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A good weekend for the Downie's in Bulgaria and not a bad weekend for

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most of us here weather wise. Kaye has the latest on what is coming

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next. There is a fine evening to come. It

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will stay clear overnight will stop we will see some cloud in the early

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hours of the morning. Temperatures, 13`14 Celsius. Tomorrow, there will

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be some sunshine. There will be long spells of sunshine. Temperatures, 23

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Celsius. More unsettled from Tuesday on words.

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More for you at 10:15PM. Goodbye. St James Park and Sheffield both hit

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25 Celsius this afternoon. That gives us our warmest day in nearly

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nine months, since 5th September 2013. It goes without saying that it

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is going to be a warm night. Look out for some showers clipping into

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eastern Scotland. Some of those could be heavy. Still some patchy

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rain for western Scotland. More persistent rain returning to

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Northern Ireland by the end of the

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