19/05/2014 East Midlands Today


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that fans will hope is just half as good as the old one. That is all

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from us. And now the news for the East

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Midlands, I'm Anne Davies. Nottinghamshire Police are

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investigating claims that UKIP's Roger Helmer assaulted a protester

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during European election calpaigning during European election calpaigning

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in Retford. It's alleged that during European election campaigning

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in Retford. It's alleged th`t the in Retford. It's alleged that the

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East Midlands MEP confronted a campaigner and took away the man's

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megaphone. Labour supporters are describing it as assault.

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There was a storm on twitter saying I had been arrested, of course I

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haven't been. I haven't heard from the police. The person with the

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megaphone told us he was a Labour councillor. If he was, the Labour

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Party should be ashamed of itself and apologise. This is not the way

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we behave in British politics. The simple text messaging system

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The simple text messaging sxstem which is helping vulnerable people

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cope with everyday living. Already, it's transformed the life of one man

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with Aspergers Syndrome. His anxiety levels were so high, he'd sometimes

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get up 12 times a night just to make sure he'd remembered to lock his

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doors. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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He was up and down stairs all night. Samuel kept asking himself the same

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question, did I lock everything? Samuel kept asking himself the same

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question, did I lock everything I question, did I lock everything? I

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just thought that I hadn't locked one of the locks and if I h`dn't

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one of the locks and if I hadn't locked one of the locks, all of the

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locks would be wrong so I had to keep going up and down all the time.

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He doesn't feel safe a lot of the time so he has to keep checking the

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doors and windows. We've got about six or seven locks and dead bolts.

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Obsessive behaviour there seems no Obsessive behaviour there sdems no

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end to. It meant little or no sleep until social workers started sending

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a nightly text. Have you locked the door? I was sceptical at first

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because I thought how can something so small do anything because his

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so small do anything becausd his paranoia was so bad?

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The text sender system is called The text sender system is called

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Florence or Flo. If he feels anxious in the night, he looks at the text

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and it reassures him. The sxstem was developed by the NHS and has been

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taken up by Nottinghamshire social services. We do plan to extend it

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taken up by Nottinghamshire social services. We do plan to extdnd it to

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services. We do plan to extend it to people with early onset demdntia or

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people with early onset dementia or with learning disabilities where

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some kind of assistive technology can help them stay more inddpendent.

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can help them stay more independent. A daily text ends up costing the

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council 54 p a week. If it has worked for me, it can work for other

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people. I used to get three or four hours sleep whereas now I gdt eight

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hours sleep. There is less on his mind, which is

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just as well because there hs There is less on his mind, which is

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just as well because there is plenty just as well because there hs plenty

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going on outside his door. Tram works. So catching up with lissed

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works. So catching up with missed sleep is not always easy.

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Well, a little earlier I asked Rob if this idea of texting vulnerable

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people like Samuel would prove to be a success.

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I don't think it is going to be for everyone. Not everyone has a

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I don't think it is going to be for everyone. Not everyone has ` mobile

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phone, not everyone will want to use this system. But it is alre`dy being

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this system. But it is already being trialled in Nottinghamshire and they

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are hoping to expand it. Some people might think it hs an

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Some people might think it is an excuse to save money?

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We know that adult social c`re We know that adult social c`re

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budgets are under huge pressure. But budgets are under huge pressure. But

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social services in Nottingh`mshire are keen to point out that this is

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as well as, not instead of, support and face`to`face contact with social

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workers. An army veteran has returned to the

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scene of one of the most falous An army veteran has returned to the

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scene of one of the most falous and bloody battles of the Second World

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War. Lewis Renshaw from Newark bloody battles of the Second World

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War. Lewis Renshaw from Newark was severely injured at the Battle of

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Monte Cassino in Italy 70 years severely injured at the Battle of

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Monte Cassino in Italy 70 ydars ago. Monte Cassino in Italy 70 years ago.

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Today, he was among a group of veterans who returned to It`ly for a

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remembrance service, as Robin Gibson reports.

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It's hard to believe 70 years ago, this beautiful landscape was the

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backdrop for a bloodbath. In 1944, Churchill had described Italy as a

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soft underbelly, an easier route into Europe from the south. But

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around Monte Cassino, the Allies found it wasn't. It's been a great

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found it wasn't. It's been ` great day, a great time. A depressing

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time, coming up and seeing this It time, coming up and seeing this. It

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really upset me. Because we had the job to leave our guns and go and

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take the tags off. I think that was the worst time of my time.

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All these veterans have memories of the carnage. They can colour these

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gravestones with the faces, the characters, the friendship of the

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young men they knew. This service young men they knew. This sdrvice

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and the presence of Prince Harry is recognition.

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Even in peace, it's a tough climb. Many are over 90 and have returned

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with sons, daughters and grandchildren, wanting to understand

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what they did in the war. Our job was to kill, that is what we

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were taught. This is what we Our job was to kill, that is what we

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were taught. This is what wd did. But I don't think anything good came

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out of it. Do you dream about it? Do you think about it? Yes, yot wake

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out of it. Do you dream abott it? Do you think about it? Yes, you wake up

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at night... Today, an emotional climax to an

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emotional pilgrimage, remembering comrades for whom there was no happy

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ending. Finally, more than 100 Derby County

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fans are camping outside thd iPro fans are camping outside thd iPro

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stadium tonight, in the hopd of getting a ticket for the

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Championship play`off final on Saturday. An extra 1,200 tickets go

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on sale at nine tomorrow morning. Some fans have been queuing since

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three o clock this afternoon. The Rams will take more than 38,000

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supporters to Wembley for the crucial match against Queens Park

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Rangers. That's your news.

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It has been an absolute scorcher today, we reached 24 Celsius in

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Nottingham this afternoon. We won't reach that high tomorrow because of

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the changes developing from the West. But there will be some warm

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sunshine tomorrow, but a few showers as well. Still quite warm at the

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moment. We are staying mostly dry. Very mild temperatures of 13 or 14

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Celsius by the end of the nhght A Celsius by the end of the nhght A

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few showers will push in during the morning, but they will become more

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morning, but they will becole more isolated in the afternoon. More

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sunshine coming through. But those showers could be on the heavy side.

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That is it from us. the day. Hi if 21 Celsius tomorrow.

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And on the outlook, and settled conditions to come. Here's Nina

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Ridge. Good evening. Our hotspot today was

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Heathrow in London at 26 Celsius. Thunderstorms are rumbling on as

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they push their way northwards. We will start dragging some mist and

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low cloud. More of those thundery

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