20/05/2014 East Midlands Today


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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and

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me, Anne Davies.

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11th`hour election push in Derbyshire.

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Ed Miliband makes an impromptu walkabout in Nottingham.

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Also, a man accused of starting a fatal house fire in Leicester denies

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even being there. Plus, how University accidentally

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released the details of thousands of job applicants.

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And battling brain cancer, Colin Bloomfield says he is determined to

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stay positive. There are now just 48 hours to go

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until the European Today, Labour leader Ed Miliband had

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planned to visit one of the key battleground councils

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of the East Midlands. But the trip to Heanor in Derbyshire

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had to be abandoned after his train Instead Mr Miliband performed an

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unscheduled walkabout in Nottingham city centre, much to the surprise

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of shoppers and office workers. Here's our political editor

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John Hess. On the hoof and off the cuff, Ed

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Miliband extends his hand to a young man in Nottingham on a hastily

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arranged walkabout. For any political leader, there is a sense

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of jeopardy and it does not always go to script, especially when a

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voter like Jason wants to speak his mind. I was made redundant. I have

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been on benefits due to mental health. This country used to be

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great and now it is not. We have had loads of interesting in Nottingham

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and it has all gone. In recent opinion polls, the mood music for Ed

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Miliband has not been easy on the ear. These elections must count for

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the Labour Party, especially with a year to go until the next general

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election. Ed Miliband has been offered the Euro agenda and has been

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talking about domestic issues which he thinks are the priority. We have

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got to deliver fair funding for councils... A more formal setting. A

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televised question and answer session with party supporters at the

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University of Nottingham. But his impromptu walkabout among shoppers

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had made an impression. Talking to someone in the man centre `` town

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centre, he is doing all of the right things, cannot make ends meet

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because he is on the minimum way. We have got to do something about that,

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make the link between hard work and building a future for your family.

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The Labour leader had also ventured to wear Nigel Farage less than three

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weeks ago was hit by an egg. No need to dock today. `` duck.

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The man accused of starting a fire which killed a family of four

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A mother and her three children died in the blaze, said to have been

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Tristan Richards told a murder trial jury he was

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at his girlfriend?s house and didn't become aware of the arson

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Sarah Teale was at Nottingham Crown Court.

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Eight defendants are on trial accused of being part of the arson

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attack on the house at Wood Hill in Leicester last September.

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Last week, one of the defendants, Kemo Porter, told the jury

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22`year`old Tristan Richards was the one who poured petrol over the

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It is alleged it was a botched revenge attack

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on the family home of a man they believed to be involved in

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Today father of one Tristan Richards took the stand in his defence and

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Richards said he was at his girlfriend's house

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Richards? barrister then asked him a series of questions.

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He was then asked about two convictions for drug dealing,

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one in 2009 and the second in 2012 when he was sentenced to 30 months

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in prison for possessing with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

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Under robust and at times heated cross`examination,

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Porter's barrister said that case showed Richards was a proven liar.

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He asked him, did you tell the jury you were not guilty?

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The barrister said, you lied then to escape

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responsibility, all the more reason now you are facing a murder charge.

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Richards and the seven other defendants all deny

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four charges of murdering Shehnila Taufiq and her three children.

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The trial at Nottingham Crown Court continues.

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Celebrating 25 years of cochlear implants.

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Little Jack is one of the latest recipients of the implant which

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Conservationists have begun vaccinating badgers in Derbyshire

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The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has raised ?50,000 to fund the project,

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The first vaccinations, which included badger cubs,

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have been carried out at one of the trust's nature reserves.

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Shoppers and traders in Leicester say the supply of Alphonso mangoes

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is starting to dry up. It follows an EU ban on the fruit.

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The restriction came into force after fruit flies were

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Business owners are meeting with the Government tomorrow to discuss

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a way forward after several claimed the ban will cost them thousands

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A new dementia research centre in Nottingham is aiming to transform

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It's based in the University of Nottingham's Institute of

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It aims to bring together groups who research dementia or

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They hope to work directly with patients and

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their families to find out how they can improve their quality of life.

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The University of Nottingham has issued an unreserved apology

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after the details of thousands of job applicants were emailed

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The emails included information on whether people had been

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The university is carrying out an urgent inquiry and has notified

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Over the weekend, an attachment dropped

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into the inboxes of thousands of people who have applied for jobs at

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the University of Nottingham or are interested in future opportunities.

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It included the details of over 4,700 people who received

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job updates or were registered on the database of applicants.

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Apart from their names and gender, the attachment details what job

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people had applied for or could qualify for.

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And on the far right of the spreadsheet,

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two columns detailing whether applicants had been successful or

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been shortlisted or offered a position at the university.

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In a statement, the university said...

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The university has contacted all recipients asking them to delete

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the original e`mail and requesting them not to forward it.

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But because they included the recipients in the CC line, this has

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generated even more e`mail traffic for those on the database from those

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One applicant who did not want to be named told the BBC the data

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breach was worrying and they were shocked that a large organisation

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Two couples say their wedding plans are

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in ruins after a leading hotel was suddenly closed down and sold off.

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The administrators have described the Lace Market Hotel as one

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The former owners have offered another of their venues instead.

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But one couple we've spoken to say they've lost trust in them.

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Anne and Denise planned to have their wedding and reception

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at the Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham in November, with many of

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But they told me they found out the hotel closed down yesterday

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She said, the Lace Market has closed its doors this morning.

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The Lace Market Hotel, a grade II listed building, has closed down

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with the loss of 42 jobs and has now been sold to a private investor.

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In a statement, the administrator said...

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Another couple due to hold their wedding reception

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at the hotel this weekend were told of the closure by voicemail.

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Yesterday when we found out, we have been fighting mode,

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But it is obviously just causing a lot of stress

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and it is quite stressful organising a wedding anyway.

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The former owners of the Lace Market have offered their hotel in Derby

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We feel unsure because we do not want to go for that and then in a

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Anne and Denise say they have written off their ?200 deposit.

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Let us hope both couples can sort something out in time.

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Coming later: Kaye's looking to the future.

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I will be looking at a new forecasting system. And of course, I

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will have the short range forecast as well.

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When he was three, Michael Batt became the first person in Britain

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Fitted by surgeons at Nottingham's Queen?s Medical Centre,

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funded by The Ear Foundation, it meant he was no longer deaf.

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That was 25 years ago and since then thousands more children

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have been fitted with the implants across the country.

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As the foundation in Nottingham celebrates its quarter century,

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Jo Healey caught up with one of its latest success stories.

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Stand back! Jack was born profoundly deaf. At ten months, he was fitted

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with cochlear implants. When you take them off, I cannot hear them.

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What happens when you put it on again? I can hear again. There is a

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microphone on the sand. `` on the side. There is a magnet on his head.

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It sends the sensation of sound and our brain is clever enough to turn

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it into sound so Jack can adapt to normal speech and language. They

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have been supported all the way by the Ear Foundation we speak to other

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parents and get advice. There are few speech therapists and we get

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advice from them. The first`ever implants were 25 years ago. The man

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who had the first implants is now a high`flying businessmen and married

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a woman he met at the foundation. In 25 years, it has helped 10,000

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children and families. It helps 1500 adults with hearing loss each year

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and it has delivered 1000 training courses across the globe. The

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technology is constantly updating. The potential is up here and the

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reality is down here. The foundation is about bridging the gap and making

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sure we can reach the potential in learning to listen and to speak at

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home, school and work. To celebrate the anniversary, they are expanding.

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Golding began today on a new extension to double its size. ``

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building began today. They are going to build a tall building in the

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clouds. Talking of clouds, the foundation gave him and others like

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him a life that they would never have been done.

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I think he must be one of the best interviewees we have had!

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Next night, a special story. Next, Derby County fans are planning

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to stage a minute's applause at this weekend's Championship

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play`off final at Wembley. It's to show support for this man,

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a BBC colleague of ours here Radio Derby Breakfast presenter

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Colin Bloomfield says he's been overwhelmed with the messages

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of encouragement he's received after revealing that his cancer has

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now spread to his brain. At his home in Derby, Colin told me

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he feels as fit as a fiddle. But last June and for the second time in

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his life, he discovered he had skin cancer. It was advanced melanoma. He

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shared details of his condition with the radio Derby listeners. Today he

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told them to Ms have been found on his brain. `` he told them that

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tumours have been found. The doctors Tommy was likely to be months not

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years which is completely shocking. I did not expect it. Also, I have

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this real sense of hope and belief that there is a drug out there,

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there is a miracle that will save my life and preserve my life. I have so

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much to live for. Days after getting the news, Colin also lost his

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father. He knew he was going to die and he was leaving me in a position

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where I was being faced with this horrible disease, but also my mum

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faces the prospect of losing her husband and her son within the space

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of a few months which does not bear thinking about. But my dad died

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knowing that me and my mum would be strong together and we will be and

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I'm determined to fight this, not just for myself, but more so for her

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because she been an absolute rock. Somehow, we are coping. Somehow.

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Colin used to commentate on Derby County and on Saturday he will be at

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Wembley as a guest of the club. The fans are planning a minute's

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applause to show their support. What I would say is that if people are

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going to do it, brilliant, but remember other people going through

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this as well. Cancer does not disconnect against anybody. It is

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something that affects so many people and unfortunately devastates

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people's lives, not just the person directly affected, but other people

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as well. It means a lot to know people are on my side and if there

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is such a thing as positive energy reaping rewards, hopefully it might

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do me a few favours in the not too distant future. We send all the

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positive energy possible and all of the... `` and miracles do happen.

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There will be a huge wave of support on Saturday.

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That is an amazing gesture from the Derby fans.

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And tonight we'll continue our build up to the big day with

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You saw Colin there with the stuffed toys and things.

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An extra batch of tickets sold out quickly today,

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with fans queuing overnight to make sure they got hold of one.

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Kirsty Edwards now has our latest piece in the countdown to Wembley.

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If you needed any proof of just what Saturday means to the Derby fans,

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just take a look at this. They queued for hours, desperate to

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get their hands on the hottest ticket in town, some arrived

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yesterday afternoon. I think 3pm was one the first people pulled up just

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outside the ticket office. Got the coffee trolley out early this

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morning. Keeping spirits up. We really value their support. I want

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to be at Wembley. We have been supporting Derby since we were born.

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30 years. 40 years! The kids will be ecstatic. I will be the best dad in

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the world. At training today, the mood was relaxed to say the least.

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But these players do not need telling what it means to the fans.

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Make no mistake, they are desperate to deliver. Their coach is always

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stressing just how important the supporters. We have had two

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Australians at there who have come to support us. They said we are

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going to win 8`0 on Saturday. I thought, that has been a long

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flight! They are a bit dazed. That is huge, when people are queueing.

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It has ignited the city, the support. Everyone has got a spring

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in their step. It is creating a feel`good factor and commentating in

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what will be a memorable event on Saturday. Excitement is growing.

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Four days and counting. I very much hope you got your ticket

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if you wanted one! A little bit more news

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from the Rams. Jeff Hendrick, Conor Sammon

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and Richard Keogh are all in the latest Republic of Ireland squad

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along with Forest's Simon Cox. Speaking of Forest, new manager

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Stuart Pearce is bringing in Steve Wigley and Brian Eastick as

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coaches. Both worked with and Wigley is a former Forest player

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and coach. A rarely familiar face at the city

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ground. `` really familiar. Former England international

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midfielder Alan Smith has joined Notts County on a one`year deal

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as player`coach. He's still just 33,

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but has already got a career scoring goals for Leeds, Manchester United

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and Newcastle behind him. He arrives from MK Dons

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and says he was inspired by We are trying to create an

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environment that breeds winning mentality. Towards the end of the

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season, I think they really installed that into the group of

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players they had. I want to be one of them people that breeds that

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mentality as well. Cricket and Nottinghamshire's Harry

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Gurney has tonight doubled The national side are playing

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Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 He is one

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of only two Notts players included One County Championship match today

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in division two and it looks like Leicestershire

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will have a challenging but possibly gettable target to chase at home to

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Hampshire in the final day tomorrow. All our good wishes going to Colin

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Bloomfield. More on the Derby build up tomorrow.

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Kaye will be here in a moment with the weather forecast.

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But on the subject of weather, wouldn't it be nice to know

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if summer this year will look like this?

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Might need more than positive thought!

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And wouldn't it be useful to have a really advanced warning that

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Well, experts might just be a step closer with a new long`range

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forecast system that's being tried out by the Met Office.

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Good news if you like burnt sausages.

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In fact, the summer of 2009 turned out to be a monumental washout

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and that brought an end to long`range weather forecasts.

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Five years on, the Met Office are preparing to

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start again but just how accurate will the forecast be this time?

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What is new about this system is that, through

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increased computing power, we are able to model the atmosphere and

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It does not allow us to predict the daily weather many weeks in advance.

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What we have done is tested it over 20 past winters

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and we find the very exciting result that the ups and downs, cold

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and mild winters, are reproduced with a 62% correlation score.

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It is not quite 100% yet, but it could help our local

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authorities plan for the extreme weather conditions in advance.

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We would be certainly interested in more long`range forecasting

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We always stock our barns to the full capacity.

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But we would like to work with our suppliers to really give them

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advance warning of the severe winters so that they can produce

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Conflicting headlines like these popping up in the newspapers, would

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And get prepared, probably, if it is a flood warning.

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Maybe in ten years? time when they have proven themselves.

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How can they tell that far ahead? I don't think they can.

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It may take some time to rebuild trust.

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I saw a headline yesterday, six`week heatwave to come. In the inside, it

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said hopes! It sells newspapers. It is something

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we always want to see. Absolutely.

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We know the next couple of days looking tricky. The last few days

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have always been tricky forecasting. It is always the way when

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thunderstorms are in the mix. Low pressure taking charge once again. A

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lot of unstable air in the atmosphere. Tomorrow, in between

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weather fronts. Mostly dry with spells of sunshine and staying

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relatively warm. We have had a force field across the East Midlands today

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but we are starting to see showers pushing in, some on the heavy side.

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Lively downpours in the next couple of hours. It will dry up again

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tonight turning misty and murky in places. It is a cooler and fresher

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night. Tomorrow morning, we start off dry. Murky to start with with

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cloud. Spells of sunshine coming through. Small risk of showers. But

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most places staying dry. Temperatures up to 18, 19. Feeling

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pleasant with light winds. It is all change. Wednesday night and Thursday

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morning, we will see an area of low pressure pushing in and there is

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potential for heavy thundery downpours on Thursday morning. It

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does not last too long. Drier and brighter in the afternoon. Turning

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more unsettled and cooler for the end of the week.

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I will go home and throw my seaweed out of the window!

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The old ways are the best. I am back with the late news with the super

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forecaster. Goodbye. Some people don't think real change

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in Europe is possible. Some people don't think real change

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is necessary. Some people don't think

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it's worth fighting for. But we want to make Europe work

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for Britain, and give you the final say

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with an in-out referendum in 2017. have made Britain's economy

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stronger and more competitive. a record number of people in work.

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And we're predicted to be the fastest-growing economy

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in the G7 this year. We're working through

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our long-term economic plan at home

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