22/05/2014 East Midlands Today


22/05/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Dominic Heale. Good

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evening. First tonight, shopkeepers pulled

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down their shutters and people lined the streets chanting prayers as

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Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Ch`uhan's

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funeral cortege made its way Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's

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funeral cortege made its wax through funeral cortege made its wax through

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Leicester and then Loughborough today. The 29`year`old serviceman

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today. The 29`year`old servhceman died in a helicopter crash in

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Afghanistan last month. He was described today as a true hdro.

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described today as a true hero. Victoria Hicks reports.

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They came in their hundreds to pay their respects to Flight Lidutenant

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their respects to Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan. Young and old,

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friends and strangers, unitdd Rakesh Chauhan. Young and old,

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friends and strangers, united in the friends and strangers, united in the

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grief of a community. At thhs friends and strangers, unitdd in the

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grief of a community. At this young grief of a community. At thhs young

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age, he has sacrificed his life for Great Britain. And the commtnity and

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Great Britain. And the community and humanity. On the whole, we `re

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Great Britain. And the commtnity and humanity. On the whole, we are very

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humanity. On the whole, we `re very emotional. I am very close to the

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family myself. And I knew R`kesh myself as well and he was a very

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dedicated officer and he was totally into his job. At this young age, he

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into his job. At this young age he did fantastic for the country. Shops

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here closed this morning, an unprecedented display of respect for

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a well`known family. The family unprecedented display of respect for

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a well`known family. The falily that has lost so much. We are extremely

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proud of him and what he achieved. He got to his rank at a very young

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age. He rose through the ranks very rapidly. I know he did that because

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he was very, very hard`working, rapidly. I know he did that because

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he was very, very hard`working, very dedicated. He was a natural born

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leader. The cortege, flanked by six of the men Rakesh Chauhan served

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with, stopping for a moment outside the family business started by his

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grandfather. Many were chanting Hindu prayers. Hundreds then

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followed the 29`year`old as he made his last journey along Belgrave s

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his last journey along Belgrave's Golden Mile. We wanted to bd here

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today to show our respect to Rakesh Chauhan and also show our stpport

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today to show our respect to Rakesh Chauhan and also show our support to

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his next of kin. Sadly cut down so young in his life, he won't be able

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to realise his career but he young in his life, he won't be able

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to realise his career but hd will young in his life, he won't be able

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to realise his career but he will be one remembered as a true hero. ``

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all remembered. From here, the cortege made a slow processhon to

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Loughborough. They came to mourn cortege made a slow procession to

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Loughborough. They came to lourn and Loughborough. They came to mourn and

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to remember a colleague, a friend, a son, a brother. As the cortege

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son, a brother. As the cortdge arrived, Rakesh's mother kissed her

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son's coffin. During the service, his father paid tribute, telling the

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congregation how indebted they were to him and how proud they all were

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of him. It was up to him to step up and do the job he was being asked to

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do. He felt it made a real difference to the world. That he was

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difference to the world. Th`t he was doing a good thing and he was

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difference to the world. That he was doing a good thing and he w`s doing

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it with all his heart. After the service, a fly`past by an RAF Hawk.

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Rakesh's cousins paid tribute to him. He'll be remembered as a hero

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and Nottingham earlier this month.

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Magistrates were told he wanted to highlight what he regards as the

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party's dangerous policies. The 33`year`old was given a conditional

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discharge for 12 months and fined ?200.

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Even if you don't find it a productive or tasteful method of

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protest, time? It is absolutely ridiculous.

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It was only four years ago when parents fought a long campaign to

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parents fought a long campahgn to keep the school open when it was

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known as the Gedling School. It was turned into an academy under the

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guidance of the E`ACT Trust. But only this year, the trust lost

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control of ten schools, including Sherwood, because of worries about

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performance. In a statement, the executive principal of the trust has

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said he fully understands the recent frustrations of parents and staff.

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After the decision to close the school was taken, the Redhill

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Academy Trust has been asked to secure a good education for all the

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students involved. The decision to transfer to the Redhill Academy

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Trust is part of an agreement with the Department for Education to find

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new sponsors for academies. It means pupils in years seven, eight and

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nine here will be offered a place at the Carlton Academy from September.

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Years ten and 11 will remain at this site while they take their GCSEs.

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Parents won the fight to save this school in 2010 but, after today's

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school in 2010 but, after today s announcement, many have left feeling

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their fight was for nothing. That's your news, so it's goodbye

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from me, but now, the weather. As expected, there was some heavy

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rain earlier today. Rainfall totals well over an inch in parts of the

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East Midlands. More to come tomorrow with heavy and scattered showers but

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also decent spells of brightness in the afternoon. Showers have cleared

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to the north. We have had a dry evening but more showers will come

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in during the night. There will be the potential for some thunder. As

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we go through the morning tomorrow, we start to see the showers becoming

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confined to the West. All of us should see some dry and sunny spells

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in the last part of the afternoon. in the last part of the afternoon.

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An unsettled start for Frid`y in the last part of the aftdrnoon.

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An unsettled start for Friday with An unsettled start for Friday with

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low pressure still with us on Saturday leading to more rahn.

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% N %  Nd,  | B a afternoon. Feeling cool. I leave you

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