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the better the chance of a rather wet and chilly day.

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This is East Midlands Today. Tonight ` a city calls time on

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spiralling levels of truancy. Forget church moves and railway

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lines. Thieves have taken his crime is a stretch further.

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Rescued from a garden shed. Remarkable footage from a World War

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I munitions factory. And relaxing now, in a few moments

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time, Carl Froch talks to me about his super fight.

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Good evening and welcome to Monday's programme. First tonight, we can

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reveal that thousands of fines have been issued to parents whose

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children have played truant so far this school year. In one city

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there's been a steep rise. Pupils at schools in Nottingham are among the

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worst in the country for truancy. From today the city council wants

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schools to take a 'zero tolerance' approach with a tough message to

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parents ` if your child is not in school, you are breaking the law,

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and could face prison. Jo Healey reports from Bulwell Academy.

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Although it is one of the worst schools for truancy in Nottingham,

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many want to be here. If I have 100%

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attendance, I know employers have a high chance of employing me. I am

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always at school to get my work done so I can get a good grade on my

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GCSE. And this school year, they have been taking a tough line on

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truancy. Our attendance has risen by over 1%. And persistent absentees

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have gone down by 6%. I can only think that what the council is doing

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will support what we are doing as a school. Nottingham has slumped to

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150th out of 152 local authorities in the country's school attendance

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table. The people of Nottingham would

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expect us not to be near the bottom of the league table. We do have

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issues, but not more than the rest of the country. We would like to see

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more improvements. There have been some but we

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we would like to step that up. They are doing

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it by talking to youngsters in schools, out in the street. All

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staff, council or the police can challenge youngsters. Parents are

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being fined and ultimately face prison. It

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is a legal duty for every young person to attend school every day

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unless they are too unwell to do so. That

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is our expectation in Nottingham. I will not apologise for

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using fines. At the end of last year, seven of

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Nottingham's secondary schools, that is half of them, were put into

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special measures. One of Ofsted's key

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issues was poor attendance. Now, the council is hoping that the zero

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tolerance approach will bring more pupils back into schools and keep

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them there. So, is this to do with people taking

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their children out of school because it was go on holiday, because it is

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cheaper? But some of these absences are children going out of school

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behind their parents' back. Some parents let their children stay out

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of school because they are tired, even because they want to go on a

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shopping trip. For a lot of these children, their education is really

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suffering. How big is a problem is it? You can see from these figures

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from the Department for Education. There were more than 3,500

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"unauthorised absences" in the Autumn term alone. Now a lot of

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those children's parents were fined as a result. In Leicester, they've

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issued more than 2,000 fixed penalties since last Summer. With

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over 600 more across Leicestershire and Rutland. The councils in Derby

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City and Derbyshire both handed out more than 800 fines. And there were

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over 400 more, across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. All for children

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missing school without permission. And how much are people being fined?

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Well it can all add up. Those fixed penalty notices are for ?120. If

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that doesn't work, they prosecute you. And then fine you up to ?2,500.

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So they're taking this very seriously. And if your children do

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miss school, there's a good chance miss school, there's a good chance

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it'll cost you. Pupils across the East Midlands

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returned to the classroom today after the half term break, but not

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at a school in Leicester. Parks Primary has been forced to shut

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because thieves have stolen pipes cutting off the water supply. Around

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130 feet of copper piping has been taken. Emily Anderson reports.

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When staff arrived at school this morning, this is not what they

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expected to find. During half term, thieves climbed onto the roof using

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this ladder. They damage the doors into the roof space. Here, above the

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school reception, they stole 131 feet of copper piping, ripping out

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all the copper they could find. The pipe supply the water to the school,

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so there was no option but to close. It is extremely frustrating. You are

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ready to learn, and you have to close because we have no water going

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into the toilet. It is not clear at this stage how much the piping is

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worth, but ?2 of copper normally spells `` normally sells for about

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?2 50. Police are saying they are investigating the theft and work is

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going on to get the water supply back on. All the staff can do is

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wait. There is nothing sadder than an empty classroom for a

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headteacher. Your job is about teaching children and we have not

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been able to do that. Just because of a bit of mindless damage and only

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a small amount gained for the criminals. But a massive problem for

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the school. The damage is still being assessed, but because there is

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no water here at the school, it will have to remain closed. Staff hope

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they can reopen by the end of the week.

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We will be we will be talking to Carl later on, life.

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Join me for the details of the weather later on in the programme.

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In Leicester family is calling for improvements after a man died on his

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way home. A man died after swerving. His

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family said the road is blighted by speeding drivers.

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At the moment, he has 3463 people who have paid their respects.

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Tributes have flooded in for the popular doorman who died on his way

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home from work eight days ago. Those people that are put there to beat on

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Facebook, it has helped me. It has really helped me through one of the

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worst times of my entire life. He was a wonderful dad, devoted. He was

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one of the most well loved, well`respected person, Dorman that

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you could ever wish to meet. He hit the curb, we think you then lost

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control. He has come up this drop curbs and then he has had the post.

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He has then continued on and fell in the hedge further on. Cheryl is

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trying to work out why her partner swerved off the road. The

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44`year`olds died from head injuries. It is is heartbreaking for

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us as a family. We want to know why it happened. We may not ever know.

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This is the second death on this stretch of road in two months.

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Dale's family says it needs to be made safer. We don't think you just

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came off. We think he was overtaken. It has got to be made slower. It is

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too much of a fast road. A County Council spokesman said it would be

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inappropriate to comment at this stage. Meanwhile, this family

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1000 people are expected to attend. 1000 people are expected to attend.

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A car park, badly damaged in Derby has been reopened. The 70 rooms have

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also been reopened. There has been rebuilding work and it should open

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again in the middle of this month. The council want to look at all

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options for the main venue including its demolition. It could be months

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before any decision is made on the venue's future.

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Another major part of Nottingham railway station has been reopened.

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`` has been opened. The main concourse is the part which will

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link to the car park. It will also link to the extended tram system. It

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is part of ?1 million that of a multi`million pound station

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overhaul. A sixth defendant accused of

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murdering a family of four in a botched arson attack says he lied to

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police because of fear. Jackson Powell said he was scared to put his

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family in danger if he named the man who he believed was in danger. The

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family killed was in Leicester. On trial for murder, Jackson Powell

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joined his co`accused in blaming Tristan Richards. To be fatal fire

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at Woodhill in Leicester last September. The 20`year`old said he

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was outside the terraced house when he saw 23 older Richards pour petrol

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over the front door. The prosecution claim it was a revenge attack, but

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on the wrong house. It killed a woman and T3 teenage children.

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Powell, who had spent a few years in the Army was due to start a business

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degree at University. The jury heard he cried in police interviews

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because he said he had no idea there would be a fire. His barrister asked

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him, why do you lie about two movements that night? Powell

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replied, I was trying to distance myself from the situation and from

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what I have seen, knowing what at least one of my co`defendants was

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capable of, I did not want to put myself or my family at risk. Jackson

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Powell said he was so frightened, he initially did not give police

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Tristan Richards' name. He said he feared it would put him or his

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family in serious danger because Richards had a big repetition. He

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said he had heard he had stabbed people and owned guns. That is

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something that Tristan Richards has consistently denied. Powell denies

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four charges of murder as to all the other defendants.

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Now, turn around in Europe these days, `` in Newark, these days and

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you are likely to bump into someone who run the country. The Prime

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Minister is in town but he was not the only big beast. You might have

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found the Shadow Chancellor Today's electioneering destination,

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you're a's biggest employer, this distribution centre. Prime Minister,

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your fourth visit in Newark in a few weeks, you must be particularly

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concerned? Farage said that he thought they

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were 80% of the way to getting the swing they need to win. That would

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open the door to getting the balance of power in the general election

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next year. No Nigel Farage in town today, perhaps a good thing with one

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stallholder willing to sell eggs for 50p a throw. It was of a laugh

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today, a bit of a farce. But it certainly put Newark on the map. And

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the high`profile nature of the Prime Minister's visit did not deter one

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man from showing his entrepreneurial visit. Have you heard of the

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cashback for any television over ?1700?

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And many candidates are standing in the by`election. He is a list of all

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11 standing on Thursday. taken. Emily Anderson reports.

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Well, here he is. The man of the moment. Carl Froch. On Saturday

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night he took on George Groves in front of 80,000 at Wembley and

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millions around the world on television. A grudge match. A score

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Have you absorb what you were part of, Carl Froch? I do. Reality hits

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me in the morning. I had one decent night's sleep. Wembley Stadium,

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80,000, phenomenal. It will take a bit longer than a couple of days to

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sink in. Let's reflect on it ourselves. There is a fight, on DVD.

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We will have more from Carl in a few moments. Let's relive it.

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Groves. One punch from the champion which settled this feud once and for

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all. Wembley was simply electric as Carl Froch and Groves came

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face`to`face. The time for talking was done. Time to finish business.

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With so much at stake, Little wonder the opening rounds were cagey. No

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clue as to what was to come. Round eight started slowly but finished in

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breathtaking style. A stunning finale from the world champion with

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his devastating right hook. Groves has been knocked out! He has

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successfully followed those world titles and settled a score with

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George Groves. He's promised to deliver and did so in some style

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here at Wembley. That is the biggest occasion I have been

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involved in, boxing wise. And the biggest I will be involved in for

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the next 20 years. This means everything to me in terms of my

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Boxing career. I can't wait to tell my kids what I did last night. He

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demolished groves and proved his doubters wrong. His latest title

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defence, his most satisfying. I would have had to listen to the

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whole saga for the rest of my life if I did not give in the rematch. I

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gave him the pasting he is in good health. But he had that coming. It

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was amazing, one punch and he was gone. The best results! You not out,

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we knew you would do it. It job well done, time for the people who does

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it all for. They are my family. They mean the world mean the world to me.

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I would give up all this fame and fortune for them. I do know how you

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give `` I do know how you cope with all this, Carol. Beforehand, it was

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like the world was on my shoulders. But he has won the world title. I'm

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so pleased. Was that a proposal for Rachel? Sort of. I went down on my

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knees. I said, will you marry me, Rachel. So ring shopping for you

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next time. He got down on one knee and said Rachel, I did have a ring,

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but will you marry me! You can't say no in front of 20,000 `` 80,000, can

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you? Exactly. No wonder he called the greatest night of his life as

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the boxing world was witness to a great champion on the best night of

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his life. everything to me in terms of my

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Some other sports news quickly. Mansfield's sidecar racing Birchall

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Brothers have suffered a spectacular crash at the Isle of Man TT Races.

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They were trying to build on last year's win but hit a wall at

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extraordinary speeds. Somehow they both walked away ` but driver Ben

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Birchall suffered a broken hand and That will be the end of it for this

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year. So, Carl will that be the end of

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boxing for this year? It will be have `` it will have to be something

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really big to get the motivation. I'm not a young athlete, but I'm

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still young enough to do what I need to do. I have proven that. I have

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box nearly ten years. I am not 46, I'm 36 but I am towards the end of

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my career. I have been a professional for 12 years. I need to

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be drawn in by something big. What is going to be bigger than the

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Wembley Stadium, the National Stadium? The only thing that takes

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the box will be something I've never done before in my career. And that

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is, boxing in Las Vegas. The public will follow you, one day? I know,

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I'm looking forward to trip and I will enjoy it. Actual former club,

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they are so behind you. The supporters phenomenal. They spend

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their hard and money to travel and support me. I like to think I

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entertain them and give them value. I put it all on the line. I don't

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give half a performance. I make sure that when I'm in there, I leave

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everything in the ring, heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears if

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necessary. You don't sound like a man who is ready to walk away from

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this. I love the game so much, I love every aspect of it. The

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training can be hard, brutal at times. I put my body through it. But

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when I have a couple of weeks off, I know what my mind is like. I have a

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bag in the garage and I punch of the bag every morning. I enjoyed

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training. I enjoy the physicality of it. Some people would have been

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scared of the other night, but I enjoy it. The bigger the better. I

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will miss the game if I walk away from it. While I can do it, I will.

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The public would love to see it. Carl, a true champion and a true

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warrior. Remarkable new footage from World

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War One has been discovered in a garden shed in Long Eaton. The film

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contains images of the men and women who filled artillery shells with

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high explosives at Chilwell near Nottingham. It was uncovered by the

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BBC during the making of a film with Kate Adie which is broadcast this

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evening. Faces of women doing dangerous work.

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According to the factories to produce dangerous shells which would

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win the war. Many would die within the year of the shot when a huge

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blast tore apart the building where the explosive was `` the explosives

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were being mixed. 139 died and hundreds more were injured and few

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could be identified. The newly discovered film shows women working

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with the explosives. This is one of the most important films I've seen

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in many years at the museum. It is a major find. This film was discovered

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when the BBC tracked down one of the families of the 1918 explosion.

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Pleased to meet you, come in. Joe Trude Coseley died, leaving behind

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four children. `` Gertrude died. The family were left behind. This was in

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a jumble sale. My aunt put it in the loft of the building she lived in.

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Then when we knew it was nitrate film, we realise it could be

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inflammable. So his nephew took possession of it and put it in his

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shed. And here it is. Rescued from a leaking garden shed in Long Eaton.

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Clearly showing the chill bar factory. Nitrate film is highly

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dangerous because it can combust and if I cannot be extinguished. A

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specialist courier to give from the BBC in Nottingham to the payroll War

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Museum at Duxford. Six months later, Peter was able to see what the

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experts had found. Basically a film which has had water damage. As it

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came out of the shed, it seemed so gummed together, I thought they

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would never be able to undo it. The negative was also found. It is

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planned to restore the film by combining the two. The film has been

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damaged by rainwater and technology has been used to copy it so it can

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be seen. This is a really exciting discovery for us. Very rarely have

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we had discoveries like this. This factory had very important part to

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play in the war effort. The family hope that eventually they may be

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able to find Gertrude in the restored footage. We may find her.

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She's very distinctive. She could be in there somewhere. The story of the

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munitions factories and how the women who worked in them helped win

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World War I can be seen in BBC One in the East Midlands tonight at 7:30

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p.m.. That is well worth a watch. As

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indeed is the weather! Difficult to pin down any details.

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Low pressure to the north and east in the UK. A weak one but not

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influencing us too much. Some more persistent rain heading our way on

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Wednesday but it is a picture of not all doom and gloom. We saw some

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lovely sunshine this morning. Cloud increasing into the afternoon. Some

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evening sunshine around but also a line of showers off to the west.

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They will push their way in this evening. A cloudy night with bits

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and pieces of rain around. Turning misty. Some hill fog around. A murky

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night and a muggy one. 13 degrees or 40 degrees. It will feel quite

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humid. Tomorrow morning, we start of the white grey and misty. Some rain

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around first thing in the morning. Cloud. To break out in the

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afternoon. `` cloud will start to break up in the afternoon. Light

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winds tomorrow and feeling pleasant enough. We will get attacked from

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the South with an area of low pressure on Thursday `` on Wednesday

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and Thursday afternoon. It will be quite wet on Wednesday.

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Stop saying summer is here because it has not quite arrived! Excellent.

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..then... ..he landed...

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..and in a flurry of feathers, they were gone.

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But that isn't quite the end of the story.

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Perhaps you'll dream of a great adventure.

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'I'm going on an adventure.' Wow.

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That is a long way. Quite a bit of it is on bikes.

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What are you going to do about your hair?

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They told me I had good technique, I'm quite happy with that.

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Is this the most adventurous thing you've ever done? Without a doubt.

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