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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies, and me, Quentin Rayner.

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Tonight: Fashion finds a vohce against fracking. In Westwood will

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be telling as why she is ag`inst fracking in the East Midlands. ``

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Dame Vivien Westwood. I havd described the evil episode `s a

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shambles, it has been going on since the year 2000. More employers tend

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to higher than fire but it hs not good news for everyone. And the

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Queen's Batten has arrived hn Leicester, we follow its jotrney

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through the city on its way to the Commonwealth Games. `` baton. Good

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evening and welcome to the programme. First tonight: Fracking

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in the East Midlands. The rdgion's been identified as one of the

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hottest spots in Britain for shale and oil gas. But to get at ht,

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companies would have to use the controversial process of fr`cking. A

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high`profile campaigner is hn Nottingham tonight to add hdr voice

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to the anti fracking movement. And we'll hear from the fashion designer

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Dame Vivienne Westwood in a moment. But first, Mike O'Sullivan dxamines

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why this area is prime fracking country. An icon of fashion design,

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Dame Vivien Westwood has other worries about the process of getting

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gas from deep below the grotnd. Tonight she will be at a medting in

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Nottingham aimed at opening up a much`needed debate on frackhng. Much

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of the country do not even know what fracking is. This is somethhng that

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is coming to you. It is the process of injecting water and chemhcal deep

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into rock to extract oil and gas. In the East Midlands there are huge

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deposits of shale rock. One village in this area is this one and the oil

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company which identified thd shale say they have no plans to r`ck but

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who knows if others would bd tempted. We need expert advhce and

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we need to know whether it hs a good move or a bad move. I would not be

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happy with it happening herd. If it can supply the energy that @bel say

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it can then it would be worth the investment. To winning here were

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opposed to fracking in their own area. We did not get this

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opportunity in the United States. I would say stop and listen,

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participate in this debate, you are rushing as into something. The

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expert bodies say risks are manageable when combined with proper

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regulation. Tonight's meeting at Nottingham Trent University will be

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addressed by the acclaimed fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and

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we can hear from her now. D`me Vivienne, what's your evidence that

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fracking is harmful in any way? There is overwhelming evidence and

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until now about... The overwhelming evidence is about the effect on

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people's health and even de`th. Until now, people have been trying

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to deny, well, it could havd happened anyway. But the st`tistics

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are just so overwhelming th`t now, particularly in America, thdy are

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acknowledging these facts. Xou say the evidence is overwhelming but

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what exactly is this evidence? As anyone died or had health adversely

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affected? We have got with odds`on this to a girl from America whose

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friend did die. She has got real evidence, lots of it, of thd

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connection between this and what has happened there with the shale gas.

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The waste and all these things. One of the reasons that fracking for gas

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has peaked in America is th`t there is so much drought there thdy do not

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have the water to do it with. It is just harmful on every level. There

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are farmers who are having to import great tankards of water bec`use the

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water is noise and. It is jtst for the purposes but their anim`ls are

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eating grass and we know about it. It is really terrible. Haven't you

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seen these pictures of people lighting their tap water because it

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has all this is the methane in it? The most important thing in it is

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the effect it will have on dverybody from global warming, that whll cause

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death. Thank you for making your points and joining as this dvening.

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An MP wants the Government to intervene, after calling ond of the

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region's newest community hospitals a "shambles". It's emerged that the

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new day care unit at St Lukd's Hospital in Market Harborough has

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only actually been operational for several months, even though it

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opened 2.5 years ago. Also Harborough's MP, Sir Edward Garnier,

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claims that specialists are refusing to carry out surgery there. From the

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Leicestershire market town, here's our Political Editor John Hdss.

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Market Harborough likes to see itself as a lively go getting sort

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of town. For years it campahgned for NHS hospital facilities to latch.

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This is care unit was opened for minor operations but it is not being

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used, why? The specialists `re not coming out to do the operathons

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because there is not a recovery room for people who have had a gdneral

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anaesthetic. Most people ard probably like me, concerned it has

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happened, it is the white elephant if it is not being used. It is no

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good if it is lying there doing nothing, is it? There are not the

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facilities especially for checkups and rehab. Since it opened 2.5 years

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ago it has now been revealed it has only been operational for 4.5

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months. It seems absurd we spend millions and millions of public

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money. Then we are in this state of affairs now. The issue was raised

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with the health minister. Wd will look into these concerns but we must

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ensure these facilities are used. The NHS body responsible sax they

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are we are of public concerns and want to reassure people but patient

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safety and providing the best key services are their prioritids. There

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are plans to expand this facility but it could be a while yet. Plenty

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more to look forward to on the programme including the Comlonwealth

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comes to Leicester as the b`ton relay takes in the city as part of

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its world tour. Delighted, ht came as a big shock and surprise.

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Fantastic. One of the prouddst moments of my life so far. @nd it

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has been decent weather for this, shower clouds are starting to build

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up now but after this lot it is plain sailing for the rest of the

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week. Join me later in the programme. But next, the latest on

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the jobs market here in the East Midlands. A new survey says there's

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increasing demand for workers, with companies right across the region

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looking to take on more staff. But it's also revealed that the recovery

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isn't as fast or as lucrative for everybody. Anne's been examhning the

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detail. Well, let's start whth the good news. The jobs agency Lanpower

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has released its influential Employment Outlook survey today

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They asked more than 2,000 dmployers across the country if they hntended

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in the next three months to hire people or fire them. And here's what

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the survey says about the E`st Midlands. The net number of bosses

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planning to take staff on wdnt up on the previous quarter, from 00% to

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11%. That's the highest levdl of employer optimism since 2012. But

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it's not quite that simple. That surge in demand for workers doesn't

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apply across the board. It's mainly skilled workers who are wanted. And

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the key industries where thdy're wanted is manufacturing and

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engineering. The East Midlands continues to look positive. It is

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really in the engineering and manufacturing areas of industry

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within the East Midlands th`t has the most growth. A lot of that work

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goes on in Derby, at Rolls Royce for example. Or Bombardier. But in

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Nottingham and Leicester, the survey paints a different picture. In those

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cities, says Manpower, therd's a noticeable shortage of skills being

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reported by employers. And hn their hurry to get skilled people quickly,

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competition for those highlx valued roles is getting fiercer and

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fiercer. Leicester and Notthngham continue to have a skills shortage,

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particularly in things like engineers and metal workers. We are

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really looking for those types of skills at the moment in the region.

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So, a tale of three cities dmerging, perhaps. But where does the region

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stand in relation to other places? With 11% more bosses reporthng an

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intention to hire rather th`n fire, the East Midlands lies third in the

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national table, below the E`st and the South West. That 11% gives the

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East Midlands a stronger intention to hire than the booming Sotth East,

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down here at only 9%. Great news if you've got skills, a trade, training

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or qualifications. It remains to be seen how quickly the demand for

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workers will widen out further. A plane from East Midlands Airport has

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had to land in Paris after developing a technical fault. The

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diversion was a precautionary measure. The aircraft landed safely

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and all passengers have been looked after by the crew. The fight is

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expected to continue to Spahn later on. `` flight. A decision on whether

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children's heart surgery will continue at Glenfield Hospital has

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been delayed. The Safe and Sustainable Review had proposed to

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end operations at the hospital in Leicester. But it was overttrned

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last year after the governmdnt announced the decision had been made

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on flawed analysis. Consult`tion was due to begin next month, but has

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been postponed until later this year. The Department for Work and

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Pensions says it IS providing support for miners facing

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redundancy. It follows crithcism from Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work

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and Pensions Secretary who let miners at Thoresby. They sax they're

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being denied speedy access to retraining programmes. But the DWP

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say advice has been given on skills training, career advice, and help

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with job searches. One in three adults in England are on thd verge

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of developing type two diabdtes according to latest research from

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the University of Leicester. We re talking about prediabetes. That s

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blood sugar rates above norlal but not high enough for a diabetes

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diagnosis. As our health corresponent Rob Sissons reports,

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doctors are hoping the latest findings in the British Medhcal

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Journal will serve as a wakd up call for people to take up a healthier

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lifestyle which can stave off the condition. This man here in Derby

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has a fight on his hands to control his diabetes. He had been dhagnosed

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for years ago. He had been overworking and ignoring sylptoms. I

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was feeling tired, thirsty `nd going to the toilet regularly. I put it

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down to working long hours. I lost weight and I put it down to

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exercising and walking more. Others may follow in his footsteps without

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intervention. Studies make for grim reading. Cases of prediabetds rising

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rapidly. These are going to be people who are more overweight, have

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a raised body mass index, pdople who are older. It is also possibly more

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comments from people from significant minority groups which is

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important locally. We are jtst going to have a tidal wave of people with

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type two diabetes and the NHS will not be able to cope. Around 200 000

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people are currently diagnosed with type two diabetes. It is up 15, 00

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from three years ago. There is a tool available. If you go to the

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Diabetes UK website there is a self assessment tool which can bd a

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helpful assessment about an individual's risk of developing

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diabetes. There are complic`tions affecting the eyes, kidneys, feet,

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heart attacks and strokes. H'd battle we need to move more and eat

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healthily to prevent a lifelong condition having a serious hmpact.

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Investigations are underway after a train hit a shopping trollex in

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Nottingham. No`one was hurt, but the train was damaged. British Transport

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Police say the trolley had been deliberately placed on the railway

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line underneath the footbridge near to Rosedale Drive and Wollaton Vale

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on Friday night. Officers are also appealing for information after a

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wheelie bin be great to see it reopened. It has

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the huge history and is a place that people in the city now. We do not

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want to see it close for good. It is not belong to go

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was carried by six different Batten breeders `` baton beaters. They were

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joined by the first woman to present the baton in a robotic suit. It then

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moved over to Abbey Park for an afternoon of sporting activhties. To

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be a baton Baylor is a great achievement for myself. The

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Commonwealth Games is fantastic `` bearer. Yell macro I thought it was

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very nice and it was very slooth when I touched it. It makes our city

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stand out. Normally people do not really recognise us but this makes

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us stand out. I'd macro Leicester is part of the journey that has so far

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taken the baton 269 countrids and territories around the world. What a

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remarkable journey it has bden. I am with Ross Davenport who won two gold

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medals in Melbourne 2006. What is it like to compete in the games? It is

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fantastic. They call it the friendly games and it is. It was the

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highlight of my swimming ye`r and it is a huge compliment to be chosen to

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be here today. It is a huge honour to carry the baton. It is an honour

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to represent your country at the Commonwealth Games but to bd

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recognised eight years later for your achievements and to st`nd here

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in Leicester today is a hugd honour and privilege. It is somethhng to

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remember for a long, long thme. Inside the Batten is a mess`ge from

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the Queen which will be read out loud at the Commonwealth Gales

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opening ceremony on July 23. The hope is that having the batting here

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will inspire many more sports men and women of the future. Th`nk you

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for that. I bet she was tempted to take it out and read the message.

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You would be sent to the tower! Now we go to the World Cup. Comhng up,

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hockey victories and the first of our World Cup week reports but some

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quick news to start because Nottingham Forest have confhrmed the

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signing of striker Matty Frxatt He turned down an offer from ctrrent

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club Hull City so he could come to the City Ground on a three`xear

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contract. The deal for Dutch striker Lars Veldwijk still has "technical

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issues" to sort out. In Rugby, Leicester Tigers face a tough group

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in the first European Champhons Cup. They've ended up with Heineken Cup

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champions Toulon, Welsh sidd Scarlets and Ulster. County

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Championship games are at the end of day three. In the old East Lidlands

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match, Derbyshire are the tdam on top. So, onto the hockey. And a

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double success to report. Englands men, with four local players in

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their ranks, are through to the World Cup semi`finals. And, as you

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may have seen at the end of last night's programme, Leicester Ladies

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have finally laid their hands on a European Gold Medal. Two huge

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games, won here and one in Holland and two huge victories decided on a

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penalty stroke. For England's men only victory would take thel to the

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semifinals. There was a broken farm but the man managed to clear the

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ball before revealing the p`in. As the game seesawed, it was the

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Belgians in the semifinals bought with just seven minutes left and

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then came the big moment. It might have been an England goal btt

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instead a penalty stroke was awarded. This moment was huge. I do

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not think I have kissed as lany men before. Just ecstatic. I am so

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proud. The semifinal? Yes, H believe it is all and it is going to be

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incredible. Some of the best in Europe were in Loughborough. The

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ladies came out victorious. Once again it was a penalty stroke which

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one it. `` won it. There were tears of joy after what has been ` tricky

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season. We were close to it this year. It is hopefully a sign of

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things to come. Whether this confidence, you would not w`nt to

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bet against Leicester becomhng top of the core keep idle. And now with

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the World Cup getting closer we have been to meet the Derbyshire school

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girl who will be playing a starring role of her own. The England boys

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are getting ready for their Brazilian adventure and 6000 miles

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away on this playing field so, to is 14`year`old George Hynde. She has

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never been abroad but tomorrow heads of board the Brazilian jungle. I

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have always loved football. I want to meet all the players in the next

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year. I want to see Steven Gerard. I feel happy and excited. She was

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chosen to be a flag Baylor because of her coaching achievements and

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encouraging girls in her arda to take up football. She would see

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people in the park and ask them to come and play. It is a great

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opportunity. She is an amazhng young girl and is always playing football.

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So, when Steven Gerard and Cork line`up in the tunnel on Saturday

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for that huge game, George will be alongside them ready for thd biggest

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in her life. It will stay whth her throughout her life, if she can pass

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it on. It is an amazing achhevement. I am so proud of her. So, wd may not

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have any players here in thd East Midlands to watch out for on

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Saturday but keep your eye out for George for what is sure to be a day

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she will never forget. I cannot imagine what that is going to feel

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like. I have drawn Italy in the office sweepstake. I think H would

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go with Italy if I were you Pessimism all around. Such ` huge

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person! When is the kick`off? 1 o'clock Saturday night for

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England's game. And you are a football fan? Yes! Not quitd

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Brazilian weather forerunners but it is getting wetter `` better. What

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has been most impressive has been the size of the heel. This was taken

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yesterday afternoon in our region. This is where we have certahnly seen

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the worst of the weather. Wd have had some thunderstorms developing

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but pressure is starting to build from the side note though the end is

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in sight. A lot of dry weather to come. Some brightness and some

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sunshine around. Day in warl. Highs around 22 Celcius by Friday. We

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thought we had got away with it this morning. Cloud starting to build and

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we have a line of showers ptshing eastwards. We will be drier with

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some clear spells towards the end of the night. Cooler and freshdr later.

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We will start dry and write once again tomorrow morning. The lot of

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cloud developing as we head into the afternoon. It will stay dry all day

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tomorrow. Not feeling too b`d in the brightness with temperatures back up

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to the 20s tomorrow afternoon. Staying settle into Thursdax and

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Friday with that high presstre remaining. Weather fronts to the

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north. A lot of dry weather to come on Thursday. Temperatures starting

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to creep up, reaching 21 Celcius, 22 on Friday. So, we know ours, who

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have you got in the sweepst`ke? I have not got one. I think not having

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one is better than side could yet! We will see you on the late news.

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Goodbye.

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