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has fallen into the hands of militants.

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Unemployment falls. People `re feeling more confident and taking

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people on as a result. Also, matters of the heart, why it's hoped this

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new research centre in Leicdster will help us better underst`nd the

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causes of heart disease. Plts, to the rescue. Hopefully it's second

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time lucky around Britain. How long are you going to do it in? Nine

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days, nine hours and nine mhnutes. The team from Derbyshire who are a

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cut above the rest in Brazil. The East Midlands has recorded one

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of the the highest falls Latest figures show that thd number

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of people out of work across That's a drop of 22,000

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in the three months to April, and an Business leaders are now saxing that

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our economy is showing real signs You have to go back to the summer of

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1996 for the last time we h`d it so If big sports events create a

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feel`good factor, then 1996 was a vintage year. England staged the

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European Championships, with some of the games being played at this city

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ground in Nottingham. We had come out of the recession of the early

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90s but there were still mixed news on jobs and different attittdes in

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the workplace. That year 4,000 manual workers at Rolls`Royce in

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Derby turned down a two`year pay deal worth just under 8%. And 2 0

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new jobs were created there, as well. There was a ?40 million order

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to refurbish trains as rail privatisation arrived. But later

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there were 120 job losses. Hn June 1996, the half`yearly profits at

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Boots were on their way to ` rise of around 10% to almost ?240 mhllion.

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The jobs of 300 workers hung in the balance in Leicester after ` shoe

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company went into receivership. Thousands attended this jobs fair

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with the British Midland airline trying to recruit staff. 1986 has

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parallels. And in this World Cup year let's hope the football doesn't

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echoUre 96. `` Euro 96, England went out on penalties to Germany.

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Let's hear from Chris Hobson, from the Chamber of Commerce. Obviously

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you welcome these figures btt can you give us an idea of the puality

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minimum wage. A number of elployers already do. There are lots of

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employers and for practical reasons would have to have a discussion

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internally about whether thdy could afford to do that. The news is good,

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employment is on the up and people are starting to look at pay rises,

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as well. Thank you. Coronary heart disease is the UK's

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single biggest killer so today's opening of a multi`million pound

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heart disease research centre could well be the first step towards

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saving hundreds of lives. The centre brings doctors,

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scientists and patients togdther. The aim ` to improve diagnosis and

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treatment, as Geeta Pendse reports. Trying to unlock the causes of heart

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disease, scientists at the new research centre in Leicester are

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analysing the protein and DNA samples of patients who havd

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suffered from heart conditions. They want to discover how to detdct the

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first signs of both common `nd rare forms of disease. A quarter of the

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people in this country will die of cardiovascular diseases, it's really

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important area of medicine. We don't fully understand the causes, often

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they have a genetic basis. This research will help to unravdl those.

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The research centre is based here where they treat around 17,000

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people every year for cardiovascular diseases. It's hoped they c`n

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harness as much of that pathent information as possible and use it

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to better understand the catses and potential treatments for he`rt

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disease. Feeling fit now but three years ago this man suffered two

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heart attacks and was treatdd at Glennfields. He has been a huge

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supporter of the centre. In 201 I had a heart attack. I was rtshed to

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the hospital and they put a stent in it, if they had not I would not be

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here with you today. Since that all my life to this hospital. The centre

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has cost 12. ?12.6 million, of which ?2 million was raised by thd local

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community. The University of Leicester hopes it will become a

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leading research hub for thd whole of the East Midlands.

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Almost 200 packs of so`calldd legal highs have been seized

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180 packets of tablets and powder were found at a shop in Broxtowe.

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They were seized by the county council's Trading Standards team

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and Nottinghamshire Police after information from the public.

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Tests are now being carried out to identify the chemicals inside them.

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They're dangerous. They're probably not legal and probably are

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dangerous, so we are appealhng to people to let us know if thdy know

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where they are and if we ard concerned about them we will get

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them off sale. Investigations are under wax

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into the cause of a huge fire at Crews were called to

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the derelict building on Wigman Road in Bilborough just

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after 10.00pm last night. They spent the night working to

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ensure the flames didn't spread An army reserve centre

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was also evacuated. Gas has been ruled out as a cause

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of the fire. There's been a sharp rise

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in reports of abuse involving The County Council were contacted

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more than 2,500 times in the year to March, that's around

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500 more than the previous xear The County Council is urging anyone

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who suspects abuse, whether in a care home or private

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setting, to report their concerns. Coming up later: The rescue teams

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taking to the water for a challenge around Britain in nine days, nine

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hours and nine minutes. The newly`elected MP for Newark

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Robert Jenrick, has taken his seat in the House of

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Commons for the first time today. He was cheered by Conservathve

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backbench MPs and personallx Let's talk to our political editor

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John Hess who is in Westminster A big day for the new MP. There was

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a noticeable sense of excitdment but also relief among Tory MPs `s Robert

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Jenrick was formally introdtced to the House of Commons today. If he

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was hoping for a lower profhle on his first day, well the Prile

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Minister and Tory backbenchds couldn't resist savouring the first

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by`election victory in a generation for the Conservatives in Government.

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After a welcome from the Colmons Speaker and before finding ` seat on

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those famous green benches, Newark's new MP took the parliamentary oath.

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I swear by almighty God I whll be faithful and bear true allegiance to

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Her Majesty and her heirs and successors. It's been a big day for

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you, as a new MP there must be practical things you have to sort

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out like new offices and thhngs Good evening. Yes, it's likd a first

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day at school except I am in a class of one. There is a lot to gdt done,

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I have to get an office and get organised. We are getting m`il

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coming through, we had a few hundred letters already from cop constitute

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yents, so getting on with the job. `` constituents. The Prime Linister

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looked pleased to greet you here at Westminster but why do you think

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your by`election victory mattered so much for the Prime Minister? Well,

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as we said throughout the c`mpaign it mattered because we wantdd Newark

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to have a good constituency MP. It was a Westminster election. It had

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the European elections two weeks before, a lot of people had used

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that to ` UKIP had said havd a free hit against the Government `nd this

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was about choosing your MP `nd also setting the tone for which hs the

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most credible party to be the Government. Economically thd East

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Midlands as we heard this evening seems to be enjoying somethhng of a

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revival but is it a flash in the pan and will it be sustained up to and

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after the next general election I certainly hope so. There's good news

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out today, in Newark the nulber of people on jobseeker's allow`nce is

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down again, particularly amongst young people. You see great

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statistics, 8,000 new busindsses in the East Midlands. The East Midlands

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is the fastest growing part of the British economy. Throughout the

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by`election campaign we werd amazed by the fact statistics that 7,0 0

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new jobs in Newark alone since 010. Aren't a lot of those zero hour

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contract jobs? There is a r`nge of different jobs, not all of them are

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zero hours. If you look on the high street there are shops openhng and

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good businesses. Of course things aren't perfect but it's cle`r the

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East Midlands is on the up. Thank you very much. Some news about

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UKIP's Rodger Helmer who cale second in the by`election. He has been

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elected leader of UKIP's group in the European Parliament and that, no

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doubt, frees up Nigel Faragd and gives him breathing space to find

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that Westminster seat. Thank you for that, John.

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The Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has proved she's not just prepared

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for political battles by breaking up a brawl in a cafe.

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The Defence Minister, who has previously described herself

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as a tough old bird, took action at a coffee shop

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She stood between staff and a drunk man, blocking hhm

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She told him to, stop it, stop it now.

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She believes being a woman prevented the brawl going any further.

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The new tram bridge over Nottingham's ring road has

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It's to be called the Ningbo Friendship Bridge,

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The structure is about 62 metres long, weighs 1, 00

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It spans the A52 linking thd Queens Medical Centre with the main

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It opened a campus in Ningbo ten years ago.

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It's known to locals as the "Big Pit".

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The area is a haven for birds and other wildlife.

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But campaigners in this part of Leicestershire say proposals to

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build dozens of houses would have a devastating impact

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These photographs show what the pit used to look like. Campaigndrs say

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the site was a haven for wildlife. This is what the area looks like

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now, the site's already been partially cleared to make w`y for

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the development. If permisshon is granted, the lake would be filled in

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and around 60 houses would be built. Locals aren't happy. The celetary

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backs on to it. Can you imagine the effect it's going to have on people

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who might be burying their loved ones with all that going on behind

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it? There's not many truly wild sites you can go and around there

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there was a lovely site. Thdre were fish in it, we put a boat on it

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There's loads of places that are derelict that could be built on

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This year campaigners and councillors successfully stopped a

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plan to fill in and build on the land but that decision is now being

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appealed. A public meeting hs being held today for residents to speak

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out. There's real concerns from residents that to fill in the pit

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would take so many lorry movements and would cause disruption `nd noise

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and dust and harassment to residents. It's been there since the

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World War I. I think it will be a disaster because it's a large

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stretch of water which is ilportant for wildlife and it's important for

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people to be able to see it. It s part of the hingly scene and it ``

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hingly scene. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.

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A team of volunteers has set off for the south coast today to enjoy

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the trip of a lifetime and they're hoping it'll be

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Last summer, Watersafe UK ` a Derbyshire`based inland w`terways

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rescue team ` attempted the 999 challenge `

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to circumnavigate Britain in nine days, nine hours and nine mhnutes.

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Now, as James Roberson reports, they're trying again.

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Practising out on the water last July, the team were full of hope

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that their around Britain voyage would be successful. Becausd the

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volunteer team members are lainly emergency service workers from

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshhre who carry out inland waterway rdscues,

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it was called the 999 challdnge Their plan was to raise tens of

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thousands for their charity and the RNLI in one go, they would take the

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boat around Britain leaving from the RNLI headquarters in Poole hn Dorset

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and stop each night at lifeboat stations, completing the ch`llenge,

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it was hoped, in nine days, nine hours and nine minutes. But on day

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one the boat split, by day two it was all over. Pretty gutted. The

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whole boat split. One of thd ` it was really the end of the challenge.

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It was back to the drawing board. A similar plan, but with a new

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stronger, bigger boat. Whild that was being organised, the te`m was

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hard at work carrying out rdscues in East Anglia and Berkshire dtring

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this winter's floods. You don't believe how much water can cover

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such a vast area. For such ` prolonged amount of time, as well,

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obviously you get used to flash flooding and stuff but therd was a

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metre and a half in places `nd it was shocking to see the dev`station

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to people's lives, to be honest Today, the team were packing to

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leave Derby, hopeful this thme it will go to plan. We will set the

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target to ?50,000. Hopefullx we will get near to that target. How long

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are you going to do it? Nind days, nine hours and nine minutes. The

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team leaves tomorrow and should be back on the 20th.

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Fingers crossed for them thhs time! Plenty more on the way: The

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Bladerunners. The team from Derbyshire who have made all the

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mowers for the World Cup st`diums in Brazil.

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Did you say World Cup? Brazhl? It all starts tomorrow in Brazhl. World

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Cup fever is naturally spre`ding across the East Midlands. In a

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moment we will chat to the first ever Englishman to play professional

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football in Brazil. First, here is something to get you in the mood.

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There is no bigger stage th`n the World Cup and with it being in

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Brazil it makes it extra spdcial. We are determined not to let the

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opportunity slip by without grasping it.

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Everyone's desperate to do well We can't wait until June 14th comes

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around. We are going to plax Roy Hodgson's way and England's way and

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hopefully that's successful. We believe that we are in the right

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place and we are the right people to do it.

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To the story of Loughborough University student Seth Burkett here

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with us and sports writer I`n Ridley. You have released a book

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about Seth, Ian. Tell us about his amazing story. It's a fascinating

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story. I have my own publishing company Floodlit Dreams and this

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manuscript arrived months ago from a young lad, the only English

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professional footballer in Brazil. I read it and he asked for sole advice

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on it. As I got into the story, I thought, wow, this is prettx

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staggering. A young lad, 18, spotted on a tournament playing for Stamford

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out there and he gets a chance to play in the middle of nowhere.

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Astonishing story really. Sdth, from Stamford FC to there, what was it

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like? An incredible experience. It really was. But at the same time it

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was a massive change in culture The whole team live together in a

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converted garage on the edgd of a favehla. In my room six of ts, in

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the next eight and the next 14. Within that we are served t`steless

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rice and beans, but at the same time it was fantastic. We have phctures

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of the glamorous image of Brazil, the carnival, and images of Brazil.

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What was it really like plaxing there? Yeah, the reality for a lot

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of footballers is actually very poor conditions, cramped conditions. They

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do this on purpose in Brazil because it instills a real desire to succeed

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and get to the top. Players are given a lot of pampered in Dngland,

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in Brazil, because they don't have that they have that desire to get to

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the top. We can see pictures of where you play now and you obviously

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have skills. What is the he`t like and the conditions for the Dngland

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players going to be like? I was 1,000 south of there and evdn there

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it was hot. The lads in my team found it hot. It got to abott 5

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degrees every day, it was lhke playing in a sauna. It was hard to

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breathe. Ian, you have covered four World Cups, how are we going to get

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on? England might do better than people think. Young players that

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don't have the baggage of previous tournaments that might do us well.

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Fingers crossed. Hope they have as good a story as Seth has produced

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here. Absolutely, thank you very much for coming in guys. Th`t's just

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about it for the sport but let's look now at some of the sports

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stories happening today with Kirsty. In tennis Sam Smith hurs has been

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handed a wild card for Notthngham. In cycling Annie Lass has bden named

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in the England squad for thhs summer's Commonwealth Games in

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Glasgow. Lucy Garner is also part of Team England and will be part of the

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road cycling squad this sumler. In cricket, Nottinghamshire's County

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championship match at Yorkshire has ended in a draw.

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That's all the sport on a d`y when we met the incredible Seth Burkett.

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Brilliant story. Some of thd World Cup `` staying with the World Cup

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theme. Now following a World Cup theme

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what's one of the most important pieces

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of equipment needed in any stadium? Yes, if you think about it,

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how can you get that perfect playing But that's exactly what thex've got

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at all 12 major stadiums in Brazil for the World Cup and guess what `

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they've been made right herd Dennis has been a name synonymous

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with buses and lorries. And mowers? Yes, good enough for the pitches in

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Brazil and other World Cup competitions. It started in 200

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with the Eeuro finals. We stpplied the equipment. We went to South

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Africa World Cup and supplidd again all the equipment. Followed by the

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Ukraine and Poland and finally in Brazil this year for the World Cup.

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The mowers have been manufactured at this factory near Derby for the last

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three decades. 40 staff hand`build them and they're tested to dnsure

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the Blades are razor sharp. It's this British quality and thd

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pedigree that had the Brazilians coming to Dennis 18 months `go for

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more than 30 machines. Started in 2013. We went out there to do

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training. First, to the distributor and some contractors dealing with

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the projects ongoing. Subsepuently, January 2014 we did the samd

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exercise, training the spechfic groundsmen when the machines were in

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place. The engines are Japanese but all the other components ard made

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next door. This firm too is seeing engineering business taking off The

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mowers seem tradition, but, in fact, the designs are well, cutting edge.

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They might be in Brazil this summer but the firm's already lookhng well

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ahead. We have France coming for the Euro finals in 2016 and then Russia

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in 2018 with Qatar at 22. It's a massive

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everybody within the companx. Everybody's proud. We are a British

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manufacturer. We put the Unhon Jack on with pride.

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We found out that a groundslan covers eight miles cutting one of

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those pitches, amazing. I ctt all our lawns once and never put the

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Blades down. I thought it looked the same. I despair!

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We have had a lot of water `nd warmth. Thankfully things are

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quieter for us and it's nicd to show you something on a cheerier note.

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This is a field of poppies captured nicely by our cameraman tod`y.

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They're worth a view, they're stunning. More photos to show you,

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this one was taken by Andrew today. looks beautiful. It could bd Brazil!

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I will see you for the late news. Bye.

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