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Justice for the Wycherleys, 15 years after they were shot dead

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The couple's daughter and son`in`law are convicted of murder mothvated by

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greed. They are cold and calculated. They killed the Wycherleys `nd lived

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off their money for 15 years. Also tonight, an inquest heard that the

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police were too busy to arrdst this man on the day he killed his

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grandfather. Operation pothole. The Prime Minister promises mord money.

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One area is going to get enough money to fill in 52,000 potholes.

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And Kasabian talk about the gig this weekend. We have been waiting for

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this for so long. Finally, tomorrow it will have arrived.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.

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A husband and wife who buried the bodhes

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of her elderly parents in the back garden of their home in Mansfield

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Susan and Christopher Edwards shot them so

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they could get their hands on their money after they thought thdy had

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They literally got away with murder for 15 years

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by duping relatives into thhnking the couple were still alive.

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Their downfall came as the date approached when

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Susan Edward's father would have been 100 and would receive

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A reporter is in Mansfield for us this evening. It is beautiftl here

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tonight. It is difficult to imagine that a terrible secret was heading

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here for 15 years. A couple murdered and buried in the back garddn.

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The police found the remains of the elderly couple here in Forrest

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They had each been shot twice and wrapped in duvets.

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This is where the remains of William and Patricia Wycherley lay

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in their back garden grave undiscovered for 15 years.

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No one in this tiny cul`de`sac, or the wider world, suspected ` thing.

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Their daughter and son`in`l`w, Susan and Christopher Edwards,

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formerly of Dagenham, were today convicted of murder by

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They decided on their coursd of action, which was to travel to

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Mansfield, kill this elderlx couple who they knew would not be lissed,

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I would describe that as pretty cold and calculatdd.

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The police said that the Wycherleys, aged 85 and 63, were each shot twice

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Colt Commando revolver, like this one, was fired at them.

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Some of the bullets recoverdd from the grave.

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The police say that the shooting happened on thd May Day

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The Edwards say that they btried the Wycherleys the next weekend

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The grave had been dug in the daytime, by agreement,

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and the couple then sat and watched the television together.

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The Eurovision Song contest, they recall.

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They set their alarm for the early hours of the

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following morning so they could get up and bury the bodies.

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The motive was money and revenge, as Susan Edwards thought th`t she

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had been cheated out of inheritance cash by her parents.

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The day after the Bank Holiday shootings, Susan Edwards closed

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the Wycherleys account at the Halifax in Mansfield.

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She set up a bogus joint account with her mother.

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The Wycherleys? pension money was paid in.

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In 2005, the Edwards forged the Wycherleys? signatures

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They raked in a total of around ?245,000 over 15 years.

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They sent Christmas cards to relatives to convince them that

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In one, saying it is good to see them with such zest.

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Over the years, the Edwards came back regularly to the house to check

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the garden, telling the neighbours that the Wycherleys

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had moved to Blackpool, Mordcombe, or were travelling in Ireland.

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It is quite astonishing, in that particular area gunshot noises or

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someone digging the back garden to hide bodies seems very unbelievable.

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She was a former librarian and former police secretary.

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He was an invoice clerk working in London.

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In one two`year period spending ?14,000 on memorabilia conndcted to

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She was a bit odd and he used to do all the shopping.

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You would see him walk out and she would walk behind.

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If they were going away, he would go in front and shd would

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He would say good morning very quietly.

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His wife was always a coupld of steps behind him.

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The Edwards fled to France for a year after the Pensions

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Authority asked to interview William Wycherley so he could get a 100th

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Christopher Edwards, running out of money, confessed to his stepmother

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They gave themselves up by e`mail and travelled back to

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They don't appear to have m`ny friends, they are not close to any

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other family members, they `re very isolated, they are very togdther.

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It seems that everything that they do is together

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In a statement, two of William Wycherleys? nieces said

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The Wycherleys? remains are still with the police.

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They are due to be released to their relatives for a proper buri`l.

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Susan and Christopher Edwards were told by the judge that they can

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expect a life sentence. Thex showed no emotion when the verdicts were

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read out. They said that thdy still love each other and Christopher

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picked his arm around Susan as they were led into the present.

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Police have rescued a child from a car in Derbyshire.

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A construction site worker `lerted the police after spotting

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the 18`month`old girl alone and crying inside the vehicle.

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This happened in the middle of this afternoon, which was very hot. It

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happened six miles south of Chesterfield in a former mining

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town. A construction worker Saul a feud people worried about the state

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of a 18`month`old child who appeared dehydrated. He told the radho that

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the police arrived at the scene and used a baton to break the whndow

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open. The child was clearly upset and crying. The ticket into a social

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centre opposite the car park. It has been taken to the hospital

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and checked over. It has bedn allowed into the care of a relative.

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A man has been arrested. Thdre has been no official confirmation that

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the child was dehydrated, btt that is how it appeared to a witness

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Passers`by give some water to the infant. We are often told about

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leaving animals in cars in hot weather. We are hoping for lore

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details from the police. Still to come, a perfect colbination

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` food, drink, and cycling. Those are the three themes

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of a huge festival taking place Yes,

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whatever your plans this wedkend, It remains dry, sunny,

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and warm across the weekend. I?ll have more details

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for you shortly. An inquest has heard that

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a mentally`ill man was due to be arrested for an attempted armed

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robbery on the same day he killed his grandfather, but police failed

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to carry out the pre`planned arrest The officer in charge

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of the investigation admittdd he often thinks how the case could have

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been handled differently. Our reporter, Simon Hare,

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was at the inquest and joins us This is an inquest into the death

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of John McGrath. He was stabbed to death at his home

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in Stapleford, near Nottingham, in 2009, despite the efforts of his

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wife Mabel who tried to protect him. He was killed by his own gr`ndson,

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William Barnard, Today we heard that at the time

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of the killing, Barnard was the prime suspect

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for an attempted street robbery That had happened more than two

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months before Mr McGrath was killed. Police admit

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the robbery case should havd been We heard that officers had planned

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to arrest Barnard on July 24th, the same day he went

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on to kill his grandfather. But the arrest didn't happen

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because officers were dealing with At today's hearing, the coroner

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Heidi Connor, "That's something I have asked

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myself several times. I lost sight of the fact of what I

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was dealing with because The inquest heard that now on`going

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cases are given closer scrutiny and are regularly reviewed

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by senior officers. On Monday, the court is expdcted

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to hear from DC Kirk?s boss. Police are treating the death

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of a man in Derby as murder. He was found dead at a housd

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on Selkirk Street in Chaddesden A woman has been arrested

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on suspicion of murder. Forensic experts have been

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examining the house. Police say the deceased man's name

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won't yet be released, as hhs family Leicestershire Police are advising

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people not to wear jewellerx when visiting

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the Golden Mile area of the city. In the past two weeks,

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thieves have grabbed gold chains More than two dozen others

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have had their phones stolen. Officers believe many of thd

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incidents involve thieves on bikes. The Prime Minister was walkhng the

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streets of Nottinghamshire today, looking into a problem that drives

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people mad ` namely, potholds. He was announcing a repair fund

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of more than ?9 million Across the country,

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?168 million will be spent, Here is our chief news reporter

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Quentin Rayner. They are the bane of every road

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user's life. If they are not filled in, they fail politician's lail

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bags. Today the Prime Minister met people who had been complaining

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about Bayer roads for years. This really matters to hard`workhng

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people. I have lost count of the number of people who have h`d to

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repair their vehicles because of plot holes. We to repair thd

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potholes. David Cameron's concern was appreciated. He took thd time to

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listen to local residents. H hope that there is money for the

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potholes. This area is being awarded millions of pounds to repair

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potholes. This winter is gohng to be worse than ever. The money hs there

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now, so they can get on with it There FAA says that the roads need

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to be resurfaced and not just patched up `` the an a. We `lso need

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resurfacing. We need a modern infrastructure. As the Primd

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Minister went on the radio, she said that it was a lot of money to fill

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in the million potholes. It is good news if it happens. It can only be

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good if they are going to rdpair them. It is about time they spent

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some money on it. The government expects councils to publish monthly

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progress reports. Staff have spent their last day

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at Leicester City Council's New Walk offices before

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the buildings are demolished. The high`rise buildings havd been

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used by the council After the offices were found to be

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structurally unsafe, staff have been Contractors will now strip out

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the fixtures and fittings before deciding the best wax to

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demolish the buildings. The council will still own

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the remaining land, which it hopes Now, what could be nicer

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after a hard day's cycling than piling all those calories b`ck

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on with the finest food and drink? A huge festival

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of all those three things is taking L'Eroica Britannia is based

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on an established cycling fdstival Now it has arrived in Bakewdll,

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as James Roberson reports. From the eccentric to the

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conventional, as long as it is from before 1987 any bike will do. This

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is the first ever festival like this. Bakewell will be packdd with

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bikers from all over Britain and the world. This man has just re`d and

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hear from Berlin. This is f`ntastic. People have done a good job setting

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up the festival and everyond is having fun. This is our second time

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here. We went to the one in Italy and then we decided to come here.

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The organisers first visited a similar festival in Tuscany. We

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thought it would be wonderftl to do a British version. I have bden so

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welcomed by everybody. It is an incredible weekend. The festival has

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been in boost to vintage bike hirers. We have 40 different classic

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bikes. It is a great opporttnity for us to let them out. There is also

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local food and drink. The cxcle as well ride from Bakewell this weekend

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and go around the local villages. The weather might also be almost a

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Italian. 10 years in the planning,

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but this weekend Kasabian gdt to We will be talking to the b`nd ahead

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of tomorrow's sell`out homecoming First, Stuart Broad became

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the first England bowler to take On day one of the second Test

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against Sri Lanka at Headingley Nottingham`born Stuart was

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in stunning form. However, with the three wickets in

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three balls, spanning two sdparate overs, Stuart, who is 27, initially

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was unaware he had made history No doubt though at the end, as

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Sri Lanka were bowled out for 2 7. Well, news out of Notts tonhght

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Peter Siddle, a key figure hn their rise to the top of Division One

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will not see out the season at Trent Bridge after being given notice

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of a recall by Cricket Australia. Notts are playing Derbyshird tonight

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at Trent Bridge in the Twenty20 It is Friday night and the sun is

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shining. It is time to forgdt about England's World Cup woes and enjoy

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cricket instead. Don't be shy about here looking for their first win in

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the T20. Not looking for thdir third win this week. Today there was the

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news that Peter Siddle will not be here until the end of the sdason. He

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will go back in July. James Franklin is going to come and play for us for

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the rest of the competition. But we do not have much four`day cricket

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until later so we will try to sign another player. It has been to

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rhetoric. We have achieved some goods results. There has bedn some

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high`scoring matches. We will try to make some arrangements and lake sure

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that our team stays strong. The team are hoping to finish the wedk off in

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style. Both sides are looking to keep this big crowd entertahned

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Leicestershire?s chances of qualifying for the next stage

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of the T20 Blast are all but gone, but they are out to prove

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Now Tennis, because Wimbledon starts next week and Nottingham`based

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player Dan Smethurst will mdet the world number 11 in

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The 23`year`old, who is ranked 43rd in the world, was drawn this morning

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against the 6?10? tall American John Isner, who is the 9th

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Good luck to those taking p`rt in the Nottingham shire bike rhde on

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Sunday. Now, this time tomorrow,

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thousands of fans will be e`gerly awaiting a performance by K`sabian

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at Victoria Park in Leicestdr. Preparations have been underway all

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week for the band's homecomhng gig and this afternoon I caught up with

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two of them just It has been a huge dream of yours to

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put on a concert in the heart of Leicester. How does it fail to have

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it happen? It is hard to put into words. Seeing the huge stagd and

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defences and the people working on it. We have wanted to do thhs for so

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long. This is a ten year project and tomorrow it arrives.

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Your album is doing well and you are playing Glastonbury, it must feel a

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bit of a whirlwind? We have put a lot of work into it. It is `

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whirlwind at the moment. We are very pleased. When you play tomorrow

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there will be many fans there. Do you enjoy playing to a largd crowd?

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Yes. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It sold out

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as well. The first note of the first song, it is going to be... Ht is

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going to be insane. You havd family and friends settled here, don't

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you? There are so many coming. We will need a whole village. We always

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wanted to do something like this and make the people of this citx realise

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it can be done. Anything is possible. It should be a grdat gig.

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It is the summer solstice tomorrow. It is going to be a dry and warm

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day. Send us your pictures hf you have been out and about. It will be

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dry on Saturday and Sunday. The sunshine will feel warm wet

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temperatures in the low 20s. The cloud will break as it did this

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afternoon and this evening there will be a bright weather. This

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evening, temperatures may rdach single figures. In towns and cities

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12 Celsius. It will be warm in the sunshine through Saturday morning

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and the temperature will rise to 21 Celsius. It may even be higher than

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that. It is a similar story on Sunday. It will be another settled

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summers day. Temperatures, 21 Celsius. Next week, pressurd will

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decrease and there may be a few showers. If you are suffering from

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hay fever, the levels will be lower by the middle of the week. Whatever

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you are doing this weekend, have a good one. Goodbye.

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