24/06/2014 East Midlands Today


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Inevitable, I suppose. That's all from the News at Six. Goodbye from

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me. On Police say the growers are changing

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tactics with multiple smalldr scale operations. They are having

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multiple, smaller grows throughout communities, all at addressds rented

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by themselves. And this drug only became illegal today, but whll its

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people using khat? Also tonight, the hospital hoping

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its plans for a helipad really take off.

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And World Cup whizz kid Diego' diction for tonight's England game.

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I think England are going to win 2`1.

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First tonight, a new crackdown on homegrown drugs.

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East Midlands Today can revdal that Nottinghamshire Police have set up

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the region's first specialist team to tackle cannabis gangs.

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The force has told us that it's seizing around 50

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This exclusive report from our social affairs

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Searching for illegal cannabis growers has become a full`thme job,

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with the tell`tale pungent smell bringing the police to this House.

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They did not need to force their way in because the tenant was ott and

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the door was unlocked. Downstairs they found a typical family home,

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littered with toys and photos. In the bedroom, a different story. As

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you go up the stairs, the slell gets stronger and stronger. You can see

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why. This is a growing tent, several cannabis plants inside, alrdady

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harvested and hanging out to dry. But finding cannabis is just the

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start, the police have to prove that dogs are being sold. That is where

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Nottinghamshire's new cannabis dismantling team comes in, team of

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experts to gather evidence `nd free up local officers. Because we deal

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with it on a daily basis, wd know what we need to seize and the whole

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process will be great we reduce in time. It's a cost saving. Police

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used to find cannabis being grown in large factories, these days, the

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drug is becoming harder to find with gangs becoming more

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sophisticated. Organised gangs are approaching people in residdntial

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areas, and they are having lultiple small grows throughout commtnities.

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Or renting addresses themselves So if they do lose one or two of those

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grows, they do not lose all of the crop. There are disagreements about

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the damage cannabis causes, but by the police, it is simple. It is

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illegal and growers who get caught can end up in jail.

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This new team came into operation on the day another drug has bedn

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Khat acts as a stimulant and is very popular amongst Somalis.

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The ban has been welcomed by the Somali community in

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Leicester, which has itself pushed for the drug to be made illdgal

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Here's our chief news reporter, Quentin Rayner.

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Imported from Africa, khat hs a legal plant which when chewdd, acts

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like a less powerful amphet`mine. You ticket, you are very happy. It

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makes you happy. Can you im`gine someone who doesn't eat for three

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days? Who is talking, 24 hotrs. It is made! I have lost five children

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and a beautiful wife. Due to this khat. Gentleman, from today, khat is

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illegal. It is not at least a third of the Somali community use khat,

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including women. I welcome ht very much, the community welcomes the

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ban, it has a huge impact on our community, including familids and

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children. It has serious consequences financially, socially

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and culturally. Criminalising khat is a bit like banning smoking. There

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will be a response rating, `nd potentially prosecution. Ophnion is

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divided about the health risks. The Home Affairs Select Committde

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opposed the ban, because it believes there is insufficient evidence of a

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direct link between its use and psychosis. Are conveniences is that

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it can cause mental illness in people. The main things are, in high

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doses it can cause psychosis, and when you stop taking it, it can

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cause depressive illness. It is hoped Somalis will ensure the ban is

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effective. Earlier I spoke to Danny Kushlik of

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Transform, a charitable think`tank that campaigns for the legal

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regulation of drugs. I asked him what he thought about the ddcision

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to ban khat. Actually, it has been banned for no

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good reason. Clearly, khat does cause problems for some people. But

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its prohibition will only ptsh users who continue to use underground and

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will give the trade to a regulated dealers and organised criminals It

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does not help anybody. We spoke to a former khat user who spoke of how it

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ruined his life, surely by laking it illegal, it sends a strong lessage

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to users? Simply, if we devdloped public policy for alcohol on the

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basis of what alcoholics told us, we might well move to ban it, but where

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are we to do that, we would begin the same as what happened in the

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alcohol prohibition in the TS between 1920 and 1933. It m`de it

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very dirty and dangerous. So, the answer is to control it and

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regulated and look after usdrs through the health system. We were

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also speaking about the fact that once a week, there is a cannabis

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raid in our region. Clearly, a big problem. How would you deal with

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that? Illegal cannabis crops are a product of prohibition in the same

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way that illegal alcohol sthlls were. The way to deal with them is

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to stop them happening at all, the legally regulate cannabis through

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licensed retailers and for the government to take control. It takes

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the unknown `` unregulated dealers out of business. So, we shotld

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decriminalise all drugs? Government should take control of prodtction,

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supply, of all drugs, that can potentially cause harm. We do not

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want them in the hands of paramilitaries and organised

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criminals. A double decker bus hit a r`ilway

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bridge in Leicestershire earlier, disrupting rail services and

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blocking traffic during rush hour. It happened in Sileby

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near Loughborough just These photographs were taken

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by a viewer. The bus company Ausden Clark says

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there were no passengers It's understood it was on its way to

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collect schoolchildren from another I heard a big bang, and I c`me out

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of the door and there is thd bus, just under the bridge. We dhd not

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know if anyone was on it. Wd were really scared. The noise of it as

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well, it was terrifying. Thdre was a bang and everyone came runnhng out,

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it was stuck right in the mhddle, right underneath.

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Tributes have been paid to a fighter who died

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after he took part in a boxhng match at a nightclub in Nottinghal.

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Lance Ferguson`Prayogg, from Liverpool,

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died in hospital after paraledics were called to the Forum cltb

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at the Cornerhouse on Saturday afternoon.

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I think Lampard will pass it through the defenders. I think the school

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will be 2`1, to England. `` the score.

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The husband whose wife and three children were murdered

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in Leicester's Wood Hill fire broke down in court today as he rdad out

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Dr Muhammed Taufiq described himself as being like

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a brutally wounded bird without wings.

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He said to stop inhumane crhmes happening again,

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criminals should not be let out of prison for the rest of their lives.

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Mike O'Sullivan was in court and can tell us more.

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Mike, another emotional day for Dr Taufiq?

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He walked into the witness box in Court 1 to read out

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He lost his wife Shehnila, daughter Zainab, who was 19,

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and his sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, in the arson attack at

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Wood Hill in Leicester last September.

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Across from him sat the two men convicted of murder and six others

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And in his statement, Dr Tatfiq said the fire has stolen everythhng

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The teenager who murdered hhm will spend longer in prison will stop

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Hussain Hussain, 19, stabbed Mr Akpom after a confrontation in Kent

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Street last September. He w`s given a life sentence with a minilum term

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of 15 years and today this was increased to 22 years by thd Court

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of Appeal. The victim was of good character, someone who did good work

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in the community, a mentor, someone who ran a local football cltb. And

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although there was a verbal interchange, that was no excuse for

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20 years. It is run by the charity Scope. Tim loves it here. If you

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visit on a Saturday night, they are watching TV, having a wonderful

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time. To expect him to go somewhere else and get used to a whold new way

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of living without all his friends, the moment, still? We will find out.

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Diego, what was your prediction 2`1 to England. It could be a bht of a

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quickfire finish! But you love your football? Yes. We filmed with you at

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a Brazilian football club that you belong to, what is it you lhke about

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the game? At Italy the Brazhlian style. I like learning new stuff. ``

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particularly the bronzed `` the Brazilian style. You are very good

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with the ball. All that fancy stuff. They teach you skills, how to

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dribble and how to shoot. You are very good at it. As we can see from

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these pictures. How long have you been playing football? I don't know

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exactly. About two years. As a whole has been made about football? About

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the last three years. He has come to enjoy it more. He is getting more

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experience and learning how to deal with the ball, he thinks he is a pro

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now! He did say England werd a bit rubbish and they have not rdally

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delivered for us, so which teams do you like at the moment? Brazil, and

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Argentina. Is that because of the style of football they play?

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Well... It is more exciting. What should be done about England being

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so rubbish? Should they comd to your training school? You could probably

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teach them a thing or two. @re there any other brothers and sistdrs who

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are made on football? No, hd is an only child. I take it you would like

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to play for England? Could xou change it? Yes. Thank you so much

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for coming in. The game has finished now, it is a goalless draw. Never

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mind! Thanks for coming in. It is not just football that is ilported,

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there is Wimbledon. Doesn't it look beautiful down

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here? But we really do want to talk about tennis because we are in for

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quite a fortnight. Not just nationally, but in the East Midlands

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as well, just lend Ray going in the doubles, fantastic, yesterd`y, a

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host of juniors next week, ` lot of them have a decent chance and we

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will follow all of them. But today was about Dan Smethurst, since he

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moved to Nottingham, he has done extraordinary things with hhs

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career. His ranking has gond from 400 all the way to under 250, sheer

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determination and guts. That was enough to get a wild card hdre at

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Wimbledon into the first rotnd. A pretty unkind draw meant he was up

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against John Izmir, but Dan can be really proud of what he had done,

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beaten but never disgrace, `nd sometimes playing really gorgeous

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tennis. In the end, the powdrful service overwhelmed Dan and it

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finished with the American winning. But there is still stuff here to

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work on. Well, while we dream of mord British

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success on the courts here, England's dreams of World Ctp

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success are long gone. The game just finishing

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against Costa Rica So, why was the tournament such

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a failure for England? Kirsty Edwards has been to

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Loughborough University, The hopes of a nation left hn

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tatters. The postmortem alrdady underway. Just what went wrong for

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England? For those involved in sports psychology, it is all in the

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mind. At a high level of sport, it is often the psychological side that

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is the distinction factor bdtween those that achieved at the highest

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level and those that do not quite make it, because of the pressure,

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these athletes are there because they are the best in the world. It

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equalises things, they all become fairly equal because `` technically.

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It is who can deal with the pressure that succeeds. Damn `` Roy Hodgson

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but in a top psychologist jtst before the tournament but it was far

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too late. We are seeing that psychologists who are involved

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around the clock the whole xear as part of the preparation, yot would

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never leave physical prepar`tion to the last minute so why would you do

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that the psychology? England's stars were left devastated by thehr early

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exit and it has the potenti`l to break these players, but it could be

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the making of them. We have done studies of Olympic gold med`llists

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and we found that for a lot of these athletes, have had, Dick experiences

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early in their career and often they reflect on these and s`y they

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were turning points in their lives, when they became single`minded and

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motivated to achieve at the highest level. So it can be done, you can

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turn this major adversity into a real springboard to further success.

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That is one picture of wherd England might be going wrong.

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One man with half a clue wh`t the England team are going through

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Tomorrow he starts his pre`season with the Rams.

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Today he's been here at Wimbledon, indulging his other passion.

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The crowds flocking here and Steve McCarren loves being in amongst

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them. He has played the gamd of tennis and scenes in great latches

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on these courts. I have alw`ys loved tennis and coming here, it hs

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special, it is a British tr`dition. To come here, this is my thhrd time,

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and this time the weather is very good. You could forgive him for

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being distracted by events on the other side of the world. He has been

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part of three major tournamdnts with England, even he found the speed of

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their destruction this time in Brazil startling. I think it is

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trying to adapt to how the game is going. Quite rightly, we ard trying

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to adapt with these younger players, expanding the game more. Th`t has

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left us vulnerable at the b`ck. If you do not defend well, you do not

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win games. The grass tomorrow will have a different character, but

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Steve's staff should not be surprised if what he has sedn at

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Wimbledon makes its way to the training pitch tomorrow. Thdy are

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individuals and that is where we can learn from tennis because it is very

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much a selfish sport, you h`ve to concentrate on yourself. Yot have to

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do it yourself. You have to have great self belief and motiv`tion,

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inspiration. That comes frol within. But now, Steve McCarron shotld be

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grateful he just has to watch sporting stars. `` Steve McClaren.

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Back here at Wimbledon, Dan Smethurst will be reflecting

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on a brave first appearance at the Championships.

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You mentioned a very busy fortnight, who else should we be looking out

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for? Next week we have the likes of Freya

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Christie, who is going in the juniors. It can be a springboard to

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success here at Wimbledon. We will be watching her closely. Thdre is

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the genuine chance, Freya Christie beat the world number seven just

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over the road. In case you `re wondering where you had heard the

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name John Isner, showery outbreak. That front will

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continue to move South tonight, taking the rain with it, so it will

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dry up again. It will introduce a lot cooler and fresher air or

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tomorrow. Once again, dry for much of the day with brightness `nd

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sunshine. But you will notice the difference in terms of how ht feels

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tomorrow, mid to high teens. So the cool and fresher air will bd coming

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through tonight, the weather front will be sinking South, that will

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take the showers with it. Some clear spells, but light winds and

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temperatures will take it `` will take a tumble. Into single figures

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in some places. Baby around ten or 11 in the town centres. The moral

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morning, starting off dry and write with sunshine around. `` tolorrow

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morning. Cloud building into the afternoon. It will stay dry and

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bright throughout the day. Temperatures 17 or 18. And ht stays

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quite cool as the going to be end of the week, finally the rain will

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catch up with us on Friday, staying cooler and showery for the weekend.

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I will be back at a slightlx later time of 11.35 tonight.

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See you later. Catch the late-afternoon games

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on the go.

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