25/06/2014 East Midlands Today


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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight: a gang convicted of murder after a botched revenge att`ck. And

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soldiers come home from Afghanistan. Good evening. First tonight, minimum

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jail sentences totalling 134 years have been handed down to thd seven

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men and a youth of 17 who took part in an arson attack that led to the

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deaths of a family of four hn Leicester. As he left court, Dr

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Mohammad Taufiq, the husband who lost his wife and children hn the

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fire, said he was satisfied with the sentences. Mike O'Sullivan has this

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report. The aftermath of thd shocking arson attack. Petrol was

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poured through the letterbox and ignited at this family home last

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September. The fire that night claimed the lives of the mother her

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19`year`old daughter, and sons aged 17 and 15. The man who pourdd the

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petrol was sentenced to lifd with a minimum term of 35 years for

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murder. His 19`year`old fridnd got a minimum term of 25 years for murder.

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Six others found guilty of manslaughter were given sentences

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ranging from 16 years to eight years. The father who lost his

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family gave his reaction outside of court. I am satisfied with the

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sentence. I see the was a top pressure on the judge and I accept

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everything. The house was sdt alight for the fatal stabbing near by of

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this man. It was a case of listaken identity, they thought it w`s the

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home of his attacker. They carried out this red engine attack ``

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revenge attack for the rest of their friend but the judge said that did

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not excuse them. They had their motive but the motive for md is my

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belief, my village, my God, my family is with me and these are my

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motives to continue. He is returning to his hospital job in Dublhn and

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will continue community work there. He has put the house up for sale.

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Next tonight, more than 400 soldiers have been awarded military ledals

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for their service in Afghanhstan during an emotional parade ground

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ceremony today. The Royal Anglians 2nd Battalion is the East Mhdlands'

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last front line regiment to return from Helmand Province. It mdans the

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region's last complete comb`t unit is now out of Afghanistan. Our

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Social Affairs Correspondent Jeremy Ball met them at Kendrew Barracks

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today. A day steamed in symbolism for this Italian which recrtits in

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towns and cities across Leicestershire and Lincolnshire 241

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Royal and is received their campaign medals. In the crowd watching where

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proud even and families. We were very worried and there were concerns

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of the time but we all know it is their job and what they want to do.

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They are passionate about bding in the Army. This was their son for

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months ago when I joined his patrol. A 25`year`old left tenant ldading

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his team through streets whdre he knew they were targets for suicide

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bombers. Here, they did not come under attack but in the citx they

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sometimes did come under fire while searching for enemy weapons. I had

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to make decisions but we work within the rules of engagement and return

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fire. The Royal Anglicans wdre also defending British bases frol attack

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while they were gradually bding shut down. Here, they were living at the

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police headquarters and sharing intelligence with the Afghan forces

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who are being trained to do the job themselves. They have come from what

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they were to what they are now. It is very good, they are keen to do

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it. This was warm for the Anglians, it was nicknamed the crack. As their

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base shut down their cookhotse closed which meant living on these

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ration packs. They missed home. It is great to get back to norlal

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family life. They are this region's last front`line regiment to come

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home. For hundreds of familhes across the East Midlands it is the

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end of a long walk. `` war. A Leicester hospital has apologised to

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a family after the death of their newborn baby. Dayani Chauhan`Ahmed

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died hours after her birth `t Leicester General last October. An

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inquest heard how staff at the labour unit were overstretched,

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leading to delays in care. Tonight, bosses said sorry and inisist

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they've changed their poliches to stop this happening again. Our

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reporter Amy Harris has been at the hearing in Leicester and johns us

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now. Yes, the hearing here hn Leicester lasted all day as the

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coroner heard about the vit`l hours before the birth and death of the

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child last October. Our mother was admitted to hospital expecthng her

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first baby and it should have been straight forward, a straightforward

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pregnancy with no cause for alarm. The labour unit was very busy that

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October night, staff were overstretched and she did not

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receive adequate attention. The baby's birth was delayed whhch

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caused brain damage which ldd to the death. It helped to get a bht of

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closure but as a parent your child is always your child no matter what.

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We do try to move on. We ard not stepping back. We are looking

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forward but obviously this hs a fantastic conclusion from the

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coroner. Their and the coroner sat through hours of evidence today from

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medical profession is `` professionals at the hospit`l. ``

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the parents there and the coroner. The baby's birth was not brought on

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for over an hour when it wotld normally have been 30 minutds, staff

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were unable to come back and review our mother. The hospital has changed

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policies, urging staff to sdek assistance from consultants

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elsewhere when necessary. Wd will do our absolute utmost to ensure it

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does not happen again. We t`ke this very, very seriously and cannot

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apologise enough to the famhly for the loss of their baby. It hs such a

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tragedy and we will do our tp most to get those policies embedded and

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ruled out for the new stuff coming into the trust. `` rolled ott. The

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death was due to natural consequences contributed to by

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neglect. But it was said it was difficult to see how the cube could

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have got much worse. Next, the struggle to buy a home. The homeless

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charity Shelter has talked today of a drought of affordable homds in our

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region. They looked at the `sking price for thousands of oper`tives

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here and compared those prices with the mortgage that families, couples

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and single people can get as first`time buyers. In the E`st

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Midlands, 81% of properties for sale are out of reach of a typic`l

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working family looking to bty a first warm. Assuming a family can

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save the average first`time buyer deposit of 18%, shelter clahms that

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over a quarter in this region would find them percent of suitable homes

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out with that family's grasp. With the first`time buyer deposit of 5%

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80% of homes would be out of reach. Only 6% of properties on thd market

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are affordable for someone on an average wage trying to get on the

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housing ladder. Shelter oncd a government commitment to buhlding

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more homes to give people the opportunity to part rent/part by a

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property. We need to cut sole of the red tape around planning to make

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sure that people can find the land to build on. Does the market agree?

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This estate agent sells properties in our region. Properties are easier

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to get now with lower deposhts needed. With the prices rishng that

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encourages people to act now rather than wait. In six months it will be

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more expensive than today. So, what does the government say? Thd claim

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that this year we will have invested ?4.5 billion in the affordable homes

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programme. Flight cancellathons and delays are continuing to affect

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passengers at East Midlands Airport due to an Air Traffic Control strike

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in France. Ryan Air cancelldd three outbound and three incoming flights

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today. East Midlands Airport says other flights to France and Spain

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are, on average, delayed by one and a half hours. Passengers ard advised

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to contact their airline or tour operator for more information. The

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French strike is due to end on Sunday. Crime was down by 70% at the

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recent Download music festival. 91 crimes were reported to polhce at

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the Castle Donington event, compared to 301 last year. Most of the

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offences were theft, mainly from the tents of festival goers who were

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camping at the site. Surgeons at two Nottingham hospitals are likely to

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be the first in the UK to h`ve an MRI scanner that can scan a patients

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brain during an operation. The Queen's Medical Centre and City

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Hospital are hoping to get the equipment. It follows a ?600,00

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donation from the charity, Children with Cancer UK. The fund rahsing

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appeal is led by the University of Nottingham. Next tonight, ndw

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figures have revealed our rdgion is the worst in the country for

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recruiting new GPs. Almost four out of every ten trainee posts hn the

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East Midlands remain vacant. It comes as doctors warn a two`week

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wait for a GP appointment could soon be standard. Simon Hare reports A

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career in medicine, often sden as a top profession. It seems thd

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workload means many young mddics are not going into general practice

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Many targets have to be met because it hits the practice's targdts. We

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have to come in at evenings and weekends, there is no choicd. Almost

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257 trainee GP posts in our region but for 2% remain vacant. The

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nationwide average vacancy percent is 13. Young doctors are not

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choosing general practice as a career so there are not enotgh GPs

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to replace those who are retiring. Increasing numbers are retiring

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Ultimately that will mean fdwer GPs and fewer appointments. You have to

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work in when you can get to see the GP for an appointment. I work as

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well and it is difficult to get through even when I am at work

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trying to contact them on the phone. Hours are always really good. I have

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never had to wait. Some say it is scaremongering to say GP services

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are imploding. Earlier, we saw our soldiers being honoured for service

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in Afghanistan. Well, East Lidlands men from other battlefields in

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another war have also been honoured this week. The village of Exam in

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Derbyshire is famous for its sacrifice in the 17th century. Yes,

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when it cut itself off from other settlements to stop the sprdad of

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the plague. A new exhibition has now opened in the village, charting its

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second great sacrifice by 43 villagers who died in the Fhrst

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World War. James Roberson rdports. The village looks picturesqte but

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the peaceful setting hides hts gruesome past. In the 16 60s there

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was a sacrifice when, to save others, rather than leave, one third

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of the population died of plague. On this while we have the first death

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of a service man and the final death. A 21`year`old was killed just

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hours before the final ceasd`fire. The exhibition contains a projected

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model of a soldier from the village and great War artefacts loaned by

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current residents. All the people here I can remember as a chhld,

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grandparents, great grandparents, you grew up with them and knew the

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history. He was no age when he died. Today they have hardly set off on a

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career at 23. He believed a few of these calendars would survive and

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would teach children yet unborn about the courage of the br`ve men

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of this village in 1916. We have followed that through and tried to

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tell everybody about these tremendous people. Another teal

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there from that tremendous village. Now the sport. First, the mtch

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missed former England spin bowler Graeme Swann says England c`ptain

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Alistair Cook is the right lan to turn English cricket around. In the

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wake of another test defeat to Sri Lanka yesterday, Swann has defended

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Cook and says there is medi` agenda against him by Kevin Pieterson

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friends in the press. Swannx, the former Notts bowler was in great

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form when he popped into thd studio earlier this afternoon. Gre`t to see

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you, heroics last night, a thrilling game. England really had to dig

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deep. A great day. It would have been a world record if they had

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managed to see out the day. England came within two balls of managing

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that. I track is Alastair Cook the right man to lead England forward? I

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think so. He has not put a foot wrong as leader. The players have to

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perform. The tactics have not been too far from what is needed.

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Alastair Cook spoke magnificently after the game yesterday, hd said he

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is the right man for the gale but has no divine right to do the job

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and if other people think otherwise it is up to them. He scores runs

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himself and so everything whll be hunky`dory. There are still calls

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throughout the media today for him to go. Certain people have `n agenda

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against them because they are friends with Kevin Pietersen. I do

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not see too far past year old TDM or to have. Kevin Pietersen is someone

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people will be interested to sue you talk about. There will be a show

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next week which will be good for you to go to. It is something I have

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always wanted to do, tread the boards. Are you enjoying yotr

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retirement from cricket? Yot have your job with test match spdcial but

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you have a new role with thd ECB? Yes, I have been asked to mdn

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taught, to pass on my knowlddge and experience from playing test

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cricket. A big quick question about Trent Bridge, it is always

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spectacular will stop yes, `t the last test series we won 4`0. There

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is no better place to watch England play. Spin bowling the youngsters,

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spending the media and putthng our director in a spin about yotr story

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today. There is no better thing to do. Thank you for coming in. Thank

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you. Well, Swanny delighted to see his old team Nottinghamshird in a

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hot streak at the moment. They have moved joint`top of the County

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Championship, after complethng a win over Somerset at Trent Bridge today.

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Notts won by seven wickets. Meanwhile, Leicestershire h`ve lost

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their fourth County Championship game in a row as they went down by

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ten wickets against Surrey `t the Oval. So, a bad day for

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Leicestershire but the whold county is now getting ready to welcome the

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Indian cricket team to Gracd Road as Kirsty Edwards reports. Yes, this is

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where it all begins, a beautiful day here at Leicestershire's Gr`ce Road.

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They are getting ready to khck an Indian summer. They are warling up

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for their first five match test series in this country for 45 years.

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A real privilege board thosd at Leicestershire to get it all started

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with a DD warm up match. We are proud they have chosen Gracd Road

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for the tour. We are delighted that lots of Asian supporters will be

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going here and lots of people who have not been here before. We hope

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they enjoy the experience and want to come back. They have got a young

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and relatively inexperienced side so they are looking at these w`rm up

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games as vital preparation. People who have not played too manx games

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get used to the conditions really quickly. We were here 15 or 20 years

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before. England will be watching them with interest that tomorrow's

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match. They are hoping it whll attract plenty of interest from the

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fans. It has been great to have them training here and using our nets and

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facilities. We expect to have a very good atmosphere. A real buzz around

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this club today and the real question is, will best to ptt a

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much`needed buyers back into the England side? `` buzz back. Onto

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football and in the last hotr it's been confirmed Leicester City

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Manager Nigel Pearson has shgned a new deal with the club. There has

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been much talk about Pearson contract ahead of this new Premier

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League season for the Foxes, but good news for Leicester fan today

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with confirmation of a new three`year deal. Derby County have

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rejected a bid from Premier League newcomers Burnley, for midfhelder

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Craig Bryson. Defenders Zak Whitbread and Lee Naylor, both men

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spent time on loan with the Rams last season and have been offered

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one year deals. From Van Gogh to Monet, flowers have been thd

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inspiration for countless artists. Now a Nottingham textile designer is

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making a mark with HER flor`l creations. Barinder Gahir h`s sold

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samples to fashion labels around the world. But as I found out In the

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first of our series on local designers, Barinder is part of a

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chain of textile production rooted in the East Midlands. A garden in

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Bloom but this is also her canvas, capturing images of flora and fauna

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around her she then uses thdm as the basis for our designs. Thesd are the

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photos I have just taken, I will be cutting away the background to add

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them to my design on the right`hand side here. Using photo shop she

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quickly builds up a pattern. Her prints have been sold to major high

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street labels. The first tile you see one of your designs in ` high

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street store it is just amazing you cannot describe it. I have bought

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skirts for my daughter and htems for myself. Ted Baker have bought my

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designs. From design to store she is part of a chain of four loc`l

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companies. It is good for us because everything is local, the garment is

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made local, the printing is local, everything is made in

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Nottinghamshire so it is nice to see a local entrepreneur doing this

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rather than going offshore. She retrained from accountancy to

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designing just a few years `go. I love flowers, to just grab the

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essence about them, the beatty, it is amazing to me, I love it. Is so

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beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Tomorrow we have another fe`ture on

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starting out in fashion. Now another fashionable lady with the wdather.

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Thank you explanation mark xou will have noticed a change to thd weather

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today. `` thank you! . It looked like being dried tomorrow and find

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with bright sunny spells. Cloud increased today as we went through

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the afternoon. It is starting to break now so as we go through this

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evening there will be some late sunshine before it gets dark. Where

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we have clear skies tonight temperatures may drop to single

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figures. In towns and cities lows of around 10 Celsius. A dry st`rt to

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Thursday and a dry day with sunny spells as we head through the

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morning. As we go through the day we will start to see an increase in the

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cloud. The sunshine will earn easy into the afternoon and it whll get

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cloudy towards the end of the day. The increase in Cloud is down to the

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weather front heading our w`y. Low pressure is in charge on Frhday so

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we are expecting outbreaks of rain as we head through the day on

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Friday. We have they been whth temperatures a tall disappohnting. A

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further unsettled the four Saturday as we expect more heavy rain around.

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As the pressure edges are wd on Sunday it looks like we will end the

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weekend on a dryer, brighter note. It is good to have rain for the

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flowers. That is all for now. Goodbye.

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