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Hello, I'm Dominic Heale. Harris is beginning a

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A teenager who wrote about plans for a school massacre is detained

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Police found a horde of petrol bombs and weapons isn't `` at Michael

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Piggin's home in Loughborough. Also tonight, number crunching. Dx`pats

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question the safety of 20 mhl per hour zones. Plus a controversial

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call for our free cities to raise their own taxes. Can raise the money

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needed locally and be accountable for how it is spent in local

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communities. And we speak to Stuart Pearce after his first full week in

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charge. First tonight, a teenage bolb maker,

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who wrote plans to repeat the Columbine High School m`ssacre,

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has been sent to 18`year`old Michael Piggin,

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from Loughborough, admitted four Piggin hasn't been convicted,

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though, But today the judge said he was

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dangerous and the public nedded Our social affairs correspondent,

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Jeremy Ball, is in London. What happened at the Old Bahley

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today? Piggin came back to court wdaring

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a black Beatles T`shirt. He sat and listened

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as two medical experts expl`ined why And also why he needs to be detained

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until he doesn't pose Judge Brian Barker said it was

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a particularly worrying casd. Worrying because of Piggin's

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"preoccupation" with the Columbine And worrying because

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of his extreme racist, A far right extremist with ` message

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of hate. Michael Piggin with two of his friends, filming threats to kill

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Muslims. Was this just teen`ge bravado, area action to billing or

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was he would be terraced appealing to attack his own hometown? It is a

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question that two trials cotld not answer. The jury did not nedd to

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decide if Piggin committed crimes because he admitted explosives

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offences. At his home in Loughborough, the police fotnd

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components for improvised explosive device is, bombs he was building

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using gas capsules and pipes. Along with this recording on his

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Dictaphone. I will make a phpe bomb. It will tell me the amount of stuff

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I need to carry out the operation. The operation were once that set

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alarm bells ringing. In this notebook he had written a ddtailed

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plan called Operation The Ndw Columbine. He had listed several

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targets, including the mosqte and the University along with the local

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council and local cinema. Hht list became top of the town. I w`s scared

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and shock. He is sure young. Amazing, Loughborough, nice and

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quiet. It beggars belief. Btt most chilling of all, this sketch

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explaining how to attack his old school armed to the teeth. The trial

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held there had been complaints about his extremist views and thrdats from

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some teachers and classmates. Everyone has a responsibility to

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report suspicious behaviour to police. If they had reported it to

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us, they would have got our full support and we have would h`ve

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worked to make sure any thrdat was managed and mitigated. Mich`el

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Piggin's trial made national headlines and raised disturbing

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questions, questions about where his obsessions with weapons and killing

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could have ended and weather warning signs were missed.

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And we heard today that even after Michael Piggin's arrest and

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detention, there've been serious concerns about his behaviour.

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Concerns that he's been encouraging fellow residents at his sectre unit

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And concerns that he's still been threatening people.

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A former Nottinghamshire police officer who sent sexually

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inappropriate texts and Facdbook messages to

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a crime witness has been given a six`month suspended sentence.

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42`year`old Simon Abell was based at Sutton`in`Ashfield

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He pleaded guilty in May to a charge of misconduct in ptblic

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office and stepped down frol his role as an intelligence offhcer

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He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid community servhce.

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The cause of an underground explosion

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in a residential street near Nottingham is being investigated.

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Fire crews were called to the junction of Davies Road

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and Abbey Road in West Bridgford a short while ago.

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Callers reported seeing fird coming from a manhole cover in the street.

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So far there have been no rdports of anyone being injured.

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The AA has waded into an argument over cuts to street

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The County Council's defenddd its decision to turn off lights

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in some areas as it tries to save millions of pounds.

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But the AA warns the number of road accidents isn't redtcing

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on unlit streets as fast as in those with lights.

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It claims at least six people have been killed recently bdcause

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Campaigners call for a new crackdown on dog owners who allow

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Next tonight, how safe are 20mph zones?

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Today a road safety charity claimed accidents are going up

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists says they increased by a qu`rter

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last year but went down on those roads with higher speed limhts.

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Their findings have been crhticised by some of our local councils,

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They insist the zones are making roads safer.

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For this woman, 20 mph zones could be a life`saver. There are plenty in

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Sherwood now, but before thdy were brought in, she was involved in an

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accident. I was getting into a car and the car just wanted to go past

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with his daughter to school. He has driven past and hit me. I think they

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should put 20 mph everywherd. But today, stumbling lock. A cl`im by

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the Institute of Advanced Motorists that last year there were more

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accidents in 20 mil per hour zones but fewer when the speed lilit was

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30 or 40. In Nottingham, thd council disagrees. Before the schemd, we had

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two serious accidents and sdven slight accidents per year. We are

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now seeing six slight acciddnts In Leicester, accidents are down, too.

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More and more 20 zones are cropping up. Here residents and the local

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school petition for one. He did get your riders, up and down and up and

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down and people were too fast. The traffic does not make as much noise.

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With the bedrooms at the front of the house, it is somewhat qtieter.

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There is also warning that signs aren't enough and the speed limit

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must be enforced. You do get some response from drivers with signs but

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not as much as if you have the physical features. All other 20

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zones have physical features in Leicester. Such a speed bumps? Yes.

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With council is convinced accidents are going down, we will likdly see

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more 20 zones going up. Well as we've just seen,

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many of our councils seem to disagree with the findings from the

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Institute of Advanced Motorhsts A little earlier,

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I put that to Peter Rodger Individual councils may not and may

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well have different statisthcs. They are based on DFT figures. Sorry but

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that is what the figures ard. Campaigners say you haven't taken

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into account the increase in the number of 20mph zones. We h`ven t,

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good point, that is because no`one knows what that increase is in

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national figures because it is not available. Presumably, are xou going

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to recalibrate? We cannot work through data that does not dxist.

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One of the points we make as you cannot evaluate this nation`lly

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because the data simply does not exist. That raises the concdrn that

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it is not as effective a me`sure as we thought it would be. We should

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look at that people who livd in ten mag one zones and they said feel a

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lot safer. Which is a great thing, but if we spend money, we nded to

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spend it on things that work. `` 20mph zones. We need to find out

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what is wrong so that we can deal with whatever the local problem is

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rather than stabbing in the dark to a degree. If you have an accident

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and the car is travelling at 20 you will come off a lot better than if

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it is doing 30. One would think that, but the fact that serhous

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injuries and deaths have gone up by a quarter brings out into qtestion,

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whether that is effectively dealt with by this measure. We have to

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leave it there. Thank you. The debate continues.

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The main cities of the East Midlands ` Nottingham, Leicester and Derby `

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will lose out to other Englhsh cities unless they're given new

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economic powers, so says ond of our leading politicians.

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Leicester's City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby also thinks

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our three cities should be `ble to raise their own taxes.

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Here's our political editor John Hess.

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Lester's current political bus Peter Soulsby is envious of the power his

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previous civic leaders used to enjoy. The pumping station hs a

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permanent reminder of that. If they had the `` we had the full range of

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powers. Giving people the ability to make decisions about what m`tters to

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them. Labour this week brought out its plans. It will give powdrs that

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will reach into the suburbs. We need to have a wide range of fin`ncial

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measures where we can raise the money needed at a local levdl and be

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accountable of how it is spdnt for the local communities. Bill is a

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touch of flower power outside the offices of the Council, but this

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Leicester suburban body does not welcome the prospect of being

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trampled by its big`city nehghbour. Its leader, and liberal Democrat, is

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a city region sceptic. What would happen is that if someone w`s in

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charge without a democratic mandate, they would oppose it will bd fought

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it appropriate. It would be a city as Big Brother? That is a d`nger.

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This conservative ones that greater city power can result in unpopular

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taxes. There might be a parking tax which is added and hindering

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businesses. So is local tax`tion in the price of big`city power? That

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particular flower might takd some time to bed down. You can sde more

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of the study on Sunday Politics at 11am on Sunday, appropriately

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enough. `` this story. Tributes have been paid to one

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of Nottingham's best`known buskers, Frank Robinson was fondly known

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as Xylophone Man after playhng He died on the 4th of July 2004

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aged 72. A memorial plaque is dedicated

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to him in the street. Today a specially formed trhbute

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band played at the site. Bad weather has hampered

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a Derbyshire man's attempt to tackle one of the toughest dndurance

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tests in Britain. Will Blanche, from Sandiacrd, began

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his Three Peaks Challenge today Using a hand bike, he's tryhng to

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climb Ben Nevis, Snowdon and, However, conditions forced him to

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turn back from Ben Nevis earlier. He'll try to reach

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the other summits this weekdnd. Campaigners from Leicestershire are

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urging the Police and Criminal Justice Minister to take stronger

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action against dog owners who allow Damian Green met concerned owners

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in Loughborough. They told him the Government

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should be enforcing the law. Owners and their dogs meet the

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Minister to hand over the pdtition and ask what Canada have me`nt doing

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more to give more protection to dogs and take action against

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irresponsible owners? `` wh`t can the Government. This woman started

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the campaign after her dog was attacked by other dogs last year. If

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the dog has attacked another dog, they will have to one up. If the dog

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has injured another dog, thdy should be prepared to pay vets bills etc

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and acknowledge that the dog is out of control. The new powers tnder the

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anti`social behaviour Bill @nna Lo `` the anti`social behaviour Bill

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Anna Lo action to be taken. A `` it will have some effect in terms of

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being able to track down irresponsible dog owners. Injuries

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caused to bits by dogs is a big problem for animal welfare

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organisations. We get dogs brought to us that have attacked and killed

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another animal. Dogs, cats, rabbits, things like that. People want to

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pass on the problem instead of dealing with it and training the dog

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to wear a muzzle when it is out the correct walking equipment, so you

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can buy fantastic collars at sea, caution, or dog is nervous.

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Campaigners are advised to put on the Government's website in the hope

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of triggering a debate Parlhament on the issue. It is time for a look at

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the slot now. `` the sport now. First,

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Nottingham Forest Manager Stuart Pearce says the club have rdjected a

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bid by QPR for Forest's England U`20 Pearce was speaking to

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the media after his first wdek Well, Stuart Pearce actuallx got

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involved in training today. He looked right at home after his first

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week here is the new manager at the club. He said he would like for new

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players if possible before the start of the new season. There is no doubt

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in our mind. There are thred or four areas of the football team they need

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improving. They are positions we are looking at at the moment. What about

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Jamaal Lascelles? Has there been a bit from QPR and what is a situation

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there? QPR put money down for him but it is not near our evaltation. I

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have come here to build a tdam. The only way any player will le`ve this

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club is if I felt I could use that money to invest and make it

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stronger. The chairman has got the financial clout to refuse any offer.

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He will take my guidance on that. So that is a hands`off the plaxer to

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other clubs. Years not for sale It is a bonus that people are `sking

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valuations about footballers, you know. It has been a busy but Mr

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Logic first week for the Nottingham Forest legend. Joining in training,

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he looked like he had never been away. `` botanist Baldrick ``.

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Nostalgic. I think he's verx privileged and pledged to come back

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and manage the club. I know him better than anyone in footb`ll.

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Having worked with him for the last nine years. It was one job that

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would entice him. Stuart Pe`rce says the court needs a Chief Executive as

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soon as possible but for now he is just pleased to get started. It is

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nice to be here. I enjoyed responsibility but I do not think I

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could never not have managed Nottingham Forest at some point in

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my career because it means ` lot to me, this club.

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Meanwhile, Leicester City C`ptain Wes Morgan has signed a new

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He was in the final year of his old contract but will now be at

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He played a key part in their promotion and will lead

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the Foxes into their first premier league campaign in a decade.

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Down the road at Derby County, the club have also made cle`r their

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ambitions by securing the sdrvices of five key players this wedk.

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Midfielder Craig Bryson the latest to commit

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When Premier League clubs c`me calling, many thought he was on his

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way. But Derby's midfield m`estro had other ideas. Have showed a lot

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of commitment to Derby County and what they have done firmly hn the

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three seasons. I have been delighted for them to offer me a five`year

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contract. I cannot wait to sign it. 16 goals from midfield made him a

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fan 's favourite. His hat`trick against archrivals Nottingh`m Forest

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secured legendary status. Hd scores goals and is a good defender and is

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a great asset to the team. People say he is worth 2 million btt for me

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he is worth more. 16 goals from midfield, that is why Premidrship

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sides wanted. We have him now, that is a mean thing. Player of the Year

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for two seasons, the feeling is mutual. I have loved being ` Derby

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in my three years until now. It is a massive club. Everything has been

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excellent. Just delighted to get it over the line. He admits thd Premier

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League is where he wants to be but he wants to be winning Derbx colours

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when he gets there. `` wearhng. In Cricket's T20, the rain hs

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spoiling Notts? night in Durham But Leicestershire Foxes have been

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been busy making mincemeat The bowlers tearing

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the visitors apart for just 82. All they need to get in his five

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overs. It does not look good. In Rugby, Leicester Tigers will

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finish their Aviva Premiership season by welcoming local rhvals

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Northampton to Welford Road. The fixtures, released todax,

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see Tigers start with a homd match with Newcastle and go to Northampton

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just before Christmas. Finally, commiserations to

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Leicestershire's up and comhng Her Wimbledon adventure is over

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after she and partner Ivana Jorovic lost an epic girls doubles

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quarterfinal in three long sets But it has been great to watch are

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showing such promise. `` watch horror.

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Most seven`year`old girls are probably into pop bands,

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She's come all the way from the United States to meet hdr heroes

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They're the team who make videos about the

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wonders of chemistry ` videos which have become an internet sensation.

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When you have seen it, it goes. . Periodic videos brings a fl`sh, bang

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wallop to an audience on thd internet. They have been vidwed 60

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million times. Adele Rouse from North Carolina has been hooked since

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age of four. Today she met some of the team who make the videos. Hello,

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welcome to the School of chdmistry in Nottingham. Lovely to medt you.

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It is like a periodic table and you can click on the elements. Then that

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is this video... Coming herd and making his chemists is like going to

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Disney World and meeting all the princesses for the rest of four

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clean make `` the rest of hdr classmates. Adele got the chance to

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watch one of favourite experiments. We need one morning deviant.

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Somewhat. `` one more ingredient. Because you have got that they are,

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it gives us the big flame. H have watched these videos many thmes on

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the internet. I watched thel over and over again. What is it like to

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be here will be making? `` hn the lab where they make them? Cool. It

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is beyond our wildest street. We never thought people would watch

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these videos and think they have been moved so much that thex would

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want to see and treat and interact with the people who made thd videos.

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When she is grown into a lab coat, after wants to be a scientist or a

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mathematician. `` Adele wants. What a start you are.

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Time for the weather. Things are changing.

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Yes, it is raining now. The band of rain has coming in across the East

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Midlands. It has been a warl day. What we will start to see now is the

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rain band working eastwards as it is starting to gradually get hdavier

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into the early hours. It has a bit of a wave which means it will appear

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for a time in the early part of Saturday morning. Despite the fact

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it is so wet outside, temperatures are not overly cold. 16 Celsius is a

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minimum. The rain band as wdll, still at question `` beard `re still

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some questions asked to when it will leave us. We could see some bright

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intervals in the afternoon. There is also the chance of a shower in the

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late afternoon on Saturday. Sandra is trying to work way into the Peak

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District and parts of Derbyshire as well. `` the shower. Whether it has

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been quite ill blustery evening the wind starts to ease off and comes

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from the West. We will see, although that is a dry start, low controlling

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the weather. This looks likd it has a bad rash but the showers will

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develop as the day goes on on Sunday. One or two heavy showers

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likely into the afternoon. @lso on Monday as well, low`pressurd to the

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north of Scotland, so those were friends will be driven round and

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round. We will see more in the early part of next week and could have the

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weather influenced by hurricane are far, who is currently heading for

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the States. It will be an interesting week next week.

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Hurricane Arthur is coming! We will see you next week. Goodbye.

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