25/07/2014 East Midlands Today


25/07/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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The streets of Leicester were lined with thousands of well`wishdrs

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today, all welcoming home the East Midlands' last frontline

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The Royal Anglians 2nd Batt`lion spent eight months in Helmand

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Province, and today exercisdd their freedom to march through thd city.

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Our social affairs correspondent Jeremy Ball has more.

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They packed the streets to say thank you. Thank you for putting xour

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lives on the line, the final chance for this city to welcome its

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soldiers home from a differdnt war. I feel tearful because I have three

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grandchildren in the army. Very important. They risk their lives to

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give us what we have got. Proud very proud. But proudest of all were

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the soldiers who grew up here in Leicestershire because this is the

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county's local infantry battalion. Some of those troops were only

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starting primary school when the Royal Anglians were first ddployed

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to Afghanistan and now the regiment is back for good. People wanted to

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come today to show their support. I don't think a soldier among us did

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not see that. We will be proud as punch tomorrow. The drummers were on

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ceremonial duty today and a few weeks ago they were manning machine

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guns. This is how the battalion trained for a role where thdy knew

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they would come under fire. They were helping the British withdrawal

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from Helmand Province by protecting front`line bases as their ddfences

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were dismantled. The Royal @nglians were the last British troops in

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Lashkar Gar, a city that local Afghan forces are now protecting on

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their own. You see lots mord women, children around, business btstling,

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especially on market days. People going about their day to dax

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business like you would in ` place like Leicester. Today marks the end

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of a long war for the front`line combat regiment. It has involved

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thousands of soldiers from `cross the East Midlands. It has claimed

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more than 20 local lives. The parents of a Leicestershire man

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killed in the Ukraine plane disaster say they've been overwhelmed

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by the messages of support left Richard Mayne had been raishng money

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for the children's charity Kidasha. His parents have decided to close

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the site from tomorrow and want future donations to go

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instead to Leicestershire P`rents' Group Diabetes UK, which thdy say

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supported Richard when he w`s Police are investigating

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the death of a butler at Detectives say Arthur Mellor died

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in an incident at the Lincolnshire The Health and Safety Executive

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as well as the police, The Burghley estate says it's

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cooperating fully with the hnquiry. Tributes have been paid to

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a Derbyshire couple who died when their plane ditched

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into the sea near Jersey. An inquest was held

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into the deaths of Carl and The coroner heard Mr Whitelx,

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piloting the light aircraft, From the Channel Islands,

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Jen Smith reports. It was an emotional day for a Carl

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Whitely and Kathryn Whitely's family. Their two daughters made the

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trip to Jersey to find out dxactly what happened to their parents. The

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couple died when their Cessna plane ditched into the sea on the approach

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to Jersey airport. The deputy Viscount today broadly agredd with

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an earlier error accident investigation. The pilot had become

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disorientated in thick fog `nd it was when trying to recover that the

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plane crashed. One of Carl Whitely's daughter wept as they

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heard the evidence here tod`y. The family have said they had not

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learned anything new but were grateful to Jersey's authorhties for

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their help in the investigation Their daughter Sarah described the

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family as close, living just a few hundred yards from each othdr in

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Derbyshire. She said Carl and Kathryn was a life and soul of any

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gathering, the very centre of the family. The Viscount said:

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He also praised the search `nd rescue operation that day, which

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included Jersey's Coast and lifeboats as well as a French

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helicopter, a Royal Navy warship and a passenger ferry in the arda, which

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all stopped to help, a comfort amid personal tragedy for the falily but

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a timely reminder of the dangers of flying in fog. We have had two

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medals in the pool at the Commonwealth Games and some records

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broken as well. Let's round up the action. Liam Tancock was defending

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the 100 metres backstroke thtle he has won for the last two

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Commonwealth Games. In the dnd he had to settle the joint bronze but

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it was a fantastic effort after a long injury nightmare. It h`s been a

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tough couple of years. Plenty of fight left in this old dog xet. Two

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years out from Rio, just to make this team so special, to cole away

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with a medal, that is prettx amazing. There was also a mddal for

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Loughborough's Adam Barrett, part of the 100 metres freestyle relay team

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that got bronze. He got fourth place in the butterfly. Roberto P`voni

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from Loughborough Universitx just missed out coming fourth in the

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individual medley. Francesc` Hal Sall broke the record getting gold.

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And Adam Peaty won his heat of the 100 metres breaststroke so big medal

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potential from him. One to watch. Tonight and the next few daxs sees

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the busiest weekend of the xear East Midlands Airport says passenger

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numbers are up on last July, but travellers on the trains may be

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hit by strike action. The holiday spirit was very much in

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evidence at East Midlands Ahrport today as thousands of passengers set

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off on their annual summer break. This is the busiest weekend of the

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whole year for the airport. This weekend alone some 56,700 p`ssengers

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will be flying in and out of East Midlands Airport. Over the whole of

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the summer, there are expected to be 3.4 million passengers here, an

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increase of 30,000 on last xear With the growth of the airport comes

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a new job creation as well, which goes hand`in`hand with workhng with

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our community really nicely so it is in our best

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