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Tonight: Shouldering the burden of Town Hall spending cuts.

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Councils in the East Midlands, according to new findings, `re

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taking some of the biggest cuts across the country, but is that

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fair? Also tonight: The seven`year`old found dead in a flat.

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The woman accused of murderhng her is her aunt. And, the real`life War

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Horse. Songs that survived the fighting and died peacefullx in

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Leicestershire. He was buridd with full military honours, incltding the

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medals awarded to him during the First World War.

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First tonight, many of our most valued council

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services in the East Midlands are facing some of the biggest spending

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A new report says the budget squeeze is particularly noticeable on road

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The findings come from the Chartered Institute of Publhc

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So, is the East Midlands missing out, and is that fair?

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We'll be putting that point to a leading Conservative MP in ` moment.

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First, this report from our Political Editor John Hdss.

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Protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Derbyshire County

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Council today. They wanted their voices heard as councillors inside

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voted on big budget cuts to council services for the homeless. What this

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means in real terms is going from working with 400 young people every

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year to 40 for the whole of Derbyshire. The protesters were

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invited to make their case. Our local politicians have been trying

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to make their case over what they say is the disproportionate impact

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of Treasury audit budget cuts. As the last four years in East Midlands

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today, we have reported on the warning and impact of austerity

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budget cuts that have domin`ted the decision`making of our local

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councillors. For example, at County Hall in Nottingham they havd shed

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almost 800 posts in recent xears, and this new report confirms the

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extent of the budget cuts, `nd which services in particular across the

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East Midlands are vulnerabld. Total spending is forecast to fall by 4.1%

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this year. That is the second highest in England. That colpares

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with 2.9% in the West Midlands, and 1.8% in the Northwest. Only the

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north`east, at 5%, has a bigger cut. The national average for England is

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3.3%. This is the big figurd. 29.1%. When adjusted for inflation,

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this is the reduction in local authority spending since thd

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coalition came to power. Lehcester City mayor says it is time local

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councils were less dependent on Treasury grants to fund loc`l

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services. Urban authorities like Leicester, Derby and Nottingham

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ought to have the flexibility to raise their revenue from a luch

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wider range of sources. We need to be able to look at the largd

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supermarkets, or those who benefit from our services like hotels. Elise

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spending in the East Midlands is down by 2.4%, the highest in England

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it is the same for highways. Those potholes will take longer to

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prepare. Dash`macro repair. Joining us now is the Sherwood MP M`rk

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Spencer. It does not look f`ir, does it? No, but some figures ard

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misleading. Looking at educ`tion, the funding to an academy goes

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directly to the schools. Also, the pothole fund, has extra mondy as

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well. When you think about the West Midlands, the difference is almost

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double to us. You have to understand in the East Midlands historhcally,

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we have been better off than some of those other areas further south

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Does that mean we had more hand`outs from the government? Per capita we

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are still better off than some of those in the south`east. But we need

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to be more efficient with the way we spend our money. Talking about

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efficiency, somebody in that report said they would helping 400 young

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people and that has gone down to 40. One would assume that the 360 not

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getting help in years to cole I going to use up even more money

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That is a classic example of a mistake, putting front line

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services, rather than looking at backline costs. In my consthtuency I

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have got for local authoritx Chief Executive is. I think we cotld be

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smarter in the way we organhse local government and in the way wd spend

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taxpayers money. Is it time to change local Guzman dramatically?

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Peter Salisbury would like greater powers for local councils. Hs that

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the way we should be going? I think it is a debate we ought to have

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about how local authorities are organised and how the money trickles

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from government to them. It is now time to have that debate. I assume

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that this is only going to get worse. Once the election is out of

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the way, we will have those big cuts. We are turning a corndr in the

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economy, generating more cash, but we are still in a difficult place,

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spending more than we earn. The economy needs to continue to expand

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and we must continue to spend taxpayers money as efficiently as

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possible. Police have released a photo

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of the seven`year`old girl who was found dead at a flat in Nottingham

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last week. Shanaye Walker's aunt has

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been charged with her murder. A little girl, Birtley old dnough

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for primary School, posing hn pink trousers with a matching bag. But

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today, Shanaye Walker is at the centre of a murder inquiry. It is

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five days since her body was found here, a crime scene marked out by

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tribute fit for a victim who was only seven years old. Flowers,

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balloons, a teddy bear. It has emerged that her own aunt is

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under arrest for suspicion of murder. She was due to appe`r at

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Nottingham Crown Court todax. dot`mac Nottingham's tram ndtwork

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could be extended even further into parts of Derbyshire. Long`tdrm, the

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council has plans to take the tram to Kimberley in Nottinghamshire The

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costs of getting the tram into Ripley. For me, it would be

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fantastic, I could commute hnto Nottingham. They would benefit me to

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immensely. You would have a straight run from Nottingham to Ripldy. On

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the tram. Instead of changing buses. They were at it years ago. Ht would

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be brilliant, I think. Coming up in a moment, the pet owners struggling

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with vets bills. Help could be at hand. The factory in bloom. They

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have been working night and day to produce thousands of poppies to

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commemorate World War I. For whatever flowers you have in your

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garden, they are going to bd enjoying a drop of rain. We have

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some heavy rain on the way. An animal welfare charity s`ys it's

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getting more and more requests for help as people struggle to pay

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their vet bills. Now, for the first time, Blte Cross

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has joined forces with a prhvate Among the first to benefit was

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a dog owner who's been helpdd with her pet's cancer and dental

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treatment ` treatment she otherwise Millie is on her way back to the

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veterinary centre in Derby will stop this time it is her owner who can

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say thank you for the pain relief and charitably funded treatlent that

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has seen all of the dog's tdeth removed. Some had already dropped

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out, so she ended up losing the last few of what we left. We soften the

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food and she manages quite well But, just yesterday, her other dog

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had to be put down after suffering from cancer. Towards the last few

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weeks she had lost almost all her body weight. They were two of the

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first pets to be treated at this new charity clinic in Derby. It is nice

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to give something back to the community for those people who

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cannot afford to look after their pets. There is little alternative

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for them. Blue Cross says in the past year alone it has seen a 1 %

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rise in demand for its anim`l Hospital and pet care service. This

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new project in Derby will bd available to people on benefits who

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live in seven different postcode areas. It is great to be part of

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this. It was officially opened today, the Chief Executive `t Blue

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Cross. This is something we have not done before. It is the first

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partnership of this type. Wd would love to do more of these. This is a

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wonderful initiative. spring in her step. That me`ns she

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has shaken off the pain frol her problem teeth. A teenager h`s been

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jailed after pleading guiltx to murdering a woman in Derby darlier

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this year. She was found de`d on the back of houses in Hartington

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Street. She had been stabbed 18 times. The 18`year`old had planned

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to rob her. He will serve at least 24 years. The man behind genetic

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fingerprinting has won the world's oldest scientific prize. Thd Royal

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Society has rewarded him with a medal for his pioneering work. He

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was `` it was first awarded in 731. Bosses at eight Nottinghamshire

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hospital have spoken of thehr regret at being prevented from employing a

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gay clergyman. Canon Jeremy Pemberton was refused a licdnce to

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access as a chap playing. `` Champlain.

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You will almost certainly h`ve seen those remarkable images arotnd the

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tower of London. The work is that the team from Derby who produced

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nearly 900,000 poppies around the clock. Designed by a Derbyshire

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artist, each poppy represents one soldier who died during World War I.

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They have been working night and day since January to produce 888,00

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poppies. Keen to improve `` to involve the local community, the

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team ranges from Art graduates to local tradesmen. Each poppy wrap

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sent a soldier who died durhng the war. While it is a repetitive

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process, everyone here in the factory recognises that thex are

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representing somebody with dach one. I make 800 poppies every single day.

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To see them, coloured and installed, and to see the reaction of people,

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it is brilliant. Once the poppies are moulded, they are ready to be

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set. They are brought over to these three kilns.

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are moulded, they are ready to be set. They are brought over to They

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are heated to 1180 Celsius. They would then be glazed, and they are

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producing 30,000 poppies evdry week. Many other raw materials ard sourced

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from Derbyshire, and the red paint developed from a company in cold

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bill. `` Coalville. developed from a company in cold

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bill. `` This is a proud molent for an artist he graduated just four

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years ago. It was important to get people together. Once I got to know

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about it, they have taken ownership of everything down to realising if

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they break one, it represents somebody's life. The last poppy will

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be planted on Remembrance D`y. It is now shared with the world. Ht is

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quite stunning. Beautiful. Now, it's well known that mhllions

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of soldiers died in the Gre`t War ` what's less well known is that

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an estimated eight million horses And, even

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if a horse or mule lived though it all, then thousands were sl`ughtered

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in France at the war's end. So it makes the story of ond

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Leicestershire warhorse, whhch not only survived but lived to ` great

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age, all the more remarkabld. Two sculptures near an otherwise

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unmarked grave. The horses `re a clue. Here lies and old warhorse.

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That is Songster there. Nearby, John recalls the horse, Songster. Yes, I

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sat on him as a youngster. H still remember it. John's uncle c`red for

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Songster after World War I. Around 8 million horses were killed hn the

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conflict, so it was Dracula is `` miraculous Songster survived. He was

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nowhere to be found. Two hotrs afterwards, he came trotting back.

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He had the uncanny knack th`t he could untie him self from hhs peg,

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wander back, and comeback when he wanted to. He had been drafted into

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the Leicestershire Yeomanry in Loughborough marketplace in 191 .

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The horses were lined up at the top and everybody was marched down onto

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this road to line up into the market square behind us. Although Songster

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came through unscathed, his rider was outraged that the army could

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contemplate putting Songster and thousands of other horses down after

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outstanding war service. Thd people that wrote him respected th`t, and

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wanted to have him back. He shared the same experiences as the soldiers

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throughout the war, and so he was rescued and brought him. So he was

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returned to work on this farm. We looked after him for nearly 20

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years. My uncle loved the animals, he really did. At that therd is an

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archive on Songster, who became quite a star. They used to drink in

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an old pub called the Boot. Songster used to climb the stares and join

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them for a pint. He would w`lk around the room and walk back down

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the stairs as well. Songster went to Leicestershire Yeomanry camps. This

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photograph is taken in 1935, and it shows those men of the Yeom`nry that

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had served in the First World War and were still serving in 1835. Of

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course, amongst the group is Songster, the warhorse. Belheved to

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be a remarkable 40 in 1940, one day on the farm, Songster collapsed He

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could not get up again, so they took a barn door of its hinges, put

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Songster onto it, and pulled him into the stable. You can im`gine the

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scene, not a dry eye in the stable, the horse lifted his head for the

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last time and passed away. He was buried with full military honours,

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including the medals he recdived in the First World War. In the last

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year, the present owner of the farm joined us to say he had found this

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in one of the outhouses. Just wonderful, what a start. Yot can

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read about many other storids from where you live by going to the

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website. You can click on the at home section. What a character. We

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have two for the price of one. Natalie is here.

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Yesterday, Stuart Pearce has said that he is not happy that two

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players had been sold to Newcastle. They have been sold against his

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advice. Natalie is here to pick three things. What are the key thing

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is that he is saying? He is saying that should the players movd be

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completed, the transfer fees will significantly help the club to hit

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the FFP criteria. That's not what Stuart Pearce said yesterdax. He was

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disappointed. He was unhappx with the man at the deals were done. He

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did not sanction the transfdrs. He would be making it his business to

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try and find out the financds of the club. Are the financial problems?

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There have been several winding up positions. There have been puestions

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about the running of the cltb. In other Sports News,

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England's women rolled over Spain in their second game of the

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World Cup, with Hinckley's Vicky Fleetwood a key part of the pack,

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and Desford's Emily Scarratt contributing a flawless 15 points

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from the boot in a 45`5 win. In cricket, a new three`year

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contract at Nottinghamshire It's a reward for this season's

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consistency which has seen Fletcher, who's from Bulwell in Nottingham,

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become a regular in all thrde competitions and display

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a real talent for controlling Just one game in the Royal

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London One Day Cup to mention. Paralympic swimmer Ollie Hynde has

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one in his class. Amongst the stars coming back home, the Nottingham

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gymnast Becky Downie, a hugd success, having won both thd team

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event and the uneven bars. This evening, Becky Downie and hdr medals

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have returned to her gym, and I will leave you with the welcome home

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party and Kirsty Edwards. She may have just returned from the

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games, but Becky Downie was back in the gym today, and much to her

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surprise, so were some proud friends and family. Two gold medals. Has it

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sunk in yet, what you have achieved? Not really. It dodsn't

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feel like that much of a big thing. So many people are saying

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congratulations and well done, it will take a while to sink in. They

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wonder simile people were hdre to celebrate with her. What an

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achievement. You always chase the dream, and when you actuallx get

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it, and you get the Europeans and the Commonwealth Games, you think,

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we have actually done it. Wd have got the gold medals, fantastic. No

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one proud ahead today than lum Helen. What a mum you are. Xou have

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a daughter here who has been willing these gold medals for the

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Commonwealth, you're younger dirty about to go off to the youth

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Olympics as well. It has bedn a manic year. Both doing so wdll at

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the Europeans. Now it is off to China she is the only girl to be

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selected from Great Britain with one boy. I am proud of her. What did you

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think you when you watched Becky Downie up there? We knew shd would

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do really well for the team, and she really wanted to win gold on bars.

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We found the beam amusing. We won't talk about that! Who cares `bout

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that? Two gold medals, you can't go wrong with that. I am reallx used

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with the achievement tonight. Gymnastics is just one of those

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things. It is something that we can put under the carpet and just look

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forward to the next event. So, straight back to work for Bdcky

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Those championships coming tp in October. Younger sister Ellhe flies

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out to China on Saturday for the youth Olympics. What a family!

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Don't you worry about falling off that bar, I could not even have

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climbed onto it. We have seen quite a lot of grey

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today on a few more showers than we were forecasting this afternoon

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They sprung up ahead of a wdather front which is now starting to click

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away. Now we are looking at what is developing in the south`west. Some

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heavy rain on the way tonight. It looks as though it will be lostly

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through the night time period. It will still be around first thing

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tomorrow, but will clear aw`y fairly quickly. A few showers around at the

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moment, which are starting to fade away. Try for the first part of the

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night, but the persistent r`in will push in from the early hours of the

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morning. A mild night, much milder than recent nights. If you `re up

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early in the morning, there will still be some rain around. Ht clears

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fairly swiftly. By midday it will be clearing all of us. We will see that

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sunshine returning later in the day. A couple of showers following

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behind, but it is mostly drx and brighter for the afternoon `nd still

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fairly warm. Thursday will be the best day of this week. Dry `nd

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bright with temperatures up into the 20s. But it looks like it is turning

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messy into Friday with more low`pressure. Shari outbreak of rain

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and stays unsettled for the weekend. And we're going to leave yot with

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the Last Post that was playdd by Ray Gould

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in Brassington village last night. It was a wonderful tribute

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as part of the Lights Out c`mpaign, which I know many people

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across our region took part in. We don't tend to use the bathroom

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together here. I leave the ashram, travel halfway

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across the world to find my father, Oh, well. As Vashrati says,

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gotta keep smiling! We don't tend to use the bathroom

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together here. All right, well,

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I'll catch you later. This ashram of yours,

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it might be a cult. I take it back,

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he's definitely Cuckoo's son.

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