20/08/2014 East Midlands Today


20/08/2014

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over on BBC Two in a moment. Now, on BBC One, it's time

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for the news where And now the news

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for the East Midlands. First, a report out today

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suggests business is booming. The Royal Bank of Scotland says

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the economy here is now 4% bigger than it was a year ago, growing

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at the fastest rate in the country. The future is looking bright for

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this zip manufacturer in Leicester. Zipex supplies major

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high street chains. They are recruiting more staff and

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have seen a big increase in orders. Two years ago,

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we hardly had any orders. Now, they're three,

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four months in advance. RBS says the economy put on an

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impressive 0.9% this quarter, And just as impressive,

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it's growing twice as fast Hotspots include the counties

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of Leicestershire and Rutland, Also going strong are

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South and West Derbyshire, so it's not the cities

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leading the way. Leicester, Derby and Nottingham also

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grew their output, but for now, the In the last three months,

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we have seen So, East Midlands has a very strong

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retail and distribution sector that accounts for nearly 20%, a fifth

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of output from the region. It is almost a year since

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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, gave

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a speech to business leaders, citing that this region was a bellwether

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for the UK's economic recovery. It was here, at the

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University of Nottingham, And on the surface,

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it does seem like things have improved, but underneath, the

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picture is a bit more complicated. Whilst unemployment has fallen,

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the region has seen the biggest drop in wages in

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the country, a loss of around ?36 a So what do today's growth figures

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actually mean I'm feeling the pinch more than I

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would say about four or five years ago, obviously

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because everything is going up. We have been relatively lucky,

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my husband has had a little bit Normally I don't go on holiday

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but this year I've been Today, the Chamber of Commerce

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said the figures demonstrate that the region has moved from

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bellwether to national leader. For companies like Zipex, it's

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looking like a promising road ahead. The charity Crimestoppers is

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offering a ?1,000 reward for information about a number

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of burglaries that followed a huge Three houses

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and a service station in Melton Road were ransacked after they'd been

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evacuated during the factory fire. Cash and jewellery were

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among the items taken. The A453

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in Nottinghamshire is closed tonight as traffic is switched over to

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a brand new section of the road. From 5:30am tomorrow, drivers

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will be diverted down part of Cars will remain in

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single lanes, though. It's the longest bit of the new road

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to be opened so far and drivers are being warned to take extra care

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approaching the new layout. They need to be aware that this

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new road is actually two`way, They need to pay attention to

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the signs that remind them of that and there is a bit of a

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revised layout at Parkway Junction. So they just need to drive

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carefully, pay attention to the signs until they they get used

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to the new road layout. Transport

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of the two`wheeled variety now and cycling campaigners claim Nottingham

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is too dangerous to ride around. They say deaths

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among cyclists are up by a third. Our political editor John Hess took

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to the roads of the city to see Most days,

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Jessica Beyer`Lyons cycles to work. She is a project manager at

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Boots in Nottingham. It can be quite stressful

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because there are no dedicated cycle lanes and drivers don't appreciate

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that, as a cyclist, you have nowhere We meet up with

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the cycling journalist Mark Patterson, near where a cyclist

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in her 20's was killed last month. A so`called "ghost bike"

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marks the spot on the corner There is, of course,

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a lot of hype from the City Council about what a great cycling city,

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what a green city it is. The reality for cyclists

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on the ground is that We are heading

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about two miles through the city. Our destination is the former

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Raleigh Cycle Works, to meet the officer in charge of Nottingham

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City Council's cycling policy. Over the past four years,

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cycling levels have increased by about 30% so obviously there is

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going to be more casualties because Nationally, cycling casualties,

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totally about 19,500, In Nottingham last year, there was

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one death among the 130 casualties. Leicester's casualty toll was 172.

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Derby's was 94. We are looking at

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a route that goes north`south in particular,

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across the city centre itself. But ask any driver or pedestrian

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and they will tell you that when it comes to safety on wheels,

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not all cyclists tend to adopt I think it is very important that

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drivers accept that cyclists are there, and likewise, cyclists

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accept that drivers are there This is a dedicated lane

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for cyclists, Cyclist campaigners say they want to

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see more of this so it is safer for So, it's goodbye from me, but with

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your weather now, here's Mel Coles. August continues to play it cool

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and it could feel fresher still tomorrow because

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the breeze will also pick up. We had a few showers around this

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evening but they have cleared away. The skies are also beginning to

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clear, which means the temperatures We are looking at overnight lows

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of about nine Celsius, that is in In the countryside, they could be

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as low as four or five Celsius, A fresh start to Thursday morning,

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the best of The cloud will increase

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from the northwest and there will be By the afternoon, it looks

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like many places will be overcast. Not everybody will see a shower,

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but we will all notice that south`westerly breeze,

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making it feel a bit fresher. I will leave you with the outlook

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for the next few days, it will be remaining fairly cool with showers

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and sunny spells throughout. The national forecast is up

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in a moment. Good evening. For many of us a bank

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holiday looms large and so does a change in the weather patterns. Is

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the that good or bad news? Only you can decide that. For the time being

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we've got similar weather patterns. Another chilly day tomorrow, with

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some sunshine but probably more showers. Today's showers are fading

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from the east but we are seeing outbreaks of rain in parts of

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Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and later in the night northern

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England. You won't be as cold

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