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week. Great, Peter, thanks very much.

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And for one little boy it's been extra special.

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village in on horseback. Lancers from Leicestershire

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Alfie Greasley from Leicester was born four months

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travel back to the wheat fidlds of Bacardi. How excited I knew about

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going to school? Is it good? He has just started to say a few words now.

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He is just under the speech therapist. He has the one`to`one

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teacher at school. For Alfid, it is about meeting his new friends and

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teacher and his patents nevdr thought they would see the day.

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NHS workers marching the 280 miles from Jarrow in the northeast to

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London passed the half`way lark today, when they arrived here in the

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East Midlands. They want to highlight the impact of what, they

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claim, is the creeping priv`tisation of the health service. This report

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This is a long march with a political message. These protesters

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have been marching for 12 d`ys now. Spirits are high but feet are sore.

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What has been amazing is thd number of people shading the storids, it is

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lifting our spirits. The Labour MP joined them this morning. Pdople are

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really angry. They are trying to recapture the spirit of the original

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march for jobs in the 1930s. This is about the future of the Nathonal

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Health Service. One marker hs a retired NHS doctor. When yot come

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from overseas usual I `` re`lise how essential it is to have accdss to

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affordable health care. Thex have been able to release money for this

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Parliament. Even the manufacturers of bandages are private companies.

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The principle is to always be free. There is a message for shoppers I

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would be walking with them hf I was able. I think change is needed.

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Tomorrow they will reach Loughborough and then Leicester

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After that it is London and Parliament.

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An inspection into Leicestershire Police has highlighted signhficant

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The criticism was part of an investigation into thd way

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, is in the newsroom

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So, are they being accused of fiddling the crime figurds?

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The force was praised for its integrity.

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Bosses were so keen to get the figures right, that thex set`up

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But the Policing Inspectorate found that some crimes still

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They say that's down to trahning and some systems

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And they're especially worried that child abuse.

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The inspectors found 16 child abuse cases that should havd

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But the records showed only six of them.

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Today's report says it's a significant concern

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You can see why, if you've been listening to the news about what's

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Because these cases were referred by outside agencies,

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They were investigated by specialist policing teams.

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But those teams didn't use the force's main crime recording system.

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That means cases could fall through the net.

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And Leicestershire Police have been given three

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What else have they been told to improve?

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The inspectors say too many of those offences are being written

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They're also concerned that cautions and warnings are being used,

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for some suspects who should have been prosecuted.

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Among them, thieves who werd given penalty notices after stealhng

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But the inspectors were verx impressed with the way the force

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And these inspections are going to be taking place at forces

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Property owners in Leicestershire could soon be charged by thd fire

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service if they're repeatedly called out to false alarms.

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Officers say there's been a rise in the number of unnecessarx

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call`outs ` and they see thd charges as a way of making people t`ke more

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It is a high`pressure job that can be a life`saver. The fire brigade

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here in Leicester are having to respond more and more to false

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alarms. The fire brigade have been called to this dropper take more

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than once per week and thosd who live and work here are sick of it.

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It is getting quite tedious really. If anyone would complain it would be

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me. No Leicestershire's Fird service is considering charging property

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owners if people are repeatddly calling out the Fire Brigadd for no

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reason. There they are wrongly called to the building more than

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nine times the owner has to be 290 for each visit. Doing that xear

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would have brought in more than ?24,000 in the last year. It is a

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cost recovery exercise. We have seen an increase in the amount of false

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alarms from automatic services recently. The housing group which

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owns this property says it will work with the fire service to prdvent any

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future false alarm call outs. The proposals could be agreed bx the end

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of next month. Health managers in Derby sax two

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of the city's hospitals are rated The Royal Derby Hospital

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and the London Road Community Hospital were given high scores

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in NHS England's annual assdssment. Both hospitals were also pr`ised

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for patient dignity and privacy with scores higher than

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the national average. South Derbyshire steam locolotive

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engineer Sir Nigel Gresley could be Gresley made his name designing

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famous engines like the Mallard Now an application's been lodged to

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have a bronze statue of the engineer put up

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on the new concourse of Kings Cross This is East Midlands Today here

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on the BBC. Stand by

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for some glittering achievelents in sport and the promise

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of some glittering weather too. Golden tinge is all around today.

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The hint of sunshine next wdek but in the meantime blustery conditions

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to contend with. Now it's time to rejoin Domhnic

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in France. If you've been watching all week

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you'll know he and the team have been covering

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stories and events connected with Tonight, Dom is in rural Picardy

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where a British victory was Good evening and welcome. This is a

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very rural community that h`s very strong links with local reghments.

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100 years ago today exactly the 12th Lancers from Leicestershire carried

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out what would be the very last cavalry charge against an enemy In

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August 1914 things were going badly for the British. They had started to

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retreat and had lost hundreds of men, there was talk of having to

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fall back and protect parts of Paris. Skirmishes were breaking out

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between the English and Gerlans but what happened here was a notable

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victory for the Lancers. Today that was commemorated here in sole style.

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The harvest is gathered in `s it was in August 1914 at the very start of

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the great War. Then, two horses were spotted in the fields beading

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soldiers from the 12th Lancdrs. A skirmish with the Germans ttrned

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into a full`scale cavalry charge. The last the regiment would never

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perform. Today's re`enactment was done at the trot rather than a

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gallop. It was to commemorate events of 19 August 2014. `` 29th of

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August. It was the last cav`lry charge. There is really no shortage

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of war memorials in this part of France but today another was

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unveiled. The regiment responded in perfect French. A wreath was laid by

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this 17`year`old from Derbyshire whose dad and Grandad were both

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regimental sergeant majors hn the Lancers. I was scared encasd I

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messed it up. I was ordered to do it for the regiment. I think it is

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fantastic being part of somdthing to remember what happened 100 xears

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ago. Being part of the cadets is fantastic. I feel part of this

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regiment beading this cap b`dge and it is an honour being here. So many

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English people have given the lives for France and it is import`nt to

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respect them. France is one of the few countries that can match Britain

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for pomp and ceremony. Todax, they did our Lancers proud. Nowadays the

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very idea of soldiers on horseback carrying Lancers would seem medieval

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but back in 1914 the 12th L`ncers were well trained to do that job.

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Our reporter has more. The only danger was the cavalry drivhng

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through the 12 mile gap. Thd Squadron of the 12th Lancers had the

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pressing engagement. In fact, despite the classic underst`tement

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of a historic 1960s recording, the event was more savage than hn any

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way pleasant. This man was there. He was a boy in Leicester and ten years

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later is recorded as a bank clerk but also an inmate of a prison in

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Liverpool. By 1914 he had sdrved his time and join the 12 Royal Lancers.

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On August 16 they embarked for France. He was interviewed hn the

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1960s. The German Lance was longer than ours and heavier. In 28th of

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August during a skirmish thd 12th Lancers were resting believhng nor

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Germans to be near. Suddenlx, gunfire was heard and Lancers, we

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have used contemporary film of other cavalry men throughout this report,

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saddled up quickly. Dragoon guards were nearby, ironically known as

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Queen Victoria's on. The Colonel in Chief was King George V, is seen

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here with his cousin, the K`iser. Held by British gunfire the dragoons

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dismounted to open fire back. The Lancers also initially dismounted

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like this to return the Gerlan fire but then the Squadron mountdd up and

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headed for the Germans. We find ourselves at right angles to the

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line. We walked a couple of hundred yards, galloped and then ch`rged and

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then we went like madmen. Hd describes the ferocious att`ck at

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speeds, surprising the unfortunate dragoons who were still off of the

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horses. I put it to his chest and I had my eyes closed when I w`s doing

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it. I drew my sword and we were simply mad, we went through them and

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having got through then we were fired on from behind, we went back

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through again. Dozens had dhed. Eventually when it was over I

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dismounted and took up one of the black and white penance. After that

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we rallied again. The chargd itself passed into regimental legend but

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among the four Lancers who died and it was Albert Hunt. Dead just four

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days after arriving in France and one of many East Midlands who would

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die in a war that claimed mhllions of lives. I'm joined now by a member

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of the 12th Lancers. This is such a special day in the regiment's

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history, isn't it? It is thd really important date. We have just come

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back from Afghanistan but this touches to our hearts. The last

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cavalry charge of our regimdnt in the First World War. As I s`id,

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things were not going well hn the early days of the war so thhs must

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have been a notable victory so early on. I imagine so but also ldt us

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remember this is the first lonth of World War I and we did not hmagine

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at that stage what hoarders lay ahead. While we do commemor`te the

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day as the military victory, it is the start of a very lively `nd

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difficult period for our regiment, for the British people and Durope.

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It is an important point to make. Although there has been somd levity

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today, behind it there at the very CDs occasion. Argue very

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appreciative of the way the French have posted this event? The French

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have been superb throughout. We have been talking to the mayor and his

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team for some months now and the fact we have brought a largd element

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of the regiment, families of those who lost their lives in the battle,

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we have been superbly well posted by the French and have been gr`teful

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for the relationship we havd built. Will you be back again in ftture

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years? Absolutely. The French have provided a future Memorial `nd

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Lancers will be back to pavd the respect and remember beyond just

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this year. Thank you for johning us. This brings us pretty much to the

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end of a few days reporting live on this very significant annivdrsary,

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the centenary of the outbre`k of World War I. We hope you find this

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as interesting and thought`provoking as I have. You have

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Dom, you've been in Belgium and now France

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for almost a week now, what memories will you take away with you?

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been `` when you look up at those huge panels, thousands and thousands

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of names, it really strikes home. Then the smaller roadside cdmeteries

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where reads have been laid. Messages from families back on saying we have

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found you, we miss you. It hs the personal touches that brings it home

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to me. For many people this is not ancient history but fairly lodern

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history. And have you found any eviddnce

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of your own relatives at all? Yes, possibly, there were four deals

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from the South West, I found one name at Tyne cot cemetery and I will

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be doing more research on that when I get home. It has been wonderful

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watching it. Thank you so mtch. And if you want to see some of that

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amazing footage again from France, It earlier and I said there would be

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something glittering in sport, I never realised it would be on the

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sofa! Thank you! What do yot want? I start with news of a new face

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at Nottingham Forest. Not a player but

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at long last a new chief Exdcutive. They've been without one

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for over a year and a half but today Forest announced that

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Paul Faulkner's been given the job. Seen here talking in

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his previous role at Aston Villa. Faulkner will officially begin

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his new post on Monday.Meanwhile Forest fans can now look forward to

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an exciting tie in the Leagte Cup. They've been drawn away to

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Premier League Tottenham. Historically to very good for all

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sides. It is a tough tie for us We will learn a lot about oursdlves in

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that game and it is one we should relish.

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Derby County's attempt to bring in Liverpool forward Jordan Ibe

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isn't moving as quickly as fans might have hoped.

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Rams head coach Steve McClaren wants to speak to the 18`ye`r`old

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Derby do seem to be leading the race to sign Ibe,

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but right now it's all gone quiet, as is clear when I asked McClaren

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We are just awaiting confirlation from all sides about whether he

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comes in or not. There is a new signing at Notts, Rhys Brown has

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arrived from Birmingham. Thdre is stiff competition at Tigers for Alan

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Williams. Pressure is on to perform. If I am wading the Number tdn shark

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I will have been doing something right. It is something I am

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relishing and looking forward to. Now onto the latest sport bringing

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medals at the Olympics. It hs Paralympic canoeing. The Brhtish

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team are based in Nottinghal and our reporter has been along to see them.

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This is the high`performancd centre for team GB Paralympic canoding

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What the world championships it was in Moscow, 12 events, the won medals

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in nine of them. This woman won two gold medals in Russia after playing

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for the sitting volleyball team in London 2012. It is a bit like a

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transfer market after the P`ralympic games, sports are always looking for

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new talent. This really took my fancy and I thought I would try yet

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and see what happens. She is one of the leading lights in the

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Paralympics and the moment @ndy very good prospect for real. Is ht like

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Britain's got talent? Do yot all queue up and do your stuff? Less

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singing than that! I loved `ll the sports. I wanted to try this one. I

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watched the triathlete last weekend and thought I would like to have a

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go at that. I can see myself doing a lot of sport. He will not bd doing

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triathlon next commission m`rk we will make sure! I used to climb I

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wanted to do a climbing competition while I was still in hospit`l but

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they would not let me. Why do you do it? Why don't you just have an easy

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life? I could not do it, my back would be so sitting in an office. I

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just come here. Go see them before they are really big stars. H think

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someone could be making a rdtard! By the middle of next week we could be

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seeing some return. Sunshind and high temperatures as well. Ht has

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not been too bad for the last couple of days but it has been on the

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breezy side. Low pressure ptshing into the north and west of the UK.

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There should not be too much in terms of rainfall but we will see

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burlesque south`westerly winds through tonight and tomorrow. The

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bulk of the day should stay dry but the wind will blow in a few showers

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towards the end of the afternoon. All in all, not a bad day. Some

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showers this afternoon. The zipped through quite quickly and some

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beautiful sunshine to end the day. Dry throughout the night and the

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wind will continue to pick tp. Another relatively mild night. Laws

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around 13 or 14 Celsius. Tolorrow morning starting bright and breezy,

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mostly dry for the bulk of the day. The wind blowing more cloud into the

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afternoon and eventually a couple of showers pushing in towards the

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afternoon. Most of the day should be bright. In shelter from the wind it

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will not feel too bad. Tempdratures around average for the time of year.

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Saturday easy with a couple of showers around. That is thanks to an

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area of high pressure pushing up from the south. The driest `nd

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brightest day looks like behng on Sunday and the lighter winds will

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make it feel warm. A lot of cloud around for the start of next week

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but that breaking up from Wddnesday onwards. That is good news. I hope

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you have enjoyed our coverage from France. There is another very

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special story tomorrow from us for, good night.

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I ain't putting up with this any more.

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