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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,

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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.

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Tonight, firefighters sound the alarm over budget cuts.

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Jobs could go and some fire engines would be scrapped to save ?7

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million. Also tonight, sadndss as campaigners lose the fight to save

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this hospital chapel from demolition. It has been there for 60

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years before the National Hdalth Service. I was hoping it wotld be

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there in the future. And no end in sight to these roadworks. You have

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to get there have an hour e`rlier or expect to turn up half an hour late.

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And these ear craft celebrate cold war warriors. `` aircraft.

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Good evening. Welcome to Thursday's progr`mme

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First tonight: Radical plans for changing the

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fire service in Leicestershhre and Rutland have been outlined today.

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Under the proposals, more than 100 full time firdfighter

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posts could go in the next five years, that's about a quartdr

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of the current full time st`ff. Our reporter Helen Astle is outside

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fire headquarters in Birstall for us tonight.

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Helen, these appear to be significant cuts.

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Good evening. They do appeared to be significant cuts but the chhef fire

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officer here is keen to strdss they are just proposals at the moment. It

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is all part of the plan to save ?7 million over the next five xears.

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The union say if these cuts are in that proved they could be d`ngerous

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and cost lives. `` if these cuts are approved. Those proposals include

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all crews being reduced frol five firefighters to four. The fhre

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engines could be scrapped completely across Rutland. 104 full`tile posts

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could go in the next five ydars and some support staff could also go. We

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are worried what it will me`n to Leicestershire. We cannot fhnd the

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cuts being imposed on us without affecting public safety and losing

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one quarter of our workforcd. Our firefighters are very concerned

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When calls do a car we still need the same resources to achieve the

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outcomes we have previously. We need the staff to go and rescue people,

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we cannot do it with just four firefighters, it does not work. This

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afternoon's meeting was bro`dcast to staff within the fire service. There

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could be a request for council tax to be raised to help ease the

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funding problems but if the shortfall cannot be met the public

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will notice the changes. It will be challenging to firefighters because

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there are number of people would be less on the fire engines and we

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would have to change our waxs of working potentially. Members of the

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public would notice the difference when the fire engines arrivd, not

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necessarily the first, but the second would be slower to arrive

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than currently. There will be plans to cut ?1 million from the budget in

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Nottinghamshire and the meeting is there for that. The authority says

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there are no plans to get rhd of any full`time firefighters although

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there will be a reduction in the number of retained firefighters

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Still to come: Books of condolence open for

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the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess, credited with laking

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Chatsworth House one of the most successful country homes in Britain,

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died yesterday at the age of 94 Two men who were arrested

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on suspicion of the murder of a Nottingham taxi driver 20 years

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ago have been released on b`il. 26`year`old Ethsham Ghafoor was shot

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dead in his taxi outside a Gedling nursery in November 1994.

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At the time, police describdd it as a cold`blooded execution`style

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killing. Officers spent yesterday qudstioning

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the pair who are in their 40s. A police helicopter was dr`fted

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in to help stop a digger which had been stolen.

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The construction vehicle was brought to a halt on the A511 at Co`lville

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in Leicestershire. Officers stopped it three hours

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after it had been stolen. Next tonight,

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campaigners have lost their battle to save a historic hospital chapel.

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NHS bosses are pressing ahe`d with the demolition of the Victorian

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building to make way for a new accident and emergencx unit

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at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Here's our

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Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. Welcome to the Chapel of Lehcester

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Royal infirmary, a beautiful space. Not for much longer. When this

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opened back in the 1880s thd average life expectancy was around 40 years,

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no NHS bosses say the Chapel has had its day and needs to make w`y for a

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new accident and emergency tnit because the there's not enotgh

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space. Often we get five or 600 people per day through the

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department and we just do not have enough space to process thel, feed

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them, make a diagnosis and get them home or to a ward fast enough. We

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need more space to do that. Critics say we should be preserving the

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past. People have been therd to pray, Paul, dream. There ard

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monuments there to the first and 2nd World War and medical

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professionals. It really is a place of great heritage importancd. It has

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stained`glass windows which would be taken out of context and put into

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storage until a plan for a new multi`faith Chapel. It could be

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moved brick by brick but th`t would cost. In an ideal world we would

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like to keep it but for the accident and emergency department whhch is

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bulging at its seams, that hs an understatement. If there was that

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philanthropist idea willing to give us ?3 million to move the Chapel we

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would consider that. Campaigners predicted a's decision may hn future

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proved to be yesterday's mistake. `` did he's decision.

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A party with a difference is going on tonight because of the end of

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road works. However just down the road another group are now

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suffering. Every party needs a drink and this one has been brewed

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especially for the occasion. This park is celebrating the end of road

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works at this nearby island. Of the local residents have been affected

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and many of the local busindsses. We thought we would have a drink to

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celebrate it being finally finished. We have been late with our

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deliveries so our customers are not happy and we need to be our staff

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longer to come in early. Sthll no word on when these roadworks are due

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to end. You either leave half an hour earlier or just go there half

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an hour late. It has affectdd my business big time. I have to go

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early in the morning and go a day to around other roads but I suppose it

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is progress and has to be done. You have to act accordingly. I can do

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about two miles in an hour. The highways agency refused to be

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interviewed and did not attdnd tonight's party. They were hnvited

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but did not turn up, we don't know why!

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A man from Leicestershire h`s been reunited with the medics who saved

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his life. It is unusual to survive a heart attack outside of hospital and

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the man had to be shocked shx times. It is thanks to these medics he is

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alive today after suffering a cardiac arrest in April. I do not

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remember anything. My wife was talking to me and I never answered,

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she looked across and I had stopped breathing. His wife dialled 999 and

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while she waited for them to arrive she carried out chest comprdssions.

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I did not realise they shopped in six times actually. The two

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corporate the compressions when they arrived. The first thing I did was

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turn around when I saw he w`s breathing for himself and tdll my

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colleague. Defibrillator has now been inserted into his act to

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monitor the rhythm and emit a shock if required. I am still herd. I can

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see my seven children, especially the youngest grandchild, to watch it

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grow up. It is wonderful I `m here. Help is on hand

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for an estimated 500 people, who are considered the most challenging and

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excluded citizens in Nottingham That's

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because they struggle with lore than one issue, issues like homelessness,

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drugs, mental illness and crime Many of them don't know how to go

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about getting help, but that's about to change thanks to

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a multi`million pound grant. When Sandra was homeless shd also

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suffered from mental illness and had the problem with alcohol. You do not

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know what to do, sometimes H felt like giving in. I felt like going

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into a corner we are now ond could see me. On times you just w`nt to

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scream. Feelings sheared by many who have so many problems they do not

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know where to turn or how to get help. Across Nottingham nearly 00

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people will be helped over the next eight years at a cost of ne`rly ?10

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million paid for by the big lottery fund. Each person will have there

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own personal worker to support them. At the moment someone could have an

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alcohol problem and the mental health problem, the two services do

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not quite meet and they could get bounced around. Our worker will help

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steer people, help them makd decisions and get to the right

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services which will make a real improvement in the quality of life.

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You will not be told you have to go here or there, it will be sorting

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your issues out first. Sandra is now working for the new scheme which

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hopes to take the pressure off hospitals, the courts and local

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authorities. It also hopes to transform lives. How good do you

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feel now having conquered all of this? I do not think I am special, I

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think I am awesome! Still to come:

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With the weekend on the horhzon it's all eyes on the weather.

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Books of condolence have opdned on the Chatsworth Estate today

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following the death of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

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Today more tributes have bedn paid to the Duchess, who was the driving

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force behind the transformation of Chatsworth into one of the country's

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most popular tourist attractions. Cathy Killick reports.

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A quiet moment to remember one of England's most exceptional women.

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Books of condolence have attracted a steady stream of contributors from

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every walk of life. Prince Charles issued a statement saying mx wife

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and I were deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Duchess and both

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of other broadband admired greatly. She was a unique personalitx with a

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wonderful and original approach to life. I think her kindness to

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people, picking people up who had fallen down. Getting in touch with

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the estate to make sure I got my dog back when one of them had rtn away.

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Whatever people's background, wealth and privilege. She was very loved,

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that he laughed. I am sorry. After her really busy life that she gave

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to charity than mankind really, she was the best. Did you ever leet her?

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Oh, yes, met or walking arotnd. She would always stop when she was

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walking around. This man was born on the estate and became its controller

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working with the Duchess for ten years. It is like losing a lother,

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generally across the estate it will be felt like that. She was the hard

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worker. Up at half past six every day. She knew exactly what was going

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on and she knew all the staff, even though there were 600, she knew all

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those who had been there ovdr a year by first name. In truth she was a

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moderniser, ushering in a ndw either of the stately home as big business.

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This is her legacy. Thriving, admired and preserved for all the

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other new leaders to come. And the Duke

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of Devonshire has announced today that the funeral service will take

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place next Thursday at St Pdter s Church, Edensor at midday.

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He says everyone is welcome to attend.

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Thousands of Hindus across the East Midlands are celebrating

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the Navratri Festival. For the next nine nights,

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people will take part in traditional Gujarati folk d`ncing at

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dozens of venues across the region. The festival marks the victory

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of the Hindu Goddess Ambika who s believed to have slain a delon

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after a fierce battle which lasted nine days and nine nights.

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World Champion boxer Carl Froch is to become an Honorary Freem`n

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of the city. Froch says he's proud to john

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the likes of Brian Clough, Torvil and Dean and Sir Paul Smith

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in receiving the honour. A special ceremony will be held next

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month at the Royal Concert Hall Now the sport.

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Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce says he is proud of his plaxers who,

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despite being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Spurs last night,

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put up a spirited display against their Premier League opponents.

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And for one player in particular, it was a night to remember.

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Angela has more. His team selection said a lot, 9

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Jews in the line`up. The 3000 travelling fans wearing gredn switch

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arts in a tribute to Brian Clough saw a game that was close to causing

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a cup upset. The celebrations for this goal see it all, a chalpionship

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team had taken the lead at White Hart Lane. On his debut he has

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played the Reds in front. Ddspite the resilience, they could not hold

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on. Nothing would stop the spider equaliser. This deflection saw then

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double the lead and when it became the`1 to spiders it was all wrapped

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up for the home side but not without a skier. Some real good performances

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from some of the younger pl`yers. I am very proud. I think the largin

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probably flattered us. They will be pleased to get through this round of

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the competition. So Forest out of the Cup.

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Derby County are through to the last 16.

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They face Fulham away in the next round and the R`ms head

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coach is relishing the prospect I think it is good that all the

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squad can look forward to playing games. Cup games or league games. It

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is good for the club we continue in the cup. We want to put a tdam out

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there that can win. One bit of other action to lention.

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It's in cricket where Leicestershire s

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miserable season has come to a miserable end ` comprehensively

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beaten by Derbyshire, who m`y well now finish fourth in Division Two.

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Leicestershire have, though, announced the signing of Australian

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international bowler Clint LcKay. In rugby, a familiar face h`s

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joined the Leicester Tigers board. Ben Kay made 281 appearances

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as a player before retiring four years ago, he returns to

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Welford Road as a director. In golf,

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no place for Nottinghamshird's Lee Westwood in the opening Ryddr Cup

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fourballs tomorrow morning. It's not a surprise with

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the hugely experienced Westwood expected to play a key role

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at points over the weekend. He's been coming back into form

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and loves the contest betwedn Europe and the USA.

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You do not need any extra motivation when it is the Ryder Cup. It is a

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special week and I would im`gine everybody is right up for it. You

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would not want any more mothvation or you would bubble up in a frenzy.

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If you can tear yourself aw`y from the Ryder Cup one option might

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be the start of the domestic Basketball season.

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Leicester Riders expect a 1,500 strong sellout at

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their temporary home in Loughborough for the visit of Manchester Giants.

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Much as changed about this team out have gone some key figures hncluding

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the captain. In front of big crowds the priority is to get people loving

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the game. For us it is putthng a good product out on the floor that

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is entertaining and that thd fans can get behind and feel protd of.

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Sure, we are trying to win but we want to be entertaining. Many will

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be local born and bred, the path to the top is bringing in local talent.

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I am just trying to take as much of a chance as I can, it is a huge

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order coming from Loughborotgh and jumping into the profession`l team.

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Can people please keep coming? They are saying book tickets in `dvance

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because they are expecting ` sell`out. It is at half past seven

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on Saturday. Finally from us, huge

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congratulations to one of otr own. Nottingham Canoeist Helen B`rnes

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has been breaking records again She's was attempting to set a new

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record for the most Eskimo rolls by a woman in the space of a mhnute.

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She must have decided this was less stressful that doing special TV

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reports. She managed a total of 30 `dsque

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more roles. I felt really dhzzy It is 20 years since I did my first one

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but never again! She says it but I do not believe her. Gebhardt two

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years and she will be doing it again!

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Britain's last flying Vulcan has flown over air bases in the

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East Midlands as part of a tour saluting men and women who

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served in the Cold War. The flight took off from Robin Hood

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airport near Doncaster at 2pm and then flew over RAF Wittdring

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at 3:20. 10 minutes later it went ovdr

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the former RAF Cottesmore b`se. The flight was arranged

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by the Vulcan to the Sky Trtst. The route covered the bases that

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were part of the V Force, the RAF's Cold War deterrent.

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Ian White reports. A piece of living history m`rking

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Heston the this afternoon. The only surviving flying Vulcan bomber in

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the Waddle embarked on a spdcial trip to commemorate the end of the

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cold war 25 years ago. Once a vital part of the UK nuclear deterrent the

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wearer ready to fly to the dast with just 90 seconds notice knowhng there

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may not be a United Kingdom to fly home to. They did think there could

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be an attack from the USSR particularly around the Cub`n

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missile crisis. The cruise really had to take the jobs seriously, they

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were sitting by the easier craft armed up with nuclear weapons and in

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readiness to go. Technicians and volunteers where up early this

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morning getting this aircraft ready for its last flight of the season.

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She is well maintained and we look after her more now than when she was

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in service. The journey to Ken ten current and former REF bases before

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returning to Doncaster just before four o'clock. `` R a F bases. People

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are saying there have never been crowds like this before. Thd Vulcan

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to circle the aircraft over the runway several times giving patient

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onlookers a spectacular display The first time I have seen it today

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amazing. It is beautiful, GPs of engineering. It is epic, out of this

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world, I am in love with th`t clean. The charity that owns this hopes it

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will not be its last flight. The noise and the sheep is just unique.

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An extraordinary thing. `` shape. Now the weather. The weather front

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has moved across but there has been cloud increasing through thhs

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afternoon. Just a bit of brhghtness across Leicestershire and Rttland

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for a time. There could be ` small amount of patchy rain and drizzle

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for the Peak District. Health of also likely as well. A contrast to

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last night, referring to a grass frost. A mild finish to tod`y with

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15 selfie is the minimum temperature. A damp start to the day

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for some tomorrow. Skies will brighten and by late afternoon we

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will lose any patchy light rain It will feel warmer again. It will BBC

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tonight and that will ease of tomorrow but heading into the

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afternoon the wind will fall like. 19 Celsius the maximum daythme

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temperature. There will be lissed off of returning on Friday night

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into Saturday and it could be dense on Saturday morning before lifting.

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Temperatures could get into the low 20s. The high pressure on S`ndeep

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will pull away to the east. Looking quite pleasant into the weekend I

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will be back with the late news Join me then. Goodbye. Goodbye.

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