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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.

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Tonight ` freed. A man who spent six years in jail

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for a murder he didn't commht. And today cleared of ordering the

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shooting of a teenager. She should never have been there in thd first

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place and someone has lost the life but it was not the fault of my son.

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He was saved by a bone marrow transplant, now he is recruhting new

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donors. I know how difficult it was to get the dawn, this is my way of

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giving something back and shgning up for life savers. And the chhldren's

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laureate pays a visit. Good evening.

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Welcome to Wednesday's programme. First.

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A man who was jailed for a lurder he didn't commit has been freed

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after almost six years behind bars. Michael Hamblett`Sewell was

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originally convicted of ordering the shooting of the

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Derby teenager, Kadeem Blackwood. The prosecution had used

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a controversial law known as "joint enterprise".

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But today, after a SECOND rd`trial, a jury decided that he WASN'T

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guilty. Our Social Affairs Correspondent,

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Jeremy Ball, was in court. An emotional day?

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Yes. There were gasps and tears

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from family who were sitting just behind me.

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I heard them shout "thank you jury," and then, "thank you judge".

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As that jury took barely a couple of hours to clear Michael H`mblett

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Sewell, of committing one of Derby's most notorious murders.

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Free for the first time in `lmost six years he left court tod`y numb

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with promotion. I am just pleased that justice has finally bedn done.

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We have suffered for the last six years with name`calling and I have

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even lost a job through it. He should never have been paid in the

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first place. At the end of the DA young man has lost his life but

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through no fault of my son. A 15`year`old was murdered in this

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part. He was a keen musician who recorded this track for his girl

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friend but a trivial row ovdr this respect led to this horrifyhng

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treble nine call. It is now almost six years since the

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shooting. Two men were jaildd for life for the murder. Michael

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Hamblett Sewell denied he h`d ordered the shooting. This secondary

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trial finally cleared his n`me. I am just proud that the name has been

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cleared and my sister can now get on with her life. He has practhcally

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grown up in prison. He was 09 when it happened and is 25 now. H hope

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nothing like this ever happdns again. He has lost six years of

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liberty and the murder will affect the rest of his life. Why h`s it

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taken so long for Michael H`mblett Sewell to clear his name? This was a

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really difficult case to prove either way. The prosecution used a

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controversial law known as joint enterprise. They simply had to prove

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he was involved in the markdr. Some evidence used that trial later

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proved to be unreliable. Let's speak to Paul Bacon,

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a local lawyer who's defenddd more than 60 murder suspects.

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Why's the "joint enterprise" law used?

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There are crimes involving groups of young men. It means different people

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can be charged with the samd offence even though they have played

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different roles in the crimd. You look at the reaction there has been

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to these charges and prosecttions, there are so many appeals which is

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an indication if there is an unsatisfactory area of the law. I

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suppose in a lot of these c`ses the person doing the killing is simply

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following orders, does this not make sure it is the person who is

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responsible? Before this cale fashionable you were charged with

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different offences, aiding `nd abetting, a free, if you were not

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the principal offender who had pulled the trigger knowinglx are

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just played in all together and it is left to the duty to try to tease

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out who is responsible. `` Julie. Michael Hamblett Sewell's f`mily say

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they are also concerned abott the joint enterprise system as well

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A Leicester care home at thd centre of allegations of ill treatlent had

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systematic failings, accordhng to a report by an independent regulator.

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Care Quality Commission inspectors visited Fosse Court in July.

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The home failed 4 out of 5 `reas of evaluation

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including safeguarding against abuse and managing medication.

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The home closed in July after four workers were arrdsted.

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Last week police confirmed no further action would be takdn.

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Today the family of one forler resident spoke of their concerns.

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Every time she said they do not give me food, they do not give md

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medicine properly, they do not come and clean, I am upset. My

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mother`in`law says she is a very clean lady. Every time I crhed. She

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is there and we cannot do anything. In a statement, Fosse Court Care

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home say they've produced ddtailed representations of what thex believe

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to be factual inaccuracies hn the report based on the July inspections

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and are taking advice from their legal team

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about challenging its contents. Six men have appeared

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before magistrates in connection with the death of a 30`year`old

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mother of two in Leicestershire Hayley Pointon died

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from a single gunshot wound at a house in Sunnydale Road

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in Hinckley last February. Two 24`year`old men have bedn

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charged with murder and four others with assisting an offender.

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They've all been remanded in custody and are due to appear

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at Leicester Crown Court on Friday. Coming up:

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A bit of a page turner. We'll be talking to the star guest

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of a week`long festival of reading that's taking place in Leicdster.

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Next tonight, one of the biggest ever resdarch

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studies into breast cancer. The Royal Derby Hospital

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is leading the way. And it could end up changing

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treatment around the world. Over the next ten years

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the investigation will focus on whether armpit surgery is really

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necessary when breast cancer has spread to the lymph glands.

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The surgery can leave some women with permanent side effects.

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Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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It was a nightmare being in hospital. Ten years on she has been

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given the all clear from thd disease and is running a here salon. But for

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life she has been given a lymphoedema which is a swelling in

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her rest and is unable to lhft heavy things. I cannot lift pans or the

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Hoover. I have to district ly workload. Will the weather hn future

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it is possible to avoid lymph node surgery and use something else

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instead. To find out it will involve 2000 patients being monitordd. 0

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hospitals are getting involved in the project across the UK and it

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will take ten years to get the results. The surgeon behind the

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study says removing diseased lymph nodes will remain the usual

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treatment for now but with 00,0 0 procedures per year in the TK there

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is huge interest in finding alternatives. This trial, ddpending

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on the results, had the potdntial to change treatment. If the sttdy shows

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there is no added benefit of taking the lymph nodes out then we do not

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need to do it. Karen knows only too well how far cancer treatment has

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come. You have to look at it, yes, it is life`threatening but ht is not

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a death sentence any more. @ lot of people survive. There is life after

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that and I am living proof of that. A police officer from Leicestershire

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whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant has inspired

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hundreds of people to sign ` register to become potential donors.

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Rik Basra was suffering from leukaemia and had only weeks to

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live when HIS donor was found. Today he and his wife held dvents

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across Leicester to try to recruit one thousand donors in just one day.

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Helen Astle reports. It has been a busy day at the

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University. 100 students have signed up for those who need a bond marrow

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transplant. I had the dreaddd conversation with the surgeon when I

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was told to start making arrangements. I know what it feels

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like to be at the darkest. Ht is very frightening and there hs

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nothing you can do, you are relying on a stranger. You look arotnd at

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all the people you see in everyday life and you think you could help,

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you could be the one to savd my husband's life. They are trxing to

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encourage as many people as hospital to sign up to become a donor. Among

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those lending the support this footballer, the aim was to get 000

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new donors signed up in just one day. I know a lot of people in my

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family who have got illnessds and it is a good cause to donate. Xou are

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helping somebody. We all have a right to live so if we can help each

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other out in some way that hs what I am here for. It is really e`sy to

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register, all you need to do is fill in this form, spit in this tube and

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wait to see if you are needdd. To give somebody the chance of life is

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all the thanks I need, it is such a wonderful feeling. It is so humbling

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to see so many people helping out to try to get to that vision. Hn the

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last few minutes we have he`rd they have reached their target, hn fact,

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just over 1000 people have signed up to become donors and there `re still

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students queueing to registdr. An airline which hasn't flown

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from East Midlands Airport for 18 years is returning.

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Aer Lingus Regional, which hs operated by Stobart Air, is starting

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a new direct route to Dublin. 70,000 passengers are expected to

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use the service in the first year. It will start in February 2015.

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The Conservative Party confdrence has wrapped up in Birminghal,

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with the Prime Minister tempting voters with tax cuts, an enhanced

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NHS and a tough stance on Etrope. There was also a pledge

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on building new homes for first time buyers and a curb

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on welfare benefits for migrants. So what's the likely impact of his

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conference speech on the political landscape of the East Midlands?

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From Birmingham's International Convention Centre, here's

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our Political Editor John Hdss. With eight months to go to the next

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general election the prime linister outlined his policies and pledges

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which he hopes will appeal to the porters, especially on tax. On

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minimum wage you will pay no income tax at all, nothing, zero, zilch.

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The conference speeches abott rallying the troops. But David

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Cameron's tax pledge was for ?2 billion in the first two ye`rs of

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the next Parliament. How will that political language go down hn the

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Tory held seats that are under threat from UKIP and labour. It is a

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straight fight between myself and labour. David Cameron was w`nting to

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appeal to voters who might not normally consider voting

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Conservative. One local lawxer thinks he might have pulled that

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off. He has given us a double dose of oxygen. We can knock on doors and

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ask people to give us anothdr term. Labour, UKIP and the Lib Dels whose

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conference gets underway thhs weekend will be asking if those

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pledges add up. The former Children's Laure`te,

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Michael Rosen, has described as criminal

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the axing of most of Derbyshire s fleet of mobile libraries.

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He was speaking during a visit to Leicester, where he was

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one of the star names in a week`long festival to promote reading.

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Mr Rosen, who's well`known for his outspoken

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views, also told us he's in favour of making a library a statutory

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requirement in every school. Mike O'Sullivan's been

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along to meet him. The teacher will come along and

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pressed me on the top of thd head. The former children's Lordy it on

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the Saint Matthews estate in Leicester at a primary school. He

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was there as part of the Re`ding festival. I asked him about a story

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yesterday when we reported that most of the mobile library fleet in

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Leicestershire is to be axed. It is criminal because the council is

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doing it and it is criminal because we do not need to. Libraries were

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fought for in the 19th centtry because people said everybody should

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have books. It is in books we find out about the world. To then take

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that away on the ludicrous pretext that somehow we cannot afford it is

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the nonsense and it is crimhnal The city aims to promote a love of

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reading in every Child. I lhke to read fantasy books because they

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build your imagination. It hs important for everyone becatse it

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helps in your stats and your writing. It helps you with xour

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speaking. It helps you with your writing. He is passionate about his

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need for a library in every school. It is compulsory and statutory to

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have libraries in prisons, ht is compulsory for local authorhties to

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provide one kind of library service but the one place it is not

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compulsory is schools. How crazy is that? They expect more star authors

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next year as the reputation of this festival grows.

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Still to come this evening ` is our weather on the turn?

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Anna will be here with the forecast. And the taste of the tropics in

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Derby, I'll be meeting the lan who has known this. `` grown thhs. Very

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exotic, just like Kirsty! Thank you! Action from Nottingham Forest

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and Notts County and some fhghting talk from the Leicester Tigdrs.

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But first to Derby County. A sending off.

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A disallowed goal. Two frustrated managers.

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But in the end Steve McClardn celebrated the anniversary

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of his appointment as Derby's boss with another win.

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Mark Shardlow was at the I Pro Stadium.

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It was a game that turned on this incident. The ball going in the net

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four Derby after frustrating defending over an hour. The effort

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they had other thoughts, he disallowed the goal, sent off the

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keeper and awarded Derby a free kick. The left decided and handball

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outside the area meant a dismissal and not a goat. In doing so, he

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upset the fans and both man`gers. I did not see a handball. It was very

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close. To disallow it, I do not know. What great guys that referee

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has got! know. What great guys that referee

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has got! Derby made the most of the one`man advantage. This beattifully

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taken goal. There was an occasional skier but the victory was m`de

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certain with this from Chris Martin just before the end. The progression

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that the team have made is phenomenal. You only have to look at

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the results. A much better team more organised, absolutely

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fantastic. I was one of his worst critics but we had in a good

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position. He has made it like you want to come again. What do you

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think of Steve? I think he hs a really good manager,

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think of Steve? I think he hs a really good manager, one of the best

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we have ever had. It ended hn success with the promise of more to

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come by his second annivers`ry. Nottingham Forest missed out on

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returning to the top of the table after a goalless draw at Wigan. It's

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their third 0`0 in a row. Stuart Pearce is team are still

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claiming points, they might well have won this one. This could so

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easily have given them the lead at Wigan. As the other end there were

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skiers as Wigan produced ond of the best performances of the se`son

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There was nothing candid about this since awaiting effort. Then they

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find the keeper rather than the net. Well, with league leaders Norwich

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losing last night, a win would have put Forest back

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on top of the Championship table. It is incredbily tight.

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Forest are second on goal difference.

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Derby County are in 4th. Just a point behind.

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But Wolves will go top if they win tonight.

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In League One, Notts County have now gone six games unbeaten.

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They had their biggest win of the season at bottom club Crewe

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last night. Notts County waited patiently for

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the opening goal which eventually came a minute from half`timd. The

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striker was on target again just six minutes into the second half. This

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time the celebration was nohsy and flamboyant as he doubled his tally

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for the season. Notts were well in command against the wiki is to

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defence in the league and they wrapped it up with this.

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Rugby and the Leicester Tigdrs head coach Richard Cockerill

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has hit back at his critics. The Tigers have lost back to back

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games in their worst start to the season since Cockerill was

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appointed five years ago. A thrashing at Bath was followed by

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a home defeat as the Tigers battle on without 20 injured players.

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And some critics have questhoned Leicester's training methods.

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Honestly, they can do what they want. I cannot control the

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irrational thoughts of people outside this environment but I can

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control this environment and we have good coaches, good people, we will

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battle away and when it goes well I want the people who are getting the

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stick now to see I was wrong and well done. Fighting talk indeed

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That is of the sport. In a moment we'll have the latest

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on this balmy weather, but first we meet a man who, come rain or shine,

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brings a taste of the tropics to his back garden in Derby.

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We sent Jo Healey to meet Mike Whittaker who can't resist

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growing exotic fruits. In the past we have shown ndw home

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prom whoppers and show stoppers Today it is fruit surprising the

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neighbours in Derby. They could not believe you have grown a pineapple

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in Derby. It is a challenge. It is the seat you know it must do

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something. When it gets too big the botanical art and have taken on one

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of my yucca plants. The seat of his obsession was planted three decades

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ago when he planted a stone. How do I grew a pineapple? First you get

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one in season. You cut it lhke that. Take some leaves off. You mtst keep

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the soil damp and I'm it like this. Here's one I made earlier. Dight

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years earlier! A lot of trotble to go to but it is beautiful. @nd I am

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sure very tasty! It has been doing nicely for the

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first day in October. Temperatures of 19 Celsius, really good for

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October. Similar tomorrow, lostly dry with some fine sunny spdlls but

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all change at the weekend. There will be a few clear spells `s we go

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through the night but also ` few showers in the north of the region.

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It could be a touch of grass frost in the north but for most of us the

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cloud will persist. There could be a few isolated spells of mist or fog.

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The risk of an isolated shower but on the poll largely dry. Clogher

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will break to give some bright or sunny spells. Temperatures peaking

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at 18 or 19 Celsius. From Friday things start to change slowly. It

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will be dry, bright and warl but the winds will increase on Frid`y. Look

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to the north and we see this band of rain, it is the weather front and it

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will make its way south eastwards as we go through Friday night hnto

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Saturday. It is a wet and whndy night on Friday and a wet and windy

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start to Saturday. Once it clears there will be there will be the

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reduction of much cold the `rea weather on Saturday. I am all talked

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up by the weather! She is almost no! `` all emotional.

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Families left without a pay packet at the end of the month.

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Government borrowing on a scale not seen since the war.

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