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Tonight, two brothers are jailed for exploiting

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They trafficked 18 vulnerable men from Poland and treated them

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Plus, the vet who's demanding action after more

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horses are found dead, dumped in a field.

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Also tonight: A guarded welcome here for the PM's post

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We have slight concerns it pushes to technology and not manufacturing.

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The company were very pro-Brexit and we feel it will eventually

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And do you have what it takes to be a lock keeper?

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Find out why there's a big push for more volunteers.

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Good evening and welcome to another week on East Midlands Today,

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with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.

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First tonight: Two Polish brothers have been jailed for exploiting

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Nottingham Crown Court was told that Sports Direct unwittingly

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employed "modern slaves" at its warehouse in Shirebrook.

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, has been

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They destroyed people's lives, according to the judge

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18 men in all were trafficked over from Poland.

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They were recruited because they were vulnerable - easy to control.

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And they were lured here to work on false promises.

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Tonight, Erwin and Krystian Markowski are

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beginning six year prison sentences, after they admitted

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"exploiting" those workers under the Modern Slavery Act.

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We heard they sent the men to work at Sports Direct,

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But they kept most of the wages those workers

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And over a year, they effectively stole at least ?35,000.

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Essentially through threats and violence.

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When one man complained, he was beaten up and made homeless.

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We heard about filthy living conditions, and we also heard how

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they controlled the men's bank accounts, and withdrew their wages

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Tonight Nottinghamshire's Police Commissioner told us he's horrified.

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These men were abused, other people have been abused.

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They've been held as victims, kept as slaves and treated terribly.

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I hope this message sends out a strong message that

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Nottinghamshire Police and the courts aren't

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It ended when one of the victims walked into a police station,

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and said he was one of 11 men sharing a house in Nottingham.

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He said they were being controlled and living in fear.

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We have had a statement from Sports Direct.

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It sends a clear message this won't be tolerated.

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Next, both the RSPCA and a local vet

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are demanding action to stop what they call the 'crisis'

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In the latest case on Saturday, a mare was tied up and left for dead

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overnight in the frost, suffering 'horrific' injuries.

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Now animal charities want to know why the law to get

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horses microchipped, so their owners can be traced, isn't

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The actions of these people - it's a hideous crime.

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Two months ago, a young horse was dumped with rubbish

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That was still alive the following morning,

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On a scale of 1-10 I think that's a ten for suffering.

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Two weeks ago, a grey mare, thought to have been in labour,

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And now this - on Wednesday evening, a mare, her foal and another young

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horse were found dead in a field near here in Derbyshire.

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What do you want to see done about this?

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I'd like Trading Standards to enforce the law out there.

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Microchipping horses under passport regulations.

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Once these guys are chipped, they are a traceable commodity.

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So when they get dumped by the side of the road, wherever,

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there is a traceability of where the horse has come from.

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It says it's seeing more and more horses dumped because people don't

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want to pay the cost of disposing of the body properly.

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It wants the government to take urgent action...

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So what do Trading Standards, the enforcers, say about that?

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It's not having the desired effect that was what

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A grey area, in terms of what the RSPCA and other agencies can do.

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Meanwhile, another day, another appeal for witnesses.

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A horse was dumped on Saturday night in Leicestershire,

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her back leg tied to railings so she fell and suffered

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It's time to get tough say campaigners, to end the cruelty.

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Before we came on air, I spoke to Roly Ouers,

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who is the Chief Executive of international charity

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I asked him what was behind this rising problem of dead and dying

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It's happening because of all sorts of reasons, really.

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People can't afford to look after their animals,

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people don't want to look after their animals and it's been

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relatively easy to get away with, because we have an identification

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It is growing, we don't have exact numbers but we do think

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Are there simply too many horses for people

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We do believe since 2012 we've been warning government,

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working with other welfare agencies, to say we have an oversupply

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of poorly bred animals and as a result not enough homes

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because the quality is simply not there.

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We know with dogs, owners are asked to have pets microchipped.

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Every animal since 2009 needs a microchip.

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We are saying to government, because horses can live for 20,

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30 years, we need to change that and make that all animals over

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the course of the year to be microchipped.

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And we need much better enforcement of the identification system -

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part of that is having a central database, which the government

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But unless local authorities take seriously and are able,

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through fixed penalty notices, to enforce regulations,

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then we are not going to get out of this problem any time soon.

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A man is recovering in hospital after he was seriously injured

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in a hit and run collision in a Leicestershire

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It happened on this stretch of Kirkby Road in Barwell.

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The silver car was later found burnt out on a farm

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Two cars were also damaged in the collision.

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A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous

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bodily harm and drink-driving and has been bailed

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Tributes are being paid to a young cyclist from Derbyshire

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15-year-old Charlie Craig was a rider at apprentice level

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with the GB Cycling Team's Rider Route.

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Cycling Weekly is reporting Charlie's father as saying

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the family's world has "fallen apart".

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British Cycling's programmes director Andy Harrison said

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the organisation was "devastated by the news".

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It's not yet known what caused the teenager's death.

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Still to come this evening: The perfect job for those who enjoy

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The hunt's on to find more volunteers to act as lock keepers

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Number Ten's come up with a ten point plan to shape

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Britain's industrial strategy and the post-Brexit economy.

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It wants to back business by assuming a more active role.

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Sectors the Government wants to encourage include smart energy,

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It also wants an overhaul of technical education

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Quentin Rayner has been finding out how the PM's strategy has gone down

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A1 Flue Systems is the type of medium-sized manufacturer

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Family run for over 40 years, it employs 140 workers and has

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As a company, it wanted Brexit and is broadly encouraged

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We have slight concerns it leans to technology and not manufacturing.

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The company were very pro-Brexit and we feel it will eventually

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The company has to do all its own training,

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It's delighted the government is pledging ?170 million to overhaul

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technical education, to bridge what's been described

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We do struggle with skills, and school leavers aren't

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We can't get everybody straight out of college.

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After the regional cabinet meeting in the north west,

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the Education Secretary visited a train making company in Derby.

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It's currently enjoying healthy order books.

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She met highly trained apprenticeships.

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We know Germany produces around three times as many technically

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skilled people coming into the workforce as the UK.

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We can plug the gap, we're giving a whole

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range of young people fantastic, improved education.

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The biggest business group in the East Midlands

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Clearly the first indication the PM has listened

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to what members have asked for - businesses are forefront

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How does it play out, practically on a local level.

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Like many other companies, A1 wants business rates reviewed.

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But it says since the referendum, it's already seeing more

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A Derbyshire couple who claim their two young sons should never

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have been taken away eight years ago and adopted say they're seeking

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Their new lawyer says they may have suffered the most appalling

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injustice and there could be other families in a similar situation.

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Back in 2008, the couple - who we've chosen not to name,

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to protect the children - took their nine-month-old son to

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They say he had a swelling on his head, and after some

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confusion were told he had a skull fracture.

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They asked me, do you know what happened?

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After a private family court hearing, their baby

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and their three-year-old son were taken into care

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The police said there was no criminal case to answer.

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The mother used her legal right to obtain medical records.

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One said there was no skull fracture - another

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I couldn't believe what I was reading.

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A fissure is a natural variant, a deep grove than a skull fracture.

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Their new solicitor represented Angela Cannings, whose convictions

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for murdering two of her babies were overturned in a high profile

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He finds this case just as concerning.

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It may be there were never any fractures in the first place.

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The parents may well have suffered the most appalling injustice.

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Derby County Council aren't commenting but provided us

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with details of the private court hearing.

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Due to legal restrictions, we're not allowed to report them.

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Meanwhile, the mother has now been diagnosed with a genetic condition,

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Her children could have inherited ehlers-danlos syndrome.

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Bill Bache knows of other families in similar situations,

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I believe there are a lot of cases where this connection may be

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very important to the resolution of what actually happened

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He believes nothing can be done about the adoption

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in the short-term, but it may be possible to review the facts

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in a previous court hearing to help the couple.

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You can see Sarah's full report on Inside Out this evening.

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In the depths of winter, it's hard to imagine cruising along

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But when the seasons change, our waterways become a popular

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Key to keeping things flowing are the volunteer lock keepers.

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Now the Canal and River Trusts are appealing for more people

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Geeta Pendse has been down to the River Trent to see

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Emerging from the mist, a rare sight at this time of year...

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But at Gunthorpe in Nottinghamshire, Nick, a volunteer lock keeper,

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He's one of 100 across the region's waterways.

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Press those, they come up, the water out, boat to drop.

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As soon as the water reaches its level, we can open

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the gates and the boat can go on its way.

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What made you decide to become a volunteer lock keeper?

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Open air, meeting people and apart from manning the locks we can

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These weather conditions in the winter months make it very

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rare to see a narrow boat through Gunthorpe, but in the summer

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time, peak season, you can see up to 60 narrow boats over the bank

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So for any volunteer lock keeper here, it can be a very busy time.

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Now the Canal and River Trust is appealing for more

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We want people who are enthusiastic, friendly, who like spending time

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in the great outdoors, getting involved in practical jobs.

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Anybody over the age of 18, who has got time they can give regularly.

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I've lived beside it all my life and I suppose

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The hours vary, depending on the season, but it's clear that

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Beautiful! Emerging from the mist with the sport...

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Coming up, protests at Forest and punishment for Leicester Tigers,

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but we start with Leicester City, who look like a team in need

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Their defeat at Southampton was widely regarded

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as the worst Foxes' performance for quite some time.

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We're well in 2017 now - and the champions of England

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This was the result, first James Ward-Prowse and then

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Jay Rodriguez carrying the hosts to a 2-0 half-time lead.

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I wanted to change the shape of my team, and the two last

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matches, against Chelsea, I played with three in the back.

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My players didn't understand my idea very well.

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It was back to what Leicester knew best in the second half but a team

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low on confidence would always struggle to fight back.

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Game sealed with a penalty four minutes from time.

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Derby County are back on track after two defeats

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But their win over Reading wasn't without a scare.

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It was the first goal Derby have conceded at home since September.

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But Derby pulled themselves out of a stodgy start.

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It began with a tenth goal of the season for Tom Ince.

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And then the points seemed secured when Will Hughes pounced

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Another goal for Reading made it a nervous last 15 minutes.

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At Nottingham Forest, the search for a new manager

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Protests off the pitch, and a beauty of a goal on it.

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After the apparent collapse of the sale of the club,

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the fans' patience with owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has finally,

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And one of the youngest was leading the charge.

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The whole thing, it has to be said, not welcomed by everyone.

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We have to put up with what we've got.

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Until somebody comes along with money, ambition,

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But most fans seemed to have reached breaking point.

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Casting a celebrity shadow on the whole affair was former

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striker Stan Collymore, hoping to pedal some

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I'm not here today to say Fawaz out, Fawaz in, I'm actually

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going to have a meeting, go through the doors of the club,

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Well, there is actually a match to be played this afternoon,

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The question becomes, how does all this lot going on outside...

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Affect this lot who have to do it inside.

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Did you know he had that in his locker?

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Obviously I know Ben is a good player, bright future,

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You've got to applaud him just for trying it.

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Back with the fans, a performance to cheer them up!

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We've got the points in the bag, and I'm looking forward

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But the situation continues to distress.

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So the protests aren't going anywhere?

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The banners are coming out next week.

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Meanwhile in League Two, Mansfield Town got an impressive win.

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Mansfield, in the white, were a goal down at Cambridge

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within eight minutes - but this debut goal

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from Shaquile Coulthirst gave them a 3-1 victory.

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At the other end of the table Notts County, in the pink,

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Turning to rugby, and the worst performance by the Leicester Tigers

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They didn't register a point at home for the first time since 1978

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and suffered a humiliating 43-0 defeat by Glasgow.

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300 games as a player, three decades as a commentator,

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Well I've been commentating for BBC Radio Leicester

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for the last 30 years, professional era 20 years,

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and no doubt about it, it's the worst performance I've seen

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from a Leicester Tigers team in those years.

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Since the turn of the century, this team have won the European Cup

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Tigers used to be the Man Utd of rugby.

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They used to win European Championships,

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It used to be an annual pilgrimage for the Tigers to go to Twickenham.

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Glasgow scored at will on Saturday, at a Welford Road ground that

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It left fans leaving early, venting frustration.

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Tigers used to bully teams, especially up

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I think the Tigers are on a crossroads.

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If they don't get it right I think it could take years to get back

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They sacked their head coach earlier this month,

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but Belddyn believes it's deeper than that, with one thing

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at the top of the list - player recruitment.

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When they have injuries, there isn't that strength that they need.

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And finally, injury hit Nottingham Panthers may have brought

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back the Continental Cup but were able to take just one

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point from the weekend's two elite league games.

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Last night they twice took the lead against Fife but the visitors

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eventually forced the draw and then took the extra point on penalties.

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In for the semi finals. Thank you. Mixed bulletin!

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A Second World War veteran has praised a new memorial to airmen

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who suffered disfiguring injuries in the conflict - describing it

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Sandy Saunders, who was badly burned in a crash in 1945,

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is a member of the Guinea Pig Club, so called because its members agreed

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to undergo surgery that had never been tried before.

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His story is told on Inside Out tonight.

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And you can see the full story on Inside Out at 7:30

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That short film is on our Leicester online news page.

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Watch it again! Sunny shots in that. But none today?

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A few! But for most, grey. Take some extra care on the roads. We saw a

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hint of brightness. But lots of mist and fog. And it is going to stay

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with us. Still the chance for some brightness tomorrow. High-pressure

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in charge. But changes in the air, squeezing together so we are

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expecting things to the breezier. Looking at the detail across

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tonight, it is looking damp. -2. And particularly at the early hours, fog

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patches thickening up. We have lots of fog. Ice scrapers at the ready!

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But later, expecting some sunny spells. Do not be surprised if we

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continue to hang onto some of that fog. Five the high. Looking to

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Wednesday, it is going to be more of the same. Highs of five. But

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Wednesday, Thursday, it is going to be getting chillier. Whatever you

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are doing over the next few days, make sure that you wrap up. I think

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you should also have some fog lights on your head! Bad news for Tigers!

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If anybody can do it, they can. We will be back

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To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.

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Nectar of the gods, I'm telling you. Thank you, Colonel.

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He's definitely battling some demons.

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If they have a fear of water, God help them.

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Tom Jones, obviously. Winston Churchill.

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