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It's almost 6.30pm, you're watching East Midlands Today.

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Tonight - Prince Charles wows the crowds in Leicester

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He stops traffic and turns a few heads in Leicester's Narborough

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Road. And coming down the track, a warm welcome at a Heritage Railway.

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Also tonight, it taxi driver is fined for his refusal to take eight

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guide dog. I was confused because I was scared of the dog. I didn't know

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the difference between normal dog and eight guide dog.

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Protest of Leicester City Council over school support staff.

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In sport, what is happening at Nottingham Forest? We talked to

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owner Fawaz Al Hasawi. Welcome to Wednesday's

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programme with Anne Davies First tonight - a rapturous welcome

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for his royal highness the Prince of Wales

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in Leicester and Leicestershire. He's had a busy day

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chatting with teenagers who benefit from his charities,

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dropping in on the Army and topping it all off

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with a trip on a steam train. He also took time out to do some

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shopping and visit a few eateries. Jo Healey is at one

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of the restaurants he went to on the Narborough

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Road. It was named the most multi cultural

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street in the country. It has 200 shops representing

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at least 23 nationalities. The vast majority of shopkeepers

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speak two languages, I'm in the Istanbul

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restaurant, one of the places I have just graduated and seen

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Prince Charles, fantastic. I am so happy that I am

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part of Great Britain. The royal family, you feel

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as if they are part of our family. And one of the family took a stroll

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today down their street. It was amazing, you know,

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I can't believe he came in. He is gorgeous and I

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think he's kind. He's got a very good

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sense of humour. I adore Her Majesty

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and the Royal family. It is great to see somebody

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who is so interested in what we do, how we do it

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and also with all the staff. He had the chat with

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everybody, it was just like The girls made this cake

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and decorated it in He said to the girls,

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you are genius. Earlier he had been

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at Leicester College where it was all about the teenagers

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at the heart of the charity he set up for them through the Prince's

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Trust. Next up, a lesson in work being done

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by the army to strengthen relationships with minority

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and faith groups. Meanwhile, back at

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Narborough Road, and the gift stuffy hamper of ethnic delicacies

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at the local library. He wants to keep

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the libraries open. No cuts there then but maybe

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a haircut here, Sir? You started this business through

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the Prince's Trust, didn't you? Did you ever expect when you set up

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the business that he Even the chances of winning

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the lottery are similar. A feeling shared today

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by many here in Leicester. You saw his car driving away there.

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He was heading to the Mountsorrel railway. They have been doing

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incredible work there over the years. We will have the report on

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that visit later on in the programme.

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An inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists in Tunisia has been

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told one of the victims, a Derby man, was shot in the chest,

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42-year-old Scott Chalkley from Chaddesden was relaxing

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on the sunloungers with his partner Suzanne Davey when a gunman

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Speaking at the inquest, her son said Scott was a good guy,

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who brought his mother a lot of happiness.

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More than a quarter of a million people have signed petitions

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opposing proposals to begin fracking in Nottinghamshire.

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The petitions were handed over to Environment Minister Andrea Leadsom

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Earlier this month chemical giant, INEOS Shale confirmed

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it was in negotiations to begin surveys in Sherwood Forest but

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A mother speaks for the first time about the loss of her son

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who was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend in

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A taxi driver from Leicester who told a man with a guide dog

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it was against his religion to let the animal in his car has been

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44-year-old Abandi Kassim, a Muslim, was filmed refusing to let the

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Kassim today admitted breaking the law by refusing

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July last year and Charles Block is trying to take it taxi he ordered

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for himself, his guide dog and his girlfriend who started filming the

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exchange when it became clear the driver might refuse them. I am not

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taking the dog. Why? It is illegal for taxi drivers to

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refuse assistance dogs unless they have an approved medical exemption.

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Today, Abandi Kassim was fined ?600 including costs after he admitted

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breaking the equality law. What have you got to say? I apologise to him.

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I didn't have a chance to apologise to him. You said it is because of

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your religion. I was confused because I was scared

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of the dog. I did not know the difference between a normal dog and

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guide dog. The majesties save today it is your duty to comply with the

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law and to be aware of this, you have to take assistance dogs. Now I

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learn. It is the mistake. I made the mistake but for me it was out of

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lack training. This afternoon, Charles bloggers

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take that gave his reaction. I always look up the ability not the

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disability, that is how I have been brought up. I tried not make it

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affect life. Instances like this make me feel I am the majority --

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minority, the person who is not given as much respect and courtesy

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as somebody else. Fawaz Al Abandi Kassim says he has learned

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about guidebooks and will take them in his taxi in future.

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Parents and teaching assistants protested

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inside Derby City Council's offices this afternoon against

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the authority's ongoing dispute with school support staff.

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An equal pay review last year saw many teaching

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assistants' salaries cut and they've gone on strike repeatedly.

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The city council has made offers to end the dispute

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but they've been rejected by union members.

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Bells and whistles. As the disputes between Derby City Council and

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school support staff took the noisier turn today as parents join

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the debate. We support the teaching assistants in what they are doing

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but it is important to focus on the children who are losing out on their

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education. They were not going to stay outside the council house for

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their protest, which was also supported by teaching assistants.

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The parents are backing the teaching assistants, many of whom have seen

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their pay cut by 25% due to changes to the terms and conditions of their

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contracts brought about by the equal pay review last year. But their main

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concern is that children's education which they say is suffering because

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of the strikes. We don't know if we are coming or going. We have had so

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many days off, I can't count. His behaviour has got worse. It is clear

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who the protesters wanted to speak to, the leader of the council. They

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may not have got the chance to speak to him both ten parents were invited

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for the meeting with the Cabinet member for jobs and employment,

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Councillor Lisa Eldridge. How did it go? I feel we're going round in

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circles. They have agreed to meet again in two months' time. Can you

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see an end to this? Hopefully, but no.

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Well, earlier in the day our reporter Navtej Johal interviewed

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Councillor Lisa Eldret and began by asking her whether she had any

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regrets about how the council has handled this dispute.

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Nobody wants to be in this situation and we are very unhappy about the

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disruption that has been caused to schools and to children's

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We really want Unison to end the strikes so they can come back

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to the table and talk about the resolution.

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What is the reason behind the dispute?

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Why can't you meet the demands that have been put

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The reality is these workers were being paid a full-time wage

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If we carry on with that situation it could have wider

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implications for the authority in terms of other groups of workers

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The risk of that and the potential cost to the

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authority could be huge and essentially could bankrupt the

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So we have to look at the bigger picture when we are looking

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We can't look at the teaching assistants in isolation.

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I don't want to under estimate the impact on that

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very small number of workers within schools, on that 40 who have

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We do recognise that impact but that is why we have been

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working with schools to try and find a solution and that is why we have

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put a significant offer on the table to Unison, ?1.1 million, to mitigate

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What will it take to bring an end to this dispute?

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The only way we can end this dispute is by Unison

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Continuing industrial action is not going to resolve this dispute.

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A 90-year-old man has gone on trial accused of historical

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sex crimes at an approved school, while he was a

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Nottingham Crown Court heard that Dennis Young repeatedly abused

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a young boy who was in his care at Skegby Hall near Mansfield.

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, reports.

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Dennis Young watched intently from the dock as a police video

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interview with his accuser was played to the jury.

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In it he gave a graphic and detailed account

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of abuse that began, he said, when he was only ten years old.

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He said he was interfered with repeatedly for around three years,

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sometimes in the bath, sometimes in his own bed.

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The jury has been told Dennis Young has denied seven charges of indecent

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assault, crimes he is accused of committing whilst he was a teacher

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He was eventually arrested as part of

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Operation Xeres, the police inquiry into historical abuse in

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We heard his accuser was sent to Skegby Hall for committing

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He said he used to lie in bed at night in fear of Dennis Young,

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he was bribed to keep quiet with sweets, he said,

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and threatened that if he said anything he would be

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We also heard he complained to the approved school's head

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but he was told "not to be a silly boy".

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That police interview also showed a detective

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asking him why he came forward after more than 50 years.

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He said, "to get it off my chest, I am ashamed.

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"I feel guilty as though it is my fault".

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He also said, "the slightest thing can set me off.

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We heard that Dennis Young told the police the man's allegations

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were impossible and his trial here is due to last

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A mother has been speaking for the first time about the loss

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of her son, who was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend

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A murder trial heard that after Emma Jayne-Magson

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stabbed James Knight, she delayed making a call

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Mr Knight's mother says she can't understand how someone

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But she's told us she's determined that some good will come

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In the early hours of Easter Sunday last March, neighbours on Sylvan

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Street in Leicester were awoken by a drunken row between a couple.

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It ended with 26-year-old James Knight being stabbed in the

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His girlfriend, Emma-Jayne Magson, claimed he

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had been fighting with bouncers but she had murdered him

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with a steak knife, and then over half an hour later calmly phoned

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My boyfriend James is making weird noises.

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James, I've got the ambulance on the phone.

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Please, just turn around so I know what is up with you.

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That call still haunts James's mother.

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They said in court that you can hear James's last breath

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That is half an hour after it had happened.

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She is just so calm, she doesn't mention he has been stabbed.

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The paramedics says to her there will be a delay and she just said,

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It might take a while so I do apologise.

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Don't worry, that is fine, dont' worry about it.

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The fact that I can't comprehend how somebody can

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not call for help when something's happened, not call for help.

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I can't get that into my head that you can actually, to me,

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Trish is determined that James, who had two young daughters from

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a previous relationship, is not forgotten.

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She is backing the Leicester anti-knife project and

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along with family and friends is helping put on a football

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tournament next month to raise money for a cause dear to them.

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We want to do something good in his name.

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We have gone for the neonatal unit this year.

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James himself was born prematurely and was cared for by the unit.

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His mother says her son's death is like a dream she

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just wants to wake up from but one that will never end.

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He was a rogue, he was lovable, he was James.

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The Prince now standing on platform two.

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We continue our coverage of the visit by Prince Charles

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to Leicestershire which built up a bit of a head of steam

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It is sport now. We have got bit of an exclusive coming up again. We

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like to bring you those. We start tonight with an exclusive

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interview with the Nottingham Forest It's his first since the collapse

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of the planned takeover by an American consortium

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two weeks ago. That breakdown sparked a large

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protest amongst fans at the weekend. But tonight Al Hasawi has told our

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sports editor Natalie Jackson that the deal is dead

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and he doesn't want to sell. He's been speaking at his home

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in Mayfair in London. First of all, we heard the Americans

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would still like to do a deal with you. Is the deal dead with the

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Americans? Yes, it is. The deal is finished. Why?

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I cannot say why because that is the confidentiality between us. I cannot

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say anything about the deal. But the deal is over between us. You have

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tried to sell the club twice in the last year. Do you still want to sell

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its? At the moment, I am not going to sell the club. I would like to

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focus on the club and I would like to build a structure for this club

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and I would like to put the right people in the club. People will

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think that I am lying or just saying things, it is not going to happen.

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We have heard this before. I agree. I will let action talk better than

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words. By trying to sell the club, you have left the club as a shell.

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Hardly any people are working there at the moment, there is no chief

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executive, no chief scout. There is an interim manager at the moment. It

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is MS. Why have you left the club get like this? I have told you, are

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you wriggle out was committed to eight by and I cannot do anything.

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Every time I was talking to the buyer, I was telling them the club

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needs a structure. You have been at the club four and half years, you

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have sacked seven managers. There is too dramatic sales which have fallen

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through. There's talk about the manager. Will

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you sort out the situation at the club? Of course I will. Where are

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the managers now? Putting that aside, you are now near the

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relegation zone. You are now in trouble, you have no structure in

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the club. You have fans protesting in the car park. How are you going

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to win their trust? I don't blame them. As I told you,

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that is no structure. One year, my hand is tight. Now I can tell them

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and they promised them that I will do the right thing for Nottingham

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Forest. I don't want them to say, you are always talking like this and

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nothing happened. It will happen and you will see action soon.

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That happened this afternoon. I am watching that for the first time

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this afternoon. Well, Forest do play that

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match with Leeds tonight and Matchnight will start at 7.00pm

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on BBC Radio Nottingham featuring a longer version of that

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interview with Fawaz Al Hasawi. And if you miss it there, or just

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want to see and hear it again, it'll soon be there in full

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on the BBC Nottingham Derby County's David Nugent

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is facing a race to be fit to face his former club

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Leicester City in the FA Cup The game is live here on BBC1

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and Derby's manager, Steve McClaren, says despite the dip in form

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the Premier League team have But they still are, in cup

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competitions as we saw in the Champions League,

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a formidable opponent on that day. We have to make sure on Friday

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it is not their day or night. Derby County have signed young

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winger Kyle McAlistair from St Mirren, whilst Jamie Hanson

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leaves the club to go Meanwhile Leicester's Matty James

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has joined Barnsley on loan. And speaking of Leicester

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and that game against Derby today I had the pleasure of

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meeting the Foxes' A great lad and really looking

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forward to Friday's match. In rugby, the Leicester Tigers have

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made a loan signing to help The French back Maxime Mermoz

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joins from Toulon until While in ice hockey, Nottingham

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Panther's defence of their Challenge Cup title continues this

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evening with a semi-final first leg against arch rivals

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Sheffield Steelers. And back to football finally

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because Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has picked

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up another award today. He's been given an honorary

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doctorate by De Montfort University, after leading the Foxes

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to an unlikely Premier League I think you will agree he is facing

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another test this season. Certainly is. What great sport

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action. Now, returning to today's visit

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by Prince Charles to Leicestershire Only in this case, the train

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in question was "royal" by reason of its driver,

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the Prince himself! Yes, Prince Charles

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was delighted to have a go on the Mountsorrel Railway,

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and meet volunteers at the Community Centre,

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who've laboured long and hard to bring this branch

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line back to life. Two and enthusiastic welcome, Prince

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Charles arrives chauffeur driven at the halt on the one mile railway.

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But for once the Prince was about to turn chauffeur himself. He took the

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control on the short trip to see the hand is more assembled. Among them,

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volunteer Kevin who comes over from his home in Paris to work on the

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line. I come over every ski weeks and work on the great Central and I

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have worked on this project. Obviously, helping to make something

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like this work, it is worth the trip. The Prince also met more of

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the 120 volunteers who have worked for ten years to restore the line,

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build the station Satka bikes and the Heritage Centre and tearooms.

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The Prince sank the visitors book and then unveiled eight track. Lost

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for words. He to rove the steam train. The volunteers are made up.

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It is the sort of best thank you for their hard work. I met him and they

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shook his hand. What is that like? Eight pleasure. I shook his hand it

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is really exciting to stop when he drove past he looked at me and I

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think he smiled. That was so cool. You can feel the excitement coming

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through the TV! And you can see more

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on our Facebook page. I thought is was cold today but

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apparently there is If you thought today was cold

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tomorrow is definitely going to feel that bit colder. Today we saw some

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blue skies further north. This beautiful photo sent in by the

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weather watcher in Nottinghamshire but there was the mist and fog

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around to as well. We have got high pressure out of the east and low

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pressure to the west and then as the battle going on between those. It

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does mean over the next few days we are starting to draw air in from the

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continent so it will be cold. We are cloudy through the night night and

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mostly dry although we could see spots of drizzle and the odd flurry

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of snow. Falling to minus two Celsius. We will see widespread

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frost and the chance of seeing a few patches ice. Because that the day

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tomorrow and eight cloudy when. We have got plenty of cloud are bit of

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hill fog. They might be a few breaks but it largely cloudy day with

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temperatures reaching maximum two Celsius. But when we add that breeze

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it will feel colder. We're looking at of around minus 4 degrees. As he

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moved into Friday we start to draw in some air from the south silly

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slight shift with those winds that it will make the difference. It

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bitter brightness -- eight bit of brightness. We see the temperature

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recovering, maximum of six Celsius. They will rise as we go into the

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weekend but a chilly day on the way tomorrow. Fine is like minus four

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Celsius. Minus for! Crikey. Lots of reaction

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on social media with the interview with Fawaz Al Hasawi. Natalie

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reflecting their fans. I will be back with the late news. Goodbye.

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