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Tonight: the public inquiry into child sex abuse

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opens its investigation into Nottinghamshire's care system.

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Welcome to Thursday's programme with Dominic Heale

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France Bisto is the Legion d'Honneur 99-year-old veteran Don Sutton. They

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gave me there highest award, which I think is fantastic. And eight ?1000

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reward is offered to find Bella and Blake. The search continues for a

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missing lime and her border collie companion.

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Welcome to Thursday's programme with Dominic Heale

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The public inquiry into child sex abuse has unveiled

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the scale of its investigation into Nottinghamshire's care system.

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Today, local survivors' groups joined more than 30 lawyers

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Among them, was a woman who's told this

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programme that she reported abuse in children's homes to people

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Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, was at today's hearing.

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What really happened in Nottinghamshire's children's homes

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The police had been investigating for a number

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of years, but today, a new chapter in the quest for truth,

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Today, a preliminary hearing is being

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We have heard it's going to look at the extent of

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institutional failings in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and whether

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councils failed to protect children in care from sexual abuse and

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The enquiry is chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote a

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damning report on the extent of child abuse in Rotherham.

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Today, campaigners from Nottingham were in

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We hoped to get a public enquiry, but we actually forced the enquiry

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to come to Nottingham, and you know

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Survivors are finally being heard and are going to be hard.

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And that's what they've always wanted, just

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And hopefully, past failings won't haunt us in the future.

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There too, a former Nottingham children's home resident,

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It just continued, despite the reporting it,

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Even as I reported it to be highest level.

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These days, Nottinghamshire's children's homes are a world away

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from the institutions of the past, but the public enquiry wants to make

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sure that all the lessons have been learned.

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Well, Jeremy Ball's just come from the hearing

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Eventually we're going to hear some heart-wrenching personal stories.

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Today it emerged that almost seventy complainants,

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as they're being described, have now been given what's known

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But first, the inquiry team's got to plough

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Tens of thousands of pages of things like police reports,

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We also heard that they're looking at 57 different children's homes,

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Clearly a moment many people have waited for.

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What kind of legal outcomes does the inquiry allow for?

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It's about learning lessons from the past,

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They want to know the scale of any abuse and

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If they made complaints, were they simply moved somewhere else?

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And was there a "culture" that stopped investigations?

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Today we heard this inquiry's going to be broadcast publically.

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Complainants can choose whether to be identified.

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And Alexis Jay said she'll consider a request to move the whole

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The very word is enough to start a row.

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And today, an energy company has served notice that it's

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about to begin seismic surveys in our region that could,

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potentially, lead to hydraulic fracturing, as it's properly known.

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And the survey will be across a big area.

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It covers very nearly 100 square miles,

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taking in large parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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But some places have been excluded - notably part of Sherwood Forest

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and some other sensitive areas, where critics of the process

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Well, our reporter James Roberson is in one of the communities that's

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Yes, I'm actually in Edwin Stowe, the former mining village in

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Nottinghamshire. It's the area around the village, not here in the

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centre, that will be subject to the survey. As well also the role areas

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west of here. And the whole area north, through north Derbyshire,

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north Nottinghamshire and injures out your torture. Today in deed into

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South Yorkshire, the fracking company is holding a public meeting

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and it shows the area and its jollity, which has already yielded

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oil for decades. The company will use these machines to send sound

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waves to map the rock underground and the suspect or a low gas is

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present, they will seek planning permission to drill test boring.

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Become Penny says it's simply not known yet whether they'll actually

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find any oil or gas. We couldn't possibly say. At this point we are

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just testing. It is possible you might not do any fracking you're at

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all? Yes, we are very hopeful of the shale gas industry in this country.

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We will hope it would be a really strong price for the UK and there

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are clear benefits. In Edwin Stowe, the mere mention of a possible

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survey into possible fracking in the future is enough to alarm, the ball.

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It's a lot to be a bad thing, hasn't it? To be honest. It's not very good

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for the environment as much as I know. I'm not really up on it, but

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it can't be any good to be honest. Why are you worried? Because of all

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the damage it can do. I've heard such a lot from people around here

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that have been telling us all about it and it doesn't sound very good.

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I'm not too concerned about fracking, because I think the

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country needs the energy and providing it doesn't impact on the

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environment too much, I think it will be a good thing. We need all

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the energy we can get. You are an ex-miner? I am an ex-miner, but you

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need something to replace the call. The survey will begin in June, but

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it will be October or November before it is here and the areas

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around here. Any actual fracking if it happens could be years away.

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Thank you, James. Today's the day all the candidates

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who are standing in the general election had to put their money

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where their mouths are and pay Registration closed a couple

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of hours ago, so we now know which politicians are standing

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where in those key Our political editor Tony Roe has

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been looking at the key seats. Let's start with how

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the East Midlands political map This is 20 years ago, that landslide

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1997 general election, and as you can see the dominant

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colour is red. There's a blue blob in Derbyshire,

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that's West Derbyshire now mostly In '97, it was surrounded by a red

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sea extending over the border And in Nottinghamshire too,

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it's almost solidly red. Fast forward to the general election

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in 2015, and you can They have won and consolidated

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in marginal seats. Now there are Labour

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islands in a sea of blue. Normally after seven years

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of Conservative Prime Ministers, you would expect the Government

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of the day to be on the defensive. That would mean having

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a Labour hit list. Seats like Derby North

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where there is only a 41 majority. A seat which tends to

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go to the Government. And places like Amber Valley,

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Erewash, Broxtowe and over here in Sherwood would

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normally be targets. But the opinion polls consistently

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show these are not normal times. Instead, those red islands

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are having to hold back the tide. North East Derbyshire,

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with only an 1,800 majority, Labour keep holding on to Gedling

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against the odds, but will it this time be swept away in a wave

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of Conservative support? Then there's Mansfield

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where what happens to the Ukip vote from 2015 will help

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decide this seat. And look over here

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in Leicester West. That Red Leicester

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heartland for Labour. If it's a really bad

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night for Labour, Now 2015 Ukip played a big part

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in the general election, At the Green party would be standing

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against Labour, because labour is against fracking. That's another 300

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votes in Mansfield, where the Labour majority is only 5000.

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Now 2015 Ukip played a big part in the general election,

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I gather they're not standing in so many seats this time?

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Know, the reason I keep going on about Ukip and I'm probably boring

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you really about how it what happens Ukip boat is important, they pulled

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300,000 or more votes. 15% of people in the East Midlands voted Ukip, so

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what happens to those worlds is very important. They have decided to not

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stand in seats where there is a pro-EU you leave candidate standing.

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If you look around the East Midlands, I would like to claim

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credit for this, but is from our local radio station, they are not

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sent in places like Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, North West

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Leicestershire and Bassetlaw, because they are the candidates

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wanting to leave the EU. What happens to that vote for the

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candidates who are standing is still going to be fascinating, especially

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in the thread isn't much of a majority for the sitting candidate.

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More tactical stuff, thank you very much indeed.

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A school in Leicester re-opened today after the death

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of an 11-year-old pupil at a theme park.

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Evha Jannath fell from the Splash Canyon

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She was on a school trip with the Jameah Girls Academy.

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Pupils are being given extra support to help them come

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The theme park, in Staffordshire, will be closed again tomorrow

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An inquest has opened into the death of a Derby born woman

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who died from crush injuries in France.

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Stephanie Turtle was found underneath a car.

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She had moved to live in a village, north of Toulouse.

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Derbyshire Police say her husband has been charged with her murder.

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The hearing at Derby Coroner's Court has been adjourned

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Next tonight a GP surgery in Leicestershire is the first

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in the East Midlands to offer in-house kidney dialysis.

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Carl Bicknelll used to face a round trip of two hours or more

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Now it's being provided much closer to home.

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The hope now is that more surgeries will follow suit -

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as our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.

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The beauty of this surgery is it's just a ten minute Drive from Carl's

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home. He used to have to make a two hour round trip three times a week

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for his four a la dialysis sessions in Loughborough. Is a huge

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difference in travel, time. Having to go to Loughborough was such a big

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inconvenience. APPLAUSE

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Carl is a single parent and six-year-old Kerry may did the

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honours today opening the new dialysis centre. In means you will

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see her dad more. When I first met Carl, history was very heart-warming

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and the way that we normally deliver dialysis for patients in hospital

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didn't fit of life at all. Most patients still have dialysis in

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hospital. This is Michael at Kingsmill. Around two dozen patients

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in the East Midlands have dialysis this way. The big machine does the

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work of a small kidney, removing toxins from the East Midlands, more

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may follow is it. I don't think every practice could offer this, but

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there are plenty of practices now that work at a larger scale that

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could offer something along these lines. Carl is the first patient to

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use the facility which is at the Heath Lane surgery. They reckon up

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to 20 more people with kidney failure could also use it. The next

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one is to get one fitted at home. That would be even better, to be

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honest. But what they have done the Avenue has been brilliant, it really

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A Derby man who raised tens of thousands of pounds to pay

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for cancer treatment in Germany has lost his fight against

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Dominic Bergin was just 34 and had been diagnosed

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He was determined to try revolutionary treatment abroad,

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Friends and family raised over ?100,000

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through his Do It For Dom fundraising appeal.

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He passed away just two weeks after marrying his partner Robyn.

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Organisers of Leicester Pride say they're thrilled they've now got

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funding for this years event to go ahead.

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There were fears the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival

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would be cancelled due to a lack of money.

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But De Montfort University has put forward ?10,000 to make

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A 99-year-old war veteran has been presented with

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Don Sutton received the Legion d'Honneur to mark his part

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in the liberation of France in the Summer of 1944.

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Don was presented with the medal by the French Consul

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in the East Midlands at a presentation ceremony earlier today.

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I was there too and Don told me it was an incredibly

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He already has an impressive collection of medals to mark his

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Today, 99-year-old Don Sutton was awarded

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We would not be in this room if it was not for your courage,

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He received the highest distinction France can

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In a special ceremony at Gedling Civic Centre, the French

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consul to the East Midlands made the

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Don, what does this honour mean to you today?

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It means that France has appreciated what we did for them at the time.

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I was so proud to serve male country and helped

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to liberate France, which

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I think that's an understatement, Don, yes.

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Don, who celebrated his 99th birthday last

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Friday, volunteered to have entered the Army in 1937.

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He served in the North Somerset Yeomanry and is

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probably one of the last few who fought on horseback in World War II.

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Don fought back tears as the speakers described

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how he served across Europe and Africa.

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And how he and his unit were part of the D-Day landings.

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We would not be here if it was not for the sacrifice of him and

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The Legion d'Honneur, in a summary, is a thank you.

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It's an expression of gratitude of the French people and

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all our generation for what Don has done.

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It's been a very emotional day for you today.

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It was a moving ceremony with a simple sentiment. You are a living

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witness to the history you wrote on our soil that we will not forget.

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Thank you. It has been a very emotional day for you today.

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Not the sort of story we usually cover.

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And as a 99-year-old, not a young chicken any more!

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Not the sort of story we usually cover.

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But this is different, because this sheepdog has disappeared

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with her constant companion - an orphaned lamb called Bella.

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Do you have anything that can trump that? I might do, the crickets.

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On the way, one of the most successful sports teams we have

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But let's round up the news first starting with Leicester City And

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the Foxes are facing a bit of an injury crisis -

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midfielder Danny Drinkwater will be out for the last three games

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of the season, and defender Wes Morgan is also struggling

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and will miss their game against Manchester City at the weekend.

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And a new contract for Nottingham Forest Captain Chris Cohen.

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He's fought his way back from injury, scored one of the goals

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that kept Forest in the Championship and is now staying for another year.

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Now one of the East Midlands most successful sports teams head

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to London's famous o2 Arena this weekend but here's the thing -

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you might not have even heard of them!

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They're the Nottingham Wildcats and are the best women's

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Charlie Slater caught up with them before Sunday's big game.

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# And you can hit 'em low, hit 'em low.#

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With the league title already sewn up and a second

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straight final at the O2 arena ahead of them,

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Nottingham Wildcats are having a ball.

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When you go there for the first time, you're so in awe of

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everything that's going on around you that you almost forget to enjoy

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So this time, I'm really excited just to go there, to take

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everything in, just to enjoy the moment.

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So this is where the Wildcats call home, but there's

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going to be a big difference between playing in front of a couple of

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hundred here and a few thousand at the O2 Arena on Sunday.

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We have been to this situation for the past few

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This is our third time being there and we haven't been

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So, you know, we are really motivated to make sure that

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How are the nerves going into the game on Sunday?

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I mean, they're a fine right now, but

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I think I will take up my rightful place on the bleachers.

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You should have rolled your sleeves up.

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So back to the stands for me, but back to

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the O2 Arena for Britain's best women's basketball team.

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And more Basketball tomorrow, because Leicester's Riders

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are the best men's team in the country and they'll be

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at the 02 in their play-off final on Sunday too.

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We'll be at home with the coach, who's given them

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In Cricket, Notts Outlaws are playing Durham in

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But, trust me, forget about the score - what you really

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But look where it went. as you like six from Alex Hales.

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Also clean as you like, straight through the window

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of the BBC Radio Nottingham commentary box, where it's scooped

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And now, admit it, you want to hear the commentary too.

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It's coming into our commentators edition and

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Don't throw it back yet, let me get a picture.

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I guess you probably do want to know the score too.

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Alex Hales 104 and Chris Read's lightning 61 helping

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They have got Durham 28-2 just a few months ago off nine overs, but

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nothing while top that. Did he have to draw that back? Yes. We are

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disappointed he didn't catch it. Good job the window was open.

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The search for a missing collie dog and a lamb,

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apparently the best of friends, has gone viral on the internet.

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The orphaned lamb called Bella, and Blake her sheepdog friend

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disappeared from a garden at Perlethorpe in

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Their owner's plea for help to find her missing pets has attracted more

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than half a million hits to the BBC's news page and an online

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appeal's been shared more than 12,000 times.

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Theirs is a special friendship. Their like a lamb and Blake, a young

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border Collie have been inseparable since the young you arrived at the

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family home. We have had Blake since he was a puppy. He is merely one. We

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have had their lower than she was two days old, but she is five weeks

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now. They had it straightaway and became the best of friends. They

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were bid to pull together, it was very nice city. They disappeared

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from the garden in Nottinghamshire Monday. 24 hours after they went

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missing, the pair were spotted here. Woodlands about one mile from their

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dropping about one mile from where dropping about one mile from where

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we live now. It was a couple of minutes away from the siting of them

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both together, is that is quite positive. The family had turned to

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social media for help finding their pets. An online appeal has been

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showed more than 12,000 times and the BBC News Paes has had more than

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half a million hits. I can't believe how maybe blood pooled together and

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liked and share it and got the word out. -- how many people. People

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joining up and getting together and forming search parties. They are

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also offering a reward of ?1000. They are confident it would be too

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long before Bella and Blake returned to them. Oh, hopefully. If ever a

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story needed a happy ending. Fingers crossed.

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The details of the search for Bella and Blake are on our Facebook page -

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If you think you can help find the inseparable

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And let's hope they are home again soon.

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We have a bit of a change on the way. Today, dry and bright, but on

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the way tomorrow and the next few days, more humid. This morning

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police actuated in the dry and bright start, but we have seen more

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in the way of cloud creeping up from the south as we move through the

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day. Bright intervals and sunny spells in there, but a cloudier end

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to the day. Tomorrow is where we see this shift to something a bit

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worried humid. Sunny spells and one or two potentially thundery showers.

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This is why it will be humid. Dragging up there is a from the

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south and that will settle in through tomorrow and Saturday.

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Putting the detail on the map through this evening and overnight

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fairly cloudy. A few clear spells, most of us staying dry. The risk of

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one or two isolated showers, temperatures not falling. Tomorrow,

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a fairly cloudy start of the day. A band of rain pushing up quite

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quickly to the north-east. Quite patchy and heavy. Clothes and

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breaking, 102 isolated showers to look out for it through the

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afternoon. Don't take the map to literally. It could be thundery.

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Temperatures 19 Celsius. Humid with that southerly wind. Saturday will

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quilt fight humid, plenty of cloud around. Showers to look out for.

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This weather front overnight into Sunday will bring rain and also

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introduced a bit of a fresher feel by Sunday. Sony 's bells and one or

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two isolated and potentially thundery showers on Sunday. A bit of

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a shift on the way as we move through the next few days. Miles and

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humid cabbages, but potentially heavy showers to look out for. Thank

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you so much.

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