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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale.

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First tonight, the underground hunt for gas reserves

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in the East Midlands took a step forward today as an energy company

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announced it was going to begin seismic surveys in our region.

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If they prove successful it could lead to fracking,

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the use of high pressured liquids to fracture rock to release gas.

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James Roberson has been to meet the firm and some of the people

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who could be affected by the process.

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The former mining village of Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire.

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The area around the village will be surveyed as well as rural areas

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to the west round Market Warsop, Shirebrook and Bolsover and then

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a whole swathe of countryside as far north as South Yorkshire.

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Indeed, today just into South Yorkshire the fracking company

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It shows the area and its geology which has already

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They will use these machines to send sound waves to map the rocks

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underground and if they then suspect oil or gas is present

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they will seek planning permission to drill test borings.

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But the company says it is simply not known yet if they'll

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We hope we will be back fracking but at this point

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All we're doing is testing at the moment.

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So it's possible you might not do any fracking here at all?

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As I say, we are very hopeful of a shale gas

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We think it would be a really strong prize for the UK

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But here in Edwinstowe concerned residents say if the survey does

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eventually lead to fracking they fear contamination

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I am concerned because we have the second largest aquifer

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in the country below our ground and if they drill through and there

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is any sort of a problem and there is a leakage

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James, how long will it be before they start surveying

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It's going to be June probably before they start the survey so it's

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100 while -- a 100 mile square area. They will zigzag their way down so

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it will probably be around October before they get to this line. But

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this is just a survey. Fracking itself could be years away but if

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fracking does come then the company says it could be a big boost to jobs

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and income here in this local economy.

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The public inquiry into child sex abuse has begun its investigation

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Today, local survivors groups joined more than thirty lawyers

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Among them was a woman who's told this programme that she reported

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abuse in children's homes to people "at the highest levels".

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It just continued despite me reporting it.

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It went on even after I reported it to the highest level.

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Very angry. It's always made me angry.

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Drayton Manor theme park, the scene of a fatal

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accident on Tuesday, is to remain closed tomorrow

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to allow the health and safety executive

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11-year-old Evha Jannath from Leicester died after falling

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

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The school reopened today and offered extra support to pupils.

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A radical change to the way care is provided to kidney

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patients could revolutionise the delivery of dialysis.

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It used to take two hours for Carl Bicknelll to get

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to and from hospital but now his life saving

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treatment is being provided at his local GP's surgery.

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It's the first in the East Midlands to offer the service.

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Here's our health correspondent Rob Sissons.

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The beauty of this surgery is it's just a ten minute try 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-hour dialysis sessions in Loughborough. It's a huge

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

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inconvenience. Carl is a single parent and his six-year-old daughter

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did the honours today opening the new dialysis service. It means she

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is seeing more of her dad. When I first met Carl his story was

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heart-warming and actually the way we normally deliver dialysis for

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patients in hospital didn't fit round his at all. Most patients

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still have dialysis hospital. This is Michael. Around 2000 patients in

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the East Midlands have dialysis this way. The machine does the work of a

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small kidney removing toxins from the blood. In many ways this is part

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of a trend. We're seeing things like diabetes clinics will vote into the

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community into GP surgeries. So although this is a first in the East

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Midlands more may follow suit. I don't think every practice could

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offer this but there are plenty of practices which could work on a

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larger scale that could offer something along these lines. Carl is

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the first patient to use the facility and they reckon up to 20

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more people with kidney failure will also use it. The next plan is to get

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a dialysis machine fitted at home and that will be even better. Peter

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story is from kidney research UK. This must be good news. Yes, we're

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really pleased. We think it's great news for kidney patients. We think

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it's a great innovative way to move the health service forward. We think

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the most important thing about this is that it is starting to provide a

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greater element of patient choice and allowing patients to have

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dialysis in an environment which suits them. This home from home

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concept. Is this all down to improvements in medical technology?

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Certainly there is a move towards empowering patients and giving them

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greater choice. We have been helping that process by working to provide

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tools to help patients make the right choices about what sort of

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dialysis who would like and this is an example of great collaboration

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between GP surgeries and hospitals and indeed the patient groups. Very

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briefly, are there any other innovations in the pipeline? Yes. In

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terms of our own work we are looking terms of our own work we are looking

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and supporting projects to help patients take more of a role in

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their own care by setting up equipment and taking blood pressure.

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Thank you very much. One of the proudest

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moments of my life. That was the reaction of an old

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soldier who was today presented 99-year-old veteran Don Sutton took

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part in the liberation of France He already has an impressive

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collection of medals Today, 99-your-old Don Sutton

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was awarded another. We would not be in this room

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if it was not for your He received the highest

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distinction France can bestow. In a special ceremony

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at Gedling Civic Centre the French consul to the East Midlands

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made the presentation. Don, what does this

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honour mean to you today? It means that France has appreciated

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what we did for them at the time. I was so proud to serve my own

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country and help to liberate France. Don, who celebrated his 99th

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birthday last Friday, volunteered to enter

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the Army in 1937. He served in the North Somerset

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Yeomanry and is probably one of the last few who fought

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on horseback in World War II. Don fought back tears as speakers

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described how he served across Europe and Africa and how

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he and his unit were part We would not be here

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if it was not for the sacrifice This is a thank you,

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it is a thank you and an expression of gratitude from the French people

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and all our generations It's been a very emotional

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day for you, hasn't it? As a 99-year-old I'm not

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a young chicken any more. That's your news, so

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it's goodbye from me. But with your weather

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now, here's Lucy. Finally some rain in our forecast

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which will be welcome news for those gardeners. They'll also some sunny

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spells tomorrow but whom it feel to our weather. That is thanks to the

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year we're dragging up from the south. That will set in. Tonight, it

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will be fairly cloudy. The odd isolated shower but most of us

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staying dry. Temperatures falling to an overnight low of 9 degrees.

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Tomorrow, a fairly cloudy start. A band of patchy rain moving

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northwards. In the afternoon that cloud beginning to break and some

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bright intervals and sunny spells but the risk of isolated showers.

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Temperatures reaching a maximum of 19 Celsius but feeling humid.

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Saturday will be fairly cloudy and a largely dry day. Some bright

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intervals here there with temperatures reaching 17 degrees.

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But this band of rain will introduce a fresher feel to our weather as we

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move into Sunday. I will leave up with the Outlook.

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We want to see the economy work for everybody, not

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Now the weather. , yes a humid dead. We have had

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photographs of the Now, humid air is coming in hyped.

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This cloud will be spreading northwards

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