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That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me,

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And now the news for the East Midlands.

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I'm Dominic Heale. Good afternoon.

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First this lunchtime, a Derbyshire couple,

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who claim their two young sons should never have been

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taken away from them and adopted eight years ago,

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say they are seeking a unique court review of their case.

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Their 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 have chosen not to name,

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

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They say he had a swelling on his head and,

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after some confusion, were told he had a skull fracture.

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We were in absolute shock. Disbelief.

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They asked me, "Do you know what happened?"

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They asked me a couple of times and, each time,

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After a private family court hearing, their baby and their

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three-year-old son were taken into care and adopted.

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The police said there was no criminal case to answer.

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The mother used her legal rights to obtain the medical records.

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One said there was no skull fracture.

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Another one said it was more likely a fissure.

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I could not believe what I was actually reading.

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This had not been disclosed to us, the fissure,

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being a natural variant, more like a deep groove,

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Their new solicitor represented Angela Cannings,

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whose convictions for murdering two of her babies

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were overturned in a high-profile miscarriage of justice.

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He finds this case just as concerning.

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It may be that there was 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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Derbyshire County Council are not commenting, but provided us with

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the details of the private court hearing.

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Due to legal restrictions, we are not allowed to report them.

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Meanwhile, the mother has now been diagnosed

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with a genetic condition affecting her joints.

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The children could have inherited Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

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Their lawyer knows of other families in a similar situation,

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I believe there is a lot of cases where this connection

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may be very important, indeed, to the resolution

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of what has actually happened to these children.

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He believes nothing can be done about the adoption in the short

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term, but it may be possible to review the facts of the previous

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And you can see more on that in tonight's

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Inside Out at 7.30pm, here on BBC One.

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Next this lunchtime, companies across our region have

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been reacting to Theresa May's latest industrial strategy.

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Aimed at boosting the post-Brexit economy, the Prime Minister's

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ten-point plan focuses on investing in innovation, developing skills

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Her approach is being broadly welcomed by East Midlands

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business leaders, among them the Chamber of Commerce.

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Quentin Rayner's been speaking to one company boss

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This lunchtime, I am at the business Nottingham. This is the sort of

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business that you would expect the strategy to benefit. They have been

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operating for the last 40 years and employ 140 people. What is your

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assessment of the industrial strategy? I think there has been not

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enough said about manufacturing, but on the whole, it was encouraging.

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Too much said about technology? I think so, yes. It seeks to address

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the skills shortage. Do you suffer from? Yes, we do. Children are not

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getting the emphasis on manual skills. I think having that in the

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education is very important for the future. We want to be positioned in

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a good place after Brexit. Will the strategy help do that? I think so.

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Given time, I do not think immediately, given time, I think we

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will feel the benefit. Thank you very much. The strategy has been

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welcomed by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. The belief that

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will provide opportunities for the EV as well as address the skills

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shortage. A man is recovering in hospital

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after he was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision

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in a Leicestershire It happened on this

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stretch of Kirkby Road in Barwell at around 10.30pm.

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The silver car was later found burnt out on a farm

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track several miles away. Two cars were also

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damaged in the collision. A 22-year-old man was arrested

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on suspicion of GBH and drink driving and has been bailed,

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pending further enquiries. The Fire Service in Leicestershire

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says it is in a much stronger financial position, than it has been

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in for more than two years. Early last year, the combined fire

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authority for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland faced

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controversial cuts to the service. But after making what it

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says were bigger savings than anticipated, its draft budget

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released today proposes increasing the number of full-time firefighters

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and investing in equipment. The Canal and River Trust

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is appealing for more volunteers to become lock keepers along

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the region's waterways. The charity says they play a vital

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part in welcoming visitors and keeping the historic role

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of lock-keeping alive. Geeta Pendse has been

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to the River Trent this Yes, it is a misty morning down

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here at Gunthorpe Lock. In the winter months,

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it is very unusual to see a But in peak season, up

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to 60 narrowboats come Key to making sure this canal runs

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smoothly are the many Amongst them is Nick,

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who is in charge here. What made you decide to become

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a volunteer lock keeper? First of all, I love

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the outside life. It is mainly in the summer months

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that we are in operation. At the lock sides here, we have got

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the lovely open countryside. We have got the difference

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here at Gunthorpe. We have got a lot

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of pedestrians here. So, that gives you the opportunity,

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as well as the outdoor life, to meet people all the time.

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And I love talking. Nick has been here for around

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a year, so he has just had his first full season,

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which he says he has really enjoyed. But the Canal River Trust

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want to see many more people volunteering and with me is Steve,

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from the Trust. Why is it vital that

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more people volunteer? Volunteers play a very

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important role. They welcome boaters

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to the East Midlands, so they provide a really important

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first impression to people. But they also share their local

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knowledge to visitors, pointing out places for walks or picnics.

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But they also help us keep on top of any maintenance.

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Thank you very much. On tonight's programme at 6.30pm,

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we will be taking a look at exactly what Nick does and what it takes

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to become a lock keeper. Now we can catch up

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on the latest weather. The fog will clear from some areas,

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but it is proving rather stubborn. As we make our way through the week,

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it should be generally try and with spilt uprightness. This afternoon, a

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good deal of cloud our own. Temperature is about 4-5 C. Into the

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early hours from today, you can see this fog beginning to form. It will

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also be very cold, with temperatures dipping below zero. Tomorrow

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morning, a lot of cloud through the day came tomorrow. Temperatures

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similar to today. As for Wednesday, it will be breezy for a time and

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again, fuelling cold. On Thursday, just a high temperature to Celsius.

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Fog a bit of a problem this week. I will be back at 6:30 p.m.. Goodbye

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for now. a free five-a-side tournament

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that's for everyone. For more information,

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go to the Get Inspired website. If they have a fear of water,

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God help them.

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