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22/01/2017

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn.

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Campaigners fighting the closure of the East Midlands children's

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heart surgery unit are furious public consultation

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NHS England originally planned to begin the process in December.

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But still no date has been set, as our health correspondent

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Stephen was born with only half a normal functioning heart.

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Surgery at the Glenfield Hospital saved his life.

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Now the 15-year-old and his family are campaigning to keep

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children's heart surgery in Leicester, but they're very

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frustrated the formal public consultation process

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It really is playing with people's lives,

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both the staff, the patients, their families

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People like me might not have the support and their parents

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wouldn't have the support if they had to go further away

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NHS England suggested closure because it says the service

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It still hasn't announced a date for consultation to start

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but previously said it would be in the New Year.

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Delay and uncertainty is stressful for staff at the heart unit

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But there is also pressure on NHS England to make sure

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that the consultation, when it does happen,

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is robust because if there are any holes in it, there could be

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legal challenges and that would mean even more delay.

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Campaigners have collected an 80,000 signature petition

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and a parliamentary online petition that closes at midnight

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has attracted more than 48,000 signatures and another demonstration

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A Derbyshire man is one of two charged this weekend with the murder

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Police say Darren Moorhouse died from a single stab

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Dale Dwyer from Buxton, and a man from Halifax,

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will appear before magistrates tomorrow charged with his murder.

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A man's been charged after a teenager was attacked

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It happened on Stoney Street early yesterday.

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Tom Beech from Cropwell Bishop will appear at magistrates tomorrow

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on charges of grievous bodily harm with intent, two of assault

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A 17-year-old remains in a serious condition in hospital.

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A volunteer project in Leicestershire helping people

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grow healthy food has been given a major cash boost.

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Leicestershire County Council has given ?30,000 to

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The Braunstone Foundation charity also known as B-inspired,

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A cold winter day in Enderby, but that doesn't stop

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This is the Growing Communities Together Project,

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where local people grow healthy, organic food.

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It's a community initiative from the charity B-inspired.

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It's nice when you plant something and you see it grow

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and then you're digging it up and then giving it

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And now the project has been boosted by a

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?30,000 Shire community grant from the county council.

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It will help the charity develop land to grow its produce

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which will be supplied through a food share scheme.

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Profit from the scheme will be ploughed back

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into the charity which focuses on improving the lives of people

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We'll go out into the wider community to do

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chutney workshops or jam making or a pastry making and it's a way of

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showing people that they can do things and even if they don't want

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to come to the farm to get engaged with the actual physical growing,

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they can still learn skills and techniques.

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Back at the allotment, the hard work continues.

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The cash boost, they say, will mean even

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greater benefits for local people and the environment.

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The Vulcan bomber, restored in Leicestershire,

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Work on the last flying Vulcan was carried out in Bruntingthorpe.

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It made its final flight in 2015, before moving

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Now the lease on its hangar has run out, it's being put into storage

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14 of the 22 people looking after it have also been laid off.

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A Leicestershire man about to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

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Graham Walters is 69, and wants to be the oldest man

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in the oldest vessel to complete the journey.

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He attempted it last year, but had to stop when his boat sprung a leak.

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Graham, from Thurmaston, plans now to restart

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his 3000 mile row from Tenerife by the end of the month.

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Having rowed four times across the Atlantic,

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I think that I'm well prepared with all the different

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And also with the boat, I prepared the boat,

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So I'm pretty confident that we'll make it.

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the 11th defeat of the season for Leicester City.

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Let's check on the weather now for the start of the week.

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High pressure in charge of our weather as we move

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into the working week and that means things are going to be quite settled

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but it does also mean that we could see a bit of fog

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We've got plenty of cloud around, a few breaks in that cloud

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where we do see the potential of seeing some quite dense patches of

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Temperatures falling to an overnight low of around

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So as we move into tomorrow, that freezing fog with us first

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thing that then it could clear as we move into the morning.

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In some places, it will be a little bit more persistent.

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But where you're out of the fog, some sunny spells.

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Temperatures not too much at all though.

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So we will still be feeling cool despite seeing some sunshine

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and then a similar story as we move into Tuesday.

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Plenty of cloud but a few sunny spells.

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More from me and the team here at 10:20pm.

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of freezing fog. Already warnings in place from the Met office. I will

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concentrate on the fog as we go through the night. It will

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