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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.

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The headlines from us this Thursday night:

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The circus in a cemetery - furious reaction over plans to hold

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an outdoor performance in a graveyard.

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It makes me physically sick. There is no such thing as doing this

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respectfully. You are violating a sacred ground.

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Unacceptable - the European Union issues a final warning to Hull

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Campaigners start a petition to get speed cameras on the Humber Bridge.

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And the man who came home to find his locks changed

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and front door damaged, after police wrongly broke

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It just doesn't seem right. I was ?470 out of pocket for something

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nothing to do with me. And I will have all the weather details later.

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There's been furious reaction to the announcement that a cemetery

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in Hull will be used as the venue for an outdoor circus.

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The Depart production has been given permission to perform

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at Hull's General cemetery in May, as part of City of

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But the relative of somebody buried in a neighbouring graveyard has told

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Look North the circus - which claims to offer "haunting

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sights and sounds" and has performers dressed like ghosts

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In a moment I'll speak to one of the organisers but first

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Hull's General Cemetery, a site of historical significance,

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a place perhaps for contemplation and soon to be a performance area

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Depart is an internationally acclaimed performance described

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as a spell-binding and immersive show where circus artists

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dance above the heads of a roaming audience.

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I think this is totally abhorrent because what they are doing,

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they're coming here, they're swinging through

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They're performing what is tantamount to a circus act and to me

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This cemetery has been closed for over 40 years but for Johnathan,

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who has family buried in the adjacent graveyard,

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using this site as a performance space is disrespectful.

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There is no such thing as doing this respectfully because you are

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There is a special monument to the 1800 people who died from cholera in

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1849. That historical significance is one of the reasons why this

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performance has been brought here, to open up a forgotten part of the

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city. This is a site specific piece that

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has been made from the cemetery So therefore its very basis

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is that it is incredibly respectful to the place and if you go online

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and see some of the trailers and some of the comments

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from the people who saw it in London, that absolutely

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underlines that. Hull's event in May

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has already sold out. It would seem this is one piece of

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art that is going to divide opinion. Earlier I spoke to Beki Bateson,

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one of the producers of the event. I asked her whether she was

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expecting the choice of a cemetery Not particularly, but I think you

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can understand why it would be. But I think that the piece itself

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celebrates life and death. It is exceptionally respectful of the

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species and the lives of people who are they. And it is a celebration of

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life and death. And it's a beautiful magical performance piece. Why can't

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you do this in a park? Why does it have to be over some pupils loved

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ones? It's not over them. It's in the space of a cemetery, often near

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places of nature and there are pathways and delves. There are trees

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that the performers hang from an performed within. I think the point

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is that it is about resonating with the stories and the lives of the

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people in the cemetery. It has Hacked Off a lot of people. I am

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disgusted. This is nothing short of contemptible. Let the dead rest in

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peace. Many others similar to that. What you say to those people? It's

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not circus like you imagine it. Its people hanging in trees, dressing

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ghostly outfits. It's magical, beautiful and respectful. I would

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encourage people to go and see it for themselves. It would look just

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as good and a park, well away from where people are resting in peace. I

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don't think it would. The skate around the cemetery and the fact you

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are in that particular place is the thing that causes the resonance and

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the connection with the theme of the peace. When we did it in London, the

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guy who worked in Tower Hamlets cemetery where we performed that, he

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has worked there for 14 years, he was brought to tears by how moving

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it was. Are people here being oversensitive and not getting into

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this City of Culture spirit? I don't think they are. If I saw the word

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cemetery next to circus at the jump to conclusions. But I implore people

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this is a magical move in meditation of the movements between life and

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death. It is very respectful and has been made in conjunction with the

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cemetery. We worked closely with them. Thank you.

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Should there be entertainment in a cemetery?

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Is it appropriate, or is it disrespecting the dead?

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Perhaps you have relatives buried in the General Cemetery in the city?

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How would you feel if it took place where your loved ones are buried?

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The mother of a Hull man who was murdered by a serial killer

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in London hopes a new BBC documentary will keep pressure

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on those looking into the police investigation into his death.

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Police in London insisted Anthony Walgate's died from a drugs

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overdose before his killer went on to poison three other

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men who were dumped in this London graveyard.

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Stephen Port has been jailed for the murders but his victims'

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families want to know why police refused to investigate

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You found him dead in the street, he hasn't been beaten up,

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he hasn't been stabbed, he hasn't been shot or anything.

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They refused to ever investigate it from the very beginning.

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And the BBC Three documentary, "How Police Missed the Grindr

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Killer" is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

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A 29-year-old woman has died after the car

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she was in crashed into a parked car transporter in Grimsby.

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It happened just before half nine last night on Peaks Lane.

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The woman, who was a front seat passenger, was pronounced dead

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The driver of the car suffered leg injuries.

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The Government has been told it could be taken to a European court

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unless air quality levels are improved in Hull.

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The city is on a list of areas that breach pollution limits.

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It's a problem which is linked to around 40,000 early deaths every

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year across the UK - with fumes from diesel engines said

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More from our Political Editor Tim Iredale.

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It may sound alarming, but we're told vehicle emissions

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are sending some people to an early grave.

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Hull is one of 16 parts of the UK highlighted

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for "persistent breaches" of nitrogen dioxide levels.

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The A63 Castle Street is one of the problem areas.

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Taxi driver Dave says politicians have been sending our mixe messages.

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A few years ago, people were talked into buying diesel cars. People

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jumped on the bandwagon. I don't feel guilty. We were forced into a

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situation to buy one. Now they are saying it is bad.

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I don't recommend a congestion charge, but the situation is drastic

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enough for us to consider something like that. Vehicles need to get off

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the streets, so we need something like free public transport.

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The government could be hauled before the European Court

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of Justice over air quality levels, but is that such a threat

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Leaving the EU brings up some concern. We are calling for a UK

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clean air act to enshrine the right to Brive clean air in domestic law.

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The Government says environmental laws will not be

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weakened after Brexit, but it's clear that in many of our

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cities air quality levels need to improve in order to save lives.

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Earlier I spoke to Doctor Jo Barnes from the University of the West

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of England who is a specialist in air pollution.

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I started by asking her how badly a road like the A63

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It can be significantly bad for those people who have existing

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respiratory conditions and cardiovascular conditions. Those are

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particular health concerns. That may also affect people living in areas

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of high social deprivation, the elderly, children, they are

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vulnerable groups. Do you think we have made a mistake with diesel

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cars? There was this drive to buy them. Would you now have them taken

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off the road? DS, I think we need to go back on that policy and undo that

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incentive scheme which increased diesel vehicles on our road. We also

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need to have a scrappage scheme to do that, we need to incentivise the

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public to give up diesel vehicles, having been incentivised to pick

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them up in the first place. How could hard our people afford higher

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taxes and buying a new car, when many of these people bought them in

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good faith, thinking they were the right thing to do? The government

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needs to come up with a policy to help people do that. And incentive

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scheme that is affordable for all sectors of society. It is for the

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government to work out. Will this pollution contribute to the worrying

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figures for early death in Hol? Yes, it will contribute to people who

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have existing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and making

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those worse. Not just exacerbating existing conditions, but actually

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creating new conditions as well. We talk about numbers of deaths, but we

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also need to look at the ill-health, not just the mortality figures. I

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can hear diesel drivers shouting at the television. What would you say

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to them? I'm afraid to say they are the most polluting vehicles we have

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on the road, even the cleanest ones are dirty. We need to be thinking

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about public health and I'm afraid we do need to be thinking about

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getting rid of those vehicles. Thank you.

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Still ahead tonight: The campaign to get speed cameras

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on the Humber Bridge - those behind it say

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And the man who came home to find his locks changed

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and front door damaged, after police wrongly broke

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The photograph tonight is St Marys Church in Barton-upon-Humber. Thank

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you for that. Are you in a good mood? Always. The producer has said

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that your top makes you look like you are in your pyjamas. Thank you.

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Maybe he could contribute towards a new spring wardrobe. I think it is

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nice. My grandmother doesn't like you talking about my clothes! Let's

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move on to the forecast. A mild few days on the way. Tomorrow, dry and

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my old with some sunshine, particularly through the course of

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the morning. You can see on this chart, the yellow hues are warmer

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air and it milder. Monday, it might be that temperatures get into the

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mid teens. Exceptionally warm for the time of year. More cloud has

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developed over the last few hours over parts of Lincolnshire. Most

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places are dry. Were looking at largely dry conditions through this

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evening and overnight. A lot of cloud around. Particularly over

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parts of Lincolnshire. Temperature is always higher where we have more

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cloud around at 7 degrees. We start date with always more cloud in the

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south-west. Most of us will see some bright or possibly sunny spells

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through the day, especially over East Yorkshire. Generally more cloud

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through the afternoon. Not as breezy as it has been. Feeling mild.

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Looking further ahead, it won't be completely dry, but it looks like

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most of the rain will be overnight on Saturday. Breezy weekend, mild,

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at times cloudy, then mild weather looking set to continue next week. I

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think Jack the producer is wrong. Apparently one viewer even thought

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you looked good when you went down the sewer for country file. I've

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been cut from Friday's episode. On the Monday- Thursday! -- only.

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Some drivers who use the Humber Bridge say speed cameras

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need to be put up to stop other motorists travelling too fast.

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The limit at the moment is 50 miles per hour.

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Campaigners say cameras would cut the number

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Our correspondent Leanne Brown reports.

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With the Humber Estuary down bellow, many people find driving over

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the Humber Bridge daunting - - and campaigners say speeding

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I drove from Hull to Brigg to see what motorists there thought

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If you don't speed, you don't get caught. That's my opinion. Some

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people do speed over. I think it would be a good idea. No objection.

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Good idea. Is a problem, this will solve it.

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On my way back I decided to see if people stuck to the limit.

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I have set my cruise control to 50 mph. Cars are overtaking me.

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For a new speed camera to be installed there needs to have been

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at least three serious or fatal crashes on the stretch of road

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But the Humber Bridge Board say in the last year there have been

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Of course, there are many reasons why an accident might

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But when it does lanes have to be closed and it can cause huge delays.

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Obviously the bridge is heavily used, particularly in rush hour. If

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it is closed, the nearest diversion is 30 miles around. I have some

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concerns about cameras because they can lead to drivers suddenly

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breaking and celebrating after they get past the camera.

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The Humber Bridge Board and the police couldn't

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But they are meeting tomorrow to discuss if cameras

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Should there be speed cameras on the Humber Bridge?

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A man from Grimsby says he's been forced to pay hundreds of pounds

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to fix his front door after police officers wrongly forced

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their way into his home while he was on holiday.

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Humberside Police says officers acted in good faith to an emergency

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call and have offered to pay off some of the damage

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Michael Staples says that's not good enough.

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Last September, Michael spent two weeks unwinding in the Cotswolds.

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But that relaxed feeling disappeared when they came home and couldn't

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to force their way into the house, after a woman dialled

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It's not known where the call came from.

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When they told me that, I had some feeling towards their predicament,

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thinking, if it was my mother who cold 999 in my house and collapsed

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during that nobody tried to get her, then I would be pleased they did

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what the dead. The police had to break in a second time because the

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new set of keys didn't work with the new lock. The door was badly damaged

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and had to be replaced. Michael said Humberside Police owes him ?450.

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The force did offer to pay him just under half that money -

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?200 in what's called an exgratia payment.

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I thought the offer was to risible and I said I would not accept it.

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But Michael says that's not good enough - and he still doesn't

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understand why they broke into his house in the first place.

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Jonathan at the start of the programme and Michael in the

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previous story got in touch with us, so tonight we told their stories. If

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you have a story for us, get in touch.

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Thanks for all the responses on the litter problem

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Hull's year of City of Culture continues and there are new events

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Here's this week's round up of what's on -

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and if you have children over half term you might get some ideas.

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We are soaring through February as the second city of culture

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Here are three recommendations for some family fun.

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Hull scrapstore are running an educational craft workshop

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Swerby Hall have a whole week worth of activities lined up

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And Simon Callow joins a new look London Chamber Ensemble

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Back To Ours kicks off from 22nd - 26 February.

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The first of three festivals over various locations in Hull.

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Gigs from the Pigeon Detectives, comedy shows and screenings of films

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Celebrate the life Basil Kirkton, from 17-19 February.

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He was one of the most prolific minds in experimental

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music and this festival, Mind on the Run, is all about him.

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This gives music lovers an opportunity to immerse themselves

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into his intriguing life and hear some of the music he created

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and performed by some of today's musical innovators.

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Running until 21 March at the Street Life Museum,

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the fabulous felines exhibition is devoted to Edwardian theatre

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performer and postcard artist, Violet Roberts.

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Hull Children's University are challenging you to draw

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It can be from memory or by going to see it.

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Just make sure you upload it using the hashtag challengehull.

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And if you want to see more about Basil Kirchin,

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and more from Kofi, go to our City of Culture website

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Yesterday we met Gladys Waite from Skegness -

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she is 105 and we were invited along to her birthday party.

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Well, while we were there she read us a poem that

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she had written herself about her life in Lincolnshire.

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"Yellow-bellied I'm proud to be, to live in a county next to the sea.

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"When people tell me it's dull and flat...

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"it makes me cross, it's not all like that!

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"The sunset skies, each flower and tree.

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"Lincoln Cathedral on the hill stands high.

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"Tattershall Castle, Crowland Abbey, reach for the sky.

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"We are really quite a happy lot, contented with the life we've got.

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"Living at peace 'twixt world and sea.

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"Is there anywhere else you'd rather be?"

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That's just a bit of Gladys' poem - if you want to hear it all then go

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Just go to Facebook and search for BBC Look North.

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I watched it this afternoon and it's great. Thanks to her.

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Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:

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There are fears for the future of thousands of jobs

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at Vauxhall's UK plants - crisis talks are held

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There's angry reaction to plans for a circus at a cemetery in Hull -

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one man writes to the authorities, calling it "abhorrent"

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Tomorrow's weather: A dry day in general, with the best of any

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sunshine towards the east coast during the morning.

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It'll be another mild day with a maximum temperature of 11 degrees.

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I think the planned circus performance in the cemetery is

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appallingly bad taste. Cemetery is not the kind of place for this type

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of entertainment. There are various performance

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artists in Grantham during the festival last year, I don't remember

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hearing any objections. Regarding circus in the cemetery,

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the word cemetery means sleeping place, it is a space of sanctity,

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not a circus tent or a place of theatre.

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Why can't people show some decorum? Cemeteries are not for

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entertainment. I would pay money to see this show in the cemetery in

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Hol. It looks tasteful. Once again, the do-gooders want to spoil things

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for everyone. A lot of people commenting on that. Thank you. Join

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me for the late news.

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