06/01/2017 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Farmers in Lincolnshire say they're having to take the law

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into their own hands, to try to stop hare-coursing.

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They say violent criminal gangs are trespassing on their land

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almost daily to take part in the illegal blood sport.

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Our correspondent Paul Murphy has this report, which contains images

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Chasing and killing hares with dogs has been banned

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But you would not know it from looking at social media -

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it's awash with footage of those who continue to break the law.

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What's changing, though, is the level of violence hare

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coursers mete out to those who try to stop them.

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They came at me because my vehicle was blocking their exit

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and immediately started to throw rocks at me with me in the vehicle

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and hammered the side of my vehicle so they could get past and escape.

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These hare coursers escaped, leaving their vehicle behind,

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but came back later to set it alight, possibly to destroy any

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These actions are creating fear in this community.

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This woman would only talk if we did not show her face.

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They have become aggressive, nasty, uncontrollable and intimidating.

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There are people who are afraid to leave their own home.

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I've spoken to several farmers here on the Lincolnshire Fens today

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and although a lot of them have very strong opinions, none of them wanted

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to appear on camera, or to be identified,

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and that is simply because they are afraid,

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they are afraid of the consequences for them and for their families,

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the reprisals that could come from the hare coursers.

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We know as a police service, we have got up our game and make

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best use of our resources, but the farming community

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It needs to keep itself safe and it needs to assist proactively

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But hare coursing posts on social media make a mockery of the law.

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In fact, some coursers take a thrill from being chased themselves.

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The vehicle in pursuit is being driven by a land owner.

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It's thought the injured hare in the foot well was being taken

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away because it might have been used as evidence.

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This farmer says he is done with relying on the police.

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He is making police-style stingers to puncture the tyres

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They would kill us if they could, that sort of thing.

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In a police force where resources are stretched, these criminal

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gangs know they currently have the upper hand.

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It's estimated more than 150,000 people have been to events

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in Hull in the first days of City of Culture.

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A giant light and sound show called Made In Hull has drawn visitors

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to the city centre every night this week.

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Organisers say they're delighted with how it's been received.

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I've come all the way from Nottingham to see it,

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cos I used to come from Hull, and my mum was into theatre things

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in Hull and I know she'd be so proud of the city tonight.

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I'd heard about it, but I'm gobsmacked.

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A petition to get the last British dambuster a knighthood has been

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Lincolnshire-born George "Johnny" Johnson was part of 617 squadron

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which was formed at RAF Scampton near Lincoln in 1943.

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The campaign surrounding a knight hood for George "Johnny"

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Johnson, the last remaining British Dambuster, continues

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to gather momentum like a bouncing bomb itself, with campaigns

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complaining that he's been snubbed from this year's honours list.

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But what evidence is there to show he could have been snubbed,

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and is it that simple to be awarded a knighthood for being the last

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It was Wing Commander Guy Gibson who led the Dambusters raid.

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He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1943 and died

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Aviation Engineer Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb,

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did receive a knighthood for work and services to his country in 1968,

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Johnny Johnson aimed and dropped the bombs and was one of 34 awarded

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the distinguished flying medal for his part in the raids.

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The rules state you have to be active in the areas

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for which you're being nominated so strictly speaking,

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Johnny's achievements with regards to the Dambusters happened many,

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many years ago, but he is still active within the communtiy

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and doing charity work, so it depends how strictly

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the Cabinet Office want to enforce that rule.

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The time frame from nomination to award can take up to two years,

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campaigner Paul Walmsley, who we spoke to on Tuesday,

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officially nominated Mr Johnson in November 2015,

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an application that doesn't expire until June.

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But it didn't make this New Year's list So, as ambassador

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for the RAF Air Cadets, Carol Vordeman, who's

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also met Johnny Johnson, has also submitted an application

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and started a petition which has gained over

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Not only was he part of 617 squadron, he has worked

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tirelessly for children and charities ever since.

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He's one of the most charming people you could hope to meet

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and if anybody has given public service to this country,

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I shall ask with humility, Your Majesty, if I can dedicate it

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to the 55,573 air crews that gave their lives for their countries

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during the war, and that is the way I think it should go.

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Now the weather forecast with Keeley Donovan.

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A lot of usable weather to get out and about,

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but it will be fairly cloudy and settled because high

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The best chance of brightness will be tomorrow.

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At the moment, a lot of cloud, producing some patchy rain

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and drizzle, a grey night to come, but not an especially cold

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temperatures around four or five Celsius.

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Tomorrow might get off to a grey note, but I'm hopeful we should see

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bright and sunny spells spreading down from the north,

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more likely across northern parts, so at times I think it will be

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overcast, temperatures at seven or eight Celsius.

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A similar day on Sunday, fairly cloudy conditions,

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That's it from me. We're back tomorrow evening at 5:30pm. Bye-bye.

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Good evening. The weather has been turning milder and also cloudier

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through the course of the day.

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