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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.

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The headlines tonight. As tolls soar to �3, a Hull

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businessman says it's time for the Government to sell off the Humber

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Bridge. What better time to press on with the campaign to reduce it

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by a significant amount then immediately after a proposed

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increase? Fifteen people are airlifted to

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safety after a barge runs aground in the Humber. Cheaper than a new

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car - the house up for sale for less than 10 grand as regeneration

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funding is cut. Breaking records not the speed limit - hundreds of

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children march to school to encourage motorists to slow down.

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And the latest detailed weather The Government has come under

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renewed pressure to find a long term solution to the problem of

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rising tolls on the Humber Bridge. Just 24 hours after the transport

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minister gave the go ahead to higher tolls, a Hull-based

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businessman has made a renewed attempt to buy the bridge.

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Malcolm Scott believes his proposal to operate the bridge as a not-for-

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profit company will eventually result in much lower toll charges.

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Like many in this part of the world Malcolm Scott is coming to terms

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with the prospect of paying more to cross the Humber. But this is a man

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with the plan. What better time to press on with the campaign to

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reduce the price by a significant amount and immediately after a

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proposed increase? Back in February the whole based property boss

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revealed plans to buy the bridge and run it as a not-for-profit

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company. Proposals involve keeping that tells of their present level

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for a number of years but eventually reducing the cost to �1

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per crossing for cars. �1 is what it cost when the bridge first

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opened in 1981. Tills went up through the Eighties and almost

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doubled by the time that Tony Blair became Prime Minister. Another

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transport minister has given the go-ahead to a �3 crossing for cars,

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Britain's highest bridge toll. is not the Department for Transport,

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I initiated a public inquiry to make sure all sides had their

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voices heard. If the tolls were reduced to would be a lot more

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economic activity on both sides of the bridge. There is a lack of

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competition because of that. And that all impacts on the local

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economy. The Humber Bridge Board made up of local councillors from

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all parties, was given the power to raise the told by an Act of

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Parliament long before the bridge was built. I think the board has

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had difficulty because it was set up from and 1959 Act and therefore

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was fit for purpose for 1959. But we are now in 2011. I think that

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the bridge board are saddled with debt and responsibility and without

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that could be much more proactive. The debt stands at more than �380

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million. Malcolm Scott is now trying to raise money from local

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businesses to fund the social impact assessment on the bridge

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tolls. Meanwhile the board will decide next week exactly went a

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higher charges were coming. Iredale is in South Ferriby by the

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Humber this evening. Tim, the government says it's reviewing the

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economic impact of tolls on the area. When will we know the outcome

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of that? This is a review being up led by officials at the Treasury.

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That report should be on the desks of Ministers by November. I'm told

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by local MPs that the government is keen to settle the long-term future

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of the Humber Bridge once and for all. They do not want the kind of

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fury that comes with these above- inflation increases every so often.

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They want a long-term, sustainable future it will possibly reduce the

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tills although it probably will not happen for a long time. So the

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credit for puzzle perhaps that Malcolm Scott is putting on the

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table, a private consortium running a not-for-profit operation, would

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be seen favourably by ministers. You do not have to be any economic

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whiz-kid to realise that taking �6 a day from the pay packets of

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people to cross the bridge will be positive for the local economy.

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There has been a huge response. Just a couple are now. My mother

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currently has to travel every day from the south bank to Castle Hill

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hospital for treatment for cancer. It is a fifty mile round trip and,

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with the proposed bridge tolls and the price of fuel, it will cost

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approximately �320 a month. Even though I disagree with the

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toll increase, it is still cheaper than going round.

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With the economy as bad as it is the government should be doing all

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it can to encourage trade. Instead this discourages people from

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leaving their homes. There were hundreds of texts and e-

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mails. Graham Stuart is the Conservative MP for Beverley and

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Holderness. He joins me now. White is the government not taking

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on this challenge instead of letting a local businessman take it

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on? Is it the Big Society at play? I think it is and we should be

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grateful for Malcolm Scott for coming forward. I know MPs in all

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parties are working together to try to get a long-term solution. I met

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the Treasury minister responsible for this last night and spoke to

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the Chancellor of the Exchequer about it earlier today. We are all

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working as a team to make the case because we do need the bridge to be

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used. And make sure it does help the local economy. But time and

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again surveys and reports tell us that lowering the toll will boost

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the regional economy. Why does the government not grasp the nettle and

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tell the bridge board to reduce the tolls? The bridge bolt -- the

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bridge board has to service the debt, that is their primary

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responsibility. We're asking them to look at whether they can keep

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the tills down until we get this review in November. But ultimately

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they have to service the debt. What we need is a way to get that debt

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under control. And get the bridge used so that people working on both

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sides of the Humber can work together to build the economy. We

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just have to convince ministers who have inherited a hell of a

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situation. We have the companies like Siemens planning to come to

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hold but for a lorry to cross the bridge, it is �40 for a trip. This

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is a disincentive for companies to come to this area. Absolutely, and

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we would keep on making the case. That bridge was built with public

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money 30 years ago and today runs with 70% of its capacity unused.

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People on low incomes or unemployed could work so we're making that

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case. And we are making progress. But the general environment is

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tough. Have you spoken to the bridge board today to ask them to

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delay this until after the review? I know that colleagues are in

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regular contact with the board, as I am. If we had not yet formal

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contact with the board we will certainly do so. Would he do that

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tomorrow? Thanks to you, Peter, it will get done it!

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What should be done to keep the tolls down? Would selling it off

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work? If it were cheaper would you use it more? Contact us and we your

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response. In a moment: Despite many health

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campaigns, why people in Hull are still dying at a younger age than

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other parts of the country. It's a sailing trip which members

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of Barton's Chamber of Commerce say they'll never forget - a trip which

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ended last night with their dramatic rescue. The barge on which

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they were sailing ran aground in the Humber. When rescue boats

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couldn't reach them the RAF's Search and Rescue Helicopter was

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scrambled, ending with 15 people being winched to safety. Phil

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Connell reports. It was supposed to have been an

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enjoyable evening trip on the Humber but instead for 15 fee-

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paying passengers, it ended with this dramatic rescue. The barge on

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which they were sailing ran aground at Altrincham and with the Humber

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rescue boat not able to reach them, the search and rescue helicopter

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received the emergency call. were on standby in the evening.

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Today the captain said the barge was truly stuck and with 15

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passengers to winched to safety it proved to be their biggest

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operation in recent years. Normally we are called to a single climate

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who has fallen or has been cut off by the tide. But to have a barge

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with 17 people on board, is really quite unusual. Overnight two crew

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members slept on the barge and at high tide this morning, sailed back.

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They have been running barge trips from here for almost 40 years. The

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skipper described the rescue last night as an embarrassing incident.

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This stretch of the Humber is notoriously difficult to navigate.

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With eight barges running aground in the last year alone. For the

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company running the trip last night it is not the first time it has

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happened. I think it has happened four times, I think I'm right in

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saying. Once every 10 years! I suppose that is not too bad.

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trip had been organised by the Barton Chamber of Commerce. Those

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winched to safety included the new mayor arrests of North Lincolnshire.

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I survived and I'm here to tell the tale. Everyone looked after us well.

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A lot of members of the group thought it was fantastic and wanted

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to know what was planned for the next trip! Thankfully no-one was

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injured but for the Chamber of Commerce it is a trip they are not

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likely to forget. An inquiry into the deaths of two

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teenage girls who jumped off a bridge together has heard one of

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them wrote a suicide letter a year earlier. 14-year-old Georgia Rowe

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had moved from Hull to Glasgow just eight weeks before her death in

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October 2009. She jumped from the Erskine Bridge with 15 -year-old

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Naimh Lafferty, who wrote the note months earlier. Both girls had been

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attending a nearby secure unit. The number of people unemployed in

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our area has fallen by almost 15,000. Figures for the three

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months to April show that in Yorkshire and the Humber, 237,000

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people are out of work, down nine percent. In the East Midlands the

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total's 176,000, which is down by more than seven percent.

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Thousands of people are dying up to 10 years earlier than in other

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neighbouring authorities because they're both overweight and

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inactive for step today the health minister Simon friends has been

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visiting Hull to find out how local people are being encouraged to look

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after their Hearts by moving more This is what we should be doing,

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running for our lives. Instead, our lifestyles are damaging our hearts.

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Despite what we are seeing here, a Hull is the 13th least active place

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in the country, with throughout or five adults never doing any

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exercise at all. Five women are particularly lazy, with only one in

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eight every doing regular sport. But his beginner's jogging group is

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helping to win new converts to regular exercise. You come with the

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idea, I will not be able to do it, but it is amazing, after five or

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six weeks, how you have progressed. It is the fear factor, that is what

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you have to fight, rather than just sitting at home doing nothing.

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the Health Minister arrived in Hull today, local doctors were keen to

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show how innovations are helping to get health messages across. Four we

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have improved, we have identified more people with raised blood

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pressure, and we are able to treat them to reduce the risk of

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complications in later life. think it is innovative, if you have

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the distraction of a television programme that relates to her life,

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giving you a coherent and sensible message, the chances of that

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getting into the side he so that people go away and think, that is

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sensible, are better. Keith Cash after being given his own quick

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health check, he was shown this girls' rugby team. A wants to be

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busy. It keep you busy. It keeps you fit and healthy, and not obese.

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What these pupils -- while these people have adopted a healthier

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lifestyle were now, the hope is they will continue exercising as

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adults. Only then will they improve their chances of living longer.

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Still to come: A house worth less than a new car. It is yours for

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just over �7,000. And breaking records, not the speed

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limit. Children march to school to encourage motorists to slow down.

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The photograph is of a poppy field in Burton Fleming, taken by Paul

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in Burton Fleming, taken by Paul Jefferson. There is an eclipse

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tonight. Lots of people have been asking if we can see it. There will

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not be clear skies, but you might be able to catch a glimpse. We can

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watch it from the balcony! As long as you have got rid of your washing

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on the line! You are not funny, do you know that? The headline is an

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unsettled one, sunny intervals and scattered showers. Tomorrow, low-

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pressure is in charge. This feature will bring more are welcome rain

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for farmers across Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, late on Friday and

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into Friday night. Potentially some heavy rain to come. But in the

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short term, there is quite a lot of cloud around. It has been producing

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some heavy showers. There are thundery showers around in the next

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hour as well. And lots of rain up the Vale of York. I showery evening

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and night, though the showers will clear out of the way by dawn. Top

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temperatures of 11 degrees Celsius. It is an unsettled day tomorrow,

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Variable cloud, some sunshine around, but also a fair scattering

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of showers. Some of those showers could be heavy with the risk of

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thunder, but there will be brighter and sunnier spells between. Top

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temperatures 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. Friday, one or two showers

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in the morning. It will cloud over by the end of the day with heavy

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rain. I have a note from a primary school, a basketball can use his

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experience and skill to tell us whether at the school sports day on

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Friday should be cancelled or not. Not that I'm putting you on the

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spot or anything! I cannot do a yes or no answer. The heaviest of the

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rain and will be across our region by the end of Friday. Current

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timing suggests that they should be timing suggests that they should be

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A house in Hull is being auctioned tomorrow at a starting price of

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�7,500. It is believed to be one of the cheapest in the city for years.

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He follows the crash in this -- property market and a delay in

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funding for building new homes around the Victoria Villas. The

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council say the investment is now secure. But it has left residents

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feeling like they had been left in limbo.

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Going for as long. But there is a catch. -- going for as long. The

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condition is not the any reason that this is a cheap location. The

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whole area is waiting for regeneration, with residents

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concerned that the project is now on hold. On one side, the promise

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of new homes. On the other, people who need to be re home. The

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question is whether or not the money is there not only to be home

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them, but also to regenerate the area. We do not know what is

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happening, of whether we are coming or going. It will probably go ahead,

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I do not believe that the area will be redeveloped within the next five

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years. So what is the situation? In March, public money for re-housing

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and property purchase ran out. Fat and �80 billion government grant

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has been secured, enough to clear the area out for private investment.

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But it hinges on that totaling up more than �150 million between now

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and 2024. So the initial cash injection means Ron's move away his

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back on. He could be rehoused within weeks. For I am fed up of

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waiting. The man that owns it lives in Somerset, and he has agreed to

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sell it to the council. Sick council says it is now contacting

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residents to let them know when work will start in their area, but

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the bigger question remains. With a housing market down and the

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construction and St week, is the funding still there to complete his

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grand plan? Darren hail is the Deputy leader of

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the city council. The residence we saw in the film had no idea what is

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happening. Have you been doing your job properly? We have only been in

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power for three weeks. But since that time, I can confirm that the

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money is back in place. You will be aware that the government Gateway's

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funding was told. We managed to secure the �8 billion, which will

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secure the completion of the scheme. Residents will be informed in the

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next few weeks. I'll be reliant on public money as well? With our

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partner, we are, yes. Because a houses around the corner are

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selling so well, we know that there is interest from the private

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housing provider, and that if those houses are built, they will sell.

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So people should not have to live in conditions like that, I'm sure

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you would agree. And we are pleased that the regeneration of Hawthorn

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Avenue is back on. Some people had been waiting for years. What have

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they been saying to you? It was a 15 years in, there was a lot of

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planning. Now, those people have had those hopes dashed but they can

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have them restored. The scheme will now go ahead. The council is buying

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properties in Clyde Street, it will be bidding on that house tomorrow.

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We put an at in last year and it was not backed by the property

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developer. -- a bid. We will be bidding on that house because we

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want to buy those houses to improve the area. Thank you for your

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comments on the news that the government has scrapped plans to

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bring back weekly bin collections. It means thousands of people will

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still have their rubbish picked up once a fortnight. Here are some of

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Hull Truck is asking for theatregoers and local businesses

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to help them raise more money to make up for the cuts to their

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funding. Since moving to its new home two years ago, the theatre has

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suffered financially. Over the next three years, it will lose 500,000

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MAB -- hands off public money. -- �500,000 of public money. I will be

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talking to The Executive chief on the radio tomorrow.

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Hull City will be signing Paul McKenna from Nottingham Forest.

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They have let him go on a free transfer, and he has signed a two

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year deal with the Tigers. Thousands of schoolchildren have

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today been trying to set a world record for the biggest ever walk to

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school. The Walking Buses set off from schools across the country

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this morning. As well as trying to get into the record books, they had

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These children could be record- breakers, youngsters at Thorpe on

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the Hill and Long Riston had between Beverley and Hornsey. They

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are representing two of dozens of schools in our region, and more

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than 600 nationwide, trying to break the record for the longest

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Walking Bus in the world. It is weird being in a big group, just

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walking. It was good fun to walk around, we got some parents sides

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to see us as well, and some of the cars stop for us. Its stopping, or

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at least slowing down the cars was a big part of today's world record

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attempt. These children have a serious message for if motorists.

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Slow down. People could run someone over if they are going too fast.

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They could cope do quickly and not notice you. Some of our roads do

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not have passed, so children have to be a where to walk on the side

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of the road. More than 10,000 children Nationwide took part in

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the world record attempt this morning. To they will know if they

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have been part of the biggest Walking Bus every later in the year.

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But it has been a fun way to learn a serious lesson about staying safe

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on the roads. They once supported hundreds of

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thousands of jobs, and now BBC look more there is making a film that

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looks back at a Humber dogs. From the dangers of life on a trawler to

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the dock workers fight for better conditions, and the unique Tom

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Pudding coal barges -- coal barges of Goole, the film aims to capture

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the best of your memories. We have the best of your memories. We have

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three special screenings. In Hull, his in Grimsby and in Goole. For

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tickets to the events, which are free, if you can ring a reception

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The biggest day of industrial action for years. Civil servants

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joined teachers on a walk out on 30th June.

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The government becomes under new pressure to find as solution to the

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rising tolls on a Humber bridge. Top temperatures around 18 degrees

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Celsius tomorrow. More responses on the subject of

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the bridge. Andy says that a �6 round trip is too expensive.

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It is only �1.50 to cross the Thames.

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Lindo says it is cheaper than going round.

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Steve Best says the government will always agreed to raise the bridge

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