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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.

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The mother backing plans for tougher penalties for dangerous

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drivers after her son was nearly killed on the roads.

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There are consequences and where there are not consequences it will

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just continue to happen. Demanding action against the News

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of the World - Alan Johnson and John Prescott increase the pressure

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over phone hacking. A public inquiry may not be comfortable for

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me as home secretary at the time, but that is not the point.

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would have thought they could have stooped to such levels? I need you

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to stay calm. Trapped by arsonists in her own home - we meet the Hull

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woman who is still living in fear. I am live in Barton where thousands

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have turned out for the annual bike night. And more rain and showers on

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the way this evening. More details shortly.

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The mother of a teenager who was left brain damaged in a road

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accident has tonight welcomed proposals to introduce tougher

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penalties for reckless drivers. William Horncastle was left in a

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coma for three days following the crash in East Yorkshire. The Prime

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Minister, David Cameron, said today he supports moves by the Hull MP,

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Karl Turner, to increase the maximum sentence for dangerous

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driving from two to seven years. We'll hear from him in a moment,

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but first here's our Political Editor, Tim Iredale. You may find

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some of the images in his report disturbing.

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When William Crom Castle was involved in a serious road accident

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last summer, his family feared the worst. He was a passenger in the

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car being driven on a rural road in east Yorkshire. We think he must

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have been going too fast and just lost control. He ended up being

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thrown out of the car. A doctor and a nurse came mint and just got

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straight to the point, if they said the early reports from the scene of

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the accident was that he was unlikely to arrive alive from

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hospital. William was airlifted to hospital where he remained in, for

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three days. The driver of the cart was initially charged with

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dangerous driving but later admitted a lesser charge of

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careless driving. He received a 12 months ban. I think there should be

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tougher penalties throughout. Careless driving, dangerous driving,

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it is ambiguous. The true cost of a car accident is the end result,

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what happens to the victim. Road safety campaigners have long argued

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that dangerous drivers who cause serious injury should face tougher

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penalties and today they Hull MP Carl Turner urged the Prime

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Minister to support his bid to introduce longer sentences. I do

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believe there is a problem when you have got a high sentence for

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causing death by dangerous driving but just a two-year sentence when

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in this case, someone was really permanently damaged and yet the

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maximum sentences was for two years. Many accidents are not clear cut

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and driver error is not always to blame, but the families of car-

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crash victims what a tougher deterrent for those whose reckless

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actions at the free world calls a lifetime of pain. -- at the wheel.

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I spoke to Hull East MP, Karl Turner, about his bill a short time

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ago and asked him exactly what makes driving "dangerous".

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Dangerous driving is when the standard of driving falls far below

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the standard of a reasonable, competent driver. You say on your

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website you want lunatic drivers to be locked up for longer. But many

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of those involved in an accident are not lunatic. That is not

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correct, people who drive badly are normally driving carelessly. That

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is different to dangerous driving whereas people are going at high

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speed, going the wrong way down a dual carriageway, and generally

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risking their own life and that of other people. The Association of

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British drivers said it is not the drivers for should take the blame

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for the accidents but the inadequate road safety policies.

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disagreed with that entirely. That association have recently contacted

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me to say that they support this idea provided we're not talking

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about careless driving. It has to be about dangerous driving and that

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is what my Bill seeks to do. They also said to as a former lawyer and

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a politician, do you actually have the expertise and knowledge on road

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safety to make this noise? thinker to have the expertise. I

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represent constituents and have had constituents coming to me, who has

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been victims of dangerous driving. When you speak to the victims,

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people tend to agree that the law is completely inadequate in

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relation to this. If you kill someone by driving dangerously, it

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you potentially get 14 years in prison. If you almost kill them,

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paralyse them for example, you get a matter of months in prison.

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There's a massive disparity in the lock and it needs to be filled, in

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my opinion. I'm pleased that the Prime Minister is now saying that

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the government will look at this. Should the law be changed to make

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sentences tougher for dangerous drivers? Should there even be a

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difference between "dangerous" and "careless" driving? Perhaps you

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feel anyone who is involved in an accident should receive the same

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I look forward to hearing from you. In a moment, the �500 million

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needed to rebuild and upgrade school buildings like this in East

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Yorkshire. A Lincolnshire farmer has told Look

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North he feared for his life when an arsonist firebombed his home.

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An attacker, wielding a hammer and wearing a balaclava, started the

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fire early yesterday morning. The farm, near Market Rasen, breeds

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animals for medical testing. A van was also burnt out during the

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attack. Police have started a nationwide search for the arsonist,

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who they think could be an animal rights protester.

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There has been incidents here before as a result of how the farm

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makes its living, breeding animals used in medical research. We

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believe this attack is motivated because of that. But whatever you

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believe, to put people's lives in danger, it is not acceptable.

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Meanwhile, a woman whose house was set on fire while she slept has

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spoken of how she's "terrified" to return home. Danielle Hewson and

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her boyfriend had to be rescued after a sofa and rubbish was set on

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fire, right outside their front door. It left them trapped in their

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Hull flat. Siobhan Robbins has been to meet

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Danielle, and has this report. This is our front door. This is the

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sole fault,. Melted and charred remains - visual reminders of the

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weekend's fire. Danielle and her partner escaped without any major

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injuries. But the fire has left its mark in other ways. I cannot get

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any sleep, I'm hardly eating. sofa the arsonist set alight is now

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just a heap of springs. The flames blocked the door, leaving them

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helplessly waiting for the fire The damage and the potential danger

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is clear. This electricity box is completely burnt out. But Danielle

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managed to escape unhurt. But others on the estate say that our

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son is a real worry. Laura Coleson has also been awoken by fire.

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can be worrying because I was in bed when that happened. There is no

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need for arson. Anyone who thinks it is a bit of fun or it is

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harmless, is wrong. No-one has been arrested over this fire and it

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still not clear why it was started. If someone has set it alight to get

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at Bass, they can always do it again, so it is scary. So while

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police search for the culprits, Danielle is petrified of returning

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home. Police are investigating a sexual

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assault on a teenager in Grimsby last night. It's alleged the 16-

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year-old was attacked on a path between Laceby Road and the

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Nunsthorpe estate. It happened at around midnight.

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The population of migrant workers in Boston remains high, despite the

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recession, a new report shows. Last year 20 percent fewer overseas

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workers registered for National Insurance in Lincolnshire, compared

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with three years ago. But the number in Boston went up.

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First Hull Train passengers have suffered disruption again today, as

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more services to and from London were cancelled. The company blamed

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engine failure for the problems over the last 48 hours. Business

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leaders in Hull say they hope the issue can be resolved quickly.

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I think if this continued for a long period of time then businesses

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would think again about using it. But I think they're doing

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everything they can to make it a reliable service.

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It's being claimed the amount of money needed to rebuild and improve

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schools in East Yorkshire runs into half a billion pounds. It comes as

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a review is ordered into the state of primary and secondary schools

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across the county. Labour launched "Building Schools for the Future"

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in 2004. It had the aim of rebuilding secondary schools across

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the country. It would have cost �55 billion. But last year that funding

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was cut by the Coalition. Now, council leaders say their schools

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are falling into disrepair. Phil Connell has more.

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1 East Yorkshire school inspectors have declared unfit for purpose.

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Hornsea School had been in line to benefit for -- from the building

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schools from the future fund but it was scrapped last year. Since then

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the school has been left in limbo. It does not look any different from

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when I was there and that was some time ago. During the floods and in

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climate whether it that we have, often at the school has to close

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certain areas. East Yorkshire has 18 secondary-school as and all are

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experiencing similar problems. Nine of those need rebuilding and the

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remainder need varying degrees of refurbishment. It is actually

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ambition, that is something I feel we should hold on to. We need

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decent school environments to support teachers to teach and young

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people to learn. Most years this school spends around �65,000 on

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things like books, paint and sports equipment. But last year at �65,000

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was spent on patching up the leaking roof. According to the head

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teacher it is a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. The councillor

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with responsibility for the young people of the county fields east

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Yorkshire has been treated unfairly and has ordered a review to assess

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the problem and launched a plan of action. Neighbouring of authorities

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she says received more than �400 million prior to the funding being

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scrapped. We are badly treated in the East Riding and we need to say

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that it is not good enough and we want more for pupils in the East

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Riding. The council says it could take 20 years to get the schools up

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to scratch. In the meantime it seems the only option is to mend

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and make do. Still to come tonight: Pressure

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increases on the News of the World. Alan Johnson and John Prescott

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demand action over phone hacking. Fans of people have come to Barton.

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The town has well and surely been taken over. Join me later to find

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out why Barton bike night is so Don't forget to send us in your

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pictures. Good evening, a young man. How are

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you? All the better for reading this

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text. I you are unable to spell out, "I

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can't sleep"? That is laughing at my lack of

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For the next 24 hours, sunny intervals and scattered showers.

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Low pressure is dominating which is not what we want at this time of

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year. There have been some it sharp showers today. One or two are still

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left but there is a window of fine weather. Down to the south-west,

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there is another area of rain which rapidly approaches. Some sunshine

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and isolated showers in the next couple of hours and then late in

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the evening, rain will spread from the south-west. It will clear up

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quickly, followed by one or two An unsettled day. One or two heavy

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showers with the risk of thunder tomorrow. Some dryer or brighter

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spells in between. The breeze is coming from the south. It will not

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One or two of the showers will be heavy and the theme continues

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through to Thursday and Friday. The weekend, some sunshine but showers

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I am sure it will Clear. I am just about to tweet. I can spell

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"hideous tablecloth" by the way. What about insomnia.

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A Hull MP Alan Johnson has criticised the Metropolitan Police

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for being evasive and lethargic in pursuing the original claims into

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phone hacking. He says he is supporting a public inquiry into

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phone hacking at the News of the World even though he acknowledges

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it could be awkward for him. When I was Home Secretary, both I and my

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policing Minister was sure that all the evidence had been looked at and

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those who had been hacked had been informed. What we know now is that

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the evidence was there from the inquiry five and six years ago. The

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evidence into the hacking in these terrible cases. Lord Prescott is

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the former Hull MP and former deputy Prime Minister and himself a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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victim of phone hacking by the News I'm told by influential lawyers

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that there is a part of the legislation that can allow you to

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have an investigation under such circumstances whilst criminal

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investigations are under way. I will look into that. You have urged

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people to boycott News of the World at the weekend. But the owners said

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in a statement they have already made an unreserved apology. That

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was years later. Perhaps the News of the World have also apologised.

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But as each case comes out, they make an apology. But all this

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evidence was there and they did not give it to the police. Are you

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saying people should forecourt the newspaper? And just saying if they

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want to express their view that way, I would agree with them. Do you

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remember the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield when the editor of the

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Sun made some terrible remarks about the Liverpool people for

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which she had to apologise. In that case they boycotted the newspaper

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and there was quite a collapse and even today far less people purchase

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the sun. But if advertisers are prepared to show their disgust I

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think that individuals might want to make their individual protest

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and not by it. I have never believed anything that is in the

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News of the world so I do not buy it myself.

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Lord Prescott talking to me earlier. Contact us to let us know what you

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think about that. Thank you for all responses on the story about the

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putting on an opera because a gay character it uses the word, queer.

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The writers say they are continuing to talk to the school about how to

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resolve the issue. The head said she decided to cancel the

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performance because she thought the word was not appropriate and would

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not want children are using it in the playground. We were clear that

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we were fine about having a gay character in the play but it was

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about the language that he used. At no stage was it ever suggested that

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Lizzie Simmonds say she is not expecting to win a medal at the

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World Championships at the end of the month but admits it would be a

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bonus. She said she is on track for London 2012 after call of the --

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qualifying for the world of late in Shanghai. It is the last major it

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event before the Olympics. I have no expectations. I just want to

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enjoy my slimming. I know I am in good shape -- slimming. I want to

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give it everything and that is all I can ask for.

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Fingers crossed. Around 15,000 visitors have begun

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arriving at the market town of Barton for the annual bike night.

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It is one of the biggest events of its kind in the country and Joe

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Makel is they tonight. What does it mean for the town?

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Well, as you can see, Peter, it creates a huge buzz. There are

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thousands here already. They all come to enjoy the fun that is

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around these bikes. It also creates a big economic spin-off because the

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town reckons it makes over �100,000 for local businesses and that is

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partly why locals embrace this event every year even though it

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completely takes over. Barton, a small market town nestled

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on the Humber bank but once a year But and bike night is in its 15th

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year and attracts thousands to the town. I was up before six this

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morning. I was putting the barriers across. Then we go around the town

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setting up the road closure signs. It has taken weeks and months of

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preparation but local people embrace it. It also brings in over

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�100,000 to the town. It is very busy. It is a marvellous thing.

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Anything for Barton is good. brings as messing -- revenue and

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that is the main thing. Love it! With just as many families as bike

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is coming tonight, there is a lot to delight the crowds. It gets

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people who haven't been involved in trying thinking that it is a good

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sport. We came last year for the first time and we were staggered by

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the numbers. It was full of people interested in buying a bike. They

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are normally a chilled out crew who enjoy a chat and a meet. It brings

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over a good image for bikers. They have had a rough deal. Whether you

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like your bike customised or classic, a scooter what a super,

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there is something in Barton for you tonight. I'm joined by the man

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who has made this possible, Barry, how many people have you got here

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tonight? About time -- 10,000 in the town I think and more on the

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perimeters. Close to 15,000. Doesn't this -- does this make it

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the biggest one ever? I think it is, yes. What makes it a special event?

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A good question. It is popular with all the people. They come to see

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that bikes and the great party atmosphere. It has become a family

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event as well, hasn't it? Yes we have as many bikers as none bikers.

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Are you thinking about next year already? We will have a rest and

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aside from there. Thank you and enjoy the evening. This does on

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until 10 o'clock this evening. From me, it is back to you.

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Let's have a recap of the main national and regional headlines: A

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public inquiry is promised into the News of the of world's phone

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hacking scandal as Rupert Murdoch's says the allegations are deplorable.

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Plans for tougher penalties for The response coming in on the

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subject of dangerous driving. Daniel says that careless driving

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is dangerous. This is from Josh who says they are

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both the same. If you commit an offence on the road, he says,

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people should pay whether it is dangerous or careless.

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Another, I don't think seven years is enough and I am sick of seeing

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people using mobiles when driving. What happened with that law?

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Another, two years seems enough for careless driving.

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Drivers not looking out for cyclists is dangers and careless.

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Another says if you are driving carelessly it makes it dangerous so

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the sentencing should be the same. Tougher sentences should be given

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