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Good evening. The headlines tonight: the blast at in a legal

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distillery that cost five men their lives. Tonight, the search for

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answers continues. Five fatalities in one incident, that is more

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significant. I am live in Boston as investigations continue into what

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caused the tragedy. It is believed that the men were making illicit

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what car. We look at the wider problem of counterfeit alcohol. --

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illicit alcohol. We have been advised by the police and council

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to be aware of it and we are aware of it. Also on tonight's programme,

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there could be more work properties built on flood-risk areas. And hats

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off to the man who bot Hull City. We could have a warm day tomorrow

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and then it will turn unsettled. -- who purchased Hull City.

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Good evening. And the legal distillery is at the centre of an

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investigation in Boston tonight into an explosion which killed five

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men and seriously injured another man. It happened a on the

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Broadfield Industrial Estate in the town shortly before 7:30pm. Police

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found equipment for making alcohol inside the building. The men who

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died have still not been identified. We can go live now to Boston and

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our reporter. What has been happening there today? Members of

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the emergency services, police and fire, have been making their way

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through the cordon here along the road to the scene that you see

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behind me. That is a major investigation on the goal. It

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culminated in sombre scenes earlier wrong when a number of dark

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vehicles made their way along here. Inside were the bodies of those who

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died. And the legal distillery in the centre Rob Austin. The

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production of black-market alcohol has let five men dead and another

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fighting for his life. -- in the centre of Boston. It is now more

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than 24 hours since emergency services were called to an

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explosion here. Fire fighters met a rapid and intense fire. When we

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arrived one casualty had come out of the building. The second group

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quell the fire, which was very hot. it had set fire to a car outside.

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It is believed the blast killed the five men instantly. Some people who

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lived near by came and told me that they believed that there was

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illegal alcohol. One came out with his arm on fire. I was told one was

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smoking a cigarette and threw it behind him. The equipment they use

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for the brewing of the alcohol exploded and five of them were

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killed. Among those who attended the scene, the rector of Boston.

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are very sad about this. Today, police confirmed the unit had been

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used as a distillery. Her we have found chemicals on the premises

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which indicate the manufacture or production of alcohol. The bodies

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have been removed and the other man transferred to a specialist burns

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unit in Boston. Police say he has been undergoing surgery for up much

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of the day. The police will now try to identify those who were killed.

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Officers are also working with trading standards and HM Revenue

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and Customs. At the moment the police have no idea who these men

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are. There were unconfirmed reports that they were foreign nationals.

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An appeal has been sent out to anyone, perhaps residents,

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relatives, friends, who had someone who did go out and not come back to

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get in touch with the police. Keith Owen from Lincolnshire police joins

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me light. What progress are you making? -- he joins me now. We have

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had people working all day bike across -- all across the county

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looking at what happened. These tragic events have really shocked

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us, we appreciate that, so we are looking to progress this as quickly

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as we can. What we are very keen to do as a priority is identified to

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these men were who tragically lost their lives last night. -- identify

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the names of these men. How is the victim in a hospital? The last I

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heard was he was undergoing surgery, and that will run on into the

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evening. We have not had an update. You obviously want to speak to him.

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How soon will that be? As soon as he is ready. We have officers there

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who are monitoring the situation. Hopefully he will shed some light

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on the situation. The appeal we have for the wider community is if

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you have any knowledge of what happened last night, please get in

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touch with Boston police station. You find at the a reminder of

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evidence of illegal brewing at the site. -- you find a lot of evidence.

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Yes, we find a lot of equipment. -- we discovered a lot of equipment.

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There is still work going on at the scene so I cannot go into detail.

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The fire service have been working all day to establish what has

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happened. Thank you very much. The problem of illegal alcohol in

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Boston has been the subject of a major investigation by the police

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and trading standards. Many shops were found selling counterfeit

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alcohol containing cleaning fluid. For some time, customs officers and

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police have been it confiscating illegal alcohol from off-licences

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around the time. Today, these two shops had their licences revoked

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for selling counterfeit vodka. Pub landlords have been warned not to

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buy and sell it. Some of the fake bobcat contains potentially lethal

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chemicals. -- vodka. We have been warned by the police to be aware of

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it and we are aware of it. Anyone who finds dodgy alcohol must

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reported. -- report it to us. Lincolnshire Police strongly

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suggest that illegal alcohol was being produced. This man, who work

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near by, describes the victims as young Eastern Europeans.

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surprises me because there was no signs of any illegal goings-on. It

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was just a warehouse that was used for storage. For some time there

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has been concern about the illegal manufacturing of alcohol in

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Lincolnshire. The potato fields provide plenty raw-material, and

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there is a large market as there is a large eastern European Community.

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It is alcohol but it is cleansing fluid and is not fit for human

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consumption. Illegally producing alcohol has long been linked to the

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black market economy and organised crime, and now to the tragic loss

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of the likes of five men. -- lives. Where does this leave the

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investigation into the vodka? Clearly there is a possibility that

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the board can we saw seized earlier in the year was manufactured.

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Questions have to be asked about whether there are other

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distilleries. Clearly the evidence of the 6th man who was injured is

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very important, we do not know whether he will be able to give

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evidence. What began as a counterfeit inquiry has overnight

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gain a much bigger sense of importance. As we have heard,

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Austin is at the centre of a major investigation. -- Boston. Much of

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that is centred on the migrant workers in the town. The identities

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are not known but there is a great deal of sadness. Tributes paid in

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the tone for the five who died and prayers for the one who survived. -

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- paid in the village. For some, at they claimed it was an accident

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waiting to happen. It was monitored months ago, this happened today

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because of what people have been saying. It is speculation, but in

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the 10 people do not believe it was an accident, -- believe it was an

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incident that Boston could have done without. People are talking

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about immigration issues, it does raise problems, but we are a

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multicultural society, so we must live with it. It is very tragic, it

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is a loss of life. Whether they are foreign nationals are not, it is

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tragic. They can learn from this tragedy, but in many parts of the

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town, there is horror at a loss of life. It is a cause of concern

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across society, and it is an issue that we face here. There may be

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questions for the future of Boston and how it reacts, but today is all

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about the lives of five men and how they were killed.

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Earlier I spoke to the MP for Boston, I questioned him about how

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he feels about what happened. initial reaction is one of shock at

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the terrible tragedy where five people lost their lives. We need to

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initially allow the police to get on unhindered and do a thorough

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investigation to establish the facts. Many people have been

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talking about this illegal brewing which may have caused the explosion.

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Early in the year you know that counterfeit alcohol was on sale.

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Have you been a weird when talking to your constituents about this? --

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have you been made aware. Certainly the problem seems to be alcohol

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going wrong, although the full investigation must be completed.

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Some months ago there were a series of raids, by Lincolnshire police,

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Customs and Excise, and trading standards, and they confiscated

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significant sums of alcohol. The sale of illegal alcohol was quite

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well known about in the Boston area. Until the tragedy last night, there

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was no evidence of production of illegal alcohol in Boston. It looks

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like that has changed. Is there anything you can do to tackle this

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issue? The first thing we need to do is allow the police to do their

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investigation thoroughly. Once the facts are established about what

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happened here and who the poor people were who died, their

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respective agencies need to sit down, learned the lessons, and make

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sure we eradicate the sale illegal alcohol, the production of illegal

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alcohol, and make sure that similar We would like to hear from you. Did

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to see what happened? Have maybe you heard about the illegal alcohol

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being made all sold. Maybe you bought some without realising it.

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Hero on BBC One, thank you for watching. The Hull City owner is

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honoured for his contribution to the city and its university. And

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the teenagers competing in the Tonight's photo was taken by Robert.

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He took office of Skidby Windmill. Another one tomorrow night. Let's

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get the forecast. It has been a lovely day. Everyone

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is asking me about the rest of the summer holidays. Everyone can see

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summer holidays. Everyone can see it from my blog. I am afraid it is

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looking very unsettled. The message is enjoy this evening and tomorrow

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if you can. The weekend is looking quite poor at times with heavy rain

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for a time on Saturday. And so tomorrow, bright and warm with

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temperatures up to 24 degrees. This week Front could bring patchy rain

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late on tomorrow. Then we look set to bring in a number of Atlantic

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weather systems over the coming 10- 14 days. Things will go downhill

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for the second half of July. We have ended on a lovely note. Lots

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of sunshine across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This evening

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should be fine with the chance of the isolated shower in the West.

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Overnight will be dry with clear spells. Lowest temperatures down to

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ten Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at 4:50am. It looks

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like much of the morning will be bright and mostly dry. The chance

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of a shower. Through the afternoon, most places stay dry it was just

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the a chance of a shower late in the day. The cloud will thicken.

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Respectable temperatures and a moderate south-west wind. Notably

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warmer on the coast. Highs of 23 degrees. As for the weekend, heavy

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rain to come through Saturday. That will clear later two showers and

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quite showery with blustery windss on Sunday. More houses are being

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on Sunday. More houses are being built in flood prone areas in East

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Yorkshire despite a rise in risk of flooding according to a new report.

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Development in at risk areas in Hull and East rising has increased

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over the past decade which could cause a repeat of the 2007 floods.

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Who could forget the floods of 2007? At the time, we were told it

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was a freak event but there were warnings it could happen again.

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What is an abnormal event may become more frequent in the decades

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to come. And those warnings are mentioned in this report out today

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by the Committee on climate change. And so also is this from our local

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authorities. For not taking the warning seriously enough and for

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continuing to build on areas that are at high risk to flooding.

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are under pressure to build new homes, they have to put them

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somewhere. What we're saying is that local authorities should be

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quite transparent about how they are balancing different risks. We

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need to be more aware and clear how we are factoring in these long-term

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changes in our climate. The council says preventing flood risk is that

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the top of the list of their priorities when it comes to

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planning. We are going through a process which looks set all the

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various sites that landowners and the council have put forward as

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sites for the future. One of the fundamental first steps in that

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assessment of their sides is what are the flood risks? If they cannot

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be mitigated four, cross it off. The problem is increasing demand

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for new homes. It is estimated that by 2026, the population in Hull

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will rise by 10,000 meaning that 15,000 new homes will be needed. In

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the East Riding, the population is set to rise by 47,000. Creating the

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need for 20,000 new homes. But with large amounts of Hull and East

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Yorkshire line in flood risk areas, it means greater effort is needed

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to make sure that any new homes can withstand flooding in the future,

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something the council say they are confident of achieving.

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The government has announced that the coastguard station at Great

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Yarmouth in Norfolk will close. However, the Transport Secretary

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has said the base in Bridlington will continue to operate 24 hours a

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day. Plans to open it during daytime hours only have been

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scrapped, but there will still be some job losses.

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The Olympic gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards has been meeting

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young people in Lincolnshire today. The world triple jump champion was

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encouraging students to take part in an Olympic style schools

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competition. It is hoped it will help children tackle obesity by

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getting more active. The Science and television

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presenter Maggie Philbin has brought her Science Roadshow to

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Hull. 300 school children from both sides of Humber had been given

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access to the latest cutting-edge technology. The former Tomorrow's

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World presenter hopes it will encourage them to take up careers

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in science and technology. This is the most important thing I have

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ever done because we are bringing technology, putting it in front of

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teenagers, we are showing them the engineers and scientists behind it

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and rear explaining the struggle as they have had to make that

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technology. Then a say in the want to be a part of this? Then queue to

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everyone who got in touch about a story about police officers to join

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colleagues from across the country to protest against the latest cuts

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to their police budget. Just a few, Sue from Grimsby texted to say, to

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Thank you for all of those. He escaped tyranny and he he became

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one of Britain's top businessmen and today Hull City owner Assem

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Allam was recognised at Hull University. Mr Allam he used to

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study in the city was given an honorary doctorate.

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He is best known to thousands as Burford board chairman after taking

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control of Hull City earlier this year. But Assem Allam has been

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supporting good causes in Hull for far longer. Egyptian by birth, a

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whole is though much his home. did not catch the wrong train. I

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came here because Mike sister was married to a doctor who worked here

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and I came to stay just for a few weeks initially and then I went to

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Hull University, manage to do a postgraduate and have stayed.

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Allam has made an enormous contribution to business and the

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community here. He is an excellent example of how you can overcome

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adversity and be successful in life. But his journey to Hull was far

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from easy thanks to this man. He became President of Egypt in the

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1950s and for the next 15 years was a central figure in Middle Eastern

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affairs. Better homey had enemies and opponents and one of these was

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a young Assem Allam. I was doing my masters and I used to take

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advantage of the lecturers making speeches against the dictator. I

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was arrested and I had no option but to leave. I was under pressure

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from the family to leave the country. Assem Allam gave an

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impassioned speech to the new graduates, urging them to put

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something back in the community when they can just as this

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remarkable man has. Yorkshire have won their latest

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county championship match at Scarborough. They bowled out

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Worcestershire for 332 in their second innings and started today

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needing 34 runs to win and they quickly got those to win by six

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wickets. A group of teenagers from northern

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Lincolnshire are making waves in the world of windsurfing. Emma, Max

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and Lewis who trained near Barton are jetting off to San Francisco

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this weekend to take part in the At just 14, and that is being

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touted as the finest young female windsurfers in the country. She

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already has this evolve medal to her name but it has taken a lot of

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hard work. I usually trained two or three times a week. It is hard

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because it is after school and my mum and dad are at work. On the

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weekend I get four or five hours. I like winning and that is what her

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do it for. And it is Emma's passion that could see how making waves in

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future Olympics. Emma has huge potential. She is an absolute star

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and she shows a determination to go a long way in the sport. It would

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not surprise me if we saw her going to the Olympics and the future.

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also gets to practise with some of the top boys in the UK. I have

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prepared loads, like today, I came here at 4:30am. But after all the

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training, there are some perks. am looking forward to this one. It

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is meant to be really good out there but sailing under the Golden

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Gate should be good. The fact I get to all these places, I am looking

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forward to it. I am getting nervous but used to international

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competitions now. With three windsurfers heading to America, it

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seems the team are certainly on a crest of a wave.

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Good luck to them. Let have a recap of the main news headlines. The

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murders are summoned to Parliament. They face a grilling from MPs next

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Tuesday. The bodies of five men killed and

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an explosion at an illegal distilleries in Boston are taken

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away. Police do not know their identities.

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Fridays forecast, a bright day. Top temperatures around 23 Celsius.

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Philip Norton has been in Boston since last night. How soon are the

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police hoping to find out who these men were? The police really are now

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relying on members of the public to get in touch. They are hoping

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people have cinder broadcasts and the coverage throughout today and

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hopefully that will bring them to get in touch with the police. The

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initial shock is only just sinking in. There is a real sombre

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atmosphere here in Boston. It has to be said, this is the single

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worst loss of life in any separate fire in Lincolnshire. Even the

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fire-fighters will be offered counselling. A sad day for Boston.

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You have been writing in on twitter. First of all, how can they say

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there was no intelligence? Everyman knows where it is being sold. This

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is from Sophie, there must be a link between illegal selling and

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