26/07/2011 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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As tens of thousands wait for council housing, one authority

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begins building for the first time in 20 years.

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We have a large waiting list of 3,400 people. Many individuals are

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waiting for housing, often up to five or six years.

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The Energy Minister says the Humber could become one of the most

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important areas in the country for renewable energy.

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Going for gold - the horsewoman aiming for the Paralympics despite

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being told she'd never ride again. Seven months and counting - the

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And hopefully we will see some more brightness tomorrow. For your

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There are more than 50,000 families on council house waiting lists in

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This has led to one council leader

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saying his city is in the midst of a housing crisis. Lincoln is to get

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its first social housing in two decades as concerns grow that the

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problem is getting worse. But the government says it is taking

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measures to try and ease families' difficulties. Phillip Norton

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Chris has got a family of seven squeezed into a 10 -- two-bedroom

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house in Lincoln. They have been waiting for a new home for six

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years. We have had head teachers, doctors,

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councillors, the MP - all sorts are working on the case and we are

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getting nowhere. The council says there's a limited

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number of large properties available. But the family is not

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the only ones. There's 3,000 on the waiting list in Lincoln. People

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like Mark, who found himself homeless this year. He and his

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partner have been told it could be up to six years.

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We have been waiting for Macro weeks. We have had no letters, no

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nothing from the council, not even a phone call. This is what I can't

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understand about the slow process of wife. -- or why it takes so long.

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So now the council is building more social housing.

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We have got a housing crisis. It is not an exaggeration to say that. We

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have got a large waiting list of 3,400 people. Many individuals are

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waiting for housing, often up to five or six years. We have an

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increasing amount of homelessness as well.

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The problem is widespread. In Hull, this family lives in a private home

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that they say is falling apart. They have just signed up for a

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council house. We had a major leak. They filled it

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in but then we started to get problems with the electric. Then we

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found out last week that we had another major leak here. We can't

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stand much more, to be honest. We just want to be art.

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A housing charity said today that more needs to be done to help those

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in need. We need to get building more

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affordable social homes for people to live in. 98% of councils have

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failed to meet their housing needs in their areas. We really are

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calling on councils to invest in housing.

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The government says it is working to introduce rules which will help

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councils use stock more efficiently. But there will be no overnight

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solution. Phillip Norton is in Lincoln for us

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this evening. Phil, is it realistic to expect council house waiting

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lists in the area to be cleared quickly?

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I said at the end of the report there will be no overnight solution.

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When you see the figures, it becomes clear why. Lincoln has got

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the highest percentage of households on the waiting list.

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3,000, -- 3,600 are waiting at the moment. Then you look at places

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like Hull. 10,000 households are waiting. In total, 53,000 families

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in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are waiting for some kind of social

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housing, a figure much higher than it was 10 years ago. Don't forget,

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the figures do not include those already living in a council

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property waiting to move to a different property. Councils can

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build new properties, but to eradicate the problem would cost

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millions of pounds, money the councils can't afford. The solution

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could come in part from stronger processes to get people out of

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properties, moving into a smaller property, moving families into the

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larger properties. That is a process that some people will not

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be happy with. Earlier I spoke to Kate Allen,

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who's an expert on social housing. She told me that the government has

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been unable to deal with the increasing numbers of people on

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council house waiting lists. There is an accumulating number of

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people in need of social housing. Those numbers are only getting

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worse. The number of households that are forming each year is

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outpacing the number of homes we are building, and so in addition to

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the accumulated backlog which the government needs to address, they

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are facing a running target. There's a feeling that a council

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house is for life. How much credit should the government get for

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trying to change that situation? The question of moving people from

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their homes is a delicate one. I do think, though, that people in a

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time of housing need me to appreciate the problems it causes

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if we give somebody a house not just for the period they need it

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but also for the period after that for them to live in for the rest of

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their life. Should people be made to rip out of

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a council house once they earn above a certain amount? -- made to

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move out. It is not for me to make that

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decision. That is up to the electorate. I would say it is

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important whenever somebody starts to worry about the lack of

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available housing, that they Dearham -- that they do remember

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the homes being bill today are occupied by people who do not

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necessarily prove on from them after they are finished with them.

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The is the problem going to get worse?

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The government has published figures for the next four years,

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and yes, there's a cut in the number of new homes they are hoping

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to deliver compared to the Privy spending period. So, given that the

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fate of households are still increasing, the problem is going to

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get worse. -- the rate. This affects a lot of people. Do

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you think that more council houses should be built? The do have to

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wait a long time to get yours? Do you think too many double failed to

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look after their council properties and the money should be spent

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elsewhere? Your thoughts, if you like to send him to last, send him

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In a moment, the scheme to make sure Bridlington's fishermen are as

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The Energy Minister has reaffirmed the goverment's belief that the

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Humber could become one of the most important areas in the country for

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renewable energy. Charles Hendry praised the way businesses and

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councils have worked together during a visit to North

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Lincolnshire. Vanessa Clarke Today it looks like barren land but

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the plans to turn this site into a wind turbine factory could bring

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thousands of jobs to the local economy. But it needs government

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approval, and today the Energy Minister gave his verdict after a

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private tour. You can't fail to be impressed by

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the scale of it. This brings together members of Parliament,

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local authorities, industry, and that is what we are looking for. We

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want to see thousands of jobs created in building the turbines

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and other elements for the offshore wind industry. That is the co-

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operation which is important. The company behind the plans, Able

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UK, want to spend more than �100 million developing this site in

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North Killingholme. Planning permission has already been given

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for a logistics site but an assembly plant and a jetty the size

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of 100 football pitches will also need the go-head. Local MPs say

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that's why these visits are so important.

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We have had two senior ministers in the past few weeks. It has put

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Lincolnshire on the map. We need to make sure we can develop the area

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as a cluster for the renewable sector. It could regenerate the

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area and transform the local economy.

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The government wants to see thousands of wind turbines

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operating off our coasts by 2020. Today the Energy Minister said it

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was very important he got the chance today to see the Humber's

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potential for himself. The body of a man found dead in

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Boston on Sunday has been identified as Luke James Gorton.

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The 31-year-old was taken to the Pilgrim Hospital but staff were

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unable to revive him. A post mortem to reveal if he had taken the drug

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M-Cat came back as inconclusive. Three people arrested by police

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have been released on bail. Police have arrested a man in

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connection with an armed robbery at an East Yorkshire supermarket last

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week. Staff at the Co-Op store in Pocklington were threatened by a

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man demanding cash on Thursday. A 41-year-old man from Goole has been

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arrested and released on bail. 25 years after the Lockington train

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crash, the families of those who died claim the disaster has been

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largely forgotten. Nine people were killed when a train collided with a

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van at an unmanned crossing in East Yorkshire. A memorial service was

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held at the weekend. When there are other disasters,

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agencies come in at not 25 years later but 25 hours later. People

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get support. We were just forgotten. Police searching for a missing

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pensioner from Withernsea have revealed that she left the house

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wearing mismatched shoes. 77-year- old Marlene Wagstaff, who suffers

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from Alzheimer's, left her house on Friday. People from the town have

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been helping in the search. Police say they're extremely concerned for

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her safety. Hull's Lord Mayor is demanding the

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return of a bronze statue which was stolen over the weekend. The statue

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called Voyage is nearly two metres tall and weighs around 300

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kilograms. It's believed to have been stolen from its plinth by the

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Humber Estuary late on Sunday night. It's one of a pair celebrating the

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maritime links between the city and I've had a lots of tweets from

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people who are angry about this statue being taken. If you've got

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any information about what happened, please call the police or you can

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contact me and I'll pass the information on for you.

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An MP has compared conditions on one of East Hull's estates to

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living in a war zone. Karl Turner is urging the Government to visit

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the Ings Estate after the money due to regenerate the area was cut last

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year. So far no new investment has been secured and residents claim

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they are living in fear of thieves and arsonists. Siobhan Robbins has

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Crumbling, vandalised and broken - this is the estate Frank Wheller's

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lived on for 27 years. But since the money to regenerate the area

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was pulled last year, He says living here's a nightmare.

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You are in a terrified situation. Are you going to survive the night?

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It has been that serious. The least sound and you are awake looking out

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the windows. They do see youngsters going up and down the street with

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blazing torches. It is not good. These people can't live like this.

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This street is a perfect example. Here we can see empty house after

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empty house. But then, stuck in the middle is one for one. That leaves

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the residents feeling really isolated. The council is starting

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to build new houses, but there's still more than 1,000 to do. It is

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hoping for another �12 million to help the estate but that is nowhere

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near the �90 million it was promised over the next few years

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before the money was poured. When the money stock, part of West

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Hull were also getting a bad state. But the council managed to find

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some money to help President. But the estate is still waiting for

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cash and the gamut is now a challenge to see the back of --

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problem for itself. People are genuinely living in

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Beirut. You can see what it is like round here. Come and have a look

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and then tell us that they don't deserve the help that I say they

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need desperately. Who are these people that can do

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this to an estate then walk away, shrug their shoulders and leave it?

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The government says people have not been forgotten and the council will

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find out in the autumn if they secured the cash they need. All

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people living here can do now is It is 17 minutes to seven. Still

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ahead: The horse rider aiming for the Paralympics, despite being told

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that she would never ride again. And the beard that is raising

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thousands for charity, despite its critics! It looks like he is a

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Tonight's photograph his Humber Bridge. Taken by Carolyn Hammond.

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Find him very much indeed. Another picture around about the same time

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tomorrow. Ever thought of growing a beard? It would be real! That would

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be the difference! Very good, very be the difference! Very good, very

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good. The headline for the next 24 hours is slowly improving. We have

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a lot of cloud around at the moment. It is giving drizzle across the

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Yorkshire coast. There are some brakes coming from the north. Here

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is Wednesday's chart. The high- pressure will try and come in on

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Thursday. It probably won't succeed. As it does come in, we will see

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some cloud breaks. Thursday could be the best day of the week. As you

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look closely, there are some breaks in the cloud, and they should come

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across us later it tomorrow. In the short term, we are looking at a lot

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of cloud across East Yorkshire. A little bit of drizzle especially

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towards the coast of Yorkshire. Those temperatures will be down to

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11 or 12 degrees. 12 in Gainsborough. The sun will rise at

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There will be a bit of drizzle in the air especially on the East

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Yorkshire coast. Breaks will come in from the north. A bit more in

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the brave -- bit more in the way of brightness. The breeze will be an

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unsure one across the coast. The best temperature in land will be 19

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or 20. Thursday looks a nice day. Variable cloud, but quite warm. As

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we head into the weekend, it is looking fairly pleasant. That is

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the forecast. My favourite female of the day. Whilst on holiday, we

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found Paul's book in a charity been with a sign saying it was 10 p!

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That is outrageous! Daylight robbery, I think. See you tomorrow.

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If you or I want to make a Dr's appointment, it is straightforward.

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Imagine trying to get advice if you work up to 14 hours a day miles out

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to sea. Workers at Bridlington harbour have been given their own

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health worker for advice on the dockside. If she is successful,

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bend balls around Britain could take the same approach. It might

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seem like a strange place for a health check, but for some

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fishermen, it is the only option. It is not too tight? Twice a week,

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Paul wreak -- Paula Rooke visits Bridlington harbour to give advice

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Bridlington harbour to give advice on diet. It is physically really

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hard work. You get back at eight or nine at night. That is why the

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service is so keep. It is essential for me to be where they are, so

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they can take a couple of minutes to talk to me. I condemn. Them. If

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there blood pressure is really high, they can go to their GP where they

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would not normally go. For softer employed fishermen, going to do it

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also means losing income. The fact that dock workers and fishermen can

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work 14 hours a day means it can be difficult for them to see a doctor,

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but their reluctance to ask for help also creates a problem.

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fishermen always say they are all right. You have to be really bad if

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you go, if you see what I mean. It should take-off. The Seamen's

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Hospital Society is funding the scheme for a year. Over that time,

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its supporters hope it will make a real difference. We hope it will

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make fishermen more are aware of their health situation, and

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hopefully, we will save a couple of lives by advising them of a problem,

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and getting it sorted. Soon, Paula Rooke hopes that she will give more

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advice. If the scheme is successful, it could be offered imports across

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After last night's programme, thank you for your e-mails about East

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Midlands Ambulance Service. Only 86 % of ambulances arrive within 19

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minutes, compared with a national target of 05 %. To have a target of

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95 % and only reaching 86 % is really worrying. The committee need

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to get to the bottom of this, so that somehow we improved the

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service. A big response. Dave emailed to say: "It takes longer to

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emailed to say: "It takes longer to get from A to B when you can wait

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up to 5 minutes for the level crossings to open. Leave the

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ambulances alone and concentrate on Thank you for all of those. A horse

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rider from East Yorkshire, who was told that she would never take part

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in the sport again after an accident, is hoping to be selected

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for next year's Paralympic Games. Heather Bennett from Eastrington

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near Howden broke her back eight years ago. Now she is hoping for a

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gold medal in London. Heather Bennett has known -- has what is

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known as Yorkshire grit. It is a miracle she is still riding. In

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2003, she broke her back falling off a horse. It limited her use of

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both legs and both arms. She is now competing in the event of para-

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equestrian dressage. People said I was crazy to ride again. I kept the

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course why had the accident on. I have to try and do it. She now has

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her sights firmly set on the Paralympic Games in London. With

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one year to go, the British team selectors have been watching

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closely. It is the extra dimension where you are having to control an

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animal. When you look at the amount of different disabilities, it is

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incredible that they are able to perform at such a high level.

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heather admits that it hasn't been a difficult journey so far. A lot

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of pain and repetitive training. I have a competitive person. That is

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what drives me to keep doing it and trying to be better and better each

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time. Here they cannot do it alone. It is a horse who has to carry her

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to glory, so does he know what he is getting into? He is very chilled

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out today! He has had an early morning start, so he will be going

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back to bed this morning -- this afternoon. While the horses relaxed,

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heaven knows that there is a lot of work to do if she is to fulfil her

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Olympic dreams and win gold for Britain. Good luck to her. The

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Lincolnshire swim that Lizzie Simmons has missed out on a gold

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medal in China. She finished 7th in Shanghai earlier today. She swims

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in her preferred event later. The Lincolnshire athlete Bernice Wilson

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says she will fight to clear her name after being suspended from

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competition after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Issue fails

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in her appeal, she could face a two-year ban from the sport. Hull

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FC and Hull Kingston Rovers have been boarded Super League licences

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for the next three years. They have both invested in youth development.

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Wakefield will also remain in the competition after Crusaders

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withdrew their application. Firefighters and airline pilots

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cannot have them. There has not been a prime minister with one for

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over 100 years. There are even people who are frightened of them.

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The beard has got a very good reputation but two men from Grimsby

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It is not easy looking this good! I have to get up 10 minutes earlier

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than I usually do. It started with a bat in the pub. Seven months on,

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David's bit is getting rather long. It is about five inches long. My

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daughter's hate it. They are embarrassed. They can live with

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that for a bit! It's horrible! When he gets food in it, he looks like a

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tramp. But I am proud of him, because he is doing it for a good

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cause. David is raising money for Help For Heroes, along with his

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friend Richard. But he is have -- but Richard has had to scale back

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his bid after an accident with a blowtorch. I have decided to grow

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the goatee. I can tie it up and it is not getting in the way, because

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it is a bit dangerous when I am underneath a sink soldering with a

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blowtorch. Some people would say it is worth persevering. Brian Blessed,

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Dr Rowan Williams and Bill Oddie all are well known for their beards.

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Does it go down well with the ladies? I like the short type, but

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not the father Christmas type. depends. If it is straggly, it is

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not attractive. David's pictures have started to get creative. I

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have downloaded a new one each week. People can see how it is going.

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People will hopefully supported and donate. So far, they have raised

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�3,000. Are there any more plus points? The food sticks to it, and

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you can have some more of do you have finished! There are some

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benefits for for facial hair. They will shed a dot on Tuesday. --

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shave it off. Let's have a recap of the national headlines. The UK

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economy slows down. Officials blamed the Japanese tsunami and the

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royal wedding. Lincoln City royal wedding. Lincoln City

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Council's leader admits they are in the middle of a crisis. Top

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temperatures around 19 Celsius Eight response coming in on social

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housing. One person says that we have too many council estate

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buildings. How many do we need? Mark says that his mum, who is so

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severely disabled, have never been offered a property. Those who live

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in properties now should consider themselves lucky. Another says that

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some parts of Britain struggle to recruit public sector workers.

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