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Good evening. Thank you for joining us. Welcome to Thursday's programme.

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Our headlines: bumper pensions for cop Humberside fire officers, as

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the rest of the service faces cuts. We'll have to get the priorities

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right. We pay our taxes for the service, not to line the pockets of

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senior officers. Relatives of lost fishermen offer a reward to find

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the statue made to honour them. disrespects the dead of the men who

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lost their lives trying to put fish on this nation's table. The men

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jailed for plotting to smuggle heroin hidden away in baby powder

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bottles. The new road markings driving motorists mad in east

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Yorkshire. 25 degrees this afternoon. Much cooler tomorrow.

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Good evening. One of the region's most senior fire officers is at the

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centre of a row over pension payouts. Humberside Fire Service

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has confirmed that Mark Rhodes is to retire, just weeks after a

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temporary promotion, which has dramatically increased his pension

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payout. Mr Rhodes is reported to be one of four officers in the force,

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who have been temporarily promoted for two months on greatly increased

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salaries. The union has called for an end to what it calls an

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indefensible practice. The controversial payouts come as the

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Fire Service is trying to save �7 million from the budget and has

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already cut 70 posts. Senior officer, Mark Rhodes was earning

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�60,000 a year, but eight weeks earlier he was given a temporary

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promotion on a salary of �108,000. At the end of it he announced his

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retirement, but under rules that will boost his payout by �29,000.

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Humberside Fire Service, with approval from the fire authority,

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has so far given the temporary promotions to four senior officers.

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Their combined pension packages are costing more than �1 million.

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one hand, senior fire officers say the budget needs to be produced and

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there's fear that fire engines might not arrive on time and then

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they are able to waste money like this. We pay our taxes to the Fire

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Service for that service, not to line the pockets of senior officers.

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No-one from the Fire Service or the fire authority would agree to an

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interview, but in a statement Now, this local controversy comes

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as public sector workers across the UK are being asked to accept big

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changes to their pension extremes schemes. -- pension schemes. We

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went to near the headquarters to ask people what they thought.

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should have been in the position of his promotion a lot longer. I don't

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think it's right, but it's not the most ridiculous things these days.

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Nothing surprises me now. implication is for other people

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that are drawing a meagre pension, I think there's a knock-on effect

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from it. Emma Boon is from the Taxpayers' Alliance and earlier she

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told me why she thinks it's unfair. It's an absolutely huge pension pot

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increase and I think that local taxpayers will rightly feel like

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he's managed to cheat the system. It's really unfair that he had the

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temporary promotion and by doing that job for a couple of months has

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managed to substantially increase the amount of money that taxpayers

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will pay into the pension. Especially at a time when the Fire

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Service is facing really tight budgets and pressure on budgets.

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All this comes out of taxpayers' pockets. They are very well

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respected. Do you think that taxpayers will have a problem with

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this, getting more before they retire? It's not just a bit more.

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It's quite a substantial increase that he's had to the pofplt no-one

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is saying that firemen -- pot. No- one is saying that firemen don't do

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a good job. They work hard and keep us safe and we respect tra that and

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we want to see them get a good pension, but there's a difference

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here between what is reasonable and what is a good pension. Also, what

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is so far removed from the reality of what most taxpayers to expect to

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get in their own pensions. It's pax payers who are paying and lots --

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taxpayers who are paying for this and lots of taxpayers won't have

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anything as generous, but they'll be expected to pay for his.

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Ordinary firefighters are unhappy for plans for them to increase

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contributions. Will this story get them sympathy or damage the cause?

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I think this is going to rub ordinary firefighters up the wrong

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way, just as much as it does the taxpayers and it won't do anything

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for the feeling around pensions at the moment, which is that there's a

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lot of anger. I think it's coming from both sides. What you have to

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remember is the changes that are proposed to public sector pensions

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as a whole are moderate changes and reasonable proposals that will make

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pensions more affordable going forward. Examples like this one,

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just anger taxpayers and they'll anger ordinary firefighters too,

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who are already cross about changes, because it feels like some people

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at the top are getting a really good deal and everyone else,

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taxpayers, who can't afford a great pension, are paying for it. Thank

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you. That's the story. We would like to

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know your thoughts. Are you surprised that the temporary

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promotions and the larger pensions are there? How should public sector

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pensions be funded? You can get in In one moment, the Tory councillor

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facing criticism for having this road outside his home resurfaced

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for free. It's been described as a crime that disrespects the dead.

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The theft of this statue commemorating lost fishermen, but

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now the families of two men who died at sea are offering a reward

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for the safe return. They say they've been left so devastated by

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its theft they are now offering �1500 in the hope that the thieves

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will return it. We'll just hope that we can get this back. Standing

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as a memorial to Hull's lost seamen it's no wonder those who lost

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family at see want the statue back. I'm amazed how they got to down.

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was ripped down on the pier on Sunday night. Now, Mike Waudby,

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Jill Long and Mike Swain are offering a reward for the statue's

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return. We understand the scrap value was between �18 -- around

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�1800. We want the statue back that was given to us by Iceland for the

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seafairers and I find it rather upsetting. This was the statue

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before it was stolen. It was a memorial for those who died at sea.

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Men like Tony Harrison, killed in trawler fire. His wife was left to

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bring up two young children. For her, the statue was a place to

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remember. We have got nothing else. To the memory of the fishing

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industry or the lost ones and all the MEP that never got lost, but

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worked in the fishing industry. And their children. This is our

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heritage. They've taken it away from us. Voyage was a gift from

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Iceland. The sister sculpture still stands on their shores. The theft

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of the statue in Hull has even made the news there. It has left the

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sculpture shocked. TRANSLATION: They had seen on CCTV that five men

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had taken it and carried it away. I don't understand how they would

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carry it as it weighs 350 kilos and stands four metres high.

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Icelanders often came to the rescue of Hull seamen, men like Morris

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Swaine who died in the triple trawler tragedy. His bother thinks

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the thieves had no idea how symbolic the statue was.

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disrespects the dead of the fishermen who lost their lives

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trying to put fish on this nation's table and for someone to think that

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it's just got a scrap value and to rip it down from this pier, where

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so many trawlers sailed out of Hull, in the past, it's disgusting really.

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All three are hoping that their reward will bring it back and give

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them a place to once again remember their loved ones. There has been a

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lot of interest talking to people this week on this story. If you

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have any information about this then you can get in touch with

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Crimestoppers. There is the number: You can get in touch with me, if

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More news now and veterans who say they were made ill as a result of

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nuclear weapons tests in the 1950's have won the latest stage in their

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battle for compensation. Three men from east Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire are among those given the right by the Supreme Court to

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continue to seek damages from the MoD. The former servicemen claim

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that exposure to radiation has affected their health. Something

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that the MoD denies. Our clients are currently dying at a rate of

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about three-and-a-half on month, on average, which means by the time

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the court hears the case perhaps another 30 or 40 people at least

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will have died from among the claimant group. I would call today

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upon the Government to stop using technicalities to avoid their

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liabilities, to soldiers who gave their lives to this country and

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bring about a settlement for this matter at the very earliest time.

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52year-old man has been jailed for 13 years for a string of sexual

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assaults on children in west Norfolk. Gary Auker had denied 17

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assaults and one charge of attempted rape at Norwich Crown

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Court. They took place over a 15- year period from 1975. A new group

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has been set up to attract more visitors and businesses to Lincoln.

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It's been created after the closure of Visit Lincolnshire earlier this

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year. Two men have been jailed for a combined total of 20 years after

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taking part in a plan to smuggle heroin disguised as baby powder in

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the -- into the country. They admitted trying to smuggle in 28

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packages. Police believe they were part of a much bigger operation.

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How exactly about this drug get into the country? In sentencing the

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pair, the judge said that the plan was simple, but highly effectively.

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-- effective. They used the packages from Pakistan. They were

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intercepted and the powder was swapped for heroin. They were

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marked as return to sender and the return address was marked as Hull.

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Using this method meant that parcels weren't treated as imports

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so they avoided close inspection. How unusual is the case? The UK

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Border Agency said today that this return to sender method was the

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first time they had seen it with such significant quantities and

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they've now nipped it in the bud and they say that they hope today's

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sentencing would send out a clear message to anyone else involved.

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think the sentencing sent a clear message about the seriousness about

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people smuggling heroin into this country and the 20-year combined

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sentence demonstrates certainly what we feel and what the court

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feels about it. The court heard how the two men were not the

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masterminds behind the plot, but looked after the Hull end of the

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operation, so investigations into this scam will continue. It's

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feared that a centre set up to help young people with autism, to lead

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more independent lives could be under threat. Most of the

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accommodation at the site is still empty. Those behind it claim it's

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not -- it's because not enough people are being told about it.

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Learning to look after yourself can be daunting for any teenager, but

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even more so for young people with disabilities like 19-year-old

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Andrew, who has autism. Since he's been coming to the supported living

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centre he's made real progress. the year he's been here for us to

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be looking and saying this is attainable, him living as

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independently as possible, compared to where we were when we started I

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would say it would be a dream that would never happen. The improvement

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that we have had in the last year, I would say that is definitely

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attendable. The complex is the brainchild of Pam Nicholson, whose

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own son has autism. She fears a lack of referrals could put the

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centre's future in jeopardy. It's frustrating that the facility is

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here and it's registered with the Care Quality Commission and the

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staff are trained and it needs to be used. The loss of the service

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would be a blow for young people like Jamie, who were given one-to-

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one support. We are growing lots of different fruit and vegetables and

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that sort of thing. We are actually growing our own strawberries on the

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side nets. The local authority has refused to go into detail about why

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so few referrals are being made to Cascade. Senior managers here at

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East Riding council insist that adult social care staff will

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signpost individuals to the most appropriate service for their needs.

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They say that these needs will always take priority over the

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business requirements of any provider. Thank you for watching.

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Still ahead - the woolly racetrack made in Lincolnshire for the 2012

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Games in London. The white lines that are causing confusion for

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drivers in east Yorkshire. If you have a picture you're proud of,

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send it in and we'll show it on the programme. Tonight is different.

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This is kt fort Henry Lake, a few miles from Stamford. It was taken

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miles from Stamford. It was taken by Malcolm Snell. Your crystal ball

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was working after last night? I'll give it another rub, Peter, see if

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we can get more nice weather. Don't think I'm getting drawn into that.

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You're on your own, mate! It's been a fabulous day today. Tomorrow,

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perhaps six or seven degrees cooler, with a lot more cloud around. It

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looks like it will pull in a light to moderate north-eastern which

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will pull cloud in from the North Sea, but the weekend is looking

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fine and pleasantly warm. In the short term, it's very nice out

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there. We have clouds pushing down from the north. Could be thick

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enough to produce the odd shower, but still some sunny spells in

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places, but the trend will be overnight for the cloud to increase.

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Could produce a little drizzle in places and we'll see temperatures

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down to 12C. The sun will rise in the morning at 5.11. Setting at

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9.04ment -- 9.04. It may be grey and cloudy tomorrow morning, but

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dry up through the morning and I'm thinking into the afternoon the

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skies will brighten and there should be some sunny spells. Always

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so variable. The breeze will be light to moderate, so chilly along

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the coast. 16 in Bridlington and perhaps only 15 in Skegness, but

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inland we'll see 19. The weekend I know I need danger money working

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with you! I wasn't grey until I started working with you. It's only

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over the last 15 years. What happened to the Grecian2,000?

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councillor has insisted he's done nothing wrong after criticism that

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he got his driveway resurfaced for free. Charles Bayrah sits on the

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East Riding planning committee. Earlier he asked contractors

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preparing a road outside his home to lay the leftover material on his

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drive. It comes two weeks after contractors ripped up tarmac that

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they had laid outside the home of the Beverley MP, Graham Stuart.

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Newly resurfaced but hasn't cost the owner a penny. The owner is

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East Riding councillor, Charles Bayram. I asked them what happened

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to the surface. They said if they can find anywhere suitable then

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they late it out. I said use my drive, if you wish. He says this

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tarmac was going to waste. It could not have been used for anything

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else and if anything, he's done the company a favour, by allowing them

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to put it here. He is adamant he has done nothing wrong. I don't

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agree with it. Why should he have it? We could have had our drives

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done. I think if it's on offer good luck to him. It comes just a few

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weeks after leftover tarmac laid outside Graham Stuart's home had to

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be ripped up. Everybody out there is getting their drive done and

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it's rather a coincidence that two Tory politicians have had it done

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at the same time. In my eyes it's just arrogance. Today, the

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councillor seems surprised there had been such a response to his

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free resurfacing. What would you say to the people in your village

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who say well, I can't get my drive tarmaced for free, why should he?

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They have the same opportunity as I have. They can have their track or

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drive or whatever done with any surplus material that a contractor

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has finished with. It's no different whatsoever. Would you do

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it again? Yes. You won't be removing the tarmac that's been

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laid? No, I shall not be removing it, no. It will stay there. East

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Riding council says the matter has been referred to the standards

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committee. Caroline is at the council's headquarters tonight.

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Caroline, has he done anything wrong? We have spoken to a number

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of tarmac companies this evening, who say that they often run a

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surplus at the end of the working day so they don't run the risk of

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running out and they tell us this is common practice, that that

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surplus will often be offered as a favour, as they put it, to local

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farmers, so they don't have to get rid of this stuff. The council tell

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us this evening that this could not have been used to Philpott holes.

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That involves planning and it involves road works and also

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involves certain types of tarmac. I could bore you with the science of

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it all, but I won't. Basically, they are saying that it couldn't

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have been used elsewhere. Whether or not he's done wrong as a

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councillor, that's for the standards committee to decide.

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Thank you. Thank you for all the messages on our story last night,

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about east Yorkshire's only natural birthing unit being closed. The

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Royal College of Midwives says shutting the centre is cuts to

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front-line services. The man in charge says he doesn't expect it to

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re-open for at least six months. Jenny Handly is one of those who

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got in touch and he was -- she was due to give birth in eight weeks'

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Sue from Hull says: This from Nicky says: Thank you very much for all

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of those. In Lincolnshire, Bernice Wilson has hit back at the

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authorities who have charged her with taking drugs. She could now

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face a two-year ban. She has criticised the test procedures and

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again protested her innocence. New road markings on a road near

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Beverley are causing some confusion for drivers. The broken white lines

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were painted by the local council in an effort to slow down the

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traffic. Many motorists using the road haven't got a clue what the

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markings actually mean. Driving along this country road has become

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a bit of a confusing experience for this. A broken white line has

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appeared on both sides of the road. It's larger than a cycle path, but

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much too small for a car and definitely a truck. Locals have

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been getting out their copy of the highway code trying to find a

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reference to this. They are still left very confused. We have all had

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good arguments as to what they're for. First thing I said when I saw

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it was it's going to cause confusion and probably accidents.

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It's confused me. Oh, yes, it has. My daughter rides horses and nobody

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seems to know where they are there. I haven't heard one that knows.

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It's not the first time new road markings have caused a stir. In

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Lincoln a double yellow line was painted around one of the city's

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round abouts to stop people parking on it. And cycle paths have also

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left cyclists in Grimsby wondering where to turn. In this case, East

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Riding council says it introduced the markings because there has been

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eleven serious accidents on this Residents say it's unclear and

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would like a written explanation of how exactly they should use it. 200

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metres of racing track has unveiled in Spalding. Dozens of groups from

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Lincolnshire have been involved in the plan. It might even be shown at

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the Olympic Park next year. On your marks... Get set... Go. It's the

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longest, brighter wooliest racetrack you may have ever seen.

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It's been knitted in every corner of the Lincolnshire county. We have

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worked with a secure unit, the Brownies, old people, young people,

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all sorts. Every age group and every ability. In less than six

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months, with the help of community groups and schools across

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Lincolnshire, they've managed to knit a distance of 200 metres.

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Because of the visual impact the official plim pick committee have

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expressed an interest to put it on display -- Olypmic committee have

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expressed an interest to put it on displace. We have the bunting to

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celebrate. This is French knitting and that's been really good to get

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younger ones involved. After the excitement of the display next year,

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the idea is to break it up and distribute it to those who might

:26:25.:26:35.
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need a little extra wool. You'll only get a lizard if you're lucky.

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The main national and regional headlines: new revelations in the

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phone hacking scandal. Police tell Sarah Payne's mother she was a

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target. Criticism over pension payouts to senior Humberside fire

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officers. The union has called it an indefensible practice. Cloudy

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tomorrow with drizzle. Brighter later with sunshine. Top

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temperatures around 19. Responses on the subject of pensions. "I am a

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serving firefighter of 20 years and Mr Ods' increase is more than my

:27:17.:27:22.

annual salary. Disgusted doesn't come close." This one says, "I

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believe public sector pensions are at a reasonable standard. Forces

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should receive greater amounts as they risk their lives." And this is

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a fireman here, "Looking at more paying more into my pension to

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