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

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Farmers take extreme measures to increase security after a sharp

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rise in rural crime. It is my sister I am protecting.

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With her to take control of our own destiny. -- it is my stuff.

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The Hull businesses that have had enough of paying extra to promote

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the city centre. Why people are frightened of buying fake vodka in

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Boston. We are told by customers they would only select certain

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supermarkets because they are frightened. This stuff is poisonous.

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We find out if drivers would still stop by the roadside to pick up

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hitchhikers. Some of us saw thunderstorms this

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afternoon, a quieter day tomorrow, Criminals are deliberately

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targeting rural areas of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

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according to new research. The insurance company NFU Mutual says

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farmers are being hit hard by a sharp rise in crime, and it's

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costing businesses millions of pounds. In Lincolnshire and the

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East Midlands, agricultural crime rose by sixty-one percent in 2010.

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In Yorkshire and the North East, it grew by 12%. It's estimated to have

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cost both areas a total of nearly nineteen million pounds last year,

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With its rolling landscapes and picture postcard views you wouldn't

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expect the Lincolnshire Countryside to be the scene of rising crime.

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For beetroot farmer Chris Moore, security is a major concern. His

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last job of the day is positioning 'indoor scarecrows' to deter

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intruders. It is another thing, something to put people off. There

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is a burglar alarm and cameras. Most farmers have been the victim

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of crime. We have had a couple of pick-ups stolen. The internet Cable

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was annoying. The NFU says he is right to have a security plan as

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tractors and heating or at thefts have risen. Organised crime is

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focusing more on countryside and you have expensive equipment out

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there. Some tractors are worth up to �100,000. But is a keen to

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stealing a Ferrari. Over in East Yorkshire, Quad bikes have topped

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the list of stolen property. Membership of the Farmwatch scheme

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is growing. It alerts members by text of suspicious activity.

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benefit is we have a success rate of catching people in the act of

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perching on land and it's been successful. Using things like

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alarms for the shed, if they can afford CCTV, or using other

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security products that will make a piece of equipment definitive to

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the farm. The days are gone where tractors could be left in fields

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overnight and sheds unlocked. The NFU say ignoring this threat - will

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cost farmers dearly. Linsey joins us now from a farm in Beltoft in

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North Lincolnshire. Linsey, do farmers seem to be taking the

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warning? Yes, typically on a farm like this

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in harvest time we would see machinery in the fields overnight

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waiting for work in the morning. It has all been brought into the yard,

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it is waiting to be locked up in the sheds behind me and the

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nightwatchman is also due to start his patrol shortly. Farmers tell me

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this does not just affect them, it affects the whole community. I was

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in East Yorkshire and one farmer has extra cameras on his CCTV

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systems trains on the village church because it is close by, when

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thieves go on the rampage, the village church also gets let stolen.

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It is up to farmers and parishioners to club together and

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replace it as well as taking responsibility for replacing their

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equipment. This is hitting them from all angles.

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In a moment: As a thousand steel jobs are created at in the North

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East - we ask would workers swap Scunthorpe for Redcar?

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Local businesses in Hull have begun a campaign against the organisation

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which promotes the city centre. All retailers pay a compulsory fee to

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be a member of the Hull Business Improvement District - which is

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known as BID. However, some think it's a waste of money. And as the

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city prepares to vote on its future, the rebels are raising their voice.

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Our business correspondent Paul Murphy has the story.

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This man is one of the rebels, he wants nothing to do with the

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business improvement districts but like 700 other city centre

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businesses, he has been paying the compulsory fee for five years.

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is another tax, another backdoor tax. It cannot improve the city

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centre. That is the council's job, it can't reduce crime and increase

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policing, but is what we pay the business rates for. The annual

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festival is one of the achievements as it strives to market the city.

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The owner of this restaurant says it is doing great things. It would

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be great if every business got behind it because with the right

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attitude and force, we can bring Hull further ahead, we have to

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compete. If we don't have anything to work with, we will lease. Each

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shop pays 1% of its ratable barley, a couple of hundred pounds the year

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for small shop. They collect levies of �450,000 a year. Expense

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�120,000 on salaries and at men. The rebel businesses believe it is

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a waste of money. At the heart of the rebel business argument is they

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already pay for policing, marketing and cleaning of the city centre

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through business rates. An additional levy to do business

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improvement districts is unnecessary and unjustified. Not so,

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says Hull BID. They wanted the City to be clean and tidy air with

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higher foot fault and we can demonstrate that is what we have

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done. We have seen a reduction in crime and graffiti has virtually

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been eradicated in the city centre. The businesses will be voting in

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the coming weeks whether it stays. The rebels claimed the campaign is

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gaining momentum. We just heard from Kathryn Shillito

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from Hull BID in Paul Murphy's report. Earlier I asked her if she

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could understand why some businesses aren't happy.

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Yes, I can. Businesses are struggling these days, the economic

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climate is difficult. But I think it has come all in leaps and bounds.

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We started in 2006 and have achieved against objectives. They

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say you have made little difference. The businesses are expected, would

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say differently. I have had meetings with many of them to

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listen to the concerns. How can be justified charging businesses which

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don't want be part of your group but they had no option? They were

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introduced in 2004 and we have one hand and 12 bids. Businesses

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recognise it is a direct influence over how funds are spent. We have

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lots of people moaning. These businesses already paid for police

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think in the business rates, why pay again? We don't replace, we

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enhance. We don't subsidise. When you look at the graffiti statistics,

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we have removed 6,000 pieces of graffiti, many of private premises.

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If you ran a bed shop, the feet first becomes long bring people in

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but you will not go after your German hot dog and decide you want

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to bed. These events raised foot fall significantly. People go into

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the shops, bars and also solicitors and accountants might say we did

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benefit but they want to see the city looking busy with a vibrant

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feel with football coming in. you say to the rebel businesses?

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would like to visit them and explain more how I can help them

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and I would like to see them becoming part of it and using it

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for the benefit. You will go to everyone? I hope so. You will be

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busy. Well is your business affected by this? Is enough being

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done to attract people into the A man who stabbed his estranged

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wife over a hundred times in front of their two year old son has been

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found guilty of her murder. Linda Merigo from Driffield was attacked

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in broad daylight outside her Driffield home last year. Police

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have described 43-year-old Alfred Merigo as a "violent and ruthless

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murderer". He's been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum

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term of twenty eight years. The banks of a river in Grimsby are

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being cleared of weeds after local residents complained that the area

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had become infested with rats. The River Freshney runs through the

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town and is near to homes and a playground. People in the area say

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the rats are a danger to health and the river has become overgrown and

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clogged with rubbish and weeds. The Environment Agency is working

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with the council to clean up the riverbanks.

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An off-licence owner in Boston says people are becoming frightened to

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buy vodka in the town following last month's explosion at an

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illegal distillery. Robert Hancock says the full scale of illicit

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alcohol is only just becoming known. His comments come as the health

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service says there's been a rise in people becoming ill from fake

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alcohol. Phillip Norton reports. Rob Hancock has long been aware of

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a problem with fake vodka in Boston. As a careful off-licence owner and

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a member of pubwatch - he's been in competition with a black market and

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has seen problems fake vodka caused with his own eyes. One customer, I

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witnessed him at being ill, he could hardly talk, his lips were

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dry. He went to the doctors who said he should drink lots of water

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and to go to hospital. He had the bottle in his hand. It smelt very

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bad. Doctors in Lincolnshire says there's now been a rise in the

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number of people seeking treatment, with symptoms of poisoning from

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fake vodka. Patients complain of abdominal pain, blurred vision and

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to they can also complained of dizziness. More people are

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describing those symptoms. It is quite frequent.

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Last month's explosion at an illegal distillery on an industrial

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estate in the town killed five Lithuanian men and left another

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fighting for his life. They're believed to have been producing

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fake Smirnoff vodka, which had flooded the streets in recent

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months. Millions of pounds is spent every year to protect market

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leading brand names and the quality of their products. We've spoken to

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the company which owns Smirnoff today, Diageo, which says it was

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shocked to learn what happened in Boston, adding that it works

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closely on anti counterfeit matters through the industry body, the

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International Federation of Spirits Producers. They say the actual

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scale of counterfeiting is difficult to judge but reassured

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the public that the vast majority of spirits sold in the UK are

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genuine, and they're pushing for maximum sentences for those caught

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producing fake alcohol. Mr Hancock says his customers have been

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increasingly cautious. They are very wary. We are being told by

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customers they will only selected supermarkets and certain shops

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because they're frightened. This stuff is very poisonous. The advice

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from trading standards is to only buy alcohol from reputable stores

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and off-licences. If you're in Lincolnshire are you

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thinking twice about where you buy your alcohol from? Let us know in

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Thanks for getting in touch after Friday's show about a call for a

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public vote on capital punishment. Coming up on Look North: Still

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ahead tonight: The new season has begun, but it

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was a tough weekend for Hull and Scunthorpe.

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As hitchhiking becomes a thing of the past, drivers tell us whether

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they would still pick up on the Edwin Wilson took this this morning

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at 5:10am from his garden in Withernsea of the early morning sun

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Katie says, my father record every night's Look North. Sad at all

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This is what happened at Stamford Bridge earlier after a torrential

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downpour. There was nearly half an inch of rain fall in just one hour.

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On with the forecast, will it get better? Yes, it will. Tomorrow,

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eight dry and bright day. If you look further out into the Atlantic,

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another area of low pressure will bring unsettled weather macro. Back

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to this afternoon, this is the radar sequence: It has been a

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mainly East Yorkshire, northern and eastern parts of Lincolnshire. That

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is where the showers are at the moment. They are still torrential

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in places. But they will die away as we go through the night. Skies

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will clear from the north. Temperatures will drop to nine-at

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ten Celsius. Looking at at the Sun, it will rise at 5:30am. Tomorrow,

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still some cloud to begin with, but it will break up and we will see

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sunny spells developing. The best of the sunshine will be through the

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morning, as the cloud all fell again as we head through the

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afternoon. The most of us, it will be dry. It will not be as breezier

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as today, but the wind is coming from the north-west and will fill

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cool for the time being. Make the most of Tuesday if you can. That

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wet weather returns on Wednesday. This from Alex who rides, he is on

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the train because he is opening a garden party tomorrow. See you

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garden party tomorrow. See you tomorrow.

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To stay in work these days often sees families being forced to move

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to a new part of the country. For steelworkers in Scunthorpe, where

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1,200 jobs are under threat, it is an option which many may soon have

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to consider. The industry has been in decline for years, but now new

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hope has emerged on Teesside where today, 1000 new steel jobs have

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been advertised. Phil Connell reports.

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The two northern towns dominated by its steel. But in at Redcar on

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Teesside, the industry is showing signs of new beginnings. The firm

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which bought the steel plant has unveiled a massive recruitment

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drive. On their website, 1,000 jobs are being advertised, and the 1,200

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workers facing redundancy are being encouraged to apply. Still making

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is a very precise science, anyone be foolish not to bring in people

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with expertise. But we are also looking to the younger generation.

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For those who attempted the journey from Scunthorpe to Redcar, it is

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110 miles. The move has good and bad points. In a Redcar,

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unemployment is 4% higher. While the town may tempt people with its

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beach, school performance tables are lower than those in Scunthorpe.

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For the town's steelworkers, there is a lot to consider, but with

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1,200 jobs under threat, a move away from Scunthorpe maybe the only

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option. He will have to go where the work is. He if transferring to

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another region means I will keep my job, I have to do that. There is

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nothing here whatsoever. Today's's jobs boost comes after years of bad

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news. Workers made redundant here perhaps

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should not be too optimistic. Demand for the jobs will be high,

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with around 10,000 applicants expected.

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Our reporter Ian Reeve is in Redcar this evening. Redcar is a steel

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town like Scunthorpe. How big an attraction are these jobs for

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people coming to the town? company is stressing that the jobs,

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1,000 posts, are not earmarked for people from Teesside only. People

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from other places of the country, their applications will be accepted.

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The company is also stressing the jobs are not just for steelworkers.

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A two years ago, 500 people lost their jobs. There were many

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management, technical staff, those kind of applications would be

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accepted. There is another plus said, the guy who runs the plant

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knows the calibre of the Scunthorpe workforce. And you very much indeed.

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We will continue to follow that story.

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It was the opening weekend of the new football season. Damian Johnson

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is here with me. Is it fair to say there were mixed fortunes for our

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two League sides? Just about sums it up. Only two League sides now.

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Football League or the way. Scunthorpe United boss, Alan Knill,

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described the draw as they have real confidence booster. Jimmy Ryan

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signed in the summer. After a disappointing pre-season,

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Scunthorpe United might have travelled to Wycombe in some

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trepidation. But they secured a point thanks to this equaliser. The

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manager reflected on a fine display. The performance was everything we

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asked for. We took the game to Wycombe, even though we were and

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are wayside. I thought we were excellent, and really encouraging.

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It was a big confidence boost for everybody. It my to be even better

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after Wycombe had a man sent off. Tomorrow, they travel to Accrington

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in the Carling Cup, and an early reunion for a Scunthorpe player on

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holiday. I was on holiday, and my dad text did make. It was just my

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luck, really. I am looking forward go back there.

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It was a night of missed They paid a heavy price all those

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misses. Tomorrow, the Tigers will look for an improved performance in

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the Carling Cup at home to Macclesfield.

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Hull FC have poured cold water on rumours that coach Richard Agar is

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quitting the club for Wakefield Trinity. The Guardian newspaper had

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suggested Agar would leave after being offered a role as director of

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rugby by new owner Adam Pearson. One of Hull Fc's most colourful

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characters from the 1980s has written a book about his life in

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rugby. Lee Crooks has been telling listeners of BBC Radio Humberside

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about his career before heading to the Humber St Andrews Social Club

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in the city to sign copies for fans. It explains things people do not

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know went on, without upsetting too many people as well. It is not a

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sensational piece of writing, it is just absurd an expression of what

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my life has been. Once they were a familiar sight by

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the side of the road. But it seems the hitchhiker is becoming a thing

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of the past, especially in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire,

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where a survey shows people are less likely to hitchhike than

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anywhere else in the country. Simon Spark has more.

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Hitchhiking has been around long before there were even cars on the

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roads, with varying the techniques. And if you picked up this a lot,

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you would have escorted a moment in history. But today, we are more

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likely to see just cars and a change of mood. Many people are not

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sure as they used to be. According to a new poll, the amount

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of people who would not pick up a hitchhiker has risen from 75% to

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95% in just two years. People in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are also

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the least likely to even give it a go. And I am certainly getting

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nowhere here. At this cafe, they have almost

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forgotten what a hitchhiker is. have been here nine years, and I

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have never seen a hitchhike on this road. It is a thing of the past.

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There are a few strange people about! Not many, mostly they are

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lovely, but not any of my customers. They are perfect!

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And we could not find many people who would hitchhike, apart from

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Martin. So from an age of free spirits to uncertainty, but maybe

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we do not need to hitchhike any more. Maybe it is just the end of

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the road. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines: There's been more violence on the

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streets of London tonight. Shops in Hackney have been looted and police

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pelted with missiles. And new research shows farmers are

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being hit hard by a sharp rise in crime which is costing millions of

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pounds to improve security. Tomorrow's weather: A fine start

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with plenty of sunshine. Staying dry all day, getting cloudier later.

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Not as breezy as today but still feeling cool with a maximum

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temperature of 18 Celsius. Some response now for the business

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district: We run a small shop, and the bed has done a wonderful job in

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cleaning up the High Street and promoting businesses. Another one

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here, yet another silly quango, keeping a silly people in the silly

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