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

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Students face a battle for university places after an

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emotional day of A-level results. Mum, I got four A*s, and A and a

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distinction. Anger from residents who fear they

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could lose the allotments they've been tending for decades.

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Hull City's star signing is shown the door.

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And there's been a strange sight today for visitors to Flamborough.

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The we can already do a. We do not know what is happening! Boy luger

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and see his bright orange. It is It's the day thousands of students

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get the results they've spent the summer waiting for. Today, they've

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been collecting their A-level results and finding out if they've

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made the grade. This year, universities were expecting an

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unprecedented demand as students try and beat the tuition fees,

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being introduced next year. The number of passes has risen for the

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29th year in a row. Just over 27% of students achieved A or A* macro

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grades. Overall, the A-level pass rate rose slightly from 97.6% to

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97.8%. In Lincolnshire, initial figures suggest the pass rate is

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slightly higher than this. Siobhan Robbins reports.

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It's the day thousands of teenagers across the area have been waiting

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for. When the contents of an envelope

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will decide the next few years of their lives. Mum? I got four A*s,

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an A and a distinction. I got two Ds and a C. I got a B. I'm happy

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with that. This call centre at the University

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of Lincoln is for those who didn't get their expected grades. They'll

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now enter clearing with warnings this year is more competitive.

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then there was not am not a demand on this is double stop the There

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are lots of people trying to get into universities. So students will

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feel the pressure, I think. If they do next year, the costs will be a

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lot higher. Every time that phone rings, it is another nervous

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student fine fireplace. The pressure is ready on this year.

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Obligation numbers are up as people rush to avoid next year's price

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hikes. The organisation which deals with applications has had so much

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interest, its website actually crashed today.

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For others like Chris from Hull, rising fees and an uncertain jobs

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market has put them off university altogether. He's going straight

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into accountancy training. This way, in four years, I will be doing

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professional qualifications, about one or have �20,000 of debt.

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So while for many of these students, today is a cause for celebration,

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thousands of others will be facing hard choices about the future.

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Joining me on this now we've got Scott Davidson from the University

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of Lincoln, and John Leech the Pro- Vice chancellor at the University

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of Hull. Mr Davidson, if I can come to you first, how has today gone?

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Have you still got places? There are very few places available now.

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If it -- it has been hectic all day. Just about all our courses are

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closed. How has the reaction been today? As expected? Pretty much

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serve. We were a lot busier this morning then we thought we would be.

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We played 200 calls in the first hour. Generally, we have been

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claiming that a number of calls throughout the day. We will be open

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until 8pm. And your best advice for those who did not get the results

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they were hoping for and have not got a place sorted? The main piece

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of advice is do not panic, keep your options open, look at other

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put it -- look at other potential pathways. Look at further education

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colleges, look at foundation degrees, look at entering the

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workplace, but basically, explore all your options.

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Scott Davidson at the University of Lincoln, thank you very much. And

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now to the picture in Hull. Is it a similar story there? It is similar

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to Lincoln. We're just about closed now in all areas. Do you think this

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time next year things will be very different? Will we see this kind of

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rush? We are in interesting times. What I would like all young people

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to do, those aged 17, all the headlines about the debts. They

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will be paying back once they earn �22,000 a year, they will pay back

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about �21 a month. Some students will never pay back the dead.

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university is charging the maximum, �9,000. Will it put people off?

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will have to wait and see about that. Interest at open days has

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been very high. We had our best ever numbers this year. Do you

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think university generally, with tuition fees and the number of

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graduates ending up in non-graduate jobs, his university going to lose

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some of its appeal? Again, we will have to wait and see. All the

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evidence that has been collected by senior economists is that a

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university education as well as given a fantastic life changed

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experience, it also gives a good return on investment. Thank you

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both very much indeed. I'd like to hear from you on this.

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Maybe you've had results today, or know someone who has. Or perhaps

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you've had to go through clearing. How did you get on? Do get in touch.

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We'll have all the contact details coming up for you in just a moment.

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In a moment: Standing empty. The stolen statue

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which commemorates lost trawlermen may not be replaced until next year.

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It used to be something saved for retirement but the desire to grow

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your own fruit and veg has led to a growing demand for allotments. In

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire there are currently over 2,000

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people on a waiting list, 1,200 in Hull alone. But in one part of

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Lincolnshire, the demand for allotments is competing with the

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need for a new bypass, and it's causing some controversy with those

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who've spent years cultivating their crops. Correspondent Caroline

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Bilton reports. They've been tending to their

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vegetables on this allotment for decades. Jim has had a plot here

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for 45 years. But now he fears he and his veg

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will be forced to move on to make way for a new bypass. It is part of

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our heritage. They have already grabbed half of the allotment to

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put houses on. There is a waiting list for allotments, then to do

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away with than...! This is what they'll be making way

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for, the Spalding Western Relief Road. There are two options, but

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both go straight through the middle of Horseshoe Road Allotments. This

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is why it's needed. There are plans to build a rail freight hub, taking

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lorry traffic off the roads and onto the rail network. But it's a

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rail network that splits Spalding in two, so more rail traffic will

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mean greater delays at level crossings. I can understand them

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wanting a relief road, but we have a perfectly good one the other side

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of the allotments! It is called Broadway, and it is called Broadway

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for him reason. Why can't they just update that one? The only way to

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avoid the dump -- the only way to avoid the demolition of properties

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is to go through the allotments. It is a worse option to take away

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houses. We have to reduce demolition.

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The council says the allotment holders will be offered an

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alternative site and they're keen to hear people's views on the

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proposals. This may be a case where the humble allotment loses out over

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the need for future development. Get in touch if you've got a view

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on this one. Should a relief road take priority over these

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allotments? Have you got an allotment? Maybe you have been

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waiting for one. Could of should councils do more to support them?

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More needs to be done to ensure workers in our area have the right

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skills to fill up to 5,000 new jobs created by the green energy boom.

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That's according to the Minister for Cities, who's been visiting the

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site of the new Humber Enterprise Zone. Parts of Hull and North

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Lincolnshire will be covered by the zone, which will offer a range of

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incentives to attract companies associated with the offshore wind

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industry. We all need to rise to the opportunity here, to have

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Britain and in particular the Humber as a place that people

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associate not just with the best physical facilities we have here

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but the best human capital as well. We need to rise to the challenge.

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The Vulcan aircraft has withdrawn from a series of air shows this

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weekend, because of a technical problem. The plane used to be a

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familiar sight in the skies above Lincolnshire. Now the charity

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behind its return to flight say they've discovered a leak in its

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fuel tank. The first edition of the new weekly

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Scunthorpe Telegraph has gone on sale. It's changed from a daily

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paper to a weekly. Managers say it's because of falling sales and

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changing reading habits, but are hopeful the new paper will prove

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popular. We are very hopeful it will be a big success. Research has

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shown this is what readers want, and what the advertisers want. This

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is the best way to meet those demands. I have got the first

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edition of the Weekly Telegraph here. Excellent publication. We

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wish them well. It's emerged that it could take

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until the new year to replace this statue, stolen from the waterfront

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in Hull last month. The sculpture Voyage was put up to commemorate

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the city's lost trawlermen. And it's thought it was pulled from its

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plinth by theives who wanted to sell the metal for scrap. The

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council is now spending up to �5,000 to replace it, as Sarah

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Burton reports. Hull City Council is working hard

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to replace the bronze sculpture that was taken. There is a statue

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in Iceland which is not touch. It is an exact twin of the one here in

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Hull. We will be able to make an exact copy of it.

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This is the statue in Iceland that was unveiled at the same time as

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the Voyage, which was given as a gift to Hull from the Icelandic

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town of Vic. The theft came as such a shock to the Icelandic people, it

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made national news there. I think the Icelanders were astonished that

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anybody would go to so much trouble for the sake of so little money.

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Metal thieves are a big problem in Hull at the moment, and across the

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country. It is not something the Icelanders have any experience of.

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The Icelanders often came to the the rescue of Hull's seamen. And

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speaking last month, family members of those lost at sea were deeply

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hurt at the actions of these thieves. It is respects the dead.

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For someone to think it has a scrap value and to whippet down from this

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pier, where so many dramas cell at Paul in the past, it is disgusting

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-- were so many trawlermen sailed out of Paul in the past, it is

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disgusting. Two men have been arrested in

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connection with the theft of this statue and remain on police bail.

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Meanwhile, engineers are looking at ways to ensure the new memorial

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will remain where it belongs, overlooking the Humber estuary, and

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We will let you know what happens with that story. Thank you for at

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the response on the story that visitor numbers are falling at some

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of other region's tourist attractions. This cathedral has

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seen numbers down by 40,000 last year. It has been blamed on the

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cancellation of the Christmas market. We are looking forward to

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this Christmas market to see if we can pick something up. It was the

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right decision to make and the time but a painful one. Thank you for

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all the texts and messages after the programme last night. Sue in

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Thank you for all of those. We read and listen to every message. Still

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ahead tonight: Jimmy Bullard's chequered career at Hull City could

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be coming to an end. And we find out what these people were doing on

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the beach at Flamborough. Tonight's photo. Middle Rasen in Lincolnshire

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taken by Richard Davidson. Now you, the weather. You need to spend less

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time plane spotting and more were time learning how to spell a tweet

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properly! If you have been looking at these guys today you will have

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seen rain. It will brighten up for all of us tomorrow, a dry and sunny

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day. You can see on the pressure chance we have a weather front out

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in the West which will not reach us until the weekend. It will be a

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fine day tomorrow. The cloud from earlier has cleared into the North

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Sea by now. We are at risk of some patchy showers across East

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Yorkshire and perhaps northern parts of Lincolnshire but it will

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become dry as we go through the become dry as we go through the

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night. The sun will rise tomorrow morning at 5: 47. If you do start

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off with any clout first thing it will soon clear away as tomorrow

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will be dry and find with lots of sunshine, a beautiful day. In the

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afternoon we may see patches of cloud coming in from the West. A

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fine Friday all day long with alike went from the West. Temperatures

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higher than today. Make the most of tomorrow because it is going to

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turn unsettled for the weekend. On Saturday the best of the brightness

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will be across East Yorkshire but cloud will increase and there will

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be sunny spells and scattered A couple from Lincoln say they'll

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have to start using their life savings just to pay for their gas

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and electricity. It follows a move by British Gas to put up energy

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prices. By up 18 per cent. The firm is one of five out of the Big Six

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to announce an increase. It says it's got no option, many people are

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not happy. This couple come to the age UK's centre in length in every

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week but this month they are worried as their energy bill is

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rising and the money will have to come out of their savings. I am

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past the employment age and now it when I would like to have money in

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my pocket to go out for a bite dead I am having to worry about the gas

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bill. It is disappointing. And they are not alone. Although Ken's gas

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bill is capped at the moment, the price rise will hit him next year.

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I think it is disgusting, I will have to cut back somewhere, I might

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have to sell my car. From today, customers of British Gas will see

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their gas bills rise by around 18% and their electricity bills by 16%,

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meaning the average customer will have to pay an extra �190 a year.

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In a statement today they told us, we know there is never a good time

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to raise prices, but we are buying in a global energy market and have

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to pay the market rate. Our advice to customers is to wait and see

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what happens in the market before making any decisions about

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switching supplier. Prices for gas and oil have been very high because

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of the areas world events. But some have dropped from their peaks so we

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would expect energy companies not to be passing on the price rises in

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future. Back in Lincoln, almost 1500 people use this activity

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centre every week but staff are expecting this to increase, as its

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users no longer come just for the activities, but to go somewhere

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warm. And I'm sure this is another story you've got a view on. Will

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this increase affect you? Maybe you've changed supplier already?

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You can e-mail and text in the usual ways. He was Hull City's

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record signing, costing �5 million, and he arrived with a huge fanfare

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and big expectations. But today, Jimmy Bullard has been told he's no

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longer wanted at the club. Bullard hasn't played for the club this

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season even though he's still got two years left on his contract. He

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became Hull City's record signing in 2009 but his career was always

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chequered. Two serious knee injuries robbed the fans of seeing

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There was an undisclosed incident on a pre-season trip. I am not

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going to make any further statement. I do not think it is the

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appropriate time for me to make comments on any subject around that.

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This man is not surprised by today's decision. There are plenty

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of stories doing the rounds but who knows if they are true or not. I

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think as far as the club is concerned they have just decided to

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wipe the slate clean and look to the future. His contract was

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reportedly �11 million over five years. Fans in East Yorkshire

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shared their views on his impending exit. It is like any price -- it is

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like any job, if you cannot do it you have to pay the price. I should

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think they will be able to assign three players for what he was

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getting. The club hope they can now finally draw a line under the Jimmy

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Bullard situation. If he decides to go to court this sat down to draw

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on and on. -- this saga up to draw on and on. Well, if you want to

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have your say on this news today, then you can on Sportstalk. That's

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with Matt Dean and Mike White, live on BBC Radio Humberside right now.

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Cricket and Yorkshire bowled out Sussex for 398 on the second day of

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their County Championship match in It's been all buckets and spades on

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one estate in Hull today. Youngsters on the Bransholme estate

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have been enjoying a day on the beach just yards from their homes

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at the annual fun day. Eight tons of sand was used to transform the

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area. There's even been some rock climbing. Everything that you see

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here is the evil stop the way the world is at the minute people need

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a bit of enjoyment. We think that doing this will give families the

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chance to come out and interact with everybody and it does not cost

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them a penny. If you have a story you think we should know about, let

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us know. It's not something you see every day. 250 people are dressed

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in orange dungarees performing on the clifftops. But if you were in

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Flamborough this afternoon, that's It is quite fascinating, when you

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look all you can see is bright orange, it's quite good actually.

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We cannot work it out yet, we do not know what is happening. It's a

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place of natural beauty. Famed for birdlife and spectacular views. But

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on Flamborough beach today, it was something peculiar attracting

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attention. Today we have brought 220 National Youth Theatre members.

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We are performing a sure in Sheffield about global waste,

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marine pollution and recycling. do these people influence the

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movements that you make? Youngsters from across the country auditioned.

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Hopefully they will be able to draw on what we are doing and the points

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around the environment. The play opens next month and what better

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backdrop for or rehearsals than the Flamborough clefs. It certainly

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gave the visitors here's something to look at. Let's get a recap of

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the national and regional headlines. The frantic scramble for a

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university place. Tens of thousands are expected to miss out after

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another record A-level year. Hull and Lincoln universities say

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they've faced an unprecedented demand. We were a lot busier this

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morning than we thought we were going to be, we cleared 200 calls

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in the first hour which we would generally clear that number of

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calls throughout the day. tomorrow's weather: A fine and

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sunny start with patchy cloud at times by the afternoon. Maximum

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temperatures 19 Celsius. This from Greg on twitter, I got two C and at

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D. I am planning to go travelling, I might reapply next year. Another

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person got in touch to say exams are to weed out the good from the

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