31/08/2011 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening. Welcome to BBC Look North.

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The owner of a right that failed injuring seven people in Skegness

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says it was his worst nightmare. I am live in Skegness, where

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investigators try to find out what happened.

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Shopkeepers warn the billion pound trade in illegal cigarettes is

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putting a huge strain on business. It is a lot cheaper. It is �11 in

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the shop, and you can get it on the street for �7.

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The little girl with a royal meeting after being named the

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bravest in Britain. Her face just lit up.

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Good evening. The owner of a fairground ride in Skegness that

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broke down in mid-air trapping more than 20 people has described the

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accident as the blackest day in the fair's history. Seven people were

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left needing hospital treatment after the Surf stopped working at

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Pleasure Island. Today, health and safety inspectors have visited the

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site. Siobhan, what have the inspectors been doing today?

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looks like a fairly normal day except for one thing. The rides are

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not moving. That is because the park's owner has close the park so

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that inspections can continue. Officers have been here throughout

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today try to find out what caused the accident. They have said that

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the right needs to be completely removed. This is holiday season, so

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any closures mean a lot of money. The summer season is in full swing,

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but today these gates are locked. It is after investigations begin

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into yesterday's accident. It has led to tourists shaken. It will put

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people off coming. What is safe and what is not? How often are these

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things being checked. You hope they are being looked after and

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maintained. We will definitely not go on it now. It is probably a

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freak accident. The seven people were taken to

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hospital after this ride broke yesterday. It is still not clear

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what happened, but this former employee insists safety is up to

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scratch. Every single morning, I have done quite if you write, and I

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used to carried -- test them every morning. There are safety people

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around who check everything. He it is the second time in a week

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the rights have been scrutinised. A women is still in hospital after

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her and her granddaughter were injured in Bridlington. There are

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worries that these events will put people off. You need to remember

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that this is very rare, it is bad timing. We hope that the people are

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OK, it is incredibly sad that these things have happened. Albright's

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like this across the country can still be used safely. The raid --

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the right has now been made safe. The owners wants to reopen tomorrow,

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hoping their worst nightmare does not leave a lasting impression.

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Siobhan, you mentioned the owners, what has been their reaction?

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owner has been too emotional to speak today, but he has issued a

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statement. He says he is devastated by what has happened. There is no

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doubt that he and many others are hoping to put what he described as

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the blackest day in the side's history behind them. Thank you.

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In the last five years, 48 people have been injured it on fairground

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rides in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Keith Carroll is an expert on the

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right safety and represents fair grounds. I asked him what has gone

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wrong. I think there has been a mechanical failure. Both the other

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one, I do not think there has been anything mechanical, it has --

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something has gone wrong which we do not have the full information.

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Not a great couple of days. No, not at all. The when would the right

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had last been checked? It has to have an independent test annually,

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so it could have been a week before or some time in the last 12 months.

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It will have also been checked by the operator of the right Daley

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before operation. If it was checked daily, it looks like something

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might have been missed. There may have been a mechanical failure that

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we cannot see, so I can't comment on that. Just today people said

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they would not go on these right any more. How do you restore

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people's confidence falls? Many years ago there was a survey which

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said it was more likely to have an accident on your way to a

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fairground, be it an amusement park or a travelling fair, and you are

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on a fairground. It was something like 14 million to one. But when

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these are back in action, people will not be rushing back on them,

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or will they? I do not know. We have had rights where there have

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been accidents before and people just seem to come back on. I would

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imagine the public may feel that if the right has had an incident, it

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will have had a proper checks. They may feel it is quite safe.

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damaging Willett be -- how damaging will it be? It is difficult for all

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of the industry. None of the industry wants to see accidents,

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that is why they tried to be vigilant with their testing and

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their inspections. It is difficult. Very good to talk to you.

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A story that we will continue to follow.

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Or people living in part of an East Yorkshire town wants to split and

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go-it-alone. It is an illegal trade that costs

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the government billions of pounds, money it claims could be used to

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help the economy. Today, a survey of shopkeepers has revealed that a

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black market in smuggled and counterfeit tobacco is thriving in

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. More than half had admitted that

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they know about cheek -- cheap imports or fake cigarette being

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sold. For some, the practice could see then pushed out of business

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altogether. It is a market costing businesses

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millions of pounds every year, the sale of illegal cigarettes.

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Thousands of packets have been seized across the past few weeks,

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all in an attempt to tackle the problem. Have you ever bought

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cigarettes on the street? demand is fuelling their sale. I

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found plenty of people willing to buy them. If you can get it on the

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black market, everybody is human. I'd buy as many as I can get. They

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are cheaper. How much cheaper? Three or �4 a packet. There are a

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couple of girls who are openly sell them out of a rucksack. More than

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half of the shop owners are aware of the problem, which is costing

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them hundreds of pounds a week in lost revenue. We pay the taxes, and

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the people on the streets selling the three pound cigarette, they do

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not pay any money on it. This is why they are so expensive. A

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typical packet of cigarettes cost �7. The but �4.24 of that price is

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excise duty, and �1.16 is VAT. 78% of the price goes to the government.

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Sometimes that can be up to 90% on cheaper brands.

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Officers of the UK Border Agency are constantly patrolling the

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boards here in Hull. They found 1.5 million cigarettes stored inside

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concrete blocks. But this is not just a financial issue, it is a

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healthy one. People are looking for a cheaper deal, and this is not

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necessarily the bargain you expect. There are content -- problems with

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the content of the tobacco. Sawdust has been found in them. Mohammed

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says if the price of duty is not reduced soon, the smugglers will

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put him out of business. Chris Ogden is from the Tobacco

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Manufacturers' Association, he told me earlier why he believes the UK

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is so bad for smuggled and counter pit tobacco and cigarette. There is

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a simple answer, tax. The UK is one of the highest tax regimes in the

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world, and it is a charter for the smugglers to come in. As a result,

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over 20% of cigarettes and 60% of hand-rolling tobacco is avoiding

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duty in one way or another. But the companies you represent make huge

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amounts of money. Should you try and do more to stop it? We are

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doing all we can. If we can call it a fault, it lies with government

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and tax policy. In the last Budget, the price of cigarettes went up by

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more than 50p a pack, and hand- rolling tobacco by more than 60p.

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The but smoking is the largest cause -- cause of much illness.

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government is right, isn't it, to make it more expensive to stop

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people smoking? If the government wants to use tax to further its

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health policy, that is laudable. But it does not work, because it

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encourages the black market. They also brought down the smoking

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numbers as well. Smoking numbers have been in decline for many years,

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but it is levelling off because of the ready supply of counterfeit and

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smuggled tobacco products available. On an average packet of cigarettes,

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I gather the retailers and manufacturers make one pound 55.

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Reduce that big profits, and there will be less counterfeit cigarette.

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I am not sure way you have that figure from. Well over 80% of the

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price of a packet of cigarettes is tax, and that goes to the Treasury.

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If it is a huge market, the tobacco market in the UK is worth �14

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billion a year, of which the government takes �11 billion in tax.

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What do you want the government to do? We want the government to take

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a long, hard look at their tax policy, ideally freeze tax, but we

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are with them in supporting Revenue and Customs and the border Agency

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in intercepting smuggled loads, and do all we can to share intelligence

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and fight this crime. We will throw this one open. How

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bad is the black market in illegal cigarettes way you are? Do you

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agree that high taxes are making the problem worse? What can be done

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to tackle it? Is the tax level too high? How do we get rid of the

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An announcement on cuts to RAF and Army personnel is expected to be

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made tomorrow. It has thoroughly been confirmed that 175 student

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pilots will be let go from the RAF's flight training programme,

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affecting trainees and instructors at Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

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Firefighters say this of action of cruise help save the lives of a man

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and woman engulf. They were rescued from a fire at his house this

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morning which had no smoke alarm. Both were treated for smoke

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inhalation. Smith and Nephew, one of Hull's

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biggest employers has refused to comment on rumours of a takeover

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bid today. US company Biomet is thought to be planning to buy the

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firm for �8 billion. The company employs around 700 people in the

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city. Still ahead tonight: 60 years on -

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the couple brought together by a bicycle made for two. Why there is

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a Royal meeting for this little girl named the bravest in Britain.

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A fantastic story. This photograph is of Gould docks

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and it was taken by Peter Jones. -- Goole docks.

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Good evening. I recorded last night's programme to refresh my

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memory of what Paul Hudson look like. I have seen you're comment.

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Do you want me to wear a blonde wig?

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The headline for the next 24 hours is a cloudy one. It looks as if it

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will be generally dry. Although there will be quite a lot of cloud

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tomorrow, Friday looks brighter and warmer. The weekend, a good deal of

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uncertainty. Saturday could turn out to be warm before rain tries to

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come in from the West. All the cloud on the satellite picture, it

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has not been thick enough to produce any showers. It has been

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quite grey for a good part of our region. We keep a lot of cloud for

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this evening and overnight. Most part should be dry and we will see

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temperatures down to nine Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at

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just after 6 o'clock. I think a predominantly dry picture. A

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variable amount of cloud. Just like today, there is every chance we

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will see a few glimmers of sunshine. But a lot of cloud around. The

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breeze will be a light one from the South East. We will see top

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temperatures around 16 or 17 Celsius around the cost. Possibly

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and 19 Celsius if we get some decent rates. Friday looks a nice

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day, warmer and brighter. All parts should be dry with sunny spells.

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Saturday looks warm and 22 Celsius are 23 Celsius. Sunday looks

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unsettled. We will keep you updated with that tomorrow.

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My local charity shop is selling Paul's last book for �2.99. You

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will be robbed I would say! My next book is also available.

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Residents in a part of Goole in East Yorkshire are attempting to

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split the town in two. Hundreds have signed a petition calling for

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the area known as Old Goole to be given village status. Sarah Burton

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has been to the town to find out more.

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It has been a time for more than a century, steeped in history. But

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some people living in the all-time have decided they want to go it

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alone. We seem to be left out. If we had our own community, it would

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be up to us what we did an hour -- in Old Goole. A lot of old school

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has not been recognised at all. Residents in Old Goole won their

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independence back and have handed in a petition calling for the

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council to make them a village. school has always been here. -- old

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Goole. We have been here for a lot longer than 2:20am. If all Goole

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does become a village, the boundary will start here on the Dutch river.

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Across the bridge will be what will remain of the town. By being made a

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parish, residents say they will get more investment to return all Goole

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to its former glory. But some people in the area are not sure the

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idea has been properly thought through. I have not see any

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costings for this. We do not know if it is going to cost the

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community more money, whether the council tax is going to go up. We

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need to have a better understanding of exactly what the whole process

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entails. There is also people fighting for a Bill to become a

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city who are not happy. It came as quite a shock. It was a surprise.

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The harmony we have got for the city has been fantastic. East

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Riding council is now deciding whether Old Goole will become a

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village and create new history for this old port town.

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Thank you for your response after our story last night on how cancer

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patients would now be able to park for free and some hospitals in

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northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. Those who have to attend

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appointments for more than eight times a month at hospitals in

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Grimm's May, Scunthorpe and Goole will be able to park without charge.

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The changes will see the charges call up for most people. That was

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the story. Thank you for all the e- mails and texts. Here are some on

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the programme. Les, he says, parking for anybody who has to go

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to hospital for treatment should be free. John in Lincoln says, people

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should be thankful that their relatives are only in hospital for

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a short time and should not begrudge those less fortunate

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visiting patients with longer term illnesses. John Gregory end the

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area says, I am happy to pay more for parking if it means someone

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dying from cancer can park for free. Scunthorpe United have a new face

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in the form of French player Damien Mozika. The 24-year-old signs a day

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after the I and secured their place in the second round of the

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Johnstone Paints Trophy. United also resisted the

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opportunity to rest his first team, despite playing into extra time

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with Newcastle next Thursday and then being been involved in our

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trying game on Saturday. Garry Thompson almost scored his

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first goal since a long-term injury. The Bard denying him. In the second

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half, the Iron put all that pressure to good use as Bobby Grant

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got an opening to score. But he could hardly believe they get their

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came his way seven minutes later. They settled the tie. They only

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have little chance came after the Iron fell to deal with a late

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corner. Today Allendale has gone to bury to sign Damien Mozika on a two

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year deal. They have signed Shane Duffy for a month.

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This is a very moving story. Tonight is a special night for one

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five-year-old girl from Lincolnshire. Sophie Cooper is

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being given an award for her bravery by Prince Harry. Sophie

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suffers from cerebral palsy. Simon Spark went to meet her and her

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family before they left for the capital.

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Sophie has cerebral palsy level five which is the most severe level.

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She had epilepsy, and seizures. She has chronic lung disease which can

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lead to her being oxygen dependence. She has a curvature of the spine

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and she has problems with her Hibs. So is the premature birth of their

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first twin children, the Cooper family have had to deal with 24-

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hour care. As significantly to the brain was the start of Sophie's

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cerebral palsy. Her twin sister is also mildly affected. It is not

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something you have learned to cope with, it is something you have to.

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It is something that happens. Are you Locking yet? Managing comes

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with strict routine an organisation, whole cupboards are dedicated to

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supplies and medication. But it has all become part of family life.

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girls love each other unconditionally. They are very in

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June and we like what -- we know what she likes. But it is how

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Sophie has managed with all the care she needs that prompted them

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to enter her for an award to recognise her bravery. It is just

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insurmountable the amount of thing she has had to go through. The

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least she could get was an award to say, Sophie we are proud of you.

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And the fact that she is more -- smiling as well. The judges

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unanimously agreed, Sophie has won the Bravest Child Award. She will

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receive it at a ceremony in London this evening where she will get to

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meet Prince Harry. I did mention to it to her. We're going to see

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Prince Harry, how lucky are you? As soon as I said that, her face lit

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up. She knows who Prince Harry us. She will have a private meeting

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with the Prince before collecting her award.

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Sophie meeting Prince Harry tonight. A couple from Hull has been

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celebrating the 60th anniversary after being brought together by a

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bicycle. When Biomet met Mike -- when juggler met Mike for the first

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time, he turned up with a tandem!. The back brake used to be there.

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For 60 years they have done everything in tandem - marriage,

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kids and now retirement, all because of a bike Mike turned upon

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on their first date in Hull all those years ago. I lived on the

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other side of Hull. He said I will pick you up. There is the Tandem!

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Cheers. Nowadays 80 sealed like and 80-year-old Vera stick to tea for

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two. When I rolled up and I saw her in the stress, I thought fancy

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putting that lot on to ride at random on. You managed it all right.

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We have been married 60 years. in the 1950s, bicycles were a far

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more common means of transport. But turning up with a tandem would

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still have been seen at a little out of the ordinary. But at least

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that Lady template for future family life. The story about Mum

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and Dad meeting is quite a story. We think it is a lovely story. As

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we were kids, we always cycled everywhere. 60 years on and the

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celebrations have meant royal recognition and a party with a

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surprise tandem in tow. So this was 19 great-grandchildren, because of

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a bicycle made for two. -- so there is all because.

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Time is the end of the programme: Here are the headlines: Hopes for

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justice far the family of Yvonne Fletcher say one of the men wanted

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for her killing may still be in Libya. And the Skegness ride which

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injured seven people will be removed as the owner of the

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pleasure Beach says the accident was his worst nightmare.

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It will be dry with some sunny intervals tomorrow. Top

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temperatures better at around 18 Celsius.

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A response coming in on cigarettes. Smoking has been going on for years.

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Black-market cigarettes are the only way.

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Smokers cost the NHS �1.7 billion. Smokers and produce �7 billion in

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revenue. If all the smokers stop smoking, all the non-smokers would

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