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

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Cracking down on the metal thieves - police demand more powers as the

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crime figures increase. No more than �20 for the scrap value of the

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cable. He is now serving a 12 month sentence.

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Remembering a hero - family and friends gather in honour of the Red

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Arrow pilot who died doing the job he loved.

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The barriers to trade - why shopkeepers in Lincoln are angry at

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weekend train diversions which are costing them money. Joined me for

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some of ghosts and the goblins in a scoop -- spooky location and Hull.

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Metal thieves have caused havoc on the railways, cut off villages from

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the National Grid and left churches without roofs. Now, the railway

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authorities in Yorkshire have secured a meeting with the

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government tomorrow to ask for new police powers to tackle the growing

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problem. In the wider Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region, there were 345

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thefts of copper cable from the railways in the last year. That

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cost more than �3 million. Demand for copper has pushed the price up

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by 14% in the last week alone. Train passengers suffering delays,

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churchgoers having their service cancelled, and home owners deprived

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of power. All victims of metal theft. It is thieves like these,

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trying to steal signal cables, that cause chaos. But it is scrap-metal

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dealers who are under scrutiny. Normally, they come in on third.

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They look a bit worried, they are sweating, so you know they have got

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storeman staff. If I came in with a brass urns, what would you do?

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would ask you where you are from and where you got them from, we

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would take your vehicle registration number and ask for

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your passport or driving licence. Police guidelines show the type of

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cable that can only be stolen. Just this weekend, homes were left

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without power in East Yorkshire. The lights were flickering, and the

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boiler was buzzing. There was a power surge. It was all very dodgy.

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They are cutting these wires of. Even the steelworks here in

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Scunthorpe are not exempt from this crime. �300,000 worth of metal has

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been stolen since January alone. Network Rail are meeting the Home

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Office to call for more police powers to close scrapyards. They

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also want cash payments to sellers banned. The value of copper cable

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stolen it is minimum it to the disruption caused. In the north-

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east, it has cost Network Rail �300 million this year.

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The is scrapyard has strict checks on those touting suspicious loads.

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But managers feared they could end up carrying

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Just before we came on air, I asked Ian Hetherington from the British

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Metals Recycling Association, which represents scrap merchants, how far

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he supported greater police powers. We certainly would have support a

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reform of the existing dealers Act. It is out of date and out of time.

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We may differ on some of the detail. Some of the powers the police are

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asking for, I believe, would be a gross infringement of our liberty

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to trade. But for the most part, there is a degree of agreement.

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Anyone can turn up and get paid in cash. Would you accept not being

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able to trade in cash? I don't think this is feasible. At the

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moment, there is such a long tail of unregulated trade. Legitimate

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cash business, which is a very substantial part of our member's

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income, it wouldn't just drift and lookout. But it is still payment.

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- League out. Surely that would eliminate some of the problem.

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Large numbers of businesses across the UK trade, and continue to trade,

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quite legitimate League using coin of the realm. It is not an a

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regular way of making payments. If you were to disadvantage them, you

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would be seriously disadvantaging them and disrupting their business.

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-- legitimate trade. If the police may get tougher, is there a

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possibility, or risk, that more storeman metalled then it will go

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abroad? -- stall and a metal. isn't a major primary trade in

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stolen metal. Some organised crime is working in that area, but the

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majority of the material is being sold into illegal yards, and they

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need to be clamped down on. In that respect, we would support an

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improvement. -- stall and metal. We've just confirmed that a power

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cut yesterday at Barnetby in North Lincolnshire was caused by cable

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thieves. The company which owns the cables, YEDL, said a was removed

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from its overhead network. Have you been a victim of the metal thieves?

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Will a clampdown on the scrapyards In a moment: It's now nine games

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unbeaten for the Tigers as Hull The Red Arrows marked the death of

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one their own pilots today with a flypast over Lincoln Cathedral.

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Inside the church, a service was held in memory of flight lieutenant

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Jon Egging. He died in August when his plane crashed during an airshow

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in Bournemouth. Vicky Johnson was at the service. They came from all

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walks of life, friends, family, colleagues and well-known faces,

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all determined to celebrate the life of one of the RAF's brightest

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stars. So many words that could describe him, and yet, at the one

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that encompasses all that John was his friend. John Egging was a

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caring and compassionate individual. John it really did represent two

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halves of one Hall. He he knew how the other felt. He was just

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something extra special. He was a terribly kind, and really did have

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a huge smile on his face. You could always going have a cup of tea with

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him. He was lovely. John Egging had almost completed his first year

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with the Red Arrows when he died in August. Since then, his widow has

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set up a trust in his name to set up -- to help disadvantaged young

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people. People have been so generous. They have helped us

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pledge money. The public have been brilliant, and it is our intention

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to take all of that support and directed in the direction of the

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trust. All of the John's qualities and beliefs and values were

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epitomised by the RAF. He always wanted to fly, and when he was able

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to do that, how can I do anything else than be happy for him? Today's

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service has been exactly what John's friends and family could

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have wished 4: A perfect celebration of a life less ordinary.

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While the crash is still being investigated, John Egging's team

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mates had been flying in at a missing man formation. They paid

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their own tribute to a man who was never afraid to reach for the sky.

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The government has awarded �35 million to East Yorkshire and

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Northern Lincolnshire councils to boost job creation. East Riding

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Council hopes to create thousands of jobs with investment in the

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Greenport Project at Hull Docks. North Lincolnshire Council will

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spend the money helping find new work for steel workers who are

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losing their jobs. Two firms, BOC and T&N Plastics, in North East

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Lincolnshire also received money. Police are investigating after a

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man's body was discovered in Grantham. Officers were called to

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Swinegate in the town centre early this morning. The road was cordoned

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off to allow forensic officers to investigate, but it has since been

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reopened. The body is believed to be that of a 42-year-old local man.

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We have recovered the body and made an initial assessment. I am happy

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that there doesn't seem to be anything suspicious. I can't give a

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definitive answer to that until a post-mortem is carried out, but the

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early suggestions are there is nothing suspicious.

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A man from Hull has been told he will be jailed for his part in an

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attack on a bank during a protest march in London after a jury found

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him guilty of violent disorder. 22- year-old Joseph Binney was involved

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in this disturbance at a branch of the Santander bank in central

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London. It happened during a Union protest rally against government

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spending cuts. Binney denied being partly responsible for the damage

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despite his palm print being found on the inside door of the bank.

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Traders say a temporary increase in the number of trains passing

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through Lincoln is damaging business. Level-crossing barriers

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are closing 70 times a day at weekends for the next month,

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splitting the shopping area in two for a total of three hours a day.

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Network Rail has apologised for failing to inform Lincoln City

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Council. It should be the busiest time of

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the Year for this clothing shop, but the claim that last weekend's

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rail disruption has cost them dearly. Over the next few weeks, we

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need that run-up to give us a lift which we didn't get last year.

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But that is what of this railway crossing it does. The destruction

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is caused by rail improvement works taking place near Grantham. It

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means an extra 42 trains are being diverted tear every Saturday, and

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sometimes, that can mean four trained every 10 minutes. Traders

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in the street area are far from happy. It is crucial for the build-

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up to Christmas, it is a major blow. In a statement, at Network Rail

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It has emerged that Network Rail failed to tell the council of its

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plans on a weekend when the council was carrying out repairs on the

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busiest road in the city. Had we known earlier, it is the East Coast

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main line. We would have wanted to delay that for a weekend. We would

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have wanted to put that back. There will be further disruption

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over the next three weekends, with 42 extra trains every day. Network

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Rail has told us this work is absolutely necessary, and will

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provide benefits in the longer term. Local traders will be hoping their

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customers are prepared to tolerate the disruption. The decision of

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Nears over the closure of the children's heart unit.

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And we are out with the ghost Elizabeth Saxton took this of

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Scawby Woods near Brigg. Another one tomorrow night, roundabout the

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same time. Coming up, the growing popularity of part-time work. Funny

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you should come back on the day we're talking about a visit from

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weird apparitions. I hope you behaved yourself with my female

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colleagues! Can I show you a graphic we have done a for you?

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Spot the difference. Rain to come tonight, which will be heavy, it

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will be still around in the morning, but then the day develops into a

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fine one, with some sunshine. Welcome rain, I am sure.

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Temperatures will be above average. Right now, 15 or 16 degrees, so

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excellent for tricking or treating. One or two showers are showing up,

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but basically, many places are dry, and it is going to be a pleasant

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evening. Quite a lot of cloud, that does increase later in the night,

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bringing rain in from the West. Not reaching the coast until the very

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end of the night, with temperatures drifting back to 10 Celsius. It

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will be a wet start, the commuter could be pretty miserable for a

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time, but by mid- to late morning, the rain is well clear of the coast,

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and we will see the skies brightening. A good deal of

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sunshine to come on the first day of November in the afternoon. The

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average but this time of the year it is round about 12, so we are

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once again above average. Looking further ahead, Wednesday looks dry

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and bright, some more rain Wednesday night, and Thursday and

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Friday, a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. I was

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waiting you to say whether assistants and drop yourself in it!

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Lisa thought you were bright enough to know the Sun would rise in the

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morning, she didn't feel the need for you to tell us that! Serves me

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The Government is due to make a decision before Christmas on the

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proposed closure of the children's heart units in Leicester and Leeds,

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which serve Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The NHS wants to

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concentrate expertise in larger centres - that would mean children

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from this area being treated in Birmingham or Newcastle. The BBC

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has followed one patient, Emily Taylor from Grimsby, as she was

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treated at the threatened unit in Emily Taylor is one of around 3500

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children who will need heart surgery this year. It is a

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desperately worrying time for families, but for many, it could be

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the difference between life and death. From the point of view of a

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surgeon, this is very satisfying, because you do the operation, a job

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done. Children's heart surgery is extremely complex, and the surgeons

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who carried out are among the most skilled in the Depression. Emily's

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procedure to correct a hole in the heart will take about four hours,

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but some can take over 15. One of the key principles underpinning the

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review is the idea of four surgeons carrying out a minimum of 400

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paediatric heart operations per year. There is concern from some

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about where this figure has come from. I want to see a real evidence

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that they have considered another option that can potentially help us

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keep them in Leeds. If we lose it, I really think it will be a serious

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blow for many patients that are going to need it. I have had people

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banging on my door every month saying, why it did you sort it out,

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it is ridiculous that to have this large number of centres doing such

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a small number of procedures. has been three weeks since Emily

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Ken Maddock Hospital, and she is feeling much better. -- came out of

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hospital. A I was really happy when it might operation was done,

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because I could go home and have more fun. It is a wonderful to

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think that it was found, and she has been treated, and now we can

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get on with everything, not worry about it any more, get on with our

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lives. You can see a full report on the

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potential closure of the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds on

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tonight's Inside Out. That's in just over half an hour here on BBC1.

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Sport now, Damian Johnson's here. There has been talk that some Hull

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City fans might boycott the match at Barnsley tomorrow in a row over

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ticket prices. That has fallen largely on deaf ears.

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It's nine games without defeat now for the Tigers after victory at

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Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Some City fans are angry that tickets

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for the away match at Barnsley are more expensive than some Premier

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League games. But with City surging back into the promotion picture,

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it's a match few will want to miss. "we didn't play very well today"

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was manager Nigel Pearson's honest assessment. With the clock ticking,

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a breakthrough. McLean punched the winner to extend the unbeaten run

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to nine games, and secured a vital three points for the Tigers's

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promotion push. We were able to raise our game considerably, in the

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second half, we changed the shape a little bit as well. In the end, I

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think we were worthy winners. Hull City fans have threatened to

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boycott tomorrow night's game, angry at the price of tickets. Seat

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for away fans cost �24. Barnsley are charging travelling supporters

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�30, more than some Premier League clubs. A random search today showed

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away tickets at Bolton Wanderers were just �22. I didn't realise how

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much they were. It just goes with the territory. That is pretty steep,

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compared to hear. But with the run they are on, you cannot miss it.

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We're not missing it. A everybody wanted to go to the game tomorrow

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and didn't want to miss it, I think it will be a good turnout. A so

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Hull City can expect a strong following at Barnsley despite those

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rising prices. A win will extend the unbeaten run and cement their

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place in the play-offs. Shane Duffy headed an equaliser for Scunthorpe,

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and Chris Bagnall helps them to a 4-2 win.

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And what happened in the FA cup draw? Grimsby Town will play Port

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Vale in the first round of the FA Cup, next month. It's their reward

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Meanwhile in Rugby League, Hull FC's Kirk Yeaman was among the

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scorers as England warmed up for their game against Australia next

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week with a win over Wales. Yeaman was a first half scorer in the game

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at Leigh which saw England win by 42 points to four.

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Hull Stingrays' three-match unbeaten run came to an end against

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leaders Belfast Giants. Two late goals helped Belfast to 3-1 win at

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Hull Arena. The Stingrays stay sixth in the table. You can contact

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me on Twitter. See you next week. He's remembered as one of the

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heroes of World War Two. Guy Gibson led the famous Dambusters raid from

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his base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. Now, almost 70 years

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later, ghost hunters have been staking out his old office to try

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to catch a glimpse of his ghost, which they say still haunts the

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airfield. Sarah Corker went with them. Her report contains flashing

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images. As dusk falls, a team of paranormal investigators are on the

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hunt for ghosts they say haunt this airbase. We are looking for the

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spirit of Guy Gibson and his dog. They have been a lot of things

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reported about his dog, and it would be excellent if we got proof

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that they are still here. He's remembered as the courageous RAF

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pilot who led the Dambusters, and an attack which destroyed two large

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German dams. And his dog - who became the squadron's mascot.

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Buried on the airbase, the dog's ghost has been spotted across

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Lincolnshire many times. He is like a lost soul, looking for his master.

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When I was walking along the corridors, I could sense a dog

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following me. So yes, like any other airfield, we have got the

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ghost, and we have got this books. At the end of this corridor is Guy

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Gibson's old office, it has been empty for half a century. I am

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armed with this device, which shows any changes to the electromagnetic

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field, which disliked say could show paranormal activity. -- this

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lot say. They have all been going off. There is a possibility

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aspirate is speaking to last through these machines. We have had

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cold spots in the corner of the room, coming past us, as if they

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are watching what we are doing. Coming in and saying, high, we are

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here. Staff here say there are at least six spirits roaming the

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airfield - leaving some more spooked than others. Quite a few

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people will not going to the hankers after work, because of the

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light going on and off, the front steps, of voices, when they know

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they are the only people here. Whether you believe in ghosts or

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not, it all adds to the legend of the dambusters and their four-

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legged mascot. Well, Sarah is in East Park in Hull

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now, where they're holding a ghost walk. What's going on there this

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evening? Well, if you take a look over here, there is a funfair and

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stunt show that has been run over the weekend. But come over here

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with me for tonight's main attraction, the Ghost Walk.

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Organisers have been setting up since 6am this morning, and it is

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kitted out with sound effects, smoke machines, and some ghosts and

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goblins to scare you along the way. As you can see, it is already

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bringing in the big crowds. Earlier, I spoke to families who told me

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what has been spitting them out tonight. The clown that jumped out.

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I saw something moving. Like a ghost under the tunnel, it jumps

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out at you. When the person jumped out with the ghost costume, it

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scared me for a bit. It was really funny. It is the 11th year the

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Ghost Walk has been running, and organisers expect up to 5000 people

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to come down tonight. The best thing is, it is absolutely free, it

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is open till 9pm, and young or old, there has been a big effort on the

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costume front. Here is something to scare you guys at home! If you are

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going, then enjoy. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. Amid more anti-capitalist protests, the Dean

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of St Paul's is the latest high profile resignation.

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Cracking down on the metal thieves - police demand more powers as the

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crime figures increase. Rain at first tomorrow, soon

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clearing, then fine and dry with spells of sunshine. Maximum

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temperature, 15 degrees Celsius, 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Response coming in on metal theft. The chain says, timed to stop the

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dodgy cash in hand, no questions asked. Michelle says, we had the

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overhead power cable stolen outside our house last Friday night, we

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