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Oldham's a look not. A headlines: - - a welcome to Look North. 13 years

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after his death, Christopher Alder's family get an apology from

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the government. There were people responsible that have not been held

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accountable. Local MPs said the government will write off part of

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the Humber Bridge debt, and that could mean lower tolls.

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The number of young drivers failing breath tests go up, and police show

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the consequences of drink-driving. And from Scunthorpe to Sydney. The

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teenager who has got the Australian X Factor.

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There's a big improvement to come with our weather. More details

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coming up. Good evening. After 13 years, the

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family of Christopher Hall -- Christopher Alder have received a

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landmark apology from the government. It has agreed to pay

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them compensation after the former soldier collapsed and died in a

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Hull police station in 1998. I will be asking the former Home Secretary

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Alan Johnson why it has taken so long. Vicky Johnson has this report

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first. Janet told a's life has been

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dominated by her brother's best 13 years ago. She has conducted a

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tireless campaign to find out how Christopher died in police custody.

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Today, the government issued an unprecedented apology. Numerous

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farmers are still fighting for justice -- a new Ms Families. There

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has been no accountability. People seem to not believe police officers

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are capable of doing one. So CCTV pictures captured the final minutes

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of the eight former paratrooper's life in 1998. Officers in the

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custody suite at Queen's Gardens police station simply stood by and

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watched. Fire officers were charged back in 1999 with misconduct, but

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the trial was postponed until after the inquest, which happened in 2000,

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when the jury decided Christopher had been unlawfully killed. Five

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Humberside Police officers were charged with manslaughter. During

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their trial in 2002, those charges were dropped, and they were cleared

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of all offences. The following year, or five officers were clear after

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facing disciplinary action. It took continuing pressure from the Alder

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family before the IPCC issued a highly critical report questioning

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the independence and effectiveness of previous investigations. This

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led to an apology from the Humberside force in 2006. The time

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is right for me publicly to apologise to the family of

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Christopher Alder for our failure to treat Christopher with

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sufficient compassion and to the desired standard. They all the

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family and their legal team have been fighting for years to have

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their case head in the European Court of Human Rights -- the all

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the family. The government admitted it had breached its obligations in

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Regatta preserving life and ensuring no one is subjected to

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inhuman or degrading treatment. bringing the case to the European

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Court, the government had been forced into this position of making

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his admissions. We want to know what will change for the future.

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The family have scored a landmark victory over the government. Their

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most pressing concern now is to establish how Christopher's body

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recently turned up in a mortuary 11 years after his very public funeral.

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The Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson joins me now. Good evening.

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Why has it taken the family so long to get an apology from the

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government? It has taken a long time to get the case head in

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Strasbourg. Things move at a very slow pace. The family pushed for

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that to go to Strasbourg. The government made what is called a

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unilateral declaration, which is practically unheard of. They

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apologised on behalf of on the side believes, but also recognised this

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breach of Christopher Alder's civil rights. Not just in terms of what

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happened to him, but also that there had been no independent and

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effective investigation. There should have been a public inquiry

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into this. That is what I and colleagues were pushing for, but it

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never happened. We never have really got to the bottom of what

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happened. Was that nothing more you could have done when you were home

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secretary? Well, no, because by that time, we had had the High

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Court case, the IPCC investigation. Christopher Alder's sons brought

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civil proceedings against Humberside Police. The Attorney-

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General had ruled they should be no public inquiry. The family were

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left to pursue this through Strasbourg, with the result we have

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just seen. An apology is one thing, but nobody has been held

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accountable for Christopher's death. Shouldn't the officers involved

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face action? We have been through this. They were accused of misuse

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of public office. It carries a similar penalty to manslaughter. We

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have no control over the courts, and that is quite right. The judge

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halted the trial. The judge ordered the police officers to be believed.

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I am a defender on the -- I am a defender of the police and many

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things. Humberside Police have done great work in recent years. Nobody

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in the force has any doubt that something was dreadfully wrong. We

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have still not got to the bottom of this. The family have battled on

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through the most terrible circumstances. I hope his

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unilateral declaration is some recognition of what went wrong.

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thank-you for your time. In a moment: Calls for changes to

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border controls after a drink- driver who killed a woman in

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Lincolnshire is revealed to be a convicted killer in his home

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country. Local MPs said the government is

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planning to write off a substantial part of the massive Humber Bridge

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debt in a move which could bring down the told charges. Paul Murphy

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joins us. What would be the impact if this goes ahead? The only impact

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that matters to local people and businesses is that beetles will be

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reduced. If the debt is reduced, so is the interest and so are the

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tolls. I am told that tolls could go down for a single car to around

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�1.50, so half of what they are at the moment. The MPs that were in

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that meeting from the Humber have described the meeting as a bit of a

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turning point and said they made progress. The meeting we have had

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today, we are very positive about it. I think we have got some very

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good news coming in the not-too- distant future. I think we have won

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the argument about the economic impact of these tours and I think

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we need to sit it out for a few days. This sounds like very good

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news tonight. What have local businesses said? One of the most

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compelling argument for reducing the tolls has come from business

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and industry in the Humber. They would like to see them around the

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warm palms 50 mark, or abolished altogether. -- Enron the one pound

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50 Mac. Facing the economy could be greatly boosted. If we could get �1,

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that would generate �500 million worth of the economic benefits over

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25 years. With the renewables opportunities as well, we might be

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heading for up to half a billion pounds worth of benefit to the

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economy. All we really know is that the government is going to look at

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the way to reduce the debt, to reduce the interest rates, bring

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down the tolls. We hope the detail will emerge next Tuesday, when the

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Chancellor makes his Autumn Statement. Thank you very much.

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This is a story we have followed and we will continue to follow it.

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An inquest has opened into the death of a Red Arrows pilot who

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died at RAF Scampton. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died

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when his ejection seat went off while his Hawkeye job was that on

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the ground. The main parachute did not open. -- his Hawk jet was on

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the ground. His funeral will take place next week in Coventry.

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The Coastguard Agency in Bridlington will stay open for 24

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hours. The station at Great Yarmouth will close by 2015.

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Eight that the man who was found guilty of causing the death of a

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woman in Boston by dangerous driving was already a convicted

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murderer in his home country -- a Latvian man. Valentina Planciunene

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died when her moped was knocked into the path of an oncoming

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vehicle by a car driven by Intars Pless. In 1994, he was convicted of

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murdering a drinking companion in Latvia, using an axe.

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Lincolnshire's Euro-MP, Roger Helmer, is calling for a change to

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immigration law. I spoke to him before we came on the air. I asked

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him if cases like this are inevitable. I am afraid this is the

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problem. I agree with your view was, who I am sure are saying we should

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not allow foreign meddlers into what our country, but we have to

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say, how will we stop them -- foreign murderers. We cannot run

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detailed background criminal record checks on everybody coming in. I am

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not sure how practical it would be. The border agency says the onus is

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on the country where the criminal record lies, with the police there.

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They will not be able to telos, will make? I suppose they could,

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but it would involve setting up a substantial bureaucracy that would

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have to keep track of all the criminals who had been released in

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that country and controlling their exit. I think there would be eight

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fighting me difficult and expensive thing to do. Should Britain refuse

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permission to people with a criminal record of this kind to?

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answer would be yes, but I still wonder how we can identify them.

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should not be that difficult to summon has a criminal record -- it

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should not be. Imagine you are run officer in a port or airport.

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Thousands of people walk past you every day. How do you establish if

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any of them have a criminal record? I travel all the time, and you see

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vast crowds going to and fro. I can imagine how you would check every

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one. It is a very difficult situation. We do not want to let

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these people in. We have to find a practical way of stopping them.

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What is the answer? Do you have won? I do not. I would like to see

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closer co-operation between police forces. There may be a way of

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getting some kind of database of serious offenders and linger need

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to digital passport information. That could be a solution -- linking

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it to passport information. Thank- you. The Roger Helmer.

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Should there be a way of stopping convicted criminals entering this

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I look forward to hearing from you. Responses before we finish. Thank

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you for watching. Still ahead tonight: It's been at the heart of

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a village for more than a century, now this Lincolnshire landmark has

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And the teenager from Scunthorpe who fought off all the competition

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Tonight photograph was taken by sue. Some stunning autumnal colours.

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Thank you very much for that. Good evening, young man. Hello, Peter.

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Carol says we saw Peter in the supermarket with a film crew

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pretending to be working but we think he was buying fake tan cream.

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What were you doing? Just that! Only joking. Let's look at the

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headliner for the next 24 hours. It is brighter. At long last getting

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rid of this dull and drab weather. Tomorrow it will be brighter with

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This run of westerlies will be with us into early December. It is a

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significant change to the weather we have been having so far in

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November. There is the weather front, it has been erratically

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pushing south-east woods. There is cloud around. It is still misty but

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the weather front will go into the North Sea in the next few hours

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with skies clearing across our region. A different feel by the end

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of the night, a ground frost in rural places we one Celsius below.

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One or two of you may be scraping - So, a cold in places frosty start

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otherwise a lovely day, dry and bright with long spells of sunshine.

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They will be areas of cloud on a freshening south-westerly wind. A

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lovely day were the you are. The top afternoon temperatures, a

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little about -- above average for the time of year. 10 or possibly 11

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degrees Celsius. Looking further ahead, some rain to come on

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Thursday night, otherwise it looks like fine weather with temperatures

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by Friday back to normal. An e-mail from Carol, I would like

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to nominate Paul to carry the Olympic torch. This, if he is not

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on holiday! She has the measure of you! Yes, there must be one Jew.

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Young drivers still aren't getting the drink drive message -

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Humberside Police say young drivers continue to fail breath tests.

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Today they challenged a rally driver to drive under the influence

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to highlight the dangers. Leanne This is what happens when you drink

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I couldn't drive. I feel giddy. Martin is an experienced rally

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driver and today his reaction times were tested before and after a

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drink. I thought I would break at the same time but it was two or

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three metres out. He is a racing driver. He ploughed into that war

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after a pint. It is quite shocking how easy it is to misjudge the

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braking. Of course this isn't a real wall but it could be, and

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that's the message they want to get across especially to the under 25's.

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Young people think they are invincible and it can never happen

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to them. They do not realise with their culture that a few drinks can

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make a difference. If an experienced rally driver cannot

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break in time. A third of accidents in the area involve young people.

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Last year, when young drivers were stopped, one in 13 were found to be

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over the drink-drive limit. This year, the number has risen to one

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in five. Supporting the cause is a man whose brother was killed by end

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19-year-old drink-driver. Stephen Meara-Blount's brother was killed

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by a 19-year-old drink driver and he himself has been left with life

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changing injuries. Anything which can get the message across

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regarding drink driving I am wholeheartedly behind it. And if it

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will save the life then it has been worth it.

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With the festive season approaching it's hoped more people will think

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That is another story you might want to comment on tonight. A

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reminder of the contact details: It's taken 14 years and the best

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part of �2 million but finally a Lincolnshire landmark has been

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fully restored. Moulton Windmill near Spalding is the tallest in the

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country and for the first time in more than a century it has sails.

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Amanda Thomson watched as they were lifted into place.

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This is how Moulton Mill used to look before this community got

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behind the project to restore this wonderful old building. Watching

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sails return to the mill after more than a century has brought the

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whole village out to look in wonder. It is absolutely wonderful for

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everyone here and nice to see the history in the making. What a

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thrill for the village, a very special day. I used to work there

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as a young lad. It is fantastic. Until the '90s it was run by John

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Biggadike over the previous century it had run on steam, diesel and

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electric. Now he gets to see his old mill with sails for the first

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time. It is a marvellous achievement. I always hoped it

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would be preserved but as things have turned out, it has been

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possible to have a full restoration and as it is the tallest in the

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country, it was well worth achieving an doing. This has been a

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huge undertaking. Each one of these shutters has been hand-stitched by

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friends of the Mail -- the windmill. It is safe for �30,000. They added

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their names to be part of history. And as the final sail was put in

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place, it was an emotional moment for those who's made it possible.

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It is not often I am lost for words but this is one of those moments.

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It is good. Absolutely Fabulous. An amazing day, amazing. Ecstatic and

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emotional. Many friends helped us a long way. Astonishing. A windmill

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is not a windmill without the sails. This is the Rolls-Royce of

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windmills. And at more than 100 Well done to everyone raising money

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for the windmill. Two of our teams are playing in the FA Cup tonight.

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Scunthorpe United play AFC Wimbledon in a first round replay -

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there's coverage on BBC Radio Humberside's FM frequency. And over

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on AM and DAB, full commentary of Grimsby Town against Port Vale.

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Reece Mastin from Scunthorpe has won the Australian X-Factor

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competition. The 16-year-old who moved to Adelaide with his family

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six years ago, had been the bookies favourite to win. The final of the

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competition was watched by his families in north Lincolnshire this

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Ten weeks ago a boy from Scunthorpe started on the Australian X-Factor.

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Last night he was singing with Kylie Minogue after making it to

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the final with three competitors Today was the biggest day of his

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life when he would find out if he'd won. Nothing is coming through at

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the moment. To say there was a bit of tension at the family home in

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Scunthorpe, is most definitely an understatement. My stomach is in

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turmoil. Horrible. I feel sick. Every relative gathered, and used

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every piece of technology available, to get any clues as to what was

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happening. He is in the top two! Eventually they had a break through

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- a Facebook friend helped them watch it live, via a Skype

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connection, and this is what they saw. Australia, you have voted and

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it's time to announce the winner. He has done it! How good was that?

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What a result! Go, Reece Mastin. had stomach ache before but now it

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is gone. A standing ovation. We believed in you all the way. We

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knew you could win this. 16 years old, a long career ahead of you.

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Have fun with the ladies'! Reece is now an official Australian rock

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star with an incredible story and The that woke us up! Earlier I

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spoke to Giles Hardie from the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. I

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asked him what made Reece stand-out Well, it is disappointing having

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stolen the Ashes you have stolen other things from us. What Reece

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had is the X-Factor. The judges said it in the very first of the

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final series. All four judges try to come up with a reason why they

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should be another nine weeks of the finals. Ever since... He is a rock

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star. It is hard to beat in the competition. How do the Australians

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feel being beaten by a Brit? thing to realise about Australia is

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we are very quick to adopt a success. But does not come as a

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surprise. For the purposes of this interview, I acknowledge he was

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born in Scunthorpe and has spent arguably most of his life in

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England. However, once the conversation ends, he is

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Australian! We are keeping him here, in irons if needs be. It is a

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tradition you began! So, you will say he is from Scunthorpe for me

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but for Australia he is Australian. He is from Adelaide. I don't know

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what Scunthorpe his! He is one of us. Presumably, he will be a number

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one in your chart at Christmas? Look, the Christmas chart is not as

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important in Australia. It is an English thing and one I wish we had.

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But it is the 21st century and as the host told us, 93 times this

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evening, we can buy the winning single on iTunes tonight so they're

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not worried about Christmas. They are worried about tomorrow when

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they want him to be number one. will be a superstar then? He is 16.

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If he does not at some point between 16 and 60 or 16 and 40

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which was the age of his final competitor, become a superstar, he

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is doing something wrong. He certainly has the talent. Very good

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to have your no programme. Thank you.

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-- have you Honour the programme. Congratulations to Reece. -- To

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Have you Honour the programme. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. The biggest protest in recent days as thousands

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take to the streets of Cairo. 13 years after his death

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Christopher Alder's family finally get an apology from the government.

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And tomorrow's weather. A dry and much brighter day with spells of

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sunshine. Maximum temperature 11 degrees Celsius that's 52

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Fahrenheit. Some news coming in at that police

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-- a police bodyguard who had an affair allegedly with the wife of a

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MP has been sacked. Mr Johnson resigned following allegations

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about his private life. PC Paul Rice was dismissed without notice

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following a Scotland Yard investigation. Convicted criminals

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are brought in this country, Mrs Fuller says why not add criminal

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records to your passport like points on your driving licence?

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