23/11/2011 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Here we are, a very good evening to you from Look North.

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Humber Bridge bosses say that tolls will drop as the government agrees

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to write off part of the debt. The board has always charged purely

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to maintain the bridge and to repay the debt. If the debt is reduced,

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we won't need that level of income. Police reopen their investigation

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into a -- de death of a man who died after being thrown out of a

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nightclub. The last pirate in England. 50

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years on, a Grimsby skipper tells his story.

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And the world's newest pop-star, this boy from X Factor, as you have

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never seen him before. And do not forget to join me for a

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Good evening. The after three decades of rising tolls, Humber

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Bridge bosses have told Look North that they expect charges to be

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reduced. It follows the news that ministers are planning to write off

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a large part of the bridge's �330 million debt. The the general

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manager of the Humber Bridge says that drivers may soon it no longer

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be paying Britain's highest tolls. The prospect of lower Humber Bridge

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tolls is welcome news for those who struggle to afford the current

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charge of �3 each way for cars. Emily, who is 18, is an apprentice.

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She works for a charity which provides complementary therapies

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for charity sufferers. -- cancer sufferers.

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It is tough. For people that not -- that do not get a lot of money, �6

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could buy you a lot of things. It is an additional tax on people

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who are already poor. They may have to make adjustments to their income

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because of their illness. They are accessing treatment across the

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bridge. It is essential that these tolls comedown. They are stifling

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services and are preventing people from actors in the treatment they

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need. Ultimately, the bridge's financial

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future will be decided on an economic basis. With a handful of

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proposals already in place to pay off some of the debt.

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This businessman is offering �100 million for the bridge to be run by

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a community interest company. Tolls would be reduced to �2 each way for

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cars. The Humber Bridge board is also quoting a figure of �100

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million. The they would reduce the present 22 councillors are to 10.

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They would reduce the toll to to pass 50. North Lincolnshire council

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is also looking at buying the bridge in a public-private

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partnership. It would see tolls reduced to one pound 54 cars. --

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�1.50. The board has always charge tolls

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purely to maintain the bridge. If the debt is reduced, I have no

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reason to suggest they would not reduce the tolls.

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The final details will be revealed when the Chancellor delivers his

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Autumn Statement next week. The big question is, can the

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government really afford to pay off a large amount of this debt?

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That is the 64,000 dollar question, or to be more precise, the �332

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million question. What I do not think will happen, the government

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cannot afford to pay off the whole debt. That is not going to happen.

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I think ministers will be looking closely at those three proposals on

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the table, possibly a combination of them, the king of paint --

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looking at paying about �100 million. The Treasury will take a

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hit on the rest. The understanding that Lower Bridge tolls would bring

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more business and more people paying taxes. It is a big gamble,

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but I am told tonight it is a gamble the government is willing to

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take. Thank you very much indeed. We will

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continue to follow the story. In a moment, the grandmother who broke

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both arms after falling on an uneven pavement.

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Police are to reopen an investigation into the death of a

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man who was restrained by bouncers at the Lincoln a nightclub. It

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comes after a jury found that 23- year-old William Pleasants had been

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unlawfully killed as a night out at the Engine Shed in October 2008.

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Today, his family have described it as a small step towards justice.

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It was a night out that ended in tragedy. William Pleasants was

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thrown out of the Engine Shed venue on Lincoln University's campus by

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door staff in October 2008. After they go straight in on the ground,

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he stopped breathing and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

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At Lincoln Crown Court, an inquest into his death came to its

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conclusion. It found that William Pleasants died following a lack of

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oxygen to the brain after a heart attack while he was under restraint.

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He was also under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Over the past

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week, the inquest has heard from a range gritters, many who questions

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the use of force by the door staff. Today, the jury decided that his

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death amounted to unlawful killing. Lincolnshire police say the verdict

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raises many questions. I have heard the evidence, and in

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light of that we are reopening the investigation. I think the inquest

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also raises several issues around the security industry, as the

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coroner will make comment on them at a later stage.

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A pathologist told the inquest that if William had not been restrained,

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he would not have died. As they left court, William Pleasants'

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family told us that it was a mood small step towards justice. The

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police had initially arrested six people, although no charges were

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brought. Officers say they will be reviewing the case.

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Jake is live by the Engine Shed in Lincoln right now. What happens

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next? I think it is important to stress

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that the inquest is not allowed to apportion blame to any person with

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regard to a death. So it is now going to be down to the police as

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the Crown Prosecution Service to review the evidence in this case as

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decide whether there are any grounds for a criminal prosecution

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to now take place. Further to that, this evening, the University has

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issued a statement. It says that its thoughts are with William

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Pleasants' family at this difficult time, and that we are extremely sad

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that this young man has lost his life. We will provide all

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assistance necessary to establish the cause of the death.

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Thank you very much. Some more news. England Under-21s men have been

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sentenced to life for murdering a Scunthorpe man in his own home.

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Teesside Crown Court heard that Roy Bush, who was disabled, died after

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being punched and stamped on. His attackers then stole his prosthetic

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leg. Liam Campbell will serve a minimum of 21 years. Joe Harrison

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from Scunthorpe will serve at least 18 years.

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New figures have shown a rise in the number of deaths caused by --

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caused by cold weather. The number of deaths has risen by nearly 1%.

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Jack Pleasant from Grimsby says he spends more time in the library in

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the winter to save on heating his home.

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The primary thing is, food is more important than heat, because you

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can generate a bit of heat by putting extra clothing on. But if

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you have not got food, you were going to waste away.

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A Hull grand mother has described the last two mums as a nightmare

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after tripping over a pavement on the estate where she leads postop

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Jean Stephenson broker both of her arms in the fall, and is now

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selling Hull City Council for compensation. But the authority has

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defended its record after spending more than �1 million fixing

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pavements in the last year. This is about the only think Jean

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Stephenson can do on heroin. Seven weeks ago, she tripped on a sunken

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drain cabals hide her home, breaking both arms.

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I cannot basically do a lot. I cannot wash myself. I cannot feed

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myself. It is a nightmare, really. The problem has now been fixed, but

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Jean is suing the council. It comes at a cost, hitting the taxpayer

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hard. In the last four years, Hull City Council paid out more than �1

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million on legal fees and compensation. That is after more

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than 250 injury claims. Lincolnshire saw almost 200 planes,

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paying out over �200,000. In East Yorkshire, 280 claims cost the

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council �280,000. You do not have to look far to find

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cracks or uneven pavements. And lawyers say if they paving stab --

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paving slab is raised by more than an inch, that could be enough to

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trigger a claim. We have got approximately 100

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claims going against local authorities. If they fail to

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identify a defect, if somebody is injured, they can be held liable.

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It is absolutely awful. They are terrible to walk on.

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A they are terrible. Most of them are terrible. The councils say most

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of the pavements are well maintained, with �1.3 million spent

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on repairs last year. But Jean says much more needs to be done.

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I have ended up like this. If it had been somebody elderly, they

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could have killed themselves. Now Jean is too scared to go out

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alone. She hopes legal action will push the council to improve the

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estate's footpaths postop. Phillipa Hunt works for the charity

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Living Streets, which campaigns for better pavements across the country.

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I spoke to her earlier had asked her if she often sees this kind of

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case. This is the kind of tale we hear a

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lot. I think what illustrates this is the importance for councils or

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ensuring that their street are well maintained and kept clear from

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hazards. We know that all too often pavements are not given the

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priority that is needed, which is a surprise, given that they are one

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of the public services that we use every day.

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But we just heard in the film about compensation figures. This is

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costing millions of pounds coming out of the public purse. Accidents

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happen. Should people be more careful?

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Obviously, you would expect people to be careful. But every local

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authority has a duty to ensure that their pavements are well-kept and

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kept free of obstacles. If they do not do that, they will be liable to

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compensation claims. I think what this shows is that it is a false

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economy lost to ensure that our pavements are well maintained and

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kept, and that is going to be such an increasing priority as we start

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getting into the winter weather. Do you think some people claim to

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bed early and use it as an excuse? If you think that the vast majority

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of short journeys are undertaken every day by foot. I think that's

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really shows the importance of making sure that we put sufficient

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priority behind ensuring that we have good quality pavements where

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people want to walk. I do not think you can underestimate how important

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good quality pavements are for local people, particularly those

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who are more vulnerable, if you are older or disabled. In these

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situations, being able to walk on a pavement free of hazards to your

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local shops really can be a lifeline. The banter with what is

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likely to be a cold winter, that is This is usually a controversial

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subject. What other pavements like were you why? Have you ever fallen

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on them? Should councils take a greater responsibility looking

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after pavement better? Do we need to what were we are going? Get in

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touch. -- do we need to watch where Thank you for getting in touch last

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night, after we reported about the that fear Intars Pless. He was

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found guilty of causing the death of a woman in Boston by dangerous

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driving. He was a convicted murderer in his home country,

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Thank-you for those. The impact of thousands of job

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losses at BAE Systems will be the subject of a debate in the House of

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Commons tomorrow. In September, the company announced it was losing

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nearly 900 jobs at its plant in broth. BBC Radio Humberside will

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have live coverage of the debate tomorrow. - - Brough. We will have

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a round-up of that debate him Look North tomorrow. Still ahead: Almost

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50 years after being jailed for piracy, a Grimsby skipper tells his

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story. And from Scunthorpe to top of the

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charts, we go back to the roots of the world's newest pop star.

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Most photographs we get our sense electronics -- and send electronic

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say these days. -- the most photographs are sent electronically

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Hello, your man. Here is the message from Natasha or.

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She says, I am confused by Peter's age because his skin looks radiant.

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I am surprised you can see his skin underneath all that make up!

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The weekend is looking changeable. The next 24 hours look strike with

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variable amounts of cloud. The wind is coming in from the West. In the

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breeze, you will probably notice it feels court. It will bring rain

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barely hours Friday morning. Friday is looking fine with sunshine. Some

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fairly decent weather to come in the next few days. We had more

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cloud than I thought today. It has been bright. The cloud may thicken

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during this evening and overnight. Eight chance of a few spots of rain

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across more western areas. It will not amount to much. It will be out

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of the way by first light. Most of us will be dry. Temperatures are

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around seven or eight Celsius. The sun will rise about 744 am, setting

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at 3:52pm. It looks as though it will be a very similar to today.

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Variable amounts of cloud. A fresh south-westerly wind will break the

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wind up. There will be spells of sunshine at times. These

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temperatures are above average for the end of November. We are looking

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at 12 Celsius. Friday looks fine with some sunshine. Some rain

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Saturday night. Daylight Saturday I was just e-mailing my solicitor!

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Claire says, where was the sunshine in Long Sutton, was this another

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dodgy forecast? It was the cloud's fault. Nothing

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to do with the forecast. There are fears tonight that the

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closure of a Norfolk coastguard station will leave part of the

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Lincolnshire seafront more vulnerable. The government

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confirmed yesterday that the station at brake mac -- at Great

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Yarmouth will shut at the coastguard in Bridlington will be

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responsible for Lincolnshire. Some fishermen say it is compromising

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safety. It is that heart of England's

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shellfish industry. Is what has that been some of the world's most

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treacherous. Safety around the Wash has been the responsibility of this

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coastguard station up until now, but the closure has been confirmed

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as part of government cuts. Unbelievable. It is the most

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important coastguard station we have. That stretch of water is most

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dangerous. All in activity going on out there, it is the busiest

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stretch of water. -- all the activity. My concern is that

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someone in Southampton will take their phone call and they will not

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be aware of what is going on. Humber Coastguard based at

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Bridlington currently covers the coast than from Berwick to police

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its, whereas great charm of's station covered Lincolnshire and

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Norfolk. Bridlington will share that duty with Southampton on a 24

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hour basis. We still need to see more reassurance that Humberside

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can cope with an extended need. government's original plans to

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streamline the service had been cut back. Modernising it claims better

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technology, improved safety he ate fewer stations. Great Yarmouth's

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will go in 2015, leaving postal users to hope that modernisation

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does what it says. -- postal users. Grimsby's university centre will be

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officially opened tonight. The �20 million development will offer

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higher education courses. It ranges from science labs to radio and TV

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studios. Hull has two new nature reserves.

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The new status has been given to the site at Rockford Fields at

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Noddle Hill. It means rare plants and animals which live in the area

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will now be protected. Scunthorpe United suffered another

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defeat last night in the FA Cup. They lost 1-0 to Wimbledon. It was

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a good night for a Grimsby Town, as they beat League Two side Port Vale.

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The 1-0 win means they will take on Salsbury in the second round.

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He was the last man in England to be convicted of piracy on the high

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seas. And now a skipper from Grimsby has told his story for the

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first time. Alwyn Call spent five years in prison after a drunken

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prank 45 years ago, when he and four crew members to cover the

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Grimsby trawler, the Loveden. Alwyn Call, known as Olly, spent

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most of his time at sea. Today, he is a respected skipper, but back in

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1966 while sailing off the coast of Grimsby on the Loveden trawler, he

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had a very bad idea. We were looking at each other across the

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table, laughing and drinking, and I said, shall we take this bloody

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ship over? We went on the bridge, went to see the skipper and said,

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we are taking the ship over. He said, don't be daft. We had a rope

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and we tied him up, then tied up the mate and a cook and there was

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no turning back. Olly and four other crew members sailed to jemmy

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to escape, but they were caught. The five men were brought back here

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to Grimsby dock and charged with piracy. Orly spent five years in

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jail, but the judge said he was lucky to escape the death sentence.

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It was only after we got caught we realised how serious it was. The

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any person did not see it as a joke was a joke. He would not accept it

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as a drunken escapade. His story is been recorded here at Grimsby

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library. I have never come across a story about piracy. To have the

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last bright reds here in Grimsby, it is unique. It is a fear that

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Olly has been able to tell his story. -- to have the last private

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here in Grimsby. He has been able to tell how he made good, if you

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like. Olly says his biggest regret is the hurt he caused. When that

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Mayday came out, and then silence, although victims, my mother and

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brother, they must have been wondering what had happened. It

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wasn't a very nice thing to do. Full of regret. Olly would be like

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to remembered as the fishermen he now is, not the drunken pilot he

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once was. -- bright red. The winner of the Australian X

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Factor Reece Mastin has been dubbed the pride of Scunthorpe. The 16-

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year-old grouping Lincolnshire. He has been doing round of interviews

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for the national press, and his single has gone straight to the top

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of the Australian download chart. His talent was spotted in

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Scunthorpe at a very early age. This is what a modern pop sensation

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and X Factor winner looks like. And this is what he looked like six

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years ago when performing in a competition at school. He was nine

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or 10. He knew what he wanted to do and he could perform well. One year,

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he did Robbie Williams, and he was fantastic. He was just like he is

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today. He had that X Factor them. He was comfortable on the stage. I

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am not surprised in some respects, because it was so good.

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excesses caused a sensation among the next generation of pupils.

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was amazing and it will inspire everyone at the school. Amazing. It

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is weird to be in the school where he has been. Well done, a race! We

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think you are amazing! Please come back!

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He has been officially invited to perform here. Rees said he may come

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back to Scunthorpe. We have the excellent venue we did Lincolnshire,

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which would be an ideal venue if he wished to perform. I hope we can

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see if he will, and perform. I am trying to come back to Scunthorpe.

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My grandparents still live there with my uncle. We still have family

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there, they have been watching the show. And what a show he gave them.

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Fantastic story. Let's hope he gets to play in Scunthorpe. Let's have a

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recap of the headlines. The parents of the misaligned -- of the missing

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girl Madeleine McCann hit out at months of media intrusion. Humber

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Bridge managers say they expect the We heard that story of Jean and the

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pavements. Big response. Somebody said, how do -- how did people

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managed on cobbled streets? They never put in a claim when they fell.

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Deal with it. Simon said, blame culture should be banned. I walk my

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dogs every day and I never fall over. Rachel said, people should

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look were they going, more and more people will be falling just to take

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