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

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Power supplies under threat as attacks on substations triple in

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just a year. People are not only putting their lives at risk,

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dealing with very high-voltage when attacking the assets, but obviously

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endangering the lives of customers and employees.

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Claims that Lincolnshire's schools are being privatised by the back

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door. After snow ruined last year's

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Lincoln Christmas Market, traders hope for better business this year.

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I am live in Lincoln, where thousands are starting to arrive.

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And I ask the honourable gentleman, whose fault is this?

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How Grantham's most famous daughter is being immortalised by a

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Hollywood legend. And the latest This week we've been investigating

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the many problems caused when thieves steal metal to sell for

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scrap. It costs millions of pounds and tonight we reveal figures which

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show a dramatic increase in the number of thefts from electricity

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substations. Western Electric, which covers Lincolnshire, say that

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over the last three years there's been a threefold increase in the

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number of incidents. So what needs to be done to prevent this crime?

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In a moment we'll be hearing from the man who speaks on behalf of the

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scrap metal industry, but first Copper may not be a precious metal

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but it is in high demand, with people willing to risk serious

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injuries and even death to steal it. Attacks on electricity substations

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like this are on the rise as thieves risk everything to get hold

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of metal. Throughout the sub- station you will see copper

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earthing. There is a small example. This is a vital safety component

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for the operating of the sub- station, but also the safety of

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engineers and members of the public. Thieves target this, and reckless

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scrap-metal dealers will buy it. Now the metal's being marked with

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smart water. It's a clear solution used to mark valuables which shows

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up under UV light. It can be used to tag metal to show where it's

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come from. It only needs something very small. It is easy to detect

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under ultraviolet light, if the police were to stop somebody.

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In the Midlands area the problem has increased dramatically in the

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last couple of years. In 2009 there were around 360 attacks on the

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electricity supply chain, with thieves targeting copper cables and

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overhead power lines. In 2010 that figure had risen to 960 and this

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year so far there have already been more than 1,000.

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In part it's the rising price of the copper that attracts thieves,

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despite the dangers. When cables like these are stolen there is a

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knock-on impact on infrastructure. It also affects the telecoms

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industry and the industry networks. Reverend Matt Martinson left a life

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of crime to join the Church. He's backing an online petition calling

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for scrap dealers to stop cash payments but says people must be

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vigilant. Try to light up the dark areas of the Church, in the grounds

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and things, and be aware of your surroundings.

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Technology like this helps to mark stolen metal in the hope that it

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can't be sold on, but campaigners argue that a change in the law is

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needed to really get this problem under control.

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We have been keeping a tally of metal thefts in the area. Since

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Saturday, Lincolnshire Police have had 74 calls about theft and

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Humberside Police have had 20. Earlier, I spoke to Ian

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Hetherington who's from from the British Metal Recycling

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Asssociation. It not only damages the reputation of the metal

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recycling industry, but it is also damaging the infrastructure of it,

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in that we are obviously one of the largest victims of metal thefts.

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More than 1000 raids on electricity sub-stations this year, costing

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millions and putting lives in danger. And this is because your

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industry offers cash in hand to the thieves, and that is what everybody

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is saying. Well, firstly, we unreservedly condemn the theft of

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infrastructure. It damages communities, the opportunity for

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travellers to travel freely, and our members would never knowingly

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entertain the buying of stolen material. Why can't we stop cash-

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in-hand payments at scrapyards? Isn't it time your organisation did

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something about that? The issue is not cash in hand, or the means of

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payment. The issue is having a clear route of identification

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between the seller of the metal, the stolen material, in these terms,

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and the buyer. It does appear, though, that you police yourselves.

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Do you not need the government to do something, to push something on

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to you to get it sorted out? strongly dispute that. The scrap

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metal industry, the metal recycling industry is heavily regulated. We

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contend that much of that regulation is badly enforced and we

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must see the police and the Environment Agency and all the

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other regulating bodies, of which there are very many, actually begin

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to co-ordinate their activities and clampdown on the illegal operators

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who provide the outlet for this material. But those who run the

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scrapyards, when they are offered metal which is stolen from gardens,

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or whatever, they are not doing anything wrong? Absolutely, they

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are doing wrong. If they are knowingly receiving stolen material,

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there should be heavy penalties. We would support and we are urging the

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Government to tighten up the penalties. But if you were to ban

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cash-in-hand, it would stop. would not. It would have no impact

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at all. There are currently a large underbelly of illegal operators out

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there, working outside the existing framework of the law. If you banned

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cash tomorrow, all that would happen is that their business would

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enlarge and we would grow the underbelly. And at the disadvantage

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of those who are heavily regulated and who can form with the law in

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the current times. Thank you. The subject of metal thefts.

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We'd love to hear your views on this. What's the answer to this

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increasing problem of metal thefts? Is it as simple as stopping cash-

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In a moment, concern about how long disabled people in East Yorkshire

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are having to wait for benefit payments.

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More than half of Lincolnshire's schools will be academies by the

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start of the next school year. Academy status gives schools more

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direct control over budgets, staff and timetables, but opponents say

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it makes them less accountable. Tarah Welsh has been to one town

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where the issue has been so controversial that it's led to

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resignations. This site was taken over by

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Skegness Academy in 2010. Those running say it's turned a troubled

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school into a remarkable academy. Lincolnshire County Council has

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urged all of its schools to take up academy status. That would mean

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they're independent from the local authority and that's why some

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campaigners are against the move. It is literally hounding the

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ownership and management of running the schools over to unaccountable

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private businesses. I think parents are not aware, at the moment, that

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when a school goes to academy status, they lose that layer of

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local accountability. But the principal here says

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converting to academy means better behaviour, results and resources

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for pupils and the community. have got an Academy council that

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has local authority representatives on it. It has staff representatives

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on it that live in the local community. Because we are local

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people, we know what affects local kids.

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But when Mark Anderson and Colin Wright were governors at Skegness

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Junior School, when they discovered it would become an academy under

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the same trust as the secondary school, they resigned. Gut-

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wrenching, because I put so much effort into it. What could happen

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is communities not having a hold on community schools. The community

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has a big say. Look at this resource. This is a learning

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resource centre that will be open to the community after school hours.

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But here in Lincolnshire, 55% of secondary schools have already

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converted into academies. A much higher proportion than elsewhere in

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our region. In East Riding, there are five

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Academy's Art of 18 secondary schools. In Hull, there are three

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out of 14. In Lincolnshire, there are 32 academies, leaving just 20

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in local authority control and it is a transition the Government

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encourage. Lincolnshire schools have been doing very well for young

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people over the last few years that they can do even better and academy

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status gives them the freedom, flexibility and resources to raise

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standards for all children. And with such strong support from

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ministers, it's likely more of our schools will become autonomous.

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Young cancer patients from East Yorkshire had their first look at a

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new specialist cancer unit for teenagers today. The facility at

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Castle Hill Hospital in Hull will mean many young people will no

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longer have to travel to Leeds for treatment. It was built with money

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raised by the Teenage Cancer Trust. Police interviews have begun in the

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case of a former paratrooper whose body was found in a Hull mortuary

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more than ten years after his funeral. Christopher Alder died

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after being held in police custody in 1998. His family thought they'd

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buried him two years later, but a police investigation began after

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his body was discovered. South Yorkshire Police won't reveal who

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they've spoken to as part of their investigation.

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The funeral has taken place of Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham, who

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died in an accident last month at the display team's base in

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Lincolnshire. Flight Lieutenant Cunningham was ejected from his

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Hawk jet while on the ground at RAF Scampton. It was the Red Arrows'

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second fatality this year after the death of another pilot, Jon Egging,

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in August. Today's funeral service was held at Coventry Cathedral.

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Still ahead: How a Hollywood legend is

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immortalising Grantham's most famous daughter. And it has only

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been open a few hours, but thousands are turning up for the

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If you have a picture that you are proud of, ascended into us and we

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will show it at half-time on the programme one night. -- send it

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There is an interesting story about that. That cloud had no name until

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18 months ago when the cloud appreciation Society named it.

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The headline for the next 24 hours will be thrust and perhaps one or

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two icy patches tonight, but then tomorrow will be chilly but dry

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with some sunshine. Not looking too bad. This weather system might

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bring patchy rain tomorrow night. It has not been too bad today. The

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BIC chilly but bright. Quite a lot of cloud its dreaming up from the

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south. That could threaten parts of Norfolk with some patchy rain in

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the next couple of hours. It will soon move away, pulling the medium

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level crack -- cloud that has been with us. That means the skies will

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Collier and there will be a fairly widespread frost, with temperatures

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down to roundabout freezing. So the sun will rise in the morning at 750

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You may be scraping ice off your windscreen in the morning. It will

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be a lovely, crisps that. The sunshine will turn hazy. Bright at

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times, especially through the afternoon. It will stage right. The

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wind will freshen, so it will feel a little chilli. A further ahead,

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patchy rain on Friday night. Saturday is not looking back. More

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unsettled on Sunday with patchy Follow me on Twitter.

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We can hear more about asparagus, or whatever it is called!

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Asperatus! Linda says, we can still see Paul,

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can he moved out of Europe?! People in our area who have their

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disability living allowance stopped can face long delays before their

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case is heard by an appeals tribunal. Some people have had to

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wait over a year. The Tribunal Service say the deal with half a

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million cases a year. They admit there is a backlog.

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One Afghanistan war veteran, and one person with Chron's disease. An

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incurable disease of the Basle. They are very different people with

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very different disabilities, but both have suffered, or are

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suffering, the same consequences of lengthy delays to hear their

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appeals for disability living allowance. About nine months later,

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I got my appeal. The earliest date my appeal can be head is June 1st

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next year. It took Arona over a year to receive his allowance after

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an appeal. Louise claimed in June, was refused will have to wait until

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June next year. A lot of people have been in my position. There are

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plenty more out there. You are having to make sacrifices in

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between. How many more people will go through it? The weight is a

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familiar story at the Citizens Advice Bureau. The air is like a

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thorn all. There is lots of benefits claiming. There are

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perhaps incorrect decisions being made. There are too few venues, too

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few trained tribunal members to hear cases quickly. In a statement,

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the Department of Work and Pensions The government says it has been

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listening to concerns, and they are now reforming disability living

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allowance. I have already announced significant changes to the way we

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are approaching these reforms, particularly around the assessment

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criteria we are using. That is directly as a result of listening

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to disabled people and their organisations. In the meantime, the

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wheeze is having to live on significantly less money until her

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tribunal his head -- Louise. New Hull FC players had been

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talking about how they are settling into life in England. Wade McKinnon

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and Brett Seymour joined Aaron Heremaia in training today. They

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told Simon Clark that Hull had given them a great welcome.

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They come from mainland Down Under. Australians and a Kiwi. What are

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the main cultural differences when you leave the Antipodes behind for

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East Yorkshire? A theme is already emerging. Cold weather! Sunshine at

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home to the weather here! They have left fine weather and the splendid

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landmarks behind to pursue their futures in rugby in East Yorkshire.

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One of them will have more than most to remember Hull by. It will

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be exciting. We have got a baby due next year. It is another string to

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the Barra! It is all very exciting at the moment. These fans watching

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training today had their take on what the players need to settle.

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Mix with the people and you are laughing. Hull people are friendly,

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so they will take to them. If you snub them, they will not want to

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know you. Three years ago, Rachel Barton left elbow and to settle

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here. -- left Melbourne. The best way to settle his blend in, and try

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to see places they have hidden away. I think Hull is a great community

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with plenty to offer, but you have to go and find it. We have been

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driving on stopping and having lunch. We are enjoying it at the

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moment. All three of us have not seen snow, so we are hoping for

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some! Was never the weather, Hull FC fans trust they will settle into

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their rugby and help return the glory days to the club.

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It was cancelled last year, but this afternoon, Lincoln's Christmas

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Market opened, with local business is hoping to make up for last

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year's disappointment. Leanne is live at the market tonight. What

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can people expect? As you can imagine, there is hot

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food and wine available, home-made gifts, toys and jewellery. A third

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of the stalls you can see down there will be showcasing

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Lincolnshire products. We will have more on that tomorrow. Lots of it

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comes from across the UK and Europe. Lincoln has a very strong bond

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which its sister city, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Germany, where

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much of the wine that is sold here comes from. I have travelled to

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Germany to see it in production. With its beautiful countryside,

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historical buildings and Cathedral, it's easy to see why Neustadt an

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der Weinstrasse is twinned with Lincoln. The town also has a castle,

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but down below are 40 miles of thing out. That means plenty of

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wine. -- 40 miles of vineyards. P Anselman estate is one of the

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biggest producers in the region, producing 1.6 million bottles a

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year. The wine we are bottoming today is a cabernet sauvignon. We

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export our wines to more than 20 countries worldwide. Especially to

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the UK. And, of course, Gluvine, or mulled wine as we call it, is a

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huge seller at this time of year. Gluvine is very popular, especially

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in November and December. After a cold, winter day it is very nice to

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get warm again, and it is very special if you were in a typical

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German Christmas Market to drink it out sight. For the last 29 years,

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wine from the region has made the 15 hour journey to its twin town.

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Around 2000 bottles are sold at a Lincoln Christmas Market every year.

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Thousands of litres made a wasted journey last year after the event

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was cancelled because of the snow. We could not believe it. After some

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time, week saw the snow. After two days, we returned to Germany.

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the weather in England being unusually warm for this time of

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year, their arrival went to plan, and there is plenty of stocks for

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this year's Lincoln Christmas market.

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As we saw there, the snow last year. Traders will hope to make up for

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that this Shea. The well indeed. -- this year. John is from the council.

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How much money does the market bring in? We estimate about �10

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million into the local economy. People come and spend money in the

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city. And hopefully they will come back in the future. I am told this

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is the biggest to date. What is new? We have more stalls, about 260.

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We have children's craft, Street feta. Lincoln is delivering what it

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always does. Atmosphere. A great start to Christmas. How many people

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are expecting to come to the market? It is difficult to say, but

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we think about 200,000. That is a lot of people. Why should people go

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if they want more information? can look at the dedicated website.

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Once they get here, there is park and ride at a Lincolnshire

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Showground. The tourist centre has lots of information. Thank you very

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much. Let's hope the weather stays as good as it is tonight. It is

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feeling very festive here, and we will have more from here tomorrow.

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The thank you very much. She is one of Lincolnshire's most

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famous daughters. Last night, Leicester Square in London was

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packed for the premiere of a film about her life. It is called the

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Iron Lady and is the story of Margaret Thatcher. She is being

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played by Meryl Streep. What do they make of her life story in its

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Grantham? She was the first lady of politics,

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and earned the reputation not to be trifled with. All attempts to

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destroy democracy by terrorism... Margaret Thatcher was prime

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minister through political turmoil, and foreign conflict. Her career

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began here in Grantham. Her father was a shopkeeper. This is,

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admittedly, an elegant street in Grantham, but it was still some

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journey from here to Westminster. It was further still for the

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daughter of a greengrocer to make it all the way to Hollywood. Of

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course, it had to be a Tinseltown Ailey stare like Meryl Streep to

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pull off the part of the Iron Lady. -- Tinseltown a police death.

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wanted to in some way capture whatever it was that drew people to

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her. And whatever it was that made people have a special venom for her

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as a public figure. Do the people in Grantham know what it is all

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about? First woman to do something? Prime Minister. That's it. What she

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did was splendid. She did a lot for women. They put a statue or porter

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and someone not the head off. always did divide opinion. You can

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decide for yourself when the Iron Lady comes out next month.

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There we are. The first woman to do something! I love that.

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Let's have a recap of the headlines. The Governor of the Bank of England

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tells high-street banks to increase their reserves as concern grows

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about the eurozone. Attacks on electricity sub-stations

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triple as metal thieves threaten power supplies.

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A dry day tomorrow, although the clouds -- This Guy's will cloud

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Big response on the subject of the metal thefts after our report and

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interviews this week. Peters says, what that Gentleman has said is

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rubbish. That is our guest. I lived in West Hull and local youths would

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stretch lead from occupied and derelict houses, knowing that local

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scrap dealers give them ready cash to feed their drug habits. George

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said, it and it takes one of these idiots to get electrocuted, it

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might make them think twice. Gill says, signed who is by newt and

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give the thieves know where to take it, that is the answer -- Sark --

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