06/12/2011 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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The company sending workers home for Christmas on half pay as they

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try to save jobs. It is difficult. Dozens of baby seals have died

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after a tidal surge off the Lincolnshire coast.

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Developers say dualling this road will boost the economy as much as

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cutting Humber Bridge tolls. And how a purring engine revealed a

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feline secret. And some strong winds to come. All very latest. --

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Unions say it's an act of solidarity which could save

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workers' jobs. This afternoon, more than 100 staff at a steel mill in

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Scunthorpe went home for Christmas on half-pay to allow their company

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to save money in a tough time. They won't return until January. Caparo

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Merchant Bar has 187 staff and says the unions fully support the shut-

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down. Sarah Corker reports. A 50% pay cut to stay in work.

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That's the sacrifice workers here are making to help their company

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save money and jobs. Like other steel producers across the world,

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Caparo Merchant Bar are feeling the effects of the recession. And today

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the unions came out in support of the move to cut pay and extend

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holidays temporarily. People see what is happening and think, we

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still have got a job. Hopefully, in January, it will go back to normal.

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The company has cut back to all but a skeleton staff. It says extensive

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stoppages and not unusual this time of year, especially when trading

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conditions -- a-week. Pay cuts and shorter working weeks

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have been put in place across the UK for years. Manufacturing firm

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JCB's workers voted in thousands to accept a �50 a week pay cut to keep

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350 jobs, and similar action was taken at British Airways. One

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expert says many other firms could opt to go down the same path.

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expect companies around the country at doing similar things to this.

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The caravan industry has been one of the biggest victims of the

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recession across our area. This manufacturer in Hull says flexible

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working patterns have been the key to their survival. You can extend

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the holidays. You can go onto a shorter week.

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Back in Scunthorpe, and more than 150 workers have agreed to the pay

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cut. It's hoped the money the company saves over the next few

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weeks will give them a better chance of being competitive in the

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new year. I'm joined by the MP for Scunthorpe,

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Nic Dakin. Why do call as positive? -- why do you call this positive?

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We are facing very difficult times nationally. If the workers can get

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through this, hopefully they will still be there for the good times.

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It is not positive if you lose half your wages. No, it is not what

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people would ideally wish. People would prefer our steel companies to

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be taking on jobs, rather than take these kinds of measures. These are

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very difficult times. I think this is a very sensible way of

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management and unions working together. You mentioned unions.

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Would they be happy to go down this path if it means avoiding

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redundancy? They are working together to make sure they can

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deliver a good outcome. It is a prosperous business, so there are

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prosperous jobs. It is not what anybody wants. They are navigating

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this in a sensible way. Would MPs be happy to do this? Clearly,

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people would be happy for MPs to do this! MPs have not had a pay

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increase. They have not had a pay reduction. They are things for

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people to address that the proper time. Thank you very much for

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talking to was tonight. Would you stay at home and take

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half-pay for a month if it helped your company and allowed you and

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your colleagues to stay in work? Are the unions right to be

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Some other jobs news. 176 people have been made redundant from a

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commercial vehicle dealership. H and L Garages, which sold Mercedes

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Vans and Trucks, has gone into administration. The firm has

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garages in Lincoln Hull, Boston, Immingham and York. Mercedes said

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it had stripped H and L of the right to sell its brand. It's

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opened a helpline for staff who want to be redeployed.

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In a moment: Sheep theft is on the rise. Now

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there are warnings of the dangers of buying black market meat. A

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woman accused of murdering her fiance after deliberately hiding

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their business troubles from him has gone on trial at Lincoln Crown

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Court. Julie Dixon, who's 43, is charged with killing David Twigg at

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Burgh le Marsh in March. The court heard that Mr Twigg was locked

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inside his joinery workshop, which was set alight. The prosecution

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alleged it was Mrs Dixon who locked the door.

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More than 70 seal pups are believed to have died at a nature reserve on

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the Lincolnshire coast. A tidal surge washed them away from their

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mothers last week. Wildlife experts say they are still assessing the

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impact on the seal colony at Donna Nook. Tarah Welsh spent the day

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there. New mothers keeping a close eye on

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their young. But last Monday, nature stole some of the new pups

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here. These are the lucky ones, but many others died when bad weather

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and a high tide caused a surge of water, sweeping them away from

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their mothers. We had a very high tide. Normally, the sandbanks work,

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and they get moved around. If left alone, it's unlikely new born seals

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will survive. This baby has been trying to suckle a mother seals,

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but of course, they rejected it. -- so-called on other seals. It will

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join ten others that have been brought in since last week. The

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seal pup has been brought here and is warming up under that lamp. It

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will be looked after and released into the wild in about six months.

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Others were not so lucky. It's hard to know exactly how many seals have

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been lost, but volunteers here believe it's around 75 out of

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roughly 1,000 born, and say they've never seen anything like it and

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hope it never happens again. It's really sad. It's amazing to see.

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It's sad. It's a shock, because they were thriving when we first

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came. All surviving pups are now being

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looked after or have been reunited with their mothers, until they're

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strong enough to head out to sea all on their own.

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It's been confirmed the Queen's Park Special School in Lincoln will

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close, despite widespread objections from parents. The school

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teaches children with learning difficulties. Lincolnshire County

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Council says it's too small and will relocate pupils to two other

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special schools in the area. After a number of sheep thefts in

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Lincolnshire, trading standards are warning shoppers of the risks of

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eating black market meat. In the latest raid at Epworth in North

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Lincolnshire, 23 sheep were stolen. It's thought they will be killed at

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illegal abbatoirs. The National Farmers' Union says sheep thefts

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have doubled as the price of meat continues to rise. Simon Spark

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reports. Trying to piece together how his

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sheep were stolen, Farmer Paul Antcliff is the latest victim of a

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rising crime. 22 ewes and one ram were stolen. Most of the females

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were in lamb and together had a value of just under 4,000 pounds.

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The Sheba he still had were so frightened, they broke through a

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two wire fences to try to escape -- the sheep. There's nothing you can

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do, really. This follows what was believed to

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be one of the biggest cases of sheep rustling in 25 years, when

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over 1,400 ewes and lambs were stolen from Stenigot near Louth in

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September. But with livestock being such a tightly regulated area, the

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real danger is the use of illegimate abattoirs and food

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outlets to pass on the meat. real concern is around the safety

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of the meat going into the human food chain. Have a think about it.

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Buy from reputable sources. Paul's now weighing up his options

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on whether to continue with his sheep farming for much longer.

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That might be another story you want to comment on. Sent me an e-

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mail. Still ahead tonight: The engineer

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from East Yorkshire putting his building skills to a different use.

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And the hardy cat who went on an And the hardy cat who went on an

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That is a fantastic story coming up in about 10 minutes.

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John Esser took this near Stainton The outlook is an unsettled one.

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Tomorrow, we can expect westerly gales and developing and we could

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have some severe gales later on Thursday. You can see these weather

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systems pushing in across the Atlantic. Now, it has been a lovely

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day. We're seeing some patchy rain and drizzle across their region.

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Longer outbreaks of rain for some, but by the end of the make the main

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news out into the North Sea. Overnight temperatures between two

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and three degrees Celsius. Here are the sun rises and higher water

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It will be the very win the day, with wind in the more exposed parts

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of the region getting up to 50 or 60 miles per hour. The top

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temperatures, fairly academic given the wind, but six or seven degrees

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Celsius. It will turn wet and windy through Thursday and the risk of

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severe gales. Join me on Twitter. Stop advertising! I love the way

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you say, or has it been a lovely day? You are supposed to tell us,

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Humberside Police say jobs will have to go as the force looks to

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save �30 million. They are concerns about the effect this will have on

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their ability to fight crime. Michelle from Hull says...

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Thank you very much for all of these.

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Upgrading the road between Beverley and the Humber Bridge is as

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important for the local economy as cutting bridge tolls. That is the

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view of developers who want to build a �100 million business park

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close to the ridge. -- the bridge. The A164 will be dualled for a

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short section at Willerby, after the government agreed to provide

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most of the money. Last night we focussed on the Lincoln East Bypass,

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which also received funding. Tonight Rowan Crompton reports from

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Willerby. Going to work or coming home, rush

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hour on the A164 can be a frustrating time for drivers.

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make trouble here two or three times a week and always get stuck

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in traffic. At rush-hour, it is horrendous. It can and 30 or 40

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minutes to your journey. I was stuck for about 15 minutes on it

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this morning. It can get very clogged up when people are going to

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work. The council has put �2.3 million

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towards these improvements, to add to the money given by the

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government last week. Full the developer building a business park

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on this land near the Humber Bridge, it is a welcome investment.

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bridge tolls been it Regis, it will allow Labour to flow more easily

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around the region. It is such an important economic corridor between

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Hull and other parts of the region. By for some, these plans do not go

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far enough. A I think they should start at one end of Lincoln and

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bring a right through. They should have done it 20 years ago. It is

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here that we will be able to make the traffic move.

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The improvements works will begin in April and should be completed

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within a year, but for some they cannot come soon enough.

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One road that did not get funding from the Chancellor was the A63

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through Hull. Today, the government told the

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city's three Labour MPs that even the smallest of improvements were

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at least three years away. Leanne Brown is beside the road.

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How badly do the MPs say improvements are needed?

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The A63 is the main route in and out of Hull. It is heavily used by

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commuters and traffic heading to Hull Docks. You can see how busy it

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is by these pictures we took in rush hour. More than 50,000 cars

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Hughes at each day. -- use it each day.

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The second problem is that the road cuts off access to the marina area

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heel behind me. One of the ideas has been to create

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a tunnel road if you like, by lowering the A63 and building a

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bridge over the top. As you said, three MPs - Karl Turner, Diana

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Johnson and Alan Johnson - met with the Transport Minister. They have

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have made some headway on this. Tomorrow night, we will look at how

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millions of pounds to upgrade the A18-A180 link road could open up

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trade on the banks of the Humber. RAF staff who played a role in

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Operations in Libya were thanked personally by the Prime Minister in

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Downing Street. Crews from RAF Waddington and RAF Coningsby in

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Lincolnshire and RAF Marham in Norfolk were among the guests at a

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reception held by David Cameron. The Prime Minister said he was

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proud to play host to them. have held a lot of parties and

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receptions and this soon, but I do not think any of them have given me

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such a sense of honour as the one today. Everyone in this room gave

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incredible service to the country in the operations over Libya. They

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contributed in the air, won this seat and on the ground. I want to

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thank you all for you're incredible dedication, courage and commitment

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that you showed. In football, two of our non-league

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clubs are playing tonight. Grimsby Town, who won their last league

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game 7-0, owe Mansfield Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier League --

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host Mansfield. And Lincoln City, who are sixth from the bottom, are

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at home to Luton Town. Your all local BBC radio stations

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will have full coverage from tonight's games.

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BBC Radio Humberside will have the Grimsby game on their FM frequency

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and online. Sportstalk is on the air now.

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And BBC Lincolnshire will be at Sincil Bank with commentary on FM

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from seven o'clock. An engineer from East Yorkshire has

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been crowned Mr UK's Best Newcomer - at his first bodybuilding

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competition. Andy Pickering took part after being spotted by a

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trainer at his local gym. Now he is hoping to be the next Mr Universe.

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Pandy Pickering has been coming to the local gym for one year. But

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just a few months ago, his potential for body-building was

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spotted. It is something I used to do to increase Sybase just for the

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fun of it. But I do not ever think about the potential for going in

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two competitions. I always say it is the Honda Sport in the world,

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because it is 24 caused Adie, seven days a week. -- hardest sport in

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the world. And this was the moment when he came first in the

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competition. Weighing in at 17 stone, he is now in training for

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the Mr Britton competition. He is on a strict diet. I will have six

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to eight eggs scrambled. And that is just for breakfast. He is hoping

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this will be the first of many trophies. Hopefully, I can win the

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British tour fee and go on to bigger and better things.

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He spent two weeks trapped under the bonnet of his owner's car.

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Drago, who is 14, was only discovered when a faint meow was

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heard coming from the engine compartment. Now, after two weeks

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without food, he is recovering at home in Hull. He does of course

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have main ways to play with, but Drago used one of them up. His

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mystery disappearance has finally been discovered. He spent two weeks

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close to home in a place no one had suspected. I suddenly heard a faint

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at the Owl and lifted up the bonnet. And there was Drago. His head was

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there and his body was there and he was just trapped. Inside, he was

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driven to the emergency vet. Despite losing half his body weight,

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he was described as the luckiest cat alive and has now received a

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clean bill of health. It is thought he had may be made twill journeys

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from his business to his house. It is thought he travelled 60 miles,

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but any more than that and he probably would not have survived.

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He should be dead. He really should be. With one life lost, it is hoped

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Drago will be a little less curious As I say, a great story and if you

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have one you think we should know about, get in touch at the usual

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contact methods. Let us get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines... Unprecedented violence, even for

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Afghanistan. For the first time, bomb attacks across the country

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target Muslims at prayer. And a company is sending workers

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home for Christmas on half pay as they try to save jobs.

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And tomorrow's weather - mostly dry and bright with plenty of sunshine,

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but some gale force winds. A top temperature of seven Celsius. We

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have had a big response about the company which is giving the workers

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have pay. Keith says, rated a voluntary 20 % cut for one year to

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help my company survive. I would do it again. This sacrifice was worth

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it. But another says, this will on the make things more difficult, as

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