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

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Dozens of workers at a North East Lincolnshire oil refinery walkout

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in protest over pay and conditions. The employers need to set up an

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agreement on their own without negotiations with the unions.

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guilty - the Lincolnshire woman who has changed her plea and admitted

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to murdering her boyfriend. Ret out of the wall using a stolen

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forklift - these try to steal a village cash point.

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And a winter Wonderland was almost 100 Christmas trees on display end

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as Scunthorpe church. And a warning of severe gales

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tomorrow. All the latest in 15 minutes.

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Good evening. Workers at an oil refinery in North East Lincolnshire

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say they are being forced to give up their travel expenses and also

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signed an no-strike clause as part of a new deal, which they say it is

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unfair. Today, around 100 workers took part in an unofficial strike

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action at the Conoco Lindsey oil refinery plant. It has been part of

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a nationwide day of protests by contractors who are in dispute over

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changes to the terms and conditions of their contracts.

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Standing up for the rights was were standing in the freezing cold to

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these men. Many of them and electricians at the Conoco Lindsey

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oil refinery. It is not the first time they have come out about this.

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They are refusing to sign a new deal with their deal with their

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employers, Balfour Beatty. One of seven major contractors introducing

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a new nationwide agreement. They are making massive profits. They

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are looking at a potential 26% pay cut. Strikers say they eat --

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employers are cutting pay and conditions. Changes to travel

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allowances could stop expenses being given, and a no-strike clause

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will be added to the workers' contracts. They say these are being

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forced without negotiations with unions. There were some heated

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moments between the workers outside and those trying to get them, but

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most of the protest was peaceful. There are fears within the industry

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that this may spread to other agreements. It is important that

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people going to work understand why we're here. In a statement, the

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trade organisation representing the company's told us, no one will take

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a pay cut. In fact 30% will see an increase in their pay packets and

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no one will lose their jobs. HVCA said the agreement was about

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responding to changes in the construction industry and added, if

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we do not evolve, then we cannot remain competitive and we could see

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British firms losing jobs to foreign contractors. The

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consultation into the changes will end next month and unless employers

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can, but the new offer, they say they'll be out again.

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Earlier I spoke to Lee Whiting who is an employment lawyer in Hull. I

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asked him if the company were within their rights to do this.

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companies are entitled to make changes if they have a business

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reason for doing it. And they have negotiated with the trade union and

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they have consulted with the employee is, they are able to do it.

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If the employees do not accept it and the employer has decided to

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dismiss, in that situation they were -- would have claims to unfair

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dismissal. These are not contract workers. You would think they would

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have more secure rights. They have the right to declare unfair

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dismissal. If employers are dealing with this properly, then employers

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are entitled to dismiss. In that situation, if the employer has done

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everything, the employee has left without anything. Are the Orchid to

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introduce an no-strike clause? generally speaking, they can do

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this if they have a pressing business reason. If they consult

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with the employees and trade unions, then generally speaking employers

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are able to do this. If I say to you are not going to get any

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expenses because we could lose jobs to a dog. Is that a good enough

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reason? That could be a good enough reason. These depend on their own

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facts. It will be a question of fact it's. In a way, employees, in

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the current climate, they are over a barrel? The problem a lot of

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employers are fizzing is that if they do not accept these changes,

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if they do not except these changes, they are aware they could be made

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redundant. Employers will be thinking that within the current

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climate, how quickly will I get another job? So they are between a

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rock and a hard place. Thank you very much.

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I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this one. As the

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company say, they need to stay competitive. Workers say they need

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to protect their terms and conditions. Maybe you are one of

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those workers. If you want to contact us police do the following

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ways: -- pleas to do in the following ways: Thank you for

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getting in touch about the workers who have agreed to take a temporary

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reduction in their pay to save money at their company.

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More than 100 staff at Caparo Merchant Bar went home yesterday

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and will not return until January. Thank you for the females and texts

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on this one. Steer from grounds may says: It is

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not a good thing to take a pay cut. How do you pay your mortgage if you

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take one? Marc Welby tweeted: I think it is

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great that the employer, union and employees are working together to

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save jobs. I would do the same thing if needed.

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And Cowell says: I do not thank the workers have much choice. I think

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they're doing it is and a job. Then a moment: Safe and warm for

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Christmas. The people who have been taken off the streets thighs to a

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multi-million-pound homeless shelter.

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The girlfriend of a man from Lincolnshire who was locked in a

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store cupboard and had his business set on fire, has admitted murdering

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him. Julie Dixon had initially claimed last intruders had attacked

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the couple. But today, the jury at Lincoln Crown Court had been told

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she had changed her plea and was guilty of murder. Anne-Marie Tasker

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was in court. How surprising read these revelations in court today?

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There was as sense of shock in the Court this afternoon when Julie

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Dixon's lawyer stood up and told the court she had changed to plead

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and was now admitting to killing her long-term boyfriend. Julie

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Dixon broke down in tears and she was visibly shaking as the court

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heard that after months of blaming others, she was finally admitting

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to murdering 46-year-old David Twigg.

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To outsiders they seemed a happy couple. But today it was revealed

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that David Twigg had in fact been killed by his long-term girlfriend,

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Julie Dixon. David Twigg died after a fire in his business on March

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13th. He had been locked inside the store cupboard on -- and the

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premises set alight. The amount of poisonous gases proved fatal. He

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was a much-respected businessman and trivets were paid to them at St

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Peter's and St Paul's. At first David Twigg's are often seemed

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distraught at his death. Telling the BBC at the time: As police

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began to scour the murder scene, Julie Dixon told officers the

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couple had been attacked by two last intruders.

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Later she changed her story and told the police there couple had

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made a suicide pact. But investigators did not buy either a

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story. The prosecution told the Crown Court, Julie Dixon could not

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admit to David Twigg that the business was in financial dire

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straits. She was so reluctant to tell, she took his life. But this

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case is far from over yet. Lawyers will be back in court tomorrow

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morning to tell the judge why Julie Dixon has now decided to change her

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see and to give her version of events what did happen back in

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March. But those legal discussions may take some time. So this evening

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we are no clear or when Julie Dixon will be sentenced for this crime.

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Two people have been arrested in connection with an attempted

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robbery at a bank in Coningsby. Lincolnshire police believe that a

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stolen forklift was used to try and remove a cash machine at the Lloyds

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Bank. This was the scene that met

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villagers in Coningsby this morning. Overnight, this local bank was

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attacked when thieves, using a stolen forklift truck, wreck their

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cash machine out of the wall. Everybody this morning and are

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angry about it. I do not know what to make a vet. It is a big surprise

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and a big shock. We do not normally get anything like this in the

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village. What is the point of trying to break into a bank? It is

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stupid. Police say four men are believed to being involved in the

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robbery but they were disturbed before they could take the cash

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machine away. Two men in their 40s have been arrested and questioned

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in relation to the incident. We do not believe they have got away with

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anything yet. Although this type of crime is rare, it is not the first

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time something like this has happened in her area. Two years ago,

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this I can Winterton was robbed and there was a similar incident in

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Woodhall spa the following year. Despite this, police are keen to

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reassure residents. Con in spree is a very quiet place to live. No one

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should be frightened of this. -- Coningsby. Police will now speak to

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other police forces to see if there are links with any attempted

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robberies across the country. People living in the centre of

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Immingham are hoping that the sound of lorries driving down the road

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will soon be a distant memory. Work is scheduled to start on the new

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they won a Tea link road next year after funding for it was announced

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last week. The A 180 link. Having one of the country's major

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ports means they major amount of heavy traffic on new roads. Now

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with an agreement for the No -- new link roads, it means Immingham

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could soon see a change. One area that will benefit is here. They get

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lorries coming through here 24 hours and hours a day and it is

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making residents' lives a misery. If there is another one going. And

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then another one. For the last seven years, this woman and her

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husband have seen the traffic outside their front door or crow

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too reliant was levels. It is thundering, vibration, we have to

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have your TV on loud. Sometimes the property feels like it is never

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still, because of the vibrations. It must have quadrupled since the

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time we came here. Everyone along this road is affected by it. At the

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moment, some lorries travel along this road to reach the docks.

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Instead they will be able to use the A 173. We come to Immingham

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docks. Any by passes will get us there fast. Here are not going

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through the villages. It is good for them. If it takes away all the

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heavy traffic, it will be heaven. Simple as that. North-east

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Lincolnshire council say there are other benefits as well. It will

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allow the area will develop. It is a key scheme for the Humber area,

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north-east Lincolnshire and it is key for business. The work will

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cost 65 �3 billion and will be completed by the summer of 2014.

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It is nearly quarter to seven. We will be live at the KC Stadium

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as Hull City look to build over their win over the last boss.

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And the church opening its doors to If you have a photograph, send it

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into us. Tonight's is a The Church at Ulceby in North

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Lincolnshire taken by the pupils of St Nicholas Primary School, so says

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The Met Office have got a warning in place for some very strong winds

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are developing. Could be severe gales, and that mean gusts in

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excess of 60 miles an hour, and I wouldn't be surprised if parts of

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Yorkshire get up to 70 miles an hour. They could beat a problem for

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the commuter. You can see why a very deep area of low pressure is

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closely packing together. By the end of the day, those isobars get

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tighter still. They risk of severe gales as the tomorrow develops. It

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is a windy enough at the moment. One or two showers have crept in

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from the West. Other than that, it is dry, and should stay like that

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for much of tonight. The winds will ease a little bit. It clouds over

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later, and there will be patchy rain spreading in from the West.

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Temperatures down to 2-three degrees. This summer will rise at

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8am. So, it looks as if it will be wet at times tomorrow. Patchy

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outbreaks of rain in the morning, but then as we head through the

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afternoon, a narrow band of rain per share them from the north-west.

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The winds are strengthening all the while. -- rain per share in. --

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pushers in. 11 degrees Celsius, If you want more on the weather,

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your BBC local radio station will have it.

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21 homeless people will be spending Christmas in warm, safe

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accommodation, thanks to a new centre that has opened in Lincoln.

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The charity behind the scheme is helping them to make a new start,

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and aims to eradicate rough sleeping in the city completely.

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Proud of a new home, Katie couldn't be happier to shore of the flat she

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is sharing with her partner at the Pathways Centre in Lincoln. Here is

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my kitchen. After losing her job and home, Katie was left with

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nowhere to go. If I wasn't here now, I could be on the streets, sleeping

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rough, not eating, and basically living like a homeless person.

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centre will provide up to 21 home as people with temporary come at --

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accommodation, but this is more than just a roof over people's

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heads. The idea is to help people regain independence and get back on

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their feet. Last week, there were 72 people registered as homeless in

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Lincoln. This has attracted high- profile campaigners, including the

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Bishop's former Bishop. Today, the leader of the city council formally

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opened the new centre. In talking to some of the residents, they are

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so pleased with the facilities that gives and dignity, because the

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standards are good here, the facilities are good, they feel that

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perhaps for the first time they are valued. They feel that their needs

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are being recognised and met. Residents will get help finding

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work, and the opportunity to learn new skills. The charity behind the

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Pathways Centre hopes it will put an end to rough sleeping in Lincoln.

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I think it tears realistic. The quality of accommodation is good. -

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- it is. Residents will be able to stay for up to two years.

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And that's another one you may want to talk to us about tonight. E-mail

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or text me and we'll have some of your thoughts before the end of the

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programme. The Red Arrows have been cleared to

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fly again by the Ministry of Defence. The display team, based at

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RAF Scampton, had been grounded since the death of Flight

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Lieutenant Sean Cunningham last month. Investigations are ongoing

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into the accident which involved the ejection seat in his Hawk jet.

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Hull Transport Interchange was evacuated for an hour this morning

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because of a suspected gas leak. There were reports of a smell of

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gas on the rail platforms, and passengers hoping to travel on

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trains and buses were told to leave the station. The Interchange re-

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opened just before 11am after engineers inspected the site.

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Another big crowd is expected at the KC stadium in Hull tonight as

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Hull City face Birmingham City. The Tigers won on Saturday, and they

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are hoping for more of the same tonight to move further towards the

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promotion places. With anticipation building at the

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KC Stadium, fans are confident the Tigers could pick up the full three

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points to propel them back into the play-off places. The team are young.

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They will develop. They are doing well at the moment, and are trying

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hard. They are in for a chance of a play-off place. I think Barmby will

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make a good manager. This weekend's victory ended a run of Galat

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consecutive defeats. It has given the sides a confidence boost. --

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ended a run of two consecutive defeats. We now have to kick on.

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This is an opportunity far asked. The last time these teams met was

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MP Premier League. -- in the Premier League. It is their best

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equivalent return for seven years. Victory tonight would make it three

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wins out of five. After relegation, Chris Hughton's side have won just

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one, and slipped from eighth place to 14th. Both teams was seen this

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as a must-win match to keep their promotion hopes on track.

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Our reporter, Sarah Corker, is live at the KC Stadium now. Sarah, will

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there be a big crowd there tonight do you think? Despite the cold

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weather, fans are in high spirits. We are expecting a crowd of 17,000

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people, and their fans know a good set of results in December will put

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them in a strong position in the play-offs. I am joined by Peter

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Swann. Just how much of a challenge will Birmingham pose? You only have

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to look at the league table. It won't be easy. It hasn't had a bad

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start, but how important are the next few weeks? That is the big

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thing, caretaker boss. The important fact is if he can get the

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results. With the kick-off in a less than an hour, you can see

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behind me it is starting to fill up, and fans here are confident that

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they can string together a winning run, and bad in the next week or so,

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we showed no have they are doing. And you can follow all the action

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from that match on BBC Radio Humberside. The team are on-air now

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with Sportstalk. A Lincolnshire stately home built

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in the 1600s is to be brought into the 21st century with a state-of-

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the-art heating system. Belton House, near Grantham, is installing

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it to help control the humidity in the house. Staff say the �500,000

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scheme will help preserve its priceless contents.

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If you've not got the Christmas spirit yet, a trip to Scunthorpe

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this weekend might just do the trick. 80 decorated trees are being

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displayed in the town. It has been described as a magical sight and

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the perfect start to Christmas. From the outside of this church,

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there are few clues as to what lies inside. Open the door, and enter a

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magical world of Christmas. The Christmas Tree Festival has been

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organised by the Rotary Club, and has been described as one of the

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best displays of its kind. This year, up 80 decorated trees have

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different themes. This one is all about football. Some are original,

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some are traditional, and some are not. This one, for example, is

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highly original. The Christmas tree exhibition that will be raising

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funds for Scunthorpe's Hospice, which, this morning, it was

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preparing for Christmas as well. Last year, nearly �4,000 was raised.

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It is great fun for all people involved, and everyone who goes

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along. It generates cash for a great cause. There are 80 trees

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being decorated. But this one is extra special. Maureen was a

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patient at a hospice. Each time I put up or born, I think of a member

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of the group who has got breast cancer. -- poked a bauble on. We

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can attract people to thinking pink. The festival will be opened this

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weekend, raising funds for a great cause, while raising our festive

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spirits as well. And you can see that display at Old

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Brumby United Church on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe from 10:30am this

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Saturday, or from 12 o'clock on Sunday lunchtime.

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Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:

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David Cameron is under pressure over a new EU treaty - he's facing

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calls for Britain to win back powers from Brussels.

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Dozens of workers at a North East Lincolnshire oil refinery walk out

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in protest over pay and conditions. Tomorrow's weather - cloudy with

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patchy rain in places, turning heavy in the afternoon, but

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clearing in most areas by dusk. Severe gales developing. Top

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temperatures 11 Celsius. Some travel news now: Those winds

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We were talking about changes to employees ride by employers. A

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couple of the messages and Tweets. I feel I would do as my employer

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thinks best to stay competitive to keep the business going. On e-mail,

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this from Tom: I have never heard of any employee walking out because

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