20/12/2011 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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Tolls are due to halve but it's claimed a row over who should

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guarantee the rest of the Humber Bridge debt could put those plans

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in jeopardy. Wig in it should be done fairly. -- we think it should

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be done fairly. The Lincolnshire man who claims he

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owes his life to having an eye test. They said they did they did not get

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it sorted out, I would be blind within two years, and dead within

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six. How this natural phenomenon could

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help soak up the high levels of carbon emissions produced in our

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area. Struggling to cope. Why an animal

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rescue centre say they've been inundated with calls in the run up

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to Christmas. And join me in what must they the most Christmassy part

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of our region. Advent calendars are full-size, in all the Christmas

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glory. It has been another cold day to day, and it looked set to turn

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There's a warning tonight that the deal to halve the tolls on the

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Humber Bridge is in danger of collapse. Earlier this month, the

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Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that car drivers would

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pay just �1.50 to cross the Bridge from next spring, but there is now

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a row among the local authorities on the North and South Bank about

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the financing of the Deal. The Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole,

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Andrew Percy, says the whole deal is under threat. I'll be talking

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live to Mr Percy in a few moments. First, Simon Spark reports.

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Yorkshire and Humber, we will have the tolls on the bridge. This was

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the announcement that people and businesses welcomed last month.

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has got to be good news. It was a commitment to slash the current

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Humber Bridge debt of �332 million to �150 million, reducing tolls

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from �3 to 1.50 by the spring. But the deal was conditional on an

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agreement between all four neighbouring councils to underwrite

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the remaining debt. Three say it should be split between them, but

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North East Lincolnshire council say it should be apportioned on a

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population basis. How do we pay for the fire service? How do we pay for

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the police? When we broke up Humberside County Council and

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shared out the assets, that was done per head. We think

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underwriting this debt, underwriting the race, should also

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be done per head of population. -- underwriting the risk.

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The stance has stirred up feelings from the other councils, publicly

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saying how it could risk the whole deal. And there's disappointment

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from employers like Regal Fish Supplies in Barton, who've

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struggled in the past to attract employees from the north side of

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the Bridge. I think there is more far reaching effects from reducing

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the price of the tall. And this was the response from Grimsby. They

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need to agree. They need to get their right together and sort

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something out. If the others are doing it, why can't we? They should

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bang their heads together. Get on the table and say, let's do it.

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Councillor Shaw doesn't agree that his objection will scupper the deal.

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If the process needs to go ahead without us, as the council, we are

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prepared for that. We have said to the leaders of the council, if you

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would like to go ahead, and we left them to discuss that, please do so.

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We do not want to win a people stopping it. We want to make sure

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our residents are treated fairly. The question now is whether the

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four councils can agree a way forward together or whether North

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East Lincolnshire stays out of any future agreement. Joining me in the

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studio is Andrew Percy, who was instrumental in developing the

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plans to cut the tolls. What's the problem? Hull have said that they

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and the other two authorities are happy to go it alone? We do not

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know yet. It is a bad billet North East Lincolnshire and not involved.

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If they agree, they will have representation on the Bridgeport. -

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- Bridge Board. Just a few weeks to know, we had indications that they

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were quite happy. They are now acting like a petulant child and we

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have this disagreement. It makes no sense at all. They are saying that

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they have less people. The population is less, so why should

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they stand the same deal? They are not being asked to underwrite the

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debt, it is only any difference. There has never been a deficit. If

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you do it on population, the East Riding ends up with the biggest

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portion of the debt, and they are probably the people who benefit the

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least. Do you think they are being deliberately petulant? We have an

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agreement from Hull City Council, East Riding and North Lincolnshire.

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I think not these Lincolnshire are writing in a very immature way.

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the others are happy to go it alone, would you be happy with that?

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want them to be represented so that they can speak on behalf of their

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residents. For MPs who been working hard on this, isn't it depressing

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to see the council's endangering it? The MPs were fearful that one

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authority would mess this up. The other three are acting very

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sensibly. We have now won Council acting like this. A bit of politics

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will not spoil his, when it? The at is what it is. We will not let it

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less this up. I was told that the tolls would be reduced by the end

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of February by the bridge board. Well what will happen? April was

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what we thought. The Chancellor said February. I would have thought

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people like counsellors shot would want to get the tolls down as soon

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as possible. Thank you. Would like to know your views on this one. Is

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it right for the four councils to share the burden equally? Get in

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In a moment: A Christmas visit by Hull City's players to ill and sick

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children. The number of people becoming

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bankrupt in Hull has nearly doubled, compared with the same time last

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year. The Citizens' Advice Bureau has dealt with 265 personal

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bankruptcy cases in the city since the start of October. That's an 89%

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increase on the figure for the same quarter last year. All sorts of

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stories. People have lost jobs, who could afford to their borrowing at

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one time and no longer can. People whose homes are at risk through

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mortgage problems, potentially possession and eviction.

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A woman will be assessed by mental health doctors before she tells a

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court why she murdered her fiance. Julie Dixon, who's 43, was due to

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tell a judge why she'd killed David Twigg in March. But she was ruled

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unfit to attend Lincoln Crown court because of issues with her mental

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health. She originally told police masked men had killed Mr Twigg at

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but changed her plea at court earlier this month.

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A jury has been told that a man who's body parts were found across

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Northern Lincolnshire could have died of a drug overdose. Lee

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Griffiths is one of five men charged with the murder of Adam

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Vincent but his lawyers say a toxicologist found enough drugs in

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Mr Vincent's body to kill him. He's asked the jury in Sheffield to

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consider whether fractures to the victim's head could have been

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caused after he died. Mr Griffiths and four other men deny murder.

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A man from Grantham says he owes his life to a high street optician

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after he spotted signs of brain cancer during a routine eye test.

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Chris Brown didn't even know he was ill when he went to get his eyes

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checked. But within weeks he was having surgery on a potentially

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fatal tumour. Jo Makel has more. When Chris Brown went to the

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opticians, he simply wanted a check-up. His vision was blurred

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after dust blew into one of his eyes at work. But Grantham

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optometrist Stuart Rusk saw a problem and referred him to a

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specialist. Chris was diagnosed with a tumour on his pituitary

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gland at the base of his brain. They said if they did not get it

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sorted out operated, I would be blind within two years, and dead

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within six. It was a bit scary. have only played a small part in

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this. You do get satisfaction when you do something positive to help

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someone. Chris's condition is rare. Just two in every million people

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suffer from it. But opticians say they can regularly pick up on other

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serious illnesses. We can pick up on things like diabetes, high

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cholesterol, high blood pressure. This is only the second eye testing

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my life. It is worth having it done if it is going to save lives!

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week Chris got the news the operation was successful and the

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tumour had been fully removed. Incredible story.

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Train companies in our area have confirmed how much they will be

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increasing their fares by in January. The money raised will pay

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for more trains and improvements to stations. Northern Rail is

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increasing its fares by 6.7%, the equivalent of around 30p per

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journey. East Midland's fares are going up by 5.7%, First

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TransPennine by 5% and Hull Trains has decided on a 4.5% increase.

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Passenger groups say it is now a rich man's journey. The reality is

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that a lot of passengers are stuck with paying these increased fares.

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They have to get to wear, to school, I have to go shopping or whatever.

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-- they have to get to work. In many cases, they have no

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alternative. Thanks to everyone who got in touch

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about our story about people who cause trouble while drunk in Hull

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City Centre being threatened with banning orders in the run up to

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Christmas. Officers say the powers have helped them to cut crime in

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the city in recent months. They say they want revellers to have a good

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time, but won't allow people who keep behaving badly while drunk to

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ruin things for everyone else. Thanks for all the emails and texts

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds

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on subject. We read and listen to Thank you for theirs. -- There is.

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Still ahead tonight: Why an animal shelter is full to capacity after a

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sharp increase in calls from pet We make a visit to a giant advent

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If you have a picture you are proud A good evening.

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No expense spared in the weather graphics.

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It is going to be a green Christmas it rather than a 0.1. It is set to

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turn it milder. It will be a rather a dull and damp start tomorrow

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morning. This a warm front will cross over us tonight bedding some

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rain. -- bringing it some rain. We will see temperatures into double

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figures tomorrow. We did see some brightness today, but we kept a

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fair bit of cloud. The rain will turn heavier and more persistent

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tonight. Temperatures dropping to Tomorrow, it is a cloudy, dull and

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damp start to the day with outbreaks of rain. The rain is

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patchy in nature and will clear into the North Sea. Some places

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will hold on to a few spots of drizzle. The best chance of any

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brightness is further inland. The main thing we will notice tomorrow

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is how mild it feels. Temperatures are foremost around about 11

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degrees. That is above average for this time of year.

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Our area is one of the biggest carbon polluting areas in the

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country, but scientists at Hull University believe they may have

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found a way to re-use and recycle some of those carbon emissions. It

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comes as plans are underway to build a massive pipeline through

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East Yorkshire, the first of its kind in the world, that will

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capture carbon from the main industry polluters and bury it

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under the North Sea. Our environment correspondent Caroline

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Bilton has been looking at the ground breaking research.

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They keep our kettles boiling and our homes warm, but they pump out

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tonnes of emissions into our atmosphere. The Yorkshire and

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Humber region has such a large concentration of power stations and

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industry that it is one of the dirtiest carbon areas in the

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country. The region alone produces 13 per cent of the UK's greenhouse

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gases. 90 million tonnes of CO2 is pumped into our atmosphere every

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year. While efforts are being made to move to more renewable forms of

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energy, we are still going to be reliant on fossil fuels for some

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time to come which means those emissions will continue to be

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pumped into the atmosphere for a while yet. But here in the heart of

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the Peak District, there could be an answer that would help reduce

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some of those emissions in the future. This alien looking

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landscape is Mother Nature's answer to capturing carbon emissions. The

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site of an old lime kiln in the heart of the Peak District and now

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the focus of research for scientists at Hull University. Why

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did you bring your research here? Simply because the kinds of

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processes we are interested in, these natural processes, are quite

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hard to see. This is the only place in the UK where it happens on such

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a large scale that we can generate useful findings in a short

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timescale. The white substance growing here is calcite, something

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you find in building materials, medicines and toothpaste. It is

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acting like a giant sponge, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere. Mike

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Rogerson and his team have been studying it for three years. If

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they can learn to mimic what's going on here on an industrial

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scale, it could cut carbon emissions. At the moment, we still

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need to generate some new knowledge about the natural processes, how

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much carbon is going in and out of these water ways. We have already

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seen the potential for it industrially. Any industry using

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hard water could use these methods. Anywhere with hard water could use

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the systems potentially. All of this research comes at a time when

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moves are being made to develop a way to capture carbon in Yorkshire

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and store it. It is a multi- million-pound project that will

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link the country's biggest producers by a pipeline that will

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take the CO2 they emit and pump it out to the North Sea where it will

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be stored in disused oil fields. But what if some of it could be put

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to good use rather than stored? That is another idea they are

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working on at Hull University. like to convert it to use as fuel

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or to formic acid. We could have a process that worked locally there

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would be useful for individual industries. Useful products from a

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waste product. But an idea that works in the lab is yet to be

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developed to work in the real world. The likes of Mike and his team may

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be many years off achieving their goal but they feel it is worth

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pursuing. It makes sense to me to look for more imaginative ways to

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capture carbon, but also to put the carbon into the most stable form

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possible so it doesn't go back out. We know that there are 500 million

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year-old lime stones on the planet. Once you make it into that material,

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it will stay there. It is just one solution to what is a massive

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problem. But the research being done here, if successful, could

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take us one step closer to protecting our planet in the future.

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Fascinating stuff. Thank you. A dog sanctuary in North

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Lincolnshire is full to capacity after receiving double the amount

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of calls from people struggling to look after their pets. The Jerry

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Green Dog Rescue Centre is blaming the recession as pets become an

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extra financial burden during difficult times. Sarah Burton

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reports. Jasper came to the rescue centre two months ago and a

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terrible state. He could not even walk. Now on the road to recovery,

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he is one of the lucky ones who has found a new home. As soon as I saw

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him, I fell for him. It is here at the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre

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that just there was saved. Not all of the dogs here have been

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mistreated. Most have been brought them because of financial

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circumstances. Their owners can no longer afford it look after them.

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These are difficult economic times have led to a huge increase in the

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number of unwanted dogs. This little one has just come in. His

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owner has changed jobs and can no longer look after him. People are

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taking on dogs and do not realise how much it costs. Insurance, a vet

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bills, it all adds up to a lot. staff here are advising people to

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call if they need to. There may be no more than that be in, but they

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can still offer advice if you can no longer take care of your pet. -

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- room at the inn. Children at the Hull Royal

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Infirmary today had a visit from the Hull City first team and their

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manager Nick Barmby. They received gifts and treats from the players.

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Simon Clark's report has some flash photography.

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A smile to break the silence. No youngster was to spend time in

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hospital, especially at this time of year. But a visit from your

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favourite team it might go some way to easing the discomfort. In common

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with other professional teams, Hull City made it their trip to Hull

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Royal Infirmary children's ward. do it every year. We want to put a

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smile on their faces. Just to come down and see them smiling and

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giving out presence, that is worthwhile. Hopefully, at a bad

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time, being in hospital, we have put a good smile on their faces.

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And they will have a good Christmas. Striker Cameron Stewart was even

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able to compare bandages with one child.

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Well done those players. There are only four windows left to

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open on advent calendars, and for those who can't wait for the giant

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window on Christmas Eve, then The Avenues area of Hull is the place

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to go. People living there have come together to create a full size

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advent calendar using their living room windows. Window 20 can be

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found on Westbourne Avenue where our reporter Amanda Thomson is live

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for us now. Are you in charge of opening the advent window, Amanda?

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No, not me. Look at when Don number five. Is that not beautiful? --

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window number five. Tell us all about it. We based it on last

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year's theme. We let it up on 16th December. Quite a lot of work and

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effort but we think it looks good. You are having a Christmas party

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tonight, so we had better not keep you. You can find these windows of

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on the Park Avenue, Salisbury Avenue, what a lovely way to spend

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an evening. Tell us about your window. I've got a Lego Christmas

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said and the got the inspiration from that. I helped it to draw it

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and my mum and dad painted it. of this is the brainchild of Lesley.

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How did you come up with the idea? Not my idea. They came from a

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resident who moved here from Switzerland. It is absolutely

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fantastic. I just want to come and talk to collar. Lovely singing.

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are raising money on behalf of the local hospice. There saying is

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beautiful. Thank you for entertaining us this evening. There

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is one job left to do. We cannot leave the street without

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eliminating when dot number 20. -- eliminating Wendell -- illuminating

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window number 20. Merry Christmas everybody.

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

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A review of the summer riots suggests police could use live

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bullets in future. Claims a row over who should

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guarantee the rest of the Humber Bridge debt could put at risk plans

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to halve the tolls. Tomorrow's weather. Cloudy with

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outbreaks of rain. Becoming mostly dry through the afternoon. Much

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milder. Maximum temperature 12 Celsius.

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Response coming them on those plans, about the risk of the Humber Bridge

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are dead. Maybe people from the North East

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Lincolnshire should still pay the These councillors in North East

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Lincolnshire need their heads banging together. Why can't they

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see the bigger picture? I thought it was too good to be

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true that things would be sorted out.

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I take my hat off to councillor sure for standing up for his

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residents. We are all told that we should be

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in this together so all councils should help with the Humber Bridge

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are dead. I think they MP made perfect sense

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