21/12/2011 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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Police step up the battle against gangs killing wild animals in

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Lincolnshire. They're driving across the fields

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at night using high-velocity rifles, night-vision technology and heat-

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seeking technology, as well. Cracking down on metal theft - one

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council says it's seen a significant reduction.

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How people power could be harnessed to generate electricity.

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And the revival of vinyl as LPs come back in fashion.

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And it looks mild in the run-up to Christmas. Join me for the latest

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Police say armed gangs with high- powered rifles are spreading fear

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though rural communities in Lincolnshire. They shoot wild

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animals for sport or for food. There have had more than 600

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reported cases in the last four months of hare coursing - an

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outlawed practice where hares are chased and killed by dogs. Simon

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Spark is live with this story in the village of Nettleham near

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Lincoln. Simon, this isn't a new crime, but how concerned are

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police? The of they are concerned and the figures that you put do

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sound horrific. They also are based on the weather we had last year

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which was very bad and not us many cases were reported. But they are a

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worry for farmers and also for villages like the ones here. Here,

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we have more damage caused overnight. They were shooting as

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they went around the corner. It's another farm in another battle

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against rural crime. This time, trespassers coming onto land to

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shoot, maim and kill any wildlife they can. Anything that has moved

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has been shot at. General of damage to gateposts, chains broken, block

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smashed, anything to get them into the land. This latest incident was

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on the land of Christmas tree grower William Rose, but it's a

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common problem for many farmers. They are driving across the fields

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at night, using a high-velocity rifle, night vision goggles and

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heat-seeking technology as well. They callously leave the carcasses,

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the dead bodies on the ground, really. They are not doing it for

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food, they are just doing it for the hell of it. It adds to a

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growing list of major crimes in recent months. During a nine-month

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period last year, 40 tractors were stolen from farms. In September

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this year, 1,400 sheep were stolen from Stenigot near Louth, and

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another 23 were taken from Epworth just this month. And between 1st

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August and 5th December, 630 hare coursing incidents were reported to

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Lincolnshire police. And they too are getting equipped. Special

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vehicles with numberplate recognition cameras and night

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vision are helping but vigilance and working together is still a

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main defence. It is not just about me trying to combat it on my own,

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it is about working together and working with the local fans --

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farmers and the landowners and the gatekeepers.

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Simon, what are the police doing to reassure people? You could say they

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are casting their net wider, they are collaborating with other forces

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to gather intelligence and of course, they are gathering help

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from farmers. Earlier in the month, one farmer factory called a meeting

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with the police and another 50 farmers turned up in support to

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raise their concerns. From that, they have managed to start up a

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scheme were they all liaise with each other and talk to each other.

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A lot of these gangs are coming in from other counties and better

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something that is dangerous, obviously, to tackle head on with

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the weapons that they have and also, with the intelligence they can

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gather from farmers and other forces, they can use that to help

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bring them to justice. I'm joined by Louise Robertson from

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the League Against Cruel Sports which campaigns against hare

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coursing. Good evening. Why should we be so concerned about hare

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coursing? This is a barbaric form of animal cruelty. Fees are not

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people accurately, a cross hairs and allowing their dogs to chase

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them. These are organised gangs of criminals killing wildlife just for

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the sake of it. The members of the public are aware of this, and then

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as reported to the police. Some will say this isn't a blood sport

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but actually, a traditional activity that has gone on in the

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countryside for a long time. Hare coursing, organised traditional

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hare coursing is illegal and the types of hare coursing we are

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seeing now is illegal and must be reported to the police. Often, the

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people carrying out these types of activities are often involved in

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other sorts of crimes. When you hear that it is not for food or

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anything else but just for fun or just for the hell of it, how does

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that make you feel? It makes me livid, it is horrific that people

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can inflict cruelty on animals and get pleasure out of it. It is also

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worrying for the people living in these communities that these

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individuals are going out in the dead of night with lethal weapons.

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How seriously do the police take such crimes when it is in the

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middle of the night? I think the police take it very seriously. The

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number of incidents that have been reported is very encouraging. Often,

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these sorts of crimes to go under- reported because of the remote

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places they are happening in and the fact that they are taking place

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at night but we are seeing joined up working from police forces those

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that these criminals are being prosecuted and brought to justice

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for what they are doing. Thank you. Can the police stop the gangs

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killing wild animals in the county? What is the impact on the rural

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areas? What measures should be taken to deal with crime in those

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parts of the county? Your thoughts on this one if you like to get in

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In a moment: The children getting messages from

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the Middle East because their The world's biggest security firm,

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G4S, has won a �200 million contract to run office departments

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at Lincolnshire Police. 500 civilian staff could be affected in

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the police control centre and several other departments could be

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privately run when the deal is finally concluded. Chief officers

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say it will save millions of pounds, but secure jobs.

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A man from Hull has been remanded in custody after being charged with

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the rape of a ten-year-old girl almost 30 years ago. Magistrates

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heard how 49-year-old Michael Acey was arrested after detectives re-

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opened the case. Police say new DNA evidence has come to light. Michael

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Acey will appear before Hull Crown Court in the New Year.

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A woman has broken down in tears in the witness box, as she told

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Lincoln Cown Court why she'd murdered her partner. 43-year-old

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Julie Dixon has been giving evidence in a hearing to decide why

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she killed David Twigg. The 46- year-old was locked in a cupboard

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before his business in Burgh Le Marsh near Skegness was set on fire.

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and joins me now. What did Julie Dixon say? She started by answering

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the most important question. Julie Dixon's Barrister asked "why

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did you strike the match and start the fire?" She replied "I was going

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along with the plans we'd already made and to go along with his

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wishes." Asked "Whose idea was it that David Twigg should die in a

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fire? Julie Dixon replied: "David's" Her Barrister asked: "For

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about how long had David been talking about suicide?" Ms Dixon

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said "Probably since he heard about the bankruptcy." David Twigg

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declared bankrupt last year. Julie Dixon's family - see here -

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listened as she said that over seven years, the couple had

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borrowed almost �400,000 to pay off business debts and bills. She said

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he'd known about the debts for past four years and she had never taken

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money from the business for herself. She said Mr Twigg was "distraught"

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when he was made bankrupt, but despite that the couple had gone on

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to spend two thousand pounds on a holiday in America. Julie Dixon

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originally claimed David Twigg had been attacked by masked men, before

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changing her story to say they'd made a suicide pact. The hearing

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continues tomorrow. North Lincolnshire has seen a

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significant reduction in metal thefts. Humberside Police figures

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show that during two weeks in June there were 72 reported thefts of

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metal in that area. Six months on the latest figures show just 15

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thefts. Scrap metal dealers have been working more closely with the

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police and local council. This scrap metal merchants in

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Scunthorpe has always tried to turn away metal they suspect is stolen.

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But taking a stand is sometimes not easy. Some who were accepted and

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walk away but we have been threatened. It can be quite

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frightening. But Steve is among a number of dealers who've signed up

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to a new scheme with Humberside Police and North Lincolnshire

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Council. Any new customers, will start asking from ID. It has got to

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stop asking -- stop people selling stolen metal. Metal theft is a

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widespread problem. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire we've

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seen churches lose their lead and cables snatched from substations

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and railway lines. In North Lincolnshire, they seen a downward

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trend in thefts and say it's down to a number of initiatives. We have

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been increasing the amount of visible patrol. We have been

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targeting the offenders. We have been doing awareness raising and

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perhaps most importantly, working together with the scrapyards so

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that we are working together so they can help us to try to

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eliminate the way of disposing of this type of metal. But local

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initiatives, while apparently successful, can only go so far.

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British Transport Police now set- aside from terrorism, metal theft

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is now the biggest concern. A group of MPs are pushing for need

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legislation to bring in a national licensing scheme for dealers.

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Honest dealers simply want a level playing field and hope that local

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initiatives like this one will help bring this about.

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Bosses at BAE Systems in Brough are believed to be looking at ways of

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redeploying their workforce in the green energy sector. The aircraft

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manufacturing site faces being mothballed with the loss of almost

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900 jobs. Management at the defence giant have told local MPs they're

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looking at other options for staff facing redundancy. I think the fact

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that the Humber could become a hub for renewables is quite important

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in this debate and we need to look at the possibilities that that

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opens up. There is potential, there, as well.

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Passengers on a ferry into Hull arrived more than four hours late

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this morning. The Pride of York was unable to use the King George Dock

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terminal because of a broken lock gate. The vessel eventually docked

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at the Rotterdam quay in the Humber just before midday. P&O Ferries say

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tonight's sailing to Rotterdam could also be delayed by up to an

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Still ahead tonight: How we could soon be making every step we take a

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step towards saving the planet. And the return of retro music players

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as vinyl sees an increase in If you have a big you are proud of,

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send it in. -- if you have a picture. Tim Everett says this is a

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low light shot, and he is trying to bring some class to defer to a slot.

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We do not mediate, but thank you very much for that! -- we do not

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Someone says, where does Paul Hudson get his Beenham shirts from?

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-- doing home shirts from. Let's look at a headline. It is a mild

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one. Temperatures are in double figures, and it looks like that

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will last through tomorrow. Christmas Day looks very mild

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indeed. No chance of a white Christmas. We are in a warm sector.

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Tomorrow will see temperatures around 11 degrees. There has been a

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lot of cloud. Some subtle breaks in the cloud sheet. I think this

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evening and overnight will be dry it with variable amounts of cloud.

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There will be some clear spells. Certainly, a mad and frost-free

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night, with temperatures down to eight Celsius -- a mild and frost-

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free night. The sun will rise at 8:17am, setting at 3:42pm. A dry

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day tomorrow with a variable amounts of cloud. Some spells of

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sunshine a possible, and some quiet -- some quite nice temperatures. We

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are looking at 10 in Hull Garbutt 11 in Lincoln, Grimsby and towards

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Boston -- 10 in Hull, but 11 in Lincoln. Christmas Day looks cloudy

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I was humiliated yesterday. Somebody said, poll has a day off,

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has he done to get your fake tan? Scientists at University of Hull

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think they may have found new ways to harness human energy. It would

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mean every step we take is helping to save the planet. Caroline Bilton

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has more. It is a typical rush-hour at York railway station, where

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thousands of commuters are hurrying to get to their next destination.

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Approximately 11 million people pass through this station every

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single year. With every step they take, they generate up to six Watts.

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At the moment, that his energy that is wasted, but what if that could

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be collected in some way and used to power things, like display

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screens, audio systems and even the light? It is something Jim Gilbert

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from University of Hull has spent years working on. How on earth

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could we use humans in a train station to generate energy? There

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are lots of people around, all moving, and if we can take a bit of

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energy from each of those people, and put it together, we get a

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useful amount of energy. We do not need to take large rebate to make a

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useful contribution. Do you need to have a constant food for? You can

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store energy. -- constant foot fall. One man who shot the -- one man has

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are the potential of human energy was Trevor Bayliss, famous for

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inventing the wind-up radio. They invented issue that could charge

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your mobile as you walk. -- a shoe. We developed a device that fits in

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the bottom of the shoe. When you walk, it stores energy. You could

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charge your mobile phone, and I part -- and iPod, any electrical

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device. At that idea was sadly ruined after September 11th.

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idea of harvesting energy, however, is not new. This company in Israel

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has developed a system to use vibrations from passing cars and

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trains to generate power. Back at Hull University, Jim is working on

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a staircase that can generate energy with every step you take.

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That movement converts to electrical energy. We have a lot of

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work to do to find out how much force people can apply to it, make

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it comfortable and reduce the nice, and make it so people do not notice

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their giving energy into their system. -- reduce the noise. It is

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one of the number of ideas that the team are working on. The staircase

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is far from Venice, but there is a lot of Minister -- there is a lot

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of interest in it. Harvesting energy from our movements and

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vibrations and is to be cost- effective, but the research being

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carried out at Hull University maybe a small step towards saving

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the planet. Fascinating. At now, for five-year-

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old Phoebe Birney, hearing a recorded message from her mother

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will be an early Christmas present. Claire Birney is serving with the

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RAF in the Middle East, and is one of many parents who have sent a

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special CD home for Christmas. Tarah Welsh reports from RAF

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Waddington. She has got brown hair, blue eyes, she sometimes wears

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earrings. Claire Birney has been working away from October. She will

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not be home for Christmas, but has sent her daughter his special gift.

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She is rarely far away. That is why she sent me a little story. I hope

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everything is OK. Through this initiative, Claire professionally

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recorded a story for her daughter. 50 other parents at RAF Waddington

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have done the same. It is quite difficult sometimes. It is very

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emotional. You can stab the recorder with a personal message to

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your child or children. -- you can start the recording. They realise

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they will not be with their children. Then they record the

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story. Phoebe's dad is making sure it will be a good Christmas. He

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said the surprise recording makes it extra special. The CD comes in

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the post, and it is to her. I managed to pick it up and give it

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to hair. It was really nice. I could listen to her voice. Cloud

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will not be home for two months, Sophie B has her own message to

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send. -- Sophie B has her own message to send. Merry Christmas!

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These well on the verge of extinction. Now, thanks to the

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dedication of wildlife experts and Lincolnshire, the dormouse is

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enjoying a revival. When Crompton has been to Chambers Woods Farm

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near Horncastle. It is nearly a decade since his dormice were

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reintroduced into the wild hero Chambers Farm Wood, and they have

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been going from strength to strength. This box has been used,

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and we have found some mice here. Dormouse are rarely seen as they

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are nocturnal and hibernate for over half the year. Ecologist

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Adrienne Bennett says they are still able to unlock how many are

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living here. We have a series of boxes and a series of troops. We

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check them every month through the year. -- a series of troops. Using

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these checks, we report any mice we find. We can compare that from year

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on year. The in 2002, 32 dormouse were released here. Since then, the

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population has been growing. Ecologists here say it has been a

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bumper year. The mice were released in this area here. Anne Goodhall is

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a volunteer who has been caring father mice since they were

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released. We went round in August and found 20 mice. That was a

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record. Each month, we seem to double it. The project has been so

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successful that the team are hoping to introduce a similar population

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near by. Digital download may be on the

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increase as music CD sales fall, but it seems that vinyl has not had

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its day just yet. Sales have increased by 40 % so far this year.

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One record shop in Hull says that the revival is being driven by

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young people. Sarah Corker has been Christmas 1987. That was the last

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time vinyl and sold CDs, and the Pet Shop Boys were number one with

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this classic. Now, it looks like a record is making a comeback. Always

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On My mind... This music shop owner says people of all ages aback by in

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vinyl. I average customer age has fallen to about 25 -- my average

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customer age. My oldest customer is 86. 17-year-old Helena became

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hooked after listening to her father's collection. I come up here

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every few weeks, and bright end up with a stack of vinyl. It is

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addictive. It is the satisfaction of having something in your hands

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that you do not get with Internet downloads. For many, nothing quite

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compares to the first time you drop that needle. People are discovering

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older music in their family's collection. There may be becoming

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fond of there snap, crackle and pop that final gives. Having listened

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to this. -- that vinyl gives. have got a few friends who have

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started buying it. I think people appreciate music more than what

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they used to. I think it is seen as retro. Lady GaGa is even getting in

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on the action. There we are. The revival of vinyl.

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Some news just in. Is this the oldest Christmas tree of any Look

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North viewer? Derek Upfield says history is as old as he is, 77. It

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survived the Blitz, and the flood of 2007, and still even holds some

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of the original decorations bought by his parents in the 1930s. It has

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sentimental value. I cannot throw it away after all these years.

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There we are. That is Derek and history, 77 years old. -- Derek and

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his a tree. If you have a story you think we should know about, get in

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touch. A recap of the headlines. John Terry is to be charged with

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racist abuse. He will appear in court by February. Police step up

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the battle against gangs killing Response coming in on the subject

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of the killing of wild animals after our discussion. Somebody says,

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armed police should apprehend these people, take their firearms and

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animals away from them and send them to prison for a long time.

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Dave said, perhaps that the punishment was more severe, it

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might make a difference. All equipment should be put in the

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crusher. Schon said, these criminals shooting animals -- Sean

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said, at the police able to defend themselves? Mac says it is soul-

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destroying to look around your crops to discover her courses had

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been driving on them all night. Someone else says the shooting

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