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Good evening. The headlines: Scrapping the charges, traders say

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free parking has led to the best Christmas in a decade.

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A I have been here 10 years. It is the busiest Christmas I have ever

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known. The woman who killed her partner

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said it was his idea to commit suicide by making it look like a

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burglary gone wrong. Ferry passengers faced disruption

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as some services are cancelled. Would you fancy spending --

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spending Christmas in one of these? We meet the people planning

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Christmas Day on the beach. It is lovely, you can't beat it. It is a

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different world. It could be very mild for the beach

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on Christmas Day. The forecast in Good evening. The scrapping of car

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parking charges in a north Lincolnshire town was a place to

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boost local businesses struggling in the face of recession. Three

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months on and traders in Brigg have told us it is set to be their

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Christmas in decades. The news comes a week after a government

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review which suggested free parking could help turn the fortunes of the

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high street up and down the country around. Our communities

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correspondent has this story. Busy streets thronged with shoppers.

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Traders are convinced they are returning to Brigg because

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controversial car parking charges have been dropped, for the first

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two hours at least. Spellman Butchers claim they have increased

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turnover by 40%, and they have had to take on extra help to cope with

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the increase in business. It is a good effect, a lot quicker

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turnaround with the meat, busier in Brigg, especially on marketplace --

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market days. Beryl who runs the Loft cade agrees business has never

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been so brisk. -- cafe. Some new faces, it has

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brought a lot of new trade into place. I have been here 10 years

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and it is the busiest Christmas I have ever known -- into Brigg.

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North Lincolnshire councillors estimate the two hours' free

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parking in Brigg together with the hour free in Scunthorpe and Ashby

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will cost around a quarter of �1 million in lost revenue but reckon

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it has been worth it. To bring the two hours' free parking in has

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definitely increased the Football tremendously. People are surprised

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at the level of support it has had. -- football. You can park up easily

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and comfortably rather than going into Tesco's which is much better.

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It has made a difference, people park for free, use the little shops

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we have, it has boosted the town, I think. They should make it a bit

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longer, actually. If you are going for a coffee or lunch you are in a

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hurry. But apart from that, brilliant. Anything to make better

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for the shops, brilliant. Councillors will evaluate the

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effects of the scheme before deciding whether or not to extend

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it. In the meantime, shoppers should be aware free parking is

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limited to just two hours. Any more and they could still face a fine.

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Rahul Sharma is an expert in free parking and it says it is a good

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way to attract people back into the high street. It is a welcome

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suggestion. It gives some advantage to the high street, at least evens

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the field verses out-of-town shopping centres. The council has

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to found that -- fund that in some way. Parking charges ended being

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outdated if they are in an area that once we tell to survive.

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You're not fighting like with like at the moment. Unfortunately not

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put the backdrop is shoppers are voting with their feet, they like

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and have to town-centre has, however much we may moan about the

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high street, people prefer the convenience -- out of town centres.

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What have the high Street's got to do to evolve and survive? The role

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of the high street used to change. We have got a vicious circle

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whereby there are fewer people, fewer stores, less choice,

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companies keep closing stores, and it becomes less attractive. I am

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not sure the High Street itself will be a big retail setting in the

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future. The role is evolving. You will see more recreation centres,

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you need to bring in more services. That is the way forward. With a

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sprinkling of independent shops. that the long way of saying it is

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the death of the High Street as far as a retail area is concerned?

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Yes, I think so, more or less. There are bigger town centres that

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can support High Street but many smaller locations, you are going to

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see that happen. Would you open a business in the High Street at the

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moment? Certainly not, depends on which high street. Would you open a

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business? Certainly a recreation business, yes, depends what is

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surrounding it. Too many high streets are just about gobby shops,

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charity shops, and betting shops. - - coffee shops. Thank you very much

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indeed. Do you agree that allow High Street

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are just full of betting shops, coffee shops and charity shops?

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Have we seen the end of high street as we know them? What can we do?

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How come we encourage more people back to our town centres? Is free

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parking the answer? Is it essential for our High Street to keep the

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businesses alive. Let us have you We look forward to hearing from you.

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In a moment, the Highways Agency is safety fears about a junction on

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one of our busiest roads. A woman who killed her partner has

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told Lincoln Crown Court today he wanted to commit suicide and that

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it was his idea to make it look like a burglary gone wrong. 43-

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year-old Julie Dickson has been giving evidence in a hearing to

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decide why she killed David Twigg. He was locked in a cupboard before

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his business was set on fire. When David Twigg was killed his Palmer

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told police they had been attacked by burglars -- his partner told

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police. Before changing a story saying he wanted to die. She told

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the court he knew he was being made bankrupt and had talking --

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happened had started talking about The court heard searches were made

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on their computer about how to commit suicide and hide pills in

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food. She told the judge, all these searches were made by David Twigg.

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But the court was shown a photograph from a traffic camera in

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Skegness showing David Twigg driving into the town 11 minutes

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from his home. That picture was taken just 15 minutes before the

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internet was used and searches were made about how to inflict fatal

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head injuries. Julie Dickson has admitted starting the fire at his

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workshop back in March but this afternoon the prosecution

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questioned why she needed to locum in with no keys if he had really

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wanted to die it -- locum end. And asked why she changed her stories

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are so many times. She said I wanted to go along with David's

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She will continue to give evidence tomorrow.

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She has faced cross-examination this afternoon, what was she asked?

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She was asked many questions about individual points of the evidence

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she has given over the last nine months to the police and the courts.

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She was asked why he would need to find out how to disguise pills if

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he had been trying to commit suicide and she replied, I don't

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know. The prosecution suggested she had wanted to give him pills hidden

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in chocolate sauce because both had been found at the business. The

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prosecution also suggested because she collected all the male and she

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turned away an Inland Revenue officer telling him David Twigg had

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had a stroke he may never even have known he was being made bankrupt.

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They also pointed out he never told anyone else he was feeling either

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suicidal or he was bankrupt. She was asked did it ever occur to you

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telling these lies would make you guilty of only manslaughter, and

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not murder? She replied, yes. Manslaughter carries a much shorter

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prison sentence than the murder charge she has admitted to.

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Some more news now. A baby boy from Cleethorpes at the centre of a

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grievous bodily harm court case has died in hospital. Mourners laid

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flowers in Grimsby after learning of the death of the boy. A man has

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been arrested in connection with the incident and will appear in

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court in January. Police investigating the murder of

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linking Serb pensioner Sonny Grey have arrested four men. --

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Lincolnshire pensioner. Three men from Cambridgeshire and a 4th from

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Lincolnshire have been bailed until February next year.

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once the Transport Secretary to intervene in a row over the Humber

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bridge deck. A plan to halve the toll next year could be under

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threat if North East Lincolnshire Council doesn't sign up to a deal

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to guarantee bedecked with three other councils in the area.

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-- bedecked. The Highways Agency will look at safety measures on a

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halt roundabout after several complaints it has become more

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dangerous. The garrison Road roundabout is on the main A63 which

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runs through Hull and 80% of people who live on the nearby Victoria

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Dock estate claim to feel unsafe when using the junction. For the

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Highways Agency met with a local councillor to discuss the concerns.

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It is a busy junction on the main road in and out of Hull. Residents

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from this housing estate say they are concerned about safety.

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There are a number of concerns about issues with coming off

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Victoria Dock, traffic blocking the roundabout, traffic light on the

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roundabout themselves. And also as you come on to Victoria Dock from

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town, it is often not clear which Lane you should be in. Last year a

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cyclist died after an accident on the roundabout. Although there were

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other circumstances involved the death raised questions about the

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juncture. The road is used by heavy goods vehicles travelling to and

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from the docks. Haulier Peter Matthews says the roundabout is a

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problem. We have had one or two near-misses. People have to change

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carriageway quickly, come down to the traffic lights, it is green, go

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round the roundabout, you wouldn't expect a stationary traffic to be

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standing across the carriageway. You take evasive action. The person

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next you might not be able to. That is the biggest danger. Traffic

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lights were installed on his round about three years ago to ease

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congestion on the A63. In a recent survey of residents living on

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Victoria Dock 80% of them said they think this roundabout is more

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dangerous than before the lights were introduced. The last time we

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study the accidents around this area after the traffic lights will

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perk -- put in, they said there had been fewer injury accident in the

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area. We will have a look at what the most recent figures palace to

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see if any of those safety concerns are justified. The Highways Agency

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will look at what, if anything, Thank you for watching. Still

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ahead: Fears that vital skills could leave are warier if BAe

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closes in Brough. If we lose that capability from the Humber region,

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the tendency is for it not to come back again. Also tonight, why this

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seaside location is proving to be Tonight's photograph was taken on

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Saturday at them SMM sand quarry nature reserve by John Davison --

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there Messingham sand quarry nature reserve. We look forward to hearing

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from you. Mick said, who dressed Paul tonight? Does he not know

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eight I should be under the collar? Unfortunate, we do not have any

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pictures from last night. What is interesting is that he said, who

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addressed him, as if you have to be dressed!

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I'd do! Let's look at a headline. It is a mild one, but it will turn

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back tomorrow. It will bring a spell of wet and windy weather from

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late morning into the afternoon. Behind it, a bridge of high

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pressure. It looks on course for Christmas Day to be one of the

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mildest for years. Temperatures are around 12, possibly 13. It will be

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windy as well. We have had sunny spells today and variable amounts

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of cloud. The cloud may thicken later, but it stays dry. It is very

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windy, but also a mile dam frost- free. Temperatures, about eight or

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nine. -- also a mild and frost-free night. We are off to a dry start.

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They could be some bright patches first thing. We will see outbreaks

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of rain later in the morning, spreading down from the north-west.

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I think many places by tomorrow evening will be dry. It will be

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very windy. By the end of the day, it will feel quite cold. The

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important Christmas weekend forecast, well, Christmas Eve looks

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very nice. Christmas Day, more cloud around, very windy but very

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All the males are I get is a bar who dressed sue!

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The that is what people are interested in! -- the emails are

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all about who dressed you. Beryl warnings that a valuable

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skills could be lost forever if BAE Systems carried out plans to make

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almost an hundred redundancies at its factory in Brough. The firm

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announced today it is extending the consultation period over the

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proposals. It is feared many workers at the site in East

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Yorkshire are already looking for jobs elsewhere.

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These high-tech Hawk jets are hand assembled. Precision skills which

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take years to learn could disappear in weeks once manufacturing end

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here. The problem it will give us his if we lose their credibility

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from the Humber region, the tendency is for it not to come back

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again. Jackie has spent 24 years at the site, as has her husband.

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Selling up and moving on now seems like their only option. We have a

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big mortgage on this house. We will not be able to pay it. We are

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applying, and applying for jobs at the moment, but there does not seem

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to be anything there. Some here may harbour the hope of work in the

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Humber's renewable energy industries, but there's jobs could

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be many months away. Despite a relentless campaign by this work

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force and their local MPs, BAe is offering them a few glimmers of

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hope. Little wonder many here are looking to take their skills

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elsewhere. Over the Pennines in Barrow-in-Furness, they know what

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that is like. Here, beasts still makes submarines, but 15 years ago,

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a cancel defence contract put 10,000 people on the dole. The

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effects of this are still being felt today. -- a council defence

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contract. Once you lose their jobs, it is very difficult to get them

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back. It is not easy for someone to make a translation from being a

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highly skilled person, building to particular standards, Sudan

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migrating into another industry. Sir -- It to then migrating. Many

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will welcome the extension on the talks. They must yield meaningful

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results to avoid an exodus from here.

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Joining me is Lord Haskins, the chairman of the Humber Local

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Enterprise Partnership. How concerned I knew, not just about

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the loss of jobs, but the skill base we have in this area? -- how

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concerned are you. It always has been a bit of a concern. We will

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meet skills in the future. We are optimistic that we will get jobs in

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the renewable energy industry, particularly with the possible

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investments with Siemens. Is it possible or realistic to get a

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transfer or redeployment for these people straight from one to another,

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so we do not lose that skill base? It is difficult to do that. This

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Siemens jobs probably will not be here for 18 months or two years.

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There may be training are ways of bridging the gap. We're talking

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about that to BA and others at the moment. -- BAe. A Jew enlighten us?

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Well, we do not really know the sort of jobs. We have not given up.

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It is a timing issue. If BAe keeps the place open for a bit longer

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than they have said, that will narrowed the gap. Is that the aim,

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get them to go a bit longer? It is a bit. I would not be too

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optimistic about the ability to switch. I suspect a lot of the BAe

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workers, if the place shut, they may go away. They might come back.

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In the old days when we had Yorkshire Forward, there was a pot

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of money. What alternative Investment and deal can you offer?

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A government has given homes -- the government has given us two

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enterprise zones. If new businesses come and invest, they get generous

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allowances. The rates are very attractive, and we should be going

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to attract businesses from within the area and outside to take

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advantage of those. We could be the hub of renewable energy for the

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country. Lord Haskins, thank you very much.

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P&O have been forced to cancel some of its sailings in and out of Hull

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after continued problems with a lock gate. Yesterday, a mechanical

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fault meant that the Pride of York docked late. Today, the ferry

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company has been told that the problem could take weeks to six.

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Sarah Corker is at the King George Dock in Hull. What more do we know?

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Well, Peter, the Pride of York left the river terminal about half-an-

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hour ago, and on time. It would normally sell from King George Dock,

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but a fault with the lock gate means it could be out of action for

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up to two weeks. That now means that all shapes and leaving from

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this one terminal, and that is what is causing disruption. Tonight's

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savings are not affected, but Deraa cancellations over the next couple

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of days. -- there are cancellations. The 23rd, the halt as a Brigg

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sailing has been cancelled. The 24th, the return journey from

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Zeebrugge or wet sail. The crossing from Hull on the 24th has been

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brought forward to 9am. The problems began yesterday, when the

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Pride of York arrived four hours late. APB own the port and they

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told me they do not know how long it will take to fix. They have told

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all affected passengers that they can transfer over two alternative

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services. Thank you, Sarah. This might be another one you want to

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get in touch with. Thank you for getting in touch about our story

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last night, about wildlife crime. Police say they are cracking down

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on armed gangs with high-powered rifles who are targeting rural

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communities in Lincolnshire. There have been over 600 reported cases

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in the last four month of the illegal practice where heads are

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Now, 17 groups in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire on what is called

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the Olympic legacy fund. His own youth player field in Moulton near

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Gainsborough will get �32,000 to bring you back into use and there

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will be a new facility for youngsters. We will have facilities

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for play basketball, tennis and five-a-side football, as well as

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the general area to play other sports. This site is very close to

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the local primary school. Well done to all 17 groups.

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Now, you think of Christmas and a beach hut in Bridlington might not

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be the first thing that springs to mind. But the first time ever, East

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Riding Council is leasing out its beach hut over the winter to the

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general public. Nearly all of them have been bought. Simon Spark has

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been to find out more. Here's the deal. Some I=seaside,

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scarier rides and beach huts. -- Sam Moa=seaside. When set=prisoners,

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snow and carols. Not in Bridlington, because a review will be spending

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Christmas here in a beach hut. These are available for hire over

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Christmas. In the corner, there is a sink. There is also a work

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surface. You can lay out your food. I was going to say something witty,

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like you would want to rent a beach huts in a cold December, never mind

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Christmas, but look at today! It is beautiful, and not even cold. I

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would not mind renting one. Someone who will be here with her family is

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NSF. Christmas Day, hope the Labour come after lunch and the Queen's

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speech, we will potter down here. We will have our mince pies here.

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It is lovely, absolutely lovely. Seriously, I thought I would be in

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a beach hut on the 25th at this rate, but thankfully, somebody

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saved me. If you have ever been here when it is ready Blakedown, he

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would not want to be year! I am having my lunch at her. Reverend

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Ben is an expert on what to do with it. During December, we put on

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something different every night to retell the famous Nativity story.

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It is a novelty to be playing in a beach hut for a month. It has been

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a really good atmosphere. certainly is a nice way to get all

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Christmassy again, but for me, it still made a bit of this. That's

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more like it! There is no chance of that, as we

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will find out in a second. Let's have a recap of the headlines.

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Multiple explosions ripped through Baghdad. 14 people died in the

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worst violence Iraq has seen in On the subject of shopping and

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parking, thanks for the messages. Someone says, ample free parking is

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the key. Counsel should followed Brigg's lead. Somebody else says,

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no, because workers will take the free spaces and shoppers will still

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end up having to pay to pack. Mac says, free parking in town get my

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vote. Best way to get shoppers back to the high street and out of the

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supermarkets. Kate says that Sleaford is full of barber's and

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