23/12/2011 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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She told "a pack of lies" - a judge's verdict of murderer Julie

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Dixon. "Someone came up and attacked us

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and set fire to the place." Does it matter who delivers your

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local public services? Calls for a shake-up of councils in

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Lincolnshire. A seasonal warning about Christmas

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light safety, as fire ruins one woman's festive plans.

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And the end of a year-long challenge - the whiskery story of

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the men growing their beards for charity. Under not forget to join

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me for your Christmas weekend "A pack of lies" - that was the

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ruling of a judge on the stories told by Julie Dixon, as she tried

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to get away with the murder of her long-term partner.

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It comes at the end of a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court to decide why

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she had killed 46-year-old David Twigg. The judge decided that when

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she locked him and his workshop and set it on fire, it was a planned

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killing. What did the judge say? She showed no emotion as the judge

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said there was a pre- meditated murder. He said that he her account

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of how he came to die a was untrue, in fact, I am sure it is a pack of

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lies. These lie started the moment she called 999.

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"Someone came up and attacked us and set fire to the place."

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A 999 call from Julie Dixon, apparently the victim of a

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terrifying attack. "They were dressed in black with a

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hoody on and a mask or something." Despite combing the scene, police

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found no evidence of masked men. It was an elaborate story Julie Dixon

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told police and David Twigg's family to hide the fact she had

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murdered him. The police and emergency services were misled

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right from the period of the original emergency call and even to

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this point now, she has not accepted the truth and has shown no

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remorse and his family were really close to her. They confided in her

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and the betrayal of their trust that the field is terrible really.

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David Twigg's grieving family were lied to for months.

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Today, the police gave a statement from his parents outside court.

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This has been a very difficult and emotional nine months for us.

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We've lost our only son David at the hands of someone who we have

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loved and treated as a daughter. The loss of David is more than we

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can bear and we have a massive hole in our world."

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It was Sunday, March 13 when Julie Dixon locked David Twigg inside

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this tiny store cupboard at their joinery business in Burgh-Le-Marsh.

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She doused the premises in petrol and set them alight.

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Neighbours were surprised Julie Dixon did not come to them for help.

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And once her lies were exposed, friends who had mourned alongside

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her felt betrayed. This funeral was massively well attended, because he

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was a very popular character. quite sickening really, heart

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insincerity. The father was distraught at the service. The

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words that he read it was said in some be the for the women who ate

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now turns out had murdered him. And people were so shocked at those

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lies because Julie Dixon and David Twigg had seemed a happy couple.

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She even claimed they were planning to marry and Michael Capes says

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there was nothing out of the ordinary when they were working for

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him just before the murder. But in June, police arrested Julie

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Dixon. Now, she admitted lying and began

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claiming she had actually made a suicide pact with Mr Twigg because

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of their financial troubles. David Twigg had been declared

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bankrupt, something Julie Dixon tried to hide from him.

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And that was not the only secret. Mr Twigg's family say she had

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hidden the fact that bills had not been paid. They say money was taken

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from his business account and she had also remortgaged their home

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here without telling him. Police say because Julie Dixon has

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told so many lies, they feel they will never know the real why she

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killed. We really do not know. We do not nor have something has

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happened a weekend which led to are carrying out this cold-blooded

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killing. She has never expected excepted full responsibility for

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the action she carried out. police say because Julie Dixon's

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told so many lies, they feel they'll never know the real why she

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killed. She faces a life sentence, but now

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the judge has ruled it was pre- meditated, he can decide the

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minimum time she will serve in prison when the case resumes on

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January 3. Thank you very much. In a moment, the damage caused by

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Christmas lights. It acted like a blowtorch. It tall erect that the

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whole of the inside of the house. Two teachers have resigned after

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being involved in an internet discussion where people from East

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Hull were called "thick" and "inbred".

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Parents at Hull's Westcott Primary, have been told that headteacher

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Debbie Johnson and Nyanza Roberts have both left. They were suspended

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following the comments on Facebook. The school now needs to move on. It

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came out of special measures and October of this year. It needs to

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move on any positive way now. Parents have been delighted that

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the teachers have decided to call. Associated British Ports says it

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hopes to have a broken lock gate at Hull's King George Dock fixed by

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next Thursday. P&O says it has cancelled two ferry

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crossings over the Christmas weekend because of the problem.

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Tonight's Zeebrugge sailing and the return journey are cancelled.

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It has ignited a debate about who you pay your council tax to and who

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empties your bin. The leader of Lincolnshire County

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Council has warned a big shake-up is coming.

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Martin Hill says the seven district councils in the county could be

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scrapped and a new single authority should then take charge. From a

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team begins to running the local swimming baths, more than 700,000

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people are served by Lincolnshire seven district councils. But we do

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be more cost-effective to of one single authority looking after the

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whole of the county? The two-tier system of county and district is

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probably in the minority now. Many other places now have one council

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and it seems to work better. I have not seen any great problems with

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that. So, who will people they pay their council tax to for services?

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I have been asking local people. think they should be left to the

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people in the places they will have to decide. A but the leader of the

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city of Lincoln council is not convinced either. Lincoln has a

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very proud history of governments, going back 2000 years to the Romans.

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Understandably, they take great civic parade in the people having a

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council that they feel is accountable to them and them alone.

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The seven councils could now emerge into a single unitary authority,

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but the authorities say there is coming no plans to change the way

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Lincolnshire his government. Martin Hill, the leader of

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Lincolnshire County Council, is here now. Martin, who should things

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not stay as they are now? I am not calling for immediate change. As

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has just as been said, the government has said there will not

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be local government restructure in this Parliament or maybe not even

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the next. It simply needs us to look at ways we could become more

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efficient. Lincoln has had a city council

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since Roman times. Are there not historical reasons

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for keeping our present local authorities? Yes, I ate not that

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people care who is looking after their services. But in this present

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day and age, we have to look at the best way to present services to the

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public. What they have said is that in the future we have to look at it.

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Because of financial pressures on us, we are trying to work closer

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together with other county councils. We are saying later, a year's time,

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we all have to look at different options in the future. But surely

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the whole party is all about making things local? Does this not go

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against this? No, in any sort of the area, we bid still focus on

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individual areas which would have the local and packed. The person

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who is elected by the council will stand up for their area and make

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sure that the get the services they deserve. What do you think people

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at home in the county will be thinking about this? I do not know.

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I need to reassure people that nothing is happening in the

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immediate future, but we need to keep looking at this in years to

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come, so that we are providing the best services possible.

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I would like to hear your views on this.

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Is it time to scrap the seven district councils in Lincolnshire

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and allow the county council to provide all services? Or would you

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prefer to keep the local district councils as they are now. Here are

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Firefighters are making an urgent plea for everyone to check the

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safety of their Christmas lights after a house was almost destroyed

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by fire. It started when the lights came

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into contact with an electric heater. Sarah Corker reports.

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Salvaging what is left from the charred remains of this home. When

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Paul arrived at his sister-in-law's house.the fire was spreading fast.

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With the back door open, it acted like a blowtorch. It has wrecked

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the whole of the inside of the House. Everything in their had just

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been refurbished over the last couple of years. It is all gone.

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Within half an hour, it had all gone. The ambulance, police cars

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all came. We wear all petrified. The fire started yesterday

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afternoon in the front bedroom and spread throughout the house.

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Luckily, the 60-year-old woman who lives here escaped through the

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front door, unharmed and raised the alarm. It is thought it began when

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Christmas lights fell onto an electric fire. Please be aware that

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where you put your Christmas decorations is very important,

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because of the fall, you have to make sure they are not going to

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fall on to the naked flame. As loss adjusters arrive to access

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the scale of the damage inside, one small comfort for the owner maybe

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that one of the few things that escaped undamaged were this year's

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Still ahead, how the area's food producers are helping the nation to

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serve up Christmas dinner. It is nearly time for a close shave

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for these crimes be men who have reached the end of a year-long

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beard growing challenge. -- Grimsby Good evening, young man. How are

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you? Very well.

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John Kelly has stuck his neck out and given a forecast for the whole

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of 2012 in one national newspaper. Karen says, show us what you are

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made off. He probably has a very good

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solicitor. Any plans on polling a cracker this

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Christmas? Do you want to give before cost?

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The forecast is not bad, it looks like tomorrow will be brighter and

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mostly dry as well. But there will be a chilly wind. We are looking to

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the West because Christmas Day will be one of the mildest for many a

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year. It was 10 Celsius this morning but temperatures in the

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North have dropped back down and we still have rain and drizzle. It has

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been a miserable day across our region. But the rain will get a

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move on in the next few hours and we will see a clear sky is. With

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all of this moisture we have to watch out for the potential of icy

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patches. Temperatures down to one Celsius in one or two spots. The

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sun will rise at 8:18am. It will set at 3:44pm. These are the times

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of high water. A much better day to come, a bright start, chilly, and

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the cloud will gradually increase from the West so it turns bright

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rather than sunny. Essentially it is dry but it will tend to cloud

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over. It will be windy and it will probably feel quite chilly out

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there, temperatures close to the average by December, around seven

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or eight Celsius. Seven in Grimsby. The all-important forecast for

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Christmas Day, it looks very mild and very windy and mostly cloudy.

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Apart from the odd spot of rain it should be dry. A similar forecast

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for Boxing Day. What a con -- contrast with this time yesterday,

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I mean, this time last year! I don't think you would get that

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kind of service from John Kelly. He is being modest, he has made a

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prediction bet every day of 2012. It is a busy holiday period for our

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football teams. Unusually this year, though, there are no games tomorrow,

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though, there are no games tomorrow, so the festive fixtures begin on

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Boxing Day. Our sports reporter Simon Clark takes a look.

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Christmas gives teams like Scunthorpe a chance to put some

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impetus into their season, something Hull City seemed to have

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achieved. The Tigers make the trip to

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Middlesbrough. Here are two former Premier League sides seeking a

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return to the big time. It should be a really good game, we

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are looking forward to it. It might be tough but it is there for us and

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we have to put on a good performance.

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With home games coming up, Scunthorpe United know that a

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couple of wins will help them avoid looking over their shoulder at

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relegation. That game against Bury will see Alan Knill pitted against

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his former club, something he has been looking forward to.

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At most of the players are the same, only three or four have been

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brought in command base still have the same qualities when I was there.

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At Lincoln City it is non-League derby Day as Grimsby city make the

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trip to the fallen Lincolnshire big boys.

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Most of the vegetables that will be eaten on Christmas Day in the UK

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have been grown here in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. And the

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growers say they are enjoying one of their best years. A local

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Yorkshire pudding maker and a cheese producer will also be

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helping fill our festive plates, as Crispin Rolfe has been finding out.

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Shopping for seasonal veg or even a cheese platter? Chances are this

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year it has come from either East Yorkshire or Lincolnshire. East

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Anglia may be Britain's breadbasket, but our area is certainly its main

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source of Christmas veg. This year around three-quarters of seasonal

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produce comes from here. Quite a contrast to 2010, when wintery

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weather crippled producers and saw imports grab a market share.

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The weather has been with us, compared to last year when we had

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temperatures down to minus 12. Today it has been 11 degrees.

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Trading is also up for this Lincolnshire cheese producer. Their

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supplies have been maturing for months and are selling fast.

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Business this year has been very good but Christmas particularly has

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been good for us, with sales up by over 50 %. Very exciting times for

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And the cows are also being kept busy by Hull's Yorkshire pud

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producer, currently making 20 million paddings a week, for which

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they get through 2 million litres of milk a year.

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Here at Aunt Bessie's we produce up to half a million Yorkshire

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puddings every year and it really takes a hike in the run-up to

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Christmas so at the moment we are producing up to 20 million

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Yorkshire puddings a week. So, despite the downturn, it seems

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Aunt Bessie's goods are still selling like hot cakes. But the

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real boost for our region has been this year's healthy vegetable crops,

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with farmers hoping this season will more than make up for the

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white wipeout they had to overcome in 2010.

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The star of the night is the man who stands at the side of the

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Yorkshire puddings. They have been growing their beards

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for a year and have raised thousands for charity. Now Dave

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Clixby and Richard Wall in Grimsby are itching to shave them off after

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enduring a year of teasing and funny looks. Simon Spark has been

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$NEWLINE they have been growing their beards for a year to raise

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money for Help For Heroes, and now they are just a few days away from

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shaving them off. The wife is doing it with a cut-

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throat wait -- cut-throat razor. It has been an ever lengthening

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year and, while Richards has gone for the goatee look, Dave's gone

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for the full bush and kept a photo diary of his growth. It started

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sensibly but got progressively out there, with his latest snap as you

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would expect. But family and friends are getting ready for the

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new look. Some days you don't notice it is

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there. I have grown these for the last couple of months, not to be

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too overshadowed by him. It will be so weird. He will look

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much younger than he does. If he picks me up from school I usually

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look at his beard. It will look so weird without it.

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With just a few days before they shave that such a festive time of

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the year, what can we do with what they have grown.

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We think they should dress up as Santa Claus.

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With a Santa and a sparrow, it was time to catch the thoughts of

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Grimsby. It might need to be died a bit more.

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Is that grey hair? It looks good, especially with the white on it.

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Mine is natural! From a festive bet to new year

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relief it will be all change on This from Alan, what a good idea

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for one not overall council. This should include parish councils.

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John says, in some towns there are three municipal authorities and I

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feel this is a waste of council tax. Next says you can't have a

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councillor from Lincoln determining decisions in Leicester. Richard

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says it is ridiculous that taxpayers should have to fund

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district councils as well as the county council. Jo says we need

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districts to represent the different needs of each area. If it

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is not broken, don't fix it. We will end tonight's Look North

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with the children from Victoria Dock Primary School in Hull. They

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were the winners of our Children In Need choir contest, and they are

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# In the bleak mid-winter frosty wind made moan.

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# Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone. # Snow had fallen,

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snow on snow, snow on snow. # In the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

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# Our God, heav'n cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain.

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# Heav'n and earth shall flee away, when He comes to reign.

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# In the bleak mid-winter, a stable-place sufficed.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 45 seconds

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# The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. # What can I give Him, poor

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as I am? # If I were a shepherd, I would

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