29/12/2011 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


29/12/2011

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Good evening. Welcome to Look North. The former Chief Executive of Hull

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FC has tonight been banned from rugby league for two years for his

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part in a drugs cover-up at the club. The UK Anti-Doping Agency

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found James Rule had lied about the circumstances surrounding a failed

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drugs test by player, Martin Gleeson. Gleeson has also been

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given a ban, as has conditioning coach, Ben Cooper. It's the first

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time ever that off-pitch staff have been banned for tampering with the

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drugs testing process in this way. Linsey Smith has the story. Glee

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son -- this was the last time Gleeson scored for Hull FC. Soon

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after he was disqualified from the sport. He tested positive for a

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banned stimulant. What makes this a landmark case not just in rugby

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league, but UK Sport, is that two of his staff have also been banned.

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Former Chief Executive James Rule and conditioning coach, Ben Cooper

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conspired to cover up the situation after Gleeson left the club

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unexpectedly. The press were told that Martin Gleeson was away from

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the club on extended sick leave due to stress-related illness.

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Obviously, that's not true. Drug tests are regularly carried out in

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rugby league. It's against the world anti-doping programme rules

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to tamper with the sample bottles or provide fraudulent information.

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Andy Parkinson is the Chief Executive of UK anti-doping. It has

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led to two people being prosecuted, two of which are not athletes and

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that's the first time that has happened in the UK and this is the

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first time we have prosecuted under this rule. We normally prosecute

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under a positive test. This is an affair which is bound to sadden

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supporters and leave a stain on this club's long history. Linsey is

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live with more on this. What is the governing body had to say about

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this? They say that such behaviour is unacceptable and it brings the

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sport of rugby league into disrepute. They applaud the UK

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anti-dopgs agency for the hours of work they -- the UK anti- doping

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agency for the hours they put into this. The UK Anti-Doping Agency

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have told us this afternoon that they will aggressively pursue

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anyone suspected of violating the rules, especially as all eyes will

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be on UK Sport with the Olympics coming up later next year. In

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tonights other main news - a decision is due in the next few

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weeks on whether legal action will be brought following an explosion

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in Boston in which five men died. It's thought the men had been using

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an industrial unit to make illegal alcohol when the blast happened.

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The Crown Prosecution Service is currently reviewing the case and is

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due to make an announcement about any charges early next month.

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Scientists are investigating the death of a sperm whale on the north

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Norfolk coast. The 55-foot creature was found dead on Christmas Eve

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after washing up near Hunstanton. Sperm whales rarely venture into

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the shallow waters off this coastline, but it's believed to

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have died at sea. It probably was a natural death. There's nothing to

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suggest that anything man-made has caused this, so it was a natural

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death. There's no signs of struggle on the beach or a sign it's been

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displaced, so it died out at sea and washed up on to the beach here.

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There's a warning that people in Lincolnshire could face rising

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prices and hosepipe bans if a water shortage continues to affect the

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county. Drought was officially declared in June. The Environment

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Agency says it could continue into next year, unless there's

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significant rainfall. Siobhan Robbins reports. When drought was

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declared in Lincolnshire in June, farmers were already feeling the

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effects. It's all dead at the bottom. Potatoes were parched and

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the land was bone dry. Six months on, despite the rain, we are still

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in drought. Two years ago this stream was running. Last year it

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was just down to a steady trickle and now it's grassed over and

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there's no water flowing down it at all. Our yields were down 25% on

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the winter wheats and 60% on the spring barley, which made it

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uneconomical to grow, but the root crops, and the vegetables, we have

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they really do suffer. Although the ground may look fairly wet, the

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water levels below the surface are still really low. The Environment

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Agency has issued the drought map of 2012 and it says unless there's

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a prolonged period of significant rainfall that Lincolnshire is at

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high risk of continuing drought into spring and summer. This is the

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Beck and there is no flow. This is the result of the driest 12 months

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since the 1920s. Unless the neck three months are really wet we all

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-- we could all feel the effects. Farmers may feast -- face

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restrictions and the public hosepipe bans. Shopping bills could

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also go up. There would definitely be an increase in pricing, because

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vegetables don't grow the same and they get loss, so there would be an

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effect on the green grocers. Environment Agency will continue to

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monitor levels over the spring, but it's clear, unless there's a lot

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more rain, drought could also begin draining our bank accounts. A

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Lincolnshire nursery thinks it might have the answer to getting

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rid of your Christmas tree and that's to hire one out. Rudie

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Bertins hires them through December. When they're returned he re-plants

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them ready for next year. The scheme's already been recognised

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for being environmentally friendly, which Rudie says is the main reason

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people want one. We have built this business up from nothing. Obviously

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we do other things than trees, but this side of it has snowbald

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because people like the idea of them being environmentally friendly.

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The trees are not thrown away. We supply schools too and they love it.

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This year's santa fun run in Lincoln has raised more than

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�24,000f for charity. Around 1,500 santas took part in the race

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earlier this month. It's the second-highest amount ever raised

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since the event started five years ago. Now time for the weather with

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ago. Now time for the weather with Paul. Hello. Good evening. It

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remains very unsettled. The next weather system is steaming, meaning

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it will turn wet through Friday afternoon and Friday evening. In

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the short term, still a number of sharp showers feeding in from the

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north-west. They will fizzle overnight. One or two icy patches

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are possible. Temperatures around 1 and a very strong wind at first. It

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will moderate later. Friday, icy patches and then a dry, bright

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start. Hazy sun, but cloud will increase and the will see rain

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spreading from the west. By the end of the afternoon it will be pretty

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wet and miserable, with top temperatures around five or six

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