05/01/2012 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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Dozens of trees are brought down and buildings are badly damaged as

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gale force winds hit East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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It is a tremendous treated coming down, but I guess we feel lucky

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this morning. We are still in one piece!

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No criminal charges for the Community Support Officer who keeps

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his job, after slapping a teenager. Campaigners call for a crack down

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on those who abuse the disabled parking system.

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Mild temperatures lead to early signs of spring from snowdrops to

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And after the stormy weather of last night, the weather is

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Hello. The gale force winds have batted East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire. Trees have been toppled and many properties damaged

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in gusts of nearly 70 miles an hour. Tonight, people are counting the

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cost. First, our reporter is live at one house in Hull. How much

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damage has there been done? You can see from the remains of the tree

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behind be just how severe those gales must have been last night.

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The wind was so strong that it has managed to rip the roots of these

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three trees falling out of the ground. The trees have fallen some

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how narrowly missing those houses. In this region we have been very

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lucky. Despite widespread damage, no one has been seriously injured.

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People have had damage to their houses, they have of course been

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trees fallen. Now the winds have died down, we can finally see the

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extent of the problems. Assessing the damage at last

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night's gales. Three huge trees have blown down in Shannon Foster's

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garden in Hull. They narrowly missed her house. I was in shock.

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It could have done it straight through my son's bedroom window. I

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am very thankful it has gone that way. You cannot see from here, but

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the trio was bigger than our house. But houses were also damaged. In

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Pinchbeck near Spalding, these homes are lost to their sides.

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had just gone to bed and all of a sudden everywhere show can there

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was a massive noise. I looked out of the window and there were bricks

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flying everywhere. Obviously the wind had called on to the house and

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brought all of the bricks down. was so scary. I was with my 20

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week-old baby boy and I was just about to feed him. Winds reached

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their highest speeds of 69 mph at Scampton. In Lincolnshire seven had

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-- 7000 houses lost power. We have also experienced a particular

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incident where a motorist was trapped for a short period of time

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by a fallen tree. Also a cyclist was struck by a tree. It has not

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reached typhoon or hurricane speeds, but they have been serious gales

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and they have had a serious effect. It is very fortunate that we have

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had no serious injuries or a loss of life. But the councils were

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ready and by mid-morning, fallen trees like this one were being

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removed. In Willerby in Lincolnshire this stable had to be

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righted after blowing across the road. As far as I know I think this

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had blown up in the air and gone across the hedge and landed in the

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road. And then, luckily, it had blown over on its side. The Ouse

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Bridge has reopened after being forced to shut last night. The

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strong winds should be dying down. But the clean-up job is now only

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just beginning. Just so you know, fallen trees will

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not be wasted. Councils are now going round and clearing them up

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and they would use the chips of the tree on public parks and flowerbeds.

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East Riding council say they will be back out on the roads, but

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tonight they will be gritting because they are expecting some

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chilly weather on the way. Thank you. I will be asking Paul

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Hudson what has been causing the strong mints -- strong winds.

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Calls for stricter policing of the Blue badge scheme to help those who

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need it. A police community support officer

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who struck a teenage boy in the face is going back on the beat. The

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officer will face no criminal charges. However he has been

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disciplined. Humberside police say the slab was part of a joke. The

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parents of Leah waters have not seen the funny side.

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-- Liam Watter. The police say it was a joke, a

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mother says it was are sold. cannot express what I felt when I

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saw him. It is so mad. What right did he have to touch, let alone

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smack a child? On Hallowe'en night last year, Liam and his cousin were

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coming into this community centre. They bumped into two two PCSOs that

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they knew. One of them reached out and hit Liam. He was taken off

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normal duties and an investigation was launched. Officers had worked

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with youngsters at favoured local youth club and Liam said he looked

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up to them. I will never speak to them again. I have lost all respect

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for them. You are meant to look up to them and take them as a role-

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model, but I cannot. There has been some support for the officer in

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this case. But Liam's mother said that he is a good boy who

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volunteers with the elderly. cooks in the kitchen with a man

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does a few odd jobs for them. says there is no way that the

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contact between the officer and her son was friendly. That was not a

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playful smack. Not at all. This is the police investigation report and

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it says that the officer's conductor did fall below the

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required standard, but says that the slap was part of a joke. Under

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the lessons learned section, it says that the PCSO has been given

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strong advice about his role and the boundaries to be considered

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when building professional relationships. He will be back out

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on the beat this month. He should at least have been taken off his

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job. It would have been the same for ours if one of us had done it

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to him or anybody else. Humberside police told us that they have

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written to the family with the findings of the investigation and

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said it would not be appropriate to comment. But the family say they

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will appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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The that is the story. I spoke to the Hull solicitor, Max Gold,

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earlier and asked him if it is illegal to strike a child. It is

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illegal, it is assault. Humberside police said that this PCSO took his

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relationship with this boy as step too far and it resulted in a hit on

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the face as part of a joke. It is inappropriate, it is wrong

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behaviour. There was no sign of any joking. It is a right to jab to the

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head of a young man. He has not been charged to any -- with any

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offence. He has not been charged and he will not appear in front of

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a court. There could be some civil proceedings and a complaint to the

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police authority. Some people will agree with the police particularly

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those who deal with difficult to use on a daily basis. They will say,

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quite right, too. They will say and they will say it is exactly as it

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was in the fifties or sixties when the odd clip around the ear for a

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youngster was not unknown. But this was a different civilisation and a

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difficult world. Rules were broken in this case. Has it gone too far

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now with youth claiming to know their rights and what they do is

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push authority to breaking point? Yes, it has gone too far. You hear

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exactly the same thing from school teachers who are restrained him

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what they can do about discipline. We are controlled by convention and

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European regulations where caning, for example, is a breach of human

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rights. I think we have gone too far, there has to be some sense and

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some sensibility in the way we deal with young people and put some

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discipline into them to help them for the future. But many people of

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that generation will remember getting a clip round the year,

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there is no difference. No, there is no difference and it worked in

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our time. For some reason we have gone too far. But I'm not saying

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what the officer did was correct. He shouldn't have done it and it

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was senseless. To walk away was wrong. We have to look at how we

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are handling people. I would like to know your views on

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this one. Is it like that the PCSO s -- is it right that the police

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community support officer took this East Yorkshire has been granted

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more than �3 million of public money to provide new and improved

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pitches that travellers. The funding as part of tens of millions

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of pounds being spent on sites like this across the country. East

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Riding will see 19 you pitches and funding to improve a further 23. --

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new pitches. A coroner has ruled that a young

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woman from a Lincolnshire was unlawfully killed by her boyfriend

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before he took his life. 21 year old Katy Winchester was strangled

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by Kurt Tyrrell before he tied a dressing gown cord around his own

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net. Their bodies were found after a night at last April. The court

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heard that Kurt Tyrrell became violent after drinking and had

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attacked his girlfriend before. there is a general perception that

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domestic abuse exists in a older couples and that is not true. We

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would urge people to take note from this case and if they are

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experiencing any physical or verbal abuse or any kind of controlling

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behaviour, to get in touch with us. The time is 6:40pm. But thank you

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for watching. Still ahead, the Olympic hopefuls preparing for the

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most important here of their lives. And in spite of the gales, at mild

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temperatures could mean that spring We saw the weather pictures in the

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report at the start of the programme. Martin Brown et e-mailed

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me at teatime. This stable was blown over. It fell on a small pony

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in a nearby paddock, the pony is fine.

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Many people have been talking about the gales that have hitters, what

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caused them? The Jetstream is very powerful and it has been dominating

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our weather for about six weeks. This was air coming in from the

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West, lifting over the Pennines and it causes a series of standing

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waves. It is unusual to get gusts of around 70 miles an hour. It is a

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powerful jet stream and in fact, in the last six weeks, it has been the

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second most westerly set up in 139 years. It gives you an idea of how

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unusual the last five or six weeks have been. Very good, and tonight?

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It is still windy out there, but thankfully nothing on the magnitude

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of last night. We will look at Western parts of East Yorkshire, we

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have no real observations. It was a powerful storm. Things are

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improving. Tomorrow will be dry with sunshine. There will be some

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patchy rain and drizzle on Friday night. The weekend is looking quite

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promising. Much more settled. It is still windy. It is still gale force

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winds in coastal areas. De winds will ease as we head through the

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night. There could be a slight frost in some places. Watch out for

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that risk of a few icy patches. It might be frosty first thing

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tomorrow, otherwise drive. The afternoon it will be cloud over. It

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should stay dry. From temperatures up to eight or nine Celsius. That

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is quite a relief. The weekend is not looking too bad. Much of the

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weekend looks fine with intervals Two people were distressed that we

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did not here they come own explanation last night. They wanted

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on the I player! -- they want it on the I player.

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And I can go into more detail now if you want!

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A I would love to chat, but we must move on.

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Olympic hopefuls from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have

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been training after the festive break. Luke Campbell, the Hull

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boxer, faces a tournament in February. Lincoln swimmer Lizzie

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Simmonds faces her big test in March. More from Simon Clark.

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The intensity is unrelenting. Meeting after meeting, day after

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day, Lizzie Simmonds is trying to find that age first for the

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qualifying event and then for the Games. There is no second chance

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for qualification. A lot of the time, you just have to be focused

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and dedicated. You appreciate this will benefit you in the long run.

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It may seem tedious at the time. keep things fairly consistent. The

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training will be relatively similar to what she has done the last few

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months. The Olympic facilities and nearing completion. The target for

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all elite hopefuls. For one young man, his Olympic dream was not

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inspired by a huge stadiums, state- of-the-art arenas on massive events.

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He was stimulated by what lay beyond this humble doorway in Hull.

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Boxer Luke Campbell has the pressure of qualification behind

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him by winning a world silver medal last year. He has found himself

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enjoying a higher profile as a consequence, but his focus never

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wavers from the main event. 2012 is here now. People think at the end

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of 2011, the Olympics is next year, but it is here now, it will be upon

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us very quickly. These are two from our area who hope 2012 will be

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realised their Olympic dreams. Now, it was designed to give the

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least able people somewhere to park, but the Blue badge system is being

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abused. In Lincoln, disabled motorists said they often cannot

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part because people with fake badges or without one at all at

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taking up places. Today is a good day for Barry

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Fippard. He is able to get a disabled parking bay on visiting

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the shops. Often, they are being used and abused by able-bodied

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drivers. You are not always able to get one, because other cars are

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parked there. Mostly, they are people with blue bodies, -- blue

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badges, but often they do not have them. It is frustrating. The bottom

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one here is a fraud, and was created by somebody presumably by

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downloading something of the internet. Lincolnshire Police

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cellars one of the biggest problems is forgeries. Fans can be in excess

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of �1,000. -- fines can be in excess of �1,000. One couple were

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fined 1,500 pounds between them. The government are introducing new

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electronic blue badges. With a hologram and special printing, they

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look more like driving licences and a difficult to forge. Lincolnshire

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County Council will own forces scheme, but they are not convinced

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it will solve all problems. It will not necessarily eliminate them. It

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will allow us to have more control. The information will be held in a

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national database. Weekend checks serial numbers. The new scheme is a

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big step forward. What it cannot control his abuse of disabled bays

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on private land, such as in supermarket car-parks. Which means

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for Barry, a trip to the shops may still be stressful. Joining me now

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with Daniel Macintyre from the charity Disabled Motoring UK, which

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represents the interests of Blue badge holders and disabled

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motorists. What do you think of people who use disabled parking

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spaces with no badge, or one which has been forged? Quite frankly, it

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is despicable. These people are often quite lazy people. They are

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depriving a disabled person or being able to reduce that space.

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For his disabled person, it might be that been able to park in that

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space is the only way they can go to work or do their shopping. It

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might be that because an able- bodied person has taken that space,

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a disabled person might have to go home and not bother. The government

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says this new electronic blue badge will make it harder for people to

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forge passes. Do you think enough has been done? Yes. The new batch

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is fantastic. For Disabled Motoring UK welcome the changes. I think

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what is also needed is more on enforcement. In theory, the rules

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should have been adequate to enable people to be able to park, but...

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What happens if it is a non Council car-park? If it is a private car

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park? There is very little enforcement of those spaces if it

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is on private land. The council or police are not able to do anything.

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Some supermarkets did take matters into their own hands. They hire

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private security firms to patrol the car parks. When a person is

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identified as having used a disabled parking bay that should

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not, they are being called out, and given a bit of a telling off.

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good to talk to you. That might be another one you want to get in

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touch about. Police have arrested five men in Hull for a series of

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suspected metal thefts, including lattes City care centre. Dove House

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Hospice looks after patients with life limiting illnesses, and was

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one of three places targeted. The charity said the theft of two

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manhole covers could have endangered staff, patients and

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families. It is not great when people steal from us, especially

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when people have worked hard to raise money. We are expanding, and

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that is another �2 million project. Staff at a charity shop in

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Lincolnshire that was targeted by metal thieves say they are

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delighted the store has reopened. Piping stolen from the air

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ambulance shop in market raisin caused a flood, which severely

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damaged the building and stock. Repairs are being completed at the

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sight more than a month after the incident. Last night, we told you

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how Lincolnshire County Council has changed some of its green man

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crossing signs to green figures. It has backed a lot of controversy.

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Some say it is political correctness gone mad. There was a

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lively response after the programme, and when we talked about it on the

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Thank you for all of those. Now, despite the strong winds we have

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been talking about, we have had some very mild temperatures. 13

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Celsius was recorded on New Year's Day at Coningsby. Some experts say

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We might have experienced winds of 69 mph in Scampton overnight, but

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in Burton Agnes, spring has sprung early. How do we know? Because the

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snowdrops have arrived. We will need to clear the past. Getting

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prepared for this year's snowdrop walk at Burton Agnes Hall. It is

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not until the beginning of February, but, in contrast to this time last

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year, snowdrops and not any peeping through but flowering. There would

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land will be covered in a blanket of snow drops. We are always

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relieved to see the snowdrops are appearing. We know a lot of our

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visitors will be keen to see them. We cannot predict when everything

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will be there. It was -- it is always a nice relief to see them

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here. Elsewhere in the gardens, there's more signs of spring.

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have an eye race here. It cauliflowers at the end of February.

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I have another flower which normally flowers later. The early

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buds on trees along with blossom is spreading through other parts of

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. But not all kinds of wildlife take

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too kindly to a change in temperature. Frogs, for example. If

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they started to lay their spawn in the next few weeks, and we had a

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cold spell in February, gradually be frogspawn count would diminish.

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The frogs would not be replacing themselves. For most of us, the

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thought of warm weather on the horizon is present. That will all

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depend on Mother Nature. Lovely. Let's have a recap of the headlines.

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A male nurse is arrested at a Stockport hospital. He is suspected

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of tampering with medical records. Dozens of trees are brought down

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and buildings at badly damaged as gale-force winds hit East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire. Tomorrow's We were talking about that story

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were up eight teenager was slapped. Someone says, how pathetic, a

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policeman tries to have a laugh and gets in trouble over it. Someone

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else says, give the man a pat on the back and let there be no

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compensation involved. The answer, if you or I had done the same thing,

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we would have been arrested with an assault charge. Ben says, many

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teams do express inappropriate behaviour, I do not think what the

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officer did was wrong because it is highly likely that teenager

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provoked him. Simon said, the officers should be discouraging

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