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Welcome to Look North. The headlines. Plans are being put at

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risk as paramedics said ambulance staff borrowed a word. I think

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patients are being put at risk and it is a matter of time before

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somebody loses their life. War's family appeal for help three weeks

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after she went missing -- and Diann Conboy's family.

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An investigation says nothing could have stopped the Goole floods.

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And we find out if the Iron Lady has provoked a North-South divide.

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Stay mild the next couple of days but cold by Friday. The details

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coming up shortly. -- staying mild. Good evening. It is being claimed

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that patients' lives are being put at risk across Yorkshire because of

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overwork ambulance staff. A paramedic has told the BBC that

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crews at being regularly asked to work over their 12 hour shifts

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without breaks. He says some staff are asked to cover a huge distances

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to help other areas of the service need response targets. The

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service denies the claims. We will hear from them

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in a moment. First, here is Vicky Johnson.

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Ambulance crews operating across East Yorkshire at increasingly been

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stretched to the limit. This employee, who wants to remain

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anonymous, has had his comments revoiced. Morale is very low,

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basically because we are being worked into the ground. We work 12

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hour shifts and very often we do not get breaks within that period.

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His concerns have been echoed by union leaders, who say increasing

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demand combined with staff shortages are causing problems.

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They are running the cruise into the ground. As a trade union, we

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have never liked 12 hour shifts. I think they are far too long for the

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type of work paramedics do. Go beyond that, and I think you are

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really pushing the boundaries. You cannot drive a lorry for that long.

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He does not seem right. Yorkshire Ambulance Service receive

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up to 4 million calls a year, and has almost 1,900 frontline staff

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who cover approximately 6,000 square miles. Sometimes, crews are

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expected to cross county boundaries when there is a surge in demand in

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other areas. This member of staff told me they increasing workload

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could have tragic consequences for patients. I think patients had

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definitely been put at risk and it is a matter of time before somebody

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loses their life because the Ramblers does not arrive in time.

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The core into ambulance officials, the Yorkshire service is definitely

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not overstretched, and they insist that response times here in Hull

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area are among the best in the country. -- according to ambulance

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officials. Vince Larvin is from the Yorkshire

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Ambulance Service. I asked him if services are stretched. Definitely

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not. I think anything but. Our response times are proving

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otherwise. The government stand -- the Government's standard is 75 %,

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and we are achieving almost 90 %. This paramedics says morale is low,

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Ships at Toulon and rarely they get proper breaks. Is that fair and

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accurate? -- shifts are too long. We take the welfare of staff very

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seriously. Unison told us they regained 12 hour shifts because

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invariably they do 13 or 14 away days. Why ambulance staff allowed

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to do that? It can happen on occasion. It is the nature of the

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job. When we put the shift patterns together, we consulted unions and

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staff. There was a range of 8, 9 and 10 hour shift patterns

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available. Why ambulance staff being sent to other parts of

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Yorkshire? Is that so they hit government response times? To put

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that into perspective, that happens in all areas. When demand is high

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in other areas, we do move resources around. That is

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reciprocal. It happens nationally. This paramedics says lives are

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being put at risk. Do you accept and agree with him on that?

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Absolutely not. I think our response times demonstrate we are

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providing some of the best reply -- best response times in the country.

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They are really good, not is down to the hard work and commitment of

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our staff. Thank you very much. I would like to know your thoughts

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on this. What is your experience of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service?

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Maybe you work there. What do you think of some of the claims being

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made? Is it right that crews apple from one part of the region to

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In a moment: One council tries to get thousands of people to change

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to one energy supplier. Anybody has been discovered Mayor

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Humberside Airport. Police were called to the scene at Great Limber

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earlier this afternoon. The area has been cordoned off one

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investigations take place. Investigations are continuing into

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the death of a woman who died after falling from a block of flats in

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Bridlington. It happened on South Marine Drive late last night. A 36-

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year-old man is being questioned. An abattoir in Skegness has gone

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into administration, putting 26 jobs at risk. Lincolnshire Prime

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Meat Company has debts of over �1 million.

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It does not matter what you have done away you have been, all we

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want is for you to get in touch. Those are the words of Diann

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Conboy's family, three weeks after she went missing. Humberside Police

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say the public could pets -- the public could play a vital role in

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finding the 47-year-old. Woman com -- Diann Conboy. Police

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have today revealed she had gone missing ones before. It was back in

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October, and she was staying in and out house may Cottingham. Diann's

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family have issued a statement through the police calling on

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people to check their sheds and garages. Please contact the police

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and let us know you are safe. We are missing our mother, daughter,

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sister and friend. Diann Conboy was reported missing from her home on

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21st December. Police said they have an unconfirmed sighting of her

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at Ellerburn Avenue on the 23rd. Searches had focused on the Sir

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Henry Cooper schools side before moving to Thwaite Hall in

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Cottingham last weekend. Diann's last sighting may have been by a

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white colleague here on Ellerburn Avenue. Police are using it as a

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starting point as they examine financial records and CCTV across

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the area. Police insist there is no connection with the disappearance

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of Diann's encore, Michael Conboy, who has been missing since 2009.

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But for Diann's family, a difficult time. They edged ahead to get in

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touch. He does not matter what anybody else says. It does not

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matter what you have done away you have been. We just when you to get

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in touch with any of us to let us know it you were safe and well.

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Until I is fresh information, the searches that were taking place

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have stopped, despite the police and her family becoming

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increasingly concerned as each day passes.

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We will continue to follow that story.

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A North Norfolk District Council is paying up to �25,000 of taxpayers'

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money to retrain staff at the Cromer Crab Company. Youngs, which

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owns the company, is still in talks to secure the future of the factory,

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but at least 70 jobs are under threat. The council has asked for

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the cash to be reimbursed. Her rail travel from Yorkshire to

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London could be about to get much quicker following the announcement

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there will be a high-speed rail link developed. The trains will

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travel at up to 250 miles away. It means you will be able to get from

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Leeds to London in one hour and 20 minutes. But it will be over 20

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years before the line get built. With energy costs expected to rise

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by 27 % over the next eight years, one Lincolnshire council has

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decided to take matters into its own hands. South Holland District

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Council is hoping to persuade all of its 37,000 residents to switch

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to a single energy supplier. It is all about bulk discount, as Paul

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Murphy reports. June and Peter believe that if

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their energy costs keep rising, they will struggle to pay the bills.

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They are eating and their heating or me to be carefully calculated --

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they're eating and heating. Last winter, we did not suffer but my

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pocket did. They are joining the new fuel tariff register. It allows

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a community to bulk-buy discount energy from a single supplier. All

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37,000 households in his council area had been invited to sign up.

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If we could get everybody together to buy from the same contract, if

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we could save 10 %, that would be about �4 million we have saved for

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the district. That would give the shops and Traders extra income.

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a household spends more than 10 % on -- more than 10 % of income on

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energy, it is classed as fuel poverty. Around 18 % of households

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in England fall into this category. In South Holland, that figure is

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around 25 %. We are fortunate that we both have small pensions to back

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away state pensions. There are people who rely on the state

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pension. I think it is getting harder, and will do. If enough

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households can be encouraged to sign up to this game, the council

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hopes to begin negotiations with energy suppliers within weeks.

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Interesting idea. Thank you for watching this Tuesday night. Still

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ahead: Plans to give a local landmark a new lease of life.

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And more than 20 years after leaving office, Margaret Thatcher

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If you have a picture you are proud of, send it in. Tonight's is of the

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Tony says, last night, Paul suggested we go and look at the

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magnificent full moon, then added, you might find it more interesting

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than his forecast. He was right! I did and it was. He said, is there

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another tonight? It is a bit cloudy. Tell us about

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last night! Read the weather. Oh, you do not

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read it, do you? You elaborate! The next 24 hours is a mild one.

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They will be a lot of cloud around, possibly enough to produce a little

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drizzle. Temperatures in Bridlington could be up to 12

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degrees. There could be some drizzle for the Yorkshire wolds. We

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had a nice spell of sunshine. I think the cloud will thicken

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through this evening and overnight sufficiently to produce some

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drizzle. It looks generally as if it should be dry and frost free

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again. Lowest temperatures about six or seven. The sun will rise at

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8:15am, setting at fora 5:00pm. -- setting up fora 5:00pm. Perhaps a

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bit of dampness around. Any drizzle will quickly die away, then it is

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generally dry but cloudy. You will see some great developing. Top

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temperatures will probably be in Bridlington, perhaps it see as well.

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Elsewhere, around 11. Thursday will be worked at first with patchy rain,

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but it tends sunny in the afternoon. Some frost on Thursday night, then

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Friday and Saturday look colder, but generally dry with some

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You get very touchy about the forecast! See you tomorrow.

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Read your autocue! An investigation looking into the cause of flooding

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in Goole last summer found more rain fell than the drainage systems

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are designed to cope with. You might remember that last August,

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it's estimated that more than 64 millimetres of rain "probably" fell

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on Goole in just one hour. The council say this is a once in a

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lifetime event. Yorkshire Water has now agreed to spend 275 thousand

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pounds on a study looking at the town's drainage systems. Our

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environment correspondent Siobhan Robbins is in Goole now. Just

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It was really serious. Two weeks of rain fell in a few hours and this

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cul-de-sac was an area which was badly hit. To give you an

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impression of how bad things got, one resident told me he was wading

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through water up to his knees. He is over 6 ft tall. That is the

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point of the report to look at what caused the floods and how to

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prevent a repeat in the future. This was the result of a few hours'

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rain. A freak summer downpour which left many houses in Goole under

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water. Five months many victims like Judy blame the cutting out of

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three pumps at the pumping station for worsening the situation. When

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the pumps were switched back on, we could see the water going back down

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the drains. It was quite clear at something had happened. Up until

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then, the water was rising. today's report paints a different

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picture it blames exceptional rain. It says most system's would be

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overwhelmed. But in the future to recommends agencies work together

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more that a new warning system is put in and pumping stations don't

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shut off during heavy rain. We have carried out a million pounds of

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investment at the pumping station, we have refurbished the pumps and a

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confident there will be no repeat in terms of those pumps going idle

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at a critical point. Yorkshire Water is fitting new monitors which

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will measure the amount of water in drains to stop a repeat. They'll

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work with the council over the next year to pinpoint any areas which

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could flood again. We seem to be getting exceptional events every

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four or five years. It is something we need take up nationally because

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the guidelines are the sewers must be designed for a one in 13 event

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but one in 30 is happening every one in five. We need to move the

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marker post. But for some this doesn't go far enough. Jonathon

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Taylor had to fit a whole new kitchen. He thinks victims should

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be compensated. We have had the flooding, the

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heartache, the headaches. The property damage and sofa made it is

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too late. These things should have been in place beforehand. Today's

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recommendations still have to be agreed by the council's cabinet as

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they'll decide how best to protect homes in the future.

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The Cabinet will meet next week to discuss a host of recommendations

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held in a report. One of the main ideas is agencies working more

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closely together and that has already begun. A survey was

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commissioned looking at the Suez, trains and ditches to pinpoint any

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weak spots and defend and better in the future.

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And this might be another story you've got a view on. Maybe you

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were affected by those floods last year - are you reassured by these

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measures? Do you think more needs to be done to avoid a repeat, and

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if so, what? As always, there's the email and text details for you now.

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And thanks for all of your tweets, emails, texts and phone messages on

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our story about the Hull cyclist who's taken to filming every single

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journey he takes. Simon Mason has spent hundreds of pounds on special

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glasses with a camera attached. He's done it after becoming

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concerned for his safety, in case he's involved in an accident. The

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camera records everything he sees while out on his bike. There was a

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huge response last night's. Thank Winky for all of those. -- thank

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you. Over the years it attracted stars like Michael Ball, Ben Elton

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and Jim Davidson, but sixteen years ago The Ritz cinema and live venue

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in Lincoln closed its doors. Since then, it's been used as a pub but

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now a local community group has come forward and they want to

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restore it to how it used to be, and it was pretty grand. Simon

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Spark has this. It's nearly 16 years since anyone

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other than the owners have set foot in the old Ritz cinema on Lincoln's

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High Street, and over that time it's badly deteriorated with just a

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few signs it was ever a cinema at all. You can see this is originally

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where the seats would have been and the screen at the back. The frame

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is still there for the screen but it is an empty shell. These are the

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only three left. In the projection room there's an old diary logging

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any problems with the films like oil on Jurassic Park and dirt on

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the piano. But a return last year by the previous owners Barry and

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Brenda Stead was a reminder of the stars that used to perform here.

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The Colosseum in Rome, Gladiators ready for the spectacle! Look at

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this stage. We had a few good nights here. Many good nights.

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Every show was a spectacle. They were unique and enjoyed by so many

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people. I would see the Hollies. remember the live shows. As you go

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up the stairs, the pictures of the stars. Yes, lots of happy memories.

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It's this strong sense of connection that's made Pete Genders

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want to get the Ritz back to the way it was. And his intention is to

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jointly use it as a community project. It is a big part of my

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Chartered, my first kiss was here. My big love is for film. I thought

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to reopen the centre would be a dream come true. It is not

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something we can manage on their own. We do not have the funding to

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completely renovated. We need people's health. So this is where

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the work begins a large part of which will be finding the estimated

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three quarters of a million pound it'll take before Lincoln will be

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putting on the Ritz again. The producer told me she sought Trevor

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and Simon and then she got to work with me. She has known suffering!

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If you have any memories let us know. Hull City has confirmed Nick

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Barmby as the club's permanent manager. Barmby took over as

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caretaker boss in November when Nigel Pearson moved to Leicester.

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He's since led the Tigers to six victories in 11 games. He says it's

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a great honour to become manager of his home town club and he's looking

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forward to the challenge. Grimsby Town hope to make it ten

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unbeaten matches in a row tonight as they travel to Cambridge United

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in the Blue Square premier. The Mariners beat Alfreton Town on

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Saturday to move within eight points of the play-off places.

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Joint manager Rob Scott says tonight's opponents, who are two

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places above them, will have something to prove.

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It is a good test. We would like to see where we are from early in the

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season. We did not play well, it was a different side in terms of

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confidence. And how we will play. They went down to 10 men are so

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they feel aggrieved it wasn't a fair reflection. And you can hear

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full commentary of tonight's game on BBC Radio Humberside's FM

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frequency and on the web. Kick off's at quarter to eight, with

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build up on Sportstalk which is on She hasn't been the Prime Minister

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for more than 20 years but it seems Margaret Thatcher still has the

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power to divide the country. The film The Iron lady is pulling in

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the audiences down South but seems to be performing less well in more

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Northern cities. So how is the film about Grantham's most famous

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daughter going down in our part of the world? Emma Massey's been

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finding out. The Right Honourable Gentleman

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knows we had no choice but to close the school. Launched on Friday, The

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Iron Lady tells the story of Margaret Thatcher's rise to power.

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The union paymasters have called a strike deliberately to cripple the

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economy. But the film seems to have split the country with a

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north/south divide. In London it's playing to packed-out cinemas while

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in the north it's a very different story. Screen number five. Some

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people remember when there was lots of unemployment in the 1980s and

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they blame her and the government. With the miners' strike, it was a

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defining point which has made people more antagonistic in the

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north than the southerners. politics was massive. It stopped

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many people working, there was trouble with the unions. They will

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not support the film. Most of them are supporting Labour and always

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will. Gentlemen, shall we joined the ladies? Deramore Labour

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strongholds in the north who may not want to see anything to do with

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Margaret Thatcher. They did not want to see it because of her it

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was about. So Lady Thatcher may not have been in power since 1990 but

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it seems she's still as divisive a character as ever.

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That is the tone if we want to strike. Let's get a recap of the

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national and regional headlines: London to Birmingham in 45 minutes

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- a controversial high speed rail line gets government approval.

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Claims that lives are being put at risk as paramedics say ambulance

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staff are overworked. And tomorrow's weather: cloudy at times

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but mostly dry after a damp start. Some sunny intervals. Top

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temperature 11 degrees Celsius, The response on the story about the

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claims ambulance staff are overworked. John says you wait too

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long for transport because of overstretched staff and Paul

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vehicles breaking down. Sarah says I'll girl suffers from croup and we

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had to call the ambulance many times and the responses second to

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none. The care is outstanding and we thank them. I regularly work

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over the end of my shift as a paramedic for the East Midlands and

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the service nationwide is overstretched, not enough staff,

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vehicles or money to meet demand. I do jobs in Nottingham when I work

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on the east coast. The system is in crisis and no one will admit it.

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