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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight...

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More than 300 hundred jobs are under threat as food factory plans

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to close in Grimsby. We went into a meeting and they were given 90

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days' notice. I have not very optimistic, but you just have to

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keep your chin up. Old tonight, the headteacher

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warning about students being left behind, as qualifications change.

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A severe weather warning is in place as our area prepares for more

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snow. He yes, Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire could be a the brunt of

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that snore tomorrow night. And find out why honouring

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Grantham's most famous daughter is More than 300 jobs are under threat

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at a frozen food factory in North East Lincolnshire. Staff at Kerry

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Foods have been told its site in Grimsby could close at the end of

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April. It will bring the number of jobs lost in the frozen food

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industry in the area in the last year to 500. A cold winter day has

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been especially bad for the workforce at Kerry Foods. A 90 day

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consultation period about all the jobs now begins. In reality,

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everyone will spend the coming months overshadowed by the terrible

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prospect of unemployment. A lot of people think that they a bit too

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old to get on and plot to get unemployed again. -- to get

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employed again. We were told about this 90 day period. We will

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continue to explore all possible options. The Kerry Foods

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organisation employs 9,000 people nationwide. It only opened in

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Grimsby last year. The frozen-food market is a death in a difficult

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place that the moment. If there is a scrap of positive news, it is

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this some people in this market in Grimsby are expanding and hiring

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people. We are still looking to expand and there are other

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companies looking to come in. Council task force has now been set

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up to redeploy a the people who may be made redundant.

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Austin Mitchell is the Labour MP for Great Grimsby and joins me.

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said that this looks like a panic measure. What do you mean? Suddenly,

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the people suddenly get told this without any notice. It is just not

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good enough. For a G think is going on? Well, I have no idea. This

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company only set up a year ago, and there will be a worry that they

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have simply come in to do some asset stripping. And this is meant

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to be a growth area, frozen food? Yes, because it frozen food is

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cheaper, it is supposed to be a good area to be in that in times of

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the recession. But of course, supermarkets are driving down the

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margins for the companies. What can you and the local council do now?

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We will certainly do our best to fight this as best as we can.

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we will also help, should it come to pass, we will certainly come to

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help the people find other jobs. We are also looking for the local

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government to extend the Enterprise Zone. We are going to face further

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competition and we shall be asking the business department what they

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can also do to help. Headteachers in Grimsby are warning

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that many young people will struggle to find work because the

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government says some subjects are less important than nul are. --

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than others. They say qualifications in skills such as

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engineering are just as important The these students in Grimsby are

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working towards their Diploma in performing arts. It is comely worth

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the equivalent of four GCSEs, but what good is it in later life?

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has given us great experience of putting our owner sure. We have to

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sort out the sound, the lighting, the front of house people. Certain

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qualifications will now not carry the same weight as other subject.

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At the moment, some volcano vocational qualifications can be

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worth up to 6 g ESE East, but the government recommends that over

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3,000 subjects get reduced to just 125. Otherwise, they will not count

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in school league tables. I've thing that children have been lied to.

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They had been told that things would be worth five GCE SEs and

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they are not. The be guess criticism here is the reason to

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downgrade the Engineering Vocational qualification. It is

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when thousands of jobs could be created in the green energy sector

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in the Humber. At this time, we have to be looking out what the

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local industry has to offer in terms of employment for our local

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youngsters. It is going to be very hard for other people who are not

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in any sort of training once they leave school. They are planning to

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former Lord lobby group to as the gunman to look again at this

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decision. -- to ask the government. And or this subject will be debated

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on this weekend's Sunday Politics at 11.00am on BBC One. Guests

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include Hull East MP Karl Turner. In a moment, Skegness on TV - the

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advertising campaign telling us to holiday up home. -- at home. It is

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a competitive world. Every other country is trying to seduce

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holidaymakers away. We need to combat that.

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See severe weather warnings have been issued across East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire over the next 24 hours. This weekend is set to be

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the coldest spell of winter, with widespread snow expected across all

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parts. Temperatures will fall as low as minus 6 tonight. Poll will

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be here with a full forecast in a few moments, but after the

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disruption caused by last year's weather, local authorities and

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highways officials have stepped up their preparations.

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It is the new centre -- nerve centre, responsible for keeping

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Lincolnshire's roads passable. By alongside organising gritting

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patrols, officials here have another job. Meet the Twitter

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Gritter! Via social media, more and more people are coming to us. It

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exists to be able to give people up-to-date information about what

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the roads are like. If anything, if it causes people to take an

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alternative route or drive slightly slower, then it it will be well

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worth it. All while attention is focused on

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the roads, snow has already smothered much of our regions's

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landscapes. The National Farmers Union say it

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is safe for crops, but not calves. This prize-winning Lincolnshire Red

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was born last night. We will probably take it in and he will

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come back down here in a deal too. But you can see that all the rest

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of the cows are out enjoying the afternoon sun.

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Here is not the only one that needs a little warmth. Tonight, Boston's

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Methodist church will become a temporary homeless shelter. It is

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government regulations about what is a emergency overnight centre. So,

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when it is not freezing, we cannot do this, which is rather

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frustrating. And while the church is trying to

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prevent incidents, the emergency services could have more to respond

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to this weekend. East Midlands Ambulance Service are key to avoid

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scenes like this. When we face cold weather, we have the large increase

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in people tripping and falling. But we are also campaigning for people

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to be aware of the dangers of ice Ornette lakes and ponds.

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Picture postcard it may be, but practical it is not. The only

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saving Grace is that this cold spell looks to be a short one.

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Despite the weather, people are choosing to sleep rough tonight to

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raise the issue of homeless people. The Sleep Easy events are taking

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place in Lincoln, Grimsby, Hull and in Scunthorpe, where Linsey's is

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just now. How many people are They are about 30 people at this

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event, but there are others across the region. It is to raise the

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awareness of rough sleeping. These people have a warm bed to sleep in

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at home, but they have given it up tonight. They have wrapped up with

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cardboard to keep out the cold, they have sleeping bags and snacks

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or late at. There are some Humberside police officers who are

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doing this in their own time because they see the problem of

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homelessness first hand. It is below freezing, but the people are

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taking the attitude this is only one night, not like the people who

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they are trying to help. Let's get the all-important

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It is East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who could see the

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heaviest snowfalls and the Met Office at the Amber alert in place.

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10 centimetres is expected. Around four inches. It comes into our area

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later in the afternoon and snows heavily tomorrow evening and

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tomorrow night. It is this a weather system which is coming up

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against cold, continental air and when they meet, that is where we

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think there will be significant snowfall to come. In the short term

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it is straight forward. Obviously been cold, temperatures dropping

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like a stone. We are already below freezing in some places. It is very

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cold this evening and during the course of the night. The breeze

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will pick up slightly from the South West later. The sun will rise

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in the morning at around 7:43am. Those are your high water times. It

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is a reasonable morning. Frosty to start but plenty of Sunshine around.

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Get out and enjoy it because cloud will increase in the afternoon. It

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will snow towards the end of the afternoon and evening across

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Lincolnshire and North Norfolk. It will be a poor end to the

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afternoons. You can see clearly Snow will be in to some areas by

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the end of the day. Some heavy snow tomorrow night. Sunday looks fine

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and dry with Sunshine. But it will Thanks for some beautiful photos of

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the weather which you've sent to us After years of campaigning,

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hospital patients could get free travel over the Humber Bridge. It's

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part of a new proposal from the four councils who are taking on the

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remaining bridge debt. Our reporter, Anne-Marie Tasker, joins me now?

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And what has happened today? There has been plenty of talk for all

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bridge tolls for motorists coming down to �1.50 volts up but this is

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about hospital praised -- patients going over the bridge for free.

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Jenny Walton has campaigned for this bar over a decade and she

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wants patients from over the South Bank to come and go over the bridge

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for free if they need essential treatment. The stress of coping

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with any sort of disease for which you have to travel across the

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bridge for treatment, you cannot believe it unless you have to

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experience it. To know you don't have to worry quite so much about

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the cost of going back and forth, treatments, and follow-up clinics,

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it will be a big relief. Why is this another step closer? It is

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part of the plan to reach finance the bridge debt, with the four

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councils taking on a responsibility of the debt each. The MP for the

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North East Lincolnshire Council thought it was too big a proportion.

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But he said patients on his area will benefit, they have reached an

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agreement. There are about 25,000 people in total who have to go for

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treatment. They cannot get it on the South Bank. It is not a case

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they decided to go there for treatment, they have no choice. So

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hopefully 25,000 people will get a free crossing over the bridge to

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get life-saving treatment which is a bonus for them and a bonus for

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the area. This does need Government approval, but we have been told it

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is a case of when, rather than if it will happen.

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Let us know what you think about this one. Is it right to offer free

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tolls to hospital patients who're travelling across the bridge to

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Lincolnshire police has revealed that one of its officers was shot

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during the siege in Sutton St James in Lincolnshire on Tuesday. Armed

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police were called to the house on Chapelgate after the officer was

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shot in his police car. He was treated in hospital and discharged

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the same day. The siege ended when 61 year old, Barry Horspool, was

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found dead. After a summer of change Hull KR and Hull FC prepare

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to kick off the new Super League season. Why honouring Grantham's

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most famous daughter is dividing opinion in the town.

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It's hoped that a major new advertising campaign will encourage

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holidaymakers to visit Skegness rather than go abroad this summer.

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Television adverts costing �200,000 will be made ahead of the Summer

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season as part of a campaign to sell the resort to the British

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public, as Simon Spark reports. Excited crowds and packed beaches

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are what the tourist leaders want to see this summer and why East

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Lindsey District Council will be spending �100,000 to be part of an

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advertising campaign to promote Skegness. A key figure in British

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tourism was here to support this decision to spend. We will lead it

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with a major TV campaign which will encourage people to holiday at home.

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I am delighted Skegness will be part of the campaign. Skegness is a

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leading resort and we want to make sure people enjoy Skegness along

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with the other seaside resorts in this country. It will be great. A

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lot more people coming up. You see places like Bridlington,

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Scarborough and that type of thing on the television. Why should and

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Skegness do it. On a day like today, the summer looks and feels a world

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away, but this is the time of year many families plan their summer

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holidays. And tourism in East Lindsey was worth �450 million to

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the economy and Skegness was ranked the 4th most popular holiday

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destination in the country. 20% of the workforce are employed in

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tourism and hospitality. It is a vital part of the economy for the

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District as a whole, not just the coast. Businesses are finding

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getting the tourists in his only half of the solution in difficult,

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economic times. Last year was the first time it's impacted heavily on

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Skegness. Visitor numbers were strong but they amount they spend

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it was down. Hopefully we have got to keep the numbers up and they may

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spend a little bit more. Although I am not optimistic on that. There

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remains a fine balance for the year ahead. Getting people to spend in a

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continually difficult economic climate will continue to be a

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bigger challenge. Skegness going on the national map

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in the adverts. Thanks for your response to our

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story about the Yorkshire Wolds being blighted by fly-tippers. Its

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countryside scenes have inspired the paintings of David Hockney, but

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now there are fears the real landscape is being ruined by the

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waste that's being dumped there. The new Super League season kicks

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off tonight after a winter of change at both Hull Kingston Rovers

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and Hull FC. Rovers begin with a game at champion,s Leeds tonight.

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Hull kick off on Sunday when they meet Warrington, who finished top

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of Super League before the play- offs. Our sports reporter, Simon

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Clark, assesses the chances of both clubs.

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And it is fair to say both Hull KR and Hall FC have been distinguished

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2011. So the two Matt Ridgers were out an income two Australians. They

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are ready to affect their changes. The whole place has a new feel

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about it, a new look about it and a better way to play. It is all about

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attention to detail. Making sure we do everything right and making sure

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we are prepared. If we can do that, have the it will hold us in good

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stead for the future. Change is what these fans know all about.

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From a mind-boggling 19 stones in September, to 16 stone today, it is

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all thanks to Hall FC's fit fans project. I have a lot more spring

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in my step. I can chase round with the kids a lot more. Just healthier

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in general, to be fair. I can see them challenging for 5th or 6th

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maybe this season. Better than last season. Rovers supporting Wayne and

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his family are looking forward. With Wayne completing his list of

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visiting awake around, he wants to see Rovers play Catalan. I want to

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get there this it and make it a first, on my own. I think it will

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be very good for the club. Big change is as good as anything. From

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what we have seen, the manager will do a great job. Hull might look

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it's lovely self-, but there's changes have been fundamental. It

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has led to a certain degree of expectation, because every other

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leading Super League side has improved its squads. So far either

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of these sides to make the next step up, will be a big ask. I have

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been told the referee at the Leeds, Hull KR game is going to keep the

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pitch covers on until kick-off as the temperature in West Yorkshire,

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Headingley has fallen sharply. BBC Radio Humberside will be there and

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we will have the latest reports. And you can see how both our clubs

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get on in the new series of the Super League Show. It's on at

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11.35pm on Monday night, that's on BBC One.

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Tomorrow's football has already been hit by the weather. Grimsby

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Town's FA Trophy tie at Bath City has been called off. For Hull

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City's game, there will be a provisional pitch inspection at

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Portsmouth at 10:00am tomorrow. And there will be an inspection at

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9:00am for Scunthorpe United's game against Walsall. At the moment

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Lincoln City's game against Braintree is scheduled to go ahead.

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Tune in to your BBC local radio stations in the morning to find out

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the latest. She is Grantham's most famous

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daughter, but the town is split over how Margaret Thatcher should

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be honoured. Renaming the Guildhall in the town after the former Prime

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Minister would be a fitting tribute, say some, but others are far from

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impressed with the idea. And as Crispin Rolfe has been finding out,

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people in the town are not holding back over the issue.

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There is the red corner. And the blue corner. Two sides, one Debate.

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Should grant them's Guildhall be renamed in honour of the Iron Lady?

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-- Grantham. She brought this country from the depths of rack and

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ruin, from the late 70s to the early 80s, to a country where the

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Great was back into Britain. Buying renaming the Guild Hall, we are

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taking this step too far from commemorating her life to making

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her a pinnacle of worship. Born and bred in worship, Margaret

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Thatcher's birthplace is marked. But his call to change the name of

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the Guild Hall is proving controversial. Is there a right

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time whose rule prompted strikes and civil unrest, to modernise the

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country? No, she caused a lot of trouble, didn't she? She destroyed

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a lot of things. A lot of people lost their jobs. They were going to

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put a statue up, but that did not happen. Something should be

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remembered of Baroness Thatcher in Grantham. It is immaterial to me.

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Conservatives were keen to retain the Guildhall's existing name. But

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the time will come when Grant then decides to add another statute to

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its collections. Sir Isaac Newton might be its famous son, but its

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most famous daughter is not quite so popular. If they are going to

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change any names, they might have to do some hand bagging first. But

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for now, it is seconds out in this debate.

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Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines: Chris Huhne,

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the energy secretary resigns as he is charged with perverting the

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course of justice. The future of more than 300 food

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workers in Grimsby is under threat tonight as plans are announced to

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close a factory. Dry and bright with snow spreading

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from the West. Top temperature one Celsius.

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Quick off the mark with your response on whether the bridge

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should be free for hospital patients.

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Of course it is there for those who have relatives at her at time when

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finances are strained. Another one says - they used to

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late for my husband but I hope it arrives in the future.

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Three crossing the Humber Bridge of hospital treatment is a good thing,

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