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

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Three decades after being given infected blood, a man from Hull

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fights for his day in court. Sadly many people have gone on to

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infect their partners. That is unforgivable. It is nothing short

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of manslaughter. Claims that youth unemployment could be reduced as

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the Government encourages businesses to take on apprentices.

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Homeless shelters turn people away due to an unprecedented demand for

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emergency accommodation. In the last few months there's been

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around about a 40% rise in street homelessness.

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And the new 75-mile walking route through the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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More wintry weather on the way. There could be snow by tomorrow at

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Good evening. It was a routine dental operation almost thirty

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years ago, but it's left one Hull man fighting for a Government

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apology and more compensation. Glenn Wilkinson was one of 4,000

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people given contaminated blood by the NHS during the 1970s and 80s.

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The blood had been donated by American inmates, and had been

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bought by the NHS because it was cheap. It left Mr Wilkinson, now 47,

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with hepatitis C. Today, he's launched a national campaign to

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highlight the issue, and is calling for a full judicial review. He's

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been telling Look North his story. It has quite literally devastated

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my life, everything from employment to how I actor around my family.

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Glenn Wilkinson has lived with Hepatitis C since his teens. He was

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given at contaminated clotting agency during an operation. In the

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1970s and Eighties thousands of people, mainly haemophiliacs, were

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given tainted blood. 2000 have died as a result. Hoddle the authorities

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new people were carrying viruses -- although, they did not inform them.

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Consequently and very sadly many people have gone on to infect their

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partners. That is unforgivable. That is nothing short of

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manslaughter. The blood had come from the United States, from prison

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inmates, so-called skid Road dollars. In 2009, an independent

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public inquiry found that UK authorities were slow to react.

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patients took that product in good faith. It was given to them by the

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Government through the NHS. They did not expected to be infected.

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Somebody has to take some level of responsibility. Patients infected

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are entitled to �20,000 when their first entitled -- develop Hepatitis

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C. Her second claim of �50,000 is made when that person develops

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liver disease. They are also eligible for an annual payment of

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�13,200. My constituent has produced evidence... This afternoon

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in Westminster, Hull MP Diana Johnson has been debating whether

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the payment is fair. Criteria is fraught with difficulties for many

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individuals. As I understand it, only around 20% of those people

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with Hepatitis C are eligible for assistance under the second stage

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payment. That needs to be looked at. Campaigners seeking a full judicial

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review hoped today's debate will highlight their plight, and secure

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the apology they have been waiting for.

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If you have his view on this story or experience of it yourself, you

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can get in touch. Coming up, Council leaders meet to finally

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agree a plan to share the Humber Bridge debt.

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The Prime Minister has said the Government will act to help workers

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that face losing their jobs at a Grimsby food factory. He was

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responding to a question about the future of 337 staff at Kerry Foods,

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during Prime Minister's Question Time and in the Commons.

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possibility is the extension of the recently announced enterprise zone.

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Can the Prime Minister give some comfort to my constituents by

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sympathetically looking at that proposal? He is great -- quite

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right to speak up for his constituents. I am very happy to

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look at the idea of expanding the enterprise zone and see what else

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we can do to help his constituents. North Lincolnshire Council is

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promising to do all it can to support staff losing their jobs at

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a mortgage centre in Scunthorpe. More than 200 workers will be made

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redundant following a decision by the Lloyds Banking Group to close

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this offers as part of nationwide cuts. We have the new enterprise

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zones on the Humber bank. That may be in many years, but initially we

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are trying to look locally in Scunthorpe. Some firms are looking

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to expand. 200 people is a lot of people T try to find work for. But

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we will really try. A minister has ruled out making our area a special

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case when it comes to financial help from the Government. Skills

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Minister John Hayes has promised a big increase in the number of

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apprenticeship places in areas of high youth unemployment, such as

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Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe. With hundreds of workers facing

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redundancy, these are uncertain times for anybody entering northern

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Lincolnshire's jobs market. Often it seems there is little hope to

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school leavers. But these teenagers in Grimsby are finding out about

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the latest apprenticeship opportunities with local companies.

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18 year-old Hannah has been recruited by a solar panel from.

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knew I did not want to go from -- to university. A lot of people do

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not get jobs after getting degrees. I wanted to get an apprenticeship

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early because Tom -- you're working and learning at the same time.

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will be looking to recruit more people. With these more -- new

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candidates we will be able to push the business forward. When they

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take on a new apprentice, businesses can claim an incentive

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of up to �2,500. Apprentices receive a minimum weekly wage of 97

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pounds 50, almost double the �53 a week they received -- they would

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receive in jobseeker's allowance. The Government claims that for

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every pound of their investment into apprenticeships, �18 is

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delivered into the wider economy. How many apprentices will find

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genuine long-term jobs? Apprenticeships are definitely the

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way forward. It gives the young person an opportunity to develop a

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career, and the employers the opportunity to employ somebody who

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wants to stay the course, who will develop their career through the

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employer. A recent report suggested that one in four young people in

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Grimsby were not in employment, education or training. The hope is

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that more will find themselves hired rather than fired in years to

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come. The I have been speaking to the

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Skills Minister and Lincolnshire MP, John Hayes, who represents South

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Holland and the Deepings. I asked him with one in four people in

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Grimsby being out of work, can these apprenticeships address the

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scale of the problem? In the last year, in Grimsby alone, the number

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of apprenticeships has grown from 482730. That is a 52% increase. The

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biggest increase we have seen. It is not the entire solution. We need

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to grow the economy. We need to give people more opportunities by

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growing their skills, too. We have seen jobs go at Kerry Foods in

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Grimsby. Some people may say, what is the point? Kerry Foods said that

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is due to competitive pressures. We know things are tough for

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businesses. That is why we want to help businesses to get the right

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people to do the jobs. Kerry Foods are a very large company. In other

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parts of that company they are continuing to grow their

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apprenticeship numbers. It is not all bad news. In Grimsby we are

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growing apprenticeships. We want to spread opportunity. The average

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starting salary for a graduate is thought to be �25,000. We young

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people really give up that opportunity for less than one run

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the pounds a week with no guarantee of a job at the end of that?

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average apprenticeship wage is around �93 per week. We

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commissioned independent research which showed that somebody with a

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level three apprenticeship would typically earn �100,000 more, that

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is the same as a degree. What are the guarantees of a job at the end

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of that? The vast majority Hend up working for the firm they trained

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in. We certainly know there is a greater chance of getting a job if

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you have got the right skills. Gaining an apprenticeship, which

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you have forever, of course, that travels with you, that's Gill,

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maximises your chances of getting a job, keeping a job, progressing in

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a job. In this area we rely so much on the public sector. Do you think

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we need to be made a special case? I wouldn't describe Lincolnshire as

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a special case. I would describe it as a special place. The people of

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Lincolnshire have been resolved, the Endeavour, the energy, skills

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and enthusiasm to do their best, to be their best. Government can help

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and we will. When we need to stand back, we will also do that.

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Lincolnshire, top county, now, always has been, always will be.

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John Hayes, the Skills Minister. Maybe you have got thoughts on this

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Police in Scunthorpe unreleased two images of a man they want to talk

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to in connection with a series of from robberies in the town. The

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images were captured at Coral bookmakers on Monday. All the

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bookies have also been targeted. The latest robbery was today at a

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jeweller's. Officers are looking at a possible connection. Firefighters

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spent much of this morning bringing factory near Pocklington on the

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control. 45 firefighters and eight engines were at the site. An

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investigation is underway. Tributes have been paid to Florence Green,

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the last surviving veteran of the First World War, who has died at

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the age of one at No 10. She died at at care home in King's Lynn. She

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served as a waitress in the Women's Royal Air Force and Mana Moray F

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days. Of course, huge sadness on the personal side. Her family must

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be, even at her advanced stage, it is still awful to lose a mother, a

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grandmother, a great grandmother and a great, great grandmother. I

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think more widely it is a very significant given that she is the

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last survivor of the First World With subsea a roast temperatures, -

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- with sub-zero temperatures, homeless shelters have had to turn

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people away because of the unprecedented demand for emergency

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accommodation. The Salvation Army estimate there has been a 40 % rise

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in the number of homeless people nationally. At Lincoln's who was

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shelter, they have had to put up extra beds to cope with the

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increase in demand. In Hull, there are more than 60 beds now available

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after a new shorter was built. Organisers say the rise in numbers

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means they are still some people they cannot accommodate.

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I a hot meal on a cold day. The Salvation Army opens up his kitchen

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to the home was three times a week. A year ago they were serving up to

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18 people. Today, they fared 51. Many here call it a lifeline.

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was not open, all these hungry mouths, where will they go? They

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will go no were, they will go days without food. It is not just about

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the food. It is a place to shelter, something people say is getting

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harder to find. You have got to know where to go. They will be

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wondering what they are due have got. Where can you go? They are for

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poor and they are turning people away. People go to garden shed,

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allotments, under bridges. This is not unique to hole. At this place

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in Lincoln, they have faced turning people away. -- this is not unique

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to Hull. We will give people sleeping bags, blankets, hot drinks,

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super. We sometimes send them in the direction of St Mary's, but

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they are having the problems we are. What causes homelessness fairies.

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Drugs, alcohol, relationship breakdowns often figure. Some

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people I spoke to Today became homeless within the last year and

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directly blamed changes in their benefits. Shelter's say they have

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anecdotal evidence that economic hardship is playing a role. We have

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people who have had executive post -- executive positions then find

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themselves on the scrapheap. They find themselves in a situation they

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would never have dreamt they would find themselves in. Currently,

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demand for help is outstripping supply.

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Thank you for watching tonight. Still ahead: How one woman's

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determination ended in a new 75 mile walking route through

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Lincolnshire. That's taking it too far! And the

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retirement party for one of Humberside Police's longest serving

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Tonight's photograph is of a cargo ship on the River Humber. Thank you

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for that. Good evening. I have one from the driver of a bus saying, I

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would love to see Paul driving a bus at!

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You could come along with me! We have got another Met Office

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barely warning in place. Last night, it got down to minus man at

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Scampton. -- minus nine. There could be problems with the commute

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tomorrow evening. There is a risk of snow later. A warm front trying

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to get mild air in from the West. It will fail and get pushed back by

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the Continental air which is currently across. There has been a

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lot of cloud today. Temperatures have really struggled. It is cold,

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and pretty cloudy as well. It does not look as though it will be as

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cold as last night. It will be frosty, with temperatures down to

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minus four. That is 25 Fahrenheit. Those are your high-water times. A

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quiet start to Thursday. Gradually, we have that a weather front which

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will erratically spreading. There is a snow risk at first. I am most

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concerned about East Yorkshire, perhaps into North Lincolnshire fog

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at teatime commute yesterday. -- for that teatime commute. That's

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A meeting about the Humber Bridge tolls will start in Grimsby shortly.

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The council is meeting to agree a plan to share the remaining bridge

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debt. If the plan is approved, it should mean plans to reduce the

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Bridge tolls can start moving ahead. Leanne Brown is in Grimsby. What

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are we expecting to happen in this meeting?

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We are expecting the deal to halve the tolls on the Humber Bridge to

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finally be rubber-stamped. It follows months of uncertainty. You

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may remember it was in November when the Chancellor announced he

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would take on half of the Humber Bridge's debt. That was under the

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condition that all four councils to con the remainder of the debt. They

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include North East Lincolnshire Council, East Riding Council and

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home -- and Hull City Council. The plan was for a 25 % split share --

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a 25 % split between the four. The leader of the council here, Chris

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Shaw, did not accept this. On Friday, there was a breakthrough.

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Councillor Chris Short changed his mind and said he would go forward

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with the split. That means a deal can go through now. He said that

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had to be under the understanding that it was with the utmost

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priority that it was look at that Humber Bridge tolls are scrapped

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for those travelling to hospital. Thank you very much. We will let

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you know the outcome of that meeting in our late bulletin. Thank

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you to everyone who got in touch about a woman who was spared jail

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after getting drunk with her 11- year-old son. The woman has been

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given a 12 month community and supervision order. A barrister is

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calling for a debate on whether to sterilise those parents who will

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not get help to overcome their addictions. Lots of strong views on

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A new 75 mile trial for cyclists and ramblers and horse riders is

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opening in Lincolnshire. The Linsey Trail has come about after four

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years of hard work by a woman from Market Rasen. Sheila Brookes will

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see her dream become a reality. Lindsay Smith has more.

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Picturesque pathways, tranquil Fords and an abundance of peace and

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quiet. The Linsey Trail is his 75 miles circular route. It is the

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work of Sheila Brookes, a keen rider of pony driven carriages. She

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spent months searching for pathways wide enough to take care carriages.

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We pored over a lot of maps. We went to see if the roots would go.

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Sometimes, it didn't. On one occasion, I was leaning out so far

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to keep a carriage uprights that I said, if we did it again I wanted a

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trapezium on the back! The trail starts at Willingham Woods near

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Market Rasen. It takes in Louth, Horncastle and rugby. -- Wragby.

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There are not many trails of this kind around. It is hoped the Linsey

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Trail will attract tourists. We are aware that Moffatt have a carriage

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driven rude. Lincolnshire is leading the way a little bit in the

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East Midlands. -- we are aware that Northorpe have a carriage driving

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routes. Chris Kerr runs a hotel on the route and says it can only be

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good for business. People will get benefit from it. Anybody supplying

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food on the routes, whether it is bistros or coffee houses.

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Linsey Trail may have been inspired by Sheila's ponies, but it can also

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be enjoyed by ramblers, cyclists and horse-riders. It is all set for

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a grand opening in April. Grimsby Town are through to the

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quarter-finals of the FA Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 2-

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1 win last night. The Mariners 1 against Bath City after goals from

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Anthony Elding and Rob Duffy. The owner of Hull City has revealed

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that he considered pulling out of the deal to buy the club. Speaking

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to me earlier on the radio, Dr Assem Allam explained as his

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accountants went through the finances, they uncovered tens of

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millions of pounds worth of debt. Everybody I talked to, they said,

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no, thank you. It was football on nothing. I had to continue.

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talks about many other things, including the offside rule. You can

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hear the interview by going to our website.

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An unusual retirement party was held this morning for one of

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Humberside Police's longest serving staff members. This man, Ross! He

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has been involved in everything from missing person searches to

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monitoring football matches. Crispin Rolfe met him.

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He likes to put on a brave face, but don't believe a word of it.

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Ross is really a pussycat. This Humberside Police horse has been

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chomping and criminals for over 15 years. But now it's spur hanging up

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time. He is the bravest horse I have ever known. There is nothing

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he will not go into. He does not like donkeys! When not having his

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reputation ruined, Ross has led the thin blue line on night out in

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Beverley and Hull. He has kept crowds under control and dealt with

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protests across the area. It is quite intimidating going to protest.

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Ross broke down so many barriers. He has also had to create them, at

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grounds like Glanford Park. Mounted divisions are under threat. Some

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forces have got rid of them mounted divisions. They do still have a big

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part to play in modern policing. Fortunately, Ross's writing days

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and now over. Having served his time, he is retiring to the Horses

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Trust in Buckinghamshire. I suspect he may miss all the attention.

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A reminder of the headlines. A victory for football manager

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Harry Redknapp, cleared of charges that he tried to hide nearly

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�200,000 from the taxman. Three decades after being given

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infected blood, a man from Hull calls for an inquiry into why the

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government allowed it. Talking about apprenticeships, this

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from J. Where did he get the �193 a week? I am doing an apprenticeship

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which pays me �150 a week. �50 of that goes on petrol. Jenny says,

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apprenticeships provides struggling local businesses with the means of

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cheap labour for three years. There is still a massive lack of real

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jobs available. Katie says, I am on an apprenticeship. I enjoy working

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