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Warnings of the worst drought since the Seventies, farmers and wildlife

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feel the effect. You need weeks of persistent drizzle, persistent rain.

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A minibus carrying schoolchildren has crashed and overturn the are

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Market Rasen. The school yard question from a

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seven-year-old which has turned into a race row.

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The last minute try it -- the last minute try which robbed Hull K R of

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a victory, but was this broken clock to blame?

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And do Skegness and Hull deserve their reputation as some of

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Britain's bleakest towns? The Government says it will act to

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minimise the effect of what could be the worst drought in

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Lincolnshire since 1976. The summer between ministers, farmers and

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wildlife groups has been held in London today. Anglian Water, which

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supply is Lincolnshire, has already pleaded with his customers to

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reduce water consumption. What has come out of today's meeting?

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Inane messages, everyone must work together to save water as suppliers

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come to be more unpredictable. Customers are being asked to be

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more careful it, and not to waste water. Taking showers rather than

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bat. Water companies also have a role. Anglian Water and Yorkshire

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Water have some of the highest leakage rate. Hosepipe bans are

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needed early during drought. Farmers are looking at possible

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water storage. They're looking at plans to combat a dry winter in

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2013. Drought is already causing big problems.

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The parched land of 1976. One of the West -- one of the worst

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drought recorded in the UK. 35 years on, a similar picture is

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emerging. Normally at this time of year, we would be up to full

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capacity. It would be full of water. It is quite dry at the moment.

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Drought is beginning to affect the crops being grown. These are last

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year's potatoes. This year is not looking so positive. For a potato

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crop, which comes in late May, early June, to get our yield, we

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have to have the water. If it was tried between now and then, there

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could be some major problems ahead. This matches the area most at risk

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of continuing drought. Unfortunately, it includes areas

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like Lincolnshire, where most of our food is grown. More rain is

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vital. We need months of torrential rain, they may not be a popular

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thing to say, but lots and lots of drizzle. If that does not come, and

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there is no sign of that on the horizon, there is a possibility we

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will have restrictions, hosepipe bans, for instance, in the not-too-

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distant future. There are fewer birds of this reserve in Skegness

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because the water levels are so low. The drought is almost as bad as we

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have had it here. If it continues, the main effect will be on the

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breeding bird population. Particularly things like lapwings.

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The Czechs need soft mud to feed them. -- their offspring need soft

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mud. There were calls for lasting changes to protect our water in the

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future. Next month, the Environment Agency will publish a list of the

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ad is expected to be in drought in spring and summer in the hope of

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helping people plan for the year ahead.

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Before we came on air, I asked Richard Benyon what they're doing

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to help farmers. We have worked out that Corporation across boundaries

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of water companies is happening. We need that to happen more. We need

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to be sure we are assisting food producers, wherever they are. Water

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is available now, they are using that he fell on farm storage for

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irrigation purposes and that everybody has joined up in what

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we're trying to do. Environment Agency in government, working

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closer with water companies, farmers others to make sure that

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we're using water as wisely as possible. The water companies

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themselves are not looking after water, are they? Anglian Water and

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Yorkshire Water have some of the worst leakage rates in the country.

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We have seen a lot of improvement on that. 36% of improvement in

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recent years. What is happening. A lot more needs to happen, I agree.

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What is really important is the water companies are talking to each

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other and we are able to, where possible, move water through into

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connectors from areas that are poor in water to areas where it is rich.

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It is taking water from streams and rivers that are already dry. That

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is not going to work, is it? many parts of England, there are

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water -- rivers where the water level is beyond any level which she

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can take water from but others aren't. That is why we are taking

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action now, to make sure that we are able to take water where there

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is a surplus in certain rivers and use it over the summer. It is not

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just about rivers and water companies, it is about everybody,

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how we use water in our household, demand and supply. That is what we

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were looking at today in the summit. What would be a long-term plans? So

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that we are not in this mess next year and the year after? There is a

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pattern forming here. We agreed this morning that there are some

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emergency matters to take forward to deal with the problem this

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summer. We recognise that we could be facing an issue next year if we

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had a third dry winter in a row, we want to make sure that we are

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taking every step we can to use water has wisely as possible but,

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where possible, move it from areas which have led to areas which have

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not. At his record nation through government comes in. -- that is

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where co-ordination through government comes in. Thank you.

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Richard Benyon. The government says we all need to work together to

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conserve water. Will that be enough to avoid drought measures in the

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summer? Your thoughts on the Coming up - the crew of HMS Grimsby

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say they fell 10 ft-tall marching through their adopted port.

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A minibus carrying schoolchildren has crashed through a hedge this

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afternoon and overturned in a ditch. The bus was from the Aegir

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Community special school in Gainsborough. The accident happened

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on Top Road near Market Rasen. We have been following the story. What

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can you tell us? The accident happened at just after

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3pm. It is not known whether any other vehicles were involved. No

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children were hurt. The driver and his passenger were airlifted to

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hospital by the Yorkshire air ambulance. All parents have been

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informed and the pupils from the Aegir Community special school are

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now say. Lincolnshire County Council have told us an

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investigation have been launched into what happened. -- has been

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launched. This will spark fears amongst parents, coming just days

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after a bus crash in France. A grandmother who drowned along

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with her grandson in a Lincolnshire lake has been described as a

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wonderful neighbour. Dawn Mullany was found dead with her seven-year-

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old grandson, Laurence Mills. His head teacher said he was a star

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pupil he will be sadly missed. Flowers were the only sign of the

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tragic accident that happened here. Described as a lovely needed a -- a

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lovely neighbour who doted on her grandchildren, Dawn Mullany died

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after a visit to the lake to feed the ducks with her grandson,

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Laurence Mills. Our neighbours, Pat and Terry saw her just before she

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left. We saw her at 10 o'clock in the morning. She was of is the

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going off with the little boy to feed the ducks. I have never seen

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her sad. There must be really tragic. Her daughter and her

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grandchildren were her life. She loved gardening and worked in local

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nurseries. She would do anything for you. A post-mortem has revealed

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that they both drowned. Some local residents think that she may have

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been trying to save our grandson when she drowned. Police are

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continuing to give their support to the family involved. They lost to

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loved ones in this tragic accident. Today, his head teacher said he

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would be sadly missed. He had a wonderful sense of humour, he was

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chatty, sociable and had impeccable manner -- Becker will manners. He

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loved everything about school and was the first here every morning.

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An inquest will take place later this week. There are still no clear

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answers as to how a special day out ended in tragedy.

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A Lincolnshire MP has been forced to apologise to Parliament after

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failing to declare his interests and a private health company. The

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MPs' register of interests shows that Mark Simmonds, who represents

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Boston and Skegness, has paid �50,000 a year as an adviser to the

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health care form. -- was paid. He has apologised for not mentioning

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that when speaking on the debates in the Health and Social Care Bill

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last year, as he should have. inadvertently admitted to draw the

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House's attention -- inadvertently omitted to draw that pays attention

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to my capacity as an adviser for a local health care can bide --

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provider. I would like to take this opportunity to correct the record

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and to apologise. Two unexploded little bombs --

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World War Two bombs have been found near Louth. The area has been

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evacuated and bomb disposal experts have been at the scene -- will be

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at the scene tomorrow to make it safe.

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Still ahead - the crew of HMS Grimsby fire up new friendships in

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their adopted port. The people of ghoul fightback

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against claims that they live in one of the UK pause my bleakest

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As soon as you went away the weather improved.

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I am nearly as Orange as you! This is real.

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They headline is quite a mild one for this week. On Thursday, we

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could see 15 Celsius across parts of our region. And compare that

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with the Saturday 11th February when we were down to minus 15. They

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headline is dry and mild with variable amounts of cloud. Very

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variable amounts of cloud. Very little of that rain to help the

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drought. In general, it does not promise too much for the next two

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weeks. This is a dry direction for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It

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will also be mild. We have had a week weather front slipping down

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from the north-west which has produced some patchy rain but most

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places have remained dry. Just a bit of patchy rain - small minds.

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It will clear up and all parts will become dry. The sun will rise in

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the morning at 714 A M. A day of the variable, sometimes large

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amounts of cloud. The odd spot of rain to start with. Some sunny

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spells coming through. It will feel milder than it has done it today.

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Top temperatures... The 60 forecast - rain on Wednesday but lookout

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Thursday! 15 degrees. -- look at the first if. -- first day.

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the first if. -- first day. See you tomorrow. Education

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officials say they are working to resolve claims of a racist incident

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in a school playground in Hull. It is being reported that parents were

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called to Griffin Primary school in East Hull. It was after a seven-

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year-old boy asked a younger pupil about his skin colour. Go it was

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that this school where a seven- year-old boy asked a five year-old

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if his brown skin meant he was from Africa.

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This school reported it as a racist remark and launched an

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investigation after the younger boy told his mother what happened.

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my view, the child was not racist but simply being inquisitive and

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QEGS and doing what a young, bright child would do - ask questions.

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school says areas a legal duty to report any incident perceived to be

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racist. The mother involved was asked to sign a document saying he

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had made a racist remark, she refused saying he was been curious.

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The school said they were following council guidelines. The guidelines

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are drawn up with the help of Ofsted. One teaching union says the

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need to be applied more flexibly. understand why they would want to

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pass it on in, but I think the judgment as to whether something is

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racist is something which will need clarification. Other regions of the

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city had seen a different -- at influx of diverse nations but East

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Hull remains a diverse region. not think that is racist at all, it

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is perfectly natural for a child to want to know why someone is black,

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brown or whatever. We have lots of mixed-race children Penair school.

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What do you think of the remark? Yes, it is racist. It is just a

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curious question. It is quite normal really. An innocent question

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or racism? The parents involved have met with the council to try

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and get a resolution to this. I am joined by Abel Rivera from a

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group that promotes the well-being of black and ethnic minority

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communities throughout Hull and the Humber. Them Good evening. Neither

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mum thinks this is racist. A local MP has described it to me on the

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radio as crazy. Is it racist? not. It is curiosity. Children of

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this age Arona process of learning. They want to know what about others.

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-- are in a process. We believe this is not racism but curiosity.

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It is an opportunity for us to learn from this incident, as

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parents, as a school and as a wider community. When we talked about it

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on the radio today, everyone said the same as you. Has the school got

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this wrong? The school has its own policies and I do not want to

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comment on those. From what you have heard, does that seem rather

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heavy-handed? At this age, there is no racism. There is curiosity. We

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need to encourage his curiosity. We need to use this opportunity to

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take this as a learning curve for our communities and area city.

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There are many communities in this city. How would you have dealt with

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this? Which you have used it as at discussion.? Of course. That has

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happened. There is a great debate about this. It is quite knew how

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this works, a place for a many diversity is, we are in the

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learning process. The important thing is the welfare and safety of

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the children. Thank you very much indeed.

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Some sports now. Hull Kingston Rovers secured a

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hard-earned draw with St Helens at Craven Park in a fiercely contested

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fixture. The Black and Whites held on to win. The docking points from

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both matches will be discussed on the Super League show. -- the

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talking points. In football, Scunthorpe United

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earned back-to-back wins to ease their relegation worries at the

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foot of League One. They came from behind at Leyton Orient when Josh

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Walker equalised with a precise finished. Then Andy Bartram made it

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two when he stretched to put the ball past the keeper. It was then

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new boy Jon Parkin who secured a 3- 1 victory near to the end of the

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game. The pressures of management are explored on late kick-off

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tonight. You have to bring in new players. All the best players went

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last year, so that is a tough one. Hopefully the fans can see that and

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stick with the boss and the team. It has been difficult because you

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want to walk in and have a success right away, but we had not been

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able to do that. That is off on late kick-off tonight.

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Grimsby athlete Richard Buck found great form at the weekend to keep

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alive his Olympic dream. Richard, who works in a supermarket to make

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ends meet, was first in the 400 metres with a personal best at the

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Birmingham grand prix. After the success of the recent David Hockney

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exhibition in Hull, drawings by Leonardo da Vinci are to go on show

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in the city. The 10 joins will be exhibited at the Ferens Art Gallery

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later this year. -- 10 drawings. They belong to the Royal Collection

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and are touring the country to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.

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think it is the first time Leonardo has ever been to Hull. They are

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some of the greatest works of art in European culture. They are

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normally kept in Windsor Castle. The only really come out on

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exhibition. For a venue like Hull to have them is really quite

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special. Fantastic! The crew of HMS Grimsby say they

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felt 10 ft tall as they marched through their adopted port at the

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weekend. Thousands of people turned out to watch the parade and

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hundreds queued to get a look round I think the link with Grimsby is

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important. It is something for the town to associate with.

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We are proud to have them on this You feel 10 ft tall walking through

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the town centre. It is nice to have that feeling of being appreciated

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Now, he claims to have been to the bleakest towns and stayed at the

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shoddiest hotels and eating questionable food. Tynan Moore's

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latest book includes Skegness, Hull and cool but is all bad news for

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those destinations? Crispin Rolfe reports on some redeeming features.

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You are awful but I like you! some other towns feel a bit 70s at

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times - do they really need reminding of it? Skegness, cool and

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Hal all feature in a bit -- in a book by 10 Moore. -- 10 nil if.

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Goole is one of the few places I struggled to find a silver lining.

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I cannot say was the right time of year, it was a wet Wednesday at the

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end of November. I was looking out at this wasteland before me. 1926

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saw the construction of the most famous landmark - built above a

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thriving court. Has the view from the water town got better or worse?

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Here is the town mayor. We are sitting in at I 165 sitting arts

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venue. -- 165 seatubg arts venue. You can walk round cool without any

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fear, it is very safe. It is not a bad town and it is getting better.

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Not everyone is convinced the town had a lot to offer right now.

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not a big fan of cool, I would rather go to Doncaster. There is

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nothing here. It is rubbish to be fair. There is nothing here.

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name of Goole derives from the Anglo-Saxon for open sewer - surely

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that means it needs all the extra love it can get. There is no such

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thing as bad publicity however. Let us get some chat from Crispin

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now. What is the chance of a change of image? Proposing a day trip to

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go for Valentine's instead of Venice, is probably where I had

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been going wrong. Look at the water weighs however, they are

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spectacular even if industrial. This town is now bidding for city

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status as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. If he should get

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that, it would make a massive difference. Local Vettel businesses

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say they can see massive potential for business coming here. -- local

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hotel business. This could make a real difference to this East

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Yorkshire time. Thank you very much. Let us recap the main headlines:

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There has been a damning report on border security of the UK. The

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government warms of the worst drought since the 70s, farmers and

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wildlife in Lincolnshire feel the wildlife in Lincolnshire feel the

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effects. Tomorrow's weather - dry with sunny spells. Top temperatures

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of 11 Celsius. Response coming in on the subject of water and how to

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save it. John says we used to live in the north-west Highlands and

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there was an enormous surplus of water - surely we can pipe water

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from a violence to eastern England? There should be a priority for her

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There should be a priority for her water companies. -- from the

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Highlands. Water companies should be able to deal with the demands. A

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typical response from profit-takers and politicians from Stephen. I

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would be happy to lose -- use less water if the water company reduce

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my belt. Richards says - the first thing to

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do is fix the pipes. Do not lose water down a broken pipes. Finally

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