23/02/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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The controversial training programme for young people that

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costs thousands, but managers say it is saving taxpayers money.

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gives you a lot of confidence to go out there and apply for different

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jobs that you may be thought you couldn't do in the past.

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Worried about the future. Families of disabled and elderly people in

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Lincolnshire wait to find out if day centres could be saved from

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closure. Uncertainty for more than 300 staff

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as the electrical giant Comet considers closing its call centre

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in Hull. Three generations of musicians

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prepare to take perform in the biggest show on the planet. The

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opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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Temperature levels today have been close to record levels for February.

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It was a project launched in a blaze of glory, hailed as a new way

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of getting young, unemployed people back into work. And today, three

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years after the start of the controversial CatZero scheme,

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organisers claim it has had a remarkable impact. It costs �3,000

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to put someone through the CatZero scheme. But managers say the number

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of youngsters who are now in work, education or training as a direct

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result of it has saved taxpayers millions. In a moment, I will be

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talking to the patron of CatZero, Alan Johnson, to ask him if it has

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been worth the money. First, this report.

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It is a project that has split public opinion and divided

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politicians. CatZero takes unemployed young people and teaches

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them to sail this �500,000 yacht, amongst other things. The idea is

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to motivate and inspire them. After months of unemployment, this man

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joined the scheme five months ago. He says it is beginning to change

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her sly. It is fun. It helps to get back into working as part of a team.

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It is a good thing to be on. So and so the scheme was launched, 416

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teenagers have taken part in the project. Of those, 285 now have

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jobs or have read -- restarted training Norwich occasion. These

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success stories claimed to have saved the taxpayer �60 million.

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Even the Prime Minister has questioned its ideology. If this

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extravagance had been published at the time for all to see online, the

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people who made this crazy decision would have had to justify it or

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scrap it. Three years on, those behind the project believe this has

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changed. New financial backing is being sought. But will it provide

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value for money and satisfy tax payers? Any project like that will

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do the local economy a lot of good. But you're just not getting what

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you should be getting out of something so expensive. Do you use

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the money on better things? And undecided. And confident with our

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results and the support from our partners. This man is one of the

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69% who have been on the scheme and been successful. He now has a full-

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time job with a telecoms company. It did you confidence to apply for

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it jobs that you thought you might not have been able to do in the

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past. Posture were on the course, you gain qualifications. These

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students are selling themselves like never before to find a job.

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Hull MP Alan Johnson is the patron of CatZero, and joins me now from a

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special event being held by the charity tonight. Isn't this scheme

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so preserving the few lucky ones and may be ignoring the wider

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issues in this in a vacuum mac -- in this area? We have a problem

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here with young people not getting training. We heard some stories

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today about those involved. One youngster who spent his life in

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care. These kids have a lack of seaweed -- self-esteem and

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confidence. All the traditional methods which cost taxpayers money

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have failed. Let's look at some of the figures. 69% have gone into it

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education or training. That leaves a lot of unsuccessful people. Is

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that value for money? Government would consider this to

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be one of the best value for money schemes we have ever had. The usual

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drop-out rate is something like 16%. CatZero's target was to get 50%

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back into education, employment or training. The fact they have had

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almost 70% is extraordinary. I want to bring Iain Duncan Smith here to

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look at this. This chairman said that we make these people ready for

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work. When we were teenagers, there were not schemes to get as ready

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for work. Plenty of these -- plenty of the people in our region had to

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be ready for works themselves. There were difficult jobs for

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people of Europe age. The jobs you can access without qualifications

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now are far less. They're getting less all the time. It is estimated

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there will only be 600,000 jobs you can access without qualifications

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in eight years' time. Everyone agrees that these schemes are

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important. We have found a blueprint here. Briefly, much of

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the funding is running out. If this scheme was so great, wouldn't the

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Government come forward to run it across the country? They may be.

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That is why am asking Iain Duncan Smith to come here to look at it.

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Already, this scheme has won at two national awards. I believe the

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private sector will contribute even more now they have seen the success.

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Do get in touch with us on this. Do you think this is the right

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approach to getting some of our young people into work of training?

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Or is it spending too much money on too few? Maybe you have seen first

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hand how it can work? In a moment:

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Hailed as a wonder drug to help you stop smoking, but one East

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Yorkshire man is campaigning for more clarity of the medicine's

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possible side effects. 31 day care centres in Lincolnshire

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could be saved from closure. The county council says it plans to

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keep the buildings open, but only if it can find private businesses

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to come in and run the service on its behalf. And that has left the

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families of disabled and elderly people worried about the upheaval

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that change could cause. This man is returning home from his

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day centre that he visits five times a week. He has severe

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epilepsy and learning difficulties. His family are worried that if his

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day centre is run by different staff, it will set him back.

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knows the current staff and has wonderful things there. He is

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worried things will not be the same. That would devastate them if he is

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pit in a chair and just told to sit there. These private companies

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promise the earth and then it disappears. The recommendation to

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keep day centres like this one Open comes after hundreds of people

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campaigned to save them. There are 31 day centres like this one across

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Lincolnshire. There used by almost 700 people. The county council is

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no longer going to pay to run them itself. Instead, it will give cash

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directly to elderly and disabled people to spend on the services

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they want. If those services happen to be at day centres like these, it

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says it will find private businesses are groups to run them

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for it. Four that vast majority of these services, we already have

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people saying they want to carry on these services. There is our

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handful where no one has come forward yet. But we're working on

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that. This is very early days. The hand full could still close if no

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one comes forward. We will work with people who use those services.

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The ease proposals need to get approval from councillors next

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month. But this family worry whether their day centre will stay

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just the way it is. And BBC Lincolnshire will be having

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a special hold to account debate on the issue of care provision and so-

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called personal budgets tomorrow morning between 9am and 11am.

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More than 300 jobs are under threat tonight after Comet announced it is

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considering closing its Hull-based call centre. The electrical

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Bristol. All the affected staff have been told. Our correspondent

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has this. It is 2008 and Comet's call centre

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in Hull is part of an electrical giant celebrating its 75 birthday.

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Four years on and this call centre is threatened with complete closure,

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jeopardising 316 jobs. Clearly, this is not good news. Comet had

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been struggling for a while. But they have started a consultation

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process here and in Bristol. We will continue to work with them.

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They started and the City so we have had at many regular meetings

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with them. We will do all we can to help support them and hopefully

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keep their jobs here. The company blames a tough economic climate. In

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six months last year, they announced losses of �22 million and

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were sold for just �2 in November. Now managers must chose whether to

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save the Bristol site or Hull one. The electronics sector has been

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under huge pressure for many years. Obviously the kind of things that

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consumers are cutting back on other big-ticket items that stores like

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Comet are known for. White goods and televisions. Comet has suffered

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because they are a major player in those categories. The consultation

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will run for three months. But almost 80 years after Comet was

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launched in Hull, its presence in the city could be diminished.

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Behind these stores over the next few months, there will be lots of

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conversations as to how these jobs can be saved. That could even be

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staff relocating to Bristol. With 80 people chasing every vacancy in

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this city at the moment, there is no more daunting time to be made

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redundant. The family of a grandmother and her

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six-year-old grandson who both drowned in a pond in Lincolnshire

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has described their deaths as leaving a hole in our lives which

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can never be filled. Dawn Mullany, who was 71 and from Castle Bytham,

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and six-year-old Laurence Mills were found at Holywell near

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Stamford last week. Today, the inquest into their deaths was

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opened and adjourned. Our reporter was there and he joins me now. What

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happened this morning? Well, this was a very brief

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preliminary heat -- hearing and lasted five minutes. The coroner

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heard that Laurence Mills had been staying overnight with his

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grandmother. His family raised the alarm after they were unable to

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contact her. They finally found her car near the pond in Holly Wells.

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Both the bodies were discovered in the pond. A post-mortem confirmed

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that both had drowned. Their family The coroner adjourned the inquest

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until a later date and took the opportunity to convey his sympathy

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There's been a rise in exclusion rates in North Lincolnshire schools.

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Eight pupils were expelled in the 2009, 2010 school year. This rose

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to 77 pupils expelled in the 2010, 2011 year.

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A local charities calling for the Holy Trinity Church -- the Holy

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Trinity parish church in Hull to be converted to a minster. It is

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believed it would attract more visitors to the area.

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Ministers are under renewed pressure to fund an upgrade of the

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A63 rd in Hull. The Transport Minister has promised to consider

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the proposal after it was raised by Karl Turner.

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Thank you for watching. Still to come: Imagine all the way

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to the Olympic opening ceremony. -- marching all the way to the

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Olympic opening ceremony. And from temperatures of -16 to

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temperatures better than the Mediterranean. How people in

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Lincolnshire are coping with the weather. Also coming up, some

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serious gloating and smug faces in a moment. Before we get to him,

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Good evening. Were what a lovely day, Peter!

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I got in there first and beat you to it.

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Under the radio, you said you would admit that I got it right!

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Yes, make a note of the date in your diary because it will not

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happen again! Let's have a blow to us how high

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the as temperatures have been. -- let's have a gloat as to how high

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those temperatures have been. There will be a little patchy rain among

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the middle of the day tomorrow. The conditions look quite nice for the

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weekend. A dry weekend. You can see on the satellite picture that

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Lincolnshire and much of East Yorkshire played up nicely.

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Lincolnshire, -- Lincolnshire's has had a lie in's share of sunshine.

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Variable amounts of cloud and not dropping below nine of 10 Celsius.

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Nine is 48 Fahrenheit. In Hull, 11 degrees tonight. A dry start to the

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day. Possibly quite bright at times around the Wash, but cloud will

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thicken from the north-west. NIE's end to the day. A breezy day a game.

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Temperatures not as high as today, but we are looking at around 12 or

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possibly 13 Celsius. It is looking This is a day to remember. Accurate

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forecast and serious gloating! I am not want to gloat.

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See you tomorrow. Some of her that as a wonder drug,

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but others claim it is dangerous. Lea Margeson from East Yorkshire

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says taking Champix caused him to have seizures. He has convinced the

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DVLA that the drug was behind is fit, and has just got his driving

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licence back. The drug companies say there is no reliable evidence

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it causes adverse reactions. Lea is calling for more research into is

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possible side-effects. There have been times when Lea

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Margeson wondered whether he would ever work again. The sudden onset

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of seizures made his driving job impossible. He has convinced the

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DVLA that his figures were likely to have been caused by Champix,

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taken to help him stop smoking. kept on fighting and fighting.

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Eventually, the DVLA took the evidence and made the right

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decision. Pfizer, the manufactures, listed range of side-effects

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associated with the drug, but Segers are not among them. Lea's

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neurologist from Hull Royal The Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle

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has raised concerns about the drug with a health tsar thrush -- with

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the Health Secretary. It does say that the drug can cause seizures in

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certain circumstances. But there are thousands of smokers who are

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used Champix without problems. There is no doubt that Champix can

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be an effective tool. Early trials showed that 44 % of smokers had

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quit by the end of it well we cause, compared to around 30 % for the

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drugs. It prevents the reward feelings of inhaling smoke. Pfizer

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has issued a statement, saying it takes the safety of all his

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medicine seriously, and that there is no reliable scientific evidence

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to demonstrate that Champix causes adverse effects. 100,000 people in

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the UK die every year due to smoking. The European medicines

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agency has concluded that the benefits of Champix outweigh its

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risks. Lea and many others are not convinced.

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Hull City equalled a 104-year-old record last night after their

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goalless draw with Brighton. It is now six games since their last

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conceded. Despite efforts from Cameron Stuart and Aaron McLean,

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the score means that the Tigers at two points off the play-off places.

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A big response to our story about Lincolnshire Police signing a deal

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with private security firm G4S to run one of its stations. The

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contract was announced yesterday, and will include a new purpose-

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built police station that will be run by the private firm. Just a few

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And two Fall of theirs. Three generations of a family from

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Spalding will be performing in front of their biggest audience yet

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at the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics. Around a billion

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people are expected to watch the events. Among the performers will

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be the Brights. Practising for the biggest gig of

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their lives. Five members of the Spalding Marching Ambassadors will

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perform at the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in

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London. There was a global audience of a billion for the Beijing

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Olympics opening ceremony, and the same number is expected to watch

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London 2012. So no pressure, then! Is is an adventure. It is exciting.

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I have always wanted to be involved with something big. I have always

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wanted to be involved with one of these big bands you see in America.

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I think this will be even better than that. Jim is not the anyone in

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his family vault. His daughter Catherine and grandson Tristan will

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join him. That is three generations of the same family. You can count

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over imagine the grand scale of how it will be. Exactly how it will be,

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you cannot imagine. It is unbelievable. The miners will Bay,

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I do not know! -- the noise will be, I do not know. Let's not forget the

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other band members with a part to play on the beat Gayle -- on the

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big day. I am really excited to do it. By M excited, but nervous,

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because they do not know what we are doing yet. They really do not

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know what they will be doing. But in auditions, they had to Drome,

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dance and even do some drama. One thing is for sure. London has there

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not to live up to have. In May, rehearsals for the big event will

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begin in earnest. For now, it is back to basics in Spalding.

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Fantastic stories. Could look to the Spalding Marching Ambassadors.

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As we heard LEA, today has been one of the warmest February days for 14

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years. We reached highs of 18 Celsius. That would have been felt

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in Holbeach a Lincolnshire, where less than a fortnight ago, it was a

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call this place in the country, recorded overnight temperature of -

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Just a few days ago, our weather was cold. And then all of a sudden,

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like someone had flicked a switch, the sun is up. Less than two weeks

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ago, Holbeach was recorded as the coldest place in the country, with

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temperatures of -16 degrees. I would have been in my attic head

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gear and thermal plants. Today, temperatures could reach as high as

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18 degrees. That is like -- that is equivalent to make temperatures.

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Such a dramatic change was the talk of the town on Holbeach's market

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day. Warmer today! It is. Working with globes, thick globes, your

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hands were still cold. Today, no jacket. It is a very warm. I had to

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take my cut-off. When I get home, I will sit on my deckchair and drink

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a glass of champagne. It is beautiful today. Make the most of

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it. In the surrounding fields, it when the daffodils could thrive

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again. But some had Friday bit too early. These daffodils were

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flowering nicely, but then we had the extreme frost, which has

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damaged the crop. I have never seen this before. Within less than two

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weeks, we have had a Betty Ford degree Celsius difference, and that

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is pretty remarkable. -- a 34 degrees Celsius difference. Today's

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temperature of 18 degrees is 10 degrees higher than it should be,

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so do not expected to last too long. Let's have a recap of the headlines.

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Abbey s announces losses of nearly �800 million, the same amount it

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has paid out in bonuses. The controversial training programme

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for young people which managers claim has saved millions. Cloudy

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start with patchy rain. It will get back to through the afternoon.

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Response coming him on the scheme we were talking about earlier.

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Somebody from Christopher's -- something from Christopher's mother.

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She said, it was a godsend for him. It was worth every penny. John says,

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you said that when we were young, there were no schemes to make us

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work ready. There was, it was called school. Graeme said, if it

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