28/02/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening. The headlines tonight: They man demanding the law

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is changed after being told to prove his dead son was the father

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of his grandchild. To be denied his birthright seems

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terribly cruel. An East Yorkshire loan shark

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escapes jail after preying on dozens of local people.

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The county roads which are cracking up as drought conditions continue.

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How the beached whales of our past have shaped the way we treat them

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today. It has been one of the mildest

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February days on record along the East Yorkshire coast. The latest

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coming up shortly. A Lincolnshire father has described

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the law as terrible and demanded changes following a fatal car crash.

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Matthew Anderson died in a crash near Lincoln three days before his

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fiancee gave birth to their baby. Instead of having time to grieve

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his death, the family were forced to prove that he was the baby's

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father using DNA evidence. It is because the couple were not married.

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It took more than six months and thousands of pounds just to get

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Matthew's name registered on the birth certificate. His family are

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calling for a change in the north. -- the law.

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Cherished memories of a loving son and father. John Anderson was in

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the car behind his son and witness the moment he was killed in an

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accident. I'd tried to check his paws. I knew he was dead. A vehicle

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crashed into the side of the car, killing Matthew instantly. His

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heavily pregnant fiancee survived the crash, and gave birth three

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days later to their son. When they tried to register the birth, they

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were told that because the couple was not married, they needed DNA

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evidence to prove Massey was the father. They decided to call him

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Matthew after him, and then John after me, and to deny his son his

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birthright seems terribly cruel. We had to get a DNA tests done on the

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baby and use some of Matthew's remains. We had to go to court and

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get a judge to rule, yes, he is the father. Home Office rules say if

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the father has died before the birth and the couple is not married,

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the mother must apply to a court for his name to be on the birth

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certificate. If parents are married, I'd do one can register the birth.

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There is a need for the government to look at the legal situation many

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unmarried couples have to face. It does create unfairness and needs to

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be reviewed because of the number of people who choose not to get

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married these days. A we need safeguards around the edges, so you

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cannot just declare her the father is, but as the law currently stands,

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this is an added burden for families who have been through a

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terrible trauma. The family are calling for the law to be changed,

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and hope they can stop others from going through the pain they have

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endured. Justine Devenney is from a group

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which campaigns to raise awareness about your legal rights if you're

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not married. She told me that this kind of case is not that unusual.

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It is fairly common. We have been going for 40 years, and one thing

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we campaigned for his more information for people who were not

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married. There are lot of mess that exist around common law marriage.

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People wrongly believe they have the same rights whether they are

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married or cohabiting. Is it fair for a couple who might have been

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together for many years, that they are not treated the same way as a

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married couple, like in this particular story? I am sure when

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you were going through a tragedy, it feels very unfair. What we have

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in this country is a huge problem with getting people to access

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information at the right time. We would like people to be better

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armed with knowledge when they go into their relationship. When they

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decide to move in together, or decide to get married or not get

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married, that they go into that with the knowledge about the

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differences in law. Of course, that is not terribly romantic. A big

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cultural shift is needed to get people to get the right information.

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In this day and age, does something need to change legally? I do not

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know if anything needs to change legally, but we have to get

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complicated legal information to people in a simpler way, so they

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can make informed choices. Very good to talk to you.

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I would like your thoughts on this one. Have you or your partner

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suffered legally simply because you Coming up: Why has it taken so

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long? Work starts to replace BT cable to three weeks after a fault

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was reported. The mother of a baby who was

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seriously injured after being attacked by her partner has

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described him as a monster whose crimes will stay with them for the

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rest of their lives. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons,

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was speaking after a report into the case of Adam Hewitt from

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Bridlington. He was jailed for five years after fracturing her baby's

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skull, and leaving her second baby with permanent brain damage. A

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serious case review says East Riding Social Services and the

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police failed to co-ordinate what they knew about him. This report

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begins with the words of one of the mothers. We have changed her voice

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to protect her identity. Words distress as Mazda has inflicted

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upon our family. He not only assaulted my chart, but then went

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on to point fingers at close family members and friends. My son is not

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aware of the injuries he sustained, or why he lives apart from his

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mummy and siblings. This woman's baby, who has been referred to as

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Chardy to protect his identity, was left with a fractured skull in 2007

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after being assaulted by her boyfriend, Adam Hewitt. After 10

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days, police closed the case. In 2000 Nurmi, -- in 2008, additional

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information emerged but Humberside Police failed to properly assess it.

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In 2009, Adam Hewitt squeezed and shook another baby. It was left

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with permanent brain damage. Several members of police staff

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faced disciplinary action and two social workers lost their jobs. The

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authorities are sincerely apologised for their failings. New

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social workers have been appointed and police have tightened up their

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record-keeping. But we were told there is no guarantee it will not

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happen again. When you get people like Adam Hewitt, dangers people

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who were determined to injure children, it makes it very

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difficult for social services and the police to prevent these things

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from happening, and even to detect them. They ran a guarantees these

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things will not happen, but we have learnt lessons -- there are no

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guarantees. The mother of Hewitt's first victim said she approached

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the authorities with fears about his violence. I can't explain what

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I feel about it. I was treated disgustingly. If they had listened

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to me, it would never have happened. We have had more social workers

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commander caseloads in the East Riding out very manageable. We have

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quite low caseloads. Adam Hewitt is serving a five-year prison sentence.

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The family of one of his victims say their pain will remain with

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them forever. Joining me is Ray Gray from the

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union Unison, which represents social workers. Good evening. What

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more can social workers do to protect children in this area?

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think one of the key things was picked up in that report. At the

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time, social workers were under a lot of pressure. They now have

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seven new social workers. One of the key things is that we learn

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from it and do not make the same mistakes again. It could happen

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again? The police constable was right. Behind closed doors, you

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never know what goes on. Unless somebody tell someone and they act

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on it, things like this will continue to happen. Is it your

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experience that they are not overstretched? I think social

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workers still have a difficult job to do. There will never be enough

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of them. Their workload will increase. The agency is not working

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together has been bled. Is that the experience of social workers, who

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work as part of 18? -- who work as part of 18. Hindsight is a

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wonderful thing. They could have been better liaison between the

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agencies. I think a lesson has been learned. What do cases like this do

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for morale or more on social workers? The job is bank Close, in

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a way. People do not become social workers because of the money. They

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do it because they believe they can make a difference. Things like this

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does affect morale and it affects recruitment. People see the impact

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on social workers. Thank you very much for coming in tonight.

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Unregulated exploitation. The words used in court today to describe the

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activities of an East Yorkshire loan shark. 37-year-old Lea Bates

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from Cottingham was sentenced to a two-year community order for

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illegally lending money. His unlicensed loan company is believed

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to have preyed on dozens of local people. The full extent of Lea

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Bates's money-lending may never be known. As he was unlicensed, very

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few records were kept. Hull Crown Court head how his victims were

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never given written agreements as they were drawn into murky deals.

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We are angry. We did not realise how much money we owed him. It is

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so hard, to be dragged into something like people like that,

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you do not realise because they come across as a friendly.

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court was told that Lea Bates used to work for a licensed lender, and

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when he left that company, he purged former clients. In

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sentencing him to a two-year community order, the judge

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condemned him for what he described as unregulated exploitation. People

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wouldn't understand what they had to pay back. That is what

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legitimate firms are there for. You have paperwork, you know how much

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you have to pay and can make informed choices. With illegal

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lenders, they abuse the system. number of illegal lenders has

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doubled nationally in the last three years. The court heard how

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Lea Bates was motivated by nothing Hundreds of residents in Scunthorpe

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still cannot use their telephone or internet three weeks after a fault

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was reported. British Telecom have only just begun to lay new cables

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on the A18. Our reporter Leanne Brown is there now. Leanne, why is

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it taking so long to get this fixed? You can just about make out

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of the Vance behind the. Engineers working to fix the problem. About

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250 people are without services. Water damage to a cable caused loss

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of service in the area. The cable was damaged beyond repair and when

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BT went to run a new cable, they were unable to because the duct had

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collapsed. Now, our cameras were here earlier

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when 90 metres of new duct was built to house the cable. Traffic

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management was needed. It is a busy route, so it has caused some

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disruption. You can see for yourself, this is a busy roundabout.

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BT has released a statement saying that a new cable is being run

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through the dock today and they will begin at restoring services in

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They expect all customers to be back up and running by the weekend.

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Thank you. Still ahead tonight: Cracking up -

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how the ongoing drought is causing millions of pounds damge to our

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roads. And how a beached whale on our

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coastline helped inspire one of our most famous novels.

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Tonight's photograph. Cleethorpes Pier taken by Patrick

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Cheeseman. It has been a beautiful day.

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It has. But I have had a tweed from you. Anybody who knows are female

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going to propose tomorrow, please get in touch with me!

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Top temperatures this afternoon in Bridlington. That is where the

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excitement has been. Just short of excitement has been. Just short of

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a record set in 1960. But just well in Lincoln. Tomorrow, variable with

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some large amounts of cloud as well. High pressure is still in charge.

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Lincolnshire is desperately in need of some rain, but there is nothing

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in the forecast until later in the weekend. You can see that clear

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patch there. Over the next few hours, we will keep these gaps in

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the cloud. But the cloud will push him from the south-west, that means

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it will be a very mild night for the time of year. Temperatures

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around eight or nine Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at

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around about 6:51am. A milder -- a milder day tomorrow. Most places

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should have some sunshine. Temperatures of 13 or 14 Celsius.

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Similar on Thursday. Friday looks over cast with the risk of some

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drizzle. Possibly some rain over the weekend.

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On Twitter, they are saying that they knew why you would be a

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gloating. I did not get lucky!

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More than 150 roads in Lincolnshire have been damaged by the current

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drought conditions and now the county council is asking the

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Government for extra cash to repair them. It says it is unclear what it

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would cost to fix all of the damage, but the bill could amount to

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millions of pounds. Jake Zuckerman They've been appearing in roads

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across Lincolnshire. Huge long cracks, caused by the recent

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drought. This crack is so big you can fit your hand inside it.

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Ligature county council says there are so -- a Lincolnshire County

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Councils says there were 150 sites across the country are. They are

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asking for more money to repair the damage. This will have to be

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resurfaced. How much do you need for that? How long it is a piece of

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string? We do not have sufficient funds to put this matter right on

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our own. But the Government may take some convincing. It says

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Lincolnshire has already been allocated �100 million for road

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repairs between 2011 and 2015. In a statement Transport Minister Norman

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Monica Lees runs a cat shelter in Moulton Chapel.

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Just a few hundred yards away from her home, the road is breaking up

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and becoming dangerous. Like many living in the area she's worried.

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It is a bit like a roller coaster. If you go too fast, the front

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bumper of your car will hit it. You can damage your motor.

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The county did experience similar drought damage in 2004 and then it

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received just over �5 million. But this time, the problem is worse,

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and money is far harder to come by. Jake Zuckerman, BBC Look North,

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Moulton Chapel. A new service for people who care

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for dementia sufferers has been launched in Hull today. The

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Dementia Academy will be a single point of access for family members,

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carers and professionals in the city. It is hoped it will reduce

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admissions to residential care and A&E through better carer support

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and training. It is really about raising

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standards, improving training to help the lives of sufferers of

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dementia are, but also of their carers and families.

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On last night's programme, we talked about calls for better care

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for people suffering from the early onset of dementia. Steve Borjak's

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wife Michelle was diagnosed with a form of Alzeihmer's at just 28

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years old. He struggled to find a suitable care home for her as most

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of them would not take someone so young. He is calling for more

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services for people like her who get the disease earlier in life.

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Thanks for getting in touch on this one, many seem to have had a

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Thank you very much for all of those.

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Hull City's manager Nick Barmby has been giving his support to the

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BBC's Sport Relief today. He's been at the KC Stadium seeing how money

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raised is helping to end the discrimination surrounding mental

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health. Our sports reporter Simon It was straight from our Hull City

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training session to this for Nick Barmby. He was lending support to a

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project backed by the club's community department called Imagine

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your goals. It is funded from cash you raised for Sport Relief and is

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aimed at getting those with mental health issues back into the

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committee. People do not realise what great work is done in the

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community. In the background. We are not privy to that sort of thing.

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There are some great people working behind the scenes. Every week,

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these young men and women turn up on these artificial pictures for a

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game of football. We used the money from sports relief -- Sport Relief

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for people to come down and access the pictures for free. You can get

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involved in this year's event. Choose your Ram, and walk or run

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the 26 miles. More details on the website. Mick has been a supporter

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of the charity for a long time, and even coach a BBC team are several

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years ago. But clearly, he had better success today.

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There is a strong maritime tradition is our part of the world.

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And part of that tradition used to be whaling. In a series of films

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this week, we're looking back at that industry. Tonight Jo Makel

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reports on how we treated stranded whales and the East Yorkshire

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beaching that helped inspire the novel, Moby Dick.

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The whales that washed up on our coast caused surprise and confusion.

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And while we still don't really know what really brought these

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creatures to our shores, the over- riding feeling is that this was a

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tragedy. But 200 years ago, stranded whales were viewed very

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differently. They brought excitement and the promise of money.

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In 1825, a sperm whale stranded on Tunstall beach. Local woman Sarah

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Stickney wrote in her journal. "You will doubtless have heard of the

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monster washed up on this shore. The bustle it occasioned in the

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neighbourhood was marvellous. There were crowds flocking to see

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it. People started hacking into the blubber straight away. There were

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scientific people dissecting it. He smell, after a day or two

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particularly, was horrific. You can imagine it was both gory and a

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carnival atmosphere. It had been a profitable exercise in the past,

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especially with a sperm whale. The oil would be used to make candles,

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to burn in oil lamps and then, of course, there is the blubber.

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this whale was also to have a scientific significance. It was

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dissected on the beach. And then the Constable family, who owned the

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rights to anything that washed up on the Holderness coast, kept the

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whale's remains. It was the first scientific study of a sperm whale

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ever recorded. We still have a copy of the publication with detailed

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drawings. The skeleton also was studied by other scientists. Of

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course, all this was source material for Herman Melville when

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he was in England carrying out research for his book Moby Dick.

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But our ancestors were not content with just making use of the whales

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like this one that washed up naturally on our coastline. In our

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area, we were active hunters. At its peak Hull was at the centre

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of the whaling industry. Tomorrow we'll see how it made the city an

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early energy port and turned its captains into heroes.

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Some great pictures there. Join us again tomorrow night, round about

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the same time. If you have a story you think we should know about, get

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in touch. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. A

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wounded British photographer trapped in Syria for days has been

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smuggled out of the country. Paul Conroy was carried on a stretcher

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by Syrian activists. A Lincolnshire father is calling for a change in

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the law after being told to prove his dead son was the father of his

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grandchild. Dry with variable, often large,

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amounts of cloud, but with sunny breaks again developing in places.

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Maximum temperature 14 Celsius. Light southwest wind.

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Response coming in on a story about the Lincolnshire family calling for

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a change in the law. Far distressing for the people in this

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case, the law has to stop unscrupulous false paternity claims.

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Why should the person prove her partner is the father? When you

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