16/03/2012 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening from Look North. The headlines: After a race cyclist was

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killed when a lorry shed its load, the victim's family hit out at the

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driver's sentence. She got crushed to death by his trailer. He has 27

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months. I am disgusted. The owner of Hull City claims higher taxes

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for millionaires are proving to be in on goal for our economy. Six

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weeks after he disappeared, the family of a missing man are told

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her a body found in the Humber is his. He was full of life and he had

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a cheeky grin. It is a tragedy that such a young life has ended so

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abruptly. The school children taking inspiration from one of our

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best Olympic hopefuls. I will have the weather. We will see some rain

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at times. A tragic day for two families. The

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words of the judge at Hull Crown Court after he sentenced a lorry

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driver to 27 months in prison. Mark Smith was riding his lorry through

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Hull when a container slipped off the back and fell onto cyclist

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Susan Russell. The court was told how Mr Smith had a previous

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unblemished record. On the day in question, his load was secured by

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just two straps. Our reporter has been speaking to two Susan

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Russell's family. She has been my sister for 54 years. We have always

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been close. She was fun a loving. Loads of friends. A a hard-working

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mother, a fun loving grandmother and a good cyclist. Susan Russell

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was cycling to work when it this eight tonne blast brief Cabinet

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fell off the lorry which was carrying it. It landed on its

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season, killing her instantly. This is one of the busiest roundabouts

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in Hull. It was not the traffic that caused Susan's death. The

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cabin was only secured with two straps, one of which was not

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fastened properly. Hull Crown Court heard from an expert, he said it

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would have taken at least 40 to make it safe. Driver Mark Smith,

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seen here on the left, was described by the judge as a

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candidly honest gentleman with an unblemished driving record. In 27

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years, he had not even reached a regulation. Failing to inspect the

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load he picked up was negligence. A warning, the judge said, to the

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haulage industry. This case highlights the responsibility that

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drivers of all vehicles, whether they are cars or large goods

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vehicles, has to the public. They need to be driven safely. They may

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not be the person paying the ultimate price. The judge told Hull

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Crown Court how this had left two families in grief for different

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reason. Susan, because they had lost her, but for mild, it was

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because he had been left hopeless and riddled with grief. She is dead.

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She got squashed to death by his trailer. He has got 27 months. I am

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disgusted. Susan's daughters have told us they plan to appeal a

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sentence, believing 27 months is too short a punishment for taking

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their mother's life. The boom in offshore industries

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boosting business is in a our area. There is a warning tonight from one

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of the richest men in East Yorkshire the business owners will

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leave the country unless the government cuts taxes for the

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wealthy. The chairman of Hull City, Assem Allam, is urging the

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Chancellor to cut to the top rate of tax in next week's budget. It is

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reported George Osborne is considering cutting the 50% tax

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rate for people who earn more than �150,000 a year.

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The recent Sunday Times Rich List suggested Assem Allam was worth

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little under �300 million. But to the east Yorkshire-based

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businessmen and Hull City owner says he is fed up with handing over

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half he income to the taxman. Do you think is right wealthy people

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should pay their fair share? Yes. But if you tell me, you work hard,

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and a 50%. But I can go to Holland and I will pay 30%, you are

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risking... It is actually happening, many people with billions of pounds

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are leaving the country. There has been widespread newspaper

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speculation that the Chancellor will cut -- will cut taxes for high

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earners. At the moment, there is a debate going on in government over

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the future of the 50 pence top rate of tax which applies to people who

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earn over �150,000 a year. There has been talk of a mansion tax and

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some Lib Dems would like to see how a player to net tax. It is one that

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could help to ensure the wealthiest of this country pay their fair

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share. Although he says he does not support one political party, Assem

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Allam invited Ed Miliband to watch Hull City's match, despite the lido

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cancelling an appearance as a protest against health reforms due

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to ill health. There was doubt about him coming to the rally. The

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football match is there, regardless of him coming or not. We cannot

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cancel it. The success of Assem Allam's regenerated company has led

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to the Egyptian-born businessman becoming as wealthy as the Queen.

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It will be up to the Chancellor to decide how much he and many others

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paid to Her Majesty's Treasury. Joining me is John Robinson, who is

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a senior Liberal Democrat in Hull. Judging by reports, it looks like

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the Chancellor is poised to cut the top rate of tax. Does that please

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the Lib Dems? If we have a Budget where wealthy people are taxed in

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an additional way, I will be happy. That has got to happen. It could be

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a mansion tax. I am not privy to the discussions. I want to make

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sure richer people do pay more tax. Are you worried if these successful

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people are penalised, they will take, as they heard, their business

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abroad? With all respect to Assem Allam, who I admire, he has proved

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you can build a successful business here. The enterprise zones that we

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are developing in Hull should mean people find it easier to develop

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business. If reports are accurate, George Osborne will be cutting the

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top rate of income tax but he is not in favour of a mansion tax.

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will have to wait and see. The Lib Dems are arguing strongly for this.

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That is the advantage of having the Lib Dems in government. Otherwise,

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the Tories would have things their own way. How do you strike a

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balance between showing we are open for business as a country but also

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we are all in this together? think you make sure people pay a

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reasonable amount of tax and if people with a home over �2 million,

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why should they pay the same amount of council tax as people living in

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a three-bedroomed home? The system has to be fair and people have to

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create businesses. Do you think you will be shoulder to shoulder with

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the Chancellor? We will be arguing for a fair distribution of wealth

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in this country. I am proud to do that. Thank you. We would like to

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know your thoughts on this. Is it right to hit for the super-rich

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with higher taxes? How worried are you able take their businesses and

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their jobs abroad? You can e-mail us. And you can call or textiles.

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All follow me on Twitter. -- text us. This is one of the topics that

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will be debated on Sunday Politics. That is at 12 noon.

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For a man has been charged with murdering a baby. Six-month-old Ian

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-- Ethan Hopson died before Christmas after his life support

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machine was switched off. Ian Redgrave had been charged with

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grievous bodily harm. He appeared in court this morning. More than

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�100,000 is being invested in a failed Icelandic bank has been

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repaid. -- that had been invested. Are they invested before 2008.

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Glitnir owes the council �1.2 million.

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has emerged as one of the

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frontrunners to succeed the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has

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announced today that he is retiring. Dr Sentamu, who was in Tadcaster

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today, paid tribute to Rowan Williams and said he was very sad

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to hear the news. A campaign for better rail links

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between Hull and north-west England has failed. A new Trans Pennine

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train will be introduced in 2014. Hull council hoped it would run to

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the city. A provisional timetable shows the service will go to York

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instead. The body of a man found in the

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River Humber at Brough Haven on Saturday has been formally

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identified as missing Hull man at Stuart Gilson. He was last seen on

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the Drypool Bridge in Hull more than six weeks ago. Family and

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friends are leaving their tributes. Our reporter is there. Have the

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family given any reaction to today was no news?

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Of course this is an incredibly difficult time for the family. It

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is the news they have been dreading for weeks. They had never given up

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hope of finding Stuart so they want some privacy to come to terms with

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this terrible news. The police say they are not treating the death as

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suspicious. The confirmation of his body will put an end to what has

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been a huge and heartbreaking search. Devastated and desperate,

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but Stuart Gilson's family refused to give up on him. With friends

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they search the city, hoping to find their boy. The worst pain for

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us ever. Come home, Stuart. Today came the news his mother hoped she

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would never hear. His body was discovered in the river humbug on

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Saturday. This morning, police confirmed it is her son. -- River

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Humber. His colleagues say his death is a huge loss. He always had

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a smile on his face. He worked really hard. He had a lot of time

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before his colleagues. He is such a nice man. It is a tragedy that such

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a young life has ended so abruptly. He was full of life and he had a

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cheeky grin. He was a ray of sunshine. These sentiments have

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been echoed in more than 1500 messages on Facebook, all

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expressing how much Stewart will be missed.

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As well as the online tributes, how are the public reacting?

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Behind me there are many tributes and balloons tied to Drypool Bridge.

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This has become a memorial to -- a memorial spot to Stuart because it

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is the last place he was seen. I have seen it several people today

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and it seems to be a story the people of Hull have taken to their

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hearts. Many of them were involved in the search. Stewart's sister

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described the support from the people of Hull as amazing. There

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are 25,000 members of a Facebook group dedicated to Stewart. Denied,

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the messages are flooding in. One of the latest says, you are the

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brighter start in the sky. -- tonight. Thank you.

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Still ahead: Find out why a these Don't forget, if you have a picture

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you are proud of, then send it in. Tonight's was taken by Mark. This

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could be abroad, couldn't it? Thank you for that. Lisa, good evening.

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Good evening. You're a fan club have been lobbying need to know

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that you on tonight meet you will be pleased about that. Have you

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forgotten my barometer check? haven't. It is not the best time to

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be checking it, because the pressure is falling, but it was

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1011 at 6:00pm. We got there in the end! With pressure building, that

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will be a much better time to search your barometer, but for the

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weekend, the weather will be unsettled, and we will see some

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rain, some welcome rain for some others. The high pressure has

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drifted away, at the weather isn't settled anymore, and there is a

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weather front pushing him on Saturday. A fair bit of cloud, and

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a bit of brightness at times. One or two clear spells, but on the

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whole, cloudy skies tonight. For Looking at the Sunday Times

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tomorrow, it will run at 6:10am. Tomorrow, a fairly mild start the

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day, but a drizzly and dull start as well. It will Brighton and

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little, with the sunshine, triggering after some drizzle. --

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triggering off. There will be a moderate breeze from the south-west.

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We will continue to see showery outbreaks of rain overnight into

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Sunday. It quickly brightened up, still one or two showers around on

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Sunday, but not as many as on Saturday. Some decent spells of

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sunshine, temperatures around 10 1011, there we are! Have a good

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weekend. Business leaders in East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire say offshore industries are continuing to create

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jobs and wealth despite the economic downturn. An increase in

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oil, gas and renewable energy activity in the North Sea is

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already being seized upon by companies around the Humber. Here's

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our Business Correspondent Paul Murphy.

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In this warehouse to you will find everything from a bottle of ketchup

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to a life jacket. They provide their services to more than 1000

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vessels every month. The company is growing fast because offshore

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industries like gas, oil and wind turbines are also booming. There

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has been some good exploration in the North Sea recently, and we have

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gained some contracts to supply oil and gas companies on a worldwide

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basis. Our product range is internet, we provide anything the

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customer wants, but we do keep certain items on stock. -- is

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infinite. Oil, gas and renewable energy are the offshore industries

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which have shown it resilience to the economic downturn and a

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continuing to create onshore opportunities. And one of those is

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a new business here at Humberside airport, where offshore workers fly

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in and out every day. This specialist hotel was built in

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consultation with the oil and gas industry, which meet its workforce

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close to the airport, well looked after and available at short notice.

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A lot of our guys are there for two weeks, then go home for two weeks,

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then come back, this comes -- becomes a second home for them. We

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like to think our staff treat them in a manner they expect, they are

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not just a passing guest. companies in this area are of

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international quality, doing work all around the world. Right around

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the UK and further afield as well. In the next five years, more than

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�20 billion will be spent by the renewable energy industry alone in

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the North Sea. Marine based companies around the Humber ignore

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these opportunities at their peril. Last night, we heard about two

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areas of Hull which are amongst the worst places in the country to get

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a job. It is estimated that more than 35 people are competing they

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each vacancy in East Hull. In North Hull, the figure is about 31. There

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Our business correspondent Paul Murphy is with me in the studio.

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You have been reporting all week on businesses which are growing. How

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confident are local businesses feeling at the moment? The business

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you saw in the film is perhaps the exception, generally, there isn't a

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great deal of confidence around. I talk to about 20 a month, and 1500

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businesses surveyed over the next three months, 19 of them expect to

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create jobs -- 19%. 22% of them expect to shed jobs. So we are

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still on dodgy ground here. What sort of encouragement will there be

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for them in the Budget regarding tax? Two headline things for local

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businesses, they will be looking for something to be done about the

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price of fuel, particularly the haulage industry, which is it

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really struggling. A penny on a litre affect them in a big way.

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Something on National Insurance, the cost of employing people to

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stop people I talk to say it is it stopping them from expanding.

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budget is next Wednesday. The Hull City manager Nick Barmby

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has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of this weekend's match

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with Crystal Palace in the Championship. The Tigers moved into

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the play-off places after this 3-0 win midweek over promotion rivals

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Cardiff City. Barmby has warned the players who aren't in the team to

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A team of Filipino sailors are starting to make their mark on the

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East Yorkshire sporting scene. They are all basketball players, the

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national sport of the Philippines. Our sports reporter has been

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finding out how they divided their time between duties on board ship

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and playing their favourite game. They sailed daily between Hull and

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the Continent. These Filipina sailors look after passenger needs

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on the ferries that travel to Rotterdam and sabre. But never far

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from their minds is Saturday afternoon in Hull. Every Saturday,

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the Filipino sailors leave the ferry for their most important

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appointment of the week. A with the basketball court. It helps us

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develop our teamwork. It is a good exercise for us, but only mentally

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but it is a Belleek -- physically as well. They played in the

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burgeoning Humberside League. a passion for us. For them, it is

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only basketball, but for us, it is at passion. It is a serious

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business, with tactical plans outlined before the game, against

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today's opponents, themselves made up of mostly Lithuanians. In the

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future, we could be a bit more competitive than now, so I could

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say it is a good game for us. I think we have already shown the

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best we can do. In this game, it is the opponent to win, in a

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competitive contest. They want to win. As do the opponent today.

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is so much fun. But unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment.

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Back on board, there are a few minutes to contemplate the game

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before they set sail, waiting for the next Saturday, when they can

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take Hull by storm. With 133 days to go until the start

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of the London Olympics, much has been made of the legacy for young

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people. Youngsters from Hull and East Yorkshire have been speaking

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to one local Olympian to find out The legacy of the Olympics will

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inspire people into sport. It here at this gym in Hull, these new

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boxes are the ones to watch. -- boxers. They trained at the same

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gym as this a Hull box, hoping to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

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How Kenyan people be inspired to do what you do? The Olympics is the

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biggest events on the planet, the biggest sporting event, and I'm

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just a normal kid that comes in here and works out, so anyone can

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do it. It just inspires you to train harder, I would get as far as

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he does. Their trainer is Mick. He hopes the Olympics will inspire

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even more young people to take up the sport. I think it is great for

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kids, sport, health, when you are healthy, you feel confident, you

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can go out there Brett Deacon meet things in the archive. Not just the

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-- for sport, but for life. government is going to increase

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funding for elite sport, and get more people involved in community

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sports. If you want to be involved in sport, now is the time to

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restart to get involved. So even if you're not an Olympic hopeful, it

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is time to get your kit on and be I have to say, I think the pupils

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did a fantastic job. Well done to all of them.

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

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The head of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to

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step down. After a cyclist was killed when a lorry shed its load,

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the victim's family criticised the driver's sentence.

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Tomorrow, some rain and drizzle at first, turning brighter in the

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I have to say, a huge response coming in on the subject of the tax

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rate and whether the Chancellor should cut the 50 pence tax rate in

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next week's budget. "This is how the rich get their own way, by

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threatening to go elsewhere, and the government just Devine of." "we

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should not tax at 50%. We rely on entrepreneurs to provide us with

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employment and we need to give them the incentive to do so." "they get

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paid more, so they can afford it, not struggle to make ends meet".

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"of the rich should pay the same tax as the rest, they earn it, they

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pay tax and everything they buy come expensive houses and cars".

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"their right taxes that deserve to be cut before, like the VAT rate

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