22/03/2012 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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Fears for the East Coast Caravan industry following a VAT rise in

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the Budget. Anything that pushes that price up

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for the public in the current economy has to be bad news.

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After a search which ends in tragedy, a community comes together

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to say goodbye to Stuart Gilson. At the mercy of the level crossing.

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How a solution may be in sight for shoppers in Lincoln

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Famous names at a Grimsby Art Gallery, but are the paintings what

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they seem? More fine dry weather to come. The

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latest coming up shortly. Good evening. The leaders of one of

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the most important manufacturing industries in Hull and East

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Yorkshire say they face an uncertain future after George

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Osborne's budget. The makers of static caravans will have to charge

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thousands of pounds more when a VAT loophole is closed in October. Nine

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out of ten caravans sold in the UK are made in this area, and the

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Government believes sales could fall by a third. It's more than 24

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hours since the Budget and the effects on our lives, from

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transport, to leisure and the family purse are still emerging.

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First tonigh,t Anne-Marie Tasker reports on the caravan trade.

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For caravan builders big and small, it's the worst news they could have

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been given. Here at ABI in Beverley, they make a quarter of the UK's

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holiday homes. And they fear charging VAT on selling these

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static caravans will hit jobs. have 350 employees. Statistics are

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stating that they expect the market to reduce by 30 %. As a

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manufacturer, parties probably Elise 1,000 jobs that will

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disappear. And the news couldn't have come at

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a worse time for Victory Leisure Homes. Today, they rolled the last

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van out of their old factory in Hull, having spent millions on

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bigger premises to make more vans. Anything that pushes the price up

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to the public in the current economy has got to be bad news.

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Around 17,000 caravans are made in the UK every year, 90 percent of

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them in East Yorkshire. The price will escalate. It is feared that a

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hike in prices could reduce the market by as much as 30 %.

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East Yorkshire's caravan industry is still recovering from 2008's

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recession. Credit was hard to find and hundreds of jobs were lost.

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Hull MP Diana Johnson says this is the last thing the industry or this

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area needs. At last the government to think again about this, and

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consider whether this is the thing to do for a mummified in part of

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industry that is just getting on its feet again.

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And this could impact on caravan parks up and down the East Coast.

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Here in Hornsea, they're spending four million pounds on expanding

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the site. Now they're worried about filling it. We would have preferred

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to see something like that introduced over time, to allow

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businesses to plan. Tomorrow, the heads of caravan

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companies are meeting to try to fight this tax change. There may be

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a rush in sales before October, but the industry fears it could wipe

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away jobs and profits next year. I will be talking to Graham Stuart

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about the impact of this short eighth. -- shortly.

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A look now at some of the other effects of the Budget. The owners

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of amusement arcades along the east coast have lost their battle

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against having a tax imposed on slot machines. A 5% levy will go on

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earnings from all gaming machines with a jackpot of less than �25.

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Small businesses will be much worse off. Bolt of them are based at the

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coast. -- a lot of them. Moving onto transport. Toll prices

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on the Dunham Bridge in Lincolnshire are set to rise from

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April the 1st. The increase is a result of the Government scrapping

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a tax reimbursement scheme, so VAT will now be charged to bridge users.

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The charge for a car crossing the River Trent into and out of

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Lincolnshire will go from 30 to 36 pence.

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And some bus fares in Hull and East Yorkshire are to rise by up to 10%.

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East Yorkshire Motor Services blames the increase on higher fuel

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duty and a cut in Government subsidies to bus operators. We have

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lost roughly �700,000 a year through one scheme. Now, from next

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month, we are losing �600,000 a year in the grant we get to offset

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against your duty. It is just not possible.

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It's been called a "granny tax". George Osborne has reduced a long

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standing tax allowance for pensioners. The Government says

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they won't be worse off in cash terms, but campaigners say over 65s

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will be worse off by up to �285 in future years. We have been through

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the hard times. Now, we should be... Well, we should be not living in

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paradise, but we should not have to worry. We should not have to worry

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about the next Budget and in taking a little bit more, if you get away

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with this. Besides, millionaires do not need the money.

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An increased tax allowance from next year will put more than �200 a

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year into the pockets of millions of workers. We met one family from

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Horncastle in Lincolnshire who say their finances are so tight, they

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would almost be better off on benefits. They're worried about a

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rise in petrol prices. Here's Jake Zuckerman.

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8am in the Hobson household. Dad Stewart gets the kids ready for

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school. As he's setting off to work, Helen gets back from her night

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shift at an old age home. To get to work, both need their own car.

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Helen says the Government should have cut fuel duty.

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We probably spend around �80 to �100 a week running two cars. That

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is a lot of money off our wages. Oil has increased as well. We are

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in the country and we have to run on oil.

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Stewart works 38 hours a week. Helen works 22 hours. Including

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wages, tax credits and child benefit, the family of six

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currently live on �620 a week. If Helen gave up her job, they would

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still have �612 a week to live on. Despite their best efforts, Helen

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calculates that, financially, the family might even be better off if

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she gave up work. I am bringing in an extra �8 a week

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working, if you take into account benefits and everything. So, I am

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actually not working for anything, apart from I enjoy my job.

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With petrol duty due to go up by around 3p a litre in August, the

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Hobsons, like many in rural areas, feel more could be done to help.

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The Government says the rise is fuel duty in August is smaller than

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the previous Labour administration had planned and that it's put a

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system in place to stop above inflation rises in the future.

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I'm joined by the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham

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Stuart. Good evening. Hello. I want to start with caravans. The

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government acknowledges static caravans sales will fall. Do you

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support it? I am very concerned about that particular aspect. David

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Davis and I have requested a meeting with the Chancellor. Do you

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think that can be changed? It comes in on October 1st. We did not know

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about this until it came. I hope to learn more about it, and with David,

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we will be putting a strong case. The caravan industry in East

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Yorkshire is very important. Places that will be have been a three-day

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working for a while. I think we need to make sure people like the

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family you were just talking To will be better off working. We need

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to make sure it does not have any inadvertent impact on an area such

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as East Yorkshire. Using their caravan thing is probably a

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mistake? -- you think the caravan thing is probably a mistake? I

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think it's a has the potential to have a big impact on the local area.

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We will address concerns. Briefly, those who turn 65 next year, they

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will not be overjoyed by this tax allowance. What you say to these

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people? We are lifting 2 million people out of tax altogether. We

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are lifting how much you can earn before you pay tax to �9,200. We

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are looking to lift that further in future, accelerating that whenever

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we can. In the future, hard-working families will be on the same tax

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band as those who were retired. That will be fair. We want to make

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sure those on low incomes are are rewarded for having worked, having

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saved, and that is why we are lifting the allowance. This is a

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Budget for jobs. I think it is one we can celebrate, not withstanding

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issues such as the caravan one. Thank you very much for talking to

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There's been a big response from you to the Budget. Robert in

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Did George Osborne have any choice but to make unpopular decisions on

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tax allowance, VAT, fuel duty and cigarettes? Do you support their

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decisions? Will have a few thoughts And tonight's Question Time here on

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BBC One is from the Grimsby Auditorium. The Business Secretary,

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Vince Cable, is one of the guests, as well as the local MP David Davis.

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A funeral for Stuart Gilson has been attended by more than 300

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people. Mourners said the 21-year- old from Hull touched the lives of

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many people. The searches during the six weeks Stuart was missing

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drew huge public attention. Jo Makel spoke to people who attended

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today's service. So many came, the large chapel

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couldn't hold them all. Mourners gathered in the corridors. They

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watched on TVs in the waiting room. And all for a man whom many of them

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didn't know. I have got a lot myself a round about his age. I

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would not have wished it on anybody. We were searching all the time, so

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we wanted to pay our respects. the city of Paul, they look after

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their own. -- City of Paul. The strength and determination of

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Stuart Gilson's family inspired the community. Hundreds of people

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joined them to scour Hull and the surrounding countryside. A Facebook

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page attracted 25,000 members. They hoped to find him alive, but his

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body was finally discovered in the River Humber. Drypool Bridge, where

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he was last seen, has become a focus for tributes. Today, his

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mother tearfully reflected on her son's cheekiness and

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irresistability. He was a nuisance and a great listener too. The

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funeral was very personal and yet important too for the family, that

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anyone who wanted to come was welcome. He has touched many lives.

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It is nice to think there are all these people prepared to come back

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today. Maybe if some other person goes missing, these people might

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help to look for them as well. Not every missing person attracts

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the same attention as Stuart Gilson did. His family made sure he was

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not forgotten. And now in his memory, they've asked for donations

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to a missing persons charity, to help other families in the future.

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Still ahead tonight: Hull finds out which games it's got in the Rugby

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League World Cup. Looking for the genuine article.

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The art gallery with a display that Tonight's photo of a small yacht

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arriving at Brough Haven during the With some strata cumulus. You are

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not very popular today. Fiona from Bridlington runs an ice-cream stall.

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She said, I had no day-trippers today despite the sunshine, the

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cast Paul forecast fog. She got a lovely day! What's cope

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with her? I think there is a bit of cloth ear syndrome going on here.

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You cannot call our viewers cloth ears!

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Why not! The headline for the next 20 FA powers. It is quite decent,

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because it will be dry but I suspect there will be more cloud

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around. The club should break-up and there should be sunshine around.

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There will be a breeze along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast.

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You can see them is not a cloud in the sky. It has been a beautiful

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day across all parts. Temperatures have ranged from nine in

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Cleethorpes to 15, 16 in Bourne. I think it will be clear for the

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first part of tonight, but later it turns misty and grey. Like last

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night, there will be a widespread ground frost. It got to-one in

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letters feared last night. There is a chance of a touch of frost in

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rural areas. I think the morning will be variable. There could be

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the odd spot of Giselle. It looks like all of us will be dry. --

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there could be the odd spot of drizzle. We will have a breeze from

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the North Sea, so the coast will be a little chilly. Highs in

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Bridlington, nine Oct 10 Celsius. Inland, West is best. A fine

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weekend. Pleasance bowls of Fiona the ice-cream seller put on

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thick trousers today and has been very hot all day!

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An official report has been released into an explosion at

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Scunthorpe's Pods leisure centre last summer. It concludes that the

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cause was a worker mixing chlorine tablets with another chemical. The

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explosion delayed the opening of the swimming pool by seven days.

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A solution could finally be found to level crossing closures in

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Lincoln. The barriers can close up to ten times an hour at busy times,

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splitting the city in two. Now, talks are taking place to look at

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two new footbridges. Here's Leanne Brown. It's a familiar sight in

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Lincoln City Centre, shoppers waiting at the level crossing.

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delays my journey to work and home again. I have to time mice that

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time and finish time. It is a general in convenience. It seems to

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be down every time you are coming along. Very annoying. The mass of

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people you get here, you cannot walk. The majority of Lincoln's

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high street shops are run that side of the crossing, so retailers on

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this side fear that people stop, get bored and walk off. This health

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food shop has been feeling the effects of the crossing for years.

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It has affected business a lot. People do not tend to come across

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the crossing, because they get stuck by a train if not one way,

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then the other. Lunchtime trade has definitely job. People cannot

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afford the time to get stuck by the trains. There has been some

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benefits for the sweet shop. means that we have mad rushes.

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People walking into town come in sometimes. Other times, we do not

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have people in four or five or 10 minutes. Network Rail said a bridge

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will cut waiting times, and it would improve safety.

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Leanne, people in Lincoln will want to know how soon the footbridges

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could be installed? Well, I must stress that the plans

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are in a very Elise stages. The idea is to build a footbridge here,

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where we are now on the High Street, and another one further down there

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track near the university. Network Rail say they are working closely

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with the university and the city Council, and are planning on

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putting a planning proposal together and submitting that in the

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summer. As you know, these things do take time, but some retailers

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are I spoke to say it cannot come soon enough. One shopkeeper who did

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not want, camera said he had kept a record, and over one hour's period

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on a Saturday, the barriers were down for a staggering 38 minutes.

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Thank you. We will follow that story and let you know what happens.

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A swimmer from Fulbeck in Lincolnshire says she has been

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inundated with support from her local community since qualifying

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for the London Olympics. 19-year- old Sophie Allen says her dream has

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come true after officially becoming part of Team GB's swimming squad.

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Vanessa Clarke went to meet her. After qualifing for her first

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Olympics, Sophie Allen is home for a rest. But her now professional

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swimming career all started in Fulbeck with some sibling rivalry.

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The competitive edge between me and my brother made me get better and

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better! That is how it started for Three years ago, a hip operation

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set Sophie's training back, but at the British Swimming Championships

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two weeks ago she overcame all the obstacles to qualify for the 200m

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individual medley. She... When she got halfway through the race, we

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knew she had it. It was frightening to see her completed. Tears filled

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up in my eyes. It was incredible. Years of dedication and commitment.

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After the operation, she has come back. She has made it. It will be

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an experience of a lifetime. Not many people get to do it. I am very

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excited to be one of them. Sophie will be back in this pool in

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London's Aquatics Centre at the end of July, when the world will be

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watching. Plans for the BBC's Olympics

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coverage have been revealed. Here in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire,

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there'll be a special programme on Monday, June 18th. We'll be live

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from West Park in Hull as the Olympic flame arrives.

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Hull has failed to be selected to host either the quarter finals or

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semi finals in next year's Rugby League World Cup. The city will

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host three matches in the early stages of the tournament, and

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France and Papua New Guinea will base themselves here. Officials at

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Hull City Council admit they're disappointed. Linsey Smith has more.

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Pupils at the Sirius Academy have long had a passion for rugby league.

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But in October, they'll welcome the French national side to share their

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facilities. Just one way Hull will be involved in this year's world

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cup. To get three, I think it is outstanding.

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Craven Park will host two early stage matches - France v Papua New

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Guinea and Samoa v Papua New Guinea. England v Fiji will take place at

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the KC Stadium. Is it is appointing? It is a big

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disappointment. We are the hub of rugby league in this part of the

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world. We expected if we didn't get the semi-final, we would get a

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quarter-final. The last time Hull hosted rugby league World Cup

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action was aimed 1995. A young Stanley Gene was spotted playing

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for Papua New Guinea. He went on to enjoy a long playing career in the

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city, a world away from his home in the Papua New Guinean mountains.

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It's hoped Hull's place in this World Cup will provide more

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inspiration. Not only to visiting players, but the young spectators

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set to enjoy it. A small art gallery in Grimsby

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thinks it may have a collection by some of the world's most famous

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artists. The pictures, from the collection of one man from Louth in

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Lincolnshire, contain what some experts believe are Van Goghs,

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Picassos and Manets. Emma Massey went for a look.

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Could this be the work of world famous artists? It seems unlikely

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to find paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in a gallery in Grimsby. The

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paintings form part of a collection which belongs to Mandy

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Cruickshank's husband. He suddenly started looking through auctions

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and things, to see what was there. Every so often, one would jump out

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at him as being something special for stopped -- special.

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Although these paintings might look authentic to the untrained eye,

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none of them are actualy signed. But that doesn't seem to bother the

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curators here. There are so many ways an artist can sign, it does

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not have to be his signature. It can be the way he addresses his

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subject, the way he places his still lifes together. Painter

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almost acts like blood at a crime scene.

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Such is the intrigue behind unsigned work, there's even a BBC

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programme, Fake Or Fortune, which investigates the mystery behind

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paintings. Picasso, Van Gogh, this exhibition is potentially worth

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millions and millions of pounds. But perhaps it isn't. One thing is

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for sure. The people that are coming to see these paintings do

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not seem to mind if they are authentic or not. I'm really like

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the mystery. Some of the magic is the unknown of the exhibition. That

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attracted me. There is so much energy in it. The call has bounced

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off the screen into your eyeballs, so to speak -- the cause. That is

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why are like these particular a. It'll cost thousands to attempt to

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authenticate this collection. Maybe what'll make it so special is the

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not knowing. Then again, maybe it doesn't even matter.

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

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The man alleged to have murdered seven people in France is killed

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following a siege. Caravan companies in East Yorkshire

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say a new tax could hit them hard. Response coming in on the subject

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of the Budget. Josie said, this government had no choice, let them

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do what they think will help, they will make a difference. Jillian

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says, I am fed up with the moaning about the Budget, most of the

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moaners have fruited the Government's aim, so why now

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complain? Roy says, what is wrong with our society when a family

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cannot manage on �600 a week? Derek and Chris say, although we are

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retired, we worked on our lives are saved. Because we have contributed

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to pensions, we are not a burden on the benefits system. It seems there

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is no incentive for people to save as we have, because we are then hit

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