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

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Why some children starting secondary school in Hull are six

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years behind with their reading. have had children about 25 each

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year that have joined us, with reading ages of less than five.

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The tanker driver dispute which started in North Lincolnshire

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results in a national strike. Hitting out at police commissioners

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- Humberside's chief constable is the latest senior figure to

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criticise the changes. This is a system that is untried and untested

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in this country. It is fundamentally a different style of

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policing. Taking to the streets for charity -

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thousands of people run the Sport Summer in March and there is more

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to come. Your weekend weather BBC Look North can reveal that some

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children are starting secondary school in Hull with a reading age

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of five. Levels of reading and writing in the city are still well

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behind the national average. The city council has given �10,000 to

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every Hull secondary school to help raise standards. Our correspondent

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is balls from the serious academy. The average reading age of children

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entering school here is nine years five months. But a significant

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number is below that, which means that the struggle with the rest of

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the curriculum. Why are we going ever these? Some people cannot read.

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We have had children, approximately about 25 each year, that have

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drinkers with a reading age of about five. So the school set up a

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special nurture group. The group is taught by a teacher specialising in

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primary school methods. There have already been drastic improvements.

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Where have put support in two groups have to enable a large

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number of children to make progress. Every pupil here, whatever their

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age or level, now takes part in the accelerated breeding programme,

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which regularly monitors their progress. Quite a few of these

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people's -- pupils here today had lower levels of reading but with

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the accelerated reading, things have improved. Literacy is the

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cornerstone of a good education and around one in five children are

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simply not making the grade by the age of 11. Even those who do are

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not guaranteed to pass their GCSEs when they are 16.

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This group of boys are all currently sitting on a D grade for

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their GCSE English but they all recognise how important it is to up

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their game. You are speaking and writing and you will never get a

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job. If you get the qualification it opens a lot of doors. I want a

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future with the job I have wanted since I was little. So in a city

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with some of the lowest literacy levels in the country, there is

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growing confidence that real progress is now and being mate.

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Councillor Helene M Mallon is responsible for education at Hull

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City Council. -- Councillor Helene O'Mullane. Why have so many

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children, literally possibly hundreds, slipped through the net?

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You have to remember that school, children come in at varying levels

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of education. We have always had a problem of children coming into

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school with very poor pre- literacy skills. They perhaps have not had

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the nurturing at home. Perhaps English is a second language. There

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are lots of emotional reasons why children do some can start at a

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disadvantage. The average reading age for an 11-year-old in many Hull

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schools is around nine. Can parents be confident that Hull's primary

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schools are digging their job? think they can. The fact they are

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coming in extra numbers to bring children into school. In secondary

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schools, they are bringing back children. We have to ask parents

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and guardians, over the last two years, we have put a lot of extra

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work into giving children literacy time, giving them support as

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analysts and at a children's centres. But you think primary

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schools are doing their job and his is the parents letting the children

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down? I think it is both. Some children come in and they have had

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a lot of reading when they were young, talking, communicating,

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playing with a loss. They come in their the to learn to read. Others

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do not have that advantage and we have to work with them at much

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slower levels to make sure the literacy is well implanted in them.

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What can you and the primary schools do to make sure that in the

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future the levels of reading and writing in this city are not be led

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the national average as they are now? For the last three years we

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have had a special scheme. Unfortunately, the Government

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funding for this was pulled this year, but the head teachers

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themselves have found money for that to continue for another year.

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In Key Stage One last year there was an a % rise in the level of

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Reading, which is now starting to work through to key stage 2. We

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have teachers in the schools with extra expertise. It should improve

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gradually over the years, as it is at the moment. Let's hope so. Thank

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you. Let's throw this one open. How can

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reading and writing be improved? How much responsibility should the

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parents take? Are they doing their bit? Or will more spending in

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schools are really make the difference? Our primary schools the

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Start your text with the word Look North, all one word. All follow me

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on Twitter right now. We will have some of your messages before we

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finish at 7pm. In a moment, as fans protest

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against the club's board, businesses claim they are being

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heat for by Lincoln City's poor form.

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Political pressure is mounting on Chancellor George Osborne to

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reverse the VAT rise faced on static caravans in the Budget. It

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is one of the area's largest manufacturing industries. Today

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Labour politicians visited Willerby Caravans in East Hull and heard how

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closing a tax loophole would hit sales and jobs.

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The these workers at Willerby holiday homes have already agreed

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to go down to a four-day week from five days, in order to prevent

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redundancies. 90% of static caravans sold in the UK are made in

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East Yorkshire. Now there are concerns that the caravan industry

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will face further pressure following the Government's plan to

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add VAT to static caravans, which would make some on average �6,000

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more expensive. We are finding it a little bit more contradictory with

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the Government saying they are trying to get staycations, UK

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holidays, and here we are making the equipment for those holidays

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and now we are being penalised. Workers fear this could lead to

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further caravans being sold and consequently it job losses. This

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prompted them to get in touch with their local MP, who today brought

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the shadow minister for regional Price to halt. There has been no

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consultation. I do not think people in the industry would be adverse to

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consultation and discussion. But in this case there has been no

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consultation or discussion and they are introducing it at the worst

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time of year when we are about to enter the holiday season.

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Government says finally adding VAT would bring sales of static

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caravans into line with mobile ones. It is an issue that will be raised

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in the House of Commons, with the Chancellor being asked to look

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again. That is a story that we will

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continue to follow here on Look North.

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Some more stories tonight. A bad manager has been jailed for 21

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months for stealing �100,000 from the accounts of five elderly

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customers, one of whom was dead. -- a bank manager. Owen Danter from

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Beverley stole the money when he was manager of Santander in

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Driffield. The bank has been as the customers and taken �30,000 from

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his pension fund. Lincolnshire County Council has

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asked the Government for more than �6 million to repair drought-

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damaged roads. More than 150 sites have been identified as priority

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areas, mainly around Holbeach, Spalding, Boston and Bourne. The

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council received �5 million following a similar -- similar bid

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in 2004. Engineering company is investing in

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Lincoln. Bifrangi says the deal will invest in new jobs and

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investment. It involves begin one of the world's biggest metal

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presses to the site to build a tractor axles.

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The industrial unrest among petrol tanker drivers, which started on

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the south bank of the Humber, has now become a national dispute.

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Drivers who voted for strikes, prompting fears of fuel shortages.

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The dispute is over terms and safety but employers say that many

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of the drivers earn more than �45,000 a year. Our reporter is a

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live near the Conoco Philips oil refinery right now.

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How has this dispute escalated to the stage tonight? Just to explain,

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it is separate to fuel distribution companies that take fuel from oil

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refineries like these and distribute it across the UK. The

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drivers are those vehicles side that it is supermarkets and garages

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-- as they try to compete for the lowest price, it is affecting them.

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The companies they work for asking them to work longer hours and meet

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tighter deadlines and Murray say that health and safety is taking a

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back seat as a result. -- they say. Drivers he went on strike for a

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whole week over cuts in their pay at the beginning of the year and

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that has led to a national ballot. The tankers stood idle. In January

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of this year, drivers at the Coreco Phillips oil refinery -- Conoco

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Philips oil refinery went on strike. They are offering us a reduction of

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�4,000. The other reductions are around our pensions and our terms

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and conditions. A those protesting said it was a wider problem within

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the industry and one of their drivers is now in a national video

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which has been released to highlight their case.

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This is not about our pay. This is about having a safe environment for

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the workforce. A whenever we fill up at the pub, it is oil truck

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drivers working in what the world's most dangerous professions baccy

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company -- the country on the road. But today, as oil companies push

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for even higher profits, health and safety is being compromised. I have

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been driving for 18 years. We go through extensive training. We are

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constantly monitored by it are companies and health and safety

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teams. We drivers across the UK now

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agreeing to go on strike, there are fears it could lead to the

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destruction we saw in the year 2000. That was over the cost of petrol

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and diesel and electric pumps being empty and chaos on the roads.

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these strikes likely to take place, when? I have spoken to the union

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Unite and they say legally they have to give its seven days' notice.

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So it will not happen soon but they say that what happens here is

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likely to be the epicentre of any strike action. The Government had

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said that they are ready and that troops are in place to deliver fuel

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if necessary. The haulage company in Wincanton who delivers the oil

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has said that the strike is politically motivated and it is

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impractical and we cannot do it. Grass years.

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That is another one you might want to comment on. There is a reminder

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of our e-mail address and the tax Still ahead tonight...

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As crowds dwindle at Lincoln City, businesses say they are being hit

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in the pocket. And raising millions for charity -

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people across our area take part in the Sport Relief Mile.

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Tonight's photo is of Grimsby Dock Tower. Thanks to Richard Enderby

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for that. Ahir please send us your The I got this letter about the

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Sport Relief Day. This year said you were looking very fit and

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wondered if you worked it out? Now, it looks as though some are has

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arrived. As you can see the Airport a a at it was up to 19 degrees

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Celsius. It has been very pleasant whenever you have been. Tomorrow

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very similar tomorrow, up with not a cloud in the sky. This high

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pressure covering virtually all of the British Isles. But that is

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going to clear by the weekend, when temperatures will back to a more

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normal. It is dry and clear overnight, but there could be the

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odd bit of mist and fog. The low temperature overnight could jot

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down to minus Zero degrees at Gainsborough. Any mist and a patchy

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fog a rapidly dispersing and it will be spot the cloud time. It is

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going to be clear blue skies with lots of sunshine, with the light

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variable biddies. On the course, slightly cooler, with the likes of

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Bridlington probably maybe only getting up to 15 degrees Celsius.

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On Wednesday, the temperatures even higher, getting up to 21 degrees

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Celsius, before dropping back as the week progresses. See you

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tomorrow. It is an easy job for you just now, just saying it is dry and

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The Chief Constable of Humberside Police has become the latest seeing

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officer to attack the government's plan for police commissioners --

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senior officer. Tim Hollis says the move is not tested in the UK and

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will bring politics into police and. He is also concerned that the

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future of the country's police forces will be dictated by the

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personalities of the commissioners. The government says commissioners,

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who can hire and fire chief constables, will make the police

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more accountable. I will speak to Mr Hollis in detail after this

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report from Phil Connell. He is one of the most experienced policemen

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in Britain and the latest two raised concerns about the

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controversy over police commissioners. Today, he said

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commissioners where untried and untested and called for significant

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change at a time when the police force does not need it because it

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is doing well. If the person is there on an elected manifesto, it

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is where problems could arrive. Of the five people to have expressed

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interest in the job, most have done that background and politics. The

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concern is that the candidates may be voted them on their political

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views rather than their ability to cut crime. The most high-profile

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candidate is John Prescott, the former MP and Deputy Prime Minister.

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Elections will take place in November. The salary is around

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�75,000, but they will have paid responsibilities. He will have set

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budgets and priorities and be able to hire and fire chief Constable's.

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But ministers say there will be no interference in operational matters.

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Some people think it will leave the stronger and more transparent force.

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For a I think it will make the police force a lot more accountable.

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A they will have to account for the way the spend money and their

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performance. Mr Hollis is standing down at at the end of this year,

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but says it is a coincidence. Earlier, I spoke to Chief Constable

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Tim Hollis. I asked him what his main concerns were about

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commissioners? A I do not have a problem with the candidates. I

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think they will be good people who will want to do their best for the

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police force. 180 years of tradition down into the past - does

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the current system not work quite well? Well, it is very hard to

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judge these things until you look back on them.

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What about the cost? At least �70,000 for the Commissioner and

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then all the support staff they wall need? If that justified?

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all a question of how it the money is used to focus on improving

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policing in Humberside. N o u years of being the chief, how would you

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have felt if politicians were telling you how to do your job?

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will work in practice is very much down to the personal relationships.

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How much is your decision to step down to do with police

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commissioners? It would be unfair to say that was a major part. I

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will have been it eight years in charge of police and Humberside by

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that point. It is a good time to hand over the baton to someone else.

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There are changes nationally and locally, so it is time for some

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fresh blood and fresh ideas. Now, all an update on a story we brought

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you on Friday. Ticketholders and caterers who had paid money to

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attend a cancelled music festival in Lincoln have been promised they

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will get their money ban. -- money back.

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Future Entertainment cancelled plans for the festival at the

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Lincolnshire Showground earlier this year, but tickets were still

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on sale at the end of last week. Danny Brewster, who says he has

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sold the company, has promised to refund the money.

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A driver had a lucky escape today after his lorry overturned in

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Goole.The accident happened this afternoon near to the river which

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runs through the town. The driver was uninjured, but traffic was

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disrupted after the load he was carrying fell out of his trailer.

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Businesses in Lincoln say the decline of the City football team

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is hitting them in the pocket. The Imps, who fell out of the Football

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League last season, are now just two points above the Conference

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drop zone. On Saturday, fans protested Ed of the match against

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Newport over how the club is being run.

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Seven years have passed since Lincoln City's glory days, when the

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team reached the League Two play- offs twice in three seasons.

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Now relegated to the Conference, the Imps sit six places from the

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bottom of the Blue Square Premier. Fans chose Saturday's game against

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Newport County to call for the chairman to resign -a protest which

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was daubed disgraceful by the board. If we have got good going, there is

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not going to be any club life. We need to sort it out now. In are the

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years I have been coming to watch the team, I have never seen at this

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bad. A 2-0 win over Newport was little

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consolation to local businesses, who say they are suffering because

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of Lincoln City's decline. We when they were doing well in the league,

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they could get crowds around the 5,000 mark. But all this there,

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with the cows going down, or profits drop.

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And a return to League football still looks a long way off. They

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have not adjusted well to non- League football and are struggling

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with the finances. There are simply not good enough and there is a long

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way to goal. The chairman condemned the process the protest, saying

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that this was the time for everyone to stick together.

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Scunthorpe United hit the bar twice, but had to settle for a draw

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Portsmouth to get back in the play- off places, after losing 2-12

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Leicester city. -- 2-1. Our passing was a bit sloppy and we simply did

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not do enough to win the game. In rugby league, Hull FC are up to

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third in the Super League after their fourth straight win. The

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Black and Whites beat Castleford yesterday. Hull KR beat second

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place Huddersfield at Craven Park. Hull KR stunned Huddersfield with a

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dominant second-half performance to end their two-match losing run and

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deny the visitors top spot in Super League. The scores were level at

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half time 18-18, both sides scoring three tries in the perfect

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conditions. After the break though it was a different story and Rovers

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ran in four second-half tries from Josh Hodgson, Scott Taylor, Sam

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Latus and Mickey Paea. At Castleford, Danny Tickle helped

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inspire Hull to their fourth straight victory. Tickle was one of

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six try scorers and kicked six goals for the Black and Whites. He

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has now scored more than 2,000 points for the club, who are third

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Too many tries to show in David's report, but you can see them all on

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the Super League Show here on BBC One later this evening.

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Thousands of people are recovering from taking part in Sport Relief

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events across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. More than 30 of the

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Sport Relief Mile events took place yesterday and helped raise over �50

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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We have had a lot of fun and raised money as well. He is "the youngest

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and I'll probably the oldest. people of the city always come

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together for this. I am really proud of them. Well done to

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everyone who took part in the events. We get a lot of people at

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in the centre of the city yesterday. Now let us get a recap of the

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national and regional headlines. The Prime Minister has admitted

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that some of the party's biggest donors have been to private parties

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at Number 10 Downing Street. Tomorrow's weather - mist and

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patchy fog quickly clearing, then another dry, sunny and very warm

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day expected, with a high of 20 Celsius. Now, back to this problem

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about illiteracy. If we do not educate youngsters to basic levels,

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there is a chance they will turn to crime. Another says, parents are

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