28/03/2012 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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Farmers warn of food price rises as a drought is declared in East

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Yorkshire. We are live in the Yorkshire wolds,

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where some waterways are already bone dry.

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Measures to save fuel are put in place as motorists prepare for a

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tanker strike. Students in Grimsby petition

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against plans to force them to finish their A Levels at a new

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college. They are not giving us a chance to explain ourselves. They

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are saying there straightaway. -- saying no.

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Still attracting funseekers. Coningsby in Lincolnshire has had

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its warmest March day on record. Join me later for the forecast.

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Students at the Grimsby Institute are shocked after being told they

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will have to finish their A-levels at another school. The institute

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will focus on vocational courses, and says it will stop teaching the

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A-level curriculum at the end of the Summer Time. It is also

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scrapping some GCSEs. Crispin Rolfe has more.

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Christina and Georgia. Just months away from finishing the first year

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of their two-year A-level courses at the Grimsby Institute. Today's

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petition is calling for the college to complete their education before

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changing the curriculum. Both are worried they would have to restart

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their courses if they move to a college with a different exam

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boards. We might have to start over again and do when the two years,

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which will hold us back from university. They should compromise,

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but they are not listening to us. They're not giving us the chance to

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explain our cells. They are just saying no straightaway.

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institute is defending his decision to move to more vocational courses,

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and says it is doing all it can to help students complete their

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education elsewhere. There is the local and regional made to ensure

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our students are prepared for work force Opportunities, related to the

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renewable industry, which we know will become available. It is about

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a range of other students whose skills we need to develop so that

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we are responding to industry requirements. Over 70 students will

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be immediately affected by the end to A-levels here. Those courses

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will be replaced by a National Diploma, the equivalent of three A-

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levels, and should allow them to progress to university, all go

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directly into work. The government hopes they will be more eligible

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for the work force. Be Grimsby Institute has admitted the change

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will be an upheaval for those whose courses are being discontinued. But

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with the education sector facing funding cuts, this college believes

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others are better placed to deliver academic courses, was it refocuses

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on North East Lincolnshire's workforce needs.

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I am sure you will have a view on this one, especially if you are a

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student. Is the Institute right to focus on vocational qualifications

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and train people in areas like green energy? If you are a student

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or a parent, do let me know. Hull is one of the worst places in the

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country when it comes to school truancy. Latest figures show that

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almost one in 10 youngsters in the city regularly skip school. The

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authority is the third worst performing county in the country.

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Emma Massey has the details. Persistent truants are those who

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were absent more than 15% of the time. Figures for the last school

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year show that in Hull, the percentage of students who fall

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into this category was more than 9%. It is not the first time Hull has

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performed badly. In 2008, it was the worst performing a authority in

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the country, and last year, the second worst. Figures for the East

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Riding, Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire around the national

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average of six per 1%, while North Lincolnshire is one of they best

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performers in the country -- national average of six by 1%.

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Hull City Council has declined to comment, but we did talk to the

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government. Here is what the schools minister said. Our job is

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to send a message to parents that school does matter, education

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matters. We are producing a lot of highly qualified, highly educated

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people. It is also about instilling in young children, primary school

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children, the importers of attending school every day. There

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are still some children not attending primary school, and they

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take those habits on to secondary school. Now, some more and years.

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The redundancy process at the BAE factory in East Yorkshire is to be

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suspended for three weeks to allow fresh talks to place -- fresh talks

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to take place. Unions representing workers at the site say it follows

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a constructive meeting with management. The meeting was called

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at a very high level in a company. They have effectively reset the

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clock, Alawi knows more time -- allowing us more time to consult. I

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think it is encouraging. A shopping centre in Spalding is to

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be sold to a cottage -- she sold to a college. The multi-million-pound

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Red Lion Quarter was meant to show kids Lincolnshire produce, but

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struggled to make money. South Holland District Council is

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expected to hand over the site to Boston College next week.

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Campaigners fighting to save Hornsea's Floral Hall will meet

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with businesses next week to work out how to restore the building.

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East Riding Council said a community group could run the venue,

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saving it from demolition. They need to raise at least �100,000. 10

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new flood rescue boats have been unveiled a Lincolnshire. They will

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be shared by fire stations across the county and will be crewed by

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specially-trained water rescue teams. They will help us to deal

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with any major flooding event, and any other specialist water rescue

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within the county. They are available for national deployment

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as well. A farmer has warned prices could

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rise after Hull and East Yorkshire were declared to be officially in

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drag. Some farmers are changing the watering methods, or even growing

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crops in other parts of the country, to try to maintain the mat they can

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grow for consumers. The news of the drought spreading to this area

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comes a week before the hosepipe ban comes into effect in

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Lincolnshire. Anne-Marie Tasker is in East Yorkshire. So we are

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officially in drought. How low our water levels? In an average match,

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you would expect this waterway could befall to the brim. --

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average March. You can see there is not a single drop of water. This is

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particularly worrying for farmers. High in the Yorkshire Wolds, the

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soil is as dusty as in high summer. As they plant potatoes here,

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farmers pray for rain to feed this thirsty crop. They say a few good

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downpours could fix the problem, but if soil stays like this, it

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will put paid to profits. If the crop is short of water,

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particularly if it is a processing crop, it is not suitable when it is

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have a state for making chips out of bomb-making crisps out of. They

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will not be acceptable. This farm is irrigated using water from this

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Paul Hall. Normally, at this time of the year, you would only have to

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go down two metres to find water, but you need to go down 12 metres

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right that. That picture is repeated across the county.

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Environment Agency says the whole of the East Yorkshire is now

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officially in drought and farmers need to co-operate to make supplies

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last. The rivers might start to dry up and we would have to put

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restrictions on. We are looking for people to come and talk to us, look

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at the timings of when they take water, work with their neighbours

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to enable the water to go further. While businesses face possible

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restrictions, Yorkshire Water says domestic supplies are not under

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threat. It is moving water pipe underground pipes from West

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Yorkshire. It says restrictions are unlikely if customers do their bit.

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We are asking customers to only use what they really need, when they

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really needed. Restrictions may be necessary in future if we do not

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get demand under control. We cannot control where the ball we can

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control how much water we years. Lincolnshire, the problem only

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worsens. The Environment Agency began moving fish out of perilously

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low tributaries here on Monday. A hosepipe ban comes into force soon.

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Bad news for lodgement holders. It would have a devastating effect on

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me. I will have to fill paths opined use watering cans, walk all

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the way up and fill them up. It will be rather tiring. Here in

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Caistor, they are finding ways to cope as the village prepares for

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Britain in Bloom. We have had to be clever about things. You can died

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aged our water and bath water, used the grey water -- divert. This farm

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near Goole is growing some crops in Lancashire, where water is

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plentiful. Just one way of stopping their business drying up. This

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drought is now affecting the whole of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Why are people in the Yorkshire wolds specifically so worried?

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problem is that the wall to lay on chalk, and it is fast draining.

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Because of that, one farmer said that groundwater levels are at

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about half of what they would expect from this time of year. For

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residents, this is not so much of a problem. Yorkshire Water have told

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us that a hosepipe ban is not likely. It is not such bad news for

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livestock farmers. At this time of the year, they would normally be

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battling chilling wings and sodden fields -- chilling winds. Thank you.

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A number of petrol stations in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are

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reporting higher than normal sales of petrol, ahead of a planned

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strike by tanker drivers over pay and conditions. One station has

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told Look North it has sold 10 days' worth of fuel in three days,

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while another is now only selling diesel to the emergency services to

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avoid running out. The government has held an emergency meeting this

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afternoon and insists there is no need to panic buy.

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It is a helping hand that get her out and about at least once a week.

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Joyce is 83 and lives in a village about five miles from Grimsby.

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have an appointment, I bring dial a ride. I do not know what I would be

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without it. They are concerns that if the strike by fuel tanker

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drivers goes ahead, this service may struggle. If petrol dries up,

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dial a ride cannot operate. It would be terrible. Some of these

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people only get out of the house when we take them. It is not just

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medical related journeys. It is journeys to visit friends, to lunch

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clubs. They go on over the place. It is hoped a crisis will be

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averted. I can only pursue a 10am. Some garages like this one are bulk

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-- at some garages like this one, the bulk buying has began. People

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are panic-buying. 8,000 litres of petrol usually lasts for 10 days

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here, but this week, it has run out after three. At the independent

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garages I have spoken to, they say it is panic-buying that makes them

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run dry. People that normally put �5 in a �10, they are putting �20

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or �30 in. One man was filling up cans. They will be another delivery

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of petrol here tomorrow. Diesel is still flowing. At this place in

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Boston, no supplies -- low supplies means it is restricted to the

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emergency services. They get priority. Drivers from the armed

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forces are being trained to drive tanks, should there be a strike.

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Unions would have to give seven days' notice of any action, so the

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government is saying there is no need to queue at the Proms. --

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pomps. I would like to know your thoughts on this. Maybe you have

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started to buy already. Your thoughts on this. And we were also

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talking about Grimsby Institute. Let us know your sort. -- thoughts.

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Still ahead: Proposals to ban vehicles from a site in

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Lincolnshire that is a haven for nature. And celebrations at the

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park that has been enjoyed by sun- Scott Balfour is a Humber pilots

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and he took this photograph yesterday morning at 7am, at Spurn

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Point. What is stunning picture. Thank you for that. Evening, young

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man. Brian says, will you ask Paul

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Hudson how deep and offshore his temperatures for Bridlington are?

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It is a standardised Met Office site. It is close to the sea so it

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is cooler than inland. We could talk about this all night if you

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want! We would rather not.

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Let's have a look at the temperatures, which is more

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exciting. Special mention for Bridlington. It has been much

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warmer. It is the warmest March day since records began. The last time

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we had a baby swarm in Coningsby was in 1990. -- a baby this a

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warming Coningsby. The set alight picture is not very interesting, to

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say the least -- the set alight picture. Low life in rural areas

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A chilly start in places, but once again, temperatures will clamp --

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climb quite sharply. The sunshine could be a little hazy at times,

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but effectively it is a day of unbroken sunshine. Inland, that is

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where the top temperatures will be. 21 degrees. Another nice day on

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Friday, but feeling colder by Someone says, it was only last week

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he upset the ice-cream seller. I am a married man in Bridlington!

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The absolutely! -- I am a marked man in Bridlington.

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Part of our rural heritage is being destroyed by off-road drivers. That

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is a claim from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which is leading a

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petition to ban vehicles from a stretch of Lincolnshire's Viking

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Way. The track at Great Ponton near Grantham is a Site of Special

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Scientific Interest, but vehicles have every right to be there. Jo

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Makel report. Emerging Sweet Violetta, the

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circling red kite. Some of the wildlife here. The drift is also

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officially a public highway. As we see today, trail bikes can legally

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use it. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says that is causing damage.

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This is an example of the scale of the damage to this thoroughfare.

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The damage is spreading and accumulating. We believe we have

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lost a species. A wild flower that was one of the principal reasons

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this site was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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trust is now petitioning to ban recreational vehicles from the lane.

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Offloading groups point to schemes in places like the Peak District,

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where drivers have gone entirely avoided sensitive routes. The trust

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does not believe voluntary action is enough. Lincolnshire County

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Council says an outright ban would be complicated. It is a very

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difficult legal process we would have to go through to close it

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completely. What we are looking at at the moment is a Traffic

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Regulation Order, closure during the winter periods and open during

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the summer period. Any decision made here could prove to be a test

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case for the rest of the country. Closing the later vehicles would

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entail having a costly public inquiry. The trust argues it is

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worth it to save a grassland habitats which is part of

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Lincolnshire's heritage. It is also a lane everyone is entitled to

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enjoy. Resolution will not come easily.

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Thank you for getting in touch about the story of Boston's growing

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demand for housing. The town is expected to see the biggest growth

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in population anywhere in the country outside London over the

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next eight years. The government wants to simplify planning laws to

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make building new homes easier, but in Boston, there are still

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questions over how the town will Thank you for all of theirs.

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Now, the manager of Hull City has apologised to fans after the city's

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third defeat in a road. Nick Barmby's comments came after the

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Tigers's 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth last night. As Simon Clark reports,

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their play-off hopes are not over yet.

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When Nick Barmby promised a reaction last night, this was

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probably not what he expected. Portsmouth wreaked havoc in the

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Tigers's box before Chris Maguire slotted home. Nick Barmby

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apologised afterwards to the fans who had made the trip, and conceded

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that the home side were the better team. Although it is five matches

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since they last won, they are only two points away from the play-off

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zone. If Barmby can work his magic against Coventry City, they could

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return to the play-off zone. Perhaps they could return to happy

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scenes like this again. It is a tight, unpredictable division.

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have a feeling we could get in the top six and hopefully win.

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Hopefully make it into the Premier League again. It is assuming the

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other teams above us will fail, and they are not looking like that at

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the moment. And we are not playing well. They can do what they can to

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get to the top and get the Premiership again. To do that, they

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need to pick up points in the forthcoming games. Otherwise, the

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city hall balcony will be quieter game at the end of the season. --

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quite a game. Better news for Lincoln City, who

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eased their relegation worries with a 2-1 win. Grimsby Town drew 1-1 at

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Tamworth. We have all seen ball high

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temperatures today, and some of us are lucky enough to have a job

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outdoors to enjoy the weather. One of those people is Stuart Macdonald,

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a park ranger at East Park in Hull. Simon Spark has been to meet him to

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find out how the good weather brings out pupils's nostalgia of

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Hull's most historic pack -- pupils's.

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It is easy to forget how many years East Park has been here. It will

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shortly be celebrating its 125th anniversary. Stuart Macdonald has

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been here for over 40 years. This was a maze. You could walk through

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wet. You could walk through to the old Avery. This is a splash boat,

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which will hopefully be going in April. It started in 1929. We're

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hoping to doer penny a ride when we open it again. -- we are hoping to

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do it a penny a right. I have seen children growing up. I see people

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pass with their grandchildren. It is nice to have a natter. They

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always say that magical thing, are you still here?! This gentleman

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comes in most days and fits the squirrels. Cyril the squirrel. I do

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not think he likes dogs. At 22 degrees, East Park comes

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alive now as much as it ever did. used to go fishing and the lakes in

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the 1980s. I is to come and play with the motorised boats on a pond.

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Now it is a day out to bring my knees. It is lovely. You used to

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love going on the boat. That was always nice. We come and feed the

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ducks. So life in East Park. Families, ice-cream, football and

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nature. Seems like things have not changed here that much at all.

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There we are. Simon got the top job today. Fantastic. If you have a

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story you think we should know about, senders and e-mail. Let's

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have a recap of the headlines. The government tells motorists to keep

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their tanks topped up ahead of a possible strike.

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Farmers one of food prices as a drought spreads from Lincolnshire

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into Yorkshire. It could be more bad news on the way. Restrictions

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may be necessary in future if we do not get demand under control.

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The forecast for Thursday: Another fine and very warm day for the time

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of the deer with long spells of sunshine. -- at the time of the

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Year. Response on the subject of Grimsby

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Institute. Someone says, I study at Grimsby Institute and think it is

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round the way they are treating us. They should let us finish our A-

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levels. Helen says, this would seem to be a sensible desire to become a

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technical college offering vocational qualifications. I am

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sure there are excellent schools in Grimsby that can offer the A-level

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student places. On the subject of petrol and a tanker drivers propose

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strike, by and says, if these drivers are not satisfied with

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their pay and conditions, why don't they leave the job and give someone

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else a job? Chris says, it is not the drivers are should be on strike,

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it should be us, why should we have to pay stupid prices for fuel?

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Finally, he motorist should be allowed to fill the times when they

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