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

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The mother described as evil by her own son after claims she fell under

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the spell of a gypsy fortune teller. A round-the-world sailor describes

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the moment his yacht was hit by a giant wave as his family wait

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anxiously at home. You might be fine, I am a nervous

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wreck! The Yorkshire filmmaker back from

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Yemen, Syria, and a prison cell. How to marry a millionaire - the

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couple tying the knot after winning the lottery. She basically said we

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had got six numbers, I didn't believe it. It is a wet end to the

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day, possibly even some snow in places. I will bring you the

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forecast later in the programme. A mother is on trial at Hull Crown

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Court accused of child cruelty against her son after claims she

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fell under the spell of a gypsy fortune teller. Andrew Clappison

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from Keyingham in East Yorkshire, who is now 18, has told the court

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he was physically abused by his mother, Linda Clappison, to such an

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extent that he needed to have a toe amputated. He described his mother

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as evil. She denies child cruelty. Our correspondent Vicky Johnson was

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in court. Linda Clappison from Keyingham had apparently been a

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good enough mother until around 2002 when her marriage broke down

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and she became friends with a gypsy from Hull. Hull Crown Court heard

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how Andrew Clappison's attendance at school dropped from around 95%

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to less than 43% as she allowed him to accompany the gypsy family on

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holidays to Scarborough, Cornwall and Whitby. Her 18 year old son,

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though, tells a different tale. He insists he was made to work for

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nothing, setting up stalls at the resorts and also at Hull Fair. He

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also claimed his mother would punch, slap, and kick him. He told the

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court, "I was scared of her. I was treated like a dog, basically." But

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his mother told the jury, "I never hit him - not once, I didn't

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believe in smacking." However, she did admit regularly locking him in

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his bedroom for about 20 minutes at a time. The court heard how Andrew

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was treated for frostbite and needed a toe amputating because of

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freezing temperatures in the homes. His mother said it was because he'd

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spent too long playing out in the snow. When asked whether she was a

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good parent, Linda Clappison replied, "I can't think of anything

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I'd have done differently. I would say I'm a good parent." But she

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admitted that having heard the "wicked lies" told about her in

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court, she'd no longer be having any contact with any of her

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children. And Vicky joins me from the newsroom now. Vicky, a claim

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was made in court by the prosecution that Linda Clappison

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had fallen under the spell of a gypsy fortune teller - how did she

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respond to that? Linda Clappison said she became friends with a

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gypsy fortune teller called Liz in around 2002. But she denies

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prosecution claims that she'd fallen under her spell. But she did

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concede in court that whenever her friend Liz offered to take Andrew

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out of school for holidays and day trips she readily agreed. She

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meanwhile would stay at Liz's house to look after their animals. Linda

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Clappison has now admitted that maybe she should have put her foot

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down more. The jury also heard that despite concerns being raised about

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attendance she thought Andrew was doing all right at school which is

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why she stopped going to any parent evenings. She also denies Andrew's

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claims that there wasn't enough to eat at home or that he wasn't

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allowed to have free school meals. She says he simply didn't like them.

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The court was told Andrew left home as soon as he was able to.

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In a moment: As Lincolnshire prepares for a hosepipe ban,

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researchers investigate new ways to cope with drought.

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An East Yorkshire man taking part in a round-the-world yacht race has

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said the moment his boat was hit by a giant wave was like "being on the

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Titanic". David Hawkins from Little Weighton was on the Geraldton yacht

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when it was hit off the Californian coast, injuring four crew members.

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Today he and the team arrived back on dry land in America and managed

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to call home for the first time. Phil Connell was there. You might

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be fine, I am a nervous wreck. was the telephone call David

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Hawkins's family had been waiting for. A phone call to confirm he was

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safe and back on dry land. I bet you needed good sleep, don't you?

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These are the dramatic scenes in which David was unexpectedly caught.

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His yacht had been caught by a massive wave. Its steering was

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destroyed, and two crew members had to be rescued. Today, with

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temporary steering in place, the yacht limped into Oakland where he

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called with news of his escape. vision was like scenes from the

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Titanic, with water bursting through the doors. They came

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straight through the hatch. We were crouching down, and swimming in

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water. David was taking part in a round-the-world yacht race, and was

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in the closing stages heading towards California. These pictures

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show the kind of conditions they had been facing. At the family's

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East Yorkshire home, David's wife and daughter have been monitoring

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his process closely, and they say the incident was a sharp reminder

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of the dangers he has been facing. I know it is dangerous but it is

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still a shock when it happens. I was afraid that people were injured

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so the hapless crew, and if it happened once it could happen again.

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I am so pleased they are on dry land. Dad will have coped

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brilliantly. He is a very strong character, they have been

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fantastically trained, and I would say he would step up in an

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emergency. The yacht's arrival marks the end of the journey.

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Having realised a life's ambition, he will soon be heading home with

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one dramatic story he will never forget.

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A Hull MP has written to Comet requesting an "urgent phone call"

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after the firm announced it's shutting its call centre with the

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loss of more than 200 jobs. The company announced at the weekend

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it's closing the site in order to concentrate on its offices in

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Bristol. In the letter, Alan Johnson claims he was under the

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impression that the final announcement wasn't due until May.

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A union leader has been found guilty of stealing from a care home

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charity on the Lincolnshire coast. Neil Greatex, the former president

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of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, stole almost �150,000.

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The charity ran the Nottinghamshire The court heard he used the money

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to pay for work being done on his own property.

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A biker safety campaign has been launched in Lincolnshire. The Road

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Safety Partnership has created special road signs in accident

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black spots to show the number of motorcycle crashes which have

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happened there. An autopsy on a dead mink whale,

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discovered near Spurn Head yesterday, has been cancelled after

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its body was carried back out to sea on the tide. The Yorkshire

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Wildlife Trust says it can't establish exactly why the mammal

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died, but says it looked like a juvenile and may have been

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dependant on its mother. With Lincolnshire and East

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Yorkshire officially in drought, and a hosepipe ban affecting

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Lincolnshire from Thursday, farmers in the region are closely

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monitoring water levels at what is a critical time of year for them.

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Rainfall over the coming the months could make the difference between

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success and failure for many crops. Here's our correspondent, Paul

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Murphy. There was light rain today but it has been one of the driest

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years for a generation. This farmer has been attempting to store what

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little water there is. Freshwater is a precious commodity to

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everybody so all we can do is prepare for every eventuality. If

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it keeps dry, I will be holding water back. We are now using the

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satellite system to steer the tractor. Here in Spalding, this

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sat-nav means more potato planting -- more accurate potato planting.

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We are trying to minimise cultivation so we don't drive out

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the soil as much but we are harvesting water from the buildings.

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It is not just crops and vegetables being affected - by now these

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Lincolnshire Red cattle should be out in the fields eating grass.

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Instead they are indoors consuming expensive feed. Supplies are being

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closely monitored, but if the drought continues farmers will face

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tougher restrictions on using river water to grow their crops. It is

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serious. It is causing some farmers to delay planting in the hope there

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will be some water coming down from the sky, but we have not seen it

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yet and some farmers are getting desperately worried about their

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livestock. Farmers are concerned about how the drought could impact

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on livelihoods and consumer prices. I'm joined now by David Armstrong,

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who's a farmer near Bardney and also the Lincolnshire County

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Chairman for the National Farmers Union. David, is the drought as bad

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as we are led to believe? As we stand here in the rain, I am

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wondering if it is because it is raining quite heavily! What could a

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long-term drought do to production in our area? Until now, the drought

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has not had too much of an effect. Crops growing overwinter have not

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needed much moisture, but from now on we do require a reasonable

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amount of rainfall. We were in a similar position last year, then we

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got a very wet period in June and July, and consequently we had no

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issues. We heard about some farmers preparing for a more drier climate

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- is technology the answer? I don't think you heard me, David - is

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technology the answer to prepare for a drier climate in the future?

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I think we have lost David, he is struggling, but thanks to David for

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trying. And do get in touch with us on this. Are you worried about the

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drought? How is it affecting you? Or do you feel its all a lot of

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fuss over nothing? We will be talking to Anglian Water tomorrow

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night ahead of their introduction of the hosepipe ban. If you have a

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question you would like us to put to them, send me those in the usual

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A lady sent a message this afternoon to say she had seen the

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first swallow of the summer, but You have still managed to top up

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your town, haven't you? In the long range, it looks like low-pressure

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could dominate April so we could see a return to average for

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rainfall figures this month. We are starting tonight with a warning for

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snow, and this is particularly for the higher ground of the Yorkshire

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wolds. Lower than that, we may see snow but it will not be settling.

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It is all down to this weather system, slowly pushing south,

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bringing much colder air behind so that is why we are seeing some of

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that rain turned to snow. The cloud will build through the afternoon

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bringing the rain south. At the moment it is all falling as rain,

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and will continue to do so this evening. Maybe in some of the

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heavier bursts, falling as snow at lower levels, but not settling. We

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will see a strengthening north- easterly wind as well, with

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temperatures down to freezing the further inland you are. A

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thoroughly miserable start to the day tomorrow. Cloudy, wet and windy,

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we will see a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow flurries which will

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stay with us ruin to the afternoon, pushing southwards. It will be

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later in the day until it starts to clear away from Lincolnshire.

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Strong wind will take the edge of the temperature, it will feel

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significantly colder tomorrow. Eight degrees in Bridlington, but

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further south only six degrees, way I don't expect those cheap jibe is

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Still ahead, the Yorkshire film- maker who is back home after being

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released from a prison cell in Syria.

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And the lottery winners tying the A mother from East Yorkshire says

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access to Therapy for autistic children should be improved. Laura

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Murrell's daughter has the abilities of an 18 months old girl.

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She is a fund-raising so she can afford special therapy privately.

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At four years old, Aveline should be a reading and spelling her name

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that life with autism means things are different. With no

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communication skills, it is impossible to teach anything. She

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is still in nappies because she doesn't understand about potty-

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training. I dream to read her a bedtime story. Laura believes

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Applied behavioural analysis could transform her life. Seeing -- seen

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here in Surrey, it is based on rewarding basic commands. Well done,

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that was lovely. East Riding Yorkshire council told us that

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schools have staff trained in Applied behavioural analysis and it

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Before Aveline can begin a therapy for free, she needs to be fully

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assessed. That takes six months and experts say timing is critical.

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Church shows that the earlier you start this intervention, be more

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effective it is. Friends and neighbours of fund-raising for the

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next month so she can start lessons privately.

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Is the council alone in making her wait for this Therapy? Not at all.

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It is normal for children to have to go through an assessment and for

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them to get a statement of their needs. What she believes his

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parents should be made aware of the therapies out there so they have

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choice. She only found out about Applied Behavioural Analysis while

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searching the Internet. If she had known about it sooner, she wouldn't

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be in such a rush to get her child started on it. Where is it

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available? She can have it in the leaves and her mother and carer

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will undergo a training so they can carry on those specific teaching

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techniques once Aveline has finished her sessions.

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If you have got a story you think we would be interested in and you

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want to tell us about it, get in Thanks for their responses last

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night after we told you that the organisation which represents

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independent petrol stations in the UK have been warning of fuel

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shortages until after Easter. They are the Retail Motor Industry and

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some of its members are being forced to put up pies -- prices at

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the pumps. There was a big response on this story. Carol Sayers, the

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panic last week gave the petrol stations around here a licence to

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put the fuel up to whatever price Thank you for all of those. Just to

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clarify a,, it has announced it is closing its call centre on George

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said -- George Street in the centre of whole.

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He is being caught up -- he has been caught up in a riot in Syria.

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Sean McAllister picked up a camera and is now an internationally

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acclaimed film-maker. He is back in Hull before heading off abroad

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again. Return to Hull for the Easter

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holidays but Sean McAllister is used to more hostile environments.

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The most dangerous things were the crowds. It is when it moves and you

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can't escape that. I get claustrophobic being in crowds.

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latest film, The Reluctant Revolutionary, looks after a tour

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guide in the Yemen and how he makes ends meet. They are volatile places.

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I am interested in these areas of conflict because most of the time,

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we see it as a news agenda, we don't see the human stories behind

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This is how he goes about making award-winning films. The game is

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over. I had a small camera and dress like a tourist. I never

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really appear like I am TV. Does that help getting to the heart of

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things? I don't want people to take me seriously. People think you are

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television and either want to start behaving differently or show you

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different things and not merely the truth. He has returned from Syria

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where he's be -- he has been arrested for filming undercover.

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got arrested for filming. It is something his two children find

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difficult to get used to. There is a lot of war going on so he could

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be kidnapped or anything could happen. I don't really like it.

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is called because he gets to see these places but I sometimes don't

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like it in case... When he went to prison, I didn't think he was going

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to come back. I got scared. parents are little more

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understanding. He gets his passion for travelling from his father who

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was in the Navy. My wife worries more than I do. He gets a lot of

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grief from his sister's. They think he should be going with a family at

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home. He is not always in war zones. He has made many films here at home.

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I try to make films here. Every film I have made in England has

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been in Hull. If I am going to make a film in England, I might as well

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hang out with friends in hell. next stop is a film festival in

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Florence and then to Canada. Good luck to him.

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Hull FC assistant coach Lee Radford is making a return to the first

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team for Friday's Derby despite being in retirement. The former

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player has been coaching since the start of this season but such is

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the depth of the club's injury crisis, he is set to play against

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Hull Kingston Rovers. We are light on numbers and experience at the

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moment. We have lost Eamon O'Carroll and Chris Green. They are

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a couple of others. Anyone that can play front row is going down at the

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moment. I didn't have to ask him trot -- twice. Hull Kingston Rovers

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captain is set to return in Friday's game after missing all of

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the season so far. Coach Craig Sandercock said both Galea and

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Green will be on the sidelines. They will be back in the next week

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Corsair which is pleasing. They are coming on really well. Derby Day is

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on Friday. In football, Lincoln City take on

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Cambridge United tonight hoping to make it four wins in 10 days.

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Commentary is available on BBC A couple from Beverley are

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celebrating after winning more than �2 million on the National Lottery.

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Wayne French and Becky Harrison matched these six numbers in

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Wednesday's draw. I have been together for 13 years and say they

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can finally afford to get married. Meet Yorkshire's newest

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millionaires. Wayne and Becky face the cameras today to pick up a

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cheque for �2.2 million. She tapped the lottery tickets before we went

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to bed and told me we had six numbers. I didn't believe have. It

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just doesn't happen. -- I didn't believe her. On Wednesday, they are

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lucky dip ticket lived up to its name matching all six numbers. The

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couple have been together for more than a decade and have four

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children that have never been able to afford to tie the knot until now.

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I said to him that we can get married now. It has gone from there.

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We will get married. A dream wedding? We can afford to now.

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kind of wedding can you get for 2.2 million? A day like that Beccan's

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would set them back �530,000. Matching be Rooney's will cost �5

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million and if they want to save money for their honeymoon, they can

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get hitched at Hull register office for �130. The couple say it was a

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difficult decision to go public but admit it would have been possible

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to keep their new fortune a secret. When plans to retire from his job

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as a support worker and spend more time with Becky and the kids.

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can give their children what they want and need without having to

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worry whether money is coming from. Top of Wayne's shopping list is a

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ringer for his fiancee. Then a holiday to Barbados for them all.

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What a fantastic story. The headlines now. A-level students

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could face tougher exams after the Government signals a radical shake-

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A mother on trial at Hull Crown Court is described as evil by her

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own son after claims she fell under the spell of a gypsy fortune-teller.

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Cloudy, wet and windy start with snow. Top temperatures tomorrow of

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seven Celsius. A response come in after we were

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talking about the drought. Jimmy says, not worried.

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A usual mountain out of a molehill. We will probably have the wettest

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summer for years. If we are told we can't by Lord use

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water that we pay for, if we are not on a meter, do we get a

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discount? It has been raining in Lincoln for

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two hours. Hope this makes the farmers happy. The water butts here

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are filling up nicely. Tomorrow night, I have been -- I

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will be talking to Anglian Water say you if you have any questions,

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