04/04/2012 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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Dealing with the drought, the first hosepipe ban in 20 years starts at

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midnight. People are now thinking about it seriously, not just it is

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being mentioned more once. People are setting their minds on it.

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Spring snow leaves rush hour drivers stranded in East Yorkshire.

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We had this lovely warm weather and now what is back to winter. I

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cannot understand it, really. A former hostage says the

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Government should have done more to save his colleagues in Iraq.

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What's in a place? The white phone boxes helping to define a city. It

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has been a cold and windy day today, but we will see some sunshine

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tomorrow. The full forecast later In a few hours' time, Lincolnshire

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and parts of North Norfolk will come under their first hosepipe ban

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for 20 years. Lincolnshire has been in drought since last June, in East

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Yorkshire since just last week, but the hosepipe ban applies only to

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the area south of the Humber from midnight tonight. It comes after

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two exceptionally dry winters left rivers and reservoirs well below

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normal levels. After the third driest March on record, these were

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the conditions facing drivers near Driffield this morning. More on

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that in a moment, but our first report tonight comes from Crispin

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Rolfe. Too late. Today, water everywhere,

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but the cracks are already showing. Winter's trickle has left us with

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the worst 18 months of rainfall in the last century, with even local

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fish needing to find water. Farmers have seen it all first hand. Up to

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the end of the year, we had had three-quarters of the annual

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rainfall, which has carried on during last three months. I am

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guessing we are needing a wetter back to where we need to be.

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with low water, tomorrow Lincolnshire says goodbye to doing

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this. Though despite the squelch, some like Lindum Cricket Club have

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escaped a complete hosepipe ban. have to look after the water

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available to us. We are able to water this square and maintain this,

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but the outfield, it looks like the ban will still remain in force for

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that. Rain has come in time to fill water butts, but it's watering cans

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from here on in. Though gardener Mike Stopper is relishing the

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challenge. His village, Caister is competing in Britain in Bloom.

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Clearly, the lawns were a concern for people. And one key tactic

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there is not remote to short, or the grass grow longer, let it grow.

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And you have a pond? There are a number of fish there. So you are

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allowed to water it? I think what I will be doing is to try to allow

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the plants to survive as best they can. By dry resistant plants will

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containers and let's not make a drama out of the crisis. Absolutely

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not. At Brigg, the green fingered are also finding ways round. Though

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the garden centre here has struggled to keep up with demand.

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We have seen an increased number of people coming in poor water butts.

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But the typical thing is for us to get the stock came to meet people's

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demands. We have been lucky enough to secure Stock, but it is getting

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it here in time. Those with water butts are ahead of the game at and

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tomorrow's ban comes in indefinitely unless, of course,

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water companies see well above average rainfall over the next

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couple of months. As Norfolk and Lincolnshire prepare to turn off

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the hoses, East Yorkshire is currently avoiding a ban. But it

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may not be long before everyone's carrying the can for this drought.

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So, what does it mean for you? It means you can use a hosepipe to top

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up a pond if there are fish in it. If you're a blue badge holder, you

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can water your garden. And hosepipes can be used by businesses.

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But you can't use your hose to water your garden. You can't wash

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your windows with a hose and you can't wash your car. Let's talk

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about all that now with Chris Featherstone from Anglian Water. He

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joins me from the Lincoln Water tower.

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In a nutshell, how much water will this saved? Well, we do not know

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because it is the 20 years since we had a hosepipe ban here. We

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estimate about 6-10 % of the water we provide will be saved by people

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not using hosepipes. You have to understand they are very wasteful

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and can use up to 1,000 litres an hour. We asked for people to send

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in their questions. Just a few. How will this be policed? Will people

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be asked to spy on their neighbours? No, we are not asking

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that but we are asking people to police it with their conscience.

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Everyone has seen in the media that the effects of the drought, how

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widespread it is, how it is affecting the environment and

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depleting resources. We think our customers are happy to support us.

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We do not want to enforce it, but we expect people to do it.

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Katharine wants to know how you can just a fight a hosepipe ban when

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you have allowed a water leak to go unchecked for several weeks. She

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says the water is coming up with a road. You do have one of the worst

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leakage targets on record. Well, our leakage record is very good and

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we had an exceptionally bad year yesterday -- last year. The Severe

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weather conditions meant that, unfortunately, we must our target.

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No leakage is good, and we are working very hard to address all

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the leaks that we can find out their. Or have got another 60

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people out and about looking for leaks. We are spending �40 million

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at the moment finding and fixing leaks as soon as we can. As we

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cannot use our hosepipes, will be get a rebate on our high beat --

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high bills? Around 70% of customers are metered and they will seek a

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saving automatically. -- they will see a saving. We ask people to work

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with us to conserve water and support us in this in what we feel

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are manageable restrictions. knee people are not on metres,

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though, are they? -- many people. About 70% of people are meted and

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the remaining 30% are not. We are not planning to give a rebate at

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the moment but we feel people understand the issues. Your

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priority these days is to keep your shareholders happy with higher

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premiums and customers have to put up with under investment, Steve

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says. Mare, not true at all. We are a private company. -- no, not true

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at all. Our investors invest in us. Over the half of the investment we

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have put into our infrastructure to supply water to our customers has

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come from investors and if we did not have investors, customer bills

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would be higher. Briefly, several people wanted to know why you are

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not building desalination plants to turn salt water into pure water.

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have looked at that. We do not feel that is needed at the moment.

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Desalination is an energy expert -- energy expensive process. It

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requires so much energy and carbon. We want to be a growing company.

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Thank you for joining us. We'd love to hear your views on

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what you've just heard. Are Anglian Water right to introduce the

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Drivers had to be rescued in East Yorkshire following unseasonable

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snowstorms during this morning's rush hour. Vehicles were pulled out

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of the snow at Garrowby Hill near Wetwang as people were caught out

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by the snowy conditions following last week's heat wave. Emma Massey

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reports. Stuck in the snow. This was the

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scene this morning in East Yorkshire. The accident happened in

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freezing temperatures on the road near Garrowby Hill. It caused long

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delays for drivers. So much for April showers. In this area at

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least there was a blanket of snow. Driving conditions were so bad that

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even see snow ploughs and gritters were out. It was a similar picture

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a few miles down the road. There is certainly a good covering of snow

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here. Who would have thought it but this time last week, the villagers

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were basking in temperatures of around 20 degrees. From those that

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I have spoken to, this sort of change in temperature is not out of

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the or ordinary. We get it every year. Fog, snow, bad weather. We

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see little. I was watching a programme about global warming. We

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have had this lovely weather, and now back to winter. I cannot

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understand that. What was it like here last week? 23 degrees. Just

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the height, I think, we are a pair fought at you don't have to go far

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before you see the signs of spring. Five minutes down the road, and the

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next village along his Wetwang. It is cold and wet, and is very windy,

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but no snow has fallen here. Two neighbouring villages, both facing

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the return of cold weather, but one bearing the brunt of wintery

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conditions. A flood alert is in place on parts

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of the river Bain in Lincolnshire where a local hotel had to have its

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cellar pumped out by the fire brigade. We had these pictures sent

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in by viewers this afternoon of the scene in Horncastle. Thank you for

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those pictures. Earlier this morning, here were

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restrictions for high sided vehicles on the Humber Bridge and

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Ouse Bridge earlier today. And a number of trees were blown over and

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had to be cleared from roads, including this one near South Cave

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in East Yorkshire. Lisa will be here shortly with the

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forecast, but first onto some of the days other news.

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A mother of four from East Yorkshire went from being a good

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mum, to cruel and neglectful after she became obsessed with a gypsy

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fortune teller, Hull Crown Court has heard. Linda Clappison denies

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charges of child cruelty to her daughter and her son, Andrew, who's

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now 18. He claims their mother punched and hit them and regularly

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left them locked in their bedrooms without heating or lighting. The

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trial continues. One of Britain's leading charities

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is warning that unemployment among young people in Lincolnshire and

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East Yorkshire will continue to rise unless more is done to improve

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transport links to rural areas. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which

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is a housing charity based in York, says the cost of rural transport

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has now become a massive issue and could force young people away from

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the countryside. Sarah Corker reports.

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Amber Roberts relies on the bus to take her the 18 miles from her home

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in Baumber to Lincoln for work. But this week, fares went up by nearly

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40 pence, blamed on Government cuts and fuel costs. But for Amber it

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means nearly a quarter of the wage she earns at this solicitor's now

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goes on transport costs. It is frustrating to think that at the

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bus fares carry on rising, it might come to a point there is no point,

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no incentive for me to carry on working. That isn't what I want to

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do. It may be green and pleasant, but rural communities are crying

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out for help. If we want our villagers to be thriving

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communities with young people, young families, primary-school is,

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we have got a look at issues like transport, housing and affordable

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child care in rural areas, too. Some feel they are losing out at

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the expense of urban areas. If you live in the East Riding of

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Yorkshire or Lincolnshire, the most recent figures show the average

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amount of Government money spent per head is around �300. But in

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Hull, that figure's almost double at around �600. And people living

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in the countryside need to earn over �1,000 a year more than urban

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counterparts to afford the same standard of living. Here in this

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village, there is no bus route and the local Post Office has been

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closed for years. It is a similar story for many rural communities

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disappearing services and a limit to transport meaning it is more and

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more difficult for people to live in the countryside. Urban areas

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benefit from the fact that commercial bus services can run to

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proffered without subsidies from the local authority. However, that

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is not often the case in rural areas, we need to focus on the

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rural areas. But Amber's worried if transport costs continue to rise,

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she could be faced with the tough choice - to quit her job or move to

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Thank you for watching. Still ahead: The excited eight-year-old

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making final preparations to meet the Queen. And familiar images of

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Act but do they represent what it Thank you very much for that Jenas

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there. Now the weather Department have

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been busy today, probably. Well, they are always busy. Good evening.

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You picked the right week, didn't Bin t? Yes, indeed. We had

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Tomorrow promises to be a lot calmer so that is great news. It

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looks like we are going to have a ridge of high pressure that will

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settle the weather will down but it will head towards us around Easter.

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Rain is clearing away from the South now. It is a slow process but

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it will do so after midnight. The wind it is easing as well. We will

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see a frost tonight. With wet surfaces, they could beat ice on

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untreated services by the end of A cold and frosty start tomorrow

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but it will be dry and bright. Variable amounts of cloud, probably

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sickest around Lincolnshire but soon melting away. A decent amount

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of sunshine and not as windy as today so it will not feel as cold.

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Temperatures will be higher but Another frost overnight into Good

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Friday. The best of any brightness at first in the morning. Most of

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the weekend will be tried maybe seeing a bit of rain later on

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Thank you very much. You always work hard!

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Did you have your fingers crossed behind your back!

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A former hostage from Lincoln who was held for more than two years in

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Iraq says the government could have done more to save the security

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guards with him. The IT consultant, peter macro, was kidnapped but his

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four guards were kidnapped -- killed by his captors. He made his

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first public speech about the ordeal last night. I remember

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thinking, you have made it! Memories of freedom after 946 days

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of imprisonment. I have been held here at... Peter macro has been

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free now for almost as long as he was held hostage. Yesterday, he

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shed his story in public for the first time. I didn't want the

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torture to be dragged out, beaten and killed. In 2007, he was working

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at this building as an IT consultant in Baghdad. Dozens of

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armed men from a militia group pulled up and ambushed him and his

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for guards. He was the only survivor.

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Good evening. Peter Moore is said to be in good health this evening

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after two years of active - back captivity in Iraq. Two years on, he

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think -- things things could have been done differently. Fork out of

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five people are dead. The Foreign Office obviously needs to do --

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look at what they did do. There was a media blackout and I wondered

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whether that made us look like like something... It made us look like

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we were doing something secret. Foreign Office says all foreign

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hostage cases are different and decisions are based on expert

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advice. Peter out recalled the low points and the lack of high ones

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but at times still managed to raise a laugh. It was pointing at my

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groin and I was thinking, it is really going to hurt! He has spent

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time travelling since his release and he will travel in America fire

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motorbike in May. He says that Lincoln will always be home.

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A young girl from Hull is getting ready for one of the biggest days

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of her life because tomorrow she meets Her Majesty the Queen. Elysia

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is just eight years old and she's one of four children who have been

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picked to help the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Maundy

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Service. The event, where - traditionally - Maundy money is

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given out, takes place tomorrow at York Minster. Jo Makel caught up

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with her before the big day. I am delighted to inform you that

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allies there has been chosen to be one of the Fort...

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Her mum had to keep it secret for weeks. But when the letter from

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Buckingham Palace came, Elysia was told she was going to meet the

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Queen. Her reaction went something like this... Really excited and

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fantastic. What do you think she will be like. In a hat. They'll be

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lots of hats. As last year's event shows, the Royal Maundy Service is

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a very grand affair and a tradition which dates back hundreds of years.

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So, what does one do when one is a Royal Almonry child? I'm going to

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talk to her, walk around with a piece of nosegay in my hand. It is

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fresh herbs and flowers. Preparations are under way at York

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Minster where the service is being held this year and Elysia has her

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own preparations. Getting her school uniform just perfect for

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tomorrow, helped, of course, by her proud mum. I didn't sleep for a

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week when we got the letter because I was so excited and nervous

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thinking, it is she going to be good, will she be frightened? And

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she is not. She is taking it in her stride.

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Elysia feels lucky. Her name was picked out of a hat to get to do

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this. And meeting the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year gives her the

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chance to ask what lots of children want to know. What will you say to

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the Queen? Will you get an Easter egg for Easter? An exciting day

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lies ahead. What Elysia and her younger brother and sister need now

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is a good night's sleep. No chance! Fantastic! Good luck to her and I

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hope she has a great time tomorrow. People can get tickets for a

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special jubilee service at Lincoln Cathedral. The free service will

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take place on May 19th and will be a celebration of the Queen's 60

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years on the throne. People who want to attend need to apply for a

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ticket. Emily Taylor has moved a step

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closer to a Olympics election. She has been named in the Great

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Britain's Women's Eight squad for the World Cup in Serbia. It is seen

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as a pointer for who is likely to make it into the Olympic team. Good

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luck to have. Forty fibreglass toads which were

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hidden around Hull are in line for a national award. The Larkin Toads

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have been shortlisted in the Best Tourism Event category for the

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Visit England awards. They were on show as part of events to mark the

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25th anniversary of the death of the poet Philip Larkin.

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And we are, of course, delighted that the two toads named after

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myself and Paul Hudson have helped to win that award.

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For some people the essence of Hull is its white phone boxes, its

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traditional fair or its distinctive accent. Now, a new exhibition is

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giving people the chance to hear what the city is all about from the

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mouths of those who live there. What is unique about Hull?

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people. The people. What makes it what it is? What gives it its

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character, it's Hullness. We are friendly and we welcome strangers.

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Well, this new exhibition hopes to answer these questions and end any

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disputes. Over a year's worth of research and �50,000 worth of

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lottery funding has gone into building an archive of Hullness.

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They asked the people rather than experts. So, what did they find

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out? Some of the things we imagine GROUP MACRO is about didn't come

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through as strongly as I thought. It didn't matter quite so much to

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their people of the city. Like the Guildhall, for example.

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exhibition is interactive. His telephone is playing recordings of

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the debate we held about what is special about hell. And GROUP MACRO.

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We have tried to use buildings that Of course we've done a bit of our

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own research. Here's the newly- crowned Miss Hull and her thoughts.

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You have to come to Hull and see it for yourself. There a big open

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spaces, shopping centres and I love it. For me, it is the way people

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speak. The accent does it for me every time and I have thought of a

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couple of phrases. I have bought a pan of -- can of Coke with a five

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per note. You see, most of us know what gives people it's "Hullness"

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and we love it. Let's have a recap of the main

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national and regional headlines. Thousands are left without power as

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heavy snow hits Scotland and the North of England. Anglia Water have

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denied poor leakage rates has lent -- meant that we have the first

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hosepipe ban in years. We're working hard to address the links -

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- leaks. We have another 60 people looking for leaks and we have spent

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�40 million finding them and fixing them as soon as we can. Thursdays

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we don't -- weather is dry with the On the subject of the hosepipe ban,

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responses are coming in. One says, why are we not getting a rebate? It

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is due to privatise money-making companies not conserving water well

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enough. The loser is the customer who pays their bonuses.

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Another: Time we had a National Grid. And, I work away for three or

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four weeks and are many here for one week so I am saving more water

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than most. I will use my hosepipe still and

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