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

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A blot on the landscpae or a valuable resource? The Government's

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urged to rethink where wind turnbines can be built. Seven

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turbines, three men are what stage. They will be the equivalent of

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about 18 two-storey houses are stacked on top of each other.

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On patrol in Afghanistan. The Lincolnshire soldiers and their

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dogs working to make the country safer.

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Parks and gardens come under the hosepipe ban. Now there are

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warnings the tourism industry could be under threat.

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And as the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking approaches, we

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meet a telegraph operator charged with keeping a look out for

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I will have the full forecast later. Good evening.

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There are calls tonight for the Government to rethink where it

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allows wind turbines to be built. It comes after plans emerged to put

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a new wind farm by a nature reserve outside Spalding. The noise from an

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existing farm at Deeping St Nicholas has already been

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challenged in the High Court. But despite people's concerns over

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house prices and the disturbance, developers insist building turbines

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at West Pinchbeck will benefit Lincolnshire, as Crispin Rolfe

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reports. This is the field where the seven wind turbines are going

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to be. This is The Hermitage here. A shock to the system. Sue Blake

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moved here to West Pinchbeck to set up a spiritual retreat with her

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husband, only afterwards discovering proposals for a wind

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farm just 600 metres away. One of the essential ingredients

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for a Hermitage is the tranquillity and the stillness that surround an

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area and that is what attracted us here. The idea of having seven huge

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industrial-sized turbines whizzing around is going to destroy that

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piece. It is bringing a man-made sound into an existing fairly

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natural soundscape. It is not so much how loud it is, it is the

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nature and character of the noise. She already monitors this Deeping

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St Nicholas wind farm, which her former neighbours Jane and Julian

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Davis say forced them from their home. The couple settled out of

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court in December, after challenging turbine noise in the

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High Court. Now Sue fears this new wind farm could leave her in the

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same position, and unable to sell her home.

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We have lots of people that say, I don't want to go to Deeping St

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Nicholas because of the wind farm. With two nature reserve snakebite,

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the Lincolnshire Welt -- Wildlife Trust says it has serious concerns

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about the wind farm. The issue raises bigger questions about

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Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. What do people and the government

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expects to see on our landscape. Already across East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire, there are 13 operational wind farms onshore,

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three are under construction, nine have planning consent, and a

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further 11 are in the planning stage, in line with renewable

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energy targets. But the company behind the West Pinchbeck plans

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says they'll help power 8,000 homes. Of course, neither side wants to

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have to head to the High Court. But it seems the balance between

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Lincolnshire's rural needs, and the country's power demands is still to

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be struck. Earlier, I spoke to Rob Norris from

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Renewable UK. I began by asking him whether new wind farms pushed house

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prices down. That is certainly not the case. There has never been any

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scientific study all report written that proves a wind farms have any

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effect on house prices. If anything, the opposite is true, because

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whenever a wind farm is built, the developer paws thousands into the

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community in the form of a community benefit fund. That goes

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for school buildings, sports facilities, village halls, so the

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infrastructure in the area improves. House prices can actually improve

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as a result. How would you feel if you move in specifically to require

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it country area, then seven turbines were planned nearby?

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people recognise we must do something to keep the lights on. We

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are losing a quarter of our capacity. We have to build new

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facilities somehow. Yes, but that is not the answer to the question.

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How would you feel if that happened? Wind energy is very

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important. If I see turbines, I see a good way of generating energy. I

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would welcome it on my doorstep. The noise expert we spoke to said

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it was reasonable for residents to be concerned. How would you

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describe the nice? We take people to visit some wind farms. When they

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stand under the turbine, they are amazed by how quiet they are. I

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would encourage anybody who has concerns to stand under a turbine.

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White and to more bills on industrial areas rather than

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greenfield areas -- why and -- wind... It is best to cite them in

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those areas. It has to be done with the consent of the local community.

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Good to talk to you. And we'd love to hear your thoughts

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on this story. Has the wind turbine industry got it right or are there

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affordable alternatives to wind In a moment:

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Working to make Afghanistan safer. We meet the Lincolnshire soldiers

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and their military dogs out on patrol in Helmand.

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Anglian Water is being warned their hosepipe ban is posing a major

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threat to Lincolnshire's holiday industry, The water company is

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insisting that the ban covers the use of hosepipes on public parks

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and gardens, a decision which has angered tourism leaders on the

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Lincolnshire coast. They're now demanding further clarification.

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Tarah Welsh reports. Keeping miles of coastline blooming

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is the local council's responsibility. But since the

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hosepipe ban came in to force, its staff had had to go back to

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traditional methods. But that takes more time. Shrubs that should have

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already been planted for the holiday season are backing up at

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the depot. And there are concerns that empty flowerbeds could leave

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visitor numbers wilting. We have to have a good looking resort. The

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Lincolnshire coast is just tourism. We do not have any other industry.

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We have to keep the visitors coming. East Lindsey District Council is

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putting hundreds of thousands into improving the area around the

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seafront. �70,000 is being spent on flowers. There are fears that if

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his flowerbeds cannot be watered, plans will die and the money will

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be wasted. Anglian Water rules say parks and

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public gardens can't be watered with a hosepipe. The council thinks

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it should be exempt, so tourism can bloom. We know that the way

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Skegness looks is really important in attracting visitors here. It is

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not just about flowers. Tourism is worth �450 million to East Lindsey

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each year. All this money, it is about jobs. It will affect tourism.

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They will not come back next year. In it looks beautiful now, but what

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we look like in a week's time? Further up the coast in Cleethorpes,

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the restrictions also apply. Last year's winners of "best seaside

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resort" at the Britain in Bloom awards say they won't break the ban,

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but it could blow their chances this year. We are in this champion

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of Champions competition this year, which is why the biggest things --

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one of the biggest things Cleethorpes has come up against,

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and nothing will be at a disadvantage because of three areas

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which are not affected by the hosepipe ban. In Cleethorpes and in

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Skegness, there's an acceptance that everyone has to pull together

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to save water, but there's a feeling that blanket restrictions

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could harm resorts that are already struggling.

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Ciaran Nelson from Anglian Water told me that strict enforcement was

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needed now to save water. We have to approach this from a situation

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of no regrets. If we have the third dry winter that many expect, and we

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are in a more difficult position this time next year, it would not

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be appropriate for us to look back and think it was OK to exempt

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certain people. The council say that they urgently need

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clarification on the issue of whether they are a business, or

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whether they are a domestic user when it comes to parks and gardens.

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Can you give the clarification? Exemption is for the use of a

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hosepipe. In some cases, it does not matter if you are a business or

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domestic user. It is the purpose of saving water this is in place for.

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Packs and gardens are counted as gardens, which are covered by the

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Act. The use of a hosepipe is prohibited at the moment. If I was

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Peter Levy Garden Services, and the council employed me, I could walk

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to the gardens and plants, could die? You could not. It is the use

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of a hosepipe that is prohibited. He does not matter who is doing it.

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That is because we have to save water. Anglian Water said, if the

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contractor it is hired to do such activities, the use of a hosepipe

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for hanging baskets are acceptable as they are hired for the job.

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do nothing that is the case. If you were using a hosepipe in a public

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garden, classified as a garden in this situation, you were not able

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to use a hosepipe. So this statement is wrong? He it sounds

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like it is. They are certain exemptions, for window-cleaners, or

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people whose job it is to use a hosepipe on a permanent basis, but

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that is for those specific cases. We will have more on that tomorrow

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lunchtime on the radio. If you want to Commons on that warm, please get

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in touch. Some more news now. The family of a father and son

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killed in a car crash near Goole on Saturday have been paying tribute

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to them today. Derek Sarkar and his son Ethan, who was 14, were killed

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in the head-on collision on the A614. 70-year-old Sheila Stavert-

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Lee, who was travelling in another car, also died. Ethan's younger

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sister Abbie and his mother Karen are still in hospital. Their family

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have thanked friends for their support.

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The Chancellor has agreed to meet two MPs next week to discuss

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concerns that a planned tax on static caravans could cause a large

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number of job losses in Hull and East Yorkshire. 90% of all of this

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country's caravans are made in the area and the Government's own

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figures show that sales could fall by up to 30%. David Davis and

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Graham Stuart will put their case to George Osborne next Wednesday.

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Their motto is Strength In Diversity, but the Army's Royal

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Veterinary Corp is still dominated by men. Lance Corporal Sophie

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Mitchell from Stamford and Private Kathleen Griffiths from Grimsby are

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using dogs on security patrol. Linsey Smith looks at the work they

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This is the reality of life in Afghanistan. Taliban bombs

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regularly detonating on security patrols. In the last year, double

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the number of dog handlers have been deployed to help detect them.

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The relationship between myself and the dogs is really important. One

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dog, I took him over from another private, and I think we have

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finally bonded and we are ready to go out and do some work.

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There's little wonder it's a close relationship. Flake's skills at

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sniffing out improvised explosive devices could save Sophie's life.

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This mum from Stamford is part of just 30% of women in the Corp.

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takes a bit of pressure off in terms of finding the explosives.

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Everyone likes to come over and straight the dogs. Everyone seems

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to smile when they see the dogs. The achievements of the working

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dogs are notable. Last year, Chocolate, a Belgian Shepherd dog,

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discovered a Taliban bomb-making factory in the Nad-e-Ali region of

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Afghanistan. Theo, this spaniel, holds the army's record. He found

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14 bombs in five months while on the frontline. He died of a seizure

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last year just hours after his master was shot dead. Private

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Kathleen Griffiths from Grimsby has been on tour for just four weeks.

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The daily routine would include myself and the dog acting as covers.

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We will be patrolling around. We will be making sure there's nothing

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endangering their lives. These Lincolnshire Ladies are living the

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regiment's motto. Strength in diversity, helping to safeguard

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their colleagues in his most dangerous environment. Thank you

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for watching. Still ahead tonight: We meet a

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telegraph operator charged with looking out for aspects. And find

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out which seaside resort is the Keep the photographs coming in.

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Sunrise across the Wolds at Sledmere in East Yorkshiore by Mark

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Lisa Gallagher, good evening. Good evening, Peter. You do a bit

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of surfing. I hope we will not see pictures of you in a wet suit.

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I cannot believe I am saying this, but I cannot believe -- I cannot

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wait for him to come back! I think you will be back on Monday.

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It cannot be soon enough! If you are planning on doing any

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surfing or anything outdoors, you will have to contend with a few

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showers. Tomorrow will be a mixture of sunny spells and scattered

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showers. Low pressure is never far away. It will cool down as we head

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through the weekend. The satellite picture today shows the shower

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clouds. We will see a few showers through the night, but they will

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not be as heavy as the ones we have seen through the day. We could see

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a touch of ground frost, but for most, temperatures no lower than

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four or five. Five is 4-1 Fahrenheit. -- five is thought to

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one tomorrow, we will see a few showers right from the word go.

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Hail and thunder is also a possibility. There will be spells

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of sunshine. It will feel quite cool. Temperatures will be below

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average, just nine Oct 10 degree -- 9 or 10 degrees. Little changes

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through the week. Temperatures and will it take us through the weekend.

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Lest anyone think I was serious, of This weekend marks the 100th

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anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and for one man from East

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Yorkshire, it's a date with special significance. Tony Johnson owns

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transcripts of the ships distress calls that were made in the hours

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before it sank. Tony, who's from Withernsea, is a former ships radio

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operator and Phil Connell has been to meet him.

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It was a distress call centre on the nights the Titanic sank. A

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transcript -- a transcript of what the captain sent that night is

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owned by Tony Johnson, a former radio operator who lives in

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Withernsea. That's 41 North, 50 West. The nature of the distress,

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struck an iceberg. It must have been horrendous for the radio

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operator. When he was sending a message out, I do not think he

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thought that they would sink. Titanic's distress call that night

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has special significance for Tony. For 30 years, he was a radio

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communications officer, working on the Q E two and a Queen Elizabeth,

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at the time, the world's biggest passenger ship. He was also

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responsible for monitoring aspects. We used to fret on missing the ice

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report. If we this one, they could take the wrong course going across

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the Atlantic. -- if they missed one. What would it have been like on the

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Titanic that night? Everyone was rejoicing and having fun. When they

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struck the iceberg, it was horrifying. They thought, we have

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hit an iceberg, we will not sink. 100 years on, the type -- the

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Titanic's final call for help continues to fascinate. The record

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of its last moments saved here in East Yorkshire.

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Drivers in Lincolnshire are more likely to be fined for illegal

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parking when the county council takes over responsibility from the

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police this autumn. Since the East Riding Council took over

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responsibility for its enforcement last year, four times as many

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tickets have been issued. Now it's expected more offenders will be

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caught in Lincolnshire. There is likely to be an increase in ticket

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when we take is over. The police have not been taking his as a

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priority. We will be carrying out a high level of enforcement. We were

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reporting on how the East Riding Council controls there enforcement.

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We've had plenty of responses from you on this topic. Bronwen emailed

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from Beverley, angry at churchgoers There was a huge response on that,

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so thank you for theirs. -- though his. Bridlington has long been

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established as one of area's top tourist attractions. But now it

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seems it has a new claim to fame. It's been revealed that the resort

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is the birthplace of surfing. New evidence shows that royalty took to

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the waters in 1890, the earliest record of any surfing having taken

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place in Britain. Leanne Brown is in Bridlington tonight. Leanne,

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what more do we know about this discovery?

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Picture the scene if you win a foot -- if you will. It is Victorian

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time, so people are walking along the beach and on a promenade.

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People would be dressed very modesty, head to toe in thick

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clothing, not showing an inch of flesh. As they sat enjoying their

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cucumber sandwiches, two bronze Hawaiian handsome princes came

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running out into the sea with their wooden set bought. I am not sure of

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that is the exact story, but that image has changed the history books.

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This film was shot in 1929 and it's believed to be the earliest known

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footage of people surfing in the UK, but we now know that the sport was

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brought here much earlier. It was a Developed spot in Hawaii when

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Captain Cook arrived in 1779. Some of his sailors jumped overboard and

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tried to the surf boards. Whilst being educated in England,

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these two Hawaiian princes took to the North Sea in Bridlington in

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what is believed to be the first instance of surfing in Britain.

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It's all been revealed in a long lost letter which details their

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escapades, apparently a sight which would have stunned locals at the

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time. Today, tourism bosses are keen to link the past with the

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present, and hope this revaluation will encourage more people to

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Bridlington to ride on the crest of a wave. It should help to get

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people come, because people are very interested in Volta a, and

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very interested in something quirky, and this is a little bit quirky. --

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people are very interested in royalty. We have a lot of

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windsurfers on the South Beach. Well, if it's good enough for

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royalty, why not everyone else? The question is, is this earth any

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good? Not at the moment. Plenty of people

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are fishing behind me. I am on North Beach at the moment. I am

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told South Beach is better for surfing, as his Scarborough beach.

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You may have seen a TV at set featuring Rupert Grint. He has been

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sued Bridlington beach and he says, it is better than Bondi beach in

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Australia. Who can argue with a wizard?

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Thank you. Richard said, I have never seen a single wave high

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enough to set with. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. The man who set fire to effect a

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shop during the London Mariette last year has been sentenced to 11

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1/2 years was not the government has been encouraged to think about

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Response coming in on the subject of the turbines. Eric from

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Gainsborough says, with the match being planned, our countryside

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could be dominated and ruined by these structures, which are

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proposed at over 400 ft high. Another person says, 100 years ago,

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all villages had a windmill to harness wind power and make life

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easier. Now we have all the whingers calling turbines noisy!

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MSS, I do nothing wind turbines are a blot on the landscape. There are

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no more intrusive than pylons -- M&S says. Tracey says, I walk my

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