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

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Backing from a Hull head teacher on government plans to stop parents

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benefits if their children repeatedly skip school. Anything

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that strengthens the ability of schools under local authority to

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ensure that students are in school, I think is a good starting place.

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Parents react to the investigation into a Lincolnshire academy's

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finances and it's boss's resignation. Quite shocked. I had

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heard some warnings what I would like them to be squashed or

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confirmed. One of the survivors of this

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balloon crash tells Look North he will take a flight again.

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Find out the lengths these Lincolnshire ladies are going to

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for the Diamond Jubilee. Sunday's some rain fall to come

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later tonight. Your week ahead The headteacher of a secondary

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school in Hull has given a cautious welcome to Government plans to dock

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parents child benefit if their children repeatedly skip school.

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Hull has one of the worst records in the country for offenders with

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more than 9% of all children being classed as persistent truants,

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those are children who miss more than 15% of their available

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schooldays. The national average is 6.1%. Our social affairs

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correspondent Vicky Johnson has been gauging reaction in the City

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to the latest Government plan to beat the problem of truancy. I am

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ringing to find out why your child is not in school.

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Every day around 35 pupils play truant from Endeavour High School

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in Hull. Even so, attendence rates here have improved by 4% over the

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past two years. And the interim head Stuart Edgell believes

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Government proposals to take an even tougher stance with parents

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could be a good idea. Anything which strengthens the ability of

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schools and the local -- local education authority and local

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authority to ensure that students are in school, I think is a good

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starting place. When children don't attend they

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don't achieve. That's the simple message from education officials.

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Even missing just 10% of schooling can mean the difference of two

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grades which could mean passing or failing at GCSE.

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No one has been available from the city council to discuss why when

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school absence is still a problem in Hull. The budget for education

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welfare officers has been cut by �500,000 over the past year or why

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the number of parents prosecuted has almost been halved.

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But most of these parents thought the Government was right to take

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child benefit from those who failed to get their children to school.

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is meant to be spent on your child. If you cannot be bothered taking

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your child to school, then you're not being a very good parent.

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get that money to look after your kids and if you're not looking

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after them by sending them to school there maybe you should not

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have that money. Clearly family -- families whose children do not come

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to school, a lot of them have problems and I do not see how

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cutting income can help. Some of the city's MPs agree that

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punishing vulnerable children and their families is certainly not the

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answer. Some people in my constituency are really, truly

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already on the breadline and cannot afford to lose any more money. I am

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sure they are desperate to get their kids to school and they

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encourage them but this is not the way to do that in my view and we

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should look at more support for them and early intervention, all of

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which have been cut by this government.

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While education advisers agree that parents should take more

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responsibility in helping to tackle truancy. Arguments still rage on as

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to whether the carrot or the stick approach works best.

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I'm joined by the MP for Beverley and Holderness who's also on the

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Chair of the Education Select Committee. We heard there from the

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Child Poverty Action Group saying that cutting benefits in an area

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like Hull, which is already socially deprived, is a mistake.

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Is this a mistake? No, the people you spoke to before want to give

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more support to their people who have kids in school. In an area

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like East Hull, the best message is to get children to school and make

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sure they are there every day and help them get the extra two grades

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that have been mentioned. If we do that we know the people who get the

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grades get the jobs and earn more throughout their life and have a

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better and richer life and we can break the cycle of deprivation

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which has gripped many people in East Hull for generations. The

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attitude that says we cannot punish people who acted responsibly is

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irresponsible and it is the attitude that has put us in the

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mess that we are in now. I would never overstate the importance of

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this report. Get the children to school and you will be amazed at

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what they're capable of and how well they can do at school.

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money that pays for education and welfare officers has been cut. If

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the government invested more in that rather than cutting benefits,

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surely there would not be as many truants? It is a combination of

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things. Hull City Council is responsible, it is a Labour-run

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council, and it has to make its own choices about how it spends its

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money. This report says let us go in early and look back children and

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primary school and measure what they're doing and into been early

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and get them used to turning up at school. If you get the grades and

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you go to school there was a future for you where you are. School is so

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important and if we can do that we can make sure our young people,

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wherever they come from, get a first start in life. We must send a

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message to parents to get their children to school or they will pay

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a price as well which sends a message to some of the chaotic

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disorganised parents out there and they know their kids do not have to

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end up the way they have. We'd love to hear your views on this story.

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Is it right to cut benefits if parents allow their children to

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At we will have some messages before we finish the programme.

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In a moment: Villagers in North East

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Lincolnshire say they're being forced to pay for a community hall,

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even though they voted against it. Parents at a Lincolnshire school

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say they're shocked after it was revealed it's been investigated

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over its financial management. The investigation started after a BBC

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report into the school last Autumn. Two weeks ago the chief executive

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of the Priory Academy's management group stepped down suddenly due to

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the inquiry. Jake Zuckerman reports. A salary of �200,000 made Richard

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Gilliland one of the country's best paid civil servants. But his sudden

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resignation as chief executive of the Priory Academy's management

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group, has come as a shock to parents, who today dropped their

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children at school for the first time since his announcement.

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Surprising. He had such a good reputation. People in public

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positions have to be very careful that they abide by the financial

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rules but I do not know whether or not he has. Quite shocked to be

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honest. It will be interesting to find out... I have heard some

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rumours but I would like to know why he has resigned.

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With 4,500 pupils at four sites in Lincoln and Grantham, the Priory

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Academy has a high profile. And during his time in charge Richard

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Gilliland oversaw a multi-million pound building programme, A

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programme that included state of the art sports facilities, a

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science block with its own planetarium, and a �1.9 million

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study centre in France. These lavish facilities have led to

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raised eyebrows in education circles. Last october the BBC

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reported on concerns about the academy's spending. That sparked a

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government investigation which in turn led to the resignation of Mr

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Gilliland. But tonight it's still not clear exactly what it was that

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that government investigation uncovered.

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Jake is outside the school this evening. What have the school had

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to say today? We have approached the school for

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their comment and they have told us they have nothing further but they

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can add at this time. They have prepared their own response to the

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government investigation which will be put to the school's trustees

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later this week. What is adding to the mysteries surrounding the

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resignation is that we know so little about the investigation that

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has prompted a. We do not know its scope or any details about its

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findings and that has led to calls from parents and teaching unions

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and politicians to politics -- to publish its findings and provide

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some much-needed transparency. Thank you very much.

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Two men have been charged with murder after a man was found dead

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in Lincoln City centre. The 44- year-old died from a single stab

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wound after being found on Portland Street in the city on Saturday. 38-

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year-old Mark Titley and Benjamin Freeston who's 32 have appeared in

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court this morning. A fleet of surveillance planes

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remains grounded after faults were discovered during an inspection at

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RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Engineers have spent the weekend

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investigating the structural problem involving the Sentry

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aircraft. The seven planes will remain grounded while further

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checks are carried out. The planes were recently used over Libya.

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A replacement for a statue which was stolen from the banks of the

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Humber is to be erected at the start of next month. The Voyage

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Statue marked the seafaring links between Hull and Iceland, but was

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stolen by scrap metal thieves last summer.

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A man from Pocklington has described the moment his hot air

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balloon crash landed on power cables in East Yorkshire. 61-year-

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old John Newstead was left with a black eye after the balloon was

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dragged 200 yards by a gust of wind as it was trying to land. Sarah

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Corker reports. A keen photographer, John Newstead

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had booked his first hot air balloon trip as a special treat. He

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captured these images just moments before the balloon crash landed on

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power lines. There was an almighty bump and we went over the

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embankment which we did not realise until afterwards. We drifted for

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another hundred yards or so and then we stopped. We could hear a

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few crackles and bangs and then we were told we could come out. It was

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only then we noticed how close we were to the water and the fact the

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balloon had tangled in the wires. We could have been electrocuted or

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drowned if the balloon had gone another few feet.

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The balloon had been travelling for around 20 miles over the Yorkshire

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Wolds when it attempted to land in West Haddersley near Selby. But a

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strong gust of wind caught the baloon at the last moment. It hit

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the flood bank and went over the bank and that is when I lost sight

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of it. It obviously drifted into the lines and as you can see they

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have just been very lucky. The cables carry 66,000 volts. But

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as soon as the balloon hit the wire, the electicity supply was cut. All

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nine passengers escaped without serious injury. And for John, a

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black eye is the only sign left of the dramatic landing. When we

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curled up to brace ourselves for landing, I tucked my camera between

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my knees. The jolt as the balloon bounced along, the thing came free

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and smacked me in the face. The Balloon Adventure Company that

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runs the trips has launched a full investigation into exactly what

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happened. But it hasn't put John off trying it again. I would

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certainly do it again. I cannot wait to get up there. The same

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pilot, he treated us wonderfully and he did so well to avoid a

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catastrophe. But John probably won't be in a

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hurry to take a flight again on Friday 13th.

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Well done to John, he had a lucky escape on Friday the 13th!

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Still ahead tonight: Double defeat. Disappointment for

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both Hull rugby league clubs as they go out of the Challenge Cup.

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The radio stars who have now become If you are a picture you are proud

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of then send it in. To make this And now the weather. The head line

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for the next 24 hours - unsettled, but some useful rain for East

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Yorkshire and Lancashire. This area of low pressure will be with us

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until next time -- this time next week. The rest of April looks very

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unsettled with showers and spells of quite useful rain. The satellite

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picture shows the weather system coming in later. In the short term,

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not too bad, dry and reasonably bright. But the rain will sweep and

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from the West later. There could be a touch of ground frost in places.

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The sun will rise in the morning at 5:55am. There are you a high water

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times. It is a wet and windy commute first thing. The rain will

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be persistent but it is moving quickly out of the way and will be

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clear off the coast by 10 am. Some afternoon sunshine and some

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blustery showers. Top temperatures, the average around about 12 Celsius

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and that is where be will be tomorrow afternoon. So, low

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pressure in charge for the rest of the week. It means there will be a

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scattering of showers. Some showers will be heavy, thundery, possibly

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Least that did not warn us about the sun rising in the morning, but

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People living in a village near Grimsby are considering suing their

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parish council of plans to build a new community hall. Residents say

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that the village is being forced to borrow up to �3,000 even though

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most people against it. The people of Greatcoates have voted on the

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issue twice. They were asked if they wanted to borrow money to

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build a new village hall. There votes cast in favour of yes -

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377, boats in favour of no, 877 but despite the vote, councillors want

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They're acting undemocratically by not taking account of the

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referendums we have had. The plan is for a New Hall on this

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site. The repayments would be at it to villagers rates and put them up

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more than �20 per year. Greatcoates did have a community centre but it

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closed down over eight years ago and groups like there Women's

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Institute have had to go elsewhere. Is it fair that the burden of debt

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should be shouldered by everyone in the village even if they do not use

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If you asked people if they would like a village hall without paying

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the majority would say yes. But I'm afraid that in any climate if you

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want something you have to pay for But protesters are calling for the

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parish council to be dissolved and are even considering legal action.

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One a possible route is a judicial review in which the parish council

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are brought to court to state why, effectively, they have acted out of

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their authority. If indeed that either case.

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The parish council did not want to comment and protesters say they

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will not give up stopping the debt from hanging over the village.

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Responses to concerns about how church renovation could be hit by

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changes to VAT bills announced in the Budget. The Archdeacon of

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Lincoln is campaigning to stop the introduction of VAT on alterations

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to listed buildings. Jackie in Hull There will be no Wembley appearance

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for Hull's Rugby League clubs. Rovers came nearest to securing a

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place against Catalan but Hull FC won easily defeated by Huddersfield.

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-- where it easily defeated. Rovers' supporters who left at

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half-time it could have missed the greatest comeback of the season. In

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a mirror image of the first half they went on the front foot. This

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boat try was delivered and when another run the length of the field

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was completed the turnaround was almost over. But this kept was

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missed to level the scores. Hour kicking let us down. I am

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disappointed by that but we left ourselves too much to do after the

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first half. Hull FC have had injury problems

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but this looked like being a good day. But their joy was short-lived

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after these tries when Huddersfield swept past them to record an easy

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win in the second half. They have got a strong squad. We

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are depleted at the moment. The upside is the experience that the

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young blokes are getting now. It is terrific.

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The walking wounded must be patched up before their next game against

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Wigan. Nick Barmby has called on his side

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to be ruthless in the final three games of the season. Hull City will

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probably have to win them all to qualify for the play-offs following

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their 1 - 1 draw at Watford. I want a positive performance. We

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got that against what for that we could not put the ball in the back

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of them. When we do get chances tomorrow I want to put the ball on

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the back of the net. You can see all the goals from the

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Hull City and Scunthorpe United games on late kick-off this evening.

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For many, celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee might be a last-

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minute decision. But for people in Rippingale the sewing has been

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going on non-stop since last November. They want to cover the

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village in 12 miles of bunting. And grand state occasion often calls

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for a grand celebration. As the Diamond Jubilee creeps ever closer

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and so does the sense for the need to party. But before such pleasures,

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the preparation. In this village there is literally miles of it. All

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of this sewing, penning, stencilling, cutting, ironing, is

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to make enough bunting to decorate every sheet -- Street in the

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village. We have used anything we can get.

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It is quite relaxing. You can think of all sorts of things, like what

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you're going to cook for dinner tonight.

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So what is for dinner tonight? Roast lamb!

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Jean has been working hard since November took great and neat edge.

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Some of Our husbands around the village are looking for their

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favourite shops! So far about 15,000 ft has been

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sown but there is another 50,000 to go. In total they are aiming for

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about 12 miles. Do you so when you sleep?

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Sometimes, yes! At times however, even with the

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best intentions, things become a little bit undone. And a bit

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knotted. But generally the whole project has helped the community

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become closer and that. -- close- knit.

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It is good fun and a way to meet villagers you would normally see.

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I was just lucky to leave with my Sheridan Smith has won her second

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Olivier Award. After success in Legally Blonde she won an award for

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so her supporting role in the play, Flare Path. As she is working in

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Australia, director Trevor Nunn accepted a award on her behalf.

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I would give anything to be with you tonight but my parents are in

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the audience so please tell them that I love them.

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A fantastic story. You can hear Trevor Nunn's speech in full

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tomorrow if you can tune in. They are more used to entertain

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listeners on the radio but on millions -- on Friday millions of

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people watched as Beryl and Betty made their television debut on the

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BBC show, the One Show. If you watched on Friday you might have

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noticed too familiar voices. 86- year-old and 90-year-old Beryl and

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Betty. They were watched by millions. Backstage they felt

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overwhelmed. I cannot describe this. It is

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unbelievable. I would never have believed that we would be sat in

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there. When he asked me a question I made a bit of a mistake but I

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could not help it. I was so Their new found fame is all down to

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their radio show which has been nominated for a Sony award. It is

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not surprising with features such as chicken dinner.

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Chicken dinner. A Frank Skinner. The Grand National or chicken

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dinner? The programme also heavily features

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the music of Michael Bubley. They were treated to a special feature

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from the One Show. What is your favourite Michael

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Bubley sans? I like them all.

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Andy me even get to meet their idol The headlines: the man accused of

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killing 77 people in Norway goes on trial. Backing for a head teacher

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who is behind the government plans to find parents who allow their

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children to truant. And top temperatures, 12 Celsius.

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More responses on the subject of truancy. Daisy says, why should

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parents be punished? For all we know Our Kids are in school. And

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