17/04/2012 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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Tens of thousands of people back a campaign to scrap VAT on Air

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Ambulance fuel. Why some children with learning

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difficulties are being given no choice over their college education.

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Why can't we have that choice anymore? Why has it been taken

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away? We're going backwards, not forwards.

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The first confirmation of the drought's massive effect on

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wildlife. And celebrating an Olympic heroine.

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How a Lincolnshire village is remembering its medal winner from

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1924. There is more rain to come. Join me

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for the latest. Good evening. More than 140,000 people have

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signed a petition against VAT on the fuel use by our Air Ambulances.

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The online petition on the Government's website now has enough

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names to prompt a House of Commons debate. Currently, the Yorkshire

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Air Ambulance pays �6,000 to the Treasury every year in VAT for the

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fuel they use, something which a Hull man who owes his life to them

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has described as a disgrace. Vicky Johnson reports.

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A motorbike accident last year has left Andy Broxham with severe

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facial injuries. He's convinced he would have died but for the

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance. He simply can't understand why the emergency

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services has to pay tax on the fuel it uses.

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You don't realise until you are involved in these things that it is

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totally funded by donations. And to add insult injury, when they say

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you have to pay tax on the diesel, it's disgraceful. These vehicles

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save lives. Without that, people will die. Under European Union

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rules, the Yorkshire Air Ambulances have to pay 5% VAT on their fuel.

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But the Lincolnshire service doesn't pay VAT because its

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helicopter is rented. And lifeboats - another emergency service funded

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by charity - have been exempt from the tax since 1977. That's before

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air ambulances even existed. These anomalies have prompted the latest

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online petition. More rescue missions like this

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could be carried out if thousands of pounds weren't being spent on

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fuel VAT is the argument from Air Ambulance officials.

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It would cost us about �120,000 in fuel for both ambulances. We then

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pay VAT, a further �6,000 which equates to three life-saving

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missions to ours. --to us. It would make a massive difference.

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But Treasury officials insist the Supporters of the online petition

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like Andy Broxham have ensured they've exceeded the 100,000

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signatures needed to trigger a debate by MPs. Whether they can

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count on support in the House of Commons is another matter.

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. I'm joined by Ken Sharpe, who started the petition to get VAT

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taken off fuel for the air ambulances. Why should the Air

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Ambulance be a special case? Are do not think he should be a special

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case. The RNLI have not had a -- exemption for many years and I

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think we should be on a level. The Treasury give exemption to

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charities for equipment. I am thankful they do not charge, but I

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think it is a joke to come out with this today. It is quite a small

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amount you're talking about. �6,000, is it worth fighting for? It is

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year on year, and everybody knows fuel is not going down in price. It

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is a good saving for them. You have had a very large response to your

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campaign. How confident are you that you can secure a House of

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Commons debate? I was hoping it would be in the House of Commons.

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It cannot be put forward at the moment. Good to see you tonight.

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would like to ask your viewers to sign the petition. OK. How

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seriously should the Government take the campaign to payback VAT to

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air ambulances? Should there be more special cases in the tax

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The East Yorkshire MPs Andrew Percy and Graham Stuart met a Government

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minister this afternoon to put what they call a strong case against

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imposing VAT on the sale of static caravans. The industry employs

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thousands of people in the area. More local MPs are preparing to

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Chancellor, George Osborne, tomorrow to discuss the change. In

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the Commons last night, the Hull North MP said imposing VAT amounted

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to the Ggovernment pulling the rug on manufacturers.

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It is much more sensible if tax changes are made that there is more

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warning. What has happened is the government is pushing people when

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they are down. In a moment... It was one of the most dangerous

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daylight raids. Now 70 years, on veterans remember the Lancaster

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bombers' flight over Germany. Thousands of teenagers in East

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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are in the process of choosing which

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college or sixth form to attend, but one family from Sleaford in

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Lincolnshire say their daughter has no choice. Because Lucy Thompson

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has a learning disability, her local council has chosen for her.

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Disability rights campaigners say it's a problem facing hundreds of

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other young people. As Lucy gets older, her parents

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hope she can gain more life skills to live independently. Her brother

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had the number of options for college, but Lucy only has one.

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do not seem to have a choice anymore. At the moment, loo seat is

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at a special school. -- Lucy. Her mother does not want her to go to a

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mainstream, but says the decision has already been made. Why has the

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decision been taken away? We are going backwards, not forward.

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Mainstream colleges have received funding to make changes so they can

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offer special education. Lucy's mother wants her to come to this

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specialist residential college run by a charity. The local authority

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is sending fewer students here than it used to. Those in charge here

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say that for some students, it is the wrong decision to send them to

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mainstream college. There are about -- there are about 20 or 30 in

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Lincolnshire a year who have very particular needs. Parents had

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consulted, and we want the needs of a young person to be read best.

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There is a better choice than there was. Government planners say it

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wants to give parents and June people more choice. Lucy's parents

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tell me they feel they're getting less choice. Decisions made for her

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now will affect the rest of her life. A man's been awarded

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substantial damages after his wife died following a mis-diagnosis at

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Hull Royal Infirmary. Doctors failed to spot that Elizabeth Smith,

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who was 34, was suffering from a hernia and sent her home with

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medication for constipation. Her husband, Simon, has now accepted

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�300,000 from the Trust, who say they are pleased that the legal

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process is now concluded and their thoughts are with Mr Smith and his

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family. Campaigners hoping to save the

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Floral Hall in Hornsea from demolition are urging people to

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attend a public meeting tonight. Following demonstrations earlier

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this year, the East Riding Council gave local people until the end of

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August to come up with a plan to retain the hall, otherwise the

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building will be knocked down. They'll have the power to hire and

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fire chief constables and raise your council tax. The public will

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vote for police commissioners in November. But in the Humberside

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Police area, where there is no shortage of Labour candidates,

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including Lord Prescott, the Conservatives only have one

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candidate so far. A senior Tory figure has now made a plea for more

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to come forward, as soon as possible. Tim Iredale is here. Who

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is in the running so far? It could be argued that Labour are

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making the running. They have come up with three candidates for the

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�75,000 a year job. The only confirmed Conservative candidate is

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Councillor Matthew Grove. The Liberal Democrat election process

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is still in its early stages. have they only got one candidate?

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think they would say some -- I think they would say they are

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trying to find someone who is not from a traditional political

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background. They want to see people from all walks of life,

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professional, business people. Andrew Percy denies there is a

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dearth of talent in the Tory party. Our candidate will campaign

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vigorously. We are not doing a beauty contest like Labour. I think

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Labour would deny it is a beauty contest! Thank you very much. Still

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ahead. A dramatic decline in bird numbers at a Lincolnshire reserve.

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And celebrating an Olympic heroine. How a Lincolnshire village is

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remembering its medal winner from 1924.

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Rising Tide at Withernsea taken by Another picture tomorrow. Alex

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Deakin tweeted this morning with a picture of three times, for people

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to vote which one he would wear tonight! -- three times. -- ties.

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We will see showers and the low- pressure will dominate for a couple

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of days. Last night's weather front is out of the way. It looks like

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all parts will become dry. Perhaps a touch of ground frost. Lowest

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temperatures, two or three Celsius. It might get off to a dry start,

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but longer outbreaks of rain on showers will come. It will not rain

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all day long, but rain will never be far away. Good news if you like

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the brain! Top temperatures, eight or nine. It will feel quite chilly,

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especially along the coast would that breed. The weekend, more in

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the way of sunshine, but there will They must be busy in the Met

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Office! Experts have given the first official indication that the

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drought is harming wildlife. The number of nesting winter birds at

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the Gibraltar Point nature reserve near Skegness is down by half.

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There are also fears voles and a rare dragonfly could be affected.

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Even with the wet weather set to continue for the coming week,

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forecasters say the drought in Lincolnshire can't be easily

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reversed. Siobhan Robbins reports. Huddling up against the wind and

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rain. On a day like today, drought seems like a distant problem, but

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experts have now confirmed birds at Gibraltar Point have suffered from

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18 months of dry weather. The numbers are down by 50%. The

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spring migrant birds have now arrived and are looking for places

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to nest. Our concern would be that it will be more open to ground

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predators and the chicks will not have as many places to feed. Water

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levels here are lower than they should be which means there is more

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exposed mud behind me, making it harder for birds to feed and hide.

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If this goes on for a prolonged period, it could have a serious

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impact on bird numbers. Work by wildlife experts mean the

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water vole is thriving here, but there are fears long-term drought

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could be a risk to them too. issue is that creditors can get

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them. -- predators. And insects are also being affected. Up the road at

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Whisby Reserve, a further drop in water levels could put some species

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at risk. One very scarce one is the hairy dragonfly. We want to hold on

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to that because it has only recently colonised the area. It has

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always been scarce in Lincolnshire and just at the moment it seems to

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be making an attempt to cover more territory, so it would be a great

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shame if that particular species was affected by the climate. More

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wet weather is forecast, but at least three months rain is needed

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to restore the birds habitat, And six months to replish reservoirs.

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So solving drought means a very wet summer.

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They flew for hours in sub-zero temperatures. The engines of their

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Lancaster bombers were so loud they couldn't hear the enemy gunfire.

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Many of them never returned. Hundreds of missions were flown out

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of Lincolnshire's Second World War airfields to drop bombs on Germany.

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Today veterans are marking 70 years since one of the most dangerous

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daylight raids. Only one member of that mission is still alive. Our

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reporter Simon Spark has been to meet him and is at the event in

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Woodhall Spa near Lincoln. Why was this raid so important? It is one

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remembered for acts of tremendous bravery. It is often overshadowed

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by the likes of the dam Busters raid. This was the first major

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sortie that the Lancaster has were used for.

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On April 17th, 1942, the Lancaster bomber was put to his first big

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test. It was to consist of a 1,000 round trip -- 1,000 mile round trip.

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In terms of them in shape, great determination, skill, it is one of

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the greatest. The airfield here at Waddington would have been rumbling

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with the sound of the Lancaster bombers. Six of them would take off

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to meet up with six others. The skies today up to a powerful sense

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of sadness and loss. Only one made it back. Four of the bombers were

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shot down. John survived and he spoke to me today. I wasn't nervous

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at all. Once the first bomber went down, my feelings changed of course.

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In all, 49 were posted as missing. They did well. Squadron Leader

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Nettleton received the Victoria Cross for his bravery. The raid

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today still stands on a par with that carried out by the Dambusters.

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About 120 people had gathered here tonight for a talk on that raid.

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This used to be home to the officers' mess of the Dambusters

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court. --squad. Simon, thank you very much.

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Children playing truant from school and docking the child benefits of

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their parents prompted a big response on the text, email and

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Twitter. There was backing for the idea from one headteacher in Hull,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 46 seconds

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where truancy rates are among the Hull City will only be looking for

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a win in tonight's Championship derby at home to Barnsley. The

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Tigers are six points behind a coveted play-off position with

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three games to play. They only managed a draw with Watford at the

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weekend. The not that desperate to play. We were disappointed on

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Saturday not to win. Hopefully, we can eradicate the jaw and put it

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into a win. -- the draw. And there'll be coverage of that

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game on BBC Radio Humberside tonight. Sportstalk is on the air

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now. The match kicks off at 7.45. Tomorrow, it's 100 days to the

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start of the Olympics, and in Lincolnshire one village is

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preparing to celebrate the sporting success of one of its former

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residents. Gladys Carson, who lived in Hogsthorpe near Skegness, won a

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bronze medal at the 1924 Olympics. Phil Connell has been to meet her

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daughters. I wonder what Mum would have

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thought of all the activities that are happening. For these two

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sisters, the final countdown to July has bought back some poignant

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memories. Here in this Lincolnshire graveyard, these Olympic rings mark

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the final place of their mother. Gladys Carson was a talented

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swimmer who won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games Paris in 1924.

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keep it in my safe at home. That's what I do, we don't get it out and

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look at it. We do know it was a big achievement. 88 years later, it is

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an achievement that is still remembered in this village. There

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is even a road named in memory of her. In those days, she had to

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train in some unusual places. of the training was done at 6am in

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the canal. And then she would do her exercises and then go to

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college. Gladys was 21 when she went to Paris, the Olympic Games

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that inspired the film Chariots Of Fire. She competed in the 200

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metres breast stroke. Speaking on radio 59 years later, she wished

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the distance had been just a bit shorter. Although it was 200 metres,

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I had been used to 200 yards. Just that little bit extra made all the

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difference! It's something we really as a village and community

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should celebrate because she is a very special person. She has made

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history for us, she is a local girl. I think it's great. In honour of

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Gladys Carson, the Olympic torch will now pass through the town. --

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the village, remembering her 88 years on. What a lovely story.

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Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.

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The terror suspect Abu Qatada is arrested this afternoon as the

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Government prepares to deport him. Tens of thousands of people join an

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online campaign to scrap VAT on Air response coming men on the subject

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of the VAT on the Air Ambulance. Dave says, everyone can think of a

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