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

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As the economy dips back into recession, Lincolnshire bakers say

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no to the pie tax. Everybody is fighting to stay in business and

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earn a living. Vat is not welcome at all. Parents' anger over a mix-

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up over school places. I am very angry that a mistake was made with

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something so important as children's education. More police

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on the street - the pledge from the new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire.

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And the deep natural wonder - now an internet hit. After a wet

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afternoon, there are more downpours On the day the British economy fell

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back into recession, there has been renewed pressure on the Government

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to drop plans to introduce VAT on a series of items. Tonight, MPs from

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our area are preparing for a debate on the so-called caravan tax. And

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the owners of one of Lincolnshire's largest bakery firms are travelling

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to London to protest about the so- called pasty tax. With more, here

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is our political editor, Tim Iredale. The dark clouds of

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recession are once again hovering over businesses in towns like this.

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This bakery has withstood many a piquant trough in the economy since

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it was established in 1924, but now the family say they are facing a

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new threat. The High Street is quieter than normal. Everybody is

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fighting City -- to stay in business under a living. 20% VAT on

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top is not welcome at all. family are travelling to

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Westminster for a protest on the so-called pasty tax, which would

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add VAT to freshly baked goods. Tomorrow, because from across the

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country will descend on Downing Street, where they will ask the

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Government to look again at this controversial tax. You have signed

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the petition - tell us why? I think that small businesses like this

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need to grow and adding 20% tax on to baked goods is absurd, isn't it?

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A how do you feel about paying more for your pasty? It is disgraceful.

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There is a discrepancy between paying it on fish and chips and

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paying up for that. It needs to be sorted out. We now find ourselves

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back in recession today, which is really bad news for the people of

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the Scunthorpe area under the wider Humberside area. This is a

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Government that has lost their grip of the economy. It needs a plan be

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urgently. At Prime Minister's Questions, one of our MPs and urged

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the government to look at some of the good news coming out of

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manufacturing in Lincoln. Italian farm has confirmed a �50

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million investment and Siemens are involved in investment.

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positive news is being overshadowed by the ongoing VAT row, which

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includes baked goods, alterations to be listed buildings and, of

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course, static caravans. Tim is with me now. What can we expect

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tomorrow? It is shaping up to be a door if -- a day of protest in

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Westminster. The Government is facing a double whammy of protests.

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Bakers will be campaigning against VAT and in the House of Commons MPs

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will be urging them to drop the caravan tax. This is going to add

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an extra -- extra pressure, isn't it? It does not matter whether you

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are buying a pasty on a caravan, the argument is that, in the

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current climate, we cannot afford to give consumers a reason not to

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buy things. Taxing these things is the wrong way to go about it, they

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will argue. I will be there tomorrow. Thank you for your many

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messages. They have warmed of thousands of job losses. But Paul

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got in touch to say, "No industry deserves to be exempt from VAT,

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especially if it makes luxury goods like caravans." Cheryl says,

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"Caravan manufacturing is the life blood of this region. Vat on

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statics will put thousands of jobs at risk. Most of the buyers are

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ordinary people who will struggle to meet the extra cost." Mick says,

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"There should be VAT on caravans. So why doesn't the Government bring

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it in over four or five years? Everyone would be happy." Dean says,

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"I bet if the bulk of caravan production was in the south, no tax

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would be mentioned. The Government doesn't care about the North."

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Coming up: By Lincoln is the place to be when the sun comes out.

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Hull City Council has been forced to apologise to parents across the

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city for any confusion over primary school places. E-mails have been

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sent to some parents in error, telling them which school their

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children will go to, while other parents are still waiting for news.

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One mum has said she is so angry she might even resort to home

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schooling. Emma Massey reports. cannot put it into words how angry

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I felt when I was told that it was merely an IT error. It is totally

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unacceptable and somebody needs to be held accountable. Jill Wheeler

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has just received an e-mail telling her that her daughter wont be

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attending her first choice of primary school September. It's not

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even her second but her third choice. To make matters worse, when

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she complained she was told a techincal glitch meant the e-mail

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might be wrong. We are totally in the dark as to what will happen in

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terms of her schooling. We do not know if we have any of the choices

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that we put down. We are in the dark until we have received the

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letter. Primary school is the foundation of a child's education.

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And for parents this can be an anxious time of year. Jill Wheeler

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applied for her place online, but people who sent their application

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by post rather than e-mail still haven't received any notice at all.

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Parents and carers we've spoken to today's say it's just not good

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enough. I think it is wrong. Everyone should get a letter or be

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informed properly. If we do not know if the information is accurate

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or not. It is stressful and seems to be a bit of a mess, to be honest.

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Hull City Council's issued a statement apologising to parents

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For "the confusion caused that the e-mails to people who have applied

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for primary school places online were sent out ahead of the letters.

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Letters to all those who applied will be sent out by the original

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target date of 4th May. And added that they are "looking into claims

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that some of the information sent out by e-mail is incorrect and will

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issue an update once this has been clarified." So, as thousands of

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parents wait anxiously to hear, Jill says she'll home-school her

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daughter if she doesn't get her first choice.

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I spoke to Professor Jeremy Dunning-Davies from the Campaign

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for Real Education, an organisation which presses for more parental

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choice in state education. I asked him if there was anything wrong

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with the application system. understand, with this one, some

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people have been able to apply online, others not. It should not

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happen but it does seem that, whenever that is the case, problems

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arise. What is the best way to deal with admissions to primary schools?

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I would suspect the best way is for every parent to fill in and paper

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application which has to be posted in or handed in. -- fell in a paper

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application. The parent we spoke to said that, if the information is

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correct, her child has been given the third choice. What has gone

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wrong? Something obviously has. I would not have thought that a child

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should be going to the third choice school. I do not know the area and

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what schools are available. It may be an area where there has been a

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lot of recent building and so there is not enough primary school

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provision in that area. We have to look carefully because when we get

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situations where, for example, twins are separated, that should

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never happen. I do not think that brothers and sisters should be

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separated. It is a big administrative problem and the

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councils have an unenviable task. Are you a parent who is waiting to

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hear or has heard what school has got into? What has your experience

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been? We will have some of your thoughts on this subject before we

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Lincolnshire Police say they've made more than 60 arrests so far

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this year in connection with metal thefts. The force recently started

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an operation which includes working closely with scrap dealers. In

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Sleaford, one man was arrested for a raid on the historic Bass

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Maltings. The E-3D sentry aircraft is flying

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again from RAF Waddington. It had been grounded after technical

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issues were raised earlier this month, but the Ministry of Defence

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says it's got no remaining safety concerns.

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People in North East Lincolnshire are being told they must recycle

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their rubbish. Local-authority says it is tightening its rules on what

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it will collect and will fine residents who repeatedly abuse the

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system. Earlier this month the council began charging for

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replacement bins and for the removal of extra garden waste. The

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new chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has said that getting more

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bobbies on the beat will be his priority.

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Neil Rhodes has been speaking for the first time since taking up his

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new post. His appointment comes as the force hands over part of its

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policing operation to the private firm G4S. Our reporter Phil Connell

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has more. He began as a bobby on the beat in

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Lincolnshire and, 26 years on, is now the county's new Chief

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Constable. Neil Rhodes was meeting members of his team today, with

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clear priorities about where his -- clear ideas about where his

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priorities lie. If my children or friends are right about in the

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county, I want them to feel safe and secure. The best way to do that

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is to have highly visible police officers on patrol. That is what

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we're about. Neil Rhodes is 53 years old and joined the police

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force in 1986. He left school at 16 with few qualifications but has

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since degrees -- gained degrees in law and criminology. With the

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police force facing unprecedented change, Neil Rhodes' Experience

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will be fully tested. He is overseeing budget cuts of almost

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�20 million. He will also see the force become the first in the

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country to have first of its policing operation privatised.

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has freed up around �3 million for the year ahead and every year be on

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that. That is a number of extra officers but we can keep on the

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streets of Lincolnshire that we would not have been able to. It

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really supports frontline policing. Across Lincolnshire, what do people

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hope that the new police chief will bring? We had been to a street in

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Lincoln that has one of the highest crime rates in the City. There is a

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lot of anti-social behaviour, like drinking in the street. We need

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more police because our windows keep getting broken. They need to

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put their foot down, stop people smashing windows and things like

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that. When you can -- can you reassure people when you have few -

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- less money to spend? A we have to make sure that we are making the

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savings wherever we can away from the front line. We have been really

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successful at doing that so far. Obviously, there will be a tipping

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point where cuts cannot be sustained, but at the moment I am

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confident. These will be challenging times for Neil Rhodes,

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in charge at a time of unprecedented change.

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Still to come: The sea horse giving birth of which has become an

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internet sensation. And the brave woman fighting her

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own battle to complete the London Marathon.

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If you have a picture you are proud of, send it into us. This one was

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taken by David in Cleethorpes. Paul has written to say, Paul Hobson has

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told us there is more middle -- miserable weather coming. I would

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like to replace them with a nice photograph and some pleasant music.

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We would all like that! I wish I There will be heavy downpours and

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there is a chance of localised flooding. That we have had 11 mm of

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rain at Waddington as we edged towards a new April record. Low

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pressure is very much in charge tomorrow, so more rainfall to come,

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with another deluge on Saturday night into Sunday. Pretty

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relentless at the moment. There have been reports of hail and

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thunder. These showers have been pushing through the Midlands.

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Normally you would expect showers to die away, but I do not think

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they will tonight. There should be some brighter spells tomorrow, not

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the gloomy day we have had today. There will be showers from the word

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go. There is a risk of localised flooding. A very unsettled day, but

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at least some drier, brighter spells. Temperatures will be around

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13 Celsius. Our risk of showers on Friday. There may be a bit of a

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respite on Saturday. Heavy rain returns on Saturday night into

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Blenkin is one of the safest places to go for a night out. -- Lincoln.

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The City is in a group of five to be given the awards today. In and

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around the city centre, there are 250 bars and restaurants, around

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11,000 students, and now Lincoln has an award for its night life.

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Every time I have come here I have had a good time. Everyone is really

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friendly. You do not get all the weird people. It is nice. Lincoln

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probably matches up with most other places of a similar size. It has

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the multinationals in the town. is very safe compared to other

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cities. A lot of things helped to win the flag, including St pastor's

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who care for clubbers and the CCTV network. Your priorities work

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closely with businesses who hope to benefit from the award. There is a

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strong collaborative approach in winning this award. It is a

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relatively small city. We have to have a collaborative approach to

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everything we do. Why does Lincoln needed new status? Is it was

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identified by the Home Office as having a particular problem with

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perception. We have demonstrated to the residents and visitors that it

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is as safe and entertaining venue for an evening out. Lincoln is a

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vibrant place to come for a night out but how do you do that without

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annoying the neighbours? You have touched on one of the more

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challenging parts. His is -- it is not about being louder or brighter,

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it is about looking at alternatives, really. Link in is one of 30

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winners but it will have to reapply for the state is every year. Those

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behind the application say they are confident that the city will remain

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appealing after sunset. This next story is quite unusual video. It is

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footage of a sea horse giving birth at The Deep in Hull. This video has

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received 400,000 hits online. Our reporter is at the mike deep

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tonight with the man who filled it. -- The Deep. I am going to take you

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behind the scenes. The public do not get to see this. This is one of

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the quarantine rooms. There are lots of tanks in here, and this is

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where animals are cared for that are not in the main aquarium. It is

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also where lots of the newcomers come in. Graham looks after the sea

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horses. It had over 1,000 babies, which is quite a lot. How

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endangered our sea horses? species are classified as

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vulnerable. Even though they have that many babies, there are only a

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few that survive to adulthood. was amazing footage, and we're

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going to show some of that again. Talk me through it. What can we

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actually see. We were lucky to be there at the right time. Initially,

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you can see that the male's respiration rate goes up and that

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he changed colour from dark black to yellow. Progressively, you get

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contractions, the pouch opens and then he jet propels the young a lot

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of his pouch. In certainly was amazing footage. Can you believe

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that it was filmed on Father's Day? If only it was like that in real

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life! You might remember these remarkable

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images. This is Claire Lomas, paralysed

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from the chest down, learning to walk again with the help of robotic

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legs. Incredibly, she's now four days and six miles into the London

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Marathon, and expects to finish in around two weeks' time. It has all

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been made possible by a small team from Altrincham in East Yorkshire.

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Simon Spark was in London to catch up with Claire this afternoon. It

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is day four of Clare's gruelling London Marathon Challenge. Weeks

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ago she could not -- she could barely walk a step in her robotic

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suit. She intends now to complete the London Marathon in about three

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weeks. There are a lot of hills and the first part. It has been quite

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tough. Everyone else is pushing me on. Clare is the first person in

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the UK to use the robotic legs that are manufactured in the East Riding

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of Yorkshire. They have enabled her to walk again after a riding

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accident left her paralysed from the chest down five years ago. Her

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sporting determination has got her through the months of intensive

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training required. It is physical. Because of her disability, she

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tends to lean forward, using the crutches a lot more, which puts a

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lot of strain on her wrists. We try to straighten her up, which will

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help or a lot more. She is finding it quite hard in that way.

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walking itself is a challenge, but the weather is no help either. She

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has been getting some celebrity encouragement to lift her spirits.

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Yesterday we had Matt Holland and Tim Henman. We have had lots of

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fine, even though the walking is hard. Clare Balding is coming down.

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After a quick lunch break, Clare arrived. I think it is

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extraordinary what she's doing, and so I wanted to come and show my

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support, to help motivate her and taught her about it. I wonder how

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the kit will deal with extreme weather conditions, different

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surfaces, different weather conditions. She will provide

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valuable feedback for Spinal Research. The Cutty Sark indicates

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that she has reached 6.5 miles. It is another step towards the target

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that she hopes to reach for Spinal Research. End you heard Simon say

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Claire's target is �50,000. Well, we can tell you tonight she has

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already raised half of that. So, well done, and good luck for the

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next two weeks. By recap of the headlines: Britain

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slips back into recession, sparking a political row about who is to

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blame. Tomorrow's weather will be

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unsettled but brighter. Top temperature will be around 13

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Celsius. On the subject of school places,

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one viewer says, our child got into the school we wanted it. The system

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was straightforward. Another viewers is, I contacted the

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council yesterday and they said the allocations would be sent in the

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post this week. I do not understand what is going on.

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Craig says, I still have not find out for my child, other people have.

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The administration is a job. Another viewer says, I am so upset

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and anxious. I hope that my child gets into his first choice.

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Finally, on the subject of what schooling, when viewers says she is

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