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North. The headlines tonight: Her eyes were damaged by laser surgery.

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This woman calls for better checks on clinics. I think it is disgusting

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that they can offer this on the high street so anyone can walk into their

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clinics. Campaigners say 40 should be 30. The

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Government agrees that Lincolnshire is out-of-step on road safety.

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speed of some the cause is inappropriate.

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The Blitz stories still emerging - unearthed thanks to war memorial

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campaigners in Hull. And we're on the hunt for Lincoln's

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missing ducks. New line it has certainly been whether for ducks in

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East Yorkshire today. Join me for whose eyesight was permanently

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damaged by laser eye surgery is calling for a change in the law.

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Tens of thousands of people have the eye treatment every year, many in

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high street clinics. But it is not regulated in the same way as other

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surgical procedures. Here is our health correspondent.

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Several times a day, Sarah Knapp has to stop what she is doing to put

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drops in her eyes. Laser eye surgery was supposed to help her

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shortsightedness. Instead she claims it has left her with many other

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problems. I would get shooting pains, soreness, unbearable

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itchiness and I have seen an independent specialist in the last

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two months and I have learnt that they are a result of nerve damage in

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the right eye. We asked Optimax, who carried out Sarah's procedure, for

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an interview. They declined but told us in a statement that... Over the

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past 22 years, they have performed more than 620,000 laser operations.

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The vast majority of people are delighted with the results. But they

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add that with all surgery, there can be complications for which remedial

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treatment is given. Laser eye surgery is not routinely available

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on the NHS, and Sarah, like tens of thousands of others, was tempted by

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a cut-price deal. But campaigners have criticised some companies for

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their aggressive marketing and for playing down any potential

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side-effects. I made the biggest mistake of my life when I went to

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have the surgery but I trusted that the surgeon would be honest, would

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tell me the risks, and this was not true. The surgeons underplay the

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risks. The high street clinics are businessmen and it is all about

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profit. While all laser eye surgeons must be qualified doctors, they are

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not legally required to have specialist qualifications, nor are

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they regulated by the Government. think it is disgusting that they can

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offer this on the high street so anybody can walk into their clinics

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and be offered surgery on your eyes, which are one of your most

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precious parts of your body, and that it is not regulated.

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Campaigners hope their experiences will now encourage the Government to

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share their vision for better regulation of laser eye surgery.

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Joining me is Mr Millind Pande, a consultant surgeon who carries out

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laser eye surgery in East Yorkshire. Good evening. Something

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is going wrong. I think the key to any surgery is to make sure that you

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are aware of what you are aware of what you're getting into. It is a

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bit like flying a plane. If you are a good pilot you can land the plane

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even when there is trouble, so laser surgery is a very successful

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procedure but the key is to make sure a proper evaluation is done to

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work out whether a patient is suitable for it or not. And that is

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not actually happening, anyone can carry out the surgery? Any doctor

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can, yes. It is something that needs to be looked into, in terms of

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reinforcing what the training requirements for surgeons are.

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there some people giving laser eye surgery, in your opinion, who should

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not be doing it? In my opinion there are people doing it perhaps not the

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way it should be done. Patients need to be seen by the surgeon, they need

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to be able to communicate, questioned the surgeon, trust the

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surgeon, and I and part of the laser eye surgery committee which has a

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qualification. Isn't it still too young for us to know at all if it is

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safe and works? It has been 20 years now since laser eye surgery has been

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around and I have been doing it for more than 20 years now. It has come

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a long way. We know a lot more about it. We know which patients to

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operate on and not operate on. your son or daughter was suitable

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for the operation, would you let them have it? Telemark absolutely,

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but only in good hands. We would like to hear from you. If you have

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had laser eye surgery what are your friendship. A handshake seals a deal

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to run Lincolnshire County Council. The Transport Minister is backing a

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group of campaigners in Lincolnshire who want speed limits reducing from

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40 mph to 30. People living in several villages between Grantham

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and Sleaford said the council has not listened to them. The minister

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agrees, saying councillors are out of step with Government road safety

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policy. Years of campaigning resulting in

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this, a ministerial visit for residents in West will be. The

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village sits on the main road between Grantham and Sleaford but

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the speed limit here is 50 mph, and campaigners say that Lincolnshire

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County Council have rejected their pleas to drop it. We do not want

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someone to die before we get a speed reduction. That is not the way to

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achieve policy. What they tell us is they have to balance commercial

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activity against road safety. Looking across to my house, we have

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an oil delivery just arrived. You can imagine what it would be like if

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another HGV came around that blind bend and hit an oil tanker. But how

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likely is that? Villagers here and in full back between Grantham and

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Lincoln say that is not the point. Accident statistics have always been

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a key factor in determining whether or not speed limit should drop but

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in the last five years here there have only been one slight injury out

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of 7000 across the county, not enough the council said to change

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speed limits. But that was before a change of council and other

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factors. You can see having stood here for the last ten minutes, the

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speed at which some people go through this village is

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inappropriate. There are new guidelines for the council to use

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and I hope they will. But the council says no change. It still

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wants to balance out the needs of businesses, tourism, commuters and

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the emergency services. We do not have a 30 mph limit in every village

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and it is not a precedent to set. We do not have the money for as large a

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public transport network as we would like. If the minister wants to write

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us a cheque we would be really grateful. So as a result, the roads

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are how we all get about. Residents and their local MPs say it is a

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fight they are not going to give up Another one you might have a view

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on. Did you think speed limits should be reduced in villages? If

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you want to be in touch, send us a Lincolnshire's chief -- Police and

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Crime Commissioner will set up an investigation to look into the

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suspension of the chief constable. Last month, a High Court judge ruled

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that Commissioner Alan Hardwick was wrong to suspend Neil Rhodes. He was

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then reinstated. Today the police and the panel for the county set up

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a task and finishing working group to examine the decision. The PCC

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would be brave to ignore recommendations. The compass I

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police and crime Commissioner has been asked to review rules for cycle

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events in the area. Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness,

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contacted Commissioner Matthew Grove after several bike races were called

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off because police refused to support them without road closures.

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A police spokesperson said they are working with the council and race

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organisers on the issue. The bishop of Grantham says he is

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standing down in September to take on new challenges. The Right

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Reverend Dr Tim Ellis, who is 59, became bishop in 2006. After a week

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of deadlock, a deal has finally been done to decide which parties will

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run Lincolnshire County Council. The Conservatives failed to win an

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overall majority in last week's elections, and will now share power

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with the Liberal Democrats and independent councillors. Tim Iredale

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is our political editor. Remind us of how we got to this position.

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Thursday voters in Lincolnshire decided that no one party should

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have overall control of the county council, but after a week of

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negotiation, tonight we finally have a deal. It was sealed with a

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handshake today at county offices in Lincolnshire and involves the

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Conservatives, independent and Lib Dems. The Tories are the largest

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party. They were three short of an overall majority but they will get

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those three seats from the Liberal Democrats and at least three from

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independent councillors, we are told. The council leader, Martin

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Hill, said the voters of Lincolnshire had given him no choice

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but to do a deal. We could have run with a minority administration but

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because we face such difficult challenges we all took the view that

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we need some stability and continuity, and I could stress that

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even though we have done an arrangement with some councillors,

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we will continue to work with all the others as well. What do the

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other parties get out of the deal? That is always able big question

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with coalitions. What is in it for us? That is a point we put to the

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Liberal Democrats and independents today. Why have they decided to

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share power with the Conservatives? Lincoln itself has a very poor

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infrastructure road wise. There is gridlock. We have over development

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of housing and so on. All of those things have been discussed and we

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look to a positive way of moving forward. I want to seat Lincolnshire

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run efficiently. I think it will be clear in the next few days exactly

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where we are going. We will keep everyone informed. So what if you

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keep? They of course, won 16 seats last week. They are now the official

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opposition on Lincolnshire County Council. They will hold their first

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group meeting tonight to elect a leader. They say they will be a

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vocal and high profile opposition on the county council, which I suspect

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is their way of saying they are not just going to sit at the back of the

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council chamber and play quietly. I am sure.

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More on this as well on the radio tomorrow lunchtime if you join me

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from midday. STILTOCOME are being encouraged to

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shows a family emerging from the Blitz. And I am in Lincoln workshops

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are being encouraged to stay open later.

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Tonight's photograph. Do not forget if you have a picture you are proud

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awhile. These e-mail says could you ask

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Peter after last night's dreadful pronunciation... I have made amends

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and I even played one of the Electric light Orchestra's records

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of this lunchtime. The headline for the next 24 hours

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is unsettled. We will have quite a strong wind that it should turn

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brighter and after the rain we have got this evening tomorrow looks

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generally a better day but still the risk of some showers. A broad

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westerly... We get some shelter in this region so not looking too bad.

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They developed area of low pressure. Some really good rainfall across

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parts of east Yorkshire in particular. Lincolnshire just drips

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and drugs. This feature will push out into the North Sea, followed,

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perhaps by further showery bursts of rain. The showers will not amount to

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a great deal. Lowest temperatures down to eight or nine degrees. Very

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place but through the boarding it should brighten up with Sunny into.

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A few showers whooshing through South Lincoln but generally

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speaking, most races are likely to become dry and the coast should

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season bright or sunny intervals coming through. Just a few days ago

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we had 23 degrees. Tom temperatures -- top temperatures 14 or 15. 16

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further side. The outlook looks unsettled. Saturday a bright start.

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Sunday perhaps not too bad but into next week it is very unsettled

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Eastbourne now but we watch every single night.

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What is going on in Eastbourne? Nothing going on there. I have glad

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that you said that. There is nothing going on down

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there. It is full of retired people. See

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you tomorrow. After almost half the stores taking

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part in late-night shopping in Lincoln pulled out last year because

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of a lack of trade, another attempt is being made to boost the city

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centre economy. Longer opening hours and free parking are being used to

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encourage shoppers to stay in longer on Thursday evenings.

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Lincoln, alive with shoppers. But to give them more time to spend, shops

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here are being encouraged to stay open later. I think it would be nice

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for the students and that and people who work, yes. I thought it was just

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around Christmas and Easter but apparently it is every Thursday.

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is a good idea. It gives people time at the weekend not to go shopping.

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Marks & Spencer and Boots, two of the big-name stores that continue to

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open until seven every Thursday. But many other shops here choose not to.

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You have got to have more people to make it worthwhile and we have to

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have more shops to encourage more people. So I think we will gradually

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see this increase. We have all the big shops open and I think now we

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will see some of the small ones joining in. At this sweet shop, they

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tried opening later in the past but did not make enough money. We will

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give it a go for a couple of weeks and if it does not take off... You

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have to look at the costs. We will see what happens. This clothes shop

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is also going to open later during the lighter nights. I think it only

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applied during summertime. On the cold winter night it did not work.

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It is hoped more of the 250 shops here will follow suit, encouraging

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more shoppers, who will hopefully spend more in the city centre.

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Gemma is live in Lincoln tonight. It looks quite quiet tonight. Is it

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likely that more shops will take part this year?

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Around a dozen of the larger stores here in the city centre do already

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open later on a Thursday evening, so the Lincoln business improvement

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group is hoping that the smaller stores will follow suit. A number of

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independent stores I spoke to today told me they have tried it in the

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past but they did not get enough customers, although the shops in one

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report did say they were willing to give it another go. So hopefully

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more shops will open, that will bring more shoppers, and there will

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be a boost for the city centre Thanks for your responses after last

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night's programme when we heard from migrant workers worried about new

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immigration measures announced in the Queen's Speech. The Government

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wants to reduce the number of people coming to Britain. Immigration is

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widely believed to have contributed to the success of UKIP in last

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week's local elections, especially in Lincolnshire, where the party

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8,000 Hull City fans joined the promotion-winning team at the KC

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Stadium for a party to celebrate the club's rise to the Premier League.

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The trophy was paraded in front of the fans last night before a

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fireworks display ended the evening. Amanda White was there.

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The crowd did feel small compared to the thronging masses we had seen at

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civic reception in the past, but the party at the KC Stadium did have a

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certain charm. Brilliant. fireworks were stunning. We could

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have had the civic reception with all of the people of hope but it is

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great that the fans are here. -- the people of Hull-macro. It was very

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much a family affair, as players enjoyed the lap of honour denied to

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them by a huge pitch invasion after Saturday's game. It is a fantastic

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day. It is the first time for me. It is a great feeling and absolutely

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great fans here and players. It is a massive thing to get to the Premier

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League. Everybody has worked hard all season. We are fully rewarded.

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The 8000 who were there certainly made their voices heard. -- the

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fireworks were spectacular but as finales go, the last ten minutes of

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this Championship season will take some beating.

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A group trying to raise �250,000 for a permanent memorial to victims of

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the Hull Blitz have opened their own shop. Hundreds of people visiting

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every day, some bringing along important World War II artefacts.

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The bombing in Hull left 152,000 homeless and claimed more than 1000

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lives. The memorial sculpture, planned for the city centre, will be

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dedicated to those who died and those who helped in the rescue

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efforts. The name of the city has now been

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released as one of the North East city is under attack. There was

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Catherine, who was 39 weeks pregnant. They had a son, Frederick,

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and a younger son as well. All five or six members of the family died.

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It was during some of the city's worst bombing that an Elliott -- Ann

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Ulyatt's family lost so many members. Her aunt and uncle who ran

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a pub were told not to use their own cellars for shelter but to go to a

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public shelter. Shelter was almost entirely destroyed. This photograph

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came through in our family records... The family story is just

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one of those being told in an ever-growing exhibition of people's

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mementos and photographs. Volunteers here say interest in the shop has

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been remarkable. There was one Saturday where we had 464 people in.

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People have donated so much and in its own right it has become a

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memorial. But the aim is still to raise �250,000 to create this

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sculpture on the site of the bond or dental building. A memorial exist in

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northern cemetery where a mass grave was created for more than 300 of

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those killed, but they feel the wartime community of Hull deserves

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more recognition. They did everything themselves, nobody came

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in to help them very much, and if it was not for the people of Hull then,

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we would not have the people of Hull now. For quite a few years there was

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a plaque in the pavement, but people walk over it, they do not know it is

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there, and to have this memorial is fantastic. They have a way to go.

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They have so far raised between �15,000 and �20,000. Each new

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donation here, whether money, objects or stories, they say will be

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used to keep the memories of Hull's war alive.

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The memorial for the city centre of Hull. We will follow their progress.

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To some they are an eyesore but to others they have been a familiar

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sight in the centre of Lincoln for years.

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Now a flock of distinct to looking Muscovy ducks have gone missing from

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the Brayford pool. Lincoln's Brayford pool has always been a

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great attraction for our feathered friends.

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Just today we were graced with swans. Also ducks and pigeons. But

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they used to be a certain duck that had become particularly well-known

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to this area. Not a pretty one, in fact a pretty ugly one, and it was

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not native to this country and it used to attack the swans, but it was

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here and they were here in large numbers, and now they have

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disappeared. This is the duck I'm talking about, the Muscovy duck,

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also known as the turkey duck, but this couple are at a seal sanctuary

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in Mablethorpe. These petty killer birds are native to Mexico and South

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America. The larger one with the red around his face is the mail and the

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smaller one is the female. They like cold temperatures. These areas,

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where it is quite cool, is ideal for them. So back in Lincoln, it was

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time to track them down. I have not seen them for a long while. I have

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seen them before, but not recently. There was more hope why the boats.

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They are probably still around, may be hiding, maybe nesting. And he was

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right, because we saw a miraculous reappearance. There is one there,

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there is another one over there, they are still here. The problem is

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solved and they are still part of Lincoln.

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If you have a story you want us to look at and investigate, drop me an

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

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Coalition plans for childminders to look after more children are in

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doubt after the Deputy Prime Minister questioned them.

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A woman whose eyesight was damaged by laser surgery calls for better

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checks on clinics. Tomorrow's weather. A cloudy and

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damp start. Brightening up later. A few showers are possible. Top

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temperature around 16 Celsius. Weighing in Scunthorpe says, I had

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laser eye surgery two years ago and it is the best money I ever spent.

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Another viewer says, I had it four years ago. It has been fantastic.

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Also on the subject of speed limits, speed limits do not need lowering in

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the majority of cases. It will produce more accidents and cost the

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economy was having little or no impact. This is from Allen, who has

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