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Crews admit they struggle to get to patients in time.

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The 81-year-old war veteran beaten up after asking a group of youths to

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stop throwing things at his house. Turning empty shops into houses, the

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plan to breath new life into our high streets.

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And more than 30,000 people watch Hull's finest local talent.

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I will be asking just what events like this And we will have the full

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weather forecast later in the programme.

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It provides emergency care for almost five million people, but for

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the past three years the East Midlands Ambulance Service has

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failed to meet its response times. Tonight we go behind the scenes with

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the ambulance crews who are struggling to meet those targets and

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hear claims that there simply aren't enough ambulances on the road in

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Lincolnshire. It's been a troubled few months for

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EMAS. Earlier this year it was fined �3.5 million for missing targets

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again. A controversial plan to reorganise

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the service has been called in for review by the government. And then

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on Friday, the Chief Executive left his job after less than two years in

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the role. In a moment I'll be talking to a local MP who sits on

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Parliament's Health Committee and has his own ideas about what need to

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happen to EMAS in the future. But first, this special report from our

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Health Correspondent Vicky Johnson, who spent a night with ambulance

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crews in Lincolnshire. Vicky's report does contain some flashing

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lights. We are just making sure we have got

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everything that we need. That's the first job crews do when they clock

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on. Minutes later, they get their first It takes them 16 minutes to

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drive the 12 miles to Dunham on Trent, where an elderly man has

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collapsed. A decision's quickly made to transfer him straight to hospital

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in Lincoln. We are not really sure what is going on with him. I think

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he came through as an eight minute response. Because of where it what

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it took us longer than that and that was one that was missed. This is

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such a huge county. My personal opinion is that we do not have

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enough vehicles on the road to cover the amount of people that we deal

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with on a daily basis. The handover at the emergency department went

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quickly and smoothly, but that's not always the case. We had two vehicles

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to queue in on Tuesday. This is an all year round thing now. It is

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frustrating when you are sat at the back of the queue waiting with

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patients that are potentially quite poorly, but there is just nowhere to

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put them. Before they can go back on call, the crew has to complete the

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new electronic patient report forms, and that can take up to half an

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hour. League-macro you can experience -- you can experience

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quite extensive delays. We just have to see the patient as quickly as we

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can. Admin completed, and it's straight back on the road, attending

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to yet another emergency. There is a 25-year-old female who is querying

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an asthma attack. By the time they get to North Hykeham, a first

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responder from Lives is already there. This time the service has met

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its response target. I am just about two or three miles up the road

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there. One in our responders lives just up the corner so it is quite a

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local one for me. The crew take over and decide not to take the young

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woman to hospital. Instead, they make an appointment for her at the

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out of hours service. We do all of the paperwork the same. We will make

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an appointment and bring them up now and then he can bring them back once

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she has seen the doctor there. have described a job, a 72-year-old

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female that has fallen and hurt her leg. But within minutes they were

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diverted from Sleaford to Woodhall Spa. A 19-year-old female with

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breathing problems. The elderly date he will have to wait until someone

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else is available to go see to her. -- the elderly lady. If there is

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going to be a delay in getting a crew to a patient they will send a

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fire crew out -- the fire brigade out. It's took the crew 15 minutes

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to get here, but as first responders, the fire brigade were on

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scene much quicker. As far as the crews on the ground are concerned,

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patients should always be put first. Patient care, second sometimes,

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which is a shame that targets me nothing to us at the end of the day.

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We are here to deal with the patients and treat them. There are a

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lot of politics in the job that we do. I come for the public and I may

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best and then go home again. There is an emergency call to the East

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Midlands Ambulance Trust every 45 seconds, and demand is increasing

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every year. Extra funding for more front-line staff should have been

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sure of the battle to answer all calls within the necessary targets

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is one more often. Nobody from EMAS wanted to be

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interviewed today, but in a statement told us that the poor road

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network in Lincolnshire does make meeting targets a challenge.

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However, they've secured some additional funding that will be

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spent on a 126 extra front-line staff. Andrew Percy is the MP for

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Brigg and Goole and is also on the Health select Committee. He's with

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me this evening. The Trust has been fined �3.5 million for failing to

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meet targets for the third year running. Plans for reorganisation

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have been put on hold and on Friday the Chief Executive resigned. How

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much confidence do you have in this ambulance service? I am very

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concerned about this whole state of affairs, actually. My constituents

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living in rural parts of Lincolnshire deserve the best

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ambulance service and for the targets to be meant as much as

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possible. We have to ask whether or not this trust is fit for purpose.

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Do we need to be listening to this? Yes. Southern parts of

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Leicestershire all the way up to the Humber Bridge, we need to ask, is

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this trust serving our area and to these big trusts really work?

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senior paramedic who we heard from there says targets come before

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patient care. Is she right? You have got to have the targets. I would not

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want to see the eight minute target go. For rural areas they will always

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be more challenging. It is the rural areas that suffer even more if you

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are not pushing the trust all the time to hit the eight minutes

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targets. The paramedics are right, patients must always come first, but

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targets can help to achieve that. All of this money would be better

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spent on the service itself, wouldn't it? It does sound a bit of

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a perverse incentive that you find a trust for not hitting its target and

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then put them in the worst financial position. -- find a trust will stop

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-- find a trust. Will your government relax the targets or will

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you invest in more ambulance crews for Lincolnshire. We have been

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increasing the number of paramedics. There are more paramedics nationally

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on the front line, but there is supposedly going to be an

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announcement this week of an extra half �1 billion to deal with this

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crisis, so hopefully that will release more ambulances. Should

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Lincolnshire have its services again? We need to find out whether

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mixing these larger urban areas with rural areas is really fit for

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purpose or would we be better with a more rural focused amulets service.

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It is up to the commissioners ultimately, but I think we should

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look at whether we should have a smaller service. Thank you very much

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indeed for coming in. We'd like to hear your views on this one. What's

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been your experience of the ambulance service locally? Do you

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think the crews are overstretched? In a moment: Why criminals gangs are

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costing our rural communities more than �5 million a year.

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People living on a Grimsby estate are calling for CCTV cameras to be

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installed after an 81-year-old war veteran was attacked by a group of

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youths. Barney Alcock suffered cuts to his face after a confrontation

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outside his home. It's claimed the boys had been throwing things at his

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windows. Crispin Rolfe's report contains some graphic images of Mr

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Alcock's injuries. He has that's too much of a scab, so

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I have to take him back on Thursday. -- he has got too much. Recovering

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after an attack. But Barney Alcock, who has dementia, can't remember how

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he sustained these wounds. But it's left the 81-year-old former Korean

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War veteran to be treated at home by his wife after two hospital visits.

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Honestly, he cannot remember what happened. He still keeps going a bit

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dizzy when he looks down. Wife Thelma, however, remembers Barney

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going outside to intervene after a group of youngsters repeatedly threw

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cherries at the windows of the couple's Grimsby home. I came back

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in here to get the telephone to phone the police and get the lads

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moved on. I got to the kitchen window and was talking to this

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police lady and I saw him at the floor. I went out and had a look and

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I was absolutely gob smacked at the state of him when I got across the

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road. He was absolutely covered with blood, his white vest was red, and

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it was all down his trousers and deliver the floor. A week on, and

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the talk along the Nunsthorpe Estate is of who was or wasn't involved.

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And from neighbours along Redbourne Road and Winchester Avenue, how to

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prevent an assault like this from happening again. The call from parts

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of the community is for CCTV cameras to be installed. I think it would be

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a good idea. There are a lot of old people around here and I think it

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would make them feel a little bit secure. There is no excuse. You do

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not do that, especially to an old person. They are a lovely couple

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next door. Police have issued a statement to say they have arrested

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a 14-year-old boy in connection with the incident you had subsequently

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been let out on bail. They are still looking for further witnesses to

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come further -- forward. In the meantime, Barney Alcock says the

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attack won't deter him from going out in future. But among the local

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Nunsthorpe community, the assault of this 81-year-old man has been

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branded as completely unacceptable. A man whose body was found in a

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drain in Lincolnshire has been named. 27-year-old Aleksandr

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Vasilevskij, who's originally from Lithuania, was found in the Maud

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Foster drain in Boston on Friday. An inquest is expected to be opened

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tomorrow. Work has begun to expand the

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Accident and Emergency department at the Diana Princess of Wales hospital

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in Grimsby has begun. �60,000 will be spent where the most seriously

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ill patients are assessed. The hospital says it will mean more

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people can be treated at the same time, reducing the waiting times for

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ambulance crews. Empty shops in high streets should

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be turned into homes, that's according to Lincolnshire MP and

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Planning Minister Nick Boles. He believes we should worry less about

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empty shops and turn them into homes and dad. Our business correspondence

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has been looking at how that might work. -- instead. Nick balls need to

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look no further than his and constituency to the -- Katrin

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Jonsdottir needs to look no further being in a sustainable place in the

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middle of town, being eyes on the street said that if anybody was

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thinking of misbehaving, they would not be so likely to do so. Nick

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Boldt is that you told a local newspaper that he a relaxed --

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relaxed approach. His comments are controversial because he appears to

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be the First Minister to suggest that in parts of our high street, we

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should abandon -- abandoned retailing altogether. The government

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has tried to breathe new life -- live in the towns by using retail

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experts, but the project has had mixed progress. We need shops and we

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need people to come into town and spend Monday -- money. There is

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hardly any housing around here anyway, so it would be good.

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cities like Lincoln, it is a ready happening. These offices have been

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converted into homes. You're looking at refurbishment. You are not having

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to release it so much Greenland. Actually, it does make sense to

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revitalize and rejuvenate areas and set of letting them fall into

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natural decay. This man says that turning shops into homes is a bad

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idea. Let's not decrease the footfall by turning shots into

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housing. Let's increase the footfall by trying to get more people in the

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town. In a statement, Nick Boles was is now going to recommend that

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councils concentrate their shots into one or two prime streets.

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town centres could be looking very different to these proposals become

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reality. -- if these proposals. This is another story we'd like your

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thoughts on. Is Nick Boles right? Should empty shops be turned into

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houses or flats? Will anything breathe new life into our shopping

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streets? people watch on as Hull's

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transformed into an arts and music festival. But will it be enough to

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earn Hull the title of City of photographs coming in. It was a very

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busy weekend in Lincolnshire. Saturday, waiting for the

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illuminations to be switched on. Thank you very much for that's. A

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very busy day on the photographs front of Sunday. This is from an air

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show. A lot of planes on the programme recently. I think the

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presenter was a plane spotter. Thank you very much. Another picture

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tomorrow night. Let's get the around but tomorrow promises to be a

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lot drier and brighter. -- little bit of rain. This little ridge of

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high pressure is going to give us a bit more settled conditions. It

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looks like it will continue through Wednesday as well. The promise of

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drier and bright weather ahead. Tonight we will see spells of rain.

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If you have your of rain as he go into overnight tonight. -- as we go

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into overnight tonight for the a fresher field tonight so it will be

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easier to get to sleep tonight. The sun role rise at 5:24am. Those are

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a deal of dry weather on the cards for tomorrow. Clouds will bubble up

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as we go through the afternoon, but more importantly, it looks as though

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it will stay dry. When we see the sunshine, temperatures will be up to

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19 and 20, if not 21 degrees. With a light read, it should feel quite

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pleasant, and it will be a quite -- with a light breeze, it should feel

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quite pleasant. Amateurs will still hover around 19 or 20 degrees --

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temperatures will still hover around 19 or 20 degrees. And looks like we

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are sad to see one or two more showers. For Thursday and Friday,

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the showers will linger on the coast. Tomorrow it looks like it

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Yorkshire and the Humber is the highest in the country. New figures

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show that, while it's at a five year low, crime in the countryside still

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costs this area more than �3 million a year. Emma Massey has more.

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What short of majors -- what sort of measures have you taken to protect

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the church? We had to put equipment up a few years ago when we were

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brought for light. -- Rob for light. Installed to protect this church in

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Harpham, East Yorkshire from rural crime. This CCTV footage also helped

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to convict this man, seen here walking away, of stealing from this

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and over 600 other churches from up and down the country. Jeanette

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Corkwell and her husband farm near Driffield. Two years ago they were

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burgled and were among one of 56 properties targeted that night.

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not get frightened very easily will stop -- I do not get frightened very

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easily, but I was stopped my husband was away. Lincolnshire was the third

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worst area hit in 2012, with �1.8 million lost to criminals. Crime has

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fallen significantly year after year because a lot of prevention measures

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have gone into the area. As well as actively policing local communities,

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police are now working alongside them in order to stay one step ahead

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of criminals. We have to build a big team, and local residents are an

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integral part of that team. In North Lincolnshire, at the farm watch

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scheme there has been in existence for two years and they have managed

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to half rural crime in that time. But there's still some way to go to

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bring down this and other types of crime in rural areas to make them a

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safer place to live and work. But even though rural crime figures are

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at a five year low there's still work to be done to make the

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countryside even safer. A Lincoln teacher has drowned while on

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holiday. She was an English teacher at an academy. The Foreign Office

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says it is providing consular assistance to her family.

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On Friday's programme we reported how drivers in rural areas feel they

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are becoming isolated because of the cost of filling up their cars. It

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followed the Government's announcement it will consider

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extending a fuel discount to remote parts of the country but failed to

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include Lincolnshire or East Yorkshire. There was a big response.

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Ian says, "If people choose to live in rural areas surely they must

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those. Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws

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has challenged his players to build on Saturday's season opening wind

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against Mansfield. The Iron beat the visitors 2-0l, with goals from new

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signings Matt Sparrow and Sam Winnall. The manager says he's

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pleased with how his players handled the match. At times it was not

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pretty but we had to be determined to deal with what ever they were

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going to throw in the box. There was a lot of aerial bombardment against

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a big site and I think we got the bad and it shows that we can deal

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with that and that we can play wind the title of City of Culture.

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But if this event is anything to go by, Hull is putting up a pretty

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decent fight. 160 local acts performing on ten stages with an

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estimated audience of 34,000 people. For local artists from all genres,

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comedians and DJs, it was not a bad We have got some amazing talent and

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some great photographers. What we find ever the years is that they get

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to the colleges and universities and then leave the area, but events like

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this hopefully can help us towards the Colts are -- City of Culture

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bed, which will hopefully help us keep our creative people in the

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city. It was so busy the pumps ran dry in this pub, this pop up cafe

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was rushed off their feet, all good for business and of course the bid.

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It was just a massive showcase of local talent at all levels. Not just

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music, but food and drink, art, design. It was a good show and I

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think it could Hull pride. -- proud. There is a lot of talent in Hull and

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we deserve this recognition. This is what the competition are up to.

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Leicester held its annual Caribbean Carnival at the weekend, but Swansea

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Bay and Dundee have held no major free events since they were short

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listed. Hull has got a lot to deliver and achieve, but it has got

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the people on the grounds that have proved that they can create events

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that people want to come to, and we have got to share with that we have

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the energy and in duty as him and the commitment of local people.

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Well, with just a few weeks left before the final bid is entered, the

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work doesn't stop here. The push to become a City of Culture continues.

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Dundee sounds fine, it doesn't do it, and the sun. Caroline is on

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Humber Street this evening. What will this do for Hull's bid to

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become the UK's City of Culture in 2017?

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It would not be a success on Saturday without the people. Where I

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am standing now, it was absolutely packed with people. This event at

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the weekend was the start of a month of a free events taking place in the

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city. Every the next five weeks, there will be three festivals in the

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city. It is the final push. You are from the bid team. What can people

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do to get involved? Two we would like for people to bite us on

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Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Just find out what is happening. Put

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your ideas in. What do the people of Hull want from a City of Culture?

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The more likes and shares we get, the better. It also means that

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people's ideas can't get put into the mix and into the bid. Fingers

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crossed. We have the festival of food and drink next week, and it

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takes place in the city centre. Let's get a recap on today's

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headlines: Four years after his death during the G20 protests, Ian

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Tomlinson's family gets a formal apology from the Metropolitan

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Police. And amulets -- amulets cruise in

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Lincolnshire say they are struggling to meet their targets. There are

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calls for the East Midlands Ambulance Trust to be broken up.

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need to ask whether mixing up these large urban areas with rural areas

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is creating a fit for purpose services or would we be better with

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a more rural focused ambulance service. The weather for tomorrow,

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dry and bright, with some funny style. Just the chance of a shower.

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Top temperatures will be getting up amulets service. They say that

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Lincolnshire needs its own amulets service. Samantha says that

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Lincolnshire used to hit all of its targets. One man wonders how the

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services to post to achieve targets when the government is fining them

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