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And that is all, it is goodbye Premy and

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

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for a review of school transport, as parents are forced to pay hundreds

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of pounds a year. Is struggling to cope and having to

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pay to get their children to school. On strike over their pensions,

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equipped to deal with emergencies. A 500—year—old law could leave

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villagers with the bill to repair their local church.

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And why these Strictly stars are getting office staff dancing in

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Hull. Some brighter weather over the next

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few days. More details shortly. The rules covering free school

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transport have been described by one local MP as outdated and in need of

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change. The Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart says parents are

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being left out of pocket. In one village, some pupils are about to

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lose their free transport and will have to pay £500 for a pass. More

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than 120 children in Thorngumbald get free travel, but a third have

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been told they'll now have to pay, because a new zebra crossing has

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made the route officially shorter. Figures show that nationally almost

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three quarters of councils have reviewed or cut provision of free

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school transport. Anne— Marie Tasker has the story.

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Breakfast time is hectic at the Medlicotts, with Mum Dawn getting

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her children ready for school. But come January, they'll have to walk,

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unless she pays £1,080 a year for them both to get the school bus. I

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don't have £1000 stashed in my matters upstairs. It is a lot of

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money. You have a bunch of teenagers, some will be messing

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around, listening to music. Teenager shut down and do their own thing. It

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is an accident waiting to happen. More than 100 children get free

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transport to school from the village of Thorngumbald near Hedon. But a

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third of them have been told that next term they'll have to pay. So

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what's changed? In addition to the existing zebra crossing in the

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village, a new one was built this summer, a few hundred yards closer

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to school. It means that for many children, the safe walking route to

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South Holderness Technology College became shorter, bringing them just

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under the three—mile limit to get free transport. On part of the route

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to school, the path is narrow, it's unlit and next to a 60 mph road.

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Parents say it's simply not safe for their children to walk along.

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Parents in the village have now started a petition.

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They say many families live just yards from the three mile limit that

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decides if they get a free bus pass. From fungal bolts through South open

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the school, it is just under three miles. — — from the village to the

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school, it is just under three miles.

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Now their MP is calling for the Government to give rural areas more

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cash to fund bus passes in cases like this. Then the council will be

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in a position to provide suitable support. Even if the roads are

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technically safe, parent might not be confident to send their children

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there. Parents say they understand there

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must be rules, but say this time, they want their children's safety to

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come first. Earlier, I spoke to Paul Butler from

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East Riding Council and asked him why they had built a new zebra

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crossing just inside the three—mile walk—to—school limit.

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The council has a duty to provide transport for children who live more

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than three miles away. For children who live less than that, we only

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provide transport if the route is hazardous. We have been able to give

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a crossing in Thorngumbald which means children and what to school

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safely. Was it moved to help the children are to avoid having to

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provide free bus passes? It is an additional crossing the children

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have been provided with. There are benefits to the community. A lot of

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people need to cross the road. It means children and residents can

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cross the road safely. It benefits you because you do not have to pay

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the money out, and it saves you money. Where are they supposed to

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find that money? Councils are spending over £10 million on

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transport, and that is not going into the schools. We need to see

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where we can make savings. We are charging parents for bus pass if

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they wish to use the buses, and that is still subsidised. From what you

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have said, the zebra crossing was moved to save you money? Wherever we

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identify hazardous road for children to get to school, we want to see

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what we can do to make it safer. That is our primary concern. The

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children will have to work through an unlit road during winter weather

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speed limit is 60 mph. If a child was injured or killed, with the

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council feel very bad? We had our road safety officers look at the

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situation in Thorngumbald. They have reassessed the route. Officers were

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out there yesterday, double checking our assessments. We believe it is a

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safe route. The parents feel this cannot have been deemed officially

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say. That is what they are saying. Our road safety officers have

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visited the route, made all the assessments in line with national

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guidance. It does meet the criteria. Very

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village in need. Let us know what you think of this

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story. Are the East Riding being fair? Now that the children have a

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journey of fewer than three miles, should they have to pay to use the

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school bus? We'll have some of your thoughts

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before we finish. Thank you for watching this Thursday night.

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Lee Radford is told to bring attacking rugby to Hull FC, as he

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becomes head coach. Senior fire officers say public

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safety has not been threatened during today's strike by the Fire

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Brigades' Union. There were only a handful of minor incidents during

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the four—hour strike. The dispute is over pension changes that the union

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says will see firefighters work longer, contribute more and receive

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less. However, according to the Government the pensions — which can

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be £19,000 a year — will still be among the best in the public sector.

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Sarah Corker reports. 12 noon, and firefighters walk out

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here. A scene repeated around England and Wales. The SBU says this

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dispute is about firefighters having to work until they are 60 before

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they can retire on a full pension. Ageing firefighters put a risk to

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the public, and to safety. And you putting the public at risk today by

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striking? Robust contingency arrangements are in place, and this

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is a last resort. Andy Johnson is one of those now in his 50s. If I

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fail a fitness test on capability grounds, they removed my pension

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until I am 68, which is a long, long time. Retiring at 60, a firefighter

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can get a pension of up to £19,000 a year, rising to £26,000 in the state

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pension. Union leaders say those forced to retire early would lose

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thousands of pounds. Today's strike saw cover needed at 38 stations in

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Lincolnshire and 31 in Humberside. In the past, the Army has stepped

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in. The laws have changed, and fire services must not find their own

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cover. In Lincolnshire, it means making greater use of part—time

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firefighters. Here in East Yorkshire, Humberside Fire and

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Rescue have recruited members of the public to fill in. Some volunteers

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with as little as five days basic training. Managers say those

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arrangements worked well. We only had six calls, and none of those

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involved in any threat to life. One crew has been supporting the other.

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Ministers said the pension on offer is one of the most generous in the

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public sector. It is a good offer. We hope the Fire Brigade Union will

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see sense. This afternoon strike appears to have caused little

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disruption. While this may have been acquired protest, the message the

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government is clear. Sarah is outside the central fire

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station in Hull. How likely are further strikes in Humberside and

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Lincolnshire? Union leaders haven't ruled out

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further strikes in the coming weeks. What they really want is to reopen

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talks with the government. The government shows no signs of backing

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down. 80% of Humberside firefighters went out on strike. If there is more

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action, more volunteers will be brought in and trained to step in.

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After a low number of callouts today, the contingency plans were

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tested and proved to be successful. Thank you. Some more news now.

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Accounts show the former chief executive of Hull City Council was

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given a pay off of £240,000 as compensation "for loss of office".

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Nicola Yates left the authority in July 2012 after two and half years

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in charge. No reason was given for her departure. The council is trying

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to limit future pay—offs to £22,000. Lincolnshire Police are still trying

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to identify a woman who's body was found in a field. A dog walker

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discovered the body in Market Deeping yesterday. Officers are

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treating the death as unexplained and have sealed off the area where

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the body was found. The Labour Party conference has

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heard calls for tougher sentences for violent and sexual offences.

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Labour says more needs to be done to tackle online predators. The Hull

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North MP Diana Johnson, who's the Shadow Crime and Security Minister,

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says many victims of historic abuse cases have been let down. I have

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written to the attorney general on a number of places where I think the

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sentence that was given was wholly inappropriate for the extent of what

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happened. I think we need to look again at the sentencing, absolutely.

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Around 100 new nurses have today started working in Lincolnshire's

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hospitals with the director of nursing telling them theirs is a

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"challenged" organisation. The jobs are part of a £3 million investment

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in new staff. The Trust, which is in special measures, has previously

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been criticised for its low staffing levels. Vicky Johnson reports.

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The 100 newest recruits to Lincolnshire 's hospitals.

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the nurses had been students here, and have been through the recent

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years as students. They are very aware of the challenges we have, and

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the performance we have been making. The health watchdog last week

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reported that neither Lincoln County in Boston pilgrim met any of the

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National care standards. The enthusiasm of today's intake was not

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going to be dampened. It is wonderful to be here. It is

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brilliant at the three years complete and start working. I have

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not seen any bad care in Boston. They are of an excellent standard.

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Emma Kelly has just completed her first year on the wards. She says

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she has been well supported. When you start, you are given to people

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you can have as mentors. Any questions, we can go to them and

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they will support and helpers. James is as mentors, and every Nunez will

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get a body to support them. — — every new nurse will get a body to

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support them. It is challenging at times. If they know we're there as a

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resource, it helps. The trust has taken on more than 250 nurses this

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year, with at least another 40 due to arrive from Europe. We recognise

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that members of staff learn at different rates, so we will be in a

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position where we can recognise and give that extra support if and

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when it is needed. We very much want to retain these nurses. That is the

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key. The trust needs to keep hold of the new nurses if they are to get

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full value from this years recruitment drive.

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Last night, we told you about the Trust's drive to recruit nurses in

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Europe. At least 40 nurses from Spain and Portugal start work in

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Lincolnshire in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who got in touch.

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Big response on that. Thank you for watching.

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Still ahead tonight: Shock for villagers as an ancient law leaves

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them responsible for church repairs. Find out what we were doing in Hull

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later in the programme. Brilliant sunset at Hunstanton by

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Lance Chilton. Thank you for that. Beautiful part of the world. I will

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be this out. Jack says, my daughter weighed every night until Peter

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fiddles with whatever it is under his desk, she's fascinated by.

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I will tell you what it is. I can switch it off with it. It is what I

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do when the weather comes on, I switch you are.

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OK, we will cover headline. It a nice one. It looks like skies will

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brighten from the north—east. There will be some sunshine around. This

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high—pressure will come in from the North East. That is good news. The

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weekend is looking quite nice for the end of September. Little is like

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all parts will be dry this weekend with some sunshine. Something to

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look forward to. Today, we have had a lot of cloud. It produced some

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patchy rain across southern parts. We are looking to the north where

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there is a weak, cold front. A clearance comes in by dawn. That is

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great news. Lowest temperatures, down to eight or nine across East

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Yorkshire. 12 or 13 around the wash. The sun will rise at around 6:53am.

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There could be some low cloud around. Generally, a bright start

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with sunny spells. That cloud will come and go through Thursday.

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Generally, feeling quite pleasant. Friday and the weekend, skies will

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be partly cloudy but some decent spells of sunshine and temperatures

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close to the late September average. That's the forecast.

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I will turn you back on. I urge you, I don't tend to Ely Donovan

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off. Actually, I probably do. — — I don't turn Keeley Donovan off.

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This is another story we'd like your thoughts on.

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It should be a place of peace and contemplation, but here in

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Hambleton, St Peter's Church has found itself embroiled in a row.

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Under the reign of Henry VIII, those who for land around here became

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responsible for repair of the church. It is an ancient law which

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has been largely ignored more recently. Now, churches have until

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the 13th of October to register to use the legislation before it is

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abolished. Here, the church council has done just that. For families in

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the village, it means future repair bills for parts of the church could

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pass straight to them. We could be given a bill of one told amounts — —

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untold amounts. I find it so unbelievable. Devastating. The

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impact will be on our deeds for ever if we can get it removed. In a

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statement, the dioceses of York says:

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this should have been sorted out in the 19th century. For some reason,

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people forgot about it and it fell into disuse. In Britain, it is still

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an act of treason to place the Queen 's stamp upside down. Gambling in a

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library is also banned. For those wanting to be a doormat, it is only

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legal before eight o'clock in the morning. It may proved to be more

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serious. Do people living on ancient church land have a duty to pay

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towards the church's upkeep? The new head coach at Hull FC has

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been told by the owner to bring more attacking rugby to the club. Lee

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Radford has taken over from the Australian Peter Gentle in a move

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which sees a hull—based coaching staff at the KC Stadium. Simon Clark

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looks at Radford's career and what he brings to the role. You see up

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with a firm handshake. Adam Pearson welcomes his new coach in front of a

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sizeable media presence. It is one of the biggest job in the game, so

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how did Lee Radford slammed it? — — land it. The most important thing is

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he understands Hull. He cares about the city. Lee Radford is just 34. In

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a playing career of 15 years, he won two grand finals and a world club

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challenge, with Bradford rolls. He hung up his boots after cameo

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appearance for Hull buster. He is no stranger to management. Ten years

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ago, this was him in charge of the amateur side in Hull. They are

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worlds apart, obviously, but how to react around people and all that is

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helpful. What do the fans think of the appointment? I am just a little

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bit cautious. He has only coached in East Hull. He has done well. It is a

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good opportunity for him. I still think Peter Gentle made a second

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chance. At the end of the day, you have to have the experience. That

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comes from proven records. Adam Pearson has promised fans are more

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attacking team. Pearson wants to end the feast and famine that was in

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evidence in 2013. There could be exciting times ahead for the team if

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he gets it right. We wish him all the best.

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Hull City are into the fourth round of the Capital One League Cup for

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the first time in 36 years. They beat Huddersfield Town 1—0 at the KC

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Stadium with a goal from Proschwitz.

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Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson has told Look North

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professional golfer Tony Jacklin from Scunthorpe should be prepared

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to lose a lot of weight when he starts competing on Strictly Come

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Dancing. The sprinter is currently doing a mini tour of the country

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with Strictly star Erin Boag on behalf of the energy company NPower

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to help raise money for charity. Today, they've been in Hull and Amy

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Cole went along to meet them. What a way to spend a day at work. Erin

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Boag and Colin Jackson web United again, and delighting staff in Hull

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while helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer charity. The pair

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danced together in the programme, but didn't win the title. Erin Boag

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has bowed out of the show after a 10—year run, so is more than

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qualified to give advice. Do you think he has met his match? Wow. She

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did that the bit of dancing last year. Kevin, I don't know. He might

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be a little clumsy. I might grab the nation 's hearts.

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What kind of surprises are in store for Tony Jacklin? The most important

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thing for him is to relax and enjoy the idea, the concept of what it is

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all about. When Colin was first asked to do Strictly, he initially

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turned it down. He was tempted to take part. He is certainly a happy

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man. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines: The Labour leader Ed Miliband stands by his

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proposal for a freeze on energy prices as there are warnings of

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blackouts and power shortages. Calls for a review of school

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transport, as parents are forced to pay hundreds of pounds a year.

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big response on the subject of school transport.

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Thank you for all those messages. Charlie says, why should the

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taxpayer pay for free school transport for others? If the parents

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do not like it, move closer to the school. Rhiannon says, I think it is

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not fair for children to have to walk that far to school. Doctor

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says, with the powers that be that their children what to school in

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this day and age? Adam says, people seem to be forgetting children are

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alive choice. Don't have children if you cannot do not want to provide

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for them. You can expect every body else to pick up bill. Peters, my son

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has either a five mile walk or a £400 bus pass. No public transport

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available. Total abstruse decision. Thank you for watching. Johnny on

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the radio if you can. Take care. Goodbye.

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