26/09/2013 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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£50 billion project for high speed trains — but will other parts of our

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rail network lose out? There are huge swathes of the

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country which will get pretty much no benefit whatsoever from this

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scheme. The £12,000 theft of specialised kit

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which which could put lives at risk. To be in a situation where we have

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two say, can we go and for your relative it is heartbreaking.

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Denied a possible Wembley appearance — the Lincolnshire club thrown out

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of the FA Cup. The five September weather looks set to continue. Join

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me later for the forecast. — — the fine September weather looks set to

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continue. The human statue who's hoping to

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strike gold in Europe. Good evening.

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It could cost up to £50 billion but there are warnings that train

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passengers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will see their rail

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services get worse if the new High Speed Train line gets the go ahead.

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The Government says the planned link from London through the midlands and

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onto Manchester and Leeds is essential for the British economy.

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Campaigners here though say it will lead to a North—South divide. Sarah

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Corker reports. Early morning commuters start their journey from

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East Yorkshire, catching a direct train to the capital. I asked those

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at Brough Station just what difference the much talked about

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high speed rail link would make to them? Maybe I would drive over to

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lead and get the train from there, but it is unlikely. We will get left

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out at this end of the line, so to speak.

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things up to date, but I am not sure whether it is money well spent.

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Passengers from East Yorkshire use the East Coast main line to travel

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to London. A purpose—built high—speed rail network would mean

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people could connect with this fast online and carry on to the capital.

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But we don't know if that would be any faster. The government believes

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a new high—speed rail network would generate billions for the economy.

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Critics worry there will be no money left to maintain existing networks

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and areas like East Yorkshire not included in the plans will see a

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worse service. There are huge swathes of the country, not least

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Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, which will get no benefit from this

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scheme which is costing upwards of £50 billion.

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But a boom in rail travel has pushed the case for high speed rail. When

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you look at the growth we have seen in Railways of the last 15 years,

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there is no alternative that will provide the capacity this country

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needs in the future. Could that investment be at the

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expense of the East Coast Main Line? Its 900 miles of track are due to be

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upgraded — but it's already suffering from delays and

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disruption. And critics of HS2 are queuing up. Earlier this week, Lord

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Prescott gave us his view at Labour's party conference. It isn't

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going to do any good for the North. They wouldn't build it in the North.

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And so debate rumbles on — invest in the lines we have or build a brand

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new network? But for now, these passengers seem happy with the

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service they're already getting. I'm joined now by the Cleethorpes MP

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Martin Vickers. Do you think your constituents will be in favour of

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this train line which is nearly 100 miles away, as? I suspect the

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reaction of my constituents is fairly mixed, as it is up and down

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the country. The country is divided. It will benefit the UK economy. How

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will HS2 help Grimsby and Cleethorpes? Well, without freeing

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up capacity on the line, towns are unlikely to get better services they

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need. Transferring capacity will divide better services. We need to

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consider the massive growth in freight. A lot of it comes through

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Immingham. Lot Prescott has said it will do nothing for the North. He is

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entitled to his opinion. As on many other things, I think he is wrong on

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this. This is the biggest spend in British history. This money have

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been better improving local connections to East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire, which some would say we desperately need? We do need

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better services. The additional capacity will enable the network to

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provide that. It is beneficial to the whole economy. Tap to steal in

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Scunthorpe will be a contender for providing much of the Railtrack — —

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Tata Steel in Scunthorpe. What we need is greater connectivity between

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the provincial part of the country, particularly those out on the

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periphery is such as my own constituency. That can be provided

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when we free up the capacity. Too much emphasis is placed on the

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speed. This is about capacity. When we talk about the 42 billion, we're

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talking about that over 20 years. Very good to talk to you tonight.

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We want to hear from you on this story, is it a good idea to spend

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£50 billion in high speed rail or spend the money on improving other

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parts of the transport network? In a moment:

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look forward to hearing from you. In a moment: The mystery of the missing

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memorial. The empty space which campaigners are desperate to see

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Phil. ? Police and voluntary

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help find missing people say lives are being put at risk because of the

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theft of thousands of pounds worth of equipment.

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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue is now asking for help

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after thieves took radios, rescue equipment and first aid kits.

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Crispin Rolfe has been to speak to them. The blue bag is a medical grab

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bag. Very life—saving and life dependent equipment. Examples of

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just what has been stolen from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire search

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and rescue. Not just medical supplies, but safety equipment and

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communications, without which they cannot operate. The kit adds up to

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nearly £12,000 worth of equipment. It has taken so long to raise money

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to buy this. To be in a situation where we had to make a decision, do

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we can we go out and look for your relative, that is heartbreaking. The

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last four years, that is what they have done. In recent cases, local

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teams have played a key role. People need to be found as quickly and

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swiftly as possible. These people help us. It is vital we find this

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equipment and it is returned so they can continue delivering the

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excellent service and carry on saving lives. It was stolen from the

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back of the team 's van. A blow to the men and women who have come

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together to provide extra support, not just to Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire, but also to a butcher in Cheshire. This team of volunteers

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hopes for generosity, either from the themselves from charity, to help

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them buy new equipment in order to ensure they do not have to pack up

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for good. Some more news now.

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Police in Lincolnshire say they've begun a murder inquiry following the

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death of a 79—year—old woman. The woman, who hasn't been named, had

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been taken to hospital in Lincoln from her home in the village of

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Dunholme on Sunday. She died in Hospital on Tuesday. A 51—year—old

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man has been arrested in West Yorkshire and is helping police with

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their enquiries. The Trust which runs the East Riding

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Community Hospital has revealed that its funding is being cut by almost

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£4,000 a day. 18 beds at the hospital had to be suspended after a

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report raised concerns about the quality of care. A spokesperson for

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the Humber Foundation Trust says the funding will increase once all the

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beds are re—opened. The emergency services have spent the afternoon

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dealing with a lorry fire on the A17 in Lincolnshire. This was the scene

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on the road near Holbeach earlier this afternoon when thirty tonnes of

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straw caught fire. Drivers faced delays in the area as two fire

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engines put the fire out. A group of influential MPs says a

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Government programme to roll out super—fast broadband to rural areas

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including Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire is taking too long. The

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report by the Public Accounts Committee says there's a lack of

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competition in the industry. A campaign group lobbying for better

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rural broadband says Lincolnshire County Council is making

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improvements. There is a lack of competition so it is hard for

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authorities to judge if they are getting good value for money. There

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is only one supplier. It is a problem.

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Sleaford Town Football Club have been kicked out of the FA Cup. 12

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days ago, the team was involved in a huge brawl which involved rival club

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Huntington Town. Amy Cole is in our newsroom. Was the team expecting

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this punishment? They were expecting something to

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happen, but this was the toughest punishment they could have got and

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they're very disappointed. The brawl broke out during the home game

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between Sleaford Town and Huntingdon Town on Saturday 14th, and it spread

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to fans from both sides. They were playing in the FA Cup First round

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qualifying tie, but the match had to be abandoned just minutes before the

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final whistle. Both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to

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ensure their players and supporters conducted themselves in a proper

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fashion and refrained from provocative and violent behaviour.

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It's still unclear what led to the brawl. Today's decision to throw

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them out of the FA Cup was made on the basis of a report by the

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referee. This afternoon the club said it believed witness statements

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submitted to the FA were fair. We believe that a lot of the witness

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statement where broadly in our favour.

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Both clubs have been fined £150. Sleaford Town say they are waiting

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to see the official report, due tomorrow, before deciding whether to

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appeal the decision. If they choose not to appeal, it means they won't

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be able to progress any further in the competition.

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Still ahead tonight: Sitting down on the job — the human statue looking

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to take on the world. ?? new I have been punched, Spartak,

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kissed, offered drink. It is like being in the newsroom.

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The Red Arrows themselves sent in this picture of them on their way to

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Nice, flying over the Alps. Stunning picture. Good evening,

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young man. I am very well. The dicky bird tells

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me you were discussing clouds with Alistair Campbell yesterday on the

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radio. Absolutely. It is your worst

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nightmare, they knocked in a room with Alistair Campbell, you and the

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cloud appreciation Society — — being locked in a room.

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It looks as though we will have a lots of fine weather with sunshine.

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The good news is that this system is not going to make much progress

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northwards. For others, the last week in September is looking very

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nice. That is great news. It is been a lovely afternoon. Lots of sunshine

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around. Through this evening, it looks set to be dry with clear

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period. Overnight, it may be that cloud tends to increase from the

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south. Clear spells. Temperatures down to nine or 10 Celsius. The sun

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will rise at around 6:56am. It looks as though we are in for a lovely day

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tomorrow. A bit of cloud first thing, but a dry and bright day with

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some long spells of sunshine. Temperatures will be very pleasant.

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I'd injury field of 16 Celsius. That is 61 Fahrenheit. — — highs in true

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field of 16 Celsius. The weekend is very nice. Not bad for the end

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September. It will become quite breezy. That might take the edge of

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the temperatures, but some pleasant spells of autumnal sunshine.

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It is like it is like a lottery. I suppose it is when you are doing it.

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See you tomorrow. There are calls for a war memorial

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at Great Coates near Grimsby to be returned to its original location

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until a new site for it is agreed. The memorial was removed from the

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wall of a community hall when it was sold for redevelopment. But the

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village council says it's unlikely to be relocated in time for

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Remembrance Sunday. Caroline Bilton reports.

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Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice — in just over a

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month's time we will do what we have done for decades, not just in

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London, but at memorials across the country. But not here in the village

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of Great Coates — because this is where their memorial used to be, and

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no—one seems to know where it has gone. It's been in the village for

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95 years. My uncle came was killed in Florida. He is buried there, so

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there is no local grey. The memorial is sort of a gravestone. The

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memorial used to be on community hall until it was sold for

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redevelopment. A few months ago, it disappeared. Rumours have been rife

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that it has been damaged in that process. The village council told as

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it is safe and undamaged, and they plan to re—erected here, on the site

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of the new village. That would be in time for Remembrance Sunday. We have

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to get planning permission. As soon as we have permission, we can do

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that. Local residents say in the meantime, it should be returned to

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its original home. That war memorial should be put back where it was

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until such a point as it can be effectively, properly and

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sympathetically put up. People here want to see and enter this saga.

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They want to know where the memorial is, what state it is in and when or

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if it will ever be replaced. We will follow that one. We told you

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last night that the Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said

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parents were being "left out of pocket" when it comes to school

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transport. In the village of Thorngumbald, some children who

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qualify for free travel, have been told next term, they'll have to pay

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more than £500 for a pass. If they walk, part of their route is

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alongside a road with a 60 miles an hour speed limit.

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Thank you for Workers have begun to fill

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Sleaford's new swimming pool in preparation for its opening next

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month. The process will take around six days to complete. The leisure

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centre has taken a year to build, and cost nearly three million

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pounds. We have a number of tests to do. The sheer weight of the water,

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that puts a lot of pressure on the Paul. It has been sat empty for

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getting on 11 months now. We do not want to change the alignment

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quickly. After nearly 13 years working for

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the Diocese of Lincoln, the Bishop of Grantham is standing down from

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the post. The Right Reverend Doctor Tim Ellis was ordained 37 years ago

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today. He's been outspoken about a number of issues, including gay

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marriage, the first Gulf War and the cost of Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

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And Bishop Tim joins me now from our Lincoln studio. Good evening. When

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you became bishop, I guess you where aware about how outspoken you were.

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Very different from what we have been used to. I don't think so.

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There has always been a rich tradition within the church of

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people expressing all sorts of opposing views. One thing I always

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say is that the church is not a political party. We do not have two

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to eight line. — — we do not have to tell a party line. You have never

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been afraid of speaking out. Do people mind you having strong views

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about things like Margaret Thatcher and her economic policies? The

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people who agreed with the policies she issued will disagree with me — —

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people agreed with her policies will disagree with me. My concern is that

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we look to the future, but learn the lessons of the past. As I lead, I am

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concerned about problems which affect the people of Lincolnshire

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now. You like football and you are perhaps the first bishop to have an

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earring. Is it still in? Yes. It is. old. My children will not allow me

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to take it out. I just forget about it. Well, it does suit you. We wish

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you well for the future. Another passion of yours is Sheffield

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Wednesday, isn't it? Yes. I hope I will have more time for them, but I

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hope I will have something more worthwhile watching. Also, the

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bishop elect rock and pop music. Yes, I do. I always have done since

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being a small boy. I try to keep up with music as it has progressed. I

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still buy contemporary music. I learn a lot from my children and my

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grandchildren, and from that young people I have dealt with here. We

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think you are the trendiest vicar. We wish you all the very best for

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the future. Hope you are happy. That is very kind of you. Thank you.

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The Hull City manager says they couldn't have been given a harder

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draw in the Capital One Cup. Steve Bruce will take his team to

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Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round. The two sides meet in the

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League on Sunday 27th October, with the cup tie just a few days later.

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There are three or four individuals who need games, so it has been

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invaluable for them. We are in the next round. Let's hope we can

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perform at Spurs. We look forward to it.

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In rugby league, Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has announced his

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retirement form international retirement with immediate effect.

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That means he'll play no part in the upcoming World Cup for England

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despite having been picked in the initial squad. Ellis says he wants

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to focus on playing for Hull FC and "make a contribution to help us

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achieve things." The latest twist in Hull's bid to

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become the next UK City of Culture was revealed earlier today in a

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multistorey car park. Two elephants made from papier mache spent the

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afternoon walking around the City's Pryme Street car park. If Hull is

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successful in its attempt to win the title, the elephants will appear in

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the opening parade. If we win, it will be in the opening ceremony, if

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we are successful in getting the title of City of Culture. It fits

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with our themes of freedom because elephants are symbols of freedom in

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Africa. A performer from Hull is to

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represent the UK in a rather unusual World Championships. Andy Train is

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one of 40 living statues who will travel from all over the world for

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the competition, to be held this weekend in the Netherlands. Jo Makel

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has been to meet him. In Hull, the statues can be the

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royal, the righteous and sometimes the real.

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living statue often seen keeping still on the city's streets,

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delighting young and old alike. I think it's fabulous. Everybody who

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has gone posting has smiled. It is amazing, just not moving. Some try

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and make him him move. Others are caught out. The gold man is the

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creation of perfromer Andy Train. He's spent years perfecting the art

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of stillness. It is concentrating on the breathing. Relaxation

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techniques. I often think stone or metal. It works. In fact, Andy's got

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so good at it that he's now been asked to represent the UK in the

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Living Statue World Championships, due to be held this weekend in the

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Netherlands. And the practise he's had in Hull has certainly prepared

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him for anything. My home city is the most challenging place to be for

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being a statue. I have been kicked in Hull, kicked, tickled, kissed by

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men and women, offered during, spat acts. He was certainly a hit with

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the crowd while we filmed. Some amazing people as well. So hopefully

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the man with his seagull and chips will strike gold in Europe too.

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Good luck to Andy for this weekend. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines: Interpol issued an international alert for a

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British woman who may be involved in an attack in Nairobi.

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BMP for Cleethorpes tells us that HS2 will have indirect benefit for

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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Unless we free up capacity on the East

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Coast Main line, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe and other

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provincial towns are unlikely to get the better services they need.

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Finally, the weather: response on the subject of the

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high—speed train. Paul said, I think the money should be well spent on

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other parts of the network to improve the service. Victoria said,

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the money should improve existing lines and how about upgrading our

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trains to double—decker trains as seen in Europe? Laura says, it would

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free up capacity on the East Coast mainline. We need electrification.

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Finally, Pauline Scunthorpe said, will we would be able to afford to

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purchase tickets for the HS2? We do not enter as much as the

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southerners. Drama for the radio tomorrow

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lunchtime if you can. Have a nice evening. Goodbye.

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