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child abuse. That is all from the BBC News at six.

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

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tributes for the rugby league legend Steve Prescott.

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The fact the church was so busy says so much about what type of bloke he

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was. A warning to drivers caught using

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their mobile phone behind the wheel. You are gambling with your life and

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you are gambling with other people 's lives.

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Taking to the Strictly stage ` the the hero who jumped into a water

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filled ditch to rescue a trap motorist. And taking to the Strictly

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stage. A risk of ice and frost ahead.

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Hundreds of people broke out in spontaneous applause as the coffin

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of former Hull FC rugby league player Steve Prescott arrived at

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church this morning for his funeral. The 39`year`old died this month

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after he lost his seven year battle with a rare form of stomach cancer.

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During that time he raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity

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and retains a special place in the hearts of sports fans across the

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country. Phillip Norton reports from his home town of St Helens.

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From clubs of all colours. Family, friends and fundraisers. The

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sporting world united in applause for Steve Prescott. St Mary's Lowe

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House church in his native St Helens was packed for the service to

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remember his life. More than 2,000 mourners, including the England

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Rugby League team, gathered to say their farewells.

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We are here to celebrate Steve's life. We have more and and we will

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continue to do so but we must remember this great person.

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Steve Prescott was a legend on the pitch for Hull FC, as well as St

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Helens, England and Ireland. But in 2006, he was given just months to

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live when he was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. He

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remained defiant, courageously completing gruelling challenges and

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marathons, raising almost half a million pounds for charity. His son

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Taylor paid tribute to his dad during the service.

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When I was five, I made him a promise that I would always do my

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best and follow my dream of being a sportsman. I would make him as proud

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of me as I am of him. We will miss him but we will love him for ever.

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Outside, in drizzle and rain, the crowds remained. Hull FC fans and

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representatives standing side by side with other mourners.

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Towards the end of the service, his life was lovingly summed up. Thank

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you but 39 years of hope and inspiration. We will make sure your

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name goes on and on. We will let everyone know you were truly one in

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a million. He was a fantastic bloke. He was one

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of the best fullbacks I have ever seen. I'm just glad I could come.

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A private service was held shortly afterwards. A final goodbye to an

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inspiration and a man whose legacy will live on.

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In a moment: As unemployment begins to fall in parts of the country `

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how are these four job`seekers faring in their hunt for work? A

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woman from Hull whose mother was killed by a texting driver says

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mobile phones should be switched off completely when behind the wheel.

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New figures show almost 5500 people in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

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have points on their licence for driving while distracted. Now a

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Yorkshire`based charity is calling for phones to be locked away before

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drivers set off. Driven to distraction. Whether it's

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the pressure of modern life or the tedium of the traffic, the claim is

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too many reach for their mobile phone. But the consequences can be

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severe. Dawn Timming's mother Mary died on an East Yorkshire road.

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She'd just been given the all clear from cancer when she was involved in

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a head on collision. The person that was driving towards

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Hull was texting on their fallen and lost control of the beer call and

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hit her head on. `` lost control of the vehicle. Those of us left behind

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are trying to put our lives back together without that person.

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A campaign group is calling for people to turn off their mobile

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phones or pack them away safely. Pro`driving groups insist that

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hands`free kits as a and people shouldn't have to turn their forms

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of altogether. The deterrent against using even a

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hand`held phone isn't great so we would like to see that buying put up

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to a minimum of ?8,000 `` ?1000. I don't have Bluetooth or anything.

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If I'm driving, I can ignore it. Of course there are other distractions

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` cigarettes, food, even passengers. The question being posed by road

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safety campaigners I would say turn it off, silence,

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get it away, because the temptation is too great.

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Earlier, I spoke to John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety

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Partnership and asked him whether he thought phones in cars should be

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banned completely. We talk about mobile phones and we

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have the disparity here between a hand`held phone and hands`free

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phones. The same applied to both, they are both as dangerous as each

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other. People have been eating and drinking

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behind the wheel for years. I can't see the difference.

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There is a big difference. Statistically your reaction time is

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35% slower when you are on the phone and driving than that of a drunk

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driver. It can't be more dangerous than drinking.

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If you need to drop your mobile if you are in trouble, you can. You can

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suddenly sober up. We have found there is a physical

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distraction. What about a parent with two

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screaming kids in the back of the car? Would you ban them.

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A man who jumped into a water`filled ditch to rescue a motorist who was

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trapped upside down in a crashed car has been described as a hero by

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police. Andy Stubbs says he went to help after his wife heard the crash

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near their home in Brothertoft near Boston. He says the road where it

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happened is an accident black spot and wants the council to make

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improvements to make it safer. Amy Cole is there. It was purely by

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chance that the driver got any help at all. Andy and his family were at

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a remembrance service for someone who had died in a road traffic

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accident when they heard a noise coming from the ditch. They could

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see the car in the ditch and that it had started to take on water and the

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driver was trapped inside. It was pitch black and getting cold. The

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police say that the driver is very lucky to be alive.

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It appears that the driver ended up in this ditch, for reasons unknown.

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There was a car overturned in the dream. I helped to calm him down.

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His head was above the water so we helped them a little bit until

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people arrived. Andy reckons that the driver was in

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the ditch for about 45 minutes. Lincolnshire Police praised Andy's

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willingness to help. Lotsa people would say that lots of

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other people would do that but only certain people can step up to the

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mark. I think he saved the driver's life. We have had about eight or

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nine incidents of people going into the drain. I have reported this to

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the council but have had no success in getting anything done. He hopes

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that the council will now act. Andy has told me that he has spoken

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to the Highways Agency and the wheels `` they will send out people

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to look at the ditch. That ditch has more than a ten foot vertical drop.

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It is very dangerous and there are always people like Andy on hand

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willing to help out. Well done to Andy.

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Still ahead tonight: Putting on a show at the Blackpool tower ballroom

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` the Grimsby dancers starring on the Strictly stage.

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The roar as we came out was just phenomenal.

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That's a great story. Tonight 's picture now. Tracy Needham took this

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of Brantingham in East Yorkshire. I have had an e`mail saying that

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they saw you in a cafe. They say you look better in the flesh.

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For the next 24 hours it is colder. We will have a frost tonight but

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plenty of sunshine tomorrow. Just the risk of one or two wintry

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showers along the coast. The cold front is still across Lincolnshire

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so still in narrow ribbon of rain pushing out. It will be cold

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tonight. A widespread frost and watch out for icy patches. The sun

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will rise at these times. Watch out on the roads first thing.

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A crisp start but a sunny one. Just the hint of a new wintry showers

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along the coast. Inland it will be dry but you will notice how cold the

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air is. We morning has a wet start in places turning brighter. Sunny

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intervals and scattered showers on Thursday.

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You should be using their ibid more make up their need is to wet the

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receding hairline. That got you! The latest figures show a fall in

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unemployment across the country. But in the Yorkshire and Humber region

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and across the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire, more than

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400,000 people are still looking for work. Last month we introduced you

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to these four ` Teri, Stefan, Josh and Jess `who're all hoping to find

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employment. Four weeks on, Gemma Dawson has been to find out how

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they're getting on. I'm job`hunting. I wonder if you

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have any job vacancies. Teri has been unemployed for four years and

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are starting to give up hope. Since I first met her last month, she has

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spent hours pounding the pavements looking for vacancies. I have been

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trying my best but it just gets me down. I can't do any more than my

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best and I just feel upset. Back at her apartment, Teri admits she's

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struggling with debt. This is the longest I've ever been

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between jobs. I don't know what to do. Stephan has also remained

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unemployed. `` Stefan. It's all right looking

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for work but if you cannot get anybody to employ you, you have two

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employ yourself. Josh is also making plans for the

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future. He is one month into his traineeship and is hoping to work at

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the builders merchants. I am still the siding which one to

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choose. Jess is already getting a taste of

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work. This is her first be helping out at the new primary school. It

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has been stressful because it is the first day back at work but I have

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enjoyed it and it has reassured me that working with children is

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something that I want to do. But these four are still searching

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for their happy ending as they continue to prepare for work.

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We wish them well. And we'll continue to follow the four as they

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try to find a job here on BBC Look North over the next few months.

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They went to practice their scuba`diving but ended up at the

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centre of one of the worst storms in history. Now soldiers have been

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describing how they helped after the typhoon.

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That is a typhoon coming in over the mountain.

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We are talking a freight train passed the window and doors for two

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hours. It was full on. We took shelter in what we thought was the

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safest structure which was concrete building but we realised the

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following morning that the roof had been lifted off.

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This is where they were in relation to the eye of the storm. There were

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hundreds of miles away but the storm still had power. Now back at their

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base in East Yorkshire, they are taking stock of the recovery

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operation. Most of the population live in rough

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hearts with bamboo panels. `` rough huts.

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We were clearing trees with machetes. We just did the best we

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could with what we had. The locals are very resilient.

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They have been lucky to escape one of the strongest storms in history.

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This is one training exercise these men won't forget.

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Volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service have been told they'll have

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to compete with high street brands to run coffee shops at hospitals in

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Goole and Scunthorpe. North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust

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says asking people to bid to run the catering facilities will improve the

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service for patients and visitors. Utterly appalled and disgraced that

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they could even consider this. We are told that hospitals are not

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having budget cuts so there is no need for this.

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The Strictly Come Dancing spotlight has been on Grimsby over the past

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few weeks as 11 million people watch the progress of locally`born

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professional dancer Kevin Clifton and his celebrity partner Susanna

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Reid. This week though there was more than just Kevin representing

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North Lincolnshire. It was a family affair on BBC One as the whole

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Clifton family starred on the programme. Simon Spark reports.

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On Saturday's Strictly, Grimsby's on Kevin Clifton and Susannah reads got

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three tens. Kevin's sister, here on the right, .

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Kevin and I danced on that floor for many years so it was emotional.

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The rest of his family were there as well. They are seen here opening the

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show. They were watching the show back today.

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I didn't believe it at first. I thought it was a joke.

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Every time that music comes on now, here stands up on the back of your

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neck. The Road was just phenomenal. I cannot describe it. `` the roar.

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Is it too early to dear to hope? As soon as they say his name, my

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stomach goes... I was so proud. I had a few tears. I think they are

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doing really well and I think they should win.

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Fantastic dans on Saturday. It continues next Saturday. Let's get a

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recap of the national and regional headlines.

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Two Internet giants are to crack down on Internet child abuse search

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terms. Hundreds line the streets to pay their respects to the Hull FC

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star Steve Prescott. Tomorrow's weather: A frosty start

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with icy patches. Otherwise most places dry with just a small chance

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of a wintry shower, mainly along the coast. Cold with a maximum

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temperature four Celsius. We've had a big response on the

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story about driving with mobile phones. Annie says that phones

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should be turned off and put in the boot of the car. Our daughter was

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nearly knocked off her bike. Another correspondent says what about

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changing the radio station? When is it going to stop? Steve says, nanny

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state going over the top again. It won't along before the driver is

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sealed in a separate box away from any distraction altogether. Have a

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nice evening. Goodbye. 'We wanna do

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a science fiction series.' CS Lewis meets HG Wells meets

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Father Christmas, that's the Doctor.

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