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let-up. Thank you. That is all from the BBC News at Six. Goodbye. Now we

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join the the BBC News at Six. Goodbye. Now we

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join the BBC News teams where you Good evening and welcome to BBC Look

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North. The headlines tonight: ?? new line Thousands of jobs on the way as

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a multi`million pound business park finally gets the go`ahead. I live to

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reaction `` I am live with reaction to a decision.

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Also on tonight's programme: Due to marry in two weeks' time, but left

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without a venue following the tidal surge.

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The Government defends the use of military drones flown from RAF

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Waddington. And behind the scenes with Strictly

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Come Dancing's Kevin and Susanna ahead of this weekend's final. Some

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kids were talking about is and they said, it is that girl from breakfast

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and Kevin from Grimsby. The five`day forecast follows shortly.

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It's been described as the biggest economic investment in the area

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since the Second World War. The Government has given permission for

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a giant business park for energy companies which will employ 4,000

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people to be built on the south bank of the Humber. Construction of the

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Able UK site will start next year with the company telling BBC Look

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North they will begin recruiting after Christmas. Paul Murphy has

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this report. This has always been the vision. Now

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it's to become a reality. A ?450 million site which will make and

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assemble wind turbines for the North Sea. The company behind the site

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describes it as a turning point in the economy of the Humber. We're

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took about 4000 plus local jobs. `` we are talking about 4000 plus local

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jobs. The North of England have been supplying parts and so on.

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This 900`acre site has more than a mile of river frontage, a quay will

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be built to allow turbine transfer ships to pull alongside. Able UK

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says the site could create between 4,000 and 10,000 jobs Working on

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building the Marine Energy Park could start as early as January.

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It's expected to be completed by 2016. It means creating jobs,

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attracting business, creating wealth. We want more engineers.

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There is lots of things. A ball UK is promising lots of jobs and says

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it could have a profound impact on on companies `` Able UK is promising

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lots of jobs. We have added slots to the premises. ?NEWLINE Able says a

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number of companies are already in negotiation about moving in here.

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There have been objections from rival port operator ABP but they are

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not expected to cause major delays to this project. Earlier, I spoke to

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Peter Stephenson from Able UK. I started by asking him if this was

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good news for the Humber. It is excellent news for the Humber. What

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about the government backing? I am very pleased. How soon before you

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get started? Ground work will be started in the first quarter of next

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year. So the construction starts very quickly. Will these be local

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jobs? Yes. We have been working around here some ten years now and

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try to give jobs locally where we can. Good news for employment. Can

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people start getting in touch straightaway? Yes. TUC any problems

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on the funding? `` do you see any problems. No, we don't. Have you got

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many tenants lined up and ready and committed to moving? We have a lot

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of tenants who want to come here. Regarding the jobs, can you make

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guarantees that the jobs will go to local people rather than people

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being ferried in, which we have seen so much? We could not guarantee

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that. We will be employing the construction side. The preference is

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to use local people. Preference is good, but sometimes we see people

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shipped in from abroad. No doubt there will be some of that. ABP says

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they are disappointed that you have chosen to work in conflict with the

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port rather than for the benefit of the Humber. Those are strong words.

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I am surprised you have said that. I have never heard that said. They

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would not work with others. Willis Cooper your plans? They are doing

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their best to try to do so. We're here now. Why cant you work

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together? That is a question for APB. Will they scupper your plans?

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No. Tim Iredale is in Westminster

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tonight. How much pressure has their been from politicians to get this

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deal done? We are told that the Prime Minister

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and the Deputy Prime Minister put pressure on various officials to try

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to get this sorted out as soon as possible. Many feared we could be

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talking about a black day for North Lincolnshire's economy. Instead, it

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is more of a red letter day for the Humber Green dream. Nobody was more

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relieved than the MP whose constituency covers the site, Martin

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Vickers. It is a massive boost for the local economy. The construction

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industry employs hundreds, possibly thousands. Great opportunities for

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small businesses to get involved in the supply chain. Long`term, further

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good news in terms of investment and the fact that Northern Lincolnshire

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and the Humber region is recognised as a major centre for the

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renewables. We're told David Cameron welcomes this announcement. The

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government says it is committed to the Humber be in the UK capital of

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green energy, and the problems between Able UK and ABP, I am told,

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can be ironed out. ABP is still an important player in the green energy

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industry because it is such an integral part of the green pop

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project that hopes to attract Siemens. At last we have an outcome

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with Able UK. It is a bit like that old song about it is a long, long

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time from May to December. It certainly felt like that, Peter.

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Thank you for that. We want to hear from you on this

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story. You heard from Peter Stephenson that jobs are available

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from after Christmas. Will you apply? What difference do you think

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the development will make to the area?

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A couple from Grimsby have been forced to rearrange their wedding

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plans, after the venue they booked was severely damaged by the tidal

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surge. The couple had booked the Reeds Hotel in Barton upon Humber

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for the start of January, but this afternoon the company confirmed, it

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has gone into voluntary liquidation. Simon Spark reports.

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Tim and Amy had planned their wedding day for two years for the

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third January 2014, but just weeks before their big day, everything had

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to be rearranged when the venue they'd chosen was flooded by the

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tidal surge. It was a lovely venue, with the Humber Bridge in the

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background. I grew up in Batson and a lot of my family still live

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there. It made sense to Tuesday, as well as being beautiful. But

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positioned near the banks of the Humber, the hotel took the full

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impact of the water on the fifth December. We realise that Reeds

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must've been involved. We have three young children and we wanted a

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family celebration for our wedding. It has made it very quite stressful.

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You can see the way into the hotel is completely blocked off. This

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well`known local landmark has been family run for steam years. In a

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statement, they said it has had a catastrophic impact on their

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business. And this afternoon a statement confirmed the worst

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possible outcome. It said how the business was unable to recover

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financially from the cost of the huge amount of work and renovation

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now needed and that they'd made the very difficult decision that Reeds

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Hotel is to enter into voluntary liquidation. It said the loss of

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Reeds Hotel was heart`breaking to the family and is something they

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hope to move forward from. The company has been unable to pay its

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debt and has therefore had to call in the liquidator, who will sell the

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assets then pay out the creditors. The unsecured creditors will be paid

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later. It is very difficult for everyone. It is a very unfortunate

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situation. Amy and Tim have still been told they'll get their deposit

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back, but for the Reeds hotel, this family business, has been literally

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washed away. A Boston landlord has been found guilty of carrying out a

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double murder. The man will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison. The

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body of a missing Grimsby teenager has been found on a beach in

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Cumbria. 17`year`old Callum Chapman had been staying with a relative in

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Maryport before he went missing on Sunday. Police say that there are no

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suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen in line with the

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national trend. The latest figures show unemployment has fallen by

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6,000 people, which leaves the jobless total at 239,000. In the

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East Midlands ` which includes Lincolnshire ` it had fallen by the

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same number, leaving 162,000 people out of work.

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Some drainage systems in Goole are to be looked at following a report

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into last year's flooding. East Riding Council found that while the

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amount of rainfall was not exceptional, there was a failure of

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pumping equipment. The council and Yorkshire Water met today to discuss

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the report. They accepted its findings and will now act on the

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recommendations. Having the agencies working together can only be a good

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thing for the town. We have seen significant improvements and

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additional funding since the flooding last year. This can you

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make it better, I would hope. Still ahead tonight: we catch up

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with Suzanne and Kevin. Last night's sunset at South Common,

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Lincoln. Alan Mayo. Good evening.

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Good evening. Oh, my word. I should have brought

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my sunglasses. Somebody said, I just had Paul talking about the history

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of snowmen, it was fascinating, should I get out more? Yes is the

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answer. Where do the Christmas national this

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weekend, so there. You are not gone to Lapland are you?

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Yes. Fine with sunny spells tomorrow. Like with sunny spells

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tomorrow. They could be a few wintry showers. Tomorrow evening, a few

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showers could turn to sleet and perhaps a temporary covering of snow

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in places. That is tomorrow evening. For much of tomorrow, it will be

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fine. All attention to the west, and very active weather front is

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knocking on the door of Manchester now. Is bringing strong winds and

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torrential rain. There might be some localised flooding associated with

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that. After midnight, it clears up. A few showers could return. The sun

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will rise at 8:15am and will set at 3:41pm. Tomorrow will be a brighter

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day with sunshine. There will be some local wintry showers. We will

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keep our eye on a feature late afternoon and into the evening which

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may bring some sleet and rain, or even wet snow. Top afternoon

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temperatures, around five Celsius. When you factor in that wind, it

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will feel fairly chilling. Further ahead, Friday not to bad. It has

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worked and windy again on Friday night. That rain reluctant to play

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on Saturday. Sunday, a return to brighter skies. That is the

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forecast. You will have two words that `` you

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will have to wear that. You look like one of Santa's little helpers.

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The Defence Secretary has defended the controversial use of drones, or

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unmanned aircraft, in a visit to Linolnshire. Philip Hammond came to

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see their operation at RAF Waddington, the command centre of

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the UK drone programme. Cameras were allowed to film inside for the first

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time, and Jonathan Beale was there. For the first time, we have been

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able to witness an aircrew prepare for a mission. They climb into a

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windowless room here. This is flying but not as we know it. This crew on

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the ground and Lincolnshire is making decisions about life and

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death hundreds of miles away in Afghanistan. Have you had to fire

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weapons? It is, `` I have, but it is not something I like to talk about.

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It is what we do. I you confident you have not hit civilians?

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Absolutely. The MoD has allowed cameras into the MoD headquarters.

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The RAF say this is proof of how civilian casualties are avoided.

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Missiles are diverted to avoid collateral damage. Mistake had been

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made. Drones have killed civilians. There has been one incident in which

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we are aware of civilian casualties out of over 400 uses of weapon

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systems by remotely piloted aircraft. There have been incidents

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involving land aircraft. I am afraid the nature of war fair, you cannot

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guarantee 100% that there will not be natural damage. The military

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shuns the word drone. They insist there is always a person in charge.

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This may be the future of warfare. The debate about their use has only

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just begun. Another one you might have a view

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on. The largest storm water tunnel in

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Yorkshire has nearly been finished in Bridlington. It's been built as

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part of a ?40 million Yorkshire Water project to improve water

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quality at the town's two beaches. A specialist boring machine has been

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used to construct the tunnel over the last ten months. It's 800 metres

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long ` two metres wide and will help drain away waste water. Never had a

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boring machine on the programme before.

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Thanks to everyone who got in touch about the two North East

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Lincolnshire villages who're getting high speed broadband. Residents in

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the Stallingbrough area were left out of a Government scheme to bring

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fast internet access to rural areas. But that didn't deter them ` and

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they've now done a deal with a major provider.

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Farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say their business is

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only just recovering from the wettest summer in a century last

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year. The counties provide a third of the country's salad and veg.

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Farmers say perfect conditions this year have kept them from catastrophe

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but there is still some way to go, as Crispin Rolfe reports.

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Coming off the conveyor belt. At this time of year production goes up

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from three tonnes a day to 100. Fortunately, this season it's a

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bumper crop, compared to last year's horror show ` the weather creating a

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perfect storm for farmers. It rained all summer, we could not harvest, it

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was a nightmare. . So for an industry which had been bracing

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itself for more of the same ` relief.

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And with more supply this year, hopefully lower prices for shoppers.

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It is peak parsnip harvesting time right now. This machine is running

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constantly until Monday. This is in contrast to last year, when wet

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weather and freezing conditions ruined half of this farm's crop. In

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Lincolnshire, a similar story of regrowth. The county provides almost

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a third of the UK's vegetables and salads. Though grower Mark Nundy

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says it'll be another year before they can recover fully from 2012. If

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we get a year like last year, the is really difficult. This year, we have

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recovered a bit. We will see benefits next year. For farmers on

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the Humber, though, that recovery remains a long way off after this

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month's tidal flooding and the potential for more next year. It's a

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harsh reminder for an industry so reliant on the weather, despite

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otherwise almost perfect conditions. With the big final just a few days

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away, Grimsby's Kevin Clifton says he's proud to have put his home town

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on the map. He will partner BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid in

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the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday night, with rehearsals for

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their last routine now well under way. They took time out from their

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gruelling schedule to speak to our reporter Phillip Norton.

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It's just after nine o'clock in the morning.

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Susanna Reid has already been on air for three hours presenting the BBCs

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Breakfast programme, but her day is only just beginning ` a new dance

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routine awaits. Nail it follows on Saturday. Bring is that trophy.

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Her performances with Grimsby's Kevin Clifton have captivated the

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viewers and the judges on Strictly Come Dancing. It has been

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incredible. It has been much more intense than I anticipated. It has

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been fun, exciting, incredibly hard work and very enjoyable. It has been

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brilliant. Now for our next couple. It is Susanna and Kevin from

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Grimsby. Her performances with Kevin Clifton have captivated the viewers

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and the judges. It has put Kevin and his town in the spotlight. I like

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the Grimsby is getting talked about. We were out having a coffee the

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other day and some kids were talking about is and they said to their

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teacher, it is that girl from breakfast and thingy from Grimsby.

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Grimsby is more famous than me. And the partnership saw Susanna make

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her first visit to the town. I was welcomed with open arms. I had a

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thorough ball `` thoroughly enjoyable time. Surely it is not

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long until you get the keys to Grimsby. There will be statues,

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Kevin from Grimsby. He hasn't so for Grimsby.

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They've come close to crashing out, surviving thanks to the public vote,

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so they're not taking support from the people of Grimsby for granted `

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car stickers among methods being used to gain crucial votes. It moves

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is when we read messages from people, and make every moment worth

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while. I would act as a massive thank you. Support has been insane

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and really nice. It is lovely. It means a lot.

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As they face the paparazzi, fingers are crossed. The final awaits ` and

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Grimsby is hoping they'll tango to the title. Good luck to them for

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Saturday night. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. Sentenced to 35 years ` the rock

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star Ian Watkins is jailed for a string of horrific sex attacks on

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very young children. Thousands of jobs on the way as a multi million

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pound business park finally gets the go`ahead.

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Let's go back to our top story about the new marine energy park in North

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Lincolnshire Paul is live in North Killingholme tonight next to where

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the site will be built. Paul. How big an impact will the

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announcement have on the area? I think it will do nothing less than

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placed the Humber at the very centre of the European wind energy stage.

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That is important. Investors will be looking at this project and other

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possible projects around the Humber, and wanting to know how they can get

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involved. There will be squabbles along the way but the reality is,

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this is happening, recruitment for the construction phase of the huge

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project here on the south Humber bank begins in January.

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Paul, thank you. Jonathan from Horncastle says, excellent news for

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Lincolnshire, and shows the potential for many skilled green

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jobs in the renewables industry. Lucy in Lincoln says, great news,

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now what about a direct rail link to London, putting the Humber region on

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the map. Bob says, hardly anyone in this area will get a job, it will go

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to outside contractors. Of course, I put that point to Peter Stevenson.

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Tony said, ABP should butt out. This country need to get its act together

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with regards to speed in planning and control. Jeff says, while Hull

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have been messing about with culture, Lincolnshire Council is

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adding something useful. Thank you for the messages. Thank you for

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watching. Good night.

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