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Mikaeel Kular's community. That's all from

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

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hunts are illegally killing foxes with dogs...a decade after the ban.

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They are using methods that looked legal, but we see a legal activity a

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lot of times. Not guilty of causing her sister's death in a car crash.

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But prosecutors say the case was in the public interest.

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Bingo halls call for a tax`cut to revive business. And the joke shop

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owner who thinks his building is haunted.

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And it's a bit unsettled this week. Join me later for the details.

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Anti`foxhunting investigators say some hunts are openly breaking the

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law and subjecting foxes to extreme cruelty. The League Against Cruel

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Sports says it will be monitoring more hunts to gather evidence this

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year. It follows the prosecution of four members of the Middleton Hunt

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in Yorkshire. But some hunts say the activists pose a danger to

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legitimate groups ` whose memberships are standing strong. Our

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Rural Affairs Correspondent Linsey Smith is here. Why ` a decade after

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the ban ` is there so much confusion about the law?

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Peter, when the Hunting Act came into force in 2005 it made the

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pursuit of a wild animal by one or more dogs illegal. What is legal

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though is using one or two dogs to flush out an animal and then shoot

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it. This doesn't just apply to foxes and fox hunting but a decade on it's

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still the most controversial aspect of the law, as we discovered when we

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went out with hunt monitors. We are here today to look at a fox hunt.

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Information indicates they may be breaking the law. He's been verbally

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abused, assaulted and tracked. Since the Hunting Act came into force in

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2005, Paul Tilsley spends his life watching. And waiting. In a lot of

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hunts are blatantly disregarding the law. They are using methods which

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make it look legal, but when we go and watch them, we see illegal

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activity a lot of times. In fact, most times, we see illegal activity.

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This footage shot by Paul lead to four members of the Middleton Hunt

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pleading guilty to illegal hunting last year. It shows a hunted fox

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hiding in hay bales. It's surrounded. On the left of the

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screen the fox bolts the hay bales with the hounds in pursuit. The hunt

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master is seen blowing his horn to announce the kill. That is not

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uncommon for this area of the country. We get information from

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various hunts around the area that what they are doing is stretching

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the law or just plainly being illegal. But as this footage from

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Boxing Day shows, the investigators have done little to dent numbers.

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People may be confused from time to time, but the bottom line is they

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have been operating for a long time now under this law and they have

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been a tiny number of cases where the hundreds have even gone to

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court, never mind being infected. We asked them to speak to us about

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allegations and we also asked to attend a hunt, but they all declined

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our request. Exact figures that relate specifically to fox hunting

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aren't readily available. But when it comes to the Hunting Act in

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general, Humberside Police boast the second highest prosecution rate in

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the country. But Lincolnshire Police told us although they will

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investigate allegations of illegal activity ` they don't regularly

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monitor hunts. And whilst that is happening, Paul will not give up.

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Just let us know when they are coming our way. We have been out

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here waiting for quite a few hours already, waiting for a hunts to go

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past that he has intelligence on. They have ten investigators working

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seven days a week. Paul suspects a lone rider spots him ` and warns

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others of his hide`out. The hunt's usual route is changed. And he's on

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the move again. It's a tense situation. The monitors say their

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aim is to stop animal cruelty. The huntsmen insist they operate within

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the law. Many in favour of hunting have told

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us they see the Act as an attack on countryside traditions. They want it

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repealed ` so that can once again hunt in peace. Not something the

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monitors are likely to let happen. Earlier, I spoke to Jim Barrington

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who is from the Countryside Alliance and asked him why some hunts are

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disregarding the law. I am not sure that they are. The trouble is people

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don't understand the Hunting Act. Police say it is badly drafted and a

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nightmare to enforce, so a lot of people who see hundreds

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automatically think they are breaking the law, but the vast

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majority are not. If they are doing nothing wrong, why did every hunt in

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our area refused to let us film or a doctor was in an interview? That is

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a matter for them, but the problem is they feel threatened, they feel

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they have monitors out on their backs. You cannot always judge that

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evidence. But you don't have a problem with the hunt monitors?

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If they were unbiased, but the vast majority of them are biased. I don't

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think it is a matter for a charity to enforce the law. People think

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hunts are breaking the law, then let's have good, sound evidence. The

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problem is the Hunting Act creates technical problems. Which accept

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hunting is still going on and you don't want us to see it, because it

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is a rich man's sport. I don't go hunting, I am from the animal

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welfare side of wings. I wish people would read the Hunting Act. Its

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changes the use of dogs, it doesn't ban it completely. You once

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described hunting is barbaric and bloodthirsty. Nothing has changed,

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has it? That is what I said at the time, because I didn't understand

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it. I went out and saw it and saw the alternatives. I know the use of

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scenting dogs is a unique process and should never have been banned.

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If we want to address cruelty, we should look at genuine cruelty,

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based on genuine evidence. Would you support a change in the law? Should

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it be down to animal welfare groups to monitor hunts? Or should the

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countryside be left to police itself?

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And this week's Sunday Politics will be debating whether the hunting ban

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has become unenforceable. That's from 11am on BBC One. A couple from

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Grimsby have been jailed for nine years after stealing almost half a

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million pounds from compensation money for their own disabled

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daughter. Cathy Watson was sentenced to five and a half years and her

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ex`husband Robert Hills was given three years and four months by a

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judge at Doncaster Crown Court. Their daughter had been awarded ?2.6

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million after suffering brain damage at birth ` the money was to be spent

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on her care. A young woman who was found dead at

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a house in Sleaford has been named as 21`year`old Emma Crossman. Her

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body was found on Tuesday at a house in Leicester Street by police. A

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woman has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of

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assisting a suicide. Thousands of US military personnel

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have been at a memorial service for four of their inner men who were

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killed when their helicopter came down choosing a training mission.

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The investigation is being led by the United States Air Force.

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A woman whose brother was killed in Afghanistan has today been found not

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guilty of causing the death of her sister in a car crash in East

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Yorkshire. Rosie`Ann Stone was driving in a separate vehicle to her

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sister Jennie when the crash happened in February. The jury at

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Hull Crown Court cleared her of causing death by careless driving.

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The Crown Prosecution Service has defended its decision to prosecute

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the case. Leanne Brown reports. A family struck by tragedy ` but

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today their latest ordeal was over as Rosie`Ann Stone walked away from

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court cleared of causing the death of her sister. It was on the 18th

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February last year when Jennie Stone died on the A165 Bridlington Road in

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East Yorkshire. Both sisters were trying to overtake a lorry in

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separate cars when they collided ` Jennie lost control and hit a tree

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which killed her. The accident happened just eight months after

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their brother Private Greg Stone was shot by the Taliban in Helmand

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Province. The jury of six men and six women took four hours to return

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their verdict. At the earliest opportunity, Rosie and ran to her

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family, who all then burst into tears. At the end of the trial Judge

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Simon Jack said, "I have expressed concern to the CPS as to whether it

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was in the public interest to have a trial. The CPS were insistent and it

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was their decision, not mine." Outside court the police said all

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accidents are investigated in the same way. The circumstances of this

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case make it infinitely more tragic and extremely unusual, but with

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every that Halliday on the road, we have two in their stick frilly,

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preparing a report and submitting it to the Crown Prosecution Service,

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who will make a decision will stop And the Crown Prosecution Service

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released a statement, which said, '"This was a very difficult

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decision, but weighing up all the considerations we concluded that, on

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balance, the public interest factors tending towards prosecution,

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outweighed those tending against. We therefore decided it was in the

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public interest to charge Rosie`Ann Stone and for the court to decide on

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her culpability." And today she was cleared of any wrong doing.

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Still ahead tonight: Why paranormal investigators have been brought to

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this shop! If you take a good photograph over

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the weekend, send it in. Tonight's is a stunner.

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It seems very mild today, let's get the forecast.

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There will be rain at times on Saturday and a fair bit of cloud.

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What is the bigger picture? A cold front through the evening means it

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will turn pressure and brighter on Sunday. We have had a fair amount of

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dry weather, but there have been a few showers. Overnight tonight, we

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will be largely dry. There could be a little mist and fog forming,

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temperatures dropping to four or five degrees. Tomorrow morning, the

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sun will rise at eight minutes past eight in the morning. Tomorrow

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morning, looking out for that rain. Into the afternoon, yes, there is a

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rare amount of cloud, but plenty of us will be dry. Still relatively

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mild getting up to around eight degrees. A cold front tracks over

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from the West, so it will be wet going into Sunday. Rain will clear

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and it should brighten quite nicely. A fresher feel to the day.

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The start of next week will be fairly cloudy with temperatures

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around six degrees. It's a game that's enjoyed by

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millions of people across the country on a weekly basis ` but the

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people who run bingo halls say they're paying too much tax. They

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want a cut to bring them in line with bookmakers and the lottery. The

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Bingo Association says the move would create jobs and help revive

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the industry. Tolu Adeoye is at a bingo club in Bridlington ` why does

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the industry think the amount they pay in tax is unfair? This is a

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multi`million pound industry employing more than 15,000 people.

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Many of them feel jobs going clubs are closing because of the amount

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taxpayer paying. `` tax they are paying. It's a game that's been

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enjoyed across Britain for generations. These sisters have been

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playing for decades. We're both Windows, so it is great to have a

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place to go and meet people and have fun, maybe earn a little money.

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There is not a lot to do for our age group. A teacher out of the house,

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keeps your brain occupied, keeps you young. But the group that represents

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bingo companies says the Government needs to help revive a struggling

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industry. Profits made by bingo companies are taxed at 20%. The

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Bingo Association wants that cut to 15% ` bringing it in line with

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bookmakers They claim that will make the Government an extra ?10 million

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a year and stop one bingo hall closing a week. It would mean we

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could reinvest in the building, the staff, the clubs, reinvest in

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training and refurbishing. A group of 54 MPs ` including Greg Knight

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and Diana Johnson ` are visiting bingo halls to look at the matter.

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The Government says its priority is to close the budget deficit. I

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mentioned in my report that some MPs are visiting their local bingo halls

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to see what is going on and wireless industry should extra help. I do you

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feel about the fight to bring tax down? Bingo is a national

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institution. 1.5 million people play bingo every week in Britain and it

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seems unfair that it is taxed at 20% when other forms of gambling are

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taxed at 15%. How likely is it the government will look at this now and

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reduce the tax Western Mac the Chancellor is going to look at the

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area and that is a good chance he will look at this tax. The revenue

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could go up, because more people would play.

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A former Lincoln City footballer has been charged as part of an

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investigation into alleged match fixing. Moses Swaibu, who played for

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the Imps between 2008 and 2011, is accused of conspiracy to defraud. He

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scored three goals in his 78 games with Lincoln City.

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People in Hull at being asked to sign up to a campaign to improve the

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city's help. The council wants people to cut the amount of sugar

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and fat in their meals. We are trying to engage with children and

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families to think about the things they eat every day, the things they

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do every day and make very small changes. Increasing more healthily,

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increasing activity stop. There's been a strong response from

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you to Lord Prescott's claims that Hull City fans shouldn't oppose

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plans to change the club's name. Owner Assem Allam wants the club to

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be called Hull Tigers and has threatened to leave if the FA fails

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to back his proposal. There is some support for Assem Allam's point of

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view. Jason in Hull says, "It doesn't matter a jot what the team

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is called. The heritage will always be there. I agree with Lord

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Prescott. Keep them flying high and support the business plan as well as

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the sport." Darren from Hull doesn't agree with Lord Prescott, saying,

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"After having spent so many years as an MP for Hull, I'm astounded he's

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still so out of touch with the people of Hull." Steve in Hull backs

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the club's owner saying, "These fools, who are living in the past

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and potentially may cause Allam to walk, should ask themselves are they

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able to fund the club to the same level? If the answer is no then they

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need to shut up and accept the change!" And the club have confirmed

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the signing of West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long. He agreed a deal

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with the Tigers this morning and joins Nikitsa Yelavich at the club

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after his move from Everton. Both new signings could play at Norwich

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tomorrow ` a side that Hull manager Steve Bruce has fond memories of,

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from his playing career. They gave me my chance, Norwich, to go on and

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have the career I have had. I had a wonderful three and a half years

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there as a young player, had my family there. BBC Radio Humberside

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will have full coverage of Hull City's trip to Norwich tomorrow. It

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will be live on their FM frequency with the build up starting at 1.30.

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Scunthorpe United against Wimbledon will be on AM from three o clock.

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Grimsby Town's home match against Gateshead will be on Digital and

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Online. And BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have commentary as Lincoln City

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meet Braintree They're currently one of the best teams in British ice

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hockey and can make it six games without defeat tomorrow ` but the

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Hull Stingrays have spent much of the day showing off their softer

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side. The team, which is enjoying its best even run in the sport's

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Elite League, have been teaching primary school pupils all about

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their game. Our sports reporter Simon Clark went along.

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Games lessons, normally taken by a teacher, but that this primary

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school, a couple of international sports stars are giving instruction

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on ice hockey. There is no ice, so they adapt. Two of the Stingrays are

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doing great things on the ice this season. The club is in its highest

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position to date. We always thought we had a good team, but now in the

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past to three weeks, it is going really well. That is what makes it

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fun so far. The drills continue. This is part of a six`week programme

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of coaching being ruled out in 30 schools. I would like to play more

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if I could. We have had a lot of fun playing it. We have had tournaments

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and different kinds of matches to play. Marvellous to see so many

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children playing their sports and unusually for this area, a variant

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of ice hockey. It is really fun to see the children smiling and having

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a good time outside, exercising. Hopefully they will love it and they

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will tell their friends and everybody will know about ice

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hockey. The players are back on the ice tomorrow hoping for their

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six`game unbeaten. A fancy dress shop in Scunthorpe has called in

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paranormal investigators after claiming it's being haunted by

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ghosts. The owner says there's been years of

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strange events and that he's got video of events he just cannot

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explain. Simon Spark has been to find out more.

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I am carrying these fancy dress costumes and I put them on the floor

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with the intention of putting the fancy dress costumes up there. And I

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look this way, because I feel like the front door is about to open. And

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then I hear a few more things going on over here. And this inflatable

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Princess, she falls off onto the floor, so that's me, I made my exit

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and I have an early lunch break. What was it that caused costumes to

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glide across the floor and inflatable princesses to fall down

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in Matthew Stephenson's shop on Monday afternoon? Could it just be

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an elaborate hoax with a bit of fishing wire? Well, Andrew Kilbee

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from Paranormal Lincs has had a look and doesn't think so. It is

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impossible, totally impossible to use a bit of string in this

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situation. The way the items on the floor move, pulling on a bit of

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string, they would've gone off at an angle. In order to get the items to

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move straight, they would have to be pulling from inside the wall. Then

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there are the friends who've braved a night there. Stuff flying off the

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shelves, creaky noises. So now there'll be a full paranormal

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investigation, hoping to answer so many mysterious questions. Like

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where did this woman's hand come from? Simon Spark ` BBC Look North,

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Scunthorpe. If you have a story you think we

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should know about, send us an e`mail and give us a telephone number, and

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we may send our cameras. Let's get a recap of the national and regional

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headlines. The hunt for a three`year`old ` police say he may

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be missing following a criminal act. Anti`foxhunting investigators say

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some hunts are openly breaking the law and subjecting foxes to extreme

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cruelty. Tomorrow's weather: Rain at first. Turning drier and brighter.

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More rain towards the evening. Highs of 7C.

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On the subject of fox hunting, or one viewer says, it is simple, ban

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fox hunting. Another view it said, haven't people anything better to do

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than hunt innocent boxes? Another person says, I totally agree with

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the countryside Alliance. They are being monitored by a biased group of

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fanatics. Changing the law would not make any difference. Neill says,

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boxes are a pest and should be treated as such. A lot of these

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animal rights people are fanatics and cannot be taken seriously. If

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the law is badly drafted, surely there is room for changing it.

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One viewer said, Mr Barrington was sensible and reasonable and has

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clearly thought it through. That's all from us for now. Goodbye.

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