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the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we

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way. That is all from the BBC News steam at six. Good night from me.

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

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homeless woman given compensation after she turned down a council

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flat. I am not being picky. I have gone

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right to what I want in my life, and to be happy. They do absolutely have

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the right to turn it down but must then be prepared for the

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consequences. The volunteers who say they feel

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bullied into running Lincolnshire's libraries.

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Lifting the limit ` the plans which could mean faster tractors on our

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roads. Bringing penguins to Hull ` now

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work's under way to build an Antarctic haven. Don't forget the

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five day forecast. A homeless women who came to Hull

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has been awarded compensation after she refused to accept the council

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flat offered to her which she described as "gorgeous." Hull City

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Council has been accused of carrying out an "injustice" for the way they

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handled Ciccone Owen's case. Now, after failing to tell her the

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reasons why they closed her homeless application, the council has been

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found to be at fault. Phillip Norton reports.

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Ciccone Owen moved to Hull last year with the hope of better medical care

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for her mental health problems. She was given a priority status as a

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homeless woman, but says the bedroom was too small on the property

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offered by Hull City Council. It was a gorgeous property, I cannot fault

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the council. It was a brand`new kitchen, the full place was

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carpeted, but it was the bedroom, you could not get a decent bed in

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there. I could not live there because I would have felt trapped

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and it is important for somebody with my health, you have got to stay

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out of the house, you cannot stay in there, and sometimes when you are

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quite ill, you confine yourself, so I knew that property would be no

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good for me. When people register for a council house they are given a

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level of priority. As Ciccone was homeless she was seen as a "high

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priority" and offered a property. But as she rejected that offer, Hull

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City Council wrote, explaining that by doing so she'd be placed in a

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lower priority banding. But, the investigation found that the local

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authority didn't explain the reasons for why this decision was made. It

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also failed to say that Ciccone could appeal against it. The council

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have agreed to look at anybody else who they may have dealt with in this

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way. They have not explained what the appeal rights are, so they have

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agreed to do that, and have identified three other cases are

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people were not receiving accurate information. They absolutely have

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the right to turn it down, but must be prepared for the consequences.

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There are people on the waiting list and there will be somebody willing

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to take that accommodation. If somebody will not, then it must go

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to Ciccone was offered a new home last week ` but has again turned it

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down claiming it was unsafe. Someone else who is willing to take it. I'm

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not being picky, I have just got a right to what I want to do in my

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life, and to be happy. You know, this is why I have come here, to be

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happy, to sort my life out. Ciccone Owen ending that report. Phillip

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Norton is at the Guildhall in Hull tonight. We have heard about this

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case, but what about the other people who might have been affected?

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The investigation found three other people in a similar situation to

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Ciccone, they have been written to and made aware of their right. The

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local authority also visit has reviewed how it will deal with

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situations like this in the future. There are currently 10,000 people

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waiting for a council flat or house in Hull. The council says that

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should they keep turning down properties offered to them, they may

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be removed from the list for a short time.

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We want to hear from you on this story. Should the council have

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handled Ciccone's case better? Maybe you think she should have accepted

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the first property she was offered? In a moment: Extending free parking

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to help boost the high street. Campaigners trying to save a

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Lincolnshire library say they feel "bullied" into taking`over the

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service. Volunteers in the county have until tomorrow to express

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interest in running 30 of Lincolnshire's smaller libraries.

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The County Council has already received enquiries from groups

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wanting to run 29 of their sites. The plans will save the authority

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more than ?1.5 million. Gemma Dawson reports.

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Meet Michael. He's just one of the volunteers here at Waddington

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library... It's run by the Lincolnshire Co`operative with the

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help of local residents ` giving villagers the chance to pick`up

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their prescription while borrowing a library book... We already run a lot

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of community services, food stalls in the community, pharmacies, post

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offices in particular are a vital community service, so we felt this

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was an extension of our role as a co`operative. They have been running

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this library alongside the pharmacy since November 2012 and has now

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expressed an interest in running five other libraries across linking

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share. `` Lincolnshire. The County Council currently runs 45 static

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libraries, but that will drop to just 15. Of the remaining 30, the

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Council has now received expressions of interest for 29. People in

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Scotter have until tomorrow to submit a bid or risk losing their

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library. The Council's also received interest from seven communities who

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want to start`up new libraries. This library is one that could now remain

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open. Market Deeping Town Council Deeping St James Parish Council have

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teamed`up to try and save it. As you can see ` people here are passionate

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about their library. But some say they feel "bullied" into taking`over

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the service. Finding the volunteers is difficult enough in itself, and

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then you have to keep them motivated all the time. It is just not viable.

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Volunteers help to run this library. They admit it was hard work at first

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but is a big benefit for the village. It takes time and effort.

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It is worth doing. It is volunteers like Michael who keep this service

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running. I'm joined now by the leader of Lincolnshire County

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Council Martin Hill. Good evening. The mayor of market beeping said he

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felt bullied into showing an interest in running the library. We

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are not trying to bully anyone but we do appreciate volunteers who have

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come forward. I think with the support of the county council, it

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will save money, save time and we will end up with more libraries and

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we started with. 82% of people in Lincolnshire do not borrow from the

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library, so the chances are the volunteers come from this other 18%.

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What do you think makes people think they can run a library? They will

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get support. It is not just the library, but all sorts of local

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parish facilities could be run from any building. I think it is

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something people are well up for. What if a group came forward and you

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do not think they are up to it? Would you turn them down? . Yes. We

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have a rigorous process. We just heard about if an interest is not

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put in by tomorrow. Would the library be closed? Possibly. The

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alternative is a mobile service. We hope they will put something

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forward. This is all to save money. Some people will say tonight that

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the volunteers are saving money so will they get council tax rebates,

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and what service next would you like people to do? Saving money is part

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of its. It is a good thing. Government and local councils are

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trying to encourage people. We are already doing a youth service. We

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will look at working in partnership with local communities and

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volunteers. We are seriously looking at that. Very good to talk to you.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of

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Keith Opray in Hull. The 51`year`old was found dead at his home on

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Wareham Close in Bransholme on Saturday. A 28`year`old man is being

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questioned by the police. Yesterday 40`year`old Duncan Keith Heaton from

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Hull appeared before magistrates charged with murder and robbery. Two

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other men remain on police bail. An investigation is underway into an

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incident at Lincoln Prison which left a prison officer with a serious

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injury. Lincolnshire Police say four officers were assaulted on the 25th

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of January. They haven't revealed the nature of the injury, but say

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the Prison Service is helping with their inquiries.

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The Football Association has charged former Goole AFC captain Karl Colley

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with improper conduct after he confronted a fan at the weekend.The

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thirty year old was sacked by the club after this incident when he was

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sent off in their game against Coalville on Saturday. He has seven

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days to respond to the charge. Free parking is to be extended to

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all council car parks in North Lincolnshire. The council says it

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hopes the move will revive town centres. The new measures which will

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mean the first two hours are free will come into force in all car

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parks in the area in May. Here's our business correspondent, Paul Murphy.

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For some time, many businesses in Scunthorpe have claimed that a lack

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of free parking has been driving customers away. Today, the council

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announced it is finally going to give them what they want. It is a

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positive message for North Lincolnshire and for shoppers. To

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our free parking. We're working very hard with retailers. Other

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councillors are softening their approach `` other councils are

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softening their approach, including East Lindsey. In Horncastle, they

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say they must fight hard not to lose trade. Because we don't have big

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names in our town anyway, people think, I can't be bothered, I will

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go to Lincoln. That is what they do, I am afraid. Empty shops are a

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familiar sight on most high street and Scunthorpe has been badly hit.

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Marks Spencer, but Donald and TJ Hughes. There has been an exodus of

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retailers from Scunthorpe in recent years. The reason that complex, but

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many believe that parking charges have played a big part. Retailers

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here are facing further competition when this out of town shopping

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centre opened in the autumn. This businessman welcomes the council's

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free parking announcement, but he has frustrations as well. It has

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happened too late, far too late. We have been campaigning for years

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relentlessly. There is not going to be many authorities that will give

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free parking throughout all car parks. Are you responding too late?

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We are responding when we can afford to respond. Councils bring in big

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revenues from car parking. The change in policies reflect a real

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concern for the help of this town centre.

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You might also like to be in touch about this story. What difference do

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you think two hours' free parking will make?

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Still ahead tonight: The teenage tennis star who could be lining up

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with Andy Murray. I have definitely put in hard work and the best I can

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to prepare. Building an icy wilderness ` but who

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will live in a house like this? Only double picture. Are you asleep?

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No, no. I was going to tell you about how somebody came in the

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street and stared at me and said, your eyebrows have gone light.

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I think we will draw a veil over it. The headline is very unsettled. It

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is going to be cloudy tomorrow. By the end of the afternoon, wet and

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windy weather will be spreading in from the West. I think the community

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tomorrow tea`time will be particularly white. Another deep

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area of low pressure. The weekend, unsettled but a lot brighter, plenty

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of sunshine and a few sharp and wintry showers. A lot of cloud

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around. A bit of light snow was reported in Waddington. A lot of

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cloud. Further patchy rain and perhaps a bit of sleeved over the

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tops of the walls. We are looking at close of around three Celsius. The

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sun will rise in the morning around six. In the morning, cloudy with

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some brighter spells. A bit of brightness coming through. By the

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end of the afternoon to the evening, it will be very wet indeed. A rotten

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commute at tea`time. Top temperatures around five or six

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degrees. That is the forecast. You make it worse for me. You go and

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where the same shirt and tie combination as I did.

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By one, get one free. We do not share clothes, by the

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way. Let us nip that in the bud. Farmers in East Yorkshire claim that

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new plans to speed up tractors on our roads won't stop drivers getting

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frustrated, but will improve farm efficiency. The Government wants

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speed limits increased from 20 to 25 miles an hour, and will allow

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tractors to carry more. But as Crispin Rolfe reports from

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Driffield, some motorists say that's still too slow. Greater efficiency,

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less frustration. Cars overtaking on these roads do it almost as a way of

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life. The government is looking at increasing tractor speed limit from

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20 open to 25 mph, and increasing the load they can take. We need to

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get this corn and vegetables off the land and into storage, using

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tractors and trailers. Does five miles an hour really make a

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difference? If attractor drives 3000th of an it

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the difference is the amount that the tractors carrying. There is an

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increase of potentially seven tonnes. It gets it off the road. For

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some people, it is too wet, too fast. They say 20 miles an hour is

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an appropriate maximum speed for many.

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40 mph. I would hope 50. They could definitely increased to 30. Muddy

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roads remain a key concern. Mostly, this brings Britain into line with

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Europe. The Police and Crime Commisioner for

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the Humberside force has proposed that people pay just under 2% more

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for policing during the next financial year. Matthew Grove says

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the rise will cost about six pence per week on average and will help to

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minimise the loss of police officers and PCSOs. He says his plans have

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been backed by a public consultation.

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Plans have been approved for a new footbridge over the railway line in

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Lincoln.This design has been accepted by the City Council. It's

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hoped the bridge will end delays for pedestrians waiting at the level

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crossing on the high street. Network Rail says people regularly run

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around or climb over the current barriers.

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Thanks for getting in touch about fresh calls to ban smoking in cars

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with children. The House of Lords voted in favour of the move

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yesterday, so the Government has now told MPs' they can have a free vote

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on the issue when it is debated next month. Health experts from East

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Yorkshire say they would welcome a ban.

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Teenage tennis star Kyle Edmund will learn in the next couple of hours if

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he's to partner Andy Murray in the first round of matches at the Davis

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Cup. The 19`year`old from Tickton near Beverley is hoping to be picked

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when Great Britain play the United States in San Diego. Our sports

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reporter Simon Clark looks at his chances. 2013 was quite a year for

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Kyle Edmund. A year which included a senior Wimbledon debut, junior

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doubles titles in France and America, and this first ranking

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success at Eastbourne. That is what caught the eye of Leon Smith. Two

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partner Andy Murray in the singles, sweat has to decide between the more

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experienced James Ward and the young chap from Teton. I had a good

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pre`season with Andy. I have put in the hard work and done the best I

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can to prepare. I can't say I haven't done as best as I could.

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After a winter practising with Andy Murray, Kyle has just won a

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tournament in America. I did three with Andy. I coped admirably `` he

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coped admirably. He has worked hard. Both him and James Ward, they are

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both doing a really good job. There is some tactics in it. The captain

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has to make a decision what is best for his team. It all started here in

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Beverly, where his former mentor Tom Davies marvels at his progress.

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There is a fine line between being a good player and making it. He seemed

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to be do the right things and doing the right training, winning the

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right matches and tournaments. If Kyle should be selected tonight, he

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becomes the second member of this club after Colin Gregory in the

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1950s to have played Davis cup tennis. There are not too many clubs

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in the country outside of Wimbledon that can claim that distinction.

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We will follow that with interest. A record`breaking journey across the

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Atlantic has now raised more than ?300,000 for charity after adding

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more than ?100,000 to the total in the last three days. 21`year`old

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Luke Birch from Doddington and his friend Jamie Sparks rowed more than

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3,000 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. They finished

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their journey earlier this week becoming the youngest pair ever to

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row across the Atlantic. The finishing touches are being put

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to a three`storey swimming pool, diving area and beach complex in

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Hull. Sadly, it's not for you and me to enjoy but a family of penguins,

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due to arrive in a month's time. The Jentoo penguins are joining the

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sharks at the Deep, as Amanda White reports.

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It's the mystery of the ocean depths that's been bringing people here for

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more than ten years. But now the Deep is surfacing to welcome some

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altogether livelier lodgers. These Jentoo penguins live in Edinburgh.

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Hull will soon have its very own colony. A bit like an expectant

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father, really, so excited and worried at the same time. They are

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now over in Texas and we're waiting, praying that they start to mould in

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time. Everyone is working 16 hours per day trying to get everything

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ready for them. We cannot wait, just wish we had more, really. To make

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the new residents feel at home, the team here is sculpting ice cliffs

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from polystyrene. As part of a special programme to be broadcast

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later this year BBC wildlife reporter Mike Dilger has been

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getting stuck in. We have got viewing windows so that people can

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see down and watch them swimming. There are icebergs, there is a

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balcony that they can go outside on, and behind us, we have got another

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beach section where we will hopefully get them nesting at some

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point. A fascination for the weird and wonderful creatures here has

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kept people coming back for the last 12 years. You have to admit, there

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is something rather more appealing about the new kid in town. The

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penguins are due to arrive from Texas in the next few weeks. We'll

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be able to see them and their swanky new pad in March. Let's get a recap

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of the national and regional headlines.

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As part of the country are still under water after the wettest

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January for more than a century. Compensation for a homeless woman

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after she turned down a flat from the council.

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Big response on that story for the compensation for the homeless woman

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who turned down a flat. Jen in Lincoln says, I sleep on the settee

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to let my kids have a bed, sometimes what we want and what we get takes

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some time. Patricia says, Ciccone needs to realise because cannot be

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true is as. Graham says, the council have left themselves wide open by

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not fully correct procedures, but talent offered accommodation should

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not be able to attend and parameters on a whim. Somebody in Hull says, I

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suffer from depression and been made homeless, and I am lucky to have

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been given a place but I would never have dreamt of turning the place

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down, when you are homeless, roof is still a roof.

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Powerful message there. Briefly, Daniel says, no wonder councils have

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no money if they pay compensation to people who turned down a house. It

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is ridiculous. Thank you for those and thank you

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for watching. Goodbye.

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