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

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There are calls for millions of pounds to fix the pothole problem

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across our area. We need four times as much funding from central

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government to restore the roads to a decent condition.

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Up to 250 jobs under threat at a seafood company in Grimsby. A

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Lincolnshire farmer says restrictions on genetically modified

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crops are putting the industry at a disadvantage.

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They seem to make their decisions in Brussels based on emotion rather

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than science. We are hamstrung. Occupied! Sorry. That is something I

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will never forget. And I speak to the Hull actor and

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writer Reece Shearsmith ahead of his new TV series tonight. And the

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accurate forecast follows in 15 minutes. More than four hundred

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million pounds is needed to repair potholes on roads in East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire and the government is being urged to come up with cash

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for the work. Hull City Council says it needs up

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to eight million pounds. And Lincolnshire County Council is

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warning that it would cost up to four hundred million pounds to fully

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repair its road network. More from our political editor Tim Iredale.

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We have some nasty big ones there and here. And also here. Potholes

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can be described as an occupational hazard for this driving instructor

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Richard who is on his way to the test centre in Hull. You have to go

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around them if you possibly can. If the cars are coming towards you, you

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have to go over them. They are a problem. The council should get

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themselves together to sort it. Many councils say it isn't cost`effective

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to carry on repairing potholes. They argue what is needed is longer term

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investment in better road surfaces. When people say the council doesn't

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do enough, what is your response? The council can't do as much as it

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would like because it doesn't have adequate funding. We need four times

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as much funding from central government to keep and restore the

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roads to a decent condition. Hull City Council spends just over ?1

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million a year on repairs and claims it needs six or ?8 million to fix

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all of the roads. In Lincolnshire, with a huge road network, the

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council spends ?15 million a year on repairs and reckons it would take

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400 million to bring the roots up to scratch. Last year alone we filled

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an additional 50,000 potholes, the number of reports of potholes

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plummeted from 2500 to only a few hundred. You can make a difference.

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The backlog which exists now, ?10.5 billion. It is more than a drop in

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the ocean. The Department of Transport says it is the

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responsibility of authorities to manage their budgets and to ensure

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they have appropriate contingencies in place to deal with severe

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weather. Many councils claim the financial black hole could prevent

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them from fixing the holes in the roads. Potholes always gets people

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story, it is an emotive issue. What do you think of this story? With

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councils facing funding cuts, what priority should be given to road

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repairs. Are you affected by particularly bad road services.

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What's your story? Staggering figures to sort out the problems. We

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would like to hear from you. 250 jobs are under threat at a

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seafood company in Grimsby. Icelandic Seachill, which has three

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factories in the town, says it plans to end the production of ready meals

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and it'll now begin a period of consultation with staff. Phillip

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Norton reports from Grimsby. Icelandic Seachill previously known

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as cold water said it would the ploy `` redeploy as many staff as

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possible affected by the announcement but employees, 1500

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workers over three sites, the leader of the council has described it as a

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devastating announcement for the town. He says he will be meeting the

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company bosses to discuss the situation and working with the job

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centre to help find new employment for those people affected but 250

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workers are heading home facing unemployment by the summer. I am

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shocked, it is hugely disappointing for the industry and the community.

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250 jobs is a tremendous blow and it is one that cannot be filled. I can

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understand the difficulties the company are under if they have

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products that are not making profit and achieving what they should do.

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Clearly it has been a difficult decision for the company, one they

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have not taken lightly but it is 250 jobs potentially out of work. The

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250 jobs will be lost from this site, the factory produces ready

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meals for a number of high street supermarket chains including Asda,

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and Marks Spencer. The company says a fall in demand combined with

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significant investment needed at the site and the way the products are

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refrigerated is too costly and it is entering a consultation period with

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the 250 staff who may be unemployed by the summer. It is a huge blow to

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the town. Yes, news from Icelandic Seachill. We will follow the story.

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Police investigating the murder of a man in Gainsborough have arrested

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three people. 24`year`old Ivans Zdanovics who was originally from

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Latvia was found dead at his home in Etherington Street on the 17th of

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January after a fire. Two local men and a local woman are in custody.

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A man has handed himself into police in connection with a theft from a

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woman in Bridlington. Pam Roddis from Sheffield died of a brain

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haemorrhage four days after her bag was taken while she was on holiday

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in the resort. Police say her death cannot be directly linked to the

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theft. The 32`year`old man is now under arrest.

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Friends and family have said a final farewell to a Lincoln City legend.

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Andy Graver played for the club in three spells ` between 1950 and 1961

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` and he remains the club's record goal`scorer. His funeral took place

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this lunchtime. Gemma Dawson reports.

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Friends, family and fans gathered at the crematorium in Lincoln at

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lunchtime for a final goodbye. As Andy Graver's coffin was carried in,

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the song unforgettable plate. Andy remains the all`time record

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goal`scorer and mourners were pleased to share their memories. I

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try to imitate him. My biggest memory is playing golf with him. We

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played every Sunday evening. A true gentleman, he was good fun at a

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wine`tasting, he had a following at Lincoln city football club but

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plenty of people wanted to be on his table when Andy was serving. After

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the service, they moved to celebrate his life. He was such a lovely guy.

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He was number one in the Legends at Lincoln city. And he played the

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Lincoln City in three spells between 1950 and 1961. He scored 143 goals,

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he played for Boston United and Skegness town. That is the board

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that went into the net six times. I was presented with it after the

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match. In 2007 we filmed him sharing memories of his time at Lincoln

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city. This afternoon, it was his wife sharing stories with friends

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and family. He just enjoyed himself. He played `` you played my way at

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the funeral. He did things his way. He was a man's man. He enjoyed his

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sport. He was very sociable. Today, a fitting tribute for a man who did

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it his way. Thank you for watching this Wednesday night. Still ahead

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tonight: Claims that restrictions on GM crops are leaving British farming

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"hamstrung". And a Lincolnshire school celebrates

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the return of their Ashes`winning teacher.

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If you have a picture you are proud of, we will show it later. This is a

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stunning picture from Humber Bridge. Another picture tomorrow night at

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around the same time. It was a stunning picture chosen by the

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director. A postcard from Susan who lives in Beverley. She is on

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holiday, in her hotel room they get look North every night! And she has

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sent a postcard. Not much going on in that bedroom! We welcome all

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viewers, however sad that e`mail is. The e`mail for the next 20

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minutes... Get yourself out of that one! Mostly dry with sunny spells.

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This weather system bringing rain from the South into South

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Lincolnshire and it spreads northwards into east Yorkshire. A

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swirl of cloud bringing cloud and rain in from the Southwest, lively

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rain moving through Yorkshire into Lincolnshire and Grimsby and Hull.

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It will be quite wet at times, South East Lincolnshire facing `` faring

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best but the rain will push from west to east gradually losing

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intensity, most places will be tried by the end of the night. It has been

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especially windy along the coast, it will switch to the Southwest

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touching gale force in more experts `` exposed places. So, the sun rises

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in the morning at 7:39am. And the high water times... So, windy first

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thing, a better day, brighter with sunshine, showers in the morning but

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then slowly the cloud will increase and by late afternoon the rain is in

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the wash reaching the Humber by 6pm. It will turn wet but much of

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daylight hours should be brighter with some sunshine. The top

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afternoon temperatures, eight Celsius. The wind will ease later in

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the day. This rain sweeps northwards, it is wet tomorrow

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night, showers and longer spells of rain and on Friday pretty cloudy,

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rain in the morning, clearing in the afternoon, rain at first on Saturday

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and much of the weekend is blustery with sunshine and showers. That is

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the forecast. It wasn't an e`mail, it was a postcard. Susan in Malta

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will have abandoned the programme after your remarks. See you

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tomorrow. Good night! A Lincolnshire farmer who is keen to grow

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genetically modified crops says 'ridiculous' restrictions are

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leaving British farmers at a disadvantage'. GM food is produced

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from plants which have had their genetic make`up changed in

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laboratories. This can be to increase yield or to allow the plant

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to exist in a more hostile environment. Opponents of this

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method say it is dangerous to interfere with nature and more

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support should be given to organic farming. Our Rural Affairs

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Correspondent Linsey Smith has more. Mark Leggott grows 500 tonnes of

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potatoes a year on the Boston Fens. Every ten days, they have to be

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sprayed with chemicals to stop disease. A huge frustration for Mark

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because if he was allowed to grow a genetically modified variety ` he

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says he wouldn't need chemicals. We are hamstrung in this country. I

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would welcome the chance to use GM material because I have seen the

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benefits in the United States, I have been to farmers who are growing

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crops and we can keep up with our competitors in other countries

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worldwide. No GM crops are being grown commercially in the UK. In the

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past, trial sites have been destroyed by protestors. But the

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National Farmers Union says there's recently been a dramatic mood

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change. I think farmers have realised they have some major

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production challenges in terms of resistant weeks, we have seen

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flooding problems but also drought, the volatility in the weather and

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technology can provide some solutions.

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The debate has been stirred by the recent news of these purple

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tomatoes. Genetically modified, they have the same potential health

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benefits as Blueberries. The invention is British but the work is

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happening in Canada because researchers think the EU has too

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many restrictions. It's where they should stay according to Andrew

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Dennis. He farms organically ` and home delivers these boxes. As much

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money was invested in sustainable forms of agriculture yields would

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more than match genetically modified products.

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But if the EU was to lift its ban ` would customers actually buy GM

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products? Yes, I would. As long as it was the price `` the price was

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right. There hasn't been enough testing. No, it is dangerous. It is

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something we should be leaving alone.

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A huge amount of the nation's food is grown in East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire. So if ` or when ` the ban on GM crops is lifted Mark

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insists he'll fight to plant them in his land. Linsey's with me now. Why

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are genetically modified crops back on the agenda now? Well, because of

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those purple tomatoes last week but the environment secretary has been

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making hints that he would like to see British grown GM crops. He said

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it is nonsense they are bad for you, though some disagree. He says the

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prime Minister will soon come out and back GM. It is not politicians

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here or in Europe that decide whether British grown fruit and

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vegetables are a success, it is me and you and whether you would put it

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in your trolley in the supermarket. There was a trend for buying British

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at the moment and it is whether that continues if we change the

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traditional methods of farming. This is another story we'd like your

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views on. Would you buy and eat genetically modified foods that were

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grown in this country? The Prime Minister has said that a

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hundred million pounds will be made available to fund essential flood

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repairs and maintenance over the next year. The money will be mainly

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used for repairs following recent severe weather and extra

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maintenance. David Cameron was asked in the Commons by the MP for

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Beverley and Holderness about future prospects for river dredging. My

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constituents and others in Somerset Levels and elsewhere expect decent

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maintenance, dredging and not abandonment. It is time for natural

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England, the environment agency and the departments to sit around the

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table and work at a new approach to make sure something that worked

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frankly for decades and centuries is reintroduced again. There's been a

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strong response to the claims made by the head of the Environment

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Agency who said "we can protect towns or country, but not both" when

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it comes to flood defences. It was revealed that the tidal barrier in

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Hull came within forty centimetres of being overtopped, according to a

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report by the local authority. Hull City Council says it'll be working

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more closely with the Environment Agency to protect vulnerable areas.

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Thank you for all the responses. We got a mixed response on this one.

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John from Theddlethorpe said, "'People or countryside' is the

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message of the Environment Agency. What about those of us who live in

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the countryside? We are people." One of the top topics and we will

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continue to follow that. People in Hull are being asked for their views

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on the closure of the city's mobile library service. It currently makes

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fortnightly stops to places across city. The council says it needs to

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reduce spending on libraries by four hundred and fifteen thousand pounds

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by 2015 because of budget cuts. Lincolnshire is one of the top three

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counties in England for archaeological finds. 5000 items

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were discovered last year in the county, many by metal detector

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enthusiasts. The objects are being added to a catalogue as part of the

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British Museum scheme. It is not something that is bright and shiny

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and wonderful, they are nice to find and it is great if you find some

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gold but if it is something that has the story to tell and it fills a gap

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in the historical piece of knowledge, fine. That is what does

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it for me. Former Hull FC and St Helen's rugby

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league player Steve Prescott will be honoured when the two sides play in

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the Super League later this month. Prescott lost his battle with

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stomach cancer last year. The teams will compete for the Steve Prescott

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Cup on the 21st February at Langtree Park. The game will then become an

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annual fixture. A Lincolnshire school has been celebrating the

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return of their ashes`winning teacher today.

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Arran Brindle has returned from Australia where England's women

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succeeded where the men failed and brought the Ashes home. Today pupils

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at Greenwich House welcomed her back to the classroom. Amanda White

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reports. Celebrating the return of a sporting

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hero. But it will never match this party. The England women with Arran

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Brindle celebrating Ashes victory on Australian soil. It is hard to put

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into words because of all of the hard work. To go back to Australia

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and bring them home, it doesn't compare with anything in my career.

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It is the third time she has been part of an England Ashes series and

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back at school they could not be proud of. It is cool having a

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teacher that plays cricket. I watched the Ashes in Australia, the

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men and the women's was just as good or better. Because she has gone so

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far, it is nice to think the girls can do it as well. Do you fancy

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cricket? Yes. At Greenwich House you can learn numbers and the apples of

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the world but something else `` animals of the world. And also

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become a national inspiration. What was the most exciting part? When

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Charlotte hit the winning runs. She batted superbly. 92. Were you

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nervous before the game? I always get nervous. I think nerves are a

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good thing. They mean you are excited. It is about controlling

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them. One of the goals is to inspire the nation. That comes with success

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but could you get the media profile. On a local level to interact with

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the children and see how they respond and they enjoy `` the

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enjoyment from cricket. Arran Brindle will inspire, not just

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because she did it England but because she did it for the women and

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the girls, too. A fantastic achievement. The writer and actor

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Reece Shearsmith from Hull says he was delighted to get such a large

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number of star names for his new series which begins tonight.

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Occupied! Sorry, that is something I will never forget. Feed the birds.

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It's called Inside Number nine and is a collection of one`off stories

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with a mix of laughs and horror that Reece has become famous for. I asked

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him if the 1980's series Tales Of The Unexpected had inspired his new

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work. That's right. It was the idea to do a homage to that TV, a

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different story each week with a twist in the tale. Horror comedy. I

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don't know we made that up. Not all of them are horror, some are quite

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silly but there are some which are a bit scary. Hull boy makes good, you

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left us behind. Part of the trendy Islington set? No, I was back last

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year, Hull kindly gave me a `` an honorary doctorate. I'm a Doctor of

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letters. And memories of Hull? Well, a great childhood growing up in

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Hull. I was quite studious, not going out much. It was all new to me

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when I went into town. The new show is star`studded. Had you get these

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great people? Well, we just asked them and they said yes. Over the

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years people have said if you do something else, I would love to be

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in it. We rang them up and most of them said yes. It was surprisingly

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encouraging. They all said the scripts were good. It is great

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because it is a one`off and they don't have to commit loads of time.

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Yes, exactly right. That is why we were able to get them. We did each

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one in a week so it is appealing for actor. We will be watching tonight.

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BBC Two at 10pm. And thank you for my street cred years ago you gave

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me. We put you in the league of gentlemen. I remember. You are very

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famous. You gave me some street cred. Thank you for that. We will

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tune in tonight. Take care, goodbye. Reece Shearsmith who is from Hull.

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Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. The rail

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line to Cornwall cut and thousands of homes without power as more

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storms batter the south coast. There are calls for millions of pounds to

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fix the pothole problem across our area.

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Much brighter with sunny spells tomorrow. Top temperatures getting

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up to around eight Celsius. Potholes, Robert says he has driven

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in many parts of the country and East Yorkshire have some of the best

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roads. Councils have other priorities. Ben says he has had to

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replace parts on his car and claimed for bike wheels because of potholes.

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Richard says it has cost ?500 in repairs to his car. The roads get

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worse and worse. Pam says wide we pay the road tax to drive the cars

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on the roads, surely looking after the roads is what the money is for.

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Thank you for those and have a nice evening. Look after yourself.

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Goodbye. NICK CLEGG: Are you in,

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or are you out? That's the real question at stake at

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the European elections on May 2 nd. even though that would wreck

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the recovery and destroy jobs. The Conservatives are now

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openly flirting with exit, and the Labour Party, well, they

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just don't have the courage

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