06/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Peter, thank you. That's all from the BBC News at

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

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father of a teenager who killed his grandmother while on drugs says he's

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standing by his son. This was not my son. He wouldn't

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have done this. The plan to upgrade a major east

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Yorkshire road. 18,000 vehicles use this road every day. It's hoped the

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scheme will cut congestion and boost businesses.

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Also tonight: The electronic implant which could help one woman hear

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clearly for the first time in four decades.

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Keeping the rats at bay. The new calls for a Westminster cat.

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And other wet night on the way. We'll have a forecast shortly.

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The father of the Hull teenager Lewis Dale who murdered his

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grandmother, while high on the banned drug M`Cat, says his son was

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not to blame. David Dale blames the drugs for affecting his son's mind

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and has told Look North about his struggle to get Lewis away from a

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persistent drug dealer. After taking a large quantity of M`Cat, the

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17`year`old stabbed both his grandparents as they slept in their

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east Hull home last April. A jury found him guilty of murder and

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attempted murder earlier this week. Vicky Johnson reports.

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Every day, David Dale writes to his son. It's bizarre, it does not add

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up. I love my son, I love my parents, and that is how I am, but

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this was not Lewis Dale, it was not my son.

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Last April, Lewis was staying with his grandparents in East Hull while

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on bail for an alleged assault when he attacked them during the night

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with kitchen knives. He'd been taking M`Cat in the hours before.

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There is no sense in it. Nothing adds up. From the studies I have

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done, it is just a terrible drug. M`Cat or to give it its official

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name mephedrone has gained quite a following among teenagers. It's a

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synthetic drug which was once a legal high. But head teachers lead a

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campaign to get it banned because it was so widespread. In 2010, the

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Government made it illegal and it became a Class B drug. But it can

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still be bought for around ten pounds a gram. David says they'd

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moved to Brough from Hedon two years ago to get Lewis away from local

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drug dealers. But they followed him. Four months before the killing,

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David claims he reported them to the police. I went into the police

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station on the 20th of January, I explained to them what the situation

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was, I gave him his name, I gave him where he lived, I think I even

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showed them text messages as he was text in the F1 point to see if I

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wanted any. `` at one point. Humberside Police though says that

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all the information they receive is reviewed and dealt with in the most

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appropriate way. When Lewis' mum died from cancer seven years ago,

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David promised to support him always, as have the rest of the

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family. This was his granddad after Tuesday's guilty verdict. We are a

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close`knit family. Always have been, always will be. He was my first

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grandson. You never know what around `` what is around the corner. It has

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destroyed everything. I don't see anything in the future. How do you

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reconcile the fact that the boy you lot are killed your mum? I cannot. I

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cannot understand why it has happened. While David struggles to

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make sense of the tragedy, he's having to mourn the loss of his

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mother. Professor Richard Hammersley from

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Hull University is a psychologist and an expert on addictions. I

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started by asking him for his reaction to the murder.

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It is awful. It is very unusual for drugs to lead to this sort of

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tragedy. It is very worrying, I think. Some people watching will

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think he is a bad person. Can this drug really alter the mind that

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much? As far as you can tell from what limited information we have, he

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was taking large quantities. At the quantities he was taking, it can

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have unfortunate effects. How does it change the state of mind? A small

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dose makes people feel a bit high, euphoric and loving towards people.

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He seems to have been taking something like ten, 20, 30 times the

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amount people normally take over 24 hours before what happened. At that

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level, people get paranoid. There have been reports of people phoning

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helplines worried about delusions. That seems to be the sort of state

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he has described himself as going in. To go from being loving, to be

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able to kill, that is conceivable, is it? We don't know how many nights

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he had gone without sleep. That can have unfortunate effects on people.

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Many will think it was his desperation for the drug that

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allowed him to kill. It is not addictive in the sense that heroin

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or something is. What does happen is that when you are taking high

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doses, apparently, you tend to want to keep going, taking more and more.

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What should parents watch out for? What are giveaway signs? I don't

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think there are any giveaway signs of the drug. But I think parents

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should watch out for the fact that almost any drug, including alcohol,

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it is one thing to take a small amount, it is another to take a lot

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for days on end. They should watch out for signs that that is what is

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going on. We have a huge problem with binge drinking. Two drinks are

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good, five of fun, does not mean that 20 are even better, does it? It

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is the same with any drug. Thank you for your advice.

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In a moment: The fight for places in Lincolnshire schools after a baby

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boom in the county. We have people in the immediate

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community unable to get children into their local school.

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The cost of council tax in the East Riding could stay the same for the

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next four years. The Council's leader Stephen Parnaby has approved

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a freeze on council tax bills for the next financial year, but has

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made plans to do so for the next four. The authority has made savings

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of nearly ?24 million pounds from its budget, but says it won't impact

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on services. Things like libraries, moving all of those things together,

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people accept that. That's releases money and energy cost. But you need

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the people to be able to drive that. If you get rid of the people first,

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there is no one went there to do it for you. If you have talented

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people, you should keep them. Police say a man who turned himself

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in over the theft of a handbag in Bridlington never came into physical

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contact with the victim. Pam Roddis from Sheffield died of a brain

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haemorrhage four days after her bag was taken in January. Police say

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CCTV shows the bag being picked up shortly after it was dropped. The

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man who turned himself in has been charged with theft and will appear

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at magistrates' later this month. The leader of North East

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Lincolnshire Council says the Government needs to step in to help

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Grimsby after news of possible job losses. Around 250 workers are

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facing redundancy at Icelandic Sea Chill after the company said it was

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to stop making some ready meals. Lizo local people who shop in local

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shops. `` these are. We need a task force to come and talk to businesses

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to try and keep jobs. For years, there have been calls to

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make the road between Hull and York a dual carriageway. Today it's been

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announced that a five`mile stretch could be dualled between Pocklington

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and Wilberfoss. East Riding Council and City of York Council have joined

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together to ask for ?13 million to fund the upgrade. Our reporter Kate

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Sweeting is next to the road. Kate, what benefits would this bring?

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This is potentially where it will start. Of the 18,000 vehicles that

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use this stretch of road every day, many are heavy goods for

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agricultural. If you get stuck behind one of those, your journey is

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likely to be very slow. The idea behind the dual carriageway is to

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get things moving. It is a route that can get drivers

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are little... It is horrendous. Going to work, it can take for ever.

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It is a very tedious road, at Italy since there are a lot of tractors.

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Some say slow traffic is having a negative impact on the economy. I

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think it acts on a restriction. I have complaints from many businesses

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that at certain times of the day they had difficulty with access. We

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need to do something to improve prospects in the area. There's a

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plan to upgrade the stretch of road. The idea is to turn the single

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carriageway into a dual carriageway, something that is being

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welcomed by safety campaigners. A big problem with people overtaking

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when they shouldn't. They were getting frustrated. We have young

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people who have just started college, they have just got their

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first car, they are driving down the road, in the rush hour with the rest

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of the traffic, it can be quite intimidating. Must you think about

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them dual carriageway for that bit? It'll be better if it longer. It

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would probably be quite a good thing. What difference would it

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make? That you can drive at a proper speed. The bid is being submitted to

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the Government next month. Even if it is successful, it could be a long

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time before the work starts. They have already been some

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improvements to the road, this roundabout behind me at Pocklington

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is relatively new. There's another one planned after a long campaign.

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Whilst we have been told that this dual character goes ahead, it was

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more about economic growth and safety, this stretch of road is

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known for being relatively dangerous. There have been several

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fatalities. Thank you.

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Should the Hull to York road be improved? Is a five`mile stretch of

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dual carriageway enough to reduce congestion and improve safety?

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Thousands more school places are being created in Lincolnshire after

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a baby boom. The birth rate's up 17% in the last decade. It means many

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classes are full, while some are held in temporary cabins. This year,

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many parents will struggle to find a place at their local school. Gemma

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Dawson reports from Witham St Hughs near Lincoln.

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It's a growing estate, with a growing problem for parents here.

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People have had problems coming here, but it is a select school.

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Every year, there is a problem. My daughter's friend who is in the year

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above her had to go to a different school. Many mums and dads want to

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send their children to this school, but that's not always possible. We

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have people in the immediate community unable to get their

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children into their local school and that can create a bad feeling out on

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the estate and from the school's point of view we want to get all of

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the children in our immediate community into our school. Parents

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I've spoken to today have told me they struggled to get their children

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into this school, despite only living a few streets away. Two mums

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told me that they had to appeal, before their children got a place

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here. To cope with demand, the school is now going to be made

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bigger. New classrooms will be built in front of these mobiles. But this

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isn't the only school that's expanding. More than ?30 million of

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Government funding is going to be spent increasing the size and number

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of schools in Lincolnshire over the next three years, with new schools

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planned for areas including Gainsborough, Lincoln, North Hykeham

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and Spalding. The County Council says the extra

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places are needed, not just because people are moving into the area, but

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because of a baby boom. We know that babies are still being born at the

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moment. Those figures are rising to what they were ten years ago. I

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don't think it's the moment, it is a blip. `` at the moment. The council

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hope the extra investment in schools, like this one, will provide

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enough school places for the future. What is your experience? A reminder

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of the number on the screen. Still ahead: The call for a House of

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Commons cat to keep the rats at bay. To get a cat for pest control, if it

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was that easy, we would all have one.

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Another picture tomorrow night. Have you got man flu or something?

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You want to tread carefully after last nights.

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I wore the shirt to remind people of the colour Peter went.

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The headline

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