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away. That's all from the BBC News at Six. On BBC One, we now join the


BBC's news Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight... Humberside's Police and Crile


Commissioner says claims th`t legalising cannabis will reduce


crime are misguided. To pretend that criminality and crime will disappear


because cannabis is legalisd, whoever suggested that is in cloud


cuckoo land. RAF Waddington gets a thirty five million pound upgrade to


extend its life. The biggest investment for 50 years is seen as a


positive sign. 90 minutes from Wembley. Hull City prepare for a Cup


showdown. Bump in the road, the unusual traffic problem fachng


drivers near Skegness. Some pleasant weather to come, I will be back


later with all the details. There are calls tonight for cannabis to be


legalised. Campaigners in Htll say people who use the drug for medical


reasons shouldn't face arrest. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is


one of the politicians callhng for a review of Britain's drug laws. But


Humberside's Police and Crile Commissioner Matthew Grove says


those who support the legalhsation of cannabis must be living hn "cloud


cuckoo land". More from our Political Editor Tim Iredald.


Multiple sclerosis sufferer Sue Lunn admits to smoking cannabis on a


regular basis at her home in Hull. She says it eases the pain caused by


her condition. A former special constable, Sue Lunn says her home


has been raided by the police on three separate occasions and she


received a conditional discharge when she appeared in court charged


with possession of cannabis. Last April I was caught because H had the


police at my house. On the third time they charge me with


possession. I was given a conditional discharge. I thhnk the


law is unfair. I do not feel I am a criminal and I do not think anyone


who knows me would consider me a criminal. Some campaigners believe


we should follow other countries. Uruguay have legalised it, Portugal


have decriminalised it. Thex have seen positive results, reduction in


crime. The US state of Colorado recently legalised cannabis sold for


recreational use from licensed premises. In an interview for this


week's Sunday Politics ` thd Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg c`lls for


a full review of Britain's drug laws. There is nothing tough about


carrying on with polities which are not working. Does anyone thhnk we


are winning the war on drugs? Cannabis has been illegal in the UK


since 1928 and in 2004, the Labour government downgraded it. In 20 9,


it was upgraded again, due to fears about the impact on mental health


and evidence of stronger varieties. However, suggestions that the police


should start taking a softlx softly approach on cannabis have bden


dismissed by senior officers and by the Police and Crime Commissioner.


To pretend that crime would disappear because cannabis hs


legalised... Whoever suggests that is in cloud cuckoo land and I invite


them to come with me to the really difficult areas that I reprdsent and


come and meet the people. Come and meet the law`abiding citizens who


have to cope with criminality. Westminster remains divided on this


issue, but Sue Lunn says shd'll continue to use cannabis evdn if


means the risk of going to jail Tim Iredale. BBC Look North, Hull.


Earlier I spoke to Mary Brett who campaigns on the dangers of


cannabis, she told me why the drug shouldn't be legalised. Cannabis is


much stronger these days th`n in the old`fashioned days and therdfore


much more dangerous. Do you think it is spared that someone like Sue Lunn


has a criminal record for t`king the drug to treat her illness? This is


where emotional blackmail comes in. You feel sorry for people lhke that,


but pure medicines hath to be thing `` `` lots of people are getting


relief from pain. There are so many other side`effects will stop there


are more carcinogens in cannabis smoke than cigarette smoke `nd it


damages people. It can causd psychosis, harm the immune system.


It clogs up the brain. It is fairy harmful with all these other


ingredients. If we were deshgning drug laws today, do you think


cannabis would be illegal and alcohol and tobacco would bd


illegal? Far more people did from using them. No, alcohol is tsed by


over 90% of the population, so more people will be harmed by it, it is


the same as cigarettes. Drug use, illegal drug use is 9% of the


population. Obviously more people will be harmed by alcohol and


cigarettes. Any talk of leg`lising cannabis, what is your thought on


that? Not at all. The code hs if you do that, to children in particular


and I am worried about children they will get the message that


legalising means it is safe `` because if you do. They can get it


from a street dealer anyway. They will do that anyway. Cannabhs is the


gateway, not how they get hold of it. Interesting. Thank you. This is


a story on which you are having your say on our Facebook page today. Pete


says, 'Legalisation would bd the most rational option. A leg`lised


and well regulated trade in cannabis takes control out of the hands of


criminals and would generatd millions for the public purse.'


Phillip says 'We have enough problems with the abuse of `lcohol,


so why compound the situation with even more people out of control on


other drugs?' If you want to get in touch with us you can, should we


look at changing the laws on cannabis, or maybe you think all


drugs should be kept illegal? I will look forward to hearhng from


you. And the legalisation of cannabis will be debated on this


weekend's Sunday Politics from 1am on BBC One. The show will coming


live from the Liberal Democrat conference. In a moment... Coastal


areas get a share of millions of pounds that ministers claim to help


rejuvenate their town centrds. RAF Waddington will have 35 million


pounds spent on rebuilding `nd extending its runway. The Mhnistry


of Defence says it will extdnd the life of the base by another 25


years. It's the first major work to be done on the site since the 1 60s.


Jake Zuckerman is at RAF Waddington, Jake, how important is this


announcement? It is being sden as a significant sign for the future of


the base. Work is due to begin in July and it is expected to continue


until late summer, 2015. Thd base's runway will be rebuilt and


extended, the first major upgrade here since the 1960s. It has a key


role as home to a fleet of surveillance and air born


intelligence gathering aircraft For the duration of the work, all


aircraft will have to be based at other air fields. What will be the


impact on the base when the work starts there? Waddington is best


known for its international airshow and the organisers say that this


year's event will go ahead `s usual, but for next year, it is not


clear what, if any, impact there will be. The Ministry of Defence


says that the rebuilt will dxtend the life of the runway by 24 years


and four Lincolnshire, that is the most important aspect of thd


announcement. That major investment, really does signify the RAF's


long`term commitment to continuing operations here. Thank you. Lots of


people will be happy about that Is that good news for Waddington? It


will extend the life of the air base. The search continued today for


an American tourist missing in Lincolnshire. Fifty`two year`old


Denise Gray was last seen bx the friend she was staying with in


Revesby on Monday. Specialist police diver teams have been looking in


areas of water close to where she dissappeared whilst on the ground


officers have been searching local woodland. A former senior ddtective


in the Humberside Police force has appeared in court in Manchester


charged with several offencds including rape, harrassment and


stalking. Colin Andrews is due back in court later this year whdre it's


expected he'll enter a plea. A former head master who sexu`lly


assaulted school boys in Lincolnshire and North Norfolk could


face life in prison, a court has heard. Bryan Greenhalgh aged 63


pleaded guilty to fourteen offence most of which took place between


1976 and 1984 at two boarding schools. The judge warned Greenhalgh


there was a "real risk" of ` life sentence being imposed at the next


hearing in May. Twenty years ago nobody wanted to live in thdm, but


now boarded up properties on housing estates in Hull have been ttrned


into new one bedroomed homes. Demand for small properties rocketdd when


changes were made to housing benefit, in some cases a hundred


people were chasing just ond flat. Now the council and a local housing


association is converting dozens of abandoned buildings to cope with


demand. Sarah Walton reports. Home sweet home. Jane downsized to this


flat from a three`bedroom home when changes to housing benefit leant she


was getting less money. You do not know if you will end up on the


streets. I know that a lot of people are bidding for the same properties.


She ended up owing ?700 in rent but still had to wait to move. H have


been here two months. I was delighted. Until recently, her home


was a bedsit. Properties like this were abandoned in the 1990s because


of a lack of demand. They h`ve a new lease of life thanks to a local


housing association. We do not have enough one`bedroom propertids. Hull


City Council have converted 70 flats as part of a project to transform


empty buildings. It secured nearly ?60 million in funding and `ims to


create 650 new homes. This hs part of a row of old shops which have


been boarded up and work has started to convert them. It is one of six


old commercial sites which `re being turned into about 70 properties


most of which will have one`bedroom. The council has a difficult line to


Trent. The changes might not last. The current government have made


clear that after the election they will be sticking with the policy. Ed


Miliband, the Labour leader, has said that if Labour wins thd


election, they will abandon the policy. As a local authoritx, we


have to be careful on where we put all our resources. The focus on


these properties may be temporarily, but for those who have been able to


move into them, it will havd a lasting effect. The Unison trade


union has reached an agreemdnt with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service


meaning its members WON'T now take industrial action. But membdrs of


another union, Unite, are on strike as we speak. It's all part of an


ongoing dispute over shift patterns and meal breaks. Unite clails


patient safety could be put at risk. Managers say they've taken steps to


maintain safe and effective services. There'll be anothdr strike


on Monday. A swimming pool hn Cleethorpes will be closed tntil at


least the middle of next wedk because of health and safetx


concerns. The pool at the town's leisure centre was shut on Londay


after complaints about the flooring. The results from slip`tests are


expected next week. Still ahead tonight: One game from Wembley.


Steve Bruce's old club stand between Hull City and the capital. Forget


potholes and traffic jams, drivers near Skegness are facing a very


different challenge. This put a graph was taken by


Christopher Lewis and it is the new St Botolphs Bridge in Boston. ``


photograph. I have been reading an e`mail about you, it says that she


never appears to have worn the same dress twice. It suggests th`t she


has an enormous wardrobe or buys one, where is it once and then takes


it back. `` where is it oncd. This weekend, it looks pleasant It


will not be all sunshine, tomorrow it will be great, but it will


brighten up and there will be sunshine tomorrow afternoon. Sunday


does not look too bad, therd will be a weather front, but it will affect


Sunday night into Monday and then next week there will be high


pressure and a lot of settldd weather. It has been lovely this


afternoon, breezy, but as you can see, the cloud broke up nicdly and


we have had plenty of sunshhne. It is clear at the moment. This will


allow temperatures to plummdt. As you can see, later on, it whll cloud


over and mist and fog will spread up through the South. Temperattres will


drop low enough for frost. The sun will rise tomorrow at 6:34al. We


will start with a lot of cloud, a grey start, a little bit dalp,


drizzle in places, but we whll see an improvement and it will gradually


brighten up. In the afternoon, some pleasant spells of sunshine. Like


today, it will be mild. Temperatures range between 13 to 15 degrdes. Next


week, pressure will build from the south. We have not had high pressure


dominating since the beginnhng of December. There will be a lot of dry


weather, but it could be frosty at night.


Have a nice weekend. Bridlington and Hull are getting a share of millions


of pounds of government cash, that ministers claim will help rdjuvenate


town and city centres. The loney is part of a scheme to help struggling


coastal communities, as our Business Correspondent Paul Murphy rdports.


Bridlington is perhaps one of Britain's better`known coastal


communities and the ?2 millhon grant it is getting is to help it reach


and rate. The money is going towards paying for its centrepiece project,


and improved leisure centre. Hoteliers have welcomed it but say


more work and more money is needed. There are so many expectations here.


Hopefully, this will come to fruition over the next couple of


years, we cannot be happier with any amount of money. In Hull, a thriving


community of digital progralmers and artists is based in this warehouse.


They include this young man. I am running my own business,


specialising in web design `nd web development and apps. I work with


the guy in the United States. We work remotely and it is gre`t. The


digital project wants to expand and the Treasury Minister has bden shown


at the dry dock where it wants to build a new headquarters. It is


getting a grant of ?300,000. This is government money getting behind some


brilliant ideas to grow the economy here. This sector is a rapidly


growing part of the economy. It is the third year at these grotnds have


been awarded, a recognition of the special challenges of living in


relatively isolated areas of the UK. Hull City manager Steve Bruce says


his team has a "wonderful chance" of reaching the FA Cup semi`finals The


Tigers take on Sunderland on Sunday, a club they've already beatdn twice


in the league this season. @nother win would see Hull City plax at


Wembley for only the second time in the club's history. Jill Archbold


reports. They've only been once but Wembley is a place with special


memories for Hull City and their fans. Now, the team have thd chance


to return. We have not been in the semi`finals since 1930, so H do not


know if there are many supporters around who were there, I hope there


is, and that puts it into context of what it would mean to everyone. It


was a 2`1 win over Brighton last month that got the Tigers through to


the last eight of the competition. Now they take on Sunderland, a team


that sacked Steve Bruce thrde years ago and a team they've alre`dy


beaten twice in the league this season. But the North East club has


beaten Hull on all three occasions they've met in the FA Cup, `nd


recently made it to Wembley for the League Cup final. I think there is a


feeling that we want to go back and it is a good opportunity. Otr good


opportunity for Hull as well, it will be massive. At the club shop


today, Hull City fans were cautious but dreaming of Wembley. It would be


fantastic. It would be marvdllous. They are playing better,


Sunderland. I think we should do it, but we haven't got our strikers


in. After the club was formdd in 1904 they had to wait over ` hundred


years for their first appearance at Wembley. A win here on Sund`y would


see the next one happen much sooner. Jill Archbold, BBC Look North. And


that game will be live on BBC Radio Humberside on Sunday lunchthme. The


game kicks off at two and coverage begins at one o'clock. In tomorrow's


football, commentary of Scunthorpe's home game with Northampton will be


on FM. Kick off is at three. There will be commentary of Grimsby Town's


trip to Macclesfield on AM, on digital and online. And BBC Radio


Lincolnshire will have Lincoln City's visit to Alfreton. Coverage


begins at two on Saturday Sport Rugby League, and both Hull FC and


Hull KR are hoping to kick start their season this evening. Hull KR


have yet to win losing at C`stleford at home last weekend and Hull FC


were beaten by Warrington. Both coaches say they need to improve.


This fixture is massive for us. We are reading a lot about how they can


be on zero points, but we nded a result. We need to tidy up ` few


mistakes and if we do that, we are confident we will do well. @nd both


games will be on BBC Radio Humberside tonight. Hull KR's trip


to St Helens is on FM and online. And Hull FC's home game with


Bradford will be on AM, on digital and online. Both games kick off at


eight. Lincolnshire skier J`de Etherington is hoping for a medal in


her first event at the Paralympics in Sochi. The games began whth the


opening ceremony this afternoon The 22`year`old from Bourne, who is


visually impaired, began skhing on family holidays. She'll takd part in


the Women's downhill tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed and the


best of luck for her. A famhly of badgers has forced the clostre of a


road in Lincolnshire, and it could be months before it's open `gain.


The animals have made their home underneath the road at Thorpe


Culvert near Skegness, making it unsafe to use. But Highways


officials say they can't do anything about it until well into thd summer.


Kate Sweeting reports. They are secretive species known to dnjoy


their privacy and in fact most of us would be lucky to ever see ` badger


in real life, but in the cotntryside near Skegness, one family h`s made


its home in an altogether more public spot, with rather


unneighbourly consequences. We received a report last year that


there had been a whole under the road and when we went out to


investigators, we saw signs of badger activity. We assessed the


situation and decided we nedded to close the road to keep the public


safe. Despite the closure, some vehicles are forced to conthnue


using it, rumbling right ovdr the badger's set. I do not why ht has


been close for so long. I nded to go this way. To get the road open,


plans have been put in placd to have this family of badgers evicted, but


it is a long and delicate process. It looks like we cannot do `nything


before June, because badgers tend to made in November and give bhrth to


their young in January. Nattral England will not want us to do any


work while there are young badgers in the area. When they are old


enough to leave, this is thd plan to move the family out, I gateway will


be put around the entrance `nd two weeks later, a door will be fitted


and the badgers will have to use it. A few weeks after that, a stop will


be fitted making it only ond way. They will be forced to go elsewhere.


Over the next new months, the badgers will be able to enjoy a


little bit of peace and quidt. Let's get a recap of the national and


regional headlines... The hdad of the Metropolitan Police describes


the damning criticism over Stephen Lawrence as devastating. As there


are calls for a review of Britain's drug laws, Humberside's Polhce and


Crime Commissioner says those who want to legalise cannabis are


misguided. To pretend that criminality and crime will disappear


from our communities becausd cannabis is liberalised, legalise,


whoever suggested that is in cloud cuckoo land. Tomorrow's weather A


cloudy start with the risk of a little drizzle at first. Turning


drier and brighter through the day. A fresh southerly breezy. A top


temperature of 13 deg C. Should a cannabis be legalise? The rdsponse


on this, Cyril says for those that medically needed, though should be


exemption. My late wife could have used it. Joe says that all drugs


should be illegal, it is bad for the government to be supporting illegal


activity. Graham said if cannabis helps sufferers, then ordin`ry


cannabis should be availabld. Charlie says the bigger problem is


legal highs, these laws need to be looked at more than legalishng


cannabis. Cannabis is natur`l, chemicals are dangerous. Chris says


that smoking and drinking are legal and socially acceptable forls of


drug`taking, so legalise and control other drugs. This is from Stewart,


he says I have smoked cannabis for 14 years and I find that it is an


effective alternative to alcohol to unwind after work and cannabis does


not clog up the brain as shd puts it. That was Mary Brett earlier


Thank you for those, had a peaceful weekend. Goodbye.


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