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

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owners of Hull City repeat their threat to sell`up if they c`n't

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change the club's name. Fans groups hit back.

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This has never been a campahgn to remove Assem Allam from the club. We

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just want to preserve our n`me. Claims poor rail links are holding

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back the economy in Lincolnshire. Passengers stranded as a lock gate

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tears a gash in a North Sea ferry. It had no alternative. If any

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captain thinks there is dam`ge, he must stop. It was the right

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decision. Faster than a racehorse ` the new

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ladybird facts discovered bx a Hull scientist.

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And after a windy day, we whll have some sunshine. I will have `ll the

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details. The owners of Hull City say they

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have been "prejudiced from the outset" as they try to change the

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name of the club to Hull Tigers Assem and Ehab Allam have rdsponded

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to a Football Association committee which is recommending their plans to

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re`brand the club are rejected. Tonight the future ownership of the

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club is in doubt with chairlan maintaining he will sell if he can't

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change the name. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has been followhng

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developments at the KC Stadhum. Behind these walls today, Htll City

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plan their response to a decision by the committee to recommend reduction

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`` rejection of the name to Hull Tigers. The statement had sdrious

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accusations. Today at Wembley, FA said it was

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happy with its procedures. Dhab Allam and Assem Allam say that they

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will sell the club if the n`me change goes against him. Fans want

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him to reconsider. This has never been a campahgn to

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remove Ehab Allam and Assem Allam. It is a campaign to preservd our

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name. We are happy with how Assem Allam and Ehab Allam R.N. In the

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club. `` run at the club. All the fans are very stuck together

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and have a strong opinion and the FA has listened. Well done to dveryone

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involved. But if Assem Allam goes ahe`d, who

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might buy? The current trend that we see is more investment coming from

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abroad, so I would expect some sort of investment from either the Middle

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East or the far east if he does decide to sell.

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The family says that they whll ballot season`ticket holders hoping

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that that will give them leverage. But if the FA sticks to that

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recommendation, this club could be under new ownership by the start of

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next season. Earlier, I spoke to the sports

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writer David Conn. I started by asking him if Assem Allam whll get

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the ?100 million or so he ndeds for the club quickly, if he puts it up

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for sale. He obviously believes that he would

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put the club up on the markdt and would put the club up for s`le. But

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you do have to wonder whethdr he would find a buyer who would pay him

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the price for the club itself and price enough to get... It w`s ? 2

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million, as the middle of l`st year, in loans to Assem Allam and his

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business. In the current clhmate and for a club like Hull City.

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I gather you were quite impressed by the City Till We Die campaign. Did

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they perhaps do more and make more of an effort than Mr Allam?

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I hadn't seen what Mr Allam has put into the campaign. I understand that

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the football club's first chairman went to see the subcommitted. But

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City Till We Die, which was the coalition of support groups, did it

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all in their spare time, nobody is getting paid. And there werd some

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very professional people, some very passionate people. They produced a

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21 page document and a film. They made very coherent argument about

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the heritage and the football club, but also about the credibilhty of

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this case that Mr Allam was making, that changing the name to Thgers

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would give it a great commercial uplift. It is a highly imprdssive

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job which impressed the FA's committee and I think they have done

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themselves and football protd. Do you think that Mr Allam will back

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down and just give up with this threat of walking away?

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From my conversations with Lr Allam, who is a very successful businessman

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in Hull ` he has been in Hull since the 1960s, he has built a vdry

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successful business making industrial generators and I have

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visited his factory ` I think he prides himself as being a m`n who

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doesn't change his mind. But the Football Association is the

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governing body of football, they have made the decision on the

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credibility of his case, and he says he will walk away. But if no buyer

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comes at a price that he wants, would he want to sell Hull City He

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says he is a local person, he bought it for the community, would he want

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to see it in trouble? I think he would not. Maybe it is time for

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everyone to change their minds and get on with the job.

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Contact details we will givd you in a moment if you want to copx ``

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contact us. You have been commenting on this

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story on our Facebook page. Lee says: "I would change the n`me if it

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brings in more revenue. He has not come across well at all, but let's

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face it, if not for the All`ms we wouldn't be sitting here talking

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about a name change as therd would be no club." Ian says: "It's time

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Allam stopped behaving like a petulant child.

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He always wants his own way and no one is allowed to question his

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decision. If you want to sell the club just do it. Just stop showing

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yourself up!" if you want to give us your thoughts, here are the contact

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details. In a moment: The couple who raised

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more than a ?100,000 for Hull Royal Infirmary are awarded the British

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Empire Medal. There are claims poor rail links in

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Lincolnshire are a barrier to economic growth in the county.

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That's according to local MPs who want greater investment in services.

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It comes as campaigners call for more trains to stop at Gainsborough

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Central, dubbed the worst r`ilway station in Britain.

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It's been compared to a station you'd find in a war zone.

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Gainsborough Central needs ` bit of TLC. Some trains would help, too.

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It's locked up, apart from on Saturdays, when there are three

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services. The only way that they could save

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the line from closing in thd 19 0s was to put Parliamentary tr`in

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service on. That runs at very infrequent times. There are not many

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passengers using it, and no money to invest in the station or thd

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services. And yet the station's right next to

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town centre and its shops. It has been an underused line for a

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long time and now we have the perfect opportunity to get lore

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services to the station. We can attract more people into thd town

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which will be a boost for the economy.

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The town does have another train service `` station. This ond has

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daily trains. But to get for `` from the high street here, it takes 0

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minutes. So people want better connections between Lincoln and

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Nottingham and between local stations. People say that journey

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times are so another 100 ye`rs ago. There is also an application in to

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get a direct link from Scunthorpe to King's Cross. The government says

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that it is spending millions of pounds to improve the line. Local

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MPs though are concerned ye`rs of under`investment have held the

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county back. We need to revitalise the r`il

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links. But the area depends on how well we are linked with transport.

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Road and rail needs to be lhnked in the benefit of Lincolnshire. The

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government is aware that economic well`being is at the forefront of

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our minds. While back in Gainsborough, a town

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with a growing population, Northern Rail says it's working with

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campaigners to make sure improvements match that growth.

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This is another story you mhght want to comment on. Do you think our

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railways are being short ch`nged? A two`year`old boy has died after

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falling into a pond in East Yorkshire. The toddler was taken by

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air ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary yesterday after the

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incident in Woodmansey near Beverley, but died a short time

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later. This happened at around ten o'clock

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at this house. The Ambulancd Service contacted the police after the

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two`year old boy fell in thd pond. He was taken to hospital, btt later

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died. At the moment, the de`th is being treated as unexplained. A

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29`year`old woman was arrested but has been released on bail pdnding

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further inquiries. It is understood that the family are being hdlped by

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specially trained police officers and I have been talking to

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neighbours today, many of whom have only just found out about the

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tragedy but are very shocked. The University of Hull says it's

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deeply concerned about the safety of one of its students who may have

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been aboard the Malaysian Ahrlines flight that has been missing for

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more than a week. Yue Wench`o is in the final stages of an MSC course at

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the university's Business School. Someone of the same name and age is

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on the passenger list for the flight, but it's not been confirmed

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that it is the same person. The Unite union has announcdd four

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more strike days in the ongoing dispute with the Yorkshire @mbulance

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Service. Unite says staff could work ten hours without a meal brdak on

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some shifts. Managers say steps have been taken to maintain safe and

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effective services. The next walk`out is planned for Friday.

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Passengers were left stranddd on board a Hull ferry last night after

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the ship was forced to return to port. The Pride of Hull suffered

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minor damage as it left the King George Dock for Zeebrugge. But as

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Crispin Rolfe reports, experts insist the vessel was right to

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return to assess the effects of a gouge in the ship's side.

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Stuck in port late last night. The Pride of York suffered a narrow six

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foot gouge in its side as it navigated the King George Dock's

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lock gates. But as repairs were conducted, complaints by passengers

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that they'd been left stranded as a five hour delay became a 12 hour

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one. They told us that the boat would be

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going out at 12:30am. And then they changed that. It was too late for

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everybody to get transport home And for day trippers to the

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continent, the overnight ferry's delay means an all too speedy

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return. We had to go straight back. We could

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not get off the boat. So for ferry`goers time spent simply

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on board a floating hotel. This morning though the ferry left for

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Belgium. It had no water innovative. If any

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captain thinks there is any damage, he must stop. `` there was no

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alternative. Safety is the lost important thing, it was the correct

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decision. Previous ferries the same shze as

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the Pride of York have all squeezed through Hull's King George Lock over

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the decades, mostly without incident. But P say last night's

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accident came after the 180 metre long ferry was scratched by a piece

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of metal. It left a two metre long scratch, two centimetres dedp in the

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side of the hull, but one significantly at least six letres

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above the water line. This is where it scraped thd lock,

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and you can understand why, because the boat is 25 metres wide, it only

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has a fee centimetres on either side to clear. The company says that all

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the repairs have been compldted and they are happy with the state of

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repair. The ferry company insists this has

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been a minor incident, and passengers were given the choice

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whether to still travel. For those day`trippers who have howevdr, it

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will be a frustrating three days, as this cruise comes straight back

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overnight from the continent. Still ahead tonight: Why wildlife

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enthusiasts are buzzing abott ladybirds.

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We are amazed that they could keep on flying for two hours without

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stopping. Please send in any pictures that you

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have. And here is a surprising appearance

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from the weather. We will gdt an accurate forecast.

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Yes, it is a nice day, tempdratures possibly 1617 degrees. And xou can

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see that it will be breezy, this area of low pressure will affect us

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through Thursday. Wet and whndy weather then. We have had wdt

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weather today with some showers Still a fewer showers across parts

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of Lincolnshire, but they whll die away and it looks like a drx night.

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The breeze will ease down for picking up again and a largdly frost

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free night with temperatures seven or eight degrees. The sun whll rise

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in the morning at 706 AM. Hdre are the high tides will stop `` the

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tides. So, tomorrow, it will be a fine and dry day with decent

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weather. Some high cloud possibly moving in from the west. Thd

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temperatures should be around ten or 11 degrees, so 14 or 15 degrees will

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feel very pleasant. It is possible that it could be 16 or sales `` 17

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degrees. But then things will go downhill. On Thursday, it whll be a

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windy day. As the rain moves southwards, it will become very

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windy. There will be a cold front, so it will be colder on Friday.

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There will be a frost and also a view showers.

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I got a message saying that they were worried about the accurate

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forecast, but they were ple`sed that you were on duty.

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For the last 15 years they've worked tirelessly, raising more th`n a

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?130,000 to buy equipment for the Hull Royal Infirmary. Today Ruth and

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Tony Knowles from Sutton on Sea were publicly rewarded for their efforts.

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Both were presented with thd British Empire Medal in front of frhends and

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fellow fundraisers. Our reporter Jake Zuckerman was there to see the

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ceremony. The unexpected reward for 14 years

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of hard work. Ruth Knowles `nd Tony Knowles had never asked for any

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recognition, raising ?130,000 to buy equipment for the hospital, but

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today they were the centre of attention as they were given a

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medal. I was really apprehensive this morning when I woke up. I

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thought, what will be day bring But every minute has been great and I

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have loved it. When we started this 15 years ago, we never thought that

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this would happen. We cannot thank people enough for help they have

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helped us. Their connection began when their

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daughter Emma was treated for a rain infection. Sadly doctors cotld not

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save her, but they have helped many others. `` a brain infection.

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They have helped us by lots of things that are helpful for our

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patients, not the things th`t the trust might pay for, but thhngs that

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are really helpful. It is rdally important that people do thhs,

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because the whole point of living in a community is to help the

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community. The couple say that they will try

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and continue to do as much `s they can.

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A petition has been handed hn to Downing Street on behalf of six men,

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including three from East Yorkshire, being held in an Indian prison. Ray

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Tindall from Hull, Paul Towdrs from Pocklington and Nicholas Silpson,

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who grew up in Cottingham, were providing anti`piracy protection for

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an American company when thdir ship was detained by Indian authorities

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last October. We are here because we are trying to

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get our boys out of jail whdre they are in India. We don't think it is

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right, but we're not coming to shout and scream. We are asking dhplomats

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to do the diplomatic thing `nd the best.

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One of Lincoln's most well`known restaurants, The Barge on the

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Brayford, has been badly dalaged by fire. Crews were sent to thd

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historic waterfront area of the city during the early hours of this

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morning. Police say they ard not treating the blaze as suspicious.

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A big response to our story of a mother of a Royal Marine who was

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killed in Afghanistan who s`ys that the British withdrawal from the

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country is a mistake. Gerald from Lincoln says that the decishon to

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join: Thank you for those messages.

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Lincolnshire skier Jade Ethdrington has been celebrating her success

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over tea with the Prime Minhster. Jade, from Bourne and her gtide

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Caroline Powell went to Downing Street earlier after arriving back

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in the UK last night. They became Britain's most successful fdmale

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Winter Paralympic skiers evdr at the games in Sochi.

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I think he was very happy to see us and he said that we did the country

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proud and it was good for us to be here with the team and with our

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colours, and we had a surprhse from James scored in, which was funny. ``

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James Cord and. It was a re`lly good day.

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I am hoping that I will meet her soon.

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Hull City's George Boyd has been charged with misconduct by the FA

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after allegedly spitting at Manchester City's Joe Hart. Boyd has

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until tomorrow evening to rdspond to the charge, which was not sden by

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match officials but caught on camera during the Tiger's 2`0 defe`t

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against City over the weekend. Two of our local football tdams are

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playing this evening. Lincoln City travel to Braintree. There will be

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full match commentary on BBC Radio Lincolnshire with the build up

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beginning at seven o clock. While Grimsby Town make the trip to Forest

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Green Rovers. BBC Radio Humberside will be following that match which

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kicks off at 7:45pm. The draw for the fourth round of the

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Rugby League Challenge Cup has been made. Hull FC will play the Salford

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Red Devils, whilst Hull Kingston Rovers take on Warrington. Both of

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those matches are home games. Research lead by the University of

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Hull has revealed surprising new facts about ladybirds. The tiny bugs

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don't care about their size ` they can fly faster, higher and for

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longer than was originally thought. They have long been a gardener's

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favourite ` feasting on pests like greenflys and adding a splash of

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colour to the average British garden. There are 46 differdnt

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ladybird species in Britain. The most common is the seven` spot.

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Their colour and pattern helps to protect them by warning potdntial

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predators. Now a new study lead by Hull

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University has shown that l`dybirds can pack quite a punch in the air.

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We built a very basic piece of equipment, like a Perspex ctbe, and

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we watch how they were flying and we were amazed that they could fly for

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two hours without stopping. They might not look very aerodyn`mic but

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they are very strong at flyhng. Research is have found that

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ladybirds can reach the samd speed as a racehorse. They can also fly at

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heights in excess of 3600 fdet, about the height of Ben Nevhs.

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So this is an insect hotel `nd this is where insects like ladybhrds will

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hibernate. Staff at this park were exchted

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about the findings. It will be great to tell the children, because it

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inspires them. It is great for the staff, because we see them dvery day

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and to learn something new hs amazing is op.

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Aside from the fun facts, researchers believe the information

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can help to explain the raphd spread of the invasive harlequin l`dybird,

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which settled in the UK frol Asia in 2004.

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It has already spread to many consonants. Just having better

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estimates about them helps ts to know how far there are likely to

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spread in the future. So thdy may be no bigger than a fingertip ` but now

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we have a better idea of just how quickly and how far these most

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colourful of beetles can flx. It is 6:55pm. Russia formally takes

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over Crimea, America says that it is a land grab. And the owners of Hull

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City say that they will sell if they cannot change the name. Thex say

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that there is prejudice. And tomorrow will see top

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temperatures of 16 Celsius, a warm day.

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Some comments about Hull City. One man says that they should not be

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allowed to change the name, anyone who is allowed to put that luch

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money into the team should be allowed to change the name. Another

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person said that they must be allowed to continue with thd team.

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Another commentator says th`t they should have the right to do call the

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team what they like. One other commentator says that what they have

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done it for standing up with the heritage of the club is gre`t.

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Another person says that thdy should be allowed to call them Hull City

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Tigers. I would change the name if they want more revenue. If they

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walk, then we are doomed. Join me if you can tomorrow. Good

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night.

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