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in Ukraine. That is all from the BBC News at six. It is goodbye from me

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and on BBC One Good evening and welcome to BBC Look

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North. The headlines tonight. 37 years after becoming an MP, Austin

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Mitchell decides to stand down. A lot of the game to made have been

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rolled back by this government. A Government minister says Immingham

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needs more flood protection, but won't promise more money, A fire

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drives a couple out of the home they'd moved into after their house

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was flooded, Politicians from all sides have been reacting to the news

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that the Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell is to step down at the next

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election. He's represented the town in parliament for the past 37 years.

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The streets of Hull transformed into the set of a new film.

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A weekend of two halves as far as the weather is concerned. I will be

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back with the forecast. Good evening. Politicians from all

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sides have been reacting to the news that the great Grimsby MP Austin

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Mitchell will stand down at the next election. He has represented the

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town in Parliament for 37 years. The Labour leader Ed Miliband praised

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his "commitment to the people of Grimsby". In a moment, I'll be

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asking Austin Mitchell why he's decided to retire. But first, Tim

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Iredale looks back at his career. 21,000. Dot. Austin Mitchell has

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represented great Grimsby in Parliament since 1977. He says it is

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time to leave the political stage. It is time for change, time to bring

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in somebody younger. All I can do is go away and weep quietly, which I am

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now proposing to do. At a meeting last night, Austin Mitchell told

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people he will carry on as the MP until the general election next

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year, then he will step down. Austin Mitchell was a familiar face on our

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TV screens long before he entered politics. As a reporter with

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Yorkshire television, he covered serious news as well as

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light`hearted stories. Not surprisingly, for a former TV

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presenter, he was one of the leading campaigners in favour of television

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cameras being introduced in the House of Commons, of that was

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opposed by the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Most people know

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Austin as the local MP. It will be a hard act to follow. He has been a

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great servant to the local community. We have political

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differences, of course, but our aim is always to improve the lot of the

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people we represent. What do we say? Out. A fierce critic of the European

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Union, Austin Mitchell is one of the few Labour MPs to support Britain's

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withdrawal from the EU. At one point, he changed his name to Austin

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haddock to show support for Grimsby's fishing industry. People

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still say it is grim up there, but Austen has made it fun. This was the

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reaction from Grimsby voters. They should've gone a few years ago and

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enjoyed retirement. I wish him well. These can a lot of work for

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Grimsby. `` he has done a lot of work for Grimsby. I think we need

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somebody new. We need somebody with new ideas. Austin Mitchell will turn

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80 later this year, by the time of the next general election, he will

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have represented great Grimsby in Parliament for 38 years.

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I spoke to Austin Mitchell and asked why he thought now was the right

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time to announce his retirement as an MP. While, I think having an

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election in May, Parliament will come to an end early in April, and I

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think that is time for me to go. I shall be 80 this year. I don't think

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there is we will elect a geriatric. I don't want to go, actually,

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because I enjoyed the job so much, but it is time to bring in a new

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face, new approach, new energy. 37 years. What is your biggest

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achievement? I shouldn't laugh, because it is a sad moment. I think

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my biggest achievement was getting compensation for redundant

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fishermen. The Tory government had refused to pay them. We managed to

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get compensation. I think that is the biggest achievement. Life as an

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MP is a constant struggle. It is a struggle. The continuous run of

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helping people with problems is the most enjoyable thing. You always

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supported the fishing industry and the trawlermen. You changed your

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name. That is right. The fishing industry asked MPs to change their

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name. I was the only person that is enough to do it. I got free fish and

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chips. Hansard wrote to me and said, did they want my contributions to be

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from Austin Mitchell or Austin Haddock and at last point I changed

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back. Will you be sitting next to John Prescott in the House of Lords

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in a few years' time? I doubt it. I don't think I shall go there because

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I have not made any contribution to the Conservative Party. Would you

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like to? Well, I would like to. Politics continues. My history has

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been constant rearguard actions, against Europe, against economics of

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the Liberal party and the Conservative Party. I am not going

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to wish you a happy retirement because I am sure I will see many

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times before. We'd like to hear your thoughts on

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this story. As he approaches 80, is Austin Mitchell right to retire. How

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will you remember him as an MP in this area?

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Some of you have already been in touch on our Facebook page.

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In a moment: battling for bragging rights in the rugby league derby.

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The floods minister says it's "critically important" that

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Immingham is given more protection from tidal surges. Robert Goodwill

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has been at the port today to look at the damage done in the floods

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before Christmas. But he's stopped short of making a firm financial

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commitment. More from our Paul Murphy.

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You don't need to look hard in Immingham to get a sense of the

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damage caused by the tidal surge. At the charity which supports seafarers

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they don't expect to reopen fully until September. The entire building

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has been wrecked. The telephone systems have got to be put back in.

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The alarms have to be put back on. Skirting boards, full declaration,

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the far has to be built. But the floods here did much more

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than damage buildings. Immingham is a major processing centre for coal,

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gas and oil. Many of those facilities were knocked out and the

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Government was conncered about the nations energy supply. Today the

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floods minster said he wanted to learn how the government could

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better protect this port. The call that goes into those big power

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stations we all see on the motorway, by and large comes from here. Much

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of it comes through here. It is a vital national asset. It is

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important this acid is not compromised and put at risk by

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another tidal surge. The port operator does not need are simple

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enough. Big, stronger, coastal defences. It said that a it would

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have also helped to resist the surge. This port is at the centre of

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the UK's energy supply industry. If this goes out, we have major issues

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for the economy. That has been There's been no commitment given to

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fund improved defences, but the tidal surge revealed just how

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vulnerable the nation's energy supply is, and that's perhaps the

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most compelling argument for giving this port greater protection.

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Recognised. Paul is still at Immingham at the moment. What was

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the importance of this visit today? I think it was significant he was

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here. It reflects the importance of Immingham strategically.

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Interestingly, the minister told me that during those Cobra meetings

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about flooding in December, Immingham was very high up the

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agenda. That tells you what you need to know about how government views

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this place. No extra money announced today. That was never the intention.

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You could be sure that when the discussions take place, Immingham

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will forget largely when it comes to funding flood defences.

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Thank you. Some stories now. Two children remain in a serious

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condition in hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed into

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a ditch in North East Lincolnshire. It happened yesterday on South Marsh

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Road in Stallingborough. Police are appealing for witnesses. A former

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care home in Hull has been renovated into flat and bungalows. This

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development includes 16 flats and two bungalows, and is in great

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demand already. Full city council says it has a huge programme of

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housing works planned over the next 12 months that will generate

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construction jobs and better accommodation for local people ``

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whole city council. It is the first time in a few decades such a big

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programme has been in place. We are pleased to be able to start that

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construction. The chief executive of whole and East Yorkshire hospitals

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have announced his resignation `` the chief executive of Hull and East

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Yorkshire hospitals have announced his resignation. He had been in the

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role since 2010. Modern 200 men who claimed they were

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abused at a former school in market Wheaton could see their cases for

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compensation come to court. Saint William school, which was owned by

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the catholic school, closed in 1992. There has been a long`running

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legal battle over hundreds of claims of sexual and physical abuse.

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It was a residential school owned by the Catholic Church, and it is

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alleged that in its 40 year history, over 250 boys were physically and

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sexually abused here. In 2004, the former principal here was jailed for

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14 years for abusing boys at the school. He was part of a Catholic

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organisation that run the school and provided teachers. The Roman

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Catholic dioceses of Middlesbrough owned Saint Williams and appointed

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the brothers to manage it. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that both

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organisations should share responsibility for the abuse, and

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between them, share the cost of any future claims for compensation,

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which lawyers say could amount to millions of pounds.

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What has happened in this case now, Caroline? Solicitors acting on

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behalf of of the men who claim their were abused totals about a hearing

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at the High Court yesterday. During the hearing, the judge decided that

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some other compensation claims should be heard in court and trial

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dates will be set for May of next year. It is still hope that the

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majority of the cases can be settled without the need to go to court. It

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is one of the UK's longest running child abuse cases. Those who say

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they were victims here just want it to be resolved.

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Thank you for watching. A fire forced a couple out of their own

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home. How a film in Hull could bring ?1 million to our city.

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If you take a good picture at the weekend, send it in. Lee Wilson took

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tonight. Thank you for that. Another picture next week. Good evening.

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Good evening. All this talk of retirement. Austin Mitchell, Bruce

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Forsyth. Anything you want to tell us?

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Happy Easter to you as well. I bought you an expensive Easter eggs

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this afternoon. Is that why you didn't answer my

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phone calls? I was told you are chatting in the newsroom.

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I was buying your pack. The Easter weekend. The first looks

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nice. It goes downhill on Sunday. A chilly start tomorrow, but it will

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be a bright the day. Beware, very chilly. Quite blustery out there.

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Through the evening, we will see clear spells developing. It will

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develop into a fine night. A touch of Frost to start the day tomorrow.

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As big of a nippy start, but it will be nice. Dry and fine. Plenty of

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sunshine. Things going downhill through the weekend. Very chilly out

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there. Around average for the time of year. Even colder into Saturday.

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On Sunday, ten and wetter. Everybody wants to know why you were

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ringing me. Do you want me to tell them?

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You are in bad books now. The cool family have lost the last

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of their possessions after a fire in their temporary home.

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Like many who suffered the surge, Geoff and Stephanie Cowling thought

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they had weathered their worst look at the hands of of the element in

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December's floods. The scene in their village. Just days ago, their

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temporary home caught fire at the hands of the spring sunshine. A fire

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investigation report has concluded bright sunlight coming in from one

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of the windows behind me hate a mirror and directed concentrated

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heat onto one of the sofa cushions, catching fire. Humberside Fire and

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Rescue services very rare, and one almost impossible to foresee. They

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just act to get my son a computer, mere computer, get a few things back

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together, and we have lost everything again. We are back to

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square one. The family were given ?3000 from their insurance company,

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some of which they used to buy new household items, items they will now

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have to buy or borrow again. Friends are wanting to come and help. Even

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the builder wanted to take washing for his wife to watch for others.

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Members of the community have offered what help they can. Some of

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the residents have left money behind a bar for them to come in for a meal

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and stuff. We have genetically as well. They were have many worries

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about rooting for a few days. `` we have donated a meal as well. You can

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always find a silver lining in even the darkest of clouds. I have just

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got to keep myself together and hope things will come right. At least we

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are not hurt. It could've been a lot worse. Somebody have been killed.

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Dreadfully sad story. We wish them the very best.

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The BBC has received numerous reports of tremors being felt in the

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south of Lincolnshire this morning. They were the result of a small

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earthquake which shook parts of the East Midlands at around seven

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o'clock. There have not been any reports of injuries or damage. I

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headed distant low rumbling sound. A slight vibration. Having gone

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through an earthquake, I recognise the signs.

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Humberside Airport have announced they will be offering flights to

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Mallorca starting next summer. Thomson holidays will be running the

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route to Palma from early May to mid October. The airport welcomes

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Thomson's return and says it's down to local economic changes. Hull FC

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coach Lee Radford says his roots in East Hull will be put to one side as

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he takes charge of his first Super League derby tonight. Hull, whose

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home is in the west of the City, travel East to Hull KR tonight and

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his side go into the game having won three of the last four derbies.

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Phillip Norton reports. He's used to the pressure as a

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player, having had a vital role in many Hull derbies of the past. But

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for Lee Radford, the fixture's been taken to a whole new level when

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you're head coach ` especially if you live in the other half of hull.

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You can see how important it is. Lee Radford was born on this side of

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the River Hull, the dividing line for whether youre a red and white

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Hull KR fan in the east of the city, or a black and white Hull FC fan to

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the west. And with much of the city united with the football club's

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achievements in the past week, tonight's match brings the rugby

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rivalry to the fore once again. I live over that side of the city. I

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can take the kids to school with a smile on my face if we get a good

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result. It is a massive game. It's the 221st meeting between the

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rivals. Hull KR trail FC by just one point in the league table, adding to

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the importance for the Robins to turn around recent losses in the

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derby on home turf. It will be a tough game. We will play the best we

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can. A KR fan as a boy, Lee Radford's

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done his bit for his native side of the

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distribute tickets for next month's final against Arsenal. Season ticket

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holders who went to Sunday's win over Sheffield United will be given

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the first chance to buy Final tickets. Then after the other season

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ticket holders have their chance tickets will go on general sale with

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the same priority given to those who attended the cup semi final.

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Five people have been selected to carry the

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?1 million into the city. It is an industry. It is the thing people

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need to concentrate on. The road closures and slight disruption is

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worth every penny because of what comes back to their city. The

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filming here will take just a fortnight. But with the film going

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on global release next year, it will showcase Hull to millions.

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Very exciting. Strictly speaking, they were not route masters. They

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were introduced in 1954. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. This is the search continues for

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survivors following the sinking of a ferry which was carrying hundreds of

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school students. Austrian Mitchell says he used to

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alter rubbers in the town in Parliament and the will stand down

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at the next general election. Some of the messages for Austin

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Mitchell. Doris said, I did not realise he was coming up to 80, I

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hope you enjoyed retirement. Another one, he has been brilliant for

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Grimsby, put your feet up and enjoy retirement. Graham says, I remember

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a young Austin visiting our street party for the Queens Silver Jubilee

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in 1977. This is from the Queen family. Thank you, Austin, for all

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the help of the fishermen. David says, it should be Lord Mitchell, no

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discretion required. He has been one with the people and one for the

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people. This is from Mr Blanchard. He says, thank you for looking after

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the people of Grimsby from a fisherman's grandson. Nice message.

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Thank you for watching. Have a happy and peaceful Easter. Goodbye.

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