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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me and on

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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.

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The leading consultants who are leaving hospitals in East Yorkshire

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because of bullying and intimidation.

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When you have nurses crying, the motivated people who walk at the

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drop of a hat, it has to say something.

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The MPs who say overseas aid should be used for projects closer to home.

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Accusations of a heavy`handed approach as the police arrive

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Police deny campaigners? claims that there were 100 officers

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And the school children from Cleethorpes getting ready to

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I will be back later with the forecast for tomorrow and we can.

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One the country's leading heart surgeons has become the latest

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senior figure to leave the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust amid

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He and another doctor, who has also recently resigned have

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taken the unusual step of speaking out in public to criticise

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the culture of bullying, which they say is plaguing the trust.

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Other consultants have privately told BBC Look North the same story.

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Health managers insist they are trying to tackle the problem.

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Vicky Johnson has been investigating.

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Dr Farqad Alamgir is renowned as one of the country's

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Last year, he was made an MBE for services to cardiology, but this

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week he has resigned from his job in

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People in senior management talking to you about bad behaviour will

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carry bad consequences and then you start wondering what is

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Is it bad behaviour if you stand up for something and say there

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People were talking about this, the word bullying

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In his letter of resignation, Dr Alamgir speaks of the fear

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and intimidation which he claims is now widespread among clinicians.

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doctors and consultants who have left the trust within the past year,

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saying they simply can't work in the current atmosphere.

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Consultant gynaecologist Wendy Noble, packing up

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Three years ago, the hospital trust settled out of court when

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One of the reasons for her resignation now is the poor

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I was really concerned about the quality of training, the quality

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of care we were able to deliver, and I raised my serious concerns.

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Once again, it was just pooh`poohed, it was suggested I had ulterior

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motives to try to destabilise the unit by my manager.

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The Care Quality Commission, the health watchdog, raised these issues

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in its recent report, demanding that the trust must investigate why some

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staff feel they are bullied, or feel pressured to undertake additional

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hours, putting the need to meet targets above patient care.

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The focus was not on the patients. The focus was on figures, numbers.

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If you were not part of that, you felt you had let down the

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organistaion, which isn't what should happen.

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You would go to a meeting, you would get two or three vocal people saying

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this isn't good enough, and everyone else is burying their noses in their

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paperwork, because if they ever put their head above the parapet, they

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get picked on, and they've decided they want to go for a quiet life.

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And that's what happened at Mid`Staffordshire.

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Unions claim bullying is rife across all departments.

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People come to work, they get their pay ` that's how it should work.

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They should not go home feeling stressed or hurt or sick because of

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the way they've been treated by their managers. There are a lot of

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good managers there, but there are still some bullies, and we need to

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Ian Philp, the Trust's medical director, admits the bullying

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culture is a concern but insists they are

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We cannot change the culture overnight but we can do some things

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quickly, and we have to demonstrate to staff that when they raise

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concerns, that we investigate them and we will deal with them and staff

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will not be treated punitively for raising concerns.

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They will be thanked for raising concerns.

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They're leaving their families and taking their many years

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of experience, not just away from this area,

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I'm joined now by the MP for Hull North Diana Johnson.

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What is your view on what is going on within the trust? I am concerned

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about patient care and patient safety. It is very disappointing to

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hear these doctors are leaving, with all the experience. I think the sea

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QC identified there was a problem with bullying in the trust, and I

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had a meeting with inspectors to try to understand that. They clearly

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have a job to do to root out this bullying culture, because it is

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unacceptable. I talked to the chief executive this afternoon, and he

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reassured me steps are being put into place, but I think we need to

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be talking to the trust more and find out they do bring the facts.

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Unison has said staff are scared to speak out about bullying. If that is

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the case, it will be very hard to get to the bottom of the problem.

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That is shocking. I have the official speak this morning and say

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he had never come across such an ingrained culture of bullying in his

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career in the NHS, so it is deeply worrying. I will have a new chief

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executive at the hospital soon, and his top priority has to be to sort

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this out. It is really worrying for me, just as it is for the local MPs,

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that our constituents may not be getting the care and standard of

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care they deserve. One doctor told us this kind of culture is what

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caused the problems at mid Staffordshire. Other problems in

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Hull being taken seriously? I think the Care Quality Commission

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identified there was a problem with bullying culture. I am not sure I

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would say it is the same plasmid stuff Jeff. `` I am not sure I would

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say it is the same as mid Staffordshire. Urgent action is

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needed, though. Would you be worried if you are going into the hospital?

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I think there is a great deal of excellent care in our NHS in Hull. I

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think there is a problem about bullying and that needs to be rooted

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out. I have every confidence the NHS can sort this out. Diana Johnson,

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thanks very much. If you want to be in touch, here are the details.

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Preparing for the Tour de France to arrive `

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now there's a promise of another major cycling race for Yorkshire.

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A number of Tory MPs from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say

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they'll oppose plans to increase the amount of taxpayers' money which

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The Government wants to enshrine into law the amount that is spent

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But some MPs say the money would be better spent helping

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At this warehouse on the outskirts of Beverley,

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the East Yorkshire based charity Jacob's Well is preparing to send

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The charity's chief executive ` retired GP Beryl Beynon `

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believes it's right that our government should help those

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I think as British people we have always been held in that kind of

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esteem that we would always be there to help people in need. I think the

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main thing is that it is used for the poor and the sick and the

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needy, not just for political purposes.

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The Government is under pressure to ensure that no less than 0.7%

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of our national income is spent on overseas aid.

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That currently works out at ?11 billion a year.

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The Department for International Development says that money is spent

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on projects such as preventing an infection that causes blindness in

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East Africa, making sure boys and girls go to school in Pakistan and

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But some MPs are opposed to the Government putting

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a legally binding figure on the amount its spends on overseas aid.

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The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has launched a petition on his

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website asking whether voters would rather see foreign aid diverted to

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Many people lobby me, urging me to support the knot at 7%.

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It's an emotive debate, but when it comes to the way taxpayers'

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money is spent, some still argue that charity should begin at home.

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Kathleen Spencer Chapman is from Oxfam ` I asked her if the UK being

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world leaders in sending overseas aid shows us as a caring nation or

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Our aid saves millions of lives around the world.

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Oxfam sees in our work every day the good British aid is doing

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It is keeping children in school, preventing mothers dying

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in childbirth, just to give a few examples.

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In 2012, British taxpayers sent ?280 million in aid to India.

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They launched a ?45 million rocket to Mars.

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Do you still think that giving to India is a good idea?

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About a third of the world's poorest people live in India,

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and Oxfam is doing a lot of work in India with the Indian government

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Why are we giving to a country that can afford to spend ?750 million of

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British aid still has an important impact in India.

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It is really helping make sure children are in school

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and encouraging the Indian government to do a lot more.

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People in this country are kindhearted.

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But they don't understand why, when we have so many problems

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at home, we're giving this amount of money in foreign aid.

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Clearly, there are also people at home who

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are struggling, and Oxfam also works to tackle poverty in the UK.

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We don't think poor people anywhere, either in the UK or globally,

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They don't understand why, when we have problems here,

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?180 from every single person in this country goes abroad.

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That money really does save lives, and Britain is still the seventh

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richest country in the world, so we think it is completely possible for

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the British government to be making sure poor people aren't suffering

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We don't know what percentage of that money goes to ordinary people

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in poverty or what percentage goes to firms or corrupt individuals.

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We know the vast majority of that money reaches

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Clearly, no system is 100% perfect, but in the UK,

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if a hospital is failing, we don't stop funding the NHS.

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The vast majority of that money is reaching the poorest people.

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I would like your views on this. Should the amount spent on foreign

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aid be fixed in lark? Get in touch if you have a view on this. `` fixed

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in law. Police in Lincoln have asked

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for two teenage girls to come forward, after a man died

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following an attack in the city. 69`year`old Michael Broxholme was

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the victim of a robbery on Friday evening near his home on

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Hermit Street. Police have asked for two teenage

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girls, who they believe helped Mr Broxholme immediately

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after the attack, to contact them. A mother from Hull accused

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of killing her two year old son when he drowned in a bath has been

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giving evidence at her trial. Kerry Abel admitted taking

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a number of prescription drugs on the night her son died but told

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the court she didn't fall asleep. She denies the charges

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of manslaughter and at times wept Simon Spark was in court

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and sent this report. Kerry able about that court this

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morning to give evidence for the first time in front of the jury ``

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Kerry Abel. She is accused of manslaughter after her two`year

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Robinson was found drowned in the bath. She admitted being a former

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heroin addict. She admitted obtaining other drugs that were not

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on prescription, but from other people 's prescriptions and from

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friends. She said she took one drug to help with backache. The court had

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to stop at one time because her evidence was incomprehensible as she

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cried during the description of finding her son. She said he was

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playing in eight inches of water with her toys, she stood up, she

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felt dizzy, reached for the bathroom door handle and passed out. When she

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came round, she found him lying in facedown and the water was much

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higher. The prosecution told how she had lied repeatedly to police about

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what Yorkshire had taken and when. They said, the truth is you took a

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cocktail of drugs to get an effect from them, you fell asleep and your

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little boy died. Today saw the end of the evidence. Kerry Abel denies

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all charges against her. The summaries will begin in the morning.

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Thank you for watching. Still ahead: Schoolchildren from Cleethorpes who

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are going to perform on a world`famous stage.

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I don't really feel the nerves. I feel excitement. You don't really

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get nervous, you just play like there is no one out there.

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Great story. Tonight's photograph. Thank you for that.

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Keely Donovan is here, back from her trip to Glastonbury.

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I can't imagine you roughing it in a tent.

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You would have liked it. I think Dolly is your kind of gal. Long

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blonde hair. You could share her fake tan, and she is the same kind

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of age. Have you finished?

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On with the forecast. It has been very warm today, up to over 23

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degrees in Hull. It will be a bit cooler tomorrow. There could be some

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patchy rain for some of those. We have had more cloud spreading from

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the North. It has made things quite mopey. Generally, the dry and mild

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affair, with temperatures falling back to 15 or 16 degrees. The sun

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will rise at 4:36 a.m.. Tomorrow, variable and at times large amounts

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of cloud. A little bit of rain from the North. For the weekend, some

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uncertainty but it looks like rain spreading through Friday and it

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could still be with us through Saturday morning. On Sunday, fine

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start to the labour few showers. `` also Dave I'd start to their day,

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but a few showers. Potentially heavy rain later.

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I had just been told she is 68, which is even older than me, so you

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are in the doghouse. Residents living in an

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East Yorkshire village are accusing Humberside Police of heavy handed

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tactics as they escorted a convoy Rathlin Energy are carrying out

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tests on land at West Newton Amanda White is live

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near the site tonight .

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They are perplexed. We have only just been able to get down here.

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Officers were posted at the end of the lane, keeping the road closed

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while Rathlin Energy has been doing exploratory drilling. The convoy

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caused surprise, but the number of officers was met with disbelief.

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It uses ultraviolet officers was met with disbelief.

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It uses ultraviolet light. It is quite innovative technology. Well,

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here are some of the pictures. They counted 64 vehicles moving through

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new Ellerby. Rathlin Energy told is in a statement that although they

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had been moving vehicles to try and minimise disruption in nearby

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villages, because they had had some problems, Humberside police advised

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them to move them in a large convoy because of safety. Purchasers told

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is over 100 officers were involved in the operation `` protesters told

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us. Humberside police said that is an exaggeration. They have not told

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us how many officers were involved in the operation. They said they

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were facilitating this peaceful protest.

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Amanda, thank you. East Yorkshire might have missed out

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on the Tour De France but the race organisers are now

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promising a new annual cycling event It should attract the worlds best

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cyclists and there could even be Well, over in West Yorkshire they

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are preparing for this year's Tour De France and Paul Ogden is

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in Otley for us tonight. So Paul can we expect to see the

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likes of Chris Froome and Bradley Quite possibly, and why not? We have

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a big cycling culture that we know and love in East Yorkshire. The

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tours Britain has been hosted successfully in towns and East

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Yorkshire, including the city of Hull. The man who can really answer

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the question is the Chief Executive of the organisation which brought

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the Tour de France broadly to Yorkshire, Gary Verity. Thank you

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for this announcement. What can you tell is? We will work with our

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friends over the next few months to agree the route, but the purpose is

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to go to places where the Tour de France isn't going, so it would make

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perfect sense if it went to Hull and parts of East Yorkshire, and parts

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of the Yorkshire coast as well. We will work on the route with our

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friends and partners over the next few months and make announcements in

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the early autumn. Briefly, a three stage race? Yes, over the first

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weekend in May next year and we want to put on a women's race as well.

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This kind of passion, this will be coming to Yorkshire. Thank you very

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much. In a word, what do you like about Yorkshire as a place to stage

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this kind of event? It is gorgeous and there is passion for cycling and

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love for the tour, so we're very happy. It will be massive. Thank

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you. We had better get the potholes ironed out on the Humber Bridge.

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Thank you very much. The Newton on Trent site will

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provide more than 20 million litres of water every day. Anglian Water

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says it's vital to maintain supplies as Lincoln continues to grow.

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Thank you for getting in touch about cuts to legal aid.

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19 youngsters from Cleethorpes travelled to the capital tomorrow

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for a performance. Signhills Strings, 90 violinist from

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six up to 18`year`old. They are rehearsing for performers the Royal

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Albert Hall. They have worked incredibly hard to

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get to where they have got to. Some have done it with me before. We are

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quite spot. I started when I was about eight. My

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vile and future has taught me so much. `` my violin teacher has

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taught me so much. Although sometimes it can be a bit hard, you

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just work through it. It is fun. The top group, the older ones, they play

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all the way through it and they did the backing and everything. The

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younger ones get to play quite a lot as well. We're playing sky fall, the

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national anthem and rule the world. I work with them not just in large

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rehearsals but individually as well. It has to be perfect.

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I am really excited. I don't really feel the nerves. I feel the

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excitement about it. You don't really get nervous, you

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just play like there's no one out there. I know they are watching in

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Cleethorpes, so safe journey to London and enjoy playing.

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There headlines: The Prime Ministers called for urgent action to tackle

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the growing threat to resistance and.

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Talking about claims of bullying in hospitals, this is anonymous, very

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sad to lose Wendy Noble, I worked with her for years, the NHS cannot

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afford to lose such good surgeons and consultants, I complained many

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years ago but it fell on deaf ears. I decided to leave. Another

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anonymous one, I worked in Hull for over 40 years and found bullying

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existed not just between the medical staff but amongst admin staff as

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well. Finally, from Emily, people should be able to speak out without

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fears. Thank you for those. And thank you

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for watching. Goodbye.

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