08/11/2017 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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That's all from the BBC News at One

- so it's goodbye from me -

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Good afternoon.

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The headlines from BBC Look North

this Wednesday lunchtime.

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David Prescott, the son of former

deputy prime minister Lord Prescott,

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is suspended by the Labour Party.

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The town where one in five shops

is empty despite a high profile

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campaign to revamp the high street.

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And patients relying on hospital

transport say a new service keeps

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missing their appointments.

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Every time I know I've

got transport, I sit

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here in trepidation.

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Waiting to see if it turns up.

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The son of former deputy prime

minister and Hull MP Lord Prescott

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has been suspended from his job

in the Labour Party.

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David Prescott is a key

advisor to Jeremy Corbyn.

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It comes amid widespread allegations

of misconduct at Westminster.

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Our reporter Kate

Sweeting is with me.

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You've been following this story.

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What else do we know

about the suspension?

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We understand that David Prescott

is being investigated

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by the Labour leader's office

after he was suspended

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a few days ago.

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It comes amid widespread allegations

of misconduct at Westminster.

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No formal complaint has been made

to the Labour Party,

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which declined to give details

on the reason for the

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suspension saying...

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"We do not comment

on staffing matters."

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Mr Prescott, who is a former BBC

producer, joined Jeremy Corbyn's

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office over a year ago,

initially as a speechwriter before

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becoming a communications manager

to the Shadow Cabinet.

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He stood as Labour's

candidate in Gainsborough

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in the 2015 election,

but lost to Conservative's

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Sir Edward Leigh.

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Earlier this year, he failed

to become an MP for Hull West

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and Hessle after former home

secretary Alan Johnson

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announced he was standing

down in June's election.

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Mr Prescott has been approached

by the BBC for a comment.

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But he has not come back to us yet.

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In 2012, Market Rasen

in Lincolnshire was one of 12 places

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in England given a special

government grant worth

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£100,000 to try and

reverse its fortunes.

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The money, which was meant

to revamp its dying high street,

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came with advice from the TV retail

expert Mary Portas.

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But five years on, new BBC research

suggests one in five

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shops there are empty,

and the council is looking

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at a new plan for the town.

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Katy Austin reports.

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The cash and support that came

with being a Portas pilot town

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was meant to help regenerate

Market Rasen town centre.

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Early on, it was being

hailed a success.

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Market Rasen has excelled, really

excelled.

Five years on have it had

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a lasting effect?

Not

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excelled.

Five years on have it had

a lasting effect?

Not particularly.

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We have lost quite a few shots of

Market Rasen has struggled in the

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High Street.

One way you could

measure success is the number of

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vacancies. In 2012 there were 71

units available, 12 empty and since

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then numbers have fluctuated but in

2070 there are fewer shop units, 63,

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but 14 are fewer shop units, 63, but

14 vacant, two more than when the

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Portas Pilot started. Merry admits

the scheme has not revived

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high-street fortunes.

It was very

much a kind of nice, shiny, possibly

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weighted PR campaign that looked

like we are doing something and, of

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course, we were doing something and

I thought that would kick-start much

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more. It did not.

The local council

leader agrees but says building new

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homes to provide more customers is

what is needed.

We need to progress

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our three-year structure plan for

the town. In consultation with the

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town council. We need to get more

people coming to the town, Phil the

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empty shops on the High Street and

go from there.

With the rise of out

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of town shopping centres and

customers looking to buy things

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online, it was always going to be a

challenge to breathe new life into

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Britain's struggling high Street but

you shop owners here think that M2

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macro did much help them.

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Patients relying on transport

to and from hospital say they've

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been repeatedly "let down"

by the private company

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paid to provide it.

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Thames Ambulance Service,

which is employed by clinical

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commissioning groups across Hull

and Lincolnshire, has already come

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under fire from volunteer drivers

for the way it pays expenses.

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But now a former manager has

also criticised the way

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the company is being run.

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Here's our health

correspondent, Vicky Johnson.

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Sheena lives just north

of Lincoln but has to go

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to Castle Hill Hospital

in East Yorkshire twice a week

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to have her leg seen to.

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She relies on Thames for patient

transport but has been left

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stranded several times.

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Every time I know I have

got transport, I sit

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here in trepidation.

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Waiting to see if it turns up.

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That's making me anxious.

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Sheena fears these

missed appointments

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are delaying her recovery.

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If they are not actually cleaning it

up, it's not helping it to improve.

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It's been a long time as it is.

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Sheena's experience is not unusual.

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Managers from the Hull

and East Yorkshire Hospitals' Trust

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have told us in a statement...

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Working for Thames has become

increasingly stressful,

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especially after many volunteer

drivers walked out in

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a row over expenses.

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Once they've gone we just haven't

got the resources to do it.

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Thames haven't supplied

us with the resources

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to move our patients.

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Patients are missing apppointments,

patients are late for appointments.

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Obviously the company itself

suffers but as we're

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the troops on the ground,

we're the ones that suffer.

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We're the ones that have

to deal with the agro

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and grief from the patients.

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This woman served in

the Armed Forces but says

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that was nothing compared to working

as a manager with Thames.

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We have changed her voice

to protect her identity.

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I've not come across people

self-medicating with Kalms.

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They were crying in cupboards

or just generally wanting to walk

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out on a scale that I've seen over

the past few weeks.

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We have approached Thames

and the different CCGs.

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They are the bodies who buy

in the services for a comment

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but nobody has yet been available.

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Vicky Johnson, BBC Look North.

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A charity which helps military

veterans in Hull will be

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featured on DIY SOS tonight.

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Hull4Heroes has helped

dozens of ex-servicemen

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since it was set up two years ago.

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Paul Matson got the idea

after volunteering on the BBC

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show on a special street

for veterans in Manchester.

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Tonight shows a gang of volunteers

from East Yorkshire helping finish

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off the street's last house.

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Presenter Nick Knowles, has become

a supporter of their work.

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They have done the most

extraordinary job and as a result

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they are rebuilding homes and doing

renovations in homes for veterans.

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At various stages I have stayed

in contact to try and give them some

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advice along the way but they need

very little advice from me.

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We have come up with some new ideas.

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It's going to expand and get bigger

and bigger and they are a kind

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of unstoppable force.

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They should be very much

appreciated for the city

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of Hull because they are

doing extraordinary things.

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Now a look at the weather forecast

with Owain Wyn Evans.

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Hi, everyone.

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Well, what a lovely day it has been

so far for most of us across

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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A bit chilly and this afternoon

is looking good, as well.

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We are hanging on to that cool feel.

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We will enjoy plenty

of sunshine out there.

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I think the sunshine will tend

to turn increasingly hazy as we head

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through the afternoon but,

as you can see, the map

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is looking pretty good.

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Maybe a bit more in the way of

thicker cloud down towards The Wash.

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In the sunshine, the temperatures

aren't responding fabulously,

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we are looking at highs of eight

or nine Celsius.

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We are in for a change overnight.

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With that veil of thin cloud that

moves down from the north and west,

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we will also see thicker cloud

behind it and with that outbreaks

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of light rain or drizzle.

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More than likely across western

parts of our region.

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Lows tonight of about

four or five Celsius.

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Yet again a chilly start

to the day tomorrow.

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Cloudier than this morning

with a few spots of light rain

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or drizzle, we are not worrying too

much about those.

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They will clear and yet again

we will see some sunny spells

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developing as we head

through the day.

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Our top temperatures tomorrow,

up a notch, we will probably get

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to about 12 or 13 Celsius.

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This is the air mass.

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You can see the blue colours

as we move towards the weekend start

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to extend further south.

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This is a colder air mass

and that will get to us

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on Friday and on Saturday.

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Feeling a bit cooler but plenty

of dry weather to come.

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That

of dry weather to come.

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That brings

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you up

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you up to

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you up to date

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you up to date this

of dry weather to come.

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That brings you up to date this

lunchtime. We will have a round-up

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of the day's news at 6:30pm. Until

then, have a lovely afternoon. Thank

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you for watching. Goodbye.

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