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How a suckers list is helping stop 8,000 people in Yorkshire

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And could changing the speed limit on the M1 cut air

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Fog expected to be a problem tonight.

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Join me for the life, dated forecast.

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More than 8000 people in Yorkshire on what Trading Standards

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It's a database of names and addresses of those

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who've previously fallen victim to scammers.

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The details are often sold on by criminals who target

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vulnerable people repeatedly by letter, e-mail or telephone,

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taking money from bogus products or prizes.

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Elsie Ferguson and her son Paul bought bogus vitamin pills

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from a firm claiming to be the real deal.

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But the company sold on Elsie's details,

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Each envelope aimed at getting her to send more money for a chance

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I am coming up to 83 and I'm not a well person,

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so if it doesn't stop I would say I will get very angry

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Elsie, who wears a special hearing aid, stopped entering

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the competitions months ago and yet she still gets the letters

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and all because in the past she bought lamps, vitamins,

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My name's Andy Fox from North Yorkshire Trading Standards

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and I've come here to talk to you today about scam mail.

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Trading Standards say her case is typical.

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We see a lot of this in Trading Standards

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homes who are answering scam mail where we will go into and the a lot

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homes who are answering scam mail where we will go into and see a lot

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of scam mail throughout the house and the victim is keen to answer it,

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genuinely believing they've won a prize.

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Elsie learned the hard way that there is no prize.

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In my experience, whether you win or not, it makes no difference,

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The only winner is the company that gets Elsie's money and address.

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In North Yorkshire, there are 2000 names on the Suckers' List and not

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There's another lady as well who lives in a different part

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of North Yorkshire but we believe she has actually sold her house

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When I've been round to see her I've been told that she's actually

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going to her neighbours because she can't afford to feed

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herself because all the money she has is going on answering scam mail.

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Trading Standards say the only advice in this situation

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is if a letter like this looks too good to be true, it

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In West Yorkshire, there are around 4000 people on the scammers list.

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David Lodge is from Trading Standards.

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Dave, so we saw hundreds of letters there in Elsie's home but this

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goes beyond just postal scams, doesn't it?

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It can do and that is the worrying thing.

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What tends to happen is these details are passed around,

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not just to mail scammers, they can end up with the rogue

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traders, these are the people that might come and knock on your door

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and by the time they have arrived at your door,

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they have a complete profile of the person living in that house,

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so they know that they may be elderly, they may know

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that they keep money in the house, they may live alone,

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so they are an actual real vulnerable victim at that time.

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There are 8000 names on this suckers list in Yorkshire.

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Why is it useful to you at trading standards?

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This is part of a national initiative and what we are able

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to do is use it as a sort of proactive and preventative

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measure, so we are trying to get to people not necessary before

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they are victims but before they can become continually

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abused and they could even be repeat victims.

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So how can we avoid being on the suckers

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The best advice is don't respond at all because of the first time

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you respond, you kind of go up the hierarchy and the more times

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that happens, you know, you move up that list.

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Don't respond and the chances are that that number will decrease.

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David Lodge from Trading Standards, thank you for joining me.

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Millions of pounds of extra government cash has been promised

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It's intended to boost Yorkshire's economy and help create new jobs.

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The deal has been welcome by local authorities,

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but they say it's just a fraction of what they have lost

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Our political editor Len Tingle explains.

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Since last year's floods in central Leeds, the multi-million pound

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project to ensure they don't happen again has been well underway.

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Today, Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy came to see what's

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happening and promised more public cash for a whole range

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of projects aimed at protecting and boosting local economies,

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Today's announcement is ?500 billion of new money across the North,

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more than they will be getting in London, more than

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they will be getting in any other region of England.

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I actually think this is a good deal.

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That ?500 billion funding for the North is shared

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A total heading our way of ?129 million.

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This is the sort of area where that money can be spent.

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This site just south of Leeds is forecast to provide something

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like 9,000 jobs in the end, a mixture of housing and industry.

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The government money will be spent to clear the site so that commercial

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companies can move straight in and get started.

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We do need more investment in infrastructure.

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When you look at the North-South divide, you've got seven times

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as much money is spent on transport in London as you do in Yorkshire.

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The investment will also cover industrial training -

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across the whole country, over ?170 million

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But Labour says all of this new funding is a fraction

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of what the regions have lost in spending cuts.

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You look at the adult education budget, you know,

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it is all right talking about putting ?170 million

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into skills but they have cut more than ?1 billion to adult services.

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The Minister's view is clear - the cuts of the past

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are history and marks the start of rebuilding the future.

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A report into severe flooding in York during Christmas 2015 has

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concluded the decision to open the Foss Barrier was correct.

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More than 600 properties were flooded, but a review

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panel found the action was the best option available.

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The report makes 85 recommendations for ways the city can better

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protect itself in future, including installing sirens

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The first pollution-related speed limit in the country could be

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introduced on a section of the M1 in South Yorkshire.

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If motorists drive over 60 miles an hour in rush hour

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between junctions 32 and 35a they could be fined.

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The restrictions would come into effect in March and it's hoped

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It's a strecth of motorway drivers will know all too well,

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especially because because it's been roadworks for the last

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The cones and signs will soon be gone, but a new speed limit

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120,000 vehicles use the M1 through Sheffield every day.

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The idea would be to have a 60 mile an hour speed limit at peak times

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between junctions 32 and 35a, including over the Tinsley Viaduct.

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This is, of course, Sheffield's and Rotherham's industrial heartland

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and the amount of traffic on the M1 adds to the air pollution.

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In fact, Sheffield Council thinks that 500 people die early every year

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I'm not convinced 60 miles an hour will actually work.

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I've not seen evidence, I've not seen the calculations

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to show that that of itself will mean that pollution levels

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are reduced to levels that are safe for local residents living nearby.

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There's a brand-new primary school here.

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It was recently moved partly because of the air

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You're going to move because it's so bad?

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I'm 70-years-old this year, I'm quite fit, I don't feel any

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effect from it but then again, I get out quite regularly

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It's not just the motorway, Meadowhall is just off junction 34

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and half a mile down the road, they are flat packing a new IKEA.

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There will be more cars in this part of Sheffield.

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The challenge will be to reduce the pollution.

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If the traffic is going very fast but it's congested,

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people will break heavily and you get a kind of red

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All the cars back up and it leads to more congestion

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The smart motorway opens in March and Sheffield could be the first

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place in the country to see speed restrictions because of pollution.

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James Vincent, BBC Look North, Sheffield.

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Well, that is all from me. I think there will be more than just smoke

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in the air over Sheffield tomorrow. Not looking so good, is it? At

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pollution is requite bad. The quality very poor for the next 48

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hours wherever you are. A warning in place for Fog,

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particularly across the eastern parts of our region. The week ahead

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headline. Dry, cold with mist and fog. High-pressure definitely in

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charge once again. Just noticed the isobars back off to the south-east.

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We will drag in cold air from Thursday, temperatures struggling to

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get above one or two Celsius. It does stay dry. Milder air over the

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weekend and into next week. A bit of a mess out there at the moment.

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Cloud, mist and fog. The odd spot of rain now clearing but it could lead

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to icy conditions. Lowest temperatures down to zero or minus

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one Celsius. Bob particularly across the eastern areas in the morning.

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Further west of the Pennines, quite sunny here and that fog will slowly

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lift through the course of the day. We should all end up far -- fairly

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bright. Top temperatures around seven Celsius. Quickly in the fog

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tomorrow evening and then another bit of a messy night, variable cloud

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tomorrow night with thick fog. A bit of cloud producing the odd spot of

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drizzle. That will lead to icy patches once more. On Wednesday,

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that Bob clears and it is bright with sunshine. Bitterly cold on

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Thursday with top temperatures just one Celsius. Quite a lot of cloud as

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well. That is all from me and Amy. I will leave you with

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy

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across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its

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way further eastwards. Some fog as

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