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And Theresa May has said she will publish her

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to Downing Street today, calling for tougher sentences

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The father of a hit-and-run victim from Leeds is taking petition

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to Downing Street today, calling for tougher sentences

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25-year-old James Gilbey died in July 2015, after he was hit

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Two Bradford men were sentenced to eight years in prison

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for causing his death. Ian White has the story.

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25-year-old James Gilbey from Bramley in Leeds

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He'd been crossing the Stanningley Road in a 40mph zone

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which was racing with an Audi A5 at 80mph.

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When the case went to court last year,

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Majid Malik admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

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Kaiz Mahmood was found guilty of the same offence.

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They had both driven off from the scene of the accident.

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At the end of their trial at Leeds Crown Court,

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they were both sentenced to eight years in jail.

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James Gilbey's father Richard has since been campaigning

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for drivers convicted of racing to face manslaughter charges,

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to prevent what he sees as soft sentences

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The change could put dangerous driving offences

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Death by dangerous driving could increase

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from the current maximum of 14 years to life in prison,

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and death by careless driving involving drink and drugs

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would also increase from 14 years to life in jail.

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What we really need to focus on, and what we really need to do

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in conjunction with this increase or potential increase in

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the maximum sentence, is a review of the sentencing guidelines.

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They're absolutely critical, because it's those guidelines

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that determine the judge's measurements

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of where they impose those sentences.

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More than 15,000 people have signed an online petition.

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It will be handed into Number 10 Downing St

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by the Gilbey family later this afternoon.

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If nothing else, they hope their son's death could bring

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about a change in the law. Ian White, BBC Look North.

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The BBC has learnt of eight possible locations for a parkway station

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In South Yorkshire, they would be Bramley, Mexborough,

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Wales, Hooton Roberts, Hickleton, and Clayton,

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along with Fitzwilliam and Hemsworth in West Yorkshire.

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Tom Ingall is at one of the proposed sites at Clayton.

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Yes, this is the picturesque village of Clayton, which,

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in current thinking, is very close to where the junction

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between the line that takes trains out of Sheffield to HS2

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will meet the brand-new HS2 mainline.

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And it is on the list that has been revealed today of eight possible

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locations for the Parkway station, where HS2 trains might stop.

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Now, I'm joined by a local parish councillor

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and chair of the Joint Rural Parishes Rhonda Job.

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Good morning. Rhonda, what do you think

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of these ideas for where the Parkway station might be?

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Well, I think, if you go back to HS2, when they originally spoke

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to all the councils with regards to suggestions where

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they might put a hub station, and where the route might go

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for HS2, a lot of these locations were mooted then

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and they were all sifted out, and they were sifted out because HS2

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felt they were not in an urban location with dense populations.

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There was no infrastructure or transport links to get to them.

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But if you are closer to a station than you would be if the station's

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in Sheffield city centre, and you can access HS2

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services, that has to be a good thing economically

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for the area, doesn't it? I wouldn't think so.

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I mean, if you're in Clayton, that's one of the locations

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of the eight on the short list, there's about 50 houses here.

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Well, I can't imagine that these people that live in these 50 houses

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are going to be very keen, they've bought these houses

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to be in a rural setting, I think the idea of having a huge

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car park for 1700 cars and a train station right on their doorstep,

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I don't think they'll be very happy at all.

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Rhonda, thank you very much indeed. Thank you.

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Not only do they pin down the route options for this part of the world,

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but they're due to start building the section between London

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Tom Ingall they are speaking in Clayton.

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Speaking in the last hour HS2 responded to residents' concerns.

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We'll be looking to find the best available sites and,

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when we do that, we'll take into account all types of concerns

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like the access to the station, whether there's roads or public

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transport that can get people there easily and quickly,

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but also the environmental consequences of putting a site

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there, property impacts, all that type of thing.

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North Yorkshire is now the front line in the fight against fracking,

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that's according to those living in a protest camp close

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Third Energy is expected to move ahead with its plans to carry out

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the controversial drilling technique within months.

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The government says shale exploration is crucial

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Our business correspondent, Danni Hewson, reports now on 24 hours

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What is quickly apparent is the support this camp is receiving from

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within the local community, donations of logs, third son water

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and many willing hands. Protesters are trespassing. -- food and water.

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But there are local tensions. But many campaigners thought this was

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always the next step. We want to campaign in the courts on

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environmental grounds, but whilst we're here, people want to show it

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is the only way to say nope lately, respectfully, so the locals is very

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strong. We've come basically because we locally and we don't agree with

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fracking. And everybody is out here doing their very best and it is

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cold, wintry and miserable and we just thought we'd give a little back

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to help them, because we can't come and sit here because we are too busy

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but we thought it would be nice to come and give them some warm food.

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But it has only been one month and those one side are preparing for a

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long campaign, Wi-Fi, 3D, sturdy structures going up, as night falls

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and visitors return to warm homes, I Chris Bush remaining on their

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aspirations. Wherever there has been a protection camp there has been

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success. We have optimism, we do believe we are going to be

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successful, I wouldn't think they would be camping here in winter

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thought we thought we were not. The ball. But the company that has

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invested time and money. Have any truck with their concerns. With

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genuine concerns, I respect them, but they should come and see us, as

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so many of the locals in the area have. And after they have been to

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see us and we have explained what they will do, 99% of them leave

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happy and assured that what we are going to do is going to be done

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safely. Both sides are determined and the

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next few months will tell the story. It was foggy today, and it is all

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changing pressure might it certainly is.

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Not the best start to D-Day for the of your, but patchy fog for many

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places, then clearing now. The outlook for the rest of the

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afternoon is it will be quite nice. Plenty of sunshine, but make the

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most of it as it will turn quite cloudy and cold. Looking at the man,

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plenty of sunshine to be enjoyed. And feeling pretty mild if you are

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sat in the sun, comparatively speaking of course, highs of seven,

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eight maybe even 9 degrees. But the cloud starting to edge up to watch

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the north and with it comes very cold out. From eastern Europe, where

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we have been hearing and reading in the news about these really cold

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temperatures, we will get those overnight tonight. Widespread frost

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will develop, minus one or two in towns and cities, dropping even

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lower than that in rural spots. Crisp and I start tomorrow, cloudy

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conditions, hanging onto ice and frost for many places. But the wind

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chill factor in, it will feel very cold. We could reach one or two but

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that risk southerly wind will add brisk chill to the weather. Then

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things turn milder towards the weekend. Friday looks cloudy,

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Saturday looks unsettled, but things turning milder and on Sunday it

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looks pretty decent, plenty of sunshine and staying dry.

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