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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines from us this Thursday night:
The circus in a cemetery - furious reaction over plans to hold
an outdoor performance in a graveyard.
It makes me physically sick. There is no such thing as doing this
respectfully. You are violating a sacred ground.
Unacceptable - the European Union issues a final warning to Hull
Campaigners start a petition to get speed cameras on the Humber Bridge.
And the man who came home to find his locks changed
and front door damaged, after police wrongly broke
It just doesn't seem right. I was ?470 out of pocket for something
nothing to do with me. And I will have all the weather details later.
There's been furious reaction to the announcement that a cemetery
in Hull will be used as the venue for an outdoor circus.
The Depart production has been given permission to perform
at Hull's General cemetery in May, as part of City of
But the relative of somebody buried in a neighbouring graveyard has told
Look North the circus - which claims to offer "haunting
sights and sounds" and has performers dressed like ghosts
In a moment I'll speak to one of the organisers but first
Hull's General Cemetery, a site of historical significance,
a place perhaps for contemplation and soon to be a performance area
Depart is an internationally acclaimed performance described
as a spell-binding and immersive show where circus artists
dance above the heads of a roaming audience.
I think this is totally abhorrent because what they are doing,
they're coming here, they're swinging through
They're performing what is tantamount to a circus act and to me
This cemetery has been closed for over 40 years but for Johnathan,
who has family buried in the adjacent graveyard,
using this site as a performance space is disrespectful.
There is no such thing as doing this respectfully because you are
There is a special monument to the 1800 people who died from cholera in
1849. That historical significance is one of the reasons why this
performance has been brought here, to open up a forgotten part of the
city. This is a site specific piece that
has been made from the cemetery So therefore its very basis
is that it is incredibly respectful to the place and if you go online
and see some of the trailers and some of the comments
from the people who saw it in London, that absolutely
underlines that. Hull's event in May
has already sold out. It would seem this is one piece of
art that is going to divide opinion. Earlier I spoke to Beki Bateson,
one of the producers of the event. I asked her whether she was
expecting the choice of a cemetery Not particularly, but I think you
can understand why it would be. But I think that the piece itself
celebrates life and death. It is exceptionally respectful of the
species and the lives of people who are they. And it is a celebration of
life and death. And it's a beautiful magical performance piece. Why can't
you do this in a park? Why does it have to be over some pupils loved
ones? It's not over them. It's in the space of a cemetery, often near
places of nature and there are pathways and delves. There are trees
that the performers hang from an performed within. I think the point
is that it is about resonating with the stories and the lives of the
people in the cemetery. It has Hacked Off a lot of people. I am
disgusted. This is nothing short of contemptible. Let the dead rest in
peace. Many others similar to that. What you say to those people? It's
not circus like you imagine it. Its people hanging in trees, dressing
ghostly outfits. It's magical, beautiful and respectful. I would
encourage people to go and see it for themselves. It would look just
as good and a park, well away from where people are resting in peace. I
don't think it would. The skate around the cemetery and the fact you
are in that particular place is the thing that causes the resonance and
the connection with the theme of the peace. When we did it in London, the
guy who worked in Tower Hamlets cemetery where we performed that, he
has worked there for 14 years, he was brought to tears by how moving
it was. Are people here being oversensitive and not getting into
this City of Culture spirit? I don't think they are. If I saw the word
cemetery next to circus at the jump to conclusions. But I implore people
this is a magical move in meditation of the movements between life and
death. It is very respectful and has been made in conjunction with the
cemetery. We worked closely with them. Thank you.
Should there be entertainment in a cemetery?
Is it appropriate, or is it disrespecting the dead?
Perhaps you have relatives buried in the General Cemetery in the city?
How would you feel if it took place where your loved ones are buried?
The mother of a Hull man who was murdered by a serial killer
in London hopes a new BBC documentary will keep pressure
on those looking into the police investigation into his death.
Police in London insisted Anthony Walgate's died from a drugs
overdose before his killer went on to poison three other
men who were dumped in this London graveyard.
Stephen Port has been jailed for the murders but his victims'
families want to know why police refused to investigate
You found him dead in the street, he hasn't been beaten up,
he hasn't been stabbed, he hasn't been shot or anything.
They refused to ever investigate it from the very beginning.
And the BBC Three documentary, "How Police Missed the Grindr
Killer" is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
A 29-year-old woman has died after the car
she was in crashed into a parked car transporter in Grimsby.
It happened just before half nine last night on Peaks Lane.
The woman, who was a front seat passenger, was pronounced dead
The driver of the car suffered leg injuries.
The Government has been told it could be taken to a European court
unless air quality levels are improved in Hull.
The city is on a list of areas that breach pollution limits.
It's a problem which is linked to around 40,000 early deaths every
year across the UK - with fumes from diesel engines said
More from our Political Editor Tim Iredale.
It may sound alarming, but we're told vehicle emissions
are sending some people to an early grave.
Hull is one of 16 parts of the UK highlighted
for "persistent breaches" of nitrogen dioxide levels.
The A63 Castle Street is one of the problem areas.
Taxi driver Dave says politicians have been sending our mixe messages.
A few years ago, people were talked into buying diesel cars. People
jumped on the bandwagon. I don't feel guilty. We were forced into a
situation to buy one. Now they are saying it is bad.
I don't recommend a congestion charge, but the situation is drastic
enough for us to consider something like that. Vehicles need to get off
the streets, so we need something like free public transport.
The government could be hauled before the European Court
of Justice over air quality levels, but is that such a threat
Leaving the EU brings up some concern. We are calling for a UK
clean air act to enshrine the right to Brive clean air in domestic law.
The Government says environmental laws will not be
weakened after Brexit, but it's clear that in many of our
cities air quality levels need to improve in order to save lives.
Earlier I spoke to Doctor Jo Barnes from the University of the West
of England who is a specialist in air pollution.
I started by asking her how badly a road like the A63
It can be significantly bad for those people who have existing
respiratory conditions and cardiovascular conditions. Those are
particular health concerns. That may also affect people living in areas
of high social deprivation, the elderly, children, they are
vulnerable groups. Do you think we have made a mistake with diesel
cars? There was this drive to buy them. Would you now have them taken
off the road? DS, I think we need to go back on that policy and undo that
incentive scheme which increased diesel vehicles on our road. We also
need to have a scrappage scheme to do that, we need to incentivise the
public to give up diesel vehicles, having been incentivised to pick
them up in the first place. How could hard our people afford higher
taxes and buying a new car, when many of these people bought them in
good faith, thinking they were the right thing to do? The government
needs to come up with a policy to help people do that. And incentive
scheme that is affordable for all sectors of society. It is for the
government to work out. Will this pollution contribute to the worrying
figures for early death in Hol? Yes, it will contribute to people who
have existing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and making
those worse. Not just exacerbating existing conditions, but actually
creating new conditions as well. We talk about numbers of deaths, but we
also need to look at the ill-health, not just the mortality figures. I
can hear diesel drivers shouting at the television. What would you say
to them? I'm afraid to say they are the most polluting vehicles we have
on the road, even the cleanest ones are dirty. We need to be thinking
about public health and I'm afraid we do need to be thinking about
getting rid of those vehicles. Thank you.
Still ahead tonight: The campaign to get speed cameras
on the Humber Bridge - those behind it say
And the man who came home to find his locks changed
and front door damaged, after police wrongly broke
The photograph tonight is St Marys Church in Barton-upon-Humber. Thank
you for that. Are you in a good mood? Always. The producer has said
that your top makes you look like you are in your pyjamas. Thank you.
Maybe he could contribute towards a new spring wardrobe. I think it is
nice. My grandmother doesn't like you talking about my clothes! Let's
move on to the forecast. A mild few days on the way. Tomorrow, dry and
my old with some sunshine, particularly through the course of
the morning. You can see on this chart, the yellow hues are warmer
air and it milder. Monday, it might be that temperatures get into the
mid teens. Exceptionally warm for the time of year. More cloud has
developed over the last few hours over parts of Lincolnshire. Most
places are dry. Were looking at largely dry conditions through this
evening and overnight. A lot of cloud around. Particularly over
parts of Lincolnshire. Temperature is always higher where we have more
cloud around at 7 degrees. We start date with always more cloud in the
south-west. Most of us will see some bright or possibly sunny spells
through the day, especially over East Yorkshire. Generally more cloud
through the afternoon. Not as breezy as it has been. Feeling mild.
Looking further ahead, it won't be completely dry, but it looks like
most of the rain will be overnight on Saturday. Breezy weekend, mild,
at times cloudy, then mild weather looking set to continue next week. I
think Jack the producer is wrong. Apparently one viewer even thought
you looked good when you went down the sewer for country file. I've
been cut from Friday's episode. On the Monday- Thursday! -- only.
Some drivers who use the Humber Bridge say speed cameras
need to be put up to stop other motorists travelling too fast.
The limit at the moment is 50 miles per hour.
Campaigners say cameras would cut the number
Our correspondent Leanne Brown reports.
With the Humber Estuary down bellow, many people find driving over
the Humber Bridge daunting - - and campaigners say speeding
I drove from Hull to Brigg to see what motorists there thought
If you don't speed, you don't get caught. That's my opinion. Some
people do speed over. I think it would be a good idea. No objection.
Good idea. Is a problem, this will solve it.
On my way back I decided to see if people stuck to the limit.
I have set my cruise control to 50 mph. Cars are overtaking me.
For a new speed camera to be installed there needs to have been
at least three serious or fatal crashes on the stretch of road
But the Humber Bridge Board say in the last year there have been
Of course, there are many reasons why an accident might
But when it does lanes have to be closed and it can cause huge delays.
Obviously the bridge is heavily used, particularly in rush hour. If
it is closed, the nearest diversion is 30 miles around. I have some
concerns about cameras because they can lead to drivers suddenly
breaking and celebrating after they get past the camera.
The Humber Bridge Board and the police couldn't
But they are meeting tomorrow to discuss if cameras
Should there be speed cameras on the Humber Bridge?
A man from Grimsby says he's been forced to pay hundreds of pounds
to fix his front door after police officers wrongly forced
their way into his home while he was on holiday.
Humberside Police says officers acted in good faith to an emergency
call and have offered to pay off some of the damage
Michael Staples says that's not good enough.
Last September, Michael spent two weeks unwinding in the Cotswolds.
But that relaxed feeling disappeared when they came home and couldn't
to force their way into the house, after a woman dialled
It's not known where the call came from.
When they told me that, I had some feeling towards their predicament,
thinking, if it was my mother who cold 999 in my house and collapsed
during that nobody tried to get her, then I would be pleased they did
what the dead. The police had to break in a second time because the
new set of keys didn't work with the new lock. The door was badly damaged
and had to be replaced. Michael said Humberside Police owes him ?450.
The force did offer to pay him just under half that money -
?200 in what's called an exgratia payment.
I thought the offer was to risible and I said I would not accept it.
But Michael says that's not good enough - and he still doesn't
understand why they broke into his house in the first place.
Jonathan at the start of the programme and Michael in the
previous story got in touch with us, so tonight we told their stories. If
you have a story for us, get in touch.
Thanks for all the responses on the litter problem
Hull's year of City of Culture continues and there are new events
Here's this week's round up of what's on -
and if you have children over half term you might get some ideas.
We are soaring through February as the second city of culture
Here are three recommendations for some family fun.
Hull scrapstore are running an educational craft workshop
Swerby Hall have a whole week worth of activities lined up
And Simon Callow joins a new look London Chamber Ensemble
Back To Ours kicks off from 22nd - 26 February.
The first of three festivals over various locations in Hull.
Gigs from the Pigeon Detectives, comedy shows and screenings of films
Celebrate the life Basil Kirkton, from 17-19 February.
He was one of the most prolific minds in experimental
music and this festival, Mind on the Run, is all about him.
This gives music lovers an opportunity to immerse themselves
into his intriguing life and hear some of the music he created
and performed by some of today's musical innovators.
Running until 21 March at the Street Life Museum,
the fabulous felines exhibition is devoted to Edwardian theatre
performer and postcard artist, Violet Roberts.
Hull Children's University are challenging you to draw
It can be from memory or by going to see it.
Just make sure you upload it using the hashtag challengehull.
And if you want to see more about Basil Kirchin,
and more from Kofi, go to our City of Culture website
Yesterday we met Gladys Waite from Skegness -
she is 105 and we were invited along to her birthday party.
Well, while we were there she read us a poem that
she had written herself about her life in Lincolnshire.
"Yellow-bellied I'm proud to be, to live in a county next to the sea.
"When people tell me it's dull and flat...
"it makes me cross, it's not all like that!
"The sunset skies, each flower and tree.
"Lincoln Cathedral on the hill stands high.
"Tattershall Castle, Crowland Abbey, reach for the sky.
"We are really quite a happy lot, contented with the life we've got.
"Living at peace 'twixt world and sea.
"Is there anywhere else you'd rather be?"
That's just a bit of Gladys' poem - if you want to hear it all then go
Just go to Facebook and search for BBC Look North.
I watched it this afternoon and it's great. Thanks to her.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:
There are fears for the future of thousands of jobs
at Vauxhall's UK plants - crisis talks are held
There's angry reaction to plans for a circus at a cemetery in Hull -
one man writes to the authorities, calling it "abhorrent"
Tomorrow's weather: A dry day in general, with the best of any
sunshine towards the east coast during the morning.
It'll be another mild day with a maximum temperature of 11 degrees.
I think the planned circus performance in the cemetery is
appallingly bad taste. Cemetery is not the kind of place for this type
of entertainment. There are various performance
artists in Grantham during the festival last year, I don't remember
hearing any objections. Regarding circus in the cemetery,
the word cemetery means sleeping place, it is a space of sanctity,
not a circus tent or a place of theatre.
Why can't people show some decorum? Cemeteries are not for
entertainment. I would pay money to see this show in the cemetery in
Hol. It looks tasteful. Once again, the do-gooders want to spoil things
for everyone. A lot of people commenting on that. Thank you. Join
me for the late news.