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Good evening. Welcome to Look North.
The headlines. The battle for school places, up
with some children facing a seven mile trip without their parents to
get to lessons are. I am not sure of many parents that
would be happy to park their daughter in a taxi to be taken to
school, maybe five miles away. A man behind bars after raping a
woman 32 years ago. The protests heading to Scunthorpe,
but one MP claims it is a waste of time.
And, the Lincolnshire based western star hoping to light up the
Beverley music festival. And, joined me for the all-
important weekend weather forecast, Good evening.
It could be in brothers and sisters being sent to separate and
different primary schools, and some young children having to make
journeys of up to seven miles without their parents. Local
councils have said it is sorry to scores of parents in Brough, a
struggling to find a primary school place for their children. Last
month, it was Perez in Lincolnshire who were facing a similar dilemma.
-- parents. For the last few years, these
children have been at playgroups and nursery with friends from Prof.
Come September, that will change. The local primary schools are full,
so they are being split up. It is not fair, because I asked when
Harry was two if it could put his name down, so he would be
guaranteed a place, but we cannot do that anymore. I went through the
admissions system, I did exactly what I should do, and because I
love that bit further away than my friend down the street, I have not
got in. They are not alone, 21 children cannot get a place at
three schools. In this area, we have a rising birth rate, together
with significant housing developments. That has meant that
the number of children in the catchment areas has exceeded the
capacity of the schools. Should you be apologising to those 21
children? We feel sorry for them. I can appreciate their situation. I
sympathise with them. It is not a good position. We will work with
the families and ensure that they do have access to a good school and
transport to get there. children who have missed out may
have to travel more than seven miles to their new school in North
Cape, South Cave and North Ferriby, and if parents do not drive, some
children will get taxes alone. has got severe asthma, and it
worries me, if he has an attack in the car, will the taxi driver be
prepared to administer his drugs? Of the three schools, this one is
the only one which cannot -- can be extended, but that takes time, so
over the coming years, more children face not having a place. A
lack of school places is a national issue. Parents in Lincolnshire have
experienced similar problems. But with more houses being built in
Brough, the fight for limited spaces here is intensifying.
It is a problem in more than just one area. If you are a parent
facing this problem, get in touch. How should planners deal with the
growing numbers of people? -- We look forward to hearing from you.
In a moment,... How pigeons are helping to teach
teenagers who face being thrown out of class.
30 years after he rated teenager, a man is tonight finally beginning a
jail sentence -- rape a teenager. Michael Tomlinson admitted the
attack on the 17-year-old woman which happened in 1978. Today a
judge jailed him for three years. The case was reopened last year by
a specialist team from Humberside Police, who investigate long
unsolved cases. They said that scientific advances and the DNA
database are to thank for the breakthrough.
He kept a terrible secret for 30 years. On a summer night in 1978,
Michael Tomlinson dragged a 17- year-old woman into a field. He
pushed her to the ground, covered her face, Prater, and ran off. He
spent the last 26 years working as a taxi-driver in Grimsby. Today, he
was punished for his crime. It is the oldest case we have ever dealt
with. We have dealt with cases that are quite old, but 33 years is the
oldest I can think. Samples containing DNA were collected from
the crime scene. They were stored away. In 2004, Michael Tomlinson
was arrested for common assault. His DNA was put on the national
database. Detectives revisited the case in 2010. Forensic experts used
the original samples to build a DNA profile of the attacker. It matched
his. Police began rebuilding the case. The court heard that
forensics were vital to solve and this case. The judge told him, DNA
proved it was you that committed the crime. You have known that, one
day, the police would come knocking at your door. They did. The lady
was walking home to Cleethorpes. This investigation was part of an
ongoing review of unsolved sexual offences. The scientific unit that
helped solve this case is closing. This is where the incident happened.
The government announced the Forensic Science Service was losing
money and would have to close by March. In the forensic stages of
the inquiry, we would not be able to proceed without the material
that they hold, without the word that they can do in the scientific
field and the advice and guidance they can give us in relation to
developing good, it would be inconceivable to do this work
without the forensic services. Discussions are wondering about the
future of this work, but Michael Tomlinson and several other sex
offenders would still be under the radar without it. -- discussions
are ongoing. A mountain rescue team has been
called in to help police search for a missing man, who has Parkinson's
disease. David Hewitson was last seen on Monday, when he left home
in Pocklington to go for a walk. Searches have been carried out in
nearby woodland. A councillor has been suspended
after he accused a colleague of lying. Neil Murray, a Labour member
of the city of Lincoln Council, clashed with Conservative
councillor Mark Jones last year. They had discussed proposals to
reintroduce racing to Lincoln's was common.
The company behind plans to extend an animal breeding centre say they
will appeal the decision or resubmit an amended application. P
and Kate universal want to expand their centre at Princeton, where
because our bread. Yesterday, planners turned them down because
of concerns about the construction traffic.
Teenagers in north Lincolnshire in danger of being excluded from
school are being offered an alternative lesson. In pigeon
fancying. It is an idea in Epworth, to help troubled youngsters.
How do you handle troubled teenagers? Police in Scunthorpe
think handling pigeons could be the answer. Younger people who often
find it difficult in the classroom have turned to this project, giving
them a chance to learn about pigeon fancying and other academic skills.
They are learning how to deal with other people, other adults, things
like maths and geography, where the birds are flying from, and what
they are doing in terms of average speed, and the times. It was
started by this Humberside Police officer, a lifelong pigeon fancier.
He says it has proved successful elsewhere. I read an article about
a similar project which had engaged a group of young people in Scotland,
and had some good results with regards to reducing anti-social
behaviour and crime. One teenager says it is already teaching him a
thing or two. It is a learning thing for me, learning about these
pigeons, I have to control them. Former heavyweight boxing champion
Mike Tyson has revealed that it was hit love affair with pigeons that
kick-started his career in the rink. If it is good enough for him, that
is her but this project will help divert teenagers in north
Lincolnshire away from anti-social behaviour -- it is hoped that.
I have been speaking to Brian Cheesman, a child psychologist.
Lots of young people have looked after pigeons and other various
pets, but we are talking about difficult kids and dysfunctional
children and young people who have had quite a difficult life. What
they have to remember, everybody, whether you are the raging
psychopath or not, everybody has a caring element to them. The to be
given the opportunity to look after pigeons and care for them, that
raises the elements of care. Many people will say, this is great,
they do some bad behaviour, so they get rewarded with something that
many people would like to have a go. Yes, I have heard that so many
times. You are giving Good Easter baddies. But it is really important
that we try all sorts of avenues when dealing with young people.
of these things, go-karting, they all cost money. Is it money well
spent, or is it pampering those who have done wrong? It is not
pampering. Most children and young people would not mind the idea of
being allowed to care for something. What this is going to do, it will
provide the caring element, kids being able to demonstrate that, and
it helps raise self-esteem. Most young cheers who have got into
trouble, sometimes minimal trouble, it is about self-esteem -- most
youngsters. They do not need to look for trouble to give themselves
self-esteem. So, you can do some bad, and you can look after
pigeons! I am not so sure that kids will think like that. It is horses-
for-courses. They are not going to provide pigeon fancying for all
sorts of children are. They are quite selective, the individuals
that do this work. The thoughts of Brian Cheesman. I
am sure you have got your own thoughts. The schemes, are they a
reward for bad behaviour, or are they justified if they get young
people back on the straight and Fell to four watching. -- thank you
for watching. A day to remember, these
Lincolnshire pupils meet Prince Edward on a special visit.
And, I am live at the Beverley folk Festival, it is its 20th year, it
promises to be a great musical We will be back to the festival in
just a moment. Tonight, Hereford to Graf in from
Barbara and Arthur. Look at that. - - we have a photograph. That was
Friday night in June. Can you believe it? They say, we did not
get any warning of this. I don't I suggest that showers will be
thundery with heavy deposits! heavy deposits. Maybe you would
just like to read tonight's forecast and we will listen
carefully for accuracy. I would like to cheer people up. I have
just written a blog. The sun is quite quiet at the moment so could
it mean we are in for more cold. Us? Some light reading for the
weekend! And you can write to me on Twitter. Let's look at the headline.
It is very unsettled indeed. There will be some rain around tonight
and tomorrow, we are hoping it will slowly move northwards but we will
be left with showers if it does. This is next week's weather system,
which will push across us. Showers and longer spells of rain. We are
being invaded from the South and West, and we already have rain
crossing the Humber and it will be in Beverley for that folk Festival.
Whatever way you look at it, those showers will emerge to give longer
outbreaks of rain, so not a nice night. Temperatures will be down to
10 or 11 degrees Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at about
4:29am. Of these are the high water times. We'll off to a wet start
with outbreaks of rain, locally heavy and prolonged. -- we are off.
Things in Lincolnshire will brighten up but there will be
showers. Hopefully, it will improve, but whatever way you look at it,
and unsettled day. Temperatures at about 17, 18 degrees. Showers for
Rest assured, we have recorded it. I am not going down that route! I
will be out of a job. Local MPs and business leaders have
condemned plans for a protest against government cuts in north
London church. The group UK Uncut say that their demonstration in of
Scunthorpe is about plans to reduce the opening hours of local
libraries. It is something the council denies.
They describe themselves as a non- island protest group but they aim
to disrupt trading on the high street. -- non-of Ireland. They
will be campaigning about government cutbacks and
highlighting the effect on local services. I think any action that
highlights the excesses of banking taxes is absolutely valid.
their visit is not being welcomed by his civic leaders, with the area
being hit so badly in the economic downturn and the recent
announcement of job cuts. It is feared UK Uncut Corps tried to end
List shoppers during their protests. People understand estate the
economy is in. It is fanciful for people to run around saying that
there don't need to be cuts. I know that local people are far too
sensible to get mixed up with extreme groups like this. It is a
view echoed by the town's Chamber of Commerce. If they took a protest
in a different direction, it gives people a certain unease and I think
people will stay away from Scunthorpe town centre tomorrow
afternoon. This is where the protest is due to begin at 3pm. It
is not known how many protesters are expected but RNAS Culdrose says
there has been a great deal of interest on social networks sights
on the internet. In the town centre today, thereby hopes the protest
will pass without incident. -- there are hopes. We are not
expecting much violence so hopefully it will be peaceful. The
shoppers should be able to go about their business normally. As long as
we don't get anything of Ireland. We are not very happy about
protesters who simply seem to be saying, how is it for us. We take
it all and say nothing, but I think it would be a good thing.
Humberside Police said they are not expecting violence and that they
will monitor the situation. The chief executive of the Pilgrim
Hospital in Boston has insisted he will not resign despite a damning
report into standards of care. Hospital managers admit there is
still work to do following a report by the Care Quality Commission
which examines how well patients are looked after. It still says it
has major concerns about Boston. have not made sufficient progress
but we do remain committed to focusing on improving the quality
of services we deliver and we will not relent in that effort until we
are satisfied that we have got the right level of service and quality
of service consistently all parts of the hospital all of the time.
Once again, a huge response on this story. Simon says, I worked at the
programme as a nurse and left due This is from a nurse who works in
Thank you very much indeed for those.
Prince Edward has been in Lincolnshire today. He last came to
the county two years ago have been his role as Air Commodore at an RAF
base. He met two women here who have been awarded MBEs for their
work. With cheering children and flags
snapping in the breeze, the town of Kirton in Lindsey welcomed a very
special Bisset -- visitor. His Royal Highness the end of Wessex
arrived to open the refurbished Town Hall. And he charmed the
crowds into the bargain. We were talking about school. What subject
we liked. He is very tall, isn't he? It has been lovely, worth
coming out for. The Town Hall is more than 100 years old but it had
fallen into disrepair. His Royal Highness met some of the local
volunteers who had been working hard to save it. I think it has
brought the community much closer together. A huge community effort
to get it going and to get the money. When I got seriously
involved, the upper floor, the first floor hall, had been closed
because the ceiling was falling down. Damp and weather had caused
it to fall into decay. I felt it was a very important building and a
great pity that it was falling into disrepair. Today's visit is
recognition for the huge efforts of the local community, efforts that
have already seen a few volunteers become MPs. So now the Town Hall
has been returned to his former glory and it is hoped it will bring
up -- bring real benefits to the wider community in this market town.
What more could you want? Prince Edward and Jake Zuckerman in one
report. Lizzie Simmonds has kept her
Olympic dreams on-track by keeping her season's best in of the 200
metres backstroke. She was the second-fastest time in the world
this year. On to cricket, a Yorkshire are
taking on Lancashire in a match tonight. Yorkshire are batting
after Lancashire won the toss. The Football League have released
next season's fixtures, with Hull City taking on Blackpool on the
opening day. With the bat and the News of Scunthorpe United's games
dropping to lead 1. An opening day clash will take
place with Hull City. Ipswich Town are likely to include Jimmy Bullard,
who played unknown with them last season. Their third game sees a
trip to Millet -- to Leeds United. Next up, Preston, were relegated.
They will welcome Oldham Athletic. The East Yorkshire tennis player
Katie O'Brien will meet Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of
Wimbledon this year. She will be looking to progress to the next
round for only the second time in her career. Dan Cox meets world No.
34 Sergiy Stakhovsky from the Ukraine.
She has had number-one hits and won awards in the West End and starred
in some of television's best-loved dramas. But this weekend, but --
Barbara Dickson is going back to her roots to a folk festival.
Thousands are expected to turn out for the event at the Beverley
Festival. What are the organisers hoping for this time around?
weather is possibly better suited to the fish. Not the kind of
weather the organisers would have wanted, but whatever happens, this
promises to be a massive weekend. There are marquees all-around to
key people dry. We are expecting thousands of people over the next
few days and all with one of common interest. It is a weekend full of
music. 28 years and the Beverley folk Festival has got bigger and
bigger. An event now widely recognised by the music industry.
Headliners this year include Barbara Dickson, the Lincolnshire
singer who has been busy rehearsing for to paranoid's main stage. --
tomorrow night's main stage. It is for everybody who likes a good
music and music with an acoustic feel. They will enjoy it very much.
It has got a lovely atmosphere and that is one of the most important
things. You can bring your children and everything. Of the 5,000
festival-goers, many will be camping here on the official
campsite. Sleeping bags and stoves have already been unpacked for a
busy weekend of music and parties. We have been camping all around
here for many years now. It will be back to Party Central. More than 70
Act will be performing, including tonight's headliner, Paul character.
There's more than just music. It is a weekend of poetry, dance and
comedy. There's also platforms for a young performers to showcase
their talent. This band from Bridlington are our up-and-coming
stars. There are certain people playing at the festival so it is
good to be part of it. You can learn a lot from the revisions you
see as well. -- the musicians. last year's festival, the
Proclaimers took centre stage and headliners this year will be hoping
for a similar reaction. Thank you, good night! The festival officially
starts on the main stage over there at around 7:30pm but there are
events taking place in Beverley all over the coming weekend. Come along
and see this band. Remember, if you are coming, it might be a bit wet.
Thank you. Good luck to everyone there.
The Government and public sector unions are on collision course over
pay and pensions. The local council apologises to parents in East
Riding of are the lack of school places, with some having to travel
miles to lessons without apparent. And cloudy with heavy showers,
brightening up and the South of the region. Temperatures up to 17
degrees. On the subject of school places, a
very interesting text. An 11-year- old daughter starts secondary
school in September and we lived five houses away from the school.
She did not get a place, even on appeal. They have got children in
on buses from all over Lincolnshire. Our children will have to get on
two buses to get to the secondary school they are having to attend.