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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
The mother backing plans for tougher penalties for dangerous
drivers after her son was nearly killed on the roads.
There are consequences and where there are not consequences it will
just continue to happen. Demanding action against the News
of the World - Alan Johnson and John Prescott increase the pressure
over phone hacking. A public inquiry may not be comfortable for
me as home secretary at the time, but that is not the point.
would have thought they could have stooped to such levels? I need you
to stay calm. Trapped by arsonists in her own home - we meet the Hull
woman who is still living in fear. I am live in Barton where thousands
have turned out for the annual bike night. And more rain and showers on
the way this evening. More details shortly.
The mother of a teenager who was left brain damaged in a road
accident has tonight welcomed proposals to introduce tougher
penalties for reckless drivers. William Horncastle was left in a
coma for three days following the crash in East Yorkshire. The Prime
Minister, David Cameron, said today he supports moves by the Hull MP,
Karl Turner, to increase the maximum sentence for dangerous
driving from two to seven years. We'll hear from him in a moment,
but first here's our Political Editor, Tim Iredale. You may find
some of the images in his report disturbing.
When William Crom Castle was involved in a serious road accident
last summer, his family feared the worst. He was a passenger in the
car being driven on a rural road in east Yorkshire. We think he must
have been going too fast and just lost control. He ended up being
thrown out of the car. A doctor and a nurse came mint and just got
straight to the point, if they said the early reports from the scene of
the accident was that he was unlikely to arrive alive from
hospital. William was airlifted to hospital where he remained in, for
three days. The driver of the cart was initially charged with
dangerous driving but later admitted a lesser charge of
careless driving. He received a 12 months ban. I think there should be
tougher penalties throughout. Careless driving, dangerous driving,
it is ambiguous. The true cost of a car accident is the end result,
what happens to the victim. Road safety campaigners have long argued
that dangerous drivers who cause serious injury should face tougher
penalties and today they Hull MP Carl Turner urged the Prime
Minister to support his bid to introduce longer sentences. I do
believe there is a problem when you have got a high sentence for
causing death by dangerous driving but just a two-year sentence when
in this case, someone was really permanently damaged and yet the
maximum sentences was for two years. Many accidents are not clear cut
and driver error is not always to blame, but the families of car-
crash victims what a tougher deterrent for those whose reckless
actions at the free world calls a lifetime of pain. -- at the wheel.
I spoke to Hull East MP, Karl Turner, about his bill a short time
ago and asked him exactly what makes driving "dangerous".
Dangerous driving is when the standard of driving falls far below
the standard of a reasonable, competent driver. You say on your
website you want lunatic drivers to be locked up for longer. But many
of those involved in an accident are not lunatic. That is not
correct, people who drive badly are normally driving carelessly. That
is different to dangerous driving whereas people are going at high
speed, going the wrong way down a dual carriageway, and generally
risking their own life and that of other people. The Association of
British drivers said it is not the drivers for should take the blame
for the accidents but the inadequate road safety policies.
disagreed with that entirely. That association have recently contacted
me to say that they support this idea provided we're not talking
about careless driving. It has to be about dangerous driving and that
is what my Bill seeks to do. They also said to as a former lawyer and
a politician, do you actually have the expertise and knowledge on road
safety to make this noise? thinker to have the expertise. I
represent constituents and have had constituents coming to me, who has
been victims of dangerous driving. When you speak to the victims,
people tend to agree that the law is completely inadequate in
relation to this. If you kill someone by driving dangerously, it
you potentially get 14 years in prison. If you almost kill them,
paralyse them for example, you get a matter of months in prison.
There's a massive disparity in the lock and it needs to be filled, in
my opinion. I'm pleased that the Prime Minister is now saying that
the government will look at this. Should the law be changed to make
sentences tougher for dangerous drivers? Should there even be a
difference between "dangerous" and "careless" driving? Perhaps you
feel anyone who is involved in an accident should receive the same
I look forward to hearing from you. In a moment, the �500 million
needed to rebuild and upgrade school buildings like this in East
Yorkshire. A Lincolnshire farmer has told Look
North he feared for his life when an arsonist firebombed his home.
An attacker, wielding a hammer and wearing a balaclava, started the
fire early yesterday morning. The farm, near Market Rasen, breeds
animals for medical testing. A van was also burnt out during the
attack. Police have started a nationwide search for the arsonist,
who they think could be an animal rights protester.
There has been incidents here before as a result of how the farm
makes its living, breeding animals used in medical research. We
believe this attack is motivated because of that. But whatever you
believe, to put people's lives in danger, it is not acceptable.
Meanwhile, a woman whose house was set on fire while she slept has
spoken of how she's "terrified" to return home. Danielle Hewson and
her boyfriend had to be rescued after a sofa and rubbish was set on
fire, right outside their front door. It left them trapped in their
Hull flat. Siobhan Robbins has been to meet
Danielle, and has this report. This is our front door. This is the
sole fault,. Melted and charred remains - visual reminders of the
weekend's fire. Danielle and her partner escaped without any major
injuries. But the fire has left its mark in other ways. I cannot get
any sleep, I'm hardly eating. sofa the arsonist set alight is now
just a heap of springs. The flames blocked the door, leaving them
helplessly waiting for the fire The damage and the potential danger
is clear. This electricity box is completely burnt out. But Danielle
managed to escape unhurt. But others on the estate say that our
son is a real worry. Laura Coleson has also been awoken by fire.
can be worrying because I was in bed when that happened. There is no
need for arson. Anyone who thinks it is a bit of fun or it is
harmless, is wrong. No-one has been arrested over this fire and it
still not clear why it was started. If someone has set it alight to get
at Bass, they can always do it again, so it is scary. So while
police search for the culprits, Danielle is petrified of returning
home. Police are investigating a sexual
assault on a teenager in Grimsby last night. It's alleged the 16-
year-old was attacked on a path between Laceby Road and the
Nunsthorpe estate. It happened at around midnight.
The population of migrant workers in Boston remains high, despite the
recession, a new report shows. Last year 20 percent fewer overseas
workers registered for National Insurance in Lincolnshire, compared
with three years ago. But the number in Boston went up.
First Hull Train passengers have suffered disruption again today, as
more services to and from London were cancelled. The company blamed
engine failure for the problems over the last 48 hours. Business
leaders in Hull say they hope the issue can be resolved quickly.
I think if this continued for a long period of time then businesses
would think again about using it. But I think they're doing
everything they can to make it a reliable service.
It's being claimed the amount of money needed to rebuild and improve
schools in East Yorkshire runs into half a billion pounds. It comes as
a review is ordered into the state of primary and secondary schools
across the county. Labour launched "Building Schools for the Future"
in 2004. It had the aim of rebuilding secondary schools across
the country. It would have cost �55 billion. But last year that funding
was cut by the Coalition. Now, council leaders say their schools
are falling into disrepair. Phil Connell has more.
1 East Yorkshire school inspectors have declared unfit for purpose.
Hornsea School had been in line to benefit for -- from the building
schools from the future fund but it was scrapped last year. Since then
the school has been left in limbo. It does not look any different from
when I was there and that was some time ago. During the floods and in
climate whether it that we have, often at the school has to close
certain areas. East Yorkshire has 18 secondary-school as and all are
experiencing similar problems. Nine of those need rebuilding and the
remainder need varying degrees of refurbishment. It is actually
ambition, that is something I feel we should hold on to. We need
decent school environments to support teachers to teach and young
people to learn. Most years this school spends around �65,000 on
things like books, paint and sports equipment. But last year at �65,000
was spent on patching up the leaking roof. According to the head
teacher it is a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. The councillor
with responsibility for the young people of the county fields east
Yorkshire has been treated unfairly and has ordered a review to assess
the problem and launched a plan of action. Neighbouring of authorities
she says received more than �400 million prior to the funding being
scrapped. We are badly treated in the East Riding and we need to say
that it is not good enough and we want more for pupils in the East
Riding. The council says it could take 20 years to get the schools up
to scratch. In the meantime it seems the only option is to mend
and make do. Still to come tonight: Pressure
increases on the News of the World. Alan Johnson and John Prescott
demand action over phone hacking. Fans of people have come to Barton.
The town has well and surely been taken over. Join me later to find
out why Barton bike night is so Don't forget to send us in your
pictures. Good evening, a young man. How are
you? All the better for reading this
text. I you are unable to spell out, "I
can't sleep"? That is laughing at my lack of
For the next 24 hours, sunny intervals and scattered showers.
Low pressure is dominating which is not what we want at this time of
year. There have been some it sharp showers today. One or two are still
left but there is a window of fine weather. Down to the south-west,
there is another area of rain which rapidly approaches. Some sunshine
and isolated showers in the next couple of hours and then late in
the evening, rain will spread from the south-west. It will clear up
quickly, followed by one or two An unsettled day. One or two heavy
showers with the risk of thunder tomorrow. Some dryer or brighter
spells in between. The breeze is coming from the south. It will not
One or two of the showers will be heavy and the theme continues
through to Thursday and Friday. The weekend, some sunshine but showers
I am sure it will Clear. I am just about to tweet. I can spell
"hideous tablecloth" by the way. What about insomnia.
A Hull MP Alan Johnson has criticised the Metropolitan Police
for being evasive and lethargic in pursuing the original claims into
phone hacking. He says he is supporting a public inquiry into
phone hacking at the News of the World even though he acknowledges
it could be awkward for him. When I was Home Secretary, both I and my
policing Minister was sure that all the evidence had been looked at and
those who had been hacked had been informed. What we know now is that
the evidence was there from the inquiry five and six years ago. The
evidence into the hacking in these terrible cases. Lord Prescott is
the former Hull MP and former deputy Prime Minister and himself a
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds
victim of phone hacking by the News I'm told by influential lawyers
that there is a part of the legislation that can allow you to
have an investigation under such circumstances whilst criminal
investigations are under way. I will look into that. You have urged
people to boycott News of the World at the weekend. But the owners said
in a statement they have already made an unreserved apology. That
was years later. Perhaps the News of the World have also apologised.
But as each case comes out, they make an apology. But all this
evidence was there and they did not give it to the police. Are you
saying people should forecourt the newspaper? And just saying if they
want to express their view that way, I would agree with them. Do you
remember the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield when the editor of the
Sun made some terrible remarks about the Liverpool people for
which she had to apologise. In that case they boycotted the newspaper
and there was quite a collapse and even today far less people purchase
the sun. But if advertisers are prepared to show their disgust I
think that individuals might want to make their individual protest
and not by it. I have never believed anything that is in the
News of the world so I do not buy it myself.
Lord Prescott talking to me earlier. Contact us to let us know what you
think about that. Thank you for all responses on the story about the
putting on an opera because a gay character it uses the word, queer.
The writers say they are continuing to talk to the school about how to
resolve the issue. The head said she decided to cancel the
performance because she thought the word was not appropriate and would
not want children are using it in the playground. We were clear that
we were fine about having a gay character in the play but it was
about the language that he used. At no stage was it ever suggested that
Lizzie Simmonds say she is not expecting to win a medal at the
World Championships at the end of the month but admits it would be a
bonus. She said she is on track for London 2012 after call of the --
qualifying for the world of late in Shanghai. It is the last major it
event before the Olympics. I have no expectations. I just want to
enjoy my slimming. I know I am in good shape -- slimming. I want to
give it everything and that is all I can ask for.
Fingers crossed. Around 15,000 visitors have begun
arriving at the market town of Barton for the annual bike night.
It is one of the biggest events of its kind in the country and Joe
Makel is they tonight. What does it mean for the town?
Well, as you can see, Peter, it creates a huge buzz. There are
thousands here already. They all come to enjoy the fun that is
around these bikes. It also creates a big economic spin-off because the
town reckons it makes over �100,000 for local businesses and that is
partly why locals embrace this event every year even though it
completely takes over. Barton, a small market town nestled
on the Humber bank but once a year But and bike night is in its 15th
year and attracts thousands to the town. I was up before six this
morning. I was putting the barriers across. Then we go around the town
setting up the road closure signs. It has taken weeks and months of
preparation but local people embrace it. It also brings in over
�100,000 to the town. It is very busy. It is a marvellous thing.
Anything for Barton is good. brings as messing -- revenue and
that is the main thing. Love it! With just as many families as bike
is coming tonight, there is a lot to delight the crowds. It gets
people who haven't been involved in trying thinking that it is a good
sport. We came last year for the first time and we were staggered by
the numbers. It was full of people interested in buying a bike. They
are normally a chilled out crew who enjoy a chat and a meet. It brings
over a good image for bikers. They have had a rough deal. Whether you
like your bike customised or classic, a scooter what a super,
there is something in Barton for you tonight. I'm joined by the man
who has made this possible, Barry, how many people have you got here
tonight? About time -- 10,000 in the town I think and more on the
perimeters. Close to 15,000. Doesn't this -- does this make it
the biggest one ever? I think it is, yes. What makes it a special event?
A good question. It is popular with all the people. They come to see
that bikes and the great party atmosphere. It has become a family
event as well, hasn't it? Yes we have as many bikers as none bikers.
Are you thinking about next year already? We will have a rest and
aside from there. Thank you and enjoy the evening. This does on
until 10 o'clock this evening. From me, it is back to you.
Let's have a recap of the main national and regional headlines: A
public inquiry is promised into the News of the of world's phone
hacking scandal as Rupert Murdoch's says the allegations are deplorable.
Plans for tougher penalties for The response coming in on the
subject of dangerous driving. Daniel says that careless driving
is dangerous. This is from Josh who says they are
both the same. If you commit an offence on the road, he says,
people should pay whether it is dangerous or careless.
Another, I don't think seven years is enough and I am sick of seeing
people using mobiles when driving. What happened with that law?
Another, two years seems enough for careless driving.
Drivers not looking out for cyclists is dangers and careless.
Another says if you are driving carelessly it makes it dangerous so
the sentencing should be the same. Tougher sentences should be given