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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Lucky to be alive. A woman is rescued by helicopter after her car
fell down a cliff in East Yorkshire. If I just find it incredible that
nobody is seriously injured. The Prime Minister is urged to step
in and stop the Humber Bridge tolls rising. The bridge was built to
unite both sides. Unfortunately they put it will be fair, which is
the barrier that is holding back the Humber.
The North Lincolnshire invaders costing a water company more than
�1 million. And the American tradition loved by
teenagers but hitting parents in the pocket.
Join me for the weather later in the programme.
A woman is tonight being treated in hospital after surviving a 50 foot
fall in this car. It happened this morning at a beauty spot close to
Flamborough. A passer by raised the alarm after seeing the vehicle
close to the cliff edge at Thornwick Bay, sparking a huge
rescue operation. Crispin Rolfe is live at the site for us this
evening. What more can you tell us about what happened?
We are not sure of the why, but be more or less know what the House.
You can see where the car has:. It went down the side of the Cliffe
face. You can see the idea that that has flattened down on its way
down. It did not get as far as the beach, but it effectively ended up
by one of those dishes are right there. The good news seems to be
that the occupant inside the car has managed to escape many serious
injuries. Airlifted to safety by doctors at the base of the Cliffe,
it is thought that this local woman could have been here for hours
after her car plunged over the edge. She's found at 7am this morning.
The car's only of -- occupant, the woman is now being treated for
minor injuries. It is a slow process in with it their fire
service having to cut the car to get her out. Once that she was
airlifted, it is a fairly short trip straight to hospital. She is
barely shaken, conches and breathing in the vehicle. The fire
service are experts at extracting people in these circumstances.
11pm, -- at 11am, the recovery began. It is that it clear how she
came to plunge at this popular tourist spot. We heard the
helicopter coming over and we had no idea what had happened. I did
not know until somebody had told me that that had been on the radio
that the car had that gone over. I just find it incredible that
nobody is seriously injured. The car looks in good condition
considering it has gone over a Cliffe and turned over a few times.
Today's Christie has taken almost all the emergency services efforts,
but the car and its contents have been recovered for a driver that
has amazing play escaped without serious injury.
What have local people made of what has happened?
They have been shocked, as have two arrests. They want to put this
incident behind them were the saviour is known as a beauty spot
rather than an anything else. In a moment:
The family of a Second World War hero visit his former base in
Lincolnshire. A letter landed on David Cameron's
desk this morning calling for him intervene in the decision to raise
tolls on the Humber Bridge. It was sent by councillors in North
Lincolnshire who have unanimously decided to opposed the price raise
which will see cars drivers having to pay �3 for a single crossing.
The council says the Government's decision, "Simply adds insult to
injury for businesses and residents on the Humber." Phil Connell
reports. It will celebrate its 30th birthday
this weekend, embroiled again in politics. This letter about the
latest rise in poll -- toll charges arrives on their Prime Minister's
death. -- desk. Today the council raised their objections directly
with Downing Street. The letter, signed by all political parties,
calls for the tolls to be reduced or abolished altogether. The bridge
was built to unite both sides. What the dead was put a toll booth there.
That is the barrier that is holding back the Humber. According to
research, the abolition of tolls would be is the area's economy here
by �1.2 billion. And no charge policy could attract further
investment, enhancing the Humber's prospects of being Britain's
leading centre of renewable energy. It is a massive ambition that is
already on the brink of being realised. Plants are in preparation
to build new sites it to support the renewables in jail -- industry.
It is crucial investment that business leaders could be -- fear
could be jeopardised by bridge tolls. It is important for the UK
economy. We're tucking about big developments around here. We need
to get people to work to access these jobs. At the moment, the
bridge is a barrier. Foreign today, it they hoped that the Prime
Minister will find a long-term solution, we know which will find
the bridge celebrating future birthdays with no financial
pressure. Andrew Percy, the MP for Brigg and
Goole, joins me now live from Westminster on this one. Will this
letter make any difference? In one sense, it already has. There are
already meetings taking place. We had this Treasury-led review which
is looking at a range of options. The Department of Transport renewed
the tall rise and they knew about the review, they will not change
anything now, while they? They have to put the case to the Department
of Transport, but that is their decision at the end of the day. In
one sense, as I said, they Treasury-led review is the first in
the whole history of the bridge. The EU agree with the decision to
raise the tolls? Of course we do not agree. It was not the
Government's decision. But the Government approved it. They could
have stopped that. The government always gives the bridge board
devoted to raise the dolls, because if they did not then taxpayers
would have to pay. That demonstrates what is wrong with the
whole structure of the bridge. That is why the rich you, something that
has not been done before, is looking at all of those issues.
are due to meet the Prime Minister to discuss the job cuts. Will you
be suggesting to him that the dolls are reduced? Were we'll be talking
to him, when we can get the meeting, about the whole impact on the sub
regional economy. These are the issues that will come up. I have
the letters here that were sent to the Prime Minister. The last line
is that they look forward to a prompt response. Will they get one?
I hope so. The Prime Minister and government in general are
completely aware of the situation and aware that the Humber has
lagged behind the rest of the country. Thank you for talking to
us tonight. Police officers from East Yorkshire
and one should have joined calls from across the country today to
protest against latest cuts to their budget.
Off duty Humberside policemen Ian Springett and Pete Musgrave both
travelled to London and take part in today's rally. Like many other
officers, they want the Government to look again at a 20% cut in the
police budget over the next four years. Humberside Police will lose
around 120 officers over the coming year. Lincolnshire Police will lose
around 70 officers. We want to send a message to the Government that
the proposed changes are too much and too quick and our forces will
struggled to deliver to the men and women of the public in Humberside.
We represent uniformed PCs in Grimsby. They have come to me with
numerous worries and concerns about the speed of the changes and the
state of the service at the moment. Police officers from across the
country came to London to date to showed their feelings. But the
government argues that police reform is necessary and that pay
and perks will not be affordable in the years to come. Ministers want
police chiefs to use their resources wisely and point to the
example of Lincolnshire Police, which announced it would be using
volunteers to carry out some forensic work. There is a long and
proud history of volunteering in this country and there is a long
and proud history of volunteering in policing. That is not policing
on the cheap, that is just people volunteering to do their bit within
society. But many officers argue that no amount of cuts to red tape
and bureaucracy will make up for the fact that fewer officers will
on the streets of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Steve Garmston from the Humberside Police Federation told me that cuts
will lead to crime levels rising. think there is evidence of that
happening already. We have seen a burglary increased in increasing in
the last month. Police numbers are falling, and it is too early to
link the two, but it I think they are connected. Workers everywhere
are seen their pay frozen, why should the police be any different?
Partly because we do not have the right to strike. Partly because the
level of cuts are aimed at the police service are so much more. We
have a two-year pay freeze, but we have pensions, terms and conditions
attacked and every other form. Would you like to see more senior
police goal? -- leave to? -- goal on the beat? There has to be a
level of supervision. There should be a corresponding decrease in its
senior offices -- officers. A what is morale like you might it really
is poor. We have had such a large amount of change in such a short
amount of time. We had a survey were 98% said their morale had
deteriorated considerably. There is a real problem. A If you could
strike, you are not elected committee could which you? Know,. -
- know, I would not. -- no. What do you think on this one? How
do you think police cuts will affect our local forces? How do you
feel about seeing officers protesting like this? Get in touch
Three members of a family, including an eight month old baby,
are being treated in hospital after a serious crash in Lincolnshire.
Police say their car was on the A1073 bypass near Crowland when it
was involved in a collision this morning.
Police investigating the deaths of two men found in North Lincolnshire
have confirmed they had spoken to one of them about downloading
inappropriate images. 44-year-old Craig Harris's body was found near
Winteringham last week alongside that of another man. Mr Harris,
from Cleethorpes, had been questioned about downloading images
Still ahead tonight: the underwater invasion costing a company more
than �1m. And the American tradition loved by
teenagers, but costing parents a Tonight's photo is North Ferriby,
taken by John Wharam. Look at that, that is a winner. We will have
another picture tomorrow night at the same time. Good evening, young
man. The a lot of people were Let us have a look at the headline
for the next 24 awards. There has been a bit of cloud affecting us
today, but there is some hope that a bit of sun will break through to
more off. It should not you can see this low pressure coming in from
the east, but it should not affect our region too much. Because of
this cloud cover, the temperatures did not get above 15 degrees today,
the average is normal to be 21 at this time of here. So, at some
include thickening overnight and bringing in the Lords small shower
into east of Lincolnshire. Here are There will be a lot of cloud,
particularly towards the coast tomorrow morning. Into the West,
the cloud should break and will be a better chance of some sunshine
breaking through the air. On the coast, it will still be quite
chilly, with the northerly breeze. Inland, it should feel a bit warm
or, a bit about 19 or 20 degrees Celsius. On Friday, much the same
picture, but there is a rein on its way come the weekend. I got a
letter here from an expatriate who watches the short even though he is
based in Spain. The last time I was over there I was watching a
gorgeous Spanish blonde on their network doing the weather. A any
chance we could get her instead of George Keston helped guide bomber
planes from Lincolnshire through raids over Germany during World War
As a German speaker, he would secretly fly with crews based at
Ludford Magna near Market Rasen, translating intercepted Nazi
messages. Today, for the first time, his sister, who survived the
Holocaust, visited the site where George was based to see the
memorial left in honour of him and his comrades from 101 Squadron.
It is a name on a page, George Keston, but for Berta Aronson it is
a key piece in the story of her younger brother George, the Jewish
boy who fled Nazi Germany, the son of parents murdered in the war. The
teenager joined the RAF to avenge their deaths and died fighting for
their honour. This is the first time she has visited the village he
was based in. It is quite emotional for me, but it is also an owner. -
- I great honour. He was just a young boy. He wanted to get back at
their Germans for what they did to our parents.
George was based at RAF Ludford and flew with the 101 Squadron,
blocking Nazi radio signals. But their jobs were high risk. Their
squadron lost more men than any other. In 1944, George's plane was
shot down. He was just 18. What they did was absolutely incredible
and inspirational. The bravery the it showed was and slowly remarkable.
This is the first time that Berta has seen the memorial which honours
her brother and the others killed in 101 Squadron. Until a few months
ago, she thought George was only remembered by a war grave in
Germany. Until now, it is a name and a story. But now it is visual.
It is official that his memory is remember it, as the soldier and as
a human being who fell. For more than 60 years, his family knew
nothing about his connection with Lincolnshire and, for the first
time, they have been able to return here to see that he has not been
forgotten. They are no bigger than a 10p piece,
but they are costing one water company a fortune. Zebra mussels,
which are native to Russia, have invaded the River Ancholme and have
multiplied so much that they are now blocking a water filtering
plant near Brigg. In just one square metre, as many
as as 10,000 shells can be found. It means six tonnes of mussels are
clogging up the system every month. And the problem is costing Anglian
Water more than �1m. The view me appear serene, but the situation is
not that way. Thousands of these Zebra mussels are blocking up the
system. Most of the what it is treated at this site. Millions of
litres of what others are treated here every day. This is a first
step in turning river water into drinking water, but these Zebra
mussels shells are blocking up the filtration systems. They are called
an invasive species, because they are not native to the United
Kingdom. They also cause a lot of problems with our ecosystem. The
first came to the country attach to Russian bought its 200 years ago.
Many invasive species come because there is that an environmental
window of opportunity for them. In this case, they have just taken
over. A Anglian Water say it will not cost consumers anything for
this problem to be fixed, but it is feared these creatures will
continue to multiply under the surface.
Mussels from Russia are not the only animals to be outstaying their
welcome in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It is estimated there
are more than 10,000 alien species in Europe and the cost of dealing
with them in the UK reaches �1.7 billion a year. Our rural affairs
correspondent Caroline Bilton has been taking a look at some other
invaders that have made their home here.
Lurking beneath our waters and stalking our shores. East Yorkshire
and Lincolnshire has its fair share of predators.
First up is this hairy-clawed crustacean, the Chinese Mitten Crab
Thought to have been brought over here from China, it is breeding in
vast numbers in the Humber, burrowing into river banks and
causing serious damage to our flood defences.
Another clawed critter causing chaos is the Giant American
Crayfish. This six-inch killing machine eats almost anything in its
path. Introduced in the 1970s and bred on farms for the restaurant
trade, they are now breeding in our waterways here.
Our next suspect looks like a giant rat, biu it it is in fact a coypu.
Imported to Britain from South American for fur farming, stories
of them being on the loose in Lincolnshire were circulating just
last year. Finally, you might not get close to
a coypu, but you may well come face to face with one of these, the
average house mouse. It has become a common pest in homes up and down
the country and is thought to be the first species to be introduced
to Britain. They are all here living among us. It is just that
some have outstayed their welcome. It started in America, but now the
school prom is costing parents here dearly. With girls demanding
dresses, spray tans, hairdressers and even eyelash inserts, they can
end up spending around �500 on that single night out. Anne-Marie Tasker
has been finding out why prom nights have become such a big event.
Some girls say it comes only second to their wedding. And for many,
getting ready for prom night starts many hours, if not months, before
the event. Sophie Shields is leaving David Lister School in Hull
next week, but booked her prom dress back in November. I saw it in
the window and I was like, up I want no one mum.
Hiring it for one night costs �200. The mums and a lot easier to deal
with, sometimes the fathers come in and say, how much exclamation mark
however, I have not seen one father not coming back the next day with
the money. With acrylic nails and eyelash
inserts already paid for, Sophie and her mum's next stop is the
hairdressers. Including her new hair extensions,
it has cost almost �100. School proms started life in America, but
over the past decade, they have caught on here. Children as young
as eleven are having proms, but for those leaving school at 16, it is a
big deal. It is one of the more special days and I will ever have,
except for my date my wedding. think she deserves it. I think it
is a bit extreme and obscene that in some people's eyes. It does
sound a lot of money, but I work hard, so why not.
The weather brought some wardrobe challenges. And with every
limousine in Hull already booked up, Sophie and her friends travelled by
vintage bus. It took her teachers six months to organise the big
night. I think there is an expectation that they want to
celebrate their years at secondary school. It is amazing. Everyone
just looks beautiful, even their boys. It is a lot of money, but
they think it was well worth spending.
The 80 school leavers voted for their prom king and queen, then
they enjoyed a night of dancing and celebration. It may have cost
hundreds of pounds, but each said it was worth every penny. Is it me,
or am I just be grumpy old man? Let us get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The hacking scandal forces Rupert
Murdoch to drop his bid to take full control of BSkyB. A driver
whose car fell off a cliff in East Lincolnshire is recovering in
hospital. We have got responses to it the earlier story about the
police. In this one, at this e-mail says, they should worry more - -
they should join the Army or the local services. They do not know