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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Students face a battle for university places after an
emotional day of A-level results. Mum, I got four A*s, and A and a
distinction. Anger from residents who fear they
could lose the allotments they've been tending for decades.
Hull City's star signing is shown the door.
And there's been a strange sight today for visitors to Flamborough.
The we can already do a. We do not know what is happening! Boy luger
and see his bright orange. It is It's the day thousands of students
get the results they've spent the summer waiting for. Today, they've
been collecting their A-level results and finding out if they've
made the grade. This year, universities were expecting an
unprecedented demand as students try and beat the tuition fees,
being introduced next year. The number of passes has risen for the
29th year in a row. Just over 27% of students achieved A or A* macro
grades. Overall, the A-level pass rate rose slightly from 97.6% to
97.8%. In Lincolnshire, initial figures suggest the pass rate is
slightly higher than this. Siobhan Robbins reports.
It's the day thousands of teenagers across the area have been waiting
for. When the contents of an envelope
will decide the next few years of their lives. Mum? I got four A*s,
an A and a distinction. I got two Ds and a C. I got a B. I'm happy
with that. This call centre at the University
of Lincoln is for those who didn't get their expected grades. They'll
now enter clearing with warnings this year is more competitive.
then there was not am not a demand on this is double stop the There
are lots of people trying to get into universities. So students will
feel the pressure, I think. If they do next year, the costs will be a
lot higher. Every time that phone rings, it is another nervous
student fine fireplace. The pressure is ready on this year.
Obligation numbers are up as people rush to avoid next year's price
hikes. The organisation which deals with applications has had so much
interest, its website actually crashed today.
For others like Chris from Hull, rising fees and an uncertain jobs
market has put them off university altogether. He's going straight
into accountancy training. This way, in four years, I will be doing
professional qualifications, about one or have �20,000 of debt.
So while for many of these students, today is a cause for celebration,
thousands of others will be facing hard choices about the future.
Joining me on this now we've got Scott Davidson from the University
of Lincoln, and John Leech the Pro- Vice chancellor at the University
of Hull. Mr Davidson, if I can come to you first, how has today gone?
Have you still got places? There are very few places available now.
If it -- it has been hectic all day. Just about all our courses are
closed. How has the reaction been today? As expected? Pretty much
serve. We were a lot busier this morning then we thought we would be.
We played 200 calls in the first hour. Generally, we have been
claiming that a number of calls throughout the day. We will be open
until 8pm. And your best advice for those who did not get the results
they were hoping for and have not got a place sorted? The main piece
of advice is do not panic, keep your options open, look at other
put it -- look at other potential pathways. Look at further education
colleges, look at foundation degrees, look at entering the
workplace, but basically, explore all your options.
Scott Davidson at the University of Lincoln, thank you very much. And
now to the picture in Hull. Is it a similar story there? It is similar
to Lincoln. We're just about closed now in all areas. Do you think this
time next year things will be very different? Will we see this kind of
rush? We are in interesting times. What I would like all young people
to do, those aged 17, all the headlines about the debts. They
will be paying back once they earn �22,000 a year, they will pay back
about �21 a month. Some students will never pay back the dead.
university is charging the maximum, �9,000. Will it put people off?
will have to wait and see about that. Interest at open days has
been very high. We had our best ever numbers this year. Do you
think university generally, with tuition fees and the number of
graduates ending up in non-graduate jobs, his university going to lose
some of its appeal? Again, we will have to wait and see. All the
evidence that has been collected by senior economists is that a
university education as well as given a fantastic life changed
experience, it also gives a good return on investment. Thank you
both very much indeed. I'd like to hear from you on this.
Maybe you've had results today, or know someone who has. Or perhaps
you've had to go through clearing. How did you get on? Do get in touch.
We'll have all the contact details coming up for you in just a moment.
In a moment: Standing empty. The stolen statue
which commemorates lost trawlermen may not be replaced until next year.
It used to be something saved for retirement but the desire to grow
your own fruit and veg has led to a growing demand for allotments. In
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire there are currently over 2,000
people on a waiting list, 1,200 in Hull alone. But in one part of
Lincolnshire, the demand for allotments is competing with the
need for a new bypass, and it's causing some controversy with those
who've spent years cultivating their crops. Correspondent Caroline
Bilton reports. They've been tending to their
vegetables on this allotment for decades. Jim has had a plot here
for 45 years. But now he fears he and his veg
will be forced to move on to make way for a new bypass. It is part of
our heritage. They have already grabbed half of the allotment to
put houses on. There is a waiting list for allotments, then to do
away with than...! This is what they'll be making way
for, the Spalding Western Relief Road. There are two options, but
both go straight through the middle of Horseshoe Road Allotments. This
is why it's needed. There are plans to build a rail freight hub, taking
lorry traffic off the roads and onto the rail network. But it's a
rail network that splits Spalding in two, so more rail traffic will
mean greater delays at level crossings. I can understand them
wanting a relief road, but we have a perfectly good one the other side
of the allotments! It is called Broadway, and it is called Broadway
for him reason. Why can't they just update that one? The only way to
avoid the dump -- the only way to avoid the demolition of properties
is to go through the allotments. It is a worse option to take away
houses. We have to reduce demolition.
The council says the allotment holders will be offered an
alternative site and they're keen to hear people's views on the
proposals. This may be a case where the humble allotment loses out over
the need for future development. Get in touch if you've got a view
on this one. Should a relief road take priority over these
allotments? Have you got an allotment? Maybe you have been
waiting for one. Could of should councils do more to support them?
More needs to be done to ensure workers in our area have the right
skills to fill up to 5,000 new jobs created by the green energy boom.
That's according to the Minister for Cities, who's been visiting the
site of the new Humber Enterprise Zone. Parts of Hull and North
Lincolnshire will be covered by the zone, which will offer a range of
incentives to attract companies associated with the offshore wind
industry. We all need to rise to the opportunity here, to have
Britain and in particular the Humber as a place that people
associate not just with the best physical facilities we have here
but the best human capital as well. We need to rise to the challenge.
The Vulcan aircraft has withdrawn from a series of air shows this
weekend, because of a technical problem. The plane used to be a
familiar sight in the skies above Lincolnshire. Now the charity
behind its return to flight say they've discovered a leak in its
fuel tank. The first edition of the new weekly
Scunthorpe Telegraph has gone on sale. It's changed from a daily
paper to a weekly. Managers say it's because of falling sales and
changing reading habits, but are hopeful the new paper will prove
popular. We are very hopeful it will be a big success. Research has
shown this is what readers want, and what the advertisers want. This
is the best way to meet those demands. I have got the first
edition of the Weekly Telegraph here. Excellent publication. We
wish them well. It's emerged that it could take
until the new year to replace this statue, stolen from the waterfront
in Hull last month. The sculpture Voyage was put up to commemorate
the city's lost trawlermen. And it's thought it was pulled from its
plinth by theives who wanted to sell the metal for scrap. The
council is now spending up to �5,000 to replace it, as Sarah
Burton reports. Hull City Council is working hard
to replace the bronze sculpture that was taken. There is a statue
in Iceland which is not touch. It is an exact twin of the one here in
Hull. We will be able to make an exact copy of it.
This is the statue in Iceland that was unveiled at the same time as
the Voyage, which was given as a gift to Hull from the Icelandic
town of Vic. The theft came as such a shock to the Icelandic people, it
made national news there. I think the Icelanders were astonished that
anybody would go to so much trouble for the sake of so little money.
Metal thieves are a big problem in Hull at the moment, and across the
country. It is not something the Icelanders have any experience of.
The Icelanders often came to the the rescue of Hull's seamen. And
speaking last month, family members of those lost at sea were deeply
hurt at the actions of these thieves. It is respects the dead.
For someone to think it has a scrap value and to whippet down from this
pier, where so many dramas cell at Paul in the past, it is disgusting
-- were so many trawlermen sailed out of Paul in the past, it is
disgusting. Two men have been arrested in
connection with the theft of this statue and remain on police bail.
Meanwhile, engineers are looking at ways to ensure the new memorial
will remain where it belongs, overlooking the Humber estuary, and
We will let you know what happens with that story. Thank you for at
the response on the story that visitor numbers are falling at some
of other region's tourist attractions. This cathedral has
seen numbers down by 40,000 last year. It has been blamed on the
cancellation of the Christmas market. We are looking forward to
this Christmas market to see if we can pick something up. It was the
right decision to make and the time but a painful one. Thank you for
all the texts and messages after the programme last night. Sue in
Thank you for all of those. We read and listen to every message. Still
ahead tonight: Jimmy Bullard's chequered career at Hull City could
be coming to an end. And we find out what these people were doing on
the beach at Flamborough. Tonight's photo. Middle Rasen in Lincolnshire
taken by Richard Davidson. Now you, the weather. You need to spend less
time plane spotting and more were time learning how to spell a tweet
properly! If you have been looking at these guys today you will have
seen rain. It will brighten up for all of us tomorrow, a dry and sunny
day. You can see on the pressure chance we have a weather front out
in the West which will not reach us until the weekend. It will be a
fine day tomorrow. The cloud from earlier has cleared into the North
Sea by now. We are at risk of some patchy showers across East
Yorkshire and perhaps northern parts of Lincolnshire but it will
become dry as we go through the become dry as we go through the
night. The sun will rise tomorrow morning at 5: 47. If you do start
off with any clout first thing it will soon clear away as tomorrow
will be dry and find with lots of sunshine, a beautiful day. In the
afternoon we may see patches of cloud coming in from the West. A
fine Friday all day long with alike went from the West. Temperatures
higher than today. Make the most of tomorrow because it is going to
turn unsettled for the weekend. On Saturday the best of the brightness
will be across East Yorkshire but cloud will increase and there will
be sunny spells and scattered A couple from Lincoln say they'll
have to start using their life savings just to pay for their gas
and electricity. It follows a move by British Gas to put up energy
prices. By up 18 per cent. The firm is one of five out of the Big Six
to announce an increase. It says it's got no option, many people are
not happy. This couple come to the age UK's centre in length in every
week but this month they are worried as their energy bill is
rising and the money will have to come out of their savings. I am
past the employment age and now it when I would like to have money in
my pocket to go out for a bite dead I am having to worry about the gas
bill. It is disappointing. And they are not alone. Although Ken's gas
bill is capped at the moment, the price rise will hit him next year.
I think it is disgusting, I will have to cut back somewhere, I might
have to sell my car. From today, customers of British Gas will see
their gas bills rise by around 18% and their electricity bills by 16%,
meaning the average customer will have to pay an extra �190 a year.
In a statement today they told us, we know there is never a good time
to raise prices, but we are buying in a global energy market and have
to pay the market rate. Our advice to customers is to wait and see
what happens in the market before making any decisions about
switching supplier. Prices for gas and oil have been very high because
of the areas world events. But some have dropped from their peaks so we
would expect energy companies not to be passing on the price rises in
future. Back in Lincoln, almost 1500 people use this activity
centre every week but staff are expecting this to increase, as its
users no longer come just for the activities, but to go somewhere
warm. And I'm sure this is another story you've got a view on. Will
this increase affect you? Maybe you've changed supplier already?
You can e-mail and text in the usual ways. He was Hull City's
record signing, costing �5 million, and he arrived with a huge fanfare
and big expectations. But today, Jimmy Bullard has been told he's no
longer wanted at the club. Bullard hasn't played for the club this
season even though he's still got two years left on his contract. He
became Hull City's record signing in 2009 but his career was always
chequered. Two serious knee injuries robbed the fans of seeing
There was an undisclosed incident on a pre-season trip. I am not
going to make any further statement. I do not think it is the
appropriate time for me to make comments on any subject around that.
This man is not surprised by today's decision. There are plenty
of stories doing the rounds but who knows if they are true or not. I
think as far as the club is concerned they have just decided to
wipe the slate clean and look to the future. His contract was
reportedly �11 million over five years. Fans in East Yorkshire
shared their views on his impending exit. It is like any price -- it is
like any job, if you cannot do it you have to pay the price. I should
think they will be able to assign three players for what he was
getting. The club hope they can now finally draw a line under the Jimmy
Bullard situation. If he decides to go to court this sat down to draw
on and on. -- this saga up to draw on and on. Well, if you want to
have your say on this news today, then you can on Sportstalk. That's
with Matt Dean and Mike White, live on BBC Radio Humberside right now.
Cricket and Yorkshire bowled out Sussex for 398 on the second day of
their County Championship match in It's been all buckets and spades on
one estate in Hull today. Youngsters on the Bransholme estate
have been enjoying a day on the beach just yards from their homes
at the annual fun day. Eight tons of sand was used to transform the
area. There's even been some rock climbing. Everything that you see
here is the evil stop the way the world is at the minute people need
a bit of enjoyment. We think that doing this will give families the
chance to come out and interact with everybody and it does not cost
them a penny. If you have a story you think we should know about, let
us know. It's not something you see every day. 250 people are dressed
in orange dungarees performing on the clifftops. But if you were in
Flamborough this afternoon, that's It is quite fascinating, when you
look all you can see is bright orange, it's quite good actually.
We cannot work it out yet, we do not know what is happening. It's a
place of natural beauty. Famed for birdlife and spectacular views. But
on Flamborough beach today, it was something peculiar attracting
attention. Today we have brought 220 National Youth Theatre members.
We are performing a sure in Sheffield about global waste,
marine pollution and recycling. do these people influence the
movements that you make? Youngsters from across the country auditioned.
Hopefully they will be able to draw on what we are doing and the points
around the environment. The play opens next month and what better
backdrop for or rehearsals than the Flamborough clefs. It certainly
gave the visitors here's something to look at. Let's get a recap of
the national and regional headlines. The frantic scramble for a
university place. Tens of thousands are expected to miss out after
another record A-level year. Hull and Lincoln universities say
they've faced an unprecedented demand. We were a lot busier this
morning than we thought we were going to be, we cleared 200 calls
in the first hour which we would generally clear that number of
calls throughout the day. tomorrow's weather: A fine and
sunny start with patchy cloud at times by the afternoon. Maximum
temperatures 19 Celsius. This from Greg on twitter, I got two C and at
D. I am planning to go travelling, I might reapply next year. Another
person got in touch to say exams are to weed out the good from the