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Good evening. Welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines: A mother's


campaign after losing her young daughter to cervical cancer.


would say they should be allowed a smear test.


How damaged pavements are costing millions to local councils in


compensation. Like what crews are putting their


lives on the line, now there rescues are being caught on camera.


He cut his ear off. He cut off his ear.


A local gallery intends to reveal more about the life of Van Gogh.


I am at the Leeds Festival with your full bank holiday weekend


Becky Perryman died at the age of just 26 from cervical cancer, two


weeks before she was due to get married. Today her family in Hull


has told me that she would still be alive today had she been given a


routine check earlier. In a moment we will hear what her mother and


fiance had to save. First, Crispin has been looking at why women under


25 are not routinely checked, despite high-profile deaths.


Jake Goodie lived in front of the camera and died publicising the


cervical cancer which killed her. - - Jade.


After her death, more women came forward for what is an invasive but


potentially life-saving health check. Experts insist that the


routine smear test does more harm than good. One in three will have


an abnormal test result, which does not mean they are it increased risk,


it just means that they have transient abnormalities that would,


in most cases, Galway on their own. The test provokes anxiety.


feeling amongst GPs is that we should be offering screening from


the age of 20. We do not want to see young women dying. Cervical


cancer is a disease that is totally preventable.


Medical opinions differ, but, within first -- incidences of


cervical cancer on the increase in Hull, Betty Perryman's family know


that, for them, this debate has been more than merely academic.


Earlier today I visited Becky's mother and fiance at their home in


Hull. They told me about what Becky was like. She was bubbly, bright,


she was happy-go-lucky. She loved life. The thought of her wedding


coming up, she was over the moon about getting married. You must


have been so excited, Danny. When was the big day? 3rd September.


are you coping? This is unbelievable. I do not think it has


properly sunk in yet. It seems so real, for want of a better word.


When she was diagnosed it was 2009, wasn't it? That is right. How did


she cope at the time? At the time, when she first find out, she was


really sad and upset. But Becky being Becky, she said, we will get


on with this. The Government has aged -- has raised the age of


routine smear tests. Are you happy about that? No, not at all. I think


it is appalling. The Department of Health says that testing younger to


do more harm than good. Why? How could it do more harm than good? If


it is going to do more harm than good, if they do not get the smear


tests, by the time they do it is too late. And you thought


everything would be OK for the wedding? They told us it was


terminal a while ago. They said they could not do any more for


Becky. They did not give a timeline so I assumed and hoped that she


would be OK for the wedding. What is your message for young people?


It is for young people and parents as well to get in touch with the


government back and say that they should be allowed the smear test


before they are 25. Young girls must go for it if they have the


chance to get it. Danny, when his Becky's funeral? It is this


Wednesday coming. All of our thoughts are with you tonight.


Thank you for speaking to us. Dreadfully sad story.


In a moment, new hope for the military veterans who say they have


Gulf War Syndrome, from doctors in Hull.


�2 million - that is how much councils across East Jorja and


linkage or have paid out for things like trips, faults and slips in the


last four years. A new report from the Tax Payers' Alliance has


criticised local authorities for helping to create a so-called


compensate in -- compensation culture. Hull City Council had the


largest bill in our area but councillors said they have reduced


pay-outs and are spending more on repairing roads and pavements.


Pot holes, paving slabs, icy walk ways - a recipe for compensation


under the modern-day claims culture. But those claims come at a cost,


hitting taxpayer's hard. Councils have been criticised for not doing


enough to limit them. I think people have a right to claim if


they get injured. If the council's inspection regime is being done


correctly, then those claims will not be valid. For in the last four


years, Hull City Council paid of -- paid out over �1 million in legal


fees and compensation. That compares to just �200,000 for the


whole of Lincolnshire. When you compare Hull's figures to other


cities like Leeds and Sheffield, you find that Leeds paid out �2.5


million in Sheffield �1.2 million in the same period. We have an


inspection regime where a break for part in the City is inspected at


least annually. Footpaths in the city centre and along the main


roads out of the city centre and inspected quarterly. There are


1,700 kilometres of Path's in the city.


The finger has been pointed at some legal forms of making a fast buck.


Don Wilson was approached by an insurance agent after receiving


treatment for a cricket injury. asked what I had done very gadget -


- casually and said, we can get you some money. All I had to do was


take a photograph of any raised paving slab on any council estate


and send it in with a statement so that they could process the claim.


It is not right. A solicitor in Scunthorpe admits that some


sections of the claims industry are going too far. People see these


adverts on the TV and people get unsolicited text messages and phone


calls saying, had you had a claim? People think there are solicitors


on the end of the phone but they are not. The unscrupulous claims


companies trying to get as much work as possible. Councils say the


costs are unavoidable. Critics argue it is money that should be


spent elsewhere. Phil joins us now from Hull. How


bad it -- how bad is it there, then?


This is one street that we found with uneven pavements the day. In


order to make a claim, a slab how long it -- as one only has to


protrude an inch. With it being so easy to make claims, people can be


quite tempted. That is what the councils are up against,


particularly in this financial climate. Many people may be tempted


to take up those offers and earn potentially thousands of pounds.


We would like to hear from you on this one. Andrew McGavin is a local


solicitor. He told me that he does not believe that we are living in a


compensation culture. I do not think the figures from the Tax


Payers' Alliance report do ring true. �1 million in Hull alone. The


worst in the country in four years, that is a lot of money. It is, but


one has to look at the number of claims and the circumstances of


each claim. Do solicitors accept that there can -- that their


advertising is encouraging people to make a claim that they would not


ordinarily think about? That it does not improve you're chances of


succeeding. Years ago, if you wanted a solicitor, you found one


in the phone book and rang them up. Is it you fall for making the


compensation culture prosper the way it is at the moment? I do not


think it is. I do not think there is any evidence that the number of


claims is going up. The Tax Payers' Alliance report confirms that


numbers are stagnant. If I trip over a paving stone, what is your


approach? I think that, if you say I have fallen and injured myself,


we have to look at what you fell upon. If it is down to neglect by


the council, them perhaps. If you caught your feet, as we all do,


then no. People sometimes want to make money


and you are happy to make money - it is great, isn't it? No, I do not


think it is. When you speak to people who have sometimes had these


accidents and have lost their jobs, that is the real human element.


If I trip over a paving stone, I can look you up and the phone book.


But I am being told on the television all time, make a claim.


There are a number of advertising forums. You can look online, there


are so many ways to do it. business for solicitors?


business on advertising, absolutely. We would like your thoughts on this


We will read out your thoughts before we finish.


The Red Arrows' returns to the Lincolnshire home following last


week's fatal crash has been delayed because of bad weather. Flight


Lieutenant Jon Egging was killed when his plane came down on


Saturday in Bournemouth. The team has been cleared to fly again as


investigations continue into what caused the crash.


Lincolnshire County Council is considering closing its centres


that support vulnerable adults in the Candide. It currently provides


two respite centres, day care and supportive living accommodation.


Staff and those who use them will now be asked whether they should be


closed or transfer to to -- transferred to private ownership.


Doctors from Hull Royal Infirmary say they may have found a treatment


for the so-called Gulf War syndrome. 20 years after the war, thousands


of veterans say that they are still suffering from unexplained


illnesses linked to the conflict. Now a new medication has been


tested on ex-servicemen in Hull. It is a daily injection that is


transforming this man's life. walk up one morning and felt a lot


better. I thought, I could do this or that. Before, I could not do


anything, I was stuck on the so far. He is one of thousands of veterans


who have suffered from what is known as Gulf War syndrome. Now


after 16 years of chronic fatigue and joint pain injections of


hormone replacement therapy are making a difference. I had lost


interest in everything. I had complete dysfunction. The treatment


has been discovered by doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary. Trials on 11


veterans found that nine had a rare condition of the pituitary gland


that normally affects one in a million. The condition prevents the


gland at the base of the brain producing certain hormones which


enable our bodies to function. Treating sufferers with HRT is now


being seen as a potential breakthrough. I think that this is


a very positive finding, I think it is a positive step for those


patients with this problem. It deserves to be tested to see if it


is contributing to the Gulf War Syndrome they are suffering.


The Gulf war started in January 1991 and finished just three months


later. During that time, thousands of soldiers claimed they became ill,


blaming the high number of inoculations they were given. Since


then, ex-servicemen have been fighting the MoD for compensation


and hope that this latest finding will now strengthen their case.


need to have questions raised in a house of Commons with regard to why


it has taken 20 years to find out why soldiers are ill. They should


not for bit of two posts -- post- traumatic stress or depression.


Or Monreith best of -- hormone replacement therapy could now hold


the key for many in resolving years Still ahead: How it Scunthorpe


United gave their Premier League opponents a real scare last night


in the Carling Cup. And behind the scenes with the local racing team


taking the lead as the British Superbikes come to Cadwell Park.


Tonight's photograph was taken by Dresses are very much indeed.


Another one on Monday. Paul has been a way for a couple of weeks.


While he has been away, they have Our weather reporter is out in the


Yes, I think this is definitely my punishment for being so mean to you


in the last couple of weeks. I am standing in the rain but I still


have a smile on my face! I expect your minders have been


stood over with you with umbrellas, protecting the Golden Locks!


No, it is just me in the pouring rain! It has been raining for much


of the day. The forecast for the Leeds Festival over the weekend is


going to slightly improve. It will still be a bit showery tomorrow but


not as wet as it has been today and it will feel a bit warmer. Sunday


will be the best day, dry with some sunshine. We do have a Met Office


warning still valid for the rest of tonight. Many places have seen over


half an inch of rain falls. Some places have seen an inch. We could


see more than that before it stops raining by the end of the night.


This evening, the rain is still heavy, particularly across North


parts of Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire. It is turning to turn --


starting to turn more patchy and by the end of the night it will be dry


Tomorrow will be a much better day than today. We will still see one


or two showers at times. There's a chance they could be on the heavy


side. But for many of us it will be As we head on into Sunday, we will


see the breeze picking up. Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday, rather breezy


but mostly dry with sunny spells and the weather improving into the


start of next week. Have a nice weekend. We know a lot


of people are already at the festival. My favourite email was


from a viewer Cook said, whatever happened to that guy who used to do


the weather and a programme? No idea!


Life boats are using the cameras to film rescues. The RNLI hopes the


British will help show how its crews put their own life on the


line every day. -- hopes of the footage.


A dramatic rescue as the Skegness lifeboat crew come to the help of a


boat grounded at sea. It is just one of many scenes they tend to,


day in, day out, and for the past three years they have been using a


special camera equipped helmet to film the action was out on the


waves. The dangers of inflatables while you are out at sea and these


helmets show all the dangers of two parents who unfortunately let their


children drift offshore into danger and it can highlight all the


hazards that do actually happen at sea. The RNLI relies solely on


donations so having Woodage like this which can be viewed by anyone


on the internet is a huge benefit to the charity as it raises public


awareness and helps the crews themselves learn from their rescue


missions. Since the introduction of these cameras and being able to


upload them to websites like YouTube, the RNLI has been having


hundreds of hits and that can translate into donations, bringing


people to the RNLI website. cameras on the life boats are


absolutely brilliant and they do good work anyway. They do not think


a lot of people, even though they are able to swim, they just do not


know the dangers of things like the weather conditions and everything.


The summer holidays may be coming to an end but for the RNLI up and


down our coastline, emergency call- outs like this one will continue.


We salute the work of the RNLI. There was disappointment for


Scunthorpe United last night as The Iron narrowly missed out on causing


a big shock -- big shot in the Carling Cup. They played Newcastle


Scunthorpe United fans knew that despite losing, their team had done


them proud. Brilliant. They played really well. A bit unlucky for


Scunthorpe but as usual, Newcastle get a Get Out Of jail Free card.


Obviously, they played a better team than us. We are Scunthorpe


United, we just keep going. game got off to a wonderful start.


There was a head for Chris Dagnall's cheeky touch. The Iron


extended their advantage many times. But as Newcastle mounted wave after


wave of attacks, an equaliser was inevitable, and it came from this


free kick. That forced extra-time, which was heading to penalties


until Sammy Ameobi took charge. COMMENTATOR: Ameobi for Newcastle


There are plenty of positive to take out a bit but the biggest


disappointment is whenever we go on the pitch I expect my team to win


and I think we did enough at times to win this game. That was a really


commendable performance from Scunthorpe. The question is, can


they repeated? It is less than 48 hours until their game at Sheffield


Wednesday. That was last night and this


weekend there are lots of games. Around 50,000 spectators are


expected at the Superbikes Championships at Cadwell Park at


the weekend. As the crowds make their way across the country, it is


a local team leading the championships. Our reporter has


been behind the scenes at Louth- based HM plant Honda.


A spotlessly tidy workshop in life is the nerve centre of one of the


most successful teams in Superbikes. -- Louth. Honda are going for their


fourth title in six years. I think the excitement is fantastic.


Cadwell Park always brings huge crowds. In the last two or three


years it has probably been one of the largest crowd drawing circuits


in the British championships. is no end of silverware on display


here and hoping to add to it is Shane Byrne, currently leading the


championship. He knows Cadwell Park is a test for any rider. It is like


riding 210 horsepower around your garden path. There are a lot of


blind crests and it is a difficult track. Very demanding. Down at the


track, the teams prepared to do battle with each other and with


Cadwell Park itself. Ask anyone what makes Cadwell Park so special


and they will tell you it is this. The mountain. A section of track so


steep that riders take to the air was travelling at 70 mph. Of course,


it would not be the same without the fans, willing to take a risk


and camp out at the track whatever the weather has in store. We come


every year. We have coming -- been coming for about 15 years. It is an


amazing place. Just excitement. There is a brotherhood among stars.


We look out for each other. We are a tight-knit community. It all adds


up to an unmissable weekend for the 50,000 spectators.


He is famous for slicing off part of his beer and is still one of the


world's most sought after artists. Now a mysterious picture of Vincent


Van Gogh has made a surprise appearance at a gallery in Grimsby,


which could shed new light on the Dutch man's life and work.


It is here in the heart of Paris that Vincent Van Gogh spent much of


his time, getting inspiration for his work. His paintings are housed


in some of the largest museums in the world, and now at a gallery in


Grimsby. What is thought to be the only full-length portrait of the


artist is being displayed here, after a couple from Louth bought it


for 1,500 pounds. It has been hidden away for over a century.


From B 125 years, and the more we find out, the bigger this


background picture is as well, the more exciting it gets. It was


painted by one of his former students, Jeanne Donnadieu, and


this is why they believe it was the man himself. First, his at it. Van


Gogh was known for his crumpled hat and rolled-up trousers. He was


famous for writing on his own walls, and the Bible in the corner is


thought to be the same one he inherited from his father. We have


had people standing in front of the painting and bursting into tears


because they cannot believe they are seeing a portrait of Vincent


Van Gogh. And that's it has actually be allowed to be exhibited


in Grimsby. A quick history lesson. Great artist. Could his ear off.


Sunflowers. Very expensive pictures. We cannot afford them. For the next


two weeks, if you would like to take a look at the famous artist,


you know I can, at a small gallery in Grimsby. -- you now can.


There is the chance to hear a special radio programme over the


bank holiday weekend, looking at life on the docks. It collects the


memories and stories of those who worked in the fishing and port


A recap of The National and regional headlines. The battle for


Libya. At the end of the week in which the rebels entered Tripoli,


who is in control? And a mother's campaign after losing her young


daughter to cervical cancer. Her bright spells and scattered


E-mails coming in on the subject of compensation culture. Jim is in


Boston. Our legal system perpetuates the compensation


culture. Anyone who takes a claim to court should risk it costing


them if they lose. Another one, Robert, people walking down the


street have a duty of care to look after themselves. If a trip up, why


then someone else? Lee in Hull, it is shocking how many times I see


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