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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