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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight. Extreme measures - fears half a
million people will struggle to pay their fuel bills this winter.
at the beginning of autumn really worried about January's bills.
in the air - the Red Arrows perform for the first time since the death
of one of their pilots. The east coast seals under attack
from an infectious disease. As one of the most luxurious trains
in the world arrives in Hull, we climb aboard. And join me for that
all-important weekend weather forecast live from the Hull Freedom
Festival. There are warnings more than half a
million households across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire could struggle to
pay their bills this winter. Rising prices means a growing number of
people are facing fuel poverty and can't afford to heat their houses.
Siobhan Robbins has more. Cutting wood for the winter. It may
only be September but this man says a lack of insulation means heat and
money are seeping out through the walls. Through the upstairs, could
be 60% going through the walls and downstairs, 50%. By that
calculation, we could save 50% -- blues that the descent of gas money
going through the walls. When you walk in from outside, you feel the
temperature drop immediately. Recent price rises mean future fuel
bills are a worry. I'm sad that the beginning of autumn really worried
about January's bills. We need to eat as well as heat. A lot of money
has to go on the bills and a lot of people cannot afford to eat. This
is a question of poverty. Rising prices mean that even net cost of
boiling a kettle -- settled can be a worry. Gas prices up 18% and
electricity 10%. It means more than half a million households across
Yorkshire may struggle to pay the bills. Struggling finances mean
elderly people are often hit the hardest when prices rise. It's
cheaper for people do come in here. Bills are getting bigger and bigger
and it is becoming harder to enjoy other things in your life.
smaller businesses like this Grimsby glass company are also
feeling the pressure. I do not pass gas and electric pace is on to the
customer. It eats into your bottom line so the profit margins a law
under four and it affects the whole business. Phil's now building a
shelter to protect from the cold. Just one of many fighting to stay
warm over winter. I spoke to Pete Moorey from the
consumer group Which and asked him whether he was surprised that half
a million people across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are facing fuel
poverty this winter. Unfortunately, it is not surprising that these
kind of figures are being announced today. With energy price hikes of
anywhere between 10, 15 or 20% this winter for all consumers, it really
is not a surprise that so many people are slipping into fuel
poverty and struggling to pay their bills. They are huge figures. What
help is available? It is difficult really for consumers to know what
to do. There are some simple things that too many people are not doing
in the face of rising bills. Things like looking at whether they can be
in a better payment scheme. If people pay by direct debit rather
than by cheque, they would be saving money. Energy companies
would be giving them discounts. Or, if they were able to pay online.
Equally, if they decided to get both the gas and electricity from
one supplier, each of these things would ensure that they would get
discounts from their suppliers and save money. Do we have to help
ourselves. The film was saying that there so much can be lost. There
are some simple steps in terms of insulation. Loft insulation and
cavity wall insulation need not cost a lot of money. Some suppliers
may supplied to you for free or subsidised. Consumers should be
calling the energy companies and finding out whether there are deals
available. They should take those options where they are available.
Very briefly, five out of six energy companies have increased
prices. Will this continue? We should expect this. This is partly
due to investment needed an hour energy infrastructure. Consumers be
to help themselves but energy companies need to answer the tough
questions about whether these price rises are justified. Thank you.
Let us know your thoughts and us. How What's your view on this
tonight? Are you one of the half a million people who are going to be
in this situation this winter? If so let me know how you're planning
to cope. And what needs to be done to help.
In a moment - the �500,000 homes helping to revive the caravan
industry. The Lincolnshire based Red Arrows
have performed in public for the first time since the death of one
of their pilots. Flight Lieutenant John egging died almost two weeks
ago litany a festival in Bournemouth. The remaining eight
planes today performed a world famous routine.
Back in the air at less than two weeks after the loss of Red four.
The show must go on, and the Red Arrows are now only 80 number. For
those watching the comeback display at a country fair, the side brought
mixed emotions. It is amazing, a fantastic shot. Really amazing and
encouraging to see them back up there. It's been quite emotional
but it was fantastic. You feel very attached to them really. It is a
great loss. The flight lieutenant was killed when his jet crashed
following a display at the Bournemouth their festival. Back in
line to show whether there are also based, well-wishers left their
tributes. Crash investigators began their work, and the display team
were grounded than their engagements cancelled. Initial
inquiries cleared the jet to fly once more. The Red Arrows return to
base last Saturday and began practising for displays using an
eight aircraft formation instead of the usual nine. Before the display,
the squadron leader said, the fortitude, resilience and pride
that he showed in life were the qualities which defined our armed
forces, and it is these which will enable us to get back in her feet
and move on. Today marks the Red Arrows return to public displays.
The displays are dedicated to the memory of Flight Lieutenant John
begging. A few minutes ago, I asked a
reporter to describe the mood among the public. The Red Arrows has
hugely popular with crowds bought here at in the UK and across the
world. They got a fantastic reception today at Chatsworth
Country Fair. There was a slight sense of sadness surrounding the
whole display. The display today with eight aircraft instead of the
usual nine. A very poignant for those watching. Today's display
takes place just 24 hours before or the flight lieutenant is laid to
rest near his home in Rutland. Everywhere on, tribute was paid to
the fortitude of his wife, and said she was an example that the team
could look upon as they continued with their display season.
A light aircraft has crashed near Market Deeping. The plane went down
near the village of Wansford, close to the A1 after hitting power lines.
The A1 and surrounding roads have been closed while police
investigate the accident. It is likely to be shut until tomorrow
afternoon. It is an industry hit hard by the
recession, but because of caravans were to the in an upbeat mood ahead
of their to Rachel. It hopes to attack by us in their thousands,
but surprisingly, it is a luxury end of the market that is giving
cause for optimism. Caravanning does not get more
luxurious than this. Nearly �500,000 worth of mobile home, and
said to be selling well. You could be forgiven for thinking the
economy was booming. Some of these buildings cost a phenomenal amounts
of money, upwards of five under �1,000. The absolutely luxurious.
All the electronic gadgetry and so on. Nicer than many homes that have
been built. They are built to last as well these days. You can get
mortgages on a man finance. It is a great lifestyle if you can afford
it. Caravan camping - they do it yourself holiday made easy. From
their early days of the budget holiday, the industry has become
more sophisticated. As the finishing touches are made to this
year's show, it is hoped the new season's caravans will prove to be
bestsellers and support local jobs. The caravan industry in Hull is
very dependent on people and jobs. We're confident about the future
and feel we have products customers will be very interested in this
weekend. The industry is highly sensitive to the market. It is only
a few weeks since global manufacturer Swift announced
redundancies. Manufacturers are keen to counter out that so
economic downturn can mean fewer people are buying caravans, it can
also mean that more people are choosing to holiday in this country.
Guess where they are staying? This holiday park in East Yorkshire is
benefiting from the so-called state occasion. This year, more caravans
have been sold. We have done very well this year. When the public
come through the doors here tomorrow, they will be able to see
just about everything this industry has to offer. Manufacturers will be
hoping they are in a buoyant mood. Thanks be up e-mails, texts and a
tweets about the hundreds of 1000 pounds spent in East Yorkshire by
council's cleaning up fly-tipping. The survey, by the Countryside
Alliance, says most of our authorities are struggling to
reclaim their costs with just �15,000 recovered in fines. Here's
just a few of your comments: Phil in Lincoln suggests local
authorities should make provision at their tips to allow asbestos to
be left, as private firms charge a There was a big response on that
story after the programme last night. Thank you for those. Still
ahead: The course is one of the toughest anywhere in the world, and
can be very confusing. 50 years on, we will look at the
history of one of the biggest events of its kind in the country.
Passengers in Hull setting off on a And 83 year-old says most of the
shots to show on the programme are taken with electronic cameras which
do not take effort. This is Lesley Fussey's picture of Hull. More
pictures tomorrow. Port is at the Queen's Gardens
Freedom Festival. -- Paul. He I think you will find it is my
natural hair colour, I have not died it! What is your excuse?
Somebody said yesterday you were on holiday that long you have probably
gone grey! It is really nice to be here. There is a lot going on. The
crowds are building now as you can see. Will we get a wave? Yes we
will. There is lots going on with the Freedom Festival, five venues
across the city, and I have good news for tomorrow, because it looks
as though it will be mostly fine and drive across all five events.
Get yourself into Hull. 23 degrees Let's look at the graphics for this
evening. Very pleasant with variable crowd -- cloud and
sunshine possible before the sun sets. Overnight dry it with broken
cloud. Temperatures down to 12 degrees, quite mild for the early
part of September. Tomorrow looks promising, the best weather in the
morning, dry and bright with some hazy sunshine. Clouds will
gradually increase, and the afternoon looks cloudy. There will
be one or two spots of rain in western parts of East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire, but basically it looks like it will be mostly dried
with good temperatures, 22-23 Cup Mar-24 around the Wash.
Some uncertainty about Sunday, more and settles with patchy outbreaks
of rain for a time, but the signal next week is a taste of autumn with
it turning windier and a risk of rain at times. That is the forecast.
This is a prestigious festival for this city, and you turn up like
that! Nice of you to make an effort! There is nothing wrong with
that and nothing wrong with me after Culture Festival!
contradiction in terms is what I would say! Have a nice weekend.
would say! Have a nice weekend. you later.'s his it is a sickness
that it is very infectious and its spreading through a colony of grey
seals at Flamborough. Four seals have been treated for
sealpox in the last few weeks and an animal charity has been carrying
out regular checks on the colony. Caroline Bilton was given exclusive
access to join them. Her report contains images you may find
upsetting. Flamborough is not the first place
you would come to to seize seals. You would probably end up further
down the coastline, where there is a colony of around 4500, but what
we have here is effectively a seal motorway. Hiding in caves up and
down this stretch of coastline, there will be hundreds of seals.
Keeping a close eye on them is the charity East Coast Seal Rescue.
day job is a nurse for Humberside and North Yorkshire police. In my
spare time, I rescue seals. It is an outbreak of sealpox keeping
Lesley and her team busy at the moment. These are the images of
their latest rescue of a seal suffering from pox. Its flippers
are covered in sores. As a result they're carrying out regular checks
and today they have invited me to join them. Being escorted by the
coastguard, we will keep an eye on the changing tide, and were only
have a short time in a cave before we risk getting cut off.
This is a cave underneath Flamborough, where the grey seals
had been suffering from sealpox. We are coming down to check that the
one we had the here the other day is all right and none of the others
are suffering. We also checking for blood on the rocks because that
would indicate that the seals with sealpox are still using this cave.
We might have won in front of us. We can hear it. I am quite happy
with that seal. There is no blood on it. It looks healthy so it has
been feeding and it has this wonderful big eyes looking at us.
In the last month we have been real busy with three fours in one day
Sundays. At other times we don't have any call-outs. This is all
time they devote voluntarily. Rachel is a full-time mum with a
love for seals. I am actually from Lancashire and move to Bridlington
and wanted to put something back into the community. I thought it
was a perfect opportunity. Today there is no evidence of poorly
seals, so how serious is this latest outbreak of sealpox? Sealpox
is not a serious issue, it is like chickenpox in humans, but the
problem is when they get it on their flippers or a place where it
doesn't heal. Then we need to check the more, and the healthy one is
now coming to metres. For now, this pup is free of sealpox, but Lesley
and her team will be back to keep They do some great work, and some
amazing pictures of the seals there. The Queen's new married
granddaughter Zara Phillips is one of 80 riders competing this weekend
in Lincolnshire at the annual Burghley Horse Trials. The event is
celebrating its 50th year and to mark the anniversary, we have been
looking back into the archives. They are the world's best risers,
and Burghley is one of the events they all want to win -- best riders.
Stanford's famous horse trial is in its 50th year and its it has been
every rider's dream to win here since the start.
50 years on, the same requirements apply, though back in the Sixties,
health and safety was never really a serious concern. We were very
lucky. Yes we had falls but most of us were lucky enough to get out. It
wasn't like it is now. It was far more basic. It was equally good fun
and challenging, though. She parted company with her rider, apparently
with no harm done. The way the fences are built now are so
different to how they used to be. Back then, a fence like this was
never heard of. The royal party enjoyed a sporting times. Over the
years, royalty have been regular visitors to Burghley, though these
days family members are more than spectators. This year, the Queen's
granddaughter is riding, just five weeks after her marriage to a rugby
star. What takes priority, horses or rugby? Both. We both work hard
in our sports, and we both supported other, and it is part of
our lives. The challenge of these enormous fences will test all 80
riders tomorrow. It is a sport which over the last 50 years here
has been seen as the ultimate test It has been warm their today
apparently. Zara Phillips will be competing on Saturday and Sunday.
Hull Kingston Rovers have arrived in France knowing victory over
Catalans Dragons will give them the greatest chance of making the end-
of-season play-offs. Rovers are in a three-way race for two places
along with neighbours Hull FC and Castleford. Simon Clark is in
France watching their preparations. In temperatures hitting the 30
Celsius mark, the players of Hull Kingston Rovers got a taste of what
faces them tomorrow. They stretched and sweated in the stadium in
France, all well barring one suspended player. We are going in
full of confidence. We have been here for a couple of days so the
players are looking forward to it. In terms of preparation, everything
has gone smoothly. Rovers come into this match fresh from their best
win of the season, a 24-22 victory over St Helens. BBC Radio
Humberside commentator Chris Clark saw that game and today's training
session and says much is at stake for Rovers and opponents Catalans.
Rovers are chasing 8 spot but Castle arms could be forced. --
Catalans could be 4th. It is their final home game of the season and
they will want a point. Four or PHI of weeks ago we were relying on
results to go our way, but destiny is certainly on our doorstep.
have given the player's one simple instruction: Win here and next week
at Castleford and Hull KR qualified for the play-offs come what may. It
Back in Hull, the black-and-white coach Richard Agar says there is a
lot riding on their game against Castleford tomorrow. They are
currently 8th on the Super League table following a convincing win
over Crusaders in a game that ended 58-18. Castleford is a great ground
to go and play at. We are certain that we will take a healthy
following, and ensure Castleford will as well. It makes for a good
game as you would expect at this time of the year with so much
riding on it. You can keep up to date on both games on BBC Radio
Humberside tomorrow. Full Commentary of Hull KR's game starts
Enjoy your football and your rugby league. It is the sister train to
the Orient Express, and it is more luxurious than a five-star hotel.
The Northern Belle is based on the style of the luxury of the 1930s
Pullman engines. Today it came to Hull's's Paragon Station for a rare
visit to raise money for Dove House Hospice. Linsey Smith has more.
Awaiting the arrival of a special guest: The mood was celebratory at
Hull's Paragon Station this afternoon in anticipation of the
Northern Belle. It is the first time it has come to Hull and it is
so iconic. We are delighted for it to be here. Everyone is so excited
about it! A sister train to the Orient Express, the Northern Belle
is based on the style and luxury of the 1930s Belle trains. Let's take
a ride on Britain's latest train. This is travel as it should be.
it was more exuberant -- exuberance than engines that drew the crowd.
We had a leather wallet with tickets to art day trip to
Edinburgh and a five-course meal on the way home. The nostalgia of
being on the train, and the lovely atmosphere. The thought of going on
a Pullman train at the start is exciting. At �300 a ticket, it is
more than the usual tip to Edinburgh, but this is travel how
it used to be. We have tablecloths, for a start! Fine china, glasses,
we are hoping for champagne as soon as possible. It is hoped the day
will raise thousands of pounds for Dove House Hospice and let these
passengers enjoy a piece of history. Carriages full of elegance and
refinement. Let's recap the main national and
regional headlines. The new leaders of Libya have called for guns to
come off the streets of Tripoli and call for the rebels to go home.
There are warnings more than half- a-million homes in Yorkshire and
literature will struggle to pay fuel bills this winter. Whether
fine, bright and warm, hazy fine, bright and warm, hazy
sunshine at times, top temperatures around ready for Celsius, 24, 75
around ready for Celsius, 24, 75 Fahrenheit.
Another reviewer says that it is a disgrace that in 2011 people living
fuel property whether companies make a profit, and the government
should intervene. Justin says he has given up using heating as
energy bills are so high. Kathy text did to say, we have loft
insulation and cavity wall insulation, but our bills are still
high. ! That is it, we are back on the