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Good evening. Welcome to Look North. Here are the headlines: Dark times


ahead for the families facing fuel poverty this winter. One MP says


the energy companies are to blame. They definitely have a duty to be


better than they are being. People are suffering fuel poverty. It is


very difficult to explain to an auteur to -- an autistic child who


is saying, I am cold. The Olympic runner who says he will


not be stopped in his tracks by lack of funding. It has sharpened


me up. Still blooming - the riot of colour


in our gardens, even as the clocks are set to go back.


And the pumpkins lighting up Disneyland this Hallowe'en.


And it has been a beautiful day, but will the sun continued to shine


this weekend? I will have the There are calls for energy


companies to be charged with corporate manslaughter if people


die this winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes. The


Hull MP, Karl Turner, who was also a barrister, believes many


companies could face court action as the number of households


affected by fuel poverty continues to increase. Here's our political


editor, Tim Iredale. With winter fast approaching, there


are concerns that a growing number of households will struggle to


afford their energy bills as temperatures plummet. Have you seen


this before? Yes. Ros Reynolds lives in what she describes as a


draughty farmhouse with her son. She is registered disabled but says


she is pay more than half her monthly income to her energy


provider. I get �554.60 each month in benefits and out of that I have


to pay �311 on an estimated electric reading. She says she has


even resorted to candlelight. pretty nice! What I will be doing


is wrapping myself in three or four layers of clothing and put in on


the coal fire and going to bed early. But trying to explain to my


son is something different. definition of fuel poverty is a


household where more than 10% of income is spent on keeping warm.


That is believed to be around one in five in this country. It is


estimated at around 2,700 people will die this year as a result of


fuel poverty. All I have said in the House of Commons is that the


behaviour of the big six energy companies is tantamount to a


corporate manslaughter. The reason I say that is because the profits


from these big six have gone from �15 to �125 per consumer. What I


say is that they need to be responsible. They have a definite


moral duty to be better than they are being. People are truly in fuel


poverty. Earlier this month, the Prime Minister met representatives


from the big six energy firms. He promised the Government would work


harder to try to reduce bills. In the short term it seems that many


families will have to make some tough financial choices this winter


just to pay the bills. We approached Energy UK, which


speaks for the big six, and they declined to comment tonight. Just


before we came on the air, I spoke to Derek Lickorish from the Fuel


Advisory property group. He ran EDF Energy but now his organisation


advises the Government on fuel poverty. I asked him to explain how


the companies should take on fuel poverty. I think they should have


done for more to have him place a framework that will help the poor.


-- done far more. There is a case for energy reform and the


Government should intervene in the market. I would like to see the


same determination to be applied to something like a regular tariff for


consumers who do not access the market because they don't have IT,


and of the 6 million homes we have in fuel poverty, many of them will


be on the worst deal. That is where I am critical. And if more dive


from the cold, is that a case of corporate manslaughter, as the MP


is suggesting? -- if it more die? do understand but it becomes a


distraction. There is a framework in which this market operates and I


would like to see MPs talking about the number of things that would


improve the plight of the fuel poor. Should the Government force the


companies to do something? I think they should do something that would


enable the energy companies to do something. If we look at the warm


hands discount that is about to be introduced, that is a good


initiative. But it is only going to pensioners on credit. We want to


see people in receipt of cold weather payments get that and that


would require legislation, which is a matter for government. You are an


adviser to government on this issue. It sounds like they have some way


to go? They have a long way to go. In addition to the warm homes


discount, we are about to have the green deal, which will add another


billion pounds to people's accounts, and we want to see that money spent


on insulation for the fuel poor. The only long-term sustainable


solution is insulating allow homes. Despite the fact we have some of


the best gas prices compared to northern Europe, we use too much


because too much of our heat escapes through the walls and


Windows. Thank you. We would love your thoughts on this


one and I will be reading them out before 7pm. Should energy companies


be held criminally responsible for people dying from a lack of


Does the Government have a duty to Rising energy bills will be the


talking point on this week's Politics Show. That is at 12pm.


Guests will include Karl Turner and Martin Vickers.


Coming up later, capture your life through a lens and help to create a


picture of Britain in just one day. An athlete from Grimsby who is


hoping to compete at the Olympics has been told he has lost its


funding from the UK Athletics. Richard Buck found out this week he


will not be supported in his bed but he has vowed to overcome the


problem. -- in his bid. Richard Buck is a determined young


man. The Grimsby-born athlete who spent part of his childhood growing


up near Hull received a hammer blow this week when his funding was


withdrawn. Give up? Not a chance. The fact I have not got that


backing just means every decision I make has to be the right one. It is


almost life and death so it has sharpened me up. Richard Buck


looking strong! Despite winning a medal at the European indoor


championships, rigid found himself up against a number of talented


runners when the money was handed out. -- Richard. Nonetheless, the


decision was unexpected. With all the other guys improving in the


event, it became difficult and tight and not through any fault of


Richard, he got squeezed out. It is not all gloomy news.


Lincolnshire Paralympic throwers here get some funding, as does


hammer throw Alex Smith, from Hull. By this time next week, which it


hopes to have a part-time job to make ends meet. With central


funding or not, this is a man determined to make it to London


2012. Some more news in brief. Six


Tornados from RAF Marham in Norfolk are to be withdrawn from operations


over Libya. The jets are, is stationed in Italy but will return


to their base near King's Lynn tonight. 10 Tornados will remain at


the Italian military base of the time being. Three remaining


Lincolnshire surveillance aircraft are to return of the weekend.


Two men have died in a car crash in Lincolnshire. The accident happened


on the A52 Fen Road near Donington last night. -- two women. Pamela


Moore and her sister, Eileen Williams, were both killed.


Teaching staff at Hull College are being asked if they want to take


voluntary redundancy. Up to 85 posts are said to be under threat.


The college has bases in Hull, Goole and Harrogate and says the


job losses are down to government funding cuts. The union says the


job losses are unnecessary. It is a question of whether or not they can


make salving -- savings elsewhere to carry the college forward


without the need to make further job losses and redundancies. There


has got to be natural wastage. People will be leaving in any case,


through retirement, changing jobs. Can we manage in a different way?


The Butterfly and Wildlife Park at Long Sutton is due to close because


of a drop in the number of visitors which has been blamed on the


economic downturn. The attraction will reopen in February for a short


period to include next year's spring and summer seasons. However,


30 staff will lose their jobs when the doors finally close next August.


Thank you for being in touch about how a story on the health workers


being given an extra day off for having the flu jab. 3,000 members


of staff have taken up the offer at the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle


Hill Hospital compared to just 600 at the same time last year. The


Trust says it will save lost working days in the long run.


We had a big response. Not surprisingly! Thank you for all


your texts and emails. James phoned in and said they were in a hospital


runaways are we should be mandatory Thank you for those. Still ahead,


why the flowers think the clocks have already gone back to spring.


And taking the mickey. The specially grown Lincolnshire


pumpkins lighting up Disneyland Don't forget, if you have got a


picture, do send it in. This was taken by Paul. A fabulous sum rise


at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. And the light has you can see was


lived in by Peter Scott. Good evening, Peter. You have been


very mean to me, but just to show there are no hard feelings, I will


give you some sunshine and you can top up your tan! Your all heart!


is going to be a lovely weekend. We are looking at variable amounts of


cloud but we are looking at sunshine as we have through


Saturday and Sunday. The pressure chart shows us we have some weather


runs over us on Saturday. It will not bring as much in the way of


rain until the afternoon, they you can see the eyes are bars closing


in, so we will turn rather breezy. -- the isobars. We will have plenty


of sunshine, so to end the day, we are looking at clear conditions. We


could have the odd spot of drizzle overnight tonight. East


Lincolnshire will stay dry and many of us will be dry overnight. Where


we have bigger cloud, we will have high is of 10 degrees. The sun will


rise at 8am tomorrow and set again at 5:40pm. These are the high ward


at times. -- high water at times. A cloudy and Pam start tomorrow. We


will see the sky clear ring tomorrow, leaving us with plenty of


sunshine. Through the afternoon, cloud will increase from the north-


west, but this band of rain will not arrive until after dark.


Temperatures are not too bad until Saturday. We are looking at about


12, 13 degrees. Sunday, again, we will see variable cloud and sunny


spells, but 10 in milder, at 16 If that goes horribly wrong, we


will have half a dozen pictures! We will have to retrain our other


As one of the warmest October is on record comes to the end this


weekend, Hallowe'en revellers cannot look towards spring time


temperatures. So far there has been no serious frost to kill off the


summer blooms and that has led to some surprising results in our


gardens. It is the time of year when our


gardens should be looking scary, but as Hallowe'en approaches, hot


autumn's mild weather is bringing Dennis Shaw's award-winning garden


is completely confused, these bedding plants should not be


flowering until spring. I am 68 and I have never seen it as good and as


happy as it is now in a garden. It looks beautiful. But at this time


of the year, it shouldn't. Some small back gardens, to beat


stately-home us. The weather is confusing everyone. Spring


daffodils are even curious to see what is happening. We have lots of


buds there still to come. Down here we have lovely flowers that are


still going strong. Normally we would have these indoors at this


time of year. It is not just the professionals who were rubbing


their heads, it is the end of October and the gardeners rule book


has been thrown out. The these were about to be pulled up because I


thought they had finished flowering, but when you look at them there are


lots of new buds on. It seems a shame to pull them out. I would


leave them a bit longer. The advice is to enjoy it while it lasts. As


the first serious frost, things could change overnight. I am


wondering why I have got flowers at this time of year, but that is


nature. But we will have to leave it at that. It looks nice. With


temperatures climbing higher towards Halloween, the colour of


summer shows no sign of ending just yet.


The world has gone mad. Some proof now that we are heading towards


winter because of the clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday.


Some relish the extra hour in bed but the East Yorkshire MP told the


House of Commons that it was a depressing ritual. Many millions of


people will be less happy than they could be as Britain is plunged into


darkness by early afternoon, following us putting our clocks


back. If we cannot have a debate, can we have action in future to end


this a necessary and depressing ritual. Just before it got dusky


this evening, I asked Greg Knight why he thinks that putting the


clocks back was so depressing. is depressing about it is how the


country has plunged into darkness by early afternoon. What I am


saying is that even if we have to change the clocks once the year,


let's move the hour on one hour so that we have an extra hour of


daylight in the evening. In Central European Time or what would that


basically mean to people watching tonight? It would mean that instead


of it getting dark at about 5:50pm in Bridlington it would get dark at


6:50pm. It would mean that people could do their shopping in the


daylight, children leaving school would have more playtime before it


gets dark. It would be a boost to tourism. But it would mean darker


mornings as children were going to school? It would indeed. That is


the downside of the coin. The Royal Society for the Prevention of


accidents say that they should not be a problem. Most morning journeys


are predictable, they are from home to work or home to school. It is


the afternoon and evening journeys which are unpredictable. People may


go shopping on their way home and therefore go on a stretch of road


they are not used to. Because of this, the Royal Society for the


Prevention of accidents say we would save about eight T Livesey


year. -- 80 Livesey year. Some people that this would -- some


people say this would affect the North of England and Scotland very


badly. I think it would be a great benefit to the East Coast.


Bridlington get starker 40 minutes before places like Bournemouth, it


is not just Scotland it is the west of the country. I think we should


try it as an experiment and if I am proved wrong, I would say that we


should go back. I think there are benefits for of the body.


-- for everybody. Do you like it the way it is or do


you back the change to Central European Time? Let me know what you


If you have ever thought about capturing your life on camera, then


a film that the BBC is making may inspire you. Britain In A Day aims


to capture a slice of life of people across the UK on November


12th. Capturing a private moment in time.


Here in China, it tie Chan and his dad a lighting incense in memory of


his mother, in Hampshire and meanwhile a journey to meet his dad


for a pint is what Jack chose to film for the life in a day project


on 24th July last year. Now you can get involved in Britain in a day --


Britain In A Day. The exciting thing about this project is that it


is normal people, it is not celebrities, it is not a glossy.


People will get a chance to upload their films and be a part of


something quite unique. The idea is to get as many people as possible


across the UK to film what they're doing on 12th November. I might do


an interview with my grandad, he is turning 90 near 12th November.


Hopefully if my little boy makes his first steps that will be one


thing. I would like to buy myself one of those little flip cameras,


they are about �30 now. The great thing about Britain In A Day is


that you do not need a posh television camera to take part, one


of these will do. The pictures can be just as good. The most important


thing is to get a story of a person's Dave. It is an emotional


project, reflecting life across Britain. Britain In A Day is for


everyone, your chance to be part of a national archive or maybe a


special film of the best bits to be broadcast ahead of next year's


Olympics. For more information you can go to


All about football teams are playing this weekend, he rather


details. Hull City travelled to Nottingham Forest. You will also be


able to hear about Scunthorpe United. The build-up to me both


matches starts at 1:30pm. Grimsby Town a take on Ashington at home.


Coverage of that will be on tab and also on the Web. Lincoln City's FA


Cup qualifying game is away at Alfreton Town. Coverage starts at


2pm. The players are showing that they have the appetite and really


we need to build a platform for the successes.


Enjoy your football this weekend. The time is running out for you to


nominate people in your community to you think make a difference of


three sport. Last year, Julie Norman who runs the Acorn Judo Club


in a Lincolnshire took the honours. The closing date for the entries


this year is on Sunday. There is not much time left to put someone


Yesterday on Look North week marked the 100 anniversary since Harry


Houdini performed in Hull. Here is what happened when a very modern


Houdini attempted to recreate one of his famous routines and he got


out alive. He grows 3 million pub in the year,


but this year David Bowman has been given a special task. He is to grow


pumpkins in the shape of some well- The pumpkin, it has been a symbol


of Hallowe'en for centuries. It has a bumpy, flesh like exterior and


perfect evil head Cobbing shape. Now, and you, contorted pumpkin has


been grown in the fields of Spalding, so scary it looks like...


A pumpkin shaped like a Mickey Mouse head. It is not scary at all.


There is good reason for it not to be too scary because pumpkin farmer,


Dave Bowman, has been asked by Mickey Mouse himself to grow the


pumpkins for Disneyland Paris. we have got here is a genuine


Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkin. It has been grown in a special mild. It


has been left to get on with it. This is a plastic mould, you place


the pumpkin in their and then you put the top on. Then you just


bought the whole thing together. Here is David collecting the


pumpkins from his fields. You can see Mickey Mouse's reaction. But


but are they convincing enough for the people of Spalding? It looks


like Minnie Mouse's head. It is Mickey Mouse. It is Mickey Mouse.


Is that natural? Big cheeks. Yes, they are. It is possible that we


could be looking at the start of a new period -- at the start of the


New Era of pumpkin growing. Finally, let's recap the main


national and regional headlines. Sentenced to life, a Vincent Tabak


is a jailed for the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates.


There are calls for energy companies to be charged with


corporate manslaughter if people die this winter because they cannot


afford to heat their homes. The Wood for tomorrow, mostly dry


and sunny spells throughout the morning. There may be rain later in


the day. On the subject of fuel bills,


hammered says that we will all suffer this winter because the


reluctant -- the government is reluctant to impose any fines on


the energy companies. Paul says, I work for one of the


big six companies and your coverage infuriates me. The cost of fuel has


increased substantially and it has to be passed on to the customer.


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