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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Pothole problems could get worse as councils struggle to find the money
to repair the roads before winter. Their is about �10.5 billion needed
to bring the Highways up to the proper standard. Local government
on its own cannot afford that. A jury hears prosecution claims
that Grimsby man Adam Vincent was murdered by a drug gang - the trial
begins against five men accused of Remembering the fallen - People
across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire pay their respects on
Armistice Day. And the local landmark that's reopening its doors
after a multi-million pound facelift. It has been another
overcast day-to-day. Will there be any sunshine over the weekend? I
They're the bane of many drivers' lives and now the budget for
repairing potholes in Lincolnshire needs to be doubled in order to
mend all the county's roads. The County Council has �27 million to
deal with the problem and says it's working hard to fix all the worst
holes before winter. It comes amid calls for the Government to
increase the amount it gives councils for repairs as the
national bill runs into billions of pounds. Siobhan Robbins reports.
They're the holes in the road which are leaving huges dents in council
budget. And as winter approaches, we're warned the problem is only
going to get worse. Over the whole of the country at last year, there
were 2.2 million potholes filled. You can see the scale of the
problem when you look at last year. The chances are that with another
severe winter, it will be worse this time. Pot holes cost councils
millions each year. This year, Hull has �1.7 million to fix the problem.
With over 5000 miles of road, the bill facing Lincolnshire is bigger
than most. We could do with double the allocation we have been given.
That would bring things back to where we would like to see them.
Realistically, the budget is finite. The county council and the
government have been generous to us as a county and I think we have
made good use of it allocation which has been given over the last
12 months. How When snow and ice melt, this is often what's left
behind. An issue Beverley Hawthorn knows only too well after potholes
caused an accident outside her house in Brant Brawton.
A man went into the hole and his tyre burst. He was lucky he was not
seriously hurt. And it's not just affecting councils - damage from
potholes costs drivers �320 million a year. I would have said it on a
vehicle older than five years, you could see make �200 pair up MoT
added purely in suspension work. The problem's so costly there are
now calls for more Government cash to sort them out. We estimate about
�10.5 billion needed to bring highways up to the proper standards.
Local government on its own cannot afford that. We need national
solutions to national problems. Lincolnshire County Council says
it's fixed the worst holes but another bad winter could mean
pouring more money into the ground. I'm joined this evening by Duncan
McClure Fisher from Potholes UK which campaigns on behalf of
drivers. Do you have any sympathy with the local authorities? They're
telling us they are putting more money into this but they have a
battle on their hands. They have a responsibility to repair the roads
and keep them at an adequate standard. It is not unreasonable
for drivers to expect roads to the pot hole free. One of the big
problems is that drivers are not reporting the potholes and we want
to highlight that and encourage drivers to report potholes on the
Council website or on our less sex, to make sure the council was aware
of it and they are repaired. We had freak weather last year and are
expecting it again this year. Local councils will say that in austerity
they have to prioritise. Then they do but I think what will happen is
that as divers damage their cars, they will have to pay for the
repairs. They will have an opportunity to claim money back
from the councils and councils will be paying drivers for damage caused
to the cars or they will be paying the roads. Either way, there is
cost associated with it. They have a responsibility. In their
deadlines, it says how quickly they will repair roads. The problem is a
lot of the smaller roads are not checked that often. They may only
be checked once the here and that is why it is up to the drivers to
ensure the council was aware of that. We do all have a role to play
in this and need to speak out. It is not just cars. There is the
damage to cars and we see that through warranty repairs but there
is also the cyclists. They have the problem of head and potholes where
you have a big pot hole and if it has been raining, it can cause a
lot more than monetary damage to the cyclist. Thank you.
There will be more on this and an interview with Lincoln MP Karl
McCartney on car insurance fraud on The Politics Show this weekend.
That's with Tim Iredale on BBC1 this Sunday at the later time of
3:10pm. We'd love to hear what you think about this issue. Have you
fallen foul of the potholes and In a moment: Taking charge - the
young people trying out top jobs across our region.
The jury has been sworn in at Sheffield Crown Court in the trial
of five men accused of murdering Grimsby man Adam Vincent. Mr
Vincent's body parts were found at two sites in Northern Lincolnshire.
The jury was told that on 3rd March this year, birdwatchers and found a
human leg. It belonged to Adam Vincent. His body had been cut into
six parts and was discovered across Lincolnshire by police. For the
prosecution, Tom Baylis QC told the jury Adam Vincent had been murderd
by a drug gang, He said Lee Griffiths, his sons Luke and Tom,
his stepson Mark Jackson and fellow drug dealer Matthew Frow killed him
after they suspected him of stealing more than �5,000 and
talking to police. All five deny murder. The prosecution said Adam
Vincent was a drug addict and did some small time dealing for the
gang, with which he was also living. Mr Bayliss QC said the gang began
to physically abuse him for two weeks which ended in his death. The
jury heard Mr Vincent died from at least three blows to the head but
had suffered numerous injuries before including fractured ribs and
bruising. Pellets from an air rifle were also found in his body. The
five men and another, Andrew Lusher, also deny perverting the course of
justice. The prosecution said the men conspired to dispose and
conceal the dismembered body of Adam Vincent.
The prosecution say they hired a van with the purpose of disposing
of the remains. Samples taken from the banner matched the DNA profile
of Adam Vincent and the ban was also seen at near Tetbury loch
where the remains were discovered. There are still six defences to be
heard at so it is thought the trial may continue until the new year.
Mourners have gathered in Wakefield for the funeral of a police officer
from East Yorkshire who died on the M1 last month. 40-year-old Mark
Goodlad from Goole worked as a traffic officer for West Yorkshire
Police. He was helping a woman whose car had broken down when he
was hit by a lorry. The sister of a Hull man, whose
body was discovered in the city's mortuary 11 years after a different
body was buried in his place, says she wants experts to officially
identify him. Christopher Alder died in police custody in Hull in
1998. His sister Janet, seen here on the left, says she's been told
by South Yorkshire police who are investigating the mix up that it's
only been possible to identify his body by a tattoo.
Humberside Police's Chief Constable says he's concerned about what a
cut in Home Office funding could mean for Police Community Support
Officers. Around two thirds of the force's 332 community support
officers are paid for by a government grant which ends in less
than two years. Jake Zuckerman has more.
For three years now, PCSO Tracey Parkinson has been patrolling the
Holderness Road area of Hull. A familiar face, and point of contact
for the local community, helping to prevent and detect crime. I have
spoken to people who do not always want to pick up the telephone and
they will say in passing, can I speak to you? I don't want to get
involved but... They will want to tell you something. If they pick up
the phone, they are automatically involved and going further than
they wanted to go. But now concerns have been raised about the future
of the force's community support officers. Currently two thirds of
the funding is ringfenced by Government and can't be used for
anything else. But that protection comes to an end in March 2013.
will then have to make a decision over how we continue to affords
hour police committee support officers. It will be an issue for
the newly-elected police commissioners. They will have the
decision of as to whether they need to get additional local funding to
maintain that level of policing. Her Many who live in the area
patrolled by Tracey, have come to value the work she and her
colleagues do. I think they are a good thing. It takes a lot of
pressure off the other place. think there should be more of them.
You do not see a lot of them. sure a lot of people would miss
them. Ultimately the future of community policing will depend on
the new elected police and crime commissioner, and where they decide
the force's money is best spent. Thanks for all your messages about
the story on the traders campaigning against a proposed
The Cape Scunthorpe or live groups say it would damage the high street
trade and the company behind it has defended its plans and welcomed the
interest from Marks & Spencer but has raised serious concerns about
the impact on town-centre businesses and parking on the site.
Here are a few of your thoughts on Still ahead tonight: The hottest
ticket in town, hopes that a sell- out crowd at the KC stadium will
boost England's chances against New Zealand. Renovated and revamped
after a multi-million pound facelift the local landmark that's
Our picture tonight as definitely got the awwww! Factor, sent in by
Colin Pumfrett of a seal pup at Donna Nook.
It has been rather cloudy, grey and damp. It appears there will be a
little bit of Brian us through the weekend. On Saturday we will see
the bright this. Some clout to start but brightening up later on.
We have this cold front which will bring us rain, bringing clearer at
afterwards. That is the chance for Saturday afternoon of sunshine.
Cloud coming in again on Sunday. The satellite picture says it all
today, damp and dismal. We do have some drizzle at the moment but
later tonight a heavier band of rain, persistent rain just about
clearing the coast. Temperatures at 10 or 11 degrees, with the wind up
fresh towards the coast. At 722 m tomorrow the sunrise, setting just
after 4pm. So, tomorrow it will be a cloudy, dull and damp started the
day. It turns dry as we head towards lunchtime, the cloud will
gradually thinner from the West as we head towards the afternoon. We
will keep a fair bit of clout, but there will be some bright and sunny
spells. -- Clow old. Temperatures higher than today, around 14 or 15
degrees. Pleasant with just a gentle breeze from the south. The
cloud will swing back up from the south over the weekend, Sunday will
be a drizzly start, the best of any prime this will be a way from the
Thousands of people in our region paid their respects today to those
who lost their lives in military action. Veterans attended Armistice
Day services across the area. At 11:00am a two-minute silence was
It is very important, we should always remember. With conflicts
going on it is right and proper. is getting bigger every year and
show it it should, these man laid their lives on the line. Many
people have a link to people in key military through the family.
Meanwhile two men in Bridlington have produced a book about the
town's war heroes. It features all soldiers, sailors and airmen listed
on the town's Cenotaph. Anne Marie Tasker reports.
334 names, each with a story to tell. The history of these man
brought together in a book telling their lives. The research started
in June 2002. I thought all of them, all of the serviceman who gave
their lives, have been forgotten. I decided to research them all.
and his colleague Mike painstakingly gathered personal
stories and photographs, taking information from headstones and
memorials in Belgium and France to help peace together this special
book. We have found parents, schools, the address where being
listed went to serve. Where they fought, and because they are on the
Cenotaph where they died. It tells a tale of the impact that war had
on many families and the losses they suffered as a result. People
are losing three sons, imagine losing three sons. All officers,
obviously destined for good things in civilian life. None of them
making it, it must have been devastating. It is hoped this book
of Bridlington's war heroes will bring more to the names on the
Cenotaph. Anne Marie is at the City of all for us, what is happening
there tonight? It is bustling tonight, the inaugural Festival of
Remembrance. A night of music ending in a last night of the Proms
* finale. Also messages played tonight, sent by soldiers from our
region in Afghanistan. We can show you some now, private Phillips from
Grimsby starting. A I would like to say to my mum, my stepfather, my
two brothers, my step siblings, don't worry too much. We are in
good hands and have had good training prior to our deployment.
want to say hello to my dad, my mum and the rest of my family. I cannot
wait to see you. The second message was from Keighley Preston. A monks
the messages which will be shown tonight, in a celebration of what
will be the 19th anniversary of the British Legion. I am joined by Alan
from the British Legion, a very special night. Our 19th anniversary,
we hoped to continue for another 19 years. Fund-raising is the thing
which really counts this evening. Yes, we are spending �1.4 million
per year on the funds for the X officers, it is very important.
awful lot of money and it will carry on through the weekend.
have a tank in East Park tomorrow afternoon, and we are hoping many
people will arrive and fill up the poppy buckets. The crowds are now
arriving for what will be a very Two former Hull FC stars pit their
wits against each other when England play New Zealand at the KC
Stadium tomorrow. Steve McNamara and Stephen Kearney are the
respective coaches of both countries. The game has received
the ringing endorsement of local fans who have bought nearly every
seat for the game. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has been
finding out why this game matters so much. This man could not believe
his luck when this game and his holiday coincided. Paul Lamb bred
with rugby. I think it is what you are brought up with. -- born and
bred with rugby. It is a rugby town, it always has been and always will
be. It looks like they will get a good crowd. The end you have the
two coaches, this is Steve McNamara of England when he was playing at
Hull FC. 24,000 absolutely fanatical sports fans, from a red
and white and black and white, also has some soccer fans will come.
They can make a difference. The end that there is New Zealand's Tom
Mann, he starred in 2005. They very fond memories of my time there. I
am looking forward to the game there. By all accounts it will be a
really big crowds and we know what it is like when it is full. I am
sure the lads will enjoy it. Seven matches in this four nation series,
but this game promises to be the best of the lot.
If you're planning to go to tomorrow's game, BBC Radio
Humberside will have all of the build up. There will also be full
match commentary from the KC Stadium from 6pm on 95.9 FM
Football fans will get the chance to listen to Scunthorpe United's FA
Cup tie at Wimbledon. Saturday Sport gets underway at 1.30pm
tomorrow. Grimsby Town's cup tie at Port Vale will be on 1485am and DAB
from 3. 1000 such young people have had the opportunity to try out top
jobs, part of the annual takeover day, an annual event to show the
positive contribution children can make to society. Sarah corker has
been to find out what it is like when they trailed and are in charge.
From taking over your local council to running the school. Today it is
the kids calling the shots. Takeover day is when a 50,000 young
people get to see what it is like to be boss for the day. I am 19
years old, called Sarah and I am taking over the council. The they
have been out on patrol in the streets of Grimsby to decide what
they would do to improve the area. A lot of litter around, and I would
get rid of graffiti. From deciding how to design the town took
managing an aquarium. It is hoped the day has given the young people
a taste of work. My name is Jack, I will be your junior guide. This is
a green more ideal for stock refreshing not only for the staff,
but for the young people. He in Bridlington the people got a crash
course as life as a bobby on the beat. In Grimsby it is time to hand
back control to the grown ups. it is it like being the boss?
love being in charge. Take a good look at his locks, they could be
the ones running things in the future. -- these are not. Let's
move on to our final story, a Scunthorpe landmark has reopened
night following a multi-million- pound refit. The hall has seen
appearances by top bands including the Kinks and status quo. Also a
place where local couples have met and love has blossomed. It has been
a Scunthorpe landmark since 1931, but remaining here has been a
battle. It has been plagued with threats of closure and demolition
since 2003. But those attempts failed and now the town is about to
say what a �50 million facelift can bring. Among the first is it our
Alan and Joan. Today the hall could not be more important. The first
time I met her was here. He asked me if we were dancing. That was it!
Fantastic isn't it? Mind-boggling. Absolutely. We have retained some
of the outside walls, internally nothing remains of the previous
building. This is a complete new- build project. The people I have
spoken to say they have learned to swim here, learned to dance here.
What we are looking to do his capture some of that spirit, so
people who come to the events now will create memories for the future
to add to those of the previous building. The building continues to
survive, but it means Alan and Joan have all the more reason to keep
Good luck to all of the team at the hall as they relaunched this
evening. A recap of the national and regional headlines. Millions
for silent across the country to remember those who gave their lives.
And council say they need more money to meet the costs of
repairing potholes in time for winter. A cloudy start tomorrow, a
little drizzle before brightening up in the afternoon. Maximum damage
of 14 degrees Celsius and 75 Fahrenheit. Thank you for your
messages on the topic of potholes. Dave in Boston says "no excuse for
not maintain the roads, we pay a tax as motorists to cover
maintenance costs." another says: "if they did the job right in the
first place and used the correct materials they would not be the