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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
A pioneering new approach to child obesity in Lincolnshire.
The plate that states how much our children should be eating. He would
get half that sort of size. She would get a full one. That is all
they get. Safety concerns after P&O announce
plans to re-register its Hull passenger ferries abroad. All my
life in Parliament, I have fought against flags of convenience. They
are not as safe. Putting their skills to the test.
Firefighters training in tough conditions ready for challenging
rescues. The One Show's Matt Baker brings
the latest leg of his epic rickshaw challenge to Lincolnshire.
And will the sunshine still be with A radical scheme to cut child
obesity is being pioneered in Lincolnshire. All four-year-olds
starting school will be given a small plate to guide them as to how
much food they really need. The county has more overweight and
obese children than the national average, with more than 14% of 4
and 5-year-old children being overweight. By the time they leave
primary school, this figure has risen to more than 19%. NHS
Lincolnshire is issuing 7,000 of the so-called "me size" plates this
year to try to reverse this trend. Our correspondent, Vicky Johnson
reports. These 4 and 5-year-olds at St
John's Community Infants near Lincoln are being measured and
weighed, like all new school starters across the country.
They'll be monitored again when they leave at 11. Current figures
show by then, around 20% of them will be overweight. Health
officials are convinced that introducing these new small plates
will help control both portion size and their weight. And there is a
plate for you. This is about getting parents to think about how
to give their children the right amount.
But most parents we spoke to already realised that young
children need much smaller portions. How do you gauge how much to give
your child? I would give two slices to him. She would get a whole one,
all topped up. These plates are just the latest
initiative to tackle the obesity epidemic. There is now more funding
for hot school meals, workshops on healthy eating and fit kid
programmes across the region. Individual schools are doing their
bit too. We try to keep that element of fun going throughout the
school. Further Upper School, we have all sorts of equipment and
innovative approaches. These little ones are slim, fit and
raring to go. The challenge for us all is to help keep them that way.
Tam Fry is from the National Obesity Forum and he joins me now.
Tam, are these portion control plates a good idea? I think they
are very good idea. What a Lincolnshire is doing is to try and
blend of what happens at home with what happens at school. You can do
all you can as cool -- at school, but then what happens at home?
Giving the plate for the children to take home gives parents an idea.
I thoroughly approve of. But all these years, parents have managed
perfectly well. The greater proportion of mothers and fathers
have managed. But there is a significant minority who really do
not have a good idea of a child reading and how much it to give
children. -- child to a reading. Should are the plays be given to
every child or just the overweight ones? They should be given to every
child, otherwise have there is a stigma attached. You may lose a
little bit of money on it, but you when I read in the end because
everyone is treated the same way. can almost hear some parents
screaming at the television when they hear this. Can you imagine
them doing that? It is the nanny state gone mad. People can scream
at television sets as much as they like, but they have to understand
that the schools and the NHS are doing this as good advice. They are
not insisting that the plates are used. We think that these plates
are perhaps more appropriate than the plates children might normally
have, which could be large and full of food. Very interesting to talk
to you. Thank you for joining us. And we are interested to know what
you think about this one. Is it a good idea or a waste of money? Get
In a moment. From lonely and isolated to
confident and sociable. How a youth scheme supported by Children in
Need is helping to bring teenagers out of their shell.
The Hull MP Karl Turner has demanded an urgent meeting with the
ferry company P & O after it decided to re-register two of its
passenger ferries which sail out of the city's docks. The Pride of York
and the Pride of Hull are currently UK registered, but will soon fly
the flag of the Bahamas. The company says it's trying to save
money on staff pay, but Mr Turner says he's worried about safety and
the rights of workers. In a moment, we'll hear from him, but first
here's our Business Correspondent Paul Murphy.
The Daily arrival and departure of the ferries in Hull has been a
common sight for more than 40 years. The impending changes that to most
of the state are subtle but important. Many ferries will be
registered, not in the UK, but in the Bahamas. It means that the
company can avoid European employment law if. Under new
European laws, P&O are required to pay all staff the same rate for the
same job. In a statement, P&O said Take-off the pride that. It is not
the pride of Hull. I spent all my see life fighting this sort of
thing. People have died under these are flags of convenience ships.
Maritime the unions believe it is bad news for British jobs.
Government needs to look again at seafaring and British jobs. One of
the consequences of not being on the British register means that P&O
will not be under the tonnage tax register and it not duty-bound to
train up British sailors. Concerns are already being expressed about
the ethics of unequal pay. Hull MP Karl Turner says he's
extremely concerned. Many people who live and work in my
constituency will be affected by this. This is a blatant attempt by
P&O Ferries to get round the employment legislation, long
established employment laws, which protect workers. It is also an
attempt to circumvent health and safety laws, which is very worrying
to people who use those ferries. Different flags, it is commonplace,
no big deal? It might well be commonplace, but the management who
I have spoken to today, they have accepted this is an attempt to get
around employment law and they are worried about increasing cost and
wages bills. That is a massive concern to me. Are you saying that
safety is at risk? Absolutely, I am saying that safety is potentially
at risk. In 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster happened.
We have learned a lot from that disaster since then. Lots of
employment and health and safety legislation has found its way onto
the statute book as a result of that. You say you do not want to be
scare mongering, but you said today that you would not sail on one of
these ferries if they were registered like this, you would not
risk your safety. Isn't that irresponsible? It is not
irresponsible, I mean what I have I have had reassurances from the
management today that they do not intend to sack any workers, but I
am concerned that this is about driving costs down which can only
have one result. But we are trying to attract people to Hull, should
they register in the Bahamas or move out of Hull? There is a ferry
terminal in Hull, I doubt very much that P&O are planning to do
anything but sail from Hull. But it is very concerning to me for the
reasons that I have talked about. But P&O need to do all they can to
survive. P&O told me that this is an attempt to get around employment
laws. That is very worrying to me. Thank you very much indeed. Do you
agree or disagree with those The girlfriend of a man who died
after leaving a Lincoln nightclub has told an inquest that door staff
ignored her warnings that he wasn't able to breathe. 23-year-old
William Pleasants was removed by bouncers from the Engine Shed venue
three years ago after getting into an argument. Victoria Nichol told
the inquest in Lincoln that Mr Pleasants wasn't put into the
recovery position until emergency services arrived at the scene. The
More than 10 areas of the Court of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire
have been proposed for special protection from dredging, and
pollution. The Government says it has had delays on advice.
There were major hold ups during tonight's rush-hour as bomb
disposal experts dealt with the suspect object. Dodington ward was
closed after the object was uncovered. It was revealed to be
scrap-metal. A 16-year-old from Hull says a
charity funded by Children In Need has transformed her life. Rachel
Lawson's attention deficit disorder led to a been bullied. That has
changed. Thanks to visit Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise.
I live near Kingswood. I used to get bullied down my street. I have
not been out to place since I was nine. That made me feel bad because
I felt I was isolated. When I was in year five, I was diagnosed with
attention deficit disorder. I was treated like cannot weekend before
that. It made me lose my confidence. It made everything like a living
hell. I started going to a youth and media club at Bransholme
Community Arts Enterprise. It has helped me so much. We do lots of
photography and to make stuff. are we doing today? We have
costumes. This benefits the K Irons in ways that are beyond what can be
described. The kids who come here, this is the only social thing they
do. I'm going to the club and it changes the way I feel. I do not
have to worry about people thinking I am weird. Everyone here is the
same. I have been able to meet new people. My confidence has built up.
This club and the other clubs like it are really important. It helps
them feel like a regular part of society. Her story and it is
Still ahead, staying with Children In Need, a welcome for the one show
presenter Matt Baker as he travels through Lincolnshire on his right
shot challenge. Here is the apology. Is then
appalled on the line? I heard that. What do you mean has she got it
wrong? I got that or cast drawn. They headline it is one of variable
cloud. Sunshine will be fake. After days of dark skies, we had some sun.
That has swept across all parts. I am sure we will not get it right
tomorrow but we will try our best. This dry area is bringing moister
and that is causing cloud to redevelop. It is colder than last
The sun will rise at 739. It will be a mixed bag in the morning. The
cloud will come and go but there is every chance we will get these
breaks from time to time. Thursday looks nice. Quite a bit of sunshine
coming through. It was the clouds called for going in the wrong
place? The weather goes wrong.
Thanks for being in touch about the reduction of speed limits. Many
villages will see speed limits drop Thank you for doors.
Firefighters from Immingham have been testing their rescue skills at
a quarry. They have been practising that more unusual scenarios
involving water, mud and drops. Hard work and teamwork are vital
during a rescue but it is not often that these men get the chance to
practise saving lives. This team of fire fighters are using the site to
try out their rescue skills and a number of situations. We are faced
with lots of challenging muddy areas around the Humber. There are
lots -- it there is lot of mud around. This is a or by four of raw
track. It is rough terrain. The fire fighters say these are perfect
surroundings to test their skills. It gives us the chance to work in
realistic environments. You get a sense of satisfaction that we eat
you are trained to the best of your ability. These are the scenarios we
find people trapped in. This is Utopia. Training like this usually
does not come cheap and with a tightening budget, they would not
be able to afford it. The company that run the site has offered it
for free for will stop we are offering something back to the
locals by training for the fire brigade. It is hoped that the next
time someone needs this help, this rescue service will be prepared.
Yorkshire cricket has sacked three of its long-serving coaches
following relegation from Division One. Martyn Moxon survives with the
backing of the board and his team will be boosted by the addition of
Australian Jason Gillespie. They have given me their support. I
thank them for that support. There is no one more disappointed by has
been relegated. Hull City say they plan to issue a statement about
their manager's position this evening. It is expected to confirm
net Barmby as caretaker manager Anthony offer some clarity on Nigel
Pearson's move. The one show presenter Matt Baker
brought his epic Children In Need right shot Challenge tour part of
the world today. This morning, he arrived in East Yorkshire before
heading to Lincolnshire. Through gritted teeth, Matt Baker
is making steady progress. His challenge briefly stopping or
unimportant break in Goole. It has been the most difficult day of the
challenge so far. Here when a few familiar faces, his grandfather and
his sister who lives in Hull. feeling that fatigue now. If he
says he will do something, he will do it. If he is on crutches, he
will make it. Every day has had challenges, the miles, injuries. I
have been up and down. Pushing two extremes is what Matt Baker is all
about. As a gymnast, he represented England. As a Blue Peter presenter,
he broke records. On strictly, he danced his way to the final. As in
Goole this morning, supporters have been out in force. It is fantastic.
He can consume 9,000 calories a day and look like that, I am jealous.
The support is unbelievable. People have been lining the streets from
here to end borough and have been throwing money at me. Along the way,
Matt has collected passengers. It makes the right shop feel like the
brakes are on. He is now heading for Lincolnshire and the flatter
landscape should prove easier. Matter is expected in linking later.
Where is he? He should be here by now. It has been an incredibly
difficult day. We have heard he is in a bit of pain. This challenge is
proving more difficult than many people had got. When he arrives,
there is a big crowd here. He is our national president and we
cannot wait to greet him. What you think about what he has done?
amount he has raised his amazing. Let us try to make a million.
is confident he can make that Television Centre on Friday. He has
already raised almost half a million times. As he continues to
more or, he will no doubt be hoping to raise more. Let us hope they do
not have to wait too long. A teenager from Scunthorpe has made
it through to the final of Australia a's version of the X
Factor. Reece Mastin moved to Adelaide with his parents 10 years
ago. He is now through to the finals which will be held on Monday
night. Good luck to them. Let us have a recap.
A backlash against the rise of fuel prices, more than 100 MPs backed a
petition. That the plague that states how
much our children should eat. Top temperatures of 11 Celsius. Our
response coming in on that radical scheme to shut -- Cup Children's of
Another says it is not be any use telling children what to eat. It is
the parents' fault. It needs to start pre-school.