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Oldham's a look not. A headlines: - - a welcome to Look North. 13 years
after his death, Christopher Alder's family get an apology from
the government. There were people responsible that have not been held
accountable. Local MPs said the government will write off part of
the Humber Bridge debt, and that could mean lower tolls.
The number of young drivers failing breath tests go up, and police show
the consequences of drink-driving. And from Scunthorpe to Sydney. The
teenager who has got the Australian X Factor.
There's a big improvement to come with our weather. More details
coming up. Good evening. After 13 years, the
family of Christopher Hall -- Christopher Alder have received a
landmark apology from the government. It has agreed to pay
them compensation after the former soldier collapsed and died in a
Hull police station in 1998. I will be asking the former Home Secretary
Alan Johnson why it has taken so long. Vicky Johnson has this report
first. Janet told a's life has been
dominated by her brother's best 13 years ago. She has conducted a
tireless campaign to find out how Christopher died in police custody.
Today, the government issued an unprecedented apology. Numerous
farmers are still fighting for justice -- a new Ms Families. There
has been no accountability. People seem to not believe police officers
are capable of doing one. So CCTV pictures captured the final minutes
of the eight former paratrooper's life in 1998. Officers in the
custody suite at Queen's Gardens police station simply stood by and
watched. Fire officers were charged back in 1999 with misconduct, but
the trial was postponed until after the inquest, which happened in 2000,
when the jury decided Christopher had been unlawfully killed. Five
Humberside Police officers were charged with manslaughter. During
their trial in 2002, those charges were dropped, and they were cleared
of all offences. The following year, or five officers were clear after
facing disciplinary action. It took continuing pressure from the Alder
family before the IPCC issued a highly critical report questioning
the independence and effectiveness of previous investigations. This
led to an apology from the Humberside force in 2006. The time
is right for me publicly to apologise to the family of
Christopher Alder for our failure to treat Christopher with
sufficient compassion and to the desired standard. They all the
family and their legal team have been fighting for years to have
their case head in the European Court of Human Rights -- the all
the family. The government admitted it had breached its obligations in
Regatta preserving life and ensuring no one is subjected to
inhuman or degrading treatment. bringing the case to the European
Court, the government had been forced into this position of making
his admissions. We want to know what will change for the future.
The family have scored a landmark victory over the government. Their
most pressing concern now is to establish how Christopher's body
recently turned up in a mortuary 11 years after his very public funeral.
The Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson joins me now. Good evening.
Why has it taken the family so long to get an apology from the
government? It has taken a long time to get the case head in
Strasbourg. Things move at a very slow pace. The family pushed for
that to go to Strasbourg. The government made what is called a
unilateral declaration, which is practically unheard of. They
apologised on behalf of on the side believes, but also recognised this
breach of Christopher Alder's civil rights. Not just in terms of what
happened to him, but also that there had been no independent and
effective investigation. There should have been a public inquiry
into this. That is what I and colleagues were pushing for, but it
never happened. We never have really got to the bottom of what
happened. Was that nothing more you could have done when you were home
secretary? Well, no, because by that time, we had had the High
Court case, the IPCC investigation. Christopher Alder's sons brought
civil proceedings against Humberside Police. The Attorney-
General had ruled they should be no public inquiry. The family were
left to pursue this through Strasbourg, with the result we have
just seen. An apology is one thing, but nobody has been held
accountable for Christopher's death. Shouldn't the officers involved
face action? We have been through this. They were accused of misuse
of public office. It carries a similar penalty to manslaughter. We
have no control over the courts, and that is quite right. The judge
halted the trial. The judge ordered the police officers to be believed.
I am a defender on the -- I am a defender of the police and many
things. Humberside Police have done great work in recent years. Nobody
in the force has any doubt that something was dreadfully wrong. We
have still not got to the bottom of this. The family have battled on
through the most terrible circumstances. I hope his
unilateral declaration is some recognition of what went wrong.
thank-you for your time. In a moment: Calls for changes to
border controls after a drink- driver who killed a woman in
Lincolnshire is revealed to be a convicted killer in his home
country. Local MPs said the government is
planning to write off a substantial part of the massive Humber Bridge
debt in a move which could bring down the told charges. Paul Murphy
joins us. What would be the impact if this goes ahead? The only impact
that matters to local people and businesses is that beetles will be
reduced. If the debt is reduced, so is the interest and so are the
tolls. I am told that tolls could go down for a single car to around
�1.50, so half of what they are at the moment. The MPs that were in
that meeting from the Humber have described the meeting as a bit of a
turning point and said they made progress. The meeting we have had
today, we are very positive about it. I think we have got some very
good news coming in the not-too- distant future. I think we have won
the argument about the economic impact of these tours and I think
we need to sit it out for a few days. This sounds like very good
news tonight. What have local businesses said? One of the most
compelling argument for reducing the tolls has come from business
and industry in the Humber. They would like to see them around the
warm palms 50 mark, or abolished altogether. -- Enron the one pound
50 Mac. Facing the economy could be greatly boosted. If we could get �1,
that would generate �500 million worth of the economic benefits over
25 years. With the renewables opportunities as well, we might be
heading for up to half a billion pounds worth of benefit to the
economy. All we really know is that the government is going to look at
the way to reduce the debt, to reduce the interest rates, bring
down the tolls. We hope the detail will emerge next Tuesday, when the
Chancellor makes his Autumn Statement. Thank you very much.
This is a story we have followed and we will continue to follow it.
An inquest has opened into the death of a Red Arrows pilot who
died at RAF Scampton. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died
when his ejection seat went off while his Hawkeye job was that on
the ground. The main parachute did not open. -- his Hawk jet was on
the ground. His funeral will take place next week in Coventry.
The Coastguard Agency in Bridlington will stay open for 24
hours. The station at Great Yarmouth will close by 2015.
Eight that the man who was found guilty of causing the death of a
woman in Boston by dangerous driving was already a convicted
murderer in his home country -- a Latvian man. Valentina Planciunene
died when her moped was knocked into the path of an oncoming
vehicle by a car driven by Intars Pless. In 1994, he was convicted of
murdering a drinking companion in Latvia, using an axe.
Lincolnshire's Euro-MP, Roger Helmer, is calling for a change to
immigration law. I spoke to him before we came on the air. I asked
him if cases like this are inevitable. I am afraid this is the
problem. I agree with your view was, who I am sure are saying we should
not allow foreign meddlers into what our country, but we have to
say, how will we stop them -- foreign murderers. We cannot run
detailed background criminal record checks on everybody coming in. I am
not sure how practical it would be. The border agency says the onus is
on the country where the criminal record lies, with the police there.
They will not be able to telos, will make? I suppose they could,
but it would involve setting up a substantial bureaucracy that would
have to keep track of all the criminals who had been released in
that country and controlling their exit. I think there would be eight
fighting me difficult and expensive thing to do. Should Britain refuse
permission to people with a criminal record of this kind to?
answer would be yes, but I still wonder how we can identify them.
should not be that difficult to summon has a criminal record -- it
should not be. Imagine you are run officer in a port or airport.
Thousands of people walk past you every day. How do you establish if
any of them have a criminal record? I travel all the time, and you see
vast crowds going to and fro. I can imagine how you would check every
one. It is a very difficult situation. We do not want to let
these people in. We have to find a practical way of stopping them.
What is the answer? Do you have won? I do not. I would like to see
closer co-operation between police forces. There may be a way of
getting some kind of database of serious offenders and linger need
to digital passport information. That could be a solution -- linking
it to passport information. Thank- you. The Roger Helmer.
Should there be a way of stopping convicted criminals entering this
I look forward to hearing from you. Responses before we finish. Thank
you for watching. Still ahead tonight: It's been at the heart of
a village for more than a century, now this Lincolnshire landmark has
And the teenager from Scunthorpe who fought off all the competition
Tonight photograph was taken by sue. Some stunning autumnal colours.
Thank you very much for that. Good evening, young man. Hello, Peter.
Carol says we saw Peter in the supermarket with a film crew
pretending to be working but we think he was buying fake tan cream.
What were you doing? Just that! Only joking. Let's look at the
headliner for the next 24 hours. It is brighter. At long last getting
rid of this dull and drab weather. Tomorrow it will be brighter with
This run of westerlies will be with us into early December. It is a
significant change to the weather we have been having so far in
November. There is the weather front, it has been erratically
pushing south-east woods. There is cloud around. It is still misty but
the weather front will go into the North Sea in the next few hours
with skies clearing across our region. A different feel by the end
of the night, a ground frost in rural places we one Celsius below.
One or two of you may be scraping - So, a cold in places frosty start
otherwise a lovely day, dry and bright with long spells of sunshine.
They will be areas of cloud on a freshening south-westerly wind. A
lovely day were the you are. The top afternoon temperatures, a
little about -- above average for the time of year. 10 or possibly 11
degrees Celsius. Looking further ahead, some rain to come on
Thursday night, otherwise it looks like fine weather with temperatures
by Friday back to normal. An e-mail from Carol, I would like
to nominate Paul to carry the Olympic torch. This, if he is not
on holiday! She has the measure of you! Yes, there must be one Jew.
Young drivers still aren't getting the drink drive message -
Humberside Police say young drivers continue to fail breath tests.
Today they challenged a rally driver to drive under the influence
to highlight the dangers. Leanne This is what happens when you drink
I couldn't drive. I feel giddy. Martin is an experienced rally
driver and today his reaction times were tested before and after a
drink. I thought I would break at the same time but it was two or
three metres out. He is a racing driver. He ploughed into that war
after a pint. It is quite shocking how easy it is to misjudge the
braking. Of course this isn't a real wall but it could be, and
that's the message they want to get across especially to the under 25's.
Young people think they are invincible and it can never happen
to them. They do not realise with their culture that a few drinks can
make a difference. If an experienced rally driver cannot
break in time. A third of accidents in the area involve young people.
Last year, when young drivers were stopped, one in 13 were found to be
over the drink-drive limit. This year, the number has risen to one
in five. Supporting the cause is a man whose brother was killed by end
19-year-old drink-driver. Stephen Meara-Blount's brother was killed
by a 19-year-old drink driver and he himself has been left with life
changing injuries. Anything which can get the message across
regarding drink driving I am wholeheartedly behind it. And if it
will save the life then it has been worth it.
With the festive season approaching it's hoped more people will think
That is another story you might want to comment on tonight. A
reminder of the contact details: It's taken 14 years and the best
part of �2 million but finally a Lincolnshire landmark has been
fully restored. Moulton Windmill near Spalding is the tallest in the
country and for the first time in more than a century it has sails.
Amanda Thomson watched as they were lifted into place.
This is how Moulton Mill used to look before this community got
behind the project to restore this wonderful old building. Watching
sails return to the mill after more than a century has brought the
whole village out to look in wonder. It is absolutely wonderful for
everyone here and nice to see the history in the making. What a
thrill for the village, a very special day. I used to work there
as a young lad. It is fantastic. Until the '90s it was run by John
Biggadike over the previous century it had run on steam, diesel and
electric. Now he gets to see his old mill with sails for the first
time. It is a marvellous achievement. I always hoped it
would be preserved but as things have turned out, it has been
possible to have a full restoration and as it is the tallest in the
country, it was well worth achieving an doing. This has been a
huge undertaking. Each one of these shutters has been hand-stitched by
friends of the Mail -- the windmill. It is safe for �30,000. They added
their names to be part of history. And as the final sail was put in
place, it was an emotional moment for those who's made it possible.
It is not often I am lost for words but this is one of those moments.
It is good. Absolutely Fabulous. An amazing day, amazing. Ecstatic and
emotional. Many friends helped us a long way. Astonishing. A windmill
is not a windmill without the sails. This is the Rolls-Royce of
windmills. And at more than 100 Well done to everyone raising money
for the windmill. Two of our teams are playing in the FA Cup tonight.
Scunthorpe United play AFC Wimbledon in a first round replay -
there's coverage on BBC Radio Humberside's FM frequency. And over
on AM and DAB, full commentary of Grimsby Town against Port Vale.
Reece Mastin from Scunthorpe has won the Australian X-Factor
competition. The 16-year-old who moved to Adelaide with his family
six years ago, had been the bookies favourite to win. The final of the
competition was watched by his families in north Lincolnshire this
Ten weeks ago a boy from Scunthorpe started on the Australian X-Factor.
Last night he was singing with Kylie Minogue after making it to
the final with three competitors Today was the biggest day of his
life when he would find out if he'd won. Nothing is coming through at
the moment. To say there was a bit of tension at the family home in
Scunthorpe, is most definitely an understatement. My stomach is in
turmoil. Horrible. I feel sick. Every relative gathered, and used
every piece of technology available, to get any clues as to what was
happening. He is in the top two! Eventually they had a break through
- a Facebook friend helped them watch it live, via a Skype
connection, and this is what they saw. Australia, you have voted and
it's time to announce the winner. He has done it! How good was that?
What a result! Go, Reece Mastin. had stomach ache before but now it
is gone. A standing ovation. We believed in you all the way. We
knew you could win this. 16 years old, a long career ahead of you.
Have fun with the ladies'! Reece is now an official Australian rock
star with an incredible story and The that woke us up! Earlier I
spoke to Giles Hardie from the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. I
asked him what made Reece stand-out Well, it is disappointing having
stolen the Ashes you have stolen other things from us. What Reece
had is the X-Factor. The judges said it in the very first of the
final series. All four judges try to come up with a reason why they
should be another nine weeks of the finals. Ever since... He is a rock
star. It is hard to beat in the competition. How do the Australians
feel being beaten by a Brit? thing to realise about Australia is
we are very quick to adopt a success. But does not come as a
surprise. For the purposes of this interview, I acknowledge he was
born in Scunthorpe and has spent arguably most of his life in
England. However, once the conversation ends, he is
Australian! We are keeping him here, in irons if needs be. It is a
tradition you began! So, you will say he is from Scunthorpe for me
but for Australia he is Australian. He is from Adelaide. I don't know
what Scunthorpe his! He is one of us. Presumably, he will be a number
one in your chart at Christmas? Look, the Christmas chart is not as
important in Australia. It is an English thing and one I wish we had.
But it is the 21st century and as the host told us, 93 times this
evening, we can buy the winning single on iTunes tonight so they're
not worried about Christmas. They are worried about tomorrow when
they want him to be number one. will be a superstar then? He is 16.
If he does not at some point between 16 and 60 or 16 and 40
which was the age of his final competitor, become a superstar, he
is doing something wrong. He certainly has the talent. Very good
to have your no programme. Thank you.
-- have you Honour the programme. Congratulations to Reece. -- To
Have you Honour the programme. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The biggest protest in recent days as thousands
take to the streets of Cairo. 13 years after his death
Christopher Alder's family finally get an apology from the government.
And tomorrow's weather. A dry and much brighter day with spells of
sunshine. Maximum temperature 11 degrees Celsius that's 52
Fahrenheit. Some news coming in at that police
-- a police bodyguard who had an affair allegedly with the wife of a
MP has been sacked. Mr Johnson resigned following allegations
about his private life. PC Paul Rice was dismissed without notice
following a Scotland Yard investigation. Convicted criminals
are brought in this country, Mrs Fuller says why not add criminal
records to your passport like points on your driving licence?