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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
It's revealed a quarter of pregnant women in north-east Lincolnshire
smoke as more people are urged to quit.
Put your mind to it, you can do it. Help is there if you want to do it.
The hospice officially opened by the Princess Royal which is still
empty eight months after her visit. Join me live in Louth where Fridays
are the new Thursdays. Into the wild - art moves away from
the gallery to the Wolds. And a warning of ice to come in the
next few hours. Your weekend There are 37,000 of them and they
smoke half a million cigarettes a day. We're talking smokers and the
problem is so serious in North East Lincolnshire, that the area has
made it into the top ten of places in the country with high numbers of
smokers. The shocking figures reveal that a quarter of pregnant
women in the county carry on smoking - that's almost twice the
national average. And in some areas almost every other adult is a
smoker. Today health and council workers have met to look at new
ideas to try and persuade people to quit. In a moment we'll be asking
Geoff Barnes from north-east Lincolnshire council what those are.
But first Anne Marie Tasker has this.
For 25 years, Amanda Jagger was a regular smoker. But with her first
baby due next month, she was determined to quit. A quarter of
16-year-old girls in North East Lincolnshire smoke, so Amanda
wasn't alone in starting young. But with the help of her family,
friends and an NHS counsellor she's finally given up. I have done it
alone before. I spent �130 on patches. I stopped for three months
and then relaxed. It helps being in a group, hearing other people's
stories. Overall 37,000 people here smoke in
the North East Lincolnshire, getting through half a million
cigarettes a day. It is hardly surprising that almost a quarter of
pregnant women smoke. And that figure of 23% of pregant women
smoking is way above the national average of 14 %. So today, health
professionals, community groups and council workers decided it was time
to act. They met in Grimsby to discuss how to cut the number of
smokers. It is coming down very slowly but
nothing like as fast as we want. Basically, we are about 40 % higher
than the national average and death from smoking-related illness is 30-
50 % higher than ash -- national average.
Stopping smoking alone cannot deliver the drop that is required.
There is also medium to long-term plans to prevent people from taking
up to smoking. Smoking in pregnancy can cause low
birth weight and developmental problems. But with North East
Lincolnshire having the tenth highest percentage of smokers in
the country - it may be some time before the area sees a change.
Certainly some startling figures there. I enjoyed by the director
for public health for Lincolnshire Council. Why does north-east
Lincolnshire have one of the highest smoking rates in the
country? There are many historical factors
behind it. Just a generation ago, as much as three in four men and
one in two women in areas such as this were smokers. That has come
down to one in four. Progress has been made. There'll still areas
like north-east but Lincolnshire up with poverty highly associated with
smoking. The number of pregnant women who
smoke is high compared to the rest of the country. You don't seem to
be able to get the figure down. Why is it so persistent?
There is progress being made. It is way too high. We only have to go
back a couple of years and we were talking about one in three pregnant
women spreading. Now we are talking about 23 %. We have put in a lot of
measures around insuring midwives promote the issue and ensuring that
pregnant women who are smokers have a service available.
75 % started in school. Are you doing something to combat that?
That is a very big priority. If you can stop somebody smoking before
the age of 19, they are highly unlikely to ever stop smoking. We
have got people in schools. It is not just about health messages and
making sure children here about changing attitudes to smoking,
convincing them about how much money it will cost them and it is
not going to get helpful to get girlfriends and boyfriends and that
is key to address teenagers. After all of the adverts, every
woman must know it is bad for her and her baby, so they obviously
aren't bothered and just want to do I think they are bothered. Pregnant
women do want to do the best for their baby. Ferrari lot of myths
around being a pregnant smoker and we have to challenge those damaging
myths. We are working to convince Britain and within that the best
thing they can do for their baby if they smoke is too small -- to stop
smoking. What would you say to the woman
watching tonight, and there will be plenty, who is pregnant and smoking.
I would say, I know you want to do the best for your baby and the best
thing you can do now is to do everything you possibly can to stop
smoking. Thank you. We would like to throw
this one open. What is the answer? How do you help stop people stop
smoking or prevent them from starting in the first place?
Interesting to hear what you did. It as a smoker, they beat you still
that the finger is constantly East pointed at you at the moment? The
We will have some before we finish at 7pm. In a moment:
Open for Christmas - the seasonal pub serving non-alcoholic drinks to
A hospice in Lincolnshire which was officially opened by the Princess
Royal is still empty six months after her visit. Supporters took 11
years to raise money to help pay the �1.5 million needed to build
The Butterfly Hospice in Boston. But its seven beds remain unused
despite growing need for them. It opened in a blaze of publiity by
royalty. To see what you have managed to
achieve will spur you on. But eight months on, Boston's
Butterfly Hospice stands empty, yet to help one terminally ill patient.
A tragedy, according to fundraiser Christine Roberts. She's in
remission from ovarian cancer and knows how much it's needed.
We have spent 10 years as a community building this hospice and
now it is open, we are ready for the support and do to start in the
new year but we still do not have the funding for long stern -- long-
term nursing or beds. Dr Peter Holmes is the man who
would commission the hospice to care for NHS patients. He's refused
to give them funding. I would love to be able to send my
patients that. It is something I would love to use. The environment
is very good indeed but we are not convinced they can provide clinical
care that is safe and we want to allow patients to experience care
that is safe and effective. It all hinges on the fact the
Ospreys managers have not registered on the care Quality
Commission, an organisation that regulates healthcare providers. It
is illegal to operate as a hospice without reaching the Care Quality
Commission's standards. If this is just a case of
registering, why don't you just do that?
I wish it was. It costs money to register with the care quality
commission. Until we have the right staff in place and we know that we
are going to get long-term or sustainable funding, it is a
pointless exercise trying to register with them.
It is a frustrating situation. A modern, equipped hospice where
patients would be a comfortable. Because nobody can guarantee their
care, these gates will remain locked.
That might be another report you would like to contact us about.
P&O Ferry crossings into and out of Hull have returned to normal today
after gales left passengers stranded for nine hours off the
east coast last night. The Pride of York arrived just two hours late
this morning as the high winds eased. The Pride of Hull didn't
leave for the continent until 5:00am this morning because of the
extreme weather conditions. The Red Arrows have resumed
training for the first time since the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean
Cunningham. The team was cleared to fly yesterday following the fatal
accident last month. But the RAF insists it's now satisfied with the
safety of its Hawk jets following a series of checks.
Hull's main bus and train station was forced to close for a second
time this week after reports of a gas leak. The Interchange re-opened
this afternoon. But it comes after the building was evacuated for an
hour on Wednesday after a smell of gas on its rail platforms. An
internet company has been given permission to run the fibre optic
cables to the Humber Bridge. They say they will be able to provide
high-speed internet to businesses in Hull early next year. It will
cost �5 million to set up. Lincoln's Christmas Market
attracted a record breaking 335,000 people last week. The organisers
say it's the biggest turnout in the market's history and is an increase
of 30,000 visitors compared to 2009 when it was last held. They've also
promised to address concerns about overcrowding in the city centre.
Metal thieves risk life and limb stealing rail and electricity
cables as well as church roofs and pipes from houses. We have talked
about it many times on the programme. Their latest target is a
seven foot tall restored engine, complete with its trailer. The 1923
Hornsby Oil Engine which is part of the display at the Sibsey Windmill,
was being resored as part of a five year project when it was stolen.
Jake Zuckerman reports. Built in 1877, Sibsey Trader
Windmill, near Boston is still making flour the traditional way.
Although it's in full working order, volunteers here had been hoping to
replace one missing element. A three and a half ton vintage oil-
powered engine, like this one. In the 1920s it was installed at the
mill to grind corn when there was no wind. But it had been removed
more than 50 years ago. This is the old footing to the engine shed.
There was a plinth for it to stand on in concrete. It drove by belt
and poorly to a bearing that was connected up to drive the
millstones. After a long search, volunteers had
managed to find this rare 1923 engine, built by Hornsby in Lincoln,
and were restoring it. But last week it was stolen, and it's feared
thieves plan to sell this unique piece of local heritage for scrap.
The engine was sure it -- was stolen by the shed where it was
Beale stored on Tuesday evening. It is believed the thieved must have
known what they were looking for because of the manpower needed to
move such a large item. The team that keep the mill running say
they're devastated by the theft. The oil engine is so rare it may be
impossible to replace. It is a piece of our heritage. It
was made in Lincoln at the Hornsby works. It was in original condition.
To think of it possibly just ending up as scrap is devastating. Once
they are lost, they are lost. This piece of machinery would be
broken up for scrap value. Inquiries are being undertaken with
local scrap-metal dealers to see if we have had anything similar or
pieces of this machine weighed in. While the sails here at Sibsey
Trader Windmill keep turning, the volunteers hope that someone comes
forward with the information that will help them recover the stolen
Let us hope they do. We were talking about that earlier today.
Still ahead - forget those days, Louth decides that Friday is the
late night shopping date of choice for its residents.
And not the usual gallery - Yorkshire art moves into the Wolds.
Thank you for the photographs this week. This was our winner, even
though it was all my taken this He will have to look at up in your
book when you get home! She says, why does Paul do a five-
day forecast and only she was four days? Well, today is the first day
and the rest of the four makes five. He says, when they get one day like
-- won the right, he can start to The ice warning is in force tonight.
It looks as if it is going to be tricky on the roads in Norfolk and
Lincolnshire. Tomorrow should be a nice day for getting out and about.
A little bit of a gap with the weather systems. A little ridge of
high pressure means not too bad a day. It remains very unsettled to
read -- indeed. With surfaces pretty wet, we are going to see a
lot of ice. Temperatures are very close to freezing. Take care on the
roads. Temperatures - probably the coldest night of winter so far. The
sun will rise in the morning at 8:07am. A frosty, I see Stade
wherever you are. It will be bright, however. There will be the rest of
isolated showers. Despite the sun, it is going to feel quite chilly.
Temperatures below average. That all-important five-day forecast,
then, with Saturday being the second day - some rain to come on
Sunday. Day 5 - that is Tuesday! - is looking unsettled! Several
people have written of the last hour to say that there is a
stunning full moon tonight. We have a camera on the river.
There is a live picture of the moon. That is taken from the riff. That
is another excuse for you to get you telling -- telescope out, isn't
Thanks to those who pointed that out. We brought news of people
select it to carry the Olympic torch yesterday.
Hundreds of people learned yesterday that they would be taking
part in the torch relay. There really is expected to have a
worldwide audience of millions. I am very proud. Fantastic. Not just
for me, but for my family, my friends, for the purple of -- for
the people of the city. Well done to neck. And to to everyone who got
Weldon to Megan. Let us hope that she is watching tonight. --
congratulations to Megan. Hull is said to be the online shopping
capital of the country, with more shoppers than ever using the
internet to buy their gift. A new study has found that more
people in Hull visit retail website per head of the population than any
other city in the country. That is an interesting story. But in life,
they like to do things a little bit differently. -- in Louth. Late
night shopping in Louth is on Fridays. Is this the challenge from
Louth to those who prefer to go online? We are expecting people
from a cross the county into the town tonight. Shops here are open
till 8pm tonight. If you take a look over here, there is a short
that is pulling in the crowds, as well as an open-air market for all
your festive gift. With more people shopping online, traders are hoping
this can attract more people back into the town. We asked shoppers
whether they prefer the High Street are the Internet. I like the High
Street, if the parking is good. If I cannot park, I prefer to go
online. He can pick what you want, you can
look at what you want. It is better than online. You can pick them up
and check and have a look at it. Online, you do not know what it is
like until you have it. I like the High Street, because you can see
what you are buying and the faults in the clothing.
A recent survey showed that, in Hull, more people are shopping
online this Christmas than anywhere else in the country.
Here in Louth, the shops are open late and there is a whole host of
entertainment, from Santa's grotto to live music around the town.
Don't worry if you missed it, it is all happening again next week.
Peter, if you have not done your Christmas shopping yet, you know
where to come. Football, and Hull City other great chance to
consolidate a play-off position when they travel to Bolton side
Coventry City. -- relegation-threatened Coventry
City. Nick Barmby is relatively new to the management business.
In the last two matches, he has seen of men who previously coached
him. First Nigel Pearson and then Chris Hughton. Hull City are now up
to six. The other favourite against bottom club Coventry City. -- they
are the favourites. We are not going to take anything for granted.
We know it will be at tough game. Carlisle United visit Glanford Park
tomorrow. In the non-League world, it is
their big cup day with the first round of the FA Trophy. There will
A new pub opened in Hull Queen Victoria Square offers free, non-
alcoholic beer and advice on drinking responsibly. A festive
cheer and a glass in hand, not unusual at this time it your.
This pop up pub in Hull's city centre is sure to pool the punters
in, even if the booze is non- alcoholic. It tastes really nice,
it feels like I have a beer in my hand.
It is good for a man, nobody would know the different for -- the
difference. It could convert me. I have never tried non-alcoholic beer
before but it is very nice. It may have all the features of a British
pub, but there is a senior message here.
Organisations are working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse.
Alcohol is a drug, it affects your body, it is linked to cancers and
liver disease. It is also some -- linked to behaviour that people do
not appreciate. Last year, the Kingston Tavern was a huge success.
There were over 800 people passing through its doors. It is hope the
campaign will remind pub-goers that you can have a drink without the
hangover. A new piece of public art has been unveiled on the Yorkshire
Wolds to the. It is the first of its time that --
first of its kind in the country. It is hoped they said it, which has
been carved into the landscape, will encourage visitors to East
Yorkshire. It has been described as Yorkshire's best kept secret.
Stunning scenery that has often been overlooked. The Yorkshire
Wolds has been seen as a poor relation to the Dales of North
Yorkshire. To commemorate this, works of art are being commissioned
and one of the first is here. It was open this morning by Matt Baker,
also filming today for a programme early next year. It is incredible.
The shadows in this valley anyway are very spectacular or under way
the light is bouncing off the little bumps, it really is
something. Along the way, 10 works of art at
been commissioned. This one, already in place, will be
officially opened in the spring. Unusual designs which will
hopefully make people curious about what the walls have to offer. We
want to attract more people end and we are proud of the beauty of the
Yorkshire Wolds. This is one of the developments we have been working
on as part of our plan to develop tourism in the area. I felt the
sculpture... The latest word here has been designed by Chris, and
depicts the way the landscape has been shaped for the last hundred
years. It has said my imagination alight. People will wonder about it
and put their own imagination on to it. The plan is to cite all 10
works of art in key places along the Wolds Way. It is promoting a
part of Yorkshire which not everyone has yet discovered. I
would love to see that. Some stunning pictures there of the
Wolds. If you have a story you think we
should look at, senders and e-mail. The headlines - standing alone,
Britain beat Rose knew you you deal -- Britain of the tours and
European Union deal. The weather for tomorrow. Cloudy,
with some sunny spells. The rest of a few showers. Top
temperatures around five degrees Celsius. A response coming in on
the subject of smoking. Peter says, I am fed up hearing
about too much smoking, drinking and eating too much food.
Sorry to shatter the illusion, but we are not immortal and we will die
of something one day. Nick says, taxing cigarettes will