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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Tolls are due to halve but it's claimed a row over who should
guarantee the rest of the Humber Bridge debt could put those plans
in jeopardy. Wig in it should be done fairly. -- we think it should
be done fairly. The Lincolnshire man who claims he
owes his life to having an eye test. They said they did they did not get
it sorted out, I would be blind within two years, and dead within
six. How this natural phenomenon could
help soak up the high levels of carbon emissions produced in our
area. Struggling to cope. Why an animal
rescue centre say they've been inundated with calls in the run up
to Christmas. And join me in what must they the most Christmassy part
of our region. Advent calendars are full-size, in all the Christmas
glory. It has been another cold day to day, and it looked set to turn
There's a warning tonight that the deal to halve the tolls on the
Humber Bridge is in danger of collapse. Earlier this month, the
Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that car drivers would
pay just �1.50 to cross the Bridge from next spring, but there is now
a row among the local authorities on the North and South Bank about
the financing of the Deal. The Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole,
Andrew Percy, says the whole deal is under threat. I'll be talking
live to Mr Percy in a few moments. First, Simon Spark reports.
Yorkshire and Humber, we will have the tolls on the bridge. This was
the announcement that people and businesses welcomed last month.
has got to be good news. It was a commitment to slash the current
Humber Bridge debt of �332 million to �150 million, reducing tolls
from �3 to 1.50 by the spring. But the deal was conditional on an
agreement between all four neighbouring councils to underwrite
the remaining debt. Three say it should be split between them, but
North East Lincolnshire council say it should be apportioned on a
population basis. How do we pay for the fire service? How do we pay for
the police? When we broke up Humberside County Council and
shared out the assets, that was done per head. We think
underwriting this debt, underwriting the race, should also
be done per head of population. -- underwriting the risk.
The stance has stirred up feelings from the other councils, publicly
saying how it could risk the whole deal. And there's disappointment
from employers like Regal Fish Supplies in Barton, who've
struggled in the past to attract employees from the north side of
the Bridge. I think there is more far reaching effects from reducing
the price of the tall. And this was the response from Grimsby. They
need to agree. They need to get their right together and sort
something out. If the others are doing it, why can't we? They should
bang their heads together. Get on the table and say, let's do it.
Councillor Shaw doesn't agree that his objection will scupper the deal.
If the process needs to go ahead without us, as the council, we are
prepared for that. We have said to the leaders of the council, if you
would like to go ahead, and we left them to discuss that, please do so.
We do not want to win a people stopping it. We want to make sure
our residents are treated fairly. The question now is whether the
four councils can agree a way forward together or whether North
East Lincolnshire stays out of any future agreement. Joining me in the
studio is Andrew Percy, who was instrumental in developing the
plans to cut the tolls. What's the problem? Hull have said that they
and the other two authorities are happy to go it alone? We do not
know yet. It is a bad billet North East Lincolnshire and not involved.
If they agree, they will have representation on the Bridgeport. -
- Bridge Board. Just a few weeks to know, we had indications that they
were quite happy. They are now acting like a petulant child and we
have this disagreement. It makes no sense at all. They are saying that
they have less people. The population is less, so why should
they stand the same deal? They are not being asked to underwrite the
debt, it is only any difference. There has never been a deficit. If
you do it on population, the East Riding ends up with the biggest
portion of the debt, and they are probably the people who benefit the
least. Do you think they are being deliberately petulant? We have an
agreement from Hull City Council, East Riding and North Lincolnshire.
I think not these Lincolnshire are writing in a very immature way.
the others are happy to go it alone, would you be happy with that?
want them to be represented so that they can speak on behalf of their
residents. For MPs who been working hard on this, isn't it depressing
to see the council's endangering it? The MPs were fearful that one
authority would mess this up. The other three are acting very
sensibly. We have now won Council acting like this. A bit of politics
will not spoil his, when it? The at is what it is. We will not let it
less this up. I was told that the tolls would be reduced by the end
of February by the bridge board. Well what will happen? April was
what we thought. The Chancellor said February. I would have thought
people like counsellors shot would want to get the tolls down as soon
as possible. Thank you. Would like to know your views on this one. Is
it right for the four councils to share the burden equally? Get in
In a moment: A Christmas visit by Hull City's players to ill and sick
children. The number of people becoming
bankrupt in Hull has nearly doubled, compared with the same time last
year. The Citizens' Advice Bureau has dealt with 265 personal
bankruptcy cases in the city since the start of October. That's an 89%
increase on the figure for the same quarter last year. All sorts of
stories. People have lost jobs, who could afford to their borrowing at
one time and no longer can. People whose homes are at risk through
mortgage problems, potentially possession and eviction.
A woman will be assessed by mental health doctors before she tells a
court why she murdered her fiance. Julie Dixon, who's 43, was due to
tell a judge why she'd killed David Twigg in March. But she was ruled
unfit to attend Lincoln Crown court because of issues with her mental
health. She originally told police masked men had killed Mr Twigg at
but changed her plea at court earlier this month.
A jury has been told that a man who's body parts were found across
Northern Lincolnshire could have died of a drug overdose. Lee
Griffiths is one of five men charged with the murder of Adam
Vincent but his lawyers say a toxicologist found enough drugs in
Mr Vincent's body to kill him. He's asked the jury in Sheffield to
consider whether fractures to the victim's head could have been
caused after he died. Mr Griffiths and four other men deny murder.
A man from Grantham says he owes his life to a high street optician
after he spotted signs of brain cancer during a routine eye test.
Chris Brown didn't even know he was ill when he went to get his eyes
checked. But within weeks he was having surgery on a potentially
fatal tumour. Jo Makel has more. When Chris Brown went to the
opticians, he simply wanted a check-up. His vision was blurred
after dust blew into one of his eyes at work. But Grantham
optometrist Stuart Rusk saw a problem and referred him to a
specialist. Chris was diagnosed with a tumour on his pituitary
gland at the base of his brain. They said if they did not get it
sorted out operated, I would be blind within two years, and dead
within six. It was a bit scary. have only played a small part in
this. You do get satisfaction when you do something positive to help
someone. Chris's condition is rare. Just two in every million people
suffer from it. But opticians say they can regularly pick up on other
serious illnesses. We can pick up on things like diabetes, high
cholesterol, high blood pressure. This is only the second eye testing
my life. It is worth having it done if it is going to save lives!
week Chris got the news the operation was successful and the
tumour had been fully removed. Incredible story.
Train companies in our area have confirmed how much they will be
increasing their fares by in January. The money raised will pay
for more trains and improvements to stations. Northern Rail is
increasing its fares by 6.7%, the equivalent of around 30p per
journey. East Midland's fares are going up by 5.7%, First
TransPennine by 5% and Hull Trains has decided on a 4.5% increase.
Passenger groups say it is now a rich man's journey. The reality is
that a lot of passengers are stuck with paying these increased fares.
They have to get to wear, to school, I have to go shopping or whatever.
-- they have to get to work. In many cases, they have no
alternative. Thanks to everyone who got in touch
about our story about people who cause trouble while drunk in Hull
City Centre being threatened with banning orders in the run up to
Christmas. Officers say the powers have helped them to cut crime in
the city in recent months. They say they want revellers to have a good
time, but won't allow people who keep behaving badly while drunk to
ruin things for everyone else. Thanks for all the emails and texts
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 43 seconds
on subject. We read and listen to Thank you for theirs. -- There is.
Still ahead tonight: Why an animal shelter is full to capacity after a
sharp increase in calls from pet We make a visit to a giant advent
If you have a picture you are proud A good evening.
No expense spared in the weather graphics.
It is going to be a green Christmas it rather than a 0.1. It is set to
turn it milder. It will be a rather a dull and damp start tomorrow
morning. This a warm front will cross over us tonight bedding some
rain. -- bringing it some rain. We will see temperatures into double
figures tomorrow. We did see some brightness today, but we kept a
fair bit of cloud. The rain will turn heavier and more persistent
tonight. Temperatures dropping to Tomorrow, it is a cloudy, dull and
damp start to the day with outbreaks of rain. The rain is
patchy in nature and will clear into the North Sea. Some places
will hold on to a few spots of drizzle. The best chance of any
brightness is further inland. The main thing we will notice tomorrow
is how mild it feels. Temperatures are foremost around about 11
degrees. That is above average for this time of year.
Our area is one of the biggest carbon polluting areas in the
country, but scientists at Hull University believe they may have
found a way to re-use and recycle some of those carbon emissions. It
comes as plans are underway to build a massive pipeline through
East Yorkshire, the first of its kind in the world, that will
capture carbon from the main industry polluters and bury it
under the North Sea. Our environment correspondent Caroline
Bilton has been looking at the ground breaking research.
They keep our kettles boiling and our homes warm, but they pump out
tonnes of emissions into our atmosphere. The Yorkshire and
Humber region has such a large concentration of power stations and
industry that it is one of the dirtiest carbon areas in the
country. The region alone produces 13 per cent of the UK's greenhouse
gases. 90 million tonnes of CO2 is pumped into our atmosphere every
year. While efforts are being made to move to more renewable forms of
energy, we are still going to be reliant on fossil fuels for some
time to come which means those emissions will continue to be
pumped into the atmosphere for a while yet. But here in the heart of
the Peak District, there could be an answer that would help reduce
some of those emissions in the future. This alien looking
landscape is Mother Nature's answer to capturing carbon emissions. The
site of an old lime kiln in the heart of the Peak District and now
the focus of research for scientists at Hull University. Why
did you bring your research here? Simply because the kinds of
processes we are interested in, these natural processes, are quite
hard to see. This is the only place in the UK where it happens on such
a large scale that we can generate useful findings in a short
timescale. The white substance growing here is calcite, something
you find in building materials, medicines and toothpaste. It is
acting like a giant sponge, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere. Mike
Rogerson and his team have been studying it for three years. If
they can learn to mimic what's going on here on an industrial
scale, it could cut carbon emissions. At the moment, we still
need to generate some new knowledge about the natural processes, how
much carbon is going in and out of these water ways. We have already
seen the potential for it industrially. Any industry using
hard water could use these methods. Anywhere with hard water could use
the systems potentially. All of this research comes at a time when
moves are being made to develop a way to capture carbon in Yorkshire
and store it. It is a multi- million-pound project that will
link the country's biggest producers by a pipeline that will
take the CO2 they emit and pump it out to the North Sea where it will
be stored in disused oil fields. But what if some of it could be put
to good use rather than stored? That is another idea they are
working on at Hull University. like to convert it to use as fuel
or to formic acid. We could have a process that worked locally there
would be useful for individual industries. Useful products from a
waste product. But an idea that works in the lab is yet to be
developed to work in the real world. The likes of Mike and his team may
be many years off achieving their goal but they feel it is worth
pursuing. It makes sense to me to look for more imaginative ways to
capture carbon, but also to put the carbon into the most stable form
possible so it doesn't go back out. We know that there are 500 million
year-old lime stones on the planet. Once you make it into that material,
it will stay there. It is just one solution to what is a massive
problem. But the research being done here, if successful, could
take us one step closer to protecting our planet in the future.
Fascinating stuff. Thank you. A dog sanctuary in North
Lincolnshire is full to capacity after receiving double the amount
of calls from people struggling to look after their pets. The Jerry
Green Dog Rescue Centre is blaming the recession as pets become an
extra financial burden during difficult times. Sarah Burton
reports. Jasper came to the rescue centre two months ago and a
terrible state. He could not even walk. Now on the road to recovery,
he is one of the lucky ones who has found a new home. As soon as I saw
him, I fell for him. It is here at the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre
that just there was saved. Not all of the dogs here have been
mistreated. Most have been brought them because of financial
circumstances. Their owners can no longer afford it look after them.
These are difficult economic times have led to a huge increase in the
number of unwanted dogs. This little one has just come in. His
owner has changed jobs and can no longer look after him. People are
taking on dogs and do not realise how much it costs. Insurance, a vet
bills, it all adds up to a lot. staff here are advising people to
call if they need to. There may be no more than that be in, but they
can still offer advice if you can no longer take care of your pet. -
- room at the inn. Children at the Hull Royal
Infirmary today had a visit from the Hull City first team and their
manager Nick Barmby. They received gifts and treats from the players.
Simon Clark's report has some flash photography.
A smile to break the silence. No youngster was to spend time in
hospital, especially at this time of year. But a visit from your
favourite team it might go some way to easing the discomfort. In common
with other professional teams, Hull City made it their trip to Hull
Royal Infirmary children's ward. do it every year. We want to put a
smile on their faces. Just to come down and see them smiling and
giving out presence, that is worthwhile. Hopefully, at a bad
time, being in hospital, we have put a good smile on their faces.
And they will have a good Christmas. Striker Cameron Stewart was even
able to compare bandages with one child.
Well done those players. There are only four windows left to
open on advent calendars, and for those who can't wait for the giant
window on Christmas Eve, then The Avenues area of Hull is the place
to go. People living there have come together to create a full size
advent calendar using their living room windows. Window 20 can be
found on Westbourne Avenue where our reporter Amanda Thomson is live
for us now. Are you in charge of opening the advent window, Amanda?
No, not me. Look at when Don number five. Is that not beautiful? --
window number five. Tell us all about it. We based it on last
year's theme. We let it up on 16th December. Quite a lot of work and
effort but we think it looks good. You are having a Christmas party
tonight, so we had better not keep you. You can find these windows of
on the Park Avenue, Salisbury Avenue, what a lovely way to spend
an evening. Tell us about your window. I've got a Lego Christmas
said and the got the inspiration from that. I helped it to draw it
and my mum and dad painted it. of this is the brainchild of Lesley.
How did you come up with the idea? Not my idea. They came from a
resident who moved here from Switzerland. It is absolutely
fantastic. I just want to come and talk to collar. Lovely singing.
are raising money on behalf of the local hospice. There saying is
beautiful. Thank you for entertaining us this evening. There
is one job left to do. We cannot leave the street without
eliminating when dot number 20. -- eliminating Wendell -- illuminating
window number 20. Merry Christmas everybody.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
A review of the summer riots suggests police could use live
bullets in future. Claims a row over who should
guarantee the rest of the Humber Bridge debt could put at risk plans
to halve the tolls. Tomorrow's weather. Cloudy with
outbreaks of rain. Becoming mostly dry through the afternoon. Much
milder. Maximum temperature 12 Celsius.
Response coming them on those plans, about the risk of the Humber Bridge
are dead. Maybe people from the North East
Lincolnshire should still pay the These councillors in North East
Lincolnshire need their heads banging together. Why can't they
see the bigger picture? I thought it was too good to be
true that things would be sorted out.
I take my hat off to councillor sure for standing up for his
residents. We are all told that we should be
in this together so all councils should help with the Humber Bridge
are dead. I think they MP made perfect sense