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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


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