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Good evening. The headlines: Scrapping the charges, traders say
free parking has led to the best Christmas in a decade.
A I have been here 10 years. It is the busiest Christmas I have ever
known. The woman who killed her partner
said it was his idea to commit suicide by making it look like a
burglary gone wrong. Ferry passengers faced disruption
as some services are cancelled. Would you fancy spending --
spending Christmas in one of these? We meet the people planning
Christmas Day on the beach. It is lovely, you can't beat it. It is a
different world. It could be very mild for the beach
on Christmas Day. The forecast in Good evening. The scrapping of car
parking charges in a north Lincolnshire town was a place to
boost local businesses struggling in the face of recession. Three
months on and traders in Brigg have told us it is set to be their
Christmas in decades. The news comes a week after a government
review which suggested free parking could help turn the fortunes of the
high street up and down the country around. Our communities
correspondent has this story. Busy streets thronged with shoppers.
Traders are convinced they are returning to Brigg because
controversial car parking charges have been dropped, for the first
two hours at least. Spellman Butchers claim they have increased
turnover by 40%, and they have had to take on extra help to cope with
the increase in business. It is a good effect, a lot quicker
turnaround with the meat, busier in Brigg, especially on marketplace --
market days. Beryl who runs the Loft cade agrees business has never
been so brisk. -- cafe. Some new faces, it has
brought a lot of new trade into place. I have been here 10 years
and it is the busiest Christmas I have ever known -- into Brigg.
North Lincolnshire councillors estimate the two hours' free
parking in Brigg together with the hour free in Scunthorpe and Ashby
will cost around a quarter of �1 million in lost revenue but reckon
it has been worth it. To bring the two hours' free parking in has
definitely increased the Football tremendously. People are surprised
at the level of support it has had. -- football. You can park up easily
and comfortably rather than going into Tesco's which is much better.
It has made a difference, people park for free, use the little shops
we have, it has boosted the town, I think. They should make it a bit
longer, actually. If you are going for a coffee or lunch you are in a
hurry. But apart from that, brilliant. Anything to make better
for the shops, brilliant. Councillors will evaluate the
effects of the scheme before deciding whether or not to extend
it. In the meantime, shoppers should be aware free parking is
limited to just two hours. Any more and they could still face a fine.
Rahul Sharma is an expert in free parking and it says it is a good
way to attract people back into the high street. It is a welcome
suggestion. It gives some advantage to the high street, at least evens
the field verses out-of-town shopping centres. The council has
to found that -- fund that in some way. Parking charges ended being
outdated if they are in an area that once we tell to survive.
You're not fighting like with like at the moment. Unfortunately not
put the backdrop is shoppers are voting with their feet, they like
and have to town-centre has, however much we may moan about the
high street, people prefer the convenience -- out of town centres.
What have the high Street's got to do to evolve and survive? The role
of the high street used to change. We have got a vicious circle
whereby there are fewer people, fewer stores, less choice,
companies keep closing stores, and it becomes less attractive. I am
not sure the High Street itself will be a big retail setting in the
future. The role is evolving. You will see more recreation centres,
you need to bring in more services. That is the way forward. With a
sprinkling of independent shops. that the long way of saying it is
the death of the High Street as far as a retail area is concerned?
Yes, I think so, more or less. There are bigger town centres that
can support High Street but many smaller locations, you are going to
see that happen. Would you open a business in the High Street at the
moment? Certainly not, depends on which high street. Would you open a
business? Certainly a recreation business, yes, depends what is
surrounding it. Too many high streets are just about gobby shops,
charity shops, and betting shops. - - coffee shops. Thank you very much
indeed. Do you agree that allow High Street
are just full of betting shops, coffee shops and charity shops?
Have we seen the end of high street as we know them? What can we do?
How come we encourage more people back to our town centres? Is free
parking the answer? Is it essential for our High Street to keep the
businesses alive. Let us have you We look forward to hearing from you.
In a moment, the Highways Agency is safety fears about a junction on
one of our busiest roads. A woman who killed her partner has
told Lincoln Crown Court today he wanted to commit suicide and that
it was his idea to make it look like a burglary gone wrong. 43-
year-old Julie Dickson has been giving evidence in a hearing to
decide why she killed David Twigg. He was locked in a cupboard before
his business was set on fire. When David Twigg was killed his Palmer
told police they had been attacked by burglars -- his partner told
police. Before changing a story saying he wanted to die. She told
the court he knew he was being made bankrupt and had talking --
happened had started talking about The court heard searches were made
on their computer about how to commit suicide and hide pills in
food. She told the judge, all these searches were made by David Twigg.
But the court was shown a photograph from a traffic camera in
Skegness showing David Twigg driving into the town 11 minutes
from his home. That picture was taken just 15 minutes before the
internet was used and searches were made about how to inflict fatal
head injuries. Julie Dickson has admitted starting the fire at his
workshop back in March but this afternoon the prosecution
questioned why she needed to locum in with no keys if he had really
wanted to die it -- locum end. And asked why she changed her stories
are so many times. She said I wanted to go along with David's
She will continue to give evidence tomorrow.
She has faced cross-examination this afternoon, what was she asked?
She was asked many questions about individual points of the evidence
she has given over the last nine months to the police and the courts.
She was asked why he would need to find out how to disguise pills if
he had been trying to commit suicide and she replied, I don't
know. The prosecution suggested she had wanted to give him pills hidden
in chocolate sauce because both had been found at the business. The
prosecution also suggested because she collected all the male and she
turned away an Inland Revenue officer telling him David Twigg had
had a stroke he may never even have known he was being made bankrupt.
They also pointed out he never told anyone else he was feeling either
suicidal or he was bankrupt. She was asked did it ever occur to you
telling these lies would make you guilty of only manslaughter, and
not murder? She replied, yes. Manslaughter carries a much shorter
prison sentence than the murder charge she has admitted to.
Some more news now. A baby boy from Cleethorpes at the centre of a
grievous bodily harm court case has died in hospital. Mourners laid
flowers in Grimsby after learning of the death of the boy. A man has
been arrested in connection with the incident and will appear in
court in January. Police investigating the murder of
linking Serb pensioner Sonny Grey have arrested four men. --
Lincolnshire pensioner. Three men from Cambridgeshire and a 4th from
Lincolnshire have been bailed until February next year.
once the Transport Secretary to intervene in a row over the Humber
bridge deck. A plan to halve the toll next year could be under
threat if North East Lincolnshire Council doesn't sign up to a deal
to guarantee bedecked with three other councils in the area.
-- bedecked. The Highways Agency will look at safety measures on a
halt roundabout after several complaints it has become more
dangerous. The garrison Road roundabout is on the main A63 which
runs through Hull and 80% of people who live on the nearby Victoria
Dock estate claim to feel unsafe when using the junction. For the
Highways Agency met with a local councillor to discuss the concerns.
It is a busy junction on the main road in and out of Hull. Residents
from this housing estate say they are concerned about safety.
There are a number of concerns about issues with coming off
Victoria Dock, traffic blocking the roundabout, traffic light on the
roundabout themselves. And also as you come on to Victoria Dock from
town, it is often not clear which Lane you should be in. Last year a
cyclist died after an accident on the roundabout. Although there were
other circumstances involved the death raised questions about the
juncture. The road is used by heavy goods vehicles travelling to and
from the docks. Haulier Peter Matthews says the roundabout is a
problem. We have had one or two near-misses. People have to change
carriageway quickly, come down to the traffic lights, it is green, go
round the roundabout, you wouldn't expect a stationary traffic to be
standing across the carriageway. You take evasive action. The person
next you might not be able to. That is the biggest danger. Traffic
lights were installed on his round about three years ago to ease
congestion on the A63. In a recent survey of residents living on
Victoria Dock 80% of them said they think this roundabout is more
dangerous than before the lights were introduced. The last time we
study the accidents around this area after the traffic lights will
perk -- put in, they said there had been fewer injury accident in the
area. We will have a look at what the most recent figures palace to
see if any of those safety concerns are justified. The Highways Agency
will look at what, if anything, Thank you for watching. Still
ahead: Fears that vital skills could leave are warier if BAe
closes in Brough. If we lose that capability from the Humber region,
the tendency is for it not to come back again. Also tonight, why this
seaside location is proving to be Tonight's photograph was taken on
Saturday at them SMM sand quarry nature reserve by John Davison --
there Messingham sand quarry nature reserve. We look forward to hearing
from you. Mick said, who dressed Paul tonight? Does he not know
eight I should be under the collar? Unfortunate, we do not have any
pictures from last night. What is interesting is that he said, who
addressed him, as if you have to be dressed!
I'd do! Let's look at a headline. It is a mild one, but it will turn
back tomorrow. It will bring a spell of wet and windy weather from
late morning into the afternoon. Behind it, a bridge of high
pressure. It looks on course for Christmas Day to be one of the
mildest for years. Temperatures are around 12, possibly 13. It will be
windy as well. We have had sunny spells today and variable amounts
of cloud. The cloud may thicken later, but it stays dry. It is very
windy, but also a mile dam frost- free. Temperatures, about eight or
nine. -- also a mild and frost-free night. We are off to a dry start.
They could be some bright patches first thing. We will see outbreaks
of rain later in the morning, spreading down from the north-west.
I think many places by tomorrow evening will be dry. It will be
very windy. By the end of the day, it will feel quite cold. The
important Christmas weekend forecast, well, Christmas Eve looks
very nice. Christmas Day, more cloud around, very windy but very
All the males are I get is a bar who dressed sue!
The that is what people are interested in! -- the emails are
all about who dressed you. Beryl warnings that a valuable
skills could be lost forever if BAE Systems carried out plans to make
almost an hundred redundancies at its factory in Brough. The firm
announced today it is extending the consultation period over the
proposals. It is feared many workers at the site in East
Yorkshire are already looking for jobs elsewhere.
These high-tech Hawk jets are hand assembled. Precision skills which
take years to learn could disappear in weeks once manufacturing end
here. The problem it will give us his if we lose their credibility
from the Humber region, the tendency is for it not to come back
again. Jackie has spent 24 years at the site, as has her husband.
Selling up and moving on now seems like their only option. We have a
big mortgage on this house. We will not be able to pay it. We are
applying, and applying for jobs at the moment, but there does not seem
to be anything there. Some here may harbour the hope of work in the
Humber's renewable energy industries, but there's jobs could
be many months away. Despite a relentless campaign by this work
force and their local MPs, BAe is offering them a few glimmers of
hope. Little wonder many here are looking to take their skills
elsewhere. Over the Pennines in Barrow-in-Furness, they know what
that is like. Here, beasts still makes submarines, but 15 years ago,
a cancel defence contract put 10,000 people on the dole. The
effects of this are still being felt today. -- a council defence
contract. Once you lose their jobs, it is very difficult to get them
back. It is not easy for someone to make a translation from being a
highly skilled person, building to particular standards, Sudan
migrating into another industry. Sir -- It to then migrating. Many
will welcome the extension on the talks. They must yield meaningful
results to avoid an exodus from here.
Joining me is Lord Haskins, the chairman of the Humber Local
Enterprise Partnership. How concerned I knew, not just about
the loss of jobs, but the skill base we have in this area? -- how
concerned are you. It always has been a bit of a concern. We will
meet skills in the future. We are optimistic that we will get jobs in
the renewable energy industry, particularly with the possible
investments with Siemens. Is it possible or realistic to get a
transfer or redeployment for these people straight from one to another,
so we do not lose that skill base? It is difficult to do that. This
Siemens jobs probably will not be here for 18 months or two years.
There may be training are ways of bridging the gap. We're talking
about that to BA and others at the moment. -- BAe. A Jew enlighten us?
Well, we do not really know the sort of jobs. We have not given up.
It is a timing issue. If BAe keeps the place open for a bit longer
than they have said, that will narrowed the gap. Is that the aim,
get them to go a bit longer? It is a bit. I would not be too
optimistic about the ability to switch. I suspect a lot of the BAe
workers, if the place shut, they may go away. They might come back.
In the old days when we had Yorkshire Forward, there was a pot
of money. What alternative Investment and deal can you offer?
A government has given homes -- the government has given us two
enterprise zones. If new businesses come and invest, they get generous
allowances. The rates are very attractive, and we should be going
to attract businesses from within the area and outside to take
advantage of those. We could be the hub of renewable energy for the
country. Lord Haskins, thank you very much.
P&O have been forced to cancel some of its sailings in and out of Hull
after continued problems with a lock gate. Yesterday, a mechanical
fault meant that the Pride of York docked late. Today, the ferry
company has been told that the problem could take weeks to six.
Sarah Corker is at the King George Dock in Hull. What more do we know?
Well, Peter, the Pride of York left the river terminal about half-an-
hour ago, and on time. It would normally sell from King George Dock,
but a fault with the lock gate means it could be out of action for
up to two weeks. That now means that all shapes and leaving from
this one terminal, and that is what is causing disruption. Tonight's
savings are not affected, but Deraa cancellations over the next couple
of days. -- there are cancellations. The 23rd, the halt as a Brigg
sailing has been cancelled. The 24th, the return journey from
Zeebrugge or wet sail. The crossing from Hull on the 24th has been
brought forward to 9am. The problems began yesterday, when the
Pride of York arrived four hours late. APB own the port and they
told me they do not know how long it will take to fix. They have told
all affected passengers that they can transfer over two alternative
services. Thank you, Sarah. This might be another one you want to
get in touch with. Thank you for getting in touch about our story
last night, about wildlife crime. Police say they are cracking down
on armed gangs with high-powered rifles who are targeting rural
communities in Lincolnshire. There have been over 600 reported cases
in the last four month of the illegal practice where heads are
Now, 17 groups in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire on what is called
the Olympic legacy fund. His own youth player field in Moulton near
Gainsborough will get �32,000 to bring you back into use and there
will be a new facility for youngsters. We will have facilities
for play basketball, tennis and five-a-side football, as well as
the general area to play other sports. This site is very close to
the local primary school. Well done to all 17 groups.
Now, you think of Christmas and a beach hut in Bridlington might not
be the first thing that springs to mind. But the first time ever, East
Riding Council is leasing out its beach hut over the winter to the
general public. Nearly all of them have been bought. Simon Spark has
been to find out more. Here's the deal. Some I=seaside,
scarier rides and beach huts. -- Sam Moa=seaside. When set=prisoners,
snow and carols. Not in Bridlington, because a review will be spending
Christmas here in a beach hut. These are available for hire over
Christmas. In the corner, there is a sink. There is also a work
surface. You can lay out your food. I was going to say something witty,
like you would want to rent a beach huts in a cold December, never mind
Christmas, but look at today! It is beautiful, and not even cold. I
would not mind renting one. Someone who will be here with her family is
NSF. Christmas Day, hope the Labour come after lunch and the Queen's
speech, we will potter down here. We will have our mince pies here.
It is lovely, absolutely lovely. Seriously, I thought I would be in
a beach hut on the 25th at this rate, but thankfully, somebody
saved me. If you have ever been here when it is ready Blakedown, he
would not want to be year! I am having my lunch at her. Reverend
Ben is an expert on what to do with it. During December, we put on
something different every night to retell the famous Nativity story.
It is a novelty to be playing in a beach hut for a month. It has been
a really good atmosphere. certainly is a nice way to get all
Christmassy again, but for me, it still made a bit of this. That's
more like it! There is no chance of that, as we
will find out in a second. Let's have a recap of the headlines.
Multiple explosions ripped through Baghdad. 14 people died in the
worst violence Iraq has seen in On the subject of shopping and
parking, thanks for the messages. Someone says, ample free parking is
the key. Counsel should followed Brigg's lead. Somebody else says,
no, because workers will take the free spaces and shoppers will still
end up having to pay to pack. Mac says, free parking in town get my
vote. Best way to get shoppers back to the high street and out of the
supermarkets. Kate says that Sleaford is full of barber's and