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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Three decades after being given infected blood, a man from Hull
fights for his day in court. Sadly many people have gone on to
infect their partners. That is unforgivable. It is nothing short
of manslaughter. Claims that youth unemployment could be reduced as
the Government encourages businesses to take on apprentices.
Homeless shelters turn people away due to an unprecedented demand for
emergency accommodation. In the last few months there's been
around about a 40% rise in street homelessness.
And the new 75-mile walking route through the Lincolnshire Wolds.
More wintry weather on the way. There could be snow by tomorrow at
Good evening. It was a routine dental operation almost thirty
years ago, but it's left one Hull man fighting for a Government
apology and more compensation. Glenn Wilkinson was one of 4,000
people given contaminated blood by the NHS during the 1970s and 80s.
The blood had been donated by American inmates, and had been
bought by the NHS because it was cheap. It left Mr Wilkinson, now 47,
with hepatitis C. Today, he's launched a national campaign to
highlight the issue, and is calling for a full judicial review. He's
been telling Look North his story. It has quite literally devastated
my life, everything from employment to how I actor around my family.
Glenn Wilkinson has lived with Hepatitis C since his teens. He was
given at contaminated clotting agency during an operation. In the
1970s and Eighties thousands of people, mainly haemophiliacs, were
given tainted blood. 2000 have died as a result. Hoddle the authorities
new people were carrying viruses -- although, they did not inform them.
Consequently and very sadly many people have gone on to infect their
partners. That is unforgivable. That is nothing short of
manslaughter. The blood had come from the United States, from prison
inmates, so-called skid Road dollars. In 2009, an independent
public inquiry found that UK authorities were slow to react.
patients took that product in good faith. It was given to them by the
Government through the NHS. They did not expected to be infected.
Somebody has to take some level of responsibility. Patients infected
are entitled to �20,000 when their first entitled -- develop Hepatitis
C. Her second claim of �50,000 is made when that person develops
liver disease. They are also eligible for an annual payment of
�13,200. My constituent has produced evidence... This afternoon
in Westminster, Hull MP Diana Johnson has been debating whether
the payment is fair. Criteria is fraught with difficulties for many
individuals. As I understand it, only around 20% of those people
with Hepatitis C are eligible for assistance under the second stage
payment. That needs to be looked at. Campaigners seeking a full judicial
review hoped today's debate will highlight their plight, and secure
the apology they have been waiting for.
If you have his view on this story or experience of it yourself, you
can get in touch. Coming up, Council leaders meet to finally
agree a plan to share the Humber Bridge debt.
The Prime Minister has said the Government will act to help workers
that face losing their jobs at a Grimsby food factory. He was
responding to a question about the future of 337 staff at Kerry Foods,
during Prime Minister's Question Time and in the Commons.
possibility is the extension of the recently announced enterprise zone.
Can the Prime Minister give some comfort to my constituents by
sympathetically looking at that proposal? He is great -- quite
right to speak up for his constituents. I am very happy to
look at the idea of expanding the enterprise zone and see what else
we can do to help his constituents. North Lincolnshire Council is
promising to do all it can to support staff losing their jobs at
a mortgage centre in Scunthorpe. More than 200 workers will be made
redundant following a decision by the Lloyds Banking Group to close
this offers as part of nationwide cuts. We have the new enterprise
zones on the Humber bank. That may be in many years, but initially we
are trying to look locally in Scunthorpe. Some firms are looking
to expand. 200 people is a lot of people T try to find work for. But
we will really try. A minister has ruled out making our area a special
case when it comes to financial help from the Government. Skills
Minister John Hayes has promised a big increase in the number of
apprenticeship places in areas of high youth unemployment, such as
Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe. With hundreds of workers facing
redundancy, these are uncertain times for anybody entering northern
Lincolnshire's jobs market. Often it seems there is little hope to
school leavers. But these teenagers in Grimsby are finding out about
the latest apprenticeship opportunities with local companies.
18 year-old Hannah has been recruited by a solar panel from.
knew I did not want to go from -- to university. A lot of people do
not get jobs after getting degrees. I wanted to get an apprenticeship
early because Tom -- you're working and learning at the same time.
will be looking to recruit more people. With these more -- new
candidates we will be able to push the business forward. When they
take on a new apprentice, businesses can claim an incentive
of up to �2,500. Apprentices receive a minimum weekly wage of 97
pounds 50, almost double the �53 a week they received -- they would
receive in jobseeker's allowance. The Government claims that for
every pound of their investment into apprenticeships, �18 is
delivered into the wider economy. How many apprentices will find
genuine long-term jobs? Apprenticeships are definitely the
way forward. It gives the young person an opportunity to develop a
career, and the employers the opportunity to employ somebody who
wants to stay the course, who will develop their career through the
employer. A recent report suggested that one in four young people in
Grimsby were not in employment, education or training. The hope is
that more will find themselves hired rather than fired in years to
come. The I have been speaking to the
Skills Minister and Lincolnshire MP, John Hayes, who represents South
Holland and the Deepings. I asked him with one in four people in
Grimsby being out of work, can these apprenticeships address the
scale of the problem? In the last year, in Grimsby alone, the number
of apprenticeships has grown from 482730. That is a 52% increase. The
biggest increase we have seen. It is not the entire solution. We need
to grow the economy. We need to give people more opportunities by
growing their skills, too. We have seen jobs go at Kerry Foods in
Grimsby. Some people may say, what is the point? Kerry Foods said that
is due to competitive pressures. We know things are tough for
businesses. That is why we want to help businesses to get the right
people to do the jobs. Kerry Foods are a very large company. In other
parts of that company they are continuing to grow their
apprenticeship numbers. It is not all bad news. In Grimsby we are
growing apprenticeships. We want to spread opportunity. The average
starting salary for a graduate is thought to be �25,000. We young
people really give up that opportunity for less than one run
the pounds a week with no guarantee of a job at the end of that?
average apprenticeship wage is around �93 per week. We
commissioned independent research which showed that somebody with a
level three apprenticeship would typically earn �100,000 more, that
is the same as a degree. What are the guarantees of a job at the end
of that? The vast majority Hend up working for the firm they trained
in. We certainly know there is a greater chance of getting a job if
you have got the right skills. Gaining an apprenticeship, which
you have forever, of course, that travels with you, that's Gill,
maximises your chances of getting a job, keeping a job, progressing in
a job. In this area we rely so much on the public sector. Do you think
we need to be made a special case? I wouldn't describe Lincolnshire as
a special case. I would describe it as a special place. The people of
Lincolnshire have been resolved, the Endeavour, the energy, skills
and enthusiasm to do their best, to be their best. Government can help
and we will. When we need to stand back, we will also do that.
Lincolnshire, top county, now, always has been, always will be.
John Hayes, the Skills Minister. Maybe you have got thoughts on this
Police in Scunthorpe unreleased two images of a man they want to talk
to in connection with a series of from robberies in the town. The
images were captured at Coral bookmakers on Monday. All the
bookies have also been targeted. The latest robbery was today at a
jeweller's. Officers are looking at a possible connection. Firefighters
spent much of this morning bringing factory near Pocklington on the
control. 45 firefighters and eight engines were at the site. An
investigation is underway. Tributes have been paid to Florence Green,
the last surviving veteran of the First World War, who has died at
the age of one at No 10. She died at at care home in King's Lynn. She
served as a waitress in the Women's Royal Air Force and Mana Moray F
days. Of course, huge sadness on the personal side. Her family must
be, even at her advanced stage, it is still awful to lose a mother, a
grandmother, a great grandmother and a great, great grandmother. I
think more widely it is a very significant given that she is the
last survivor of the First World With subsea a roast temperatures, -
- with sub-zero temperatures, homeless shelters have had to turn
people away because of the unprecedented demand for emergency
accommodation. The Salvation Army estimate there has been a 40 % rise
in the number of homeless people nationally. At Lincoln's who was
shelter, they have had to put up extra beds to cope with the
increase in demand. In Hull, there are more than 60 beds now available
after a new shorter was built. Organisers say the rise in numbers
means they are still some people they cannot accommodate.
I a hot meal on a cold day. The Salvation Army opens up his kitchen
to the home was three times a week. A year ago they were serving up to
18 people. Today, they fared 51. Many here call it a lifeline.
was not open, all these hungry mouths, where will they go? They
will go no were, they will go days without food. It is not just about
the food. It is a place to shelter, something people say is getting
harder to find. You have got to know where to go. They will be
wondering what they are due have got. Where can you go? They are for
poor and they are turning people away. People go to garden shed,
allotments, under bridges. This is not unique to hole. At this place
in Lincoln, they have faced turning people away. -- this is not unique
to Hull. We will give people sleeping bags, blankets, hot drinks,
super. We sometimes send them in the direction of St Mary's, but
they are having the problems we are. What causes homelessness fairies.
Drugs, alcohol, relationship breakdowns often figure. Some
people I spoke to Today became homeless within the last year and
directly blamed changes in their benefits. Shelter's say they have
anecdotal evidence that economic hardship is playing a role. We have
people who have had executive post -- executive positions then find
themselves on the scrapheap. They find themselves in a situation they
would never have dreamt they would find themselves in. Currently,
demand for help is outstripping supply.
Thank you for watching tonight. Still ahead: How one woman's
determination ended in a new 75 mile walking route through
Lincolnshire. That's taking it too far! And the
retirement party for one of Humberside Police's longest serving
Tonight's photograph is of a cargo ship on the River Humber. Thank you
for that. Good evening. I have one from the driver of a bus saying, I
would love to see Paul driving a bus at!
You could come along with me! We have got another Met Office
barely warning in place. Last night, it got down to minus man at
Scampton. -- minus nine. There could be problems with the commute
tomorrow evening. There is a risk of snow later. A warm front trying
to get mild air in from the West. It will fail and get pushed back by
the Continental air which is currently across. There has been a
lot of cloud today. Temperatures have really struggled. It is cold,
and pretty cloudy as well. It does not look as though it will be as
cold as last night. It will be frosty, with temperatures down to
minus four. That is 25 Fahrenheit. Those are your high-water times. A
quiet start to Thursday. Gradually, we have that a weather front which
will erratically spreading. There is a snow risk at first. I am most
concerned about East Yorkshire, perhaps into North Lincolnshire fog
at teatime commute yesterday. -- for that teatime commute. That's
A meeting about the Humber Bridge tolls will start in Grimsby shortly.
The council is meeting to agree a plan to share the remaining bridge
debt. If the plan is approved, it should mean plans to reduce the
Bridge tolls can start moving ahead. Leanne Brown is in Grimsby. What
are we expecting to happen in this meeting?
We are expecting the deal to halve the tolls on the Humber Bridge to
finally be rubber-stamped. It follows months of uncertainty. You
may remember it was in November when the Chancellor announced he
would take on half of the Humber Bridge's debt. That was under the
condition that all four councils to con the remainder of the debt. They
include North East Lincolnshire Council, East Riding Council and
home -- and Hull City Council. The plan was for a 25 % split share --
a 25 % split between the four. The leader of the council here, Chris
Shaw, did not accept this. On Friday, there was a breakthrough.
Councillor Chris Short changed his mind and said he would go forward
with the split. That means a deal can go through now. He said that
had to be under the understanding that it was with the utmost
priority that it was look at that Humber Bridge tolls are scrapped
for those travelling to hospital. Thank you very much. We will let
you know the outcome of that meeting in our late bulletin. Thank
you to everyone who got in touch about a woman who was spared jail
after getting drunk with her 11- year-old son. The woman has been
given a 12 month community and supervision order. A barrister is
calling for a debate on whether to sterilise those parents who will
not get help to overcome their addictions. Lots of strong views on
A new 75 mile trial for cyclists and ramblers and horse riders is
opening in Lincolnshire. The Linsey Trail has come about after four
years of hard work by a woman from Market Rasen. Sheila Brookes will
see her dream become a reality. Lindsay Smith has more.
Picturesque pathways, tranquil Fords and an abundance of peace and
quiet. The Linsey Trail is his 75 miles circular route. It is the
work of Sheila Brookes, a keen rider of pony driven carriages. She
spent months searching for pathways wide enough to take care carriages.
We pored over a lot of maps. We went to see if the roots would go.
Sometimes, it didn't. On one occasion, I was leaning out so far
to keep a carriage uprights that I said, if we did it again I wanted a
trapezium on the back! The trail starts at Willingham Woods near
Market Rasen. It takes in Louth, Horncastle and rugby. -- Wragby.
There are not many trails of this kind around. It is hoped the Linsey
Trail will attract tourists. We are aware that Moffatt have a carriage
driven rude. Lincolnshire is leading the way a little bit in the
East Midlands. -- we are aware that Northorpe have a carriage driving
routes. Chris Kerr runs a hotel on the route and says it can only be
good for business. People will get benefit from it. Anybody supplying
food on the routes, whether it is bistros or coffee houses.
Linsey Trail may have been inspired by Sheila's ponies, but it can also
be enjoyed by ramblers, cyclists and horse-riders. It is all set for
a grand opening in April. Grimsby Town are through to the
quarter-finals of the FA Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 2-
1 win last night. The Mariners 1 against Bath City after goals from
Anthony Elding and Rob Duffy. The owner of Hull City has revealed
that he considered pulling out of the deal to buy the club. Speaking
to me earlier on the radio, Dr Assem Allam explained as his
accountants went through the finances, they uncovered tens of
millions of pounds worth of debt. Everybody I talked to, they said,
no, thank you. It was football on nothing. I had to continue.
talks about many other things, including the offside rule. You can
hear the interview by going to our website.
An unusual retirement party was held this morning for one of
Humberside Police's longest serving staff members. This man, Ross! He
has been involved in everything from missing person searches to
monitoring football matches. Crispin Rolfe met him.
He likes to put on a brave face, but don't believe a word of it.
Ross is really a pussycat. This Humberside Police horse has been
chomping and criminals for over 15 years. But now it's spur hanging up
time. He is the bravest horse I have ever known. There is nothing
he will not go into. He does not like donkeys! When not having his
reputation ruined, Ross has led the thin blue line on night out in
Beverley and Hull. He has kept crowds under control and dealt with
protests across the area. It is quite intimidating going to protest.
Ross broke down so many barriers. He has also had to create them, at
grounds like Glanford Park. Mounted divisions are under threat. Some
forces have got rid of them mounted divisions. They do still have a big
part to play in modern policing. Fortunately, Ross's writing days
and now over. Having served his time, he is retiring to the Horses
Trust in Buckinghamshire. I suspect he may miss all the attention.
A reminder of the headlines. A victory for football manager
Harry Redknapp, cleared of charges that he tried to hide nearly
�200,000 from the taxman. Three decades after being given
infected blood, a man from Hull calls for an inquiry into why the
government allowed it. Talking about apprenticeships, this
from J. Where did he get the �193 a week? I am doing an apprenticeship
which pays me �150 a week. �50 of that goes on petrol. Jenny says,
apprenticeships provides struggling local businesses with the means of
cheap labour for three years. There is still a massive lack of real
jobs available. Katie says, I am on an apprenticeship. I enjoy working