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Good evening. Welcome to Look North. The headlines tonight...
As unemployment falls in our area, could culture be the area to
creating more jobs? -- the answer. The woman learning to walk again
with the help of robotic legs. After five years of sitting down,
it is amazing to be on my feet. 200 explosions are weak - residents
threaten to withdraw -- would hold their council tax.
A new study says that we have lost our sense of community.
It has been a milder day today with some sunshine at times. To find out
what is in store for the rest of the week, joined me later in the
programme. -- joined. Tonight, how festivals and events
could help create jobs in the future. But on the day that the
latest job news is announced, one company says it will be pulling out
of Hull. These are the latest job figures. In Yorkshire and the
Humber of the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell
by 10,000 to just over a quarter of a million. In the East Midlands
there was an increase of 1,000 people, taking the number out of
work to 188,000. In Hull, where the number of jobless young people is
amongst the highest in the country it is hoped that the arts and big
events will create jobs. Our business correspondent Paul Murphy
has been finding out how. They have been several projects in
our region but behind the fund and the colour lies the attempt to
bring income and at jobs to areas of deprivation and rising
unemployment. The festival brought in 75,000
people. The Hockney exhibition, 63,000 people. It brings people in
to spend money so it generates income into the economy. When it
comes to art school led regeneration, Margate has produced
the blueprint. -- Arts lead. More than a third of a million visitors
have come to this once dilapidated resort since the gallery opened
last April. People are beginning to feel that
this is working. We have had more than 360,000 visitors to the Turner
and I have noticed young people looking through windows and
thinking they will buy properties. Make no mistake, there is
deprivation end Margate, it has unemployment levels on a par with
Hull, but there is much evidence that investments in the arts are
creating jobs. The power of increased visitor numbers is seen
in the old town. Even in the economic gloom, it has become a
warren of pubs and boutiques. before the Turner arrived, we saw a
bunch of shops are opening. And since then people have seen how
many visitors they have had and have rented out their properties.
In Hull, the free museum quarter is one of the success stories of the
city's cultural economy but there is believes that more can be done.
When people come to an area they bring money, they stay in hotels
and they spend money in the town centre.
In Hull, D city's former fruit market is being reinvented as a
cultural quarter in a city notorious for its high youth
unemployment. The man behind this project believes that the young
have a crucial part to play. We are asking people to push the envelope
to come up with new and exciting ideas. When we see the unemployment
figures, we are trying to encourage younger people to come up with the
next generation of ideas and answers. Of course, there is no
quick fix to the high levels of unemployment announced today, but
the steady transformation of this seaside town is providing a glimpse
of what can be done. Professor John Lennon from the
University of Glasgow is an expert in how culture can regenerate a
city. He studied the impact that the Freedom Festival had on the
city of Hull. I asked him how arts and culture can revive that part of
the world. We have seen this revival in other parts of the UK
and Europe. Our cities are shifting from manufacturing to services. We
are seeing in Hull the growth of creative and cultural industries,
landmark events like the Freedom Festival have really helped to turn
around self- belief in places like Hull. Most people will be saying,
we want factories, jobs, offices, not a couple of fans in the park.
If our economy is structurally shifting. We can't go back to where
we were. Most of our production has gone overseas and will not return.
The UK is good at creating cultural industries. Those sectors are
growing and exploding across Hull, whether in TV and media or
marketing and creative functions. The EU have a lot of good growth
there and I think it is a gradual growth that we have seen that comes
about with the realisation that Hull can, firstly, be a venue for a
world-class event like Freedom Festival but also be a location for
visitors, the closeness to the European Ferries will help...
saw in the film what the Turner Gallery has done full of -- Dunn
for Margate's. Could Hull have that kind of success? Hull and the so
barring environment has a lot to offer. We have a combination of
city, coast and countryside. David have -- David Hockney is your
biggest ambassador, selling out in central London with paintings I
believe that the tide has turned significantly and I think you will
see continued growth, both in civic pride and growth in self-belief,
coming out of those industries. Do you agree with Professor Lennon
the things like the Freedom Festival could bring up jobs to the
city or should the focus still be on trying to get employers to build
offices and factories? If you were in charge, what would you do? It
We look forward to hearing from you. It has been confirmed this
afternoon did a green energy company will close its offices in
Hull. -- and that a green energy. Carillion employs 150 people at its
site in the west of the city. What more do we know? They have several
business interests but it's their solar panel in -- business but has
been affected. People have been installing the panel's to generate
their own electricity but from the beginning of March the subsidy to
do that is being halved and that has had a dramatic impact on the
amount of in -- business being generated. The closure of the
factory in Hull is being directly blamed on that downturn. There has
been a consultation running since last year and the company has made
the closure decision final. There are 100th 50 office workers based
at this site and this evening one manager has said that every effort
will be made to replicate them to other places in the country. -- 150
office workers. Senior police officers are urging
the government to set a minimum price level for alcohol.
A company from East Yorkshire is helping to develop a robotic suit
that will help paraplegic patients walk. There was already a long
waiting list for the ReWalk sud and one woman who was told she would
never walk again is hoping to prove its worth by walking the London
Marathon. It may look like a laboured way to
stand but Claire Lomas says that she dreams about held weekly
sessions trialling the new ReWalk suit.
It is amazing after five years of sitting down to be back on my feet.
Clare severed her spinal cord during a riding accident. She was
told she would never walk again. Now she is working with East
Yorkshire company Cyclone to test the sued for the UK market. For
braces support the lake and help to rotate the joints. -- be braces.
Sensors under the feet detect when they are lifted and be back pack
contains an eight hour battery. The sensors on the hips are similar to
those found in iPhones. It is an external system with
motors that persists that the joints to give a walking pattern. -
- that assists. Clare can walk 30 steps so far but she has set
herself a target of completing the London Marathon in April, 26 miles.
But there is a bigger challenge awaiting her first. I have the
little one's birthday on Friday and we are having a competition to see
who can walk further. Young brains learn quicker so I am not sure
whether she will overtake me soon! It is an incredible piece of kit
with a �43,000 price tag but there was already has substantial waiting
list for the ReWalk, which will keep these engineers busy for some
time. An incredible story. We wish her
all the best. Let's have some more news. A 37-
year-old man has been arrested with -- in connection with claims made
on the internet about the whereabouts of missing Hull man
Stuart kilt and. A man was arrested after police search led to no
evidence that he was ever in the area.
The Humber Bridge Board has approved a plan which could see the
cost of crossing it halved. Now it needs to go before the government
for final approval. People are being asked not to
attend the A&E department at the Hull Royal Infirmary and less it is
an emergency. There is a high demand for beds and the hospital is
advising people to seek advice from GPs and walk-in centres.
People in a Lincolnshire village are threatening not to pay their
council tax owed for what they call a news nuisance. -- over what. West
Lindsey District Council said there would be 200 explosions next week.
The peaceful village of Toft next Newton, but every so often there is
this. Sheila says they battle her windows
and damage her home and next week she is preparing herself for more
than 200 blasts. -- rattle. It brings back the evils of the war.
200 bombs going off in one area, it will be horrendous.
It is not exactly clear what goes on at this site but it has a
licence to store and test weapons and fire despite fireworks. A
residents like composer David have been complaining for years but he
says 200 is too many and he is taking a stand.
We are paying council tax to get a service. If we are customers, we
have customer rights. I am going to There is not anything we can do
because the noise that is there is below the level it can be.
Residents need to be aware that not paying their council tax is illegal.
While the owner of the site was unavailable to come on camera today,
he has issued a statement. He says: Exposures are part of important
work to counter roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says the
25 seconds a day testing is this more inconvenience for saving lives.
Whether the residents whose lives have been disrupted for the last
six years agree is another matter. Thank you for watching. Still
ahead: Scunthorpe United finally win at home to drag themselves out
of the relegation zone. A new study says we have lost touch
with our neighbours. We go in Alf Bunting took this of sunrise
over Barmston Beach in East Yorkshire. Thank you very much for
that. Lisa Gallagher, good evening. How are you?
Very well, thank you. A picture appeared on Twitter of
meet today, half-naked, unfortunately.
My eyes! My eyes! She was very quick to draw
attention to eight! -- she was very quick to draw
attention to it. Tomorrow, we will see sunshine at
first. Cloud will increase through the day. Today, we have seen broken
cloud. We have seen some sunshine. That is how we end the day. The
cloud will tend to melt away out into the North Sea. It will be a
cold night. We may see a Trust -- we may see a touch of frost. Let's
look at the Sunday Times now. -- the Sun times now. We will say
spells of sunshine. It will stay dry through the morning, but in the
afternoon, cloud will increase from the north-west. The thickening
cloud will bring some outbreaks of rain. Temperatures, still on the
mild side, round about nine or 10 degrees. There will be a moderate
breeze from the West. Friday should be frost-free. They will be some
spots of rain at times. On Saturday, we will have clearer air. Just five
Do not be fooled by that angelic face! Underneath that face is a
very cruel woman! Could buy!
Senior police officers in Lincolnshire are urging the
government to go ahead with proposals to set a minimum price
level for alcohol. The Prime Minister says he is considering
idea as part of a package of measures to tackle binge drinking.
Let's get more details from Tim Iredale, who is in a Cleethorpes
pub. What as a reaction been? not think anybody wants to pay more
for their drinks? No! These measures are to stop people getting
tanked up on cheap lager, cider and vodka from the supermarkets. The
government says it is determined to get to grips with this problem,
because it cost the NHS to �0.7 billion every year. Drinkers
enjoying a quiet pint in Cleethorpes today. This is how the
government would like people to enjoy alcohol, not like this.
Health experts believe the problems associated with binge drinking
could be reduced if there was a minimum price level for alcohol.
think if people knew there was a minimum pricing, they would have
the same amount of money, but will not be able to have so much alcohol.
They will not be so intoxicated. The Scottish government is in the
process of setting a minimum alcohol price. Researchers in
Sheffield worked out that a 45p minimum unit would result in an
own-brand bottle of vodka or increasing from �8.35 to �11 -- to
These drinkers in Cleethorpes are not convinced it is the right
solution. A do not see where the majority of drinkers should be
penalised by this system because they are able to restrain their
drinking. Stop the supermarket selling very cheap alcohol. I doubt
it will make that much difference. One doctor believes the problem of
all go all abuse will not be tackled simply by a price rise. --
alcohol abuse. I do nothing pricing is relevant. It is latent within
people. The price will not make any difference. There is a cocktail of
opinions about their as the government battles the binge
drinking culture. We are live in his pub in
Cleethorpes. They brew their own beer here. Bill Parkinson is the
boss. What do you think to this proposal for minimum alcohol
prices? I think if you can make alcohol more expensive, There is a
fair chance drinking in a pub will be more interesting. Some say it
will benefit the pub trade and that it will affect the supermarkets
more. They row two schools of thought. By making it less
attractive to buy from a supermarket, they will spend more
in the pub. The other idea is that if people have a limited amount to
spend, and are buying the same at a more expensive price in the
supermarket, they will have less to spend in the pub. The government
have not committed to any firm new laws as yet. That is the picture
here this evening. Never let it be said that Look North cannot
organise a live broadcast in a brewery.
Thank you very much! This is another one you might have an
opinion on. Is it the minority of drinkers forcing prices up for the
rest of us? Is the minimum price a Huge response on a was story about
the call centre where bosses have started timing trip to the toilet.
The arm -- the employee said anyone who spend too long had to make up
the time at the end of their shift. Tests are going on at the
University of Lincoln to uncover the origins of a museum exhibit
which looks like a mummified mermaid. This picture might not be
to everyone's taste! The staff and students have already discovered
that the mysterious men made's hair is human, and they are testing the
DNA of the mermaid's tail to see what fish it came from. The exhibit
is thought to be from Japan or the 4 -- Japan or the Far East, and
possibly date back to the mid- nineteenth century.
On to football, I'm Hull City held out for a draw at Birmingham City
last night. They have not conceded a goal in
five League matches. Their attack could not break through. The match
ended goalless and City are 7th in the Championship table. A
Scunthorpe United moved out of the relegation places after defeating
Rochdale. Gary Thompson scored just after the
hour as the eye and got their first home win since October. A in the
Blue Square Premier, Lincoln City took the lead in the very first
minute, but had to equalise in the final few seconds against Braintree.
A survey has found that neighbours in Yorkshire at the most unfriendly
in the country. The research says nearly half of those do not know
our neighbours's names, let alone where to find a community centre.
Is that really true? Anne-Marie Tasker has been searching for
streets were there really is still a community spirit.
Get off my steps! If Nora Batty is anything to go by, Yorkshire
neighbours are not friendly. Luckily, we are not all like that.
Hello. In West Hull, the residents of Ella Street are proving that
survey Iraq. I love living round here. It is very friendly. I do not
think we will be leaving any time soon. They do more than say hello.
They organise a community festival and plenty more. Neighbours popping
for a cup of tea and lots of people go out on the streets digging up
the snow and helping each other. People popping for an egg if they
are baking and have forgotten to buy something, so it really is very
friendly. The map makers Ordnance Survey asked 2000 people if they
knew the names of their neighbours. Here in Yorkshire, 41 % said they
did not, make make the joint worst place in the country, alongside
London. On Ella Street, they know who is here. A our friend Bernard
lives next door. He has been there longer than others. Another friend
lives directly opposite. Bennett, John, Dean, McClure -- Claire. We
got together in the summer and painted our houses. We had good fun
doing it. The survey has been done to try to find ways to make us all
more friendly. Charity Streets Alive says that is vital. You may
not need your neighbours, but people find it nicer to live in a
street where it is a bit friendly. You do not have to be friends. You
want to know you were part of that street. That could make it just
like the good old days. In part of Hull, it seems those good old days
never went away. Finally, a recap of the headlines.
The jobless count goes up by nearly 50,000. The unemployed total is
over 2.6 million. In our area, unemployment has fallen slightly,
but one company is pulling out of Hull, where it employs 150 people.
Top temperatures tomorrow still mild at 11 Celsius. Response coming
in on a culture. Someone said, events like freedom and great for
attracting visitors but empty shops and lack of restaurant will not
impress people. Factories and offices can be found anywhere.
Festivals are fun. Any festival in Hull is a good thing. I think the
bridge will have a great impact. Chris says, at an toads will not
bring jobs and prosperity to this city. We need to think bigger than