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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
To a Mac families wait for answers as the final preparations are made
to exhume a body from a halt cemetery.
Nobody expects two funerals for the same person. It is like a double
whammy. Better protection for our homes -
more than �30 million has pledged for flood defences.
Two charities - but one has to pay fuel that. Now thousands of people
signed a petition calling for the payment to be wait.
And to hug are not to hug? As John Prescott admits to never having his
sons, we asked if we left affects your softer side. And with rain
coming tomorrow, we will find out more about the weather shortly.
Good evening. Final preparations are being made tonight to exhume a
body from a cemetery and help. Buried by mistake in the grave of
Christopher Alder. He died in police custody and 1998 and his
family thought they had buried him. It is now believed the grave
contains the remains of Grace Kamara, as 77-year-old woman from
Nigeria. DNA tests will take place after tonight's exhumation. He
preparations for tonight's exhumation have been underway all
afternoon. It is now more than three months
since the body mix up involving Christopher Alder and Grace Kamara
first came to light. I cannot believe it. I thought we had buried
him. It was disbelief. For 37-year- old Christopher had died in
controversial circumstances in police custody. A high profile
funeral was held later in Hull. But the wrong remains were buried and
this has had a very personal impact on Richard's family. Her last wish
was to be cremated and scatter her ashes on my brother's grave. It is
going to be so hard because nobody expects two funerals for the same
person. Grace Kamara's friends and family
had already gathered her for her family -- funeral when council
officials confess they could not find her body. I would like her
body to be returned to the grave where she has been laid since it 11
years. Her body is already there. There is no need to carry her again
to the cemetery. I want her to rest in peace. Exhumations are fairly
rare. All they around 1000 licences are granted each year. Tonight's
operation is likely to be a painstaking process involving up to
30 different specialists. Once you are satisfied you have got the
right coffin, the coffin is taken intact and taken to an appropriate
mortuary. It will only be opened when it is in the postmortem
facility and the body can be inspected, photographed and then
removed for whatever procedures unnecessary.
To still be from Hull City Council has admitted the last few months
have been difficult for everyone involved. -- Trust all day. When we
found out, we were devastated. It is nothing to what the families
have been through. That was the main concern. As well as
distressing, there is a police investigation. There is a milestone
we're trying to achieve which is to understand and find out what
happened all those years ago when we believed the two bodies had
become exchanged. To miked's exhibition will be difficult for
the families but it will be closer to them finding out how their loved
ones could be mistaken for one another.
Fit he is outside the northern cemetery in Hull at the moment.
What is this the sequence of events tonight? Close members of Richard
and Laura's family are expected to arrive now. They want to be present
further removal of the top layer of soil which contains her ashes. They
want them for that to be put back on a Christopher's grave. He was
buried in a private family funeral on 9th February. After that, around
midnight, the digging will begin. It is not that will take around
five hours and then a coffin containing the hearse will leave
here for a specialist mortuary at around for a five am in the morning.
It is that to identify the remains? I have been talking to the police
about this and they say they have dental records of Grace Kamara and
this process should happen very quickly and efficiently. So they
are expecting to know that by close of play tomorrow. They will inform
the family's first of all and then the wider public probably the day
after. But all very quick. In a moment on tonight's programme:
The one-woman campaign to try and make life better on one of our most
deprived estates. The amount of money used to protect
homes in East Yorkshire from flooding will almost be doubled in
the coming year. The Environment Agency says that more than �33
million will be spent on flood defences in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire in order to protect thousands of homes and businesses.
Our environment Correspondent has more.
Whether it was water pouring into houses and Louth, streets filling
up last year or large parts of Hull being left devastated in 2007. All
over the last few years, floods have left their mark on his part of
the world. Where we are now, the water was at least a fit deep. In
some parts it was up to the waist. This man helped people on this
estate get back on their feet in 2007. For physically you cannot see
anything that has been done. People are worried that when we do have
prolonged rain, we are going to get flooded again. But from April the
amount of money being spent on flood defences is doubling to �8
million. And includes work in the estate. It is rising in
Lincolnshire to nearly �26 million. This business is one of the
businesses hoping to get some benefit. It was badly flooded and
2007. But now work is being done at the nearby river in the hope of
cutting the risk. Any work that is being carried out, that will
protect the residents of the village and the surrounding area,
the assets of the charity. Therefore any work that is going on
is really important to us. Other improvements from April include
shoring up defences on the Humber and pumping more sand into beaches
near Mablethorpe. But with thousands of homes at risk from
flooding, protection as a monumental Russ -- monumental task.
We have done some important work since 2007. Approximately a third
of Lincolnshire is below sea level so it is essential we do continue
was the maintenance to tenure the defences that we already have and
to provide improvements that we can in the future. Despite all the hard
work, the main problem in this area is the scale of the rest. We have a
risk of flooding from the sea, from rivers and from unprecedented
amounts of rain. And protecting against all of those factors is
almost an impossible task. A story we will continue to follow.
An East Yorkshire man believed to be in his forties has died in a car
crash on the M60 to. The motorway was closed for several hours this
morning's rush hour. The road is now reopened and the investigation
into the crash is underway. The postmortem is taking place on
the body of a man found dead early this morning. The 44-year-old was
discovered in the city's Birchwood estate. Two men have been arrested
in connection with the death which has been described as an ex plained.
The former MP has become the latest applicant for the police of --
position of Police Commissioner. He will compete for the Labour
nomination alongside the former deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott
and Hull's Mayer calling Inglis. There are elections will take this
in November. The air ambulance could save money
each year if they could avoid paying VAT on the fuel they use. At
the moment they're forced to pay the tax under European Union rules.
Even though they are charities and make no churches. Now a Yorkshire
MP is calling for changes. -- no charges.
Two lunches of emergency service vehicles. Also entirely funded by
charitable contributions without a penny from the Government. But as
one of them has to pay VAT on the huge amounts of fuel used every
time they set out to save lives. Under European Union rules,
Yorkshire's two air ambulances have to pay 5% VAT on the �10,000 worth
of fuel they use every month. But another EU role says charity
emergency vehicles working at sea, another word lifeboats, can be like
-- tax-exempt. This is the sort of battle their EU often gets itself
into. We are saying that they have their Government collects the VAT
and then gives it back to the air ambulances. Hugh Bayley has laid
down a motion in Parliament. He wants the Government to reimburse
VAT and now and the petition is being watched calling for a House
of Commons debate on the matter. They are doing a great job for this
Government. They have been saving the Government's for successive
years millions of pounds. They should be able to get back the VAT.
The petition is really taking off. 1000 people a day signing on since
its launch last week. 100,000 are required to trigger a debate by MPs.
If you have a view on that, send your views for that.
Still ahead tonight: We ask whether hugging your children depends on
where you live. I hugged her every day. It shows them that they are
cared about and it makes them happy. And why we are turning to auction
houses to try and get quits then in 2012. -- pounds in.
It tonight's picture is a Bridlington harbour taken by Met --
by Barry Mainprize. Good to see the Red Arrows practising early on.
I thought I would humiliate you by sharing this. I thought you might
like to know, my car thermometer has reached seven Celsius this
afternoon. When you read it out of context, it sounds extremely dull.
It will be wet for the next 24 hours. I am not so sure it will be
anywhere near enough to alleviate the dry conditions. Just look at
where the air is coming from. Through the sub tropics. This is
why on Thursday afternoon, once we get that rain out of the way, if we
could have temperatures of 16 Celsius across parts of our region.
Right now, there is variable amounts of cloud. Around 13 Celsius.
It has been very mild and it will be reasonably mild tonight. Quite
breezy. The cloud will come and go. Temperatures drifting to around
five or six Celsius around the Wash. So the sun will rise in the morning.
You high water times. We are off to a dry start on Wednesday, perhaps
some brightness around the Wash. It will not last long. The cloud
thickens by the end of the morning. Rain spreading across. The
afternoon, wet and windy. The wind will be strong, occasionally gale
force from the south-west. So a miserable day developing after war
will be a dry start. Temperatures around 11 degrees Celsius in
Grimsby. The further out -- Thursday looks pleasant. 15 or 16
Celsius Enmore favoured locations. There will be some rain on Friday.
The weekend is looking nice. Dry Dear Sir, Are there any vacancies
available in the weather Department? Good night! Nice to
talk to you. John Prescott has sparked another debate following
comments he has made about hugging. I Yorkshire psychologist has told
Look North he is saddened to hear that Lord Prescott does not hug his
children. He made the comment in an interview where he said it is not
part of British culture. He has never been far away from the media
spotlight. He is known for throwing a punch, when he got an egg thrown
at him in 2001 but this week, Lord Prescott of Hull showed us his
softer side, talking on Desert Island Discs about his relationship
with his children. I cannot put my arms around my sons. I do not know
where it comes from. I think it is part of British culture and it is
reflected in me and I am sad about that. Men a father's will actually
share this concern because for some of them to hug their child is
difficult. It may also be something about a certain generation.
some it is an awkward moment but is it anything to do with where you
live or your background that holds Faber's back? This father and
daughter work together in Hull but they do not hug. I do not have a
problem with it but I just think it is a bit weird. I show affection
with a punch on the arm! Down South are the more likely to show
affection than as northerners? hug her every day before I leave
for work and when I get home from work. It's made them feel loved.
always give them a hug hello or goodbye. The modern man everywhere
is hugging more than ever. Every one needs a good cuddle! You have
got to just get out there and give people a cuddle. Definitely.
Friends and family all the time. The being have Italian it is in the
blood. A hug makes you feel better. I asked a professor what he made of
John Prescott's statement. exudes the northern macho man so
probably not surprising but it is quite sad in one way that someone
like that too is such a public figure went forward and said that
sort of thing. It will have major repercussions in some areas. He is
presumably not on his own. Many fellows of that generation will not
hug their sons, how do the mess out? I think it is a generational
thing but there is also an north/south divide issue here. I
think generally surely men of his age, unfortunately I am almost
close to his age, but I am a great Hauger. -- I think generational
wave. -- I am again eight Hauger. How do the mess out? Today we hear
a great thing about the emotional intelligence. I'd really do believe
that if you do not have a physical connection with your parents then
you really will miss out. I would not say kids would be deprived, but
if you do not have that sort of physical real connection that
presents a really positive image for children from their parents
then the likelihood of not being able to do that as you enter adult
food is clearly there and we should be a bit concerned about that. --
adult food. And finally, is it ever too late to start? The longer you
go on it will be more difficult to express yourself. We should all at
least tried to hug one person a day. I will go home and tried to hug
one! What do you think about this one? Do you hug? Is it a
generational thing or and 35 apprentices are to be taken on
by a steel company in Scunthorpe. The apprenticeships will begin in
September. Last Jean-Claude Junckers the company announced job
losses. There will be a controlled explosion carried out on two --
items found by a bigger. -- the bigger. And a big response on the
issue of Lincolnshire facing its worst drought since 1976. Yesterday
there was a meeting to discuss minimising the impact. Customers
have been asked to reduce water use. One man says we should be imposing
hosepipe and -- hosepipe bans now, not later. Barry asks: "If the
water company are restricting my water are they also lowering my
bills?" And finally Mark asks "What's wrong with desalination of
sea water? Egypt and similar countries don't run out every year
despite lack of rainfall" People in one of Scunthorpe's most deprived
areas are now enjoying a better life thanks to the work being done
by one local woman who's turned her own life around. Linsey Rouse from
the Westcliffe Estate is offering new hope to people with
homelessness, alcohol and drug addiction as Amanda Thomson reports.
It is a warm place to relax and meet friends but it is a way from
this region which attracted disenfranchised locals for years.
used to come and hang about and have a laugh and I thought if I am
bored, other people might feel the same so I thought we should have a
drop-in centre and I look for some funding. This is what she has
created. Three times a week she opens the police and attracts up to
30 users per time. I come here, I used to get up to all sorts. Now it
is something better to do with my life. I have got a shared house now
and I am sorting my life out. better than standing here freezing
all the time or going over to sit on the wall. You need places like
that to go. Scunthorpe's Westcliffe is an area with its share of
problems. So very welcome is help with homelessness, alcoholism, drug
addiction and its health implications. What we have got our
chronic leg ulcers that you have had four at nine years now? I have
been treating you for nine months. I look at the palm to people's
general health caused by drug use. Hectares -- it is a way to get
people in for treatment, they will not go to their GPs for things like
dressings. Recovery exists within communities, not just within
mainstream centres but there are other assets. Nurse Linsey has
Further funding has been secured Another step to a better future.
Scunthorpe United have a chance to move further away from the
relegation zone, if they beat Walsall tonight. Alan Knill is set
to name an unchanged side for the match at Glandford Park. If they
win this evening it will be their third successive victory. And you
can hear commentary from be Iron's match on Radio Humberside tonight.
The build-up begins in Sportstalk. They are on air now. Auction houses
attract all goes one time prized possessions. Here in Lincoln at
this auction house they are noticing an unusual trend where
people are offloading rare and unusual items for a quick return.
This is a blunderbuss. Something like this comes up very really,
every five or seven years. Nowadays they are coming up every year
because people are having to update their finances in order to do other
things. This is alluded on trunk which in itself is very valuable.
It came from the wife of a man has rasher in India. Even after 40
years in the business, there are more surprises happening now for
this owner. It makes people stop and think that the it may be things
of value in their wardrobes. Take this trunk, we have had many that
always make a lot of money, but never won by -- from a princess in
India. That itself will make a lot of money. And how about this
acquisition, a whole bucket full of unusual coins. Just one is all it
takes to make a fortune. This vehicle was driven here and it was
taxed until the end of June. It is worth a couple of grand. Now a cap
of the headlines. A eurozone bail- out of 130 billion euros seems
Greece. A body will be exude from a cemetery in Hull. And the weather
tomorrow is wet, windy and very mild. Now 1 beat subject of hunks,
someone text in to say we live in the south and our love is not gone.
We hug every day. Another woman says we hug every day and we are