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Good evening. The headlines tonight: They man demanding the law


is changed after being told to prove his dead son was the father


of his grandchild. To be denied his birthright seems


terribly cruel. An East Yorkshire loan shark


escapes jail after preying on dozens of local people.


The county roads which are cracking up as drought conditions continue.


How the beached whales of our past have shaped the way we treat them


today. It has been one of the mildest


February days on record along the East Yorkshire coast. The latest


coming up shortly. A Lincolnshire father has described


the law as terrible and demanded changes following a fatal car crash.


Matthew Anderson died in a crash near Lincoln three days before his


fiancee gave birth to their baby. Instead of having time to grieve


his death, the family were forced to prove that he was the baby's


father using DNA evidence. It is because the couple were not married.


It took more than six months and thousands of pounds just to get


Matthew's name registered on the birth certificate. His family are


calling for a change in the north. -- the law.


Cherished memories of a loving son and father. John Anderson was in


the car behind his son and witness the moment he was killed in an


accident. I'd tried to check his paws. I knew he was dead. A vehicle


crashed into the side of the car, killing Matthew instantly. His


heavily pregnant fiancee survived the crash, and gave birth three


days later to their son. When they tried to register the birth, they


were told that because the couple was not married, they needed DNA


evidence to prove Massey was the father. They decided to call him


Matthew after him, and then John after me, and to deny his son his


birthright seems terribly cruel. We had to get a DNA tests done on the


baby and use some of Matthew's remains. We had to go to court and


get a judge to rule, yes, he is the father. Home Office rules say if


the father has died before the birth and the couple is not married,


the mother must apply to a court for his name to be on the birth


certificate. If parents are married, I'd do one can register the birth.


There is a need for the government to look at the legal situation many


unmarried couples have to face. It does create unfairness and needs to


be reviewed because of the number of people who choose not to get


married these days. A we need safeguards around the edges, so you


cannot just declare her the father is, but as the law currently stands,


this is an added burden for families who have been through a


terrible trauma. The family are calling for the law to be changed,


and hope they can stop others from going through the pain they have


endured. Justine Devenney is from a group


which campaigns to raise awareness about your legal rights if you're


not married. She told me that this kind of case is not that unusual.


It is fairly common. We have been going for 40 years, and one thing


we campaigned for his more information for people who were not


married. There are lot of mess that exist around common law marriage.


People wrongly believe they have the same rights whether they are


married or cohabiting. Is it fair for a couple who might have been


together for many years, that they are not treated the same way as a


married couple, like in this particular story? I am sure when


you were going through a tragedy, it feels very unfair. What we have


in this country is a huge problem with getting people to access


information at the right time. We would like people to be better


armed with knowledge when they go into their relationship. When they


decide to move in together, or decide to get married or not get


married, that they go into that with the knowledge about the


differences in law. Of course, that is not terribly romantic. A big


cultural shift is needed to get people to get the right information.


In this day and age, does something need to change legally? I do not


know if anything needs to change legally, but we have to get


complicated legal information to people in a simpler way, so they


can make informed choices. Very good to talk to you.


I would like your thoughts on this one. Have you or your partner


suffered legally simply because you Coming up: Why has it taken so


long? Work starts to replace BT cable to three weeks after a fault


was reported. The mother of a baby who was


seriously injured after being attacked by her partner has


described him as a monster whose crimes will stay with them for the


rest of their lives. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons,


was speaking after a report into the case of Adam Hewitt from


Bridlington. He was jailed for five years after fracturing her baby's


skull, and leaving her second baby with permanent brain damage. A


serious case review says East Riding Social Services and the


police failed to co-ordinate what they knew about him. This report


begins with the words of one of the mothers. We have changed her voice


to protect her identity. Words distress as Mazda has inflicted


upon our family. He not only assaulted my chart, but then went


on to point fingers at close family members and friends. My son is not


aware of the injuries he sustained, or why he lives apart from his


mummy and siblings. This woman's baby, who has been referred to as


Chardy to protect his identity, was left with a fractured skull in 2007


after being assaulted by her boyfriend, Adam Hewitt. After 10


days, police closed the case. In 2000 Nurmi, -- in 2008, additional


information emerged but Humberside Police failed to properly assess it.


In 2009, Adam Hewitt squeezed and shook another baby. It was left


with permanent brain damage. Several members of police staff


faced disciplinary action and two social workers lost their jobs. The


authorities are sincerely apologised for their failings. New


social workers have been appointed and police have tightened up their


record-keeping. But we were told there is no guarantee it will not


happen again. When you get people like Adam Hewitt, dangers people


who were determined to injure children, it makes it very


difficult for social services and the police to prevent these things


from happening, and even to detect them. They ran a guarantees these


things will not happen, but we have learnt lessons -- there are no


guarantees. The mother of Hewitt's first victim said she approached


the authorities with fears about his violence. I can't explain what


I feel about it. I was treated disgustingly. If they had listened


to me, it would never have happened. We have had more social workers


commander caseloads in the East Riding out very manageable. We have


quite low caseloads. Adam Hewitt is serving a five-year prison sentence.


The family of one of his victims say their pain will remain with


them forever. Joining me is Ray Gray from the


union Unison, which represents social workers. Good evening. What


more can social workers do to protect children in this area?


think one of the key things was picked up in that report. At the


time, social workers were under a lot of pressure. They now have


seven new social workers. One of the key things is that we learn


from it and do not make the same mistakes again. It could happen


again? The police constable was right. Behind closed doors, you


never know what goes on. Unless somebody tell someone and they act


on it, things like this will continue to happen. Is it your


experience that they are not overstretched? I think social


workers still have a difficult job to do. There will never be enough


of them. Their workload will increase. The agency is not working


together has been bled. Is that the experience of social workers, who


work as part of 18? -- who work as part of 18. Hindsight is a


wonderful thing. They could have been better liaison between the


agencies. I think a lesson has been learned. What do cases like this do


for morale or more on social workers? The job is bank Close, in


a way. People do not become social workers because of the money. They


do it because they believe they can make a difference. Things like this


does affect morale and it affects recruitment. People see the impact


on social workers. Thank you very much for coming in tonight.


Unregulated exploitation. The words used in court today to describe the


activities of an East Yorkshire loan shark. 37-year-old Lea Bates


from Cottingham was sentenced to a two-year community order for


illegally lending money. His unlicensed loan company is believed


to have preyed on dozens of local people. The full extent of Lea


Bates's money-lending may never be known. As he was unlicensed, very


few records were kept. Hull Crown Court head how his victims were


never given written agreements as they were drawn into murky deals.


We are angry. We did not realise how much money we owed him. It is


so hard, to be dragged into something like people like that,


you do not realise because they come across as a friendly.


court was told that Lea Bates used to work for a licensed lender, and


when he left that company, he purged former clients. In


sentencing him to a two-year community order, the judge


condemned him for what he described as unregulated exploitation. People


wouldn't understand what they had to pay back. That is what


legitimate firms are there for. You have paperwork, you know how much


you have to pay and can make informed choices. With illegal


lenders, they abuse the system. number of illegal lenders has


doubled nationally in the last three years. The court heard how


Lea Bates was motivated by nothing Hundreds of residents in Scunthorpe


still cannot use their telephone or internet three weeks after a fault


was reported. British Telecom have only just begun to lay new cables


on the A18. Our reporter Leanne Brown is there now. Leanne, why is


it taking so long to get this fixed? You can just about make out


of the Vance behind the. Engineers working to fix the problem. About


250 people are without services. Water damage to a cable caused loss


of service in the area. The cable was damaged beyond repair and when


BT went to run a new cable, they were unable to because the duct had


collapsed. Now, our cameras were here earlier


when 90 metres of new duct was built to house the cable. Traffic


management was needed. It is a busy route, so it has caused some


disruption. You can see for yourself, this is a busy roundabout.


BT has released a statement saying that a new cable is being run


through the dock today and they will begin at restoring services in


They expect all customers to be back up and running by the weekend.


Thank you. Still ahead tonight: Cracking up -


how the ongoing drought is causing millions of pounds damge to our


roads. And how a beached whale on our


coastline helped inspire one of our most famous novels.


Tonight's photograph. Cleethorpes Pier taken by Patrick


Cheeseman. It has been a beautiful day.


It has. But I have had a tweed from you. Anybody who knows are female


going to propose tomorrow, please get in touch with me!


Top temperatures this afternoon in Bridlington. That is where the


excitement has been. Just short of excitement has been. Just short of


a record set in 1960. But just well in Lincoln. Tomorrow, variable with


some large amounts of cloud as well. High pressure is still in charge.


Lincolnshire is desperately in need of some rain, but there is nothing


in the forecast until later in the weekend. You can see that clear


patch there. Over the next few hours, we will keep these gaps in


the cloud. But the cloud will push him from the south-west, that means


it will be a very mild night for the time of year. Temperatures


around eight or nine Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at


around about 6:51am. A milder -- a milder day tomorrow. Most places


should have some sunshine. Temperatures of 13 or 14 Celsius.


Similar on Thursday. Friday looks over cast with the risk of some


drizzle. Possibly some rain over the weekend.


On Twitter, they are saying that they knew why you would be a


gloating. I did not get lucky!


More than 150 roads in Lincolnshire have been damaged by the current


drought conditions and now the county council is asking the


Government for extra cash to repair them. It says it is unclear what it


would cost to fix all of the damage, but the bill could amount to


millions of pounds. Jake Zuckerman They've been appearing in roads


across Lincolnshire. Huge long cracks, caused by the recent


drought. This crack is so big you can fit your hand inside it.


Ligature county council says there are so -- a Lincolnshire County


Councils says there were 150 sites across the country are. They are


asking for more money to repair the damage. This will have to be


resurfaced. How much do you need for that? How long it is a piece of


string? We do not have sufficient funds to put this matter right on


our own. But the Government may take some convincing. It says


Lincolnshire has already been allocated �100 million for road


repairs between 2011 and 2015. In a statement Transport Minister Norman


Monica Lees runs a cat shelter in Moulton Chapel.


Just a few hundred yards away from her home, the road is breaking up


and becoming dangerous. Like many living in the area she's worried.


It is a bit like a roller coaster. If you go too fast, the front


bumper of your car will hit it. You can damage your motor.


The county did experience similar drought damage in 2004 and then it


received just over �5 million. But this time, the problem is worse,


and money is far harder to come by. Jake Zuckerman, BBC Look North,


Moulton Chapel. A new service for people who care


for dementia sufferers has been launched in Hull today. The


Dementia Academy will be a single point of access for family members,


carers and professionals in the city. It is hoped it will reduce


admissions to residential care and A&E through better carer support


and training. It is really about raising


standards, improving training to help the lives of sufferers of


dementia are, but also of their carers and families.


On last night's programme, we talked about calls for better care


for people suffering from the early onset of dementia. Steve Borjak's


wife Michelle was diagnosed with a form of Alzeihmer's at just 28


years old. He struggled to find a suitable care home for her as most


of them would not take someone so young. He is calling for more


services for people like her who get the disease earlier in life.


Thanks for getting in touch on this one, many seem to have had a


Thank you very much for all of those.


Hull City's manager Nick Barmby has been giving his support to the


BBC's Sport Relief today. He's been at the KC Stadium seeing how money


raised is helping to end the discrimination surrounding mental


health. Our sports reporter Simon It was straight from our Hull City


training session to this for Nick Barmby. He was lending support to a


project backed by the club's community department called Imagine


your goals. It is funded from cash you raised for Sport Relief and is


aimed at getting those with mental health issues back into the


committee. People do not realise what great work is done in the


community. In the background. We are not privy to that sort of thing.


There are some great people working behind the scenes. Every week,


these young men and women turn up on these artificial pictures for a


game of football. We used the money from sports relief -- Sport Relief


for people to come down and access the pictures for free. You can get


involved in this year's event. Choose your Ram, and walk or run


the 26 miles. More details on the website. Mick has been a supporter


of the charity for a long time, and even coach a BBC team are several


years ago. But clearly, he had better success today.


There is a strong maritime tradition is our part of the world.


And part of that tradition used to be whaling. In a series of films


this week, we're looking back at that industry. Tonight Jo Makel


reports on how we treated stranded whales and the East Yorkshire


beaching that helped inspire the novel, Moby Dick.


The whales that washed up on our coast caused surprise and confusion.


And while we still don't really know what really brought these


creatures to our shores, the over- riding feeling is that this was a


tragedy. But 200 years ago, stranded whales were viewed very


differently. They brought excitement and the promise of money.


In 1825, a sperm whale stranded on Tunstall beach. Local woman Sarah


Stickney wrote in her journal. "You will doubtless have heard of the


monster washed up on this shore. The bustle it occasioned in the


neighbourhood was marvellous. There were crowds flocking to see


it. People started hacking into the blubber straight away. There were


scientific people dissecting it. He smell, after a day or two


particularly, was horrific. You can imagine it was both gory and a


carnival atmosphere. It had been a profitable exercise in the past,


especially with a sperm whale. The oil would be used to make candles,


to burn in oil lamps and then, of course, there is the blubber.


this whale was also to have a scientific significance. It was


dissected on the beach. And then the Constable family, who owned the


rights to anything that washed up on the Holderness coast, kept the


whale's remains. It was the first scientific study of a sperm whale


ever recorded. We still have a copy of the publication with detailed


drawings. The skeleton also was studied by other scientists. Of


course, all this was source material for Herman Melville when


he was in England carrying out research for his book Moby Dick.


But our ancestors were not content with just making use of the whales


like this one that washed up naturally on our coastline. In our


area, we were active hunters. At its peak Hull was at the centre


of the whaling industry. Tomorrow we'll see how it made the city an


early energy port and turned its captains into heroes.


Some great pictures there. Join us again tomorrow night, round about


the same time. If you have a story you think we should know about, get


in touch. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. A


wounded British photographer trapped in Syria for days has been


smuggled out of the country. Paul Conroy was carried on a stretcher


by Syrian activists. A Lincolnshire father is calling for a change in


the law after being told to prove his dead son was the father of his


grandchild. Dry with variable, often large,


amounts of cloud, but with sunny breaks again developing in places.


Maximum temperature 14 Celsius. Light southwest wind.


Response coming in on a story about the Lincolnshire family calling for


a change in the law. Far distressing for the people in this


case, the law has to stop unscrupulous false paternity claims.


Why should the person prove her partner is the father? When you


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