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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