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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Making the most of lower tolls, but will the rising cost of fuel hold
back any benefits? Unfortunately, the negative outweighs the positive
so the increase in the cost of diesel more than takes out any
reduction in the bridge cost. How the unexpected death of an East
Yorkshire teenager has led to cardiac screening for fellow pupils.
Hopefully, if it picks up one person, that is one person we have
managed to save from going through what we have.
Out of its depth - another whale beaches itself on the Yorkshire
coast. Silver stars - the Humberside
presenters shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
And this week looks to be much cooler than it was last week. I
Good evening. As the historic reduction in Humber
Bridge tolls comes into effect, some drivers and businesses have
hit out at the Government over rising fuel prices. They say
cutting the cost of the crossing is not enough to kick-start the area's
economy unless fuel prices are curbed. This was the moment at
midnight on Saturday when the tolls were reduced. Dozens of bikers
crossed free of charge for the first time. Today the Transport
Secretary, Justine Greening, was at the bridge to mark the occasion and
promised economic benefits, as Crispin Rolfe reports.
Still a headache. Car tolls may have halved but commuters continue
to car-share over the Humber Bridge. It's not the price of a ticket, but
the cost of a tank of petrol. work over in Grimsby, come over
most days of the week. It is still quite costly on top of the fuel.
Going to Grimms did -- Grimsby, it still saves you the petrol. Trying
to be green and save a bit of money and it is a bit of company as well.
Hauliers and transport firms have also benefited from the
Government's toll reduction. But Mike O'Neill says any bonus to his
firm has been wiped out by the current high price of fuel.
difference, any small amount of reduction, makes a massive
difference to us. And the bridge toll, it can make a big difference
to us, it really can. I think the Government has to go further.
Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, came to take the credit
for the toll reduction but couldn't promise petrol price improvements.
I am not going to write the next Budget. That is a matter for George
Osborne. But what we can say in terms of my part of government, the
Secretary of State for Transport, the work we are putting in his
unprecedented. �30 billion over the next Spending Review. A lot of
investment in trains and road schemes as well. I think we have to
be positive. People are definitely going to have an advantage from the
tolls are coming down but I think hauliers are right to make the
point. Away from the transport industry, the reduction is also
being welcomed. This housing development on the south bank of
the Humber is being built in the shadow of the bridge. That
flexibility to be able to announce look beyond and further where they
might want to live, and so we certainly have seen an increase in
our internet registrations, people signing on to our website.
coalition's aim here has always been about boosting the local
economy. And after all, lowering the tolls is something none of the
current Government's predecessors have ever done. But even while that
fact is celebrated, motorists at least are still wondering whether
they're any better off. The organisation that represents
independent petrol stations is warning of fuel shortages until
after Easter and says as a result, some of its members are being
forced to up prices at the pumps. The Retail Motor Industry also says
panic-buying had a bigger impact because thousands of small petrol
stations have been forced out of business in recent years. I'll be
talking to them shortly. First, our business correspondent, Paul Murphy,
is live in East Kirkby, in Lincolnshire, a village that
recently lost its petrol station. Paul, what impact has the closure
had? It is not just the loss of a business. It is the loss of amenity.
We have perhaps seen a similar situation with the demise of rural
post offices. Here, they stopped selling pure last summer. It is not
a shop and caravan park. -- selling fuel. The story is all about bulk-
buying. The bigger you are, the cheaper of York. The small
operators are being squeezed out of the market. This petrol station ran
out of petrol last week as panic buyers fill their tanks. Now they
are waiting for a tanker delivery which may not come until Friday.
With no customers, the business is feeling the pinch. We have had
nothing for a last few nights. What will we do? There are seven staff
who work here and we cannot stay open the same hours we normally
open. We are normally open from 7am to 9pm. We are having to cut away
hours down. If as carriages compete to replenish their stocks, it is
the smaller, independent businesses who won last in the queue. Here,
smaller petrol stations are already under pressure to compete with
supermarkets and big chains. cannot buy. Supermarkets are buying
for the country, if you like. We are just one. So it is just
impossible to compete. His garage in East Kirkby is one of the many
which have given up selling petrol. Basic unlike supermarkets, they
cannot afford to buy in bulk. -- they say unlike supermarkets.
time we get a load, we have not made enough to pay for the next
load with the price rises. We cannot get into the market again.
The industry body representing petrol retailers is blaming the
government Maghreb of a panic buying and the supply shortage, and
has asked for an urgent meeting with ministers. -- the Government.
It is reckoned four petrol stations have closed within a former grave
and mile radius. The panic buying could threaten many more.
You speak for independent petrol stations. What are they telling you
about supplies and prices? Tell us your petrol stories. We will have
In a moment, Humberside becomes the first Fire Service in the country
to hire itself out to a private company.
200 young people are getting tested for undiagnosed heart conditions
which killed their friend. Josh Fell from Hornsea was just 15 when
he died last June. Now his parents have helped set up screenings to
check teenagers for heart problems. More than 600 people under the age
of 35 die from undiagnosed heart problems in Britain each year. In
80% of cases there are no symptoms. 40% of those who die are under the
age of 18. Vicky Johnson was at today's screening session.
Young, fit and apparently healthy, but all these teenagers were eager
to be screened. Today's event has been organised by the parents of
15-year-old Josh Fell, who collapsed and died last year from a
rare undiagnosed heart condition. It is a big comfort. If they can
find something wrong with somebody, it has done some good. If only Josh
had had that chance for an ECG. It is also good to see that the kids
are getting a chance to come and get tested for any conditions they
might have. One of the first to arrive was James Oliphant, one of
Josh's friends, who was with him when he died. It's really, really
good that everything is coming together and everybody can get
checked out, to make sure it doesn't happen to anybody else. I
am really we leave nothing is wrong with me and I can go a long as I am.
Around 12 apparently healthy young people under the age of 35 die
every week in the UK from undiagnosed heart problems. But
screening days like today to help save lives. The cardiac screening
we do we'll pick up about 98% of abnormalities that can lead to
sudden death, so the vast majority of abnormalities will be picked up
by what we are doing. While this two-day event was organised months
ago, the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity admit they've been
inundanted with calls following the recent collapse of Fabrice Muamba,
the Bolton Wanderers player. Teenagers attending today say
screening should be more widespread. It is a really good. My dad also
passed away from the same thing so I felt like getting it done, just
to be on the safe side. Even if they saved one life today, it will
be worth it. Around 200 young people will undergo the cardiac
screening. And the Fells have already started organising next
year's event in tribute to Josh and to ensure other lives aren't cut so
tragically short. A man from East Yorkshire is on
board the Clipper Round the World yacht that's been at the centre of
a dramatic mid-ocean rescue. David Hawkins from Little Weighton was on
board the Geraldton when it was caught in a storm in the Pacific
Ocean and struck by a large wave. Four other sailors had to be taken
off the vessel but the remaining crew have stayed onboard and are
heading for San Francisco. New dispersal powers have been
introduced on a Lincoln estate to tackle anti-social behaviour. From
today, people causing alarm or distress to the public around
Birchwood Shopping Centre will be ordered to leave the area. If they
refuse, they could face a �1,500 fine or a possible jail term.
Humberside Fire and Rescue has become the first in the country to
hire itself out on a private contract. It's won a multi-million
pound deal to provide rescue services at the Tata Steel works in
Scunthorpe. Humberside's Deputy Chief Fire Officer told us the
profit made would help counteract spending cuts imposed by the
Government. Linsey Smith had access to the steelworks as the
firefighters took part in a training exercise.
Like many public services, Humberside Fire and rescue phase
big budget cuts. �7.2 million, to be precise. But hiring out his team
to tatters deal could avoid cuts to services. The profit will be
invested into community safety. will be able to continue activities
which we might have had to discontinue in the light of cuts to
our budgets. Does this not take your eye off Community Fire and
rescue? I can reassure the communities of Humberside there is
absolutely no effect on the service being delivered to the community in
terms of responding to fires and emergencies. That will remain in
local authority control. Working with molten metals carries a host
of risks. The company says buyers Services bidding for safety
contract's is welcomed. We have hazardous chemicals which provide a
personal and environmental risk on site. We work at height and in
confined spaces, so there is a large range of risks that we have
to manage very carefully. No public money was used to set up the
private buyers station and it has created five new jobs. I was
working at the system site and had been there for 18 years. I was also
a retained firefighter on the site Maghreb. I was looking at the
threat of redundancy and possibly having to work our way from home.
This opportunity came up in the local area and it is fantastic.
This could be the first contract of its kind but Humberside Fire and
rescue her but will not be the last. A way of boosting the coffers in
I did say earlier I would be talking to the organisation which
speaks for the independent petrol stations, but due to a power cut at
our studio in London, that now looks unlikely, sorry about that.
Keep the messages coming in or on the subject of petrol.
Still ahead, Steelers stung, whole's ice hockey team make the
play-off semi-final was. -- Hull. And the whole pensioners up for a
national radio award. -- Hull. If you have got a picture you are
proud of, send it in. Our director Lisa, good evening to you.
An e-mail from Katie, I sought Peter with a pair of binoculars!
Does anyone know what he was doing? It is called being an aviation
enthusiast! We are going to sea temperatures
below average for the time of year, which is very different to what we
had last week. Today has been 11 or 12 degrees, tomorrow will feel much
colder. It will also turn out to be quite a wet today. This weather
front is pushing southwards, bringing called air behind and the
chance of some snow overnight. You can see all the cloud building
through the course of the afternoon. It has brought us a few showers,
and it will stay that way overnight. The wind will be light and from the
West, and temperatures will drop to roundabout four or five degrees.
The sun will rise tomorrow at around 6:30am.
Those are your latest high waters. Tomorrow, they could be a little
bit of brightness first to be in the morning, but we are most be
looking at cloudy skies we showers developing. The rain will be heavy
at times, and we will see a fresh north-easterly wind, and
temperatures struggling to make it into double figures. It is going to
feel cold when you add on the effect of the wind. Late on Tuesday,
we will see the rain turning to snow, added may settle in places.
It Clare's on Wednesday, although we will be left with wintery
showers. As we head towards the bank holiday weekend, the
I see Easter has already started at the Met Office!
See you tomorrow. Experts are tracking the body of a
whale that briefly washed up on a beach near spurn Head later today.
They want to find out what killed This 14 ft infant was found on the
beach early this morning. It had injuries to his head and a solid.
It had scrapes down the side and injuries to its mouth and head. We
cannot confirm whether that was the cause of death.
It is unclear how wet sustained the trauma, unfortunately it was taken
by the tide before a full examination could take place. These
standings are becoming more common. In 2006, a sperm whale washed up a
Kilnsey. In 2007, one was trapped near New Holland, as last year, one
washed up near Skeffling. We have formed a partnership which
is hopefully going to give us more of an insight into how and why they
are actually coming into the North Sea, and we can help to protect
them in future years. The whale is well into the North
Sea. It may or may not come back to shore, but it does, an autopsy will
take place to find out why these mammals keep turning opera on the
East Yorkshire coast. -- keep turning up.
It certainly seems to happen in time and time again.
Scunthorpe United are now five points clear of the League One
relegation zone after their 4-1 win over Chesterfield. Despite going a
goal down in the first half, they recovered to equalise, then it
after the break, they scored three goals in 15 minutes to record their
biggest away win of the season. Hull City manager Nick Barmby Saiz
despite his side's poor run, they have still not given up on making
the Championship play-offs. Sadly's defeat to commentary, their 4th in
a row, means they are now five points away from the top six places.
The next game is Millwall, a greater challenge. We will not give
Dean Windass has been speaking to the BBC's Late Kick-Off programme
about his battle with depression. He scored the goal that took his
home club into the Premier League and has been treated for the
illness. I feel brand new now, and I am glad
to get back to working and a bit of normality in my life. There were a
lot of things going on that I kept behind closed doors. But then you
end up lying to people, and not being honest with yourself. So it
was time for me to be honest, really. First and foremost, with
myself, and asking for help, and I had a few friends on the way,
because others living in Hull at the time, my mum saw me, and I had
the courage to come out and I got the opportunity to help.
It would have been hard to admit that you're struggling with life in
general. What clicked to make you think that?
The hardest thing is to admit that you are depressed. The next day
you're not OK, and it is a cycle. I thought I was fine, I thought I was
all right and I could overcome it, but obviously I was not fine, and
went I spoke to Clarke Carlisle, who had been in a similar situation,
he said that I should speak to this clinic and they would help me, they
are the best people in the world. And I rang them and the that is
where it all started. You can hear his thoughts on Hull
City's chances of making the play- offs on Late Kick-Off, here on BBC
One. An extended interview will also be
on the BBC's Board website later tonight.
It has been described as the greatest shock in British ice
hockey history. Hull Stingrays beat the Sheffield Steelers to set up a
semi-final showdown next weekend. The Stingrays saved their best
performance for last night. This is the sight of joy and
abounded, the sight of history being made. It had all begun the
night before, in Hull, where the Stingrays secured a draw in the
first leg. That was good, but this second leg was beyond superlatives,
as the screaming fans testified, after every Hull golf. And there
were five of them in total. At this household today, it was a
chance to catch breath and absorb the astonishing events across the
county. Our fans were amazing, they are
really loud a Hull, and last night in Sheffield, they took over the
arena. Our fans were so loud. We said in the dressing room before
the game how loud they were, and it got us going.
You have got to speak to the man who is driving the train from
Doncaster. It was back to the day-job for Paul,
who has supported the club through all its guises throughout the years.
I am still buzzing, I did not get much sleep last night. You cannot
describe how good it feels to beat a team like Sheffield when you are
Hull Stingrays. We are not even supposed to be there, and it is
unbelievable. Last night, to see them in the
stands, with their Jersey's of Commerce win them all over the
place, it is part of the great passion which came through.
It is a winner-takes-all semi-final against Nottingham on Saturday.
Another tall order. Well done to be Stingrays.
Despite their 5th straight win, this time against the Bradford
Bulls, Hull FC could not quite grab the top spot in the Superleague.
This later try by Tom Briscoe helped to secure the points after
they held off a fightback by Bradford, winning 24-18.
And a hat-trick by Hull Kingston Rovers' Kris Welham of did not help
them to victory against Castleford. Cost of the poor the winners 34-30.
-- Castleford were the winners. Two pensioners from Hull who have a
view on just about everything have been nominated for one of the radio
industry's top awards. Beryl and Betty our presenters on a Saturday
evening show on BBC Radio Humberside. This morning, they made
a special appearance on and David Burns' morning show. -- on the
David Burns' morning show. Their special take on life has
become an unexpected hit. Beryl and Betty are undisputed stars. At the
age of 86 and 90, they have been nominated for a prestigious Sony
award. They are the radio industry's equivalent of the Oscars.
Something that this has never ever happened to me. I live a very quiet
life. I have spoken in the past on a microphone to a roomful of people,
but I have never spoken to thousands of people who are
listening, and we have now done that for six years.
The nomination is for best entertainment programme, and David
Reeves, their fellow presenter and producer, knows exactly why the
ladies have impressed. I knew I had something magical.
They have the Midas touch, there is something about them that is unique
and original, and if anything, you should win it for originality.
Previous winners include Chris Evans, Russell Brand and Chris
Miles. This year, Frank Skinner has also been nominated, and on his
show at the weekend, Beryl and Betty were seen as the main
opposition. One of them is 86 and the other 90,
so I hope they win the, and I will feel terrible if I beat a two old
ladies! I have always liked him.
I want to grab him! You what?
The winners will be announced on 14th May. And with Beryl and Betty
the oldest nominees in the history of the Sony Awards, they are
already being seen as the start of the show. -- stars of the show.
You can hear them with David Reeves on BBC Radio Humberside between 6pm
and 7pm on Saturdays. Let's have a recap of the main
headlines. 30 years since the start of the
Falklands War, Britain remembers those who died -- who died to
defend the island. A reduction in the prices for the
Humber Bridge cut into effect, but businesses say they are still
struggling because of fuel prices. The chance of some rain, turning to
sleet in the afternoon. Some responses coming in on the
subject of petrol. Karen says the petrol companies have put prices up
when people are suffering. James says drivers have had their
petrol tanks are siphoned out. The government have a lot to answer for.
One man says he travels a long way to work and it used to cost him �15
per week. Now it cost him �60 a week, it has made a well-paid job