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Good evening to you. The headlines: A dry run through Lincolnshire. Dry
plans for the Torch Relay are put to the test. We were getting
prepared as a test. We could not get through, we did not expect this
many people. It is crazy. insurance could cost teenagers a
job. To put someone under 21 years of age insurance went up to over
�5,000. The motorists who are powerless to beat the price of fuel.
Heavy downpours, but some sunshine around. The weekend forecast then
Good evening. It is expected to attract thousands of people and is
being billed as one of the biggest events of 2012. The Olympic Torch
relay will not arrive in our area until June. Hundreds have taken
part in a dry run for an 80-mile section. It was designed to put
logistics to the test. An hour ago, the full rehearsal arrived in
Stamford. What happened? Well, there has been
a buzz of excitement here in Stamford for the whole of the day.
People began lining this route more than two hours before the torch
even arrived. Many people told me they felt this was their chance to
get involved with the Olympics and be a part of it. Many told me they
felt honoured that their town had been chosen out of everywhere in
the country for this rehearsal. Hundreds of people lined the
streets to welcome the Olympic Torch to Stamford.
Arriving in Lincolnshire for the very first time today, young and
old were determined to catch a glimpse. For the lucky few, they
got a chance to hold it too. It is very exciting. I thought it would
never happen in my life. What was it like to hold it in your hand?
Cool! Special. A special moment. Setting off at dawn in Leicester,
the torch began its 80-mile journey across the East Midlands. It left
under the power of steam. Next stop Loughborough and meltonmo bury. It
caught a boat over Rutland Water. This is a rigorous test. It will
allow us to do what we have done in all our testing, which is to go
away, look at things we may need to refine. That illusive chase for
perfection. The torch will light up East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
when it goes through Bridlington on June 18th. It will pass through
dozens of communities, including Hull, Mablethorpe, Skegness and
King's Lynn before it leaves for Norwich. While here it will be
abseiled down the Grimsby Dock Tower and take a trip on the
Cleethorpes Light Railway. People hope it will bring benefits for the
town. We hope it will put it on the worldwide map and encourage tourism.
It is the oldest stone town in the country. The festivities will be
immense. If this reception is anything to go by, when the torch
returns in July, organisers are expecting 10,000 people to be here.
Sarah, what is happening with the torch now then? Well, Peter, in the
last few moments the torch and the convoy of vehicles have all arrived
in the grounds of Burley House, which will play a big part in the
relay on July 3rd before it stops off in Peterborough. This was just
a dress rehearsal today. The torch will arrive in our area for real in
just over a month. Now, if the crowds from today are
anything to go by, it's going to be a huge, huge event for the whole
country. It certainly is. Thank you very
much indeed. Now, in a moment on tonight's programme, from the torch
to the sport - the 2012 hopefuls aiming for gold.
Hull businesses are calling on the Government to step in to help
address the issue of insurance costs for young drivers sms they
say that the charge -- drivers. They say that in some cases
teenagers are missing out on jobs because employers cannot afford
into sure them. Insurers say the number of young drivers involved in
accidents is disproportionately high. They are learning how to
maintain and repair a car, but many cannot afford the cost to insure
one. The majority of these male students at Lindsey college are 17-
19 years old. The costliest age bracket.
This 19 year old earns a car worth �1,000. He pays �3,000 to insure it.
He has opted an education rather than an apprenticeship.
apprenticeship is the best way, but on that wage you cannot afford
insurance. I would prefer to stay at college, work part-time and earn
some money. The insurance costs are hitting employers too. This man
cannot allow drivers younger than 19 to drive work vans as insurers
refuse the risk. It is unfair that the insurance companies tar
everyone with the same brush. There are many 17-19 year olds looking
for work. They are not all mad- heads. They want to drive in an
every day working environment. That is very difficult. The Federation
of Small Businesses say they have seen an overwhelming response to
the problem of high insurance costs and believe it is causing young
people to miss out. They are missing out on the apprenticeship,
on the experience to move forward. The Federation of Small Businesses
would like to see the Government step in, in conjunction with
insurance companies to enable young people to drive at a reasonable
rate of insurance. But the Association of British Insurers
maintains that the number of young people involved in accidents is
disproportionately high. Unless there is other involvement, the
stealmate will continue and young people like this will keep paying
the price. It's not just insurance costs - fuel prices have today
reached a record high, leading to calls for more people to turn to
electric cars. Currently there are just five charge points in the
whole of Lincolnshire. Cars need charging at least every
100 miles. You could not drive from Bridlington to Bourne without
stopping. It's a worrying kiss of deja vu.
Fuel prices are at record highs and fears of another bout of panic
buying due to the continuing threat of tanker drivers striking. For
some, electric cars, like this, which do not rely on petrol are a
liberating alternative. Electric cars are the future. We are
producing electricity domestically. We don't have to import gas or coal
or anything like that in future. We are becoming more independent.
how do these electric cars compare to regular ones? Well, to buy they
are almost twice the price. Once you are on the road they cut fuel
bills by about 80%. Emissions are down and if you listen they are
also a lot quieter. They do depreshyailt faster. This is really
a question of -- depreciate faster. This is a question of green
credentials over cash. These cars need charging around every 100
miles. At the moment there are only five charge posts in Lincolnshire.
Two in Hull and none in the East Riding or northern Lincolnshire.
With all that in mind, are people keen to go electric? I would not
buy one. There are not enough charging points. You don't get the
thrill of driving a car. It is too quiet. The cost of fuel is sky-
rocketing. So long as it could fulfil my daily business on a day-
to-day or weekly basis, then yes,, yes, I would consider it. Seemens
have a fleet of electric cars and charge points in Lincoln. We found
it is beneficial in terms of reducing our impact in pollution.
We can run these vehicles almost for the same price we would a
diesel vehicle. Work is underway to make it easier to charge cars
outside London, in the hope more people will choose electric rather
than queuing at the pumps. Well, Dr Ben Lane is the managing
editor of the website nextgreencar.com. I put it to him
that the electric cars are just expensive vehicles for the rich.
Well, to some extent it is. I mean electric vehicles can be as high as
tpwies the price of a conventional -- twice the price of a
conventional diesel vehicle. Certainly, as of today, the
purchase prices are very high. It's also true that the whole life costs
are higher, even when you take into account the fuel cost is 80% lower.
If we were driving in the rain this afternoon from Bridlington the
Bourne, we would not be able to do that journey without recharging and
hardly anywhere to charge. When will that change? Around 100 miles.
There are an increasing number of vehicles which would be able to do
that on a full charge. You might be in difficulty when you got to your
destination. Most electric vehicle owners recharge overnight at home
and possibly top up at the workplace. Those are the most two
common scenarios. On the on-street rechargers are there partly as a
matter, as a symbol that there is Government support. Yes, electric
vehicle owners will need occasional charging on the street. It is not
the game-change as many people think. With just five points in the
whole of the county, that is not really enough, is it? I don't think
it's enough as a signal from the local authority and the Government
that those organisations are behind electric vehicles. For most owners
hay will re-charge overnight. Six to eight hours overnight. Often at
a low cost electricity. They may need occasional top-ups during the
day. For most it will be enough. There will be electric vehicle
owners vits sitting your part of the world and they may need to
recharge. That is true, for them that will be a difficulty.
Thank you. Maybe you have an electric car? If you have one, are
you happy with it? What measures are you taking to deal with the
A complaint made against Humberside Police by the mum of a teenager
found hanged at his school is to be investigated. 17-year-old bradli
Parkin died at the Lindsey school in Cleethorpes 12 years ago. His
mum complained that Humberside Police did not carry out a thorough
investigation into his death. Now the IPCC says the force must look
into her allegation. A new biofuels factory in Hull has begun to take
its first wheat deliveries from farmers in the East Riding. The
Vivergo site will be the biggest buyer of wheat in the UK. The plant
is running tests before production starts. New figures show 17
children in Lincolnshire have been protected following the
introduction of Sarah's Law a year ago. It alows parents to find out
if someone with access to their children has ever been convicted of
child sex offences. After yesterday's flash flooding in
Pocklington, businesses reopened today. Streets were sub mefrpblged
under 18 inches of water. -- submerged under 18 inches of water.
Thank you for watching. Still ahead: Consultants are sent into a
Lincolnshire school after pupils miss a GCSEs coursework deadline.
We meet the 2012 hopefuls looking to make their mark.
Don't forget, if you have a picture you are proud of, send it in.
Tonight's is All Saint's Church at We will do the same on Monday night
As they were saying on Twitter last night we would be well in credit
here. I tell you that! There will be some heavy downpours.
There has been lots sunshine. Low- pressure in charge as it will be
for Sunday. On Monday, Monday night and Tuesday. There have been
thunderstorms in south Lincolnshire. There has been some brightness.
Some showers are so big, the me last all night long. A mixed bag
first thing. Lincolnshire is the pockets for showers. -- focus. Some
big dry brighter spells. A similar forecast for Sunday.
Mrs Roms to steal, my husband and I love in Taunton.
See you on Monday. If a teacher has defended her
reputation after a school in Lincolnshire admitted some pupils
Some have been sent to Peele Community College to complete their
GCSE coursework. The teacher is at a loss as to why these accusations
have been made. Two Long Sutton students are now
cramming. 3 the other lessons are suffering so they can finish
English coursework. Peele Community College said the aide discovered
he'd things had not been done. have such a short time to do it. It
is wasting a Robert -- opportunity to do what he wanted. The exams are
at the end of May. 32 peoples face extra pressure. The college says it
is doing all it can to get them back on track. Following the
resignation of an English teacher, he it became clear we did not have
enough coursework for examination boards. We thought all the
assessments had been marked. This is not be case. This comes despite
the latest Ofsted reports praising Speaking to BBC Look North, the
academy said she had been given a positive reference by her former
All employer. Peele Community College is an improving school.
Half of its peoples received very big grades. It does seem this year,
the son of those pupils will have to work extra hard.
Thank you for your it meets. -- four Conservative MPs from
Yorkshire have tried to do the Hull City face their last home game
of the season tomorrow against Nottingham Forest. It is possible
for them to get into the play-offs. Mike White is live on Radio
Humberside. They probably have not got it all to play for. They can
still do it. They have a team of them in Middlesbrough. The fat lady
is not singing. We have had her text from an optimistic Hull City
fan. Big debates or card and we can get into the play-offs -- defeats.
What about her non-League sides? Another season in the Conference
for Grimsby Town. Scunthorpe? can still go down mathematically.
He is expected they will stay in number one. There is commentary on
all be fit all games on BBC radio or Humberside.
Hopefuls from the East Lincolnshire are making their final preparations.
Some athletes can concentrate on challenging for the medals.
They have been throwing bar, Rawling hearts and swimming fast.
Three talented young people are closing in on their Olympic dreams.
Next month, he has to thought the qualifying distance for the
Olympics and won the trials in June. No messing around. You have to keep
in good shape. Throwing anything 75 metres is hard enough, but when you
pick one of these up, you realise what skill and ability it needs.
24-year-old Emily Taylor is waiting on selection. She is in a great
position to qualify. I am new to the squad so why have tried my best.
I think it has paid off. Lizzie Simmonds is the daughter of Lincoln.
She just needs to warn her skills. It is great to be thinking about
the games and not just the trials. All the focus is on the gains.
it is gratifying to know or that for this all-important Olympics,
local talent is coming to the fore. All were hopefuls working hard.
You might remember clear Lomas. She lost the use of collects but is
learning to walk again -- clear. She is the first person in the UK
to trial this pioneering robotics suit. This Sunday, she will take
part in the London Marathon. It could take her three weeks. It is a
huge thing for me on the first day. It is bound to be tougher when you
have not got as many people. I have a lot of friends. They will be
pushing me on. Amazing. Formula One bosses insist the race
in Bahrain will go-ahead despite protests.
Hundreds turn out in Lincolnshire to get a glimpse of the Olympic
torch. Saturday, a sunny spells. Some will
be heavy in the afternoon. It will feel mild.
How are people who live in flats or houses without garages meant to
charge the electric cars? Another says I have an electric car. No
road tax, low or insurance. That is great. There is a police or the
electric car in the city. Or rural areas, I would say no.
I would not buy an electric car because there is nowhere to buy or