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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight: "Serious Failings". - A report criticises
financial management of a group of Lincolnshire academies. I believe
the action plan is in place and I hope that the appropriate steps are
going to be made. Cleaning up following the flood -
now there are warnings of more to come. About nine inches of water
inside. Luckily with the flood defence at the front, it stopped as
being totally underwater. Warnings about a housing crisis
because of a shortage of council homes in Lincoln.
The new mural summing up the spirit of one of Hull's most famous roads.
It has already been the wettest April on record across Yorkshire. A
The Department for Education says there have been "serious failings"
in the financial management of a federation of academies in
Lincolnshire. The Priory Federation of Academies Trust runs four sites
- three in Lincoln and one in Grantham. The chief executive
resigned last month. Today the trust has said "mistakes and errors
of judgements have been made" by two individuals. The police are
also investigating. Phil Connell reports.
Before his resignation, Richard Gilliland was the federation's
respected chief executive responsible for four academy
schools in Lincolnshire. Tonight, though, he's part of a police
investigation into the mismanagement of school finances.
A report for the Department for Education reveals: He spent �53,000
decorating a school property for his own personal use. Employed his
family - including his daughter as family - including his daughter as
a �55,000 pound a year consultant. Had used the federation's credit
cards to buy sex games and other items. Used company resources to
buy training worth around �4,000 at an equestrian centre for his son.
All public money with none of the All public money with none of the
transactions being shown in any school accounts. The chief
executive employed his wife, son and daughter. I could go on.
Parents need to be assured that lessons have been learned here. We
need many paid back, without doubt and we need to make sure this can
never happen again. Today's report also cites the
trusts former finance director Steve Davies, who retired last year,
the report says he's currently away in the Caribbean. The trust has
apologised to parents tonight some have been telling us of their
concerns. We all thought it was mental when they said they were
getting a polo team. And an equestrian centre. We could not
really believe that he would be buying this stuff with school many
when they are things already wrong in our actual school.
In response to the government's report the chairman of the priory
federation has today issued this three page statement in which he
admits mistakes and errors of judgement had been made by two
senior individuals. He said changes, though, had been put in place to
their financial management and a new accountant had been appointed.
He added from 85 previous audits no issues had been raised before.
There is an action plan in place. They will take the actions that are
needed and I believe there will be examined in depth again in four
months' time to make sure that the action plan has been acted upon and
these things don't happen again. With its shutter in France, the
federation's expenditure has already been seen as controversial.
Tonight's report will cause fresh concerns as Lincolnshire Police
begin their own investigation. The Schools Minister, Lord Hill,
says he thinks this is a one-off case and doesn't undermine the
academy ethos. I spoke with him earlier this afternoon. I think
that as soon as concerns are brought to the attention of the
department, feet wide P L A went in straightaway and carried out an
investigation. We have taken swift action and the chief executive have
gone so I do not think that shows there is a gaping hole in our
system. Has the shaken the department because it is not great
publicity for academies, is it. don't think that is right.
Academies have actually got more rigorous systems of financial
management. It doesn't sound like it with this, does it? I think that
what the system has demonstrated, in this case we have identified a
problem, it is certainly the case that you cannot have any system
that is 100% guaranteed to work. To pick up if someone sets about to do
wrong doing. You have systems that make sure that the financial
reporting is as rigorous as it can be. If someone in the Academy or in
any other school set about to do wrong doing, you cannot have a 100%
secure system. Opponents of the academy system claim that they are
not accountable enough. Hasn't this proved those fears absolutely
right? I don't think that at all. I think it has proved that when the
concerns are bought to the attention of the department, we at
very swiftly to address them. The fact is that the reporting system
and financial monitoring in place in academies are more rigorous than
in maintained schools. These problems are fortunately very small
in number, but they have happened just as they have been maintained
schools as in this case. And your message for the parents? The four
schools in this federation are excellent and the improvement in
performance I really welcome. That is the thing to focus on. They are
strong schools and should be confident in knowing that.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue of academies. Is your
child at one or maybe due to start one in September? Maybe you're a
pupil who's watching tonight? Do you think they're a good thing for
our education system? Please contact us. I look forward to
hearing from year. You can read more on this story on a website.
In a moment: How cruise liners could help Hull to bring in more
tourist money. Businesses in part of East
Yorkshire have been clearing up after heavy rain saw the River
Derwent burst its banks. There's been more than 40 millimetres of
rain in some places over the last twenty four hours. The worst
affected area was Stamford Bridge, where people staying at one caravan
park were asked to leave for their own safety. Our environment
correspondent Siobhan Robbins has spent the day there. Siobhan,
what's the situation there now? It is actually just started to rain
here, bad news for Stamford Bridge, one of the worst-hit areas in our
patch. The water level has gone down a little. At lunchtime the
level was about here, after a few hours of pumping it has gone all
the way back to hear. It is quite shallow at the front and a little
higher further back. Most of the flooding in Stamford Bridge seems
to have been isolated to this area around the River Derwent and the
caravan park behind me. Much of this morning was spent clearing up.
This is the result of one of the wettest April as on record. After
weeks of heavy rain, the River Derwent broke its banks in part to
Stamford Bridge. Tenants at a nearby caravan -- caravan site were
forced to leave. The warden came in at 8:30am and
said they had been advised by the fire brigade to evacuate the site
because in the next 12 hours it would probably end of the site.
was going to say it -- stay on the best of the toilets my back up.
Around the corner, the local pub had been hit, but the landlord was
prepared. We are used to it by now. As soon as the pump start, half of
this water will have gone. A couple of hours and hope the back to
normal. Stamford Bridge has always been prone to flooding so many were
not surprised. Norman Smith watched all morning as though water lapped
up the drive of his home. First thing this morning it was running
along the brickwork here and now it is going down very slightly. It is
getting better. Proms have been pushing the water back into the
will rebel all day and away from the town. The race is on to remove
all of this flooding before there is more rain.
As you can see, the river behind me is still quite high and this area
is on a flood warning which means that action needs to be taken like
the pumping that is happening there. Around the low-lying areas there is
a flood alert which means the Environment Agency will be my
knitting those areas and in Lincolnshire, the RAF are just
three mm of their record rainfall level and there are concerns that
if there is more rain on the weekend, situations like this could
get worse. Thank you very much indeed. Paul
will have the forecast in a moment. A man has been jailed for 12 months
after he abandoned his car on a railway track during a high-speed
police chase through Hull. This police footage shows the chase,
which took place through residential areas at more than
twice the speed limit. 41-year-old Gavin Steed drove onto the train
line, an approaching train was only stopped after a police helicopter
alerted the driver. Steed had admitted all the charges. A train
travelling from Lincoln station has been derailed after a landslide. It
is thought that a number of people have suffered minor injuries.
A A �44 million reservoir is to be built near Lincoln. Anglian Water
says it will supply homes and businesses in the city. It is
suspected to be finished in the next two years.
There's a warning this evening that a "drastic shortage" of council
houses in Lincoln will lead to a crisis in the city. It's one of
many issues being debated by politicians ahead of the local
elections next week. Managers at the YMCA have told the BBC that
unless there is more investment in housing stock the crisis will only
get worse. Sherron Edwards reports. Been Clemence moved into the
Lincoln YMCA a year ago after becoming homeless. He said he is
now ready to move on but is stuck because of a lack of council
housing. He has been warned that he could face a wait of three years.
If I could move out now and free up the space and free up the support,
I definitely would. Obviously circumstances are, I can't because
of the waiting-list. The Lincoln YMCA offers more than a place to
live, it helps people look for work and permanent accommodation. It is
fall and has a waiting list. It is seeing more people stuck in the
system waiting for a council house. If I were to use the word
catastrophic, that would be a strong word in relation to the
situation, but across the country there is a dire need to enable
people to be able to move be moved from places like the YMCA.
Lincoln? There is more accommodation required and
currently there is a dry sticks shortage. There are around 2500
people waiting for a property owned by the city council. The authority
has seen its stock dwindle under the right-to-buy scheme. 20 years
ago, it own 20,000 homes today, just 8000. Housing is one of the
most important issues facing the authority which goes to the polls
next week. One third of the seats are up for re-election this year.
Currently Labour controls the authority with 17 seats. The
Conservatives have 14. One Liberal Democrat and one independent.
would look at all the empty properties around the city and
bring those back into use. That would read it -- reduce our housing
issue by a considerable amount. key theme for us has got to be
helping people with the impact of the current recession and that
means, essentially, addressing the housing crisis. There is no reason
at all now the government has bought in a better policy for
letting us keep council house rents that we can use that income to
build more council homes. This week, the Lincoln YMCA moved five people
from the hostel into this city centre house, but there are many
other people waiting for the authorities to build enough homes
all. They could be waiting a long time.
And if you want more information on the local elections next week,
there's much more on the website at bbc.co.uk/vote2012.
Still ahead tonight: The little football club ready to join its
bigger neighbours. The art work bringing back memories
The Port of Hull has ambitions to become an important cruise ship
Peter says, airport is spot on with his forecast.
A goodness me, can I keep that? Do you want to read the forecast?
Do you want to read the forecast? Watchet tonight! Let's have a look
at the headline for the next 24 hours. It is a very unsettled one.
Tomorrow will be the best day of the weekend with a lot of cloud,
but hopefully brightening up after the weekend. Look what happens on
Sunday, an intense low-pressure bringing heavy rain and strong wind.
The Met Office have a warning in place already. Yorkshire has had
its wettest April on record so far and Lincolnshire will follow. An
incredible month. You can see the cloud but bought the rain today. It
brightened up at times and has not been too bad. Overnight, the cloud
will thicken with it some pieces of rain especially across Lincolnshire.
Further north, a lot of drier weather to come. Temperatures
around 5 or 6 degrees. The sun will rise in the morning at 5:31am and
setting at 8:28pm. A largely cloudy start. I think there will be a
little bit of patchy light rain across Lincolnshire. And in
consider -- M insignificant amount. Skies brightening across Yorkshire
with hazy sunshine coming through. Eight chilly wind coming in from
the north-east. We will seek top temperatures around eight or nine
degrees. Who might squeeze 10 Celsius further north. The early
warning for heavy rain on Sunday from the Met Office. It looks to be
a miserable day with gale-force wind in exposed places. They could
be localised flooding to come, but next week shows a big improvement.
Things settle down. I saw that coming. We got away with
I saw that coming. We got away with that. Go a way!
Have a nice weekend. It is hoped that the increase and the number of
cruises in Hull could bring millions of pounds into the city.
The liner Ocean Countess has been visiting the city to announce it is
to increase the number of sailings. The ship's current destinations
include Scandinavia, Northern France and the Channel Islands.
Tourism bosses say cruise ships have the potential to significantly
contribute to Hull's local economy. Here's our Business Correspondent
Paul Murphy. Cruising is a multi-million-pound
industry and Hull wants a slice of the action. 700 passengers were
returning from a week-long cruise this morning. The first time we
have been on a cruise and it was wonderful. Out of this world.
are a lot of people that have come on this simply because it was easy
to get to. The industry is more readily associated with ports like
Southampton, but interest in sailing from Hull has been growing.
This year, around 15,000 passengers are expected to travel through a
hole but the ambition is to do things on a big gap scale. Just
today we are turning around 1500 passengers, 70 -- 700 this morning,
700 this afternoon. All of which I using local facilities in the towel.
And across the Pennines they have already shown how cruise ships can
transform an economy. Welcome to be sunny city of Liverpool! Here, much
larger vessels carry up to 2000 passengers each. The industry is
worth millions. You get people coming to stay for one or two
nights before. You also get the opportunity for maritime industries.
But something needs looking at, maintenance on the ship,
potentially feed supplies, there are other areas that will benefit
from those kinds of things. That is why in Hull they have been giving
serious thought to the idea of the best boat cruise terminal close to
the city centre will. The cruise sector is a massive growing
industry in the UK. We have got longer term aspirations for a city
cruise terminal. In the meantime, we are starting small. We seem to
be having success. Tonight, another 700 passengers were boarding the
ocean Countess. This is a local industry in its infancy, but one
with big ambitions. Hull City manager Nick Barmby says
he wants up to six new players in his squad for next season. The
Tigers just missed out on the play- offs this season despite this win
against Nottingham Forest last weekend and Barmby believes the
squad will have to be strengthened this summer. A good four or five
editions, we need to be stronger. It caught up on us in March with
the amount of games, so we know our targets and we know how strong the
squad needs to be. Well, of all our teams, it's
possibly Gainsborough Trinity who are facing the biggest and most
important tomorrow. The non league side need just one point from their
game at Altrincham to qualify for the promotion play offs. It means
they could be facing neighbours Lincoln City and Grimsby Town next
season, as Simon Clark reports. Gainsborough, a humble ground for a
humble team, but could it now be hosting clashes against its
neighbours Lincoln City and Grimsby Town? Promotion seems an accessible
when Brian Little was sacked weeks into the season after a poor start,
but since Steve took over, there has been a transformation. The
former Scunthorpe United player found the winning formula. I took
over the reins as a caretaker and it was a joy because I live in
Gainsborough. Everything felt right for us. We were on a great run and
only lost once in 11 games to start with. Trinity needs just 11 points
in a dramatic race for promotion. This is no collection of butchers,
bakers and candlestick makers. Local talent is sprinkled with
League experience like shame Clarke and X tiny gap Ryan Williams.
them to come here, it would be fantastic for the town and great
for the football club. I think it is something they can be proud of.
Peter Swan bankrolls the club and he has done the maths. We had a
good result earlier in the season and it is in our hands. If we win
the match or draw the match, we are in the play-offs. We don't have to
rely on anyone else. Preparations for this game have been far from
ideal. Last night, an artificial service in the town was the only
patch of ground these hopefuls could find.
There's full commentary of Gainsborough's big match tomorrow.
The match at Altrincham will be on BBC Lincolnshire. The game kicks
off at 3om. Before that, fans of Lincoln City
can listen to the Imps game against Ebbsfleet.
On BBC Radio Humberside there will be coverage of Hull City's match
against West Ham. And Scunthorpe United's home game against
Bournemouth. Saturday Sport will begin at noon
with Grimsby Town's match against Southport.
A mural showing the life and times of one street in Hull is almost
finished - 20 years after it was first started. This huge painting
is aimed at capturing the spirit of Hessle Road - which was once the
very heart and soul of the city's fishing industry. Simon Spark has
been along to see the final touches. It is an idea thought of 20 years
ago, but only now or is it getting its finishing touches. It is aim to
capture the spirit of one of the most famous roads in Hull, has all
road. Once the heart of Hull -- Hull's fishing city and most
importantly its people. A History George Michie thought was too
important to forget. I just wanted to capture the spirit of the road.
Hessle Road was a separate community and it is a shame if
everything about Hessle Road is forgotten. We remember Lou blocker,
she voted for the rights of the trawler men to get better
facilities. But there is still one more face to paint and that will be
of Jack Harrison, that legendary X Hull FC player who scored 52 tries
in one season. He was killed in World War One, but was awarded the
Cross for bravery. It is a bit of a challenge trying to paint from a
black-and-white with the Tote's -- with no tones and skin colours, but
an enjoyable challenge. We were there to see it take shape. It is
absolutely great. Brilliant. It may be finished much later than they
had hoped, but the memories painted here will keep the spirit of has
all rode a live for many more years to come. The man who thought of the
idea will be there too. -- Hessle Road.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:
A report find serious failings in the financial management of a group
of Lincolnshire academies. Outlook for tomorrow: Most places
dry with some sunny intervals although one or two light showers
are possible. Maximum temperature 10 Celsius.
That Academy story, an interesting e-mail here. I am a teacher and I
would like to express my dismay at the findings today. It is never
could -- negative publicity where staff and students give everything
to achieve good results. It is clear our results have improved
since becoming an academy. That is from a teacher.
From a 12 year-old: The Priory has supported me through my GCSEs and I
cannot fault the school and its teachers for the outstanding