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North. The headlines tonight: Seven weeks and counting - the


government's running out of time to arrange affordable insurance for


people threatened by flooding. The government seem to be dragging


their feet and reducing the amount of money available. They should get


on with it. Up to speed - villages in rural


Lincolnshire get access to broadband levels normally only seen in city


centres. A mother calls for wider testing for


heart conditions in young people after the death of her daughter.


There were no warning signs, no nothing. It did not just rip a hole


in our family, it ripped a hole in the community.


Out of the frying pan, into the fire - the chef heading south for two


weeks with Gordon Ramsay. And I will be back later with the full weekend


forecast. There's a warning tonight that the


Government is running out of time to secure affordable flood insurance


for homes that are at risk. At the moment, the insurance companies have


a deal with the Government to ensure that anyone affected is offered


cover which is reasonably priced. But that deal runs out in seven


weeks, and there's still no sign that it'll be renewed. In Hull and


East Yorkshire, more than 180,000 properties are at risk of flooding.


In Lincolnshire, it's just over 100,000. And the MP for Hull North,


Diana Johnson, says David Cameron needs to act. Caroline Bilton is in


Hull this evening. What have flood victims been telling you? People


feel let down by government. These talks have been going on for three


years, with still no agreement. I am in West Hull tonight. I can show you


images of what happened here in 2007, when people were walking need


deep in water. That was six years ago, but people are still feeling


the effects of those floods today. We both climbed over here.


Kathleen and Barry, it seems like yesterday. The day their home


flooded is one they will never forget. If something bad happens to


you, the place you go is home and you shut the doors and you are


inside. You had nowhere to go, that was the feeling, that your place of


safety had gone. In 2007, we were told it was a once-in-a-lifetime


event, but tell that to those living in cool and Burton Fleming, whose


homes have since been flooded. Now there is an added worry. As of next


month, thousands of homes may not be able to get insurance. A government


deal with the industry to guarantee cover the Flood customers runs out.


I was told a year ago by the then Secretary of State that a deal was


imminent, and it would mean premiums would be at a reasonable level and


excesses would not be too high. We are still waiting, with a matter of


weeks to go. We don't know what will happen after July. Insurance


companies could decide not to ensure areas of the country which have


flooded in the last few years, which would cause mayhem. It is a big


worry, and the government seem to be dragging their feet and reducing the


amount of money available, instead of getting on with it. In 2007, this


area was knee deep in water. today it is regarded as a low risk


area to flooding because of the considerable amount of money that


has been spent on new flood defences. You would think that would


mean that people here would find it easier to get home insurance, but


they tell me that is not the case. Ron Smith's home overlooks the new


defences. He knows his property is better protected, but that message


is not getting through to the insurance companies. If you are


going to sell a house, the new people coming in may have trouble


getting that insurance, even though you have a letter from the


environment agency that says you are very low risk. This will affect


something like 7% of the properties in this country. In a statement,


clock is ticking. They don't want to talk, they want action, so they can


have one less thing to worry about, come July.


This issue is so important that a special conference was held today in


York, to discuss it. We seem to have come to a stalemate, with no side


saying... Sorry, we just lost the link to Caroline.


Earlier, I spoke to Malcolm Tarling from the Association of British


Insurers. I asked him whether a deal would be done in time. The insurance


industry is 100% committed to doing all it can to resolve the


situation. We want Flood insurance to remain available and affordably


priced to homeowners and businesses in Yorkshire. We are doing all we


can in our discussions with government. Why should the


government help you on this? You are a commercial organisation. People


will not understand that. We are not asking the government to bail us


out. But in no other country in the world is Flood insurance widely


available to people at high risk without some form of government


support. If you leave the situation without any sort of partnership with


government, you could get to a point where large numbers of people will


be unable to afford flood insurance because over the years, the risk of


flooding in this country has sadly increased so significantly that the


costs have to reflect the risk. So if we can develop a partnership with


the government, as we have done successfully over the last 13 years,


that can end sure that we better manage the flood risk in this


country and keep premiums affordable. And if they say they


will not give you money, what happens to me, who lives by the side


of water? We are not asking for money. We have developed a scheme


that will safeguard the future affordability and availability of


Flood insurance, which would include adding a small levy on all policies


so that Flood insurance can remain available. We are saying to the


government that if there is a large flood in the early years of that


scheme, the government may need to provide a temporary overdraft that


will be paid back. For somebody who does not live in a flood risk area,


why should they pay money that goes towards you? These days, everyone is


at risk of flooding. If you go back to 2007, large parts of Yorkshire


were devastated. Many of those floods were as a result of surface


water drainage. You don't have to live near a river these days to be


at risk of flooding. It can strike at any time, anywhere in this


country. That is the risk we have to guard against and that is why we are


in these discussions with the government.


And we'd like to hear from you on this one. Should there be insurance


help for people living in flood risk areas? And have you found it


In a moment...high art - Hull gets �3 million to develop its creative


talent. 32 villages in rural Lincolnshire


are getting access to broadband speeds similar to those seen in city


centres. The county has some of the slowest broadband speeds in the


country. Now, instead of waiting up to two years for cables to be laid


to some villages, West Linsey district council is using devices on


the roofs of village halls. Turning a not-spot into a hot spot.


This little device will enable residents of Glentham to join the


21st century. We have got the news and the sport. People like Margaret,


whose connection at home is painfully slow. I do my own family


history. It will be a lot easier to fetch the laptop down here and logon


and get instant access to things. The speed of this, to me, is


brilliant. I would be sitting there with my thumbs like this. It seems


ridiculous. Man has walked on the moon and installed machinery on


Mars, but still, half of Lincolnshire's residents can't


quickly download a movie on their laptop, or talk to family across the


world on Skype, because their internet connection is simply too


slow. In 2010, campaigners used a carrier pigeon to transport a memory


card from Beverley to a village near Skegness. It was quicker than


uploading a video to the internet. Earlier this year, Lincolnshire


County Council announced they will work with BT to bring superfast


broadband to most homes in the country. But many will have to wait


until 2015. In the meantime, this achieves a superfast broadband


signal in order to stimulant business, create jobs and make


everyone's life a lot easier. easier in so many ways, according to


Fiona White. She says poor connections can seriously


disadvantage those in remote locations. This is one of the top


three worst areas for living in the fuel poverty. A third of all


households have fuel poverty, and they can't get access to the best


deals online because they can't get online. It's a small local company


who are installing 32 of these devices without the need to dig up


loads or lay expensive cables. And despite the fact you've got to walk


to the village hall to connect, it's making these residents very happy.


You can see what the weather is going to be like.


Linsey Smith joins me in the studio now. Linsey, great news for the


villagers, but has this come at a huge cost?


Surprisingly not. It has cost around �500 each to install these devices,


compared to the cost of the BT Project, �48 million. That will


involve miles of roads being dug up and disruption to traffic. But


still, people in our most isolated villages will not benefit from that


as they live too far out for the cables to go. So in those places,


these wireless devices will stay as permanent features. Campaigners say


internet access is more crucial than ever because of changes to the


Government's benefit system. You now have to claim online, and there were


fears that those with poor internet connections may struggle. Hopefully,


these new devices will minimise those problems in Lincolnshire.


The MP for Boston and Skegness, Mark Simmonds, says he's ready to take on


Nigel Farage if the UKIP leader decides to stand in the constituency


at the next general election. UKIP picked up 16 seats in Lincolnshire


during this month's council elections and meet tonight to choose


their group leader, but the local MP isn't worried about a challenge from


the party. I would be delighted if Nigel chose to fight Boston and


Skegness, because it would give a real opportunity for some of the


challenges we face to be put into the national domain. But I would be


very surprised. As a national leader of a national party at a general


election, he has to be able to access the media centres at the drop


of a hat as events unfold. He can't do that if he is canvassing here, as


I will be doing. The Health and Safety Executive says


it's still considering whether any charges will be brought against RAF


bosses over the death of a Red Arrows pilot. Flight Lieutenant Sean


Cunningham died when he was ejected from his hawk while on the ground at


RAF Scampton 18 months ago. The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed


in April that no criminal charges would be brought.


A family in Lincolnshire is calling for wider testing for heart


conditions in young people and their families. 22-year-old Sarah


Tenwick-Ford from Bassingham died in her sleep in February last year. Now


her family is trying to raise awareness of the condition, and says


relatives of those diagnosed should also be tested as a matter of


course. Sarah Tenwick-Ford was a happy and


apparently healthy young woman. But in February last year, she died in


her sleep of an undiagnosed heart condition. For her family, it came


as a bolt from the blue. There were no warning signs, no nothing. It


didn't just rip a hole in our family, it ripped a hole in the


community. It was only afterwards were speaking to the coroner and her


GP that we discovered she had passed away from this syndrome. We knew


nothing about this. We didn't know where to go for help or who to look


to for advice. For one East Yorkshire family, it's a familiar


story. Richard and Donna Fell from Hornsea lost their teenaged son Josh


in 2011. Since then, they've raised thousands of pounds for the charity


Cardiac Risk in the Young, or CRY, at events like this football match


held last weekend. I would like to see the government bringing it in to


screen kids in schools, along with other in operations at 14 years of


age. It would pick up on problems like what we lost Josh two.


charity CRY says that each week in the UK, 12 people aged 35 and under


die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions. 80% of those won't have


had any previous symptoms. In Italy, screening is mandatory for young


people involved in sport. They have reduced the incidence of young


sudden cardiac death by 89%. There is a 50% town is that somebody else


in the family will have the condition. For example, siblings are


at an immediate risk, and either mum or dad, if it is genetic, will be


the carrier. Sarah's family are now holding a series of fundraising


events, including a 900 mile bike ride. They want to raise awareness


of the condition, and ensure all relatives of those affected are


screened as a matter of course. Still ahead tonight: Taking up the


Challenge - Hull KR prepare to avenge their worst defeat of the


season. Preparing for the storm - the chef


heading to work with Gordon Ramsay. If you have a photograph you are


proud of, we will show it halfway through the programme. The last one


for this week was taken by Alf this week. You have been poorly.


Thanks for popping round with the grapes! That is not true, that is


how rumours start. It is a good rumour for you! Not at all! Moving


on with the weather, a mixed bag. It will not be as nice as last weekend.


There will be dry weather, but it will cloud over and there will be


rain from the West as we go through tomorrow. It is all down to this


area of low pressure, this included front which will bring outbreaks of


rain. To end the day, we have some sunshine. We see the cloud deck up


nicely to bring sunny spells, but still the odd risk of a shower in


the short term. Then it will mainly be a dry night, with variable


cloud, some clear spells and temperatures falling back. The


start the day tomorrow. But it will be fairly limited. We will see the


cloud thickening and any showers in the morning will gradually merge


into longer spells of rain for a time as the band of rain spread


eastwards. By the end of the day, we should see a return to some


sunshine, but there could still be a few heavy showers around.


Temperatures are half the values of last week. There will be a moderate


breeze from the West. Sunday starts off quite pleasant through the


morning hours, but the cloud will thicken during the afternoon. By the


end of the day, some rain in places, quite a breeze as well. Then


we are back to a mixture of sunny spells, scattered showers and some


overnight frost. I can't believe you said that. You dropped me right in


it. I prefer the days when you would not say boo to a goose. The flowers


were a bit over the top, but the Both Hull FC and Hull Kingston


Rovers could take important steps towards a Wembley final this


weekend. Both are involved in Challenge Cup games, with Hull


facing Wakefield tonight and Rovers taking on Wigan on Sunday afternoon.


Our sports reporter looks at their chances.


They've tasted success in this competition before, which for Hull


FC came in 2005, but for Hull KR was back some 33 years. How they'd both


love a crack at the trophy again. First, though, Hull, who defeated


London last week, begin as favourites against Wakefield


Trinity, led by former coach Richard Agar. David Doyle Davidson used to


play and coach the game, but for the past 30 years, he's reported on the


sport. Cup games, he says, are unpredictable. You don't have to to


be the best team in the league to win cup ties. It is what happens on


the night. If the game plan is right, you have a chance. This will


be a tough game. A month ago, Hull KR received their record Super


League, beating an 80 point demolition at the hands of Wigan.


Guess who is back in town on Sunday? Wigan are a great side. But every


team has weaknesses and we will do the best we can. The only way to


beat Wigan is to get among them. You have really got to be mean, cruel


and nasty, and you have to absolutely throw everything at them.


If they can win, the Hull sides will be in quarter finals, and Wembley


will feel very close indeed. And just a reminder, commentary of Hull


FC's game can be heard on BBC Radio Humberside. Kick-off in that match


is at eight. And they'll have coverage from Hull KR's cup tie


against Wigan on Sunday. Kick off at Craven Park is at three.


Last night, we told you that the transport minister is backing a


group of campaigners in Lincolnshire who want speed limits reducing


through their villages. People living between Grantham and Sleaford


say the council has not listened to them. We have had a big response on


When Hull first announced a bid to be named the UK's City of Culture,


it was regarded as a rank outsider. But now the odds on winning the


title have been cut at the same time as the city's art scene has received


a major boost. Art - it's perhaps not what Hull is


well known for. But with �3 million, that could be about to change.


People in the city will see new work. They will see new


opportunities to get involved in making work across all art forms.


They will see new spaces popping up, but also bringing in national


and international artists in the city to work with communities here.


Interest in the arts is steadily growing here. Tens of thousands of


people came to see the Larkin toads, which were dotted around the city,


and the Freedom Festival - a mixture of street theatre, music and comedy


- is now in its sixth year. But it seems Hull City's promotion to the


Premier League has further boosted the city's appeal. In fact, the


bookies have lowered the odds for Hull to become the UK's city of


culture from a 14-1 down to 6-1. But there is still a long way to go.


Tester is out in front at 4-1. It is hoped that the extra cash will


improve and strengthen what is already here. At the moment, we are


standing in the heart of the old fruit market in Humber Street, and


here, there are lots of different businesses and community


organisations working in the old fruit sheds, making amazing things


happen. There is a jewellers, there is a venue called Fruit, there is a


recording studio, art galleries, a museum, all sorts of things happen


here. Artists like Rob say more needs to be done to keep talent


local. We have a great School of Art and design in Hull. Loads of


graduates leave every year and go to cities where there is an


infrastructure to support them and they have career opportunities. If


there could be some investment in persuading those people that there


was something worthwhile staying for in Hull in terms of galleries,


workshops and business opportunities, that would be


fantastic. It is hoped that the funds will help paint a better


picture of the area. The odds have gone down. Fourth


favourite at the moment. We just have to knock Chester off the top


spot in the city of culture 2017. A cook from North Lincolnshire is


hoping to impress one of the country's most famous chefs.


Victoria Jolly from Burton Upon Stather is swapping her country caff


to work at Claridges. She'll spend two weeks working with the team at


Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, and hopes to learn the secret


ingredients in some of his famous dishes. Gemma Dawson has been to


meet her. Not everyone enjoys sharing a


kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. Start again! But then Victoria isn't your


average cook. Having quit a career in finance to follow her dream of


becoming a chef, she's now preparing to head to the capital for a


placement at Ramsay's restaurant at Claridges. It is quite nerve


wracking. I have met him before and I was really nervous the first time


I met him. He is very tall, which I always find intimidating. But he is


a nice man. I would not serve that to my dog, let alone a diner.


Victoria is hoping Gordon will be more complimentary about her


cooking. Victoria currently runs her own caff in Burton Upon Stather.


Grandma and Auntie Pat popped in this lunchtime for coffee and a


cake. She is very clever in everything she does. She turns out


some lovely food, and we have sampled nearly all of it. She has


done very well. News of Victoria's placement soon spread among the


regulars. She will have to up her game with Gordon Ramsay. She will


need some earmuffs for all the swearing! But Victoria's ready for


the challenge, having already cooked for celebrities. James Atherton, he


came in. Gary Barlow. Some footballers, but I don't really know


who they are! But before she heads to London, there's plenty more


orders to complete. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines. A woman is found alive after 17 days


trapped under rubble in Bangladesh - she's pulled from the ruins of a


collapsed clothing factory. Warnings that the Government is


running out of time to secure affordable flood insurance for homes


that are at risk. Tomorrow: Some dry and bright


weather to start, but showers will merge into longer spells of rain and


it will develop into a cloudy day, with showery rain, perhaps


brightening into the evening. Now some responses on the subject of


flooding. Sean says the government should do more to help people who


have a high risk of flooding. Money should not come into it. Gareth


says, I have no sympathy with people buying homes on a flood plain. Andy


says, I live on the coast, never been flooded in the 26 years I have


lived here. But my insurer withdrew all cover for the entire post could


just because of a perceived risk on an environment agency map. Gary says


the reason the insurance companies are kicking up a fuss is because


they don't want to pay out. Are they the new bankers? And Eddie says, I


live on top of one of the highest points in Yorkshire. How am I at


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