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North. The headlines tonight: Back on track.
Rail services to resume within weeks, five months after a landslip
destroyed the line. Repairs here will mean an end to misery.
Begging on the street - police say many are not what they seem.
Lincoln, we have a high proportion of false beggars, if you like.
It's Luke Campbell MBE, but what did the Queen say to Hull's gold
medallist? And where's Kitty? How an academic
from Lincoln helped the BBC uncover the secret life of cats.
There has been some torrential downpours, so join me later for the
Five months ago, the railway line at Hatfield looked like this. But today
Network rail say repair work will be finished ahead of schedule and the
line will reopen in less than a month. A landslip closed the line in
February. Since then passengers between Hull and Doncaster and
Cleethorpes and Doncaster have had to transfer to coaches at Goole and
at Scunthorpe. But, as Crispin Rolfe reports, the service will soon be
back to normal. Repairs almost complete after steel
tracks were left twisted unbroken. But landslide closed this railway
route completely, meaning 150 replacement bus service is a day for
commuters between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. The main problem is the
time it takes on the buses. Sometimes we get to college late and
that is bad. It is not a bad service. The end of the repairs is
finally in sight today. This is where the four tracks are, going
through this area. We're now at the stage where we are getting the
railway bed letdown. Will this be a permanent solution? It will be.For
the last six months, this has been the only way you can travel down
this track. It has taken 50 heavy duty diggers to move the earth and
sorrow. How many millions has this cost, and who will be paying for it?
At least now for businesses at the end of the line in Cleethorpes, the
fear of losing some are's tourist trade is easing. Summer is when
Cleethorpes is busiest. It is a seaside resort. We hope people will
come back to us. Completing this work means that repairs to the east
coast main line can also go ahead. significant portion has been closed.
It will be a full service from July the 29th, then we can look at the
engineering work that has had to be rescheduled. So next month, this
track should fully reopen. How much this landslip has cost everyone will
only be determined further down the line. Crispin is near the site of
the landslip this evening. How much disruption has this caused?
The level of disruption has been matched by the level of the
landslip. They used to have 2500 passengers every day. The question
remains, about the money, there is still not confirmation about what
this will cost. We are expecting it to be into the millions. Thank you.
In a moment: Why we're all being asked to keep an eye on the state of
some of the country's most historic There's a warning tonight that
people who're begging in Lincoln may not actually be homeless.
Lincolnshire Police say 75% of those found begging were able to give them
a home address. But charities in the city say anyone asking for help is
doing so for a reason. Gemma Dawson has more.
Sat outside a shop in the city. This man has spent more than a year
struggling to get by. He insists he doesn't beg, but knows others that
Inspector Garthwait from Lincolnshire Police told me it's an
issue they've been trying to tackle, because they claim many beggars here
are not homeless. In Lincoln, we have a higher proportion of false
beggars, if you like. A lot of beggars have an alcohol, drug
addiction problem. We would advise not to give money, but to give food
and drink. In the past 18 months, Lincolnshire
Police say they've dealt with 40 cases of people caught begging on
the city's streets. On 30 of those occasions, the person stopped
provided an address. The police have taken five individuals to court
during that time, with one person going twice.
I've spoken to three people sat on the street today. Two told me they
are genuinely homeless. The other said he's just got his own place.
All denied begging but told me they do rely on handouts from the passing
public. But homeless charity workers meeting
in Lincoln today insist there's no excuse for begging here. There is no
reason why anyone should go hungry or thirsty in this city. We have a
project, and we feed and offer drinks and clothing to those who
have nothing. They are entitled to benefits whether they have a home or
not. Alex volunteers here at St Mary Le Wigford Church. He's been
homeless for about a year, but told me he's never needed to beg. I have
always seen it as the last straw. I know I will be in a bad place if I
ever get to that stage. I try to avoid it at all costs.
Police working here in the city say the number of reported cases of
begging is now falling. I spoke to Mark Hills from
Lincolnshire YMCA and asked him whether these figures will harden
peoples' views towards beggars. think unfortunately they will harden
views, Peter, which is a great shame because there are people out there
who are genuinely homeless, and not everyone is a professional beggar.
But 75% of the beggars in Lincoln are naturally homeless, so why
should I give them money? I wouldn't be inclined to give them money if I
was a member of the public. I would be looking to support them by
signposting them to agencies or offering them a tea or coffee, but I
wouldn't give them money. So your advice is not to give these people
money? Yes. I think it's important, whether they are professional
beggars or genuine beggars, they should be signposted to the
services. What do you think about those people who are professional
beggars who are naturally homeless? They are doing it for a reason.
Yeah, they're doing it for money from us. Quite possibly. I think
it's important that we try and acknowledge why they are doing it.
There is a reason why they're doing it. If they are not genuinely
homeless, then they just want our money. Quite possibly, but there are
people who aren't begging professionally and do have needs
that need to be addressed. Do you believe these figures or do you
think the police just want to ward people off the streets? I think the
figures are the figures they have come up with. I am not here to
dispute those figures. I am here to acknowledge that people do need the
support of agencies within the city, and we must treat everybody equally,
and signpost people to the right resources. What would you say to
those who go and beg when they actually have a house and even a car
and go home? I think it is a shame because they're penalising people
that are in need. However, I think the people that are professionally
begging also have an issue that needs to be looked at, why they are
professionally begging. They're not going to get much sympathy from
people watching tonight, are they? No, I acknowledge that. I think we
need to make sure we treat people with dignity and respect, and
whether they are professional beggars or not professional beggars,
we need to try to provide support to four-year-old girl in Grimsby say
she suffered a heart attack, but the cause of her death is still
unexplained. Poppy Widdison died on Monday, after being admitted to
hospital with serious injuries. Further tests are being carried out
to establish what caused the cardiac arrest. Floral tributes and teddy
bears have been left outside a house on Ladysmith Road. A 34-year-old
woman and 36-year-old man arrested in connection with her death have
been released on police bail. A Government inspector has been to a
holiday park in East Yorkshire today, to investigate whether East
Riding Council acted unfairly when it agreed to evict a group of chalet
owners. The properties on Lakeminster Park in Beverley can't
be used as a main residence, as the site was only granted permission for
holiday homes. Humberside Airport is to offer
flights to Denmark from this autumn. The daily service to Copenhagen will
be operated by the airline SAS and start in October. SAS joins two
other operators at the Kirmington site in a move that it's claimed
reflects growing confidence in the Humber economy.
Scandanavian airlines have picked up on the fact that there is great
opportunity for growth in the Humber region. That's a great investment
and a great sign of future development, and if people across
Europe are seeing that sort of development in the Humber, that's
only got to be good news for us locally.
Volunteers in Lincolnshire are being trained to examine the county's
listed buildings and identify those which could be at risk. Heritage
Lincolnshire has already highlighted almost 350 problem buildings,
raising concern about how they will be maintained in the future. Jo
Makel reports. For the past three years, volunteers
like Bob and David have been out and about in Lincolnshire, conducting
surveys of the county's heritage, examining and photographing
buildings like this old water mill in Horncastle to asses their
condition. Gutters, and what we can see are
sound... Can you see the tiles missing up on the roof, the slates?
The authorities can't possibly afford to do a survey of this scale,
and people like myself and David are delighted to get involved and learn.
It's taught me a hell of a lot about the town. This pilot project has
used more than 300 volunteer surveyors. Heritage Lincolnshire,
the organisation which has trained them, say it's resulted in an
unprecedented amount of information. They'd identified 9,000 heritage
assets and the volunteers surveyed 99% of them. One of the conclusions
was how rich our heritage is and how people didn't appreciate the variety
of it and how special it is. The other outcome was, the picture of
heritage at risk is worse than we thought. We thought it was around
4%, but it's around 7%. Much of that concern is about listed buildings.
If a building is said to be at medium risk, it means it needs
maintenance and conservation work. At high risk, they're in danger of
being lost within five years. Buildings Heritage Lncolnshire
considered at medium or high risk included: Every single one of the
surveys volunteers did were checked by professionals back at our office,
using the photographs volunteers sent in, but we made sure that the
training gave very full information about exactly what they're looking
for. So we're confident the results are
fairly robust. The findings were being shared with other
organsiations like local authorities and English Heritage at a conference
in Lincoln today. The big question is where to go from here. In my
region, we've already taken their preliminary data. They did great
work on churches - we've started to use that, work on higher grade
listed buildings - we've started to encompass that in our daily work on
the register. Other areas are expected to follow Lincolnshire's
lead and use volunteer surveyors in Still ahead tonight: The
Lincolnshire inventors who've taken the mobility scooter off road.
And what did the Queen say to Hull's Olympic boxer, when she made him
Buttercups at Skirlaugh taken by Joe Thank you for that. Another one
tomorrow night. Our director tonight is a nature lover, so I am told.
Does that mean he is? No, it does not! Alex Deakin, I mentioned his
weather application last night. Somebody said, it is really good,
more accurate than Paul Hudson. You will have to stop making these
e-mails will. The headlines, it is unsettled, and there will be a
scattering of showers breaking out later tomorrow after a fine start. A
very unsettled looking set-up. Sunday, not looking too bad. We have
had some big downpours this afternoon. Hale and thunder gave a
prolonged spell of heavy rain, especially across Lincolnshire.
There is a clearance coming in from behind. Perhaps some spells of
sunshine to an evening with. Or two morning, with sunshine. Cloud will
spill in from the south-west, and perhaps some patchy rain, but mostly
dry morning. Those showers get going in the afternoon. The odd heavy one.
There will be some sunny intervals in between. And little disappointing
for this time of year. 17 or 18. Some rain Friday night. Saturday
looks quite cool, breezy and Shari. Sunday looks fine and right with the
risk of brain early next week. the programme tonight! See you
tomorrow. It's feared nesting birds across Northern Lincolnshire and
East Yorkshire could be fooled by new technology. Several apps play
recordings of bird songs. The RSPB is warning that will confuse birds
which are rearing their young. Amanda White reports.
This is a mobile phone app or application - it's a programme that
can be downloaded from the internet and allow its owner to play genuine
recordings of birdsong at any time, and any place.. The problem is that
some bird watchers are using it to lure shy birds out of hiding so they
can capture the perfect image. The birds can get distracted. They
spend time chasing digital birds and are not defending their territories
from real threat. But the app can have its uses. Tools like this are
invaluable for helping people learn. The technology is not so new, as
many of your viewers may know. You could get all the bad calls on
cassette. - - you could get on the bird calls on cassette. Why stand
outside when you can come to hide like this, sit quietly and wait for
the birds to come to you? That is what builders. Anything going on?
One or two kingfishers. In fairness, with or without
questionable tactics, today's weather isn't the best for seeing
anything, unless, of course, you're interested in toads.
The MP for Great Grimsby Austin Mitchell has left hospital after
collapsing at the house of commons earlier this month. The 78-year-old
Labour MP spent 11 days at Kings College hospital. He's hoping to
return to the Commons after a week's rest. I spoke to him earlier. He
said one thing he has missed has been looked not. Get soon. - - one
thing he has missed has been BBC look North.
They're normally associated with high-speed adventure but an off-
road mobility scooter invented in Lincolnshire is in line for a top
award this evening. The TerrainHopper was launched by Sam
and Deborah Dantzie, from Legbourne, as an alternative vehicle for
wheelchair users to access areas like the beach. Tarah Welsh has been
to see their invention. Off the road, and on a mission - to
make every terrain accessible to all. What can you use it as?
Depending on how deep that water was, it could get through that lake
and onto that island. All right, that's brilliant. The idea came
about when Sam and Deborah Danzie started a family. They soon realised
that pushchairs and their favourite hobby, rambling, weren't a good
match. So designer Sam created his own. A disabled friend spotted the
potential. She said, "If that was in the shop, I'd buy one." She was an
outdoorsy person and she couldn't go outdoors. She told us of many times
she's had to be rescued, even by the fire brigade because she's got
herself stuck in places where nobody could help. And the TerrainHopper
was born. Today, young people with disabilities in North East
Lincolnshire are trialling it. love it. That's just a new challenge
for me. I've never been on something like this. But for James to buy one,
it would set him back about �11,500. Does the cost mean that only a
minority of people can actually get one, though? Yes, it does. We've
come across situations where we wish we could do something, but we can't.
But this organisation that provides activities for young people says it
may apply for funding, so youngsters across the Humber region can go
off-road. If it allows them to go across a field, where they've never
been before, fantastic. These are made in Lincolnshire, but there's
been interest in them from all over the world. In fact, somebody flew
here from the Middle East just to give this a test drive. A bumpy ride
it maybe, but it's being recognised as the vehicle taking people to
places they could never get to before.
Olympic Gold medallist Luke Campbell admitted he was "nervous" as he met
Her Majesty the Queen today. She presented him with an MBE following
his Olympic success last year. Simon Clark has been finding out what they
said to each other. Mr Luke Campbell, for services to
boxing. It was a day like know whether for a young man from Hull.
Luke Campbell received his MBA following his gold at the Olympics.
He and her Majesty had plenty to say. We had a bit of a chat. She
said, unfortunately, it is not a gold medal I am giving you, and she
laughed. She asked about my training and how I am getting on. It was a
humbling experience. It was a proud moment. A world win 12 months began
in little Rania where he claimed a title - - a world win to 12 months
began in Lithuania. It began in this academy in Hull, under the tutelage
of Mick Bromby. Really proud. I am proud. He truly deserves it.
shows the power of the gold medal. He gets to meet the Queen, that is
another honour and a great experience. Luke makes his
professional debut at Craven Park next month. Quite a year for Luke
Campbell, MBA. We share our homes with over ten
million cats, but how much do we really know about what our pets get
up to when we aren't looking. Well, a scientist from Lincoln has helped
the BBC in a new study where cameras were fitted to 50 cats.
This is Deany, and up until now he's been very happy knowing that we know
very little about his secret world. But guess what, Deany - we're about
to find out exactly what you and your feline friends, yes you, have
months of work with scientists from the University of Lincoln. Every cat
owner will ask you, what do you think my cat does when it leaves the
cat flap, all, is it true they going to other people 's homes? We did not
have the information. This was a nice opportunity to get some data
and be able to answer those questions. One person who
understands cats better than most of us is Jain Kidd. She runs one of the
country's only cat retirement home in Osgodby. He's putting his smell
on to you. It shows you are one of the gang. All of the cat here have
different personalities. You get the dominant ones. They are effective,
cuddling lot. I think they get up to all sorts we do not know about.
on the television or radio today and you will be hard pushed not to see
or hear about cats. That is about - - that is because of the level of
interest, and the amount of exposure as a result of making this
programme. It is fantastic.The full extent of what they've discovered is
best for you to watch and find out, but let me tell you Oscar, I've
heard about breaking and entering, theft of food, fighting - the list
goes on, so those innocent little faces won't work anymore. You can
watch Horizon's: The Secret Life of The Cat tonight on BBC Two at nine
o'clock. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:
Jailed. Dale Cregan, the drug dealer who
murdered two policewomen and a father and son, is told he will die
in prison. Five months after tracks were destroyed by a landslip,
engineers say rail services will what you would do if you saw someone
asking for money in the street. We were talking about beggars. Except,
I gave money to a homeless person and wish I didn't. In Beverly, you
can see beggars sat on the pavement saying, no food or home, yet they
sit rolling cigarettes and have a mobile phone. Bethany says, I feel
bad walking past homeless people but never give them money. Somebody
said, a lot of people in Hull legging formerly a drug users, and