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weekend. That is all from us. On BBC One we join the news teams where you


are. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight. Drunken criminals to be offered


counselling instead of court. Also tonight: Lincolnshire Police says it


will investigate the way officers arrested this man.


tonight: Lincolnshire Police says it will investigate the way officers


New rules to keep dogs on leads in seaside towns. And the man


setting—off to pedal his way.round the world.


And autumn definitely arrived today, but what are the next few days


looking Mike? Join me later to find out. —— looking like. People who


commit minor crimes while they're drunk could avoid court if they


agree to get alcohol counselling. Humberside Police is starting a


trial in East Yorkshire offering conditional cautions, instead of


prosecution. But some are sceptical that it will act as enough of a


deterrent. Anne—Marie Tasker has the story. It's become an all too common


sight. Weekend revellers drinking too much — then fined or sent to


court for minor offences. So now Humberside Police is trialling a new


approach. Instead of putting offenders through the legal system,


they'll be sent for alcohol counselling. The condition that is


attached to seeking treatment is not designed to punish, but to address


the defend —— offending behaviour, the root cause of it, so it is not


there as a deterrent, but as a treatment. Around £11 billion is


spent each year dealing with drink—related crimes in England and


Wales. It's estimated around 7,000 arrests made by Humberside Police


for violence last year were drink related. And in East Yorkshire


alone, 166 people were charged with minor drink—related offences. And


sending them to magistrates court costs, on average, more than £1,000


a day. Humberside's Police and Crime Commissioner is spending £20,000 on


counselling services — like this — instead of sending offenders to


court. But he denies it's policing on the cheap. It has got nothing to


do with price. It is about effectiveness. We have court


processes that cost a huge amount of money and police time, that are


incredibly inefficient and in most cases, ineffective. The scheme is


similar to the seminars already offered by Humberside Police to


speeding drivers. But will it work with drinkers? Dawn Wilkinson was in


the police but is now landlady at the Windmill pub in Beverley. She's


sceptical it will deter everyone. There was no point of counselling


for a bit of a brawl, or weaving against a doorway, but they will get


around that and if it goes to court after that then they would need to


be tackled. The pilot scheme won't be used for drinkers who are repeat


offenders or commit serious offences. And if it works, officers


in Hull and Northern Lincolnshire will be able to use it in their


fight againt drunken behaviour, too. I'm joined now by the former


Barrister and MP for East Hull Karl Turner. Good evening. Costs around


1200 pounds a day to put someone through magistrates courts for


drinking offence. Isn't this a better and cheaper way of spending


taxpayers money? There has to be balanced. I am keen on


rehabilitation and they don't think people should be prosecuted for


minor offences, but it matters what constitutes a minor offence. If


people are behaving badly and anti—socially, spoiling the evening


for other people, my constituents expect those people to be dealt with


properly, to face the music and to face the music". Someone commits


this sort of offence, do you and people watching tonight want to see


them prosecuted with harsher set resist rather than going off for


some course and counselling? If it is a petty offence like swearing in


the street, it probably does not warrant a court hearing, but if it


is more serious, if it is affray, which is a serious public order


offence, it should be dealt with by way of a court hearing. These


offences are always alleged. People should be taken through the courts


system and the courts should decide the penalty, in my opinion. I think


my constituents, in the main, would agree with me. But isn't better to


tackle the behaviour of people and get them off drinking so that they


are less likely to do the same thing again, rather than prosecute? I am


very much in favour of rehabilitation otherwise you have


the revolving door situation where people end up in prison and it costs


money and they never get rehabilitated. I understand that


point. I am concerned that this might just be about saving money,


and if it is serious offences, actual bodily harm or assault, I


don't know what constitutes a minor offence, but it is offences like


that, absolutely not, it has to be dealt


need to see punishment being delivered. I don't think this is


satisfactory. We want to hear from you on this story, are cautions for


minor drinking offences a good idea? Maybe you think they should all go


through the courts? Here's how to contact us.


We look forward to hearing from you. In a moment. The new centre teaching


people with eating disorders to enjoy food again. Dog owners in the


East Riding of Yorkshire are set to face tough new restrictions on


letting their pets off the lead in public places. The Council has made


a number of changes affecting parks and tourist resorts, after it said


that current dog orders were out of date. But some owners say they feel


they're being marginalised. Amy Cole reports. Off the lead — but for dog


owners access to beaches, promenades and parks in the East Riding could


soon become greatly restricted. The council says an urgent review of dog


orders was needed as it hadn't been done since 2009. This morning


Cabinet members approved a number of proposals which includes that pets


must be kept on a lead when being walked on Bridlington and Hornsea


promenades. They will be banned from 51 new fenced children's play areas.


And they will have to be on leads in an additional 31 cemeteries and


graveyards in the East Riding. The council says they are partly due to


a two month public consultation. The public have said to us that we need


dog control measures in place. It went for approval from full council


and Potomac of those areas are to be promenades, beaches, and parks,


where we have got children fenced play areas. They have not to go in


the children's fenced play areas but they can go into the parks, off the


lead. That's good news for Nicky Smedley. She lives in Hull but


regularly walks Meg near Hornsea where her parents are. But she's not


happy that Meg will have to be put on a lead at all times on the year


when she takes her to Hornsea promenade. If they want you to put


these restrictions in, yes, that is what they want to do, but on the


promenade, fight could not take my dog to the seaside, for any reason,


then yes, I would not be happy with that. While dinner is served to Meg,


the restrictions served to owners may not go down as well. The


proposals will be put before full council on October ninth, where they


are expected to be approved. You might also have a view on this


story, maybe you're a dog owner or do you think that more controls on


dogs are the right way to go? There was a reminder of the contact


details if you want to get in touch with us. The leader of UKIP on


Lincolnshire County Councillor has been suspended from the Party. UKIP


has confirmed that Chris Pain will face a disciplinary committee — but


the party wouldn't say why he's been suspended. Yesterday, Police


announced they were taking no further action against Mr Pain,


following allegations he made racist comments on Facebook. More than £9


million of extra money is being made available for the NHS in East


Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to boost services this winter. The Health


Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given £8 million to the United Lincolnshire


Trust and £! Lincolnshire Police are investigating the conduct of some of


their officers after they were filmed arresting a man in his home


near Boston. The video which was posted on the internet shows fifty


seven year old James Cushway lying motionless on the floor. James's


brother claims the officers were heavy handed, verbally abusive and


unconcerned for his welfare. The family have now made a formal


complaint. Footage that has prompted a formal complaint. Danny Cushway


watches the moment arresting officers taunted his brother, who


lay on the floor — while a neighbour filmed on his mobile phone. This is


a 60—year—old man, with police officers standing around him,


taunting him with abuse and taunting him with, we are going to pull his


testicles. This just should not happen. It happened at Sutterton


near Boston, just over a week ago. Police came to arrest 57—year—old


James, who's going through a divorce. He was alleged to have


broken a court order forbidding contact with family members. Danny


believes police over—reacted. I had to strenuously request by the time


got there, with paramedics, that they removed the handcuffs and


removed the situation that he was in. As police loosen his handcuffs,


James falls silent. Officers appear to believe he is feigning


unconsciousness, to obstruct the arrest. Obviously, the officers were


dealing with someone who was being noncompliant, which can be very


frustrating. You have got four police officers tied up there, who


are not able to be elsewhere, dealing with something else. I think


people will be dismayed at the language that was used, which, in my


view, was not appropriate. Superintendent Maria Staniland of


Lincolnshire Police Professional Standards Department said:


James was taken to hospital, and then held in police custody. The


next day, he was released on bail without being charged. As police


investigate, he's staying with family in the south of England. Jake


is live at Lincolnshire Police Head Quarters for us tonight. How long


will this investigation by the force take? As you heard that report,


professional standards department will be carrying out a full


investigation into the events surrounding the arrest of James.


This may well take several weeks. There were several officers present


as you can see on the video and they will have to be interviewed, and the


video will have to be viewed in its entirety, before any decision can


made as to what action, if any, needs to be taken. Plans to recruit


1,000 volunteers into Lincolnshire Police have been defended after


fewer than 50 people came forward in seven months. The idea was announced


by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick, earlier


this year. His office says it is confident more people will


volunteer. Scrap metal dealers in East Yorkshire face having to pay


for licences in order to stay in business. The council wants the


licences to help reduce metal thefts. They would cost around £400


and only be issued after a police check. Still ahead tonight: if I go


back down into here, that is too wet. Finding the perfect conditions


for a picky plant that was almost extinct. The 16,000 mile journey in


a rickshaw. Keep your photographs coming in. Tonight's picture is


entitled 'Rain' at Cleethorpes Club bowling green taken at 5pm last


night by Richard Hardy. We will not bore viewers with that. Tell him


that I live locally. He can come round for lunch. That is the best


for that I have had all day. Let's have a look at the headlines for the


next 24 hours. It is a bright start tomorrow. There will be rain or


drizzle spreading from the north—west through the afternoon. It


is an autumnal feeling day with this weather front coming in from the


west, bringing rain. Today we have had a swathe of cloud, 40 miles an


hour wind at Bedlington with temperatures of 11 Celsius. That


northerly has brought rain to most areas. The rain will pull away


quickly through this evening. Gale force winds possible and coastal


areas for the next few hours. That wind will moderate overnight. Clear


spells developing with temperatures falling to eight Celsius in the


West. And the times of sunrise. And the high water times.


Not a bad start, with quite a bit of cloud around, but generally bright


and dry with hazy sunshine, but it will quickly cloud over. Rain and


resort moving south and east through the course of the afternoon. It will


become pretty damp and dreary. Top temperatures, still below average


for the time of year, 14 Celsius in Hull, and 15 around the Bosch, if


you are lucky. —— the Wash. It looks like an unsettled weekend to follow.


That is the forecast. Don't go down there. You even get a free Hankey,


now, I have noticed. A new treatment centre in Hull could revolutionise


the way local people with eating disorders are cared for. It's


estimated that more than 2,000 people across the city suffer from


some form of anorexia or bulimia. It's hoped the new Evolve Centre


will reduce the number of patients having to go outside the area for


specialist help. Our health correspondent, Vicky Johnson


reports. Claire is 26 and, for more than half her life, she has


struggled with eating disorders. In the past she has spent months in


hospital, but with a two—year—old daughter and another baby on the


way, she is relieved she can be treated closer to home, in Hull. I


don't have to worry about going out of the area. And not having to think


about situations like, if I have to go into hospital, where would I go?


The new Evolve Centre was opened by an Emmerdale actress who has


overcome anorexia despite a lack of local facilities. He didn't get so


much support back then because there wasn't enough people who knew about


it. And there was nothing in Hull. If this had been around back then my


struggle might have been a lot easier. As well as different rooms


for counselling, Evolve Centre has kitchen and dining areas where


people can learn how to cope with food again. It will be giving them


the life skills, skills to change their behaviour, skills to change


what currently gets in the way of them getting on with their lives,


and doing it locally, so that they can still interact with and be part


of their own life. £500,000 each year is being invested in the new


service, but for families, the ambition is to do even more. I would


like to have an inpatient unit as well, but we have got this, and that


is pretty amazing and very exciting for the city. The new service means


that people like Clare will be able to receive specialist, intensive


support, at the same time as enjoying family life. Plastic litter


which is killing hundreds of sea birds along our coast prompted a


large response on look North yesterday. Marine experts say


plastic is blown into rivers and onto beaches where it is eaten by


birds who can't digest it, and they eventually die. We talked about


this. We got a big response after the programme last night. Lynda


emailed to say: Krissy says on the text:


thank you very much for those. A rare plant that was once on the


brink of extinction has been successfully reintroduced in East


Yorkshire. The Greater Water Parsnip might not look like much but it is


an important native species that needs just the right growing


conditions. Modern drainage systems had meant it was almost wiped out


but now with some careful work by conservationists its doing well.


Surrounded and protected by Reach, it is a long that has not been seen


in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for 25 years. But at this nature reserve


near Driffield, the greater water parsnip is again beginning to


thrive. It is very much back in its native habitat. Its reintroduction


into this natural habitat has not been easy. Its position on the edge


of these water beds has proved to be crucial. It has very exacting


habitat requirements. It needs marginal shelf which is dry in


summer, and wet in winter, so just there is fine, and here is not. If I


go back down into here, that is too wet. It needs to be just there. It


is quite fussy? You could say that. The problem is it has faced had been


trained on modern drainage techniques, but here, more


traditional techniques have been used, and the plant has taken root


and is beginning to thrive. Attempts to save the plant from extinction


were made after small samples of it were found at Halsea Mere. Brian is


behind ensuring survival, propagating thousands of plants in


his own back garden. It really is an achievement personally, if you think


where we are, and these are very important. Just because they are not


currently, they are just as important, because they are so rare.


Rescued from the brink of extinction, the greater water


parsnip is again making its presence felt with East Yorkshire playing an


important role in securing its future. Hull Kingston Rovers'


skipper Michael Dobson has been cleared to lead the club in their


play—off knock—out game at St Helens. The Robins have already


beaten St Helens three times this season with a cup victory and two


league wins. Dobson, who leaves at the end of the season, remains key


to Rovers' success. Michael is such a professional. It is all about the


team, trying to get the boys playing the best they can, and that Michael


can stay for another couple of weeks, everyone will be glad. A


horse rider from Lincolnshire has been selected for a World


Championship event in France. Alex Postolowsky from Market Rasen was


successful at the Burghley Horse Trials when she had the the best


time for a new rider at the event. Now she'll go to France later this


year to compete in the three—day eventing championships for young


horses. Well done to Alex. It's a journey of more than 16,000 miles


and could take more than a year. Today Luke Parry from Eastrington


near Howden has set off around the world on a rickshaw. Crispin Rolfe


has been to meet him. This is what I can take with me. That is all that I


can take a one year. That cushion, a sleeping bag, that makes


a good cushion for a passenger. Now it is by rickshaw that Luke Parry,


from Yorkshire, is travelling the world. I can take passengers and if


they want offer me something to eat or something to stay, then that is


great. His journey will take him from Howden to York before going to


mainland Europe, and he plans to travel through Iran and India before


crossing to United States and a 16,000 mile journey which could take


more than 18 months to complete. What do his mum and dad think of it


all? I did say that I would come with him but he started to look a


bit worried! He has given us an invitation to meet up. And so to the


big sendoff at his old school, where he is repaying his geography teacher


for all those lessons that helped encourage pupils with their studies.


Students can have that running dialogue with him as he is visiting


different locations and can question him about the topical bits that come


up in their curriculum. What are your thoughts? I cannot wait to get


on with my big adventure and I am grateful for the support from the


school. And that this look on his way, his first challenge, the


British weather —— that is Luke on his way. That is the first testing


part of it, but I am sure that there will be better days at. Soon he will


be its heading south for the winter, picking up passengers as he goes.


Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines, which


contain flashing images. Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell is cleared


of all rape and child abuse charges. People who commit minor crimes while


drunk could avoid court if they agree to counselling, in a trial by


Humberside Police. Tomorrow's weather forecast. A dry bright start


with some hazy sunshine. Clouding over with patchy rain or drizzle


later. Maximum temperature, 15 Celsius. A big response on the


story. John has said on Twitter: the police commissioner is going soft on


crime. And many people who drink too much have mental health problems and


locking them up will make them worse. They need help. And a driver


has to pay £100 for a driving seminar. Does that mean that drunks


will have to pay the same amount for counselling instead of going to


court? These schemes are obviously fairly similar. Alex has e—mailed,


the thought of people committing minor crimes whilst drunk is


observed. Keith has said that Matthew Grovess' election slogan


was, the criminal must pay. He highlighted drunken behaviour as


being his target for tough, unit of action. He makes it up as he goes


along. David says, get them into the cause, they put enough strain on the


NHS in accident and emergency, and this must be tackled. That's all


from me for now. Have a nice evening. See you tomorrow.


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