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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: The
£50 billion project for high speed trains — but will other parts of our
rail network lose out? There are huge swathes of the
country which will get pretty much no benefit whatsoever from this
scheme. The £12,000 theft of specialised kit
which which could put lives at risk. To be in a situation where we have
two say, can we go and for your relative it is heartbreaking.
Denied a possible Wembley appearance — the Lincolnshire club thrown out
of the FA Cup. The five September weather looks set to continue. Join
me later for the forecast. — — the fine September weather looks set to
continue. The human statue who's hoping to
strike gold in Europe. Good evening.
It could cost up to £50 billion but there are warnings that train
passengers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will see their rail
services get worse if the new High Speed Train line gets the go ahead.
The Government says the planned link from London through the midlands and
onto Manchester and Leeds is essential for the British economy.
Campaigners here though say it will lead to a North—South divide. Sarah
Corker reports. Early morning commuters start their journey from
East Yorkshire, catching a direct train to the capital. I asked those
at Brough Station just what difference the much talked about
high speed rail link would make to them? Maybe I would drive over to
lead and get the train from there, but it is unlikely. We will get left
out at this end of the line, so to speak.
things up to date, but I am not sure whether it is money well spent.
Passengers from East Yorkshire use the East Coast main line to travel
to London. A purpose—built high—speed rail network would mean
people could connect with this fast online and carry on to the capital.
But we don't know if that would be any faster. The government believes
a new high—speed rail network would generate billions for the economy.
Critics worry there will be no money left to maintain existing networks
and areas like East Yorkshire not included in the plans will see a
worse service. There are huge swathes of the country, not least
Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, which will get no benefit from this
scheme which is costing upwards of £50 billion.
But a boom in rail travel has pushed the case for high speed rail. When
you look at the growth we have seen in Railways of the last 15 years,
there is no alternative that will provide the capacity this country
needs in the future. Could that investment be at the
expense of the East Coast Main Line? Its 900 miles of track are due to be
upgraded — but it's already suffering from delays and
disruption. And critics of HS2 are queuing up. Earlier this week, Lord
Prescott gave us his view at Labour's party conference. It isn't
going to do any good for the North. They wouldn't build it in the North.
And so debate rumbles on — invest in the lines we have or build a brand
new network? But for now, these passengers seem happy with the
service they're already getting. I'm joined now by the Cleethorpes MP
Martin Vickers. Do you think your constituents will be in favour of
this train line which is nearly 100 miles away, as? I suspect the
reaction of my constituents is fairly mixed, as it is up and down
the country. The country is divided. It will benefit the UK economy. How
will HS2 help Grimsby and Cleethorpes? Well, without freeing
up capacity on the line, towns are unlikely to get better services they
need. Transferring capacity will divide better services. We need to
consider the massive growth in freight. A lot of it comes through
Immingham. Lot Prescott has said it will do nothing for the North. He is
entitled to his opinion. As on many other things, I think he is wrong on
this. This is the biggest spend in British history. This money have
been better improving local connections to East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire, which some would say we desperately need? We do need
better services. The additional capacity will enable the network to
provide that. It is beneficial to the whole economy. Tap to steal in
Scunthorpe will be a contender for providing much of the Railtrack — —
Tata Steel in Scunthorpe. What we need is greater connectivity between
the provincial part of the country, particularly those out on the
periphery is such as my own constituency. That can be provided
when we free up the capacity. Too much emphasis is placed on the
speed. This is about capacity. When we talk about the 42 billion, we're
talking about that over 20 years. Very good to talk to you tonight.
We want to hear from you on this story, is it a good idea to spend
£50 billion in high speed rail or spend the money on improving other
parts of the transport network? In a moment:
look forward to hearing from you. In a moment: The mystery of the missing
memorial. The empty space which campaigners are desperate to see
Phil. ? Police and voluntary
help find missing people say lives are being put at risk because of the
theft of thousands of pounds worth of equipment.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue is now asking for help
after thieves took radios, rescue equipment and first aid kits.
Crispin Rolfe has been to speak to them. The blue bag is a medical grab
bag. Very life—saving and life dependent equipment. Examples of
just what has been stolen from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire search
and rescue. Not just medical supplies, but safety equipment and
communications, without which they cannot operate. The kit adds up to
nearly £12,000 worth of equipment. It has taken so long to raise money
to buy this. To be in a situation where we had to make a decision, do
we can we go out and look for your relative, that is heartbreaking. The
last four years, that is what they have done. In recent cases, local
teams have played a key role. People need to be found as quickly and
swiftly as possible. These people help us. It is vital we find this
equipment and it is returned so they can continue delivering the
excellent service and carry on saving lives. It was stolen from the
back of the team 's van. A blow to the men and women who have come
together to provide extra support, not just to Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire, but also to a butcher in Cheshire. This team of volunteers
hopes for generosity, either from the themselves from charity, to help
them buy new equipment in order to ensure they do not have to pack up
for good. Some more news now.
Police in Lincolnshire say they've begun a murder inquiry following the
death of a 79—year—old woman. The woman, who hasn't been named, had
been taken to hospital in Lincoln from her home in the village of
Dunholme on Sunday. She died in Hospital on Tuesday. A 51—year—old
man has been arrested in West Yorkshire and is helping police with
their enquiries. The Trust which runs the East Riding
Community Hospital has revealed that its funding is being cut by almost
£4,000 a day. 18 beds at the hospital had to be suspended after a
report raised concerns about the quality of care. A spokesperson for
the Humber Foundation Trust says the funding will increase once all the
beds are re—opened. The emergency services have spent the afternoon
dealing with a lorry fire on the A17 in Lincolnshire. This was the scene
on the road near Holbeach earlier this afternoon when thirty tonnes of
straw caught fire. Drivers faced delays in the area as two fire
engines put the fire out. A group of influential MPs says a
Government programme to roll out super—fast broadband to rural areas
including Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire is taking too long. The
report by the Public Accounts Committee says there's a lack of
competition in the industry. A campaign group lobbying for better
rural broadband says Lincolnshire County Council is making
improvements. There is a lack of competition so it is hard for
authorities to judge if they are getting good value for money. There
is only one supplier. It is a problem.
Sleaford Town Football Club have been kicked out of the FA Cup. 12
days ago, the team was involved in a huge brawl which involved rival club
Huntington Town. Amy Cole is in our newsroom. Was the team expecting
this punishment? They were expecting something to
happen, but this was the toughest punishment they could have got and
they're very disappointed. The brawl broke out during the home game
between Sleaford Town and Huntingdon Town on Saturday 14th, and it spread
to fans from both sides. They were playing in the FA Cup First round
qualifying tie, but the match had to be abandoned just minutes before the
final whistle. Both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to
ensure their players and supporters conducted themselves in a proper
fashion and refrained from provocative and violent behaviour.
It's still unclear what led to the brawl. Today's decision to throw
them out of the FA Cup was made on the basis of a report by the
referee. This afternoon the club said it believed witness statements
submitted to the FA were fair. We believe that a lot of the witness
statement where broadly in our favour.
Both clubs have been fined £150. Sleaford Town say they are waiting
to see the official report, due tomorrow, before deciding whether to
appeal the decision. If they choose not to appeal, it means they won't
be able to progress any further in the competition.
Still ahead tonight: Sitting down on the job — the human statue looking
to take on the world. ?? new I have been punched, Spartak,
kissed, offered drink. It is like being in the newsroom.
The Red Arrows themselves sent in this picture of them on their way to
Nice, flying over the Alps. Stunning picture. Good evening,
young man. I am very well. The dicky bird tells
me you were discussing clouds with Alistair Campbell yesterday on the
radio. Absolutely. It is your worst
nightmare, they knocked in a room with Alistair Campbell, you and the
cloud appreciation Society — — being locked in a room.
It looks as though we will have a lots of fine weather with sunshine.
The good news is that this system is not going to make much progress
northwards. For others, the last week in September is looking very
nice. That is great news. It is been a lovely afternoon. Lots of sunshine
around. Through this evening, it looks set to be dry with clear
period. Overnight, it may be that cloud tends to increase from the
south. Clear spells. Temperatures down to nine or 10 Celsius. The sun
will rise at around 6:56am. It looks as though we are in for a lovely day
tomorrow. A bit of cloud first thing, but a dry and bright day with
some long spells of sunshine. Temperatures will be very pleasant.
I'd injury field of 16 Celsius. That is 61 Fahrenheit. — — highs in true
field of 16 Celsius. The weekend is very nice. Not bad for the end
September. It will become quite breezy. That might take the edge of
the temperatures, but some pleasant spells of autumnal sunshine.
It is like it is like a lottery. I suppose it is when you are doing it.
See you tomorrow. There are calls for a war memorial
at Great Coates near Grimsby to be returned to its original location
until a new site for it is agreed. The memorial was removed from the
wall of a community hall when it was sold for redevelopment. But the
village council says it's unlikely to be relocated in time for
Remembrance Sunday. Caroline Bilton reports.
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice — in just over a
month's time we will do what we have done for decades, not just in
London, but at memorials across the country. But not here in the village
of Great Coates — because this is where their memorial used to be, and
no—one seems to know where it has gone. It's been in the village for
95 years. My uncle came was killed in Florida. He is buried there, so
there is no local grey. The memorial is sort of a gravestone. The
memorial used to be on community hall until it was sold for
redevelopment. A few months ago, it disappeared. Rumours have been rife
that it has been damaged in that process. The village council told as
it is safe and undamaged, and they plan to re—erected here, on the site
of the new village. That would be in time for Remembrance Sunday. We have
to get planning permission. As soon as we have permission, we can do
that. Local residents say in the meantime, it should be returned to
its original home. That war memorial should be put back where it was
until such a point as it can be effectively, properly and
sympathetically put up. People here want to see and enter this saga.
They want to know where the memorial is, what state it is in and when or
if it will ever be replaced. We will follow that one. We told you
last night that the Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said
parents were being "left out of pocket" when it comes to school
transport. In the village of Thorngumbald, some children who
qualify for free travel, have been told next term, they'll have to pay
more than £500 for a pass. If they walk, part of their route is
alongside a road with a 60 miles an hour speed limit.
Thank you for Workers have begun to fill
Sleaford's new swimming pool in preparation for its opening next
month. The process will take around six days to complete. The leisure
centre has taken a year to build, and cost nearly three million
pounds. We have a number of tests to do. The sheer weight of the water,
that puts a lot of pressure on the Paul. It has been sat empty for
getting on 11 months now. We do not want to change the alignment
quickly. After nearly 13 years working for
the Diocese of Lincoln, the Bishop of Grantham is standing down from
the post. The Right Reverend Doctor Tim Ellis was ordained 37 years ago
today. He's been outspoken about a number of issues, including gay
marriage, the first Gulf War and the cost of Margaret Thatcher's funeral.
And Bishop Tim joins me now from our Lincoln studio. Good evening. When
you became bishop, I guess you where aware about how outspoken you were.
Very different from what we have been used to. I don't think so.
There has always been a rich tradition within the church of
people expressing all sorts of opposing views. One thing I always
say is that the church is not a political party. We do not have two
to eight line. — — we do not have to tell a party line. You have never
been afraid of speaking out. Do people mind you having strong views
about things like Margaret Thatcher and her economic policies? The
people who agreed with the policies she issued will disagree with me — —
people agreed with her policies will disagree with me. My concern is that
we look to the future, but learn the lessons of the past. As I lead, I am
concerned about problems which affect the people of Lincolnshire
now. You like football and you are perhaps the first bishop to have an
earring. Is it still in? Yes. It is. old. My children will not allow me
to take it out. I just forget about it. Well, it does suit you. We wish
you well for the future. Another passion of yours is Sheffield
Wednesday, isn't it? Yes. I hope I will have more time for them, but I
hope I will have something more worthwhile watching. Also, the
bishop elect rock and pop music. Yes, I do. I always have done since
being a small boy. I try to keep up with music as it has progressed. I
still buy contemporary music. I learn a lot from my children and my
grandchildren, and from that young people I have dealt with here. We
think you are the trendiest vicar. We wish you all the very best for
the future. Hope you are happy. That is very kind of you. Thank you.
The Hull City manager says they couldn't have been given a harder
draw in the Capital One Cup. Steve Bruce will take his team to
Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round. The two sides meet in the
League on Sunday 27th October, with the cup tie just a few days later.
There are three or four individuals who need games, so it has been
invaluable for them. We are in the next round. Let's hope we can
perform at Spurs. We look forward to it.
In rugby league, Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has announced his
retirement form international retirement with immediate effect.
That means he'll play no part in the upcoming World Cup for England
despite having been picked in the initial squad. Ellis says he wants
to focus on playing for Hull FC and "make a contribution to help us
achieve things." The latest twist in Hull's bid to
become the next UK City of Culture was revealed earlier today in a
multistorey car park. Two elephants made from papier mache spent the
afternoon walking around the City's Pryme Street car park. If Hull is
successful in its attempt to win the title, the elephants will appear in
the opening parade. If we win, it will be in the opening ceremony, if
we are successful in getting the title of City of Culture. It fits
with our themes of freedom because elephants are symbols of freedom in
Africa. A performer from Hull is to
represent the UK in a rather unusual World Championships. Andy Train is
one of 40 living statues who will travel from all over the world for
the competition, to be held this weekend in the Netherlands. Jo Makel
has been to meet him. In Hull, the statues can be the
royal, the righteous and sometimes the real.
living statue often seen keeping still on the city's streets,
delighting young and old alike. I think it's fabulous. Everybody who
has gone posting has smiled. It is amazing, just not moving. Some try
and make him him move. Others are caught out. The gold man is the
creation of perfromer Andy Train. He's spent years perfecting the art
of stillness. It is concentrating on the breathing. Relaxation
techniques. I often think stone or metal. It works. In fact, Andy's got
so good at it that he's now been asked to represent the UK in the
Living Statue World Championships, due to be held this weekend in the
Netherlands. And the practise he's had in Hull has certainly prepared
him for anything. My home city is the most challenging place to be for
being a statue. I have been kicked in Hull, kicked, tickled, kissed by
men and women, offered during, spat acts. He was certainly a hit with
the crowd while we filmed. Some amazing people as well. So hopefully
the man with his seagull and chips will strike gold in Europe too.
Good luck to Andy for this weekend. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: Interpol issued an international alert for a
British woman who may be involved in an attack in Nairobi.
BMP for Cleethorpes tells us that HS2 will have indirect benefit for
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Unless we free up capacity on the East
Coast Main line, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe and other
provincial towns are unlikely to get the better services they need.
Finally, the weather: response on the subject of the
high—speed train. Paul said, I think the money should be well spent on
other parts of the network to improve the service. Victoria said,
the money should improve existing lines and how about upgrading our
trains to double—decker trains as seen in Europe? Laura says, it would
free up capacity on the East Coast mainline. We need electrification.
Finally, Pauline Scunthorpe said, will we would be able to afford to
purchase tickets for the HS2? We do not enter as much as the
southerners. Drama for the radio tomorrow
lunchtime if you can. Have a nice evening. Goodbye.