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from the BBC News at Six. So it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One, we


can now goodbye from me, and on BBC One, we


can now join the BBC's news teams Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight: Hull City fans get an apology from


the police after travel restrictions to an away match last season. In


football terms, if not a victory it is certainly a result.


Campaigners fight new plans to breed dogs for animal testing.


The magic moment that's brought one photographer worldwide praise.


And pausing for thought ` the dog with a blog and 5,000 fans.


And it has been a cold and grey day. Writer and milder prospects for


tomorrow. I'll will be back later. Brighter.


One of the most senior police officers in the country has


apologised to hundreds of Hull City football fans for their treatment


over travel arrangements to a match. The Chief Constable of West


Yorkshire Police has said that the force was wrong to make supporters


take organised travel to a game at Huddersfield last season. At the


time officers said the decision was taken on safety grounds, but tonight


Hull City say they dispute there was any legitimate risk of trouble, as


our sports reporter Simon Clark reports.


It was a match many City fans were looking forward to, heading up the


road to Huddersfield Town. But when the match was chosen for live


television with a different kick`off time, West Yorkshire Police stepped


in. They felt their intelligence made the change difficult so instead


devised a scheme where whole city fans travel to the game by organised


bus. `` Hull City fans. But a review said that was wrong. In the Karl


Turner was one of those who objected to the travelling position. It


vindicates City fans, which I am delighted about. People were up in


arms about this and they are right to be, so this is definitely a


vindication for law`abiding fans. NA 40 page review, some key


recommendations were made, including...


Peter Johnson was one of those fans who had contacted West Yorkshire


Police before the game to express his concern. To some extent, there


was a slight slur on the football fan on the basis of what West


Yorkshire Police introduced for that game, and as to be realised that


football fans are normal members of the public. `` and it has to be


realised. This afternoon, Hull City released a statement fundamentally


disagreeing would be police's concerned that there were potential


problems around the match. Simon is live at the KC Stadium for


us tonight. Hull City aren't happy with this report, Simon. What else


have they been saying tonight? They are still unhappy that, in a sense,


they were attempting to slow the fans, as said in that report, that


the police were criminalising elements of the fans that wanted to


make the journey. What have learned is that there has been a


communication between West Yorkshire Police and Hull City. There has been


suggestion that an apology will appear in the match day programme


but as yet, nothing on that. Thank you. We will continue to follow that


story. In a moment, claims Hull needs a


Boris`style mayor if it's to turn its fortunes around.


Campaigners say they'll hold a protest this weekend against plans


by a company in East Yorkshire to breed dogs for medical testing. B


Universal want to extend their current site in Grimston, where they


already breed some small animals for lab work. There's a legal


requirement in the UK for all new medicines to be tested on animals,


as our rural affairs correspondent Linsey Smith reports.


This video from a company that promotes animals research shows the


type of facility B Universal want to build in Grimston. It will allow


animals to be bred on`site and kept permanently indoors. At present,


they are transported in as puppies and reared until they are required


by biomedical research labs. Insulin, for example, was discovered


using experiments on just 12 dogs and discovered to be how we could


treat type 1 diabetes. And 371 million people are alive today


because of that treatment. But Deborah Minns still has doubts.


She's organising a protest in Hull tomorrow. You've got the animal


experiment is on one side saying, this is saving your child's life,


but they don't seem to have any evidence, and on the other side, you


have these leading scientists saying, this is delaying cures for


humans. So we just want something in Parliament supported by MPs saying,


can we have a debate between new two? The UK is at the cutting edge


of finding solutions to animal testing. The group of scientists


previously set up say they are not quite there yet and there is still a


need for animal testing. The Government spends ?3 million each


year looking how to refine, reduce and replace animals in research, but


unfortunately, we have no blanket replacement for the use of animals.


Eventually, after it has worked its way through test tubes and computer


simulations, we need to try a drug in a whole organism. It's not the


first time owners have tried to build a bigger facility. In 2011,


plans were rejected by East Riding Council because they were too big.


This new application has been scaled down but villagers say they'll


object again. During the build period, if it was to be passed, the


traffic would involve heavy vehicles coming to and fro on this tiny farm


track, really. It is just a paved over from track. And, as you can


see, the road is full of small, sharp bends. The company insists it


is just supplying the demands of science. Protestors have told us


more demonstrations are planned. So this village may be quaint but not


quiet for long. Earlier I spoke to Dr Victoria


Martindale, who is from Humane Society International, and asked her


whether she would be happy for dogs to be used for medical purposes if


scientists can't find an alternative. The trouble with using


dogs or any animals for toxicology testing is the fact that they cannot


predict the wide range of effects of a drug in a human. And these dogs


have to be given very high doses, sometimes 1,000 times the dose level


a human would normally encounter, which, of course, doesn't represent


the normal situation at all. So when we try to extrapolate the evidence


for humans, it is inaccurate. UK Cancer Research says this sort of


experimentation is essential if they are to find a cure for cancer. We


have been trying to find a cure for cancer for decades, yet there have


been very few breakthroughs and very little progress. That doesn't mean


we just have to give up, though, does it? Well, we're missing out on


the huge potential that modern science has to offer and therefore


we are missing out all the medical progress and breakthroughs in


development that could occur from modern science. But dogs have helped


find, for example, insulin to help treat diabetes. If we want to tackle


these things, like MS, diabetes, aids, then there is no `` and there


is no alternative, shouldn't we continue using dogs? You are talking


about a process developed decades and centuries ago. We have many more


methods available to us. For example, instead of cutting open the


brain of a cat or monkey to look at its brain, instead, we can use


highly sophisticated human imaging techniques to look at a human brain


at the level of a single neuron. But they say that is not possible and


they need live animals. It is possible. The more time and money we


spend on that, the less time and money we have for new methods to


progress medicine. We want to hear from you on this


story. Do you think there need to be more alternatives to testing new


medicines on animals? Or do we need to use animals if we are to find


cures as soon as we can? We will have some of your thoughts


on that before we finish tonight. A Grade`II listed building in


Grimsby has been described as one of the most threatened buildings in the


country. The Victorian Society has published its top ten most


endangered buildings and it includes the former Wintringham School and


School Board Offices on Eleanor Street in the town. It's furry sad


to see them in that way. There was hardly a pane of glass not broken.


It really is appalling. `` it's very sad. I was particularly struck by


just how dilapidated these buildings are and how precarious their


position is. Artists' impressions of a


multi`million pound tourist attraction that could be built at


the base of the Red Arrows in Lincolnshire have been revealed.


Lincolnshire County Council wants to create an aviation heritage centre


at RAF Scampton. It's currently in talks with the Ministry of Defence


and the RAF about the plans. When Samantha Svendsen from Grimsby


was awarded almost ?3 million compensation it was supposed to take


care of her life, but a court has heard how her mother and stepfather


spent the money instead on expensive cars, jewellery and holidays. Cathy


Watson and Robert Hills are alleged to have stolen more than ?500,000


from the money meant for their diasbled daughter. Today, Robert


Hills, who has admitted theft, told the court he and his now ex`wife


lived well beyond their means. Jake Zuckerman has this report from


Doncaster Crown Court. The case concerns the theft of


compensation money paid out by the NHS to Samantha Svensons, who


suffered permanent brain damage as a child due to medical negligence. She


was awarded ?2.6 million in 1999. Her mother, 44`year`old Cathy Watson


from Scunthorpe, and her stepfather, Robert Hills, who is 49 and from


Grimsby, were charged with the theft of more than half ?1 million in


total, money that was supposed to pay for Samantha's ongoing care


throughout her life. The court heard the couple lived a lavish lifestyle,


spending more than ?200,000 on cars, ?18,000 on jewellery and several


thousand pounds on credit cards. They bought several properties in


Yorkshire that were supposed to be investments for Samantha but when


the properties were sold the court maintains the couple kept the money


for themselves. Cathy Watson has not admitted to the counts of theft


while Robert Hills has admitted theft. He maintained they acted


together and lived way beyond their means, and when it was put to him


that he was lying to spread the blame and had volunteered to be a


witness to try to receive a lesser sentence, he replied, a prepared to


take responsibility for my actions but I will not take it for decisions


that she took. The case, which is expected to last two weeks, was


adjourned until Monday. Thank you for watching tonight.


Still ahead tonight, the Bempton gannets caught on camera. Now their


photographer is named one of the best in the world. When you actually


capture on the back of your camera that special image, you just look at


that and you know, that is the one. More on that in just a moment and if


you have one you are proud of, do send it in and we will show it next


week. We have some belters for you! Here they are.


This was taken last Tuesday on one of the remaining sunny days.


Now for the weather. I hope you are going to be nice to me tonight.


White? Because you have me for the next two weeks! You are brave to do


that! We have had a lot of cloud today and


it has been low, so quite grey and dank, but after a grey start


tomorrow, it will brighten up and feel milder, with temperatures in


the mid teens. The weather will continue to be dominated by low


pressure with the isobars Paddy `` fairly packed. Looking at relatively


mild conditions for the next two days and into next week, it looks


frost free, you will be pleased to know. The cloud has been producing


some patchy drizzle. As we head into this evening and overnight, further


spells of rain and drizzle will push in, so a damp night to come and


breezy, too. But vary mild with temperatures down to just 12 or 13


degrees. The sun rises at just after 7:30am tomorrow morning and sets


just before 6pm. These are the high water times. We start tomorrow with


a loss of cloud around and it will still be producing out rakes of rain


and drizzle. `` a lot of. `` outbreaks. We should cease and


spells of sunshine and it will feel pleasant as well. `` we should see


some spells. Looking further ahead, on Sunday,


more of a mix. Sunshine and blustery showers and wet and windy weather to


come on Monday and then Tuesday. I will try to wear my glasses for next


Monday! You are struggling! But we can see you! Your fans will be alive


on Twitter now you have given them your schedule for the next two


weeks! Hull needs a Boris Johnson`style


elected mayor if it's to compete with other cities for government


money. That's according to the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord


Heseltine, who's been reacting to a controversial magazine article that


said Hull was decaying and people should be encouraged to find jobs


elsewhere. Lord Heseltine says the city can learn lessons from


Liverpool, where he led a programme of economic regeneration in the


1980s. Here's our political editor, Tim Iredale.


With its waterfront, docks and industrial heritage, Liverpool has


much in common with Hull, its fellow maritime city at the other end of


the 62. Many people in Hull will look at Liverpool with some envy. In


recent years, it has had one of the fastest`growing economies in the UK


so it is hard to imagine that just over 30 years ago, there was talk in


government of abandoning this city. Archive documents reveal that


following riots in the report in 1981, the then Chancellor, Geoffrey


Howe, suggested a programme of managed decline. There was an echo


of that Iran in the latest edition of the Economist. An article


entitled Britain's Decaying Towns suggested the Government should not


pour any more money into so`called failing cities such as Hull. We had


a think`tank a few years ago saying places in the North should be


abandoned and everybody move down to London, and this is nonsense. Any


forward`looking government, any forward`looking society would want


to invest in Hull as they invest in difficult. Now the man credited with


turning Liverpool's fortunes around back in the 80s has entered the


debate. Lord Heseltine has been commissioned by the present


government to look at ways of boosting economic growth in cities


like Hull. The first thing is to find out who is in charge and that


is why I believe in directly elected chief executives or mayors, because


then you know. Everybody knows about London's Boris Johnson. You'd be


much better off saying, what would you do if you were originated the


idea is? Because you know what Hull needs. So let's start from the


bottom up. Ministers have been talking about struggling Northern


cities being abandoned, a move sure to make waves from the Humber to the


Mersey. Tim Iredale will be here with the


Sunday Politics this weekend discussing the issues raised by Lord


Heseltine's comments on BBC One at 11am.


Yesterday we told you about the secondary school in Hull that's


handed out free iPhones to its students. The head teacher at Sydney


Smith School says the phones will help pupils with research, revision


and coursework when used as a mini tablet. They were handed out without


consulting parents. We've had lots of responses on this


one. Not surprisingly. Thank you for all of them that you have sent. We


do read them all. Thank you for those.


A man who captured this amazing image of two gannets at Bempton in


East Yorkshire has been named in a prestigious competition as one the


worlds best wildlife photographers. The image taken by Steve Race was


selected out of 46,000 entries from all over the world. Phil Connell has


been to meet him. For any wildlife photographer, it is


the early bird who catches the worm. And Steve often starts work at 5am.


The best time of day to capture his award`winning pic shows. It is the


buzz of being outdoors in a wild place and space and sitting for a


while quietly, like here, and seeing what comes across your path. `` his


award`winning pictures. But now it is this picture of two gannet that


has brought in to the attention of the world. The photograph was chosen


out of 46,000 worldwide entries, with Steve just one of six British


people to be commended. To get this true, special moment of them


offering flowers to each other and then the necklace to actually go


around the neck of the bird was, for me, exceptional. I've had wows and


amazing, and then sheer silence, because people look at it and say,


that is really something special. Steve's interest in wildlife to ``


began at the age of just ten. He has now captured thousands of images on


his camera. It can be instant, which is again it was, or it can take


time, but when you capture that special image, you know. You just


look at it and think, that is the one. It feels fantastic. Steve's


photo is now part of a touring exhibition. But he is already up and


out searching for that next magic moment.


Hull City are back in action this weekend and manager Steve Bruce says


his side will be in for a tough time when they travel to play Everton.


The Tigers are only a point behind tomorrow's opponents and a victory


could potentially lift them into the top five. David Moyes has left a


very good side and of course, new managers come in with different


ideas and they have got off to a great start. It will be a hell of a


difficult game but one we will also look forward to.


And of course there'll be full coverage of the game and match


build`up on BBC Radio Humberside from 1:30pm.


Scunthorpe United's game against Exeter is on AM.


Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers is on DAB and online.


BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have full commentary of Lincoln City's


match at Kidderminster. Enjoy your football!


Scientists at the University of Lincoln have been given a grant of


almost ?500,000 to study the facial expressions of cats. They say the


animal's faces could reveal how they're feeling emotionally and let


owners know when they're sick or in pain. Cats clearly can communicate a


lot with their face though it is much more subtle than something like


a dog, which we are more familiar with. We are really only at the


beginnings of beginning to explore this so we are going to learn a lot


whatever happens. Now, having your own website or blog


on the internet has been around for many years, but one blogger in North


Lincolnshire has been capturing world attention. Polly the dog has


had more than 5,000 hits from people wanting to know about her travels,


videos and photos. Simon Spark has been to find out more.


Meet Polly. She loves to play like any other dog. But when she's


finished and settled, she doesn't just go to sleep like any other dog.


She contemplates what she's going to tell her 5,000 fans. Because Polly's


a dog with a blog. Here she is writing her latest edition now. Some


of you have asked why the camera loves me so much. I have been told


it is a mixture of bone structure and genetics. I think it has


something to do with me being so very cute. Today it was bike`ride


day, something she really enjoys and no doubt will blog about, adding to


her many other travels. Polly, when did you start blogging?


OK, here's the truth. Polly doesn't actually do the blogging. It's her


owner David, who by chance wasn't available today, so his wife Lyn


told us everything. I can't believe anybody outside the family is


reading what Polly does! It was basically for our amusement. And it


has just got bigger! 40% from the UK, 40% from America and then there


are places like China, Canada, Korea. And so it goes on. It is


relieved as, isn't it! Really bizarre! I can't even believe I'm


talking about it! Well, actually it's not as bizarre as you think.


For example, George W Bush's dog Barney had his own video blog and he


did the Christmas decorations at the White House, apparently. Then


there's Pudsey the dancing dog who also tweets to 44,000 followers. But


David Cameron's cat, Larry the tabby, has fewer than 2,000


followers. So, Polly, it looks like your blogs are already more popular


and it doesn't look like they'll stop soon. Good job you're so very


cute after all. A reminder, if you have a story you


would like to tell us about, do drop us an e`mail and give us a telephone


number as well. Or maybe tweet me directly.


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


A coroner has ruled the collector played a part in the deaths of five


elderly people in a care home. West Yorkshire Police says sorry to


the Hull City fans stopped from making their own way to a game.


Tomorrow's weather ` a grey start with some drizzle at first but then


becoming drier and brighter, with highs of 17 C.


Our conversation there about testing on animals. Sheila has texted in to


say, would those who demonstrated against animal testing refuse life


saving treatment if the queue had been testing on animals? Do they ask


if it has been tested on animals before they use it? Another says, I


don't care how queue is found for MS, I have. `` how a cure is found.


Another woman says, there must be a way to experiment without using


those poor animals. Georgina said, I wanted to hear more from the


scientists. My mother has cancer and if animal experiments don't work, I


want to know how and what we can do to support this if they don't find


the cure. I want to hear the scientists debate publicly so we can


hear both sides. Have a peaceful weekend. Good night.


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