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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.