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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight. The
government acts accused of letting the public down because of turning
its back on Warnings as a teenager is badly burnt by a bonfire.
Coal. They have sat on their hands. A local youngster has been very
badly hurt. The mysterious illness which is
killing dogs ` now scientists say they may have found the cause.
Skegness's new Jolly Fisherman is revealed for the first time. A
Lincolnshire rider is the British Superbike champion but it was not
easy. I am afraid the mild weather
continues tomorrow, join me later on.
A leading energy expert says the Government is letting the public
down by investing so heavily in renewables and turning its back on
coal. It comes on the day that another power company has announced
a price increase. Npower says part of today's increase is to help pay
for investment in green energy. Local authority figures show in
parts of our region, one in five people is now facing fuel poverty.
Well, Peter, the latest price rise comes on the day the government has
given the go`ahead for the UK's first new nuclear power station in a
generation. Energy firm Npower has become the third major supplier in
the last ten days to announce price rises, with a dual`fuel bill to go
up 10.4%, the highest increase announced by any supplier so far.
SSE will increase prices by 8.2% and British Gas says prices will go up
by 9.2%. I've been talking to a family who say these increases have
caused a financial burden which is hard to bear.
Working out what they can afford for this week's shop. Are we going for
frozen or fresh vegetables? An out of work family from Lincoln are
facing up to the reality of fuel poverty, where the cost of fuelling
their home accounts for more than ten percent of their income. It
means making some hard choices and not just about what they eat. Do we
eat two meals a day or do we only have the one? We have two grades are
washing on how dirty it is still depends on what cycle of wash it
goes on. One of us has to be up about 1am so it goes on economy
seven and then we just have strict washes. It's predicted the recent
rise in energy prices could put a further 8,000 families into fuel
poverty in Lincolnshire ` one in five homes. That takes the total
number of families facing the situation to almost 80,000 across
the county. Fuel companies blame the rise on government targets to
replace dirty fuel with cleaner, renewable energy, but it's not ready
yet. Over the last seven days it accounted for less than five percent
of the Uk's energy. So it's unable to fill the gaps on the National
Grid, a situation that many feel could have been avoided. This
government have all been told we would run into the sort of situation
by 2014 as various power stations are closed down for various reasons
are not being be placed. The government have sat on their hands
are not done anything about it. But Drax, a coal`fired power station
near Goole, is looking at greener alternatives and ways to reduce its
carbon emissions. I don't think this plant in its current form will be
burning sustainable biomass in 30 years. There will be more efficient
ways to do it but as transition technology, applying sustainable
practices to them is a very good way to get the practice moving. There
doesn't seem to be a quick solution to bring fuel prices down ` so many
families will still have to budget carefully well into the future.
Sam Pick represents the renewables industry and asked him what he
thought of comments made by the Head of UK Coal that too much money was
being poured into green energy. It is a simple choice. Coal is
undisputedly the cheapest way of producing energy. The issue is that
it is also by far the worst in terms of pollution and it has a huge
impact in terms of planning. If you are worrying about your energy bill,
you're not too worried about pollution. In my experience of
talking to people, consumers and planning applications and so on,
they are concerned about the environment and that is a valid
issue. It is about compromise and we need to be investing in a mix of
energy. The problem with coal specifically as it is so bad in
terms of pollution. If these subsidies were cut, people say an
average of ?110 would be cut from a bell. Here's the head of a wealthy
multinational company which is making huge profit. Reading your
balls are right now a more expensive way of producing energy. People are
not convinced they work? They do work that they would not be building
them if they did not. Why do I get e`mails seeing wind turbines do not
turn and so one? The wind turbine is not turning our because the car on
and find you occasionally stop them for maintenance, the power demand
for this country is not flat, so you adjust them. It can mean there is no
demand for it right now. The energy issue this country faces are really
a complex problem with no single solution that will make everybody
happy. It is about an energy mix and coal is a part of that but the
simple solution is not a massive number of coal power stations.
Thank you. Should the government look again at more traditional fuels
like Coal to generate our energy or are they right to continue with
their plans for green energy? As always, you can follow us Twitter.
We will have some your responses before we finish at 7pm. And you can
see more on the debate over whether the government should invest in coal
on Inside Out tonight. It's on BBC One at half past seven.
Thank you for watching. In a moment. A ?4 million boost for fishermen on
the East Coast. A 14`year`old boy is being given
specialist care after being badly burned by a bonfire in Lincoln.
Police were called to a house in the east of the city after receiving
reports two children were heart. `` hurt. It is thought five
teenagers started this fire here and we are told that an Excel and was
added and fire officers stored as it is the kind that is used in toy
cars. `` accelerant. One boy was so seriously heart he has been taken to
a specialist unit in Birmingham and his parents by his bedside tonight.
Another 12`year`old boy was burned on the face but he has been
released. Fire officers have said this serves as a warning to people
not to put things on fires. We were alerted to children having formed a
bonfire and when you ignite a vapour cloud, you can be standing in its
path. I spoke to a neighbour who did not want to be filmed but said he
heard the screams coming from the back garden and the police said
earlier he hopes it will serve as a warning not to start fires in the
run`up to bonfire night. This is an awful incident where the local
youngster has been very badly heart and it demonstrates the dangers of
messing around with fire and accelerants. This afternoon we have
seen police officers making house`to`house enquiries here and
the police have also arrested a 15`year`old boy who is helping them
with their enquiries. A sweet factory in Skegness, which
employs more than 80 people, is to close. Manufacturing at Glisten in
the town is to be transferred to Leicester and the Czech Republic.
Staff have been offered the chance to move to other UK sites.
The steel works in Scunthorpe has won a contract to supply track to
Network rail for at least the next five years. Tata steel will provide
95% of Network rail's steel until 2019. Managers say they hope the
contract will secure jobs at the plant, which employs 6500 people.
Delays for communters using the Humber Bridge this morning were
caused in part by a broken down vehicle. The Bridge master Peter
Hill says his staff are working hard to minimise disruption to journeys
caused by toll booth work. Additional repair work to the bridge
has been delayed until next month. A disused church, used in the ITV
production of 'Moll Flanders' has been badly damaged in a fire. The
roof on St George's church at Goltho near Wragby, was destroyed by the
blaze. Damage to the interior of the building is extensive. The roof is
gone completely and internally it is still smouldering with all the
fixtures and fittings still destroyed. The font has obviously
been damaged when things falling down on it. It is a true disaster as
far as the building is concerned and I cannot see how it is ever going to
get back to like it was before. A fire at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital
has caused most planned appointments to be cancelled this afternoon. The
fire started near the X`ray department but nobody was heart.
`` hurt. Concern is growing for the safety of
a 73`year`old man who's gone missing from his home in Hull. Keith
Thompson hasn't been seen since yesterday and police say they don't
believe he has his medication. They're asking for people who may
have seen his Silver Kia Rio in the West of the City.
Scientists think they may have found the cause of an illness which has
been killing dogs in several parts of our area. It's now peak season
for Seasonal Canine illness and around 50 dogs have fallen ill this
autum after visiting woods in North Norfolk including the royal estate
in Sandringham. Now the estate has teamed up with the Animal Health
Trust who say all the data they have collected points to a tiny bug as
the strongest explanation. Leanne Brown has more.
At this time of year dogs are at a high risk of catching Seasonal
Canine illness, this vet recently saw half a dozen dogs in one day,
all of which had been on the Sandringham Estate. The owners have
said that the dog has started to shiver and shake and looks in pain
and is being sick. They often had orange dust on them which we found
to be caused by harvest mites. We looked under the microscope and
could see them. The size of a pinhead, it's now thought the havent
mite could be responsable for the illness. Living in the undergrowth
they only bite during their larval stage in autumn. It wasn't something
consistent with all cases and at first we thought it could be a
coincidence because harvest mites are active at the same time of year.
However, more recently it has become more consistent with more cases
being reported that also have harvest might infestations.
The investigating team are now doing more research on the Sandringham
Estate and want dog owners to help them. We are encouraging owners to
speak to the vet about preventative treatments with the idea that if
they use these and then the number of cases decreases, that could
potentially be evidence that there is a link. Their study concludes
next month and warning signs have been put up across Lincolnshire and
North Norfolk, until they know for sure if this tiny mite has caused so
much damage to dogs. If you are dull corner and have a
view, a reminder of our contact details. `` a dog owner.
Still ahead tonight: Putting the finishing touches to Skegness's new
Jolly Fisherman. We are with the team celebrating the British
Superbike success. Keep the pictures coming in and
tonight's is sunrise over Beverley Westwood taken by Campbell Whyte.
Another picture tomorrow night. Incredibly mild spell.
It is incredibly mild. We have an exceptionally mild night on the
cards with warm air coming up from the south. It will be wet once again
at times. Through this morning, a band of rain from the south`west and
it turns lighter and patchy and some of us to look to have a reasonable
afternoon but then a scattering of showers which will fizzle out and
for the bulk of the night it will be dry. Loads of around 14 Celsius. ``
lows. Tomorrow morning, the sun will rise. These are the high water
times. We hold on the southerly ear so it will be a mild day but once
again, increasingly breezy. Some fairly heavy and persistent bursts.
Some fairly heavy and persistent downpours but in more northern
parts, it could be largely dry with temperatures much like today. This
continues and overnight into Wednesday we are looking at strong
and persistent showers. It may feel a little cold but there should be
some showers around. We are once again looking at heavy rain from the
south. More local jobs should be created in
Withernsea following a multi`million pound investment in the town's
Shellfish industry. Crab and lobster catches are worth up to a million
pounds a year to the local economy. Now, a new compound and freezers are
being built on the sea front which it's hoped will boost the industry.
Our business Correspondent Paul Murphy reports.
This is one of 11 shellfish boats operating out of here and the crew
will soon be benefiting from a ?4 million project to improve the
seafront compound where local fishermen store their catches. It
should give the industry much more flexibility in the way we work, and
we should be able to buy it in bulk and stored it, but at the moment we
should have only small freezers at home. We will have more facilities.
It will allow the industry to be far more competitive. In a town where
unemployment is far higher than the regional average, people hope this
industry can be developed further particularly for the next
generation. By the time I left school, I had started school time
and since then I have worked my way up and I am now the skipper. I love
it. The fishermen have been working with the Yorkshire wildlife staff.
Yorkshire land crab below a certain size are never taken from the sea.
They also want to get more of what is caught here eating here. Most of
it is exported at the moment but it has the potential to be marketed as
a high`quality local food. It is fantastic. Any investment to move
the town former is. We are told we are told the crabs and lobsters here
are the best in Europe so we want to make the most of them. This fishery
is worth ?1 million a year to the town but many believe it is a
sleeping giant. Hopefully, the ongoing investment can help to make
it. Let's hope for some good news.
Thanks to everyone who's contacted us about our story on plans to breed
dogs for medical testing in East Yorkshire. Campaigners gathered in
Hull at the weekend to oppose B and K Universal's application to extend
their site at Grimston. They already breed some smaller animals for lab
work. UK law says all new medicines must be tested on animals. It's a
controversial issue and we had a lot of messages from people on both
sides of the debate. Jonathan says, "Medical trials should be carried
out on willing volunteers, not animals. Many people would respond
if they were terminally ill and it allowed them to make a difference
for somebody else." Jordan thinks animal testing is
wrong "because scientists can't be completely sure that the effects on
the animals will be the same on us." While Chris says "I don't
particularly like the idea of testing on dogs but my Mum died from
cancer when I was 12. So if there is a chance to cure cancer and this is
what you have to do, then do it." Greg Knight is to receive a
knighthood. Downing Street confirmed today. He recently lost his job as a
government whip in the reshuffle. A motorcyle racer from Lincoln is
celebrating today after becoming British champion. 23`year`old Alex
Lowes claimed the British Superbike title just days after his twin
brother Sam took the title in another motorcycle competition. Our
sports reporter Simon Clark has been in Louth where Alex's successful
team is based. It was a close run thing. Very
close. Three astonishing races at the legendary brands Hatch came down
to this. Alex had to finish ahead of the defending champion. The
36`year`old veteran did everything he could to hold him off. Then the
championship changed hands in the blink of an eye. The young man from
Lincoln held on to wind the championship he had clearly always
cherished. You could see it in his eyes. I tried to keep focused and
once he passed me, I thought, their letters. I just gave it my best and
it was enough. Today the team left them behind in Kent still revelling
in a job well done. Really, really good to work with. The hardest
working lad there is, honest and hard`working. If you think we are
going to rest on their laurels having won this title, think again,
because development on the 2014 team bike starts almost straightaway
which will hopefully wield more of these for next season.
A man from Hull who helped to write the laws of football 150 years ago
has been honoured at a special 'blue plaque' ceremony in London today.
Ebeneezer Cobb Morley was one of the game's eight pioneers. Today
relatives of his colleagues attended the historic event at Wembley after
the Football Association launched a search to try to find some living
descendents. The Association says the game's seen many changes. It was
a bit of a free for all with regard to the height of the crossbar and
pitch size and so on. We still talk about the current rules and see the
need to be changed and we get frustrated.
Hull City will be without striker Danny Graham for three weeks after
he suffered an injury during their match at Everton. The Tigers went
down 2`1 at Goodison Park, with people talking about Everton's
Gareth Barry. He appeared to be offside when the first goal was
scored, and then got himself booked for a dangerous tackle on City's
Sone Aluko. Scunthorpe United suffered their
worst defeat of the season as they lost four nil at home to Exeter. It
ended a six match unbeaten run and leaves them in 13th in League Two.
For more than 100 years, the Jolly Fisherman has been a symbol for
holiday`makers in Skegness. One revised design was ejected but
finally the sculpture has been cast and is almost ready to be shown to
the public. Gemma Dawson has been to Buckinghamshire to see the new
sculpture. He's a familiar site in Skegness.
But inside this workshop in Buckinghamshire, a new Jolly taking
shape. He is very bright at the moment but he looks good. Now he is
out of the mould and you can see the colours and what he looks like and
how it is actually evil thing into a finished piece. The new statue is
made from fibreglass. `` evolving. Lynne's now filing down the joins
then she'll need to treat the surface of the statue. But it's been
a long and controversial process to get to this point.
This was one of the original designs ` but it received local opposition.
So it was decided the new statue should look like the original, which
was removed from Skegness Station earlier this year. Back in
Buckinghamshire, artist Siobhan Coppinger has arrived to see the new
sculpture for the first time. I was delighted. I know how much work it
is to make a cast like this and although there are flaws at this
stage, it will be fabulous. Siobhan's no stranger to Jolly. She
made the old station statue more than 20 years ago. The original
piece was designed specifically to beyond the platform all in one
sense, I am slightly sad he is going outside but having said that,
obviously people were very proud of him and want him to be seen. There
are just some finishing touches to do before this can be installed in
its new position. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The first nuclear power station to be built in
the UK for a is approved. The government is accused of letting the
public down by turning its back on call. Tomorrow's weather ` A mostly
dry and cloudy start, before rain pushes in becoming heavier and more
persistent by early afternoon. `` on coal.
We were talking about power and one man says, how can the spokesman for
the renewables industry say they are days when the wind turbines do not
need to generate power when the industry is still seeking planning
permission for more sites. Will they stand idle as well? If the last
Labour government had not been sought antinuclear, we would be
enjoying carbon dioxide free energy. We now Britain has vast coal
reserves and we know smoke emissions can be cleaned so why no new coal
minds? That's it from us. It is two weeks tomorrow since that incredible
story of the passenger who landed the plane at Humberside airport and
tomorrow I will be talking to him about how he did it on the radio.
Have a nice evening, goodbye.