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North. The headlines tonight. Walking out over pensions `
firefighters strike and warn people against holding fireworks displays
until they're back at work. If you are planning any celebration, you
might want to postpone those to a different night for extra safety.
Why computer game making could rival green energy as the industry to
regenerate Hull. Anti`wind turbine campaigners say
claims of a mini Ice Age should force the Government to think again
over green energy. Fighting fit ` boxing's golden boy
is back in his home city ahead of his latest professional bout.
And windy weekend to come, I will be back later in the programme with all
the details. Good evening.
Firefighters across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are walking out now
at the start of a four`and`a`half`hour strike. They
say it's over changes to their pension, which would mean they have
to work until they're 60. Tonight, a senior officer from the Humberside
service is urging people to postpone bonfire parties until the weekend.
Sarah Corker is live at Hull Central Fire Station for us tonight. What is
the advice to the public tonight? The message is to think about fire
safety and to take extra care tonight. All 909 calls will be
answered, but there will be a reduced emergency response across
the country. Ash max 999. Firefighters are just coming out
here now for the start of a five and a hive are a strike. `` five and a
half hour. The Government says contingency plans are robust.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said there was no need to cancel any
kind of planned events, but the union has been criticised the timing
of this strike. Getting ready to take to the picket line. ??Up to 80%
of Humberside's firefighters are expected to strike tonight. A repeat
of October's nationwide strike over pension changes. We have already
been out of the doors once. The Fire Brigades Union told me firefighters
are angry about having to work until they 60 before they can retire on a
full pension. Can you still do the job safety, can you look at your
colleagues safely? Can you perform rescues safely? The physical demands
of our job have been proven and you cannot do that up until the age of
60. Are you putting lives in risk? Sun`mac potentially. Retiring at 60
` a firefighter can get a pension of up to ?19,000 a year ` rising to
?26,000 with a state pension. Union leaders say those forced to retire
early will lose thousands of pounds. Tonight's strike will see cover
needed at 38 stations in Lincolnshire and strike action at
the majority of Humberside's 31 stations. It comes at the busiest
time of year for fire crews. If you're planning any celebrations on
Friday night, you might want to postpone those to a different night
for extra safety, or as an alternative, go to an organised
display. They'll be hoping to avoid scenes like this, homemade fires in
the run`up to Bonfire Night in Hull. It probably is about time to do it,
but they do need to resolve some of the issues. It is going to cause
able hassle, it might be a good thing. `` people. I think it is a
bad time. Emergency cover is in place ` Humberside has trained 50
members of the public to fill in. In Lincolnshire, the service will rely
on part`time firefighters. Ministers have condemed the strike and say the
pension deal is one of the most generous in the public sector. The
principle has been there for some time. It also brings the fire
service in line with the police and the armed forces, who all go until
60. There is independent evidence that shows with reasonable fitness
throughout their career, a firefighter can work until they are
60. The strike finishes at 11pm tonight, and with no side showing
any sign of backing down, another walk`out is planned for Monday
morning. I'm joined now by Ian Murray from
the Fire Brigades Union. Plenty of people watching in their 50s,
digging the roads, plumbers or whatever, white don't firefighters
want to put out fires in their 50s? Experts have said that under the
reviews, it is a young person's occupation. The fitness standards
required are not there from 55 visits to. Are we endangering
people's lives if you're working in your 50s? Absolutely. The public and
the firefighters will be put at risk by these ludicrous, it is madness,
but the Government should be introducing these changes to the
pension scheme. Firefighters will have to wait until they are 60. The
Government minister has said firefighters still get one of the
most generous engine schemes in the public sector. `` pension schemes.
He would say that. I think the pensions of MPs are the most
generous. A firefighter can earn a pension of ?19,000, after working
for 40 years under these Government proposals. As evidence has shown,
the majority of firefighters will not be able to complete this 40
years so will get a massively reduced pension. Many people get ``
not many people get ?19,000 a year pension, and that with the state
pension goes to ?26,000. Again, I bit misleading. Firefighters who
wait 40 years would get a pension of 19,000, increasing to 26,000 when
they reach the state pension age of 65. Friday night, before Bonfire
Night, how much support from the public will you have for this
tonight? Sun`mac we expect we get the same support as we always do. It
is the last resort, we have been in these talks for two and a half
years. We have said, give us a pension scheme that suits the
occupation. Kurram, the keep coming forward with a pension scheme that
does not superstock `` currently. What happens if there is a major
fire tonight? The Fire Brigades union has signed up to continued to
climb. `` a contingency plan. We want to hear from you on this story.
Should firefighters be striking during one of their busiest times of
the year? Maybe you think they should defend changes to their
pensions? Your thoughts on the strike tonight.
In a moment... Thanks for watching this Friday
night on BBC One. In a moment. It was bombed 70 years ago but never
repaired. Now, this historic theatre is starring in a film of its own.
One of the leading figures in the arts world says he believes digital
businesses in Hull will bring both cash and creativity to the city. Sir
Peter Bazelgette, who chairs the Arts Council, has visited Hull as it
bids to become City of Culture in 2017. As well as galleries and
theatres, he's toured the city's new high tech companies, which one
businessman has said could rival green energy as the industry that
will regenerate Hull. Anne`Marie Tasker reports.
You might not recognise his face, but you'll know his work. Before
heading the Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazelgette led the TV
company that created Big Brother. Today, he was touring Hull's
cultural and creative industries, including Platform Studios, a space
computer programmers and game designers can use for free. Great to
be at Platform Studios today, to meet the digital marketeers and
games designers of the future, because they are going to have
successful businesses, and we are just at the beginning of the Digital
millennium. Hull as to be part of that. And the people working here
are determined they will be. With his first game being launched this
month, Louis Deane is confident Hull can follow in the footsteps of
California's Silicon Valley, the home of the world's biggest
technology businesses. When you work in technology, I have walked in the
collapsed fishing industries of San Francisco Bay and I have walked in
the food market and they look exactly the same, the only
difference was in San Francisco, I turned in a different direction. Sir
Peter Bazalgette also visited companies like Labelworx. Matt
Abbott started the business in his bedroom. Now it's one of the world's
top five dance music distribution companies. It's based in the city's
Centre for Digital Innovation, or C4DI, where small compnaies can use
Britain's fastest broadband. They can also get advice from big
businesses like Sonoco Trident. Based in North Hull, it digitally
produces branding for huge multinational companies. And its
boss thinks digital businesses could rival green energy as Hull's boom
industry. We have got to stop putting all our eggs in one basket
and say there is a lot of digital opportunities in Hull. People are
staying here, setting up as Mrs. We have a few of them at C4DI. And
there are dozens more tech entrepreneurs who agree that Hull
could soon be dubbed the Silicon Estuary.
The jury has gone out to consider its verdict in the case of a woman
73`year`old Carol Sheridan is a retired headteacher who was living
in France. She was last in leaving her apartment on Sunday. The foreign
and Commonwealth office have confirmed a British national has
been reported missing in France. Grantham Hospital should be put
under new management if A and other services are threatened,
according to the town's MP. Nick Boles is concerned a review of NHS
services is putting an earlier plan for the hospital at risk. He says
the hospital is essential for people living in Grantham. People are not
trying to hang onto everything as they remember it in the 50s. They
are survey saying, let's have a modern hospital, providing services
that need to be provided close to where people live. And A is one of
those services. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says
major changes have been taking place in health and social care nationally
and locally. The NHS group responsible for organising hospital
services said they're confident A will continue to be provided.
The jury has gone out to consider its verdict in the case of a woman
from Northland ager who is accused of stealing money meant for her
disabled daughter. Cathy Watson from Scunthorpe denies four charges of
theft and one of transferring criminal property. She says she had
no knowledge of the family's financial affairs and relied on her
husband, who has pleaded guilty of theft.
Cathy Watson from Grimsby was only 14 when she gave birth to her
daughter, Samantha, who had cerebral palsy. In 1999, Samantha received a
?1.6 million compensation pay`out, that money was supposed to provide
care for her for the rest of her life, but it is alleged that Mrs
Watson and her former husband stole more than half ?1 million of that
money. It is alleged that the couple still money that was intended to buy
investment properties in the Eastlake incher, and overlapping
blood either for some of the's anything. `` and eight Villa in
Florida. Cathy Watson, who faces four counts of theft and one of
transferring criminal property, maintains she had no knowledge or
understanding of the couple's and actual affairs. The case was
adjourned until Monday, when the jury will return to consider their
verdict. 90 for watching. Still ahead on the
programme. The golden boy is back in the city,
missing his home fans I show this weekend. `` promising. I think this
is that fight when you will see a lot more of me. Tonight's picture
was taken by Michelle Simpson of Ashby`cum`Fenby. Thank you very much
for that. Don't forget, keep the pictures coming in. Julie Donovan is
with us now. How long has Paul been of? Too long! Two weeks. I have just
got a message for `` from him. He says, I am messaging you on Facebook
because it cost me 70p from abroad to send a. `` to send a text. The
weather, a breezy affair all through the weekend. Tomorrow, the wind will
be accompanied by some rain. On Sunday, we may escape with a
largely dry day. But tomorrow's ring is down to this front and it could
be quite heavy at times. The isobars will be tightly packed and it will
be rather breezy. It has been cloudy today and there has been some rain.
You can see the cloud on the satellite picture from the last few
hours. There is still rain had there. It is starting to weaken now.
Some of it will return North again, but it will weaken as it goes. It
will remain fairly cloudy and damp overnight, temperatures falling to
around seven or eight. The sun will rise in the morning just after 7am.
Setting again just before 4:30pm tomorrow evening. Tomorrow, it looks
like the breeze will pick up. By the end of the day, it will be quite
dusty. There will be rain through tomorrow, so showers at times
merging into longer spells of rain, some heavy. There will be some dry
spells. Tomorrow evening, we could have a dry slot of weather.
Temperatures tomorrow getting to around 11 or 12 stop but feeling
cooler because of the breeze. Particularly gusty along the coast
tomorrow evening. A windy spell of weather has the area of low pressure
pulls away into Sunday. Very breezy overnight into Sunday. A cool start
on Sunday, there will be the risk of one or two showers. But essentially,
a dry day. The breeze, strong from the West. A frosty start on one day.
A cool but fine day. Paul will be so glad you have told
that little anecdote. I will bring him a present.
A free pen of the aeroplane. Or a plastic cup.
Anti`wind farm campaigners in Lincolnshire are calling for a
review of the Government's energy policy after claims the UK could
face a "mini Ice Age". Some scientists are warning we should be
preparing for much colder winters because of a decline in the sun,
which could mean less windy weather. But the Lincolnshire`based
weatherman John Kettley says the Government shouldn't abandon its
commitment to renewable energy. More from our political editor, Tim
Iredale. The stormy scenes at the beginning
of the week were a stark reminder of the disruption that can because I
extreme weather conditions. `` that can be caused by. But according to a
scientist, we should be appearing for a different kind of climate
challenge. It is claimed that harsh winters like the big freeze of 1963
could become more common due to a decline in solar activity. We might
need to warehouse somethings. We might need more power stations to
meet the energy demands. All these things become more sensible and more
economic role to do, if you're going to face many more cold winters. The
research has been seized upon by anti`wind farm campaigners, who
claim his prediction of more cold, Siberian winters, will see a
reduction in milder air coming off the Atlantic. In other words, less
wind. Melvin Grosvenor led a campaign which successfully blocked
the development of eight giant wind turbines on the edge of the
Lincolnshire Wolves. He now supports other communities where there is
significant opposition to new wind farms. If the wind is not blowing,
we know full well where there is little wind, there is virtually no
energy produced from wind turbines. If we are going down this route, we
will have no energy, blackouts. With the French opinion on how to manage
our future energy needs, I sought advice from a familiar face. There
is no question of renewable energy because it will run out, everyone is
sure of that. Whatever happens and whatever conjecture that is,
whatever new science comes out, we are still going to need these new
renewable energies. Weather we are facing a mini Ice Age or not, one
thing that is unlikely to freeze in the foreseeable future is our
household energy bill. And energy will be one of the big
talking points on this weekend's Sunday Politics from 11am on BBC
One. Guests include the Hull East MP, Karl Turner.
We've had an overwhelming response on the subject of parents being
fined for taking children out of school on holidays, which we talked
about last night. Thank you for all the different opinions on this one.
Janet in Beverley says, "They're not putting the children's needs first.
The holidays are put in place at the appropriate time. I think it's
disgusting." Jean disagrees. "If parents can't
afford a holiday in the school holidays, then they can't go.
Children have to go to school. Fines should be trebled."
George sent us this text. "In Skegness, lots of parents work in
the tourism industry and can only take time off work in school term.
And of course, holidays abroad can be educational."
We touched on this last night. A huge response, thank you very much
for all of those. It is one of the last remaining
buildings damaged by German bombs during the Second World War.
Tonight, a short film based on a Hull cinema is getting its world
premiere in the city tonight. Monument to Charlie Chaplin takes an
artistic look at the history of the National Picture Theatre on Beverley
Road. The cinema was nearly destroyed during the Blitz. Gemma
Dawson reports. There was gunfire, a lot of gunfire in the sky. It was a
lot of tracers going off. When the bombs dropped, they caused
destruction across this city. One landed here on the National Picture
Theatre on Beverley Road. Alexander and his two friends had been inside
the cinema earlier that evening, watching The Great Dictator,
starring Charlie Chaplin. We heard explosions going off. And then, we
left early, I don't know why, but coming across by the park, we heard
gunfire, very loud explosions. I would say that is when the bomb
dropped on the theatre. Now, the events of that night in 1941 have
provided the inspiration for this short film, getting its world
premiere in the city tonight. It is a 60 millimetre film, as close as
possible to the medium that Charlie Chaplin was working with. I think we
helped to create a sort of reaction in people, where they might reflect
on their own relationship to their local area, the history within it,
and their role. For Alan, it's a topic he feels passionately about.
He's part of group hoping to preserve this site for future
generations. The national cinema in itself was the only civilian bomb
site that was left on the whole of the country, so it is not just
important to Hull, which obviously suffered, but to the rest of the
country, because places like Liverpool and Sheffield, magister,
they got badly bombed as well. `` Manchester. For now, the future of
the National Picture Theatre remains undecided. But its history has been
preserved by this film. Amazing, some of those buildings, you cannot
help but stare at if you're going past.
Staff at BBC Radio Humberside are celebrating their second major award
in the space of six months. At the BBC's Gillard Awards last night
Radio Humberside was named as Best Station, to go with the Sony Award
in the same category, which it won in May. The whole team is absolutely
gobsmacked and amazed and excited about winning this award. But this
is for our audience, if no one listens to us, we have no radio
station. They are very loyal. The audience figures are amazing, and
now, two awards in 12 months, it doesn't get any better.
In football, Hull City manager Steve Bruce will face his former club this
weekend when Sunderland come to the KC Stadium. The Tigers have lost
their last two league games, but have impressed the pundits with
their performances at Everton and at Tottenham. The team are playing well
at the moment, really well. We have been twice to London in three days.
On both occasions, but up a really good performance. We need a game
tomorrow, it is a big ask. It has turned into a big game. Let's hope
we will be fresh enough to set `` to freshen the team up a bit, so we are
ready. You can hear full commentary of Hull
City's match against Sunderland on BBC Radio Humberside's FM frequency.
They will also have commentary on Scunthorpe United's trip to
Chesterfield on AM. Grimsby Town's game against Woking will be on
digital and online. BBC Radio Lincolnshire will have full
commentary of Lincoln City's game at Welling. Enjoy your football!
Tomorrow, there is another chance for fans of Olympic gold medallist
Luke Campbell in action in the boxing ring. He's one of a number of
East Yorkshire fighters on the bill hoping to progress their careers.
Our sports reporter Simon Clark assesses their prospects.
They've become part of the sporting landscape in Hull. Luke Campbell's
underpants. Inside them, a gold medallist making his way in the
professional game and ready for his latest opponent, Lee Connelly.
During my fights, I'd usually get better each round. I want the fans
to see more of what happens, I think this is that fight when you will see
a lot more of me and what I can do. It is going to be a tough fight. I
am ready for it. Campbell's success has opened doors for others. This is
Samir Mounemee, a former Beverley Grammar School pupil in his 15th
fight. `` 13th. He hails from Luke's gym, St Paul's, and takes on Leeds'
Josh Warrington for the Commonwealth Crown. I am confident in myself, I
have done the hard work, I have been training for the last six months. I
have never been out of the gym. I have lived and breathed it. I have
no worries on the night. I want to do it for the city of Hull, and
Yorkshire. We have been building a system for the youngsters to come
through to that level, to move onto the pros, we have been able to do it
for the last few years and we have made a lot of strides in that time.
Hull, one hell of a place. With Tommy Coyle and Curtis Woodhouse on
the bill, East Yorkshire is making its name in boxing circles. That is
the formalities completed, so another big night of boxing comes to
Hull. For years, Hull missed out on nights like this, but it is very
much part of the boxing scene now. He will win that one again, as he
seems to do every time, good luck to him for tomorrow night.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
The biggest reform to GCSEs in England for a generation.
Traditional grades will be scrapped and replaced by a numbered scale
from one to nine. Firefighters begin to strike over
pensions, people are asked to put bonfire plans on hold until they're
back at work. Tomorrow's weather ` it'll turn
unsettled and breezy with showers or longer spells of rain. A fresh and
at times gusty wind. Highs of ten Celsius.
Responses coming in on the subject of the strike. Anthony says, why
should we give up half an because they are stamping feet to get what
they want? Think of the military men and women who get paid peanuts to do
the job and protect this country. Gary says, they have rights to
protect their jobs and pensions. Who wants to be climbing ladders at six
to five? Matt says, they have every right to strike they do an excellent
job saving lives. Alex says, I work on a construction site and it can be
a very heavy job. I will have to work until I am six to seven, why
shouldn't firefighters? Sandra says, firefighters should not be going on
strike, the country cannot afford to pay full pensions of them `` for
them, prior to the age of 60. I give all the responses. At the peaceful
weekend, I will see you on Monday,