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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: Hull's


City of Culture hopes are in the hands of the judges now the bid team


has finished its final presentation. I hope we did the city proud. I


believe we did the city proud. We are now waiting for the decision


next week. No drop in crime but ?2 million


saved ` the police commissioner defending his first year in charge.


The play showing the role East Yorkshire played in saving thousands


of children in World War II. And lighting up the city ` Hull


prepares to have it's Christmas Lights switched on by a very special


guest. At cold day, what will the next few days be like? Join me to


find out. "We believe we did the city proud."


That's the verdict of Hull's bidding team after they made their final


presentation to the judges in the race to be UK City of Culture 2017.


Hull hopes its mix of festivals, a vibrant cultural scene and support


from local people will be enough to beat challenges from Leicester,


Dundee and Swansea Bay. Paul Murphy is in Londonderry, where today's


judging is taking place. From early this morning, members from the Hull


2017 teams where pounding the streets of Derry, publicising their


bid. The flag had on it more than 200 images of schoolchildren from


Hull. We wanted to show the judges that children and young people are


an important part of this legacy. Across town, what is known as the


court beaten team were heading towards the big presentation. ` `


core bid team. There will be a full 365 days of activities, 25


festivals, existing ones as well as new ones celebrating culture,


diversity and the city's relationship with the sea. 12


artists will be matched with 12 locations. Arts will be brought to


people 's homes, and into some of the iconic landmarks of the city.


There have been friendly rivalry between the bidding cities, but


don't let that full view. This is a serious process with ultimately


impound implications for each community. Here, many will tell you


it can make a real difference. It has brought everybody together,


which hasn't happened in a long, long time I have really enjoyed it.


It is on the map now, so it is. Late this afternoon, the team emerged.


All smiles. It has gone well, apparently. You always get some sign


from judges of how they feel. We felt that they got what Hull had to


offer, but not just what it has to offer for the people in Hull, but


the UK also. The team and the entire city of Hull now faces a six`day


wait for the judges decision. It may feel a lot longer.


I'm now joined from Derry by Councillor Stephen Bayes who was one


of the members of the bid team that made today's presentation. How did


it go? Good evening. It went well. It wasn't the easiest two hours, but


it went well, I think. If the judges give anything away you can tell


others about? Well, no. They make the view that it was very important


and they were going to make the interview is very hard, so we had


some tough questioning. We enjoyed it and we hope we get the right


answers. 41,000 people have seen the film here. What did the judges say


when they saw the film? Well, it is a bit like a job interview, and you


cannot really tell what they are thinking. We will find out next


week. Everybody who has seen the film thinks it is wonderful, cannot


see why the judges would not think the same. You think you have done


enough to win? We have two hope so. It is a huge price to get and the


city deserves it. Winning would be fantastic. What would it mean in


reality for those offers that live in the city? Well, it is about


change. We're trying to change the image of the city, show what can be


done and try to create new things in the city. It is a big thing, huge


thing. Similar things have changed in Liverpool and Glasgow. It is a


massive opportunity. If we lose, what happens then? Will we give up?


We didn't give up last time. We will not this time. We will continue the


process. It will be a slower pace, but it is a journey we will


continue. If you were a betting man, have we done it, yes or no? I am not


a betting man. If you work? I am not. There are good to talk to you.


What would you say to try and persuade the judges to make Hull the


UK City of Culture for 2017? A 15`year`old boy who was killed


after being hit by a car in Barton on Humber has been described as "a


popular young man with a bright future." Koen Allwood was killed and


a teenage girl seriously injured during the accident last night. Two


men have been arrested. Sarah Corker reports. ?? new line A wonderful and


lovely boy is how friends remembered Koen Allwood today. Tributes were


laid for the teenager today ` hit and killed by a car on this quiet


residental road. A note from his mother reads, "Koen, please come


back." It is an absolute tragic waste of life. 215`year`olds, the


beginning of adult hood, basically. It is tragic. ` ` to two


15`year`olds. A 15`year`old girl remains in a


critical condition in hospital. Those at Koen's school in Barton


said they were in a state of shock today. Kasha Reed told me she was


the first person at the scene, and called the ambulance. It was about


11 o'clock and I had a big bang. We saw a body in the road. We did not


know their way to. It is shocking. They don't care how fast they drive


down here. Something needs doing about the corner.


Two 23`year`old men have been arrested, held on suspicion of


causing death by dangerous driving. Police are now piecing together how


this much loved teenager died crossing the road.


It's been a year since the election of the first police and crime


commisioners and BBC research suggests that most people couldn't


name their own PCC. It also says that a majority of people think the


new role hasn't helped to reduce crime. Matthew Grove won a high


profile race against Lord Prescott in the Humberside area. He says he's


spent a huge amount of time getting out to meet people and has brought


in measures that keep police on the streets. Phillip Norton reports.


Meeting the public at a shopping centre in Hull, and there is no


shortage of people telling Matthew Grove al policing can be improved.


He seemed to listen to what I said, and he seems clean and interested in


what others say. I think the man is right in what people say. More


coppers on the big would help. You see them on television but you don't


see him out and about much. It is nice. Matthew Grove claims to be the


most accessible police and crime commission in the country. I am very


visible. They know my name and they know I am their servant. I am there


to fight for their interests. That is why I am out, places like this,


pretty well every week, because I am their servant and I am driven to do


everything I can to make the area as safe as it can be. According to a


study, more than a third of people don't even know if they have a PCC.


Research carried out by the BBC says 60% of their people are aware that


the area has a police and crime commission. In the North, 65% of


people were aware and 5% could name him. 41% thought the role has had a


positive impact on general policing. Matthew Grove took the position


thanks to a high`profile victory over Lord Prescott. He has been in


the headlines after a couple of embarrassing motoring offences by


his deputy, Paul Robinson. His focus is on making police budgets stretch


further. He has introduced new IT for offices based in Cottingham, so


they can file crime reports from a scene rather than returning to a


police station. It has allowed me to stay out from the station and be


more accessible and visible to the community. They get an extra one or


two hours out on patrol every shift. We have three shifts that that is up


to six hours a day. It is equivalent to finding an extra 200 book 400


police officers, at no extra cost. He fears he has already helped to


save millions of pounds thanks to other measures he has introduced. He


promises there is more to come. In a moment I'll speak to Matthew


Grove, but first we've been seeing how well local people know him.


Matthew Grove. He is a person. Who is it? I do not know. I have never


heard of him. I have never heard of it. I know he is something to do


with the police. I don't know who he is. He employed his friend, which I


disagree with. I would have thought he was a politician. I know he is to


do the place. Was he suspended or something? Well, Matthew Grove is


with me now. A lot of people do not know you. Is that awkward? I


represent a lot of people and it is difficult to know them all. I am


doing my best. Yes, but they don't know you. Enthusiasm for the


commissioners seems to be underwhelming. I think it is like


being a football referee. If you do not do a good job, they know your


name. Figures show your office cost more than the old police authority,


and crime figures have gone up. It has cost ?200,000 less than the old


system. I have made decisions. You have one of the highest areas for


staff, 14 members of staff. Statistics can say anything. I am


?187,000 cheaper than the former police authority. You have 14


members of staff. North Yorkshire has got six. I inherited them. I am


go through stage to transfer where I am rectifying that situation. Some


of those I going? I will further reduce the costs. The number of


people in your office will be less? This is being made to reduce my


costs. I am selling my building because I inherited a very grand,


expensive building. That costs ?50,000 a year to run. It will be a


lot cheaper. All right. You're pointed deputy with no police


experience who has been caught speeding and talking on his mobile


phone when driving. Is that the right example for a Deputy police


Commissioner to set? No, it is not. That is why he has apologised. I


took him on for a specific role, to push forward partnership


arrangements. He is working for me now and he is delivering some


improvements that mean we will cut crime. I cannot be everywhere at


once. He is in London at an important events. I spoke to the


Commissioner for the West Midlands today. He said that PCC 's should be


scrapped. That is one of your fellow commissioners. It is a very


eccentric point of view to take. I am saying he is a hypocrite. He is


taking ?100,000 a year and saying he is not in a very good job. I am


interested in what the public of this area thing, not what somebody


in the West Midlands might think. I am working very hard, up to 70 hours


a week to deliver for the people of this area, to reduce the cost of


their policing service. What do you have to do so that this time next


year, people know who you are and like commissioners? I will carry on


doing what I am doing now, which is to be out there and talking to the


public, and delivering my promises to them. To improve policing and the


criminal justice system. In a word, where commissioners are good idea? I


think they are a fantastic idea and it should be expanded into the


health service, to have a representative who can cut through


the bureaucracy and deliver on what people want. Commissioner, thank you


for coming in. Last night I spoke to the


Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick. Here's what you had to say about his


year in the job. Still ahead tonight: The new play


celebrating the part East Yorkshire played in saving thousands of


children in the Second World War. And she's lit up the city for years


` but we'll see the Bee Lady fulfil a lifetime ambition by switching


Hull's Christmas lights. Humber Dock in Hull sent in by Alan


Houghton. How are you? Very well. Somebody has been in


touch saying he lives in Brisbane, and he watches as every night.


Do you think he needs to get a life? I was just wondering that. He might


want to have another barbecue. Don't get is into trouble tonight.


It looks as though we have a chilly night to come. Tomorrow is set to be


fine with some sunshine. It looks like fine weather to come this


weekend. The risk of some patchy rain on Sunday. The risk of wintry


showers next week, especially towards the coast. It has been


called today. There has been plenty of sunshine. Just the odd shower


scraping in. They will move offshore pretty sharpish. Bit of clarity and


there. North`westerly will lead down. There will be a fairly


widespread ground Frost. A frosty start with the largely Sunni start.


There will be plenty of sunshine around. There could be some high


cloud around later. It is a fine day and there will be much less wind as


well so it should feel a little bit less cold. Saturday looks dry with


sunny spells. More cloud and the risk of patchy rain, although there


is some uncertainty. Showers may tend to sleep and snow. That's the


forecast. I thought you wouldn't pass passout


during that. ` ` I thought you were going to pass out during that. It's


been 75 years since the first evacuation of Jewish children from


Nazi Germany to Britain, and today their story was told in a special


play performed on the platforms of Hull's Paragon Station. "Suitcase"


tells how thousands of children were bought to the UK and placed with


foster families. Some never saw their parents again. Caroline Bilton


reports. It was a rescue operation on a


massive scale. 10,000 Jewish children were placed on trains and


brought to England to be placed with foster families across the country.


I have been practising my German. Today, their story was told in this


play performed at Hull's Paragon Station, and among the audience were


those who were there for real back in 1939. They said we had to forget


our language because we were not going back there. We couldn't speak


to one another, not even outside. We tried to occasionally, but we had to


try and forget the language altogether. Dina LeBoutiller has


never told her story till now. Her new life in England wasn't a happy


one. We were not the children they expected, and they didn't letters


forget that. My brother and myself thought it was a cheap way of


getting help, because we did all the chores in the house as well as going


to school. If we did anything wrong, we got the King of the whip, or


about. `` cane or the whip, or a belt.


For some children, leaving this persecution behind and coming to


England was a chance for a new beginning. Bob Rosner came to Hull


from Vienna and was taken in by Leo Shultz ` the man who would later


become Hull's mayor. Bob is sadly no longer here to tell his story, so


it's now told by his wife, Olive. He didn't want to go back. All he could


remember was abuse in the street, being spat at, being kicked. Here,


everybody was friendly. Bob went on to become a successful


architect, designing buildings in this region like Dove House Hospice


` a life Bob felt he would have never have had without the


genorosity of Leo Shultz. Bob used to say he would be in a pit of ash,


and that he gave him everything, he gave him life. I feel grateful to


Britain for letting me come to England, because if it hadn't been


for that, I wouldn't be here. 75 years on, that generosity is now


being remembered on the station platforms where their new lives


began. Archaeologists in Lincoln have had


the first glimpse of a skeleton that's been buried under the city's


castle for centuries. The remains of a church and eight skeletons were


discovered earlier this year. One set of remains, buried in a lime


stone coffin, were finally uncovered today. The skeleton had leather


boots on and it's thought it could be a Saxon King or Bishop. It has


now been scanned and is being removed by archaeologists. This is


unique in this country. Not only has it been difficult logistically, it


has been something so in usual that the archaeologist who found in the


first place, we will never find anything that this again. Big find


there. It's Children In Need day tomorrow


and we'd like to know what you're doing and of course would like to


see your pictures too. You can get in touch.


Tonight, Hull's Bee Lady has got her wish to turn on the Christmas Lights


in her home city, a thank you for raising more than ?100,000 for


charity. Amy Cole was there. What sort of reception did Jean get?


They're absolutely love her here. There is so much going on, but she


is a mini celebrity. I have even one Skype so we are matching. This is


the moment when Jean Bishop turned on the Christmas lights. Happy


Christmas, Hull. Jean, what was it like turning on those lights? Oh, it


was out of this world. I could have stopped there all day and all night.


It was lovely. You are on the same balcony that Luke Campbell was on,


the Olympic medallist. Yes, I know, it was lovely. I can't believe it. I


cant believe I was here. It has been an amazing year. It has, it has. And


it has finished. I am going here and there. My feet don't seem to touch


the ground, you know. You are a busy bee. I am, very busy. I know a man


who really wanted to turn these lights on. He is called Mr Peter


Levy. You have stolen his crown. I will have to see about that. I am


sorry about him, he is such a nice guy. Locally, it is all fair in love


and light switch on. Peter, maybe next year you will get a chance.


Thank you very much. She is such a star.


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


aircraft and help arrive in the typhoon`hit Philippines as the aid


effort steps up a gear. Hull's City of Culture team says it


hopes it's done the city proud as the team finishes its final


presentation to the judges. Let's return to Derry, where Hull


has made its final presentation to the UK City of Culture Judges. Paul


Murphy is there. What is the feeling from the bid team tonight? Are they


confident? They are quietly confident publicly.


I think privately, they are delighted with how it went,


particularly the response from Phil Redmond, who sees lots of parallels


between the regeneration of Liverpool and that of Hull. There


were also pleased by the incredible social media impact. SILENCE.


Thank you very much. Stephen seemed optimistic there as well. Response


from this. Mike says, if you are feeling dull, come to Hull. Lynn


says, Hull is a lovely place with friendly people and plenty to see


gay and night, it has something for everyone. Elaine says, it is time


Hull was recognised for the wonderful city it is. Martin says,


to be honest, I think Hull is a depressing place, but on hard work


alone, they should win this on the hard work they have done. David


says, even if they don't win they should go ahead with the planned


programme of events. Kate says, give as the prize we will force`feed you


patchy and chips. That is nice isn't it? . Good night.


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