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North. The headlines tonight: A loan shark who preyed upon the vulnerable
and needy to fund his criminal life is sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Conspiring to kill someone, and very nasty arson.
Road safety campaigners criticise Euro MP Godfrey Bloom after comments
about speeding drivers. Speeding doesn't kill. What kills people is
driving without undue care and attention. Dangerous driving. ?
?NEWLINE Illegal medicines are seized in a series of raids at East
European supermarkets. A chance to buy a piece of history `
the historic school selling off more than just its silver. Join me for
the detailed forecast in 15 minutes. He was described in court as an
"underworld gangster," and tonight, a Hull loan shark is starting a
12`year prison sentence. Darren Wilson committed a string of crimes
including conspiracy to commit murder, drug dealing, arson and
illegal money lending. The prosecution had accused him of
lending money to the "vulnerable and needy". In a moment we'll hear from
an MP who's campaigning for better protection for borrowers. But first
Sarah Corker has this report from Hull Crown Court.
Targeting some of Hull's poorest people, Darren Wilson lent money
illegally, charging extortionate rates of interest. Described as a
bully and a ring leader. 406 loans went out worth almost a quarter of a
million pounds. Some of these people were particularly vulnerable. There
were people who could not go elsewhere for loans and ended up in
his clutches. He was making a lot of money. Throwing petrol bombs through
windows. Humberside police said those profits bankrolled criminal
activities. It is linked to serious organised crime. These people tried
to take on a huge job trying to kill someone.
With his brother, Dean Armstrong, on the right, the pair spent the
profits building up a drugs business. This house was petrol
bombed because they want to grow cannabis there. The judge said they
acted like "underworld gangsters." For six years, he ran his lunch at
business from the street on the brands her estate. For those who
could not pay, he threatened them with finance. And this week a report
revealed more people in Hull are living with serious debt than
anywhere else in the UK. The struggle felt here in this church
cafe. It is hard. I have always struggled with money. You get that
roller`coaster effect. Loan sharks are ready to exploit people. What
seems like fast cash can quickly turn into a frightening and
long`term problem. Earlier I spoke to the MP Stella
Creasy, who's campaigning for better protection for people borrowing
money. I asked her if she could understand why people would resort
to illegal loan sharks. Absolutely. We know crisis are happening. ` `
weaner prices are rising more than wages. Do you agree if we clamp down
on the legal moneylenders, these illegal loan chats will prosper and
we will hear more stories like today? No, not at all. The evidence
from companies that have had caps, the reverse is true. It is a win`win
scenario. What is the cap in terms of interest rates you would like to
see. Give me a figure. I want a cap on every part of it that you can get
into. 50% of profit come from default charges. It is designed to
get you into debt. I want a cap on all of those. The crucial thing is,
the government is listening to the case we have been making, which is
that capping is the only thing that will help. You haven't got a figure
you want? We won independent regulator to look at the market. It
looks that the government is finally listening this week.
Stella Creasy speaking to me a few moments ago. We want to hear what
you've got to say on this one. Have you ever taken out a loan that
you've found it difficult to repay? Do you think pay day lenders are a
useful way for people to get money when they need it?
Thank you for watching. In a moment: Opera North reveal
ambitious plans to give youngsters the chance to perform with
professional musicians. Three people who died in a head`on
crash in East Yorkshire yesterday morning were from Hull. A
40`year`old woman and her 18`year`old son as well as a
47`year`old died in the crash on the B12`48 near Wetwang. All three were
Polish nationals living in Hull. Two other men are still in hospital `
one with critical and the other with serious injuries.
A man has been found guilty of aiding and abetting an arson on a
Grimsby Mosque. 24`year`old Darren Cressey from New Holland had denied
giving a lift to two other men who petrol bombed the premises. All
three will be sentenced next month. .
Road safety campaigners have criticised the controversial East
Yorkshire`based Euro MP Godfrey Bloom, following comments he's made
about speeding drivers. Mr Bloom says he wants to stand for
parliament as a "motorists champion" ` but he's angered some by claiming
that speed doesn't kill. More from Tim Iredale.
Britain's 30 million drivers are the most oppressed group in the country,
says this MEP who is no stranger to controversy. Godfrey Bloom will be
leaving Brussels behind soon, and says he wants to defend the rights
of motorists at Westminster. Speeding doesn't kill. What kills
people is driving without due care and attention, dangerous driving,
driving like an idiot, but not driving at 32 mph 33 mph when
grandma is going to Tesco. It is two months since Mr Broom announced he
would be stepping down as a UKIP MEP after jokingly referred to a group
of women as "sluts". Godfrey has been a follower of my work for quite
a few years. The motoring industry is a multi`million pound industry.
Of course, there are thousands of thousands of unnecessary
prosecutions. Godfrey Bloom is critical of what he described as the
emotional presentation adopted by some road safety groups, and their
use of grieving relatives in campaigns. One man who says he won't
be voting for Mr Broom Stephen. Almost eight years ago, his brother
Tony was killed by a speeding drunk driver in Hull. He is now a
volunteer with a road safety charity. He is an idiot. Total
idiot. If they were to stand in front of a car at 60 mph, it would
properly kill them. If they stood in front of a car doing 20 mph, it
would probably break a bone. It is a simple as that. Speed kills. So, if
Godfrey Bloom is serious about representing written's drivers as an
MP, he is likely to embark on a bumpy political journey.
Joining me now is former police officer and Humberside Police and
Crime Commissioner candidate Paul Davison. Good evening. Godfrey
Bloom, right one? All wrong? Does speed kill? Speech does kill. I
understand his argument, that it is about the way you drive. If he had
since the casualties I have seen in my career caused by speed, you
certainly would not speak again. What you think of is, is? I don't
often agree with him. Some of his comments about the way we use of
vehicles, the way we drive, I think are actually correct. But speech
does kill. Can you be a better and safer driver at 40 miles an hour
than to 30 miles an hour and not paying attention? The problem with
speed is, you can begin a 30 miles or 40 miles an hour, with due care
and attention. The problem is if a pedestrian walks into the middle of
the road, you are far more likely to kill that person at a higher speed.
Speed limit and not there for the fun of it, they are therefore
reason, to reduce your speed so we can all be far safer on the roads.
Many people watching will have been to speed awareness courses. Mr Bloom
does not like these emotional presentations by road safety groups.
They do work. If you had seen some of the scenes I have been to, it is
a very traumatic thing to witness it. Speed cameras reduce accidents
and fatal accidents. The evidence is there. The way they have been
introduced is the issue. They are a blunt instrument. The first point I
would like to make is the money generated from fixed camera sites
should go to the Treasury. The second point is, is that of getting
a letter through the letterbox straightaway, I think you'd be
better off getting a letter advising you straightaway, three strikes
and you are out. Thank you for coming in. Very interesting.
Do you agree with Godfrey Bloom that speed doesn't kill? What about speed
cameras ` do they play a role in keeping us safe, or are they just
they to raise money for police forces?
Scores of illegal medicines have been seized in a series of raids at
East European supermarkets in Boston. They followed the death of a
Latvian man in South Lincolnshire who took an unlicensed drug rather
than seeking medical advice from a doctor. The raids were carried out
by the medicines regulator alongside local police officers. Vicky Johnson
joined them. Boston's ethnic supermarkets have
built their businesses on selling products from overseas. What many
don't realise is that supplying unlicensed foreign medicines is
illegal. These investigators, who don't want
to be identified for operational reasons, targeted shops in the
town's west street. These raids have been prompted by the death of a
41`year`old Latvian man who was suffering from a stomach ulcer. You
He could have been treated easily by a doctor, but instead he took the
prescription drug No Spa from a local supermarket. Shouldn't There's
no suggestion that the drug caused his death ` but it should only be
taken with a prescription.These investigators want to know where he
could have bought it from. It was on sale for some time. It is a pharmacy
only product. It can only be sold from a pharmacy.
The team has found what they were looking for ` shelves of imported
medicines ` including the unlicensed prescription drug. We can't
guarantee the safety quality. We don't know what the Triumph of the
products is. ` ` we don't know what the Trail is. We can't guarantee the
quality or safety. The so who's buying these products?
Diva moved to bBston from Lithuania nine years ago. Sometimes I have
bought medicines. It is very rare. The deaths of at least two migrant
workers in the past year have been connected to unlicensed medicines.
Today's rate should send a clear message that these products will not
be tolerated. Still ahead tonight: Former Lincoln
and Hull goal`scorer, Delroy Facey, is arrested as part of an
investigation into alleged match`fixing.
History for sale ` the school selling off nearly everything after
a move to a modern campus. Paul Goldthorpe took this at RAF
Conningsby. Do you have a comment about that?
Not really. Just as well because he is a weather
forecaster. Somebody told John Kirkley today
what was wrong with you and he said, a likely story.
Can I just said, I have got conjunctivitis. I have not been
lumped by somebody. Tomorrow, it turns sunny. It will also turn
windy. After a cloudy, damp start, it will brighten up. Girls are
expected in coastal areas tomorrow. It is fairly quiet at the moment. A
lot of clout. Temperatures have been on the low side, especially across
Lincolnshire. We may see a few cloud breaks coming to this evening. It
might lead to a little mist and fog for a time. Then the wind picks up
and the cloud thickens. We will see patchy rain spreading down on what
is quite a week, called front. Lowest temperatures, for five.
Perhaps lower in countryside areas. Tomorrow morning, after windy,
cloudy and perhaps a damp start, any patchy rain quickly sweeping away
south eastwards. By the end of the morning, it turns sunny and a lot of
blue sky. There will be a fresh to strong north`westerly. The wind will
turn increasingly chilly. The weekend looking predominantly dry.
Marc Laird Sunday and Monday but it stays mostly dry with some bright
sunny intervals. . You take care.
The former Lincoln and Hull footballer Delroy Facey has been
arrested as part of an investigation into alleged match`fixing. The
player`turned`agent is one of six people being questioned by the
National Crime Agency following an investigation by the Daily Telegraph
newspaper. Well Olivia Richwald is in Delroy Facey's home town of
Huddersfield. Olivia, what can you tell us? I am standing outside what
we believe is a be the home of Delroy Facey in Huddersfield. People
have been coming and going all day. He was born in Huddersfield in 1980
and played for the local club as a teenager. He moved on to the then
Premier side Bolton Wanderers. He was beset by injuries in 2002, and
did not stay at Bolton very long. He transferred online to Bradford City.
He can have descended through the football ranks. Amongst them was
Hull. He played there from June 2004 four year. He also played from
Lincoln city. We have some shots from him. Year after that, his
career at Hereford United. He now plays for a non`league team in
Bradford. It is very important to say all the clubs I have mentioned,
there is no suggestion any of those clubs are involved in any of these
allegations. Delroy Facey was one of seven people arrested by the
National Crime Agency. Breaking news tonight is to people have been
charged with conspiracy to defraud. He is not one of them. Iron`macro
Olivia, thank you very much. In Football, Russ Wilcox is to
continue as Scunthorpe United manager into the New Year. He took
over as caretaker manager after Brian Laws was sacked last week and
his side have won both games since then.
Thanks to everyone who contacted us about the possible clamp`down on
people who smoke outside hospitals in our area. New recommendations
were published yesterday which say that smoking should be banned on all
hospital grounds ` and that shelters and other designated areas for
smokers should be removed. You maybe wouldn't have thought
opera and Hull would be a natural fit, but then a fortnight ago how
many of us would have thought Hull would win the title of City of
Culture? Now, though, opera is being introduced to the city and its
schools by a travelling company based in Leeds. As Caroline Bilton
reports Hull is already taking its place on the cultural map.
Hull has got something to sing about ` it's a City of Culture and here is
a taste of what's coming its way. Opera North is based in Leeds ` it's
performed over 200 times in Hull over the years, but it wants to do
more. We are going to issue an invitation to Hull to develop a
partnership with others. Opera is a transforming experience. We would
like more people to discover it. But their work stretches further
than that ` opera could be coming to Hull's schools as well.
This travelling opera company want to use music to transform the lives
of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. They've been running
this project in Leeds. My aunt is coming and she has never seen me
doing anything before. It is like in my family's genes. My dad likes
singing. My mum likes dancing. We give them instruments, skills to
excel musically. That process of learning brings about a wealth of
social skills. The plan is to bring popular not only into the theatres
and schools in Hull, but also unusual venues like the deep. Would
you see an opera if it was put on someone like this? Yes. I would love
to see more opera been performed. Have you been to one? Yes. It was
fabulous. I cried my eyes out. The latest commitment to the city
from Opera North comes of the back of a five`year deal with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra to take residence in the city. 2017 may be a
long way off, but Hull it would seem is now well and truly on the
cultural map. Caroline Bilton is in Hull. Can we
expect other high profile arts groups to come to the city over the
next few years? The big team tell me they are hoping to attract
international people. They say they have made links with the London Jazz
Festival and the Yorkshire scorcher Park. They're hoping to make links
with the Tate and the National Gallery in London. Rather than
people from the region travelling to the capital, culture will come to
them and it will be right here on their doorstep. The beauty of this
is we do not have to wait until 2017. We're going to start getting
it now. Thank you very much.
It's been a part of the history of Hull for more than 220 years, but
it's now being sold off. Staff and pupils from Trinity House Academy
have already moved to a brand new school in the city, leaving their
historic home on Princess Dock Street. Now everything inside the
original building is up for sale ` from desks to white boards and even
the ceremonial flagpole. Amanda White has been to find out more. Its
maritime links were as strong during the Duke of Edinburgh's visit as
when the school was founded. Kick Murphy, whose letters home from sea
in the 1890s form a unique record of life at sea, was a pupil at Trinity,
as was Captain Russ Garbutt, who followed a career in the merchant
navy. Ross was another pupil. I spent a lot of time around the fish
stock. Lots of people were in the merchant Navy. To pass examination
to go to that school was really something to be proud of.
For more than 200 years, this school was a hub of youth and learning.
Today, its corridors lie empty, and everything here is going under the
hammer. Compared to when this room was full of children in school
uniform, it seems a little bit sad, but this auction is an opportunity
for lovely things to have a new lease of life. Andrew is the
Yorkshire near. We get people from all walks of life. Ex`pupils and
students, ex`teachers come for a nosy, people are just interested in
genetic cows. We get the hard`core auction goers, the wheeler dealers.
So what is there to buy? How about an engineer's laid? Advice. Javelin.
The may be one of these pupils from the 1990s will be back to by the
flagpole. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. A man who admitted murdering a disabled
Iranian refugee he'd wrongly accused of being a paedophile is jailed for
life at Bristol Crown Court. A loan shark in Hull who preyed upon
the vulnerable and needy to fund his criminal life is sentenced to 12
years in prison. Talking about speeding there. James
is said, I agree with Mr's comments, it is dangerous driving and
overtaking that causes the fatalities, not necessarily the
speeding. Martin says, I agree with Godfrey Bloom. Judith says, Mr Bloom
lives in a dream world were otherwise perfect drivers though the
couple of miles over the limit. People who drive badly one way
generally doing others as well. Malcolm says, if speed cameras are
good for reducing accidents, why do we see so many not in use? Thank you
for the response. Thank you for watching. Good night.