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Good evening. You are watching BBC Look North. Our headlines: Three men
are jailed following the petrol bombing of a Grimsby mosque, in
revenge attack for the murder of Lee Rigby. A significance sentence for
three individuals that decided, in the wake of a tragedy in Woolwich,
to take the law into their own hands. They unnecessarily put
people's lives at risk. The pioneering cancer treatment that
could see patients avoiding surgery. Hull City head into their festive
fixtures with fans hoping for Christmas gifts.
To stay in the Premier League. Win tomorrow. That will probably be the
best thing. A win against Man United. That will be nice.
Good luck Kevin and Susanna. Messages of support for Kevin from
Grimsby, ahead of the Strictly come dancing final.
I will be back later in the programme with all the weekend
weather, plus a week ahead at the Christmas week.
Our top story tonight: This was the moment two former soldiers fire
bombed a Grimsby mosque while worshippers were inside. The attack
was in revenge for the murder of Lee Rigby in London, four days earlier.
Today a judge sentenced Stuart Harness, Gavin Humphries, and donele
Cressey, each to six years in prison. They were caught after
filming themselves on CCTV making and throwing the petrol bombs.
Two former British soldiers with unblemished records, but who, on
21st May, did this to a mosque in Grimsby? Inside, members of the
Muslim community who had just finished evening prayers. In a
statement read out in court today, one worshipper said he was about to
open the doors. If he had done so 30 seconds earlier, he would have been
set alight. An hour earlier, Stuart Harness and Gavin Humphries were
caught on their own CCTV camera making the bombs. They were seen
burning off excess petrol in the table and carrying the bombs to a
waiting car. Driving that car was Harness' cousin, 25`year`old Daniel
Cressey. This all took place just four days after the death of
Fusilier Lee Rigby in London. The court heard today how Harness had
been based at the same barracks. In sentencing these men today his
honour, judge Berry said it was a premeditated act of retaliation in
the wake of the death of Fusilier, Lee rig bi. He said, "Whatever your
feelings of outrage, you should have allowed justice to take its course.
He said it was a crime of violence where a particular religious group
were targeted and this kind of attack cannot be tolerated." Hence
the six`year sentence. There were gasp in court when all telemen were
given a six`year sentence, despite the fact that Daniel Cressey had not
thrown a petrol bomb He played his part in a planned and calculated
attack on innocent people doing no more than honouring and carrying out
their religious beliefs in in a sleepy road in Grimsby. As a result,
the judges a accurately reflected his cull pabibility. He had to get
them there, in the hours of darkness, to the scene, protected.
We want to say thank you to our neighbours and the people of Grimsby
and surrounding areas who send us support in the aftermath of the
attack in the forms of cards and e`mails. At what was a difficult
time for the Muslim community we were heartened by the overwhelming
frorp all communities. Locally no`one has hurt in this attack, and
damage was kept to a minimum because of the quick actions of those inside
but the effects of what happened here, are still being felt. For
some, this mosque is no longer their place of santurary. Caroline Bilton
is outside the Grimsby mosque and Islamic do you recall centre.
Caroline, the attack was several months ago, but what impact is it
still having on people there? Well, Tim, in court today a statement was
read out by the Chairman of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Muslim
community. In that, he said although calm has now been restored to this
community, there is still a fear here that people won't want to come
and worship here. They have improved security. They have installed more
CCTV cameras and today's sentencing isp hoped will draw a line under all
of this, so people here can move forward and so, really, that work
can continue to improve and restore confidence within the Muslim
community here. Thank you.
So, the question we are asking is: How effective are these sentences in
deterring people from carrying out these kind of attacks? Do you think
more should be done to try to stop attacks on minorities? Get it touch
in the usual way. You can e`mail us: text us: .
Stay with us for Friday's Look North. In a moment, the village in
Lincolnshire where residents say they'll be cut off until the New
Year as work begins on a new level crossing.
The body of a man has been found on an estated in North Hull. Officers
were called to the Orchard Park estate after receiving a call from a
member of the public in the early hours. A section of Hall Road was
closed while investigations were carried out. Police are currently
treating the death as unexplained and many residents say they are
worried. Well, it's very nerve`wrecking, yeah. We live in the
end house, you know. She heard a bang, she heard noise in the early
hours. But she lives on her own. The next door neighbour said there was
flashing lights and stuff. It's just a bit weird, isn't it? You are
making up and hearing about a dead body on your own estate, it is mad,
isn't it? You don't know what to think, really. Hull is to be the
fist centre in the country to offer a paineering new cancer treatment.
The new technology uses ultrasound beams to destroy tumours. It means
some breast cancer patients could soon be treated without the need for
surgery. Most of the new money has come from local fund`raisers.
This MRI scanner at Hull Royal doesn't just take detailed pictures
this. One can treat patients as W scientists say it could
revolutionise care, reducing the need for surge in some breast cancer
patients. What we would like to do, once we have done our pilot study
and some research, is to treat the tumour where it is, but actually
then, for the patient not to progress to surgery. This would mean
the patient would be able to skip the surgical procedure. This new
technique is thought to be very safe, as they are constantly
monitoring throughout the process. They use the MRI scanner to get 3D
pictures of the body without using X`rays then ultrasound beams are
guided by the MRI to the site of the tumour, so it can be blasted and
destroyed. Ann Purdy is a former breast cancer patient. She says the
new non`invasive procedure could make a huge difference. I, every
day, live with the scarring of mastectomy. After that I had to have
reconstruction and ` just the trauma of that, physically and emotionally,
has been quite a journey. This project is not just a first for the
city. It's the first trial of its kind in the UK. We've got a huge
opportunity here to really be a leader in the game. Certainly within
the UK, if not certainly in Europe and possibly even globally. The
equipment we have purchased is right down there at the back. Much of the
?400,000 cost of the equipment has been raised locally.
I just feel very proud. I hope we can continue to go from
strength`to`strength purchasing equipment like this for this area.
If this pilot project is deemed to be a success, this technology could
be adopted across the world, meaning many thousands of women with the
smallest tumours, could one day avoid surgery.
Some more of today's news now. A Hull teenager accused of stabbing
his grandmother to death will go on trial for a second time next month
after the original jury were discharged for legal reasons.
17`year`old Lewis Dale is accused of killing his grandmother, Irene. He
denies murder and attempted murder. He will be tried again next month.
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of an antiques dealer
from full Sutton. Peter Battle was found dead at his home in February.
27`year`old Graham Richardson, will serve a minimum of 27 years in
prison for murder and robbery. There will be a six`monthd
consultation into the speed limit on a major road into Grimsby. Some
motorists argue Peaks Parkway should have a 40 miles per hour limit. Last
night councillors voted against immediately increasing the speed
limit from 30. The matter needs to be dealt with now. The sooner the
better and to wait for another six months, I feel is really
unnecessary. What that says to me is that an
awful lot of people are going to end up being fined for the next six
months. I don't think it is fair. Work will begin tonight on a level
crossing which people living in a part of Lincolnshire, say will leave
them completely cut off over Christmas. People in parts of
Saxilby, divided by the railway line, will have to take a shuttlebus
to get from their homes on West Bank into the village. The work will
continue into the new year, as Jessica lane reports.
Preparing for their first family Christmas at home in years. Maggie
says being cut off won't be convenient, especially when people
are coming with overnight bags and presents. They are having to go up
to the sports field, leave the car, on to a minibus. Round to the
drop`off point, walk over the footpath and the bridge, on to
another minibus and down to our house and unload again. Network Rail
says the crossing has to be fully upgraded. The work was originally
planned for the summer but had to be put back when this route was used as
a diversion because of a spoil heap slip at a Coylierry.
Shuttlebus also take them to this footbridge. They'll have to walk
over and get on a bus at the other said. Network Rail said:
Simon runs a sub diving business and says Network Rail has gone out of
its way to help people. They have offered to help us carry any
equipment we need over the footbridge. The crossing gates have
also been the bane of our lives. With the new barriers, the train
will come, the barriers will go down, up they come. The work will
finished in January when the gates will open again, allowing West Bank
villagers to cross into their village once more. Still ahead on
the programme: # Good morning to you... #
As Kevin and Susanna prepare for the Strictly final, their support from
children at Kev's former school. He is really good. I want him to win.
I'm really proud of him. Kevin and Susanna, good luck.
Tonight's weather image is the Christmas tree in Queen Victoria
Square in Hull from Saskia Blacker, with what is it, five more sleeps to
go. And thank you for all your messages about Peter Leavy's
whereabouts. Derek did tweet and say ` has he got a bug, has he got that
Christmas bug called tinselitis? Paul Hudson didn't seem too
concerned and Keeley is here? Has Peter got you a Christmas present?
He wasn't poorly at all. I went out for lunch with him. He is slacking.
He has been scouring the pound shops for his present. That's definitely
Paul. Good weather for last`minute Christmas shopping? Some heavy
showers about tomorrow. Sunday doesn't look too bad. But I tell you
what, if you are making the Christmas getaway, that dash on
Monday, allow plenty of time. Horrible wet and windy weather to
come. Tomorrow breezy, with plenty of dry weather and some sunshine.
Watch out, a few very heavy showers in the offing. You can see that
weather system that will affect us through the coming night. Behind it
breezy conditions. I think this will be a theme through the next few
days, we will keep that breeze. You can see this mass of cloud out to
the north`west. It has spilt south`eastwards. The skies are
cloudier. Already patchy rain around. Through the course of the
evening, gutsy winds and along the coast outbreaks of rain from the
north`west. It'll clear to the south`east later in the night T
won't be a desperately cold night. Much milder than the frosty
conditions we woke up with this morning. Temperatures around to six
or seven. The sun will rise in the morning at 8.17 and setting at 3.42:
So tomorrow, a bit of a mixed bag. It is going to be a breezy day for
all of us. There will be a decent amount of bright and dry weather
about. But there will be the risk, on and off through the course of the
day of little bands of showers pushing through. I say "little."
Some will be heavy with squally winds and the risk of thundser but
it won't be raining all day. Temperature`wise into double figures
tomorrow. 10 is 50 Fahrenheit. Sunday, probably the better chance
of staying dry and it'll be cooler. Still we'll have that breeze. As I
mentioned earlier on Monday. Wet and windy weather sweeping in from the
west. I'm hopeful after a wet start it the day on Christmas day. It'll
brighten up from the north. Thank you very much. We'll keep an
eye on that whether as the weekend goes on. Our top story again and the
jailing of three men for a fire bomb attack on a Grimsby mosque. A judge
sentenced Stuart Harness, Gavin Humphries and Daniel Cressey, each
to six years in prison. They were caught after filming themselves on
CCTV, making and teling the petrol bombs. .ify as mug hall is from
Faith Matters `` Fijaz z Mughal is from an organisation aimed at
joining together different religious groups. Do you think this will deter
other attacks on mosques I think so, they are heavy sentences. It'll send
out a strong message. Strong sentencing. We welcome that. We've
had the conviction of Lee Rigby's killers for that terrible attack on
Woolwich. Do you fear there could be a new wave of attacks on mosques? We
do fear the possibility of some kind of reprisal on the back of what has
happened. However what we are seeing right now is not the level of
activity we saw post`Woolwich. The activity is minuscule compared to
what it is in Woolwich. So there are positive indications that what
happened after Woolwich and the backlash is not happening now.
That's a positive side. We say to members of the Muslim be community,
stay vigilant. In mosques, think about the safety and imam's safety
and watch around the bounds of your mosque. We had the situation where a
man, in jail now for 40 years minimum, put bombs and other
materials in the West Midlands. We say to mosques, nothing to worry
about you but keep a watching eye around your institutions. In recent
years, governments have worked hard to try to prevent the radicalisation
of young Muslim men. Do you think there should be a similar scheme in
place, targeted at young, white men with extremists views? This is what
the new extremism task forces paper, which came out last week, tries. I
don't think it gets the balance right. But it has inserted in there
the Irish issue of far`right activism. We say `` the issue of
far`right active. We say it is targeted towards the small number of
Muslim men. We say they need to keep an eye out into the small area of
trying to attack far`right extremists which predominantly
focuses on Muslim communities. We must leave it there. Unemployment
across the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2009. The latest
figures released earlier this week, show the jobless total has dropped
by 6,000 across Yorkshire and the Humber and it has fallen by the same
number in the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire. Over the last
few months, we have been following these four, Teri, Stefan, Josh and
Jess, who are all hoping to find work. Gemma Dawson has been finding
out how they are getting on. This is Josh's dream job. He has been
helping out at this building centre in Horncastle for the last few
weeks. He wants to stay and with a eventually like a permanent job
here. Mainly it has been out in the
warehouse, helping a few customers get, for example, some cement bags
and bit wood and loading it on to the vans and stuff. Mainly just
helping customers. So we have been looking at functional maths and
English today. This is a little bit of a fun activity. Back in college,
Josh and Jess are half`way through their traineeship. The past few
months on in course has helped Jess make a big decision about her
future. I'm currently looking at a teacher assistant diploma that I'm
going to go on for a study programme next year. I think it was the fact I
was in work placement I felt so comfortable. I felt comfortable
there and it didn't take me long to get into the swing of it. Can I have
a toffee and the lemon drizzle case. In Ruskington Stefan has made a
decision about his future. He has been unemployed for 17 years due to
epilepsy, but plans to launch his own literacy business on February.
When you are on dole, as they put it, you don't get much money. It is
not like somebody is already working in a job, getting a nice income and
starting up their own business would be a dro. For me, I'm getting very
little anyway, about ?100 a week, so I don't have to earn that much to
actually replace the dole. Terry, too, has made a life`changing
decision. She has been looking for work for more than four years and
feels she has tried everything to find a job. She has lived here in
Bridlington for most of her live but is now planning to move to
Doncaster. I've no more connections here any more. So, I think the best
thing for me is to get out of this area, go somewhere fresh, and
hopefully, fingers crossed, there's better prospects out there for me,
in another part of the country. So, these four are all now hoping
the New Year will bring new employment opportunities.
We will be keeping an eye on their progress in their hunt for work. Now
thanks to all who got in touch last night about the incentives to offer
windfarms ` incentives to people to allow windfarms to be built near
their homes. Audrey Page phone us phone `` phoned us to say:
Finally, Angela and Steve in Grimsby believe this is nothing short of
bribery: Strong words there, to coin a
phrase. The Hull City manager says the team
has had a great 2013 and he wants next year to be even better. Steve
Bruce was speaking ahead of tomorrow's match with West Brom. The
first of four games over the festive period.
The Tigers go into the match in 12th position in the Premier League and
Simon Clark has been finding out what fans want for Christmas.
They may have drawn a blank against Stoke City last week but for the
Tigers, it was another point gained in their bid for a second season of
Premier League foot bau. 16 games played, 19 acquired. Steve Bruce has
been reflecting on a very happy 2013. Let's hope that 2014 can be
just as good as what 2013 have been for us. We have had a great calendar
year. Let's hope it continues. Te Kanawa heart of Hull city's success
has been their inpenetrable defence. We've not scored as many goals as
we'd like. To keep clean sheets, it gives us an opportunity to take
points. Four important matches face the Tigers over the festive period
with games against Manchester Manchester United and Liverpool
standing out. So as they wondered among the festive gifts at the Hull
City shop, what did fans want from their team over Christmas? A win
against United. To stay in the Premier League. A win or draw
against Manchester United. A win tomorrow. A great win against
Manchester United. After this next game it is back`to`back games with
Manchester United and Hull city are be wanting to nudge above 40 points.
Most teams that achieve that at the start of the season, remain in the
Premier League for the rest of the season.
You can listen to that match on BBC Hummerside. Commentary of
Scunthorpe's match against more come will be on the AM frequency.
He started by dancing in his mum and dad's living room. Now the boy from
Grimsby is preparing to dance in front of 10 million people on
national television. Kevin Clifton will take to the floor, alongside
his celebrity partner, Susanna Reid in tomorrow's final of Strictly come
dancing, and nowhere are they prouder of him than at his old
primary school. I'm from Grimsby. Good luck Kevin
from Grimsby. At this primary they have been doing a lot of dancing and
a quick look at the register reveals Kevin James Clifton, a am forepupil
or Kevin from Grimsby as he is better`known. We are watching avidly
to find out what he is up to. We are very proud. It is a big talking
point in the school. Our moat yoe is ` where little stars shine ` he has
gone ton prove from a little star to a big star. Fingers crossed for him.
It seems his talent was there for an early age, shining through within
these very walls. He was always dancing, always so good at dancing
and he loved doing shows. I particularly remember him doing an
assembly where he did a makal Jackson impression and he just wowed
everybody. He was absolutely fantastic.
An inspiration for current pupils. Some are even members at Kevin's
parents dance schooment Knowing he came here and one of my friends
knows him. It is amazing. And in the area where Kevin grew up, everything
is crossed I'm Brenda from Grimsby. I wish you all the luck in the
world. I'm doer even for Grimsby. I wish you all the success for
tomorrow night. I'm Lin from Grimsby. Well done for everything so
far. Have a fantastic night tomorrow night It is a woman's programme,
really. I'm Ben from Waltham, by the way. As we were filming, who should
pop in? It's Kevin's dad. Keep your fingers and your legs crossed. We
will be dialling tomorrow. A lovely euphoria going out. Hopefully,
fingers crossed everything will work out OK. Have you heard from Kevin?
Haven't heard from him. He is playing low key. I will not phone up
and pester him. Hopefully everything is under control. This time
tomorrow, one man from Grimsby and the BBC's Susanna Reid will be on
the dancefloor, with them the hopes and support of an entire town.
I'm Pam from Grimsby. I would like to wish Susanna and ketch the best
of luck. I think they are going to win. `` and Kevin.
Good luck. Philip, from Grimsby, for BBC Look
North. I'm sure they will be dancing in the streets of north`east
Lincolnshire if Kevin does the business. Now a recap of the
headlines. Nigh gel la Lawson's assistants are cleared of fraud
after claiming they were allowed to spend huge sums if they kept quiet
about her drug use. Three men are jailed for a petrol
bomb attack on a Grimsby boss which was carried out in readvantage for
the killing of Lee rig bi. Tomorrow's weather, another windy
day with sunshine and occasional blustery showers merging into longer
spells of rain. And, on the fire bombing of the
Grimsby mosque, glen on text says ` I fear these attacks will get worse.
Mary says ` more should be done about people who are ill literate
and uninformed in this neck of the woods. That's it from Friday's Look
North. Normal service is resumed on Monday. I will be back in the chair.
Have a good weekend. Goodbye.