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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines: The local
drivers that have been on the roads despite having more than 30 points
on their licence. I think it is a disregard for the
law. It disregards other users. I did not realise that people would
driving with all these points on their licence. They should be taken
off the road. An under`fire hospital admits to
making another major mistake. Lights could be switched off to help
councils save millions of pounds. If they did that, it is dangerous.
They need to increase the lighting. The seaside buildings that are
proving to be a hit for people looking for winter sun.
And we will have a detailed five day forecast later on in the programme.
Thousands of drivers who should have lost their licences many times over
are still on the roads. Research shows more than 10,000 people have
stacked up more than 12 penalty points, which should lead to a ban
in most cases. And it's been described as inexplicable that two
women ` one from Hull and one from Lincoln ` are still able to drive
despite having collected more than 30 points. All the authorities
involved deny that they are to blame for drivers slipping through the
net. Making sure motorists in Beverley
stick to the speed limit today. Those who don't and clock up 12
penalty points face a ban. That's the law. So how are serial speeders,
some with 30 points and more, still behind the wheel.
Tens of thousands of people asked and play sticking two fingers up to
the establishment to all of us who obey the law.
Among those with the most penalty points in Great Britain, a woman
from Lincoln caught speeding three times, with 34 points. And in Hull,
another female driver with 31 points for six offences. And the highest
number of motorists caught speeding in our area was around Lincoln.
Almost 3,000 driver drivers have points.
If you're caught speeding several times in months, it takes a record
`` time for records to get updated, and it is that time of sharing the
information that motorist groups as is to blame for the problem.
Here in Lincoln at this awareness course the dangers of breaking the
limit are spelt out to those caught speeding.
What we want to do is protect our community and our families and our
children. The speed limits are set nationally and are therefore a
reason. It was very effective and thought`provoking. There is still
room for improvement. It certainly For business where driving is part
of the job, penalty points mean higher insurance costs.
Makes you think about what you would in.
It will be a bitter pill to swallow. When a driver has got a certain
amount of points, they are worried about whether they will lose their
job. The authorities insist that the vast
majority of those with 12 or more points are banned. And the DVLA and
the courts are upgrading their computer systems, which should help
to speed up the prosecutions of those who ignore the rules of the
road. I spoke to Richard Monkhouse, who is
the Chairman of the Magistrates' Association, and asked him why
drivers with more than 12 points were still on the road.
It is difficult to say. Some of it might be because they have pleaded
exceptional hardship, that is they have gone to the court and said that
it would have an effect on other people, families and businesses.
That is a fairly small number. I would suspect that, because most of
the drivers who get that level are dealt with by fixed penalties, are
we absolutely certain that every time a fixed penalty of three points
is given, but that is not simply adding onto somebody's points you
what over 12. Somebody watching the TV will be
asking how someone with more than 30 points on their licence, who will be
in court, why are they still driving? That is the point that
people do not understand. You say that they have resumed we
been caught. Most offences are not dealt with in court, but by a fixed
penalty. It is only when somebody argues the case and wants to plead
not guilty that they will normally come into a court, or when we know
that somebody is liable to be banned. Is the finger being pointed
at the DVLA? It is a simple system, you get to 12 points and what band.
That is what should happen. We need to get some analysis so we can
understand what it is about those people who are driving with 30
points or more, or even 12 points or more, how they have got their stop
the DVLA will have those records. The Institute says that the drivers
are sticking two fingers up at the establishment. It looks like that.
They are going through the process, and if they go to court, the court
is a "ace for justice. It is up to magistrates to understand their
plea. In 17 years, I have been involved in it twice.
More than 10,000 people still driving with many points. Do the
authorities need to tighten up on lawbreaking drivers? Should 12
points always mean a ban? Your thoughts on this one. If you want to
contact us, you can e`mail. We will have some comments before we
finish at 7pm. Two 11`year`old girls have been
airlifted to hospital tonight after being hit by a vehicle in south
Lincolnshire. It happened this afternoon on the A15 Main Road at
Thurlby near Bourne. Gemma Dawson is live at the scene. What is the
latest? As you can see, I am not too far
away from the scene, and this is where the road is closed. This
incident happened just before 4pm this afternoon on the main road. The
girls were walking along the road when they were hit by a vehicle.
They have suffered serious head injuries and have been airlifted to
Nottingham. The road is expected to remain shut. Time. Drivers are being
urged to avoid the area. This is a main route to Peter Brock, so
officers want to hear from anyone who saw the incident. `` Peterboro.
We will have more later on. Rail services between Sleaford and
Lincoln have been suspended until Monday because of a bank slip `
which it says was caused by last month's bad weather. Network Rail
says it's detected movement in the railway bank at Ruskington, and are
laying over 2000 tonnes of stone to stabilise it. Replacement bus
services are in place. Trial dates have been set for June
for three people charged with the murder of a father of two from Hull.
Steven Herbert was attacked in Trafalgar Street on New Year's Day
and later died from his injuries. 22`year`old Samuel Jordan,
21`year`old Soul Humphries and 23``year`old Tiffany Clark will next
appear at Hull's Crown Court in March.
A report into a Hull secondary school has recommended it's closure
only a decade after it first opened. The City Council report says the
Endeavour High School should shut completely at the end of the next
academic year. There are hundreds of spare places and inspectors say the
school is under`performing. Lincoln County Hospital has released
details today of what the NHS describes as a never event. It's
because they should never happen. In this case surgical material was left
inside a patient. The hospital was put under special measures six
months ago because of 12 such incidents in three years. Lincoln
County is also struggling to reduce rates of unexpected deaths.
Operations on the wrong part of the body, or Medical equipment left
inside patients are called "never events" .
During the government's investigation into high death rates,
Lincolnshire's poor record was highlighted by the Health
Secretary. United Lincolnshire hospitals, where
there are a staggering 12 never events.
12 months on, there was another failing. Surgical packing left
inside a patient who'd just given birth.
It was not immediately dangerous, if it had been in there for a long
time, it it could have been. Board members were told that
action's now been taken to prevent another such incident. Fortunately,
it was dealt with quickly. But how well is the Trust performing
generally? When the Hospital Trust was put into
special measures last summer, 57 recommendations were made to help
improve care. Today, board members were told that more than 60% of the
most urgent ones had been implemented. Infection control is
still a problem area, with the trust unlikely to meet its own targets for
the number of C Diff cases for the year. The board was also told that
while unexpected death rates remain stubbornly high at Lincoln County
Hospital, improvements have been made at both Boston and Grantham
Hospitals. Managers know that to improve further they need to
introduce seven day working. So that it doesn't matter what day
of the week you come into the hospital, you will have access to
exactly the same services, whether that be diagnostics, support from a
physiotherapist. So we are doing planning work at the moment about
how to into juice that. But all this comes at a cost, and
local officials have to work out how to improve patient safety at a time
when they are facing spiralling debt.
Still ahead tonight: The new manager who's taken Scunthorpe United to the
top of the league. And looking to the stars, the
amateur astronomers hoping for clear skies tonight.
Tonight's photograph was taken by Simon Wright. Thank you for taking
that picture. Good evening. That asked some
e`mails about the naming of Humberside Airport. This man is
saying that it will only be open for a few days a week, only five minutes
a day. Absolutely genuine. I am dressed for work at an airport.
I like it when the colour goes from your face. Here is the weather for
tomorrow. The wind should ease, but this low pressure will bring the
rain eastwards on Wednesday night. If you have stargazing events,
tomorrow does not look bad, but there will be a lot of cloud and
rain tomorrow. There is a scattering of cloud on the latest satellite
picture. For many places, they have had a good deal of dry weather.
There will be one or two fleeting showers, but there will be some good
gaps in the clouds. It will be a frost free night. And a windy night,
with temperatures at seven Celsius. So the sun will rise in the morning
at 817 stop there will be high water in Cleethorpes. And a few showers
around for parts of Lincolnshire. But it will quickly push into the
North Sea. It looks like not too bad a day. All parts will be dry in the
afternoon, with some sunshine. And the wind will ease later.
Yesterday, the average is seven, we will be above average, with 10
Celsius in Lincoln. And then the weather system that I showed you
will come in. Wednesday night will be wet, Thursday will be showery,
then it will get drier and brighter. Friday, fine during the
daylight hours, with some rain after dark. And the weekend will be colder
with a touch of frost. There is a star in the weather
office, but she is only there on Friday.
Street lights could be switched off in parts of Lincolnshire, as the
County Council looks for new ways to save money. Hundreds of lights have
already been dimmed, but now some areas could lose street lighting,
causing concerns about crime and road safety.
County Council looks for new ways to Three quarters of councils are now
dimming lights. Simon Spark reports from North Hykeham near Lincoln.
Should we consider our street lights as essential or something we can do
without? People here have seen their street lights dimmed. Have they
noticed? We did not have a clue. It has been
a big difference. It is one of the cost`cutting
measures that the council have put in place after seeing their
electricity bill rise by ?1 million. Now with the added pressure of
having to save a further ?80 million, they are questioning
whether they can switch some street lights off altogether.
We will look at them and decide, do they need to be on, do they need to
be on all the time at night, or can we reduce the cost by having them
switched off right in the middle of the night. Did they need to be on
between 2am and 5pm? That if the lights were turned off
here, what would people think then? I think that would be dangerous. If
they did that, that is dangerous. No, if anything, they need to
increase the lighting. I would not mind at all. As long as it was
alternate. In Nottinghamshire, they have
recently reversed their switch off policy.
One of the concerns by some residents was that there was an
increase in burglaries. We have to take action to ensure that would
stop. There has also been concern from the
AA and the Royal Society that the prevention of accidents.
Some places were completely dark. There were safety concerns. You need
to monitor closely the impact on road accidents and crime.
But the Lincolnshire Federation say it should not make much difference.
I don't think it will be hugely impacted, but it might have an
impact on the fear. There is a limit on what councils
can do, but now the spotlight will be on what happens next.
If you want to send me an e`mail or text about this, do you agree with
the dimming of the streetlights? Here is the e`mail address.
The size of your telescope doesn't matter and you can even take part
without one. Everyone's being encouraged to look to the night sky,
as the BBC's Stargazing Live programme returns in just over an
hour. And there are plenty of enthusiastic amateurs in this area,
as Gemma Dawson found out. This may look like an ordinary
garden shed. But, as you can see, Paul's made a few alterations. It
took him two days to build and he now spends many evenings here in his
home`made observatory in south Lincolnshire.
I can come out here and stare at the stars and there are so many of them.
Every night, they are in a different position. This thing can see so many
objects up there, there are not enough hours in the But you don't
need expensive equipment like this. Night to see anything. As part of
Stargazing Live we're all being encouraged to look to the skies.
You can go out with your eyes, look up and see a meteor shower or
shooting stars. For that reason, I think it is uniquely engaging
amongst the sciences. I have in my hand a piece of outer
space. Michael's love of the night sky
began as a boy. This is a meteorite that originated from an asteroid. He
is a keen stargazer and has applied to be one of the first residents on
Mars and thinks that space exploration will accelerate
throughout the next 20 years. Many people will see us take our
first steps of this planet. It is a privileged time to live.
In the future, what stargazers will be able to see could be even more
exciting. Yes, a big night tonight.
And if you want to see Stargazing Live, it's on BBC Two at 8pm with
Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain. They're at the Jodrell Bank
Observatory. A large response to our story on the
campaign to re`name Humberside Airport, John Harrison Airport ` a
clockmaker from North Lincolnshire who changed the way we navigate
around the world. 300 years ago, he discovered a way for ships to use
his clocks to work out their position at sea. Now the John
Harrison Foundation, which promotes his achievements globally, wants his
name used by the local airport. Well we had lots of suggestions from
you about what the airport should be called ` here are just a couple of
them Meg Smith says, I've never heard of John Harrison, but if they
want to change it, then my choice is Amy Johnson ` she's better known
around here. Mr Gardener says, I think an appropriate name would be
William Wilberforce. He's known all over the world. And Joe says
Humberside Airport should definitely be renamed. "It's ridiculous how
long we've had to put up with this H`word nonsense."
Scunthorpe United's new manager could be in line for a top award,
just weeks after taking the job. Russ Wilcox has been nominated for
the Manager of the Month award after guiding the Iron to six wins from
the last eight games, which has put them top of League Two. Phillip
Norton has been to find out how he's settling into the role.
Another day, another training session for a club that's becoming
known for its emergency managers. This side of it is the biggest
change. The day`to`day running of the club is very similar. So it is
really just the media side. It is enjoyable, because we are winning
Most of them, in fact. Football matches. The Iron are now
two points clear at the top of League Two. But it's not the first
time a new manager has had a wonder touch Back in 2006, after a previous
sacking of Brian Laws, a certain physio called Nigel Adkins took the
helm. As fans sang "Who needs Mourinho, we've got our physio", he
took the club to the Championship. And this season's top scorer, the
aptly named Sam Winnall, says Russ brings belief to the team.
I think the biggest thing he has brought is positivity. He believes
in us and believe that we are good enough to get promoted, and that
belief in us has given us confidence.
So, we will find out a bit more about him.
I like to have a night in with my family. I like to have an adventure
break. Fish and chips. Pop music. I will have a bag of sweets.
He has got the weather right today. A trip to the dentist.
I am quite boring, it is family life. Football is 20 47. My son does
rugby and my daughter does netball. So it is a taxi service at home.
And the meter's running in the hot seat for this busy family man ` the
destination's hopefully a one way trip to League One.
In tonight's football, Lincoln City play Alfreton in the Conference.
Commentary will be on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Kick off is at 7.45pm.
The first lock of hair that began the
# Belonged to Hull city's player has been sold for a lot of money. The
money raised will be given to Cancer Research UK. Tom has had a lot of
publicity, well done to him. The recent extreme weather has meant
that one of the area's seal sanctuary's is now full with rescued
seals. Natureland in Skegness say they are caring for 16 seals. They
would normally expect three or four at this time of year. They blame the
floods and strong winds that have hit the coast in recent weeks.
We started off with the high tides and the flooding at the beginning of
September, which displaced a lot of the baby seals, and they have found
their way into the area and have been washed up on the shoreline.
Wheels have seals that were born during summer, and they are being
washed up on the sandbanks and the beaches.
Final rehearsals are taking place ahead of the BBC pantomime, Mother
Goose, featuring staff from Look North and Radio Humberside. Some
tickets are still available for the performances, which are next
Thursday in Cleethorpes and the following Saturday and Sunday in
Hull. All proceeds go to Children in Need.
They are shelter from the wind and rain with a kettle and a deck` chair
and Bridlington's beach`huts are all fully`let in January. There's even a
waiting list of people who want to rent one next winter. Amanda White
went to find out why they are in demand, and what people do in them!
Surely there is nothing better than a bracing walk on the beach on a
winter's day. Or, maybe there is, because you can enjoy all of this
from the comfort of a beach hut. It is beautiful. It just goes on for
miles. It is just peaceful. Donna decided to rent of this
property for the entire winter, so she can get away from it all and
teach her to playing new instruments.
In the school holidays, I work. I work all the time, so I don't have
any time to myself stop I do odd jobs in the winter, painting and
decorating. I come down here. It is ideal for me and the children.
Donna is not alone in seeing the appeal of a beam `` winter beach
hut. I had one last winter. On a sunny
day, it is nice to come down. You can have a cup of tea or a hot
chocolate after having a walk on the beach.
Dick B is a recent joys of a winter beach hut. I often bring a kayak
down. So I use this as my base. I call it a seafront apartments.
And where better to have one? I love that. If you have a story you
think we should know about, send it in to us.
It is 6:55pm. The headlines: Storms continued to batter Britain and
there is more to come. More than 100 flood warnings are in place tonight.
And to 11`year`old girls have been airlifted to hospital with serious
head injuries after being hit by a vehicle in South Lincolnshire.
Tomorrow, it will be a risk of some showers and wind, but otherwise dry,
with temperatures at 10 Celsius. The story of the 211`year`old girls
in Lincolnshire, we will have more on that tomorrow. `` on the two
girls who are 11 years old. We are talking about the number of
drivers who have 12 points or more, but still driving a stop to people
in the area are still driving. One man says, what... 12 points on your
license and you should be jailed if you continue driving. Another e`mail
says, driving licences should have bar codes on them so they can be
updated more quickly. Another e`mail says, this is poor management, with
people not talking to each other. How can someone with 12 points get
more? Another e`mail, not only should
someone not be driving with 30 points, they should be in prison.
And another person on Twitter, of course they should be banned with 30
points. The people should think before they act.
Join me tomorrow, if you can. Have a good evening. Good night.
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