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North. The headlines tonight: An inquest into the death of a Red
Arrows pilot hears how his team mates watched in horror as he was
ejected from his aircraft. Spiralling debts at a failing health
trust ` patient groups fear services may have to go to balance the books.
They have to reduce services to counteract the huge deficit.
Could Lincolnshire beef be heading to China ` the county farmers
developing trade links with the Far East.
What goes bang in the night? The mystery noise that woke hundreds of
people around the Humber. It got gradually louder and louder, walkers
all up. It woke me up from a deep sleep, so it was quite loud. Your
details forecast in ten minutes. Hello. An inquest into the death of
a Red Arrows pilot has heard how his team mates watched in horror as he
was ejected from his aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham
died when his ejector seat activated, while his plane was on
the ground at RAF Scampton in November 2011. His family say they
hope the inquest will provide much needed answers. Caroline Bilton's
report contains some flash photography. They arrived today
looking for answers. Two years ago, their son, brother, friend, fell 200
feet to his death. 35`year`old red arrows pilot Sean Cunningham died
after the ejector seat of his jet fired as the plane sat on the timer
at RAF Scampton. `` sat on the tarmac. His parachute also failed to
open. His death was the second in three months for the red arrows
display team. Flight Lieutenant John egging died in the August. His
family issued a statement saying: Caroline is in Lincoln tonight.
What was said at today's inquest? The inquest heard from some of the
most experienced pilots. The red arrows themselves. They spoke of
their horror as they could only stand by and watch as their friend
felt of the ground. One man gave evidence of how he saw Sean
Cunningham's arms flailing around. His best friend described how he ran
to be by his side, he desperately tried to cut him free but his
efforts to save him were in vain. What did the leader of the team say?
Hector Montsegur this afternoon, we heard from the boss `` well, Peter,
this afternoon, we heard from the boss. Sean had taken the medication
night nurse the night before, and that can have an effect on people.
He said: He asked if he could speak to the family directly. He said, it
has been a nightmare two years: Caroline, thank you.
In a moment: The Lincolnshire man who's battling stormy weather to row
the Atlantic. Hospitals in Lincolnshire say they
must save ?6 million by the end of March. Even if they do they'll still
have a deficit of 26 million. Managers say front line services
won't be cut. Today an independent patients group has told Look North
it has no confidence that the management of Lincolnshire's
hospitals will be able to stop its debts spiralling out of control.
Vicky Johnson reports. Who would be a hospital manager `
having to balance the need to provide safe patient care with tight
NHS budgets? Last year, Lincolnshire's hospitals were put in
special measures. Too few staff to look after patients properly was an
issue. Since more than ?4 million have been invested recruiting nurses
from here and abroad. But now they need to save ?6 million
before the end of March. In many of our nonclinical areas, we put a hold
on recruitment. Regrettably, we are having to put a hold on some
training and education. The Hospital Trust is certainly no
stranger to debt. Three years ago, it was ?14 million in deficit. But
by making savings of 15.5 million, they'd managed to break even by the
following year. But they're now firmly back in the red. Even if they
hit this year's total savings target, they'll still have debts of
26 million. We responded to a discussion we had.
Healthwatch, the lincolnshire patients group, say they're now
losing confidence in the Trust's ability to manage the finances. The
original deficit was misreported. They have come back at least twice
with additional deficits, which is making the situation worse each
time. It reduces the confidence anyone will have.
As a former chair of the trust, David Bowles knows how hard it is to
balance the books. For a range of reasons, Lincolnshire is badly
treated. This could be a recurring thing.
The financial future for Lincolnshire's hospitals looks red
rather than rosy, and it's unlikely to improve any time soon.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this story.
Lincolnshire Police say the two schoolgirls seriously injured in a
collision on the A15 are still in a critical but stable condition. The
11`year`olds are being treated at the Queens Medical Centre in
Nottingham. They were hit by a minibus at Thurlby near Bourne on
Tuesday. Lincolnshire County Council says the speed limit is to be
reduced on the stretch of road where the collision happened, although
that decision was made before the incident occurred.
Yorkshire ambulance staff are being balloted for strike action over
plans to change their shift patterns. The Unite union claims the
changes could mean paramedics having to work ten hours without a meal
break. They also say the new shifts are not "family friendly and will
lead to an overtired workforce". The Yorkshire Ambulance Trust says
Unite's claims are misleading and factually incorrect.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says it was "astonishing"
to see the aftermath of the tidal surge which hit East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire in December. He was responding in the Commons to a
question from Martin Vickers, the MP for Cleethorpes, who said local
people need urgent action to protect their homes. It was astonishing to
see that was a 500 year incident. I endorse his few there should be
involvement of local people. I am happy for him to write to me and we
can negotiate with the Environment Agency. I would encourage them to
get local councils involved. A disabled women from Hull says she
fears eviction because changes to housing benefits are pushing those
with disabilities deeper into debt. Sandra Dove says her family need
extra space for her wheelchair and a carer. But since April, people who
get housing benefit have been charged extra for every spareroom.
One charity is warning thousands of disabled people are living in fear
of losing their homes. Sarah Corker reports.
Sandra Dove's home on the Bransholme estate has been specially adapted so
she can get around. 18 years ago, the family say they
got permission to knock two box rooms into one so they could fit a
wheelchair around the bed. The war went across here. You could not get
through the door with the wheelchair.
And they've got two other rooms for their son and a carer. But now the
family say they've been told to pay back hundreds of pounds in so`called
bedroom tax, because they have two spare rooms. The financial worries
it is causing, you are paying your utility bills and all that.
The problem is there's no record of permission from the council to
convert the room, so it's deemed as a four`bed house. It is affecting
disabled groups as well as other groups. We are finding it very
difficult to try and meet needs or individuals.
The Government has set aside extra money to help the most vulnerable
residents. Hull City Council was given ?707,000 pounds, which so far
has helped 3854 households. There's now ?30,000 left in the pot. The
council has been allocated a further ?180,000. Whatever the arguments
about number of bedrooms, are not a sufficient number of adapted
properties for disabled people to move to. The Government says it
needs to free up larger houses for families stuck on a waiting list.
The government has said anybody who lives in the same house since the
1st of January 1996 and continually received housing benefit since then
should not have to pay extra for any spare rooms.
And the council say that could apply to the Doves ` they've lived here
for 30 years. For many others in adapted homes, they must find the
extra money find a smaller home. We'd like to hear your thoughts on
this story. Still ahead tonight: And the rugby
star delivering aid to families in need ` 8,000 miles away.
Thunder, an aircraft, or something more sinister? What caused the big
bang that woke hundred along the banks of the Humber last night?
I heard a high`pitched whine, but that was about 6:45pm.
James Barlow took this of North Leverton Windmill south of
Gainsborough. Another picture tomorrow night. Good evening.
If that ban was us understand, I did not forecast that, did I? Somebody
says, Peter goes red when he thinks you are going to see something rude,
my wife June seem to see that every night. `` my wife tunes in to see
that every night. Tomorrow, dry with some sunshine. It will cloud over
from the West with patchy rain. Once it clears, the weekend is looking
promising with plenty of sunshine, all parts dry. Last night, allegedly
a thunderstorm that I did not forecast. As we head through this
evening and overnight, I think it is going to be dry with good, clear
periods. The wind will ease later. Lowest temperatures down to one
Celsius. The sun will rise at around 8:15am. Tomorrow looks pleasant.
Some sunshine, it will cloud over. Not as heavy as the rain was last
night. Top temperatures close to average for this time of year.
Outbreaks of rain and drizzle on Friday night. The weekend is looking
very nice. Monday should be present with sunny spells.
Anything else you want to forecast tonight?
DVRs move for you, Peter? Good night.
Business leaders from China are in Lincolnshire to discuss trading
opportunities with farmers and rural industries. The Chinese delegation
wants to buy beef from the county. Paul Murphy reports.
There's always been a high demand for Tony Lockwood's high quality
beef. But now there's interest from one of the biggest markets in the
world. The Chinese have taken quite a shine to the cattle on this small
Lincolnshire farm. On a personal level, we found them very open and
inviting, and very interested in everything we were doing. They seem
very open`minded. Would you encourage other farmers to think
about this? Oh, definitely, yes. I think we could transfer a lot of
what we're doing to help them and sellers to product at the same time.
The Chinese are no strangers to Lincolnshire. There are already more
than 1,500 Chinese students at Lincoln University, spending ?30
million per year. There's heavy investment in high tech companies
like Dynex, which makes components for China's railways. And it all
comes as Britain attempts to forge an EU ` China Trade agreement which
the Prime Minister believes will be worth tens of billions of pounds.
Lincolnshire's farming industry is being urged to get involved in this
strengthening relationship. They are trying to improve their own farming
industry and are looking to talk to Lincolnshire farmers to see how they
do it, and perhaps set up a cooperative project. I think it is
an opportunity for Lincolnshire to showcase what they do best, and
another at Unity for the Council to be seen on a worldwide stage.
The delegation of Chinese investors arrived in Lincoln last this
afternoon to talk business. They're thoughts summed up by an
interpreter. They are very interested in making friends and
also, they are representatives of other cultures, and Lincoln is an
agricultural area, so that is why they come here.
China is a nation hungry for Western produce and expertise, and if all
goes to plan, then Lincolnshire beef will soon be the menu in the Far
East. The US Air Force has begun to remove
the bodies of four American airmen, who died in a helicopter crash in
north Norfolk. British and American investigators are trying to
establish what caused the Pave Hawk aircraft to come down at
Clye`next`the`Sea during a training exercise on Tuesday night.
Debbie Tubby is at Salthouse near the scene. Debbie, this is a
delicate operation, what are the police and US Air Force saying? As
you can see 48 hours after the crash, the police are still here,
the road is still closed and the cord and is still in place. The four
dead crew members have been taken away on what has been a very
difficult day for those involved. American air force staff have been
working on the crash site, coping with the rough terrain and the
weather. The service was held in the church and prayers were said.
Candles were lit. I thought it was appropriate to contact the wardens
and say we would come in here, given the tragedy of the helicopter
crash. We met this morning to do morning prayers, but focused on the
four aircrew that were killed and their families and friends and
colleagues. The investigation does continue. The marshes could be
closed for several weeks. The red behind the is due to open on
Monday. Staff that have been working here today can go home tonight
knowing they have done a very difficult job, but also hopefully
giving some comfort to those families involved. Thank you.
A proposal to give local authorities greater powers to decide on the
types of gambling machines in betting shops has been thrown out in
the Commons. The Labour MP for Scunthorpe Nic Dakin wanted councils
to be able to restrict the number of "fixed odds machines" that allow
people to bet up to ?300 a minute. But last night the Planning Minster
and MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles said councils already
have the power to intervene. A Lincolnshire man who's trying to
row across the Atlantic says he's won't give up despite being battered
by 13`foot high waves and nearly capsizing several times. Luke Birch
from Doddington and his friend Jamie Sparks are taking part in the
Talisker Atlantic Challenge, which is described as the world's toughest
rowing race. Several boats have already been forced to give up after
severe storms. Jill Archbold takes up the story.
It's been their home for 36 days, but these two best friends are now
mid`way through an attempt to row their boat across the Atlantic. They
are sailing into strong winds. If Luke Birch and Jamie Sparks complete
the race ` they will become the youngest pair to row the Atlantic.
But weather conditions are making it a dangerous journey. We almost went
over twice. It is nerve wracking. Even if we do go over, I know it
will be fine. It is just a lot of highs and lows. A long way from home
comforts, the pair saw their only matress washed overboard, but say
support from family back in Lincolnshire is keeping them going.
They don't have access to Facebook, but we will read messages out over
the phone. While the laptop was working, we could send e`mails with
messages for them. For those watching nervously at home, they can
track every stroke of the boat's progress. And victory is in sight `
this duo are currently holding second place in the pairs race.
I can't imagine being in that boat in the middle of the Atlantic at the
moment. Good luck to them. A rugby star from East Yorkshire has
delivered much`needed hospital and schools equipment to his home
country of Papua New Guinea. Hull Kingston Rovers' Stanley Gene has
lived in England for nearly 20 years but through his own charity he
provides aid to remote and deprived areas. Here's Simon Clark.
This is how we know Stanley Gene, a Hull Kingston Rovers luminary, who
was also played for Hull FC. He returned home to Papa New Guinea
this year, taking with him a lorry load of goods to remote
communities, donated by the people of East Yorkshire. It gives you
goose bumps. The container made an eight`hour journey from the port to
the villages. The students and people in the villages are so
appreciative of things it does seem ordinary here. Stanley delivers to
hospitals and schools. Electricity is unreliable. There is one single
Rd running through the village. People here do not have a lot. There
are library books here. It is a real blessing. Thank you, Stanley. Stan
is now carving out a career in England as a coach, but thoughts of
helping those at home and never far away.
It roused people from their sleep from Cottingham to Cleethorpes. But
what was the big bang heard by many at 3.45 this morning? On social
media, the speculation's ranged from one big thunderclap to a typhoon
going supersonic. It got gradually louder and louder, will close. The
cat went crazy. We had a customer who thought it was an explosion.
A big bang in the early hours heard by Jim, and then kennel keeper John.
But with locals successfully checking to see industry wasn't to
blame, the questions started. What caused a loud bang across the Humber
at 3.45 this morning? It woke me up from a deep sleep, so it was quite
loud, but it was only the ones. When in doubt, turn to Twitter. Jenny
Adams said she had e`mailed as well as head. Brilliant bright light,
just like a nuclear explosion. It looked all my solar lights. Was it a
solar flares? So was the shortest storm in history? Solar flares are
silent, so the MoD say no. This was the weather forecast last night. No
mention of thunder by the Met Office before or since. There is one other
alternative. It could have been a small meteorite bought astroid
coming into the atmosphere and grazing through it. Imagine a plate
been skimmed across a pond. Bit fanciful, but that's the sort of
idea of how you could get it. Possibly a meteor. Problem solved?
Hardly, but it is a possibility. The question remains, what will wake you
up tomorrow morning? Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The Metropolitan Police says it
needs to do better in black communities in the wake of the
Duggan inquest. An inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot hears
how his team mates watched in horror as he was ejected from his aircraft.
We were talking about hospitals and Lincolnshire that need to save ?6
million by the end of March. Daniel said, good idea to get rid of
overpaid managers, I am sure a matron could run hospitals better
and cheaper. Kate said, if they make any more cuts, they were not built
to provide the services required. Susan says, we do not need another
change in management, we need enough money to bail to run the trust. This
one is anonymous. It says, I work at a hospital Lincolnshire, and we have
five staff on for 32 patients. We borrow essential equipment from
other wards as we do not have any. Finally, Becky says, totally unfair
to ask a hospital to cut back. They do a brilliant job.
Thank you for those. Have a nice evening. Goodbye.
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