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North. The headlines tonight... The inquest into the death of Red
Arrow Sean Cunningham hears about ejector seat concerns dating back 20
years. I've been at the inquest, where the
ejection seat's maker said it knew of a possible fault 20 years ago,
but failed to tell the RAF. Designs for a bridge to re`unite a
city and its historic waterfront ` the designs are made public. I think
the ambitions need to be raised. I think you need something really
startling and beautiful. We are not looking to win architectural awards,
readers want something that does the job. `` we just want something.
A warning of environmental disaster if fracking for cheap gas isn't
properly controlled. And has spring sprung? We look at
the effects of the mild winter. And a cold and frosty night, a Met
office warning of fog by morning. Good evening.
The inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham has
been told of concerns over the safety of ejection seats... Concerns
which were not revealed to the RAF. Flight Lieutenant Cunningham died
when he was ejected from his sationary plane at RAF Scampton in
November 2011. The inquest has been told that the seat's manufacturer
Martin`Baker warned foreign air forces about the possible fault 20
years ago. Caroline Bilton reports. We are now eight days into this
inquest and today was the turn of the employees of the ejection seat
manufacturer, Martin`Baker, to answer questions. Flight Lieutenant
Sean Cunningham's ejection seat wed off as he sat on the tarmac at RAF
Scampton in 2011. A crucial nut and bolt had been over tightened,
preventing his parachute from the `` from deploying. Martin`Baker has
produced 75,000 seats since 1946. There are currently 5550 mark ten
parachutes in service around the world.
Martin`Baker were aware back in 1990 that if they not and bolt were over
tightened, it could produce a risk to life. They produced a warning for
foreign users of the parachutes but failed to warn the RAF.
Since the death of Flight Lieutenant Cunningham, the design of the
crucial nut and bolt has been changed. It is soon to be lamented.
The inquest continues. Caroline is in Lincoln this evening.
Caroline, what other lessons have been learnt after Sean's death?
There is a bit of a twist in the tale here because after the
accident, it has transpired that the guidance given on that crucial nut
and bolt and how far it should be tightened was in fact wrong. So
although foreign air forces on the advice of Martin`Baker were
following incorrect advice, the MoD, following its own guidelines was in
promoting a procedure that posed a risk to life and all of this has
come to light after the death of Sean Cunningham. Perhaps these new
procedures have been implemented since then but we sadly, obviously,
have lost and we have seen a man die as a result of this. Perhaps this
would not have come to light until now it if it were not for the death
of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham.
In a moment... The organisers of the Hull ten`kilometre run promise this
year will be a success. A leading mining engineer has told
the BBC that if the shale gas industry is not properly regulated,
it could lead to an environmental disaster. Last week, the French
energy company Total committed almost ?30 million to exploring
fracking in parts of Lincolnshire. The Government argues that it would
bring huge benefits to the community. However Mike Hill, who
worked on a fracking rig in Blackpool that caused a minor
earthquake, believes there are real dangers. We'll hear from him in a
moment but first Jake Zuckerman has this report.
"No need to fear fracking" ` that was the message from Prime Minster
David Cameron last week as he visited an oil depot near
Gainsborough. On the Lincolnshire`Nottinghamshire border,
where we have oil extraction and gas extraction taking place right now,
people can already see that this is a safe and successful industry and
employing local people. That will improve when they moved to exploding
shale gas as well. So what exactly does fracking
involve? It means drilling down into the gas`bearing shale rock and
injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure.
This fractures the rock, releasing shale gas, which flows back to
ground level. The area around Gainsborough has been earmarked for
exploration by French energy company Total. We need to make sure that
shale is extracted responsibly, that it is safe for those extra net and
safe for the environment. That is why we are putting in place a very
strong regular Tariq framework. `` regulatory framework. But fracking
has been blamed for causing two small earthquakes near Blackpool in
2011. And environmental campaigners fear it could cause the sort of
contamination of water supplies shown in this dramatic footage from
the USA. The quiet Lincolnshire village of Laughton sits directly
above the type of rock formations that energy companies want to
explore. Permission was recently granted to drill for oil on the
outskirts of the village. A controversial decision and when it
comes to fracking, people living in the village are concerned. I have
lived here all my life, it is a nice and quiet village. It could do
without it. I am not a great believer in that around a village
area like this. The black areas on this map show the parts of East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where oil companies already hold drilling
licences. From next summer, the red areas will be opened up for auction,
allowing companies to bid for licences that will give them the
rights to explore for conventional oil and gas and for shale gas. The
Government will be hoping that anti`fracking protests, like this
one near Manchester last week, don't become widespread.
Earlier, I spoke To Mike Hill, a senior engineer on the fracking rig
which caused a minor earthquake in Blackpool two years ago. I asked him
if he thinks fracking is safe. No. But is anything safe? I don't
think you can say anything is completely safe. At this point in
time, fracking is not safe. A study said that is long as it is
regulated, it is safe was the boy should anyone be concerned? Public
Health England have come in a little late but as they said in their own
wording, providing it is properly regulated, it is not properly
regulated. With proper regulation comes in force at and inspection and
it is not being inspected or a delicious enforced at all. You say
that the monitoring and inspection is not robust enough? Not at all. In
layman 's terms, four wells have been drilled and they were inspected
zero times. The UK water industry research, the government's research
body, say there is no chance of contaminating water supplies. Their
official statement was something on the lines of, "is honoured as it is
strictly enforce `` as long as it is strictly enforced" . Ground water is
at risk of contamination. Councils which allow fracking will be better
off and it will provide jobs and money. Can you understand the rush?
At this point in the economic cycle, there is a number of councils who
are strapped for cash. However, you cannot put money before people's
lives, before public health and before the environment. Briefly, if
you were living near a fracking plant yourself, would you be
worried? Yes, if I was living within 1.5 miles of a fracking well, I
would be very worried. Based on studies from America.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this story. Is Mike Hill right to be
concerned or are you happy that the Government will have the right
regulations in place to make sure Fracking is entirely safe? Is
fracking shale gas the right way to produce energy or are you concerned
about the effects on the environment?
You can hear more from Mike Hill and from the Energy Minister, Michael
Fallon, on the issue of fracking on tonight's Inside Out at 7:30pm.
A number of jobs could be lost at an egg`packing company in Lincolnshire.
Noble Foods says it's consulting staff at its plant at North Scarle
near Lincoln. The firm is looking at relocating part of its business to
Oxfordshire. A woman's in a serious condition
after being hit by a bus in East Yorkshire. The woman, in her 60s,
was hit near Castle Hill hospital earlier today. Roads around the
incident were closed for much of the afternoon. No`one on the bus was
hurt. Work could start as early as next
year on a footbridge designed link the centre of Hull with its historic
waterfront. At the moment, the two areas are split by the busy A63 dual
carriageway, meaning people have to use pedestrian crossings to visit
them. Today, the Highways Agency put their plans for the bridge on show
but already some of the designs have been described as unacceptable by
the man leading Hull's regeneration. Sarah Corker reports.
It's one of Hull's busiest roads and is often described as a barrier to
growth in the city. It divides the city centre and the marina. And, to
solve that very problem, five designs for an iconic footbridge.
From the functional... To spiralling, curving structures. They
are not particularly inspiring and do not reflect the area in any way.
Despite disapointment in the designs, at this jewellery workshop
on the marina, they hope the bridge can unlock the waterfront's
potential. Not only is it a physical barrier, it is also a mental barrier
as well because that road is really busy. It is quite dangerous. I think
it needs to be easier to get across. This summer, the long`awaited
Government upgrade of the A63 was approved, and includes lowering the
road. Anything that we can do that will encourage people to cross from
Hull city centre to the proposed development areas will be of benefit
to the city, especially with the city of culture. City leaders have a
vision of an iconic structure but there is only a budget for a
functional bridge. Extra funding has to be found. An extra ?3 million
according to the council. I think the options are potentially quite
exciting. We have never been closer to realising this scheme. What do
you think of the plans for the footbridge? The ambitions need to be
raised. You need something really startling and beautiful. We are not
looking to win architectural awards, we were one something that does the
job. It looks functional, there is nothing wrong with that. And,
whatever the final design is, it's hoped a bridge could be in place for
the City Of Culture celebrations in 2017.
And you can see more of those images and the plans by visiting our
website and following the links. Thank you for watching on BBC One
this Monday night. Still ahead tonight... The
organisers of the Hull ten, the run `` ten kilometre run say it will be
a success. And the plants tricked into
flowering weeks early by a mild winter.
This is the king George Dock. Another picture tomorrow night at
the same time. Good evening. A mild winter, that is
my job! Maggie says, , " I saw Peter in my local supermarket and saw him
eyeing up the reduced items! " fog is the main concern tonight, so
allow more time of your commute first thing tomorrow.
A different feel for the weather tomorrow. A chilly feel and that
mist an Foxley thing `` that mist and fog lifting. We are ahead of
this weather front that will bring rain on Tuesday night into
Wednesday. It is ideal for mist and fog formation. It has been a nice
day almost everywhere today. A lot of sunshine. We have patchy cloud
pushing in from the west. That will complicate the fog formation but it
will break up. We all have debit is close to freezing, watch for frost.
We are respecting that fog to develop with the exception of
coastal areas with a gentle onshore breeze full supply should protect
those areas. Temperatures at or below freezing in many areas. The
sun will rise in the morning at 8:05am. A lot of fog first thing in
the morning. That will slowly lift. The exceptions could be coastal
areas. It is a chilly feel to most with a moderate south east wind in
the afternoon. The top temperatures in the afternoon, they are
struggling to stop the average is around seven. We are looking at four
Celsius. That is the high. Rain at first, slowly petering out. A lot of
cloud and a risk of patchy rain on Thursday. That is the forecast. I am
working with posh people this evening, they don't know what and
bargains are! `` bent bargains. At 50 acres, it's the size of more
than 30 football pitches, making a new solar energy park near Sleaford
in Lincolnshire the largest in the county. Its owners says it will
generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes. But concerns are being
raised about the growth of the solar industry in Lincolnshire, where land
is valued for farming. Here's our Business Correspondent, Paul Murphy.
It is the size of 30 football pitches. The largest solar farm
Lincolnshire has seen. The company behind it believes solar has
fantastic potential in this county. It is reducing the need to import
energy from other countries, it is generating clean energy at the point
people use it and it is increasing the investment into the local and
national energy grid. Connected fully to the grid this week, it is
hoped this solar farm will generate enough power for 3000 homes. In
fact, the large open spaces in ligature have attracted several
solar farms in recent years. There are at least six now operating in
the county, from Gainsborough down to Sleaford. Many more are planned
or are being built. The Government's ambition is for a
tenfold increase in the number of solar farms over the next ten years.
Ministers are also issuing strong guidelines on where they should be
built. The real thrust of expansion for solar in the UK must actually be
on round field sites, on industrial buildings, on Brownfield land, on
commercial buildings and also individual homes. That is where the
expansion of solar Nice to be. In Lincolnshire, there is concern about
the loss of farmland. Where it is highly visible and 100 or 50 acre
sites, where it is taking up food production land, ING beers. The
owners of the site say that rather than ruining the land, they will be
enhancing it by bringing in beehives and wild flowers to improve
pollination. We get this huge pollination benefit on the rest of
the farm. About six miles from any development of solar, we see an
improvement of ten or 50% of the wider agricultural production. This
site sits on low`grade agricultural land, which is just about acceptable
to the Government. As the solar industry expands in Lincolnshire,
the pressure to the use farmland is looking to increase. An interesting
one. Thanks to everyone who got in touch
regarding Friday's story about fox hunting. The League Against Cruel
Sports has said it will be gathering more evidence this year, following
the prosecution of four members of Yorkshire's Middleton Hunt, but some
hunts say activists pose a danger to legitimate groups. Not surprisingly,
there was a big response after the programme. Just a view of the
many... Thank you very much for all of
those. Lincoln City will hold a minute's
applause for their former striker, Andy Graves, who has died aged 86.
Andy played for Lincoln in three spells during the 1950s, scoring a
club record of 143 goals. The former miner's career will be celebrated by
applause before the match against Woking on Saturday.
Steve Bruce said he was disappointed to lose at Norwich with a goal late
into the game. Former Grimsby Town player Ryan Bennett headed home the
only goal in the game, which saw Tigers' midfield player, Tom
Huddlestone, sent off for two cautions. They have to and puffed
and had a few corners and free kicks but overall we were very
comfortable, our defenders defended well but we conceded in the last
minute, which is always annoying. Scunthorpe United could only manage
a goaless draw with Wimbledon in League Two. It was enough to keep
them top of the table and unbeaten since Russ Wilcox took charge.
Grimsby Town are still in the promotion play`off places in the
Conference. A late equaliser at Blundell Park against Gateshead
earned the Mariners a 2`2 draw. They're now fifth in the table.
For a fifth year, Hull will host a ten`kilometre race in memory of the
charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson, who was also a student in the city.
Last year's race proved controversial when it was reduced to
nine kilometres after a bridge on the route was opened. Our sports
reporter, Simon Clark, has been to find out about this year's plans.
They are getting warmed up for the big one. Hull FC's player was
setting off a motley crew, head of the city's ten kilometre race. Last
year, the race was reduced to nine, Mrs after a bridge on the route was
opened and would not close. The organisers hope that will not happen
this year. I think everybody took it very well and understood it was
unavoidable in the circumstances. We always had contingency plans in
place and hopefully we will not see a repeat of that. Last year's
shortened run annoyed some keen runners. But many do not believe it
will have an adverse effect this year. I think people work
disappointed they were not getting the full distance but on the all I
don't think it well except the ship was macro event. I think people
understood it was in beyond the control of the organisers. The Hull
ten kilometre race, run in memory of Jane Tomlinson, is into its fifth
year and has become a premier running event in East Yorkshire.
After the problems of last, the organisers say they have
contingencies in place that, if anything goes wrong, this year ten:
That is will mean ten kilometres. It will be the 8th of June.
Across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, there are signs that
spring has started to make an appearance. Some plants are
flowering almost three weeks early, and newborn lambs are already being
put out to grass because of the mild temperatures. Amy Cole has been
discovering the tell`tale signs of spring.
Everywhere you look, there are hints of spring, although you might not
have realised it. At Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield, the aconite
plant has already started flowering. It's three weeks early, as are the
snowdrops. But there's something even more exceptional. The rosemary
bush, as Jeremy Palmer, the estate's head gardener, explains.
It is flowering a lot earlier than we would expect. In the 15 years I
have been here, this is the first time I have seen it flower at this
time of year. It's not just the flora but the fauna that's
flourishing, too. At this farm in Beswick in East Yorkshire, the pet
ducks have already started hatching eggs and the newborn lambs are being
put out to grass. They would normally stay in for ten to 14 days,
but they are going up that they be gold. We have a pair of born last
weekend and they are already out. Chris Hickman is an expert in the
changing seasons and thier effects on wildlife. At this woodland in
Grantham, birds are nesting and that, he says, can be risky.
What this may mean is that if the young hatch too soon and then there
is a long period of cold like we saw in 2013, there may be a lack of food
or it might be so cold that the young could die. Back at Burton
Agnes, there are further indications of warmer weather. This plant hails
from Madeira, a warmer climate. I told they had not had to cover the
plants up this winter because of the warm temperature. As you can see,
there is a bit of frost on the leaves but that is not a problem.
However, it could be if the temperature drops below freezing
during the day for a number of days. Then they might have to get cautions
`` have to take precautions. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. The Liberal Democrats suspend Lord
Rennard after he refused to apologise over sexual harassment
claims. The inquest into the death of Red
Arrow Sean Cunningham hears about ejection seat concerns dating back
20 years. Tomorrow's weather ` mist and fog
slowly lifting into low cloud. Tomorrow's weather ` mist and fog
slowly lifting into A chance of sun on higher ground and along the
coast. A maximum temperature of four Celsius. That's 39 Fahrenheit.
A big response on the subject of fracking. One woman says they could
be risks, and their only financial interests, at them risk of
environmental issues. Kevin says, how can anyone think
that destroying the ground beneath our feet would end well? They need
to use a bit of common sense. Tony said, I own a farm and we would
welcome it. We need the gas. Join me tomorrow on Radio
Humberside. Look after yourself. Good night.