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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight. 19
missed chances to spot a fault which could have prevented the death of a
Red Arrows pilot. The inquest into Sean Cunningham's
death was told seven people didn't see that the ejection seat handle
was in an unsafe position. Cutting the price at the pumps.
Could EU funding reduce the cost of rural fuel?
And the pupils planning to build and fly their own plane. The latest
forecast comes up shortly. The inquest into the death of a Red
Arrows pilot has been told seven people missed a fault with the
plane's ejection seat. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died when
the seat in his Hawk jet fired as he prepared to take off and the
parachute failed to open. Today, experts from the Military Aviation
Authority told the court that the safety pin on his ejector seat had
not been inserted correctly. Caroline Bilton has been in court
today. How significant was today's evidence? It was the first
opportunity to hear the findings of that report. The aim was to
investigate the accident, but to make sure safety was improved
following the accident. There have been many twists and turns in the
last few weeks of this inquest. Today, we got answers to some of the
many questions that had been asked. He was a pilot who had flown
thousands of times before, but today, at the inquest into his
death, the findings of an inquiry by the Military Aviation Authority were
given, headed up by this man, Commander Daniel Stemmbridge. They
found that on the day of his accident Flight Lieutenant Sean
Cunningham had not noticed the handle to his ejection seat ` one
that he had sat in hundreds of times ` had been left in an unsafe
position. Nor did he realise the safety pin preventing it from firing
had been incorrectly inserted. But Sean hadn't been the only one to
miss this. The service inquiry concluded that:
Commander Stemmbridge will be back giving evidence tomorrow into the
Military Aviation Authority's findings. It will be another week
before the coroner makes his conclusions. We also learned a
little about how the Red Arrows operate. The enquiry found that the
time is taken from briefing to take off work although entirely
appropriate and professional, too short to carry out the relevant
safety checks. They were a lot shorter than those carried out by
front man squadrons, for example. The service enquiry also found this
quadrant had attended less and 50% of safety meetings. The enquiry
concluded these may have been contributory factors to the
accident. However, I must point out that throughout the inquest as the
pilots have been interviewed, none of them said they felt rushed to
carry out safety checks whilst in the aircraft.
Thank you. In a moment: Prepare for more
flooding ` caravan park owners are urged to put evacuation plans in
place. A school in Hull and one in North
Lincolnshire are among the worst` performing schools in the country
according to new league tables. In contrast, some schools in
Lincolnshire are among the best. The national tables are based on the
latest GCSE results. Sarah Corker has been looking at the tables for
us. The Government target is for 40% of
pupils to get five GCSEs grade A`star to Cs, including English and
Maths. But there's a wide variation in performance.
Two schools in Lincolnshire feature amongst the best.
Kesteven and Grantham Girls school got 100%, as did Caistor Grammar,
putting them both into the top 100 schools nationally.
But two of our academies had some of the lowest pass rates. Scunthorpe's
Invenio Academy had a 24% pass rate. In Hull, only 20% of students at the
Thomas Ferens Academy got the expected standard, putting both in
the bottom ten. We only had the students to terms. They joined as in
September 2012. The results were very disappointing. We worked
incredibly hard with the students. Because we only have them for two
terms, there was a limited amount we could do to rectify the situation we
inherited. It's a mixed picture too for our
local authorities. In Lincolnshire almost 62% achieved the standard,
narrowly missing out on a place in the top third in the UK.
In North Lincolnshire the figure is almost 57% ` another improvement,
but still below the national average. East Riding schools have
also seen an improvement, 61% of pupils hitting the target, and
moving into the top half of the table. The only authority to see a
drop in results was North East Lincolnshire where all its schools
are acadamies, 58.5% meeting the expected standard. In Hull it was
50% ` that's above the Government target and an improvement. Six years
ago Hull had the worst`performing schools. It's now eighth from the
bottom. It is reaching 50% is the first step for Hull in making
improvements across the city in terms of educational standards. It
was in our minds, we felt it was a target we must try and reach. We
have reached that and now we must press on and improve.
Nationally more schools are achieving the GCSE standard and that
performance is mirrored in most, but not all, of our schools.
We want to hear from you on this story. What more can be done to
improve standards in our secondary schools?
An ?11 million technology college is to be built in Scunthorpe creating
70 new jobs. The centre will help young people get the specialist
skills they need for careers in engineering and renewable energy,
and is backed by Able UK, Tata Steel and the University of Hull amongst
others. Last month, the Government gave the green light to the ?450
million Able Marine Energy Park. This has been two years in the
planning. We're almost there is a skills shortage and that is what
we're trying to address. We to be one of the first in this region to
give people the opportunity to train for those engineering jobs that
businesses are asking for. Parking charges for hospitals in
Goole, Scunthorpe and Grimsby are to be reduced. Most tickets prices will
fall by 50 pence so that parking for an hour will cost ?2, and a day
ticket will be ?4.50. The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals
trust says the new charges mean they'll still be able to invest in
security and maintenance at the sites.
Those campaigning for a cut in the cost of petrol and diesel in parts
of rural Lincolnshire say they're encouraged by a response from the
Government. Councillors in East Lindsey wrote to ministers asking
them to reduce fuel duty. The government has responded saying they
may consider applying to the EU for permission to offer a deduction.
Jake Zuckerman reports. Customers fill up at the Windmill
Garage in Saltfleet on the Lincolnshire coast. In this rural
area fuel costs are higher. For local people it's a major issue.
There is no bus service. Only in the morning, twice a day. Without a car,
you are lost. I had to Curzon had to cut down one because it is such an
expense. `` I had two cars and Motorists living in the remote
Scottish Islands and Isles of Scilly already benefit from a fuel duty
discount worth 5p a litre. Had to put down. Chief Secretary to
the Treasury Danny Alexander, has applied to the EU to extend that
scheme to other areas where there's a high of cost of transporting
petrol and diesel, including towns in North Yorkshire, Cumbria and
Devon. But Lincolnshire isn't on that list. When you get a big tanker
going to Tesco, it is worth it. In Saltfleet today a litre of unleaded
costs 132.9p compared to only 130.9 in Settle in North Yorkshire, and in
Illfracombe in Devon it's 135.9p a litre. East Lindsey District
Councillors have asked Danny Alexander to extend the discount to
Lincolnshire. His reply reads: I think it would make a trend is
difference. I hope Danny Alexander would listen to the people of
Lincolnshire. But here they may have to prepare for disappointment. One
of the key criteria for success is that towns have to be over 100 miles
by road from the nearest refinery. The presence of oil refineries at
nearby Killingholme seems to put Lincolnshire out of contention.
You might also have a view on this story. Should there be a cut in the
price of fuel in rural areas? Still ahead tonight: Ahead of his
next fight Luke Campbell joins me to look back on an incredible 18
months. This is a IMing rule, where these schoolchildren are building an
aeroplane. `` I am in the.
Lee Beel has just won second place in the Seasons category of the RHS
Photographer of the Year 2013 Competition.
It shows the Waters' Edge Country Park in Barton`upon`Humber in
winter. Well done for that. Good evening, young man.
When was that taken? In the winter.
1963 something? I will cross over that. We have had
a lot of comments about Keely Donovan being in Australia. Not one
of them was broadcast or. Just do the forecast.
You can't brush with all that make`up on. We will look at the
headlines. More unsettled weather on the way. Perhaps a bright start but
there will be rain and drizzle in from the West through the afternoon.
It might be earlier than that. It looks like the chiefly light rain
will come through on Friday afternoon. This is the satellite
picture. It is not too bad. Some sharp showers working in from the
west. There has been the odd clap of thunder reported. They will quickly
move out of the way. Road surface temperatures will be below
freezing. Watch out for icy patches on untreated areas. The sun will
rise around about eight o'clock. A frosty stand. Watch out for that ice
if big routers have not been on the roads. `` if it is have not been out
on your roads. There will be a chilly south easterly wind. Top
afternoon temperatures, really struggling. For, possibly five
Celsius. That is 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind and rain will sweep
in from the West. That is the forecast.
Paul says, can you ask one of your engineers to look into interference
on my television, or ask Paul to take the shirt off.
Well, if you were asking, Peter. No, no, I would rather get an
engineer and. Last month's tidal surge had a
devastating impact on homes and businesses, including thousands of
caravan and static home owners along the East Coast. Today, caravan park
owners are being warned that they need to prepare for future flooding
` and ensure their evacuation plans are in place. Paul Murphy has this
report. Said this `` the devastation has been a wake`up call. Many static
caravans are in areas of flood risk. Today's conference has brought
together Park owners and experts, with only one thing on the agenda.
The key thing from today is the safety angle. Should the worst
happen, should the water come onto their site, we need them to be able
to get out. This coastline is also haunted by the terrible flooding of
1953, in which 42 people died in Lincolnshire alone. Warning systems
and evacuation systems have improved since then. We have got
inflatables, we have got sandbags and everything like that. The most
important thing is we have told the occupiers to register for flood line
to get the warnings, and then we have got a plan for them and by
staff to actually evacuate as the alarms go off. In recent years,
there has been a rapid expansion in the coastal caravan industry, but
the concern is that this must continue to take place with safety
in mind. Do we want our coastline to be safe, yes. We wanted to thrive.
We want to be aware of what might happen and so be better prepared.
This could also be a hidden community, knowing who is here and
when is also sometimes difficult to establish. Just another challenge in
keeping those here safe. Several MPs from our area have been discussing
the issue of flooding in Parliament this afternoon. Martin Vickers
secured a debate. My constituents want to hear a reassurance that
everything possible will be done, and if additional resources are
required, they will be made available. There is no price tag on
that. Better warnings are provided. Does the honourable gentleman share
with me concerned about flood insurance being available to small
businesses in particular and other businesses, because they are vital
to the economy in our local area, and the new government scheme which
will exclude small businesses from the flood insurance scheme the
government is proposing? Diana Johnson they're talking about
flooding. We will continue to follow that story.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch about the fall in unemployment. The
Government says thousands more people are in work in the Yorkshire
and Humber region and in the East Midlands, which includes
Lincolnshire. The minister for Employment told Look North she
believed there were opportunities to help unemployed people back into
work locally. They shouldn't have to leave their area. Employment has
gone up. There are opportunities. There is work across the spectrum of
jobs, IT, leisure, retail. Apprenticeships has gone up. This
started the debate. We were also talking to one of our MPs.
Lots of responses on this one, many disputing the figures.
Teaching staff what's up this morning in a dispute over pay. It is
the third time they have taken industrial action in the past
formance. Trade union say members have had to strike because staff
have only been offered a 1% pay rise. We want something reasonable,
something more in line with inflation and taking into
consideration some catch up for the reduction over the past four years.
The Queen has been visiting her local branch of the Women Institute
in North Norfolk this afternoon. Her Majesty is the President of
Sandringham W`I and likes to attend their January meeting while she's on
her Christmas break in the county. The Queen has been a member of the
Women's Institute since 1943. She is a pilot on Lincolnshire are
featuring in a new film at the Science Museum in London showing
visitors what it is like to fly a typhoon. `` pilots from
Lincolnshire. It was shot last summer. I would love to see that.
Hull City have signed right`back Elliot Kebbie until the end of the
season. Hull boxer Luke Campbell is hoping
to fill Hull Arena again when he fights his fifth professional
contest next month. Luke tops a bill which includes fellow East Yorkshire
fighters Tommy Coyle and Curtis Woodhouse.
He's the golden boy with the magic gloves and life has been good to
Luke Campbell since the Olympic Games. In four professional fights
so far opponents have come and they have invariably fallen. Next up,
26`year`old Norwich fighter Scott Moises ` will he go the way of the
rest? I trying to put a great performance on. People come back and
watch again. The bout in Hull also sees the farewell of
footballer`turned`boxer Curtis Woodhouse. But the Driffield
destroyer could bow out with a British title at Light Welterweight
against Darren Hamilton. I am really excited about it. 28 fights. I aim
to go out as a champion. We are delighted to be back in Hull. It is
becoming our most popular visit to `` our most popular city to visit.
Starved of top boxing for years, Hull's become a new centre for the
professional ranks led by golden gloves Luke. We will see fee can win
that fight. It is on February the 22nd. Hull City have signed
right`back Elliot Kebbie until the end of the season. The 27`year`old
joined the Tigers in 2012. Lincolnshire will have its first
representative of the Winter Paralympics. J Hetherington, seen
carrying the Olympic torch, so is one of the visually impaired skiers.
The games begin in March. Pupils at a school in Goole are
building a full sized, fully operational aeroplane. When it's
finished, it'll be used to teach young people in East Yorkshire how
to fly. Sarah Walton has been to see how they're getting on.
It's not your average class project. Goole High is one of just four
schools across the country taking part in a plane building project,
led by a former RAF pilots. We are all getting older. We have got a
generation gap. We need to get engineers in now to replace as old
folk that are retiring soon. This is what the planes will look like. When
it is done, it will teach people in East Yorkshire how to five.
Biplanes were championed by the Wright Brothers in the early 1900s.
And by the First World War, they were being used by the RAF. But with
the development of faster planes they gradually fell out of use.
These pupils are bringing them back. The plane comes in a kit. This is
part of the few is a large. This is part of the wing. Pupils are having
to learn specialist skills. We put it on the plane then put it
together. I come every Monday and Saturday is on Thursdays if I can
make it, but I can't always make it. It is a good opportunity to come
and do engineering stuff. They are making something that will
contribute to the community. It is an important thing for them to
develop as they get older. Do you trust them? Would you go in it? I
have said I will do. They are still raising the money needed to make the
plane. They hope to have it in the air by the end of that year.
That is great. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
NHS waiting times are branded unreliable ` the National Audit
Office says delays are not being recorded properly.
An inquest is told there were 19 missed chances to spot a fault which
could have prevented the death of a Red Arrows pilot.
We were talking about whether people who live in rural areas should get a
reduction in the cost of fuel. Phil says, you choose to live in the
countryside, nobody makes you, the government should cut fuel prices
for everyone, not the favoured few. Ian says, I don't know where people
get the idea that people in the countryside are wealthy, we cannot
all live in towns and cities, I live in a large village but I have to
travel to work the same as 90% of the people who live there. Another
one saying, people choose to live in the countryside, why should they get
a cut? I can't afford to live in the countryside. Sean says, it would be
really helpful as we have to drive further distances to get to decent
shops. Finally, Pete Jones says, no, there should be no cuts. Those
others who live in and cities have to drive, but nobody ever talks
about giving his money. If you don't like it, move. Thank you for
watching. Join me for the radio if you can. Have a nice evening. Good