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independent Scotland. That is all from the News at six, so it is time
to One, we now join the BBC's news
teams where Good evening and welcome to BBC Look
North. The headlines tonight. "Pointless and avoidable" ` the
family of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham speak out after the
inquest into his death. The tragedy was preventable. We want to endure
no family has to endure such a pointless death.
Both the RAF and the company who made the ejection seat are
criticised for their role in the death of the Red Arrows pilot. We
have made and will continue to make every effort to make sure such a
tragic accident could never happen again.
Also tonight: Health experts welcome a proposed ban on smoking in cars
where children are present. It's announced the Queen's Baton
will come to Hull on its way to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Another dreary day tomorrow. The very latest five`day forecast
follows shortly. "Pointless and avoidable." The words
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham's parents have used to describe his
death. Today saw the end of a three`week inquest into how the Red
Arrow's pilot died when his ejection seat went off at RAF Scapmton in
2011. Today the coroner said Sean Cunnigham's death was preventable,
reserving particular criticism for the company which made the ejection
seat and the Ministry of Defence. Caroline Bilton was at the inquest
in Lincoln today. Caroline, how significant were the findings?
Well, Peter, he said no stone would be left unturned at the start of
this inquest. All parties in this case were scrutinised. Today, we
learned that mistakes were made. There were failures on many
different levels. It was a job he loved, but it
ultimately cost him his life. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died
after his ejector seat went off during routine checks on the ground
at RAF Scampton in 2011. At the inquest into his death, it was
revealed the accident could have been prevented. His family have been
coming here every day for three weeks to get the answers there have
been searching for for two years. That weight had taken its toll when
it came to giving their reaction today. Sean was blameless. Excuse
me. His tragic death was preventable. We still find it
difficult to accept so many people could have missed what should have
been obvious to those having a duty to ensure the safety of the seat.
The inquest heard about concerns over pressure timetable.
Had his parachute worked, he would still be alive.
Other foreign forces were informed, but not the RAF. In relation to the
19 missed opportunities to notice the handle was not unsafe, the
coroner said: we have made, and will continue to
make, every effort to make sure such a tragic accident never happens
again. With regards to this nut and bolt and Martin Baker's failure to
notify the MoD of potential risks of over signing, Stuart Fisher said
there was a very serious failure of communication by Martin Baker.
The Red Arrows training session was given today in Sean pot`macro on.
Business has resumed here. The family hope lessons learned from the
death of their son mean these men and women are safer in the country
`` in the future. What changes have there been since
Sean's death? Martin Baker did not respond in a statement today to the
criticism of their failure to communicate. The coroner in tents to
write to the company about that issue. They have redesigned and
developed a new type of bolt and firing handle, and they will be
fitted and operational by the end of the year. The coroner will also
write to the RAF. He says he still has concerns about the ongoing
safety of the handle. HSE is still investigating this case and there
could be a prosecution. Earlier I spoke to Andrew Brookes, a former
RAF pilot specialising in flight safety, and asked him what he makes
of the coroner's conclusions today. It is a sorry tale. He has
highlighted the errors and omissions, and pointed the finger,
and at the end of the day it is a sad indictment. It was unavoidable
accident, but at the end of the day, somebody had to be dragged. The
ejection seat makers have been heavily criticised. They describe
the ejection seat is entirely useless. The handle had been
misaligned. The safety pin was not doing its job. Why was it
misaligned? Sean had something to do with it, his ground crew had
something to do with not seeing it there is a link in this chain. It is
so sad and so avoidable. The parachute didn't apply because
somebody did not tighten it properly. You are a former pilot.
How is seriously are the checks taken? Very. He would have checked
it. He did not notice the problem. The ground crews checked it. It is a
sophisticated piece of equipment. Everybody checks it. Is it safer now
being a pilot? You can take it from the ever will make sure this never
happens again. Everything has been done to stop it from happening
again. The only things I take from it is these things are so rare. This
wonderful piece of life`saving equipment is still there for the air
forces of the world, to keep them safe. Good to talk to you. Thank you
for your time. Health experts from East Yorkshire
say they would welcome a ban on smoking in cars where children are
present. It's claimed that passengers are 17 times more likely
to be affected by smoke inhalation in a car than they would be at home.
The Labour proposal has been debated in the House of Lords today, but one
Conservative peer from our area says the ban would be difficult to
enforce. More from Tim Iredale. Are children being put at
unnecessary risk of harm by the effects of second hand smoke when
travelling in a car? Rebecca is a senior stop smoking specialist who
works with pregnant women and their families in Hull and East Riding.
She says many drivers are unaware of the dangers. Our advice to people
would be to not do it at all when children are in the car. It can be
up to 17 times more concentrated than in any other area. Not many
people smoke in their homes because they realise the dangers of passive
smoking. It is just getting people to realise that so applies to in the
car. Of course, in the past few years, people have been banned from
lighting up imports, clubs, restaurants and other enclosed
spaces. How do smokers in Hull feel about being banned from lighting up
in their cars? You are smokers. To think it should be banned in cars?
It would make any difference to me a lot of people. My sister`in`law 's
most with her kit in the car. We refused to let our children got in
the car for that reason, so I would welcome it. Can't smoking cafes,
can't smoke in shop, so car is a warm place to smoke and it is our
property. Why shouldn't we? Labour want to ban smoking in cars
where children are present ` a move which was debated today in the House
of Lords. But one member from our area claims a ban could difficult to
enforce. There is a view this as an extension of the nanny state and it
is not up to the state to tell people. It is different from getting
drivers to wear seat belts. This is people having an affect on third
parties, children. The Government hasn't ruled out a
ban on smoking in cars where where children are passengers. The Prime
Minister has said he want to listen to the arguments.
We want your views on this. Should smoking be banned in cars where
children are passengers? Or is this a step too far and could the law be
enforced? Almost ?15 million of Government
money has been secured for a new energy park in North Lincolnshire.
The Humber Local Enterprise partnership was one of 12 areas to
get the money. Last month, ministers gave Able UK permission for a giant
business park for energy companies on the south bank of the Humber. It
will employ 4,000 people. Makes it all the more likely this will be
good for offshore wind and renewable assembly. This is the energy vestry.
15 million will help with construction jobs, looking at the
energy supply, creating a quarter of a million square metres, getting the
project going. A man's appeared in court charged
with murder and robbery following the death of a man in Hull.
51`year`old Keith Opray was found dead at his home on Wareham Close in
Bransholme on Saturday. 40`year`old Duncan Keith Heaton from Hull was
remanded in custody earlier today. Still ahead tonight: New claims a
planned renewable energy site could damage the landscape. North Cave
Wetlands, by Leigh Gawley. Looks like it is abroad. People have
let me know you got a mention in the Daily Mail and the times and where
described as a weather expert. First time for everything.
More importantly, you stole my shirt and tie.
I did not. It merges into your head collar and
does not work. The headline is unsettled weather. There will be
some ice on high`level routes. Tomorrow will be another dreary
day. Patchy rain and cloudy. There might be a little bit of sleet.
Commands will be small for many. Patchy rain, then we look to the
West. Atlantic weather fronts coming in. No letters in this unsettled
weather at all. The winds have been coming in from the east. Is there
where a few breaks this afternoon, but the cloud will increase. It
could thicken. A few flurries of snow possible, mainly over the tops
of the walls. Watch out for icy patches. Cloudy tomorrow, dreary and
damp. There may be longer outbreaks of rain. This will revert quickly
back to rain. Ltd brightness, if any at all. Friday, wind and rain blows
sweep in from the west late in the day.
Somebody in Driffield said that Paul's eyebrows are invisible
because they have been leaked by the sun on too many holidays. See you
tomorrow. The latest proposal for a renewable energy scheme off the
Lincolnshire coast has been heavily criticised, despite it being much
smaller than the original plans. A leading county councillor says the
onshore work needed for the Triton Knoll wind farm will 'trash' the
countryside. The developer says plans will go through a rigorous
public consultation. As is unsure, substations are required and miles
of cabling. The developer wants to build this countryside. The idea of
this is angering many. We're not going to let people trash the
countryside because they want to do it. The proposed turbine field is
about 20 miles off the road. The cable will run underground, then
south for more than 13 miles. It was recently and now is that the whole
project will be smaller. That is cold comfort to local residents.
Killing them has a national grid connection point. `` Killingholme.
Developers say they are trying to accommodate concerns about the
countryside. I feel confident about the way we have gone about this.
Once it is working, it is thought that Triton Knoll will develop
enough power for 8000 homes. The decision will not be taken by local
politicians. Ministers in Whitehall will have the final say. Is that it
a process Lincolnshire county council says it will challenge.
Thanks for the e mails and texts after we told you about the Hull
North MP Diana Johnson, who's hoping to limit the locations of lap
dancing clubs. A temporary swimming pool which was
used by athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been installed in
Bridlington. The pool will provide swimming for two years in the town,
while the Leisure World complex is closed for a twenty million pound
refurbishment. Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson, used the pool
at the Olympic Park for warming up and training.
In Football, Hull City lost 1`0 at Crystal Palace last after conceding
a goal in the first half. The Tigers also had goalkeeper Alan Macgregor
sent off leaving Steve Bruce unhappy about the decision. He has
retaliated. It was no more than a yellow card in my opinion.
There was better news for Grimsby Town as they won 2`1 away against
promotion rivals Cambridge United. The Mariners are fourth in the
Conference Premier. The Olympic Torch relay was a huge
success travelling through East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire ahead of
the London Games in 2012. It's now hoped that the Queen's baton event
will be able to recreate some of that magic. Today it was announced
that a relay will take place in England two weeks before the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ` and it's coming to Hull. Leanne Brown
has more. No`one knows what it says, but in
October last year the Queen put a message in the Commonwealth Baton.
Since then it's been travelling around the world and will visit 70
countries before returning back to the uk ahead of the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow. At a knitting club in Hull today, 91`year`old Jean
Bishop ` who ran with the Olympic Torch ` welcomed the news it was
coming to Hull. I think it is lovely. It is something different,
for a change. I am looking forward to it. Do you fancy carrying it
yourself? Oh, yes, I am in for anything. Definitely. It would be
lovely to have it all again. I often wish I could have it again. Little
things I felt I did wrong, I could Freeview it. `` I could do it again.
It is my pleasure to declare the 17 Commonwealth Games open.
Once the batton has finished its tour, the Queen will then read out
her message, like she did at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Dame Kelly Holmes is a Commonwealth Gold medallist from those games
which Leanne mentioned in her report there It was in Manchester in 2002
that she took Gold in the fifteen hundred Metres. Two years later she
won two Olympic golds in Beijing. She's a big supporter of the
Commonwealth Baton, and a little earlier I asked her whether the
baton will capture the imagination like the Olympic Torch did two years
ago. You I think what is important to get across is that the Queens
battened relay is different from the torch. The relay means it is going
round 17 nations in total. When it comes to Great Britain and England
in particular, we are going around 15 locations. What is different is
we can pick the location. As you said, we are in Hull. We are trying
to get people to come to those events. We want people to celebrate
sport. It is fantastic for Hull. I wonder
what is written in the pattern for the Queen. You are so important, you
probably know. That is a good one. I am sure we will all find out. It is
a lovely baton. We really want to support team England. England have
some incredible sports people. We won the public behind it. Great to
chat with you. I met you last time you will in Hull in 2006, but I
expect you have forgotten. No. I got a doctorate at the University. I was
very grateful for that. All dressed up in your robes. You look exactly
the same. I wish I could say the same about me. Very good to talk to
you. Have a good evening. Thank you.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines The governor
of the Bank of England says sharing the pound could work if Scotland
votes for independence, but the new authority would have to give up some
powers. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham's
parents say his death was "pointless and avoidable" at the end of his
inquest. Will talk about smoking in cars. The
Lords has voted for a ban on people smoking in cars carrying children.
The government will have to consider what to do next. Big response.
Lorraine says, trying to ban smoking in your car is not only ridiculous
but unenforceable. It is your own private space. Who do these people
think they are? Big Brother gone mad. Mitch said, surely it is a good
idea for any driver. It is selfish. Gary says, of course it should, I
think it will be widely welcomed, but how can it be policed? Graham
says, surely common sense should prevail and the child's health be
paramount. Parents should not contemplate smoking anywhere near
them. Thank you for watching for. Good night.
'The cost of living crisis goes deep into people's lives,
'deep into the way our country is run,
'deep into who our country is run for.
'the solutions need to be deep as well.'
I opened a pub six years ago in Hackney,
about ten minutes' walk from my house.
One of the things that really struck me was that
most of the beers that we sold weren't London beers.
They were international beers, UK beers, but from further afield.
"Wouldn't it be really great to open our own community brewery
"right here in the heart of London, in Hackney?"