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Thank you. That's all from the BBC News at Six so it's goodbye from me,
and Good evening and welcome to BBC Look
North. The headlines tonight. A call to regulate free meals and food
banks to stop some people taking advantage. I have seen people come
in here, with money in their pockets, ?120.
A call for improvements ` why cycling in Yorkshire's cities isn't
always good for your health. Today there's a call for more cycle
lanes like these as figures show the number of casualties on our roads is
up by a third. The Tigers' record signing inches
Hull City closer to premiership survival.
And the blind skier from Lincolnshire hoping for a place on
the podium in Sochi. The forecast follows shortly.
There are concerns that some people are taking advantage of food banks
and free meal services in Hull. Many are independently run by small
groups or churches and rely on people's honesty to take only what
they need. Now charities are being encouraged to work together and
share information to stop misuse and make the system more effective.
Sarah Walton reports. A fresh bowl of steaming soup. A
welcome sight on a cold day. Every Saturday, the Amazing Grace Church
in Hull gives free food to anyone who says they're in need. Not only
the alcoholics, the homeless, not only people who are taking drugs. At
one point we had somebody who was a student. For some reason he found
himself in a difficult situation. It's open to anybody. People say
some are taking advantage of that kindness visiting different
charities every day so they can save their money for drink and drugs. You
hear it all the time. I see people, the same faces going to the soup
kitchens where I go. Always the same faces. I see people coming here who
have been paid on a Saturday morning and have ?120 in their pocket. There
is a church on Princess Avenue and they put bags of clothes out for the
homeless. A certain one, he will grab the full bag and then he'll
take it to the clothes bank to sell it and then spend the money on booze
or whatever he's taking. The worry is that groups like the one here
can't spot when people are taking advantage of the system. Now it is
being suggested they all come together and cooperate in a far more
official way. I think there's an awful lot that the participants they
can do about putting their information together on some type of
spreadsheet, so it is available through lots of different ways so we
can map the provision that is available in the city. Whether that
be lunchtime clubs, food banks. That is already being done at some
places. Hull food bank is part of the Trussell Trust, a network of 400
centres across the country. It says size gives it influence and allows
it to work with a wide range of health and social workers who
identify those genuinely in need. But others believe there are
benefits to a more informal approach. This church runs a small
daily drop`in meal and food bank service. It stops abuse by getting
to know people first. We don't advertise the fact there is a food
bank at Saint Hilda's. People know about it because this church is in
the middle of the community, everybody knows where it is. People
who have been helped by the church put the word around. While different
groups vary in their approach to tackling food poverty, they do all
agree that demand for their service is increasing so it's important to
have a debate on how the system can be improved.
Earlier, I spoke to the Liverpool and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, who
in 2012 made a documentary about people who use food banks. I started
by asking Ms Berger if she thought people were taking advantage of food
banks. Well, I've visited many food banks,
not only in my own constituency in Liverpool, but right across the
country, and I have never met any food bank user that has walked in
with their heads held high. It is very difficult for people to have to
accept the help. People are being referred to food banks because they
have got nothing to eat. What do you say to those people who say, yes,
but they still have a mobile phone and a television the size of a wall?
That is what some people will be saying. The former Lord Mayor of
Liverpool said the very same thing on the radio. I invited him to come
and see a local food bank and meet people and talk to them. He actually
changed his opinion. He met people that don't have mobile phones, and
if they had gone, weren't able to put credit on it, and didn't have
any luxuries, and people who went without meals in order to provide
for their children. You are saying everyone who is there has to be
there? It is not a lifestyle choice? It's certainly not a lifestyle
choice. There is a challenge that people perhaps aren't aware of the
fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people right across our
country, not just in deprived areas where you might expect it, but in
affluent areas too, who are really struggling to get by. It only takes
one thing, a job loss or a reduction in working hours, or an emergency
repair, which means they have no buffer and nothing to fall back,
they have to go to food banks. The Government already provides a safety
net in benefits for essentials. Should we teach people visiting food
banks how to manage the money they do have better? It's really
important to know that it's not just people out of work ` people in work
are having to go to a food bank, too. Jobcentres are having to refer
people to food banks because we are seeing an increase in the number of
people sanctioned and seeing their benefits taken away from them. I
come back to the point, yes, you might get your jobseeker's allowance
but you might have to have an emergency repair, like a hole in the
roof. With increases in bills, increasing basic costs around food
and energy, people are really struggling. Very good to have you on
the programme. So is Luciana Berger right that
everyone who uses a food bank or free meals service needs to be
there? Or if people are abusing the system ` as our report suggests `
what needs to change to prevent that from happening?
In a moment: Claims that building a supermarket on Lincolnshire's only
cattle market would cause "lasting harm."
There are calls for Yorkshire's cities to be made safer for cyclists
as the region prepares to host this summer's Grand Depart of the Tour de
France. Local authorities are hoping the event will inspire more of us to
get on our bikes. But figures show that there has been a sharp rise in
the number of accidents involving cyclists since 2009. How dangerous
are roads in our area for those on two wheels?
Recent statistics show there has been a rise in the number of
cyclists killed or seriously injured on the road in Yorkshire and the
Humber between 2009 and 2012. It rose by nearly a third. There are
more people cycling. Campaigners say more people won't get cycling and
less road and less road Ahmed Saif. I have been out with cyclists here
in Hull, talking to people about problems they face.
As a cycle courier in Hull, David Noble knows every lump and bump in
the road. He travels around 40 miles a day on roads and cycle routes. In
the last year, he's gone through four tyres and five wheels.
I'd sooner take a route that's 24 miles, and using the cycle track
cuts time off your journey. But when it comes to cost`effectiveness, when
you're replacing ?30 tyres and ?60 wheels every day, obviously going
the longer way is the cheapest route.
This cycle shop in the city says they're repairing more bikes than
ever before, something they blame on poorly`maintained roads. We're
seeing a lot of buckled wheels, broken spokes, punctures, torn
tyres, bent forks ` people having accidents and going over the bike
because of pot holes. Hull has one of the highest numbers of cyclists
for a UK city, and in 2011, it was named as one of Britain's top cities
for cyclists. Events like Skyride have seen growing numbers of people
taking part. But that increase in interest has led to an increase in
accidents. In Hull in 2010, there were 25 serious accidents involving
cyclists. In 2013, it had almost doubled, to 41. With events like the
Tour De France coming to Yorkshire this summer, it's hoped it will
inspire more of us to get on our bike. Today, a cycling manifesto was
launched to encourage the Government to raise its spending on cycling and
improve safety. OUr surveys have shown that 60% of
people who don't ride a bike have said they would if they felt safer,
so the latent demand is absolutely enormous, and the potential good
that can do our country is also enormous. In Hull, a cycling action
plan is in place which aims to encourage more of us to take up the
sport, but campaigners say that won't happen if cycle paths are left
like this. If those problems can be overcome, it could have an affect on
lots of other services. The survey has shown that if 10% of trips were
made by cycle, the sailing to the NHS would be ?250 million a year.
Thank you. Always an emotive issue. Another one you might want to
comment on tonight. I look forward to hearing from you. A county
council decision that could see some Lincolnshire libraries run by
volunteers, is to be challenged in the High Court. The campaign group,
Save Lincolnshire Libraries, has lodged legal papers which could
force a judicial review. The authority says it has to save ?1.5
million and insists it's acting lawfully. Lecturers at the
University of Hull joined other colleagues across the country in a
two`hour strike as part of a continuing row with the government
over pay. Trades Unions say members voted to strike because staff have
only been offered a 1% pay rise. A body which was found in the River
Witham in Lincoln yesterday has been identified as a man who's been
missing since the end of last year Ryan Morgan left Lincoln County
Hospital in December. His body was discovered by a rower. A postmortem
examination will now be held. Two women from Immingham have been
given a grant from the Lottery to try and help children in North East
Lincolnshire to sleep better. Claire Earley and Carol Batchelor are both
parents of severely disabled children who didnt sleep properly
until they put in place a strict sleep routine. They claim that even
the most chronic sleep problems can be cured by changing habits and now
they're running sleep clinics in the area.
Got rid of the telly, for a start. Changed it for soft music playing in
the background for him to settle with, and every night we used to
turn it down a notch till he used to settle with nothing in the room.
After two to three weeks, he was sleeping. It was amazing!
And you can see Carol and Claire's story in full on tonight's Inside
Out. Still ahead tonight: Orchestrating a
win ` the Tigers inch closer to premiership survival. The blind
skier from Lincoln hoping for a place on the podium.
Keep your photographs coming in. Thank you for that one. There is a
bit of Cumulus in the top. How is the man flu, Peter? I heard
you went to bed with a hot talk to. Trust you to hear about that. It is
too dangerous to exchange peasantry is with you. The headline for the
next 24 hours is unsettled. It will quickly turn wet. A bit of sleet and
snow through tomorrow afternoon. On this weather friends here, it might
turn a bit wintry. It is colder than average. There are showers at the
moment in southern parts of Lincolnshire, heading into North
Norfolk. We need to get rid of these showers. Watch out for ice on
untreated surfaces. Rurally, we could be down to freezing point. The
sun will rise about 7:30am. Dry, icy start. The dryness will not last
long. Bit of snow above the top of the world. That through really
proclaim the top temperatures, well, there will be a cold south`west
wind. Five or six Celsius. That is 41 Fahrenheit. Further ahead, wintry
showers on Tuesday night and Wednesday, more rain later. A risk
of severe gales on Wednesday night. Thursday looks brighter and mostly
dry with sunshine. We mentioned insomnia this morning.
Somebody said, Paul should make you a video of all his best bits.
Well, I have got a new blog that you can read online tonight.
Goodbye. Building a supermarket on the site
of Louth's cattle market would "cause lasting harm to the town for
a generation", according to Lincolnshire County Council. The
Cattle market is used for a half a day a week at the moment and a
consultation on the future of the site is underway. But any proposals
to develop the land by a major supermarket chain will face
opposition from the County Council even though another livestock market
will be provided if the site is re`developed. Paul Murphy reports.
This deli is the kind of independent specialist shop which characterises
this rural market town. But that character, according to some, will
disappear if a large supermarket is allowed into Louth. People from
Grimsby and Lincoln come to Louth because they like the experience.
Why don't they stay in Lincoln and Grimsby? Because they like to come
to Louth for a day out. And this is the cattle market site which East
Lindsey district council is thinking about selling. It says it's had
interest from a number of supermarkets. But now the County
Council has waded into the debate with a warning for the town. I have
seen the devastation that supermarkets cause if they are put
in the wrong place and they are not integrated properly into the whole
retail offer of a place. I do not want to see Louth go the way of so
many towns in this country. One concern is it that this was the age
of town place. Campaigners have welcomed the County Council's
intervention. We've been very heartened by Colin Davie's comments.
He's clearly taken a stand back look at this and said, look, there's this
town which is so important to the visitor experience in Lincolnshire.
It's one of the jewels of the county. To protect it is a very
important part of policy. No`one from East Lindsey district council
was available for interview. But their spokesman said:
so the council also says it will build a replacement livestock market
if it goes ahead. Like all of these things, it boils down to money. This
site could be worth at least ?12 million to East Lindsey district
council. They'll tell you that at a time when budgets are tight, that's
a lot of public services. There is much at stake in this historic town.
It will all be discussed at a special council meeting later this
week. Paul is back from Louth and with me now. What evidence is there
to suggest that a supermarket ` should one come to Louth ` might
actually benefit the town? Every town is different. The study is
being done by the University of Southampton, looked at a three`year
study and showed that people will go into towns as well as the retail
centres. The fear in Louth is people will go to the supermarket, then not
bother going into the centre of town.
Thank you. Another one you might want to comment on.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch with us about the Humberside Police
and Crime Commissioner who says he needs an increase in the police
budget. Matthew Grove wants the money residents pay for police to
rise by just under two percent. The money will go towards new technology
which he says will mean officers can spend more time on the streets.
Plenty of responses from you on this one.
Hull City are closing in on the ten wins that Manager Steve Bruce said
they needed to stay in the Premier League. They head into tomorrow's
match with Southampton after taking a seventh victory at Sunderland. Our
sports reporter Simon Clark explains how the Tigers' multi`million pound
strike force has turned around their fortunes. Smiles for Steve Bruce. He
has now done the double over them. He was helped by another Sunderland
red card, this time handed out to Wes Brown. Tom Huddlestone couldn't
capitalise. Soon after, the impressive Shane Long could. Long
might have had a second. The post to Sunderland 's rescue. Hull City paid
close to ?15 million in the transfer window, a mind`boggling amount for
this club and this is what it buys. Jelavic scoring his first to add to
Long 's earlier strike and that's the Tigers up to 27 points. Still
only four above the drop zone but seemingly heading in the right
direction before tomorrow's match with Southampton. They have done
fantastically well. It helped spirit enormously. Southampton lost the
weekend. It was a learning curve for us. Hopefully, we can build on that
and it will be a different story this time round. We have got a few
new players in. We expect a different outcome. Steve Bruce did
not mince his words today, saying that Southampton are the best team
in the Premier League outside the traditional elite, a measure of how
hard things might be tomorrow. If the Tigers were to win, I will be
eight victories this season. Scunthorpe United remain second in
League One after a draw with leaders Chesterfield. Leading striker Sam
Winnall put the Iron ahead with a shot at close range but a second
half penalty was enough to give the visitors a point which keeps them
top of the table. Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson has
been outlining his ambitions for the club ahead of the new season. Hull,
who defeated Hull Kingston Rovers in one of their pre`season matches,
start life under new coach Lee Radford against the French side
Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium on Friday night. I did not really think
there was enough discipline in the squad last year with regard to
training and particular standards. I have been very impressed with what
he has done. I could not asking to settle into the job better.
Adam Pearson, who will be explaining more of his plans on the Super
League show tonight, which starts at 11.20 here on BBC One.
Lincolnshire skier Jade Etherington has told Look North she's hoping for
a podium`finish at the Paralympics. The 22`year`old began skiing on
family holidays ` and has now been selected to represent Team GB in
four events at Sochi. She has less than 5% vision in each eye ` so
needs a guide to help her compete. Gemma Dawson has been to meet her.
Speeding down the slopes one after another. Watching it, it's hard to
believe that Jade ` in the orange hat ` is partially sighted. So she
relies on Caroline in front to guide her around the course. She wears
black so I can see her in contrast to the snow. In our helmets, we have
Bluetooth headset and can talk to each other. My site was pretty
stable when I was younger. Ever since I was 17, I started to lose my
site. That is when I got into skiing, and it really helped me cope
with the sight loss, and it was a silver lining.
Today, Jade's been doing some final interviews in Lincoln. Before
heading to a holding camp tomorrow, where she'll prepare to compete in
four events in Sochi. My aim has always been the sodium `` podium in
Sochi. I can't believe it is nearly here. I remember when it was 3000
days away and now it is 25. I have always claimed to be on the podium,
no matter what colour. Yesterday, Team GB picked`up their
first medal at the Winter Games. Jenny Jones, here taking bronze in
the slope style snowboarding event. Jade's now hoping for a similar
result. This afternoon, she caught up with
two of her sisters in Lincoln. And they couldn't be prouder. It is
exciting hearing about the place she has been to. Method of a bit jealous
but it is really good. I am public to cry, but I will feel proud of
her. She has achieved something amazing. She is representing Great
Britain. She should be proud. So now there's just time for a few
final practice runs before Jade and Caroline compete. Incredible. We
wish Jade well. I'm sure she. We wish Jade all the best.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
Thousands of homes are at risk in the Thames Valley.
There is a call to regulate free meals and food banks to stop some
people from taking advantage. Response on the subject of food
banks. Thanks for the messages. Paul says, I think genuine people who
need the food bank... Sally says, I am a professional. We do not just
hand out vouchers. Somebody else says, if people have a mobile phone,
they should not be entitled, because if they can afford a phone, they
should afford food. Bridget says, there are genuine cases where people
need help, but many abuse the system. Beryl says, people who
attend food banks are given food for only three days and put in touch
with the correct agency according to their needs. Thank you for those.
Have a nice evening. Goodbye. # I tremble
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