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That is all from the BBC News At Six,


Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.


Calls for dredging to be introduced to prevent future flooding in East


Yorkshire. It has always worked historically and now there is no


river traffic pick to disturb the silt. We have had six flooding is in


the century, it is getting worse. The campaigners who want a new road


built around their village to ease congestion. Gravity. Continuing his


space odyssey ` we talk to the East Yorkshire BAFTA winner fresh from


his awards success. A quieter week to come on the


weather front. I will be back later in the programme with all the


details. The widespread floods which have


caused so much devastation to properties and land in the south of


the country have led to calls for the River Hull to be dredged in


parts of East Yorkshire. The chair of Beverley and Holderness Drainage


Board says the practice of removing sediment from the riverbed should be


reintroduced to lower the risk of future flooding. But a group of


experts claim that it could cause problems further downstream in Hull.


We'll be hearing from them in a moment but first Leanne Brown


reports. This farmer's land is right next to


the river Hull and he knows all to well the devastation flooding can


cause. 2007 was the serious flood. We lost crop in that event. The


river itself did not flood but it was the water which backed up which


flooded us. The potato crop was a complete write`off and it meant we


have not grown potatoes since. He's a firm believer that dredging can


help. It needs a lot of the trees growing the river taken out. It


needs the margins tidied up. It needs the sunken boat sticking out


at Beverley. Dredging is scooping up although that which has accumulated


that the bug `` at the bottom of the river, making it deeper. It is a


hugely controversial progress that my process. It's seems to be a rare


occasion these days .and although the Environment Agency have said


they will do some dredging this year ` researchers claim it wouldn't have


prevented recent events. The water engineers put out a report on Friday


which said that dredging is a message of false hope. False because


it will probably not work. Cruel because it is offering a single


solution to a much more contributed problem. If you dredge the River


Hull, you make the water moves quicker from the top of the


catchment all the way to the lower section. You could end up flooding


Hull by doing that. But the man who manages water levels in the East


Riding says they're wrong. We do not believe them. It has always worked


historically. Nobody is no river traffic to disturb this felt, it is


just silting up. `` the silt. We can see the silt on the bottom. With


parts of the south of England still under water ` flooding is on the


national agenda ` the question is now who will the government listen


to? Earlier I spoke to David Wilkes from


the Institute of water and environmental management. I started


by asking him if dredging the River Hull would reduce the risk of


flooding. It is a really difficult question to cancer. We would need to


study it properly. If you cleared out the upper reach of the River


Hull, it would make the water speed away more quickly from those areas


but where will it end up? Here in the city of coal. And it could be


potentially dangerous. `` city of Seoul. It is important to look at


the outflow from the River Hull to make sure the connections to the


Humber and then out to sea are flowing as efficiently as possible.


Local people who know the land and the river Hull say dredging is the


answer. You say it isn't, do you know better than them? There is a


lot of people saying that dredging rate across England and Wales would


have helped better in these floods. You need to be very careful where


you call for dredging. It will give people false hope, just because


there has not been as much dredging in the last 25 years, it would not


have fixed the problem. How do you get this message across because so


far you don't seem to have convinced a lot of people who are standing


knee deep in flood water? People here feel uncomfortable if they feel


their properties might get flooded in the future. We're all very


sympathetic with people being forced out of their homes and businesses


being damaged, but the knee jerk reaction to say we should have done


this and that is not the answer. We need to learn lessons from these


floods. We probably need to plan for more severe weather for the years


ahead. Thank you very much for joining us this evening. Let us know


what you think of this story. Should time and money be spent on dredging


when the experts say it's not the answer? You can e`mail us, textiles


or telephone us. A little later in the programme


we'll be in the village of South Ferriby in North Lincolnshire where


there's a public meeting tonight to discuss the tidal flooding which


occurred there in December In a moment.


People living in a Lincolnshire village say they have hundreds of


names on a petition calling for a new road to be built ` because of


long delays at the level crossing. Tallington, between Stamford and


Market Deeping, sits on the East Coast Main Line and people living


there are worried even more trains will use the line in years to come.


Even Gemma Dawson reports. Every time these barriers come down `


traffic builds`up ` causing frustration for drivers. 99% of the


time I come here, I have to sit and wait. I have sat here as much as


three quarters of an hour to trying get through here. They should've


done years ago. On ago to work the morning, I use the back routes


because you can sit here for 20 minutes. I counted these barriers


came down nine times in one hour in the morning. Campaigners say it can


be closed up to 45 minutes in an hour. They are worried if more


trains use the line, the crossing will be closed even longer. Justin


is campaigning for a link road to be built to the north of Tallington to


stop this happening. Today he's been leafleting drivers stuck at the


crossing. It is through quality`of`life, pollution and


danger. A bypass to the north would solve everything. A number of


options are being considered. Campaigners prefer this route,


diverting motorists around the village. But they're concerned about


this option ` which would cut through Tallington. It is not fear


on the people of Tallington, but also it does not fix the problem. We


need a proper solution which involves bypassing the village to a


proper road bridge. Not everyone is a fan of that idea either. At the


local pub ` we meet landlord, Ian Town. He's concerned, if the current


crossing is closed ` he'll lose passing trade. If the bypass goes


ahead, it will be no good for us business`wise. We are a of passing


trade in the summer. `` we rely on. In a statement ` Network Rail says.


But people here hope a solution can be found soon.


A court in London's heard that a prison officer at Full Sutton jail


in East Yorkshire thought he was going to die when three prisoners


held him hostage and demanded the release of the radical Muslim cleric


Abu Qatada. Feroz Khan is charged with false imprisonment, threats to


kill and assault following the incident in May last year. Fuad


Awale is charged with false imprisonment and threats to kill.


David Watson is charged with false imprisonment.


Traders on Lincoln's Bailgate worried about losing business when


an important access closes for a month have met with the city's


council. The Newport Arch will be closed to traffic in March for


essential maintenance work. The two sides will now work together to


minimise the impact of the road closure on businesses.


Hull City are hoping to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup for


only the sixth time in their history this evening. They play championship


side Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium with the winners facing


Sunderland. Our sports reporter Simon Clark is in Sussex, meeting a


couple of Tigers' fans who've not had to travel far at all to watch


tonight's game. It is the historic county town of Sussex. Just a few


miles from the stadium. The home of this couple. Both are excited by


this match on their doorstep. I was disappointed they did not have a


home draw. I would have liked to have had a few home draws to make it


easy for us but hopefully we can come good. An exciting thing at the


moment is that our second team is almost as good as our first team


used to be. The crowd from Brighton are really noisy. It can be quite


intimidating. Back in Yorkshire these fans are getting ready for the


epic journey south. If we play like we normally do, we should be there


or thereabouts. We have a lot of injuries. But I am confident.


Hopefully we will get a trip to Wembley. We can score some goals


tonight. We will go for it, fast`paced, don't let them settle


but we can beat them definitely. What do this couple wants, a cup


final or Premier League survival? This UI would go for the cup. I


would go for the league please. If we go down it will be hard to come


back up. Both teams have a great incentive to progress to the


quarterfinals, a home tie against Sunderland. The Hull city, they have


only reached that stage five times in their history. Five times in 110


years. Time to put that right. And BBC Radio Humberside will have


commentary of the match on all its frequencies. Kick off is at quarter


to eight, and the build up is already underway in Sportstalk,


which is on air now. Still ahead tonight: We go on patrol


with the Lincolnshire soldiers who are trying to keep streets safe in


Afghanistan. Out of this world ` we talk to the


East Yorkshire man celebrating his Bafta success last night.


Our picture tonight is The Deep in Hull taken by Keith Batty. It looks


quite brooding as the sun sets. It must be half term because we have


Keeley with the weather. Why is it you always look like you have


stepped out of the salon? Because they have screened on this camera


which everything fuzzy. What is the weather look like? It is much


quieter and milder, there will be rain and wind but not as strong as


has been the last of weeks. We start with a lot of mist and work around


tomorrow with the risk of showers. You can see on the pressure chart


the isobars spaced apart more widely. Not as windy as last week.


It has been a cloudy day with spells of rain and drizzle. They will


continue this evening. Further outbreaks of rain and drizzle. That


band of rain will clear the way eastwards. It will dry up through


the second half of the evening. Mr walk`out developing. `` nest and


cloud developing. Tomorrow morning, a murky start to the day. Some of


the mist and low cloud will struggle to lift. We have a few showers


about. It will break the cloud up. There may be more brightness towards


the end of the day. Mild for the time of year, temperatures around


nine or 10 degrees. It will be much less breezy than it has been in the


last week. On Wednesday, a lot of cloud. This might produce rain and


drizzle in places but it will dry up as the day progresses. Outbreaks of


rain and drizzle on Thursday. Windy on Friday, but it looks largely dry.


I hope it is sunny down south where Peter is heading.


There are calls tonight for money to be spent on improved flood


prevention measures in a North Lincolnshire village which was badly


hit by the tidal surge in December. People living in South Ferriby want


their flood bank raised and flood sirens to be installed. They say the


warnings in December came too late and at a meeting tonight, they'll


raise the issue with the emergency services. Skip after skip of flood


damaged furniture still remains in the streets. This woman's home was


one of 120 flooded. Two and a half months later, those living here want


and so is about how this happened. The key question is why we were not


put on a severe flood warning. If we had been, everything else would've


fallen into place. Something failed along the line. Other villages were


evacuated. People here were sitting in their homes watching the news


when a delicate of water arrives. Do some people not take the warning


seriously enough? That is possible but some people did not get the


warnings. The muddy water poured over the defences of the village and


into homes. Many were evacuated and the power was cut off for days.


South Ferriby is protected by a series of ditches and this flood


bank but back September it offered little protection. A key question


tonight will be whether the village gets any money to build up the


defences. Constituents had ?37 million of flood defence in the last


few years. In 2008, the Environment Agency identified the bank along the


South Humber as in need of improvement. This is part of their


long`term investment. The council is providing emergency financial help


but it could be up to a year before people can return home. The outcome


of that meeting will be announced in our late bulletin tonight.


Hundreds of soldiers from the East Midlands, including some from


Lincolnshire, are spending a gruelling winter in Afghanistan.


It's the largest deployment from the region since the conflict began 12


years ago. Our correspondent Jeremy Ball has been out with soldiers


patrolling the city streets in Helmand Province, and witnessed them


working with the local Afghan police. He's sent this special


report. ATM at the forward operating base and we are kitted out for a


safety briefing which makes you sit up and listen. All this for a short


walk to the provincial police headquarters where the royal


Anglians have been helping train local Afghan police. They are


keeping the city secure and open for business. Soon there will not be any


British soldiers here to help. There is only 200 metres between the bases


but we are very exposed and they are not taking any chances. Overnight


the found to improvise bombs in the city. There is also a threat from


suicide bombers. To soldiers come from Lincolnshire. There is always a


risk of improvised bombs coming down the main route, you cannot stop


them. Inside the police headquarters some of the soldiers are living and


working with the Afghan forces. They're here to share intelligence


about security threats. It takes time to build up a rapport but once


you establish it, you can get a good relationship going, they have a


similar sense of humour to ourselves. They enjoy a laugh. We


practice the local language when we meet the locals. We just smile when


we do not understand. Now they are focusing on the mammoth task of


ending combat operations. Thousands of troops have already left


Afghanistan and by the end of the year, it will be another chapter in


British and history. `` British military history.


Now tonight on Inside Out we catch up with the people who built a brand


new steam engine for the Main Line. Tornado took to the tracks in 2008


and has hauled the Royal train three times since then. The team is now


working to recreate an even bigger locomotive, a Gresley P2. The type


was first built at the legendary Doncaster Works in 1934. That's on


Inside Out, here on BBC One tonight at 7.30pm.


Thanks to everyone who has been in touch about the strict enforcement


of rules about what people can put in their recycling bins. Here are


some of the messages we have received.


Thank you very much for your comments.


England cricketer and recent Ashes winner Arran Brindle ` who's from


Louth in Lincolnshire ` has announced her retirement from


international cricket. Arran Brindle returned to the school where she


works earlier this month to talk about her Ashes success. She made


her England debut in 1999 and has been in three Ashes winning sides.


Scunthorpe United are second in league two after Friday evening's


win against Accrington Stanley David Mirfin scored a late winner to see


the Iron get all three points, with the match ending 3`2. Manager Russ


Wilcox said it was an amazing game and result for this team.


There were mixed fortunes for Hull's two rugby league clubs in their


opening Superleague matches over the weekend. Hull Kingston Rovers had a


disappointing start, suffering a heavy defeat against Leeds, with the


Rhinos scoring six tries in the second half. The final score 6`34.


Across the City Hull FC secured a narrow victory over Catalan Dragons


on Friday evening. The Black and Whites were able to hold off a late


surge from the French. That game finished 36`34 to Hull FC.


Some of the biggest names in the film industry were honoured at last


night's BAFTA awards ceremony in London ` and among them was a sound


editor who grew up in East Yorkshire. Chris Benstead first


became interested in music when he was at school in Preston, near Hull.


Now, he's won a British Academy Film Award for his work on the movie


Gravity, as our Arts and Culture Correspondent Anne`Marie Tasker


reports. Gravity. Chris Benstead, centre


stage at last night's BAFTAs ceremony in London. His team won the


best sound award for their work on the Sandra Bullock film Gravity.


Thank you to the director for making such a wonderful film which gave us


all such a huge opportunity. He said there is no sound in space, were


right. It was an amazing synergy between sound and music. We all work


together to create it so thank you to Stephen. Thank you. But this


isn't Chris' first big film. He's recently worked on Thor, Brave and


Captain Phillips. Speaking before the awards ` he told Look North his


childhood in East Yorkshire had a big influence on his career. I went


to school here. I learnt music there. I wanted to be no Gallagher


for about five years. I realise that's not going to happen. Luckily


I had done enough on the technical side to get into that area. But he


wasn't our region's only BAFTA winner. Rush ` filmed at Cadwell


Park racetrack in Lincolnshire ` won best editing. And Philomena `


produced by Tracey Seaward from Willerby near Hull ` took the best


adapted screenplay. For Chris, winning wasn't the only highlight `


he says being congratulated by Leonardo Di Caprio was almost as


special. And the award probably won't be his last ` his team are


front runners to win the sound mixing award at the Oscars next


month. I'm delighted that Chris Benstead is


able to join us this evening. I imagine the past 24 hours have felt


slightly surreal? Yes, you could say that. It was fantastic just to be at


the awards ceremony itself so to actually get on the stage and


receive a BAFTA was amazing. Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams


that your work could be nominated for, let alone win, a Bafta? Not


really. When we were making the film, we were just doing the job in


hand. I knew it was a great film from the first moment I saw it but


we did not know what it would be this huge. How could this win


enhance your career? This win was a slight shift for me because it is


actually for the mixing of the music which I was nominated. So, who


knows, perhaps my career will move down that route I'm not sure. Was


this always what you want to do from when you were little? I always


wanted to do music. When I was ten or 11 I picked up a guitar and


learned the cello as well. I knew I wanted to do music, not necessarily


for film, but it has been a fantastic avenue to go down and I


enjoy everyday working on films. It is great. Between you and me, have


you got any gossip from last night?! Not really. You met Leonardo


DiCaprio? He did shake my hand and say well done as he was leaving,


which was amazing. He mentioned no Gallagher. He chatted to me at the


awards last night. I said he was an inspiration to me when I was 16.


Well done, you deserve it. I have yet to see the film but I will go


and watch it. Congratulations. Thank you so much.


Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.


Alex Salmond issues a warning to business ` an independent Scotland


without the pound could cost hundreds of millions.


There are calls for rivers to be dredged to prevent future flooding


in the region. Tomorrow's weather ` Mist and fog


lingering in places. A few showers developing but increasing amounts of


brightness. Temperatures up to 9C. Thank you for e`mailing us tonight,


we have had a few responses about raging in the River Hull. If the


experts say that dredging is not the Ansaru, then we should listen to


them. They are qualified to judge. Let them get on with it. Katie in


Bridlington says people who buy farms near rivers should know that


they will flood. Gary says dredging the River Hull is ridiculous. People


are looking for a simple fix and it will be a waste of money. Mark from


Beverley says it is not rocket science that dredging higher parts


of the river will `` increase the risk of flooding further down. We


have got you going tonight. Philip inborn says the problem with


dredging is that wildlife charities have been pressuring wildlife ``


water boards to look after these regions. We need to decide whether


to look after their birds and animals or the people. Be back


tomorrow. Join me on the radio as well. Enjoy the rest of your




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