20/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


20/02/2014

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And that is all from us for this evening. Now on BBC One, it

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Figures obtained by the BBC show a growing number of young people with

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mental health problems in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

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are being treated on adult wards ` OR in units outside the region.

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Tonight the Government Minister for Care has told Look North that the

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situation is "intolerable". Sarah Corker reports.

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Back home in Hull, a safe and familiar place for mother and

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daughter. But this teenager has suffered severe mental problems. For

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four months, she was treated more than 100 miles away in Cheshire.

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That distance difficult for the family to cope with. We've changed

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their voices to protect their identity. It was absolutely

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horrific. The biggest impact was on her mental health. She just needed

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her mum. She was frightened, she was alone, she was in a strange place.

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She didn't know what was real. Even looking out of the window, nothing

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was familiar. She was on the phone crying to me every day. I saw her a

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few hours a week, if that. It was really scary because all I wanted

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was my mum. It delayed my recovery because I had no`one to talk to. I

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was really alone. I wanted my family and friends, and there wasn't

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anywhere to go. Since residential care was withdrawn from this unit

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last year in Hessle, the closest beds for round`the`clock care have

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been in Leeds and York. NHS England says that while every effort is made

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to place patients as close to home as possible, there are times when

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due to specific needs and the number of beds locally, patients are placed

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further afield. In the past two years, nine children and teenagers

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with mental health problems were sent out of the East Riding for

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care. In the last year, that number's increased to 12. Some

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travelling as far afield as Colchester, 194 miles away. And on

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four occasions, teenagers aged between 16`18 were admitted to adult

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wards. They should not be treated in adult wards. It's questionable

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whether that's legal. Best practice demands that doesn't happen. It is

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becoming even more scandalous. We need the west End unit or an

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equivalent to reopen. The Department of Health says it's investing ?54

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million to improve services. This is intolerable. I've met with Alan

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Johnson and families involved, and I've made it clear we ought to

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ensure children are cared for as close to home as is possible. I'm on

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a mission to improve the standards of mental health care. A national

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review is now under way into the number of beds available for young

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people with severe mental illness. Sarah joins us now from Hessle.

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Sarah, the Government says it is addressing the problem. What

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improvements are being made? Yes, well, the health minister Norman

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Lamb says he's determined to make sure mental health is always treated

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as seriously as physical health. There is a three`month review,

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so`called rapid review, underwear into this situation. There is a push

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to treat more young people in the community at home rather than

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hospitals. Parents are continuing to complain to get this residential

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unit reopened. It was closed because it failed to meet national

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guidelines. The NHS says it is providing better care elsewhere.

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Sarah, thanks. A man who broke his back after

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falling from faulty scaffolding, says the builder who employed him

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should have been punished more severely. Robert Wilkin from Lincoln

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fell from scaffolding at a warehouse last year. Rodney Foyster ` the man

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who hired him ` received a four`month suspended prison sentence

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earlier today. Last week Lincolnshire's Police and Crime

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Commissioner Alan Hardwick told Look North that the fight against rural

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crime remains one of his top priorities. But a farmer who's had

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hundreds of pounds of diesel stolen says it's not worth reporting

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similar crimes because the police don't follow them up. Crispin Rolfe

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reports. Closing the gate on rural crime `

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all too late for Simon Hawkes. Just a week after Lincolnshire's crime

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commissioner made cracking down on farm theft a police priority, this

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East Kirkby farmer has had fuel and two valuable tractors stolen. Now,

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after being told police won't investigate the diesel theft

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further, he's questioning whether it's worth reporting smaller crimes

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in future. They're not going to achieve anything. There's no point

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wasting time trying to do it. That is on small thefts and small crimes.

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I think the big crimes, two tractors going missing, we would want the

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police here as soon as possible. And here's why Simon's disillusioned. A

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letter from Lincolnshire Police saying that: Though it does say

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that: And that's the message the county's

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police and crime commissioner, Alan Hardwick, is now trying to send,

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with officers insisting they'd rather farmers over rather than

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under`reported incidents, even if it that doesn't necessarily result in

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immediate arrests. I would far rather send an officer

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to a suspicious incident that turns out to be nothing thatn not send an

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officer at all. With the case you mentioned earlier, somebody heard

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tractors starting at two o'clock in the morning, but didn't contact the

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police. Alan Hardwick met with farmers last week in order to

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reassure them of his claims that rural crime is falling. Police admit

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the county remains a hot spots, with ?1.8 million worth of goods stolen

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each year. The most common items are quad bikes, tools and fuel. In an

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age of CCTV, then, this seems to come down to a question of

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communication, with the National Farmers Union encouraging farmers to

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talk to the police more ` though officers acknowledge they still have

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work to do to convince farmers that they're not wasting police time.

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Time for the weather now with Keeley.

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Hello there. Good evening. A bright and breezy day to come tomorrow. A

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cooler day than of late as well. Tonight's going to be quite chilly,

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too. It will be largely dry with clear spells, and temperatures will

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drop low enough for a touch of ground frost, particularly out in

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the sheltered countryside. A blustery day to come tomorrow. The

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breeze will remain strong, but as you can see, there'll be plenty of

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dry and bright weather about. There'll be some decent spells of

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sunshine, a few showers, but many places staying dry. Temperatures

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seven or eight. Saturday the best day of the weekend. Some rain to

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come on Sunday. Both days will be windy.

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the outlook. On Sunday, we have grey skies and a bit of drizzle, too.

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Good evening. You may have had the latest from the Met Office about the

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rainfall we have had this winter, the wettest winter on record. It is

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sometimes difficult to visualise the numbers. Let me explain how much

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rain we had. If you think about a stretch of land across the UK, we

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had about half a metre of rainfall falling so far this winter. That is,

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if

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