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forces and protestors. That is all from BBC News. It is goodbye from


me. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight: The growing number of young people with


mental health problems being sent far from home for treatment.


Paralysed from the waist down ` the bricklayer who broke his back after


falling three metres from faulty scaffolding.


Taking on the developers with her own money because the local council


can't afford to. It will take all my savings. I don't care. I am prepared


to put my money where my work `` where my mouth is.


Finally home after rowing the Atlantic ` tonight friends and


neighbours congratulate Lincolnshire's Luke Birch. A bright


and breezy day tomorrow. I will be back later with the details for the


weekend as well. Figures obtained by the BBC have


revealed a growing number of young people with mental health problems


in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire are being treated on


adult wards or in units outside the region. In 2013, the Humber NHS


Trust treated more than four times the number of under`18s in adult


wards as it did in 2012, that's despite Government recommendations


that this shouldn't happen. One mother has told Look North of a


shortage of beds nationally, and says that's adding to the distress


for families. Sarah Corker reports. Back home in Hull, a safe and


familiar place for mother and daughter. But this teenager has


suffered severe mental problems. For four months, she was treated more


than 100 miles away in Cheshire. That distance different for the


family to cope with. We've changed their voices to protect theIr


identity. She was frightened and she was alone. She was in a strange


place. Knocking was familiar. She was on the phone crying every day. I


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


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


talk to. I wanted my family and friends, and there wasn't anywhere


to go. Since residential care was withdrawn from this unit last year


in Hessle, the closest place for round`the`clock care have been in


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


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


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


further afield. In the past two years, nine children


and teenagers with mental health problems were sent out of the East


Riding for care. In the last year. That number's increased to 12. Some


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


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


wards. They should not be treated on adult wards. It is becoming even


more scandalous. We need the west end unit or an equivalent `` or an


equivalent to open. And this woman told us that shortage


of beds locally meant her 12`year`old daughter was moved to


Stafford for treatment. She's critical of the standard of care. I


would have travelled anywhere in the country for her, even to the


Highlands, because if she was getting what she needed, in my


opinion she was not getting what she needed, and it made it awful.


The Government is now reviewing into the number of beds available for


young people with severe mental illness.


I've been talking to Norman Lamb, the Government's Care and support


minister. I asked him why children are being sent almost two hundred


miles away from The Humber NHS Trust area for treatment.


This is intolerable. I've met with Alan Johnson and families involved,


and I've made it clear we ought to ensure children are being cared for


as close to home as is possible. Sometimes there are complex


conditions which require care and support beyond their town or city,


but the principle should always be care as close to home as possible.


Sending them so far away and having children treated on adult ward flies


in the face of recommendations from your own government. Why has this


been allowed to happen? It's because of this situation occurring, and it


has happened for very many years, I as the Minister responsible have set


out this week the standards for crisis mental health care. We have


never had this before. We have brought the key organisations


together to set the standards should apply everywhere. Central to that is


the need for children and young people to be cared for in


appropriate settings and as close to home as possible. As you say, you


are the Minister responsible. The buck stops with you. What is your


message from our area who has had to a 388 round trip just to see her


daughter? As I said to the families, it is unacceptable, and the reason


why we have launched this new set of standards for crisis care is to


address precisely this problem. I am on a mission to improve the


standards of mental health care and to ensure mental health is always


treated as seriously as physical health. That has never been the case


until now. Mr Lamb, thank you. In a moment: The true scale of rural


crime ` why farmers say they don't report every theft.


Last week, Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick


told BBC Look North that the fight against Rural Crime remains one of


his top priorities. But one local farmer who's had hundreds of pounds


of diesel stolen says it's not worth reporting similar crimes because the


police don't follow them up. Simon Hawkes from East Kirkby, has also


had two tractors stolen this week. But as Crispin Rolfe reports,


officers insist that information from farmers remains vital in


tackling rural crime. Closing the gate on rural crime `


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


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


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


after being told police won't investigate the diesel theft


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


in future: is there not going to achieve anything. There is no point


wasting time trying to do it. It is small theft and small crimes. I


think the big crimes, I taxes go missing, we would once the police


here as soon as possible. And here's why Simon's


disillusioned. A letter from Lincolnshire Police saying that


"there are no further lines of enquiry to help us solve the crime."


Though it does say that: "whilst we're unable to detect your crime,


your report helps us to identify where and how crime is committed, so


we can use our officers more effectively to prevent it."


And that's the message the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan


Hardwick is now trying to send, with officers insisting they'd rather


farmers over rather than under`reported incidents, even if it


that doesn't necessarily result in immediate arrests. I would far


rather send an officer to a suspicious incident that turns out


to be not think there not send an officer at all. Withington you


mentioned earlier, somebody had tractors starting, but didn't


contact the police. Police admit the county remains a hot spots, with one


point million pounds worth of goods stolen each year. The most common


items are quad bikes, tools and fuel.


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


communication, with the National Farmers Union encouraging farmers to


talk to the police more. Though officers acknowledge they still have


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


I'd like your thoughts on this story. What's your experience of


reporting rural crime? Are the police simply being realistic when


they say they can't investigate small scale thefts or do you think


all thefts from farms should be investigated?


A 32`year`old man has been arrested in connection with a raid at a post


office on Monday night. Officers say two men, who appeared to be armed


with a hammer, smashed through a protective glass screen before


stealing a coin dispenser, and driving away. Humberside Police are


still appealing for the public's help in identifying a second man


from the e`fit image they released. ?1.5 million of government money is


to be spent improving coastal defences along the South bank of the


Humber. Stretches of the flood bank were damaged in the tidal surge in


December. The Environment Agency says the work will help protect


people living in nearby villages. Seven km of flood bank between


Barton and Goxhill Haven, have already been repaired with more work


planned between now and April. A meeting is being organised in


Grimsby for people concerned about a new series of the Channel Four


documentary series Skint, which is being filmed in the town. The


original series was filmed on the Westcliff estate in Scunthorpe.


Channel four has confirmed its carrying out screen testing for a


new series. One charity says it's holding a meeting to allow residents


to air their concerns about the impact it could have on the town.


People are very concerned. They are concerned about the


misrepresentation of the community and about children's lives been


stigmatised, and about the community being stigmatised. Their concern


about businesses and the industry. A man who has to spend the rest of his


life in a wheelchair after he fell from 40 scaffolding says the builder


who employed him should have been punished. Robert Wilkin broke his


back when he fell three metres from the scaffolding at a warehouse last


year. The man who hired him today was given a four`month suspended


prison sentence. A year ago, life for Robert Wilkin


was completely opposite to what it is now. I had to lift his legs up


and put him in the bed, then turned him over. When subcontracted to work


in a warehouse, his life changed for ever. This scaffolding was erected


by his employer. The photograph is from the health and safety


executive, to show how it breaches working height regulations. The


company had never put scaffolding up before and use the Internet for


instructions. Rockefeller distance of three metres, headfirst, breaking


his back in two places. The doctor said the chances are he will not


walk again. It is not a very nice thing to hear. Or come to terms


with. Rodney Foyster left court with a four month suspended sentence, 200


hours unpaid work and two thousand nine hundred forty one pounds in


costs. Mr Foyster refused to speak today. He said he deeply regretted


the incident. Looking up instructions on the Internet is not


good enough. I think he has got off very lightly. He should be very


thankful. He has one time today. All he has got that might hurt a little


bit is a fine. The HSE say over half of the 4,000 major injuries reported


to them every year, are easily preventable falls from height or


from tripping over materials. For some they're life changing if left


unchecked. Still ahead tonight: Remembering a


rugby league hero as Hull FC prepare for the first Steve Prescott Cup.


There will be extra motivation for us. He was a great bloke.


Our picture tonight has been taken by Alf Bunting of a windsurfer he


spotted at Fraisethorpe Beach at the weekend. You can see how choppy it


is there. The masses orange to match Peter's faith and my dress fast ``


my dress. My sister lives in Wales and has


been watching this programme all week, but it has meant that my baby


niece has had to forego in the night Garden.


Maybe we should put that on instead of the weather.


It has been changing today. It is on a bit cooler. But it's good thing


for tomorrow. It will be another bright and breezy day. You can see


from the pressure chart it will be a breezy day. Friday remains blustery.


We have had some pleasant spells of sunshine. How cool night as well.


Cooler is spreading from the West. There is the risk of a touch of


Frost with temperatures down to around two or three degrees.


Tomorrow morning, chilly start to the day. I will be a decent amount


of dry and bright weather. A few showers pushing in from the west.


Where is temperatures have been around 11 or 12, they will be back


nearer the seasonal average of seven or eight. The better day of the


weekend looks like Saturday. There will be a few early showers, but


they will die away. The whole weekend looks breezy. Outbreaks of


rain will spreading from the West. The next week remains unsettled.


A pensioner from Lincolnshire says she'll spend thousands of pounds of


her own money in a legal fight in the High Court to stop a power


station being built in her community. Shirley Giles is


concerned about pollution from the proposed biomass plant at Sutton


Bridge. The development has already been given council planning


permission, but now Mrs Giles is attempting to have that overturned.


She's been speaking to Paul Murphy. Many 74`year`olds are enjoying


gentle retirement, not preparing for legal battles with big business.


Shirley Giles is different. This is the site at Sutton Bridge where


planning permission has been given for a wood` burning power plant,


near to an existing power station. Shirley says she's prepared to use


thousands of pounds of her own money to challenge that planning decision


in the courts. It will take all my savings. I don't care. I can


survive. I have done it before. I do feel strongly about it and am


prepared to put my money where my mouth is.


Many local residents objected to the development because of concerns over


its potential emissions. But the local parish council's abandoned


it's objection fearful of rising legal costs that's where Shirley


took over. This one`woman campaign to challenge


the district council's decision to grant planning permission for the


power station could end up costing the pensioner up to ?20,000, but


it's a risk she's clearly prepared to take. In a statement the company


behind the plant said: even if I have to take out equity, I


will do that, because I believe it is absolutely necessary.


South Holland district council has told us it understands that Mrs


Giles intends to bring judicial review proceedings and it will


respond in due course. So Shirley has a long fight ahead. A costly


David and Goliath battle, but one which she feels compelled to enter.


You've been getting in touch with us about a possible motorway linking


Lincolnshire with London. The Government says it's considering a


plan to extend the M11 from Cambridge. It's one of a number of


ideas being discussed for the next round of funding in six years' time.


But Lincolnshire County Council says the money could be better spent


elsewhere. It won't go to Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham. It will be an


attractive piece of countryside people drive through on the way to


the Humber. It does not represent good value for money.


Thank you for those who got in touch.


Experts say the recent stormy weather could cause a drop in the


number of puffins in East Yorkshire The British Trust for Ornithology


says record numbers of birds have washed up dead in France and Spain


and that the bad weather could see fewer puffins returning to Bempton


Cliffs. That December surge out in the North


Sea, there will have been a lot of puffins out there. Some of the


puffins from Bempton will have been in the Atlantic and just about


making their way back now, through the Bay of Biscay and back into the


North Sea to breed back at Bempton. We know normally there's about 4,000


pairs at Bempton, so we're looking quite closely. A rugby league hero


will be remembered as Hull FC travel to St Helen's tomorrow. The first


Steve Prescott Cup is being dedicated to the former fullback who


died from cancer last year. Crucial Superleague points are also at


stake. Amanda White has more. Six second half tries earned Hull FC


only the narrowest of victories over the Catalan Dragons last week. To


beat St Helens at Langtree Park will need a much stronger defence. We


want to get a result against a top quality outfit. We have some things


to build on from last week and hopefully we can.


The Superleague match is also a tribute to former Hull FC and Saints


fullback Steve Prescott. He raised thousands for charity whilst


battling cancer. A cup in his name will be fought over both league


meetings between the sides, some competing remember playing alongside


him. It will be extra motivation. It was a great bloke. We have great


memories of him. For others, especially myself, he played a


massive part in my career. We are looking to go down there.


Hull Kingston Rovers, meanwhile, need to improve after being


comprehensively beaten by Leeds last Sunday. The But winger David Hodgson


is out for three months after damaging his knee while Michael


Weyman must serve a two`match ban. Technically, he is guilty. That is


rugby league for you. Rovers travel to Huddersfield Giants


on Sunday. Family and neighbours of a student


from Lincolnshire who became one of the youngest people to row across


the Atlantic are celebrating his return tonight. People in Luke


Birch's home village of Doddington have thrown him a welcome home


party. Kate Sweeting reports. It's been an emotional few months


for this 21`year`old from Lincolnshire. After spending eight


weeks on a boat with only his friend Jamie Sparks for company, the pair


rowed themselves into the record books, and returned to a hero's


welcome. There were so many people. I can't believe they were there for


others. It is ecstasy, and to see your family again, it was one of the


best, if not the best, our author of my life. `` hour or so of my life.


Today, it was time for his friends and neighbours in Doddington to


congratulate him. Totally amazing. I think we thought it would never


happen and people would be airlifted out. Every Woody was terrified.


Really incredible. Amazing. Fabulous. Proud of him. It has been


a difficult few months for others, knowing he was bobbing about in that


time ago in the middle of the ocean for is but hugely proud. Completely


delighted. I am slightly anxious he will try to do something else.


Luke's journey took him from the Canary Islands, over 3,000 nautical


miles to Antigua. A long and gruelling challenge.


Almost a month on and the pain is becoming a distant memory. But after


raising more than ?300,000 for Breast Cancer Care, the legacy of


their achievement will live on. Kate is joining the celebrations


this evening. Luke joins me now. Well done. What an achievement. What


is it been acting friends and family again? It is wonderful. Seeing my


family, I have not had that much time to spam with them. We have a


small get`together. It looks like everyone has gone but there are some


people here still. Have you been surprised at the level of support


you have received? I have been completely blown over by it, to be


honest. When you are in the ocean, you think, is anybody thinking about


us? We were reminded some of the time by e`mail. Even been here, I


could not believe these people were here to see me. It is very humbling.


Also, the man of the nations we have had, it has been phenomenal. I think


your dad wants you to construct on your studies. It has been difficult


trying to do that. When you were out there, you teach your mind to drift


away from the pain. Now when I try to read a piece of paper, my mind


drifts off to something else. I'm trying to learn how to concentrate


again. I bet. Well done. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines: More than 20 people have been killed in gunfire


between police and protesters in Kiev.


A growing number of children sent away from home for mental health


care ` the Government tells Look North this is unacceptable. I am on


a mission as the Minister to improve standards of mental health care, and


to ensure mental health is always treated as seriously as physical


health. Norman Lamb speaking to me earlier.


A quick look at tomorrow's weather. We have had a lot of response about


whether farm thefts, whether it is reasonable to expect these to ``


police to investigate all crime. Pat says, all crime should be


investigated, it seems police can always find an excuse not to do


anything. Judith says, if less time and money was spent on Petri parking


offences, perhaps there may be more resources for rural crime. This one


says, I can see why farmers get upset, but rural houses are affected


just as much. Sarah says, try and give the police resources and they


might invest more time, they are stretched to the max and can barely


cope with urgent calls. Thank you for watching. Have a good evening.


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