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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 Since residential care was withdrawn from this unit last year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.