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Look North. The headlines tonight: 's is best The TV show about people
on benefits, and the people in Grimsby who say they don't want a
second series. Known for the steelworks, or what is left of them.
Tonight people here have been telling councillors they don't want
the TV programme to affect the reputation of the town. A call to
stop parents being penalised by expensive school holiday breaks.
Sincere and unreserved ` Lincolnshire's Police and Crime
Commissioner apologises to his chief constable. The demands for ?200
million to improve the Humber's flood defences If we get the whole
thing done, it will dramatically change the future risk of flooding
the wound here `` around here. And the mild weather looks set to
continue across the week. I will be back later in the
programme with a full forecast. Good evening. It's been described as
a TV freak show, but some of those taking part in the planned new
series of Skint in Grimsby say the town could benefit. People are
meeting on the East Marsh estate this evening to discuss their
concerns about the programme, which shows how people survive without
work. More than 800 people have signed a petition calling for it to
be stopped. In a moment, I'll be talking to one man who says he's
happy to take part in the programme, but first, this report from Gemma
Dawson. This TV show was watched by
millions. Skint was based on life on this Scunthorpe estate, but the
Channel 4 show proved controversial. Now some people in
Grimsby are concerned it could be the featured town in the second
series. I really do not want them to fill it in Grimsby. They will
portray is it a bad light. It will bring up a lot of issues, but also a
lot of stigma. The show can speak for what it is and we will see what
happens. At this public meeting tonight, locals have been discussing
the show. We do not think it is there that that kind of programme is
made about this extraordinary community. It is a brilliant
community and it should not be ridiculed or misrepresented. Channel
4 has not attended the meeting, because it said it offered...
In the West Cliff estate in Scunthorpe earlier, I met Ray from
the drop`in centre, who told be most people in this area would not want a
second series filmed here. These programmes are not showing a true
reflection of the areas. There are a of good and positive things
happening that just does not come to the front because people don't want
to see all the good things. They point the negative things. They
would not have viewers otherwise. But some believed there were
benefits to Skint being in Scunthorpe. It has brought the
attention of the world, but also the broader issues about how we improve
the lives of people in North Lincolnshire. In Grimsby test
filming has already taken place. But Channel 4 says it cannot definitely
confirm the final location of the next series yet, but many here
tonight are hoping it will not be here.
Gemma is at the Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, where the meeting has
been taking place. What's been said there?
Around 60 people are here at tonight's meeting. Most appear to be
concerned about the prospect of Skint being filmed here. They are
worried it will only show the negative aspects of the town. But
Channel 4 says it will look at the real impact of worthlessness,
highlighting some of the social issues that arise. `` that arise.
People here have considered writing to Channel 4, and also making a
counter documentary to show the positive aspects of the town.
The Reverend John Ellis has been part of the filming in the town, I
asked him why he'd agreed to take part.
They came to us and asked us, would we co`operate with them? That was in
November and we have spent from then until today in discussions from
them, and negotiations, to make certain as far as possible that they
were going to put a positive image of what we do over on the
television. You cannot be sure that they are going to be positive. 800
people have signed the petition. 81 thousand in Grimsby, so it is hardly
a lot. You think there is nothing to worry about. You always take a risk
with any media. Are you not worried Grimsby is going to be seen as a
freak show? It will not be shown as a freak show. You are not reducing
it. Well, you could change this interview today. You never have a
control of what goes on television. You always take a risk. So people
down on their block, on benefits, is that the right material on
entertainment? I do not see it as entertainment. Anybody who does,
that is really sad. But people need to know the conditions in which
people in this country, which the Prime Minister himself has now
admitted is a wealthy country, the conditions some people have to live
in. They have to see it and know it. If they see it as entertainment that
is their problem. So for the people who can relate to it, it is a
documentary, those who cannot relate to it, in a posh house in Oxford,
that is entertainment. I don't care about those people. Is it a good
thing or a bad thing for Grimsby? It was not a bad thing for Scunthorpe.
It started re`generation of the area. The council has met. It has
not been all bad. Will you be watching it? I will be watching this
one. What is your message to those who are not happy about it? That is
their opinion. I have a different opinion.
Let us know what you think about this story. Will this be a freak
show about Grimsby, will it help the town or hinder its image, or will
some good come out of them taking part in the programme?
the stories of the heroism and bravery of World War I.
A Lincolnshire head teacher has called for the government and travel
companies to get their act together to stop parents being penalised by
expensive breaks during school holidays. The issue is being
discussed in the Commons today after a public outcry. Now Adrian Reed,
the head of four schools in Boston, says enough is enough. An English
lesson in full swing at this academy in Boston today, but for parents it
is a maths lesson that is needed when it comes to working out how
much extra they will be paying for a trip to foreign insurers in the
school holidays. With more and more schools starting
to set their own holiday times, and families under financial pressure,
able are starting to say enough is enough, and really the government,
local schools and the travel companies need to get their act
together to make sure families can have that important holiday time
together without it affecting their education. Today the issue is being
debated in Westminster after 160,000 people called for a cap on price
rises in school holidays on a petition. We have logged onto a
popular all`inclusive holiday website and do dollar done a search
for a family flying from Manchester to Majorca in the summer. This is
the first one that came up, during the summer holidays it will set you
back ?694 per person. A total of ?2776. To do the same search again
during school term time, you can go in June for 488 per person, a total
of less than ?2000, a saving of more than ?800. Plenty of money for those
holiday souvenirs. At the temptation to save that money can come at a
cost, in the form of fixed penalties for unauthorised absence. Councils
have issued hundreds in the last year. We will do everything we can
to persuade parents not to take their children out of school for
holidays. They will be delivered this and significantly. Parents in
the East Riding tonight said holiday companies are taking advantage. It
is ridiculous. We are going away in the Easter holidays and it is
costing a fortune. It is completely unfair. One idea could be to stagger
UK term plans, a possible solution for cash strapped parents. Certainly
a hot potato at the moment. Another one you might want to
comment on. Should parents be fined for taking
children out of school for holidays in turn times? Maybe you have been
fined or you are considering taking children out for a holiday.
The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick, has
apologised to his chief constable 12 months after he suspended him. The
apology to Neil Rhodes was made this morning. Our reporter Emma Massey is
in the newsroom. What has Mr Hardwick said?
In his letter to Neil Rhodes, Alan Hardwick says he is sorry for the
anxiety caused to him and his family. He says his apology is
sincere and unreserved. But he goes on to say that he also intended to
act appropriately. Let's just remind us of what this is all about. The
saga dates back a year, when the then acting chief constable, Neil
Rhodes, was suspended. It started an investigation that cost taxpayers
?165,000. Mr Rhodes was reinstated by a High Court judge following a
legal challenge. He's since become the permanent chief constable of
Lincolnshire Police. In a separate letter to the Police and Crime Panel
today, the same panel that requested this apology be made, Mr Hardwick
defends the spend of public money and says he would like now to draw a
line under this and move on. But the panel says while they welcome the
apology to Neil Rhodes, they want to see a separate apology to the people
of Lincolnshire. Thank you. Still ahead: The international footballer
turned boxer who has now claimed a British title. I would love to tell
everybody the story about what I have done and how great I have done,
but I have an unbelievable team around B.
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directors made it move. Fantastic cloud formation. Paul is back from
half term but he is on a baker day today.
Yes, he needed a break after the break. It has been a nice day today
and we have a couple more on the cards. Tomorrow not too bad and
Wednesday fine as well. Tomorrow, a grey start but brightening up. We
have some wet and breezy weather through the course of the night. You
can see on the satellite picture at the front overnight from last night
moving away. Broken cloud behind it so some peasant spells of sunshine.
The cloud will thicken this evening, the breeze will strengthen. It will
be blustery along the coastline, gusts in excess of 30 mph. But all
the wind, cloud and rain means it will be a mild night.
A bit of a grey start to the day tomorrow. In the early rain will
clear away and it will brighten up quickly. Cloud ceiling and breaking.
There could be the odd isolated but generally a pleasant day. `` cloud
ceiling and breaking. Today we got up to 10 degrees, very mild. Still
mild tomorrow, but not quite so high, at nine or ten. The average is
eight degrees for this time of year. A fairly breezy day on Wednesday
with the risk of the odd shower but most places dry. Wet and windy
overnight Wednesday and then on Thursday it brightens up again with
a scarf of showers. Cooler for Friday.
An East Yorkshire MP is asking the Government for ?200 million to
improve flood defences around the Humber. 1,100 homes in the area were
flooded during the tidal surge in December. The MP for Haltemprice and
Howden, David Davis, is lobbying the government to provide money for work
on the defences. Kate Sweeting reports.
For John and Liz Kirk from Yokefleet in East Yorkshire, this caravan is
now home. Like almost all of their neighbours, they were flooded during
December's tidal surge. It could be several months before they can move
back into their house. After 11 weeks, it is just really depressing
now, and it gets you down after all this time. 1,100 homes in the Humber
area were flooded during December's tidal surge. Now with predictions
that extreme weather will become more common, the MP for Haltemprice
and Howden, David Davis, is calling for the east coast to be better
protected. We are the second highest flood risk in the country and that
will get worse as sea levels go up. We have to do something about it.
The plan is to raise the height of parts of the river bank which
protect thousands of homes from flooding but which were overtopped
in December. There are also plans to create water holding areas and to
remove some flood defences to allow some areas to flood. This has
already been done in a few areas, albeit amid controversy, as many did
not want to see that land lost. All of this work would cost more than
?200 million, money which would largely have to come from the
government. But at a time when much of the UK has been battered by the
elements, is securing hundreds of millions of pounds for this area
realistic? It is realistic. We are looking forward 20 years from now. A
very important area, very valuable assets, so it is right to do this.
If it is not done, all this land will just be reclaimed. Nature will
take it back again unless we fight it. Liz and John hope to stay in
this village for the rest of their lives, and it's hoped if this work
is carried out, it will also be saved for future generations.
We will continue to follow the floods closely.
The last two remaining flying Lancaster Bombers in the world are
to fly together in Lincolnshire. A bomber from Canada will arrive at
RAF Coningsby in August. It'll fly alongside the Lancaster, operated by
the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Last year was the 70th
anniversary of the Dambusters raids. The Doncaster Belles and England
footballer Sue Smith has been attempting to cycle one of the most
arduous climbs in Yorkshire ahead of the Tour De France coming to the
area this summer. The Buttertubs Pass in North Yorkshire is a steep,
nearly three`mile climb. The route will be one of two mountain climbs
on stage one of the 2014 Tour De France, which starts in Yorkshire
this July. And you can find out how Sue gets on ` that's on an Inside
Out Tour De France special. Former professional footballer
Curtis Woodhouse has stunned the boxing world by winning a British
title. Curtis, from Driffield, played for Hull City and Grimsby
Town before switching to boxing. On Saturday, his boxing dream came true
on a bill which included Olympic champion Luke Campbell. Our sports
reporter Simon Clark was there. Even in his moment of triumph with
his family and management team, Curtis Woodhouse faced the media
disbelieving what he had achieved. Not many gave the former England
under`21 international a chance in the fight game when in 2006, as a
Grimsby Town player, he announced he was switching sports. I kind of
turned my back on football a little bit, not that I don't like football,
it is just something I feel I have done now. Woodhouse was taking on
the champion Darren Hamilton, who came with a strong pedigree. And a
nice hat. Both men scraped and jabbed, looking for the decisive
blow. In the end, the judges were split, but Woodhouse got it. The
most remarkable thing for me is that I have done it in 28 fights. A
season and a half for an amateur. I would love to tell everybody the
story about how great I have done, but I have an unbelievable team
about me. What an achievement, what a story for his kids. They will be
so proud. In other bouts, Olympic star Luke Campbell thrilled his home
crowd with an eighth`round stoppage of Scott Moises, as he builds to a
British title defence. And in another astonishing performace,
Hull's Tommy Coyle picked himself off the canvas four times to land
the decisive punch on Daniel Brizuela of Argentina to retain his
IBF international belt. Hull Kingston Rovers earned a late
draw in the Super League. They trailed 24`6 at half time but Josh
Hodgson scored three minutes from time, before Omari Caro's converted
try tied the game in the last minute. It finished 24`24.
Hull FC led at 10`6 at half`time thanks to tries from Mickey Payer
and Richard Whiting at St Helens. But Saints came back after the break
to win 34`22. And you can see all the tries from
both those games on tonight's Super League Show.
Hull City will reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup if they
beat Brighton in a replay tonight.The Tigers thrashed Cardiff
4`0 in Wales this weekend in the Premier League. Manager Steve Bruce
says his side can mount a challenge in the FA Cup and fight to stay in
the Premier League. And you can hear commentary of the tie on BBC Radio
Humberside. It's on all frequencies. Sportstalk is on air now.
Scunthorpe United are level on points with Chesterfield at the top
of League Two. The Iron thrashed Portsmouth on Saturday by 5`1. David
Syers scored the first hat trick of his career as Scunthorpe took their
unbeaten run to 16 matches since Russ Wilcox took over as manager.
Grimsby Town missed out on a second successive FA Trophy final. The
Mariners drew 1`1 against Cambridge on Saturday, losing 3`2 over the two
legs. Scott Neilson got the Grimsby goal, but it wasn't enough.
We are looking for people to have their say on what we do here at look
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Order an information pack on our website or by phoning that number.
This year is the centenary of World War I. It was a global conflict but
its impact was felt in our region. Over the next couple of weeks we
will uncover some of the stories of those on the home front ensuring
that those who lift, served and diet are remembered. `` those who lived.
It claimed the lives of over 16 million people. A conflict on a
global scale. But it impact was felt right here on our doorstep.
From major cities to towns and villages, World War I touched almost
everyone's life in some way or another and he is too channelling
incher, there were tales of bravery, of courage and endeavour.
Over the next week here on the BBC, we are going to be unearthing some
of those incredible stories. There are some amazing human stories
of everyday life and how this heroism manifested itself in
different ways. The boys and girls who managed to survive the bombings.
The women who protected the home front. The mounted soldiers who
protected the East coast. It is a really diverse story about everyday
life and how the heroism shone through. And never was there a more
five example of bravery than the Grimsby Chums, a battalion made of
friends and colleagues who joined up together and gave their lives
together. It wiped out a whole echelon of society and in a small
place like Grimsby it must have been devastating. All the young men of
their generation just wiped out. From those who gave their lives to
those who gave the orders, we will hear this man's story, William
Robertson, who started life in a small village in Lincolnshire and
who became the only man to rise through all the ranks in the Army.
On his death, hundreds attended a memorial at Lincoln Cathedral. Today
few know his story. Today we will go to a school named after him and see
that his memory is alive. The telling of these stories has been
made possible as a result of a special partnership between the BBC
and the Imperial warmly serums. Rare material from the archives has been
dug out to bring extraordinary scenes to life, but this is not just
a story on film. `` the Imperial War Museum 's. They threw a piano out of
the window and smashed the house of... We know little about some of
the First World War history of the area and what these pieces for BBC
Radio have done is uncovered some of the gems.
100 years may have passed since they made their sacrifices on the front
line, since the hardships and heartache was felt on the home
front, but thanks to the special project, the stories of the men and
women in World War I to be once more. `` are to be told once more.
Incredible, the old pictures there. There will be another film tomorrow
night. If you want to find out more, go to the BBC website, where you can
discover more World War I history from across the UK. A B cup of the
main national and regional headlines.
More than 20,000 people with no food, shelter or way out in Syria.
Look North East told that a controversial TV Seabees could help
turn Grimsby's fortunes around. People need to know the conditions
in what should `` in which people in this region live.
Tamara's forecast, a cloudy, damp start, brightening up with some
showers later on. Responds on whether there should be
a second series of Skint set in Grimsby. James says, we do not want
another series. It is just shock tactics for viewing figures. It is a
misrepresentation of 99% of good old Grimsby people. Another viewer says
that Grimsby has always been the butt of jokes, including being grim
and smelling of fish. The programme would no doubt this represented
area. Roger says Channel 4 pretends the areas are documentaries but they
are really great sneer shows for posh southerners. Bill says, I have
moved to Lincolnshire from London. I can assure you no matter how much
this programme denigrates Grimsby, it cannot lower the southerners'
opinion of the area and its people. Quite strong. Good night.