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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: The
owners of Hull City repeat their threat to sell`up if they c`n't
change the club's name. Fans groups hit back.
This has never been a campahgn to remove Assem Allam from the club. We
just want to preserve our n`me. Claims poor rail links are holding
back the economy in Lincolnshire. Passengers stranded as a lock gate
tears a gash in a North Sea ferry. It had no alternative. If any
captain thinks there is dam`ge, he must stop. It was the right
decision. Faster than a racehorse ` the new
ladybird facts discovered bx a Hull scientist.
And after a windy day, we whll have some sunshine. I will have `ll the
details. The owners of Hull City say they
have been "prejudiced from the outset" as they try to change the
name of the club to Hull Tigers Assem and Ehab Allam have rdsponded
to a Football Association committee which is recommending their plans to
re`brand the club are rejected. Tonight the future ownership of the
club is in doubt with chairlan maintaining he will sell if he can't
change the name. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has been followhng
developments at the KC Stadhum. Behind these walls today, Htll City
plan their response to a decision by the committee to recommend reduction
`` rejection of the name to Hull Tigers. The statement had sdrious
accusations. Today at Wembley, FA said it was
happy with its procedures. Dhab Allam and Assem Allam say that they
will sell the club if the n`me change goes against him. Fans want
him to reconsider. This has never been a campahgn to
remove Ehab Allam and Assem Allam. It is a campaign to preservd our
name. We are happy with how Assem Allam and Ehab Allam R.N. In the
club. `` run at the club. All the fans are very stuck together
and have a strong opinion and the FA has listened. Well done to dveryone
involved. But if Assem Allam goes ahe`d, who
might buy? The current trend that we see is more investment coming from
abroad, so I would expect some sort of investment from either the Middle
East or the far east if he does decide to sell.
The family says that they whll ballot season`ticket holders hoping
that that will give them leverage. But if the FA sticks to that
recommendation, this club could be under new ownership by the start of
next season. Earlier, I spoke to the sports
writer David Conn. I started by asking him if Assem Allam whll get
the ?100 million or so he ndeds for the club quickly, if he puts it up
for sale. He obviously believes that he would
put the club up on the markdt and would put the club up for s`le. But
you do have to wonder whethdr he would find a buyer who would pay him
the price for the club itself and price enough to get... It w`s ? 2
million, as the middle of l`st year, in loans to Assem Allam and his
business. In the current clhmate and for a club like Hull City.
I gather you were quite impressed by the City Till We Die campaign. Did
they perhaps do more and make more of an effort than Mr Allam?
I hadn't seen what Mr Allam has put into the campaign. I understand that
the football club's first chairman went to see the subcommitted. But
City Till We Die, which was the coalition of support groups, did it
all in their spare time, nobody is getting paid. And there werd some
very professional people, some very passionate people. They produced a
21 page document and a film. They made very coherent argument about
the heritage and the football club, but also about the credibilhty of
this case that Mr Allam was making, that changing the name to Thgers
would give it a great commercial uplift. It is a highly imprdssive
job which impressed the FA's committee and I think they have done
themselves and football protd. Do you think that Mr Allam will back
down and just give up with this threat of walking away?
From my conversations with Lr Allam, who is a very successful businessman
in Hull ` he has been in Hull since the 1960s, he has built a vdry
successful business making industrial generators and I have
visited his factory ` I think he prides himself as being a m`n who
doesn't change his mind. But the Football Association is the
governing body of football, they have made the decision on the
credibility of his case, and he says he will walk away. But if no buyer
comes at a price that he wants, would he want to sell Hull City He
says he is a local person, he bought it for the community, would he want
to see it in trouble? I think he would not. Maybe it is time for
everyone to change their minds and get on with the job.
Contact details we will givd you in a moment if you want to copx ``
contact us. You have been commenting on this
story on our Facebook page. Lee says: "I would change the n`me if it
brings in more revenue. He has not come across well at all, but let's
face it, if not for the All`ms we wouldn't be sitting here talking
about a name change as therd would be no club." Ian says: "It's time
Allam stopped behaving like a petulant child.
He always wants his own way and no one is allowed to question his
decision. If you want to sell the club just do it. Just stop showing
yourself up!" if you want to give us your thoughts, here are the contact
details. In a moment: The couple who raised
more than a ?100,000 for Hull Royal Infirmary are awarded the British
Empire Medal. There are claims poor rail links in
Lincolnshire are a barrier to economic growth in the county.
That's according to local MPs who want greater investment in services.
It comes as campaigners call for more trains to stop at Gainsborough
Central, dubbed the worst r`ilway station in Britain.
It's been compared to a station you'd find in a war zone.
Gainsborough Central needs ` bit of TLC. Some trains would help, too.
It's locked up, apart from on Saturdays, when there are three
services. The only way that they could save
the line from closing in thd 19 0s was to put Parliamentary tr`in
service on. That runs at very infrequent times. There are not many
passengers using it, and no money to invest in the station or thd
services. And yet the station's right next to
town centre and its shops. It has been an underused line for a
long time and now we have the perfect opportunity to get lore
services to the station. We can attract more people into thd town
which will be a boost for the economy.
The town does have another train service `` station. This ond has
daily trains. But to get for `` from the high street here, it takes 0
minutes. So people want better connections between Lincoln and
Nottingham and between local stations. People say that journey
times are so another 100 ye`rs ago. There is also an application in to
get a direct link from Scunthorpe to King's Cross. The government says
that it is spending millions of pounds to improve the line. Local
MPs though are concerned ye`rs of under`investment have held the
county back. We need to revitalise the r`il
links. But the area depends on how well we are linked with transport.
Road and rail needs to be lhnked in the benefit of Lincolnshire. The
government is aware that economic well`being is at the forefront of
our minds. While back in Gainsborough, a town
with a growing population, Northern Rail says it's working with
campaigners to make sure improvements match that growth.
This is another story you mhght want to comment on. Do you think our
railways are being short ch`nged? A two`year`old boy has died after
falling into a pond in East Yorkshire. The toddler was taken by
air ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary yesterday after the
incident in Woodmansey near Beverley, but died a short time
later. This happened at around ten o'clock
at this house. The Ambulancd Service contacted the police after the
two`year old boy fell in thd pond. He was taken to hospital, btt later
died. At the moment, the de`th is being treated as unexplained. A
29`year`old woman was arrested but has been released on bail pdnding
further inquiries. It is understood that the family are being hdlped by
specially trained police officers and I have been talking to
neighbours today, many of whom have only just found out about the
tragedy but are very shocked. The University of Hull says it's
deeply concerned about the safety of one of its students who may have
been aboard the Malaysian Ahrlines flight that has been missing for
more than a week. Yue Wench`o is in the final stages of an MSC course at
the university's Business School. Someone of the same name and age is
on the passenger list for the flight, but it's not been confirmed
that it is the same person. The Unite union has announcdd four
more strike days in the ongoing dispute with the Yorkshire @mbulance
Service. Unite says staff could work ten hours without a meal brdak on
some shifts. Managers say steps have been taken to maintain safe and
effective services. The next walk`out is planned for Friday.
Passengers were left stranddd on board a Hull ferry last night after
the ship was forced to return to port. The Pride of Hull suffered
minor damage as it left the King George Dock for Zeebrugge. But as
Crispin Rolfe reports, experts insist the vessel was right to
return to assess the effects of a gouge in the ship's side.
Stuck in port late last night. The Pride of York suffered a narrow six
foot gouge in its side as it navigated the King George Dock's
lock gates. But as repairs were conducted, complaints by passengers
that they'd been left stranded as a five hour delay became a 12 hour
one. They told us that the boat would be
going out at 12:30am. And then they changed that. It was too late for
everybody to get transport home And for day trippers to the
continent, the overnight ferry's delay means an all too speedy
return. We had to go straight back. We could
not get off the boat. So for ferry`goers time spent simply
on board a floating hotel. This morning though the ferry left for
Belgium. It had no water innovative. If any
captain thinks there is any damage, he must stop. `` there was no
alternative. Safety is the lost important thing, it was the correct
decision. Previous ferries the same shze as
the Pride of York have all squeezed through Hull's King George Lock over
the decades, mostly without incident. But P say last night's
accident came after the 180 metre long ferry was scratched by a piece
of metal. It left a two metre long scratch, two centimetres dedp in the
side of the hull, but one significantly at least six letres
above the water line. This is where it scraped thd lock,
and you can understand why, because the boat is 25 metres wide, it only
has a fee centimetres on either side to clear. The company says that all
the repairs have been compldted and they are happy with the state of
repair. The ferry company insists this has
been a minor incident, and passengers were given the choice
whether to still travel. For those day`trippers who have howevdr, it
will be a frustrating three days, as this cruise comes straight back
overnight from the continent. Still ahead tonight: Why wildlife
enthusiasts are buzzing abott ladybirds.
We are amazed that they could keep on flying for two hours without
stopping. Please send in any pictures that you
have. And here is a surprising appearance
from the weather. We will gdt an accurate forecast.
Yes, it is a nice day, tempdratures possibly 1617 degrees. And xou can
see that it will be breezy, this area of low pressure will affect us
through Thursday. Wet and whndy weather then. We have had wdt
weather today with some showers Still a fewer showers across parts
of Lincolnshire, but they whll die away and it looks like a drx night.
The breeze will ease down for picking up again and a largdly frost
free night with temperatures seven or eight degrees. The sun whll rise
in the morning at 706 AM. Hdre are the high tides will stop `` the
tides. So, tomorrow, it will be a fine and dry day with decent
weather. Some high cloud possibly moving in from the west. Thd
temperatures should be around ten or 11 degrees, so 14 or 15 degrees will
feel very pleasant. It is possible that it could be 16 or sales `` 17
degrees. But then things will go downhill. On Thursday, it whll be a
windy day. As the rain moves southwards, it will become very
windy. There will be a cold front, so it will be colder on Friday.
There will be a frost and also a view showers.
I got a message saying that they were worried about the accurate
forecast, but they were ple`sed that you were on duty.
For the last 15 years they've worked tirelessly, raising more th`n a
?130,000 to buy equipment for the Hull Royal Infirmary. Today Ruth and
Tony Knowles from Sutton on Sea were publicly rewarded for their efforts.
Both were presented with thd British Empire Medal in front of frhends and
fellow fundraisers. Our reporter Jake Zuckerman was there to see the
ceremony. The unexpected reward for 14 years
of hard work. Ruth Knowles `nd Tony Knowles had never asked for any
recognition, raising ?130,000 to buy equipment for the hospital, but
today they were the centre of attention as they were given a
medal. I was really apprehensive this morning when I woke up. I
thought, what will be day bring But every minute has been great and I
have loved it. When we started this 15 years ago, we never thought that
this would happen. We cannot thank people enough for help they have
helped us. Their connection began when their
daughter Emma was treated for a rain infection. Sadly doctors cotld not
save her, but they have helped many others. `` a brain infection.
They have helped us by lots of things that are helpful for our
patients, not the things th`t the trust might pay for, but thhngs that
are really helpful. It is rdally important that people do thhs,
because the whole point of living in a community is to help the
community. The couple say that they will try
and continue to do as much `s they can.
A petition has been handed hn to Downing Street on behalf of six men,
including three from East Yorkshire, being held in an Indian prison. Ray
Tindall from Hull, Paul Towdrs from Pocklington and Nicholas Silpson,
who grew up in Cottingham, were providing anti`piracy protection for
an American company when thdir ship was detained by Indian authorities
last October. We are here because we are trying to
get our boys out of jail whdre they are in India. We don't think it is
right, but we're not coming to shout and scream. We are asking dhplomats
to do the diplomatic thing `nd the best.
One of Lincoln's most well`known restaurants, The Barge on the
Brayford, has been badly dalaged by fire. Crews were sent to thd
historic waterfront area of the city during the early hours of this
morning. Police say they ard not treating the blaze as suspicious.
A big response to our story of a mother of a Royal Marine who was
killed in Afghanistan who s`ys that the British withdrawal from the
country is a mistake. Gerald from Lincoln says that the decishon to
join: Thank you for those messages.
Lincolnshire skier Jade Ethdrington has been celebrating her success
over tea with the Prime Minhster. Jade, from Bourne and her gtide
Caroline Powell went to Downing Street earlier after arriving back
in the UK last night. They became Britain's most successful fdmale
Winter Paralympic skiers evdr at the games in Sochi.
I think he was very happy to see us and he said that we did the country
proud and it was good for us to be here with the team and with our
colours, and we had a surprhse from James scored in, which was funny. ``
James Cord and. It was a re`lly good day.
I am hoping that I will meet her soon.
Hull City's George Boyd has been charged with misconduct by the FA
after allegedly spitting at Manchester City's Joe Hart. Boyd has
until tomorrow evening to rdspond to the charge, which was not sden by
match officials but caught on camera during the Tiger's 2`0 defe`t
against City over the weekend. Two of our local football tdams are
playing this evening. Lincoln City travel to Braintree. There will be
full match commentary on BBC Radio Lincolnshire with the build up
beginning at seven o clock. While Grimsby Town make the trip to Forest
Green Rovers. BBC Radio Humberside will be following that match which
kicks off at 7:45pm. The draw for the fourth round of the
Rugby League Challenge Cup has been made. Hull FC will play the Salford
Red Devils, whilst Hull Kingston Rovers take on Warrington. Both of
those matches are home games. Research lead by the University of
Hull has revealed surprising new facts about ladybirds. The tiny bugs
don't care about their size ` they can fly faster, higher and for
longer than was originally thought. They have long been a gardener's
favourite ` feasting on pests like greenflys and adding a splash of
colour to the average British garden. There are 46 differdnt
ladybird species in Britain. The most common is the seven` spot.
Their colour and pattern helps to protect them by warning potdntial
predators. Now a new study lead by Hull
University has shown that l`dybirds can pack quite a punch in the air.
We built a very basic piece of equipment, like a Perspex ctbe, and
we watch how they were flying and we were amazed that they could fly for
two hours without stopping. They might not look very aerodyn`mic but
they are very strong at flyhng. Research is have found that
ladybirds can reach the samd speed as a racehorse. They can also fly at
heights in excess of 3600 fdet, about the height of Ben Nevhs.
So this is an insect hotel `nd this is where insects like ladybhrds will
hibernate. Staff at this park were exchted
about the findings. It will be great to tell the children, because it
inspires them. It is great for the staff, because we see them dvery day
and to learn something new hs amazing is op.
Aside from the fun facts, researchers believe the information
can help to explain the raphd spread of the invasive harlequin l`dybird,
which settled in the UK frol Asia in 2004.
It has already spread to many consonants. Just having better
estimates about them helps ts to know how far there are likely to
spread in the future. So thdy may be no bigger than a fingertip ` but now
we have a better idea of just how quickly and how far these most
colourful of beetles can flx. It is 6:55pm. Russia formally takes
over Crimea, America says that it is a land grab. And the owners of Hull
City say that they will sell if they cannot change the name. Thex say
that there is prejudice. And tomorrow will see top
temperatures of 16 Celsius, a warm day.
Some comments about Hull City. One man says that they should not be
allowed to change the name, anyone who is allowed to put that luch
money into the team should be allowed to change the name. Another
person said that they must be allowed to continue with thd team.
Another commentator says th`t they should have the right to do call the
team what they like. One other commentator says that what they have
done it for standing up with the heritage of the club is gre`t.
Another person says that thdy should be allowed to call them Hull City
Tigers. I would change the name if they want more revenue. If they
walk, then we are doomed. Join me if you can tomorrow. Good