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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: Calls
for an inquiry as a flagship school closes after less than two xears.
It's completely unprecedentdd and it's extraordinary, in fact. How
could you possibly open a school and have it close within 18 months? We
need a very thorough and independent enquiry.
It was supposed to strengthdn business links but flights from
Humberside Airport to Copenhagen are scrapped.
After the tidal surge, a promise Boston's tidal barrier will be ready
ahead of schedule. And how of the country's most
notorious cases is taking a Hull entrepreneur to Hollywood.
Rain will continue in places through this evening but it should become
mostly dry overnight. Join le later live in Boston for the full
forecast. It opened just 18 months ago but
tonight there are calls for an inquiry as a Hull secondary school
announces it will close bec`use it's claimed there is a lack of students.
Around 100 pupils attend thd Hull Studio School in the city cdntre and
many of them face having thdir education disrupted following the
announcement it will shut at the end of August. The idea of the school
when it opened was to focus on business and enterprise and get
students ready for the world of work. Caroline Bilton reports.
For some students this opportunity is exciting. When it opened it was a
pioneer ` just one of seven colleges in the UK to offer a new type of
education but in less than two years its closing, leaving the future of
some of its 90 students hanging in the balance. I had to check the date
on the calendar because I honestly thought it was an April fool's joke.
This parent wanted to remain anonymous to protect her chhld's
future education. We'd had no warning at all from the school or
any of the authorities... Nothing. We were totally in the dark. We
don't know what's going on. So we don't know where in Septembdr our
child is going to be. The studio school day will not be a 9al to 3pm
experience. It's sponsored by Hull College but what is a studio school?
It was a new concept in education that started back in 2010. They re a
type of academy designed for pupils aged between 14 and 19 and they
offer practical skills in the workplace as well as tradithonal
academic and vocational studies In a statement the trust that runs the
schools says that the closure is down to increased competition across
the city. And it has struggled to recruit the number of students
necessary to secure its viability. They say they'll work with pupils to
help them find an appropriate destination to continue thehr
learning. The Department for Education gave ?170,000 to the trust
when the school was set up. Some believe an inquiry should t`ke
place. This is completely unprecedented. It is extraordinary.
How could you open a school, spend a lot of money on it and have it close
in 18 months. I think it has national implications. We nded to
get to the bottom of this. Ht's aimed to teach them about the world
of work ` for students here they're getting a taste of the realhty a
little earlier than they wotld have liked.
No one from the Hull Studio School, its sponsors or the Departmdnt for
Education was available for interview. Earlier I spoke to the
principle of the Midland sttdio school which has been rated as
outstanding. We were obviously disappointed for Hull and otr
colleagues. The studio school model we have found has been very
successful. We believe it h`s a future for young people. Yot said
the school is less like a conveyor belt, but unfortunately youngsters
here want to get on that conveyor belt, they are blaming a lack of
numbers coming forward. Why do you think that is? We are finding young
people want a different typd of learning. They don't just w`nt a
range of qualifications, thdy want skills that will make them had and
shoulders above everybody else when it comes to the world of work.
Something has gone wrong because your type of school, there hs a lack
of accountability. This school announces it is going after 18
months, ?170,000 gone. Therd is no accountability? I disagree, they
accountability is the same `s any Academy in the UK. We are hdld to
account by Ofsted, they use the same framework. Judging by teachhng and
learning and quality of education we provide is the same. We recdived
outstanding at our studio school so that proves the model can work.
We want to hear from you on this story, maybe you go to the Hull
Studio School or you might have an opinion on academy schools no matter
where you live. If you want to get in touch, the
usual address: Thanks to everyone who got hn touch
about the Nu T strike yesterday Across our part of the world, 1 of
our schools fully closed with 1 0 partially closed. Just a few of your
messages: Flights from Humberside airport to
Copenhagen are being scrappdd. Those involved believed one of thd key
areas of trade would be the renewable sector. But Scandhnavian
Airlines has blamed disappohnting passenger numbers, as Emma Lassey
reports. Business as usual for KLM and
Eastern Airways. We are verx disappointed they have cancdlled the
route but there are other opportunities and we are cldar with
KLM and Eastern, it is an exciting time for the airport and thd region
itself. When operations beg`n in October last year the deal was seen
as a vote of confidence in the local economy. Denmark has pioneered the
use of renewable energy, whhch is expanding across the Humber region
with business links ever more important. Even this week's news
from Siemens confirming its commitment to renewable energy
investments in the area has not stopped the airline pulling out
Scandinavian airlines has s`id passenger demand was not as high as
anticipated. It made it unsustainable to continue flying
from Humberside airport. Thd route began at the end of October last
year, a five times a week sdrvice using a 50 seat aircraft. There have
been 14 cancellations due to weather and technical issues. News service
has been cancelled has not gone down well with business passengers
arriving today. A lot of people rely on airlines these days to go to and
from work. It is a good work `` airport. I hoped this airport would
grow as opposed to potential cut backs, but extremely disappointing.
We were very excited when they first announced the additional service
from Humberside airport to Durope will stop it is very much ndeded. It
has been short lived and I think the announcement is unfortunate and it
almost coincided with the positive news of the renewable energx sector.
With other airline operators using this airport successfully it's hope
that Scandinavian Airlines will return at some point in the future.
You might also have a view on this story, how damaging is todax's
announcement to the airport? Both Humberside and Lincolnshire
Police need to make improvelents to the way they handle domestic abuse.
That's according to a new rdport which says Humberside Policd has a
fragmented and inconsistent approach to dealing with cases.
Lincolnshire's force was described as being "generally effective", but
improvements are still needdd to keep victims safe. We have
specialist officers in domestic abuse and victims' services. We have
just started a programme to try and identify repeat victims, repeat
offenders and serial offenddrs ` those who offend against multiple
victims. We are trying to gdt more sophisticated in the way we deal
with those and the way we s`fety plan for victims within
Lincolnshire. North`east Lincolnshire Council says
the scheme to stop bogus callers has reached a milestone. Areas that sign
up to be a cold calling control zone are provided with warning shgns and
given advice on how to deter and avoid doorstep crime. Three streets
in Grimsby signed up this wdek bringing the total number of zones
to 100. It is not just a local problem, it is a national problem.
Knock on the door, so you h`ve something faulty with your roof
guttering and before you know it, Mrs Jones perhaps has handed over an
amount of money she can ill afford. They have taken the money, not done
the work and work still needs doing, she has to it twice.
Hall sitting goalkeeper is still in hospital after last night's defeat
to West Ham. On 100 years on, the World War I soldiers finallx laid to
rest. The Boston MP Mark Simmons has told
blogs nor the flood barrier in the town will be completed earlher than
expected. He says work should be finished by 2019. He has sahd he
will personally help anyone who is still struggling to get instrance.
800 homes and businesses were did by the tidal surge in December. As part
of the schoolroom port date, Damien, Harry, Courtney and Mia havd been
finding out how the town is four months after the flooding. This was
Boston in December, the tid`l surge led to water flowing over w`lls and
bridges and into homes and businesses.
We caught up with our MP who told us a lot of work is being done to
protect people in the futurd. The cost of the barrier and associated
works is 100 million. The advice I have received from the environment
agency, the body responsibld for building and maintaining flood
defences, is that had the b`rrier been in position on December the 5th
and sixth last year, no properties in Boston would have flooded. This
is the church known as the stump. There is still work to be done here.
It took a long time to dry out. We have problem with the woodwork
because we don't know how mtch damage has been done. We have the
electrics and the sound system still to do and we have the entird heating
system in the church. You whll have noticed it is a little bit cold
That is because we don't have a heating system. The flooding
affected many other students our school. The water came down my
street and it was about a cdntimetre until it came into my door. I wasn't
affected. It affected some of our friends and family. Some of the
clubs we go to were cancelldd. Will it happen again? A deep are` of low
pressure pushed across the north of the UK and it forced sea levels to
rise. As the low pressure ptshed away, the strong winds dragged it
towards the coast and that resulted in the coastal flooding. Thdy could
happen again but after the 43 flood defences put in place, and now more
work has been done. Work is underway in the tidal barrier and repairing
the flood defences. The barrier is due to be finished earlier than
expected by the middle of 2019. Well done to them, they did a
fantastic job. K is still in Boston, let's go to her for the fordcast.
Good evening. It has dry up here but it is chilly.
Let's take a look at the gr`phics. As we had through this evenhng,
patchy rain will continue in places. It could become heavier and more
persistent for a time. As wd head overnight, towards the end of the
night most parts should we drive. Temperatures will drop to around six
or seven degrees. So it shotld remain largely frost free. Cloudy
and a bit breezy as well. Tomorrow morning will be a cloudy st`rt,
there could be patchy rain `t first but all parts should be dry as we
had through the day. It will feel chilly again tomorrow. Eight or nine
degrees. The easterly breezd will make it feel chilly, especi`lly
along the coast. For the important Outlook, I have a guest. On Friday
we may see the chance for p`tchy rain at first but all parts should
clear. Still cloudy, temper`tures around nine degrees. As we go into
the weekend it may still be very cloudy especially around thd coast.
As we go further inland we lay see some hazy sunshine. Temperatures are
warming up to 12 degrees. Unfortunately, as we go into Monday
cannot we may see the rain `gain. That is the Outlook. That is the
Outlook, I think she did a great job. Thank you very much.
job. Thank you Let's thank them all. Damien, Harry,
Courtney and Mia. Well done to everyone, youngsters who have been
taking part today. A family from Lincolnshire can finally bury one of
their relatives who died in World War One. Ten soldiers who wdre
killed in October 1914 have been formally identified, includhng
Private William Singyard whose relatives live in Heckington. The
men served with second Batt`lion, The York and Lancaster Regilent
Here's Gemma Dawson: They fought for their country. Many killed hn action
with some families unaware of their final resting place. But now the
bodies of ten soldiers who have been identified five years after their
remains were found during btilding work in France. I can see the
resemblance to my father. Particularly around the eyes and
around the mouth. Barry provided his DNA and last week he got a letter
confirming his relative was one of the dead soldiers. He never even
knew about Private William @lfred Singyard, but has spent the last
week researching him at his home in Heckington. I felt more of ` bond,
more of a closeness. Some s`dness because since it's been confirmed,
I've been trawling genealogx websites and trying to find more
about his existence, his history, what he did. The Regiment wdre on
this road here. Colonel Geofrey Norton is an expert on the Regiment.
By nightfall, they were in ` position just south of this little
crossroads here. That is whdre the bodies were found on that crossroads
in 2009. He's spent the last few years helping to identify the dead
soldiers. Without DNA we wotld never have known who any of them were
They could have been buried the next year as unknown. It's wrong. This is
a wonderful way in which to honour the soldiers who died for us. Now,
nearly 100 years after their deaths in this war, the ten identified
soldiers will finally be giving us funeral with full military honours.
The record producer and rail campaigner, Peter Waterman hs urging
the government to speed up production of the High Speed Rail
Bill. The first stage of thd ?4 billion project is due to connect to
the capital with Birmingham. The second stage will link up whth
Manchester and Leeds. He cl`ims many parts of Yorkshire will bendfit You
have got to have the whole `rea so it spreads out so Bradford
benefits, York benefits, so over in Hull, places like that. It spreads.
Wealth is spread, that is the great thing about it. Let's hope the
people in our region will bdnefit after the Tour de France ard getting
access to free bikes and cycle training. This advert was rdleased
Lincolnshire's Paralympic skier Jade Etherington has been granted the
freedom of her home town. Although 2017 is rooted in Hull it is very
much an event for the whole Yorkshire community. We need to work
with our neighbouring cities, but also you take the Tour de France as
an international event, it's got great scope to pull in masshve
audiences and we want to showcase what we're going to be doing in 2017
so they come back. Lincolnshire's Paralympic skier Jade
Etherington has been granted the freedom of her home town. J`de
became the most successful British female Winter Paralympian when she
won four medals at Sochi. Bourne Town council voted unanimously last
night to give her the honour. Fantastic news.
The Hull City goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, is in hospital with kidney
damage after a collision th`t led to his sending off at West Ham. Despite
the home team winning 2`1, they were booed off by their fans at the end
of the game. Leanne Brown rdports. Hull City are still one short of the
ten victories that manager Steve Bruce has set as a survival target
after last night's result, but there was no shame in defeat. The game's
moment of controversy arrivdd in bizarre circumstance when Htll
City's goal keeper, Alan McGregor fouled Mohamed Diame, just loments
after the West Ham player appeared to control the ball with his hand.
It was the referee's assist`nt who instructed that a penalty should be
awarded and that was followdd with a red card to McGregor, who w`s hurt
in the collision and is still in hospital. Mark Noble converted the
penalty for the home team btt they failed to make the most of their
numerical advantage and Citx equalised early in the second half
when Tom Huddlestone's free`kick cannoned off Nikica Jelavic into the
goal. Just six minutes later though, a James Chester own goal gifted West
Ham victory, but it was the home side who were booed from thd pitch
despite the result. With ten men we were totally magnificent, the way we
played the game and still m`de it a spectacle. We played some good stuff
tonight, we played better tonight than we did on Saturday and we came
away with nothing tonight. Ht is a strange game at the moment, but we
go into Stoke confident with that performance and hope we can play
some good football. West Hal went above the Tigers in the Prelier
League table leaving Hull in 13th place, eight points above the
relegation places. A man from Hull who set up his own business telling
stories of the city's dark history has not only caught the eye of local
horror enthusiasts but also from Hollywood. He will be at an
alongside stars about a moddrn`day psychiatrist who begins to feel as
though he has been taken ovdr by the soul of Jack the Ripper. We have
been taking a closer look at the story. This building was once the
Customs house. In here, Robdrt Stevenson, a local man and ` Jack
the Ripper suspect worked for many years during the 1860s. Mikd ends is
living from his love of history he has a tour and lecture comp`ny which
delves into some of the darker sides of Hull, including its links with
Jack the Ripper. When you t`ke people through Hull, tell them about
the stories, especially when it comes to Jack the Ripper, they
affect did buy it. There ard 14 suspects linked to Hull. Mike says
in the past he has used his expertise as a Ripper`ologist,
someone who studies the Whitechapel murders to write books and `dvise
documentary makers. But now he says Hollywood has come knocking on his
door. I have been travelling all`round East Yorkshire dohng
lectures. The Virtual Tours have yet to take off, but higher not really
marketed them. But there have been contracts from Hollywood to help out
and advise on several Hollywood movies. Mike says the company has
helped him get noticed and his success has been highlighted why the
government. He used a ?1000 in new enterprise allowance to set up his
company, and according to the government, more than 40,000 people
have stopped claiming benefhts to run their own companies since it was
launched in 2011. Anybody c`n come with any idea for a business. Mike
has come along, he is doing tours across Hull. He came to us with an
idea. We have changed that hnto a business plan. For Mike, his buddy
of the Ripper began as a hobby after he had to stop work with a heart
condition `` heart condition. His love of the past might give him a
bright future. That is a great story. Let's have a
re`of the headlines: The big six energy companies are to be
investigated to see it they are charging customers too much.
Calls for an enquiry as a flagship school in hole closes after 18
and windy with outbreaks of rain in and windy with outbreaks of rain in
the morning. Most places drx in the afternoon. Around nine Celshus.
Just be for your e`mails and messages, some good news.
Congratulations to the Sund`y politics team who won the Rtby award
for the best politics show hn the English regions. Well done to them.
Talking about the Hull studho school. I am a student at the school
working out of a textbook every lesson is not teaching or ldarning.
Richard have been shut down earlier. I was promised so much, it hs the
biggest regret me going to that school.
Miami people, been there since it opened, going to miss it, the staff
have helped to me. Tracy sahd, maybe at the school was marketed better,
maybe more schools `` more pupils will have enrolled.
It is a bit late to find out about it now.
That is on the subject of the Hull studio school.
We are talking about flights ending from Humberside airport to
Copenhagen. They have only been running for six months. John says,
if Humberside airport opened up flights to Paris for weekend breaks
or Geneva for winter holidaxs, we would use it. But somehow no one
seems to be asking us where we want to go. We don't all want to go to
Amsterdam. John says, it was silly expdcting
the route to Copenhagen to be a success. Opening its root in winter
it would have been more success in the summer with people wanthng to go
on holiday. Colin says I went to book flights for a long weekend away
for my wife's birthday. I was shocked at the prices. It is
no wonder the estimated passenger count was down. Lower your prices.
That is it from me. Thanks for watching. Join me tomorrow on radio
BBC Humberside at midday. Look after yourself, have a good