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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: Claims
that the drug M`Cat can be bought almost anywhere in Hull. Kids can
get it. It is not a problem for them. It is like buying a b`g
get it. It is not a problem for them. It is like buying a bag of
crisps. Sentenced for failing to make her
daughter go to school ` A court hears about a teenager who missed
almost half of the school ydar. hears about a teenager who lissed
almost half of the school year. On almost half of the school ydar. On
the one side, the rural East riding, and on the other, Htll.
riding, and on the other, Hull. Whether they want to be part of
those, that is up to them. We have got our own identity.
The retiring GP from North Lincolnshire who's signing off with
a magic show. Don't forget the detailed forecast follows in 15
minutes. When his son Lewis started taking
drugs, David Dale was drawn into a world he never knew existed. At the
age of 17 while high on M`Cat, world he never knew existed. At the
age of 17 while high on M`C`t, Lewis age of 17 while high on M`C`t, Lewis
Dale murdered his grandmother age of 17 while high on M`Cat, Lewis
Dale murdered his grandmothdr in Hull. He was jailed for a minimum of
Hull. He was jailed for a mhnimum of 17 years. Tonight his father David
shows us how easy it is to buy drugs in Hull, according to him as easy as
buying a packet of crisps. David Dale wants other parents to
understand the risks posed to teenagers. In a moment I'll speak to
the officer responsible for city centre policing, but first Vicky
Johnson has this report. Four years ago, mephedrone ` known
as M`Cat ` was a legal high and easy to buy from specialist shops or the
internet. Then in 2010, the Government banned it. This will stop
unscrupulous manufacturers `nd others peddling similar, harmful
drugs. But it's still readily available on the streets, and cheap
according to this 15`year`old. His words have been revoiced to protect
his identity. Very easy. It was harder to get
someone to go into a shop and get a pack of fags for me. ?10 a gram or
pack of fags for me. ?10 a gram, or clothes exchange, electrical items,
anything of value. Lewis Dale killed his grandmother and attacked his
grandfather while high on drugs last year. He'd started taking mdphedrone
year. He'd started taking mephedrone when he was just 14. His father,
David, who's never taken drtgs, has recently done his own enquiries. It
is literally a plague. Kids can get it. It's not a problem for them.
Like buying a bag of crisps. 3. 0 now. Soon as I get it, I shall ring
now. Soon as I get it, I sh`ll ring you back.
David went off on his own, talking to people he came across in Hull
City centre. Before the hour was up, we got a call to meet him.
Got what I intended to get. There you go. Crystal M`Cat. But we
couldn't be sure whether thhs substance was indeed mephedrone,
couldn't be sure whether this substance was indeed mephedrone so
substance was indeed mephedrone, so we took it to the Universitx
substance was indeed mephedrone so we took it to the University of
Lincoln for analysis. It matches mephodrone hydrochloride.
That's one of the main ingrddients. A second test was carried out to
That's one of the main ingredients. A second test was carried ott to see
A second test was carried out to see if there were any other substances
in the sample. We are fairly certain, as certain as can be at
this point, that it is mephodrone. We will need further testing to
unequivocally be certain. It's not been bulked up. It is pure, or near
enough, mephodrone. So our sample is now being destroyed by being mixed
in this bottle with a solvent. After that, it'll be incinerated. While
mephedrone use is rife in Htll, according to this teenager, he's
given up the drug because he according to this teenager, he's
given up the drug because hd didn't given up the drug because hd didn't
like its side`effects. It does make you agressive. It makes
you not care about the ones you love. You can hallucinate off it, it
can do all sorts of things to you. You don't realise you're destroying
your family as well as yourself The police agree more research is
police agree more research hs needed. The concern we have around
mephedrone is people don't understand what they're taking, they
don't necessarily understand the risks and dangers. We are jtst
starting to see some of the longer`term effects coming through.
The police say for many mephedrone has become the drug of choice. And
they aare urging the public to get in touch if they suspect drug
in touch if they suspect drtg dealers are active in their
communities. Good evening. @ 15`year`old boy says it is easy to
get hold of M`Cat than cigarettes. I guess that will not shock you, but
it will shock a lot of parents watching. We know illicit drugs are
available on the streets of Britain nationally. I do not think Hull is
worse than anywhere else. Wd are concerned about the prevalence of
M`Cat, particularly because it has become the drug of choice for many
young people. David Dale says become the drug of choice for many
young people. David Dale saxs it become the drug of choice for many
young people. David Dale saxs it is a play and it is as easy as buying a
bag of crisps. We know drugs are available. We take action against
those who deal illicit drugs. If he wants to pass me information of who
he bought the M`Cat from, we will take action. It is worrying that
somebody who does not know `bout drugs can go and get some within an
drugs can go and get some whthin an hour. What are the police doing to
clamp down on these dealers? It is a concern for others. We take an awful
lot of action. We work closdly concern for others. We take an awful
lot of action. We work closdly to educate people. We test everybody
who comes into custody. We have than 1000 tests so far this year. We have
prosecuted 250 people this xear 1000 tests so far this year. We have
prosecuted 250 people this xear for drugs offences and executed search
warrants. This case is not `lone. warrants. This case is not alone.
What can we do, what can yot do to What can we do, what can you do, to
stop these cases coming up? I think the main way to stop the supply is
to stop demand, and that is about education. I would ask anybody who
suspects a family member or friend might be using, contact the police.
We saw a 15`year`olds saying how easy what is your message to
youngsters? What do they nedd to youngsters? What do they need to
know? They need to know that they don't know what they are taking
Drugs are often mixed with other substances. We don't know what the
long`term effects are of M`Cat. We're starting to see these come
through and see some scary stories from people who have taken ht.
through and see some scary stories from people who have taken it. You
have a very big job on your hands. It is, but we're not doing it alone.
It is, but we're not doing ht alone. We are working with agencies and
partners. Thank you for your help. What do you think? David Dale claims
buying M`Cat is as easy as buying crisps. Do you agree? What lore do
you want the police to do to catch dealers? Do you think that the
claims are giving un unfair impression of the city?
In a moment: As Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage prepare for their second
Europe debate we gauge local views on the issue.
A man has been charged with manslaughter after the death of a
man in Lincolnshire. The body of 32`year`old Richard Woods was
man in Lincolnshire. The body of 32`year`old Richard Woods w`s found
32`year`old Richard Woods was found at a house in Louth in Janu`ry.
Harry Scott, who is 23, has been bailed to appear at Skegness
Magistrates' court later this month. Magistrates' court later this month.
One of Britain that last relaining One of Britain that last remaining
picks is to close in Yorkshhre. It picks is to close in Yorkshire. It
will close with the possibld loss of will close with the possibld loss of
700 jobs. It has also announced the closure of Thoresby colliery. The
closure of Thoresby collierx. The new report says drugs, violence and
prisoner safety are still a concern at Lincoln prison. Government
inspectors say the prison is much improved compared with 2012.
A mum from Spalding has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to
pay costs after failing to make sure her daughter goes to school. Tracey
Baxter told the court that 16`year`old Devon had missed almost
half of the school year bec`use she'd been ill. Lincolnshire County
she'd been ill. Lincolnshird County Council says it's been cracking down
on parents who's children often fail to turn up to lessons. Gemm`
on parents who's children often fail to turn up to lessons. Gemma Dawson
to turn up to lessons. Gemm` Dawson reports.
Back home in Spalding after appearing in court this morning.
Tracey Baxter has been prosecuted because her daughter Devon regularly
misses school. She was diagnosed last year with arthritis, and she
has had a low immune system so she catches a lot of books. She's poorly
most of the time. You get till at most of the time. You get till at
least once a month. In court, we heard that medical teams are
heard that medical teams ard satisfied that Devon should be going
to school, so why isn't she? she is ill.
But Lincolnshire County Council is cracking down on parents who's
children regularly miss class. Since we wrote a new strategy to xears
children regularly miss class. Since we wrote a new strategy to years ago
to clamp down on persistencd to clamp down on persistence
absences. We have been talkhng to clamp down on persistencd
absences. We have been talking with headteachers and training them on
the issue of the fixed penalty notices, one of the sanctions to
them as a last resort. We have them as a last resort. We h`ve
noticed that number has risen. them as a last resort. We have
noticed that number has risdn. So far this academic year, 42 fixed
penalty notices have been issued for persistent absence from schools in
Lincolnshire. Last year, it was 28, and the year before, 24 fixdd
and the year before, 24 fixed penalty notices were handed out
Back in Spalding, Tracey claims penalty notices were handed out.
Back in Spalding, Tracey cl`ims her Back in Spalding, Tracey claims her
daughter has been told she can't attend her school prom becatse of
attend her school prom because of her poor attendance. But sthll, she
her poor attendance. But still, she told me she won't send Devon to
school when she's sick. It has my heart out as a mother.
Tracey's now hoping Devon remains well so she can get ready for her
exams this summer. In just over 15 minutes timd, the
In just over 15 minutes time, the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
will take on the UKIP leader Nigel Farage in a live TV debate on BBC
Two. It will centre on whether Britain should remain part of the
European Union ` or consider breaking free from Brussels. Tim
Iredale will be getting reaction from party activists in East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Tim s live in Hull this evening. So what
will the big talking points be? Tonight's debate will focus on will
we be better off if we left the EU. Watching the debate tonight closely
will be activist from the opposing parties. Mike is the region`l
parties. Mike is the regional chairman for UKIP. What do xou want
chairman for UKIP. What do you want to hear tonight from Nigel Farage?
More of the same. We need to dispel some myths, get rid of some of the
scare stories that Lib Dems trot out when we talk about Europe. H
scare stories that Lib Dems trot out when we talk about Europe. I feel
Nigel will do that tonight. Fighting talk. Clare, Nigel Farage w`s widely
talk. Clare, Nigel Farage was widely thought to have won a radio debate.
How does Nick Clegg comeback tonight? I think Nick Clegg did very
well last time. What we want to hear from him today is the importance of
jobs for our area and how they are linked to the EU. Siemens w`s
linked to the EU. Siemens was announced last week. They would not
be coming here if UKIP was in be coming here if UKIP was in
charge. I hope he get that across. We will get your reaction on our
late bulletin. The Europe ddbate late bulletin. The Europe debate
starts at 7pm, on BBC Two. Thank you, Tim. Thank you for
watching this Wednesday night. Still ahead tonight: A referendum is
offered to stop Hull taking part in the East Riding.
And the North Lincolnshire doctor who's going to say goodbye to his
patients by putting on a magic show. Sunset at Brough Haven taken by Rob
Crowhurst. Thank you for that. Good evening,
Thank you for that. Good evdning, the man.
I have a picture with a difference. Kevin sent this. He said, you don't
call them smart TVs for nothing. I think we will choose a different
forecaster. The headlines for the next 24 hours.
Quite a gloomy one, with quite The headlines for the next 24 hours.
Quite a gloomy one, with quhte a bit Quite a gloomy one, with quite a bit
of missed and fork at the top of the wall first thing. It may not clear
in places. A mystique, making starts. And east to south e`sterly
starts. And east to south easterly drifting across at the moment. On
Friday, a big change. Friday afternoon should be a good deal
brighter and dry with some sunshine around. It has been a pretty great
around. It has been a prettx great day today with low cloud feeding
day today with low cloud fedding enough the North Sea. Cloud could
thicken further this evening, bringing a little bit of patchy rain
in places. Not amounting to a great deal. Temperatures around shx or
seven Celsius. Seven Celsius is 45 Fahrenheit. Bridlington looks set to
be a chilly day like today. I think it will be a generally dry day. A
bit of brightness. Most of those will remain cloudy and quitd chilly.
The breeze coming in from the chilly North Sea. Grimsby, nine. Inland, we
are looking at 12. 17 as possible in King 's Lynn. 63 Fahrenheit. Friday,
it brightens up in the afternoon with some sunshine. That is the
forecast. Thank you for all the weathdr
terminology. Diane suggested something for the weather shower.
She said, could we have humidity every week?
I can have a special slot. May be a brush for your hair as
well. I don't know what has happened to
that, actually. See you tomorrow. Remember humidity.
People living in the villages around Hull are going to get the chance to
vote on whether they want to leave East Yorkshire. This afternoon,
councillors decided to hold a referendum to ask the public whether
they want parts of the East Riding to be swallowed up by an expansion
of the city of Hull. Hull is being accused of trying to expand its
borders and as Sarah Corker reports it's prompted a fierce debate on
both sides. As with its watdrfront, both sides. As with its watdrfront,
its history and a new cultural title, Hull is working to brush off
negative stereotypes. The city needs more space to expand.
Some living on the edge of ht in the Some living on the edge of ht in the
East Riding are resisting that growth. We are a town in our own
right and have been for centuries. We want to keep it that way. We
don't want to move. At least I don't. Humberside county cotncil
don't want to move. At least I don't. Humberside county council was
don't. Humberside county cotncil was abolished and the boundaries were
last drawn years ago. In a referendum this summer, those living
in nine wards will vote on whether to join Hull or not. On the one
side, there is the rural and picturesque East Riding of
Yorkshire. On the other, the urban Yorkshire. On the other, the urban
and sprawling Kingston upon Hull. The source of tension. They live in
big, expensive houses, so they think they are a little bit let `` so if
they think they are a little bit better than others, I don't know. It
is up to them, isn't it? Six miles down the road, is heading. Add a
down the road, is heading. @dd a protective of their independence, or
is this snobbery about Hull? If they start creeping over here, it will
not be very good for the country people. It is ridiculous. Wd have
people. It is ridiculous. We have got our own identity. Plans for an
energy park here have reignhted the energy park here have reignhted the
debate. Expansion would improve the city's rankings for things like
education and crime. We'll bring up the league tables will tend to make
the city more attractive, therefore people might consider investment on
weaving jobs and would find Hull more attractive. For those living in
the East Riding, it is now ` choice the East Riding, it is now a choice
between two councils with vdry between two councils with vdry
different projects and priorities. I am sure you will have a vhew on
I am sure you will have a view on this.
Earlier I spoke to the Leaddr of East Riding of Yorkshire Council `
Councillor Stephen Parnaby ` and I asked him if the current system was
holding Hull back. No, not at all. Events of this last
week have proved that both authorities can work togethdr and
authorities can work together and administration boundaries don't mean
a thing when it comes to investment. Do you think asking people in places
like Kirkella if they want to be part of Hull is like asking turkeys
if they want a vote for Christmas? Well, I think it is, actually, and
that is the ridiculous situ`tion we find ourselves in. Ask the people
first, then if you get the support or you don't, you leave well alone.
What it somewhere like Cottingham voted to be part of Hull? What
happens then? Well, if it does, we'll abide by the results of the
referendum. I'm not a betting man, but if I was, I would be betting
that way. Isn't this just snobbery? Well, what I would say is, I didn't
start this, but we've got a duty to represent the residents of the East
Riding wherever they are, and we will do that and ask them their
views. That's my duty. What about my question? Is it snobbery? Do I think
it's snobbery? Yes. No, not at. `` not at all. Yeah, but you want
people to be able to come into Hull, use the museums, use the thdatres,
without those people of the East Riding contributing. Well, the best
thing to do is run them likd we run our theatres, like the Spa, so they
don't cost the council taxpayer anything ` our leisure centres don't
cost the council tax payers anything. The trick is, run them so
they don't cost anything, then you can welcome people in, they can use
your facilities and do things like eat at restaurants, going to bars
and spending their money elsewhere. Can I ask you finally, do you think
that Hull is disadvantaged by not having the leafy wealthy suburbs?
No, not at all. There's plenty of examples across the country where
similar situation happens in many other cities. Councillor Parnaby,
good to talk to you. Thank xou very much indeed. All right, Peter. If
you live in places on the edge of Hull like Hedon, Hessle and
Cottingham what do you think of this referendum? Would you welcome being
referendum? Would you welcole being absorbed into Hull? What if you live
in Hull ` should the city expand to take in some existing East Riding
communities? A Hull school has ben rated as
outstanding in all categories by Ofsted. Sirius Academy, which opened
five years ago, is one of fdwer than 50 academies across the country to
be marked so highly. It was praised for "creating a positive clhmate for
learning." We're absolutely delighted with the
news. It's a real testament to the work of the staff, governors and the
students, so we're over the moon. We've got a no`excuses culture, and
We've got a no`excuses culttre, and we've got young people who we've
been able to invigorate with motivation and enthusiasm.
Lincoln City have unveiled ` new club logo which will come into use
next season. This is the current emblem, which has been in use since
2001. But the club says comlents 2001. But the club says comments
from fans have led to the rdturn 2001. But the club says comlents
from fans have led to the return to from fans have led to the rdturn to
this, the "more traditional imp" logo used in the 1970s and '80s
If you look back at past glories under Graham Taylor and Colin
Murphy, the red imp was on the shirt and it only seemed right to bring
him back this season. Grimsby Town improved their chances
of winning promotion back to the Football League last night. Their
1`0 win at Wrexham means they've 1`0 win at Wrexham means they've
moved up to third in the Conference Premier and are on course to make
the play`offs. A North Lincolnshire doctor who's
A North Lincolnshire doctor who s spent a quarter of a century
spent a quarter of a centurx treating people in the village where
he lives is planning an unusual thank you to his patients. Dr Ajay
Vora, who's a member of the Magic Circle, will put on a show hn
Grimsby later this month to mark his retirement. Amanda White has been to
see him. He's a doctor by day, but a magic
medic by night. And now he's retiring, he's about to givd
medic by night. And now he's retiring, he's about to give his
retiring, he's about to givd his patients a big surprise. I wanted to
leave a lasting impression with my patients and colleagues we brought
with is over the 25 years, to say a big thank you. I decided to use the
magic and put on a extravaganza. Ajay's wife Angela will be lore than
a glamorous assistant at thd big show at Grimsby Auditorium. They've
worked side by side as doctor and nurse practitioner in their 25 years
in practice at Barnetby le Wold As a team, we have hopefully served our
a team, we have hopefully sdrved our patients well. When he said he
wanted to do a show for his patients, we thought, it will be a
good opportunity to say farewell patients, we thought, it will be a
good opportunity to say farewell and thank you for being such wonderful
patients. This will be no low key affair,
Ajay's mum's 80th birthday party proved this doctor is a real
showman. Here we have got five showman. Here we have got fhve
cards. If we take one and give it showman. Here we have got five
cards. If we take one and give it to you, how many will be left? One
two, three, four, five. After this exuberant last hoorah,
his patients will have to gdt After this exuberant last hoorah,
his patients will have to get along his patients will have to gdt along
without him. It will leave a his patients will have to get along
without him. It will leave ` big gap without him. It will leave a big gap
in the community. He is not just a doctor, he's a friend. He has time
doctor, he's a friend. He h`s time to listen. He always has time
doctor, he's a friend. He has time to listen. He always has tile for
you. Excellent doctor. Very popular. They will be a very hard act to
follow. After the show, thex will follow. After the show, they will
Happy retirement to him. fund retirement.
Happy retirement to him. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Health warnings issued in England as
a pollution rises. Those with asthma or heart conditions are told to take
extra care. There are claims that the drug M`Cat
is as easy to get hold of in Hull as a packet of Chris. Besides police
say they are cracking down on dealers.
Tomorrow's weather: response on the subject of drugs
after our discussion. Aaron says, your police guessed was kind enough
to inform is that the way to stop M`Cat used is through education
this could not be further from the truth, I remember the dangers of
ecstasy but it is still rifd in truth, I remember the dangers of
ecstasy but it is still rife in the ecstasy but it is still rifd in the
youth club scene, zero tolerance is the only way people will le`rn.
youth club scene, zero tolerance is the only way people will learn. Paul
says, it is time the governlent got says, it is time the governlent got
its head out of the sand and had an open, honest, adult debate regarding
drugs. Jordan says, I don't agree with Mr Dale because there was only
a certain amount of things the police can do. Brenda says, if M ``
if M`Cat is so easy to get, why are the police not stopping them.
Somerdale says, young people must be educated about the evils of drugs.
Join me tomorrow lunchtime for the radio if you can. Have a lovely
evening and look after yourself Good night.