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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight...
Taking their fight to Westminster. Taking their fight to Westmhnster.
Campaigners lobby MPs over plans to close more than 30 libraries in
Lincolnshire. We need the lhbraries to stay open for the kids. They
can't learn everything at home. The man who says his life is on hold
because of delays in getting his cancer test results. It's like
waiting for the axe to fall. You don't know whether you have or you
haven't until you get those results. Also tonight... The potenti`lly
dangerous debris washed onto an East Yorkshire beach. I'm at Ulrome,
where visitors have been advised to stay away until the area has been
made safe. And the little girl's big
fundraising effort to bring a polar bear to Yorkshire.
And will do fine weather continue? Join me for the forecasting 15
minutes. `` will the fine wdather continue?
Good evening. Campaigners who are fighting to save more than 30
libraries across Lincolnshire have been to Downing Street demanding the
government stops the proposdd government stops the proposdd
closures. Lincolnshire County Council wants community grotps to
Council wants community groups to take over the running of many
libraries to save ?2 million. But some library users says that is not
good enough and and have marched on Westminster.
A special delivery to the most famous front door in the country.
This book handed in to Downhng Street today contains some of the
23000 signatures from a petition aimed at saving Lincolnshird's
aimed at saving Lincolnshire's threatened libraries. Pleasd ensure
that libraries can stay open across our country, so that people can self
educate, enjoy reading for leisure, access Internet knowledge eight,
just basically make full usd of access Internet knowledge ehght
just basically make full use of all just basically make full use of all
that library has to offer. Ts that library has to offer. Us
Internet technology. Simon Draper, who's a full time carer to his wife
Timber, has secured a judicial review at the High Court to try to
overturn the decision to close libraries across the county. The
higher you go, the more you need a computer and these kids need
computers, though they are at the computers, though they are `t the
libraries. We need the libr`ries to stay open for the kids, who cannot
learn everything at home. In June last year, the County Council
learn everything at home. In June last year, the County Counchl said
last year, the County Council said it would review how librarids were
run in an effort to save ?2 million. Three months later, 20,000 people
had signed a petition against closing libraries as a constltation
closing libraries as a consultation came to an end. The council revealed
in November that 25 out of 30 libraries could be saved if
volunteers came forward to run them. Campaigners said they would go
to the High Court to challenge the decision to either closed or asked
volunteers to run the service. We had extensive consultation, listen
to it, and came to a decision. It is important, not just for staff
affected, but all communitids important, not just for staff
affected, but all communities trying affected, but all communities trying
to develop these community libraries that we move forward so everyone
knows where they stand. The government says there have been many
examples of volunteers successfully taking over the running of local
libraries. But the word from taking over the running of local
libraries. But the word frol Downing libraries. But the word from Downing
Street tonight is that it remains a matter for Lincolnshire County
Council. The Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin helped
organise today's meeting with library campaigners in London and
joins me now. Good evening. The council have to save ?2 million and
are offering an alternative way of running these libraries. Shouldn't
they be applauded for their creative solution? We see a Conservative
government slashing money and a Conservative council making a tough
decision. But a decision th`t is affecting people around their
affecting people around thehr ordinary lives. Libraries are part
of the life blood of local communities. If you cut 30 out of
45, that will make a real difference. And how people get about
their daily lives. Some are being kept open, some run by volunteers,
in Lincolnshire. Not many people going to libraries anyway. Hs this
just because it is conservatives doing it? There are people from
across Lincolnshire rising up saying across Lincolnshire rising tp saying
they have had enough, handing in a huge petition to the Prime Linister
seeing to listen to them. I am told 39 people went on the court, does
not sound like much of an uprising. They are resent `` they are
representing far more, as you know, Peter, volunteers can help run
libraries, but need proper support and training and expertise. If that
is not done properly, there will be a scandal down the line and people
like me will stand and selling a scandal down the line and people
like me will stand and selling more difficult questions from people like
yourself. 82% of people frol yourself. 82% of people frol
Lincolnshire are not active borrowers, meaning 18% do, no one is
going to libraries any more That does not recognise the complexity of
this. Library in a local community, particularly those are we from other
things, provides a real link to everything else. If we go down this
route, we will suffer in the longer route, we will suffer in thd longer
run. This is not the way forward. The government and the local council
should get around the table and find a better way forward for local
people. The Labour MP for Scunthorpe, thank you.
We'd like to hear what you think about this story. Are Lincolnshire
County Council being reason`ble over their plans for libraries in the
county? Or should they prioritise the service and avoid these cuts in
the library budget? Maybe you are a regular user of libraries stop you
may have seen the statistics I gave there. Would you be prepared to help
run one? The subject of libraries, wd
followed this story right through, and we can have some of your
thoughts tonight before we are done thoughts tonight before we `re done
at seven o'clock. Bank you for watching this Tuesday night. In a
moment... `` thank you for watching. It's a year since Margaret
Thatcher's death. So why hasn't Grantham got a permanent st`tue to
Grantham got a permanent statue to its most famous daughter?
A man from East Yorkshire says its most famous daughter?
A man from East Yorkshire s`ys the A man from East Yorkshire says the
prolonged wait for cancer tdst prolonged wait for cancer test
results is like having an axe over his head. John Howitt from Bilton
Hull was told he'd find out last week whether or not he's suffering
from prostate cancer. But bdcause of from prostate cancer. But bdcause of
delays at the pathology lab, the results won't now be known until
results won't now be known tntil next week at the earliest. Hospital
managers have apologised. John Howitt trying to keep busy. He
John Howitt trying to keep busy He first went to see his GP back in
November and should have found out November and should have found out
last Friday whether he does indeed, as he fears, have prostate cancer.
But his appointment was cancelled because his biopsy results had been
delayed. It's like waiting for the axe to fall. You don't know whether
you have or you haven't unthl you you have or you haven't unthl you
get those results. So you are left worrying in limbo. ?? WHITE a biopsy
is the only way to make a definitive is the only way to make a definitive
cancer diagnosis. It involvds taking a small sample of tissue, which is
then examined under a microscope, to see whether or not it contahns
cancerous cells. The vast m`jority of blood and tissue samples are
tested here in the pathology labs. tested here in the pathologx labs.
However, due to increasing demand, like many other trusts, somd are
like many other trusts, some are sent to a different centre for
analysis. But a hospital spokesman said this should not lead to
significant delays. And they have apologised to Mr Howitt for any
inconvenience and distress caused. They need to consider the
individuals that they are ddaling with, and what people have to go
through when these situations occur. Prostate cancer kills one man every
Prostate cancer kills one m`n every hour across the UK. That's more
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour across the UK. That's lore than
hour across the UK. That's more than 10,000 every year. Charities say it
could be psychologically damaging 10,000 every year. Charities say it
could be psychologically dalaging if could be psychologically damaging if
test results are delayed. When you have a potential diagnosis of
cancer, you will be worried. And in his situation, they are
investigating and think he has got cancer, and they are waiting for the
results. And therefore, it is worrying. John claims that he was
told his delays are down to staffing problems in the labs. Claims the
trust has denied. He should get his results now next week. Until then,
he's trying to keep his fears about a possible cancer diagnosis at bay.
Vicky's with me in the studho. a possible cancer diagnosis at bay.
Vicky's with me in the studho. How significant could this delay in
Vicky's with me in the studio. How significant could this delax in any
significant could this delay in any diagnosis be? Finding cancer early
on can make a huge difference, because treatments can be more
simple and straightforward `nd because treatments can be more
simple and straightforward and more successful. For many cancers, there
have been huge leaps forward in survival rates. For instancd,
survival rates. For instance, particularly for prostate c`ncers.
particularly for prostate cancers. Of the men who are diagnosed, 8 %
will live for at least five years or more. I have spoken to the hospital
trust and they have said that, as trust and they have said that, as
soon as they have Mr Howitt's results, he will get an appointment
straightaway. Thank you very much. straightaway. Thank you very much.
Some more news in brief. Work to build a wind farm off the
East Yorkshire Coast will continue in spite of complaints about
excessive noise at night. People living in Withernsea say thdy're
being woken by the noise, and called for a halt to the work by Dong
Energy. The Marine Management Organisation says it will continue
to investigate the complaints with the company and East Riding Council.
A care home in North East Lincolnshire has been told it isn't
Lincolnshire has been told ht isn't protecting residents against the
risks of unsafe care. The company that runs Cranwell Court in Grimsby
says it's working closely with the Care Quality Commission to hmprove
standards. An announcement over the future of
Kellingley Colliery near Goole is expected within days. The government
is seeing if it can help financially towards a managed closure of the
pit. It comes after UK coal announced the closure of one of
Britain's last remaining dedp coal mines.
Friends of a doctor from Lincoln, who drowned on the second day
Friends of a doctor from Lincoln, who drowned on the second d`y of a
holiday to Tenerife, have described her as a loving mother. Bar`thi
her as a loving mother. Barathi Ravikumar died along with another
British woman. It's thought they'd been trying to rescue children after
they were dragged into the sea by a wave.
Tenerife rocks from which two children were swept from on Sunday.
They survived. But two of their would`be rescuers died. One Barathi
Ravikumar, a doctor from Lincoln. She, friends and family on just
their second day of a Canary Island their second day of a Canarx Island
holiday to the resort of Playa holiday to the resort of Playa
Paraiso. Earlier, I spoke to Tenerife journalist, Rita Sobot.
What has been the community reaction? I imagine I'd considerable
amount of English visitors? Everyone is very short, the two children
losing their mothers. There is investigations going on to say
exactly what has happened. Obviously, I'd be of great sadness,
but also great bravery. `` one day of great sadness. Investigations,
though, will now centre arotnd the though, will now centre arotnd the
safety of that section of Tenerife's safety of that section of Tdnerife's
coastline. One Islanders said that on part of the coast where the
problems were, it's very common for swimmers to get into troubld.
problems were, it's very colmon for swimmers to get into trouble. But at
swimmers to get into troubld. But at home, tributes from those who knew
Dr Barathi Ravikumar well. A Dr Barathi Ravikumar well. A
fabulous person. A loving mother to her children. Helping everybody who
was in distress. Unfortunately, she was in distress. Unfortunately, she
lost her life. We are all vdry lost her life. We are all very
sorry. And we cannot express our sorry Pete enough. `` deep enough.
Dri Ravikumar's family are part of the Indian community, many working
at Lincoln County Hospital. Friends are coming together to arrange for
her body to be returned to the city, where there will be a Hindu
service and cremation. And for those who knew heart as her GP, `` Newhart
as their GP, it is likely to get will continue to pour in. That's
macro Newhart as their GP, ht is macro Newhart as their GP, ht is
likely through bits will continue. Still ahead tonight... The school
girl's campaign to give pol`r bear a better home. I really like animals.
And it's not good where she is living.
Please keep sending your photographs. There was one rainbow
last night. Lots of room for pictures. This one was chosdn.
last night. Lots of room for pictures. This one was chosen. Matt
Britton took this of a rainbow over North Bar in Beverley. Lots of
rainbow pictures. It was about 7:30pm last night. Good evening,
young man, how are you? You remember the rainbow news? One person
described your selfie, picttre the rainbow news? One person
described your selfie, picture next described your selfie, picture next
to sell black and Cliff Richard I to sell black and Cliff Richard I
think if it was a website dddicated to has`been is? `` next to Cilla
Black. One person said I made Robert Peston look interesting!
Someone has to. Variable cloud with sunshine is the outlook. A ridge of
high pressure to this size leans it will be breezy. Not quite as windy
as today, but breezy, and the dry picture last for the next few
as today, but breezy, and the dry picture last for the next fdw days.
Some showers, quickly moving through this morning, but the afternoon
ending on a beautiful note, lots of sunshine. It is windy, especially
across Lincolnshire, easing off slightly, and very quiet night in
prospect. Dry with clear periods. Cloud increasing from the West
Cloud increasing from the Wdst later, that it stays dry and we will
see temperatures down to about six Celsius. The sun will rise in the
morning at about 16 minutes past six. A fine day to come tomorrow.
Guys will turn cloudy at tiles, Guys will turn cloudy at tiles,
maybe even spots of rain. `` skies will turn cloudy. But predominantly
bright, and some sunny spells as cloud breaks. We have just great 12
Celsius in parts of the region Celsius in parts of the region
today, we could go higher tomorrow. 14 Celsius not bad for this time of
year. Thursday looks fine. A weak year. Thursday looks fine. @ weak
cold front may bring some patchy cold front may bring some patchy
light rain on Thursday night, then Friday sees a resumption of the fine
weather, with some sunshine, much of the weekend looking fine and dry.
That is the forecast. Just had Cliff Richard's solicitors
on the phone. You should call back after seven o'clock. Some strprises
for you. See you tomorrow. OK! Visitors to the East Yorkshire coast
are being told to stay off the beach at Ulrome, because a load of
concrete blocks have been strewn along the beach. The East Riding
Council says they're potenthally Council says they're potenthally
hazardous and they're advishng members of the public to stay
hazardous and they're advising members of the public to st`y away.
Our reporter Phillip Norton is there. What is the problem there?
These are some of the concrdte blocks which been scattered all over
this section of the beach at Ulrome. There is a caravan park just above
the close. They can to some locals, they said this was part of the sea
defences washed down in Decdmber in those YouTube storms and tidal surge
is. They are out on the beach over there and in the distance. The
council have started an operation to remove these items, seeing them as a
potential danger. There is one reinforcing rod sticking out. The
operation will take about ten days to complete and they are ASCII
people to stay away whilst this work is ongoing. As are asking pdople. I
have been here for a few hotrs and people are still around, watching
dogs and so on. The council is doing what it can to make it safe.
Thank you very much. The Football Association will make a
ruling on the proposed name change for Hull City tomorrow. It comes
after the majority of Hull Tigers season ticket holders who voted in a
ballot have backed the club's owners who want to change the name to Hull
Tigers. The results, though, showed less than half those eligible
actually voted. A big day tomorrow. We talked about this last night. And
there was a big response, thank you for all your e`mails, text `nd
for all your e`mails, text and tweets.
Thank you very much indeed for all of those. The demanding schedule
continues for Grimsby Town. There is build`up of that game on FM, AM, DAB
and online. On BBC Radio Humberside, the build`up has already began.
People will have the opporttnity to view plans for a permanent memorial
in Lincolnshire to remember the crews of Bomber Command. Thd
memorial will stand on Canwick crews of Bomber Command. The
memorial will stand on Canwhck Hill memorial will stand on Canwick Hill
on the outskirts of Lincoln. A presentation is taking place
on the outskirts of Lincoln. A presentation is taking placd at the
presentation is taking place at the University of Lincoln tonight.
Cleethorpes Leisure Centre has re`opened this afternoon. The pool
had been closed for more th`n re`opened this afternoon. The pool
had been closed for more than a had been closed for more than a
month after people slipped following a ?2 million refurbishment.
He's been surviving on water, vitamins and fruit juice and has
lost two stone since the 5th of March. Simon Cross, a chapl`in
lost two stone since the 5th of March. Simon Cross, a chaplain in
North East Lincolnshire, has been fasting for the past few wedks to
raise awareness of food poverty. His raise awareness of food povdrty His
fast will come to an end on Sunday. Tolu Adeoye has been to see how he's
getting on with five days to go It's lunch time for Simon Cross.
getting on with five days to go. It's lunch time for Simon Cross But
there's really not much to it. It's been 35 days since he last had
anything to eat. He's been living on water, vitamins, and fruit juice.
Still feeling OK. You've got to sort of mentally get yourself through.
And the only way to do that is just to do it day by day. Sometiles hour
by hour. Simon's given up food for 40 days to highlight the issue of
food poverty. He's been givhng talks food poverty. He's been givhng talks
to raise awareness and encouraging people to donate to food banks. I
can't last a day without a meal. So can't last a day without a leal So
I think it's just amazing that he's been able to do it for that long.
It's just a great way of getting the message out. And it's a really clear
way of doing it as well. I'l really way of doing it as well. I'm really
impressed with what he's done with all this food. I mean, it's quite a
lot of food. And it's really good lot of food. And it's reallx good
that it's going to a good cause. So you've not been tempted to have just
a little nibble of something? Yeah, definitely, I've been temptdd
a little nibble of something? Yeah, definitely, I've been tempted from
definitely, I've been temptdd from time to time. When I'm in the house
by myself, just to help mysdlf to by myself, just to help mysdlf to
something. I think, nobody will ever know, kind of thing. But so far
I've managed to not do that. I've been really, really strongly
been really, really stronglx supported by friends, family,
supported by friends, familx, colleagues, the students here. By
strangers who I've never met. All sorts of people have been getting in
touch to wish me well. Simon can start eating again on Sundax.
touch to wish me well. Simon can start eating again on Sunday. His
start eating again on Sundax. His first meal will be a bowl of soup.
He's lost two stone and has admitted pushing his body to the limht. But
he says it's all worth it to highlight such an important issue.
Very good luck to Simon. Five days left.
It's a year since the death of former Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher, who was born in Grantham. But there's still no permanent
But there's still no permandnt statue in her home town. Designs
have been put forward by a local artist and there's widespre`d
artist and there's widespread political support. But how close is
the statue to becoming a re`lity? Simon Spark has been in Grantham to
find out. The Iron Lady in bronze. The latest
The Iron Lady in bronze. Thd latest tribute on loan to the Grantham
Museum to mark a year since her death. And perhaps just a t`ster of
what a statue could look like. But how far on are their plans since
they started raising money last March? We are still in the
fundraising stages. The mondy coming in has been really positive. Both
from the local community support and people from further afield. If the
statue can increase the number of visitors, and it can help to improve
the economy, then that should be something that is celebrated across
all political, um, political opinions. So far, artists
impressions position as standing Margaret Thatcher around about here,
directly in front of the museum. Margaret Thatcher around about here,
directly in front of the museum And a sitting alternative a little bit
further over. But all final designs are still yet to be decided. Well,
it would remind people that we have had a prominent person. There would
be a lot of cones on her he`d all the time, wouldn't there? She would
have to be high up. I'd be very pleased to have it, actually.
have to be high up. I'd be very pleased to have it, actuallx. I
have to be high up. I'd be very pleased to have it, actually. I went
pleased to have it, actuallx. I went to her school, so I believe it is a
good place to be in Grantham, to her school, so I believe it is a
good place to be in Granthal, where good place to be in Granthal, where
she is from, so I am proud to be from Grantham. Those in the District
Council are mindful of the still divided opinion of Margaret
Thatcher, but also recognisd the value of a focal point and the
tourism it could bring. It could only be an asset to encourage more
people to want to come and `ctually see something that really does
celebrate her life. There is an anti`Thatcher view. And there is no
doubt about that. But she, xou know, she has worked absolute wonders.
Absolute wonders. Other towns have done it. In Huddersfield in 199 , a
statue of Harold Wilson outside their railway station was unveiled
by Tony Blair. For now, in Grantham a year on, money is still bding
a year on, money is still being raised and final designs ard still
raised and final designs are still being decided.
A six`year`old girl from North Lincolnshire has raised more
A six`year`old girl from North Lincolnshire has raised mord than
Lincolnshire has raised more than ?1000 to rescue a polar bear from a
zoo in Mexico. Martha Walker from Alkborough was so upset by Xupi s
Alkborough was so upset by Yupi's story, that she decided to do
something to help. The monex she has raised will go towards bringing the
polar bear to the Yorkshire Wildlife park near Doncaster. Kate Sweeting
has the story. She might be little. But
six`year`old Martha Walker has big ideas. After seeing the plight of
Yupi the polar bear on the hnternet, she decided to help raise money
rescue her from a zoo in Mexico and bring her to the UK. She's living on
a concrete floor. And it's too hot as well. And what made you want to
help her? Because I really like animals. And it's not good where she
is living. She was just so passionate about it. And she went on
for quite a while, saying, H really for quite a while, saying, I really
want to raise some money and do something for Yorkshire Wildlife
Park. And that was it. It kind of snowballed, really. And this is
where Yupi will be brought. This ten acre site will be the biggest polar
bear facility in Europe. But getting Yupi here isn't cheap. It's costing
around ?100,000. Money that the park has to raise. We are really
desperate to save Yupi and bring her back to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Because she is in really bad conditions out in Mexico at the
moment. In a very small enclosure. But the worst thing for her is the
heat. It's really bad for a polar bear. They are designed to be like
storage heaters. To keep all the heat in. So in those soaring
temperatures of Mexico, then it is just not great. Martha has done
several fundraising events, including this sponsored walk across
the Humber Bridge at the wedkend. And her efforts are certainly
impressing her school friends. Wow! She must have a lot of confhdence to
She must have a lot of confidence to do it at her age. I think it's
inspirational, because she's really young. From what I've heard, it s in
Mexico and it's really hot and it doesn't like it there. She wants to
bring it back, where it's nice and cool, so it will be in its normal
habitat. MUSIC PLAYS. Martha has already raised almost
?1500 for Yupi the polar be`r. But that could just be the tip of the
iceberg. Well done to heart and `` to her and
hello to all the young people watching tonight.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. Oscar
Pistorius appears in court to be lived the moment he killed Reeva
Steenkamp. Campaigners lobby MPs in London over
plans to close more than 30 Lincolnshire libraries.
Tomorrow's weather. Dry and bright with sunny intervals. Although skies
with sunny intervals. Althotgh skies will be rather cloudy at times. Top
will be rather cloudy at tiles. Top temperature 14 degrees Celsius.
Response on the subject of libraries, thank you. One person
from Lincoln says they do not know anyone who uses libraries any more,
the money could be put into better things. Spencer says the council
things. Spencer says the cotncil tried to offer options, but the
small group against the closures are not interested in negotiating. And
another says, as usual you make the sweeping statement someone can get
everything from a computer at home, everything from a computer at home,
that was my fault, people who pay council tax have the right to access
information at their local libraries. In other words, keep the
library is open. Thank you for those. Join me on the radio tomorrow
if you can, if not, EU at 6:30pm stop
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