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Commons has been cleared of rape and other sex charges. Goodbye.
Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight. Safety
concerns at Hull prison as it's announced two wings will reopen The
55`mile stretch of coastal path being labelled a waste of time and
being labelled a waste of thme and money. How does that affect the
offenders that come into our care? We need to make sure we can deliver
what we are expected to delhver what we are expected to deliver.
Also tonight: The 55 mile stretch of coastal path been labelled the time
of waste and money. The path could bring more visitors to placds like
bring more visitors to places like Flamborough, but does coast`l
erosion mean it is not viable? Still recovering from December's floods `
now a Lincolnshire landmark is targeted by thieves. Found abandoned
in a ditch ` the week`old foal being nursed back to health. Another nice
day tomorrow. Will the fine weather last? Join me for that detailed
last? Join me for that detahled forecast. The Prison Officers'
Association says plans to reopen two Association says plans to rdopen two
prison wings in Hull will put Association says plans to reopen two
prison wings in Hull will ptt staff prison wings in Hull will put staff
and prisoners at risk. The wings were mothballed last year, but are
to be reopened to help deal with the rise in the prison population
nationally. The Ministry of Justice says numbers are higher than
expected with just over 85,000 people currently in jail. C`roline
Bilton reports. Hull's Victorian prison. Inmates
Hull's Victorian prison. Inlates have been housed here in wings C and
D since the 1870s, but last year, the Ministry of Justice declared
these cells to be old and expensive. They were closed, with the loss of
282 beds and 70 jobs. Today, it's been announced they re
to open again. The two wings will open in July, but
no extra staff will be recruited. Unions fear staff and prisoners will
be put at risk. We are tight on the ground with prison officers. We will
still deliver, but at what expense? still deliver, but at what expense?
There comes a point where wd still deliver, but at what dxpense?
There comes a point where we need to There comes a point where wd need to
say, hang on, it is not safe There comes a point where we need to
say, hang on, it is not safd to say, hang on, it is not safe to
carry on doing what we are doing and look at what the best way for the
future is. I think it is concerning that the government has chosen to
reopen wings which it deemed not fit for purpose. Hull is a very large,
Victorian jail and the last inspection found that the conditions
were very poor on some wings, in terms of the state of the btilding.
terms of the state of the building. But for a prison system that is full
to capacity, these cells ard But for a prison system that is full
to capacity, these cells ard seen as crucial free space. Nobody from the
prison was available for comment prison was available for comment
today. The Ministry of Justhce say today. The Ministry of Justice say
that the mothballing has me`nt today. The Ministry of Justhce say
that the mothballing has meant they that the mothballing has meant they
have retained flexibility to be able to turn on and off the
accommodation, should there be a rise in prison population. They say
the opening of these wings hs a the opening of these wings hs a
sensible response to a rising prison population, and it has been done at
a In a few months' time, more prisoners will be coming through
these gates, but there's no guarantee this will be a permanent
fix to the much bigger problem of a growing prison population.
Earlier, I spoke to Steve Gillan, who's the General Secretary of the
Prison Officers' Association. He told me it is good news that the two
wings are opening again. Of course we're delighted, but
there's a bit of a sting in the tail because the staff have now gone, and
we've got to rely on detached duty staff coming in from other
prisons... Yeah, but that means more overtime for your officers `nd your
members, so you should be ddlighted at that as well. Well, of course I'm
delighted as I reiterate that those wings are opening, but it still puts
my members under pressure at Hull, because there's less of them to cope
because there's less of thel to cope with the job in hand. This is a
with the job in hand. This hs a major success for this trade union,
because we've been arguing for some time that those wings were closed
unnecessarily. It's not actually a success for you, is it? The MOJ have
been clear they want to makd success for you, is it? The MOJ have
been clear they want to makd savings in a good, sensible way, and if that
means closing wings for a fdw months means closing wings for a few months
or a year or whatever, that's just good housekeeping. That's their
doing ` it's nothing to do with you. I think you're wrong on that. I
think if that's the portray`l I think you're wrong on that. I
think if that's the portray`l the MOJ have given, it's wrong as
think if that's the portrayal the MOJ have given, it's wrong `s well,
MOJ have given, it's wrong as well, because there's no savings hn it for
them. They justified the closure of the Hull wings by effectively saying
they were too expensive to refurbish, and now they're saying
it's minimal cost, so I'll let the viewers make up their own mhnds
it's minimal cost, so I'll let the viewers make up their own minds. We
viewers make up their own mhnds We still believe they should never have
been closed, and of course we're delighted they've reopened. But it
still gives us staffing isstes. Just briefly, a local POA person said
there could be an increase hn attacks on officers. That's
scaremongering, isn't it? No, I don't think it is. I think the local
branch officials are absolutely correct in their analysis. In actual
fact, there's been a vast increase in serious assaults on our lembers,
up and down the country. Mr Gillan, good to talk to you tonight. Thank
you very much indeed. In a moment: The surprising results when
technology to help this ladx The surprising results when
technology to help this lady hear is technology to help this ladx hear is
switch on for the first time. It was supposed to provide `ccess to
some of the most beautiful places in our area but tonight Government
plans for a 55`mile coastal path are being labelled as a waste of time
and money. The Country Landowners association says the proposdd
and money. The Country Landowners association says the proposed route
association says the proposdd route between Spurn and Filey on the
Yorkshire coast will cause disruption to farms and uses
unsuitable land. Natural England, which has developed the plans, says
it could breathe new life into the rural economy. Paul Murphy hs
rural economy. Paul Murphy is in Flamborough tonight. Where did the
idea for this controversial path come from?
It was a little known tweak to the law about six years ago, whhch
It was a little known tweak to the law about six years ago, which gave
the government the right to run this path all the way around the bridge
coastline across public and private land. It is East Yorkshire's ten
now, but not everyone is happy. It is one of Britain's most
beautiful coastlines, and the government plans is to give East
Yorkshire its own designated pathway. Those who helps chart the
pathway. Those who helps ch`rt the route believe it will have a
positive effect. There is a tremendous potential for economic
benefit. Bread and breakfasts, cafes, transport, things like that.
The plan is for a 55 mile coastal route from conceit to Filey. It is
due to open by 2016, and will join with a national network of coastal
path around England. All part of a plan to open up the countryside to
more people. If it works, it is claimed coastal businesses should
benefit. But is it that simple? Deraa caravan sites, clifftop
chalets, which are proudly protected by their owners and might not want
people walking close by `` there are caravan site. On the whole, it
should do this part of the wells tremendous benefit. But somd have a
tremendous benefit. But some have a fundamental problem with thd
tremendous benefit. But somd have a fundamental problem with the idea.
fundamental problem with thd idea. The proposals are they are going to
force access along the length of the coast weather has been no access, so
private land, with no conversation. There are other issues too. Every
year, this battered coast loses more and more land to the sea. This is
where the footpath ran less than a year ago. When English nature
formalised the coastal path, it will need to revise and redraw its plans
at regular intervals. To this coastal landowners, 18 partners It
coastal landowners, 18 partners. It is a waste of money. `` it seems
pointless. Natural England, the architects of this plan, released it
is realistic. The amount of expenditure on this project is quite
tiny in terms of public fin`nces. We believe that we can get that amount
of money into the local economy The of money into the local economy. The
path could bring invaluable visitors to the local economy, but there will
be those who continue to believe that the government has embarked on
an expensive reinvention of the wheel.
Five years into the scheme, it is worth noting that in one section of
coastal path as open, down hn Devon, about 20 miles of it. Another
section opens in the North Dast of section opens in the North East of
the country, the section between Spurn and Filey. That will not open
until 2016. Back to you. Thank Spurn and Filey. That will not open
until 2016. Back to you. Th`nk you. You might also have a view on this
story. Do you think the coastal path is a good idea? You've heard about
the fears of erosion in Paul's piece, do you think it would be a
boost Lincolnshire police is only one of
three to have a comprehensive plan for tackling cyber crime. A report
found that less than 2% staff have been trained in how to investigate
digital and Internet`based crimes. The rector of St Botolph's Church,
better known as the Boston Stump, says she's saddened after thieves
caused thousands of pounds of damage. A stained glass window was
smashed and money from colldction boxes was stolen during a break in
last night. Work is still underway to repair damage to the building
caused by December's tidal surge. Crispin Rolfe has this report.
A cheap theft with expensive A cheap theft with expensive
consequences. Pounds and pence stolen from two donation boxes
overnight, but by a thief breaking valuable stainglass windows to reach
inside Boston's Stump. It is really saddening that people will go to
such an extent for such a small such an extent for such a small
amount. I truly believe thex probably did not realise the amount
probably did not realise thd amount of damage that they will have done.
It costs more than ?800 each day to maintain this, so disappointing to
see people breaking and steal from see people breaking and ste`l from
these donation boxes. The destruction he has only really cost
tens of pounds to this box `nd tens of pounds to this box and
another, but the damage has been done by thieves breaking
stained`glass windows, which are worth thousands of pounds. Ht's yet
worth thousands of pounds. It's yet more damage and more expensd for
worth thousands of pounds. Ht's yet more damage and more expense for a
more damage and more expensd for a church already deep in repairs after
church already deep in repahrs after its worst ever flooding last
December. Is it a difficult year for the church, because of the flooding
and then this? Yes. Most people remember the flooding of 53. This
time, the flood level was there. remember the flooding of 53. This
time, the flood level was there It time, the flood level was there It
has caused allsorts of problems with the heating system. It causds lots
of damage. It has occurred at some of damage. It has occurred at some
point overnight. It is a Populous earlier `` area. We would appeal to
people who may have been around and seen anything suspicious. Repairs
are likely to continue all xear seen anything suspicious. Rdpairs
are likely to continue all xear But the parish hopes that criminals
won't be adding to the existing woes of Boston's most iconic building.
They were telling me when I was there how much it costs to heat the
church. We will let you know what happens.
Still ahead tonight: Keeping their eyes on the prize ` so why did Steve
Bruce ask for the FA Cup to be taken away?
Being nursed back to health ` the week`old foal found abandondd in
Being nursed back to health ` the week`old foal found abandoned in a
ditch. Mark Porteous sent in this photo of
Victoria Pier in Hull. Another picture tomorrow. Cute. I wasn't
talking about you. You thought it was going to be Keely
Donovan, didn't you? I do not know what you are talking
about. I talked to the head of comedy today, and there is ` new
comedy today, and there is a new series starting about a reghonal
series starting about a regional weather man who gets the sack. I
think it would be a hit in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
I don't think anybody would believe that.
It is true. Could there be an ageing news
presenter in it? It is another dry day tomorrow with some sunshine. We
managed 15 Celsius this aftdrnoon. managed 15 Celsius this aftdrnoon.
The ridge of high pressure is still The ridge of high pressure is still
with is tomorrow. Much of the weekend looks dry. There might be a
few spots of rain later on Saturday. We are looking for mostly dry
weather over the next few d`ys. We are looking for mostly dry
weather over the next few days. It is convective cloud, developing as
temperatures rise through the day. There is a weak, cold front in here
somewhere and it will push cloud and just a little patchy rain in from
the North West. Lowest tempdratures the North West. Lowest temperatures
across East Yorkshire, five or six Celsius. A lovely start to the day.
Clear blue skies in Hull and sunshine in Lincoln to. We will see
some cloud developed through the afternoon. It remains bright and dry
with further spells of sunshine. Highs temperatures at around 12
Celsius, 54 Fahrenheit. Another lovely day tomorrow. The wedkend
Celsius, 54 Fahrenheit. Another lovely day tomorrow. The weekend is
lovely day tomorrow. The wedkend is dry and right on Saturday. The risk
of a fuel light showers later in the of a fuel light showers latdr in the
day. Sunday and Monday looks dry with sunny spells. Temperattres
around 12. Make a note in your diary, @pril 29,
Make a note in your diary, April 29, regional weatherman get sacked.
It is just never going to happen, is It is just never going to h`ppen, is
it, Peter? I cannot believe you said that.
A profoundly deaf woman frol North Lincolnshire who had a cochlear
implant fitted to improve her hearing has had it tuned on for the
first time. We followed Heather Connolly last month as she tnderwent
Connolly last month as she underwent her surgery. All adults and children
who fulfil the criteria for cochlear implants are entitled to receive
treatment under the NHS. For children aged up to three years,
children aged up to three ydars figures between 2006 and 2011 show
74% received them; up to thd age figures between 2006 and 2001 show
74% received them; up to the age of 74% received them; up to the age of
17 that figure rises to 94%, but for adults it's a different story, with
just 5% of those eligible for an implant receiving one. Simon Spark
has been following Heather's story. It is to Munsters we followdd
It is to Munsters we followed heather at the start of her journey
to improve her hearing. We filmed her having ocular implant strgery.
her having ocular implant surgery. The device by part these part of her
ear that does not work and sends signals directly to her bre`th. The
next step would be to switch it on. Now fully recovered from her
operation, Heather is back at the operation, Heather is back at the
hospital in Nottingham. I whll operation, Heather is back `t the
hospital in Nottingham. I will just hospital in Nottingham. I whll just
pop the processor behind your hospital in Nottingham. I will just
pop the processor behind yotr ear. pop the processor behind yotr ear.
The next big step is switching on. The next big step is switching on.
At first, the implant is programmed to a level that is comfortable for
Heather to listen with. Once that is Heather to listen with. Oncd that is
set, hen you experience can begin. I am going to switch it on. Switch it
on. Anything coming through there? Can you hear anything? It is a
hesitant start because this is the first time Heather's strengths has
processed high`frequency sotnd. processed high`frequency sound.
Something unusual happens. Ht processed high`frequency sotnd.
Something unusual happens. Ht sounds OK. I can feel it. It is close to
the rear, on that side, but it has decided that maybe it is a tingling
sensation. These other cont`cts in sensation. These other contacts in
your inner ear, and they ard sensation. These other cont`cts in
your inner ear, and they are curling round perfectly. The brain does make
sense of this over time. How exactly it happens we are really finding
out. That is the research we it happens we are really finding
out. That is the research we are doing and interested in, how the
brain can descramble this information. I am just basically
them in. That research started with Heather before the operation. Got
the first study of its kind, it uses infrared light tubes look at oxygen
levels. Heather's brain will be expected to change as she ldarns
expected to change as she learns again how to change as she learns
again how`to here. For now, she is only just beginning that jotrney.
again how`to here. For now, she is only just beginning that journey. I
was expecting a lot more nohse. Some was expecting a lot more nohse. Some
people have said they found it too noisy. I have not found that yet. I
feel the vibration go through my ear every time there is a nice. Time
will tell. It has taken fivd every time there is a nice. Time
will tell. It has taken five months to get to this stage. Now, the hard
work begins. Extraordinary. We wish her well
Thanks to everyone who got in touch about police asking shops in Hull to
stop selling super strength lager and cider.
A legal expert who deals in sports law has told Look North he thinks
it's unlikely the owner of Hull City will win his fight to renamd the
will win his fight to rename the club. Yesterday the Football
Association rejected an application by Assem Allam to change thd name of
the club to Hull Tigers. Mr Allam says he's fight the decision but
Peter Charlish from Sheffield Hallam University says he's unlikely to
succeed. As long as they have gone through the proper process `nd this
year, you cannot see there being a different outcome next year, unless
the owners can present new evidence that convinces the football
Association to change their mind and give a different outcome.
Away from the arguments over the name change, Hull City's manager
says the team's focus is firmly on the pitch. They head to Wembley this
weekend for the FA Cup semifinal. The Tiger's are facing a te`m two
The Tiger's are facing a team two leagues below them, but expdrts are
leagues below them, but experts are warning it won't be an easy match.
Sarah Walton has more. Football can be a game of luck, and
Football can be a game of ltck, and before the pre`match press
conference Steve Bruce asked for the FA Cup to be removed, just in case.
Superstition and nonsense comes into it.
I didn't want to see it until the I didn't want to see it until the
final. We have got to get there first.
Despite controversy over a possible name change for the club, Bruce said
the focus will be very much on the game. I hope it gives us an end of
season boost ` players are ready and excited. We have had to stop them
from challenging each other. It will intensify. They realise a big
intensify. They realise a bhg occasion is coming up.
Hull City won their place in the semifinal after beating Sunderland
3`0 at the KC Stadium last lonth. It was 1930 the last time and only the
Tigers made it into an FA Cup semifinal, thanks to this whn over
Newcastle. They went on to be beaten by Arsenal, but this time they're
facing League One Sheffield United and the omens are good. Hull City
fans may be relieved to know that no third division team has ever reached
the FA Cup final, and history is very much on their side.
The team go into this match off a very strong season which has almost
guaranteed they'll stay in the Premier League. But they're taking
on a club that has already seen off other top flight opposition in the
cup campaign. So what do the pundits cup campaign. So what do the pundits
think? I could see Sheffield United taking the lead. I am sure they will
be favourites, but Sheffield have had a fantastic season. You can't go
into the game thinking, we `re favourites. It is not like that.
favourites. It is not like that So maybe Hull City will need a
little bit of that luck when they travel to Wembley this weekdnd.
travel to Wembley this weekend. We heard from Dean Windass `nd Guy
We heard from Dean Windass and Guy Mowbray in Sarah's report. Xou can
see more of them on Hull City's chances at Wembley on our F`cbook
page. Just go to Facebook and search for BBC Look North.
In tonight's football Grimsby Town play at Dartford in the Conference
Premier. Commentary will be on BBC Radio Humberside's AM Frequdncy
Premier. Commentary will be on BBC Radio Humberside's AM Frequency, on
Radio Humberside's AM Frequdncy on digital and online. Kick off is in
around an hour. And in the Super League Hull FC host Huddersfield
Giants. That game is on FM `nd Giants. That game is on FM and
online. Kick off is at eight. Hull Stingrays are expected to confirm
the departure of coach Sylvain the departure of coach Sylv`in
Cloutier within the next 24 hours. The Canadian has been in ch`rge
Cloutier within the next 24 hours. The Canadian has been in charge for
five years. This season the Stingrays finished eighth in the
Elite League, losing in the first round of the play`offs.
A two`week`old foal is recovering at stables near Lincoln ` after being
discovered in a ditch in Mablethorpe. Moses is now bding
Mablethorpe. Moses is now being cared for by the team at Br`nsby
Horses near Lincoln. They say he wouldn't have survived much longer `
if he hadn't been found. Gelma Dawson has been to meet him. It is
playtime for Moses, and at just two weeks old, he is still learning He
weeks old, he is still learning. He his bubbly. He is a typical baby.
Just a week ago, this tiny foal was rescued after being discovered in a
ditch in Mablethorpe. Cold, wet and weak, Moses needed warming up
ditch in Mablethorpe. Cold, wet and weak, Moses needed warming tp before
he was brought to live here, near Lincoln. Moses is being cared for
Lincoln. Moses is being cardd for here, at the animal reception
centre, where he is being kdpt in centre, where he is being kept in
quarantine and fed every two hours to build up his strength. Whthout a
to build up his strength. Without a mum, the team using this book it a
substitute. He is getting stronger every day. We are monitoring his
milk intake carefully. He hhs having between eight and 14 pints within 24
hours. Averaging about ten ` day. Staff say another night in the cold
and Moses may not have survived. and Moses may not have survived.
They told me they are seeing a growing number of abandoned horses.
They are such a low value animal compared to five or ten years ago.
Charities are struggling to keep up with the demand for spaces now.
Moses is lucky. It will rem`in here until he's big enough to join
Moses is lucky. It will remain here until he's big enough to john the
bigger horses at the centre. Lovely story. We wish Moses on the
best. If you have a story you think we should know about, senders and
e`mail. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines Nigel Evans, the former Deputy Speaker of the
Commons, is found not guilty of the former Deputy Speaker of the
Commons, is found not guiltx of rape Commons, is found not guilty of rape
and eight other sex abuse charges. There are safety concerns at Hull
Prison as it's announced two wings will reopen.
We were talking about those two wins at Hull prison reopening. Charlie
says, typical, Axel is madndss, says, typical, Axel is madndss,
engendering staff and inmates. Matt engendering staff and inmates. Matt
says, what a surprise, " and get rid of members of staff then reopen and
run them with new members of staff on a lower banding, therefore
cheaper as one as less experienced. The Ministry of Justice planned this
to save money with little thought of staff and prisoners safety. I am not
sure if Matt is a member of prison staff or not.
We also were talking about the coastal footpath. Spend says, the
authorities want to increase coastal footpath. Spend says, the
authorities want to increasd rural authorities want to increasd rural
interest and trade, and all they do is come up with a footpath, fancy it
working. Tony says, it is funny is come up with a footpath, fancy it
working. Tony says, it is ftnny how working. Tony says, it is funny how
costly country is meant to be yet there is me to build a patent for a
few of the knobbly knee brigade to walk every now and then. Thank you
for those and thank you for watching.