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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight... Families find out they're being
Families find out they're bding evicted by the Crown Estate. They
turned up here in their fancy cars and tell us that the governlent
needs money. The village where the internet is 30
times slower than the national average. But here just 30 miles away
they have some of the fastest broad and speeds in the country.
90 5000. 98,000. A Hull war hero's medals sell for
more than a ?100,000. And why Piers Morgan says he
more than a ?100,000. And why Piers Morgan says hd won't
And why Piers Morgan says he won't be taking a holiday in Grimsby.
It has been a lovely day in Grimsby. But there are changes ahead.
A decision to evict families from homes they rent in Lincolnshire is
being described as "heartless". Some of the families have been tdnants
being described as "heartless". Some of the families have been tenants of
the Crown Estate, which belongs to the Queen, for more than 20 years.
They've been told their homds will be sold, but many of the families
be sold, but many of the falilies involved can't afford to buy
be sold, but many of the families involved can't afford to bux them.
involved can't afford to buy them. In a moment, we'll be hearing from
the Crown Estate but first, our correspondent Paul Murphy h`s spent
the day in Swaton, one of the villages involved.
It's been their family home for 22 years. One of the children was even
born in the living room. But the Wrights have been told that their
landlord, the Crown Estate, intends to evict them as it reorganhses its
property portfolio. There is a black cloud over the village at the
moment. It seems as if everxone is moment. It seems as if everyone is
quite annoyed and sad about what is happening. It will have a tdrrible
happening. It will have a terrible impact. The Crown estate is one of
the largest property owners in the UK with the massive property
portfolio. It owns large shopping centres and forests and much of the
sea bed around the coast. It is run by independent commissioners and not
the Queen. Its profits go to the Treasury. It's thought there
the Queen. Its profits go to the Treasury. It's thought therd could
Treasury. It's thought there could be as many as 12 families around
this area who are facing eviction. They turned up here in largd German
They turned up here in large German cars and they told us that
government needed money. Thdy cars and they told us that
government needed money. They are government needed money. Thdy are
heartless and they have not thought this through. I am writing to you to
ask you a question. For 12`year`old Jasmine Wright
there's only one thing for ht For 12`year`old Jasmine Wright
there's only one thing for it ` there's only one thing for ht `
write to the Queen. As she had lived that a King Palace bus along I
thought you might understand how we feel.
There is a moral issue that goes beyond buying and selling
properties. The Crown estatd has a properties. The Crown estate has a
responsibility to provide affordable housing for the population `nd to
housing for the population and to work with local communities.
The family is facing eviction say they are now in an impossible
situation and they cannot afford to buy their own homes. That is why
they are renting and they are struggling to find suitable
accommodation. Ford is clear is that affordable
accommodation locally is in short supply.
There is no local authority housing and it is a real struggle. There
have been houses built locally and they had been moved into frequently.
Like any landlord The Crown Estate has every right to end a tenancy.
But the argument is that this has every right to end a tenancy.
But the argument is that thhs isn't But the argument is that this isn't
just any landlord ` that Thd Crown Estate has responsibilities that go
beyond the bottom line of balance sheet.
We've also been contacted by We've also been contacted bx
families in parts of East Yorkshire who say they've also received
who say they've also receivdd letters from the Crown Estate
telling them that their homds will be sold. If you're in a similar
be sold. If you're in a simhlar situation, let us know. Earlier I
spoke to the Director of Thd Crown spoke to the Director of The Crown
Estate, Paul Clark and asked him why they need to sell these homes
Estate, Paul Clark and asked him why they need to sell these homds now.
they need to sell these homes now. The Crown Estate has a commdrcial
The Crown Estate has a commercial mandate and we fulfil that landate
mandate and we fulfil that mandate by regularly reviewing the
properties we hold across our whole portfolio and we regularly lake
decisions on an ongoing basis portfolio and we regularly make
decisions on an ongoing basis about what to buy, to sell or to hold
Do you feel guilty evicting people some of whom have been in these
homes for 20 years? We are very conscious that the way
we need to fulfil our commercial mandate is as responsibly as
possible and that is why we are offering extended notice periods to
tenants to give them plenty of time to find new homes.
You are leaving these peopld in to find new homes.
You are leaving these people in a You are leaving these peopld in a
pickle. They cannot afford the ?200,000 that these homes will sell
for. Even local property is between 80 and 120,000. You are leaving them
in a pickle. Do you feel guhlty in a pickle. Do you feel guhlty
What I would say to any tenants in What I would say to any ten`nts in
particular difficulty is talk to us because we are going to takd a
because we are going to take a flexible and open and reasonable
approach to this. You may change your mind on selling
their houses? What I have explained is that we
their houses? What I have explained is th`t we are
What I have explained is that we are prepared to offer the homes to our
tenants and some tenants I expect will take us up on that and for the
others, we are offering extdnded notice periods of up to six months.
You said that but what do you say to the person who has been in their
home for 20 years and is now about to be evicted and who cannot afford
to buy somewhere or has not got ?10,000 in the bank for a ddposit?
We are saying talk to us and we will take all individual circumstances
into account. We are quite prepared to be flexible further or p`rticular
cases of difficulty. Does that mean not sell?
That means we are prepared to be flexible in how we approach this and
we are concerned to ensure that all our tenants have ample opportunity
to find somewhere else to lhve and that in fulfilling the commercial
mandate we have been given we will do that responsibly.
Good to talk to you. If you are affected you might like to talk to
us and you can get in touch with us. The details will be with you in
a few minutes. In a moment... The village with
plans for extra`large graves at a new cemetery on these fields.
New figures show a street in Lincolnshire has one of the slowest
broadband internet speeds in the country. People on Station Road in
Swineshead download web pagds nearly 30 times slower than the national
average. But another part of the county has one of the fastest
broadband speeds. Sarah Walton is in North Hykeham this evening. Sarah,
what's the situation there? Around here at the connection is vdry good.
here at the connection is very good. A survey done here found th`t
businesses around here had download speeds that are around a bit fastest
in the country. `` one fifth fastest. Anything above 30 megabytes
fastest. Anything above 30 legabytes is superfast. Only about 9% of the
population has a download speed that fast. Most people here get download
speeds that are slower. It is a slow business growing plants
but even a company like this needs a speedy Internet connection `s it
speedy Internet connection as it relies on orders made onlind.
relies on orders made online. When customers phone up with queries
you would normally expect a business to just answer the phone and then
tap away online. But I cannot do that. It is too slow to get the
order up on the screen and you often order up on the screen and xou often
feel that this looks a bit inefficient and antiquated.
This business is near Station Road and it has been named in a survey as
having the third slowest download speeds in the country. That is about
30 times slower than the national average. It means that downloading
an HD film would take around 15 hours. The residents here are fed up
of waiting. I watch a lot of TV online `nd it
buffers a lot and it gets annoying because you have to keep stopping
and starting. The signal in the area it is
terrible. You struggle to gdt a signal. It is dead slow.
The way to improve broadband is to update the cables used to provide
it. This is work being done in another part of the country. In
Lincolnshire, the council is running a project to do the same and is
hoping to get a broadband connection to 89% of properties by April 2016.
Many of the properties are small businesses and they depend on
trading with the rest of thd businesses and they depend on
trading with the rest of the world trading with the rest of thd world
and that is essential. Infrastructure and connectivity are
the key ingredients that we must have.
Back here, the council says it will work to upgrade broadband cables
Back here, the council says it will work to upgrade broadband c`bles in
the area towards the end of the year. Until then, people here will
keep waiting. How much progress is being made in updating the band
speeds? The local council says they have
helped to improve broadband connections to nearly 14,000 homes
across the county. I have bden across the county. I have bden
speaking to local rebel. The lady who lives here gets a super`fast
broadband connection but on the family on the other side of the road
said they have a very slow connection. There is still some work
to be done. `` been speaking to a local resident.
Let us know what you think `bout Let us know what you think `bout
this story. How's the broadband speed where you are. If you have
issues, let us know via the following...
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals could be without a permanent boss
for up to six months. Phil Lorley, for up to six months. Phil Morley,
the former Chief Executive of the Trust, left his job suddenlx
the former Chief Executive of the Trust, left his job suddenly last
week. The interim manager, John Saxby, who's been brought in to run
the Trust, has told board mdmbers the Trust, has told board mdmbers
that it could be October before a permanent replacement is in post.
The Conservatives say they won't subsidise any new onshore wind farms
subsidise any new onshore whnd farms if they win next year's general
if they win next year's gendral election. The Energy Minister,
election. The Energy Ministdr, Michael Fallon says onshore wind can
still help deliver the country's energy needs but shouldn't be
subsidised. The party also wants councils to be given the "ddcisive
councils to be given the "decisive say" on new onshore wind farms.
Plans have been revealed for extra large graves at a new burial ground
in South Lincolnshire. Funeral directors say as more and more
people are classed as obese the bigger plots close to the road for
access are desperately needed. bigger plots close to the road for
access are desperately needdd. With access are desperately needed. With
more here's Gemma Dawson. It's the gateway to Lincolnshire,
but there's plans to turn land It's the gateway to Lincolnshire,
but there's plans to turn l`nd on but there's plans to turn l`nd on
the edge of Sutton Bridge into a new burial ground featuring some
burial ground featuring somd extra`large plots. The undertakers
find they are having to burx people find they are having to bury people
who are larger than they usdd find they are having to burx people
who are larger than they used to be who are larger than they usdd to be
and they do not like to carry them too far. We have made an area just
inside the entrance. That whll set inside the entrance. That will set
about 30 extra large graves. At this burial ground in Saxilby a single
burial plot is nine foot long by four foot wide but it has bden
four foot wide but it has been suggested that the larger plots in
Sutton Bridge could be up to twice as ide. The plan's being welcomed by
this funeral director, who's dealing with a growing number of larger
clients. It would be nice if we are coming towards the peak of cases
that we have seen, the experience that we have tells us that the
number is growing and we are going number is growing and we are going
to need more larger plots available and probably in crematoria as well.
But it's not just plus`size funerals. Two years ago, East
Midlands Ambulance Service took delivery of a fleet of bariatric
ambulances in response to an increase in obesity across the area.
Latest figures show nearly ` third of GP patients in Lincolnshire are
classed as obese compared to a national average of 25%. So back in
Sutton Bridge, I asked locals if they thought the larger burial plots
they thought the larger burhal plots were necessary. There are some big
table here. Larger people nded more table here. Larger people need more
space. I think it is a good idea. I think it would be nicer to have
the new look graveyard and it I think it would be nicer to have
the new look graveyard and ht would the new look graveyard and it would
be better for the village. But before any bodies can bd
be better for the village. But before any bodies can be buried
But before any bodies can bd buried here the Parish Council needs to
secure planning permission. Thank you for your company this evening.
Still ahead tonight... How these boys are bidding for promotion. How
TV presenter Piers Morgan has upset people in Grimsby!
This beautiful photographs was taken for us earlier. Thank you so much
for that. Good evening. How are you? It was a lovely day today. One of
our viewers sent this in. I thought you would like to know that it often
has reduced items in his basket How has reduced items in his basket. How
tight is he! What are you doing with the door? I have started so I both
finish. The headline for tolorrow is finish. The headline for tolorrow is
cloudy and cool. There will be patchy outbreaks of rain courtesy of
this weather front. There whll patchy outbreaks of rain cotrtesy of
this weather front. There will not be much rain. There has been low
cloud and sea mist today. That will spread inland. Temperatures have
reached 16 degrees today. The showers will fizzle out tonight.
reached 16 degrees today. The showers will fizzle out tonhght The
low cloud will make its way in. That will bring in low temperatures. A
very different outlook on the weather front for tomorrow. It will
be cool and cloudy with somd be cool and cloudy with somd
drizzle. There will be patchy at Riggs of rain developing especially
throughout the morning. There is potential for some heavier outbursts
of rain. There will be some dry periods throughout the day. ``
patchy outbreaks of rain. Temperatures will reach arotnd
patchy outbreaks of rain. Temperatures will reach around 12
degrees. Looking ahead, the rain will clear on Friday night. But a
low pressure system will dolinate low pressure system will dolinate
the weather over the weekend. It is not all doom and gloom. There will
be drier and brighter periods as well. I cannot do anything without
being spotted! This from thd well. I cannot do anything without
being spotted! This from the man who being spotted! This from thd man who
told us that last year he bought five barbecues for ?1.
The medals awarded to a Hull`born Spitfire pilot who flew in the
Battle of Britain have sold for more than a hundred thousand pounds.
Ronald Berry hardly ever spoke about his RAF career during his lhfe.
Ronald Berry hardly ever spoke about his RAF career during his life. But
his RAF career during his lhfe. But today, his remarkable collection of
medals was auctioned in London. Amanda White was there.
The medals of one of the Battle of Britain's most celebrated pilots
went to auction in London today. It is a set verb group and it lakes for
is a set verb group and it makes for a fantastic story. These logbooks
show a fantastic sense of adventure and heroism. This man from Hull
recorded every German aircraft and heroism. This man from Hull
recorded every German aircr`ft he recorded every German aircr`ft he
shot down with the swastika in his logbook. He flew over 400 mhssions.
logbook. He flew over 400 missions. He was awarded medals for g`llantry.
Looking through this catalogue you can see that this man was incredibly
dashing. He was from East Htll and dashing. He was from East Hull and
he was very talented, making him a rewarded pilot. He flew in countless
flights over North Africa. He shot down dozens of enemy aircraft. He
retired to Hornsea but remahned retired to Hornsea but remained
modest about his achievements. He died in the year 2000 and left
died in the year 2000 and ldft behind his medals and an
extraordinary story. There hs no extraordinary story. There is no
denying that his exploits wdre denying that his exploits wdre
formidable. It was a story that inspired a local historian to write
a book. On one memorable dax he shot down three fighter aircraft. That
was fairly uncommon. Today was the chance to open these illustrious
medals. ?100,000. ?120,000. Selling. The buyer paid ?144,000 including
auction fees. It was a pretty remarkable career.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch after our story about Hull Truck
Theatre being bailed out after finding itself in financial
difficulties. They've received a hundred thousand from Hull City
Council, which says it will have more control over the theatre to
ensure it doesn't run out of money in the future. Ian got in touch. Mrs
in the future. Ian got in touch Mrs Holland from Hull sent this by
text... And finally, Trevor in Hull cold and says simply...
Scunthorpe United manager Rtss Scunthorpe United manager Russ
Wilcox says it'll be "busindss Scunthorpe United manager Rtss
Wilcox says it'll be "business as Wilcox says it'll be "busindss as
usual" when his team go for promotion at Exeter on Saturday If
promotion at Exeter on Saturday. If they win, and other results go their
way, they'll be promoted as champions. The manager says
goalkeeper Sam Slocombe has been particularly impressive as the Iron
seek to extend their unbeatdn run particularly impressive as the Iron
seek to extend their unbeaten run to seek to extend their unbeatdn run to
28 matches. Our sports reporter Simon Clark watched the team
training today. A beautiful day for training in what
could be a beautiful week for promotion. There was no letting up
though for the Scunthorpe United players. Manager Russ Wilcox's
message was clear. We are not over the line yet.
We won't be looking for a draw. We know a draw might be enough to take
us up. We are looking for the three points. Keep the away run going. It
points. Keep the away run going It is 15 away games as well which is
incredible. Our focus is on going down there and picking up the three
points. The realisation that a trip to Devon
could be historic has prompted a busy few days the ticket office
Iron fans are hoping to share in a moment of glory.
It is a Champions League game, moment of glory.
It is a Champions League gale, do It is a Champions League game, do
you know what I mean. We will definitely go up.
I think they have done it anyway. I think they have, yes.
It is a good style of football. A good manager.
We don't want play offs. We want automatic promotion. I am pretty
confident. The scenario for Scunthorpe is
simple. A win will guaranted League simple. A win will guarantee League
One football next season and no one is looking forward to that more than
is looking forward to that lore than keeper and local lad Sam Slocombe.
The last few years we have been down at the bottom of League One fighting
for our lives and there is a lot for our lives and there is ` lot
more pressure and a lot more for our lives and there is a lot
more pressure and a lot mord nerves more pressure and a lot mord nerves
than when you are at the top of the league. It is enjoyable to go out
and play these games. The spuad league. It is enjoyable to go out
and play these games. The squad have took that on board and they are
relishing it. He has been immense in goal with key
saves at key times. Four penalty saves on top of that as well. It has
been an outstanding season not just for Sam but for the group.
These boys are on the brink of something special, returning
Scunthorpe United to the thhrd something special, returning
Scunthorpe United to the third tier Scunthorpe United to the thhrd tier
of English football and bringing some cheer to this part of the
world. It will be an exciting week for the team. He is a TV presenter
for the team. He is a TV prdsenter and journalist known to millions of
people around the world but now Piers Morgan has ruffled fe`thers
people around the world but now Piers Morgan has ruffled feathers in
Grimsby after commenting about the local football team. He is known for
his opinions and his celebrhty his opinions and his celebrhty
interviews. His standpoint on issues has said to have cost in his job in
America but now it is his cheeky comments on an unexpected issue that
has raised eyebrows. You mess with the local fans and you will get a
verbal barrage back. That is what he got wind Majesty United sack manager
and he said... `` Manchester United. This
place. To entice him, the former editor has
now been offered a job in the town. Our Chief Executive gave Pidrs
Morgan his job as editor of the Daily Mirror back in 1995 stop he
thought, how on a minute. He is between jobs and offered hil a job!
between jobs and offered him a job! Of course we would take him on. But
we said he would have to make the tea and do the sandwich run. He
would enjoy that, wouldn't he? He would have to interview the players
at the end of the match as well The at the end of the match as well The
sports team are already looking forward to showing him round. If he
does come in, or we will of course show him around and let see the
sights. Piers Morgan said hd show him around and let see the
sights. Piers Morgan said he would sights. Piers Morgan said hd would
prefer to stay in Beverly Hills. sights. Piers Morgan said he would
prefer to stay in Beverly Hhlls But prefer to stay in Beverly Hhlls But
surely he would feel slightly at home? The signs are quite shmilar.
home? The signs are quite similar. Let him stay for he is. We do not
need him here. Tell him he is welcome any time if
he gets a pint in. It might be some time before he
It might be some time beford he comes. He has not yet committed to
the rule. It is almost 6:55pm.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. The police
are appealing to Muslim women in Britain to help them stop whll be
Britain to help them stop will be terrorists travelling to Syria. More
than 20 families in this arda are than 20 families in this arda are
told by the Crown Estate th`t they will be evicted.
Tomorrow's weather... Cloudx will be evicted.
Tomorrow's weather... Cloudy and Tomorrow's weather... Cloudx and
cool with patchy rain in places and cool with patchy rain in pl`ces and
a maximum temperature of 12 degrees. Talking about the houses earlier,
will says if they pay the going rate they cannot board to rent any
similar property in the are`. It similar property in the area. It
they are not why should they be subsidised by the Crown est`te?
Another correspondent says typical that we do not care about the
impoverished in this countrx. impoverished in this countrx.
Another says some compassion should be shown. Another view it says I am
be shown. Another view it s`ys I am disgusted with what is happening.
The Crown Estate has many properties it could sell. How dare the Crown
estate get noticed it tenants? If these properties belong to the
country than the country should decide what happens. That's all for
now. Thanks for joining us. Good evening.
All across the country, millions of families are waking up
to a Britain in which they find it harder to get on.
Whilst the Government keeps telling people everything is fixed,
no longer stops the pound in their pocket getting smaller
or the bills getting harder to afford.
gas and electricity bills have increased by more than ?300
whilst the energy companies are making huge profits.
not a luxury but an essential for millions of working families -
gets harder to find and more expensive.
Under David Cameron, the cost of a nursery place has risen 30%
and there are 500 fewer Sure Start centres