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The cost of injuries at school ` councils here pay out more than ?1
Schools aren't prepared now to do things they did outside
the main curriculum because there are risks associated with it.
The East Yorkshire church that's said no to having a woman vhcar
Tesco tell shoppers in Immingham we're not abandoning plans
Bomber crews gather in Lincolnshire more than 70 years
More than ?1.3 million has been paid out by councils in East Yorkshire
and Lincolnshire for children injured at school.
Parents have successfully sted local authorities for trapped fingers
in a desk, falls in the plaxground and sunstroke on a school trip.
Some argue there's a lack of supervision in schools
while others say a compensation culture is damaging education.
Our correspondent Sarah Corker has more.
Playground games and the bulps and grazes that come with them are
all part of growing up but some accidents at school are proving
In five years, payouts and legal fees have cost
Including in Lincolnshire, ?12,000 to a pupil
injured when a classmate fell onto them from a climbing frame.
?8000 for a child hit in thd face by a hockey stick.
In Hull, more than ?1000 was paid out to a pupil hurt playing tag
But it cost the council ?14,000 in legal fees.
It is to the notice of what is happening. I think it can only
damage the experience of chhldren at school.
At the Oasis Academy in Immhngham there are strict health
The principal says its sometimes solicitors who push
There is an opportunist approach perhaps where there's been
Really, through contacting parents who may
have intially been accepting that these accidents do happen, being
encouraged to pursue a clail and try to look into a blame culturd.
Back in the '60s, children played on concrete pipes
and glass windows, provided by the council, as a low`cost play ground.
Health and safety would stop that now.
We got quite a depressing mdssage from many schools, particul`rly
state schools, that schools aren't prepared now to do the things they
did outside the curriculum because there are risks associated with it.
I'm very concerned that we're robbing children of their childhood.
There were some unusual payouts ` sunstroke on school trip,
post falling on child's head, a burnt finger from a laptop.
So is this a compensation ctlture or health and safety failings?
A personal injury lawyer in Grimsby told me these claims are rare
Slips and trips ` aren't thdy just a part of growing up and being a kid?
Not necessarily when it's somebody else's f`ult
And that slip or trip could be prevented
and that slip or trip has pdrhaps caused a fairly significant injury.
While regulations have made schools arguably much safer
in recent decades, they may also have made them less adventurous
Gill who's written about risks children take.
I think it is undeniable th`t is a much greater worry about chhldren.
It is about claims and the perception of risk. The figtres seem
to suggest that the problem is reducing what is undeniable is this
wider anxiety that is leading teachers, parents and counchls to
quickly to get too focused on what might go wrong and to forget that a
rounded childhood is one whhch children have some freedom `nd can
take some responsibility for themselves. At the parents laking
the schools are averse to rhsk? At the heart of the problem is this
confusion and that we are forgetting what a good sheltered looks like. I
can remember just how valuable it is to have some adventures and play and
take some risks and learn your boundaries and I think a lot of this
problem would be tackled if we just revived that sense of the v`lue of
risk and the health and safdty executives have made statemdnts
about the value of letting children take risks that it will takd time to
turn this around. Are some of the claims such as been burnt bx a
computer or hit by a hockey stick acceptable? I do agree that some of
the cases sound as if peopld have caved in without taking the court
action properly. But the good news is that as more guidance note for
the need for a balanced approach and more schools are confident `bout
taking their children out in learning environments such `s the
forest Alderwood and in public play areas you're actually seeing more
challenging and more exciting playgrounds and I'm sure yot have
seen some of those in your region because we have realised th`t we
have gone too far. We want to hear from you on this
story, do you think the 'compensation culture' is a problem?
Maybe you think there should be compensation if children get
injured? In a moment: Two Lincolnshire MPs
get new jobs as David Cameron reshuffles his
ministers. In one Spanish, the congreg`tion are
insisting that when the pridst leaves he is
Some people would say this hs outdated. Not everything has to do
with Bates. Belief in God h`s nothing to do with what the times
are. ``with dates. Six other churches would be affected `s well.
Not all the congregation ard happy with this. Why should they not have
a woman priest. I don't think it should be allowed. There ard those
that agree that despite this in devoting in favour of women priests
that people should be allowdd the right to say no. As a church, we
have made a decision for those who cannot accept that ministry to
remain in the church and be served by an male priest. It is part of
honouring that decision that enables us to do this. This parish has made
it clear that women need not apply to Garten. The new rules cole into
effect in November and the church will have to reconsider its
position. But it is thought that the yes vote for female bishops will
encourage women into the cldrgy but it is also thought that any women
coming here will not get a job in this place for the next sevdral
years. Do you have a view on this? Should congregations be abld to put
a block on women priests? The Crown Prosecution Service has
confirmed charges have been dropped disturbance at an anti`fracking
camp. John Mager who used to be director at East Riding Council `
and his wife Valerie, a forler teacher ` were arrested at the camp
at Walkington near Beverley while police were escorting lorrids onto
the neighbouring gas explor`tion site. The CPS says there was
"insufficient evidence." An ASDA supermarket could bd built
in Louth if the council votds to sell the former Cattlemarket site.
15companies put bids in for the land land after council officials in East
Lindsey recommend it's sale. Critics believe a large supermarket will
damage local businesses. A signalling fault that caused hours
of delays for travellers in and out of Hull last night was causdd by an
attempted cable theft. Brithsh Transport Police say they'rd
continuing their investigathons today after the cable was ctt at the
Hessle Road junction. Hull's ice arena is to closd over
the summer holidays because of changes to regulations. The venue's
refrigeration system needs to be replaced. The City Council hs
talking to Hull Stingrays Ice Hockey team to find a different venue for
their pre`season preparations. The final stages of work to remove a
tidal power generator which had been abandoned in the Humber are
underway. It was originally installed to provide electrhcity to
power The Deep, but the company behind the project went into
liquidation last year. Residents and businesses
in Immingham say it's desperately needed ` but Tesco has delaxed
coming to Immingham to create won't now be availble
for the festive season. It also leaves the town without
a supermarket Tesco says profits are fallhng
and they're halting the opening of Supermarket giant Tesco has
navigated its way into most towns and cities ` but
in Immingham they're still waiting. Many residents travel more than
eight miles to Grimsby to do It takes 20 minutes to get to Tesco.
Grimsby or Scunthorpe at thd nearest.
deyaled coming to the site until next summer ` a disappointment
There's a lot riding on Tesco ` shops surrounding the development
Tesco has always been a major player on the high street ` but ovdr
the last two years profits have dropped, and they're now opdning
But it's still left people concerned about the delay.
Despite reassurances, residents just hope the grocer isn't
I don't think they will comd. I do not think they will.
II Bomber crews reunited in Lincolnshire 70 years after their
And the plan to bring high culture to rural Lincolnshire.
At the says that your forehdad and there's not a move.
There will be a lot of cloud at times but that is now breakhng up.
We will see temperatures coling in at around about 12 Celsius or 1
Celsius. That is around 55 Fahrenheit. The sun will rise just
before five o'clock in the lorning. High water time will be just before
quarter to ten. It will be ` lovely morning with lots of sun and blue
sky and it stays bright and warm through the morning and into the
afternoon but clouds will thicken and by the end of the day that is a
risk of a few sharp downpours especially crossed East Yorkshire
and some western parts of Lincolnshire. To the south ht should
stay dry and this is where the highest temperatures will bd. It
will not be too bad over thd East Riding. It will be 25 degreds in
Kingsland, that is 77 degreds fire in height. Thursday looks w`rm with
high is nearly up to 80 Fahrenheit but with the warmth and humhdity
through Friday into Saturdax is quite a high risk of thunderstorms
breaking out. new jobs in a reshuffle of David
Cameron's government. Nick Boles and John Hayes have been to Downing
Street this morning to hear about their roles. Our political dditor
Tim Iredale is with me now. Tim what jobs has the Prime Minhster
given them? Nick Boles Has been given a new role
as Minister with responsibility for things such as adult skills and
apprenticeships and politic`l commentators always describdd him as
part of the inner circle of David Cameron. This will be seen `s a
promotion for him. John Hayds Has been a bit of a political agenda in.
And is now a senior minister in the Department for Transport so he will
have a big say about how much money is spent on new roads and r`il
projects and many will argud that the transport infrastructurd of
Lincolnshire is largely inadequate so some may say that his largest
challenge will be in his own backyard.
They carried out thousands of raids over Germany during the Second World
War and today veterans from 106 Squadron in Lincolnshire have
gathered for what is likely to be their last reunion. The grotp lost
59 Lancaster bombers while based at RAF Metheringham in 1943. Some
surviving members of the sqtadron have travelled from as far `s Canada
to their former air base. Gdmma Dawson reports.
This would have been a familiar sight here ` during the Second World
War. But today's flypast by the Lancaster
is bringing back memories for the men from 106 Squadron.
Alfred who spent three months here in 1944.
I liked my time here, even though it was war. The camaraderie with the
fellows on the base was trelendous. No matter weather you were Dnglish
Canadian, you were all thrown together any pile and you m`de it
work and did work. carried out hundreds of raids over
Germany. Today the remaining veterans gathered at their old
airfield. We were looking at a photograph that
was taken in March 1944. Most of them did not make it. I was very
lucky. Every year at this thme we have our reunion day.
But organisers believe this could be the final time that many ard able to
We've had a lot of messages after the National Flood Forum sahd more
money needs to be spent protecting homes and businesses across East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Skegness was hit by flash floods agahn on
Sunday. One hotel in the town says it will now lose thousands of
pounds' worth of business. Well, lets take a look at some of
your thoughts.Ray in Beverldy says: "The authorities are quick to blame
global warming rather than their own maintenance of the drainage systems.
We live in the sticks with no mains drainage. We have soak`aways,
ditches and dykes to clear the rainwater, and we don't get
flooded.Mr Harrison from Bedford says: "I worked for the Rivdr Board
for 41 years and we dredged the drains every five years. For the
last 20 years, I don't think we ve seen a dredging machine. We've seen
machines working, taking wedds out, but not dredging.And Daz suggests:
"There is money in flooding. Everybody profits except thd
insurers and the property owners who have to make a claim."
It's a challenge for many pdople in rural Lincolnshire ` how to get
involved in art when your ndarest gallery is as much as a couple of
hours' drive away. But a new project is trying to overcome that problem
by bringing art to the people. And what better way to do than to put it
on a lorry that travels across the whole country. Here's our Arts
This is not your average artwork. It is around 40 feet long and has been
specially commissioned to travel round by Laurie. There is a
particular audience that gods to galleries. `` by lorry. This is the
first of ten projects that will be produced to reflect the county of
Lincolnshire and bring art of people who live hours away from tr`ditional
galleries. There are very fdw galleries and so our approach is
rather than spending many mhllions of pounds on building new g`lleries,
what we have to do is take the art to world people are so people can
engage with it. Some did not give the art a second glance but it
turned some heads. My three`year`old is not quite so keen on walking
round and art gallery. So h`ving it about you is a nice treat? Xes,
wonderful. Looking at something like that is quite nice. This rather
unusual artwork will be offhcially revealed in London on Thursday but
you may well see it on a ro`d near you for years to come.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlhnes
Michael Gove is moved from his post as Education Secretary during
His job goes to Nicky Morgan ` one of ten promoted women.
Local councils have paid out more than ?1 million in compensation
A fine bright morning with sunny spells.
A cloudier afternoon, with a risk of a few heavy showers.
Very warm, with highs around 24 Centigrade (75 Farenheit(.
Ian says compensation claims need to be nipped in the bud sooner rather
than later. Another viewer says too much blame and too much clahm
culture. Andy in Lincoln saxs why not get the patents to sign a risk
disclaimer if they do not whsh to sign then they can find another
school. Dave says to blame the parents. They are just after the
cash. Compensation culture gone mad. We will have some more on this later
on. See you later.