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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
Lincolnshire's war widows c`mpaign for a fairer deal on their pensions.
It is what I thought I was dntitled to.
More than ?1 million pounds could be cut
The grieving mothers told to take down decorations surrounding
She never had a birthday or a Christmas. To us, we put little
Hull City play their first game since their owner
Join me for the weekend whether `` for the weather.
She was jailed for fraudulently claiming hdr war
widow's pension after moving in with a new partner and now
Carol Garside from Lincolnshire has spoken out about her case.
The widow from Holton Le Cl`y near Grimsby admits she did wrong but
Since 2005 the Ministry of Defence has revised its entitlement policy
but it doesn't apply retrospectively to widows like Carol.
As part of a special investhgation, BBC Inside Out has found th`t
thousands of widows still f`ce the choice of either losing
Carol Garside's husband, Royal Navy Diver Mike Thomas,
I haven't talked about this for a long time.
Then it was my birthday on 18th October, so I actually
Ten years later, in 1993, she moved in with her new partner, Andy.
Under Ministry of Defence rtles Carol was no longer entitled to her
war widow's pension, but she continued to claim ht
Then, in 2011, someone wrote an anonymous letter to
To live in a happy relationship as a married couple and to continue
to claim the widow's benefit is both immoral and disgraceful to
This prompted the MoD to wrhte to Carol, asking for an explan`tion.
They then sent me another ldtter asking me the date that Andrew and I
Maybe I should have took it to a solicitor.
I don't know if that would have made any difference or any change.
I tried to sort it out myself and I put a false date.
So, you can make no bones about this ` you did lie, didn't xou?
When did you tell them you'd been living with Andy from?
I can't remember exactly, but it was like making out we'd been
All I remember was shouting, I haven't done this on purpose!
Cos I hadn't done anything on purpose.
It's just what I thought I was entitled to.
Carol ended up serving 11 wdeks in prison and she was forced to
Since 2005, the MoD rules have changed,
so women no longer lose thehr pension if they remarry or cohabit.
But thousands of women whosd husbands either took out
their pension or died beford 20 5 are still forced to choose between
This is about living in a fair society in 2014.
Let us not apply Dickensian and rules and pretend women somdhow are
The Ministry of Defence told the BBC that it takes cases
of fraud very seriously and doesn't hesitate to pursue prosecuthons
They also said there is a long`standing principle that
pensions shouldn't be improved retrospectively to ensure that
schemes remain manageable and affordable.
You can see more on this story on tonight's Inside Out
Business leaders, academics and workers begin to
investigate how the whole area may benefit from a larger Hull.
More than ?1 million could be cut from Hull's stop smoking services,
despite the city having one of the worst smoking rates in the country.
And now a leading academic in tobacco research has criticised
the plans saying any changes could cost lives.
Health leaders in Hull say the number
of smokers has continued to rise despite the money being invdsted.
Our health correspondent Vicky Johnson has more.
There are around 75,000 and the number keeps going tp,
despite millions of pounds being spent trying to get them to stop.
There are more people here with lung cancer and other breathing
related problems than almost anywhere else in the countrx.
Dr Jaymin Morjaria specailises in smoking related illnesses.
We also know that smoking h`s an impact on various other org`ns such
as the heart, the brain, often causing other contours in v`rious
parts of the body, such as the bladder. `` other cancers.
But now many schemes which support those who want to stop
A report to Hull's Health and Wellbeing Board lays out three
Option A proposes to keep the current wide range of sdrvices,
which have, the report clails, little or no impact
The cost last year was almost ?1.6 million pounds.
This would provide a targeted stop smoking service and
The total cost of this will be in the region of ?340,000.
Option C would be not to bux in a stop smoking service at all.
But a leading academic in tobacco studies has strongly
Let's not beat around the btsh ` lives are at stake. If they reduce
the spending on the stop But smokers
in Hull today had their own views. It is a waste of government money,
funding it. The services should be there to stop smoking. I go to
drop`in centres and they ard getting cuts they will not there. Academics
claim it is due to council hs taking over NHS budgets and say it could
set a dangerous precedent that thousands of smokers would be denied
help to stub out problem. We asked to speak to Hull Chty
Council today about the plans but they did not want to be intdrviewed
on a final decision about sloking services had been made.
A woman's been charged with assisting the suicide
of a 21`year`old who was fotnd dead in Sleaford earlier this ye`r.
Emma Crossman's body was fotnd at a house in Leicester strdet
22`year`old Milly Caller will appear in court next month.
Doctors treating a seven`ye`r`old boy from Cleethorpes who was hit
in the eye with a loom band say his sight has been permanently damaged.
Kyle Lawrence can now see only shadows in his left eyd.
Doctors had hoped his sight could be restored but now say
Kyle's Mum, Carlie, has called for better safetx
A group of bereaved mothers say they're disgusted that
North East Lincolnshire Council wants them to remove ornaments
The council says the decorations at Scartho Road cemetery in Grimsby
are not permitted under graveyard regulations.
But the parents say they're doing no harm, and being asked to remove
Two years on from her daughter Grace's death
and Laura Taylor still visits her grave every day.
This is where I can come and obviously sit with Gracd
and this is where I can remdmber Grace, put little things for her.
I will look after her as I would have looked after Grace.
I want it to be as pretty and as pink as it can be,
Grace died from a rare illndss when she was six months old.
She's buried at Scartho Road cemerty in Grimsby.
But now Laura and several other bereaved parents have been told
their children's graves are in breach of cemetery regul`tions.
The council wants Laura and the other parents to remove these
home`made surrounds from thd graves and the stones which it is concerned
They are allowed to replace the surrounds with marble ones, but
they cost around ?1000 ` solething the parents say they can't `fford.
They can see that obviously, the grave is well maintained.
Our graves are like our special places to remember our children
and to take things off their grave I don't think is right at all.
I think it's disgusting, to be honest with you.
This is where we come and think of our children
In a statement the council said "We realise that it can be tpsetting
for families to be asked to change a loved`one's grave.
However, the regulations ard there to ensure we have a safe
and well`kept environment for all who visit the cemetdry.
Laura has now started an online petition to try to persuade
In the meantime parents havd until December to remove the ornalents.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this story.
Is North East Lincolnshire Council being fair in asking these parents
to remove these particular decorations from their gravds?
Or should they be allowed to stay to help the parents to grieve?
The parents of a Royal Marine who won three medals at the
Invictus Games say they hopd it will inspire others in the futurd.
And amateur side Cleethorpes Town get a plum draw in the FA Ctp,
but first they've got to find some goalposts.
We have heard, is Paul off``gain? He has more time off than me and I have
been retired for 20 years! There are a few like that, to be honest!
I have such a long working week It reminds me of the dark d`ys of
the 70s when aided a three`day week. Let's have a look at tomorrow's
headline. It is going to slowly brighten up.
Today we had 20 degrees in Hull and in Coningsby. The mornings will
start off grey and overcast with the risk of mist and fog. It should
brighten up quite nicely with sunny spells coming through. That is what
happened today. It has turndd out to be a lovely afternoon. One or two
showers developing across E`st Yorkshire. They are pushing ever
westwards. It is a fine end to the day and a bright one with a song
about a site shortly. With ` song about a site shortly. It an
increased risk of mist, fog and low cloud and even the odd spot of
drizzle. The lowest temperatures, 12 or 13 degrees. A very mild night for
the middle of September. Thd sun rises in the morning at 636 AM.
There will be some brightness along the coast but it is generally going
to be quite grey. The fog whll break and less. `` left. Bright and warm,
just a small chance of an isolated shower and a light easterly breeze.
Look at the top afternoon temperatures, coming in at `round 19
Celsius. They make get up to 20 in Lincoln and that is 68 Fahrdnheit.
Further ahead, a similar outlook. A cloudy start and then the sky is
bright and into the afternoon. During the afternoons this week
there is the chance of the odd shower. That is the forecast.
I am from Castleford, my wife is from Cleethorpes. We look `` watch
live zero from Leeds and thdn record you and watch you so we havd an hour
of news. `` we watch look North from Leeds. See you tomorrow.
It's an issue which has divhded opinion among Hull and the Dast
Riding, but the process of deciding whether Hull City Council should
A group of business leaders, academics and workers
from the public sector will consider whether the whole region cotld
They say the group isn't independent and they've been excluded.
In a moment we'll hear from Hull's Deputy Leader but first,
Hollis home to more than a puarter of a million people.
Grow and exert more power and influence when at attracting major
investors. One idea is to expand the boundary into the East Riding,
including places like Cottingham and hassle. The other idea is a single
authority covering East Yorkshire. It has been described as a land grab
and a hostile takeover. You just have to look in the shops hdre to
see there is little support for it. To date there have been questions
over the independence of whole's boundary commission. You cannot be
independent if the City Council are choosing the membership. We have not
`` had no say. The City Council say they have asked twice to take part.
That is not the case. I havd seen the letter to asked us to sdnd an
observer and that is all th`t has happened. The commission st`rted
work today, chaired by Tom Lartin, life President of a safety where
from. It includes nine figures from the business world, the University
of Hull and the city's publhc and voluntary sectors. Its size or
boundaries do not hold it b`ck, providing that Holland East Riding
can develop a relationship working together in mutual interests. The
councils already work together, securing a Siemens investment and
reducing tolls. Only the government can decide on any boundary changes.
On this one, I spoke to the Deputy Leader of Mike on City Council. I
asked him how independent is the commission. `` Hull City Cotncil.
Most of these people have come forward because they share `n
interest in business development in the region.
How as a body can be independent if it was selected by Hull Citx
Council? If you look at the membership, nobody could accuse
those people are being anything other than independent. These are
well respected industrial lhsts University of Hull business school,
Hull chamber of commerce. E`st Riding council's leader says it
could not be independent. Hd had every chance to put evidencd to the
body and have their say. Thdy point`blank refused to do that. I do
not think they are in a poshtion to give a view as to whether the people
are hearing or not hearing their view at all because they refuse to
take part. We have been askhng for four days for an interview with the
head of this commission and yet you, as a senior figure at Hull City
Council are here tonight, not the head of the commission. What does
that say about its independdnce It is not reporting until earlx next
year and it is a timescale driven around researching the issuds, not a
ballot caused by panic in E`st Riding. It is not about the ballot,
it is about the commission considering evidence. Why isn't he
telling me that were answerhng questions? Probably because they
think it is not the approprhate time. If they did they would be
here. The appropriate time to speak is when they finish their rdport.
East Riding Council did not feel part of it. They have only been
invited as an observer to one meeting. How much do you re`lly want
to include them? Ever given the same chance to attend and submit evidence
and have point`blank refused. They have also point`blank refusd to take
part in the discussions with the City Council about a combindd
authority, were we work jointly on issues of interest. We the `` we are
the only big city not part of a combined authority because they will
not play ball. I wonder what their plan is. I wonder what you say to
the person I spoke to yesterday does not want to be in Hull. Is it
just tough if the commission decides it is the right thing? Yellow light
well, the commission have the power only to make a report and that will
hopefully form the basis of recommendations to government. What
do you say to our interviewde? I say their council tax will be cheaper if
they are in the Hull boundary. Thank you.
I know from talking to people at the weekend, it is uppermost in a lot of
people's minds. We would like your thoughts on this. Is Hull ignoring
the views of the East Riding? How much should they be involved? That
Hull City Manager Steve Bruce has insisted that its business
as usual despite uncertaintx over the future of the club.
The Tigers face West Ham tonight in a Premier League clash
Steve Bruce says despite Doctor Assem Allam's announcement
that he may sell the club, it's time to focus on the football.
It's been hanging around us now for six months.
I think the chairman reiter`ted his stance on it
because there was also all sorts of rumours flying around
that he'd already sold it, that he hadn't sold it,
For me, now, let's just get on with playing football.
David Burns will be doing commentary for BBC Radio Cymru tonight. He is
already at the stadium. What reception do you think the owner
will get and I? That is a vdry good question. I spoke to a club official
and he said that the inform`tion is we are expecting a higher ldvel of
protest, maybe personal protests. It is a concern for them. Everxthing is
heightened with this being brought back into the public arena. It could
be a fiery atmosphere. I gudss we have to wait and see.
Thank you. The game kicks off at eight o'clock. Radio Humberside will
Scunthorpe United's chairman, has called for the club's players and
management to "pull their fhnger out" following back`to`back defeats.
The Iron lost 4`1 to Chesterfield at the weekend.
In a statement on the club's website, Peter Swann says the manner
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Chris Chester says he's relheved
Omari Caro made three tries, including this one,
The Robins beat Wakefield by 42 points to 18.
A strong second half come`b`ck saw Hull FC beat Leeds Rhinos
The black and whites went into the break trailing
by three points, but three tries in 10 minutes turned the match around.
The final score Hull FC 24 Leeds Rhino 19.
And highlights from both gales on the Super League Show tonight.
The parents of a Royal Marine from Hull who won a gold and two bronze
medals at a tournament for hnjured and sick servicemen and womdn say
they hope his performance whll inspire others. He was one of 4 0
from 13 nations competing in the first ever Invictus Games. The
championships were an idea of Prince Harry. There was much success for
The close of a sporting tournament like no other.
Welcome to the stage, Team Great Britain!
They served their country in the armed forces.
At the Invictus Games, wounded and sick servicemen
and women represented Great Britain in a four day event showing
Watching their son compete from their home in Hull werd Trish
Sam ` a Royal Marine sufferding kidney disease `
was Team GB's athletics captain and he led by example `
gold in the 400 metres and two bronzes.
He came straight out of the 200 metres,
straight into the 400 metres and won golds.
He actually won the race in borrowed spikes.
We just couldn't believe it. You know, how good he was.
It was absolutely fantastic. Just so proud of him.
And there was success for all the competitors from our arda.
Micky Yule from Lincoln powdr lifted himself to gold.
There was a bronze in discus for Dean Bousfield, also from Lhncoln.
And Carl Harding from Bournd hit gold in the mixed archery.
Claire Edwards from Hull pl`ced third in two cycling events.
On event day you just sit there and go, you know,
And this is the moment Team GB beat USA to sitting volley ball gold
Hull's Craig Gadd, seen here in number six,
Back in Hull, Sam's parents say they hope he and his fellow compdtitors
It's the best thing that happened in a long time for us.
It's an inspiration to us and hopefully to Great Brit`in.
Closing the tournament, Prince Harry said the Games had shone
a spotlight on the "unconqudrable" character of servicemen,
To you guys, the competitors, wow ` thank you for an awesome wedk.
Many will be hoping the Games become a regular fixture
Well done to all 400. Amatetr footballing sightly thoughts to
warrant will play North are be united in the FA Cup.
The match will be the biggest in the club's short history. Celebrations
and match preparations have been ruined by thieves who have stolen a
vital part of kit. Grassroots football doesn't get much
more grassroots than this ` home of Cleethorpes town FC. They mhght be
four leagues below Grimsby Town but they are officially on the road to
Wembley and found out their opponents today.
North Ferrer beat United at home. While they are celebrating today's
draw against Ferraby, on thd pitch there is a problem. We put them
here, where they were going to be painted, and there was nothhng here
and they had gone. This is ` kick in the teeth for the club. It hs great
that our first team have done so well and it is fantastic for us but
this stops us from playing football at grassroots level. This is a real
problem for us. This is all that was left of the goalposts, worth ?2 00 `
big for a club like Cleethorpes It has prompted and appealed for
information or a loan through social media as the team looks forward to
an FA Cup dream. It is a massive disappointment. We have Sattrday and
Sunday football and a ladies team, so it is affecting the whold club. I
do not think we could have got a harder draw but it will be ` great
day. We will enjoy it and gdt out what we can. The big game is just a
few weeks away but in trainhng for it now, it is back to jumpers for
goalposts. Good luck to Cleethorpes and North
Ferraby. The main national `nd regional headlines...
David Cameron makes his last scheduled visit to Scotland in the
final days of campaigning bdfore the referendum.
War widows in the Lincolnshhre campaign for the Ministry of Defence
to give them a fair deal on their pensions.
Tamara's whether... A great start, low cloud, mhst and
fog, sunny intervals later on. 19 Celsius, 66 Fahrenheit.
Mark, I recently buried my lother and we were told what type of
headstone we could have on lany other restrictions. If everxone
decorated their loved ones' graves however they wanted graveyards would
look awful. Another says, bdtter roads would prevent this problem in
the future. Chantelle says, leave them `s they
are, it is not fair to put these parents through more stress.
Stephen, it is up to the individual to decorate the grave as thdy wish.
They paid for the gravestond so they should decorated as they wish.
I am back at 10:25pm. See l`ter Goodbye.