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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight: Figures reveal more than a thousand local
children are carers for parents - some as young as five.
Tonight, one family open up and tell their story.
My dad used to help my mum and then because my dad died,
I started helping her, and Megan and Maddie.
It's not right, they should just be living a normal life and should
have Mummy and Daddy, and shouldn't have to
And remarkably, one local council told us they don't know the number
In other news tonight: They feared no-one would go to the funeral
of war veteran Robert Neale, but it was standing room only
At the start of today's surface, the minister quoted the hymn,
when I needed a neighbour, were you there?
A householder catches this six-vehicle crash on camera and says
And she was the reporter sent to cover a beauty
And with the news of the weekend and potentially some wintry weather, I
will be here with the details in 15 minutes.
Figures given to Look North show that children who are younger
than five years old are providing care for family members
Overall, the number of children known to have caring
responsibilities in East Yorkshire and some parts of Lincolnshire has
more than doubled in four years and there are now more than 1,600
Local authorities are legally required to assess whether young
carers need support And some schools are now training staff
Eight-year-old Marlee from Scunthorpe is making
It is just one of the things that Marlee, his nine-year-old sister
Megan and four-year-old Maddie do to help her, because Mum
is often confined to bed with painful long-term
My dad used to help my mum and then, because my dad died,
I started helping her, and Megan and Maddie.
My eldest, Megan, she can help me in the bathroom,
she'll wash my back, she'll help us when I'm
restricted with my movements, because I struggle to wash my hair.
She will help me with things like that.
Maddie, my youngest, she will get the washing in and out.
Marlee is very strong, so he will help with lifting things.
They should just be living a normal life and should have Mummy and Daddy
and they shouldn't have to have the worry
But I am proud because they just do it anyway.
Research by Look North has found that since 2013,
the number of children assessed as young carers by North
Lincolnshire Council has doubled from 48 to 97.
In North East Lincolnshire the number has gone up from 156
to 332 and in the East Riding, it has risen from 64 to 144.
In Lincolnshire, the numbers will remain steady at around 1,100
and Hull City Council was unable to tell is how many young carers
Once carers are identified, there is some support out there.
We support them to ensure that they have the same
We do this by providing them with a young carers needs assessment
using a whole family approach to ensure that there is not
excessive levels of care being taken by the child.
Caring at home can mean children miss some school
Now some schools like this one have trained teachers
to identify and help pupils with caring responsibilities.
If we do spot those signs, then it means we can invite them
along to our weekly young carers group and we can offer them
the support in and out of the school to help them with their caring role.
Back in Scunthorpe, Megan and Marlee have come to a first aid session
These children know they might have to use their skills
The rise in the number of known young carers is partly due
to growing awareness and partly due to changes in the law which entitle
them to an assessment, but children's charities say
there are still many more out there who we do not yet know about.
Earlier I spoke to the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield,
and I asked her whether these youngsters deserve our
They are doing it because they love their family and they want to help
And it is usually their siblings and their parents they are helping,
so they really are doing amazing things, but they also need support
as children and we know that a lot of them don't get that support
How worrying is it that the number of young carers in parts
of our region have actually doubled in numbers?
I would want to look at them and understand them better.
There may be some explanations because there were new requirements
for local authorities to register and assess young carers
a couple of years ago, so it may be that more are coming
forward, but it is something that really is very important and one
Hull City Council have told us that they do not know how many
Is that wrong or can they not know unless these families come forward?
They should have a judgment and assessment of how many they know
all. I undertook a study last year that estimated that four out of five
young carers were unknown and did not get support. That is
frightening. And some children want to keep this under the radar, they
are worried that there will be implications for the family, but we
know there are great inconsistencies around the country. In the
south-west, around half of young carers get support, in London it is
less than 20%. In the region it is 25% but that means 75% do not but
that is something that needs to be addressed. In this part of the
world, figures doubled in the last five years. It is clearly a problem.
What should those young people do if any are watching at the moment? The
first thing to do is to say, you are doing a great service to your
family. But do talk to others about it, talk to teachers. Schools can
make a huge difference in offering support and do talk to other adults
that can help. Thank you very much for your time. The commissioner has
taken away all figures and is going to study them and get back to us.
Let us know what you think of this story.
Inquests into the deaths of a couple who died earlier this month
in Southern Lincolnshire have heard that their son found his father's
body hanging in a stable block at their home.
The inquests into the deaths of Lawrence William and his wife
Our reporter James Zuckerman was there.
Police were initially called to the home of Florence and Bernice William
on the 7th of April after reports that a body had been discovered. The
detective leading the investigation explained this was a body of
49-year-old Lawrence William, the first to be discovered at the
premises. His eldest son was at home and had been unable to find his
father and started searching the property. He found him hanging in a
stable block. Police say they are not treating his death as
suspicious. At this stage the whereabouts of Bernice William, a
50-year-old local primary school teacher, were still unaccounted for.
She had been reported missing some two weeks earlier. Police say her
sons believed she was away from home, staying with friends, but
further enquiries found this was not the case, so officers began a search
of the house. Two days later they discovered a second body in a front
room hidden under carpet underlay. This was the body of Bernice
William. A postmortem proved to be inconclusive, however police say
they are treating her death as suspicious. The inquest was told
that the police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the
deaths. Home Office postmortem examinations and toxicology reports
have been ordered and the inquest was adjourned while police carried
out the rest of their investigation. This is the moment,
captured on CCTV, when a car smashed into five vehicles parked
on a residential street It happened yesterday tea-time just
seconds after a cyclist had Simon Spark is there
for us this evening. What more can you tell
us about the incident? This is Barcroft Street in
Cleethorpes, a road you would normally drive down very carefully.
There is a corner shop, cars are parked on either side of the road
but yesterday just before 6:30pm, a resident captured some incredible
CCTV footage. You can see the speed and impact of a red car smashing
into a silver one which in turn hits a white van and stopping only when
it hits another car. People rush out there. Two people come out of the
car. The van is used by a band. They had equipment in it and they have
been checking that today. From a second angle you can see of how
perforce of how the silver car is forced into a wall and people are
saying how lucky it was that no one was walking down the path at the
time. The latest loan from police is that a 23-year-old man and an
18-year-old woman have been arrested. The 23-year-old is still
in custody and although police have spoken to a lot of people around
here, they would still like any more information.
Proposals for a new biogas plant in East Yorkshire have been
The company behind the plans for an anaerobic
digester near Leven said it would use the latest
But protesters argued the development would be too
A World War Two veteran has been given an honourable send off thanks
Robert Neale, from Belchford, had no family and few friends, but that
didn't stop his funeral being well attended this morning.
They were expecting just a handful of people at this funeral,
but that was before the Royal British Legion
He had enlisted at 18 and served his country in Tripoli.
Bob outlived his wife Joan and they had no children.
But today, the Forces Family honoured his passing.
Bob's few friends were moved by the turnout.
Very special, truly deserved this today.
I think he would have been amazed by the amount
of people here and very honoured, very honoured.
A private person was Bob, but the turnout is very nice.
He would have liked the lady walking in front of the coffin.
It is thanks to Bob's neighbour Sam that today's service
Living in a rural area like a Lincolnshire,
people get isolated and do become lonely and I felt it is important
that we all get together, we all come together to say thank
you to this very generous man and the Forces Family,
Not knowing if anybody was going to turn up,
you could tell how she felt during the service that she thought
that people do care about somebody who had nobody, but he has not got
At the start of today's service, the minister quoted the hymn,
when I needed a neighbour, were you there?
The funeral of Robert Neill and the lovely neighbours. Thank you for
watching this Thursday night. Still ahead: Three big prom concerts
coming to Hull, their first time the event has left London in 70 years.
And she was the reporter sent to cover a beauty pageant and ended up
winning it. Tonight's photo is taken by Lucy of
Stanford. Another picture tomorrow night. You will not like this one.
Paul's comb over didn't quite work last night. His bald patch was
clearly visible. Turn around then. And there it is. You will find this
is all mine though, Peter! Give it a target and see what happens. The
headline is looking fairly quiet in the short time. Some interesting
weather to come next week. Tomorrow looks cloudy. Temperatures today
have reached 16 degrees despite the fact there has been a lot of cloud
around. There is the chart fortunes do, a real plunge from the Arctic.
Some sunshine but also scattered showers, hail, sleet, snow and
thunder and lightning and there is the risk of a bit of frost. In the
short term it is pretty mild. There has been a lot of cloud around but
decent brakes have developed this afternoon. It is fairly present this
evening and then overnight looks set to be fairly quiet with variable
amounts of cloud but more parts will be dry and we will see temperatures
tonight nearer eight across countryside areas. The sun rises at
5:48am. Your next high water times in Skegness at 2:25am. Tomorrow will
be a fairly cloudy day but it does look dry. That breeze picks up a
little, we will see decent brakes developing across east Yorks,
Lincolnshire and into North West Norfolk as well. Temperatures on the
mild side of normal. Highs of 15 degrees in Hull and Beverley with
similar values across Lincolnshire. We can looking colder but brighter
with sunshine and it should mostly dry. Rain to come on Monday. Behind
that cold front, those showers fall turned wintry. People are e-mailing
in saying they prefer it the other way round, the back of you. See you
tomorrow. It's one of the biggest
music events in the world and this summer, The Proms
are travelling outside London for the first time
in more than 75 years Three open-air concerts
are being held in July as part of the eight-week-long festival,
as our culture correspondent The Proms are one of the big estates
in the musical calendar. 90 concerts spread across eight weeks that take
classical music to a huge audience. Although there are Proms in the park
events outside London, this summer, the Proms are coming to Hull with
every piece of music played about or connected to water. This is the
first time we have taken a prom out of London so I hope it will be
special. We are marking the anniversary of handle's water music.
It was performed on the River Thames on barges and we are moving it up
North. That is because the venue for the concerts and looks out onto the
Rivers Humber and Hull. Sage of the top has staged the freedom Festival
but performing here has hazards. You cannot do much about it if an
ambulance goes past, but the two real ones are high winds because
then the music flies away but we will all have clothes pegs so that
will be fine, and if it is hot and sunny, it tends to melt the violins.
And for the city's classical music fans, this is a big deal. Paula
plays with the Hull filament on the strap and says the news is just as
thrilling. It is exciting for classical music fans. Their big
weekend has Katy Perry and other artists that are really famous and
successful, but for classical music fans knowing the Proms will come
here, we will witness some high-quality classical music and it
is not something we get often. The Proms may be an annual event but
Hull's concerts I once that are to be held outside of London for more
than seven decades. Tickets go on sale on the 13th of May.
The Lego daffodils have been snapped up, but there is still lots to see -
with all the details of what's on in the UK City of Culture,
This week's Challenge Hull is to ask someone who speaks a different
language to teach you a new word or phrase.
That was me trying to say, "Hello, how are you?"
Sea of Hull was officially the largest nude
installation in the UK and you can see the long-awaited photos at the
Ferens Art Gallery from Saturday, along with works by Ron Mueck and
Next Thursday, Run for the Line at Holy Trinity Church uses
word and song to tell the story of one of the First World War's
deadliest battles with the help of rugby league legend Sammy Lloyd.
On Saturday, bring the family to Beverley Treasure House for the
They will show you how to take great pictures
And don't miss out on the Narnia Trail
You must have been very brave indeed to
come here, because I know that you have an evil king
that rules Look North, is this true?
And if you want to see more from this year so far,
go to our City of Culture website at bbc.co.uk/hull2017.
Thank you to everyone who got in contact with the programme
after MPs unanimously voted in favour of calling
A newspaper reporter from Lincolnshire is getting
attention from around the world after she ended up winning a beauty
Laura Gooderham, from New Waltham, was spotted
when interviewing contestants at the Miss Great Grimsby
As part of her day job, Laura Trott force across north-east Lincolnshire
writing stories and doing interviews. But when she was sent to
cover the audition stages of the Miss Great Grimsby contest, things
went differently. She was spotted and convinced to take part. I had a
perception of pageants, I thought it was about girls competing with each
other on how good-looking they are and I thought that is not me, but
the girls have come away feeling more confident and we have raised
thousands for charity. She ended up winning. I was thinking, that is it,
that is done, second later I heard my name. Her colleagues couldn't
believe them either. You are dead to find out what the people are
therefore and see who will win, so to find out one of the reporters
with taking part is remarkable. The event is a heat for the Miss England
competition. Today the organisers said:
Do you feel bad for the other girls considering you are not meant to be
in the competition to begin with? Are part of me does, but I have won
and it is my chance to prove everyone I can do this. Laura will
compete for the title of Miss England in July. Her story has made
headlines around the world, but going forward, Laura says the only
headlines Hsia concerned with are the ones she will write for her
employer. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. As the election campaigning begins,
Jeremy Corbyn establishes himself as the antiestablishment candidate.
than a thousand local children - some as young as five -
Tomorrow's weather, dry and cloudy with some sun. Top temperatures of
15 Celsius. On the subject of young carers, Graham says, it is nice to
see the government recognising the work young carers do. Dot says,
while should any child be carers for their parents? The pressures must be
overwhelming. Where is the welfare state. And Steve says, I am
astounded that Hull does not know the numbers of young carers. I
assume they are not helping anyone otherwise they would have an
indication of numbers. These children need help. Thank you for
watching. Join me later. Goodbye for now.