11/01/2017 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening, welcome to the late Look North.

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The headlines tonight: A review finds missed opportunities

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to protect a four-year-old who died after being given

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A councillor is told to step down over an offensive Facebook post.

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Now others are told to get training to stop it happening again.

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Well, it's been a very windy day with news of more

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North East Lincolnshire Council has admitted that it missed

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opportunities to protect a four-year-old girl who died

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after being forced to take drugs by her mother.

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Poppy Widdison collapsed at her home in Grimsby in June 2013.

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Last month, her mother and ex-partner were found

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guilty of child cruelty after feeding her sedatives

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because they considered her to be an inconvenience

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Now a review has found that not enough people knew about the state

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Laura Foster has been following the case.

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Three and a half years ago, Poppy was found at her home

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What caused her death is still not known but tests showed Poppy had

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ingested a cocktail of drugs for up to six months before her death,

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including heroin, sedatives, methadone and ketamine.

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Last month, Poppy's mother, Michala Pyke, and Pyke's ex-partner,

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John Rytting, were found guilty of child cruelty after feeding

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Poppy illicit drugs at Rytting's home in Grimsby.

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Poppy's grandmother spoke outside court.

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She was just beautiful, she really was.

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You couldn't wish for a better little girl.

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Today, the Serious Case Review into Poppy's death has been released.

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These happen whenever a child has died and it's thought there's some

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This report criticises services designed to protect

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Poppy and help her mother with her drug use.

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It uses phrases like "ineffective", "lacked clarity and focus",

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saying there was a "disregard for the entrenched

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Proper assessments weren't carried out, putting Poppy at "serious risk

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"of harm" and that professionals were often "misled"

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Rytting's drug abuse was known about but no-one knew Pyke

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and Rytting were in a relationship and that Poppy lived

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Despite the evidence, no-one knew what Poppy's life

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was like or the harm and risk she was exposed to every day.

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Dr Peter Sidebotham says Serious Case Reviews mean lessons

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can be learned from what happened but there are no guarantees

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something similar won't happen again.

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Some children do get harmed by their parents,

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and that will continue to be the case.

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There's no way that we can accurately predict which children

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might be subject to the most extreme forms of abuse or neglect

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and therefore we have to constantly carry this difficult balance

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between supporting families, not wanting to intervene too much,

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and yet, at the same time, recognising where there are risks.

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Tonight, the charity the NSPCC has called the review deeply worrying

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and says that effective oversight and improved intervention may have

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Meanwhile, Pyke and Rytting are both due to be sentenced next week.

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Last month, the judge told them to expect

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substantial prison sentences for their very serious crimes.

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Poppy's family on her father's side are still combing

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through this report, trying to understand what happened

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and how so many people could have let down this little girl.

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A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder over

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the death of a man who was hit by a vehicle and left to die

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The body of 23-year-old Chase Tate was found on the A1104 near Alford

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Police called it a suspected hit-and-run.

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The Environment Agency says it's closely monitoring the situation

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on the east coast with fears high tides and strong winds

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A flood warning was put in place for the north bank of the Humber

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tonight but it was rescinded as the tide subsided.

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Precautions are also being taken by the emergency

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Jill Archbold is live on the banks of the Humber Estuary for us.

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An earlier flood warning over the high tide at around 5

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o'clock has been removed but there are still worries around

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this area on the north bank of the Humber over

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The Environment Agency is considering issuing

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another flood warning, which means flooding

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is possible around tomorrow's high tide at 5:47am.

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They say the combination of a high tide and strong winds could cause

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waves to overtop defences at Hessle Foreshore.

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They'll decide on that overnight as forecasts get more predictable.

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Precautions are also being taken along the Lincolnshire Coast,

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where flood defences have been checked and tidal gates have been

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closed ahead of another high tide on Friday morning.

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Emergency services say they are monitoring the situation

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but they're not expecting anything like the high tide of 2013,

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when more than 1,000 homes on both sides of the Humber were flooded.

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For the latest flooding information, visit the Environment Agency

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website, which is on the screen now, or keep listening to your local

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Plans to recover millions of barrels of oil in North Lincolnshire

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have been rejected by the local authority.

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Egdon Resources had wanted to create a single well in Wressle.

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Today, there were cheers from the public as councillors

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voted against the idea, saying they'd insufficient

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It was quite a shock because I thought it would go

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the other way and obviously I'm absolutely delighted

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We just give our heartfelt thanks to the planning committee for making

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a sane decision on behalf of local communities and the

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The concerns that they expressed were clearly those about the impact

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on the local infrastructure and particularly the impact

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on the watercourses locally, particularly the one that

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would impact on British Steel, which is a major employer for us

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Councillors in Beverley have been told to have social media training

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after one of them made offensive comments online about

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At a meeting, the town council called for Dominic Peacock to step

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He's already been thrown out of the Conservative Party

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and cautioned by police but Councillor Peacock wants to stay

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Matt Hodkinson is a social media expert.

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I asked him if Twitter and Facebook are a trap

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I don't think this is a new phenomenon.

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Many, many high-profile individuals have found themselves falling foul

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of the global reach now that potentially people can reach

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I don't think it should come as any surprise to anybody

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I mean, the mayor of Beverley says, after this incident,

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he wants councillors to undertake training.

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Do they need training or just to use plain common sense and decency?

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It would be ideal to use common sense.

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I think we all have a fuel gauge on common sense.

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Some of us are half full or better off but some are running

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Perhaps training is a good idea but actually I'd be wary of anybody

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that is giving training on how to use social media because there

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But might training have stopped this councillor making these remarks?

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Knowing how to use these platforms is one thing,

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knowing the etiquette and best practice, but actually can

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we really change people's behaviours and beliefs?

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It seems to me that, in this particular case anyway,

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it came down to someone's personal held views as much as anything else,

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and can we change that with social media policy or training?

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Are there some types of people in public life who just shouldn't be

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trusted to post on Twitter or Facebook full stop?

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I think we are kind of bordering on censorship there in terms

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of choosing who should and shouldn't be able to use these platforms.

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Let's not forget that, in this case, yes, we've seen

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a very negative outcome, a very negative instance

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of the use of social media, but it has so many positive aspects

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The potential to do good is there and who is anybody

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to choose who should and shouldn't be part of that?

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And just very briefly, finally, if you are in the public

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eye or for anyone else, for that matter, the golden rule

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The golden rule is never tweet drunk but, of course,

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I think a better rule is possibly to count to ten,

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read back what you've typed before you hit that tweet or send

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button and really think about the possible ramifications

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Mr Hodkinson, thank you very much indeed.

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Well, it's going to be a windy night.

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Bright and cold for most but that could just be a little bit of rain

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or snow in the far south of our region later.

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We'll have to watch this system here, which will just push rain

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or snow into the far south of Lincolnshire.

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Look at the number of isobars on the chart.

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Storm force winds in coastal areas possible and there could be some

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rain or snow to come as well so the Environment Agency

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are watching the situation for Friday morning fairly closely.

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The weather conditions, then, for the rest of the night

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It's windy with temperatures at around 1 or 2 Celsius.

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The forecast for tomorrow has a lot of bright and cold weather

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until later in the day when this area of rain pushes into the far

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south and potentially turns into sleet and snow

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start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you

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are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with

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the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so

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buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart

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overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds

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in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to

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increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland

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and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly

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in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow

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really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and

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further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some

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tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in the

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southern half of the UK's quite tricky. We have got mild air bumping

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into colder air. The boundary between the two, it will be an ugly

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mix of rain, sleet and snow developing. Mild air comes in behind

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the weather front but the rain ahead of that will be mixing with the cold

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air. Details are a bit elusive even

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