20/01/2017 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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A family court judge has ruled that four-year-old Poppy Widdison

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from Grimsby died after either being shaken

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or suffering a blow to the head.

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Yesterday, her mother and her mother's former partner

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were jailed for 13 years each for child cruelty

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into the safety of children across the country.

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She was only a little girl but she was born addicted to drugs,

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and during her short life was let down by many people.

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Today, the family court concluded Poppy died after being shaken.

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The report also showed that she had eaten and been exposed to drugs

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such as heroin, methadone, ketamine and sedatives.

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Yesterday, her mother, Michala Pyke, and her former boyfriend,

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John Rytting, were each told they'll spend 13 years in prison

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Poppy was born addicted to heroin because of her mother's addiction.

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No robust protection plan nor parenting assessments were made.

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There were "meetings" concerning Poppy,

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but drugs services weren't always consulted or invited.

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Her parents separated and Poppy lived mostly with her mother.

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When she was three, a relative said Pyke

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was smoking cannabis and ignoring Poppy.

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But social workers weren't concerned.

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In fact, they never even asked Pyke if this was happening.

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They didn't know Pyke and Rytting were in a relationship

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Now questions are being asked about what confidence can be had

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in North East Lincolnshire's health and social services?

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I have met with social services this week, and I know

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that there is a really strong commitment to making sure that

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tragedies like this do not happen, and over the last two years,

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there have been significant changes in the local authority in the way

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that things are done, and it is just about making sure

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that all of those procedures are followed all the time

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so that no children are left in danger.

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Today, the Childen's Commissioner for England said:

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Over the past two weeks, the BBC has made repeated

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requests for an interview with North East Lincolnshire

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Safeguarding Children's Board for an interview.

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So far they've refused all our approaches

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to try to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.

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Parents in Hedon were advised to accompany their children

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to school today or get them to walk in groups

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after an attempted attack on a girl in the town.

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The 11-year-old was pushed over by a man on George Street

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while on the way to Hedon Primary yesterday morning.

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She ran away and police say she wasn't harmed.

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Network Rail has admitted it should have consulted with

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disability groups before submitting plans for a new footbridge

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Campaigners have criticised the company after a lift

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wasn't included in the planned bridge over a railway line.

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A public consultation is now underway,

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and a decision will be made by the city council next month.

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The money isn't available to build a bridge with lifts,

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Obviously, we apologise to the disability groups in Lincoln

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that we haven't had the contact with them that we should have done.

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But, obviously, the planning application has been made

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and we will see the outcome ofthat is.

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Earlier, I spoke to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

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and asked her if she thought it was acceptable Network Rail

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had built a bridge that was not accessible to all.

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It's not acceptable that Network Rail

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have completely forgotten about, you know, not just the inclusion

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of disabled people but older people, mums with prams, dads with prams.

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In this day and age, you know, it's appalling because it means

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disabled people are excluded from using the public transport

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system, excluded from work and having a social life.

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And I think, as part of any programme going forward,

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accessibility has to be part of the budget.

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"We'll do it in five or ten years' time,"

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because, if we're being honest, the budget will never be available.

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Network Rail have said that it was too expensive to

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but they will do it when the money becomes available.

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Well, you know, lifts and footbridges such as this

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and, you know, the reality is it is expensive.

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But the Department for Transport have a pot of money

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which doesn't go as far as it needs to.

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If we're serious about genuinely including disabled people,

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it has to be part of the beginning of the process.

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is that, actually, disabled people have been forgotten.

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It is seen as very much as an add-on,

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and it's only when they've been called out on it that

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they've actually recognised that they'd forgotten about inclusion.

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I mean, where I live, and the train station I use

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to commute to London every single week is not accessible.

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I have to push up a very steep ramp, and I can barely do it.

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I have to say, Network Rail, at times, can be very good.

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Some of the train companies can be very good.

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So I think there needs to be a major look

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at how rail works for disabled people in the country.

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You know, as a wheelchair user, I'm meant a book 24 hours in advance,

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that someone can get you on and off the train.

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Is that we really where we want to be in a modern society?

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Baroness Thompson, thank you for sharing your views this evening.

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In football, Lincoln City are now five points clear at the top

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The Imps beat Dover Athletic 1-0 at Sincil Bank this evening.

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Almost 21,000 people have visited the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

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Last Friday, the public were allowed in for the first time following

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Hull City Council say the response has been fantastic.

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We're looking at a very cold and frosty night.

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That's because we've got clear skies out there.

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We might also get a little bit of patchy fog

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with temperatures rurally dropping a few degrees below freezing.

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Temperatures holding just above freezing along the coast.

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So, tomorrow, a cold, frosty start to the day.

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Some of that fog might linger, otherwise plenty of sunshine.

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But you can see how cloud extends westwards throughout the day.

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Clouding over, perhaps even a little bit damp in places.

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The old spot or two of drizzle is possible through the afternoon.

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temperatures only getting up to around 5 or 6 degrees.

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A frosty start again on Sunday, but a fine, dry day -

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The fine, settled weather continues through the first half of next week,

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Thank you very much. That's it from the late team here. We'll be back

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tomorrow at 520 B. Have a great weekend. Goodbye.

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feel cooler. Can we keep it going until the start of the new week? I

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suspect we can. Unconfirmed about -- concerned about the fog around. Here

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is Helen with the national picture. Good evening. The weather is upon

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us. The cloud has made all the difference this week in particular.

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We have had some wonderful weather watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in

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Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy earlier in the day. Some areas still

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have the cloud. What a difference that makes. Edinburgh, the

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