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Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Look North.
Job losses at a cable-making factory.
There's anger after the company reveals it won't be making
How in God's name can we have the same thing happening all over again,
the same procedures and methods? The Campbell family pay tribute
to Donald on his ill-fated attempt Listening support -
the clergy step in to help GPs struggling to deal with the worried
well. And ambitious plans to make
Hartlepool the movie In sport, strikers
on the move and staying put. Middlesbrough dip into the transfer
market, while Sunderland And two of our Olympic
gold medallists hit out, as their coach is poached...by
the Aussies! Unions say a firm making over 200
cable workers redundant near Gateshead has acted
in an "unscrupulous" way. It's emerged AEI Cables of Birtley
wants to use a legal procedure The Company Voluntary Arrangement
would mean taxpayers Dubai-based Ducab group says
it's invested heavily in the factory over the last two
years but it's still But as our news correspondent,
Mark Denten, reports, it seems After over 170 years
of producing cables for everyone from the Royal Navy
to Manchester Airport, the vast majority of AEI Cables
workers here, nearly 200 people, will be out of a job
by the end of this week. Most of the rest
will follow in March. Over 120 workers at AEI Cables had
turned up for work and found One of the sacked workers,
Bill Doyle, summed up the mood. Nobody can explain to them from the
company why or how they have been finished or the criteria used. Back
then AEI used a legal process to dismiss those workers, but one which
meant they only ended up with a fraction of their redundancy
payments, money which ended up coming from the taxpayer. Six years
and AEI wants to do the same thing. -- six years on.
It's called a Company Voluntary Arrangement.
It's used where a company is in financial difficulties
and is an agreement between a company and its creditors
But the redundancy letter to staff at AEI Cables obtained by Look North
confirms AEI Cables wants to follow the same process again.
The arrangement was put there in able for the government to help
people out, it was made in the teeth of the recession. This company are
using this as a ruse to get out of their responsibilities. How in God's
name can we have the same thing happening all over again, the same
procedures and methods of getting rid of the men being used to? --
used? For Bill Doyle, it's
all bringing back bad memories. After he lost his job
he fought a four-year legal battle with AEI Cables
to try to get his Six years ago we'd tried to go to
Parliament, go all over the place. Now what we have is exactly the same
again, because companies are just doing what they want to do. That's
wrong in anybody's eyes. Now, Mark Denten is with me now,
so what do the company They did not want to be interviewed
but they said they are certainly not being unscrupulous. They have issued
a new statement tonight. They say the reason they have gone down this
company voluntary arrangement route is that it is flexible and allows
work to carry on in the short term. That will be confirmed at a
creditors' meeting which we don't have a date for but the bulk of
those workers, going on to 200, will be out of a job at the end of this
week, so it raises the question where the work is going. One other
detail from the letter to staff is that there were actually two offers
for the factory and the company says neither was suitable and they can't
give details because they are confidential.
Cumbria Police want to speak to four boys, after a 15-year-old girl
reported she'd been raped in West Cumbria.
The attack is said to have happened at around 7.30 last night
on a grassed area near the Cloffocks car park in Workington.
A grieving mother is to fly to Cambodia to cremate her son,
who was found dead with his new wife.
36-year-old Robert Wells, from Newcastle, married
Imogen Goldie, from London, on Christmas Day but they were
reportedly found hanged with a suicide note in a guest house
Mr Wells's mother Collette set up an online appeal to fund a trip
to Cambodia and has now reached her target of ?3,000.
She said she was desperate to bring his ashes home.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Lake District to mark
the 50th anniversary of the death of Donald Campbell.
Mr Campbell died when his jet-powered boat Bluebird crashed
as he tried to break the world water speed record on Coniston Water.
NEWSREEL: It was soon after dawn that Bluebird was got ready
There was little wind, the water was smooth.
The evening before, Donald Campbell drew the ace and queen of spades.
The deadly shadow of remorseless fate.
The shadows of daybreak that day on Coniston may
have been portentous, as Bluebird soared and then
Donald Campbell's instant death was to trigger an endless tale
This morning his daughter sailed to that very spot and dropped
I know it's 50 years and we use these anniversaries as a milestone,
but every year I'm reminded, every day I'm reminded
about what a great man my father was, and why me?
Why am I so lucky to be his daughter?
Over time the names Coniston and Campbell have become
For a long time I think the village people were reluctant to sort
of make anything of it because they felt that they didn't
want to sort of impinge on what was a tragedy.
We're actually keeping the name and the legacy alive and I'm sure
The landscape here at Coniston remains pretty much unchanged
from that day back in 1967, and so it seems does the memory
of Donald Campbell too, and the stories that have
Perhaps that's why so many were here today to continue
First, a moment of solemnity at the memorial in the middle
It is a measure of the man that I know as we're all gathered
here today to pay our respects to him and preserve his legacy
that he would wish us to remember all those brave and courageous men
and women who went before him and have followed since.
What he did he did for Britain and for his own achievement,
but he also did it to prove to the wider world what could be
done, what man can do, and what here we can in England
provide the best engineering and the fastest boats
and the fastest cars and the best aeroplanes, so he
NEWSREEL: This epic age, which soon will know man's
conquest of the moon, must count its losses, too.
Great Britain mourns the loss of a great man, Donald Campbell.
There was an earthquake off the North Yorkshire coast last night.
It was detected 100 miles to the east of Scarborough
The British Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 3.8.
Official court documents from the trial of County Durham
serial killer Mary Ann Cotton went up for auction this afternoon.
Ms Cotton, who lived in West Auckland,
was found guilty of murdering three of her four husbands
and was suspected of murdering 11 of her children.
She was hanged in the 1800s at Durham jail.
Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire say
Now, if you're worried, anxious or upset, who do you talk to -
a friend, family member or maybe your doctor?
A partnership between Cumbrian GPs and local vicars is giving
The Listening Ear project offers people the chance
to share their worries in confidence, while freeing up
face in the Eden Valley, relied upon by her parishioners
for advice and guidance - she also has another role in this
small rural community, one where she simply listens.
Listening Ear is listening to somebody, giving them time for them
to tell you or talk to you about something that's on their mind,
whatever that might be, doesn't matter what it is.
People in need of a confidential chat - whether church-goers or not -
can be referred to Sarah by the local GPs.
The surgery here has half the doctors it had five years ago,
Sometimes people just need somebody to talk to, they don't necessarily
need more expert input from the mental health service or the other
counselling services available. As GPs we are incredibly pressurised
the Times and it is probably a service that we used to offer and
now Sarah is able to offer that. -- pressurised at times.
If Sarah feels a patient needs medical advice she immediately
It took the Temple Sowerby team around seven years to get this
scheme safely up and running but now the project is expanding
If anybody is interested in volunteering please contact me and
we can talk about that. The other things we need are as a GP surgery
to think differently and realise that you can't fix everything
medically and there are social issues that people need to talk
through. Sometimes an hour of listening can make such a difference
to people. There are now 12 Listening Ear
volunteers in Cumbria, each playing a small part in easing
NHS pressures, as well as curing the isolation that's often found
in this rural landscape. It's a ?3 million holiday park
planned for North Yorkshire which it's hoped will boost visitor
numbers and the local economy. The development - reduced in size
after complaints last year - will now see 54 chalets built
at Angrove Country Park A decision on the holiday park -
which could create up to 50 jobs - will be made by councillors
tomorrow. The view is a special one,
and for the last 54 years Alan's family have farmed
here in the shadow Now he wants to transform his land
into a holiday park. Welcome to Yorkshire and Guy Verity
have shown that Yorkshire is going to be the place of the
future for tourism in this country. There is accommodation in the area
of various sorts but we find accommodation en masse is very
difficult to get hold of. Gone is the cafe and cycle centre,
as the holiday park has been reduced to a third of its original size
following concerns But around 100 people have
still objected to the development, A mile up the road in
the picturesque village of Great Ayton there is some concern
that the holiday park will cause Some say there's already not enough
parking spaces here for visitors and the new development will make
that situation worse. There's also been complaints
the scheme would be too noisy The concerns over transport
movements and traffic have been dealt with very adequately and we no
longer have any concerns from the county council's highway
engineers about traffic movements. We addressed the ecology,
we have had objections from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust,
those have been removed now. If Hambleton Council has approved
the scheme tomorrow, It's hoped the holiday park
could open by this summer. A council depot is getting
a new lease of life in a bid to attract famous faces of film
and television to the North East. As part of Hartlepool Council's
regeneration of the Church Street area, the authority is backing
a plan by Cleveland College of Art and Design to create
a film and sound studio. It's hoped the scheme will also keep
the college's graduates working in the area and stop the brain
drain to London. Alison Freeman is in
Hartlepool for us tonight. Alison, that doesn't look like any
street I recognise in the town. It is in Hartlepool, I can assure
you, but it has come from the imagination and skill of students
and the set design course here at the college. They might benefit when
the studio gets new money in the spring. Some people say this could
become the Hollywood of the North East. The college says it is simply
capitalising on an industry that is already thriving here.
The region already has a pedigree when it comes to the films and TV
From the recent Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake
to the Blockbusting Harry Potter movies and top comedy like Hebburn.
And Hartlepool has given the picturesque backdrop to scenes
But how about this as the next glamorous location?
By March it's hoped Hartlepool Council's Lynn Street
depot should be playing host to production teams who'll get not
only the landscape they want here in the North East,
but the facilities to build movie sets.
This is just perfect, it is what the film and TV industry are looking for
in terms of a studio space where they can build their sets, filmed
their productions, and it works perfectly, a lot of people are
interested in this. Cleveland College of Art and Design,
backed by Hartlepool Council, plans to run the building
as a commercial production studio There are now dedicated film and TV
sound stages in the north of England. -- there are no dedicated.
We want this one to be the first and it has everything that people
actually want. We have been talking to production companies, we have had
site visits, and a level of interest. This place has inspired
film-makers for a long time, we are just building on that heritage.
For students it presents an exciting chance to get closer to the action.
To have a massive studio in the North East right in Hartlepool, it
is fantastic opportunities for all of them. It is inspiring to see that
the North East has got something like this. I have lived in
Hartlepool all my life so it is nice to see something like this come to
fruition. It's part of a ?19 million
redevelopment of the Church Street area, which aims to breathe new life
into what was once the beating This is a really good example of how
Hartlepool is building on its history to shape its future. It's a
really good opportunity for the town.
The college says it is in quite deep discussions with production
companies who want to use the studio. They are tight-lipped about
exactly who it is that they say it could be a long-term project. -- but
they say. York Art Gallery is the only museum
in the country to be nominated for The gallery is on a list of 46
nominees from 24 countries for the title of European Museum
of the Year. The winner will be announced
in Croatia in May. Reopened 18 months ago,
it did so with 60% more gallery space and the creation
of a centre of ceramic art. A Grayson Perry work
a notable acquisition. The gallery is the only museum
in the country to be up for the title of European Museum
of the Year. For a visitor numbers it will give
us huge profile, so as I say we are the only British Museum in the list,
it should give us a European profile as well, so we expect it will
increase our awareness across not only the north of England and the
UK, where we have a good level of awareness already, but also right
out into Europe, so we are delighted.
The gallery's on a shortlist of 46 nominees from 24 countries.
It has to beat off competition from the likes of the Picasso Museum
in Paris and Stockholm's Museum of Science and Technology.
But now, post the reopening, York is able to hold its own
This is a place of artistic seriousness.
I think it has really increased since we reopen. In terms of the
loans we are able to attract from national institutions but we are
also getting a really growing reputation for Saran X and increase
Italy -- for Saran Xs and increasingly people want to donate
their Saran X to us. Should York Art Gallery win
the European Museum of the Year accolade it would add to being one
of the five finalists of the UK Museum of the Year
in 2016, eventually won Whether it takes this latest title
will announced in May at a ceremony in Zagreb,
Croatia. Time for the sport, and you are
starting with football. Just a few days into the January
transfer window, and Middlesbrough have moved quickly to bring
in a bit of firepower. With goals in short supply,
they've signed the Benin international striker Rudy Gestede
from Aston Villa. The 28 year-old, who
was born in France, has agreed a three and a half year
deal, and is thought to have cost Boro fans might remember
him scoring a late - and controversial -
equaliser for Blackburn at the Riverside
a couple of years ago. It sparked off a touchline row
which ultimately saw the end of the backroom partnership
between head coach Aitor Karanka Gestede's arrival at the Riverside
could see the departure of Jordan Rhodes, who signed
for the Teessiders just under 12 months ago,
on transfer deadline day. Meanwhile, it seems Sunderland
are holding firm as rival clubs test their resolve to hang
on to their 11-goal top scorer Jermain Defoe,
whose two penalties helped the Wearsiders draw with title
contenders Liverpool on Monday. The Black Cats are reported to have
turned down a ?6 million bid from West Ham, where the striker
began his career. It was one of Team GB's keynote
successes at the Rio Olympics. Harrogate's Jack Laugher
and Chris Mears won our first Olympic gold medals
in the diving pool. But the coach who guided them
to success is leaving. During his 24 years working
for the council, Adrian Hinchliffe's been vital to making City of Leeds
the UK's top performance centre. But he's only ever been employed
as a consultant by British Diving, so he's now off to Australia
as a full-time coach of And the parting of the ways
hasn't gone down well. Ady has taken me from a boy
with a lot of dreams to a man able With his dedication
and his organisation, his professionalism,
he's a magnificent coach and a great person, so to have him as my coach
in my career is brilliant, I just wish it could have
lasted a lot longer. It is a massive shame,
from the bottom of my heart, He has his reasons for why
he is leaving and I think to be The hard work that he's put
in and what he's sacrificed to create such a brilliant training
environment here, with such amazing divers, who have achieved more
than anyone has ever achieved in Britain, to then be
thrown back in his face, it just feels awful, to be honest,
mate, it feels like a massive insult to what Ady is and his legacy that
he's leaving behind. It just feels like British Diving
have really overlooked how much of a key role
he is in British diving. I tried to engage the powers that be
recently to make sure that I have a platform to continue
and to capitalise on especially the success we had in Rio
in four years' time. I had a great meeting
with them and they've Their strategy at the moment
in terms of what they want to do to improve diving moving forward,
it doesn't really fit with me He'll still be on Skype,
I'll still be able to see him, wish his family the best
and everything and all that kind of stuff, but it's just
the fact that he's going... The Lottery has brought so much
to British diving and so much opportunity and I've been
a benefactor of that and I've been able to achieve
at the highest level, We've got fantastic young coaches
in diving in this country and I just think generally,
in diving particularly, Obviously feeling is running high
there. Well, in a statement
a British Swimming spokesman said they were disappointed
with Hinchliffe's decision to move to work in Australia,
adding "we were aware that he wanted to work with the sport full-time
and were in the process of beginning discussions,
but unfortunately timescales didn't We are thinking ahead in the
weather. We are already thinking about the
27-18 weather calendar. We couldn't do it without our viewers' photos.
-- the 2017-18. Here is a tiny sample of the pictures you have sent
us so far this month will stop -- this month. Full
It is the middle of winter and it will feel like it overnight, dry
with clearing skies, frost for many of us and some nice to look out for.
Some showers today in eastern areas, 12 Kluwer 's -- still clipping the
eastern coasts. That is where the bulk of the ice is, elsewhere dry
and clear and widespread frost. Down to minus three Celsius in the
countryside. Tomorrow most places will be dry, the odd shower first
thing on the North Yorkshire coast clears then just a thin veil of
cloud edging in from the West later in the day. It will not be warm
despite the sunshine, temperatures will struggle up to four, maybe five
Celsius. Winds will be light through tomorrow. High pressure in charge
for a day or two, giving us a frosty night tonight. It gives way to a
frontal system from the Atlantic, with clouds, rain and wind. After
that it will be mostly dry over the weekend but a fairer amount of cloud
around. Friday sees that cloud and rain come in from the West, a
southerly breeze picking up as well. Some heavy rain early in the day,
clearing eastwards, and eastern areas will tend to dry up through
the afternoon and in the West it will stay fairly cloudy and down.
Change the Friday as temperatures nudged double figures in one or two
spots by the afternoon. -- change for Friday. As the high pressure
moves through there will still be a lot of cloud, the odd spot of rain,
generally drier but still fairly cloudy in eastern areas.
Temperatures not too bad, eight or nine Celsius quite widely for
Saturday afternoon. Sunday, mostly dry, the cloud becoming that bit
more broken, temperatures still around nine or 10 Celsius, not too
bad for the time of year. A westerly breeze and the best of any
brightness in eastern areas. That is how it is looking as we head towards
and through the weekend. You can keep up-to-date on the weather BBC
app and you can keep up with the latest on your local BBC Radio
station. You will be going for belt and
braces tonight, the duvet and the vest.
And the hot water bottle! as he explores Naples,
Venice and Florence. It's like we're walking through
a giant's armpit. We can follow the escape route