18/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


18/01/2017

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Good evening. on BBC Two.

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Eight out of ten people here in the North want to see longer

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prison sentences for animal cruelty, according to the RSPCA.

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The current maximum sentence is just six months.

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The findings have been welcomed by one MP who's

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You may find the content at the beginning of Stuart Whincup's

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Filmed on a mobile phone - this footage sparked outrage.

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Too horrific to broadcast - it shows the Frankish brothers

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repeatedly throwing their dog down the stairs and stamping on it.

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The dog later died - but remarkably the brothers avoided jail.

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This shocking case led the Redcar MP Anna Turley

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She wants longer prison sentences for those guilty of animal cruelty.

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I think it's about sending a message that this is abhorrent and society

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as a whole rejects this and that they say people who do these kinds

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of acts have no place in our community and it's important that we

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send a message out as a deterrent. The current maximum sentence

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in England for animal cruelty is six months in prison and a fine

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of up to ?20,000. Now a survey commissioned

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by the RSPCA shows 8 out of 10 people in the North East want to see

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the Government introduce longer prison sentences -

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for the most serious And 59% of those questioned wanted

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to see sentences in excess of two Last October RSPCA officers

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discovered a small dog that had been buried alive at Kirkleathem

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woods near Redcar. It had a five inch nail

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hammered through its head. While shocking, officers say -

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such cruelty is not uncommon. Clare Wilson's an officer

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with the RSPCA. I dealt with a horrible case were

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some young men were setting and their dogs on badges and dear and

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foxes in the local area. And they were filming it while they were

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doing it and I had to review all of that footage and it's unimaginable

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cruelty that those animals were going through.

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Everyday the RSPCA says it's oifficers deal with animals

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who have been stabbed, shot and poisoned.

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Some dogs are forced to fight to the death.

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Now the charity wants those guilty of such horendous

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cruelty to be punished with longer prison sentences.

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More than 100 cars have been clamped on Tyneside over the past two days

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as the DVLA runs a special operation targeting rogue drivers who haven't

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And people who've failed to pay for the clamp to be removed

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within 24 hours have seen their cars removed from the street.

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If they're not reclaimed, they'll be sold or scrapped.

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This car is not where its owner left it.

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Clamping hasn't worked - now the car has been seized

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and the owner will have to pay two hundred pounds to get it back.

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Obviously most people are disgruntled, a lot of people realise

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that they should have taxed their vehicle. It isn't the first course

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of action, it's the very last course of action. They will have had these

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reminders so the message is very important that you keep DVLA

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up-to-date with your current address so that they don't find themselves

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in this position. The DVLA enforcement

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vans are on our streets year round but they've brought

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in reinforcements for The vans are equipped with Automatic

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Number Plate Recognition cameras. If a vehicle has not been

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taxed, the van driver is alerted Last year more than 10,000 motorists

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in the North East were issued with penalties for non-payment

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of vehicle tax. A further 1,700 vehicles

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were clamped or seized. There

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was a predictable spike in non-payment of vehicle tax

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after paper tax discs But the DVLA says the payment rate

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has now returned to the normal level and in 2017 80% of people

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pay their car tax online rather Three people who were convicted over

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the death of a Newcastle man with learning difficulties

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are to have their sentences reviewed James Wheatley was jailed for life

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in December last year But prosecutors argued

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that the sentences handed to Wheatley's girlfriend,

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her mother - and another man - Nicola Lawrence was jailed for 4

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years, Julie Mills 8 years and Barry Imray 3 years -

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for their parts in Lee's murder. A desperate plea for new information

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has been made by the family of an 83-year-old man who was killed

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in a hit and run accident as he walked home from visiting

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his daughter's grave - Charles Trueman died in hospital

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from his injuries after being hit by a car on Station Road

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in his hometown of Hexham A Cumbrian charity is hoping locally

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brewed beer can help raise enough Eden Mencap currently rents

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a building in Penrith but it can't make improvements to the facilities

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unless it owns So the group's taken

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to the brew house to try This is the start of a Hoppy craft

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beer, the creation of Eden Mencap it's an ale that aims to be more

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than just refreshing: Vanya Yam is the name of the pier

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and in our dialect it means almost home. We are almost home because we

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are buying our own building so it is the key link to having the home.

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Every time you buy our beer you're contributing to the longevity of

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people with learning disabilities in the area.

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For 30 years Eden Mencap has been helping

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people learn new skills, make friends and build independent lives.

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The charity specialises in empowering people

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with learning disabilities - having a permanent base for it's

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members will make a big difference: Jacqui clip two So far a third

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It means we always have a home and we always have a permanent base that

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people come to recognise. It means we can establish lots of more things

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about moving in the next few years about moving in the next few years

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and we can evolve projects that meet the impunity needs -- the community

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needs because we know we have our own home.

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of the ?200,000 pound asking price has been raised,

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the idea of making more money from beer came from Mencap staff

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who've helped members get stuck into the brewing process.

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We've been out a few times before Christmas and we've learnt about the

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back at the building with unable to back at the building with unable to

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put some photos up and go through the whole process. That'll carry on

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whilst we are brewing, it means that is a totally no activity for the

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guys as well and they are learning new skills.

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As well as the learning there's been plenty

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We are a small brewery and to have company it is nice in a -- and they

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are full of joy so it is great to have them around.

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will be have it's first official supping in March -

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when raising a glass will hopefully raise enough money to buy

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Megan Paterson BBC Look North Appleby Brewery.

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Unemployment in the north east fell by a thousand between September

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Meanwhile in Cumbria, 4,430 people claimed job seekers'

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allowance in December, a very slight rise

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However, North Yorkshire saw a larger rise of about 240,

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to stand at 4,235 people claiming jobs seekers' allowance.

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Football now - and a special FA Cup Match of the Day here on BBC One

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follows this bulletin,- so if you don't want to know

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Matt Ritchie's double helped Newcastle ease into the FA Cup

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fourth round with victory over Championship rivals Birmingham City

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The Magpies 3-1 win means they'll have a trip to Oxford United.

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And you can see all the action in Look North tomorrow night.

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Well Birmingham City have tonight signed Emilio Nsue

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The news came shortly after Boro confirmed they'd

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made their former loanee, Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford,

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And Hartlepool United have this evening appointed the hugely

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experienced Dave Jones as manager, replacing Craig Hignett

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who left the struggling League 2 club on Sunday.

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That's all the news and sport from me tonight -

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time now for the weather with Paul Mooney.

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Quiet but cloudy weather continuing, we have had a blanket of cloud

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across most parts of the region over the last couple of days and that

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continues as we head to the coming night. A lot of clouds with poor

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visibility in places and the odd spot of light rain or drizzle but

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most places drive. Another frost free nights, temperatures no lower

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than five or six. High pressure continues to dominate the weather

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tomorrow so be another misty start for many of us. 12 breaks and the

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northern parts towards Berwick will see a bit of brightness. Most places

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drive but pretty cloudy through the day. Temperatures will peak around

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eight or nine. The winds will remain lights coming mostly from that

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south-westerly direction. High pressures in charge and will stay in

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charge over the next couple of days. It looks as though the high will

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start to shift away to move towards the weekend. It will hang on enough

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to keep weather fronts to the West through the course of the weekend.

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We head into Friday and it is very little change. A cloudy day, mostly

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dry, a shade by Friday afternoon, temperatures typically around seven.

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A subtle change as we head into the weekend and we see the cloud become

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a bit more broken. We start to see a bit more in the way of brightness

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developing throughout the day but overnight those gaps will allow a

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touch of frost. Bright of the School of the weekend. The summary for

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tomorrow and the full National next few days, no great changes over

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the next few days, more sunshine on the way.

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Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in

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the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example

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this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by a Weather

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Watcher, but grey and misty in Derby thanks to an awful lot of cloud

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around and very little deviation by day or night from the rather grey

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routine. That is because we have a weather

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front, albeit very weak and very

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