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Almost a year and a half after the floods of Storm Desmond,
nearly 300 householders in Cumbria are still waiting to move back home.
Other people have been forced to return
to bare and unfurnished property
because insurance companies will no longer pay
for temporary accommodation elsewhere.
Some say it's left them feeling stressed and ill.
From Carlisle, Mark McAlindon reports.
Cold, bare houses with the comforts of home stripped out were a common
sight in the weeks after Storm Desmond.
Except this is Debbie Kirsopp's Carlisle terrace
I needed to get on because no friend that the insurance was pain hasn't
stopped and I could not afford to pay a mortgage and rent as well, so
I have had to come home and make the best of a bad job.
with constant headaches, high blood pressure,
when she'll stop living rough in her own home.
I sometimes go to the swimming baths so I can get a shower in the
morning, and I will maybe go to somebody's house for my tea, my
brother, my mother's my partner's. Anybody that will have me that has a
shower. Sometimes get a better as well so it is a more comfortable. --
I get a bed as well. Cases like Debbie's leave some
to fear the real numbers of those still out of their homes
after Storm Desmond are higher
than the official 283. We are seeing unbelievable problems
of people trying to manage that sort of experience on top of being
flooded originally, so at the moment they are not coping well at all. On
experience, we are looking at a minimum of two years before they are
going to be one. -- going to be home.
Another is Ann Hume, whose riverside cottage
her insurance leapt to ?1,000 a month, a sum she couldn't afford.
At which point it is going to be on the goodwill of friends.
At which point it is going to be well over a year and a half? I
thought I would be back in within maybe six months, seven months
maybe. But it has been over a year, so I have just got to fight on and
see what I can do myself. returned home after the latest
floods is better than in the past, but that's little consolation
to those still waiting. Hopes that Northumberland's Coty
factory site might be given a new lease of life have been raised
in Parliament this evening. 400 jobs are set to be lost
with the closure of the cosmetics The Labour MP for Blyth Valley,
Ronnie Campbell, called a special
debate in the Commons. If the government was to give
somebody a bit of incentive in this case, and I would like to hear the
Minister, here what he has to say and what incentives are available if
any to get somebody involved in this factory and get it started up again
and give them employment rates back again to those people who were
working there. A soldier accused of the murder
of his ex-girlfriend has told a court her throat was cut
as he tried to defend himself. Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon
told Newcastle Crown Court he'd gone to Alice Ruggles'
flat in Gateshead in October last year
to collect his belongings. She'd ended their relationship after
discovering he was cheating on her. Lance Corporal Timaan
Dhillon told the court he had gone to see
Alice Ruggles the day she died, because he wanted to get
his belongings back. But he told the court
after searching for his things, he went to leave her flat
in Rawling Road in Gateshead, Lance Corporal Dhillon described
a struggle in which Alice lost After coming round, the defendant
claimed he told Alice he was planning to meet another
woman that night. who took the knife again
and came towards him. He said that as he tried to defend
himself by deflecting her arm, and the defendant said he had
to remove the knife from her neck. He said, "This is the point
when I held the knife on my chest, "and the initial thought
was to stab myself." Lance Corporal Dhillon said panic
stopped him ringing for help. Throughout the trial,
the prosecution claimed Dhillon but he told the court that Alice had
been violent to him and accused him of
looking at other women and ended the relationship when
she found out he'd been unfaithful. The proseuction alleged that LCD had
been stalking Alice he'd gone to her house
unannounced just weeks before
her death because he thought
she might have been testing him and he wanted to prove
that he was bothered about her. The defendant admitted hacking
Alice's Facebook account to try to work out if she was seeing
other people, because that, he said, would be the 'last straw'
for their relationship. Tomorrow he will be
cross-examined by the prosection. A group of traders in
a Northumberland town have been fined by magistrates after refusing
to pay a business charge. The Hexham Business Improvement
District is designed to boost it's paid for by charging traders
on top of their business rates. But more than 100 firms
have refused to pay it, saying the new scheme
won't help them. And today, Northumberland Council
took them to court. Our News Correspondent,
Mark Denten, reports. Mechanics, beauticians, hoteliers,
all small business owners from Hexham. But not in Hexham today,
they were heading for a courtroom instead. They have all refused to
pay a new business charge in the town. They say it simply will not
help them, so today they were summoned to Newcastle Magistrate's
Court. It feels like a bullying tactic, actually. I don't really
want to be here and away from my business, but I have to. At the
heart of this row, Hexham's business heart of this row, Hexham's business
improvement district. It is a scheme to boost the economy of the town,
but it is also an extra charge for businesses on top of their business
rates. Northumberland councils says 89% of it is being paid by other
traders in Hexham, but not these ones. So today, they face
magistrates. There was then an extraordinary stand-off for
and a half. They are sure of the and a half. They are sure of the
court wanted the traders to come in individually into the courtroom.
They refused unless they could come in individually into the courtroom.
They refused unless they could, and altogether. Eventually, the traders
were allowed into the courtroom together. They were each given
liability orders of ?185, for the original levy and court costs. They
are still defiant. Basically what it means is the council insist that we
all them the money and they send a liability order of, which gives us a
certain amount of time to pay that and if that is not the case, they
will send debt collectors in. So you are prepared to see debt collectors
come round? If that aside for the council wants to take it then I am
afraid so. Northumberland councils as it has taken the traders to court
with regret, but the business improvement district in Hexham has
already generated ?102,000 to boost the area's economy.
The former Middlesbrough and England footballer Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital
after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre,
where he coaches their under-23s side.
The 44-year-old spent seven years at the Boro
and was part of their 2004 Carling Cup-winning side.
So far, there's no update on his condition.
ahead of the Tees Valley Mayoral elections on May the 4th.
An audience at the Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough
questioned the main parties on issues including jobs,
Among the topics discussed was the question
does the Tees Valley even need a mayor?
Now, the Tory Government has imposed it on us with the help and support
of five Labour councils, to something in an area that doesn't
exist called BT is valid. They have brought Durham into our area. We
don't have Cleveland, we don't have Teesside, this is a complete
nonsense. Give us a referendum, let the people have our say and I think
you would find it would be overwhelmingly that we do not want a
mayor and this devolution. And you can watch the candidates
respond to that question and many others in our
special programme It's coming up immediately
after the news here on BBC One. Before that, we need to find out
what the weather has in store Thanks very much. Well, some
unexpectedly prolonged sunny spells today. Northumberland coast was the
warmest place in the country at 18.6 degrees. There are still some gaps
in the cloud in the east this evening, and through the night.
Elsewhere, it stays cloudy with some patchy rain at times and there is
enough cloud and breeze to stop the temperatures anywhere dropping much
below about eight Celsius. That is the way we start tomorrow. A lot of
cloud in the hall. Any brightness in the east will tend to feed through
the day as the cloud filled in. Early patchy rain in the West
becomes more located to the east of the Pennines later in the day and we
will see temperatures a shade cooler than today, with more cloud
generally, and the brisk west to north-westerly breeze. House
tomorrow afternoon, 14 Celsius, 57 Fahrenheit. High pressure stays in
charge of the weather on the hall. That is the weather front that
brings tomorrow's patchy rain. As that clears away, mostly dry for
Saturday. Old nights to come Friday and Saturday night, and then through
Sunday this next frontal system eventually brings some rain from the
north-west and freshens up the wind as well. As we head into the
weekend, Saturday, most places dry, from bright spells. Not a huge
amount of sunshine. A bit cooler after that cold start, just about
making double figures to the afternoon, even with those light
winds. Another cold night on Saturday night. A dry, bright start.
Eventually some figurine coming in for the north-west later in the day
as those westerly winds started to freshen up again. Top temperature,
tell Celsius. That is the way it is looking as they headed towards the
weekend. Here is the summary for tomorrow. Helen has the national
forecast. week for much of the UK and for more
about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.
The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so
degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away
from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority
of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.
We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather
front starting to pep up in the North, it'll change the feel of the
weather for all of us in the coming 36 hours. Through the night very
little changes, cloud comes and goes, there will be missed a shallow
fog south of the M4. Possibly the odd pocket of ground frost here and
there. You can see the rain gathering further north and already
by the time we get to morning we have colder air in across Orkney and
Shetland with a