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In the headlines this Thursday lunchtime:
The Conservative councillor and hunt master who's stepped down
after making offensive comments to a protester.
And the Clown Doctors are celebrating a landmark -
after being forced to postpone by last year's killer clown craze.
A huntsman has resigned from his position as a Conservative district
councillor after being caught on a video camera making lewd
comments to a protestor during a meet of the Middleton Hunt
Charles Carter was heard making the improper comments
He's been condemned by the Conservative party in Norfolk,
where he lived before moving recently to York.
John Cundy has the story - and we must warn you,
you might find some of the language in his piece offensive.
The moment when Linda Hoggard fox hunting is illegal. The processor
challenges Mr Carter, and I I will tell you something I will tell my
Charles councillor has been a district councillor in Norfolk out
after revelations about his conduct. The council leader said he was
appalled, as there were the residents of the Norfolk village he
had represented. A -- should know so much better anyway, and a woman
should not be spoken to like that by anyone.
He should not be representing anybody. But if he
Charles Carter is now living near York.
The hunt with which he rises described as one of the most
historic and North Yorkshire, dating back more than 200 years. In June
2015, Charles Carter was master of the West Norfolk foxhounds, and was
interviewed about the ban on fox hunting. Having to look over 1's
shoulder all the time for is not what North Yorkshire Police say they
were alerted to what they call Charles Carter and Linda Hoggard on
Monday. A motorcyclist from County Durham
who was paralysed from the waist down in a road accident is making
progress in his bid to walk again. 30-year-old Andrew Bell,
from Chester Le Street, almost died in the crash
nearly two years ago, spend the rest of his life
as a wheelchair user. But now, following pioneering stem
cell treatment in Thailand, he's been able to stand and take
steps using a walking frame. We'll be hearing from Andrew
in tonight's Look North. Cumbria Constabulary needs
to improve its protection of children who are at risk
of abuse, according to a new report. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary,
which carried out the report, concluded that the force
is committed to improving its services and that they responded
quickly, but found a lack of understanding of the extent
of child sexual exploitation and an inconsistent response
to the problem They also found that some serious
cases were allocated to non-specialist teams which lacked
the necessary skills. The force says it is already
addressing any shortfalls. the report highlighted the fact that
not every officer had access to computerised information.
That has now been done. We have improved the amount of intelligence
by 750% on vulnerable children, and the force are analysing that now.
That is another recommendation that is complete. There are many more,
but there is still some more work to be done.
Two men have been charged with aggravated burglary
following an incident in County Durham when a pensioner's
life savings were stolen in a raid on his home.
It is alleged the 77-year-old from Coronation near Bishop Auckland
was attacked with a coal shovel and robbed on Saturday.
He was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital where he was treated
Two men are due before magistrates today.
The Conservatives have revealed their candidate
for the Copeland by-election. She's Trudy Harrison.
Last week Labour named Gillian Troughton and UKIP named Fiona Mills
Rebecca Hanson is contesting the seat for the Liberal Democrats.
The by-election, caused by the resignation of
Labour's Jamie Reed, will take place on February 23rd.
You can see a full list of candidates on the BBC News website.
Now - they say laughter is the best medicine -
and for the last decade a group of clowns who dress up
as doctors have been entertaining sick children
at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle.
The Clown Doctors were due to celebrate their birthday
in October but had to postpone their celebrations after
the so-called "killer clown" craze. Steph Cleasby reports.
Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello. Celebrating ten years of raising a
smile during the toughest of times. One-year-old Ross recently had a
bone marrow transplant. He sees different people, but he
doesn't have normal interaction that he would at 18 months, if he was
going to nursery. So the Clown Doctors coming in and just giving
him a better one-to-one entertainment when he really enjoys
seeing a different face, and it is really nice just to give him
something different rather than looking at my face everyday! Like he
normally does. The Clown Doctors dress up and,
well, clown around to help make hospital less scary for the
children. Being hospitalised can be a
traumatic and frightening experience for children and for their families,
so we are here to work using play, very child learnt, or use
improvisation, we use singing, we use puppetry. But we is listening,
really. We listen. Celebrations to mark the anniversary
had to be postponed last year because of the so-called killer
clown greys. We were gutted, absolutely
first-rate, but the children knew we were coming, they were expecting us
that day, and we had to turn it down. So today is a really special
day for us to come back and go, actually, we are, if you like, we
beat the killer clown greys. We are stronger than that.
The work they do with the youngsters here is part of the therapeutic
treatment they received. And over the 10-year that they have
worked with more than 30,000 children. -- over ten years.
I think Steph was enjoying herself! The only bar in Teesside
which caters for people who don't drink alcohol opens tonight,
and the owners claim it will offer a night out with a difference
whilst supporting people Bar Zero will serve food and soft
drinks, and it's claimed it will provide all the fun of a night
out without the hangover It's part of a charity-run social
enterprise which includes the Fork In the Road restaurant,
which offers training Volunteers are being sought
for this year's Kynren with a session taking
place at Flatts Farm Anyone who signs up can take part -
last year over a thousand volunteers made up the cast and crew
over 15 evenings. This year the organisers
want to put on 17 shows, and they say they'll welcome
applications from anyone Now for the weather forecast -
here's Abbie Dewhurst. Hello again. Good at it. A very
chilly morning and quite cloudy as well. There is some sunshine
starting to make an appearance, but a bitterly cold wind pulled up some
very cold air from a near continent, really adding a big, big wind-chill.
You can see on the isobars as it moves up from the south. It really
affects coasts and hills, bitterly cold if you get caught in a big cost
of wind. But quite cloudy picture, and that hasn't really changed from
the blue colour we saw overnight last night. Some sunshine for part
of Cumbria, and it will feel a touch less cold. Temperatures up to 3-4,
but not feeling like it if you factor in that southerly breeze.
Feeling more like minus one. Elsewhere, where temperatures hover
around zero, it is looking more like -4 or minus five. Tonight, similar
story. Here we could cease patches of mist and fog and some freezing
fog over higher ground as well. Elsewhere, clearer skies, but for
everyone, widespread frost and temperatures down in the minus
figures. Still sticking with a southerly breeze, so feeling even
colder. A cold, cloudy start tomorrow. Temperatures a little less
cold, but there is still this southerly breeze, so still a
wind-chill, feeling more like 2-3 C, and where they are 2-3, more like
minus one. Through into the weekend, unsettled on Saturday, the risk of
some potentially heavy, wintry showers, but things calm down. They.
So if you are stepping out tonight, but on a thicker T-shirt. That is it
from the lunchtime team. Have a good afternoon. We would be back at 6:30
p.m.. Until then, goodbye. TV: He's not your father.
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