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Good evening and welcome to Tuesday's Look North.
A seven-year-old girl dies after being found
A 15-year-old is questioned by police.
A woman ran up the street. That was the mother of the daughter. She
shouted, help, call for an ambulance.
We'll be live in the city with the latest on the ongoing
The impact of funding cuts on Yorkshire's schools.
Now there's claims funding cuts could have a "catastrophic impact"
We'll investigate the unprecedented pressures at hospitals in our region
at one of the busiest times of year for the NHS.
And how new powers could stop a repeat of an anti-social bike ride
that brought a city centre to a standstill.
And it is a windy night to come with a warning from the Met Office for
severe gales. I will be back later in the programme with all the
details. Witnesses have described
the moment a distraught mother found her daughter dying
on a playing field in York. Seven-year-old girl Katie Ruff
was seriously injured following an incident
in the Woodthorpe area of the city A 15 year-old girl
has been arrested. Flowers have been laid
at the scene throughout the day. One tribute was written
to "darling princess Katie". This is horrific news.
I am afraid so. This is a quiet, well-to-do street on the
north-western outskirts of York. Large, detached houses in a wooded
area. The peace and tranquillity here was shattered late yesterday
afternoon and into the evening by intense police activity. For 24
hours, the street behind me has been sealed off as a crime scene.
A police tent covers an area of grassland where a seven-year-old
girl was found with serious injuries yesterday afternoon.
Tonight, the girl has been named as Katie Ruff.
She was rushed to York Hospital but later died.
Neighbours living nearby explained what they saw.
That was obviously the mother of the daughter.
She was shouting, help, call for an ambulance.
I put my shoes on and went to go up the alley way.
I got halfway up and I could see a body lying in the field,
but the police were already there attending.
Today, the normally quiet Alness Drive in Woodthorpe
was cordoned off as police pieced together the circumstances
Specially trained officers are supporting the victim's family
at this extremely difficult time for them.
Clearly, the circumstances require the investigation to be conducted
Emergency services were called here at around 4:30pm and found
the little girl on a footpath that leads to a playing field.
A 15-year-old girl was arrested and is being questioned by detectives.
Throughout today, friends and family have been laying
She was a very close friend to my daughter and a truly unique,
Respect their family, beautiful family.
Both involved are so young and it is such a shame,
because she has not even started her life, really, has she?
It is not known if the victim lived in the area, but one local
councillor said support would be given to those who need it.
I spoke to the local vicar this morning and going to see what we can
organise to have the church open for a couple of days to make sure
that there's somewhere local for people to go and have a cup
of tea or chat, somewhere if they have any problems
or anything to talk about, they can get it off
Tonight, the number of flowers and tributes continue to grow,
and the community shaken by yesterday's tragic events
has to try and absorb the impact of the death
Alongside the police operation here on Alness Drive, there has been
other police activity nearby. Addresses got to be in connection
with this incident. This has been a difficult operation for police. The
neighbourhood team last night we did it had been a tough shift for all
involved with the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl. Rachael
Maskell, the local MP, has expressed her sing the data the family and
friends of those involved. Tonight, police are appealing for anyone
might have been in the area yesterday afternoon and into the
evening you might have seen something, to come forward and
assist with enquiries. It is hoped more information might emerge about
what happened here in coming days. We'll bring you an update on this
story in our late bulletin as part 46 pupils in one class
and claims funding cuts could have a "catastrophic impact"
on some of Yorkshire's schools. A BBC Yorkshire investigation has
found that schools in our region lost ?8.8 million in real terms
from their budgets this academic One school has 46 children
in a maths class, and there An MP we spoke to
earlier is defending We'll show you that
interview in a moment. Silas is 13 and goes to
Brighouse High School in Calderdale. When he started his Year Nine maths
lessons, he noticed something It looked more like a university
lecture theatre, with one It's quite difficult because there
are so many people around you, and you are distracted to talk
to them a lot more and you are not focusing so much on the lesson,
so it is quite difficult. And you've not got much room
to put your stuff in front of you, which makes it confusing
and dropping things and stuff. Everyone agrees it is too
much for one class. There is no legal limit
to the size of the class. Headteacher Liz Creswell says
the move was prompted by changes to the GCSE maths exam,
and difficulties recruiting She says the school,
like many others, have had to make Teaching unions are worried cuts
across the country will mean more children are taught
in super-sized classes. I am a maths teacher myself,
actually, and I would find that I understand they are the top set
of maths, but I still think they would learn an awful lot more
if they were in a smaller class. Keeping control of them
will be more difficult. There is only one adult in the class
with them is my understanding, so it would be difficult to ensure
they are all safe, and the NUT's position is it is unacceptable
to have a class of more than 30. When budgets run low,
bigger classes aren't the only thing Other schools have told me
they are having to cut back on things like books,
equipment and even teachers. Ofsted inspectors say 37 staff
have left this school since September 2015,
without being replaced, Broadly speaking, changes
to the Government's funding formula mean rural areas will get slightly
more money for schools The Bradford Schools Forum,
which includes head teachers Potentially catastrophic
impact on certain schools. Immediately, I think
you look at that and think, We asked the Government
for an interview but they said They did tell us that school funding
was at its highest level on record, with over ?40 billion
being invested in 2016-17. But the National Audit Office says
that is not keeping up with rising pupil numbers and higher costs
of staff pensions and In the end, it is the children
who are affected when Craig Whittaker, starting with you,
would you be happy with your children being in a class with a
ratio of 46 pupils to one teacher? The example you gave in the clip is
a style of teaching that the school decides to use. It is not used in
every lesson and we use that style of teaching in universities as well.
Is it more of a necessity than choice? How can you meet the needs
of every child when there is only one teacher up to 46 pupils? The
head teachers and professionals at the school have chosen to teach in
that fashion. As your clip said, it is because they have a shortage of
mathematics teachers at that school. They have chosen to teach students
in that way. Having been on the Education Select Committee for five
years in last Parliament, one thing is certain. From the research we
have done, unless you have class sizes under 14, there is not that
much difference at all. The head teacher will have made that call
when she entered team decided to teach in that fashion. Dominik,
livestock specifically about the national funding formula. -- let's
talk specifically. You have concerns about this, don't you? We would lose
?5 million from schools immediately in Bradford. Although the four years
of implementation of this, we would see ?40 million go out of schools in
Bradford. Don't schools have to be smarter now? You have to look at the
budgets and use them to the absolute any. You're talking about
redundancies already? In my school, because the costs and unfunded
growths in cost, we are facing thousands of pounds worth of costs
and we are making redundancies as a result. The national funding formula
moves money around the country, in pursuit of a very good proposition,
in fairness, but in Bradford, 89% of schools will was money. Why are we
not doing somewhat things in terms of budgets as we do for the NHS for
education? We're spending a record ?14 billion on education in our
country. What I would say to you is, is it right that people in
Calderdale, my schools get less than those in Bradford? Because someone
in government has deemed that over the years, Calderdale not have any
deprivation. That is silly. We know that it has. It is incredibly
important that we get the funding for also that all children get the
same opportunities in life, whether they live in Bradford or Calderdale
or anywhere else. Final word to Dominic. Craig Whittaker seems to
dispute everything we have said. What you say to that? Overall
implementation means there will be a small amount of money in Bradford,
but the problem is the national growth in demand for them was
vulnerable learners and those especially is, we have a high growth
in that in this area. That has a massive impact from the National
former. Till million pencils come -- ?12 million come from mainstream
schools, but other schools need the money now as well.
We'll meet the Yorkshire women preparing to represent England
A number of hospitals across Yorkshire are reporting
"unprecedented" levels of demand as they continue to try and cope
While some have been forced to cancel planned operations,
others have been placed on a high level of alert.
Our health correspondent Jamie Coulson looks
On New Year's Day, Pat McIntosh was taken to A in Dewsbury
When she and her family arrived, they say that they were confronted
with chaotic scenes as staff struggled with demand.
The trust say they are doing what they can to relieve pressure,
but Pat faced a 19-hour wait before bed became available.
It was just so chaotic, queueing and waiting.
And they were trying to do their best but it just...
Winter pressures at hospitals are nothing new.
Two years ago, Scarborough Hospital was forced to declare a major
incident when they were no longer able to cope.
This year, many trusts say that they are operating under extreme
At these hospitals, like elsewhere in the NHS,
they say that they are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand.
We understand that last week at St James's Hospital,
there were two days when there were no beds available for patients
Last week, Rotherham Hospital spent a day and a half
at the highest level of alert, which means there is
the potential for some patient care to be compromised.
And Airedale Hospital has been cancelling all nonurgent operations
Over the past few months, the departments have
unfortunately become busier, more overcrowded, and figures
are clear that they show that unfortunately our performance
is probably the worst in over a decade.
Last week, I met a constituent whose husband died...
Sheffield MP Louise Hague believes people are being let down
by a system in crisis after a constituent died
after waiting for an ambulance for two hours and 40 minutes.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the NHS is in crisis now.
We have held that from NHS leaders right down to people
People are struggling to get the most basic services.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service say that they are aware
of the incident and are liaising with the patient's family.
Meanwhile, the message to patients who do not need urgent
hospital treatment remains to seek help elsewhere.
The pressure on hospitals remains intense and winter
Meanwhile, the family of a man from South Yorkshire
who was stranded in France after a stroke say they're
frustrated it took so long to find a bed in the UK.
David Collings, from Aston, fell ill before Christmas.
Doctors now believe he may have locked in syndrome,
a condition where the patient can't move their body.
After a wait of 11 days, a bed has now been found for him
Mr Collings has been flown to Doncaster Airport this afternoon.
This locked-in syndrome has been bandied about. We cannot say it is a
definite diagnosis. We have been told frequently, you do know this is
serious, you do know this is serious. Yes, we do. You have to
hope, don't you? You have to hope this man will come back to us in
some she perform. -- some shape or form. So, yes, that is our next
mountain to climb. Together, we will stay strong for him, as he would for
us. Let's get some other news in brief
now, and five Yorkshire post offices are among 300 nationally
which are at risk of closure. The Post Office says
branches in Huddersfield, Rotherham, Pontefract,
Pudsey and Ossett may be franchised It blames the high cost
of prime high street The Bradford-based supermarket
Morrisons has seen its best performance over Christmas
for seven years. It posted an almost 3% rise
in like-for-like sales. The supermarket said additions
to its premium range - including macarons and gold-dusted
salmon - had helped It comes as Morrisons announced
it was pulling out of plans to build a new store in Shipley,
citing commercial reasons. One of the most influential
sociologists of the 20th Zygmunt Bauman, who was 91,
began lecturing at the University In 2010, the university founded
the Bauman Institute, which promotes studies in social
and political life in recognition A five-year ban's been introduced
on bikers taking part The council went to court to ask
a judge to approve the restrictions after a group caused chaos
in the city centre. You may remember the scenes
on the night of Halloween last year. But one motorbike action group says
they fear they could be unfairly Anti-social bikers flooding
pedestrianised parts of town, pulling wheelies and driving
against the flow of oncoming traffic in scenes some
compared to a horror film. But now the council has gone
to court to try to stop this Leeds City Council have been
granted this injunction. It gives police the power to arrest
anyone organising or involved in By anti-social, they mean anything
causing alarm, distress, harming someone else,
or putting someone's Some say that the injunction
was rushed and put If we are doing a run
or a funeral escort, something like that,
and some hooligan was to tag onto the end of our
convoy of motorcycles, if they were to start acting
around, pulling wheelies, revving their exhaust,
that sort of thing, I would be revving their exhaust, that sort
of thing, I would be liable, We would all be basically tarred
with the same brush and have this We know it is aimed
at hooligans, etc. We don't have a problem
with trying to do something But our concerns are that somebody
could say, three motorbikes drove past my house and it bothered me,
and, in theory, they could drag you to ourt for something
that was previously legal. The council says that today's ruling
sends a clear message and stresses it will not
affect law-abiding bikers. Three more arrests have been
made in the last week for the Halloween ride-out,
bringing the total And police say that they have
already used the injunction as a warning to prevent two similar
ride-outs in last month. Viewing this footage, the judge
criticised the perpetrators. She said that they were knowingly
putting the public at risk The hope now is to protect
the people of Leeds without unfairly Sport now, and Leeds United safely
got through their tricky FA Cup third round tie at League Two side
Cambridge United last night. Cambridge went ahead
after 25 minutes through But Stuart Dallas headed
an equaliser for Leeds 11 minutes after half-time and Alex Mowatt
scored the winner seven minutes later to set up a fourth-round tie
at either AFC Wimbledon or Sutton Elsewhere, in the fourth round draw,
Huddersfield face a short trip And if Barnsley win their replay
against Blackpool, they'll be away If you're a rugby league fan,
you'll probably know that it's World Cup year,
but it's not just for the men. The women's competition
will run alongside it, with the finals taking place
as a double-header in Brisbane. The England's women's captain is
Featherstone Rovers' Andrea Dobson. She joins us now. What a massive
year for women's rugby league, alongside the men in Brisbane. What
will be going through your head on December the 2nd? Hopefully, when we
had in the final, competing. It is massive for the women's game. For
the first time ever, it runs alongside the men. It is normally a
stand-alone festival. Like you say, this year, it runs alongside the
men's. For the women's game, then there until four years well, it will
be massive. I hope it puts our game into the spotlight and gets interest
up. Are much is that neither? -- how much is that needed? A lot. The
coverage for the women's game could be a lot more. Get out in the media
more and gets more support. That was quite a comfortable win you had
against France. Yes and it was needed as well. We won one of the
games and drew one of the games. We had quite a young development squad.
We did not really get the result of the performance we wanted, so this
year, World Cup year, we needed to do well. They were looking to get a
win over us after last year, so was important to get a good win. Yes.
Here you are in your rugby league gear. And yet you're a full-time
employee of the rugby league football union. How'd you get away
with Quite easily. My job is to grow the game of rugby union in
Sheffield. Get more people involved. They have so much money in that
game, but the women's rugby union side has more resources than the
Rugby football side? They probably do, yes. It has not always been like
that. The support and focus on the women's game is the big drive we
have as a governing body, and this rugby league that is out there a bit
more and more full Cassano 's, we could hopefully be in some
opposition. Let's quickly talk about the
weather. It will be so hot in Brisbane. You are at an unfair
disadvantage, training in Featherstone? Probably! We're used
to the cold weather and it is better when they come here, really. It will
be warm and hopefully we will have a few days to get used to the climate
as much as possible. Warm weather training for us. The Australians
like to beat us on at the peak of their temperatures as well. I bet
they do! Best of luck.
Snow might be on the way, so let's get a taster.
Jamie Nicholls centres his best bits of 2016. -- Jamie Nicholl.
Here is a little taste. That is fantastic. He is such a
daredevil! Let's have the weather prospects. Hinting at snow?
Snow showers perhaps on Thursday and Friday across the hills. We have a
warning first Friday in the East. Some accumulation is possible in the
north York. What we are to content within the short-term is a wind
warning. Let's look at some photographs that have come in.
Lovely blue sky here and a cloud developing across the top of the
picture. The second picture, sunny spell at Stoodley Pike. Lots of
pictures coming in today that a lovely. You can always send them
into us here. We're starting this evening's forecast with concern
about wind. We have had a warning from the Met Office, gales
developing overnight and into the Russia of the morning as well.
Perhaps even severe gales in the Pennines and on the East allied
ground as well. -- of the high ground. Strong wind on Monday will
definitely mean windy conditions for the coast, but could blow in some
snow showers as well. More on that as the week progresses. You can see
cloud spreading in from the Northwest Elia. It will be cloudy
initially overnight. All the time, becoming windy with gales
developing. That is quite widely happening across Yorkshire. 65-70
mph. Across high ground, that could cause disruption, particularly
lapsing into tomorrow's rush hour. The sun will rise at 20 past eight
tomorrow. It is a windy rush hour. Take care first thing if you're out.
It is generally a dusty day. Mixture of sunny spells and scattered
showers. You can find showers in the Northwest turning wintry later,
across the south and east of Yorkshire, dry and bright weather
with some sunshine. It will feel chilly. Numerically, not
particularly called for the time of year. But factored in that
north-westerly breeze and it will feel cool. It will feel cold later
into the week. Widespread frost on Thursday. We are looking out for
snow showers in the East on Friday. We have to be careful of a Marilyn
Monroe moment, don't we, as ladies? Anyway, that is as far as we go.
These two will be back with the late news at ten o'clock.
It's back... Let's get ready to grumble. ..with more belligerence...
Can you imagine anything more diabolical? ..moaning...
..and nonsensical items... Don't send me a curve-ball, Nigel.