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Welcome to Wednesday's Look North Tonight.


A teenager appears in court charged in connection


with the death of seven-year-old Katie Rough from York.


One of my good friends is really friends with her mum and she has


taken it really hard and so have her daughters because they were in the


same class. Also tonight: Claudia's Law wins


parliamentary approval so families of people who've gone missing can


deal with their financial affairs. Gusts of up to 93 miles an hour


cause disruption across Yorkshire. Could birds of prey be brought


in to deter seagulls from stealing Could birds of prey be brought


in to deter seagulls from stealing It has been a very windy day to day.


West of Sheffield there was 90 miles an hour and it was the windiest


place in the country. Join me for the latest.


Tonight, a teenager's appeared in court charged with the murder


Katie Rough was found critically injured on a playing field


A 15-year-old girl was today remanded into secure accommodation,


charged with her murder and with possession


Another very busy delay -- day here for the police here in York. A


number of people coming here with flowers to lay beyond the police


take just behind me. Another sombre day and a very difficult day for the


people of this area of the city, not least for the family of little Katie


Rough who were in court today. A lot of what was said we cannot report


for legal reasons, but a lot of it was very upsetting for anyone to


listen to, never mind for the little girl 's relatives. The family of


Katie Rough, at court this morning. The first sorrow filled duty of life


without the seven-year old. Katie seemingly had so much of her life


still ahead of her just a few days ago. On Monday it was cut short. She


died here on Alness Drive in the Woodthorpe area of York. The court


heard she had suffered significant lacerations to her neck and chest.


Police investigations continued at the scene, with a metal detector


used to search nearby undergrowth. Meanwhile the pile of floral


tributes grows. Four miles from the scene, the teenage girl accused of


killing Katie appeared in court for the first time. The accused, who was


15 years old, nodded to use show that she understood as the charges


were read out. Members of Katie 's family were also in court and some


were visibly upset as the proceedings finished.


The teenager is charged with murdering Katie Rough on Monday and


also with possession of a weapon, namely a knife. Outside Katie 's


school the feeling remains one of shock. Just a little girl, it's


really scary, I would say, you know? And then you don't want to lose


sight of any of your loved ones now. One of my good friends is really


good friends with armatures taken it really hard and also her daughters


because they are in the same class. Tributes were paid here in York and


also in the House of Commons. Sure the whole house will join in


heartfelt condolences for family and friends of the tragic death of


seven-year-old Katie Rough in York earlier this week. Also join the


right Honourable gentleman in expressing condolences to family and


friends of little Katie who died so tragically. Fundraising page to


support Katie 's family been set up by York resident


Maggie Jackson. She didn't know the family but says she wanted to help.


It isn't just me, this people all over the UK donating, it isn't just


something I am doing. It is in the hearts and heads of so many people


and that family, there is so much love for them at the moment and


people just want to help. Katie 's family were not speaking today, they


already know the pain of what they have lost, but not why. That funding


page mentioned has raised ?4000 in just one day. As regards to the


court case, it is too serious to be dealt with by the Magistrates' Court


so it will go to Leeds Crown Court on Friday and a teenage girl will be


held in custody until then. Winds of more than 90 miles per hour


have been causing problems Trees were brought down blocking,


roads and rail lines, and flights were cancelled


in and out of Leeds The winds have now eased


and services are slowly getting back to normal,


but for one couple in Bradford, last night's storms will take a very


long time to recover from, It is not the wake-up call it you


expect first thing in the morning. This 80 foot beech tree smashed its


way through this bungalow in Birkenshaw after its roots were


wrenched out by strong winds. I heard a loud bang like a bomb had


gone off. When I looked there was rubble all down the landing and I


knew it was bad but I didn't know what it was. We came outside and I


saw it was a tree and we were very lucky to get away with it, I think.


I wouldn't say was habitable now. The bathroom has been destroyed, a


lot of the internal walls and all of the roof in the centre has been


destroyed so it has had it. In Bradford this school was stuck to


students after slates flew from the Victorian roof. Meanwhile in South


Yorkshire high winds peeled away corrugated sheeting in Sheffield


city centre and gusts of 93 mph were recorded at high Bradfield. Not only


buildings have succumbed to the force of nature, across West


Yorkshire trees were battered. Closing or blocking roads. This


evening Bridgewater Place is slowly getting back to normal. Earlier the


roads were closed because of high winds, causing traffic gridlock


across parts of Leeds. If the roads aren't the only place where there


were problems. Landing at Leeds Bradford Airport was going to be a


challenge. It took all the pilots skills to bring this plane down


safely. Many passengers faced delays and cancellations. The strongest


wind we record here to here was in excess of 50 knots which is unsafe


operation so that was the reason why we had a number of delayed


departures and cancellations this morning. Nearly 40,000 homes across


the North lost their power supply today. It has now been restored. As


for the bungalow in Birkenshaw, it is unlikely the owner will be moving


in soon. Winds have finally started to die down, but can you believe it?


The forecast for the next few days is sleet and snow.


Later on Look North: Leading by example.


Triathlete Jess Learmonth champions swimming sessions for beginners


Proposals in memory of the missing York chef Claudia Lawrence,


which are designed to give families greater control over


the affairs of missing people, have cleared their first hurdle


The bill was championed by Claudia's father Peter.


Dubbed Claudia's Law, it was given the go-ahead in parliament


Our Correspondent John Cundy explains.


For nearly eight years Peter Lawrence has suffered the pain


of not knowing what became of his vanished daughter Claudia,


a pain compounded by laws which have prevented him from dealing


with the crucial problem of her outstanding financial affairs.


Today in the Commons, Kevin Hollinrake, on behalf of other


North Yorkshire MPs won the first critical stage to get


The creation of a new status of guardian of the property


and affairs of a missing person will fill this void and provide


a sensible and helpful solution to the practical and financial


difficulties faced by families and others following a disappearance.


Claudia Lawrence vanished without trace from her home


in Heworth Road in York early on the morning of March 18th, 2009,


Two major police investigations have failed to solve the mystery.


Peter Lawrence quickly discovered he could do nothing


about Claudia's financial affairs, but now a change he's championed


in the law should give families legal status of guardian


of the property and affairs of the missing.


It would mean that everybody can deal with their missing


loved one's mortgage, their direct debits,


their investments, their insurances, just like we all do day-to-day


Kevin Hollinrake's Bill now goes to its next hearing in February,


without any parliamentary opposition it should now become law.


We've just about got to the stage that we've won.


You've got to remember that it's 22 months ago that the government


committed to this bill and it's taken a private member,


Kevin Hollinrake, one of our local MPs, for Thirsk and Malton to bring


it forward himself, and at least we know it has got


Peter Lawrence at least a legal triumph in the midst


of the continuing anguish of missing Claudia Lawrence.


Well, MP Kevin Hollinrake joins us now.


Thank you for joining me. This has been a long time in the making,


hasn't it. How does it finally feel to have the guardianship bill backed


in the Commons? It is so important. It feels good but we have quite a


few stages to go through yet before we can get it into law but we have


got government support and backbench support across the house. We have


got a lot of local support has well, of course, so we are getting there.


The government has promised to support it


so we need to get this through by May and there are quite a few stages


to go through so we need to push as hard as we can to make sure that it


does actually happen. The government did make a commitment to what has


been called Claudius Law two years ago. Why has it taken so long and do


think it will move forward now? Some things take a while in Parliament. I


have only been here for two years but sometimes you have to keep


knocking on the right doors the long enough for them to be opened. I have


been at the right place at the right time and my colleagues have also


helped and been very supportive. We need to find the Parliamentary time


for it and we decided to do it this way, through this private members


Bill process, which is more difficult to get legislation


through, but we still can get it through and it is very important


that we do. Claudia went missing eight years ago this March. What


will this change mean for her family and her assets? Really we have to


pay tribute to Mrs and Mrs Lawrence because they have championed this on


behalf of other people. It won't help them now because they have gone


through this terrible process of trying to deal with affairs of a


missing person will stop there are around 4000 people go missing every


year and they are tragic cases, terrible emotions at that time.


Where are they, what has happened? Could I have done more? All of those


things, and then they look at the actual logistics of dealing with the


mortgage, the rent, the insurance and all those direct debits on


behalf of those missing people and they find they cannot do anything


about it because of data protection of contract law. There was no


provision for this in law, whether it's in similar situations if you


have an elderly relative who has dementia or a loved one passes away,


you are able to step in in those circumstances but not in this one.


Big step forward for Peter Lawrence and the rest of her family. Thank


you for joining me this evening. The MP for Batley and Spen,


Tracy Brabin, has called on Teresa May to step in to keep


open the A department She told the Prime Minister


that the ongoing winter beds crisis proved that the department is vital


to the local community. Over Christmas I had constituents


who were waiting 20 hours for a bed in a facility that might not even


exist next year. Would the Prime Minister now,


please, face reality and act now to stop this vital A


service from disappearing. Decisions about services


in the local area are rightly taken by the local national health service


because we believe that it's local clinicians and also local patients


and leaders who know what's best for their area, so it's about trying


to tailor the services to provide the best possible needs


for local people. Plans have gone on display


for a new ?10 million cancer centre at the Friarage Hospital in


Northallerton. A state-of-the-art facility


would include a chemotherapy treatment lounge, able to treat up


to 35 patients a day. The building would be named


after Sir Robert Ogden, the North Yorkshire philanthropist,


who's jointly funding the project I think it is fantastic. When you


think of what you are going through, the psychological effects of all the


things of being in dull rooms are waiting for results are waiting for


scans and things like that, to try get a facility that has as much


going at this as, to make you just feel a lot better about... It will


not change what has happened, but it can make you feel a lot more


positive. There's a bit of a row


going on in the Peak District. People in the village of Foolow


aren't pleased with plans to put The Peak Park bought


the land to stop it being Now the Park wants a mobile


caravan park there. This bit of prime Peak District land


was going to be a caravan site until the park authority realised it


had granted planning permission It bought the land for ?650,000


so it could protect it from being Now, four years later, the Peak Park


wants to turn it in to... It's the Peak District's job


to protect this fantastic and very That's what the planning


regulations are all about, but here the authority


is judging its own application, something the villagers down


the valley are not happy about. It is very concerning,


it's a bit like the MPs voting Legally they are allowed to do it,


it is part of their remit to be able to do it,


but when something is as controversial as this,


it really does beg into question the independence of their


planning authority. Peter Webster has been


a farmer here all his life. He wanted to build a barn


that he was told it wasn't He says it's not fair


he can't have his barn, but the Peak District can


have their caravan site. I'm afraid you won't put it on telly


what I think about it. My barn is roughly 300-400 metres


away from their caravan site Well, I think they should throw


the caravan site out. The wording of the original planning


application was wrong. It meant that private developers


could put permanent static caravans on the site and that's why


the Peak Park spent ?650,000 This new development would only be


for mobile caravans. The Peak Park Authority says it has


a duty to recover as much of that purchase price as possible


and reverting it back to a green To reclaim the money spent


on stopping caravans, We will keep you posted on how that


argument develops as well. Could birds of prey help scare some


of Scarborough's seagulls away and stop them swooping in to steal


food from visitors hands? It's one of the ideas being looked


at to tackle the town's growing Today the council's been debating


whether to bring in a firm to remove some of the nests and use a hawk


to move the gulls elsewhere. Seagulls and Scarborough just go


together, but in recent years the relationship has been


turning slightly sour. The number of birds in this town has


grown to a few thousand, and especially in the summer,


it's claimed they are I've seen them actually take food


out of people's hands and things like that and for children it can be


quite scary, can't it? People are feeding them as well,


they are feeding them titbits. And they shouldn't do,


they should not encourage them I think one or two people


are complaining too I have seen them swoop down and take


food out of a child's hand, but I don't think it's


all of the gulls. Today the council has


been discussing what Councillors could decide to hire


a firm to work on reducing the number of birds over


the next few years. We would use egg and nest removal


and that is not removing all eggs and all nests,


it is removing a percentage. We worked with Natural England


on that to say this is how many we are going to take


and we would report The natural assumption


from the bird's point of view that the bird of prey


is taking them. We're not going out to kill


anything, that's for sure. What the idea is is to move them


on and get them maybe into the cliffs of further


away from town. Visitors to Scarborough are already


urged not to feed the seagulls but some traders say the signs


are not working I work down here on the seafront


and all of the restaurateurs and the traders, the south bay


traders, do try to discuss and speak to members of the public


if they are seen feeding the gulls but generally, and sort


of understandably, the reaction is go away its not your business,


but actually it is our business because we see this


happening all the time. It may be winter but as you can see


there are still seagulls around. Normally in January you'd expect


them to be all out to sea but they are so used to being fed


here they're staying on land. If action is going to be taken it


will need to happen soon. The seagull mating season


is about to begin. I certainly hope they won't BBC


chips there at the end! I hope not. For anyone looking for a healthy


start to the new year, Bramley Baths could be


the place to be. Young up and coming triathlete


Jess Learmonth has launched a set of new beginner training sessions


leading up to the World Series event Yorkshire's one to watch,


Leeds local Jess Learmonth is usually found travelling


the world on the sporting circuit Her mission, to get Yorkshire


to give triathlon a go. If it's only a good thing, isn't it,


to get people involved and we have got the World Series coming to Leeds


so if people start doing a bit of swimming, a bit of running


and getting out on the bike then We have got such a nice roads


and great places to ride I love it, so hopefully


other people do as well. What is it about


Leeds and triathlon? Jess on the international stage,


the Brownlees are locals as well and now this scheme is getting more


people involved in a sport You usually find once people get


started they keep coming We have found extraordinary people


come along thinking they could do a triathlon and they were just


coming along to learn to swim and by the end of it they have


entered into a little mini triathlon and achieved something


and the smiles on those people's Jess came tenth and last year's


World Triathlon and this year she's hoping to beat that but these


sessions aren't just for seasoned More than 1,000 people have signed


up, 300 weren't active It's good now, I've only done two


sessions but even after the second session it was noticeable


the improvement that So if you're looking


to kick-start a healthy New Year, why not try three sports


for the price of one? You could even be Yorkshire's


new sporting star. Earlier this week we reported on the


possible demise of the Futurist Theatre.


Plans have been revealed to coax more big stars to Scarborough


with an increase in concerts at the town's open air theatre.


Councillors are being asked to approve plans to nearly double


the number of concert dates for 2017.


The concert promoters say it'll give the local


It is not Las Vegas or New York, it is not even London, but Scarborough.


Playing host to big names last summer in the open-air theatre. Six


and a half thousand seats mean it is the biggest in Europe and it hosted


ten concerts in 2016. They went so well the promoters now want to


schedule nearly double that, 18 in 2017. We saw the opportunity that


actually artists do want to come here. In terms of the geography of


the country it's a great location, that isn't tapped into, and with


such a great venue. Looking at it with the council, we are saying that


we have done really well with ten or 11 shows and almost all of them have


been sold out, there is an appetite there. Ten years ago the theatre was


the sorry state, it had been closed for decades and lay abandoned and


unused. It was reopened by the Queen in 2010 with high hopes, but they


have taken a while to be realised. The theatre reopened in the teeth of


the recession and the going in the early years was really tough, but


the extra dates nearly double the business here. It's a real sign of


hope. And money. It is estimated the concerts will give a ?5 million


boost to the local economy. It is absolutely fantastic news. 2016


shows attracted in excess of 50,000 people to the venue which equated to


around ?2.5 million to the local economy so having additional shows


is absolutely fantastic news. It could be a return to the glory days


of the 1930s when the theatre played a central part in Scarborough 's


prosperity. The crowds then like to lavish musicals. These days it is


the likes of the Beach boys, Cliff Richard and Olly Murs that will


bring in the crowd. If councillors backed the proposal for more dates,


expect more announcements from stars that they are also adding


Scarborough to that was. -- to their tours.


Wright, Paul Hudson, get it right. As always! Sheffield was the


windiest place in the entire country. Look at this sea foam that


developed in Whitby. This is an incredible picture.


If you have any pictures send the mint for me. These were the wind


speeds today. They will gradually moderate and tomorrow we're looking


at wintry showers and a cold day with sunshine. Let us look that this


feature could stay to the south of us and we will hopefully be left


with a wintry showers and some sunshine. But look at these isobars


with the storm force winds coinciding with high tide times on


Friday morning which could be cause for concern in coastal areas. The


Environment Agency echidna eye on that. On the satellite picture we


have showers coming in from the West, mainly of rain at the moment.


They will turn increasingly to sleet and snow so don't be surprised if by


the end of the night there was a covering of snow by some and nine


areas. Further east just a few showers and icy patches on untreated


surfaces. The this is the next high water times. A dry and bright start


in eastern areas with some sunshine. Showers of hail and rain and sleet


and snow from the word go across the Pennines and if you get further east


so as you can see it might be a covering of snow in places.


Unpleasant conditions for a time on the Pennines. A lot of sunshine and


a cold feeling day. It will be less windy. Looking a bit further ahead


it is the coast at around 6am on Friday that there is concern and


there could be coastal flooding. Sunny inland and wintry showers and


the weekend looks cold with scattered showers and rain and hail


and sleet and snow so it stays cold and that is the forecast.


Stay safe if you're on the roads tonight with the wind. That is


I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.


I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.


Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,


not just for those who know the right people or who've got


the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,