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Good evening you're watching Tuesday's Look North.
On the programme tonight, making their voices heard -
The mother whose two boys were deliberately killed
by their father takes her campaign to Downing Street, to put children
and there's always hope because without hope we have nothing. And if
you have nothing, nothing can change. And were not going to just
sit by and let that happen. We'll also hear from the charity
Women's Aid, which says there's still work to be done to make family
courts safer for children. Also tonight, driven
to distraction - We're on patrol with
South Yorkshire Police who're clamping down on motorists
using their mobiles at the wheel Fighting Yorkshire's biggest cause
of premature deaths - more than ?5 million is to be spent
on a new lung cancer And the polar with the molar -
what happens when this big bear has And we started today on a foggy
note. Less overnight tonight but after a fine start we will see more
cloud tomorrow. I'll be back later. First tonight, one's mother's
campaign to protect children Claire Throssell's two sons
were killed in a fire at their home It was started deliberately by their
father, as an act of revenge. Claire had warned the authorities
that their father posed a danger, but he was still allowed
unsupervised access to them. Today, she delivered a petition
to Downing Street urging the Government to change the way
courts handle cases like hers. A simple but urgent message, laid on
the Prime Minister's doorstep, delivered by someone who never
wanted to make this journey. Her two sons were killed when her father, --
their father, her ex-husband, set fire to their home. It is a powerful
image. When you think that each of those is a child and their lives
have been taken. The boys were lured into the attic. One's body was found
there. The other died in hospital. A serious case review found Paul had
told social workers he fears his father, describing him as, pure
nicety. Today, with the charity Women's Eight, she asked for a
change in the law. No one would ever choose to follow the path that she
has been forced on for the last few years. But her absolute belief in
the cause that children's voices should be at the heart of the family
court process has seen her campaign with dignity and poison the most
horrendous circumstances. My two children were not listen to, I was
not listen to, we need to stop that happening. No other parent should
have two holds that child in their arms as they die, knowing is it at
the hands of someone who should cherish and protect them the most.
Family courts are not run the same way as Crown Court. It's just the
last straw that people have to go through. We are not giving up on all
the parents out there. There is or was hope, because without hope we
have nothing, and if we have nothing, nothing can change. We're
not going to just sit by and let that happen. If anyone is out there,
in despair, don't. There is hope and change on the web. The Government
has already said it will review and revise policy in family courts.
Claire says she will not stop campaigning until it delivers.
The charity Women's Aid campaigns on issues around domestic violence.
I asked their chief executive whether they'd already had some
success in getting the Government to change its policy.
Definitely, we have had some success.
The Government have promised have already put best that they are to
ensure that perpetrators of domestic abuse can no longer cross-examine
their victims in the family court, and that's a major victory for
survivors of domestic abuse, but also for their
children who depend ontheir mothers being able to give
who depend on their mothers being able to give
evidence in full and not being silenced.
So what more could you actually achieve them, if you've got
What would you like to actually achieve
Well, perhaps the biggest issue that we face is the
lack of understanding of domestic abuse on the part of judges.
So what we need is comprehensive training -
ideally judges should have to meet with survivors of domestic abuse so
that they understand what domestic abuse actually is and what it does
And that training should be regularly refreshed.
It's no good having kind of just an hour on
domestic abuse when you first become a judge.
And yet there is a really difficult balancing act in this as well,
because many fathers, if it is fathers we're
mainly talking about, will defend their right to see their
First of all, parents don't have rights.
And so yes, it's very important for a child to see both
their parents if neither of those parents poses a danger.
The issue with perpetrators of domestic abuse
is that they may well pose a danger to their child.
And at the moment, in fact, perpetrators are getting
contact with children when that is putting children at risk.
Would it help at all if family courts were
We don't think that public family courts is
When children and young people have ever been surveyed
about this issue, which they have repeatedly, they've always said that
they really do not want their family's private business to be made
public and I think we have to respect that.
So I'm not sure that making the family courts public is
I think what's really important is that judges have a
proper understanding of what they are dealing with.
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you.
The UK's largest lung cancer screening trial is to be
The ?5 million project hopes to increase early diagnosis
Nationally, breast cancer and prostate cancer are more
common, but in Yorkshire it's lung cancer which affects most
people, with around 4,500 people diagnosed annually.
Survival chances are low, and the disease claims 3,500 lives
Now funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research is to be used
to target parts of Leeds, where most people are at risk.
I go for another checkup tomorrow, I have another CT scan tomorrow.
68-year-old Val Sykes from Leeds found out she had
lung cancer last year, and that was quite by accident.
A former smoker who hadn't had a cigarette in 20 years,
she actually went to the GP after straining her chest helping to move
As a precaution, she was sent to hospital for an x-ray.
It was there doctors saw a nodule on her lung.
Val then had an operation to remove it.
So it was quite a shock when they did find it and the
No breathlessness, we go for long walks.
Val is very lucky, but her case is unusual.
Lung cancer is so common and serious because there
are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
In fact, you could have a large tumour
But now, here in Leeds, they are launching a
multi-million pound investment in screening, which they hope will
At the moment, you are screened using a CT
scanner in hospital, but this ?5 million project
will take the scanner out into the community.
Similar to the ones used to detect breast cancer,
the lung cancer vans will be about the size of a single-decker
The project is being led by Doctor Matt Callister.
The target age for our study will be people between the
ages of 55 and 80 who have ever smoked - either current smokers
or smokers who have given up in the past.
That's because 86% of lung cancers are caused by smoking, and
Yorkshire has one of the highest rates in England.
If doctors can get to people before the disease is too advanced,
The problem with lung cancer is that, by the
time most patients present to us, they have advanced disease and
We know that by screening patients we
can pick up cancer at a much earlier stage, when it is hopefully suitable
for curative treatment, either with surgery
If it is successful it could become a
national screening programme, and more people like Val will be
We'll have more on this story on our late programme,
as part of the BBC News at Ten - join us then.
The Paralympic gold medallist from Skipton who's launched
a project to help disabled children compete alongside
Police in South Yorkshire say they're growing increasingly
concerned about the number of people using mobile phones while driving.
The law gets tougher in a few weeks time -
offenders will get six points and a bigger fine.
Over 900 people were caught in South Yorkshire last year.
Today we were invited out with officers
to see how they're tackling the problem.
Hello, mate. Hello, mate.
Hang on, Danny - I'll ring you back in two minutes.
That'll be ?100 fine and three points, then.
We've been invited out with South Yorkshire Police.
They're driving around Barnsley, spotting
people on the mobile phones while they're also driving.
They are out all week, to try to convince the
public not to call or text or post when they are in charge of a heavy
People think it will never happen to them.
When you've been and had to pick up the pieces, both
physically at the scene and then deal with the families that have
been left behind after, you have very little sympathy for people
It's not just calling, this driver says he was connecting
his phone to his car's Bluetooth - a fine and points for him as well.
I don't know if you've heard, but points and the fine go up
So, in a way, he's lucky - if he was stopped later this
year those penalties would have been double.
New rules are coming in - if you are stopped with your mobile
phone while driving you'd get six points on your licence.
There will be a ?200 fine, and if you are caught
twice you could be banned for six months.
You are four times more likely to be involved in a crash if you are
using your mobile phone when driving.
Especially if you are a novice, inexperienced driver.
The thing is that even if you present
this information to people, they might think these risks apply
to the average driver and they are just
Back in Barnsley, Sergeant Jones has spotted another.
He still on it - he's not even seen me come up the road, look.
Some people are so distracted by their phones they
don't even spot flashing lights and sirens behind them.
Yeah, this gentleman in front of us was on his
I've followed him for maybe 200 metres or so now, and he's only just
A fine and three points for this chap as well.
Do us a favour, mate - just come round the corner
So the law is toughening up and, if you
know somebody about to pass their driving test, the new rules mean
teenagers caught once go straight back to being a learner.
The trial has begun of a Bradford taxi driver, who fled to Pakistan
after the alleged murders of two men in May five years ago.
Mohammed Zubair, who's 36, denies the killings.
The prosecution allege that the bodies of Ahmedin Khyel
and Imran Khan were dumped in a secluded country lane
after they'd been murdered in Mr Zubair's house, in Bradford.
Mr Zubair was said to have beaten Mr Khyel, who he accused of having
Mr Khan was said to have probably been in the wrong
A former dental lecturer at the University of Leeds
has been struck off by the General Dental Council,
A disciplinary tribunal was told that Doctor Alec High had been
overheard by fellow staff - and warned on several
occasions about his conduct - but a stream of women were seen
Doctor High's name will now be erased from the register.
The trust which runs Dewsbury Hospital has written
an open letter to two MPs asking them to clear up confusion
about the future of it's A department.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust contacted Tracey Brabin
and Paula Sherrif - over concerns the community
The letter says the A department is not closing and it
will continue to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Two police officers have been praised for their bravery
after rescuing a mother and child from freezing water this morning.
The woman's car left the road and ended up on its side in a water
filled ditch in South Milford near Selby.
The officers jumped into the icy water to free the woman and child,
who were taken to hospital as a precaution.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson has applauded
Double paralympic gold medallist Danielle Brown has launched
a project that helps disabled children compete alongside
Danielle - who's an archer from Lothersdale near Skipton -
became the first disabled person to represent England
in an able-bodied event at the Commonwealth Games.
She's now backing the 4 All Games, as Mark Ansell explains.
Billy has learning difficulties and is on the autistic spectrum.
He rarely gets the chance to play sports, even though he enjoys it and
It's just good to see children doing sports and getting fit.
The inaugural 4 All Games is just that - for all.
Whether the child is disabled, able-bodied or
has special educational needs, everyone can take part in
James Swallow came up with the idea after struggling to find
sporting opportunities for his son, who is autistic.
Unfortunately, he went to some sports clubs and some
games, and some coaching businesses kind of struggle to work with
So, through Liam's point of view, he'd tried his
football, the rugby, the cricket, and kind of didn't quite fit
in which then obviously knocked his self-confidence a bit.
So we had to find different sports to get
involved with and fencing was one of the ones he kind of took to.
And there's no-one better to support the
event than Yorkshire's Danielle Brown - the double Paralympic
At the Commonwealth Games in 2010 she won team gold and became
the first disabled athlete to represent England in an
Danielle is determined for children to have the opportunities
I was excluded from PE at school - I spent two hours a week
And I didn't know what sports to do, so
the reason I ended up doing archery was because
I wanted to take part in
sport and I didn't know about Paralympic sport.
And so many people, at that time in my life, could have
told me about all the different inclusive sports there were, but I
So, for me, it's something that I'm really passionate about, and it's
great working with all these young kids, trying to teach them about
inclusivity and get them to take part in sport.
The challenge in the afternoon session was
playing goal ball, which is blindfolded, seated football.
And it's not just about having a go at
new sports, they are also taught to be sportsmanlike - sport for
A man from Yorkshire is celebrating victory in one of the world's
Tom Hollins - who is an anaesthetist at Airedale Hospital raced almost
nonstop for 99 hours along the Pennine Way.
With the support of his wife Sara, Tom ran through snow, ice, mud,
At the finish, he fell asleep almost as soon as a blanket was around him.
with what possessed you to do this? I've been asked that so many times
and the only answer is it was there. I've done shorter events leading up
to this and then just keep going for the next level. Haven't found
anything to stop me yet. What was the hardest point? Definitely the
finish. Very hilly, foggy, bleak, and I just past the front runners
just before that. I was absolutely exhausted. I didn't stop to sleep.
The pictures we are seeing now, you're going like a train. How long
did you actually run? About 90 hours a think. What were you doing with
all this? How you support? I was haring round the Pennine Way in a
friend's camper van. Meeting at checkpoints and places in between.
Did you get any sleep at all? Nine hours. It must be difficult. Yeah,
but I just did. Partly you want to keep progressing, and partly pain.
Takers through what you could see at night. The navigation at night time
is interesting. Part of the reason why they have some footage here is
because it was clear. Most nights it was incredibly foggy. I had a
electronic navigation with GPS and a map and compass if that fails.
Fortunately I did not have to use them. We should mention a lady who
also did this. Carol. We used to work with her. We tried to get in
touch with her but she was a bit shy. Can I show you pictures of the
finish now? This must have been a moment! Yeah, I loved that wall!
What were you feeling at this point? I was already bent double so it was
easy for him to put the medal on! Literally all I wanted to do was go
to sleep. Were there any point or you thought he wouldn't face? I knew
he would finish, without a doubt. At a second to last checkpoint I could
tell you was in its to win it. It's funny, he was saying the person who
won last year did not actually finish this time around. Is that a
warning to you next year? I've got a free place for next year. As the
champ? And it's quite expensive to enter because there's a lot of
organisation and safety support. Well, best of luck. Let us know how
you get on with the next one. The Yorkshire Sculpture park -
it's renowned for showcasing the work of artist and sculptors
from all over the world but their latest exhibition
is accessing art in a different way. Breaking boundaries: Art by email
exhibits the work of artists from the Middle East
and North Africa who are unable to travel to UK due to political
unrest and immigrations conditions. It thought to be the first display
of it's kind and I've This is beautiful. The colours are
incredible. Tell me about it. I love the fact that this girl could be any
girl in any country. The look on her face is so natural. We were keen
with this show that we would see inside lives that were not just on
the news in war zones. The real positivity and creativity and
hopefulness. Responding to an open call, artists from across the world
submitted work via e-mail. They cannot travel to the UK due to
political unrest and immigration conditions but their work can. We
can work with partners all over the world in a way that we had not been
able to. This piece is clever. It is by an Iranian artist. He's admitted
the instructions for the sculpture to be printed, via e-mail, and here
I can see it being created from the other side of the world. People
wrote down their thoughts on their environment and their culture.
Visitors here are asked to do the same and the notes are displayed. It
is an idea by an artist. How does it feel to have your work displayed in
the UK even though you cannot be here? It is great feeling. If you're
artwork is in a different country, you've heard about, there is artwork
from Henry Moore, it will be a great feeling. And that feeling history at
3000 miles away in Yorkshire. It's fantastic, is showing art where we
can't access it. These pieces here, you have the contrast of the
conflict and European Western culture. I think those two pieces
are quite symbolic. It is hoped this will be the first of many
exhibitions where ideas and art can travel even if people cannot.
And it is open until the 5th of March.
What do you do when your polar bear needs his teeth checked?
Yes, it was a big operation for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
when Victor had a visit from the dentist.
They needed five vets, 11 rangers, and 11 Fire Service staff
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Very foggy this morning. In the first picture you can see a bit of
Mr Ness. A pretty nice morning. Then you can see a bit of missed in the
field. It has been very foggy and in some places it has not lifted all
day. We'll so had a widespread frost. I don't think there will be
as much fog or frost as we go into tomorrow. Keep the pictures coming
in. Not as many problems with frost or fog this coming night.
Brightening up with some sunshine after a bit of a grey start
tomorrow. Through the afternoon we will see cloud increasing. It will
get chilly over the next few days. On Thursday the breeze off the
continent will make it very cold. Temperatures in some places will
struggle to get above two or three degrees. This afternoon we seen some
misty nurse and foggy lingering. Elsewhere more cloud has spread
across and we could get more misty nurse in the short time but apart
from the Vale of York there will be too much breeze that any problems
like that. Perhaps even a little drizzle across the Dales. Otherwise
dry night to come. Temperatures to freezing. A little cooler than this
as we go through the next few hours. The sun will rise in the morning
just after eight o'clock. Will start the day with a mixture, a bit of
cloud but some brighter spells developing for a time at least,
across north and west Yorkshire, before this thick cloud spreads
across. First into South and East Yorkshire before spreading westwards
across the rest of the region. The West and North will hang on to the
best of the brightness. Temperatures will get up to four or 5 degrees
under the cloud. Don't forget, Our Dancing Town -
based in Huddersfield this week - That's it from us. We'll be back as
part of the ten o'clock News. Hope you can join us then. By both an