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Welcome to Thursday's Look North. Tonight...
Thousands turn out for the funeral of a Leeds schoolboy.
His father says he'll forgive those who stabbed his son to death.
Concerns as the new Bishop of Sheffield says no
I think the very fact that he won't ordain women himself
has the potential to give out a really negative message.
Were Sheffield tree protestors wrongly arrested?
A criminal barrister says they may have been.
And we meet the '80s pop star who's sold over 30 million records
and he's perfoming here in Leeds tonight.
Sunshine made an appearance, at least for a time today.
Join me later in the programme to find out if it's set
The family of a 16-year-old stabbed to death in Leeds last
week, have appealed for peace and forgiveness, following
Thousands turned out at the Bilal Mosque in Harehills
before attending a vigil close to the spot where he died.
A community united in grief, thousands packed the Bilal Mosque in
Harehills for the Journal of Irfan Wahid. As a friend, a brother, he
was humble, fearless, full of love. -- for the funeral of Irfan Wahid.
We have had a turnout of all old people, all groups, people from all
Trinity is showing the love for our brother, just amazing. Irfan died
from a single stab wound to the chest after he was attacked on
Harehills Lane six days ago. One boy appeared in court today charged with
murder and possession of a knife. Today however was not about
recrimination but simply a celebration of the life lived. Irfan
's family have been great. That is nothing worse than losing your child
and no worse way than losing your child in these tragic circumstances,
so that message of forgiveness which is also echoed by the Iman year at
Bilal Mosque was truly inspiring, something we can all learn from. A
message echoed at the virtual after the funeral close to where he lost
his life. Remember, if she isn't dead, he is alive in our hearts and
don't remember how he died, remember how he lived. Among those paying
their respects at today's vigil, two former teachers, who remembered him
with great fondness. He was dedicated to learning, he made
really good progress, he was an asset to the school, great community
member, really well liked by everybody and such a popular boy. I
remember that smile, but smile could change the world. And over member
ducking into the cupboard to have to laugh so I could tell him off when
he had done something naughty but he was a great kid. Great young man who
brought people together. His death is one of three fatalities in
Harehills over recent weeks, two stabbings, one shooting and three
lives lost, shaking the people who live here. Today was more than
simply saying goodbye to a popular young man with the best years ahead
of him, it was a symbol of togetherness and unbreakable
community spirit. Some lovely tribute there.
Next tonight, there's growing anger in the Sheffield Diocese
about the appointment of a new Bishop who doesn't believe
Philip North takes up his position in June, but a female vicar
says his views make the Church of England look like
a "discriminatory organisation". Heidi Tomlinson has the story.
My family are from Doncaster, my grandfather...
The Right Reverend Philip North, very soon to be
He'll be installed this summer, but the appointment has been met
with dismay by some clergy in South Yorkshire, because he
Although Bishop Philip is very clear that he stands for equality,
and wants to see women flourish and he's really clear about that,
I think the very fact that he won't ordain women himself
has the potential to give out a really negative message,
that somehow the Church of England is a discriminatory organisation.
There was a similar outcry when he was nominated
for the Bishop of Whitby, so much so that he withdrew.
It was 23 years ago that some of the first women priests
were ordained at Sheffield Cathedral.
More recently, in 2015, clergy from all over the world came
to York to witness the consecration of the first woman bishop,
Philip North was consecrated at a similar time and,
despite their differences, the two are friends.
He maintains his opinions on the ordination of women
will not hinder his working relationships in Sheffield.
He says, I understand the concerns of those who have misgivings
When Bishop Philip is installed here at Sheffield Cathedral
in June, he'll be in charge of around 70 women.
He's already held a meeting with some of them in Doncaster,
so will they be able to turn to him for advice, given his views?
In his current role as Bishop of Burnley,
Now, they praise his ability to support and include.
Some of the women were certainly quite apprehensive and I just think
that he's turned that round and I honestly think,
once the women of Sheffield work with him, they will realise how
amazing he is and their doubts will be allayed by him.
As a traditionalist, the incoming Bishop refuses
to ordain or take communion from a woman, but says
he will respect everyone and ensure all the clergy
Heidi Tomlinson, BBC Look North, Sheffield.
So what does his appointment mean for the ordination
The Reverend Canon Ian Smith sat on the panel that appointed him.
He joins us live now from St Peter Church
How do you react to this controversy, not a good advert for
the Church of England, is it? I don't think it's a bad advert for
the church of England. It says that as an organisation much of the game
we have to work with differences and this is something we've been doing
for many years. -- much of the time. And the differences are that women
are not good enough effectively to the ordained in the clergy, that is
his point, isn't it? This is the heart of it, please explain to me
how the Bishop can justify this? I think he will justify it on the
grounds that, in many churches, the tradition is women may not have such
a role. In the church of England we have accepted, we are encouraging
women to flourish at every level, including bishops, but we have made
a space for those who do not, and those people are as valued at have
as many opportunities as anyone else in the church. Does that mean...?
I'm sorry. I think Philip will be a focus of unity. That is a delay
here, I beg your pardon. Does this mean that under his tenure at women
will be ordained? -- now women. Far from it. He will be involved in the
ordination of all men and women as deacons in the Cathedral and being a
deacon is the fundamental part of our ministry, being a servant
figure, and he will be involved in all of that, involved in encouraging
for patience as he has everywhere he has worked, encouraging men and
women. Do you not accept that, if it is true that some of the attendances
at the Church of England are falling, this will not help, keeping
people from going away, maybe 50% of the population? An awful lot of
people don't attend church. Those who do can dip their toe in and
often find it is not quite what they expected, and it is much better. I
think Philip will infuser clergy into being extremely welcoming
places with a great deal of good news to share with the people of
size Yorkshire. He has a great passion for South Yorkshire,
speaking warmly by Doncaster with icons beating from now and it is
great to have a basic so positive about the area and its people. -- to
have the Bishop. What about Whitby, they did not want him, could there
be similar protests in Sheffield question I hope not. At the time and
Whitby, some of those protests were understandable and I hope people
will take the time and effort to get to know Philip as an individual. I
have only seen him once, at interviews, and he came across
exceptionally well. Everyone I speak to speaks exceptionally highly of
him when they get to know him, when they are working with them. People
who expected not to get one with pointy is one of the best supporters
they got, his pastoral care is second to none. You have already
spoken to one person who spoke so warmly of the way he has worked and
encouraged her. Reverend Canon Ian Smith, thank you, apologies again
for the delay which meant that start of the interview awkward.
Later on Look North, he's always bowled us over...
Hello, join me in a few minutes time and I'll preview
my new exhibition in the Town Hall, here in Barnsley.
How's that?! HE LAUGHS
The 15-year-old girl-accused of the murder of seven-year-old
Katie Rough in York in January has today pleaded not guilty.
Our Correspondent John Cundy was at Leeds Crown Court.
Katie Rough's family arriving at Leeds Crown Court today.
They sat in the jury area of the court
in the Woodthorpe area of York in January.
She died soon afterwards in hospital,
as an arrest was made in the community.
Earlier this week, crowds gathered outside
York Minster, where Katie's funeral was held.
The 15-year-old girl accused of the murder of Katie Rough
made a 20-minute appearance by video link to Court 5,
She can't be named for legal reasons.
Her solicitor, sitting beside her, said the girl was
pleading not guilty to the murder of Katie on January the 9th.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collins,
-- The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier,
explained the procedures of the court to the girl
and told her she'll stand trial in July.
The community of Woodthorpe, in York, was united in grief
The trial of the girl accused of her killing is expected to
John Cundy, BBC Look North, at Leeds Crown Court.
Some other news now, and a woman has been
found guilty of murder, over the death of a man
she and her partner stabbed and kicked to death.
Police say Craig Wild, who was 47, suffered around 117 separate
injuries from multiple weapons, during the attack in August.
Alison Moss and David Webster, who pled guilty at
an earlier hearing, will be sentenced tomorrow.
Planning permission for a new theme park in South Yorkshire has been
granted by Rotherham Council, subject to Secretary
It's hoped the ?37 million development on the former
Pithouse West colliery site would create more than 400 jobs.
Gullivers, the company behind the project, runs theme
Specialist cold-case detectives are to review the unsolved murder
of a wealthy West Yorkshire businessman 13 years ago today.
John Luper was asphyxiated during a raid at his home
in North Leeds by a gang of men, who got away with ?100,000 worth
His wife, daughter and family au pair were tied up
Now, it's being claimed people detained by police while protesting
about the felling of trees in Sheffield could have been
A lawyer says South Yorkshire Police should not have used legislation
in the Labour Relations Act, which is intended to be used
Two protestors are due to face trial in March after trying
to prevent council contractors cutting down trees.
Protesters were out in force again in the Nether Edge area
of Sheffield this morning, determined to stop a tree
on Chippinghouse Road being chopped down by
There was no sign of the workmen from Amey, who had planned
No sign either of South Yorkshire Police, who, in the past,
have been there to make sure protesters don't get in the way
And I'm arresting you, at...10.10. You don't have to say anything...
Two weeks ago, nine people, including two on Chippinghouse Road,
were arrested by officers, who used legislation normally
Two other protesters have already appeared in court charged
with offences under the law and will face trial in March.
Some of those arrested recently were on private land at the time,
Now, a Leeds-based barrister says he believes these arrests
are unlawful and that those arrested could sue South Yorkshire Police
He says this legislation has rarely been used.
There are certainly strong arguments that they are not
That they've not wrongfully committed any act,
which is what the test effectively is.
The last time the case in front of the Court of Appeal was someone
sitting effectively on a crane to prevent it moving
So that's the normal circumstances it would be used in.
I think that's the difficulty, to find anything upon which they can
remove the protesters, which is why I assume someone
in the force legal department has come up with this one.
South Yorkshire Police said tonight they are unable to discuss specific
cases which are now in the criminal justice system, but say ultimately
the use of the legislation outlined will be tested through the courts.
I think the police are caught in an awkward trap.
They have to enforce the law and, when you've got powerful voices
explaining at great length what they believe the law to be,
and innocent citizens who are a bit flat-footed,
I think they've got to do a complete U-turn.
The process is slow and grinding, so it's a tactic I think,
We can't question it on the day, because we go off in a van
Um, bring it up in court, and it's all it is.
CHANTING: Hey, Amey, leave our trees alane!
Late this afternoon, around 30 people gathered outside
Sheffield Town Hall to mount yet another protest, keen to show
passers-by the campaign to save for the trees
keen to show passers-by the campaign to save healthy trees
from being felled in the city goes on.
Ian White, BBC Look North, Sheffield.
Leeds United co-owner Massimo Cellino is to stay
in position at the helm of the club, for the time being at least.
His proposed ban by the Football Association has
today been suspended, whilst Cellino's appeal continues.
Cellino was due to begin a 12 month suspension,
after being found guilty of breaching the FA's
But in his appeal, he alleges that the decision was unfair
It's been a very busy day down at Huddersfield Town today.
It's been like that all week, actually!
Reporters from all over Europe have been gathering to see how
the Terriers' are preparing to tackle mighty Manchester City
And it turns out that one of Huddersfield's key players
is hoping to face one of his personal heroes
you know, one of my idols for a long time.
It'll be nice to play against him, but that's not the focus.
I'm just going to go in there and play like I normally do.
If I play, it doesn't matter who we play against, really.
We're all looking forward to it, but it's9 going to be great and,
We're all looking forward to it, but it's going to be great and,
now, just going to see how... test us how far we've come
this season, I think, in this game, but it's going to be good.
And I will be talking to David Wagner, the manager, tomorrow on
Look North. Our next guest needs
little introduction. Marc Almond has sold more
than 30 million records worldwide. He shot to fame when Soft Cell -
the duo he formed with fellow Leeds Polytechnic student David Ball
- had a huge global hit That was just the start of a string
of successful singles and albums. And tonight, he's performing
in a concert with students at the Leeds College of Music
for Radio Leeds. The rehearsals are going
fantastic, actually. It's a real treat to work with such
a great collective of musicians from the Leeds Music College
and a great... You know, ex-students,
current students, some new faces, people I've worked with before,
some people I haven't worked with before, and it's always a real
special to come up and see them Treat to work with some
of the arrangements and things and get some songs that I really
love to sing with a great collection Now, you've worked some huge
venues over the years, but this is quite an intimate
performance, isn't it? Well, I've actually worked
all kinds of venues, really. For me, you know, I like doing
intimate places, because then it's a kind of good test
of you as a singer and as a performer, to actually
see your audience and to face them, but as you say,
I've played kind of big places, I've played small places,
to 100 people, to 20,100 people! I mean, the levels of kind of stress
are a bit different and the kind of, I do get a little bit of stage
fright occasionally, on things when I'm out of my comfort zone,
but I really enjoy it. I love things that challenge me,
I love doing different things and new things and this is like,
um, to come and work You're fresh from rehearsals?
Yeah. Shall we take a look at what's
been happening just next door? # Try to avoid her eyes
To avoid her words # They can hit you
with all that you feel! # He's searching
She's showing # See him held in a deep deep spell
He knows she's glowing! # And I can find within my mind
a way to go # And I can look deep
into your light and shout # Hold me, hold me,
hold me, hold me, hold me!# And obviously, it must be great
to be back in Leeds. It's your musical home,
really, isn't it? Well, it is a musical home for me.
It feels like a second home. This is where I kind of started.
This is where Soft Cell started. I was here at the Art College
and it's kind of always coming back here and I seem to have been
here so many times over the past two years, working
with the students at the college. I've been here doing
a couple of shows on my own. I don't think I've been in Leeds
so much over the past kind of ten And whenever I come back,
it was a great kind of feeling. I know Leeds has changed a lot
and it's a much bigger city than it was and things have changed
and moved about a bit, but I always get this
great kind of feeling, when I come back, but this
is my kind of musical home. So to come back and work
with the students feels like coming home and I think the students
and I, since I've worked with them for the first time -
we started working together last year - I feel that we are on this
musical journey now and I think it will be a kind of regular date that
I think we'll do something together. You've got a new album
coming out and a tour. How can you possibly
pick those best songs? The tour in March,
going with the album, is just going to be hits and singles
- that's what it says on the can. Hits and singles, some big ones,
some not so big ones, some ones that I just personally
like that haven't been such big So, um, it's a real kind of up show,
I think, and then I'll probably something a bit different of it
later on in the year. A bit of a different thing.
Fantastic. Well, I've certainly grown
up listening to you, as have most of the newsroom
when I was talking downstairs - the producer and the new
broadcast journalist... I feel really, really old now!
We all lose your music! I feel really, really old now!
We all love your music! Well, good luck tonight.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much, cheers! And you can listen to that concert
at nine o'clock on Saturday An exhibition celebrating
the achievements of Yorkshire cricket legend Dickie Bird
officially opens tomorrow. The display at Experience Barnsley
follows Dickie's life as the footballing son of a miner
to becoming one of the world's most I've been to see Dickie
and the display. And it seems he's been
part of my life ever since I began on Look North.
I've done documentaries about him. LIKE DAVID ATTENBOROUGH:
Its distinctive behaviour and plumage is spotted
throughout the world. And this unusual Bird
attracts universal respect. There have been times when he's had
to peg me back and he's done I think he's looking at you now,
actually, as if to say... I tell you, the man's unbelievable.
Look at him! He's got to be in everything!
LAUGHTER. And now, his own
exhibition in Barnsley. I tell you what, Dickie,
that brings back some memories, eh? This Is Your Life?
Aw, wonderful memories. They came from all over
the world for me. Prime ministers, great
cricketers and, at the end, who came on the show was the great
Garfield Sobers - the greatest player.
You cried as well, didn't you? The bag, tell me about
the Dickie Bird bag. I've had that years,
I had that years when I was umpire and it's a leather, made of real
leather, and it was made by a firm in Albany St Peter's
and that bag's still going, I think this must give you
such pride, this exhibition. Oh, hang on, I must get
the old cap on Dickie! You've lost a few of
these, haven't you? Before a West Indies Test series
started, I used to have a big box I had to make it, because the worst
thing is the supporters used to come Medals, you've got so many.
Yeah, I've so many medals. I did three World Cup finals,
all the finals that I did all over the world, I got a medal,
so I've got medals all over You must feel so chuffed?
Oh, I do feel... Especially my hometown
and this exhibition. And I know the people will enjoy it
and I feel very proud. And the preview is tomorrow
night at six o'clock? Steve Dennison, the chairman
of Yorkshire, is going to open it for you.
Yeah. But it gets underway on Saturday.
It's not to be missed. And there's still an awful
lot of work to be done by these lovely ladies here.
Get working, you two! Come on, get cracking!
Look at all the medals! All the medals, look at this one!
All the medals, Harry! Good old boy. He took off four of
those sweaters, I remember that documentary, because it was
so-called, it was April at the time. I'm amazed they find the room big
enough for all that stuff. What about winter woollies? Will we
need them? No, it will be very mild,
potentially mid teens, I felt warm today, it is only going to get
males. Let's look at some of your pictures coming through, -- it is
going to get mild. That grand Hotel. Devil sunshine in Scarborough
tomorrow. And some lovely reflections in the water. Again,
some sunshine tomorrow. Keep your pictures coming in. Or you can send
me a tweet. And Harry is right there will be
mild weather, particularly the weekend. Tomorrow, a lot of dry
weather, mainly eastern parts in the morning. The yellow one here, that
is the milder air, and will get more orange into the weekend. Into double
figures potentially by next week. Temperatures in the mid for eastern
parts. Some broken cloud not producing too many showers. Most
dying away. Some drizzle continuing across the hills, some mist and murk
year, and more cloud across western and south-western parts. And
temperatures will drop to the coolest here. Maybe even a touch of
frost towards the North York Moors by dawn. The sun will rise in the
morning at 7.22, setting again at almost 20 past five. And the next
high water... We start tomorrow with a south West,
North East split, some drizzle over the hills, more cloud here, but in
the East a lovely start. You can see the cloud steadily moving eastwards,
most places have been quite a lot of cloud later, but it will be dry
across the Pennines. Temperatures tomorrow, more less all places
getting into double figures. Up to around 10 degrees, which is 55 and
hey, maybe even higher than that over the weekend. For the weekend,
-- 55 Fahrenheit. For the weekend, dry weather, most of the region
overnight Saturday into Sunday. Thank you very much. Good luck with
the update later. With the extended late News. And we will see you
tomorrow. Goodbye. Goodbye.