18/01/2017 Look North (Yorkshire)


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Tonight the verdict on the Prime Minister's exit Strang. Join me now

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on BBC Two. Good evening and welcome

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to the late Look North. Tonight: Yorkshire Bank announces

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its biggest closure plan ever - with 18 branches due to

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shut in our region. Yorkshire is a hot spot

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for dog fighting in the UK, the illegal practice

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leaves its victims horribly maimed. The quiet and cloudy conditions look

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set to continue but of hope through the weekend. Join me live for the

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updated forecast. A glimmer of hope. Yorkshire Bank has announced

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its biggest closure plan ever - which will see the number

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of branches reduced by a third. The company says it's in response

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to a rise in online banking. 18 of the branches

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are in our region. It means that a total

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of 200 jobs are at risk. Our business correspondent

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Danni Hewson joins us live from the former

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headquarters in Leeds. As you say this is the biggest

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branch closure plan the bank has ever carried out and will seek the

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number of branches cut by one third, taking them to under 100. It is the

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latest in a series of changes for the bank first established in

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Halifax in 1859. Two years ago it demerged from their parent company

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when a buyer could not be found the Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank group

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was floated on the stock market and just last year a smaller series of

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branch closures was implemented. Bring us up to date. What is the

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reason behind it? It is down to the fact more of us are doing internet

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banking and in a statement tonight Yorkshire Bank said the changes will

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help customers to interact with them whenever and however they want. Many

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other banks have done some of restructuring but that is of no

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comfort to the 200 staff now faced with redundancy and Unite said not

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all customers want digital. There is a significant proportion

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of society who do not want internet banking, do not want to do banking

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on the telephone and who actually need and value face-to-face customer

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service and we believe the industry, an industry that, let's not forget,

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was bailed out by the British taxpayer to the tune of tens

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of billions of pounds less than a decade ago, has a responsibility to

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ensure people have retail banking in What will it mean to the customers?

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It will leave some places without a bag altogether, the particular issue

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for rural areas and in some cases it is 20 miles to the needed branch.

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The closures are right across the region and all will be gone by the

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end of the year. The bank says customers will be given 12 weeks

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notice of branch closures and they will help them find alternate ways

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of managing their money. Next tonight - it's a barbaric

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and illegal sport which leaves its victims horrifically injured,

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but according to the RSCPA dog fighting is still

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rife here in Yorkshire. Rescue centres say the dogs'

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injuries are heartbreaking - some have been used in fights,

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others have been stolen Human entertainment

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at the expense of animals. The underground world of dog

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fighting is vicious and bloody, but believe it or not scenes

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like these are heartbreakingly Meet Brian, a dog lover who knows

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all too well the devastating effects He has actually got injuries,

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as you can see, to his face, around his neck, this is the place

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where the dog had attacked another Benji is not aggressive

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and that is why he would have been used as bait, to test other dog's

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fighting instincts without being We have seen several cases over

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the years and with dogfighting quite often it is done by individuals that

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are fighting them It makes me very sad to think people

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can treat any dog bad, but a dog that is as beautiful

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in temperaments as Benji it just... You cannot believe

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a person would do that. In North Yorkshire the RSPCA

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received 77 calls about fights In South Yorkshire

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the figure is much higher, In west Yorkshire there were over

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300 calls in ten years. Both West and South Yorkshire

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are in the top five areas for the number of calls in the whole

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England. But it's not just dogs,

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it is thought these kittens found in Bradford last year were also

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used as bait. They are coloured in so people can

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bet on which one will die first. It was horrendous and

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it was thinking, like, those cats were probably minutes

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away from being ripped to shreds. Dogfights are illegal and you can

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get up to six months in jail for being involved in one,

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but the RSPCA says that is not enough to help animals

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like these from being harmed. Luckily, Smurf and Trek have

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now found a happy home. The Department for Rural Affairs say

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they share the public's regard for animal welfare,

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but at the moment this is a sport that's popularity is plain to see,

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its presence in Yorkshire's In other news, a murder

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investigation's underway in Halifax after a man died

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following an attack. He was found fatally injured

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at a house in Athol Close Two men, aged 33 and

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25, are in custody. A post-mortem examination has

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concluded that the teenager whose body was found in an alleyway

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in Dinnington on Monday died Leonne Weeks' family have

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released a statement saying they are devastated at the loss

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of a beautiful daughter and sister. An 18-year-old man has been arrested

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on suspicion of murder Pupils at Leonne's school have

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been getting special support. Leonne was a lovely,

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lively girl, some people who knew her knew the other side

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to her, that she had an effervescent one of the things that is probably

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most significant about her is she was a truly loyal friend and truly

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loyal to her family. A man from Wetherby has won

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a victory for disabled travellers Five years ago Doug Paulley couldn't

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get on a bus because a woman wouldn't move her pushchair out

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of the way of the wheelchair space. He took the fight all the way

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through the courts, and now bus drivers will have to do

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more to prevent people blocking The bus drivers union,

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Unite, has asked for more If Doug tomorrow gets on a bus

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and is refused access because the driver does not require

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someone to fold their buggy, then Doug is entitled to damages,

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and so is every other disabled service user trying

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to access that service. It is a matter for First

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whether they change that policy, or any other bus company

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across the country, but if they do not they find it

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will be a very expensive problem In North Yorkshire, firefighters

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have been sent home without pay because of a dispute over

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new style fire appliances. The vehicles are called TRVs

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and some firefighters in Scarborough This is the new tactical

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response vehicle now Scarborough is the first place

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in the country to have one and it is already

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at the centre of controversy. The Fire Brigade Union

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says it should be manned by four firefighters,

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North Yorkshire Fire Service said it only wants three

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firefighters crewing it. When union members refused to staff

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it on Monday bosses sent the men One of the firefighters who refused

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to crew this tactical response vehicle was actually the only

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firefighter on shift qualified to operate this

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aerial ladder platform. That meant this vehicle was then put

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out of action and the nearest aerial ladder platform was 25 minutes away

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and would have to come The union claims the new vehicles

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are not adequately staffed On Monday in Scarborough

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we had a situation created by the Chief Fire Officer

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which meant that people and the public of Scarborough

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were down to one fire engine and did not have any high-rise

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rescue capability when our members were at work prepared to ride them

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with sufficient numbers. We are at the point now

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where if staff are unwilling to ride them they are unfortunately

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in breach of contract and we will continue to send

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them home without pay If they refuse to ride

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in the tactical response vehicles then there is no other word

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for them to do. The other fire engine

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at Scarborough was fully crewed, so it is not like we have another

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response vehicle for them to crew, so until they are able to fulfil

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the contract that will continue The new vehicles and crewing

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arrangements are to be introduced Meanwhile, the dispute shows no

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sign of being resolved And now trying to catch up with the

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weather. Very grey And now trying to catch up with the

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weather. Very grey and very boring. There will be some brightness later

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on. Tomorrow is mostly dry and cloudy with high-pressure dominating

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our weather and subtle changes through the weekend. Hopefully we

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will see some breaks materialising late on Saturday and especially on

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Sunday. The main story is a lot of fine weather. Some drizzle showing

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up on the picture and some mess over the hills. But it is frost free will

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stop so for Thursday it is cloudy and a bit damp at first, otherwise

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in other dry and nondescript day with a lot of cloud and perhaps a

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bit of brightness. The light and variable breeze and top temperatures

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of eight Celsius. Thursday evening, and Thursday night, cloudy, mostly

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dry, some drizzle in places, light and variable breeze and frost free.

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Further ahead, Friday is again cloudy but mostly dry, so this

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Saturday but subtle changes in the wind direction might encourage some

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breaks. Early next week it is settled and eventually by the end of

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next week we get more wet and windy weather back.

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next few days, no great changes over the next few days, more sunshine on

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the way. Despite high-pressure sitting across

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the country so only slow changes in the weather, we have had a variety

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of different weathers, for example this beautiful sunset in Southampton

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which was shared by a Weather Watcher, but grey and misty in Derby

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thanks to an awful lot of cloud around and very little deviation by

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day or night from the rather grey routine.

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That is because we have a weather front, albeit very weak and very

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little

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