24/01/2017 Look North (Yorkshire)


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Good evening and welcome to the late Look North.

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Tonight: Fighting Yorkshire's biggest cause of premature deaths -

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more than ?5 million is to be spent on the UK's biggest ever lung cancer

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How the internet's bringing work from war-torn countries

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Some sunshine through tomorrow and a much colder day on Thursday. I will

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have the full forecast later in the programme.

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The UK's largest lung cancer screening trial is to be

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The ?5 million project hopes to increase early diagnosis

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Nationally, breast cancer and prostate cancer are more common,

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but in Yorkshire lung cancer affects most people, with around 4,500

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Survival chances are low, and the disease claims

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Now funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research is to be used to target

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parts of Leeds where most people are at risk.

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I go for another checkup tomorrow, I have another CT scan tomorrow.

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68-year-old Val Sykes from Leeds found out she had

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lung cancer last year, and that was quite by accident.

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A former smoker, who hadn't had a cigarette in 20 years,

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she actually went to the GP after straining her chest helping

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As a precaution, she was sent to hospital for an X-ray.

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It was there doctors saw a nodule on her lung.

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Val then had an operation to remove it.

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So it was quite a shock when they did find it and

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Val is very lucky, but her case is unusual.

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Lung cancer is so common and serious because there are usually no signs

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or symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

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In fact, you could have a large tumour with no pain at all.

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But now, here in Leeds, they are launching a multi-million

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pound investment in screening, which they hope will

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At the moment, you're screened using a CT scanner in hospital,

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but this ?5 million project will take the scanner

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Similar to the ones used to detect breast cancer,

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the lung cancer vans will be about the size of a single-decker

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The project is being led by Dr Matt Callister.

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The target age for our study will be people between the ages of 55 and 80

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who have ever smoked, either current smokers or smokers

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That's because 86% of lung cancers are caused by smoking,

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and Yorkshire has one of the highest rates in England.

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We know that by screening patients we can pick up cancer

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at a much earlier stage, when it is hopefully suitable

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for curative treatment, either with surgery

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If it is successful it could become a national screening programme,

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then more people like Val will be diagnosed before it's too late.

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Well, a short time ago I spoke to Dr Kathryn Scott,

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who's the interim chief executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research

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and I began by asking her what kind of work was done before this

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This room that I'm standing in now was full of experts in lung cancer

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and in early diagnosis, and we brought them all

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together and we said, "OK, we are a charity here in Yorkshire,

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we are here for the people of Yorkshire, what biggest things

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could we do to have the maximum impact in lung cancer?"

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So you decided to invest ?5 million in Yorkshire.

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So those are donations from the people of Yorkshire.

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We have got a lot of legacies left to the charity in wills.

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We have got people who do tea parties and the Great North Run,

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They do all sorts of fundraising activities for us from

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the sublime to the ridiculous, and we are so proud that we have

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That has enabled this ?5 million investment in

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How will the trial actually work then?

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So, it is going to be working with GPs based in and around Leeds,

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and it is going to be inviting people to go for a scan.

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These people are not unwell, they don't know that they have got

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anything wrong with them, but they will be in an at risk

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population and we will be putting those people in a low

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dose CT scanner on two occasions two years apart,

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and then we're going to see if we can spot those cancers early.

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When this similar study was done in the United States,

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it showed a 20% improvement in mortality rates in this

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disease that has got a very poor mortality outcome.

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So we are hoping to recapitulate that.

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We want to make sure that the people of Yorkshire get the very best

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For you, how will success look at the end of this trial?

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This charity, Yorkshire Cancer, is trying to get 2,000

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fewer deaths by 2025, and we think this CT scanner trial

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will significantly impact on that, actually within the trial.

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If the trial works, we want to be able to roll this out to everywhere,

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Dr Scott, thank you for joining me this evening.

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A mother from Penistone, whose two sons were killed by their father,

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has been to Downing Street to campaign for better

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Claire Throssell delivered a petition calling for

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the government to change the way courts handle cases involving

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She had warned the authorities that her ex-husband posed

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12-year old Jack and his 9-year old brother Paul died

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after their father Darren Sykes lured them into the attic

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No other parent should have to hold their child

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in their arms as they die, knowing it was at the hands

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of someone who should cherish and protect them the most.

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The family courts are not run in the same way as Crown Courts.

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We're not giving up on all the parents out there.

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There is always hope because without hope

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we have got nothing, and if we have got nothing,

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We're not just going to sit by and let that happen.

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So if anyone is out there and they are in despair,

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then don't because there is hope and change on the way.

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The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is renowned for showcasing art

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and sculptors from all over the world, but their latest

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exhibition is accessing art in a different way

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Work from across the Middle East and North Africa is on display.

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The artists themselves can't travel, but through the power

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I love the fact that this girl could be any girl in any country.

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We were keen with this show that we would see inside lives

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that were not just on the news in war zones.

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The real positivity and creativity and hopefulness.

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Responding to an open call, artists from across the world

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They cannot travel to the UK due to political unrest and immigration

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We can work with partners all over the world in a way

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He submitted the instructions for the sculpture to be printed,

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via e-mail, and here I can see it being created from the other

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People wrote down their thoughts on their environment

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Visitors here are asked to do the same and the notes are displayed.

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How does it feel to have your work displayed in the UK, even though

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If your artwork is in a different country you've heard about,

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there is artwork from Henry Moore, it will be a great feeling.

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And that feeling is here, 3,000 miles away in Yorkshire.

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It's fantastic, it's showing art where we can't access it.

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These pieces here, you have the contrast of the conflict

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I think those two pieces are quite symbolic.

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It is hoped this will be the first of many exhibitions

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where ideas and art can travel, even if people cannot.

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In tonight's football, some Bradford City fans faced a long

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The referee called off the Checkatrade Trophy game due

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to a frozen pitch five minutes before kick off.

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But in League One, Sheffield United lost their top of the table clash

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That's it from me. Now the weather forecast.

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I think there will be a touch of frost overnight, but not as

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widespread as last night. Even though we will have some patches of

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mist and fog, I don't think it will be to the extent it was this

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morning. Tomorrow, it will be a cloudy start, but we should see some

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sunshine across most of Yorkshire before allowed then increases again

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from the south-east. It will get colder over the next day or so,

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Thursday in particular looks chilly with a southerly breeze of the

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continent. Francis Eric Holder the moment. Dash-macro is very cold.

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Atlantic conditions will try to wind over the weekend and temperatures

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will climb. We could see some fog in places, even some dense patches, but

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not to the extent of this morning. Some drizzle possible over the days,

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but otherwise a dry story overnight, and not as cold as last night.

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Tomorrow, variable cloud to start the day with the mist and fog

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lifting. For most of us, Western North Yorkshire in particular some

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sunshine, but always the threat of cloud will stop. Temperatures

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tomorrow in the North getting to around six or 7 degrees. Very chilly

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on Thursday, and temperatures gradually climbing towards the

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weekend. Have a good evening. For all of us, it'll get colder and

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then milder again come the weekend. This shot taken earlier by a weather

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watcher in East Anglia. The fog becoming extensive over the next few

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hours in many south-eastern parts of England.

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Much, much milder, further north and

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