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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
A warning about elderly people losing their life savings
to a growing army of scammers in Lincolnshire and the
It's become an addiction, he's now in the state where every day,
he's out at the front of the house, three or four times
After the sacking of Mike Phelan, the search for a new head coach
The crew accused of running a cocaine smuggling operation
They refused to pay for permits, now residents in Grimsby
complain they can't park outside their own homes.
If you move, you can't come back in the street.
And the new pilots who say they're living their childhood dream
I called 24-hour to convert all change on Friday, join me for the --
a cold 24 hours to come but all change on Friday, join me for the
forecast. There are warnings that thousands
of people in Lincolnshire, many of them elderly,
could lose their savings and even their homes because they're
being targeted by postal The number of people in the County
who've fallen victim has risen by almost 50% to more than 2,000
in the last year alone. Trading Standards say it's
becoming a huge problem, especially for the elderly,
the vulnerable and the lonely. Our Political reporter
Sharon Edwards has more. Bogus lotteries, fake psychics,
Kate Cifildi from Spalding says her You fill in an order form
and you send them money. Then they tell you that
you are going to go into a draw. He is now in the state
where every day he is out at the front of the house,
three or four times The gentleman in receipt of this
mail has been known to get up He like many others has
found himself on a list being passed between fraudsters,
a list of people particularly vulnerable and it just results
in more and more mail. Over the past year Trading Standards
in Lincolnshire has been working to a list of 1,500 identified
victims of mail marketing scams. But during that time the list has
grown to more than 2,000. That includes those targeted over
the Internet and telephone. Some are spending up
to ?700 a month. But they say these figures
are the tip of the iceberg and are visiting victims to try
and get them to stop. Ultimately, people can end
up without any money, without their home, in care and it
does happen in Lincolnshire. This man's mother, also
living in Lincolnshire, has been scammed and he is calling
for a bigger police response. The police have got to accept
that this is a major crime. Each ?15, ?20, ?30 cheque
is a tiny amount of money in the police's terms,
I understand that. Actually when you add all this lot
together this is happening 9.4 billion going out
of the country. That's going towards trafficking,
towards drugs, towards terrorism. These scams are orchestrated
by gangs of criminals often working abroad but the individual
impact is huge. Joining me now is Marilyn Baldwin,
whose mother Jessica She is joining us now, good evening.
Good evening. You have had first-hand experience about this,
how dangerous is it? It is very dangerous and very serious and very
endemic. My mother was picked him and was targeted by postal fraud 15
years ago, -- she was a victim, she spent the last five years of her
life reading, writing and responding to scams. She became so brainwashed
that the family could not make a see reason. She was not diagnosed with
having any mental incapacity and she continued to be scammed until she
died. Is it unfair to call this almost an addiction? It is not an
addiction because what these criminals are doing is they are
posing as a whole host of additional characters, some of the scams are
clairvoyant scams, they are threatening harm to the family. It
is not an addiction if someone is sending them money every week to
protect themselves. So why do you think so many people are falling
prey to these? The old saying is, if it looks too good to be true, it
probably is, and I'm surprised that people do not pick up on that.
Modern technology has made mailing lists readily available to
everybody, and these criminals will work from mailing lists that
categorise people as being elderly or vulnerable in some way, living on
their own breed, so they know exactly who they are going for. They
are -- living on their own or bereaved, they know they are going
to people who are overly trusting or who are in the early stage of
dementia. These crimes are silent because most people do not recognise
they are being scammed. Advice of people who think they are being
scammed, or think their parents may be being scammed, is what? The first
point of call is trading standards, they are doing some fantastic work
around scams, but in the long-term, the government needs to recognise
the scale of the problem that it is, and get help for victims who, like
my mother, cannot recognise they are being scammed even though they are
accessing all the help available to them.
Less than 24 hours after sacking Head Coach Mike Phelan, Hull City
could be about to replace him with their first
The club say they hope to have the new man in place
Phelan was dismissed after almost three months in the job,
following a dismal set of results which has seen them fall
Our Sports Reporter Matt Dean is at the KCOM Stadium.
Good evening, well, given that table position of Hull city and the fact
they have gone eight games without a win, probably not. But performances
have been good recently, but the team's inability to match the
performances with points of Medlycott Mike Phelan his job last
night. -- ultimately cost Mike Phelan his job.
Nobody has won in this, nobody has won whatsoever.
Everyone in the city of Hull has had a feeling
Including the club's greatest ever captain.
They've made a decision on results, and it's a results business.
I think he had the backing of the changing room
I think the lads liked him, I think morale was pretty good,
even though they'd been struggling for results.
So a difficult one to take, really, for all the fans.
But ultimately he's been sacked, he's got to move forward.
The signings he got at the end of August weren't earth-shattering.
He spent the budget, none of those players have
So the decision to sack him now just reflects badly on the owners,
because they appointed him in the first place and
they haven't backed him in the transfer market at all.
In almost two years at the club, Mike Phelan's time
Appointing in February 2015, as Steve Bruce's assistant,
he was placed in temporary charge in July after Bruce resigned
after the club's return to the Premier League.
In August, a shock start with three wins in league and cup saw Phelan
Before he was eventually confirmed as head coach in October.
But their winless run by the turn of the year brought his time
at the club to an end, sparking speculation today
The former Olympiakos boss Marco Silva has emerged
as a strong favourite, whilst the firm former Birmingham
city manager Gary Rowett had been linked earlier today,
but there has been no approach for his services.
One football expert thinks it'll take more than a change of head
coach to keep Hull City in the Premier League.
Managerial change tends not to really make too
much of a difference, particularly when they have
the control of the dressing room which I think is the case
So they need to make some really smart decisions about how they might
strengthen the squad in January, probably need to be gambling
a little bit and spending 30, maybe even ?40 million to strengthen
the squad because the benefit of retaining your Premier League
It remains to be seen if any money is made available
The club says they hope to make an appointment ahead of the weekend.
In the last hour and a half, the vice-chairman of Hull city has
issued a statement by the club's website, saying that after a great
amount of consideration, they took the decision to part company with
Mike Phelan. He says, we sit bottom of the Premier League table and I
thought now was the right time to give this club and squad of players
fresh approach and a chance to retain its Premier League status.
BBC radio Humberside are debating this right now.
Let us know what you think of this story.
Have the owners of Hull City made the right decision
Marco Silva is already installed as the bookies'
A court has heard how a former P crew member bragged to an undercover
officer that he'd earned ?100,000 from smuggling cocaine
The jury was told how Edward Tron planned to adapt a high visibility
Kate Sweeting has been at Hull crown court.
The court heard how 51-year-old Edward Tron described his life as a
dream when he was earning more than ?100,000 allegedly smuggling cocaine
into the UK on the pride of Hull from Rotterdam. The jury was played
in secret filming from inside and undercover officer's car in which
Edward Tron allegedly confesses to repeatedly smuggling drugs. The
court heard that he was earning ?30,000 as ship steward, but that he
banked ?138,000 in four years, and it is claimed these were the
proceeds of smuggling cocaine which he simply walked off the ferry with,
unchecked by customs officers. He is on trial along with another former
P employee, Mark Quilliam, seen here covering his face. The two are
at queues to conspiring to import cocaine. Edward Tron's wife, Susan,
is also a on trial for laundering her husband's money. All three deny
the charges and the trial continues. Northern train staff are to vote
on taking strike action Rail union the RMT says
they received a lower pay offer than those working in other areas
of the rail industry. Northern, which runs
services through our area, says it's offered workers
a guaranteed, above inflation, pay rise over the next
three or four years, and is disappointed
by the union's reaction. An order to house poultry
indoors has been extended It came into force last month
following an outbreak of bird flu Last month, thousands of turkeys
either died or had to be culled after the disease was found
at Austen Fen Farm near Louth. People living in Grimsby say parking
on the streets where they live has A group of householders in Grimsby
has said ?80 to pay for parking is too much. They claim there is
nowhere for them to park and the opening of a new office development
will make things worse. Christine has lived in this
street near Grimsby town She's now got a problem,
though, parking. The problem started after the cost
of residence permits was hiked from ?15 to ?80 in 2013,
so streets like these rejected them. Since we lost our permits,
when the ?80 increase If you move, you can't
come back in the street. You can't park, people
won't want to come and live here. It's difficult for elderly people,
it's difficult for young families, difficult to bring your shopping
home. That ?80 price tag in
North East Lincolnshire is more than the ?52 charged
for a residents' permit in Lincoln, Some in Grimsby now feel
priced out of permits, just as local business developments
like the prominent Cartergate People are deciding, well,
we don't want to pay for car parking spaces,
we'll park in residence areas, that means residents have
problems getting in and out, I would like to see people get
back their parking space scheme, but only pay a reduced rate similar
to what it was in the past. North East Lincolnshire Council sent
us a statement saying the Cartergate development is very important
for Lincoln's economy, and saying there is plenty
of parking available in the area. It told us, though, that nobody
has the right to park outside their own home,
although there is still a residence only parking permit scheme available
if people want to apply for it. It says the old scheme, though,
had become unaffordable as it was highly subsidised,
which is why the pricing These residents say
that's not good enough. They want a cheap rate
for parking where they live. This is another story
we'd like your views on. Do you have sympathy
with the people who live around They want the right to park
on their own street but they say ?85 There is the e-mail and the text
number, and if you have a story that you think we should know about, let
us know. Still ahead tonight:
Could beavers make a return And the pilots who say they're
living their childhood dream Keep your photos coming in,
tonight's is from messing. Another photo tomorrow night. Even you
should not show a weather graphics with a picture of Christmas Eve when
it is not Christmas Eve, even you are not that bad. I saw that and I
thought, I bet you would not to a have a go at Keeley like you would
at me! Cold and frosty tonight, a few
showers in coastal areas, a bit of a wintry flavour. It is says they's
chart, a ridge of high pressure, for many of us, it looks like a fine and
sunny day. All change on Friday as the Atlantic winds come through and
we see cloud and rain and wind coming in from the West. The latest
satellite picture shows you where the wind is coming from, it is
northerly, pulling the clouds down from the north, and I think the
skies in eastern parts will be quite cloudy at first night. That is thick
enough to produce a few showers. A little bit of wintry mess if those
showers clip into Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the main problem in
eastern parts will be that of ice. Further west, widespread frost,
rural temperatures down to minus three degrees.
Tomorrow morning, one or two showers possible along the coast, running
into Norfolk. Elsewhere a lovely start, the wind will become light
and variable so many of us will see clear blue skies, especially as we
head through the course of the afternoon. Temperatures struggling,
maximum temperatures tomorrow around for Celsius, 39 Fahrenheit. We will
quickly go back into our frost tomorrow night evening. It turns wet
and windy from the West over Friday, mildly at the weekend, cloudy and
dry, nine or mildly at the weekend, cloudy and
dry, nine or 10 degrees. Lots of people told me that you were filming
around the corner from my flat but you never said hello. I think you
had another appointment. The line has gone dead! See you tomorrow.
Centuries ago they were a common site in the British countryside,
but the beaver was hunted to extinction.
Now it's being reintroduced in parts of Scotland,
But could it ever return to Yorkshire and to Beverley
which gets its name from the furry mammal?
Our Environment Correspondent Paul Murphy has been to investigate.
New projects in Devon and Scotland have reintroduced this
The beaver was once a familiar sight on the lakes and rivers
of East Yorkshire, thriving in their thousands
By the 16th century they had been hunted to extinction,
This was a commercial fish farm, it had 90 ponds across the site.
East Yorkshire wildlife expert Jon Traill has his doubts
that the creature would survive if it was returned to the county
East Yorkshire, indeed, did have beavers but you need
When they were here, we are talking a long, long time ago.
The landscape of East Yorkshire was vastly different to today.
There are still some areas of East Yorkshire that
have that relic habitat, and we're here on our nature
reserve, and we're trying to recreate habitats like this
wetland, but the big thing that would be a limiting factor
for beavers in East Yorkshire is the lack of woodland.
This wooded corner called Burton Bushes is all that is left
of a woodland that once surrounded Beverley.
The trees were used for shipbuilding and for housing and so the beaver
lost its habitat, even here in the town which
Beverley-based historian Barbara English says hunting
also played a big part in the beavers' demise.
All through the Middle Ages they used some sort
of special scent gland stuff that they got from beavers.
They used it for medicine and later on for cosmetics and also beaver
fur was very desirable because it was a large
The reintroduced beaver continues to thrive in parts of the country
But after a 500-year absence, it's return
A stranded seal pup's been rescued on the banks of the Humber.
The underweight seal was rescued from Victoria Dock with help
from Humberside Fire and Rescue and the RSPCA.
Works from some of the world's most prominent artists are on display
at the University of Hull as part of the City of Culture year.
Lines of Thought, in partnership with the British Museum,
will feature 70 drawings spanning 500 years.
The exhibition can be seen free of charge until the end of February.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch after we told
you about the disappointment expressed after Johnny Johnson,
the last surviving British veteran of the Dambusters was ignored
There have been calls for him to be knighted for his role in the raids
which flew out of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and
Campaigners have written to the Prime Minister
I shall feel honoured if I do get it.
It won't be just for me, it won't be for me at all.
It will be for the squadron, and for the, those who gave
We had a lots of comments on this, here are just a few.
We will continue to follow that story and if there are any
developers, we will let you know. The two newest Red Arrows pilots say
that flying the famous jets Flight Lieutenants Toby Keeley
and Dan Lowes have just started their winter training at RAF
Scampton, alongside Flight Lieutenant Chris Lyndon-Smith
who has re-joined the team. The Red Arrows, back training in the
skies above Lincolnshire. And flying the famous jets, two new pilots, and
one who has been here before. I have always wanted to come back but
normally that is not possible. But with the red arrows doing a tour to
the Far East, and promoting British industry, they have cut short the
training period that it made sense to help out the training. The team
is known for its breathtaking stunts at high speed, as this footage from
their recent overseas tour shows. How do the newest recruits feel
about learning to do this? This is the first time we have had a go at
it, if today was our first time and today was our first time as a four
so you have got the wake of spontaneity making sure you were in
a right place at the other aircraft. It is fantastic, to see the aircraft
next see with smoke on comedy dream come true. Flying my first will be
incredible, and then getting my red suit and getting to the British
public, I cannot wait to be on the road during the summer. They appear
at the country's biggest events, like last summer's National Armed
Forces Day in Cleethorpes. 2017 is inspected to be another busy year.
As well as a packed schedule of displayed, it is hoped they are
performing here at RAF 's captain, home to Lincolnshire's new airshow
which are taking place in September. But first the team will go through
months of training before they earn the right to wear their red suits
ready for summer shows. Good luck for their new season and
we will get plenty of pictures during the course of the year. When
it was announced, it seemed like a long time ago, but the airshow is
actually this year in Lincolnshire, looking forward to that.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
Britain's top EU diplomat launches a stinging attack on government
A warning about elderly people losing their life
savings to a growing army of scammers in Lincolnshire.
Tomorrow's weather, any coastal showers soon dying out,
We were talking about the sacking of Mike Phelan, as the head coach of
Hull city, and the response coming in, Simon says, I am gutted, he was
a legend, I will always be a Hull city supporter. And Elliott says,
why do clubs sack managers? It is not the manager playing on the
pitch, it is the players, and this one says, they should have sorted
this out before Mike Phelan was left with a skeleton squad. He tried his
best for the club without much support. This is only going to make
the anti-donor protest stronger now. I have heard that -- anti-- owner
protest stronger. This one says, Hull city have no chance of
remaining in the Premier League unless some serious money is spent
on players immediately. But then again, no quality play would place a
Hull city as they would be relegated this year. A slightly depressing one
there from David. Finally, Robin is in West Hull, she says, if they
purport Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp, we would still be in trouble.
The owners need to buy themselves out of trouble. The squad is not
good enough, just spend, spend, spend. That is it from me, join me
at 10:30pm. as he explores Naples,
Venice and Florence. It's like we're walking through
a giant's armpit. We can follow the escape route