06/01/2014 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Chris Jackson meets the woman who survived a fall from a North Sea ferry. Keeley Donovan reports on the efforts to improve the fortunes of a heritage railway.

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Welcome to a new series of Inside Out. Tonight we are in Sheffield.


Good evening. Welcome to Inside Out. Tonight as the New Year opens up the


borders to immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania, we sent a pellet to


Sheffield, where people are struggling to get on with their


neighbours. The way things are, they are dumping rubbish and it makes you


almost not want to say that you live here.


Also tonight, we hear the extraordinary story of the woman who


fell from the North Sea ferry. And we jump aboard the steam railway


trying to stay in business. Since the start of the New Year,


Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been unable to travel to the UK for


work. Immigration has caused tension in places like Boston in


Lincolnshire, close to where the poet lives. He has been meeting


people here in Sheffield where and influx of Roma people is causing


friction with the local population. Even if a Roma person has a tie made


of gold the Roma is a dirty gypsy and should go and get lost.


Six, seven, eight years ago we were winning Britain In Bloom awards...


Do you think we would? You look back and think; in


retrospect I probably wouldn't have said that.


When my parents arrived in Britain from the Caribbean s this is where


they first settled. It was number 22 Clun Street in the Burngreave area


of Sheffield. It's long since been knocked down. But for the fact my


mum got a job in the health service 90 miles away I'd have been born a


Yorkshireman and not a Brummie. More than half a century later I'm going


to see how some more recent immigrants are settling in less than


two miles away. This is Page Hall. Back to back


terraced houses packed closely together. It's become the focus for


a heated national debate on immigration. It's where Ivan Pokuta


and his wife Magdelena arrived with their four children Tatyana,


Patrick, Ivan Junior and four year old Lissier in 2007.


As a Roma family in Slovakia they say they faced hardship, poverty and


prejudice. Despite having qualifications I


couldn't live ` I had to go. We can be highly educated, it's pointless.


There is prejudice against Roma. For the past decade Roma Slovak


people have been coming to this area. It's reckoned as many as 2,000


could live in this small area. It's not always been easy...and then this


happened... If everything exploded and


everything went really wrong, the community would obviously be


devastated.. We saw this in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham.


In this radio interview David Blunkett gave a stark warning about


the rising tensions in the area. His words sparked a media frenzy and TV


cameras and the international press descended on Page Hall.


I am coming here for a better life. Disturbances, crowds, hanging around


everywhere. David Blunkett agreed to meet me and


give his first broadcast interview since those comments which some said


were unwise. You have been an MP in this area for


26 years and you have encountered the media all the time. Don't you


think you should have chosen your words that are?


If I had meant to say there would be riots, I would have used that word.


. I've always said things as I've seen them. Could I have foreseen


that somebody could have used it in this way? Probably... You look back


and say in retrospect I probably wouldn't have said that...but I did


mean that. I really do need to ensure that this community polls you


never `` pulls together and saying it as it is makes sure that people


listen. He visits some of the areas that the


Roma come from in Eastern Europe. We have a persecuted minority, living


on the edge. If the children go to school, they


don't go to the same school as other children. They don't have refuse


collection or inside toilets. They don't have that kind of experience.


They are also suspicious of authority. In Slovakia, Roma goat


stealing. It does happen ` they would have


done it for their children but it's not like the politicians ` they


steal money from people. Over there it's high unemployment.


I have been praying to get work and I thank God I have found work at a


hostage factory. The work injury now means I can can


no longer do manual Labour. He says he has earned the right to claim


state benefits that his family relies on.


When a man finds work, he automatically gets benefits for


children and it is quite normal. Helping families like this one to


integrate is the job of Julie. She's a community cohesion worker employed


part time with funding from the police crime commissioner.


The area we live in, as you see, the houses are back`to`back, very close


together. People feel as if they are living on top of each other so when


you get newcomers, it is very noticeable.


Julie normally patrols with a Slovak co`worker. Bert Outram, a local bus


driver has something to report to Julie.


There must have been 250 Roma on the street arguing and fighting. About


six cop cars on the street. Bert filmed this footage of a Roma


gathering in his street and says it's typical of what he and his


neighbours have to contend with. Have you personally lost your pride


of place? The way things are` the litter and


dumping of rubbish, it makes you almost not to want to say you live


in Page Hall. His complaints are all too common


and many feel their concerns are not being addressed. I've come to an


Islamic centre where a new residents association has been set up talk


about the issues surrounding the Roma and I'm going to see if they'll


let us film them. Thank you for coming on this cold


evening... The Roma issue is the only one on


the agenda tonight. Those assembled represent a pretty good cross


section of the established community here. Most do not wish to be filmed


but all feel their voices aren't being heard by the authorities.


After some discussion we're allowed to film the first part of the


meeting but then asked to switch off the camera.


They were really concerned about the way that the Roma people, in their


eyes, were taking over the street, playing loud music and littering.


They talked about young kids being left out late at night and one of


the things a lot of people talked about was house prices, which kind


of surprised me. They were told that has prices had dropped. Ivan's


17`year`old son Patrik prepares to go out for the evening to meet


friends. But he has to be in by 9:30pm. There are many who have no


such parental curfews and the noise they make causes anger.


Kids go out and they shout and no one is stopping them but they should


have some sense and respect. Roma people like to entertain themselves.


If there was a centre or a club where they could congregate and


someone could speak to them about what not to do.


Hayat Shah is registered blind. They'll be stood around in groups


and a lot of them will be drunk. You know there's also the arrogance


issue whereby if they're stood on the street corner it's theirs now


because they're occupying it. Nine times out of ten they won't move.


He's lived in the area for more than 30 years. His parents live next


door. But he would like to move out. I can't move due to the fact my mum


won't move. I'm an only child so I'm not going to leave my mum and my


dad's mentally incapacitated as well.


Another British born Asian man who didn't want to appear on camera,


told Inside Out he was moving out of the area because of the Roma and


would not rent his house to them. So I find it quite ironic that not so


long ago when Asian people were moving in white people were moving


out because of them. So what are the solutions? One suggestion is that


this area of waste ground could we developed to provide a building for


the Roma to congregate off the streets that money is tight.


It's big! It is deceiving from the outside.


Because of the size of it, it will take a lot of money and people


power. It is easy to say that there is no


quick fix for Page Hall. It's run down and it's tense. But it's been a


magnet for migrants for generations and will continue to be so.


As the British`born child of immigrant parents I have to laugh


when I hear my mother complaining about the number of Eastern European


people there are in the country now. I find this urge to gently remind


her that it wasn't that long ago when people were saying the same


thing about her. If you have any opinions on that


story or you think there is something we should the covering,


get in touch on Twitter or Facebook. Coming up: Heritage railway trying


to ensure it survival. Now, and incredible story about a


woman who fell from a Northsea ferry. Jeni Anderson fell overboard


with no life jacket and no idea if the boat would ever find her again.


This is her story. My first memory is seeing the ferry


and it being already a way away. And looking towards it and thinking,


what do I do now, kind of thing. I was scared of drowning, but the most


scary thing about it was that it was going to happen to me on my own.


A tiny dot in a vast sea ` there's no worse nightmare. Yet Jeni


Anderson lived to tell me her story. This is sister ship, but can you


work out where you were? Yeah I was on the other side, just


up there. I want to go up there and be able to walk back inside and be


fine. Jeni has been back to finish the


journey she started. The Princess Seaways operating from Newcastle to


Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. In September 2011, Jeni, who'd been a


student at Northumbria University, was on board with her friends. I'd


graduated in July that year so it was kind of a last celebration


myself and three friends decided to go to Amsterdam to celebrate


graduation. It was three hours into the crossing. I had been drinking, I


have never denied that. We just wanted to have a bit of an explore


and go out. We would have stood outside on deck. Talking amongst


ourselves. One of my friends got a phone call. She was on the phone


when it happened. I was not messing around. I remember being near the


barrier looking out at sea, looking down and I don't know whether I


leaned too far, or the ferry moved on was a gust of wind, but the next


thing I knew I was going over the barrier. I did actually managed to


hold on for a little while. Jeni had fallen 60 feet into the black of the


North Sea. Just the fall alone would've killed many a person. What


happens when you fall into the North sea? Well initially you get a


condition called cold shock. Involuntary gasping in of air. If it


goes into your lungs, you are going to be coughing and spluttering. It


can also cause a heart attack. But Jeni had survived the fall and the


cold shock. Now began the fight to stay alive. I remember shouting


after the ferry, asking for it to come back. Just the sheer terror of


what had happened. I was getting more and more hysterical, like,


begging it's a comeback. Bash dash`mac begging it's a comeback and


find me. When I heard that I expect that that we would not find anyone.


Four minutes from the time that she fell, the engine started turning


round. The captain alerted the Humber coastguard. My first thought


was we needed assistance from a helicopter. So that we had a chance


to see in the water. A search and rescue seeking from RAF Leconfield


was scrambled. We're talking about a person not equipped at all, going


into the water at night in cold seas, the drug dash`mac survival


times gone to be dramatically reduced in that situation.


The chances there are probably quite slim. It would take 30 minutes by


helicopter, 20 minutes to turn the ferry around, and every minute, it


came harder to stay alive. I remember that cold when going across


my face. Just trying to keep from going under. But it was getting more


and more difficult and I was spending more and more time just


being knocked under the water, and trying to pull myself back up again.


35 minutes had now passed. I definitely came to the realisation


that my time was up, but even then I don't think I ever gave up. In a


way, I felt quite calm. It was like, there is not a lot that I can do


about it. You feel a responsibility, and a.... Huge urge to find her, but


still you know you're looking for that needle in a haystack so it's a


mission impossible. He'd traced the ship back to where Jeni fell.


Passengers and crew gathered on deck to help the search. We realise that


we could actually see her screaming. A rescue lifeboat is launched. And


an off`duty ambulance crew ` on the ship as passengers ` offer


assistance. To our surprise, we saw a body lying in the boat. Pretty


motionless to be fair, we actually thought it was a dead body. Made


ourselves known to customer services, explained we were


ambulance crew and would they like any help. They did snatch our hand


off and we just flicked into work mode. When we first got her off the


lifeboat, she actually opened her eyes and looked at me. I don't


remember the point that I was rescued. I don't even remember being


pulled out of the water. I just remember not being in the water and


people around me and voices and noises and light. Despite the fall


and the time she'd spend in the water, Jeni had no injuries. The RAF


rescue crew had feared they'd come to retrieve a body. Instead it was a


routine pick up. Jeni was discharged from hospital in Scarborough just a


few hours later. I realise that it was all over the news and that I had


to tell my mum. If she hears about a 23`year`old from Herts has fallen


off the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam she might at least worry


that it's me. And it was me. You ok? Yeah. Two and a half years later,


she's ready to do something she never thought she'd be able to. When


I felt, I was facing the barrier, whereas right now I am side on. I


don't know if I can... It is a very strange feeling. But you have just


done that. Yes. Well, we made it to Amsterdam. What's left for you?


Well, finish my journey, see what's to be seen. It would mean a lot to


me, to meet the people who helped me that night. Captain Kristensen is


waiting back in England. I'm sorry I caused so much drama! That's OK! One


of your friends had been calling on a phone so we knew the exact time


you fell overboard. Normally, I would not expect it to end like


that. Thank you, for everything. It is such a cliche to say it, but life


really is so short. You do not have time to be unhappy and miserable


about anything. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the busiest


had heritage lines in the world, with steam trains taking passengers


from Pickering to Whitby. But now, it is struggling for money. Keeley


Donovan has been finding out about a new plan to keep it on track. It's


5:00am and a steam engine is being fired up. For 150 years, steam


trains have run across the North York Moors, and the people who work


on them have always had to get their hands dirty. By 8:00am, the engine's


almost ready. Soon it'll be full steam ahead! It has taken four hours


to get ready. Now the first train from Pickering to Whitby already to


go. 9:00am at Pickering station. Passengers like me are looking


forward to a day out in Whitby on a trip through some of Yorkshire's


loveliest countryside. And it's not just a railway ` we're taking a


journey back in time. It is going to take 90 minutes to get to Whitby.


Let's get on board. The North Yorkshire Moors railway employs 150


staff, helped by 850 volunteers. And they've all got a passion for the


railways. These engines talk to you, if you listen to them. They tell you


when they are going to sleep. You drive these with your ears. 40 years


ago, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was launched, after British


Rail's passenger service was axed. But the recession has brought the


biggest threat to the line's future since the days of the Beeching cuts.


This is a tourist attraction but it is a business as well, and it needs


to make money times have been tough for the last couple of years as for


many businesses. Tourism is some of those things that we do not have to


spend money on. If you are struck for cash you will spend it on


essentials, so we are affected like everybody else. How bad has it


been? We were carrying 350,000 passengers a year in 2010, and it


has dipped down to 320,000, but it is the busiest heritage railway in


the world, but the drop of 10% has had an effect. For years, there's


been a possible answer to the railway's problems. Run more steam


trains to the seaside. But it's not straightforward. The last seven


miles of the route, from Grosmont to Whitby, are operated by another


company, Network Rail. And they have to allow the Moors Railway to run


more trains. Times are hard for the tourist industry and it is not an


easy for the railways. One way to survive is to get more passengers.


For now, just three trains a day make the full 24`mile trip from


Pickering to Whitby. In this carriage, there seem to be more dogs


than people. Why did you choose to come by train? Just to go to Whitby


on holiday. He likes trains, so this was the perfect day out. These two


bearded collies, Molly and Duncan, are making their first`ever train


journey. How is she doing? She was a bit apprehensive to start with but


she has settled down quite well. I have never been to Whitby. I love


these trains. They are amazing. We pass through Levisham, Goathland


and Grosmont ` let's hope the weather stays good. You look like


you are expecting some sunshine at the seaside today. Yes, I always


expect sunshine estimation mark dash`mac!


It is not just about steam trains. Passengers bring money to local


businesses. How important is the railway to the local economy? The


turnover is about ?5,000 a year. We had work done by the Yorkshire


tourist board that indicated we were bringing about ?30 million into the


local economy and that figure will not have reduced much in recent


years. There was a lot of money at stake and a lot of jobs, but now the


railway is fighting back. It is striking a deal with network rail to


run twice as many trains into Whitby station. We want to open a second


that form, that would enable us to one more trains, and we're looking


to run about five trains, when there are three that return `` that one


currently. At Whitby Station, a platform first removed 30 years ago


would be restored at a cost of ?2 million. We believe there is market


for us to tap into if we can get to increase capacity so it is critical


for future sustainability. And we all know that, when you get to


Whitby, there's plenty to do. Even if the weather isn't what it could


be. Should have seen this coming. The minute we arrived, it starts to


rain. It is a wet day. How are you enjoying it? It is good, good. Good


choice of outfit? Well... OK, it's not exactly ice`cream weather. But


the dogs seem to be enjoying themselves. It is nice to see a


working fishing port with lots going on. Walking from the station to the


fish and chip shop. It's time to head home. For me, it's the best


part of the trip ` I'll be in the cab all the way back to Pickering.


It is warm in here. Paul that Labour, once. `` pull the lever.


It's a rural route, but the driver's got to be alert. There's always a


danger animals ` and people ` could get onto the railway. What are you


thinking about when you are in the cab? The pedestrians on this


crossing. Ian is looking out for his side, I am looking out for this


site. Once we are over the crossing began accelerate. I will give it


more steam. Like that. It's exciting, but it's hard work


too. It's a lot easier being a passenger. Now it's time to get my


hands dirty. I'm about to have a go at being a fireman. Hang on, this is


heavy. That's it. Don't let go of the shovel, just put it in there.


That is it. And another one. That is it. Write down the front. That's


it, there you are, you can do it. I tell you what, it is hard work. It


is hard work. You ought to try it in the summer. The railway's starting


work on the new platform in Whitby. It'll be open for the summer season,


and they're hoping it will be a financial lifeline. Somehow, I don't


think the age of steam is over just yet.


That is all from here in Sheffield. Make sure you join us next week. I


will be on the trail of the financial transactions made by


Arthur Scargill and the National union of Mineworkers from the 80s up


until the present day. The Welsh coast was among areas


hardest hit. Hello. I'm Amy Garcia with the latest from Look North. The




This week, Benjamin Zephaniah visits the Page Hall area of Sheffield which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, Chris Jackson meets a woman who miraculously survived a fall from a North Sea ferry and Keeley Donovan follows efforts to improve the fortunes of a heritage railway.

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