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Good evening. The headlines tonight: the blast at in a legal
distillery that cost five men their lives. Tonight, the search for
answers continues. Five fatalities in one incident, that is more
significant. I am live in Boston as investigations continue into what
caused the tragedy. It is believed that the men were making illicit
what car. We look at the wider problem of counterfeit alcohol. --
illicit alcohol. We have been advised by the police and council
to be aware of it and we are aware of it. Also on tonight's programme,
there could be more work properties built on flood-risk areas. And hats
off to the man who bot Hull City. We could have a warm day tomorrow
and then it will turn unsettled. -- who purchased Hull City.
Good evening. And the legal distillery is at the centre of an
investigation in Boston tonight into an explosion which killed five
men and seriously injured another man. It happened a on the
Broadfield Industrial Estate in the town shortly before 7:30pm. Police
found equipment for making alcohol inside the building. The men who
died have still not been identified. We can go live now to Boston and
our reporter. What has been happening there today? Members of
the emergency services, police and fire, have been making their way
through the cordon here along the road to the scene that you see
behind me. That is a major investigation on the goal. It
culminated in sombre scenes earlier wrong when a number of dark
vehicles made their way along here. Inside were the bodies of those who
died. And the legal distillery in the centre Rob Austin. The
production of black-market alcohol has let five men dead and another
fighting for his life. -- in the centre of Boston. It is now more
than 24 hours since emergency services were called to an
explosion here. Fire fighters met a rapid and intense fire. When we
arrived one casualty had come out of the building. The second group
quell the fire, which was very hot. it had set fire to a car outside.
It is believed the blast killed the five men instantly. Some people who
lived near by came and told me that they believed that there was
illegal alcohol. One came out with his arm on fire. I was told one was
smoking a cigarette and threw it behind him. The equipment they use
for the brewing of the alcohol exploded and five of them were
killed. Among those who attended the scene, the rector of Boston.
are very sad about this. Today, police confirmed the unit had been
used as a distillery. Her we have found chemicals on the premises
which indicate the manufacture or production of alcohol. The bodies
have been removed and the other man transferred to a specialist burns
unit in Boston. Police say he has been undergoing surgery for up much
of the day. The police will now try to identify those who were killed.
Officers are also working with trading standards and HM Revenue
and Customs. At the moment the police have no idea who these men
are. There were unconfirmed reports that they were foreign nationals.
An appeal has been sent out to anyone, perhaps residents,
relatives, friends, who had someone who did go out and not come back to
get in touch with the police. Keith Owen from Lincolnshire police joins
me light. What progress are you making? -- he joins me now. We have
had people working all day bike across -- all across the county
looking at what happened. These tragic events have really shocked
us, we appreciate that, so we are looking to progress this as quickly
as we can. What we are very keen to do as a priority is identified to
these men were who tragically lost their lives last night. -- identify
the names of these men. How is the victim in a hospital? The last I
heard was he was undergoing surgery, and that will run on into the
evening. We have not had an update. You obviously want to speak to him.
How soon will that be? As soon as he is ready. We have officers there
who are monitoring the situation. Hopefully he will shed some light
on the situation. The appeal we have for the wider community is if
you have any knowledge of what happened last night, please get in
touch with Boston police station. You find at the a reminder of
evidence of illegal brewing at the site. -- you find a lot of evidence.
Yes, we find a lot of equipment. -- we discovered a lot of equipment.
There is still work going on at the scene so I cannot go into detail.
The fire service have been working all day to establish what has
happened. Thank you very much. The problem of illegal alcohol in
Boston has been the subject of a major investigation by the police
and trading standards. Many shops were found selling counterfeit
alcohol containing cleaning fluid. For some time, customs officers and
police have been it confiscating illegal alcohol from off-licences
around the time. Today, these two shops had their licences revoked
for selling counterfeit vodka. Pub landlords have been warned not to
buy and sell it. Some of the fake bobcat contains potentially lethal
chemicals. -- vodka. We have been warned by the police to be aware of
it and we are aware of it. Anyone who finds dodgy alcohol must
reported. -- report it to us. Lincolnshire Police strongly
suggest that illegal alcohol was being produced. This man, who work
near by, describes the victims as young Eastern Europeans.
surprises me because there was no signs of any illegal goings-on. It
was just a warehouse that was used for storage. For some time there
has been concern about the illegal manufacturing of alcohol in
Lincolnshire. The potato fields provide plenty raw-material, and
there is a large market as there is a large eastern European Community.
It is alcohol but it is cleansing fluid and is not fit for human
consumption. Illegally producing alcohol has long been linked to the
black market economy and organised crime, and now to the tragic loss
of the likes of five men. -- lives. Where does this leave the
investigation into the vodka? Clearly there is a possibility that
the board can we saw seized earlier in the year was manufactured.
Questions have to be asked about whether there are other
distilleries. Clearly the evidence of the 6th man who was injured is
very important, we do not know whether he will be able to give
evidence. What began as a counterfeit inquiry has overnight
gain a much bigger sense of importance. As we have heard,
Austin is at the centre of a major investigation. -- Boston. Much of
that is centred on the migrant workers in the town. The identities
are not known but there is a great deal of sadness. Tributes paid in
the tone for the five who died and prayers for the one who survived. -
- paid in the village. For some, at they claimed it was an accident
waiting to happen. It was monitored months ago, this happened today
because of what people have been saying. It is speculation, but in
the 10 people do not believe it was an accident, -- believe it was an
incident that Boston could have done without. People are talking
about immigration issues, it does raise problems, but we are a
multicultural society, so we must live with it. It is very tragic, it
is a loss of life. Whether they are foreign nationals are not, it is
tragic. They can learn from this tragedy, but in many parts of the
town, there is horror at a loss of life. It is a cause of concern
across society, and it is an issue that we face here. There may be
questions for the future of Boston and how it reacts, but today is all
about the lives of five men and how they were killed.
Earlier I spoke to the MP for Boston, I questioned him about how
he feels about what happened. initial reaction is one of shock at
the terrible tragedy where five people lost their lives. We need to
initially allow the police to get on unhindered and do a thorough
investigation to establish the facts. Many people have been
talking about this illegal brewing which may have caused the explosion.
Early in the year you know that counterfeit alcohol was on sale.
Have you been a weird when talking to your constituents about this? --
have you been made aware. Certainly the problem seems to be alcohol
going wrong, although the full investigation must be completed.
Some months ago there were a series of raids, by Lincolnshire police,
Customs and Excise, and trading standards, and they confiscated
significant sums of alcohol. The sale of illegal alcohol was quite
well known about in the Boston area. Until the tragedy last night, there
was no evidence of production of illegal alcohol in Boston. It looks
like that has changed. Is there anything you can do to tackle this
issue? The first thing we need to do is allow the police to do their
investigation thoroughly. Once the facts are established about what
happened here and who the poor people were who died, their
respective agencies need to sit down, learned the lessons, and make
sure we eradicate the sale illegal alcohol, the production of illegal
alcohol, and make sure that similar We would like to hear from you. Did
to see what happened? Have maybe you heard about the illegal alcohol
being made all sold. Maybe you bought some without realising it.
Hero on BBC One, thank you for watching. The Hull City owner is
honoured for his contribution to the city and its university. And
the teenagers competing in the Tonight's photo was taken by Robert.
He took office of Skidby Windmill. Another one tomorrow night. Let's
get the forecast. It has been a lovely day. Everyone
is asking me about the rest of the summer holidays. Everyone can see
summer holidays. Everyone can see it from my blog. I am afraid it is
looking very unsettled. The message is enjoy this evening and tomorrow
if you can. The weekend is looking quite poor at times with heavy rain
for a time on Saturday. And so tomorrow, bright and warm with
temperatures up to 24 degrees. This week Front could bring patchy rain
late on tomorrow. Then we look set to bring in a number of Atlantic
weather systems over the coming 10- 14 days. Things will go downhill
for the second half of July. We have ended on a lovely note. Lots
of sunshine across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This evening
should be fine with the chance of the isolated shower in the West.
Overnight will be dry with clear spells. Lowest temperatures down to
ten Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at 4:50am. It looks
like much of the morning will be bright and mostly dry. The chance
of a shower. Through the afternoon, most places stay dry it was just
the a chance of a shower late in the day. The cloud will thicken.
Respectable temperatures and a moderate south-west wind. Notably
warmer on the coast. Highs of 23 degrees. As for the weekend, heavy
rain to come through Saturday. That will clear later two showers and
quite showery with blustery windss on Sunday. More houses are being
on Sunday. More houses are being built in flood prone areas in East
Yorkshire despite a rise in risk of flooding according to a new report.
Development in at risk areas in Hull and East rising has increased
over the past decade which could cause a repeat of the 2007 floods.
Who could forget the floods of 2007? At the time, we were told it
was a freak event but there were warnings it could happen again.
What is an abnormal event may become more frequent in the decades
to come. And those warnings are mentioned in this report out today
by the Committee on climate change. And so also is this from our local
authorities. For not taking the warning seriously enough and for
continuing to build on areas that are at high risk to flooding.
are under pressure to build new homes, they have to put them
somewhere. What we're saying is that local authorities should be
quite transparent about how they are balancing different risks. We
need to be more aware and clear how we are factoring in these long-term
changes in our climate. The council says preventing flood risk is that
the top of the list of their priorities when it comes to
planning. We are going through a process which looks set all the
various sites that landowners and the council have put forward as
sites for the future. One of the fundamental first steps in that
assessment of their sides is what are the flood risks? If they cannot
be mitigated four, cross it off. The problem is increasing demand
for new homes. It is estimated that by 2026, the population in Hull
will rise by 10,000 meaning that 15,000 new homes will be needed. In
the East Riding, the population is set to rise by 47,000. Creating the
need for 20,000 new homes. But with large amounts of Hull and East
Yorkshire line in flood risk areas, it means greater effort is needed
to make sure that any new homes can withstand flooding in the future,
something the council say they are confident of achieving.
The government has announced that the coastguard station at Great
Yarmouth in Norfolk will close. However, the Transport Secretary
has said the base in Bridlington will continue to operate 24 hours a
day. Plans to open it during daytime hours only have been
scrapped, but there will still be some job losses.
The Olympic gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards has been meeting
young people in Lincolnshire today. The world triple jump champion was
encouraging students to take part in an Olympic style schools
competition. It is hoped it will help children tackle obesity by
getting more active. The Science and television
presenter Maggie Philbin has brought her Science Roadshow to
Hull. 300 school children from both sides of Humber had been given
access to the latest cutting-edge technology. The former Tomorrow's
World presenter hopes it will encourage them to take up careers
in science and technology. This is the most important thing I have
ever done because we are bringing technology, putting it in front of
teenagers, we are showing them the engineers and scientists behind it
and rear explaining the struggle as they have had to make that
technology. Then a say in the want to be a part of this? Then queue to
everyone who got in touch about a story about police officers to join
colleagues from across the country to protest against the latest cuts
to their police budget. Just a few, Sue from Grimsby texted to say, to
Thank you for all of those. He escaped tyranny and he he became
one of Britain's top businessmen and today Hull City owner Assem
Allam was recognised at Hull University. Mr Allam he used to
study in the city was given an honorary doctorate.
He is best known to thousands as Burford board chairman after taking
control of Hull City earlier this year. But Assem Allam has been
supporting good causes in Hull for far longer. Egyptian by birth, a
whole is though much his home. did not catch the wrong train. I
came here because Mike sister was married to a doctor who worked here
and I came to stay just for a few weeks initially and then I went to
Hull University, manage to do a postgraduate and have stayed.
Allam has made an enormous contribution to business and the
community here. He is an excellent example of how you can overcome
adversity and be successful in life. But his journey to Hull was far
from easy thanks to this man. He became President of Egypt in the
1950s and for the next 15 years was a central figure in Middle Eastern
affairs. Better homey had enemies and opponents and one of these was
a young Assem Allam. I was doing my masters and I used to take
advantage of the lecturers making speeches against the dictator. I
was arrested and I had no option but to leave. I was under pressure
from the family to leave the country. Assem Allam gave an
impassioned speech to the new graduates, urging them to put
something back in the community when they can just as this
remarkable man has. Yorkshire have won their latest
county championship match at Scarborough. They bowled out
Worcestershire for 332 in their second innings and started today
needing 34 runs to win and they quickly got those to win by six
wickets. A group of teenagers from northern
Lincolnshire are making waves in the world of windsurfing. Emma, Max
and Lewis who trained near Barton are jetting off to San Francisco
this weekend to take part in the At just 14, and that is being
touted as the finest young female windsurfers in the country. She
already has this evolve medal to her name but it has taken a lot of
hard work. I usually trained two or three times a week. It is hard
because it is after school and my mum and dad are at work. On the
weekend I get four or five hours. I like winning and that is what her
do it for. And it is Emma's passion that could see how making waves in
future Olympics. Emma has huge potential. She is an absolute star
and she shows a determination to go a long way in the sport. It would
not surprise me if we saw her going to the Olympics and the future.
also gets to practise with some of the top boys in the UK. I have
prepared loads, like today, I came here at 4:30am. But after all the
training, there are some perks. am looking forward to this one. It
is meant to be really good out there but sailing under the Golden
Gate should be good. The fact I get to all these places, I am looking
forward to it. I am getting nervous but used to international
competitions now. With three windsurfers heading to America, it
seems the team are certainly on a crest of a wave.
Good luck to them. Let have a recap of the main news headlines. The
murders are summoned to Parliament. They face a grilling from MPs next
Tuesday. The bodies of five men killed and
an explosion at an illegal distilleries in Boston are taken
away. Police do not know their identities.
Fridays forecast, a bright day. Top temperatures around 23 Celsius.
Philip Norton has been in Boston since last night. How soon are the
police hoping to find out who these men were? The police really are now
relying on members of the public to get in touch. They are hoping
people have cinder broadcasts and the coverage throughout today and
hopefully that will bring them to get in touch with the police. The
initial shock is only just sinking in. There is a real sombre
atmosphere here in Boston. It has to be said, this is the single
worst loss of life in any separate fire in Lincolnshire. Even the
fire-fighters will be offered counselling. A sad day for Boston.
You have been writing in on twitter. First of all, how can they say
there was no intelligence? Everyman knows where it is being sold. This
is from Sophie, there must be a link between illegal selling and