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Good evening. Here are the headlines: East Yorkshire's only
natural birth unit closes after a surprise healthcare inspection.
There is no more money in the system. The Prime Minister joins
talks to try and save jobs at the Scunthorpe steelworks. We left him
in no doubt that there are serious challengers. Veterans who claim
they were used as guinea pigs to test nuclear bombs prepared to go
to the Supreme Court. And one year and counting -
organisers hope that the Olympic Games will involve the whole of
Britain. The Olympic Stadium. With one year to go it is all taking
shape. We are giving two lucky people a chance to look behind the
scenes later in the programme. there has been welcome sunshine
across our region. All the details The man in charge of hospitals in
Hull and East Yorkshire has admitted that the region's only
natural birthing centre may never open again. The Jubilee Centre has
been forced to shut after a surprise inspection by the Care
Quality Commission. It was found that mother's choice was not being
met. Our reporter has been it to meet a mother to be who feels she
may not get the care she needs. This woman was excited about going
back to the Jubilee Centre to give birth again. But today she heard
the news it is closing. My heart is there. The atmosphere, everything.
For me that was the best place. It still is the best place. The newest
member of his family was born at the Jubilee Centre two weeks ago.
His mother is shocked that this centre is closing. It is a
fantastic place to give birth. I had two different bird there. One
was quick and one was a bit longer and both times it was an amazing
experience. Incredible staff. An incredibly relaxed place to be.
decision to close the centre until September follows an unannounced
visit by the care quality commission. The found there was
disruption because there was not enough staff on duty.
The centre had to close its doors 103 times over the last year
because of staff shortages and also because of a suspected case of
swine flu over Christmas. A decision is now being made over its
future. This could be one of the last babies to be born at the
centre. Many mothers are now Wapping it will be saved.
-- are now hoping it will be saved. Phil Morley is the man in charge of
their Trust. He said he is determined to sort the problem out.
I am surprised that some of the things that came back. I have not
had the full report yet. There has been an ongoing issue about the
future of the Jubilee Centre. We had committed to keeping it open
despite the fact that it made a significant loss. Basically it cost
too much money? The issue is about having the right numbers of staff.
You have been close 103 times in the last year. That would be Dean
as bad management. Every decision we take is about patients. The
times we have had to close his regarding care for those ladies.
you have enough staff or is that it? As you know that NHS budget is
reducing. There is no more money in the system. With the resources that
we have where do we best provide the service? If you are a mother
expecting a baby you will be very upset. It is a great service.
are you not sticking with it? only have 300 births per year there
and we have 6,000 on the site. Our choice was simple. We either take
start from the site to support the staff at that site which leaves the
site more unsafe or for the time being we have to close at centre.
So natural birthing is a luxury that the Budget does not permit any
more? We still have 1000 natural births on this site and 300 on the
Castle Hill site. We will still offer a natural childbirth option.
Are you saying this is it? There will be a review in September. We
will make a decision then. We will choose based on what is the right
level of care and we're well that you be? Will it open again? It is
unlikely in the next six months. After that? We will have to see at
that time. Why do you not to say it is closing? Our plan would always
be if it is possible to call locate on to that site. It is unlikely to
open in the near future. What do you think about this? Should there
NHS Trust be trying harder? Get in In the past hour it has emerged
that a house in Lincolnshire is being searched by officers
investigating alleged cyber attacks on international businesses. Police
have not revealed we're in Lincolnshire the property is at
have said that the are interviewing at man and a caution. Scotland Yard
has also arrested a man in Scotland. Work has officially began at an new
Business Park in Lincolnshire. Once complete Teal Park could create
4,000 jobs and bring investment to the county. Engineering firms
Siemens already has plans to relocate to the site just outside
Lincoln. It is hoped many more businesses will follow suit. Back
in 2006 when Siemens said they might relocate, that made us
concentrate our efforts on developing the site. I am pleased
to say we have now secured them. We have stuck with the process. Police
have widened their search for a missing pensioner. 77-year-old
Marlene Wagstaff was last seen in Withernsea on Friday. Today
officers searched local field and bite. They are asking the public to
help. Our concern is that it has been nearly five days. We are very
worried about her health. The weather is not too bad but it still
gets cold in the evening. We have concerns. The search will continue
and we will continue to follow that story.
They were claiming that they were used as guinea pigs in the 1950s.
Now veterans in our region are planning to take their fight for
damages to the Supreme Court. They say they suffered serious health
problems after being exposed to radiation in the Pacific. Tomorrow
they hope to overturn the ruling made by the courts last year
rejecting their case. The South Pacific at the height of
the Cold War. The British military tests the atomic bomb. When it went
off it was so severe it was as if somebody had put at fire at the
back of your head. You could see the bones like an X-ray on your
finger. These men were young when they were sent to what they thought
was a paradise island. Now they believe the nuclear tests they saw
their damaged their health. I lost sight in my right eye. The bones
crumble. I have lost 70 % kidney function. This man served with the
Royal Navy on Christmas Island. He believes his children suffered
because of the radiation he was exposed to. My second daughter
contacted at type of cancer when she was 11 and died when she was 13.
If we had been warned I'd do not think we would ever have had any
children. The MoD has always argued there is no evidence to show the
tests were the only cause of their illnesses. Last year it won an
appeal against a decision to allow the men is to seek damages. Now
some fear time is running out. are elderly and in poor health.
They are dying at a rate of approximately three per month.
have not even been classed as cold war he rose. We were the lads that
stood on the front line in the Pacific. Tomorrow the veterans must
persuade the Supreme Court that they still have a legal case after
decades of battling with the government.
A group of local MPs say that they are optimistic that the Prime
Minister will help to secure the future of the Scunthorpe steelworks.
A task force aiming to reduce the planned number of job losses met
with David Cameron at lunchtime. In a moment we will get reaction from
Nic Dakin in the local MP, but first our correspondent will
explain why so many jobs are at stake.
Their aim of the meeting was to tell the Prime Minister how
important steel is to Scunthorpe. All three of our region's MPs and
businessman John Clugston travelled to London. Their job is to work
with the unions to try to save as many of the threatened jobs as
possible. If I expect them to come along with a big cheque book, we do
not expect that. When the process is through we will see how it goes.
Everything is an opportunity to develop. We have an opportunity on
this steel works. Tata says it is investing �400 million in the
business. It says demand for steel has dropped by two-thirds since
2007. It said plans for a new tax on carbon producing industries
could make Scunthorpe less competitive in the global market.
Last week the Business Secretary Vince Cable visited Tata. He said
the government will try to help Scunthorpe find new business but
I think the decision has already been made. I believe the steel
industry has a big future in the UK. A two big future could hinge on
this, one a two huge wind turbines factories planned for the Humber.
If they get the go-ahead, Tata hopes it could provide steel for
the turbines. It would give steelworkers jobs for the future.
Nick Dakin, the MP for Scunthorpe, spoke to me after meeting the Prime
Minister. He told me more about what David Cameron had to say about
the future of the Tata site. He was interested in any innovative
ideas coming out of Tata and the task force in relation to the
retreading of people who lose their jobs, so they can either do
different jobs within the steel industry or elsewhere locally. I
think there may be funds available to support that sort of assistance.
A lot seems to be riding on this area becoming the centre for
renewable energy. You think that is too dangerous? You are right, it is
a big risk, but we did have the energy minister in Scunthorpe
yesterday, we had Vince Cable in Scunthorpe last week. We saw the
Prime Minister today and we are making it very clear that the
opportunity for wind of locally is massive. We are the best area in
Europe to develop it. It is a big risk, but a big opportunity. Those
who are watching who were affected? What you say to them? I say it is a
very difficult situation. They are well aware of the word that is
going on by management and unions. That process has to follow its
course. My job is to make sure we do everything we can to make sure
the local economy is well- positioned to move positively
forward, so anybody losing their jobs has the opportunity to get new
jobs in the future, and soon. Should they be optimistic? I think
people will be realistic, not optimistic. They will recognise
these are challenging times, for the area and for the people
affected. I do not think up to us and is the right word. Realism,
resilience, and determination. Thank-you.
Talking about the future of Scunthorpe there. Another one you
might have a few one. Thank you for watching this Wednesday. Still to
come: Land prices trebled in our area to more than �8,000 an acre.
They can down to London 2012 is on. I will be live from the Olympic
Park later. If you have a photograph you are proud of, send
it in. This is tonight's. It is the He said he thinks he consider
Lincolnshire him! -- he can see the Has that been fiddled on adobe
Photoshop? Anybody else you want to insult?
Just do the weather! For the next 24 hours, mostly fine.
I think we will see more of the sunshine we have had this after
them. It has been beautiful, even along the coast. The first sunshine
along the coast since Sunday. This weather front will act to help
break up the clout somewhat. Some warm spells tomorrow after a grey
start. You can see the brakes. This is the gap that will come across
tomorrow. This weather front will bring cloud for Thursday night and
Friday. Let's look at this evening. It is a glorious evening. Make the
most of it. There will be a little drizzle, mainly to the coast.
Temperatures down to 11 or 12. The sun rises at 5:09am, setting at
nine has 6:00pm. Generally, quite a grey start and perhaps a bit of
dampness, but things will improve through the morning. There will be
some warm spells of sunshine for most of us through the day.
Tomorrow evening, we might see a shower pushing back in from the
West. For most of us, it is bright and warm. The winds will be all
over the place. Light and variable. Top temperature in land, 23. 73
Fahrenheit. Back to cloudy skies on Friday. The who pays the weekend is
looking promising. Some warm My favourite tweets of the dairy,
as I rub my crystal ball, I see a hint of summer!
A I think I will delay that! See you tomorrow. The price of
farmland in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire has more than tripled
in the last decade, making it some of the most sought-after land in
the country. There's been interest from as far away as Hong Kong.
Caroline Bilton is in the Lincolnshire Wolds this evening.
Caroline, why is this land so appealing?
We have some of the best farmland in the country here. Let me show
you it in its glory. I am on top of the Lincolnshire Wolds. What you
are looking at his are the most productive land in the country. Of
course, that comes at a price. Prices that are rising year on year.
According to the latest survey, land in Lincolnshire, the average
price is �5,400 an acre. In East Yorkshire, it is �6,000. It is not
unheard of to have land selling here for more than �8,000 an acre,
which is a record high. There's expects in the field at saying if
you have a bit of money that she would like to invest, you would do
well to invest it in the fields of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
The patchwork quilt that is a Lincolnshire countryside. In recent
years for some, they have become fields of gold. This land sold
recently for in excess of �7,000 an acre. I have been in business for
over 30 years and have never known the market to be as strong as it is
today. Land here has become such a good investment, it is attracting
attention from overseas. The last year, we sold some land by auction.
We finished up with a competition between a Hong Kong businessman and
a local farmer. It is indicative of the type of people that are looking
at investing in English farmland. High prices agreed when you are
selling, not when you are buying. William Gradwell is a farmer in
North Lincolnshire. His family had been farming here for five
generations. The chance to expand is a pipe dream. The values are now,
�8,000 or something and a cake, we cannot afford to farm and pay off
the interest on a loan. You have to have flexibility of land use. That
is being able to provide the food, but look at things like renewable
energy, the employment uses in the countryside. That is the concern.
Higher land prices have the potential to knockout the younger
generation from earning -- from owning their own the land and homes.
This may be fields of gold for some. For the likes of William, they are
out of reach. Is there any sign that these prices
will stabilise? Those people I spoke to say they are expecting
them to level out cent. At the moment, wheat prices are high.
Confidence in the agricultural sector is good at the moment. It
drives prices up. Thank-you. Yesterday, we told you how new
council houses are being built in Lincoln for the first time in 20
years, amidst warnings of a housing crisis. More than 50,000 families
in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are already on the waiting list for
council homes and concerns have been raised that the problem is
getting worse. Well, we had a big response from
you on this. Thank-you fall of theirs. -- thank-
you for all of those. Exactly a year today the curtain
will go up on the 2012 London Olympics. Tonight, a big party is
planned in Trafalgar Square to mark the date. Thousands of people from
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will be heading to the capital to
be part of the spectacle next year. Phillip Norton is lucky enough to
be there now. Phil, what's it like there with 12 months to go? Take a
look. This is the Olympic Park and the Olympic stadium, looking
fantastic in a London sunshine. It is hard to believe that in a year's
time, the world's eyes will be on this site. Thousands will be going
in there for the start of the opening ceremony. The scale of this
site is incredible. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is
starting to feel very real. Last week, Simon Clark came down here
with two people from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for his special
look around. The first thing that grab your
attention is the main stadium... What is it like behind the scenes
of Olympic Pat? Vicky and Jason got the opportunity to find out. They
met an Olympic gold medallist. It is the sort of thing you do not
normally get to see as an athlete. It is brilliant. I think it puts
into focus what you want to do and a treat. These funds them bumped
into another gold medallist, Britain's golden gale. Do you wish
you were taking part in these games? Everybody keeps asking. I
would love to. I will lead the youngsters have a go! What do you
think to their layout? I have not seem an Olympic Park where the
facilities are so close. There is the stadium there, the velodrome. A
I cannot believe the site. I am so excited. It has opened my eyes. It
is something to aim for. These have been left -- these two have been
left inspired. Of course, much has been taking
place to mark the one year to go celebrations. The countdown really
is under way. The final building works have been completed today,
including at the aquatic centre. Tom Daly will be making the first
dive into the water within the hour. There is the continuing promise
that these Olympic Games would include all of the UK, not just
London, but people in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will fill part of it
by being able to go to the torch relay perhaps, or perhaps been
lucky enough to have tickets for some of the Games. The torch relay
will be going up and down the country and there will be other
events, full-ball, particularly. Sailing is on the south coast. They
will be locked outside London. The focus of attention will be here,
obviously. So now we are into the final straight. The plan is to get
his place looking spick and span on time and on budget. There is a
special programme at 7 o'clock on BBC One just after Look North. Just
366 days to go. Next year his eight leap year. Thank-you.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. Britain
officially recognises the Libyan rebels and expels Gaddafi's
remaining diplomats. The head of the trust in charge of
hospitals in Hull and East Yorkshire admits that the area's
only natural birthing centre may never open again.
A great start tomorrow, but with Response coming in on the subject
of the closure of the Jubilee birth centre. Laura said, I had my baby a
two weeks ago. Very sad to hear the news. This is an anonymous message.
I work at the Jubilee Centre and I am absolutely devastated, but not
allowed to speak to the media. This one from Cowell, who says, we had
our chart at the Jubilee Centre. The facilities are first class. It
is a disgrace. Someone else says, now fiancee had