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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight. Claims foreigners are being targeted by
companies because they make better workers and the British.
- - than the British. It is because they have been let down so many
times, they decide they will not take British people any more.
Forced to wait in pain for seven months. A Lincolnshire woman claims
NHS red tape for delays to her treatment.
A fire had run business the way that has been run, I would have
been fired. The cannot eat outside because of
the smell. It is horrendous. The colourful caullies it's hoped
will encourage more of us to eat our greens.
One more day of hot weather. The First tonight, there are
controversial claims that some companies are actively trying to
avoid employing British born workers. A leading recruitment
agency based in the Fens claims that some firms are specifically
asking for Eastern European staff because it's claimed they work
harder than their UK board counterparts. - - UK-born
counterparts. The findings appear to fly in the face of recent advice
from a leading government minister, who urged bosses to stop relying on
Labour from abroad. More from Tim Iredale.
The status of the potato harvest sees this team of migrants hard at
work. They were recruited by a gang master who came here from the
Ukraine 15 years ago. People come here because economics as so bad.
lot of British workers will not go from one side of the town to
another to find work. I do not mean that as a general thing. There are
some very good British workers. The migrant workers come from the other
side of the world. The boss of one recruit to that Agency which covers
the firm's claims that many firms asking specifically for migrants
rather than British-born workers. It is illegal to ask for anyone
from any country and not from a particular country. It is
discrimination. All the way it is illegal, people managed to get it
in a conversation. It is purely because they have been let down so
many times that they decide, I will not take English people any more.
According to official government figures, in 28 -- in 2002, the
number of low-skilled workers born overseas was around one in 11. By
2011, that number had increased to one in five. A statistic that
surprises few people on the streets of Boston. In this area, you could
get a job no problem, but you do not seem to get the priority
anymore. There is a lot of people who come in my shop and they are
down because they cannot find a job. We have got too many. There's to
many of them here. I'm afraid we are the odd ones out now. A I have
to do 50 miles a day just to get to work. I am looking for something
local but his heart. The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan
Smith, recently urged British firms to get more young people off
benefits and into employment, rather than relying on migrant
labour. It seems that many bosses and ignoring his plea.
I am joined by the UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire,
Geoffrey Bloom. Good evening. Do you sympathise with companies who
do not want to employ British workers? I'd do rather. I have had
this feedback quite a lot, where people said they are more reliable
and work harder, and more likely to turn up on a Monday morning after a
party than the British workers. Sadly, that is the perception in
most skilled work. Our foreign workers better? I think they are
more reliable, certainly for the first three years when they live
here. Sadly, they seem to get the British disease after they have
been here for a few years. The problem we have is our employment
legislation makes it almost impossible for employers to sack
bad workers, so they tend not to take a chance. Of course, we have a
benefits system. He tries to get people not used to working back
into work before they acclimatise. Many of these jobs are jobs that
Brits feel they are above doing. This is one of the big problems we
have in the economy as it stands. Foreign workers come in, East
European workers, and they do jobs that the Brits will not do. Not
that they cannot do. That need addressing. How do we make the
British were forced actually more appealing to employers? I think we
need a system that when people around benefits, and they are fit
and healthy but there is no word for them, they have to get up in
the morning, they have to report some were at 8 o'clock, even if it
is to pick litter. They will be used to getting up in the morning
and going to work. When they go to do a real job, they are in the
swing of working. Some British workers watching this will be
screaming at the television, being slightly offended by that. I hope
they are not. I am not trying to suggest this is true of all workers.
Of course it is not. In low-skilled work, and seasonal work, I am
afraid it appears to be true. were an MEP. Has the free movement
of labour within Europe been a success? I do not think so. An
entire free movement of labour is a mistake and she reform a social
benefits and welfare. You cannot have millions of people coming in
and Sue have eight welfare system to facilitate that. You cannot just
take them in bits. The answer in one sentence? Get people on
benefits out of their house is doing something so they used to the
work ethic. Mr Bloom, thank you. Let us know what you think. Are
foreign workers better than British? Are some Brits too lazy to
We will have some of those before we finish at 7 o'clock.
Still to come: We look at some of our area's hottest medal hopefuls
India before the Olympics. It has emerged that some people are
being forced to wait for surgery months longer than government
targets, surviving with painkillers and limited mobility. NHS
Lincolnshire has told us that this is because clinicians had failed to
follow procedures. All spinal surgery has been suspended in
Lincolnshire hospitals. As a keen hiker, Barbara and her
husband were anticipating an active retirement. But arthritis has
caused Barbara's lower vertebra to crumble.
I was taking eight painkillers a day, and they are the next down
from taking morphine and they're very strong. I have weaned myself
off because I am still getting pain even with the painkillers.
Surgeons plan to build a cage around Barbara's spine to ease the
pressure. The government says patient should have to wait no
longer than 18 weeks for the operation. Barbara has been waiting
30 so far. And she's not the only one. Look North has learnt of other
spinal patients enduring long waits. NHS Lincolnshire says it's because
clinicians have failed to properly submit paperwork. A Lincolnshire
patients' group is calling for an investigation. I think it's
appalling. Absolutely appalling! Somebody somewhere within one of
the trusts has made mistakes. The system has gone wrong.
In a statement, NHS Lincolnshire If I had run a business the way
that that has been run, I would have been fired. No question about
it. It is awful. This means sufferers like Barbara
making long journeys to out-of-town hospitals. Another hurdle in an
illness which already has her life on hold. Two people have been
rescued from the top of a cherry picker after it crashed into the
side of a building in Grimsby. The machine was stuck 60 feet up in the
air near Freshney Place Shopping Centre with the men trapped inside.
Fire officers took just under an hour to free them. $NEWLINE
Yorkshire Water has apologised to residents in the Hedon area after
admitting that the stench from a sewage works is making their lives
a misery. Locals say they have had to put up with the unbearable
smiled for more than 10 years. Yorkshire Water officials say a new
odour control unit should help alleviate the problem. Vicky
Johnson reports from Hedon. Most of us look forward to warm
days. But not the people of Hedon. Because an overwhelming stench from
a nearby treatment works often infiltrate their homes, businesses
and even their clothes. There is nothing they can do about it. Jane
Hampshire's business is one which suffers particularly. When it is
fine, customers like to sit in the garden, but the smell Arnside often
makes this impossible. If they cannot sit inside, that's find,
it's all right. But if they cannot, they will go and find somewhere
else to eat. The so-called Saltend smell emanates from here, one of
the biggest sewage plants in Europe, treating 40 million gallons of
waste every day. The smell from these works travels miles, as these
riders -- as these residents from the village of Paull will testify.
Bad eggs. It really upsets the wife. She cannot stand it. It makes her
feel sick. A very strong smell. is like being next to an open sewer.
It stinks. You can actually tasted. It makes you feel physically sick.
A petition has been organised to try to force both East Riding
Council and Yorkshire Water to take action. If the Saltend signs smells
are considered to be a statutory nuisance, we can take legal action
to force them to improve. Even local councillors are baffled as to
why nothing's been done. Had it been anywhere else but in South
Holderness, had it been Beverley or Kirk Ella, it would have been
sorted by now. We have been just left. It is sad. We are an ancient
town. Yorkshire Water officials insist they are doing all they can
to minimise the steam from the site. Earlier, I spoke to Mark Thompson
from Yorkshire Water, and asked him what is causing the smell coming
from the plant. In terms of what is causing the
odours, we have seen very high concentrated effort went coming in
from a number of different sources. We do seek seasonal variations. It
is playing a big part in the increasing odors. When the plant
was built, Yorkshire Water said it would not smile. What has gone
wrong? That was not correct. The person that made that remark simply
did not have the knowledge to support it. It is an operational
side. It is one of the largest sewage works of its kind in Europe.
There is always likely to be some Odor attached to the process. We
recognised that the level is too high around the site and we are
determined to reduce that as much as possible. You are building a
second under control unit. This opens in November. Can you
guarantee this will solve this awful problem? I cannot stand in
front of you and say it will completely eliminate all odours at
the site. What I can say is we are doing everything possible to
minimise odors. You were apologising, are you, to your
customers? It absolutely is. We would like to say the big apology
to our local customers in the area. We recognise it is an acceptable
that they have had to suffer these odours. We are determined to put it
right. We hold our hands up to failings in the past. We are
determined to address this issue. Still ahead tonight: The colourful
caulies it is hoped will encourage more of us to eat our greens.
Are you ready for the digital switchover? From tonight, the way
switchover? From tonight, the way you watch BBC Two will change.
Tonight's photograph is sunrise at the deep in Hull, taken by Daniel
Britton. Good evening. How are you? I imagine not all of the viewers in
high-definition will get to see your make-up! The headline for the
next 24 hours is warm and humid. There is a risk of thunder. The
thunderstorms have been few and far between so far this evening. They
will be triggered by this cold front. Thursday looks very
unsettled with showers and longer spells of rain sweeping up from the
south-west. It has been a hot one in many places this afternoon. We
have seen some thundery showers, but very hit and miss. A risk of
some isolated thundery showers this evening. If they develop, they will
linger through the night. Some of the showers over your could club in
two parts of East Yorkshire later. The sun will rise just before
5:30am. It looks like he should be a nice morning. Any overnight
showers will fizzle away. Temperatures will shoot up during
the day. There could be some scattered thunderstorms. Enjoy the
temperatures while you can as we will not CVs for some time. -- as
we will not CVs for some time. Pear-shaped on Thursday. Longer
spells of rain. Temperatures back to normal on Friday.
Good evening to the man who has won �1 million on the Premium Bonds in
East Riding. It could be you are!
It could be you are! I have not had a phone-call!
The way receive your television programmes is about to change
forever. Right now, we are coming to you live from this TV
transmitter. It stands 1,200 feet above the Lincolnshire Wolds. For
more than 40 years, Belmont is where hundreds of thousands of us
in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have received our TV pictures from.
But over the next fortnight, its old analogue signal is being
replaced with a digital one. Engineers begin their work in just
a few hours by switching the BBC Two signal off after midnight and
replacing it with a new digital signal. Now, this won't affect you
if you get your TV through satellite, Freesat or Sky, or on
cable. If you have got a digital box, all you need to do is retune
it tomorrow. But if you have not got a digital box, satellite or
cable, there is help at hand. Out with the old. In with the new.
Though some things stay the same. Tomorrow sees new high powered
digital equipment come online at the Belmont Transmitter in
Lincolnshire. It is the start of a change in the way we receive our TV
signal. BBC Two in analogue will be turned off today permanently. New
digital services will start from another part of the site. If you
are watching this, your TV signal comes from here. But beneath
Belmont, engineers are starting the process of switching off analogue
services altogether. Retuning is important. We know most people have
at least one television that is ready for digital television,
whether that is in a box for his part of the television. But you
will need to retune it to receive higher strengths signals. All this
effort does come with benefits. More TV channels to watch at home
for a start. And for those in Grimsby, there also should be an
improvement in signal. I rang the freephone number and the man came
today. I wrote down everything that he said. Now we can call from A-Z
with the TV programmes! Some people are not sure what they're doing,
salt we are here to help. So when should you retune tomorrow? Well,
Belmont switches at 6am. Lincoln's relay transmitter a little later at
10am. And Grimsby from 1pm. But the advice for most is to retune around
tea-time. Remember, tomorrow is just the start. By 17 August, you
will need digital or satellite services or you will lose your TV
signal altogether. Our reporter is live from the
transmitter right now. What have we got to do tomorrow?
I love cables. Tomorrow, you don't need all of these cables. But you
do need your remote control and retune. If you have satellite,
there is nothing to do. If you have Anelog, BBC Two will be going off
overnight. That is a warning to say that you have two weeks to get
satellite or digital. If you do not know how to do that, there is
plenty of help. If you want to know more about the digital switchover,
you can contact Digital UK. The number to ring is 08456 50 50 50.
There are five roadshows tomorrow. With just under a year to go until
the 2012 Olympics in London, athletes from East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire are stepping up their training regimes. Several hopefuls
will be looking to qualify for the games over the next few months and
our Olympic Correspondent has been taking a look at their chances.
In recent years, Great Britain's hockey players have become European
Champions and achieved significant results on the world stage. So, it
is no surprise Glenn Kirkham from Alford is going for gold in the
Olympics. I look forward to it and hope there will be a real buzz
around the hockey Park. And that the general public will get to know
us as hockey players. Home Olympics is a huge thing. Olympic dreams are
very much on track for Lincolnshire swimmer Lizzy Simmonds after she
finished seventh in the final of the 200 metres backstroke at the
World Swimming Championships in Shanghai. It is pretty exciting.
Literally, I am thinking about this every day. It is always at that
back of your mind, or even the front of your mind at the moment. I
think it is one of those things where it is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Everybody on the team is getting quite excited at this
stage. Lizzy's former team-mate Kate Haywood is now based in
Australia. She has been keeping her fans up to date with her training
by posting videos on the internet. I am in Sydney at the moment. I was
at the Australian trials last week. Now I am looking at the tourist
sites. Irish secretary in in this swimming pool every day! -- I wish
I could swim in this swimming pool. And closing in on Olympic
qualification is shooter Aaron Heading from Long Sutton. For him,
getting to the Olympics has been a life-long aim. It is a dream. I
first pulled the trigger when I was nine years old. From then, I have
not looked back. Volleyball captain Ben Pipes from Cottingham is one of
a number of British competitors who will be preparing for the Olympics
on the continent. He currently plays league volleyball in the
Netherlands, but his heart is very much still at home. We will not
change anything we're doing. In quieter moments, you dream about it.
So, it is a big year ahead for our local competitors all hoping for
the chance to represent their country at London 2012.
They are one of the least popular vegetables, but now farmers in
Boston think they may just have reinvigorated interest for
cauliflowers. Research by farmers showed the average age of a person
who eats them is 50-years-old, but now a solution could have been
found to make them popular with the young again.
The cauliflower has had a rough time of it recently. Crops have
been badly affected by two severe winters, and its popularity is at
an all-time low. There has been a decline over the last 10 years. We
want to reinvigorate the industry. But the future has arrived, because
in the fields of Boston there is a cauliflower revolution growing.
Farmers wanted to add a bit of colour to the appeal of the
cauliflowers, so they added a bit of colour to the cauliflowers. So
far, they have purple, orange and green. This doesn't just happen
because of watering them with food dye or genetic modification. This
is a cross-cultivation process which has taken 15 years. We need
to generate seaweed that will produce the vibrant colours.
generate seeds. But is all this effort worthwhile? I think small
children would call for this. They look more tasty. So, with sales
already up and a positive reaction, where can they go from here? That
is where Look North has a sneaky exclusive. Their pink cabbages will
be launched in the autumn. Let's get a recap of the headlines:
When the last hour, a deal has been made in America regarding their
debt levels. Claims some companies prefer
employing foreign people and are actively trying to avoid British-
born workers. A fine dry start with sunny spells.
Scattered thunderstorms expected later, although some places staying
dry. Hot and humid. Maximum temperature of 27 degrees.
Polish workers are super. Most British people cannot be bothered
to show up for interviews. Some foreign workers work harder
and do jobs that we would refuse to These companies are wrong to do
what they are doing. If I was denied a job because I was fury at
-- because that was British, I would be furious.