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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Anger from workers in Lincolnshire over claims that people from
oustide the EU make better workers. There are some people out there who
stay on the dole, but that is a minority. Warnings over beach
safety after a family are rescued off the East Coast.
More then 20 years after they were married as captives of Saddam
Hussein, we meet the couple who's marriage is as strong as ever.
Unbelievable. It fears Lakhan telling a story about somebody else.
-- it feels like I am telling a story about somebody else. The new
arrivals getting used to life in Lincolnshire.
A we still have a met Office warning in place. I will have the
details later. There has been an angry reaction to
claims made by a juror MP that foreigners work harder than their
UK Bonn counterpart. Godfrey Bloom suggested that migrants are
generally more reliable than British workers. A number of our
viewers have criticised his comments, which followed reports
that some Lincolnshire firms were specifically asking recruitment
agencies for Eastern European staff. More Onofre Tim Iredale.
A warm day in Skegness, and a good time is being had by all. Away from
me seafront, many are struggling to find work in this town, including
32-year-old Paul. A I am currently unemployed. I just lost my job. I
am trying to claim benefits and look for employment elsewhere. I am
looking for retail a customer service, but there is not a lot of
full-time work. Paul was one of many who contacted us following
last night's report about companies which specifically ask recruitment
agencies for migrants rather than British-born workers. We had a big
reaction to these comments from Euro MP Godfrey Bloom. I have had
this feedback a lot, where people say they are more reliable and work
harder, and are more likely to turn up on a Monday morning after party
than British workers. He called us lazy and had all people on benefits
with the same brush. Some people will stay on the dole because it is
easy money, but that is a minority. Unlike Godfrey Bloom, UKIP's
chairman in this part of Lincolnshire does not accept that
migrants automatically make better workers. A lot of people will work
but cannot allowed onto the field because they are British. We are
paying taxes to keep these people at home, watching daytime
television and claiming benefits when the Polish people are doing
the job, sending 95 % of their wages back row. Many politicians
and business leaders would argue that migrant workers have had a
positive effect on the economy here, but there is no doubt that the
international job market has become more competitive.
A big response from you after Godfrey Bloom accused British
It has certainly got you talking. I am joined by Les Dobbs from the GMB
union. What is your reaction to these comments? I think there are a
lot of propaganda. It is about saying that one set of workers are
better than others. I think it is inflammatory to make those sort of
statements in the media. Is the work ethic of migrants better? Than
they are happier to work longer hours? A lot of people have been
saying this. In a recent study we have done, and how many hours
workers work, that is applicable to everyone. At employers want to ask
for Eastern European workers? think that is clearly wrong and
against the law. You have to consider why are they doing that?
Is it to divide and conquer, to create his plate? Many of the males
have been saying that these jobs at once that British workers do not
want to do, that the foreign workers will do. That is not the
case. Are you sure? Yes. We had the same with construction. There is a
long history of people working in Hull in the food industry. But we
could have a farmer from Lincolnshire who would say that the
British people will not do the jobs. I think they will say that, but I
think it is to drive down terms and conditions. What can be done to
make British workers more appealing to employers? Certainly, British
workers will stand up for their right. So will European workers
once they understand what their rights are. I would say you cannot
bring in workers in order to exploit them. Very good to talk to
you. One of our councils is among the first to try out a new way of
getting people back into work. Almost �2 million of government
money is being spent in North East Lincolnshire to subsidise new roles
created by small businesses. It is hoped it will help as many as 350
people back to work. Sam Gibbs is a single mother from
Grimsby with four children. Before getting this job, she had been
unemployed for years. It is had been on benefits and having their
money. It is a lot easier now. It has made me feel a lot more
confident and given me an identity back. I am not just a mother now.
It has improved my life. The money has come from a fund in central
government designed to help deprived areas like Grimsby. The
council is offering to pay half the wages for a new employee in a new
role for the first 12 months. It is costing �1.7 million from central
government. The local council says it will create up to 350 jobs in
the area. As money is provided for only 12 months, is it a short term
solution here? It for we thought it was short time, we would not be
doing it. It will create long-term sustainable jobs. Some's employer
says the extra money to pay for a new member of staff has helped to
expand his business. Ever since taking her on, it has been
brilliant. She has been assets. It has allowed us to afford to take
somebody on. What we can do now is relieve her in the shower room, and
her going and meeting clients. businesses have created roles so
far, but the council is keen for more to come forward. For Sam Gibbs,
it has been a success. She has fitted in so well, she has already
been offered a permanent job. Let me know your thoughts on this.
Is it the best way of getting people back into work? We would
Some more news now. Humberside Police have confirmed that seven
people have been interviewed as part of a new investigation into
alleged sex abuse at an East Yorkshire care home. It is the
third inquiry into St William's care home near Market Weighton,
which closed in the 1990s. More than 50 new victims have been
identified and several files have been passed already to the CPS.
Officials at the Trust which runs Boston's Pilgrim Hospital said they
are still trying to get clarification as to why 100 Stream
nurses and midwives have been withdrawn. Last week, or student
nurses were taken off their placements with immediate effect.
There are fresh warnings tonight about the dangers of using
inflatables along the east coast. It comes after a mother and her
three children were rescued from a dinghy in the Humber. They were on
holiday from West Yorkshire, and got stranded near the Haile Sand
Fort after the tide pulled them out last night. All four were
eventually rescued, a head but badly shaken. Tarah Welsh is in
Cleethorpes for us. How did the family managed to get so far out
and then get stranded? It was a bad this time yesterday that the family
were rescued and brought safely back to shore. They paddled their
dinghy at about three miles out in that direction towards Haile Sand
Fort. The tide came in around them and they were cut off. It was only
because an onlooker called the emergency services and asked for
the coastguard, it was just in the nick of time. This family could
have been in big trouble. Racing to get to a standard family
before the tide does. The family were stockier three miles out on
the Humber. Within an hour of the rescue, this area was completely
flooded. It was quite apparent that they were in a state of panic and
they were extremely pleased to see a lifeboat. When the sun comes out,
so does the lifeboat. Many get caught at because they do not
realise how quickly the tide comes in. A bit surprised. It was be
fairly obvious. There are plenty of signs warning people. You with the
mayor would have commonsense. Especially if you have got kids
with you. -- you would think they would have commonsense. It is
frightening that people put their lives at risk. Holidaymakers are
often caught out. Once the weather comes out, it brings visitors and
holidaymakers. They want to explore, naturally. Unfortunate, people get
caught out. It might be the first time some people have visited the
coast and they are not aware of how the tide operate. With a month left
to go before the end of the summer holidays, the lifeboat crew here
said they are concerned they will see more incidents like this.
They're asking, if you visit the seaside, please be vigilant. If you
see anything worrying, call 0999 and ask for the coastguard.
Joining me is Jack Barlow, from the Aaron Lennon eye in Cleethorpes.
What happened last night? Hello. Good evening. As you said, this
family was out to see honour the dinghy. The coastguard recovered
them. How did they get out so far? Sorry, Peter, I cannot hear you.
How did this family get out so far? It was offshore wind, and they blew
off to about two miles. Oakley and emergency call to the Coast Guard
alerted those. How surprising camera tied be in that area?
Especially this time of year, you get the spring tides, the high
tides, and you get a high tide every fortnight. The Humber is very
strong. Well done in getting them. And select tonight - sharing their
memories. We meet the couple married while captive by Saddam
Hussein. Where in the Hull City camp ahead
of the new football season. Some photographs taken of rain
clouds over the Yorkshire countryside.
Good evening. Have you stayed dry today? Yes, I have. You were
talking about a frock that today. - - a frock today. What can I do with
a frog in my water can? It has been a frog in my water can? It has been
a very wet day today and we have had torrential downpours. We end
the day with the Met Office's weather warning of further
torrential downpours this evening. There have been reports of flash
flooding. Torrential showers have gone through a hole in the last
hour. The yellow and green show were the heavy bursts of rain have
happened. The focus has now moved to East Yorkshire. We are looking
at those heavy showers continuing as we head through the evening. Low
pressure moves across tomorrow. There is also a cold front, which
means we will lose the heat and humidity. The heavy showers dire
way through this evening and the rest of the night will be drier.
Clear spells and temperatures will hold at 17 degrees. Very mild by
the end of the night. The sun will rise tomorrow at 21 of all five. A
mile start tomorrow. Cloud will increase from the West and we were
seen showers bush eastwards. A longer spell of rain around
lunchtime. Starting to clear away from western parts by the end of
the afternoon. Feeling cooler and fresher for us tomorrow, we will
have lost the humidity. The pretty much average for this time of year.
Quite a pleasant day and Friday. The best of the sunshine in the
morning. It will stay dry. Temperatures around average. Into
the weekend - it is not bad, some showers around and some sunshine.
I'm sure someone will have some answers for year.
answers for year. See you tomorrow. She was called
the bride of Baghdad and this picture of East Yorkshire woman
Debbie Kitchen was beamed around the world - used as propaganda by
Saddam Hussein during the first Iraq war. She had married husband
Leslie while they were held hostage in the City of Kuwait. That was 21
years ago and now the couple are still happily married and living in
North Lincolnshire. It is 21 years since the war that
brought them together. But Debbie and Leslie Kitchen are still
happily married and living in Barton-upon-Humber. There's little
that is unusual about their lives but their marriage was in
extraordinary circumstances. This was their wedding - everything was
provided by Saddam Hussein. We had known one another for 18 months.
They were taken hostage in Kuwait and used as part of the human
shield in the first Iraq war. With the vicar among the captives, they
decided on a hasty marriage. To be dubbed the bride of Baghdad was
unbelievable. It feels like I'm telling a story about somebody else,
not actually as. These pictures were shown around the world - used
as propaganda by the Iraqi authorities. It was the first their
families knew they were safe. the time, people said it was the
most watched wedding since Charles and Diana. It was propaganda but
the outcome was good - we got married. I also our families knew
where we were. Despite a turbulent beginning, their family -- their
marriage has lasted and given them stories to tell their daughters.
You cannot imagine what it was like. If it is like something you read in
a book or a magazine, not your parents. You can either be positive
or negative and we have two beautiful daughters and it has been
21 years so, I have covered up the grey ear! It may not have been the
start they dreamed of but it gave them a wedding video like no other.
What an incredible story. Send me any male if you think you have an
incredible story to tell. -- and E mail.
After months of preparation, some analogue television signals in East
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire had been switched off today and digital TV
boosted to reach all areas. The BBC 2 signal was switched off overnight.
Later this month the other four analogue channels will also become
digital only, which means some TVs will need retuning. You on the
installation menu, find first time installation and sometimes default
settings. You're cleaning the memory of the box so it goes to the
transmitter and gets all new information and stores the new
signals. The switch off was last night so when we put it on today,
we will find out what the problems are. Tonight we were trying to
reset the TV. Then in two weeks' time, we have to do it again.
you have a built-in freeview in your television, do you have to
change it again? I did my retune at 6am this morning.
If you are having trouble picking up BBC channels and digital format
or have any questions about the switch off, you can contact the
Anything less than the play-offs will be a disappointment. So says
the manager of Hull City, Nigel Pearson, as he outlines his hopes
for the new championship season this afternoon. The team's first
game is on Friday against Blackpool. They have just been relegated from
the Premier League. The waiting and training is almost
over. Hull City's season starts in two days' time, as the team kicks
off this year's Championship at home to Blackpool. New signing Jack
Hobbs has only one thing on his mind - Premier League promotion.
is our minimum target really - to make the play-offs. Ready to get
back to the Premier League. Confidence is high and the lads are
in good spirits. We're ready for the season.
But the Tigers go into the campaign with some unanswered questions.
Jimmy Bullard's future and his wages for one. As yet, no word on
who will be club captain. But the manager says his main concern this
season is consistency. There were occasions last season when we
underperformed. Very badly. We were thumped. That gives you an
indicator as to what this League is all about. It is probably the
toughest one to get out of, especially to go up words. I do not
think the play-offs, really, I do not think they're ready for going
up to the Premiership again. Play- off - not a question I hope, I hope
it is a straight promotion. Hardly, but we will give it a go.
There will be some long winter nights along the way but by this
time next May, Nigel Pearson's men insist they will be playing for
promotion. BBC Radio Humberside will be at all Hull's games this
season. On Friday the play Blackpool. Good luck to them. --
they claim Blackpool. -- they play Blackpool.
Hull Kingston Rovers have signed to the key players for another two
seasons. Michael Dobson has extended his contract until the end
of the 2014 campaign. His half-back colleague Blake Green has also
signed a new contract. Today hardly any Humber sloops remain in working
condition. Today the restored vessel the Spider T is sailing to
for Scotland for a festival. Crispin Rolfe joined the board for
the start of the voyage. -- the boat.
My grandfather built these vessels. They were used for industrial
purposes but now, they're like a listed building. They East slips
were once the mainstay of local industry but today only a handful
remain. -- these Humber slips. A bygone here of Industry that time
has sailed by. There used to be thousands of them but is talking to
a halt in the 1960s - very quickly. This was because of lorry transport.
This is a 1926 vessel and the on the one remaining. It is the start
of a journey from Grimsby to Scottish sea festival in Arbroath.
She is the last one in the world and I thought how sad a war is that
she is ready to be cut up and scrapped. She was launched as one
of two it super slips for delivering bricks up and down the
east coast. She was able to tackle the horrible conditions that
sometimes faced a Humber approaches and the North Sea. The vessel is
expecting a warm welcome in Arbroath. Her heyday and that of
the family which built her has passed. You could see numerous
boats and barges sailing craft going up there ever. It is like a
dead world now. Fortunately, some ghosts remain to remind us of these
legendary boats which were once the heartbeat of the Humber.
Three baby meerkats have become the favourite attraction at a wildlife
park near Lincoln. Two females and one male have been born at the
Woodside Wildlife Park in Langworth. It was a surprise for the keepers
as the parents only arrived there in spring. The park is now asking
the public to suggest names for the trio.
People spend a lot of time here. They are amazed. Everyone has seen
them on the TV but this is putting the real-life animal together with
the TV. People find them amazing. Do I think they're quite funny the
way they stand on two feet. They are different. Their cue it. They
have patterns on their backs. Let us have a recap of the
headlines. The Arab uprising delivers his first major trial -
the former Egyptian president appears in court.
People in Lincolnshire react angrily to claims that foreign
workers make better employees than British workers.
Showers tomorrow, feeling pressure, top temperatures around Chelsea --
20 Celsius. Responses coming in on the subject
of foreign workers. I can tell you one British workers does not want
the work. The Polish workers are the best you can find.
This is from May - my sons are unable to get an interview for work,
even after the attended university. My husband and I were both born in
this country but because the inherited a Polish surname, they