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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Farmers take extreme measures to increase security after a sharp
rise in rural crime. It is my sister I am protecting.
With her to take control of our own destiny. -- it is my stuff.
The Hull businesses that have had enough of paying extra to promote
the city centre. Why people are frightened of buying fake vodka in
Boston. We are told by customers they would only select certain
supermarkets because they are frightened. This stuff is poisonous.
We find out if drivers would still stop by the roadside to pick up
hitchhikers. Some of us saw thunderstorms this
afternoon, a quieter day tomorrow, Criminals are deliberately
targeting rural areas of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire
according to new research. The insurance company NFU Mutual says
farmers are being hit hard by a sharp rise in crime, and it's
costing businesses millions of pounds. In Lincolnshire and the
East Midlands, agricultural crime rose by sixty-one percent in 2010.
In Yorkshire and the North East, it grew by 12%. It's estimated to have
cost both areas a total of nearly nineteen million pounds last year,
With its rolling landscapes and picture postcard views you wouldn't
expect the Lincolnshire Countryside to be the scene of rising crime.
For beetroot farmer Chris Moore, security is a major concern. His
last job of the day is positioning 'indoor scarecrows' to deter
intruders. It is another thing, something to put people off. There
is a burglar alarm and cameras. Most farmers have been the victim
of crime. We have had a couple of pick-ups stolen. The internet Cable
was annoying. The NFU says he is right to have a security plan as
tractors and heating or at thefts have risen. Organised crime is
focusing more on countryside and you have expensive equipment out
there. Some tractors are worth up to �100,000. But is a keen to
stealing a Ferrari. Over in East Yorkshire, Quad bikes have topped
the list of stolen property. Membership of the Farmwatch scheme
is growing. It alerts members by text of suspicious activity.
benefit is we have a success rate of catching people in the act of
perching on land and it's been successful. Using things like
alarms for the shed, if they can afford CCTV, or using other
security products that will make a piece of equipment definitive to
the farm. The days are gone where tractors could be left in fields
overnight and sheds unlocked. The NFU say ignoring this threat - will
cost farmers dearly. Linsey joins us now from a farm in Beltoft in
North Lincolnshire. Linsey, do farmers seem to be taking the
warning? Yes, typically on a farm like this
in harvest time we would see machinery in the fields overnight
waiting for work in the morning. It has all been brought into the yard,
it is waiting to be locked up in the sheds behind me and the
nightwatchman is also due to start his patrol shortly. Farmers tell me
this does not just affect them, it affects the whole community. I was
in East Yorkshire and one farmer has extra cameras on his CCTV
systems trains on the village church because it is close by, when
thieves go on the rampage, the village church also gets let stolen.
It is up to farmers and parishioners to club together and
replace it as well as taking responsibility for replacing their
equipment. This is hitting them from all angles.
In a moment: As a thousand steel jobs are created at in the North
East - we ask would workers swap Scunthorpe for Redcar?
Local businesses in Hull have begun a campaign against the organisation
which promotes the city centre. All retailers pay a compulsory fee to
be a member of the Hull Business Improvement District - which is
known as BID. However, some think it's a waste of money. And as the
city prepares to vote on its future, the rebels are raising their voice.
Our business correspondent Paul Murphy has the story.
This man is one of the rebels, he wants nothing to do with the
business improvement districts but like 700 other city centre
businesses, he has been paying the compulsory fee for five years.
is another tax, another backdoor tax. It cannot improve the city
centre. That is the council's job, it can't reduce crime and increase
policing, but is what we pay the business rates for. The annual
festival is one of the achievements as it strives to market the city.
The owner of this restaurant says it is doing great things. It would
be great if every business got behind it because with the right
attitude and force, we can bring Hull further ahead, we have to
compete. If we don't have anything to work with, we will lease. Each
shop pays 1% of its ratable barley, a couple of hundred pounds the year
for small shop. They collect levies of �450,000 a year. Expense
�120,000 on salaries and at men. The rebel businesses believe it is
a waste of money. At the heart of the rebel business argument is they
already pay for policing, marketing and cleaning of the city centre
through business rates. An additional levy to do business
improvement districts is unnecessary and unjustified. Not so,
says Hull BID. They wanted the City to be clean and tidy air with
higher foot fault and we can demonstrate that is what we have
done. We have seen a reduction in crime and graffiti has virtually
been eradicated in the city centre. The businesses will be voting in
the coming weeks whether it stays. The rebels claimed the campaign is
gaining momentum. We just heard from Kathryn Shillito
from Hull BID in Paul Murphy's report. Earlier I asked her if she
could understand why some businesses aren't happy.
Yes, I can. Businesses are struggling these days, the economic
climate is difficult. But I think it has come all in leaps and bounds.
We started in 2006 and have achieved against objectives. They
say you have made little difference. The businesses are expected, would
say differently. I have had meetings with many of them to
listen to the concerns. How can be justified charging businesses which
don't want be part of your group but they had no option? They were
introduced in 2004 and we have one hand and 12 bids. Businesses
recognise it is a direct influence over how funds are spent. We have
lots of people moaning. These businesses already paid for police
think in the business rates, why pay again? We don't replace, we
enhance. We don't subsidise. When you look at the graffiti statistics,
we have removed 6,000 pieces of graffiti, many of private premises.
If you ran a bed shop, the feet first becomes long bring people in
but you will not go after your German hot dog and decide you want
to bed. These events raised foot fall significantly. People go into
the shops, bars and also solicitors and accountants might say we did
benefit but they want to see the city looking busy with a vibrant
feel with football coming in. you say to the rebel businesses?
would like to visit them and explain more how I can help them
and I would like to see them becoming part of it and using it
for the benefit. You will go to everyone? I hope so. You will be
busy. Well is your business affected by this? Is enough being
done to attract people into the A man who stabbed his estranged
wife over a hundred times in front of their two year old son has been
found guilty of her murder. Linda Merigo from Driffield was attacked
in broad daylight outside her Driffield home last year. Police
have described 43-year-old Alfred Merigo as a "violent and ruthless
murderer". He's been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum
term of twenty eight years. The banks of a river in Grimsby are
being cleared of weeds after local residents complained that the area
had become infested with rats. The River Freshney runs through the
town and is near to homes and a playground. People in the area say
the rats are a danger to health and the river has become overgrown and
clogged with rubbish and weeds. The Environment Agency is working
with the council to clean up the riverbanks.
An off-licence owner in Boston says people are becoming frightened to
buy vodka in the town following last month's explosion at an
illegal distillery. Robert Hancock says the full scale of illicit
alcohol is only just becoming known. His comments come as the health
service says there's been a rise in people becoming ill from fake
alcohol. Phillip Norton reports. Rob Hancock has long been aware of
a problem with fake vodka in Boston. As a careful off-licence owner and
a member of pubwatch - he's been in competition with a black market and
has seen problems fake vodka caused with his own eyes. One customer, I
witnessed him at being ill, he could hardly talk, his lips were
dry. He went to the doctors who said he should drink lots of water
and to go to hospital. He had the bottle in his hand. It smelt very
bad. Doctors in Lincolnshire says there's now been a rise in the
number of people seeking treatment, with symptoms of poisoning from
fake vodka. Patients complain of abdominal pain, blurred vision and
to they can also complained of dizziness. More people are
describing those symptoms. It is quite frequent.
Last month's explosion at an illegal distillery on an industrial
estate in the town killed five Lithuanian men and left another
fighting for his life. They're believed to have been producing
fake Smirnoff vodka, which had flooded the streets in recent
months. Millions of pounds is spent every year to protect market
leading brand names and the quality of their products. We've spoken to
the company which owns Smirnoff today, Diageo, which says it was
shocked to learn what happened in Boston, adding that it works
closely on anti counterfeit matters through the industry body, the
International Federation of Spirits Producers. They say the actual
scale of counterfeiting is difficult to judge but reassured
the public that the vast majority of spirits sold in the UK are
genuine, and they're pushing for maximum sentences for those caught
producing fake alcohol. Mr Hancock says his customers have been
increasingly cautious. They are very wary. We are being told by
customers they will only selected supermarkets and certain shops
because they're frightened. This stuff is very poisonous. The advice
from trading standards is to only buy alcohol from reputable stores
and off-licences. If you're in Lincolnshire are you
thinking twice about where you buy your alcohol from? Let us know in
Thanks for getting in touch after Friday's show about a call for a
public vote on capital punishment. Coming up on Look North: Still
ahead tonight: The new season has begun, but it
was a tough weekend for Hull and Scunthorpe.
As hitchhiking becomes a thing of the past, drivers tell us whether
they would still pick up on the Edwin Wilson took this this morning
at 5:10am from his garden in Withernsea of the early morning sun
Katie says, my father record every night's Look North. Sad at all
This is what happened at Stamford Bridge earlier after a torrential
downpour. There was nearly half an inch of rain fall in just one hour.
On with the forecast, will it get better? Yes, it will. Tomorrow,
eight dry and bright day. If you look further out into the Atlantic,
another area of low pressure will bring unsettled weather macro. Back
to this afternoon, this is the radar sequence: It has been a
mainly East Yorkshire, northern and eastern parts of Lincolnshire. That
is where the showers are at the moment. They are still torrential
in places. But they will die away as we go through the night. Skies
will clear from the north. Temperatures will drop to nine-at
ten Celsius. Looking at at the Sun, it will rise at 5:30am. Tomorrow,
still some cloud to begin with, but it will break up and we will see
sunny spells developing. The best of the sunshine will be through the
morning, as the cloud all fell again as we head through the
afternoon. The most of us, it will be dry. It will not be as breezier
as today, but the wind is coming from the north-west and will fill
cool for the time being. Make the most of Tuesday if you can. That
wet weather returns on Wednesday. This from Alex who rides, he is on
the train because he is opening a garden party tomorrow. See you
garden party tomorrow. See you tomorrow.
To stay in work these days often sees families being forced to move
to a new part of the country. For steelworkers in Scunthorpe, where
1,200 jobs are under threat, it is an option which many may soon have
to consider. The industry has been in decline for years, but now new
hope has emerged on Teesside where today, 1000 new steel jobs have
been advertised. Phil Connell reports.
The two northern towns dominated by its steel. But in at Redcar on
Teesside, the industry is showing signs of new beginnings. The firm
which bought the steel plant has unveiled a massive recruitment
drive. On their website, 1,000 jobs are being advertised, and the 1,200
workers facing redundancy are being encouraged to apply. Still making
is a very precise science, anyone be foolish not to bring in people
with expertise. But we are also looking to the younger generation.
For those who attempted the journey from Scunthorpe to Redcar, it is
110 miles. The move has good and bad points. In a Redcar,
unemployment is 4% higher. While the town may tempt people with its
beach, school performance tables are lower than those in Scunthorpe.
For the town's steelworkers, there is a lot to consider, but with
1,200 jobs under threat, a move away from Scunthorpe maybe the only
option. He will have to go where the work is. He if transferring to
another region means I will keep my job, I have to do that. There is
nothing here whatsoever. Today's's jobs boost comes after years of bad
news. Workers made redundant here perhaps
should not be too optimistic. Demand for the jobs will be high,
with around 10,000 applicants expected.
Our reporter Ian Reeve is in Redcar this evening. Redcar is a steel
town like Scunthorpe. How big an attraction are these jobs for
people coming to the town? company is stressing that the jobs,
1,000 posts, are not earmarked for people from Teesside only. People
from other places of the country, their applications will be accepted.
The company is also stressing the jobs are not just for steelworkers.
A two years ago, 500 people lost their jobs. There were many
management, technical staff, those kind of applications would be
accepted. There is another plus said, the guy who runs the plant
knows the calibre of the Scunthorpe workforce. And you very much indeed.
We will continue to follow that story.
It was the opening weekend of the new football season. Damian Johnson
is here with me. Is it fair to say there were mixed fortunes for our
two League sides? Just about sums it up. Only two League sides now.
Football League or the way. Scunthorpe United boss, Alan Knill,
described the draw as they have real confidence booster. Jimmy Ryan
signed in the summer. After a disappointing pre-season,
Scunthorpe United might have travelled to Wycombe in some
trepidation. But they secured a point thanks to this equaliser. The
manager reflected on a fine display. The performance was everything we
asked for. We took the game to Wycombe, even though we were and
are wayside. I thought we were excellent, and really encouraging.
It was a big confidence boost for everybody. It my to be even better
after Wycombe had a man sent off. Tomorrow, they travel to Accrington
in the Carling Cup, and an early reunion for a Scunthorpe player on
holiday. I was on holiday, and my dad text did make. It was just my
luck, really. I am looking forward go back there.
It was a night of missed They paid a heavy price all those
misses. Tomorrow, the Tigers will look for an improved performance in
the Carling Cup at home to Macclesfield.
Hull FC have poured cold water on rumours that coach Richard Agar is
quitting the club for Wakefield Trinity. The Guardian newspaper had
suggested Agar would leave after being offered a role as director of
rugby by new owner Adam Pearson. One of Hull Fc's most colourful
characters from the 1980s has written a book about his life in
rugby. Lee Crooks has been telling listeners of BBC Radio Humberside
about his career before heading to the Humber St Andrews Social Club
in the city to sign copies for fans. It explains things people do not
know went on, without upsetting too many people as well. It is not a
sensational piece of writing, it is just absurd an expression of what
my life has been. Once they were a familiar sight by
the side of the road. But it seems the hitchhiker is becoming a thing
of the past, especially in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire,
where a survey shows people are less likely to hitchhike than
anywhere else in the country. Simon Spark has more.
Hitchhiking has been around long before there were even cars on the
roads, with varying the techniques. And if you picked up this a lot,
you would have escorted a moment in history. But today, we are more
likely to see just cars and a change of mood. Many people are not
sure as they used to be. According to a new poll, the amount
of people who would not pick up a hitchhiker has risen from 75% to
95% in just two years. People in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are also
the least likely to even give it a go. And I am certainly getting
nowhere here. At this cafe, they have almost
forgotten what a hitchhiker is. have been here nine years, and I
have never seen a hitchhike on this road. It is a thing of the past.
There are a few strange people about! Not many, mostly they are
lovely, but not any of my customers. They are perfect!
And we could not find many people who would hitchhike, apart from
Martin. So from an age of free spirits to uncertainty, but maybe
we do not need to hitchhike any more. Maybe it is just the end of
the road. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: There's been more violence on the
streets of London tonight. Shops in Hackney have been looted and police
pelted with missiles. And new research shows farmers are
being hit hard by a sharp rise in crime which is costing millions of
pounds to improve security. Tomorrow's weather: A fine start
with plenty of sunshine. Staying dry all day, getting cloudier later.
Not as breezy as today but still feeling cool with a maximum
temperature of 18 Celsius. Some response now for the business
district: We run a small shop, and the bed has done a wonderful job in
cleaning up the High Street and promoting businesses. Another one
here, yet another silly quango, keeping a silly people in the silly