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This is Look North. The headlines... MPs debate the future of hundreds
of BAE workers facing redundancy. They are effectively moving to a
position where the emblematic British aircraft, the cork, the Red
Arrows, will be made abroad. death of William Pleasants should
be a warning to all door staff is the advice from a former supervisor.
On hold. The plans to drill for oil in the East Yorkshire countryside.
Join the crowd in Queen Victoria Square later as the Chuckle
Brothers switch on detested light. It should stay -- the festive
lights. What will the weather forecast look like? Join me to find
Good evening. It has been described as a human and industrial tragedy
in the House of Commons today. MPs had debated the future of hundreds
of BAE workers facing redundancy in East Yorkshire. 899 people in total
will lose their jobs in Brough by the end of the year. Local MPs have
told parliament what effect that will have. Here is our
correspondent in Westminster. Will anything changed as a result of
this debate? Has anything been achieved? It is true to say that
BAE and the government had received a powerful and passionate message
today about the company in Brough and the human impact of these
potential job losses. The impact on grandfathers, fathers and children
and the impact on the community. Questions had been raised about the
capacity or closing Braque and what it company is doing during
consultation. The potential closures were described as both
painful and not necessary. This is a company rooted in East Yorkshire.
The impact when it departs will be indescribable. Not just on the
workforce but the work they do at schools, universities and colleges.
Whether by accident or by design, BAE are effectively in a position
where the emblematic British aircraft, the Red Arrows aircraft,
is going to be made abroad. That is where a serious part of jobs are
going now. The company has reiterated the case that these
potential losses are for commercial reasons. The slowdown in defence
orders. But it will do all it can to mitigate job losses. I am joined
by MP, Alan Johnson or stop do you believe that the company when it
offers these --. Do you believe these reassurances? They have taken
the decision to end the jobs of hundreds of people to impress
shareholders. But they should be saying how honourable state can be
a. Everybody in that debate have been very supportive but also
Conservative MPs. Yes, we are in troubled times but we must do
things differently. It used to be a British company. There was a
feeling that unlike other countries, all affected by the slowdown, they
are not putting skilled workers out of work and not closing facilities.
You represent the workforce. What can the Government realistically do
to reduce these losses? We must make certain that challenges are
made. We must look creatively at the way the consultation is taking
place. But it has not been substantial from the company today.
They used a role for government. -- there is a role for government. We
are looking at putting money into the area to attract business will
stop be --. And the drain of resources has already started.
we want highly-skilled jobs for people. We must not have this.
is back next week to lobby Parliament against these job losses.
We have got one month left before consultation ends. But the feeling
is time is running out. We have been talking to residents and
Since the cuts were announced in September, workers have fought hard
to save their jobs. Today they had the attention of the House of
Commons. The closure is an industrial tragedy and 80 human
tragedy as well. -- also ate human tragedy. But it offered little
comfort to Jackie. She had to sell her house as her and her husband
face redundancy. I am not feeling optimistic. We are not being told
their rematch. I am hoping to here some news. -- very much. But it is
doom and gloom all the time. There is no future. Today's debate comes
eight days after a visit by the shadow defence secretary. But
despite numerous pledges of support, many people are fearing the worst.
The MPs will lobby for anything, I think. But I do not think that they
can change business. I cannot see a future for military aircraft
production in Brough. I am sure they will do the best that they can.
But some staff are positive. Darren and Mark had spent much of their
working lives at the site. They spent lunchtime listening as MPs
debated the future. After Christmas, whole families will be looking for
work. When you have got the local MPs and government debating about
the future, it has got to help and we will not give up and we hope the
company and the government understands that. We are a very
skilled workforce. The government realised that if we lose the skills
it is difficult to get them back. Redundancies are expected next
spring. Discussions are ongoing and it is hoped the debate will have
helped. But workers will continue to fight to stop the cuts. Coming
up... Why the death of William Pleasants should be a warning to
all other door staff. Plans to drill for oil in East Yorkshire
have been delayed after a meeting in Beverley today. Rathlin Energy
wants to sink 1.5 miles of boreholes in the ground between
Bishop Burton and Walkington. But people want to understand what the
impact will be on the environment. Powering cars and heating houses
and switching on lights are. We are reliant on fossil fuel. When it
comes to extraction, would you want it to happen next to your house?
That was the debate here today. A Canadian company wants to drill
outside of the damage To do just that. Despite the fact that
environmentally it is not good for this area at all, we could use that
to our advantage. I do not think we have got the full story. We must
understand more about it. We should encourage it because we need more
natural resources and to develop them. But we must make sure things
are protected. This is the area where the company is seeking
permission to drill. They say they have not got plans to use
controversial techniques referred to as "fracking", which might have
caused her tremors in the North West of England. -- tremors.
think we have got rocks present in the sub-surface. We think the fuel
has got potential down there. environmental concerns that worry
the East Riding of Yorkshire council. His after-dinner they
decided unanimously against giving the company began ahead. -- today,
they decided unanimously against. - - going ahead. This could actually
be a source of pollution for toxins and nasty chemicals. That can be
damaging to health and the environment and the whole system
will stop a report will be --. report will be commissioned shortly.
People will have to wait until the new year for the final decision. I
am joined by Professor Afrom Manchester University. He is a
professor of Structural Geology. -- Professor macro. -- I am joined by
Professor Ernie Rutter. We think that the environmental issues and
about the impact on the beat landscape and the potential in
stacked on water supplies have been looked at very carefully. We do not
think that we will have much of an impact. One correspondent suggested
that chemicals might get in the water supply but honestly I think
that is nonsense. It will be protected by steel pipes. It will
be protected from the greater part of the length and it will not be
possible for anything to get sideways into the rocks. But the
worry is this is "fracking" by another name and that caused
tremors in your part of the world. It is correct that the injection of
pressurised to it did cause some small tremors in Blackpool. But
that is a different process compared to what has been proposed
it. This is about conventional resources. Oil that has migrated
and has been collected into reservoir rocks higher up. The
quantity of water required for that operation is about 3% of what is
required for "fracking". It is completely different. Can we see
other villages and areas being targeted like this? You make it
sound like something people. It is -- terrible. But it is for
conventional resources. And indeed not all conventional resources.
Professor, thank you very much indeed. I would be interested in
your thoughts about this. Should people in Walkington and nearby
villages be worried about this We will read some of your messages
before 7 o'clock. People living on the Ings Road Estate are
disappointed with the announcement by the government of �3 million in
funding to improve the area. The council says it does not come close
to the money lost when plans to regenerate the area was cancelled
last year it. It will consult to find out how it should be used.
Will we get enough money to do something with this area or are we
going to be left like this for many more years? These houses are in
such a poor state of repair and it Still ahead: The schoolchildren
getting a close-up look at wartime life.
Tonight's photograph was taken by Lulu rose Phillips. This is in
Cottingham. You might like to know that, following our Digital
switchover a couple of months ago some of you found that you were
"missing" some channels. Well, the power has been boosted to the
Belmont transmitter so your reception should be improved from
Sadly, There are still some dodgy pictures from the Belmont
transmitter, and there is one of them!
Are you sure viewers have not been asked for it to be turned down when
you are on? 10 to very much. -- thank-you very
much. It will be quite windy, but bright
tomorrow. There will be plenty of sunshine, with a few showers later.
You will notice a chill in the earth. - - air. It is definitely
changing as we head into December. This weather front here could bring
some showers through the course of the after that. It has not been bad
today. We have all seen sunshine. The winds will pick up, so a strong
and gusty south-west wind. It stays dry until the early hours of the
morning. We will see some patchy outbreaks of rain. Lowest
temperatures down to six or seven. The sun rises at 7:45am, setting at
3:51pm. That overnight rain will be cleared by daybreak tomorrow
morning. It looks like a beautiful start, with lots of sunshine. Skies
may turn partly cloudy. At risk of a few showers, but I think the
exception to that role. Temperatures will take a dip. It
will feel quite called out of doors. Nine Celsius is about average for
this time of year. Mostly dry on Saturday, some rain Saturday night,
very windy on Sunday. Must be dry I think turning a transmitted down
at 6:30pm is a very good idea -- turning the transmitter it down.
There are concerns about the training of door staff, following
an inquest into the death of a man restrained outside a Lincoln club.
A jury found that William Pleasants was unlawfully killed in October
2008. One of the staff on duty that night has told BBC Look North it's
a tragedy that could happen again. Jake Zuckerman reports.
On the 4th of October 2008, 23- year-old William Pleasants was
celebrating his girlfriend's birthday at the Engine Shed venue
in Lincoln. He was thrown out following an argument. After being
restrained by door staff, he stopped breathing, and died later
in hospital. Yesterday, an inquest at Lincoln Crown Court found that
he was unlawfully killed. Katie King was one of the door staff on
duty that night. She's always maintained that only reasonable
force was used. I believe this should be warning to all tall staff
that with them their jobs, doing their jobs in the best where
possible, this can happen and they can be blamed for it. -- all door
staff. To work as a door supervisor, you
need a licence from the Security Industry Authority. Since 2010,
those applying need to have been trained how to restrain someone
safely. But anyone who obtained their licence before that date
doesn't need to have any training in physical intervention. Given the
state of training in the industry, could something like this happen
again tomorrow? I would hope not, for everyone involved, but it could
be possible especially in circumstances are for your man with
illegal drugs in his system. The inquest into the death of
William Pleasants has highlighted the issue of training. Several
issues were raised during the inquest. One is the way door staff
are trained. Despite the concern raised in court,
door staff do seem to have a good reputation among the public. But
following the death of William Pleasants, the security industry
could face further scrutiny. It is a difficult job. I think Eddie when
OK job. Hilaire stories about them being too big for their boots, but
I have never had a problem with them. -- you hear stories.
Nearly 20 people who were living on the streets in Lincoln now have a
roof over their head thanks to a new homelessness shelter. The Nomad
Trust is working with homelessness charity Framework to run the new
Pathways Centre on Beaumont Fee. It's one of several ways homeless
people in the city are being helped. The festive season gest under way
officially tonight as the Christmas lights are switched on in Boston,
Grimsby and In Hull. And Anne Marie Tasker's on the balcony of Hull
City Hall right now waiting for the big switch-on. There is quite a big
crowd there. Yes, absolutely. Thousands and thousands of people
are here in Queen Victoria Square, ready for they Christmas switch-on.
We have had festive carols and Christmas Parade. The countdown is
about to start. Joining me out the chuckle Brothers. Good evening.
there. You had a rapturous welcome. How excited are you tibia?
brilliant. To be in Yorkshire, it is brilliant. -- how excited are
you to be here? Come and see us in the pantomime. You are delighted to
be back here? Yes. It is a great place. We can see Father Christmas
and the background. Have you given him your Christmas list? Yes. He
said I had been a good boy, but he has been a bad boy. I said to you,
to make. No presents for you, then. The lady who has the honour of
switching on a light his here. She has fostered 320 children in the
city. I'm excited? Yes. Any second, you get to press the plunger. How
pleased I knew? It is unbelievable. Good luck. We were led to step
forward. She is about to do the Duke say. -- we will let you step
forward. We will hear her the countdown begins. Three, two,
So that's 8. The Christmas shopping will start. People will be here for
a few hours, enjoy a in the celebrations. Lovely. Thank you
very much. The lights are on in Hull. They also going on in Boston
and Grimsby as well. Some more news now.
A Lincolnshire engineering company has won a 1-million-euro contract
to supply wind turbine components to China. BGB engineering, which
employs more than 100 people in Grantham, already supplies power
conversion units to US and European turbine manufacturers.
Work is to be carried out in Skegness in preparation for next
year's summer season. �600,000 will be spent improving the foreshore
and creating a nature and wildlife area. It's hoped it will attract
more investment to the area. New Hull City boss Nick Barmby says
he hasn't been tempted to tinker with the team much since taking
over. Barmby, who led the Tigers to a 2-0 victory at Derby County last
week, says he'll take small steps to imposing his ways. This what we
have and the players, they want to learn and get better -- the squad
we have. There's not a major change. If you are going to do that, you do
it with baby steps. On last night's programme, we told
you about a Hull grandmother who is suing the council after tripping
over a pavement on the estate where she lives. Jean Stephenson broke
both of her arms in the fall, and is demanding compensation from Hull
City Council. The authority has defended its record after spending
more than �1 million fixing pavements in the last year. Thank-
you for the emails and messages. Collecting memorabilia might be a
hobby for many people, but one Lincolnshire couple have turned
their passion for the Second World War into their very own mobile
museum. Visiting schools with two tonnes of weapons, clothing and
toys, they help pupils get a hands- on understanding of life during the
war. Simon Spark's been to meet them.
If you had enough memorabilia to start your own museum, would you do
that? Well, this couple have done. They have set up a mobile museum
which tours schools. At this primary school today, the pupils
are excited. This is a German egg grenade. This is 100 years old. It
started when I was about the same age as their children. I started
collecting bits-and-pieces. It grew and grew.. My wife and I have
collected and paid for the bulk of this. It is quite a collection.
children love this. It is hands-on. Most museums they go to, everything
is behind glass. We come into schools, transform the hall and
they get a real feeling for it. They can pick up things, try things
on, they can handle genuine artifacts from the Second World War.
They really love it. I got to hold a grenade which was really cool!
was shocked. Some of the soldiers from World War II said the best
weapon they had was their helmet. The amount of items on display have
a weight of two tons and take hours to set up. But at the end of their
two-day tour, they will go home for a nice cup of tea and watch some
war films, apparently. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Actress Sienna Miller and author JK
Rowling speak out about their treatment at the hands of the press
at the Leveson inquiry. MPs debate the future of hundreds
of BAE workers who are facing redundancy.
And tomorrow's weather. A dry, sunny start. Turing partly cloudy,
with a risk of a few showers in the afternoon. Feeling colder. Maximum
temperature 10 degrees Celsius. That's 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
We were talking about the possibility of drilling for oral or
gas in Walkington. Response coming in -- or oil. This one saying, why
are we not drilling for our own oil? We need your industry we can
get. Someone else said, there is allegedly lots of coal underground,
what is wrong with using it? He said, if there is all at Walkington,
yes, it should be extracted and save everybody in the UK a fortune