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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
The majority of schools in our area are facing closure next Wednesday,
the warning from a trade union ahead of strike action.
Why private security patrols are being introduced to a market town.
Our officers can actually detained people if required if someone is
causing a problem, and that is all done in conjunction with the police.
It may look like a rat but this is the country's most endangered
mammal and it's flourishing in east Yorkshire.
Why this is a sound you won't be hearing in Lincoln for several
weeks. And a very windy weekend to come
It's been called the biggest strike in a generation and next Wednesday
it will affect the majority of schools across East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire. That's according to a leading teaching union which says
thousands of teachers will take part in the national walkout to
protest against changes to pensions. The strike will also affect
hospitals, colleges, courts and job centres. Our Political Editor Tim
Next Wednesday thousands of public sector workers will march in
protest at proposed changes to their pensions. Emma is a primary
school teacher at Willerby in East Yorkshire. She is unhappy about
having to pay more towards her pension and work longer. They still
want me to work until I am 68, they still want me to pay more into my
pension and at the end of it I will get a poor pension. Teachers on
average get �10,000 a year. I can name staff on a tractor at this
called that as women are looking at a pension of around �8,000.
many parents say next week's strike will be inconvenient. I will have
to get to somebody else to get the children for a couple of hours. Or
we will track them all out with us. I understand they are worried about
the pensions, but wide disrupt the children's education. More than 2
million public sector workers across the country are expected to
join the next Wednesday's walkout. Even their pension negotiations are
still ongoing, the unions have defended their decision to take
strike action. We are expecting that the vast majority of schools
will be closed or partially closed. To those who are inconvenienced and
out of pocket, no teacher wants that to happen. That is not our aim.
The government claims the destruction caused by next week's
day of action will cost the country half-a- billion pounds. But at this
stage, nothing looks set to stop the biggest this strike for a
generation. Joining me in the studio and Graham
Stuart, the Beverley and Holderness MP and Chair of the Education
Select Committe and Brian Swinton of the National Union of Teachers.
David Cameron has called this action irresponsible and wrong, why
are you doing it? Because we have do. There is no alternative. Graham
and his colleagues are not listening. They are not seriously
coming back to be at the negotiating table. More than half
of your members did not ban it -- did not bother to return their
ballot papers. If you look at Graham's constituency results... A
64 % of teachers did not choose to have a strike. Democracy works in
the same way. The 64 % did not vote no, otherwise they would have done.
Why should teachers work until they are 68 years old and increase the
amount they put into their pensions? John Hutton looked into
public sector pensions and he came out with a report which suggested
that need for change. If the situation which makes the strike
call for more than reasonable is of this fact that the negotiations are
run going. The government came forward a few weeks ago with an
even more generous offer. The situation after the reforms has
been described by the pensions adviser to the last Labour
government as hugely generous. They are generous pensions, they are
much better than people in the private sector have and yet they
are going on strike and inconveniencing parents. We regret
any inconvenience to parents. But that is what a strike is about. We
want to know what has happened to more than �6.4 billion. Since the
pension scheme started, there has been a surplus of paying-in over
what the Treasury has paid out. Successive governments have had
that money and lost it, where has it gone? Your disrupting people's
lives next week. Would you say to the parents? But they are with us.
We want to get it right. But we want to get education right for
this country with a secure teaching force who are able to look forward
to a good career. This is the only way they can get their message
across. That is not true. But the negotiations are ongoing. The
result for the teachers will still be generous. I travel agents in
Beverly contacted me, she works longer than teachers for much less
money, why it should she not take a day after next Wednesday? The why
are so many doctors and nurses and paddock -- paramedics also taking
strike action? It is everybody. Government has lost its credibility
on pensions. The previous government spent more money on the
public sector than the country could afford. Now we are forced to
share that Burton and we will still be left with a far better pensions
for than those in the private sector. The teachers' pension
scheme has a made a profit that successive governments has stolen.
The 64 % of teachers who did not say yes to the strike, what do you
say to them? Go to work on Wednesday. I do sympathise with the
for teachers. But it is not a right to inconvenience the public.
will leave it there. It thank you. Do you support the teachers and the
strike? We would like to hear from The strikes will be debated on the
politics show on Sunday here on BBC One.
Thank you for watching this Friday night. Still ahead, the author
raising thousands for charity in memory of her daughter.
A council is so concerned about safety that it has decided to
employ its own security staff to patrol the streets at night. Burton
Council is the first in our area to employed a private security teams
and says it is responding to demands from local businesses.
Humberside police say crime figures are down in the town.
It is a small North Letitia market town, but problems at the weekend
are casting a dark shadow over Barton's image. They smashed
windows. A few windows get broken. Now in the run-up to Christmas, the
town council want people to be reassured, so they are spending
�500 on patrols from a private security firm. We have no powers to
arrest. The men we have on actinide are on radios and they have
constant contact with the police. With any issues of they will be
straight on the radio to the police. It is about reassuring local people.
Clare thinks this is a good idea. She has been a victim of crime in
the past. The windows have been broken and at one point I could not
led by children out. It is needed around here. Christopher lives near
to a lot of the trouble. I have seen that shop window over there
being poured through over six times now. We spoke to the owners of the
shop. We have shown them the CCTV camera and they come in all of the
time. They are stealing things and breaking things all of the time.
But there are still questions over whether two wardens will make a lot
of difference. They will be patrolling the street and just
moving the trouble on elsewhere. I do not think it will stop any
trouble. I think they should do it. It by taking the action we have
done, we have freed up the police to focus on other things. We have
the presence we want on the beat. Hopefully that visible presence
will reassure people and help them to feel safe. The scheme will start
at 10pm and run until 2am for the next four Fridays. The people here
hope that this will make a difference.
We asked Humberside police to talk was about Barton but they said that
no one was available. They said that they were aware of the scheme
and they supported the town council. But they added that statistically
over the last five years crime has continued to fall in Barton.
However they said that they recognise that some people's
perception might be different that. Please get in contact with us if
you want to comment on that story. A Hull man has been jailed for two
years after being found guilty of violent disorder during the
spending cuts protest in London in March. Joseph Binney was involved
in the attack on the Santander bank. He was also jailed for three months
for causing more than �20,000 of damage to trains and railway
property with graffiti. The European Union is giving a
million pounds to support East Yorkshire's shell fishing industry.
The money will be used to tell consumers about local shellfish and
to launch apprenticeships. East Yorkshire has the UK's largest crab
and lobster fishery. 50 new jobs are being created in
Goole through a �30 million investment in a glass factory there.
Guardian Industries say the money will be spent in its energy saving
glass department. It was opened in 2003 by an american company and
employs 280 people. A mother from Northern Lincolnshire,
whose daughter died from a sudden asthma attack, is writing a series
of story books to raise money in her memory. Laura McPhee from
Humberston was among almost 24,000 people in Lincolnshire who have
asthma. But unlike so many others, This is how Laura's family remember
her - singing her favourite song. And these moments have inspired her
mum to fund raised in her memory. From her home in Humberston, near
Grimsby, Tracy Murphy has written a series of children's books to raise
Moat -- money for asthma awareness. Had tortured we are at losing Laura,
in a way, if we can help others, by losing her... Hopefully we are
doing something good. Laura was nine when she died. She had had
asthma for years but when the ambulance was called last December,
it got stuck in 10 inches of snow. She told me she could not breathe
and she started to go blue. She had asthma attacks a lot, but you don't
think that it child can pass away from it. With the help of Laura's
grandad, Tracy has written the Laura Bear books. Her inspiration
is the teddy her daughter made just days before she died. She was
making jokes about the adventures of Laura Bear. I asked Tracey why
she didn't frighten children's books and incorporate the inhaler,
and that she was a poorly bare and the rest of it. We thought it would
get it across to the kids to make sure they take their breathers
wherever they go. But family have already raised �22,000 for life-
saving equipment at Grimsby Hospital. She is hoping her new
books will raise even more. We wish the family well. Thank you
for watching. Still ahead: The hunt is on in East Yorkshire for the
country's rarest mammal. And while Lincoln Cathedral's main
bell is falling silent after 175 years. -- wife.
This is a pure fluke. Denied's photograph is of Lincoln Cathedral!
It is by Chris in Cottingham, who Cyril says that he watches with his
wife every night in Brittany. They have had several misty mornings
recently, and a white rainbow with no colours.
Perhaps too many glasses of wine! That is not what we expected. Maybe
I am stupid - I don't know the answer to that.
Ahead lie is a very windy one. It looks like November is going out
with a bang. The Met Office have a warning in place for widespread
gales developing later tomorrow, so you have been warned. A very windy
weekend. The weather will not be too bad. Some rain on Saturday
night and then Sunday looks fine with some sunshine, but the weekend
will be spoilt by the strength of the wind. These isobars are tightly
packed. It could get up to 65 mph across the most exposed parts of
the region. Some sharp showers this afternoon but apart from one a two
right now, we seem to be entering a dry night. It will be feeling
chilly. There are a number of lights being switched on this
evening. Cloud does increase later and perhaps the odd spot of rain in
the West. Temperatures will be as low as three or four degrees. The
sun will rise in the morning just before 7:50am. So, windy from the
word go across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, but apart from the
odd spot of rain, it is dry. Cloudy at times but the wind will help to
break the cloud. The best of the sunny spells will be the further
south you go. At the end of the day, widespread gales and temperatures
are looking quite good numerically, but when you add the impact of the
wind, it will feel quite chilly. Wet and windy weather to come on
Saturday Night and Sunday is very windy, but bright with some
Poor old Cyril in Brittany was hoping for a scientific explanation
to restore his credibility with his neighbours!
The wind is quite common. Don't make it worse! Don't make it
worse! I apologise to any wine drinkers.
Thank you for all the responses on the story about concerns over plans
to drill for oil and gas in East Yorkshire. Rathlin Energy wants to
sink a 1.5 mile deep borehole Underground between Bishop Burton
and Walkington. The council voted to delay the plans at a meeting
yesterday, following fears about the environmental impact. Keith in
Hull says that if there is all there, it should be extracted...
Here are some more of your Thanks for all of those. We read
and listen to all of the messages. Nick Barmby takes charge of his
first game at the KC Stadium, where whole city meet Burnley in the
championship tomorrow. He admitted that life had been a bit of a
whirlwind since his appointment last week.
A start -- as a start to your managerial career go, this was a
corker. Nick appreciated his side's defeat after Burnley last week. It
was the best way to answer those who doubted his experience. This is
a new experience and there is one of those every day. Agents are
ringing up bones non-stop. You have got to deal with those things, but
we have got people in place who cannot share the workload. --
bringing up phones. With his experience as a player, he passes
on experience to individuals to help them out. He can do that now
he is manager. A bid is going to be an emotional homecoming for Nick
Barmby - his first game at the KC Stadium as manager of his hometown
club. In Lincolnshire, a tricky game for Scunthorpe United in
League One. They are off to Notts County.
Scunthorpe will be glad to see the back of November. They have not
managed a single win, with losses like this to Hartlepool compounded
by an FA Cup exit. In the non- League world, Grimsby Town head to
Kettering. Lincoln City welcomed Ebbsfleet United to their stadium
for the first time. -- will welcome. Enjoy your football! Next season's
Super League fixtures have been released and Hull Kingston Rovers
will meet champions Leeds on the opening day. Rovers travelled to
Headingley on 3rd February, while Hull FC welcome Warrington to the
KC Stadium two days later. The two Hull sides go head to head for the
first time on Good Friday at Craven Park.
It may look like a rat, but this is, in fact, Britain's most endangered
mammal. Water voles have been dying out as their habitat has been
destroyed. Now, special wildlife cameras have been fitted as a farm
near Goole to track their movements. -- track their movements. Sue
Vaughan has been to find out more. Looking for East Yorkshire's Most
Wanted. Since April, these special cameras have been recording the
movements of this elusive creature on a farm near Goole. Once
commonplace, the water vole is now fighting for survival. The water
vole is Britain's most endangered mammal, so we have got to act now
to stop the decline and hopefully, as well as halting the decline,
start to build up the numbers. Water voles' numbers have dropped
90% since the late 1980s. The introduction of mink, which kill
and, is one problem. The destruction of habitat is another.
This is one of the main areas we found them in. To give them a
fighting chance, this farmer has changed the way he works to protect
the ditches they live in. We are cleaning out one side of the drain
every two years. It is better for the water vole because they have
overhead cover to protect them Prom predators. Now they know whether
voles live, it is easier to protect them. What sort of things have you
been looking for? What we are looking for is, for example in the
bank here, Burrows. We also look for remains of where they have been
eating, so you can see here where they have cut it off at the end.
is strange to think that just a few decades ago, water voles would have
been a common sight in drains like this. Those days have now long gone
but it is hoped that projects on farms, like this one, the in the
Yorkshire Water vole can once again go from strength to strength.
Members of the public are being invited to help plan to 3,000 trees
near Boston this weekend. The Boston Woods Trust now has around
100 acres around the town, including the latest, planted by
school children in Wyberton. 40,000 trees have been planted in the past
10 years to create the new wood. Sunday's event is at Jenny's Wood.
Two more towns have switched on their Christmas lights. Grimsby's
decorations were turned on by the mayor of North East Lincolnshire,
Susan Pickett, last night. And crowds gathered in Boston to see
the unveiling of the town's new lights, which replace ones that
were in use for 40 years. It has been running in the new year
since 1835 but now, Lincoln Cathedral's main bell is to fall
silent just ahead of this year's festivities. Great Tom, as it is
known, needs repairs - and that means that 2012 may be wrong in it
Its chimes have been echoing through the streets of Lincoln
since 1830. But now the Cathedral's largest bell, known as Great Tom,
stands silent. This is the main hammer that rings are the our
Balfour great Tom. It has cushioning strings. -- the hour
bell. Those strings are to cushion the blow on to the bell, like shock
absorbers on your car. Without those, the integrity of the Bell
could be compromised and it could crack. This Bell weighs 5.5 tonnes,
the equivalent of five small cars. Getting it down would be a huge job,
as that would mean descending a winding stone staircase of 150
steps. Master craftsmen will remove the broken parts and use them as
templates to craft new ones. They will work against the clock to
avoid having to use a recording of the chimes to see him at the new
year. -- to see inner. The Cathedral's smaller Bells,
which ring every 15 minutes, are still working. It is the our
accounts that will be missed, especially during Lincoln's
Christmas markets. Starting next week, it attracts thousands of
visitors from across the world. Nobel's! They are broken! They are!
Not a shame. It seems a shame because they are beatable. It is
the sound of England. I was having a tour round, looking at the towns
and cities. I am going to find a pub now. The priority is preserving
this ancient bell for the future, which might be in this new year
will sound a little different. -- might mean a.
A recap of the main headlines: Heathrow tells passengers to expect
delays of up to 12 hours on a day of the public sector strikes next
week. It comes as a trade union wants the
majority of schools in our area will be affected by the walkout
next Wednesday. Cloudy and mostly dry tomorrow,
with sunny intervals. Top temperatures around 12 Celsius.
After a discussion about teachers, Lesley says she has worked all her
life and can't retire enters she is 67. She asks what is so important
about teachers that they should strike and how they dare ask so --
that so irresponsibly. Another view asks how a travel
agents' wages can be compared with teachers' wages. He they say it is
a ridiculous comparison. Another woman says that teachers
should be happy with the pension they have got. She says they should
be happy they have a job. Rachel says public sector workers