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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Dozens of workers at a North East Lincolnshire oil refinery walkout
in protest over pay and conditions. The employers need to set up an
agreement on their own without negotiations with the unions.
guilty - the Lincolnshire woman who has changed her plea and admitted
to murdering her boyfriend. Ret out of the wall using a stolen
forklift - these try to steal a village cash point.
And a winter Wonderland was almost 100 Christmas trees on display end
as Scunthorpe church. And a warning of severe gales
tomorrow. All the latest in 15 minutes.
Good evening. Workers at an oil refinery in North East Lincolnshire
say they are being forced to give up their travel expenses and also
signed an no-strike clause as part of a new deal, which they say it is
unfair. Today, around 100 workers took part in an unofficial strike
action at the Conoco Lindsey oil refinery plant. It has been part of
a nationwide day of protests by contractors who are in dispute over
changes to the terms and conditions of their contracts.
Standing up for the rights was were standing in the freezing cold to
these men. Many of them and electricians at the Conoco Lindsey
oil refinery. It is not the first time they have come out about this.
They are refusing to sign a new deal with their deal with their
employers, Balfour Beatty. One of seven major contractors introducing
a new nationwide agreement. They are making massive profits. They
are looking at a potential 26% pay cut. Strikers say they eat --
employers are cutting pay and conditions. Changes to travel
allowances could stop expenses being given, and a no-strike clause
will be added to the workers' contracts. They say these are being
forced without negotiations with unions. There were some heated
moments between the workers outside and those trying to get them, but
most of the protest was peaceful. There are fears within the industry
that this may spread to other agreements. It is important that
people going to work understand why we're here. In a statement, the
trade organisation representing the company's told us, no one will take
a pay cut. In fact 30% will see an increase in their pay packets and
no one will lose their jobs. HVCA said the agreement was about
responding to changes in the construction industry and added, if
we do not evolve, then we cannot remain competitive and we could see
British firms losing jobs to foreign contractors. The
consultation into the changes will end next month and unless employers
can, but the new offer, they say they'll be out again.
Earlier I spoke to Lee Whiting who is an employment lawyer in Hull. I
asked him if the company were within their rights to do this.
companies are entitled to make changes if they have a business
reason for doing it. And they have negotiated with the trade union and
they have consulted with the employee is, they are able to do it.
If the employees do not accept it and the employer has decided to
dismiss, in that situation they were -- would have claims to unfair
dismissal. These are not contract workers. You would think they would
have more secure rights. They have the right to declare unfair
dismissal. If employers are dealing with this properly, then employers
are entitled to dismiss. In that situation, if the employer has done
everything, the employee has left without anything. Are the Orchid to
introduce an no-strike clause? generally speaking, they can do
this if they have a pressing business reason. If they consult
with the employees and trade unions, then generally speaking employers
are able to do this. If I say to you are not going to get any
expenses because we could lose jobs to a dog. Is that a good enough
reason? That could be a good enough reason. These depend on their own
facts. It will be a question of fact it's. In a way, employees, in
the current climate, they are over a barrel? The problem a lot of
employers are fizzing is that if they do not accept these changes,
if they do not except these changes, they are aware they could be made
redundant. Employers will be thinking that within the current
climate, how quickly will I get another job? So they are between a
rock and a hard place. Thank you very much.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this one. As the
company say, they need to stay competitive. Workers say they need
to protect their terms and conditions. Maybe you are one of
those workers. If you want to contact us police do the following
ways: -- pleas to do in the following ways: Thank you for
getting in touch about the workers who have agreed to take a temporary
reduction in their pay to save money at their company.
More than 100 staff at Caparo Merchant Bar went home yesterday
and will not return until January. Thank you for the females and texts
on this one. Steer from grounds may says: It is
not a good thing to take a pay cut. How do you pay your mortgage if you
take one? Marc Welby tweeted: I think it is
great that the employer, union and employees are working together to
save jobs. I would do the same thing if needed.
And Cowell says: I do not thank the workers have much choice. I think
they're doing it is and a job. Then a moment: Safe and warm for
Christmas. The people who have been taken off the streets thighs to a
multi-million-pound homeless shelter.
The girlfriend of a man from Lincolnshire who was locked in a
store cupboard and had his business set on fire, has admitted murdering
him. Julie Dixon had initially claimed last intruders had attacked
the couple. But today, the jury at Lincoln Crown Court had been told
she had changed her plea and was guilty of murder. Anne-Marie Tasker
was in court. How surprising read these revelations in court today?
There was as sense of shock in the Court this afternoon when Julie
Dixon's lawyer stood up and told the court she had changed to plead
and was now admitting to killing her long-term boyfriend. Julie
Dixon broke down in tears and she was visibly shaking as the court
heard that after months of blaming others, she was finally admitting
to murdering 46-year-old David Twigg.
To outsiders they seemed a happy couple. But today it was revealed
that David Twigg had in fact been killed by his long-term girlfriend,
Julie Dixon. David Twigg died after a fire in his business on March
13th. He had been locked inside the store cupboard on -- and the
premises set alight. The amount of poisonous gases proved fatal. He
was a much-respected businessman and trivets were paid to them at St
Peter's and St Paul's. At first David Twigg's are often seemed
distraught at his death. Telling the BBC at the time: As police
began to scour the murder scene, Julie Dixon told officers the
couple had been attacked by two last intruders.
Later she changed her story and told the police there couple had
made a suicide pact. But investigators did not buy either a
story. The prosecution told the Crown Court, Julie Dixon could not
admit to David Twigg that the business was in financial dire
straits. She was so reluctant to tell, she took his life. But this
case is far from over yet. Lawyers will be back in court tomorrow
morning to tell the judge why Julie Dixon has now decided to change her
see and to give her version of events what did happen back in
March. But those legal discussions may take some time. So this evening
we are no clear or when Julie Dixon will be sentenced for this crime.
Two people have been arrested in connection with an attempted
robbery at a bank in Coningsby. Lincolnshire police believe that a
stolen forklift was used to try and remove a cash machine at the Lloyds
Bank. This was the scene that met
villagers in Coningsby this morning. Overnight, this local bank was
attacked when thieves, using a stolen forklift truck, wreck their
cash machine out of the wall. Everybody this morning and are
angry about it. I do not know what to make a vet. It is a big surprise
and a big shock. We do not normally get anything like this in the
village. What is the point of trying to break into a bank? It is
stupid. Police say four men are believed to being involved in the
robbery but they were disturbed before they could take the cash
machine away. Two men in their 40s have been arrested and questioned
in relation to the incident. We do not believe they have got away with
anything yet. Although this type of crime is rare, it is not the first
time something like this has happened in her area. Two years ago,
this I can Winterton was robbed and there was a similar incident in
Woodhall spa the following year. Despite this, police are keen to
reassure residents. Con in spree is a very quiet place to live. No one
should be frightened of this. -- Coningsby. Police will now speak to
other police forces to see if there are links with any attempted
robberies across the country. People living in the centre of
Immingham are hoping that the sound of lorries driving down the road
will soon be a distant memory. Work is scheduled to start on the new
they won a Tea link road next year after funding for it was announced
last week. The A 180 link. Having one of the country's major
ports means they major amount of heavy traffic on new roads. Now
with an agreement for the No -- new link roads, it means Immingham
could soon see a change. One area that will benefit is here. They get
lorries coming through here 24 hours and hours a day and it is
making residents' lives a misery. If there is another one going. And
then another one. For the last seven years, this woman and her
husband have seen the traffic outside their front door or crow
too reliant was levels. It is thundering, vibration, we have to
have your TV on loud. Sometimes the property feels like it is never
still, because of the vibrations. It must have quadrupled since the
time we came here. Everyone along this road is affected by it. At the
moment, some lorries travel along this road to reach the docks.
Instead they will be able to use the A 173. We come to Immingham
docks. Any by passes will get us there fast. Here are not going
through the villages. It is good for them. If it takes away all the
heavy traffic, it will be heaven. Simple as that. North-east
Lincolnshire council say there are other benefits as well. It will
allow the area will develop. It is a key scheme for the Humber area,
north-east Lincolnshire and it is key for business. The work will
cost 65 �3 billion and will be completed by the summer of 2014.
It is nearly quarter to seven. We will be live at the KC Stadium
as Hull City look to build over their win over the last boss.
And the church opening its doors to If you have a photograph, send it
into us. Tonight's is a The Church at Ulceby in North
Lincolnshire taken by the pupils of St Nicholas Primary School, so says
The Met Office have got a warning in place for some very strong winds
are developing. Could be severe gales, and that mean gusts in
excess of 60 miles an hour, and I wouldn't be surprised if parts of
Yorkshire get up to 70 miles an hour. They could beat a problem for
the commuter. You can see why a very deep area of low pressure is
closely packing together. By the end of the day, those isobars get
tighter still. They risk of severe gales as the tomorrow develops. It
is a windy enough at the moment. One or two showers have crept in
from the West. Other than that, it is dry, and should stay like that
for much of tonight. The winds will ease a little bit. It clouds over
later, and there will be patchy rain spreading in from the West.
Temperatures down to 2-three degrees. This summer will rise at
8am. So, it looks as if it will be wet at times tomorrow. Patchy
outbreaks of rain in the morning, but then as we head through the
afternoon, a narrow band of rain per share them from the north-west.
The winds are strengthening all the while. -- rain per share in. --
pushers in. 11 degrees Celsius, If you want more on the weather,
your BBC local radio station will have it.
21 homeless people will be spending Christmas in warm, safe
accommodation, thanks to a new centre that has opened in Lincoln.
The charity behind the scheme is helping them to make a new start,
and aims to eradicate rough sleeping in the city completely.
Proud of a new home, Katie couldn't be happier to shore of the flat she
is sharing with her partner at the Pathways Centre in Lincoln. Here is
my kitchen. After losing her job and home, Katie was left with
nowhere to go. If I wasn't here now, I could be on the streets, sleeping
rough, not eating, and basically living like a homeless person.
centre will provide up to 21 home as people with temporary come at --
accommodation, but this is more than just a roof over people's
heads. The idea is to help people regain independence and get back on
their feet. Last week, there were 72 people registered as homeless in
Lincoln. This has attracted high- profile campaigners, including the
Bishop's former Bishop. Today, the leader of the city council formally
opened the new centre. In talking to some of the residents, they are
so pleased with the facilities that gives and dignity, because the
standards are good here, the facilities are good, they feel that
perhaps for the first time they are valued. They feel that their needs
are being recognised and met. Residents will get help finding
work, and the opportunity to learn new skills. The charity behind the
Pathways Centre hopes it will put an end to rough sleeping in Lincoln.
I think it tears realistic. The quality of accommodation is good. -
- it is. Residents will be able to stay for up to two years.
And that's another one you may want to talk to us about tonight. E-mail
or text me and we'll have some of your thoughts before the end of the
programme. The Red Arrows have been cleared to
fly again by the Ministry of Defence. The display team, based at
RAF Scampton, had been grounded since the death of Flight
Lieutenant Sean Cunningham last month. Investigations are ongoing
into the accident which involved the ejection seat in his Hawk jet.
Hull Transport Interchange was evacuated for an hour this morning
because of a suspected gas leak. There were reports of a smell of
gas on the rail platforms, and passengers hoping to travel on
trains and buses were told to leave the station. The Interchange re-
opened just before 11am after engineers inspected the site.
Another big crowd is expected at the KC stadium in Hull tonight as
Hull City face Birmingham City. The Tigers won on Saturday, and they
are hoping for more of the same tonight to move further towards the
promotion places. With anticipation building at the
KC Stadium, fans are confident the Tigers could pick up the full three
points to propel them back into the play-off places. The team are young.
They will develop. They are doing well at the moment, and are trying
hard. They are in for a chance of a play-off place. I think Barmby will
make a good manager. This weekend's victory ended a run of Galat
consecutive defeats. It has given the sides a confidence boost. --
ended a run of two consecutive defeats. We now have to kick on.
This is an opportunity far asked. The last time these teams met was
MP Premier League. -- in the Premier League. It is their best
equivalent return for seven years. Victory tonight would make it three
wins out of five. After relegation, Chris Hughton's side have won just
one, and slipped from eighth place to 14th. Both teams was seen this
as a must-win match to keep their promotion hopes on track.
Our reporter, Sarah Corker, is live at the KC Stadium now. Sarah, will
there be a big crowd there tonight do you think? Despite the cold
weather, fans are in high spirits. We are expecting a crowd of 17,000
people, and their fans know a good set of results in December will put
them in a strong position in the play-offs. I am joined by Peter
Swann. Just how much of a challenge will Birmingham pose? You only have
to look at the league table. It won't be easy. It hasn't had a bad
start, but how important are the next few weeks? That is the big
thing, caretaker boss. The important fact is if he can get the
results. With the kick-off in a less than an hour, you can see
behind me it is starting to fill up, and fans here are confident that
they can string together a winning run, and bad in the next week or so,
we showed no have they are doing. And you can follow all the action
from that match on BBC Radio Humberside. The team are on-air now
with Sportstalk. A Lincolnshire stately home built
in the 1600s is to be brought into the 21st century with a state-of-
the-art heating system. Belton House, near Grantham, is installing
it to help control the humidity in the house. Staff say the �500,000
scheme will help preserve its priceless contents.
If you've not got the Christmas spirit yet, a trip to Scunthorpe
this weekend might just do the trick. 80 decorated trees are being
displayed in the town. It has been described as a magical sight and
the perfect start to Christmas. From the outside of this church,
there are few clues as to what lies inside. Open the door, and enter a
magical world of Christmas. The Christmas Tree Festival has been
organised by the Rotary Club, and has been described as one of the
best displays of its kind. This year, up 80 decorated trees have
different themes. This one is all about football. Some are original,
some are traditional, and some are not. This one, for example, is
highly original. The Christmas tree exhibition that will be raising
funds for Scunthorpe's Hospice, which, this morning, it was
preparing for Christmas as well. Last year, nearly �4,000 was raised.
It is great fun for all people involved, and everyone who goes
along. It generates cash for a great cause. There are 80 trees
being decorated. But this one is extra special. Maureen was a
patient at a hospice. Each time I put up or born, I think of a member
of the group who has got breast cancer. -- poked a bauble on. We
can attract people to thinking pink. The festival will be opened this
weekend, raising funds for a great cause, while raising our festive
spirits as well. And you can see that display at Old
Brumby United Church on Ashby Road in Scunthorpe from 10:30am this
Saturday, or from 12 o'clock on Sunday lunchtime.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines:
David Cameron is under pressure over a new EU treaty - he's facing
calls for Britain to win back powers from Brussels.
Dozens of workers at a North East Lincolnshire oil refinery walk out
in protest over pay and conditions. Tomorrow's weather - cloudy with
patchy rain in places, turning heavy in the afternoon, but
clearing in most areas by dusk. Severe gales developing. Top
temperatures 11 Celsius. Some travel news now: Those winds
We were talking about changes to employees ride by employers. A
couple of the messages and Tweets. I feel I would do as my employer
thinks best to stay competitive to keep the business going. On e-mail,
this from Tom: I have never heard of any employee walking out because