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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:


Police step up the battle against gangs killing wild animals in


Lincolnshire. They're driving across the fields


at night using high-velocity rifles, night-vision technology and heat-


seeking technology, as well. Cracking down on metal theft - one


council says it's seen a significant reduction.


How people power could be harnessed to generate electricity.


And the revival of vinyl as LPs come back in fashion.


And it looks mild in the run-up to Christmas. Join me for the latest


Police say armed gangs with high- powered rifles are spreading fear


though rural communities in Lincolnshire. They shoot wild


animals for sport or for food. There have had more than 600


reported cases in the last four months of hare coursing - an


outlawed practice where hares are chased and killed by dogs. Simon


Spark is live with this story in the village of Nettleham near


Lincoln. Simon, this isn't a new crime, but how concerned are


police? The of they are concerned and the figures that you put do


sound horrific. They also are based on the weather we had last year


which was very bad and not us many cases were reported. But they are a


worry for farmers and also for villages like the ones here. Here,


we have more damage caused overnight. They were shooting as


they went around the corner. It's another farm in another battle


against rural crime. This time, trespassers coming onto land to


shoot, maim and kill any wildlife they can. Anything that has moved


has been shot at. General of damage to gateposts, chains broken, block


smashed, anything to get them into the land. This latest incident was


on the land of Christmas tree grower William Rose, but it's a


common problem for many farmers. They are driving across the fields


at night, using a high-velocity rifle, night vision goggles and


heat-seeking technology as well. They callously leave the carcasses,


the dead bodies on the ground, really. They are not doing it for


food, they are just doing it for the hell of it. It adds to a


growing list of major crimes in recent months. During a nine-month


period last year, 40 tractors were stolen from farms. In September


this year, 1,400 sheep were stolen from Stenigot near Louth, and


another 23 were taken from Epworth just this month. And between 1st


August and 5th December, 630 hare coursing incidents were reported to


Lincolnshire police. And they too are getting equipped. Special


vehicles with numberplate recognition cameras and night


vision are helping but vigilance and working together is still a


main defence. It is not just about me trying to combat it on my own,


it is about working together and working with the local fans --


farmers and the landowners and the gatekeepers.


Simon, what are the police doing to reassure people? You could say they


are casting their net wider, they are collaborating with other forces


to gather intelligence and of course, they are gathering help


from farmers. Earlier in the month, one farmer factory called a meeting


with the police and another 50 farmers turned up in support to


raise their concerns. From that, they have managed to start up a


scheme were they all liaise with each other and talk to each other.


A lot of these gangs are coming in from other counties and better


something that is dangerous, obviously, to tackle head on with


the weapons that they have and also, with the intelligence they can


gather from farmers and other forces, they can use that to help


bring them to justice. I'm joined by Louise Robertson from


the League Against Cruel Sports which campaigns against hare


coursing. Good evening. Why should we be so concerned about hare


coursing? This is a barbaric form of animal cruelty. Fees are not


people accurately, a cross hairs and allowing their dogs to chase


them. These are organised gangs of criminals killing wildlife just for


the sake of it. The members of the public are aware of this, and then


as reported to the police. Some will say this isn't a blood sport


but actually, a traditional activity that has gone on in the


countryside for a long time. Hare coursing, organised traditional


hare coursing is illegal and the types of hare coursing we are


seeing now is illegal and must be reported to the police. Often, the


people carrying out these types of activities are often involved in


other sorts of crimes. When you hear that it is not for food or


anything else but just for fun or just for the hell of it, how does


that make you feel? It makes me livid, it is horrific that people


can inflict cruelty on animals and get pleasure out of it. It is also


worrying for the people living in these communities that these


individuals are going out in the dead of night with lethal weapons.


How seriously do the police take such crimes when it is in the


middle of the night? I think the police take it very seriously. The


number of incidents that have been reported is very encouraging. Often,


these sorts of crimes to go under- reported because of the remote


places they are happening in and the fact that they are taking place


at night but we are seeing joined up working from police forces those


that these criminals are being prosecuted and brought to justice


for what they are doing. Thank you. Can the police stop the gangs


killing wild animals in the county? What is the impact on the rural


areas? What measures should be taken to deal with crime in those


parts of the county? Your thoughts on this one if you like to get in


In a moment: The children getting messages from


the Middle East because their The world's biggest security firm,


G4S, has won a �200 million contract to run office departments


at Lincolnshire Police. 500 civilian staff could be affected in


the police control centre and several other departments could be


privately run when the deal is finally concluded. Chief officers


say it will save millions of pounds, but secure jobs.


A man from Hull has been remanded in custody after being charged with


the rape of a ten-year-old girl almost 30 years ago. Magistrates


heard how 49-year-old Michael Acey was arrested after detectives re-


opened the case. Police say new DNA evidence has come to light. Michael


Acey will appear before Hull Crown Court in the New Year.


A woman has broken down in tears in the witness box, as she told


Lincoln Cown Court why she'd murdered her partner. 43-year-old


Julie Dixon has been giving evidence in a hearing to decide why


she killed David Twigg. The 46- year-old was locked in a cupboard


before his business in Burgh Le Marsh near Skegness was set on fire.


and joins me now. What did Julie Dixon say? She started by answering


the most important question. Julie Dixon's Barrister asked "why


did you strike the match and start the fire?" She replied "I was going


along with the plans we'd already made and to go along with his


wishes." Asked "Whose idea was it that David Twigg should die in a


fire? Julie Dixon replied: "David's" Her Barrister asked: "For


about how long had David been talking about suicide?" Ms Dixon


said "Probably since he heard about the bankruptcy." David Twigg


declared bankrupt last year. Julie Dixon's family - see here -


listened as she said that over seven years, the couple had


borrowed almost �400,000 to pay off business debts and bills. She said


he'd known about the debts for past four years and she had never taken


money from the business for herself. She said Mr Twigg was "distraught"


when he was made bankrupt, but despite that the couple had gone on


to spend two thousand pounds on a holiday in America. Julie Dixon


originally claimed David Twigg had been attacked by masked men, before


changing her story to say they'd made a suicide pact. The hearing


continues tomorrow. North Lincolnshire has seen a


significant reduction in metal thefts. Humberside Police figures


show that during two weeks in June there were 72 reported thefts of


metal in that area. Six months on the latest figures show just 15


thefts. Scrap metal dealers have been working more closely with the


police and local council. This scrap metal merchants in


Scunthorpe has always tried to turn away metal they suspect is stolen.


But taking a stand is sometimes not easy. Some who were accepted and


walk away but we have been threatened. It can be quite


frightening. But Steve is among a number of dealers who've signed up


to a new scheme with Humberside Police and North Lincolnshire


Council. Any new customers, will start asking from ID. It has got to


stop asking -- stop people selling stolen metal. Metal theft is a


widespread problem. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire we've


seen churches lose their lead and cables snatched from substations


and railway lines. In North Lincolnshire, they seen a downward


trend in thefts and say it's down to a number of initiatives. We have


been increasing the amount of visible patrol. We have been


targeting the offenders. We have been doing awareness raising and


perhaps most importantly, working together with the scrapyards so


that we are working together so they can help us to try to


eliminate the way of disposing of this type of metal. But local


initiatives, while apparently successful, can only go so far.


British Transport Police now set- aside from terrorism, metal theft


is now the biggest concern. A group of MPs are pushing for need


legislation to bring in a national licensing scheme for dealers.


Honest dealers simply want a level playing field and hope that local


initiatives like this one will help bring this about.


Bosses at BAE Systems in Brough are believed to be looking at ways of


redeploying their workforce in the green energy sector. The aircraft


manufacturing site faces being mothballed with the loss of almost


900 jobs. Management at the defence giant have told local MPs they're


looking at other options for staff facing redundancy. I think the fact


that the Humber could become a hub for renewables is quite important


in this debate and we need to look at the possibilities that that


opens up. There is potential, there, as well.


Passengers on a ferry into Hull arrived more than four hours late


this morning. The Pride of York was unable to use the King George Dock


terminal because of a broken lock gate. The vessel eventually docked


at the Rotterdam quay in the Humber just before midday. P&O Ferries say


tonight's sailing to Rotterdam could also be delayed by up to an


Still ahead tonight: How we could soon be making every step we take a


step towards saving the planet. And the return of retro music players


as vinyl sees an increase in If you have a big you are proud of,


send it in. -- if you have a picture. Tim Everett says this is a


low light shot, and he is trying to bring some class to defer to a slot.


We do not mediate, but thank you very much for that! -- we do not


Someone says, where does Paul Hudson get his Beenham shirts from?


-- doing home shirts from. Let's look at a headline. It is a mild


one. Temperatures are in double figures, and it looks like that


will last through tomorrow. Christmas Day looks very mild


indeed. No chance of a white Christmas. We are in a warm sector.


Tomorrow will see temperatures around 11 degrees. There has been a


lot of cloud. Some subtle breaks in the cloud sheet. I think this


evening and overnight will be dry it with variable amounts of cloud.


There will be some clear spells. Certainly, a mad and frost-free


night, with temperatures down to eight Celsius -- a mild and frost-


free night. The sun will rise at 8:17am, setting at 3:42pm. A dry


day tomorrow with a variable amounts of cloud. Some spells of


sunshine a possible, and some quiet -- some quite nice temperatures. We


are looking at 10 in Hull Garbutt 11 in Lincoln, Grimsby and towards


Boston -- 10 in Hull, but 11 in Lincoln. Christmas Day looks cloudy


I was humiliated yesterday. Somebody said, poll has a day off,


has he done to get your fake tan? Scientists at University of Hull


think they may have found new ways to harness human energy. It would


mean every step we take is helping to save the planet. Caroline Bilton


has more. It is a typical rush-hour at York railway station, where


thousands of commuters are hurrying to get to their next destination.


Approximately 11 million people pass through this station every


single year. With every step they take, they generate up to six Watts.


At the moment, that his energy that is wasted, but what if that could


be collected in some way and used to power things, like display


screens, audio systems and even the light? It is something Jim Gilbert


from University of Hull has spent years working on. How on earth


could we use humans in a train station to generate energy? There


are lots of people around, all moving, and if we can take a bit of


energy from each of those people, and put it together, we get a


useful amount of energy. We do not need to take large rebate to make a


useful contribution. Do you need to have a constant food for? You can


store energy. -- constant foot fall. One man who shot the -- one man has


are the potential of human energy was Trevor Bayliss, famous for


inventing the wind-up radio. They invented issue that could charge


your mobile as you walk. -- a shoe. We developed a device that fits in


the bottom of the shoe. When you walk, it stores energy. You could


charge your mobile phone, and I part -- and iPod, any electrical


device. At that idea was sadly ruined after September 11th.


idea of harvesting energy, however, is not new. This company in Israel


has developed a system to use vibrations from passing cars and


trains to generate power. Back at Hull University, Jim is working on


a staircase that can generate energy with every step you take.


That movement converts to electrical energy. We have a lot of


work to do to find out how much force people can apply to it, make


it comfortable and reduce the nice, and make it so people do not notice


their giving energy into their system. -- reduce the noise. It is


one of the number of ideas that the team are working on. The staircase


is far from Venice, but there is a lot of Minister -- there is a lot


of interest in it. Harvesting energy from our movements and


vibrations and is to be cost- effective, but the research being


carried out at Hull University maybe a small step towards saving


the planet. Fascinating. At now, for five-year-


old Phoebe Birney, hearing a recorded message from her mother


will be an early Christmas present. Claire Birney is serving with the


RAF in the Middle East, and is one of many parents who have sent a


special CD home for Christmas. Tarah Welsh reports from RAF


Waddington. She has got brown hair, blue eyes, she sometimes wears


earrings. Claire Birney has been working away from October. She will


not be home for Christmas, but has sent her daughter his special gift.


She is rarely far away. That is why she sent me a little story. I hope


everything is OK. Through this initiative, Claire professionally


recorded a story for her daughter. 50 other parents at RAF Waddington


have done the same. It is quite difficult sometimes. It is very


emotional. You can stab the recorder with a personal message to


your child or children. -- you can start the recording. They realise


they will not be with their children. Then they record the


story. Phoebe's dad is making sure it will be a good Christmas. He


said the surprise recording makes it extra special. The CD comes in


the post, and it is to her. I managed to pick it up and give it


to hair. It was really nice. I could listen to her voice. Cloud


will not be home for two months, Sophie B has her own message to


send. -- Sophie B has her own message to send. Merry Christmas!


These well on the verge of extinction. Now, thanks to the


dedication of wildlife experts and Lincolnshire, the dormouse is


enjoying a revival. When Crompton has been to Chambers Woods Farm


near Horncastle. It is nearly a decade since his dormice were


reintroduced into the wild hero Chambers Farm Wood, and they have


been going from strength to strength. This box has been used,


and we have found some mice here. Dormouse are rarely seen as they


are nocturnal and hibernate for over half the year. Ecologist


Adrienne Bennett says they are still able to unlock how many are


living here. We have a series of boxes and a series of troops. We


check them every month through the year. -- a series of troops. Using


these checks, we report any mice we find. We can compare that from year


on year. The in 2002, 32 dormouse were released here. Since then, the


population has been growing. Ecologists here say it has been a


bumper year. The mice were released in this area here. Anne Goodhall is


a volunteer who has been caring father mice since they were


released. We went round in August and found 20 mice. That was a


record. Each month, we seem to double it. The project has been so


successful that the team are hoping to introduce a similar population


near by. Digital download may be on the


increase as music CD sales fall, but it seems that vinyl has not had


its day just yet. Sales have increased by 40 % so far this year.


One record shop in Hull says that the revival is being driven by


young people. Sarah Corker has been Christmas 1987. That was the last


time vinyl and sold CDs, and the Pet Shop Boys were number one with


this classic. Now, it looks like a record is making a comeback. Always


On My mind... This music shop owner says people of all ages aback by in


vinyl. I average customer age has fallen to about 25 -- my average


customer age. My oldest customer is 86. 17-year-old Helena became


hooked after listening to her father's collection. I come up here


every few weeks, and bright end up with a stack of vinyl. It is


addictive. It is the satisfaction of having something in your hands


that you do not get with Internet downloads. For many, nothing quite


compares to the first time you drop that needle. People are discovering


older music in their family's collection. There may be becoming


fond of there snap, crackle and pop that final gives. Having listened


to this. -- that vinyl gives. have got a few friends who have


started buying it. I think people appreciate music more than what


they used to. I think it is seen as retro. Lady GaGa is even getting in


on the action. There we are. The revival of vinyl.


Some news just in. Is this the oldest Christmas tree of any Look


North viewer? Derek Upfield says history is as old as he is, 77. It


survived the Blitz, and the flood of 2007, and still even holds some


of the original decorations bought by his parents in the 1930s. It has


sentimental value. I cannot throw it away after all these years.


There we are. That is Derek and history, 77 years old. -- Derek and


his a tree. If you have a story you think we should know about, get in


touch. A recap of the headlines. John Terry is to be charged with


racist abuse. He will appear in court by February. Police step up


the battle against gangs killing Response coming in on the subject


of the killing of wild animals after our discussion. Somebody says,


armed police should apprehend these people, take their firearms and


animals away from them and send them to prison for a long time.


Dave said, perhaps that the punishment was more severe, it


might make a difference. All equipment should be put in the


crusher. Schon said, these criminals shooting animals -- Sean


said, at the police able to defend themselves? Mac says it is soul-


destroying to look around your crops to discover her courses had


been driving on them all night. Someone else says the shooting


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