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Good evening. Welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines: The winter
drought threatening crops and the use of hosepipes.
We will not be able to irrigate however high-value crops, which
will mean we do not get the quality the custom and supermarkets require.
The family of missing Stuart Gilson so they are still waiting for him
to walk through the door. The last couple of days, it has just felt
like he is working away and will come through that door. The road
crashes at one Business Mansur threatening his livelihood.
And the war against roses. The Lincolnshire tulips taking on more
traditional Valentine blames. not like roses. They are a bit to
cliche. Trips are nice, but to say I love you, you would go for roses.
Temperatures have been around average. Power have the forecast
later. It has been one of the driest
winters in 35 years. Now, There are fears that drought conditions could
lead to a hosepipe ban in Lincolnshire. Anglian Water says it
cannot true that restricting supplies as early as spring.
Farmers have warned that the lack of rain will harm their crops,
possibly forcing up food prices. After last week's snow, the ground
looks wet but beneath the surface, it is a different story. It soon
breaks up. Normally, nearer the surface, you can make a nice ball
out of it. Down there, it breaks up easily, so it is much drier. Chris
has an arable farm at mothering humph. Following the county's third
driest winter on record, he fears crops and vegetables could be
affected both in quality and price. The extent of the problem is clear
here. This reservoir is used to regret his -- immigrate his crops.
At this time of year, it would normally be full. Levels are down
by 80 %. It could pose challenges for the rest of the year. It is
very stressful, and we have no prospect of filling it at the
moment. We have a prohibition on the water. We probably will not be
able to irrigate our high-value crops, which will mean we do not
get a yield of do not get the call to the customer and supermarkets
require. Be it is not just farmers who may be caught short. This
reservoir supplies domestic users. It is down by 20 %, which means a
hosepipe ban cannot be ruled out. It sounds a bit crazy at this
moment, especially since we have had all the snow. People with
gardens and people washing cars, it would be a bit of a blow, but what
can you do? David is from the Environment Agency. He describes a
shortage as a wake-up call. encourage people to use water
carefully, and the more we can save water now, the less likely we would
need to impose restrictions later this year. Oh but the coming weeks,
farmers will be watching this guy is closely. A spell of continued
wet-weather bringing some welcome relief.
A running me is Ciaran Nelson from Anglian Water. -- joining me is
Ciaran Nelson. How much is a -- how much of a problem we must be?
could be significant. The problem with dealing with this goes back to
last winter. We have had successive dry spells. We are in a position
where we are facing a spring and summer where we might not have as
much water as we would like. Should the reservoirs not be full at the
end of a winter? Yes, indeed, they should. We are in the middle of our
recharge period, where the reservoirs and underground places
should be filling up. The refill period started later and is taking
longer. We applied for a drought permits to take water out of a
river to Pompey into the reservoir at the Atlanta. That will make a
small difference. Can you rule out hosepipe bans? We have not had one
for 20 years, but I cannot say we will not this year. We are doing a
lot to save water. I would encourage customers to use less
water. I cannot give guarantees at this stage that we will not have
hosepipe bans. That sounds quite worrying. It is something we need
to be worried about. We all have an obligation to try to protect water.
It is finite. We have not had the rainfall. Even the snow we have
seen, it takes 10 centimetres of snow to give the equivalent of one
centimetre of rain. Even that will not make much of a dent on the
really dry land at there. people run a bath guilt-free before
bedtime? I have asked people to perhaps prefer a shower over a bath.
Perhaps people could take it for a minute less. That could save over
20 litres. If everybody did that, we would soon start to save
thousands if not millions of litres. Top tip of the evening. Thank you
for coming in. That is one you might want to comment on. In a
moment: Eight call-centre employee tells us how bosses at timing
toilet breaks. -- at call-centre employee.
The family of a missing Hull man said they are still waiting for him
to walk back in the door. It is over two weeks since Stuart Gilson
went missing. There has been a massive public response to the
campaign to find the 21-year-old. Sarah Corker is live in Hull city
centre. How strong is this campaign? Across the Hull seed say,
on buses, in shops and in the streets, posters like this are
appealing for information as to what could have happened to Stuart.
His image is now going up on these billboards as well. Complete
strangers are helping, offering to Prince of posters -- often to
printer off posters and help with searches.
Kim Bailey takes comfort from the messages on Facebook. The family
said they are overwhelmed by the help they have had from the people
of Paul. It is absolutely amazing, the support we have got to, it is
just amazing. I cannot get a vet. Stuart Gilson disappeared and the
20 eighth of January after a night out. This is the last sighting of
him on Drypool Bridge, just before 10:30pm. There is no CCTV footage
of Stuart on the other side of the bridge. The police believe he could
have taken a short cut on this footpath. His family and friends
have been out searching for him. There have been joined by members
of the public. They have been retracing the route he could have
taken home, looking for close. Everywhere you not, there are
posters appealing for help. -- everywhere you look. The last
couple of days, it has felt like he is working away and will come
through that door. Just got to keep thinking like that. This woman's
son went missing 16 years ago. Sue volunteers for a charity, and is
backing the campaign to find Stuart. Hull citizens should be proud of
themselves for what they are doing to help his family. A family man,
his loved ones say his disappearance is totally out of
character. They're asking the public not to give up hope in
finding him. I keep thinking there is someone out there that know
something, and I do not know why they are not come forward and
saying it. Steward's sister speaking to me. Police have called
off physical searches for Stuart, but are still reviewing CCTV across
the city to see if they can pick up any other players. They are asking
if anyone has seen or heard anything about Stuart to get in
touch with than. The family say they are determined to keep looking
for him. Some more news now. A man has
appeared in court charged with importing Class A drugs through the
Hull ferry terminal. A lorry loaded with 13 stone of drugs was seized
on Friday. Gary Pattison from Woodmansey, near Beverley, was
remanded in custody. Humberside Police Authority says it
wants more money from council tax payers. The authority voted for a
3.9 % rise. That is for a band D property.
A lorry got stuck under a railway bridge in the Stoneferry area this
afternoon causing long traffic delays. The driver eventually moved
their vehicle forward. Network Rail inspected the Bridge afterwards and
says no damage was caused. A member of staff at a call centre
in Hull has contacted the BBC to criticise conditions. The employee
said the company had started timing trips to the toilet, and anyone who
spent too long had to make up the time at the end of their sheet. --
the end of their shift. A solicitor has told us that legally the
company is not done anything wrong. These staff are among the 4,000
working in call centres across the East Riding. Managers here at the
KC contact centre said their relations with staff is good, but
elsewhere, one worker, who does not wish to be identified, told us
about the pressures of the job. He says his company is even
restricting their toilet breaks. People are all different. They were
some people were pregnant, some have irritable bowel syndrome, and
it means they are required to go to the top lot more often. They are
worried they would have to pay the time back, and it is affecting my
wrath. While breaks are controlled at most call centres, working
conditions and stress levels vary. The most successful liaise closely
with their staff. KC contact centres employ over 200 people, and
annual staff turnover currently runs at around 13 %. That is half
the national average. Managers say that is because they treat their
workers fairly, and as individuals. We have no intention of making
people start to pay back toilet breaks. It is about working with
individuals. It is about treating people as individuals, rather than
with a broad brush. Some companies think they can save money by
restricting how often their employees spend a penny. Others
reckon there's a good staff relations at prices. -- are
priceless. Sean Dempsey is an employment lawyer. I asked him if
companies were within their rights to make workers clock off and on
when they visited the toilet. any type of relationship,
employment relationship, an employer can manage that
relationship as they deem fit. Logging into a computer and logging
of when somebody needs to go to the toilets, that can be appropriate in
certain circumstances. Hull Fair is it to make people make up time if
they have exceeded their allotments -- how fair is it? I think for
Mayfair this perspective, if they have specific provisions for time
off, I think in certain circumstances it could be fair to
make up time at the end of the day if they use a disproportionate
demands of rest breaks. One worker told us some of his colleagues
avoid drinking so they do not need to pay a visit. How can that be
defended? That sounds extreme to me. If it is the case that the rest
breaks the employers allowing the employees is such that they cannot
drink, that seems to be unfair and could amount to a breach of the
duty of trust and confidence. Briefly, what would you say to
anyone thinking of taking action against their boss for timing them
in such a way? I do not think the timing is an issue. It is what the
employer does with that time that could be problematic. If they seek
to deduct wages, employees could have an unlawful deduction from
wages claim. Monitoring is not Thank you. Now, we would like to
hear your views on this. Is the fear foreign player to act in this
manner? Get in touch in the We will get some of your thoughts
on this before we finish at 7 o'clock. Still to come, the blood
town's helping to keep their colleagues healthy. And his Dulux
replacing it roses as the Choice.
Tonight's photo is the sun setting at Saxilby in Lincolnshire, sent to
us by Melanie Carter. Thank you very much for that. Please keep the
these photographs coming. I will be careful how do this. Good evening,
Yes, I have had a few comments about this. Today, it has been
fairly average, temperature wives. But at least that is not going to
be to call tonight. The cloud will be quite thick at times, but that
should clear as we go into the afternoon. As you can see, it is
this weather front which is going to bring most of the cloud and the
best of the sunshine will be the further west you are. For most of
us, it has been a dry day and as we head into this evening and
overnight, the cloud will thicken and may give us some spots of light
rain. The wind is freshening up from the north-west and that will
make quite strong and dusty towards the coast. For most of us,
temperatures of five or six degrees. Here are the sunrise and sunset
times. Not to chilly to start off with tomorrow, but the cloud
threatening up, to give the odd spot of light rain. For many of us,
and tried day and the cloud beginning to break during the day,
so the best of the weather to the west of the region. As we go
through the day, temperatures across East Yorkshire could even
push into double figures. It is above-average for this time of here.
In to Thursday and Friday, are at the amount of cloud, which will
bring us some rain. I am sure there is a big bunch of roses waiting for
you when you get home. A are the from you?
A business owner say drivers repeatedly crashing in front of his
property are costing him a fortune in lost trade.
Frank Hopkins is calling on Lincolnshire County Council to load
or the speed limit on the main road out of his village. -- to lower the
speed limit. There have been ten accidents on
this stretch of road in the last decade. According to one local
businessman, it is the speed limit on this bend that is to blame.
had about 50 and the speed up as they come down the brain.
This was the scene on Friday, when a car came off the road and knocked
down a telegraph pole. It is meant that this business has
lost both its phone line and internet access. Owner Frank
Hopkins says it is the third time it has happened. A it has cost us
about �30,000 down the years. The insurance companies will not pay
out, because it is an undefined thing. Although there are signs
warning motorists to slow down, francs is not enough is being done
to warn people about the dangers of the bend. The error about 200
higher priority site in Lincolnshire that we have to
address. That is not to say this is not a concern. In 2009, we averaged
about three accidents idea. Collisions have now Rel reduced.
The Road Safety Partnership reduced the speed limit in 2009 and there
have only been two accidents since then.
BT are now working on replacing the pole, but it may not be until
Friday that business here will be back to normal.
Thank for getting in touch last night about the extra training
being offered to teenage drivers in Lincolnshire. The South Holland
area was labelled one of the worst in the country for young drivers
crashing. Thank for getting in touch last night about the extra
training being offered to teenage drivers in Lincolnshire. The South
Holland area was labelled one of the worst in the country for young
drivers crashing. Elizabeth from Gainsborough says...
Harry Neil thinks young drivers should be restricted after getting
Thing he very much for all those. When a dog needs urgent surgery
finding enough blood to carry out the operation has always been a
problem for vets. A recent law change means they can now store pet
blood. Now a nationwide charity blood bank, set up for emergency
use, is trying to expand. Our reporter Leanne Brown has been to
the only surgery in our area, in Boston, where dogs can donate.
have cleaned his snaky and now we're going to go-ahead.
It is a common procedure for humans, but now dogs can also give blood
for use in emergency surgery. is very vital for us. If they have
pleading Schumacher's or bleeding from traffic accidents.
Before the charity Pet Blood Bank started doing this five years ago,
things were done very differently. The vets would have to use their
own dog or friends dog. That is obviously quite stressful for
everybody involved. Every unit that is collected can
help save the lives of four dogs. There are two blood types, positive
or negative, and any dog over 25 kilos in weight can donate. It is
very important to was that the dogs are not heart or frightened. They
do not tend to react adversely to needles. They are often better than
Schumann's in that respect. And the charity need more owners to
come forward. To me, it is a life- saving project.
And they do get a reward for their efforts - a bowl of food.
Former Hull City player Dean Windass has announced that he is
going into rehab on Monday for 26 days. Last month, he revealed that
he tried to take his own life, after struggling to cope since
Hull city could move of the championship table if they beat one
of their near his promotion rivals. Fresh from their female victory
over Bristol city, they are set to name an unchanged side for the trip
to Birmingham city. And Scunthorpe United will be able to play today.
We saw last night fans Clearing the snow off the pitch. They are
playing Rochdale. And there is coverage of the games
on BBC Radio Humberside. Hull City's trip to Birmingham City
is on FM and Scunthorpe's match with Rochdale is on AM and digital.
And BBC Lincolnshire will have the Lincoln City game against Braintree
from 7.00pm. In the Netherlands, they are the
flower of love, but can you get away with giving tulips on
Valentine's Day? Millions of extra blooms have been
grown in Lincolnshire and Siobhan Robbins has been asking if the
humble tulip can beat the traditional rose in the romance
stakes. It is that time of here again - Geraint harks, cards and
flowers. In the chill of capital of the area. They have been growing
extra ones. Our main product for Valentine's Day are the red ones.
Or on average, we spend �36 a year on flowers. A it is the milk multi-
million pound bet industry in the United Kingdom. Lincolnshire is
that the heart of it. So bookies like this do not just say I love
you, but are also a huge lift to the local economy. I would buy them
red roses. My do not like the look of roses. I think they're a bit
predictable. A pass to be roses. Many people say that although roses
remained popular, tulips are now the most growing popular
alternative. In the Netherlands, the are the Flower Of Love. We are
finding that younger people are in cut increasingly turning to them.
The demand far floors will carry on, with mother stayed just around the
corner. Let us get a recap of the national
and regional headlines New figures on the cost of living - inflation
drops for the second month in a row to its lowest level for over a year.
After one of the driest winters in 35 years, there are fresh fears
that drought conditions could lead to hosepipe bans in Lincolnshire.
For 20 years, we have not had a hosepipe ban. That was Anglian
Water talking live on the programme. And tomorrow's weather - variable
cloud, with light patchy rain in the east at times, but generally
dry. The fresh breeze tending to ease
during the day and a maximum temperature of 10 Celsius. We are
now getting a response coming and regarding the story about call
centres. One person says that people are skiving when the are
taking too many breaks. Another said that timing toilet breaks it