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


A deal is struck for Lincolnshire's first privately built and run


police station. There will be some job losses as a


result of this contract, that is inevitable.


A burial mix up - now there's official confirmation of the


identity of the body in Christopher Alder's grave.


The councillor punished for insults on Twitter claims his official


letters are now being censored. A vision for Lincolnshire's markets


- hopes they'll become the home for new business.


And to lead or not to lead? The debate over dogs running free in


our parks. Spring temperatures end-February


across much of our region tomorrow, It's been described as a


revolutionary deal that will transform policing in Lincolnshire.


A �200 million contract has been signed between Lincolnshire Police


and the world's biggest security company - G4S. Hundreds of back-


office staff will transfer to G4S, and the company will build and run


a massive new police station. While chief officers say millions of


pounds will be saved, unions fear immediate job losses. Phil Connell


It has been described as the most radical change in policing for more


than a century. It is police stations here in Lincolnshire that


will see the first changes. The deal signed today will see the


private security firm G4S work in partnership with Lincolnshire


police. As part of a deal, they will build a privately run custody


suite and police station in Lincoln. They will also take charge of 540


of the force's civilian workers. There are no guarantees of job


security, though. Unfortunately there will be job losses as a


result of this contract, that is inevitable.


They move will see changes for the force's so-called backroom staff,


people like Pat Clifford, who works on reception at headquarters.


Here in the control room, though, it is these backroom workers on


whom frontline policing often relies. Tonight there are concerns


that by privatising these jobs standards across Lincolnshire could


begin to fall. I think the biggest concern is that both parties have


not done their homework and it will be an almighty upheaval to start


with. We have been promised a soft landing - let's hope that happens.


I did like to think of it as evolutionary rather than


revolutionary, but it is revolutionary too many people.


can you guarantee that standards will be maintained? G4S can do the


job for us, they can do it differently from the way we have


done it, more cheaply, what choice is there? G4S will be paid 200


million for a service that presently costs 228 million. The


changes in savings should not be noticed by the public, do it says.


It would concern me, it would be the thin end of the wedge. If that


is backroom jobs, I would have thought it would be a good idea.


The privatisation of these services will take two years to implement. A


dangerous experiment, or an essential modernisation? Other


forces will be watching closely. The contract signed today between


Lincolnshire police and G4S is the biggest for any British police


force. The contract signed today between Lincolnshire Police and G4S


is the biggest for any British police force. The contract is also


the first of its kind to privatise such a large range of police work.


Anne-Marie Tasker looks at the record of the world's biggest


security firm. Who are? -- who are G4S? The


Who are? -- who are G4S? The company is the largest employer


listed on the London Stock Exchange, with more than 600,000 employees


working at 125 different locations. In 2010, its turnover was more than


�7 billion, and operating profit was more than 400 million. G4S,


previously known as Group 4 was not without problems previously working


within the justice system. In 1993, a prisoner died while being


transported to a remand prison near Hull. In 1997 the company was


criticised for transferring prisoners between vans at a petrol


station. In 2001, a prisoner escaped after an accident involving


a security van, one of a list of escapes after it took


responsibility for prisoner escorts. But G4S is not the only company to


take over custody services. Reliance also has more than 4020


custody officers. The think-tank, policy exchange, says the


Lincolnshire deal is the most Lincolnshire deal is the most


ambitious yet by far. The benefit to Lincolnshire is that


there is a saving up front which they can plug into their budgets. I


think it will be interesting to see over the next ten years how this


plays out. I think the jury is still out on whether it will be a


success, and I think a lot of chief constables will be looking on to


see how well company might perform. If around 10 other police forces


are said to be interested in following Lincolnshire's lead, so


this could be the first of many deals.


Earlier I spoke to the Government's policing minister, Nick Herbert,


and I asked him if the deal was the future of policing.


This will save the police forced �28 million, which will help


protect police officer numbers, which will mean 90 % -- 97 % of


police officers will be on the front line, it will deliver a new


police station and deliver the backroom functions more efficiently.


What is not to like about this? will also deliver job losses, G4S


warned of job losses in the move over, that is part of the deal.


what matters is that we have the best possible policing in


Lincolnshire, that we are protecting frontline policing


services, and I think the public are not concerned about the


backroom functions, they want them to be done as efficiently as


possible, and they want to make sure that police officers are used


for a frontline roles. That is what this will enable. Those people who


work in the backroom would be very concerned. Lincolnshire police have


gone down this route to save money. The chief constable has repeatedly


asked the Government for more resources. Have you not forced him


into this? Every chief constable of course once more resources, but we


have good deal with the deficit and save money. Every force is in that


position. This is an innovative policy that will protect at the


front line, police officers will be used for the job I think the public


want them to be used and, out there on the front line. Above all, I


think it will produce a better service with innovation which will


enable the police force to fight crime. I think it is an important


step forward. Final question Das if you work for Lincolnshire Police is


today a good day to celebrate, or what? I think it is a good


announcement for the people in Lincolnshire. It is about mine --


maximising the use of police officers to be kept on the front


line, making the back office functions efficient, delivering a


new police station a �28 million of savings that will protect police


officer numbers. Thank you very much in the aid.


-- indeed. We would like your thoughts on the story.


If it is claimed, as in Lancashire, billions of pounds could be saved


and frontline policing maintained. and frontline policing maintained.


If you want to get in touch with us, The first tweet of the evening is


in from the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire police. He says, the


alternative was more jobs lost, less to invest in improving the


service. We look forward to hearing from you.


In a moment All for a good cause - Hull's


wheelchair basketball team show their support for sport relief.


In the last hour, police have confirmed the body exhumed from a


grave in Hull last night is that of Grace Kamara. It had been in the


city's Northern Cemetery for more than a decade. Mrs Kamara, who was


77, had been buried by mistake in place of Christopher Alder, a 37-


year-old former paratrooper from Hull who died in police custody.


His body was found in a mortuary last November, prompting a major


police investigation and an outcry from his family. Vicky Johnson's


report contains flash photography from the start.


It was just before 6am this morning when a Hirst left the cemetery.


Flowers and a new coffin were arranged by the council to ensure


the body thought to be Grace Kamara's was transported with


dignity and respect. The exhibition over, dental records were the key


to confirming the identity of the remains. It is a recognised


international standard of identification we will be using in


this case. At five the TPN, the police confirmed Grace Kamara had


been buried by mistake in the grave of Christopher Alder. The 37-year-


old former paratrooper died in police custody in 1998, and his


funeral was held two years later. The next up was only discovered


last November, when Grace Kamara's family and friends carried --


gathered for her funeral and a body could not be found. The mistake has


proved devastating for the family. It has come hard to resolve.


We thought we had done what we could for her, and what has


happened, she is not with her uncle. We last night, or La's ashes were


put on Christopher's grave in a private ceremony. His body was


finally laid to rest two weeks ago. The tent over the grave will remain


in place until it is confirmed whether the remains of Grace Kamara


can be returned to what has been her final resting place of the last


12 years. Plans for two large power stations


in Yorkshire powered by straw and wood have been scrapped. Drax Power


station wanted to build new plants at Selby and possibly near Hull. A


third site at Immingham is still being discussed. Drax has blamed


low government subsidies. You can get more detail on this story in


Workers at four fashion shops in Hull and Scunthorpe are facing


redundancy after high-street chain Peacocks was only partially bought


out of administration. A deal was struck today to save more than 300


shops across the country. But the Scunthorpe store and three of the


four Hull sites will now close. A Conservative politician, who


became embroiled in a row over comments made on Twitter, claims


he's being censored by council bosses. John Fareham was suspended


by Hull City Council after he branded protesters as retards. In


his first interview since the controversy, Councillor Fareham has


told BBC Look North he believes his letters to constituents are being


vetted by officials. The city council denies the accusations. Our


Political Editor, Tim Iredale, has the story.


John Fareham has returned to political duties after being


suspended as a councillor following controversial comments he made on


the Internet. Now he is fighting a new battle, claiming that his post


is being vetted and censored by unelected officials at Hull City


Council. There has always been that option,


if someone finds a letter is being dodgy, they can ticket to a manager


and say ETA slanderous or something. At have a problem with every single


ETA being referred as a matter of course.


Don Ferrand is a former lord Mayor of Hull. Tensions were running high


last year as councillors said the last year as councillors said the


annual budget. Later he wrote on Twitter of...


We have a number of stewards to work with people with learning


work with people with learning Dyfed but -- learning difficult


days in the community and another of those were in the gallery that


day. They do not expect to hear that


type of language from a counsellor. Your critics may argue that because


of the controversy you have caused you are fair game for scrutiny. How


do you respond to that? I think some of my critics may say that. I


can't talk about the actual issues I am untroubled for because the law


does not allow me to until the appeal, although there is an


argument about whether I was acting as a counsellor at that time or not.


In a statement, Hull City Council denies accusations that members'


letters are being vetted. It says there are strict rules to prevent


resources being used for political purposes, added that it is down to


the council's monitoring officer to ensure all rules are being adhered


But John Fareham is sticking to his guns and insists other councillors,


too, are monitored for being off- The time is 17 minutes to seven.


Still ahead tonight: Making Lincolnshire's markets the home of


start-up businesses. And the debate over dog leads - we ask whether


Keep your pictures coming in. Tonight's was taken by Keith Batty.


Keith Batty was amazed at the coastal erosion over the last year


at Tunstall near Withernsea. Thank you very much for that picture.


Another one tomorrow night. Is it going to be a heat wave in Skegness


tomorrow? You can get those little white legs


out! Let's have a look at the headline - I am fairly confident


that we will see temperatures in the exceptionally mild category,


and that means around 15 or 16 Celsius, but one or two spots,


perhaps Skegness, could be up to 17. Considering we had a minus 16 at


Holbeach on Saturday the 11th, that is a 33 Celsius different, which is


The air is coming in a warm track from the south of the Azores. Some


sunny breaks in the cloud are expected. There is a lot of cloud


on the satellite picture right now, and it has produced some patchy


rain at times. All parts should become dry apart from the odd spot


of drizzle. It is certainly going to be a mild night, with the that


sub-tropical air. The sun will rise in the morning, around about 7.04.


A lot of cloud around through Thursday. There will be some sunny


breaks, especially towards the coast of East Yorkshire. Eastern


parts of Lincolnshire will get the best temperatures. The average for


this time of year is around eight Celsius, so it is well up on the


average, with good old Skegness seeing 17 Celsius just about


possible. The Further Outlook, patchy rain on Friday, but the


Having had a few idle minutes this afternoon, I went to an Wikipedia,


and someone was asking if you still have a weather Centre built for you


as a child. The Government has recently been


discussing making it easier for anyone to set up a market stall,


and even the idea of a national market day every week. Now, in East


Lindsey it's hoped entrepreneurs can be persuaded that setting up a


stall is a good way of starting a business. A new plan is being


announced this evening designed to improve markets in Mablethorpe,


Horncastle, Spilsby and Louth - from where Simon Spark reports.


Despite the wet weather, market day in Louth stayed fairly busy this


morning, but with plenty of spaces for traders to fill. But for people


like Alan, who runs his stall as his main income, there was a sense


of unease. He knows East Lindsey Council plan to make changes to the


market, but he'll will have to wait until a meeting this evening before


he finds out what those changes are. There is a lot of uncertainty,


because this is our future. We are quite prepared to work with the


council to make things better for the market and encourage people,


but I personally myself feel that the council had decided what they


are going to do, and it is going to be a case of this is what will


happen, without any real consultation. New plans will affect


all four markets in the East Lindsey area which include


Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe and Spilsby. The council wants to make


them more popular and give new traders the chance to start up


businesses. But although some disagree with the way the council's


handled this, they do think change is needed. I think what we have got


to see is more traders and more people, more people coming shopping.


It will be interesting to see if they have taken on the findings of


the Mary Portas high-street report. The Portas review, completed in


December, suggested it should be made easier for anyone to set up a


market stall and even suggested a national market day. But there's no


indication these council changes are linked. But the council insists


these are positive steps, and hope it'll improve the experience for


Leanne Brown is in Louth where the council has unveiled its new vision


for the four markets in East Lindsey. Leanne, what are they


planning? Well, they basically want to change the way the markets are


run. At the moment, you can only have one are to traders selling the


same thing, so if you wanted to come on and sell handbags, if that


item is already on sale, you can't. So they mostly want to relax this


rule to encourage more be able to set up distils -- stalls. They hope


to encourage entrepreneurs who cannot afford to set up a shop like


the one behind me. They also want to change the way the stalls look


so they have a more uniform feel, and they want to put some money and


investment into advertising the market, and try different things


like bringing in live street entertainment as well. Leanne,


thank you. Back to our story last night about men not hugging their


sons. The debate started when Lord Prescott said he regretted that he


had never been able to hug his boys. Tat in Boston says "I have never


been hugged by my parents. I can't wait to have kids so I can give


them the love and affection I never Think you very much indeed for all


A dress rehearsal for the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through a


Lincolnshire town. The trial run will arrive in Stamford in April.


It'll allow organisers to check everything is ready for the


official relay in June. Sport Relief is just a month away,


and organisers say East Yorkshire is proving a popular place to take


part in the Sport Relief Mile. One team already hard in training are


the Hull Stingers wheelchair basketball team. Here's Linsey


Smith. What's in a race? Well, for Hull's


wheelchair basketball team, the Stingers, it's a chance to put


something back. By crossing the line on 25th March for Sport Relief,


they'll be earning much-needed funds for vulnerable people around


the UK. And the world. The money raised goes up to a lot of


charities, which is brilliant. I have been involved in this for many


years now, and it has changed my life. The Sport Relief will do


brilliant things as far as raising funds. Five years on and the


Stingers have gone from strength to strength. But spokes, sparks and


basketballs cost money, and the team knows the difference Sport


Relief can make. So come the Sport Relief mile, they'll be showing off


their tricks to the rest of the runners, when the competition won't


be about shooting hoops, but The Sport Relief Mile takes place


on Sunday 25th March. If you want to take part, go to


Scunthorpe United are back in the League One relegation zone. They


lost to Walsall last night when they went down 1-0 after this goal


Hull City bid to climb back into the play-off places when they meet


Brighton tonight. You'll be able to hear the match live on BBC Radio


Humberside as usual. Now, here's a question. Should dog owners be able


to let their pets off the lead so they can run freely through public


spaces? After complaints from some people, East Park in Hull is


considering banning loose dogs, and one expert told us dogs should


definitely be on a lead. Crispin Rolfe has the story.


Born free, but should they be allowed to run free? Kay and


Linda's dogs are well behaved, and come to Hull's East Park for a


daily dose of fun. Sometimes off the lead, and sometimes on it, like


when they come to the park's cafe for a sausage. But with complaints


about loose dogs growing, the council's considering a park ban of


leashless animals. It is the irresponsible few spore into for


the rest of the people. Dogs on leads? We don't wanted to come to


that. It is time that the council took responsibility and targeted


the people causing the problems it's not penalise the people that


are responsible. At the cafe, Margot allows as many as 35 dogs in


on a weekend - with their owners, of course. But she'd like to see


more control outside in the park. Obviously if we get dogs coming in


off Leeds, it can lead to them wandering into the kitchen, and


that could be a big problem for Oras. I actually think it is a good


idea, because they will chase something that runs and could


easily get themselves into difficulty, so we do need to have


everybody safe, including dogs on leads. Dogs, though, are already


excluded from children's play areas and some of our summertime beaches.


So the question is, is this going too far? If you look on the


internet nowadays, everything should be unleashed - children,


parents, politicians, even journalists. But our dogs having


too many restrictions put upon them. A code of conduct here reads,


wooden sticks can lead to serious injury. Choose a throw Toyah wisely.


Like dogs, codes of conduct abound. But the problem is not every owner


reads them. So although there are calls to legislate, dog owners


would prefer the council to let sleeping dogs lie.


Another one you might have a comment on. The text and e-mail


addresses are there: Let's get a recap of the national and regional


headlines, A Sunday Times journalist is among dozens of


civilians killed and wounded in the Syrian city of Homs. A deal is


struck for Lincolnshire's first privately built and run police


station. And tomorrow's weather: dry and cloudy with sunny breaks


developing. Very mild, top temperatures around 16 degrees


Response coming in on the subject of the contract between


Lincolnshire Police and G4 S. Lorraine says, I work for ligature


police, and this contract is a good thing. -- I work for Lincolnshire


police. And member of the civilian staff at Lincolnshire HQ says he


finds it very demeaning that they are called back-office staff. It is


also be worth noticing -- noting that the public will not to get a


better deal, they were better service that costs less. And this


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