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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